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Re-imagining Walt Disney Imagineering: Will the coming staff cuts actually save this division of the Walt Disney Company from itself?
The good news is ... Bob Iger has reportedly signed off on a rescue plan for Disney's California Adventure . According to those who are familiar with this theme park revival project, Disney's new CEO has agreed (in principle) to spend hundreds of million of dollars over the next decade in order to turn...
24 Jul 2006
Monday Mouse Watch: Is Steve Jobs the new power behind-the-throne at the Magic Kingdom?
It was the timing of things that really confused folks in Tinseltown. Or so I hear. I mean, here was Walt Disney Studios with the biggest hit of the summer, " Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest ." It seemed like -- every day that passed -- this Gore Verbinksi film would blow yet another box office...
23 Jul 2006
What inspired the Imagineers to build the Tower of Terror? Would you believe an attraction at a Six Flags theme park?
I know, I know. JHM hasn't exactly been playing its A game lately. For which I apologize. You see, this past 10 days or so, I've been on divorced daddy duty. Which first involved flying from Manchester, NH all the way to Honolulu, HI, so that I could collect my beautiful 12-year-old daughter, Alice....
20 Jul 2006
If you like M. Night Shyamalan, go see "Lady in the Water" but avoid (at all costs) "The Man Who Heard Voices"
Maybe you've heard about this book ... ... which chronicles writer / director M. Night Shyamalan's February 2005 falling-out with Walt Disney Studios . Supposedly, M. Night felt that Mouse House execs didn't understand or appreciate the screenplay that Shyamalan had carefully crafted for his next big...
17 Jul 2006
Monday Mouse Watch: Disney's delighted with the amount of treasure that "Dead Man's Chest" has been hauling in, while "Cars" actual box office earnings continue to decline
Well, I'll say this much for all you " Cars " fans out there: You're consistent. To explain: For the past four weeks, I've been getting e-mails from JHM readers who are also big-time Pixar promoters. And these notes ... Well, let me share a fairly typical one. Which showed up in my in-box this past Saturday...
16 Jul 2006
Do you want to join Captain Jack Sparrow on his next voyage? Then why not audition to be an extra in "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" ?
Barrett B. writes in to say: I've really been enjoying Lady F. 's series about working on " Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest ." That's always been my dream of mine. To an extra on a big Hollywood film like "Pirates." To stand on the set in costume and watch as the film's cast & crew make...
6 Jul 2006
Today's your last chance to enter JHM's guess-"Dead-Man's-Chest"-opening-weekend-gross contest
This is just a quick update on the contest that we've been running this week at JHM. One where the site's readers are being asked to make predictions as to how well they think " Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest " will do over its opening weekend. Copyright 2006 Disney Enterprises As of 11:30...
5 Jul 2006
Are you anxious to get your hands on some genuine "Pirates" booty? Then enter JHM's guess-the-opening-weekend-gross-of-"Dead-Man's-Chest" contest!
Following up on yesterday's article , JHM readers are being asked to make their predictions as to how " Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest " will do at the box office over its opening weekend. Copyright 2006 Disney Enterprises To date, 70 JHM readers have come forward with their predictions:...
3 Jul 2006
Monday Mouse Watch: There'd better be some treasure in that "Dead Man's Chest." Otherwise some Disney studio execs may soon find themselves "At World's End"
In theory, "Pirates" is a can't-miss proposition for the Mouse. After all, all of the research that the Walt Disney Company has done to date on the latest installment of its " Pirates of the Caribbean " film franchise suggests that " Dead Man's Chest " is going to be huge. A truly monstrous hit motion...
2 Jul 2006
A special go-to-the-mall & under-the-sea & behind-the-scenes & up-in-the-air edition of Why For
First up, Tyler P. writes in to ask about: Jim -- While my family and I were down at Disney World last week, we spent an hour or so exploring Celebration . Which was kind of fun, except for the lack of places to shop. It took us less than 30 minutes to visit all of the stores along Market Street . Given...
29 Jun 2006
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