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    Will Disney "Frozen" blow past "Toy Story 3" to become the top earning animated film of all time?

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    Talk about your Hollywood endings. On the very same day that Disney "Frozen" won the Academy Award for Best Animation Feature , this Walt Disney Animation Studios production then becomes a member of Hollywood's exclusive Billion Dollar Club . (L to R) Peter Del Vecho, producer of Disney "Frozen," Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck onstage at the Dolby Theatre as they win this year's Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. P hoto by Adam Taylor. Copyright American Broadcasting...
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    Huffington Post -- Joseph Gordon-Levitt loves how Hayao Miyazki's "The Wind Rises" celebrates the magic of normal, everyday life

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    He's helped Batman battle Bane in " The Dark Knight Rises ." Not to mention going toe-to-toe with the G.I. Joes in " The Rise of Cobra ." He's even braved multiple levels of the human subconscious in " Inception ." Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the last man standing in Christopher Nolan's sci-fi thriller, "Inception." Copyright 2010 Warner Bros. All rights reserved So given that Joseph Gordon-Levitt has gotten so good at doing the action-hero thing in...
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    Unofficial Guide's Disney Dish Podcast Episode 53: Holiday Bonus Episode

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    Len: Welcome to another edition of the Unofficial Guide Disney Dish Podcast with Jim Hill. It is I, Len Testa and we're back with Jim. And because each and every one of you have been such good boys and girls throughout the year, we've made a bonus holiday episode of the Unofficial Guide Disney Dish Podcast. Jim and I are going to talk about the history of Christmas at the Animal Kingdom park, at Disney's Hollywood Studios and also the history of New Years Eve in Walt Disney World. And...
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    Unofficial Guide's Disney Dish Podcast Episode 52: The Continued History of Christmas at Disneyland

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    Len: Welcome back to another addition of the Unofficial Guide Disney Dish With Jim Hill. I'm Len Testa, your host and today Jim and I are going to be finishing up our conversation on the history of Christmas at Disney Theme Parks. As you can recall, the last episode we ended up with just after Walt had passed away in the mid-Sixties and the company was sort of trying to figure out what to do for Christmas at Walt- at Disneyland and Walt Disney World... The company was trying to figure out what...
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    Unofficial Guide's Disney Dish Podcast Episode 51: The History of Christmas At Disneyland

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    Len: Welcome back to another addition of the Unofficial Guide Disney Dish Podcast With Jim Hill. This is episode fifty one and to get you guys into the holiday spirit, Jim and I are talking today about the history of Christmas at the Disney Resorts. In order to tell that story of course, we need the jolly old man himself. And I mean Jim Hill. How's it going Jim? Jim: Ho ho ho. Len: So it's early December and that means of course that we celebrate the origins of some Scandinavian mythology...
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    “Muppets Most Wanted” Soundtrack to Make Mayhem March 18

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    Walt Disney Records' Release to Feature Vocals by Kermit the Frog, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey, Miss Piggy, Josh Groban, Constantine, Celine Dion and More BURBANK, Calif. (Feb. 28, 2014) - The Muppets are back on the big screen with the all-new caper "Muppets Most Wanted," creating the musical mayhem that's made them fan favorites for almost four decades. With songs by Bret McKenzie, who won an Oscar® for the original song "Man or Muppet" in 2011's "The...
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    Have a no-clothes encounter with the world's most famous mouse by playing that new Disney Mobile game, Hidden Mickey

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    I know. Like any of these theme park news sites actually needs another article with the words "Hidden Mickey" in it. Yes, please, another thousand articles about "Look at the shape of these planter pots!" and "But if you look here, behind the drinking fountain ... Wow!" But this, I assure you, is different. This is Hidden Mickey , an online game for the Mickey Cartoons website . Based off the recent Mickey short, " No Service ." Copyright Disney Enterprises...
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    The Mouse continues its hi-tech, hand-held roll-out with today's debut of Disney Movies Anywhere

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    This ain't your Dad's Walt Disney Company anymore. Sure, every so often, you'll see the Company fund the construction of some massive immersive environment like Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park or that AVATAR-inspired "land" which finally officially broke ground at Disney's Animal Kingdom last month. But increasingly these days, Disney is deliberately bypassing these bigger-than-life projects so that it can deliver to its fans magic that they can then hold in...
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    D23: The Official Disney Fan Club Announces Date Change for Destination D: Attraction Rewind

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    Today D23: The Official Disney Fan Club announced the date of Destination D: Attraction Rewind presented by H2O plus at Walt Disney World Resort will shift to November 22 and 23. Check-in and exclusive shopping opportunities will begin on Friday, November 21. In addition to this news, D23 is thrilled to announce Disney Legends Marty Sklar, Bob Gurr and other popular Disney Legends who worked on the Walt Disney shows for the New York World's Fair will be taking part in the event this fall. Additional...
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    Live-action TV Series Based on MARVEL Characters to Film in New York

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    GOVERNOR CUOMO, THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY, MARVEL AND NETFLIX ANNOUNCE LANDMARK LIVE-ACTION TV SERIES BASED ON MARVEL CHARACTERS TO FILM IN NEW YORK NYC To Serve As Principal Filming Location For Four Series Epic and One Mini-Series, Representing The Biggest Production Commitment in NYS History Productions Will Result in Hundreds of Millions of Dollars in Investments and Lead to Creation of At Least 3,000 Industry Jobs Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, The Walt Disney Company, Marvel and Netflix Inc. today...
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    Huffington Post -- How Walt Disney Animation Studios evolved Mickey Mouse backwards for "Get A Horse!"

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    It's the question that most animation professionals ask immediately after they've seen " Get A Horse! " How did Walt Disney Animation Studios actually pull that short off? How'd they first replicate the exact look & feel of a Mickey Mouse cartoon of late 1928 / early 1929 and then (SPOILER AHEAD) send a CG version of Mickey & Horace Horsecollar hurtling out through the screen into today's world? Well, director Lauren MacMullan & producer Dorothy McKim were obviously...
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    Watch Disney, Pixar and Marvel Movies with Disney Movies Anywhere

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    New Digital Movie Service And App for iPhone, iPad And iPod touch Debuts With iTunes Free Digital Copy of Disney•Pixar's "The Incredibles" Available For A Limited Time Through Disney Movies Anywhere BURBANK, Calif. - February 25, 2014 - The Walt Disney Studios today unveiled its exclusive cloud-based digital movie service, Disney Movies Anywhere. This all-new app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and Web experience enables consumers to discover, purchase, manage, and watch movies...
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    Merlin Entertainments & Dreamworks Animation Go 'Ogre' the Top with Shrek's Far Far Away Adventure

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    POOLE, England and GLENDALE, Calif., Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Shrek's swamp is coming across the pond! In a new collaboration, Merlin Entertainments has teamed up with DreamWorks Animation (Nasdaq: DWA) to create a unique themed visitor attraction based on Shrek and his friends. PRNewsFoto/DreamWorks Animation This landmark attraction, which will transport visitors through a live interactive adventure featuring Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, Puss in Boots and other favorites from the beloved franchise...
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    Meet Rocket, Groot, Gamora, Drax & Peter Quill : The Guardians of the Galaxy

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    Marvel’s “ Guardians of the Galaxy” finds space adventurer Peter Quill the object of a bounty hunt after stealing an orb coveted by a treacherous villain, but when Quill discovers the power it holds, he must find a way to rally the quartet of ragtag rivals hot on his trail to save the universe. MEET THE GUARDIANS Rocket Raccoon Groot Gamora Peter Quill
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    My Happy Disney Life, I hope

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    I have a confession. I like to watch...gameplay videos. Being a woman of very little hand-eye coordination, when it comes to fast-moving games like Epic Mickey and Kingdom Hearts , my choices are: Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved 1. Use a cheat engine (NO) 2. Watch Noe and Alice play. Right now, I'm catching up to one of the Harvest Moon games I put off while in college, " Tale of Two Towns " and watching Alice play the gorgeous " Skyrim " while I wait...
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    Walt Disney Records announces the Deluxe Edition Soundtrack collectible, numbered vinyl set

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    WALT DISNEY RECORDS TO OFFER AUTOGRAPHED POSTERS FROM "FROZEN" FILMMAKERS AS PART OF THE DELUXE EDITION COLLECTIBLE VINYL SET, BEGINNING FEBRUARY 24 Burbank, CA - Feb. 21, 2014 -- In celebration of the animated event of a generation, Walt Disney Records announces the Deluxe Edition Soundtrack collectible numbered vinyl, now available for pre-order: http://myplay.me/15ya The collectible vinyl is limited to 3000 numbered sets and beginning Feb. 24th, a special offer will include autographed...
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    Marvel's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Trailer Released

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    From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team-the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten...
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    No one Forced Freddie Prinze Jr. to voice Kanan, the cowboy Jedi on Disney XD's "Star Wars Rebels"

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    There are a lot of people on this planet who are excited about " Star Wars Rebels ." But perhaps the person who is most looking forward to this program (which will debut on Disney XD in the Fall of 2014) is Freddie Prinze, Jr . You see, as Prinze revealed at a Disney Consumer Products presentation yesterday at Toy Fair 2014 ... "If you're anywhere near my age -- I'm almost 40 -- Stars Wars is pretty much in your DNA. You can't get away from it. You've probably heard...
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    Lucas Grabeel trades high school for preschool by voicing a character on Disney Junior's "Sheriff Callie's Wild West"

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    So what's Lucas Grabeel 's favorite memory from all the " High School Musical " craziness? Was it when the soundtrack for this super-popular Disney Channel Original Movie became the best-selling album in the United States for all of 2006? Or when the cast of this TV movie traveled the globe and then performed live in front of tens of thousands of people as part of the "High School Musical: The Concert" tour? "I have to admit that that concert tour was completely nuts...
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    Huffington Post -- Bobby & Kristen Anderson-Lopez reveal the real-life inspirations for Disney "Frozen" songs

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    They're the reason that the Disney "Frozen" soundtrack has already sold more than 1 million units. They're also why this Walt Disney Animation Studios production has -- after 12 weeks of being in theaters -- seen a sudden resurgence in domestic ticket sales . As thousands of people rush back to their local multiplex so that they can then take part in the new sing-along version of this Oscar-nominated film. But did you ever wonder what the inspiration was for "Frozen" 's...
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    Remembering Shirley Temple and her many ties to The Walt Disney Company

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    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 world premiere of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" at the Carthay Circle Theater December 21, 1937. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved I mean, Shirley (who passed away peacefully...
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    Disney Twenty-three Celebrates Disney's Contributions to the 1964–65 New York World's Fair in Spring 2014 Issue

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    FEATURING RARELY SEEN CONCEPT ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE FAIR, AS WELL AS EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS WITH CHRIS EVANS, TINA FEY, AND THE MUPPETS Plus, D23.com online exclusives include extended celebrity interviews and additional stories, artwork, and photography from the World's Fair. BURBANK, Calif. - FEBRUARY 13, 2014 - The 1964-65 World's Fair in New York celebrated a time of optimism, growth, and progress. D23: The Official Disney Fan Club captures all the excitement of this epic event in...
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    Join Disney Animators in a Live Discussion on the Art of Animation Thursday February 13th

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    Celebrated Disney animators Dave Bossert , John Musker , Jeff Ranjo , and Hyun Min Lee will all be taking part in a live discussion about the art form, legacy, and future of animation at the CalArts campus and Disney Insider will be broadcasting it online for fans to watch. They'll also demo and discuss the new Disney Animated app , which presents a deep dive into the making of Disney's 53 animated feature films and was named the Apple iPad App of the Year for 2013 . You can watch a live...
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    LEGO® Friends Weekend Returns to LEGOLAND® Florida in Star-studded Fashion

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    WINTER HAVEN, FLA. (Feb. 10, 2014) - It's all glitz and glamour as the beloved LEGO ® Friends - Olivia, Andrea, Stephanie, Emma and Mia - return to LEGOLAND ® Florida to host a weekend of fabulous fun Feb. 15-16. The third annual LEGO Friends Weekend is a daytime party geared to girls ages 2 to 12. This razzle-dazzle event puts girls in the spotlight and lets them celebrate their individuality with a chance to walk the pink carpet, build LEGO creations with Olivia and sing like a rock...
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    SeaWorld's animal ambassadors were a big hit at the 2014 Boston Globe Travel Show

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    Nancy and I drove down to Massachusetts yesterday to tour the 2014 Boston Globe Travel Show . And it was pretty easy to see most people from around here have already had their fill of ice & snow. Given that there were absolutely no takers at the Alaska Land & Cruise Adventures booth ... Photo by Jim Hill Meanwhile, right next door in the Florida aisle , it was body-to-body. Photo by Jim Hill Given the steady stream of people that kept going in & out of the Universal Orlando Resort booth...
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    The Kingdom Hearts franchise enters the world of MMORPGS with Kingdom Hearts X (Chi)

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    Massively multiplayer online role playing games are an asset often left untouched by video game companies. Think World of Warcraft or Disney's old try at it with VMK (Virtual Magic Kingdom ). Often, it's just too much effort to tackle. You have to build worlds that keep players exploring, make interesting combat that hooks the player in, and -- of course -- find a way to turn a profit. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved So when I saw that Kingdom Hearts was going the MMORPG...
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    Disney Week Returns to Destination America for an All-new Enchanted Adventure

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    -- DISNEY WEEK Premieres on Destination America beginning Monday, March 3 at 8pm EST -- (Silver Spring, Md.) - For the second year, Destination America's DISNEY WEEK peeks behind the scenes of the magical, wonderful world of Disney theme parks, resorts, and cruise ships. Traveling from the original Disneyland theme park to the shipyards of Spain to witness the newest version of the Disney cruise ships, Destination America presents a week-long celebration of Disney's vacation kingdom, handing...
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    Disneytoon Studios' "The Pirate Fairy" brings Captain Hook, the Croc & Skull Rock into the "Disney Fairies" fold

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    Did you catch the Annies this past Saturday? The members of ASIFA-Hollywood obviously thought a lot of Disney "Frozen ." For this Walt Disney Animation Studios production wound up coming out on top in five different categories. Best Animated Feature Directing in an Animated Feature Production Music in an Animated Feature Production Production Design in an Animated Feature Production Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production Pixar Animation Studios also did okay at this year's Annies...
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    Looking back on why The Walt Disney Company decided to restore the New Amsterdam Theater in NYC

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    An estimated 1.5 million people made their way to Times Square last week to experience Super Bowl Boulevard . In fact, so many folks crowded into this 13-block area that they sometimes had to wait for hours before they could then zoom down that 60-foot long toboggan run on 40th Street or shuffle through that tent where the Vince Lombardi Trophy was on display. Mind you, it's doubtful that this many football fans would have made their way to "The Crossroads of the World" if this section...
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    Watch the NEW trailer for Disney's Planes: Fire & Rescue

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    Trailer 1 - Courage - Planes: Fire & Rescue on Disney Video
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    Forget Downtown Disney, how would you like to go to Downton Abbey?

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    And help the victims of the Tsunami in the Philippines 10 reasons to meet the cast of Downton Abbey on set in London
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    Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort Now Hiring

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    Loews Hotels hosting grand hire event February 10 - 12 to fill hundreds of newly-created jobs WHAT: Loews Hotels is seeking motivated and enthusiastic hotel and hospitality candidates to be part of the opening team for the newest on-site hotel at Universal Orlando Resort, Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Positions in the highly-anticipated 1,800-room hotel include: food and beverage, rooms, front office, housekeeping, recreation, engineering, security, and stewarding. Loews Hotels is hosting...
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    Will "Magic Castle Online: My Happy Life" make Disney Interactive a major player in the 3DS universe?

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    Disney hopes to capture lighting in a bottle twice on the same game. JHM readers may remember that the site had a short look at the Disney Japan game Magic Castle Online . The free-to-play online game featured player controlled characters interacting with Disney icons and other gamers in a persistent world that was a sort of virtual Magic Kingdom. Players could enjoy mini-games and earn virtual currency to buy or win character costumes and other prizes. The game was popular among the visitors to...
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    Animation Director Carlos Saldanha to Receive CinemaCon International Filmmaker of the Year Award

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    CARLOS SALDANHA TO RECEIVE CINEMACON ® INTERNATIONAL FILMMAKER OF THE YEAR AWARD WASHINGTON D.C. (January 28, 2014) - Acclaimed animation director, Carlos Saldanha, will be honored with a special "International Filmmaker of the Year" Award, as part of CinemaCon's International Day, it was announced today by Mitch Neuhauser, Managing Director of CinemaCon. CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), will be held March 24 - 27, 2014 at...
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    How Vermont's brutally cold winters had a hand in Disney's "The Jungle Book"

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    Since Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will be released the Diamond Edition of " The Jungle Book " next month (on February 11th, to be exact), I thought it might be fun to talk about the Rudyard Kipling book that this 1967 Walt Disney Production was based on. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Now given that Kipling was born in India back in December of 1865 and then spent for the first six years of this life in that country (Not to mention that -- even before...
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    STAR WARS REBELS News from Lucasfilm Animation - Meet Chopper

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    Meet Chopper - the newest droid in the Star Wars Universe! In Star Wars , droids are always eager to help out their human masters, drop whatever it is they're doing when called upon, and sometimes even sacrifice themselves to save others. Right? Not quite. Introducing Chopper, a lazy, cranky (if ultimately goodhearted) astromech droid, and the latest character revealed from the highly anticipated Star Wars Rebels animated series. "If Artoo is the family dog," said Dave Filoni, executive...
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    Harry Potter stars & fans journey to Universal Orlando for a celebration of the boy wizard

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    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 up for " Forbidden Journey ." But -- rather -- a whole different kind of theme park magic. ... and then curved past USF's New York Public Library facade. Photo by Nancy Stadler No...
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    Huffington Post -- The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley nears completion at the Universal Orlando Resort

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    There's not a stitch of clothes for sale at Madam Malkin's Robes for All Occasions. Not yet anyway. And the shelves at Borgin and Burkes are still bare as well. But none of that matters. Even though The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley is still basically a construction site, there's really only one word that describes this soon-to-open addition to the Universal Orlando Resort. And that word is magical. Copyright Universal Orlando. All rights reserved Though visitors to Universal...
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    Never mind about Meryl & Emma. What about Julie & Audrey's epic battle for Best Actress back in 1965?

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    Okay. I know. You're feeling kind of blue because members of the Academy didn't show " Saving Mr. Banks " all that much love last week. There's also a number of you out there who are really, really angry at Meryl Streep right now. Mostly because you believe that her ill-considered remarks at the National Board of Review awards gala is what wound up costing Emma Thompson a Best Actress nomination. Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson at the 2014 Board of National Review Awards Gala...
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    Huffington Post -- Disney "Frozen" directors credit their crew with this film's Best Animated Feature nomination

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    So was it glamorous & exciting for Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee earlier today when they learned that " Frozen " -- the Walt Disney Pictures release that they had co-directed -- had been nominated for Best Animated Feature ? Not exactly. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved "You have to understand that the Academy makes these announcements at around 5:30 a.m. West Coast Time. And the last time I was nominated, for " Surf's Up ," I didn't set my...
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    "Roadblock!" reveals how Disney's "The Happiest Millionaire" wound up being such a cinematic misfire

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    What with " Saving Mr. Banks " being out in theaters right now, there's been a lot of talk lately about " Mary Poppins ." How this Academy Award-winning film was perhaps Walt Disney's crowning cinematic achievement. But me? I can't help but look at the two Disney-produced movie musicals on either side of "Mary Poppins." To be specific, 1961's " Babes in Toyland " and 1967's " The Happiest Millionaire ." Which are ... um ... Here...
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    Was Walt Disney an anti-Semite? Not according to The Wizard of Oz

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    Sorry I've been away for a couple of days. So what did I miss? Ah, yeah. Meryl Streep 's speech at the National Board of Review awards. Where -- before she handed Emma Thompson the best actress award for her stellar performance in " Saving Mr. Banks " -- Streep first went out of her way to attack the late Walt Disney. Calling him racist, sexist and anti-Semitic . Look, Floyd Norman has already effectively addressed the racism issue . And Amid Amidi did a great job of debunking Meryl's...
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    Adam Sanderson is named as the new head of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club

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    Ever since Steven Clark -- the head of D23 -- stepped down in late September, people have been wondering what this means for the future of the Official Disney Fan Club. Even though Bob Iger had already announced that The Walt Disney Company would be staging another D23 EXPO in Anaheim in 2015 , there were those within the Disneyana fan community who were concerned about the Club's future. The Ben Franklin & Mark Twain audio animatronic figures from the finale of Epcot's "American...
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    Why didn't Disney & Marvel officials come to Spider-Man's rescue during "Turn Off the Dark" 's Broadway debacle?

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    Over the past few days, you've probably seen a story or two about " Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark ." You know, that problem-plagued Broadway musical which just closed at the Foxwoods Theatre this past Saturday night . Given that Marvel Entertainment, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company , there were always those within the theater community who wondered why -- when "Turn Off the Dark" was genuinely floundering during this show's seemingly endless...
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    D23 Members Can Save Hundreds With New, Exclusive Discounts and Offers From Disney, Disney Store, Disney on Broadway and More

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    Members of The Official Disney Fan Club Can Now Save Hundreds of Dollars with Adventures By Disney, Disney Store, Disney on Broadway, the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood , and More! BURBANK, Calif. - January 7, 2014 - Whether they're headed to a Disney Park or staying close to home, members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can save hundreds of dollars on shopping, entertainment, and their next Disney adventure when they present a D23 Membership Card or use special member-only online codes...
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    "Saving Mr. Banks" production team works with Disney Archives to accurately recreate Walt's World circa 1962

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    So just how far did the " Saving Mr. Banks " production team go when it came to replicating the look & the feel of a early 1960s version of Walt Disney Studios and Disneyland Park ? Pretty darned far. Or so says Becky Cline , the Director of the Walt Disney Archives . "When the Studio brought Kelly Marcel 's script for 'Saving Mr. Banks' in February of 2012 , it was all over the news out here. And as soon as Disney officially acquired the project, the filmmakers then...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    Tripping the light fantastic at Knott's Berry Farm's New Year Eve celebration

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    Having already explored Knott's Merry Farm during the day , I thought that I'd make another trip over to Buena Park and see what the holiday version of America's First Theme Park looked like after dark. Though -- in hindsight -- it might not have been my brightest idea to schedule my return trip to Knott's for New Year's Eve. Photo by Shelly Valladolid In all the years that I've been going to this theme park, I have never seen Knott's Berry Farm as busy as it was this...
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    Though Disney "Frozen" may be the Snow Queen of today's movie box office, "The Lion King" still reigns supreme

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    You have to admit that Disney "Frozen" has already had a pretty spectacular run at the box office. Over the past five weeks, this Walt Disney Animation Studios production has earned an estimated $248.4 million domestically . And then when you favor in the $250 million worth of tickets that foreign film-goers have purchased for "Frozen" to date, that's a half billion dollars right there . And given that this Chris Buck / Jennifer Lee movie is expected to maintain its box office...
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    Have a Holly Rolly Christmas by listening to "More Cute Stories -- Volume 2: Animators and Imagineers"

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    If you're like me, you spend a lot of time during the holiday season on the road. Take -- for example -- last night, where Nancy and I drove down to her sister's place in Massachusetts so that we could then spent Christmas Eve with the Moores. Then later today, we'll climb back in the car and once again zoom down to the Bay State. Just so that we can then do Christmas dinner with my family. And given that Nancy and I live 'way the hell out in the woods of New Hampshire (How far out...
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    New England Studios hopes to begin producing motion pictures & television series at this state-of-the-art facility in 2014

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    "If you build it, they will come." No, that's not just a phrase that gets whispered to Kevin Costner as he wanders through a cornfield. That's also the dream of would-be entertainment entrepreneuers everywhere. They sincerely believe if they build a state-of-the-art soundstage somewhere other than Hollywood, filmmakers who are tired of dealing with the high costs & hassles of shooting in Southern California will flock to this new facility. Copyright 2013 New England Studios...
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