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D23 EXPO DAY 2 -  DISNEY PARKS ANNOUNCEMENTS

STAR WARS LANDS (GALAXY’S EDGE)

  • Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the official name of the Star Wars themed lands at Walt Disney World and Disneyland California.🌟
  • The lands will be totally immersive.🌟
  • In the remote trading port, on the light side of the lands, guests will have a chance to pilot the Millennium Falcon, and whether you land or crash it will determine how people treat you throughout the day! (THAT level of immersion) Also, depending on how you do in the ride, characters from “Star Wars: Rebels” will make appearances, either congratulating you on a job well done or sending a bounty hunter after you🌟
  • There will also be another ride on the dark side of the Star Wars lands, which will be set inside a Star Destroyer hangar bay.🌟
  • Throughout the Star Wars lands, guests can meet BB-8, Chewbacca, Kylo Ren and Rex from Star Tours.🌟
  • There will also be a cantina restaurant, similar to the one in the movie, where guests can try Blue Milk.🌟
  • There will be also “100% immersive” luxury Star Wars hotel coming to Walt Disney World only!🌟
  • Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open first in Disneyland California, then in Walt Disney World.🌟


DISNEYLAND & CALIRFONIA ADVENTURE

  • Marvel Land confirmed for California Adventure. Spider-Man and Avengers experience coming to Disney’s California Adventure! Disney hasn’t announced much, except that it’ll be a totally immersive experience.😱💥
  • Fantasmic will return to Disneyland✨
  • Cars Land will get Halloween makeover.
  • Paradise Pier will turn into Pixar Pier at Disney’s California Adventure, with Pixar characters all over the area and permanent changes to the park include building new areas to help bring the worlds of Pixar to life.🎢
  • Fantasmic will return to Disneyland✨
  • Disneyland will get a new fireworks show, and the Pixar Play Parade will return to the park.💥

DISNEYLAND PARIS

A Marvel hotel is coming to Disneyland Paris! “Disney’s Hotel New York” as it’s now called, will be reimagined into a Marvel themed wonderland!
“We’re going to create a hotel at Disneyland Paris that would make Tony Stark proud.”- Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek

EPCOT

  • The park is apparently set for a MAJOR upgrade & overhaul, but Disney did revealed very little about their overall plan for the park. They shared a concept art photo for what it could look like in the future.🌐
  • A Guardians of the Galaxy ride will replace Universe of Energy, which will close August 13, 2017. Epcot is becoming part of the story, as Peter Quill enjoyed visiting the park when he was a kid on Terra / Earth.☄️
  • The Ratatouille ride from Disneyland Paris is coming to the France pavilion.🐭🇫🇷
  • China will be getting a new seamless CircleVision film. 🇨🇳
  • A new outer space-themed restaurant is also coming to the area next to Mission: Space.🌌
  • Disney Skyliner will connect Disney resorts to Epcot.🚡

MAGIC KINGDOM

  • It’s official! The famous TRON coaster from Disneyland Shanghai is coming to the Magic Kingdom! The ride will be built in a new area next to Space Mountain, and will NOT replace any existing rides. It will be open before 2021.💙
  • A new entertainment venue will be added on Main Street at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. It is inspired by Kansas City’s Willis Wood Theatre in 1920s Kansas City, where Walt lived after he left Marceline. There’s no word on what this venue will hold yet.

HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

  • The Great Movie ride will close on August 13, 2017 to make way for a new attraction “Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway”! There will be “a great new theme song” for the attraction. Guests will step into the movie screen and onto Goofy’s train, riding through a Mickey and Minnie cartoon short.” 🐭The Imagineers says it’s not in 3D but rather “2 and a half D”, and this attraction will have more Hidden Mickeys than any other attraction ever!🐭
  • TOY STORY LAND WILL OFFICIALY OPEN SUMMER 2018.🎪 The whole concept of the land is that you’ll find yourself shrunk to the size of a toy to explore the world of Andy’s backyard with your favorite Toy Story characters, including Woody and Buzz. There will be 2 major attractions: Slinky Dog Dash & Alien Swirling Saucers.🎪
  • Slinky Dog Dash will be a family coaster attraction where you’ll zip, dodge and dash around many turns and drops that Andy has created to really make Slinky and his coils stretch to his limits.🐶
  • Alien Swirling Saucers will also be a new attraction at Toy Story Land. It’s designed as a toy play set that Andy got from Pizza Planet, inspired by the first “Toy Story” film. Aliens are flying around in their toy flying saucers and trying to capture your rocket toy vehicle with “The Claw.”👽

WALT DISNEY WORLD TRANSPORTATION

The Disney Skyliner will give guests a bird’s-eye view of Walt Disney World & will transport guests form resorts to Hollywood Studios & Epcot! Disney has also announced Minnie Mouse themed cars that will act as an Uber-like service within Walt Disney World, that will take guests anywhere they want to go within the Walt Disney World Resort.

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89th Academy Awards Winners

BEST PICTURE
“La La Land”
“Moonlight” - WINNER
“Manchester by the Sea”
“Arrival”
“Fences”
“Lion”
“Hidden Figures”
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Hell or High Water”

BEST DIRECTOR
Damien Chazelle, “La La Land” - WINNER

Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”
Denis Villeneuve, “Arrival”
Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”
Mel Gibson, “Hacksaw Ridge”

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Natalie Portman, “Jackie”
Emma Stone, “La La Land” - WINNER
Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”
Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”
Ruth Negga, “Loving”

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”
Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea” - WINNER
Denzel Washington, “Fences”
Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Viola Davis, “Fences” - WINNER

Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”
Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”
Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”
Nicole Kidman, “Lion”

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight” - WINNER

Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”
Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea”
Dev Patel, “Lion”
Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals”

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
“Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins - WINNER

“Arrival,” Eric Heisserer
“Lion,” Luke Davies
“Fences,” August Wilson
“Hidden Figures,” Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
“La La Land,” Damien Chazelle
“Hell or High Water,” Taylor Sheridan
“Manchester by the Sea,” Kenneth Lonergan - WINNER
“The Lobster,”  Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou
“20th Century Women,” Mike Mills

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Taraji P. Henson Joins ‘Ralph Breaks The Internet': D23 Expo

Disney Animation and star Sarah Silverman showed excited Disney fans the first footage for “Ralph Breaks The Internet,” the 2018 sequel of the video game-inspired “Wreck-It Ralph,” at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, featuring new cast addition Taraji P. Henson as a trend-setting internet maven.

Taking place six years after “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Ralph Breaks The Internet” will see John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman return  as Ralph and Vanellope von Schweetz, with Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch also returning as Fix-It Felix and Sgt. Calhoun. The story will take Ralph and Vanellope from video games to the Internet, as the pair explores a whole new world after a wi-fi router gets plugged into their arcade. Phil Johnston and “Zootopia” co-director Rich Moore are making the film.

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The new trailer shows Vanellope and Ralph arrive in an internet server, where Ralph naively falls for tiny creatures who try to draw him in with pop-up ads. Fortunately, Vanellope is there to drag him away.

Silverman then presented never-before-seen footage featuring a new character called Yesss, voiced by Henson. Yesss is the head of a trendsetting website called Buzzaholic, and offers Ralph and Vanellope a tour of the site OhMyDisney.com, which will prominently feature both classic Disney characters and figures from the “Star Wars” and “Marvel” worlds that Disney picked up not long after the release of the first “Wreck-It Ralph.”

Vanellope ends up going off course and comes face-to-face with all the Disney princesses (voiced by their original voice actors) from Snow White and Ariel to Elsa and Moana.  They welcome her into their fold after she sympathizes with the same problem they all have: everyone thinks a big, strong man solved all their problems. Rapid fire references to every Disney movie quickly follow, along with a cameo from C-3PO, who hates that he was given the job of looking after princesses just because he dealt with another certain princess from a galaxy far, far away.

The D23 animation presentation was hosted by Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn and “Toy Story” director and Disney Animation/Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter. Lasseter has served as head of Disney’s entire animation division since 2007, and is slated to direct Pixar’s “Toy Story 4,” due out 2019.

“Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2” will hit theaters November 21, 2018

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Faerie is a perilous land, and in it are pitfalls for the unwary and dungeons for the overbold; The realm of fairy-story is wide and deep and high and filled with many things: all manner of beasts and birds are found there; shoreless seas and stars uncounted; beauty that is an enchantment, and an ever-present peril; both joy and sorrow as sharp as swords.
—  J.R.R. Tolkien

Movies

Week Ending January 30th, 2017

  1. Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi
  2. Moana
  3. La La Land
  4. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story −3
  5. Doctor Strange +11
  6. Hidden Figures −2
  7. Zootopia −1
  8. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them −3
  9. Moonlight
  10. Lord of the Rings −3
  11. Star Wars: The Force Awakens −1
  12. Heathers +5
  13. Split −5
  14. Deadpool −5
  15. Beauty and the Beast −2
  16. Fifty Shades Darker
  17. Bee Movie −5
  18. Suicide Squad −3
  19. Frozen
  20. Spirited Away −2

The number in italics indicates how many spots a title moved up or down from the previous week. Bolded titles weren’t on the list last week.

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Maria Alba (19 March 1910 – 26 October 1996), was a Spanish-American film actress. Originally named Maria Casajuana, she appeared in 25 feature films, including The Return of Chandu (1934), Kiss of Araby(1933) and La fuerza del querer(1930). Her most notable appearance was probably as “Saturday” in the 1932 Douglas Fairbanks film Mr. Robinson Crusoe. 

María de los Ángeles Félix Güereña (8 April 1914 – 8 April 2002) was a Mexican film actress. She is considered one of the most important female figures of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema. She was also considered one of the most beautiful film actresses of her time, and one of the greatest erotic myths of Spanish-language cinema. She is known by the nickname La Doña a name derived from her character in the film Doña Bárbara (1943). She is also known as María Bonita. She completed a film career that included 47 films made in Mexico, Spain, France, Italy and Argentina.

Lupe Velez aka María Guadalupe Villalobos Vélez (July 18, 1908 – December 13, 1944) was a Mexican film actress.With the arrival of talkies, Vélez’s career took a turn towards comedy. Her characterization of the temperamental, explosive, rebellious and irreverent Latina woman gave her enormous popularity. She enjoyed popularity among Hispanic audiences and also made some films in Mexico. Some of her most memorable films are Lady of the Pavements (1928),The Wolf Song (1929), Palooka (1933), Laughing Boy (1934), Hollywood Party(1934) and the series of films created especially for her: Mexican Spitfire, in the early 1940s. She is associated with the nicknames “The Mexican Spitfire” and “The Hot Pepper”

Dolores del Río born María de los Dolores Asúnsolo López-Negrete; August 3, 1905 – April 11, 1983), was a Mexican film actress. She was a Hollywood star in the 1920s and 1930s, and was one of the most important female figures of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema in the 1940s and 1950s. She was the first Latin American female star to be recognized internationally.Her career flourished until the end of the silent era, with success in films such as Resurrection (1927) and Ramona (1928). In the 1930s, she was noted for her participation in musical films of the Pre-Code era like Bird of Paradise (1932), Flying Down to Rio (1933) and Madame Du Barry. When her Hollywood career began to decline, del Río decided to return to her native country and join the Mexican film industry, which at that time was at its peak.When del Río returned to Mexico she became the most important star of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema. A series of films like Flor silvestre, María Candelaria (1943), Las Abandonadas and Bugambilia (1944) are considered classic masterpieces of the Mexican Cinema.

Carmen Miranda (9 February 1909 – 5 August 1955) was a Portuguese Brazilian samba singer, dancer, Broadway actress, and film star who was popular from the 1930s to the 1950s.In 1940, she made her first Hollywood film, Down Argentine Way, with Don Ameche and Betty Grable, her exotic clothing and Latin accent became her trademark. In the same year, she was voted the third most popular personality in the United States, and was invited to sing and dance for President Franklin Roosevelt, along with her group, Bando da Lua". Nicknamed “The Brazilian Bombshell”, Carmen Miranda is noted for her signature fruit hat outfit she wore in her American films, particularly in 1943's The Gang’s All Here. By 1945, she was the highest paid woman in the United States. Miranda made a total of fourteen Hollywood films between 1940 and 1953. Carmen Miranda was the first Latin American star to be invited to imprint her hands and feet in the courtyard of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, in 1941. She became the first South American to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.She is considered the precursor of Brazil’s Tropicalismo cultural movement of the 1960s.

Sara Montiel (also Sarita Montiel or Saritísima; 10 March 1928 – 8 April 2013) was a Spanish singer and actress. She was a much-loved and internationally known name in the Spanish-speaking movie and music industries. Montiel was born in Campo de Criptana in the region of Castile–La Mancha in 1928 as María Antonia Abad (complete name María Antonia Alejandra Vicenta Elpidia Isidora Abad Fernández). After her unprecedented international hit in Juan de Orduña’s El Último Cuplé in 1957, Montiel achieved the status of mega-star in Europe and Latin America. She was the most commercially successful Spanish actress during the mid-20th century in much of the world. Miss Montiel’s film Varietes was banned in Beijing in 1973. Her films El Último Cuple and La Violetera netted the highest gross revenues ever recorded for films made in the Spanish speaking movie industry during the 1950s/60s. She played the role of Antonia, the niece of Don Quixote, in the 1947 Spanish film version of Cervantes’s great novel.

Maria Montez aka María Africa García Vidal de Santo Silas (6 June 1912 – 7 September 1951) was a Spaniard Dominican born motion picture actress who gained fame and popularity in the 1940s as an exotic beauty starring in a series of filmed-in-Technicolor costume adventure films. Her screen image was that of a hot-blooded Latin seductress, dressed in fanciful costumes and sparkling jewels. She became so identified with these adventure epics that she became known as “The Queen of Technicolor”. Over her career, Montez appeared in 26 films, 21 of which were made in North America and five in Europe.

Katy Juradoborn María Cristina Estela Marcela Jurado García (January 16, 1924 – July 5, 2002), was a Mexican actress who had a successful film career both in Mexico and in Hollywood.She worked with many Hollywood legends, including Gary Cooper in High Noon, Spencer Tracy in Broken Lance, and Marlon Brando in One-Eyed Jacks, and such respected directors as Fred Zinnemann (High Noon),Sam Peckinpah (Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid) and John Huston (Under the Volcano).Jurado made seventy-one films during her career. She became the first Latin American actress nominated for an Academy Award, as Best Supporting Actress for her work in 1954’s Broken Lance, and was the first to win a Golden Globe Award in 1952.

Rita Dolores Moreno (born December 11, 1931) is a Puerto Rican actress and singer. She is the only Hispanic and one of the few performers to have won all four major annual American entertainment awards, which include an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony, and was the second Puerto Rican to win an Oscar. She appeared in small roles in The Toast of New Orleans and Singin’ in the Rain. In March 1954, Moreno was featured on the cover of Life Magazine with a caption, “Rita Moreno: An Actresses’ Catalog of Sex and Innocence”. in 1956, she had a supporting role in the film version of The King and I. In 1961, Moreno landed the role of Anita in West Side Story. She starred in Summer and Smoke (1961), Cry of Battle (1963), and afterwards, The Night of the Following Day (1968),Popi (1969), Marlowe (1969), Carnal Knowledge (1971) and The Ritz (1976). From 1971 to 1977, Moreno played many characters on the PBS children’s series.

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