Welcome to Jim Hill Media - Entertainment News : Theme Parks Movies Television

February, 2013

  • Jim Hill

    Huffington Post -- "The Croods" directors reveal how DreamWorks Animation's caveman comic-adventure evolved

    • 2 Comments
    Huffington Post -- "The Croods" directors reveal how DreamWorks Animation's caveman comic-adventure evolved You'd think given the sophisticated sorts of folks who annually attend the Berlin Film Festival that this wouldn't be the sort of crowd which would enthusiastically embrace something as crass-sounding as " The Croods ." But that's actually what happened last Friday night at the world premiere of this DreamWorks Animation production. As the credits began to...
  • Jim Hill

    The Land of Oz garden & play area is a colorful addition to the 2013 edition of Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

    • 0 Comments
    You've probably already seen the pictures from Sunday's Princess Half Marathon event at the Walt Disney World Resort . Where 26,000 runners raced through Epcot and the Magic Kingdom during the early morning hours ... Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved ... only to have Rachel Booth of Mandeville, LA wind up as the winner for the second year in a row. Completing this 13.1 mile course in 1:17:38, 33 seconds faster than her 2012 pace. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All...
  • Jim Hill

    Huffington Post -- Rich Moore looks back at the roads not taken with Disney's "Wreck-It Ralph"

    • 3 Comments
    Huffington Post -- Rich Moore looks back at the roads not taken with Disney's "Wreck-It Ralph" It was the story that artists at Walt Disney Animation Studios had been struggling to get a handle on for over 15 years. A comic action-adventure set inside of the world of video games, where the computer-generated hero longed for something more. Two previous attempts had been made to turn this thought-to-be-promising premise into a full-length animated feature. But both of those proposed...
  • Jim Hill

    Hunting for theme park treasures at the Disneyana Collectibles Expo

    • 2 Comments
    Early this Sunday morning, I left New Hampshire in the middle on a snowstorm. After a quick plane change in Detroit (where -- at that time -- it was a frigid 6 degrees), I caught a flight out to Los Angeles. Where -- as soon as my plane landed at LAX on Sunday afternoon, I grabbed my bags and then hustled out to curbside. Where I then jumped into a car that was headed to Garden Grove . "And what was out in Garden Grove?," you ask. Well, this was where the Disneyana Fan Club ... Photo by...
  • Jim Hill

    James Franco lands on Hollywood Boulevard as Disney's "Oz The Great and Powerful" premieres at the El Capitan Theatre

    • 6 Comments
    When " The Wizard of Oz " held its Hollywood premiere back on August 15, 1939 at Grauman's Chinese Theater ... Copyright Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved ... MGM really went all out. They took the courtyard of this famous movie palace and transformed into a miniature version of the Land of Oz. Complete with its very own tiny version of the Yellow Brick Road and a handful of Munchkins to greet the various celebrities who turned out for this star-studded affair. Mervyn...
  • Jim Hill

    Looking for some last-minute Valentine's Day shopping suggestions? Here are some books and a new TV show that you might want to consider

    • 0 Comments
    If you listen carefully today, you can hear thousands of people around the country quietly cursing. "And why are these people cursing?," you ask. Well, that's because these folks are just now realizing it's February 13th. Which means that tomorrow is Valentine's Day. That day when you're supposed to prove to your significant other that you genuinely care about them by tossing a thoughtful gift their way. Which can be somewhat difficult if you haven't actually gotten...
  • Jim Hill

    Late breaking nerds ... er ... news from the 2013 edition of the American International Toy Fair

    • 2 Comments
    Greetings from the 110th edition of the American International Toy Fair . A trade show that Nancy and I love to attend because -- to be blunt -- it usually gives you lots of opportunities to learn about movies & TV shows that are still months ... Photo by Nancy Stadler ... if not years away from being released to theaters. Photo by Nancy Stadler Toy Fair is a particularly great show to cover / attend if you're someone who writes about The Walt Disney Company. Because if you're actually...
  • Jim Hill

    Is Brad Bird's "Tomorrowland" movie about that "UFOs are real" TV show which Walt Disney Productions almost made back in the 1950s?

    • 22 Comments
    For three weeks now, photos of a mysterious bankers box have been making the rounds on the Web. Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof reportedly deliberately put these images out there to help whet people's appetites for " Tomorrowland ," the sci-fi -themed project that these two wrote which is based on a concept that Lindelof and " Entertainment Weekly " writer Jeff Jensen originally came up with. "So what's this motion picture actually supposed to be about?," you ask...
  • Jim Hill

    Huffington Post -- Alan Tudyk: It sucks not being able to come back for the "Firefly" and "Wreck-It Ralph" sequels

    • 3 Comments
    Huffington Post -- Alan Tudyk: It sucks not being able to come back for the "Firefly" and "Wreck-It Ralph" sequels Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 It was Ed Wynn for the win this Saturday at the Annies . As " Suburgatory " star Alan Tudyk -- who used Wynn's comic persona as the inspiration for his vocal performance as King Candy in " Wreck-It Ralph " -- wound up beating out Adam Sandler and Jude Law for this year's Voice Acting in an Animated Feature...
  • Jim Hill

    Knott's Berry Farm looks to enhance log ride while still preserving what makes Timber Mountain so popular with theme park visitors

    • 3 Comments
    Discovery Babe wrote in this weekend to ask: In Friday's Tony Baxter story , you touched on the Timber Mountain Log Ride at Knott's Berry Farm . Since this is my favorite non-Disney theme park attraction, I was wondering if you had any information about what is currently being done to this flume ride. What enhancements and upgrades does Knott's have planned? Your timing couldn't be better, Discovery Babe. Late last month, I actually got Kent Maulsby (i.e. the Vice President of Maintenance...
  • Jim Hill

    Tony Baxter to transition from being a full-time Imagineer to becoming WDI advisor

    • 11 Comments
    You're going to be seeing a lot of stuff about Tony Baxter online today. Stories about how this longtime Disney Company employee (i.e. Tony started at Disneyland Park back in August of 1965 as a sweeper and eventually rose through the ranks to become Senior Vice President of Creative Development for Walt Disney Imagineering as well as being Creative Executive for Disneyland) will soon transition from being a full-time Imagineer to becoming a part-time advisor for WDI. Now for some of you folks...
Page 1 of 1 (11 items)