Finding Dory D23

Andrew Stanton‘s Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory was heavily teased on the D23 Expo show floor, and at Friday’s big animation presentation Stanton revealed some of the thinking behind the film, and offered some new footage to the crowd. Basically, his core questions were about Dory and her family. Could she find her way home if she was lost again? Who makes up her family?

In addition to talking up some of those ideas, the presentation revealed a new character: an octopus, voiced by Ed O’Neill. See an image of that newcomer and learn more below.

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Shakira in Zootopia

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Zootopia, directed by Rich Moore and Byron Howard, was the first film to get a presentation during the animation panel at the D23 Expo today, with John Lassetere explaining “one of the things I’ve always loved about Disney Animation is talking animal movies,” with Mr. Toad being a favorite character. So, “what if we made one now; what if we made one for today’s audience?”

The idea came to life as a cop buddy comedy (think 48 Hours, but with talking animals) that unites a rabbit and a fox. Part of that idea will be brought to life by Shakira, who voices Gazelle, “Zootopia’s biggest pop star.” She’ll also provide the new song ‘Try Everything’ for the film.

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The Force Awakens Costumes

The show floor is open at Disney’s D23 Expo 2015 in Anaheim CA. We’ll have to wait until tomorrow for the live-action movies panel, which could provide some new info on various films in the Star Wars series.

There’s still a big Star Wars: The Force Awakens presence on the show floor, however, as costumes for new characters are on display for all to see. The highlight is the polished chrome armor worn by Captain Phasma, played by Gwendoline Christie, but there are also First Order Stormtrooper suits, the droid BB-8, and costumes for Finn and Rey, played in the film by John Boyega and Daisy Ridley.   Read More »

Alice Through the Looking Glass posters

Disney has revealed our first look at some of the costumes for their Alice in Wonderland sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass on the show floor of D23 Expo 2015. Hit the jump to check out images of the first Alice Through the Looking Glass posters and costumes.

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Toy Story 4 Poster

D23 Expo begins today in Anahiem California and the big Walt Disney Animation/Pixar Animation Studios presentation will happen at 3:00pm pacific time. The D23 Expo 2015 show floor has just opened revealing a Pixar display featuring posters for the studio’s upcoming slate, including our first look at promotional teaser posters for Toy Story 4, Cars 3 and The Incredibles 2. Hit the jump to see the posters now.

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'This Is The End Maze

At San Diego Comic Con International 2015, Guillermo del Toro announced that there would be a Crimson Peak maze for this year’s Halloween Horror Nights. It has since been revealed that Focus Features and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment are teaming with Universal Studios in both Hollywood and Orlando to create all-new mazes based on the Insidious film franchise, and Halloween will come home with the Halloween: Michael Myers Comes Home maze.

Universal Studios today announces something that sounds like it could be a bit more fun than those horrifying properties — a Halloween Horror Nights maze based on the film This Is The End which starred James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson. The maze will be presented in hypnotic 3D, because why not?

The end of the world will begin as guests head to the ultimate A-list party at James Franco’s new Hollywood Hills home, before the Apocalypse strikes and they find themselves trapped in a life-and-death struggle against the demons of the underworld. With the fate of humanity at the crossroads of heaven and hell, “This is the End 3D” will offer defining moments for those guests brave enough to tempt the devil as their destiny hangs in the balance to be damned for eternity or raptured to heaven engulfed in a sea of blue light.

See a trailer and learn more about the Halloween Horror Nights’ This Is The End maze after the jump.

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D23 Expo 2015 Prints

D23 Expo 2015 kicks off on Friday in Anaheim, California, and pop culture screen print collectors should take note as the convention will see a ton of new officially licensed screen print releases from top artists like Mark Englert, JC Richard, Dave Perillo, Joe Dunn and more. We’ve covered some of the prints already on the site, but so many new prints have been posted since, I thought it was time for a good round up of what is available and where. Hit the jump to see the D23 Expo 2015 print releases.

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The Force Awakens at D23

What happened when Harrison Ford injured himself on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Find out why director JJ Abrams says that broken leg was in some weird way the “greatest gift to the movie”.

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Mark Englert's Star Wars: The Force Awakens metal print

Okay, so I know we might be in Star Wars news overload right now with Entertainment Weekly yesterday releasing new Force Awakens photos, details on the film’s villain Kylo Ren, details on why JJ Abrams wanted to direct Episode 7 and talk of mapping out the new Star Wars trilogy of films. But the Star Wars bits must march on. Here is what you can find it today’s edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Details about the upcoming Star Wars: Rise of the Empire anthology of novels, which includes three new short stories.
  • Star Wars: Rogue One is set to shoot on location at Pymmes Park, Edmonton, London
  • Star Wars: Art Awakens competition and art show announced for November at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles.
  • Rumors that a new Star Wars ride could be coming to Tomorrowland in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.
  • ILM shows off their Star Wars virtual Reality experience at Siggraph.
  • How we will be handling coverage of Star Wars toys in the future.
  • Watch an official Disney unboxing of the Star Wars Disney Infinity starter box.
  • Hotel Reservations for Star Wars Celebration Europe.
  • And a first look at the first piece, a mini metal prints from Gallery1988’s Star Wars: Art Awakens and artists Mark Englert and DKNG.

All that and more, in today’s Star Wars Bits!

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