Disney and Southwest Air Add Pixie Dust to First Flight on New Route to Orlando

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The passengers and crew of the first Southwest Air flight on their new route from Dallas to Orlando, were in for a big surprise… Walt Disney World flew in the Dapper Dans barbershop quartet and a “Jungle Cruise” skipper, plus a lot of special treats for the first passengers of this new non-stop route. The result was Disney Magic.

Everyone on board received special Mickey Mouse Ears and complimentary tickets to that night’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. That’s the way to kick off a vacation! It’s also a good sign for Disney and Orlando. More air traffic means more guests.

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If you could have the Dapper Dans at your next birthday or anniversary, what song would you ask them to sing?

(via Disney Parks, Ryan Wendler, photographer)

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In Pirates V, Jack Sparrow’s new enemy might be scariest yet.

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Javier Bardem is a Spanish actor known to US audiences for playing psychopathic bad buys. He won an Oscar for playing assassin Anton Chigurh in No Country for Old Men and was nominated by his peers for his role as the main baddie Raoul Silva in the 2012 James Bond movie Skyfall. His next villainous role may be for Disney.

If the Hollywood Reporter is to be believed, Bardem will be appearing as the bad guy in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Disney and Bardem are in talks for him to play the main antagonist in the film. Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush are already signed on to reprise their roles of Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbosa respectively.

If Bardem is cast, he’ll be following in the footsteps of his wife. Bardem is married to Penelope Cruz, she was cast as Angelica Teach, daughter to Blackbeard, in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Who knows, maybe she might make an appearance too?

As we mentioned earlier Pirates V will be filming down under led by Norwegian directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandbreg. Their feature film debut, Bandidas, also stared Penelope Cruz. In 2012, they directed Kon-Tiki, which is a good sign they’d be able to handle a tent-pole production like Pirates V.

Pirates V is currently scheduled for a July 7, 2017 release (although I imagine that might get bumped up to capture more of the holiday crowd).

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Behind Marvel’s Big Announcement for Iron Man and Captain America

Editor: Please welcome guest author Peter Orrestad as he breaks down the big news in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and what it means for our favorite super heros:

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As was covered on the blog yesterday, Marvel pretty much blew the minds of fans everywhere with a big announcement. They let it be known that “Captain America 3″ as well as possibly “Avengers 3″ will adapt the massively popular Civil War story line. This is huge for a couple of reasons.

1. The two central characters in this story line are Captain America and Iron Man. If you didn’t know, Robert Downey Jr.’s contract with Marvel was supposed to end with “Avengers 3.” Last week it seemed RDJ had decided to troll fans everywhere by first confirming “Iron Man 4,” then stating only if Mel Gibson would direct, then stating he was in talks about other Marvel projects, until finally the news broke about the latest deal. This is huge since RDJ has received a massive pay out from films in the past making Marvel hesitant about renegotiating. This led to rumors about recasting Iron Man or even ending the character altogether. Thankfully, for the sake of fans everywhere it seems they were able to reach some form of agreement.

2. The original story line in the comics was a massive crossover event involving every superhero in the Marvel Universe. It brought about the question of whether or not superheroes should forego their secret identities and be public agents or if their personal rights were more important. The issue that the original story holds is the fact that other pivotal characters involved are not able to appear in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU). These characters include Spider-man (Owned by Sony), The X-men (Fox), and The Fantastic Four (Fox). While studios are somewhat open to the idea of sharing characters it would be a miracle for this to actually happen. It appears that true to the original story, Captain America and Iron Man will represent the two sides. Captain America is anti-public registration and Iron Man is pro-registration. They will each form their own teams and face off. “Captain America 3″ will establish Captain America’s team with the two teams facing off in “Avengers 3.” “Avengers 4″ would most likely be where Thanos takes advantage of a weakened and vulnerable Earth to strike.

3. The films from “Captain America 3″ through “Avengers 4″ would deal with the fall out of having such divided heroes. Not to mention that (spoiler warning!) in the comics Captain America is killed directly after Civil War and that their is a secret invasion from an alien force due to the weakened state of the worlds superhero force (end spoiler). This whole arc would be kick started in “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” where we know that the Avengers are going to be facing their most deadly villain in more ways than one.

4. Another deviation is that for now in the MCU, there are no secret identities. Everyone know’s the Avengers secrets except for possibly who the Hulk is under the green skin. So, what would the central conflict be about? Most likely something very similar to the conflict in the Winter Soldier. There you saw how Captain America was so against the new project Insight and how sacrificing freedom for protection was not the way to go. This will be probably rehashed with Iron Man filling in for Nick Fury.

With all this, be sure to expect Marvel to drop even more major news in the following weeks. Which characters from the Marvel Universe do you want to see on the big screen in future films?

About Peter: Talking about films and comics is my favorite past time, I have often unloaded on unsuspecting friends with a couple hour lecture on the latest Superhero and Film news.

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Disney’s Maleficent to cast spell over DVD sales

maleficent-dvdDid you see “Maleficent,” when it was in the theaters? The wickedly fun twist on the classic “Sleeping Beauty” story took in over $750 million at the worldwide box office (which is doubly good considering the year we had at the box office). Whether you did or didn’t, the good news is that you don’t have to wait much longer before you can own your own copy of Disney’s “Maleficent.” Academy Award-Winner Angelina Jolie transforms into one of Disney’s greatest villains in “Maleficent,” coming to Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand November 4th!

Join the cast and crew as they explore how Disney’s animated classic “Sleeping Beauty” was re-imagined as an innovative, live-action epic in “From Fairy Tale to Feature Film.” Discover how King Henry and Maleficent’s opening battle scene was created using gigantic wire rigs and elaborate choreography in “Building an Epic Battle.” Learn how playing Aurora was a fairytale come true for actress Elle Fanning in “Aurora: Becoming A Beauty.” And find out more about the meticulous detail that went into creating Maleficent’s elaborate head wraps, rings and other accessories in “Classic Couture.” Viewers can also relive the film’s journey to the screen through concept art, layered visual effects and behind the scenes footage in “Maleficent Revealed.”

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Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD/SD & Disney Movies Anywhere Bonus Features:

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National Entrepreneur Center Giving Away Southwest Tickets

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The National Entrepreneur Center is a Disney sponsored community organization with the goal of helping small businesses get started and flourish in and around Central Florida. They also publish a lot of great material that’s perfect for small business owners no matter where they live.

As part of a promotion for their new #NEC360 event, they’ve partnered with Southwest Airlines for a special giveaway. Only a limited number of blogs are joining in this contest, so your chances of winning are better than average. Good luck!

Did you know the NEC was originally called the Disney Entrepreneur Center? Learn more at the National Entrepreneur Center.

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