Star Wars heads to happiest place in the universe

You knew this was coming…it was pretty much a given that there would be Star Wars modifications made to Disneyland considering they now own the franchise, and now those plans are apparently coming to pass.

Why does the Mouse House hate Christmas?

How else to explain it suddenly pulling its Christmas movies from Amazon until July. Yup. You read it right. Christmas cartoons in July.

The Latest Star Wars News

As we all know by now, Star Wars is gaining full speed, and will be shooting sometime next year for a December 18, 2015 release date. The film is currently being cast, and while official information will be scarce for a while, there’s always interesting little tid-bits that get out there, and here’s a few of the latest. 

Indiana Jones Is Now Joining Star Wars at Disney

It’s been a little big over a year now that George Lucas signed over his empire to Disney, and it was a surprising move because we always figured George would be running the show no matter what. Yet perhaps as he’s approaching his 70th birthday Lucas wants to focus on other things, and enjoy spending time with his new family.

JJ Abrams Got Lucky With Star Wars

As long time TGD readers know by now, JJ Abrams was hoping to have the next Star Wars movie open in 2016 so he wouldn’t be in a rush, but Disney has been adamant about the movie opening in 2015. At first, we figured it would come out on Memorial Day, which is usually when the Star Wars movies come out, but now a December 18, 2015 has been confirmed.

Disney Ride Space Mountain to Become a Graphic Novel

The Pirates of the Caribbean series showed that you actually could turn a Disney ride into a movie, and there are a number of Disney attractions that are also up to be made into film. We’re not certain if a Space Mountain movie is in the works, but we certainly wouldn’t be surprised if we found out one was in development.

Disney develops algorithm for rendering 3D tactile features on touch surfaces

A person sliding a finger across a topographic map displayed on a touch screen can feel the bumps and curves of hills and valleys, despite the screen's smooth surface, with the aid of a novel algorithm created by Disney Research, Pittsburgh for tactile rendering of 3D features and textures.

Star Wars Will Officially Have a Summer 2015 Release (Duh)

In what has to be the big non-news story of the day, it has been officially announced that the JJ Abrams reboot of Star Wars will be coming out in the summer of 2015. This is certainly no big news flash, and it was Star Wars that helped create the whole summer blockbuster climate back in the ‘70’s along with Jaws.

Video: Disney computer models capture style and process of portrait artists

By monitoring artists as they sketch human faces, stroke by stroke, scientists at Disney Research, Pittsburgh, have built computer models that learn each artist's drawing style, how they use strokes and how they select features to highlight as they interpret a face into a portrait.

Audi's A3 Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid is ready to hit the road

Audi recently provided a bit of an update, and history lesson, on the vehicles in its tron family of cars.

Robots learn a proper handoff, courtesy of Disney

A humanoid robot can receive an object handed to it by a person with something approaching natural, human-like motion thanks to a new method developed by scientists at Disney Research, Pittsburgh in a project partially funded by the International Center for Advanced Communication Technologies (interACT) at Carnegie Mellon University and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

The future of animation at Lucasfilm under Disney

Star Wars fans, especially those who follow The Clone Wars serial, have been wondering what will happen to Lucasfilm’s CGI animation studio and related universe lore.

The first stand-alone Star Wars films will feature Han Solo and Boba Fett

Earlier this week we learned that Disney, the new owners of LucasFilm, and thus the Star Wars franchise, are working on some films set in the Star Wars universe which will not directly tie into the two existing trilogies. Meaning, the protagonists will not be Skywalkers.

Disney mimics Skylanders with new gaming platform

Disney has launched a new gaming concept, Disney Infinity, that's remarkably similar to Activision's Skylander.

The denizens of Oz

Disney has released a character guide for its upcoming Oz reboot.

Frankenweenie Blu-ray heads for Planet X

While Frankenweenie didn’t make my list of the top 5 movies of 2012, it was still an excellent film, and certainly one of the best stop-motion projects ever done.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars celebrates its 100th episode

The Cartoon Network has released a featurette which illustrates how Clone Wars ties into the films.

The future of Star Wars comics under Disney

Now that the acquisition deal between Disney and LucasFilm is official, one can't help but wonder what other side-effects the deal will have on the rather expansive Star Wars universe. 

George Lucas feels like he’s leaving home

George Lucas is concerned about leaving his comfort zone, but excited to move on to new projects.

The auctions of Star Wars

Star Wars memorabilia auctions have not slowed down, especially in the wake of an official announcement from Lucas and Disney that there will be yet another three films.