Disney Publishing Worldwide today released Star Wars Journeys: The Phantom Menace for most current Apple iOS devices. The first of a series of planned apps, each associated with a difference episode in the Star Wars saga, ‘Phantom Menace’ the all-inclusive app retails for $6.99 on the App Store. Disney Publishing Worldwide was kind enough to share the app with us prior to its release in order to bring you the following unbiased review.
D23, the official Disney fan club, has announced that its summer 2014 issue of Disney twenty-three magazine — available exclusively to gold level members — will celebrate the upcoming release of the eagerly anticipated Maleficent (May 30, 2014). In the issue, Angelina Jolie and the creative team pull back the curtain on the surprising tale behind one of Disney’s most iconic villains. ‘I was afraid of her, and I loved her,’ Jolie confesses in the cover story. Accompanying the piece is an in-depth look by animation historian Charles Solomon at the development of Walt Disney’s 1959 creative masterpiece, Sleeping Beauty, with rarely seen concept art and drawings.
Via the official StarWars.com website, the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII has been announced. The news comes just ahead of Star Wars Day (May 4) on which most anticipated the news to be revealed.
Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker in the new film.
ANOVOS Productions LLC has announced it will be revealing its replica costumes based on Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back at Chicago’s C2E2 Expo (April 25-27).
Based on original costume designs and patterns used for the films, the collection will kick off with Luke Skywalker’s Bespin uniform as well as Han Solo. A full-length Darth Vader costume is expected to be released later in the summer. ANOVOS also plans to build on the line with what it calls its ‘Kamino Armor Works’ which will include a Jango Fett costume and Clone Troopers costumes. Future plans also include costumes for Sandtroopers, Biker Scouts, Stormtroopers and other variants of Clone Troopers.
In the clip — embedded below with a an introduction from voice actress Vanessa Marshall — Hera, captain of the Ghost, pilots her starship during a battle with two TIE fighters. Chopper delivers a message from Kanan, currently engaging the TIEs in the top turret. The Jedi is apparently displeased with Hera’s maneuvering. In response, she takes matters into her own hands…
Standing at a proud 6’9″, Gentle Giant continues its life-sized Kenner-inspired Star Wars statues with Lord Vader himself. The figure is a result of digitally scanning an authentic, mint-condition 3 3/4″ action figure and scaled up to life size. The figure boasts full articulation, a telescoping lightsaber and a vinyl cape. Anticipated to be released in early 2015, the limited edition monument is hand-painted and comes with a certificate of authenticity. It will retail for $2600.
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Just in time for May the 4th, My M&M’s is launching a new collection of Star Wars-themed M&M’s which are now available for purchase online. The ‘m-pire’ candies are imprinted with designs of some of the series more popular characters such as Yoda and Darth Vader as well as catch phrases from the film series.
Options now available for purchase include:
- Star Wars M&M’s Blends – choose from three different pre-printed blends: red, gray and black dark side M&M’S, blue and white light side M&M’s or gold and silver M&M’s with the famous ‘May the Force Be with You’ phrase
Pictured here is Lead The Way – Join Today which features The Inquisitor. Other designs include Protecting Lothal – Protecting You, Explore the Galaxy – Join the Imperial Navy, If the Headgear Fits, Wear It and Ace Pilots Needed.
Star Wars Rebels is scheduled to premiere in fall 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel and will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.
Parents, hide your vases and horse statues, you are about to receive a midi-chlorian infestation of the highest order. Just published today is a US Patent application titled ‘Immersive Storytelling Environment’ (US20140080109) and it’s a pretty amazing read. While the Disney buzzwords STORY and IMMERSIVE are generally reserved for the Disney theme parks, it appears as though Walt Disney Imagineering is now aiming for the home market.
Earlier today, IMAX and Walt Disney Studios cemented their distribution agreement by announcing that several films beyond Captain America: The Winter Soldier will also debut in IMAX format. Films for the remainder of 2014 include Maleficent (May 30) and Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1).
In 2015, planned releases include Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1), Tomorrowland (May 22) and Star Wars: Episode VII (December 18).
In addition, IMAX recently previewed its exclusive 13″ x 19″ mini poster for Captain America: The Winter Soldier that will be handed out to those that attend the midnight screenings when the film opens. We have included it here in much larger resolution (see left).