Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge

Behold, the Force (as it) Awakens; drone footage of construction at Disneyland’s forthcoming “Star Wars Land…..”

“In Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, guests visit Batuu, a remote outpost on the galaxy’s edge was once a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes, but its prominence was bypassed by the rise of hyperspace travel. Now home to those who prefer to stay out of the mainstream, it has become a thriving port for smugglers, rogue traders and adventurers traveling between the frontier and uncharted space….”

One of the Galaxy Edge signature thrills puts visitors in the cockpit of the Millenium Falcon, piloting the ship, shooting blasters or preparing for hyperspace – all while completing a critical mission. Another – “built on a scale we’ve never done before,” – will make guests feel like they’re inside a hangar bay in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance. And the Cantina will serve Luke Skywalker’s favorite, blue milk….

Awaken, Film Tourism behemoth.

How Shaun the Sheep Took Over the World

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Shaun the Sheep fan worship runs rampant in Japan, China, Indonesia and the Middle East where Shaun is the star of live events and attractions aimed at families, especially young children. A Shaun the Sheep stage show, 45 minutes long, is launching in Cairo, then Saudi Arabia, then Qatar; it is set to go on to Australia and half a dozen Asian countries. There is also a 20-minute Shaun stage show, tailored for huge malls eager for an all-the-family event that attracts visitors and shoppers. It worked successfully in Jakarta; currently it is in Beijing. In Japan, arguably the epicentre of Shaunmania, an exhibition about the little sheep’s world toured major cities – in Tokyo, it drew 30,000 people in five days.

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More here.

Mad Max Fury Road Environmental Hatchet Job

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Another article on the unstoppable myth of the “environmental destruction” during the filming of Mad Max in Namibia. The Film Commission checked out the allegations at the time – they were made by a disgruntled environmentalist who was turned down for a monitoring role on the film – and could find no proof of any damage. So, yes. It makes me want to scream, too.

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The Conjuring Film Tourism Overload

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The owners of a Rhode Island farmhouse featured in the 2013 horror film “The Conjuring” are suing Warner Bros, claiming the film has left them with no privacy. Norma Sutcliffe has said that she and her husband are kept awake at night by trespassers who peer into their home. Videos posted online show trespassers visiting the home without the couple’s knowledge. Full story here.