OP ED: Will the ALADDIN live action reboot be as successful THE JUNGLE BOOK?
Nov01

OP ED: Will the ALADDIN live action reboot be as successful THE JUNGLE BOOK?

Jon Favreau’s live action remake of THE JUNGLE BOOK in 2016 was such a sweeping success and it continues to lead Disney’s new trend of bringing classic Disney cartoons back to life for modern audiences. The animal adventure raked in an astonishing $966 million worldwide, making it the 40th highest-grossing film OF ALL TIME. The upcoming release of ALADDIN is just around the corner, and the question that remains to be seen is...

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OPINION: How franchise structure could save Marvel from narrative predictability
Aug31

OPINION: How franchise structure could save Marvel from narrative predictability

With the advent of the brilliant AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, it became apparent that a new epoch of franchise cinema is truly underway. If Indiana Jones or Batman could be thought of as the first intrepid, state-boundary-crossing chain restaurants, then the Marvel franchise is the gleaming McDonalds-esque behemoth; one capable of bringing in $678 million at the box office! Today our partners at Betway will take a look at the state of the...

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A look at the few Disney-themed slots you can still play today
Aug02

A look at the few Disney-themed slots you can still play today

Disney themes crop up just about everywhere, from plush and toys to apparel and furniture. It’s everywhere. But somewhere where you will decreasingly find that world-known licensing prowess is in the world of slots and gambling! It’s no secret that Disney is actively trying to disassociate itself from gambling licensing but you might still find branded IPs on slots still in existence. Today, our partners with Lucky Admiral...

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‘Olu and Cookie make a splash as they join “Friends of Duffy” collection overseas
Jul20

‘Olu and Cookie make a splash as they join “Friends of Duffy” collection overseas

There’s no bigger merchandise phenomenon at Tokyo Disney Resort than Duffy & Friends, a group of plush characters designed exclusively for the parks that have taken on lives of their own as they spread to Hong Kong Disneyland, Shanghai Disney Resort, and Aulani. Duffy and his girlfriend ShellieMay have been flying off the shelves for years, but recent efforts to expand the line have brought popular characters Gelatoni and...

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REVIEW: Float like a butterfly, sting like ANT-MAN AND THE WASP
Jun27

REVIEW: Float like a butterfly, sting like ANT-MAN AND THE WASP

It seems odd to follow up AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, perhaps the dreariest non-DC superhero film of all time, with ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, an action packed comedy full of fast laughs, sight gags, and Paul Rudd facial expressions. I could do with less dreariness myself, so ANT-MAN AND THE WASP is a welcome change – mostly because it takes place before (and maybe during?) the events of INFINITY WAR. This has been a big year for Marvel....

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SPOILER-FREE – SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY soars, hitting all the right notes
May15

SPOILER-FREE – SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY soars, hitting all the right notes

Han Solo has always been trouble. It’s kind of his whole schtick – outlaw, cynical, seen-it-all, smooth talker – trouble. I guess it’s fitting that making a film solely about him was bound to be trouble too. SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY has had a lot of trouble to rise above. Sure the general public likely doesn’t know or care that the movie was almost finished when Lucasfilm fired its co-directors, Phil Lord...

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Harrison Ford loves Alden Ehrenreich, plus 6 other things we learned from the SOLO press conference
May14

Harrison Ford loves Alden Ehrenreich, plus 6 other things we learned from the SOLO press conference

We had the pleasure of sitting in on the SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY global press conference on Saturday, where the film’s lead actors, director and writers took questions from the press about the upcoming film. Keep an eye out for our spoiler-free movie review this afternoon, but until then, smirk and toss off a cynical one-liner to no one in particular as you learn the secrets behind bringing Han’s origin story to life....

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REVIEW: A WRINKLE IN TIME makes the universe feel smooth
Mar07

REVIEW: A WRINKLE IN TIME makes the universe feel smooth

“The gift of your faults,” an ambiguous blessing from guardian of the universe Mrs. Whatsit in Disney’s new film, A WRINKLE IN TIME, signals its final act. I expect many critics will find faults in Disney’s new adaptation of the classic novel, but that’s only because many critics are joyless. This film is dependent on joy. Joy in the good times, joy in the bad, the unbearable joy and unshakable agony of...

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Everything you need to know about the incredible expansion of Walt Disney Studios Paris
Mar07

Everything you need to know about the incredible expansion of Walt Disney Studios Paris

Bob Iger, CEO of the Walt Disney Company, and French President Emmanuel Macron made waves on February 27 when they jointly announced a €2 billion expansion of the second gate at Disneyland Resort Paris, Walt Disney Studios Park. At more than triple the cost of the park’s original build, this represents the first major investment in the Paris resort since the Studios’ opening in 2002. The expansion will add three major new...

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Bigger-than-ever Lunar New Year party returns to UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD through February 25
Feb14

Bigger-than-ever Lunar New Year party returns to UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD through February 25

Lunar New Year returns to UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD through February 25, turning Universal Plaza into a hotbed of cultural activities tied into the hit DreamWorks series, KUNG FU PANDA. There’s noodles and art and wishes and characters – let’s get started! Meet Po and Tigress Po and Tigress made their park debut in 2017 during Lunar New Year, and this year they not only greet guests, but star in an interactive show...

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