Frozen Ice Palace Disneyland

This edition of Theme Park Bits travels the globe. China, the Middle East and even the Frozen land of Arendelle. Below, read about the following:

  • Sony Pictures has licensed several of their major properties, including Ghostbusters, for a Dubai Theme Park.
  • The Frozen city of Arendelle is now part of the Disneyland ride Storybook Land Canal Boats.
  • Disneyland will launch a new night time parade for its 60th anniversary during 2015.
  • The company that owns AMC Theaters is opening a massive movie-themed amusement park in China.
  • Knotts Berry Farm announces Voyage to the Iron Reef ride.
  • Two men rode every right at Walt Disney World in one day.

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Gaston challenged
Disney is great when it comes to casting the costumed characters you see in their theme parks. I’ve seen various characters present so many fantastic off the cuff responses in characters to park guests over the years. The latest to make its way across the interwebs is Beauty and the Beast antagonist Gaston challenged to a feat of strength and got exactly what he asked for. Of course, the character from the Disney animated classic is a narcissist who thinks he is superior to everyone around him. A Disney World park guest challenged the arrogant and egotistical hunter to a push up contest and the costumed character accepted. Watch the resulting Gaston challenge as recorded on a cameraphone (people, lets start recording horizontally and not vertically, okay?) after the jump.

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Anthony Petrie gallery 1988 - Jaws

Raiders of the Lost Art, Jaws, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Ghostbusters, Die Hard – these are some of the most popular films ever made. They also have some of the most recognizable posters of all time. So, as an artist, attempting to make a poster for one is no easy feat. Do you just put everyone’s face in the frame? Maybe you try to sum up the story with one image? The options are endless, and sometimes not that appealing.

Artist Anthony Petrie has quietly been perfecting a unique, very cool way to approach well-known films. Over the past year or so, he’s been making posters for iconic movies that look like charts or maps of each movie. So, for example, he did Ghostbusters as a New York City subway map, filled with references. Die Hard became a set of Nakatomi Tower blueprints and Aliens became a readout on a motion tracker. Each poster represent these amazing movies in subtle ways, specific to the movie, without going overboard on character likenesses. They showed something more artistic and fun.

January 9 at Gallery 1988 West in Los Angeles, Petrie is presenting a whole new exhibit of new work in that mode. It’s called Charts, and he’s doing maps for some of the movies mentioned above and many more. Below, check out just a few of the Anthony Petrie Gallery 1988 Charts including an exclusive from a galaxy far, far away. Read More »

The Interview live read

Briefly: Fifty lucky people are going to get a late Christmas gift this weekend. The Treehouse Theater in New York City has announced they’ll host a live-read of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s controversial film, The Interview, at 7 p.m. December 27. Members of the Upright Citizens Brigade will play all the rolls and though the event is free, it’ll be held in a 50 city black box theater. So you better get in line early. More Interview live read here. Thanks to Page Six.

Marvel vs. DC Movie Release Schedule

Fans can debate for hours on end whether or not Spider-man will crossover with The Avengers, X-Men with the Fantastic Four or any number of other combinations. One we know for a fact we are never going to see is Marvel and DC: Batman fighting Wolverine. Superman battling Iron Man. The Joker teaming with Loki. It’s just never going to happen. They’re two different companies operating in two different places and huge rivals

But, thanks to the magic of the Internet, fans can mash the two together and come up with something wonderful. Like this awesome little trailer by YouTube user Alex Luthor. Check out his Marvel vs DC movie trailer below. Read More »

empirestrikesbackbook

The things fans love about The Empire Strikes Back are not things present in a live read: John Williams unbelievable score, the breathtaking action set pieces, and locations like Hoth, Dagobah and Cloud City. At a live read, it’s just the actors, the script, a few images and the audience. As a massive Star Wars fan that was my big concern going into the latest Jason Reitman Live Read, presented by Film Independent. Would The Empire Strikes Back hold up without so much of what makes it great?

The answer, as you’d expect, isn’t that straightforward.

Below, read all about The Empire Strikes Back Live Read which not only featured Ellen Page as Han Solo and Aaron Paul as Luke Skywalker, but also Mark Hamill in a special appearance reading the Emperor, Boba Fett and Obi-wan Kenobi roles. Read More »

School of Rock musical

Director Richard Linklater is having a pretty great year. He’s making his next movie just as his last one, Boyhood, is on its way to a possible Oscar or two. But despite a resume of absolutely amazing films (Before Sunset, Dazed and Confused, Waking Life) his most successful sometimes get forgotten. That’s the 2003 film School of Rock starring Jack Black and written by Mike White. The unique story of a slacker, posing as a substitute teacher, who turns private school kids into his own band, is a real crowd-pleaser and much different from the more introspective films Linklater is known for. It ended up grossing over $80 million, which is more than double his second most successful film.

Since its release, School of Rock has found a place in the hearts of its fans and a permanent spot on cable television. But now, it’s getting a new resurrection. In 2015, School of Rock is coming to Broadway with an absolutely amazing team. Read more about the School of Rock musical below. Read More »

Empire Strikes Back live read

Thursday night is Jason Reitman‘s biggest live read yet. Literally. He and his cast will read Irvin Kershner‘s landmark sci-fi sequel, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, and the venue has been changed from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to the Ace Hotel Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. Earlier this week, several members of the main cast were revealed. Aaron Paul will be reading the role of Luke Skywalker, and J.K Simmons the role of Darth Vader. But two of the main characters had yet to be revealed: Han Solo and Princess Leia.

The actors for those roles have now been revealed, and they’re pretty surprising. Han Solo will be read by Oscar-nominated actress Ellen Page and Princess Leia will be read by Jessica Alba. We’ll have a full report from the event Friday. For now, read more about the Empire Strikes Back live read below. Read More »

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