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    Give The Gift of Inspiration - A Ticket to CTN animation eXpo 2011

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    Only 24 hours left to save 20%. "Sharing the CTN Spirit this Holiday Season" Give the gift of inspiration! Full Event Passport to CTNX 2011 Discount Code: CTNXMAS Good for any 1-day or 3-day Pass Offer good until December 24, 2010 midnight Burbank Marriott Convention Center 2500 Hollywood Way Burbank, CA 91505 Map to the event Examiner.com [Los Angeles] "... With a feel that focuses more on the business side of the industry, one expo in particular is very unique, standing out from...
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    Share Your Favorite Universal Orlando Moments and Potentially Be Featured in a Future Universal Orlando Ad Campaign

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    Guests Can Tag Their Photos and Videos on Twitter, Instagram and Vine Using #UniversalMoments for a Chance to be Featured in a Future Ad Campaign Universal Orlando Resort has launched a new online campaign asking guests to share their favorite Universal Orlando moments and potentially be featured in a future Universal Orlando ad campaign. Guests can participate by sharing their favorite moments through photos and videos on Twitter, Vine and Instagram using #UniversalMoments. © 2014 Universal...
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    THE LONE RANGER - Two New Featurette​s Now Available

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    “Like” The Lone Ranger on Facebook: Facebook.com/theloneranger “Follow” The Lone Ranger on Twitter: @loneranger Visit the website: www.disney.com/theloneranger
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    "Night of Joy" participants get advance look at Disney's new "Narnia" movie

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    WDW guests who attended this past weekend's Christian music festival at the Magic Kingdom got to check out a special "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" display. Jeff Lange shows us what it was like....
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations -- Around the Disneyland Resort

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    Things are happening in Anaheim as Disneyland's 50th approaches. Roger has just returned from a visit and has some tidbits to share....
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    Not the usual suspects...

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    Guest Columnist Roger Colton reflects on his recent travels to Southern California....
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    Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment releases Marvel's all-new animated series The AVENGERS: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! Volumes 1 & 2

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    The First 13 Episodes of Marvel’s All New Animated Series To Debut on DVD April 26, 2011 BURBANK, Calif., March 2, 2011 – When the forces of evil are so overwhelming that no single hero can save the world... the Avengers assemble! Featuring Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Hulk, fans can now own the first 13 episodes of The Avengers : Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! in two must-have, collectible DVD volumes, available April 26 by The Walt Disney Studios. ”the show unleashes...
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations

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    Out and about on California's I-5 freeway with Roger, soup, Harris Ranch ... and pot roast!?!??! There's a full selection of topic drift and other obstacles along the way!...
  • Jim Hill

    Typos undermine "Cinema of Robert Zemeckis"

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    Jim Hill really wanted to like this Norman Kagan book, which looked back on the career of Academy Award winning director Robert Zemeckis. But too many mispellings & misidentifications took the fun -- and most of the believability -- out of this Taylor Trade paperback....
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    Are things about to get "Harry" at the Disney theme parks?

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    Word is coming out of Burbank that the Mouse may soon acquire the theme park rights to the characters and settings featured in J.K. Rowling's books. If so, then Jim Hill thinks that this "Potter" acquisition could have a unique impact on Disney's new "site-based entertainment" initiative...
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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...
  • Jim Hill

    A Very "Mary" Christmas: Part I

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    In the first installment of a four-part series, Jim Hill talks about the significant impact that author P.L. Travers had on the production of the "Mary Poppins" motion picture....
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    Will "W.I.T.C.H." be able to win over American tweens?

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    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....
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    More Cheese from the Mouse: "The Gnome-Mobile" and "Blackbeard's Ghost"

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    Using these recent DVD releases from Buena Vista Home Entertainment as a jumping-off point, Jim Hill looks back at the career of veteran Disney director Robert Stevenson....
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    Casey Nicholaw and ALADDIN Cast Members in Vanity Fair on Stands Nationwide March 18

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    BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO OF MAX ABADIAN SHOOT RELEASED Casey Nicholaw , the Tony Award® winning director and choreographer of Disney's Aladdin , a new musical comedy based on the Academy Award®-winning animated film, is featured in the April issue of Vanity Fair . Renowned photographer Max Abadian shot Nicholaw along with Aladdin ’s beautiful ladies Tia Altinay , Daisy Hobbs , Nikki Long , Rhea Patterson , Khori Michelle Petinaud , Ariel Reid , and Marisha Wallace . Click on the...
  • Roger Colton

    Julia Child - An Appreciation

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    Roger Colton offers a fond remembrance of a true television original...
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    This Saturday Universal Orlando Guests Will Feel Like "Kings & Queens" With Rock/ Emo Group Thirty Seconds to Mars

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    THIS SATURDAY GUESTS WILL FEEL LIKE “ KINGS & QUEENS” WITH ROCK/ EMO GROUP THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS LIVE IN CONCERT Last Chance To Experience Mardi Gras 2011 at Universal Orlando Resort WHAT: Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras goes out to the sound of propulsive and melodious guitar this Saturday with Thirty Seconds To Mars performing their electric hits live in concert. This weekend’s concert marks the conclusion of Universal Orlando’s 2011 Mardi Gras event. The popular...
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    DISNEY ANNOUNCES 2010 “MOST WANTED HOLIDAY TOYS” FEATURING TOP TOYS READY TO DELIGHT KIDS OF ALL AGES

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    GLENDALE, Calif. – October 20, 2010 – Long-term play value continues to be an important consideration for parents looking to maximize their holiday shopping budget while still delighting their kids with the coolest toys. For the top toys that kids will play with over and over again, parents and gift-givers need to look no further this holiday season than Disney for toys with industry-leading innovation and evergreen play value. Disney Consumer Products (DCP) released today its annual...
  • Jim Hill

    "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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    D23's Disney Geek #64 is Now Online - Disney Shines with a Treasure Trove of Golden Globe Nominations

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    This week on the show: - A new Disney princess arrives with a few familiar faces - Disney shines with a treasure trove of Golden Globe nominations - The Toys are coming to Tokyo Disneyland Resort - The "Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade" features Cee Lo Green, Justin Bieber, Christina Aguilera, Nick Cannon, Jennifer Hudson, OneRepublic and more! - ElecTRONica updates, sleigh rides at Walt Disney World, "Beauty and the Beast" returns... and more!
  • Wade Sampson

    Farewell to the Land

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    In recognition of today's closure of this Future World pavilion, Wade Sampson looks at the various events that lead to the creation of The Land. Plus Wade explains the significance of this Epcot attraction's decor. ...
  • Floyd Norman

    Crash Landings

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    Animation industry legend Floyd Norman returns with the tale of two high flying animation studios that eventually went down in flames....
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations: Meanwhile, back in Anaheim

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    Now that the busy season is supposedly over, Roger Colton takes his family down to the Disneyland Resort for what he thinks will be a quiet fall weekend at the theme park. Little did he realize that the crowds continue to hang on at "The Happiest Place on Earth" ... ...
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    Disney Twenty-Three Gets Into the Game With an Inside Look at Wreck-it Ralph in Its All-new Winter Issue

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    DISNEY TWENTY-THREE GETS INTO THE GAME WITH AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE MAKING OF THE 3D ANIMATED ARCADE COMEDY WRECK-IT RALPH IN ITS ALL-NEW WINTER ISSUE Diane Disney Miller Gives Fans a Sneak Peek Of The New Snow White Exhibit At The Walt Disney Family Museum Go Behind The Scenes With Epic Mickey Creative Director Warren Spector And Discover How Disney Creates Blockbuster Video Games Exclusive Interviews With Alan Menken And Sarah Silverman BURBANK, Calif. – October 30, 2012 – It’s...
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    North American tour of Disney's "The Lion King" opens tonight in Providence, RI

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    DISNEY'S THE LION KING OPENS TONIGHT AT THE PROVIDENCE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER IN PROVIDENCE, RI Providence, RI, 3 February 2011 - The Providence return of Disney's THE LION KING opens tonight, Thursday, February 3 at 7:30PM at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) for a limited engagement of three weeks through Sunday, February 20. THE LION KING plays Tuesday evenings at 7PM, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7:30PM, Friday evenings at 8PM, Saturdays at 2PM and 8PM and Sundays at...
  • 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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    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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    Watch the LEGO® STAR WARS™ MINILAND Grand Opening Live Online March 31st

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    LEGOLAND ® CALIFORNIA LAUNCHES LIVE LEGO ® STAR WARS ™ MINILAND WEB CAM Fans Can Watch Grand Opening Live Online from a Model Shop Camera! In less than 24 hours, Star Wars ™ Miniland opens at LEGOLAND ® California. For the first time ever, the Park invites fans both near and far, far away to watch live, in real time, the preparations for an opening event via Web Cam. Fans may visit www.LEGOLAND.com/webcam to enjoy the view from the top of the Model Shop as our Master Model...
  • Dan Viets

    Virginia Davis & Floyd Norman are Kansas City Bound

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    Want to help save Walt Disney's first studio? Then Dan Viets suggests that you head to Missouri this coming Saturday, where you can meet two Disney Legends at a Laugh-O-Gram fundraiser....
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    Disney Tangled : First Disney Animated Title to Debut Day-and-Date on Disney Blu-ray 3D

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    A Modern Twist on the Famous Hair-Raising Fable Rapunzel Unravels This Spring! Disney’s 50th Animated Feature Film Debuts as the Ultimate 4-Disc Disney Blu-ray™ Combo Pack on March 29, 2011 -- First Disney Animated Title to Debut Day-and-Date on Disney Blu-ray 3D -- BURBANK, CA, January 24, 2011 – Grossing over 400 million dollars in global theatrical sales to date , TANGLED , The Walt Disney Studios blockbuster animated feature that takes a modern twist on the famous hair-raising...
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    Production has wrapped on the new Pixar short 'La Luna' in time for its Annecy Film Festival debut

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    Directed by Enrico Casarosa Produced by Kevin Reher La Luna is the timeless fable of a young boy who is coming of age in the most peculiar of circumstances. Tonight is the very first time his Papa and Grandpa are taking him to work. In an old wooden boat they row far out to sea, and with no land in sight, they stop and wait. A big surprise awaits the little boy as he discovers his family's most unusual line of work. Should he follow the example of his Papa, or his Grandpa? Will he be able to...
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

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    At the risk of offending even more JHM readers, Jim Hill now answers your questions about the "Ward Kimball" steam engine & Disneyland's "Alice in Wonderland" dark ride, talks about which attractions were actually open at that theme park on July 17, 1955, reveals WDI's capacity concerns about "Expedition Everest" as well as looking back at the "Country Bear Jamboree" 's beginnings. ...
  • 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 ...
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    MARY POPPINS Concludes Sold-Out Run in Melbourne; Flies into Sydney Beginning April 17

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    AUSTRALIAN PRODUCTION OF MARY POPPINS PLAYS FINAL PERFORMANCE IN MELBOURNE ON FRIDAY, APRIL 1 Australia’s Favorite Musical Plays to Sold-Out Houses at Her Majesty’s Theatre and Welcomes More Than 500,000 Theatergoers ‘Mary’ Flies into Sydney at the Capitol Theatre Beginning April 17 Melbourne, Australia (Friday, April 1, 2011) – Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s beloved Australian production of MARY POPPINS will play its final performance in Melbourne at Her Majesty’s...
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    Blair Underwood and Family Visit Universal Orlando Resort

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    © 2010 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved Photo Credit: Kevin Kolczynski, Universal Orlando Resort Cowabunga Dude - Actor Blair Underwood stopped by with children Blake (9) and Paris (13) to kid around with Bart and Homer Simpson while visiting Universal Orlando Resort on December 28, 2010. Underwood, along with wife, Desiree, and their three children, was hosted for the day to enjoy award-winning attractions like The Simpsons Ride at both Universal Orlando theme parks. The Simpsons...
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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...
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    New D23's Disney Geek" - #60- News from Broadway, Imagineering and Tokyo

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    The Essential Geek #22: High Fidelity

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    Matt Springer is back with a somewhat introspective article. One that tries to explain what makes a geek a geek by examining Nick Hornby's most excellent novel, "High Fidelity". ...
  • Floyd Norman

    Requiem for a Gag Man

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    Animation industry legend Floyd Norman thinks that it's no laughing matter that big shot screenwriters now control the animated story telling in Hollywood....
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    TRON: Legacy Takes Over Disney.com

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    GET ON THE GRID AS ‘TRON: LEGACY’ TAKES OVER DISNEY.COM The infamous TRON light cycle breaks through Disney.com today revealing all new exclusive ‘TRON: Legacy’ features BURBANK, Calif., Dec. 16, 2010 – The infamous TRON light cycle literally breaks through Disney.com’s homepage today, in awe-inspiring fashion, revealing all new exclusive videos, games, downloads and more. To prepare for the highly anticipated film, fans can go to Disney.com’s “TRON...
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    3 days and counting: The Walt Disney Feature Animation-Florida countdown clock ticks on

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    As the deadline for the official announcement draws ever nearer, Jim Hill tries to pin down the exact moment that Mouse House managers lost their enthusiasm for Feature Animation-Florida; he seems to think that it had something to do with "Lion King II". PLUS a dramatic new development! ...
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    Another JimHillMedia.com exclusive: On the set of Disney's "Haunted Mansion" movie

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    Well, today may be Disneyland's 48th birthday, but it's JHM readers who are getting a gift. Here's another highly detailed story from the set of Disney's eagerly awaited "Haunted Mansion" flick. WARNING! There be spoilers ahead....
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    What Pixar reportedly wants from Disney

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    With the formal negotiations between these two entertainment giants just about to get underway, Jim Hill reveals some of the terms & conditions that Steve Jobs is supposedly asking for if Disney wishes to continue doing business with Pixar Animation Studios...
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    CELEB ALERT: Gloria Estefan Transforms into Vampire at Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 22

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    © 2012 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved. Grammy award-winner Gloria Estefan transformed into a menacing vampire on October 6, 2012 while visiting Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 22. The "Queen of Latin Pop" joined forces with other "scareactors" to terrify unsuspecting guests walking the streets of Universal Studios. "The rhythm finally got me!"she exclaimed after gazing at her undead self for the first time. After causing her share...
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    Cartoon Art Museum & The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity to Host Reception for Chuck Jones Exhibition

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    Chuck Jones: Drawing on Imagination Opening Reception Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 6pm to 9pm San Francisco, CA: The Cartoon Art Museum and The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity will host a special reception for the exhibition Chuck Jones: Drawing on Imagination on Saturday, March 23, 2013 . Special guests include Chuck Jones' widow, Marian Jones , his daughter, Linda Jones Clough, and his grandson, Craig Kausen , who is the Chairman of The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, as well as other...
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    This week's D23 Disney Geek takes you from Times Square to Radiator Springs by way of the Hundred Acre Wood

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    This week on the show: - Arena schedule for the D23 Expo—including Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Marvel and "Shake It Up!"—is announced - Phineas and Ferb's Perry the Platy-bus drives into Times Square - A close-up look at progress on Radiator Springs Racers - The scoop from D23's "Wonderful Morning with Winnie the Pooh"—including something new for Eeyore! - Tinker Bell and her fairy friends return to the Magic Kingdom - "Winnie...
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    Behind the Scenes with Director Steven Spielberg on Dreamworks Pictures' "War Horse" set

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    Director Steven Spielberg and star Jeremy Irvine on the set of DreamWorks Pictures’ “War Horse”, an epic adventure set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War. Photo byDavid Appleby ©DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC. All Rights Reserved. From director Steven Spielberg comes “War Horse,” an epic adventure for audiences of all ages. Set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War, “War...
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    "Being Erica" Season Three Premiers On SOAPNET January 26,2011

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    B eing Erica Third season premieres Wednesday, January 26, 2011 @ 11pm ET/PT When we first met thirty-something Erica Strange two years ago, she was single, working a dead-end job, and had little hope for the future. A "chance" meeting with the mysterious Dr. Tom altered her life when he began allowing her to travel back in time to make some changes and get a "do-over" with her past regrets. In Season Three, Erica finds herself overwhelmed with trying to start a new business with...
  • Wade Sampson

    Wednesdays with Wade: 50 years of "Lady and the Tramp"

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    This week, Wade Sampson is going to the dogs. Literally. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of "Lady and the Tramp," Wade takes a look back at the creation of this much beloved Disney classic. ...
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    Walt's Gremlins

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    Wade Sampson follows up yesterday's "Der Fuehrer's Face" article with a piece about a World War II era project that never quite made it off of Disney's drawing board: Roald Dahl's "Gremlins."...
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