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Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre will be Halloween Headquarters this October with special engagements of Disney’s “Hocus Pocus” Oct. 8-11, 2015; “The Black Cauldron” Oct. 15-18, 2015; and its annual special engagement of Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” Oct. 22 – Nov. 1, 2015, in 3D with spine-tingling interactive 4D sensory effects, including wind, snow, fog and much more. El Capitan guests may also enjoy spellbinding spectacular savings by purchasing tickets for all three movies at once for a 30% savings.

On select dates, El Capitan guests have the opportunity to attend an exclusive SPOOKTACULAR SOIREE! Tickets include early entrance for a unique El Capitan Theatre Tour, a private exhibit viewing along with sweet & savory treats, beer, wine, soft drinks and a souvenir photograph. Advance reservations required. 

“There is no better place to celebrate all things Halloween this year than the El Capitan Theatre!,” said James Wood, operations and stage productions for The El Capitan Theatre. “We are kicking off each film run with a special opening presentation on Thursdays at 8 p.m. with surprise guests, raffle prizes and more! It’s going to a Spellbinding Spectacular Month at the El Capitan Theatre!”

Showtimes for all three movies are 10:45 a.m.1:30 p.m.4:15 p.m.7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.on Friday and Saturdays. 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 are subject to change.

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Reports indicate that Kenneth Branagh has signed on to develop a film based on Disney Publishing’s Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer.

The long developing project reportedly has Conor McPherson in talks to write the script.

Previously Branagh directed the first film in the Thor franchise as well as Disney’s live-action adaptation of Cinderella.

No release date was given for the potential Artemis Fowl film.

 

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The city of Anaheim today issued a commuter alert for residents and guests traveling through the Anaheim Resort beginning early September through December 2015

From Sept. 8 – Nov. 10*, Harbor Blvd. from Convention Way to Katella Ave. will see significant underground infrastructure work, and commuters are advised to plan ahead for potential delays. Portable message signs have been installed to assist with up-to-date information, including alternate routes as needed.

From Sept. 28 – Dec. 18*, this construction project will impact the following streets:

Wakefield Ave. from Morgan Ln. to Ninth St.
Morgan Lane from Eleanor Dr. to Wakefield Ave.
Eleanor Dr. from West St. to Morgan Ln.
West St. from Katella Ave. to Eleanor Dr.

The Anaheim Resort is experiencing significant growth as new hotels are being constructed, existing hotels are undergoing renovation, and the Anaheim Convention Center is adding its seventh expansion project. The underground infrastructure work includes sanitary sewer improvements to accommodate growth in the Anaheim Resort.

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Jonathan S. Headley has been named Senior Vice President and Treasurer of The Walt Disney Company, it was announced today by Christine M. McCarthy, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, The Walt Disney Company.

“During his 11-year tenure as Assistant Treasurer, Jon has shown himself to be a highly effective financial executive, and his proven expertise, leadership skills and strategic acumen make him the right choice for this role,” Ms. McCarthy said. Mr. Headley will report directly to Ms. McCarthy, who had previously served as Treasurer before becoming CFO earlier this summer.

In his new role, Mr. Headley will be responsible for the management and oversight of the company’s global treasury functions including corporate finance, liquidity management, capital markets and banking activities, financial risk management, enterprise project and structured finance, pension and investments, decision support, enterprise consumer payments and global cash management.

“I am honored to assume this new role and to lead the great team that Christine has managed so effectively over the years,” Mr. Headley said. “This is an exciting time of unprecedented growth at The Walt Disney Company and I am grateful to be able to leverage my experience into this new role and help shape the future of the organization.”

Mr. Headley most recently served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance and Assistant Treasurer. In that role, he led and managed corporate finance, decision support, treasury control & compliance, real estate strategy and asset management. Mr. Headley joined the corporate finance team in 1996 as a Senior Analyst, and went on to assume roles of increasing responsibility within the department. He served as Treasurer of Hong Kong Disneyland during the park’s development, and in 2004 he was named Assistant Treasurer of The Walt Disney Company.

Prior to joining Disney, Mr. Headley was an analyst at Goldman Sachs & Co. and a research associate at Harvard University. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Economics and Computer Science from Williams College in Massachusetts.

 

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With Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season One now available on Blu-ray and DVD Today, Disney has shared a slide show of photos from the release. The home video release of Star Wars Rebels includes 15 episodes plus never-before-seen bonus material revealing the magic behind the making of the hit series.

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SOFIA THE FIRST - "The Secret Library" - Sofia unlocks a secret world and becomes Storykeeper of magical bookish ÒSofia The First: The Secret Library,Ó the first episode of a four-part story arc, debuting Monday, October 12 on Disney Channel and Disney Junior. (Disney Junior) PRINCESS MERIDA, PRINCESS SOFIA

Sofia’s Aunt Tilly returns to give her a gift that will unlock a secret world and appoint Sofia storykeeper of magical books in “Sofia the First: The Secret Library,” the first episode of a four-part story arc, debuting MONDAY, OCTOBER 12 on Disney Channel (9:00 a.m., ET/PT) and Disney Junior (7:00 p.m., ET/PT). The episode features a special appearance by Merida from Disney•Pixar’s “Brave.” Bonnie Hunt (“Cars”) and Eric Stonestreet (“Modern Family”) reprise their roles as Aunt Tilly and Sofia’s flying horse, Minimus, respectively. Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey”) lends his voice as the Narrator throughout the four-part Secret Library storyline. Additional guest stars include Cary Elwes (“The Princess Bride”) as nefarious Prince Roderick, Ruth Connell (“Supernatural) as Merida and Dean Norris (“Breaking Bad”) as Minimus’ brother, Mazzimo.

Today, Tuesday, September 1, Disney Publishing Worldwide releases the illustrated storybook and e-book Sofia the First: The Secret Library, which introduces the tale of how Sofia becomes storykeeper of magical books without endings and now, must pursue adventures that will finish the narratives. An accompanying app featuring three exclusive stories and play experiences will be released on Thursday, October 8.

A full-length preview and game for “Sofia the First: The Secret Library” will debut on WATCHDisneyJunior.com and the WATCH Disney Junior app beginning Monday, October 5.

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DISNEY XD SPECIAL - "Becoming - Alex Morgan" - On SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 (7:00 p.m., ET/PT), Disney XD will premiere "Becoming: Alex Morgan" treating audiences to the aspirational story of young American soccer superstar and Olympic gold medalist, Alex Morgan. (Disney XD/Rick Rowell)

Inspiring stories chronicling the journeys of world-class athletes Alex Morgan (United States women’s soccer team; Portland Thorns FC), Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers), CC Sabathia (New York Yankees), Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers) and Tim Howard (United States men’s soccer team; Everton Football Club) will be featured in upcoming episodes of Disney XD and ESPN Films’ athlete profile documentary series “Becoming.” From the producers of ESPN Films’ Peabody and Emmy-Award winning “30 for 30” series and executive-produced by LeBron James and his SpringHill Entertainment, “Becoming” gives young viewers an inside look at the challenges and triumphs of some of their favorite sports stars.

On SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 (7:00 p.m., ET/PT), Disney XD will premiere “Becoming: Alex Morgan,” treating audiences to the aspirational story of young American soccer superstar and Olympic gold medalist Alex Morgan. Featuring never-before-seen footage of Alex as a young girl and aspiring superstar, the episode spotlights her commitment to her sport, the obstacles she overcame and the career-defining moments as she rose to the top. From the day she first decided to start playing soccer to her team’s recent victory at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World, viewers will get an intimate look at her ascension to one of the best to play the game.

The “Becoming” pilot aired in October 2014 and told the story of LeBron James.

In addition to LeBron James, Maverick Carter of SpringHill Entertainment, Libby Geist, Erin Leyden and Connor Schell (ESPN Films) also serve as executive producers on the series. It is a production of ESPN Films and SpringHill Entertainment. Bill Simmons also served as producer on “Becoming: Alex Morgan.”

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They are beings of unspeakable power. Former Avengers and cosmic entities that have defended Earth from the far reaches of the cosmos. This December, they return from outer space to embark on the adventure of a lifetime – going to college! Today, Marvel is pleased to announce STARBRAND & NIGHTMASK #1 – a brand new ongoing series from critically acclaimed writer Greg Weisman (Star Wars: Kanan) and rising star artist Domo Stanton (Deadpool)!

“Nightmask is the Herald (and conscience) for Earth’s Starbrand (i.e. it’s Planetary Defense Mechanism),” says series writer Greg Weisman in an interview with Marvel.com. “He’s been tutoring Starbrand in his powers, and they really are best friends. In fact, each is practically the other’s ONLY friend.”

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Imbued with cosmic powers, they’ve battled alongside some of the universe’s greatest champions. And repelled invasions from destructive alien forces. But nothing will prepare them for the likes of class registration, choosing a major and midterms. What meal plan will cover a cosmic metabolism? Can two all-powerful entities share a dorm room the size of a roach motel? Can you safely teleport to Mars after partying all night long at your first kegger?

“Kevin (Starbrand) is actually very reluctant to go back to college. (His last stint didn’t end well, to say the least.) But Adam (Nightmask) insists that they both attend college, because Kevin needs to reconnect with humanity. After all, if he’s going to protect the planet, Kevin needs to care about its inhabitants.”

This December, it takes more than superpowers to be a hero. Witness the rise of two galactic saviors as Weisman & Stanton bring you a titanic twosome in STARBRAND & NIGHTMASK #1!

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Today, EA announced that a Star Wars Battlefront Beta will be coming in early October to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and on Origin for PC. The Beta will feature the Walker Assault on Hoth which is a 40-player battle featuring both the Rebels and the Empire. Players will have the ability to play as both Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. The Beta will also include the Survival Mission on Tatooine where the player and a Rebel friend must fight back wavers of Imperial forces. Another mode in the Beta will be Drop Zone, however details of this mission are yet to be revealed.

As part of the Star Wars Battlefront Beta, EA also revealed the Star Wars Battlefront Companion experience. Available during the Beta at www.StarWarsBattlefront.com, the Star Wars Battlefront Companion experience features the strategic card game Base Command, and lets users earn in-game Credits that unlock Star Cards, weapons, and more in Star Wars Battlefront. In addition to Base Command, the Companion also lets Rebels and Imperials alike check game stats and progression, customize load-outs and appearance, connect with friends, and get notified when they’re playing Star Wars Battlefront – as well as gather intel on their stats and progression so you can see how you match up. The Star Wars Battlefront Companion will be available on web and in the Apple App Store and Google Play store prior to the release of Star Wars Battlefront on November 17.

No information on how to sign up for the Beta has been revealed at this time, but more information is promised to be revealed in the coming weeks.

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DisneyWorld.com has revealed details of an upcoming breakfast test at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant at Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

From November 1, 2015 to January 23, 2016, your favorite 1950’s drive-in diner, Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, will offer a never-before-seen dining that Earth scientists  are now calling “Breakfast.”

Do not be alarmed. This is only a test. During this period, participating humans will be able to travel back in time to experience the “glory days” of their favorite 1950’s drive-in theater diner—in the early hours of your solar day, also known as “Morning.” Visiting humans should be prepared to encounter an “out of this world” menu of “breakfast” items, including (to name just a few):

  • Puff Pastry filled with Scrambled Eggs, Crab, Asparagus and Gruyère Cheese with Roasted Tomatoes
  • Grilled Beef Tenderloin on Baby Spinach, with Bacon and Cheddar Custard on a Roasted Tomato and Cheesy Horseradish potatoes
  • Scrambled Eggs, Crispy Bacon, Sausage Links and Breakfast Potatoes
  • Macadamia Crusted Brioche French Toast with Mascarpone and Fresh Berries

This limited-time experience is in addition to the regular lunch and dinner offerings

Breakfast will be served from 8am to 1015am.

Reservations are available now from DisneyWorld.com and the Dine-Line at (407)WDW-DINE.

The price is $23.00 for adults and $12.99 for children aged 3-9.