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The race is on for these Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon medals

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RunDisney has unveiled finisher medals for the second annual Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend that will have many Marvel fans wishing they’d registered.

Set for Nov. 12-15 — just 77 days away, the countdown clock reminds us — at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, the event features kids races, the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon, the Captain America 10K, the Avengers Super Hero 5K and the Infinity Gauntlet Challenge (that’s the half marathon plus the 10K).

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Disney unveils first ride footage from Iron Man Experience

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Perhaps overshadowed at the D23 Expo by big announcements about Star Wars- and Toy Story-themed lands at Disney parks was the first ride footage from the Iron Man Experience, debuting next year at Hong Kong Disneyland.

Announced in October 2013, the estimated $100 million attraction will “take guests on an epic adventure against the forces of evil over the streets and in the sky above Hong Kong.” It will be the first permanent Marvel attraction at any Disney theme park.

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First official look at ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ LEGO sets

NOTE (Aug. 20): The images have been removed at the request of the LEGO Group.

Along with the avalanche of Star Wars movie news rumbling out of Disney’s D23 Expo arrives the first official look at seven LEGO sets for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Presumably available in December, ahead of the film’s premiere, the first wave of LEGO sets will include an updated Millennium Falcon, Poe Dameron’s X-Wing, Rey’s Speeder and four First Order ships — chief among them, Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle.

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‘Star Wars’ lights up traditional Japanese festival


After commandeering a centuries-old rice paddy in Japan, Star Wars went on to infiltrate the Aomori Nebuta Matsuri, a traditional summer festival famed for its elaborate, illuminated papier-mache floats.

Held in Aomori, the parade typically features images of samurai warriors, birds and animals, but this year, with Japan in the grip of Star Wars fever, droids, Jedi and Sith Lords were added to the mix. Darth Vader, Stormtroopers and R2-D2 even marched (and rolled) in the procession, officially sanctioned by Disney and Lucsfilm.

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It’s Stan Lee vs. Jim Henson (and Kermit) in an Epic Rap Battle


Forget Drake vs. Meek Mill, the greatest rap beef of our time is clearly between Stan Lee and Jim Henson.

In the latest installment of “Epic Rap Battles of History,” the co-creator of the Marvel Universe and the father of the Muppets (or at least a couple of guys who look sort of like them) settle old grudges by spitting mad rhymes.

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Let Baymax be your personal bedtime companion (seriously, he’s a bed)


Are you satisfied with your care? OK, then how about your sleep? If not, then this adorable Baymax bed may be exactly what you’ve been looking for. Better still, it will never deactivate.

Sold by Japanese online retailer DeNA Shopping, the “Baymax Stuffed Animal Sofa Sofa Bed BAYMAX Bed” — honestly, that’s what it’s called! — is a whopping seven and a half feet of adorableness. Made from polypropylene fiber, it’s pliable, allowing you to lay it flat, sit it up or even wrap yourself in a hug from the breakout star of Disney’s Big Hero 6.

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As ‘Infinity’ grows, Disney merges video game and toy units

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Disney is combining its video game and toy divisions, reflecting the increasing overlap between the two with such projects as Disney Infinity, the less successful Imagicademy and the recently unveiled Playmation.

Announced Monday, the restructuring sees Disney Consumer Products and Disney Interactive merge to form Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media, overseen by the heads of the former units. Although some employees will be shifted into new roles, The New York Times reports there won’t be any layoffs.

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Fan creates detailed LEGO replica of Uncle Scrooge’s money bin


Some of us have fantasized about going for a swim in a gold-filled vault like Scrooge McDuck, but Carl Barks fan Dennis Steppe put his time to better use: He built a painstakingly detailed model of the legendary money bin using LEGO bricks and Don Rosa’s blueprints. And it only cost a small fortune.

The artist discovered the impressive project while appearing over the weekend at Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con, where he signed one of the money bin’s exterior walls.

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Disney and Deadmau5 settle trademark fight


Disney and Deadmau5 have resolved their dispute over his attempt to trademark his signature “mau5head” logo.

Although the terms of their agreement haven’t been made public, an attorney for the superstar DJ/producer (aka Joel Zimmerman) told The Hollywood Reporter, “Disney and Deadmau5 have amicably resolved their dispute.”

According to the website, details of the settlement will likely be included in paperwork filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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New ‘Kingdom Hearts III’ trailer will excite and frustrate


This morning at E3, Square Enix unveiled a new gameplay trailer for the long-anticipated Kingdom Hearts III, which the company confirmed will include elements from Disney’s Tangled.

The footage is sure to please franchise fans, who will be frustrated to learn there’s still no release date. That game was officially announced at E3 2013 following years of rumors and speculation, but there’s been little news about its development since then.

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Assemble adorableness with LEGO’s WALL•E set


If you saw Pixar’s smash-hit “WALL•E” — and if you haven’t, you should — and thought to yourself, “I want one,” well, you’re going to get your chance with the upcoming “WALL•E” LEGO set based on a LEGO Ideas submission by Pixar animator Angus MacLane. The official news of LEGO moving forward with the idea came a little while back, but now we’ve got a first look at the set and a possible release date. And if these images are any indication, the adorableness is way over 9000.

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Disney’s Playmation lets kids become Iron Man


Disney today unveiled a line of toys and wearable accessories that’s billed as “the next step in the evolution of play.”

More than two years in the making, Playmation uses motion sensors and wireless technology to encourage children to be more active during playtime, sending them off to run, jump and shoot as they set off on missions and battle their opponents.

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Comics A.M. | Muhammad cartoonist to be added to ‘hate group’ list

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Creators | The Southern Poverty Law Center, which compiles an annual list of hate groups operating in the United States, said it will add artist Bosch Fawstin to its 2016 report. He drew the winning entry in the Prophet Muhammad contest in Garland, Texas, where two gunmen were killed Sunday in a foiled attack. The American Freedom Defense Initiative, which sponsored the competition, is already included on the list. Heidi Beirich of the SPLC described Fawstin’s work as “virulently ugly” and “hate views.” The artist, who was raised as a Muslim but is now an outspoken critic of Islam, responded, “So they want to put a cartoonist on there who doesn’t act out violently? Go for it.” Fawstin, creator of the “anti-jihad superhero” Pigman, also vowed to continue his work despite fears for his safety: “I understand the threat, but I’m not going to be cowed by it. I still intend to go up there and I still intend to speak out.” [Reuters]

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Disney and Marvel settle Spider-Man dispute with theater

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Disney and Marvel have reached a settlement with a Pennsylvania theater in a copyright- and trademark-infringement case that unexpectedly turned into another front in their legal battle with Stan Lee Media.

Law360 reports American Music Theatre has agreed to stop using Spider-Man and other Disney properties without permission, bringing to an end a September 2013 lawsuit over the musical revue Broadway: Now and Forever. If the Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based theater violates the permanent injunction and consent order filed Thursday, it must pay $25,000 in actual or liquidated damages per work, plus attorneys’ fees.

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Artists sue Marvel, Disney over ‘Iron Man’ armor design

iron man-radixArtists Ben Lai and Ray Lai have sued Marvel and Disney, claiming the Iron Man films ripped off the body-armor designs from their comic Radix.

The two brothers, who own Horizon Comics Productions, first rang this bell in April 2013, issuing a press release to announce a cease-and-desist letter just ahead of the premiere of Iron Man 3. However, as THR, Esq., first reported, on Thursday they finally filed a lawsuit in Massachusetts federal court against Marvel Entertainment, Marvel Studios, The Walt Disney Co. and a string of other defendants.

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