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Combining creativity with a passion for wildlife and wild places, Cast Members at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park decorated reusable rain barrels to raise awareness for water conservation and support the Disney Conservation Fund to help save animals from extinction.

As part of an annual Earth Month tradition, Cast Members raised more than $1,300 for the Disney Conservation Fund. Artistic Cast Members depicted a variety of wildlife and nature scenes – from Sumatran tigers to sea turtles – on the 55-gallon barrels. Fellow Cast Members eyed the creative designs and voted for their favorites with spare change.

“This is the second year I have participated in this unique event,” said TJ Chimento, a custodial host at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. “The fact that I can take my passion for drawing and help save animals in the wild, that’s the best combination for me.”

Not only will contributions be sent to support the fund, but the barrels can be reused to collect rainwater for washing cars or watering lawns and gardens. The use of rain barrels helps conserve water and can even help reduce water bills.

“The Cast are really talented, but the underlying difference they’re making is what I hope they’ll never forget,” said Dr. Mark Penning, director of Animals, Science and Environment for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

The Disney Conservation Fund was founded on Earth Day in 1995 and has awarded more than $25 million to conservation programs in 114 countries. All funded programs are committed to saving species and natural habitats while helping kids develop lifelong conservation values through nature exploration

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Main Street, U.S.A., and Sleeping Beauty Castle will provide the stunning backdrop for “LIVE with Kelly and Michael’s” five broadcasts from Disneyland Park.

Joining in the fun with Ripa and Strahan will be a stellar line-up of guests, including superstar Mariah Carey, action star Dwayne Johnson, late night host Jimmy Kimmel, “Scandal” star Scott Foley, “The Middle” star Patricia Heaton and more. The hosts also will showcase all that’s exciting and new with the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, in addition to taking a look back at the history of Disneyland, and sharing favorite memories of an A-list line-up of celebrity fans.

 

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With summer just around the corner in Central Florida, Walt Disney World Resort recently helped spread a little sunshine for thousands of local foster children by donating nearly $400,000 worth of new, Disney-branded sunglasses, sandals, tote bags and other items to Community Based Care of Central Florida.

As Central Florida’s lead organization overseeing foster care, adoption and child welfare services, Community Based Care will distribute nearly 29,000 items Disney donated to thousands of local children and their families.

“For the Disney Cast Members who call Central Florida home, there is no greater joy than making a child happy,” said Nancy Gidusko, director of corporate citizenship for Walt Disney World Resort. “It is especially impactful when we bring joy to the lives of children who need a bit of magic and pixie dust.”

Disney’s donation is the largest one-time, in-kind gift ever received by Community Based Care. Just in time for National Volunteer Week, April 12-18, the loads of donations were delivered to Harvest Time International, where about 80 community members and Disney VoluntEARS gathered to sort and package the merchandise for children throughout Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.

“What an unbelievable way to put a big smile on thousands of kids’ faces,” said Glen Casel, president and CEO of Community Based Care. “Being able to share that kind of happiness on such a large scale is a real blessing for our organization.”

Last year, the Company contributed $18,000 to Community Based Care from coins tossed into fountains, moats and wishing wells at Walt Disney World Resort. That gift is being used to help foster children continue their path toward independence after they turn 18. Disney also donates Duffy teddy bears as a gift to children during their final adoption ceremony, which takes place on National Adoption Day each November.

 

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“The Astronaut Wives Club” – A new television drama series based on the book by Lily Koppel, focuses on seven women who were key players behind some of the biggest events in American history. As America’s astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, the lives of their young wives were transformed, seemingly overnight, from military spouses to American royalty. As their celebrity rose, and tragedy began to touch their lives, they rallied together. “The Astronaut Wives Club” premieres THURSDAY, JUNE 18 (8:00–9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“The Astronaut Wives Club” stars JoAnna Garcia Swisher as Betty Grissom; Yvonne Strahovski as Rene Carpenter; Dominique McElligott as Louise Shepard; Odette Annable as Trudy Cooper; Erin Cummings as Marge Slayton; Azure Parsons as Annie Glenn; Zoe Boyle as Jo Schirra; Desmond Harrington as Alan Shepard; Bret Harrison as Gordo Cooper; Wilson Bethel as Scott Carpenter; Kenneth Mitchell as Deke Slayton; Joel Johnstone as Gus Grissom; Sam Reid as John Glenn and Aaron McCusker as Wally Schirra. The first episode was directed by Lone Scherfig, director of the Academy Award®-nominated film “An Education.”

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Deadline is reporting that Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood are in talks to headline the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff that is currently under development at ABC. It is reported that events at the end of season 2 of the parent show will set up the new series. Palicki stars as Bobbi Morse (Mockingbird) while Blood portrays Lance Hunter. Both characters premiered in Season 2 of the ABC series.

Neither Marvel nor ABC would comment on this story.

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Nicole Perlman & Meg LeFauve will together write Marvel’s “Captain Marvel,” in theaters November 2, 2018, bringing Carol Danvers to the big screen in her first solo cinematic adventure.

Fans will recognize Perlman as the co-writer of Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” last year’s smash hit introducing audiences to Star-Lord and his crew, while LeFauve most recently co-wrote  Disney•Pixar’s next original film “Inside Out,” which will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May before heading to theaters June 19.

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ABC Family has found their ‘Jace’ in British actor Dominic Sherwood — it was announced today by the network. Sherwood was recently seen starring in the feature film “Vampire Academy” and featured in the Taylor Swift “Style” video.

Based on the bestselling young adult fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, “Shadowhunters” follows 18 year-old Clary Fray who finds out on her birthday that she is not who she thinks she is, but rather comes from a long line of Shadowhunters — human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons. When her mother Jocelyn is kidnapped, Clary is thrown into the world of demon hunting with mysterious Shadowhunter Jace and her best friend Simon. Now living among faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves, Clary begins a journey of self-discovery as she learns more about her past and what her future may hold.

Narcissistic, and lethally gorgeous, Jace is a determined and expert Shadowhunter. A skilled soldier in a war against demons. After his father is killed, Jace makes it his life mission to seek revenge on the man who is responsible.

“Shadowhunters” is produced by Constantin Film and executive produced by Ed Decter and McG. McG will also direct the first episode.

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Can one man stand against the might of an entire empire? Find out this May, as Shang-Chi is unleashed in MASTER OF KUNG-FU #1, a new 4-issue Secret Wars limited series! Creators Haden Blackman (Elektra)and Dalibor Talajic (Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe) take you on a wild martial arts thrill ride through the mystical land of K’un Lun. Once the most prized student in all of K’un Lun, Shang-Chi now wanders the streets as a derelict. Cast out and forsaken, Shang-Chi and others shunned like him will rise up to dethrone the evil Emperor Zu. One problem – Zu is Shang-Chi’s father! Things are going to get messy. Can one beaten-down man become a MASTER? As the Secret Wars begin, step into the arena and find out who will be…MASTER OF KUNG-FU! The story begins this May!

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This May, embark on a desperate mission into uncharted territory as PLANET HULK #1 smashes its way into the WARZONES! Be there when Sam Humphries and Mark Lamming take you Greenland – Battleworld’s inhospitable northernmost territory. Teeming with an unchecked population of raging Hulks – their unparalleled destruction is the stuff of legend. Now, a battle-worn gladiator named Steve Rogers and his steadfast companion Devil Dinosaur must venture deep within Greenland’s borders in hopes of rescuing a friend. Only an army of Hulks now stand between them and their goal!

Plus – don’t miss a special back-up story this issue from fan-favorite creators Greg Pak (Incredible Hulk, Storm) and Takeshi Miyazawa (Ms. Marvel, Runaways)! Explore the untold history of Greenland. What secrets does it hold? What caused this untold outbreak of Hulks? Those answers and more lie in the pages of PLANET HULK #1 this May!

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Four brand new character posters from Tomorrowland featuring George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy and Thomas Robinson.

Tomorrowland hits theaters May 22.