The Starbucks at Disneyland’s Downtown Disney is set to open March 10. It joins the Starbucks locations inside Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure. A Starbucks is currently being built at Florida’s Downtown Disney Westside as well.
Now that the complete Star Wars: The Clone Wars saga is available on Netflix, the shows supervising director Dave Filoni sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss the series. He also discussed why the Lost Mission did not end up on a Disney network:
How did the final batch end up on Netflix as opposed to a Disney-owned network?
Filoni: I wouldn’t be aware of specifics around the decision. As a creative, it gives Clone Wars its own place in its own room. We’ve shifted to a whole new regime here, we’re shifting to new story content. I love the place Clone Wars has on Netflix; it’s very accessible and I think its great. Could it have played on a Disney Channel of some sort? I’m sure it could have. But we’re making an exciting new vision that I think fits our new relationship and it has forged a relationship with Disney that we’ve excited about. I think everything has found its proper home.
The premiere for DreamWorks Studio’s Need for Speed was last night at the TCL Chinese Theatre. Ford Motor Company dressed the red carpet with two Mustangs, including the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang which makes its big-screen debut in the film. Also, Director Scott Waugh and stars Aaron Paul, Scott Mescudi, Rami Malek, and Ramon Rodriguez all arrived to the TCL Chinese Theatre in cars from the movie. The film is being distributed by Disney as part of their relationship with DreamWorks Studios
DreamWorks Pictures’ “Need for Speed” marks an exciting return to the great car culture films of the 1960s and ’70s, when the authenticity of the world brought a new level of intensity to the action on-screen. Tapping into what makes the American myth of the open road so appealing, the story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country journey for our heroes — one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. Based on the most successful racing video game franchise ever with over 140 million copies sold, “Need for Speed” captures the freedom and excitement of the game in a real-world setting, while bringing to life the passion for the road that has made our love of cars so timeless.
The film centers around Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), a blue-collar mechanic who races muscle cars on the side in an unsanctioned street-racing circuit. Struggling to keep his family-owned garage afloat, he reluctantly partners with the wealthy and arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). But just as a major sale to car broker Julia Maddon (Imogen Poots) looks like it will save Tobey’s shop, a disastrous race allows Dino to frame Tobey for a crime he didn’t commit, and sending Tobey to prison while Dino expands his business out West.
Two years later, Tobey is released and set on revenge — but he knows his only chance to take down his rival Dino is to defeat him in the high-stakes race known as De Leon — the Super Bowl of underground racing. However to get there in time, Tobey will have to run a high-octane, action-packed gauntlet that includes dodging pursuing cops coast-to-coast as well as contending with a dangerous bounty Dino has put out on his car. With the help of his loyal crew and the surprisingly resourceful Julia, Tobey defies odds at every turn and proves that even in the flashy world of exotic supercars, the underdog can still finish first.
“Need for Speed” is presented by DreamWorks Pictures, produced by Patrick O’Brien, John Gatins and Mark Sourian, and directed by Scott Waugh. The screenplay is by George Gatins. The story is by George Gatins & John Gatins, and, based on the video game series created by Electronic Arts. The film releases in U.S. theaters on March 14, 2014.
The Carolwood Foundation is offering 300 priority access opportunities for visitors to purchase an 8X10 photo for the appearance and signing by Dick Van Dyke on March 16 at Walt Disney’s Carolwood Barn in Griffith Park. These visitors will be the first to enter the signing.
Only one purchase of $20 will be allowed for each unique user. Visitors may substitute one item of their own for their purchased item. Only one signature will be allowed for each visitor and there will be no posed photos. Please note that all scheduled activities and events are subject to change without notice.
For more info visit Carolwood.org
InsideTheMagic received a teaser for the next Disney Kingdoms title. The one-word teaser is “spark” written in purple which implies that the title will be related to the classic Epcot attraction Journey into Imagination. The project will be written by Jim Zub with art by Filipe Andrade. The current Disney Kingdoms title is Seekers of the Weird inspired by Rolly Crump’s Haunted Mansion concept. Disney Kingdoms is an imprint of Marvel that features comics inspired by Disney attractions.
E! goes “behind the feud” between Miss Piggy and Superstar Limo’s Joan Rivers. The documentary features celebrity interviews from Sarah Silverman, Gene Simmons, Garry Marshall, and more. It also spans the entire history of their relationship from their first meeting to their appearance together in Muppets Take Manhattan to the recent “cake incident” at a QVC red carpet event.
Miss Piggy and Joan Rivers will appear together on QVC on March 16th.
The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that Disney is trying to toughen ticket fraud laws in the State of Florida. State Senator Tom Lee from Brandon who is head of the Judiciary Committee is supporting the legislation this year after blocking it last year. His Political Action Committee recently received a $10,000 donation from Disney but the senator denies this playing any role in his decision. Previously, Disney supported a different candidate in Sen. Lee’s primary which caused some bad blood between the political and Walt Disney World. State Senator Andy Gardiner from Orlando, who is set to become Senate President. is also supporting the legislation.
The bill would provide longer prison terms for those engaging in ticket fraud as well as cover Disney’s new Magic Bands. A Disney spokesperson said that, “fraudulent ticket sales can ruin family vacations and harm Florida’s tourism brand.”
— Rebecca Kaplan (@Kaplan4Oakland) March 5, 2014
Oakland City Councilwoman-at-large Rebecca Kaplan is trying to lure George Lucas to build his Cultural Arts Museum in Oakland after the Presidio decided not to move forward with building it at the Mid-Crissy Field site. The councilwoman said, ““I am excited to inform you that your dream could be a reality in Oakland. Our city has sites that could meet you needs for space, style and location.” She hopes that the Star Wars creator would consider building at the site of the Kaiser Convention Center which closed in 2006.
David Perry, a spokesman for George Lucas says, “I am quite sure I will go over and take a look but it is not an indication of anything other than that we are so humbled by everyone that has contacted us. I would say that at the moment our plate is full with other options. … I don’t want to lead anyone on, we are looking at current options on the table.”
The Walt Disney Studios and Shanghai Media Group Pictures (SMG Pictures) today announced a multi-year partnership agreement aimed at co-developing Disney-branded movies for US-China co-productions.
Under the deal, US-based action, adventure and fantasy writers will team with locally-based Chinese writers and filmmakers to develop stories and scripts that bear all the hallmarks of Disney films and feature authentic Chinese elements fit for local co-production and aimed at the international market.
“For over 90 years Disney has built a rich legacy of entertaining families with high-quality storytelling and compelling characters,” said Mr. Alan Bergman, President, The Walt Disney Studios. “Disney’s collaboration with SMG adds an exciting chapter of new stories for the next generation of global Disney fans.”
“SMG is proud to work with Disney to create a new era of classic content featuring uniquely Chinese storytelling elements for audiences around the world,” said Mr. Su Xiao, Chief Executive Officer, SMG Pictures. “The combination of our media coverage and understanding of the China market and Disney’s long-standing success in telling magical stories will surely spark a brand new chemistry that transcends age and borders.”
“It’s incredibly exciting to expand our relationship with SMG to find unique and rich stories with Chinese elements for studio audiences around the world,” Stanley Cheung, Managing Director, The Walt Disney Company, China.
The cross-cultural exchange will expand training opportunities between Chinese and American writers and filmmakers. Previously, in 2012 Disney joined with the Ministry of Culture’s China Animation Group to be named founding partner of a National Chinese Animation Creative Research and Development Project. The initiative, now in its third year, aims to advance China’s animation industry and train local talent and promote the development of Chinese content and franchises.
Tony To, Executive Vice President, Production, The Walt Disney Studios, will oversee the co-development program.
Deadline is reporting that Idris Elba, Heimdall in the Thor films, will portray Shere Kahn in Jon Favreau’s Jungle Book film. The film will be a combination of live-action and visual effects. Disney is trying to beat the production of another Jungle Book film being developed by Warner Bros. Jon Favreau directed Iron Man and Iron Man 2 and was previously reported to be working on a Magic Kingdom film. There has been no update on the status of that film.