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Harry Potter stars & fans journey to Universal Orlando for a celebration of the boy wizard
At this point, people who come to the Universal Orlando Resort kind of expect to encounter some Harry Potter-related lines. Yesterday afternoon, the line to get into the Harry Potter Expo actually started down by Universal Studios' Classic Monsters Cafe ... But yesterday, the Guests weren't lining...
25 Jan 2014
Huffington Post -- Disney hopes "Little Mermaid" fans will embrace the communal, interactive movie-going experience that "Second Screen Live" offers
It's become quite the hot-button issue in cinematic circles. What to do about people who bring their electronics along with them when they go out to the movies and then fire these devices up mid-film. Just late week at the Toronto International Film Festival , Alex Billington -- the blogger behind...
20 Sep 2013
How Don Rickles became Mr. Potato Head's voice for Disney Pixar's "Toy Story" films
In honor of Super Bowl Sunday (that annual television event that turns tens of millions of us into couch potatoes, when we wolf down handful of greasy potato chips and/or platters full of toppings-laden potato skins), I thought that - today - it might be appropriate to pay tribute to that most cinematic...
3 Feb 2011
Terrific "Tangled" is the hair ... er ... heir apparent to Disney's fairy tale crown
I have been writing professionally about The Walt Disney Company for over 25 years now. Which is why I can tell you what it felt like to be in a theater on November 17, 1989. Which was the night that " The Little Mermaid " was first released to theaters. As the credits rolled, I remember turning...
30 Sep 2010
Animation fans can make a real difference this coming weekend
Greetings from the Universal Orlando Resort . Where I’m now in my final day of covering the grand opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter . Photo by Jim Hill It has been an absolutely amazing couple of days. And I’m heading back to New Hampshire tonight with all sorts of stories to share about...
18 Jun 2010
Hollywood hypes what it hopes will be its 2011 & 2012 hits at the Licensing International Expo
Welcome to Las Vegas. Where the 2010 Licensing International Expo is just winding down. Just like last year, before attendees could enter the Mandalay Bay Convention Center , they first had to walk through this gauntlet of colorful banners which trumpeted all of The Walt Disney Company’s key brands and...
10 Jun 2010
Disney’s “Prince of Persia” ends well. But is that really enough?
All’s well that ends well. Or so says William Shakespeare and/or John Heywood . But it’s not Heywood that we’re talking about today. But – rather – Hollywood. And after having watched Disney’s “ Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time ,” I’m now wondering if it’s actually okay to overlook the first 100 minutes...
28 May 2010
“Stuffed and Unstrung” recaptures the chaotic comic energy of the classic “Muppet Show”
This past Sunday was the 20 th anniversary of Jim Henson ’s passing. And if you look around the Web, you’ll find a number of articles out there that talk about all the great TV shows & movies we missed out on because this gentle genius passed away at the far-too-young age of 53 . But the part of...
18 May 2010
Why For does Howard Stark look like Walt Disney in “Iron Man 2” ?
IronManFan236 sent in a question that was short & sweet: Did Marvel Studios deliberately make Howard Stark look like Walt in “ Iron Man 2 ” as a tribute / tip-of-the-hat to the Disney acquisition deal? Iron Man 2, the Movie: Copyright 2010 MVL Film Finance LLC. Iron Man, the character: TM & Copyright...
14 May 2010
“The Men Who Would Be King” recalls the bad old days when Disney, DreamWorks & Pixar used to brawl
Given that we now live in the age of DreamWorks 3.0 , with Walt Disney Studios distributing the films that Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider will soon be producing, it’s kind of hard to remember the bad old days. When Jeffery Katzenberg was … … out to deplete Disney’s talent pool. He flattered Disney...
12 May 2010
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