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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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    Win a trip from Disney to Rapunzel's Royal Celebration in London

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    DISNEY GIVES FANS A CHANCE TO WIN A TRIP TO RAPUNZEL’S ROYAL CELEBRATION AT KENSINGTON PALACE IN LONDON Fans Can Participate Through the “My Princess Moment – The Story Begins With You” Video Contest on Disney.com Glendale, Calif. – August 25, 2011 – As Rapunzel is welcomed into the Disney Princess royal court on Oct. 2 at Kensington Palace in London, England, Disney Princess fans can feel a part of the special occasion by participating in an online video contest...
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    Jay Leads The Way

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    With James (Jay) Rasulo quickly slipping into Paul Pressler's old position, Jim Hill predicts that this will be great news for Disney theme park fans who live outside of the U.S. As for the rest of us ... Well ... ...
  • Dan Viets

    Disneyana fans flock to Marceline's Toonfest

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    Dan Viets checks in with a report about what happened last month when cartoonists, Imagineers and film historians all descended on Walt Disney's old hometown....
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    Kermit the Frog Joins the First Lady in a Special Appearance at the National Tree Lighting

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    Photo by Sara Jaye Weiss The 2011 National Christmas Tree Lighting took place on Thursday, December 1, 2011 on the Ellipse at President's Park in Washington, D.C. The ceremony ushers in the holiday season in our nation's capital and can be viewed on demand online at www.thenationaltree.org . The event can also be seen on public television throughout the month of December. Check local listings or visit www.thenationaltree.org for more information. The National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony...
  • Jim Hill

    Further thoughts on the Glen Keane / Andreas Deja debate

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    As you might expect, there's more to this story than meets the eye. Jim Hill shares what he's learned over the past couple of days....
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    "Newsies" Celebrates First Anniversary on Broadway

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    As a Thank You to Fans, Tony®-Winning Musical to Offer Free Ticket Lottery For One Week Only, March 23 - 29 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Friday, March 22, 2013): Newsies , The Tony Award-winning hit Broadway musical, celebrates one year on Broadway March 29 th at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41 st Street, New York City). To thank the fans of the show whose support brought Newsies to the Great White Way and who have made it one of Broadway's biggest hits, tickets at the Newsies lottery will...
  • Jeff Lange

    A Front Row Seat at Disneyland's Star Ceremony

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    Jeff Lange takes you to Tinsel Town, where -- last Thursday -- Hollywood's Chamber of Commerce paid tribute to "The Happiest Place on Earth" in recognition of the Anaheim theme park's 50th anniversary....
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    Disney's The Lion King Celebrates Sold-out Four-week Engagement in Schenectady

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    Schenectady, NY (March 23, 2011) – Disney’s THE LION KING continues to reign across North America with a sold-out four-week premiere engagement in Schenectady, NY which concluded on Sunday, March 20. The engagement, which the Albany Times Union enthused, “offers all of the spectacle one would expect and then some,” grossed over $5.2 million at the box office and entertained more than 77,000 patrons during 32 performances at Proctors Theatre. It is estimated that THE LION KING...
  • Jim Hill

    Tales from the Tour: Making a Mountain out of Moat Movings

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    As part of his promotional effort for next weekend's JHM tours of Disneyland & Disney's California Adventure, Jim Hill reveals the real reason that the Matterhorn was so quickly constructed in 1958 / 1959....
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    Monday Mouse Watch: Waiting on John

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    Jim Hill shares the latest scuttlebutt coming out of Walt Disney Imagineering. Where the guys at WDI figure that it will at least be another six months before John Lasseter can take a more hands-on approach toward creatively overseeing that part of the company...
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    Super Villains Come to Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition)

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    Today, Disney Interactive officially announced that a trio of popular Super Villains will be entering the world of Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) - Green Goblin from Spider-Man, Ronan the Accuser from Guardians of the Galaxy and the infamous Loki, God of Mischief from The Avengers. Whether it's flexing their unstoppable powers for all things evil in their respective Play Sets, the updated Toy Box 2.0, or the newly added structured Toy Box Games, these Super Villains are forces...
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    "The Da Vinci Code" twists with some weird Disney ties

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    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."...
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    AVENGERS Blu-ray Trailer Debuts on Yahoo!

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    America's favorite super heroes come home. Marvel's THE AVENGERS will be available September 25th on Blu-ray Combo Pack
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    Video: See how 'Disney Dreams!' in Disneyland Paris was created then watch the show in its entirety

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    Brand new episode of "D23's Disney Geek" (#57)

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    Remembering Light Magic: Version 2.0 -- Part 4

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    As Jim Hill continues his revamped version of "Light Magic" saga, he takes a moment to explain the Disneyland Entertainment Office's side of the story. Why they did what they did. How "Tinker Bell's Light Magic"'s somewhat strange storyline ended up the way that it did....
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations - What's Your Favorite Disney Meal?

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    The big question today - What is your favorite Disney dining location? Roger wants to know in today's edition of Ruminations....
  • Wade Sampson

    In praise of Ron Miller

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    Wade Sampson returns with an article that asks us to take another look at Disney's former CEO & all he accomplished before Eisner gave him the boot....
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    New Darkwing Duck and Mickey Mouse Comics Out this Week from BOOM! Studios

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    These will be out this week! April 20th, 2011. DARKWING DUCK #11 (A) DARKWING DUCK #11 (B) “Revenge” is a dish best served cold, but “Double-Cross” turns out to be a dish best served…with duck? In this epic installment of the Disney Afternoon juggernaut, nothing is as it seems…or is it? Tune in and find out as Part 3 of Darkwing Duck’s “F.O.W.L. Disposition” charges on! MICKEY MOUSE #307 The celebration of 70 years of Walt Disney’s Comics...
  • Wade Sampson

    In Praise of Alberto Becattini

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    "Alberto Who?" you ask. Here, let JHM columnist Wade Sampson fill you in on who this little known Disney historian actually is....
  • Jim Hill

    A bad news edition of Why For

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    Jim Hill delivers somewhat depressing answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim reveals why "The Morning Report" wound up on the Special Edition "Lion King" DVD, why Innoventions has become so bland, what happens to all those articles on "Save Disney" as well as what's supposedly holding up the Disney Cruise Line's third ship...
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    Never mind Big Brother watching you. What about "My Pal Mickey?"

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    Sure, it's the hot new toy for WDW guests to buy. But what else is "My Pal Mickey" doing for the Mouse (besides fattening Disney's wallet, of course)? Maybe monitoring theme park guests movements? Strange but true, folks. Read and heed....
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    STAR WARS™ Returns to Marvel With Three Blockbuster New Comic Series

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    STAR WARS, DARTH VADER and PRINCESS LEIA Head to Marvel in 2015 New York, NY - July 28 th , 2014 - Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment are extremely proud to announce the iconic Star Wars franchise will return to Marvel in 2015 with a line-up of three comic book titles chronicling the adventures of a galaxy far, far away. Beginning in January 2015, prepare for STAR WARS by writer Jason Aaron ( Thor , Original Sin), artist John Cassaday ( Astonishing X-Men ) and colorist Laura Martin, DARTH VADER...
  • Jim Hill

    Domain names offer unique peek at Disney's future

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    A Disneyland Martial Arts Festival? Or -- better yet -- an official Best Kept Disney Secrets website? Jim Hill shares some of the more intriguing domain names that the Walt Disney Company has registered over the past two months...
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    Why For?

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    In a marathon-length response to a single question, Jim Hill reveals the real reason that Disneyland and Walt Disney World got a "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" ride instead of a "Pooh's Hunny Hunt." (CAUTION: This column will be really depressing reading for hardcore Disneyana fans. So get that Kleenex ready now.)...
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    Universal Orlando Resort Launching Official Mobile Application June 22nd 2011

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    UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT LAUNCHES OFFICIAL MOBILE APPLICATION ON JUNE 22 Universal Orlando’s Mobile Phone App Version 1.0 Provides Interactive Maps, GPS Location, Attraction Information and More App is Available as a Free Download for Apple and Android Mobile Devices WHAT: For the first time ever, Universal Orlando Resort is launching an official mobile application, designed to help guests effortlessly navigate its two theme parks and entertainment complex. Available as a free download for...
  • Wade Sampson

    Wednesdays with Wade: Remembering Rush Johnson

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    Wade Sampson pays tribute to Walt Disney's boyhood friend as well as talking about the Marceline project....
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    BOOM! Studios presents two classic Uncle Scrooge stories by Carl Barks and Don Rosa

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    THIS MAY BOOM! STUDIOS PRESENTS TWO CLASSIC UNCLE SCROOGE STORIES BY CARL BARKS & DON ROSA TWO DISNEY COMICS LEGENDS WITH UNCLE SCROOGE: THE MYSTERIOUS STONE RAY & CASH FLOW February 18, 2010 - Los Angeles, CA – This May BOOM! Studios brings you two legendary Duck artists for two classic Duck stories never before collected together: UNCLE SCROOGE: THE MYSTERIOUS STONE RAY & CASH FLOW! Join in the fun as BOOM! Studios presents two timeless UNCLE SCROOGE adventures by renowned Disney...
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    Disney Turns Up the Heat in "Planes: Fire & Rescue" New Trailer

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    "Planes: Fire & Rescue" is a new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous...
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    Imagineers go "Boo" (and "Hoo") over the surprise cancellation of DCA's "Monsters, Inc." project

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    As WDI tries to regroup from Friday's startling announcement, Jim Hill sifts through the clues and tries to figure out what comes next for the "Superstar Limo" redo. PLUS an update on the inaugural run of JimHillMedia.com's WDW tours....
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    "The 'E' Ticket" continues to impress, while "Tales from the Laughing Place" is still finding its way

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    Over the Memorial Day weekend, Jim Hill caught up on his light reading. He found Jack Janzen's fanzine to still be a delight, while some articles in LaughingPlace's spin-off magazine were sort of a snooze....
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    ToonSeum Picks the Looniest Looney Tunes Saturday January 7th

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    Help the ToonSeum bid farewell to Overture: Behind the Scenes of Looney Tunes with a special screening of our favorite Looney Tunes cartoons, The Ten Looniest, Saturday, January 7th at 5pm. Warner Brothers' timeless Looney Tunes cartoons have left an indelible mark on popular culture and the art of animation, entertaining audiences for over 75 years. Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig have become international cultural icons, as have their brilliant creators Chuck Jones, Robert McKimson, Bob...
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    Disney & Pixar Team Up with NASCAR Driver Casey Mears & Chicagoland Speedway to Bring the Cars "Take Flight" Experience to Race Fans

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    Joliet, IL - September 14, 2012 - Today Disney•Pixar Cars fans teamed up with NASCAR driver Casey Mears to wave the green flag and kick off the Cars "Take Flight" experience during Chase weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, Sept. 14-16. In celebration of the world television premieres of the Cars Toons short films "Air Mater" and "Moon Mater" this fall on Disney Channel, and the launch of a new Cars "Take Flight" product collection, Disney has created a fun...
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    Disney Launches Official TRON Pop-Up Shop At Royal/T In Los Angeles

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    GLENDALE, CALIF. (November 3, 2010) — Disney Consumer Products (DCP) is giving fans the ultimate TRON experience by hosting the official, one and only TRON: Legacy Pop-Up Shop with displays and merchandise inspired by the high-tech 3D adventure, TRON: Legacy , releasing in U.S. theaters Dec. 17, 2010 in Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D. Just in time for the holiday shopping season, this six week-long retail destination for men and women of all ages will offer one-of-a-kind, limited...
  • Wade Sampson

    Wednesdays with Wade: Donald Duck's Other Daddy (PART ONE)

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    Wade Sampson begins a special two part series about Disney animation legend Jack Hannah...
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    Dreamworks Animation: The Latest News on Rise of the Guardians, Madagascar 3 and Dragons Riders of Berk

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    New IRON MAN 3 Images Released

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    Visit the website: http://marvel.com/ironman3 “Like” IRON MAN 3 on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ironman “Follow” IRON MAN 3 on Twitter: @Iron_Man IRON MAN 3 releases in theaters on May 3, 2013
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    Remembering a truly colorful character: John Hench (1908-2004)

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    Jim Hill looks back on the life and times of a real Disney legend: John Hench, who passed away early yesterday morning at the age of 95....
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    Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment to release Diamond Edition of "Bambi" on March 1st

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    DISNEY ADDS A NEW GEM TO THE BLU-RAY™ DIAMOND COLLECTION Walt Disney’s BAMBI Diamond Edition Releases From The Disney Vault on March 1, 2011 Burbank, Calif. , December, 2010 – The Walt Disney Studios proudly announces the addition of BAMBI to its coveted, cutting-edge Blu-ray™ Diamond Collection line-up of Disney’s greatest animated-classics. Released from the Disney vault for a limited time only, BAMBI Diamond Edition features the loveable and adorable wide-eyed fawn...
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    Get ready for the Disneyland Marathon!

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    Jim Hill shares some of the domain names that the Walt Disney Company has registered over the past two months. Several of which hint broadly at a huge new athletic event which will reportedly be held at the Anaheim resort in the autumn of 2006. ...
  • Angela Ragno

    Are you a Pixie Planner?

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    JHM contributor Angela Ragno certainly is. As in: She's one of those Central Florida residents who always goes out of her way to make sure that friends & family have a really great time on their Disney World vacations. Read all about what Angela just did in order to make her Gram's recent WDW trip that much more memorable. ...
  • Jeff Lange

    One last look back at this year's Halloween festivities at Walt Disney World

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    Jeff Lange's just back from Orlando where he spent the weekend getting pictures of all of WDW's festive decor. Take a peek at all his colorful pics....
  • Wade Sampson

    Walt Disney Christmas Stories

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    Wade Sampson returns with a real holiday treat: a series of Christmas-related tales that feature the old Mousetro himself, Walt Disney as well as Walt Disney Studio's resident genius, Ward Kimball. ...
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    See inside D23's 2015 Member Gift - Disneyland Pitch Portfolio (Video)

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    As D23: The Official Disney Fan Club announced at the end of last year, the 2015 D23 Member Gift is a reproduction of a "pitch portfolio" used by the Disney team to help make Walt's dream of Disneyland become a reality. When showcasing the soon-to-be-completed theme park to prospective licensees on the East Coast, the Disney team brought portfolios like this one, which features more than 20 pages of colorful concept artwork. With the gift starting to ship this week, Disney Legend Dave...
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    2015 Philadelphia Flower Show pays tribute to Disney and Pixar films

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    Lights, Cameras, Bloom! The curtain has gone up on the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show , with this year's theme "Celebrate the Movies." The glitz and glamor of Hollywood has transformed the Pennsylvania Convention Center into a studio backlot now through March 8th. Acres of gardens pay tribute to films inspired by Disney and Disney-Pixar. Make no mistake about this presentation of flowers, gardens and shrubs, oh my, it is in no way sponsored by The Walt Disney Company but rather only...
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    D23's Disney Geek vlog takes a look at Fantasyland expansion project

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    A brand new episode of “D23’s Disney Geek” (#26) is now online. This week on the show: - A visit to the Blue Sky Cellar at Disney California Adventure, with new exhibits, an enchanted map and an Imagineer reveals a little secret! - The Studios debuts flashy new racers from “Cars 2” - “The Magic, The Memories and You!” illuminates Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World and “it’s a small world” at Disneyland nightly—and “Johnny...
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations: What's on your iPod, Disneyland?

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    Roger Colton checks in this week with some interesting musical updates from the Disneyland Resort...
  • Jim Hill

    Twas Brillig and the Flying Clothes ...

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    Jim Hill returns with yet another article about WDW cast member-only films. This time around, Jim got to see a lot more of the title character of Disney's "Alice in Wonderland" film than he ever thought possible. Which wasn't necessarily a good thing....
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    Thaddeus Stevens and The Gang Three in New Clips from Steve Spielberg's "Lincoln"

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    Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln,” a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come...
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