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Futuristic superheroes picked as Tokyo 2020 Olympic mascots

TOKYO: Tokyo on Wednesday unveiled its long-awaited mascot for the 2020 Olympic Games: a futuristic blue-checked, doe-eyed character with pointy ears and "special powers" that was picked by schoolchildren across mascot-mad Japan. The mascot, which has yet to be named, was selected by elementary school kids from a shortlist of three competitors instantly recognisable as "made in Japan". The students picked option "A", which, according to the Tokyo 2020 organisers, has a "strong sense of justice and is very athletic".…

Disney builds buzz with superheroes, ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Mary Poppins’

LOS ANGELES: Avengers, Mary Poppins and Luke Skywalker brought star power to Walt Disney Co's annual D23 fan convention on Saturday, as the studio drummed up excitement for upcoming films including a live-action "Lion King," "Aladdin" and "Dumbo." From Iron Man to Spider-Man, the cast of the upcoming ensemble "Avengers: Infinity War" gathered on stage for a superhero-sized selfie and debuted new footage for fans. The May 2018 film, which Marvel studios President Kevin Feige said was the biggest production so far in the…