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  • Jim Hill

    Nana finally makes it to Never Land in "Battle for the Book!," a primetime "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" special

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    Let's be honest here. You kind of feel bad for Nana whenever you watch Disney's " Peter Pan ." Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved After all, everyone else gets to fly off to Never Land in this 1953 animated feature. But because Mr. Darling had tied this canine caretaker up in the backyard before he and Mrs. Darling then went out for the evening, even though Michael actually sprinkles Nana with pixie dust, she just wind up levitating at the end of her leash. Mind...
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    John Musker and Ron Clements chart an ambitious course for "Moana," Walt Disney Animation Studios' 2016 release

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    They've taken us under the sea with their charming reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen's " The Little Mermaid ." Not to mention soaring through the sky aboard a magic carpet in their wildly comic take on the 1001 Arabian Nights, " Aladdin ." So where will John Musker and Ron Clements be taking moviegoers next? To the South Seas. A remote spot on the map that these two Walt Disney Animation Studios veterans genuinely believe is the perfect setting for "Moana,"...
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    Marvel - & Hydra - Release "Avengers: Age of Ultron" teaser trailer & poster (Video)

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    AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON MARVEL STUDIOS Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/avengers Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/avengers Marvel Studios presents "Avengers: Age of Ultron," the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test...
  • Jim Hill

    How Wilmer Valderrama helped make 'From Dusk Till Dawn' a featured attraction at this year's Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights

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    If you're one of the tens of thousands of people who've already screamed your way through the "From Dusk Till Dawn" maze at this year's Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood and the Universal Orlando Resort ... Well, you have Wilmer Valderrama to thank for those scares. And -- no -- that's not because Wilmer plays a key role in this hit TV series on the El Rey Network . But rather because Valderrama has been a longtime Halloween Horror Nights fan. "Seriously...
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    How Comic-Con helped create fans for Disney XD's "Star vs. The Forces of Evil" six months before its first episode airs

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    There's a way that things used to work in the television animation universe. First a new show would go on the air. Then viewers would sample a few episodes and decide if they actually liked a program. If that were the case, then the fan base for this new animated series would slowly build over time. Well, things move a lot faster these days. Take -- for example -- Disney XD's "Star vs. The Forces of Evil." The new animated series doesn't actually go on the air 'til January...
  • Jim Hill

    Pixar's "Lava" uses massive characters & settings to tell sweet little love story

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    The history of Hollywood is littered with stories of short leading men and all the tricks the studios had to use in order to make these diminutive actors seem larger-than-life. But what happens when you have the opposite problem? When your film is built around a performer who's so enormous that it's genuinely hard to fit them in the frame with anyone else? That's the challenge that James Ford Murphy faced with " Lava ," the brand-new short he just wrote & directed for Pixar...
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    Disney characters puts the fun in fundraising at annual CHOC "Walk in the Park" event

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    It's the fundraiser that Disney fans happily and willingly get out of bed at 3 a.m. to take part in. The one that people actually schedule their Southern California vacations around, with some participants flying in from as far away as Texas, Illinois and Connecticut. Which event am I talking about? The largest walk for pediatric care in the nation, Children's Hospital of Orange County 's annual "Walk in the Park." Or as this 5K is more fondly known to the thousands who participate...
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    ALADDIN Breaks New Amsterdam Box Office Record For 2nd Time

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    WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 12, 2014 Aladdin , Disney's Tony Award®-winning new musical comedy, broke the house record at the New Amsterdam Theatre for the second time last week (w/e 10/12/14) with a gross of $1,614,428.00. The previous record of $1,602,785.00 was set by Aladdin just two months ago for the week ending August 10, 2014. Since beginning performances on February 26, 2014, Aladdin has consistently numbered in the top 10 highest-grossing Broadway shows each week and has established itself...
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    "Big Hero 6" hopes to make a big splash in the Big Apple at this year's New York Comic-Con

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    To hear Don Hall tell this story, it was just weeks after The Walt Disney Company revealed that it would be acquiring Marvel Entertainment for $4.24 billion back in August of 2009 when he first came up with the idea of using a relatively obscure Marvel comic book series as the inspiration for a full-length animated feature. "I grew up loving Marvel comics. So imagine my excitement when those two crazy kids -- Marvel & Disney -- got together," The co-director of " Big Hero 6 "...
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    Tomorrowland: Do you want to go? (Teaser Trailer Video)

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    From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird's riveting, mystery adventure "Tomorrowland," starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as "Tomorrowland." What they...
  • Jim Hill

    "Downton Abbey" stars help "Doc McStuffins" pay tribute to the "Lady with the Lamp," Florence Nightingale

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    Are you a stateside " Downton Abbey " fan? If so, isn't it just killing you that -- while Season 5 of this acclaimed period drama officially got underway in the U.K. back on September 21st -- here in the States, we actually have to wait 'til January of 2015 before we can then find out what's been going on with the Earl of Grantham & his extended family. Well, if you're just not willing to wait another three months before you can once again hear Mrs. Patmore clattering...
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    50th anniversary display of 1964 - 1965 New York World's Fair items was one of the highlights of this year's Big E

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    I don't know about you folks. But weekends here are all about getting away. Even if it's just for a little while. Turning off my laptop & pushing back from my desk. Getting out of the house for even a few hours with the hope that a temporary change of venue might help Nancy & I recharge our batteries. Take -- for example -- last weekend. When we hopped in the car and drove on down to Massachusetts to catch the last day of the Big E. Photo by Jim Hill For those of you who don't...
  • Leo N. Holzer

    WDFM fifth anniversary, Diane's "book" could become a never-ending story

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    Today marks the fifth anniversary of the public opening of The Walt Disney Family Museum at The Presidio of San Francisco. And, while the museum gears up for a full year of special events, including today's extended hours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., I thought it was appropriate to review the museum's past, look ahead a bit and honor the museum's co-founder, Walt's daughter Diane Disney Miller, who died Nov. 19, less than a month away from her 80th birthday. Tributes to Diane Miller from...
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    Disney•Pixar’s Original Movie “ Inside Out” is a Major Emotion Picture (Video: Teaser)

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    Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new...
  • Jim Hill

    Damon Lindelof's obsession with Peter the Panda leads to a "Lost" -inspired episode of "Phineas and Ferb"

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    Ten years ago this week, the world was first introduced to " Lost ," that Emmy Award-winning series which Jeffrey Lieber , J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof created for ABC that soon became an obsession with television viewers. Each week, million of people would first tune in to watch the continuing adventures of the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 and then spend the following day discussing what the hatch, the smoke monster and -- of course -- those polar bears might actually mean. Mind you...
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    Nate D. Sanders' auction throws a spotlight on Ray Bradbury's long association with The Walt Disney Company

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    When I dropped by Disneyland earlier this month, I made a point of walking through Frontierland. Not so much to check out the "Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush" game ... Photo by Jim Hill ... which -- I have to admit -- given all the Guests crowded around the telegraph station that afternoon looked wildly popular / like a lot of fun. Photo by Jim Hill No, the reason I was there was to check out the Halloween Tree. But because I was there on September 8th and Disneyland's Halloween...
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    10 Things You Should Know About "The Boxtrolls"

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    On September 26th, Focus Features will present LAIKA's "The Boxtrolls". A family event movie from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s...
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    Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures' "Big Hero 6" Trailer 2 is the Hairy Baby's Meow

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    From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind "Frozen" and "Wreck-It Ralph," comes "Big Hero 6," an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (voice...
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    It's all the little details that help Universal Orlando deliver the really big scares at Halloween Horror Nights 24

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    You can't spell "scare" without "care." And the fiendish folks behind Universal Orlando 's Halloween Horror Nights clearly understand this. That's why they put a full year of careful thought & planning into the 24th edition of this seasonal scare-fest. Which officially opens to the public tonight at Universal Studios Florida . Copyright 2014 Universal Studios. All rights reserved But given the sheer size & scale of this annual entertainment experience (We're...
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    Disney's "Into the Woods" Poster Warns: Be Careful What You Wish For

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    "Into the Woods" is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)-all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James...
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    Will this eye-popping CG animation test power up Genndy Tartakovsky's "Popeye" ?

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    Everyone knows that Popeye is " ... strong to the finich 'cuz he eats his spinach." But what was this Sailor Man like before he discovered that those leafy greens gave him amazing strength? And what were Popeye's early days at sea like? And where exactly did he get that anchor-shaped tattoo? That's what Genndy Tartakovsky aims to find out with that feature-length "Popeye" project that he's currently developing for Sony Pictures Animation . Genndy Tartakovsky in...
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    Italy's Largest Computer Graphics Conference "View" to Feature World Premiere Talk on Disney's "Big Hero 6"

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    Keynote Speakers Include Tom McGrath from DreamWorks Animation, Pixar-co-founder Alvy Ray Smith and legendary animator Glen Keane TURIN, ITALY - Attendees at Italy's largest computer graphics conference to be held October 14-18 in beautiful Turin, Italy, can now register online at http://viewconference.it/ for the full conference, for inspiring and creative workshops led by award-winning professionals, and for practical master classes taught by expert users. "I know from experience that...
  • Jim Hill

    Disney looks to avoid the mistakes that it made with "The Little Mermaid" as it expands its "Frozen" empire

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    25 years ago when "The Little Mermaid" first arrived in theaters, The Walt Disney Company really wasn't ready to capitalize on how successful that hand-drawn animated feature would become. And I mean REALLY not ready. If you dropped by your local Disney Store during the 1989 holiday season looking to purchase some "Little Mermaid" -themed merchandise, you'd have learned that what little had been ordered in advance had long since been sold out. Most likely, the only item...
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    GameStop Expo 2014 gives Disney fans sneak preview of "Big Hero 6: Battle in the Bay" and Disney Infinity 2.0 figures

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    So what was GameStop Expo 2014 (i.e., that seven hour-long experience which was held at the Anaheim Convention Center back on September 10th) like? Photo by Shelly Valladolid I have to admit that I found the whole event to be pretty sweet. I mean, you had over 80 companies like Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, EA, Activision and Ubisoft all there under one roof. And if you want to play a game that wasn't even on the market yet (EX: Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts 2.5 ReMIX ) ... Photo by Shelly Valladolid...
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    Where Disneyland almost was (and what's now in the works for the Happiest Place on Earth)

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    It's been an amazing eight days here in Southern California. I've met with a lot of great people while I was out here. And these folks then shared tons of tremendous stories. Many of which I'll be posting on JHM & the Huffington Post in coming weeks. But before I blow town, I did want to let you guys know that I was mostly successful in my search for where Disneyland was almost built back in the mid-1950s. Working off of that "Analysis of Location Factors" report that Stanford...
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