Monday, June 2, 2014

Lucasfilm Announces Lupita Nyong’o And Gwendoline Christie Have been Cast In Star Wars Episode VII

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It's been a long standing rumor that Lupita Nyongo would have a substantial part to play in Star Wars Episode VII. As the rumor goes she is evidently slated to portray a descendant of Obi-Wan Kenobi. How big a part she is playing and what importance that character will play in the overall story still remains to be seen. 

The Following Is From A Press Release From LucasFilm
Lupita Nyong’o joins the recently announced cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. This year, her breakthrough performance in 12 Years a Slave earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Gwendoline Christie, currently starring in the hit television series Game of Thrones as Brienne of Tarth, has also been cast in the production. She can next be seen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.
“I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII,” says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. “It’s thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble taking shape.”
Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the Saga Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.
Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Josh Brolin Has Been Cast As THANOS In 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' & The Avengers Sequels

For the past couple weeks many different sources had reported that Vin Diesel would be portraying THANOS, the big bad guy in the current MARVEL films. Thanos is set to appear in Guardians Of The Galaxy and Avengers 2 & 3. Diesel is currently providing the voice of Groot in Guardians Of The Galaxy. However, news broke today that completely puts to rest the idea of Diesel pulling double duty.

Latino Review and The Wrap have both reported today that Josh Brolin(No Country For Old Men, Goonies) will provide the voice for Thanos in all three upcoming films. The Wrap article seems to indicate that Brolin's involvement in the films will escalate, with him having a small presence in Guardians, and a larger presence in Avengers 2 and 3. Brolin joins some really formidable company, with names like Kingsley, Bridges, Redford, and Spader having previously played MARVEL bad guys. 

MARVEL's 'Agents Of SHIELD' Comes To DVD & Blu-ray Sept. 9th

The Mind-Blowing Saga That Began in Marvel’s The Avengers Continues in
ABC’s Action-Packed Series


Relive All 22 Thrilling Episodes, Plus Get Level 7 Access with Newly De-Classified Bonus Features Available On Blu-ray and DVD.  In Stores September 9, 2014

The mind-blowing saga that began in Marvel’s The Avengers continues in ABC’s action-packed series, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — The Complete First Season.

In the wake of The Battle of New York, the world has changed forever. An extraordinary landscape of wonders has been revealed! In response, mysteriously resurrected Agent Phil Coulson assembles an elite team of skilled agents and operatives: Melinda May, Grant Ward, Leo Fitz, Jemma Simmons and new recruit/computer hacker Skye. Together, they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. But every answer unearths even more tantalizing questions that reverberate across the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe: Who is "The Clairvoyant”? What is Hydra’s sinister master plan; what dark secret lies behind Skye’s puzzling origins, and most importantly of all, who can be trusted?

Cast:                                      “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”  stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Chloe Bennet as Skye, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Agent Grand Ward, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz and Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons.

Bonus Features:               Journey Into S.D.C.C.Hop on the bus and share the thrill of a lifetime as the series makes its first ever appearance at San Diego Comic-Con, where the cast is welcomed with open arms by a sea of enthusiastic fans
                                Marvel Studios:  Assembling A Universe TV Special                                                                        
5 Behind-The-Scenes Field Reports – Get exclusive access to the show’s classified sets for the making of some of your favorite episodes
·         “The Malibu Jump”
·         “The Bridge”
·         “Asgardian Bar Fight”
·         “Classified”
·         “Cello Duet”                                                     
VFX Breakdowns – Explore the layers of effects in sequences with split-frame comparisons to the final version
Audio Commentaries with Filmmakers & Cast  
Gag Reel 
Deleted Scenes

Writers:                               Varies by Episodes

Executive Producers:     Joss Whedon (“Marvel’s The Avengers”, “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”), Maurissa         Tancharoen (“Dollhouse”, “Spartacus”, “Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog”), Jed Whedon(“Dollhouse”, Spartacus”, “Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog”), Jeffrey Bell (“Angel”, “X-Files”, “Alias”) and Jeph Loeb (“Heroes”, “Lost”, “Smallville”)

Release Date:                    September 9, 2014

Rating:                                  TV PG
Run Time:                           Approx. 946 minutes; 22 episodes
Aspect Ratio:                     1.78:1, 16x9 Widescreen
Audio:                                  Blu-ray:  5.1 DTS-HDMA, DVD:  5.1 Dolby Digital
Languages:                         English Audio

Subtitles:                            English SDH, Spanish, French

Captain America: Winter Soldier Comes To DVD and Blu-Ray Sept. 9th



Own The Movie That Changed Everything, along with Exclusive Bonus Features!
Get it First on Digital 3D and Digital HD, plus Disney Movies Anywhere August 19th, and on 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand September 9th

BURBANK, Calif. May 30, 2014— From the studio that brought you the biggest Super Hero movie of all time, Marvel’s The Avengers, comes this year’s #1 live-action adventure, Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, available early on Digital 3D and HD August 19th, 2014, and on 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand September 9th, 2014, from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. Saluted by critics as “action-packed” (NY Daily News), “thrilling” (Cinema Blend) and “better than The Avengers” (Access Hollywood), this blockbuster second chapter in the Captain America series teams Marvel’s First Avenger, Captain America, with Black Widow and new ally The Falcon as they battle their most mysterious and powerful enemy yet, the Winter Soldier.

Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely and starring Chris Evans as Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Sebastian Stan as The Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie as The Falcon, with Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier arrives on 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital HD armed with explosively entertaining bonus features, including Making-of Featurettes, Audio Commentary, Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes, Bloopers and More…

Bring home the movie that changed everything and expand your Marvel collection in the following formats with bonus features as listed:

Bonus Materials Overview for These Products:
Digital 3D, HD, & SD*
3D Blu-ray Combo Pack (3D BD + Single Disc BD + Digital Copy)

·         Making-of Featurettes
·         Audio Commentary
·         Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes
·         Bloopers
·         And More…

*Digital bonus offerings will vary per retailer

1-Disc DVD
·         Making-of Featurette
·         Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scene

Feature Run Time:                              Approximately 136 minutes

Rating:                                                   Feature Film: “PG-13” in U.S., G in Canada (CE and CF)
                                                                Additional Bonus Features Not Rated

Aspect Ratio:                                        3-D Blu-ray Feature Film = 2.40:1
                                                                Blu-ray Feature Film = 2.40:1
                                                                DVD Feature Film = 2.40:1

Audio:                                  Blu-ray 3D & Blu-ray 2D = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, French-Canadian 5.1 Dolby Digital,                                                                                      Latin Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital

                                                                DVD = English/Latin Spanish/French Canadian 5.1 Dolby Digital, English DVS 2.0                                                          Dolby Digital
Languages/Subtitles:                          English, French & Spanish (Applies To Film Content Only)

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After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off assailants sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.

Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941, Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier is produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, and stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp and Hayley Atwell, with Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is presented by Marvel Studios. The executive producers are Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee. The film set a new record for the all-time biggest April opening weekend with $95 million at the domestic box office upon its release on April 4, 2014. It is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

MARVEL Makes It Official - Charlie Cox Is DAREDEVIL

Written by Admiral Duke for DisFanReview
Yesterday Latino Review broke the story that Boardwalk Empire and Stardust actor Charlie Cox had been cast as Matt Murdock in Netflix and MARVEL's upcoming television series Daredevil. It seems there was quite a lot of weight to the rumor because early this morning MARVEL Studios made the official announcement and provided with it the first official synopsis of the upcoming show due out in 2015.

Official Press Release From MARVEL Studios
Marvel is proud to announce that acclaimed actor Charlie Cox has joined “Marvel’s Daredevil,” an all-new 13-episode series premiering on Netflix in 2015. Best known for his acclaimed work in “Boardwalk Empire” and “Stardust,” Cox will play Matt Murdock, the lead role in this all-new Marvel Television series. Blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, Matt Murdock fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the super hero Daredevil in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.
Marvel’s first original series on Netflix is Executive Produced by series Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight (“Spartacus,” “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer,” “Angel”) and Drew Goddard (“Cabin in the Woods,” “Lost,” “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer,” in addition to writing the first two episodes of “Marvel’s Daredevil), along with Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Smallville,” “Heroes”).

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

PIXAR Releases Official Plot Details For "Inside Out"

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As you may have noticed, PIXAR has not released a film this year and if you keep up with film news at all, you are probably aware that there isn't one slated at all for the remainder of 2014. Which means that 2015 is set to be the first year ever to see the release of 2 PIXAR films. On November 25th audiences will see The Good Dinosaur, but before that we will journey into the mind of an 11 year old girl in Inside Out, which opens on June 19th 2015. Today Disney and Pixar have released the first official plot summary which gives a slightly better idea of what the film is all about.

The Following Is From A Press Release From Disney and PIXAR
From the tepuis of South America to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In 2015, he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all – inside the mind of an 11-year-old named Riley.
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

runDisney Joins the Force for STAR WARS Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland Resort

This Article Originally Appeared On The Disney Parks Blog
It was the summer of 1977, and I swear I saw “Star Wars: Episode IV” at least 10 times in the movie theater. Let’s face it, there was not a lot to do in Southeast Iowa. But I was hooked, especially the first time the Millennium Falcon made the jump to light speed. SO COOL!
So you can imagine my excitement when the team told me we got approval to do a Star Wars-themed runDisneyweekend at Disneyland Resort, January 15-18, 2015! I was equally geeked when our advertising team took a scene from the movie where R2-D2 and Chewbacca are playing some kind of galactic chess, and C-3PO quips, “I suggest a new strategy, R2: let the Wookiee win,” and made it the heart of our advertising campaign, #LetTheWookieeWin.
Whether you’re a runDisney veteran, a first-time rookie or even a Wookiee, Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend at the Disneyland Resort is going to be a fantastic weekend – and another great reason to runDisney. So may the Force, or should I say the Course, be with you!
Now if an invitation and Jedi mind tricks from some marketing guy at runDisney isn’t enough, maybe this message Lord Vader himself will convince you to join him to complete your training.

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Written by by Faron Kelley, Director, Marketing & Communications, Disney Sports

The Day 'The Dude' Went To Disneyland - Our Coverage Of The ROCK YOUR DISNEY SIDE 24 Hour Event

Written by Admiral Duke for DisFanReview
At 6am on Friday May 23rd Disneyland Resort opened up for a unique 24 hour period dubbed 'Rock Your Disney Side.' Guests were encouraged to come to the park dressed in costume as your favorite Disney character or dress in a manner that best expresses your Disney side. Thousands of people did exactly that, there were many elaborate costumes of Princesses, Heroes and Villains. Then there were the offbeat ones, an adorable couple dressed like Walt and Lillian Disney, the trio of friends dressed like the scuba diver, a jellyfish from Finding Nemo, and then there were the two girls dressed like characters from My Little Pony.

Then there was me. As I contemplated what I would wear to the 24 hour event I had a few options. My wife and I had tried to plan out a Kevin Flynn costume from Tron Legacy but there were some logistical issues that made that costume impractical for 24 hours. Then I decided to fall back on my 'go to' costume; The Dude from the Coen Brothers 1998 film The Big Lebowski. What does that character have to do with Disney. On a literal level, nothing. However, I had a moment where I realized that there was an abstract connection. The Dude is a character who lives in Los Angeles. So, is it out of the realm of possibility that the Dude would go to Disneyland? Nope.  

The reaction to my costume was quite unexpected. Park guests and Disneyland cast members recognized the character and complimented me on the costume, there were also several instances of guests wanting a photograph with me, which I was happy to oblige seeing as how I wasn't instantly recognizable as a costumed character and to the uninformed would simply look like some guy who rolled out of bed, put his bathrobe on and headed to Disneyland.

Throughout the 24 hour event there were a number of great things to experience like exclusive food items and film screenings. The Avengers Movie marathon in Tomorrowland was a great place to drop into to to either get out of the heat or to warm up depending on the time of day. What was especially remarkable was to see park guests through the day who had been there as long as you had. Then, when you saw those same faces at 6am on Saturday morning, heading for the exits, you knew that they were feeling just as threadbare but equally as satisfied as you were.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Disney Infinity: Avengers Playset Trailer

From An Official Press Release From Disney Interactive
Bring on the Super Heroes and save the world in the Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) Marvel Avengers Play Set! Power up with Earth's mightiest heroes and stop Loki's cold-hearted plans to freeze New York City -- and the world! The Avengers Play Set is available in the Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) Starter Pack, which also includes Toy Box 2.0 and three Marvel figurines - Iron Man, Thor and Black Widow. Captain America, Hulk and Hawkeye sold separately.

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