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ESPN has released the following statement about the company’s decision to move the upcoming ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic from Trump National Golf Club to Pelican Hill Golf Club in Greater Los Angeles July 14:

“We decided it was appropriate to change the venue, and are grateful for the opportunity to stage the event at Pelican Hill on short notice.  This charity outing benefits The V Foundation’s Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund, providing resources for important cancer research for minority populations, including Hispanics and African Americans.  Our decision reflects our deep feelings for our former colleague and support for inclusion of all sports fans.  Diversity and inclusion are core values at ESPN and our decision also supports that commitment.”

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In an editorial, the OC Register supported a proposal that would prevent a tax on the Disneyland Resort tickets in exchange for Disney’s continued investment in Anaheim:

Tuesday, the Anaheim City Council will consider a major agreement with Orange County’s largest employer, Disneyland, that will have economic and cultural impacts on the city and county, likely for generations to come…

“Anaheim’s City Council should support this proposal. It’s good for the local economy and renews a commitment from Anaheim that low taxation improves the business climate and economic vitality of the community.

“Also it sends an important message that any targeted tax against Disneyland – or any other business – be it a gate tax or any other, would be unfair.”

In separate letters to the editor, Disneyland Resort President Michael Colglazier who supports the proposal and Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait who is against it, shared their opinions.

The Anaheim City Council will be meeting on Tuesday to vote on the proposal. The public is invited to attend and share their opinion of the proposal.

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Marvel Entertainment is taking this year’s San Diego Comic-Con by storm! And we’re giving fans yet another reason not to miss out on the biggest pop culture event of the year with a lineup of convention exclusives that will be available only at the show! Sure, you’ve already heard about the collectible Marvel pins featuring award-winning artist Skottie Young’s artwork. But that was just the beginning!

With exclusive t-shirt designs, hoodies, variant comics and more featuring your favorite Marvel characters – the Marvel Shop at San Diego Comic-Con (Booth #2329) is your one stop shop for exclusive items from Marvel’s Ant-Man, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Agent Carter, All-New, All-Different Marvel and more!

With surprises coming all weekend long, no fan can afford to miss out on all the excitement and their chance to bring a piece of the convention home with them!

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The American Premiere Studio Recording of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the only stage collaboration from two masters of the American musical, Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, will be released on Friday, November 20th 2015.   iTunes pre-orders will be accepted beginning October 23rd.  To sign-up for pre-sale information, visit http://sh-k-boom.com/hunchback-of-notre-dame.

The American Premiere recording of The Hunchback of Notre Dame is the first ever of the acclaimed American stage score based on the Academy Award-nominated 1996 film and boasts a 25 piece orchestra, a choir of 32 and some of Broadway’s most formidable talent: Michael Arden (Big River) as Quasimodo, Patrick Page (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) as Dom Claude Frollo, Ciara Renée (Pippin) as Esmeralda, Andrew Samonsky (Lincoln Center’s South Pacific) as Captain Phoebus de Martin and Erik Liberman (Lovemusik) as Clopin Trouillefou.

Featured in the ensemble are: Julian Decker, Mary Joe Duggan, Ian Patrick Gibb, Beth Kirkpatrick, Samantha Massell, Neal Mayer, Nora Menken, William Michals, Anise Ritchie, Vincent Rodriguez III, Richard Ruiz, Joseph J. Simeone, Jeremy Stolle and Dashaun Young.   The principal and ensemble talent performed the show’s US Premiere productions at La Jolla Playhouse and Paper Mill Playhouse during their 2014-15 seasons.

The rights to The Hunchback of Notre Dame are now available for professional theatre productions, licensed exclusively through Music Theatre International (212-541-4684,www.MTIShows.com).

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a dramatic telling of the famous love story on a grand scale, with a lush, emotionally rich score featuring music by Alan Menken (Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast) and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin). With a book by Peter Parnell, The Hunchback of Notre Dame has orchestrations by Michael Starobin; Michael Kosarin is music supervisor, Brent-Alan Huffman is associate music supervisor/conductor and Rob Berman provides dance arrangements.

The show and score were hailed by critics on both coasts during the show’s regional theatre productions, directed by Scott Schwartz and choreographed by Chase Brock:  “Poignant and intensely emotional…Sparked by stellar performances, Hunchback sets its audience cheering” (Variety); “Potent and enchanting, it brings fresh depths to a saga of love and vengeance…a resounding pleasure” (San Diego Union Tribune); “One of the signal pleasures is Menken’s melodic music and Schwartz’s nimble lyrics” (The New York Times).

To sign up for pre-order information for The American Premiere recording of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, visit http://sh-k-boom.com/hunchback-of-notre-dame.

 

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Due to tremendous press and fan response, Profiles in History is giving 2015 Comic-Con International: San Diego visitors a once-in-a-lifetime bonus. In addition to the previously announced screen-used ‘Blockade Runner” from Star Wars IV: A New Hope, visitors to the Profiles in History / McCune Masterworks booth #1605 will be treated to an additional specially created assemblage of screen-used and production made props from the “Star Wars” film franchise, which include:

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope Screen-used Rebel Trooper Helmet

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi Screen-used Death Star Tower

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace Screen-used Naboo Blaster

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi Jabba the Hutt maquette (production approval model for the design of Jabba’s character)
Darth Vader Prototype Helmet for Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back John Mollo hand-colored costume designs of Darth Vader and Obi Wan Kenobi

These new “Star Wars” items will complement Profiles in History’s previously announced display of McCune Masterworks’ creations, which include the ‘Blockade Runner, the first flying ship audiences around the world saw hurtling through space in the opening sequence of the first Star Wars film, carrying Princess Leia, C-3PO and R2-D2 among its crew, a production made “X-Jet” miniature from X-Men 2 and a German U-Boat filming miniature replica from U-571. All three of these items will be offered as part of Profiles in History’s Fall Hollywood Auction,

As previously announced, other items on display include the Spaceballs “Winnebago” spaceship filming miniature and a selection of four incredible Musical Automata: “Survival of the Fittest” (Dodo Bird Evolving), “Confusion” (miniature Art Deco Theater plays movie), “Wired Exports” (Brass Armillary) and “Tender Credibility” (miniature Gold Mine Mountain), and a number of other original McCune Masterworks creations, plus, a preview of McCune Masterworks’ Nova Docking Station preliminary design, a customizable modular storage system for collectors of miniature scale spacecraft. The innovative design of the Nova Docking Station allows for the option to build an 8-foot tall space-themed exhibit with 5-7 modules to house your large, interstellar fleet; or collect one module at a time and customize as desired. Arrangement of modules can be configured to each collector’s taste. The docking bays and arms include lighting and power jacks. The Nova Docking Station is ideal for spacecraft models from leading brands, as well as other scale model craft.  Comic Con visitors will be the first to have the unique opportunity of giving feedback on the preliminary design to the creators from McCune Masterworks.  Those participating will receive free gifts and will be entered into daily prize giveaways including Limited Edition Behind the Scenes Photos from the special effects filming of the original Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, as well as spaceship models from leading brands.

“We are thrilled to promote McCune Masterworks at our booth at Comic-Con this year. The public debut of Princess Leia’s Blockade Runner – the first spaceship seen in the original Star Wars film – will be great for all the fans to see. In addition, we want the world to know about Grant’s legacy and the fantastic creations of McCune Masterworks. Their creativity and craftsmanship is beyond reproach – they can literally build anything that you can imagine,” says Joe Maddalena, President, CEO of Profiles in History

For more information about McCune Masterworks, please visit:  www.mccunemasterworks.com/

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“Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy,” the action-packed epic space adventure following a ragtag band of disparate misfits, debuts with a one-hour special featuring back-to-back episodes, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 (9:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney XD. A sneak peek at the first episode premieres Saturday, September 5 (9:00 p.m., ET/PT). Disney XD will also telecast 10 two-minute shorts delving into the backstory of each of the five main characters throughout the month of August.

“Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” features themes of redemption and the importance of friendships and family told through a series of riveting sequential story arcs. The series follows the newly formed team that finds a strange artifact keyed only to the DNA of Peter Quill. Upon opening it, Quill unleashes a treasure map leading to a powerful weapon known as the Cosmic Seed, which is capable of giving birth to the next universe. It’s up to the Guardians to find, protect and ultimately destroy the Cosmic Seed in order to keep it out of the hands of those who would abuse its power, from galactic big boss Thanos to the conniving brothers the Collector and the Grandmaster, to a resurrected Ronan, to the ultimate trickster, Loki, in order to save the universe.

The “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” multi-platform schedule is:

AUGUST 1 – AUGUST 29

  • Each Saturday throughout August, two new character shorts will telecast on Disney XD.

o   August 1: Star-Lord – Part 1 (8:58 p.m., ET/PT) & Part 2 (10:28 p.m., ET/PT)

o   August 8: Groot – Part 1 (8:58 p.m., ET/PT) & Part 2 (9:58 p.m., ET/PT)

o   August 15: Rocket Raccoon – Part 1 (8:58 p.m., ET/PT) & Part 2 (9:58 p.m., ET/PT)

o   August 22: Drax – Part 1 (8:58 p.m., ET/PT) & Part 2 (9:58 p.m., ET/PT)

o   August 29: Gamora – Part 1 (8:58 p.m., ET/PT) & Part 2 (9:58 p.m., ET/PT)

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5

  • Disney XD debuts sneak peek at first episode of “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT.

o   “Road to Knowhere” – The newly christened Guardians of the Galaxy come into possession of a dangerous artifact that has Thanos’ new lieutenant, Korath, after them.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

  • One-hour premiere of “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” featuring back-to-back episodes on Disney XD (9:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., ET/PT).

o   Encore presentation of “Road to Knowhere” followed by “Knowhere to Run.” In “Knowhere to Run,” the Guardians struggle to subdue the suddenly sprung-to-life Celestial head that is the Knowhere space colony, as well as storm Korath’s ship to rescue Quill, Gamora and the mysterious CryptoCube that holds the Cosmic Seed.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

  • “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” available to WATCH Disney XD users on WATCHDisneyXD.com and the WATCH Disney XD app for smartphones, tablets and connected TVs.

Featuring the hugely popular characters introduced in the record-breaking Marvel Studios film of the same name, the series stars Will Friedle (“Boy Meets World”) as the brash adventurer Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Trevor Devall (“Johnny Test”) as fan-favorite Rocket Raccoon, Vanessa Marshall (“Star Wars Rebels”) as the enigmatic, expert fighter Gamora, David Sobolov (“Transformers: Prime”) as the rough-edged warrior Drax the Destroyer, Kevin Michael Richardson (“The Cleveland Show”) as tree-like humanoid Groot and James Arnold Taylor (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars”) as leader of the space pirates Yondu and the telepathic dog, Cosmo.

Produced by Marvel Animation, the series’ award-winning creative team includes executive producers Alan Fine (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man,” “Thor”), Dan Buckley (“Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” “Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.”), Joe Quesada (“Marvel’s Avengers Assemble”) and Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”); co-executive producers Stan Lee (“Spider-Man”), Eric Radomski (“Spawn,” “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble”), Cort Lane (“Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man”) and Stephen Wacker (“Marvel’s Avengers Assemble”); supervising producers Marty Isenberg (“Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters”) and Harrison Wilcox (“Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.”); consulting producer Steven Melching (“Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.”); and supervising director Leo Riley (“TRON: Uprising”).

“Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” joins Marvel’s “Avengers Assemble” and “HULK and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.,” Disney XD’s Top 2 original weekend animated series in Total Viewers and target kid and boy demos.

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Disney Legend Blaine Gibson has passed away at the age of 97

After animating all day at The Walt Disney Studios, Blaine Gibson would go home at night and sculpt; it had been a favorite hobby of his since childhood. Then, in 1954, Walt Disney happened to see one of Blaine’s art exhibits, which featured several animal sculptures, and recruited him to work on special projects for his new theme park, Disneyland.

Blaine was somewhat ambivalent about being diverted from his goal to establish himself as one of the Studio’s foremost animators. As he recalled in 1995, “I didn’t think it was that important, but then I was told Walt was expecting me to work on these projects. So I said to myself, ‘what the heck’ and went [to Walt Disney Imagineering]. I was never sorry after that.”

Born February 11, 1918, in Rocky Ford, Colorado, Blaine attended Colorado University, but left school to join The Walt Disney Studios in 1939. While working as an in-between artist and assistant animator, he took evening classes in sculpture at Pasadena City College and studied with a private instructor. Among his animation credits are Fantasia, Bambi, Song of the South, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, and One Hundred and One Dalmatians.

When first assigned by Walt to the Disneyland project, Blaine divided his time between sculpting and animating for the Company. In 1961, he transferred full-time to WED Enterprises, joining the design and development division to supervise the newly created sculpture department. Ultimately, Blaine went on to make a name for himself in 3-D animation, creating hundreds of sculptures from whichAudio-Animatronics® figures and bronzes were produced for exhibits at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair and Disney theme parks around the world. Among his credits are contributions to such attractions as Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, and theEnchanted Tiki Room. He also directed the sculpture of every U.S. President, up to George W. Bush in 2001, for The Hall of Presidents at Walt Disney World.

After nearly 45 years with The Walt Disney Company, Blaine retired in 1983. He continued to consult on such projects as The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. In 1993, the same year he was named a Disney Legend, Blaine created a life-size bronze of Walt and Mickey Mouse standing hand-in-hand. The statue, called “Partners,” is located at the Central Hub in Disneyland and at Disney parks around the world. Blaine subsequently created a life-size bronze of Roy O. Disney—Company co-founder and brother of Walt—for display in Disney theme parks.

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The Walt Disney Family Museum is proud to announce its next exhibition, Tomorrowland: Walt’s Vision for Today, on view from July 22 through December 7, 2015. Guest-curated by Academy Award®-winning director, writer, and producer Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Tomorrowland), this engaging, multimedia exhibition showcases Walt Disney as a technological innovator, science fiction storyteller, and futurologist by spotlighting his vision of Disneyland’s groundbreaking Tomorrowland.

During his life, Walt spent his time redeveloping, plussing, and adding to his visions of Tomorrowland. Seven months after his passing, the new Tomorrowland opened at Disneyland on July 2, 1967. Though this themed land currently exists in five different Disney Parks and has experienced a number of additional changes since that day, one constant remains: as long as there is imagination in this world, Tomorrowland will keep moving forward towards a great, big, beautiful tomorrow.

Through animated sequences, musical compositions, sound bites, graphics, audio visuals, vintage posters, and more, Tomorrowland: Walt’s Vision for Today will immerse visitors in the story of Walt’s hopes and vision for the future, as reflected in his creation of the 1967 version of Tomorrowland at Disneyland.

This exhibition allows visitors to experience Walt’s perception of this beautiful tomorrow in a robust and vibrant way.

Tomorrowland: Walt’s Vision for Today is organized by The Walt Disney Family Museum, in close partnership with The Walt Disney Company’s Walt Disney Imagineering, and will be on view in the near future, from July 22 to December 7, 2015 in the museum’s Theater Gallery.

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It was a night filled with excitement and joy for four 2015 graduates of Orlando’s Jones High School. Deion Caldwell, Kahlia Martin, Emanuel Pope and Amanee Smith were named this year’s scholars at the June 27 100 Black Men of Orlando Scholarship Awards Dinner at the Rosen Centre Hotel. All will receive a $5,000 scholarship each year to aid in their collegiate academic endeavors.

Walt Disney World Resort has been a proud supporter of 100 Black Men of Orlando and its scholarship dinner for several years. The organization, whose mission is “to improve the quality of life within our communities and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all African-Americans,” has given out more than $1.1 million to its scholars.

As a company committed to the education of our youth and inspiring them to create a better tomorrow, Walt Disney World Resort is honored to support 100 Black Men of Orlando and their scholarship program. Congratulations to the 2015 100 Black Men of Orlando Scholars from Jones High School

 

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We all have a favorite host from ABC’s “The Chew” – superstars Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall and Daphne Oz each have a special way of sharing their culinary know-how on the Emmy-Award-winning lifestyle series. And for the first time in the show’s history, these dynamic hosts are leaving the Manhattan studio to tape shows October 7, 8, and 9 from the 20th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Epcot. The five festival episodes will air October 12-16.

Tickets will be available through thechew.com in the future.