Disney Day 8/20/14
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Every day is a Disney day.  Let’s find out how we are celebrating today with The Walt Disney Company:

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Today the KaBOOM! Play Together Tour Powered by Disney Parks heads to Sacramento. The tour will stop adjacent to State Capitol Building for the second leg of the tour. For more information about the tour, check out Ken Pellman’s recap of the tour’s stop in Anaheim.

On ESPN, the four undefeated teams remaining in the 2014 Little League World Series presented by Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes will face off against each other beginning at 3 p.m. ET when South Korea meets defending champion Japan on ESPN. At 7:30 p.m., Las Vegas will take on Philadelphia and, potentially, ace pitcher Mo’ne Davis, also on ESPN. Davis pitched a complete game shutout in her first appearance in the series and in the Mid-Atlantic Finals. Both winners will advance to the International and U.S. Championship games on Saturday, Aug. 23 on ABC.

After a best-selling murder mystery author is poisoned with a rare toxin, Detectives Flynn and Vega must determine fan from foe. Meanwhile, Detective Lucas’ personal life takes a hit, while Angie receives a pleasant surprise, courtesy of Vega, on “Motive,” at 1000/900c on the ABC Television Network.

As always, stay tuned to LaughingPlace.com and @Laughing_Place on Twitter for the latest Disney news all day long.

Pilot for ABC’s Selfie Available on Hulu, WATCH ABC
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The pilot for ABC’s upcoming comedy Selfie, is now available on Hulu and WATCH ABC. In the series a woman asks a marketing guru to rebrand her self-obsessed online persona. The series is a modern retelling of My Fair Lady. Selfie will air on ABC Tuesdays at 8/7 c starting September 30.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando Announces Ticket-Inclusive Package
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Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort announces a new overnight package that includes Walt Disney World park tickets. Guests can experience signature Four Seasons guest service combined with a breathtaking location at Walt Disney World Resort, and wonderful Disney connectivity.

For guests’ convenience, Disney park tickets for the guests’ park of choice (Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios) are included in this package, available for a four to seven night stay; pricing varies by number of tickets needed.  A four-night stay includes two days of park admission; a five-night stay includes three days of park admission; a six-night stay includes four days of park admission and a seven-night stay includes five days of park admission. The package ensures guests have the flexibility of choosing which parks they would like to experience, while also allowing for two days of free time to enjoy the amenities of the Resort, the Downtown Disney area, and more. 
Additional tickets, or Park Hopper upgrades, can easily be added to the guests’ ticket arrangements through the Resort’s lobby level Disney Planning Center.

Guests of Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort enjoy complimentary transportation in a Four Seasons motor coach to Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. In addition to enjoying all the nearby Disney attractions, a highlight of Four Seasons Resort Orlando is the five-acre (two hectare) Explorer Island water park, including a winding lazy river complete with a rapids section, two water slides, an interactive splash zone with water cannons, and much more.  The Kids For All Seasons program offers organized activities for children ages 4-12, and is complimentary.  Adults will enjoy theadult-only pool, 18-hole Tom Fazio-designed Tranquilo Golf Club, and The Spa at Four Seasons. Recreational pursuits for guests of all ages are sure to provide ample entertainment.

This package is available to reserve now for arrivals December 19, 2014 and beyond – ideal to celebrate the festive season in sunny Orlando.

Imagineering Shares Video About the Story of Disney Springs
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Walt Disney Imagineering has released a video regarding the storyline behind Disney Springs, which is replacing Downtown Disney. The first area to open of Disney Springs will be The Landing which is scheduled to open in 2015. Construction will continue through 2016 on the rest of the transformation.

Adrianne Palicki Cast As Mockingbird in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
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Adrianne Palicki will appear as Bobbi Morse, a.k.a. Mockingbird, in the second season of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

Palicki is perhaps best known for Jaye in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, but interestingly she has played several DC characters appearing in Smallville, the pilot for Aquaman, and the title role in a Wonder Woman pilot that was not picked up.

The character of Mockingbird first appeared in Astonishing Tales #6 in June 1971.

 

Studio Disney 365 to Transform into Elsa and Anna’s Boutique
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Studio Disney 365 at the Disneyland Resort’s Downtown Disney will be transformed into Anna and Elsa’s Boutique. Studio Disney 365 will be closing August 25 and the new location is expected to open in Mid-September. No details about what “transformations” will be offered there are available at this time.

In related news, The Pirates League will be housed at the Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree from September 12 through October 31.

The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique will feature the return of the Halloween Minnie Mouse-inspired transformation through October 31. This location will feature extended hours during Mickey’s Halloween Parties.

The Pirates League is open to guests 3 and older while Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is open to guests aged 3 to 12.

To make reservations for these experiences call 714-781-STYLE

 

The All-New X-Men Meet Miles Morales
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Welcome to the All-New X-Men, Miles Morales – hope you survive the experience! Today, Marvel is proud to offer your first look at ALL-NEW X-MEN #32, from superstar writer Brian Michael Bendis and new ongoing artist & Marvel All-New Young Gun Mahmud Asrar! Dimension hopping has become a rite of passage for the X-Men and the All-New X-Men are no exception! Stranded and scattered across the Ultimate Universe, the All-New X-Men must find their way back to each other if they have any hope of finding their way back home! Thankfully, they might get a little help from the one and only Ultimate Spider-Man, Miles Morales! But some of the Ultimate Universe’s heaviest hitting villains might have a thing or two to say about that! Don’t miss the story that will have everyone talking when ALL-NEW X-MEN #32 swings into comic shops this September!

First Look at Paul Rudd in Marvel’s Ant-Man
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Marvel Studios began principal photography today in San Francisco, California, on its newest Super Hero franchise Marvel’s “Ant-Man.” The film brings one of Marvel comics’ original founding members of The Avengers into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The production also shoots on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film’s production.

Set for release in the United States on July 17, 2015, the film is directed by Peyton Reed (“Bring it On,” “The Break-Up”) and stars Paul Rudd (“I Love You Man,” “Role Models”) as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, and Michael Douglas (“Behind The Candelabra,” “Wall Street”) as his mentor Dr. Hank Pym and Evangeline Lilly (“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Lost”) as Hope Van Dyne, daughter of Hank Pym.

The film also includes outstanding additional cast including Corey Stoll (“House of Cards,” “The Bourne Legacy”), Bobby Cannavale (“Danny Collins,” “Annie,” “HBO’s “The Long Play”), Michael Peña (“End of Watch,” “American Hustle”), Abby Ryder Fortson (“Togetherness”), Judy Greer (“13 Going on 30,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”), David Dastmalchian (“The Dark Knight,” “Prisoners”), Wood Harris (“Remember the Titans,” “The Wire”), John Slattery (“Mad Men,” Marvel’s “Iron Man 2”) and Gregg Turkington (“The Comedy,” “On Cinema”) and multi-hyphenate T.I. (“American Gangster,” “Takers”).

Based on the Marvel comic character first published in 1962, Marvel’s “Ant-Man” continues the lineage of epic big-screen adventures chronicled in Marvel’s “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and the upcoming Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Marvel’s “Ant-Man” is produced by Marvel Studios’ president, Kevin Feige, with Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.

Director Peyton Reed’s creative team also includes Oscar® winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter (“Titanic,” “21”), production designer Sheppard Frankel (“Identity Thief,” “Horrible Bosses”) costume designer Sammy Sheldon Differ (“X-Men: First Class,” “Kick Ass”), visual effects supervisor Jake Morrison (Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World,” “The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers”), stunt coordinator Jeff Habberstad (Marvel’s “Iron Man 3,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past”) and six-time Oscar® nominee, special effects supervisor Dan Sudik (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”).  The editors include Dan Lebental, ACE (Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World,” Marvel’s “Iron Man”) and Colby Parker Jr. (“Lone Survivor,” “Hancock”).

 

Marvel Studios’ upcoming release schedule includes Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015, Marvel’s “Captain America 3” on May 6, 2016, and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy 2,” on July 28, 2017.

Marvel Studios continued its unprecedented success in 2014 with more record-breaking films including the #1 releases of Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which recorded the largest April opening of all time at $95 million and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which recorded the largest August opening of all time with $94.1 million. Both films were the #1 film in the world when they were released on April 4, 2014 and August 1, 2014, respectively.

In 2013 Marvel Studios delivered #1 openings for Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World,” which grossed over $640 million worldwide and Marvel’s “Iron Man 3,” which grossed over $1.2 billon worldwide and was the highest grossing film of the calendar year.

In 2012 the studio produced the critically acclaimed “Marvel’s The Avengers,” which set the all-time, domestic 3-day weekend box office record at $207.4 million. The film, which shattered both domestic and international box office records, is Disney’s highest-grossing global and domestic release of all time and marked the studio’s fifth film to gross more than $1 billion worldwide.

In the summer of 2011, Marvel successfully launched two new franchises with Marvel’s “Thor,” starring Chris Hemsworth, and Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger,” starring Chris Evans. Both films opened #1 at the box office and have grossed over $800 million worldwide combined. In 2010 Marvel’s “Iron Man 2,” starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury took the #1 spot in its first weekend with a domestic box office gross of $128.1 million.

In the summer of 2008, Marvel produced the summer blockbuster movies Marvel’s “Iron Man” and Marvel’s “The Incredible Hulk.” Marvel’s “Iron Man,” in which Robert Downey Jr. originally donned the Super Hero’s powerful armor and starred alongside co-stars Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Shaun Toub and Gwyneth Paltrow, was released May 2, 2008, and was an immediate box office success.

Garnering the number one position for two weeks in a row, the film brought in over $100 million in its opening weekend.  On June 13, 2008, Marvel released Marvel’s “The Incredible Hulk,” marking its second number one opener of that summer.

ESPN and MAC Extend Deal For 13 Years
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ESPN and the Mid-American Conference (MAC) have announced an extension of their exclusive rights agreement that will deliver record coverage of the conference across multiple ESPN platforms through 2026-27. Highlights of the 13-year pact:

  • ESPN, the MAC and its 12 member institutions working jointly to develop in-house production capabilities that will provide significant national coverage for MAC sports on ESPN3. As a result, ESPN3 will showcase a minimum of 420 events a year (a minimum of 120 men’s basketball) once all 12 institutions have launched a production program.
  • Every MAC-controlled football matchup will be available on one of ESPN’s national networks or via an ESPN sublicense agreement with additional outlets. The football schedule will continue to feature regular Thursday, Friday and Saturday games, select Tuesday and Wednesday prime time matchups, and an annual “MACsgiving” contest on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
  • ESPN will continue to provide multi-platform coverage of regular-season men’s basketball and the conference championship.

“This extension, and expansion, of our agreement significantly increases the live event coverage for fans while providing tremendous value to ESPN, the MAC and its member institutions,” said Burke Magnus, ESPN senior vice president, programming & acquisitions.

MAC Commissioner Dr. Jon Steinbrecher added, “This is a historic day for the Mid-American Conference. ESPN and the MAC have a long history together and were visionary in embracing mid-week football which continues to be a significant presence on the ESPN college football calendar. The length of this partnership brings long term stability for the Conference well into the next decade.”

With the comprehensive deal, ESPN will receive rights to distribute MAC content across multiple entities, including: ESPN, ESPN on ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN3, WatchESPN, ESPN Mobile TV, ESPN GamePlan, ESPN FULL COURT, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer Beater, ESPN International, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Classic and ESPN.com.

Pre-Order Bonus Announced for Fantasia: Music Evolved
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Disney Interactive and Harmonix today announced a pre-order bonus for the award-winning musical motion video game, “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved.”

Now through October 20, 2014, fans who pre-order the game from participating retailers will receive a song bundle featuring tracks from popular artists – Demi Lovato, OneRepublic, and AVICII. The song bundle will include three hot tracks including Demi Lovato’s rendition of the global phenomenon “Let It Go,” “Counting Stars” from pop rock band OneRepublic and “Lay Me Down” from EDM DJ AVICII.

The breakthrough musical motion video game inspired by Disney’s classic animated film “Fantasia,” will be available worldwide onOctober 21, 2014 for $59.99 for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and for $49.99 for Kinect for Xbox 360.

Featuring over 30 tracks – including contemporary hits, classic rock, classical music, and more – “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved” transports players to a breathtaking world where music and magic combine to transform extraordinary interactive landscapes in entirely new and creative ways.

Previously announced tracks for the title include:

  • AVICII – “Levels”
  • David Bowie – “Ziggy Stardust”
  • Drake – “Take Care” (ft. Rihanna)
  • Antonin Dvorak – “Symphony No. 9 from the New World”
  • Fun. – “Some Nights”
  • Peter Gabriel – “In Your Eyes”
  • Gorillaz – “Feel Good Inc.”
  • Cee Lo Green – “Forget You”
  • Elton John – “Rocket Man”
  • Kimbra – “Settle Down”
  • Lorde – “Royals”
  • Bruno Mars – “Locked Out of Heaven”
  • MIA – “Galang”
  • Nicki Minaj – “Super Bass”
  • Depeche Mode – “Enjoy the Silence”
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”
  • Modest Mussorgsky – “Night on Bald Mountain”
  • Police – “Message in a Bottle”
  • Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
  • White Stripes – “Seven Nation Army”
  • Tchaikovsky – “The Nutcracker Medley”
  • Antonio Vivaldi – “The Four Seasons: Winter, 1st Movement”
  • The Who – “The Real Me”

“Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved” will be available worldwide onOctober 21, 2014 with an ESRB rating of E10+ with lyrics descriptor. For additional information about “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved,” join the Facebook community at https://www.facebook.com/fantasiagame, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @FantasiaGame and view all videos on our YouTube channel at http://youtube.com/FantasiaGame.


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