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March, 2017

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    What with "The Boss Baby" paying tribute to "Beauty & the Beast," are Disney & DreamWorks Animation now finally declaring a truce?

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    Times certainly have changed in Toontown. 20 years ago, this was a particularly competitive & cutthroat corner of Hollywood. Take - for example - the extraordinary lengths that Disney went to back in November of 1997 in order to maintain its dominance in feature animation. To deliberately undermine the November 21 st release of "Anastasia" (which was Fox Animation Studios' first foray into features), the Mouse launched a multi-pronged attack. The first thing Disney did was to send...
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    Looking to make an authentic Irish meal for Saint Patrick's Day? If so, then chef Kevin Dundon says not to cook corned beef & cabbage

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    Let's at least start on a positive note: Celebrated chef, author & TV personality Kevin Dundon - the man that Tourism Ireland has repeatedly chosen as the Face of Irish Food - loves a lot of what happens in the United States on March 17th. "I mean, look at what they do in Chicago on Saint Patrick's Day . They toss all of this vegetable-based dye into the Chicago River and then paint it green for a day. That's terrific," Kevin said. But then when it comes to what many Americans...
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    Theme parks around the US use food-based events to drive up their seasonal attendance levels

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    Theme park food is a really big deal these days (And when I say "big," I'm not just talking about those ginormous turkey legs that the Mouse sells at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Which - according to what Zachary Levi told Conan O'Brien this past Thursday [one hopes, in jest] -- might actually be emu legs. Anyway ...). Ever since WDW managers first learned 20+ years that they could boost Epcot attendance levels every Fall by staging a food & wine festival around World Showcase...
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    How a production delay helped make all of those eye-popping FX sequences in Marvel's "Doctor Strange" possible

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    Stef Ceretti is a master of movie magic. And I'm not just saying that because Stef has been the visual effects supervisor on Academy Award-winning films like "The Matrix." Or because of his ground-breaking work on FX-filled extravaganzas like "Batman Begins," "X-men: First Class," & Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy." No, I'm called Ceretti a master of movie magic because - to date - he's worked on three different motion pictures where magic...
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    An epic meet-up with the Avengers sets Season Two of "Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy" in motion

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    It's the moment that Marvel fans have been waiting for ever since " Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy " originally premiered on Disney XD back in September of 2015. When Peter Quill & pals journey to Star-Lord's home planet of Earth and then cross paths with the Avengers. It's worth noting here that the Marvel Cinematic Universe - through multiple motion pictures that have been released in its Phase Two & Phase Three arcs - has been building towards a similar sort...
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    Why did Mandy Moore decide to reprise Rapunzel for Disney's "Tangled: Before Ever After" & "Tangled: The Series"

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    Even though Mandy Moore has long been a fan of the Disney Princesses ("When I was a little girl growing up in Orlando, I remember that - after I first saw ' The Little Mermaid ' - I would walk around the house singing 'Part of Your World,' "Ms. Moore recalled during a recent phone call. "I'd then pester my parents, asking them 'Who sings that song better? Me or Ariel?"), she was still initially reluctant to reprise Rapunzel for a new series that Disney...
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    Universal's Volcano Bay is where fiery spirits play & glow worms light the way

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    People who have previously visited Central Florida already know that it can sometimes get a trifle warm in this section of the Sunshine State. Well, come May 25th, Orlando's about to get a whole lot hotter. That's when Volcano Bay - Universal Orlando 's water theme park - officially opens for business. More to the point, that's when Vol - the trickster fire spirit - begins interacting with visitors to Krakatua. Which is the 200 foot-tall water and fire volcano that stands at the very...
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    "DuckTales" first look proves that this new Disney XD series will put a fun, new spin on the world of Scrooge McDuck

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    It's a moment that will no doubt shock old-school "DuckTales" fans. Donald Duck's nephews first climb up on Uncle Scrooge's desk. And then they pelt this beleaguered bajillionaire with a series of quick, cutting, personal questions. "Are you really our uncle?," asks Huey. "How old are you?," queries Dewey. But perhaps the most painful question comes from Louie. Who straight-out says to Scrooge "You used to be a big deal. What happened to you?" That's...
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