The Stakes Go ‘Up’ for Disney for Taking Home the Oscar in 2010

The nominations for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards have been announced this morning and, once again, it’s up to the Disney/Pixar champion UP to bring home the gold (statuettes) for The Walt Disney Company.

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We Called It! Iron Man the Animated Series Comes to DVD in May

Barely a week after the Disney-Marvel acquisition was made final, we announced that it appeared the first public Disney-Marvel action might have been to release the Iron Man animated series on DVD, something that previously had only been done in some parts of Europe.

Today we have confirmation via Amazon.com that the entire series will be released on a 3-disc set on May 4 and is now available for pre-order.

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Disney: Miramax Still Alive and Kicking… Sorta

The Associated Press is reporting that The Walt Disney Company affirms that the Miramax label will continue to exist and the films reported as being shelved will be distributed throughout theaters through 2011.

Disney says the most recent move was in line with the long term plans involving Miramax which include reducing the number of films produced per year to a maximum of three.

The article attributes an email sent from a [former?] Miramax employee, directing recipients to a specific Disney employee as the source of confusion.

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Disney Shuts Down Miramax; Shelves Films Not Yet Released

The Wrap reported yesterday that Disney has officially decided to shut down Miramax Films after a recent period of slowly shrinking the production and distribution company, most recently ousting its president Daniel Battsek and closing the New York offices. Founded in 1979 by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the pioneering film company was named in honor of the Weinsteins’ parents (Miriam and Max) and was acquired by Disney in 1993. After a strained relationship with The Walt Disney Company, the Weinsteins left Miramax in 2005 and began another new film company on their own.

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Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Disney Over ‘Baby Einstein’ Refunds

Alleging violation of the California Legal Remedies Act and the California Business Code, the class action claims that Disney has not fulfilled its promise of offering full refunds on Baby Einstein DVDs purchased since an uproar was caused over a report that determined that the videos had no positive intellectual effect on infants despite claims made on the initial product. Although Disney acquired Baby Einstein in 2001, the current refund offer which was intended to fend off a class action lawsuit of its own, only covers videos sold since 2004.

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Surprise Wedding Proposal at ‘When in Rome’ Premiere for Couple Who Met at Disneyland

Navy SEAL Chad Williams proposes to now-fiancee Aubrey O'Boyle on the Red Carpet at 'When in Rome' PremiereJust in time for Valentine’s season, Robbins Brothers, The Engagement Ring Store™, gave a lucky couple an unforgettable experience last night: a one-of-a-kind surprise marriage proposal on the red carpet at a Hollywood movie premiere.

Touchstone Pictures’ “When in Rome,” which hits theaters nationwide on January 29, celebrated its world premiere last night at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood.

The groom-to-be is Chad Williams, 25, a U.S. Navy SEAL from Huntington Beach, CA.  Chad proposed to his girlfriend of seven years, Aubrey O’Boyle, 23, in front of the assembled national and international media at the premiere of Disney’s new date-night movie.

Stunned but overjoyed, Aubrey answered “yes” — and is currently wearing a one-carat, round brilliant cut diamond set in a Scott Kay engagement ring, which Chad bought for her at Robbins Brothers’ Mission Viejo store.  The retailer will give Chad and Aubrey a gift certificate towards wedding bands in celebration of their upcoming wedding day. The couple also enjoyed a complimentary dinner from Fleming’s to celebrate their engagement. (more…)

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The Princess and the Frog Comes to Blu-ray and DVD on March 16

From the creators of Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Aladdin comes the modern-day classic fairy tale The Princess and the Frog. Discover what really happened after the princess kissed the frog in an inspired twist on the world’s most famous kiss. This hilarious adventure leaps off the screen with stunning animation, irresistible music and an unforgettable cast of characters.

Enter Princess Tiana’s world of talking frogs, singing alligators and lovesick fireflies as she embarks on an incredible journey through the mystical bayous of Louisiana. Spurred on by a little bit of courage and a great big dream, these new friends come to realize what’s truly important in life . . . love, family and friendship.

Overflowing with humor and heart, The Princess And The Frog is an incredible motion picture experience your whole family will want to enjoy again and again! Made in U.S.A. Rated G. Available to own March 16, 2010 and is now available for pre-order from Amazon.com.

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Disney to Kick Off ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Promotion Across Three Networks, Super Bowl Ad

Not quite mad as a hatter with anticipation for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland yet? You will be.

Beginning January 31, Walt Disney Studios will begin offering 60-second first looks across three networks, each providing its own exclusive sneak peek at the film, all culminating to a spectacular ad during the Super Bowl titled Tick-Tock.

You can catch ABC’s version during Desperate Housewives on January 31 and The Bachelor on February 1; ESPN’s version during the 2010 NFL Pro Bowl on January 31 and during the NBA Nuggets-Lakers game on February 5; and ABC Family’s during Greek on Febuary 1 and The Parent Trap on February 6.

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New ‘Yellow Light Cycle’ Billboard Ad for Tron Legacy (Hi-Res Image)

Released a few days ago, exclusively through MTV, Walt Disney Studios has now offered us the following hi-res image of a sleek new Tron Legacy billboard ad featuring a yellow light cycle. This ad compliments the original blue version we first introduced you to last month.

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First Look: Cover Box Art for Toy Story on Blu-ray

Ever since we were the first to bring the good news that Toy Story and Toy Story 2 would individually be heading to blu-ray on March 23 (with Toy Story 3 coming to 3D blu-ray later this year), we’ve seen a countless number of folks questioning what the cover art for Toy Story would look like since it was obvious that the artwork released was simply a place-holder.

We are now pleased to present to you the artwork that Amazon.com has just replaced the original with. As of this update, the artwork for Toy Story 2 remains as the original, temporary cover art.

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