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  • 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...
  • Jim Hill

    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...
  • Jim Hill

    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...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    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...
  • Jim Hill

    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...
  • Jim Hill

    "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" goes Hollywood with a fun S.H.I.E.L.D. themed promo event at Amoeba Music

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    It's been a pretty incredible week in Southern California so far. With me scoring all sorts of stories that I'll soon be sharing via the Huffington Post & JHM. But before I head back home to New Hampshire, I want to share what happened at Amoeba Music at Sunset & Caheunga last night. Photo by Jim Hill For those of you who don't know: Hollywood's Amoeba Music is the Southern California branch of this great independent music chain store. Though -- last night -- it was the movies...
  • Jim Hill

    Construction continues on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter & Springfield at Universal Studios Hollywood

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    Greetings from Universal Studio Hollywood. Where there's an epic transformation underway. And no, I'm not just talking about what's going on up the Upper Lot. Everywhere you look around Universal City, there are teams of construction workers taking down trees and/or trimming brush ... Photo by Jim Hill ... or building massive new parking structures (which is deliberately being built now so that -- when USH' next set of attractions all come on line in 2015 & 2016 -- this theme...
  • Jim Hill

    Walking around Walt 's backyard high in the Hollywood Hills at Disney's Woking Way house

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    Greetings from LA. I'm out in Tinsel Town this week for some JHM & HuffPost-related business. But while I was out West ... Well, I wanted to get a few items off of my Hollywood-related bucket list. So my first stop yesterday was the Hollywood Heritage Museum. Photo by Jim Hill For those of you who don't know this genuinely historic place, it's the barn-looking building on North Highland that sits right across the street from the Hollywood Bowl. And the reason that the Hollywood Heritage...
  • Jim Hill

    D23 to celebrate Discovery Bay, Disneyland's never-built tribute to Jules Verne & H.G. Wells, at Attraction Rewind event

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    35 years ago this week, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad first began rolling through Disneyland 's Frontierland. And while millions of theme park fans have enjoyed "The Wildest Ride in the Wilderness" since then, few folks today realize that -- if Disney's Imagineers had had their way back in the 1970s -- this thrill ride wouldn't have just been a stand-alone attraction. No, Big Thunder was supposed to have served as the gateway to this entirely new "land" at "The...
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    Disney Legend Tony Baxter & a Tomorrowland Sneak Peek Added To Destination D: Attraction Rewind at Walt Disney World Resort November 22-23

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    GUESTS WILL ENJOY A BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT DISNEY'S UPCOMING FILM TOMORROWLAND , A DIVE INTO THE NEVER-BUILT DISCOVERY BAY EXPANSION AT DISNEYLAND, AND MUCH MORE DURING THE TWO-DAY MEMBER EVENT. Exclusive event-themed merchandise and new panels are revealed. BURBANK, Calif. - September 4, 2014 - D23: The Official Disney Fan Club has unveiled more of the experiences in store for members at what is sure to be the can't-miss Disney event of the year- D23 Destination D: Attraction Rewind presented...
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    Casting Announced for North American Tour of Disney’s Broadway Hit Musical "Newsies"

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    Broadway's Tony® Award-Winning Smash Hit Musical Rehearsals Begin in New York City North American Tour to Launch in October at Proctors in Schenectady New York, NY - Disney Theatrical Productions is pleased to announce full casting for the eagerly anticipated North American tour of Broadway's Tony® Award-winning smash hit musical, Disney's NEWSIES . Rehearsals began on Wednesday, September 3 in New York City in preparation for the first performance on Saturday, October 11 in Schenectady...
  • Jim Hill

    How did Disneyland Cast Members learn about the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad project back in 1979?

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    35 years ago today, Disneyland 's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad officially opened the public. And the very first Guests were then able to climb aboard the I.M. Brave & U.R. Daring for the "Wildest Ride in the Wilderness." Zooming along 2,780 feet of track at speeds that sometime reached 35 miles per hour! Mind you, back in 1979, there was no Internet or Cast Portals. So when it came time to educate the thousands of Cast Members who worked in Anaheim about what a Big Thunder Mountain...
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    Catch a 2-minute sneak peek of Walt Disney Animation Studios' next feature film BIG HERO 6

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    From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind "Frozen" and "Wreck-It Ralph," comes the 54 th feature film from Walt Disney Animation Studios, "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...
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    Walt Disney Animation Studios Announces the Return of "Frozen" in New Animated Short "Frozen Fever"

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    BURBANK, Calif. (Sept. 2, 2014) From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes the new animated short "Frozen Fever," welcoming back to the big screen Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and, of course, the one-and-only Olaf. Directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, and produced by Peter Del Vecho, with an all-new original song by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, "Frozen Fever" marks the first project reuniting the Oscar®-winning original team from Disney's "Frozen." The...
  • Jim Hill

    Disney "Newsies" takes its final bow on Broadway before beginning its North American tour

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    You'd think -- what with "Newsies" Broadway run coming to a close this past Sunday afternoon -- that the crowd outside of the Nederlander Theatre would have been a bit blue. Photo by Nancy Stadler But that wasn't really the case. The folks who were lined up along 41st Street yesterday were there for a celebration of the little show that could. Photo by Nancy Stadler Because you have to remember that "Newsies" was never ever supposed to go to Broadway. When Disney Theatrical...
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    Watch the Trailer for Disney's Big Hero 6 in Theatres in 3D 11/7

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    THE LION KING Plays 7000th Broadway Performanc​e Wednesday September 3rd

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    PLAYS 7,000 th PERFORMANCE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 rd AT 7:00PM Disney's landmark musical event, THE LION KING , will play its 7,000 th Broadway performance at 7:00pm on Wednesday, September 3 rd . Only three shows in Broadway history have reached this milestone. As it approaches its 17 th anniversary on Broadway, THE LION KING finds itself in a position unprecedented in the history of Broadway. Already the highest-grossing show in Broadway history, the show was the highest-grossing of 2013 and...
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