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The critically-acclaimed animated series “Star Wars Rebels” is set to debut new episodes starting WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14 (9:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney XD.

In “Star Wars Rebels” Season Two, past lives will be revealed and the destiny of our heroes will be changed forever.  The transformative new season resumes with Imperial oppression on Lothal growing stronger and the rebels seeking out new allies and additional resources to sustain their fight against the evil Empire. With the help of Ahsoka Tano, the crew of the Ghost enlists some old friends: ex-clone troopers who fought in the Clone Wars. As the rebels grow in number, so do their enemies. New Inquisitors are dispatched by Darth Vader and sent to crush any threat of rebellion. Through dangerous rescue missions, thrilling space chases, and spectacular lightsaber duels – the bond of our rebel crew will be put to the test like never before.

“Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season One” is available on Blu-RayTM and DVD on Tuesday, September 1, and delivers all 15 action-packed episodes plus never-before-seen bonus material including cast and crew interviews revealing the magic behind the making of the hit series.

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ESPN today announced the launch of ESPN College Extra, a new college sports service that will bring hundreds of ESPN3 exclusive live college sports events to the TV.  The service delivers an extensive portfolio of college sports events year-round including football, basketball, baseball, softball and more.  Live events will be accessible to customers of AT&T U-verse and DIRECTV – which is now part of the AT&T family – Bright House Networks, Cox, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS and select NCTC members at launch beginning Saturday, September 5 with the start of the 2015-16 football season.  Any additional providers to carry ESPN College Extra will be announced at a later date.

“ESPN is at the forefront of media innovation with a long history of working closely with distributors to better serve customers,” said Sean Breen, Senior Vice President, Affiliate Sales, Disney and ESPN Media Networks.  “ESPN College Extra is the latest example of that ongoing collaboration and we are pleased that AT&T U-verse and DIRECTV, Bright House Networks, Cox, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS and several NCTC members have recognized the value it adds to the multichannel video subscription.”

ESPN College Extra live events from FBS conferences (including the ACC, The American, Big 12, MAC and Sun Belt) and FCS conferences (Atlantic Sun, Big South, Horizon League, MAAC, MEAC, MVC, Pioneer, Southland, Summit League, SWAC, WAC and more) will be delivered to fans on up to eight channels through a sports tier or other affiliated TV package.  The schedule at launch:

Date Time (ET) Conference Game
Sat, Sept 5 12:30 p.m. ACC Wofford vs. Clemson
1:00 p.m. Big South Holy Cross vs. Monmouth
1:00 p.m. PSAC Lincoln vs. Cheyney (PA)
3:30 p.m. Sun Belt Howard vs. Appalachian State
6:00 p.m. The American Towson vs. East Carolina
7:00 p.m. The American Alabama A&M vs. Cincinnati
7:00 p.m. The American Missouri State vs. Memphis
7:00 p.m. Big South Coastal Carolina vs. Furman
7:00 p.m. The American Florida A&M vs. South Florida
7:00 p.m. Pioneer Webber vs. Stetson
7:00 p.m. Southland Northern Arizona vs. Stephen F. Austin
8:00 p.m. The American Tennessee Tech vs. Houston

All exclusive events will continue to be made available on ESPN3 at no additional cost to fans with an affiliated internet or video subscription.  ESPN3 is accessible to more than 99 million households nationwide online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Blackout and regionalization restrictions will continue to apply across all platforms.

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As ABC’s smash show “Dancing with the Stars” prepares to kick-off its 21st season next month, more celebrities are being announced as competitors. This morning, Disneyland park was the setting for the latest “cast reveal” on Entertainment Tonight as Alexa PenaVega and Carlos PenaVega were announced as the first-ever married couple to compete for the coveted mirrorball trophy joined by performers from “Paint the Night” parade, as well as Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.

Other announced stars are Nick Carter, Victor Espinoza, Bindi Irwin, and Hayes Grier. dwtsjei1389371-613x552

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Jeremy Renner, who portrays Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, revealed some concept art of Captain America: Civil War which appears to indicate which side other Avengers will take in the confrontation. According to the image, it appears that War Machine, Black Widow, Black Panther, and the Vision will side with Iron Man while Hawkeye, Ant-Man, Agent 13, Falcon, and the Winter Soldier will side with Captain America.

Renner also revealed a look at his new costume for the film.

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Fulton’s Crab House, the quintessential seafood restaurant in Downtown Disney, celebrates the annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (September 25 – November 16) with a Signature Dinner by Food & Wine on the scenic 3rd deck, Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

With a reception starting at 6:30 p.m. followed by the seated dinner at 7:00 p.m., Executive Chef Mark Boor’s 6-course menu boasts dishes including Oyster Rockefeller, Crab Louis, Dover Sole Florentine and more. Tickets for the signature dinner are $90.00 per person plus tax and gratuity. The entire menu includes:

Reception

chorizo stuffed dates

spinach and artichoke tartlets

steak tartare

First Course

Original Oyster Rockefeller

Gulf oyster, herbs, butter, spices

Clam Casino

Cherrystone clams, bacon, bell pepper, parmesan, panko

Forge Cellars Fingerlakes Les Allies, Riesling, Seneca Lake, N.Y.

Second Course

Coquille St. Jacques

gratin of U8 Diver Scallop, mushrooms, gruyere, mashed potato, baked in the shell

Domaine Drouhin, Arthur Chardonnay, Oregon

Third Course

Crab Louis

jumbo lump crab, avocado, capers, hard cooked egg, seasonal baby lettuce, Louis dressing

Neely, Hidden Block Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz, CA

Fourth Course

Dover Sole Florentine

lyonnaise potatoes, hollandaise

Catena Alta, Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina

Fifth Course

Beef Wellington

Prime Beef tenderloin, mushroom duxelle, puff pastry, demi-glace

The Scrapper, Cabernet Franc, Vinum Cellars, El Dorado, CA

Sixth Course

Baked Alaska

banana foster ice cream, sponge cake, meringue, Brule banana, caramel

Ca Del Bosco, Cuvee Prestige, Italy

In addition to Fulton’s Crab House’s signature dinner, Chef Mark Boor takes guests around the world throughout the entire duration of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, offering a different seafood-focused special from a different country every week of the festival. With worldly specials including the traditional Brazilian seafood stew of Moqueca, Opah from Hawaii, the English staple offish and chips, and Branzino from Greece, guests can globetrot without leaving their seats.

Reservations for the signature dinner can be made by calling 407.828.8996 or by email here. Guests who mention they’re preferred members will earn double points for their signature dinner experience.

 

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Today, Instagram announced that – in addition to square posts – you can now share photos and videos in both portrait and landscape orientation on their platform. With this update, Instagram users can upload widescreen video which will be more cinematic than ever.

This morning, @StarWars released an exclusive look at their upcoming film, The Force Awakens, using Instagram’s new landscape orientation. As part of this collaboration, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the very first video content to be showcased in this new format for the Instagram community.

There has been an awakening… #StarWars #TheForceAwakens

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Disney Store is preparing to feel the Force on Friday, Sept. 4, in celebration of the global retail set date for product from the highly anticipated film Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Disney Store locations in New York City in Times Square, Chicago on Michigan Avenue, and San Francisco on Stockton Street will participate in midnight madness. Doors will open at 12:01 a.m. local time on Sept. 4, giving fans the first opportunity to see and purchase toys, collectibles, books, apparel and more from the upcoming film. In addition, the first 1,000 guests will receive a free Star Wars: The Force Awakens D23 commemorative fan poster.

Additionally, on Thursday, Sept. 3, the Disney Store on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago will play host to one of the 14 live toy unboxing events happening around the world. Starting at 8:30 a.m. CDT, HobbyKidsTV, a YouTube channel part of the Maker Studios network, will be broadcasting live from inside the Store, unveiling new products from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, available exclusively at Disney Store and DisneyStore.com.

In ALL Disney Store locations throughout North America, doors will open for business on Force Friday with Star Wars-themed opening ceremonies, offering a galactic twist on the traditional “Unlocking Imagination” ritual. Other activities taking place at Disney Store locations (excluding Disney Store Outlets) on Force Friday include:

  • A free commemorative Star Wars: The Force Awakens pin for the first 100 guests who make a purchase on Force Friday
  • Numerous Star Wars events taking place, including:

o   R2-D2 craft activity

o   Ways of the Force

o   Star Wars Story Time

o   Art of Drawing: R2-D2

o   Free Topps vintage trading card giveaway upon completion of an in-store event and while supplies last

  • Epic Star Wars theming that pays homage to both the Dark Side and the Light

On DisneyStore.com, fans can enjoy special Limited Edition product, as well as free shipping on all Star Wars items from Sept. 4 – Sept. 6.

Additional details about Disney Store’s activities surrounding Force Friday are available at www.DisneyStore.com/ForceFriday.

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Today, Pixar in a Box – a new online resource that explores the academic concepts behind Pixar Animation Studios’ creative process – goes live on KhanAcademy.org. Through a series of video lessons, interactive exercises, and hands-on activities, students will discover how the academic concepts they learn in school enable Pixar filmmakers to create new worlds, animate unique characters and tell stories through animation. Although designed especially for students in middle and high school, these resources are available to learners of all ages, completely free of charge.

“Our mission at Khan Academy is a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere,” said Sal Khan, Founder and CEO of the not-for-profit Khan Academy. “Sparking student interest in math and other academic fields is a key part of that, and we’re delighted to collaborate with Pixar to achieve this goal. Pixar in a Box gives students a new way to engage with key academic concepts and see how creative these concepts can be.”

“Learning makes us beginners again,” said Ed Catmull, President of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios.  “In my experience, creativity involves missteps and imperfections, which is one more reason it is important for every one of us to keep learning – in order to remain flexible and keep our brains nimble.   By working with Khan Academy on Pixar in a Box, we hope to encourage the excitement of learning and creative thinking for middle and high school students and to provide the tools to do it.”

“For years, we’ve heard from teachers at every grade level interested in creating animation-based curricula,” said Elyse Klaidman, Director, Pixar University and Archives.  “We’ve wanted to provide free online resources for them, and Pixar in a Box makes that dream a reality. We hope that it not only gives students a behind-the-scenes look at how our movies are made but also gets them excited about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) concepts.”

Khan and Catmull officially unveiled Pixar in a Box at a special event yesterday evening on the Pixar campus in Emeryville, CA. After an introduction from Klaidman, local educators learned the story behind the project and then received a live demonstration of Pixar in a Box from two of its creators – Brit Cruise, Content Producer at Khan Academy, and Tony DeRose, Senior Scientist and Research Group Lead at Pixar. The evening concluded with a question-and-answer session moderated by Klaidman.

“Many students start to lose interest in academics in middle and high school, partly because they don’t see how academic concepts relate to things they care about,” said DeRose. “Pixar in a Box aims to address this disconnect by showing how Pixar filmmakers use these concepts for creative benefit in their everyday work.”

Starting today, students can access Pixar in a Box and learn:

●      How combinatorics are used to create crowds, like the swarm of robots in WALLŸE.

●      How parabolas are used to model environments, like the forest in Brave.

●      How weighted averages are used to create characters, like Buzz Lightyear and Woody.

●      How linear and cubic interpolation are used to animate characters.

●      How trigonometry is used to create the worlds in which Pixar stories take place.

●      How simultaneous equations are used to paint all of Pixar’s images.

“These lessons are the first phase of the project,” said Cruise. “While the first year focuses on math, future Pixar in a Box lessons will explore science, computer science, arts, and humanities.”

All Pixar in a Box resources are available free of charge at PixarInABox.org. The site will be updated as additional lessons become available.

 

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As part of the ongoing expansion of Walt Disney World and due to increased guest visitation, the Reedy Creek Improvement District approved a $350 million bond issue to focus on roadway improvements at Walt Disney World.

Among the improvements that are part of this project are:

  • A fly-over that bypasses the Magic Kingdom toll plaza for guests visiting Magic Kingdom Resort Area hotels.
  • Reconstruction of the intersection of Osceola Parkway and Victory Way that will replace the traditional intersection with a flyover design.
  • An extension of Western Way to either Avalon Road or County Road 54. Extending the new road past its current Flamingo Crossings terminus.
  • A bypass of Center Drive that will take traffic from Reams Road more directly to Floridian Way

These projects are in part due to development around Walt Disney World which is causing guest and cast member traffic to come to property from more diverse locations. This is particularly noticeable with the residential development north of the Magic Kingdom causing traffic delays at the back end of the Walt Disney World property which often require law enforcement to provide traffic control.

This work, which is scheduled to happen over the next five years is in addition to the roadway enhancements that are occurring as part of the Disney Springs development.

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Walt Disney World has added the Eat to the Beat concert series, which is part of the International Food and Wine Festival at Epcot, to their FastPass+ offerings.

Guest may select the concert series as a “Tier 1” offering of which guests may select one option. The other Tier 1 attractions are IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, Test Track, Soarin’, and Living with the Land.

The Food and Wine Festival will begin September 25. The current lineup of the concert series is:

  • David Cook – September 25-27, 2015
  • Wilson Phillips – September 28-29, 2015
  • Christopher Cross – September 30-October 1, 2015
  • Starship – October 2-4, 2015
  • Smash Mouth – October 5-7, 2015
  • The Pointer Sisters – October 8-9, 2015
  • 38 Special – October 10-11, 2015
  • Rick Springfield – October 12-13, 2015
  • Sugar Ray – October 14-16, 2015
  • The S.O.S. Band – October 17-18, 2015
  • Air Supply – October 19-21, 2015
  • Fuel – October 22-23, 2015
  • Tiffany (NEW!) – October 24-25, 2015
  • Dennis DeYoung – October 26-28, 2015
  • Jo Dee Messina – October 29-30, 2015
  • Everclear (NEW!) – October 31-November 1, 2015
  • Boyz II Men – November 2-4, 2015
  • Sister Hazel – November 5-6, 2015
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – November 7-9, 2015
  • Hanson – November 10-12, 2015
  • Maxi Priest (NEW!) – November 13-14, 2015
  • Chaka Khan (NEW!) – November 15-16, 2015