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February, 2014

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    Huffington Post -- Joseph Gordon-Levitt loves how Hayao Miyazki's "The Wind Rises" celebrates the magic of normal, everyday life

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    He's helped Batman battle Bane in " The Dark Knight Rises ." Not to mention going toe-to-toe with the G.I. Joes in " The Rise of Cobra ." He's even braved multiple levels of the human subconscious in " Inception ." Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the last man standing in Christopher Nolan's sci-fi thriller, "Inception." Copyright 2010 Warner Bros. All rights reserved So given that Joseph Gordon-Levitt has gotten so good at doing the action-hero thing in...
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    The Mouse continues its hi-tech, hand-held roll-out with today's debut of Disney Movies Anywhere

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    This ain't your Dad's Walt Disney Company anymore. Sure, every so often, you'll see the Company fund the construction of some massive immersive environment like Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park or that AVATAR-inspired "land" which finally officially broke ground at Disney's Animal Kingdom last month. But increasingly these days, Disney is deliberately bypassing these bigger-than-life projects so that it can deliver to its fans magic that they can then hold in...
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    Huffington Post -- How Walt Disney Animation Studios evolved Mickey Mouse backwards for "Get A Horse!"

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    It's the question that most animation professionals ask immediately after they've seen " Get A Horse! " How did Walt Disney Animation Studios actually pull that short off? How'd they first replicate the exact look & feel of a Mickey Mouse cartoon of late 1928 / early 1929 and then (SPOILER AHEAD) send a CG version of Mickey & Horace Horsecollar hurtling out through the screen into today's world? Well, director Lauren MacMullan & producer Dorothy McKim were obviously...
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    No one Forced Freddie Prinze Jr. to voice Kanan, the cowboy Jedi on Disney XD's "Star Wars Rebels"

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    There are a lot of people on this planet who are excited about " Star Wars Rebels ." But perhaps the person who is most looking forward to this program (which will debut on Disney XD in the Fall of 2014) is Freddie Prinze, Jr . You see, as Prinze revealed at a Disney Consumer Products presentation yesterday at Toy Fair 2014 ... "If you're anywhere near my age -- I'm almost 40 -- Stars Wars is pretty much in your DNA. You can't get away from it. You've probably heard...
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    Lucas Grabeel trades high school for preschool by voicing a character on Disney Junior's "Sheriff Callie's Wild West"

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    So what's Lucas Grabeel 's favorite memory from all the " High School Musical " craziness? Was it when the soundtrack for this super-popular Disney Channel Original Movie became the best-selling album in the United States for all of 2006? Or when the cast of this TV movie traveled the globe and then performed live in front of tens of thousands of people as part of the "High School Musical: The Concert" tour? "I have to admit that that concert tour was completely nuts...
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    Huffington Post -- Bobby & Kristen Anderson-Lopez reveal the real-life inspirations for Disney "Frozen" songs

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    They're the reason that the Disney "Frozen" soundtrack has already sold more than 1 million units. They're also why this Walt Disney Animation Studios production has -- after 12 weeks of being in theaters -- seen a sudden resurgence in domestic ticket sales . As thousands of people rush back to their local multiplex so that they can then take part in the new sing-along version of this Oscar-nominated film. But did you ever wonder what the inspiration was for "Frozen" 's...
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    Remembering Shirley Temple and her many ties to The Walt Disney Company

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    You know, as I sit and watch footage of Shia LaBeouf behaving like a jackass at the Berlin Film Festival or hear yet another story about how Justin Bieber continues his transition from talented tween to delusional jerk , I wonder: How did Shirley Temple do it? Shirley Temple on the red carpet at the world premiere of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" at the Carthay Circle Theater December 21, 1937. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved I mean, Shirley (who passed away peacefully...
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    SeaWorld's animal ambassadors were a big hit at the 2014 Boston Globe Travel Show

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    Nancy and I drove down to Massachusetts yesterday to tour the 2014 Boston Globe Travel Show . And it was pretty easy to see most people from around here have already had their fill of ice & snow. Given that there were absolutely no takers at the Alaska Land & Cruise Adventures booth ... Photo by Jim Hill Meanwhile, right next door in the Florida aisle , it was body-to-body. Photo by Jim Hill Given the steady stream of people that kept going in & out of the Universal Orlando Resort booth...
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    Disneytoon Studios' "The Pirate Fairy" brings Captain Hook, the Croc & Skull Rock into the "Disney Fairies" fold

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    Did you catch the Annies this past Saturday? The members of ASIFA-Hollywood obviously thought a lot of Disney "Frozen ." For this Walt Disney Animation Studios production wound up coming out on top in five different categories. Best Animated Feature Directing in an Animated Feature Production Music in an Animated Feature Production Production Design in an Animated Feature Production Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production Pixar Animation Studios also did okay at this year's Annies...
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    Looking back on why The Walt Disney Company decided to restore the New Amsterdam Theater in NYC

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    An estimated 1.5 million people made their way to Times Square last week to experience Super Bowl Boulevard . In fact, so many folks crowded into this 13-block area that they sometimes had to wait for hours before they could then zoom down that 60-foot long toboggan run on 40th Street or shuffle through that tent where the Vince Lombardi Trophy was on display. Mind you, it's doubtful that this many football fans would have made their way to "The Crossroads of the World" if this section...
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