Disney Reveals Dates For ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’ Theme Park Openings
Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that the company’s long-anticipated Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge “lands” will open on May 31 and Aug. 29 at Disneyland in Anaheim and DisneyWorld in Florida, respectively.
Speaking at the company’s annual shareholder meeting, Iger also revealed exclusive new video footage of the 14-acre attractions, which he described as “by far the largest lands we’ve ever built.” (Watch the video above.)
While speculation had centered on a June bow in… Read
Disney Previews ‘Star Wars’ Theme Park Expansion With New Photos And Details
With the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the biggest single-themed “land expansion” in Disney theme-park history just months away, the company has offered the most extensive look yet at the project.
A press preview event and party for park staffers was held last night, and this morning a new blog, “Building Batuu,” provided a few additional images and fresh details. The company fed the predictable social-media frenzy by offering up some new looks at the developments… Read
‘Star Wars IX’: The Last Skywalker Film Wraps Principal Photography
The end of an era? J.J. Abrams took to Twitter today to announce the completion of principal photography on Star Wars IX, which has been billed by all involved as the final installment of the Skywalker family saga which began its historic cinematic run in May 1977 with the release of the first Star Wars movie.
With an emotional photo of an on-location cast clinch in the desert, the director announced to his 76,000 followers that while “it feels impossible” the epic shoot… Read
Disney Plans Unified October Merchandise Launch For ‘Frozen’ And ‘Star Wars,’ With Push For ‘Mandalorian’ Spinoff On Disney+
With new Frozen and Star Wars installments due at the end of the year, Disney is designating October 4 for the launch of consumer products tied to the two major franchises.
The date is the company’s first global, simultaneous rollout for two major properties. Along with all of the merch, “Triple Force Friday” will promote the live-action Star Wars spinoff series The Mandalorian, which is set to go live on streaming service Disney+.
The company has yet to confirm pricing… Read
‘Avengers: Endgame,’ ‘Captain Marvel’ Rated By Atom Tickets As Most Anticipated 2019 Film Releases
Avengers: Endgame came out on top in Atom Tickets’ ranking of the most anticipated 2019 film releases.
The survey by the social movie ticketing app, whose backers include Lionsgate, Disney and Fox, placed Captain Marvel and Toy Story 4 second and third, respectively. Endgame, though, finished on top of several lists (for most anticipated overall movie, ensemble cast and superhero movie) by “wide margins,” the company said.
The preview list follows a forecast last week… Read
‘Avengers: Endgame,’ Brie Larson And Tom Hanks Top Fandango List Of Most Anticipated 2019 Movies And Actors
Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel and Star Wars: Episode IX are the most anticipated blockbusters of 2019, according to an annual survey by ticketing service Fandango.
Brie Larson in the title role as Captain Marvel and Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (plus the voice of Woody in Toy Story 4) topped the voting for Most Anticipated Actress and Actor of 2019.
Comcast-owned Fandango based its findings on input from more than 3,500 filmgoers in… Read
‘Star Wars Galaxy Of Adventures’ Trailer Reveals New-Look Animation With Old-School Sounds
It looks new but it sure sounds familiar. That’s the first-take reaction many Star Wars fans will have when they watch the just-released trailer for Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures, the latest iteration of the Jedi universe.
Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures is a new series of slickly produced, anime-informed shorts that use the familiar dialogue, sound effects and music from past Star Wars films. That old-school audio is paired with new-look visuals from Titmouse Animation… Read
‘Star Wars: Resistance’: Trailer & Premiere Date For Disney Channel Toon Series
“Can you imagine what it’s like to be an ace pilot?” Well, it might get you a TV series. Disney Channel today released the first-look trailer for its new animated show from the Star Wars universe and gave it a premiere date. Check out the footage above from Star Wars: Resistance, which will launch at 10 PM Sunday, October 7.
Set before the events in The Force Awakens, the series follows Kazuda “Kaz” Xiono (Christopher Sean), a young pilot recruited by the Resistance for a… Read
Disney’s Bob Iger On Rivalry With Netflix, Fox Film Integration: “We Don’t Have To Be In The Absolute Volume Game”
During today’s call with Wall Street analysts to discuss third-quarter earnings, Disney CEO Bob Iger offered some of his most extensive comments to date on the company’s high-stakes effort to compete with Netflix in the subscription streaming arena.
The topic dominated the half-hour Q&A portion of the call. Iger repeatedly emphasized that the approach to the streaming service would be a gradual one that will not resemble the flood-the-zone, saturation tack taken by… Read
J.J. Abrams’ First Tweet Addresses ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’, Carrie Fisher & George Lucas
J.J. Abrams has stepped into the lion’s den known as — beware, sir — and the Star Wars: Episode IX producer’s first missive name-checks some heavy hitters.
Here’s how Abrams chose to launch himself into the Twittersphere:
Bittersweet starting this next chapter without Carrie, but thanks to an extraordinary cast and crew, we are ready to go. Grateful for @rianjohnson and special thanks to George Lucas for creating this incredible world and beginning a story of… Read
‘Solo’ A No-Go Due To “Poor Marketing,” Not Franchise Fatigue, Analyst Says
Solo: A Star Wars Story has mustered only $264 million at the worldwide box office, but one prominent voice on Wall Street blames the misfire on “poor marketing,” not a larger issue with the franchise.
Doug Creutz, a veteran media analyst at Cowen, issued a report to investors… Read
‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Review: Han, Chewy & Lando Save The Day In Rip-Roarin’ Origin Story
By now everyone knows of the troubled production history of Solo: A Star Wars Story, which saw its directors Christopher Miller and Phil Lord replaced halfway through the shoot by veteran Ron Howard. It supposedly was due to “creative differences,” but whatever happened in bringing the origin story of Han Solo to the screen doesn’t matter much once you consider the end product.
The film delivers a rip-roaring summer entertainment and perhaps the key entry in this… Read