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In Search of The Sanderson Sisters: A Hocus Pocus Hulaween Takeover

Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy and Bette Midler will reunite for a good cause this Halloween season.

On Friday (September 25), Midler announced she’s conjuring up a special surprise for her annual ‘Hulaween’ fundraising gala. She’s set to reunite with her Hocus Pocus co-stars Parker and Najimy for the first time since the cult classic film premiered in 1993. Instead of terrorizing the children of a New England town this time around, the Sanderson sisters are teaming up to raise money for the New York Restoration project.

Midler renamed her annual gala In Search of the Sanderson Sisters: A Hocus Pocus Hulaween Takeover for this year’s iteration, as well as going virtual because of the ongoing pandemic. Hocus Pocus fans interested in the reunion can purchase tickets to the virtual gala, which only cost $10. All proceeds will go NYRP, which is dedicated “to creating more green space for underserved communities to grow their own food, connect, and access safe spaces directly in their neighborhood,” according to the event’s press release.

In addition to the cast reunion, the event will also limited edition Hocus Pocus-themed merchandise and virtual classes from the “Sanderson Sisters Charm School.” The virtual gala is set to take place on October 30.

Tickets and more information HERE.

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Rev Your Engines: The Disney+ Drive-in Festival Pulls Into Santa Monica October 5-12, 2020 

From October 5-12, 2020, Disney+ will come to life at the Disney+ Drive-In Festival at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. The screening series will bring guests together to enjoy the best of Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic under the stars in a safe and entertaining experience. The week will kick off with the world premiere of “The Right Stuff” before it starts streaming Friday, October 9 on Disney+. After six nights of fan-favorite screenings open to the public, the series will wrap with the premiere of the Disney+ Original Movie “Clouds,” debuting October 16 on the service.

The festival will be filled with beloved movie nights celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Walt Disney Animation Studios film “Tangled” and the 40th anniversary of “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” alongside the Los Angeles return of “The Sound Of Music Sing-A-Long”for the 55th anniversary of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic film. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the festival will feature the Pixar Animation Studio film “Coco” on Wednesday, October 7 while Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” will screen on Sunday, October 11 in celebration of International Day of the Girl. On Friday, October 9, guests can join Disney+ for a frightfully fun Halloween-themed night featuring “Hocus Pocus” and more spooky surprises in store. Each night will get started with a classic animated short, fan-favorite episodes of “The Simpsons” or sneak peek trailers from Disney+ Originals on the big screen.

Capacity is extremely limited and reservations will be required to attend. Beginning Monday, September 28 at 10 a.m. PT, fans can register for complimentary tickets at www.disneyplus.com/drive-in. One registration is required for each vehicle, with a maximum of four guests per vehicle. Event capacity is extremely limited and reservations will be required.  

Disney+ Drive-In Festival 2020 Schedule

Monday, October 5 – “The Right Stuff” – World Premiere Screening
(Invite Only)

Tuesday, October 6 – “Tangled” 10th Anniversary Screening
(Open to the public. Register beginning September 28)

Wednesday, October 7 – “Coco” Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
(Open to the public. Register beginning September 28)

Thursday, October 8 – “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” 40th Anniversary Screening
(Open to the public. Register beginning September 28)

Friday, October 9 – “Hocus Pocus” Disney+ Halloween Night
(Open to the public. Register beginning September 28)

Saturday, October 10 – “The Sound of Music Sing-A-Long” 55th Anniversary Screening
(Open to the public. Register beginning September 28)

Sunday, October 11 – “Captain Marvel” Celebrating International Day of the Girl
(Open to the public. Register beginning September 28)

Monday, October 12 – “Clouds” – World Premiere Screening
(Invite Only)

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Celebrate The Mandalorian With Mando Mondays

Ready to discover a bounty of all-new Star Wars products, books, comics, and digital content inspired by Disney+’s hit Lucasfilm series The Mandalorian? Well pour yourself a glass of Blue Milk and settle in, because we’ve got some fantastic news for you… Disney and Lucasfilm just announced Mando Mondays—an all-new product-reveal program, debuting tons of amazing goods inspired by The Mandalorian—kicks off on October 26, only a few days before the big season-two premiere of The Mandalorian.

From then on, after experiencing the latest episode every Friday on Disney+, fans can light speed over to MandoMondays.com each Monday to see what must-have new toys, collectibles, apparel, books, comics, digital content, and more will be unveiled. The intergalactic fun will continue for nine weeks, culminating on December 21.

But that’s not all: To celebrate this momentous occasion, select pre-orders for the first wave of Mando Mondays products kicked off today at 1 p.m. PST / 4 p.m. EST—through shopDisney.com as well as a host of global retailers. Products available for pre-order include the Hasbro Black Series Credit Collection; new Funko Pop! Bobbleheads; the LEGO Star Wars The Child construction set; and so much more—all viewable right this very minute at MandoMondays.com.

The countdown begins… now! For more details, visit the Mando Mondays website—make sure to follow the conversation on social too, using the hashtag #MandoMondays—and don’t forget to mark your calendars for the much-anticipated season-two premiere of The Mandalorian on Friday, October 30, streaming only on Disney+!

Reprinted from d23.com

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LEGO Star Wars The Child 

Turn the cuteness factor up to the max with this LEGO Star Wars The Child (75318) build-and-display model.

Authentic details of this popular character, affectionately known as Baby Yoda, are recreated in LEGO style, with posable head, ears and mouth for different expressions, plus the Child’s favorite toy – a gearshift knob (element included) – for it to hold just like it does in Star Wars: The Mandalorian.

This buildable model comes with an information sign and the Child LEGO minifigure to complete a charming display.

This 1,073-piece, collectible LEGO Star Wars building toy measures over 7.5” (19cm) high, 8.5” (21cm) wide and 5” (13cm) deep.

Pre-order the set HERE for $79.99, it will ship on October 30th.

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Watch The WandaVision Trailer

Marvel Studios’ captivating new series WandaVision, which premieres in late 2020 on Disney+, just unveiled its first trailer on ABC’s broadcast of the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards. 

Starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, “WandaVision” marks the first series from Marvel Studios streaming exclusively on Disney+. The series is a blend of classic television and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff and Vision—two super-powered beings living idealized suburban lives—begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems. 

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Disney+ Debuts New Trailer For Season Two of The Mandalorian

Today, Disney+ shared the new trailer from the highly anticipated second season of Lucasfilm’s critically acclaimed series, The Mandalorian.

The Mandalorian and the Child continue their journey, facing enemies and rallying allies as they make their way through a dangerous galaxy in the tumultuous era after the collapse of the Galactic Empire. 

The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers and Giancarlo Esposito. Directors for the new season include Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, Carl Weathers, Peyton Reed and Robert Rodriguez.  Showrunner Jon Favreau serves as executive producer along with Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Wilson, with Karen Gilchrist serving as co-executive producer.

The new season premieres Friday, October 30, streaming only on Disney+. 

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The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse Animated Shorts Premiere November 18 On Disney+

Mickey Mouse and friends are heading to Disney+ in the all new-animated shorts series, “The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse.” From the team behind Disney Channel’s Emmy Award-winning “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts, the new Disney+ original series will debut on Mickey’s birthday, Wednesday, November 18, with two new shorts rolling out every Friday beginning November 27. Ten shorts will premiere this year, with 10 additional shorts set for Summer 2021.

In “The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse,” it’s nothing but fun and excitement for Mickey and his best pals – Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Pluto – as they embark on their greatest adventures yet, navigating the curveballs of a wild and zany world where the magic of Disney makes the impossible possible. Each seven-minute short is filled with laugh-out-loud comedy, modern settings, timeless stories, new music and the unmistakable classic art style of the “Mickey Mouse” shorts. The series will include stories inspired by various lands at Disney parks and cameos by classic Disney heritage characters.

Marked by a contemporary art style that harkens back to Mickey’s 1928 beginnings, the “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts premiered on Disney Channel in 2013 and ran for five seasons, consisting of a total of 96 episodes, and garnered seven Primetime Emmy Awards, two Daytime Emmy Awards and 21 Annie Awards. The shorts inspired a global line of consumer products, toys and clothing as well as the new attraction, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, the first ride-through attraction in Disney history starring Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, now open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. All five seasons of the shorts are currently available to stream on Disney+.

“The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse” is produced by Disney Television Animation with Emmy Award-winning artist and director Paul Rudish serving as executive producer and supervising director. Christopher Willis, the Emmy Award-winning composer of the “Mickey Mouse” shorts, also provides the music for this series.

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The Previously Untold Origins Of Olaf Are Revealed In The All-New Short “Once Upon A Snowman”

What happened to Olaf within the moments after Elsa created him as she was “letting it go” and building her ice palace, and when Anna and Kristoff first meet him in the forest? And how did Olaf learn to love Summer? The previously untold origins of Olaf, the innocent and insightful, summer-loving snowman who melted hearts in the Academy Award-winning 2013 Disney animated feature, Frozen, and its acclaimed 2019 sequel, are revealed in the all-new Walt Disney Animation Studios animated short, Once Upon a Snowman. 

The film follows Olaf’s first steps as he comes to life and searches for his identity in the snowy mountains outside Arendelle. Once Upon a Snowman is directed by Trent Correy (animation supervisor, “Olaf” in Frozen 2) and Dan Abraham (veteran story artist who boarded Olaf’s “When I Am Older” musical sequence in Frozen 2) and produced by Nicole Hearon (associate producer “Frozen 2” and “Moana”) with Peter Del Vecho (producer, “Frozen 2,” “Frozen” and the upcoming “Raya and the Last Dragon”). Olaf is voiced by award-winning actor Josh Gad.

“This is an idea that started to form when I was an animator on the first Frozen,” said director Trent Correy.” “Dan Abraham and I are so grateful and excited to have had the opportunity to direct this short, working with our incredible colleagues at Walt Disney Animation Studios.”

“Josh Gad gives one of the great animated voice performances as Olaf through the ‘Frozen’ films,” said director Dan Abraham. “To have the opportunity to work with him in the recording booth was such a privilege and career highlight.”

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ animated short, “Once Upon A Snowman,” debuts exclusively on Disney+ October 23, 2020

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Here Is A First Look Inside Season 2 of The Mandalorian

Baby Yoda was somehow in France — that’s what tipped it. 

It was December 2019. The Mandalorian had been airing for only about a month on the nascent streaming service Disney+ when showrunner Jon Favreau saw an online photo of a large mural halfway across the world. The street art depicted his show’s cherubic, wide-eyed, Force-sensitive character peering solemnly from under a bridge. That was the moment, Favreau says, when he realized his series was becoming a phenomenon: The Mandalorian hadn’t yet aired in France — or anywhere in Europe, for that matter.

“The show wasn’t there!” Favreau says. “Something was going on where people were connecting with the characters, with social media allowing them to see aspects of the show before they even knew what it was.”

Baby Yoda — which Disney has fruitlessly tried to persuade the world to call the Child, as its actual parents are unknown and its species is considered rare and mysterious — was only part of the frenzy. After a slew of recent Star Wars movies were met with fandom reactions that ranged from “Hey, that was fun” (2015’s The Force Awakens) to “Why, exactly?” (2018’s Solo: A Star Wars Story), The Mandalorian’s audience score on Rotten Tomatoes (93 percent “Fresh”) was higher than any live-action Star Wars title since George Lucas’ beloved original trilogy. The show also earned 15 Emmy nominations in July, including a nod for Outstanding Drama Series, a feat that stunned industry insiders. Not too shabby for a show about a hero whose face you cannot see (Pedro Pascal) who is partnered with a kid who doesn’t speak. 

Read more of the Entertainment Weekly article HERE and pickup the new issue this Friday!

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The Mandalorian Season 2 To Premiere On Disney+ On October 30

Disney+’s hit Star Wars spin-off series The Mandalorian has finally announced its official Season 2 premiere date! The highly anticipated new season will debut on the streaming service on October 30, 2020.

The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travels of a lone gunfighter, Pedro Pascal (Kingsman: The Golden Circle) in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.

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