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Rick Moranis doesn’t think of himself as retired, but with has last feature film performance being a voice in the 2003 animated feature Brother Bear (followed by a straight to video sequel), the Ghostbusters and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids star has certainly been out of the limelight for a long time now. That’s why it’s so exciting to hear that he’ll be returning as one of his most beloved characters from his days back on SCTV, the Second City sketch comedy TV series.

Rick Moranis will reunite with his sketch comedy partner Dave Thomas as the two reprise their roles as Canadian duo Bob & Doug McKenzie. However, if you’re hoping to catch this exciting reunion, along with some other amazing SCTV comedians, it’s not going to be easy. The return of the McKenzie brothers is part of a larger, fundraising SCTV reunion show, and you can learn more about it below. Read More »

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Last week, Universal Studios Orlando Resort opened their third theme park and I was there to experience it in person. Volcano Bay is not just the company’s first water park, but Universal’s second experiment in what might be the future of theme parks. Imagine going to a theme park and never having to wait in long lines to ride the attractions. Imagine a theme park where a good portion of the land wasn’t wasted on long switchback queues, leaving the room for more attractions and experiences. This is the future Universal is promising.

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The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle

While Disney and Universal continue to lock horns in the theme park cold war that promises to bring all kinds of ambitious goodness to parkgoers in the coming years, the Mouse has the advantage in one key area: nighttime entertainment. For many visitors, a day at Disney is not complete without an evening fireworks show, which means that people stick around (and spend more money) waiting for it to happen.

But Universal, always happy to dig into their rival’s share of the pie, is finally looking to battle Disney in this arena. We already knew that a new nighttime show called The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle was coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Hollywood, but now footage of the show in action has arrived online.

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avengers hatch at disney california adventure

Disneyland Resort held the grand opening of their first Marvel-themed attraction Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout last week (read our reaction here). Something new has popped up outside the attraction — an Avengers hatch of unknown origin. What does it mean? Let’s try to uncover the mystery of the Avengers hatch at Disney California Adventure, after the jump.

Updated: We now have a video of the SHIELD agents in action.

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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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guardians of the galaxy mission breakout

After five months of extensive renovation and refurbishment, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure has completed its transformation into Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! and will open its doors in just a few days. In fact, our own Peter Sciretta will be previewing the ride today and interviewing a few of the folks involved in the process of bringing this attraction to life (including Guardians of the Galaxy movie director James Gunn). So if you want to know more, we’ll be bringing you a lot more very soon.

But if you want something right now, we’ve also got you covered. New footage from the attraction has arrived online, offering a more extensive look at the elaborate queue as well as snippets of footage from the ride itself.

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disney rides ranked

This is a banner week for the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. This Friday, Walt Disney Pictures releases the new entry in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, Dead Men Tell No Tales; it’s the fifth film based on the classic 1967 attraction. Also Friday, at the Disney California Adventure theme park in Anaheim’s Disneyland Resort, Marvel will make its presence known in the Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission – Break Out! attraction, taking over from The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. But wait, as they say: there’s more. This weekend, Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World gets a whole new land, Pandora, themed to James Cameron’s Avatar. This combination of theme-park and movie-centric unveilings is the inspiration for the following, admittedly massive ranking of every single movie-inspired or movie-adjacent Disney attraction.

Get comfortable. We’re going to be here for a little while.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Ride

There are only a few more days until Disneyland opens the doors to its first Marvel attraction. Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! is in the same location as the theme park’s beloved Tower of Terror ride, and it’s been completely revamped from the inside out to look like a fortress that belongs to The Collector, the eccentric character played by Benicio Del Toro in the Marvel Studios films. You can learn all about the attraction right here, but a new video interview with Del Toro has surfaced that gives us our first look inside the attraction…and this thing is practically overflowing with cool props and easter eggs.

Take a peek at the Guardians of the Galaxy ride video below.
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Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Golden Tickets

Earlier this year, fans of Kevin Smith‘s series of films known as the View Askewniverse were delivered some sad news when they learned that both Clerks 3 and Mallrats 2 (which was meant to be turned into a TV series), were both dead. However, the bad news did come with some good as the writer/director also announced that Miramax was going to let him reach back into his filmography to reboot one of his silliest comedies.

Jay and Silent Bob Reboot will give the titular stoners played by Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith himself a chance to come back to the big screen to stop a reboot of Bluntman & Chronic, the superhero comic inspired by the characters, from being made. And 10 lucky fans will be closer to the production than any of us, thanks to Kevin Smith’s Willy Wonka inspired golden ticket promotion that he announced yesterday.

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This month, a new attraction opens at the Disney California Adventure park at the Disneyland Resort in California. Or rather, a new attraction built on the skeleton of an older attraction. Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! utilizes the same building and ride engine as the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, albeit with a complete Marvel makeover. The results have been controversial amongst theme park fans, to the say the very least.

Meanwhile, across the world, another attraction makeover hasn’t received nearly as much press. The StormRider attraction at Tokyo DisneySea has become Nemo & Friends SeaRider. Utilizing the same space and ride system, this attraction takes riders under the ocean to interact with the characters from Finding Dory and Finding Nemo. Full ride video has arrived online, just in case you want to check it out and don’t think you’ll be heading to Tokyo anytime soon.
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