Ginnifer Goodwin To Voice Fawn In Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast
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DisneyToon Studios is pleased to announce that Ginnifer Goodwin (“Once Upon a Time”) will voice the character Fawn in the new Disney Fairies adventure, “Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast”.

“Fawn is a character who loves all animals unconditionally,” said director Steve Loter. “She will help any animal that needs her, but sometimes Fawn thinks too impulsively, when she should be thinking with her head, as well as her heart.”

Loter says there’s a lot of Goodwin in the character. “Fawn was inspired by my daughter and her unconditional love of animals,” he said. “But Ginnifer had a very strong hand in crafting the character. Her sense of fun and her wondrous view of the world gave Fawn direction. You can hear the smile in Ginnifer’s voice—this is a character that loves life and lives it to its fullest.”

About ‘”Gruff”:
The heartwarming story explores the ancient myth of a mysterious creature whose distant roar sparks the curiosity of Tinker Bell’s friend Fawn, an animal fairy who’s not afraid to break the rules to rescue the NeverBeast before time runs out. The fairies meet Gruff who is a massive creature and the subject of an ancient Pixie Hollow myth. Hidden in a dark lair on the fringes of the fairies’ beloved home, Gruff is discovered by curious and empathetic animal fairy Fawn, who sees something special in his glowing green eyes. His penchant for stacking rocks mystifies Fawn and her friends—but Gruff’s true purpose is the real surprise.

The film, releasing in-home March 3, 2015, also features the voices of Mae Whitman (Tinker Bell), Megan Hilty (Rosetta), Lucy Liu (Silvermist), Raven Symone (Iridessa), Anjelica Huston (Queen Clarion) and is directed by Steve Loter (“Kim Possible”) and produced by Makul Wigert (“Secret of the Wings”).

Previously, Fawn had been voiced by America Ferrera and Angela Bartys.

Edge of Spider-Verse #2 Featuring Spider-Gwen Gets Third Printing
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The buzz continues to grow from all corners of the comic book industry and beyond for Gwen Stacy: The Sensational Spider Woman! Before she swings again in her new ongoing series this February – fans will get another chance to experience her very first adventure! Today, Marvel is pleased to announce that due to overwhelming demand, EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2 will return for a third printing! Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez and Rico Renzi craft an instant-fan favorite that has the whole world talking!

Before February’s eagerly anticipated Spider-Gwen #1, catch up with the breakout star of Spider-Verse as she swings headlong into the biggest Spider-Man event of all time! Don’t believe us? Here’s what the critics had to say about her massively buzzed about first appearance:

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

“Latour, Rodriguez, Renzi and Cowles have done a masterful job of crafting a world readers should want to dive into.” – Multiversity Comics

“…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

10/10” – ComicVine

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.

Pictures From the World Premiere of Big Hero 6 in Tokyo
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Big Hero 6 had its official global debut as part of the Tokyo International Film Festival at the Toho Cinemas Roppongi Hills. Producer Roy Conli and directors Don Hall & Chris Williams were in attendance along with John Lasseter and Japanese voice cast members.

Marcy Lefkovitz Named Vice President, Technology and Workflow Strategy for ABC
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Marcy Lefkovitz has been promoted to Vice President, Technology and Workflow Strategy for ABC Broadcast Operations and Engineering. The announcement was made today by Todd Donovan, Senior Vice President, Broadcast Operations and Engineering for the ABC Television Network, to whom she will report.

Ms. Lefkovitz, a 20-year-veteran of ABC News, was previously Director of News Production there, where she was responsible for new technologies, workflow development, and training. In this role, she helped ensure smooth transitions to the use of non-linear editing, shared storage and asset management, journalist field news gathering, digital archive, and control room automation. She was also deeply involved in the creation of the Miami facility used to launch ABC’s joint venture with Univision, Fusion.

“Our new Technology and Workflow Strategy group will reinvigorate BO&E’s effort to identify and acquire the most promising new technologies and integrate them strategically across the ABC Television Network,” said Mr. Donovan. “Marcy’s vast expertise as an editor and producer at ABC News make her the perfect choice to head this new unit.”

Ms. Lefkovitz began her journalism career at ABC in 1987 as a researcher in the Political Unit assigned to the 1988 Presidential election.

After the election, she spent six years, from 1989-1994, as an independent documentary producer for Bolthead Communications, Globalvision and OMI. During that time, she worked on several award-winning projects for A&E, including a 26-part series called “Heroes,” as well as “Biography: James Cagney.” Other projects include 10 one-hour shows, “A History of the 80s,” which was broadcast on The History Channel, a series for PBS on human rights issues, “Rights and Wrongs,” and a film for PBS shot in Czechoslovakia, “The Journey of Butterfly.”

Lefkovitz returned to ABC News in 1994 as an editor for “Turning Point” and “The Century.” In 1998 she joined the staff of World News Tonight, first as an editor from 1994-2002 and then as a producer. While at World News Tonight, she edited segments for award-winning shows, including Bob Brown’s “Millennium”coverage, Ronald Reagan’s funeral and the Gulf Wars. She was named director of news production in 2007.

Lefkovitz graduated from Brown University with honors in Semiotics and received her Master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from NYU.

D23 Offering Early Screenings of Big Hero 6
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D23 Members are invited to free screenings of Big Hero 6 in Burbank, Orlando, and San Francisco one week before its debut on November 7.

Screenings are being held at the following locations:

  • Burbank- AMC 16, 10 a.m.
  • Orlando- Regal Winter Park Village 20, 10 a.m.
  • San Francisco- Century San Francisco Center 9, 10 a.m.

Gold and Silver D23 Members can signup for tickets starting at 12pm PT on October 24 at D23.com

Marvel Teases Inhumans: Attilan Rising
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The latest Summer 2015 teaser from Marvel is for Inhumas: Attilan Rising. This is the latest in a long series of teaser from Marvel. While we do not yet know how everything is connected, we are promised that it will all be revealed.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Announce $125 Million Renovation
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The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel is getting the largest makeover in its history. The hotel has launched a multi-phase, multi-year, $125 million redesign project that will transform every guest room in the 758-room Swan Hotel and the 1,509-room Dolphin Hotel.

“As we celebrate the hotel’s 25th anniversary, it is appropriate that we mark the occasion with a renaissance of our room product,” said General Manager Fred Sawyers. “Our guests will continue to receive the level of service and hospitality that comes with a quarter century of experience while enjoying a modern new guest room.”                                                

The transformation will occur without disruption to the guest experience as the majority of guest rooms will be available throughout the process. The hotel’s public spaces, restaurants, meeting rooms, shops, pools and recreational areas will not be impacted and remain fully operational throughout the renovation.

Noted hotel and condominium interior design and architecture firm Garcia Stromberg/GS4 Studios, designers of the Conrad Hotel Ft. Lauderdale, the Waldorf Astoria’s Boca Beach Club and One Thousand Ocean condominium in Boca Raton, Fla., created the concept for the new rooms.

The new room design is inspired by the resort’s water-themed architecture. The goal was to create a serene and sophisticated atmosphere.

The guest room features upgraded furniture and all of the latest technology including large HD TVs.  Additional power outlets provide corporate executives and family travelers more options for use of multiple personal electronics.

Blending an artistic combination of whites, blues and grays, the design creates a tasteful ambiance that appeals to adults while abstract artwork playfully delights children as well.

The centerpiece of the room is the famous Westin Heavenly Bed with its all-white custom-designed pillow-top mattress set, cozy down blanket, a trio of crisp sheets, goose down comforter and four over-stuffed pillows.

The design continues into a completely new bathroom, featuring a back-lit mirror mounted on iridescent glass tiles.

The project started at the Swan Hotel, with approximately 500 of the 756 rooms redesigned by the end of 2014. The first phase of the Dolphin Hotel rooms will begin in 2015 with the entire rooms project currently scheduled for completion by the end of 2016.

 

ESPN’s 30 for 30 Continues With “Brian and The Boz”
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In the mid-1980s, it would have been hard to find a more colorful personality in college football then Brian “The Boz” Bosworth. The life of the former linebacker will be examined as the fall slate of 30 for 30 continues on October 28th with “Brian and The Boz,” directed by Thaddeus D. Matula.

In some ways, Barry Switzer and Brian Bosworth were made for each other. The Oklahoma coach and the linebacker he recruited to play for him were both outsized personalities who delighted in thumbing their noses at the establishment. And in their three seasons together (1984-86), the unique father-son dynamic resulted in 31 wins and two Orange Bowl victories, including a national championship, as Bosworth was awarded the first two Butkus Awards. But Bosworth’s alter ego – “The Boz” – was taking over. Eventually, he went on a downward spiral and became known as an NFL bust. In “Brian and The Boz,” the dual identities of Brian Bosworth are examined as he looks back on his life and passes on the lessons he’s learned to his son.

The remaining 30 for 30 films will air on ESPN as follows (all times ET):

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 9 p.m. – “Brian and The Boz”

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 9 p.m. – “Brothers in Exile”

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 8 p.m. – “Rand University”

Saturday, Dec. 13, 9 p.m. – “The U Part 2”

This October marks the fifth anniversary of 30 for 30’s launch in 2009. Additional information including film clips and director statements and bios will be available on the 30 for 30 website espn.com/30for30; Follow 30 for 30 on Facebook (facebook.com/espn30for30) and Twitter (@30for30).

In celebration of the fifth anniversary of the series, ESPN Films will be releasing a limited edition 100-title “30 for 30 Fifth Anniversary Collection” on November 25, featuring the complete set of 30 for 30 films as well asNine for IX and some 30 for 30 Soccer Stories and 30 for 30 Shorts titles.

Marvel Releases More Details About Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Disney Kingdoms Comic
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Coming in spring 2015, the world famous, thrill-packed Disney attraction – Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – roars to life as an all-new Marvel and Disney Kingdoms comic book bursting with action, romance, mystery and adventure. The new series, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, continues the unique collaboration between Marvel Comics, Disney Kingdoms, and Walt Disney Imagineering. This five-issue series, created by rising star writer Dennis Hopeless (Spider-Woman, Avengers Arena), fan-favorite artist Tigh Walker (Avengers Undercover), invite readers all aboard an all-new adventure that reveals the never-before-told saga of how the gold mine in Big Thunder Mountain became the haunted legend it is today!

A mainstay of Disney Parks since 1979, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad has entertained countless guests on this classic attraction in four Disney theme parks around the world. Now, Disney Kingdoms is proud to add ‘the wildest ride in the wilderness’ with an all-new tale of mystery and adventure set in the wild Frontier!

“Building on the momentum of the sold out Figment series, we are excited to embark upon what may be our wildest adventure yet,” says editor and Creative Director Bill Rosemann. “As one of the most famous Disney attractions, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is packed with a combustible combo of drama, humor, and thrills that will explode across the page and deliver all the action and surprises that the Disney Kingdoms imprint has quickly become known for.”

Series writer Dennis Hopeless continues, “Everybody knows Big Thunder Mountain Railroad as a rumbling, tumbling runaway train car attraction through an exploding gold mine. But it’s always been more than that. It’s a trip back in time to a Gold Rush town where daring men and women risked their lives in the daily battle between man and mountain. And let’s be honest, it’s the perfect setting for an adventure comic.

Earthquakes! Floods! Dynamite-chewing goats! Can the denizens of Rainbow Ridge survive the clash between mankind’s greed and nature’s fury? And what is the protective power that dwells deep within the mysterious mountain? Surprises await you in the latest Disney Kingdoms saga coming in spring 2015.

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“Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It!” Street Party Starts Tomorrow At Magic Kingdom
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The “Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It!” Street Party starts tomorrow at the Magic Kingdom. This evolution of the “Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It” Street Party allows guests to pick the songs that come next. It also features an original song “Party Up.” Show times for Friday are 11:00am, 12:30 & 5:40pm.

 


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