Legends of Frontierland Extended at Disneyland Park
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The Legends of Frontierland interactive experience at Disneyland Park has been extended. The experience was scheduled to end September 1, but it will remain “a little while longer” with no new end date announced.

For more information on the experience, check out Kyle’s review.

Star Wars: Episode VII Resumes Production
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Reports indicate that Star Wars: Episode VII following a hiatus due to Harrison Ford’s injury that he sustained during filming. Bob Iger mentioned this production hiatus would not impact the release date during his last earning’s conference call.

Star Wars: Episode VII is scheduled to be released December 18, 2015.

Paul Briggs, Head of Story for Frozen, Doing Meet and Greet at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
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On Friday, August 29, 2014, guests can meet Paul Briggs, Head of Story for Disney Frozen as well as the voice of Marshmallow at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Paul’s other recent works include Big Hero 6, Tangled and Mulan. Paul will be on hand to sign Frozen inspired merchandise from 4 – 5p.m. at Oaken’s Trading Post.

Big Hero 6 will be released November 7, 2014.

E:60 Starts Fall Season with Story on Ndamukong Suh
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The fall season of ESPN’s award-winning newsmagazine program E:60 will launch on Tuesday, Sept. 2, with a feature on controversial Ndamukong Suh of the NFL’s Detroit Lions. The program airs at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

As the Lions prepare to start their NFL season on Monday Night FootballE:60 and ABC News reporter Bob Woodruff seeks answers to the question of “who is Ndamukong Suh?” Is he the player in the headlines, a talented but troubled defensive tackle for the Lions? A three-time All-Pro voted the NFL’s dirtiest player by his peers? Or is he the modest and introverted 27-year-old who after his rookie NFL season was named America’s most charitable athlete?

With the NFL season kicking off later in the week, the season premiere episode also will include updated features on Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch and New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin.

E:60’s ninth season continues the program’s reputation of presenting the biggest names and the best stories in sports with innovative long-form storytelling, enterprise reporting and production technique. Some of the stories airing later this season include:

  • A special report on the Ferguson, Mo., high school football team.
  • An all-access E:60 PROFILE of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.
  • E:60 PRESENTS: Morganna the Kissing Bandit.

Headlining the Fall 2014 episodes of E:60 are NFL personalities including Richard Sherman, Rob Ryan, Jason Witten, DeAngelo Hall, Gerald McCoy, Jamaal Charles and Marquise Goodwin, among others.

The E:60 brand has also expanded. In addition to the seasonal weekly newsmagazine, E:60 now producesE:60 PROFILE, a series of specials  on some of the biggest stars in sports (the first, on Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, aired in 2010), and the Fall 2014 season turns the cameras on Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. ESPN’s Cari Champion talks with Newton about his maturity as a NFL QB and the controversies surrounding him during his college career at Florida and Auburn.. His father, Cecil Newton Sr., speaks exclusively with E:60 in his first television interview since facing allegations of seeking payment from major college football programs in exchange for signing his son.

There also is E:60 PRESENTS, which debuted last fall with hour-long in-depth treatments of the best stories in sports.  This fall, a one-hour E:60 PRESENTS special focuses on the woman once known as “Morganna the Kissing Bandit.”  Before the internet, and before infamous moments could go viral, the voluptuous blonde became a pop culture icon in the 1970s and 80s by running onto Major League Baseball fields during games to kiss players.  In the late 90s, she suddenly and mysteriously disappeared from the spotlight, leaving people to wonder whatever happened to Morganna and why did she choose to run from the fame she craved for so long?  Now, after 15 years, Morganna breaks her silence to E:60′s Wright Thompson about her former infamy and the troubled life that led her there.

E:60 has become the ultimate destination for storytelling in sports,” said executive producer Andy Tennant. “And that’s a testament to the team of producers, editors, and correspondents on the show, who span the globe to find thought-provoking issues and important personal stories that need to be told, compelling stories that transcend the fields of play. Those stories take time to tell—and we’ve been giving them that time, and that attention, often running only three stories a week.”

Earlier this year, E:60 won the Sports Emmy Award for Journalism, for the report “Children of the Ring” by Jeremy Schaap, a hard look at the human rights issues surrounding the growing sport of children’s professional Muay Thai fighting in Thailand. E:60 has been honored with six national Sports Emmy awards, including three of the last four awarded in journalism, and nine nominations in the journalism category alone. Its report last season on human rights abuses in Qatar was among the most lauded stories ESPN has ever produced.

Other reporters who will be contributing to E:60 in the fall season are Lisa Salters, Tom Rinaldi, Chris Connelly and Jeffri Chadiha. E:60 is led by Tennant and coordinating producer Michael Baltierra.

Since 2007 E:60 has reported from Kenya, Sudan, India, Dominican Republic, Morocco, Mexico, Senegal, Philippines, Netherlands, Haiti, Costa Rica, South Africa, Ukraine, Serbia, Bolivia, Venezuela, Panama, Liberia, and the Middle East.

E:60 will air on Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 for the first four episodes, then move to ESPN at 8 p.m. on ESPN beginning Tuesday, Sept. 30, and running through the fall season’s conclusion on Nov. 4. The schedule is subject to change.

First Look at New Avengers #24
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Witness the beginning of the end and the rise of a new Cabal as the Marvel Universe reaches the end of the line in the oversized NEW AVENGERS #24! Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman and Marvel All-New Young Gun artist Valerio Schiti fast forward 8 months into the future as the battle-worn Marvel Universe faces judgment day, and the Avengers and Illuminati wage war against each other.

The Incursions by parallel Earths from other dimensions have increased in number! To save both universes, one Earth must be destroyed each time! As the Avengers & Illuminati battle over what must be done – Namor has taken matters into his own hands! Forming his new Cabal composed of Thanos, Maximus, Black Swan, Terrax, Proxima Midnight & Corvius Glaive, they’ll stop at nothing to ensure their Earth survives, including the destruction of worlds!

“This isn’t some maybe-future, this is the real deal, what’s awaiting the Marvel Universe in the coming year,” says Executive Editor Tom Brevoort in an interview with Marvel.com.

As this epic, oversized issue jumps forward 8 months, witness the staggering future that awaits the Marvel Universe and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes? With the war between the Avengers and the Illuminati at its peak, the Final Incursion is upon us The clock is ticking and your questions will be answered this September in NEW AVENGERS #24!

Tangled Returns to the El Capitan Theatre
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Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre presents a special engagement of Disney’s “Tangled” Sept. 12 – Oct. 8, 2014. Before the movie, see Sofia from Disney’s “Sofia the First” live on stage plus a special glimpse of Disney Junior’s upcoming “Sofia the First: Curse of Princess Ivy.” Then after the movie, see Rapunzel live on stage followed by Disney’s “Tangled Ever After” short.

“‘Tangled’ introduced some of Disney’s most dynamic and iconic characters with a story that touched audiences around the world,” said Lylle Breier, senior vice president of worldwide special events for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. “This marks the first time the film will be seen at the El Capitan since it premiered in 2010, so we want to make it an event the whole family can enjoy. As Rapunzel says, ‘Best. Day. Ever!’”

Showtimes are at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now, and available at the El Capitan Theatre (6838 Hollywood Blvd.), online at www.elcapitantickets.com, or by calling 1-800-DISNEY6. Special group rates for parties of 20 or more are available by calling 1-818-845-3110. Showtimes subject to change.

On Sundays and Wednesdays at 7 p.m., all El Capitan Theatre guests will enjoy the Spanish language and 3D version of Disney’s “Tangled.”

On select dates, El Capitan guests may also enjoy breakfast and receive a commemorative photo with Rapunzel before the 10 a.m. movie. Seating is limited and reservations are required.

The El Capitan Theatre will also host Tiny Tot Tuesday every Tuesday at 10 a.m. During this special screening of Disney’s “Tangled,” parents and small children can enjoy the movie in a Tiny Tot-friendly way­––complete with lights dimmed (rather than out) and reduced sound levels.

At Sunday’s 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. shows only, El Capitan guests can enhance their “Tangled” experience with “Rapunzel’s Tower Treasures,” which can be pre-ordered for an additional $10, while supplies last.

Haunted Mansion Holiday Gingerbread House Revealed
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The Disney Parks Blog reveals this year’s edition of the Haunted Mansion Holiday Gingerbread House.



Each year, Disney designers create a new design for the house which is placed in the ballroom of the Haunted Mansion. Then, Disney bakers create the design so that an authentic gingerbread house resides inside the seasonal attraction. Haunted Mansion Holiday opens September 12.

Hayao Miyazaki to Receive Academy’s Governors Award
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The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Tuesday night to present an Honorary Award to Hayao Miyazaki. The award will be presented at the Academy’s 6th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 8, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.

Miyazaki is an artist, writer, director, producer and three-time Oscar nominee in the Animated Feature Film category, winning in 2002 for “Spirited Away.” His other nominations were for “Howl’s Moving Castle” in 2005 and “The Wind Rises” last year. Miyazaki gained an enormous following in his native Japan for such features as “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind,” “Laputa: Castle in the Sky,” “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Kiki’s Delivery Service” before breaking out internationally in the late 1990s with “Princess Mononoke.” He is the co-founder of Studio Ghibli, a renowned animation studio based in Tokyo. Many of his films have been distributed in the United States by The Walt Disney Company.

Awards will also be presented to Jean-Claude Carrière, Hayao Miyazaki and Maureen O’Hara, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Harry Belafonte.

First Look at New Pixar Short Lava
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Yahoo! has an exclusive first look at “Lava,” the new Pixar short that will be shown with Inside Out next June. The short is directed by James Ford Murphy Pixar’s head of animation James Ford Murphy. The main character is a volcano named Uku who is voiced by musician Kuahna Torres Kahele

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