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Disney+ Fall Premiere Dates: ‘Meet the Chimps’ ‘Right Stuff’ & Popular Films

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Disney+’s fall schedule includes the premieres of shows including The Right Stuff, Becoming, and Meet the Chimps. The Mandalorian returns for its much anticipated second season, and new films Clouds and Secret Society of Second-Born Royals join the streaming service’s fall lineup.

Later this year, Disney+ will debut WandaVision starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany as well as Inside Pixar, a behind the scenes look inside the Academy Award-winning Pixar Animation Studios.

Disney+ September Premieres:

Friday, September 18
Becoming (Disney+ Original Series) – From executive producers LeBron James & Maverick Carter, Becoming chronicles the origin stories of entertainers and athletes in their own words. Each subject takes a trip down memory lane for an intimate look at the struggles and successes that led them to where they are today. Loved ones share never-before-heard stories that showcase each subject’s inspirational journey towards becoming a star.

Bend it Like Beckham – Two ambitious girls, despite their parents’ wishes, have their hearts set on careers in professional soccer.

Ever After – A young woman falls in love with a prince while pretending to be a princess. She must then struggle to hide her true identity even as one of her step-sisters prepares to marry the prince.

Friday, September 25
Secret Society Of Second-Born Royals (Disney+ Original Film) – Meet Sam, a second-born royal daughter. She’s not your typical royal and doesn’t really fit into this world. After being sent to summer school by her mother, The Queen, Sam learns it is a ruse; she and the other students discover they have superpowers and are there to train to become part of the Secret Society of Second-Born Royals. Can they learn how to use their powers to save their kingdoms?

Magic Of Disney’s Animal Kingdom (Disney+ Original Series) – Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, narrated by Disney fan-favorite Josh Gad, gives viewers a backstage pass to explore the magic behind two of the world’s most beloved animal experiences, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and The Seas with Nemo & Friends at EPCOT. Viewers get unprecedented access to the Parks’ animals and meet the animal care experts who have formed remarkable bonds with them.

Hidden Figures – An incredible & inspiring untold true story about three women at NASA who were instrumental in one of history’s greatest operations – the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit.

The Fault in our Stars – Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elgort) share a love that sweeps them on an unforgettable journey in this powerful film based on John Green’s New York Times bestseller.

Micah Stock as Deke Slayton, Jake McDorman as Alan Shepard, Aaron Staton as Wally Schirra, Michael Trotter as Gus Grissom, Patrick J. Adams as John Glenn, Colin O’Donoghue as Gordon Cooper and James Lafferty as Scott Carpenter in ‘The Right Stuff’ (National Geographic/Gene Page)

OCTOBER 2020:

Friday, October 2
The Simpsons Season 31 – Everyone’s favorite family is back for the 31st season of the longest-running scripted primetime show in television history, The Simpsons. With an all-star lineup of guests including Bill Porter, Jane Goodall, Jason Momoa, Cate Blanchett, and Kevin Feige, special musical performances from the likes of Weezer and John Legend, and fan-favorite episodes “Thanksgiving of Horror” and “Treehouse of Horror XXX,” the latest season joins Disney+’s comprehensive collection of more than 600 episodes, “The Simpsons Movie,” and animated shorts “Maggie Simpson in ‘Playdate with Destiny’” and “Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare.”

Friday, October 9
The Right Stuff (Disney+ Original Series) – The incredible story of the early days of the U.S. space program, based on the iconic bestseller by Tom Wolfe. At the height of the Cold War, newly-formed NASA selects seven of the military’s best test pilots to become astronauts. Competing to be the first in space, these men achieve the extraordinary, inspiring the world to turn towards a new horizon of ambition and hope.

X2 – After a “black ops” specialist abducts Xavier, imprisons his students and steals Cerebro, Night Crawler joins forces with Magneto to rescue their brethren and forestall a holocaust.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – Young Lucy, Edmund and their cousin cross through a painting into a magical land where they sail with King Caspian to help Narnian lords banished by an evil usurper of the throne.

Friday, October 16
Clouds (Disney+ Original Film) – Based on an inspiring true story, young musician Zach Sobiech discovers his cancer has spread, leaving him just a few months to live. With limited time, he follows his dream and makes an album, unaware that it will soon be a viral music phenomenon. In the end, music gives Zach’s life new meaning and helps him find the perfect way to say goodbye…with a song that will be heard all around the world.

Meet the Chimps (Disney+ Original Series) – Meet the Chimps takes viewers into the secret life of one of the largest and most unique wildlife sanctuaries in the world – Chimp Haven—a 200-acre refuge tucked deep in the forested heart of Louisiana, which is home to more than 300 chimpanzees. Narrated by Emmy Award-winning actress Jane Lynch, this six-part series, from National Geographic, tracks the ups and downs of this extraordinary group of chimps that are given a second chance at life by a staff whose dedication, compassion and commitment knows no bounds.

Through a seamless blend of natural history and observational-documentary filmmaking, Meet the Chimps puts the chimps – the heart and soul of the series – at front and center. A real-life drama with a full emotional range, the series gives unparalleled access to everything happening at Chimp Haven, including food squabbles, alliances, romances, ‘bromances’, tears, tantrums, high jinxes and heartbreaks.

Friday, October 23
Once Upon a Snowman (Disney+ Original Short) – The previously untold origins of Olaf, the summer-loving snowman who melted hearts in the Academy Award®-winning 2013 Disney animated feature Frozen and its acclaimed 2019 sequel, are revealed in the all-new Walt Disney Animation Studios animated short, “Once Upon a Snowman.” The film follows Olaf’s first steps as he comes to life and searches for his identity in the mountains outside Arendelle.

The Big Fib (Disney+ Original Series) – Disney+‘s first original game show, The Big Fib, is back for another 15 episodes. Hosted by Yvette Nicole Brown and featuring Rhys Darby as her robot sidekick, C.L.I.V.E., each episode puts kid contestants in the hot seat as they question adults to find the real fibber.

Friday, October 30
The Mandalorian Season 2 (Disney+ Original Series) – The Mandalorian and the Child continue their journey, facing enemies and rallying allies as they make their way through a dangerous galaxy in the tumultuous era after the collapse of the Galactic Empire.

NOVEMBER 2020:

Tuesday, November 17
LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special (Disney+ Original Special) – The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special reunites Rey, Finn, Poe, Chewie, Rose and the droids for a joyous feast on Life Day, a holiday first introduced in the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special. The new LEGO special is the first to debut on Disney+ and will continue the rich legacy of collaboration between Lucasfilm and LEGO—playful adventures told in the endearingly irreverent way that only LEGO Star Wars co-branded content can.

Wednesday, November 18
The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse (Disney+ Original Series) – It’s nothing but fun and excitement for Mickey Mouse and his best friends as they embark on their greatest adventures yet, navigating the pitfalls and curveballs of a wild and crazy world where the magic of Disney makes the impossible possible.

Friday, November 20
Marvel’s 616 explores Marvel’s rich legacy of pioneering characters, creators and storytelling to reflect the world outside your window. Each documentary, helmed by a unique filmmaker, showcases the intersections of storytelling, pop culture, and fandom within the Marvel Universe. Episodes in this anthology series will cover topics including Marvel’s world-spanning artists, the trailblazing women of Marvel Comics, discovering the “forgotten” characters of Marvel, and much more.

Planes – The world of Cars takes flight in Planes, Disney’s high-flying animated comedy featuring Dusty, a crop duster with dreams of competing in the greatest air race ever. Will he find the inspiration and courage to be more than he was built for?

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Cursed Season 2, Is Nimue Alive, Let’s Have A Theory For It

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Talk about ferocious yet gentle, beautiful, elegant being and ill say its Nimue!! Katherine Langford is a total package of all those skills which she brilliantly showcased in cursed.

Cursed: About The Show

It is an American TV series created by Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler. The story is imagining Arthurian legend through the eyes of young girl Nimue. She is believed to have a mysterious gift that soon will make her the Lady of the Lake. Although she is powerful the series also takes a turn towards a more tragic road.

When her mother dies she finds herself a partner Arthur paid by Devon Terrell. They together are on a journey to find merlin and return an ancient sword.

Cursed Season 2: Will There Be A Second Season?

Season 1 of the series ended on a cliffhanger. We see Sister Iris played by Emily Coates attacking Nimue. With so much of mystery, we are sure there will be a season 2 for cursed!

Although it has not been officially declared by Netflix, we hope that renewal for season 2 is on its way, for we are ready with our fan theories!!

Cursed Season 2: Expected Plot

As we realize that merlin is Nimue’s father, what would be next for Nimue? He would surely come looking for his daughter and well the sword that is accompanying her. And with his newly discovered powers, he is more than dangerous.

We also see a few complicated relations with Nimue gone. Arthur and Red Spear, the Viking Warrior may have a thing or two going on. Though the show does not mention any such thing the novel suggests her name to be Guinevere, King Arthur’s Queen.

Lastly with Nimue went will Sister Iris ascend the throne? With so much to know we are sure a second season is a must don’t you think?

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How Marvel’s Hobgoblin Relates To The Green Goblin

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How does supervillain Norman Osborn a.k.a. Green Goblin’s worthy successor The Hobgoblin fit into Marvel Comics’ overarching goblin mythology?

Spider-Man‘s history with sadistic men clad in colorful goblin attire stretches further than any supervillain he has faced in his long-spanning career. The apparent death of Norman Osborn’s maniacal Green Goblin alter ego during 1973’s The Night Gwen Stacy Died heralded the introduction of a brand new goblin into Peter Parker’s world.

Rather than revive The Green Goblin yet again for a deadly clash with Spidey, veteran comic writer Roger Stern (Superman, The Avengers) along with artists Mike Zeck (Kraven’s Last Hunt, Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars) and John Romita Jr. (The Amazing Spider-Man, Uncanny X-Men) constructed the completely original antagonist of The Hobgoblin as a way to help freshen up Spider-Man’s coveted rogue’s gallery. Sharing little in resemblance to the original green variety, Hobgoblin was not an experienced scientist but initially a street-level criminal devoid of superpowers. While not nearly as sadistic as his predecessor, The Hobgoblin would quickly go on to become a major fixture in the Spider-Man universe.

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Akin to the Green Goblin’s introduction in the early issues of comic dream team Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s The Amazing Spider-Man, there was an extensive mystery surrounding the identity of this new goblin for years. There are many individuals who have taken up The Hobgoblin mantle but the first and perhaps most famous is that of successful New York City fashion designer Roderick Kingsley, who had existing ties to New York’s criminal underworld.

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While evading capture from a wrathful Spider-Man in the sewers underneath the Osborn Manufacturing building, petty criminal Joe Hill happens to stumble upon one of Norman’s former secret headquarters, containing his Green Goblin tech and gear. Kingsley has the small-time Hill recover all of Osborn’s former materials before eliminating the criminal. Kingsley then proceeds to take the Goblin’s gear for himself and has the hideaway burnt down to avoid any investigation.

Now equipped with the gadgets and hardware of The Green Goblin (pumpkin bombs, electro blast gloves, jet glider) repurposed to fit his own evil liking, Kingsley’s Hobgoblin would set out to wreak havoc on Spider-Man and the entire city of New York. In order to become an opposing physical match for the super-powered hero, Hobgoblin would need a tested goblin formula of his own. Due to Norman’s journal remnants detailing several aspects of his criminal career including the formation and experience with the vicious Goblin formula, the stage was set. Kingsley became just as psychically enhanced and powerful as the classic Green Goblin, if not more so. He’s been an important Spider-Man villain ever since.

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‘Secret Society of Second-Born Royals’ Review: Disney Face Plants with Micro-Budget Kids Superhero Movie

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Many of the movies that have recently premiered on Disney+ were meant for theaters. This is not one of those movies.

Many of the movies that have premiered on Disney+ in the last few months (“Mulan,” “Artemis Fowl,” etc.) are would-be blockbusters that were made with theaters in mind and only went digital because of the pandemic. “Secret Society of Second-Born Royals” is obviously, glaringly, and insistently not one of those movies. Produced by the Disney Channel and seemingly budgeted at the same cost as an episode of “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody,” this cut-rate superhero origin story tries to do for kids what “Sky High,” “The Princess Diaries,” and “Agent Cody Banks” have already done for kids, but cheaper and at the same time.

Of course, it should be noted that Anna Mastro’s “Secret Society of Second-Born Royals” might skew a bit younger than any of those films — if your child can say its tongue-twister of a title without struggling, they’re already too old for it — but it’s hard to tell if it’s deliberately targeting a certain demographic or just too sloppy and unsophisticated to work on anyone who’s learned to tell the difference in quality between “Cars” and “Planes.”

While certain elements of this original movie (its contrived fairy tale premise, most of all) suggest that it was intended for an audience who might be making their first baby steps into the crazy world of live-action content, others (a plane crash alluded to in the prologue, a bomb that threatens to blow up a coronation, a roiling undercurrent of anti-monarchist rage that’s defused in the final moments, etc.) give the impression that Disney was aiming for a “my first Marvel” vibe and fell short of the runway. Sometimes this movie feels like playing peek-a-boo with a 10-year-old, and sometimes it feels like trying to teach a nursery school class about the value of protest in a seemingly hopeless political ecosystem. It never feels worth watching.

So “Secret Society of Second-Born Royals” — you’ll never guess what this story is is about. At first blush, the film seems poised to be a modern, winking riff on the princess stories that built the Disney empire into the world-eater it is today. “You know the fairy tale about a princess waiting for a brave prince to come and save her?” asks the opening narration. “Yeah, this is not that kind of story.”

So what kind of story is it? Sam (Peyton Elizabeth Lee) doesn’t quite know yet. Second in line for the crown of a fictional European country called Illyria — a dead ringer for downtown Toronto — Sam doesn’t need any younger siblings to have some of the biggest middle child energy this side of Jan Brandy. Her perfect older sister Eleanor (Ashley Liao) has been groomed to succeed their widowed queen mother (Élodie Yung) since they were little, and she takes to all of the smiling and waving like a birthright, but Sam is happy to follow in Princess Margaret’s footsteps.



By the time we meet her, Sam’s teenage rebellion has taken on a literal edge, as she and her childhood best friend (the palace groundskeeper’s son) spend their free time performing anti-monarchist pop-punk in the streets. “People are unhappy out there” she’ll plead to her mother, referring to some kind of social unrest the movie doesn’t have the time, money, or courage to explore any further despite the fact that it’s the bedrock of its heroine’s journey. What seems poised to become a Disney princess story for a generation that’s being raised into protest quickly pivots into… something much worse.

That summer school Sam is forced to go to with a breakfast club of other hyper-privileged delinquents? It turns out that it’s a top-secret training program for an elite crime-fighting force of supernaturally gifted youngsters because — and I quote — “there’s a special gene exclusive to second-borns of royal bloodlines.” What? Just… what? Also how? Wouldn’t that confer a certain kind of divine right to monarchies across the world? And on a similar note… huh?

Every middle and youngest child around the world has moments when they feel at a loss for attention and/or purpose, but this seems like a bit of a stretch. There’s something to the idea that being a princess isn’t a responsible fantasy to promote in such financially stratified times — that fighting for change behind the scenes offers a different and more socially conscious way to be special — but “Secret Society of Second-Born Royals” is too small for such big ideas. Instead, it feels like a very long walk to a cut-rate “Kingsman” that spends much of its time hopping from one underfunded training sequence to another while a shadowy villain patiently bides his time in the background.

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Led by a gay professor with a gluten allergy (Skylar Astin) who functions like a cross between Nick Fury, Professor X, and “Yo, Teach!,” Sam’s crash course in superpowers is clearly pulled together on a public school budget (there’s ample room for less expensive kids entertainment, but a Marvel-inflected movie about the world’s richest teenagers may not have been the best premise for a project that looks like it was expensed to Disney on a single receipt). In typical genre fashion, most of the kids have abilities that reveal their inner natures. Kind of. Olivia Deeble plays a vain, social-media-obsessed influencer who turns invisible, Niles Fitch plays a cocky charmer who discovers that his voice makes people do his bidding, Isabella Blake-Thomas plays an overly agreeable sort who picks up the powers of those around her, Faly Rakotohavana plays an introvert who can talk to insects(?), and Sam… has super senses? Because she can smell a better future for her country?

It all feels like the work of a fast-tracked first draft, and the character details are as tossed off as the interminable training exercises through which Professor Marrow leads his new class. These are nice kids, and the actors embodying them are charismatic enough, but the DIY aesthetic doesn’t mix with the blockbuster scale, and it’s hard to imagine even the youngest and most eager of second-born kids buying into this world for long enough to see it threatened. The occasional fights overachieve with their choreography, and one late twist lands well enough to compensate for a small portion of the wild script contrivances that lead Sam and her friends to use their powers for good, but the film’s various through-lines are far too frayed by the time Mastro tries to knot them together, and the whole thing ends with a shrug.

In fact, “Secret Society of Second-Born Royals” is such a sad baby chimera of second-wave digital content that the mere act of reviewing it feels unnecessarily hostile — an in-depth analysis of this thing wouldn’t be any more helpful to most parents than a quick thumbs-down and a promise that it’s totally sexless (which it is). At the end of the day, this film doesn’t warrant the kind of karmic beatdown that critics have heroically administered to several other, more pervasive kid-friendly movies in recent years (“The Lion King” remake comes to mind), and dismantling it for sport feels an awful lot like chucking away a child’s brand new toy just because you thought they deserved better.

But even if this might be a semi-effective babysitter for 95 minutes, even if Mastro seems to have been hamstrung by a woeful lack of resources, and even if none of the blame should be laid at the feet of her super-emotive teen cast (every member of which is one “Euphoria” arc away from breaking out into full-blown stardom), the fact remains that it’s worth taking the temperature of the first original features that Disney is adding to its streaming platform, if only to keep tabs on what the company intends to offers subscribers in between aborted tentpoles and new seasons of “The Mandalorian.” Judging by the likes of “Noelle,” “Lady and the Tramp,” and this latest whiff, it might be time to go back to the drawing board.

Grade: D

“Secret Society of Second-Born Royals” will be available to stream on Disney+ starting Friday, September 25.

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