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2012 Upcoming New Film Productions

These are some the new movies in production for 2012.

These new movies are being prepared for release in 2012. "Sneak previews" for some of these upcoming films are provided by the movie companies.

Read details of the development, production and filming provided by the filmmakers and producers. Photo clips, video clips and links to the Official movie web sites are posted as they become available.

Since these movie production notes are provided by the film companies to promote their upcoming new releases, the content is copyright of the respective sources and cannot be republished or distributed without permission from the production company source.

Billy Crystal hosted for 84th Academy Awards Oscars 2012. Producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer have announced that Billy Crystal served as host for the 84th Academy Awards. See this year's nominations and read about the 2012 Academy Awards.

The 2012 Movie Calendar links to movies being released in 2012.

The Avenger's in spring 2012. The film unites the world’s greatest Super Heroes when Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) join S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Nick Fury (Samuel Jackson) to protect the world from the dangerously powerful villain, Loki (Tom Hiddleston). Watch exclusve interview trailers of Marvel's The Avengers.

John Carter. 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of Burroughs’ character John Carter, the original space hero featured in the series, who has thrilled generations with his adventures on Mars. Over generations, John Carter has become a heroic paradigm across all forms of pop culture. From novels to comic books, artwork to animation, TV and now cinema, the character has inspired some of the most creative minds of the last century. Watch an exclusive interview with Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West in John Carter.

‘Beauty and the Beast,’ ‘Finding Nemo,’ ‘Monsters, Inc.’ and ‘The Little Mermaid’ make 3D Debut in 2012 and 2013

On the heels of the phenomenal success of The Lion King 3D – which will cross the $80 million mark at the domestic box office in 2011 – The Walt Disney Studios has announced limited theatrical engagements for four of its classic films for the first time in 3D.

The following titles from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios will be released in 2012 and 2013:

  • Beauty and the Beast – January 13, 2012
  • Disney•Pixar’s Finding Nemo – September 14, 2012
  • Disney•Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. – January 18, 2013 (Monsters University, a prequel to the original film, arrives in theaters in Disney Digital 3D on June 21, 2013)
  • The Little Mermaid – September 13, 2013

“Great stories and great characters are timeless, and at Disney we’re fortunate to have a treasure trove of both,” said Alan Bergman, President, The Walt Disney Studios.

“We’re thrilled to give audiences of all ages the chance to experience these beloved tales in an exciting new way with 3D – and in the case of younger generations, for the first time on the big screen.”

Originally released in 1991, Beauty and the Beast is a classic “tale as old as time” that follows the adventures of Belle, a bright young woman imprisoned in the castle of a mysterious beast and his enchanted staff, who must learn the most important lesson of all – that true beauty comes from within.

Beauty and the Beast was the first animated film ever nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Picture, earning an additional five Oscar® nominations and winning two. It has grossed $380.4 million worldwide.

First released in 2003, Disney•Pixar’s Finding Nemo takes audiences into a whole new world in this undersea adventure about family, courage and challenges. When Marlin, an overly cautious clownfish living in the Great Barrier Reef, helplessly watches his son get scooped up by a diver, he must put aside his fears of the ocean and leave the safety of his coral enclave to find Nemo. Buoyed by the companionship of Dory, a forgetful but relentlessly optimistic fish, Marlin finds himself the unlikely hero in a seemingly impossible land-and-sea rescue. 

Finding Nemo won an Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature and was nominated for three others. With a total of $867.6 million worldwide, it was the second highest-grossing film of 2003.

In 2001, Disney•Pixar released Monsters, Inc. Lovable Sulley and his wisecracking sidekick Mike Wazowski are the top scare team at Monsters, Inc., the scream-processing factory in Monstropolis. But when a little girl named Boo wanders into their world, it’s up to Sulley and Mike to keep her out of sight and get her back home.

Monsters, Inc. shattered every DVD-era home entertainment sales record when 11 million DVD/VHS copies were sold during its first week of release. It won an Academy Award® for Best Song and has grossed $526.9 million worldwide.

Released in 1989, The Little Mermaid, stars Ariel, a fun-loving and mischievous mermaid, off on the adventure of a lifetime with her best friend, the adorable Flounder, and the reggae-singing Caribbean crab Sebastian.

But it will take all of her courage and determination to make her dreams come true and save her father’s beloved kingdom from the sneaky sea witch Ursula. One of the most celebrated animated films of all time, The Little Mermaid was nominated for three Academy Awards®, winning two. It has grossed $228.9 million worldwide.

For more than 85 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) was built.

Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under four banners: Walt Disney Pictures, which includes Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel; and Touchstone Pictures, which includes the distribution of live-action films from DreamWorks Studios.

For more information, visit www.waltdisneystudios.com. 

The 21st Heartland Film Festival

Heartland Truly Moving Pictures films once again demonstrate Heartland’s commitment to bring inspiring films – and filmmakers - to Indianapolis for its 10-day festival. This year’s 21st Annual Heartland Film Festival at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Read more about the 2012 Heartland Film Festival.

2012 Movie Calendar

New and Upcoming Films & Trailers


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  • Butter is an attempt to satirize the Obama/Hillary primaries but the infantile plot and host of clichéd characters never get beyond bad melodrama. There's not one clever or even funny line and, by the time the curtain falls, the only thing Butter has managed to lampoon is its own stark failure to entertain. Opens March 16, 2012 in US.
  • The beginning of Wanderlust is quite entertaining but, as the minutes tick by, the energy slowly drains, the story takes an infantile turn and the characters we meet are either boringly normal or unrealistically bizarre.  This unwieldy mix flounders between slapstick and true life and creates a hybrid that lacks sincerity, believability or even one funny line.            
  • February 24: Act of Valor is a high-octane action film about global terrorism, a drug dealer, a kidnapped CIA agent and a company of active-duty real-life Navy Seals. However badly constructed the story is, and it's really bad, it's worth watching just to see these guys in action. Apart from being swash-buckling, valiant, and sharp as tacks, they're all super-cool, burly and really, really hot.
  • February 24: Good Deeds is Tyler Perry's twelfth film and, as his core audience is already lined up eagerly awaiting its release, success at the box office is guaranteed. Unfortunately, this guarantee seems to have negated Mr. Perry's need to produce anything worth watching and, in the event, he deigned to dish up a sloppy melodrama that even his fans might struggle to enjoy.
  • March 3, 2012: John Carter.
  • March 8, 2012: Oz the Great and Powerful, a new twist on an old favorite. This film tells a pre-Dorothy tale with James Franco who plays Oscar Diggs, a small-time magician who ends up in Oz and becomes a wizard. Walt Disney.
  • March 16, 2012: The Kid with a Bike is story could not be more simple nor the title more apt; an 11-year old boy takes us on a turbulent journey and, despite his tender years, he and his bike keep us captivated from beginning to end.
  • June 22, 2012: Brave Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In “Brave,” a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts.
  • July 2012: Batman 3: Dark Justice. The third sequel to the Batman series. Warner Bros.
  • August 16, 2012: The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Walt Disney
  • October 5, 2012: Frankenweenie, From creative genius Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” The Nightmare Before Christmas”). Walt Disney
  • January 20: Red Tails is a high-flying war film told from the point of view of the first African American aerial combat unit to serve in World War 11. It's real and it's thrilling and if it wasn't for the cheesy interaction that sandwiches the action together, it would be a masterpiece.
  • January 27: The Grey Have you ever flown in a plane and wondered what might happen if you were to crash and if you would be able to survive.

"Big Miracle" is an adventure rescue story about whales, native Alaskans, news reporters, tree-huggers, politicians, oil executives and seafaring Russians. It's original and enjoyable and serves as a reminder that the Good Samaritan didn't just have good intentions. He also had cash. Watch trailer and red review of Big Miracle

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO is a compelling murder mystery set in the heart of one of the most dysfunctional families in cinematic history, all of whom seem quite normal compared to the girl with the dragon tattoo. She is totally bizarre but at the same time endearing and somehow manages to give dysfunction a very good name. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (First of a Trilogy)

The Iron Lady - Heading for the Oscars. The Iron Lady is supposed to be a biopic of Margaret Thatcher but, unfortunately, relevance and truth are sacrificed in the name of the upcoming Oscars and what we actually get is Meryl Streep playing a role Helen Mirren was born for. Streep delivers what she got paid to deliver but her voice grates after a while and whether the Brits will buy an American as the iconic Mrs. Thatcher remains to be seen. Opens in Spain: 5 January 2012, UK: 6 January 2012, Netherlands: 12 January 2012, Turkey: 13 January 2012, USA: 13 January 2012, Greece: 19 January 2012, Finland: 20 January 2012, Hungary: 2 February 2012, Norway: 3 February 2012, Sweden: 3 February 2012, Portugal: 9 February 2012, Poland: 10 February 2012, Belgium: 15 February 2012, France: 15 February 2012, Lithuania: 17 February 2012, Hong Kong: 23 February 2012, Germany: 1 March 2012, Denmark: 8 March 2012. Watch movie trailer and read review of The Iron Lady.


  • 20 July 2012: Batman 3: Dark Justice


  • 3 July 2012: Untitled Spider-Man Reboot

United Kingdom

  • 1 January 2012: Moll Flanders UK release.
  • 4 May 2012: The Avengers
  • 18 July 2012: Untitled Gene Fallaize Production
  • 3 November 2012: Bunny Slope
  • 14 December 2012: Young Pretender: The Story of Bonnie Prince Charlie (Edinburgh)


  • 1 March 2012: The Lorax
  • 3 May 2012: The Avengers
  • 5 July 2012: Madagascar 3

Worldwide Movies

Happy Feet 2 The visuals are spectacular (if you like 2? D), and most of the music will have you dancing in your seat, but the story is dismal and the characters drag us from one non-event to another, uttering humorless dialogue in mismatched accents that are a perfect metaphor for the mélange on-screen. Cast: Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Alecia Moore, Hank Azaria. Opens in Czech Republic on 19 January 2012; Turkey on 20 January 2012. Watch trailer and read review of Happy Feet 2.

Hugo is a conundrum of unfinished story strands, created from undeveloped ideas, acted out by pseudo Dickensian characters whose lives exist around an eternally bustling Parisian train station which, unfortunately, doesn't feel French at all. Opens in Australia: 12 January 2012
New Zealand: 12 January 2012
Denmark: 19 January 2012
Norway: 20 January 2012
Israel: 26 January 2012
Spain: 27 January 2012
Czech Republic: 2 February 2012
Italy: 3 February 2012
Poland: 3 February 2012
Germany: 9 February 2012
Hungary: 9 February 2012
Netherlands: 9 February 2012
Portugal: 9 February 2012
Hong Kong: 16 February 2012
Brazil: 17 February 2012
Finland: 27 February 2012
Singapore: 15 March 2012
Sweden: 16 March 2012
Lithuania: 27 April 2012. Watch movie trailer and read review of Hugo.

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My Week With Marilyn. It's 1956, COLIN (Eddie Redmayne) is an aspiring filmmaker and gets a job as the 3rd Assistant Director on The Prince and the Showgirl, starring Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) and Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh), who is also the director. It is Marilyn's first visit to the UK and she brings with her her new husband, Arthur Miller (Dougray Scott), and acting coach, Paula Strasburg (Zoe Wanaker). Opens in Portugal: 5 January 2012; Norway: 13 January 2012; Sweden: 13 January 2012; Lebanon: 19 January 2012; Netherlands: 19 January 2012. Watch movie trailer for My Week With Marilyn.

WHAT'S YOUR NUMBER? is an uninspiring romantic comedy plods from one superficial moment to the next, telling us nothing we haven't been told before and showing us nothing we haven't seen. The concept is weak, the humor banal and the leading lady fails to distract us from the flawed execution of this unlikely tale. Opens in Poland - 10 February 2012; Germany - 16 February 2012. Watch movie trailer for What's Your Number?

The Big Year Stuart (Steve Martin), Brad (Jack Black) and Kenny (Owen Wiison) are all bird watching hobbyists and, for their own personal reasons, decide to compete in The Big Year, which is a competition to see who can spot the most birds in one twelve month period. Kenny already holds the world title but is desperate to defend it. He meets the other two when they make their first trip across country, each hoping to out-smart the others. Opens Portugal: 8 March 2012
Belarus, Kazakhstan: Russia on 15 March 2012; Lithuania: 16 March 2012; France: 21 March 2012; Germany: 22 March 2012; UK: 23 March 2012. Watch movie trailer of The Big Year.

THE ARTIST is a black and white silent movie which, for some reason, is expected to attract 2011 audiences. With a budget of $12 million, it all seems rather self-indulgent, exceedingly pretentious and a serious case of the Emperor's New Clothes. Opens in Germany: 26 January 2012; Hong Kong: 9 February 2012. Watch movie trailer of THE ARTIST.

War Horse: Stephen Spielberg Question & Answer Video

War Horse. The First World War is experienced through the journey of this horse—an odyssey of joy and sorrow, passionate friendship and high adventure. “War Horse” is one of the great stories of friendship and war—a successful book, it was turned into a hugely successful international theatrical hit that is arriving on Broadway next year. It now comes to screen in an epic adaptation by one of the great directors in film history.

Opens in Ireland: 13 January 2012; Poland: 13 January 2012; Spain: 13 January 2012; UK: 13 January 2012; Italy: 20 January 2012; Russia: 26 January 2012; Slovenia: 26 January 2012; Lithuania: 27 January 2012; Belgium: 1 February 2012; Hungary: 2 February 2012; Netherlands: 2 February 2012; Norway: 3 February 2012; Turkey: 3 February 2012; Hong Kong: 9 February 2012; Germany: 16 February 2012; France: 22 February 2012; Portugal: 23 February 2012; Sweden: 24 February 2012; Japan: 2 March 2012.

Watch video interview with Stephen Spielberg in a question and answer about WAR HORSE- Conquering Europe Again.

W.E. No director in the world can save a bad script so it's unfortunate that Madonna decided to write her own material for the follow-up to her first flop, which she also wrote and directed. Even more unfortunate is the fact that W stands for Wallis and E stands for Edward and, yes, it's yet another film about the royal scandal that, unlike its perpetrators, refuses to die. Watch movie trailer an review by W.E.

Sequel to 'How to Train Your Dragon' in 2013

DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA) will bring the epic action-adventure of Hiccup and his courageous Viking tribe as well as Toothless and the other beloved dragon characters on the Island of Berk back to the big screen in 3D with the sequel to How to Train Your Dragon in 2013.  

The second chapter to the critically acclaimed 2010 blockbuster, How to Train Your Dragon – which has grossed nearly $500 million at the worldwide box office – will again feature the all-star voice talents of Jay Baruchel, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, TJ Miller and Kristen Wiig. Continue reading about the release of How to Train Your Dragon.

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