Star Wars Episode VII Filming Angers Wildlife Activists
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The Telegraph is reporting that the filming of Star Wars: Episode VII on the remote island of Skellig Michael off the Irish coast has upset some wildlife activists. The concern is that the filming may impact the breeding season of the island’s native bird population.

Birdwatch Ireland’s Dr Steve Newton told Radio Kerry, “It would have been preferable if filming took place out of the breeding season, in September, when I believe it was originally scheduled. It seems a little inappropriate to do it during July.”

The head of the Irish Film Board said that the filming was “designed specifically to avoid disturbance of breeding birds.”

ESPN Extends Deal To Broadcast Pro Football Hall Of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony
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ESPN has reached a new seven-year agreement with the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, to present the annual Enshrinement Ceremony, beginning this year. The agreement extends through 2020, the centennial anniversary of the National Football League’s inaugural season.

Since 1995, ESPN has televised the Enshrinement Ceremony when each new class of legendary players, coaches and contributors is officially welcomed into the Hall of Fame. This year’s ceremony – ESPN’s 20th consecutive – will be televised Saturday, August 2, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2 (and WatchESPN).

Trey Wingo will host ESPN’s coverage from Canton with NFL analysts Tom Jackson and Chris Mortensen and reporter Sal Paolantonio. ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown host Chris Berman – who received the distinguished Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award from the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010 – will again emcee the ceremony, a position he has been honored to hold since 1999.

“The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony is a signature event that honors the sport’s all-time greats and each year helps officially kick off the start of the new season,” said Burke Magnus, Senior Vice President, Programming Acquisitions. “ESPN has a proud history of presenting this celebration of the game of football and we are thrilled to extend our relationship with the Hall of Fame with this new long-term agreement.”

Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker added: “ESPN has for many years been a committed partner in helping the Pro Football Hall of Fame fulfill its mission to honor the heroes of the Game, preserve its history, promote its values so as to celebrate the excellence of the legends that are honored at the Enshrinement Ceremony. On behalf of all those who love the Game and the legends who play it, we look forward to a long and successful relationship in the years ahead.”

Marvel’s Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United Available Tomorrow
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Iron Man and Captain America join forces in a new, original animated adventure, “Marvel’s Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United” available only on Digital HD, On-Demand and Disney Movies Anywhere on July 29th. Iron Man and Captain America battle to keep the Red Skull and his triggerman, Taskmaster, from unleashing an army of Hydra Brutes on the world! Enjoy surprising twists and a special appearance by one of your favorite Marvel Super Heroes in this action packed feature featuring the voices of Adrian Pasdar and Roger Craig reprising their roles as Iron Man and Captain America, and Clancy Brown as the villainous Taskmaster.

Evangeline Lilly and Corey Stoll Join Marvel’s Ant-Man
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Evangeline Lilly and Corey Stoll have found their way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the female lead and antagonist, respectively, in Marvel’s “Ant-Man,” in theaters July 17, 2015!

Lilly will play Hope Pym, the daughter of Hank Pym, while Stoll will play Darren Cross, a.k.a. Yellowjacket, the antagonist of the film. The two join stars Paul Rudd (Scott Lang) and Michael Douglas (Hank Pym), along with director Peyton Reed, for the size-changing super hero’s first cinematic adventure.

“We’ve been fans of Evangeline for years, and couldn’t be more pleased that she’s agreed to join us on Ant-Man’s journey to the big screen,” said Marvel’s Kevin Feige. “We look forward to audiences learning more about her character when she joins forces with Hank Pym and Scott Lang in 2015.

 

More Than 100 New Haunted Mansion Items Coming to Disney Parks
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From the Official Disney Parks Blog…

At the beginning of June, I shared with you a first look at artwork created for a whole new line of Haunted Mansion authentic merchandise coming this fall to Disney Parks. Today, I’m beyond excited to give you a look at actual items we’ve created using that artwork. The toughest part for me was selecting which of the more than 100 new items to showcase in this story. Here is a look at some of my favorite things.

I’ll start with apparel which will include both long and short-sleeved options for women, men and children. I think my favorite new shirts are the ones that resemble the Cast Member costumes from the attraction. Some of the shirts will also include a glow-in-the-dark element.

For accessories, Guests will soon find several new jewelry items including awesome bat stanchion earrings. I particularly like the women’s shoes that use the infamous purple wallpaper pattern from the attraction. That wallpaper pattern will also be used on three new Dooney & Bourke items. You may recall the first Dooney & Bourke handbag we released last fall as seen in this story. That original handbag will return with the three new items this fall. All the new items will have a purple colored liner not red like the first incarnation.

The home décor team will add to their assortment of amazing things I first shared in February 2013. The original nine items were incredibly detailed and these new items follow in that tradition. This fall, Guests will find new drinkware, dinnerware (plates, bowls, wine glasses), figurines, bookends, cloth napkins, tablemats, and much more. I love the beautiful urn, and the bat stanchion ice cube tray will soon be making ice cubes in my freezer at home.

Celebrate the Walt Disney Family Museum’s Fifth Anniversary
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This coming October, come celebrate our fifth anniversary here at The Walt Disney Family Museum! On October 1, 2009, Diane Disney Miller first welcomed guests to explore the life, work, and legacy of her father Walt Disney: an entertainer, risk-taker, and innovator who helped define 20th-century America. In recognition, we’ve planned a month full of special events, captivating programming, hands-on activities, after hour parties, and so much more. For more information, a full schedule of events, and tickets, please visit waltdisney.org/anniversary.

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Videos: Star Wars Rebels Comic-Con Clips
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Yesterday at “The Heroes of Star Wars Rebels” at Comic-Con 2014, Dave Filoni (Executive Producer), Simon Kinberg (Executive Producer), Freddie Prinze Jr. (“Kanan”), Vanessa Marshall (“Hera”), Taylor Gray (“Ezra”), Steve Blum (“Zeb”) and Tiya Sircar (“Sabine”) debuted the below clips from STAR WARS REBELS…


Star Wars Rebels: A Look Ahead (Kevin Yost trailer)


Star Wars Rebels: SDCC 2014 Exclusive Clip – “Kanan vs. The Inquisitor”


Star Wars Rebels: SDCC 2014 Exclusive Clip — “We’re Even” 

Frozen Sing-A-Long Returns to Disney’s El Capitan Theatre Aug.22 – Sept.7
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Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre presents a special engagement of Disney’s “Frozen” Sing-along version Aug. 22 – Sept. 7, 2014. Each screening will be accompanied by Elsa, live on stage, snow inside the theatre, plus the all-new short “Feast” from Walt Disney Animation Studios.

“The El Capitan Theatre is the place to be for ‘Frozen’ fans of all ages” said Lylle Breier, senior vice president of worldwide special events for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. “Come ‘Let It Go’ at the El Capitan and celebrate winter in summer this August.”

“Pajama Night” screenings will be held on Fridays and Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., where El Capitan guests are encouraged to wear their favorite PJs for a slumber party like no other!

For the “Pajama Night” screenings, El Capitan guests can pre-order an “In Summer” Slumber Party Pack for an additional $10, which includes a Ghirardelli frozen cocoa, a “Frozen” fleece blanket and a travel toothbrush.

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


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