Star Wars Superfans #GoRogue to Reveal New Toy Line in Glorious Stop Motion Animation!

 Star Wars Superfans #GoRogue to Reveal New Toy Line in Glorious Stop Motion Animation!

Star Wars Superfans #GoRogue to Reveal New Toy Line in Glorious Stop Motion Animation!

A team of Star Wars superfans today revealed the new toy line for the highly anticipated “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” movie via a series of fan-made animated shorts launching on the Star Wars YouTube channel. As part of a competition in collaboration with creative network Tongal, a team was assembled to write, direct and produce original, fan-made stop-motion shorts starring key toys from the new line to kick off a global UGC contest that asks fans to share their own “Rogue Stories.”

“These fan-created shorts are a tribute to the incredible content that the Star Wars community posts online every day,” said Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media. “The Go Rogue campaign was designed with Star Wars fans in mind – we want them to be front and center in the run up to ‘Rogue One’ by imagining and creating their own Rogue Stories.”

When Star Wars news breaks, many fans worldwide react by sharing their own videos online. According to new research1, fans posted over 838,000 pieces of Star Wars-related content on YouTube in the past year alone, which is more than 2,296 per day and nearly 96 per hour. Star Wars fan-generated content is also incredibly popular, accruing more than 16.3 billion views in the last year – equivalent to everyone in the world viewing at least two fan-created videos.

All New Star Wars: Rogue One Toys

All New Star Wars: Rogue One Toys

The global contest, which kicks off September 30, invites fans to share their own short stories or skits set in a galaxy far, far away… Winning entries from around the globe will be chosen by a panel including “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” director Gareth Edwards. Beginning September 30, teen and adult fans can enter the Go Rogue contest on StarWars.com/GoRogue. In addition to the global contest on starwars.com, in the U.S. and parts of Canada, kids 8-12 can participate on Disney.com/MyRogueStory. Winners will be invited to Lucasfilm in San Francisco to attend a screening of “Rogue One,” and see their short story on the big screen.

The Newest Star Wars: Rogue One Action Figures Announced

The Newest Star Wars: Rogue One Action Figures Announced

The fan-created shorts showcasing the new line of “Rogue One” toys for the first time launches on the Star Wars YouTube channel today, with new installments rolling out through September. The team was led by James DeJulio at Tongal, and the series was written by Kevin Ulrich and brought to life by stop-motion animators and directors Dan MacKenzie and Tucker Barrie. The stories follow the adventures of “Rogue One” toys from Hasbro, LEGO, FUNKO, JAKKS Pacific, Mattel and Disney Store as they try to track down the building instructions to the LEGO Star Wars Death Star set which have been misplaced by the Empire.

“I’ve been a Star Wars fan my whole life so this is a dream project,” says James DeJulio, co-founder of Tongal. “It’s been amazing to see what an inspiration Star Wars has been to so many members of our creative community, whether that’s coming up with their own Star Wars storylines, or playing out scenes with Star Wars toys at home with their kids. I’m excited to share this first ‘Rogue Story’ with the world and hope it inspires other fans to share theirs.”

Fans can pre-order a handful of select items seen in the “Rogue Stories” beginning September 2 at mass retailers, Disney Store locations and disneystore.com. The full range of new “Rogue One” and Star Wars products will be available globally starting on September 30. Join the global #GoRogue conversation on social.

Tongal’s creative network includes 120,000 writers, directors and animators across 150 countries. For more information, go to www.tongal.com.

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort Starts Sept. 9, as Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Begins its Final Check-out Celebration

Twilight Zone™ Tower of Terror Begins its Final Check-out Celebration

Twilight Zone™ Tower of Terror Begins its Final Check-out Celebration

 

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort offers two new reasons for guests to visit this year­­––a special celebration at The Twilight Zone™ Tower of Terror with a chance to “drop in” like never before, and the debut of the “Frightfully Fun Parade” at Mickey’s Halloween Party, a separate-ticket event. The parade features some popular Disney villains and a procession of grim, grinning ghosts, while The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow appears for the first time at Mickey’s Halloween Party.

Those treats add to the family-friendly thrills, popular seasonal attractions and spooky decor that make Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort so magical. The season runs from Friday, Sept. 9, through Monday, Oct. 31, offering the popular Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy attractions, themed foods and merchandise, plus spirited decor that features a giant Mickey Mouse jack-‘o-lantern on Main Street, U.S.A.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Final Check-out Celebration at Disney California Adventure Park

The invitation to check into the Hollywood Tower Hotel is even more urgent now as The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror approaches its final check-out date, Jan. 2, 2017. A special tribute begins Sept. 9 to salute the haunted hotel’s eerie story and exciting adventure at Disney California Adventure Park. During the celebration, guests who arrive after twilight will enjoy “Late Check-Out”–-a chance to venture beyond the fifth dimension into complete darkness.  It’s something guests have never experienced before: free-falling in the attraction’s haunted elevator shaft with all the lights out.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror celebration also includes special musical performances, commemorative merchandise and specialty food and beverage items. Performing at the Hollywood Tower Hotel are the Silver Lake Sisters, characters from the story of this famous hotel who once performed at its rooftop lounge. The sisters make their return to the Hollywood Hotel during Halloween season.

Spooky Halloween Traditions at Disneyland Park

Throughout the Halloween season, guests will find special treats and thrilling traditions.  Haunted Mansion Holiday returns to celebrate the collision between Halloween and Christmas, and a familiar guest moves into the Mansion: Jack Skellington from the Walt Disney Pictures classic “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

  • Jack Skellington brings a unique spark to the season and, for the first time, his friend Sally joins him in the Mansion graveyard.
  • The annual Haunted Mansion Holiday gingerbread house is back with a new theme. This year’s version appears to have been stitched together from pieces of other gingerbread houses and treats. In fact, the ghoulish architect has stitched himself inside the house, and one green arm still may be spotted, sewing the walls together around him.
  • Another Halloween favorite is Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, a Halloween-themed reimagining of the popular thrill ride in Tomorrowland, at Disneyland. Guests on board the speeding Space Mountain vehicles are thrust into a ghostly galaxy where they are bombarded with eerie screams, sound effects and music. Spine-chilling spirits pop out of the darkness, appearing to reach out to menace the space travelers.
  • The traditional Mexican celebration, Dia de los Muertos,” is observed with a skeleton display in Frontierland, near Rancho del Zocalo restaurant.
  • As a special, after-dark treat during the Halloween season, guests visiting Disneyland on select nights will enjoy the “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks spectacular.
  • During the day, the dynamic “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” marches down Main Street, U.S.A., throughout Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort.

Mickey’s Halloween Party

New this year at Mickey’s Halloween Party is the premiere of the “Frightfully Fun Parade,” seen exclusively on the 17 nights of this separately ticketed event at Disneyland.

  • The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow (from the Disney animated classic “The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad”) brings a warning to guests, riding through the park on his ghostly black steed with a flickering jack-‘o-lantern.
  • Shortly afterward, the parade begins with greetings from Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”
  • Grim, grinning (and hitchhiking) ghosts follow along in the procession, joined by other spirits from the iconic Haunted Mansion attraction.
  • Inspired by Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog,” the creepy Dr. Facilier calls on mystical powers, summoning his Shadow Men from the bayou to loom large over his strange and twisted Voodoo parlor.
  • Mischievous Disney villains appear out of the darkness, ready to stir up some trouble, and their wicked gathering includes the Evil Queen, Jafar and Cruella.

Mickey’s Halloween Party guests are invited to visit in costume and trick-or-treat throughout Disneyland for candy and healthy snacks. An extra special treat is the Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular, presented exclusively for guests of Mickey’s Halloween Party and hosted by “Master of Scare-omonies” Jack Skellington.

Tickets for Mickey’s Halloween Party* may be purchased online and on mobile devices at Disneyland.com/party, as well as at the Disneyland Resort main gate and by phone at 714-781-4400. Guests may check for availability for the 17 nights: Friday, Sept. 23; Monday, Sept. 26, Wednesday, Sept. 28; Friday, Sept. 30; Monday, Oct. 3; Wednesday, Oct. 5; Friday, Oct. 7; Monday, Oct. 10;Wednesday, Oct. 12; Friday, Oct. 14; Monday, Oct. 17; Wednesday, Oct. 19; Friday, Oct. 21; Monday, Oct. 24; Wednesday, Oct. 26; Saturday, Oct. 29; and Monday, Oct. 31, Halloween night. Online and mobile purchases are not available the day of the event. Parking is not included in the ticket price, and parking fees will apply.

Tickets purchased in advance are available at a discount for select nights. Tickets purchased on the day of the event are $89 each. All tickets to Mickey’s Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 29, and Monday, Oct. 31, are $99 each. Mickey’s Halloween Party is a non-smoking event. Smoking is permitted only in the Esplanade outside the Disneyland main entrance.

For more information about Halloween events at the Disneyland Resort, please visit http://www.Disneyland.com/Halloween. Entertainment and attractions are subject to change without notice.

DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast Show #156 w/ Special Guest AARON SCHWARTZ (The Mighty Ducks, Heavyweights, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Adventures of Pete and Pete, Gossip Girl, Blessed) on DizRadio.com

Disney on Demand Podcast Show #156 w/ Special Guest AARON SCHWARTZ (The Mighty Ducks, Heavyweights, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Adventures of Pete and Pete, Gossip Girl, Blessed)

Disney on Demand Podcast Show #156 w/ Special Guest AARON SCHWARTZ (The Mighty Ducks, Heavyweights, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Adventures of Pete and Pete, Gossip Girl, Blessed)

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It’s Time D-Heads! This week we remember summer camp, hitting the ice and going off into the galaxy as we welcome AARON SCHWARTZ (The Mighty Ducks, Heavyweights, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Adventures of Pete and Pete, Gossip Girl, Blessed) to the show! Aaron stops in and discusses his career, favorite memories, upcoming work on the next installment of Guardians of the Galaxy, food fights, the blob and so much more!

In addition no show is complete without the D-Team and Nathan dusts off the books and tells you what happened This Week in Disney History while Cody takes a stroll down The Hollywood Walk with more on our special guest Aaron Schwartz. We have Erin here answering all your questions in I Want To Know and let’s not forget Paige with magic for your ears in this week’s Magical Music Review.

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AARON SCHWARTZ (The Mighty Ducks, Heavyweights, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Adventures of Pete and Pete, Gossip Girl, Blessed)

AARON SCHWARTZ (The Mighty Ducks, Heavyweights, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Adventures of Pete and Pete, Gossip Girl, Blessed)

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Just in time for the Holidays, the Magical Kingdom of Avalor comes to DVD!

Just in time for the Holidays, the Magical Kingdom of Avalor comes to DVD!

Just in time for the Holidays, the Magical Kingdom of Avalor comes to DVD!

Disney’s newest princess comes to DVD with the release of Elena of Avalor: Ready to Rule just in time for the Holidays!  Join Elena as she learns about being a princess who will one day become a queen and rule her kingdom. She’s saved her kingdom from an evil sorceress who was trying to destroy Avalor, but that was the easy part!  Elena’s journey leads her to understand that her new role requires thoughtfulness, resilience and compassion, the traits of all truly great leaders.

This DVD is packed with laughs, new characters to cherish, and heart, Elena of Avalor: Ready to Rule is a must-own for the entire family! Includes Four Full Episodes and a FREE Exclusive Projecting Scepter – A Great Holiday Gift! Bring home this charming series on Disney DVD December 6th!

Set in the enchanted fairytale land of Avalor, “Elena of Avalor” tells the story of Elena, a brave and adventurous teenager who has saved her kingdom from an evil sorceress and must now learn to rule as crown princess until she is old enough to be queen. Elena’s journey leads her to understand that her new role requires thoughtfulness, resilience and compassion, the traits of all truly great leaders.

Aimee Carrero (Freeform’s “Young & Hungry”) as Princess Elena; Jenna Ortega (Disney Channel’s “Stuck in the Middle”) as Princess Isabel; Chris Parnell (TV’s “Saturday Night Live, ” “Archer”) as Migs; Yvette Nicole Brown (TV’s “Community”) as Luna; Carlos Alazraqui (“Inside Out”) as Skylar; Emiliano Díez (TV’s “George Lopez”) as Francisco; Julia Vera (TV’s “General Hospital”) as Luisa; Christian Lanz (TV’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”) as Chancellor Esteban; 
Jillian Rose Reed (TV’s “Awkward”) as Naomi; Joseph Haro (TV’s “Awkward”) as Mateo; Jorge Diaz (“The 33”) as Gabe; Keith Ferguson (“Inside Out”) as Zuzo; and Joe Nunez (“Bridesmaids”) as Armando.

Episodes: 

First Day of Rule
Model Sister
All Heated Up
Island of Youth

Get ready and stay tuned on December 6 for Elena to come to your home!

Princess Cruises Debuts Original Cast Recording Album for “Magic to Do”

Princess Cruises Debuts Original Cast Recording Album for "Magic to Do"

Princess Cruises Debuts Original Cast Recording Album for “Magic to Do”

Princess Cruises and DMI Soundtracks today announced the 14-track musical companion to the line’s celebrated show, “Magic To Do,” from the Oscar, Grammy and Tony award-winning composer of “Wicked,” Pippin,” andGodspell” Stephen Schwartz, is available today for digital pre-order on iTunes, with the release date on CD, digital download and through streaming services on September 9. The album is the first of its kind by a cruise line, and gives listeners the opportunity to bring home the wondrous world of song from “Magic to Do.”

“Magic to Do,” Schwartz’s first of four productions being developed for the cruise line, celebrates his lifelong fascination with magic and combines thrilling illusions with some of his most famous songs, such as “Magic to Do” from “Pippin” and “Defying Gravity” from “Wicked.” The show also includes a brand new song written exclusively for Princess entitled “A Little Magic,” and features two songs written during the development of the “Houdini musical,” titled “Beyond Belief” and “It’ll Be Me.” Brought to life by a vibrant cast, imaginative costumes and make-up, stunning scenic designs and baffling illusions “Magic to Do” originally debuted in the Princess Theater aboard Crown Princess in October 2015, and is now also available aboard Ruby Princess and Emerald Princess.

“Collaborating with Stephen and his creative team has been an incredible honor for our entertainment team,” said Adrian Fischer, vice president, entertainment experience for Princess Cruises. “Magic to Do” can only be seen on a Princess cruise and we’re thrilled to be the first cruise line to offer an original cast recording album to such a fantastic production show.”

The “Magic to Do” original cast recording features 14 of Schwartz’s most famous songs. The track list includes:

  1. Magic to Do
  2. Before Your Very Eyes
  3. Corner of the Sky
  4. No Time at All
  5. Day by Day
  6. Popular
  7. Prestidigitation
  8. Just Because it’s Magic
  9. Defying Gravity
  10. Beyond Belief (premiere recording)
  11. It’ll Be Me (premiere recording)
  12. Colors of the Wind (music by Alan Menken)
  13. A Little Magic (premiere recording)
  14. When You Believe

During his 40-year entertainment career, Schwartz has won four Grammys, three Academy Awards for “Best Song” and “Best Score” for “Pocahontas” and “Best Song” for “The Prince of Egypt” and received the Isabelle Stevenson special Tony Award. He is the only songwriter in Broadway history ever to have three shows run more than 1,900 performances.

This partnership with such a major creative talent from Broadway and Hollywood includes a multi-year collaboration to oversee the creative development of a total of four new musicals to debut across the fleet over the next several years. This adds to the cruise line’s Come Back New Promise, designed to elevate the onboard guest experience resulting in more transformative moments, lifetime memories and meaningful stories to share from a cruise vacation.

Princess Cruises recently announced the second musical production show created in collaboration with Schwartz and his team of professions creators, entitled “Born to Dance” – a tribute to Broadway choreography featuring inspired performances that celebrate some of Broadway’s most famous hits. The show will debut in fall 2016.

Additional information about Princess’ partnership with Stephen Schwartz can be found at princess.com/schwartz.

Design By Humans Offering New Designs in the Officially Licensed Star Wars Shop for Rogue One

Design By Humans Offering New Designs in the Officially Licensed Star Wars Shop for Rogue One

Design By Humans Offering New Designs in the Officially Licensed Star Wars Shop for Rogue One

Artistic collective Design By Humans is offering original designs, some exclusive, in their officially licensed Star Wars store in time for the upcoming movie release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. As there are a lot of new characters to center designs around, this means there will be a lot of new Star Wars Rogue One shirt designs to add to the already stunning Star Wars store!

There are new shirt designs being added all the time, and since there are new characters being introduced constantly these days, the store will only keep expanding! Tees are always a great choice for the avid Star Wars fan, and this collection puts a fresh spin on the whole franchise. Old characters and new, combinations of the old story and the new ones are always coming out.

Rogue One will bring with it old and new characters; Mon Mothma from the old movies, Jyn Erso coming in as the new/old face of the Rebellion. This is a new story but it’s from the time frame of the old movies, so there will be plenty of opportunities to capitalize on the old characters and particularly the new with brand new Star Wars Rogue One shirts! T-shirts in this collection have always had a broad range, and the older designs are still available. R2-D2, BB8, and C-3P0 are all over the Star Wars store for robot representation.

Endor Forest Summer Camp

Endor Forest Summer Camp

The Millennium Falcon designs are still all over the officially licensed Star Wars store, and Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Luke Skywalker still feature prominently in the store as they do in the franchise! Darth Vader, everyone’s favorite supervillain returns nearly 2 pages of results on the DBH website. Whether a t-shirt purchase is a gift or simply a treat, designs of all sorts will be available.

A Few of Design By Humans wonderful Designs

A Few of Design By Humans wonderful Designs

DBH also frequently hosts Star Wars themed giveaways, with a wide range of items from the movies themselves to the Battlefront game codes for a variety of consoles.

Front End Developer/UI Designer for DBH, Brent White is very excited about the Star Wars Rogue One designs. He says “MAY THE FOREST WHITAKER BE WITH YOU.”

Design By Humans is online at http://www.designbyhumans.com, http://www.designbyhumans.com/shop/StarWars/new/

Planet Hollywood Joins Forces With Celebrity Chef, Guy Fieri, For The Planet Hollywood Observatory Opening This Fall At Disney Springs

Guy Fieri teams up with Planet Hollywood in Disney Springs for an outstanding Menu

Guy Fieri teams up with Planet Hollywood in Disney Springs for an outstanding Menu

Planet Hollywood, America’s preeminent restaurant destination dedicated to celebrating the entertainment industry, announced today that dynamic chef, restaurateur and television personality Guy Fieri will introduce a flavor-packed burger and sandwich menu as part of their larger menu offerings for the transformed Orlando flagship location, set to reopen this fall as the Planet Hollywood Observatory at Disney Springs. Repeatedly at the forefront of industry trends, Robert Earl, the entrepreneur, restaurateur and star of the Cooking Channel’s “Robert Earl’s Be My Guest®,” reached out to Fieri because of their shared passion for food.  In addition to the section designed by Fieri, the Planet Hollywood Observatory will soon reveal the entire new menu featuring a wide variety of offerings and bold flavors.

Guy Fieri has created an impressive culinary empire and has built an incredible TV following with several food-themed shows, so it was a no-brainer to invite him to create a special menu for Planet Hollywood Observatory. This partnership only furthers our commitment to refresh our guest experience while continuing to offer freshly-prepared, pleasing dishes,” said Planet Hollywood International Founder and Chairman Robert Earl.

Fieri, a chef, entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author, has brought his signature blend of authentic-meets-surprising flavors to new dishes such as the Prime Time American Kobe-Inspired Burger and the Turkey Pic-a-nic Sandwich, a perfect accompaniment to Planet Hollywood’s creamy hand-dipped milkshakes. The menu will also feature new over-the-top creations that will have guests craving more after the first bite.

“It’s awesome to be working with Robert Earl and the Planet Hollywood Team,” states Fieri. “For the Planet Hollywood Observatory, I’m bringing a big time burger and sandwich menu with real deal flavors for everyone.”

Opening this fall, the Planet Hollywood Observatory is centrally located and will overlook the heart of Disney Springs with a newly expanded outdoor terrace and bar. Within the sophisticated entertainment emporium, patrons of all ages will be invited to “Dine Amongst the Stars” through distinctive indoor and outdoor bar and lounge options, an imaginative new merchandise line, and a host of all-star celebrity collaborations.

New dining options will highlight Planet Hollywood’s timeless classics and introduce Fieri’s updated creations. A curated beverage program will feature a variety of milkshakes, smoothies, wines, bottled and draft beers, as well as cocktails served in specialty glassware to cater to the needs of all guests, from groups with small children to young adults and seniors. Spacious dining rooms ensure comfort for family meals while various bar spaces set the mood for a perfect date.

The exterior will be reminiscent of a turn-of-the-century observatory with a modern design aesthetic, while the interior’s refurbished upholstery, spherical planet-shaped lighting fixtures and stylish finishing will create a welcoming atmosphere for fans to celebrate a new generation of superstar entertainers.

For more information, visit www.planethollywood.com

Jim Henson Company Hosts, “Puppets For Puppetry” Fundraiser to Honor The Esteemed Puppeteer Dave Goelz on September 24, 2016

Jim Henson Company Hosts, Puppets for Puppetry Fundraiser with Host Dave Goelz

Jim Henson Company Hosts, Puppets for Puppetry Fundraiser with Host Dave Goelz

The Jim Henson Company is hosting “Puppets for Puppetry,” a fundraiser for The Center for Puppetry Arts honoring the esteemed puppeteer Dave Goelz, best known to fans around the world as the performer of iconic puppet characters like The Great Gonzo, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Boober Fraggle, Traveling Matt, and many more. The event will be held at The Jim Henson Company’s historic Hollywood studio lot on September 24, 2016 – a doubly auspicious date for Henson friends and fans as it would have been Jim Henson’s 80th birthday. The unique live performance will be led by Tony Award-nominee John Tartaglia (Avenue Q) and promises to be a musical and fun evening.

The event benefits The Center for Puppetry Arts, whose mission is to inspire imagination, education and community through the global art of puppetry. The Atlanta-based nonprofit is the nation’s largest and only resource of its kind, featuring a worldwide puppetry collection, vibrant theatre spaces, and an education department that develops puppetry talent through workshops and performances. The Center for Puppetry Arts also uses the latest technology to offer its award-winning Distance Learning programs for PreK-adult through videoconferencing and recorded content.  The arts-infused workshops and interactive puppet performances are conducted via videoconferencing and are tailored to specific classroom topics and curriculum. The programs complement national curriculum standards in language arts, social studies, science, math and other areas and serve schools nationwide.

The Center for Puppetry Arts recently expanded to include a new gallery housing the Jim Henson Collection and the Worlds of Puppetry Global Collection. These two permanent exhibits together represent the most definitive display of both Henson puppets and other puppetry traditions from around the world.

“The Center for Puppetry Arts is the only location of its kind in the U.S., and is particularly special to me and the entire Henson family,” said Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company. “My father dedicated the Center for Puppetry Arts at its opening, and he continued to support both the Center and the art forms of adult and traditional puppetry throughout his years of success with the Muppets.”

“The Center for Puppetry Arts is extremely happy to have The Jim Henson Company’s continued support which allows us to bring programs that educate and inspire imagination to communities across the country,” said Vincent Anthony, the Barbara and Bill Wylly Executive Director at the Center for Puppetry Arts.

Dave Goelz is an inspiring puppeteer and has brought some of the world’s most beloved characters to life,” said John Tartaglia.  “From a ‘whatever’ who eats rubber tires, to an explorer fascinated by ‘silly creatures,’ Dave’s characters are full of joy and have a love of playfulness.  We are planning an exciting performance to honor his incredible contribution to the art of puppetry.”

“Puppets for Puppetry” is hosted by The Jim Henson Company with support from The Muppet Studio. Individual tickets start at $250 with tables and sponsorship packages beginning at $7,500.  For additional information please visit: http://www.puppetsforpuppetry.eventbrite.com/

Walt Disney’s Fantasia Inspired Virtual Reality Interactive Adventure Title Voiced By Star Of Lord Of The Rings, John Rhys-Davie

John Rhys-Davies in Virtual Reality with Innerspace VR wearing the HTC VIVE headset.

John Rhys-Davies in Virtual Reality with Innerspace VR wearing the HTC VIVE headset.

La Peri is an interactive Virtual Reality fantasy adventure and visual masterpiece inspired by Walt Disney’s Fantasia. Innerspace VR worked with a ballet dancer and state of the art motion capture facilities to create the guardian spirit – La Peri as well as the other magical creatures you encounter on the journey. The resulting effect is one of unparallelled life-like presence and emotion in a fully artificial environment.

When CCO and Co-founder Balthazar Auxietre and his team were working on the Firebird franchise they engaged John Rhys-Davies to voice FIREBIRD:La Peri. Rhys-Davies, whose credits include Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and Peter Jackson’s The Lord of The Rings, is one of the first Hollywood figures to become directly involved in Virtual Reality entertainment.

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Balthazar Auxietre said in a statement, “it was an obvious choice for John to do the voice over. His legacy in gaming and entertainment is unparalleled.” Balthazar Auxietre is an award winning Virtual Reality director who has created 4 experiences which have received critical acclaim from Virtual Reality enthusiasts all over the world.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/436490

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The Ultimate Guide to Pumpkin Carving at Template Haven w/ NEW FREE Disney Templates

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This new release brings together some of the most popular figures from Disney, videos games, and superhero movies

This new release brings together some of the most popular figures from Disney, videos games, and superhero movies

Believed to stretch back well over a hundred years, the art of pumpkin carving or creating “Jack-o-Lanterns is a time-honored tradition during Halloween. Typically seen as a simple face, the craft has taken on new life in the 21st century and become an art form all its own. Many people around the country put their skills to the test, carving life-like faces of celebrities, recreations of famous paintings, and more.

Taking to the spirit of the holiday season and the haunting atmosphere that comes with Halloween in general, Templatehaven.com is releasing a new set of popular designs to help people carve their pumpkins into a variety of characters.

Templatehaven.com is a proud provider of free Excel templates and wants to give people the opportunity to make their favorite character this year for Halloween. Each spreadsheet in this new release also features a detailed article that shows people how to make the figure using nothing but household items and the printed template.

The spokesman of the company, Mary Flynn, also commented on the company’s delightfully frightful new release.

“We like to think that what sets our site apart is the free-flowing nature and fun spirit of each template. They are colorful and effective. This new release brings together some of the most popular figures from Disney, videos games, and superhero movies and presents them in a way that anyone can use them and create perfect designs in their own Halloween pumpkins.”

The new release features a wide array of both characters and symbols that people can use freely.
People can expect to find popular characters like Frozen’s Elsa, Darth Vader, and even video game characters like Mario will be featured in the pumpkin carving templates. There is also a great selection for football fans as well. Their collection includes a large list of football team logos so people can celebrate their favorite team for Halloween too.

Flynn is excited to see what characters people will choose and how they will turn up. She wanted to assure people that the templates and the guide that comes with them makes it simple for people to achieve great results. Her team has tested the designs to be sure and they had turned out perfectly according to Flynn herself.

The team at Templatehaven.com also welcomes anyone that also just needs a template for their needs as well. Their entire site is free to anyone looking for quality Excel templates for any problem. Flynn and her staff want to wish everyone a Happy Halloween this year and hopes to see what people can do with their pumpkins.

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For more than 30 years, girls have met and fallen in love with American Girl characters—both historical and contemporary—that have helped build self-confidence, inspire creativity, and give a broader understanding of the world. Now, in response to thousands of impassioned requests from fans for more options, American Girl is introducing a new series of contemporary […]

New Museum Exhibition to Feature Original Works by Renowned Comic Book Artist Alex Ross

February 14, 2017

“Superheroes and Superstars: The Works of Alex Ross”—a new exhibition featuring the work of one of the world’s greatest comic book artists—will be on view at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) from February 11 through May 14, 2017. The MSV is the first venue to host this traveling exhibition, which has been organized […]

Feld Entertainment Recalls Toy Wands Due to Injury Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Disney On Ice and Disney Live Shows

February 13, 2017

  Name of Product: Light-spinner toy wands Hazard: The top component can detach and expose an eight inch metal rod, posing an injury hazard to young children. Remedy: Refund Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled wands and contact Feld Entertainment to receive a full refund. Consumer Contact: Feld Entertainment at 800-755-1530 or 703-448-3683 from […]

“Beauty and the Beast” to Become a Brand-New Stage Spectacular Aboard Disney Cruise Line

February 12, 2017

A tale as old as time gets ready to take the stage with “Beauty and the Beast,” a brand-new musical production inspired by Disney’s live-action adaptation of the animated classic. The show will expand upon the most imaginative elements of the highly anticipated live-action and classic films and delight Disney Cruise Line guests aboard the […]

World Premiere Studio Recording Of Disney Freaky Friday A New Musical

February 10, 2017

The world premiere studio recording of Disney’s Freaky Friday, the new musical based on the beloved novel by Mary Rodgers and two hit Disney films, is released digitally by Walt Disney Records today, February 10, 2017. The album is available now wherever digital music is sold (http://disneymusic.co/FreakyFriday) and streamed (http://disneymusic.co/FreakyFridayW). Physical CDs will be available […]

DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast Show #164 w/ Special Guest AARON WALLACE (Author of Hocus Pocus in Focus, The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom & Epcot) on DizRadio.com

February 10, 2017

DisneyBlu’s at DizRadio.com February 9, 2017 – Show #164 It’s Time D-Heads! This week we head into the Disney Parks, the Future and Films as AARON WALLACE (Author of Hocus Pocus in Focus, The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom, The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Walt Disney World: Epcot) stops in to the […]

HomeAway to give away a fairy tale-like castle stay in celebration of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”

February 9, 2017

With excitement building for the live-action adaptation of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast®” featuring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, HomeAway® is teaming up with Disney to celebrate the film by giving one lucky winner and 20 of his or her chosen guests an unprecedented #HomeAwayCastle stay experience in Scotland this summer. With its contest that […]

Star Wars — Film Concert Series to Feature Iconic Scores Performed Live To Film

February 8, 2017

The New York Philharmonic will present the World Premiere of the Star Wars — Film Concert Series featuring screenings of the complete films A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens with Oscar-winning composer John Williams’ musical scores performed live to the films. The concerts will be led […]

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Recalls Mickey Mouse Nightlights Due to Fire Hazard

February 3, 2017

Name of Product: Happy Holidays! Mickey Mouse Nightlights Hazard: Liquid from the nightlight can leak onto the electrical outlet, posing a fire hazard. Remedy: Refund Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled nightlights and contact Walt Disney Parks and Resorts US, Inc. for instructions on returning them for a full refund. Consumer Contact: Walt Disney […]

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