Disney Day 8/24/14
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Every day is a Disney day.  Let’s find out how we are celebrating today with The Walt Disney Company:


For the first time, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is hosting a Villains Unleashed party. Featuring dance parties, roaming Disney villains, a Villainy in the Sky Fireworks Spectacular and more. For live updates from the park, follow @Laughing_Place on Twitter as we share all the villain fun.

The ESPN Fantasy Football Convention continues at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World. If you want to join the fun, watch a special broadcast of Fantasy Football Now Delivered by Papa John’s on ESPN2 at 10am ET which is being broadcast from the convention.

The Disney Parks/Kaboom! Play Together Tour continues in San Francisco at the Marina Middle School. or more information about the tour, check out Ken Pellman’s recap of the tour’s stop in Anaheim.

Kyle Larson, the rookie driver who has been turning heads in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this season, will be the in-race reporter for ESPN during the prime-time race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Larson will speak with ESPN analyst Dale Jarrett on the race’s pace laps and under caution periods, bringing viewers added perspective and information. One of the most popular events on the NASCAR schedule, the race is 500 laps on the high-banked, half-mile track that is totally surrounded by grandstands. The telecast airs on ABC with NASCAR Countdown at 7 p.m., and the green flag at 7:43 p.m

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

ABC to Air Prime-Time Schoolhouse Rock Special on September 7
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EW is reporting that ABC will air The ABC’s of Schoolhouse Rock on Sunday, September 7 at 7/6c. The special, hosted by Grey’s Anatomy‘s Chandra Wilson will feature interviews with the creators and writers of the Emmy-winning series. The special will also try to select the number one Schoolhouse Rock song of all-time.

Disney Fun Fact: Schoolhouse Rock was originally approved by Michael Eisner who was VP of ABC’s children’s programming at the time. He would later go on to become CEO of The Walt Disney Company and lead the effort to purchase his former employer which was still airing the series he green-lit.


Disney Releases Jake’s Treasure Trek App
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Disney Publishing just released “Jake’s Treasure Trek,” an action-packed side-scrolling adventure featuring Jake and his Never Land crew of pirates from Disney Junior’s hit animated series, “Jake and the Never Land Pirates.” In this swashbuckling adventure, Jake is on an epic quest to defeat Captain Hook and save Never Land from darkness, running, jumping, swimming, climbing, flying, and zip lining his way through jungles, islands, and more!


Features include:

  • Animated stories featuring Jake and his crew of pirates from Disney Junior’s hit animated series “Jake and Never Land Pirates”
  • Three different environments to race across
  • Collectable Gold Doubloons, to help players earn higher scores
  • Power-ups throughout the story
  • Unlock-able islands and rewards
  • Multi-story approach that offers maximum replay ability
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Jake’s Treasure Trek is now available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch (requires iOS 7.0 or later).

Additionally, beginning today through August 28, select Disney Junior apps are on sale, including apps featuring Sofia the First, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Doc McStuffins, and more! Visit the Disney Junior sale room on the App Store to view the full selection.

Frozen: The Songs Coming to CD and Vinyl
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On September 30th, Walt Disney Records is set to release Frozen: The Songs featuring all 10 songs from the Oscar ®-winning film, a vinyl edition and a Spanish language version Frozen Canciones de Una Aventura Congelada, plus the digital score album from composer Christophe Beck.  The specially priced Songs CD also includes a fold-out poster and stickers.

Frozen: The Songs cover art

The Frozen soundtrack is the top-selling album of 2014 and spent 33 consecutive weeks in the top 5 on the Billboard 200 chart, including 13 consecutive weeks at No. 1. It is certified triple Platinum, selling more than 3.2 million units and over 8.4 million tracks. The “Let It Go” film clip from “Frozen” has been viewed over 300 million times on YouTube.

The soundtrack peaked at No. 1 on the iTunes Overall Chart (and in 31 countries), plus Amazon’s Overall Music Category, Pop, and Overall MP3 charts.  At Spotify, the soundtrack was No. 1 in the U.S. for 14 consecutive weeks, with over one quarter billion streams worldwide.  Both versions of “Let It Go” (Idina Menzel and Demi Lovato) have a combined 87 million streams.

The album has sold over 6.2 million units worldwide and has received multi-Platinum and Gold certifications in 18 territories, including 20x Platinum in Korea and 4x Platinum in Japan.

Featuring original songs from Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“In Transit,” “Winnie the Pooh”) and Tony® winner Robert Lopez (“The Book of Mormon,” “Avenue Q”), and an original score by Christophe Beck (“The Muppets,” Oscar®-winning short “Paperman”), “Frozen” won two Academy Awards® (best animated film and best original song with “Let It Go”) and a Golden Globe® (best animated feature film). It is the fifth highest grossing film of all time and the highest grossing animated film earning more than $1.27 billion globally. Released wide domestically on Nov. 27, 2013, “Frozen” posted the No. 1 industry all-time Thanksgiving debut and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ biggest opening ever. The film’s Feb. 25 digital debut was the biggest digital release (sell-through) ever; its Blu-ray/DVD release on March 18 was No. 1 on the Nielsen overall disc charts for eight non-consecutiveweeks.

Frozen: The Songs track list follows:

1. Frozen Heart
Performed by Cast
2. Do You Want to Build a Snowman?
Performed by Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Monn and Katie Lopez
3. For the First Time in Forever
Performed by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel
4. Love Is an Open Door
Performed by Kristen Bell and Santino Fontana
5. Let It Go
Performed by Idina Menzel
6. Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People
Performed by Jonathan Groff
7. In Summer
Performed by Josh Gad
8. For the First Time in Forever (Reprise)
Performed by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel
9. Fixer Upper
Performed by Maia Wilson and Cast
10. Let It Go (Demi Lovato Version)
Performed by Demi Lovato

Frozen: The SongsFrozen: The Songs Vinyl Soundtrack, Frozen Canciones de Una Aventura Congelada and the Frozen Score digital album will be available on September 30, 2014.   The Songs album and vinyl are now available for pre-order at Amazon.com:

Frozen: The Songs: http://smarturl.it/fssama1

Frozen: The Songs Vinyl: http://smarturl.it/fsvama1

Funko Pop! Makes Dancing Groot Figure
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After the internet demanded it, Funko has revealed a Dancing Groot figure. Marvel’s Agent M revealed a picture of the figure on Twitter.

Pre-orders are expected to begin soon with pricing and release information to be released next week.

D23 Nights Occurring in Eight Cities During Newsies Tour
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D23 has announced member nights for the North American tour of Newsies. These special evenings for D23 Members include:

  • Premium seating
  • Post-show Q&A with the members of the cast


Date & Time

Cleveland Tickets start at $80 per guest Tickets on sale Aug. 28, 2014 at 10 a.m. PT, check here for ticketing link. November 7, 2014 7:30 p.m
Chicago Oriental Theatre Tickets start at $90 per guest Tickets on sale Sept. 16, 2014 at 10 a.m. PT, check here for ticketing link. December 17, 2014 7:30 p.m
San Francisco Orpheum Theatre Tickets start at $80 per guest Tickets on sale Sept. 17, 2014, check here for ticketing link. February 25, 2015 8 p.m.


Event and on-sale dates for Los Angeles, Dallas, Washington D.C., Boston, and Toronto will be announced soon.

Thor: God of Thunder #25 Assembles an Astonishing Roster of Artists
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On a bellow of thunder and the crack of lightning comes the Thunder God, one last time! Today, Marvel is proud to present your first look atTHOR: GOD OF THUNDER #25, the oversized final issue from New York Times Bestselling writer Jason Aaron as he assembles a bevy of the industry’s greatest artists for a titanic tale that should not be missed! Witness new stories of the Thor from each era as well as the untold origin of one of the God of Thunder’s greatest foes! Plus, before THOR #1hits in October, be there when the new Thor makes her thunderous first appearance inside this epic, oversized issue!

First, it’s Young Thor vs. the Frost Giants as Jason Aaron and artist Simon Bisley (2000 AD) tell you a tale the brash, youthful God of Thunder as he wields his enchanted battle axe Jarnbjorn against the worst Jotunheim has to offer! Then, Aaron reteams with his artistic collaborator fromScalped, R.M. Guera, to bring you the blood-soaked origins of one of the God of Thunder’s most maniacal villains – Malekith the Accursed! Witness the untold origin of the ruler of the Dark Elves as he cuts a bloody swath across the Ten Realms in his rise to power and prominence!

Finally, as the Thor of today deals with the startling fallout of Original Sin,fast forward to the future as Aaron and blockbuster Thor: God of Thunderartist Esad Ribic bring you a new tale of King Thor and the Girls of Thunder. Deep in the halls of Asgard, Thor’s granddaughters have uncovered a startling secret chapter of Thor’s past. A secret long since buried. Who is the new God of Thunder and why was her existence kept secret?                                                                                  

Be there when one chapter in the God of Thunder’s life reaches its end…and another begins. No fan can afford to miss out on the epic, oversized THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #25 when it thunders its way into comic shops and onto digital devices this September!

Alton Fitzgerald White to Celebrate 4,000th Performance as Mufasa in The Lion King
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THE LION KING Broadway cast member ALTON FITZGERALD WHITE will play his 4,000th performance as Mufasa in the landmark musical event this Saturday evening, August 23rd, 2014. White originated the role of Mufasa in the US touring production in 2002 and in a sit-down Las Vegas production in 2009, in addition to leading the flagship Broadway company intermittently since.

ALTON FITZGERALD WHITE celebrates a 12 year journey as Mufasa inThe Lion King. He has also starred on Broadway in Miss SaigonThe Who’s TommySmokey Joe’s CaféRagtime and The Color Purple. Other credits include “Law and Order” on TV, The Invention of Lying, directed by and starring Ricky Gervais, concerts around the world, voice-overs and commercial work. www.altonfitzgeraldwhite.com

Lost Themed Episode of Phineas and Ferb Set to Air September 29
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Disney XD will air a special Lost-themed episode of Phineas and Ferb on September 29. The episode will feature a story by Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof and the voice of Terry O’Quinn who played Locke on the ABC series.

The episode, “Lost in Danville” also features Jane Kaczmarek and Rob Morrow as guest stars. The plot is that a mysterious locked capsule lands in Phineas and Ferb’s backyard and unleashes something that they can’t control.

Meanwhile, Perry learns that Dr. Doofenshmirtz has been abducted and tracks him to Seattle where another evil scientist, Professor Mystery, has his own sinister plan.

Lost premiered ten years ago on ABC and quickly became a cultural phenomenon.

Avengers #35 Provides a Sneak Peek of the Future Of the Marvel Universe
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This September, it all comes crashing down as Earth’s Mightest Heroes face judgment day – and today, Marvel is proud to present your first look at the oversized AVENGERS #35! The star-studded creative team of Jonathan Hickman, Jim Cheung, Dustin Weaver, Nick Bradshaw and Paco Media fast-forward 8 months, to the battle worn Marvel Universe of tomorrow – and the bleak future facing our heroes. Peer into May 2015, heroes and villains of the Marvel Universe stand at the precipice, and utter decimation looms.

Incursions by parallel Earths from other dimensions have increased in number! To save both universes, one Earth must be destroyed each time! Until now the Illuminati have dealt with this problem in secret. But 8 months from now, the secret is out! The Avengers and the Illuminati are willing to go to war over what must be done – but how could this all have happened?

“In addition to setting the table for the astonishing climax of Jonathan Hickman’s run, we’ll also be providing a glimpse into the immediate future of many of our characters, and what changes await them over the next 8 months of publishing,” says Executive Editor Tom Brevoort in an interview with Marvel.com. “This isn’t some maybe-future, this is the real deal, what’s awaiting the Marvel Universe in the coming year.”

As this epic, oversized issue jumps forward into the future, what has become of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes? With the war between the Avengers and the Illuminati at its peak, who will be left to fend off the Final Incursion? And what will happen if they fail? The clock is ticking and your questions will be answered this September in AVENGERS #35!

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