Halloween Kills Star Teases The ‘Nastiest’ Movie In The Franchise

The last few years have brought a renaissance for the horror genre, which is showing no signs of slowing down. Many of the modern classics have come courtesy of Blumhouse Productions, and now the horror house has turned its focus on the classics. 2018’s Halloween was a massive critical and box office success, with two more movies ordered in order to create a new trilogy. First up is Halloween Kills, David Gordon Green’s second installment in the beloved franchise. And it might be some of of Michael’s most brutal kills.

Halloween Kills will do a deep dive into the town of Haddonfield, with plenty of returning characters from John Carpenter’s original Halloween set to appear. Actor Robert Longstreet will be playing Lonnie Elam, Tommy Doyle’s childhood bully from the original. Longstreet recently teased the upcoming sequel’s contents, saying:

Well, that’s ominous. Because while the last Halloween movie set Michael Myers on an rampage through the town, Halloween Kills will be especially nasty. At least, according to one member of the ensemble cast.

Robert Longstreet’s comments to Bloody Flicks will excite hardcore horror fans, who can’t wait to watch The Shape tear through victims with his signature butcher knife. Michael Myers used a variety of weapons and means to kill people in 2018’s Halloween, with a body count that eclipsed John Carpenter’s original. The long shot of him randomly killing and sparing Haddonfield residents was one of the film’s strongest sequences. So clearly the sequel will have more chilling surprises.

David Gordon Green and writer Danny McBride are huge fans of the original Halloween, which helped create the slasher subgenre in modern filmmaking. As such, they approached 2018’s Halloween with care, wanting to evoke the same tension as John Carpenter’s movie. Carpenter himself returned to write the movie script, and provide some advice to the filmmakers who were bringing the franchise to modern audiences.

Michael’s long awaited escape showed that age hadn’t slowed him down, as he killed anyone who got in the way of his path to Laurie Strode. The three generations of Strode women were able to get the better of The Shape during Halloween‘s third act, trapping him in Laurie’s basement before setting the place ablaze. But it looks like Michael ultimately survived, and no one is safe within the town.

Jamie Lee Curtis has teased that Halloween Kills unpacks the events of John Carpenter’s 1978 original, and the cast announcements surely supports that. Actors Kyle Richards, Charles Cyphers, and Nancy Stephens are all reprising their roles from the OG Halloween. And new actors have been brought in to play characters Lonnie Elam and Tommy Doyle.

Halloween Kills will arrive in theaters on October 16th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies. And our 2020 release list to look ahead toward the New Year.

Watch Frozen II’s Full ‘Into The Unknown’ Sequence

Frozen II is well on its way to following the original film into the box office record books. While the sequel is largely being considered to be not quite as good as the original Frozen, one area where the new movie is getting a lot of praise is the soundtrack, and now Disney has released the complete sequence for the big song “Into the Unknown” for all to see.

If you’re somehow still on the fence about checking out Frozen II, then maybe what you need to do is really see what the movie has to offer. There’s probably no better way than two check out one of the two major solos that Idina Menzel has in the movie. Go into the unknown with the new clip below.

“Into the Unknown” is the second of seven songs we hear in Frozen II and it’s basically the one that sets the plot in motion. As we see here, Elsa is being haunted by a voice that only she can hear. She doesn’t know where it’s coming from or what it means, and she’s torn between wanting to follow it, believing it likely means something and might help her understand herself and her power, and ignoring it, because to follow could mean risking the life she has finally found.

The first Frozen‘s biggest win may not have been at the box office but on the soundtrack, the entire thing is rock solid, but “Let it Go” became an absolutely massive song, largely because well, to be blunt, Idina Menzel, has an amazingly powerful voice. She gave the music her all it showed there.

It shows here as well. To be honest “Into the Unknown” is far from my favorite piece of music on the Frozen II soundtrack, but it’s hard to not to get absorbed by it all the same simply because Idina Menzel is giving it her all.

Having said that, I think that, as a complete soundtrack, Frozen II might actually surpass the original. I don’t think any of the individual songs, including this one, are quite going to break out the way “Let it Go” did, but as a complete package, the songs of Frozen II just resonate more with me. They’re all winners.

It’s great to get a clip like this online so early after the film’s release. Most who are going to go to the theater have already seen the movie, and might like to relive part of it without having to pay for another ticket. For those few that might go see it, and have not yet, maybe this will help convince them, by showing off the song and the beautiful animation of the new movie.

Into the Unknown is also the name of an upcoming documentary series on Disney+, which will take a look behind the scenes of the making of the film. We’re still waiting on a release date for that. It looks like Disney is holding off until Frozen II has finished its theatrical run, to help avoid spoilers.

Star Wars Reveals Exciting Role For Leia In The Rise Of Skywalker

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We’re just weeks away from the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Generations of fans are gearing up for J.J. Abrams’ grand finale, which will end the franchise as we know it. Lucasfilm has been guarding the secrets of Episode IX, but new information is arriving as the blockbuster gets closer. And a new update about Carrie Fisher’s Leia Organa will is sure to elicit a big reaction from fans.

The Rise of Skywalker was always planned to be Leia’s movie, an prospect that the late Carrie Fisher was excited for. But following her death, Abrams was forced to utilize unused footage from the previous two films in order to complete story. And now we have an idea of one big character change: she’s apparently been training Rey in The Force since Luke’s death.

This update comes to us from the recent press junket for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The characters’ costumes were on display, and Genera Leia’s had a description that reads:

Well, that’s exciting. It looks like Leia has become the Master, despite never becoming a Jedi herself. But she’s still strong in the ways of The Force, as The Last Jedi‘s infamous space flying incident proved. And now that Luke has passed on, she’s the next best thing. Fans will be eager to see how these scenes work, and watch as Leia continues to mentor the new generation of heroes.

Perhaps Leia’s training of Rey was already shown in the brief trailers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The full trailer opens on Rey on a jungle planet, seemingly using the same floating ball that helped train Luke in A New Hope. Leia has also been shown hugging Rey in that same setting, so perhaps it’s that sequence that shows how Leia has mentored Daisy Ridley’s hero in the one year time jump since The Last Jedi.

J.J. Abrams has been honest about how including Carrie Fisher and wrapping up Leia’s story has been one of the biggest challenge to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. But he also feels that the movie and ending wouldn’t be complete without the franchise’s main heroine. How much Leia appears in the movie remains to be seen, but her final appearance in the franchise will be particularly emotional this time around.

All will be revealed when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on December 20th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies. And our 2020 release list to look ahead toward the New Year.

Is DC’s New Movie Strategy The Right One? Let’s Discuss

Arthur Fleck on Murray Franklin's show in Joker

It is no secret that in the post-Christopher Nolan era, DC films as a whole have struggled to find their footing. Repeated critical drubbings, box office disappointments and one particularly infamous mustache have humbled the Warner Bros. franchise that once had grand ambitions of hitting the ground running with a cinematic universe akin to Disney’s MCU. Yet recently, the tide has begun to turn for DC.

Wonder Woman was a success across the board. Aquaman netted $1.1 billion at the box office. Shazam! was a delight and this fall, Todd Phillips’ Joker, a $55 million film that ostensibly had no bearing on DC’s cinematic future, became the most profitable comic book movie of all time. In The Dark Knight, Harvey Dent said that “The night is darkest just before the dawn,” and based on these recent successes, the dawn is coming for DC. So, what will that dawn bring and where will it lead?

In the past, DC’s cinematic strategy has been at times transparent and at others so perplexing that it made you wonder if there even was a strategy being implemented. Well, there is seemingly one now because a recent report by Variety elucidated a lot about how DC is allegedly plotting it future. It involves leaning into what works, getting dangerous and righting past wrongs.

With this newfound clarity about where DC is headed, it’s time to examine the finer points of DC’s plans to weigh their pros and cons to try to predict if they portend a bright future. Is DC’s new movie strategy the right one? Let’s discuss.

Birds of Prey poster with Margot Robbie

DC Making More R-Rated Movies

According to the report, DC will be making more R-rated movies. This should come as no surprise given the success of Joker, but what is something of a surprise is that two already announced movies, with one nearing release, might sport that restricted rating. Those two films would be the upcoming Cathy Yan Harley Quinn film Birds of Prey and James Gunn’s sequel/soft reboot The Suicide Squad.

This is interesting because the first Suicide Squad was made with PG-13 in mind in an effort for tonal consistency across the DCEU. Despite Margot Robbie pitching an R-rated girl gang film, signs pointed to a possible PG-13 for Birds of Prey as well. It seems the success of Joker has given Warner Bros. the confidence to hopefully allow for R ratings in both these films and presumably others in the future, like the inevitable Joker 2. It’s a decision that can be a real opportunity for DC, just so long as it doesn’t overplay its hand.

The advantage of DC being open to R-rated superhero movies is that Disney’s MCU is most certainly not, although what happens with Deadpool remains to be seen. DC can do something different. That isn’t to say that there are only so many PG-13 dollars to go around, just that there is an obvious appetite for content like Joker (also proven by Amazon’s The Boys) and that represents an opportunity in the marketplace for DC to make movies Marvel won’t.

The concern that comes hand in hand with Joker’s success is that Warner Bros. will learn the wrong lesson from it. Joker was an incredibly dark film and one that demanded an R rating, but Joker didn’t succeed because it was R-rated. Audiences were drawn in by the character and Joaquin Phoenix’s performance and the promise of something different from the genre. Some of that was possible because of the R rating, but you can’t just slap an R rating on another comic book movie and achieve the same result with no thought about what the overall tone of upcoming movie properties should be.

A black label of sorts of R-rated DC films meant for adults is a compelling proposition, and maybe we could finally get something like Lobo or Justice League Dark, but in general R ratings should be an option not a mandate, as it doesn’t fit every character or every story. The story should justify the rating, not the other way around. If Birds of Prey demands an R rating, that’s awesome and maybe we’ll get something truly different with that film that has a lot more fun than the also R-rated Joker.

The same goes for James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad. The director won’t get to play with an R when he heads back to the MCU for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, but if his story calls for it here, his background shows that he can really have some fun with that extra leeway. All that said, there is also a question of: How will DC will mix PG-13 and R-rated properties if it does eventually return to a more connected universe?

So all in all, DC’s strategy to do more R-rated, adult comic book movies is a sound one, just so long as DC doesn’t force it. Although, it must be said, it’s kind of funny that after the knee-jerk reaction to lighten things up after the dark Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, we’ve swung all the way back around to DC adopting the dark.

Robert Pattinson in Life

Could We Get A Gotham Cinematic Universe?

Speaking of the dark, The Batman is coming. Matt Reeves’ take on the Dark Knight is arriving in 2021 with an all-star cast surrounding Robert Pattinson’s Caped Crusader. Obviously the expectation is that if The Batman is a hit and audiences embrace it, Matt Reeves will make a sequel and perhaps a full trilogy. What the report on DC’s future plans revealed is that there is a belief that the film’s villains could also all headline their own spinoff films.

For those keeping track, that opens up the possibility of spinoff movies for Colin Farrell’s Penguin, Zoë Kravitz’s Catwoman and Paul Dano’s Riddler. I think a sequel to The Batman is a no-brainer if the first film is good, but are standalone movies for the film’s villains a good idea?

Truthfully, there is no way to answer that until we see The Batman in 2021 and know whether we like the film, the villains and the actors’ performances. That’s the good thing about DC’s strategy because, based on the report, Warner Bros. may be waiting to see if Matt Reeves’ film works before greenlighting any particular spinoffs. It’s a measured approach that shows Warner Bros. is no longer putting the cart before the horse.

Should The Batman deliver, villain-centric spinoffs would be an exciting prospect, not just because of what we saw with Joker, but because of the implications. While not explicitly stated as such, spinoffs for The Batman’s villains would create a de facto Gotham cinematic universe at DC. Even if the DCEU is gone, which TBD, Batman has enough rogues to support his own film universe.

We have yet to see a DC spinoff yet, so we’ll have to wait for Birds of Prey to see what the company does with a character that popped in one movie leading another. But from our current vantage, leaning in to what works in The Batman seems like a sound strategy that no one could fault DC for. The only reservation I would have is if DC is going to do The Batman spinoffs, it should fully go for a Batman Cinematic Universe and give us Bat Family movies like Nightwing and Batgirl that fit into that.

The Green Lantern Corps

Green Lantern’s Light Will Shine Again

While Batman and his rogues gallery could be getting some real shine in DC’s future, the new strategy also reportedly calls for giving some shine to a character whose light was severely diminished by his last cinematic outing. Apparently, the long discussed Green Lantern Corps is still a priority for DC, with Green Lantern: Rebirth scribe Geoff Johns expected to deliver a script at the end of the year.

A good Green Lantern movie is something all comic book movie fans should want and while I do have some concerns that DC will go for a jokey, Guardians of the Galaxy-esque tone, I don’t think anyone could fault the company for making the Lanterns a priority. There are a lot of advantages to bringing the Green Lanterns in, including righting a past wrong. The 2011 movie was not well-received, but good on DC for recognizing that that was an indictment of that film, not the property or the source material.

Green Lantern is still deserving of a proper adaptation and if he gets one, DC will be able to open up the cosmic side of its film universe in a way it thus far hasn’t. If you look at a lot of the DC films in the works, there are a ton of more grounded movies, particularly with the Batman characters. Wonder Woman has real superpowers but her first film was very Earth-based. Aquaman opened up the underwater realm and Shazam! the magic one, but space remains untapped.

Green Lantern Corps can remedy that, opening up the cosmic realm of DC and offering something different for audiences than DC’s other properties. Should DC eventually move back toward a Justice League style team-up, there will be a full roster with the addition of GL.

Superman in Man of Steel

Superman’s Cinematic Future Is TBD

While DC’s new strategy is strong and intriguing in some regards, there’s also a major hole in it. I’m talking of course about Superman, because apparently DC still doesn’t know what to do with the character and has been having discussions with high-profile talent to figure out how to make him relevant to modern audiences. This more than any other aspect of DC’s strategy has elicited the most reactions from people online.

Many have cited how the story of Superman has many obvious parallels to modern events, making him quite relevant. In addition, that old excuse that Superman is too much of a boy scout and a goody two shoes for modern audiences who like an edge to their heroes, doesn’t really hold water when you consider Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman or especially Chris Evans’ Captain America, who was a beloved and popular figure in the MCU.

DC has apparently met with Michael B. Jordan who pitched a new vision for the character (Calvin Ellis?), but as we’ve recently heard, Henry Cavill isn’t ready to give up the role just yet. What’s fascinating about this is that Man of Steel wasn’t a financial failure. It wasn’t a massive hit but rather than build on it, Warners would seemingly rather throw the baby out with the bathwater after the shortcomings of BvS and Justice League, neither of which were Superman’s fault.

I imagine there are behind-the-scenes things we don’t know, but whether Henry Cavill returns or Michael B. Jordan or someone else takes on the role, or more than one person does as different Supermen, DC needs a Superman. If there is a weakness in the studio’s new movie strategy, this is it. The face of DC as a brand and of superheroes in general is adrift, without a clear cinematic future.

The Flash and Aquaman in Justice League

Aquaman And The Flash

Aquaman was a huge success and as we already know Aquaman 2 is on the way. When a superhero movie is a hit, you make another one, there’s no mystery to that strategy and DC would be foolish not to do a sequel. Less certain is the Aquaman spinoff, The Trench, which is currently looking for a director. The Trench sequence was one of the more fascinating ones in Aquaman but this could be a case of DC squeezing the sponge of Aquaman too dry just because that movie was such a hit. Still, looking to capitalize and expand on Aquaman’s success is understandable.

Then there’s The Flash. The Scarlet Speedster has pulled up lame multiple times on the road to his own feature film with the standalone feature going through all kinds of difficulties on the race to the big screen. But Warner Bros. is forging ahead with Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen in a film from IT director Andy Muschietti, although it probably won’t start shooting until 2021 at the earliest.

Ezra Miller’s Flash was an entertaining highlight of Justice League and it would seem that DC still has faith in that interpretation, so while some might like a fresh start for Flash like Batman is getting, Aquaman managed to come out of the disappointment of Justice League to deliver his own hit film and perhaps the same will be true for Flash.

So those are the broad strokes of DC’s new movie strategy. Overall Warner Bros. seems to be plotting things out a few movies at a time but with an eye towards keeping its options open should a film either not work or become a hit with the potential to expand on it.

This conservative approach makes sense for a studio that has had some pretty major blunders with its comic book films. But there is still some daring with this strategy, as DC looks to make darker, R-rated films that give audiences greater variety in the marketplace, meeting a currently unsatisfied need.

There are still a lot of unanswered questions though, like if the Cyborg solo movie is cancelled or what the future is for the Shazam side of things other than the Black Adam movie. We also don’t know if there is any sort of long-term overarching plan or any desire to return to a greater connected universe down the line, but for now we at least have an idea of what DC is looking to do in the years ahead.

Let us know in the poll below what you think of DC’s new movie strategy and check out what DC movies are headed to theaters next year in our 2020 Release Schedule. For all the latest DC movie news stay tuned to CinemaBlend.

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Looks Like Justice League’ Snyder Cut Is Super Long

Despite coming out back in 2017, the conversation around Zack Snyder’s Justice League hasn’t slowed down. If anything its gained more speed in the past year or so, as the campaign for the Snyder Cut continues to gain steam. Every week brings new images and information about the alternate version of Justice League, which followed Snyder’s original vision. The 300 filmmaker confirmed its existence this week, but we can also surmise how long that cut of the blockbuster would be. And it’s long.

Zack Snyder uses the application Vero to communicate with the fans, often revealing new images from Justice League‘s unseen footage. He did just that yesterday, confirming the existence of the Snyder Cut with film cartons and a not-so-subtle caption. But if you look closely, they reveal how many minutes that cut runs. It looks like that version of Justice League clocks in at 214 minutes, aka 3.5 hours. Holy long superhero flick, Batman.

You can check out Zack Snyder’s Vero post below. And look a bit closer to see the movie’s lengthy runtime.

Yeah, that would have been a long one. Zack Snyder had a a massive vision in mind for Justice League, doing a ton of world building, while also telling a distinct story. But after departing the project due to a family tragedy, Joss Whedon came in to complete a decidedly different version of the blockbuster. And it looks like the Snyder Cut will be a long one, if it ever becomes available.

This news is sure to excite the many fans who are actively part of the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement. The online campaign began shortly after Justice League was released, as the theatrical cut was vastly changed from the origin movie that Zack Snyder was shooting. Snyder was the original architect of the DC Extended Universe, kickstarting the massive franchise with Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. So one can only imagine what his original plans for Justice League were.

Zack Snyder has certainly taken note of the Snyder Cut movement, often thanking fans for their support and sharing new images on Vero from his Justice League. Plenty of content was left on the cutting room floor when Joss Whedon came into complete the project in time for its planned release date. This includes some major set up and footage from the newcomers to the DCEU. For instance, Willem Dafoe and Kiersey Clemons filmed scenes as Nuidis Vulko and Iris West respectively, with both of their roles being cut for the theatrical cut.

All of this new information about the Snyder Cut will no doubt fuel the fire of the ongoing campaign. But the reality of trying to get that version of Justice League out to the masses is complicated. Mostly because it seems unlikely that Warner Bros. would spend any money to complete and distribute the blockbuster. Justice League was a box office bomb when it hit theaters in 2017, so the studio might be unwilling to throw more money into its re-release.

Additionally, the visual effects of the Snyder Cut are likely incomplete. Warner Bros. switched its resources over to the theatrical cut of Justice League, so there should be plenty of CGI that wasn’t finished. So either more money is needed to complete the project, or the Snyder Cut would remain an incomplete project.

Regardless, the campaign for the Snyder Cut continues. And with new revelations about its existence and runtime, we should expect the discussion to continue.

The next installment in the DCEU is Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) on February 7th, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies. And our 2020 release list to look ahead toward the New Year.

Aquaman’s Jason Momoa Calls Out Chris Pratt For Snafu, After Which He Promises Not To Litter

Usually, when there’s a battle between Marvel and DC, it’s fans of the two major comic book labels arguing over which has the better stable of characters. However, a new form of Marvel vs. DC battle shaped up recently, when Jason Momoa took Chris Pratt to task over a plastic water bottle.

Yes, that’s really what happened, and the whole thing is really sort of an interesting story. It all started when Chris Pratt posted an image on his Instagram page, promoting a recent partnership with Amazon.

The focus of the thing was supposed to be showing off how Chris Pratt stays in shape for all of his big movies playing superheroes in Guardians of the Galaxy and dinosaur trainers in Jurassic World. However, very quickly the focus shifted to be about the plastic bottle in Chris Pratt’s hand.

Aquaman star Jason Momoa commented on the photo and was a bit critical of Chris Pratt for apparently using a single use bottle rather than something reusable.

Jason Momoa has been very public about his regarding the environment, even protesting the construction of a new massive telescope in Hawaii. As per usual on the internet, it’s somewhat difficult to tell just how strongly Momoa is trying to admonish Chris Pratt for the water bottle situation, but he at least cared enough to say something publicly.

Chris Pratt saw the comment, and rather than be upset by it, he admitted the faux pas. It turns out, for what it’s worth, that the bottle didn’t even belong to Pratt.

You’d think that would be the end of it, but apparently not. While Chris Pratt clearly took the critical statement in the way it was intended, a polite rebuke, a lot of other people didn’t. There are currently over 1700 replies to Momoa’s comment, and a great deal of them are overly critical of Momoa, for apparently being he was being overly critical of Pratt.

Jason Momoa then took to Instagram himself to apologize for the way in which his comment was received. Momoa included a picture of the two actors together, to reinforce the idea that they are friends, and to simply say that he was passionate about this issue, and that he didn’t mean for his statement to be taken in a severely negative way.

So what have we learned today? marvel and DC can get along just fine. And also, don’t use single use water bottles.

Total Immersion And More Make Disney World’s Rise Of The Resistance Worth The Wait

Disney World’s Galaxy’s Edge has a new ride at Hollywood Studios, and without exaggeration, it may be the best ride Disney World has in the entire theme park. Much like the Star Wars-themed land around it, Rise of the Resistance seeks to immerse attendees in the world of the movies, and succeeds in a way quite unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.

To make a long story short, there are some spectacular details on this ride that will make your jaw drop even more than it does after seeing Galaxy’s Edge. We’ll highlight those a little bit later, so anyone looking to ride Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance unspoiled by big details need only just hop out once the spoiler tag rears its head.

Star Wars: Rise Of The Resistance Is Near Complete Immersion From Queue To The Ride’s End

Without getting into too much detail, it’s truly amazing how Disney World managed to make Rise of the Resistance so immersive from start to finish. The whole wait time is part of the experience, and greatly elevates what is already a tremendous ride. In fact, I legitimately accidentally mistook one part of the queue for the actual ride, and was impressed enough not knowing I wasn’t halfway through.

Obviously times will vary when the ride queues are full, but attendees will be able to pass the time amongst some insane scenery and interact with a cast that is all too willing to make you feel a part of the story. For those looking to avoid spoilers, I can only say there’s a ton about this experience that is well worth the wait, even if it’s one of the few things attendees may do with their day.

Warning! The rest of this contains heavy spoilers to the awesome stuff seen inside Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. Read at your own risk!

Rise Of The Resistance’s Realism Is Elevated By Cutting Edge Technology

Disney World has done some pretty groundbreaking stuff with rides over the past couple of years, and that trend continues in Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. Ridegoers will get smacked in the face with that technology pretty early on, as they’re greeted by BB-8 and an actual hologram of Daisy Ridley’s Rey. Holograms are such a staple of Star Wars, and this ride did a magnificent job of recreating that look in real life in a breathtaking way.

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance also uses a good deal of projection technology to emphasize blaster damage throughout the ride. Seeing actual blaster marks appear on the walls beside your cart raises the stakes on this ride, and can really help the rider get better immersed in the overall experience.

Star Wars: Rise Of The Resistance Uses Animatronics, But Doesn’t Overdo It

Animatronics are a wonderful and vital part of Disney World, but they have their limitations. Just because an Imagineer can program a robot to drink out of a mug and belch doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to look realistic. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance takes the “less is more” route with its robotic characters, and in doing so, creates some uncannily realistic figures in the process.

Some great examples to keep an eye out for are the First Order Troopers in the Star Destroyer, who adjust their gun grips and twist their heads ever so slightly. The best work in the ride by far is in the part that is a transport ride with Nien Nunb and Mon Calamari Lieutenant Bek. Attendees can be inches away from Bek on the transport if they so choose, and Disney World took extra care to make him look like a living breathing being at that range to maintain realism.

Star Wars: Rise Of The Resistance Shows The Power And Scale Of The First Order

We all know the First Order is supposed to be powerful, though it can be hard to watch the sequel trilogy and see them as anything beyond the punching bags of the Resistance. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance shows the First Order is way more powerful than some may give it credit, especially if you’re just some Rebel spy cruising across the galaxy and up to no good.

After “capture,” attendees are led to a massive hangar bay with a large number of First Order Troopers, and a fully digitized view of space with ships flying by in the background. After that, First Order lieutenants will insult and pester riders for several minutes until they enter the interrogation chamber. It can be uncomfortable, but in hindsight, it’s actually really cool as it gives a sense of how scary it would actually be to get caught in a situation like this.

It Continues To Show Trackless Rides Are The Future For Disney World

There still aren’t a ton of trackless rides out in the theme park world, but Disney has made a point to continue creating them both internationally and stateside. Trackless rides give attendees a hint of unpredictability, are a smooth ride, and allow for divergent paths that can allow for a single ride to have a bit more nuance in its presentation.

As an example, Rise of the Resistance has two different paths depending on whether one sits in the first or second car in their respective unit. The two cars still link up quite a bit, though one will get an up-close-and-personal look at Finn avoiding blaster fire, while the other car escapes the blasts of an AT-AT. The mobility a trackless ride offers is necessary for as in-depth as an experience as this ride is, and that will be evident once people get on and see just how much there is to take in!

Are you interested in riding Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Galaxy’s Edge in Hollywood Studios? If you are in the parks already, you’re in luck, as it opens this week. If you aren’t in the parks, be sure to stick with CinemaBlend for all the latest news happening in the theme park world. After all, Disneyland is getting its own version of the ride soon.

Villain-Filled Mulan Trailer Gets Down To Business To Defeat The Huns

While Jason Scott Lee certainly looks tough as Bori Khan, it is Xian Lang who is clearlyn the more interesting. She’s an actual witch, we see her turn into a bird, and we also see a very interesting sequence where she discovers Mulan’s secret, apparently before anybody else. While it certainly looks like the core plot of the Disney version is remaining intact, the remake may have more changes to its story overall than your average Disney remake.

Xian Lang’s fighting style, using her gown as a weapon, is right out of an Asian “wire-fu” style martial arts movie, certainly an element that might make the new movie look more appealing in places like China. The original story is Chinese, but the Chinese audience never fell in love with the animated version. Perhaps Disney will have more luck the second time around. 

While the animated Mulan certainly had its moments of action, more so than most Disney animated movies of its day, the live-action version is clearly going for a more pure action adventure story than the animated musical. While the movie had some great music that it will be sad to lose, this movie certainly doesn’t need singing and dancing to work.

More to come…

Total Immersion And Other Spectacular Features Make Disney World’s Star Wars Rise Of The Resistance Worth The Wait

Disney World’s Galaxy’s Edge has a new ride at Hollywood Studios, and without exaggeration, it may be the best ride Disney World has in the entire theme park. Much like the Star Wars-themed land around it, Rise of the Resistance seeks to immerse attendees in the world of the movies, and succeeds in a way quite unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.

To make a long story short, there are some spectacular details on this ride that will make your jaw drop even more than it does after seeing Galaxy’s Edge. We’ll highlight those a little bit later, so anyone looking to ride Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance unspoiled by big details need only just hop out once the spoiler tag rears its head.

Star Wars: Rise Of The Resistance Is Near Complete Immersion From Queue To The Ride’s End

Without getting into too much detail, it’s truly amazing how Disney World managed to make Rise of the Resistance so immersive from start to finish. The whole wait time is part of the experience, and greatly elevates what is already a tremendous ride. In fact, I legitimately accidentally mistook one part of the queue for the actual ride, and was impressed enough not knowing I wasn’t halfway through.

Obviously times will vary when the ride queues are full, but attendees will be able to pass the time amongst some insane scenery and interact with a cast that is all too willing to make you feel a part of the story. For those looking to avoid spoilers, I can only say there’s a ton about this experience that is well worth the wait, even if it’s one of the few things attendees may do with their day.

Warning! The rest of this contains heavy spoilers to the awesome stuff seen inside Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. Read at your own risk!

Rise Of The Resistance’s Realism Is Elevated By Cutting Edge Technology

Disney World has done some pretty groundbreaking stuff with rides over the past couple of years, and that trend continues in Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. Ridegoers will get smacked in the face with that technology pretty early on, as they’re greeted by BB-8 and an actual hologram of Daisy Ridley’s Rey. Holograms are such a staple of Star Wars, and this ride did a magnificent job of recreating that look in real life in a breathtaking way.

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance also uses a good deal of projection technology to emphasize blaster damage throughout the ride. Seeing actual blaster marks appear on the walls beside your cart raises the stakes on this ride, and can really help the rider get better immersed in the overall experience.

Star Wars: Rise Of The Resistance Uses Animatronics, But Doesn’t Overdo It

Animatronics are a wonderful and vital part of Disney World, but they have their limitations. Just because an Imagineer can program a robot to drink out of a mug and belch doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to look realistic. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance takes the “less is more” route with its robotic characters, and in doing so, creates some uncannily realistic figures in the process.

Some great examples to keep an eye out for are the First Order Troopers in the Star Destroyer, who adjust their gun grips and twist their heads ever so slightly. The best work in the ride by far is in the part that is a transport ride with Nien Nunb and Mon Calamari Lieutenant Bek. Attendees can be inches away from Bek on the transport if they so choose, and Disney World took extra care to make him look like a living breathing being at that range to maintain realism.

Star Wars: Rise Of The Resistance Shows The Power And Scale Of The First Order

We all know the First Order is supposed to be powerful, though it can be hard to watch the sequel trilogy and see them as anything beyond the punching bags of the Resistance. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance shows the First Order is way more powerful than some may give it credit, especially if you’re just some Rebel spy cruising across the galaxy and up to no good.

After “capture,” attendees are led to a massive hangar bay with a large number of First Order Troopers, and a fully digitized view of space with ships flying by in the background. After that, First Order lieutenants will insult and pester riders for several minutes until they enter the interrogation chamber. It can be uncomfortable, but in hindsight, it’s actually really cool as it gives a sense of how scary it would actually be to get caught in a situation like this.

It Continues To Show Trackless Rides Are The Future For Disney World

There still aren’t a ton of trackless rides out in the theme park world, but Disney has made a point to continue creating them both internationally and stateside. Trackless rides give attendees a hint of unpredictability, are a smooth ride, and allow for divergent paths that can allow for a single ride to have a bit more nuance in its presentation.

As an example, Rise of the Resistance has two different paths depending on whether one sits in the first or second car in their respective unit. The two cars still link up quite a bit, though one will get an up-close-and-personal look at Finn avoiding blaster fire, while the other car escapes the blasts of an AT-AT. The mobility a trackless ride offers is necessary for as in-depth as an experience as this ride is, and that will be evident once people get on and see just how much there is to take in!

Are you interested in riding Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Galaxy’s Edge in Hollywood Studios? If you are in the parks already, you’re in luck, as it opens this week. If you aren’t in the parks, be sure to stick with CinemaBlend for all the latest news happening in the theme park world. After all, Disneyland is getting its own version of the ride soon.

Star Wars Fans Are Complaining About A Possible Spoiler That Just Showed Up In A TV Spot

Don’t read this if you don’t want to go down the rabbit hole of Star Wars theories and revelations. Some of you might want to stay totally pure about J.J. Abrams’ conclusion, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. We get it. But for the rest of you, this is pretty damn important, so read on.

In the latest TV spot for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Rey (Daisy Ridley) is seen holding something very important. The TV spot that arrived online is titled “Sith Dagger,” but it’s important to note this this comes from a YouTube page called Disneyland Experience, and not Disney or Lucasfilm. So it could be mislabeled. Here it is:

And here’s the screengrab that has the Star Wars community typing furiously online.

It’s a dagger. If the title is to be believed, it’s a Sith Dagger. This seems to sync up to several Star Wars leaks that have made their way online, though the purpose of the Sith Dagger is far from crystal clear.

The prevalent theory is that the blade itself is a Macguffin, or a plot device that seems important but really isn’t. Some believe that there is text on the blade that has to be translated. This, in turn, leads to C-3PO being manipulated so that he can translate this forbidden verbiage. Hence, the red 3PO eyes we saw in earlier videos.

Star Wars fans who watched the Clone Wars also suggest that this dagger might be the stand in for something called The Dagger of Mortis, which might be used as a weapon to kill Palpatine. Or if the coordinates on the blade lead Rey, Finn (John Boyega), Poe (Oscar Isaac) and the team to Palpatine, then the “map” may become a weapon. But man, are we in the speculation weeds here.

That didn’t stop fans online from – you guessed it – being pissed off that the blade was shown.

I mean, yeah, it does. A little.

Settle down, Bevis, this is a multi-million dollar Disney franchise picture. I’m sure it will look badass on the big screen. The bigger question at hand is WHY would J.J. Abrams show this in a TV spot? Granted, a lot of fans have agreed to not watch this footage, as we are so close to the end. But this seems like a major reveal… even if it’s a Macguffin.

The answers are waiting for us when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens in theaters on December 20. Can you stay offline, and wait?