Robert Downey Jr. Says Guardians of the Galaxy is Best Marvel Movie
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According to a London Report, Robert Downey Jr. has stated that Guardians of the Galaxy is the best of the 10 Marvel movies released to date:

Guardians of the Galaxy deserves to be ranked number one among the 10 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, according to Robert Downey Jr.

Cue the gasps. Be astounded. I certainly was when Downey proclaimed his love for the mega-hit in an interview triggered by the coming world premiere of The Judge at the Toronto International Film Festival. “Galaxy in some ways is the best Marvel movie ever,” Downey says with admiration. “And it’s odd for someone with — on occasion — an ego the size of mine to actually say that!”

Robert Downey Jr. will return to the role of Tony Stark in Avengers: Age of Ultron when it is released next May.

March to AXIS Continues in Loki: Agent of Asgard #6
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The biggest comic event of the fall is just around the corner. But first, prepare yourself for Avengers & X-Men: AXIS as the heroes and villains of the Marvel Universe set the stage for an epic clash between the Red Skull’s armies and the united front of Avengers & X-Men. Today, Marvel is proud to present your first look at LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD #6 as the ‘March to AXIS’ continues! The creative team of writer Al Ewing and special guest artist Jorge Coelho bring the God of Mischief into the AXIS fold as Loki returns from his adventures in the Tenth Realm to face…Doctor Doom?! With his charge Valeria Richards at his side, he’ll stop at nothing to put an end to the God of Mischief! But why? What does this have to do with the Red Skull’s plot in the pages of Avengers & X-Men: AXIS? Find out as the fan-favorite series returns this September in LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD #6!

ESPN Announces 30 for 30 Fifth Anniversary Collection
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ESPN Films announced today that they will celebrate the five year anniversary of the award-winning 30 for 30 series with the release of the limited edition “30 for 30 Fifth Anniversary Collection” on November 25, 2014.  Widely credited with revitalizing the sports documentary genre, ESPN Films’ “30 for 30 Fifth Anniversary Collection” marks the first time the entire 30 for 30 series will be available together in one gift set.

In addition to the complete set of 30 for 30, the 100-title “30 for 30 Fifth Anniversary Collection” will feature all films in the 30 for 30 Soccer Stories and Nine for IX series, as well as selections from 30 for 30 Shortsand additional acclaimed films from the creators of the 30 for 30 series, including “The Fab Five,” “Catching Hell” and “The Announcement.” In a retailer exclusive, Groupon will offer the “30 for 30 Fifth Anniversary Collection” packaged in a unique metal sports locker container reminiscent of the classic locker room setting. This 32-disc DVD gift set will also include a 30 for 30 t-shirt, hat, limited edition book and poster, with a total running time of 114 hours.  The suggested retail price is $249.95.The locker will be available on Groupon’s site beginning November 1, 2014. The collection will also be available in a 20-disc Blu-Ray gift set, packaged in a custom 30 for 30 ticket box.  The Blu-Ray suggested retail price is $199.95.

“Since 30 for 30 launched five years ago, our hope has been to add important new voices and style to sports documentaries,” says Connor Schell, vice president of ESPN Films.  “Today millions of fans have viewed the series and each new title continues to attract strong ratings and discussions. On this important anniversary we aim to provide fans of sports and fans of great cultural stories with the ultimate compilation of the best sports films available anywhere with the ‘30 for 30 Fifth Anniversary Collection.’”

Executive produced by Connor Schell, Bill Simmons and John Dahl, ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 series launched in October 2009 with the premiere of Peter Berg’s “King’s Ransom.”  Since then, the series has continued to combine exceptional sports stories with exceptional filmmaking.  30 for 30 has continuously attracted strong ratings and widespread critical acclaim, winning multiple Peabody, TCA and Emmy awards.  The series’ new slate will commence in October 2014.

The films included in the “30 for 30 Fifth Anniversary Collection” are:

30 for 30
1.     Kings Ransom 26.  Tim Richmond: To The Limit
2.     The Band That Wouldn’t Die 27.  Fernando Nation
3.     Small Potatoes: Who Killed The USFL? 28.  Marion Jones: Press Pause
4.     Muhammad & Larry 29.  The Best That Never Was
5.     Without Bias 30.  Pony Excess
6.     The Legend of Jimmy The Greek 31.  Broke
7.     The U 32.  9.79*
8.     Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs The New York Knicks 33.  There’s No Place Like Home
9.     Guru of Go 34.  Benji
10.  No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson 35.  Ghosts of Ole Miss
11.  Silly Little Game 36.  You Don’t Know Bo
12.  Run Ricky Run 37.  Survive and Advance
13.  The 16th Man 38.  Elway to Marino
14.  Straight Outta LA 39.  Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau
15.  June 17th 1994 40.  Free Spirits
16.  The Two Escobars 41.  No Más
17.  The Birth of Big Air 42. Big Shot
18.  Jordan Rides The Bus 43. This Is What They Want
19.  Little Big Men 44. Bernie and Ernie
20.  One Night in Vegas 45. The Book of Manning
21.  Unmatched 46. Youngstown Boys
22.  The House of Steinbrenner 47. The Price of Gold
23.  Into The Wind 48. Requiem for the Big East
24.  Four Days in October 49. Bad Boys
25.  Once Brothers 50. Slaying the Badger

 

ESPN Films
1.     Fab Five 7.     Unguarded
2.     Catching Hell 8.     Roll Tide/War Eagle
3.     Renée 9.     The Marinovich Project
4.     The Dotted Line 10.  The Announcement
5.     The Real Rocky 11.  The Streak
6.     Charismatic

 

30 for 30 Soccer Stories
1.     Hillsborough 5.     Ceasefire Massacre
2.     White Blue and White 6.     The Myth of Garrincha
3.     The Opposition 7.     Mysteries of The Rimet Trophy
4.     Maradona ‘86 8.   Barbosa: The Man Who Made Brazil Cry

 

Nine for IX
1.     Venus VS 6.     The Diplomat
2.     Pat XO 7.     Runner
3.     Let Them Wear Towels 8.     The 99ers
4.     No Limits 9.     Branded
5.     Swoopes 10.  Coach (Nine for IX Short)

 

SEC Storied
1. Abby Head On   2. Herschel

 

30 for 30 Shorts
1.     Here Now 11.  Schedule Makers
2.     Jake 12.  Great Imposter
3.     Arnold’s Blueprint 13.  Judging Jewell
4.     Holy Grail 14.  The Deal
5.     The Irrelevant Giant 15.  Posterized
6.     Cutthroat 16.  Think Normal
7.     Tommy and Frank 17.  Ronda Rousey
8.     Wilt Chamberlain: Borscht Belt Bellhop 18.  Mecca
9.     Arthur & Johnnie 19.  High Five
10.  Collision Course

 

More information and trailers are available at: http://espn.go.com/30for30/

ESPN2 Moves Olbermann from Late Night to Afternoons
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In a move designed to enhance the current ratings growth of the personality-focused ESPN2 lineup, Keith Olbermann’s Emmy-nominated program Olbermann will be shifting to an afternoon time slot on the network on Monday, Sept. 8. The show will continue to be produced live from ABC’s Times Square studios in New York City and will air daily at 5 p.m. ET followed by Outside the Lines, hosted by Bob Ley.

“Keith has had a fantastic return to ESPN and we’re proud of the quality content featured in the first year ofOlbermann, immediately garnering the program its first Emmy nomination,” said Norby Williamson, executive vice president of program scheduling & development. “We feel that strategically shifting the time of this show will not only provide access to a broader audience, but gives us greater flexibility for Keith to do cross-platform opportunities, including hosting key editions of SportsCenter surrounding major news or events throughout the year, while enabling us to secure a more consistent time slot to showcase his distinctive voice.”

The program will continue to feature Olbermann’s signature opening monologues that tackle the day’s most relevant sports topics, along with the popular “World’s Worst” segment. Since highlights are a fan-favorite ofOlbermann, Keith will continue with packages driven by his sports knowledge, passion for the games and awareness of pop culture touch points. The revised show format will feature a bevy of new analytical, entertaining and occasionally offbeat highlight treatments. Interviews and contributors will remain part of the content mix of Olbermann.

“Keith delivers a unique mix of humor, intelligence and gravitas while tackling complex topics such as the Washington NFL team name controversy and athlete concussions,” Williamson continued. “The back to back positioning of two powerhouse journalistic voices such as Keith and Bob within our ESPN2 programming is perfect for a network that is enjoying strong ratings growth this year.”

“As I like to say on the air, I’ve done all the damage I can do here in late night,” said Keith Olbermann. “I’m very proud that we’ve accomplished what John Skipper asked me to do more than a year ago: We’ve established a franchise, thwarted what we thought might have developed into an external challenge, and made the world safe for even more and even newer dumb catchphrases. Onwards and upwards to 5:00 PM. Excelsior!”

Olbermann and Outside the Lines complete an ESPN2 lineup that includes diverse and unique voices such as: Stephen A. Smith, Skip Bayless and Cari Champion on First Take; Michael Smith and Jemele Hill onNumbers Never Lie; Colin Cowherd on You Herd Me; Dan LeBatard, Bomani Jones and Gonzalo “Papi” LeBatard on Highly Questionable; and Michelle Beadle, Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley on SportsNation.

Following is the new ESPN2 line-up starting September 8:

10:00 a.m.         First Take

12:00 p.m.         Numbers Never Lie

1:00 p.m.           First Take (reair)

3:00 p.m.           SportsNation

4:00 p.m.           Highly Questionable

4:30 p.m.           You Herd Me with Colin Cowherd

5:00 p.m.           Olbermann

5:30 p.m.           Outside the Lines

6:00 p.m.           Around the Horn (reair)

6:30 p.m.           Pardon the Interruption (reair)

 

ESPN Addresses Michael Sam Report
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ESPN has released a statement following controversy after reporting on SportsCenter about the showering habits of Michael Sam and his St. Louis Rams teammates showering habits: ESPN regrets the manner in which we presented our report. Clearly on Tuesday we collectively failed to meet the standards we have set in reporting on LGBT-related topics in sports.

You can view the original SportsCenter report here:

Disney Parks Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary T-Shirt Available
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Disney Parks has released Mary Poppins t-shirts to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the classic film. The shirt is available in women’s and children’s styles. The shirt is only available through August 31.
Mary Poppins Tee for Women - 50th Anniversary - Limited Availability

Mary Poppins Tee for Women – 50th Anniversary – Limited Availability

Mary Poppins Tee for Kids - 50th Anniversary - Limited Availability

Mary Poppins Tee for Kids – 50th Anniversary – Limited Availability

Hiro and Baymax from Big Hero 6 Come to Disney Infinity
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Today, Disney Interactive announced that Hiro and Baymax from the upcoming action-packed movie “Big Hero 6” will be entering the Disney Infinity Toy Box (2.0 Edition). Fans will be able to use Hiro’s mind-power and Baymax’s super strength, along with hundreds of items, locations, props, vehicles and more from across the Disney and Marvel universes to create all-new adventures born from the imagination of players.

Key highlights include: 

•       Hiro: From the heart of San Fransokyo into Toy Box 2.0 comes the brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who created “Big Hero 6.” The inventor of mind-controlled microbots uses his brain as his most powerful weapon.

•       Baymax:  There is no robot better suited for the Disney Infinity Toy Box 2.0 than the plus-sized inflatable Baymax. While this robot might have a huggable side, he definitely packs a hard armor shell. His Kung Fu fighting moves can ward off even the fiercest of enemies. His rocket fist, super strength and thrusters are unmatched.

There will also be a “Big Hero 6” Chem Capsule Power Disc, which allows players to create a cloud of frost that freezes enemies right in their tracks.

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Disney’s Hiro and Baymax figures will be available in North American retail stores on November 4. Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) is rated E-10+ by the ESRB. Additional Disney and Marvel characters will be announced in the coming months.

Disney Hosting Citizen Kid Google Hangout August 27
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Tomorrow, August  27 from 10 to 11 PT, Babble will present the Disney Citizen Kid Google Hangout, a special live online event where parents from Disney’s Citizen Kid web series and bloggers from Babble.com will share tips and advice about how they’ve helped their children embrace their interests and talents to do extraordinary things in their communities.

Farah Miller, Executive Editor of Huffington Post’s family and relationships section will lead the roundtable discussion where viewers can join the conversation to ask questions, offer comments, and share stories of amazing kids they know by using #CitizenKid on Twitter and Facebook. If you¹re unable to watch live, a video of the Hangout will also be posted on Babble’s YouTube page after the event.

Walt Disney once said, “Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children,” and the Citizen Kid series demonstrates the amazing things kids are capable of when parents, guardians and loved ones give young minds the freedom and encouragement to live their dreams. Milk, the series’ exclusive sponsor, helps fuel active, successful days by encouraging families to start every day with milk. Each 8 oz. glass of milk has 8 grams of high-quality protein to help you power through your day.

View episodes of Citizen Kid at disney.com/citizenkid, with new episodes going live every Wednesday. And for more info on the series, visit http://www.disneyinteractive.com/products/citizenkid/.

The live Google Hangout will occur at www.google.com/+Babble

USA Today Premieres First Image of Winston from Disney Animation’s Feast
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USA Today has premiered the first image of Winston from the upcoming Disney Animation short “Feast” as part of the celebration of National Dog Day.  The six-minute film features Winston and his owner sharing a life together seen through the window of the food they share. The short will be shown with Big Hero 6 this November. For more information on “Feast” check out Kyle’s review. 

Verizon FiOS to Carry SEC Network
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Verizon FiOS has signed an agreement to carry the SEC Network and expects to begin airing it prior to Aug. 28 on Channels 75 and 575. It will be available on those channels to all FiOS TV customers in Florida and Texas who receive ESPN in their FiOS TV package and to FiOS Extreme and Ultimate customers on Channel 75 in all other markets at launch. With the addition of Verizon FiOS, the SEC Network will be in more than 62 million households nationwide.

“We welcome the SEC Network to FiOS TV and look forward to carrying the studio content and athletic events it will offer, including the season-opening football doubleheader on Aug. 28,” said Terry Denson, Verizon’s vice president for content acquisition and strategy. “The preseason college poll lists eight SEC teams in the top 25; SEC football ratings are head and shoulders above other conferences; and SEC fans are extraordinarily and uniquely passionate about not only those teams but the entire conference as well. This deal with Disney-ESPN reinforces our already strong partnership with them which involves much more than this great new network.”

Sean Breen, Disney and ESPN Media Networks senior vice president, affiliate sales, added: “With the addition of Verizon FiOS, SEC Network is now available on nine of the top 10 multichannel video distributors in the country. We look forward to serving their customers in time for college football season.”

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. It also includes live viewing rights and additional live and on-demand content scheduled for SEC Network + across other platforms like smartphones, tablets and laptops via WatchESPN and SECNetwork.com. In addition, the deal also includes rights for the FiOS Mobile app, which will be available to FiOS customers in the near future. FiOS customers can already watch over 100 live channels in-home and over 50 live channels on the go on the FiOS Mobile app, for no additional charge, including live sports from the ESPN branded networks.

The first year of the SEC Network programming will consist of more than 1,000 live events, including 45 football games, more than 100 men’s basketball games, 60 women’s basketball games, 75 baseball games and 50 softball games. The fall schedule also has 25 soccer and 45 volleyball matches. Programming also will include in-studio shows, daily news and information and original content.

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said, “Today is a good day for Verizon FiOS customers and SEC fans across the country, particularly in Tampa and Dallas. We look forward to serving them with an array of live events and programming.”

Justin Connolly, ESPN senior vice president, college networks, said, “The addition of Verizon FiOS to SEC Network’s distribution footprint is great news for fans nationwide. We have gotten off to a great start since launch, and we look forward to serving more fans with comprehensive coverage of the SEC’s 21 sports.”

Verizon is the sixth-largest pay-TV provider by subscriber size in the country, according to SNL Kagan (first-quarter 2014). The company has 5.4 million FiOS video connections in 12 states and the District of Columbia as of the end of the second quarter.


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