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    Olaf Presents Trailer: Fan-Favorite Snowman to Recap Disney Classics in New Disney+ Shorts

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    Latest Luca Featurette Discusses the charged power of Friendship

    Disney and Pixar’s Luca is fast approaching, as the film is set to release on June 18, 2021, on Disney+. Ahead of its launch, and to celebrate National Streaming Day, Disney has released a brand new featurette for the film, detailing the power of friendship. RELATED: Disney-Pixar’s Luca Trailer Prepares For an Unforgettable SummerIn the featurette, friendship — a key theme in the upcoming film — is discussed, with director Enrico Casarosa and members of the voice cast including Jacob Tremblay, Jack Dylan Grazer, Emma Berman, Maya Rudolph, and Jim Gaffigan talking about the power of friendship in their lives, and how the film helps connect them to the childhood feeling of forging friendships. You can check out the featurette for the upcoming film below:Set in Italy, Luca is a fun and heartwarming story about friendship, stepping out of your comfort zone and two teenage sea monsters who experience a life-changing summer. This coming-of-age adventure will tell the story of a young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer with his newfound best friend in a seaside town on the Italian Riviera. But all the fun is threatened by a deeply-held secret: they are sea monsters from another world just below the water’s surface.The animated film features the voices of Jacob Tremblay (Room, The Little Mermaid) as Luca Paguro, a bright and inventive 13-year-old sea monster with endless curiosity—especially when it comes to the mysterious world above the sea; Jack Dylan Grazer (Shazam!) as Alberto Scorfano,  an independent, free-spirited teenage sea monster with unbridled enthusiasm for the human world.; and Emma Berman as Giulia, an outgoing and charming adventurer who befriends Luca and Alberto.Joining them are Maya Rudolph (Big Hero 6, The Willoughbys) as Luca’s mother Daniela, Marco Barricelli as Giulia’s father Massimo, and Jim Gaffigan as Luca’s father’s Lorenzo.RELATED: Pixar’s Soul Blu-ray and Digital Release Dates Revealed!Luca will be the feature-length directorial debut of Italian filmmaker Enrico Casarosa, who has been working as a storyboard artist and writer with Pixar since 2006 on popular animated films such as Cars, Ratatouille, Up, The Good Dinosaur, Coco, and Incredibles 2. The film is also produced by Andrea Warren (Lava, Cars 3).

    Disney 20th Century Fox Animation House Blue Sky Studios Closes

    Disney closes 20th Century Fox animation house Blue Sky Studios After just over three decades running under 20th Century Fox and subsequently the House of Mouse following their acquisition of the studio, Disney is officially closing the doors on animation house Blue Sky Studios, the company behind the Ice Age franchise and many others, according to Deadline. RELATED: Disney Delays The King’s Man, Pulls Bob’s Burgers From Schedule “Given the current economic realities, after much consideration and evaluation, we have made the difficult decision to close filmmaking operations at Blue Sky Studios,” a studio spokesperson said in a statement. Founded in 1987 by Chris Wedge, Michael Ferraro, Carl Ludwig, Alison Brown, David Brown and Eugene Troubetzkoy, the studio has produced 13 films in its near 34 years of operation, beginning with the 2002 Oscar-nominated family adventure pic Ice Age, whose success would spawn a franchise consisting of four theatrical sequels, multiple short films, two television specials and four video games, with the films adding up to a global box office gross of $3.2 billion. Sources report that the decision comes as the House of Mouse faced economically tough decisions with the global pandemic keeping its global theme parks and cruise lines closed and concluded that it would not be able to carry a third animation studio alongside Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. Blue Sky’s last day of operation is currently set for sometime in April and while word comes that there are no talks for another studio to absorb it, Disney is reportedly going to work with the 450 employees at the Connecticut-based animation house to explore possible open positions at other studios under Disney’s large umbrella, which will maintain hold of the Blue Sky library and IP. The studio was in the midst of production on an adaptation of the fantasy webcomic Nimona and was reportedly 75 percent of the way through it, with just 10 months left and was slated for a January 2022 release, but sources report the Patrick Osborne-helmed project is coming to a full stop and will no longer be released. RELATED: Wakanda Series in the Works at Disney+ as Disney Inks TV Deal with Ryan Coogler Other films from Blue Sky included the Ewan McGregor and Robin Williams-starring Robots, Horton Hears a Who!, the Rio films, Epic, The Peanuts Movie, Ferdinand and Spies in Disguise, the final of which proved to be an underperformer for the then-still-active 20th Century Fox and stifled the studios’ hopes of spawning another franchise.

    The 5 Hawkeye Villains We Want to See in the Disney+ Series

    The 5 Hawkeye villains we want to see in the Disney+ series As filming gets underway for the highly-anticipated Marvel Cinematic Universe Disney+ series, fan speculation has fueled further regarding the story for Hawkeye, especially in regards to potential villains set to appear in the series in addition to Jack Duquesne, aka Swordsman. With that in mind, we decided to delve into the comic book history of the titular archer and select five of his best villains that we’d like to see come to life in the limited series. RELATED: New Hawkeye Set Photos Tease 2025 Setting and Major Plot Point Bombshell Click here to purchase all four issues of the 1983 Hawkeye series! Created by Mark Gruenwald and Eliot Brown and first appearing in the third issue of the 1983 solo Hawkeye series, Wendy Conrad, aka Bombshell, was a master juggler and an expert in explosives and joined fellow villain Oddball to eliminate Hawkeye and Mockingbird at the behest of Crossfire, though were defeated and only narrowly escaped thanks to Oddball’s brother Alvin, aka Tenpin. Her and various other villains would go on to form a group known as the Death-Throws, which would later be defeated by Hawkeye, Captain America and Mockingbird. Though it may take a while for the MCU to introduce characters such as Tenpin and Oddball to the screen worlds, fans’ desire to see Adrienne Palicki return as Mockingbird’s alter ego Bobbi Morse and the series’ New York setting would make Conrad’s introduction the perfect way to do so and could also go a long way to tease the arrival of Crossfire, widely considered to be the closest Hawkeye has to an archenemy. Griffin Though more of villain to the Avengers as a whole rather than solely Hawkeye, the Steve Englehart and Tom Sutton-created Griffin has faced off against him a handful of times, but it’s the villain’s familial ties that make him the perfect character to bring over from the pages of the comics. Born John “Johnny” Horton, Griffin was once a low-level gang member in New Orleans before moving to Chicago and working for a gangster that introduced him to the Secret Empire, which would experiment on him that resulted in his supervillain state, where he would first fight Beast and Angel of the X-Men before going on to fight the West Coast Avengers and other Marvel heroes, including Hawkeye. In the comics, Griffin has a daughter, Yo-Yo Rodriguez, who previously appeared in the MCU in Agents of SHIELD as a major character, though was reimagined as an Inhuman, but given she regains her superspeed ability later in the series’ run and the lack of introduction to a father for the character, it would make for a fan-pleasing outing that further expands the universe. In addition, the Secret Society have appeared in the MCU during the second season of the short-lived Agent Carter, albeit their name changed to Council of Nine, and with the remaining person involved with the council left alive in the series finale, it could prove an interesting tie into the rest of the small screen universe. RELATED: Ms. Marvel Adds The Walking Dead’s Matt Lintz as Bruno Carrelli Baron Helmut Zemo Click here to purchase Helmut Zemo’s full introduction in Captain America #276! With his MCU iteration being a variation of parts from both Baron Helmut Zemo and other Barons throughout the comics, it may be a bit trickier to find a work in for the notorious Captain America villain, but with the character still being alive and set to return in other Disney+ series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, there’s still plenty of opportunity for the character to appear in the series. Son to original Baron Zemo, Helmut would at one point in the comics become the leader of the superhero group Thunderbolts under false pretenses and after his nefarious motives were revealed and Hawkeye took control of the group, Helmut set his sights on the archer and went on to become a major villain for him. Teaming up with Hawkeye’s former mentor Trick Shot, dying from cancer, to bring the archer down in the Blindspot storyline while killing all of the Thunderbolts and only leaving Hawkeye alive in Old Man Logan, Zemo has been a very formidable foe for the Avenger and with the exact timeline for both Hawkeye and Falcon and the Winter Soldier unknown, though the former’s set photos have pointed to a 2025 setting, there’s certainly room for Daniel Brühl’s villain to appear in both. Trick Shot Click here to purchase the first volume of Solo Avengers, in which Trick Shot made his debut! Not only is Trick Shot one of Hawkeye’s most notable rivals, he’s also one whose various comic threads would work for the series and the plot seemingly being developed in it. Originally acting as one of Clint Barton’s mentors alongside Duquesne — who we know will appear in the series — under the name of Buck Chisholm, the two would have a rift during a robbery of a wealthy criminal’s mansion as Clint discovers one of the guards he shot in the arm was his brother and elects to remain by his side, infuriating Trick Shot and establishing them as enemies. Following the death of Chisholm at one point from cancer, the mantle would later be taken up by Clint’s brother, who had seemingly passed away years prior only to be revived by Baron Zemo. Rumors have swirled since February that Trick Shot and Clint’s brother Barney would be introduced in the series, and with Swordsman already set to appear in a key role, it would be thematically apt for the Clint’s other mentor and brother to appear in the series. Crossfire Click here to purchase Crossfire’s debut in Marvel Two-In-One Issue #52! Much like Zemo and Griffin, William Cross, aka Crossfire, is a supervillain with such a number of ties to the bigger Marvel universe that his arrival would not only prove exciting for fans, but also connect a lot of threads and set things up for the future. Created by Steven Grant and Jim Craig, Crossfire is the cousin to Ant-man villain Darren Cross, portrayed in the eponymous film by Corey Stoll, with cybernetic implants whose main goal has been to turn the superhero community against one another and end the rise of superheroes. Not only would his actions see him run afoul of Hawkeye, but he would also be a major foe for Moon Knight, and with Oscar Isaac just landing the central role in that Disney+ series, his introduction in the Barton-centered project would make ultimate sense before going on to be a major villain in the latter series. The Hawkeye limited series will see Jeremy Renner reprising his role as Clint Barton, with the story also set to introduce his protege Kate Bishop, who is officially being portrayed by Hailee Steinfeld. It will be directed by Amber Finlayson and Katie Ellwood, aka Bert and Bertie, who are best known for their work on Troop Zero, and Rhys Thomas (Staten Island Summer). Hawkeye is expected to debut in Fall 2021 on Disney+. In the comics, Bishop becomes Hawkeye after Clint Barton, and is also a member of the Young Avengers. Disney has not yet confirmed if they have plans to give Bishop her own spinoff show or have her appear in the MCU down the road, but it is certainly a possibility. RELATED: WandaVision: Kevin Feige Teases the Origins of Scarlet Witch’s Powers  The project’s working title “Anchor Point” is actually serving as a homage to the first volume of Kelly Thompson’s fan-favorite comic book series that was published in 2017. Titled as Vol.1: Anchor Points, it was Kate Bishop’s first solo comic series after appearing in the Young Avengers issues. However, it’s still unknown if the said comics’ storyline would connect to the series’ plot or not.

    Disney+ is the best app of the year, according to Google Play users

    Google Google Play has announced the winners of its year-end awards, including users' and editors' picks for the best apps, movies, TV shows and books. As has been the case for the last couple of years, users voted for their favorite in each category.  Disney+ emerged as the top app of the year for users in the US, with SpongeBob: Krusty Cook-Off taking the honors in the gaming category. Their favorite movie is Bad Boys for Life and the users' choice award for book of the year went to If It Bleeds by Stephen King. Editors for the US version of Google Play had their say as well. They opted for Loóna, a bedtime relaxation app, as 2020's best and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild-inspired Genshin Impact as the Play store’s finest game of the year.  Their top five movies are Bill & Ted Face the Music, Just Mercy, Miss Juneteenth, Onward and the Oscar-winning Parasite. Editors' book picks include A Promised Land by Barack Obama, Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh and You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria. The full list of awards included commendations in a number of other categories. Google Play editors included Chris Hemsworth's fitness and nutrition app Centr as one of their best personal growth apps and Zoom in the everyday essentials section. The United Nations' ShareTheMeal was named as one of the store's best apps for good, while Disney+ and Dolby On were mentioned in the best apps for fun list. Editors highlighted a number of other games too. Their indie game picks include Sky: Children of the Light and Gris. Among the selections in the best competitive games category are Legends of Runeterra, Gwent and Brawlhalla. In this article: bill and ted face the music, legends of runeterra, sharethemeal, brawlhalla, google, bill and ted, disney, loona, disney plus, sky children of the light, genshin impact, centr, disneyplus, gwent, dolby on, google play, zoom, gris, news, gear, gaming All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

    Disney+’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Adds Danny Ramirez

    Disney+’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Adds Danny Ramirez After the recent announcement the series had resumed production in Atlanta, Georgia, it’s now been revealed that Disney+’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has expanded its cast with the addition of On the Block star Danny Ramirez, according to The Hollywood Reporter. RELATED: Disney+ Delays The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Debut Though his exact character is being kept under wraps by the House of Mouse, sources report that the 28-year-old Colombian and Mexican-American star is set to portray a pivotal role in the limited series. Though clearly out of their hands due to the global pandemic, this new release date definitely shows a shift in plans for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase Four series as the Captain America spin-off was originally planned for release first followed by the Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany-led WandaVision, which is still reportedly eyeing a December premiere. John Wick creator Derek Kolstad joined the writing/creative team of Falcon and the Winter Soldier, though details are still under wraps, it seems likely to follow up on Falcon’s new status quo after Avengers: Endgame. Anthony Mackie (Point Blank) and Sebastian Stan (I, Tonya) will be reprising their roles as Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes. Joining them are MCU veterans Daniel Bruhl and Emily VanCamp, who are set to return as Helmut Zemo and Sharon Carter, respectively. Neither character has appeared onscreen since 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. During the Marvel Studios panel at D23 Expo 2019, it was revealed that Wyatt Russell (Lodge 49, Black Mirror) has joined the series for the role of Marvel Comics character U.S. Agent. Miki Ishikawa (The Terror: Infamy), Desmond Chiam (Now Apocalypse), Carl Lumbly (Doctor Sleep, Supergirl) and Noah Mills (The Enemy Within) have also been cast for the series. RELATED: Marvel Snags Three Directors for Hawkeye Disney+ Series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier may only run for six episodes, but it will connect with the larger MCU. The series was originally expected to debut in August 2020 but was delayed due to filming setbacks including the ongoing pandemic that temporarily shut down all major TV and film productions. (Photo Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

    Disney Investor Pushing for Big Films Like Black Widow to Debut on Disney+

    Disney Investor Pushing for Disney+ Debuts for Big Films Like Black Widow Last month, Black Widow was among the many high-profile film releases that were pushed back to 2021 due to the ongoing pandemic that has still been affecting theater chains around the world. To some people, Disney made the right call to make the delays while others including Disney investor Dan Loeb think that the company should have just foregone its planned theatrical releases and move them to streaming instead Speaking with Variety, Loeb believes that tentpole projects like Black Widow would immediately give Disney+ the upper hand on their streaming competitors such as Netflix. Should the House of Mouse really consider this move, it would definitely attract subscribers and generate them more profit, especially if they would use the Premium Access strategy that they’ve first applied to the release of the live-action Mulan. RELATED: Wonder Woman 1984: Patty Jenkins Debunks Streaming Release Rumors “My understanding is that the old-line executives don’t want to go over the top with their big tentpole movies, which is why they announced they were pushing ‘Black Widow” and other movies to 2021,” Loeb said. “I don’t think they appreciate the tiger they have by the tail, which is to say the value they can drive by moving into a subscription model, which has been adopted by everyone from Microsoft to Amazon. It’s so value accretive.” “What Netflix has is this immense subscriber base that allows it to invest in an enormous amount of content and amortize that to get more subscribers,” Loeb continued. “Disney isn’t there yet, but they need to get there as quickly as possible. If they don’t get critical mass in their subscriber base, they will be permanently disadvantaged versus Netflix.” However, the main problem with this move-to-streaming strategy is that theater chains would be immensely affected and betrayed by this decision, especially when it has already been hard for them to keep their businesses afloat during this time. In Black Widow, Scarlett Johansson returns as Natasha Romanoff, a spy, and assassin who grew up being trained by the KGB before breaking from their grasp and becoming an agent of SHIELD and an Avenger. The film is expected to be set after the events of Captain America: Civil War, but before Avengers: Infinity War. Black Widow will also feature a star-studded cast including Golden Globe nominee David Harbour (Stranger Things, Hellboy) as Alexei aka The Red Guardian, Florence Pugh (Fighting with My Family) as Yelena Belova, Academy Award-winning actress Rachel Weisz (The Favourite) as Melina and O-T Fagbenle (The Handmaid’s Tale) as Mason. RELATED: Florence Pugh Pumps the Brakes On Future Black Widow Films The movie was directed by Cate Shortland (Lore) from a script written by Jac Schaeffer (The Hustle). Black Widow is set to release on May 7, 2021, which will be a year later since its original release date. 

    Xochitl Gomez Joins Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Xochitl Gomez Joins Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Deadline brings word that Xochitl Gomez (The Baby-Sitters Club) has joined Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Details on Gomez’s role in the sequel are being kept under wraps. RELATED: Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange Joins Spider-Man 3! Cumberbatch will next be reprising his role as Dr. Stephen Strange in the Tom Holland-led Spider-Man 3 in addition to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The sequel is being described as the first horror film in the MCU with Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch returning as the titular sorcerer supreme and Elizabeth Olsen also appearing as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch. According to Kevin Feige, the upcoming Disney+ shows WandaVision and Loki will both directly impact the events the Doctor Strange sequel. Doctor Strange and Scarlet Witch appeared in Avengers: Endgame, where they were both last seen attending Tony Stark’s funeral. Loki also appeared in Endgame and was last seen after the events of the Avengers’ first battle in New York, where he escapes with the Tesseract cube. Originally set to be directed by Scott Derrickson, the sequel will now be helm by Spider-Man‘s Sam Raimi with Loki head writer Michael Waldron set to rewrite the script that was first written by The Turning scribe Jade Bartlett. Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Benedict Wong will be reprising their roles, with Rachel McAdams not expected to return to her role of Dr. Christine Palmer. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will hit theaters on March 25, 2022. RELATED: Benedict Cumberbatch Reveals Production Start Date for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness The first Doctor Strange movie was released in 2016 with Benedict Cumberbatch starring in the titular role. Joining him in the film were Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo, Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer, and Michael Stuhlbarg as Nicodemus West. It also featured the MCU debut of critical characters from the pages of Marvel Comics, including Benedict Wong as Wong, plus Mads Mikkelsen as villain Kaecilius, and Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One (who is of Celtic origin in the film instead of East Asian origin). Doctor Strange was directed by Scott Derrickson, whose previous credits were primarily horror films like The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister, and Deliver Us from Evil. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)

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