Third Shoe Drops as Disney Motion Pictures Group Prez Mark Zoradi Makes Exit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Mark Zoradi, who as president of the Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Group handled worldwide marketing and distribution of films, resigned on Monday after 29 years at the company, the studio said.

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The Prince and the Gecko: Disney Ad It Again

Earlier this year, Disney and Aflac joined forces in order to promote UP in a television spot for the insurance company that cleverly integrated the Aflac Duck with segments from the film.

Not to be outdone, Martin the GEICO Gecko has stepped in to help promote The Princess and the Frog and it’s reptilia y amphibia when the cursed Prince Naveen learns that being hexed is only the beginning of his problems. Is it too much to hope for the next commercial to have Mr. Toad saving money by switching to GEICO?

In any case, enjoy.

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Monsters, Inc. ‘Roz’s 100 Door Challenge’ Cheat Sheet (Blu-ray)

The big extra included in the Blu-ray release of Disney/Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. (November 10) is a game called Roz’s 100 Door Challenge. The game, a twisted combination of movie trivia, math and logic puzzles and occasional silliness, is bound to lead one’s sanity straight to the edge from time to time. It’s with this in mind that we are pleased to present to you our cheat sheet, the first of its kind anywhere as far as we know.

In order to keep things somewhat interesting and mildly honest (given the intent is to help you with the difficult ones), each answer is hidden by default and revealed when you click on the ‘show answer’ link below the question. We do encourage you to try to figure out the answers yourself, but given how we went through the entire game to be able to write this, we understand sometimes a little help can be fun too.

Enjoy.

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Mad Hatter Releases First of Three New Images from Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Alice in Wonderland teaser featuring Alice, the Red Queen, the Tweedles and the Cheshire CatFour months to go until the release of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and the waiting has driven some of us mad and some others madder, least of all the Hatter who has taken to his Facebook page to releasing this first of three new images from the upcoming film. He’s managed to place an embargo on the others however and won’t release anything more until he gets at least 7,500 Likes, so interested parties are encouraged to check out The Disloyal Subjects of the Mad Hatter and vote up the first.

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REVIEW: ‘Disney’s A Christmas Carol’ is a Thrilling Ride in Digital 3D

There’s just no beating around the bush about this one: one of the most thrilling action movies this year was written by Charles Dickens in 1843. The only questions that remain are just how good is this movie that Disney has been promoting in over the top ways? And what should you know about this movie before you see it?

Check out our review of Disney’s newest film for all the sordid details.

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Photo Call: Disney’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ World Premiere in London

The world premiere of Disney’s A Christmas Carol took place today in London, kicking off the holiday season with a spectactle of events. Walt Disney Studios has graciously provided us with photos of the premiere itself which we’d like to share with you.

All photos by Gareth Cattermole, Ian Gavan and Marco Secchi for Getty Images, courtesy of Disney.

As always, clicking on the thumbnail below will show a larger version of the photo.

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Hilary Duff to Star, Executive-Produce ABC Family Original Movie ‘The Business of Falling in Love’

Burbank, CA (November 3, 2009) – Hilary Duff (“The Story of Bonnie and Clyde,” “A Cinderella Story”), Matt Dallas, (“Kyle XY,” “Eastwick”), Michael McMillan (“True Blood,” “What I Like About You) and Chris Carmack (“Drop Dead Diva,” “The OC”) have signed to star in the ABC Family original production “The Business of Falling in Love.” The two-hour original movie will begin principal photography this month in New Orleans, Louisiana, and is set to premiere on ABC Family in spring 2010.

“The Business of Falling in Love,” based on the book Diary of a Working Girl by Daniella Brodsky, stars Duff as Lane Daniels, a bright effervescent fashion journalist whose career and love life come together in a smashing way when she pitches the article “Switching Careers to Find Love” to Cosmopolitan magazine – her favorite magazine and ultimate career aspiration. Lane can’t believe her luck when the editor goes for it in a big way, handing her the professional opportunity of a life time – a potential cover story!

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REVIEW: Mickey’s Magical Christmas: Snowed In at the House of Mouse

It’s Christmas Eve and the entire Disney gang is trapped inside the House of Mouse but not a creature is moping — except for Donald that is. Can Mickey help remind Donald of the Christmas spirit and still keep his customers entertained? Or is it just one big snow job? Read our review to find out more.

 

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Turn the Clocks Back with These Retro Posters Inspired by Disney/Pixar’s UP

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So as all my clocks automatically adjusted themselves this past weekend as I soundly slept, I got to thinking (or might have, had I been awake) and reminiscing about the good old days. Back when UP was the newest movie from Pixar and 3D movies cost just $20 and I had to take a taxi cab to see them in the snow uphill — both ways.

If you share my thoughts and the haunting melody of the timeless classic ‘Party in the USA’ by Miley Cyrus is seeping into your head as we speak, then this is the post for you.

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Muppets Make Magnificent Movie Magnet Marketing Maneuver

Muppets MagnetsBeginning this week and running through January 3, 2010, select Muppet DVDs will come with a bonus magnet dress-up set featuring a primary cast member teamed up with a what-not.

The Muppet Movie contains the exclusive Kermit magnet set featuring his director’s outfit; The Great Muppet Caper includes Fozzie Bear with his pizza guy disguise; and A Muppet Christmas Carol has Gonzo with his Charles Dickens costume.

The packaged magnet sets will be available at most major retailers including Target, Best Buy and Toys R Us.

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