Star Wars Land - Star Wars Galaxy's Edge

On the eve before the Parks and Resort panel at D23 Expo 2017, it appears that the name of Disney’s upcoming Star Wars Land may have been prematurely revealed. Find out more below. Read More »

Star Wars Land Model

Update: Elevation drawings of Star Wars Land have been revealed and you can take a look at them (and speculate what they could mean) at the bottom of the original post.

Last night, during a special preview of D23 Expo 2017, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek unveiled a first look at the gigantic, richly detailed model of the Star Wars-themed lands under development for Disneyland and Walt Disney World. This model will be on display in Walt Disney Parks and Resorts’ “A Galaxy of Stories” Pavilion at D23 Expo throughout the weekend. Check out our Star Wars Land model photos from the unveiling and find out everything we learned from studying the model and items on display.

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TRON 3

As D23 Expo creeps up on us later this week (and Comic Con’s shadow waits nearby), the Disney theme park rumor mill is going crazy about the possible new announcements that may be made in the next two weeks. This includes the official announcement of a Marvel-themed land in Disney California Adventure, the fate of A Bug’s Land, the plan to restrict Star Wars Land rides to the new MaxPass system, a Halloween overlay of DCA rides including Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout, the Paint The Night parade’s new home, Tron Lightcycle Power Run coming stateside, and more Star Wars Land rumblings.

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San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Schedule

Next week brings the insanity that is San Diego Comic-Con, and the /Film crew will again be on hand in Southern California to join the thousands of fans in attendance, hoping to get a sneak peek at what’s to come from their favorite movies and TV shows on the horizon.

The movie studio panels will be lighter than usual with only 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros. Pictures and Marvel Studios showing up, but there will be a Comic-Con presence on the show floor from some of the other studios, not to mention a showcase of Netflix’s movies Death Note and Bright. But the TV shows are out in full force, with big panels for shows like Stranger Things, Westworld, Star Trek Discovery, Legion and many more.

Below we’ve assembled all the panels for your favorite TV shows and movies from the San Diego Comic-Con 2017 schedule, so if you can’t get into the ones you want, you might be able to find something else as a substitute panel instead. Read More »

Laika Experience at Comic-Con

In less than two weeks, over 130,000 fans will descend upon southern California for the annual San Diego Comic-Con, the biggest pop culture convention in the world. The/Film crew will be there to bring you the big updates from all the panels and events happening on site, and one of the events we’ll be attending doesn’t even require the coveted Comic-Con badge. In fact, it’s free, and anyone in the San Diego area can check it out.

The stop-motion animation studio LAIKA has announced a pop-up event in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego where they will showcase props, puppets, monsters, and sets from Kubo and the Two Strings, The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman and Coraline, as well as fan art, interactive experiences, giveaways and a shop for picking up some sweet merchandise. Find out below what you can see at The LAIKA Experience at Comic-Con later this month. Read More »

The Shining

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • The controversy over Donald Trump and Disney’s The Hall of Presidents continues to heat up.
  • Universal has filed an intriguing VR/AR ride patent.
  • Watch Universal and Nintendo’s wacky Super Nintendo Land groundbreaking.
  • More Marvel superheroes are heading to Hong Kong Disneyland.
  • The latest Disney construction photos show off Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land sites.
  • Epcot’s Universe of Energy is not long for this world.
  • The Shining is coming to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights.
  • And more!

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pirates of the caribbean ride changes

Whenever Disney tampers with their most beloved and iconic theme park rides in any way, fans have the habit of decrying whatever adjustments are being made and shouting “Walt would never have approved this!” Sometimes, the outrage is justified. Sometimes, it’s not.

But it’s no wonder that news of a major alteration to a famous scene in the Pirates of the Caribbean rides is buried at the bottom of a blog post. This one is going to prove controversial – the “wench auction” is being removed and replaced with a new scene.

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Dubai Ghostbusters Ride

A few years back, we highlighted a Ghostbsuters ride that was never built called The Hauntington Hotel, for Six Flags theme parks. Partially inspired by The Haunted Mansion, it would have been the first interactive video game/theme park ride. Sadly, we haven’t really got the Ghostbusters ride we deserved, but MotionGate Dubai has come close with a ride that looks similar to what the original Ghostbusters ride would have been.

Check out a walkthrough of the Dubai Ghostbusters ride below. Read More »

Guillermo del Toro Baby Driver

If you ever hear Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim, Hellboy) speak, you instantly know that the guy knows a lot about movies. He’s one of the most outspoken cinephile filmmakers working in Hollywood today, and his Twitter feed is a mixture of articles about film, behind-the-scenes photos, and stories from his own sets. Yesterday afternoon, the director took to Twitter to share his thoughts about Edgar Wright’s new car chase film Baby Driver, and if you somehow still needed to be convinced to see the new movie, this should do the trick. Read the 13-part Guillermo del Toro Baby Driver comments below.
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Toy Story Batman v Superman mash-up

Not every unanswered question in a movie deserves an elaborate fan theory “explaining” away plot holes or filling in background gaps that the movie purposefully didn’t fill. Sometimes a movie is just a movie. But one Toy Story fan theory gained some traction because it came from an unusual source: someone who worked on the original film.

Pixar veteran Andrew Stanton has since debunked the theory, but for the conspiracy theorists out there who just can’t accept that Andy’s dad simply isn’t a factor in the Toy Story movies, here’s a look at what one man claims happened to that character.
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