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'Tomorrowland': D23 blows the lid off Disney sci-fi saga's 'mystery box'

What’s in the box?

For months, ever since Disney revealed that its upcoming, epic sci-fi saga would be called Tomorrowland, the studio has teased fans with the contents of an archived box containing a hodgepodge of mysterious items.

On Saturday at D23, Disney’s Comic-Con-like fan gathering, director Brad Bird and screenwriter Damon Lindelof opened it before thousands of onlookers.
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Casting Net: Britt Robertson heads to 'Tomorrowland'; Plus, Max Greenfield, Gina Carano, and more

• Britt Robertson (Under the Dome) scored the lead in Disney’s Tomorrowland, alongside George Clooney and Hugh Laurie. The film — which will be directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles) and written by Bird, Damon Lindelof (Star Trek Into Darkness), and Entertainment Weekly’s own Jeff “Doc” Jensen — is about “a high school girl with an unconventional understanding of technology” who “is launched on a journey to reclaim her future,” according to a Disney press release. The movie is due December 12, 2014.

• Max Greenfield (New Girl) is officially back as Detective Leo! While the actor spilled the beans about his involvement in the upcoming Veronica Mars movie last month, director Rob Marshall sealed the deal in a Kickstarter backer email Thursday. “When I first reached out to Max about being in the movie, he said he’d do the movie for free and pay for his own travel,” Marshall wrote. “This is only one of the many reasons I love Max. It’s also why actors have agents. (Don’t worry, SAG! We are paying Max!)” Greenfield also recorded a video message for his fans before he started filming.
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'We lost a legend': Ray Harryhausen remembered by Depp, Abrams, del Toro, Gilliam, more

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As news spread Tuesday that Ray Harryhausen had died at age 92 there was an especially emotional reaction from sci-fi, horror and fantasy filmmakers — a community with a deep and formative affection for the old-school effects wizard and the work he did on films such as The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad and Clash of the Titans (1981). EW reached out to some signature names in those circles on Tuesday to frame the legacy of Harryhausen and by phone and email they responded with praise for a departed master.

J.J. Abrams, director, producer and screenwriter (Star Trek Into Darkness, Lost): “He was, obviously, a genius, infinitely ahead of his time. He inspired us all with his skill and imagination, and will be missed.”

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'Tomorrowland': Disney archives dives into '1952' mystery box

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We revealed last week that the ultra-secretive “1952” project George Clooney is starring in for Disney is actually called Tomorrowland, and photos of a box of miscellaneous … uh, stuff that supposedly inspired the film were tweeted by filmmaker Brad Bird and co-writer Damon Lindelof.

What’s in the box, (as a fellow once asked?)

Official Disney fan club D23 has posted some analysis via Disney archives director Becky Cline, exploring just what’s in the image, though they don’t seem to have access to sift through the actual box just yet.

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Disney's mysterious '1952' movie has a new name ... 'Tomorrowland' -- EXCLUSIVE

The working title has been 1952, but the top secret film being developed by Disney is now unveiling its official moniker …

Tomorrowland.

The live-action movie will star George Clooney, and it is being developed by director Brad Bird (Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, The Incredibles, The Iron Giant) and writers Damon Lindelof and Entertainment Weekly’s own Jeff “Doc” Jensen (who has been unable to breathe a word to his colleagues. Damn him).

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Disney moves 'Maleficent' to summer 2014, claims summer 2015 for Capt. Jack Sparrow

After a period of relative quiet in the House of Mouse’s feature film department, Disney’s magic cinema cauldron is brewing once more.

The studio announced today that Angelina Jolie’s live-action Maleficent — a retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story from the perspective of its wicked villain — has been shifted from its original release date of March 14, 2014 to the far more high profile release of July 2, 2014, smack in the middle of the Independence Day holiday. It will also be released in 3-D.  READ FULL STORY

Damon Lindelof is not writing the 'Prometheus' sequel

Much of the disappointment surrounding this summer’s Prometheus wound up centering on the Alien sorta-prequel’s co-screenwriter, Damon Lindelof, who was already a geek punching-bag for the curious crime of co-creating one of the most popular geek-themed TV shows ever and then failing to deliver a perfect ending. Lindelof has always been a good sport about the negative fandom. In an interview with Collider, the writer-producer genially explains: “Much to the delight of all the fanboys, I don’t see myself being involved in Prometheus-er.” Which is to say: Lindelof is no longer involved in the vaguely-planned but heavily-hinted-at sequel to Prometheus. After noting that he has been working on next year’s Star Trek sequel, a new TV show, and the mysterious 1952 project (a collaboration between Lindelof and Entertainment Weekly writer Jeff Jensen, with Brad Bird currently slated to direct), Lindelof explains: READ FULL STORY

'Star Wars' reaction: Abrams, Favreau, Nolfi, and Rodriguez weigh in -- EXCLUSIVE

Some of the biggest Star Wars fans in the world are the Hollywood writers, directors, and producers who bought a ticket for a Jedi movie in the 1970s and 1980s. On Tuesday, as headlines announced a new hope for a return to Star Wars glory, those Tinseltown loyalists were hit by the Force all over again.

“All I can say is my heart literally started racing when I heard,” said Damon Lindleof, screenwriter for Prometheus. George Nolfi, writer-director of The Adjustment Bureau, said the horizon will need to be bigger to handle the colossal project taking shape there. “I can’t imagine,” Nolfi said Tuesday night, “a larger event-film for our generation than a sequel to Return of the Jedi.”

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Damon Lindelof and Seth Grahame-Smith face their critics (kind of), talk new TV show and new 'It' movies

“It’s amazing to wake up and read a tweet that says: “Please kill yourself.'” That was Seth Grahame-Smith, the screenwriter behind this summer’s poorly received Dark Shadows remake and the horrifically received Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Grahame-Smith was onstage at Nerd HQ — Zachary Levi’s offshoot demi-convention, located a few blocks away from San Diego Comic-Con — and was joined by Lost co-creator, Prometheus co-writer, and fellow nerd-rage victim Damon Lindelof for a freewheeling chat session called “The Art of Being Despised.” Both Lindelof and Grahame-Smith stressed that, even having written major motion pictures, they are still first and foremost fans. “And we are simply incapable of ignoring what our fellow fans are saying,” explained Lindelof. The implicit promise was that the Q&A session would function as a real-world analogue to the firestorm of criticism that both Prometheus and Abraham Lincoln suffered from online. READ FULL STORY

Damon Lindelof on whether 'Prometheus' is an 'Alien' prequel, plus life after 'Lost'

For six seasons on the cult TV show Lost, writer Damon Lindelof learned a few things about keeping fans in the dark. Not a day would go by that someone wouldn’t come up to him and ask what it all meant. Needless to say, he learned to keep secrets and stoke an air of mystery. All of which has come in handy on his latest project, Ridley Scott’s hush-hush sci-fi space epic Prometheus.

Lindelof, who shares a screenplay credit on the film with Jon Spaihts, has been tight-lipped about the film in the walk-up to its release on June 8 — in particular about the question that’s on every fanboy (and girl’s) mind: Is Prometheus an Alien prequel as has been rumored? EW spoke with Lindelof for this week’s cover story; here’s a transcript of the full interview.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Did you get a chance to visit the set of Prometheus?
DAMON LINDELOF: Yes, I spent about a month at Pinewood Studios in London — a couple of weeks at the very beginning and then a couple of weeks about a month in. To me, after working on Star Trek, where we did a lot of green screen, I was bowled over by the vastness of Ridley’s sets at Pinewood. It felt like old-school filmmaking in all of the right ways. You walk through those doors and you are transported just by the sheer audacity and magnitude of some of those sets.
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