Castles, Capes & Clones News Round-Up - Week of February 23, 2014

#DISNEY

New All-Night Party To Come To Disney Parks
Disney announced the return of the 24 hour all-night party at the Disney Parks and, to commemorate the occasion, an "ultimate tweet" was sent out featuring 140 Disney characters forming a hashtag:


This year, the event will be called "Rock Your Disney Side Party" and will be held from 6 am May 23 to 6 am May 24 at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World and both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort.  During the event, there will be "character meet-and-greets throughout the parks, special entertainment, event merchandise and special food and beverage offerings."  More information will be made available at the Disney Parks Blog or rockyourdisneyside.com. (source: Disney Parks Blog)

Disney Launches Disney Movies Anywhere Service
In conjunction with the digital releases of FROZEN and Thor: The Dark World, Disney has launched Disney Movies Anywhere, a new online service to organize your digital copies of all your favorite Disney, Pixar and Marvel films.  The service utilizes iTunes as its exclusive provider and allows people to watch from their computer through an internet brower, Apple TV or iPod, iPad or iPod Touch.  More than 400 films are available at launch. (source: Disney Parks Blog)

New Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Details Given In Disney Parks Blog Live Chat
On Monday, the Disney Parks Blog hosted a live chat with Imagineer Dave Minichiello to answer questions about the upcoming Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction in New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.  TouringPlans.Com offered a nice summary of the chat.  While not a great deal of details were given, it was revealed that the unreleased song “Music in Your Soup” from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will play in the queue area and that guests will be able to mine for jewels while walking through the Dwarfs' vault.  They also mentioned that the Seven Dwarfs will be seen on the ride.

This video of the ride through as it is now compared to the computer modeled ride through was shown as well:


(source: TouringPlans.Com, Disney Parks Blog, Disney Parks YouTube Channel)

Walt Disney World Pulls Support Of Boy Scouts Of America For Anti-Gay Ban Of Troop Leaders
The Walt Disney World Resort has now pulled its local support of the Boy Scouts of America’s Central Florida Council.  The decision was made due to the Boy Scout's continual discriminatory policies toward LGBT people.  While the Boy Scouts dropped the ban on gay members, it still prohibits LGBT people from taking positions in troop leadership.  The Walt Disney Company's “Standards of Business Conduct” prohibits its subsidiaries from allowing “any form of harassment or discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, national origin, age, marital status, covered veteran status, disability, pregnancy or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.” (source: ThinkProgress via LaughingPlace.Com)

Space Mountain Original Graphic Novel coming to Disney Comics
Disney will be releasing a new original graphic novel (OGN) based on the popular attraction "Space Mountain" in May.  The OGN will be the first from Disney Book Group's new Disney Comics line and will be aimed at kids age 8-12.  "Space Mountain" will be written by Bryan Q. Miller with art by artist Kelley Jones.  The story, set in 2125 will revolve around the adventures of Magellan Science Academy cadets Tommy and Stella.


(source: Comic Book Resources)

#MARVEL

Marvel to shoot The Defenders Netflix Series in NYC
Disney and Marvel held a press conference on Wednesday to announce a deal struck with the city of New York to make the city home base for its four upcoming Netflix series revolving around Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist as well as the culminating series The Defenders. According to the Marvel press release, "This pioneering agreement calls for Marvel to develop four serialized programs totaling 52 one-hour episodes culminating in a four to eight episode mini-series programming event. Led by a series focused on Daredevil, followed by Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, the epic will unfold over multiple years of original programming, taking viewers deep into the gritty world of heroes and villains of Hell’s Kitchen, New York. Netflix has committed to a minimum of four, thirteen episodes series and a mini-series event in which the Marvel characters from the first four series team up as The Defenders, much like The Avengers."

Here are some highlights from the press conference:



(source: ComicBookMovie.ComMarvel Entertainment YouTube Channel)

ABC To Air Marvel Studios: Assembling A Universe Special
On March 18, ABC Television Networks will air a television special entitled Marvel Studios: Assembling A Universe, which will document Marvel Studios' work both past and present.  The special will featuring special interviews with cast and filmmakers as well as a sneak peaks of upcoming episodes of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., new footage of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy as well as a sneak peak of Avengers: Age of Ultron.(source: Marvel)

runDisney Announces Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend at the Disneyland Resort
runDisney has announced for the Disneyland Resort the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend in November.  According to runDisney, the weekend will feature, for the first time, Marvel characters and entertainment.  During the half marathon, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow, the Hulk and Tony Stark will cheer on runners and, for the 5K, the Hulk will be out.  (source: Disney Parks Blog, runDisney)

New The Amazing Spider-Man 2 International Trailer
Sony Pictures has released the new international trailer for its upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2 which features more footage of Spidey's villains as well as more of the whimsical side of Peter Parker...


(source: Sony Pictures YouTube Channel)

Spider-Man Coming To Disneyland Paris
DLRP Express reported that Spider-Man will soon be meeting at Walt Disney Studios at Disneyland Paris.  This will be the first Marvel presence at Disneyland Paris.  According to DLRP Express, the photo location will be located in the former Annual Pass center next to the Disney Blockbuster Café.  Also, check out a blog I wrote about the continuing expansion of Marvel characters and attractions at the Disney Parks.
(source: DLRP Express)

Marvel Releases Comic Book To Inspire Young Patients In Hospitals
Marvel, through its creative agency Marvel Custom Solutions, has created an exclusive Iron Man comic book for children staying at hospital.  The comic book will be included in Disney hospital packages sent around the world and will teach young patients about getting through difficult times.


(source: The Walt Disney Company Newsroom)

Marvel's Kevin Feige Addresses Doctor Strange Rumors
IGN interviewed Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige about the Doctor Strange rumors among other news.  Feige confirmed that while the reports are true that they are meeting with various actors and directors, the rumors are not true, including the one regarding Johnny Depp.  Or, at least not within his tenure.  Feige told IGN, "When you have a project that's been around as long as Doctor Strange, there is sometimes, 'Oh, I've met with Stan about this! Or I did that!' So Strange is one of those projects that predates me by a long shot. Obviously, the character does, but even in its cinematic brewing. So there's a lot of things that have happened before me, and I've been here 14 years."  In regards to directors, he says they're looking at a wide range of backgrounds.  Said Feige, "There's only one criteria: do something that we think is really cool."
(source: IGN)

Rocket Racoon To Be Featured In Solo Comic Book Series By Skottie Young
To further familiarize audiences with the Guardians of the Galaxy and to build on growing popularity of Rocket Racoon, Marvel will be releasing a solo series featuring the lovable gun totting talking racoon by fan favorite creator Skottie Young who will both write and draw the series.  This will be the first solo series since the character's fan favorite mini-series three decades ago by Bill Mantlo and Mike Mignola. (source: Newsarama)

#STARWARS

Lucasfilm Releases Trailer for Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Lost Missions
As the release of the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Netflix nears, this exciting trailer for the season was released.  It looks amazing!


(source: Star Wars YouTube Channel)

Girls' Adam Driver To Play Villain In Star Wars: Episode VII
Variety reported that, while the deal had not quite been closed, Adam Driver (Girls) is pretty much a shoe in for the role of a villain in Star Wars: Episode VII.  No further details have been given, but Driver's casting is the first to be revealed. (source: Variety)

#MUPPETS

New Muppets Most Wanted Trailer - "We're Doing A Sequel"
The Muppet Studio released its newest trailer for Muppets Most Wanted.  In this trailer, the Muppets perform a musical number about doing a sequel!


(source: Disney Music VEVO YouTube Channel)

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