Written by: Tony Lazlo, CC2K Staff Writer
Harry Potter and mean old Mr. Dursley are headed for the Great White Way, while Lollapalooza has found its front band and Disney revels its upcoming animation plans.
Daniel Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths will reprise their roles in Peter Shaffer's classic play Equus on Broadway this fall.
In other Broadway news, John Leguizamo is set to star in a revival of David Mamet's American Buffalo. Robert Falls will direct.
Moviefone has the trailer for Ice Age 3.
Radiohead is set to headline Lollapalooza.
Cole Hauser will star in a new CBS crime series called The Tower.
Disney unveiled its slate of upcoming animation, and I must say that I'm excited to hear about the return of the studio's hand-drawn animation division. Here are some highlights, courtesy of Variety:
• "Up," set for release May 29, 2009, will be Pixar's first 3-D title, and thereafter every Pixar toon will be produced in 3-D. Disney has been an early proponent of the format, starting with 2005's "Chicken Little," and all its own toons going forward will use the format as well. Lasseter noted he is such a fan that his wedding pictures were done in 3-D. Along with its new pics, Disney is also releasing Pixar classics "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2" in digital 3-D in 2009 and 2010, respectively. (Editor: I'm assuming this isn't based on the Russ Meyer movie. Ha-cha-cha.)
• Larry the Cable Guy, who voiced Mater in "Cars," took the stage to announce that "Cars 2" is going into production, with a planned release date of summer 2012. It's being directed by "Ratatouille" producer Brad Lewis and is the first sequel for Pixar outside the "Toy Story" franchise. Though "Cars" didn't do as well at the box office as some other Pixar titles, it has been a licensing bonanza for the Mouse House.
• Miley Cyrus will be a lead voice opposite John Travolta in Thanksgiving's "Bolt," formerly titled "American Dog." About 15 minutes of footage of the pic screened to some of the heartiest applause of the day.
• "Toy Story 3" will be released June 18, 2010. Plot details for the third part remain under wraps, though the filmmakers said it begins with Andy (owner of Woody and Buzz) about to head off to college. A Ken doll will be the franchise's newest toy.
• Anchoring the Disney side of things is the hand-drawn musical "The Princess and the Frog," from "Aladdin" and "Little Mermaid" helmers John Musker and Ron Clements, who were lured back to Disney by Lasseter. It's set for a Christmas 2009 release. Stills were shown, and star Anika Noni Rose performed a song live, as did Randy Newman and his eight-piece New Orleans combo.
• Disney's long-in-development CG version of "Rapunzel" finally has a release date: Christmas 2010. It's directed by studio vet Glen Keane and Dean Wellins.
• Pixar will have two original films in 2011: "Newt," a romantic comedy directed by Oscar-winning sound designer Gary Rydstrom, and "The Bear and the Bow," a magical tale set in Scotland and helmed by Brenda Chapman, who previously directed "The Prince of Egypt" for DreamWorks. The first Pixar feature from a femme helmer will star the voices of Reese Witherspoon, Billy Connolly and Emma Thompson.
"I love sincere fairy tales," Lasseter said.
• Last release on the slate for Disney Animation Studios is Christmas 2012's "King of the Elves," directed by Aaron Blaise and Robert Walker, based on the short story by sci-fi scribe Dick.
Some stills from this week's Battlestar Galactica have leaked online, including this classic shot of Dr. Baltar.
Chloe Sevigny and Zooey Deschanel will star in the comedy Divorce Ranch.
From the world of angry atheists: Richard Dawkins is totally going to guest star on Doctor Who!
Sega announced their lineup of mobile games for 2008.
The Feelies are back together! Yes! (Hell, I don't know if that's news. It was on the front page of Pitchfork.)
Author: Tony Lazlo, CC2K Staff Writer
Robert J. Peterson is a writer and web developer living in Los Angeles. A Tennessee native, he graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He’s written for newspapers and websites all over the country, including the Marin Independent Journal, the Telluride Daily Planet, CC2KOnline.com, Offscreen, and Geekscape.net. He co-hosts the podcasts Make It So and Hiram’s Lodge. He’s appeared as a pop-culture guru on the web talk shows Comics on Comics, The Fanbase Press Week In Review, Collider Heroes, ScreenJunkies TV Fights, and Fandom Planet. He’s the founder of California Coldblood Books.