Club Penguin Pledges to Build Three Schools Globally for Back to School
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Disney’s Club Penguin players can help other kids go back to school this year with the new ‘Build a School’ online event. From September 18 – October 1, players that log onto Club Penguin on web and mobile will help with the building of three real world schools in Ecuador, Haiti and India. Additionally, Club Penguin will provide 14,000 backpacks to kids across the United States on players’ behalf.

Starting September 18, kids can log into Club Penguin and embark on a scavenger hunt, cleaning up the Club Penguin University. During the scavenger hunt, they will learn about schools around the world and how they can make a difference in the lives of others. At the end of the event, Club Penguin, in partnership with charity partner Free the Children, will build three real-world schools in the next year and will donate 14,000 backpacks across the US. As special thanks for their help, players will receive exclusive in-world items, such as a schoolhouse igloo, a pro skater helmet, lab goggles and more.

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Players that want to further give back can apply for the Club Penguin Matching Gift Program, which will give a total of $25,000 in matching grants this year to student leaders that fundraise on their own to help build a school in a Free the Children community.

As a result of the generous in-world actions kids have made over the years, Club Penguin has helped an excess of one million people in more than 42 countries by funding projects such as:

  • 22 schools built for over 20,000 children
  • 40 school libraries built for over 50,000 children
  • 33 playgrounds for over 85,000 children
  • 35 clean water projects for over 55,000 children & families
  • Youth engagement & education programs around the world for over 1,000,000 children & families

To find out more about the ‘Build a School’ program, visit: http://www.freethechildren.com/clubpenguin/.

The Walt Disney Company Celebrates Talk Like a Pirate Day
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Various parts of The Walt Disney Company have celebrated Talk Like a Pirate Day with these special Tweets

 

 

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Talk Like a Pirate Day Shirts Available From Disney Store
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DisneyStore.com is selling three varieties of Pirates of the Caribbean shirts to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day. The shirts will only be available through September 21.

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Pirates of the Caribbean Tee for Men – Limited Availability

Pirates of the Caribbean Tee for Women - Limited Availability

Pirates of the Caribbean Tee for Women – Limited Availability

Pirates of the Caribbean Tee for Kids - Limited Availability

Pirates of the Caribbean Tee for Kids – Limited Availability

Share Your Good Day/Bad Day Photos at the El Capitan Theatre
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Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre presents a special engagement of Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” Oct. 10–22, 2014, which follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life.

“Inclusively with their ticket, El Capitan guests will be invited to reenact Alexander’s Good Day/Bad Day photos with family and friends in our iTouch Photo Booths,” said Lylle Breier, senior vice president of worldwide special events for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. “They’ll get to instantly share their photos through social media and email.”

According to Breier, the El Capitan Theatre will also provide students and teachers a GOOD DAY every day and at any time by offering a reduced price general admission ticket for $9 at the box office during the film run.

Showtimes are at 11 a.m., 1:35 p.m., 4:15 p.m. 7 p.m. and 9:15 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.

The El Capitan Theatre will also host Tiny Tot Tuesday every Tuesday at 11 a.m. During this special screening of Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” parents and small children can enjoy the movie in a tot-friendly way­––complete with lights dimmed (rather than out) and reduced sound levels.

Disney Disputes Attempts to Add Additional Plaintiffs to Disability Lawsuit
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Disney is protesting the attempt of the lawyers suing Disney to add additional plantiffs to the lawsuit claiming Disney’s new policies for guests with disabilities violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Disney’s first dispute with the motion is that it violates the rule that a complaint contain “a short and plain statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief.” Disney claims that, “Plaintiffs seek to amend their original 171-page complaint by adding 69 new plaintiffs, 154 causes of action, more than 1,400 paragraphs of “facts”, and 334 new pages. Altogether, the amended complaint would exceed 500 pages and 2,000 separate paragraphs. If the motion for leave to amend is granted, it would be one of the longest complaints ever filed in a federal district court. Most of the proposed complaint is repetitive, argumentative, inflammatory, irrelevant and unnecessary”

The second dispute Disney has with the claim was made in bad faith. Disney states that the complaint was timed to generate publicity: “It has been almost five months since plaintiffs initially filed their complaint on behalf of 26 individual plaintiffs. The initial complaint generated the publicity they claim led to the identification of additional plaintiffs. The very prolixity of plaintiffs’ proposed amendment, combined with the inflammatory tone of the allegations and the timing of its filing, demonstrate that it was made in bad faith. It is clear that plaintiffs’ lead counsel, who features articles about this case on his website, spent five months preparing a 334-page amendment primarily for the purpose of generating press for this case, instead of writing a short and concise statement of plaintiffs’ claims as required by the Federal Rules’ brevity mandate.”

 

The Boldly Go Sweepstakes Offers Chance to Win a Trip to Aulani
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Disney fans can enter The Boldly Go Sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa.

The Grand Prize Winner will receive some unbelievable perks, including:

  • Roundtrip Airfare for 4 to the island of O¹ahu, including ground transportation to and from the resort.
  • 6 nights and 7 days in a sumptuous villa inspired by the wonders and traditions of Hawai¹ian island beauty.
  • Resort credit for most meals; Aulani features a host of amazing dining options that will please every palate.
  • The chance to experience up to 3 exciting excursions of your choice. There¹s a whole new world of Hawai¹ian adventure outside of Aulani. Surf in the crystalline Pacific Ocean, ride horseback through lush valleys, explore sacred waterfalls and more.

The Boldy Go Sweepstakes continues through October 28, 2014, and you can enter daily. Click through for the official rules.

 

Edge of Spider-Verse #1 Goes to Second Printing
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The biggest Spider-Man event of all time is just around the corner, and critics and fans can’t get enough Spider-Verse! Today, Marvel is proud to announce that EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #1, the return of Spider-Man Noir, has sold out at the distributor level (though copies may still be available at retail level). To meet demand, EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #1 will immediately head back to press for a second printing, available in early October. Writers David Hine, Fabrice Sapolsky and artist Richard Isanove return to the grit and gristle of NYC circa 1939 for the return of fan-favorite Spider-Man Noir? But will his return be short lived? Spider-Verse looms on the horizon, and Spider-Men and Spider-Women from every universe are being targeted.

Edge of Spider-Verse brings you five brand new one shots spanning multiple universes and the Spider-powered heroes who inhabit them. No fan can afford to miss the opening salvo of Spider-Verse that has critics raving!
“Isanove creates incredibly moody and haunting environments, which makes him a perfect fit for a story of this sort” – IGN Comics

“Absolutely worth checking out” – Comic Vine

“Edge of Spider-Verse couldn’t have kicked this off in a better manner” – Multiversity Comics

The pieces are moving in to place, and now is your chance to jump on board the biggest Spider-Man event of all time. It will take thousands of Spider-Men and Spider-Women to battle back Morlun, and Spider-Man Noir is just the beginning. Don’t miss one moment of the action when EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #1 returns for a second printing this October!

For more on Spider-Verse, visit Marvel.com and join in on the conversation on Twitter using #SpiderVerse.

Cougar Town Enters Syndication September 22
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Debuting in 2009, “Cougar Town” quickly became a hit with its funny and lovable characters and its fresh and relatable storylines. And now, as it prepares to head into its sixth season, “Cougar Town” will launch into national syndication five nights a week — and weekends too — beginning Monday, September 22, 2014. 

Cougar Town centers on the Cul-de-Sac Crew, a tight-knit group of friends who keep things funny while supporting each other through the humorous challenges, pitfalls and rewards of life — with a little dysfunction and a whole lot of wine. Courteney Cox stars as Jules Cobb, a recently divorced mom in her forties facing life’s next chapter. Jules is never far from her friends, including her flirtatious friend Grayson (Josh Hopkins), her under-achieving ex-husband, Bobby (Brian Van Holt), her next-door neighbor and confidante, Ellie (Christa Miller), her feisty protégé, Laurie (Busy Philipps), and Ellie’s loveably average husband, Andy (Ian Gomez). They are also frequently joined by Jules’ son Travis (Dan Byrd), who tends to be far more mature than anyone else in the group.

Cougar Town is produced by ABC Studios and is distributed in national syndication by Disney-ABC Domestic Television. The series will enter its sixth season, airing on TBS in the winter of 2015.  Bill Lawrence, Blake McCormick, Courteney Cox, David Arquette and Randall Winston serve as executive producers.

Go to WatchCougarTown.tv for times and channels.

In Orlando, the show will air on WRDQ TV27 at 1130pm. In Los Angeles the show will air on KDOC Channel 56 at 700 and 730.

ABC Orders “500 Questions” Game Show From Mark Burnett
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ABC has made a direct-to-series order for a new event game show, “500 Questions” (working title), from Emmy®-winning blockbuster executive producer Mark Burnett and his One Three Media (“Shark Tank,” “Survivor,” “The Voice”) and Warner Horizon Television (“The Voice,” “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette,” “Bachelor in Paradise”). The innovative “genius game show” is the brainchild of Burnett and Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television President Mike Darnell. It is scheduled to air in 2015, with the program testing the smarts — and nerve — of contestants in a pressure-packed, incredibly intense environment.

The series order for “500 Questions” continues ABC’s long and successful relationship with Burnett, who executive produces the network’s Emmy®-winning hit reality program “Shark Tank,” which returns for a sixth season this fall. “500 Questions” also reunites Burnett with Warner Bros.’ Darnell on a new project for the first time since the Burnett-produced game show “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?,” which Darnell put on the air during his tenure at FOX.

“I love this show. It (‘500 Questions’) is the first network game show to combine what audiences love about serialized unscripted hits with a huge game show event. It has ongoing characters and huge stakes,” said executive producer Mark Burnett.

Mike Darnell said, “I couldn’t be more excited to be back in business with my close friend and colleague Mark Burnett. We have done many shows together over the years, but one of our best experiences (both professionally and personally) was ‘Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?,’ and ever since, we have been trying to come up with another game show that would break new ground. I think we have finally cracked it with ‘500 Questions,’ and with Mark and his team on board, I have no doubt this is going to be the next international game show hit.”

Burnett is one the most successful producers in the history of television, with more than 2,900 hours of programming regularly airing in more than 70 countries around the world. Recent series produced by Burnett and One Three Media include “Shark Tank” on ABC, “The Voice” (in association with Warner Horizon Television) and “Celebrity Apprentice” on NBC, and “Survivor” on CBS. He also produced the MTV Movie Awards from 2007–2011 and the Primetime Emmy® Awards in 2011, and has produced the People’s Choice Awards since 2010.

Burnett and wife, Roma Downey, also produced the hit 10-hour miniseries “The Bible,” which set ratings records for History Channel in the U.S. and became a worldwide phenomenon, also ranking as the best-selling miniseries of all time on DVD. On the heels of its success, NBC commissioned the follow-up miniseries “A.D.: Beyond the Bible,” which will debut in 2015.