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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.

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Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre presents a special engagement of Disney’s “Cinderella,” and the all-new short “Frozen Fever” from March 13April 16, 2015. “Cinderella”, a live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually-dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation.  In addition, El Capitan guests have the opportunity to be among the first to see the film at a special advance screening on March 12 at 7 p.m., complete with a Costume Parade and giveaways.

Guests are also invited to come to the El Capitan Theatre to enter the Cinderella Gown Sweepstakes.  The Grand Prize winner will receive an Ashdon Brands dress inspired by the blue gown worn by Lily James in Disney’s Cinderella.   NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Sweepstakes begins 3/12/15 at 6:00pm PT & ends 4/16/15 at 10:00pm PT. Open only to persons 18+ who are legal residents of the 50 U.S. or D.C.  Officers, directors, and employees (and members of their household or immediate family and persons residing in such immediate family members’ household) of Sponsor or its parent, related, affiliated and subsidiary companies, all other entities involved in the creation, administration, or fulfillment of the Sweepstakes and their respective successors and assigns are not eligible.  Limit one entry per person for the entire Entry Period.  Entry form must be submitted in person at El Capitan Theatre during regular theatre operating hours.  No ticket or admission is required to submit an Entry.  For complete Official Rules (including full eligibility requirements & prize limitations), call 1-800-DISNEY6, fax your request to (818) 841-6216 or see El Capitan Theatre manager.  Void where prohibited.

“The El Capitan Theatre is truly the most magical place to experience Disney’s dazzling and eagerly-anticipated “Cinderella” and “Frozen Fever,” said Lylle Breier, senior vice president of worldwide special events for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. “Only at the El Capitan will guests be treated to Olaf live onstage to introduce “Frozen Fever”  and see a display featuring the Glass Slipper and other magnificent props used in the movie before and after every screening.”

Before every screening of the movie, El Capitan Guests will also see images spring to life during an immersive light and projection show accompanied by the El Capitan’s live organist.

Daily showtimes are 10 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and a 9:45 p.m. screening on opening weekend and Friday and Saturdays. Tickets are on sale now, and available at the El Capitan Theatre (6838 Hollywood Blvd.), online at www.elcapitantickets.com, or by calling 1-800-DISNEY6. Special group rates for parties of 20 or more are available by calling 1-818-845-3110. Show times are subject to change.

On select dates, El Capitan guests may enjoy breakfast, meet Olaf and receive a commemorative photo before seeing the 10 a.m. movie. Seating is limited and reservations are required.

The El Capitan Theatre will also host a very special Tiny Tot Tuesday every Tuesday during the run of “Cinderella” at 10 a.m. During these special screenings, parents and small children may enjoy the movie in a tot-friendly way—with lights dimmed rather than out and reduced sound levels.

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Disney just combined two of your favorite things – Frozen and emoji! In the all new Frozen As Told By Emoji video, fans can watch as Anna, Elsa, Olaf and the entire Frozen cast tell their tale using the mechanics of a mobile phone, including text threads, lock screens, photo galleries and more. The video is the first installment of Disney As Told By Emoji, a new collection of videos that retell popular Disney stories by recasting our favorite characters as emoji living within a mobile phone.

Frozen As Told By Emoji is live now, and viewers can look froward to future installments on Disney’s YouTube channel featuring TangledLion King, and Winnie The Pooh.

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Disney has released a new video highlighting the progress being made on the AVATAR project at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Disney Inagineers take Avatar creator James Cameron on a tour of some of the work being done at Imagineering on the project,

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In celebration of the Tuesday’s release of Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast fluttering to Blu-ray, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere March 3rd we have this Concept Art Slideshow and a clip below featuring the scout fairy, Nyx (voiced by Rosario Dawson) and more.

Film Clip: Nyx Talking With Queen Clarion

Film Clip: Strange Sight

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Star-Lord_&_Kitty_Pryde_1_CoverWar rages across the patchwork planet of Battleworld. Domains far and wide clash in an unending conflict for territory. Yet amid the fury and the fire of battle, there is love to be found as well. This June, one of the Marvel Universe’s burgeoning romances will be put through the Secret Wars wringer in STAR-LORD AND KITTY PRYDE #1 – an all-new Secret Wars series! Fan-favorite writer Sam Humphries and Marvel newcomer Alti Firmansyah ask the question – can love really conquer all?

“Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde is an action romantic comedy,” says Sam Humphries, in an interview with Marvel.com. “It is the emotional and spiritual continuation of the great Peter Quill/Kitty Pryde romance that has been developing in Legendary Star-Lord. It’s going to be funny, and fun – but also heartbreaking and thrilling.”

The events of Secret Wars have brought these two together once more. Yet, hailing from entirely different realities, can these two-star crossed lovers reconcile their feelings for one another – even though they are not the ones they know?! Sure – if they don’t kill each other first! The Kitty Pryde from the Age of Apocalpyse domain learned a long time ago not to trust anyone. Especially strangers from other realities who claim to be her boyfriend!

Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde are finally together in their own series! But are they TOGETHER together? The burgeoning romance of these two fan-favorite characters will be tested like never before on the surface of Battleworld. Will their love triumph across space and time? Or will the events of Secret Wars prove too much? The answers lie within True Believer – so don’t miss STAR-LORD AND KITTY PRYDE #1 on sale this June

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Walt Disney Records CINDERELLA

Walt Disney Records will release the original motion picture soundtrack for Cinderella on March 10, 2015. The album features original music by Patrick Doyle (“Brave,” “Thor”) marking the eleventh time Doyle has teamed with director Kenneth Branagh. The score was recorded at Air Lyndhurst Studio in London, and was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Shearman and produced by Maggie Rodford. The film arrives in theaters on March 13, 2015.

Patrick Doyle’s long-time creative collaboration with Branagh began in 1989 with “Henry V.”  The film’s song ‘Non Nobis Domine’ was awarded the 1989 Ivor Novello Award for Best Film Theme. In 1991, they re-teamed for “Dead Again,” which earned Doyle a Golden Globe®-nomination. Subsequent collaborations include “Frankenstein,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” “As You Like It,” “Hamlet” (for which Doyle received an Oscar® nomination for Best Original Score), “Sleuth,” and “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.”

Doyle has scored over 50 international feature films, including “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” “Gosford Park,” “Sense and Sensibility,” “Indochine,” “Carlito’s Way” and “A Little Princess.” His work has led to collaborations with some of the most acclaimed directors in the world, including Regis Wargnier, Brian De Palma, Alfonso Cuarón, Ang Lee, Chen Kaige, Mike Newell and Robert Altman.

In addition to the score, the soundtrack also includes end credit tracks by Lily James (“Cinderella”) and Helena Bonham Carter (“Fairy Godmother”), plus the end credit original theme song “Strong” (written by Patrick Doyle, Kenneth Branagh and Tommy Danvers) performed by Compound/Motown recording artist Sonna Rele and produced by TommyD (Kylie, Kanye West, Corinne Bailey Rae, FUN). Sonna, the London born singer-songwriter, was discovered by multi Grammy®-Award winning singer-songwriter/ actor NE-YO and chosen by Kenneth Branagh to record “Strong.”  The album was produced by Patrick Doyle and executive produced by Kenneth Branagh.

Cinderella track list follows:

  1. “A Golden Childhood”
  2. “The Great Secret”
  3. “A New Family”
  4. “Life and Laughter”
  5. “The First Branch”
  6. “Nice and Airy”
  7. “Orphaned”
  8. “The Stag”
  9. “Rich Beyond Reason”
  10. “Fairy Godmother”
  11. “Pumpkins and Mice”
  12. “You Shall Go”
  13. “Valse Royale”
  14. “Who Is She”                                  
  15. “La Valse de L’Amour ”                         
  16. “La Valse Champagne”
  17. “La Polka Militaire”                          
  18. “La Polka de Paris”                          
  19. “A Secret Garden”
  20. “La Polka de Minuit”
  21. “Choose That One”
  22. “Pumpkin Pursuit”
  23. “The Slipper”
  24. “Shattered Dreams”
  25. “Searching the Kingdom”
  26. “Ella and Kit”
  27. “Courage and Kindness”
  28. “Strong” Performed by Sonna Rele
  29. “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” Performed by Lily James
  30. “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” (The Magic Song) Performed by Helena Bonham Carter

The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new Stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family.

Soon, she is forced to become their servant, disrespected, covered in ashes and spitefully renamed Cinderella. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her, and she continues to remain positive, determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.”

When Ella meets a dashing stranger in the woods, unaware that he is really the Prince (Richard Madden) and not merely Kit, an apprentice at the palace, she believes she has finally found a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the King (Derek Jacobi) summons all maidens in the kingdom to attend a royal ball at the palace, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit. Alas, her Stepmother forbids her to attend and callously destroys her dress.

Meanwhile, the calculating Grand Duke (Stellan Skarsgård) devises a plan to thwart the Prince’s hopes of reuniting with Ella and enlists the support of the devious Stepmother. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand. Soon, a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham Carter) steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin, a few mice and a magic wand, changes Cinderella’s life forever.

The Cinderella original motion picture soundtrack will be available wherever music is sold on March 10, 2015. The album is now available for pre-order at iTunes http://smarturl.it/cnsa1 and Amazon. The physical CD will include an insert to download a new original song performed by Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell and Cast from the short “Frozen Fever.”  The animated short will be shown in front of “Cinderella” and includes the new song written by Oscar and Grammy-winning composers Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

 

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Funko announced a variant cover will be included in the Marvel Collector Corps debut box Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron shipping April, 2015.

“We are excited to announce the addition of the variant cover to the Avengers box,” says Funko CEO Brian Mariotti.  “This addition proves our promise to provide exclusive and premium product, to the dedicated Marvel fan through Marvel Collector Corps.”

The variant will highlight the first edition of the new and ongoing series Guardians Team up Meet the Avengers. This major Marvel event highlights the crossover between The Avengers & Guardians of the Galaxy, depicted by artist Nick Bradshaw. The variant cover will be exclusive to Marvel Collector Corps.

“What a better way to kick off the historic launch of Marvel Collector Corps than with the Avengers AND by throwing in the Guardians of the Galaxy for good measure,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “We’re beyond excited to bring this stunning variant cover exclusively to subscribers, uniting the current roster of Avengers with the biggest movie stars of 2014, the Guardians of the Galaxy for an all-new action-packed adventure!”

Marvel & Funko launched Marvel Collector Corps at the end of January in order to provide a service with a more dedicated point of view. This bi-monthly subscription service includes Marvel exclusives valued at over $50 per box. Funko announced the first mystery box would be devoted to Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and included a sneak peek of the exclusive 6” Hulkbuster POP featured inside.

The announcement to include a variant cover in the debut box illustrates the partnership between Marvel & Funko, and drives the importance of exclusive product offering from both Marvel Comics and Marvel Studios. The debut box will ship in April, for the Marvel Studios release of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron in theatres May 1, 2015.

The Marvel Collector Corps subscription service from Funko is available for $25 per box, and fans can sign-up now at www.collectorcorps.com.