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Into the Woods

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Taglines: Be careful what you wish for.

Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales in a musical format that follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel-all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.

Set in an alternate world of various Grimm fairy tales, the film intertwines the plots of several Grimm fairy tales and follows them to explore the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. The main characters are taken from “Little Red Riding Hood”, “Jack and the Beanstalk”, “Rapunzel”, and “Cinderella”, as well as several others. When a Baker and his Wife learn they’ve been cursed childless by a Witch, they must embark into the woods to find the objects required to break the spell and begin a family.

The film is tied together to the original story of the baker and his wife and, their interaction with the Witch who has placed a curse on them, and their interaction with other storybook characters during their journey. What begins as a lively irreverent fantasy musical eventually becomes a meaningful tale about responsibility, the problems that come from wishes, and the legacy that we leave our children.

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Into the Woods is an American fantasy musical drama film directed by Rob Marshall, and adapted to the screen by James Lapine from his and Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning Broadway musical of the same name. It features an ensemble cast that includes Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, MacKenzie Mauzy, Billy Magnussen, and Johnny Depp. Inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales of “Little Red Riding Hood”, “Cinderella”, “Jack and the Beanstalk”, and “Rapunzel”

About the Story

A Baker (James Corden) and his Wife (Emily Blunt) wish for a child but suffer under a curse laid upon the Baker’s family by a Witch (Meryl Streep) who found the Baker’s father (Simon Russell Beale) robbing her garden to appease his pregnant wife’s insatiable cravings. The Baker’s father also stole some beans which caused the Witch’s mother to punish her with the curse of ugliness. The Witch offers to lift the curse, but only if the Baker and his Wife obtain four critical items for her to make a certain potion: a cow as white as milk, a cape as red as blood, hair as yellow as corn, and a slipper as pure as gold. The Witch later tells the Baker that she asked him to do this task for her because she is not allowed to touch any of the objects.

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The Witch’s demands eventually bring the Baker and his Wife into contact with Jack (Daniel Huttlestone), who is selling his beloved cow Milky White and to whom the Baker offers five magic beans left him by his father (the same ones stolen from the Witch) which grow into a large beanstalk when Jack’s mother angrily discards them in her garden; with Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), whose ruby cape the couple notices when she stops to buy sweets on her way to her grandmother’s house; with Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy), the Witch’s adopted daughter (the child that she took from the Baker’s parents in exchange for the greens stolen by the Baker’s father), whose tower the Baker’s Wife passes in the woods; and with Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), whose beautiful golden slippers catch the eye of the Baker’s Wife as she flees past pursued by a handsome Prince (Chris Pine) who danced with her at the King’s festival.

After a series of failed attempts and misadventures, the Baker and his Wife finally are able to gather the items necessary to break the spell. Meanwhile, each of the other characters receive their “happy endings”: Cinderella and Rapunzel marry their Princes; Jack provides for his mother (Tracey Ullman) by stealing riches from the Giant in the sky, and kills the pursuing Giant by cutting down the beanstalk; The Baker saves Little Red Riding Hood and her Grandmother (Annette Crosbie) from the Big Bad Wolf (Johnny Depp) by killing him; and the Witch regains her youth and beauty after drinking the potion.

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Into the Woods

Directed by: Rob Marshall
Starring: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, Johnny Depp, Lucy Punch
Screenplay by: James Lapine
Production Design by: Dennis Gassner
Cinematography by: Dion Beebe
Film Editing by: Wyatt Smith
Costume Design by: Colleen Atwood
Set Decoration by: Anna Pinnock
Art Direction by: Andrew Bennett, Ben Collins, Chris Lowe, Mary Mackenzie
MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements, fantasy action and peril, and some suggestive material.
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Release Date: December 25, 2014

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Taglines: For Alexander, life couldn’t get worse. For his family, life couldn’t be better.

Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life, a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his brother, sister, mom and dad all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a 2014 American comedy film directed by Miguel Arteta from a screenplay written by Rob Lieber. The film stars Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, and Ed Oxenbould, and is based on Judith Viorst’s 1972 children’s book of the same name. Co-produced by 21 Laps Entertainment and The Jim Henson Company, the film was released by Walt Disney Pictures on October 10, 2014.

About the Story

The film follows the exploits of Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould), an ordinary 11-year old boy, and his “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.” Alexander is left out by his family; his older brother, Anthony (Dylan Minnette), his sister, Emily (Kerris Dorsey), his mother, Kelly (Jennifer Garner), his dad, Ben (Steve Carell), and their infant baby son, Trevor (Elise/Zoey Vargas).

The day before Alexander’s twelfth birthday, he wakes up and finds gum in his hair, clipping it off with a pair of scissors. Anthony is trying to earn his driver’s license so he can drive his girlfriend Celia (Bella Thorne) to prom, Emily is rehearsing for the title role in her school play of Peter Pan, Kelly is working for a publication company that is publishing a new children’s book, and Ben, who has been unemployed for several months, has landed a job interview as a game designer for a video game company.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

That same morning, Alexander attends school where he experiences another series of misfortunes, as well as finding out that his friends, including his crush Becky Gibson (Sidney Fullmer), and friend Paul (Mekai Curtis), will all be attending Philip Parker’s birthday party instead of his, due to Philip’s expensive party entertainment and popularity.

Alexander tries to tell his family how miserably his day has gone, but none of them even listen to what he says. That evening, Anthony upsets Celia during a phone call while yelling at Alexander saying he is an “idiot brother”, and Emily rehearses her stage lines in Kelly’s Volvo while leaving the car’s light on. Alexander serves himself a makeshift birthday sundae and wishes his family could experience the disappointments he does everyday.

The next morning, Alexander wakes up to find his family in disarray; his parents have overslept, Emily is sick with a cold, and Anthony has found out that Celia has broken up with him. The battery in Kelly’s car is dead, because Emily left the light on all evening while rehearsing, therefore Ben has to take baby Trevor with him to the interview, after dropping Kelly off at work.

At school, Alexander is told that Philip Parker has cancelled his birthday party due to illness, and calls his father, asking him to plan a party for him. Kelly is informed of an embarrassing misprint in the book they are publicizing, and needs to stop Dick Van Dyke from reading the book at public reading later. Ben takes baby Trevor along to the office interview and meets Greg (Donald Glover) who seems impressed at his credentials, although the meeting is cut short after Trevor ingests a highlighter.

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Directed by: Miguel Arteta
Starring: Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Ed Oxenbould, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey, Sidney Fullmer, Bella Thorne
Screenplay by: Rob Lieber
Production Design by: Michael Corenblith
Cinematography by: Terry Stacey
Film Editing by: Pamela Martin
Costume Design by: Nancy Steiner
Set Decoration by: Susan Benjamin
Music by: Christophe Beck
MPAA Rating: PG for rude humor including some reckless behavior and language.
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Release Date: October 10, 2014

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The Hundred-Foot Journey

The Hundred-Foot Journey

Taglines: Life’s greatest journey begins with the first step.

In “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai.

That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate to all out war between the two establishments – until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme.

Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore. At first Mme. Mallory’s culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan’s gift as a chef and takes him under her wing.

The Hundred-Foot Journey

The Hundred-Foot Journey is an American comedy-drama film directed by Lasse Hallström from a screenplay written by Steven Knight, adapted from Richard C. Morais’ 2010 novel The Hundred-Foot Journey. The film stars Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal and Charlotte Le Bon and tells the story of a feud between two adjacent restaurants; one operated by a recently-relocated Indian family and the other managed by a Michelin-starred French chef (Helen Mirren).

About the Story

The Kadam family has run a restaurant in Mumbai for several years. The second-oldest son, Hassan (Manish Dayal), is being groomed to replace his mother (Juhi Chawla) as the restaurant’s main cook. The family’s dreams are disrupted when a mob attacks and firebombs the restaurant over an election dispute. Papa Kadam (Om Puri) and his family successfully evacuate the guests, but Mama is killed in the fire. Seeking asylum in Europe, the family first settles in London, where their residence proves ill-suited for a restaurant. They depart for mainland Europe.

Shortly after crossing the border between Switzerland and France, the brakes on Papa’s van fail near the village Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val. Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), a sous chef at an upscale French restaurant named “Le Saule Pleureur” (literally “The Weeping Willow”), passes by and offers to help the Kadams to find an auto repair shop and a guest house.

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She also brings the Kadams to her apartment and treats them to food. Papa is amazed at the quality of the food in the village and its availability. He learns of an abandoned restaurant building on the outskirts of town available for purchase. Seeing this as divine providence, Papa decides to renovate it into an Indian restaurant named “Maison Mumbai”.

The building is directly across the street, a hundred feet from “Le Saule Pleureur”. Its widowed owner, Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), tries to sabotage the Kadams by purchasing all the locally available ingredients needed to cook their dishes on opening night. A cold war erupts between Papa and Madame Mallory. The war peaks on Bastille Day, when one of Madame Mallory’s chefs and two others vandalize the Kadams’ restaurant by spray-painting the outer wall and firebombing the interior. Hassan catches the would-be arsonists in the act and scares them off, but his hands are burned in the process.

The following morning, Madame Mallory convenes a meeting of her chefs and asks if they know the words to “La Marseillaise”. After citing lines from the national anthem concerning equality, justice and fraternity, she fires the chef responsible for the vandalism and then voluntarily cleans up the graffiti. Hassan, having heard that Madame Mallory hires potential chefs by taste-testing an omelette they prepare for her, asks if he may cook an omelette for her to his recipe. Due to his injured hands, he asks Madame Mallory to help him with the process. After sampling Hassan’s omelette, Madame Mallory concedes Hassan’s potential to be a great chef and invites him to work for her. Papa is initially dead set against the move, but reluctantly agrees.

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The Hundred-Foot Journey

Directed by: Lasse Hallström
Starring: Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon, Amit Shah, Farzana Dua Elahe, Dillon Mitra, Aria Pandya, Juhi Chawla
Screenplay by: Steven Knight
Production Design by: David Gropman
Cinematography by: Linus Sandgren
Film Editing by: Andrew Mondshein
Costume Design by: Pierre-Yves Gayraud
Set Decoration by: Sabine Delouvrier, Seema Kashyap, Marie-Laure Valla
Music by: A.R. Rahman
MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements, some violence, language and brief sensuality.
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Release Date: August 8, 2014

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Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

Taglines: All heroes start somewhere.

An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe.

To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the tenth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The film was directed by James Gunn, who wrote the screenplay with Nicole Perlman, and features an ensemble cast including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, and Benicio del Toro. In Guardians of the Galaxy, Peter Quill forms an uneasy alliance with a group of extraterrestrial misfits who are on the run after stealing a coveted orb.

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Making The Epic Space Adventure

Shooting began in June 2013, in the UK and over a long, hot summer through autumn, a dedicated cast and crew worked ardently together, embracing and realizing director James Gunn’s vision. Production designer Charles Wood was tasked with designing and creating the weird and wonderful environments in which the action takes place. It was important for Gunn to have physical sets to shoot on, a rare treat for cast and crew who work on many productions that rely on huge green-screen stages to create their biggest sets. As one would imagine, production was massive but in spite of the extent of the work, Wood was excited by the scope of the job, saying, “There was such a range of sets, of environments to explore, and each so vastly different from one another; it was a thrilling opportunity.”

Gunn had a very clear vision for the film, which was fully embraced by his creative team, and while the possibilities seemed limitless, it was important to Gunn that the spaces felt as real as possible. He says, “One of the driving forces, from the beginning, was to create a gritty world that was still very colorful. I miss some of the color palettes of the ’50s and ’60s science fiction films when things were much brighter and to intermingle those different looks from the past and create our own look was very important.”

Production designer Charles Wood concurs: “There is a color palette system within the film that changes from one environment to the other and is very purposeful. The different technologies and machinery are all planetspecific and very diverse.”

Charles Wen, head of Marvel’s visual development, also points out, “James was adamant about making sure the technology felt Space Age, but not too advanced or over-the-top. It needed to almost feel timeless as if space / time is generally just relative.”

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The Environments

The first otherworldly place visited in the film is the abandoned planet Morag, which Wood and his team designed in a neutral palette to fit its sandy environment. In contrast, when Peter Quill enters the sunken secret temple on Morag, Wood used vivid golds, greens and blues to accent the jewel-like interior.

The Kyln-the space prison where the Guardians meet and form-was the production’s largest build; a 360-degree set, and a feat of engineering, comprised of 100 tons of steel across three levels, extended in post-production by a further 200 feet. The set features corridor systems connected to main cells and bays built on a steel frame on wheels.

The Kyln set was repurposed several times, with each transformation often requiring a good deal of working around the clock for the departments to accomplish the complex transitions, which included a revamp of The Collectors lab, Taneleer Tivan’s museum of extraordinary things.

The watery planet of Xandar is one of the brighter environments in the film. The actual set is just a footing for a gigantic virtual set, inspired by the architecture of Santiago Calatrava, and the monumental steel, glass and white concrete arch of the Liege train station in Belgium provided its backdrop.

Wood and his team also built Knowhere, a port of call and observatory for intergalactic travelers of all species and from all times, located inside the decapitated head of a Celestial, on the edge of the universe. Knowhere is evocative of an industrial mining town with a gritty, rough and tough atmosphere. Both the Boot of Jemiah and The Collector’s lab were outstanding sets for Knowhere built by Wood and his team.

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Spacecraft

One of the spacecraft production designer Charles Wood and his team designed for the film was the Milano, Peter Quill’s ship, which is a Ravager ship and part of Yondu’s fleet. Less high-tech technology was used in the design to give the idea that Quill wants to have more hands-on control and experience the ride-much like a driver who prefers stick over automatic.

Constructed as a double-level composite set, with an upper flight deck and lower living quarters, it was a 14-week build involving several trades. “Our biggest inspiration for the Milano was Chuck Yeager and the early test flights and missions that took place in the late ’50s, early ’60s,” says Wood. “So we looked at a lot of that footage. James wanted to come up with an environment for Quill that was reminiscent of Earth and had a tangible quality-mechanical with chrome and leather and a muscle-car look. A little boy’s dream.”

In order to have the sense that Quill thought of his ship as home, Wood and set decorator Richard Roberts worked to collect and build items that would evoke 1980s nostalgia. “Rich and his team got together all of the ephemera and other bits and pieces to remind him of home,” says Wood. “The Milano itself was probably the biggest construction thing that we did and unusually for a prop master, I’m also involved in the manufacturing of the set decoration parts. So we did an immense amount of work going from the beds to all of the flight seats. Everything in the Milano was created from scratch.”

Richard Roberts echoes, “We made everything. We bought ejector seats from jet fighters and completely remodeled them and we worked from a lot of concept work that Charles Wood created. So we were creating a ship that looks like it’s got some ’80s notes, but we built it so it was really just the personal items that we bought that are from the ’80s.”

Among the items the filmmakers built was a cassette player built into the spaceship that looks like a car stereo. They also installed shag-type carpet of various colors and a black light in the living quarters. With the idea that Quill had a backpack with him when he was abducted from Earth, Roberts peppered the interior of the Milano with iconic items that would have been in a 9-year-old’s possession in the 1980s: Alf stickers, baseball cards and Troll dolls, among other items.

Wood’s efforts were not lost on Chris Pratt, whose character Peter Quill commands the Milano. “I couldn’t believe it when I first saw it and I have been in awe ever since,” enthuses Pratt. “Inside it, I felt like I was on a ride at a theme park, something people would wait in line all day just to get a glimpse of and I got to pretend it was mine. It was pretty amazing and helped inform my performance.”

Wood and his team also crafted the Dark Aster, Ronan’s spaceship, which is a Kree warship. Suggestive of a flying mausoleum, the design is minimal and brutal-a stark, gray, colorless world devoid of any set dressing whatsoever, relying purely on its heavy concretelike architecture to convey its tone and function. Lee Pace, who plays the villain Ronan, was impressed with his “ride.” “You’ve never seen a spaceship like this. It’s massive: the size of the Empire State Building turned over on its side three and a half times,” says Pace. “A colossal, steel flying device. It’s awesome.”

On the flight deck of the Dark Aster, four Sakkaran pilots guide the ship using glowing balls that they manipulate with synchronized hand movements. The filmmakers hired synchronized dancers so that the hand movements would be perfectly in sync.

Part of Wood’s build was a large wall where Ronan communicates with others. It acts like a big screen, but it has an uneven finish with texture and carvings. When Ronan is communicating with people, their faces appear in the wall.

The Dark Aster also houses Ronan’s fleet of Necocraft in its massive wings. Yondu’s mother ship is called the Eclector and it is the second largest spacecraft in the movie. It houses the entire Ravager fleet. It boasts a room called the Strategarium, which is like a conference room with manually operated screens.

Co-producer Jonathan Schwartz sums up Charles Wood and his team’s work best when he says, “The sets are genius. Charles has done an absolutely incredible job of making the script come to life. If you read the script and tried to envision it, it would be impossible. It’s so different, so crazy, and like nothing else we’ve ever done before. You don’t fully understand the movie until you see it spring up around you in a full 360-degree set.”

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Guardians of the Galaxy

Yönetmen: James Gunn
Oyuncular: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro
Senaryo: James Gunn, Nicole Perlman
Prodüksiyon Tasarımı: Charles Wood
Görüntü Yönetmeni: Ben Davis
Kurgu: Fred Raskin, Hughes Winborne, Craig Wood
Kostüm Tasarımı: Alexandra Byrne
Set Dekorasyonu: Chris ‘Flimsy’ Howes, Richard Roberts
Müzik: Tyler Bates
Türkiye Dağıtımı: UIP Filmcilik
Gösterim Tarihi: 1 Ağustos 2014

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Planes: Fire and Rescue

Planes: Fire and Rescue

When others fly out, heroes fly in.

When world-famous air racer Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his team, a bunch of all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire, and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero.

Planes: Fire & Rescue is an American 3D computer-animated comedy-adventure film. It is a sequel to the 2013 film Planes, a spin-off of Pixar’s Cars franchise. Produced by DisneyToon Studios, it was theatrically released by Walt Disney Pictures on July 18, 2014. Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Danny Mann, and Cedric the Entertainer reprised their roles of Dusty Crophopper, Skipper, Chug, Dottie, Sparky, and Leadbottom, respectively. New cast members included Hal Holbrook, Julie Bowen, Ed Harris, Wes Studi, and Dale Dye.

According to director / co-writer Roberts “Bobs” Gannaway, “The first film [directed by Klay Hall] was a race film. I wanted to look at a different genre, in this case, an action-disaster film.” Production on Planes: Fire & Rescue began six months after the start of the previous film. “We’ve been working on this film for nearly four years.”

The filmmakers researched the world of air-attack teams and smokejumpers by working with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and sent a crew to the US Forest Services’ annual training exercises for smokejumpers. Gannaway explained “We actually hooked cameras onto their helmets and had them drop out of the airplane so we could catch it on film.” Nearly a year of research was done before the filmmakers started work on the story. The idea of Dusty becoming a fire and rescue plane was based on reality.

Gannaway stated that during their research they discovered that in 1955 cropdusters were among the first planes to be used in aerial fire-fighting, “There was a group of cropdusters who reworked their planes so they could drop water.” Gannaway also noted that in the first film “Dusty is doing things to his engine that should not be done to it—he is stressing the engine out and causing severe damage. It’s great that the first movie teed this up without intending to. We just built on it, and the results were remarkable.”

Producer Ferrell Barron stated “I think we’ve all experienced some kind of loss at some point in our lives—an end of an era, a lost love, a failed career. We’ve all had to recalibrate. In Planes: Fire & Rescue, Dusty can’t go back to being a crop duster, he left that behind. He has to move forward.”

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Planes: Fire and Rescue

Directed by: Roberts Gannaway
Starring: Dane Cook, Ed Harris, Julie Bowen, Curtis Armstrong, John Michael Higgins, Teri Hatcher
Screenplay by: Jeffrey M. Howard
Production Design by: Toby Wilson
Film Editing by: Dan Molina
Art Direction by: Toby Wilson
Music by: Mark Mancina
MPAA Rating: PG for action and some peril.
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Release Date: July 18th, 2014

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Maleficent

Maleficent Movie

Taglines: Don’t believe the fairy tale.

“Maleficent” explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.

Maleficent is a dark fantasy film directed by Robert Stromberg and produced by Walt Disney Pictures, from a screenplay written by Paul Dini and Linda Woolverton. Starring Angelina Jolie as the eponymous Disney Villainess character, the film is both a prequel and a re-imagining of Walt Disney’s 1959 animated adaptation of Sleeping Beauty, and portrays the story from the perspective of the antagonist, Maleficent. It began filming on June 18, 2012, and is scheduled for release on May 30, 2014 in the Disney Digital 3D and RealD 3D formats, as well as in conventional theatres.

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About the Story

An elderly narrator tells the story of Maleficent, a strong and powerful faerie living in the Moors, a magical realm bordering a human kingdom. As a young girl, she falls in love with a human peasant boy named Stefan, but his affection for Maleficent is overshadowed by his ambition to become king. As they grow older, Stefan stops seeing Maleficent. After Maleficent defeats the current king in battle when he attempts to invade the Moors, he offers to name whoever kills her, his successor. Stefan overhears this, goes to see Maleficent and deceives her into thinking that he has come to warn her of the king’s plot.

He drugs her and attempts to kill her, but cannot bring himself to do it, so he cuts off her wings with iron (iron burns faeries) and presents them to the king as proof of her death. Maleficent rescues a raven named Diaval to serve as her informant and he reports to her that Stefan has been crowned king. The realization that Stefan betrayed her to gain the throne devastates Maleficent and in retaliation, declares herself queen of the Moors, forming a dark oppressive kingdom with Diaval as her one companion.

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Some time later, Diaval informs Maleficent that King Stefan is hosting a christening for his newborn daughter, Aurora. Bent on revenge, Maleficent arrives uninvited and curses the newborn princess: on her sixteenth birthday, she will prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel, which will cause her to fall into a death like sleep.

After Stefan is forced by Maleficent to beg for his daughter, she offers a caveat: the curse can be broken by true love’s kiss. Terrified of Maleficent’s vengeance, Stefan sends Aurora to live with three pixies (Knotgrass, Flittle and Thistlewit) until the day after her sixteenth birthday, while he destroys and burns all the spinning wheels in the kingdom and hides them in the deepest dungeon in the castle. He sends out his armies to find and kill Maleficent, but she surrounds the Moors with an impenetrable wall of thorns.

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Maleficent

Directed by: Robert Stromberg
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Juno Temple, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Toby Regbo, Lesley Manville, Imelda Staunton, Brenton Thwaites, Sarah Flind
Screenplay by: Paul Dini, Linda Woolverton, John Lee Hancock
Production Design by: Dylan Cole, Gary Freeman
Cinematography by: Dean Semler
Film Editing by: Chris Lebenzon, Richard Pearson
Costume Design by: Anna B. Sheppard
Set Decoration by: Lee Sandales
Music by: James Newton Howard
MPAA Rating: PG for sequences of fantasy action and violence, including frightening images.
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Release Date: May 30, 2014

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Million Dollar Arm

Million Dollar Arm Movie

Taglines: Sometimes to win, you have change the game.

Based on a true story, Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” follows JB Bernstein, a once-successful sports agent who now finds himself edged out by bigger, slicker competitors. He and his partner Aash (Aasif Mandvi) will have to close their business down for good if JB doesn’t come up with something fast. Late one night, while watching cricket being played in India on TV, JB comes up with an idea so radical it just might work. Why not go to there and find the next baseball pitching sensation?

Setting off for Mumbai with nothing but a gifted but cantankerous scout (Alan Arkin) in tow, JB stages a televised, nationwide competition called “Million Dollar Arm” where 40,000 hopefuls compete before two 18-year-old finalists, Rinku and Dinesh (Suraj Sharma, Madhur Mittal), emerge as winners. JB brings them back to the United States to train with legendary pitching coach Tom House (Bill Paxton). The goal: get the boys signed to a major league team.

Million Dollar Arm Movie

About the Story

American sports agent J.B. Bernstein and his partner Ash are struggling to acquire new talent. They learn of an Asian businessman, Chang, looking to invest in Asian-based athletes. In a moment of inspiration while watching Britain’s Got Talent and a cricket match, Bernstein comes up with an idea to tap into the Indian cricket market, through a contest called Million Dollar Arm, which will identify the best Cricket bowlers and bring them to the US for a chance to get a major League baseball contract. They pitch the idea to Chang, who buys it and gives them a year to deliver results.

Bernstein goes on a weeks long trip throughout India, during which he finds two young suitable candidates, and brings them back for training in the US, along with a prospective Indian coach. The young players struggle to learn the game, and initially fail at impressing Major League Baseball scouts during a try-out. Bernstein’s tenant and love interest, Brenda, convinces him that he owes the athletes another chance. He manages to arrange another try-out in which they pitch much better and are offered a contract by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Million Dollar Arm

Directed by: Craig Gillespie
Starring: Jon Hamm, Lake Bell, Bill Paxton, Bar Paly, Alan Arkin, Autumn Dial, Suraj Sharma, Allyn Rachel, Bar Paly
Screenplay by: Thomas McCarthy
Production Design by: Barry Robison
Cinematography by: Gyula Pados
Film Editing by: Tatiana S. Riegel
Costume Design by: Kirston Leigh Mann
Set Decoration by: Jeanette Scott
Music by: A.R. Rahman
MPAA Rating: PG for mild language and some suggestive content.
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Release Date: May 16, 2014

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Muppets Most Wanted

Muppets Most Wanted Movie

Taglines: Taking the world by farce.

Taking place after their successful comeback in The Muppets, the entire Muppets gang go on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. However, mayhem follows the Muppets overseas as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine (the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit) and his dastardly sidekick Dominic (Ricky Gervais).

Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine—the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit—and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. The film stars Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon.

Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” is directed by James Bobin and produced by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. Bobin co-wrote the screenplay with Nicholas Stoller, who is also executive producer with John Scotti. Featuring music from Academy Award-winning songwriter Bret McKenzie, “Muppets Most Wanted” hits the big screen March 21, 2014.

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Muppets Most Wanted

Directed by: James Bobin
Starring: Danny Trejo, Christoph Waltz, Tom Hiddleston, Ray Liotta, Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey
Screenplay by: James Bobin, Nick Stoller
Production Design by: Eve Stewart
Cinematography by: Don Burgess
Film Editing by: James Thomas
Set Decoration by: Anna Lynch-Robinson
Costume Design by: Rahel Afiley
Music by: Christophe Beck
MPAA Rating: PG for some mild action.
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Release Date: March 21, 2014

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