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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Blu-ray will have more dancing; ‘Frozen’ goes to Disney World

By SHARON HOFFMAN

The Kansas City Star

Director James Gunn and a blue Spencer Wilding.
Director James Gunn and a blue Spencer Wilding.

Pure ‘Magic’

“Guardians of the Galaxy” is still entrenched in theaters (it has raked in more than $300 million now), with no word on the Blu-ray release. But when it finally arrives, we have this to look forward to: a cut scene of the blue guard cranking up Peter Quill’s Walkman and dancing through the prison to (Oh ho ho it’s) “Magic” by Pilot. “Here’s me and the actor Spencer Wilding who played the Mean Guard who jabs Quill in the prison with the electrical staff and gets his comeuppance to ‘Escape (the Piña Colada Song),’” director James Gunn wrote on Instagram. “We cut the scene for many reasons, but it was awesome and hilarious.”

‘Frozen’s’ warming trend

It was only a matter of time. Walt Disney World in Orlando is planning an attraction inspired by the ever-popular “Frozen” movie, says The Associated Press. The ride will go up at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot, replacing the Maelstrom boat ride (which, with only one little thrill from a troll, really needed to go). The new ride will travel to the land of Arendelle and re-create moments and music from the film. Everybody sing.

Bourne again

Last we heard, director Paul Greengrass said he was finished with the Jason Bourne franchise because there was nowhere for Matt Damon’s character to go. Well, according to Deadline.com, he figured it out, and he and his star are in talks with Universal Pictures for a new installment. The studio is so happy that it’s planning to release the film in July 2016, handing over the slot it had reserved for a sequel to Jeremy Renner’s successful spinoff, “The Bourne Legacy.”

Movie briefs

▪ Riding the wave of biblical epics (“Noah,” “Exodus: Gods and Kings”), Jack Huston of TV’s “Boardwalk Empire” has signed on to play the chariot-racing title character in a remake of “Ben-Hur,” says Deadline.com. Timur Bekmambetov (“Wanted”) is directing for a 2016 release.

▪ Filming for Daniel Craig’s next James Bond movie is set to begin in December, says MI6-HQ. The untitled 24th film in the franchise will be shot in Austria, Italy, Morocco and, of course, at Bond’s U.K. home base of Pinewood Studios. It’s due in theaters Nov. 6, 2015.

▪ “Saturday Night Live” has lined up some of our favorite stars to host the new season: Chris Pratt, Sept.27; Sarah Silverman, Oct. 4 and Bill Hader, Oct. 11.

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