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Obi-Wan Series With Ewan McGregor Confirmed For Disney+

Today at the D23 2019 Expo, Lucas film and Disney+ officially announced the long-rumored Obi-Wan series, and confirmed the return of Ewan McGregor as the iconic Jedi!

McGregor received a warm welcome when he arrived onstage to make it official. It was also revealed that scripts are currently being written and shooting will happen sometime next year. The new series will take place eight years after the events of Revenge of the Sith, where we last saw Obi-Wan delivering the infant Luke Skywalker to his Tatooine homestead. An updated timeline graphic shown at the event places the Obi-Wan show as happening somewhere in the middle of the span of events in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

McGregor took over the role of Obi-Wan for the Star Wars prequel trilogy two decades ago from the late Alec Guinness. His last live-action appearance was in 2005’s Revenge of the Sith. However, McGregor also lent his voice to Rey’s Force vision in The Force Awakens. Additionally, McGregor hasn’t been shy about his desire to reprise his role.

Two years ago, director Stephen Daldry was supposedly lined up to direct a standalone Obi-Wan film. Unfortunately, the dismal box office performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story put all the spinoff movies on hold.

No other details about the potential Obi-Wan series are currently available. Disney+ already has two live-action Star Wars series lined up: The Mandalorian and the untitled Cassian Andor series.

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Watch The Live Action Lady And The Tramp Trailer

Walt Disney Pictures has revealed the first trailer for Lady and the Tramp, the live-action remake of the classic animated film coming to the Disney+ platform. Featuring the titular romantic couple, voiced by Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux.

Lady and the Tramp tells the story of an American Cocker Spaniel named Lady who lives with an upper-middle-class family but is set astray when the family has a baby. Lady ends up meeting a mongrel known as the Tramp on the streets. They embark on a romantic journey and eventually fall in love.

The film stars Tessa Thompson (Sorry to Bother You, Men In Black) as Lady, Justin Theroux (The Spy Who Dumped Me) as the Tramp, Thomas Mann (Kong: Skull Island) as Jim Dear, Kiersey Clemons (Flatliners) as Jim’s wife Darling, Ashley Jensen (The Lobster, Hysteria) as Jackie the Scottish Terrier, Benedict Wong (Doctor Strange) voicing Bull, an English bulldog, Sam Elliott as the voice of Trusty the Bloodhound, Janelle Monae as the voice of Peg the Pekingese, Yvette Nicole Brown as Aunt Sarah, Adrian Martinez as Elliot and Arturo Castro as Marco.

Charlie Bean (The LEGO Ninjago Movie, Tron Uprising) will be directing the live-action/CG hybrid film from a script by Andrew Bujalski. Aside from Mann and Clemons, most of the cast will play CGI characters as we have seen in recent Disney adaptations such as Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast.

The upcoming live-action remake is slated to debut on November 12 on Disney’s upcoming streaming service Disney+.

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Watch The Mandalorian Trailer

During D23 Expo 2019, Disney+ and Lucasfilm revealed the trailer for their first live-action Star Wars TV series, The Mandalorian.

After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.

Pedro Pascal (Kingsman: The Golden Circle) will star as a lone Mandalorian gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy and will be joined by Gina Carano (Deadpool) who plays Cara Dune, a former Rebel Shock Trooper, having trouble re-integrating herself into society.; and Carl Weathers as Greef, a man who heads a guild of bounty hunters that hires The Mandalorian for a specific job.

Also set to star in the series are Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Emily Swallow (Supernatural), Carl Weathers (Predator), Omid Abtahi (American Gods), Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man) and Nick Nolte (Affliction).

Jon Favreau serves as executive producer and showrunner for the series, Directors for the first season include Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels), who will be directing the first episode, plus Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates) and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), who will also provide the voice for bounty hunter IG-88 in the series.

The Mandalorian will be executive produced by Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Wilson. Karen Gilchrist will serve as co-executive producer. The series will premiere on Disney+ when the service launches on November 12.

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Disney Publishing Worldwide And Disney+ Announce One Day At Disney

This evening at D23 Expo, Ricky Strauss, president, Content & Marketing for Disney+ and Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts announced One Day at Disney, a spectacular collaboration between Disney Publishing Worldwide and Disney’s new streaming service.  The new, 224-page coffee table book and the documentary series will both arrive on December 3, highlighting the talented men and women who bring life to some of Disney’s most beloved stories.

On February 21 of this year, 76 unique photo shoots took place around the world, as Disney dispatched photographers to capture images of the employees and cast members who drive creativity and innovation at The Walt Disney Company. From Shanghai Disneyland and ESPN to Pixar and the set of Modern Family, these spectacular photographs—and the stories behind them—will be featured in the hardbound, collectible book, written by Bruce Steele, which is now available for pre-order.

On December 3, the same day the book arrives in stores, Disney+ will debut it’s new, 52-episode short-form series One Day at Disney, launching with a feature-length documentary. This exciting new series takes an in-depth look at the unique and surprising roles these men and women call their daily jobs. The series and documentary are from Endeavor Content’s Non-Scripted Division and executive produced by Michael Antinoro and David Chamberlin and produced by Victoria Chamlee.

Following the debut of the special, which features such talent as Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts and legendary animator Eric Goldberg, more than 50 One Day at Disney shorts, ranging in length between 4 to 7 minutes long and each profiling a single remarkable person and their fascinating job, will debut each week.

Profiled in the Disney+ docu-special (in alphabetical order):

– Eric Baker: The Walt Disney Imagineer who has overseen the creation of many of the intricately detailed props and lifelike creatures that inhabit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the newest lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts
– Ashley Girdich: A talented Walt Disney Imagineer who, as a Research and Development Project Manager, drives plans and helps teams execute some of the innovative robotics technology projects being created for our Parks around the world
– Eric Goldberg: The legendary animator known for creating the Genie in Aladdin and Phil in Hercules, directing Pocahontas, as well as for animating Mickey Mouse in the Academy Award-nominated short Get a Horse!
– Mark Gonzales: A Los Angeles native who works on the world-famous Disneyland Railroad
– Grace Lee: A senior illustration manager at Disney Worldwide Publishing who has worked on titles from Zootopia to Fancy Nancy
– Zamavus “Zama” Magudulela: The talented South African actor currently playing Rafiki in the Madrid production of phenomenally successful musical The Lion King
– Ryan Meinerding: Marvel Studio’s head of visual development who has worked on films including Avengers: Endgame and Guardians of the Galaxy
– Dr. Natalie Mylniczenko: The veterinarian who cares for creatures large and small at Walt Disney World Resort, including a number of endangered and threatened species.
– Jerome Ranft: The skilled Pixar artist who created detailed sculptures for animators to use as reference for such films as Finding Nemo, Toy Story 3, and Ratatouille
– Robin Roberts: The former ESPN sportscaster has been co-anchor of the Emmy® Award-winning, top-rated morning show, Good Morning America, since 2005

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Watch A Behind-the-Scenes Look At The Upcoming DC Universe Animated Series Harley Quinn

IGN went backstage to get a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the R-rated animated series Harley Quinn ahead of its October 2019 premiere on the streaming service DC Universe. The show, which is based upon the classic DC villain formerly known as Harleen Quinzel, focuses on the character’s life adventurous life in Gotham City after her breakup of her longtime relationship with The Joker.

The series features the voices of a number of well-known actors. Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory) voices Harley Quinn, Alan Tudyk (Firefly, 28 Days) plays The Joker, Lake Bell (Bless This Mess) plays Poison Ivy, Diedrich Bader (Veep) plays Batman and the great Jim Rash (Community) plays the Riddler.

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Apple Releases The Morning Show Trailer

The first trailer for Apple’s upcoming The Morning Show is here.

The series, which has already received a two-season and 20-episode order and created by Michael Ellenberg (The Leftovers) with Kerry Ehrin serving as the series’ writer. 

What happens when the people you trust to tell the truth prove themselves to be dishonest? The Morning Show follows the free fall of an early morning newscast in the wake of a scandal, and its struggle to survive in an era when news arrives in the palm of your hand.

The Morning Show stars Steve Carell (Beautiful Boy, Welcome to Marwen), Jennifer Aniston (Murder Mystery), Reese Witherspoon (Big Little Lies), Billy Crudup (Titanic), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Black Mirror), Nestor Carbonell (The Dark Knight) and Mark Duplass (Big Mouth).

The series also marks Carell’s first foray back into the small screen after seven seasons starring on The Office. It also marks Aniston’s return to television for the first time in 15 years since starring in one of the main roles on the hit NBC sitcom Friends, with the actress also choosing to focus on film roles. While she’s had bit-parts on TV in years past, (including Friends), Witherspoon made her debut in a starring TV role in last year’s Big Little Lies, which she also executive produced.

The Morning Show will premiere this fall, along with the launch of Apple TV+.

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Dave Chappelle Standup Comedy Special Sticks & Stones To Stream On Netflix Beginning August 26

Legendary comedian Dave Chappelle is back with an all-new stand-up comedy special, Sticks & Stones, his fifth Netflix Original. 

Unflinching and boundary-pushing, Dave gives his provocative perspective on the tidal wave of celebrity scandals, the opioid crisis, and more — in trademarked Chappelle fashion. Dave Chappelle’s Sticks & Stones streams August 26, only on Netflix.

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Watch The Mr. Mercedes Season 3 Trailer 

The official Mr. Mercedes Season 3 trailer is here. Based on Stephen King’s best-selling Bill Hodges Trilogy, which includes Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers and End of Watch. 

Don’t miss the premiere of Mr. Mercedes Season 3 Tuesday, September 10th at 10pm ET/PT on DIRECTV Channel 239, On Demand 1239, DIRECTV, U-Verse, & AT&T TV NOW.

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Amazon Offers Retro Pricing In Los Angeles For Maisel Day On August 15

Los Angeles residents will be able to purchase lunch, gasoline, makeup applications, shoeshines, movie tickets and hotel rooms at 1959 prices on August 15, which Amazon Prime is calling “Maisel Day.”  That means you can see a movie for a mere 51 cents, grab a hot dog for 59 cents, and get your hair done (with a Midge Maisel-inspired look) for a whopping $2. It’s part of an Emmy push for Amazon Prime’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” More than 25 L.A.-area businesses will partner with the streamer to offer the discounts in celebration of the hit show that landed 20 Emmy nominations its second season, the most for any comedy this year.

Here are all the places, and the prices, celebrating the show:

Style

Bellacures, manicure: $2
Blushington, full-face makeover: $2.50
Drybar, Mrs. Maisel-inspired look: $2
Gornik & Drucker, haircut: $3
The Grove Shine, shoeshine: 75 cents
Starring by Ted Gibson, “Mrs. Maisel” haircut: $2.50

Food

Art’s Delicatessen & Restaurant , corned beef, pastrami or turkey sandwich with pickle: 99 cents
Big Sugar Bakeshop, pink vanilla cupcake: 25 cents
Cafe 50’s, malt: 30 cents
Canter’s Deli, “Maisel” pastrami sandwich: 99 cents
Deluca’s Italian Deli, “Mrs. Maisel” deli-style turkey sandwich: $2
Dominique Ansel Bakery, croissant: 50 cents
The Draycott, glass of champagne: $2
Häagen-Dazs, scoop of ice cream: 80 cents
Hank’s, Ruben sandwich: 85 cents
Ladurée, macaron: 25 cents
McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams, scoop of ice cream: 25 cents
Mel’s Drive-In, Melburger with fries: 50 cents, milkshake: 30 cents, slice of pie: 30 cents
Philz Coffee, “Mrs. Maisel” rose coffee: 50 cents
Pink’s Hot Dogs, hot dog: 59 cents
See’s Candies, 1-pound box of chocolates: $1.50
Susie Cakes, pink vanilla or pink chocolate cupcake: 25 cents
Yum Creamery, special ice cream dessert: $1

Entertainment

Bay Theatre, movie ticket: 51 cents
Chevron Santa Monica, gallon of gasoline (up to 20 gallons): 30 cents
Hollywood Improv, one admission: $1
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, one-night stay: $40
The Sportsmen’s Lodge Hotel, one-night stay: $40

All deals are walk-in only and subject to availability as supplies may be limited. For locations and details about the special Maisel Day deals, visit MaiselDay.com.

Will Ferrell Performs Stand-Up Comedy As Ron Burgundy On 6 Late Night Shows In One Night

Anchorman star Will Ferrell performed stand-up comedy as his character Ron Burgundy on six different talk shows, coast to coast — all on Thursday night.

Just in time for the second season premiere of “The Ron Burgundy Podcast,” Ferrell appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon,” “The Late Late Show With James Corden,” “Conan” and “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.” During his visits the actor took to the stage with six completely different, but equally cringe-worthy comedy sets, Ron Burgundy-style.

The second season of “The Ron Burgundy Podcast” drops on Friday on iHeartRadio with its first guest, Sen. Kamala Harris.

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