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    Acclaimed Animator Glen Keane Debuts Short Film Project "Duet" at Google I/O Conference

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    A celebration of life through the hand-drawn line, DUET is the latest in a series of Google ATAP's Spotlight Stories, interactive short films made exclusively for mobile devices Acclaimed animator Glen Keane unveiled a first look at his latest and most personal project to date, DUET, as part of a special ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) Session this morning at the Google I/O Conference in San Francisco, California. Presented together with Regina Dugan, who leads the ATAP group, Glen gave...
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    Ben Kingsley cast as the voice of Bagheera in Disney’s upcoming The Jungle Book 2015

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    Academy Award-winning actor Ben Kingsley has been cast as the voice of Bagheera in Disney's upcoming The Jungle Book . Kingsley (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Iron Man 3) joins: - Scarlett Johansson (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers, Iron Man 2) as the voice of Kaa - Idris Elba (Thor, Thor: The Dark World) as the voice of Shere Khan - Lupita Nyong'o (Star Wars: Episode VII) as the voice of Rakcha. Directed by Jon Favreau from a script by Justin Marks, The Jungle Book...
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    Universal Orlando News: NBC News Primetime Event, "Harry Potter: The Making of Diagon Aley," to Air on June 30

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    IN AN NBC NEWS PRIMETIME EVENT, "HARRY POTTER: THE MAKING OF DIAGON ALLEY," MEREDITH VIEIRA EXPLORES THE CULTURAL PHENOMENON OF HARRY POTTER WITH EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO ITS LATEST INCARNATION AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT Harry Potter: The Making of Diagon Alley Airs Monday, June 30th at 8 pm/7c NEW YORK - June 26, 2014 - In anticipation of the July 8th Grand Opening of Universal Orlando Resort's newest theme park experience, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley, Meredith Vieira...
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    Disney's "The Lion King" Roars Into Retail to Celebrate Its 20th Anniversary

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    This summer, it's all about "Hakuna Matata" and the fiercely feisty lion cub, Simba! To celebrate the 20 th anniversary of "The Lion King", Wet Seal has launched a fashion-forward collection of apparel and accessories including tanks and tees, dresses and leggings, beanies and scarves to totes and cell phone cases that incorporate artwork pulled from the Disney archives. The price points span from $11.99-36.99 and will be available in Wet Seal stores and www.wetseal.com beginning...
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    The Beach Boys Had Fun, Fun, Fun at Universal Orlando's Cabana Bay Beach Resort Grand Opening Celebration

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    No. 1 selling American band of all time - The Beach Boys - Performed at Grand Opening Celebration of Fourth On-Site Hotel ORLANDO, Fla. (June 19, 2014) - Universal Orlando celebrated the official Grand Opening of its fourth on-site hotel - Universal'sCabana Bay Beach Resort - this evening with a beach bash featuring a surprise performance by The Beach Boys. The brand-new hotel features a total of 1,800 moderate and value priced rooms that evoke the classic, retro-feel of iconic beach resorts...
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    The success of Disneyland Paris' new Ratatouille ride could hold the key to the future of this theme park

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    EuroDisney S.C.A. (i.e., the financial company behind Disneyland Resort Paris) has a lot at stake with the opening of its brand-new multimillion attraction, "Ratatouille, l'avventure totalement toque de Remy" (which -- for all of you English-speaking Disney fans out -- translates into "Remy's Totally Crazy Adventure"). It's also worth noting here that the word "toque" in French means both "crazy" but also stands for chef's hat, "the toque...
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    Minions & zombie princesses invade the Strip as Las Vegas gets ready for the 2014 Licensing Expo

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    Greetings from Las Vegas, where Licensing Expo 2014 officially gets underway later this morning. Photo by Jim Hill As you wandered through the upper floors of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center yesterday, you couldn't help but notice the folks who were hurrying to get the hall ready for today's events. Photo by Jim Hill Either by hanging banners or by using forklifts to carefully put heavy three-dimensional promotional pieces into place. Photo by Jim Hill Mind you, not everyone was willing...
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    Disney "Newsies The Musical" to Play Final Broadway Performance August 24th, 2014

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    Newsies , The Tony Award ® -Winning "Critics' Pick," To Play Final Broadway Performance on Sunday, August 24, 2014 Prior to National Tour Launch in October Originally Set for 101 Performances, Newsies Run to Reach 1005 Performances at the Nederlander Theatre Newsies , the Tony Award®-winning new American musical (featuring a score with music by eight-time Academy Award® winner Alan Menken and lyrics by Jack Feldman, with a book by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein...
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    Universal Studios Hollywood pushes ahead with construction of West Coast version of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Springfield, U.S.A.

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    I know that stateside Harry Potter fans have been focusing on the upcoming opening of Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida ... Copyright Universal Orlando. All rights reserved ... while folks overseas have been counting down the days 'til The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens at Universal Studios Japan . But it's also important to remember that Universal Studios Hollywood will soon be getting its own Wizarding World. And as I toured the Upper Lot yesterday ... Photo by Jim Hill ...
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    How Jim Dale turned his 60+ years in show business into 90 minutes of Broadway magic

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    So how do you know Jim Dale ? To be honest, it kind of depends on which decade you grew up in. If you were in the UK back in the 1950s, maybe you were lucky enough to catch Dale's stage debut where -- at the tender age of 17 & a 1/2 -- he became the youngest professional comic to work the English Musical Hall circuit. If you're a child of the Sixties, perhaps you know Jim as the lyricist for "Georgy Girl" (which Rolling Stone -- back in 2002 -- said was No. 36 on that magazine's...
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    20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation have released the FIRST trailer for their highly anticipated film, HOME

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    When Earth is taken over by the overly-confident Boov, an alien race in search of a new place to call home, all humans are promptly relocated, while all Boov get busy reorganizing the planet. But when one resourceful girl, Tip, (Rihanna, who also contributes a song) manages to avoid capture, she finds herself the accidental accomplice of a banished Boov named Oh (Jim Parsons). The two fugitives realize there's a lot more at stake than intergalactic relations as they embark on the road trip of...
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    Disney Begins Production on "The Lion Guard" an Animated Disney Junior TV Movie & Series Inspired by "The Lion King"

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    Disney Television Animation has begun production on "The Lion Guard," an animated television movie and series that continues the story introduced 20 years ago in the acclaimed Disney animated film "The Lion King." Geared towards kids aged 2-7 and their families, "The Lion Guard" television movie will premiere in fall 2015 and the subsequent series will debut in early 2016 on Disney Junior and Disney Channel. The wildlife education experts at Disney's Animal Kingdom...
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    AMC's 'The Walking Dead' makes an unprecedented return to both the Universal Orlando Resort & Universal Studios Hollywood for Halloween Horror Nights

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    THOSE WHO ARRIVE, SURVIVE... Back by popular demand: The Walking Dead returns as the largest maze in Halloween Horror Nights history, with more characters in a single haunted house than ever before ORLANDO, Fla. (June 9, 2014) - After rave reviews from fans, Universal Orlando Resort & Universal Studios Hollywood is bringing back AMC's "The Walking Dead" to Halloween Horror Nights for an unprecedented third consecutive year. Horror-hungry fans will experience an all-new terrifying...
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    Seven Dwarfs Mine Train literally puts a new face on the Disney theme park experience

    When it comes to the Walt Disney Parks & Resorts , it's kind of a tradition that good enough isn't really good enough. Case in point: " Pirates of the Caribbean ." When Walt Disney first envisioned bringing buccaneers into his first theme park in the late 1950s, he was thinking more of a walk-through attraction. A place where Disneyland Guests would first descend from street level in New Orleans Square and then stroll past this elaborately-themed dungeon which was to be filled...
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    Harry Potter Film Stars Get A Sneak Peek Of The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley At Universal Orlando Resort

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    WEASLEY FAMILY OUTING: HARRY POTTER FILM STARS ENJOY A SNEAK PEEK OF THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER - DIAGON ALLEY AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT Today, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps and Bonnie Wright from the popular Harry Potter film series enjoyed a sneak peek of the highly anticipated, spectacularly themed environment, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. The actors - who portrayed siblings Fred, George and Ginny Weasley in the films - toured the new...
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    Universal Orlando Resort Reveals Exciting Entertainment and Interactive Experiences at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley

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    Guests Will Enjoy New Entertainment and Shows in Diagon Alley, Featuring Puppetry from Emmy Award-Winning Designer Michael Curry, and Other Interactive Experiences ORLANDO, Fla. (June 4, 2014) - Imagine wandering up the cobbled street of Diagon Alley, turning into nearby CarkittMarket, and enjoying a live performance by one of the wizarding world's most popular singing sensations or seeing stories from The Tales of Beedle the Bard come to life right before your eyes. Today, Universal Orlando...
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    Disney Movies Anywhere introduces PIXAR SUMMER MOVIES TO GO

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    Soak up summer with Pixar Summer Movies To Go exclusively on Disney Movies Anywhere, the free app that lets you stream and download Disney, Pixar and Marvel films anywhere. Beginning June 3, log on for new Pixar surprises coming each week throughout 13 weeks of summer. With Pixar Summer Movies To Go , a different fan favorite film will be featured each week and you can unlock exclusive bonus content like special filmmaker introductions, film trivia and morePixar surprises! Additionally, in the Discover...
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    Universal Orlando News: Hot Dog Hall of Fame, Vivo Italian KIitchen and Menchie's Opening This Month at Universal Citywalk

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    New Venues to Debut in June as Part of the Historic Expansion to the Entertainment Complex ORLANDO, Fla. (June 2, 2014) - This month, three new venues will debut at Universal Orlando's CityWalk as part of this year's historic expansion to the entertainment complex. Menchie's is now open and is located on the second floor promenade of CityWalk. This popular frozen yogurt shop provides guests a unique and fun frozen yogurt experience with an expansive, self-serve toppings bar that is guaranteed...
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    Disney Interactive Officially Announces Latest Playable Characters in the 2.0 Edition of Disney Infinity - Merida &Maleficent

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    Merida: With her untamed fiery red locks, this headstrong Princess will definitely leave her mark in Disney Infinity . Between her sharp sword and bow combo attacks with ricocheting arrows, she can upgrade her aim with elemental freeze arrows, freezing enemies in front of her then following up with rapid shots showing off her impressive athletic skills as an archer and sword fighter. Maleficent: The wicked title character from the upcoming Walt Disney Studios film employs numerous magical powers...
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    The Stars of Disney's "Maleficent" Cast a Spell on Hollywood Last Night at the Movie's Blue Carpet Premiere

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    "Maleficent" explores the untold story of Disney's most iconic villain from the classic "Sleeping Beauty" and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king's newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown...
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    Remembering when Ronald Reagan came to EPCOT Center to see the President's Inaugural Bands Parade

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    After having dealt with those record low temperatures that this past Winter's Polar Vortex whipped up, I have to admit that I am genuinely enjoying this year's belated (but much appreciated) Spring. But that said, I recognize that late 2013 / early 2014 wasn't the only time that things got really, really cold here in the US. One other time that immediately comes to mind is January 21, 1985. Which is when things got so cold in Washington D.C. that then-President Ronald Reagan was forced...
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    More Disney Talent Announced for D23 Destination D: Attraction Rewind November 22 & 23 at Walt Disney World Resort

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    Disney Legends Charlie Ridgway, Ron Logan, Bill Sullivan, and a host of Walt Disney Imagineers join previously announced guest such as Marty Sklar, Bob Gurr, and Alice Davis for the salute to beloved Disney attractions and entertainment of yesteryear. BURBANK, Calif. - May 27, 2014 - The roster of talent continues to grow for D23 Destination D: Attraction Rewind presented by H2O Plus . The event will take place November 22 and 23 at Walt Disney World Resort. D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will...
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    May The Course Be With You! Star Wars(tm) Half Marathon Weekend Makes Its Intergalac​tic Arrival at Disneyland Resort in 2015

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    Four-day race weekend is first collaboration with Lucasfilm; Aerospace company Sierra Nevada Corporation to be inaugural event's presenting sponsor; Race registration opens June 10 ANAHEIM, Calif. (May 27, 2014) - Joining forces with one of Hollywood's most iconic brands, run Disney is creating another transportive race weekend - the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend presented by Sierra Nevada Corporation at Disneyland Resort. The intergalactic journey begins January 15 and runs through January...
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    How is LEGOLAND becoming Florida's new must-see attraction? One brick at a time

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    Back when our grandparents used to visit the Sunshine State, there was always one place that they had to visit. And that was Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven, Florida . Started back in 1936 by Dick Pope Sr. and his wife Julie, this 170-acre park quickly became world-famous for its lush botanical gardens & elaborate water skiing shows. But with the opening of Walt Disney World in 1971, the center of gravity for Florida tourism suddenly shifted over to Orlando. And with fewer & fewer folks now...
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    Why not watch Pixar's latest short, "Radiator Springs 500 1/2," from the road this weekend with Disney Movies Anywhere?

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    Given that the Memorial Day Weekend is traditionally when Americans take their first road trip of the year, it's entirely appropriate that Disney Movies Anywhere has just rolled out a brand-new " Cars " short, "Radiator Springs 500 1/2." Copyright Disney Pixar. All rights reserved This film is the first in a brand-new series of Car Toons from Disney*Pixar, "Tales from Radiator Springs." And when I asked Rob Gibbs -- the director of "Radiator Springs 500 1/2"...
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