Snow White’s Scary Adventures is about to be updated. Ring in the new year at W Disney World. Knott’s Berry Farm is bringing back an old-favorite dark ride next year. And more!
Snow White’s Scary Adventures is a perennial classic at the Disneyland Resort. It’s one of the great dark rides, as you experience the excitement and terror that Snow White goes through after being terrorized by the evil Queen. And next year, it’s going to have a very extensive refurbishment, so get in your rides now. The dark ride, per records submitted with the city of Anaheim, is going to get new structural beams, rock work updated, replaced props and scenes, and more. You may be disappointed to see it closed for a while, but better to be spruced up than replaced entirely.
It’s almost a new year and decade, amazingly, and if you’ll be spending the end of 2019 and beginning of 2020 in the Happiest Place on Earth, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to celebrate. Hotels like Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Disney’s Coronado Springs are going to have unique celebrations tied to their restaurants, and you can count down to 2020 too. The Contemporary will have a Pixar-themed celebration with music, dancing, DJs, and Pixar-themed food. The December 31 event is sold out, but tickets are still available for December 30, so don’t delay.
For those of you who want to know more about non-Disney theme parks, I have good news for you. Over at Knott’s Berry Farm, an old favorite is returning in the summer of 2020: the Bear-y Tales dark ride will come back in 4-D interactive form. Knott’s Bear-y Tales Get it? Because “Berry” and “Bear-y”…you get it is replacing the Voyage to the Iron Reef attraction, and will be arriving in just a few short months. You’ll now be armed with “jelly blasters” as you go through the attraction, to help out Boysen Bear and Girlsen Bear. This will no doubt be a bear-y good time. See, because…let’s move on.
In fact, let’s move onto Epcot, where one of the annual festivals is returning in just a couple months’ time. The 2020 Epcot International Festival of the Arts starts up on January 17 of next year, and is designed to celebrate visual, culinary, and performing arts. The monthlong celebration will bring back the Disney On Broadway Concert Series, with performers like Gavin Lee, Josh Strickland, and Ashley Brown, all from the original Broadway versions of some big Disney shows. If you’re a fan of the arts or you just want to experience it for yourself, I hope you have tickets for the early months of the new year.
We’re wrapping up today’s Theme Park Bits with another celebration of history, as presented by the Disney Parks Blog. The theme parks have a rich history, down to the shops in each park. Disney historian Jeff Kurtti dove deep recently on the magic shops in the Magic Kingdoms around the parks, a hallmark of the Main Street, U.S.A. area. If that isn’t enough of a selling point to you, you might want to read that post to find out how Steve Martin ties into the whole thing. Yes, that Steve Martin, and yes, he was a Disneyland Cast Member. You might pass the magic shops on the way to your next Fastpass attraction, but this kind of blog is a good reminder of the history of even the smallest elements of the parks.
While the Hulk and Bruce Banner’s story following the events of Avengers: Endgame remains uncertain, actor Mark Ruffalo has wasted no time in trolling his fans and his own castmates about all things Marvel. Yet, while promoting his new film Dark Waters, one of the MCU’s most notorious leakers may have let slip his continued involvement with the character on an upcoming Disney+ series.
Speaking with People, Ruffalo was asked specifically about Marvel’s She-Hulk series on Disney+. “I don’t know,” he said. “I’m supposed to go talk to [Kevin Feige] to see if there’s someplace [for me].” When pushed on whether he would “want to” cameo in She-Hulk, or anywhere else on Disney+ for that matter, Ruffalo said yes - all while looking over his shoulder for Marvel’s highly trained PR personnel. “Sure. Why not?”
At this point, all that’s known for certain is 1 the show is happening, and 2 Rick and Morty alum Jessica Gao has been tapped to serve as head writer and showrunner. But thanks to the actor’s apparent inability to skip a potentially revealing question about something Marvel-related, it seems the Hulk, Banner, or both will be involved in the story of Jennifer Walters. Or, at least it’s a possibility that Feige and Ruffalo are entertaining, so who knows?
There have been a number of problems with Disney+, from initial technical difficulties to the “Maclunkey” Star Wars business, but one problem has been particularly galling: classic episodes of The Simpsons — one of the greater gets the super-corporation acquired in the Fox merger — were presented cropped, chopped to fit widescreen televisions, to the fury of more purist fans. Well, Disney actually heard your complaints, and as per Deadline, they’re going to fix it…eventually.
The company revealed that, starting 2020, subscribers to the new streaming service will be able to choose which version of the show to watch: the censored version that fills your modern television or the original 4:3, that includes black on both sides. The Simpsons jumped formats in February 2009, with the Season 20 episode “Take My Life, Please,” when they acknowledged that square TVs were out and rectangular ones were the future. That, of course, meant animators had even wider canvas to play with.
The option to watch 20 seasons of classic Simpsons in their original format had long been offered on the show’s website. Fans weren’t happy when Disney+ didn’t carry on that tradition, as the show is legendary for visual gags, many of which are now ruined. So eventually things will go back to normal, although the Michael Jackson episode will still be locked away in the Simpsons vaults, at least for the foreseeable future.
Disney+ arrived this week to much excitement and glee from fans anxious to stream everything from the new live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian to Disney classics The Lion King and everything in between. However, one of the more enticing library titles from Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox immediately disappointed fans. But thankfully, it’s about to be fixed.
Every single season of The Simpsons is available on Disney+ right now, but when it comes to the first 19 seasons of the show, there was an issue. The aspect ratio for those episodes was presented in the widescreen 16:9 ratio, the shape of your average television today. But those episodes from the first 19 seasons aired when the full screen 4:3 ratio was the standard for television. The result was episodes that lost visual quality and some hilarious sight gags. But Disney+ will have The Simpsons aspect ratio problem fixed in the near future.
Disney released a statement announcing their plans to have The Simpsons aspect ratio problem fixed:
“We presented “The Simpsons” in 16:9 aspect ratio at launch in order to guarantee visual quality and consistency across all 30 seasons. Over time, Disney+ will roll out new features and additional viewing options. As part of this, in early 2020, Disney+ will make the first 19 seasons and some episodes from Season 20 of “The Simpsons” available in their original 4:3 aspect ratio, giving subscribers a choice of how they prefer to view the popular series.”
The reason this fix only applies to the first 19 seasons and some of the 20th season is because halfway through that season, The Simpsons started broadcasting in widescreen. So every episode after that was made for the 16:9 aspect ratio. It’s a shame fans will have to wait as much as a few months for something that should have been available right out of the gate, but that’s just how it goes sometimes.
With Disney+ promising “new features and additional viewing options,” hopefully this means they will also start adding the episode commentaries that were available when entire seasons were previously made available on FX Now. The streaming service could really set themselves apart from the rest of the competition by offering unique special features and bonus material, especially if it ends up being stuff you can’t get on the home video releases of certain titles, like the recent Avengers: Endgame deleted scene that was made available on Disney+. Stay tuned as the streaming service continues to adapt and grow.
The Hollywood Reporter's Late Night Lately rounds up the best sketches and guests with a look at what's to come next week.
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The Hollywood Reporter's Late Night Lately is a one-stop shop for all of the most memorable moments of late-night TV, coming to you each Saturday morning to ease you into your weekend.
So pour your coffee, set your DVR for the week and sit back. Below are a few of the week's best, funniest and strangest late-night moments that you can't afford to miss.
This week:John Oliver, along with an entire team of trained dancers, took on coal tycoon Bob Murray through an elaborate song and dance routine, upon the news that his lawsuit filed against Oliver's HBO show was dropped.Kristen Bell joined Jimmy Fallon to perform a mash-up of Disney songs in honor of Frozen 2. And, of course, many hosts weighed in on this week's impeachment hearings, which Trevor Noah described as "unexplainable, illogical, crazy."
— Compiled by Jennifer Konerman
John Oliver Takes Aim at Coal Tycoon Bob Murray With Musical Number
John Oliver took on lawsuitsone in particular during Sunday's Last Week Tonight.
The topic of lawsuits was on Oliver's mind because the suit that coal tycoon Bob Murray had filed against his show had been dropped. Murray had sued Last Week Tonight over a segment in which Oliver joked that he looked like "a geriatric Dr. Evil." The show also arranged "for a staff member to dress up in a squirrel costume and deliver the message, 'Eat shit, Bob,'" a reference from a Murray employee.
"Murray's lawsuit against us asked for damages because he claimed that nothing has ever stressed him more than our 'vicious and awful attack,'" Oliver continued. "Which is an odd thing to say, given that, as I just mentioned, he oversaw a company whose mine collapse in Utah resulted in the deaths of nine people."
The discussion of this lawsuit led to Oliver's team uncovering multiple sexual misconduct allegations against Murray, suits that have gone uncovered in the media. The coal tycoon denied the claims, and Oliver pointed out that by bringing to light the allegations in the episode, the show risked being sued again. "Here we go again," said Oliver. "It is yet another Bob Murray attempt to bully people into silence, and he has been doing this for decades. I will stand behind our first piece and I will stand behind this one."
Oliver concluded the segment with a musical number, in which the host recapped the case through song. "Even though he'll threaten legal Armageddon, we have just one tiny thing to say," he sang. "Bob Murray can go fuck himself today."
The "Suck My Ball, Bob" dancers joined him and sang faux claims against Murray. The musical number concluded with the performers taking over Times Square as they enthusiastically sang, "Eat shit, Bob!"
Kristen Bell and Jimmy Fallon Perform Disney Song Mash-up
Kristen Bell and Jimmy Fallon performed a mash-up of Disney songs during Tuesday's Tonight Show.
Fallon opened the segment by performing "When You Wish Upon a Star" from Pinocchio.
They quickly transitioned into singing "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" before "The Bare Necessities" from The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid's "Under the Sea" and "A Whole New World" from Aladdin.
Both Bell and Fallon later sang in alto tones to take on "Beauty and the Beast." Fallon interrupted Bell's performance to sing parts of Frozen's "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" and together they segued into the sequel's "Into the Unknown."
Late night hosts weighed in on the proceedings after the first day of Congress'public impeachment hearing to examine President Trump's actions.
Stephen Colbert declared in his opening monologue titled "Don and the Giant Impeach": "It's finally here, it's finally arrived. The first day of live impeachment hearings. It's what we've been praying for since the beginning of the Trump presidency: the end of the Trump presidency." He continued to say that today's live testimony was as dramatic as it was historic, joking, "It was the biggest ratings hit for C-SPAN 3 since Drunk History, starring Brett Kavanaugh."
Trevor Noah's focus was on diplomat George Kent. "For the first day of the public hearings, the Democrats chose to call two witnesses, Bill Taylor, the acting ambassador to Ukraine, and George Kent, senior official and townsperson in a 1950s musical," said the host.
Noah zeroed in on one moment. "Hmm. Unexplainable, illogical, crazy. That's the description Bill Taylor gave of Trump's actions. It's also the title of Trump's new memoir." He showed a graphic of a picture book emblazoned with the title Unexplainable, Illogical, Crazy by Donald Trump.
Meyers devoted a "Closer Look" segment to the impeachment hearing, noting that this is the fourth time Congress has launched public impeachment proceedings against a sitting president. "And that is not the club you want to be in," he said. "There are two presidents who have actually gotten impeached [Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton] and the third, Richard Nixon, who was so desperate to avoid it, he quit first. Remember the famous shot of Nixon getting in the helicopter? If that had been Trump, the secret service would have to tie him to the helicopter by his leg and air-lifted him out."
Touching on the evidence laid out by Adam Schiff, Meyers highlighted a crucial point: "The facts in the present inquiry are not seriously contested." Meyers said, "They've basically admitted to all of it," adding that there are detailed documents where Trump says to Ukraine officials, "I have a favor to ask ... " and that Giuliani has done multiple interviews where he "shows off his communications" with Trump officials on his phone and iPad on national television.
Jimmy Kimmel gave his viewers a recap of the impeachment hearing, noting that California Republican Rep. Devin Nunes "was much more interested in defending the president than in getting the facts." While showing clips from Nunes' statement, the show added a MAGA cowboy-styled hat to Nunes' head.
"This is a stressful day for the president. The Popeyes near the White House, they had to waive their two chicken sandwiches per person limit today for him," joked Kimmel.
The host added that Trump called the hearing a "joke" and a "hoax" and also claimed he didn't watch it. "A White House spokesperson said the president was too busy working. He might as well have said he was at a Zumba class," said Kimmel.
Jimmy Fallon reprised his Trump impression to host Impeachment After Dark Live."I thought this whole impeachment thing would go away by now, like a common cold or a second wife," Fallon said as Trump. "And worse, now you can't even get the truth from shows like Fox and Frenemies."
Tony Hale also made a cameo in the sketch as his character Gary from Veep. After Fallon asked his assistant for water, Gary handed him a bottle of Diet Coke.
Conan O'Brien joked that the Conan team didn't write any comedy that day because they were so invested in the hearing. The host said that Trump claimed to be cleaning out his desk instead of watching the hearing. "He has just a bunch of Burger King Crowns that came with the meal," O'Brien joked about what was in Trump's desk.
O'Brien added that some people believe that the "damning" new evidence against Trump could end his presidency, though he cut himself off and said, "Wait, I'm sorry. This joke is from two years ago."
"That joke is also from one year ago. And six months ago," he said. "We've used that cue card 15 times."
Samantha Bee also touched on the impeachment hearing during Full Frontal. "I can't wait to finally eat a piece of the impeachment cake I baked three years ago," she said. After Bee shared clips of Trump stating that he didn't watch the hearings, she mocked, "Oh, you were having hearings? I didn't even see them. I just watched them and heard them and anyways, whatever, you're too ugly to be on TV."
James Corden admitted he found the hearing "a little confusing at times." Many people, including Eric Trump, took to Twitter to call the hearings boring. "He does know that 'boring' is not the same as 'wrong,' right?" asked Corden. "When there is a murder trial and an expert witness is presenting detailed evidence, the judge doesn't go, 'Boring!'"
Sarah Jessica Parker Quizzes Kristin Davis on 'Sex and the City' Knowledge
Kristin Davis put her Sex and the City memory to the test when she stopped by Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen on Monday.
Sarah Jessica Parker called in to ask Davis "a real brain teaser" question. "I'm gonna focus it on food because that's basically what we talked about all the time," Parker said. "Get in your little time machine. I want you to go back to Morocco to the set of when we were doing Sex and the City 2 and I'm gonna ask you what did we eat every day at 11:30?"
Davis enthusiastically answered that they would eat "the tomato sandwiches from the crafty, but we had to walk a really long way."
Parker said she was correct and added that she also ate "a particular delicious ham baguette every day."
The actress later revealed if she thought that Carrie should have ended up with Chris Noth's Mr. Big or John Corbett's Aidan. "I love John Corbett so, so much, but I do think she was meant for Big," she answered.
Conan O'Brien, Seth Meyers, Jimmy Fallon Remember NBC Executive Rick Ludwin
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Conan O'Brien, Seth Meyers and Jimmy Fallon paid tribute to former NBC Late Night executive Rick Ludwin on their shows Monday night. Ludwin ran specials and late-night programming at NBC for over 30 years. He died Sunday after a brief illness. He was 71. His time at NBC spanned the early days of Saturday Night Liveand iterations of TheTonight Showhosted by Johnny Carson and Jay Leno. He also worked on the Late Nightfranchise with David Letterman, O'Brien and Fallon. Additionally, he commissioned and famously backed Seinfeldwhile other NBC executives speculated about whether the "show about nothing" could actually be a contender.
O'Brien remembered Ludwin by sharing that the executive was supportive of the host when he took over Late Night in 1993. "I had a very rocky start. Pretty much everyone at the network thought that I should be canceled, but one executive disagreed and that was Rick Ludwin," he said. "Rick argued passionately for me with the network and he helped keep me on the air during those first two years."
The host added that Ludwin stuck by him during "the Tonight Show fiasco." "After I ended up here at TBS, Rick was a regular visitor and he remained a loyal friend to our show. Always very encouraging and full of great stories," he said.
Meyers also spoke about Ludwin on Late Night. "I first met him when I joined SNL in 2001. By then, he was already a legend," said Meyers. "He often came by and gave thoughtfully worded notes that were complimentary, but firm and fair."
Meyers said that it was fitting that the last time he saw Ludwin was at Seinfeld's birthday party. "It's also fitting to be talking about Rick on Late Night because there was nothing Rick liked more than talking about late night," he said. "He was so giving and warm with his history and his stories and his time."
"At his core, the best thing about Rick was how kind he was. He was kind in a way that was really important to the people he interacted with," Meyers concluded. "He was kind in a way that was very unique for this world that we live in, in television and the entertainment industry. And he will just be deeply, deeply missed. I was so lucky to know him."
Over on The Tonight Show, Fallon remembered Ludwin and honored his work at NBC, at SNL before he took over for O'Brien on Late Night in 2009. "I'll never forget how generous he was with his time and advice, always saying the parts of the show that he liked and wanted to see more of," Fallon shared. "He was just so encouraging."
"Rick was also a walking encyclopedia of Late Night. He knew everything there was to know about TV and we all loved and respected him for it," he continued.
Late Night Lineup: Nov. 17-23
Monday, November 18 Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Martin Scorsese, the filmmaker behind The Irishman and the recent discussions about superhero film in cinema, visits Kimmel's show, a popular stop for Marvel actors.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Fellow late night host Seth Meyers stops by, this time to talk about his standup special.
Tuesday, November 19 Late Night With Seth Meyers: The latest Batman Robert Pattinson joins activist and former VP Al Gore.
Wednesday, November 20 Daily Show, The Late Show: Noah's and Colbert's shows will be live following the night's Democratic debate on MSNBC.
Some people say the holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year. Unfortunately, those people are fools. For if anyone ever makes such a claim to me, I loudly scoff in their faces and quickly set ’em straight: the actual most wonderful time of the year is whenever a major movie studio drops a batch of new release dates without any titles attached to them. And today’s my lucky day, folks, because The Walt Disney Company has just reorganized its upcoming release schedule, and there are Untitled Marvel Movies as far as the eye can see. *sniffs* It’s beautiful.
Before we get to the Marvel stuff, Deadline points out that Matthew Vaughn’s The King’s Man has been bumped from Valentine’s Day 2020 all the way back to September 18, 2020, meaning it will face off against Paramount’s action film Without Remorse. Meanwhile, Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas’s Deep Water will open on November 13, 2020.
Also worth noting is that Disney has given a release date to The Last Duel, which stars Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Affleck, and Jodie Comer and was written by Damon and Affleck. There was some question as to whether Disney would make this movie given its subject matter, but now it’s official: Ridley Scott’s period piece will open in limited release on December 25, 2020 and then go wide on January 8, 2021.
You can head over to Deadline to get into all of the nitty gritty details about the rest of the studio’s new release dates and the dates for a bunch of untitled Disney and Fox titles, but I know why you’re all here, so let’s jump ahead a couple of years, shall we?
Here are the new dates and yes, all of them are for untitled Marvel films:
October 7, 2022
February 17, 2023
May 5, 2023
July 28, 2023
November 3, 2023
We obviously aren’t sure about what those titles are going to be, but that’s not going to stop us from guessing. The bolded titles below are confirmed for those release dates, but the rest will be our speculation:
Black Widow – May 1, 2020
The Eternals – November 6, 2020
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – February 21, 2021
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – May 7, 2021