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That’s a hashtag with 140 characters. Get it? There’s much more in this edition of Theme Park Bits. Below read about the following:

  • Captain America: The Living Legend and Symbol of Courage is coming to Disneyland.
  • Check out a fan rendition of what a possible Star Wars overhaul to Disneyland would look like.
  • An official teaser for Disneyland Paris’ Ratatouille ride.
  • Some new looks at the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs roller coaster at Walt Disney World.
  • Universal Studios building new theme parks in Asia.
  • DreamWorks is planning a Shrek attraction in London.

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Noah

Darren Aronofsky may be the latest high-profile artist to find inspiration in the Biblical story of Noah and the ark, but he’s certainly not the only one. That’ll be made clear in “Fountains of the Deep: Visions of Noah and the Flood,” an upcoming exhibit of contemporary art curated by Aronofsky himself.

The show, which will run for several weeks in New York next month, will feature original works by over 50 modern artists, from Jim Lee and James Jean to Nan Goldin and Howard Finster. A few of the notable pieces have hit the web, and you can check them out after the jump.

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Star Trek Park 11

Let’s turn the spotlight on one theme park attraction that’s here and another coming in the future. First up, Disneyland Paris held a big presentation for stockholders to show off the brand new Ratatouille thrill ride opening later this year. The full video of the event is online, along with some very cool concept images and construction photos from inside the attraction.

Next up, Star TrekA few weeks back we reported Paramount is creating a massive theme park in Spain. Rango, Spiderwick Chronicles, Sleepy Hollow, Mission: Impossible, Grease and more will all be represented. Most exciting is that a full Star Trek area will be part of the park. A bunch of concept art has been released and you can check it out below. Read More »

Pulp Fiction Live Read

There’s absolutely no need to touch Quentin Tarantino‘s Pulp Fiction. Built around an Academy Award winning screenplay, the film is pretty much perfect from beginning to end. It teems with exquisite detail as performances and dialogue tell interweaving stories of crime and craziness. A reinforcement of that absolute brilliance was the main thing I took out of the latest Film Independent at LACMA Live Read, which took place February 20 in Los Angeles. Director Evan Goldberg (This is the End) subbed for Jason Reitman and assembled an eclectic, star-studded cast to read Tarantino’s masterwork. It was a two and a half hour celebration of Pulp Fiction‘s perfection.

While no one could ever replace the iconic cast of John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman and so many others, stars like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and Lizzie Caplan laughed, imitated and sometimes stumbled through the script with excitement and reverence. Along the way, a few Easter Eggs were uncovered, alternate interpretations attempted and much fun was had. Read about the live read below. Read More »

Craig Davison - Lightsaber

With all the hype, merchandising, and insanity, it’s sometimes easy to forget why we all loved the Star Wars universe in the first place. Star Wars was all about fun. Excitement. Action. Romance. These films were our wildest dreams played out on screen and to watch them was to pretend we were these characters. That’s also the reason the licensed toys became so popular. When the films were released, you couldn’t watch the movie instantly whenever you wanted, so the toys helped us relive that experience.

Without the toys, though, you could just always just “play Star Wars.” All it took was your imagination and a few household props. That purity and wonder is the subject of artist Craig Davison‘s series of painting which show kids pretending to be their favorite Star Wars characters. They’re beautiful at capturing the essence of the franchise, something that often gets forgotten. Hopefully, these inspire J.J. Abrams with his new film. Read More »

Meet the Vertical Cinema Movement

Vertical Cinema 1

Vertical vs. horizontal is a huge debate in the online community. Due to YouTube aspect ratios, most people believe all videos should be shot with your phone on its side, creating the familiar horizontal image like you’d see in a movie theater. If you shoot the footage vertically and then upload to the web, there are huge black spaces on either side, making the footage look amateurish and small.

But there’s a movement embracing the vertical format, and nowhere is it seen better than Rotterdam in the Netherlands. There, a group of filmmakers have started the Vertical Cinema project – a traveling film festival featuring movies specifically shot with a vertical orientation.

Below, read more and see additional images and trailers for some of the films screened in the festival. Read More »

Michael Giacchino Soundworks

Briefly: Michael Giacchino just can’t quit the world of Brad Bird. The Oscar-winning composer has written the music for every Bird film except The Iron Giant, up to and including his upcoming film Tomorrowland. Among those is the similarly Oscar-winning film Ratatouille, which is getting a theme park ride at Disneyland Paris later this year. The ride is called Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy (or, “The Totally Zany Adventures of Remy) and will feature music by none other than, you guess it, Michael Giacchino!  The Ratatouille ride is expected to open later this year. Click here for more info. [Instagram]

Brad Bird Disneyland

With movies, rides, updates, and short films, this edition of Theme Parks Bits is jam-packed with goodies. Below, read about the following:

  • Brad Bird‘s Tomorrowland finished filming, with the last few days done at Disneyland.
  • See some details and video from the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coming soon to Walt Disney World.
  • A huge Paramount-themed theme park is coming to Spain in 2015 featuring Star Trek, Rango, Grease and Mission: Impossible rides.
  • Disneyland Paris is getting a Ratatouille restaurant along with the new ride, plus the composer gets to work.
  • The Universal Waterworld stunt show is getting a rewrite.
  • Some new details on the Despicable Me ride have been revealed.
  • There’s “active development” getting Frozen into Disney theme parks.
  • Watch an It’s A Small World web series.

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