Mark Hamill on “Star Wars” Franchise Fatigue

Everybody knows the story by now. Last year the second “Star Wars Story” featuring “Solo” became the least-earning installment of all “Star Wars” films released yet. It didn’t deter Lucasfilm from pushing through with “Episode IX” for this December. The new animated and live-action spinoff series didn’t stop coming either.

Reviewers of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” and some Lucasfilm spokespersons believe that the movie’s substandard performance with audiences was due to a general franchise fatigue. Even actor Mark Hamill, Luke Skywalker himself, is in agreement with this notion. He said as much during his Hollywood Reporter podcast “Awards Chatter.”

“I’m not gonna tell them (Lucasfilm) how to run their business, but is there a possibility of ‘Star Wars fatigue’? Yeah, I think there is,” remarked Hamill to The Hollywood Reporter. “I’ve experienced it, to a certain degree. But they never listen to my ideas anyway, so who needs ’em?”

“Solo,” initially co-directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller before their departure during filming and replacement by Ron Howard, cost $250 million to make. In cinemas it ended with only $393 million combined domestically and internationally. While the studio acknowledges franchise fatigue on their end however, they’ve continued churning out more “Star Wars” productions since.

Mark Hamill, is currently working on the History Channel historical drama “Knightfall” about the Knights Templar and their destruction. He has however expressed interest in appearing or voicing for any of the upcoming “Star Wars” series such as “The Clone Wars” season 7, “Resistance,” and “The Mandalorian” on Disney+. The actor, alternatively famous for his voice-work as DC’s Joker, says he’s just waiting for offers.

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Vintage-Style Disney Apparel Available in Both Disneyland and Disney World Shopping Districts

Who can say no to Disney-themed apparel? For fans of the House of Mouse, the Disney logo on clothing can be as valuable as big-name fashion brands. And there’s a new series of apparel that’s now available on the commercial districts of both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Their theme: Disney in a vintage look.

Designing brand-new clothes to look like they’ve been around for years or decades isn’t an original concept. But when applied to Disney apparel, it sells the idea that the brand has been a part of many lives and generations not only in America, but worldwide.

Here’s a list of these Vintage Disney clothing line available:

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Exclusive at Downtown Disney, Disneyland

  1. Red Vintage-Inspired Disneyland Hoodie – $44.99
  2. 1955 Vintage-Inspired Disneyland T-Shirt – $34.99 (Disneyland opening year)

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Exclusive at Disney Springs, Walt Disney World

  1. Vintage 1971 T-shirt – $34.99 (WDW opening year too)
  2. Athletic Hoodie – $44.99

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Available in Both Locations

  1. Striped Embroidered Castle Pocket Tee – $34.99
  2. Vintage-Inspired Mickey Sweatpants – $39.99
  3. Brown Mickey Tank Top – $34.99
  4. Good Mood Mickey Vintage-Inspired T-Shirt – $34.99
  5. Best Day Ever Vintage-Inspired Disneyland Long Sleeve Sweatshirt – $44.99

List of Exhibitor Exclusive Items for 2019 Star Wars Celebration in Chicago

If you’re a “Star Wars” fans who has made arrangements to go to Chicago next week for the 2019 Star Wars Celebration, the event must be feeling so close now that one could almost taste it. For the collectors among the fans, the exclusive items to be had there are sure to be worthy additions.

While there are expected items: event-themed clothes and accessories, novelties, stationery and collectible trading pins abound during Star Wars Celebration, there’s also a particular set of stuff that’s so rare, they need to be awarded to attendees via lottery. These exclusive toys range from displayable, to poseable, to outright buildable.

Listed here are the exhibitor exclusive items that can be had for Star Wars Celebration:

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  • Chrome Blue Pop! Figures
  1. 63 – Chewbacca
  2. 124 – Yoda
  3. 157 – Darth Vader
  4. 295 – Princess Leia
  5. 296 – Stormtrooper
  6. 297 – Boba Fett
  • New Figures
  1. 298 – Watto
  2. 299 – Darth Maul

Hasbro6-inch Black Series action figures, featured with special cardbacks

  1. Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi
  2. Darth Maul

LEGO

  • LEGO Star Wars 20th Anniversary Special set
  1. Darth Vader Bust (number 75227)

“Captain Marvel” Becomes New $1-B Box Office MCU Blockbuster

“Captain Marvel” on the MCU certainly had a hard row to hoe on the road to premiere, and beyond. Criticism for the film was mostly flavored by a dislike for either the lead star Brie Larson, or the perceived excessive feminist bias. Despite that, “Captain Marvel” rocked the box office.

How well is it actually doing? The penultimate MCU Phase 3 installment is earning really strongly. That’s because as of this week, “Captain Marvel” is now past the $1 billion global box office milestone. Marvel Studio’s first film with a solo female main character and a female co-director has already made $358 domestically, and $645 million outside of North America.

While other detractors may compare “Captain Marvel” unfavorably to the first blockbuster super-heroine film “Wonder Woman” from Warner Bros. and DC, it still doesn’t change the fact that with its over $1 billion box-office take, the MCU movie has surpassed the well-received Gal Gadot starrer and its $841 global earnings.

MCU fans can expect Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel to play a main part in this April’s “Avengers: Endgame.” Here the overarching plotline of 10 years, three Phases and 21 preceding movies finally come together for a deservedly epic conclusion.

By now “Captain Marvel” is among the seven MCU films that achieved the $1 billion mark during their theater run. To learn the rest, we invite you to look here.

Disney Flexes New Cinematic Power by Previewing Fox-Marvel Movies Alongside MCU Films and More, at 2019 Cinema-Con

Following the completed acquisition of 20th Century Fox and other related media assets last month, it was only a matter of time before Disney begins showing them off alongside its other subsidiaries. That time came with the 2019 Cinema-Con film industry trade show, running Monday to Thursday this week at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

Off the bat, Disney chairman Alan Horn spoke of the sheer cinematic firepower that is “Disney and Fox combined” in future. He says during his opening address, “We are truly excited because we believe that together we will be more than the sum of our parts. It’s just an unbelievable collection…coming from bold visionary filmmakers…”

This was followed by exclusive footage from upcoming Disneyand Fox – films for this year. Here’s a list of the choice preview highlights from them:

  1. Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) is fairly confident she can beat Thanos (Josh Brolin) and rubs all the surviving Avengers the wrong way.
  2. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) tests Marvel/Carol by summoning Stormbreaker close to her head (like in the trailer).
  3. Nebula (Karen Gillian) and Rocket (Bradley Cooper) volunteer locations where Thanos may be; the former knows where he might be resting while the latter discovers another world that had its life population halved (ie. Thanos).
  • X-Men: Dark Phoenix – This is the final installment of Fox’s “X-Men” reboot (from “First Class”) before MCU possibly integrates the characters.
  1. Prof. Xavier (James McAvoy) volunteers the X-Men to rescue NASA astronauts in a space crisis.
  2. The rescue mission ends with Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) left behind and possessed by the Phoenix.
  3. Her return to the Xavier School triggers gossip and uneasiness, especially as Jean feels herself losing control, and liking it.
  4. Magneto apparently attacks the school, only for Phoenix Jean to “shut him down.”
  1. Aladdin (Mena Massoud) and Abu explore the Cave of Wonders, and survive its collapse when Abu touches something forbidden.
  2. Genie (Will Smith) is summoned (like in the trailer), followed by full “A Friend Like Me” musical sequence.
  3. Palace dance features Aladdin and Jasmine (Naomi Scott), with him coaxing her onto the magic carpet towards the “A Whole New World” sequence.
  1. Full sequence is shown of Mufasa (James Earl Jones) and young Simba (JD McCrary) talking about the Pridelands kingdom atop Pride Rock (Mufasa’s lines overheard in first teaser).
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  1. No footage, just a behind-the-scenes look.
  1. Flashback to how Bo Peep (Annie Potts) was given away between the events of the second and third film.
  2. Montage of how young Andy played with his toys before eventually passing them on to Bonnie (Madeline McGraw) in the third movie.
  3. Extended sequence from trailer shows Woody (Tom Hanks) introducing Forky (Tony Hale) to the rest of the toys after Bonnie made him in class.

Being exclusive means no videos, but here’s hoping you enjoyed the descriptions we wrote down. And there was no peep on “Star Wars: Episode IX” despite its franchise being mentioned.

Disney Baddies Take Over in WDW’s “After Hours” Special Event Nights at Magic Kingdom this Summer

Disney has long held in consideration that there are guests who would like to avoid the usual crowds. For them they developed the “After Hours” program, offering tickets allowing guests into Magic Kingdom in Disney World after 7 PM. Not only does it cut down on waiting lines, Disney After Hours also offers special events on nights when they’re held.

One such special occasion has been announced for Magic Kingdom. It’ll fall on selected After Hours evenings between June 6 and August 8. “Villains Unite the Night” will see several famous antagonists from Disney animated films performing a grand stage show on the chosen nights.

  1. Hades from “Hercules” (with Meg)
  2. Maleficent from “Sleeping Beauty” (dragon form will also roam the theme park)
  3. Evil Queen from “Snow White”
  4. Jafar from “Aladdin” (celebrating the live-action film premiere no doubt)
  5. Dr. Facilier from “The Princess and the Frog”

Aside from the baddie-dominated stage show, which will be held near Cinderella Castle, some attractions will also be “villainized” for the duration of these villain-centered After Hours evenings. Prominent examples are the fabled (for long lines) Space Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean as well.

Lastly, villain-themed food and beverages, plus merchandising will be brought out at all stalls and shops during these nights. About the only thing Villains Unite the Night won’t certainly have are meet and greet moments with the Disney bad guys.

Here’s a list of dates where the Disney After Hours will be designated Villain Nights:

  • June – 6, 13, 20, 27
  • July – 1, 11, 18, 26
  • August – 1, 8

Magic Kingdom tickets for Disney After Hours Villain Nights will be $139 if booked ahead of the date, $144 when bought on the day itself, and discounted to $109 for AP/DVC members.

“Early” Screening of “Avengers: Endgame” by AMC, Part of 60-Hour and 22-Film MCU Marathon

April 26. On that day, over three weeks from now, “Avengers: Endgame” will premiere. Fans of Marvel superheroes, particularly as portrayed in the MCU, are looking forward to this film. It will after all conclude the saga of Thanos and the Infinity Stones. For some, the wait is almost unbearable.

AMC Theaters is offering something for the impatient. They will be screening “Avengers: Endgame” on April 23, three days before its official premiere. Cool? You’ll probably change your mind if you learn the rest. AMC will be hosting another film marathon that day. It’ll be a Marvel Cinematic Universe marathon.

Just to drive home just how long AMC audiences must wait, consider this figure. There are 21 MCU films already premiered. On average they clock at over one and a half hours per film. At the end of movie 21, “Captain Marvel,” the marathon would end with “Avengers: Endgame” which runs for about three hours.

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All told, this 22-installment MCU marathon by AMC Theaters will come close to 60 hours. There will be half-hour breaks every few films. In hindsight, that means the audience will arrive at “Avengers: Endgame” one hour before the conventional premiere.

But are there any dedicated moviegoers around who can stand non-stop viewing for over two days straight? There are. As soon as AMC began selling tickets to the marathon their online booking site went down. It’ll be up to you, if you have an AMC nearby, if you want to take them up on this.

AMC Marvel Marathon Movie List

That said we have a superfluous marathon film catalog here:

  1. Iron Man
  2. The Incredible Hulk
  3. Iron Man 2
  4. Thor
  5. Captain America: The First Avenger
  6. Avengers
  7. Iron Man 3
  8. Thor: The Dark World
  9. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  10. Guardians of the Galaxy
  11. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  12. Ant-Man
  13. Captain America: Civil War
  14. Doctor Strange
  15. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  16. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  17. Thor: Ragnarok
  18. Black Panther
  19. Avengers: Infinity War
  20. Ant-Man and the Wasp
  21. Captain Marvel
  22. Avengers: Endgame

New Attractions Opening April on Disney California Adventure

For years, the system of having two Disney theme parks on opposite coasts of the country meant that there are certain attractions that one had first, before the other got them. This meant that solid Disney fans with spending money would have to visit both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World to any exclusive attractions both may have to offer.

But eventually, what one had before the other might eventually be featured in both. That’s the rationale behind a WDW Magic Kingdom attraction soon coming west to Disneyland, particularly the Disney California Adventure theme park.

This new addition to DCA will be housed in the Sunset Showcase Theatre. At the same time, the “Toy Story”-themed Pixar Pier area will add a new ride based on the show-within-the-film “Woody’s Roundup” as seen in “Toy Story 2.” Both of these attractions will become officially open before the month of April is out.

  1. Mickey’s PhilharMagic – first featured on the Magic Kingdom at Disney World, Disneyland will get its own counterpart over at Disney California Adventure. It’s a 3D audiovisual experience featuring famous Disney Animated Canon songs, as well as Donald Duck taking a prominent role in the presentation.
  2. Jessie’s Critter Carousel – opening soon in DCA’s Pixar Pier, it’s a merry-go-round ride with the ridden animals based on “Woody’s Roundup” from the second “Toy Story” film, with Jessie as the central character. Even before the official launch, DCA is allowing the Critter Carousel to be taken on test rides.

These attractions ought to tide over Disneyland guests and maintain interest before Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the long-awaited theme park expansion area, opens at last in Disneyland, then Disney World.

“Disney on Ice” New Zealand Tour will have “Moana” Segment Performed in Maori Language

The Disney on Ice shows by Feld Entertainment (via Ice Follies and Holidays on Ice, Inc.) and Disney have been entertaining audiences around the world for close to 40 years now. What’s great about the productions is that they’re renewed annually, so repeat attendees are sure to see something new when they get to see it regularly, year to year.

This year’s Disney on Ice presentation, “Dare to Dream,” features new ice-choreographed interpretations particularly of 2016’s animated film “Moana.” What’s more amazing perhaps is, as the tour goes worldwide and performs in New Zealand, they’re planning to do the “Moana” segment in the Maori language.

New Zealand is the primary home of the Maori, a Polynesian people who also contribute in the islander depiction seen in Disney’s “Moana.” In fact, the film even got an official version dubbed in te reo Maori, with Maori New Zealander actress Rachel House reprising her role as Moana’s Gramma Tala from the original English.

Nicole Field, producer of Disney on Ice “Dare to Dream,” said the decision to use the Maori language for the “Moana” segment in the country is a salute to the movie’s cultural significance in the Pacific island nations, and to the people of New Zealand who flocked to watch “Moana” during its premiere in 2016.

The show will be held in three cities during its New Zealand stop. The “Moana” in te reo Maori will be done in one performance of the whole “Dare to Dream” production for every city it’s in. Tickets for the show will go for as low as NZ$33 starting April 1, not an April Fools.

Anyway, here are the stops of the Disney on Ice 2019 tour in that country.

  1. Auckland – August 2-4, Spark Arena
  2. Hamilton – August 8-11, Claudelands Arena
  3. Christchurch – August 17-18, Horncastle Arena

Hong Kong Disneyland Launches Latest Marvel Ride: “Ant-Man and The Wasp – Nano Battle!”

One of Disney’s current theme park-related projects is to increasingly integrate the Marvel brand with all its high-flying superhero flair. We’ve seen these first steps in Disneyland Park (at Disney’s California Adventure) and Hong Kong. The former has “Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout!” while the latter has the “Iron Man Experience,” the first Marvel attraction in a Disney park.

While Iron man Experience has been the lone Marvel attraction in Hong Kong Disneyland since 2017, it changes this Sunday. A new Marvel-themed ride is coming this March 31: “Ant-Man & the Wasp: Nano Battle!”

But before the new indoor interactive dark ride opens to HKD guests, there was a formal launch ceremony held Thursday, March 28. What’s especially awesome about this was, in addition to officials from HKD and Hong Kong SAR welcoming the attraction, “Ant-Man” star Paul Rudd himself was as special guest along with director Peyton Reed.

Drawing on his comedy background, Rudd was able to engage the launch event audience with his great wit and appreciation, not just for the ride but for Hong Kong. Following the ceremonial start-button-press, Rudd and select passengers went on the first full ride for “Ant-Man & the Wasp: Nano Battle!”

The attraction has its passengers assisting Scott /Ant-Man and Hope/Wasp in a mission to disable a HYDRA doomsday machine. On the ride-train, guests use blasters to hit hostile targets on the videogame screen surroundings to rack up high scores. “Nano Battle!” was repurposed from HKD’s original Buzz Lightyear ride, but is now an exciting interactive indoor adventure. Hong Kong Disneyland guests can check it out for themselves this March 31.

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