Disney Working on “it’s a small world” Film with Jon Turtletaub
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According to reports, Disney is working on a film version of “it’s a small world” with Jon Turtletaub (National Treasure) set to direct. This news is fitting as today marks the 50th anniversary of the classic attraction. No word on the plot, but Jared Stern is writing the script based on his pitch. Previously he worked on the story of Wreck-It Ralph, Bolt, and Princess and the Frog.

Girl Meets World Logo Revealed
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Disney Channel has revealed the logo for their upcoming series, Girl Meets World. The series premieres later this year on Disney Channel. Starring are 11-year-old Rowan Blanchard (“Spy Kids All the Time in World in 4D”) as the girl — Riley Matthews — 14-year-old Sabrina Carpenter (“Sofia the First” voice cast and a newly signed Hollywood Records recording artist) as her best friend Maya, and Danielle Fishel and Ben Savage reprising the “Cory and Topanga” roles they made famous in ABC’s hugely popular sitcom “Boy Meets World” (1993-2000).

Gravity Falls App Launching for Android
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Disney XD is launching its “Gravity Falls Mystery Shack Attack” tower defense strategy game app today on select Android devices in Google Play and Kindle Fire in the Amazon Appstore for $2.99.

In the game, Li’l Gideon has called upon his minions from the great beyond to scare Dipper, Mabel and Grunkle Stan out of Gravity Falls. Players can help the trio by strategically placing an array of revamped gadgets and odd knickknacks from the Mystery Shack in the path of the creatures and other supernatural baddies.

Core features of the game include:

  • Help Dipper and Mabel defend key “Gravity Falls” locations: the Mystery Shack, Dusk 2 Dawn, Arcade, Summerween Superstore and the Tent of Telepathy.
  • Access to more than 20 defensive items, including the Manotaur War Horn, Gnome Launcher, Sneezing Powder and more.
  • Summon the Giant Gnome Monster, Rumble McSkirmish and other Gravity Falls characters to help defend and block the minions.

All versions of the app, including iPad and iPhone, now also include the following updates:

  • Challenges Gameplay Mode: Players test their building skills in 15 hand-crafted challenges, including Drats Bats!, Sneeze Attack, the Brain Train, Defend a Lot, With the Li’l and Yeti or Not, Here I Come!, among others.
  • Endless Gameplay Mode: Defeat endless waves of enemies in an attempt to earn the highest score. Each wave will get progressively harder until the enemy’s forces become overwhelming.
  • Enhanced World Map: The new Gravity Falls world map makes it easier to select locations and challenges.
  • Upgrade Shop: Grunkle Stan has opened up a new shop, serving up upgrades that permanently enhance gameplay.
  • Currency: Stars: By completing areas in Story Mode and completing challenges, players can earn Stars that can be used to buy item upgrades.

“Gravity Falls” is an animated adventure comedy riddled with mystery. In it twin brother and sister, Dipper and Mabel, are sent to spend their summer vacation with their great uncle, Grunkle Stan, who enlists the siblings’ help in running the Mystery Shack, a fun tourist trap he owns that overcharges unsuspecting customers. While Dipper has a hard time getting used to his new surroundings, Mabel’s upbeat optimism comes in handy in her quest to find true love. When Dipper stumbles upon an elusive book, he discovers it is the key to unlocking the town’s mysterious secrets, and the brother and sister duo soon realize they must rely on one another to navigate the unfamiliar place. Meanwhile, when he isn’t busy trying to make a quick buck from his unsuspecting customers, Grunkle Stan guards his own secret that might hold the key to unlocking the mystery of Gravity Falls.

“Gravity Falls” stars Jason Ritter as Dipper Pines, Kristen Schaal as Mabel Pines, Alex Hirsch as Grunkle Stan and Soos, and Linda Cardellini as Wendy. Thurop Van Orman (“Adventure Time”) guest stars as Li’l Gideon. “Gravity Falls” is a production of Disney Television Animation and carries a TV-Y7 parental guideline. The series airs on Disney XD and Disney Channel.

Over the past several years, the Disney/ABC Television Group has consistently unveiled innovative, award-winning multiplatform services and apps. “WATCH Disney Channel,” “WATCH Disney Junior” and “WATCH Disney XD” apps make full-length episodes of popular shows available online and on  iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Verified pay TV customers can access live feeds of the networks, as well as access to first looks and sneak peeks. In addition to the WATCH services, other notable DATG apps include the Disney Junior Appisode app, which offers true interactive viewing, allowing kids ages 2-7 to touch, tap, swipe, tilt, shake and talk their way through various fun-filled activities embedded into episodes of some of their favorite Disney Junior shows. Disney Channel Photo Finish App enables fans to customize their personal photos with popular Disney Channel show themes and characters.

Alan Horn Talks Star Wars With Bloomberg
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Alan Horn talked Star Wars: Episode VII with Bloomberg. He mentioned that second unit photography has taken place in Abu Dhabi, but that principal photography has not commenced yet. He also said they hope to make casting announcements very soon. When asked if future Star Wars films will be released in December or if they will revert to their traditional May release date, Horn said that they have not made a decision yet but that it will depend on the readiness of the screenplays.

New Medals for the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend
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Who couldn’t use some more bling? All new medals await runners who complete races in the 2015 Walt Disney Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna, January 7-11. Registration starts today at runDisney.com.

Among the slew of new Disney Marathon Weekend medals will be a commemorative 10th anniversary Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge medal. The 39.3-mile challenge involves completing Saturday’s half marathon and Sunday’s full marathon.

The Walt Disney World 10K will feature a new Minnie Mouse-inspired medal. Disney Half Marathon runners will earn an all new Donald Duck themed medal. And a Mickey Mouse-inspired medal goes to finishers of the 26.2-mile Walt Disney World Marathon.

Also, the popular Dopey Challenge is back for a second year for athletes completing all four timed events in successive days (the Family Fun Run 5K, the Walt Disney World 10K, the Disney Half Marathon and the Disney Marathon) for the chance to earn six medals for completing all 48.6 miles.

In addition to the four races, the Disney Marathon Weekend will feature Disney’s Health and Fitness Expo, where runners pick up race packets, shop for the latest running apparel and technology, and meet industry experts such as runDisney official training consultant Jeff Galloway and runDisney nutritionist Tara Gidus. The expo is free and open to the public at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which is also the site of the runDisney Kids Races and the Mickey Mile for the littler ones to experience.

There are also additional features for the entire family to enjoy, including breakfasts with Disney characters, Pasta in the Park parties at Epcot to “carb up” for the next morning’s races and celebrate Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge’s 10th anniversary, ChEAR Squad amenities to help fans cheer on the runners, a Race Retreat for a VIP running experience and a Cool Down Party at Downtown Disney to celebrate each runner’s victories.

For more information and to register for Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna events and other runDisney race weekends, go to www.runDisney.com.


A Look at Club Penguin’s Puffle Party
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Disney Channel’s Hallie shares this look at Club Penguin‘s Puffle Party.

Laughingplace.com is currently looking for a contributor to cover Club Penguin. If you have interest, please email FanBoy@laughingplace.com

ESPN to Air Its First NFL Playoff Game in 2015
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The National Football League announced today that ESPN will televise a Wild Card playoff game during the 2014 season, the first NFL playoff game in the company’s 35-year history. The game will air during the Wild Card Playoff Weekend in January 2015.

The NFL and ESPN reached a new eight-year extension in 2011 for Monday Night Footballand broad studio, multimedia and international rights. The agreement – which began this spring and extends through the 2021 NFL season – provides the NFL with an option to air a postseason Wild Card playoff game on ESPN, which the NFL has opted to exercise this season.

“We’re thrilled to televise our first Wild Card playoff game and we thank the NFL for the opportunity,” said ESPN President John Skipper. “This game will be among the highest-rated programs of the year on cable and it is compelling content that will help us better serve football fans during the postseason.”

ESPN’s MNF team of Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and sideline reporter Lisa Salters will call the Wild Card game, as well as the 2015 NFL Pro Bowl (Jan. 25, 2015) at University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona, which returns to ESPN this season as part of the company’s new rights agreement.

Similar to regular-season MNF games, ESPN’s Wild Card telecast will be simulcast on over the air stations in the primary markets of the participating teams; it will also be available via WatchESPN for fans who subscribe to an affiliated provider.

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