A new clip from Muppets Most Wanted features Kermit the Frog imprisoned in a Russian gulag as he is mistaken for Constantine by Tina Fey’s Nadya.
Deadline reports on ABC’s upcoming drama Resurrection which premieres this Sunday at 9/8c. ABC has struggled so far this season with most of their series falling flat. The only bright spots are Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. which started strong but has lost some of its luster and The Goldbergs which is showing some life in the spot behind Marvel’s show. Resurrection has been heavily promoted by the Disney broadcast network. Have the promos made you want to watch?
Disney XD star Leo Howard’s dad, Todd Howard, will guest star on his son’s show. The episode of Kickin’ It will air on Disney XD March 10. In an interview Leo talks about working with his father:
“The best thing about working with my Dad is that it has always been a dream of mine. It’s something that I’ll have forever and that I can show my kids someday. There wasn’t anything bad about working with him, he is very spontaneous and funny so it was a great experience.”
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Deadline has a report from last night’s premiere of Need for Speed. The premiere of the car-movie took place while the future of DreamWorks Studios is in doubt. The production company, who has a distribution deal with Disney, has a mixed record and money is tight. There is speculation that studio principal Stacey Snider is headed to 21st Century Fox which makes the studio’s future uncertain. The film will be released by Disney March 14th.
Disneyland has announced that they will be hosting an Annual Passholder preview for the refurbished Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. APs will be able to use the Stand-by and FastPass queues during the following times:
- Thursday, March 13 – 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
- Friday, March 14 – 8:00 AM to 12:00 Midnight
- Saturday, March 15 – 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM
- Sunday, March 16 – 8:00 AM to 12:00 Midnight
For more information visit Disneyland.com
The New York Times has an adaptation of “Life, Animated” by Ron Suskind. The book will be published April 1 by Kingswell, an imprint of Disney Book Group. It tells the story of Ron’s son Owen who at the age of three is diagnosed with regressive autism. Through the storytelling of Disney, Owen is able to make progress both academically and socially. He uses the stories and characters of Disney to learn lessons that many thought he was incapable of learning. The author, Ron Susking, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of four books about presidential power. He is currently the senior fellow at Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.
Here is the description of the book from Amazon: Imagine being trapped inside a Disney movie and having to learn about life mostly from animated characters dancing across a screen of color. A fantasy? A nightmare? This is the real-life story of Owen Suskind, the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia. An autistic boy who couldn’t speak for years, Owen memorized dozens of Disney movies, turned them into a language to express love and loss, kinship, brotherhood.The family was forced to become animated characters, communicating with him in Disney dialogue and song; until they all emerge, together, revealing how, in darkness, we all literally need stories to survive.
Aaron Paul drove up to the Need for Speed premiere last night at the TCL Chinese Theatre. Unfortunately, the car overheated as the star headed to the red carpet. The DreamWorks Pictures film is being distributed by Disney.
Disney Parks has released a video of the refurbished Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. They also shared that the attraction will reopen March 17 after a lengthy refurbishment.
Update: Disneyland has released a press release regarding the refurbished attraction:
Hold onto your hats and glasses! The wildest ride in the wilderness reopens March 17 with an upgraded track, restoration of the historic Rainbow Ridge Mining Town, new paint on portions of the mountain and updates to the train vehicles. Guests taking a ride on this runaway mine train will discover some new surprises, too.
- Along with the new track, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad reopens in 2014 with an enhanced audio system that sharpens the sounds heard by guests on the trains and in the caverns and buildings. Even the wildlife at Big Thunder can be heard more distinctly.
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad celebrated its grand opening in September 1979, becoming the third peak in the Disneyland Park “mountain range of thrill rides.” It was preceded by Matterhorn Bobsleds (1959) and Space Mountain (1977) and followed by Splash Mountain (1989).
- The attraction’s setting evokes 19th century gold-mining territory, with rugged bedrock and desert cactus. Guests board a mine train for a thrilling, high-speed adventure past the spires and buttes of the old West and into the tunnels and shafts of a dark and mysterious mine.
- Since its opening in 1979, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland has carried more than 225 million guests who are warned to “hold onto your hats and glasses” as they prepare to dip and drop into the canyons and caves of the Big Thunder ghost town.
- The unusual rock spires of Big Thunder Mountain were inspired by the “hoodoos” of Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. The tallest spire on Big Thunder Mountain reaches 104 feet.
- Objects that may be spotted by guests in and around Big Thunder Mountain include a century-old stamp mill, hand-driven drill, press gears, picks shovels and other artifacts acquired from abandoned mines in Nevada, Colorado, Minnesota and Wyoming, as well as museums and swap meets.
- Subsequent versions of the attraction appeared in Magic Kingdom Park, Walt Disney World, Florida in 1980; Tokyo Disneyland Park in 1987 and Disneyland Paris in 1992.
- The miniature town of Big Thunder, seen at the end of the attraction, first appeared in 1956 as part of the Rainbow Cavern Mine Train and Mine Train through Nature’s Wonderland attractions. Many Disneyland fans still call it by its original name: Rainbow Ridge. The town is said to have been a favorite of Walt Disney, who built miniatures himself as a hobby.
- Other items from the Nature’s Wonderland days include the caves of Rainbow Caverns, the rockwork buttes at the entry to Balancing Rock Canyon, and some of the animals – the dynamite-devouring goat, coyotes, possums, snakes, turtles, vultures – who appear among the rocky cliffs surrounding the mine tunnels.
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was the first major design project for Walt Disney Imagineer and Disney Legend Tony Baxter, whose subsequent projects at Disneyland included the new Fantasyland of 1983, Splash Mountain and the Indiana Jones Adventure.
cutepolish has a great YouTube video showing you how to create (oft requested, according to them) Olaf the snowman on your nails. Isn’t he cute?
Disney Parks has released poster artwork for their upcoming Festival of Fantasy Parade. The new Magic Kingdom parade begins this Sunday. The poster features Mickey, Dumbo, Sebastian, and other Disney characters as well as some of the floats from the parade. Check with LaughingPlace.com for updates on this new parade.