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Can anyone stop the Maestro? That’s the question this June as the oppressive lord of Dystopia enters the Battleworld fray in FUTURE IMPERFECT #1! Writer Peter David returns to the nuclear-ravaged wastelands he made famous. And artist Greg Land joins him for an explosive all-new Secret Wars tale!

In the domain of Dystopia, the Hulk stands triumphant over the world’s heroes and villains. Now calling himself the Maestro and lording over all of Dystopia – his gamma-fisted tyranny knows no bounds! Yet the spark of rebellion still lives within these borders. A small, but fierce band of rebels still remains, willing give all in the name of freedom, even if it means their lives! Time to find out if Hulk really is the strongest one there is?

“It’s really fun to see the Maestro back and the dude is on his home turf so any challengers are going to have a distinct disadvantage when it comes to smash time,” says Series Editor Mark Paniccia. “Some characters from Peter David’s X-FACTOR are going toe-to-toe with Maestro but there’s a great battle coming up with an ever lovin’ surprise character that promises to give lovers of superhero fights a coast-to-coast grin!”

With their backs to the wall, Ruby Summers and the rebels will seek out anyone who can stand against Maestro’s power. How does Odin factor into their strategy? What character in Maestro’s weight class will face off with him? And will the members of X-Factor survive the first issue? Those answers and more lie in the bombastic, action-packed pages of FUTURE IMPERFECT #1 this June!

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To highlight the creativity and passion fans have for all things Disney, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is holding two remarkable contests in celebration of D23 EXPO 2015, which takes place August 14–16 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

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Mousequerade invites participants to create their own Disney-inspired costumes and compete in the following categories: “Heroes Unmasked,” “Once Upon a Costume,” “The Wonderful Worlds of Disney,” “Best of Star Wars,” and “Weird, Wild, and Goofy!” The winner will receive a trip for two to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. Anyone interested in participating must visit d23expo.com/mousequerade to complete an entry form and find out more about how to enter. The closing date for entry is April 30, 2015. Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of creativity and originality, quality and craftsmanship of costume, and relationship of costume to the contest theme. The Live Contest will be held Friday, August 14 in Stage 23 at the Anaheim Convention Center and will be 90 minutes in length. The number of Finalists is limited to 15 contestants per category for a total of 75 contestants.

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D23 Expo Design Challenge will honor Disneyland’s Diamond Anniversary by encouraging artists young and old to depict Sleeping Beauty Castle. Twenty-three pieces of finalist artwork will be on display throughout the D23 EXPO weekend on the show floor, located in the Walt Disney Archives area. The winning artist will be chosen prior to the start of the D23 EXPO and will receive a cash prize of $2,300. Anyone interested in participating must visit d23expo.com/designchallenge to submit sketches of proposed artwork (and to find out more about other entry requirements) no later than April 30, 2015. Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of creativity, originality, and artistic expression.

Finalists in both competitions will receive one (1) complimentary ticket (and one (1) for a guest) to attend D23 EXPO 2015. Contestants do not need to be members of D23 to enter either contest.

Tickets for D23 EXPO 2015 are available at a discounted price for a limited time. From January 1–June 30, 2015, tickets are $67 for a one-day adult admission and $48 for children 3–12. Tickets for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club are $58 for a one-day adult admission and $42 for children. Multi-day money-saving tickets are also available. D23 Members can save as much as $188 off the price of admission, based on the purchase of four three-day tickets at the D23 Member rate. For more information on tickets and the ticket pricing structure for D23 Members and general admission, visit D23Expo.com.

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Walt Disney World has announced that they will be adding additional capacity to Soarin’ and Toy Story Midway Mania. They will also be also be updating the screens and projection system at Soarin,’ These enhancements are expected be open by the end of 2016. The hope is the additional capacity will help with the demand that causes long waits and limited FastPass+ availability at the attractions.

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Show Your Disney Side, a new photo transformation app, allows Disney Parks fans to magically transform into their favorite Disney Parks characters. Now available for iPhone and iPod touch, the Show Your Disney Side app lets users pick a Disney Parks character, take a selfie and then tap and swipe to watch their Disney Side come to life with special effects. The Show Your Disney Side app was created by TYFFON, an entertainment app developer and one of the participants of the 2014 Disney Accelerator, a highly selective, immersive mentorship and investment program for technology-enabled startups in the media and entertainment space.

With the Show Your Disney Side app, users can choose their favorite Disney Parks character from iconic attractions and experiences such as Frozen, Star Tours®, Pirates of the Caribbean® and Villains of Disney Parks. When users visit Disneyland® Resort or Walt Disney World Resort®, they can unlock special Haunted Mansion® characters such as the Hitchhiking Ghost and Madame Leota. They can also unlock these special characters by sharing three of their creations on Facebook or Twitter.

Users can personalize their Disney Side character with different costumes and frames. Then, by tapping or swiping the screen, their Disney Side will magically come to life with special effects, unique for each character. Photos and videos of each Disney Side creation can be saved and shared with family and friends right from the app.

Disney Side is the side of us that comes out to play the moment we step through the gates of a Disney Theme Park or interact with favorite Disney characters and stories. It’s the side that laughs bigger, screams louder, and just plain lives life to the fullest.

Show Your Disney Side is now available for free on the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPod touch at http://DisneySideApp.com.

 

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This April, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes assemble from across time and space to take on the greatest threat of our past, present and future! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your new look inside AVENGERS: ULTRON FOREVER #1 – the first chapter in a three-part epic Avengers event! Writer Al Ewing (Captain America & The Mighty Avengers) and legendary artist Alan Davis assemble a new team of Avengers for an epic tale that should not be missed!

Venture 500 years into the future of the Marvel Universe. A desolate wasteland devoid of almost all human life. Those remaining alive have been enslaved by the Ultron Singularity, surviving only to serve the will of their twisted robot masters. To save the future, Doctor Doom will pluck seven of Earth’s Mightiest from different periods to battle the machine god Ultron himself. But when the battle for the cosmos begins, will they succeed – or die trying?

Now – the present day Vision and Black Widow, James Rhodes, the Incredible Hulk, two generations of Thor and Danielle Cage, the Captain America of the future must join forces if we are to have any hope for tomorrow! Yet as they travel into the uncertain future, even they will not be prepared for what they find.

In the shadows of a nightmarish future, a new team of Avengers will rise to show the world that heroes can come from anywhere and anytime. It all happens this April when Ewing and David unite for AVENGERS: ULTRON FOREVER #1!

Plus, don’t miss parts 2 and 3 when NEW AVENGERS: ULTRON FOREVER #1 and UNCANNY AVENGERS: ULTRON FOREVER #1 hit shelves in April and May!

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Listia, the world’s premier online trading marketplace gives passionate Disney fans a chance to collect items from “the happiest place on earth” for free. The online trading marketplace with over 8 million members is best known as the go-to platform where you can redeem credits for valuable merchandise.  Listia affords everyone the opportunity to get free “stuff’ and not break their bank.

This year Disneyland celebrates 60 years of the cultural icon which has brought magical memories to millions of guests and fans. Disney remains one of the most popular items to collect and the parks and theatrical productions offer a plethora of unique and interesting items bearing the Walt Disney name.

Members of Listia can find unique Disney collectibles including vintage Disney postcards, a vintage Disney Donald Duck white milk glass pedestal mug, a vintage Walt Disney ashtray from the park, Walt Disney World Celebration glasses, a Mickey Mouse bank, Walt Disney comics, vintage Walt Disney World “Eyes & Ears” news and even a “Ten Songs from Mary Poppins” LP released in 1964.  At any given time members post items that they want to trade with Listia credits earned by participating in the online marketplace. The platform provides for a unique and new opportunity to collect and spread the Disney magic.

 

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Dan Stevens at the 'Summer In February' premiere at Curzon Mayfair in London

Walt Disney Studios has confirmed that Dan Stevens will play the Beast in the upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast. Stevens is best known for his role on Downton Abbey. He will star along-side Emma Watson who was previously cast as Belle.

No release date has been announced for the film as of now.

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The annual meeting of shareholders of The Walt Disney Company, including remarks by management regarding the Company, will be available live via audio webcast at www.disney.com/investors beginning at 10:00 a.m. PDT / 1:00 p.m. EDT on March 12, 2015. The presentation will be archived.

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Weirdworld_1_CoverThis June, the most dangerous corner of the Marvel Universe is born on Battleworld in WEIRDWORLD #1 – a brand-new entry in the Secret Wars! From the blockbuster writer who brought you Star Wars, Thor and Original Sin comes a series unlike anything you’ve ever seen before! Jason Aaron teams with visionary artist Mike Del Mundo (All-New X-Men, Elektra) to take you deep inside the strangest domain of all for a Secret Wars saga that should not be missed!

It is a world of swords, sorcery and all things bizarre. A land of gods and monsters. Where perverted science and arcane magic run rampant. It is Weirdworld, the land where lost things go. Among its twisted and crazed landscapes, a lone warrior walks unaided. He is ARKON, the barbarian king. With a sword in one hand and a battle bolt in the other, he ventures through Weirdworld on a dark and savage quest. A quest to find…home.

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“[Arkon] was once a great king and conqueror,” says Jason Aaron in an interview with Marvel.com. “The lord of the warlords. A badass barbarian ruler who’s been trained to kill since birth. But when we meet him in WEIRDWORLD #1, he’s lost and alone in a land he can’t explain or understand. A world where he has to fight every day just to survive, as each bend in the road brings new horrors, new monsters, new awful ways to die or go mad. All Arkon wants is to find his way home.”

A lost man in a lost world. Struggling and clawing each day just to survive. Follow him if you dare this June as Arkon’s quest begins in WEIRDWORLD #1!