Jim Hill Media
Welcome to Jim Hill Media - Entertainment News : Theme Parks Movies Television
  • Jim Hill

    "Makin' Toons" will be makin' a great addition to your library

    • 0 Comments
    Stop whatever you're doing right now (except reading this review, of course). Put down the drink, stop looking at the market prices for the day ... hell, forget about work for a few minutes. However you want to do it, just go get yourself a copy of Allan Neuwirth's wonderful new book ... and you can thank me later....
  • Jim Hill

    "When Hollywood Had a King" offers insight on Universal head Lew Wasserman

    • 0 Comments
    Jim Hill reviews Connie Bruck's latest biography, which reveals plenty about the colorful career of the late Lew Wasserman, the prolific former president of Universal/MCA....
  • Jim Hill

    "The Imagineering Way" reveals how to make your everyday life more magical

    • 0 Comments
    Ever wish that you could work at Walt Disney Imagineering? Well, this book from Disney Editions doesn't give you a new job, but it will at least teach you to think like an Imagineer. To not just think outside the box, but to actually throw the box away....
  • Jim Hill

    Mell Kilpatrick's picture books cast a nostalgic eye back on Disneyland's past

    • 0 Comments
    Jim Hill returns from his West Coast road trip with a review of the first three books in Carlene Thie's "Disneyland Under Construction" series. Which -- barring a few minor quibbles -- should make a fine addition to any Disneyana fan's library....
  • Jim Hill

    Is "Sinbad" bad? A sneak peek at Dreamworks' next animated feature

    • 0 Comments
    Mark Mitchell -- AKA RKORadio Pictures -- returns to JHM with a review of Dreamworks' latest. Is "Legend of the Seven Seas" worth a trip to your local multiplex? Read and find out!...
  • Jim Hill

    "Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom" worth picking up

    • 0 Comments
    Weird. Unique. Highly entertaining. That's what Jim Hill thought of Cory Doctorow's innovative new sci-fi novel, a smart take on friendship and death set inside a futuristic Magic Kingdom. Seriously....
  • Jim Hill

    Reiner's "Anecdotal Life" and new Ron Howard bio are both fun reads

    • 0 Comments
    Okay. So the books that Jim's reviewing today aren't exactly Disney-related. But "My Anecdotal Life: A Memoir" and "Ron Howard: From Mayberry to the Moon ... and Beyond" are still worth a look-see....
  • Jim Hill

    Go find a copy of "The Art of Finding Nemo" NOW!

    • 0 Comments
    Jim Hill reviews Mark Cotta Vaz's great new book, which features hundreds of amazing images from Pixar Animation Studio's upcoming release. ...
  • Jim Hill

    "The Devil in the White City" skillfully mixes history, horror and Disney trivia

    • 0 Comments
    In a change of pace, Jim Hill reviews Erik Larson's latest non-fiction novel -- which reveals the incredible impact that the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 had on the United States of America ... as well as Walt Disney....
  • Jim Hill

    "Walt Disney and the Quest for Community" dry but informative

    • 0 Comments
    Jim Hill reviews Steve Mannheim's book about the creation of Epcot, finding it to be well researched but a bit of a slow read....
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

    • 0 Comments
    In his patented long winded style, Jim Hill answers your questions about the Walt Disney Company....
  • Jim Hill

    "Shrek 3D" makes for fun home viewing

    • 0 Comments
    Not heading down to Orlando or out to Hollywood anytime soon? Well, now you can enjoy Universal Studios' latest 3D attraction right in your own home by picking up a copy of "Shrek 3D." ...
  • Jim Hill

    "Adventures of a Bovine Goddess" not your usual making-of book

    • 0 Comments
    Jim Hill reviews this weird but fun volume. Which tries to parody Hollywood tell-alls while -- at the same time -- provide a detailed history of "Home on the Ranch"'s production....
  • Jim Hill

    Will "W.I.T.C.H." be able to win over American tweens?

    • 0 Comments
    Disney Publishing Worldwide is hoping to turn this international phenomenon into a U.S. success. How? By introducing American tweens to the "W.I.T.C.H." characters through a new series of chapter books. Are the "W.I.T.C.H." books any good? Jim Hill reveals all....
  • Jim Hill

    "Fridays with Art" a fun look back at the early, early days of television

    • 0 Comments
    Using Tuesday night's "*** Van *** Show Revisted" special as a leaping off point, Jim Hill eventually gets around to talking about a great new history of TV -- written by many of the industry pioneers who actually made that history happen....
  • Jim Hill

    "Hey, smack my big old rump if that ain't art ..."

    • 0 Comments
    Jim Hill says that Alan Menken's songs for "Home on the Range" features some of the funniest lyrics in a Disney film in years. All thanks to Alan's new lyricist, Glenn Slater....
  • Jim Hill

    "Comic Book: The Movie" provides plenty of geeky fun

    • 0 Comments
    Well, it ain't exactly "Citizen Kane." But Jim Hill still enjoyed watching Mark Hamill's affectionate and amusing take on the comic book crowd....
  • Jim Hill

    "Walt's Revolution" offers intriguing insights into how the theme park industry really operates

    • 0 Comments
    Thinking of designing and building your own theme park someday? Then go and pick up a copy of Buzz Price's new book right now. You can thank me with lifetime passes to your park....
  • Jim Hill

    "Ellenshaw Under Glass" is a great book ... if you can find a copy

    • 0 Comments
    Jim Hill's just about to rip out what's left of his hair. Why for? He's been all over the Disneyland Resort looking for this great new Peter Ellenshaw book. But no one seems to have a copy for sale....
  • Jim Hill

    New "Alice in Wonderland" DVD has something for collectors and kids alike

    • 0 Comments
    Jim Hill offers up a review of this somewhat controversial new "Masterpiece Edition" DVD. Does this new 2-disc set deliberately short-change hardcore Disneyana collectors by holding back on the extra features? Read and learn....
  • Jim Hill

    "Faster! Cheaper!" is a hilarious look back at animation history

    • 0 Comments
    After singing the praises of "Faster! Cheaper!"'s sequel, Jim Hill was shocked to find out that copies of Floyd Norman's first collection of cartoons are still available for purchase....
  • Jim Hill

    "The Da Vinci Code" twists with some weird Disney ties

    • 0 Comments
    Jim Hill finally gets around to reading Dan Brown's best seller and wonders what all the fuss was about. "The Da Vinci Code" is a fairly standard thriller with a somewhat controversial stance on church history thrown in. Not to mention some very odd ideas about the significance of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty."...
  • Jim Hill

    "Enchanted World" is just that

    • 0 Comments
    Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass created some of the most memorable animated Christmas specials ever to grace the small screen. Now that magic can be found between the covers of a great new book that Jim says was just made to be enjoyed during the holiday season. So as the snow is falling, microwave yourself a cup of cocoa and curl up with a new friend....
  • Jim Hill

    Roy and Rudolph OR Jim Takes a Break

    • 0 Comments
    His head spinning from three straight days of covering the Roy, Stanley and Michael show, Jim decides to get out of town for a while. But -- before he does -- Mr. Hill clues you in on a great book and a fun event that's happening in NYC tonight!...
  • Jim Hill

    "Son of Faster, Cheaper" and "Chelsea Boys" offer peeks inside comical, colorful worlds

    • 0 Comments
    Jim Hill reviews two books this week -- Floyd Norman's "Son of Faster, Cheaper" and Glen Hanson and Allan Neuwirth's "Chelsea Boys" -- and find he enjoys both volumes. But for very different reasons. ...
  • Jim Hill

    Don't be a Dumbo -- go pick up a copy of "Hiding the Elephant"

    • 0 Comments
    Jim Hill talks up Jim Steinmeyer's great new book, which -- in a left handed sort of way -- reveals how some of the greatest illusions of the age were pulled off....
  • Jim Hill

    "Brother Bear: A Transformation Tale" is the best behind-the-scenes book about how animated films are really made that's been published over the past 25 years

    • 0 Comments
    How's that for a nice, subtle headline, folks? Seriously, though: H. Clark Wakabayashi's new book is the most in-depth look into how feature length cartoons are actually produced to come down the pike in decades. So be sure and go out to snag a copy ASAP!...
  • Jim Hill

    No tricks, folks ... "Haunted Mansion" book is a real Halloween treat

    • 0 Comments
    Jim Hill goes gaga over Jason Surrell's great new book, which goes into great detail about the history of this much beloved Disney theme park attraction....
  • Jim Hill

    Is DAK's Beastly Kingdom DOA? -- Part 2

    • 0 Comments
    In this three part series from early 2000, Jim Hill looks at Disney's Animal Kingdom and the unfortunate series of events that led up to the park -- and the company -- losing a land, many talented Imagineers, and worst of all: guests....
  • Jim Hill

    Is DAK's Beastly Kingdom DOA? -- Part 3

    • 0 Comments
    In this three part series from early 2000, Jim Hill looks at Disney's Animal Kingdom and the unfortunate series of events that led up to the park -- and the company -- losing a land, many talented Imagineers, and worst of all: guests. ...
  • Jim Hill

    Toad you so!

    • 0 Comments
    As rumors continue to circulate about the pending closure of WDW's "Carousel of Progress" attraction, Jim Hill asks: Would it kill the Mouse to at least give this tired old Tomorrowland attraction a half decent send-off?...
  • Jim Hill

    Just a moment ...

    • 0 Comments
    On the first anniversary of the September 11th tragedy, Jim stops with the senseless Disney-related yammering for a few minutes ... and asks you to reflect (albeit briefly) on last year's tragic events....
  • Jim Hill

    Sub Scam

    • 0 Comments

    After a big three day weekend of TV watching, Jim Hill reveals some of the more memorable ways that Disney World cast members have faked out resort guests - as well as senior Mouse House management - over the past few years.

    ...
  • Jim Hill

    "Oh ho, the Wells Fargo Wagon is a-comin ..." again

    • 0 Comments
    As anticipation builds for next month's airing of "The Music Man" on ABC's "The Wonderful World of Disney," Jim Hill asks: What happens when you remake a musical that (perhaps) doesn't really need remaking?...
  • Jim Hill

    No more Mr. Nice Mouse?

    • 0 Comments
    Why is the Guest Relations staff at the Disney theme parks no longer bending over backwards to please Mickey's pickier customers? Jim Hill explains why the Walt Disney Company abandoned its long standing customer service policy ... then reveals that a change may already be in the works....
  • Jim Hill

    Getting just the right voices for "Hunchback"'s Gargoyles proved to be a pretty gruesome go

    • 0 Comments
    Yep. We're raiding the JHM archives again. This time around, it's a story from April 2000 that details all the trouble Disney Feature Animation had when it was casting Victor, Hugo, and Laverne ... or should I say Chaney, Laughton, and Quinn?...
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

    • 0 Comments
    Jim Hill's back with even more answers to your Disney related questions. This time around, Jim talks about why "Dinosaur" isn't usually considered WDFA's first CG feature, why he doubts that Sony's pending purchase of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. will have any impact on Disney-MGM's name, apologizes to the nice folks at wdwinfo.com, then closes the column out by talking about all the other rides that ALMOST got added to Epcot's World Showcase. ...
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

    • 0 Comments
    Jim Hill's back with even more answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim talks about the stuff that you almost saw in "Fantasia 2006," why Michael Eisner is supposedly obsessed with the Muppets and why some Disneyana fans need to give "Lion King 1½" another chance....
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

    • 0 Comments
    After far too long a delay, Jim Hill's back with even more answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim talks about his plans for Philly, the next set of JHM Disneyland tours as well as answering questions about why he includes negative comments in his articles, what he thinks Roy Disney will say at the Academy Awards this weekend and what's going on with Epcot's "The Land" pavilion....
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

    • 0 Comments
    Jim Hill provides answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim talks about when Ace Ventura appeared at Disney-MGM, why that new-Disney-theme-park-in-Turkey rumor really is a turkey, why "Plectu's Fantastic Intergalactic Revue" never landed in Disneyland's Tomorrowland. Plus Mr. Hill apologizes to the staff of Feature Animation-Florida for an unintended slight....
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

    • 0 Comments
    Jim Hill returns with even more answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, he reveals why "Aladdin"'s IMAX debut has been delayed, why "Home on the Range" is opening in April 2004, where to get a really snazzy t-shirt as well as finally announcing the winners of our "Epcot English Lesson" contest....
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

    • 0 Comments
    What do a moose, a caterpillar and a carnotaur all have in common? They're all the subjects of answers to the Disney-related questions you'll find in this week's column....
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

    • 0 Comments
    Jim Hill tries to clear out the clogs in his e-mail queue by answering LOTS of your Disney related questions all at once. So you'd best get comfortable before you sit back to read Jim's answers to your questions about "Hotel Mel," Universal's "Mummy" attractions, Hill's fateful encounter with Tik Tok, even more info on "Geyser Mountain," why the large-breasted ladies got down-sized in Pixar's "Knick Knack," the 1970s version of "Fantasia II," "Aladdin" in IMAX, someone needs help with their video scrapbook and -- last but not least -- there's a new JHM Disneyland tour in the works. ...
  • Jim Hill

    Why For? : What happened to the Geyser Mountain ride Imagineers hoped to add to Disneyland

    • 0 Comments

    Jim Hill returns with even more answers to your Disney related questions. This time around, he gushes about Geyser Mountain, puzzles over what was Disney's biggest missed opportunity (movie-wise) might have been, then offers up suggestions about which Disneyland Paris book to pick up.

    ...
  • Jim Hill

    Why For? : Epcot's Space Center, Jim Korkis and Walt Disney World swamp boat rides

    • 0 Comments

    This time around, Jim Hill answers your questions about what Epcot's Space pavilion was originally supposed to look like, points out a new comic book you should check out, looks to recruit some European-based reporters for the site, and more. There's a lot here ... get comfy.

    ...
  • Jim Hill

    Why For? - Hotel Mel, Where's my Mummy and Who broke Tik Tok?

    • 0 Comments

    Jim Hill tries to clear out the clogs in his e-mail queue by answering LOTS of your Disney related questions all at once. So you'd best get comfortable before you sit back to read Jim's answers to your questions about "Hotel Mel," Universal's "Mummy" attractions, Hill's fateful encounter with Tik Tok, even more info on "Geyser Mountain," why the large-breasted ladies got down-sized in Pixar's "Knick Knack," the 1970s version of "Fantasia II," "Aladdin" in IMAX, someone needs help with their video scrapbook and -- last but not least -- there's a new JHM Disneyland tour in the works.

    ...
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

    • 0 Comments
    Jim Hill returns with even more answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim talks about the Times Square hotel that the Walt Disney Company almost built, where to look to find Frank & Ollie in "The Incredibles" as well as announcing his next set of Disney World tours. Enjoy!...
  • Jim Hill

    Disney's up to something fishy ...

    • 0 Comments
    ... frozen fish, to be precise. Did Jim Hill get a little green around the gills after sampling these new Disney-themed seafood products? Read and find out....
  • Jim Hill

    Another Monday Mélange

    • 0 Comments
    Jim Hill starts the week off with some Disney related news, including what Pixar may be looking for in order to extend its current deal with the Mouse House, a brief desciption of "Cars" 's plot, an update on Hong Kong Disneyland's "Autopia" as well as revealing what sort of stage show cruisers can expect to see when the "Disney Magic" makes its inaugural West Coast voyage next summer....
  • Jim Hill

    A look back at Disneyland's future (circa 1985)

    • 0 Comments
    Jim Hill unearths a transcript of a video press kit that was released to the media back in July of 1985, just in time for Disneyland's 30th anniversary. This transcript talks about yet another version of "The Happiest Place on Earth" that never quite happened. ...
Page 69 of 93 (4,642 items) «6768697071»