Exploring the Galaxy: “Star Wars: Tales of the Empire” Lands on Disney+

Attention, young Jedi! Get ready to embark on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away as Disney+ unveils the trailer and key art for its latest animated series, “Star Wars: Tales of the Empire.” Set to launch exclusively on Star Wars Day, May 4th, this thrilling new series promises to captivate audiences with its tales of adventure, intrigue, and the eternal struggle between the forces of light and dark.

A Galactic Saga Unfolds:

“Star Wars: Tales of the Empire” is a six-episode odyssey that delves into the heart of the fearsome Galactic Empire through the eyes of two warriors on divergent paths. In this exciting follow-up to the critically acclaimed “Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi,” viewers will witness the unfolding drama as young Morgan Elsbeth, fueled by loss and vengeance, charts a course through the treacherous Imperial landscape. Meanwhile, former Jedi Barriss Offee must navigate a rapidly changing galaxy in order to survive. The choices they make will shape the destiny of the galaxy itself.

Meet the Voice Cast:

Bringing these captivating characters to life is an all-star voice cast that includes Diana Lee Inosanto as Morgan Elsbeth, Meredith Salenger as Barriss Offee, Rya Kihlstedt as Lyn (aka Fourth Sister), Wing T. Chao as Wing, Lars Mikkelsen as Thrawn, Jason Isaacs as the Grand Inquisitor, and Matthew Wood as General Grievous.

Behind the Scenes:

Created by the visionary Dave Filoni and serving as supervising director, “Star Wars: Tales of the Empire” is a testament to the creative genius of the Star Wars universe. Executive producers Athena Yvette Portillo and Carrie Beck, along with co-executive producer Josh Rimes and senior producer Alex Spotswood, have worked tirelessly to bring this thrilling saga to life.

Don’t Miss the Adventure:

Prepare to be transported to a galaxy of excitement and wonder when “Star Wars: Tales of the Empire” lands exclusively on Disney+ this Star Wars Day, May 4th. With its gripping storyline, stunning animation, and unforgettable characters, this is one journey you won’t want to miss!

May the Force be with you as you embark on this thrilling new adventure!

Exciting News! Catherine Laga‘aia Cast as Moana in Disney’s Live-Action “Moana”

(Pictured): Catherine Laga’aia. Photo by Alexei Hay. © 2024 Alexei Hay. All Rights Reserved.

 

Guess what? Catherine Laga‘aia from Australia is going to be the new Moana in Disney’s live-action “Moana”! She will embark on an amazing adventure to save her people, sailing across the ocean to the magical island of Motunui.

But that’s not all! Joining Catherine is Dwayne Johnson, who will be back as the hilarious and heroic Maui, just like in the animated movie. The cast also features John Tui from Auckland as Moana’s tough but loving dad, Chief Tui. Frankie Adams, a Samoan-New Zealand actress, will play Moana’s fun and strong mom, Sina. Rena Owen, from Bay of Islands, NZ, will be the wise and wonderful Gramma Tala.

The movie is set to hit Australian cinemas on July 9, 2026, and it’s directed by Thomas Kail, who made “Hamilton” on Broadway and Disney+. He also worked on “Grease Live” and the series “We Were the Lucky Ones.”

This live-action “Moana” will bring the story to life like never before, celebrating the islands, communities, and traditions of Pacific Islanders. Filming starts this summer, and it’s going to be a spectacular adventure!

The movie is produced by Dwayne Johnson and his team at Seven Bucks Productions, along with Beau Flynn from FlynnPictureCo. Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the songs for the original movie, is also a producer. The executive producers include Scott Sheldon, Auli‘i Cravalho (the original voice of Moana), and Charles Newirth. The screenplay is written by Jared Bush and Dana Ledoux Miller, who are both very talented writers with amazing backgrounds.

Get ready for an incredible journey with Moana, Maui, and all their friends in this new live-action film! We can’t wait to see it!

Meet Squid Game Star Reagan To: From Netflix Sensation to Hollywood Rising Star

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Reagan To, best known as the English Dub voice of the iconic Squid Game Doll, is rapidly becoming a household name. Squid Game has officially broken records, becoming Netflix’s biggest series launch, reaching more than 1.65 billion hours of viewing. The series follows Seong Gi-hun and hundreds of desperate, indebted contestants competing in a high-stakes, violent competition. Reagan’s chilling portrayal of the Squid Game Doll has become a viral phenomenon, inspiring a recent Saturday Night Live (SNL) skit. Additionally, she voices the main character’s daughter, adding to her growing list of credits.

Reagan is no stranger to the small screen, with notable appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live! alongside stars like Channing Tatum, Rami Malek, Lena Waithe, and Guillermo Rodriguez. Her rising prominence in the industry was further recognized when she presented at the Movieguide Awards, which aired on UPtv. Her presence at this event highlighted her status as an up-and-comer in Hollywood.

Her career shows no signs of slowing down. She can be heard as “Big Kid Ember” in the animated Pixar movie Elemental. Her talent and charisma have earned her a loyal fanbase, with a large verified social media presence, including over 1 million likes and 130,000 followers on TikTok, as well as 173,000 followers on Instagram. Her impact on popular culture was highlighted when her video with Young Hollywood host Joely Live went viral on TikTok, amassing over 16 million views to date.

Beyond her acting career, Reagan is an award-winning Latin ballroom dancer, having trained under renowned instructor Shirley Ballas. She competes in dance competitions around the world and complements her ballroom expertise with ballet, showcasing her versatile talent in dance. Reagan’s creative pursuits also extend to modeling, with credits for top brands such as Nike, Old Navy, Forever21, and Little Tikes. She is a budding musician, proficient in piano and flute, and is currently learning guitar. In her spare time, Reagan loves to bake and dreams of opening her own bakery.

Reagan’s impressive versatility and dedication continue to capture the attention of both fans and industry professionals. As her career unfolds, there’s no doubt that Reagan is a star on the rise. StarCentral Kids recently caught up with Reagan, and here’s what happened:

Wow, being part of Squid Game must have been amazing! How does it feel to be part of a super cool show that lots of kids love to watch?

I feel like I’m living in a dream! I see a lot of fans love the show, and the Squid Game pop-up experiences are incredible! I don’t think kids my age can watch it yet, but it does not feel real when I still hear the doll’s voice pop up on TikTok and everywhere on social media. I’m not allowed to watch the show, so I really cherish every time a fan comes up and gives their support. Recently, I was also super lucky to be part of the cast for Disney’s Elemental! Meeting fans at the premiere was such a crazy experience as well, and they were all supportive when I was doing interviews for the movie, too. They are just as excited as I am about Elemental. Thank you to all our fans!

Your character, the Squid Game Doll, has become really popular on the internet! What’s the most fun or exciting thing about being a famous character like that?

What amazed me was how quickly the voice/character became viral! The funny thing is that I’m not allowed to watch shows like that, but I heard my voice all over social media! I was surprised when my friends asked, “Wait… isn’t that your voice on Saturday Night Live?” for the Squid Game skit. It’s magical to hear my voice all over the world!

Squid Game is such a cool show with lots of action and surprises. What do you think makes it so much fun for kids to watch?

I wished I knew. I’m just a kid! My friends and I could not watch the show, and even at the studio, I was not told too much about the show. That actually made it very special because I really enjoyed working with my cast mates and the voice director on Squid Game. There were a lot of emotional scenes, and we had to get everything together just right. We didn’t know anything about what would happen to our characters, and I got to focus only on the scenes I had. I think everyone likes that because the script feels very real. I also voiced another character in Squid Game, too, and those scenes took longer to perfect. We try to put ourselves in our voices, and I think that’s what the fans really love about all the cast and voices on the show.

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You also voiced the daughter of the main character in Squid Game. Can you tell us more about how you brought that character to life and what it was like?

I had a blast voicing Ga-Yeong in the show! It was exciting and challenging, but getting my voice right was tricky at first. I kept asking myself, “Do I have moments with my dad just like her with her father?” Then it hit me! My dad and I always have movie nights, so I thought I found the perfect inspiration. I wanted to make her voice real and relatable. I was thinking back to those nights to perfect Ga-Yeong’s voice. It was such a cool process with the voice director, and I’m very grateful to bring the voice to life.

You’ve been on Jimmy Kimmel Live! with some really famous stars. What was it like being on TV with them? Did you get to meet any other cool people?

I feel very lucky to have met everyone on Jimmy Kimmel Live! My dad and I watch the show together, so we look up to them! It was super magical to film with Mr. Rami Malek. We spent the whole day at the Museum of Ice Cream. I was nervous at first, but he was very friendly and shared advice, too. Mr. Channing Tatum and Ms. Lena Waithe are all super friendly and hilarious in person, and that made it very hard to stop laughing at our skits behind the camera every time. I can’t wait to be back!

You have a lot of fans on social media who love seeing what you’re up to! How do you balance being a regular kid with being famous on the internet?

When I was super young, I went through a very scary experience at the hospital. It was like, whoa, everything just stopped for a bit. It changed how I see things. Now I appreciate the little stuff way more. And it makes me want to grab every cool opportunity and just try it out, from acting and dancing to everything in between! But that also means I had to learn a lot about managing time and focus. Practice is key, and I learned that on the way to the world dance competitions. For me, a perfect day is when I get to spend the morning on my studies, followed by ballroom practice with my dance partner. I love being curious and trying out new performances, characters, and voices. That’s when I get to be myself!

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Besides acting, you’re also a really talented dancer! How does dancing make you feel, and do you ever use your dance moves when you’re acting?

I have been dancing Latin ballroom for over seven years now. Every time I step on the dance floor, let me tell you, it’s like pure joy! Latin dance is all about those unique body movements, and I love bringing all this energy with every step. It’s perfect because I get to show my personality. And Ballroom dancing? Oh, it’s elegant, and it’s classy. I feel like I’m a Disney princess out there on the dance floor every time! I love it when I get to combine dance and acting together. The other day, I was on set for Young Sheldon, and between scenes, I found some time to practice for my next Latin Dancing competition, and suddenly, the whole cast started to dance as well! I showed Iain (Armitage) a few moves, and we had so much fun! We need more dancing in the world, and honestly, moments like this make my daily dance practice all worth it.

What are some of your dreams and goals for the future? Do you want to keep acting, or do you have other things you want to do too?

I’m going to keep acting and dancing! I love telling stories with my performances, and it’s awesome when they can hit in all sorts of emotions. I was in a short film, Eureka, and I really enjoyed the experience of talking about Asian American history. That inspires me to keep acting and explore exciting stories. And hey, the other day I was thinking of a story of a professional dancer who doesn’t have a home and she has to travel alone everywhere. That’s the role I want to play. Thank you for chatting with me today!

Set Sail Again: ‘Moana 2’ Brings Auli‘i Cravalho and Dwayne Johnson Back to Theaters This November

Ahoy, young adventurers! Get ready to set sail again with Disney’s exciting new movie, “Moana 2”! Our favourite heroine Moana is coming back to the big screen this November, and she’s bringing even more fun and adventure. Auli‘i Cravalho returns as the brave Moana, and Dwayne Johnson is back as the hilarious and mighty demigod Maui. You can catch a sneak peek of their next big adventure with the awesome new teaser trailer, a cool poster, and some exclusive images!

Mark your calendars for November 28, 2024, because that’s when “Moana 2” hits the cinemas! This thrilling sequel takes place three years after the first movie, and Moana and Maui are teaming up once again. This time, they’re joined by a bunch of new friends for an epic journey. Moana gets a surprising message from her wayfinding ancestors that sends her on a daring adventure to the far corners of Oceania. She’ll sail through dangerous and mysterious waters, facing challenges like never before!

“Moana 2” is directed by the talented trio David Derrick Jr., Jason Hand, and Dana Ledoux Miller, and produced by Christina Chen and Yvett Merino. The movie’s music is made by Grammy® winners Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear, Grammy nominee Opetaia Foaʻi, and three-time Grammy winner Mark Mancina. With such amazing talent, the soundtrack is sure to be unforgettable!

Don’t miss out on Moana’s latest adventure! Watch the new teaser trailer, check out the awesome poster and images, and get ready to join Moana and Maui on their most exciting journey yet!

Disney Unveils Magical First Look at “Mufasa: The Lion King” and Announces All-Star Voice Cast

Hey young adventurers! Get ready to embark on an extraordinary journey to the Pride Lands as Disney releases the first trailer for “Mufasa: The Lion King,” a thrilling new film bound to captivate audiences of all ages! Directed by the talented Barry Jenkins and set to hit Australian cinemas on December 19th, this epic adventure promises to bring the magic of “The Lion King” to life like never before.

But that’s not all! Award-winning songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda is crafting an enchanting soundtrack that will have you singing along to all your favorite tunes. With mesmerizing melodies produced by Miranda and Mark Mancina, and additional music from the legendary Lebo M, this soundtrack is sure to be a hit!

Miranda himself couldn’t contain his excitement, saying, “It’s been a joy working alongside Barry Jenkins to bring Mufasa’s story to life, and we can’t wait for audiences to experience this film in theaters.”

Synopsis:

Join us as we delve into the captivating origins of Mufasa, the beloved lion king, through the wise narration of Rafiki. Young lion cub Kiara learns of Mufasa’s incredible journey from orphaned cub to legendary ruler of the Pride Lands. With heartwarming flashbacks and unforgettable adventures, “Mufasa: The Lion King” is a tale of courage, friendship, and destiny.

Featuring an all-star voice cast including Aaron Pierre, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Tiffany Boone, and many more, this film is packed with talent that will bring the characters to life in the most magical way possible!

Additional Details:

Combining live-action filmmaking with state-of-the-art CGI, “Mufasa: The Lion King” promises to transport you to a world where imagination knows no bounds. Produced by Adele Romanski and Mark Ceryak, and executive produced by Peter Tobyansen, this cinematic masterpiece is sure to reignite your love for “The Lion King.”

Prepare to roar with excitement when “Mufasa: The Lion King” hits theaters this December!

Get Ready for a Paw-some Adventure with “200% Wolf”!

Hey there, young adventurers! Get ready to unleash your imagination because StudioCanal is thrilled to announce the arrival of the official trailer for “200% Wolf” – the sequel to the wildly popular animated film “100% Wolf”!

Join Freddy Lupin, the tiny pink poodle with big dreams, as he embarks on his most epic adventure yet. In “200% Wolf,” Freddy is determined to prove himself as a leader to his werewolf pack. But when a magical mishap turns him into a real werewolf and brings a mischievous moon spirit into his world, Freddy must embark on a quest to save the day!

With his loyal dog pals by his side, Freddy sets off on a whirlwind adventure filled with danger, magic, and plenty of laughs. Can Freddy restore cosmic order before it’s too late? Find out when “200% Wolf” hits cinemas on August 8th!

Featuring a talented cast of characters and brought to life by the creative minds at StudioCanal, “200% Wolf” promises to be an unforgettable cinematic experience for kids of all ages.

Don’t miss out on the fun – mark your calendars and get ready to howl with delight when “200% Wolf” arrives in theaters!

Meet The Emerging Queens Behind The Latest Issue Of StarCentral Kids: Miss Little, Junior, and Teen Earth Australia 2024

The Miss Little, Junior, and Teen Earth Australia pageant is a prestigious event brought to you by Stargazer Productions that celebrates the beauty and intelligence of young girls who are committed to environmental conservation and sustainability. This pageant is a platform for girls aged between 5 and 18 to showcase their talents, intelligence, and passion for the environment and inspire others to take action toward preserving the planet.

Contestants from different regions of Australia participate in the pageant and undergo a rigorous selection process to qualify for the finals. The contestants are judged on various criteria, including their environmental knowledge, communication skills, personality, and overall stage presence. The pageant promotes an eco-friendly lifestyle and encourages contestants to lead by example.

Throughout the competition, the girls participate in various rounds that test their environmental awareness and creativity. The pageant winners are crowned in three categories: Miss Little Earth Australia (5-9 years), Junior Miss Earth Australia (10-14 years), and Teen Miss Earth Australia (15-18 years). The winners are expected to serve as ambassadors for environmental awareness and sustainability and participate in various activities throughout their reign.

The Miss Little, Junior, and Teen Earth Australia pageant provides a unique opportunity for young girls to positively impact the environment and inspire others to follow in their footsteps. It serves as a reminder that anyone can make a difference, regardless of age or background, and that the planet’s future is in our hands.

Among the standout contestants for 2024 were Miss Little Earth representative Jennifer Condous-Thirlmire from NSW, Miss Junior Earth contestants Eisha Joy Hobson from Oakville, NSW, and Georgia Karpatsis from Leichardt, NSW, as well as Miss Teen Earth contestants Candice Tarrant from Gladesville, NSW, Maria Angela Tungol from Sydney Olympic Park, NSW, and Klara Cassandra Mallari from Midvale, WA.

After a riveting competition, the winners emerged triumphant. Jennifer Condous was crowned Miss Little Earth Australia, while Eisha Joy Hobson claimed the title of Miss Junior Earth Australia, and Candice Tarrant secured the coveted title of Miss Teen Earth Australia.

Get Ready to Roll Out: Transformers Origin Story Takes Kids on an Action-Packed Ride!

L-r, Brian Tyree Henry (D-16), Keegan-Michael Key (B-127), Scarlett Johansson (Elita-1) and Chris Hemsworth (Orion Pax) star in PARAMOUNT ANIMATION and HASBRO Present In Association with NEW REPUBLIC PICTURES
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A BAY FILMS Production “TRANSFORMERS ONE”

Attention, all young Autobots and Decepticons! The moment you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived! The brand new TRANSFORMERS origin story is here, revealing the incredible journey of Orion Pax and D-16 as they transform into the legendary Optimus Prime and Megatron.

The excitement kicked off with a thrilling countdown on Thursday, April 18, at 11:00 pm AEST, leading to a jaw-dropping reveal as the trailer soared to 125,000 feet above Earth. Our favorite stars, Chris Hemsworth and Brian Tyree Henry, introduced the action-packed trailer, which you can catch on @TransformersMovie social accounts, Paramount Pictures YouTube channel, and even Chris Hemsworth’s Instagram!

In “TRANSFORMERS ONE,” get ready to dive deep into the untold origins of Optimus Prime and Megatron, who were once the best of friends but now find themselves on opposite sides of the battlefield. With an amazing voice cast including Chris Hemsworth, Brian Tyree Henry, Scarlett Johansson, and more, this fully CG-animated adventure promises to be out of this world!

So buckle up and get ready for a journey to Cybertron like never before, brought to life by Paramount Animation and Hasbro, with direction from Josh Cooley. Based on the beloved Transformers™ Action Figures, this epic film is sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike. Don’t miss out on the action – TRANSFORMERS ONE is coming soon to theaters near you!

Stargazer Productions Presents the Grand Showcase of Miss Little, Junior, and Teen Earth Australia 2024 Pageant

Stargazer Productions, a leading event management company, is excited to unveil the eagerly anticipated Miss Little, Junior, and Teen Earth Australia 2024 pageants. Set amidst the splendid backdrop of the Roundhouse, UNSW, on April 21, 2024, from 4 pm to 9 pm, this dazzling event promises to be an unforgettable celebration of beauty, intelligence, and environmental stewardship.

The Miss Little, Junior, and Teen Earth Australia pageant, proudly presented by Stargazer Productions, shines a spotlight on the remarkable young girls dedicated to environmental conservation and sustainability. Serving as a platform for contestants aged between 5 and 18 to showcase their talents, intelligence, and passion for the environment, this pageant inspires others to take action toward preserving our planet.

Contestants hailing from diverse regions across Australia undergo a rigorous selection process to qualify for the finals. They are evaluated on criteria including environmental knowledge, communication skills, personality, and overall stage presence. The pageant promotes an eco-friendly lifestyle and encourages contestants to lead by example.

Throughout the competition, participants engage in various rounds designed to test their environmental awareness and creativity. The crowning moments will see the emergence of Miss Little Earth Australia (5-9 years), Junior Miss Earth Australia (10-14 years), and Teen Miss Earth Australia (15-18 years). These winners will serve as ambassadors for environmental awareness and sustainability, championing initiatives to make a positive impact on our planet.

The Miss Little, Junior, and Teen Earth Australia pageant offers a unique opportunity for young girls to influence environmental change and inspire others to join their cause. It underscores the belief that everyone, regardless of age or background, can contribute to shaping a sustainable future.

For ticket details and inquiries, please contact Julieta at 0400 732 919.

Join us for an unforgettable evening as we celebrate the beauty, intelligence, and commitment to environmental conservation at the Miss Little, Junior, and Teen Earth Australia 2024 pageants.

Embark on a Magical Journey: Disney’s ‘Wish’ Just Premiered on Disney+!

The original musical-comedy “Wish” from Walt Disney Animation Studios has premiered on Disney+ last April 3. Viewers will be transported to the enchanting kingdom of Rosas, where Asha, a clever idealist, makes a wish so potent that it summons a cosmic force – a lively ball of energy named Star.

In this Golden Globe®-nominated film, Asha and Star must confront a formidable adversary – King Magnifico, the ruler of Rosas – in order to save her community and demonstrate that when the determination of a brave individual intersects with the magic of the stars, remarkable things can occur. The cast includes voices from acclaimed figures such as Academy Award® winner Ariana DeBose as Asha, Chris Pine as Magnifico, and Alan Tudyk as Asha’s beloved goat, Valentino. The film is directed by Oscar® winners Chris Buck and Fawn Veerasunthorn, and produced by Peter Del Vecho and Juan Pablo Reyes Lancaster Jones. “Wish” boasts a screenplay by Jennifer Lee and Allison Moore, original songs by Julia Michaels and Benjamin Rice, and an original score by composer Dave Metzger.