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June, 2014

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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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    Minions & zombie princesses invade the Strip as Las Vegas gets ready for the 2014 Licensing Expo

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    Greetings from Las Vegas, where Licensing Expo 2014 officially gets underway later this morning. Photo by Jim Hill As you wandered through the upper floors of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center yesterday, you couldn't help but notice the folks who were hurrying to get the hall ready for today's events. Photo by Jim Hill Either by hanging banners or by using forklifts to carefully put heavy three-dimensional promotional pieces into place. Photo by Jim Hill Mind you, not everyone was willing...
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    Universal Studios Hollywood pushes ahead with construction of West Coast version of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Springfield, U.S.A.

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    I know that stateside Harry Potter fans have been focusing on the upcoming opening of Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida ... Copyright Universal Orlando. All rights reserved ... while folks overseas have been counting down the days 'til The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens at Universal Studios Japan . But it's also important to remember that Universal Studios Hollywood will soon be getting its own Wizarding World. And as I toured the Upper Lot yesterday ... Photo by Jim Hill ...
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    How Jim Dale turned his 60+ years in show business into 90 minutes of Broadway magic

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    So how do you know Jim Dale ? To be honest, it kind of depends on which decade you grew up in. If you were in the UK back in the 1950s, maybe you were lucky enough to catch Dale's stage debut where -- at the tender age of 17 & a 1/2 -- he became the youngest professional comic to work the English Musical Hall circuit. If you're a child of the Sixties, perhaps you know Jim as the lyricist for "Georgy Girl" (which Rolling Stone -- back in 2002 -- said was No. 36 on that magazine's...
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