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LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales, An All-New Series of Event Specials, Acquired By Disney XD

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The LEGO Group announced today that DisneyXD has acquired LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales for airing later this year. The animated content series consists of five 22-minute episodes that re-tell the Star Wars saga in chronological order from Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace up through Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. DisneyXD is also currently home to the animated hit series “Star Wars Rebels.”

“Since we introduced our first LEGO Star Wars set in 1999, we have seen and heard from countless Star Wars fans who have used LEGO bricks to tell their own version of this timeless story, re-enacting favorite scenes and imagining new story lines,” said Jill Wilfert, vice president of licensing and entertainment for The LEGO Group. “LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales gives us an opportunity to share highlights of the Star Wars story with a sense of humor and excitement that can only be conveyed through the LEGO brick, and will be a fun resource for families as they gear up for the next movie.”

As its title suggests, “Droid Tales” is a re-telling of the Star Wars universe through the eyes of C-3P0 and R2-D2. Following their victory celebration in the Ewok village on Endor, seen at the close of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, C-3PO and R2-D2 have gathered to regale Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca and the other Rebels with the tales of their adventures that led to the events of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace. An accidental kidnapping occurs while the droids are reminiscing and suddenly viewers are taken on a new adventure that leads to encounters with familiar faces and places that prompt the re-telling of the entire saga. The series offers all of the playful humor that viewers expect from LEGO Star Wars.

The series is set to arrive later this year, just before Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives on December 18, 2015.

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Pee Wee’s Big Holiday Coming To Netflix

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Netflix has announced it will premiere exclusively in all of its territories the new feature film, Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, starring Paul Reubens as the beloved fun-loving hero of TV, stage and film, Pee-wee Herman.

Judd Apatow (Anchorman, Bridesmaids) and Reubens, who worked together to bring the project to fruition, will produce the film. Reubens and Paul Rust (“Comedy Bang! Bang!,” “Arrested Development”) wrote the film. John Lee (“Broad City,” “Inside Amy Schumer”) makes his feature film directorial debut with production beginning three-weeks from now in March.

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In Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee Herman to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny.

“We didn’t hesitate for a moment knowing that Pee-wee’s Big Holiday was such a passion project for Paul and Judd and we are delighted by the opportunity to introduce such a beloved character to a new generation,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “We are thrilled to bring our viewers around the world the wonder of Pee-wee Herman.”

“As a fan of Pee-wee Herman since he first appeared on The Dating Game, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the brilliant Paul Reubens on this film. It is a dream come true,” said Judd Apatow.

“Judd and I dreamt up this movie four years ago. The world was much different back then— Netflix was waiting by the mailbox for red envelopes to arrive. I’ve changed all that. The future is here. Get used to it. Bowtie is the new black,” said Pee-wee Herman.

The character of Pee-wee previously starred in Tim Burton’s 1985 smash Pee-wee’s Big Adventure followed by Big Top Pee-wee in 1988, as well as five seasons of the innovative children’s show “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” from 1986 to 1990. The character made a comeback with the “The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway” in 2011.

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A New DuckTales Is Coming To Disney XD In 2017

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Whether you grew up on the Disney Afternoon, or you’re just a fan of iconic Disney animation, we think you’ll be excited to learn that an all-new DuckTales, an animated comedy series based on the Emmy Award-winning series treasured by a generation of viewers, has been ordered for launch in 2017 on DisneyXD channels around the world. Set to be produced by Disney Television Animation (DTVA), the new series will again star Disney’s enduringly popular characters: Scrooge McDuck, his grandnephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie, and Donald Duck. The announcement was made today by Marc Buhaj, Senior Vice President, Programming, and General Manager, DisneyXD.

Buhaj said, “DuckTales has a special place in Disney’s TV animation history, it drew its inspiration from Disney Legend Carl Barks’ comic books and through its storytelling and artistic showmanship, set an enduring standard for animated entertainment that connects with both kids and adults. Our new series will bring that same energy and adventurous spirit to a new generation.”

The new series’ adventures will once again take viewers along as Scrooge McDuck, his curious and mischief-making grandnephews—Huey, Dewey, and Louie—and the optimistic-yet-temperamental Donald Duck embark on high-flying adventures worldwide. Other beloved characters slated to be in the new stories are: Duckworth, Gyro Gearloose, Launchpad McQuack, Flintheart Glomgold, Magica DeSpell & Poe, Ma Beagle and the Beagle Boys (Burger Beagle, Bouncer Beagle), Mrs. Beakley, and Webbigail Vanderquack.

A generation’s seminal cartoon, the Emmy Award-winning DuckTales led the daily syndicated cartoon block “The Disney Afternoon” with 100 episodes produced by DTVA from 1987–‘90. An animated theatrical film, DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp, premiered in 1990.

The original DuckTales is currently available on WATCH Disney Channel, an app that allows consumers to watch on tablet, phones, computer, and set top boxes.

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2015 Academy Award Winners – Who Took Home An Oscar?

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Birdman won big at the 2015 Academy Awards, raking in prizes for Best Picture as well as direction, original screenplay and cinematography. The acting categories went mainly as predicted, with top nods going to Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) and J.K. Simmons (Whiplash).

HERE is the full list of every winner from the 2015 Oscar ceremony, held February 22, 2015 in Los Angeles.

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NECA To Release Wave 5 Action Figures Featuring Matt Groening, Lenny Kravitz, Adam West, Stan Lee & Tom Petty

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The National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA) in partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products, announced today the next line-up of celebrities as part of The Simpsons exclusive “25 of the Greatest Guest Stars” program. The fifth installment of talent in this limited-edition boutique collection includes Matt Groening, Lenny Kravitz, Adam West, Stan Lee and Tom Petty. In addition, the fourth wave of celebrity figures and merchandise featuring Buzz Aldrin, Tom Jones, Elvis Costello, Weird Al and Aerosmith is now available at various retailers, including Toys“R”Us stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com, as well as Hastings.

The limited-edition boutique collection includes a diverse array of products including figures, collectibles and apparel featuring the animated likenesses of 25 of the most celebrated guest stars as they appeared on the show. This is the first time in The Simpsons’ 25-year history that merchandise has been designed around celebrity guest stars like Hugh Hefner, James Brown, Yao Ming, Tom Hanks, Kid Rock, The Who, Britney Spears, Mark Hamill, Lucy Lawless, Penn and Teller, Bret Hart, Stephen King, Leonard Nimoy, R.E.M. and Tony Hawk.

The “25 of the Greatest Guest Stars” program launched in early 2014, with product roll-outs continuing throughout the year. New products will continue to be introduced every two to three months, featuring different groupings of guest stars, with limited quantities available at select retailers worldwide.

For more information about the “25 of the Greatest Guest Stars” program, visit http://thesimpsons.necaonline.com.

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Ben & Jerry’s Announce New Jimmy Fallon Inspired Flavor, The Tonight Dough

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NBC talk-show host Jimmy Fallon has partnered with Ben & Jerry’s to introduce a new flavor called “The Tonight Dough.”

The ice cream purveyor announced the news on its Twitter feed Tuesday, revealing that the extra-chunky concoction combines chocolate and caramel ice creams with chocolate chip cookie dough, peanut butter cookie dough and a crunchy chocolate cookie swirl.

Always one to give back, Fallon will be donating all proceeds from the sales of The Tonight Dough to the non-profit organization SeriousFun Children’s Network. So while you’re enjoying The Tonight Dough, know that it gives back by helping children with serious illnesses, and their families, with life-changing experiences at camp that fosters confidence, independence and resilience—always free of charge.

Now available nationwide, look for The Tonight Dough in pint-sized form or at your local Scoop Shop!

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Rolling Stone Ranks All 141 Cast Members of Saturday Night Live

Live from New York: a passionate, definitive, opinionated, subjective, irresponsible and indefensible breakdown of every actor and actress who ever starred in the cast of Saturday Night Live. Read the list HERE.

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James Franco To Star In Stephen King’s 11/22/63 On Hulu

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James Franco is about to go streaming back into the past. The Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe-winning “Interview” star has been cast as the lead in Hulu’s original series 11/22/63 adapted from Stephen King’s 2011 bestseller of the same name.

Franco, who also will serve as a producer on the nine-hour miniseries, will play the lead role of Epping in the time-travel Kennedy assassination thriller from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. TV.

In the story, Epping, a high-school English teacher, travels back in time to prevent President John F. Kennedy from being shot, but the mission is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, as Epping falls sway to the past, which resists change.

The project, which marks the first original programming collaboration between Hulu and WBTV, is described as “part thriller, part love story.” At the time of the series’ announcement, King commented, “If I ever wrote a book that cries out for longform, event-TV programming, 11/22/63 is it.”

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Official LEGO Doctor Who Set Coming Soon

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LEGO has officially confirmed a deal with the BBC to create an official “Doctor Who” set, based on an idea submitted by a fan. On the air since 1963, with the title character played by 12 (or more) people, “Doctor Who” has a vast range of heroes, villains and settings to choose from.

The new set will be based on a design created by fan Andrew Clark and submitted to the Lego Ideas website. Although the final form is yet to be revealed, Clark’s idea includes a brick-built Tardis that opens up to form the control room complete with central console.

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Clark proposes minifig versions of current Doctor Peter Capaldi and previous incarnations David Tennant or Tom Baker — with sonic screwdrivers, of course. They’ll be ably assisted by companions Clara and Rose, and menaced by Cybermen and Weeping Angels. The set is rounded out by minifig-scale versions of a Dalek and friendly robot dog K-9.

Previously known as Lego Cuusoo, Lego Ideas allows anyone to submit their own designs for fans to vote on their favorites. Should a design garner 10,000 votes, the company considers it for production. LEGO’s in-house designers tweak the design, and the set is then officially manufactured and sold around the world.

The Doctor will be joined by Wall-E, in a set based on a submission by Pixar animator Angus MacLane, who actually worked on the film.

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These are the only two sets to be approved from 2014’s second round of contenders.

* Please note that the images pictured are not the final products

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Marvel Releases Netflix Daredevil Trailer

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Marvel has officially released its first trailer for the upcoming Daredevil series that will air on Netflix.

In trailer, viewers finally have a solid look at Charlie Cox as Daredevil and Matt Murdock, along with the rest of the series’ starring cast. The first season of Daredevil looks to tell crimefighter’s origin story, chronicling Matt Murdock’s ascent from blind lawyer to the protector of New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen.

The Netflix-exclusive series, which is officially part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will kick off Marvel’s extensive partnership with the digital television provider. Following Daredevil will be AKA Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders.

Daredevil stars Charlie Cox as Daredevil, Deborah Anne Woll as Karen Page, Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, and Rosario Dawson as The Night Nurse. The entire 13-episode season will be available on Netflix starting April 10, 2014.

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