All 20 Marvel Studios Marvel Cinematic Universe Films Are Returning to Theaters with the Marvel Studios 10th Anniversary Film Festival

To honor ten years of filmmaking at Marvel Studios, starting August 30 and running through September 6, all twenty films spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe will be returning to theaters for the Marvel Studios – 10th Anniversary Film Festival. Marvelites can purchase tickets at Fandango.com/MarvelStudios10 now on sale.

Beginning with Marvel Studios’ “Iron Man,” the first film to kick off the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and all the way through this year’s releases of “Black Panther,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” and “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” will playing exclusively in IMAX on select IMAX theatres across the United States and Canada. Three films, “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” and “Captain America: The First Avenger” have never been seen in IMAX.

The first five days of the Marvel Studios – 10th Anniversary Film Festival will show all twenty films in release order, followed by two theme days centering around “Origins” and “Team Ups.” The film festival will conclude on the morning of September 6 with two films chosen especially by the fans. Voting is now open and open until August 17. To vote, head over to @IMAX’s official Twitter poll here: https://twitter.com/IMAX/status/1027964271181758464.

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Marvel Studios’ 10th anniversary begins with the release of “Avengers: Infinity War” and covers an impressive decade of Marvel Studios’ blockbusters released from 2008 through the “Avengers” untitled film in 2019. In celebration of the anniversary, fans can expect exclusive consumer products and collectibles, along with in-theater events and much more in the coming months.

Marvel Studios’ unprecedented success over the last ten years is reflected in its cumulative box-office receipts of over $13.5 billion worldwide. Legions of fans—both old and new—have enjoyed the live-action exploits of favorite Marvel Super Heroes in films that express the unique vision and creativity of the filmmakers, and deliver spectacle and thrilling action with relatable characters.


Premiere of Disney Channel’s Original Movie ‘Freaky Friday’ is the #1 TV Telecast of the Summer in Kids 6-11 and Tweens 9-14

The world premiere of the Disney Channel Original Movie “Freaky Friday” on Friday, August 10 (8:00-9:45 p.m. EDT/PDT) reached 7.2 million Total Viewers – including 3.1 million Kids 6-14 – across seven telecasts in its first three days. The Friday (8:00 p.m.) telecast alone ranks as the summer’s #1 TV telecast among both Kids 6-11 (999,000/4.2 rating) and Tweens 9-14 (782,000/3.2 rating) and is the top cable telecast in six months among both Kids 6-11 and Tweens 9-14 – since 2/16/18 and 2/19/18, respectively.  Disney Channel’s “Freaky Friday” is available now on DisneyNOW and VOD.

Separately, its nine musical scenes – as music videos on DisneyMusicVevo and/or Disney Channel YouTube – have been viewed 747,000 times since Friday, August 10.  The 12 song soundtrack was released by Walt Disney Records on Friday, August 10.

On Friday, August 24 (8:00 p.m.), “Freaky Friday Live Play,” a special telecast and second screen interactive experience, will connect kids’ interest in the movie with their favorite activities – leveling up via trivia and quizzes.

To produce the comedic body-swap movie musical, told as a new story for a new generation, Disney Channel collaborated with Disney Theatrical Productions, the Broadway arm of Disney.   The Disney Theatrical Productions’ regional show played in five theatres (2016-17).  As a Disney Channel Original Movie, it will be seen in 400 million homes on Disney Channels worldwide.  It is also newly available via Music Theatre International (MTI) to schools and community theatres.

Directed by Steve Carr (“Paul Blart: Mall Cop,” “Daddy Day Care”), the screenplay was written by playwright Bridget Carpenter (“11.22.63,” “Friday Night Lights”) based on her Disney Theatrical Production stage adaptation of the novel by Mary Rodgers.  The music is by Tom Kitt and lyrics by Brian Yorkey (the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning duo behind “Next to Normal”).  The choreography is by Tony Award-nominee John Carrafa (“Into the Woods,” “Urinetown”).

Starring are: Cozi Zuehlsdorff (“Dolphin Tale”) and Heidi Blickenstaff (“The Little Mermaid” and “Something Rotten!” on Broadway, and the stage production of “Freaky Friday”), Ricky He, Alex Désert (Disney Channel’s “Let it Shine”), Jason Maybaum (Disney Channel’s “Raven’s Home”), Kahyun Kim (Disney Channel’s “Austin & Ally”), Dara Renee’, Jennifer Laporte, Isaiah Lehtinen, Sarah Willey (also known as Marlowe Percival), Rukiya Bernard and Joshua Pak.

The executive producers are Steve Carr, Susan Cartsonis (“Deidra & Laney Rob a Train,” “What Women Want”) and Thomas Schumacher, president and producer, Disney Theatrical Productions (“The Lion King,” “Aladdin” and “Frozen” on Broadway).

Emmy nominee David Lawrence (“Descendants,” “High School Musical”) composed the score. Perry Andelin Blake (“Middle School – the Worst Years of My Life,” “The Wedding Singer”) is the production designer. Academy Award winner Angus Strathie (“Moulin Rouge!,” “Deadpool”) is the costume designer.

New Details Revealed for Dining Locations at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort has been undergoing a major refurbishment which included the closure of some of its dining locations last year.  Today Disney shared  new details about two new dining locations which will be opening at the resort in the coming months.

In just a few months when the reimagining of Old Port Royale is complete, the former Shutters table-service restaurant will open in an all-new location as Sebastian’s Bistro!

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Located along the Old Port Royale waterfront, Sebastian’s Bistro will feature beautiful views, warm island hospitality and a menu that blends Latin and Caribbean flavors from market-fresh ingredients.

When you arrive at the casual, family-friendly restaurant, you’ll see a blue shiplap marquee where everyone’s favorite red crustacean invites you to dine on island time. Inside, you’ll feel as though you’ve just stepped into a tropical beachfront home.

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Every detail celebrates the natural beauty of the Caribbean – from coral patterns and kelp filigree, to lure-inspired art and nautical designs. All around the restaurant, you may even notice abstract artwork and under the sea landscapes featuring Sebastian and friends.

Disney also shared new visuals showcasing the resort’s quick-service dining location, Centertown Market.

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Centertown Market will be expanded to create an indoor street market vibe.

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You’ll enter the space under a large palapa-like structure, accented with glowing, colored light pendants made from glass bottles. The market will feature open shutters, wooden light posts, awnings, ornamentation and unique seating areas. You will also have access to the Grab n’ Go market for specialty coffee and quick bites.

Stay tuned for  menu options and opening dates for both restaurants!

Disney Channel to Air Encore Screening of ‘Freaky Friday’ Tonight

Cozi Zuehlsdorff (“Dolphin Tale”) and Heidi Blickenstaff (“The Little Mermaid” and “Something Rotten!” on Broadway, and the stage production of “Freaky Friday”) star in the Disney Channel Original Movie “Freaky Friday,” a music-driven, body-swap comedy about a mother and daughter who, strangely, spend a day in each other’s shoes. It will air an encore screening on Wednesday, August 15 at 7:35 pm ET/PT on Disney Channel.

Adam Bonnett, executive vice president, Original Programming, Disney Channel, said, “This movie is a creative collaboration with our Theatrical colleagues who developed an original stage musical from a beloved story. Now we’ve added a fresh twist by adapting it again into a movie for kids and families – with Broadway talent on and off camera – that has the potential to be a classic ‘DCOM’ for years to come.”

Tom Kitt wrote the music and Brian Yorkey penned the lyrics for “Freaky Friday.” The Tony Award® and Pulitzer Prize-winning pair also collaborated on “If, Then” and “Next to Normal,” as well as the stage version of “Freaky Friday.” Eight songs from the stage production and two new songs, including one co-written by Cozi Zuehlsdorff, are performed in a theatrical pop-rock style by the cast.

The script, written by Bridget Carpenter (“11.22.63,” “Friday Night Lights,”), is based on her Disney Theatrical Production stage adaptation of the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers. The movie is directed by Steve Carr (“Paul Blart: Mall Cop,” “Daddy Daycare”) and executive produced by Thomas Schumacher, president and producer, Disney Theatrical Productions (“The Lion King”, “Aladdin” and “Frozen” on Broadway), Carr and Susan Cartsonis (“Deidra & Laney Rob a Train,” “What Women Want”).

Blickenstaff is Katherine Blake, a busy mother and a perfectionist who runs her own catering company and struggles to understand her teenage daughter, who has a mind of her own. While refereeing endless bickering between Ellie and her younger brother Fletcher, Katherine is carefully planning every single detail of her impending wedding to her fiancé and calming influence, Mike.

Zuehlsdorff plays Katherine’s 16-year-old daughter Ellie who’s attempting to assert her independence from the mother who she perceives wants her to be perfect, nothing like who Ellie wants to be. She’s also struggling to accept her father’s death five years ago and the fact that her mom is now getting remarried. As a result, Ellie’s school attendance and grades are suffering.

A confrontation rises when Katherine won’t allow Ellie to join “The Hunt,” an epic all-night scavenger quest organized by her crush Adam. Upon wishing the other would change their ways, mother and daughter magically swap bodies through the magical power of an hourglass that Ellie received from her father – a treasured gift which is then accidentally shattered. Now, they must hunt down the matching hourglass that Katherine’s late husband gave her in order to swap bodies back to their true selves. First, the two must spend the day literally in each other’s shoes, because Ellie needs to get to school or she’ll face suspension and Katherine has an important magazine interview, to promote her catering business, and her engagement party, which can’t be missed.

Also starring in “Freaky Friday” are Ricky He as Ellie’s friend Adam, Alex Désert (“Let it Shine”) as Mike and Disney Channel star Jason Maybaum (“Raven’s Home”) as Fletcher. Kahyun Kim (“Austin & Ally”) plays Torrey, Katherine’s high-strung business associate; Dara Reneé is Ellie’s mean girl classmate, Savannah; Jennifer Laporte and Isaiah Lehtinen are Ellie’s best friends Monica and Karl, respectively; and Sarah Willey (also known as Marlowe Percival) plays Savannah’s friend Kitty.

The movie’s musical highlights include “Just One Day,” a duet by Katherine and Ellie that reveals the distance they feel between each other; “I Got This,” when Katherine and Ellie start their crazy day in each other’s shoes; “Oh Biology,” a song about the changes experienced by adolescents; “Go!,” a fun and fast-moving ensemble number that unfolds during the exciting competition of “The Hunt”; and “At Last It’s Me,” an original pop song performed by Zuehlsdorff.

Tony nominee John Carrafa’s (“Into the Woods,” “Urinetown”) spirited and creative choreography incorporates everyday action and movement, turning ordinary moments into realistic “motion of life” musical sequences.

Emmy® nominee David Lawrence (“Descendants,” “High School Musical”) composed the score. Perry Andelin Blake (“Middle School – the Worst Years of My Life,” “The Wedding Singer”) is the production designer. Academy Award® winner Angus Strathie (“Moulin Rouge!,” “Deadpool”) is the costume designer.

The “Freaky Friday” soundtrack, from Walt Disney Records, is available now in physical and digital formats.

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