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Disney-Sony Standoff Ends Marvel Studios & Kevin Feige’s Involvement In Spider-Man

After Disney and Sony Pictures failed to reach new terms, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige will not be producing any more Spider-Man films following a dispute between the two companies that has lasted for a few months.

The outlet notes that two Spider-Man movies are currently in the works with star Tom Holland and director Jon Watts, meaning Feige will not be the lead producer of those movies as Marvel Studios will apparently no longer have any future involvement in the Spider-Man universe.

The fallout comes after Sony turned down Disney’s offer that future Spider-Man movies be a 50/50 co-financing arrangement. In turn, Sony offered to keep the same arrangement under the current terms with Marvel receiving about 5% of first-dollar gross, and Disney rejecting the offer.

Earlier this year Avengers: Endgame became the highest-grossing film of all time, followed by Spider-Man: Far From Home surpassing Skyfall to become the highest-grossing film ever for Sony, both produced by Feige. Sources told the outlet that Sony feels “they will be fine” without Feige at the producing helm. Watts and Holland are part of the creative template for the upcoming Spider-Man films, along with producer Amy Pascal.

Sony’s upcoming slate includes the Venom sequel, starring Tom Hardy and directed by Andy Serkis, as well as Jared Leto’s Morbius, Kraven the Hunter, and a spinoff featuring Silver Sable and Black Cat.

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Marvel Reveals Limited-Edition Marvel Comics #1000 Variant For D23 Expo 2019

As the world continues to celebrate Marvel’s 80th anniversary this summer, Marvel revealed an exclusive new Marvel Comics #1000 D23 Expo variant cover to honor its birthday on August 31, featuring Mickey Mouse alongside Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, drawn by legendary artist Humberto Ramos with colors by Edgar Delgado!

Exclusively revealed on D23.com, the limited-edition variant cover will be given away at D23 Expo 2019 to attendees at the Marvel Comics: Marvel 80th Anniversary panel on Saturday, August 24, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. PT at Stage 28. During the panel, Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort will take fans through the amazing, incredible, and uncanny history of Marvel Comics, looking back at the history of the Marvel Universe and honoring the iconic characters and timeless stories that have inspired fans all around the world.

Marvel Comics #1000—a massive, oversized, special edition book on sale August 28—will feature the greatest array of luminaries from both classic and current comic books (and beyond!), revealing a long-kept secret of the Marvel Universe and some startling discoveries along the way.

“Marvel Comics #1000 is a chance for 80 great creative teams to do a segment that encapsulates what they love about Marvel, the characters, the tone, the style, the flavor—what Marvel means to them. As a result, it’s a book that has something for just about everybody,” Brevoort told D23.com. “It’s as wide-ranging a project as there’s ever been. No other comic in the history of comic book publishing has had this many creators in a single project.”

“The book ended up as a mystery that segues into a party, and then rotates back to the mystery,” added Al Ewing, the writer behind the main through story of Marvel Comics #1000. “As a reader, you’re slowly lulled into a false sense of security, almost, and then we end by turning over a final card and showing you something big.”

D23 Expo—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—will bring together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks, and celebrities.

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Disney Announces New Subscription Box Service Called Disney Backstage Collection

ShopDisney has just announced their latest subscription box – Disney Backstage Collection. Launching this month at D23 and available for order in September, subscribers can delight in rare artwork from Disney animated films and theme parks, turning up their fandom with untold backstories from animators and archivists.

Disney Backstage Collection invites you to celebrate the rich heritage of The Walt Disney Company and get exclusive behind-the-scenes merchandise you won’t find anywhere else! The first in the collection is a throwback to the earliest beginnings of Disney Brothers Studio – predating even Mickey Mouse himself. The first shipment includes:

– A premium-blend T-shirt featuring exclusive Disney artwork
– A highly collectible Disney pin
– A behind-the-scenes story card
– A retro keepsake canister

For as low as $34.99 per monthly shipments, customers will receive a retro keepsake canister with a limited-release t-shirt, pin, behind-the-scenes story card and a mystery storytelling detail included in every box.

The first box in the series is a throwback to the earliest beginnings of Disney Brother Studios, predating Mickey Mouse himself!

Pricing/Frequency:

Pre-paid 3 boxes: $39.99/box/month for 3 months
Pre-paid 6 boxes: $37.99/box/month for 6 months
Pre-paid 12 boxes: $34.99/box/month for 12 months

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LEGO Disney Train And Station

Gather the family for a rewarding build and play experience with the LEGO Disney 71044 Train and Station. Kids will love to join Disney characters Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Chip, Dale and Goofy for magical adventures with this awesome LEGO train set, featuring a motorized steam-style locomotive with tender, passenger car and a luxurious parlor car, plus an oval track and an iconic Disney Parks-style station building.

This set comes with an array of cool details, including app-controlled functionality. Use a smart phone or tablet to drive the locomotive forward, reverse and emit realistic sound effects. Joining up the train cars is simple with the magnetic LEGO couplings, and the panels on the parlor car open for access to its detailed interior complete with table, armchairs, teapot and cup. And the fun doesn’t end there! Inside the toy train station building there’s an array of intricate brick-built furnishings and details, including draped windows, wall clock, ceiling chandelier and a tower room with a little LEGO surprise!

 

   

– Includes 5 uniquely decorated LEGO ǀ Disney minifigures with accessories: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Chip, Dale and Goofy minifigures.
– The LEGO Disney Train and Station includes 16 curved pieces and 4 straight pieces of track, locomotive, tender, passenger car, parlor car and an iconic station building.
– Locomotive features a large red fender, red wheels with working coupling rods, a big smoke stack and a driver’s cab.
– Tender contains a LEGO Powered Up 88009 Hub and a LEGO Powered Up 88011 Train Motor.
– Train and sound effects can be controlled via a smart device. Connect via Bluetooth from theLEGO Powered Up app.
– Requires batteries (not included). Please refer to the product packaging for type and quantity.
– Passenger car has seating for the LEGO Disney minifigures.
– Remove the panel on the parlor car to access a rich interior with table, armchairs, teapot and cup.
– Station exterior features a detailed facade with balcony, clock and 2 flagged towers.
– Station interior features a ticket counter, café corner and an array of brick-built furnishings and details, including draped windows, wall clock, ceiling chandelier and a tower room with a little LEGO Disney surprise.
– Easily connect the cars with the included LEGO magnetic couplings.
– This LEGO building toy includes more than 2,900 pieces.
– The LEGO Disney train toy (in total) measures over 4” (12cm) high, 30” (78cm) long and 3” (8cm) wide.
– LEGO Disney train station building measures over 15” (39cm) high, 14” (36cm) wide and 6” (16cm) deep.
– Oval rail track diameter measures over 37” (96cm) long and 27” (70cm) wide.

  

The 2,925 piece set will retail for $329.99 and will be available directly from LEGO Stores & shop.LEGO.com on September 1, 2019 (August 21, 2019 for LEGO VIP members).

        

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – Adventure Awaits Set To Air On Freeform September 29

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has been delighting guests at Disneyland for over a month now and is only weeks away from opening to the general public at Walt Disney World. And to celebrate, Freeform will be offering fans a look backstage, behind-the-scenes of Star Wars: Galaxy’s edge by airing a two hour special on September 29 called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – Adventure Awaits.

Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, the immersive and exclusive television event will invite audiences to explore the epic new lands and learn more about how this new planet of Batuu came to life. With celebrity guests including Kaley Cuoco, Keegan-Michael Key, Jay Leno, Sarah Hyland, Miles Brown, and more, Walt Disney Imagineers and Disney cast members will share how they brought Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to life with fascinating insider details.

The special will follow Harris as he meets up with Key for some laughs in Oga’s Cantina and takes a tour of Batuu; Hyland will learn about the tensions between the First Order and the Resistance and create her own droid at the Droid Depot; Leno will explore Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, inside and out, and Cuoco will take a special peek inside the highly anticipated and out-of-this-world attraction Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, opening December 5, 2019, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and January 17, 2020, at Disneyland park.

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Disney Announces $12.99 Bundle For Disney+, Hulu, And ESPN+

Disney will offer a bundle package of its three streaming services — Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ — for $12.99 a month starting on November 12th, the company announced this week.

CEO Bob Iger made it official during the company’s investors call. At $12.99, the bundle will cost less or is on par with competitive streaming services, including Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. It’s also significantly cheaper than HBO Max’s rumored streaming price of $16-$17 a month. Hulu is currently available for $5.99 a month (with ads), and ESPN+ costs $4.99 a month. 

ESPN+ is the Disney-owned sports streaming platform, which carries hundreds of MLB, NHL and MLS games, Grand Slam tennis, Top Rank boxing, PGA Tour golf, college sports, international rugby, cricket, the full library of ESPN Films including 30 for 30, and more. It’s also now the streaming destination for UFC fights.

Disney+ will launch on November 12, 2019.

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Funko Announces Oogie Boogie & Ursula Disney Villain Cereals For Halloween

Funko has announced two Disney villain cereals that will fill your little spooks breakfast bowls in time for Halloween.

The cereals feature two of the most iconic Disney bad guys from our childhoods: The Little Mermaid‘s Ursula and The Nightmare Before Christmas‘ Oogie Boogie.

These villainous characters will join four others (to be revealed at later dates) in a line of Funko cereals (or FunkO’s). Each box comes complete with several servings of delicious, sugary cereal, and also includes a Pocket POP! of selected character.

The Disney villain FunkO’s cereal will be available at Spencer’s and Spirit Halloween in late August and early September, and are currently set for preorders on the store websites HERE and HERE, with an expected ship date of September 11.

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The Little Mermaid Live To Air On ABC November 5

To honor the 30th anniversary of one of the most beloved Disney films of all time, The Wonderful World of Disney and ABC are proud to present a spectacular, live musical event showcasing “The Little Mermaid.” 

This special tribute to the original animated classic and its timeless music will take viewers on a magical adventure under the sea as live musical performances by a star-studded cast will be interwoven into the broadcast of the original feature film. This never-before-seen hybrid format will feature beautifully intricate sets and costumes, with music from the original animated film and the Tony Award-winning Broadway stage version, originally composed by eight-time Oscar-winning composer, Alan Menken. Howard Ashman’s iconic film lyrics will also be showcased, while lyricist for the Broadway adaptation, Glenn Slater, will contribute to the star-studded spectacular. “The Wonderful World of Disney presents The Little Mermaid Live!” will air Tuesday, November 5 (8:00 – 10:00 p.m. EST), live on ABC.

Following her breakout role as the voice of Moana in the Walt Disney Pictures film “Moana,” Auli’i Cravalho will make a splash as Ariel in the live studio production of “The Wonderful World of Disney presents The Little Mermaid Live!” Oscar-nominated, and GRAMMY, Golden Globe® and Emmy Award-winning R&B artist, actor and producer Queen Latifah is set to play Ursula. Renowned reggae musician, singer, DJ, actor and GRAMMY-winning artist Shaggy will voice the beloved crustacean, Sebastian, in this musical reinterpretation. Additional cast announcements will be made at a later date.

“The Wonderful World of Disney presents The Little Mermaid Live!” is produced by Done+Dusted. Executive producers include Done+Dusted’s Hamish Hamilton, who will also direct, Katy Mullan, David Jammy, Raj Kapoor and Ian Stewart. Also executive producing is Richard Kraft, producer and director of the acclaimed Hollywood Bowl productions of “The Little Mermaid” and “Beauty and the Beast.”

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2019 D23 Expo Exclusive Collectible Print By Eric Tan

All D23 Gold Members at 2019 D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA will receive this exclusive collectible print, created by Disney artist Eric Tan. All you have to do is go to the D23 Gold Member Gift Pick-Up in North Hall, and show your Gold Member card.

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Marvel Unveils Thrilling New Experiences For Fans At Disney’s D23 Expo In Anaheim, August 23-25

With only one month left until Disney’s highly anticipated D23 Expo in Anaheim on August 23–25, Marvel announced a thrilling show floor lineup that includes guest appearances and panels, stage events, exclusive merchandise, and more!

Inside the Marvel Studios Pavilion on the show floor, fans can step inside the action of Avengers: Endgame via a D23 Expo-exclusive video experience, and tour the costume gallery to see costumes worn by characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Throughout the weekend, Marvel Studios will host panel conversations with filmmakers and artists, as well as special talent signings inside the Pavilion. Fans can test their encyclopedic knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with daily trivia games for prizes.

Showcasing an array of new experiences for guests around the world to enjoy for years to come, the Disney Parks “Imagining Tomorrow, Today” Pavilion will give fans a unique look at Tony Stark’s latest plans to recruit guests to join alongside the Avengers in fully immersive areas filled with action and adventure in Hong Kong, Paris, and California.

Outside of the Pavilion, fans won’t want to miss Marvel’s exciting film, television, animation, and comic book panels and stage events. These include:

How to Draw the Marvel Way 

Friday, August 23, 3:30 p.m. PT, and Saturday, August 24, 3 p.m. PT, Center Stage

Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski, Creative Director of Themed Entertainment Brian Crosby, and some of Marvel’s top artists take you step by step through a creative tutorial on how to draw your favorite Marvel characters!

Marvel Animation’s Venom Invasion and a World Premiere!

Friday, August 23, 6 – 7 p.m. PT, Stage 28

Join Marvel Animation for an exciting panel full of sneak peeks, special guests, and big announcements, including scoop on fan-favorite series Marvel’s Spider-Man and the world premiere of the new Marvel Rising special Battle of the Bands!

The Walt Disney Studios Hall D23 Presentation

Saturday, August 24, 10 a.m. – noon, Hall D23

The Walt Disney Studios will present a behind-the-scenes look at its blockbuster collection of upcoming films, including a peek at exciting projects from Marvel Studios. As always, attendees will be treated to exclusive footage, special guest appearances, and more!

Marvel Comics: Marvel 80th Anniversary

Saturday, August 24, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. PT, Stage 28

Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort take you through the amazing, incredible, and uncanny history of Marvel Comics! Get the inside scoop on the House of Ideas—from Captain America to Captain Marvel! As part of Marvel’s 80th anniversary celebration this year, this commemorative panel looks back at the history of the Marvel Universe, honoring the iconic characters and timeless stories that have inspired fans all around the world. Marvel will continue celebrating this milestone with its characters and fans in exciting ways all year—from comics and games, to digital shows, toys, collectibles, and more.

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