Disney Launches Where’s My Water? Featuring XXY Worldwide
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Today China’s hit game Where’s My XYY? launches worldwide on the iTunes App Store and Google Play! The game takes China’s most popular TV cartoon character, a cheerful and smart sheep named XiYangYang on a medieval adventure where players will need to cut through dirt and guide water in order to help XYY defeat the clumsy Big Bad Wolf.

Players will get to experiment with brand new game elements such as fire and oil to help guide XYY on his journey. Including 80+ levels, players will use power-ups to earn bells faster and discover ancient collectibles to unlock bonus puzzles.

Where’s My XYY? was originally released on the Chinese App Stores in December 2013, and climbed to #1 on China’s iPad paid charts, joining the previously released #1 hits Where’s My Water?, Where’s My Water? 2, Where’s My Perry? and Where’s My Mickey?. 

First Look at Marvel’s Deadly Hands of Kung-Fun Limited-Series
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This May, the Master of Kung-Fu returns for an all-new limited series full of murder, mystery and martial arts in DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG-FU #1 – from the creative team of Mike Benson (Deadpool Pulp) and Tan Eng Huat (X-Men Legacy)! A highly trained MI-6 agent has been murdered in cold blood. One with deep, personal ties to Shang-Chi’s past. As he journey’s to England to pay his respects, the Marvel Universe’s most impressive hand-to-hand combatant will learn that not all is as it seems. And if he’s not careful –he’ll be next! Familiar faces and new enemies lie around every twist and turn, as Shang-Chi makes his lone stand against the dangerous un known. High-octane espionage and bone-crunching kung-fu collide this May in DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU #1!

Orlando Sentinel Reviews FastPass+
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Orlando Sentinel Theme Park Ranger Dewayne Bevil reviews his recent experience using FastPass+. He reports that despite hearing negative comments on the service, he found that it worked well for him on his recent visit to the Magic Kingdom. His selections were the Festival of Fantasy Parade, Enchanted Tales with Belle, and “it’s a small world”.

He notes:

My FastPass+ tryout was fairly uncomplicated, but Disney has plans to address a couple of common complaints. Look for changes to the FastPass limits — it’s currently three reservations a day within a single park — to emerge from this testing period.

NBA Playoffs Begin on ESPN
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The 2014 NBA Playoffs will tip off on ESPN’s family of networks beginning this weekend with five Game 1 telecasts. Mike Breen, analyst Jeff Van Gundy and reporter Lisa Salters will call two Game 1’s on ABC in 24 hours, beginning with the Golden State Warriors at the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET The crew will then fly across country to Miami for Sunday’s 3:30 p.m. broadcast of the defending NBA Champion Heat and the Charlotte Bobcats. Both games will also be available on ESPN Radio and via the WatchABC app.

On Saturday, ESPN will televise a Game 1 tripleheader, beginning at 12:30 p.m. when the Brooklyn Nets visit the Toronto Raptors. ESPN’s coverage will return with a prime-time doubleheader, starting with the Atlanta Hawks visiting the Indiana Pacers at 7 p.m., followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder hosting the Memphis Grizzlies at 9:30 p.m. For more details, please see the table below.

NBA Countdown – ABC’s and ESPN’s pre-game show – will preview both of ABC’s games this weekend, starting at 3 p.m. both days. Countdown will document the entire NBA Playoffs led by host Sage Steele and analysts Bill Simmons, Jalen Rose and Doug Collins.

ESPN & Pitbull Team Up for NBA Playoffs Broadcast Open

Latin Grammy Award-winner Pitbull will star in ESPN’s new NBA Playoffs broadcast open, which will debut on Saturday, April 19 during ABC’s and ESPN’s playoff coverage. Pitbull will be joined by several NBA superstars including LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Paul George, Chris Paul, Joakim Noah and Stephen Curry. The open is set to Pitbull’s chart-topping single “Timber,” with customized lyrics that capture the spirit and storylines of the NBA Playoffs.

 

Date Time (ET) Game Commentators Network(s)
Sat, Apr. 19 12:30 p.m. Brooklyn Nets at Toronto Raptors Gm.1 Dave Pasch, Jon Barry,Chris Broussard ESPN, WatchESPN
  3 p.m. NBA Countdown Sage Steele, Bill Simmons, Jalen Rose, Doug Collins ABC, WatchABC
  3:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers Gm. 1 Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Lisa Salters ABC, ESPN Radio, WatchABC, ESPN3
  7 p.m. Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers Gm. 1 Mark Jones, Doris Burke, Israel Gutierrez ESPN, WatchESPN
  9:30 p.m. Memphis Grizzlies at Oklahoma City Thunder Gm. 1 Mike Tirico, Hubie Brown, Heather Cox ESPN, WatchESPN
Sun, Apr. 20 3 p.m. NBA Countdown Sage Steele, Bill Simmons, Jalen Rose, Doug Collins ABC, WatchABC
  3:30 p.m. Charlotte Bobcats at Miami Heat Gm. 1 Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Lisa Salters ABC, ESPN Radio, WatchABC, ESPN3
Fri, Apr. 25 7 p.m. Toronto Raptors at Brooklyn Nets Gm. 3 TBD ESPN2, WatchESPN
  8 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Washington Wizards Gm. 3 TBD ESPN, WatchESPN
  10:30 p.m. Houston Rockets at Portland Trail Blazers Gm. 3 TBD ESPN, WatchESPN
Sat, Apr. 26 7 p.m. Miami Heat at Charlotte Bobcats Gm. 3 TBD ESPN, WatchESPN
  9:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at Memphis Grizzlies Gm. 4 TBD ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio
Sun, Apr. 27 12:30 p.m. NBA Countdown Sage Steele, Bill Simmons, Jalen Rose, Doug Collins ABC, WatchABC, ESPN
  1 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Washington Wizards Gm. 4 TBD ABC, WatchABC, ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors Gm. 4 TBD ABC, WatchABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN3
Fri, May 2 TBD Miami Heat at Charlotte Bobcats Gm. 6 (if necessary) TBD ESPN/ESPN2, WatchESPN
TBD Toronto Raptors at Brooklyn Nets Gm. 6 (if necessary) TBD ESPN/ESPN2, WatchESPN
TBD San Antonio Spurs at Dallas Mavericks Gm. 6 (if necessary) TBD ESPN/ESPN2, WatchESPN
TBD Houston Rockets at Portland Trail Blazers Gm. 6 (if necessary) TBD ESPN/ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sun, May 4 1 p.m. TBD ABC, WatchABC
3:30 p.m. TBD ABC, WatchABC, ESPN3

The NBA Playoffs will exclusively start and finish on ESPN’s family of networks, culminating with ABC’s exclusive presentation of The Finals on ABC, starting June 5.

Walt Disney World Makes Proposal To Unions
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According to a report from the Orlando Sentinel, Walt Disney World has released their contract proposal to the largest unions. The starting pay would rise from $8.03 to $10.00 an hour by July 2016. The starting pay would jump to $9.00 this year. Current full time workers would haves raises of at least 50 cents an hour for those not at the top of the pay scale and 30 to topped out cast members.

In order to get these above market raises, the unions will have to agree to give-up pension plans for employees hired after January 1, 2016. New employees would be eligible for a 401k plan. Current cast members would get to keep their current pensions while also having access to the 401k plan.

Previously Disney negotiated a similar deal that gave post-retirement medical benefits to cast members hired before a certain date while excluding newer employees. Disney has been trying to reduce post-retirement benefits as those costs continue to rise. Disney dropped pensions for new hired salaried employees in 2012.

 

Man Pleads Guilty in Disney Insider Trading Case
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Toby Scammell will plead guilty to an insider trading case involving Disney’s acquisition of Marvel. He learned from his then-girlfriend who worked for Disney, that they would be acquiring a well-known company. She didn’t name the company Disney was going to acquire, but Scammell knew from his consulting company that they wanted to acquire Marvel. He bought call option in Marvel, netting $192,000 in profit.

Scammell settled the related civil case by paying $801,000 to the Securities and Exchange Commission which will be credited to his fine in the criminal case. He also faces jail time.

Disney has not be accused of any wrong-doing in the case.

Sofia Carson Cast as Evil Queen’s Daughter in Descendants
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The Wrap has the latest casting news from the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie, Descendants. Newcomer Sofia Carson has been cast as Evvie, the daughter of the Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Carson is currently attending UCLA, but has previously guest starred on Disney Channel’s Austin & Ally.

The film will premiere on Disney Channel in 2015 and is being directed by Kenny Ortega from the High School Musical franchise.

Disney Channel’s Jessie Is Getting Engaged
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Jessie, from Disney Channel’s Jessie, is getting engaged. In a four-episode arc that will conclude the season this fall, Jessie falls for and accepts her new boyfriend’s proposal. The boyfriend Brooks, played by Pierson Fode, is 25 while Jessie, played by Debby Ryan, is 22.

This will mark the first time a lead character in a Disney Channel Original Series gets engaged. Whether they get married could depend on if the show gets renewed for a fourth season.

According to the report, Debby Ryan is not getting married in real life:

Ryan, who will turn 21 on May 13, said she is far from tying the knot with her boyfriend of a year, Twenty One Pilots musician Josh Dun. Her focus is on her career, including directing her first episode of “Jessie” this season and finishing an album she plans to release in June.

Jessie airs Fridays on Disney Channel.


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