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The Orange Country Register is reporting that the Disneyland Resort is laying off 85 cast members as it closes a Fullerton warehouse that manufactures costumes for the company’s theme park workers.

The layoffs will take effect May 29 when the warehouse will close.

The work will be handled by Walt Disney World once the warehouse is closed.

In a statement, the Disneyland Resort said, “Over the next five months, we will transition a portion of our costuming-support services to our Orlando facility to better support future innovation. We will assist affected cast members in finding other opportunities.”

 

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WESH is reporting that Walt Disney World has let go of approximately 500 IT workers. While Walt Disney World claims that figure is incorrect, they did confirm that they were restructuring their IT operations. “We are restructuring our global technology organization to support future innovation and new capabilities, and will work with leading technical firms to maintain our existing systems,” Disney spokeswoman Jacquee Wahler said.

The report claims that some of the cast members worked on MyMagic+ as well as other projects.

There is no word if Disney expects any guest-facing changes as a result of the layoffs.

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ABC Family has started production this week on two new comedy pilots, “Kevin From Work” and “Tough Cookie.” Both pilots are single-camera and are shooting in Los Angeles.

“Kevin from Work” is a half-hour workplace comedy about a young man unluckily in love who professes his love to a co-worker, thinking he’ll never see her again after he accepts a job offer overseas. But then that job offer is rescinded, and now they have to continue to work with each other. The comedy stars Noah Reid (“Backpackers“) as Kevin, Paige Spara as Audrey, Matt Murray (“Rookie Blue”) as Brian, Jordan Hinson (“Eureka”) as Roxie, Punam Patel as Patti, with guest star Amy Sedaris (“Strangers with Candy”) as Julia. “Kevin from Work” is written, created and executive-produced by Barbie Adler (“How I Met Your Mother,” “My Name Is Earl,” and “Arrested Development”). Aaron Kaplan at Kapital Entertainment (“Chasing Life,” ”The Mysteries of Laura,” “The Neighbors” and “Terra Nova”) and McG at Wonderland Sound & Vision (“Charlie’s Angels,” “The O.C.,” “Supernatural,” “Chuck,” and “Nikita”) will serve as Executive Producers. McG will also direct the pilot.

The half-hour comedy “Tough Cookie” is a fresh take on the friends-and-family convention. It’s centered on a young mother who isn’t ready to parent and her daughter who doesn’t want to be parented. As everyone knows, it takes a village to raise a child, or rather a child to raise a village. The series stars Shoshana Bush (“Awkward”) as Lilla, Mallory James Mahoney as Eleanor, Frankie Shaw (“Mixology”) as Heidi, Arturo Del Puerto (“The Lottery,” “Chicago P.D.”) as Mickey, Rick Gonzalez (“Rush,” “Coach Carter”) as Seth and Jimmy Bellinger (“Liv and Maddie,” “Geek Charming”) as Tyler. “Tough Cookie” is written and created by Lauren Iungerich (“Awkward”), who will also serve as executive producer and direct the pilot. David Janollari (“Six Feet Under”) is also executive producer.

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This February, Marvel’s newest, sensational spider-woman is coming back to comic shops in the highly anticipated SPIDER-GWEN #1! Spinning directly out of the pages of the Amazing Spider-Man’s SPIDER-VERSE and the red-hot, sold-out Edge of Spider-Verse #2, is a new ongoing series that already has the whole comic industry buzzing! Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez and Rico Renzi all return to chronicle the adventures of the breakout character of 2014!

She’s Gwen Stacy. She’s smart, tough, and charming. She drums in a punk rock band and goes to high school just like you. Only she can lift a car and has spider powers! Just don’t tell her father, NYPD Police Chief George Stacy! But you knew all that already! What you don’t know is Gwen is back home following the events of Spider-Verse and you won’t believe what she’s got waiting for her!

“It’s a rare character that gets the public outcry that Spider-Gwen got,” says Senior Editor Nick Lowe. “From the sell-out of Gwen’s first appearance to the groundswell on Twitter we’re excited to bring more Spider-Gwen into the world with the creators who started it all!”

Now is your chance to get on board with the breakout character of the year as she makes her bombastic debut into her very own ongoing series. Don’t miss out when Gwen Stacy swings in to comic shops this February in SPIDER-GWEN

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The Disney Parks Blog recently previewed some of the merchandise collections that will be available as part of Disneyland’s Diamond Celebration. Merchandise will exist in several collections:

Character Collection:

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Castle Collection:

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Diamond Collection:

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Pins:

Disneyland will also be releasing pins featuring memorable Walt moments and quotes. Pins will be released each month from January 31 through July.

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Disney has launched a viral marketing site for the Tomorrowland film. The site features canisters that seemingly show random numbers until they settle on a countdown clock. The clock appears to be set for 330PT on Sunday. It was recently revealed that there will be a Tomorrowland ad during the Super Bowl. This site appears to be tied to that add. Users can input their email address for those that “Want to go” to Tomorrowland.

Tomorrowland will be released May 22, 2015.

 

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This March, Marvel is celebrating Women’s History Month by gathering some of the best and brightest female artists to tackle some of Marvel’s most iconic characters for a very special variant cover theme. Today, Marvel is pleased to present your new look at a selection of March’s Women of Marvel Variant Covers!

“2014 was a huge year for Women of Marvel, both in our comics and behind the scenes,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. “Marvel now has more titles starring female leads than ever before, the Women of Marvel panel is one of the most highly attended at conventions, and the weekly Women of Marvel podcast continues to grow.  In 2015, we intend to continue that tradition, and March’s Women of Marvel variant covers — featuring 20 of the best female artists in the industry – is just the beginning.”

From the biggest names in the industry today to the superstars of tomorrow, you won’t want to miss a single one of these jaw-dropping variant covers coming to these exciting March titles:

  • All-New Captain America #5 by TBD
  • All-New Hawkeye #1 by SHO MURASE
  • All-New X-Men #39 by FAITH ERIN HICKS
  • Amazing Spider-Man #16 by MING DOYLE
  • Ant-Man #3 by KATIE COOK
  • Avengers #42 by TBD
  • Black Widow #16 by VANESA DEL REY
  • Captain Marvel #13 by AUFA RICHARDSON
  • Deadpool #43 by TBD
  • Guardians of the Galaxy #25 by ERICA HENDERSON
  • Inhuman #13 by JILL THOMPSON
  • Legendary Star-Lord #10 by SANA TAKEDA
  • Ms. Marvel #13 by TBD
  • New Avengers #31 by SARA PICHELLI
  • Rocket Raccoon #9 by JANET LEE
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. #4 by COLLEEN DORAN
  • Superior Iron Man #6 by TBD
  • Thor #6 by TBD
  • Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #3 by GURIHIRU
  • Uncanny Avengers #3 by AMANDA CONNER
  • Uncanny X-Men #33 by STACEY LEE

“Jeanine Schaefer and I have had the pleasure of collaborating with some of the best female artists in the industry to show-off their take on Marvel’s biggest characters and teams,” says Marvel Editor Emily Shaw. “It’s been an incredible experience to bring so many awesome women together for this project. And the results have been pretty awesome!”

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Disney Consumer Products and Lucasfilm today revealed at Nuremberg Toy Fair Hasbro, The LEGO Group, Mattel, JAKKS Pacific and Rubies as some of the global licensees that will support the highly anticipated theatrical release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. A bespoke range of products will also be available at Disney Stores globally.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is one of the most anticipated movie events of all time. Our mission is to pay homage to the excitement of Star Wars fans around the world and bring the incredible storytelling from the movie to life through our products,” said Josh Silverman, executive vice president of global licensing, Disney Consumer Products. “Our teams have designed product lines that will deliver incredible play experiences, while preserving the surprises filmmakers have in store for audiences in December.”

The Star Wars: The Force Awakens product line-up will be led by best-in-class licensees with an assortment of action figures, role-play items, play sets, diecast vehicles, costumes and more. Additionally, there will be exclusive offerings such as collectibles, diecast action figures, role-play and much more available at Disney Store and DisneyStore.com.

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Avengers Assemble! Experience the first console videogame featuring characters and storylines from the blockbuster film Marvel’s The Avengers and the much anticipated sequel Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, and more. Play as the most powerful Super Heroes in their quest to save humanity. The game will be available in fall 2015 for the Xbox One, all-in-one games and entertainment system, the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system, the Wii U system from Nintendo, Nintendo 3DS hand-held system, and Windows PC.