Music Video: ‘It’s Who You Are’ by AJ Michalka from Disney’s ‘Secretariat’

Walt Disney Studios has released the following music video in support of Secretariat, the impossible true story. ‘It’s Who You Are’ is performed by Amanda ‘AJ’ Michalka who is arguably best known for her musical performances with her sister as Aly & AJ, later called 78violet.

Amanda also has a role in the film which opens in theaters nationwide. For more information on Secretariat, including the trailer, posters, dozens of stills and more, follow this bookmark.

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Sneak Peek: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Performed by Jordin Sparks

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has just released this sneak peek at the music video for the Beauty and the Beast title song as performed by American Idol winner Jordin Sparks. The video is to be featured on the Beauty and the Beast Diamond Edition which will be released on Disney Blu-ray/DVD on October 5.

Don’t forget to check out our sneak peek of just some of the many bonus features to be found on the Beauty and the Beast Diamond Edition here.

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First Look: Disney/Pixar’s ‘Brave’ New Title Treatment

'Brave' from Disney/PixarDisney’s Hollywood Studios cast member Paul Chadkin spotted and photographed the first known title artwork for Disney/Pixar’s Brave today in poster form at the park’s Animation Building. Note that the logo for the film (originally titled The Bear and the Bow) has been modified from the original photo for its presentation here and may or may not properly represent the true artwork.

Pixar animator Chris Chua noted that Princess Merida (Reese Witherspoon) and her mother, Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson) are prominently represented in the logo here as well (pay special attention to the detail in the lettering).

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Photos: Disney Event Offers First Look at Tangled’s Rapunzel and Flynn Rider Meet & Greet Characters

Rapunzel and Flynn Rider appear with guests at Disney's Tangled press eventWalt Disney Studios held a screening and press event for Tangled earlier today in Los Angeles according to tweets by’ George Roush (@elguapo1). We hear that in addition to appearances by the film’s stars Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi, the event was attended by John Lasseter and Alan Menken. Roush also tweeted out a photo that features the new meet & greet Rapunzel and Flynn Rider characters that will be making their Disney Parks debut beginning October 15.

Note that we do anticipate the meet and greet areas at both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts to embellish on Rapunzel’s hair which is significantly hidden in the photo.

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Secretariat Featurettes: ‘Penny’s Story – Against All Odds’ and ‘Making of a Champion’

Walt Disney Studios has released two featurettes today focusing on its upcoming buzz-worthy October 8 release of Secretariat.

In ‘Penny’s Story – Against All Odds,’ director Randall Wallace, producer Mark Ciardi and Diane Lane talk about the challenges Penny Chenery faced when she decided to bring Secretariat to the world of horse racing, in a place where women simply weren’t meant to be, accomplishing something most men couldn’t. Among much of the new footage introduced in the clip are scenes with Dylan Baker and a great introduction to horse trainer Lucien Laurin as portrayed by the incomparable John Malkovich.

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Video: ‘Secretariat’ Director Randall Wallace Relays Penny Chenery’s Reaction to Film

Walt Disney Studios released this clip earlier today in which Secretariat director Randall Wallace discusses the reaction Penny Chenery had to seeing her life played out on the big screen. ‘It was in seeing the movie that she understood for the first time just how lonely she had been in her life, how isolated the journey had been, what it had cost her emotionally,’ he notes.

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‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ Appears on Disney Blu-ray/DVD November 30; Available for Pre-Order

'Sorcerer's Apprentice' on Disney Blu-ray/DVD © has begun accepting pre-orders for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice from Jerry Bruckheimer and Walt Disney Studios available in Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy and DVD formats.

Magic is everywhere in Disney’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice-the fun family adventure from the creators of National Treasure. Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) is a modern-day sorcerer with his hands full defending Manhattan against dark forces. When a seemingly average kid shows hidden potential, Balthazar takes his reluctant recruit on a crash course in the art and science of magic to become the ultimate sorcerer’s apprentice. Experience more extraordinary thrills, heart-stopping action and spectacular special effects than you can imagine as these unlikely partners show us that the real world is far more magical than we ever knew!

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THR: Disney Studios Marketing Doesn’t Do ‘The Coolest Job Ever;’ Brings In Outsider for POTC4

Thinly veiled as a puff piece in which Walt Disney Studios marketing has opted to turn to a veteran consultant to handle the marketing for the fourth installment of the immensely popular Pirates of the Caribbean series, Kim Masters for The Hollywood Reporter has offered a rather scathing piece which hits WDS right where it counts — below the money belt.

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Report: Disney Drops The 3D Luxo Ball, Fetches ‘Bolt’ and ‘Alice’ Deal with Sony Instead

Very early this year, we reported on a Hollywood Reporter blurb that didn’t seem to catch the eye of most — Disney planned on releasing three Blu-ray 3D titles this year: A Christmas Carol, Alice in Wonderland and Toy Story 3.

Shortly thereafter it was widely rumored but never substantiated that Disney was considering making Alice in Wonderland a package deal with Sony products. However Sony recently announced and Variety confirms that it will be offering not just Alice in Wonderland as an exclusive bundle with its 3D home theater equipment this fall, but that Disney’s Bolt will also be available exclusively in Blu-ray 3D with Sony. The titles will come alongside purchases of Sony Bravia 3D TVs and — without the assistance of eBay — consumers will be forced to choose between the two. Whether the 3D titles will become available for general purchase in the future is up in the air.

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Spoiler: First Book for Disney’s ‘Tangled’ Reveals Surprising Details About Film

'Learn to Draw Disney's Tangled' from Walter FosterMerchandising isn’t the only big marketing move when it comes to promoting the latest Disney film, books are huge business too. Personally, I’ve become a huge fan of the junior novelization series which are often available a month or more before the film is released. It’s always fascinating to see just how similar the book, which is based on the actual scripts, is (or isn’t) to the final product. Alice in Wonderland and Toy Story 3 were dead-on while The Sorcerer’s Apprentice makes one imagine there’s a lot of film still sitting on the cutting room floor.

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