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    The Boxtrolls Hit the Box Office September 26th, 2014

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    SYNOPSIS 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 villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with...
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    Broadway Cast of Aladdin Pays Tribute to Robin Williams with a Sing-a-long of Friend Like Me

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    Last night (Tuesday, August 12), the Broadway cast of Aladdin – led by Genie James Monroe Iglehart – led the whole audience in a very moving sing-along of ‘Friend Like Me’ after the performance at the New Amsterdam Theatre. This is a short video cut together from cell phone cameras.
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    Remembering Robin Williams (1951 - 2014)

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    A man goes to the doctors. "Doctor," he says "Can you help me? Life doesn't seem worth living, and I am shrouded in constant gloom." "My good man," says the doctor, taking a good look at the melancholy face before him, "There is one cure for you. You must go and see Grimaldi the clown." "Sir," replies the patient, "I am Grimaldi the clown." This is the story that immediately came to mind earlier today when I heard about Robin Williams'...
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    Rowlf the Dog, Fozzie Bear and the Swedish Chef spill the beans on what it's really like to be a Muppet

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    For nearly 60 years, the Muppets have been entertaining TV viewers & movie-goers. But what are Kermit & Co. actually like when the cameras are off? I recently got the opportunity to find out. Out ahead of tomorrow's release on " Muppets Most Wanted " on Blu-ray & DVD, the nice folks at Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment offered me a unique opportunity. I could pick any three Muppet characters I liked and then submit questions for them to answer. I'll be honest here...
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    "Aladdin" Breaks New Amsterdam Theatre House Record for the Week Ending August 10, 2014

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    Aladdin , Disney's Tony Award®-winning new musical comedy, broke the house record at the New Amsterdam Theatre last week with a gross of $1,602,785.00. The previous record of $1,587,992.50 was set by Mary Poppins for the week ending December 30, 2007. 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 as the most successful show of the busy spring season. Aladdin opened to...
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    Alastair Fothergill reveals the bare facts about Disneynature's latest documentary, "Bears"

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    For three weeks back in 2012, a team of photographers had their cameras trained on an Alaskan bear den. All with the hope that -- when the mother and her just-born cubs who were inside finally emerged -- that this would then make compelling footage for Disneynature 's very next documentary, " Bears ." And sure enough, when Mama Bear & her brand-new babies finally stepped out of that den, the cinematographers did get some killer shots. The only problem was that "Bears"...
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    Walt Disney Family Museum to host special screening of Andy & Sara Neitzert's "Marceline" documentary

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    "I'm glad I'm a small town boy and I'm glad Marceline was my town" -- Walt Disney, Sept. 2, 1938. What made Marceline, Missouri, so important in the life of Walt Disney? Born Dec. 5, 1901 in the family's home in Chicago, Walt was a few months shy of his fifth birthday when his family moved to a farm near Marceline. The family only spent about five years in the small town, but they were formative years for the future entertainment icon and world traveler. The Walt Disney...
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    Jason Ritter says that being a blabbermouth makes working on Disney 's "Gravity Falls" tough

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    Are you ready to go back to the Shack? Jason Ritter certainly is. The Emmy Award-nominated actor who voices Dipper Pines on " Gravity Falls " has been itching to go back to the Mystery Shack ever since the Season One finale of this acclaimed animated series aired a year ago this week on the Disney Channel . Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved "You gotta understand that -- growing up -- I always loved secret codes and secret messages, things that you had to decode...
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    Tickets for D23 EXPO 2015: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event, Go On Sale Thursday, August 14, 2014

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    Early Bird Discounted Tickets Available for a Limited Time D23 Members Enjoy Additional Savings and Member-Only Benefits B URBANK, Calif. - August 6, 2014 - On Thursday, August 14, at 10 a.m. PT, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will begin selling tickets for the next D23 Expo , which will take place August 14-16, 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The largest Disney fan event in the world, the D23 Expo celebrates all the wonderful worlds of Disney entertainment, uniting all parts of The Walt...
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    Do you wish that Comic-Con could come to you? Then check out D23's touring Fanniversary celebrations

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    Go ahead. Admit it. After hearing about all that cool stuff Comic-Con attendees got to see last week, you're now wishing that you'd gone down to San Diego. But then again, when you factor in what it would have cost to travel to Southern California (Not to mention that all 130,000 badges which were made available for this year's event sold out within 90 minutes back in March), maybe going to Comic-Con isn't really an option for you. Which is why you're probably now wishing that...
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    Cedar Fair CEO Matt Ouimet reveals the secret of running a successful amusement park

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    For Matt Ouimet , the President and CEO of Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. , a typical day at the office really is a walk in the park. Matt Ouimet at the May 2013 grand opening of GateKeeper at Cedar Point. Copyright 2014 CFEC. All rights reserved "To be honest, I don't think I'd like this job if I was forced to be cooped up in an office. When you work in the amusement park business, you have to see where things are working and you have to see where they're not," Ouimet admitted...
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    D23: The Official Disney Fan Club Celebrates 23 Issues of Disney Twenty-Three With an Around-the-world Adventure

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    READERS WILL JOURNEY TO FRANCE TO EXPERIENCE RATATOUILLE: THE ADVENTURE , JAPAN FOR A SPECIAL TREASURES OF THE WALT DISNEY ARCHIVES EXHIBITION, AND SAN FRANSOKYO TO EXPLORE THE NEW UNIVERSE OF BIG HERO 6 D23.com sits down for exclusive interviews with Marvel icon Stan Lee and the creators of Once Upon a Time. BURBANK, Calif. - JULY 29, 2014 - To celebrate 23 issues of its collectible publication, Disney twenty-three, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club circles the planet to experience Disney's...
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    Super Villains Come to Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition)

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    Today, Disney Interactive officially announced that a trio of popular Super Villains will be entering the world of Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) - Green Goblin from Spider-Man, Ronan the Accuser from Guardians of the Galaxy and the infamous Loki, God of Mischief from The Avengers. Whether it's flexing their unstoppable powers for all things evil in their respective Play Sets, the updated Toy Box 2.0, or the newly added structured Toy Box Games, these Super Villains are forces...
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    STAR WARS™ Returns to Marvel With Three Blockbuster New Comic Series

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    STAR WARS, DARTH VADER and PRINCESS LEIA Head to Marvel in 2015 New York, NY - July 28 th , 2014 - Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment are extremely proud to announce the iconic Star Wars franchise will return to Marvel in 2015 with a line-up of three comic book titles chronicling the adventures of a galaxy far, far away. Beginning in January 2015, prepare for STAR WARS by writer Jason Aaron ( Thor , Original Sin), artist John Cassaday ( Astonishing X-Men ) and colorist Laura Martin, DARTH VADER...
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    Dan Povenmire & Swampy Marsh's New Hope is that they get to make more "Phineas & Ferb Star Wars" specials for the Disney Channel

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    So just how quickly after the Disney - Lucasfilm acquisition was officially announced was tonight's "Phineas & Ferb Star Wars" special put into production? Well, to hear Dan Povenmire & Jeff "Swampy" Marsh tell the story, this affectionate-yet-hilarious show (which airs tonight at 9 p.m., 8 p.m. Central on the Disney Channel) was greenlit mere moments after this $4.06 million deal was revealed to the public back on October 30, 2012. "We were sitting in an audio...
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    So You Think Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Can't Dance? The Gag Reel Says Different

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    MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. The mind-blowing saga that began in Marvel's The Avengers continues in ABC's action-packed series, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - The Complete First Season . Relive All 22 Thrilling Episodes, Plus Get Level 7 Access with Newly De-Classified Bonus Features Available On Blu-ray and DVD. In Stores September 9, 2014 Bonus Features: Journey Into S.D.C.C. - Hop on the bus and share the thrill of a lifetime as the series makes its first ever appearance...
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    How Glenn Casale helped "The Little Mermaid" find her feet after this Disney stage show stumbled on Broadway

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    It took the stage version of Disney's "The Little Mermaid" quite a while to finally find its sea legs. When the original Broadway production opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater back in January of 2008, the critics were not kind. Ben Brantley of the New York Times was particularly vicious, calling "Mermaid" an " ... unfocused spectacle" which saddled its cast with " ... ungainly guess-what-I-am costumes" and then forced them to perform in front of "...
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    Comic-Con: Star Wars Rebels Panel Debuts SDCC Exclusive Clips

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    Yesterday at "The Heroes of Star Wars Rebels " at Comic-Con 2014, Dave Filoni (Executive Producer), Simon Kinberg (Executive Producer), Freddie Prinze Jr. ("Kanan"), Vanessa Marshall ("Hera"), Taylor Gray ("Ezra"), Steve Blum ("Zeb") and Tiya Sircar ("Sabine") debuted new, exclusive clips from STAR WARS REBELS... Star Wars Rebels continues the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga with all-new exciting, action-packed adventures...
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    Produced by Disney & Sonia Friedman Productions "Shakespear​e in Love" Opens to Critical Acclaim in London

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    Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall Director Declan Donnellan Designer Nick Ormerod Company with Tom Bateman as Will. Photo by Johan Persson - Disney ‘ « « « « « A stirring love story. Terrific jokes. A joyous celebration of theatre itself. At a time when so many stage shows are based on films, it is odd that it has taken so long for Shakespeare in Love to arrive in the West End, but boy has Lee Hall’s...
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    ALADDIN's Tony Winner James Monroe Iglehart to Co-Host ABC's "The View" Friday, July 25

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    James Monroe Iglehart , 2014 Tony Award winner for his performance as Genie in Disney's Aladdin , will co-host ABC's Emmy® Award-winning talk show "The View" on Friday, July 25, 2014. "The View" is broadcast live weekdays from New York City from 11:00am - 12:00pm ET. Copyright 2014 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All rights reserved. Disney's Aladdin , the Tony Award-winning new musical comedy based on the Academy Award®-winning animated film, opened...
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    Ready to let go of "Let It Go" ? Disney isn't. Mouse has five year plan for "Frozen" franchise

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    You've no doubt already heard about all of the box office records that " Frozen " has broken over the past eight months (With the most recent one being the 16 weeks that this Walt Disney Animation Studios production spent as the No. 1 film in Japan. "Frozen" sold over $240 million worth of tickets in that country before it was finally knocked out of the top spot . Ironically enough by another Disney movie, " Maleficent "). But were you aware of how well the "Frozen"...
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    Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Play Set Coming to Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition)

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    BURBANK, Calif. – ( July 23, 2014 ) - Marvel’s next summer blockbuster film is coming to Disney Infinity . Today, Disney Interactive officially announced the latest Play Set for Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) –Guardians of the Galaxy, inspired by the upcoming film Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy , in theaters August 1 . The Guardians of the Galaxy Play Set follows Star-Lord and his fellow Guardians as they arrive at Knowhere, having just stolen a powerful...
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    Jennette McCurdy VisitsThe Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort

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    © 2014 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved. On July 21, 2014, television actress Jennette McCurdy stopped by Universal Orlando Resort to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. After enjoying some delicious Butterbeer ice-cream at Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour and experiencing the brand-new attraction Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, Jennette enjoyed the rest of her visit at Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. Jennette...
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    When it comes to creating Aquabats merch for SDCC, Toddland always goes "with the most fun & crazy idea"

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    If you're a regular reader of JHM, then you might already be familiar with The Aquabats . A band of five spandex-wearing middle-aged men who live out of a van and travel the land to fight crime, sing songs & stuff. And, if you're an Adventure Time , Yo Gabba Gabba , or just a cute-and-cool-things-in-general fan, then you're most likely already familiar with Toddland Started in 2009 by " ... a few friends that liked rad stuff, and wanted to make rad stuff to give to our friends...
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    Disney Consumer Products to Unveil New Big Hero 6 Toy Line at San Diego Comic-Con July 24-27

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    With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, "Big Hero 6" is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius-thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion-a robot named Baymax-and transforms the group into a band...
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