Lucasfilm Promises Female ‘Star Wars’ Director

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Directors J.J. Abrams (Star Trek), Rian Johnson (Looper), Phil Lord and Chris Miller (22 Jump Street), Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World), and Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) are all white dudes. All very talented white dudes, mind you, but they’re white dudes. This has caused a slight uproar amongst Star Wars fans, but Lucasfilm promises there will be a female Star Wars director. Read more after the jump.

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The Force Awakens Disney trailer mash-up

Back at Comic-Con, director J.J. Abrams said that a new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens would be arriving in the fall. That season has arrived, but we’re not sure exactly when the new trailer will arrive. A smart bet might be The Good Dinosaur, but that’s just speculation on my part.

While we wait, check out this clever Star Wars: The Force Awakens Disney trailer mash-up that takes characters and elements from some of the House of Mouse’s classic hand-drawn animated films (and some computer animated too) and puts them in scenes from the second teaser trailer for the forthcoming Star Wars sequel. Read More »

The Jungle Book trailer mash-up

Just last week brought the first teaser trailer for Disney’s new live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book, giving a realistic makeover to the 1967 animated musical adaptation, complete with some impressive visual effects bringing the animals to life.

And now an inevitable The Jungle Book trailer mash-up has surfaced, taking footage from the original animated movie and cutting it in the style of the recent teaser trailer for the 2016 release. Read More »

Disney sequel spin-off chart

If you’ve been paying attention to movie news over the past year, then you’re probably aware that Disney has been digging around in their vault for inspiration by giving some of their animated classics the live-action treatment with revisionist takes on the same story, or spin-offs following other characters from the movie.

Just this year alone we’ve gotten word of Tim Burton directing Dumbo, Alex Ross Perry writing Winnie the Pooh, and Reese Witherspoon starring in a Tinkerbell movie, not to mention live-action takes on Mulan, Pinocchio, Prince Charming and now an Aladdin prequel called Genies.

It’s a lot to keep track of, but thankfully, a helpful new chart has surfaced online to help Disney fans keep track of all the sequels, spin-offs and remakes from the past and the future, and there’s even some interesting information to be gleaned from the chart as well. Check out the Disney sequel spin-off chart after the jump! Read More »

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UPDATE: We’ve added posters for 101 Dalmatians and Aladdin.

UPDATE 2: More posters revealed, including The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan and The Sword in the Stone.

Mondo has finally started to reveal the posters from their highly anticipated “Nothing’s Impossible” Walt Disney themed art show, presented by Oh My Disney. After weeks of speculation, posters from Disney films like Fantasia, Sleeping Beauty, The Rescuers and The Black Hole have hit the net, as well as images for Pixar Oscar winners Wall-E, Up and The Incredibles.

Below, check out nine new posters revealed from the show, which opens at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, TX Friday March 7. Check back later this week for more reveals.

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Hasbro Denies Disney Acquisition Rumors

Disney already owns Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm, so when a rumor circulated Monday that the studio was looking to acquire Hasbro, it had a ring of believability to it. So much so, in fact, that the whispers gave the toy company’s stock a bit of a spike on Tuesday. But don’t count on seeing Optimus Prime don mouse ears anytime soon. According to sources at Hasbro, there’s no truth to the talk. More details after the jump.

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After the jump with a 12-minute making of video for Cars Land. Read More »

Today’s edition of TV Bits isn’t just a mixed bag, but a jam-packed one. Happily, it’s nothing but good news all around as networks order more episodes of some promising rookie shows and get to work developing other intriguing series for next season. After the jump:

  • ABC orders more Revenge, Suburgatory, and Happy Endings
  • The CW gives full-season orders to Ringer, The Secret Circle, and Hart of Dixie
  • NBC orders six more scripts for Prime Suspect
  • HBO plans an hourlong TV version of The Kids Are All Right
  • Disney gives the go-ahead to a musical zombie sitcom
  • TNT casts Battlestar Galactica star Tricia Helfer in a K-9 pilot

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On the topic of movie themed theme park rides, most of the chatter as of late has been about Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. The new 3D ride opened over the weekend at Walt Disney World in Orlando and had its soft opening at Disneyland in Anaheim too, leading up to its June 3 opening there. But Star Tours isn’t the only attraction opening based on a popular pop culture property.

Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey and Six Flags Magic Mountain in California both have Green Lantern roller coasters opening this summer plus, there are rumors of a $1 billion Star Trek theme park being built in Jordan (seen above) and some blueprints have leaked of a possible new ride being conceived at Disney that will be an interactive roller coaster version of the Death Star trench run in the first Star Wars.

Read more about, and see images of, all this after the jump. Read More »