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What really goes on at the Happiest Place on Earth? Trevor Allen once played Pluto and the Mad Hatter at Disneyland. He returns with tales of quirky co-workers, militant managers, and backstage debauchery in this unique coming-of-age tale. Working for the Mouse blows pixie dust in your eyes while offering a hilarious glimpse behind the ears of the Magic Kingdom. Voted Best of the SF Fringe Festival, it’s garnered sold-out houses and critical acclaim in San Francisco and Berkeley and around the Bay Area without once getting a cease-and-desist order from Disney. Be careful what you wish upon a star for… it just might come true.

The play is currently being performed in Los Angeles. It will also be coming to San Jose in May
and San Francisco in June.

For more information visit workingforthemouse.com

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Disney’s “Descendants” star Dove Cameron (Mal) together with New York Times best-selling author Melissa de la Cruz will celebrate the ISLE OF THE LOST: A DESCENTDANTS NOVEL book. The ISLE OF THE LOST is a prequel to the upcoming Disney Channel live-action comedy premiering on Disney Channel in 2015. Fans will be treated to a book reading, Q&A session and will have the opportunity to meet and greet Dove and Melissa during a book signing. The event will occur Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 700pm at the Barnes & Noble: The Americana at Brand

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It’s time to Show Your Disney Side – that wackier, fun-loving side that lives in all of us — on “Wheel of Fortune!” From April 27 through May 1, America’s Game™ is putting on its “Ears” and packing each show full of magical surprises!

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The famous “Wheel of Fortune” set has been transformed to showcase the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park and Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort, plus classic Disney attractions brought up to the studio from Disneyland.

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Disney-loving contestants solve some clever Disney-themed puzzles as they compete for vacations designed to indulge a variety of Disney Sides, from heroic to villainous, regal to goofy, wide-eyed to swashbuckling.  Couples who share a Happily Ever After Side even compete for Disney Fairy Tale Weddings vow renewals—-yes, that’s vow renewals, not vowel renewals!

Pat and Vanna reveal their own Disney Sides throughout the week with experiences taped at the Disney Parks.  And special guests Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy show off sides you’ve never seen before —-you don’t want to miss their high spirited antics!

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And there’s more, Wheel Watchers!  Five of you will win a Grand Adventure vacation for 6 to Walt Disney World® Resort, where you can indulge your Fairy Grandparent Side by treating your kids and grandchildren to a week of magical experiences and treasured memories.  Watch “Wheel of Fortune” each night for the Bonus Round Puzzle Solution, then enter for a chance to win here.  http://wheeloffortune.com/so-many-ways-to-play/enter-sweepstakes/disney/grand-adventure

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The magic begins on “Wheel of Fortune” April 2

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The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration kicks off on May 22, with a 24-hour party at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. This party will feature the premiere of the new World of Color show, “World of Color – Celebrate”

For guests wanting to see the new show, the Disneyland Resort has announced expanded World of Color dining packages for the special event.

Ariel’s Grotto and Wine Country Trattoria will feature special 2-course, prix fixe breakfast menus from 12 a.m. to 1:45 a.m. on May 23, with reserved viewing for a special 3 a.m. showing of “World of Color.”

“World of Color” lunch and dinner packages with reserved viewing for the 9 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. shows on May 22 are available at Carthay Circle Restaurant and Golden Vine Winery and will feature regular menu items. For reservations, visit Disneyland.com/dine or call 714-781-DINE.

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Thanks to support from moviegoers nationwide, Disneynature and Conservation International are pleased to announce the results of their conservation initiative tied to the new movie “Monkey Kingdom,” in theaters now. As part of the program, Disneynature committed a portion of opening week ticket sales (April 17-23, 2015) through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund in support of conservation projects in Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Indonesia, including:

  • Programs working across 1 million acres of some of the world’s most biologically diverse ecosystems
  • Protection of important habitats for thousands of species, including 29 different types of primates and other wildlife such as Asian elephants, Javan leopards, sun bears and the giant ibis
  • Planting thousands of trees to create a “green wall” that protects two major national parks and a watershed that provides fresh water to more than 30 million people
  • Educating visitors, community members and school children about the importance of local conservation of nearby endangered habitat
  • Ranger training and patrols to monitor and protect 185 acres of endangered forests
  • Operation of a gibbon rescue-and-rehabilitation center

“Disneynature’s films help the audience care about and understand nature,” said Peter Seligmann, Chairman and CEO of Conservation International. “That alone is an incredibly important contribution to conservation. But Disneynature does more than tell a powerful, emotional story. It is committed to supporting programs in the field that directly benefit at-risk ecosystems, as well as the animals and people that depend upon them. This kind of support helps organizations like Conservation International create lasting impact on the ground.”

“Disneynature films are created to entertain and engage audiences while contributing in a meaningful way to the planet, and Monkey Kingdom succeeds in both,” said Paul Baribault, Vice President, Marketing, The Walt Disney Studios. “With these films, Disney is proud to support the work of leading organizations like Conservation International in preserving our natural world for future generations.”

The Disneynature conservation efforts surrounding “Monkey Kingdom” attracted support from within Disney and beyond.

  • Young fans unlocked an exclusive monkey costume on Disney Club Penguin to support Conservation International: www.clubpenguin.com
  • The Disney Music Group will contribute 20% of the purchase price of each single track download of Jacquie Lee’s “It’s Our World” song from the film to Conservation International
  • The Disney Store committed a portion of the sale of Maya and Kip character plush to Conservation International: www.disneystore.com
  • Disney Cruise Line made a contribution in celebration of the movie, which also premiered on the high seas
  • Regal Entertainment Group supported a gift card program in conjunction with “Monkey Kingdom” that resulted in a contribution to Conservation International: www.regmovies.com

New York jewelry designer Alex Woo designed eco-friendly pendants inspired by the film, available in Sterling Silver & 14kt Gold—a portion of each sale benefits Conservation International:www.alexwoo.com

To learn more about the work Disneynature is supporting with Conservation International, go to: www.conservation.org/MonkeyKingdom

 

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Brothers Ben Lai and Ray Lai of Horizon Comics Productions is suing Marvel over depicting Iron Man in a body armor suit. In 2001 the brothers created the comic book Radix. The characters in Radix wear highly detailed, mechanized suits of body armor. Shortly after Radix’s release, the Lai brothers submitted their work in Radix to Marvel, and were hired by Marvel as artists, on account of that work. They claim that the depiction of Iron Man then changed to depict him in a similar type armor. Iron Man was originally created in 1963.

Marvel had no comment on the lawsuit.

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Avengers Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk) and Jeremy Renner (Hawk Eye) took-over Time Square on Good Morning America, April 24, 2015 in support of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, in theaters Friday, May 1.

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The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that InCom Corp filed a suit against Disney today claiming that Disney’s MagicBands illegally use InCom technology. InCom said it developed three patents since 2008 for attendance tracking which the MagicBands infringe upon. Disney responded saying, “the lawsuit is without merit, and we will respond to it in court.”

InCom is seeking Disney to stop using the technology and for unspecified damages.

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The ABC Television Network and ESPN announced The 2015 ESPYS Presented by Capital One will move to ABC and broadcast live on Wednesday, July 15, from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. The celebration of the best moments from the year in sports kicks off with SportsCenter at The ESPYS and The ESPYS Countdown Show Presented by Capital Oneairing from 6-7 p.m. ET and 7-8 p.m. ET, respectively, on ESPN prior to the start of the awards. The ESPYS are executive produced by Maura Mandt and MaggieVision Productions.

The award show gathers top celebrities from sports and entertainment to commemorate the past year in sports by recognizing major sports achievements, reliving unforgettable moments and saluting the leading performers and performances. The ESPYS raise more than $1 million annually for The V Foundation, the charity founded by ESPN and the late basketball coach Jim Valvano to promote cancer research.

“Our goal with The ESPYS each year is to celebrate the year in sports while showcasing inspiring human stories through our three pillar awards – the Jimmy V Perseverance Award, the Arthur Ashe Courage Award and the Pat Tillman Award for Service,” said Connor Schell, vice president, ESPN Films and Original Entertainment, who oversees The ESPYS. “We are thrilled to broadcast this year’s ESPYS on ABC.”

The ESPYS attracts celebrities from the movie, television, sport and music industries. This is an opportunity to celebrate the playmakers and share in the emotional connection they have with their favorite sports on the network that is their home away from home,” said Robert Mills, Senior Vice President, Alternative Series, Specials & Late Night Programming, ABC Entertainment. “We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the show than to offer it a larger landscape for more people to participate in the celebration.”

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As the Secret Wars begin, the Ultimate Universe reaches its end! This May, experience it’s heartbreaking curtain call in ULTIMATE END #1! Blockbuster creators Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley – the creative team that helped start it all – will end it with one last, epic story! Miles Morales and the rest of the heroes of the Ultimate Universe face their final extinction. Judgement Day is here and the end is nigh. Yet as they come to terms with the end of all they’ve ever known and all they hold dear – will their gut-wrenching sacrifices make any difference? Is there any hope for the Ultimate Universe or it’s beloved heroes? Find out this May, as an entire universe experiences its final moments in ULTIMATE END #1!