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D23 EXPO: Star Wars, Toy Story & Avatar Coming to Disneyland

D23 EXPO 2015 - Bob Iger Announces Star Wars-Themed Lands Coming to Disney Parks - Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced at D23 EXPO 2015 that Star Wars-themed lands will be coming to Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif., and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla., creating Disney’s largest single-themed land expansions ever at 14-acres each, transporting guests to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life. These authentic lands will have two signature attractions, including the ability to take the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle. (Disney Parks/Image Group LA)  ROBERT A. IGER (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company)
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When Disneyland expands, it doesn’t mess around. The capper of a busy Saturday at the 2015 D23 EXPO came with announcements of new attractions and worlds coming to Disneyland Parks the world over, from the mouth of CEO Bob Iger himself.

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D23 EXPO: “Star Wars: Rogue One” Cast Announced, Colin Trevorrow Confirmed for “Star Wars: Episode IX”

Star Wars: Rogue One..L to R: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen..Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley..©Lucasfilm 2016
Star Wars: Rogue One..L to R: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen..Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley.©Lucasfilm 2016

If you’re a certain type of 12 year old and/or the D23 programmers, you save the best for last, and that means the Lucasfilm slate of projects, which newsflash: means STAR WARS stuff. And there was a bunch of stuff to chew on regarding Star Wars Episode VII: The Force AwakensStar Wars: Rogue One and Star Wars: Episode IX.

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D23: Orlando Bloom’s Will Turner Returns For “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”

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When Jack Sparrow returns for a fifth installment in the wildly popular Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, he’ll have a few new and old friends and enemies.

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D23 EXPO: “Pete’s Dragon,” “The Queen of Katwe” & “The Finest Hours”

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Pete’s Dragon, a remake of the 1977 family classic, is one of the few Disney remakes (excuse me, reimaginings) that has flown under the radar, but throw in Robert Redford, and it leads the pack of a few of the other upcoming live action Disney films.

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D23 EXPO: Marvel Unveils “Captain America: Civil War” Footage

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Day 2 of D23 EXPO’s big ticket item was its “Worlds, Galaxies, and Universes: Live Action at The Walt Disney Studios,” a panel covering Disney’s umbrella of live action properties, including Disney, Marvel and Lucasfilm.

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D23: Star Wars: Rogue One – History Is Being Made!

Star Wars: Rogue One..L to R: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen..Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley..©Lucasfilm 2016
Star Wars: Rogue One..L to R: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen..Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley..©Lucasfilm 2016

Principal photography has begun on Star Wars: Rogue One – the story of how the plan to steal the plans for the Death Star came to be. That’s hostiry in the Star Wars universe and history in the real world, as Rogue One is the first standalone Star Wars film.

Director Gareth Edwards has assembled a terrific cast that includes The Theory of Everything’s Felicity Jones, Killing Them Softly’s Diego Luna, Bloodline’s Ben Mendelsohn, Donny Yen (Ip Man),  Jiang Wen (Let The Bullets Fly), Oscar®-winner Forest Whitaker, Mads ‘Hannibal’ Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Serenity), and Riz Ahmend (Nightcrawler).

Star Wars: Rogue One is slated for a December 16, 2016 release. For more, follow the jump.

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D23 EXPO: “Toy Story 4” Is A Love Story Between Woody & Bo Peep

D23 EXPO 2015 - D23 EXPO, the ultimate Disney fan event, brings together all the past, present and future of Disney entertainment under one roof. Taking place August 14-16, this year marks the fourth D23 EXPO at the Anaheim Convention Center and promises to be the biggest and most spectacular yet. (ABC/Image Group LA)
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To cap a wonderful panel that made my eyes water about 4.7 times, John Lasseter of course chose his baby, the original franchise, Toy Story.

It’s the 20th anniversary of the original Toy Story, a film that might be the most revolutionary animated film ever, at least since Snow White. What brought Lasseter and company back for a fourth go-round? (Aside from money.)

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D23 EXPO: “Finding Dory” Gets “Modern Family” Flavor With Ed O’Neill & Ty Burrell

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After years of public campaigning, Ellen DeGeneres has finally got her wish with a Finding Nemo sequel. This time, she’s the one being found in Finding Dory, a movie directed by Nemo helmer Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane (Toy Story of Terror).

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D23 EXPO: “The Good Dinosaur” Is Gonna Make You Cry

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For the first time in Pixar’s history, two original movies are coming in 2015. We’ve fallen in love with Inside Out, and come Thanksgiving, audiences will get a chance to do the same with The Good Dinosaur, in case the world hasn’t spent enough money on dinosaurs yet this year.

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