Is Disney considering building a Marvel theme park?

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As with any major movie property, the topic of creating a Marvel theme park has come up more than once since “The Avengers” has had its major success this year. Considering Marvel is owned by Disney, it only makes sense that a Marvel section of Disney World or Disneyland pop up in the coming years.

According to a conversation Bob Iger had with Bloomberg, a Marvel amusement park is definitely something that has been discussed. It’s still up for discussion where it could live or what it would be, though.

“We’re very limited in Florida,” he said. “We’re less limited in California and not limited in China or Japan or France.”

What Iger fails to mention is that there’s already a Marvel park in Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure, which would likely conflict with Disney World having an “Avengers” area. He seemed pretty certain that Disney World wouldn’t get the Marvel treatment, but said that the folks behind the scenes at Disney are thinking of ways to keep the franchise alive.

“‘Avengers,’ I think, speaks volumes about not only the value of Marvel but the value that Marvel can create long-term in so many different ways,” he said. “I can’t give you a number except to say we sit here today with a very, very clear blueprint about how to create more value from Marvel over the years, value that I think will far exceed what we paid for Marvel a few years ago.”

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15 That ’70s Show Quotes to Help You Unleash Your Inner Jackie

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When life gets you down, just ask yourself: what would Jackie do? (But don’t ask her, because she doesn’t care about your stupid problems.) Before you catch That ’70s Show on IFC, take a look at some quotes that will help you be the best Jackie you can be.

15. She knows her strengths.

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14. She doesn’t let a little thing like emotions get in the way.

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13. She’s her own best friend.

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12. She has big plans for her future.

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11. She keeps her ego in check.

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10. She can really put things in perspective.

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9. She’s a lover…

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8. But she knows not to just throw her love around.

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7. She’s proud of her accomplishments.

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6. She knows her place in the world.

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5. She asks herself the hard questions.

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4. She takes care of herself.

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3. She’s deep.

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2. She’s a problem solver.

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1. And she’s always modest.

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“Avengers”-themed pinball machine coming out next year


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“The Avengers” are going to soon be heading to an arcade near you. Stern Pinball has announced that it’s developing a pinball machine inspired by “The Avengers” that will be available in 2013.

“Throughout the years The Avengers have cultivated a loyal and energetic fan base,” Gary Stern, founder, CEO and Chairman of Stern Pinball, said in a press release. “Stern is pleased to have the opportunity to give these fans an Avengers pinball game to enjoy for years to come.”

Don’t expect to see any more Marvel characters than are featured in the movies, though. The release says the pinball set will incorporate Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Captain America, Black Widow and Hawkeye, and will feature Earth’s mightiest facing off against Loki. “The Avengers pinball features an animated twisting and pounding custom molded HULK, drop targets and a spinning cube bonus, in addition to plenty of multiball action.”

There will be three versions of the pinball machine released, so if you have an extra few thousand dollars lying around, you could even purchase one for yourself. The Avengers pro model will run for $5,699, the limited edition version will be $8,099 and the Hulk limited edition will also be $8,099. Start saving your pennies.

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“Star Wars: Episode VII” targets “Toy Story 3″ screenwriter Michael Arndt


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Well, that was fast. Disney has reportedly already narrowed in on the screenwriter it wants to use for the next three “Star Wars” films, and he’ll be none other than Oscar-winner Michael Arndt.

Arndt is actually a pretty smart choice for Disney to pick. He helped pen “Toy Story 3″ with John Lasseter and Lee Unkrich, so he’s no stranger to the Mouse House. He’s also been nominated for an Oscar for both of his produced screenplays, and won one for “Little Miss Sunshine.” Arndt has been a hot commodity this year, having contributed to the screenplays for “Catching Fire” and “Oblivion.” He also has been brought back by Disney to write “The Untitled Pixar Movie That Takes You Inside the Mind.”

The news that Arndt had written a 40 to 50 page treatment for the upcoming “Star Wars” project was first confirmed by Vulture and later confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter, with Deadline reporting that the treatment is for the entire sequel trilogy. Arndt has apparently been developing this treatment since before Disney announced its acquisition of Lucasfilm, and it will be passed around to potential directors including Brad Bird, Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams.

In addition, Vulture has some new details about what the new movies are going to be about. Apparently the original three stars — Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill — won’t just be making cameo appearances; they’ll be leading the movie.

“Sources also tell Vulture that the studio’s brass want to bring back the three central characters of the original ‘Star Wars': a much older Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo. No deals are in place with any of the original actors, though our source did say it had high ambitions to sign up Mark Hamill, and EW recently reported that Harrison Ford was open to the idea of returning,” the site writes.

Fisher has also vocalized her interest in reprising the role of Princess Leia. “Star Wars: Episode VII” is due to hit theaters in 2015 with each subsequent sequel coming out a year or two after, and it’s gearing up to enter production in 2014.

Do you think Arndt is a good pick for the three “Star Wars” sequels? What do you think of the rumored plans for the movies’ plot? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

Sam Mendes almost directed “The Avengers,” but passed


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In a very different world, we could have had a version of “The Avengers” directed by Sam Mendes.

The “American Beauty” director instead opted to helm “Skyfall,” but it turns out that he was one of the many Hollywood A-listers who were offered the chance to helm Marvel’s ensemble superhero movie. He ended up passing, but he opened up to Moviefone about why he turned it down.

“I mean, that’s not my world particularly,” he said. “I’ll go see it, particularly with my kids, but I didn’t want to make it.”

Interestingly enough, it was Mendes’ first impression of Marvel’s “The Avengers” that might have turned him off to it. In addition to not really being interested in comic book movies, it seems like he wasn’t a big fan of how Marvel approached him.

“With a lot of these movies, the date’s announced before anything exists, let alone a script. The funniest letter I got — they were sending [a packet for] “The Avengers,” right? For directors to pitch — and I got a package, which was full of comic books, but no treatment; there was no script,” Mendes said. “But the cover letter said ‘Marvel’s “Avengers” will be released on May 3, 2012′ or whatever it was. That was the first sentence of the cover letter. Not, ‘We have the pleasure of enclosing the materials…’ or ‘Here is the script for…’ But the release date. That was the first sentence.”

Now we’ll forever wonder what a Mendes-directed “The Avengers” would look like, though we might get a sense of it tomorrow in “Skyfall.” After all, James Bond is a superhero in his own right.

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