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Disney To Launch 25 Stores Inside Target Nationwide On October 4

Walt Disney Co and Target Corp announced a collaboration on Sunday that will open 25 Disney stores inside select Target locations nationwide on Oct. 4, with plans for 40 additional sites by October next year.

Disney said in a statement that the “shop-in-shop” would feature an array of more than 450 items from the company, including more than 100 products previously only available at its locations.

Disney stores will launch inside Target in major cities such as Philadelphia, Denver and Chicago.

The “shop-in-shop” will feature an enhanced Disney assortment of more than 450 items, including more than 100 products that were previously only available at Disney retail locations.

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Check Out The Brand New Frozen 2 Poster 

Check out the brand new Frozen 2 poster from D23 Expo.

The highly-anticipated sequel, Frozen 2, will see the return of stars Kristen Bell (The Good Place), Idina Menzel and Josh Gad (Murder on the Orient Express), as well as the additions of Sterling K. Brown (This is Us) and Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld).

Why was Elsa born with magical powers? The answer is calling her and threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she’ll set out on a dangerous but remarkable journey. In Frozen, Elsa feared her powers were too much for the world. In Frozen 2, she must hope they are enough.

The film is helm by Academy Award-winning team—directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck with Peter Del Vecho serving as a producer. It also feature music from Oscar-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen 2 opens in U.S. theaters on November 22.

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Disney Announces Raya And The Last Dragon Animated Film

Disney announced at D23 Expo, a new animated film Raya and the Last Dragon, starring Cassie Steele (Raya) and Awkwafina (Sisu, the Last Dragon). 

Produced by Moana veteran Osnat Shurer and written by Crazy Rich Asians scribe Adele Lim, Raya and the Last Dragon is directed by Frozen and Big Hero 6 head of story Paul Briggs and story artist/Tick Tock Tale creator Dean Wellins.

The movie takes place in Kumandra, “a reimagined earth inhabited by an ancient civilization that venerated the mythical dragons for their power and their wisdom,” according to Shurer. Five distinct clans form the Land of the Dragon, but draogns are long gone and Kumandra has been invaded by a dark sinister force. Raya is a lone warrior on a quest to save her world, determined to find the last draogn who she believes has the power to save Kumandra.

Check out all-new concept art, and see the film in theaters November 2020. 

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Check Out The Exclusive Poster & Still From Pixar’s Onward 

Check out the exclusive poster and still from Pixar’s Onward that just debuted at D23 Expo.

Set in a suburban fantasy world, Onward introduces two teenage elf brothers who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there. The voice cast for the film includes Chris Pratt (Avengers: Infinity War), Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Far From Home), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), and Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water).

The feature will be directed by Dan Scanlon (Monsters University) and produced by Kori Rae. Scanlon said that Onward was inspired by his own relationship with his brother.

Onward will arrive in theaters on March 6, 2020.

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First Look At Pixar’s Soul

D23 Expo just provided a first look at Pixar’s Soul. Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey will lead the cast of the film. Here’s a first look at their characters, Joe Gardner and 22, and a new piece of concept art. 

“Why am I here” is the question at the heart of Soul, a film which explores where souls come from. For the movie, Pixar dreamed up “You” seminars are where soul’s learn personalities and hop into people’s bodies as they graduate. The film’s lead character Joe Gardner (Foxx) is a music teacher who gets his dream music gig but takes a wrong step and his soul leaves his body, as a result he ends up at the “You” Seminar. Joe will adventure through the cosmos to find his way back.

Music in the film will be created by Jon Batiste as well as a score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. Additional cast members for the film also include Questlove, Phylicia Rashad and Daveed Diggs.

The movie will be directed by Oscar winner Peter Docter (Up, Inside Out) and will be produced by Oscar nominee Dana Murray (Lou).

Soul is set to be released on June 19, 2020.

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First Look At Emma Stone As Cruella de Vil In Disney’s Cruella

Here’s your first look at Emma Stone as Cruella de Vil in Disney’s Cruella.

Joining Stone in the film are actresses Emma Thompson (Howards End), British actor Joel Fry (Game of Thrones, Yesterday) as Jasper and Paul Walter Hauser as Horace (the bumbling henchment from the original 101 Dalmatians). The long-in-development film will be directed by I, Tonya filmmaker Craig Gillespie (The Finest Hours, Million Dollar Arm)

The Cruella De Vil movie will explore the villainess who originated in Dodie Smith’s 1956 book, “The Hundred and One Dalmatians.” The role was voiced by Betty Lou Gerson in Disney’s 1961 animated adaptation and played by Glenn Close in the 1996 live-action take (as well as in that film’s 2000 sequel, 102 Dalmatians).

Disney’s Cruella will arrive in theaters on May 28, 2021. 

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New Art From Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

On October 18, evil will reign. Here’s a brand new piece of art from Maleficent: Mistress of Evil that just debuted at D23 Expo.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is a fantasy adventure that picks up several years after Maleficent, in which audiences learned of the events that hardened the heart of Disney’s most notorious villain and drove her to curse a baby Princess Aurora. The film continues to explore the complex relationship between the horned fairy and the soon to be Queen as they form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within.

Oscar and three-time Golden Globe winner Angelina Jolie (Girl, Interrupted, Wanted) and Elle Fanning (The Beguiled, Super 8) reprise their roles as the dark fairy Maleficent and Princess Aurora, respectively, two characters from the studio’s animated classic Sleeping Beauty, whose untold story was previously brought to life on screen in 2014’s Maleficent.

Michelle Pfeiffer (Murder on the Orient Express, Ant-Man and the Wasp), the Golden Globe Award-winning, Emmy nominated and three-time Academy Award-nominated actress joins the cast as Queen Ingrith. Also joining the cast of the sequel are Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (Doctor Strange, 12 Years a Slave), Ed Skrein (Deadpool, Game of Thrones), Robert Lindsay (My Family, Wimbledon), and Harris Dickinson (The Darkest Minds, Trust).

The film is directed by Joachim Rønning (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Kon-Tiki) and written by Linda Woolverton (Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast) and Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster (Transparent).

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New Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Poster Revealed

Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Pictures have released the new Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker poster for the highly anticipated conclusion of the Skywalker Saga!

Returning cast members for The Rise of Skywalker include Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo and Billie Lourd. Joining the cast are Naomi Ackie (Doctor Who), Richard E. Grant (Logan), Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings), and Keri Russell (The Americans), who will also be joined by veteran Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels and Billy Dee Williams, who will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian. The role of Leia Organa will once again be played by Carrie Fisher, using previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

In addition to directing, Abrams co-wrote the screenplay with Chris Terrio (Argo, Justice League). Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, and Abrams will produce, with Callum Greene and Jason McGatlin executive producing. Composer John Williams, who has scored every chapter in the Star Wars saga since 1977’s A New Hope, will return to a galaxy far, far away with Rise of Skywalker.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is scheduled for release on December 20.

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Black Panther 2 To Be Released On May 6, 2022

Straight from Hall D23 at D23 Expo 2019, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and filmmaker Ryan Coogler officially confirmed that Black Panther 2 is on the way! The Black Panther 2 release date was officially revealed as well with the sequel set to drop on May 6, 2020.

Feige confirmed that a treatment had been turned in by Coogler for the sequel, but details about plot or an official title were not given.

The first Black Panther arrived in February of 2018, but given the success of the sequel it makes sense for Marvel to position it in May instead. Despite a billion dollar haul in February, the sequel will fair just as well in the early summer slot.

Black Panther starred Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Academy Award nominee Angela Bassett, with Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis. Ryan Coogler directed the film and is on board to return for the sequel.

The global cultural phenomenon of Black Panther debuted in 2018 to the tune of $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office and became the first Marvel Studios movie to win an Academy Award, taking home three of the coveted prizes.

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She-Hulk, Moon Knight & Ms. Marvel Series Coming To Disney+

Today Kevin Feige revealed at D23 Expo that three iconic Marvel heroes will be coming to the Disney+ streaming service: She-Hulk, Moon Knight and Ms. Marvel  It has also been confirmed that Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan will cross over into MCU theatrical films as well.

She-Hulk debuted in Marvel Comics’ “Savage She-Hulk” #1 in 1980, created by writer Stan Lee and artist John Buscema. Her alter ego is Jennifer Walters, the cousin of Bruce Banner/Hulk, who after being shot is provided a blood transfusion from Bruce that turns her into a similar green monster. She later became a member of the Avengers and briefly replaced Ben Grimm in The Fantastic Four.

Created by Doug Moench and Don Perlin in 1975 for “Werewolf by Night” #32, Moon Knight is the alter ego of Marc Spector is a Jewish-American rabbi’s son who grew up to become a heavyweight boxer and then a U.S. Marine. Left for dead on a mission in Egypt, he’s taken to a temple devoted to the god Khonshu, and agrees to become the god’s avatar on Earth.

Though the Ms. Marvel moniker has been around for decades, originally the superhero name for Carol Danvers, the Khan character took on the name. A Pakistani-American, Khan joined the Marvel comics universe back in 2014 as a result of the Inhumans’ Terrigen Mists being released, triggering her shapeshifing powers. Not only is she capable of stretching her limbs to great lengths and widths, but she can also grow or shrink to incredible sizes. Khan is also inspired by Carol Danvers, who at that point had been “promoted” to the role of Captain Marvel, and decides to take on her old moniker of Ms. Marvel to fight crime and do good.

It’s unclear when the three series will make its debut on the streaming service.

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