I am so excited to share with all of my readers of the fantastic news I received the other day. I was sprinkled with some pixie dust and invited to head back to Los Angeles from Sunday, August 7th – Tuesday, August 9th to get inside scoop, information, exclusive interviews and more for the following Disney movies: Pete’s Dragon, Moana, Queen of Katwe, and The Jungle Book. You will be the first to hear this information and see exclusive photos by following along on social media 8/7-8/9 using the hashtags listed below.
So while I am there you may be wondering what I will be doing and who I will be interviewing. This is what I have so far and will be updating as I receive more information.
- Walk the red carpet at the PETE’S DRAGON (opening in theaters on 8/12) premiere
- Interview Bryce Dallas Howard who is the daughter of Ron Howard and plays Grace in Pete’s Dragon
- Sneak peek of bonus content featured on the Blu-ray and digital release of THE JUNGLE BOOK (available on Digital HD on 8/23 and Blu-ray on 8/30)
- Attend an early advance screening of QUEEN OF KATWE (opening in theaters on 9/23)
- Preview footage from the upcoming Walt Disney Animation Studios release MOANA (opening in theaters on 11/23)
Cast: Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence, Isiah Whitlock, Jr. and Robert Redford
For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliot. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliot seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon.
Venture behind the scenes with in-depth bonus features that reveal the innovative filmmaking technology used to create the richly immersive jungle world and characters; Follow the journey of the film’s only on-screen actor, charismatic newcomer Neel Sethi (Mowgli); Delve into a candid and humorous scene-by-scene audio commentary with director Jon Favreau and meet the all-star voice cast who help bring the film’s colorful characters to life, as well as the musicians who accent the adventure with a majestic music score.
The all-star cast includes Bill Murray (“Lost in Translation”) as the voice of Baloo, Sir Ben Kingsley (“Learning to Drive,” “The Walk”) as Bagheera and Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) as the voice of mother wolf Raksha. Scarlett Johansson (“Avengers: Age of Ultron”) gives life to Kaa, Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad”) provides the voice of alpha-male wolf Akela, Idris Elba (“Beast of No Nation”) roars as the voice of Shere Khan, and Christopher Walken (“The Deer Hunter”) lends his iconic voice to King Louie.
“Queen of Katwe” is the colorful true story of a young girl selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion.
Voice Cast: Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson
Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast South Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one today knows why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli’i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds.
What question would you like me to ask at the interviews? Leave in the comments and I will do my best to ask them.
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Disclosure: Disney provided me with an all expense paid trip to LA to the #PetesDragonEvent #Moana #QueenofKatwe #JungleBookBluray event. All opinions are 100% my own.