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May, 2013

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    Life-sized version of Dusty from Disney "Planes" to make appearances at US & Canadian air shows this Summer

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    Just can't wait to see Disney "Planes ," that new animated feature which is set in the world above " Cars " ? Well, what if I were to tell that there was a way to get close to one of the characters featured in this new Walt Disney Pictures release well ahead of its August 9th release date? "And how exactly would I do that?," you ask. By heading out to one of the 11 airfields around the United States & Canada where a life-sized replica of Dusty Crophopper (i.e...
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    Live entertainment & enthusiastic cast members made Disneyland Resort's Monstrous All Nighter memorable and fun

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    You'd think -- on the heels of last year's One More Disney Day event (which was when thousands of Disneyland fans spent a lot of Leap Day 2012 stuck in this miles-long traffic jam out on the 5) -- that the Disneyland Resort would then shy away from the idea of staging any more events that would keep one or both of its Southern California theme parks open for 24 hours straight. But that's not how the Mouse works. To hear Jon Storbeck (i.e. the Vice President of Disneyland Park ) talk,...
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    What happens when Snow White meets Tony Stark? Disney / Marvel Magic

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    My apologies for being off the air here for a couple of days here. But I've been out in Southern California on a business trip from JimHillMedia and the Huffington Post . Going to the sorts of places that Disney fans just dream about getting into and seeing things that ... Well, I can't talk about. Not yet, anyway. But in the weeks & months ahead, boy, will I have some truly cool stories to share. But -- for now (mostly because I'm headed out the door shortly for a roundtable session...
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    Mike & Sulley join the long parade of Pixar & Disney stars who "Got Milk ?"

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    So what's the drink of choice in Monstropolis these days? Milk, of course. And if the college-aged versions of James P. Sullivan & Mike Wazowski are to be believed, milk doesn't just do the human body good. It also does wonders for a growing monster. Giving Sulley a thicker coat of fur and -- in Mike's case -- stronger nails on his hands & his feet. Copyright California Milk Processor Board / Pixar. All rights reserved Mind you, these stars of Pixar 's first-ever prequel,...
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    Huffington Post -- How cinematographer Roger Deakins helped blur the line between live-action and animated features

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    It wasn't a phone call that Roger Deakins had ever expected to receive. This acclaimed English cinematographer -- best known for his Oscar-nominated work for the Coen brothers and Sam Mendes -- had strictly been working the live-action side of the street. But when Pixar Animation Studios reached out in 2005 and asked him to come consult on a project that they then had in development, Deakins had to admit that he was intrigued. Cinematographer Roger Deakins "They were just getting started...
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    "Moving Innovation" is a ridiculously entertaining & informative look back at the history of computer animation

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    "Discover a new world with Epic the Movie by Blue Sky Studios , a brand-new 3D animated film from the people who brought you Ice Age ." That's the message that the folks who work in promotions at 20th Century Fox have been hammering home for the past few weeks. As they try & make sure that as many would-be moviegoers as possible know that this new Chris Wedge movie will soon be opening in theaters. On Friday, May 24th, to be precise. Copyright FOX and its related entities. All rights...
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    A Huffington Post exclusive: A detailed look at Diagon Alley, the highly anticipated expansion of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort

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    Ever since The Wizarding World of Harry Potter first opened at Universal's Islands of Adventure back in June of 2010, thousands of people have entered Hogsmeade and -- after spotting that stationary version of the Hogwarts Express (which was parked at the entrance of this theme park land as a photo op) -- exclaimed: "Oh, wouldn't it wonderful if we could climb aboard that train and actually go someplace like London or Diagon Alley." Well, as you can see by this exclusive piece of...
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    How the Thinkwell Group conjured a "Making of Harry Potter" attraction for the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

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    Between that basilisk in the basement, those pesky mountain trolls who wander in through open doors, not to mention the occasional dragon which slips its chain and then starts ripping up the roof of this famed castle, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has obviously previously had some problems with creatures. But who knew that the people who had been placed in charge of rebuilding the cinematic version of this iconic structure would then find themselves being out-foxed by a fox? As Craig...
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