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    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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    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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    Which Disney Princesses will soon be showing up on "Sofia the First" ? Rapunzel & Tiana but not Anna & Elsa

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    With apologies to Mel Brooks , while it may be good to be the king, it's great to be the princess. Particularly if you're " Sofia the First ," Disney's little girl princess. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Take -- for example -- "Princesses to the Rescue," the episode of this acclaimed animated series which ran this past Friday on Disney Junior . Partially because this particular "Sofia the First" featured a special appearance by Disney...
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    Look for "Frozen Fun" to linger on at Disney's Hollywood Studios thru 2015, debut soon in DCA's Hollywood Pictures Backlot area

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    Given that we're right in the middle of an early cold spell up here in New Hampshire, I'm thinking that now would be a good time to bring up how the folks who run Disney's Hollywood Studios ' aren't quite ready to "Let (It) Go" of that theme park's " Frozen Summer Fun LIVE! " Oh, sure. You've no doubt already heard about how this popular special event -- which was originally supposed to come to a close on September 1st has now been extended to September...
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    Guitarist Slash composes original score for new Halloween Horror Nights maze at Universal Studios Hollywood: Clowns 3D Music by Slash

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    Grammy Award Winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Guitarist, SLASH, Strikes a Chord at Universal Studios Hollywood, Composing First-Ever Original Score for Theme Park's Gripping New "Halloween Horror Nights" Maze, "Clowns 3D Music by SLASH" Universal City, CA, August 14, 2014 - Celebrated Grammy® Award-winning musician, SLASH, hailed as one of the 10 best electric guitar players of all time by Time magazine, is joining forces with Universal Studios Hollywood to compose...
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    Are you ready to go on an epic quest? Based on the 23 domain names The Walt Disney Company recently registered, the Mouse sure thinks you are

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    It's been a while since we last checked in on the domain names that The Walt Disney Company has registered. As you may recall, the Mouse will sometimes deliberately take domain names off the market because it doesn't want anyone else using them. Take -- for example -- this one from March 1st of this year ... mymagicminus.com ... which is obviously supposed to be commenting on Walt Disney World's My Disney Experience / FastPass+ / My Magic+ program . Or better yet how about this domain...
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    Marvel Studios Begins Production on "ANT-MAN"

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    Principal Photography Begins in San Francisco For July 17, 2015 Release SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA (August, 18, 2014) - Marvel Studios began principal photography today in San Francisco, California, on its newest Super Hero franchise Marvel's "Ant-Man." The film brings one of Marvel comics' original founding members of The Avengers into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The production also shoots on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film's production...
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    Original ending of Disney's "Aladdin" reveals the wedding gift that the Genie wanted to give Aladdin & Jasmine

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    Let's cut to the chase here, folks: If there hadn't been a Robin Williams , there never would have been a Disney's " Aladdin ." Don't believe me? Then check out this excerpt from the screenplay for this animated classic that John Musker , Ron Clements , Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio turned in on July 3, 1991: Aladdin studies the lamp carefully. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved ALADDIN (CONT.) It's such a beat-up, worthless piece of junk ...? (notices...
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    Marvel's "Guardian's of the Galaxy" Extra Scene is Grrrrrrr-oot!

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    If you didn't stay in the theater to see the first of two Guardians of the Galaxy" extra scenes that every one is talking about, it's now online. STORY SYNOPSIS From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team-the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash...
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    Broadway's "Aladdin" honors Robin Williams' memory with a sing-along version of "Friend Like Me"

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    When the news of Robin Williams' untimely passing broke on Monday, a question quickly bubbled up within the Broadway community about how to properly pay tribute to this much-beloved performer. You see, while Williams was primarily known for his work in stand-up, television and film, Robin also "trod the boards." He and Steve Martin starred in Mike Nichols' 1988 off-Broadway version of "Waiting for Godot." Williams also staged his own one-man show, "Robin Williams...
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    The artists & animators behind Disney's "Aladdin" pay tribute to Robin Williams

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    Robin Williams spent an awful lot of time working at the Mouse House. Few people today remember that Robin's first starring role -- the title character in 1980's "Popeye" -- was actually a Walt Disney Productions / Paramount Pictures co-production. Or that three of Williams' best-reviewed dramatic turns -- Adrian Cronauer in 1987's "Good Morning, Vietnam," John Keating in 1989's "Dead Poets Society" and Sean Maguire in 1997's "Good Will Hunting"...
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    ABC Behind-the-scenes Special "The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic" Includes Sneak Peek of "Big Hero 6" September 2nd

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    All-New Exclusive ABC Special AN UNPRECEDENTED BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT THE MAKING OF A MODERN MOVIE BASED ON A TIMELESS TALE, "THE STORY OF FROZEN: MAKING A DISNEY ANIMATED CLASSIC" PREMIERES TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 8:00-9:00 PM ET , WITH A LOOK TOWARD THE NEXT CHAPTER FOR ANNA, ELSA AND FRIENDS FEATURING AN EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PEEK OF "BIG HERO 6," WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS' NEXT COMEDY ACTION ADVENTURE & MORE "The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic"...
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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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    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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