Disney Details New Star Wars Hotel and Marvel Attractions

Disney Details New Star Wars Hotel and Marvel Attractions

Disney details new Star Wars hotel and Marvel attractions

During D23 Expo Japan 2018, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek revealed new details about major expansion in progress across Walt Disney World Resort leading up to the 50th Anniversary. Here’s a look at what’s ahead for guests:

Toy Story Land

The fun will soar to infinity and beyond beginning this summer with the opening of Toy Story Land. This playful new 11-acre land will transport guests into the adventurous outdoors of Andy’s backyard where guests will feel like they have been shrunk to the size of Woody and Buzz, as they are surrounded by oversized toys. Using toys like building blocks, plastic buckets and shovels, and game board pieces, Andy has designed the perfect setting for this land that includes two major new attractions.

Slinky Dog Dash is a family-friendly coaster that will send riders dipping, dodging and dashing around turns and drops through the world of Andy’s toys. Guests can also spin around with little green aliens aboard Alien Swirling Saucers and quick refreshments will be on tap at Woody’s Lunch Box.

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Disney Confirms They are Developing “a Few” STAR WARS TV Shows

We’ve already known that Lucasfilm has been developing been working on a live-action TV series for years. We figured that series, Star Wars: Underworld, would eventually end up being developed at Disney. It was confirmed that Disney was working on one live-action series that may or may not have been Star Wars: Underworld, but now Disney CEO Bob Iger has revealed that they are working on more than one!

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Jabba The Hutt STAR WARS Spinoff Film in Development at Lucasfilm

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Yesterday the big news hit that Lucasfilm was officially developing an Obi-Wan Kenobi film. This is something that a lot of fans were hoping were would see. It was also revealed that they were in talks with Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry to direct it.

There was also a little piece of big news tucked away in an article by Variety that I hadn’t heard before. They say that on top of the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie and the Boba Fett movie that have been in development, they are also working on a Jabba The Hutt film!

I’ve never heard Jabba The Hutt being mentioned as a possible film before. The only time we’ve talked about the possibility of a Jabba The Hutt movie is when director Guillermo del Toro shared an idea that he had for it. When talking about it, he said:

“This is not real, this is me as a fat geek just geeking out and talking about it. I would do the sort of Godfather saga that Jabba the Hutt had to go through to gain control. One, because it’s the character that looks the most like me, and I like him. I love the idea of a Hutt type of mafia, a very complex coup. I just love the character.”

All I know is that I would love to watch a Jabba The Hutt Godfather-style gangster Star Wars movie! That would be amazing! You know what would be even more amazing!? If Del Toro actually came on board to direct it!

There’s no information on how far in development they are with the project, but a movie based on the underworld of the Star Wars universe, with Jabba The Hutt as the central figure could be pretty damn cool. What do you all think?

One Reason Why Lucasfilm Dropped The STAR WARS Extended Universe Was Because of Chewbacca

When Disney bought Lucasfilm and started on their journey to producing new Star Wars films, one of the first things they announced was that they would be ditching the Star Wars Extended Universe saying that none of it would be canon. This initially pissed a lot of fans off because the Extended Universe is full of great stories and characters.

There are actually many reasons why they decided to drop the Extended Universe and rebrand it into what is now called Star Wars Legends. Lucasfilm originally released a statement explaining why, but Star Wars Story Group member Leland Chee got a little more specific explaining that one reason came down to Chewbacca.

Why Chewbacca, you ask. Because Chewbacca was killed off in the Extended Universe and they wanted to play with that character in the films. While talking with SyFy.com, Chee, who also oversees The Holocron, which is basically Lucasfilm’s official version of Wookieepedia, had this to say:

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The Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren Showdown From THE LAST JEDI Recreated in 16-Bit Greatness

I don’t know about you, but when I was growing up I loved playing the 16-bit Star Wars game on Super Nintendo. I wish those were included in the SNES Classic console! It would be so cool to see the current trilogy of films get similar playable games, but thanks to Mr. Sunday Movies we can at least get an idea of what it would look like if Star Wars: The Last Jedi was a 16-bit video game.

The video below was created by animator John Stratman and it focuses on the badass climatic moment of the film where we see Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren face off on the planet of Crait. This is easily one of my favorite moments of the movie, and this is a radical recreation of that scene that I think fans are going to love! Check it out!

If you haven’t seen the movie yet, you’ll probably want to skip this because of spoilers.

Mark Hamill Doubles Down That Disney Did Not Pressure Him Into Apologizing For His LAST JEDI Comments

mark_hamill.jpgMark Hamill is a national treasure. He is the best Joker, he has lent his voice to so many other great characters, and of course, he’s Luke Skywalker. Over the past couple weeks, there has been quite the controversy revolving around Hamill though and some comments he made. It all started with an interview where Hamill mentioned that he didn’t care for Rian Johnson’s portrayal of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. This was followed up by a tweet days later where he apologized for making his thoughts on the matter public which fans saw as Disney and Lucasfilm pressuring Hamill to back off. Well, Hamill has taken to Twitter again to clarify that he has not received any such pressure to back off and that it was of his own accord that he sent out the apology. I actually really liked the way Luke was handled in The Last Jedi. I felt like it worked very well with the messages of the movie. I know many of you don’t agree, but let us know your thoughts on Luke in this latest film.

 

 I’m really enjoying the conversations about both Pro AND Con. Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion-but let me make one thing perfectly clear: Neither @Disney or has complained or told me what to say- EVER. ??-mh

Alec Guinness Charmingly Talks About How Much He Hated Working on STAR WARS in 1976 Letter

Most Star Wars fans already know that Alec Guinness wasn’t a big fan of his work on Star Wars: A New Hope. But, a new letter has surfaced that he sent to a friend of his in which he shares his thoughts about the film while he was working on it and how he wasn’t really a big fan of the experience. However, he’s very eloquent and charming in his wording.

The letter was posted on Reddit and you can read it below:

My dear Anne,

I have returned to London this evening for my stint at the studio for the rest of the week. Can’t say I’m enjoying the film — new rubbish dialogue reaches me every other day on wages of pink paper — and none of it makes my character clear or even bearable. I just think, thankfully, of the lovely bread, which will help me keep going until next April even if ‘Yahoo’ collapses in a week.

I must off to studio and work with a dwarf (very sweet, — and he has to wash in a bidet) and your fellow countrymen Mark Hamill and Tennyson (that can’t be right) Ford — Ellison (? — No!*) — well, a rangy, languid young man who is probably intelligent and amusing. But Oh, God, God, they make me feel ninety — and treat me as if I was 106.

Love,
Alec

*Harrison Ford — ever heard of him?

I just thought that was a fun read and that some of you would enjoy it. He sure seems like a very pleasant person. Even though Star Wars wasn’t the best experience for him, everyone says that he was fantastic to work with on set.

Rian Johnson Says Rey’s True Parentage is Still Open For STAR WARS: EPISODE IX

If you weren’t a fan of the way director Rian Johnson handled the answer to Rey’s origin in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, you’ll be happy to know that that’s not the final word. In a recent interview with HuffPost, the director talks about why he took this aspect of the story in the direction that he did and also says the real truth behind Rey’s parentage is still open.

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Mark Hamill Says The Version of Luke Skywalker in THE LAST JEDI is “Not My Luke Skywalker”

It’s no secret that Mark Hamill wasn’t 100% satisfied with how Luke Skywalker was portrayed in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. At one point he even said that he was insulted. Well, now that the movie has been released and people have seen it, he’s not changing his opinion. He still isn’t happy with how Luke Skywalker was portrayed in the movie and he even goes as far to say that “He’s not my Luke Skywalker.”

While doing an interview with JarJar Abrams, Hamill explained:

“I said to Rian, ‘Jedi’s don’t give up.’ I mean, even if he had a problem, he would maybe take a year to try and regroup. But if he made a mistake, he would try and right that wrong.”

He just doesn’t feel that Luke would have acted this way and I know a lot of Star Wars fans feel the same way. But, he goes on to say that he does understand that The Last Jedi wasn’t really a story about Luke Skywalker. It’s a story that focused more on a group of new characters and to tell that story, Luke needed to be something different than what Hamill had in his head. In the end, though, this isn’t his Luke Skywalker.

“This is the next generation of Star Wars, so I almost had to think of Luke as another character. Maybe he’s Jake Skywalker. He’s not my Luke Skywalker, but I had to do what Rian wanted me to do because it serves the story well.”

I’ve been seeing a lot of fans debating over Luke Skywalker’s portrayal in The Last Jedi. I have to say that I found it interesting that Hamill said Jedi don’t give up because they totally do! Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda both pretty much gave up and went into hiding just like Luke did. For years they really didn’t do that much to help combat the Dark Side. Yoda was also reluctant to train Luke like Luke was reluctant to train Rey. They just had different reasons. So, Hamill doesn’t really make the strongest argument.

Anyway, what do you think about Hamill’s comments on Luke Skywalker? Do you agree with him or not?

Watch The Awesome Construction of the Death Star in This Time-Lapse Video

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We never saw the Empire build a Death Star from start to finish, just a finished product or an unfinished one. That hasn’t stopped Benjamin Botkin and his brother Issac Botkin from creating this fascinating video of how the Death Star may have been constructed had we seen the full process (thankfully we didn’t suffer through that).

The Botkin brothers have been kind enough to make this a time-lapse video so it only takes a couple minutes to see the construction of this battle station, but it is interesting to watch the order of things. Probably not how I would’ve envisioned it, but I’m not an engineer. I’d probably be wrong.

This video does make me sit in awe of the number of workers that would’ve been needed to construct such a machine. In my opinion, the real star of this short video is the original score that they composed for it. It feels Star Wars-y and sounds fantastic. Even if you don’t want to watch the construction, just listen to the music. Do you think this is how the Death Star would’ve been built?