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November 8, 2014

Disney News This Week: 'Toy Story 4' Announced, New 'Into the Woods' Trailer, 'Star Wars': Episode VII Gets a Title—'The Force Awakens'

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company
Nearly two decades after Pixar Animation Studios created the world’s first computer-animated feature film with Toy Story, it revealed plans for Disney•Pixar’s "Toy Story 4," an adventure that returns audiences to the world of the studio’s signature characters. John Lasseter, director of the original "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2," will direct the film, which opens a new chapter in the lives of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the "Toy Story" gang. The story was dreamt up by Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and Lee Unkrich, the storytellers who have been the driving force behind all three Toy Story films. Writing team Rashida Jones and Will McCormack joined the project, and Pixar veteran Galyn Susman is producing. The film is slated for release on June 16, 2017.
August 11, 2014

'Star Wars': Force for Change Raises $4.26 Million for UNICEF

By Janelle Tipton, The Walt Disney Studios
With an exciting initiative that offered a chance to win unique rewards and prizes, including a once-in-a-lifetime grand prize, "Star Wars": Force for Change raised $4.26 million for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Contributions were received from citizens of 125 countries and enough money was raised to support the equivalent of seven to eight new UNICEF Innovation Labs. The grand-prize winner was D.C. Barns of Denver, Colorado, who will enjoy a trip to London for himself and a guest, a behind-the-scenes visit to the Star Wars set and will be fitted with a costume and filmed for a scene in "Star Wars": Episode VII.
July 11, 2014

Disney News This Week: Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Featurette, 'Star Wars': Episode VII Production Update, Disney Channel Announces New Original Movie 'Bad Hair Day'

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company
Before Marvel’s action-packed space adventure "Guardians of the Galaxy" hits theaters on August 1, get an early peek at one of the ragtag rivals from the film, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora (played by Zoe Saldana), in a newly released featurette.
May 21, 2014

'Star Wars': Force for Change Initiative Unveiled

By Janelle Tipton, The Walt Disney Studios

The latest news from the set of "Star Wars": Episode VII is a brand-new Star Wars charitable initiative launched today by Disney and Lucasfilm, in collaboration with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot. Continuing Disney’s ongoing commitment to creating a brighter tomorrow for kids and families, the aptly named "Star Wars": Force for Change was developed with a goal of finding creative solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems.

April 29, 2014

'Star Wars: Episode VII' Cast Announced

By Janelle Tipton, The Walt Disney Studios

The cast of Star Wars: Episode VII has been named. See the highly anticipated announcement below and check out StarWars.com for the latest news!

The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.

March 18, 2014

'Star Wars: Episode VII' Update, Pixar Animation Studios Announces New 'Cars' and 'Incredibles' Films and More Studios Announcements

By Janelle Tipton, The Walt Disney Studios
Exciting studio news from Disney’s 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, held today in Portland, Oregon! Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced that Lucasfilm will start shooting "Star Wars: Episode VII" in mid-May. The film, directed by J.J. Abrams, will continue the "Star Wars" saga, taking place 30 years after the events depicted in 1983’s Return of the Jedi. While the hunt is on for three new young leads to join several familiar faces in the new film, fans will have to wait a little longer for word on who those characters and actors might be, as Bob confirmed the only official cast member so far is R2-D2.
November 8, 2013

Disney News This Week: ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Star Emma Thompson Honored at TCL Chinese Theatre, ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Release Date Announced, Disney Interactive Launches ‘Star Wars: Tiny Death Star’

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company
The weekend is off to a great start as Marvel’s "Thor: The Dark World" hits U.S. theaters today! So before you head to a local showing to Thor and Loki, check out the latest news from around Disney this week.
November 1, 2013

Disney News This Week: Demi Lovato Sings 'Let It Go,' 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Update, Disney Interactive Launches 'Stack Rabbit,' Fusion Debuts

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company
Happy November! With the announcement of First Lady Michelle Obama as the keynote speaker at "Veterans Institute" to our spotlight on the beloved Minnie Mouse, there was a lot to talk about this week on Disney Post. Check out the newsworthy updates from around the Company we didn’t get a chance to share below!
May 14, 2013

'Star Wars' Feature Film Production Returns to the United Kingdom

By David Gill, The Walt Disney Company
Last year on the blog, we shared that production would begin on Star Wars: Episode VII, with a released date scheduled for 2015. Today, we're pleased to share that production of the film will take place in the United Kingdom.

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