Welcome to the last week in April TV and movie fans, Gene Scallop here for my Entertainment Report. Here’s what’s topping today!
5 upcoming episodes are planned for The Penguins of Madagascar as the total episodes for season 3 increases from 17 to 22. Off the heels of their recent Earth Day special, the flightless spies continue to protect Central Park Zoo no matter what might happen this time. Speaking of possible things happening, let’s check the Penguins petition.
As of last week, 658 fans have signed on thus far with 25 fans in total. There’s no sign of any bad news yet, so keep signing on Penguins fans, make sure that you make Skipper proud as other fans get closer to the goal!
In other toon news, we recently reported that the Sponge had hit the 172 episode mark. As a treat, the 2 remaining episodes Face Freeze and Demolition Doofus will air sometime in May. We haven’t any info on the airdate, but we’ll let you know as soon as we get it!
Breaking news from Disney! Angie Angelfish has for us a surprising treat from Cinema Con 2012! Is there any hope for the mouse Angie?
Angie Angelfish (via Dateline Hollywood on location in Las Vegas) — Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy were personally on hand as Disney president of production Sean Bailey officially announced there will be a Muppets 2 while addressing the annual gathering of theater owners in Las Vegas.
Later, Disney and Pixar animation chief John Lasseter announced that Pixar is pursuing a 2015 animated film based around the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos. Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich will be in the director’s chair with Darla K. Anderson producing.
Pixar also has titled its May 30, 2014 dinosaur film The Good Dinosaur.
Bailey provided no other details regarding the Muppets sequel, which was one of a number of projects touted during Disney’s presentation at Cinema Con. Exhibitors saw the first footage from Oz: The Great and Powerful, as well as 30 minutes from Brave, the first Pixar film to feature a female heroine, while Johnny Depp showed up to tout Lone Ranger.
Bailey informed exhibitors that recording artist Jack White will write, produce and perform the score for The Lone Ranger, which opens May 2013.
Disney has good reason to pump its upcoming slate: its turn on the stage at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace comes only days after Walt Disney Studios chairman Rich Ross resigned follow box office bomb John Carter.
Exhibitors responded warmly to the Oz presentation, a combination of footage and concept art that was introduced by director Sam Raimi and producer Joe Roth. Oz stars James Franco and Mila Kunis took the stage after.–
Franco went off script just as the music cued up for the group to exit, commenting that the tendency is for big movies to have more and more violence and action. “This is a different kind of big movie,” he said.
Depp and Lone Ranger producer Jerry Bruckheimer showed up to discuss their movie, which features Depp in the role of Tonto (Armie Hammer plays the Lone Ranger). Bruckheimer promised that Depp is a decidedly unconventional Tonto.
“He’s got some interesting additions,” said Depp, who received a rousing response.
Added Bruckheimer: “It’s the Odd Couple meets The Wild Bunch.”
Tim Burton and footage from his upcoming stop-action picture Franken weenie was another hit of Disney’s show. The 3D black-and-white movie opens Oct. 5.
DreamWorks also was part of the Disney presentation, including a clip Chris Pine-Elizabeth Banks summer drama People Like Us. There was no footage shown from Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln.
Pixar’s part of the presentation also included a tease of the 3D re-release of Finding Nemo. And, before Brave played, Lasseter took off his famous Hawaiian shirt to don a traditional Scottish kilt and take the stage with a group of bagpipers.
That’s really good news for Disney! We’ll keep you locked in for the newest movies from The Mouse starting this summer and into this fall. And as always, Fish Head and I will give you the skinny as part of our summer movie preview.
Here’s a preview of what to expect for May. Next month is Paramount’s 100th birthday. We’ll take a look back of the mountain’s early years and what the future holds for the biggest movie studio in the world. That’s it for April for my entertainment report. We’ll see you in May TV and movie fans!