James Gunn began writing Guardians of the Galaxy Sequel 3 months ago

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Director James Gunn is having the ride of his life as his movie, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, breaks all box office records in 2014 and has become the third largest Marvel movie ever. Gunn spoke at Variety’s Entertainment & Technology Summit on Tuesday where he shared details about the already announced sequel.

Gunn said he started writing the sequel August 1, the day the first movie debuted. He was finally able to let go of the first one and begin the second one.

To Gunn, Guardians has always been about a universe of characters, no just one story. The five original Guardians will be back, along with some other characters from the first film. But there may be added team members. Of course, some of the mysteries left unresolved in the first film will get answered, and there will be new ones created too, I’m sure. We might find out who Starlord’s father is (not Darth Vader, said Gunn) and more about Gamora’s backstory.

We know that Guardians is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so what would it take for there to be a cross-over between The Avengers and Guardians? Maybe we’ll see the introduction of one of my favorite Marvel comic super heroes – Nova.

What would you like to see in the sequel? Which questions do you think need to be answered.

More on how Gunn used technology in the filming of Guardians at Variety.

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Magic Kingdom Merchandise Update – October 2014

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If you follow me on my regular path through the Magic Kingdom, you’ll observe that I spend a lot of time in the stores. I love to see what new merchandise is available for guests. Sometimes there are hits, and sometimes misses. But lately the ratio is definitely in Disney’s favor.

This last trip to the park in October, I spotted some fun new merchandise I just couldn’t wait to share with you.

We also recently looked at the new Haunted Mansion store – Memento Mori.

Quite a lot of these items are available online at the Disney Parks Store – check out what’s new there today.

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Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur Twitter teaser courtesy the hand of director Peter Sohn

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Peter Sohn must have his day at Pixar scheduled down to a T. Not only is he the voice of many popular characters from their films (Emile in Ratatouille, Russell in Up, and Squishy in Monsters University), he’s a story board artist, animator, and now a feature director. Sohn is currently directing The Good Dinosaur which is one of two Pixar films coming out in 2015.

good-dinosaur-postThe original idea for The Good Dinosaur was from Pixar artist Bob Peterson, but he was moved from the movie last year to a different project and now Sohn is working on getting everything ready for its November 25, 2015 release. The movie was originally scheduled for a 2014 release, but much of the film has been reworked and some of the actors have been asked to return to record new dialog.

Plot Synopsis: The Good Dinosaur asks the generations-old question: What if the cataclysmic asteroid that forever changed life on Earth actually missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? The film is a humorous and exciting original story about Arlo, a lively 70-foot-tall teenage Apatosaurus with a big heart. After a traumatic event rattles Arlo’s tranquil community, he sets out on a quest to restore peace, gaining an unlikely companion along the way – a young human boy named Spot

Surprisingly, we haven’t heard much else about the film, but yesterday Pixar released a little teaser from the artistry of Sohn’s own hand.

I wish there was more than that.

No matter how Pixar sees fit to use him, Peter Sohn hasn’t disappointed me yet. I can’t wait to see more of Arlo and see what Sohn can deliver this time.

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Amazing Pumpkin Carving at Disneyland for Halloween

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Pumpkin carvers use the tools of a sculptor to bring an extra dimension of magic to the traditional Jack-o-Lantern carving. This year Disneyland has a pumpkin carver doing their thing every day at the Halloween Carnival in Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree. Check out some of their work:

Disney Channel star Olivia Holt (“I Didn’t Do It”) teams with one of Disneyland’s pumpkin carvers at the Big Thunder Ranch to deliver some tips for carving your own perfect Disney themed jack-o-lantern at home.

Oh yeah, there’s a pretty cool contest at DisneySideContest.com. Upload your own Disney Side pumpkin for a private party at the Haunted Mansion and a stay in Cinderella Castle Suite:

Follow us below the jump for a collection of jack-o-lanterns carved at the Halloween Festival at Disneyland.

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Moana – officially announced by Disney animation

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Moana will be the 57th animated film from the Mouse House and the second film of 2016 from Disney Animation! The comedy adventure will take place in the South Pacific about 2000 years ago and follows the adventures of Disney’s first Polynesian Princess — Moana. A tale of mythic proportions that could very well delve into the mythic history of the South Pacific. It looks like the film will be partly hand-drawn in conjunction with the new tradition of CGI style.

Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker (The Great Mouse Detective, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin Hercules, Treasure Planet, The Princess and the Frog), it is expected to be a musical film which will be a great balance to their other film coming earlier that year Zootopia which will be more of an action adventure flick.

Plot synopsis:

in the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, Moana, a born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore.
“John and I have partnered on so many films—from ‘The Little Mermaid’ to ‘Aladdin’ to ‘The Princess and the Frog,’” said Clements. “Creating ‘Moana’ is one of the great thrills of our career. It’s a big adventure set in this beautiful world of Oceania.”

“Moana is indomitable, passionate and a dreamer with a unique connection to the ocean itself,” Musker said. “She’s the kind of character we all root for, and we can’t wait to introduce her to audiences.”

With two Pixar films coming in 2015 and two Disney films coming in 2016, we simply can’t wait!

Moana will be coming to theaters late 2016.

Previously: Moana concept art preview of future Disney film?

Note: Peter Orrestad contributed to this post.

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