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    Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Disney's "Newsies" kicks off its North American tour in October of 2014

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    Disney Theatrical Productions has certainly had a busy couple of weeks. First they announce plans to transform the beloved-fairy-tale-turned-cult-classic "The Princess Bride" into a stage production . Next came word that Disney will be joining forces with Sonia Friedman Productions to produce a stage version of "Shakespeare in Love" (which will begin previews at London's Noel Coward Theatre next July). Then the new musical comedy version of Disney's "Aladdin"...
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    Disney's Wireless Band and Totally Ticklish Goofy highlight Hallmark's holiday offerings for 2013

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    "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go. Take a look in the Five and Ten, glistening once again, with candy canes and silver lanes aglow ... " It has been looking like Christmas since July at your local Hallmark Gold Crown store. This past summer just in time for Christmas in July, Hallmark rolled out their annual line of Keepsake ornaments helping not only to mark the holidays but celebrate a milestone or create a new memory. This year the Keepsake ornaments...
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    Disney sets up shop In J.C. Penney

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    Retailer J.C. Penney is hoping some of Tinker Bell 's pixie dust will attract parents and their children into its recently launched Disney shops inside some 565 stores nationwide. Penney's had been selling select Disney merchandise on its website since early September and now has cut the ribbon on Disney shops as part of its redesigned children's department. Photo by Paul Perrello There is no mistaking the Disney footprint. At the J.C. Penney store at the Franklin Mills Mall in Philadelphia...
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    Princess Fairytale Hall is a welcome addition to the New Fantasyland at WDW's Magic Kingdom

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    “Hear Ye! Hear Ye! By royal proclamation, the Princess Fairytale Hall at Walt Disney World ’s New Fantasyland is now open.” Photo by Paul Perrello With a bit of pomp and circumstance only fitting for royalty, guests can now pay a visit to the fairest princesses in all the land at the recently opened Fairytale Hall located in the Castle Courtyard in the center of an expanded Fantasyland at Disney’s Magic Kingdom . Here you will be able to meet and greet some of your favorite...
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    Philadelphia favorites Dick Clark, Glen Keane and Ed Wynn to be made Disney Legends

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    Thanks to Comic-Con , all eyes will be on San Diego for the next few days. But -- to be honest -- that doesn't matter much to the fine folks of Philadelphia . You see, they're still jazzed about the great news that came down from The Walt Disney Company last week. Which is that three local boys have made good. American Bandstand host Dick Clark , animator Glen Keane and comedian and actor Ed Wynn are to be inducted as official Disney Legends during next month's D23 EXPO at the Anaheim...
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    Grab your tiaras & doubloons For Disney Junior Live On Tour

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    Avast, me hearties ! Walking the plank off the television screen and into an arena near you, look for some popular Disney Junior characters to make a stop in your hometown. Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Sofia the First will be hitting the road starting this summer as Feld Entertainment announces it will stage a live production based on the top performing Disney Junior cable television programs. Feld, famous for Disney On Ice and Disney Live! extravaganzas, along with its Ringling Brothers and...
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    Now it's time to say good-bye: Remembering Annette Funicello (1942 - 2013)

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    Annette Funicello , long-time Disney and Beach Party star, passed away on Monday April 8 at Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield, CA, at the age of 70. She died peacefully from complications due to Multiple Sclerosis, a disease she battled for over 25 years. Beloved by television viewers in the 50s for her stint on Disney's original The Mickey Mouse Club, and by film buffs for her numerous roles in a series of popular teen-oriented movies in the 60s, Funicello became a pop culture icon. Copyright...
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    Remembering Legendary Disney film editor Norman "Stormy" Palmer (1918 - 2013)

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    Veteran Disney film editor Norman "Stormy" Palmer passed away this past Saturday, March 23rd at his home in Northridge, California from age-related natural causes. He was 94 years old. Palmer worked at the Walt Disney Studios for 45 years, and became closely associated with the acclaimed series of " True-Life Adventure " films. Among the popular titles in that series that he edited were " The Living Desert ," " The African Lion ," " Beaver Valley ,"...
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    When it comes to a "Roger Rabbit" sequel, Robert Zemeckis has been sending some very mixed signals

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    On the heels of last week's release of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" on Blu-ray , the internet has been buzzing like Marvin Acme's hand buzzer with rumors that Robert Zemeckis may be making plans to return to Toontown. To be specific, that this Academy Award-winning director is finally getting serious about shooting that often-talked-about and long-delayed "Roger Rabbit" sequel. Most of this talk about a return to Toontown can be traced back January 17th of this year when...
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    Feld Entertainment signs a Marvel-ous deal for a new super heroes arena tour

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    Stepping off the silver screen and out of the pages of comic books, look for Spider-Man , Iron Man , The Avengers and X-Men to swing into an arena in your hometown. The iconic Marvel super heroes are being tapped to star in an unprecedented new show that brings the characters to life and puts the audience right in the middle of all the spectacular action. Feld Entertainment has signed a groundbreaking agreement with Marvel Entertainment which allows the companies to produce shows featuring the super...
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    Hal Sparks is the leader of Disney XD's "Lab Rats" pack

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    Back for a second season on Disney XD is " Lab Rats ," the live-action, sci-fi comedy adventure series starring actor / comedian / musician Hal Sparks as Donald Davenport, the billionaire-scientist inventor who created three bionic superhuman kids. Excited to be back for a new season, Sparks calls the part, tongue-in-cheek, "the role I was born to play." Photo by Bruce Birmelin. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved "Labs Rats" was ranked as Disney XD's...
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    "Small World: A Fantasia" brings some Disney magic to a tragic Connecticut town

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    Newtown, Connecticut, was the scene of one of the most hideous mass slaughters in American history. Driving into this quaint New England town, it is impossible to miss the sad reminders of that horror, cutout angels along the roadside and tributes of sympathy from around the world in the town hall. But through January 27, 2012, that same town hall is being treated to a gentle reminder that the world can be a better place and that, yes, it is possible to have magical days. "Small World: A Fantasia"...
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    "Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow" adds interactive, immersive pirate fun to Disney's Hollywood Studios

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    Shiver me timbers! The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow has set sail at Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Batten down the hatches as the eight-minute immersive experience is a must-see for swashbuckler fans of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise , whether it is the attraction in Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom or the four movies starring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack. However parents of very young lads and lassies might want to reconsider plans to walk the...
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    D23 Fanniversary rolls into the City of Brotherly Love

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    For a few hours, Philadelphia was "the happiest place on earth" for more than 200 fans of the Walt Disney Company. It was standing room only at the Rainey Auditorium at Penn Museum in University City as Disney's official fan club D23 rolled out its Fanniversary celebration welcome mat for Disney fans in the City of Brotherly Love. Upon arriving at the museum on South Street, guests were checked in by cast members of the Disney Store in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and they were presented...
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    Master Moves Mickey is Disney's latest dancing-mouse-toy to bust a move

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    First there was Dance Star Mickey . Donny Osmond introduces Dance Star Mickey to the world back in February 2010 at the American International Toy Fair. Photo by Nancy Stadler Then came Rock Star Mickey . Gustaf Farwell plays along with Rock Star Mickey as this new interactive plaything makes his debut at the 2011 International Toy Fair. Photo by Monika Graff / UPI Now there is Master Moves Mickey , the latest version of the popular mouse that is one part original Disney plush, one part music and...
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    It's Christmas in late July as DreamWorks Animation acquires Classic Media's assortment of characters

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    You may have already heard that -- this November -- DreamWorks Animation is releasing " Rise of the Guardians ," an action-adventure film which stars Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, Jack Frost, the Tooth Fairy and the Sandman. Which would be quite enough Claus for your typical entertainment company. Copyright DreamWorks Animation LLC. All rights reserved But those folks at DWA, they're really serious about getting into the Santa business. Which is why -- just last week -- DreamWorks...
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    All-Star cast lends its voice to Disney's "Wreck-It Ralph"

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    Walt Disney Pictures has assembled another star-studded voice cast for its arcade-game-hopping adventure, " Wreck-It Ralph ." John C. Reilly has the title role, " 30 Rock " actor Jack McBrayer provides the voice for Fix-It Felix, Jr., while " Glee " actress Jane Lynch is cast as Sergeant Calhoun and Sarah Silverman gives voice to the character of Vanellope von Schweetz. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Other stars lending their vocal talents to...
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    DreamWorks Animation to transform unfinished Meadlowlands mall into an indoor theme park

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    Don't be surprised to see a green ogre, flying dragons, fighting pandas and talking penguins in the Garden State. New Jersey could soon become the home of DreamWorks Animation first theme park. The animation studio built by former Disney executive Jeffrey Katzenberg, Academy Award winning director Steven Spielberg and music mogul David Geffen has entered into an agreement with the developer behind Mall of America to construct a unique indoor theme park in North Jersey. The American Dream at Meadowlands...
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    Gawrsh: Celebrating 80 Goofy Years

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    The "top dog" in the Wonderful World of Disney is celebrating his 80th birthday. One of Walt Disney's classic "Fab Five" animated characters, Goofy first stumbled onto the silver screen on May 25th, 1932 in a cartoon called " Mickey's Revue ." Originally named Dippy Dawg, the droopy-eared, buck- tooth, bespectacled, hat wearing dog, Goofy has appeared in more than 100 animated flicks and dozens of television productions including the current " Mickey Mouse...
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    Kelly Asbury and his Extreme Makeover: Gnome Edition of "Gnomeo & Juliet"

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    You've heard about love at first sight, right? Well, how about love at first sound? Well, that's what happened to Kelly Asbury . As a teenager in the 1970s, he was walking by his brother's room and heard this amazing music coming from the stereo. It was the Elton John song, " Levon ," from his " Madman Across The Water " album. Copyright Island Records, Inc. All rights reserved "From that moment now, I was a huge Elton John fan. I listened to his music all the...
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    The Once and Future Strikes : Hollywood Labor Relations 101

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    Not quite sure what to make of what's going out west right now? Let JHM guest writer John Wayne walk you through LA's latest labor action...
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    The trend in retail, Disney or otherwise

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    JHM guest writer John Wayne returns with a look at how what's happening at your local mall will soon impact the Magic Kingdom ...
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    Will Orlando soon follow Las Vegas' lead and begin offering deep discounts on vacation packages ?

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    In his debut column for JHM, guest writer John Wayne suggests that you hold off on booking your next trip to WDW for a brief while. For -- if what's happening right now in Sin City spreads to O-town -- you'll soon have thousands of low-cost hotel rooms to choose from ...
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    Out of the parks and "On the Record"

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    copyright Walt Disney Company 2005 If we were comparing Disney broadway musicals to Disney theme parks, "Beauty and the Beast" would be Disneyland (charming and heart-warming), "Aida" would be Epcot (more intellectual and not as kid-friendly), and "The Lion King" would be the Magic Kingdom (large, grandious, and a BIG money maker). "On the Record" falls somewhere in between California Adventure and Walt Disney Studios Paris. The show's got hints of magic...
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    Disneyland Paris' new "Roars of the Lion King" seems to be winning over audiences.

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    JHM guest writer Nick Stevens chimes in with a review of DLP's new stage show, which is reportedly drawing huge crowds at the Videopolis theatre....
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