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On the occasion of receiving the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award, CNN interviewed screen legend Debbie Reynolds. The Halloween Town actress revealed that her granddaughter is joining her daughter, Carrie

Fisher, in appearing in Star Wars: The Force Awakens:

How did you feel about your daughter following you into the business? And now returning to the Star Wars franchise?

George Lucas is a great producer, and I’m very grateful to him for giving my daughter an opportunity to play a great part. My first [big] role was “Singin’ in the Rain,” and my daughter’s first [big] role was “Star Wars.” I had one bun for a hairdo, and Carrie had two buns! She just finished the new “Star Wars” — and my granddaughter, Billie Lourd, is playing a role in it, too! It’s very exciting to see my granddaughter jumping into the fray also.

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ESPN NBA Analyst Chad Ford finds himself at the center of controversy after Reddit users have noticed that his NBA Draft Board has been changed retroactively, with players who turned out to be NBA stars rising and those who’ve become busts dropping.

ESPN released the following statement regarding the controversy:

After reviewing the post on Reddit today, we have found that changes were made manually to Chad Ford’s NBA Draft prospects rankings. We have not been able to determine who made the changes, or when. We have talked to Chad Ford, who strongly denies any involvement, and based on his past work and professionalism, we believe him. Our review will continue but it is unclear at this time if we will be able to ascertain who was responsible.

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Dr. Pamela Hymel, Chief Medical Officer for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts shared an update on the measles outbreak that has been linked to the Disneyland Resort:

As you may know from the news, exposure to measles has become a more widespread concern throughout Orange County and across California. As part of our commitment to the health of our cast and the larger community, we are taking significant steps at the Disneyland Resort that I wanted to share with you.

Once the Orange County Health Care Agency notified us of this issue, we began working with them to inform our cast and raise awareness. A small number of cast members have tested positive and as they are medically cleared, they have been returning to work. In addition, cast members who may have come in close contact with those who tested positive are being tested for immunity to the virus. While awaiting results, they have been put on paid leave until medically cleared to return to work. We are also offering free vaccinations to all Disneyland Resort cast members.

As the California Department of Public Health has said: “Measles is highly contagious and highly preventable through vaccinations. CDPH is urging caution to individuals who are not vaccinated, especially infants under 12 months. Any place where large numbers of people congregate and there are a number of international visitors, like airports, shopping malls and tourist attractions, you may be more likely to find measles, which should be considered if you are not vaccinated. It is absolutely safe to visit these places, including the Disneyland Resort, if you are vaccinated. Therefore, CDPH recommends that anyone not already immunized against measles gets immunized at this time. Two doses of measles-containing vaccine (MMR vaccine) are more than 99 percent effective in preventing measles. If you are unsure of your vaccination status, check with you doctor to have a test to check for measles immunity or to receive vaccination.”  – Dr. Gil Chavez, State Epidemiologist and Deputy Director, Center for Infectious Diseases, California Department of Public Health

The OC Health Department provides more detailed information on its website (http://ochealthinfo.com/), and as always, your personal physician is a valuable resource for specific medical questions you may have. If you have any questions about visiting the Disneyland Resort, please call 714-781-4565.

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Viola Davis took home the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series SAG Award for her portrayal of Annalise Keating on ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder

How to Get Away with Murder  returns this Thursday at 10/9c

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WDWNewsToday.com is reporting Disney will be increasing ticket prices in February though they don’t yet know the exact amount. They’re also reporting Disney will be introducing a water park hopper and removing the optional no expiration option.

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Japan Today writes this spring Disney will be opening a new branch of the Disney Store specifically geared towards adult women. The store will be opening in Harajuku, a Tokyo neighborhood known for its kawaii (“cuteness”) culture.

What sets this branch apart, though, is its focus on providing an enjoyable experience for adult women. In contrast to the vibrant colors of most Disney Store locations, Harajuku Alta’s makes use of sophisticated, subdued tones. The shelves will be stocked with jewelry, bags, and smartphone accessories, instead of the plastic toys of all-age Disney Stores.

Among the items for sale, of course, be a special set of Tsum Tsum toys. The store is set to open on March 7th with a second store opening in Osaka on April 2nd.

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The Disney Cruise Line Blog is reporting the Disney Cruise Line was involved in another rescue at sea yesterday. This time it was the Disney Wonder and the beneficiaries were five Cuban nationals traveling on a boat that appeared to be made with oil barrels.

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WFAA is reporting that Thomas Lucas, Jr. was indicted by a United States Grand Jury on charges of defrauding investors. Court documents show “Lucas knowingly devised and intended to devise a scheme and artifice to defraud certain investors, and to obtain money and property from these investors, by making materially false and fraudulent pretenses…”

He had investors pay inflated land prices claiming he had sources that Disney was planning on building a theme park in the area. The parcel of land near Celina remains a horse grazing location. Thomas Lucas Jr’s uncle Beau Lucas told reporters that he wholeheartedly felt Disney was coming and that they even had their own family invest in the property.

The Walt Disney Company did not comment on the story.

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The music video for the original new song “Juntos (Together)” written and performed Latin rock superstar Juanes specifically for Disney’s MCFARLAND, USA, is now available exclusively on Vevo. The song will be the end title track of the film.