little kylo ren at disney world

Sure, Disney theme parks can be expensive, a day of long lines and fun rides. But for me, the Disney theme parks are a magical place where, yes, an enormous big megacorporation, provides wonderfully immersive experiences for both young and old. In fact, Disney cast members are encouraged to create magical moments for their guests on a daily basis, and we typically don’t hear about or witness many of these experiences.

A new video making the rounds today features a little boy named Nicolas who visited Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios theme park dressed in a Star Wars: The Force Awakens Kylo Ren costume. While checking out the park’s Star Wars Launch Bay area, little Kylo was confronted by a squad of First Order Stormtroopers, who regularly patrol the area. When I visited this park earlier in the year, the Stormtroopers were so much in character that they wouldn’t stop to take a selfie with me as that was interfering with their mission. But when these First Order troopers saw young Nicolas as little Kylo Ren, they decided to give the child an experience of a lifetime. Hit the jump to watch the video.

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The Muppets live show

Around the time that it was rumored that Guardians of the Galaxy would be taking over Disney California Adventure’s Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (which is now officially announced), it was also rumored that Disney World’s the Magic Kingdom’s Hall of Presidents would be getting a makeover incorporating The Muppets. The Muppets rumor turned out to be partially correct, but thankfully the puppet characters won’t be added to the classic Walt Disney attraction. Instead, they will be featured in a live show outside the famous hall. Hit the jump to learn about The Muppets live show.

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the rocketeer sequel

When The Rocketeer was originally released in 1991, it was a box office flop. Now, over twenty years later, it’s clear that it was simply a few decades ahead of its time. Joe Johnston‘s film, an adaptation of Dave Stevens‘ comic book series of the same name, is earnest, adventurous, silly, and impossibly nerdy. It’s a throwback to old school serial adventure movies, but it still feels fresh and modern today. Like Johnston’s later comic book movie, Captain America: The First Avenger, it’s a superhero movie that takes full advantage of its period setting to create a world that is fresh and fun and feels unlike most modern action movies. The Rocketeer has rightfully developed a massive following over the years.

Now, Disney seems to have taken notice of the love swirling around the film and have begun developing a sequel titled The Rocketeers. This is the very definition of cool movie news.

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pete's dragon clips

In some ways, Pete’s Dragon seemed like an unlikely candidate for a remake. The original was seen by plenty of people, but wasn’t exactly an acclaimed classic on par with Cinderella or The Jungle Book (both of which have also recently gotten remakes from Disney). And even once we knew a Pete’s Dragon remake was coming, David Lowery seemed like an unexpected choice. As a director, he was best known for the gritty crime drama Ain’t Them Bodies Saints; his resume also includes lots of editing work on offbeat indies like Upstream Color.

So would this turn out to be an inspired marriage of material and talent, or an obvious mismatch? Well, the first Pete’s Dragon reviews are in, so you can find out for yourself after the jump.  Read More »

Black Panther Plot Details

Black Panther will start production in January. However, all we know for sure is that Creed director Ryan Coogler will be at the helm with Chadwick Boseman as the title superhero, Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead) as the head of the Dora Milaje (a security force that protects the King of Wakanda), Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia (one of the members of the Dora Milaje), and Michael B. Jordan as villain Erik Killmonger. But that changes today as one of those co-stars revealed some plot details.

While participating in some quick interviews at Comic-Con this past weekend, Lupita Nyong’o let slip some basic Black Panther plot details, including a revelation that the film has two villains. Get the details after the jump. Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Comic-Con Panel

There’s no doubt you’ve already heard about the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 footage that was shown at Comic-Con (and won’t be released online anytime soon). We did our best to recap everything that was shown, including the confirmation of Kurt Russell playing Star-Lord’s father and a cameo from Sylvester Stallone in some kind of key role. But if that wasn’t enough, director James Gunn also took the time to elaborate on some of the secrets and details that were revealed in the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Comic-Con panel and footage.

Find out what James Gunn had to say about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 after the jump. Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Comic-Con Footage

Ever since the Marvel Studios panel happened at Comic-Con this past Saturday, fans have been clamoring to find out when the footage that played for those lucky enough to be in Hall would be online. People who waited in the line the previous night and into the morning were treated to the first footage from Spider-Man: Homecoming, a hilarious mockumentary and behind the scenes sizzle reel from Thor: Ragnarok, a new Doctor Strange trailer (which you can actually watch), and an entire scene and teaser trailer from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

So when can you see this footage? The short answer is that it won’t be online anytime soon, and some of it may never be online in the form that it was shown in Hall H. But director James Gunn wants to make sure you know why the footage is being held back, and he explained as much in a video on Facebook, where he also put up a long post explaining all of the secrets revealed in the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Comic-Con footage and panel. Find out what he had to say below. Read More »

Benjamin Bratt in Doctor Strange?

Marvel’s Doctor Strange finished shooting in April and has already released two trailers, which makes it all the weirder that we’re just now learning that Benjamin Bratt appears in the film. And how we learned about his casting is even stranger: his name was listed with the main actors in the small print of the recent Doctor Strange movie poster that was released during Comic-Con 2016. Getting your name in the credit block on the theatrical one sheet typically means you have a big role in the movie. So the question is, who does Benjamin Bratt play in Doctor Strange?

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Moana international trailer

Walt Disney Animation Studios today announced the full list of voice talent for Ron Clements and John Musker‘s upcoming film Moana. They have also released information about the story’s new characters along with character posters giving us a first look at some of these new faces. Check it out now, after the jump.

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