Oakes Fegely and Oona Laurence to Star in Pete’s Dragon Remake
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The Walt Disney Studios announced that Oakes Fegely and Oona Laurence will star in a modern reinvention of Pete’s Dragon. Fegely will portray the title character, with Laurence as Natalie, a new role created for this new iteration of the 1977 musical, which combined live-action and animation. No release date has been announced.

Backlot Tour Closing at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
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Walt Disney World has announced that in order to make way for the new experiences, the last day of operation for the Studio Backlot Tour will be September 27. A portion of the Studio Backlot Tour will be used to extend the magic of “Frozen” during this holiday season, which was previously announced. One of the most popular elements of Frozen Summer Fun, Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post, will be relocating to the Streets of America spot and will continue to operate closer to the popular “For the First Time in Forever: A ‘Frozen’ Sing-Along Celebration.”

Beyond this, no announcement has been made about what will occupy the space in the future.

Legends of Frontierland to End September 27.
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Disneyland has announced that the interactive experience Legends of Frontierland will be ending September 27. Previously, the experience was scheduled to end at the beginning of the month, but was extended with what was an undetermined end date.

Disneyland promises that the final day will include special events and surprises.

No word on what will take place inside the Golden Horseshoe following the conclusion of Legends of Frontierland.

 

Rosie O’Donnell Fires Back at Mayim Bialik
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Following Mayim Bialik’s criticism of Frozen, Co-host of The View Rosie O’Donnell blasted the Blossom star for not liking the movie. Rosie said Frozen is her favorite Disney movie (apparently topping Tarzan which featured O’Donnell) and she said she had seen the film 250 times and knows every word. Rosie then gave everyone in the audience a copy of Frozen on home video.

 

Newsies Cast To Participate In Live Chat
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NEWSIES is getting ready to hit the streets with its first North American Tour! Join cast members Dan DeLuca (Jack Kelly), Stephanie Styles (Katherine), Ben Cook, Nico DeJesus, Sky Flaherty, and Michael Ryan as they sit down and answer your questions LIVE!
Tune in to the live stream this Saturday at 7PM EST at NewsiesTheMusical.com/Chat to meet the new cast! You can submit your questions on Twitter using #NewsiesOnTour.

Edge of Spider-Verse #2 Featuring Gwen Stacy Gets Second Printing
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Garnering unprecedented buzz from all corners of the comic book industry, Marvel is proud to announce that EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2 has sold out less than 24 hours of its release and will immediately head back to press for a second printing. You heard right, Gwen Stacy: The Sensational Spider-Woman will be swinging back into a comic shop near you as fans can’t get enough of this instant fan-favorite! She’s smart, charming and can lift a car – and she’s ready to enter the Spider-Verse arena in a big way! Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez and Rico Renzi craft an exciting new spider-tale that has critics everywhere raving.

“Face it Marvel, you hit the jackpot” – ComicBook.com

“…everything you didn’t know you wanted in a Spider-book” – Comic Book Resources

“This comic had pretty tremendous expectations set by readers ahead of time, and luckily, it lives up to them in full” – IGN.com

10/10” – ComicVine.com

“Marvel promises that we’ll see Gwen Stacy/Spider-Woman again in Amazing Spider-Man #9 – if she sticks around after that, you won’t find me complaining.” – Nerdist

As the Spider-Verse looms, meet one of its breakout stars as Gwen Stacy swings headlong into the biggest Spider-Man event of all time. Now is your chance to experience the issue that has everyone raving! Be there when Gwen Stacy dons her hood as Spider-Woman one more time as EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2 returns to comic shops in October!

For more on Spider-Verse, visit Marvel.com and join in on the conversation on Twitter using #SpiderVerse.

ABC Launching Affiliate in Puerto Rico
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The ABC Television Network has reached a new affiliation agreement for Telecinco Inc’s WORA to be the new ABC station in Puerto Rico. The station will be called ABC 5 and will begin operations on November 1, 2014. The announcement was made today by John Rouse, Senior Vice President, Affiliate Relations, ABC Television Network, and Jose Vizcarrondo, President of Telecinco Inc.

For the first time in this market, ABC programming will be broadcast on a full-power station with full over-the-air coverage of the entire territory, in addition to pay TV platforms.

Viewers in Puerto Rico will be able to enjoy all of the ABC shows, sports, and news in full high definition. As part of the new affiliation, WORA will broadcast the full ABC Television Network programming schedule, including hit primetime shows “Modern Family” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” as well as “Good Morning America,” “World News” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” The channel will also highlight two new high quality productions: a newscast covering events of interest in Puerto Rico, and a fast-paced, incisive interview show anchored by a well-known TV personality to be announced shortly.

“Our goal is to position ABC as a leading network in this market, capturing the audience share it enjoys in other major US television markets,” said Jose Vizcarrondo, President, Telecinco, Inc. “ABC has a loyal following in Puerto Rico, and we will grow with wider distribution, high-quality HD network programming, relevant local content and an active presence in the community.”

“We’re very excited to partner with Telecinco,” said Mr. Rouse. “Their strong commitment to building a strong local station will be great for viewers in Puerto Rico, who will also benefit from ABC’s outstanding programming lineup.”

WORA TV, Channel 5, founded in 1955, has produced and broadcast news and local interest shows for almost 60 years, in addition to broadcasting various Spanish-language networks throughout its history. The station is recognized as one of the leading media firms in Puerto Rico. The company is known for its strong ties to the community, and has been the career launching pad for many of Puerto Rico’s leading television professionals.

Club Penguin Pledges to Build Three Schools Globally for Back to School
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Disney’s Club Penguin players can help other kids go back to school this year with the new ‘Build a School’ online event. From September 18 – October 1, players that log onto Club Penguin on web and mobile will help with the building of three real world schools in Ecuador, Haiti and India. Additionally, Club Penguin will provide 14,000 backpacks to kids across the United States on players’ behalf.

Starting September 18, kids can log into Club Penguin and embark on a scavenger hunt, cleaning up the Club Penguin University. During the scavenger hunt, they will learn about schools around the world and how they can make a difference in the lives of others. At the end of the event, Club Penguin, in partnership with charity partner Free the Children, will build three real-world schools in the next year and will donate 14,000 backpacks across the US. As special thanks for their help, players will receive exclusive in-world items, such as a schoolhouse igloo, a pro skater helmet, lab goggles and more.

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Players that want to further give back can apply for the Club Penguin Matching Gift Program, which will give a total of $25,000 in matching grants this year to student leaders that fundraise on their own to help build a school in a Free the Children community.

As a result of the generous in-world actions kids have made over the years, Club Penguin has helped an excess of one million people in more than 42 countries by funding projects such as:

  • 22 schools built for over 20,000 children
  • 40 school libraries built for over 50,000 children
  • 33 playgrounds for over 85,000 children
  • 35 clean water projects for over 55,000 children & families
  • Youth engagement & education programs around the world for over 1,000,000 children & families

To find out more about the ‘Build a School’ program, visit: http://www.freethechildren.com/clubpenguin/.

The Walt Disney Company Celebrates Talk Like a Pirate Day
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Various parts of The Walt Disney Company have celebrated Talk Like a Pirate Day with these special Tweets

 

 

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