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  • Jim Hill

    To Hell with Bill Cosby? Disney already did that with "The Devil and Max Devlin"

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    Like a lot of you folks out there, I don't exactly know how to feel about Bill Cosby right now. I mean, the man is a comedy legend. As a kid, I listened constantly to his LPs and memorized many of his classic stand-up routines. But as someone who's been writing about the entertainment industry for over 3 decades now, I have long heard the whispers about Bill's darker side. Which is why when stories began to bubble up about all the women that Cosby had allegedly drugged and then taken...
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    Tune-in to a Livestream Q&A With Cast & Filmmakers of Disney's "Into The Woods" on YAHOO! Movies November 22nd

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    Tune-In tomorrow, November 22 nd at 6:30pm PST to a livestream Q&A with the cast and filmmakers of Disney's INTO THE WOODS on Yahoo! Movies, including a first-look at an exclusive featurette from the film. The Q&A will include the film's stars Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, director Rob Marshall, and screenwriter James Lapine. INTO THE WOODS opens in theaters December 25, 2014
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    Hot Butterbeer Comes to Universal Orlando Resort

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    Guests have tried it cold, frozen - and even as an ice-cream flavor. Beginning today, November 21, 2014, Universal Orlando Resort will now offer hot Butterbeer at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. To celebrate this new addition, some of the first guests at Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley and Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade were surprised with complimentary cups of the new drink. © 2014 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved. Hot Butterbeer is a smooth, hot beverage reminiscent of shortbread...
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    "Walt's Trains - I Have Always Loved Railroading" exhibit opens at the Walt Disney Family Museum

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    When one thinks of Walt Disney, naturally you often think of the many great projects that were produced by the company that bears his name. Movies or theme parks, for example. But there is another side of the man that often tends to be overlooked. That of what he did to relax. The things he enjoyed to divert his focus away from the pressures of managing those many projects. The Walt Disney Family Museum has opened a wonderful new exhibition that takes guests for a look at some of those diversions...
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    Marion Knott, Beloved Member Of The Knott Family, Passed Away At The Age of 92

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    MARION KNOTT, BELOVED MEMBER OF THE KNOTT FAMILY, HAS DIED Marion Knott with Roaring 20s plans, Knott's Berry Farm, circ 1974 Photo courtesy Orange County Archives. Knott's Berry Farm is saddened by the passing of Marion Genevieve Knott, daughter of Walter and Cordelia Knott. The youngest of her four siblings, Marion Knott made significant contributions to the theme park, including the expansion of the park in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s and the addition of the beloved area for children, Camp...
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    First Look at Walt Disney Studios Live-action Feature "Cinderella" Directed by Kenneth Branagh

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    A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, "Cinderella" brings to life the timeless images from Disney's 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually-dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation. The payoff poster, featuring Lily James as Cinderella, was photographed by Annie Leibovitz exclusively for the film's campaign. Additional photos by Annie Leibovitz featuring the cast from the film can be seen in the costume feature of Vogue magazine's...
  • Jim Hill

    How a droopy diaper and a cute rice cooker helped inspire Baymax's distinctive look and movement in Disney's "Big Hero 6"

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    If you're a new parent and find that there's something strangely familiar with Baymax, the huggable robot star of " Big Hero 6 ," there's a good reason for that. "It took us a while to find just the right walk cycle for Baymax," Zach Parrish -- an Animation Supervisor on "Big Hero 6" -- admitted. "But in the end, we decided to model his walk on a baby with a loaded diaper." Which -- I know -- may sound like an odd choice. But given that this Don...
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    Snoopy Leaks "The Peanuts Movie" Trailer

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    THE PEANUTS MOVIE Snoopy, the world's most lovable beagle - and flying ace! - embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home. THE PEANUTS MOVIE Official Socials Facebook: http://facebook.com/PeanutsMovie Twitter: http://twitter.com/PeanutsMovie Instagram: http://instagram.com/PeanutsMovie Google+: http://google.com/+PeanutsMovie #PeanutsMovie
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    Watch Groot's famous catchphras​e taking root in languages across the galaxy in celebratio​n of today's release of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy on Digital HD

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    Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is available today on Digital HD for you to take anywhere when you sign up for Disney Movies Anywhere To celebrate the release, you can watch a video featuring Groot’s famous catchphrase in multiple languages across the galaxy! Today also marks Walmart’s VUDU service joining Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) as a participating retailer, further enhancing the ability to manage and enjoy your digital collections of Disney, Pixar, and Marvel movies at home...
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    Uncover a mystery about Ezra’s past when Star Wars Rebels airs at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT Monday, November 17th on Disney XD

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    In the first of a two-part story arc, someone from Ezra's past needs help to escape Imperial forces on Lothal in "Empire Day," an all new episode of Star Wars Rebels ! After the crew of the Ghost wreaks havoc on the Imperials' Empire Day celebration - an annual event commemorating the founding of the Empire - they discover an old friend of Ezra's parents who has escaped with secrets vital to the Empire. Pursued by Agent Kallus and the Inquisitor, the rebels attempt to smuggle...
  • Jim Hill

    Craig McCracken talks about the labor intensive story process behind Disney XD's "Wander Over Yonder"

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    How long does it take a group of grown-ups to come up with a workable storyline for an 11 minute-long cartoon? Would you believe two days? So says Craig McCracken , the talent behind those Emmy-Award winning Cartoon Network series, " The Powerpuff Girls " and " Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends ." Though -- more recently -- Craig has been riding herd on Disney XD 's acclaimed animated adventure, " Wander Over Yonder ." Mind you, this character-driven sci-fi...
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    "Disney During World War II" and "Hope: Entertainer of the Century" showcase two Hollywood legends who did everything they could for the troops

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    As a former servicemember, I have to admit that I'm always intrigued by how various entertainment entities observe Veterans Day. Take -- for example -- PBS . Their way of acknowledging that today is November 11th (i.e., the date that our nation honors all those who have served in both wartime and peacetime) is by airing a two hour-long documentary on the Navy Seals . Meanwhile over at Disney Junior , they're showing a special episode of " Doc McStuffins " called "Training Army...
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    Hollywood creatives and theme park fans appreciate the Universal difference

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    It's often been said that if you build a better mouse trap, the world will beat a path to your door. Harry Potter fans race up the red carpet to be among the first to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley when this new "land" at Universal Studios officially opened to the public on July 8, 2014. Copyright NBCUniversal. All rights reserved Well, when Comcast reported its third quarter results last month, it wasn't a mouse trap that turbo-charged that corporation's...
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    Celebrate the Holidays at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort

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    WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (November 10, 2014) - Celebrate the holidays as a family when LEGOLAND ® Florida Resort hosts its annual Christmas Bricktacular and Kids' New Year's Eve celebrations, beginning weekends in December. Visitors can participate in extraordinary holiday-themed LEGO ® builds, interact with LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier Characters and experience snow falling down on Fun Town. Nightly fireworks begin on Dec. 26 and will last until the end of the year. LEGOLAND Florida...
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    Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast​: Rosario Dawson Cast as 'Nyx'

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    Copyright 2014 Walt Disney Enterprises. All rights reserved. Actress Rosario Dawson lends her voice as a fiery and courageous fairy, "Nyx", in the all-new Disney Fairies adventure, "Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast", out on Blu-ray TM March 3, 2015. Nyx is a Scout Fairy charged with protecting the luscious land of Pixie Hollow and all of the fairies who reside there. A true professional who takes her job very seriously-maybe a little too seriously-allowing facts and...
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    Mylan Signs Strategic Alliance Agreement with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts to Enhance Access to EpiPen® (epinephrine) Auto-Injectors

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    EpiPen ® Auto-Injector Locations Designated on Updated Guide Maps and Signage New Multi-year Alliance to Increase Anaphylaxis Awareness through Multiple Educational Initiatives PITTSBURGH - Nov. 7, 2014 - Mylan Inc. (Nasdaq: MYL) today announced it has signed a multi-year strategic alliance agreement with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts to help increase awareness of anaphylaxis, a life-threatening (severe) allergic reaction. The agreement includes updated maps in Disney's domestic theme parks...
  • Jim Hill

    From "Planes" to "Show Boat," "Fernwood 2 Tonight" to "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," Fred Willard looks back on his storied career

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    Ol' Man River, he just keeps rollin' along ... As does Fred Willard . You'd think -- given that this veteran actor / comedian turned 75 back in September -- that Willard would finally begin to slow down at this point. Well, think again. For this Fall has been full of firsts for Fred. Take -- for example -- last month, when Willard made his daytime drama debut on " The Bold and the Beautiful ." Fred appeared in four episodes of this long-running CBS soap opera back in October...
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    "Star Wars Rebels" uses characters & vehicles that were designed for the original trilogy to expand the saga

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    When the powers-that-be at Disney & Lucasfilm decided that they wanted to set " Star Wars Rebels " in that time period between the prequels and the original trilogy, executive producer Dave Filoni knew that this new Disney XD animated series was going to be tough to pull off. "Look, it's one thing to do what we did on ' Star Wars: The Clone Wars .' That animated series was set between ' Attack of the Clones ' and ' Revenge of the Sith .' So we had a...
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    First Lady Michelle Obama to Host "Doc McStuffins​" Screening for Military Families at The White House

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    A SPECIAL VETERANS DAY "DOC McSTUFFINS" STORY REFLECTING THE NEEDS AND CONCERNS OF MILITARY FAMILIES WILL BE PRESENTED TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11 ON DISNEY CHANNEL -- First Lady Michelle Obama to Host Special Joining Forces Screening for Military Families at The White House -- A special "Doc McStuffins" episode continues Disney's legacy of support for military families through a storyline that gently reflects common emotions young children face but find difficult to express when...
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    Disney Interactive Delivers Disney-Themed Starter Pack and Disney Originals Figures In Time for the Holidays

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    Disney Infinity: Toy Box Starter Pack (2.0 Edition) Available Now In Retail Stores Nationwide Glendale, CA - Nov. 4, 2014 - Today, Disney Interactive announced the availability of the Disney Infinity: Toy Box Starter Pack (2.0 Edition) , a special Disney-themed Starter Pack featuring fan favorites Merida and Stitch and new Toy Box Games set in the worlds of "Lilo and Stitch" and "Brave," all for a suggested retail price of $59.99. The company also announced the launch of its Disney...
  • Jim Hill

    Knott's 'Special Ops: Infected' proves that wide open spaces can be just as scary as dark twisty mazes

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    It sounds like an interesting challenge. Staging an authentic-looking zombie apocalypse while -- at the same time -- not scratching up any of Grizzly Creek Lodge's nice new furniture. But that's exactly what Jon Cooke has spent the past five-and-a-half weeks doing. Taking Knott's Berry Farm 's recently refurbished Camp Snoopy and -- using the 45 minutes between when this Buena Park theme park closes for the day and when Halloween Haunt officially opens for the night -- then transforming...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    Walt Disney Birthplace Restoration - Phase One: Halfway Home

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    Last week, I attended a fundraising dinner at one of Walt's favorite restaurants, The Tam O'Shanter . As attendees dined on their famous prime rib, Disney author (and former Disney Home Video honcho) Mindy Johnson talked with special guests Alice Davis and Kathryn Beaumont about their experiences with Walt. Alice talked about how she first met Walt (at that very restaurant!) and how Walt prophesied that one day she would work for him, and how that prophecy coming true worked out. Kathryn...
  • Jim Hill

    On the heels of making his directorial debut on Disney XD's "Lab Rats," Hal Sparks talks about the serious side of making sitcoms

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    Since he's a relatively youthful 45 year-old, it's genuinely hard to think of Hal Sparks as an elder statesman of broadcasting. But then again, given that Sparks booked his first professional TV hosting gig while still in high school (At 18 years of age, Hal was the host of " Treasure Mall ," that short-lived syndicated game show), he's already got over a quarter-of-a-century of in-front-of-the-camera time under his belt. "And I've been in this business long enough...
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    Where to stay in Orlando Based on Customer Ratings: Disney Owned Hotels vs Non Disney Hotels

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    This duo is immortalized in a small bronze statue in the center of the park, on the circle at the end of Main Street U.S.A. directly in front of Cinderella Castle. © Disney, All Rights Reserved, Disney Parks & Travel Are you trying to decide where to stay for your next Disney World vacation? As you probably already know you have a lot of different options, there are literally thousands of hotels, vacation homes, and timeshare resorts to choose from. I recently did a study on guest satisfaction...
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    Your favorite cartoon characters come back from the dead for Disney Television Animation's "Re-Animated: The Zombie Show"

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    Most companies -- when they're celebrating their 30th anniversary -- would hold a party. Maybe spring for a sheet cake and some punch. Photo by Rick Rowell . Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved But because Disney Television Animation will be commemorating this auspicious occasion next month right after Halloween, they decided to put a ghoulish spin on their 30th anniversary celebration. Which is why all of the talented artists, executives and staffers who work at TVA were invited...
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