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In just five days, I have visited Disney World’s new Pandora: The World of Avatar, experienced Universal Orlando’s third theme park Volcano Bay, and the grand opening of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! at Disneyland Resort’s Disney California Adventure. I’ll have more on Volcano Bay and AvatarLand next week, but today, I wanted to give you my quick reaction to Mission Breakout. How does Marvel’s first step into North American Disney Parks compare to the former and beloved attraction it replaced, The Twilight Zones Tower of Terror?

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War for the Planet of the Apes Trailer

The Planet of the Apes prequel series is by far the best movie franchise currently playing cinemas, Star Wars excluded. A new trailer for War For the Planet of the Apes teases a conclusion with the tagline “Witness The End.” Does this mean the third installment will be the last? The War For the Planet of the Apes ending doesn’t necessarily mean an end for this franchise.

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The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle

When Universal Studios Hollywood held the grand opening of the west coast version of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, they did so with a spectacular show which used projection mapping to put elaborate animations on the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. At the time of the grand opening, I asked Universal staffers if they might expand the experience for park guests. Universal is situated close to residential neighborhoods, which prevent the park from holding fireworks shows every night like their competitor, Disneyland.

But a nighttime projection show on Hogwarts castle seems like a no-brainer. Today, Universal Studios Hollywood is officially announcing the new nighttime show, which is being called “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle.”

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Michael Moore in Capitalism: A Love Story

Michael Moore is returning to movie theaters with a new documentary film which will take on Donald Trump, as well as a new television series. Let’s dive into everything we know about Fahrenheit 11/9 and the new TNT series Michael Moore Live From the Apocalypse.

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the wedding party

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of long one-take scenes in movies. With film cameras, long-takes were nearly impossible to pull off, requiring days of precise lighting and choreography. The rise of digital cinema technology has made it a lot easier to shoot a long-take and even post-production trickery now allows filmmakers to more seamlessly stitch together two pieces of footage, something we saw in Birdman. Independent filmmakers are now adopting the aesthetic for their own stories, notably the 2015 German film Victoria and Woody Harrelson’s live movie.

Thane Economou‘s new movie The Wedding Party takes the concept and uses it to tell a romantic comedy story following a groomsman who must navigate a slew of disasters to maintain order at his best friend’s wedding reception. The first trailer for the film is now online and you can watch it below.

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Wonder Woman 2

The big push for Wonder Woman is just beginning, but Warner Bros is already developing a sequel to their first female-led superhero film. But Wonder Woman 2 won’t be the next female superhero movie to hit the screen as part of DC’s Extended Universe. Here’s everything we know.

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Problems with Netflix

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, and opinionated about something that makes us very happy…or fills us with indescribable rage. In this edition: our take on the current battle between Netflix and Cannes.)

Times are a-changin’. In just two years, Netflix has ramped up their big push into the film business, and are beginning to make waves in an industry stuck in its old ways. Two films produced by Netflix were curated to play at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, and that decision has sent shockwaves through the exhibition community, resulting in a new rule that may prevent the streaming company from appearing at the festival in future competitions. Below, learn more about the Netflix vs. Cannes battle, which is heating up thanks to movie theater exhibitors.
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split

M. Night Shyamalan‘s Split sequel won’t be restrained to the small budget of its predecessor. Blumhouse produced the horror thriller, which follows a man with 23 distinct personalities who kidnaps three girls, for just $9 million, which is actually a bit bigger than some Blumhouse productions. That movie went on to earn a whopping $275 million worldwide in theaters, prompting a sequel titled Glass (the reason for that title is, of course, a spoiler). The filmmaker is currently developing the sequel, but now we have word that the film will not be a conventional Blumhouse low-budget production.

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Wonder Woman Trailer

Wonder Woman is one of the biggest question marks of this Summer. In this year’s Summer Movie Wager, some people had it in the middle of the top 10, while others merely included it as a dark horse. It’s the fourth film in Warner Bros’ DC Extended Universe, which began with Man of Steel, and typically those movies have made around $300-$330 million. But DC fans have already been complaining about the lack of marketing for the company’s first female-driven superhero franchise – even Suicide Squad seemed to be marketed more.

But the initial box office tracking has now been revealed. What does it tell us about the Wonder Woman box office prospects? Find out below.

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Transformers: The Last Knight Poster - Bumblebee WWII Mode

Yesterday, a new Transformers: The Last Knight TV spot revealed the Autobots’ secret history of fighting the Nazi’s during World War II. With 14 Transformers movies in development, it seems like the plan is to intertwine their story with that of the human race. Michael Bay’s new film explores how the King Arthur story combines with the Transformers mythology, and the full movie seems delve further into faux WWII history, a plot point that was criticized during production.

Now, a new Transformers: The Last Knight poster reveals Bumblebee’s WWII mode.

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