Executive Changes at Walt Disney World
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According to reports that have come to Laughingplace.com there have been some executive changes at Walt Disney World. Sam Lau will be VP of Epcot while Jason Kirk will be VP of Transportation. Sam joined Disney in his position as Vice President of Transportation while Jason Kirk has spent time as a General Manager at Disneyland and in Industrial Engineering. Erin Youngs who was VP of Epcot is going to lead Horticulture, Textiles, and Facilities Asset Management.

Time Names Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez In Their 100 Most Influential People List
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Time Magazine has named Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez to their 100 Most Influential People list. The magazine had South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone write about the song writing duo. The Lopez’s worked with Parker and Stone on their Tony award winning show, Book of Mormon.

Washington Nationals Players Uses Frozen For His Walkup Music
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Washington Nationals infielder Zach Walters has been using music from Frozen as his walkup music when he goes to bat. Someone posted a Vine video of him coming up to the plate while “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” plays.

The Major Leaguer had this to say on Twitter regarding his musical selection.

Animation Union Wants Frozen Bonuses for Laid Off Employees
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Deadline is reporting that Disney gave substantial bonuses to Disney Animation Studios employees due to the success of Frozen but did not include laid off employees. IATSE Animation Guild Local 839 business representative Steve Hulett said, “Disney paid bonuses to everyone who worked on Frozen except for those who were laid off after the film was completed. I’ve heard they got 10 weeks of their weekly pay as a bonus. Everyone at the facility got the bonus, even if they didn’t work on it. Some of my people worked on the whole picture to the very end and then they were laid off, and they’re not getting the bonus. It just doesn’t seem right.”

Disney confirmed that eligible current employees received a bonus.

Latest Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Artwork Announced
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Marvel Television is proud to announce acclaimed artist Stephanie Hans (Journey Into Mystery,Young Avengers) as the newest recruit for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Art of Level 7, a new initiative uniting top artists from around the world to celebrate the final six episodes of the series’ inaugural season (airing Tuesdays, 8|7c on the ABC Television Network).MAOS 120 Stephanie Hans

Maria Hill (guest-star Cobie Smulders) makes her return to Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Coulson finds his team divided and at their most vulnerable, but is she a friend…or foe? Meanwhile, Coulson must contend with the forces of Col. Glenn Talbot (guest-star Adrian Pasdar) and the United States military, as Ward and Skye work together on a covert mission to decrypt a hard drive containing S.H.I.E.L.D.’s biggest secrets. But just when Skye didn’t think things could get worse…Deathlok makes his (literally) heart-stopping return!

“Nothing Personal”, the twentieth episode of the series, premieres on Tuesday, April 29th, at 8|7c on the ABC network followed by brand new episodes each week until the suspenseful season finale.

“The relationship between Grant Ward and Skye takes center stage as the two of them must confront some uncomfortable – and life-threatening – truths,” said Jeph Loeb, Head of Marvel TV. “Stephanie Hans was the perfect choice to bring the tortured relationship between Skye and Ward to life, with the threat of Deathlok figuring so prominently into this new episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Each poster released in this series will be available as limited edition high quality prints at http://www.marvelstore.com/ArtOfLevel7 with “Nothing Personal” scheduled to go on sale Friday, April 25th at 1:00am PST. These individually numbered prints are strictly limited to 100 copies and once they’re sold out, they won’t be available again from Marvel.

“First, I have to say I am incredibly proud that Marvel has given me the chance to collaborate on the Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. series,” said Stephanie Hans. “I have been a huge fan of Joss Whedon ever since I watched my first Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode and I nearly fainted when I learned one of my paintings would be associated with his work. For this illustration, I have been looking for a kind of Klimt-esque mood. I wanted the picture to talk about the inner torment Skye is going through. You can see it in her eyes that even though she’s holding Agent Ward with all of her strength, she is not really with him at the same time: she’s fighting with herself.”

For more information on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., please visit marvel.com or www.abc.com. Join the conversation on Twitter and get all the latest updates with @AgentsOfSHIELD and @Marvel.

FastPass+ Changes Starting Monday
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In a post on the Disney Parks Blog, Disney Parks Chairman Tom Staggs revealed that some announced enhancements to FastPass+ will take place on Monday, April 28. Once guests use their first three FastPass+ entitlements, they will be able to go to an in-park kiosk to reserve another. Once that entitlement is used, they can get a fifth… and so on. These extra entitlements will allow for park hopping. From the wording, it sounds like guests will still not be able to sign up for attractions in different parks before they arrive.

These announcement takes place just as Walt Disney World begins to host an event for media that highlights MyMagic+

Disney Announces Hollywood Studios 25th Anniversary Festivities
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In a park that pays tribute to many Hollywood icons of the silver screen, a silver anniversary is a special one to celebrate. On May 1, 1989, Disney’s Hollywood Studios (known then as Disney-MGM Studios — a name that would identify the park until it was changed in 2008) became the third Disney theme park to open at Walt Disney World Resort. On May 1, 2014, the park will mark its 25th anniversary in several ways (*times and entertainment subject to change):

  • At 10 a.m., Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will take the stage with Disney’s Hollywood Studios Vice President Dan Cockerell to start the celebration day, honoring some of the 25-year cast members during a short rededication ceremony.
  • A special motorcade — “Stars of the Studios” — will make its way down Hollywood Blvd. beginning at 7 p.m. and feature many of the famous characters showcased throughout the park. Mickey and Minnie will be joined by television and film stars including Captain Jack Sparrow, Darth Vader, Doc McStuffins, Wreck-It Ralph, Venellope, Sofia the First and more.
  • Following the motorcade, the area in front of the park’s Sorcerer Hat Stage will become a dance party before a fireworks show ends the day in grand fashion at 9:30 p.m. The pyrotechnics show, which will be high in the sky above the Sorcerer Mickey Hat, will pay tribute to 25 years of show business stories that have been told throughout the park.

Special events and entertainment for the celebration are included in regular park admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

In addition, 25th anniversary commemorative merchandise will be sold (while supplies last). And finally, a taste-tempting treat — a 25th Anniversary Chocolate Nutella Cupcake — will be sold at many of the park’s quick service dining locations during the day.

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Short ‘Feast’ to Premiere at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival
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Making its world premiere at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival on June 10 isFeast, a new short from first-time director Patrick Osborne (head of animation, Paperman) and Walt Disney Animation Studios.

The story of one man’s love life is seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share. The short will open in theaters in front of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ new action-packed, big-screen adventure Big Hero 6 n November 7. Check out the first-look image above!

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