Marvel released the first official plot synopsis for Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron earlier today. Don’t worry though, there’s not any smoking gun here. Nothing that spoils everything unless you’ve been on an Amish retreat in a remote ice cave in Antartica. It does set up the frame-work in which we can begin to speculate like demons though. Take a look after the jump. (more…)
Disney’s Frozen came out almost a year ago and people are still singing that damn “Let it Go”. It’s starting to become as obnoxious as the “It’s a Small World” tune. That’s actually the perfect example for today’s story. Just like “It’s a Small Word”, Frozen is to be inducted as yet another ride at Disney parks where passengers will be trapped on a log chute while a title track plays on an endless loop (I was once trapped on It’s a Small World for 45 minutes while the song played, so you can imagine my deep rooted horror). Hit the jump to read on more about what classic ride is being updated, as well as Disney World’s plan to transform their castle for Elsa. (more…)
I’m just going to throw this out there: If you’ve never had the opportunity to view any of Animation Domination High-Def’s series of “Scientifically Accurate” cartoon jingles, based on the opening theme songs and credits of some of pop culture’s most beloved animated characters, then you are doing yourself a grave disservice. Let me tell ya, they are a beauty to behold. ADHD has already tackled DuckTales and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but the animation group has a new target: Chip ‘n Dale’s Rescue Rangers. If you’re ancient like me, you’ll remember the series featuring the title characters solving crimes and what-not with their mice companions Monterey Jack and Gadget and the housefly Zipper. No set up I could give this video would do it justice, so just give it a look. (more…)
Frozen is not only one of the most popular animated movies of all time, it is one of the most popular movies of all time, period. Between its message of true love between sisters and its catchy soundtrack, not to mention a stable of characters that were severely likeable, Frozen has grossed over $1.2bil worldwide and has received more awards than you can shake a carrot at. Now that it has dominated the animated world, Disney is bringing a live action Elsa, Anna, and even Kristoff to the small screen in ABC’s Once Upon a Time and if these promos are an indication, Frozen will continue to win hearts over. (more…)
The other day, Disney floated the idea that sometime soon the original versions of the original Star Wars trilogy might be released, unmolested by special edition tinkering, would be issued in the high-def Blu-ray format. Now fans are not often known for their patience, and considering that George Lucas spent years saying that those first cuts of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi are gone, and that they weren’t coming back, it should come as no surprise that many weren’t holding their breath for Lucas to change his mind. So one group of techie savvy and dedicated fans said “F**k It! We’ll do our own original version release! With Black Jack! And hookers! (Okay, maybe not those last two.)
As I’m sure you’re all aware, there are two competing versions of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book in development. One has Jon Favreau and the resources and abilities of Disney behind it, and the other has the motion capture spellcasting of Andy Serkis in the director’s chair. The former has the considerable voice acting talents of Christopher Walken, Ben Kingsley and Bill Murray, but the latter is collecting some impressive voice talent of its own. Trading one Khan for another, Benedict Cumberbatch has been hired to voice Shere Khan in Serkis’ Jungle Book. (more…)
As tight as security has been on the set and production of Star Wars: Episode VII there have been a couple of leaks aside from the official announcements and marketing material. We recently reported on a sketch purported to be the new Stormtrooper helmet that will be used in J.J. Abrams‘ Star Wars: Episode VII. Now some images has surfaced on the Internet showing us two distinct types of Stormtrooper helmets. (more…)
J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilms, and Disney teamed up to use the power of Star Wars Fandom to raise funds for UNICEF Innovation Labs. The Star Wars: Force For Change drive recently hit a milestone surpassing $5 million in total funds including $1 million in matching funds from Disney. To celebrate the achievement, J.J. Abrams tweeted out a nice teaser to fans and announced the winner of the grand prize of a VIP plus one guest visit to the Episode VII set in London, which also includes the opportunity to be in the movie in full makeup and costume. (more…)
Next year, The House of Mouse will be doing more for Star Wars fans than bringing the franchise back to the silver screen–they’ll also be expanding the brand’s presence in their worldwide theme parks in a BIG way:
Disney CEO Bob Iger said on Tuesday during an earnings call that the company is:
The SW presence in Disney’s parks already includes the Star Tours simulator ride in the California, Tokyo, and Paris Disneylands–as well as in Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. Furthermore, the California and Florida parks feature an interactive show called Jedi Training Academy. Disney’s Hollywood Studios also hosts an annual event known as Star Wars Weekends featuring shows, parades, and some kind of store called–I swear to God–Darth’s Mall.
Hit the jump for the future of Disney’s Star Wars theme park expansion: (more…)
One of the more interesting topics of gossip going into 2015 had revolved around a cinematic showdown between Disney/Marvel’s Captain America 3 and Warner Bros./DC’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Both films were to face head-to-head and compete for box office supremacy in sharing an initial release date May 6th, 2016. Believing in their brands, and tuning into a massive stock in interest amongst eager fans, as well as taking into consideration an already loaded summer movie schedule, both studios stayed firm to their planned release. The titans of industry were, up until recently, locked in an eternal game of “chicken”, with neither Studio wanting to budge. Some people have called it a pissing match, a duel of egos. While insiders will tell you that’s hardly the case at all. Truth be told, there is a science and business to release dates. But, for the sake of fun, watching these two studios stare each other down had left curious fans wondering how it would all play out.
Well my friends, the war is over. One studio has caved while the other stands tall pounding its chest and letting out a roar of victory. (more…)