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"Still absorbing." Those were the first two words that I shared on Twitter upon exiting the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood back in April, having just experienced Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War at the World Premiere. In my formal review, I would declare the film to be a "non-stop barrage of action that pushes the boundaries between Earth, space and the unknown." I desperately wanted to see it again, calling it "an experience that managed to excite and upset, captivate and frustrate, all while eliciting a range of emotional response from its audience that runs the gamut from celebration to sadness... often trying to find balance, much like that which Thanos seeks." Now, four months later, I've seen it again and have even greater appreciation for the massive undertaking of crafting the biggest movie of all time... right on top of what could claim that title next year - 2019's Avengers 4. With Infinity War now available on Digital and Blu-ray, there's a treasure trove of bonus features that will answer many questions about the production, while dropping subtle crumbs for what's yet to come from the Marvel Cinematic Universe...

Back in 2016, ThreeSixty Group announced the acquisition of the FAO Schwarz brand from the pre-bankruptcy Toys "R" Us, quickly making plans to resurrect it into retail. 2017 presented an unfortunate almost-misstep, with FAO launching pop-ups in Bon-Ton Stores (including Carson Pirie Scott and Younkers, among others) just ahead of that company's collapse. A minor hiccup in the grand scheme, FAO Schwarz put on an impressive show at the 115th North American International Toy Fair in New York City back in February, having announced plans for a new flagship location in NYC, along with a partnership with Hudson Group to bring stores into airports across the country. Now we know where the first location will be, and appropriately - it's in New York's LaGuardia airport in the redesigned Terminal B.

Saturday, August 11 2018 00:06

Marvel Rising: Initiation - Who is Ms. Marvel?

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The multi-platform Marvel Rising is set to begin rolling out this month on Disney XD, and tonight comes a brand-new Marvel Rising: Initiation featurette. In the latest clip, Kathreen Khavari takes us behind-the-scenes of her recording process and answers the question – Who is Ms. Marvel? Watch her interview below and look for the premiere of Marvel Rising: Initiation on Monday, August 13th at 7:30PM ET/PT on Disney XD.

Perhaps it was a bit of foreshadowing, but at San Diego Comic-Con International last month, there was a display in the Hasbro booth that showed two dolls from their Disney Descendants collection suspended in an underwater scene behind glass. There was a note to make it clear that this was solely an artistic representation - not a playset for sale, but the underwater adventure was being shared by Mal and Uma. Now comes the surprise news that on September 28, Disney Channel with air Under the Sea: A Descendants Story - an all-new short film featuring those very characters. Check out a teaser below!

Friday, August 10 2018 23:14

Gal Gadot Races into Ralph Breaks the Internet!

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Shhhh! A couple of weeks back, I paid a visit to Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, California for an early look at Ralph Breaks the Internet. Unfortunately, as of this writing everything I saw is under embargo - which means I can't tell you about anything... yet. But the long-awaited sequel will be hitting theaters in November, and today comes a fresh look at a new character and a new environment from the film - officially unveiled, so we can talk about that. In a new sneak-peek, audiences get their first look at Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) as the voice of Shank, the tough and talented driver in an intense online racing game called Slaughter Race. Of course there's also a new look at the Disney Princesses, too. Check this out...

From Director Ken Marino, DOG DAYS (reviewed here) is now playing in theaters everywhere, and ahead of its U.S. release, I had the opportunity to attend the the film's World Premiere at the Westfield Century City in Los Angeles, California. It was a sunny Sunday afternoon in L.A., but the stars were were out to see what I've already pegged as being "a late summer surprise" - a comedy about an unrelated group of people and how their canine companions somehow managed to bring them all together.

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