ESPN’s 30 for 30 Continues With “Brian and The Boz”
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In the mid-1980s, it would have been hard to find a more colorful personality in college football then Brian “The Boz” Bosworth. The life of the former linebacker will be examined as the fall slate of 30 for 30 continues on October 28th with “Brian and The Boz,” directed by Thaddeus D. Matula.

In some ways, Barry Switzer and Brian Bosworth were made for each other. The Oklahoma coach and the linebacker he recruited to play for him were both outsized personalities who delighted in thumbing their noses at the establishment. And in their three seasons together (1984-86), the unique father-son dynamic resulted in 31 wins and two Orange Bowl victories, including a national championship, as Bosworth was awarded the first two Butkus Awards. But Bosworth’s alter ego – “The Boz” – was taking over. Eventually, he went on a downward spiral and became known as an NFL bust. In “Brian and The Boz,” the dual identities of Brian Bosworth are examined as he looks back on his life and passes on the lessons he’s learned to his son.

The remaining 30 for 30 films will air on ESPN as follows (all times ET):

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 9 p.m. – “Brian and The Boz”

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 9 p.m. – “Brothers in Exile”

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 8 p.m. – “Rand University”

Saturday, Dec. 13, 9 p.m. – “The U Part 2”

This October marks the fifth anniversary of 30 for 30’s launch in 2009. Additional information including film clips and director statements and bios will be available on the 30 for 30 website espn.com/30for30; Follow 30 for 30 on Facebook (facebook.com/espn30for30) and Twitter (@30for30).

In celebration of the fifth anniversary of the series, ESPN Films will be releasing a limited edition 100-title “30 for 30 Fifth Anniversary Collection” on November 25, featuring the complete set of 30 for 30 films as well asNine for IX and some 30 for 30 Soccer Stories and 30 for 30 Shorts titles.

Marvel Releases More Details About Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Disney Kingdoms Comic
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Coming in spring 2015, the world famous, thrill-packed Disney attraction – Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – roars to life as an all-new Marvel and Disney Kingdoms comic book bursting with action, romance, mystery and adventure. The new series, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, continues the unique collaboration between Marvel Comics, Disney Kingdoms, and Walt Disney Imagineering. This five-issue series, created by rising star writer Dennis Hopeless (Spider-Woman, Avengers Arena), fan-favorite artist Tigh Walker (Avengers Undercover), invite readers all aboard an all-new adventure that reveals the never-before-told saga of how the gold mine in Big Thunder Mountain became the haunted legend it is today!

A mainstay of Disney Parks since 1979, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad has entertained countless guests on this classic attraction in four Disney theme parks around the world. Now, Disney Kingdoms is proud to add ‘the wildest ride in the wilderness’ with an all-new tale of mystery and adventure set in the wild Frontier!

“Building on the momentum of the sold out Figment series, we are excited to embark upon what may be our wildest adventure yet,” says editor and Creative Director Bill Rosemann. “As one of the most famous Disney attractions, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is packed with a combustible combo of drama, humor, and thrills that will explode across the page and deliver all the action and surprises that the Disney Kingdoms imprint has quickly become known for.”

Series writer Dennis Hopeless continues, “Everybody knows Big Thunder Mountain Railroad as a rumbling, tumbling runaway train car attraction through an exploding gold mine. But it’s always been more than that. It’s a trip back in time to a Gold Rush town where daring men and women risked their lives in the daily battle between man and mountain. And let’s be honest, it’s the perfect setting for an adventure comic.

Earthquakes! Floods! Dynamite-chewing goats! Can the denizens of Rainbow Ridge survive the clash between mankind’s greed and nature’s fury? And what is the protective power that dwells deep within the mysterious mountain? Surprises await you in the latest Disney Kingdoms saga coming in spring 2015.

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“Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It!” Street Party Starts Tomorrow At Magic Kingdom
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The “Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It!” Street Party starts tomorrow at the Magic Kingdom. This evolution of the “Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It” Street Party allows guests to pick the songs that come next. It also features an original song “Party Up.” Show times for Friday are 11:00am, 12:30 & 5:40pm.

 

Teaser Trailer and Poster For Avengers: Age of Ultron Released
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Disney has released the teaser trailer and poster for Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk.  Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.

Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Patricia Whitcher, Stan Lee and Jon Favreau serve as executive producers. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.

The Little Mermen Announce Halloween Costume Party
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This Halloween, rock out with New York’s premiere Disney cover band, The Little Mermen, at the wildest and most nostalgic costume party in town! Dressing as your favorite Disney character is obviously encouraged, but the only requirement is to be ready to “Let it Go!” This party will have you singing along all night, with themed drink specials, a Halloween movie screening, a costume contest pre-party, and a late night DJ. Influenced by styles from ’80s pop to dive bar thrash to jazz, The Little Mermen power up some of the most famous musical numbers ever written, including The Little Mermaid‘s “Kiss The Girl,” Pocahontas’ “Colors of the Wind,” and the Lion King’s “Circle of Life.”  So throw back a shot or two and have a Halloween night worthy of a #FBF right back to your childhood. You ain’t never had friends like The Little Mermen.

 

Tickets are on sale now here bit.ly/merloween and charge by phone at (212) 695-8970

ABC News: Star Wars In Everyday Life
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From ABC News:

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Toronto-based photographer and longtime “Star Wars” fanatic Thomas Dagg recently completed a project that was a long time in the making. By compositing everyday scenes with “Star Wars” toys from his youth, he has produced some remarkable images that bring us into the beloved movies. For more of the Dagg’s work visit his website.

 

Marty Smith To Remain At ESPN
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Marty Smith, who has been lead NASCAR reporter for SportsCenter and other ESPN platforms since 2007, has agreed to a new contract and will remain with ESPN as a bureau reporter.

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From his base in Charlotte, N.C., Smith will travel to cover a variety of sports for the network, including NASCAR, pro and college football and basketball, and other sports. He also will still write for ESPN.com on NASCAR and other topics and will continue the popularMarty & McGee podcast on ESPN.com, which he co-hosts with ESPN the Magazine senior writer Ryan McGee.

Smith’s new role officially begins January 1 but as he focuses on covering the final four weeks of the NASCAR season, he will be expanding his duties, including reporting on the Oct. 28 home opener for the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets. ESPN is in its final year of televising live NASCAR racing.

Prior to joining ESPN, Smith was a senior writer for NASCAR.com, an analyst and host on the former SPEED Channel and a NASCAR analyst on Fox Sports Net. A Radford University graduate, Smith covered sports for daily newspapers in Roanoke and Lynchburg, Va., before joining NASCAR.com.

Over the past eight years, Smith has broken multiple big news stories from the NASCAR world on various ESPN platforms. In addition to reporting for SportsCenter and writing news and features for ESPN.com, Smith also has contributed to ESPN’s NASCAR event television coverage with numerous unique features and extensive, in-depth and revealing interviews with nearly every top driver in the sport.

This week, Smith is preparing a feature for SportsCenter on the relationship between Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost and the late seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Dale Earnhardt and will then report from the NASCAR event in Martinsville, Va., this weekend.

“I’m so fortunate to have a challenging, rewarding job that allows for creativity, and to have colleagues and bosses that believe in my approach and my ability,” said Smith. “I love sports and the intensity therein, and I’m thrilled by the prospect of diversifying in the coming years, while still maintaining my passion for motorsports. I appreciate the opportunity, and I don’t take it lightly.”

Patty Duke To Guest Star On Disney Channel’s Liv & Maddie
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Fox 411 is reporting that Patty Duke, who is best known for playing identical cousins on The Patty Duke Show will be guest starring on an episode of Disney Channel’s Liv & Maddie which features Dove Cameron playing identical twins:

In the upcoming episode “Grandma-A-Rooney,” Duke plays Grandma Janice, who visits the Rooney family to present her granddaughter Liv (Dove Cameron) with the “Porcupine of the Year Award.” But Liv’s sister Maddie (also played by Cameron) grows suspicious that it’s Janice’s twin, Great-Aunt Hillary (also played by Duke), who’s actually visiting and pulling a switcheroo.

No airdate was given for the upcoming episode.

Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1 Comes To Cassette Tape
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The best-selling “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1″ is coming to participating record stores as a limited edition cassette tape on November 28 as part of the annual Record Store Day.

Find a participating record store near you and pick up your copy on Friday, November 28: http://www.recordstoreday.com

Old Man Logan Is Latest Marvel Teaser
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The latest Summer 2015 teaser from Marvel is for “Old Man Logan.” This is the latest teaser that evokes major Marvel storylines and events from the past. It is unknown what these teasers are promoting, but it may be related to their announced Secret Wars revival.