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Get a Tease of the New ‘Rogue One’ Trailer along with the Official Synopsis

Disney has released a Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer tease. It promises a lot of new footage (and likely a different trailer than what was shown at Star Wars Celebration Europe), and even this brief glimpse gives us a new look at the U-Wing, which joins the ranks of the A-Wing, B-Wing, V-Wing, X-Wing, and Y-Wing fighters. It will be interesting to see what else the new trailer holds and if audiences at large will get the same glimpse of Darth Vader that folks at Celebration got.

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New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray will feature J.J. Abrams commentary

There’s a new Blu-ray for Star Wars: The Force Awakens coming — this time with a commentary track by J.J. Abrams and some never-before-seen deleted sequences. The four-disc “3D Collector’s Edition” will begin rolling out overseas on Oct. 31 and will be released in North America on Nov. 15, Lucasfilm announced Wednesday. Along with the theatrical release and audio commentary, which wasn’t part of the original Blu-ray debut, the new set will also feature the “classic bonus features” from the discs released last spring.

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Michael Chernus Joins ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ As The Tinkerer

Michael Chernus has joined Sony Pictures and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming as one of the villains in the reboot of the franchise. Chernus will play Phineas Mason the Tinkerer in the film, which is being directed by Jon Watts and stars Tom Holland in the lead role. Chernus, whose credits include Captain Phillips, Aloha, The Bourne Legacy and Orange Is the New Black, will play opposite villain Michael Keaton. The tentpole film is expected to swing into theaters on July 7. Fans got a first look of the film at Comic-Con last month. The next installment in the franchise also stars Marissa Tomei, Zendaya and Robert Downey Jr. Amy Pascal and Kevin Feige are producing with Eric Hauserman Carroll co-producing. The project is filming right now.

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ will feature a female lead and a gay character

On the same day CBS went on the defensive about the lack of diversity on its fall schedule, “Star Trek: Discovery” executive producer Bryan Fuller made clear that his new series will not have that problem. Fuller announced Wednesday that the new show will feature a female lead character and honor the franchise’s history of inclusion. “‘Star Trek’ started with a wonderful expression of diversity in its cast. You had a Russian with a black woman and an Asian man amongst a Vulcan, which is a different kind of diversity,” Fuller told reporters at a panel for the show at the Television Critics Association press tour. “We’re absolutely continuing that tradition.” Fuller also said the new series will “absolutely” have a gay character.

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Main Street Electrical Parade Ends Run at Walt Disney World On October 9, Heads to Disneyland Resort for a Limited Time

The Main Street Electrical Parade, Magic Kingdom Park’s long-running nighttime parade, will officially end its historic run at Walt Disney World Resort on October 9 and then head to Disneyland Resort for a limited-time encore engagement. We wanted you to be among the first to know while there’s still time to plan a trip to Walt Disney World Resort to enjoy the magic and nostalgia of the parade one last time. Main Street Electrical Parade is a nighttime procession filled with glowing, spinning floats that honor favorite Disney characters. Animated Disney films that are represented include “Alice In Wonderland,” “Cinderella” and more. During the parade, Tinker Bell lights the way with a wave of her wand and orchestrates half a million shimmering lights synchronized to a memorable soundtrack.

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The Simpsons to do first-ever hourlong episode

The Simpsons will hit an impressive milestone this fall — 600 episodes — and this winter they’ll reach another big number: the 60-minute mark. The animated Fox comedy will offer up an hourlong episode (including commercial time) that is a hip-hop homage to The Great Gatsby and features such guest voices as Taraji P. Henson and Keegan-Michael Key, the network announced at the TCA Summer Press Tour on Monday. The closest that the series has come to a double-size episode is 1995’s two-part whodunit “Who Shot Mr. Burns?,” with the first part airing as the season 6 finale that May, and resolution arriving several months later with the season 7 premiere.

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Jason Momoa in talks to star in The Crow reboot

It looks like Jason Momoa will have a lot more than Aquaman on his plate in the years ahead. Mashable reports that the former Games of Thrones star is in talks to star in a reboot of the 1994 cult classic The Crow. Momoa will presumably play slain rocker Eric Draven, a role first played by the late Brandon Lee. The Hallow director Corin Hardy will direct. Momoa seemingly confirmed his involvement in the new project earlier this week with a post on Instagram, where he shakes Hardy’s hand over a few glasses of beer.

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