CinemaCon: Disney Skirts Around ‘Star Wars,’ Spotlights Marvel, Pixar

Mouse House shows live-action 'Cinderella' footage

While Disney chose not to reveal any new details or footage from Lucas Films’ upcoming “Star Wars,” the studio shined the spotlight on its other franchises during its CinemaCon presentation Wednesday, including Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” as well as Pixar’s 2015 release “Inside Out.”

In addition to the “Inside Out” sneak peek, Horn and Dave Hollis, exec VP of worldwide distribution for Disney, showed roughly five minutes from another 2015 release, the live-action version of “Cinderella,” which stars Cate Blanchett, Lily James and Helena Bonham Carter.

Pixar’s “Inside Out,” which has been slotted for release next summer, drew enthusiastic responses from the crowd, screening an extended clip from the film, which is set in the mind of a young girl whose emotions — Joy, Fear, Sadness and Anger — are the main characters.

Disney chairman Alan Horn referenced the fact that Pixar will not have a release in 2014.

“There’s no film this year because these guys took it back,” Horn said, “but John Lasseter has a saying that quality is the best business plan.”

PHOTOS: Angelina Jolie, Jon Hamm, Seth Rogen, The Rock at CinemaCon

As for any “Star Wars” news, all Horn said was that the film will be set “30 years after Episode 6” and will feature a trio of young leads, “but we are not quite ready to share anything else yet.”

Horn expressed the need for making more modestly-budgeted films at Disney, saying, “It’s very important to us that we make them.”

Following the studio’s formal presentation, Horn presented “Million Dollar Arm” star Jon Hamm with the confab’s excellence in acting award. “I am intensely proud of this film and not just because I have to be,” Hamm said of the inspirational sports pic set in India.

Horn said “Million Dollar Arm,” which bows Stateside on May 16, has been getting stellar early responses from test screenings — better even than the first “Harry Potter,” which the exec shepherded at Warner Bros. The Mouse screened “Million Dollar Arm” in its entirety directly following the presentation.

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  1. Fred 35 says:

    Disney are smart. They know Marvel is now bigger than Star Wars. Of course they’re going to promote the more popular productions.

  2. Classic Trilogy Old School Fan says:

    Disney should not share a single detail about Star Wars until THE FIRST TRAILER hits! Now THAT would be a nod to the old school. F the tweets and the set pics and the interviews, let the fanboys spread their rumors — the baller move, and the one that will truly pay off at the box-office by showing street cred and that they ain’t fooling around because they know they have the goods — is to keep it completely shrouded in secrecy until we see that first footage and are TOTALLY BLOWN AWAY.

    I remember paying to see Wing Commander in 1998 to see the first Phantom Menace trailer — yes, kids, we did things like that back in that bygone age, and they even showed the trailer twice, once before and once after that Freddie Prinze, Jr. crapfest. The first time I laid eyes on Darth F’ing Maul unleashing the two-sided light saber I almost pooped my pantaloons.

    It made it an event.

    THAT’S what Star Wars is all about.

    Bring it Abrams, Kasdan and Horn. Bring it. And may the Force be with you.

  3. 8==========D says:

    Not much bro

  4. bhav says:


  5. Kenny says:

    1. More modestly-budgeted films? Good, I’ll expect more Muppet movies. Thank you.

    2. Jesus, people, let them make the Star Wars movie first. It’s coming, relax.

    • LOL says:

      Didn’t Disney in the ’90s make Dead Presidents and Summer of Sam? Those films were modestly budgeted and, more importantly, seriously good. I’ll have all of that.

  6. Jay says:

    Again Disney fails Star Wars fans.

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