Disney Imagineers have been hard at work figuring out how to make a Marvel theme park happen in Anaheim, California, while IMG has been attempting to do the same in Dubai and now a Justice League ride is apparently headed to Australia.

According to SlashFilm, Marvel is about to make their presence known in the theme park world by bringing a multitude of parks and rides to cities across the globe.

With two new attractions planned in Anaheim and Dubai, Marvel looks to be on the move. MTV reports that Ilyas & Mustafa Galdari (IMG) has broken ground on a Marvel-themed “family entertainment center.” Which they hope will be available to the public by the end of 2013. The plans were actually set back in 2007 for a full fledged theme park, but due to the economy bust in 2008, it’s been scaled down a bit to a still impressive eight indoor acres of IMG’s current 27-acre theme park.

Marvel Adventure will most likely be smaller attractions rather than large rides, such as restaurants, stores, and a large range of entertainment experiences that will feature Marvel characters. Disney will be backing the themed area, but it’s mostly only related by the many licensing agreements that were needed for something like this to occur. Sadly, it will not involve Disney’s well known Imagineers.

This will not be the case with the planned Marvel attraction in Anaheim. Disney is fully involved with the U.S. Marvel theme park and it’s already been mocked up as a model by the Disney design team. Though it hasn’t been officially green-lit, plans call for it to feature “thrill rides and energetic shows aimed at teens and adults,” and they hope that this will be the first of many Marvel theme parks built in the States, similar to how the Harry Potter theme parks look to be spreading around the U.S.

This park will not replace an older piece of the park, it will be a separate piece alongside the two existing areas which consist of original Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. While the Dubai park is a mere 8 acres, the California Marvel area is looking at a massive 100 acre piece of land, which is near the Toy Story parking lot, but this is simply where the mock up has the park and details could obviously be changed once plans are finalized.

As of now, it’s still in the early stages. Disney is hoping that their relaunch of California Adventure is successful and then they will decide if they wish to move forward with the Marvel area. One has to imagine that with Marvel being such a big part of the average consumer’s life now, that they would jump at using their wealth of licensing abilities to make such an attractive theme park.

Justice League is getting some love as well according to SHH, as Warner Bros. is coming up with some ideas of their own which could result in a ride called Justice League: Alien Invasion 3D, which is already set to come to Australia in September. This will be one epic adventure ride, which lets the riders have an experience with DC’s comic heroes (Batman, Superman, etc…) and help them fight against “millions of evil alien spores.”

As you wait in line to get on the ride, you’ll get introduced to a visual aide which will fill you in with the story like a news anchor might, which should make the wait time a bit more manageable. When it’s your turn to jump on the ride, you’ll hop into one of eight alien crafts and make your way through the eight enormous 3D screens to fight off the alien foes.

Looks like it’s not only the U.S. who’s gone crazy for comic heroes and we look forward to seeing how these many incredible ideas come to fruition.

What do you think about all the comic theme park action happening around the globe?

In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

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In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

Last year, Sony had their pick of three complete scripts for a live-action Barbie movie. Of those three, they chose Hilary Winston’s. Now that Schumer is on board, THR says to expect her and her sister, Kim Caramele, to rewrite Winston’s original idea.

The plot, given that Schumer doesn’t change the major details, “begins in a perfect land of Barbies where one woman slowly awakens to the fact that she doesn’t fit it. She is expelled from the idealistic land and journeys to the real world, where she discovers that being unique is an asset.”

The outlet also addresses the fact that Mattel has had to deal with plenty of criticism regarding body image and race when it comes to the Barbie toys. Schumer’s casting is a great way to speak to some of those issues, and will hopefully provide a positive and uplifting message by the movie’s end.

There will be, of course, some hesitation given Schumer’s previous work. One only has to look as far as Trainwreck and Inside Amy Schumer to see her comedy is often brutally honest and raunchy. Barbie would be shocked.

But Schumer is an actress, after all, and a brilliant comedian. For this “contemporary spin on beauty, feminism and identity,” she seems like just the right fit.

What do you think of Amy Schumer as Barbie?

It’s arguably the biggest day for Hamilton fans since the release of the original Broadway recording: The Hamilton Mixtape has arrived!

Following years of development, the Hamilton Mixtape was released around the world on Friday, December 2. Mixtape features, well, remixes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton hits, sung by artists both big and small from various genres.

To celebrate the album’s release, a special #Ham4Ham was hosted at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Thursday night, where names like Ashanti, Ja Rule, Regina Spektor, and Andra Day performed their songs from Mixtape:

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It’s arguably the biggest day for Hamilton fans since the release of the original Broadway recording: The Hamilton Mixtape has arrived!

Following years of development, the Hamilton Mixtape was released around the world on Friday, December 2. Mixtape features, well, remixes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton hits, sung by artists both big and small from various genres.

To celebrate the album’s release, a special #Ham4Ham was hosted at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Thursday night, where names like Ashanti, Ja Rule, Regina Spektor, and Andra Day performed their songs from Mixtape:

Stream ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’:

Spotify users can easily stream The Hamilton Mixtape below. You can also listen here via Apple Music.:

And you can purchase a physical copy from Amazon here (you know all the Hamilton fans in your life will want a physical copy):

Hamilton Mixtape tracklist

1. No John Trumbull (Intro) – The Roots
2. My Shot (feat. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess) [Rise Up Remix] – The Roots
3. Wrote My Way Out – Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Aloe Blacc
4. Wait For It – Usher
5. An Open Letter (feat. Shockwave) [Interlude] – Watsky
6. Satisfied (feat. Miguel & Queen Latifah) – Sia
7. Dear Theodosia (feat. Ben Folds) – Regina Spektor
8. Valley Forge (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
9. It’s Quiet Uptown – Kelly Clarkson
10. That Would Be Enough – Alicia Keys
11. Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) – K’naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, Residente
12. You’ll Be Back – Jimmy Fallon & The Roots
13. Helpless (feat. Ja Rule) – Ashanti
14. Take A Break (Interlude) – !llmind
15. Say Yes To This – Jill Scott
16. Congratulations – Dessa
17. Burn – Andra Day
18. Stay Alive (Interlude) – J.PERIOD & Stro Elliot
19. Slavery Battle (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
20. Washington’s By Your Side – Wiz Khalifa
21. History Has Its Eyes On You – John Legend
22. Who Tells Your Story (feat. Common & Ingrid Michaelson) – The Roots
23. Dear Theodosia (Reprise) – Chance The Rapper & Francis and The Lights

What are our favorite performances on ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’?

Chris Pratt is currently on a press tour for Passengers. Jennifer Lawrence may or may not be there too.

Passengers, the new sci-fi epic starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, comes out later this month. The promo tour has kicked off in Europe, with the two stars on hand to answer all our questions.

To entertain himself (and his fans!), Chris Pratt has been updating his Instagram with funny photos and captions from the tour.

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Chris Pratt is currently on a press tour for Passengers. Jennifer Lawrence may or may not be there too.

Passengers, the new sci-fi epic starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, comes out later this month. The promo tour has kicked off in Europe, with the two stars on hand to answer all our questions.

To entertain himself (and his fans!), Chris Pratt has been updating his Instagram with funny photos and captions from the tour.

There’s some real gold in there, but the best part is when he realizes that fans really want to see some pictures of Jennifer Lawrence — who doesn’t have her own social media accounts — and proceeds to very decidedly not include her!

Update: He did it again.


See some of the hilarious posts from Chris Pratt below:

Finally got that selfie with Jen y'all wanted. #passengersmovie

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Just hanging with my bestie Jen. #passengersmovie

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Here Jen and I pose with @elrubiuswtf

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Here's an extremely artistic and meaningful video I made in which Jen is heavily featured. #passengersmovie

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Another day down with me and my best buddy Jen. #London #passengersmovie

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Not going to lie — we’re almost as excited for the press interview videos as we are for the movie itself!

‘Passengers’ hits cinemas on December 21