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Disney Is Making a Film About Charles Darwin From the Writer of ‘Traffic’

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Odd proclamation: Stephen Gaghan, the writer of Traffic and Syriana, is developing a movie — which he’ll be writing and directing — for Disney. Second odd proclamation: it’s about Charles Darwin. As Darwin famously developed theories of natural selection and evolution, he obviously hasn’t been popular among religious zealots and conflicted biology teachers, and Disney’s surprising decision could lead to some very funny protests whenever this film gets completed. 
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20 Things You Didn’t Know About Disney Theme Parks

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One of the Disney parks’ themed lands, Tomorrowland depicts a unique view of the future. “Tomorrow can be a wonderful age. Our scientists today are opening the doors of the Space Age to achievements that will benefit our children and generations to come,” Walt Disney once remarked. “The Tomorrowland attractions have been designed to give you an opportunity to participate in adventures that are a living blueprint of our future.” The Brad Bird-directed film adaptation of the attraction opened in theaters this weekend. A movie based on a Disney theme park attraction could only be possible due to the level of detail Walt insisted upon when building his fantasy worlds. Here are just a few fun facts about the Disney theme parks that you might not know.
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Brad Bird’s ‘Tomorrowland’ Should Have Been Great — So What Went Wrong?

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It seems safe to bet that deep inside every filmmaker, there lurks a burning desire to make a movie in the exact style of his or her favorite director. It’s the best way to explain the scores of filmmakers doing mini-Scorsese movies in the ‘90s; young filmmakers of the late ‘90s and early ’00s gave us plenty of junior Woody Allen pictures. And when a certain kind of filmmaker (most likely one who was a kid in the 1980s) gets access to a big budget and a summer berth, they apparently want to make a Spielberg movie. J.J. Abrams did it a few years back with Super 8; Colin Trevorrow is reportedly making his Jurassic World, due next month, less a sequel than a Spielberg homage. And then we have Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland, with enough nostalgic golden glow, characters gazing off in a wonder, and John Williams-esque music cues to seem, in spots, like a Spielberg cosplay. Yet Bird seems to have learned the hard way what Abrams did in Super 8: the aesthetics are easy to ape, but one should never underestimate the value Spielberg places on tight, clear, logical storytelling.
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