Last summer, I was in the room at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California when Walt Disney Animation Studios dropped the curtain on the first footage from Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2. Like a few other things (such as Jon Favreau's The Lion King and the upcoming "planes in space" thing), that footage has remained under wraps. Sure, we got a teaser trailer back in February, but there was something really buzzed-about that was missing: Disney Princesses and Star Wars. As I mentioned last July when all of the living voices behind the Disney Princesses took the stage at D23, indeed, they're all there - and R2-D2 and C-3PO, too! But that's not all, and now you're finally getting a taste (Infinity Gauntlet). Check out the new trailer for Ralph Breaks the Internet below!
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They say that time flies when you're a parent, and that's something I never thought much about until we actually had kids. This summer marks two years of backyard movies at our house, or as I like to say it in the interest of sounding fancier: "The Backyard Cinema at Rock Father HQ proudly enters it's third season of screenings." If I was being ultra-cool with it, I'd go ahead and make a full schedule of films, but it's something that tends to happen on-the-fly. Pulling-off a backyard movie night is dependent on a few things, like our schedule, the availability of friends and neighbors to attend, weather, and just how badly the mosquitoes are biting. This week, we kicked-off our third summer of movies with Early Man, the latest film from Aardman, the award-winning tribe that brought you Wallace & Gromit, Chicken Run, and Shaun the Sheep Movie. Complete with some special soccer balls that my friends at Lionsgate sent over (you may recall that I gave some away back in February when the film was in theaters), the backyard was set-up for fun as not only the first screening of the season, but the first on our new deck (which I still have to stain and finish furnishing). Would you believe that Early Man is sort of a sports film?
The recent ABC reboot of Roseanne has been a smash-hit, but like the woman in the title, it's also been controversial at times. Today it's over. Following a racist, since-deleted tweet in which Roseanne Barr compared Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser to President Barack Obama, to the offspring of the "Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes," ABC pulled the plug on the show. In an email sent out to media this morning, Channing Dungey, President of ABC Entertainment said: "Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show."
Unless I happen to be in Los Angeles for a premiere, I tend to skip the advance screenings of upcoming films. In large part it's due to being 50 miles outside of Chicago proper, which makes attending the advances logistically difficult - but there are exceptions. Star Wars is the one franchise that I consciously avoid attending press screenings for, even though it's the series that most would expect that I'd absolutely want to see early. The reason for that is that the Star Wars films are something special for our family, and for the modern films that Lucasfilm has been releasing under Disney ownership, the tradition is that my wife and I see them at the Thursday night "preview" showings, and then take our daughters to see them over the weekend. My personal connection to Star Wars runs deep, and I was there working with Disney to promote the launch of J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015, on the ground at the Global Media Event to play a small part in ushering in a new era of Star Wars - a return to the saga that many felt would never happen. Now, with the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story, I think we've reached a point where all generations should be enjoying these films more than ever before... if they'd just let themselves have some fun.
One of my favorite childhood toys is coming back to television after a successful relaunch last year. Wicked Cool Toys and their partner Alchemy II, Inc. have teamed up with The Jim Henson Company to develop an animated fantasy adventure series for kids ages 3-7 based on Teddy Ruxpin.
I'm usually not one to knock the reboot craze... after all, I did title my 2004 Saturday Action Theatre EP "Remakes and Sequels." Nostalgia is powerful, and I've watched and enjoyed many revamped favorites of yesteryear, but when CBS unleashed their first-look at their updated version of MAGNUM P.I. - honestly, I fully expected to hate it. I was really just bummed when I found out that Thomas Magnum wouldn't be rockin' the iconic Tom Selleck mustache, but having seen the extended preview, I'm ready to tune in this fall. There's some changes in things, but the Ferrari is back (several, actually - though they seem to like wrecking them) as is the colorful Island Hopper helicopter and that signature theme song. Check this out...
In 2019, Star Wars Celebration will return and it's celebrating its 20th Anniversary right here in my home town of Chicago! That's right, ReedPop (the folks behind the fantastic C2E2) and Lucasfilm will bring Star Wars Celebration to McCormick place April 11-15, 2019. The full website and details will be coming soon, with tickets going on-sale June 5, 2018 at noon CST. The announcement was made on this week's installment of The Star Wars Show, and you can bet I will be spending quite a bit of time in the City proper come next April. In the meantime, check this out...
With Avengers: Infinity War now thrilling audiences on the big screen, it's time for another adventure to come home...
Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER is a global phenomenon. Now the #3 movie of all-time, the story of T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), a young African prince who takes on the mantle of King and Super Hero, has thrilled and inspired generations of moviegoers. Black Panther is available now on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand, and thanks to my friends at Disney Movies, The Rock Father™ is giving you a chance to win it! One (1) reader will receive Black Panther on Blu-ray + Digital. Ready for a shot?
I get pulled in by a great biopic, love films rooted in musical history and particularly enjoy those set in the 70s and 80s. Put all of those things together and you've set the stage for the long-awaited Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody. Today, 20th Century Fox unleashed the first teaser trailer for the film which stars Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aiden Gillen, Tom Hollander, and Mike Myers. Crank it up and watch it below!
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The impact of Marvel Studios' Black Panther will be felt for quite some time. A phenomenon of cultural importance as well as entertainment, the #3 movie of all-time is the story of T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), a young African prince who takes on the mantle of King and Super Hero. Now, after thrilling and inspiring generations of moviegoers on the big screen, Black Panther is available to enjoy at home on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand. Ahead of its in-home release, I caught up with Executive Producer Nate Moore (pictured top left) for a look at some of the film's extensive bonus features, as well as some insight into the production of Black Panther, the success of the film and where the story could go next!
Disney•Pixar Celebrates #IncrediblesDay at Pixar Animation Studios with "Vintage" Toy Commercials and More...Written by James Zahn
Disney•Pixar is kicking off the one-month countdown to the theatrical opening for Incredibles 2, and they're doing it with style! Today, 25 content creators are dusting off their super suits to join filmmakers and fans to celebrate INCREDIBLES DAY. Throughout the day, fans will get a look at new Incredibles 2 content and product, have the chance to win prizes, and get exclusive access to Pixar Animation Studios to watch content creators from around the world take part in film-themed challenges on Facebook. Written and directed by Brad Bird, Disney•Pixar’s Incredibles 2 opens June 15—tickets are on sale now at Fandango.
Extinction is Coming for JURASSIC PARK - The Ride as Universal Studios Hollywood Readies the JURASSIC WORLD Ride!Written by James Zahn
It's been said that "life finds a way," and in 2019 it's going to be evolving... at least in terms of Universal Studios Hollywood and their famed Jurassic Park - The Ride. Announced today, the all-new Jurassic World Ride will be coming to the park next year, drawing from favorite elements of the original ride, but in a next-generation form - a thrill ride that will be "a fully reimagined iteration of the ground-breaking adventure, elevating every facet of the experience. With the introduction of never-before-seen dinosaurs, enhanced storytelling, lush scenic design, an entirely new color scheme and uncompromised state-of the art technology, the ride will capture elements never experienced within a theme park." Now, the "Countdown to Extinction" has begun as guests from around the world are invited to experience the ride before its transformation. Jurassic Park - The Ride will have its finale on September 3, 2018. Check out a teaser below!