Maleficent Announces Embrace Your Inner Evil Sweepstakes
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Disney has announced the Maleficent “Embrace Your Inner Evil Sweepstakes”. You can win a trip to the World Premiere of Maleficent by recreating your own Maleficent Laugh. To enter, post a video on Instagram with #MaleficentLaughSweeps or #SorteoLaRisaMaleficent.

Official rules are available here.

Maleficent will be released May, 30 2014.

2015 Oscars to Air on ABC February 22
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC Television Network today announced the dates for the 87th Oscars. The Academy Awards® presentation will air live on ABC on Oscar® Sunday, February 22, 2015.

Key dates for the Awards season are:

Saturday, November 8, 2014               The Governors Awards

Wednesday, December 3, 2014         Official Screen Credits and music submissions due

Monday, December 29, 2014           Nominations voting begins 8 a.m., PT

Thursday, January 8, 2015           Nominations voting ends 5 p.m., PT

Thursday, January 15, 2015               Oscar nominations announced

Monday, February 2, 2015            Oscar Nominees Luncheon

Friday, February 6, 2015            Final voting begins 8 a.m., PT

Saturday, February 7, 2015               Scientific and Technical Awards

Tuesday, February 17, 2015               Final voting ends 5 p.m., PT

Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015          87th Academy Awards begins 7 p.m., ET/ 4 p.m., PT

The Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Aladdin and Newsies Broadway Productions Begin Ticket Lottery
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Two Disney Broadway hits announce new ticket policies beginning April 21 providing access to affordable tickets for same-day performances, with minimal time commitment for guests.

Aladdin

Following two months of sold-out houses and critical acclaim, Aladdin will offer a limited number of tickets via lottery at the New Amsterdam Theatre (214 W 42nd St.). Beginning two and a half hours before the performance, patrons are invited to enter the lottery; winners will be drawn two hours before each performance. Winners may purchase up to two $30 tickets with cash only to that day’s performance. Locations will be at the theatre’s discretion and may not be offered at allperformances.

The New Amsterdam Theatre box office is open Monday through Friday 9:00am – 8:00pm, Saturday 10:00am – 8:00pm and Sunday 10:00am – 6:30pm. Aladdin is performed on the following schedule: Tuesday at 7pm; Wednesday at 2pm and 8pm; Thursday and Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm and 8pm; and Sunday at 3pm. Visit AladdinTheMusical.com for details.

Newsies

Now in its third smash year and approaching $100 million at the box office, Newsies, far and away the biggest hit of its season, will offer a limited number of general rush seats for $30 each on the day of the show when the box office opens. Rush tickets can be purchased by cash or charge at the Nederlander Theatre box office (208 W 41st St.).  Locations will be at the theatre’s discretion and may not be offered at all performances.  Eachguest in line may purchase a maximum of two tickets.

The Nederlander Theatre box office hours are Monday through Saturday 10am – 8pm and Sunday 11:30am – 6pm. Newsies is performed on the following schedule:Monday – Wednesday at 7:30pm; Friday – Saturday at 8pm; Wednesday &Saturday at 2pm; and Sunday at 3pm.  Visit NewsiesTheMusical.com for details.

Club Penguin Now Available for iPhone and iPod Touch
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Disney Club Penguin players can now experience the #1 virtual world for kids on iPhone and iPod Touch. The virtual world was brought to iPad as a playable experience in December, and today’s update brings the playable world to iPhone and iPod Touch. The Club Penguin app has reached nearly 5 million downloads and is available in six different languages.

The update coincides with one of Club Penguin’s most popular events in the virtual world, the Puffle Party. Features from the Puffle Party event will be included in the app, such as:

  • Members can now adopt up to 40 pet puffles, including the new dog and cat puffle
  • Members can walk puffles in the world and play and dig for cool clothing or coins
  • Players can roleplay in six new rooms like the Puffle Park, Hotel Rooftop and Pet Shop

Download Club Penguin for free on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch here.

 

Ben Savage to Make Directorial Debut With Girl Meets World Episode
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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ben Savage will be making his directorial debut with an episode of the upcoming Disney Channel Original Series Girl Meets World. Savage played the role of Cory Matthews for seven years in Boy Meets World and is reprising the role for the spinoff.

His brother, Fred Savage from The Wonder Years, also became a director following his career as a child actor.

Ben Savage told The Hollywood Reporter, “It was a natural progression because I had always wanted to direct and I felt such a personal connection to the show. It was an important piece of my life really. Directing was a natural next step for me and it’s something I was looking forward to doing.”

Girl Meets World premieres on Disney Channel later this year.

 

Disney Launches Where’s My Water? Featuring XXY Worldwide
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Today China’s hit game Where’s My XYY? launches worldwide on the iTunes App Store and Google Play! The game takes China’s most popular TV cartoon character, a cheerful and smart sheep named XiYangYang on a medieval adventure where players will need to cut through dirt and guide water in order to help XYY defeat the clumsy Big Bad Wolf.

Players will get to experiment with brand new game elements such as fire and oil to help guide XYY on his journey. Including 80+ levels, players will use power-ups to earn bells faster and discover ancient collectibles to unlock bonus puzzles.

Where’s My XYY? was originally released on the Chinese App Stores in December 2013, and climbed to #1 on China’s iPad paid charts, joining the previously released #1 hits Where’s My Water?, Where’s My Water? 2, Where’s My Perry? and Where’s My Mickey?. 

First Look at Marvel’s Deadly Hands of Kung-Fun Limited-Series
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This May, the Master of Kung-Fu returns for an all-new limited series full of murder, mystery and martial arts in DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG-FU #1 – from the creative team of Mike Benson (Deadpool Pulp) and Tan Eng Huat (X-Men Legacy)! A highly trained MI-6 agent has been murdered in cold blood. One with deep, personal ties to Shang-Chi’s past. As he journey’s to England to pay his respects, the Marvel Universe’s most impressive hand-to-hand combatant will learn that not all is as it seems. And if he’s not careful –he’ll be next! Familiar faces and new enemies lie around every twist and turn, as Shang-Chi makes his lone stand against the dangerous un known. High-octane espionage and bone-crunching kung-fu collide this May in DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU #1!

Orlando Sentinel Reviews FastPass+
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Orlando Sentinel Theme Park Ranger Dewayne Bevil reviews his recent experience using FastPass+. He reports that despite hearing negative comments on the service, he found that it worked well for him on his recent visit to the Magic Kingdom. His selections were the Festival of Fantasy Parade, Enchanted Tales with Belle, and “it’s a small world”.

He notes:

My FastPass+ tryout was fairly uncomplicated, but Disney has plans to address a couple of common complaints. Look for changes to the FastPass limits — it’s currently three reservations a day within a single park — to emerge from this testing period.


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