Monday, 11 December 2017

ready player one spielberg sequel

Ernest Cline, the author of Ready Player One which will also be a blockbuster movie next year directed by Steven Spielberg has talked about a sequel to the book and with added XP, it will have Steven Spielberg's input.

Cline talked about the sequel and Spielberg's input during a trailer launch event and understandably couldn't say much about it but the confirmation is welcome news.  Who doesn't want more retro 80's goodness in an action packed story?

He also admitted that Wade's diary which is featured in the first book was inspired from Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.  Here's what he said when asked about a sequel:

“It is true...I can’t talk about it too much, but I can tell you there’s no better inspiration for a writer returning to a world they’ve already worked on when they’re seeing Steven Spielberg bringing that world to life. To get to talk to him and get his input, one of the greatest storytellers of all-time, and a storyteller that had a direct influence on my first novel, ‘Ready Player One.’ Wade carries a grail diary through the whole story to collect his clues about the Easter Egg hunt, and that’s because of ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.’ It would have been a different story if I had not grown up watching Steven’s movies. So to get to not only collaborate with him to bring the first story to life but to bounce ideas off of him for the sequel is the most gratifying thing that’s ever happened to me in my life.”



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Sunday, 10 December 2017

ready player one new trailer

Warner Bros. UK is pleased to reveal the official trailer and teaser one-sheet for Steven Spielberg's pop culture odyssey, Ready Player One, based on the bestseller from Ernest Cline.



*IN CINEMAS 30TH MARCH, 2018*

The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse.  But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance).  When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world.  When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.

Joining Tye Sheridan (X-Men: Apocalypse, Mud), Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Bates Motel), Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One – A Star Wars Story, Bloodline) and T.J. Miller (Deadpool, Silicon Valley), with Simon Pegg (the Star Trek movies, the Mission: Impossible movies) and Oscar winner Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies, Dunkirk) round out the cast. Directed by Spielberg from a screenplay by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline, Ready Player One was produced by Spielberg, Donald De Line, Kristie Macosko Krieger and Dan Farah; with Adam Somner, Daniel Lupi, Chris DeFaria and Bruce Berman as executive producers. The film is slated for release worldwide beginning 30th March, 2018, and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.


Seeing the Delorean never gets old.

Fancy a drink with some interesting people?

The ultimate prize

Fancy a ride in Big Foot?

What have they got in there, King Kong?

For Freedom?

Gundam it.

 Big friends always come in useful


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Saturday, 9 December 2017

ready player one

A new poster has been released for Ready Player One which hits screens next year.  The Steven Spielberg directed movie based on Ernest Cline's novel will also get a new trailer tomorrow.  The author himself announcing the new trailer on his Twitter feed:




Ready Player One is set to hit theaters in March 30th, 2018.  

I am currently reading the book and I cannot wait for the movie version.  If you love the 80's, retro gaming and all things geek related then you are in for a treat and it's directed by our favourite director.  Bonus Stage!

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harry potter and the chamber of secrets in concert


There's nothing like going to see a good movie and it's even better when it involves a good soundtrack being played live by a world class orchestra.  That's why our ninth idea for a Christmas gift is just that.

Last week I had the privilege to see Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff thanks to CineConcerts.  The venue was packed full of Muggles and Harry Potter fans who were all being encouraged by the conductor to cheer when their favourite character appears on screen.  The atmosphere was wonderfully magic being surrounded by follow Potter fans.

Before the show started a show reel was being played on John Williams and how he came to compose the music for the first three films in the Harry Potter series.  It felt right seeing the maestro himself on the big screen.

The whole movie is played with subtitles but the centre stage is the full orchestra who expertly play the John Williams score in time to the movie.  It's so good that you really can't tell the difference and feels like its just part of the movie.  The soundtracks to the Harry Potter movies are a perfect choice for a live orchestra to do a world tour for.

Justin Freer, President of CineConcerts and Producer/Conductor of The Harry Potter Film Concert Series explains, "The Harry Potter film series is a once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomenon that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. It is with great pleasure that we introduce for the first time ever an opportunity to experience the award-winning music scores played live by a symphony orchestra, all while the beloved film is simultaneously projected onto the big screen. It will be an unforgettable event.”

Brady Beaubien of CineConcerts and Concert Producer for The Harry Potter Film Concert Series added, “Harry Potter is synonymous with excitement around the entire world and we hope that by performing this incredible music with the full movie, audiences will enjoy returning to this world, and to the many wonderful characters that inhabit it.”

It really is magical hearing a John Williams soundtrack being played live and hearing wonderful pieces such as Fawkes The Phoenix being played right in front of you by a full orchestra is something that everyone should experience.



CineConcerts did an outstanding job and I can't wait to see Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkiban next year.

You can find out more about the Harry Potter in Concert tour dates, photos and videos here.

Its not just Harry Potter that has received the concert treatment.  Jaws, Indiana Jones and Back to the Future are just a few that are currently doing the tours.  See here for more details.

Just a tip if you do order tickets for a movie in concert, make sure you get as close to the orchestra as possible.  I've noticed that the further away you are from the orchestra the more you watch the movie.  This sounds strange but I believe that you are there to witness the talents on stage and how they bring the magical scores to life.

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Friday, 8 December 2017

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Our eighth Christmas gift idea are t-shirts.  Who doesn't love a good tee with a geek reference on it?  Well we've teamed up with Geeky Teebag to give away to a lucky winner not one but two high quality t-shirts.


Geeky Teebag offer a subscription service where every month they will send you a t-shirt or a couple of t-shirts if you prefer to have a choice.  For as low as £8.99 a month with free shipping in the UK (£3 worldwide) they will send you a lucky dip t-shirt.  For an extra £4 a month you get two and they are themed.  What's even better is that you can cancel at any time.  No contracts here. 

December's theme was Star Wars to celebrate the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.  Next month it's comic rivals.  What a great present this would make.  Imagine treating a friend or a loved one to a couple t-shirts every month and better still having them delivered straight to their door.


I've got two of their t-shirts in my possession and I can tell you they are of high quality.  They are both large size – Chest Size 42/44 and the theme is of course Star Wars.  The first has a Stormtrooper with the First Order symbol in the background and the second has a more retro feel with a classic image of Darth Vader.  One lucky winner will win both.

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To be in with a chance of winning these two t-shirts just answer the following question:

What year was Return of the Jedi released?

  • A - 1981
  • B - 1983
  • C - 1984

You can enter in the comments below or on our Facebook and Twitter pages.  We will send the two tees out worldwide so everyone can enter.  There are no alternative prizes and the only size we have is large.  The competition ends Friday 15th December 4pm GMT.  We will contact the winner and ask them to provide a mailing address.  Good luck

When you've entered why not head over to Geeky Teebag's Facebook page and give them a like.  You can also check out their website to see the theme for next month.


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It's finally here.  After a trailer for a trailer and a sizzle reel, oh and another teaser trailer for the trailer we finally get the full trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.  Was it worth the wait?  I believe it was.  What do you think? 

With all of the wonder, adventure and thrills synonymous with one of the most popular and successful franchises in cinema history, this all-new motion-picture event sees the return of favorite characters and dinosaurs—along with new breeds more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before. Welcome to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. 

Stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return alongside executive producers Steven Spielberg and Colin Trevorrow for Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Pratt and Howard are joined by co-stars James Cromwell, Ted Levine, Justice Smith, Geraldine Chaplin, Daniella Pineda, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, while BD Wong and Jeff Goldblum reprise their roles.

Directed by J.A. Bayona (The Impossible), the epic action-adventure is written by Jurassic World’s director, Trevorrow, and its co-writer, Derek Connolly. Producers Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley once again partner with Spielberg and Trevorrow in leading the team of filmmakers for this stunning installment. Belén Atienza joins the team as a producer. www.jurassicworld.com


Genres

Epic Action-Adventure

Starring

Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, BD Wong, James Cromwell, Ted Levine, Justice Smith, Geraldine Chaplin, Daniella Pineda, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall and Jeff Goldblum

Directed By

J.A. Bayona

Produced By

Frank Marshall, Patrick Crowley, Belén Atienza

Executive Produced By

Steven Spielberg, Colin Trevorrow







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Thursday, 7 December 2017



  • MOST ANTICIPATED FILM OF THE YEAR HONOURED WITH NOTE PRODUCED BY WORLD’S LEADING COMMERCIAL CURRENCY PROVIDER 
  • PURCHASES WILL SUPPORT TOGETHER FOR SHORT LIVES

From Thursday 7th December 2017 fans and collectors across the globe will get the chance to own an official commemorative note that has been specially created to celebrate the launch of the year's most anticipated film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the follow up to the UK's biggest film of all time. 

COMMEMORATIVE NOTE LAUNCHED TO MARK THE RELEASE OF STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

The note will be available exclusively on online marketplace ebay.co.uk and has been created using the technological and design expertise of British company De La Rue, which provides currency to over two thirds of the world's countries, including the United Kingdom. This forms part of a special initiative between Disney and the GREAT Britain Campaign to celebrate the 40 years of British creativity behind the Star Wars films. 


100% of the money raised from the commemorative note will be donated to Together for Short Lives, on behalf of Star Wars: Force for Change. Together for Short Lives, a UK-based charity, supports children's hospices and all children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions, and their families. Star Wars: Force for Change, a charitable initiative from Lucasfilm and Disney, harnesses the strength of Star Wars to empower and improve the lives of children around the world. This holiday season, Disney UK has combined forces to launch a broad campaign across its range of businesses and its partners' platforms to raise money, awareness and to create magical memories for the children under hospice care.


eBay will be the exclusive home to a limited run of 1,000 commemorative notes, available at a fixed price of £100 plus a further 50 unique premium notes up for auction. The notes are crafted with 100% cotton cylinder mould paper, securitised and printed in De La Rue's high security proofing department based in Hampshire. They incorporate an original light side/dark side artwork composition and several special features including serial numbers; pattern work of the First Order and Resistance emblems; hidden scenes (discoverable under 365nm UV light); hidden messages in microtext (discoverable with an eye glass); a message in Aurebesh, one of the languages of the galaxy; and the signature of Director/Writer Rian Johnson. The 50 unique, premium notes will also include an intaglio (a raised, hand-engraving of Rey) and each will have a unique, sequenced serial number.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be part of this one of a kind initiative to mark the release of The Last Jedi and for such a fantastic cause.” says the film’s director Rian Johnson, whose signature appears on the official note. “It was a joy filming in the UK and working with a British crew and I’m delighted the GREAT Britain Campaign and De La Rue are celebrating this with the commemorative note.”

The commemorative notes support the Star Wars: Made GREAT in Britain initiative which celebrates the special relationship between Great Britain and the Star Wars films. Over 40 years ago the incredible story between Great Britain and Star Wars began with the production of Star Wars: A New Hope at Elstree Studios. The imagination, inspiration and innovation of the filmmakers included the original lightsaber design by British set decorator Roger Christian - who fashioned it from spare camera parts and collected junk, Academy Award®-winning costume designs from British-born John Mollo – the man who brought Darth Vader’s iconic look to life; and the key roles of the London Symphony Orchestra and Abbey Road - the birthplace of one the most iconic themes in the galaxy. The story continues this year with Star Wars: The Last Jedi which was filmed in the UK using world-class British talent in both the production team and amongst the on screen stars.

Creative Industries Minister Matt Hancock said: "We are thrilled the new Star Wars film will be celebrated with a commemorative note. The film proudly flies the flag for the UK’s creative industries. Shot at the iconic Pinewood Studios, it features some of the best British talent in front and behind the cameras and bodes well for the future of UK film. Star Wars is part of the huge success of our film industry. Supported by the Government's highly successful film tax relief, UK film contributes over £4 billion a year to the economy and supports nearly 70,000 full time jobs. We love film and support the film industry at every turn."

On Thursday 7th December from 8pm GMT the 1,000 commemorative notes will become available to buy at a fixed price on www.ebay.co.uk/starwars and the 50 premium notes will be up for auction for 10 days until Sunday 17th December 2017.

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI RELEASES IN UK CINEMAS FROM 14TH DECEMBER 2017 

THE STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI COMMEMORATIVE NOTES WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM EBAY.CO.UK FROM 7TH -17TH DECEMBER 2017 www.ebay.co.uk/starwars

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Latest Episode Of Skywalking Through Neverland Has The Last Jedi Full Press Conference audio

The good folks over at Skywalking Through Neverland were lucky enough to be at the global press conference for Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Sunday which took place in downtown Los Angeles, CA.  Thankfully they recorded the event and you can listen to the conference below.

Here's what they have to say about the show:

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Global Press Conference took place on Sunday, December 3rd in Downtown Los Angeles, CA, and we were Skywalking all the way through, grabbing the best audio straight from their mixer. It was an amazing event, with the entire main cast in attendance. Here is the illustrious list:
  • Director Rian Johnson
  • Mark Hamill (“Luke Skywalker”)
  • Daisy Ridley (“Rey”)
  • John Boyega (“Finn”)
  • Oscar Isaac (“Poe Dameron”)
  • Adam Driver (“Kylo Ren”)
  • Gwendoline Christie (“Captain Phasma”)
  • Domhnall Gleeson (“General Hux”)
  • Andy Serkis (“Supreme Leader Snoke”)
  • Laura Dern (“Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo”)
  • Kelly Marie Tran (“Rose Tico”)
You may hear Richard Woloski ask a great question, as well as James Burns (JediNews). Please listen to our crossover episode with JediNews where we break down our favorite moments from the Press Conference, and explain all the other booths and events around the conference itself. You can listen here:






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Electronic Labyrinth: THX-1138, the award winning student movie from George Lucas is getting a digital release from Gunpowder and Sky’s sci-fi Facebook channel Dust forty years after its initial release.  This student movie was the inspiration for what would eventually be the movie release, THX-1138.

“A year in, we are excited to see that Dust is tapping into the zeitgeist of a growing fanbase that is gripped with how technology is transforming our lives, and who have an insatiable appetite to consume premium content on all devices,” said Floris Bauer, Co-Founder and President, Gunpowder & Sky. “Globally showcasing George Lucas’ first-ever film, 50 years after its creation, while simultaneously passing the 1MM fans on Facebook through supporting new diverse voices in sci-fi content, are tremendous milestones for us. We are excited to work with USC to bring attention to some of their up-and-coming filmmakers.”

The announcement comes as part of a partnership between Dust and USC School of Cinematic Arts where they've been showcasing a student sc-fi short every day this week and will conclude with the short from George Lucas

Find out more on their Facebook page.



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the last jedi imax

IMAX’s exclusive Star Wars posters are making a return. Starting from Sunday 17th December, IMAX and Disney will be giving away four very limited-edition STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI posters, exclusively to IMAX customers while stocks last.

Full details here: 

Posters will be handed out on a strictly first-come, first-served basis (while stocks last) between 10am – 1pm on the following dates, for full details and exceptions click link above.

Poster #1: will be available while stocks last from Sunday 17th December

Poster #2: will be available while stocks last from Sunday 24th December

Poster #3: will be available while stocks last from Sunday 31st December

Poster #4: will be available while stocks last from Sunday 7th January

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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

jurassic spark

In anticipation of a trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom which will be released tomorrow, Universal Pictures are following in the footsteps of Disney and Lucasfilm and have released a behind the scenes sizzle reel.  You can watch the new footage below

'Here I am talking about dinosaurs again' - Ian Malcolm

Look out for that awesome animatronic dinosaur.  It looks amazing.



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kathleen kennedy steven spielberg

There's a new Steven Spielberg interview over at Hollywood Reporter and in it he reveals how he had a telling off from Kathleen Kennedy while filming E.T. The Extra Terrestrial for being too impatient with his crew.  It changed the way he worked and ultimately his image.  He said:

“Basically, I was a little bit of a hothead, impatient, and I would be hard on my crew — loving to my cast but tough on my crew.”

Spielberg continued: “And about 15 days into shooting E.T., she pulled me into her office and sat me down in a chair and gave me the b******ing of my life, because she did not like the way I was talking to the crew.

“She didn't care for my impatience, she didn't care for my sharpness.

“She said, ‘This is unacceptable behaviour,’ and I hadn't heard that since a teacher in school or my own mom — and that was a big shift in my life.

“I became mindful because somebody I trusted and respected had called me out.”

On Nov. 28, THR gathered Spielberg, 70, and some of the key women who worked on the film (first-time screenwriter Liz Hannah, 31; producer and former Sony chief Amy Pascal, 59; Streep, 62; and the director's longtime producer Kristie Macosko Krieger, 47) in his offices on the Universal lot for a wide-ranging discussion about the Fox picture (which opens Dec. 22) and the issues it raises.

Read the full interview here.

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Tuesday, 5 December 2017



In new research, TotallyMoney looks at the major film franchises that have come to our screens over the years, to find how they’ve gone from strength to strength years…Or strength to slip-up.

Plenty of films make it to a sequel. Many even make it into a trilogy. But there are those that we see in the cinema year after year: fan favourites like Die Hard and Alien, generational updates like Rocky launching into Creed, and the ever-confusing titles of the Fast and Furious franchise.

But what does pumping out so many films around the same ideas and characters do for the series? A new interactive data explorer from TotallyMoney looks at the rises and falls in quality of some of the longest and most popular film franchises from the last 50 years, taking into account opening weekend box office takings, and both critical and public reviews.

Keep Rolling

The research includes films from different corners of the industry, ranging from horror films like Saw and Halloween to fun-for-all-the-family titles like Harry Potter and Shrek. 

One of the most surprising features was that the most popular film by opening weekend box office earnings in a series on average was the 8th, should the franchise make it that far. The average opening weekend for an eighth film was $97.5 million – compared to $45.2 million for the first film, and only $17.2 million for the 10th. 

In terms of specific films and their popularity, and taking into account the user scores on IMDb and the critics on Rotten Tomatoes, these were the top results:

1.     Indiana Jones – the general public on IMDb rate Harry Potter and Indiana Jones equally – a rating of 7.65/10 on average – but critics on Rotten Tomatoes put the Harrison Ford classic up over the wizarding world by 1.37%, making it the most popular series of all time.

2.     Harry Potter – having had the 20th anniversary of the first book’s publication this year, Harry Potter is now a venerable name in the film industry. The series earned an average rating of 84.63% Rotten Tomatoes, with its highest-rated film being the Deathly Hallows Part 2 at 96%.

3.     The Hunger Games – despite IMDb users marking it as peaking on the second film and going downhill from there, The Hunger Games took an average of effectively 7.38/10 (if the Rotten Tomatoes score is converted to a figure out of ten). In earnings, however, the average opening weekend for each film was the highest in the research, and over $13 million higher than the next most successful, Jurassic Park.

4.     Mission Impossible – defying a traditional belief that a sequel is never better than the original, Mission Impossible hit its top scores on the fourth and fifth films – Ghost Protocol and Rogue Nation – with the former reaching 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, a higher score than 95% of the films included in the research.

5.     The Bourne Films – viewers weren’t keen on ditching Matt Damon in the Bourne Legacy, which scored only 56% on Rotten Tomatoes compared to 93% on the previous iteration in the series. But even bringing him back didn’t win any points: it scored even lower on Rotten Tomatoes and reached the same score as Legacy on IMDb, a disappointing 6.7.

The Biggest Film War: Users vs Critics

While for the most part where critics didn’t like a film, users agreed, there were a few films included in the research where professional review didn’t account for taste. In the cases where there was significant disagreement between film critics on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb users, it was almost always the case that the users enjoyed the film while critics rated it poorly – with the sole exception of Spy Kids, which the professionals gave nearly 4 points (out of 10) more than the users.

In the top ten for critical disagreement, the Saw series showed up three times, more than any other franchise – with fans giving far more points than critics to Saw 3D: The Final Chapter, Saw V, and Saw IV.

The top critical battle, however, was Underworld: Evolution – the second film in the Underworld series, it was panned by the critics at only 16%, lower than 90% of the scores in the research. But fans felt it warranted more than that, giving it a healthy 6.8/10 – 5.2 points higher than the critic score, when they’re converted to the same scale.

“Conventional wisdom has always said that sequels are rarely better than the original, but that doesn’t seem to be the case,” said Joe Gardiner, TotallyMoney’s Head of Brand and Communications, “Many of our favourite film series just get better and better, and the peak could come anywhere. We all have our favourite films – it’s hard to predict which will be a winner in the box office and in the reviews.”






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Fans rejoice - Her Universe, a collection of women’s apparel for the ultimate fangirl, is now available on shopDisney.com, a new one-stop-shop e-commerce destination, at www.shopdisney.com/brands/her-universe , and will be available at all Disney store locations across the country on December 15. The collection features dresses, jackets, sweaters, cardigans, skirts and tops inspired by Star Wars and Marvel. Several Star Wars designs can only be purchased on shopDisney.com.

Her Universe is a leading fangirl fashion company and lifestyle brand created by Ashley Eckstein who is also known to fans as the voice of Ahsoka Tano on Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels.

“As a self-professed Disney super fan, Disney store has been my go-to shopping destination for years,” said Eckstein. “Disney makes dreams come true and I’m thrilled to have Her Universe available online at shopDisney.com and Disney stores. Fans can expect more exciting and exclusive collaborations ahead -this is only the beginning!"

In addition to the Star Wars and Marvel lines, shopDisney.com will also carry the new Haunted Mansion and Alice in Wonderland Her Universe dresses. These pieces are available as part of The Dress Shop collection, an apparel and accessories collection created especially for Disney Parks. 

The newly launched shopDisney site offers an unparalleled assortment of Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel products across categories that include fashion, accessories, toys and home, and features best-in-class brands, as well as original and authentic products from Disney Parks and Disney store. Her Universe is now available online at shopDisney.com and will be available at all Disney stores across the U.S starting December 15.


About Her Universe
Her Universe was launched in 2010 by actress and entrepreneur Ashley Eckstein. Her Universe markets to female sci-fi and fantasy fans by developing and producing collections of female-centered apparel and accessories for such licenses as Doctor Who, and Studio Ghibli. You can learn more about Her Universe and purchase the current line of fangirl apparel and accessories by going to www.heruniverse.com and by following Eckstein & Her Universe on Facebook (facebook.com/HerUniverse) and Twitter (twitter.com/HerUniverse). Her Universe is a stand-alone subsidiary of Hot Topic, Inc.

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