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    "Big Hero 6" producer Roy Conli reflects on his first-ever Academy Award nomination

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    After Disney "Tangled" made its theatrical debut back in November of 2010, Roy Conli thought that there was no way to top the experience that this veteran producer had just had on that Walt Disney Animation Studios production. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved "I honestly thought that 'Tangled' was going to be my Disney legacy. I mean, we faced so many technical challenges on that movie. Scenes where we had 45,000 lanterns floating in the air to Rapunzel's...
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    “Let It Go” Oscar®-winning Team Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez Write Original Musical Number for Oscar Host Neil Patrick Harris

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - January 27, 2015
- Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris and show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron shared that the Oscar-winning songwriting team from "Frozen," Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, are in the midst of writing an original multimedia, musical sequence, "Moving Pictures," which Harris will perform on Oscar Sunday, February 22, on ABC. Harris made the initial announcement on his Twitter account, posting the network's first tweet using its new...
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    Which 1980s TV favorites almost voiced Ursula the Sea Witch for Disney's "The Little Mermaid"

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    As you read through the liner notes for Walt Disney Records ' Legacy Collection version of "The Little Mermaid" soundtrack (which is this terrific 2 disc exploration of the Academy Award-winning score that Howard Ashman & Alan Menken wrote for this 1989 Walt Disney Animation Studios release), there's an anecdote in there that's sure to blow pop culture fans' minds. It reveals how Ashman (who not only wrote the lyrics for this John Musker / Ron Clements film but also...
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    How Walt Disney Animation Studios kept "Feast" from looking like a dog's dinner

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    Patrick Osborne tried something interesting back in 2012. He set up two 1 Second Everyday accounts. With one, he used this app to capture brief glimpses of his day-to-day life. And with the other, Patrick recorded quick footage of many of the meals he consumed that year. "And it was the 1 Second Everyday footage of all that food which turned out to be the far more compelling recording. There's something cool about the amount of life you see just in showing your meals. These hints of intriguing...
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    Universal Orlando Announces All-Star Concert Lineup for 2015 Mardi Gras

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    \\ UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT ANNOUNCES ALL-STAR CONCERT LINEUP FOR 2015 MARDI GRAS, INCLUDING JESSIE J, KELLY CLARKSON, TREY SONGZ AND MORE Florida's Biggest Party to Also Feature Authentic Cajun Cuisine, a Dazzling Mardi Gras Parade and More Than 1.8 Million Beads ORLANDO, Fla. (January 12, 2015) - Let the good times roll this spring at Universal Orlando Resort's 2015 Mardi Gras celebration - featuring 16 nights of thrilling concerts from some of the biggest names in music, coupled with the...
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    LAIKA and Heritage Auctions to Auction Coraline, Boxtrolls and Paranorman Production Puppets and Props to Benefit The Art of Elysium

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    The Art of LAIKA Offered For First Time By Heritage Auctions Production Puppets, Models, Props and Original Handmade Art from Oscar®-Nominated Animation Studio to Be Auctioned on February 12, 2015 Portion of Proceeds to Benefit The Art of Elysium Non-Profit Arts Group LAIKA , the visionary animation studio behind the Golden Globe and Annie Award-nominated The Boxtrolls and the BAFTA and Academy Award-nominated Coraline and ParaNorman , will open its archives for the first time for a limited auction...
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    "Miles From Tomorrowland," Disney Junior's Interactive Adventure Series, Blasts Off February 6

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    -- Stellar Voice Cast Includes Olivia Munn, Adrian Grenier, Mark Hamill, George Takei, Bill Nye, Wil Wheaton, Alton Brown and Brenda Song-- -- Preview Episode Available Beginning Friday, January 16 on WATCH Disney Junior -- Disney Junior's "Miles from Tomorrowland," an intergalactic adventure series, blasts off FRIDAY FEBRUARY 6 on Disney Channel (9:00 a.m., ET/PT). Launching with four back-to-back episodes, it incorporates unique space and science facts into the storylines that chart...
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    Disney's "Into the Woods" : Make The Musical Journey with Sondheim and Streep (Video)

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    "Into the Woods" is a modern twist on several beloved 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 Corden and Emily...
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    Be Sure to Watch as the Cast of Disney's ALADDIN Add Their Magical Touch to Times Square New Year's Eve 2015

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    TIMES SQUARE ALLIANCE AND COUNTDOWN ENTERTAIMENT WELCOMES DISNEY'S BROADWAY SMASH, 'ALADDIN,' AS OFFICIAL SPONSOR OF THE TIMES SQUARE NEW YEAR'S EVE CONFETTI WISHES Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment , co-organizers of Times Square New Year's Eve , announced that Disney's Aladdin , the new, Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical comedy based on the Academy Award®-winning animated film, will partner with the acclaimed New Year's Eve celebration to welcome...
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    Why "Doctor Who" 's Peter Capaldi didn't make the final cut in Disney's "Maleficent"

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    Given that Nick Frost already had the beard as well as a Santa Claus-like shape, it probably didn't take all that much behind-the-scenes effort to transform this "Shaun of the Dead" star into Saint Nick for tonight's annual " Doctor Who " Christmas special, " Last Christmas " (which airs on BBC America at 9 / 8 p.m. Central) Copyright BBC America. All rights reserved I mean, that brief spritz of white hairspray which Frost had to endured was nothing compared...
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    10 Things You Should Know About Disney's Film Version of "Into The Woods"

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    Twelve years ago, following the phenomenal success of the big screen adaptation of the Broadway musical "Chicago" director Rob Marshall sat down with Stephen Sondheim and expressed an interest in directing a film version of one of the legendary composer's stage productions. At the top of Sondheim's list: "Into the Woods," one of his most acclaimed - and poignant - works, and one which he thought would be a perfect fit for Marshall. Marshall and his producing partner, John...
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    Seth MacFarlane celebrates the classic Christmas albums of the 1940s & 1950s with "Holiday for Swing!"

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    So how much time does it take to craft a brand-new holiday album that has a timeless sound? To hear Joel McNeely (i.e., the Emmy Award-winning arranger / producer behind Seth MacFarlane 's " Holiday for Swing! ") talk, it took a full year to lay down all 13 tracks for this top-selling recording. Which honors the rich sound / orchestral jazz tradition of those classic Christmas albums that Bing Crosby, Perry Como and Rosemary Clooney performed on back in the 1940s & 1950s. Copyright...
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    D23's Adam Sanderson sees social media, digital technology as the smart way to grow Disney's official fan club

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    When it came to proving his "Disney geek" street cred last January, Adam Sanderson -- Head of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club -- had just the secret weapon in mind. To decorate his new office, Sanderson (who had previously worked as the Senior Vice President of Franchise Management for the Disney / ABC Television Group) brought in one of his most prized childhood possession: a 45 of the theme song from "it's a small world." "This is actually a souvenir from my family's...
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    Gamers deck the virtual halls in their Disney Infinity Toy Boxes

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    As you've probably already heard, Disney Parks & Resorts go kind of Christmas Crazy this time of year ... Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved ... with character-specific decorations giving each land at the Parks an especially festive feel for the holiday season. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved But what you may not have heard is that Disney Infinity fans are now also embracing the spirit of the season. Which is why many of them have begun decorating...
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    LAIKA & Focus Features Announce 4TH 3D Stop-motion CG Movie, "Kubo and the Two Strings"

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    Annie Award-winning Animator Travis Knight Directs All-star Voice Cast Includes Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes LAIKA and Focus Features, the two companies behind the Academy Award-nominated Coraline and ParaNorman and the current Critics' Choice and Golden Globe Award-nominated release The Boxtrolls , today announced production on their fourth collaboration, Kubo and the Two Strings . LAIKA President & CEO Travis Knight and Focus CEO Peter Schlessel made...
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    Anika Noni Rose brings back Disney's first black princess for special "Sofia the First" episode

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    It was eight years ago tonight. The Los Angeles premiere of "Dreamgirls." And while it seemed like all of Hollywood had turned out to catch the West Coast debut of this DreamWorks / Paramount co-production at Beverly Hills' Wilshire Theatre, only a select few were then invited back to Eddie Murphy's house for the after-premiere party. "And I was actually invited to that party. But I had to tell Mr. Eddie Murphy 'No.' I couldn't go to his big fancy Hollywood party...
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    "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol" makes the jump from beloved holiday special to Broadway with next Monday's Actors Fund benefit

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    Here's a challenge for all of you Christmas trivia buffs out there: Name the first-ever animated holiday special produced especially for television. If you were thinking "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," you'd be wrong. That much-beloved Rankin-Bass production didn't debut on NBC until December 6, 1964. Likewise "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (That Peabody Award-winning program didn't premiere on CBS 'til December 9, 1965) and "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch...
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    Macy's brings its Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons down to Florida to add some Big Apple spice to Universal Orlando's holiday program

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    Every year, after Santa's 60 foot-long sleigh float rolls up in front of Macy's Herald Square store on Thanksgiving morning, 50 million television viewers turn off their sets and say "Well, that's it for this year's parade." Not exactly. Though NBC's broadcast of this NYC tradition ends promptly at 12 p.m. ET, Macy's employees will then spend much of Thanksgiving afternoon deflating the 16 balloons and dissembling those 27 floats which traveled that 2.65 mile-long...
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    "How Star Wars Conquered the Universe" reveals the political references that George Lucas worked into Episodes I - VI

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    It's been kind of amusing to watch what's been going on online this past week in the wake of the release of the "Star Wars: The Force Awakes" teaser trailer . And -- no -- I'm not talking about the faux controversy surrounding that lightsaber with those two mini-lightsabers coming off of its hilt. But -- rather -- the ridiculous response that certain Star Wars fans have had to John Boyega's appearance in the teaser for this upcoming J.J. Abrams film. Copyright Disney Lucasfilm...
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    Galyn Susman talks about Pixar's first-ever Xmas special, "Toy Story That Time Forgot"

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    So what's been going on with the Toy Story gang since we last saw Buzz, Woody & Co. on the steps at Bonnie's house, as they sadly watched Andy drive off to college? Quite a lot, actually. Copyright Disney Pixar. All rights reserved On the heels of the June 2010 release of "Toy Story 3," Pixar Animation Studios took a two-tiered approach toward keeping these much-beloved characters front-of-mind. The first part of this program involved the creation of "Toy Story Toons,"...
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    Universal Orlando Resort Extends Its Theme Park Ticket Offer for Active Duty and Retired Members of the Military

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    Active Duty and Retired Military Personnel Can Also Upgrade with a Stay at the All-New Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort with a Discounted Vacation Package ORLANDO, Fla. (December 4, 2014) - Universal Orlando Resort has extended its ticket offer exclusively for active duty and retired members of the military with purchase available now through June 7, 2015. Military personnel can purchase a one-day, park-to-park ticket and receive two complimentary days to experience the extraordinary thrills...
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    Disney Debuts a New, Innovative Approach to Early Learning with Disney Imagicadem​y

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    Research-Driven Curriculum Developed with Top Education Experts Focuses on Key Developmental Subjects New Brand of Connected Products Aims to Inspire a Lifelong Love of Learning and Make Learning a Family Experience GLENDALE, Calif. - December 4, 2014 - Disney Publishing Worldwide, the world's largest publisher of children's books and apps and a division of Disney Consumer Products (DCP), today unveiled Disney Imagicademy , a new technology-driven learning initiative designed for families...
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    Heigh-ho for "The 7D!" The Disney XD Animated Series Gets a Second Season Order

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    DISNEY ORDERS SECOND SEASON OF HIT ANIMATED SEVEN DWARFS SERIES "THE 7D" Disney has ordered a second season of "The 7D," the hit animated TV series which takes a comedic look at the world of the Seven Dwarfs. "The 7D" follows brave little heroes - Happy, Bashful, Sleepy, Sneezy, Dopey, Grumpy and Doc - as they work together to help the quirky Queen Delightful keep her kingdom in order. Standing in their way are comically inept villains Grim and Hildy Gloom, a novice...
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    Disney Television Animation executives attribute their current hot streak to turning DTA into a more talent-friendly place

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    It's been an interesting month for the folks at Disney Television Animation as this division of The Walt Disney Company celebrated its 30th anniversary. So there have been parties and presentations ... Notable creative talent mark Disney Television Animation's 30 years of unrivaled animation for kids and families, at an event sponsored by the International Animated Film Association (ASIFA) and Disney's D23, at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, CA on Wednesday, November 5th. (L to R...
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    Comic Legend Mel Brooks To Voice Dracula’s Father In HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2

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    Sony Pictures Releasing International Also Casting Beloved Local Celebrities For The Voice Of Vlad Culver City, CA, November 26, 2014 - Sony Pictures Animation today announced the casting of Oscar®-, Tony-, Grammy- and Emmy-winning writer, director, performer, composer and producer Mel Brooks in the sequel to the 2012 worldwide hit, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 . Brooks has been cast in the role of Vlad, the ancient, undead and incredibly grumpy father to Dracula (Adam Sandler). Dracula, Mavis, Jonathan...
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