New Video Provides Undeniable Evidence Towards Legitimacy of So-Called ‘Lotso’ Ad Hoax

Even the experts who transcribed the paranormal activities chronicled in the Time-Life Mysteries of the Unknown series of books would clearly have trouble explaining this one.

Since the early 80s commercial for Lots-o-Huggin’ Bear found its way to the net, dozens of confused individuals are now congratulating Pixar on job well done, touting the ad as a fake — a viral video created in modern-day times designed to generate buzz for Toy Story 3 and its so-called ‘new’ stars.

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‘Toy Story 3′ Continues Push with New Teaser Poster, Internet Webisode

Toy Story 3 International PosterDisney/Pixar continues to step up the promotion of its upcoming Toy Story 3 with a new international teaser poster featuring the gang (old and new) busting out of Sunnyside Daycare.

Perhaps carying on a new tradition we experienced with UP, we also get our first look of a new ‘webisode’ titled Mission I: Buzz and Woody in which our heroes are re-introduced along with their first mission. The teaser also features a tad of never-before-seen footage from the film, in stark contrast to the infamous Japanese trailer which plays more like a Reader’s Digest condensed version of the film.

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First Look: Diane Lane and John Malkovich in ‘Secretariat’

Diane Lane and John Malkovich in 'Secretariat'

We have just received these new stills from Walt Disney Studios’ Secretariat starring Diane Lane and John Malkovich.

Based on the remarkable true story, Secretariat chronicles the spectacular journey of the 1973 Triple Crown winner.  Housewife and mother Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) agrees to take over her ailing father’s Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge.  Against all odds, Chenery—with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich)—manages to navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and what may be the greatest racehorse of all time.

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‘Lion King’ Diamond Edition to Arrive on Disney 3D Blu-ray on October 4, 2011; 8-Disc Trilogy Also to be Released

'Lion King' on Disney 3d Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD from Walt Disney Studios Home EntertainmentAlthough bonus features have yet to be revealed, we have learned that The Lion King will be available to own on Disney Blu-ray/DVD on October 4, 2010. There will be multiple editions, including the Four-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy, the Two-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray / DVD Combo and DVD editions, all currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com

There will also be an 8-disc ‘trilogy’ set, presumably consisting of The Lion King, The Lion King 1 1/2 and The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride.

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Disney Books, Music and Videos Being Released During Week of April 26

Here’s look at some of the Disney-related books, movies and audio CDs being released this week. Please note that this list is automatically generated and information can not guaranteed by this site.

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Photocall: ‘Iron Man 2′ Press Junket at Los Angeles Four Seasons Hotel

Pirates mingle with guests in costume at POTC4 Trailer Event at Disneyland Resort A press junket and photocall were offered yesterday in support of Disney/Marvel’s upcoming summer blockbuster Iron Man 2. In attendance for the photocall were Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Ironman), Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts), Don Cheadle (Lt. Col. James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes), Scarlett Johansson (Natalie Rushman/Natasha Romanoff), Mickey Rourke (Ivan Vanko) and Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan/Director).

We’d like to thank Paramount Pictures for providing us with these images which were taken by Jason Merritt/Getty Images and Michael Buckner/WireImage. Furthermore, we feel obligated to note that the disproportionate number of Scarlett Johansson photos was in fact an editorial decision.

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Vintage Television Commercial for Toy Story Character Surfaces

If you can forgive the wear and tear on the VHS, the poor tracking and muffled audio, this television ad just may take some you back to the early 80s at a time when the Smurfs, Cabbage Patch Kids, Rainbow Brite, Strawberry Shortcake, Teddy Ruxpin, Gloworms, Wuzzles and — of course — Lots-o-Huggin’ Bear dominated the world of kids’ pop culture and the KB Toy Store at the local shopping mall couldn’t keep them stocked on the shelves, try as they might.

Call it Flashback Friday, but I couldn’t resist sharing this YouTube gem with you all. Maybe it’s time to go searching on eBay.

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HMS Bounty is a ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Supporting Actor, but No Star

It’s hard to say who’s the real pirate in this story, but as it recently came to my attention that the touring tall ship, the HMS Bounty II, is being touted as the Black Pearl in promotional material for its current stop in Newburgh, NY, I felt interested parties deserve a warning: the replica ship originally built for the Marlon Brando film Mutiny on the Bounty did sail in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies alright, but she never was, nor never shall be the Black Pearl.

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Walt Disney Studios and Sprint to Honor Jerry Bruckheimer with Star-Studded Epic Event

In recognition of his remarkable body of work, Sprint (NYSE:S) is pleased to present A Cinematic Celebration of Jerry Bruckheimer on May 17, 2010 in Hollywood. Five Bruckheimer-produced blockbusters will screen in Hollywood during this special event celebrating the producer of some of the most successful motion pictures of the last 35 years. Each screening will be introduced by an actor or director who helped make the film so memorable. The event will coincide with the Hollywood premiere of Bruckheimer’s newest epic action-adventure, the much-anticipated “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal, at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the American Film Institute (AFI).

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Pixar Makes Announcements Official: ‘Brave’ and ‘Monsters, Inc. 2′ on Their Way

During an otherwise reportedly lackluster presentation by Walt Disney Studios President Rich Ross, Disney has formally announced the upcoming releases of Pixar’s Brave (formerly The Bear and the Bow, the news of the re-dubbing we first broke here) to be released on June 15, 2012 and the long anticipated sequel, Monsters Inc 2 which currently carries a release date of November 16, 2012.

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