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'Star Wars Musical' sends up the Disney side of the 'Star Wars' galaxy

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For those already worried about the “Disneyification” of the franchise, this Star Wars YouTube parody represents the worst of all possible futures: It blends the classic sci-fi film with tunes from animated Disney movies, and adds in a whole slew of princesses distinctly not of the Alderaan variety.

Released by YouTube user George Shaw, the video traces the plot of A New Hope, incorporating melodies from AladdinBeauty and the Beast, and other classic Disney flicks. Along the way, it sends up the worst of the Disney juggernaut, which acquired the rights to George Lucas’ sci-fi epic in 2012. The video even ends with a call for viewers to “please buy more toys, and DVDs, so Disney can make more movies for you and me.” READ FULL STORY

No dead Rapunzel, no horny Wolf: Stephen Sondheim reveals plot changes in Disney's 'Into the Woods'

There was no way Disney’s upcoming film adaptation of Into the Woods was going to keep every single line, lyric and plot point of Stephen Sondheim’s original musical. And now Sondheim himself has confirmed exactly what we will—or won’t—be seeing.

Playbill reports that Sondheim revealed the changes during a chat with a group of high school arts educators. The subject came up after one teacher brought up Into the Woods, expressing concerns that some of its plot points aren’t appropriate material for students to perform. “Well, you’ll be happy to know that Disney had the same objections,” Sondheim replied. For the record, here’s how he stands on the issue of watering down stage productions—in schools and, presumably, other arenas as well: “Censorship is part of our puritanical ethics, and it’s something that [students are] going to have to deal with,” said Sondheim. “There has to be a point at which you don’t compromise anymore, but that may mean that you won’t get anyone to sell your painting or perform your musical.”

Here are a few bits Sondheim revealed about what’s in store for the forthcoming film adaptation: READ FULL STORY

And now we know that Luke Skywalker has a beard in 'Star Wars: Episode VII' -- PHOTO

What a week for Star Wars news! First Lupita Nyong’o and Brienne of Tarth joined the cast, then J.J. Abrams kinda-confirmed that the Millennium Falcon will be in the movie. Now comes a photo of returning OG trilogy star Mark Hamill, which finally confirms one of the hottest rumors about Episode VII: Yes, Luke Skywalker will have a beard.

In a press photo, Hamill holds a lightsaber alongside new Disney colleague Michael “Micky” Mouse. The beardness of Old Luke strongly implies that the onetime neophyte Jedi will be assuming the role of the Mentor Figure in the new trilogy, just like Obi-Wan in A New Hope and Qui-Gon Jinn in The Phantom Menace, except not like that second one.

Here’s the full-sized photo: READ FULL STORY

'Girl Meets World' premiere is online: Two 'Boy Meets World' fans discuss

About 18 months after the spinoff news heard ’round the world was first announced, Girl Meets World‘s pilot is now available to watch via Disney’s tablet app. (The series’ official TV premiere date is still a month away; it debuts on Disney Channel June 27.)

Could the show possibly meet fans’ sky-high expectations? EW writers (and Boy Meets World obsessives) Hillary Busis and Erin Strecker checked it out separately, then emailed back and forth about GMW‘s plot, its catchy theme song, and where the heck Topanga was for most of the episode.

If you’ve watched already — or don’t mind some minor spoilers — check out the discussion below. READ FULL STORY

'Frozen' on ice! Disney announces live skating spectacular based on blockbuster

The announcement you’ve been waiting for is here: Disney has finally revealed its plans to take Frozen to the stage. Or, more accurately, the rink.

Disney On Ice presents Frozen will kick off its live tour in September 2014. Tickets are already available — and if the blockbuster musical’s mega-successful merchandise is any indication, they’ll move in record time. READ FULL STORY

Marvel superheroes suit up for 'Disney Infinity' sequel -- VIDEO

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Following the success of last summer’s Disney Infinity — a magical mash-up of collectible toys and interactive adventures — the House of Mouse is readying a sequel. Officially dubbed Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, the “2.0 Edition” once again lets fans bring plastic playthings to in-game life by placing them on a portal-like peripheral. This time, however, Disney’s pretty princesses and playful pirates are taking a backseat to Marvel’s iconic line-up of day-savers and do-gooders.

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Texas politician spoofs 'Frozen' in campaign ad -- VIDEO

Is nothing sacred?

In hindsight, it was only a matter of time before some politician figured out that a majority of the world is obsessed with “Let it Go” from Frozen. That man is incumbent Texas lieutenant governor David Dewhurst, who recently released a (pretty painful) “Let it Go” cover attacking his opponent.

Man, if four-year-olds could vote, he’d have the election in the bag. Watch below: READ FULL STORY

Cinco de Mayo: 'Zelda' theme song gets a Mariachi makeover (and 4 other remakes!)

To celebrate Cinco de Mayo — a holiday celebrated by Mexican Americans to commemorate a small Mexican militia unexpectedly defeating the French army in the Battle of Puebla in 1862 — we’re sharing five fun theme songs given a Mariachi makeover. Doubting it can be done? Click below!

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Theme park ride-based movies: Will 'It's a Small World After All' follow the trend?

Bad news: Walt Disney World ride “It’s a Small World” is reportedly getting its own movie. Good news: Uh…

“Small World” has a nice enough premise — ride a brightly colored boat through the world’s countries, learning about their cultures through cutesy animatronic puppets and song. But as for movie potential? We’re not so sure about that. READ FULL STORY

The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters of All Time: 'The Avengers'

Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk, Thor, the Black Widow, and Hawkeye joined forces to battle evil (otherwise known as Loki) in this 2012 Marvel film that incited mixed reaction from fans and critics alike. Could director Joss Whedon convincingly weave multiple superhero storylines? Would the ensemble cast of heroes conjure up bad memories of bicker-filled family reunions? Or would it be a feel-good film about the fantastic nature of the good guys? READ FULL STORY

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