Attempting to keep up with all the film events in Los Angeles is an exercise in futility. There’s simply too much going on all at once, all over town. But every once in a while a few pieces of news hit at once and that’s why we created /Film LA. Here’s what we’ve got.
- The original 1982 Tron is screening March 5 at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica with writer/director Steven Lisberger and more in attendance. As an added bonus, it’ll be in 70mm.
- My favorite and probably the best theater chain in all of Los Angeles, Arclight Cinemas, just released their first iPhone application.
- Disney has finally set the official opening date for the Disneyland opening of the brand new Star Tours: The Adventures Continue: June 3. Also opening that day is an all-new Little Mermaid ride.
- In case you missed it, Quentin Tarantino is taking over his New Beverly Cinema in March including a premiere run of Kill Bill: The Whole Blood Affair.
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I know I’m not the only one incredibly excited for the new Star Tours to open up this May. Peter has been all over it, posting videos, photos and more and now Disney has announced the full list of characters who will appear before, and during, the brand new version of the ride. How they’re going to fit all of these people into just a few minutes is beyond me, but it’s going to be exciting to find out. The updated ride opens on May 10th 2011 in Disneyland in Anaheim and May 20th 2011 in Walt Disney World in Orlando. Check out the character list, and more, after the jump. Read More »
Disney has finally announced that the new Star Wars’ Star Tours: The Adventures Continue attraction will open at its Hollywood Studios theme park at Walt Disney World resort on May 20th 2011.
Also, LucasFilm has finally disclosed the release date of the upcoming Star Wars Blu-Rays. When the sets were announced, we were told “September 2011,” but not an actual day. We now know that the sets will arrive on September 27th 2011.
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Disney is planning to relaunch the Star Wars ride Star Tours with a new 3D version officially titled Star Tours: The Adventures Continue on May 10th 2011 in Disneyland in Anaheim and May 17th 2011 in Walt Disney World in Orlando. Not much is known about the new ride other than it will include locations and characters from both the original trilogy (Chewbacca, c-3PO, R2-D2, Aqualish. Bith, Rodians, etc) and prequel trilogy (like Naboo citizens and Geonosians) as it takes place after the events of Revenge of the Sith and before A New Hope.We’ve also previously reported that one action sequence will feature the Star Tours vehicle is now going to be chased by Boba Fett, and Admiral Ackbar holographically communicates with the passengers.
It was originally revealed that the StarSpeeder 1000 series spacecraft would be flown using one of the latest AC-series Tour Droids, a new character named Ace. Well it turns out that might not be the complete story. A character we know and love from the original Star Wars trilogy is set to appear on board as the pilot of Starspeeder 1000…
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Say what you want about the Star Wars prequels, but they totally changed the face of Star Wars. And nowhere was this more evident over the past decade than Disneyland and Walt Disney World where the Star Tours ride was still going strong. The ride, which opened in 1987, not only felt dated in context of the Star Wars universe, but the technology of the ride itself was certainly not modern enough for a franchise that’s synonymous with technology. So, when news broke that Star Tours 2.0 would be opening in May 2011, it was more than welcome. Before that announcement came, though, we reported that a secret Star Wars shoot was happening in Hollywood in April 2009. That shoot ended up being for Star Tours 2.0 and Disney has finally revealed photos of what went down. Check them out after the jump. Read More »
Michael Giacchino has personally solved the problem of unemployment in America: just win an Oscar for Best Original Score. After Giacchino’s 2010 Oscar win for his amazing score to Up, the composer behind Star Trek and Lost has more jobs than a normal person would know what to do with. He just finished Let Me In, we already found out he will be scoring Andrew Stanton’s John Carter of Mars, but now we have official confirmation that he’s currently scoring Cars 2 for John Lasseter and Pixar, followed by Super 8 and Mission: Impossible 4 for frequent collaborators J.J. Abrams and Brad Bird respectively. He’s also “adapting John Williams’ themes for the refreshed Star Tours ride at Disneyland.” And that’s not even everything on the man’s plate. Find out what else he’s scoring, and more, after the break. Read More »
The final day of operation on the Star Tours ride in DisneyWorld happened during Star Wars Celebration V. LucasFilm and Star Wars fans took over the theme park and some really cool stuff happened. For instance, the Indiana Jones stunt spectacular was rewritten into a fan film which combines both of Lucas’ franchises, Indiana Jones and Star Wars. The show features a bunch of cool crossover encounters, including Indiana Jones teaming up with Slave Leia to escape a booby-trapped temple, teaming up with Han Solo and Chewbacca to take on Greedo (who shoots first?) and an epic battle between Indiana Jones and Darth Maul. Seth Green, Anthony Daniels (C3PO) and a few other celebrity extras join in on the fun, and a spoiler junkie from one of the movie websites even “crashes” the party. And how do you conclude the last flight to Endor? With Darth Vader blowing up the attraction. Watch the videos after the jump.
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