LEGO Disney Castle

If you’re a fan of LEGO and Disney, then you’ll probably want to start saving your money for a massive set that will bring the magic of Walt Disney World to your collectible shelf.

LEGO has just announced the arrival of a new official set that recreates Cinderella‘s iconic castle out of 4,080 LEGO pieces. If you can’t think in your head what Cinderella’s castle looks like, it’s the one that you can see from pretty much anywhere in Walt Disney World, but not the one that you see in the Disney logo that plays before movies. What’s cool is that even though this is Cinderella’s castle, it’s chock full of Disney easter eggs.

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Video: How The Russo Brothers Direct Action

How The Russo Brothers Direct Action

The Russo Brothers are one of the biggest surprises in blockbuster action filmmaking in the last decade — a very smart find by Marvel head Kevin Feige. I remember seeing their film Welcome to Collingwood at the Boston Film Festival in 2002 and thinking that they had had a promising career as comedy filmmakers ahead of them. I was wrong, they instead ended up in television. I don’t think that even the biggest fans of their work on television shows like Arrested Development and their paintball episodes of Community could have expected their ascension as some of the smartest blockbuster action filmmakers today.

Darren Foley at Must See Films has published a good video essay on how the Russo Brothers direct action. Watch it now after the jump.

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Star Wars Land concept art - The Star Wars Experience

Disney Parks has revealed a new concept art image of the upcoming Star Wars-themed land coming to Disneyland. This piece of art appeared today on the fence along Big Thunder Trail in Disneyland’s Frontierland, one of the future entry points to the Star Wars Experience.
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Pete's Dragon image

Disney’s last remake, The Jungle Book, made close to a billion dollars. Audiences keep turning out to see their live-action reimaginings, and maybe partly because they’re improving in quality. Following up some of the studio’s previous efforts, like Alice in Wonderland and Maleficent, both Cinderella and The Jungle Book surpassed some’s expectations. Not everybody pegged them to be, creatively and financially, as successful as they are. Going into David Lowery‘s (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) loose remake of Pete’s Dragon, perhaps some of those skeptics will have higher expectations for this tale of friendship.

Below, watch the first Pete’s Dragon clip.

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The Skrulls rights

Before they rolled the dice and went it on their own with Jon Favreau‘s Iron Man, Marvel made some crappy deals with other movie studios which to this day prevent a large chunk of their characters from appearing in the now Disney-produced Marvel Cinematic Universe. The most obvious are Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Deadpool, and Spider-Man (Marvel famously made a deal with Sony to produce Spider-Man: Homecoming, allowing Peter Parker to be part of the MCU).

But those rights also include many of the characters from those comic books. The whole thing is very complex, and ownership usually is determined by which comic book series the character first appeared in. For many years we believed the Skrulls rights to be locked up by 20th Century Fox, but apparently Marvel still owns the rights to some of the Skrulls.

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Beauty and the Beast Teaser Trailer

Remakes sometimes elicit knee-jerk irritation from moviegoers tired of seeing the same dreck over and over. But when done right, they’re not so bad and can even be kind of great. And maybe no one is doing them better right now than Disney. The studio has been on a tear lately, dishing up new versions of CinderellaThe Jungle Book, and more for audiences and critics to gobble up. (They had a rare stumble with Alice Through the Looking Glass, but hey, it happens to the best of us.) The next film from their animated library to get the live-action treatment is Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens as the new Beauty and the new Beast.

The first Beauty and the Beast teaser hinted that the new film would be sticking with a traditional take on the fairy tale, and the first Beauty and the Beast poster suggests the same. Check out the first Beauty and the Beast poster below. Read More »

New ‘Rogue One’ Trailer Coming Next Week

Rogue One Reshoots

Two months ago, Disney released the first trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. And… that’s all we’ve gotten so far. But with Star Wars Celebration just around the corner, you may have guessed there’d be more material coming our way soon. And you’d be right. The next Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer is arriving next week, and you can get all the details below on when and where you can watch it.  Read More »

Big Hero 6 Honest Trailer

When Walt Disney Animation decided to bring the Marvel comic Big Hero 6 to theaters, many wondered whether or not there would be ties to the Marvel cinematic universe or if this could be the beginning of a separated animated universe for Marvel superheroes. It turns out neither is true, but as the Honest Trailer for the animated action adventure points out, for all the efforts Big Hero 6 goes to in order to not seem like it’s a true Marvel movie, it certainly has plenty of the same tropes.

Watch the Big Hero 6 Honest Trailer after the jump. Read More »

The Walking Dead attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Take a very close look at the new The Walking Dead Attraction and read an early review.
  • Learn how and when you can audition for Halloween Horror Nights.
  • Universal Studios doubles down on The Secret Life of Pets.
  • Disney introduces more Star Wars into its parks as Star Wars Land takes shape.
  • Universal is testing VR headsets for future attractions.
  • A new video teases the technology of Pandora: The Land of Avatar.
  • The history of Disney’s scrapped Virginia theme park.
  • And more!

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