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Lucasfilm defends Baby Yoda egg scene in ‘The Mandalorian’



It was a scandal of galactic proportions.

In the latest episode of “The Mandalorian,” the character dubbed “Baby Yoda” caused a Death Star-level commotion among fans when the little green sensation tried to eat the eggs of a new alien character, reports Entertainment Weekly.

Baby Yoda, whose real name is The Child, is tasked with shuttling a character and her eggs to a new planet before they die. However, several times during the episode, Baby Yoda is caught either trying to steal or eating one of the eggs.

This attempt at a running gag drew the ire of many fans who saw this as vilifying Baby Yoda.

“I’m a mom. It’s not funny at all to hear mama frog lady go into great detail about how important & beloved her eggs are to her & have to watch them get eaten on 3 separate occasions for s—s & giggles. Can’t just *one* mom get to survive AND keep her kids,” tweeted one viewer.

“For the record, the frog lady was very adamant about the fact that her eggs were important to her, and that it was her last and only chance to have kids, so it’s actually closer to f—ing up someone’s [in vitro fertilization] which would be incredibly upsetting for a wannabe mom. it’s not funny,” another user tweeted.

Others, however, put some of the irate fans on blast.

“If you are a person living in this world today, and this is the sort of thing that makes you upset, please consider joining one of those one-way missions to Mars,” wrote one.

Another added that it’s a “TV show. NOT REAL. Now I hope it grows up and becomes a human baby-eating monster that the galaxy cannot stop just for fun because it’s only TV and NOT REAL!”

As a response to the backlash, Lucasfilm’s Creative Art Manager Phil Szostak tweeted that the eggs were no different than the “chicken eggs many of us enjoy.”

For the record, Chapter 10 of #TheMandalorian makes it clear that the Frog Lady’s eggs are unfertilized, like the chicken eggs many of us enjoy,” he wrote.

“But obviously, chickens aren’t sentient beings and the Child eating the eggs is intentionally disturbing, for comedic effect.”





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Baby Yoda gets official portrait at National Portrait Gallery



Worth a thousand words, this picture is.

A Baby Yoda portrait will have a new home at one of the UK’s most prestigious art galleries as the second season of the series “The Mandalorian” prepares to stream on Disney Plus, reports Variety.

Titled “The Mandalorian and the Child,” the 3- by 2-foot oil painting features Baby Yoda and his Mandalorian protector, who is played in the show by Pedro Pascal.

The artwork was commissioned as a joint project between Disney Plus and the UK National Portrait Gallery.

“This is truly the way to mark the arrival of the second season of ‘The Mandalorian.’ We are honored to unveil this portrait in collaboration with the esteemed National Portrait Gallery,” said Luke Bradley-Jones, the Senior Vice-President at Disney Plus.

“The show and characters created by Jon Favreau have been embraced by fans across the U.K. who can now stand a step closer to inspect them on canvas before streaming the new episodes.”

Baby Yoda and the Mandalorian are the lastest of many Star Wars alums to have their portraits hung in the iconic UK gallery. Others include Sir Alec Guinness, Thandie Newton, Felicity Jones, Ben Morris, Riz Ahmed and Gareth Edwards.

“There is no doubt that ‘Star Wars’ is a cultural phenomenon that has had a huge impact on popular culture and has involved a wide range of talent from across the British film industry,” chief operating officer of the National Portrait Gallery, Ros Lawler said.

The artwork will be unveiled on Oct. 30, a date that coincides with the release of “The Mandalorian” season 2.



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Bette Midler confirms ‘Hocus Pocus’ sequel with original cast



It’s time to “run amok” with the original Sanderson Sisters . . . again.

After rumors floated earlier this year that the cult classic “Hocus Pocus” will get a highly anticipated sequel on Disney+, Bette Midler — the original Winifred Sanderson — has confirmed that she, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy will also return to their spellbinding roles.

Midler, 74, recently appeared on Fox 5’s “Good Day New York” and dropped a major hint when asked about whether or not she would be returning for a new installment.

“They want to make a movie; they’ve asked us if we were interested, and, of course, all of us said yes,” Midler said.

“I’m game. I’m totally game.”

It won’t be the first time that the Sanderson Sisters will reunite. Midler announced last week on Instagram that the bewitching trio will come together to host a virtual charity event, “In Search of the Sanderson Sisters: A Hocus Pocus Hulaween Takeover,” on Friday, Oct. 30.

“It was so bizarre to have been these characters 27 years ago,” Midler said regarding reuniting with Parker and Naijmy.

“And to put all that gear on . . . It was so bizarre, because we fell into exactly the same relationship we had and the same style of behaving on-screen that we had 27 years ago. As if we had been off for a weekend!”

As of now, there is no date set for “Hocus Pocus 2” to cast its spell on Disney+.





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Disney’s Space Mountain live-action movie in works



Disney hopes to turn its iconic Space Mountain rollercoaster into a movie.

The space-themed indoor rollercoaster is inspiring a live-action film that’s now in development, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

While many of the project details remain hidden among the stars, the movie will be a family adventure, the website reported.

Helming the project as producer and writer is Joby Harold — who is also currently writing and executive producing the upcoming Obi-wan Kenobi series for Disney+ — and his wife, Tory Tunnell, who is producing the film under their shared company, Safehouse Pictures.

Space Mountain opened in 1975 at Disney World in Florida where it became an instantaneous hit.

The fervor for the ride allowed Disney to open another Space Mountain in California’s Disneyland a few years later.

As of now, five out of the six Disney parks have a Space Mountain attraction.

Though the movie is in the early stages, it is planned to have a theatrical release.



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The Trailer for Disney Plus’ WandaVision Is Here & It’s Perfect


The stars were not the only ones getting rewarded at the 2020 Emmys

Viewers were also treated to the first trailer for Disney+’s Wandavision, the latest trip to the world of the Avengers. Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany return as Wanda Maximoff and Vision, but things are very different since we last saw them in Avengers: End Game

Wandavision is a “blend of classic television and the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” says Disney+. It follows Wanda and Vision, “two super-powered beings living idealized suburban lives” who “begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems.” 

The trailer shows Wanda and Vision living a happy life in various classic TV show settings until a dinner party guest (played by Debra Jo Rupp) begins asking how long they’ve been married and why they don’t have kids yet, and neither Wanda nor Vision have an answer—which makes since, given she’s a former Hydra test subject with mind-reading powers and he’s an android created by Iron Man. Is it even possible for them to have kids?! 



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Activists urge ‘Mulan’ boycotts after actress favors Hong Kong police



The live-action film version of Disney’s “Mulan” is facing renewed boycott calls from Asian activists.

Thai and Taiwanese activists have joined Hong Kong protestors fighting for democratic reform who first raised the call for boycotts of the film last year, after its Chinese-born star sided with the Hong Kong police and their crackdown of pro-democracy militants.

“I support the Hong Kong Police,” said Liu Yifei, who is also an American citizen, sharing a post from the Beijing People’s Daily on Weibo, a Chinese blog site in August 2019. “You can all attack me now. What a shame for Hong Kong.”

After several delays due to the coronavirus, “Mulan,” which was scheduled to open in theaters in March, is now out on Disney+ in the US and is scheduled to be shown at theaters throughout Asia on Sept. 11.

But MilkTeaAlliance, an online movement of pro-democracy protestors from Asian countries started in April and worried about China’s influence in the region, urged their followers to stay away from the film.



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‘Mulan’ will be free for all Disney+ subscribers in December



Disney Plus customers who shell out $30 for “Mulan” starting Friday, Sept. 4, will get the first look at the live-action remake — but in three months, all subscribers to the streaming service will get access to “Mulan” for no extra charge.

Starting Sept. 4, “Mulan” will be available to Disney Plus subscribers who pay the additional $29.99 early-access fee, on top of the regular $6.99-per-month subscription. “Your access to ‘Mulan’ will continue as long as you are an active Disney Plus subscriber,” the Disney Plus website says.

The “Mulan” Premier Access offer will be available until Nov. 2. Then, as of Dec. 4, 2020, “Mulan” will be available to all Disney Plus subscribers for no additional cost, according to an updated page on the service’s site, as previously spotted by the Verge.

Last month, Disney announced that it would release “Mulan” first as an early-access option on Disney Plus, bypassing theatrical distribution after several delays in its release schedule stemming from the COVID crisis.

For Disney, the unanswered question is how many Disney Plus subscribers will decide to pay $30 for early access to “Mulan” instead of waiting three months — and whether the media conglomerate might have been able to pull in more if it had pushed out the premium VOD window longer.

The movie can be purchased directly from Disney at disneyplus.com, as well as via third-party platforms including Apple, Google and Roku. (Amazon is not currently a distribution partner for “Mulan.”)

Internationally, the early-access pricing for “Mulan” will be slightly lower than in the U.S. In France, however, the film will not be available until Dec. 4 (when it’s unlocked for all Disney Plus customers as part of the base package) because the company’s PVOD plan was opposed by theater owners in that country.

The film, directed by Niki Caro, is a live-action reimagining of Disney’s 1998 animated feature. Like the original, the new “Mulan” follows a young warrior in China who disguises herself as a man to spare her elderly father from having to serve in the military.



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A contrast to Disney bestie Zendaya’s career


When Zendaya Coleman and Bella Thorne struck tween celebrity status with the 2010 Disney sitcom “Shake It Up,” they were hardly the best friends they portrayed on-screen.

“We were kind of forced to compete against each other,” Thorne told J-14 magazine in 2017. “It was, ‘Who’s better at this?’ and ‘Who’s better at that?’ ”

There’s no competing anymore. While the two eventually sorted out their baggage by the show’s second season — after a deep convo where they “put everything out there on the table,” they “became best friends,” said Thorne — they took divergent career paths. Both are famous today, but for very different things.

Prestige versus porn.

This week, Thorne made headlines for raking in $2 million dollars in just a week on OnlyFans, an X-rated subscription service where oglers pay $20 a month for her sexy premium content. The hype around her adult debut made $1 million in the first 24 hours and crashed the popular platform’s site  — even though there is “no full nudity” on her page, a rep for OnlyFans told Page Six.

Meanwhile, Zendaya — who dropped her last name professionally — has carved out a more elegant and acclaimed role for herself. Last month, the 23-year-old, who has a “standing invite” to the exclusive Met Gala and an ad deal with luxury cosmetics brand Lancôme, was nominated for an Emmy for her portrayal of a recovering drug addict in HBO’s drama series “Euphoria.”

The women could have been Tinseltown twinsies, but instead they are living out two different Hollywood endings based on their upbringings and choices.

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Bella Thorne and Zendaya get close in an episode of “Shake It Up.”Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

The same year that Zendaya won a People’s Choice Award (2019) for her work on “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” Thorne accepted the Vision Award from PornHub for directing her first erotic flick, “Her & Him.” Thorne, who identifies as a polyamorous pansexual, is open about her struggles: with cystic acne, dyslexia and self-acceptance on her Instagram, which she calls “100% a job to me,” sharing intimate details with her 23.6 million followers. Zendaya recently told Vogue, “I haven’t posted as much anymore.”

Even their pets highlight their differences: Thorne’s Australian Shepherd’s name is Tampon, while Zendaya’s black-furred pup is called Noon.

The pressure to be famous and a fractured family life led Thorne down a dark path. The star, who is named after Belle from “Beauty and the Beast,” started auditioning for commercials at 6 weeks old. She lost her father in a motorcycle accident when she was 9 and said she was expected to be a breadwinner from a young age. “I remember walking into the audition — it wasn’t a choice, it was, ‘This pays the bills, this is what you do,’” Thorne told Vogue about her Disney tryout.

“We were living off Stouffer’s coupons, and that’s what we had to eat every day,” Thorne revealed on an MTV podcast. “We were about to live physically on the street if I didn’t have that role.” At the time, Thorne was portraying Tancy Henrickson in the fourth season of the acclaimed HBO show “Big Love,” but that paycheck wasn’t enough to support her family.

In addition to the financial stress, Thorne claims to have been sexually abused from the ages of 6 to 14, at the hand of someone who was “there the whole entire time. He drove me to set, he was in my dressing room,“ according to an interview she gave on YouTube to vlogger Jake Paul. “I felt like I was so drowned, and I was in such a dark place growing up and I contemplated suicide.”

Regarding her childhood, she told “Good Morning America,” “I wanted acceptance . . . appreciation and love,” and added. “I never spoke up.”

Thorne eventually wrote a cathartic apology directed toward her “compulsive liar” mother, Tamara, on Instagram last year. “Our relationship is f - - ked up but I’m glad we are here,” she wrote.

Zendaya was also a child actress even before Disney, but was performing in classics such as “Twelfth Night” and “Richard III” at the California Shakespeare Theater, where her mom worked as house manager. She also joined a dance group, Future Shock Oakland, at age 8, and described her home life on Ellen in 2016. “I’m really lucky to have the parents I have,” she said. “I have that barrier and protection around me,” she said.

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Zendaya plays a recovering drug addict in HBO’s moody “Euphoria.”AP

Zendaya, in an interview for Vogue’s 73 Questions series called herself “a loner, kind of like an introvert” and said she sometimes unwinds by doing “nothing, I just stay inside and watch Harry Potter.” Coincidentally, Zendaya’s “Euphoria” character, Rue, matches up more with Thorne’s actual dark and glittery persona than Zendaya’s chilled-out one.

But they still seem to have each other’s backs. Last year, when Thorne decided to leak her own nude photos after she had been hacked, and allegedly blackmailed Whoopi Goldberg laid into her on “The View.” “If you’re famous, I don’t care how old you are, you don’t take nude pictures of yourself,” said Goldberg.

Along with a tearful video reacting to the news, she posted about support she had received from Zendaya following the incident. “Just a reminder that you are strong and courageous and beautiful inside and out,” read the text from her friend. “Just letting you know you’re a light and I’m superproud.”

Bella Thorne is gripped with fear in the 2017 thriller
Bella Thorne is gripped with fear in the 2017 thriller “Keep Watching.”©Screen Gems/Everett Collection

On social media, Thorne has lately been encouraging her followers to vote, and has been on a crusade against excessive retouching of photos on social media and in magazines, and even suggested that Instagram block the use of apps like Facetune.

“There’s a tremendous authenticity to Bella,” director Scott Speer, who worked with Thorne on “Midnight Sun,” told The Post in 2018. “I think the reason she really resonates with people is, what you see is kind of what you get.”

What we get: pics from a ride on a private jet stocked with KFC and Champagne to Vegas to celebrate her 21st birthday, a peek at nipple piercings in a see-through shirt, and a cannabis lifestyle brand. These things might not be what the Disney Channel tried to cultivate with young Thorne. The entertainment behemoth is notorious for trying to keep a tight grip on young stars’ squeaky clean images, often causing the celebs-in-training to crack under the pressure and rebel even more.

“I was always a rebel,” said Thorne in a SiriusXM interview. She told Vogue, “My agents used to say, your transition we think should be Disney to comedy to lead love interest comedy to Rachel McAdams type-vibe . . . I love Rachel McAdams, but I’m not Rachel McAdams.”

And Thorne won’t stop being a badass anytime soon.

“One thing I can thank my mom for is [my hustle],” she told Vogue.  “It’s embedded in my system,” said multi-hyphenate Thorne, who can now add sex symbol to her résumé. “I can never procrastinate.”





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Enjoy These Magical Details About Your Favorite Disney Movies


24. This 1989 classic set off what is widely known as the Disney Renaissance. On the heels of Oliver & CompanyThe Black Cauldron and several live-action films in the Herbie franchise, the success of Ariel and co. was followed by extremely well-received ’90s fare: Beauty and the BeastAladdinThe Lion KingToy Story

25. Give the opening scene with King Triton a rewatch: Eagle-eyed viewers (or, you know, those of us with the ability to press pause) can spot Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck in the underwater crowd, continuing the studio’s popular tradition of giving nods to other members of its vast oeuvre.

26. Color was key for the ocean-set picture. According to the official Walt Disney Company blog, Ariel’s red locks were chosen to help differentiate her from Daryl Hannah‘s blonde mermaid in 1994’s Splash and to complement the blue-green of her fin, a hue specially mixed by the Disney paint lab and named Ariel. 

27. As for her facial features, those were inspired by then-Who’s the Boss? star Alyssa Milano. “I didn’t know that when it was going on,” the actress told Wendy Williams in 2013. “But they asked me to host The Making of The Little Mermaid and it came there that the drawing and likeness of The Little Mermaid was based on pictures of me from when I was younger, which is so cool!”



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Disney Stars Are Hilariously Re-Creating Wand IDs On TikTok


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“And you’re watching Disney Channel.” ✨

If you grew up watching Disney Channel, you certainly remember those wand IDs during commercials where Disney stars would introduce themselves before drawing an imaginary pair of Mickey Mouse ears with a “magic” wand.

Well, in the land of TikTok, Disney stars are bringing the ~magic~ back by redoing their wand IDs — with a funny twist.

In the video, after lip-synching to the iconic “and you’re watching Disney Channel” intro, @devdeodav used the nose painting effect to draw an imaginary pair of glowing Mickey ears on the screen.


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Why use a wand when you can use a nose?


The 15 Disney stars he challenged to create their own TikToks include High School Musical stars like Ashley Tisdale and Vanessa Hudgens, Wizards of Waverly Place stars David Henrie and Selena Gomez, and the Jonas Brothers. He even captioned his video: “But if they actually did this, I would cry out of nostalgia.”

Now fans are patiently waiting for Ashely Tisdale, who’s next on the list, to continue the chain:


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One fan commented on Ashley’s most recent TikTok saying, “POV: you’re here to see if she duetted Tia Mowry” — and 4,955 other fans seemed to be in agreement.

So will Ashley continue the chain??? Then Vanessa Hudgens??? Monique Coleman??? The Jonas Brothers???? Debby Ryan??? We’ll have to stay tuned.

Which other Disney stars do you think should be part of this wand ID challenge? Let me know in the comments below!

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