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Disney’s Hollywood Studios is kicking off Star Wars Weekends with a Galactic Gathering merchandise event. Similar to last year’s Rebel Rendezvous, the event will be held on the Thursday prior to the first weekend, May 14, and will provide early access to purchase Star Wars Weekends products.

The event costs $250 and includes:

  • ‘Rebel’ or ‘Empire’ retail MagicBand (Guests can choose their side when registering online)
  • Commemorative trading pin
  • Darth’s Mall Light Speed Pass which gives expedited entry into Darth’s Mall for all five weekends.
  • First opportunity to pre-purchase select merchandise including personalized Aurebesh nametags, D-Tech phone cases, Dooney & Bourke handbags, Galactic Gathering Disney Gift card, retail MagicBands, limited edition pins and Vinylmation.
  • First opportunity to purchase the new designs of Star Wars-themed Disney Gift Cards.
  • Han Solo-inspired popcorn bucket with popcorn.

Registration will begin on March 4 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern on http://www.DisneyParksMerchandise.com.

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DAVE FILONI (CREATOR AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, "STAR WARS REBELS"), SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR

In the hours after the “Star Wars Rebels” season finale aired on Disney XD, its executive producer/supervising director Dave Filoni revealed that actress Sarah Michelle Gellar (“The Crazy Ones,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) will join the voice cast in a recurring role for season two of the animated series.  Filoni discussed the casting news with advertising clients convened at Lucasfilm’s San Francisco headquarters for Disney Media Sales and Marketing’s presentations.

Filoni said, “We’re thrilled to have Sarah Michelle Gellar on board for season two. She is a true ‘Star Wars Rebels’ fan and her passion undoubtedly comes through in the voice recording sessions.”

Sarah Michelle Gellar will join the talented voice cast that includes her husband Freddie Prinze Jr., Vanessa Marshall, Steve Blum, Tiya Sircar, Taylor Gray and David Oyelowo.

The popular “Star Wars Rebels” series has reached over 49 million Total Viewers, 5.6 million Boys 6-11 and 10.9 million Kids 6-11.   Its season finale revealed the identity of Fulcrum to be Ahsoka Tano.  The storyline will continue into season two.

Continuing the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga, “Star Wars Rebels” unfolds between the events of Star WarsEpisodes III and IV and tells the story of the motley but clever crew of the starship Ghost who together face threatening new villains, encounter colorful adversaries and embark on thrilling adventures. In its second season, “Star Wars Rebels” will feature recurring appearances by fan-favorite characters including Darth Vader and Ahsoka Tano.

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You’ll warm to our Frozen ”Tsum Tsum” Collection featuring all your favorite characters from Disney’s hit movie. Now you can collect the entire set of stackably soft mini plush, including Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff, Sven and Hans.

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Olaf ”Tsum Tsum” Plush – Frozen – Mini – 3 1/2”

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Hans ”Tsum Tsum” Plush – Frozen – Mini – 3 1/2”

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Elsa ”Tsum Tsum” Plush – Frozen – Mini – 3 1/2”

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Anna ”Tsum Tsum” Plush – Frozen – Mini – 3 1/2”

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Kristoff ”Tsum Tsum” Plush – Frozen – Mini – 3 1/2”

Sven ''Tsum Tsum'' Plush - Frozen - Mini - 3 1/2''

Sven ”Tsum Tsum” Plush – Frozen – Mini – 3 1/2”

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This June, return to the fight against the corrupt, mutant-exploiting government as a classic X-Crossover is reborn in the WARZONES! in X-TINCTION AGENDA #1! Writer Marc Guggenheim (Arrow Executive Producer) and artist Carmine Di Giandomenico (All-New X-Factor) return to the shores of Genosha and to one of the most beloved X-Men crossovers of all time!

It has been ten years since the fall of Cameron Hodge and his fascist regime. Ten years that Havok and Wolfsbane have toiled and labored to rebuild Genosha into the proud mutant homeland it once was. But a decade removed from Hodge and his iron rule, their work may all be for naught. A plague has spread across the nation, infecting mutants and threatening their race with extinction. With all of Genosha quarantined and all but abandoned by the rest of the world, including the X-Men, old friends may become new enemies!

“A virus is decimating the mutant and mutate population,” says writer Marc Guggenheim in an interview with Marvel.com. “The X-Men have a cure in the form of Triage, but won’t violate the quarantine that Genosha is under, not wanting to risk extinction should the virus spread. Havok and Wolfsbane take it upon themselves to go and get Triage and bring him back to Genosha, by force if necessary.”

Ask yourself – what lengths would you go to save your people? Havok and Wolfsbane will stop at nothing to save the people of Genosha – but have they doomed Earth in the process? Find out as the landmark X-Crossover of the 90’s makes it to Battleworld in X-TINCTION AGENDA #1 this June!

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Ariana Grande, One Direction, Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor and Fifth Harmony are among the top nominees for the 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards (RDMA). It was announced today during “Disney Channel Presents the 2015 RDMA Nomination Special.” Categories for music’s biggest event for families include fan favorites “They’re The One – Best Music Group,” “The Freshest – Best New Artist,” “The Bestest – Song of the Year” and “XOXO – Best Crush Song.”

Voting is open now through Sunday, April 5 at Disney.com/RDMA, the Radio Disney app, via Radio Disney’s Facebook and Twitter profiles, or by texting RDMA to Disney (347639)*.

Winners will be announced at the 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards on SATURDAY, APRIL 25at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, with a 90-minute television special originating from the event to be presented SUNDAY, APRIL 26 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel.

Walt Disney Records will release a compilation album of 15 tracks featuring nominees and nominated songs on TUESDAY, APRIL 21.

Tickets for the RDMAs are on sale now at AXS.com/RDMA.

The categories and nominees for the 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards are:

 

They’re The One – Best Music Group

5 Seconds of Summer

Fifth Harmony

One Direction

 

He’s The One – Best Male Artist

Ed Sheeran

Nick Jonas

Pharrell Williams

 

She’s The One – Best Female Artist

Ariana Grande

Meghan Trainor

Taylor Swift

 

The Bestest – Song Of The Year

Problem (feat. Iggy Azalea) – Ariana Grande

All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor

Shake It Off – Taylor Swift

 

XOXO – Best Crush Song

Jealous – Nick Jonas

Steal My Girl – One Direction

Can’t Blame a Girl For Trying – Sabrina Carpenter

 

So FANtastic – Fiercest Fans

Directioners – One Direction

Harmonizers – Fifth Harmony

R5Family – R5

 

The Freshest – Best New Artist

Charli XCX

Echosmith

Shawn Mendes

 

So Happy – Best Song That Makes You Smile

Happy – Pharrell Williams

Smile – R5

Sugar – Maroon 5

 

#Cool – Radio Disney’s Most Talked About Artist

@arianagrande

@taylorswift13

@5sos

 

Stuck In Our Heads – Catchiest New Song (Presented By BAND-AID Brand)

Shower – Becky G

Bo$$ – Fifth Harmony

Classic – MKTO

 

That’s My Jam – Best Song To Rock Out To With Your BFF

Young Blood – Bea Miller

Cool Kids – Echosmith

Geronimo – Sheppard

 

Move! – Best Song To Dance To

Shake It Off – Taylor Swift

All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor

Too Cool To Dance – Eden XO

 

Hit The Road – Best Breakup Song

Really Don’t Care (feat. Cher Lloyd) – Demi Lovato

Heartbreak Heard Around The World – Jacob Latimore

The Heart Wants What It Wants – Selena Gomez

 

You’re So Fancy! – Artist With The Best Style

Ariana Grande

Becky G

Zendaya

 

Musical Mashup – Best Collaboration

Really Don’t Care (feat. Cher Lloyd) – Demi Lovato

Wrapped Up (feat. Travie McCoy) – Olly Murs

Somebody To You (feat. Demi Lovato) – The Vamps

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This June, a cult-favorite comes to Battleworld in RUNAWAYS #1 – a brand new Secret Wars series! Rising comic stars Noelle Stevenson (NIMONA, Lumberjanes) and Sanford Greene (Uncanny Avengers) bring you a new twist on a modern Marvel classic that’s sure to appeal to Runawaysfans old and new!

The best and brightest teens from all corners of Battleworld are hand-picked to attend the most prestigious academy on the planet’s capital. Yet not all is as it seems within these hallowed halls. This esteemed educational establishment may just be grooming the next generation of super villains!

What happens when the new class learns they’re on the fast track to evil and their headmaster is a diabolical super villain? RUN AWAY!

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“Noelle and Sanford have come up with a fun cast of alternate reality versions of some fan-favorite characters (including original Runaway Molly Hayes!), plus a few new characters who we’re really excited about,” said editor Wil Moss. “It’s a different take on RUNAWAYS, for sure, but that same fresh, adventurous, character-driven spirit of the original series remains the same!”

Now, teenagers Molly Hayes, Jubilee, Bucky Barnes, Cloak & Dagger, Amadeus Cho, Skaar and a few new faces are striking out on their own — taking on Battleworld, learning to deal with each other, and learning to deal with themselves. Enter the world of a Secret Wars story unlike any other when Stevenson and Greene bring you a new spin on the Runaways this June in RUNAWAYS #1!

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For ONE NIGHT ONLY on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 9:30 p.m., Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre will offer an exclusive showing of Disney’s NEWSIES. The event will be attended by special guests from the motion picture and national tour of the Broadway musical.

VIP tickets are $20.00 and include a Reserved Seat, 64 oz. El Capitan Souvenir Popcorn Bucket with Lid and 20 oz. twist top beverage. Tickets are on sale now and available at the El Capitan Theatre (6838 Hollywood Blvd.), online at www.elcapitantickets.com or by calling 800-DISNEY6.

Commenting on the announcement, Lylle Breier, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Special Events for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, said, “NEWSIES is a beloved Disney favorite, and we are thrilled to offer El Capitan guests an evening they will never forget. Every El Capitan guest will receive a NEWSIES CD sampler, along with other surprise giveaways, making this an evening not to be missed!”

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Robert Downey Jr. is offering fans the chance to live out the best night of their life culminating at the World Premiere of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, all to support a great cause.  

In this video, Robert Downey Jr. reveals that anyone can win the opportunity to be flown with a friend to Los Angeles to experience a day in the life of Tony Stark. By going to www.omaze.com/RDJ and donating just $10 to benefit Julia’s House, a children’s hospice center dedicated to helping improve the lives of children diagnosed with terminal illness, you could win a chance to live out your superhero dreams with RDJ in LA. You’ll kick things off with breakfast at the iconic Randy’s Donuts before launching into an action-packed day including a helicopter ride over the Hollywood sign, indoor skydiving, and a custom gown or tux fitting before meeting Robert Downey Jr. himself for an epic motorcade arrival at the World Premiere of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. And yes…there will be caviar.

And did we mention you’ll be one of the first people on this planet to see the newest release from Marvel’s hit franchise? Yeah, that’s happening. But the opportunity to win this once-in-a-lifetime experience won’t last forever. 

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Van Eaton Galleries,  one of the world’s premier animation artwork and collectible galleries held the highly-anticipated “The Story of Disneyland” auction this weekend in Sherman Oaks, California. Bidders gathered each day under a tent, constructed specifically to hold the hundreds of anxious bidders who showed up for the two sessions, in hopes that they would take home a piece of Disneyland magic. Bidders from around the globe bid online and by phone in a fast and furious pace all day.

The collection which represented close to 1,000 pieces is said to be the largest and most historical collection ever to be offered. Many of the items up for bid exceeded pre-sale estimates including a Disneyland Enchanted Tiki Room Animatronic® Tiki Bird which sold for $153,400.  Opening in 1963, the Enchanted Tiki Room was the first attraction to use Audio-Animatronic® characters in the park.  The Pirates of the Caribbean remained a hit throughout the auction event with the Original Skeleton prop selling for $129,800 and the Pirates of the Caribbean E-Ticket Sign selling for $47,200. A Marc Davis Signed Original Pirates Concept Art piece sold for $70,800. Other highlights of this weekend’s historical and unprecedented auction included the Original Cigar Store Indian from Frontierland which sold for $44,250,  a Construction Used Disneyland Brownline Plot Plan sold for $29,500, a Disneyland Enchanted Tiki Room Flower Boat sold for $22,420, a Mark Twain Riverboat Life Preserver Prop that hung on the Mark Twain Riverboat in the 1960s sold for $11,800, a Sam McKim Kodak Camera Shop Presentation Artwork sold for $20,060 and the Main Street Entrance Flag used in the Main Street entrance station sold for $7,670.

Betty Taylor, who performed at the park for 30 years as the popular “Slue Foot Sue” at the Golden Horseshoe Revue, still drew applause for a series of costumes that were available at the auction. Her “Slue Foot Sue” original costume dress, complete with black Egret feather headpiece, sold for $15,340. The Walt Disney signed Opening Day “Story of Disneyland” Guidebook (1955) which was signed by Walt in the inside cover sold for $13,275. Even a Disneyland Record Album Display Rack from the 1960s went high with a final bid of $5,900.

Other highlights from the two-days included a Mickey Mouse Character Costume Head which sold for $29,500, An “It’s A Small World” doll figure which sold for $41,300, the Bruce Bushman Original Tomorrowland Concept Art which sold for $55,460, the Adventure Through Inner Space Atomobile Prop which sold for $41,300, a Disneyland TWA Travel Poster which sold for $12,980 and Original Captain EO Poster Painting which sold for $47,200.

“The Story of Disneyland” Auction raised over $1.7 million. “The Story of Disneyland”  Collection Exclusive Catalogs may be purchased at www.vegalleries.com

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Tribune 242 is reporting that an american man drowned at Disney’s private island Castaway Cay. According to the report, the 38-year old New York man drowned shortly before 4pm.

Police are investigating and an autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death.