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Just when you thought it was safe to hope that this year’s San Diego Comic Con wasn’t going to be underwhelming… With a number of big studios and production companies bowing out of this year’s festivities, all hope for awesome things was pegged on the ones who are coming to play. One of them is Warner Bros., who will – presumably – be bringing loads of goodies from Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. The other hope – oddly enough – was Star Wars. With Hall H Marvel-less this year, all eyes turned to J.J. Abrams et al to make those nerd eyes water with anticipation. And yet, we have to report, that your expectations are going to have to be modulated somewhat. (more…)

WTF News: Marvel Studios Will Not Appear at SDCC 2015?

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Outside of an eyeful of striking cosplays and the chance of encountering a celebrity incognito, one of the biggest draws to San Diego Comic Con is the Marvel Studios panel. Out of all the studios and networks showing exclusive footage, doing Q&As with cast and creatives, and announcing upcoming projects, none bring the house down quite like Marvel. They’re the ones that get all bloggers and all of social media a buzz. Whether having Robert Downey Jr. fawn over the crowd and vice versa, Tom Hiddleston appearing in costume as Loki, or confirming the cast of The Avengers by bringing every single major team member out on stage. There is no question they are the King of Hall H. But will that all change in 2015? (more…)

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We are still about five months away from San Diego Comic-Con but it’ll be here sooner than you think!  This weekend, the convention will be holding open registration for those who were not lucky enough to snag one of these coveted memberships to the annual Geek Mecca during preregistration, and if it is anything like years past, it will likely be the most stressful day of the year for thousands of geeks across the globe.  So, we have decided to try to make things a bit easier on you this year by giving you this handy-dandy guide to making your Registration Day a good one, whether you score those badges or not! (more…)

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With Disney‘s D23 expo somehow avoiding any significant Star Wars wars news,  people have found other things to get excited for. With so many projects announced, fans have been crowding around Maleficent the film centered around Sleeping Beauty’s villain. Releasing first ever footage from the movie, the expo has released a few new details, many of which we have for you.

Putting a spin on the classic Disney tale, viewers will be treated to Maleficent, played by Angelina Jolie, as a teenage fairy. Odds a younger actress will take over the teenage role, but as it goes on will feature Jolie at intersecting points to the Disney animation; including the battle between the prince and the dragon.

The clip released at the expo is just one of those intersecting points, the christening of Princess Aurora, played by Elle Fanning as a younger Princess. While we can’t show you the footage, since it hasn’t been leaked yet, we can however give you the cliff notes revealing the castle and the fairies, played by Juno Temple, Imelda Staunton, and Lesley Manville, granting baby Aurora wishes until things get dark and stormy.

Everything begins to shake, Maleficent’s horns appear, and then her shadow as she sweeps into the room in a giant gown. “Well well,” she laughs. “I must say I felt quite distressed not receiving an invitation. What an awkward situation.” King Stefan, played by Sharlto Copley, declares “You’re not welcome here,” but the command falls on deaf ears as green energy and smoke surround Maleficent as she casts her curse. Intercut with this scene is footage of an older Aurora running around happily, ending the clip with the audience’s knowledge of what’s to come.

It sound’s like a great way to kick off promoting a movie, and according to Slash Film’s Peter Sciretta, is a “really look[ing] like a Disney fairy tale come to life.”

Maleficent arrives July 2, 2014. Check out the newer, updated synopsis below:

“Maleficent” is the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom—and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well.

Source: /Film

D23 Expo: What the Frak is Orange Harvest?

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This is a big weekend for Disney fans as the D23 Expo kicks off bringing fans new insight into Disney’s television, film, and other attraction projects. This year’s expo should provide us with some tantalizing glimpses into what’s coming around the corner for the latest Disney acquisition, Star Wars.

The first news out this year is code-named Orange Harvest. Sounds kinda familiar doesn’t it? Blue Harvest was the code name for Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and Orange Harvest could be anything from a new movie, to an animated series, or perhaps a new ride at Disneyland. Check out the pictures below and let us know what you think Orange Harvest might be.

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*Note the R2-D2 sized hole in that crate.

Via: /Film

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Ever since Disney took over the Star Wars name and announced the start of the next trilogy fans have waited with anticipation for every new bit of news regarding the franchise. With news that Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher are all set to return you would think that SDCC would be the perfect opportunity to deliver the the goods. Instead the studio has opted to allow Marvel to take over and rule this year, but why?

With Disney having a presence at SDCC in their other big name franchises from Marvel it’s freed up Disney’s annual D23 Expo to formally announce Lucasfilm and Star Wars into the company. Taking place in Anaheim, CA between August 9th to the 11th, the “ultimate Disney fan event” will also showcase various live events, celebrity appearances, panels and presentations.

Here’s what Disney had to say in regards to Star Wars being present at the event:

Star Wars at D23 Expo! – For the first time at the D23 Expo, Star Wars fans can have access to experiences created for them by Lucasfilm and Disney. Darth Vader: The Evolution of a Villain, located in the DCP pavilion, showcases the development of the iconic villain from early concepts to striking realization. Crash Course in the Force: Star Wars Saga 101, presented by Lucasfilm’s resident authority Pablo Hidalgo in Stage 23, will give Star Wars newbies and experts alike a thorough grounding in all matters of the Force and the Star Wars legacy.

With all this talk about Star Wars, Disney hasn’t mentioned their latest project – as well as their latest Hollywood flop – The Lone Ranger. With a loss of up to $200 million dollars the studio isn’t really shaking in their boots, predicting that Episode VII will bring in $1.2 billion dollars. That easily picks up the tab for The Lone Ranger and leaves a nice billion in change to store in the magic castle next to the frozen body of Walt Disney.

Bold words considering not a single piece of footage has even been shot, it’s not 2015, and there’s no confirmation on any actors other than members of the original cast. What do you think though? Is it too soon to call or should we all get ready to pre-order our tickets and get in line at the theaters?

Source: /Film

Remember all the whining and bitching when from it was revealed Marvel, in this case their films, would have little to no presence at San Diego Comic-Con? It turns out this was all part of a business-y type move by Marvel and their now parent company, Disney.

See, a few weeks after Comic-Con, Disney likes to hold this little shindig of their own down in Anaheim, CA. It’s called D23, and it’s like Comic-Con, but everything comes from Disney. Actually, it sounds completely awesome, because, whatever with what you might think, I will always freakin’ love Disney. They’re classic, and hopefully they’ll continue to stay afloat with a few more of those Pixar movies. But to keep away all The Avengers goodies from your key demographic and fanbase (SDCC, duh.) seems like a cold move.

But, as of now, who cares. We’re about to find out all the awesome shit Marvel has planned for us over the next year. The D23 Expo kicks of August 21st and I’d expect any and all news about The Avengers or other unannounced Marvel projects to be making headlines. So stay tuned.

Below the cut read the official press release detailing the kind of Marvel programming we can expect from D23.

source: Geek Tyrant

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