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  • Blog Post: Disney’s “Prince of Persia” ends well. But is that really enough?

    All’s well that ends well. Or so says William Shakespeare and/or John Heywood . But it’s not Heywood that we’re talking about today. But – rather – Hollywood. And after having watched Disney’s “ Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time ,” I’m now wondering if it’s actually okay to overlook the first 100 minutes...
  • Blog Post: “We Make Our Own Destiny” reveals how Disney’s “Prince of Persia” movie actually came together

    When discussing a new summer blockbuster like Disney’s “ Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time ,” it’s hard not to get caught up in all the details. Like those 1,200 visual effects shots that you’ll find in this Jerry Bruckheimer production. Or the action sequences that Mike Newell chose to stage 8,200...
  • Blog Post: Trio of special events tempt Southern California’s Disneyana fans

    This coming Saturday (provided – of course – that the Bay State isn’t still under water ), I’ll be down in Avon, MA. taking part in the 15 th annual Janet McDonald Memorial Walk Against Cancer . This fundraiser is something that my family does every year in order to honor the memory of my late cousin...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch: Looking forward to Disney’s “Prince of Persia” and Pixar’s “Day & Night”

    ShoWest is traditionally this forward-looking event. Where all the Studios come to hype the movies they’ll be releasing later this summer and/or next year. But this time around, John Lasseter and Jerry Bruckheimer took forward-looking to a whole new level. With Bruckheimer using his Lifetime Achievement...
  • Blog Post: Disney has big plans for “Prince of Persia” & “Phineas & Ferb” in 2010

    After dealing with all of the Preview Night craziness (i.e. the traffic, the lines, the crowds), it’s sometimes hard to remember why you’d ever willing subject yourself to something that‘s as brutal & intense as Comic-Con can often be. But me? Whenever I find myself wavering, debating whether I really...
  • Blog Post: Disney XD aims to be where the boys are

    Last week, The Walt Disney Company couldn't stop crowing about how well " Tinker Bell " was doing. How this new Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment title was selling well ahead of projections , moving over a million units during its first 48 hours on store shelves. But this week, the Mouse is setting...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch : Why did Disney push back "Prince of Persia" ?

    Not sure what to make of last week's announcement that Walt Disney Pictures was pushing back the release date of " Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time " ? Join the club. People all over Hollywood are trying to figure out why the Mouse moved this highly anticipated Jerry Bruckheimer production out of...
  • Blog Post: In just one week, the Con is on !

    A week from today, the madness begins. Okay. I know. Comic-Con 2008 does have a preview night on Wednesday, which allows pre-registered 4-day members as well as industry professionals to enter the San Diego Convention Center early. Which then gives these folks first crack at acquiring cool crud like...
  • Blog Post: Arrrr you ready for an all-Pirates edition of Why For?

    R. Noble writes in to ask: Jim – I just read your article about Disney’s decision not to go forward with that “Pirates of the Caribbean” character dining experience at the Magic Kingdom . That is very disappointing news for me personally. My kids are obsessed with Disney's “Pirates” movies as well as...
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