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    Print & Play with Disney Tangled's Rapunzel & Flynn

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    D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, Announces Spectacular New Prize For Ultimate Disney Trivia Tournament

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    D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, Announces Spectacular New Prize For Ultimate Disney Trivia Tournament Presented by Hasbro® TRIVIAL PURSUIT: Disney For All Edition Winning Contestant Gets Free Trip on Disney Cruise Line's Newest Majestic Ship, the Disney Fantasy BURBANK, Calif. - May 24, 2011 - D23's Ultimate Disney Trivia Tournament Presented by Hasbro® TRIVIAL PURSUIT: Disney For All Edition kicks off the weekend's activities at this year's D23 Expo with a full day of...
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    D23's Disney Geek talks D23 Expo, movies and trains in this weeks show

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    This week on D23's Disney Geek: - All the big stars, sneak-peek screenings, fantastic panels, dazzling pavilions and much more coming to the D23 Expo! - An early look at "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" starring Jennifer Garner - The California Zephyr departs Disney California Adventure as the park entrance transforms into Buena Vista Street - Viewer questions... and more!
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    Booping with Betty -- Part II

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    Jim Korkis continues his series on the first lady of animation, Betty Boop. In this installment, Korkis recalls Betty's heyday in the mid-1930s ... as well as her unlikely career revival in the late 1960s....
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    Pittsburgh's Toonseum Says Happy Birthday to Hayao Miyazaki With Screenings Throughout January

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    Pittsburgh-- Hayao Miyazaki Screenings Throughout January at the ToonSeum Throughout the month of January, The ToonSeum is proud to present a series of film screenings celebrating the birthday of one of the world's most accomplished artists, Hayao Miyazaki. The filmmaker turns 70 years old on January 5th. Often called the "Walt Disney of Japan," Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli reinvigorated the Japanese animation industry in the 1980's and 90's with a string of genre-defying masterpieces...
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    ACCESS DENIED or "Was it something I said?"

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    Jim Hill reveals what can happen when you tick off Mouse House management. In this case, it meant that JimHillMedia.com -- at the last possible moment -- was barred by Disney Corporate Communications from covering this year's annual meeting....
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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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    Ready or not, here comes Superstar Limo ... again!

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    Perhaps the most ridiculed and reviled theme park attraction in Disney Company history is supposedly being put back into service next month. Jim Hill explains why this particular DCA ride is getting back on the road right now? ...
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    Free Super Screenings at Pittsburgh's museum of the cartoon arts, The ToonSeum

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    The ToonSeum will be presenting several animated and documentary film screenings in conjunction with their summer exhibit Superheroes: Icons and Origins, a exploration of the timeless characters of Marvel and DC Comics. All screenings are free an open to the public. Donations are always welcome. The first half of this series highlights the exceptional work of animator and producer Bruce Timm. Having cut his teeth in early 80s working with Don Bluth and Ralph Bakshi, and later on shows like He-Man...
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    Limited Edition Signed Peanuts: Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown at WonderCon '11

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    For Immediate Release: PEANUTS WONDERCON ‘11 EXCLUSIVE HARDCOVER ONLY AT BOOM! HAPPINESS IS A WARM BLANKET, CHARLIE BROWN LIMITED EDITION HARDCOVERS SERIALLY NUMBERED 1 THRU 100 AVAILABLE ONLY SATURDAY FROM 2-4 PM AT A LIMITED SIGNING BY ARTISTS BOB SCOTT & VICKI SCOTT AT THE BOOM! STUDIOS/KABOOM! BOOTH #415 AGAIN, THESE SIGNED HARDCOVERS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2011 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM March 29, 2010 - Los Angeles, CA - At Wondercon ’11 this coming Saturday don’t...
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    Did Mickey Miss Out on the Muppets?

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    As the marathon-length sale of the Jim Henson Company reportedly draws to a close, Jim Hill asks: Are the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers really going to snatch Kermit & Co. away from the Mouse? ...
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    "Disneyland Resort: Magical Memories for a Lifetime" has too many pictures, not enough words

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    As Jim continues his Southern Californian sojourn, he picks up a copy of the new Disneyland Resort souvenir book and finds it ... well ... rather wanting....
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    It's "Hail Mary" time for "Save Disney"

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    Roy Disney & Stanley Gold file a lawsuit as part of their last ditch effort to return to power at the Walt Disney Company. Jim Hill explains how that this legal manuever might wind up costing Walt's nephew big time....
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    Produced by Disney & Sonia Friedman Productions "Shakespear​e in Love" Opens to Critical Acclaim in London

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    Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall Director Declan Donnellan Designer Nick Ormerod Company with Tom Bateman as Will. Photo by Johan Persson - Disney ‘ « « « « « A stirring love story. Terrific jokes. A joyous celebration of theatre itself. At a time when so many stage shows are based on films, it is odd that it has taken so long for Shakespeare in Love to arrive in the West End, but boy has Lee Hall’s...
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    Universal'​s Cabana Bay Beach Resort Now Accepting Reservatio​ns

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    Universal Announces Room Rates, New Features for New 1,800 Room On-Site Hotel FAST FACTS Book now. Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort is accepting reservations. Opening Dates: early 2014; reservations being accepted for stays beginning on March 31, 2014. Style: Inspired by the iconic beach resorts of the 1950s and 60s, when the pool was the place to relax after the day's road trip. Rooms: 900 Guest Rooms and 900 Family Suites, each with colorful "retro" décor. Pricing: Starting...
  • Jim Hill

    Latest issue of "Tales from the Laughing Place" is fine ... except for the fine print

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    Jim Hill says that there are some great articles (as well as some teeny tiny type) to be found in the third issue of LaughingPlace.com's spin-off magazine....
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    Disney's "Little Big Book of Pooh" is big fun

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    Jim Hill checks in from the backwoods of Georgia with a new brand book review. He says: "Don't let the diminutive size of the new 'Pooh' book throw you. There's lot of interesting adult-type info found inside its kiddie-sized covers."...
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    Broadway Cast of Aladdin Pays Tribute to Robin Williams with a Sing-a-long of Friend Like Me

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    Last night (Tuesday, August 12), the Broadway cast of Aladdin – led by Genie James Monroe Iglehart – led the whole audience in a very moving sing-along of ‘Friend Like Me’ after the performance at the New Amsterdam Theatre. This is a short video cut together from cell phone cameras.
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    ‘Disneynature Oceans’, 'Disneynature The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos'

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    DISNEYNATURE OCEANS - From the same studio that brought you Disneynature Earth , the #1 theatrical nature film of 2009, comes Disneynature’s latest chronicle Disneynature OCEANS – an unprecedented, breathtaking journey deep into uncharted waters of the ocean uncovering the playful splendors and the harsh realities of the weird and wonderful creatures that live within. Debuting on October 19th as a Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD in a single package) and 1-Disc DVD by Walt Disney...
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    An Imagineer's insight on "Disney's America"

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    Want to know what this history theme park was really supposed to be like? Then read what Bob Weis - a WDI senior vice president back in the 1990s as well as the man who originally rode herd on this project - had to say about "Disney's America." ...
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    Tales of the Visual Effects Society: Partying at Pixar

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    In this first installment of a new series for JHM -- which details unique experiences that Jim Hill has had while attending various Visual Effects Society events -- Jim recreates a highlight from "VES 2002," which was when festival attendees got to spend a night noshing and nosing around Pixar Animation's new Emeryville digs....
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    Get a Sneek Peek at Disney "PROM" with These Two New Clips

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    At “Prom,” every couple has a story and no two are exactly alike. Several intersecting stories unfold at one high school as the big dance approaches; “Prom” portrays the precarious passage from high school to independence as some relationships unravel and others ignite. For Nova Prescott (Aimee Teegarden), it’s a battle of wills as she finds herself drawn to the guy (Thomas McDonell) who gets in the way of her perfect prom. Fellow seniors Mei (Yin Chang) and Tyler (De’Vaughn...
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    Getting just the right voices for "Hunchback"'s Gargoyles proved to be a pretty gruesome go

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    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?...
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    A JHM Exclusive: In-depth coverage of David Stainton's meeting yesterday with the WDFA-F crew

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    Only JimHillMedia.com can actually put you inside the room as artists and technicians confront the President of Disney Feature Animation as he tries to defend the corporation's decision to close the Central Florida studio....
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    Roy spreads the word

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    Mouseketrips' Scott Liljenquist was out in Garden Grove, CA. this past weekend to catch Roy Disney's speech at the N.F.F.C. convention. Read all about Scott's impressions of Roy's talk with the Disneyana faithful. ...
  • Matthew Springer

    The Essential Geek #28: "Jurassic Park"

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    Matt Springer presents a column that was "65 million years in the making." Well, sort of ... ...
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    Kenny Ortega to guest star on musical episode of "Phineas and Ferb"

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    KENNY ORTEGA GUEST STARS IN A NEW MUSICAL EPISODE OF "PHINEAS AND FERB" FRIDAY, JANUARY 28 ON DISNEY CHANNEL "Rollercoaster The Musical!" - In this musical, Phineas and Ferb revisit the day they built their gigantic rollercoaster. Using a combination of music, song and dance, Phineas and Ferb build a rollercoaster in their backyard, Candace tries to bust them by getting their mom to return from the grocery store early, and Dr. Doofenshmirtz attempts to pull the Eastern Seaboard...
  • Vance Rest

    The Once and Future Kingdom -- Part II: The Fellowship

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    Themed entertainment insider Vance Rest continues his exciting debut series at JHM. In today's installment, Vance talks about what the Walt Disney Company should be doing to keep its Creative staff happy and productive....
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    You Can Help Legoland California Resort Break the World Record for the Most Vampires in One Place at One Time

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    World Record Attempt: Calling all Vampires! Friday, October 12th* Registration begins at 3 pm, Record attempt recorded at 5pm at Park close We need YOU, parents and kids, to come to LEGOLAND ® California Resort dressed as a Vampire on October 12th to help us break the World Record for the Most Vampires in one place at one time! In preparation for the World Record Attempt, any Park guest can participate in the LEGO ® model group build on October 6, 7, 8 and 11th as we build a 10-foot LEGO...
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    Rumblings at the WDI water cooler

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    Jim Hill's been hanging around the water cooler at Walt Disney Imagineering and what he's heard gets fairly interesting. Will DAK get Lucky? Is "Expedition Everest" due for a rewrite? And is there another WDI layoff in the wings? ...
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    D23's Disney Geek : The countdown to the D23 Expo begins

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    This week on the show: - Walt Disney Parks and Resorts bring a "Carousel of Projects" to the D23 Expo - Phineas and Ferb make beautiful music with... Slash?? - Ridley Pearson, Dave Barry and David Arquette join the roster of talent at the D23 Expo - "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" surfs into homes—with plenty of exciting extras - New additions coming to Walt Disney World's Downtown Disney - The debut of the stunning new entrance to Disney California Adventure...
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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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    Chip Davis to conduct the Mannheim Steamroller orchestra concert at Universal Studios Florida

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    This Saturday guests will enjoy a special occasion as Chip Davis, founder of Mannheim Steamroller, will take the stage to conduct the Mannheim Steamroller orchestra concert. As part of our Holidays celebration at Universal Orlando Resort this year we are excited to have Mannheim Steamroller play their memorable holiday music for our guests on our Music Plaza stage on select nights. With more than 30 million albums sold worldwide Mannheim Steamroller is considered the masters of Christmas music. The...
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    Why For?

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    Jim Hill returns with even more answers to your Disney related questions. This time around, Jim explains the math behind Disney's decision to axe "Lizzie McGuire" after only 65 episodes as well as debunks rumors about the Walt Disney Company building a theme park in Texas. ...
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    ... Unless -- of course -- they service a need

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    Jim Hill takes the contrary position in this argument. Insisting that these unauthorized DVDs actually cater to a niche market that the Walt Disney Company has (up until now, anyway) chosen to ignore. ...
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    Will Disney Digital 3D help make "Chicken Little" a hit big?

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    As the box office expectations for WDFA's first fully CG feature continue to slip, Disney insiders are now pinning their hopes on this new 3D projection process to really help boost "Chicken Little" 's box office numbers....
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    Relativity Music Group Releases Highly Anticipated Jon Brion Movie Soundtrack For ParaNorman August 14th

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    Los Angeles, CA - July 23rd: ParaNorman , the new stop-motion animated comedy thriller, will be released in theaters everywhere on August 17th. The soundtrack, with its music by famed composer, record producer, and singer-songwriter Jon Brion is set for release August 14th from Relativity Music Group. When a small town comes under siege by zombies, who can it call? "Norman!" From Focus Features and LAIKA, the companies behind the Academy Award-nominated animated feature Coraline , comes...
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    Just how well did "Chicken Little" really do this past weekend?

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    It was the No. 1 film in the country this past weekend. So why isn't Jim Hill celebrating "Chicken Little" 's success? Because -- when you really break down the numbers -- this film's box office performance was solid but not exactly spectacular. ...
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    Why For?

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    Jim's in a really generous mood this week. So -- what the hell -- here's even more answers to your Disney related questions. This time around, Hill responds to JHM reader queries about the Big Bad Wolf, Walt Disney himself, the "Love Bug" and "20,000 Leagues" DVDs ... as well as clueing you folks in Southern California on another fun event you can attend this weekend....
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    "Magic Quizdom" is NOT your typical Disney trivia book

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    Jim Hill is no fan of Disney trivia books, but he found lots to like about Kevin Yee and Jason Schulz's new Disneyland quiz book, which explores some of the more obscure aspects of that theme park's history....
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    Walt Disney Pictures/Imagemovers Digital releases 'Mars Needs Moms' Trailer #2

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    MARS NEEDS MOMS (In Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D) WALT DISNEY PICTURES /IMAGEMOVERS DIGITAL Take out the trash, eat your broccoli—who needs moms, anyway? Nine-year-old Milo (Seth Green) finds out just how much he needs his mom (Joan Cusack) when she’s nabbed by Martians who plan to steal her mom-ness for their own young. Produced by the team behind “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” and “The Polar Express,” “Mars Needs Moms” showcases Milo’s...
  • Floyd Norman

    Monkey Business

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    JHM favorite Floyd Norman's back with another great column. This time around, Floyd uses a certain troubled monkey movie as an opportunity to talk about what it was like to work in story at Walt Disney Studios back in the 1960s. ...
  • Wade Sampson

    Wednesdays with Wade: Walt's People, Volume II

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    Want to start off the new year by reading a great new Disney-related book? Then Wade Sampson suggests that you pick up a copy of this new paperback which features 16 interviews with notable Disney artists ...
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations - The Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volumes I, II and III

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    There is a series of DVD's that any true fan of classic animation will want to have. Or will they? Roger Colton has a review of them in this week's Ruminations....
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    New Still from Disney Animated Feature "Wreck-it Ralph" Released for SDCC

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    Copyright 2012 Walt Disney Pictures All rights reserved. Walt Disney Animation Studios and Emmy®-winning director Rich Moore (TV's "The Simpsons," "Futurama") take moviegoers on a hilarious, arcade-game-hopping journey in "Wreck-It Ralph." Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly, "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," "Step Brothers") is tired of being overshadowed by Fix-It Felix (voice of Jack McBrayer, "30 Rock"), the "good...
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    First-ever D23 Expo Japan to be held October 12-14, 2013

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    February 25, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FIRST-EVER D23 EXPO JAPAN TO BE HELD OCTOBER 12-14, 2013 The Official Disney Fan Club's Signature Event Makes Its International Debut Meguro-ku, Tokyo , February 25, 2012 -The Walt Disney Company Japan announced today that it will stage the first-ever D23 Expo Japan , a special event for Disney fans created by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club. D23 Expo Japan, the first Expo to be held outside the U.S., will feature an array of engaging presentations, hosted...
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations - Oktoberfest! There's A Party Going On...

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    Oh, to be in Munich, now that Oktoberfest is here! Alas, it is not to be, but Roger's back with some views of his 2001 visit and more in this week's edition of Ruminations....
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    Take a Peek at the BOOM! Studios March / May Comic Previews

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    BOOM! Studios March Previews for May Shipping 2011 LIFE AND TIMES OF SCROOGE MCDCUK $1 BOOM! BLAST Written by Don Rosa Drawn by Don Rosa SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $1.00 Diamond Code: MAR110954 Greed is good! And this Free Comic Book Day 2011 is your chance to check out a great sample of the Eisner-Award Winning THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SCROOGE MCDUCK in a special $1 BOOM! Blast edition. These stories, written and drawn by legendary cartoonist Don Rosa, chronicle Scrooge McDuck's fascinating life. See...
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    Veterans recognized at Magic Kingdom's flag retreat ceremony

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    In honor of Presidents Day, Jim Hill talks up a patriotic ceremony that's held most afternoons at WDW's flagship theme park ...
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    Mountain climbers for DAK? A "Make-a-Muppet" store for MGM?

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    ... Plus a new "Toy Story" -themed character breakfast for Disney-MGM? Jim Hill shares the latest scuttlebutt that's been coming out of the Walt Disney World Resort...
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