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Why For did Michael Eisner try and shut down production of "The Curse of the Black Pearl" back in 2002 ?
Christian P. writes in today to say: I'm a huge Pirates of the Caribbean fan and I'm literally counting down the hours now until the third movie opens next week. Do you have any new stories that you can tell about these great great movies that might distract me for a while? Prevent me from spending so...
17 May 2007
Why For is Disney already doing damage control on "The Princess and the Frog" ?
First up, Jacob L. writes in to ask: Did you see that story earlier this week about how Disney's PR department was reaching out to all these websites, telling them that much of the information that's now posted on the Web about " The Princess and the Frog " is wrong ? I don't recall...
10 May 2007
A special behind-the-scenes version of Why For
Karen M. writes in to ask a special favor: Dear Jim -- I just want to send you a quick e-mail to thank you for writing about Charlie Ridgway 's new book, " Spinning Disney's World ." On your recommendation , I picked up a copy and found that Mr. Ridgway's biography was just as you said it would be: Loaded...
29 Mar 2007
"Make the movie you want to make. Tell your story."
I think that Ken K. speaks for a lot of JHM readers when he says: Now this is more like it. I thought that the JimHillMedia that I first fell in love with was gone for good. That I was never going to enjoy another epic-length theme park history story because you were too busy lecturing us about how the...
1 Mar 2007
A special DreamWorks edition of Why For
First up, Robert M. writes in to ask: Jim, This may have been asked before. But since Robert Zemeckis is now back with Disney, what do you think the chances are that they will try to produce that long anticipated Roger Rabbit sequel? Rob M. Rob M. To be honest, I think that the ship has already sailed...
8 Feb 2007
Monday Mouse Watch: You'll believe a car can fly
Okay. How many of you remember that story that I told as part of last Friday's "Why For" column ? Where I detailed how -- back in the early 1990s -- Universal Studios swooped in & snagged the theme park rights to Jay Ward 's Rocky & Bullwinkle characters right out from under Mickey's nose? The...
4 Feb 2007
A special Which-Wizard-is-going-where edition of Why For
Steve writes in to say that ... An interesting article has popped up about Harry Potter and Universal. You can find it here . Last year, you reported that Disney had signed a Letter of Intent with Rowling . Any word on where that has gone? Oh, no ! Not Harry Potter again ! Sorry. You're going to have...
1 Feb 2007
A special which-witch-is-which edition of Why For
First up, George S. writes to say: My family and I were visiting Disney-MGM earlier this year. And while I was at that park, I got talking with a cast member who was working at the " Great Movie Ride. " He met our car as we rolled back in that attraction's exit area and asked us what we had all thought...
19 Oct 2006
A special what-might-have-been version of Why For
First up is Dan Ling, who wrote in to ask about the Imagineers' initial concept for the Haunted Mansion: Jim, Jeff Lange 's "Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party" story earlier this week got me thinking about the Haunted Mansion . Especially the early, early version of this attraction, back when Walt...
12 Oct 2006
A special "No nudes is good news" edition of Why For
First up, Mark S. writes in to ask: You've done a number of stories lately about the impact that Disney Consumer Products has on the types of movies that the studio produced. What I want to know is is this a recent phenomenon or has Disney always done business like this? Mark S. To be honest, the Walt...
5 Oct 2006
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