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Remembering Shirley Temple and her many ties to The Walt Disney Company
You know, as I sit and watch footage of Shia LaBeouf behaving like a jackass at the Berlin Film Festival or hear yet another story about how Justin Bieber continues his transition from talented tween to delusional jerk , I wonder: How did Shirley Temple do it? Shirley Temple on the red carpet at the...
11 Feb 2014
Never mind about Emma Thompson playing P.L Travers. Did you hear about the time that this "Saving Mr. Banks" star was supposed to play Mary Poppins?
Given that one of the key scenes in " Saving Mr. Banks " is the Hollywood premiere of " Mary Poppins " (which was held on August 27, 1964 at Graumann's Chinese Theatre ), I thought that all of you movie trivia buffs out there might be interested to learn that the 49th anniversary...
16 Dec 2013
Remembering Diane Disney Miller (1933 - 2013)
If you're looking for someone to thank for two of Walt Disney's greatest triumphs -- Disneyland Park and " Mary Poppins " -- take a moment right now to think about the late Diane Disney Miller . Miller -- who passed away earlier today following complications from a fall -- played a...
19 Nov 2013
Jim Korkis & "Mary Poppins" make for a practically perfect night at the movies at Detroit's Redford Theatre
It was the phone call that Walt Disney had never expected to receive. Tony & Emmy Award-winner Julie Harris was on the line. She had just portrayed Queen Victoria in a very well-received Hallmark Hall of Fame production of Laurence Housman 's "Victoria Regina." And the morning after...
10 Jul 2013
"Disney Pins On Wings" exhibit one of the high points of the National Museum of the United States Air Force
Hey, gang! My apologies for JHM being light on content these past few days. But over the weekend, I was out in Ohio at Dayton Disneyana . Which is this two day-long event presented by the Plane Crazy Chapter of the Disneyana Fan Club . Photo by Jim Hill Disney historian Jim Korkis and I gave a couple...
3 Jul 2013
Bob Iger and Disney Studio veterans pay tribute to Annette Funicello during soundstage naming / dedication ceremony
There's a perhaps-apocryphal story that's often told about Annette Funicello & Walt Disney. This one starts out back in the Spring of 1955 when the Studio has almost completed casting " The Mickey Mouse Club ." But they're still looking for that one special kid to round out...
26 Jun 2013
Looking for some last-minute Valentine's Day shopping suggestions? Here are some books and a new TV show that you might want to consider
If you listen carefully today, you can hear thousands of people around the country quietly cursing. "And why are these people cursing?," you ask. Well, that's because these folks are just now realizing it's February 13th. Which means that tomorrow is Valentine's Day. That day when...
13 Feb 2013
Is Brad Bird's "Tomorrowland" movie about that "UFOs are real" TV show which Walt Disney Productions almost made back in the 1950s?
For three weeks now, photos of a mysterious bankers box have been making the rounds on the Web. Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof reportedly deliberately put these images out there to help whet people's appetites for " Tomorrowland ," the sci-fi -themed project that these two wrote which is...
7 Feb 2013
Ride the rails and hear some great Disney-related tales on Walt's Sierra Adventures
Since JHM seems to be on a run of Christmas movie and holiday-related stories lately, I thought that I'd ask how many of you are fans of the 1954 version of " White Christmas ." And you may recall from a December 2002 story that ran on this website, Nancy and her sister Kathy are huge fans...
6 Dec 2011
"Jason's Disneyland Almanac" is a ridiculously detailed, highly entertaining & informative read
In the Stadler / Hill household, it's kind of a tradition that - as Thanksgiving rolls around - we reach for the latest edition of the Old Farmer's Almanac and then find out what sort of winter we're in for up here in New Hampshire. But this year, given that we're still four weeks out...
23 Nov 2011
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