The Carolwood Foundation is offering 300 priority access opportunities for visitors to purchase an 8X10 photo for the appearance and signing by Dick Van Dyke on March 16 at Walt Disney’s Carolwood Barn in Griffith Park. These visitors will be the first to enter the signing.
Only one purchase of $20 will be allowed for each unique user. Visitors may substitute one item of their own for their purchased item. Only one signature will be allowed for each visitor and there will be no posed photos. Please note that all scheduled activities and events are subject to change without notice.
For more info visit Carolwood.org
InsideTheMagic received a teaser for the next Disney Kingdoms title. The one-word teaser is “spark” written in purple which implies that the title will be related to the classic Epcot attraction Journey into Imagination. The project will be written by Jim Zub with art by Filipe Andrade. The current Disney Kingdoms title is Seekers of the Weird inspired by Rolly Crump’s Haunted Mansion concept. Disney Kingdoms is an imprint of Marvel that features comics inspired by Disney attractions.
E! goes “behind the feud” between Miss Piggy and Superstar Limo’s Joan Rivers. The documentary features celebrity interviews from Sarah Silverman, Gene Simmons, Garry Marshall, and more. It also spans the entire history of their relationship from their first meeting to their appearance together in Muppets Take Manhattan to the recent “cake incident” at a QVC red carpet event.
Miss Piggy and Joan Rivers will appear together on QVC on March 16th.
The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that Disney is trying to toughen ticket fraud laws in the State of Florida. State Senator Tom Lee from Brandon who is head of the Judiciary Committee is supporting the legislation this year after blocking it last year. His Political Action Committee recently received a $10,000 donation from Disney but the senator denies this playing any role in his decision. Previously, Disney supported a different candidate in Sen. Lee’s primary which caused some bad blood between the political and Walt Disney World. State Senator Andy Gardiner from Orlando, who is set to become Senate President. is also supporting the legislation.
The bill would provide longer prison terms for those engaging in ticket fraud as well as cover Disney’s new Magic Bands. A Disney spokesperson said that, “fraudulent ticket sales can ruin family vacations and harm Florida’s tourism brand.”
— Rebecca Kaplan (@Kaplan4Oakland) March 5, 2014
Oakland City Councilwoman-at-large Rebecca Kaplan is trying to lure George Lucas to build his Cultural Arts Museum in Oakland after the Presidio decided not to move forward with building it at the Mid-Crissy Field site. The councilwoman said, ““I am excited to inform you that your dream could be a reality in Oakland. Our city has sites that could meet you needs for space, style and location.” She hopes that the Star Wars creator would consider building at the site of the Kaiser Convention Center which closed in 2006.
David Perry, a spokesman for George Lucas says, “I am quite sure I will go over and take a look but it is not an indication of anything other than that we are so humbled by everyone that has contacted us. I would say that at the moment our plate is full with other options. … I don’t want to lead anyone on, we are looking at current options on the table.”
The Walt Disney Studios and Shanghai Media Group Pictures (SMG Pictures) today announced a multi-year partnership agreement aimed at co-developing Disney-branded movies for US-China co-productions.
Under the deal, US-based action, adventure and fantasy writers will team with locally-based Chinese writers and filmmakers to develop stories and scripts that bear all the hallmarks of Disney films and feature authentic Chinese elements fit for local co-production and aimed at the international market.
“For over 90 years Disney has built a rich legacy of entertaining families with high-quality storytelling and compelling characters,” said Mr. Alan Bergman, President, The Walt Disney Studios. “Disney’s collaboration with SMG adds an exciting chapter of new stories for the next generation of global Disney fans.”
“SMG is proud to work with Disney to create a new era of classic content featuring uniquely Chinese storytelling elements for audiences around the world,” said Mr. Su Xiao, Chief Executive Officer, SMG Pictures. “The combination of our media coverage and understanding of the China market and Disney’s long-standing success in telling magical stories will surely spark a brand new chemistry that transcends age and borders.”
“It’s incredibly exciting to expand our relationship with SMG to find unique and rich stories with Chinese elements for studio audiences around the world,” Stanley Cheung, Managing Director, The Walt Disney Company, China.
The cross-cultural exchange will expand training opportunities between Chinese and American writers and filmmakers. Previously, in 2012 Disney joined with the Ministry of Culture’s China Animation Group to be named founding partner of a National Chinese Animation Creative Research and Development Project. The initiative, now in its third year, aims to advance China’s animation industry and train local talent and promote the development of Chinese content and franchises.
Tony To, Executive Vice President, Production, The Walt Disney Studios, will oversee the co-development program.
Deadline is reporting that Idris Elba, Heimdall in the Thor films, will portray Shere Kahn in Jon Favreau’s Jungle Book film. The film will be a combination of live-action and visual effects. Disney is trying to beat the production of another Jungle Book film being developed by Warner Bros. Jon Favreau directed Iron Man and Iron Man 2 and was previously reported to be working on a Magic Kingdom film. There has been no update on the status of that film.
The Muppets will be appearing on ESPN2′s SportsNation tomorrow. The show is presented by Toyota and the Muppets appeared in the “No Room for Boring” Super Bowl ad for the car manufacturer. Toyota is also the sponsor of the Muppets Most Wanted world premiere next Tuesday. SportsNation airs at 3pm ET on ESPN2.
— SportsNation (@SportsNation) March 6, 2014
Walt Disney World and its Service Trades Council Unions have agreed to extend their contract until July 17 according to a tweet from the Orlando Sentinel’s Jason Garcia. It was originally scheduled to expire at March 29th. This negotiation has extra attention due to both sides looking at the impact of the Affordable Care Act.
Disney World and its unions have agreed to extend their current contract until July 17th. (Had been set to expire March 29th.)
— Jason Garcia (@Jason_Garcia) March 6, 2014
Collider features an interview with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige during a set visit of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In the interview he talks about the development of the film, how they approached the character of Steve Rogers, and the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Here is a snipet about how they feel about the idea that Captain America is old-fashioned:
I don’t mind if it feels old fashioned. I don’t mind if he feels out of place. He is out of place and he is kind of old fashioned in the modern era. I care if he feels two dimensional. I care if he feels boring or if he feels in any way not like a fully formed character. But in this movie we’re embracing that side. That’s part of his conflict with Fury and with some of the other members of S.H.I.E.L.D. is the fact that he has a – he’s from a different place. He has a different set of values, I think. Or at least he thinks he does initially. And we want to play into that and run towards that which creates conflict, which creates drama, which creates character. You know, we’re careful not to make him a goofball fish out of water, you know. We don’t spend a lot of time with him trying to understand what an iPhone is. He’s, you know, if you took a 23-year-old – what do we calling Cap, I don’t know, 27? If you took a 27 year old and introduced him to something they’ve never seen before they’d probably figure it out. They wouldn’t be completely flummoxed. So we’re avoiding sort of the what is a cell phone. What is this magic glass that you type onto. We have some fun with it. And frankly Cap because he’s been around in the modern day for a little while post-Avengers, he sort of has fun with peoples’ expectations. He sometimes pretends not to understand something when he does. He goes, “Oh, I forget.” He goes, “I get it, I get it.” To, you know, again make him more than just a perfect two dimensional Boy Scout.