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  • Blog Post: Disney XD uses out-of-the-box thinking to promote out-of-this-world TV movie

    It happened this past July. After another long day at Comic-Con , my daughter and I had just exited the San Diego Convention Center . We were trudging across those trolley tracks in the usual crush of conventioneers when Alice suddenly stopped and pointed at something off to the side. “Do you see that...
  • Blog Post: “Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol” book is sure to be a hit with baby boomers

    The Philadelphia Inquirer said that it “ … succeeded in generating more warmth and sentiment than have flesh-and-blood actors in several previous … ‘Christmas Carols’ “ The Chicago Daily News that “ … it really was a remarkable job.” More importantly that this production “ … undoubtedly will become one...
  • Blog Post: Tube Tuesday: "V" is a very entertaining update of a dated sci-fi franchise

    Let’s be honest here. The “V” mini-series that originally aired on NBC back in May of 1983 wasn’t exactly great television. Kenneth Johnson’s World War II allegory was kind of on the clumsy side (EX: It exchanged scientists for European Jews as the party that was being persecuted this time around). But...
  • Blog Post: Wicked, warped “Eastwick” adds some adult fun to ABC’s 2009 – 2010 line-up

    Take a dollop of “ Desperate Housewives ” and then toss that into a blender with a cup full of “ Charmed .” Now whip up elements of these two hit show elements up until they’re light & frothy, then pour the whole thing over the Stars Hollow sets from “ Gilmore Girls .” What do you wind up with? A...
  • Blog Post: Disney’s “Prep & Landing” wows animation fans at the D23 EXPO

    CatastropheCanyonCat writes in to say: Photo by Jeff Lange “I’ve been checking your site for days now, waiting for the D23 EXPO coverage to begin. When are you going to start telling us what this show was like, what your favorite parts were?” Favorite parts? There’s a line out of Ben Brantley‘s May 2001...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch: Marvel acquisition offers significant challenges, huge potential rewards for The Walt Disney Company

    Mickey, meet Spidey. Spidey, Mickey. In a deal that (I’m sure) the Disneyana community will have trouble wrapping its head around, The Walt Disney Company announced plans today to acquire Marvel Entertainment, Inc. in a stock and cash transaction worth an estimated $4 billion. As to what actually drove...
  • Blog Post: Tube Thursday: “Merlin” 's Prince Arthur ain’t exactly a prince of a guy

    You remember what happened to Wart in “ The Sword in the Stone ,” right? How he suddenly went from being Kay’s clumsy squire to becoming the “ … rightwise King born of England.” Copyright Disney. All Rights Reserved Well, Bradley James now knows a little bit about Wart must have gone through. Given that...
  • Blog Post: The John Hughes / ABC / Walt Disney Company connection

    You'll find all sorts of tributes to the late John Hughes around the Web today. Stories where people talk about their favorite lines and/or sequences from " Sixteen Candles ," " Pretty in Pink " and " Ferris Bueller's Day Off ." But I wonder how many of these articles will bother to mention the role...
  • Blog Post: Tube Thursday: “LOST” props to come up for auction in May of 2010

    In a space that’s as big as the exhibit hall at the San Diego Convention Center is, it’s relatively easy to get … Well, lost. Which is why it might be helpful sometimes to carry a compass with you as you wander the aisles at Comic-Con . As it turns out, I did find a compass this past Sunday. A really...
  • Blog Post: Tube Tuesday : ABC Studios seeks syndicated success with "Legend of the Seeker"

    How many of you have fond memories of "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" and "Xena: Warrior Princess" ? You know, those syndicated action-adventure shows that were shot on location in New Zealand back in the 1990s? Well, the folks at ABC Studios are hoping that there's an awful lot of you out there who...
  • Blog Post: The Towers live on ... in movies & television, that is

    I wonder if you've ever had an experience like this: The other day, I was feeling blue. Alice had just gone home after spending almost the entire summer up here in New Hampshire. And I was missing my daughter something fierce. Which is why I decided that I'd try & cheer myself up by watching...
  • Blog Post: Well, so much for that conspiracy theory ...

    Let me tell you about a rather breathless phone call I received just yesterday from a reporter who works for a major American daily. This reporter (And -- no -- I'm not going to reveal his name. The poor guy's already embarassed enough as it is) thought that he had stumbled upon this truly huge Disney...
  • 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: Tune Tuesday : "Hello, WALL-E! Well, Hello, WALL-E ..."

    It's one of the main reasons that people just can't stop talking about " WALL-E ." And -- no -- I'm not talking about the opening weekend grosses for this new Andrew Stanton movie (Though -- now that we've broached this subject -- while "WALL-E" didn't earn the $70-million-plus that Mouse House officials...
  • Blog Post: Jerry Beck to be honored at this year's Annie Awards

    Next Friday night, Toontown's top talents will put on their Sunday best and then motor on over to UCLA 's Royce Hall for the 35th annual Annie Awards . Copyright 2008 ASIFA-Hollywood. All Rights Reserved This is the night that the animation industry honors its own. When the very best work from 2007 in...
  • Blog Post: Remembering Suzanne Pleshette (1937 - 2008)

    To millions of television fans, Suzanne Pleshette will always be Emily Hartley. The sarcastic but sexy bride of mild-mannered psychologist Bob Hartley on " The Bob Newhart Show ." But for Disneyana fans, Suzanne Pleshette will always be far more than that. She was Dean Jones ' love interest in a trio...
  • Blog Post: Tune Thursday: Big Green Ogre heads for Great White Way

    He's been the star of three hugely popular animated features . He's got his own theme park attraction . And -- just last month -- he appeared in his first holiday special . Which then went on to be one of the most watched television programs of 2007 . So what worlds are left for Shrek to conquer (Before...
  • Blog Post: The Russians are coming !! The Russians are coming !! ... to Epcot ?!

    To paraphrase Al Jolson (the immigrant son of a Russian Jew) : "You ain't heard nothin' nyet ! " How many of you recall the Disney Decade ? That grandiose expansion for the theme parks that Michael Eisner announced back in January of 1990? One of the real highlights of this event was Michael revealing...
  • Blog Post: Will the writer's strike force production of "High School Musical 3" & "The Hannah Montana Movie" to be postponed ?

    "What Time Is It ?" Well, according to the folks who are working on the next installment of Disney's hugely popular "High School Musical" series , it's time to push back the start of production. Where once this Walt Disney Pictures release was supposed to begin shooting in January , now the word coming...
  • Blog Post: "Shrek the Halls" puts the fun back into dysfunctional family gatherings

    Are you tired of tearing up when George Bailey finds Zuzu's petals in his pocket? Or reaching for a Kleenex whenever that doll on the Island of Misfit Toys says "I don't have any dreams left to dream"? Well, if that's true ... Then have I got a Christmas present for all you Grinches out there. DreamWorks...
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