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    To Hell with Bill Cosby? Disney already did that with "The Devil and Max Devlin"

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    Like a lot of you folks out there, I don't exactly know how to feel about Bill Cosby right now. I mean, the man is a comedy legend. As a kid, I listened constantly to his LPs and memorized many of his classic stand-up routines. But as someone who's been writing about the entertainment industry for over 3 decades now, I have long heard the whispers about Bill's darker side. Which is why when stories began to bubble up about all the women that Cosby had allegedly drugged and then taken...
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    Tune-in to a Livestream Q&A With Cast & Filmmakers of Disney's "Into The Woods" on YAHOO! Movies November 22nd

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    Tune-In tomorrow, November 22 nd at 6:30pm PST to a livestream Q&A with the cast and filmmakers of Disney's INTO THE WOODS on Yahoo! Movies, including a first-look at an exclusive featurette from the film. The Q&A will include the film's stars Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, director Rob Marshall, and screenwriter James Lapine. INTO THE WOODS opens in theaters December 25, 2014
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    Hot Butterbeer Comes to Universal Orlando Resort

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    Guests have tried it cold, frozen - and even as an ice-cream flavor. Beginning today, November 21, 2014, Universal Orlando Resort will now offer hot Butterbeer at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. To celebrate this new addition, some of the first guests at Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley and Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade were surprised with complimentary cups of the new drink. © 2014 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved. Hot Butterbeer is a smooth, hot beverage reminiscent of shortbread...
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    "Walt's Trains - I Have Always Loved Railroading" exhibit opens at the Walt Disney Family Museum

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    When one thinks of Walt Disney, naturally you often think of the many great projects that were produced by the company that bears his name. Movies or theme parks, for example. But there is another side of the man that often tends to be overlooked. That of what he did to relax. The things he enjoyed to divert his focus away from the pressures of managing those many projects. The Walt Disney Family Museum has opened a wonderful new exhibition that takes guests for a look at some of those diversions...
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    Marion Knott, Beloved Member Of The Knott Family, Passed Away At The Age of 92

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    MARION KNOTT, BELOVED MEMBER OF THE KNOTT FAMILY, HAS DIED Marion Knott with Roaring 20s plans, Knott's Berry Farm, circ 1974 Photo courtesy Orange County Archives. Knott's Berry Farm is saddened by the passing of Marion Genevieve Knott, daughter of Walter and Cordelia Knott. The youngest of her four siblings, Marion Knott made significant contributions to the theme park, including the expansion of the park in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s and the addition of the beloved area for children, Camp...
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    First Look at Walt Disney Studios Live-action Feature "Cinderella" Directed by Kenneth Branagh

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    A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, "Cinderella" brings to life the timeless images from Disney's 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually-dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation. The payoff poster, featuring Lily James as Cinderella, was photographed by Annie Leibovitz exclusively for the film's campaign. Additional photos by Annie Leibovitz featuring the cast from the film can be seen in the costume feature of Vogue magazine's...
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    How a droopy diaper and a cute rice cooker helped inspire Baymax's distinctive look and movement in Disney's "Big Hero 6"

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    If you're a new parent and find that there's something strangely familiar with Baymax, the huggable robot star of " Big Hero 6 ," there's a good reason for that. "It took us a while to find just the right walk cycle for Baymax," Zach Parrish -- an Animation Supervisor on "Big Hero 6" -- admitted. "But in the end, we decided to model his walk on a baby with a loaded diaper." Which -- I know -- may sound like an odd choice. But given that this Don...
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    Snoopy Leaks "The Peanuts Movie" Trailer

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    THE PEANUTS MOVIE Snoopy, the world's most lovable beagle - and flying ace! - embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home. THE PEANUTS MOVIE Official Socials Facebook: http://facebook.com/PeanutsMovie Twitter: http://twitter.com/PeanutsMovie Instagram: http://instagram.com/PeanutsMovie Google+: http://google.com/+PeanutsMovie #PeanutsMovie
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    Watch Groot's famous catchphras​e taking root in languages across the galaxy in celebratio​n of today's release of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy on Digital HD

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    Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is available today on Digital HD for you to take anywhere when you sign up for Disney Movies Anywhere To celebrate the release, you can watch a video featuring Groot’s famous catchphrase in multiple languages across the galaxy! Today also marks Walmart’s VUDU service joining Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) as a participating retailer, further enhancing the ability to manage and enjoy your digital collections of Disney, Pixar, and Marvel movies at home...
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    Uncover a mystery about Ezra’s past when Star Wars Rebels airs at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT Monday, November 17th on Disney XD

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    In the first of a two-part story arc, someone from Ezra's past needs help to escape Imperial forces on Lothal in "Empire Day," an all new episode of Star Wars Rebels ! After the crew of the Ghost wreaks havoc on the Imperials' Empire Day celebration - an annual event commemorating the founding of the Empire - they discover an old friend of Ezra's parents who has escaped with secrets vital to the Empire. Pursued by Agent Kallus and the Inquisitor, the rebels attempt to smuggle...
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    Craig McCracken talks about the labor intensive story process behind Disney XD's "Wander Over Yonder"

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    How long does it take a group of grown-ups to come up with a workable storyline for an 11 minute-long cartoon? Would you believe two days? So says Craig McCracken , the talent behind those Emmy-Award winning Cartoon Network series, " The Powerpuff Girls " and " Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends ." Though -- more recently -- Craig has been riding herd on Disney XD 's acclaimed animated adventure, " Wander Over Yonder ." Mind you, this character-driven sci-fi...
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    "Disney During World War II" and "Hope: Entertainer of the Century" showcase two Hollywood legends who did everything they could for the troops

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    As a former servicemember, I have to admit that I'm always intrigued by how various entertainment entities observe Veterans Day. Take -- for example -- PBS . Their way of acknowledging that today is November 11th (i.e., the date that our nation honors all those who have served in both wartime and peacetime) is by airing a two hour-long documentary on the Navy Seals . Meanwhile over at Disney Junior , they're showing a special episode of " Doc McStuffins " called "Training Army...
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    Hollywood creatives and theme park fans appreciate the Universal difference

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    It's often been said that if you build a better mouse trap, the world will beat a path to your door. Harry Potter fans race up the red carpet to be among the first to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley when this new "land" at Universal Studios officially opened to the public on July 8, 2014. Copyright NBCUniversal. All rights reserved Well, when Comcast reported its third quarter results last month, it wasn't a mouse trap that turbo-charged that corporation's...
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    Celebrate the Holidays at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort

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    WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (November 10, 2014) - Celebrate the holidays as a family when LEGOLAND ® Florida Resort hosts its annual Christmas Bricktacular and Kids' New Year's Eve celebrations, beginning weekends in December. Visitors can participate in extraordinary holiday-themed LEGO ® builds, interact with LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier Characters and experience snow falling down on Fun Town. Nightly fireworks begin on Dec. 26 and will last until the end of the year. LEGOLAND Florida...
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    Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast​: Rosario Dawson Cast as 'Nyx'

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    Copyright 2014 Walt Disney Enterprises. All rights reserved. Actress Rosario Dawson lends her voice as a fiery and courageous fairy, "Nyx", in the all-new Disney Fairies adventure, "Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast", out on Blu-ray TM March 3, 2015. Nyx is a Scout Fairy charged with protecting the luscious land of Pixie Hollow and all of the fairies who reside there. A true professional who takes her job very seriously-maybe a little too seriously-allowing facts and...
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    Mylan Signs Strategic Alliance Agreement with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts to Enhance Access to EpiPen® (epinephrine) Auto-Injectors

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    EpiPen ® Auto-Injector Locations Designated on Updated Guide Maps and Signage New Multi-year Alliance to Increase Anaphylaxis Awareness through Multiple Educational Initiatives PITTSBURGH - Nov. 7, 2014 - Mylan Inc. (Nasdaq: MYL) today announced it has signed a multi-year strategic alliance agreement with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts to help increase awareness of anaphylaxis, a life-threatening (severe) allergic reaction. The agreement includes updated maps in Disney's domestic theme parks...
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    From "Planes" to "Show Boat," "Fernwood 2 Tonight" to "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," Fred Willard looks back on his storied career

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    Ol' Man River, he just keeps rollin' along ... As does Fred Willard . You'd think -- given that this veteran actor / comedian turned 75 back in September -- that Willard would finally begin to slow down at this point. Well, think again. For this Fall has been full of firsts for Fred. Take -- for example -- last month, when Willard made his daytime drama debut on " The Bold and the Beautiful ." Fred appeared in four episodes of this long-running CBS soap opera back in October...
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    "Star Wars Rebels" uses characters & vehicles that were designed for the original trilogy to expand the saga

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    When the powers-that-be at Disney & Lucasfilm decided that they wanted to set " Star Wars Rebels " in that time period between the prequels and the original trilogy, executive producer Dave Filoni knew that this new Disney XD animated series was going to be tough to pull off. "Look, it's one thing to do what we did on ' Star Wars: The Clone Wars .' That animated series was set between ' Attack of the Clones ' and ' Revenge of the Sith .' So we had a...
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    First Lady Michelle Obama to Host "Doc McStuffins​" Screening for Military Families at The White House

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    A SPECIAL VETERANS DAY "DOC McSTUFFINS" STORY REFLECTING THE NEEDS AND CONCERNS OF MILITARY FAMILIES WILL BE PRESENTED TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11 ON DISNEY CHANNEL -- First Lady Michelle Obama to Host Special Joining Forces Screening for Military Families at The White House -- A special "Doc McStuffins" episode continues Disney's legacy of support for military families through a storyline that gently reflects common emotions young children face but find difficult to express when...
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    Disney Interactive Delivers Disney-Themed Starter Pack and Disney Originals Figures In Time for the Holidays

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    Disney Infinity: Toy Box Starter Pack (2.0 Edition) Available Now In Retail Stores Nationwide Glendale, CA - Nov. 4, 2014 - Today, Disney Interactive announced the availability of the Disney Infinity: Toy Box Starter Pack (2.0 Edition) , a special Disney-themed Starter Pack featuring fan favorites Merida and Stitch and new Toy Box Games set in the worlds of "Lilo and Stitch" and "Brave," all for a suggested retail price of $59.99. The company also announced the launch of its Disney...
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    Knott's 'Special Ops: Infected' proves that wide open spaces can be just as scary as dark twisty mazes

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    It sounds like an interesting challenge. Staging an authentic-looking zombie apocalypse while -- at the same time -- not scratching up any of Grizzly Creek Lodge's nice new furniture. But that's exactly what Jon Cooke has spent the past five-and-a-half weeks doing. Taking Knott's Berry Farm 's recently refurbished Camp Snoopy and -- using the 45 minutes between when this Buena Park theme park closes for the day and when Halloween Haunt officially opens for the night -- then transforming...
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    Walt Disney Birthplace Restoration - Phase One: Halfway Home

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    Last week, I attended a fundraising dinner at one of Walt's favorite restaurants, The Tam O'Shanter . As attendees dined on their famous prime rib, Disney author (and former Disney Home Video honcho) Mindy Johnson talked with special guests Alice Davis and Kathryn Beaumont about their experiences with Walt. Alice talked about how she first met Walt (at that very restaurant!) and how Walt prophesied that one day she would work for him, and how that prophecy coming true worked out. Kathryn...
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    On the heels of making his directorial debut on Disney XD's "Lab Rats," Hal Sparks talks about the serious side of making sitcoms

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    Since he's a relatively youthful 45 year-old, it's genuinely hard to think of Hal Sparks as an elder statesman of broadcasting. But then again, given that Sparks booked his first professional TV hosting gig while still in high school (At 18 years of age, Hal was the host of " Treasure Mall ," that short-lived syndicated game show), he's already got over a quarter-of-a-century of in-front-of-the-camera time under his belt. "And I've been in this business long enough...
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    Where to stay in Orlando Based on Customer Ratings: Disney Owned Hotels vs Non Disney Hotels

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    This duo is immortalized in a small bronze statue in the center of the park, on the circle at the end of Main Street U.S.A. directly in front of Cinderella Castle. © Disney, All Rights Reserved, Disney Parks & Travel Are you trying to decide where to stay for your next Disney World vacation? As you probably already know you have a lot of different options, there are literally thousands of hotels, vacation homes, and timeshare resorts to choose from. I recently did a study on guest satisfaction...
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    Your favorite cartoon characters come back from the dead for Disney Television Animation's "Re-Animated: The Zombie Show"

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    Most companies -- when they're celebrating their 30th anniversary -- would hold a party. Maybe spring for a sheet cake and some punch. Photo by Rick Rowell . Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved But because Disney Television Animation will be commemorating this auspicious occasion next month right after Halloween, they decided to put a ghoulish spin on their 30th anniversary celebration. Which is why all of the talented artists, executives and staffers who work at TVA were invited...
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    MARVEL Studios Unveils Phase 3 of Marvel Cinematic Universe

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    Copyright 2014 Getty Images. Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez This morning, during a special event at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed the films that will make up Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, featuring a mix of fan-favorite characters and several heroes who will be making their big-screen debuts. . Copyright 2014 Getty Images. Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez The next two films to be released by Marvel are AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON on May 1,...
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    Nana finally makes it to Never Land in "Battle for the Book!," a primetime "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" special

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    Let's be honest here. You kind of feel bad for Nana whenever you watch Disney's " Peter Pan ." Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved After all, everyone else gets to fly off to Never Land in this 1953 animated feature. But because Mr. Darling had tied this canine caretaker up in the backyard before he and Mrs. Darling then went out for the evening, even though Michael actually sprinkles Nana with pixie dust, she just wind up levitating at the end of her leash. Mind...
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    John Musker and Ron Clements chart an ambitious course for "Moana," Walt Disney Animation Studios' 2016 release

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    They've taken us under the sea with their charming reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen's " The Little Mermaid ." Not to mention soaring through the sky aboard a magic carpet in their wildly comic take on the 1001 Arabian Nights, " Aladdin ." So where will John Musker and Ron Clements be taking moviegoers next? To the South Seas. A remote spot on the map that these two Walt Disney Animation Studios veterans genuinely believe is the perfect setting for "Moana,"...
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    Marvel - & Hydra - Release "Avengers: Age of Ultron" teaser trailer & poster (Video)

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    AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON MARVEL STUDIOS Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/avengers Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/avengers Marvel Studios presents "Avengers: Age of Ultron," the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test...
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    How Wilmer Valderrama helped make 'From Dusk Till Dawn' a featured attraction at this year's Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights

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    If you're one of the tens of thousands of people who've already screamed your way through the "From Dusk Till Dawn" maze at this year's Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood and the Universal Orlando Resort ... Well, you have Wilmer Valderrama to thank for those scares. And -- no -- that's not because Wilmer plays a key role in this hit TV series on the El Rey Network . But rather because Valderrama has been a longtime Halloween Horror Nights fan. "Seriously...
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    How Comic-Con helped create fans for Disney XD's "Star vs. The Forces of Evil" six months before its first episode airs

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    There's a way that things used to work in the television animation universe. First a new show would go on the air. Then viewers would sample a few episodes and decide if they actually liked a program. If that were the case, then the fan base for this new animated series would slowly build over time. Well, things move a lot faster these days. Take -- for example -- Disney XD's "Star vs. The Forces of Evil." The new animated series doesn't actually go on the air 'til January...
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    Pixar's "Lava" uses massive characters & settings to tell sweet little love story

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    The history of Hollywood is littered with stories of short leading men and all the tricks the studios had to use in order to make these diminutive actors seem larger-than-life. But what happens when you have the opposite problem? When your film is built around a performer who's so enormous that it's genuinely hard to fit them in the frame with anyone else? That's the challenge that James Ford Murphy faced with " Lava ," the brand-new short he just wrote & directed for Pixar...
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    Disney characters puts the fun in fundraising at annual CHOC "Walk in the Park" event

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    It's the fundraiser that Disney fans happily and willingly get out of bed at 3 a.m. to take part in. The one that people actually schedule their Southern California vacations around, with some participants flying in from as far away as Texas, Illinois and Connecticut. Which event am I talking about? The largest walk for pediatric care in the nation, Children's Hospital of Orange County 's annual "Walk in the Park." Or as this 5K is more fondly known to the thousands who participate...
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    ALADDIN Breaks New Amsterdam Box Office Record For 2nd Time

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    WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 12, 2014 Aladdin , Disney's Tony Award®-winning new musical comedy, broke the house record at the New Amsterdam Theatre for the second time last week (w/e 10/12/14) with a gross of $1,614,428.00. The previous record of $1,602,785.00 was set by Aladdin just two months ago for the week ending August 10, 2014. Since beginning performances on February 26, 2014, Aladdin has consistently numbered in the top 10 highest-grossing Broadway shows each week and has established itself...
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    "Big Hero 6" hopes to make a big splash in the Big Apple at this year's New York Comic-Con

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    To hear Don Hall tell this story, it was just weeks after The Walt Disney Company revealed that it would be acquiring Marvel Entertainment for $4.24 billion back in August of 2009 when he first came up with the idea of using a relatively obscure Marvel comic book series as the inspiration for a full-length animated feature. "I grew up loving Marvel comics. So imagine my excitement when those two crazy kids -- Marvel & Disney -- got together," The co-director of " Big Hero 6 "...
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    Tomorrowland: Do you want to go? (Teaser Trailer Video)

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    From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird's riveting, mystery adventure "Tomorrowland," starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as "Tomorrowland." What they...
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    "Downton Abbey" stars help "Doc McStuffins" pay tribute to the "Lady with the Lamp," Florence Nightingale

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    Are you a stateside " Downton Abbey " fan? If so, isn't it just killing you that -- while Season 5 of this acclaimed period drama officially got underway in the U.K. back on September 21st -- here in the States, we actually have to wait 'til January of 2015 before we can then find out what's been going on with the Earl of Grantham & his extended family. Well, if you're just not willing to wait another three months before you can once again hear Mrs. Patmore clattering...
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    50th anniversary display of 1964 - 1965 New York World's Fair items was one of the highlights of this year's Big E

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    I don't know about you folks. But weekends here are all about getting away. Even if it's just for a little while. Turning off my laptop & pushing back from my desk. Getting out of the house for even a few hours with the hope that a temporary change of venue might help Nancy & I recharge our batteries. Take -- for example -- last weekend. When we hopped in the car and drove on down to Massachusetts to catch the last day of the Big E. Photo by Jim Hill For those of you who don't...
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    WDFM fifth anniversary, Diane's "book" could become a never-ending story

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    Today marks the fifth anniversary of the public opening of The Walt Disney Family Museum at The Presidio of San Francisco. And, while the museum gears up for a full year of special events, including today's extended hours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., I thought it was appropriate to review the museum's past, look ahead a bit and honor the museum's co-founder, Walt's daughter Diane Disney Miller, who died Nov. 19, less than a month away from her 80th birthday. Tributes to Diane Miller from...
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    Disney•Pixar’s Original Movie “ Inside Out” is a Major Emotion Picture (Video: Teaser)

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    Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new...
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    Damon Lindelof's obsession with Peter the Panda leads to a "Lost" -inspired episode of "Phineas and Ferb"

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    Ten years ago this week, the world was first introduced to " Lost ," that Emmy Award-winning series which Jeffrey Lieber , J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof created for ABC that soon became an obsession with television viewers. Each week, million of people would first tune in to watch the continuing adventures of the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 and then spend the following day discussing what the hatch, the smoke monster and -- of course -- those polar bears might actually mean. Mind you...
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    Nate D. Sanders' auction throws a spotlight on Ray Bradbury's long association with The Walt Disney Company

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    When I dropped by Disneyland earlier this month, I made a point of walking through Frontierland. Not so much to check out the "Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush" game ... Photo by Jim Hill ... which -- I have to admit -- given all the Guests crowded around the telegraph station that afternoon looked wildly popular / like a lot of fun. Photo by Jim Hill No, the reason I was there was to check out the Halloween Tree. But because I was there on September 8th and Disneyland's Halloween...
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    10 Things You Should Know About "The Boxtrolls"

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    On September 26th, Focus Features will present LAIKA's "The Boxtrolls". A family event movie from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s...
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    Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures' "Big Hero 6" Trailer 2 is the Hairy Baby's Meow

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    From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind "Frozen" and "Wreck-It Ralph," comes "Big Hero 6," an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (voice...
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    It's all the little details that help Universal Orlando deliver the really big scares at Halloween Horror Nights 24

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    You can't spell "scare" without "care." And the fiendish folks behind Universal Orlando 's Halloween Horror Nights clearly understand this. That's why they put a full year of careful thought & planning into the 24th edition of this seasonal scare-fest. Which officially opens to the public tonight at Universal Studios Florida . Copyright 2014 Universal Studios. All rights reserved But given the sheer size & scale of this annual entertainment experience (We're...
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    Disney's "Into the Woods" Poster Warns: Be Careful What You Wish For

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    "Into the Woods" is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)-all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James...
  • Jim Hill

    Will this eye-popping CG animation test power up Genndy Tartakovsky's "Popeye" ?

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    Everyone knows that Popeye is " ... strong to the finich 'cuz he eats his spinach." But what was this Sailor Man like before he discovered that those leafy greens gave him amazing strength? And what were Popeye's early days at sea like? And where exactly did he get that anchor-shaped tattoo? That's what Genndy Tartakovsky aims to find out with that feature-length "Popeye" project that he's currently developing for Sony Pictures Animation . Genndy Tartakovsky in...
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    Italy's Largest Computer Graphics Conference "View" to Feature World Premiere Talk on Disney's "Big Hero 6"

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    Keynote Speakers Include Tom McGrath from DreamWorks Animation, Pixar-co-founder Alvy Ray Smith and legendary animator Glen Keane TURIN, ITALY - Attendees at Italy's largest computer graphics conference to be held October 14-18 in beautiful Turin, Italy, can now register online at http://viewconference.it/ for the full conference, for inspiring and creative workshops led by award-winning professionals, and for practical master classes taught by expert users. "I know from experience that...
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    Disney looks to avoid the mistakes that it made with "The Little Mermaid" as it expands its "Frozen" empire

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    25 years ago when "The Little Mermaid" first arrived in theaters, The Walt Disney Company really wasn't ready to capitalize on how successful that hand-drawn animated feature would become. And I mean REALLY not ready. If you dropped by your local Disney Store during the 1989 holiday season looking to purchase some "Little Mermaid" -themed merchandise, you'd have learned that what little had been ordered in advance had long since been sold out. Most likely, the only item...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    GameStop Expo 2014 gives Disney fans sneak preview of "Big Hero 6: Battle in the Bay" and Disney Infinity 2.0 figures

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    So what was GameStop Expo 2014 (i.e., that seven hour-long experience which was held at the Anaheim Convention Center back on September 10th) like? Photo by Shelly Valladolid I have to admit that I found the whole event to be pretty sweet. I mean, you had over 80 companies like Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, EA, Activision and Ubisoft all there under one roof. And if you want to play a game that wasn't even on the market yet (EX: Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts 2.5 ReMIX ) ... Photo by Shelly Valladolid...
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