Sunday, December 29, 2013

Lucasfilm Vault: ILM's Dennis Muren talks about Return of the Jedi's Rancor


In this vintage interview, Dennis Muren of Industrial Light & Magic talks about creating the memorable rancor creature from Return of the Jedi -- and how the original idea for bringing the monster to life didn't work.

Dragonslayer, which Muren had just finished working on, used new Go-Motion technology and had proved expensive; thus, there was an effort to keep the cost down for Return of the Jedi. George Lucas suggested creating the rancor as a man in a suit, and Phil Tippett had the idea of having one person inside the creature, with two other people on the sides manipulating the arms, matted out. But it didn't work. "You can't fool people with that stuff," Muren says.


http://youtu.be/98hSBkYe0sE

They then decided on the idea of using an 18-inch tall rod puppet. It was worked from below, controlled by four to five puppeteers, animating the head, arms, and body. The set was miniature, and the sequence was shot live-action style or even backwards -- anything to "get it away from a Muppet look."

While you don't see the rancor completely, or see it walking, the scene still works. "You didn't really need to show any more than we did," Muren says.

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

See "Lady Gaga and The Muppets Holiday Spectacular" in its entirety


In case you missed it, YouTuber Leleddu has posted the entire "Lady Gaga and The Muppets Holiday Spectacular" in its entirety! Sure this year's special was a glorified Lady Gaga infomercial for new album "Art Pop" but it did have some great moments and that classic tongue-in-cheek Muppet humor that we've come to know and love. I also liked the special appearances by Elton John, Kristen Bell and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. What did you think of this year's Muppet holiday special? Let me know in your comments below.


http://youtu.be/UxSSLjcTN0s



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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Interesting tidbits about "The Muppet Christmas Carol"


The Oh My Disney peeps put up a special article on one of my favorite Christmas movies - "The Muppet Christmas Carol."

Not all Christmas Carols were created equal. We are of the belief that The Muppet Christmas Carol is just the most jolly, magical, delightful, cheery, muppety adaptation of them all. That’s just common knowledge. What isn’t so widely known are these fun facts about the movie! Continue...



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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Neil Patrick Harris Preps For The Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade


Watch as Neil Patrick Harris and an All-Star Disney cast get ready to perform the opening song to the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, "Are You Ready For Christmas?" The original song is staged by Newsies' Tony Award winning choreographer, Christopher Gattelli and written by David Javerbaum and Adam Schlesinger.

Be sure to watch the full performance on ABC, beginning at 10:00am EST/ 9:00am C/P, on Christmas morning, Wednesday, December 25, 2013. #Disneyparade

For more info go to: http://www.disney.com/christmasparade


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Friday, December 20, 2013

Disney Hollywood Studio's announces dates for Star Wars Weekends 2014

Jedi Mickey leads the motorcade during Star Wars Weekends. Photo by Kristen Hoetzel Photography.
Disney Parks have just announced the dates of Star Wars Weekends 2014 for every weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) from May 16-June 8, 2014.

Weekend I: May 16 – 18, 2014
Weekend II: May 23 – 25, 2014
Weekend III: May 30 – June 1, 2014
Weekend IV: June 6 – 8, 2014

Star Wars Weekends combines the power of the Force and the magic of Disney into a galactic special event that has become a fan favorite through the years. Star Wars Weekends features the largest collection of official Star Wars characters found at any theme park in the world, star conversations with Star Wars celebrities, a Death Star-sized motorcade through the park and plenty of entertainment fun for guests of all ages.*

*Source Disney Parks

MEET THE CHARACTERS!
Expect to see a few characters spanning the the Star Wars Saga including: Ahsoka, Anakin Skywalker, Aurra Sing, Boba Fett, Cantina Band, Chewbacca, Clone Troopers, Darth Maul, Darth Vader, Ewoks, Gamorrean Guard, Jango Fett, Jawas, Jedi Mickey, Kit Fisto, Leia Minnie, Mace Windu, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Queen Amidala, R2-D2, Shaak Ti, Stormtroopers, Stormtrooper Donald, Tusken Raiders, Vader Goofy, Zam Wesell and more!


STARS OF THE SAGA!
Expected to return are meet and greets with actors and voice actors from Star Wars film and animation. Often times there will be special stage shows where you can gain special insight into the movies or how the animated series are created. They are MUST SEE events! Disney's FASTPASS Service will be used for all Autograph sessions during Star Wars Weekends. A limited number of FASTPASS tickets are available. You will pick up your ticket with a scheduled autograph return time. You are free to enjoy the park until your FASTPASS autograph return time. At your designated time return to the autograph location. Each guest must be present to receive a FASTPASS. Once the tickets for an actor are gone, Disney will distribute a limited number of stand by tickets with a return time. At this time there are no confirmations as to who may be appearing this year so be sure to check back!

Check out who all is featured at 1:00 in this video!


http://youtu.be/Px2B9CaEY3Q

The annual event is one of my favorites and YOU should make plans to join me for our live coverage on Sorcerer Radio Network, Jedi MouseketeerWDW Tiki Room, WDW After Dark and for the first time ever joining us in our live coverage will be RebelForce Radio and WeBeGeeks Podcast! Be sure to check back for more news regarding our special events and coverage of Star Wars Weekends 2014!

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Sorcerer Radio's WDW Tiki Room 12/20 - Best of 2013 Holiday Show

WDW Tiki Room hosts Kristen and Aljon celebrate the holidays at Epcot's World Showcase!

Tune in for a very special holiday edition of WDW Tiki Room featuring Kristen and Aljon along with show contributors Eric Allen, Dan Barnes and Mike Ehmcke to talk about what was hot and what was not in the world of Disney, ABC, Marvel and Star Wars for 2013. It's the first time we've had everyone talk together in one place and you'll hear it Friday 12/20 starting at 8 a.m./e on Sorcerer Radio!



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Marvel's The Watcher #42 - The 11 Biggest Marvel Moments 2013


In the dramatic season finale of Marvel's The Watcher our host, Lorraine Cink, will reveal 11 of the Biggest Moments at Marvel for 2013! Watch the year flash by before your very eyes with these CANNOT BE MISSED moments for 2013. Can you guess the 11 biggest moments to happen at Marvel this year?

The Watcher will return new and improved in 2014!! Happy Holidays, Marvelites!


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Watch Rusty Cutlass Pirate Band Play 'Ahoy! To The World' at the Magic Kingdom


One of the more creative holiday acts that can only be seen this time of year is Rusty Cutlass, the pirate band that entertains guests during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party! To read more, visit the Disney Parks Blog: http://bit.ly/18TTct9


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Take a look at the official “Need for Speed” poster


DreamWorks Pictures’ “Need for Speed” marks an exciting return to the great car culture films of the 1960s and ’70s, when the authenticity of the world brought a new level of intensity to the action on-screen. Tapping into what makes the American myth of the open road so appealing, the story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country journey for our heroes — one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. Based on the most successful racing video game franchise ever with over 140 million copies sold, "Need for Speed" captures the freedom and excitement of the game in a real-world setting, while bringing to life the passion for the road that has made our love of cars so timeless.

The film centers around Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), a blue-collar mechanic who races muscle cars on the side in an unsanctioned street-racing circuit. Struggling to keep his family-owned garage afloat, he reluctantly partners with the wealthy and arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). But just as a major sale to car broker Julia Maddon (Imogen Poots) looks like it will save Tobey's shop, a disastrous race allows Dino to frame Tobey for a crime he didn’t commit, and sending Tobey to prison while Dino expands his business out West.

Two years later, Tobey is released and set on revenge — but he knows his only chance to take down his rival Dino is to defeat him in the high-stakes race known as De Leon — the Super Bowl of underground racing. However to get there in time, Tobey will have to run a high-octane, action-packed gauntlet that includes dodging pursuing cops coast-to-coast as well as contending with a dangerous bounty Dino has put out on his car. With the help of his loyal crew and the surprisingly resourceful Julia, Tobey defies odds at every turn and proves that even in the flashy world of exotic supercars, the underdog can still finish first.

“Need for Speed” is presented by DreamWorks Pictures, produced by Patrick O’Brien, John Gatins and Mark Sourian, and directed by Scott Waugh. The screenplay is by George Gatins. The story is by George Gatins & John Gatins, and, based on the video game series created by Electronic Arts. The film releases in U.S. theaters on March 14, 2014.

*Images and information provided courtesy of Walt Disney Publicity, used by permission

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Trailer for "Star Wars: Attack Squadrons" and beta tester sign-up


STAR WARS: Attack Squadrons is a free-to-play online space combat game where players customize iconic STAR WARS™ ships and engage in high-velocity 16 player dogfights in fabled STAR WARS locations.

Sign-up for a chance to be a beta tester at www.starwars.com/attacksquadrons.


http://youtu.be/fN0D8TU_TVE

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Disneyland is getting ready for the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade


Go behind the scenes with some of the stars as they prepare to perform in the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade on ABC. Check out Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell, Grace Phipps, Garrett Clayton, John DeLuca and Mollee Gray from Disney Channel's "Teen Beach Movie." Catch Dove Cameron from Disney Channel's "Liv and Maddie." Plus special performances by Jordan Sparks, Jason Derulo and Demi Lovato. You'll even see Mary J. Blige and David Foster perform in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle! Disneyland's ready for Christmas—are you? For more information go to: http://www.disney.com/christmasparade


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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Muppisode - "Food Fight!" Extended Version


A few days ago I featured "Food Fight" and today Muppet Studios released an extended version of the internet video sensation! The Muppets go head-to-head with Gordon Ramsay in their new Muppisode, "Food Fight!" Also featuring The Miz, Ross Lynch, and Maia Mitchell!


http://youtu.be/3KtIBPwaRkk

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Disney's "Muppets Most Wanted" takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe's most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine—the World's Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit—and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. The film stars Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon.

Disney's "Muppets Most Wanted" is directed by James Bobin and produced by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. Bobin co-wrote the screenplay with Nicholas Stoller, who is also executive producer with John G. Scotti. Featuring music from Academy Award®-winning songwriter Bret McKenzie, "Muppets Most Wanted" hits the big screen March 21, 2014.

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Avengers: Infinity War Official Trailer - Marvel Studios

As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has ...