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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…)

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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…)

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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…)

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Star Wars fans lost their collective minds when it was announced at San Diego Comic Con earlier this year that non-canonical, fan favorite villain, Grand Admiral Thrawn, would be appearing in the 3rd season of Star Wars: Rebels. Back when Disney acquired the Star Wars franchise, it was announced that everything outside of the 6 films, The Clone Wars TV show, and Star Wars: Rebels would not be considered canon. This effectively cast aside the countless books, comics, and video games that contributed to the Star Wars lore in the years between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Among those elements that didn’t survive Disney’s version of Order 66 was Thrawn, who first appeared in Heir to the Empire written by Timothy Zahn. (more…)

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This year marks the 25th anniversary of the animated Beauty and the Beast, and while my heart can’t take the amount of joy at all the great set photos and trailers, Disney’s taking this opportunity to remind fans of what’s in store for the live-action Beauty and the Beast coming next year. The studio has just released a sneak peek at the new film, featuring stars Emma Watson and Dan Stevens and director Bill Condon. Check it out!

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With the announcement at San Diego Comic Con this year that Disneyland Anaheim will be transforming the Tower of Terror into a Guardians of the Galaxy themed ride, the rumor mill has started brewing again over possible Marvel additions at Disney theme parks, but this time at their Disney World Orlando parks. Meanwhile, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster gets a minor, but possibly long overdue update that might disappoint some guest.  (more…)

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Star Wars Rebels has become a fan favorite show among the legion of Star Wars fans. The show largely filled the gap that was left after the cancellation of Star Wars: The Clone Wars (which was rushed off air so quickly the final season became a Netflix exclusive). The show is comprised of largely the same team, following the same art style who have actually managed to close a few plot threads from the other show—however, while Clone Wars followed young Jedi padawan Ahsoka Tano and her master Anakin Skywalker between the Episode II and III films, the new series is set years later, showing the formation of the early Rebel alliance pre-Episode IV. The show has been successful enough that it is already gearing up for the third season. (more…)

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You hear about it all the time: a fan, or team of talented and creative fans, like a property something so much, they band together to create a fan-game. A not-for-profit, totally labor of love style endeavor that should fall into the realm of “fan art”, but always seems to tick off the rights owners of those properties. It’s happened on multiple occasions with Chrono Trigger, the canned fan-remake of Metal Gear, and then there was that weird My Little Pony fighting game that got hit with a cease and desist… almost immediately after raising $200,000 in donations for breast cancer research. Classy move, Hasbro. All in all, it seems like companies don’t like to reward their fans time and effort when it comes to creating fan content in the form of games… and unfortunately, it seems the trend continues with Star Wars(more…)

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The Rocketeer, based on the comic book series by the late great Dave Stevens, while a delightful movie, was a bomb when released in theaters. It came in fourth behind Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, City Slickers and Dying Young it’s opening weekend and only grossed $46 million at the box office on a $35 million dollar budget. The film did capture quite the cult following though and years later The Rocketeer is still a cosplay favorite at conventions. Disney is set to bring The Rocketeer back to the big screen with a sequel, with a twist. (more…)

Lucasfilm Plans Even More Han Solo Films

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In a move that should come as no surprise to anyone, The New York Daily News reports that Lucasfilm and Disney are in talks to produce more Han Solo movies. In what has become the norm in Hollywood, Alden Ehrenreich, the recently confirmed casting choice for young Han Solo, has been quietly signed on for a three film contract, which if it comes to fruition will no doubt make many fans giddy with happiness.   (more…)