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In celebration of the Tuesday’s release of Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast fluttering to Blu-ray, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere March 3rd we have this Concept Art Slideshow and a clip below featuring the scout fairy, Nyx (voiced by Rosario Dawson) and more.

Film Clip: Nyx Talking With Queen Clarion

Film Clip: Strange Sight

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Star-Lord_&_Kitty_Pryde_1_CoverWar rages across the patchwork planet of Battleworld. Domains far and wide clash in an unending conflict for territory. Yet amid the fury and the fire of battle, there is love to be found as well. This June, one of the Marvel Universe’s burgeoning romances will be put through the Secret Wars wringer in STAR-LORD AND KITTY PRYDE #1 – an all-new Secret Wars series! Fan-favorite writer Sam Humphries and Marvel newcomer Alti Firmansyah ask the question – can love really conquer all?

“Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde is an action romantic comedy,” says Sam Humphries, in an interview with Marvel.com. “It is the emotional and spiritual continuation of the great Peter Quill/Kitty Pryde romance that has been developing in Legendary Star-Lord. It’s going to be funny, and fun – but also heartbreaking and thrilling.”

The events of Secret Wars have brought these two together once more. Yet, hailing from entirely different realities, can these two-star crossed lovers reconcile their feelings for one another – even though they are not the ones they know?! Sure – if they don’t kill each other first! The Kitty Pryde from the Age of Apocalpyse domain learned a long time ago not to trust anyone. Especially strangers from other realities who claim to be her boyfriend!

Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde are finally together in their own series! But are they TOGETHER together? The burgeoning romance of these two fan-favorite characters will be tested like never before on the surface of Battleworld. Will their love triumph across space and time? Or will the events of Secret Wars prove too much? The answers lie within True Believer – so don’t miss STAR-LORD AND KITTY PRYDE #1 on sale this June

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Walt Disney Records will release the original motion picture soundtrack for Cinderella on March 10, 2015. The album features original music by Patrick Doyle (“Brave,” “Thor”) marking the eleventh time Doyle has teamed with director Kenneth Branagh. The score was recorded at Air Lyndhurst Studio in London, and was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Shearman and produced by Maggie Rodford. The film arrives in theaters on March 13, 2015.

Patrick Doyle’s long-time creative collaboration with Branagh began in 1989 with “Henry V.”  The film’s song ‘Non Nobis Domine’ was awarded the 1989 Ivor Novello Award for Best Film Theme. In 1991, they re-teamed for “Dead Again,” which earned Doyle a Golden Globe®-nomination. Subsequent collaborations include “Frankenstein,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” “As You Like It,” “Hamlet” (for which Doyle received an Oscar® nomination for Best Original Score), “Sleuth,” and “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.”

Doyle has scored over 50 international feature films, including “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” “Gosford Park,” “Sense and Sensibility,” “Indochine,” “Carlito’s Way” and “A Little Princess.” His work has led to collaborations with some of the most acclaimed directors in the world, including Regis Wargnier, Brian De Palma, Alfonso Cuarón, Ang Lee, Chen Kaige, Mike Newell and Robert Altman.

In addition to the score, the soundtrack also includes end credit tracks by Lily James (“Cinderella”) and Helena Bonham Carter (“Fairy Godmother”), plus the end credit original theme song “Strong” (written by Patrick Doyle, Kenneth Branagh and Tommy Danvers) performed by Compound/Motown recording artist Sonna Rele and produced by TommyD (Kylie, Kanye West, Corinne Bailey Rae, FUN). Sonna, the London born singer-songwriter, was discovered by multi Grammy®-Award winning singer-songwriter/ actor NE-YO and chosen by Kenneth Branagh to record “Strong.”  The album was produced by Patrick Doyle and executive produced by Kenneth Branagh.

Cinderella track list follows:

  1. “A Golden Childhood”
  2. “The Great Secret”
  3. “A New Family”
  4. “Life and Laughter”
  5. “The First Branch”
  6. “Nice and Airy”
  7. “Orphaned”
  8. “The Stag”
  9. “Rich Beyond Reason”
  10. “Fairy Godmother”
  11. “Pumpkins and Mice”
  12. “You Shall Go”
  13. “Valse Royale”
  14. “Who Is She”                                  
  15. “La Valse de L’Amour ”                         
  16. “La Valse Champagne”
  17. “La Polka Militaire”                          
  18. “La Polka de Paris”                          
  19. “A Secret Garden”
  20. “La Polka de Minuit”
  21. “Choose That One”
  22. “Pumpkin Pursuit”
  23. “The Slipper”
  24. “Shattered Dreams”
  25. “Searching the Kingdom”
  26. “Ella and Kit”
  27. “Courage and Kindness”
  28. “Strong” Performed by Sonna Rele
  29. “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” Performed by Lily James
  30. “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” (The Magic Song) Performed by Helena Bonham Carter

The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new Stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family.

Soon, she is forced to become their servant, disrespected, covered in ashes and spitefully renamed Cinderella. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her, and she continues to remain positive, determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.”

When Ella meets a dashing stranger in the woods, unaware that he is really the Prince (Richard Madden) and not merely Kit, an apprentice at the palace, she believes she has finally found a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the King (Derek Jacobi) summons all maidens in the kingdom to attend a royal ball at the palace, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit. Alas, her Stepmother forbids her to attend and callously destroys her dress.

Meanwhile, the calculating Grand Duke (Stellan Skarsgård) devises a plan to thwart the Prince’s hopes of reuniting with Ella and enlists the support of the devious Stepmother. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand. Soon, a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham Carter) steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin, a few mice and a magic wand, changes Cinderella’s life forever.

The Cinderella original motion picture soundtrack will be available wherever music is sold on March 10, 2015. The album is now available for pre-order at iTunes http://smarturl.it/cnsa1 and Amazon. The physical CD will include an insert to download a new original song performed by Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell and Cast from the short “Frozen Fever.”  The animated short will be shown in front of “Cinderella” and includes the new song written by Oscar and Grammy-winning composers Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

 

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Funko announced a variant cover will be included in the Marvel Collector Corps debut box Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron shipping April, 2015.

“We are excited to announce the addition of the variant cover to the Avengers box,” says Funko CEO Brian Mariotti.  “This addition proves our promise to provide exclusive and premium product, to the dedicated Marvel fan through Marvel Collector Corps.”

The variant will highlight the first edition of the new and ongoing series Guardians Team up Meet the Avengers. This major Marvel event highlights the crossover between The Avengers & Guardians of the Galaxy, depicted by artist Nick Bradshaw. The variant cover will be exclusive to Marvel Collector Corps.

“What a better way to kick off the historic launch of Marvel Collector Corps than with the Avengers AND by throwing in the Guardians of the Galaxy for good measure,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “We’re beyond excited to bring this stunning variant cover exclusively to subscribers, uniting the current roster of Avengers with the biggest movie stars of 2014, the Guardians of the Galaxy for an all-new action-packed adventure!”

Marvel & Funko launched Marvel Collector Corps at the end of January in order to provide a service with a more dedicated point of view. This bi-monthly subscription service includes Marvel exclusives valued at over $50 per box. Funko announced the first mystery box would be devoted to Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and included a sneak peek of the exclusive 6” Hulkbuster POP featured inside.

The announcement to include a variant cover in the debut box illustrates the partnership between Marvel & Funko, and drives the importance of exclusive product offering from both Marvel Comics and Marvel Studios. The debut box will ship in April, for the Marvel Studios release of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron in theatres May 1, 2015.

The Marvel Collector Corps subscription service from Funko is available for $25 per box, and fans can sign-up now at www.collectorcorps.com.

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Disney’s Aladdin, the Tony Award-winning new musical comedy based on the Academy Award®-winning animated film, is pleased to announce that original stars Adam Jacobs (Aladdin), Tony Award nominee Jonathan Freeman (Jafar), Tony Award winner James Monroe Iglehart (Genie) and Courtney Reed (Jasmine) have extended their contracts with the production through February 21, 2016. The four actors have led the “sublime” (NY1) Aladdin company since its pilot production at Seattle’s Fifth Avenue Theatre in the summer of 2011 and garnered critical acclaim when the Broadway production opened on March 20, 2014.

In the title role, Adam Jacobs is “beaming” (The New York Times), “perfect” (NY1) and “packs plenty of charm” (The Hollywood Reporter). The Associated Press calls Tony Award nominee Jonathan Freeman “simply delicious,” bringing to the stage the role of Jafar he indelibly created in the animated film. In his Tony Award-winning role of Genie, James Monroe Iglehart “shines with enough charisma to light a thousand and one nights,” exclaims the Daily News. And Courtney Reed is “stunning” (Associated Press), playing Jasmine “with a likable light touch” (The New York Times).

Also continuing in their principal roles are original cast members Brian Gonzales and Jonathan Schwartz as Aladdin’s sidekicks Babkak and Omar, Clifton Davis as Sultan, Don Darryl Rivera as Iago,  Merwin Foard as the standby for Jafar/Sultan and Steel Burkhardt, who recently joined the production as Kassim.

The production is pleased to welcome new principal cast member Trevor Dion Nicholas (standby for Genie/Babkak) to the company beginning March 2015.

Trevor Dion Nicholas (Standby Genie/Babkak) is making his joyous Broadway debut! Regional/tour: Big River (Jim), Super Fly: The Musical (Fat Freddy), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Mitch Mahoney), Ragtime (Coalhouse) The Wiz (Lion). TV: “The Americans.” Primary songwriter and vocalist for the alt/indie R&B band Neighborhood Goliath.

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In the southern wastes of Battleworld, two unholy factions wage neverending war. This June, that war reaches a new level of horror in AGE OF ULTRON VS. MARVEL ZOMBIES #1 – a new Secret Wars series! From Eisner-award winning writer James Robinson and critically-acclaimed artist Steve Pugh comes two new reasons to fear!

There are regions of Battleworld so dangerous, they are walled off from the remainder of this patchwork planet. Here, on the far side of the impenetrable barrier known as the Shield, hope is gone. In these unholy wastes, on the border between two domains, the genocidal robotic armies of Ultron wage unending war upon the domain of rotting, flesh-eating corpses that lies just to the East.

“I had the idea of an area on the border between the domains of Ultron and Zombies,” says writer James Robinson in an interview with Marvel.com. “…where humanity was holding out withstanding these two opposing types of inhumanity.”

Pity those poor souls trapped between these two unstoppable forces, for their end is most definitely assured! Will you choose death by flesh-eating, super-powered living dead? Or by an unending army of indestructible, undefeatable robots? One thing is for certain, neither demise will be quick or painless!

The Vision, Wonder Man, Jim Hammond, and more brave these apocalyptic hellscapes in search of sanctuary, and for survival. This June, two unearthly factions will clash. Anything can happen, but one thing is assured – whoever wins, we lose. You don’t want to miss AGE OF ULTRON VS. MARVEL ZOMBIES #1!

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For the 15th consecutive year, operators named ESPN the no. 1 network with the most average perceived value among all networks measured in Beta Research Corp’s annual Cable Operator Evaluation Study. ESPN was also ranked the no. 1 most important network in their cable systems for the 11th straight year – and 14 of the past 15 years – with 91 percent of operators describing the network as “very important” for subscriber retention and acquisition. Other findings among operators include:

ESPN2 ranked second in average perceived value for the 10th consecutive year and fourth most important network to operators’ cable systems.
Disney Channel ranked third in greatest perceived value and second in importance of network.
Disney and ESPN Media Networks ranked no. 1 for the most visited and highest rated (excellent or very good) affiliate website.
Among unaided mentions, operators voted ESPN and Disney and ESPN Media Networks as the no. 1 network and organization most helpful in driving VOD or SVOD efforts and providing new online content delivery options. Both the network and group were also voted most helpful in marketing support, TV Everywhere efforts, high-definition programming and selling high-speed internet, HDTV and/or video on demand.

Further, in the Beta Local Ad Sales Executive study – also released today – ESPN ranked no. 1 among unaided mentions for the 11th straight year as the network with the most valuable programming to help create local ad sales revenue among major networks. Additionally, Disney and ESPN Media Networks ranked no. 1 in the study for the following:

Most appealing demographics (11th straight year).
Percent of local ad sales executives who visit the network group’s affiliate site (seventh consecutive year).
Percent of site visitors rating the site very good or excellent.
Providing original research and early notification of promotional opportunities.
The Beta Cable Operator study conducted 100 telephone interviews with a range of representatives from individual cable systems between August and October 2014. The purpose of the study was to determine operator perceptions of basic cable networks/organizations.

The Beta Local Ad Sales Executive study was conducted between October and November 2014 among local ad sales executives from local cable systems to determine their perceptions of basic cable network organizations.

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An all-new “DuckTales,” an animated comedy series based on the Emmy Award-winning series treasured by a generation of viewers, has been ordered for launch in 2017 on Disney XD channels around the world. Set to be produced by Disney Television Animation, the new series will again star Disney’s enduringly popular characters: Scrooge McDuck, his grandnephews Huey, Dewey and Louie, and Donald Duck. The announcement was made today by Marc Buhaj, Senior Vice President, Programming and General Manager, Disney XD.

Buhaj said, “DuckTales’ has a special place in Disney’s TV animation history, it drew its inspiration from Disney Legend Carl Barks’ comic books and through its storytelling and artistic showmanship, set an enduring standard for animated entertainment that connects with both kids and adults. Our new series will bring that same energy and adventurous spirit to a new generation.”

The new series’ adventures will once again take viewers along as Scrooge McDuck, his curious and mischief-making grandnephews — Huey, Dewey and Louie — and the optimistic yet temperamental Donald Duck embark on high-flying adventures worldwide. Other beloved characters slated to be in the new stories are: Duckworth, Gyro Gearloose, Launchpad McQuack, Flintheart Glomgold, Magica DeSpell & Poe, Ma Beagle and the Beagle Boys (Burger Beagle, Bouncer Beagle), Mrs. Beakley and Webbigail Vanderquack.

A generation’s seminal cartoon, the Emmy Award-winning “DuckTales” led the daily syndicated cartoon block “The Disney Afternoon” with 100 episodes produced by Disney Television Animation from 1987-90. An animated theatrical film, “DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp,” premiered in 1990.

The original “DuckTales” is currently available on WATCH Disney Channel, an app that allows consumers to watch on tablet, phones, computer and set top boxes.

Disney Interactive features several “DuckTales” themed items in the Disney Infinity toy box. A music video of the familiar “DuckTales” theme song (with real ducks) has amassed over six million views since September 2014 on the popular YouTube channel “Oh My Disney.”

In the U.S., Disney XD is seen on a 24-hour, advertiser supported network that reaches over 80 million households via its basic cable and satellite affiliates. In total, there are 31 Disney XD channels available in 25 languages around the world. Disney Television Animation is part of the Disney ABC Television Group at The Walt Disney Company.

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ESPN Films today announced a new primetime special, It’s Not Crazy, It’s Sports, directed by Academy Award-winning director Errol Morris (The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara, Thin Blue Line, The Unknown Known) which will air Sunday, March 1 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. Evolving ESPN’s long-running brand campaign of the same name, the special broadcast consists of six short films that explore the inspiring, dramatic and unexpected things in sports that capture the experience of being a fan.  All of the pieces are directed and personally introduced by Morris.   Following the ESPN premiere, each individual short film will then make its online debut throughout that week on Grantland.com as part of its “Errol Morris Week,” a week of coverage and storytelling centered around Errol, his work, and this new series.

“Sports, as we all know, touches on everything,” said Morris. “It provides a way in to our culture and to our dreams. Each one of the six short films involves an obsession –– whether it is about a horse, an electric football game, or a sports reliquary won at auction. They are all human stories, and it is my hope that we can recognize part of ourselves in each one of them. Many thanks to ESPN for making this all possible.”

Dan Silver, senior director of development for ESPN Films, said: “One of ESPN Films’ principal edicts is to support distinctive visions, and since the start of his career there has been no more distinctive voice in filmmaking than Errol Morris. When we launched 30 for 30, Errol’s point of view, style, and love of his subject matter were benchmarks for us on how a documentary can not only tell a compelling story, but also remind you that there’s a filmmaker behind the camera. Nothing else quite feels like an Errol Morris film.”

“Errol Morris Week” on Grantland will include these shorts films, a comprehensive Q+A with Morris from Alex Pappademas, and a filmography from Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Wesley Morris, all housed on a customized home page.

This project comes from ESPN’s Exit 31 content group. All six shorts are produced by Moxie Pictures in association with Wieden + Kennedy Entertainment.

Film Summaries:

“Subterranean Stadium” (Grantland premiere 3/1)

Welcome to Subterranean Stadium, the basement of John DiCarlo’s home in Charlotte, NY, where he and his buddies and relatives have gathered for years to play electronic football. In this beautiful, deeply personal film, Morris not only makes the little players come alive, but also lets the men who manipulate them tell their own stories: the hot dog vendor, the ex-con, the Kodak company man and the postal carrier who defies his own health problems to keep the “buzz, buzz, buzz” alive. Yes, they keep score, but as DiCarlo says, “All that really counts is family and friends.”

“The Heist” (Grantland premiere 3/3)

North Carolina basketball fans are well aware of the Jordan 23 jersey that hangs from the rafters of the Dean Dome. But there was a time—February of 1998, to be exact—when it disappeared. In The Heist, Morris gets a former Duke student to recreate the theft and subsequent discovery of the sacred object. Having cased the joint, he and three accomplices figured out a way to snatch the jumbo jersey and escalate the traditional war of pranks between the Tar Heel and Blue Devil faithfuls. Their luck ran out, though, a few weeks later when the jersey was recovered just before they were to reveal it at Duke’s Cameron Indoor. Yes, it’s a tale told by a crazed sports nut, but it signifies the lengths to which college hoops fans will go to stick it to an archival.

“The Streaker” (Grantland premiere 3/4)

If the name of Mark Roberts doesn’t ring a bell, his body might. He is the British man who has been interrupting events for more than 22 years, in more than 22 countries, by running naked through the proceedings: the Olympics, rugby and soccer matches, a dog show and, most famously, Super Bowl XXXVIII, when he snuck onto the field dressed as a ref and ended up getting tackled by players from the Patriots and Panthers. Roberts sits down with Morris to “reveal” his secrets and motivation—”I just want to give people something to smile about.” And he’s not done. He says he would like to be buried in a see-through coffin so that he can streak his own funeral.

“Being Mr. Met” (Grantland premiere 3/5)

Mascots aren’t allowed to talk but Morris gets one of them to take us inside the head of one of baseball’s most iconic figures, namely Mr. Met. From 1994 to 1997, A.J. Mass entertained millions at Shea Stadium without saying a word, and he relives those years—the ecstasy, the agony and the threat from the Secret Service not to approach President Clinton. He also brings a thoughtful perspective to the life of a mascot, who has to assume a different identity in order to please. “We all wear costumes to interact with people,” says Mass. “We wish to be somebody other than ourselves.”

“Most Valuable Whatever” (Grantland premiere 3/6)

What would possess someone to pay $8,000 for Ty Cobb’s dentures? Or $5,300 for the toilet that the Toronto Maple Leafs sat on? Or $820 for the Buttfumble Jersey? Morris finds out in this film about collectors of unusual sports objects. In the case of the jersey worn by Mark Sanchez when he fumbled the ball after running into his own lineman, a Jets fan just wanted to make sure the memorabilia wouldn’t also end up in the wrong hands—a New England sports bar.

“Chrome” (Grantland premiere also 3/6)

“You can tell a lot about a horse by looking at the eye.” So says Steve Coburn, who talks to Morris about California Chrome, the horse who nearly became the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years during the 2014 campaign. Coburn tells the story of why he chose to buy the mare who birthed “Chrome”, how he and co-owner Perry Martin came to call their syndicate Dumbass Partners, and why he lost it when the horse finished out of the money in the Belmont. By looking in Coburn’s eyes, you’ll see why we loves horses.