Tax Incentives Lure Pirates V Down Under

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It’s a strong possibility the fifth edition of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise will be filmed no where near the island nations south of the continent. Instead, production will move down under to the land of Oz, thanks to a $20.2 million tax incentive from the government of Australia.

Disney had previously been promised similar tax incentives to film the “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” remake in 2013, but since that project has been shelved, the tax credits were transferred to Pirates V.

It’s not 100% official that the movie will move, Disney is, of course, asking for more and might film in Mexico instead. Disney is the king of playing one location off the other in an attempt to get the very best deal for its production. They famously got the City of Anaheim to offer up a ton of money to build a second gate across from Disneyland, just by threatening to build a theme park in Long Beach instead. The Long Beach location was never really practical, but the threat was enough to get basically a free parking structure out of the deal.

I wonder which location Disney really wants to film Pirates V at?

Previously: Pirates V gets green light to proceed, Johnny Depp on board.

(Via If.com.au)

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Loki fans look quick, Tom Hiddleston’s Marvel footage edited into a movie

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If there’s one anti-hero that has truly gained a fan following, it’s Loki, the trickster villain as played by Tom Hiddleston. If you count yourself among Loki’s legions, you will definitely want to watch this fan edit with all of of Loki’s appearances from the two Thor movies and both Avengers movies.

“Loki: Brother of Thor,” is the movie’s title and here area few works from the film’s editor about his goal:

My goal was to chronicle the character development of Loki into a single narrative. You’ll notice I took out a lot fluff and even some beloved fight scenes, only because I was trying to focus the film on Loki and his relationships. I also inserted all of the relevant deleted scenes (you’ll notice that they haven’t been fully rendered and mixed), several of which add great depth to his story and family dynamics. A big challenge was bridging the end of Thor and the beginning of The Avengers, explaining Loki’s exile and involvement with the Tesseract *before* he portals to earth. I created a montage to kinda show all that, even pulling a clip from Guardians of the Galaxy.

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As far as the film’s narrative the creator says:

The opening scene of my edit is a flash forward to a contemplative, imprisoned Loki, spliced with footage from Tom Hiddleston’s screen test when he auditioned for Thor’s character, aptly capturing Loki’s jealousy (the duality between them is really the meat of this film, hence the title Loki: Brother of Thor). Then there’s a bit of a scary awakening from the character that *probably* haunts Loki’s dreams

The movie is about 2 hours long and might not be available online for too long. So definitely check it out.

What do you like about Loki and Tom Hiddleston’s portrayal of him?

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Guardians of the Galaxy takes Top 2014 Spot at Box Office

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Disney’s mega-summer hit movie from Marvel – Guardians of the Galaxy – once again topped the box office numbers this last weekend. That helped propel it to become the highest grossing movie of 2014. Not too shabby for a talking tree and animated raccoon.

Earning $22 Million over the three day weekend, Guardians of the Galaxy not only beat out two newcomers this weekend it has now totaled more than $280 million domestically and $553 million worldwide (with China and Japan debuts still ahead).

Director James Gunn celebrated by posting note about his movie on Facebook,

“And although io9 may be right, that people like the movie because it’s funny, I like to believe it’s because WE GAVE A SHIT. You aren’t numbers to us. You deserve to be given something we the creators believe in and that isn’t just seeking a big opening weekend. I love my characters, I care about the quality of the movie, and Marvel was cool enough to let us take some risks. Hopefully, THAT’S the lesson – that we’ll see more spectacle movies coming out of Hollywood that the filmmakers actually believe in, and that take risks, NOT just a bunch of superhero or space movies trying to be funny.”

I think he’s right, the humor and sense of the film is important, but just as important is the respect with which the film treated its characters, the universe, and the intelligence of the viewers. The audience will reward films that take some risks.

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Even though he probably doesn’t need to anymore, Gunn has continued promoting the film, recently on the fan circuit with stops at places like Dragoncon. He’s even taken tons of pics with cosplaying fans. That’s the sort of loyalty building efforts that will lay the groundwork for multiple viewings by fans and a very successful sequel. We might have to wait a few years for that (2018 or 2019 it sounds like). But at least we know it will be worth it.

Who was your favorite character in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy?

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Marvels’ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 Preview

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Believe it or not, we’re less than a month away from the debut of Season 2 of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. When we last left the gang Agent Coulson had assembled, they were dealing with the fallout of Hydra’s infiltration of SHIELD and the betrayal from one of their own.

Season 2 will see Coulson and team focused on rebuilding a new SHIELD while dealing with Hydra and that means new cast members joining the show. We know that Lucy Lawless will join as Agent Isabelle Hartley. We also learned that Henry Simmons (no relation to Jemma) will play Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie, Brian Patrick Wade is Absorbing Man Carl “Crusher” Creel and Adrianne Palicki will join as Bobbi Morse, aka Mockingbird. Finally, Kyle MacLachlan has signed to play the critical role of Skye’s father.

Here’s a special preview of season 2:

I like the emphasis on saving lives of others “even when they don’t know it.” Making SHIELD more clandestine will go a long way to adding some needed complexity to the story lines.

For me the big question that needs to be answered this season is can Brett Dalton’s Agent Ward be redeemed? What do you think?

Will you be tuning in on Tuesday, September 23, 9:00pm?

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The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic Airs on ABC Tonight

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Tune in to ABC tonight at 8pm for “The story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic.” Narrated by Josh Gad, the show goes behind the work of over 600 artists and technicians who worked two years to bring you the magic story of Anna & Elsa.

Among the insider details you’ll learn is the tie-in to how Walt Disney once tried to tell this story 70 years ago as a movie called “The Snow Queen.”

This special will also include some exciting announcements about the next chapter of “Frozen” and a never-before-seen preview of “Frozen” characters Anna, Elsa and Kristoff on an upcoming episode of ABC’s smash-hit “Once Upon a Time.”

I loved the scenes where we get to watch the voice actors reading lines. I love how the animator is able to then bring that performance through to the movie itself, plus add a little bit of their own acting to the film.

Of course, there’s the obligatory trip to Norway where the animators and artists and soak in the culture and figure out how everything will fit together into the look and feel of the film.

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Toward the end there’s a great bit about how fan recreations of the movie, and especially its songs, have become viral sensations. Definitely stick around for that. There were a few I hadn’t seen.

Stay tuned right to the end for an exclusive sneak peek at the action-packed comedy-adventure “Big Hero 6,” currently in production at Walt Disney Animation Studios – under wraps until now – as the team prepares their next big-screen epic.

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