Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance ride is now open at Disneyland Park in California, adding to the immersive adventures inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The ride brings guests into the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance, including a face off with Kylo Ren. The journey takes guests aboard a full-size transport shuttle and then into a nearby Star Destroyer on a thrilling adventure that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. One of the most immersive, ambitious and technologically advanced experiences in Disney history, the attraction uses multiple ride systems working together to create a seamless story on a cinematic scale.
I am probably one of the few who haven’t been to Star Wars land yet. Though I expect there are other like me. Personally I am just waiting for things to calm down and then I will go enjoy it. For more information about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, visit DisneylandNews.com, WDWNews.com, DisneyParksBlog.com and StarWars.com.
Wizard Entertainment Inc. announced four new events to the 2019 calendar of Wizard World conventions, including the return to Los Angeles (June 8 at Sony Pictures Studio Lot, Culver City, Ca.), fifth visit to Tulsa, Okla. (Sept. 6-8 at Renaissance Tulsa), third event in Pittsburgh (July 26-28, David L. Lawrence Convention Center), and first trip to the Bay Area (Oakland, Ca., Nov. 22-24, Oakland Convention Center).
What caught my attention was the Los Angeles event which is, in fact, a Ghostbusters Fan Fest. If you were or are a fan of Ghostbusters this event was basically made for you. This will be a once in a lifetime event celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the 1984 film. Celebrity guests include Director Ivan Reitman, Actors Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and more! Learn more about the event here.
Classic horror fans rejoice as Universal is letting their monsters out of the cage for the first time ever with a DVD box set called Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection.
From the era of silent movies through present day, Universal Pictures has been regarded as the home of the monsters. The Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection showcases all of the original films featuring the most iconic monsters in motion picture history including Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Phantom of the Opera and Creature from the Black Lagoon. Starring some of the most legendary actors including Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr., Claude Rains and Elsa Lanchester in the roles that they made famous, these films set the standard for a new horror genre and showcase why these landmark movies that defined the horror genre are regarded as some of the most unforgettable ever to be filmed.
The Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection includes;
The Mummy (1932)
The Invisible Man (1933)
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Werewolf of London (1935)
Dracula’s Daughter (1936)
Son of Frankenstein (1939)
The Invisible Man Returns (1940)
The Invisible Woman (1940)
The Mummy’s Hand (1940)
The Wolf Man (1941)
The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)
The Mummy’s Ghost (1942)
The Mummy’s Tomb (1942)
Invisible Agent (1942)
Phantom of the Opera (1943)
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)
Son of Dracula (1943)
House of Frankenstein (1944)
The Mummy’s Curse (1944)
The Invisible Man’s Revenge (1944)
House of Dracula (1945)
She-Wolf of London (1946)
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954, and includes a 3D version)
Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)
Revenge of the Creature (1955 and includes a 3D version)
The Creature Walks Among Us (1956)
The box set also comes with a 48-page collectible book filled with behind-the-scenes stories and rare production photographs and is accompanied by an array of bonus features including behind-the-scenes documentaries, the 1931 Spanish version of Dracula, Featurettes on Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr., and Jack Pierce, 13 expert feature commentaries, archival footage, production photographs, theatrical trailers and more.
IMDb announced that for the third year in a row, writer/director/podcaster and all around pop culture geek Kevin Smith will host three days, July 19-21, of original celebrity video interviews, a 90-minute live show called IMDb LIVE at San Diego Comic-Con, and other exclusive convention coverage aboard the IMDboat at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2018. Celebrities scheduled to appear include the casts of The Predator, Doctor Who, Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, The Walking Dead, The Flash and more.
To follow exclusive Comic-Con coverage later this week, which includes breaking news, expert analysis, original celebrity interviews, trending information, the 90-minute live show, field pieces shot around the convention featuring fans, cosplay and top stories of the day, daily convention, and panel recaps, and more, go to www.imdb.com/comic-con.
With all the recent news of The Joker movies and even a Harley Quinn movies coming to the big screen, it’s not surprising to hear that over at Six Flags Over Texas, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment, have announced the next generation in thrill rides and the first-of-its-kind in the world called the HARLEY QUINN Spinsanity. Inspired by the movement of a gyroscope, this record-breaking attraction delivers unpredictable, gravity-defying flips, twists and turns. HARLEY QUINN Spinsanity will take its rightful, villainous place alongside THE JOKER, CATWOMAN Whip and THE RIDDLER Revenge in the park’s GOTHAM CITY section.
The ride features a unique futuristic triple box design that allows the gondola to spin around three separate axes while rotating forward, backwards and sideways simultaneously at up to 70 feet in the air. Seated 24 across with over-the-shoulder harnesses, riders will experience a thrilling combination of negative and positive gravitational forces. By night, the attraction promises to light up the North Texas skies beckoning thrill seekers from near and far.
HARLEY QUINN Spinsanity will open to the public on Saturday, July 14. For more information about the 2018 season, visit www.sixflags.com/overtexas.
DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. have partnered up with SON Events to create the inaugural DC Wonder Woman Run Series. Designed to empower the hero in all, this 5K and 10K movement will encourage participants to harness their inner strength.
The first event in the DC Wonder Woman Run Series will take place on September 22, 2018, in Sacramento, California. While other runs will include Oakland, California in October, Los Angeles in November, and San Jose and San Diego to be announced soon.
Each event will kick off with an expo where participants will be able to collect their race packets, bib numbers and purchase exclusive Wonder Woman merchandise. This one-of-a-kind race will culminate with a finish line that will offer a festival for both participants and spectators.\
“Wonder Woman is one of the most iconic and well-loved Super Heroes of all time,” said Mark Knutson, of SON Events. “We’re excited to give fans a new and unique event by providing an inviting, fun, and empowering experience where people can enjoy a great course, and bond with other fans while being active.”
I had no idea that July was national ice cream month. So it was to read that Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, is kicking off its favorite month of the year – National Ice Cream Month – by offering guests a free sample of its Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Polar Pizza Ice Cream Treat on Sunday, July 1st from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. at participating stores nationwide. This special offer on the first day of National Ice Cream Month is just one way that Baskin-Robbins is celebrating all month long.
The Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Polar Pizza features a chocolate chip cookie crust and is topped with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream, cookie dough pieces, rainbow sprinkles and a drizzle of marshmallow topping.
On National Ice Cream Day, which is Sunday, July 15, guests who download the Baskin-Robbins Mobile App will receive exclusive offers, like a BOGO Cone offer, a BOGO 99-cent sundaes offer and $2 off a medium Milkshake offer
Baskin-Robbins will also be ending National Ice Cream Month on a sweet note with its Celebrate 31 promotion. On Tuesday, July 31st, all regular and kids-sized scoops will be $1.50. This offer can be enjoyed with any Baskin-Robbins ice cream flavor, including the Flavor of the Month, OREO’n Cake, or a seasonal favorite like America’s Birthday Cake, which features strawberry and cake-flavored ice creams with blue whipped cream-flavored swirl.
After making their debut at Taco Bell stores this past January, Nacho Fries are back for a summer sequel, returning to menus on July 12. To celebrate their return, Taco Bell will honor the 25th Anniversary of Warner Bros. Pictures’ action sci-fi film Demolition Man and its prediction of a utopian future where “all restaurants are Taco Bell,” with a re-creation of the iconic restaurant from the movie.
“When you create a fake trailer for a fake movie for a real product that surpasses all expectations of products (and movie trailers), it seems inevitable that you have to create a sequel,” said Marisa Thalberg, Chief Brand Officer of Taco Bell Corp. “And what better way to tease this sequel, than pay homage to a real movie’s 25th anniversary – one that had a very compelling view of a fictional future?”
Demolition Man, a 1993 Warner Bros. Pictures’ cult-classic in its own right, gained fame for its utopian predictions of 2032 – where Taco Bell was the only restaurant to survive the Franchise Wars.
Leading up to the July 12 return of Nacho Fries, answers will be revealed with exciting creative in the sequel to Web of Fries I. Culminating with a Demolition Man pop-up and a futuristic and upscale Taco Bell dining experience July 19 – 21 in San Diego just outside the holy-grail of science fiction.
Well, it looks like it’s time to make a trip to Southern California. The Disneyland Resort is kicking off summer with the opening of Pixar Pier opening at Disney California Adventure Park. Pixar stories and characters come to life in this newly reimagined land that features the thrilling Incredicoaster and Pixar Pal-A-Round attractions, imaginative neighborhoods, Pixar-inspired food, the Lamplight Lounge, plus exciting entertainment and more. Guests will experience the wonderful worlds of Pixar in incredible new ways on this seaside waterfront at the Disneyland Resort.
The year 2018 marks the “Year of Pixar” at Disney Parks, where guests are celebrating two decades of Pixar stories and characters. In addition to the opening of Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure park, Disneyland Resort is celebrating with the limited-time Pixar Fest, a celebration of friendship and beyond, through Sept. 3, 2018. Shanghai Disney Resort recently opened Disney•Pixar Toy Story Land, and Walt Disney World opens Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on June 30, 2018.
MTV announced the launch of MTV Studios, a new unit focused on developing new series and re-imaginations of its most iconic hits for partners across SVOD and Linear. MTV Studios will develop and produce a full slate with a focus on beloved series, franchises, and spin-offs that span MTV’s 35-year history.
MTV Studios’ initial slate includes a reimagined version of the feminist icon “Daria” with writer Grace Edwards from “Inside Amy Schumer”; cult sci-fi hit “Aeon Flux” from “Teen Wolf” creator Jeff Davis; groundbreaking reality series “The Real World” and an update of the Emmy Award-winning coming of age unscripted series “Made.”
The slate will also include two new titles including “The Valley”, a coming of age docuseries in the spirit of “The Hills” and “Siesta Key” which follows a group of young friends growing up in the Valley town of Nogales, Arizona, a city split in half, with one side in the United States and the other in Mexico. Also included is “MTV’s Straight Up Ghosted,” which follows young people trying to reconnect with lost friends, lovers and family members and confront them about why they have been ghosted.
“MTV has the biggest collection of hit youth franchises that spans more than three decades of content and over 200 titles, part of which have fueled our resurgence,” said Chris McCarthy, President of MTV. “With MTV Studios, we are for the first time ever opening up this vault beyond our own platforms to reimagine the franchises with new partners.”
MTV Studios builds on MTV’s growth in the past year, as the brand has reclaimed its core of youth, music, and reality programming. MTV is currently the fastest growing network on TV, with viewership in prime time up 21% year-over-year. Additionally, MTV attracted 2.9 billion streams in 2018, up +83% YoY, and has amassed more than 350 million social followers around the globe. The brand’s rapid growth across platforms offers MTV Studios’ partners a vibrant marketing platform for new and reimagined co-productions alike.