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September, 2016

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    Steampunk stylings make the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen a stand-out at Universal Orlando's CityWalk

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    It's the one-two punch that's been dazzling visitors to the Universal Parks & Resorts ever since The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade first opened back in June of 2010. Combining immersive theming with a top quality dining experience that's set in a specific world. And what with all the people who now line up at the Three Broomsticks so that they can then knock back a Butterbeer with their lunch (Not to mention all of those "Simpsons" fans who wait for an empty...
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    Would Woody Allen have been a better fit for LeFou in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" ?

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    Given that the silver anniversary of Disney's " Beauty and the Beast " is coming up (This Kirk Wise & Gary Trousdale film initially went into wide release back on November 22, 1991), a lot of bloggers have recently been writing about this hand-drawn animated feature. Using Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment's release of the signature collection edition of "Beast" (which includes a Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD version of this Academy Award-winning movie) as an excuse...
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    Universal Studios Hollywood's The Walking Dead Attraction is amazing. Just don't make the mistake of calling it a maze

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    When Southern Californian fright fans return to Universal Studios Hollywood this Friday for the official kick-off of Halloween Horror Nights 2016 , they'll have a wide assortment of scares to choose from. They can climb aboard the Terror Tram (which is presented by horror auteur Eli Roth & his digital network Crypt TV) and have a far-too-close encounter with "Hollywood Harry," the serial killer clown. Or - if these USH visitors prefer -- they can explore the more public portions...
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    How the makers of Disney's "Moana" almost chickened out

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    It's kind of a tradition at Walt Disney Animation Studios that the hero or heroine of each new production has an animal companion. Sometimes they talk (EX: Flounder in " The Little Mermaid ") and sometimes they don't (EX: Abu in " Aladdin "). But these furry, feathered or finny friends always provide support - emotional & otherwise - for that film's lead character. More to the point, these animal companions always find a way - even when they can't talk - to...
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    Will "Kubo" be the next "Iron Giant," a great animated film that has to be rediscovered before it can then be fully appreciated?

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    Let me get right to the point here: It kind of breaks my heart that "Kubo and the Two Strings" hasn't done better at the domestic box office. Copyright Focus Features. All rights reserved I mean, this stop motion movie is arguably the best thing that Laika has ever produced. And if you go over to Rotten Tomatoes , you'll see that - given the 96% freshness rating Focus Features ' most recent release has gotten (Not to its audience score of 91%) - I'm not the only one who...
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    How long should theme parks & movie studios wait when dealing with projects & products that have been impacted by tragedy?

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    Six times a day, Louis the Alligator is up onstage at WDW 's Magic Kingdom . Performing in front of Cinderella Castle as part of the cast of characters featured in " Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire ." Which wasn't always the case. When this new theme park show officially debuted at the Walt Disney World Resort back on June 21st, this trumpet-playing gator from Disney's " The Princess and the Frog " was nowhere to be seen. Which is perfectly understandable. Given...
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