ESPN, Paramount, NASCAR Join Forces in the Ultimate Street Battle of Good Vs. Evil with the Transformers

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. and BRISTOL, Conn., Oct. 13  — NASCAR fans will have the chance to choose their side in the battle to control the planet when Paramount Home Entertainment and ESPN launch a unique promotional campaign in support of the October 20 debut of TRANSFORMERS: Revenge of the Fallen on DVD and Blu-ray. Paramount Home Entertainment will sponsor not one, but two of the vehicles taking part in the October 17 “NASCAR Banking 500 only from Bank of America Race” at the Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina, a first for any film property.

The cars will be driven by rising star and 2008 Daytona 500 winner Ryan Newman and 4-time Sprint Cup Series Jeff Gordon. Newman’s car, uniform and pit crew all will be branded with images of OPTIMUS PRIME, the heroic leader of the peace-loving AUTOBOTS. Gordon’s car, uniform and crew will sport graphics of MEGATRON, the malevolent leader of the DECEPTICONS. Michael Bay, the director of the TRANSFORMERS megahits, will be the official pace car driver for the 50th running of the NASCAR Banking 500 only from Bank of America at Lowe’s Motor Speedway on Saturday night, Oct. 17. The race will air on ABC at 7 p.m. ET.

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Toy Story 3 Director Lee Unkrich Announces TS and TS2 3D Extension, TS3 Casting News

In a video message released today, Pixar director Lee Unkrich has announced that the limited double-feature release of Toy Story and Toy Story 2 has been extended beyond October 2, although no specific date was given.

Lee also mentioned that a new, unnamed character in Toy Story 3 will be voiced by Kristen Schaal, who is known primarily for her roles on HBO’s Flight of the Conchords as well as a contributor to The Daily Show. Unkrich also announced that comedian and character actor Blake Clark will be stepping in for the role of Slinky.

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D23 Announces Holiday Events Exclusively for D23 Members in Disneyland, Walt Disney World and Los Angeles

BURBANK, CA – October 8, 2009 — D23: The Official Community for Disney Fans today announced complete details for three incredible holiday events this December. D23 Members will get a chance to deck the halls and experience the wonder of the season like never before through incredible offerings at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts as well as a very special “Disney and Dickens” event celebrating Christmases past and present in Hollywood.

“The winter wonderland season at a Disney Park is unlike any other and this December we are offering D23 Members a chance to experience some of our most heartfelt holiday traditions like never before,” said Steven Clark, head of D23. “All three of these events are sure to create lasting magical memories and I couldn’t be more excited to cap off this incredible year of D23 with our Charter Year Members.”

HOLIDAY 2009 D23 CHARTER MEMBER-ONLY SPECIAL EVENTS:

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New Featurette for ‘A Christmas Carol’ Presents a Ghost Story for the Ages

In this new featurette titled Ultimate Ghost Story, we are introduced further to the three ghosts that visit Scrooge over the course of the night (with all four characters being portrayed by Jim Carrey). This featurette also gives us our first good glimpse of the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come (or at least as good as it gets anyway). Enjoy!

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Buzz and Woody Re-Mix it Up in Brand New Toy Story & Toy Story 2 Mashup Video

With an amazing remix by DJ Synd of the Toy Story anthem You’ve Got a Friend in Me as the soundtrack Disney/Pixar has released the following music video mashing up scenes from both Toy Story films:

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Disney Channel President Rich Ross Named New Chairman of Walt Disney Studios

Rich Ross (Photo courtesy of The Walt Disney Company)BURBANK, Calif., October 5, 2009 — Rich Ross, President of Disney Channels Worldwide, has been named Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, it was announced today by Disney President and CEO Robert A. Iger.

Ross will oversee worldwide production, distribution and marketing for the company’s range of live-action and feature animated film labels, including Walt Disney, Touchstone, Miramax and Disney/Pixar. In his new role, which he assumes immediately, he will also head Disney’s theatrical and music groups.

In his thirteen years at Disney, Ross has consistently created hit original programming, effectively expanded a worldwide creative and distribution organization, skillfully built the Disney brand with global franchises that work across borders and technology platforms and put in place a strong management team.

“Rich has an outstanding record of creating high-quality family entertainment that delights audiences around the world,” said Iger. “With his success in building the Disney brand across many of our businesses, his astute marketing sensibility, his proven ability in working effectively with talent and his skill at navigating complex global markets, I’m confident he’s the perfect leader for our studio group.”

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New Trailer for Disney’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ Lifts Jim Carrey’s Spirits

Earlier today, Disney sent us this brand new second trailer for A Christmas Carol which helps set the tone for the film. Enjoy!

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How Well Do YOU Know the Eight Dwarfs from Snow White?

In honor of the Blu-ray release of Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Diamond Edition this Tuesday, October 6, we thought we’d spend a little time recognizing the little folk that made it all possible: the dwarfs.

So like the title asks, how well do you know the dwarfs? If you know there’s only seven of them, you’re well on your way! Let’s just see how much more you know about them.

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Historic El Capitan Theatre Receives RealD 3D XL Cinema System in Time for Toy Story 3D Double Feature

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 1  — The famed Hollywood El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood has been upgraded to 3D cinema leader RealD’s XL Cinema System in time for the highly-anticipated debut of Disney PIXAR’s Toy Story and Toy Story 2 Disney Digital 3D(TM) double feature beginning October 2nd. Powered by RealD for 3D presentations since the release of Disney’s Chicken Little in 2005, the landmark El Capitan Theatre is the highest attended RealD 3D theatre in the world.

“The El Capitan is a state of the art movie palace which has been equipped with RealD 3D technology for many years,” said Michael V. Lewis, chairman and CEO of RealD. “Upgrading to the industry’s brightest 3D delivered by the XL Cinema System in time for ‘Toy Story’ and ‘Toy Story 2′ will help a new generation of fans discover and fall in love with this classic franchise and beloved characters in spectacular RealD 3D.”

“This fantastic double feature will let moviegoers see two of their all-time favorite films from Pixar Animation Studios in a way they have never seen them before,” said Mark Zoradi, president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Group. “Countless hours are dedicated to creating Disney Digital 3D films and we’re excited audiences at the El Capitan Theatre will experience every eye popping 3D effect and feel like they’ve stepped inside the movie through RealD 3D.”

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