Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Editor's Note: No article today Tuesday on D&M but plenty of posts on D&M Facebook page that i suggest you to check if you're interested by the latest news about Star Wars 7, Pirates of Caribbean 5 and Iron Man 4! It's right HERE.

Also, If you've read already yesterday's Shanghaî Disneyland update below i strongly suggest you to have a look at it again as i've updated the article with renderings in bigger size and new pictures allowing to see more details!

Shanghaî Disneyland Update: First Renderings of Shanghaî Disneyland Hotels ! Article Now in an Updated Version !

A few weeks ago i found on the DCP forum these renderings and pictures showing what are probably the very first renderings of the two Shanghaî Disneyland hotels. They were coming from a chinese website named kzcpm.com  but i cannot guarantee that they show the final design. They might be early concept-arts, i.e those which are done at the start of the project and then the design changes, slightly or not. But one thing is sure, their shape looks very close to the one of the blueprints released officially some months ago.

Anyway, the rendering at the top is of course supposed to show the "five stars" Shanghaî Disneyland" hotel, the one which will be close to SDL lake, facing the park and SDL castle  with a perfect view of the SDL fireworks at night. The pictures below shows how will look a bedroom and the decor of a restaurant and it's interesting to see that the style seems to be influenced by the famous european "art nouveau" style which appeared early last century. Personally, i love it, and it seems that i am not the only one as the new decor of Club 33 at Disneyland seems to be, at least for some parts, also inspired by the art nouveau style.

The next rendering shows of course the Toy Story themed budget hotel with the big Pixar ball located near the entrance.

The next two pictures shows the model of the hotel with a night lighting and a hotel room as it might look when the hotel will open.

Now, the problem with the docs here is that they were posted in small size ( 559 X 273 ) and low resolution ( 72 dpi ), so it's hard to see clearly all the details. Normally when an image is in such low resolution what happen if you try to enlarge it is that you see all the pixels instantly. But some months ago i've discovered a little trick to avoid this. What i do is that i send the picture on my iPad and then make i full frame on the iPad and take a screen capture of it that i send back to my Mac. That way you can enlarge the pic and avoid to see the pixels, thanks probably to the Retina screen of the iPad. You won' have a better sharpness because there is no miracle, but you avoid seeing the pixels. Then you can enhance it a bit through Photoshop, in this case a bit more contrast .

So here are the enlarged versions of the two above renderings, click on them to see them in big.

But there is more to see in these renderings by having them a bit more bigger. On the one showing eh SDL 5 stars hotel you can guess behind, on teh other side of the lake, the park entrance and esplanade and "Disney Town", which will be SDL "Downtown Disney".

Don't see them? Here is the same pic with indication. Note that you can also see a bit better the entrance architecture of the SDL hotel.

And on the second rendering we can see something even more interesting in the background, i.e the show building of the Tron Light Cycles Power Run motor bike coaster ride with on its right what is called "Tron Cover", a modern structure that will come upon the part of the coaster track which will be outside before getting inside the show building.

Here is the same pic with indications. You'll also note the orange structure at the entrance of the Toy Story themed hotel which reminds the Toy Story Land RC Coaster track.

If you want to compare these renderings with the blueprints of each hotel released last year, here they are, with the one for the SDL 5 stars hotel first and the one for the Toy Story themed hotel next.

See you soon for a new Shanghaî Disneyland update!

Pictures: copyright Disney - Shendi

Monday, July 21, 2014

J.J Abrams Star Wars 7 Update Reveal New X-Wing Fighter !

There is more today about Star Wars with this new video with JJ Abrams standing near a new X-Wing fighter on the set of SW7! JJ is also here to remind us there is only one more week to support UNICEF innovations Labs and Program and to get a chance to be in Star Wars Episode 7!

Have a look at this great video!

Video: copyright Lucasfilm

Star Wars Episode VII Plot Details Revealed! Warning: Spoilers Ahead!

I've got some great infos for you today about the plot of Star Wars 7 and they're coming from the generally very reliable Devin Faraci who revealed them on Badass Digest. Although Devin tried to don't reveal too much and "stay vague" as he said what is below is potentially a big spoiler, so stop reading now if you don't want to know.

Still here? There we go:

"Imagine the standard Star Wars crawl, and when it ends the camera pans up to the stars. But instead of a spaceship zooming into frame we see... a hand! A severed hand, tumbling through space. A severed hand gripping a light saber.

That hand falls onto a desert planet, where it is discovered by characters who will be our heroes. One is Daisy Ridley. The other is John Boyega, who is playing someone trying to change his path in life (again, I'm keeping it vague here). They recognize the light saber as a Jedi relic and decide to return it to the proper people.

Their quest takes them off world, and they meet up with Han Solo and Chewbacca, who aren't flying around in the Millenium Falcon anymore but are piloting... well, that could be a spoiler. I'll leave it. Anyway, Han and Chewie recognize the light saber as Luke's, and they say they haven't seen their friend in thirty years, since the events of Return of the Jedi.

So begins a quest to find the missing Jedi Master. Meanwhile, on an ice planet, nefarious forces are building a super weapon, one capable of destroying not planets but entire solar systems..."

Devin add that "there's more, of course - this is just the broadest of outlines, a basic synopsis." No need to say that this unleashed reactions from the fans. Of course, everybody think that this "severed hand" - and light saber - is the one of Luke Skywalker cut by Darth Vader at the end of Empire Strikes Back, 30 years before, but it could be more complicated than that. Anyway, some think that if it is Luke's hand it might be a bit "too much", specially 30 years later, others think it's a mad but great idea and you can read all the comments on Badass Digest at the bottom of the article HERE. You're also welcome to leave your comment on Disney and more below.

And, talking about Star Wars i've posted on the D&M Facebook page a series of both Episode 7 fan made posters as well as Star Wars parody posters that you may want to have a look at HERE.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Walt Disney in Paris !

Quite a while since i've posted pictures of Walt, and as the new DLP WDS attraction is the most "Parisian" ride ever built in a Disney theme park here are rare pictures of Walt... in Paris!

On the top, Walt is probably standing at the Place de la Concorde - near the Tuileries garden and the Louvre Museum - and you can see the Eiffel Tower in the back. On the picture below he is also walking Place de le Concorde - see the egyptian obelisk in the back stolen in Luxor, Egypt, by Napoleon - but this picture was shot many years before as you can see that Walt looks younger.

Walt was back in Paris years later with his family during his famous trip to Europe and the three next pictures were shot at that time. On the first one below, all of them are walking down the Champs Elysées avenue, near the Arc de Triomphe.

On the next photo, they stand at the Trocadero Plaza, in front of the Eiffel Tower.

And on this last shot, all of them are on the bridge over the Seine river, just a few meters from Notre Dame cathedral!

Pictures: copyright Disney

Friday, July 18, 2014

"Let's Dream!" , A Spectacular Nighttime Parade Directed by Taylor Jeffs and Gary Goddard Celebrates Lotte World 25th Anniversary ! HD Video

South Korea's Lotte World theme park is the 14th most visited theme park in the world, with 7.300.000 guests in 2013 and this year it celebrates its 25th Anniversary. The celebrations include a brand new nighttime spectacular parade called "Let's Dream!", written and directed by Taylor Jeffs with Gary Goddard as Executive Show-Producer.

"Let's Dream!" started a few days ago and has been a smash hit success so far. People are even saying it may be the best light parade ever created. In addition to amazing floats there are a couple of really neat “firsts” in the show, including the entertainment world’s largest fleet of drones, the flying lanterns you'll see in the video...

...as well as the first “hologram” float with the flying fairy that you can see on the picture below!

The next pictures shows the moment of the rising castle as well as a procession scene with korean lanterns before the parade with the floats.

I've got for you mosaic pictures of the parade - click on each to see them in big size - as well as a great HD video showing the whole show. By the way, one other cool thing but hard to see in the video is that park guests are actually the stars of the parade. In the pre show, different areas of the audience hear six different “bedtime stories” about dreams, and then they see each of those dreams come true in the parade. Those are actually park guests on the bed on the first float, in the mermaid bowl, on the magic carpet, etc…

Also, the score was written by Benoit Jutras - composer of Cirque du Soleil and Franco Dragone’s biggest hits, including “O”, La Nouba, Quidam, Le Reve, and others.

I think that Taylor, Gary and the whole team did a fantastic job as you'll see on the HD video below showing the entire "Let's Dream!" parade. In the video, the drones start to rise up at 11:22. The hologram comes by around 15:08, but is a bit more hard to see in the video. Hope you'll enjoy this spectacular parade!

Pictures: copyright Gary Goddard - Lotte World

More Infos About Avengers : Age of Ultron ! Warning : Spoilers Ahead !

Thanks to Entertainment Weekly we have more details about Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron as well as a scene description from the film. Spoilers below so make your choice of reading or not!

As reported before, Tony Stark is the one who creates Ultron, and what's interesting is that Stark gives Ultron elements of his own personality, but chooses to display the negative side of it and focuses on Stark’s cynicism. So, Ultron embraces rage instead of compassion. Chris Hemsworth tell us more:
“It’s not the good version that could’ve come from Stark's intellect and personality. It’s the bad son.”

Entertainment Weekly provide additional informations:
"The Avengers sequel begins with Stark’s latest plan to fix the world: Ultron will be an all-seeing, all-knowing captain of a planetary police force known as the Iron Legion, a team of robotic beat cops who resemble blue-and-white versions of the Iron Man suit but have no human core—and less soul than a Carpenters album. If it all works out, the superheroes can rest easy..."

As usual something went terribly wrong and doesn't go as planned, so hell is unleashed on earth. Here's a detailed description of  the scene of The Avengers and their first horrific encounter with Ultron:
"In one of the opening scenes, the gang is celebrating with a swank party in the peak of Stark’s New York City skyscraper—formerly Stark Tower, it’s now the headquarters for the Avengers.
Stark sees the soiree as a chance for the Avengers to schmooze with the city’s powerbrokers in a post-S.H.I.E.L.D. environment, showing that they are not merely superpowered vigilantes. Half-filled glasses of wine, bottles of beer, and partially eaten plates of sushi and cookies litter the tables in this three-story marble and steel structure, constructed entirely within the soundstage—complete with a loading dock for the Quinjet and an upstairs laboratory for Stark and Banner (Mark Ruffalo) to blind themselves with science.
Thor (Chris Hemsworth) has put aside the cape and chest plate for a t-shirt and slacks, while Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow has swapped her leathery catsuit for an empire-waist cocktail dress with a billowing skirt—which helps hide the actress’s real-life pregnancy.
Banner looks a little uptight in his purple button-down and tweedy jacket, while Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye is in wallflower mode, lingering on the periphery by himself, ever the loner. Chris Evans’ Captain America is making small talk with former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders). Most of the partygoers have left; now it’s just the old friends lingering.
That’s when all hell breaks loose. The Legionnaires have suddenly activated, and are inexplicably trying to kill the heroes. In the chaos, Ultron—in one of his first, metallic forms—announces his new plan to bring peace to the planet—by eradicating the most destructive thing that walks on it: humans.
In the midst of the assault scene, Downey finds himself suspended 50 feet above the set, riding piggyback on an actor in a motion-capture suit who will be digitally replaced with a hovering, hostile Legionnaire.
With no armor at his disposal, Stark grabs the only weapon handy—a fondue fork—and jams it into the robot soldier’s neck as they bang around the ceiling. “The deadliest fondue fork in all the land!” Whedon jokes. “From Odin’s melted cheese, I shall destroy thee!”
Even without their battle gear, the Avengers make short work of the traitorous, mechanical assailants. But Ultron is just getting started. He’s now thinking for himself … and they are not happy thoughts.
“I know you’re ‘good’ people,” he tells them. “I know you mean well… but you just didn’t think it through… There is only one path to peace… your extermination.” In the next shot, focused on the heroes’ reactions, the patronizing snarl of Ultron is delivered off camera by Whedon."

Talking about Stark tower, we also have news also about it thanks to Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios President, who talked with IGN:

"Last time we saw Stark Tower, from The Avengers, it had gotten beat up a little bit thanks to Hulk and thanks to Loki and the Chituari, and Pepper and Tony were standing over a table looking at plans. That's where we pulled out and all the letters had fallen away except the 'A' in Stark. So what they were doing was retro-fitting for The Avengers. And that's what we see in this next film.
"S.H.I.E.L.D. is gone – for people who are following along. S.H.I.E.L.D. was disbanded and brought down at the end of The Winter Soldier because it turned out to not be the best organization ever. So Tony's bank-rolling The Avengers now. And he's bank-rolling their headquarters. So it's now Avengers Tower.
"Tony designed it so in addition to a hanger for a brand-new Quinjet, laboratories, places where he can build and store his Iron Man suits, there are I believe two bars. Beautiful multiple space living rooms which are perfect for parties and social gatherings. But it’s a primary location in the film this time around."

All this sounds great and with a bit of luck the described scene above will be shown at Comic-Con next week!

Pictures: copyright Marvel