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Movie News visit www.toysnplaythings.co.uk for breaking news New Postman Pat in 2013


A brand new range of Postman Pat toys are to be released in 2013. The new range from the master toy licensee, Character Options, is set to coincide with both the release of the Postman Pat movie and a new series of the show airing on CBeebies. The new toys are to


hopefully make their esteemed debut at the London Toy Fair in January 2012.


The long-anticipated new Postman Pat movie is set for release on May 24th, 2013.


DC Vs Marvel with new


Justice League movie


Warner Bros is ready to go head- to-head with Marvel, looking to get the new fi lm, Justice League onto screens in 2015, which is the same year The Avengers 2 is set to launch. Warner Bros won a legal battle with the heirs of Superman’s co-creator Joe Schuster yesterday, without which any new fi lms, TV shows or comics would not be possible. But post Warner Bros’ victory, the path is now clear to go ahead. The LA Times


reported that the plan is still to launch Justice League fi rst before rebooting Batman and Wonder Woman.


Superman has generated more than $500m (£310m) for Warner Bros with fi ve fi lms at the US box offi ce and billions of dollars more from television, toys and games, and comic books spanning 74 years. The latest Superman fi lm, Man of Steel, is due for release in 2013.


The Hobbit’s expected journey into retailers


The Bridge Direct has unveiled its stunning collection of authentic and highly- detailed toys from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, at retailers.


As master toy licensee for


both fi lms, The Bridge Direct has launched a range of action fi gures through to role play accessories. The wide-ranging toy line captures the thrill and adventure of the timeless story and will bring the fantasy to life for fans of all ages. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released beginning December 14, 2012, and the second fi lm, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, is slated for release beginning December 13, 2013. The two fi lms based on The Hobbit are productions of New Line Cinema and Metro- Goldwyn-Mayer.


Walt Disney buys Lucasfi lm for $4bn!


Lucasfi lm, the company behind the universal Star Wars franchise, will join Disney’s portfolio of brands for a staggering $4bn. The deal will pave way for the release of a new series of Star


Wars feature fi lms, with George Lucas on board as a creative consultant.


Disney has said that its plan is to release a new Star Wars fi lm every two to three years after the arrival of Star Wars Episode 7 in 2015. George Lucas said: ‘For the past 35 years, one of my greatest


pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next. ‘It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation


of fi lmmakers. I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime,’ The Guardian reports. Disney’s chief executive, Robert Iger, said: ‘Lucasfi lm refl ects the extraordinary passion, vision, and storytelling of its founder, George Lucas.


‘This transaction combines a world-class portfolio of content including Star Wars, one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time, with Disney’s unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets to generate sustained growth and drive signifi cant long-term value. The Star Wars fi lms and their re-releases have generated $4.54bn in worldwide ticket sales, according to Bloomberg data. The Indiana Jones franchise, which is also owned by Lucasfi lm, has generated $1.95bn. The purchase also brings Industrial Light & Magic into the Disney fold, the pioneering special effects group that has been at the cutting edge of fi lm making since its work on Star Wars in the 1970s. Shares in The Walt Disney Company closed at $50.08, valuing the entertainment group at $89.9bn. It is reported that about half of the $4bn will be paid in stock, and Disney plans to issue about 40 million shares to cover the deal.


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