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Road Trip! "Cars" stars depart on promotional tour that will take these full-sized replicas to over 40 U.S. cities
Don't you just hate it when you drive into work and discover that some thoughtless jerk has parked in your parking space? Well, look at what the folks who work at Goodyear Tire & Rubber in Akron, OH had to endure yesterday morning when they arrived at work. First some boob with a big rig blocks the...
17 Apr 2006
Monday Mouse Watch: Insecurity & in-jokes
You’ll find signs like this all over the Disney lot. Photo by Jeff Lange “No lookie-loos.” In Disney speak, this means: “Employees only.” Translation: If you’re a guest and/or a visitor on the lot, you really shouldn’t be nosing around. Peering in through any open conference room doors. Trying to find...
16 Apr 2006
Want to "Meet the Robinsons" today? Then be sure and check Starz Kids & Family tonight
Let’s say that you were a major Hollywood studio that was producing a motion picture that had recently gotten some bad buzz . Like – for example – Disney’s “Meet the Robinsons.” How would you go about turning around that bad buzz? Convincing movie-goers that this project – while it may have experienced...
14 Apr 2006
First up, T.S. writes in to ask: Dear Jim: I was wondering if you could clear up a Disneyland -related mystery for me. For years, I’ve owned a copy of that concept painting that Peter Ellenshaw did of this theme park back in the early 1950s. Hopefully you’re familiar with the painting that I’m talking...
14 Apr 2006
If Kimberly Williamson-Butler actually wins this election, should they hold the victory party at the Blue Bayou?
I mean, let's be honest here, folks. It's easy to understand why Kimberly Williamson Butler might be a little distracted these days. After all, Kimberly lives & works in post-Katrina New Orleans. Which (obviously) offers its own unique set of challenges. Now add to this that Ms. Williamson Butler...
12 Apr 2006
Monday Mouse Watch: Tis a pity that he's a "quote whore"
Okay. You remember that classic piece of parental advice from " Bambi ," right? As in: "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." And maybe you know Alice Roosevelt Longworth (I.E. Teddy Roosevelt 's outspoken daughter)'s somewhat mean-spirited variation of this axiom: "If you can...
9 Apr 2006
Me Tarzan. You ... Why For?
Let's start things off with an e-mail from Tony, who asks ... Hi Jim, I have been following your Tarzan stories and got depressed after reading today's " Why For ." Why for? Because I had purchased tickets when they first became available and shelled out extra money to buy the VIP tickets at $200 a pop...
6 Apr 2006
Monday Mouse Watch: With great power comes ... some surprising limitations
There's this great story that I heard recently. One that (I think) speaks volumes about the way the Walt Disney Company is really run. This tale reportedly dates back to when Michael Eisner was still running the Mouse House. To be specific, this story deals with a meeting that was once held at Walt Disney...
2 Apr 2006
A rather theatrical edition of "Why For"
First up, Leslie C. writes in to say: Your "Tarzan" story on Monday must have really struck a nerve with Disney Theatrical. By Tuesday afternoon, Schumacher's flunkies already had an article up on Playbill.com where they denied that "Tarzan" had any significant sightline issues. They also insisted that...
30 Mar 2006
Cast of Disney Channel's "High School Musical" to go on tour
You'd think that -- what with the record-breaking sales of the "High School Musical" soundtrack (This certified-platinum CD returned to the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Top 200 chart just last week) Advertisement plus the fact that this wildly popular Disney Channel TV movie has become the very first full...
29 Mar 2006
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