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  • Blog Post: Tonight's "TRON: Uprising" marathon on Disney XD sets the stage for this Fall's explosive two-parter, "Scars"

    You have to admit that it's kind of ironic that Elijah Wood has gone from playing Video Game Boy No. 1 in 1989's " Back to the Future 2 " (He's the kid who -- after being shown how the "Wild Gunman" video game is actually played -- turns to Marty McFly and whines "You...
  • Blog Post: Can positive word-of-mouth now help "John Carter" overcome its poisonous advance buzz?

    It's the story that entertainment reporters has been flogging since last Fall. How terrible the advance tracking on " John Carter " reportedly was. Which is why it was rumored that Walt Disney Studios was getting ready to take a $100 - $165 million write-off on this new Andrew Stanton film...
  • Blog Post: New William Kallay book reveals "How Tron Changed Visual Effects and Disney Forever"

    It's the sci-fi cult classic that spawned a pricey sequel last year. Not to mention being the jumping-off point for a brand-new animated series which will debut on Disney XD later this year. "Tron: Uprising," which is due to debut on Disney XD later this summer. Copyright Disney Enterprises...
  • Blog Post: Disney's board of directors gets extremely warm welcome from Salt Lake City shareholders

    Hey there! Hi there! Ho there! You're as welcome as can be ... I am certain that - when Disney's board of directors selected Salt Lake City as the spot where they'd hold the Company's annual meeting of shareholders - that Mouse House management hoped that they would get a warm reception...
  • Blog Post: Disney's "TRON: Legacy" is more visually arresting than it is entertaining

    28 years ago, the original " TRON " dazzled audiences with its cutting-edge visual effects. But then this ambitious Walt Disney Productions release kind of underwhelmed moviegoers when it came to story. So does " TRON: Legacy " correct the sins of the past? Does this Joseph Kosinski...
  • Blog Post: "TRON Betrayal" bridges the gap between Disney's 1982 original and "TRON Legacy"

    How many of you remember how the original " TRON " ended? With Tron battling the MCP (i.e. Master Control Program) ... Copyright 1982 Walt Disney Productions. All rights reserved ... and ultimately defeating it. Which then resulted in all of the MCP's extremely restrictive security measures...
  • Blog Post: D23 members get sneak preview of Times Square Disney Store

    It was a cold grey November morning in New York City. Photo by Nancy Stadler And even though people were feeling somewhat discombobulated from the first morning of Daylight Savings Time (Not to mention the fact that the ING New York City Marathon was being held that same day. Which meant that streets...
  • Blog Post: Disney to talk up Epic Mickey & TRON: Evolution games at New York Comic Con

    Yesterday, Nancy twittered that we were headed down to the City this weekend to cover New York Comic Con . And Daniel W. twittered back: (I) was thinking about going Saturday, but it looks kind of lame! What Disney booths/programs are going on there? Just Epic Mickey ? Sample pages from the Disney Epic...
  • Blog Post: Disney presents dozens of panels at this year’s Comic-Con

    Good Lord?! Is it really just 10 days ‘til Comic-Con officially gets underway? The folks at Comic-Con International have finally posted all four days of programming for this year’s event. And given the huge number of Disney-related panels that are being presented this year … Well, San Diego is the place...
  • Blog Post: Hamming it up at Disney’s Holiday Showcase

    My apologies for JHM getting a late start today. But Nancy and I really do have a very good excuse for not posting ‘til just now. You see, we were invited down NYC yesterday for Disney’s holiday showcase. Which means that we spent 5 hours going from room-to-room-to-room, seeing virtually everything that...
  • Blog Post: Hollywood hypes what it hopes will be its 2011 & 2012 hits at the Licensing International Expo

    Welcome to Las Vegas. Where the 2010 Licensing International Expo is just winding down. Just like last year, before attendees could enter the Mandalay Bay Convention Center , they first had to walk through this gauntlet of colorful banners which trumpeted all of The Walt Disney Company’s key brands and...
  • Blog Post: Pook-A-Looz give classic Disney characters a quirky new look

    From the people who brought you Passamaquoddy , Heffalumps and Woozles as well as Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo , now come Disney Pook-A-Looz . The official tagline for this quirky new line of plush is “Too cute for their own good.” But these classic Disney characters didn’t get that way all by themselves. They...
  • 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: The TRON attractions that Disneyland almost got

    Now that the official trailer for “ TRON Legacy ” has popped up on the Web and Disney XD has revealed that it has a TRON animated series in the works , theme parks fans are now wondering what the Imagineers will be doing to help support what-the-Company-hopes-will-be its next big franchise. Well, before...
  • Blog Post: Flynn’s Arcade gives Comic-Con attendees a taste of “TRON: Legacy”

    FlynnLives55 writes in to say: I’ve really been enjoying your Comic-Con coverage. But why no pix of the thing that TRON fans most want to see, the inside of Flynn’s Arcade? Ask and ye shall receive. Photo by Nancy Stadler Even though I had been clued in that something special would be happening away...
  • Blog Post: D23 Expo buttons & ‘bots kept the crowds coming back for more in San Diego

    So how crowded was it at this year’s Comic-Con ? So crowded that – as you walked past the Fox booth in the exhibit hall – you were halfway tempted to “borrow” Wolverine ’s adamantium claws (FYI: this wax X-Men is just one of the figures that will be on display at Madame Tussands Hollywood . Which opens...
  • Blog Post: Comic-Con crowds go crazy for “TRON: Legacy”

    Given the firestorm that that “TRON” test footage created at last year’s Comic-Con … Well, it only made sense that the creative team behind this highly anticipated follow-up to that landmark 1982 film would then return to San Diego to reveal even more to this year’s attendees. The only problem is … Director...
  • Blog Post: DreamWorks Animation bets big on digital 3-D

    As I was reading through the most recent issue of " Tales from the Laughing Place " magazine (Which -- FYI -- features a spectacular selection of articles on Epcot & its history. If you aren't yet a subscriber of this high quality quarterly, this is one issue that you should probably go out of your...
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