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Force Friday is finally here and Target is delivering a one-stop-shop for fans to “Shop the Force” for the most in-demand Star Wars products – from an exclusive BB-8 droid from Hasbro to light sabers, LEGO® products and more.  With a meteoric rise of anticipation for the Dec. 18 release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the new and exciting Star Wars products unveiled by Target on Force Friday include:

  • An exclusive, remote controlled BB-8 droid from Hasbro that moves and sounds just like it does in the film
  • Bladebuilder compatible light sabers with lights and sounds at the push of a button and more than 100 combinations
  • All-new and collectible Star Wars-themed Micro Machines and Battle Sets
  • A LEGO® Star Wars First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter that lets you intercept and destroy the enemy

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To see these images and more, check out a gallery of some of Target’s new Star Wars products here on A Bullseye View.

Target is kicking off Force Friday with midnight openings in 207 stores nationwide and will continue into Saturday, September 5 with family fun including out-of-this-world photo ops, giveaways and toy demos.  Leading up to the film’s release, Target will continue to be the ultimate fan shopping destination with a designated in-store Star Wars shop offering hundreds of new and exciting licensed products across numerous categories including toys, apparel, grocery, housewares and exclusive items found only at Target and Target.com.

As part of a series of innovative activities leading up to the theatrical release of the new movie, Target also recently launched “Share the Force” (ShareTheForce.Target.com), the first digital collection of Star Wars memories.  The collection, which includes celebrity fans Minka Kelly, Chris Hardwick and Bobby Moynihan, will go on to be archived at Lucasfilm – becoming an everlasting example of how we’re all connected by the force.

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WALMART IS ANNOUNCED AS THE NEW EXCLUSIVE U.S. HOME OF HASBRO’S STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 3 3/4-INCH FIGURES

The Collector-Favorite Line Will Feature Figures From the Saga Films and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Beginning on September 4

BENTONVILLE, AR, Sep. 4, 2015 – Walmart and Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) announced today that the retail giant will be the exclusive home of the fan-favorite STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 3 3/4-inch toy line in the U.S.

Starting on “Force Friday,” September 4, Walmart.com will begin selling the first wave and taking pre-orders on the second wave of the highly collectible toy line. Customers will find the product in stores beginning in October, making Walmart the only destination in the U.S. for fans looking for highly detailed, highly articulated 3 3/4-inch figures based on the upcoming film STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.

First launched in 2013, STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 3 3/4-inch line quickly became a fan-favorite line, in the tradition of earlier Hasbro toy lines like the STAR WARS VINTAGE collection. As the new exclusive US home to the STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 3 3/4-inch line, Walmart is proud to become the go-to destination for STAR WARS fans looking for the finest Hasbro toys available.

“Walmart is very excited to be the exclusive home of the Star Wars Black Series 3 ¾ inch figures,” said Anne Marie Kehoe, vice president of toys at Walmart. “This is just the beginning – fans, customers and collectors can expect Walmart and Walmart.com to be the place to find the newest characters and figures as they are released.”

“We’re thrilled that Walmart will be the new home for fans’ beloved STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 3 3/4-inch toy line,” said Maureen Smith, senior vice president of brand marketing for Hasbro. “With the support of a world-class retailer like Walmart, we can ensure that collectors continue to get new, highly detailed and articulated 3 3/4-inch STAR WARS action figures for years to come.”

The first wave of the new STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 3 3/4-inch line is currently available for purchase on Walmart.com and features EPISODE VI DARTH VADER, EPISODE VI LUKE SKYWALKER, and EPISODE IV CHEWBACCA. The second wave, featuring a brand new EPISODE IV PRINCESS LEIA figure and the first two figures based on STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (FIRST ORDER STORMTROOPER and KYLO REN), are available to pre-order now on Walmart.com. Both waves will be available in stores in the next few months.  Additional 3 ¾-inch figures will be coming later in 2015.

 

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, we serve nearly 260 million customers who visit our 11,532 stores under 65 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2015 revenue of $486 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.

About Hasbro

Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global company committed to Creating the World’s Best Play Experiences, by leveraging its beloved brands, including LITTLEST PET SHOP, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, MONOPOLY, MY LITTLE PONY, NERF, PLAY-DOH and TRANSFORMERS, and premier partner brands. From toys and games, television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and lifestyle licensing, Hasbro fulfills the fundamental need for play and connection with children and families around the world. The Company’s Hasbro Studios and its film label, ALLSPARK PICTURES, create entertainment brand-driven storytelling across mediums, including television, film, digital and more. Through the company’s commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families. Learn more at www.hasbro.com, and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews) and Instagram (@Hasbro).

STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. © & TM Lucasfilm Ltd

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Five-time Academy Award®-winning composer John Williams has recorded the score for the original motion picture soundtrack Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The soundtrack is available now for pre-order at http://smarturl.it/swtfadme.

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Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as Star Wars returns to the big screen with Star Wars: The Force AwakensStar Wars: The Force Awakens releases in U.S theaters on December 18, 2015. The soundtrack will be available wherever music is sold on December 18, 2015

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ESPN has released a statement regarding MLB Analyst Curt Schilling:

At all times during the course of their engagement with us, our commentators are directly linked to ESPN and are the face of our brand. We are a sports media company. Curt’s actions have not been consistent with his contractual obligations nor have they been professionally handled; they have obviously not reflected well on the company.  As a result, he will not appear on ESPN through the remainder of the regular season and our Wild Card playoff game.

Schilling was previously suspended from his Little League World Series duties after tweeting the following:

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Marvel’s Luke Cage has cast Mahershala Ali as Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes. Ali has a variety of roles, but is perhaps best known for the role of Boggs in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay –Parts 1 & 2.

In the comics Cornell Cottonmouth ran what he claimed to be the most successful illegal drug trade in the nation. His hired muscle Mike and Ike were sent to procure Luke Cage; who was offered a position in the hierarchy of Cottonmouth’s organization because he felt they were kindred spirits.

Cage pretended to accept the job in order to get proof he was framed years earlier by his supposed friend, Willis Stryker, after Stryker hijacked one of Cottonmouth’s heroin shipments and planted the drugs on Cage. Cottonmouth’s assistant Mister Slick wanted Cage to prove his loyalty, so Cottonmouth had Cage retrieve drugs stolen from him a week earlier by Morgan’s mob. Once Cage returned with the goods, Cottonmouth had Slick show Cage their operation in detail. Unable to find any documentation that would prove his innocence, Cage phoned the police so they could collect the evidence to arrest Cottonmouth and hopefully clear his name. Cottonmouth discovered Cage’s betrayal and attacked him. During the fight, Slick interfered, was accidentally knocked out the window and was killed when he impacted the street. When Cage pressured Cottonmouth for any records concerning Stryker and the hijacked shipment, Cottonmouth told Cage that Slick was the only one who possessed knowledge of all his business dealings as Slick had a photographic memory. Enraged, Cage rendered Cottonmouth unconscious, and Cottonmouth was presumably incarcerated.

In the series Stokes is a Harlem nightclub owner who will become an unexpected foe in Luke’s life when Stokes’ criminal activities threaten Luke’s world.

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IMAX Corporation today announced that the latest IMAX® 3D cinematic space adventure from acclaimed filmmaker Toni Myers, officially now titled A Beautiful Planet, will debut domestically in IMAX® theatres April 29, 2016.

Additionally, A Beautiful Planet, a co-production between IMAX Entertainment and The Walt Disney Studios, will receive a special presentation at the Giant Screen Cinema Association’s (GSCA) International Conference and Trade Show held next week in San Francisco, where Myers will be on hand to unveil footage from the film.

A Beautiful Planet is a breathtaking portrait of Earth from space, providing a unique perspective and increased understanding of our planet and galaxy as never seen before. Made in cooperation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the film features stunning footage captured by the astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

“Toni has crafted a remarkable film that uniquely captures the raw beauty of our planet,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “In collaboration with our long-time friends at Disney, we’re so excited to bring the entertaining and creative A Beautiful Planet to IMAX audiences during Earth Month next year, making it a one-of-a-kind celebration and appreciation of the place we call home—in IMAX.”

A Beautiful Planet provides a unique perspective on our relationship with Earth, offering audiences a vantage point that very few have ever been able to experience,” said Alan Bergman, President, The Walt Disney Studios. “IMAX is a perfect format for the film’s spectacular and immersive imagery.”

Myers has been editing, writing, producing and directing films specifically tailored for The IMAX Experience® since 1971. Her most recent documentary feature film, 2010’s acclaimed Hubble 3D, has grossed nearly $70 million in IMAX® theatres to date.

A Beautiful Planet will be presented in IMAX® 3D and 2D for digital, Laser and IMAX 15/70 locations.

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Tom Staggs, chief operating officer, The Walt Disney Company, will participate in a question-and-answer session at The Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2015 Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at approximately 12:30 p.m. EDT / 9:30 a.m. PDT. To listen to a live webcast of the session, please point your browser to www.disney.com/investors approximately five minutes prior to the start time. The webcast presentation will be archived at www.disney.com/investors.

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Night of Joy, Magic Kingdom’s contemporary music festival featuring performances by Christian superstars in rock, pop and gospel has sold out of tickets for the Saturday, September 12 edition of the event. Tickets for the Friday, September 11 event are still available at DisneyWorld.com at this time.

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Disney XD has ordered “Lab Rats: Elite Force,” a spin-off of its two popular live-action comedy series, “Lab Rats: Bionic Island” and “Mighty Med.” It was announced today by Adam Bonnett, Executive Vice President, Original Programming, Disney Channels Worldwide. Reprising their starring roles on their respective series are Billy Unger as Chase and Bradley Steven Perry as Kaz, Jake Short as Oliver, Paris Berelc as Skylar, and Kelli Berglund as Bree. Production will begin in October and is scheduled to premiere in 2016.

Bonnett said, “Disney XD is bringing together some of its most popular stars to assemble a super-sized series that will appeal to fans of both shows.” He added, “Chris Peterson and Bryan Moore have been at the helm of delivering event programming for our viewers, and we’re excited that they will continue to develop these imaginative worlds and characters that audiences have come to love.”

Merging the two series, “Lab Rats: Elite Force” is set in the “Lab Rats” world after the Mighty Med hospital is destroyed by a band of unknown super-villains. Kaz, Oliver and Skylar join forces with Chase and Bree to form a powerful elite force that combines bionic abilities and superpowers. Together, they vow to track down the villains and keep the world safe.

In a recent crossover episode, “Lab Rats vs. Mighty Med” (7/22/15) scored a 1-year “Lab Rats” high in Total Viewers (1.3 million) while the special was “Mighty Med”s #1 telecast of all time in Total Viewers and its #2 telecast ever in target Kids 2-11 and Kids 6-11 demographics. The special ranked a dominant #1 in its time slot across target Kids 6-11, Boys 6-11, Kids 2-11 and Boys 2-11 demographics and was the #3 original scripted cable TV series telecast in Total Viewers.*

“Lab Rats” creators, Chris Peterson and Bryan Moore (“That ’70s Show”), serve as executive producers. The series is a production of It’s A Laugh Productions, Inc.

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On the night of October 30, 2001, President George W. Bush stepped onto the mound at Yankee Stadium to throw out the first pitch at Game 3 of the World Series, just six weeks after the September 11 terrorist attacks. With New York City and the entire country still trying to heal, the ceremonial first pitch that night meant more than just “play ball.” ESPN Films’ new 30 for 30 Short “First Pitch,” which premieres Friday, Sept. 11, will look at how important that famous pitch was to the nation, and how baseball helped be a part of the recovery after 9/11.

The 23-minute film, directed by two-time Academy Award-winning director Angus Wall and executive produced by Jim Gray, relives that anxious October night and the days leading up to it with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews from President Bush, Derek Jeter, Condoleezza Rice, Joe Torre, Rudy Giuliani, Billy Crystal, George Tenet, Bush family members, Cabinet officers and Secret Service agents. “First Pitch” recounts stories from the Yankees’ visit to the New York City Armory, where they comforted citizens looking for lost family members, as well as what it took for the president’s Secret Service team to safely allow him to throw out the pitch.

“As a fan of the great 30 for 30 series, I’m so pleased that ESPN Films and Jim Gray found Angus Wall to direct this,” said President George W. Bush. “They did a brilliant job telling this story about how baseball helped our nation start to heal after 9/11.”

Connor Schell, senior vice president, ESPN Films and Original Content added: “From its inception, 30 for 30 has always looked to tell stories about moments where sports intersects with culture and the culture changes. Perhaps no moment epitomizes that more than the ceremonial first pitch thrown out by the President that day at Yankee Stadium, reflecting the strength of a city and a nation. The story behind that pitch, as told by the President himself and the others so closely involved, gives a glimpse into the variety of emotions that the country was feeling at the time. We are honored to tell this story as part of the 30 for 30 series.”

“First Pitch,” part of ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 Shorts documentary series, will premiere on Friday, Sept. 11, on SportsCenter immediately after the national moment of silence, as well as on Grantland.com and ESPN.com. It will also air that evening during the 6 p.m. SportsCenter on ESPN2. Follow 30 for 30 on Facebook (facebook.com/espn30for30) and Twitter (@30for30).