Take A Look At Industrial Light & Magic’s Secret Virtual Reality Lab


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As you know, that new Star Wars movie is coming out for Christmas!  And the YouTube channel The Verge takes you inside the ILMxLab at Industrial Light & Magic who is currently working on the new Star Wars movies.  ILMxLab is a augmented reality think-tank that creates the future of entertainment, and it rocks, enjoy!

Star Wars Land, Coming Soon To A Disney Theme Park Near You


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Disney really wants to care about Star Wars, so much that they want to build something called “Star Wars Land” in their two theme parks in Florida and California.  During the D23 Fan Expo over the weekend, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced the expansion plans to their theme parks.  The pair of 14 acre Star Wars Land attractions will include cantinas, roaming creatures, the ability to fly the Millennium Falcon, and a lot more!  I guess according to this concept art from Disney below, it will be like you are in the Star Wars universe!

Star Wars-Themed Lands Coming to Disney Parks – Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced at D23 EXPO 2015 that Star Wars-themed lands will be coming to Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif., and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla., creating Disney’s largest single-themed land expansions ever at 14-acres each, transporting guests to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life.  These authentic lands will have two signature attractions, including the ability to take the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle. (Disney Parks)

There is no timetable for when this might open.  But here is what Disney CEO Bob Iger said about Star Wars Land.

“We are creating a jaw-dropping new world that represents our largest single themed land expansion ever.  These new lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World will transport guests to a whole new Star Wars planet, including an epic Star Wars adventure that puts you in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.  You can experience new stories with characters from The Force Awakens, and familiar characters from the Star Wars saga.”

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One of two main attractions in both theme parks will be the ability to fly the Millennium Falcon.  The other main attraction was not disclosed.  Star Wars Land will be an entire world, complete with costumed castmembers, restaurants, and other attractions that will make the experience fully immersive.  So, go to Disney World, see Mickey Mouse, and feel like you are in the Star Wars universe, I’m in!  Oh, and also over the weekend Disney released the logo for The Incredibles 2 movie, i’m stoked to see this!

The Evening Post: DragonCon TV Sold It Off Parody Song


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DragonCon 2015 is just around the corner!  And to get ready, the folks from  DragonConTV have put out a parody song called “Sold It Off.”  If you have not guessed, this song is a parody of the Taylor Swift song “Shake It Off.”  And the music video is all Star Wars inspired!  And this song is funny, enjoy!

See How Star Wars Pleases The Fans With Their Comic Con Reel


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As we all know Star Wars: The Force Awakens is coming out this Christmas!  And while other studios put out trailers, Lucasfilm decided to put out a reel, with hardly any spoilers in it!  This video is a special look behind the scenes of Star Wars:The Force Awakens by director J.J. Abrams, producer and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and writer Lawrence Kasdan.  Enjoy!

Weekend Planning: Magic City Con 2015


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Sadly there was no Alabama Phoenix Festival this year.  But thankfully the Birmingham Metro is still having at least one geeky/nerdy con this year!  This year, the Magic City Con makes its debut!  Magic City Con is a fan convention that will be held at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center on Highway 280 on July 24-26th 2015. Their con features a variety of panels that focus on cosplay, video games, Star Wars, and much more!

For them, they see the cosplayers as the heart of our convention. You bring amazing characters and creatures to life and they would love to give you a wonderful event to highlight your hard work and creativity!  They have a stage where you can show off and flaunt your mad sewing and creating skills as you participate in their cosplay contests. They also have cosplay guest speakers and panels that will be sure to interest anyone from casual to established. Take your cosplay to the next level with helpful tips from their knowledgeable panelists! Want to start cosplaying but didn’t know where to start, they have you covered as well!  Their contests are judged by cosplayers who have all been recognized and appreciated for their own creations.

Magic City Con has panels featuring some of the voices of the Star Wars Rebels cast! Are you a rebel or buckethead? All are welcome to come chat about the popular new Disney animated series featuring the crew of the Ghost in this newest installment to the Star Wars franchise which is set five years before ‘Star Wars IV:A New Hope’.

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Maybe the paranormal and supernatural are more your speed-if so, they have Ghost Hunt Weekends on hand to help show you how to take on any unwanted spirits haunting you. Maybe talking about the supernatural isn’t scary enough for you though. Perhaps you want to try your hand at a real ghost adventure but don’t have all the awesome gear. Ghost Hunt Weekends is looking to find some brave souls who want to search out some restless spirits! Are you brave enough to join them?

Looking to geek out? They have a night of tabletop gaming; new games to try as well as tried and true ones you have always loved that you don’t want to miss out playing! Are you more of a DM than a player? Let them know if you are interested in running a game at one of our tables!   For our wee geeks who dress up and want to participate in the fun, they have a four hour KidCon event that gives even the smallest geeks a place to show off their costumes, hang out with some of our special guests, watch live demonstrations, enjoy crafts, participate in contests and have a chance at winning prizes!

With all the featured guests, panels, contests, games and events that they have planned, you don’t want to miss the event everyone will be talking about! Come and be a part of a one of a kind experience close to home!  Some of the guests for 2015 includes Steve Blum, Jennifer Hale, Greg Ellis, Kevin Bley, and others!  Featured guests includes  Umbrella Corporation: Alabama Division, Florence Steampunk Society, Magic City Lego Users Group, Mandalorian Mercs, Alabama Ghostbusters, Alabama 501st Garrison, and Thr33 Days Dead.

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Panels will be hosted by Hillary Wilson, Jason Bray and Allison Lane, Jenny Brown, Silver Kitsune, Joe Crowe, Shawn Wray, Project Potemkin, Colleen Johnson, The Deucecast Movie Show, Good Morning Empire, Daniel Emery Taylor, G.S. Jennsen, Travis Shoaf, Lauren Rachel Wall, and more!  There will be a cosplay contest, a special KidCon, gaming, panels, vendors, and more!  Tickets are $45 for a weekend pass!  To learn more go to: http://www.magiccitycon.com/

Follow them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/magiccitycon and on Twitter @ALMagicCityCon.