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Disney Research Deepfake Automatic Neural Face Swapping
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Deepfakes have been quite popular among internet users, as many hobbyists have been face swapping many celebrities in famous movies. Disney Research has developed an algorithm for fully automatic neural face swapping in images and videos. In other words, this is the first method capable of rendering photo-realistic and temporally coherent results at megapixel resolution, making it suitable for the big screen. Read more for a video and additional information.

Disney Splash Mountain Princess and the Frog
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Disney Imagineers announced today that Splash Mountain at both Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom park in Florida, will soon be completely rethemed. These attractions will be themed after the animated Disney film, “The Princess and the Frog,” letting guests join Princess Tiana and Louis on a musical adventure as they prepare for their first-ever Mardi Gras performance. Read more for a video ride along of the current attraction and additional information.

Thor Ragnarock Lightsabers
In Ragnrok, Thor returns to Asgard to find Heimdall gone and his estranged brother Loki posing as Odin, who is then forced to help him find their father, and with directions from Stephen Strange at the Sanctum Sanctorum in New York City, they locate Odin in Norway. What could the movie have been like if the main characters used lightsabers instead of a hammer and other weapons? Read more to see exactly this, thanks to ImmersionVFX.

The Simpsons Pixar Onward
Pixar movies typically begin with a Pixar short film, like Bao with Incredibles 2, Lou with Cars 3, Piper with Finding Dory, and so forth, but for Onward, we’re getting one from The Simpsons universe. That’s right, since the The Walt Disney Company acquired Fox properties, they’re going to screen “Playdate with Destiny” before Onward, starring Maggie Simpson. Read more for two videos and additional information.

Animatronic Spider-Man Avengers Campus
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Disney first revealed at the D23 Expo this past summer that Imagineers were working on a new experience with Spider-Man at Avengers Campus coming to Disney California Adventure park this summer, but now we know that it is going to be in animatronic form. The robot of sorts is going to have articulating robotic joints capable of web slinging when launched with a bungie mechanism. Read more for two videos and additional information.

Disney Plus Launch
Disney has officially joined the streaming business with the debut of its Disney+ service. The company hopes that its $6.99-per-month service will attract millions of subscribers with its mix of Marvel / Star Wars movies, TV shows, classic animated films, new series and lots more. The most highly anticipated original show is “The Mandalorian,” a live-action “Star Wars” series created by Jon Favreau. Read more for a video that tells you all about the service and additional information.

Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Disneyland Preview

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is opening ahead of schedule on May 31 at Disneyland Resort and August 29 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. On opening day for phase one, guests will be able to live their own Star Wars story and take the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. Plus, you’ll get to sample amazing galactic-themed food / beverages, explore an intriguing collection of merchant shops and lots more. Read more for two videos, additional pictures and information.

Star Wars Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker
Star Wars: Episode IX, officially called “The Rise of Skywalker,” director J.J. Abrams said Friday during an appearance at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago that some time has gone by since the events of the last movie and doesn’t pick up immediately after the events of “The Last Jedi.” Yes, Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia will make an appearance through unused scenes from “The Force Awakens” that have been integrated into the story. It opens nationwide on Dec. 10, 2019. Read more to watch the trailer and for a reaction video.

Audi Holoride The Walt Disney Company
Audi’s new spin-off company, Holoride, announced at CES 2019 today that they have teamed up with The Walt Disney Company to bring the virtual reality experience into the backseat of every car. This startup uses an open platform that enables any automaker as well as content developers to create reality formats that fit their vehicles using “elastic content,” which is automatically generated for each journey. Read more for a video and additional information.

Stan Lee 96th Birthday

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Stan Lee would have turned 96-years-old today, and Marvel honored the late comic book legend with a Tweet that read: “Happy Birthday, Stan. Thank you for everything.” Despite stepping away from regular duties at Marvel in the 1990s, he teamed up with Peter Paul in 1998 to start a new Internet-based superhero creation, production, and marketing studio, called Stan Lee Media. After that, Lee, Gill Champion, and Arthur Lieberman formed POW! (Purveyors of Wonder) Entertainment in 2001 to develop film, television and video game properties. Read more for more Stan Lee fan tributes.