At Disney’s Epcot theme park in Orlando, Fl sits the park’s signature landmark – Spaceship Earth. This giant 180′ ft tall round globe has been a staple attraction ever since the park opened in 1982. It stands front and center, greeting guests to a world of imagination. While foreboding looking, its presence gets knocked down a peg thanks to its not so exciting innards. The ride inside is a boring and highly inaccurate tram ride through human’s technological history *fart noise*. Still, it’s a giant sphere. Giant spheres are cool! And it’s going to look even cooler. On Dec 5th, just in time for Star Wars: Rogue One, the worlds largest looking golfball will be transformed in a freakin’ Death Star! (more…)
Love it or hate it, James Cameron has inundated the world with his Avatar universe. Despite there being some years between the release of the first movie (2009), there are two sequels already in the works scheduled to release in 2017 and 2018, with a fourth film planned for some unknown point in the future. There’s also Avatar Land, an atmospheric reproduction of the Avatar-verse coming to Disney World’s: Animal Kingdom. The latter park expansion has been right on schedule and that’s more than can be said for Avatar as a film property. As it stands now Avatar 2 is still in pre-production with no official release date. Avatar Land, however, as recently announced by Disney, will open summer 2017.
Atop of the Avatar Land’s expected summer opening, a new video has also surfaced showing off an animatronic character. The video has been making away around the net, both for how hyper-realistic and incredibly unsettling it is. (more…)
Finally the first trailer has hit the Internet for Emma Watson‘s live action Beauty and the Beast adaptation. Enough with all the posters and teasers Hollywood, just get to it already. The visuals are stunning, the music uplifting, it’s everything you’d expect in a Disney fairy tale. This latest take on B&B looks to one of the better attempts. check out the trailer below. (more…)
In 1975, Chris Claremont and John Byrne took over an under selling Marvel comic The X-Men taking the series to new heights in sales and popularity over the following 16 years. When the X-Men movies in early 2000 jump-started the superhero movement to the big screen, many of the characterizations and plot points were pulled straight out of the Claremont/Byrnes run. In a recent interview at New York Comic Con Claremont talked with Hugh Sheridan (via BleedingCool) and discussed the current state of the X-Men comics at Marvel. (more…)
Along with secretly handing out books on the London Underground, talking to politicians around the world about the issues affecting women and young people and generally being an amazing role model for everyone, Emma Watson has spent her time being the face of Disney‘s new live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. Taking on the iconic role of Belle, her modernised portrayal of the classic love story promises to be a piece of history for Disney specifically and cinema in general. This film could be a bench mark for Disney’s live action revivals, for the merge between CGI and live action movies and for the way that classic love stories evolve. (more…)
So far this season, Agents of SHIELD has focused on building the story around Ghost Rider while tying in subplots from last season’s Inhuman arc. The show runners have also thrown in a sprinkle of Civil War. Some of the interactions between series regulars has taken a backseat to the world building. For instance, the normally inseparable duo of Fitz and Simmons didn’t share a single scene in this episode. Fans of the on again, off again romance between the two probably feel like their hard earned relationship is far from paying off.
With Disney’s new “in thing” being rebooting their famous animated films into live action feature films, they are (re) rolling out the hits. After the success of The Jungle Book and next on their plate is Beauty and The Beast next year. In has recently been announced that Disney’s next live-action remake will be Mulan. Mulan was based on the legend of Hua Mulan as she impersonated a man to take her father’s place during war. Disney has already set a release date of November 2, 2018, for the new version of the film. It looks like the film is already in some trouble when it comes to casting. (more…)
George Lucas was heavily criticized for his work on the Star Wars prequel trilogy. And rightly so. Had Lucas not sold Lucasfilm to Disney, he may very well have made his version of The Force Awakens. However, there have been interviews that have surfaced which provide some insight as to what a George Lucas helmed Episode VII would have looked like. (more…)
The Walt Disney Company has gone to tremendous pain to make sure their upcoming animated film Moana is true to the South Pacific legend it’s based on, and is appropriate and culturally sensitive. But as they do, Disney shot itself in the foot (proverbially speaking) when, last week, they unveiled the Halloween costume based on one of the movie’s characters, the demigod Maui voiced by Dwayne Johnson. Many people have accused Disney of promoting “brownface” for the full body suit recreation of Maui’s tattoo-covered build, and now the company is confessing that they’ve screwed up and are pulling the costumes. (more…)
In social justice news, Disney is under fire today for another public outcry revolving around its upcoming film Moana. While many are happy to see Disney’s first ever film featuring a Polynesian Princess, activists have taken umbrage with the film’s insensitive depiction of Maui peoples – choosing to illustrate the film’s lead characters in a rubenesque body type. As if citing Disney for racial stereotyping wasn’t enough, the house of mouse just got whacked with a collective “Oh no they didn’t”, thanks to selling a questionable Halloween costume of one of the movie’s characters. (more…)