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Pioneering female reporter provides the inspiration for Kara Lindsay's character in Disney "Newsies the Musical"
Elizabeth Jane Cochran didn't exactly make headlines when she was born in Western Pennsylvania 148 years ago this Saturday. But all of that would change when -- at just 16 years of age -- Ms. Cochran took up the pen name Nellie Bly and thus became America's first female investigative reporter...
3 May 2012
What Rich Ross' exit from Walt Disney Studios is really all about
For the past three days, the story that's been dominating entertainment news is Rich Ross' removal as Chairman of Walt Disney Studios . Now most of these articles seem to lay the blame for Ross' exit on " John Carter " 's box office . And while it's true that this Andrew...
22 Apr 2012
How Glen Keane & Mark Henn turned some of Disney's most popular Princesses into toddlers
Trish D. of Tallahassee, FL. wrote in to say: I enjoyed reading today's story about "Tangled Ever After" and how Disney used all of its divisions to make the most of that animated short . But what really intrigued about today's article was the final photo, which showed a shelf full...
11 Apr 2012
Looking back / looking ahead at Marvel Entertainment's merger with The Walt Disney Company
It's been almost three years now since Bob Iger asked then-Marvel Studios chairman David Maisel to pass along a message to Isaac Perlmutter . To be specific, the Chairman & CEO of the Walt Disney Company wished to talk with the Chief Executive Officer of Marvel Entertainment, Inc. about the Mouse...
9 Apr 2012
Disney "Prep and Landing: Naughty vs. Nice" is that rare sequel that equals
Over the past 50 years, there have been a number of sequels to beloved holiday specials produced (EX: Rudolph's Shiny New Year in 1976, Rudolph & Frosty's Christmas in July in 1979 and Frosty Returns in 1992 come immediately to mind) ... Copyright Warner Home Video. All rights reserved ....
15 Aug 2011
Live cast recording of "Mary Poppins" finally captures the revamped version of this Disney, Cameron Mackintosh production
It's been kind of a sore point for a while now (at least among theatre fans & Disney audiophiles) that the only recording of the "Mary Poppins" stage musical which was available for purchase was the original London cast recording of this show . Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. / Cameron...
27 Jul 2011
Jason Earles is getting a real kick out of working on Disney XD's "Kickin' It"
There's a saying in the sitcom world - especially when it comes to physical comedy -- that you have to commit to the bit. That you can't just go halfway when you're out to get a laugh. Jason Earles tries to stimulate the growth of a mustache in a Season Four episode of "Hannah Montana...
29 Jun 2011
Disney World unveils its more boy-friendly plans for the Fantasyland expansion project
There's this story which dates back to the Fall of 1984. About how Michael Eisner - right after he'd been installed as the new head of Walt Disney Productions - brought his son, Breck along when Eisner did his very first walk-through of WED. And based on this then-14-year-old boy's enthusiastic...
18 Jan 2011
D23 makes tweaks & improvements as Disney's official fan club heads into 2011
Have you noticed that Dale - as he's represented within the D23 world - is almost always wearing a set of Mickey Mouse ears? Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Well, there's a reason for that. The folks who run the Official Disney Fan Club want to get across the idea that...
9 Jan 2011
"The War for Late Night" reveals Disney's role in the Leno / O'Brien debacle
It's now considered one of the great PR disasters of 2010. The way that NBC totally mismanaged its Jay Leno / Conan O'Brien situation. Which ultimately resulted in Conan bolting for TBS , a significantly battered & bruised Jay resuming his duties as host of " The Tonight Show "...
26 Dec 2010
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