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    How one man's attempt to keep his wife happy led to the production of "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan"

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    If you were to ask Star Trek fans which was the best film to be based on that much-beloved 1960s television series, "Wrath of Khan" would undoubtedly be their answer. And as to who should get the lion's share of the credit for this 1982 Paramount Pictures release actually being exciting & entertaining (which then made "Star Trek II" a decided improvement over that studio's initial attempt to transfer Kirk & Co. to the big screen, 1979's "Star Trek: The...
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    Remembering X Atencio and the weird career path that took him from being an assistant animator to becoming a Disney Legend

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    "Playful spooks have interrupted our tour. Please remain seated in your ... Doom Buggy." Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc.All rights reserved If you've ever been on The Haunted Mansion and heard this message as your ride vehicle temporarily came to a halt, those were the reassuring tones of Disney Legend X Atencio that you were listening to. Who just passed away this past Sunday at the ripe old age of 98. And believe you me, X knew a lot about interrupted journeys. The weird little...
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    "My Golden Ticket" allows Willy Wonka fans to go on a personalized tour of that fabled chocolate factory

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    Ever since "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" was first published back in 1964, people have dreamed of visiting the Wonka Works. Make their way past those fabled gates and then ... Well, go for a sail down the chocolate river aboard the Wonkatania. Copyright Wonderbly. All rights reserved Or - better yet - visit some of the rooms at that factory that Roald Dahl mentioned in his text but which readers then never got to explore. I mean, what sort of machinery is actually inside of the Juicing...
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    The Property Brothers take Jonathan and Drew's House Party on the road to promote their new memoir

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    The long Labor Day weekend is traditionally when Americans kick back for a bit. Catch a three day-long breather before these same people then plunge into all of the projects work that they've got planned for the Fall. Drew Scott and Emma Slater, his professional dancing partner for the upcoming season of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." Photo by Craig Sjodin. Copyright A merican Broadcasting Co mpanies, Inc. All rights reserved Well, Drew Scott clearly never got the take-Labor-Day...
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    "SAW" maze at Universal's Halloween Horror Nights will help promote "Jigsaw," the eighth film in this Lionsgate series

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    When it comes to successfully marketing your motion picture, it helps to know where your target audience actually is / will be. Which is why - when Warner Bros. wanted to get comic book fans excited about " Wonder Woman " earlier this year - it worked with over 2,000 comic retailers, bookstores, and libraries around the world to spread the word about this Patty Jenkins film. Likewise when Marvel Studios wanted to make sure that " Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 " would become a...
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    Remembering Marty Sklar, the Disney Legend who specialized in making other people's dreams come true

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    If you look around the Web today, you'll see that there are lots of Disney fans who are expressing sorrow at Marty Sklar's untimely passing . But I wonder how many of these folks would ever admit that they were among those who - just two weeks ago today - actually booed this Disney Legend. All because Marty - at the "Disney Pirates of the Caribbean: 50 Years of Swashbuckling Adventures in Disney Parks" panel at this year's D23 EXPO - dared to defend Imagineering's recent...
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    The Official Star Trek Convention goes boldly where few cons dare to go by offering its attendees assigned seating

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    Through his various " Star Trek " productions, Gene Roddenberry shared his dream for a far more hopeful future. One where humanity eventually rose above all of its petty squabbling and began to travel to the stars. Gary Berman & Adam Malin had a dream too. An admittedly far more earth-bound one. One where they'd take your typical trip to a comic book convention (which was - and still is, in certain corners of fandom - infamous for its long lines and rough treatment of attendees...
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    Want to know the secret of President Trump’s distinctive ‘do? Madame Tussauds says that it takes lots & lots & lots of product

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    Everyone has a bad hair day every now and then. Well, imagine what Ashley Priselac - the studio manager for Madame Tussauds Orlando - has to deal with. Especially on those mornings when she arrives at this I-Drive attraction to do her usual 6:30 a.m. walk-thru and then discovers that a good percentage of the 75 - 80 wax figures that are on display here now have disheveled 'dos. "Sometimes - just by looking at the figures during morning walk-thru - it's easy to tell that we'd had...
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    Don't have a badge for this year's Comic-Con? There's still all sorts of cinematic fun to be found by wandering the streets of San Diego

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    I know, I know. You don't have tickets for Comic-Con this year. Which means that you can't partake in all of the cool, pop cultural stuff that's going on down in San Diego right now. And that's making you blue, right? Copyright Disney Pixar. All rights reserved Well ... What if I were to tell that that's not entirely true? Copyright Disney Pixar. All rights reserved I mean, sure. If you want to do something like meet Michael Giacchino (i.e., the guy who won an Academy Award for...
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    Advance planning & strategic camping are the keys to having a satisfying experience at San Diego Comic-Con

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    What with the introduction of the Toucan Tracker wristband system back in 2014 (which can virtually hold one's place in line outside of Hall H. Which means that most Comic-Con attendees can now go back to their hotel rooms & get a good night's sleep -- more importantly, bathe - prior to seeing one of those super-popular film panels inside of this 6500-seat venue), there just isn't as much camping out in Plaza Park as there used to be. Mind you, inside the San Diego Convention Center...
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    "Ralph Wrecks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2" to feature brutally funny send-up of the Disney Princesses

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    Back when he was promoting "Zootopia" 's theatrical release, screenwriter Phil Johnston shared this great behind-the-scenes story about one of the more memorable / infamous moments from that 2016 Walt Disney Animation Studios production. You know the scene that I'm talking about. The one where Chief Bogo (i.e., the gruff old water buffalo character who was voiced by Idris Elba) tries to persuade office Judy Hopps (i.e., the naïve new hire voiced by "Once Upon a Time"...
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    Star Wars Land model unveiled at D23 EXPO reveals Disney's ambitious plans for this immersive theme park addition

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    For the better part of a year now, theme park fans have been closely watching as all sorts of steel has been rising up in the northwestern corner of Disneyland Park . Photo by Jim Hill Mind you, it's common knowledge that this construction was being done for Star Wars Land, which is supposed to open in Anaheim & at Disney's Hollywood Studios in the Spring of 2019. But what isn't as well known is what this 14-acre addition to those two theme parks would actually entail. Well, all that...
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    What does Kenny Ortega enjoy more: Making TV movies like "Descendants 2" or the positive messages that these Disney Channel Originals put across?

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    Two years ago, just prior to when the original "Descendants" premiered on Disney Channel, director Kenny Ortega told me he wished this musical fantasy would do extremely well in the ratings. That way, he and the cast (not to mention the creative team behind this Disney Channel Original) might then get the chance to make a sequel to this particular TV production. "The Descendants world really is a wonderful place to play in. I think - were you to ask the cast and the crew - they'd...
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    Knott's Berry Farm offers two takes on its historic Ghost Town for the Summer of 2017

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    How do you like your Ghost Town? Virtual or extra-lively? Because - this summer -- Knott's Berry Farm actually gives you options. You can either experience a VR version of this theme park's historic Old West section (where you'll then get to battle robots in an immersive 360 shooter). Or you can explore Ghost Town Alive! where the streets of Calico are filled with dozens of performers dressed in authentic western garb. Who then - with the help of Guests who are visiting the farm for the...
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    Jens Dahlmann of LongHorn Steakhouse has lots of great tips when it comes to grilling

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    Sure, for some folks, the Fourth of July is all about fireworks. But for the 75% of all Americans who own a grill or a smoker, the Fourth is our Nation's No. 1 holiday when it comes to grilling. Which is why 3 out of 4 of those folks will spend some time outside today working over a fire. But here's the thing: Though 14 million Americans can cook a steak with confidence because they actually grill something every week, the rest of us - because we use our grill or smoker so infrequently ....
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    Dealing with those last-episode-of-the-season "Doctor Who" blues? BritBox and its amazing collection of British TV shows can help

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    There are TV programs where you can watch any one randomly-selected episode and then immediately know everything that you need to know about that particular set of characters & the world that they live in. And then there are shows like " Doctor Who ." Copyright BBC. All rights reserved I bring this up because ... This past weekend, BBC America aired " World Enough and Time ," the first part of "Doctor Who" 's Season 10 finale. And I have to admit that I kind...
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    Disney insiders debunk Hall of Presidents controversy, describe Imagineers’ relationship with Trump White House as professional & cordial

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    The Hall of Presidents at WDW's Magic Kingdom is renown for a lot of reasons: Its earnest, respectful and almost painfully balanced look back at our nation's history. Not to mention being a technological marvel that - thanks to the magic of Audio Animatronics - manages to create the illusion that all of this country's Commander-in-Chiefs have somehow gathered together onstage at one point in time. Where they then all interact with one another with great dignity & restraint. But you...
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    Lauren Graham & James Van Der Beek make their Disney Junior debuts with "Vampirina" animated series

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    Is the world really ready for Lauren Graham to go from being a "Gilmore Girl" to a "Gilmore Ghoul?" Well, we'll have an answer to that question later this year when "Vampirina" premieres on Disney Channel , Disney Junior and the new Disney NOW app . This new animated series (which is based on " Vampirina Ballerina ," that popular children's book series from Disney Publishing) chronicles the adventures of a young vampire girl who struggles to fit in...
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    Five members of the Original Mouseketeers to take part in a Walt Disney Birthplace fundraise

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    So if you had wanted to see the Original Mouseketeers in person back in their heyday (1955 - 1958), what were your chances if you lived outside of Southern California? Slim & none. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved And why was that exactly? To be blunt, "The Mickey Mouse Club" didn't shoot in front of a live audience. More to the point, Cubby & Co. were just too busy rehearsing & then shooting this TV show to make all that many personal appearances when...
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    The road not taken on "Cars 3" : Settings & storylines that Pixar explored, then abandoned

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    " Cars 3 " got off to a solid start this past weekend, racking up over $53 million in ticket sales during its first three days in domestic release. Copyright Disney Pixar. All rights reserved And given that this Brian Fee film currently has a 66% freshness rating over at Rotten Tomatoes (which is a significant step up from the 39% freshness rating that " Cars 2 " received back in 2011. More to the point, it's within spitting distance of the 74% freshness rating that the original...
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    Disney XD pulls an "Iron Giant" with its "DuckTales" reboot, airing this new TV movie for 24 hours straight on August 12th

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    In a summer that's already jammed packed with reboots (i.e., Paramount's already beached movie version of "Baywatch," Universal Pictures' rapidly unraveling "Mummy," as well as Sony's still-eagerly-anticipated "Spider-Man: Homecoming"), how can Disney XD make its "DuckTales" reboot stand out from the crowd? By staging a programming event. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Mind you, given that the Disney Channel already had...
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    Injustice 2's very dark take on the DC Universe features some very violent gameplay

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    In a previous blog post , we looked at Marvel Contest of Champions . The mobile fighting game featuring the majority of the Marvel Universe. There also happens to be a DC Universe fighting game out right now as well. Injustice 2 was released May of this year. And is doing quite well on the sales charts. It was the sequel to Injustice: Gods Among Us , a NetherRealm Studios title from 2013. The game features a very dark take on the DC Universe. It is a bit darker than even the recent live-action Warner...
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    Mike & Patty Peraza are the featured attraction at Dayton Disneyana 2017

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    Greetings from the Holiday Inn Fairborn. Photo by Jim Hill I'm here in Fairborn, Ohio for Dayton Disneyana . Which is this terrific weekend-long event that's hosted by the "Plane Crazy" chapter of the Disneyana Fan Club. This year's event is particularly exciting, given that Mike & Patty Peraza are here. For those of you who don't know: Mike is an award-winning designer with over 35 years of experience creating magic for the Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Television...
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    Will new "Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite" game top "Marvel Contest of Champions" ?

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    Marvel has had tremendous success in the movie industry but moderate success in the video game arena. With the exception of a few titles, the Marvel gaming library has been lackluster on the home consoles. That is with the exception of one genre. Fighting games lend themselves very well to the various superhero franchises. The Marvel universe has been featured in popular fighting games since at least 1994, when the Japanese publisher Capcom released X-Men: Children of the Atom in the arcade. Capcom...
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    Pokemon Stream used to reveal several new projects that Nintendo now has in the works

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    Earlier this week, at 7 am Pacific, Nintendo held an abnormally short Nintendo Direct- a typically bi or tri-annual stream used to reveal new projects and updates on projects to fans. This direct was focused on Pokemon, and had plenty of anticipation building around it despite the announced run time of eight minutes. With leaks from information datamined (gained from hacking into the files for) the Pokemon Sun and Moon games, a 'Pokemon Stars' game was anticipated, some even speculating that...
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    Donut-themed "Scramble" event adds a hole ... er ... whole lot of fun to "Yokai Watch: Wibble Wobble"

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    If you have a child that watches cartoons, or you enjoy watching cartoons yourself, you're probably pretty aware of Yokai Watch . In fact, if you have any interest in entertainment in Japan, you probably have, at least, a vague idea of what Yokai Watch is- I've already covered the series multiple times, and have written about the game I'm about to cover, but here's the brief version of it: There are collectible monsters you have to use a watch to find. There are hundreds of the adorable...
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    Blocky take on favorite films & theme park attractions adds to fun of Disney Crossy Road

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    Game publishers are constantly looking for the next big thing but sometimes it's the little games that turn out to be the blockbusters. Take the game Crossy Road for example. You may have not heard of the mobile game but chances are that someone you know has a copy on their phone. The game was originally published in 2014 by a small studio called Hipster Whale. The game featured a chicken character trying to cross a never-ending road. The game was deceptively simple yet hard to put down. It was...
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    Death Comes to Pokemon: Finding usefulness in the series' most useless creature

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    Unless you've been living under a rock, or in space (or inside of a rock that's in space that isn't Our Rock In Space), you probably know what Pokemon is. If you don't ... wow! I'll keep it brief: Pokemon is about over 750 collectible little creatures. But an app that's been released earlier in May is focused on a very, very special Pokemon. The wonderfully useless Magikarp: A fish Pokemon that is known for being extremely weak and having the 'splash' attack, which...
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    Brattleboro's Strolling of the Heifers is a sincere if somewhat surreal way to spend a summer's day in Vermont

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    Some people travel halfway 'around the planet so that they can then experience the excitement of the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona . If you're more of a Slow Living enthusiast (as I am), then perhaps you should amble to Brattleboro, VT . Where - over the first weekend in June - you can then join a herd of cow enthusiasts at the annual Strolling of the Heifers . Now in its 16 th year, this three-day long event typically gets underway on Friday night in June with a combination block party...
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    Marvel Fans: See Props, Costumes, New Games, Exclusive Content and More at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2017 in Anaheim

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    MARVEL ANNOUNCES EPIC EXPERIENCES FOR FANS AT DISNEY'S D23 EXPO 2017 IN ANAHEIM, JULY 14-16 BURBANK , Calif . ( June 1 , 2017) - Marvel will make its way to D23 Expo's show floor from July 14­-16 with an exciting look at its upcoming film titles in the Marvel Studios Pavilion, featuring an array of props and costumes from the Studios' upcoming slate, including Thor: Ragnarok , Black Panther , and more. In Marvel Studios' Thor: Ragnarok, in theaters November 2017, Thor is imprisoned...
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    Disney insiders say that updated edition of Hall of Presidents will seem very familiar to fans of this WDW show

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    As Walt Disney World gets ready to show off its latest addition - " Pandora - The World of Avatar ," that new 12-acre "land" at Disney's Animal Kingdom (which opens to the public on May 27th) - to the world press, those close to the Mouse House also want to clear up some confusion surrounding one of this Resort's oldest attractions. And that's The Hall of Presidents . This patriot pageant (which has been entertaining visitors to the Magic Kingdom since that theme park...
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    How Busch Gardens Williamsburg made InvadR, this theme park’s first-ever wooden roller coaster, seem like it had always been part of the terrain

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    It's sometimes been said that a person can't see the forest for the trees. Or the forest THROUGH the trees. But as Larry Giles - Busch Gardens' vice president of Engineering - looked out on the lush forest that still makes up much of the 383-acre site where this theme park was built back in the mid-1970s, Larry knew what he wanted to see traveling through those trees. And that was Williamsburg's very first-ever wooden roller coaster. Mind you, given that Busch Gardens Williamsburg...
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    With the help of ELLE Magazine & fashion designer Zac Posen, cartoon icon Betty Boop receives a modern-age makeover

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    According to the folks at Phrase Finder , when one is said to be " ... putting on the dog, " that then means that they are " ... dressing stylishly and flashily." Copyright King Features Syndicate, Inc. All rights reserved Well, Betty Boop certainly got to put on the dog earlier this year. Thanks to those two new dresses that Zac Posen designed for this classic cartoon character. Each of which were colored " Betty Boop Red ," that bold new hue Pantone just created to...
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    Did the original version of "Star Tours" predict how the Star Wars Saga would play out in "The Force Awakens" & "The Last Jedi" ?

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    The original version of Star Tours (which - because the initial iteration of this thrill ride opened at Disneyland Park back on January 9, 1987 - is celebrating its 30 th anniversary this year) was many things: Copyright Disney / Lucasfilm. All rights reserved A ground-breaking theme park attraction. A skillful mix of immersive storytelling & (for that time, anyway) cutting-edge technology. Such a densely-packed piece of entertainment that - no matter how many times you'd previously boarded...
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    Pixar's "Road to the Races" tour allows event attendees to get an up-close look at how "Cars 3" characters were designed

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    This past weekend, thousands of " Cars " fans made their way to Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park in Somerville, MA. Eager to get a peek at Pixar Animation Studios ' upcoming release as the "Road to the Races" tour made its one & only pit stop in the New England area. And it wasn't just getting the chance to have their picture taken with a life-size look-alike of Lighting McQueen that brought out the crowds to Assembly Row. People also wanted to check the two new characters...
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    Broadway vet Eden Espinosa is living out her Disney dream by voicing Cassandra on "Tangled: The Series"

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    As Eden Espinosa recalls, it was early 2015 when Disney Television Animation initially reached out. Asking this Broadway star if she'd be interested in voicing a character for a new series that the Mouse was maybe going to produce. A show that - at that time, anyway - had a deliberately vague title: "Project T." "So they sent me the audition material," this 39 year-old performer recalled during a recent phone interview. "And as I read the breakdown on the character they...
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    Walt Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase program encourages the creation of new children’s books

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    The creative legacies of Mary Blair & Bill Peet extend far beyond the time that these two spent at the Mouse House. And that is largely because – in addition to all the classic animated films & shorts that these Disney Legends contributed to – Mary & Bill also worked on children’s books. In Blair’s case … After Mary left Walt Disney Animation Studios in 1953 following the completion of production of “ Peter Pan ,” Simon & Shuster put her...
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    Knott's Berry Farm pays tribute to flavors from its past in fun new ways with its annual Boysenberry Festival

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    Visit any retailer this week and you'll discover the remnants of Easter. Half-priced Peeps and the like. But holidays that are already in the rear mirror don't interest Russ Knibbs. As the Vice President of Food & Beverage at Knott's Berry Farm , he's always more concerned with occasions that are still months away. Take - for example - how America's first theme park plans on celebrating Christmas in 2017. "We're already talking about Knott's Merry Farm , which...
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    Shanghai To Host World Premiere Of Disney's “Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”

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    First-ever Mainland China Hollywood Movie World Premiere Will Take Place at Shanghai Disney Resort with an All-star Lineup of Special Guests on May 11 BURBANK, CALIF. (April 25, 2017)- Disney announced today that Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films' "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" will have its World Premiere in Shanghai, China, at Shanghai Disney Resort on Thursday, May 11, marking the first time a Hollywood movie will premiere in Mainland China. Johnny Depp, Orlando...
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    "Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon" combines high speed tour of NYC with affectionate celebration of the history of NBC's "Tonight Show"

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    Ask baby boomers about Certs and their immediate response will be (thanks to having watched 'way too much television commercials in their youth) that " ... it's two (click) two (click) two mints in one." So why mention this breath mint (No, it's a candy mint) at the very start of an article about " Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon " ? Because this recent addition to Universal Studios Florida is kind of the Certs of attractions. In that it's not just...
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    Disney Channel Original Movie "Descendants 2" To Premiere Simultaneously On Five Disney/ABC Television Networks, July 21

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    IN AN UNPRECEDENTED, FAR-REACHING PROGRAMMING EVENT, THE DISNEY CHANNEL ORIGINAL MOVIE "DESCENDANTS 2" WILL HAVE A SIMULTANEOUS PREMIERE ON FIVE TELEVISION NETWORKS WITHIN THE DISNEY|ABC TELEVISION GROUP, FRIDAY, JULY 21 (8:00 P.M., ET/PT), ON DISNEY CHANNEL, ABC , DISNEY XD, FREEFORM AND LIFETIME PLUS EACH NETWORK'S BRANDED DIGITAL PLATFORM A far-reaching, unprecedented and simultaneous premiere has been set for the Disney Channel Original Movie "Descendants 2" across five...
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    How Baby Moana went from being a test subject to a scene stealer in Walt Disney Animation Studio's latest hit

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    It's that moment in " Moana " where most audience members go from passively viewing this motion picture to being swept up in the magic & the wonder of this Walt Disney Animation Studios production. Which sequence am I talking about? It's right after the toddler version of this film's title character saves a baby sea turtle from some scavenging sea birds. Whereupon the ocean (who's a living, sentient being in this Ron Clements / John Musker movie) decides to reward Baby...
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    Principal Casting Announced for Disney’s New Broadway Musical, "Frozen" Opening Spring 2018

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    Caissie Levy to Star as Elsa, Patti Murin to Star as Anna Jelani Alladin is Kristoff, Greg Hildreth is Olaf, John Riddle is Hans and Robert Creighton is Duke of Weselton Tony Award ® Winner Rob Ashford Joins Creative Team as Choreographer Disney Theatrical Production has announced the principal cast of the highly anticipated Broadway version of Walt Disney Animation's 2013 mega-hit "Frozen". Caissie Levy will star as Elsa and Patti Murin will star as Anna in Disney's new Broadway...
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    "Lizzie McGuire" creator maxes out mother-daughter dynamics with "Andi Mack," that new hit Disney Channel series

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    "Where do you get your ideas?" That's a question that folks who work in the Entertainment industry often get asked. In the case of " Andi Mack ," Terri Minsky traces the inspiration for this new Disney Channel series back to an article she once read about a certain Academy Award-winner. (L to R) "Andi Mack" creator Terri Minsky with Peyton Elizabeth Lee, who plays the title character in this new Disney Channel series. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights...
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    Universal Orlando's Wizarding World to introduce magical Christmas experience as part of its resort-wide Holidays 2017 celebration

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    Given that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade - thanks to its perpetual coating of ice & snow - already sort of looks like a Christmas card ... Copyright Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved ... is it any wonder that visitors to Universal's Islands of Adventure have (ever since Hogsmeade threw open its doors to Muggles back in June of 2010) been longing to visit this immersive environment during the holiday season? Because - as any fan of J.K. Rowling's books and...
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    Ever wonder how that magic carpet in Disney's "Aladdin" flies? New making-of-this-Broadway-musical book offers a few clues

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    There's always a "How'd they do that?" moment in a Disney stage production . In "Beauty and the Beast," it was when the performer playing the Beast first began spinning like a propeller and then transformed into a handsome prince right in front of the audience. For "Mary Poppins," it was when that musical's practically perfect title character first flew out over the orchestra section and then - umbrella & carpet bag in hand -- ascended towards the New...
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    How "Smurfs" director Kelly Asbury & his team at Sony Pictures Animation finally found their way to "The Lost Village"

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    Trust the process. Kelly Asbury doesn't remember who exactly it was that first shared this mantra of feature animation production with him ("It might have been my dear departed friend, the great Joe Ranft ," Asbury stated during a recent phone interview). But given all of the Academy Award-winning films that he's had a hand in developing over the past 30+ years (i.e., " The Little Mermaid ," " Beauty & the Beast ," " Toy Story ," " Shrek "...
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    The Walt Disney Family Museum celebrates the on-going artistry of animation master Andreas Deja

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    Though Andreas Deja may not be working for Walt Disney Animation Studios right now, don't make the mistake of thinking that this master animator is retired. "That's why I react funny when people ask me 'So how's retired life treating you?,'" Andrea revealed during a recent phone interview. "I'm like 'Are you kidding me?' These days, I'm actually busier than I was during my last few years at Disney. I'm not sitting at home watching 'Lucy'...
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    Because the show must " ... glow on," Disneyland has extended the Main Street Electrical Parade's run at that theme park through August 20th

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    Ever since that "It's Coming Home" ad first began airing on television earlier this year ... ... Disney fans have been flocking to the Happiest Place on Earth to check out the Main Street Electrical Parade . Which returned to Disneyland Park back on January 20 th to begin a limited-time engagement. In fact, so many people have poured into this theme park, eager to once again experience this " ... spectacular-festival-pageant-of-nighttime-magic-and-imagination-in-thousands-of-sparking...
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    WonderCon caters to the crowd that knows about cool things long before everybody else

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    WonderCon has wandered around quite a bit over the past few years. For nearly a quarter-of-a-century (1987 – 2011, to be exact), this annual event – which was originally called the Wonderful World of Comics Convention – was presented in and around the Bay Area. But as WonderCon grew in popularity, it also eventually outgrew its original home at the Oakland Convention Center . Which is why – in 2003 – it moved across the Bay to the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Come...
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