In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • You can dry off from a soaking ride on Grizzly River Run at Disney California Adventure.
  •  The biggest superfans of all Disney superfans are getting the spotlight on a new web series.
  • See how Shanghai Disneyland’s Treasure Cove could’ve looked a lot different based on unearthed artwork.
  • Get ready for Universal Studios Hollywood’s first-ever running event.
  • Learn about the secret bar hidden in plain sight at Disney California Adventure.
  • The midterm elections had an impact in Anaheim for Disneyland cast members.
  • And more!

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Home Video Window

Theater chains and major movie studios are gearing up for a fight over early VOD releases. Major studios Warner Bros. and Universal are both said to be considering early video-on-demand releases in 2019 – something that won’t sit very well with theaters. This battle has been raging for years, heightened by the increasing popularity of streaming video, as well as an effort to combat piracy. Who is going to come out ahead in the home video window wars – studios, or theaters?

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David Ayer directing header

In news that would make James Franco’s white gangster character in Spring Breakers lose his mind, Universal Pictures’ long-brewing Scarface remake may have finally found its director. Suicide Squad director David Ayer is in early talks to take over directing duties from The Equalizer’s Antoine Fuqua, who vacated the project earlier this year due to scheduling conflicts. But is Ayer a good fit for this project?
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The Mummy trailer 3

Universal has just released a third full-length trailer for The Mummy, the Tom Cruise vehicle that the studio intends to use as a jumping-off point for its new cinematic universe of classic monsters.

This new look at the film rounds out a few more pieces of information about Cruise’s character – including the idea that our protagonist must embrace his inner monster if he ever wants to defeat Sofia Boutella’s ancient creature. Come for the classic “Tom Cruise running” shots, stay for the new spin on old mythology. Take a look at the new The Mummy trailer below.
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fast and furious spin-off

Buckle up, Fast family. There’s a new Fast and Furious spin-off in the works, and it features two of the series’ biggest names and breakout stars: Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw. Hit your NOS tank and read all of the Fast and Furious spinoff details below.
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fate of the furious plane fight

One of the best scenes in The Fate of the Furious (which made some serious cash this past weekend) involves Jason Statham’s character, Deckard Shaw, fighting his way through a plane with a particularly special piece of cargo. I won’t mention anything else u[ here in case you haven’t seen it, but it’s a super fun action scene that fully embraces the ridiculousness of the franchise.

I spoke with writer/producer Chris Morgan about the film last week, and got him to tell me about an alternate version of that scene that ended with a shout-out to Furious 7. Get the scoop about the alternate ending to the Jason Statham plane fight below.
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The Fate of the Furious

The Fast and Furious franchise is known for its crazy action scenes and bombastic explosions, but the core of the saga has always been about one thing: family. Sixteen years after the original movie hit theaters, The Fate of the Furious comes roaring into theaters this Friday, and while it does feature a hefty number of explosions, the most important thing the film blows up is the series’ central thesis. Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto goes rogue and turns his back on those he loves, and the group dynamic will never be the same.

Rob Cohen and John Singleton kicked off this franchise with one movie each, and Justin Lin put his stamp on it in a big way by directing the next four films. James Wan admirably took over for Lin on Furious 7, but the newest member of the Fast directors club is F. Gary Gray, riding high after the success of 2015’s Straight Outta Compton. Last week, I had the opportunity to speak with Gray about how much input he has on a big franchise like this, the dangers and challenges of filming a car chase on real melting ice, and much more. Read More »

the mummy remake

Universal’s remake of The Mummy is set for a 2017 release date and is intended to help kick off an entire new cinematic universe starring the studio’s classic monsters. And while production has to begin soon-ish to hit that release date, the studio and director Alex Kurtzman still have a major decision left on their plate – the gender of the Mummy itself.

Yes, the star of the new Mummy movie may very well be woman, giving a big injection of estrogen into one of the great horror boys’ clubs. While we have raised a concerned eyebrow at much of the news coming out of these new Universal Monster movies, this one gets a tentative nod of approval. It’s certainly an interesting choice.

Everything you need to know about the Mummy remake and the rest of the new Monster Universe can be found after the jump.

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Universal Hulk rights

Back in April, during publicity rounds for The Avengers: Age of Ultron, some new information surfaced regarding the future of The Incredible Hulk, and whether or not Marvel Studios had plans for Mark Ruffalo to get his own solo Hulk movie.

A somewhat surprising reason surfaced as to why a new Hulk movie wasn’t in the works. Ruffalo said that Universal (which made the two previous big-screen outings for the big guy) still had the rights to any future Hulk movies, putting a kink in any plans Marvel might have. However, it turns out that’s not entirely true, and Universal may not be holding up Marvel at all. Find out more about the Universal Hulk rights after the jump! Read More »

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