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[31 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]
Princess Tiana to Perform in Disneyland’s New Orleans Square

Princess Tiana from Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog” is scheduled to perform at the New Orleans Square in Disneyland next week. The show, which begins Feb. 5, is called “Princess Tiana’s Mardi Gras Celebration”.
This decision is apparently in response to positive reviews of “Tiana’s Showboat Jubilee,” which started in November 2009 in Disneyland. The “Mark Twain Riverboat” hosted the show which features over thirty performers dressed in vintage Mardi Gras costumes. Several visitors to the park were selected to join the cast on the boat during …

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[31 Jan 2010 | One Comment | ]
“Flight of the Conchords” Co-Creator James Bobin to Direct Next Muppet Movie

Variety is reporting that James Bobin has chosen to helm the next Muppet Movie. This apparently represents a choice preferring this opportunity to a Judd Apatow project entitled “Bridesmaids.”
The new Muppet Movie script is written by Nicholas Stoller and Jason Segal. The duo wrote “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” a comedy that featured puppets prominently. Both the director and the writers have previously been successful with adult comedy, so the movie has the potential to be a children’s film that appeals to adults too. This is one of …

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[31 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]
Does Disney Need A Disabled Princess?

Disney’s new animated film “The Princess and the Frog” features the first black princess in the Disney pantheon. Some suggest that Disney has not gone far enough in its pursuit of diversity. Does Disney’s lack of a disabled princess represent an insensitivity to that segment of the population?
According to Oona King, a former MP and Gordon Brown’s senior policy adviser on equalities and diversity this oversight is a serious issue. The Telegraph quotes her as saying:

“You never see disabled people,” the former Labour MP complained to Mandrake …

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[30 Jan 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
Bloom Confirmed Out of Pirates 4

According to an article in Canoe.ca Orlando Bloom is officially out of the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean movie. While Johnny Depp has been confirmed for some time, it has also been well known that Keira Knightly, Bloom’s love interest in the films has said she will not participate in the fourth installment. Thus it was not a tremendous surprise that Bloom was not on board.
According to Canoe, Bloom said:

I think Will is sort of swimming around with the fish at the bottom of the ocean. I had …

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[30 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]
IBM Data Center Featured In New Epcot Exhibit

While you may not think that an IBM data center would be terribly interesting, Epcot thinks you might. The IBM center features prominently in Epcot’s new Smarter Planet exhibit in the Innoventions center. The exhibit is intended to show the increasing role of technology in our daily lives.
According to DataCenterKnowledge.com:
The exhibit’s glass storefront provides a glimpse of the working IBM Smarter Data Center, which powers the exhibit, and educates visitors about the servers, storage and networking equipment that serve up their favorite web sites and cloud …

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[28 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]
Zac Efron to Star in Film Adaptation of Marvel’s “Fire”

Zac Efron continues his efforts to move into more adult film roles. His latest effort is an adaption of Brian Michael Bendis’ graphic novel “Fire,” according to a recent report.
Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Efron will take the starring role as a college student who is recruited by the CIA. The complication occurs when he is subsequently marked for termination by the CIA. Bendis, the original author of the graphic novel, will handle the screenplay duties and seems pleased with the outcome.
Efron is currently best …

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[28 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]
Fantasyland Expansion Makes Further Progress

Another benchmark has been met on the path to the Fantasyland expansion in Walt Disney World, Florida. The Daily Disney is reporting that the Reedy Creek Improvement District, the government body that oversees all of Walt Disney World’s infrastructure, is preparing to do their part in the Fantasyland construction.
The board today approved a $1.3 million budget to address the needs of the Fantasyland expansion. This money will be used to service Fantasyland’s electrical and water needs, but also includes nearly $200 thousand in contingency funds, so the overall …

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[26 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]
Disney Cruise Line Reveals New Features

Disney Cruise Line has announced plans to add several new features to it’s Disney Dream ship set to launch in 2011. These features include a miniature golf course, a kids water play area and an adults-only pool with a swim up bar.

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[24 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]
“Toy Story 3” Director Lee Unkrich Auctioning Memorabilia for Haiti Victims

In a magnanamous gesture, Lee Unkrich, Directory of Pixar’s Toy Story 3 is auctioning off some of his personal collection of rare memorabilia to benefit the victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti. The auction is being held on EBay and is a personal effort of the director himself, not by the company.
In addition to helping the victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the director views this as an opportunity to release some these rare items into the world. Many collectors will be ecstatic to …

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[21 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]
The “Making of the Empire Strikes Back” Covers Released

For those among the many who are excited about the upcoming Making of the Empire Strikes Back book release, you’ll be excited to know that the covers have been released to the public. The front cover features Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader dueling with batons that will be turned into light sabers via special effects:

From the Flap Copy:
In this lavish thirtieth-anniversary tribute to the blockbuster film StarWars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, New York Times bestselling author J. W. Rinzler draws back the curtain to reveal the intense …