disney+ at comic-con at home

Disney+ is joining the online festivities with Comic-Con at Home, the virtual experience hosted by San Diego Comic-Con. The streamer announced that it will be hosting virtual panels for three of its upcoming original titles, including the animated movie Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe and the anthology docuseries Marvel’s 616.

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Hamilton documentary

The much-hyped film version of Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s acclaimed Broadway hit Hamilton is arriving on Disney+ in just a few days, but the streaming service knows the musical’s rabid fan base will never be satisfied by just the movie itself. So as an added bonus, Disney+ will also release a new Hamilton documentary which features the original cast reunited to talk about the origins and legacy of the musical. Get more details below.
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The Mandalorian Books

The Mandalorian is the latest success in the Star Wars franchise, and with the first season of the show complete, Lucasfilm is ready to dive into some books centered on the Disney+ production.

Later this year, a variety of The Mandalorian books will be released, including a book collecting some of the stunning concept art from the first season, as well as an adult novel by author Adam Christopher. But that’s not all. Read More »

thomas kail hamilton interview

In 2016, Hamilton was at the top of the world. The hip-hop musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda was a bonafide cultural phenomenon, blowing the doors wide open to the usually niche world of musical theater and becoming the most hotly-talked about topic in pop culture, music, and even politics. The hip-hop musical about American Founding Father Alexander was (aptly) hailed as revolutionary, and to bear witness to its meteoric rise was amazing. But only a select few could actually get to witness the magic of Hamilton on stage.

Accessibility has always been the bane of theater. The Richard Rodgers Theatre can only house so many people in its seats, and the cast of Hamilton can only perform eight shows a week for so long. But before that moment could fade, Hamilton director Thomas Kail wanted to shatter the show’s long-held reputation of exclusivity and share “the energy of what it was like to be in the Richard Rodgers Theatre in June of 2016, because I never felt anything like that.”

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hamilton clip

We’ll never be satisfied until we see Hamilton in its entirety on Disney+ on July 3. But a new clip of one of its most beloved songs might help ease the tension a little. Disney+ has released a new Hamilton clip that shows a snippet of the iconic “Satisfied” number, performed by Renée Elise Goldsberry. Watch the new Hamilton clip below.

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hamilton review

Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s hip-hop musical Hamilton is an unqualified masterpiece: a once-in-a-generation combination of brilliant writing, indelible performances, and spectacular music that became a genuine pop culture phenomenon and crossed over into the mainstream.

So it feels strange to say that director Thomas Kail‘s filmed version of Hamilton, which was shot with the original cast at the height of the show’s fame in 2016 and which debuts on Disney+ this Friday, left me slightly underwhelmed. As a big fan of the musical who has listened to the cast recording of the album tons of times through, it’s legitimately amazing for a high-definition version of this show people paid hundreds of dollars to see in person to simply pop up on a streaming service, accessible for the low price of $6.99 a month. But as the credits rolled, I couldn’t shake a nagging feeling of being just a little bit disappointed. Read More »

Falcon and The Winter Soldier

Whenever The Falcon and the Winter Soldier ends up debuting on Disney+, series star Anthony Mackie says fans will be treated to a show that feels like a six-hour Marvel movie. Although that speaks to the quality of the production matching what is usually seen on the big screen, Mackie also thinks Marvel productions could use some improvement when it comes to diversity behind the scenes. Read More »

black is king teaser

The Queen has returned. A year after Disney’s CG remake of The Lion King hit theaters alongside Beyoncé‘s accompanying music album inspired by the iconic songs of the animated film, Disney suddenly announced that the music superstar is releasing a visual album, Black is King, on Disney+. Written and directed by Beyoncé, Black is King takes songs from her The Lion King-inspired album The Gift and “reimagines the lessons of The Lion King for today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns.” Watch the Black is King teaser below.

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Hamilton Trailer

Before the Independence Day holiday weekend begins, Disney+ will kick off the patriotic celebrations with the debut of their live recording of the Broadway hit Hamilton. Created by and starring Lin-Manuel Miranda, the hip-hop musical tells the story of historical figure Alexander Hamilton, including his interactions with the likes of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and of course, Aaron Burr. A new Hamilton trailer and clip have arrived to tease the musical’s arrival on Disney+ this week, including a peek at one of the more famous songs from the show. Read More »

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Jason Sudeikis Punched Baby Yoda

In the first season finale of the Star Wars series The Mandalorian on Disney+, the asset officially referred to as “The Child” and lovingly referred to as Baby Yoda was kidnapped by Imperial Scout Troopers. The little guy is being held in a satchel, and he keeps wiggling around inside of it, trying to get out. So one of the Scout Troopers just punches the bag, and fans were not having it.

One of the Scout Troopers was portrayed by Jason Sudeikis, and he was surprised to find himself trending on social media last year when it was revealed that he was the one who dared to lay a finger on the galactic treasure known as Baby Yoda. Weirdly enough, it had been so long since he shot that scene, it didn’t register to him that the combination of Baby Yoda becoming a pop culture phenomenon and him punching the character would turn into such a big deal. So until he started trending on Twitter, he had kinda forgotten about it. Read More »