Maleficent Legacy Featurette Is Released
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Walt Disney has released a featurette about their upcoming film Maleficent. In the video you go behind the scenes on the set of Maleficent and see Angelina Jolie discuss the legacy of Disney’s most iconic villain. Maleficent will be released May 30, 2014.

ESPN Interviews Isiah Thomas About “Bad Boys”
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In advance of tonight’s premiere of ESPN’s 30 for 30: Bad Boys, ESPN Front Row caught up with Isiah Thomas to discuss the “Bad Boys” Pistons of the late 80′s and early 90′s.

You’ve seen the film. Do you feel that it captures the heart and soul of the Bad Boys era?
Yes, it was very comprehensive — you can see the hard work they put into the documentary and telling our stories as athletes and as men. It also captured the talent and mentality of that era — at that time all teams were rough – and we were really the last team of that generation of play. There were real rivalries and every player competed hard for their team — everyone was loyal and always protected their teammates. Our mentality, and the mentality of the Lakers, Celtics, everyone, was that there is no “i” in “team.” So I think the film captured that spirit very well.

Bad Boys premieres tonight at 8ET on ESPN. A special one-hour presentation, “Grantland’s Bad Boys Remix,” featuring Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose, will air on ESPN immediately following the premiere of “Bad Boys.”

Disney Publishing Announces New Star Wars Titles
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In Publishers Weekly, Disney has announced a new line of Star Wars children’s books that will build to Star Wars: Rebels and Star Wars: Episode VII.

The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight, a picture book encompassing all three films, written by DiTerlizzi and illustrated with Ralph McQuarrie concept art, will kick off the program in October. It will be followed by retellings of Star Wars: A New Hope by Palacio in April 2015, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back by Gidwitz in July 2015, and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi by Angleberger in October 2015; all three will be illustrated by Iain McCaig. McCaig and the late McQuarrie are well known for their work as Star Wars concept artists.

The books will be available globally. In the U.S., they will be published under the Disney-Lucasfilm Press imprint of the Disney Book Group. They will be preceded in August by the first books under that banner, six titles tied to the Star Wars Rebels animated TV series on Disney XD. The Rebels program also includes titles from licensees DK, Bendon, Klutz, and Scholastic. “It’s not just a vertical program,” said Roeder, who noted that Star Wars publishing going forward will include a combination of books from existing licensees, new licensees, and Disney-Lucasfilm Press.

Disney/Maker Studios Deal Faces Another Lawsuit
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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney’s acquisition of Maker Studios is facing another legal challenge. Andy Faberlle, who served as director of partnerships from April 2011 to August 2013 is suing as a shareholder to unwind the merger. The complaint filed LA County Superior Court states:

Maker’s Board of Directors unhappy with their inability to control Maker and/or obtain a quick return on their invested capital inn Maker, orchestrated a scheme to illegally issue enough shares to themselves and those friendly to them that would be required to approve any sale. The Interested Parties also accelerated vesting of share options held by them and those friendly to them. This was done in order to divest the Common Stock shareholders’ right to control Maker’s Board so that the Interested Parties could create a liquidity event, i.e., sell Maker and enrich themselves at the expense of Common Stock shareholders. This play for power resulted in the misappropriation of corporate assets (i.e., shares) and a reduction in the value of the shares held by the Common Stock shareholders, which significantly harmed Plaintiff.

Ironically, the complaint also includes the phrase, “with great power, comes great responsibility,” which is also famously used by Disney’s Spider-Man character.

Maker Studios approved the acquisition earlier this week.

Next “Art of Level 7″ Print Revealed Featuring Coulson and the Cellist
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Marvel Television is proud to announce acclaimed animator and illustrator Pascal Campion (Iron ManAll-New Invaders) 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).

As Hydra continues their war against the remaining Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Phil Coulson finds the enemy targeting him where it hurts the most – the woman he loves! In the latest episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Coulson is on a mission to save Audrey Nathan, the cellist who won his heart and whose life is threatened by the dangerous Marcus Daniels (AKA Blackout). But as Coulson faces one of the deadliest enemies from his past, a threat closer to home may be his undoing!

“The Only Light In The Darkness”, the nineteenth episode of the series, premieres on Tuesday, April 22nd, at 8|7c on the ABC network followed by brand new episodes each week until suspenseful season finale.

“From the beginning of the series, Coulson fans have been curious about the Cellist, who we first learned about in Marvel’s The Avengers,” said Jeph Loeb, Head of Marvel TV. “Working with an incredibly talented artist like Pascal Campion allowed us to capture the beauty and tragedy of their relationship in 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 athttp://www.marvelstore.com/ArtOfLevel7 with “The Only Light In The Darkness” scheduled to go on sale Friday, April 18th 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.

“Working with Marvel is a childhood dream come true. I’m thankful for the opportunity to partner with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” said Pascal Campion.

Disney Files Patent for Chin Strap to Control Walk-Around Characters
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Screen Shot 2014-04-17 at 5.58.10 PMAccording to a filing with the US Patent & Trademark Office, in October 2012 Disney filed for a patent for a chin strap sensor that could control to movement of walk-around characters. The abstract is as follows:

A walk-around character assembly or system with enhanced control functionality to provide a performer of a walk-around character the ability to silently and non-visibly trigger audio, animation, and/or special effects. A deflection monitoring (or chin movement) sensor is provided in the head portion of the character costume to detect predefined chin movements, e.g., a performer opening their mouth once or twice within a time period to limit false negatives/triggers. For example, a potentiometer or force sensor may be provided in the chin strap of a character head. The performer is able to trigger an audio response or to animate the mouth of the character head with relatively small movements of their jaw as a controller processes the sensor signals to determine when to generate control signals to operate sound equipment on the character costume.

 

Maleficent Announces Embrace Your Inner Evil Sweepstakes
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Disney has announced the Maleficent “Embrace Your Inner Evil Sweepstakes”. You can win a trip to the World Premiere of Maleficent by recreating your own Maleficent Laugh. To enter, post a video on Instagram with #MaleficentLaughSweeps or #SorteoLaRisaMaleficent.

Official rules are available here.

Maleficent will be released May, 30 2014.

2015 Oscars to Air on ABC February 22
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC Television Network today announced the dates for the 87th Oscars. The Academy Awards® presentation will air live on ABC on Oscar® Sunday, February 22, 2015.

Key dates for the Awards season are:

Saturday, November 8, 2014               The Governors Awards

Wednesday, December 3, 2014         Official Screen Credits and music submissions due

Monday, December 29, 2014           Nominations voting begins 8 a.m., PT

Thursday, January 8, 2015           Nominations voting ends 5 p.m., PT

Thursday, January 15, 2015               Oscar nominations announced

Monday, February 2, 2015            Oscar Nominees Luncheon

Friday, February 6, 2015            Final voting begins 8 a.m., PT

Saturday, February 7, 2015               Scientific and Technical Awards

Tuesday, February 17, 2015               Final voting ends 5 p.m., PT

Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015          87th Academy Awards begins 7 p.m., ET/ 4 p.m., PT

The Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Aladdin and Newsies Broadway Productions Begin Ticket Lottery
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Two Disney Broadway hits announce new ticket policies beginning April 21 providing access to affordable tickets for same-day performances, with minimal time commitment for guests.

Aladdin

Following two months of sold-out houses and critical acclaim, Aladdin will offer a limited number of tickets via lottery at the New Amsterdam Theatre (214 W 42nd St.). Beginning two and a half hours before the performance, patrons are invited to enter the lottery; winners will be drawn two hours before each performance. Winners may purchase up to two $30 tickets with cash only to that day’s performance. Locations will be at the theatre’s discretion and may not be offered at allperformances.

The New Amsterdam Theatre box office is open Monday through Friday 9:00am – 8:00pm, Saturday 10:00am – 8:00pm and Sunday 10:00am – 6:30pm. Aladdin is performed on the following schedule: Tuesday at 7pm; Wednesday at 2pm and 8pm; Thursday and Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm and 8pm; and Sunday at 3pm. Visit AladdinTheMusical.com for details.

Newsies

Now in its third smash year and approaching $100 million at the box office, Newsies, far and away the biggest hit of its season, will offer a limited number of general rush seats for $30 each on the day of the show when the box office opens. Rush tickets can be purchased by cash or charge at the Nederlander Theatre box office (208 W 41st St.).  Locations will be at the theatre’s discretion and may not be offered at all performances.  Eachguest in line may purchase a maximum of two tickets.

The Nederlander Theatre box office hours are Monday through Saturday 10am – 8pm and Sunday 11:30am – 6pm. Newsies is performed on the following schedule:Monday – Wednesday at 7:30pm; Friday – Saturday at 8pm; Wednesday &Saturday at 2pm; and Sunday at 3pm.  Visit NewsiesTheMusical.com for details.


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