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Star Wars: Episode VII Set 30 Years After Return of the Jedi, Will Feature Heroic Trio

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Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm revealed that their Star Wars: Episode VII will begin production at London’s historic Pinewood Studios in May 2014. The studio has confirmed that the sequel will be set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi and that the storyline follows “a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces.”

The film’s cast is expected to be announced shortly with “Girls” and Inside Llewyn Davis star Adam Driver heavily rumored to play the film’s Darth Vader-like antagonist. Among the other actors rumored to be in contention are 12 Years a Slave’s Lupita Nyong’o.

Directed by J.J. Abrams and written by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, Star Wars: Episode VII is rumored to include appearances by Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford in older incarnations of their beloved characters from the original Star Wars trilogy. The film will hit theaters on December 18, 2015.

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The Trailer For Maleficent

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Maleficent explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic Sleeping Beauty and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever. 

The film stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.

Maleficent opens in U.S. theaters on May 30, 2014.

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D23 Expo – The Ultimate Disney Fan Event Will Run From August 14 – 16, 2015 In Anaheim, California

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All the magic and excitement of the past, present, and future of Disney entertainment will come together once again under one roof when D23: The Official Disney Fan Club presents the D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center the weekend of Aug. 14–16, 2015. Each of Disney’s wonderful worlds will unite to celebrate what’s new and what’s on the horizon from theme parks, television, music, games, and films, including Pixar, the Muppets, Star Wars, and Marvel. 

 The fourth event promises to be the biggest ever, following the success of D23 Expo 2013, which drew more than 65,000 Disney fans for three star-studded days and nights. Fans were treated to appearances by such superstars as Angelina Jolie, Chris Evans, Billy Crystal, Natalie Portman, and Tom Hiddleston; watched performances by Idina Menzel, and R5 featuring Ross Lynch; enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime concert from Disney Legends Alan Menken and Richard M. Sherman; explored the inner workings of Walt Disney Imagineering; looked back at Disney’s rich history through extraordinary panels, presentations, and exhibits; and discovered the newest entertainment, technology, and products from The Walt Disney Company.

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Highlights planned for D23 Expo 2015 include the 2015 Disney Legends Ceremony, which honors the talented men and women who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy; Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives, a collection of one-of-a-kind assets, props, and costumes curated by the Walt Disney Archives; and the Collectors Forum, where Disney fans can buy, sell, and trade Disney collectibles, memorabilia, and merchandise. Once again the event will feature a massive show floor full of special opportunities to see what’s on the horizon for Disney around the world—and guests may run into their favorite Disney stars, characters, Imagineers, animators, and filmmakers. Plus, the event will once again feature StagePass, the popular ticket distribution system that allows attendees to obtain a guaranteed seat for some of the Expo’s most popular presentations.

Advance tickets for D23 Expo 2015 will go on sale at D23Expo.com beginning August 14, 2014. D23 Members will receive special pricing on both one- and three-day tickets to the event, which is open to the general public. D23 Gold and Silver Members will also be entitled to early admission to the Expo show floor. D23 Charter Members will enjoy access to the Expo’s Charter Member Lounge. Members will also have an opportunity to purchase the Sorcerer Package, which provides a host of special benefits and amenities.

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Walt Disney Pictures Announces Cars 3 & The Incredibles 2

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Disney Chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger today announced that Pixar Animation Studios is developing a third big screen Cars adventure as well as a sequel to Brad Bird’s 2004 superhero adventure The Incredibles. The announcement was made during a meeting of shareholders and D23 Members during the company’s annual meeting today in Portland, Oregon. Directed by John Lasseter, the original Cars was released in 2006 and featured the voice talents of Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable the Guy, Bonnie Hunt, Paul Newman and many more.

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A sequel, Cars 2, was released in 2011 with Disneytoon Studios taking over the property for a spinoff feature, Planes, that was released to the big screen last year. A sequel to that film, Planes: Fire & Rescue is set for release on July 18, 2014, also from Disneytoon. Cars 3, however, appears set for development through Pixar directly. A sequel to The Incredibles, meanwhile, has been requested by fans for the past decade with the original film’s writer/director Brad Bird having said in the past that he’s open to another adventure, but only if it has a truly great story idea behind it. There’s no confirmation yet of Bird’s involvement, but he remains closely tied to Disney. His next film, the live-action Tomorrowland, arrives from Walt Disney Pictures on May 22, 2015.

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Oh My Disney & MONDO Present “Nothing’s Impossible” Gallery Event Celebrating Classic & Contemporary Disney Films At SXSW

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MONDO, the collectible art division of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, is partnering with Disney’s “Oh My Disney” blog to unveil “Nothing’s Impossible,” a gallery event at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival, from March 7 – March 11, 2014.  

The gallery will open to the public on March 7 from 3:00-10:00 p.m. with regular hours to follow for the show’s duration. The MONDO Gallery is located at 4115 Guadalupe St. in Austin, TX.

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After partnering last year to debut limited edition artwork inspired by DuckTales and The Little Mermaid, Oh My Disney and Mondo invite fans to explore decades of beloved Disney films and characters like never before through original and fresh artwork from some of Mondo’s most renowned artists like Martin Ansin, Jeff Soto, Jason Edmiston, Mike Mitchell, Ken Taylor and Rich Kelly.

Oh My Disney, a new pop culture blog on Disney.com, brings classic and current Disney characters to life for digital audiences through humorous and heartfelt original artwork, stories, articles and videos.

“Disney has a special way of bringing out the magic in all of us and we’re very excited to bring that feeling to Austin at this year’s gallery event,” said MONDO CEO Justin Ishmael. “Having worked with Oh My Disney over the last year, we know the site celebrates reinventing timeless stories and we hope our work sparks the imagination of both Disney and Mondo fans.”

Oh My Disney and MONDO will release posters digitally every week leading up to the gallery’s opening on March 7th.

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Disney’s Alice In Wonderland by Ken Taylor

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The Incredibles by Tom Whalen

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The Lion King by Tom Whalen

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Aladdin by Tom Whalen

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The Jungle Book by Olly Moss

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The Nightmare Before Christmas by Graham Erwin

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The Nightmare Before Christmas Variant by Graham Erwin

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Mr. Incredible by Mike Mitchell

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Beauty and The Beast by Martin Ansin

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Variant Beauty and The Beast by Martin Ansin

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Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs by Anne Benjamin

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The Sword In The Stone by Rich Kelly

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Peter Pan by JC Richard

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Fantasia by Jeff Soto

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Sleeping Beauty by Billy Baumann

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The Black Hole by Killian Eng

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The Cat From Outer Space by Jay Shaw

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The Rescuers by David Petersen

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WALL-E By Kevin Tong

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Winnie the Pooh by Dave Perillo

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The Jungle Book by Brandon Holt

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The Skeleton Dance by Phantom City Creative

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Ratatouille by Aaron Horkey

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Ratatouille Variant by Aaron Horkey

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The Black Cauldron by Francesco Francavilla

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Ursula by Jason Edmiston

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Maleficent by Jason Edmiston

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Evil Queen by Jason Edmiston

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The Walt Disney Studios Announces Disney Movies Anywhere

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The Walt Disney Studios today unveiled its exclusive cloud-based digital movie service, Disney Movies Anywhere. This all-new app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and Web experience enables consumers to discover, purchase, manage, and watch movies from Disney, Pixar, and Marvel at home and on the go. iTunes is the premier digital movie provider for Disney Movies Anywhere.

The debut of Disney Movies Anywhere coincides with the digital release of Disney’s hit film “Frozen” and features Disney’s library of over 400 active digital titles. In addition, for a limited time, Disney Movies Anywhere users who activate and connect their Disney Movies Anywhere account to their iTunes account will receive a free digital copy of Disney Pixar’s animated classic “The Incredibles.”

Disney Movies Anywhere unlocks digital content across platforms and devices, enabling access to user-owned Disney digital content and movies in the Disney Movies Anywhere ecosystem and through iTunes.

With an easy-to-use interface, consumers can explore live-action and animated films from Disney, Pixar, and Marvel; watch exclusive content and bonus features; preview upcoming offerings; and more. Users can simply connect their iTunes account to their Disney Movies Anywhere account to begin populating their Disney digital movie locker and watch movies online and on their devices. Featuring simultaneous access on multiple devices, Disney Movies Anywhere enables consumers to stream and download Disney movies on their iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and Apple TV (through iCloud or using AirPlay). In addition, Disney Movies Anywhere functions as a streaming movie service when users log in to the website on their desktop or laptop computers (Mac or PC).

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Since 2008, Disney has included codes in select DVD and Blu-ray products redeemable for digital copies of Disney, Pixar, and Marvel films. Users can now redeem these codes through Disney Movies Anywhere, and Digital Copy titles previously redeemed in Disney Movie Rewards or via iTunes will automatically be active in both Disney Movies Anywhere and iTunes once a user logs into Disney Movies Anywhere and connects their iTunes account. Additionally, for the first time, consumers can now earn Disney Movie Rewards points for their digital purchases through Disney Movies Anywhere going forward.

Disney Movies Anywhere’s functionality is built upon Disney’s proprietary digital rights locker, KeyChest. The Disney Movies Anywhere App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at www.appstore.com/disney. Sign up is also available through the Disney Movies Anywhere website.

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All-New Sing-Along Version of Disney’s Frozen Hits Theaters Nationwide January 31, 2014

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Frozen audiences are invited to join the act—literally—as more than 1000 theaters nationwide introduce an all-new sing-along version of Disney’s Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe-winning big-screen adventure beginning Jan. 31, 2014.

“‘Frozen’ fans have embraced the film’s original songs and its soundtrack with such passion—there are countless YouTube videos from people singing songs like ‘Let It Go’—we decided to create a version that would celebrate that enthusiasm,” said Dave Hollis, executive vice president, theatrical distribution, The Walt Disney Studios. “It’s a great opportunity for families to get together and have some fun with these songs.”

According to Hollis, on-screen lyrics and a magical bouncing snowflake will accompany select showings; moviegoers can check local listings for showtimes and theaters. The duration of the sing-along run will vary by theater.

Disney’s “Frozen” received two Oscar nominations, including best animated feature and best original song (“Let It Go”). Named best animated film by more than a dozen critics associations, the film won a Golden Globe for best animated feature, two Critics Choice Movie Awards, including best animated feature and best song (“Let It Go”), and a Producers Guild of America Award for outstanding animated feature.

In wide release since November 27, the film posted the No. 1 all-time Thanksgiving debut and the largest opening ever for a Walt Disney Animation Studios film. “Frozen,” Walt Disney Animation Studio’s 53rd feature film, has earned more than $773 million worldwide, including $337` million domestically. The film’s soundtrack was No. 1 in the Billboard top 200 for two straight weeks.

At Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre, the “Frozen” sing-along version includes on-stage appearances from the movie’s Elsa prior to each showing, plus snow flurries inside the theater. Showtimes are at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

On Digital HD and 3D February 25, 2014 and Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand March 18, 2014, the in-home version of “Frozen” promises continued family fun with a blizzard of never-before-seen bonus extras to complement the film’s gorgeous animation, memorable characters and unforgettable music.

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Jerrod Maruyama To Debut “It’s A Small World of Cute” Print At WonderGround Gallery On February 1, 2014

Artist Jerrod Maruyama will debut new prints including “It’s A Small World of Cute” at the WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District on February 1, 2014 and February 2, 2014.

“It’s A Small World of Cute” celebrates the countries, kids and colors of the classic attraction. This deluxe print comes with a decorative matte all ready to frame.

Maruyama will be signing at the gallery from 2-5PM both days.

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Disney’s Frozen Coming To Digital HD February 25, 2014 & Blu-ray Combo Pack March 18, 2014

Disney’s Frozen is coming to Digital HD on February 25, 2014 and Blu-ray Combo Pack on March 18, 2014.

When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna (voice of Kristen Bell), a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna’s sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf (Josh Gad), Everest-like extremes and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.

Special Features:

- Original Theatrical Short – “Get A Horse”
- The Making of Frozen: People want to know how movies are made, this piece will do that for you. Hosts Kristen Bell, Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff take you deep into the Disney Animation Studios on a musical tour written by composers Kristen Anderson Lopez & Robert Lopez. Directed By Kenny Ortega
- D’frosted: Disney’s Journey From Hans Christian Anderson to Frozen: While Frozen is a new and unique fairy tale, the story of Hans Christian Anderon’s The Snow Queen was one of Walt Disney’s projects in development for years. Through research and never before seen concept artwork by Marc Davis, we take a look at the legacy of this story and how it lead the way for Frozen.
- Breaking The Ice (The Real Making of Frozen): Join the filmmakers and crew of Frozen as we go behind the scenes and explore how this modern Disney Classic was made.
- Deleted Scenes with introduction by Directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee: (Never Underestimate The Power of Elsa, The Dressing Room, Meet Kristoff # 1 and Meet Kristoff #2)
- Let It Go (End Credit Version) Music Videos: (Demi Lovato (English), Martina Stoessel (Spanish), Martina Stoessel (Italian) and Marsha Milan (Malaysian))
- Frozen Teaser Trailer

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Indiana Jones Vinylmation Series Launches On January 10, 2014

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The Indiana Jones Vinylmation series will launch on January 10, 2014 at D Street locations in Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts and on the Disney Parks online store. 

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Series 1 characters ($12.95 each) include Indiana Jones, Marion Ravenwood, Sallah, Rene Belloq, Arnold Ernst Toht, Cairo Swordsman, and The Mechanic.

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The series was designed by Thomas Scott, lead Vinylmation artist with Disney Design Group and features characters from the first Indiana Jones film, “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

There will also be a combo pack figure with Indy in disguise ($24.95) which will be released on January 24, 2014.

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Finally, on January 10, 2014 at D-Street in Downtown Disney West Side at Walt Disney World, Vinylmation artist Thomas Scott will be signing from 5-6PM.

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New Monsters University Short “Party Central” To Debut Before Disney’s The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted

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Disney is set to unveil the latest Pixar short film — a Monsters University spinoff titled Party Central in front of Muppets Most Wanted when that movie hits theaters on March 21.

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In the six-minute short, which Disney first debuted at last year’s D23 Expo, Mike and Sulley and their Oozma Kappa frat brothers try to throw a monster blowout party but are dismayed to find that no one is showing up. Fortunately, they have some extra inter-dimensional doors handy, which they put to creative use to get the party rocking.

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First Official Still From Upcoming Film Guardians of The Galaxy

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Today, Walt Disney, along with Marvel Studios, released the first official still from their upcoming film Guardians of the Galaxy.

In the still you see Gamora played by Zoe Saldana, Peter Quill aka Star-Lord portrayed by Chris Pratt, the CGI character Rocket Raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper, Drax the Destroyer played by Dave Batista and Groot voiced by Vin Diesel.

Here is the official synopsis for the film.

“From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team – the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits–Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand – with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.”

The film will be released on August 1, 2014.

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Walt Disney Pictures Set To Distribute Future Indiana Jones Films

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Disney and Paramount Pictures have announced they have reached a marketing and distribution agreement for the Indiana Jones franchise.

Under the arrangement, Disney gains marketing and distribution rights to future films, in addition to retaining its current ownership rights which it secured when it acquired Lucasfilm. Paramount will continue to be responsible for distribution of the first four films in the franchise and will receive a financial participation on any future films that are produced and released.

George Lucas had last discussed a potential fifth big screen outing for Henry Jones, Jr. back in 2011, suggesting that a story was already in place, but that the film was still in need of a MacGuffin. A term popularized by Alfred Hitchcock, a MacGuffin refers to a narrative element that drives the story forward.

The Indiana Jones series is famous for making the MacGuffin the object of Jones’ search. In Raiders of the Lost Ark it’s the Ark of the Convenant, in Temple of Doom it’s the Sankara Stones, in The Last Crusade it’s the Holy Grail and, most recently, in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, it’s the skull itself.

Although Disney will distribute any new entries in the franchise, Paramount retains the distribution rights to the first four films.

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Disney Announces Release Dates For Live Action Jungle Book & Alice in Wonderland 2

Disney announced that the live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book will open on October 9, 2015 and the Johnny Depp-fronted Alice in Wonderland 2 is set for a May 27, 2016 release.

Iron Man Director Jon Favreau will helm The Jungle Book, which Justin Marks is adapting. The film will be a re-telling of the classic Kipling tale of a boy raised by animals in the jungle. Disney previously adapted the story for the 1967 animated pic and as a live-action feature with Cary Elwes in 1994.

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Alice in Wonderland 2 will re-team Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska as the Mad Hatter and Alice. James Bobin (The Muppets) will take over directing duties from Tim Burton. The first film hit theaters in March of 2010 and went on to gross over $1 billion worldwide.

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Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted Trailer

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Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine—the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit—and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. The film stars Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon.

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Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted is directed by James Bobin and stars Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey. The film hits the big screen on March 21, 2014.

 

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Marvel Presents A First Look At Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird #1

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Marvel is pleased to present your very first look at Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird #1, from the critically acclaimed creative team of Brandon Seifert and Karl Moline! Inspired by Disney’s legendary but never constructed Museum of the Weird addition to the Haunted Mansion – and created in conjunction with the world-famous Disney Imagineers — Seekers of the Weird is an all-new, five-issue adventure no Disney fan or Marvel fan can miss!

When their parents are kidnapped, teens Maxwell and Melody are thrust into a thrilling race through the world’s strangest – and most treacherous — museum! With the aid of their mysterious and swashbuckling uncle, it’s up to the young heroes to rescue their family and save the world from an evil secret society!

On January 15, 2014 , enter the fabled Museum of the Weird for the start of an action-packed adventure in Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird #1!

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Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks” Comes To The Place That Started It All – The Walt Disney Studios In Burbank, California – For A Special Limited Engagement December 13-19

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Disney announced today that for one week only, guests will have the opportunity to see Disney’s upcoming “Saving Mr. Banks,” starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks, in a state-of-the-art movie theater on the Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank, California, and then walk in Walt Disney’s footsteps on a special tour of the famous lot. This limited engagement features one show daily at 7 p.m. from December 13th through December 19th.

Tickets are $50 each and include a reserved seat to watch “Saving Mr. Banks” in the Studio Main Theatre as well as the “Walk in Walt’s Footsteps” tour immediately following the screening, which showcases key locations that were featured in the film. 

On the tour guests will have photo opportunities with Mickey Mouse as well as Mary Poppins and Bert the Chimney Sweep characters from “Mary Poppins” and will get a chance to see sets from the film, such as Walt Disney’s office and “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers’ home. Guests will also visit the Walt Disney Animation building, where they will get a sense of the art of animation and the history of the Walt Disney Company. Included in the tour is a visit to the Legends Plaza to see the statue of Walt Disney and view the many historical plaques, including Dick Van Dyke, Julie Andrews, and more. Guests will also receive a commemorative 50th Anniversary “Mary Poppins” DVD, a value of $17.99.

To purchase tickets to this limited and exclusive engagement, call 1 (800)DISNEY6 or go to http://movies.disney.com/saving-mr-banks and click on the link on the homepage.

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The Jungle Book: Diamond Edition Blu-ray & DVD To Be Released On February 11, 2014

The Jungle Book, is coming to Diamond Edition Blu-ray Combo-Pack (Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy) on February 11, 2014.

The all-new Blu-ray extras will include:

- 1080p, 1.75:1 Video
- DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 English, Original Theatrical Mix English 
- Dolby Digital 5.1 French and Spanish Audio
- English SDH, French, and Spanish Subtitles
- Introductions by Diane Disney Miller and Richard M. Sherman
- Alternate Ending – Mowgli and The Hunter
- @DisneyAnimation: Sparking Creativity
- Music, Memories & Mowgli – A Conversation with Richard M. Sherman, Diane Disney Miller and Floyd Norman
- Disney Intermission – ‘Bear-E-Oke’ hosted by Baloo
- Bear-E-Oke Sing-A-Long
- I Wanna Be Like You – Hangin’ Out At Disney’s Animal Kingdom

The Combo-Pack’s DVD will also include all of the classic bonus features that were part of the previous DVD release.

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Watch The Trailer For Disney’s Maleficent Starring Angelina Jolie

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Walt Disney Pictures has released the first official teaser trailer for Maleficent.

Finally you will learn the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom—and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well.

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The film stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.

Maleficent is directed by Robert Stromberg and will open in theaters on May 30, 2014.

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Star Wars: Episode VII To Open December 18, 2015

With pre-production in full-swing, a confirmed release date of December 18, 2015, has been set for Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII.

“We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture,” said Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios.

Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J. J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek)and is being scripted by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi). Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Jack Ryan, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War of the Worlds) serving as executive producers. John Williams is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII.

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Disney Classics CD Box Set

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Music fans should not be without Walt Disney Records’ new Disney Classics box set ($50). Available at digital and physical retail on November 12, 2013, the box set features 94 original recordings from Disney and Disney-Pixar movies, television shows and theme parks celebrating nearly 90 years of Disney musical magic.

The four volumes of the collection – Disney Modern Classics, Disney Timeless Classics, Disney Theme Park Classics and Disney Television Classics – bring favorite musical moments to fans of all generations.

The box set was compiled by Disney Music Group’s resident music historian and Grammy-winning producer, Randy Thornton.

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Disney Modern Classics 

This compilation begins with 1989′s The Little Mermaid, which not only ignited the renaissance of Disney Animation and storytelling, but a rebirth of Disney Music as well. Favorites from ‘Under the Sea,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘A Whole New World,’ these Modern Classics continue to shape the company’s musical history and heritage.

Disney Theme Park Classics

Music plays a vital role in the Parks as well; whether it be cleverly establishing an attraction’s story or the sheer brilliance of underscoring the banks and turns of a thrilling roller coaster. Collected here are not only those Theme Park Classics we know and love today, but others we fondly remember from days gone by.

Disney Timeless Classics

Collected here are some of the most iconic melodies from Disney’s golden era. From ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’ to ‘A Spoonful of Sugar’ and ‘Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah’ to ‘The Whistle Stop,’ these Timeless Classics are part of a musical heritage inextricably woven into our human culture heirlooms passed down through the generations.

Disney Television Classics

Spanning from the 1950s to present day, this album represents quite an eclectic compilation of themes. At the very least, it’s an interesting musical graph of changing tastes and social evolution over the last 60+ years. Everything from ‘The Ballad of Davy Crockett,’ to ‘Get’cha Head in the Game’ from High School Musical, is represented on this album, but probably the most beloved of these Television Classics however, has to be the ‘Mickey Mouse Club Alma Mater.’

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Pixar Brings Toy Story Nutcracker To Life For World of Color – Winter Dreams At Disney California Adventure Park

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For the new, full-length original show, World of Color – Winter Dreams, Disney enlisted the help of Pixar Animation Studios.

The wild idea: what if “Toy Story” characters decided to perform Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker”?

In the original ballet, Clara’s Christmas tree grows and the audience shrinks to this size of a toy beneath the tree. This became the inspiration.

The winter show features the musical pieces: Miniature Overture, Trepak (Russian Dance), Tea (Chinese Dance) and Waltz of the Flowers. Special arrangements were created to match the characters; for instance, the Trepak dance became western to fit Woody and Jessie’s duet.

Another great example of putting a new spin on the classic is Tea (Chinese Dance). Pixar took their inspiration from Walt Disney’s “Fantasia” and the Mushroom scene. The studio replaced the Mushrooms with Little Green Men and the baby Mushroom with Rex in at tutu.

World of Color − Winter Dreams will debut at Disney California Adventure Park on Friday, November 15, adding even more merriment to the holiday season at the Disneyland Resort.

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Disney Infinity Toy Story Play Set Available Today Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Toy Story in Space Play Set is the sixth Play Set to be released for Disney Infinity and features Buzz Lightyear and Jessie in the pack, with Woody sold separately. Players will have the ability to defend the new colony and friends by unlocking new Space Ranger equipment. The Toy Story in Space Play Set introduces hoverpacks, jetpacks, laser blasters, goo blasters, new mounts and more into the Toy Box mode.

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The set includes the Buzz and Jessie figures, along with the Play Set piece unlocking the Toy Story game, will be go on sale for a suggested retail price of $34.99 on Tuesday, October 22.

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The Woody figure, which has been available early exclusively at Wal-Mart, will join the Play Set at all video game retailers on Tuesday and can be yours for $12.99.

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Disney’s El Capitan Theater & Huckleberry To Release Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas’ 20th Anniversary Print By Jeff Soto

Disney’s El Capitan theater in Hollywood, CA has tapped Huckleberry to create a print in celebration of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas’ 20th Anniversary. Artist Jeff Soto created the artwork for the silkscreen print which will go up for pre-sale today at the theater box office and by phone.

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas made it’s worldwide debut at the famed theater on October 15, 1993. Jeff Soto paid homage to the film’s premiere and the theater itself in the artwork.

With the purchase of each poster, the recipient will receive one General admission ticket to the screening of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas in 4D at a time of their choice on October 31, 2013 at the El Capitan Theater. Screening times on that date are: 10AM, 12:15PM, 2:30PM, 4:45PM, 7:00PM and 9:15PM. The print will be available at the theater to pick up at that time.

Prints may be pre-ordered at the theater in person or by calling (818) 845-3110 and mentioning the Poster/Ticket package starting today at 10AM Pacific Time.

The print details are as follows:

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The Nightmare Before Christmas 20th Anniversary by Jeff Soto
Regular Numbered Edition (Blue)
Size: 18” x 24”
Medium: silk screen print
Stock: cougar natural 100C
Edition: 300
Price: $60 and includes General admission ticket to Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas in 4D at a screening time of your choice on October 31, 2013 at the El Capitan Theater

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The Nightmare Before Christmas 20th Anniversary by Jeff Soto
Variant Numbered Edition (Purple)
Size: 18” x 24”
Medium: silk screen print
Stock: cougar natural 100C
Edition: 125
Price: $75 and includes General admission ticket to Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas in 4D at a screening time of your choice on October 31, 2013 at the El Capitan Theater

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Avatar to Come To Life At Disney’s Animal Kingdom In 2017

From the moment Avatar was released, people were captivated by the mythical world of Pandora. When Disney Parks announced that they’d be working with James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment to bring this world to life in their parks, the company felt certain that this partnership and combination of talent and imagination would produce an experience unlike any other ever created.

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The combined team has taken huge steps forward in “imagineering” Pandora as a real place for our guests to see, hear and touch. At the first-ever D23 Expo in Japan, Disney shared an early glimpse of the plans for Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park which is slated to open in 2017.

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As these concept renderings show in epic scale, in the world of Avatar guests will encounter awe-inspiring floating mountains and wander through a nighttime jungle of bioluminescent plants that are alive with light and sound. Guests will also discover what it feels like to soar into the sky riding a Banshee.

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And the new Avatar-inspired land won’t be the only change coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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As part of the largest expansion in the history of the park, Animal Kingdom will be adding all-new entertainment experiences, including a new nighttime spectacular where live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery all combine to bring a show to Discovery River that will delight guests and truly cap off their day at the park. More nighttime entertainment will be added including live performers on Discovery Island and a new nighttime version of the Kilimanjaro Safaris.

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