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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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    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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    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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    Disneytoon Studios worked closely with CalFire to make "Planes: Fire & Rescue" as authentic as possible

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    "Do your research." That is the lesson that John Lasseter -- Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney & Pixar Animation Studios -- has repeatedly drilled into the artists that he works with. That before they jump feet-first into developing a brand-new animated feature, these filmmakers must first understand the world that this movie's characters are supposed to occupy. CalFire crew members jump out of a plane as part of a training exercise. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights...
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    Adult Swim with Intel, Lexus & State Farm® Offering Free Ice Cream & VIP Access at Comic-Con® International: San Diego

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    Fan Reward Program to Include Helpful Tips, VIP Access to Panels & Events, Free Rides & Online Access to Network Panels Adult Swim fans will be in for a real treat at 2014 Comic-Con ® International: San Diego - both literally and figuratively - thanks to unique activations from its sponsors that will combine to provide the most comprehensive fan experience both on and off the convention floor. The network announced today activations with Intel, Lexus and State Farm designed to tap into...
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    Marvel Comics Announces "Thor, God of Thunder" Series Has a New Female Hero

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    New York, NY - July 15 th , 2014 - Marvel is excited to announce an all-new era for the God of Thunder in brand new series, THOR , written by Jason Aaron ( Thor : God of Thunder , Original Sin ) complimented with art from Russell Dauterman ( Cyclops). This October, Marvel Comics evolves once again in one of the most shocking and exciting changes ever to shake one of Marvel's "big three" - Captain American, Iron Man and Thor - Marvel Comics will be introducing an all-new THOR, GOD OF...
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    MARVEL Announces an All-New Thundering Title on “THE VIEW” July 15th

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    New York, NY - July 14 th , 2014 - Marvel is excited to announce that on Tuesday, July 15 th , at 11AM EST, it will be announcing its latest explosive title live on the Emmy-Winning, daily talk show "The View." Tweet #theview during the live broadcast as select viewer tweets will appear live, on screen, during the show. Follow Marvel on Facebook at www.facebook.com/marvel and be sure to stop back throughout the day to see what everyone is saying about Marvel's latest news. Join Marvel...
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    Sony Pictures Animation Announces Stop Motion/live Action Hybrid SUPERBAGO

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    Sony Pictures Animation confirmed yesterday they are producing a new stop motion/live action hybrid feature project named SUPERBAGO. SUPERBAGO will be directed by ROBOT CHICKEN's John Harvatine and Eric Towner and produced by NAPOLEON DYNAMITE helmer Jared Hess along with Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Eric Robinson. The film is being written by Ricky Blitt; Jared Hess, Hubbel Palmer, and Chris Bowman. Michelle Raimo Kouyate, president of production at Sony Pictures Animation, commented: "SUPERBAGO...
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    D23 Disney Fanniversary Celebration Tickets Now Available to the General Public

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    The Official Disney Fan Club Brings Roadshow Event to Burbank, San Diego, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, Orlando, and Washington, D.C. Guests Will Celebrate Favorite Disney Movies, Attractions, Music, Television Shows, Characters, and More. Tickets are now on sale to the general public for the D23 Disney Fanniversary Celebration presented by Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection . The live event will bring Disney magic to 11 cities across the U...
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    Tom Williams, Universal Parks Chairman & CEO, reflects on the Universal Orlando Resort's magical transformation

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    With everyone else looking forward to tomorrow's grand opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley , it might seem kind of strange that Tom Williams -- the Chairman and CEO of Universal Parks & Resorts -- is using this exact same moment to look backwards. "But you have to understand that I was part of the opening team for Universal Studios Florida . I was here back in 1987 when this was all still snake-filled marshland. And to see what it's become -- Central Florida's...
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    Disney hopes that "7D" 's stellar voice cast will make animation fans Happy, not Grumpy

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    So when Disney Television Animation decided to build a show around the Seven Dwarfs, how did they give this new animated series its own identity? Make sure that people wouldn't confuse this program with the classic animated feature that the Dwarfs debuted in back in 1937? Well, DTA did this by giving this new Disney Junior series a somewhat edgy title, " The 7D ." They also gave the Dwarfs a bold new look & different personalities. And then -- to make sure that today's kids...
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    So which Hollywood legend was actually responsible for the creation of "it's a small world"? Would you believe Mommy Dearest?

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    I realize that everyone out there in Online-land is already getting ready for the long Fourth of July Weekend. But before you plunge into three straight days of backyard barbeques & fireworks, I wanted to direct your attention to something cool that the Disney History Institute just posted: Project Fair Winds . Jeremy Marx spent the past 8 months putting together a CG version of the Tower of the Four Winds. Which recreates all 52 of the mobiles which decorated that 120 foot-tall, 100 ton structure...
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    Universal Orlando Resort News: Hot Dog Hall of Fame Now Open at Universal CityWalk

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    HOT DOG HALL OF FAME NOW OPEN AT UNIVERSAL CITYWALK New Venue Debuts as Part of the Historic Expansion to the Entertainment Complex ORLANDO, Fla. (July 3, 2014) - Hot Dog Hall of Fame officially opened today at Universal Orlando's CityWalk, becoming the latest venue to debut as part of this year's historic expansion to the entertainment complex. Hot Dog Hall of Fame , located across from Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food, features stadium-style seating and iconic hot dog creations from across...
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    "The Beast Within: The Tale of Beauty's Prince" puts a "Wicked"-ly entertaining twist on Disney's "... tale as old as time."

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    So what did you think of "Maleficent" ? This past weekend, that Robert Stromberg film blew through the $200-million-in-domestic-ticket-sales barrier. Which makes this Walt Disney Pictures a blockbuster by modern Hollywood standards. That -- coupled with the $383.7 million that "Maleficent" has earned overseas to date -- means that this reimagining of "Sleeping Beauty" will ultimately be a very profitable enterprise for the Mouse. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All...
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    Which Santa do you want to see in the DreamWorks DreamHouse at your local mall this coming holiday season?

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    Well, it's July 1st. And you know what that means. Only 177 shopping days 'til Christmas. Mind you, when you head out to the mall this coming holiday season, you may discover something entirely new. Which is the DreamWorks DreamHouse. "And what is the DreamWorks DreamHouse?," you ask. Well, it's a whole line of business for that Glendale, CA-based animation studios. One that DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg talked up last month during his keynote address at the 2014 Licensing...
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    From skeletal Simpsons to Grumpy Cat, the 2014 Licensing Expo had it all

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    Janet from Another Planet sent me a note this past weekend, saying: I thought you were going to tell us more about what you saw at this year's Licensing Show in Las Vegas. What happened to that article? Photo by Jim Hill Nothing, actually. It just took me a while to wade through the hundreds of photos that I took at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center earlier this month. You gotta understand that the Licensing Expo kind of redefines sensory overload. As soon as you make your way onto the show...
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    Are you a "Frozen" fan who just can't get enough Olaf? If so, does Disney Consumer Products have an ice surprise for you

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    All day long, I've been getting e-mails from JHM readers about "Frozen Summer Fun: Live at Disney's Hollywood Studios," which kicks off on July 5th and then runs straight through September 1st. What people most seem to want to know is this really Disney's response to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley (which -- not-so-co-incidentally -- officially opens to the public on July 8th)? Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Well, while I enjoy a good...
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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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