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Powetcast 142: Gonna Wreck It!

We talk Wreck it Ralph, the aborted US adaptation of Sailor Moon, and of course the surprise purchase of Lucasfilm by Disney.

Optimistic for the future, bewildered by the past, and high on sour kids, this is The Powetcast.

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Disney buys Lucasfilm, Star Wars Episode 7 coming in 2015

News is starting to break that a blockbuster deal has taken place with Disney purchasing Lucasfilm. It seems George Lucas was ready to retire. Lucasfilm was entirely owned by Lucas. In the deal worth US$4.05 Billion, half was in cash, while the other half was in the form of about 40 million shares.

The first I heard about it was here.

Further articles revealed that Star Wars Episode 7 is coming with a target release year of 2015. Lucas will serve as a creative consultant for the film, while current co-chair of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy will serve as executive producer in addition to her new role as President of Lucasfilm and brand manager of Star Wars.

This is a developing story. We will have more as we hear it.

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New Wizards of Waverly Place special in the works

Selena Gomez as good and evil Alex Russo in Wizards of Waverly Place

The Wizards of Waverly Place TV show ended earlier this year. Though many have been hopeful for some sort of follow up movie, we haven’t had any real confirmation of this… until now! The show’s star Selena Gomez has confirmed in a Radio Disney interview (included below) that a new one hour Wizards of Waverly Place special will be airing on Disney Channel early next year. She will star and be executive producer on the project.

The story has the Russo family traveling to Tuscany where Alex splits herself into Good and Evil Alex. The climax of the movie will have the two battling at the tower of Pisa. I haven’t seen a Good and Evil version of someone battle over the tower of Pisa since Superman 3. Hopefully this one won’t take place in front of a blue screen.

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KEEP PLAYING: Rewind – Disney’s Aladdin

This episode of Rewind centers around of the the best Disney games created for the 4th generation of consoles and handhelds – Disney’s Aladdin. In a day when Epic Mickey and Kingdom Hearts put Disney high up on the gaming food chain, does this older gem stack up for it’s age?

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Lost Classics: Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow (SNES, Mega Drive, Windows, Game Boy)

Last week’s Lost Classic was based on a Disney license, so here is another one. Maui Mallard was one of the last good platformers of the 16-bit era. As it was released during the final days of the era, it was largely ignored on the SNES and Game Boy and the Genesis version only saw a European release.
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Lost Classics: Darkwing Duck (NES, Game Boy)

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Before Capcom got its hands on the Marvel license, it made several games based on Disney franchises, particularly based on movies and TV shows. Chip and Dale’s Rescue Rangers, Duck Tales, and Tailspin all received video game adaptations. However, one of the best NES Disney games was undoubtedly Darkwing Duck. You all remember Darkwing Duck. Basically it was a Ducktales spin-off that’s best described as Batman-meets-Spider-man-meets-The Shadow with ducks. It was fun to watch, and the game was just as fun to play. Built off a slightly tweaked version of the Mega Man 5 engine, Darkwing Duck took players through several levels as they attempted to stop a crime wave hitting St. Canard. Armed with your gun (which you can collect adapters to enhance), you take on several enemies from the show on your way to confront the villain Steelbeak. There is probably a very slim chance we’ll see this on Virtual Console, and it’s too bad. Thanks to its quality platforming gameplay, not only did kids enjoy the game, but older players enjoyed it as well. How frequently can you say that about video games based on Disney properties these days?

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The Powet Top 5 – Best Disney Channel series

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Welcome to the Powet Top 5, where we explore the top (and bottom) 5 items we think are relevant to any of a variety of topics that span the imagination. Sit back, read, and respond.

Disney Channel shows get a bad rap! I get a lot of flack to watching them. While they are at times pretty horrible, there are a few of them that are really good and worth checking out. While everything on this list is admittedly fairly juvenile, and often subject to cliches, these shows are often very funny, and are a kind of proving ground for some pretty good actors.

Disney makes a lot of shows, but this list is just about Disney Channel series. This means nothing from the Disney afternoon or anything that wasn’t made for Disney Channel proper will be included. I also understand that everyone is in love with Phineas and Ferb but I haven’t watched that show so it’s not on my list. If you don’t like my list, let us know what yours is!

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Bruce Willis meets younger self in sequel to Disney’s “The Kid”

Bruce Willis in Disney's The Kid

In 2000 Bruce Willis was a hot commodity and so he got a 20 million dollar pay cheque for appearing in the Disney dramatic comedy “The Kid”. In the film Bruce Willis’s character has an encounter with a young version of himself through time travel! After this fun ordeal full of laughs and heartwarming scenes Bruce Willis learns a lesson from a child and turns his life around.

Spencer Breslin vs. Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Who looks more like Bruce Willis?

Well this story isn’t over quite yet! It looks like Bruce Willis is back and this time he needs to teach his younger self, this time played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, a lesson about doing crime in Disney’s Looper! But is the movie really about young Bruce Willis learning a lesson or will we once again see that Bruce Willis has to learn a lesson of his own from his younger self, as he did in Disney’s The Kid?

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