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On the night of October 30, 2001, President George W. Bush stepped onto the mound at Yankee Stadium to throw out the first pitch at Game 3 of the World Series, just six weeks after the September 11 terrorist attacks. With New York City and the entire country still trying to heal, the ceremonial first pitch that night meant more than just “play ball.” ESPN Films’ new 30 for 30 Short “First Pitch,” which premieres Friday, Sept. 11, will look at how important that famous pitch was to the nation, and how baseball helped be a part of the recovery after 9/11.

The 23-minute film, directed by two-time Academy Award-winning director Angus Wall and executive produced by Jim Gray, relives that anxious October night and the days leading up to it with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews from President Bush, Derek Jeter, Condoleezza Rice, Joe Torre, Rudy Giuliani, Billy Crystal, George Tenet, Bush family members, Cabinet officers and Secret Service agents. “First Pitch” recounts stories from the Yankees’ visit to the New York City Armory, where they comforted citizens looking for lost family members, as well as what it took for the president’s Secret Service team to safely allow him to throw out the pitch.

“As a fan of the great 30 for 30 series, I’m so pleased that ESPN Films and Jim Gray found Angus Wall to direct this,” said President George W. Bush. “They did a brilliant job telling this story about how baseball helped our nation start to heal after 9/11.”

Connor Schell, senior vice president, ESPN Films and Original Content added: “From its inception, 30 for 30 has always looked to tell stories about moments where sports intersects with culture and the culture changes. Perhaps no moment epitomizes that more than the ceremonial first pitch thrown out by the President that day at Yankee Stadium, reflecting the strength of a city and a nation. The story behind that pitch, as told by the President himself and the others so closely involved, gives a glimpse into the variety of emotions that the country was feeling at the time. We are honored to tell this story as part of the 30 for 30 series.”

“First Pitch,” part of ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 Shorts documentary series, will premiere on Friday, Sept. 11, on SportsCenter immediately after the national moment of silence, as well as on Grantland.com and ESPN.com. It will also air that evening during the 6 p.m. SportsCenter on ESPN2. Follow 30 for 30 on Facebook (facebook.com/espn30for30) and Twitter (@30for30).

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On Tuesday, Sept. 8, The Dan Le Batard Show will move to 10 a.m. ET – its new time on ESPN Radio. The three-hour national show will continue to be co-hosted by Le Batard and Jon “Stugotz” Weiner and will remain based in Miami. The one-hour local show will now be broadcast from 9-10 a.m. in Miami.

Le Batard will continue to offer provocative opinion and conversation to ESPN Radio’s national audience through a lineup of well-known guests, humor and reaction to the day’s news. The show will also continue to feature a lineup of regular contributors including John Amaechi, Greg Cote, Amin El Hassan, Sarah Spain and Pablo Torre.

“We continue to be flattered and flabbergasted by the amount of unrelenting support ESPN gives our absurd little circus,” said Le Batard.  “We can’t believe that even more of ‘Sports America’ will now be able to laugh, think and call us fat. We look forward to making fun of the powerful, the cliché and ourselves. We are going to enjoy ourselves daily in a way that we hope people find contagious and try not to notice that this time slot gives us more markets than ever in which we can be wrong. We’re excited to bring our Miami flavor to an even broader audience. And we can’t wait to unleash the mighty Stugotz like a hot-take-snorting rodeo bull upon an unsuspecting country. This is going to be fun.”

Traug Keller, ESPN senior vice president, production business divisions, added “Dan and Stugotz have cultivated a passionate following who expect cutting-edge and entertaining sports talk radio. They will not be disappointed with the time change and a new audience will now have the opportunity to experience this unique blend of make-you-think commentary and humor.”

The three-hour national show will be heard on ESPN Radio, espnradio.com, the ESPN app and SiriusXM Channel 80.  ESPNU will simulcast the show.  FUSION will continue to televise the show in its entirety, tape delayed at 1 p.m.

Le Batard will continue to host ESPN’s Highly Questionable weekday afternoons at 4 p.m., along with his father Gonzalo “Papi” Le Batard and Bomani Jones.

In 2013, Le Batard brought his local radio show – heard on The Ticket in Miami since 2004 – to ESPN Radio’s national audience from 4 – 7 p.m. Le Batard joined ESPN The Magazine’sstaff as a contributor in February 1998.

Le Batard continues as a columnist at the Miami Herald, where he has been since 1990. His work also appears regularly on ESPN.com. An accomplished writer, he has won several Associated Press Sports Editor (APSE) awards.  Le Batard also has written for numerous national publications, including Maxim and Cosmopolitan. A 1990 graduate of the University of Miami, Le Batard received a bachelor of arts degree in journalism and politics.

Jon “Stugotz” Weiner has served as co-host of The Dan Le Batard Show since 2004. A sports broadcasting veteran of more than 15 years, Stugotz provides his own passionate takes on the sports news of the day, often the opposite of Le Batard’s opinion, and is known for his self-deprecating humor.  Stugotz received his bachelor’s degree in English and communications from Clark University in 1995.

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Disneynature celebrated its global conservation footprint, collaborations, and its upcoming Sept 15th in-home release of MONKEY KINGDOM during a special evening event held at The Crosby Hotel in NYC on September 2nd. Disneynature Ambassadors shared their personal stories and connections to the DIsneynature franchise.

Actress Tina Fey
Actress Tina Fey

 

Director Mark Linfield
Director Mark Linfield

 

Vice President of Disneynature Franchise at Walt Disney Studios Paul Baribault
Vice President of Disneynature Franchise at Walt Disney Studios Paul Baribault

 

Chief scientist at Conservation International Will Turner
Chief scientist at Conservation International Will Turner

 

Singers Jacquie Lee and Olivia Holt
Singers Jacquie Lee and Olivia Holt

 

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“LEGO® Star Wars™: Droid Tales – Mission to Mos Eisley,” the third episode in an all-new series of event specials that re-tell the classic Star WarsTM saga in LEGO® brick form, is set to debut this MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 (8:00 p.m. ET/PT) on Disney XD.

In this episode, C-3PO recounts his exciting adventures with the “Star Wars Rebels” crew and the events of “A New Hope” in his efforts to find R2-D2, who has been kidnapped by a mysterious figure.

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Furthering its commitment to kids and families, Disney Channel will present a special episode of the family comedy series “Girl Meets World” that delivers both entertainment and information for kids and parents about Asperger’s syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder. Three experts consulted on the episode to help deliver an authentic storyline that can spark conversation among kids and their families. They are: Elizabeth Laugeson, Psy.D, The Help Group; child development consultant Arthur Pober, Ed.D.; and Shiela Wagner, M.Ed., retired, Emory Autism Center.

In the story, “Girl Meets Farkle,” Riley, Maya and Lucas emphasize the beauty of being unique as they rally around their friend Farkle Minkus, who may be on the autism spectrum. Meanwhile, his friendship with another student, Smackle, grows fonder. The episode premieres FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 (8:30-9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. Guest starring are Cecilia Balagot (“Isadora Smackle”), Cyrina Fiallo (“Ms. Oben”) and Lee Norris (“Stuart Minkus”) and Kristanna Loken (“Jennifer Bassett Minkus”), who return to their “Boy Meets World” roles, now as Farkle’s parents.

“Girl Meets World” stars Rowan Blanchard as Riley Matthews, Ben Savage as Cory Matthews, Sabrina Carpenter as Maya Hart, Peyton Meyer as Lucas Friar, August Maturo as Auggie Matthews, Corey Fogelmanis as Farkle Minkus and Danielle Fishel as Topanga Matthews.

For more information on autism, families can visit: www.cdc.gov/autism.

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Guests who had registered for Disney’s Force Friday events at Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort have been informed that they will no longer be charging for the event and that their $50 fee will be refunded to them. Guests who had previously registered will remain the first to enter the stores that will be selling the new Star Wars merchandise.

Further details on how all Star Wars fans can participate in the event is expected to be revealed later today.

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Dean Jones, star of “The Love Bug”, has passed away at the age of 84 due to complications from Parkinson’s disease. The actor who starred in many Disney films was named a Disney Legend in 1995.

From his Legend bio:

When Dean Jones began his motion picture career in 1956, he was just biding his time until he got his real break. The former crooner-turned-actor once recalled, “I wish I could say I had this master plan for a career, but I always thought acting was something I’d just do until I had a hit record.

While Dean’s hit record proved elusive, he scored a number of hit movies while under contract with The Walt Disney Studios. By 1975, Variety named six of his Disney features on its list of all-time box office champions, including The Love Bug, That Darn Cat,Snowball Express, The Ugly Dachshund, The $1,000,000 Duck, and Blackbeard’s Ghost.

Dean’s clean-cut appeal and good-natured hijinks made his name synonymous with Disney motion pictures. As former president of Walt Disney Pictures David Vogel once said, “When you think of Disney, you think of Dean Jones.”

Born on January 25, 1931, in Decatur, Alabama, Dean liked to fish in the nearby Tennessee River and sing; his father, a railroad worker, would accompany him on the guitar. At 15 he left home to pursue a singing career, picking up odd jobs as a coal loader, cotton picker, and dishwasher. He began singing in a New Orleans club that paid three dollars a night, plus dinner. After four months the club folded, and Dean beat a path back to Decatur to complete his high school education.

A year of voice study at Kentucky’s Asbury College was followed by a four-year hitch with the United States Navy, which took Dean to San Diego, California. Whenever he had a day off, Dean headed to Hollywood to audition for orchestras; he eventually won a screen test and contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Instead of singing for the cameras, however, he starred in mostly straight, dramatic roles. Among his early films were Vincente Minnelli’s Tea and Sympathy, Torpedo Run with Glenn Ford, and Jailhouse Rock with Elvis Presley.

In 1960, Dean found fame in Broadway’s Under the Yum Yum Tree. While starring in television’s Ensign O’Toole, he was tapped by Walt Disney to become the Studio’s leading man, appearing in such films as The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit, The Shaggy D.A., and Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo. He returned to the Broadway stage in 1970, appearing in Steven Sondheim’s Company.

Dean later appeared in a number of Disney television specials, including Disney’s Greatest Dog Stars in 1976. He starred in the first of a number of Disney remakes—The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes in 1995; and, in 1997, That Darn Cat and the ABC television movie The Love Bug.

A memorial service will be scheduled for a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Christian Rescue Fund c/o Jubilee Campaign USA, 9689-C Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22150.

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Milial Resort Hotels Co., Ltd. announced today that a new hotel, the Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel, will open June 1, 2016 (tentative) in the ShinUrayasu area close to Tokyo Disney Resort. It will be the fourth Disney hotel to operate in Japan. Brighton Corporation Co., Ltd., a 100% subsidiary of Milial Resort Hotels, will redevelop the existing Palm & Fountain Terrace Hotel for this new hotel. Currently the three existing Disney hotels have an annual occupancy rate of over 90%, which indicates the extremely high demand for Tokyo Disney Resort accommodations. Accordingly, the decision was made to develop a new hotel that will allow more Guests to enjoy a stay at a Disney hotel.

The development of the hotel will be based on a new concept that is different from the existing hotels. The designs will celebrate the magic and imagination of Tokyo Disneyland Park and Tokyo DisneySea Park in the guest rooms, the lobby and the courtyards. Guests staying in the Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel will be surrounded by the ambiance of their favorite Disney Park memories, inspiring them to relive moments from their time spent in the Parks, as well as anticipating the experiences awaiting them the next day. Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel will offer attractive accommodations while making a casual resort stay possible by simplifying its facilities and services. With the opening of this new hotel, even more Guests will be able to enjoy a wonderful, unforgettable time at Tokyo Disney Resort. The Disney hotels will continue to evolve as the hotels of choice that are favored by many Guests.

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Just when you thought the journey was coming to an end! This December, book an extended stay in the Marvel Universe’s newest and most dangerous destination in WEIRDWORLD #1 – a brand new ongoing series set in the All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe! Critically acclaimed writer Sam Humphries (Legendary Star-Lord) joins forces with fan-favorite Weirdworld artist Mike Del Mundo for a brand new adventure ripped from the pages of Secret Wars and planted firmly in the All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe!

“Weirdworld is a place where anything can happen,” says series writer Sam Humphries in an interview with Marvel.com. “Weirdworld is a place inside the Marvel Universe. Weirdworld is a place where the lost can be found. But only if you’re strong enough…”

Imagine a world of sword and sorcery, a land where lost things go. Now imagine being trapped there with zero sword or sorcery experience! Meet Becca, an ordinary girl in an extraordinary world with one mission in mind – GET HOME ALIVE! Easier said than done! But how did she come to be here? And how can she hope to escape in one piece?

“Weirdworld is a place that is ever changing, always chaotic, and a place of infinite discovery,” continued Humphries. “Its essential nature is so mysterious that no complete map can ever be created. It is a polyglot of fantasy, horror, sci-fi, and other weird things dug up from the brains of myself and [artist] Mike Del Mundo.”

Barbarians! Wizards! Goblins! Even tricked out sports cars! All await Becca around every turn in the depths of Weirdworld. Be there as Marvel’s own twisted fantasy realm comes alive before your eyes as Humphries & Del Mundo plunge headlong into WEIRDWORLD #1 – available in comic shops and on digital devices this December!

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ABC Family scares up the 2015 13 NIGHTS OF HALLOWEEN celebration, with programming filled with scares and frights as you countdown to Halloween. The popular programming event, now in its 17th year, kicks off on Monday, October 19th and concludes on Saturday, October 31st, and features a special Halloween episode of procedural drama “Stitchers.” The stunt will also include the ABC Family premiere of Johnny Depp in  “Sleepy Hollow,” the network premiere of “Disney∙Pixar’s Monsters University,” and a delightfully scary mix of Halloween-themed programming airing for the 13 nights leading up to Halloween.

Following is a listing of frightful programming taking place October 19th-31st during ABC Family’s
13 Nights of Halloween.

Night One – Monday, October 19th
The 17th annual 13 NIGHTS OF HALLOWEEN kicks off with back-to-back airings of the final Harry Potter films, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” (1:30 – 5:00 PM ET/PT) and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” (5:00 – 8:00 PM ET/PT). Then everyone’s favorite Halloween sisters from “Hocus Pocus” (9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT) deliver the scares. “Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride” (12:00 – 2:00 AM ET/PT) rounds out the evening with an invitation to the creepiest wedding ever!  

Night Two – Tuesday, October 20th
“Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride” (4:00 – 6:00 PM ET/PT) is back for another walk down the aisle, followed by beloved Halloween classic “Hocus Pocus” (6:00 – 8:00 PM ET/PT). Then tune in to a special Halloween episode of “Stitchers”where Camille preps for her annual Halloween bash, as the Stitchers team investigates the suicide of a young man (guest star Jeremy Sumpter, “Friday Night Lights”), who is suspected of abducting a missing college student (9:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT), with an encore airing immediately following. Spend your late night with the friendly ghost “Casper”(12:00 – 2:00 AM ET/PT).

Night Three – Wednesday, October 21st
Kick off the night with the friendly ghost “Casper” (5:00 – 7:00 PM ET/PT), then spend your Wednesday with “The Addams Family” (7:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT) and “Addams Family Values” (9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT). Stay up late for extra chills with “I Know What You Did Last Summer” (12:00 – 2:00 AM ET/PT) where someone is watching, and they know your secret!

Night Four – Thursday, October 22nd
Spend some more time with the kookiest family around, “The Addams Family” (4:00 – 6:00 PM ET/PT) and “Addams Family Values” (6:00 – 8:00 PM ET/PT), then volunteer as Tribute with “The Hunger Games” (8:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT).  You’re in for another terrifying late night “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer” (12:00 – 2:00 AM ET/PT).

 

Night Five – Friday, October 23rd
May the odds ever be in your favor with another airing of “The Hunger Games” (5:30 – 8:30 PM ET/PT).  Johnny Depp is Ichabod Crane in the ABC Family premiere of “Sleepy Hollow” (8:30 – 11:00 PM ET/PT). Finish your night with a visit with the most charming and magical girl, “Matilda” (12:00 – 2:00 AM ET/PT).

Night Six – Saturday, October 24th
The day of Halloween hijinks kicks off with the story of a magical little girl who uses her extraordinary gifts to change her unhappy life in Matilda (7:00 – 9:00 AM ET/PT). Then spend some time with “ParaNorman” (9:00 – 11:00 AM ET/PT)and his dearly departed friends. It’s back-to-back Tim Burton thrills with “Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride” (11:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET/PT), followed by “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1:00 – 2:30 PM ET/PT), doubling your frights. Then“Casper” (2:30 – 4:30 PM ET/PT) the friendly ghost drops by. Spend some time with Gomez, Morticia, and the rest of the“The Addams Family” (4:30 – 6:30 PM ET/PT) and learn some “Addams Family Values” (6:30 – 8:30 PM ET/PT). Enroll with Mike and Sulley in the ABC Family premiere of Disney∙Pixar’s Monsters University,(8:30 – 11:00 PM ET/PT) and stay to watch Buzz, Woody and all your favorite toys work together to track down their missing friend in Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story OF TERROR!” (11:00 – 11:30 PM ET/PT). Cap off your day of thrills with the Sanderson sisters and practice some“Hocus Pocus” (11:30 PM – 1:30 AM ET/PT).

Night Seven – Sunday, October 25th
Start the day with a ghostly visit with “ParaNorman” (7:00 – 9:00 AM ET/PT), then you’re invited to the creepiest wedding of the year with “Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride” (9:00 – 11:00 AM ET/PT). Take a trip to Halloween Town to visit Jack Skellington in “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” (11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET/PT).  Spend some more time with “Casper” (12:30 – 2:30 PM ET/PT) and “The Addams Family” (2:30 – 4:30 PM ET/PT), followed by “Addams Family Values” (4:30 – 6:30 PM ET/PT).  Take a ride on Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story OF TERROR!” (6:30 – 7:00 PM ET/PT) if you dare!  And then go back to school at Disney∙Pixar’s Monsters University,” (7:00 – 9:45 PM ET/PT). Then spend another witchy late night practicing “Hocus Pocus” (9:45 PM – 12:00 AM ET/PT).

Night Eight – Monday, October 26th
Try to outrun the Headless Horseman terrorizing the town of “Sleepy Hollow” (5:30 – 8:00 PM ET/PT).  Then join Buzz and Woody on Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story OF TERROR!” (9:00 – 9:30 PM ET/PT), followed by “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” (9:30 – 11:00 PM ET/PT). Stay up late to see the undead Sparky of “Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie”(12:00 – 2:00 AM ET/PT).

Night Nine – Tuesday, October 27th
Dr. Frankenstein and his dog are back in “Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie” (4:00 –6:00 PM ET/PT). Have another haunting holiday with “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” (6:00 – 7:30 PM ET/PT).  Woody and Buzz are back with more scares in Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story OF TERROR!” (7:30 – 8:00 PM). Don’t drink these witches’ brew as the Sanderson sisters wreak havoc in “Hocus Pocus” (9:00– 11:00 PM ET/PT). Then keep the late night spooks going with “ParaNorman”(12:00 – 2:00 AM ET/PT).

Night Ten – Wednesday, October 28th
Kick off the night with “ParaNorman” (4:00 – 6:00 PM ET/PT), and continue on with the baddest witches in town in“Hocus Pocus” (6:00 – 8:15 PM ET/PT). Then Barnabas Collins returns from the dead in “Dark Shadows” (8:15 – 11:00 PM ET/PT).  And you won’t be afraid to stay up late to see “Casper” (12:00 – 2:00 AM ET/PT).

Night Eleven – Thursday, October 29th
The night kicks off with a bonus airing of “Casper” (5:00 – 7:00 PM ET/PT). Then spend time some with Uncle Fester and Cousin It in “The Addams Family” (7:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT) and “Addams Family Values” (9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT). Have a late night with “Hocus Pocus” (12:00 – 2:00 AM ET/PT).

Night Twelve – Friday, October 30th
It’s your last chance to see “The Addams Family” (2:30 – 4:30 PM ET/PT) and brush up on “Addams Family Values” (4:30 – 6:30 PM ET/PT).  Watch out for those witchy sisters in “Hocus Pocus” (6:30 – 8:30 PM ET/PT). They’re heeeeeeeeeeere!“Poltergeist” (8:30 – 11:00 PM ET/PT) and “Poltergeist II: The Other Side” (12:00 – 2:00 AM ET/PT) will keep you up with spine tingling scares.

Night Thirteen – Saturday, October 31st

All Hallows Eve is upon us and promises to bring with it a day full of ghosts, witches, and Batman. The day kicks off with the Joker vs “Batman” (7:00 – 10:00 AM ET/PT), followed by a bat, a cat, and a penguin in “Batman Returns” (10:00 AM – 12:30 PM).  The otherworldly battles between the Freeling family and some truly wicked spirits in “Poltergeist” (12:30 – 3:00 PM ET/PT) is sure to keep your Halloween scary. Then lookout for the Headless Horseman in “Sleepy Hollow” (3:00 – 5:30 PM ET/PT).  You should always visit Halloween Town on Halloween in “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” (5:30 – 7:00 PM ET/PT).  Spend your evening with back-to-back airings of “Hocus Pocus” (7:00 – 9:15 PM ET/PT), with an encore airing immediately after (9:15 – 11:30 PM ET/PT). Then wrap up 13 Nights of chills with an encore of “Sleepy Hollow” (11:30 PM – 2:00 AM ET/PT).