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    Internationally Acclaimed Screenwriter, Director & Producer M. Night Shyamalan Visits The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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    Photo: Sheri Lowen, Universal Orlando Resort © 2011 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved. The internationally acclaimed screenwriter, film director and producer M. Night Shyamalan was hosted by Universal Orlando Resort and experienced the most spectacularly themed environment ever created – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Best known for films such as “The Sixth Sense,” “The Village” and “Signs,” Shyamalan enjoyed browsing the unique merchandise...
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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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    New Character Images from Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie"

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    EDGAR “E” GORE (voiced by Atticus Shaffer) Edgar “E” Gore is a needy misfit who doesn’t have friends but is desperate to be Victor’s partner for the science fair. In his attempts to be accepted ‘E’ tends to mess things up and often fails to think before he speaks. Even though ‘E’ promises not to tell Victor’s secret, he accidentally spills the beans MR. RZYKRUSKI (voiced by Martin Landau) Mr. Rzykruski is the new science teacher at...
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    Official "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" Synopsis Released by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

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    Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) finds himself on an unexpected journey to the fabled Fountain of Youth when a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz) forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane) in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. " Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Rob Marshall, this upcoming Walt Disney Pictures release (which hits theaters on May 20, 2011) captures the fun, adventure and humor that...
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    SEA LIFE™ Carlsbad Aquarium at LEGOLAND® California Resort Welcomes Octopus Home

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    Cephalopods Find Home Under the Sea in an Octopus' Garden SEA LIFE™ Carlsbad Aquarium Welcomes Creatures to new Exhibit CARLSBAD, Calif. (April 20, 2011) – Today SEA LIFE™ Carlsbad Aquarium’s newest residents were introduced to “Octopus Garden,” an interactive exhibit opening on Friday. “It’s an exciting time for us here at SEA LIFE as the creatures move into their new homes,” Bob Burhans, Curator for SEA LIFE Carlsbad Aquarium. “Cephalopod’s...
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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 talks about the Times Square hotel that the Walt Disney Company almost built, where to look to find Frank & Ollie in "The Incredibles" as well as announcing his next set of Disney World tours. Enjoy!...
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    "Glee" complete second season out on Blu-ray and DVD September 13

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    THE #1 TV ON DVD & BLU-RAY…IS BACK! THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON ARRIVES ON BLU-RAY & DVD SEPTEMBER 13 FEATURING NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN BONUS FOOTAGE AND THE POPULAR “GLEE MUSIC JUKEBOX” GLEE: Season 2, Volume 2 Also Available on DVD LOS ANGELES, CA (June 30, 2011) – TV's musical sensation, “GLEE” THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON comes to Blu-ray and DVD September 13th from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment packed with all 22 episodes and never-before-seen...
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    Get ready for VES 2004!

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    It's that time of year again, folks. Jim's beating the drum for the Visual Effects Society's annual "Festival of Visual Effects" event. Which -- this time around -- is being held in San Rafael, CA....
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    Does the arrival of the "X Games Xperience" signal the start of DCA's turnaround?

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    Back to work after a long road trip, Jim Hill offers up his thoughts about recent events at Disney's California Adventure. Can it be that this beleaguered theme park has finally turned a corner and is now on its way to winning over the public?...
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    Wednesdays with Wade: Disney without Walt

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    Wade Sampson is back with a transcript of an interview with Walt Disney from 1966, where the old Mousetro talks about what he thinks will happen to Walt Disney Productions after his death. Plus another plug for next Saturday's JHM Christmas Party...
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    Disney Store cast members are told about the pending sale of retail chain ...

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    ... in an letter that Disney Store senior V.P. Kay Murfin sent out to all employees last week. In a JHM exclusive, read for yourself what Murfin told Disney Store staffers about the pending sale to The Children's Place Retail Stores, Inc....
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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....
  • Floyd Norman

    Precious Commodity

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    Floyd Norman returns with a somewhat cautionary tale about what can happen to a corporation when it ties up far too much of its future with just a few individuals...
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    British Company Lo-q Wins Award for Theme Park Virtual Queuing System

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    Lo-Q wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise Recognition of overseas success for UK Company Lo-Q plc , founded and headquartered in the UK, has won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of International Trade. Lo-Q develops and sells virtual queuing systems for theme parks and has seen its overseas sales more than double in the last three years representing an increase of 120% and a total export revenue of £35million during this period. The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise...
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    Disneynature's AFRICAN CATS: Where You'll Find Cat Herding and Boxing Aardvarks

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    Universal Orlando Resort Reveals Exciting Entertainment and Interactive Experiences at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley

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    Guests Will Enjoy New Entertainment and Shows in Diagon Alley, Featuring Puppetry from Emmy Award-Winning Designer Michael Curry, and Other Interactive Experiences ORLANDO, Fla. (June 4, 2014) - Imagine wandering up the cobbled street of Diagon Alley, turning into nearby CarkittMarket, and enjoying a live performance by one of the wizarding world's most popular singing sensations or seeing stories from The Tales of Beedle the Bard come to life right before your eyes. Today, Universal Orlando...
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    Be A Holiday Hero And Bring A Family Member To LEGOLAND® For Free

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    760.918.5346 faq@LEGOLAND.com Become a Member today! Visit www.LEGOLAND.com/membership for complete details. Extended Hours at LEGOLAND Water Park! We've added more days of fun at LEGOLAND Water Park! December Saturday - Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. www.LEGOLANDWaterPark.com BE A HOLIDAY HERO 4 days left to bring a family member to LEGOLAND ® for free! This is your big chance to be a HERO! Get out of the house and get to LEGOLAND with an extra friend or family member for FREE! Don't...
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    Sissy Spacek star of Dreamworks' "The Help" honored with star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

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    Heigh-ho for "The 7D!" The Disney XD Animated Series Gets a Second Season Order

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    DISNEY ORDERS SECOND SEASON OF HIT ANIMATED SEVEN DWARFS SERIES "THE 7D" Disney has ordered a second season of "The 7D," the hit animated TV series which takes a comedic look at the world of the Seven Dwarfs. "The 7D" follows brave little heroes - Happy, Bashful, Sleepy, Sneezy, Dopey, Grumpy and Doc - as they work together to help the quirky Queen Delightful keep her kingdom in order. Standing in their way are comically inept villains Grim and Hildy Gloom, a novice...
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    Disney / Pixar's MONSTERS, INC. 3D / New Trailer Released

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    MONSTERS, INC. is returning to U.S. theatres for the first time in 3D on December 19 th ! Like MONSTERS, INC. 3D on Facebook ( facebook.com/PixarMonstersInc ) and visit the official site ( Disney.com/MonstersInc3D )!
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    Cast Member Corner: "It's Time to Light the Lights ..."

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    JHM Guest writer Shawn Cleaves returns with an article that muses at the possible impact the Mouse buying the Muppets may have on the Walt Disney Company....
  • Rick Gutierrez

    To Scare or not to Scare: Part III

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    JHM contributor Rick Gutierrez rounds his scarifying series of Halloween tricks & treats by talking about his 10 favorite horror films. ...
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    Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort Hiring For Hotel’s Second Phase

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    Loews Hotels hosting grand hire event April 25 - 26 to fill more than 400 positions WHAT: Loews Hotels is seeking motivated and enthusiastic hotel and hospitality candidates to join the team at the newest on-site hotel at Universal Orlando Resort, Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort, as well as its three deluxe hotels - Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort. Positions include: food and beverage, culinary, rooms, front office, housekeeping, recreation and more...
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    Walt Disney Studios: IRON MAN 3 / IMAX Poster 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 Marvel's "Iron Man 3" pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle...
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    Watch the brand new 'Monsters University' Trailer

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  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations

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    Back again? Some people never learn! Well, Roger is not one to disappoint, so here we go with another of Roger's ruminations ......
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

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    Once again, Jim Hill provides answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim provides an update on DCA's "Superstar Limo" attraction, what's been going on this week with the Disney/Muppet deal as well as offering a defense for some recent controversial JHM articles....
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    Disneynatures's "African Cats" Posts $1.7 Million in Advance Sales Saving 9,500+ Savanna Acres

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    N ARRATED BY SAMUEL L. JACKSON SEE “ AFRICAN CATS, ” SAVE THE SAVANNA “ AFRICAN CATS ” POSTS STRONG ADVANCE SALES IN SUPPORT OF AFRICAN WILDLIFE FOUNDATION INITIATIVE With more than $1.7 Million in Advance Sales, Disneynature Already Set to Save More Than 9,500 Acres… and Still Counting “African Cats” Motion Picture Opens on Earth Day, April 22, 2011 BURBANK, Calif. (April 11, 2011) – “African Cats” is still more than two weeks from opening...
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    Disney's "Haunted Mansion" DVD is worth it for the extras

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    Okay. So admittedly this Eddie Murphy movie was a bit of a botch. But Jim Hill still thinks that Buena Vista Home Entertainment's latest release is still worth owning ... if only for the extras. ...
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    Mad About the Movies: Reel I

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    Try-out Tuesday continues as JHM guest writer Rick Gutierrez serves up a prototype for a brand new feature here at JimHillMedia.com: A weekly column made up of unique pieces of movie trivia. So whaddaya think? ...
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    Are proposed cuts already hobbling DAK's "Forbidden Mountain?"

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    Jim Hill returns with some pretty distressing news about Animal Kingdom's soon-to-be-announced thrill ride. Are WDI's sharp pencil boys already trying to cut crucial story elements before construction even begins on this ambitious new DAK attraction? ...
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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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    Disneyland Donates to the Tune of $13 Million

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    Giving is our Way at Disneyland To the tune of “Winter Wonderland” Community called, we were listenin', At the ready, our smiles a glistenin' Bringing holiday cheer, And donating all year, Giving is our way at Disneyland. We gave away - record donations, To charities, and foundations $13 million was contributed, in So Cal it was distributed, Giving is our way at Disneyland. For the kids cast members held a toy drive, Led by the one and only Mickey Mouse He said: Are you giving...
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    THE LION KING Plays 7000th Broadway Performanc​e Wednesday September 3rd

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    PLAYS 7,000 th PERFORMANCE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 rd AT 7:00PM Disney's landmark musical event, THE LION KING , will play its 7,000 th Broadway performance at 7:00pm on Wednesday, September 3 rd . Only three shows in Broadway history have reached this milestone. As it approaches its 17 th anniversary on Broadway, THE LION KING finds itself in a position unprecedented in the history of Broadway. Already the highest-grossing show in Broadway history, the show was the highest-grossing of 2013 and...
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    They may call it the "City of Brotherly Love," but it looks like a brawl is about to break out ...

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    From the front lines in Philly, Jim Hill files a brief report on the highlights of yesterday's "Save Disney" events at the Loews Hotel....
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    World Premiere Celebration for Disney's THE LONE RANGER to Benefit the American Indian College Fund

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    WORLD PREMIERE CELEBRATION FOR DISNEY'S "THE LONE RANGER" TO BENEFIT THE AMERICAN INDIAN COLLEGE FUND STAR-STUDDED EVENT TO BE HELD AT DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE PARK ON JUNE 22 BURBANK, Calif. (May 29, 2013) - Walt Disney Studios Chairman, Alan Horn, announced today that ticket sales from the highly anticipated World Premiere of Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films' "The Lone Ranger" will benefit the American Indian College Fund. The event will take place on Saturday, June...
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    Global Superstar Mariah Carey Records "Almost Home" for Disney's "Oz the Great and Powerful"

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    BURBANK, CALIF. (February 6, 2013) -Disney announced today that multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning superstar Mariah Carey has recorded the song, "Almost Home," for "Oz The Great and Powerful," the studio's highly anticipated fantastical adventure, directed by Sam Raimi, releasing in theaters nationwide on March 8, 2013. "Almost Home" will be released as a single by Carey's label, Island Def Jam, on February 19, 2013. Award-winning photographer/director David...
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    New Disney Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides video POD with Jerry Bruckheimer

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    PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES sails into theatres May 20 th , 2011 in Disney Digital 3D™ “Like” PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN on Facebook at: http://www.Facebook.com/PiratesoftheCaribbean .
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    Well, whaddya know? Another Why For!

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    Jim Hill answers only one JHM reader's question this week. But what a question! This time around, Jim talk about Steve Jobs' plans for Pixar, what the Walt Disney Company has just started to do with the Muppets, a one-of-a-kind Henson event that's being held this weekend at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as well as his upcoming Disney World tours. ...
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    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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    Future World's future doesn't look all that bright

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    With "Spaceship Earth" 's new sponsor declining to fund an ambitious new redo of this Epcot icon, plus the half-completed "Living Seas" pavilion as well as the coming closure of the "Wonders of Life," Jim Hill wonders if there's ever going to be any good news to report about this WDW theme park ...
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    Lightning McQueen & Mater head overseas in Disney / Pixar's "Cars 2" Trailer #3

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    Movie Synopsis: Star racecar Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) and the incomparable tow truck Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy) take their friendship to exciting new places in “Cars 2” when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car. But the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage...
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    "Screenplay by Disney" features great behind-the-scenes stories, offers solid writing tips

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    Jim Hill says that Jason Surrell's new book on screenwriting is a fun read (even for those who don't want to write) because of the colorful examples Surrell cites. ...
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    By George! The "Star Tours" Saga: Episode Three

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    Jim Hill talks more about how Card Walker's caution actually held Walt Disney Productions back in the 1970s as well as Harrison Ellenshaw's ambition & artistry. Which helped make George Lucas's dream of a space-based adventure film a reality....
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    Berkeley Breathed is featured guest at Cartoon Art Museum's WonderCon event

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    IDW Presents A fundraiser for The Cartoon Art Museum and the Hero Initiative Celebrating From Bloom County to Mars: The Imagination of Berkeley Breathed with Special Guest Berkeley Breathed Cartoon Art Museum Event: Saturday, April 2, 2010 from 8pm to 11pm Ticketed Event: Sliding scale from $10 to $100 SAN FRANCISCO, CA: The Cartoon Art Museum and The Hero Initiative proudly present the museum’s Annual WonderCon Weekend Party and Silent Auction , which will be held on Saturday, April 2, from...
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    Universal Orlando Resort creates special moments for guests on the one-year anniversary of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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    UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT CELEBRATES THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER Universal Creates Special Moment for Guests in Hogsmeade Plus, All-New "Share Your Story" Facebook Tab Allows Guests to Share their Favorite Memories and Get a Chance to Win a Trip to Universal Orlando Resort ORLANDO, Fla. (June 20, 2011) - On Saturday, June 18, Universal Orlando Resort celebrated the one-year anniversary of the most spectacularly themed entertainment environment - The Wizarding...
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    Nick makes bid to win over tween toon fans with "Danny Phantom"

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    Butch Hartman's new animated series may not be a "Oddparents"-sized hit right of the box. But -- that said -- this new animated series from Nickelodeon shows some real potential....
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    James Earl Jones returns to voice Darth Vader as "Star Wars Rebels" begins its second season on Disney XD

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    Do you remember how big, strong & scary Darth Vader was in " Star Wars IV: A New Hope " ? Well, that version of this Dark Lord of the Sith -- back when Vader was at the very height of his powers -- will be front & center as " Star Wars Rebels " begins its second season on Disney XD this Saturday, June 20th at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Copyright Lucasfilm / Disney. All rights reserved Better yet, to make sure Darth sounds exactly he did in the original " Star Wars "...
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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, he reveals why "Aladdin"'s IMAX debut has been delayed, why "Home on the Range" is opening in April 2004, where to get a really snazzy t-shirt as well as finally announcing the winners of our "Epcot English Lesson" contest....
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    Why For?

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    Jim Hill's back with ... well, an apology, then some info on the upcoming "Alien Encounter" change-out, a Glen Keane quote, why certain pavilions in Epcot's World Showcase got rides and others didn't as well as an update on the next set of JHM Disneyland tours. Also ... a somewhat embarrassing plea for contributions....
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