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Star Wars Episode 7 Director Wish List

Steven Panzarella ponders who Disney will ask to direct STAR WARS Episode 7.

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OK Star Wars fan’s, take a walk around the block, maybe breathe into a paper bag, eat some Halloween candy, and try to relax. Yes we are going to see at least 1 more STAR WARS movie in the coming years and maybe even by 2014. Now that Disney owning LucasFilm is a done deal and according to the house of mouse we will be getting a new entry into the STAR WARS series. STAR WARS Episode 7 is a reality ladies and gentleman and now that it is a reality, I want to put together a list of directors who should make this movie. There is no insider information here just my opinions of the names that should make it on the short list.

Guillermo Del Toro – He is a monster movie master and would be fun for STAR WARS, a skillful director and story teller with the knack for making fun films with a little grit like HELL BOY and PANS LABYRINTH. Del Toro can create a fast paced action/sci-fi and would thrive trying to give the fan’s exactly what you want. I would love to see Del Toro take on the franchise, and think he would be a change of pace from the normal Lucas/Spielberg.

Christopher Nolan- I mean really? Is there any other dream choice for this franchise, what he did for Batman would give any fan hope for him to take over there franchise. If Nolan does not pick up James Bond, everyone would love to see the INCEPTION director take over light saber battles and epic chase sequences. Imagine a darker version of STAR WARS, it would bring back fan’s and start a huge amount of hype for a franchise that looked to be finished.

Joss Whedon- The force is strong with Joss, coming off over a billion dollars for Disney with THE AVENGERS, depending on his future with Marvel and whether he is going to be brought back for more AVENGERS sequels it would be a very interesting idea for Disney to move Whedon to the top of there list. Imagine the hype in front of a Joss directed STAR WARS? I can and the hype would be well earned.

Darren Aronofsky-  This is my most random selection, Aronofsky is a skillful art house director of Oscar nominated films like BLACK SWAN and THE WRESTLER. He is working on the story of Noah’s Ark with NOAH, starring Russell Crowe, Emma Watson and Anthony Hopkins. I like to think directors like Aronofsky would probably rather work with small budgets but I would be interested to see what an Aronofsky STAR WARS would look like.

Kenneth Branagh-This is one I just threw in here, I really liked his work with THOR and he is as good of a story teller as we know of in film. He is creative and showed he can direct a big tentpole summer blockbuster, the question is can he bring back that STAR WARS style that  fans are yearning for and leave behind the most recent STAR WARS trilogy. Branagh can bring creativity to the series, but would be a long shot to get the series.

Jon Favreau- Carried the IRON MAN franchise through 2 films and worked closely on the third. He was the favorite at one point for THE AVENGERS, and he remains an active member of the Marvel family. Marvel’s success means those same filmmakers will be looked at for other Disney/Marvel pictures, which raises his stock when it comes to who Disney will look for to take on now one of there most prized possessions.

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‘Pitch Perfect’ Barden Bellas Virtually Reunite To Perform Beyonce’s ‘Love On Top’ And Of Course It’s Aca-Amazing!

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A little aca-quarantine can’t stop these bad belters.

A lot of casts have been virtually reuniting during this quarantine with some distant gatherings more memorable than others. Of course, anytime the ladies of Pitch Perfect get together it’s a singing spectacular that goes viral almost instantly and this time is no different.

Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins reprised their roles as the hostile hosts of the a cappella singing competitions, Gail Abernathy-McKadden-Feinberg and John Smith respectively, as they introduced the Barden Bellas. The powerhouse singers including Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Hailee Steinfeld, Chrissie Fit, and Hannah Mae Lee then crush their rendition of Beyoncé’s “Love On Top.” And you know if you’re going to cover Queen Bey it better be good. Oh and streaming the song will not only sound good but it will some good too because proceeds from downloads of the cover will benefit UNICEF’s efforts to support children in Lebanon and around the world who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Aca-amazing!

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Disney Reveals Early Unseen Sketches Of Buzz Lightyear Who Was Almost Called ‘Lunar Larry’

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The space ranger could have looked a lot stranger.

It has been 25 years since Toy Story hit theaters…god we’re getting old…which means we have loved Buzz Lightyear for decades now. The beloved space ranger has become a staple in pop culture with his zest for adventure and signature catchphrase but what if Buzz was never “Buzz?”

To celebrate the milestone anniversary Disney has shared sketches of the early concepts for Buzz Lightyear who was actually going to be named “Lunar Larry.” Points for alliteration but sounds more like a cheesy superhero parody than a cool, futuristic action figure that every kid would have on their Christmas list. The pencil drawings vary in style but most of them feature an “LL” on the rangers chest. As time went on, the renderings began to look more and more like the Buzz we all know and love.

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Along with the sketches, Disney also announced the launch of their virtual film festival “Pixar Fest.” The family-friendly fest will premiere on August 9th in the UK with an epic stream of Pixar movies on Disney+ along with other exciting content such as watchalongs, animator masterclasses, quizzes, arts and crafts for kids, and product releases. 

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Disney Just Released A ‘Hocus Pocus’ Board Game And It Looks Wickedly Fun

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*Souls of innocent children not included.

Grab your broomsticks, stir up the cauldron and light your magic candles because game night just took a wicked twist!

Partnering with Ravensburger, Disney just released a Hocus Pocus board game and it will make for a magically good game night. This board game is unique in that game players are not competing with one another, rather they must all work together to stop the Sanderson sisters from completing their potion before sunrise. With the help of Thackery Binx the cat, you will have to dodge Winifred, Sarah and Mary as they cast spells and use potions to thwart your valiant efforts.

“The Black Flame Candle has been lit. Now the Sanderson witches you must outwit; Or with a wretched evil potion, a foul spell they’ll set in motion. Stun the witches and ruin the brew before the sun can rise anew! Work together to stop the Sanderson sisters from draining the lives of Salem’s children by ruining their potion before the sun rises!” It’s like being in the movie!

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The Hocus Pocus board game is available for $19.99 on Amazon and includes one cauldron board, 50 Ingredient cards, a Witch board, 13 Spell cards, a Sun token, 4 trick tokens, a rulebook, and one black cat Binx meeple. It’s perfect for ages 8 and up and 2-6 people can play at a time. The game takes about 30 minutes to complete which is perfect for a game night with friends and family…don’t want another never ending Monopoly situation here.

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