New Avatar Concept Art and Luminescent Plant Test Video

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Some very exciting video from Disney Imagineers today. They’re taking us behind the development process of the bio-luminesent plants that will be featured across the landscape of the World of Avatar expansion at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. We also get our first peak at the latest concept art for the iconic floating mountains on Pandora and a model of what they’ll look like.

According to Disney, James Cameron and his team at Lightstorm has been closely involved with Disney’s creative development team, lead by Joe Rohde. Plus Tom Staggs and Disney CEO Bob Iger have also been closely involved

Some details I’ve noticed. There is a lot of work on what Pandoran plants look like, an obscured bit on puppets, and some blurred out concept art in the background.

I hope they share more about what it will be like to see Pandora while riding on banshee as has been promised. But seeing the plants light up and the surface react to footsteps is pretty cool too.

What did you like the best about this latest sneak peek?

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Marvel’s Agent Carter season finale wrap up

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This week’s episode finds Peggy, Jarvis, Thomson and Sousa investigating the incident at the movie theater. Sousa finds the canister and accidently sprays himself with the gas. He sees Thomson and immediately tries to kill him. Fortunately, Sousa is quickly knocked out. Back at the S.S.R. everyone is trying to figure out what the gas is until Howard Stark shows up to explain everything.

The gas was meant to give soldiers the ability to stay awake longer, but something went wrong and instead, it quickly gives the person the affects of sleep deprivation, like anger and psychosis. That’s what happened in Finow. It was secretly used on the Russians soldiers to give them an advantage in battle, but they ended up killing themselves. Stark blames himself for what happened, but he isn’t the only one.

There was one survivor, Dr. Ivenchenko, and he is out for revenge on Howard. We also discover that his real name is Johann Fennoff who, in the comics, is Doctor Faustus. He proclaims himself the “Master of Men’s Minds” and uses hypnosis to defeat his enemies, though not with a ring. Stark comes up with a plan to lure Fennoff and Dottie out into the open, but it fails, ending with Stark being captured instead.

Fennoff begins to hypnotize Howard. Stark now believes that he has found Captain America and is going to retrieve him in hopes of redemption. Fennoff has planted the canisters of gas in Stark’s plane and when Stark lets them drop over New York, he will be responsible for the destruction of the city Hoping to lure Fennhoff out into the open, Howard volunteers to act as bait and holds a press conference.

Following on the villains’ heels is Peggy, Jarvis, Thomson and Sousa. Thomson and Sousa take down Fennoff while Peggy throws Dottie out of a window. Jarvis then takes off in a plane following Stark. He will be the one to pull the trigger if Peggy can’t snap Howard out of his hypnosis.
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Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Walking Tour

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We recently toured The Lion King section of Art of Animation Resort. That was one of three sections with new buildings at the resort, but The Little Mermaid section is actually the finished versions of the old Legendary section of Pop Century that remained unfinished for nearly a decade.

But now it looks great. King Triton and Ursula loom large in giant sculptures and Ariel and her gang hold court throughout the resorts courtyard. It features exterior walk-ways and entrances like the hotels over in Pop century. There are over 600 cutout objects on the resort balconies.

In the gallery below, we continue our walking tour of the resort under the sea.

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Cinderella Soundtrack Details Released

Walt Disney Records CINDERELLAA dream is a wish your heart makes, but a movie needs a great sound track to make dreams come true. Disney’s Cinderella will have an official soundtrack album released by Walt Disney Records on March 10, 2015. The album features original music by Patrick Doyle (“Brave,” “Thor”) marking the eleventh time Doyle has teamed with director Kenneth Branagh. The score was recorded at Air Lyndhurst Studio in London, and was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Shearman and produced by Maggie Rodford.

Doyle has scored over 50 international feature films, including “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” “Gosford Park,” “Sense and Sensibility,” “Indochine,” “Carlito’s Way” and “A Little Princess.” His work has led to collaborations with some of the most acclaimed directors in the world, including Regis Wargnier, Brian De Palma, Alfonso Cuarón, Ang Lee, Chen Kaige, Mike Newell and Robert Altman.

In addition to the score, the soundtrack also includes end credit tracks by Lily James (“Cinderella”) and Helena Bonham Carter (“Fairy Godmother”), plus the end credit original theme song “Strong” (written by Patrick Doyle, Kenneth Branagh and Tommy Danvers) performed by Compound/Motown recording artist Sonna Rele and produced by TommyD (Kylie, Kanye West, Corinne Bailey Rae, FUN). Sonna, the London born singer-songwriter, was discovered by multi Grammy-Award winning singer-songwriter/ actor NE-YO and chosen by Kenneth Branagh to record “Strong.” The album was produced by Patrick Doyle and executive produced by Kenneth Branagh.

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Cinderella track list follows:

“A Golden Childhood”
“The Great Secret”
“A New Family”
“Life and Laughter”
“The First Branch”
“Nice and Airy”
“Orphaned”
“The Stag”
“Rich Beyond Reason”
“Fairy Godmother”
“Pumpkins and Mice”
“You Shall Go”
“Valse Royale”
“Who Is She”
“La Valse de L’Amour ”
“La Valse Champagne”
“La Polka Militaire”
“La Polka de Paris”
“A Secret Garden”
“La Polka de Minuit”
“Choose That One”
“Pumpkin Pursuit”
“The Slipper”
“Shattered Dreams”
“Searching the Kingdom”
“Ella and Kit”
“Courage and Kindness”
“Strong” Performed by Sonna Rele
“A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” Performed by Lily James
“Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” (The Magic Song) Performed by Helena Bonham Carter

The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new Stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Continue reading

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Cinderella Carriage Popcorn Bucket

The new hot collectible at Disney’s theme parks is popcorn buckets. Disney has customized Haunted Mansion, Seven Dwarfs Mine train, and Dumbo, to name a few. The latest addition to the Premium Popcorn Bucket series is Cinderella’s carriage.

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This release comes just in time for the live-action film “Cinderella” that will open on March 13.

They’re coming soon to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and will appear at Disneyland later this spring.

Will you add one to your collection?

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