AMC Theatres Star Trek Marathon

Not only does this year mark the 50th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series, but Paramount Pictures also has Star Trek Beyond hitting theaters next month. It’s still under a month away from release, but if you’re looking to see the movie a little bit early, AMC Theatres literally has just the ticket for you.

The theater chain will be hosting a Star Trek marathon of all three of the films from the rebooted sci-fi franchise, and that includes seeing Star Trek Beyond before nearly everyone else. Find out more about the AMC Theatres Star Trek marathon after the jump. Read More »

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George Lucas Museum

For a couple years, George Lucas has been hoping to build the Lucas Museum, a facility that would celebrate filmmmaking through the lens of the creator of Star Wars in Chicago, Illinois. However, the museum has faced a battle from Friends of the Parks who filed a federal lawsuit to block construction of the museum because it would “violate the public trust doctrine, benefit a private interest more than the state’s residents and tarnish the city’s lakefront.”

It appears this battle is now coming to a close, but not in favor of George Lucas. Reportedly, the ongoing debate and controversy has run its course, and Lucas is now looking at other possible locations for the museum back on the West Coast. Find out more about the George Lucas museum debacle after the jump. Read More »

volcano bay

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Universal Studios Florida reveals the first official details about their new Volcano Bay waterpark.
  • Universal Studios Hollywood is making room for new theme park attractions.
  • Disney’s California Adventure is now offering special packages for their Frozen show.
  • The original Soarin‘ has been officially replaced by Soarin’ Around the World.
  • New footage from Shanghai Disneyland has arrived online.

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Movie Locations Then and Now

Even though many movies end up being shot on the backlots of studios, there are plenty that end up shooting on location in real places around the world. One photographer has decided to visit the real shooting locations of movies like Halloween, Fight Club, Blade Runner, Wayne’s World, Back to the Future and more, but instead of just shooting a photo of the location without any context, he’s been posting them matched up perfectly with the original shots from the movies.

Check out the movie locations then and now after the jump. Read More »

the secret life of pets

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Universal Studios is working on a theme park attraction based on The Secret Life of Pets.
  • New art showcasing Universal’s Volcano Bay waterpark has arrived.
  • Frozen Ever After is open at Epcot and video footage is here.
  • Wizarding World of Harry Potter employees mourn the loss of a co-worker with a wand ceremony.
  • Disney promptly responds to last week’s alligator attack.
  • The first great footage from Shanghai Disneyland‘s Roaring Rapids ride is here.
  • The final remnants of Disneyland‘s Skyway ride is finally gone.

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disneyland shanghai 6

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Watch the entire Shanghai Disneyland grand opening gala…
  • …and the slightly less dynamic resort dedication ceremony.
  • Universal Studios Hollywood teases a new announcement.
  • Watch new video of the Tron Lightcycle Power Run ride in action.
  • Shanghai Disneyland attraction posters are here and they look great.
  • The Disney company grapples with a series of tragedies.
  • A cool look at the man behind the new Tomorrowland.
  • And more!

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Megaplex Mash-Up

You may remember last fall we featured the incredibly creative and cleverly edited mash-up called Hell’s Club. The video had the cinematic worlds of Terminator, Scarface, John Wick, Saturday Night Fever, Star Wars, The Matrix and more collide in a single, dangerous nightclub setting. Now a new mash-up from Smash TV brings together over 80 sci-fi films, from Moonwalker to Akira and more but rather than just being a mash-up of these movies, it’s also an exercise in music remixing that results in a mesmerizing, trippy feature-length music video.

But beware, because the video comes with a warning that the visuals have been “identified to potentially trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy.” So watch this Megaplex mash-up at your own risk. Read More »

skull island reign of kong

In today’s Theme Park Bits:

  • Universal StudiosSkull Island: Reign of Kong has soft opened… and there’s ride footage.
  • The Shanghai Disneyland opening celebration will be televised.
  • Universal shows off its newest resort hotel.
  • Walt Disney World is expanding its Typhoon Lagoon waterpark.
  • More ride footage from Shanghai Disneyland arrives.
  • Disney is planning a Frozen show for its cruise lines.
  • The Enchanted Tiki Room is becoming a comic book.

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star wars land droids

We all know that Disney’s Star Wars theme park lands are going to be immersive. Specifically, we all know that they have to be immersive at the bare minimum if they want to compete with Universal Studios’ Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the current high water mark in theme park design. Knowing Disney, they will go out of their way and spend a lot of money to fight back against that boy wizard and reclaim their position at the top of this particular food chain. This theme park cold war is going to result in some mighty fine work. Whoever wins, we win.

While the two unnamed Star Wars lands are currently little more than big piles of dirt at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, a new video has given us a taste of just how far they may be willing push to the immersion factor. How about droids wandering the area, integrating with guests and their environment?

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