Gareth Edwards and Kathleen Kennedy

Lucasfilm this morning has announced that company president and producer Kathleen Kennedy will join Star Wars: Rogue One director Gareth Edwards for Star Wars Celebration Europe. The duo will appear along with “special guests” for an opening day event at the fan gathering this July. Also StarWars.com has launched a new weekly web series called The Star Wars Show. Find out more about all of the above, after the jump.

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Shanghai Disneyland Pirates of the Caribbean Ride

Shanghai Disneyland won’t have its grand opening until June 16th 2016, but Disney’s Chinese theme park has been running soft openings, giving guests a sneak preview of what’s inside. Earlier this week we ran a video from the new Tron ride, a rollercoaster ride called Tron Lightcycle Power Run that looked pretty great. Today I bring you the most impressive thing I’ve seen coming out of Shanghai Disneyland, and that is the new Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

No, this isn’t the same animatronic ride from Disneyland (or the much shorter version from Disney World’s Magic Kingdom), this is an all-new ride which Disney has been calling the park’s signature attraction: Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure. The new E-ticket ride, located in the park’s Treasure Cove land, features “a combination of new technology and innovation and will take guests on a pirate adventure with Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Davy Jones, providing an experience unlike anything else in the world.”

Okay, so that doesn’t even do it justice. The first good ride-on video has hit the web and HOLY SHIT. I know I don’t swear too much on here, so when I do it carries some gravity. This ride looks amazing. Please, stop what you’re doing, and hit the jump to watch this first ride video from Pirates of the Caribbean in Shanghai Disneyland.

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The Void Ghostbusters

In honor of the new Ghostbusters movie coming to theaters in July, a new hyper-reality experience from The Void is coming to New York City that will let fans suit up and catch some ghosts themselves.

The Void announced the new attraction, called Ghostbusters: Dimension, which will be open at Madame Tussauds New York. This will actually be the first project The Void has done that will be open to the public. If you don’t know what these kind of experiences are like, you can hit the jump to find out more about The Void Ghostbusters experience. Read More »

TRON Ride Video

There’s a new Disney theme park hitting Shanghai next month, and TRON fans will be jealous when they see the new ride that is only being built in China. We got a glimpse at some concept art for the attraction from overseas, but now that the park is getting really close to opening on June 16, we get to see how the ride turned out in reality.

For those who don’t have the coin to make it over to Shanghai but still want to see what they’re missing out on, a new video has emerged online from someone who was lucky enough to check out the ride during the soft open and cast member previews. Thankfully, they brought their camera and turned it on for the full ride, and it’s a pretty cool.

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Magic Mike XXL

Sadly, we’ve yet to hear much news regarding a potential Magic Mike XXXL. Despite the fact Magic Mike XXL was slightly less successful than its predecessor at the box-office, it was every bit as entertaining as Steven Soderbergh’s film. If for some awful reason we never see if Mike makes it big as a custom furniture designer, then at least we have Magic Mike Live to look forward to, which will make its debut in Las Vegas next year.

Learn more about Magic Mike live below.

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Captain America Civil War 1995 Trailer

Today brings Captain America: Civil War to theaters everywhere, but a slew of people already caught early screenings last night to get the ball rolling on what will be a huge weekend at the box office for Marvel Studios. In many ways, it’s a miracle that this movie exists. Not only did some fans think seeing The Avengers on the big screen was impossible, but even after they were assemble, they never thought we’d get to see the Civil War storyline played out on film.

But what if Captain America: Civil War was released in 1995 instead? A new remix reimagines the movie by using old voiceover, footage from various political action thrillers and clips from Marvel’s real movie to create a trailer that you might have seen on home video back in the 90s.

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in & of itself - In and Of Itself

A couple years ago, two-time Close-Up Magician of the Year Derek DelGaudio and Helder Guimarães broke records at Los Angeles’ Geffen Theatre with their magic show Nothing To Hide. That production was extended to 144 performances, breaking daily and weekly box office sales, and grossing more than $1 million before moving to New York City. It was one of those little shows that became the thing to see in LA. When I saw it, the theater was filled with a who’s who of Hollywood, all there to see exactly what everyone was talking about. And the show itself, in many ways was about that — about having a special experience with a small group of people, untethered by technology, that couldn’t be taken in anywhere else.

So when Derek DelGaudio announced he would be returning to the Geffen with a new show called In & Of Itself, directed by Frank Oz (The Muppet Studio legend who voiced/performed Yoda and directed many great films in his own right) and featuring an original score by Mark Mothersbaugh (the Devo co-founder who has composed so many great film and television scores over the last three decades, but with notable contributions to Wes Anderson’s films), I knew I had to see it.

And in the months leading up to the show, there has been very little information revealed about what it would even entail. In place of a description, Geffen’s own programing magazine features a one page handwritten letter from Derek explaining why he was unable to write one for this show. Last night I saw the opening night performance, and I can tell you that In & Of Itself is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before.

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Suicide Squad Trailer Mash-Up

Last month a rumor began to circulate that Disney was considering re-theming Disney California Adventure’s The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride into a Guardians of the Galaxy attraction. When the rumor hit, even though it was from a source that had been right many times in the past, I commented on Twitter that I just didn’t buy it. But sadly it seems like there may be truth to this rumor after all. I have since spoken to two separate sources who have corroborated the rumor, and a reliable Disney rumor site is now reporting it’s true. Find out the details on the Guardians of the Galaxy ride after the jump.

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Mondo Texas Frightmare

Today begins another round of Texas Frightmare Weekend, the annual horror convention that has been going for 11 years now. This year is a special one for horror fans, because it marks the 20th anniversary of Wes Craven‘s genre redefining Scream, which will be getting a special screening at the event. And with it comes a special new Mondo print paying tribute to the slasher.

But those aren’t the only Mondo goodies that Texas Frightmare attendees will be able to get their hands on. There will also be new prints for A Nightmare on Elm Street, Jaws, The Conjuring and White Zombie. Check out all of the Mondo Texas Frightmare prints below. Read More »