First Look at Spider-Woman #1
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This November, launching directly out of Spider-Verse comes a brand-new ongoing series starring the original Spider-Woman! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at SPIDER-WOMAN #1, the new ongoing series from the critically acclaimed creative team of Dennis Hopeless and Greg Land!

Jessica Drew has been many things – agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., agent of S.W.O.R.D., Avenger and so much more. She’s a hero to her very core, but nothing could prepare her for the multidimensional insanity of Spider-Verse! War has come to anyone with spider powers and they’re being picked off one by one. The supremely powerful Morlun and his twisted family will stop at nothing to eliminate every Spider-Man and every Spider-Woman in every universe.

The key to their survival may rest in the hands of Silk, the newest spider on the block, who’s on the run for her life! Who better to keep her safe than Jessica Drew? An experienced soldier, a fierce combatant, and someone who won’t quit – she’ll lead her spider platoon deep behind enemy lines on a dangerous, universe-spanning adventure if she wants to see tomorrow.

“This is the start of something very big for Spider-Woman,” says Senior Editor Nick Lowe. “Yes, it’s a big part of Spider-Verse, but this is going to be a character defining first arc for the SPIDER-WOMAN ongoing series.”

The one and only original Spider-Woman is a woman with a mission, and it will take all of her training if she wants to make it out of Spider-Verse alive. Who lives? Who dies? Find out as an all-new dimension hopping adventure explodes out of the pages of Spider-Verse in November’s SPIDER-WOMAN #1!

Disney Loses Film Rights To John Carter Franchise
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Following the disappointing box office performance of Disney’s John Carter, Disney has let the film rights revert back to the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate. President of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc., James Sullos, issued the following statement:

“John Carter of Mars was the creative stimulus behind such movie classics as Superman, Star Wars and Avatar. Edgar Rice Burroughs was the Master of Adventure and his literary works continue to enjoy a world-wide following. We will be seeking a new partner to help develop new adventures on film as chronicled in the eleven Mars novels Burroughs wrote. This adventure never stops. Along with a new TARZAN film in development by Warner Bros., we hope to have JOHN CARTER OF MARS become another major franchise to entertain world-wide audiences of all ages.

Marvel Teases Infinity Guantlet
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The latest Marvel Summer 2015 is for the Infinity Gauntlet. According to Wikipedia the plot of the original Infinity Gauntlet story was, “Thanos mounts the six Infinity Gems (collected in the Thanos Quest limited series) on his left glove to form the titular Infinity Gauntlet. Each Gem grants its bearer complete mastery over one aspect of the multiverse: Time, Space, Mind, Soul, Reality, and Power. Now all-powerful and desperate to win the affections of Death, Thanos decides to offer the entity a gift of love by completing a task she had given him, erasing half the sentient life in the universe (including most of the X-Men, Daredevil, and the Fantastic Four),  quite literally with a snap of his fingers.

Barbara Walters Returns To ABC For 10 Most Fascinating People Special
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Barbara Walters will return to ABC primetime with her popular long-running special, “Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014,” a two hour ABC News special highlighting some of the year’s most prominent names in entertainment and pop culture.  Walters will interview Oprah Winfrey, Neil Patrick Harris, Chelsea Handler, and Scarlett Johansson for the special.  Additional names will be announced shortly.  The #1 most fascinating person will be revealed on the special. “BARBARA WALTERS PRESENTS: THE 10 MOST FASCINATING PEOPLE OF 2014″ will air onSUNDAY, DECEMBER 14 (9:00 – 11:00 pm ET) on the ABC TELEVISION NETWORK.

“I was absolutely delighted when ABC approached me to do another year of ’10 Most Fascinating People’,” said Walters.  ”I know we said last year was our last, but there are just too many fascinating people out there… and you never pass up the opportunity to interview Oprah, Neil, Chelsea, or Scarlett.”

Since its first airing in 1993, “Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People” has consistently been one of the highest rated specials of the year.  Last year it dominated its 90 minute time period with Total Viewers and all key Adult demos, and drew its largest overall audience in three years.  “Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014″ is executive produced by Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie. Bill Geddie also directs the program.

Pixar’s Party Central Now Available In Disney Movies Anywhere
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Join a monster of a party with the Disney Movies Anywhere premiere of PARTY CENTRAL. The Disney•Pixar short is now available to view for free for the first time, and reunites everyone’s favorite monsters, Mike and Sulley, for another hilarious adventure. Download the Disney Movies Anywhere app for iPhone or iPad to watch Party Central now, for a limited time!

Featuring Billy Crystal as Mike, John Goodman as Sulley and directed by Pixar’s Kelsey Mann, Party Central features Mike and Sulley’s return to Monsters University for a fun-filled weekend with their Oozma Kappa fraternity brothers. The gang is throwing their first party, but no one’s showing up. Luckily for them, Mike and Sulley have come with a plan to make sure “Party Central” is the most epic party the school has ever seen.

Go to Disney Movies Anywhere to find out more about collecting, watching, and taking your favorite Disney, Pixar and Marvel movies anywhere you go! Visit www.disneymoviesanywhere.com or download the App at http://di.sn/hvV

Fantasia: Music Evolved Now Available
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Disney Interactive and Harmonix today announced that “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved,” a breakthrough musical motion game, is now available at retailers worldwide for a suggested retail price of $59.99 for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and for a suggested retail price of $49.99 for Kinect for Xbox 360 and is rated E10+ by the ESRB.

Developed by Harmonix, critically acclaimed creators of Rock Band and Dance Central and the world’s leading music and motion gaming studio, players become the sorcerer’s newest apprentice, exploring remarkable worlds and unlocking the magic within the music, with Disney Interactive’s “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved.”

Now, get a behind-the-scenes look into the making of “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved” with these newly released, exclusive videos about the animation, design, history, archives and more with the creators of the game:

Featuring over 30 tracks – including contemporary pop, hip hop, rock, classical, and more – “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved” transports players to a breathtaking world where music and magic combine to transform extraordinary interactive landscapes in entirely new and creative ways. Using Kinect motion control technology and natural, controller-free gameplay, players will control the musical flow of these hits, unlocking the power to transform the music and living world.

Below is the complete soundtrack for “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved”:

·    AVICII  – “Levels”
·    Bruno Mars – “Locked Out of Heaven”
·    Cee Lo Green – “Forget You”
·    David Bowie – “Ziggy Stardust”
·    Depeche Mode – “Enjoy the Silence”
·    Drake – “Take Care” (ft. Rihanna)
·    Dvořák – “Symphony No. 9 from the New World”
·    Elton John – “Rocket Man”
·    The Flaming Lips – “Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, Pt. 1”
·    Fun. – “Some Nights”
·    Gorillaz – “Feel Good Inc.”
·    Imagine Dragons – “Radioactive”
·    Inon Zur – “Scout’s Theme” (ft. Lindsey Stirling)
·    Inon Zur – “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved – Main Theme”
·    Jimi Hendrix  – “Fire”
·    J.S. Bach – “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor”
·    Kimbra – “Settle Down”
·    Lady Gaga – “Applause”
·    Liszt – “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2”
·    Lorde – “Royals”
·    M.I.A. – “Galang”
·    Missy Elliott – “Get Ur Freak On”
·    Mozart – “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”
·    Mussorgsky – “Night on Bald Mountain”
·    New Order – “Blue Monday”
·    Nicki Minaj – “Super Bass”
·    Peter Gabriel – “In Your Eyes”
·    Police – “Message in a Bottle”
·    Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
·    Tchaikovsky – “The Nutcracker Medley”
·    The Who – “The Real Me”
·    Vivaldi – “The Four Seasons: Winter, 1st Movement”
·    White Stripes – “Seven Nation Army”

Additionally, fans can purchase the game on either platform digitally and for $3.99 each receive Pop, Rock and Dance mix packs, which allow apprentices to create more remixes and further customize songs from the game’s core soundtrack. The Deluxe Digital Xbox One version of the game is also available for $89.99, and includes all of the mix packs, as well as the DLC featuring an additional 18 songs from popular artists like Skrillex, Demi Lovato, Coldplay, The Cure, OneRepublic and more!
For additional information about “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved,” join the Facebook community athttps://www.facebook.com/fantasiagame, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @FantasiaGame and view all videos on our YouTube channel at http://youtube.com/FantasiaGame.

ESPN and FiveThirtyEight Announce Debut Of Signals
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FiveThirtyEight and ESPN Films today revealed the initial films that will be featured in Signals, the digital short series that is the latest project to come out of ESPN content unit Exit 31. Signals will debut on FiveThirtyEight.com on Wednesday, October 22 with “The Man Vs. The Machine,” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and looks at a story Nate Silver explored in a chapter of his best-selling book, The Signal and the Noise – that of World Chess Champion Gary Kasparov and his historic matches with IBM’s “Deep Blue.” Filmmakers and producers in the series include: Colin Hanks, Gillian Jacobs, Steven Leckart, Frank Marshall, Mark Polish and Jamie Schultz.

“The films in the Signals series are developed to showcase stories where analytics and data meet compelling narratives, not necessarily sports, but across many spectrums,” said Dan Silver, Sr. Director of Development, ESPN Films, who oversees the series. “Similar in structure to our 30 for 30 Shorts, Signals is a diverse anthology with each piece being helmed by a different director, and it is a collaborative effort with the team at FiveThirtyEight to identify and develop these film ideas.” 

Signals will be supported by ABC News, with the unit promoting each short through various digital and social outlets. When possible, related features and visualizations on FiveThirtyEight.com will accompany the films to provide greater context. New films from the Signals series will debut approximately every six weeks.

 Signals Film Summaries (exact premiere dates to be announced):

The Man Vs. The Machine (Directed by Frank Marshall) – October 22

On May 3, 1997, Gary Kasparov sat down in New York City to do battle against his longtime nemesis, the IBM chess-playing machine “Deep Blue.” While the much hyped match of man versus machine consisted of six chess games over nine days, there are many who would claim the entire contest was decided in just one move: the 44th move of the second game when Deep Blue made an “error” in moving its king. Immediately following the game, Kasparov accused IBM of cheating, claiming there must have been a human influence to the move. The IBM computer scientists who’d built Deep Blue said the machine had been programmed to do just what it had done. And more recently, a third theory has been put forward that the move was actually the result of a computer bug.

The Cowboys and The Indian (Directed by Mark Polish) – December

In the early 1960’s the Dallas Cowboys wanted to develop a computer system that would evaluate draft eligible college players. It was this sophisticated player-draft system the Cowboys conceived that would propel them onto five Super Bowl appearances in the 1970’s thus winning two World Championships. This story of ingenuity is made more interesting because the key team member has since been forgotten.

A. Salam Qureishi, a brilliant Indian computer programmer and statistician, was a young man who grew up halfway across the world and knew nothing about American football. Up until this system, pro scouting was done on hunches rather than hard numbers. Qureishi’s programming changed all that. His computer model helped draft such legendary players as Mel Renfro, Bullet Bob Hayes, Roger Staubach, Craig Morton, Jethro Pugh, Walt Garrison, Rayfield Wright, Larry Cole, Calvin Hill and Duane Thomas.

The Queens of Code (Directed by Gillian Jacobs) – January

The Queens of Code revisits the early days of computing, when software development was helmed by the great Grace Hopper. She dedicated her life to bringing computers to the masses, when most of her colleagues supposed the technology would only be useful for scientists and the military. Through her genius, she taught software English, so that everyone could communicate with computers.  This film aims to celebrate Grace’s quirky brilliance, and shine a light on the underrepresented history of computer science.

Zormelo (Directed by Jamie Schultz) - February

At the intersection of genius and athleticism lies the mind of Justin Zormelo. As a trained mathematician and basketball expert, Zormelo uses advanced analytics to propel players into perfection. In his most recent undertaking, Zormelo will be training seventeen-year-old 7′ 1” Sudan native, Thon Maker — who has already made a name for himself as an International Jr. All-Star. The teenager shows great promise, but will Zormelo be able to give him the perfect edge to become the next big name in basketball history?

Gold Hunters (Directed by Steven Leckart) – April

In 1857, off the Carolina coast, the SS Central America sank in a Category 2 hurricane and with it, thirty thousand pounds of gold valued today at roughly $548 million dollars. Over a century later and after many failed attempts to locate “The Ship of Gold,” a team of explorers led by Tommy Thompson skillfully implemented Bayesian Search theory, statistically limiting the possible locations where the ship went down. Only months later, they ultimately they struck gold. But when the financiers of his expedition came looking for their cut, Tommy Thompson disappeared. “Gold Hunters” investigates this dramatic modern day treasure hunt and the incredible roots of Bayesian Search.

FiveThirtyEight, which launched as an ESPN entity in 2014, is a data journalism organization delivering compelling stories across the verticals of politics, economy, science, life and sports. The site, founded by award-winning author and statistician Nate Silver, first gained national attention during the 2008 presidential election, when it correctly predicted the results of the presidential election in 49 of 50 states, along with all 35 U.S. Senate races. Since its debut at ESPN, FiveThirtyEight has built a team with a broad set of skills and experiences in order to apply statistical analysis, data visualization, and data-literate reporting to topics in the news and in everyday life.

Created in March 2008, ESPN Films produces high-quality films showcasing some of the most compelling stories in sports. In October 2009, ESPN Films launched its signature 30 for 30 film series, which has since won a Peabody Award, Producer’s Guild Award and an Emmy Award. Inspired by ESPN’s 30th Anniversary, the films that made up the series were a thoughtful and innovative reflection on the past three decades told through the lens of diverse and interesting sports fans and social commentators. The strong reaction from both critics and fans led to the launch of 30 for 30 Volume II, which is currently underway. Additional projects from ESPN Films include the critically-acclaimed Nine for IX series, SEC Storied and the Webby Award- and Emmy Award-winning 30 for 30 Shorts.

Marvel Teases Return Of “House of M”
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The latest Marvel teaser features House of M and includes many classic Marvel characters including Magneto, Spider-Man, and Wolverine. This is the latest teaser for Summer 2015 that evokes past events. Little is known about what these teasers mean.

 

Turner Grabs TV Rights To Jungle Book and Cinderella
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Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. has secured the network television premiere windows for The Walt Disney Studios’ upcoming releases Cinderella and The Jungle Book. As part of a licensing agreement with The Walt Disney Studios, the highly anticipated movies will be available to networks across Turner Broadcasting’s portfolio, including TBS, TNT and Cartoon Network, a little over two years after each film’s theatrical release. The tentative network premiere windows are set to begin in mid-2017 for Cinderella and early 2018 for The Jungle Book.  Both films are set to hit theatres in 2015.

“We are confident Disney’s new live-action versions of Cinderella and The Jungle Book will appeal to a wide range of demographics and will enjoy extremely successful runs across our various branded networks,” said Deborah K. Bradley, senior vice president, head of program acquisitions, content strategy and licensing for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. “These movies are the kind of tent-pole releases that will fit perfectly with Turner’s ever-growing stable of blockbuster titles.”

Turner Broadcasting’s licensing agreement for Disney’s Cinderella and The Jungle Book comes on the heels of a high-profile deal for the network television premiere windows for the next five theatrical releases from Disney subsidiary Marvel, including Avengers: Age of Ultron and the third installment in the Captain America franchise.

A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, Cinderella brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully realized characters in a visually dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation. Directed by Academy Award® nominee Kenneth Branagh and starring Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Richard Madden and Academy Award nominee Helena Bonham Carter, Cinderella‘s theatrical release is slated for March 13, 2015.

Disney’s all-new live-action movie The Jungle Book, inspired by the animated classic, is directed by Jon Favreau. The all-star voice cast includes Academy Award nominee Bill Murray as Baloo, Academy Award winners Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Christopher Walken as King Louie and Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha, plus Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, Giancarlo Esposito as Akela and newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli. The film arrives in theaters in 3D on Oct. 9, 2015.


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