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Phil LaMarr Improvises Voices

Cartoon fans will recognize Phil LaMarr as the man behind the voices of Samurai Jack, Hermes Conrad on Futurama, and hundreds of other characters. Vanity Fair asked Phil to improvise 12 new character voices entirely based on their illustrations. If there’s one thing the clip proves is just how impressive his range and imagination is.

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Watch Disney’s Mulan Stunt Featurette

Take a look behind the scenes with a special featurette showcasing the thrilling stunts for Disney’s Mulan.

Acclaimed filmmaker Niki Caro brings the epic tale of China’s legendary warrior to life in Disney’s Mulan, in which a fearless young woman risks everything out of love for her family and her country to become one of the greatest warriors China has ever known. When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation…and a proud father.

Mulan features a celebrated international cast that includes: Yifei Liu as Mulan; Donnie Yen as Commander Tung; Tzi Ma as Zhou, Jason Scott Lee as Böri Khan; Yoson An as Honghui; Ron Yuan as Sergeant Qiang; with Gong Li as Xianniang and Jet Li as the Emperor. The film is directed by Niki Caro from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Lauren Hynek & Elizabeth Martin, suggested by the narrative poem “The Ballad of Mulan.”

Disney’s Mulan opens theaters on March 27.

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Steven Spielberg Departs Indiana Jones 5; James Mangold In Talks To Direct

After years of time in development hell and Harrison Ford revealing a potential production start date in two months, Indiana Jones 5 has seen a surprise development as longtime franchise helmer Steven Spielberg has exited the project, with Lucasfilm currently in negotiations with James Mangold (Ford v. Ferrari) to take over.

The 73-year-old Oscar-winning director is still set to remain on the project as a hands-on producer and source are reporting that the decision to leave came from Spielberg, who wanted to pass along the titular hero’s story to a new generation of storytellers with a fresh perspective on the classic adventurer.

The film was originally announced in 2016 with Spielberg and Ford returning in their respective roles and an original theatrical release date set for July 19, 2019, but was constantly pushed back after multiple rewrites came from Jonathan Kasdan, son of Raiders of the Lost Ark writer Lawrence after original writer David Koepp exited the project.

Mangold is no stranger to big-budget action, having helmed the Tom Cruise-starring Knight and Day, as well as the final two installments in the solo Wolverine series The Wolverine and Logan, the latter of which grossed over $619 million at the global box office and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. He recently directed the racing biopic Ford v. Ferrari starring Christian Bale (Vice) and Matt Damon (The Departed), which was nominated for four Oscars.

Famed archaeologist and explorer Indiana Jones was introduced in 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark – one of AFI’s 100 Greatest American Films of All Time – and later thrilled audiences in 1984’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, 1989’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The four films have brought in nearly $2 billion at the global box office.

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Celebrate The 25th Anniversary of Indiana Jones Adventure At Disneyland Park

For 25 years, Indiana Jones has been adventuring through the Temple of the Forbidden Eye on Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland park. Celebrate the anniversary of this fan-favorite attraction with these engaging experiences and fun offerings that every archaeologist must discover! 

As you journey into the Temple of the Forbidden Eye, keep your own eye out for mysterious symbols and glyphs within the attractions queue. You can decode the ancient ruins and discover secrets of the temple by downloading the Play Disney Parks App and playing “Indiana Jones Adventure – The Gifts of Mara.” 

Excavate your very own Indiana Jones Adventure tee shirt that commemorates 25 epic years of adventures, fortune and glory, available at the Adventureland Bazaar, available Mar. 3.

Peruse through other artifacts, such as the Indiana Jones Adventure Funko POP, a collectible figure available at Disneyana on Main Street, U.S.A. and Wonderground Gallery in Downtown Disney District, available Feb. 29.

There will also be exclusive pins available to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Indiana Jones attraction at Disneyland.

Indiana Jones Attraction 25th Anniversary Pin: This pin celebrates 25 years of Indiana Jones Adventure attraction at Disneyland! Limited edition of 3,000 and the retail price is $15.99.

Indiana Jones Attraction 25th Anniversary AP Pin: Annual Passholder exclusive! Limited edition of 2,000 and the retail price is $17.99.

Head over to Tropical Hideaway and taste an assemblage of food and beverage offerings perfect for any explorer, such as a specialty Dole Whip loaded with chocolate, and a chilled shaker-style salad with crunchy noodles. The food adventure continues at Bengal Barbecue, where you can enjoy a specialty rib bowl with Cantonese barbecue sauce and steamed rice. If you’re in the area, use mobile food ordering at Bengal Barbecue! These delicious items will be available Mar. 3-8, while supplies last.

Join Disneyland as they celebrate the 25th anniversary of Indiana Jones Adventure! Annual Passholders have the opportunity for a bonus adventure by experiencing the attraction an hour after park closing on Mar. 4 and 5. Wristbands are required. Check-in at Star Wars Launch Bay for wristbands beginning at 6:30 p.m. for day of visit.  Valid Annual Passport must be presented; photo ID may be required.  Blockout dates apply. Wristbands available while supplies last.

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Batman: Mask of The Phantasm Print By Bruce Yan Goes On Sale At Grey Matter Art On February 27

Grey Matter Art has announced their first-ever DC release for the​ ​1993 Animated Super-Hero Movie, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm by Designer and Illustrator, Bruce Yan.

From a highly compelling storyline to fine voice acting, as well as art-deco and gothic design elements, this movie has gone on to become a true fan favorite. Bruce Yan gives us an excellent portrayal of the film with our beloved caped crusader overlooking Gotham City. This gorgeous 24×36 inch screen print will come in two separate editions, a Regular and a Red Foil Variant.

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Regular Edition by Bruce Yan
24″ x 36″ Hand Numbered Screen Print
Edition of 125
$45

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Red Foil Variant Edition by Bruce Yan
24″ x 36″ Hand Numbered Screen Print
Edition of 90
$65

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm by Bruce Yan Goes On Sale Thursday, February 27th at 1 PM ET in the GMA Shop!

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Watch The New A Quiet Place Part II Trailer

Paramount Pictures has released a new trailer for John Krasinski’s highly-anticipated sci-fi horror sequel A Quiet Place: Part II, featuring Krasinski and Emily Blunt.

In A Quiet Place: Part II, following the deadly events at home, the Abbott family (Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe) must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path.

Emily Blunt is returning for A Quiet Place Part II alongside cast members Noah Jupe (Suburbicon, Wonder) and Millicent Simmonds (Wonderstruck), with John Krasinski set to write, and direct again. Golden Globe nominee Cillian Murphy (Breakfast on Pluto) and Djimon Hounsou will also star in the sequel.

The film is slated to hit the theaters on March 20, 2020.

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Lucasfilm To Launch Star Wars: The High Republic Campaign In 2020

Later this year, Lucasfilm will launch an epic new era of Star Wars storytelling that will be explored through multiple voices in adult and young adult novels, children’s books, and comics from a variety of publishers including Disney Lucasfilm Press, Del Rey, IDW Publishing, and Marvel.

Star Wars: The High Republic, which has previously been referred to as “Project Luminous”, will be set in an era when the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order are at their zenith, about 200 years before the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. This period on the Star Wars timeline will not overlap any of the filmed features or series currently planned for production, giving creators and partners a vast amount of room to tell Star Wars stories with new adventures and original characters.

Star Wars: The High Republic concept art.

Star Wars: The High Republic concept art.

“We are so excited to be opening up such a rich, fertile era for our authors to explore,” says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. “We’ll get to see the Jedi in their prime.”

“Star Wars: The High Republic features the Jedi as we’ve always wanted to see them — as true guardians of peace and justice. This is a hopeful, optimistic time, when the Jedi and the Galactic Republic are at their height. But of course, into this glorious new era something wicked this way comes,” says Lucasfilm publishing creative director Michael Siglain. “This initiative will give readers young and old a new corner of the galaxy to explore through rich, meaningful stories. Plus, readers will learn what scares the Jedi.”

“This was a golden age for the Jedi, and also a time of galactic expansion in the Outer Rim. So expect there to be rich tales of exploration; charting out the galaxy, meeting new cultures, and discovering what pioneer life in the Outer Rim was like. This is an incredible sandbox for our storytellers to play in, both within publishing and beyond, and we can’t wait to see the great fiction they build within it,” says Lucasfilm vice president, franchise content and strategy James Waugh.

Star Wars: The High Republic has enlisted top-tier, fan-favorite authors Claudia Gray, Justina Ireland, Daniel José Older, Cavan Scott, and Charles Soule to craft this new era of Star Wars publishing.

The first books and comics are set to debut at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim in August 2020 with Star Wars: The High Republic: Light of the Jedi, a massive interconnected story that’s told across various formats by various publishers.

The first wave of Star Wars: The High Republic titles includes:

Star Wars: The High Republic – Into The Dark 

Star Wars: The High Republic: A Test of Courage 

Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures 

Star Wars: The High Republic

Star Wars: The High Republic: Light of the Jedi 

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Been There – Star Wars Collection Starbucks Mugs Coming In May

According to Starbucks Mugs, Been There – Star Wars Collection Starbucks mugs will arrive in May.

Chances are that the mugs will be sold at Disney Parks and I imagine they will sell out immediately.  My wife collects the older Starbucks, You Are Here mugs and we would pick them up from all the new cities that we visited. 

We’ll have to make an exception for these cool Star Wars themed handled beverage holders. No word on additional locations but it would be cool to see a Tatooine, Coruscant, Bespin, and even Batuu!

The mug in the picture is Hoth, the ice planet featured in The Empire Strikes Back. Take our money now!

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Hasbro Reveals New Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back Toys For 40th Anniversary

It’s been 40 years since Hoth, Dagobah, Cloud City and “I am your father.” And to mark the occasion, Hasbro is releasing an assortment of new action figures from  the fan-favorite Star Wars film, The Empire Strikes Back.

Hasbro announced a slew of new Star Wars: The Black Series 6″ figures at the Entertainment Brand Preview presentation at Saturday’s New York Toy Fair. 

Characters include Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa, Han Solo, Lando Calrissian, R2-D2 and Yoda (old school Yoda, not the achingly cute one). There’s also a TIE fighter pilot, rebel solider and AT-AT driver.  The line hits stores in spring, 2020 and retail from $19.99 each.

Check them all out below:

 

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Alamo Drafthouse Introduces Season Pass Program In All Locations

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has announced that its Season Pass program is now in use at all 41 locations across the country. Season Pass is the only subscription program that allows guests to have the Alamo Drafthouse cinematic experience every single day, all for one low monthly fee. The membership provides one regularly priced ticket per day, with reservations available up to seven days in advance.

Alamo Season Pass grants access to the widest selection of films in the cinema industry, including blockbusters, independent and arthouse releases, and classic repertory screenings. Recent films that have been particularly popular with Season Pass users include Birds of Prey, Doctor Sleep, Parasite, The Lodge, and Color Out of Space.

Season Pass is available for instant sign-up and immediate use in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin, Denver, Phoenix, Raleigh, San Antonio, Kansas City, Yonkers, Springfield, and New Braunfels. In select regions, memberships are available via a waiting list, but all locations are expected to be open for everyone in the coming months.

Season Pass subscriptions renew monthly, with no annual commitment. Pricing varies by location and corresponds to each Alamo Drafthouse location’s average ticket pricing, with pricing ranging from $14.99 to $29.99 per month in big cities like Los Angeles and New York. The membership also works for screenings in 3D, 70mm, Dolby Atmos, and The Big Show premium large format, with a $1.99 surcharge per ticket. Members with accompanying friends and family members can always purchase additional regular-priced tickets at the same time, or they can add up to four Extra Seats – similar to “Plus Ones” – to their monthly Alamo Season Pass subscription at a discounted price.

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