– Disney has announced a whole host of new animated films at their annual expo D23. Among those confirmed are Finding Dory (a sequel to Finding Nemo), Planes Fire & Rescue (sequel to the just released Planes), two new Tinkerbell movies and new films Zootopia and The Good Dinosaur. The first of these films is expected in late 2015. A new Mickey Mouse animated short is also due.
– Also at the expo, a number of live action films were confirmed including Cinderella, Maleficent and Muppets Most Wanted. Angelina Jolie will feature in Maleficent while Kenneth Branagh is in pre-production before he shoots Cinderella.
– Star Wars Epiosde VII will be released in Summer 2015. In what looks to be an action packed year, the new instalment in the sci-fi franchise will be competing with Independence Day 2, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and the new Terminator movie.
– Not content with enough star power already, Guy Ritchie has just signed up Hugh Grant to join the supporting cast of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Grant will star opposite Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. Hugh Grant is in the meantime hard at work on a new rom-com playing a down on his luck screenwriter.
– Bruce Willis has been dropped from the cast of The Expendables 3 after reportedly demanding a million dollars per day for four days work, a fee which Stallone was unwilling to pay the veteran tough nut. Harrison Ford has been confirmed as his replacement.
– Oscar-nominated actress Karen Black has died aged 74. The veteran actress is perhaps best known for roles in Easy Rider and the 1974 version of The Great Gatsby. Tributes were paid on Twitter by Edgar Wright, Mia Farrow and Juliette Lewis.
– Mark Strong has been teasing interviewers with rumours of him appearing as Lex Luther in the highly anticipated Batman Vs Superman film. Asked if the rumours were true his cheeky response was simply ‘watch this space…’. So erm…watch this space for more on that one…
– Christopher McQuarrie’s latest mission will be directing Mission: Impossible 5. Iron Man 3’s Drew Pearce is currently writing the script, and with Tom Cruise already aboard, progress is expected to quicken. News of whether Jeremy Renner or Simon Pegg may be involved is yet to be announced.