Pixar Announces Original Film, Soul To Be Released On June 19, 2020

Pixar Animation Studios revealed details today about “Soul,” its second original feature film slated for theaters in 2020. Following the March 6 opening of “Onward,” Disney and Pixar’s “Soul” hits theaters one year from today on June 19, 2020.

Ever wonder where your passion, your dreams and your interests come from? What is it that makes you… YOU? In 2020, Pixar Animation Studios takes you on a journey from the streets of New York City to the cosmic realms to discover the answers to life’s most important questions. “Soul” is directed by two-time Academy Award winner Pete Docter (“Up,” “Inside Out”) and produced by Academy Award nominee Dana Murray (“Lou” short).

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Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: A Visual History

A visual celebration of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, America’s most beloved children’s television show, including a foreword by Tom Hanks and a peek at the making of the feature film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, in theaters Thanksgiving weekend.

Go behind the scenes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood with this unprecedented dive into its storied history. More than fifty years ago, Fred Rogers, a modest television host, revolutionized children’s entertainment with a simple set design, quiet dialogue, and a few hand puppets playing out everyday situations. The effect was extraordinary: Mister Rogers created a relationship with millions of young viewers, each of whom felt as if they were visiting with a trusted friend. His radical kindness, acceptance, and empathy created a sacred place where everyone felt safe and valued. 

Featuring exclusive photographs; a guide to the characters, puppets, and episodes; original interviews; and rare ephemera, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: A Visual History reveals how the show came together to have a deep impact on American culture. Discover wonderful anecdotes from Yo-Yo Ma and Wynton Marsalis as well as the actors, directors, art designers, producers, studio musicians, and more who devoted their careers to working with Fred. Chronicling the show’s complete timeline—from its humble beginnings on WQED in Pittsburgh to its commemoration on the big screen in the feature film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, starring Tom Hanks, based on a screenplay written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster and directed by Marielle Heller—this incredibly comprehensive book celebrates both Fred Rogers and the wonderful legacy of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

The 336 page book will be released on October 29, 2019 and you can pre-order it HERE.

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Skirball Cultural Center To Present Los Angeles Debut of Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds Exhibit Opening April 30, 2020

The Skirball Cultural Center announces its 2020 presentation of Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds. Organized by the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), Seattle, under license by CBS Consumer Products, the fully immersive exhibition showcases Star Trek’s enduring impact on culture, art, and technology. It also explores how Star Trek broke boundaries with its daring vision of cooperation and inclusion, where humans of all backgrounds work alongside beings from outer space to explore the stars.

On view will be more than 100 rare artifacts, set pieces, and props from the television series, spinoffs, and films—including the navigation console from the original series; Kirk, Spock, Uhura, and McCoy costumes; and the six-foot U.S.S. Enterprise filming model from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Both longtime fans and those new to the cultural phenomenon will learn how fifty-plus years after a television program with modest ratings first aired, the stories and messages of Star Trek continue to resonate worldwide.

Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds debuted at MoPOP in 2016 as part of the franchise’s fiftieth anniversary celebrations. The Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds exhibit will run from April 30–September 6, 2020.

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See Every SpongeBob SquarePants Character In This San Diego Comic Con Exclusive Poster

Nickelodeon is celebrating 20 years of SpongeBob SquarePants by inviting fans to enter into the world of Bikini Bottom at Comic-Con International: San Diego July 18-21, 2019. Headquartered at its 1,800 square-foot booth (#4113) on the convention floor, Nickelodeon will pay tribute to incurably optimistic SpongeBob SquarePants and his undersea friends with activations, panels, talent signings and interactive design elements featuring: The Krusty Krab, The Chum Bucket and Mrs. Puff’s Boating School.

Every day of the convention, Nick’s booth will feature: an interactive game inside The Krusty Krab, where fans will go head to head to complete food orders in a race against the clock; a photo opportunity with a replica of Mrs. Puff’s Boating School; The Chum Bucket towering 22 feet tall over the retail area, where attendees can purchase a variety of exclusive Nick gear and one-of-a-kind collectables; costumed character appearances; autograph signings with SpongeBob SquarePants cast members and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles creator and executive producers; and more special appearances to be announced in the coming weeks.

If you’re attending San Diego Comic-Con next month, Nickelodeon will host an autograph-signing space where lucky SpongeBob fans can get this poster signed by the voice cast of SpongeBob SquarePants. The poster features all 760 creatures that have appeared on the beloved animated series.

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Next Games Announces Mobile Game Based On The Netflix Original, Stranger Things Set For 2020 Launch

Finnish game developer and publisher, Next Games, known for its The Walking Dead games, announced a free-to-play mobile game title based on the hit Netflix original series, Stranger Things. The location-based puzzle RPG game is currently slated for release in 2020 on iOS and Android platforms.

The mobile game will reimagine the Stranger Things universe in the style of an 80’s Saturday morning cartoon. Through location-based mechanics and Google Maps integration, players can explore The Upside Down hidden around them in their daily travels and work with fellow fans to fight back its emerging evils.

Teemu Huuhtanen, CEO, Next Games: “We are huge fans of Stranger Things and thrilled to work together with Netflix to bring our shared vision of Stranger Things into life in a mobile game format. Our core focus will be to deliver on Stranger Things’ rich and intense themes like friendship and supernatural adventure, and translate these into snack-sized entertainment on your mobile device. Combined with Netflix’s second-to none ability to reach audiences across the globe, we will deploy all of our accumulated creative and technological expertise to create a game for the fans of the series all around the world.”

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Captain Marvel And The Asis San Diego Comic Comic Con LEGO Exclusive Set

LEGO has announced this 271 piece exclusive set for San Diego Comic Comic Con featuring Captain Marvel and The Asis. The set which features minifig versions of Captain Marvel, her Flerken Goose, and Monica Rambeau will retail for $45.

It will only be available to those who win in the Exclusives Portal Lottery, set to open the last week of June.

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Comic-Con Reveals 2019 Souvenir Book Cover By Jim Lee

2019 marks Comic-Con’s monumental 50th event—known officially as Comic-Con 50—and what better way to celebrate than with an extra-special Souvenir Book cover by one of comics’ top artists?

Comic-Con is pleased to reveal this year’s cover, penciled by the great Jim Lee—with inks by Scott Williams and colors by Alex Sinclair—featuring 13 of comics most popular characters. Sure you’ve seen Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman together before, but have you seen them with Spider-Man, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Hellboy, Spawn, Michonne from The Walking Dead, and all four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles—Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo? It’s the team-up fans have been dreaming about!

It was DC Comics publisher and chief creative officer Jim Lee’s idea to feature all of these earth-shattering heroes bursting from the San Diego Convention Center lobby to save the world in a one-of-a-kind piece of art the likes of which has never been seen before.

Jim had this to say about working on this year’s cover: “The honor was mine getting to do this historic cover for the world’s preeminent pop culture event. What an amazing 50 years!”

“Comic Con was the start of it for me and from my very first Con back in 1987, it’s been a huge part of my life. I’ve watched it transform the business and usher in a world I don’t think any comic book reader back in 1987 would ever have imagined to come to be.

“Thank you, Scott and Alex—you two continue to elevate and enhance everything you guys touch and this cover is a testament to the teamwork that we have forged and the sheer talent you bring to every project.”

Comic-Con’s Souvenir Book is available free to all 2019 attendees (while supplies last). This 280-page, full-color, trade paperback book features a pictorial history of Comic-Con’s past five decades, featuring over 530 photos and artwork from the event’s past, along with special features, including an in-depth history of Comic-Con by Eisner Award-winning author Bill Schelly. The Souvenir Book is available onsite only at Comic-Con 2019, July 18–21 at the San Diego Convention Center.

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First Look At Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story Released

Twentieth Century Fox has released the first official photo from the movie including much of the ensemble cast, but highlighting Ansel Elgort’s Tony and Rachel Zegler’s Maria!

Pictured left to right are: Jets members Anybodys (Ezra Menas), Mouthpiece (Ben Cook), Action (Sean Harrison Jones); Jets leader Riff (Mike Faist); Baby John (Patrick Higgins); Tony (Ansel Elgort) and Maria (Rachel Zegler); Maria’s brother and Sharks leader Bernardo (David Alvarez); and Sharks members Quique (Julius Anthony Rubio), Chago (Ricardo Zayas), Chino (Josh Andrés Rivera), Braulio (Sebastian Serra) and Pipo (Carlos Sánchez Falú).

The cast also includes Ariana DeBose (Anita); Ana Isabelle (Rosalia); Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank); Brian d’Arcy James (Officer Krupke); Curtiss Cook (Abe) and Academy Award-winner Rita Moreno, who plays Valentina and also serves as one of the film’s Executive Producers.

An adaptation of the original Broadway musical, West Side Story explores young love and tensions between rival gangs the Jets and the Sharks on the streets of 1957 New York.

West Side Story is produced and directed by Steven Spielberg from a script by Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner. The film has been adapted for the screen from the original 1957 Broadway musical, which was written by Arthur Laurents with music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and concept, direction and choreography by Jerome Robbins. Tony Award-winner Justin Peck will choreograph the musical numbers in the film. Also leading the production are Tony Award®-winning producer Kevin McCollum and Academy Award®-nominated producer Kristie Macosko Krieger.

The film’s music team includes renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel, who will helm the recording of Bernstein’s iconic score; Academy Award-nominated composer and conductor David Newman (Anastasia) who will be arranging the score for the new adaptation; Tony Award-winning composer Jeanine Tesori (Broadway’s Fun Home and Thoroughly Modern Millie), who will be working with the cast on vocals; and Grammy-nominated music supervisor Matt Sullivan (Beauty and the Beast, Chicago), who will serve as executive music producer for the film.

West Side Story will be released by The Walt Disney Studios in the US on December 18, 2020.

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Scholastic To Publish New Novel In The Hunger Game Series By Suzanne Collins

Scholastic today announced that it has acquired world English rights to a new novel in the worldwide bestselling The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. Untitled Panem Novel (title not final) will revisit the world of Panem sixty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games, on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games. Untitled Panem Novel will be published simultaneously in print, digital and audio formats by Scholastic in the US, Canada, the UK and Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand on May 19, 2020. The deal was negotiated by Rosemary Stimola of the Stimola Literary Studio for Suzanne Collins and David Levithan, VP, Publisher and Editorial Director, for Scholastic.

“Suzanne Collins is a master at combining brilliant storytelling, superb world building, breathtaking suspense, and social commentary,” said Ellie Berger, President, Scholastic Trade. “We are absolutely thrilled—as both readers and publishers—to introduce the devoted fans of the series and a new audience to an entirely new perspective on this modern classic.”

On returning to the world of The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins said, “With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival. The reconstruction period ten years after the war, commonly referred to as the Dark Days—as the country of Panem struggles back to its feet—provides fertile ground for characters to grapple with these questions and thereby define their views of humanity.”

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Funko Announces 2019 Marvel Holiday Pop! Figures

Deck the halls and fill the stockings with these 2019 Marvel Holiday Pop! figures arriving soon in stores. 

Take your pick from Apron wearing Deadpool with turkey in hand, Captain America Snowman, Ugly Sweater wearing Thanos, gun toting Rocket on a snowmobile or Baby Groot decorated like a Christmas tree.

   

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