‘Let It Shine: Extended Edition’ to be Available on DVD August 7, 2012

'Let It Shine: Extended Edition' on Disney DVDThe energetic and music-driven Disney Channel Original Movie Let It Shine: Extended Edition featuring an exclusive extended music scene arrives as a 1-Disc DVD (DVD + Digital Copy on the same disc) on August 7, 2012 (now available for pre-order).

Set in the world of hip-hop, rap and gospel music, the uplifting modern day story inspired by Cyrano de Bergerac stars Tyler James Williams, Coco Jones, Trevor Jackson, Brandon Mychal Smith, Nicole Sullivan, Dawnn Lewis, Alex Desert and Courtney B. Vance.

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‘The Avengers’ Smashes Box Office Records Worldwide; $200M Opening, $600M+ Worldwide

'The Avengers' Theatrical PosterThe Walt Disney Studios announced today that Marvel’s The Avengers posted an estimated $200.3 million in its domestic debut May 4-6, shattering previous records and positioning the film as the highest-grossing domestic debut of all time. The film’s cumulative global box office gross is an estimated $641.8 million over 12 days in release.

In just three days, Marvel’s the Avengers is the fastest movie to reach $200 million domestically. The domestic debut kicked off Friday, May 4 and marks the second highest single day take of all time at $80.5 million. Saturday’s box office gross of $69.7 million is the highest Saturday take of all time. Moviegoers gave Marvel’s The Avengers a rare and perfect A+ CinemaScore.

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‘Frankenweenie’ New Hi-Res Stills, Behind-the Scenes and Fun Facts

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Walt Disney Studios has provided us with some new hi-res stills, behind the scenes photos and ‘fun facts’ regarding Tim Burton’s latest creation, Frankenweenie, a feature-length stop-motion animation film based on his original live action short. A heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life — with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new ‘leash on life’ can be monstrous.

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‘Brave’ New Concept Art, Stills (Hi-Res)

BRAVE Tapestry concept art by Production Designer Steve Pilcher.

Walt Disney Studios and Pixar Animation Studios have provided us with a couple of new stills as well as several pieces of concept art from its upcoming film Brave. The rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland serve as the backdrop for Brave, a new tale that joins the land’s ancient lore — stories of epic battles and mystical legends passed down for generations. Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, Brave is the grand adventure of Merida, a skilled archer who confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts to discover the true meaning of courage.

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Photos: Scarlett Johansson Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Walt Disney Studios has provided us with several images from the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony held earlier today in which Marvel’s The Avengers star Scarlett Johansson was awarded a star on the legendary promenade.

Johansson stars in the summer blockbuster as Black Widow. At the event, she was joined by fellow co-stars Clark Gregg and Jeremy Renner along with her grandmother.

In Marvel’s The Avengers, the world’s greatest Super Heroes assemble when Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) join S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to protect the world from the dangerous and powerful villain, Loki (Tom Hiddleston). Marvel’s The Avengers opens in theaters nationwide on Friday, May 4.

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‘Paperman’ to be Screened at LA Film Fest in June

According to its official Facebook page, Disney’s revolutionary short, Paperman'Paperman' will make its North American debut at the LA Film Fest in June. Just prior to that, it is scheduled to have its world premiere at the Annecy International Film Festival.

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Report: Marvel ‘Avengers’ Exhibit Opens at Madame Tussauds New York

Marvel exhibit at Madame Tussauds New York - Hulk

The Avengers have assembled once more, but this time in wax. Late last week, Madame Tussauds in New York City’s Times Square introduced a new Marvel experience to commemorate the theatrical debut of Marvel’s The Avengers on May 4, 2012.

The exhibit is comprised of several figures, amongst which are Spider-Man, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor and Captain America, although only the latter two are new figures for the Museum chain. In fact Hulk stands at an astounding 15 feet tall, which is almost double that of the film’s character, and while Tony Stark may be made of wax, the Iron Man suit on display is not. Captain America and Thor, however, are absolutely true to their individual film counterparts, dress in film accurate costume and patterned after actors Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans.

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Lasseter to Participate in CG Animation Panel Moderated by Tom Sito

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced it will be conducting a panel on computer-generated film animation ‘from Vertigo to Toy Story to the 3D spectacles of today.’ The panel, moderated by legendary animator and historian Tom Sito, is titled ‘The Development of the Digital Animator,’ and well be held Monday, May 21 at 7:30 pm PT in Beverly Hills as part of the Academy’s Marc Davis Celebration of Animation.

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Photos/Videos: Merida Character Begins Testing at Epcot in Walt Disney World

Princess Merida at Epcot in Walt Disney World. Photo by abelle2 / FlickrPrincess Merida, the heroine of Disney/Pixar’s Brave, made a surprise appearance in Future World at Epcot yesterday. Although she will officially begin meeting guests in a play and greet environment at the Magic Kingdom starting later this month, she is apparently making random appearances as she gets acclimated to the harsh Orlando weather.

A batch of photos have appeared on Flickr from abelle2, although it appears more photos can be seen currently on this tumblr post (via @DisneyProjects).

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‘Cinderella’ Diamond Edition to Include ‘Tangled Ever After,’ Second Screen and New Fantasyland Preview

'Cinderella' Diamond Edition on Disney Blu-ray/DVDWalt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has announced that Cinderella Diamond Edition will be available to own on Disney Blu-ray/DVD on October 2, 2012 and is now available for pre-order from both Amazon.com and DisneyStore.com (as a 2 disc edition, along with their usual exclusive bonus set of lithographs).

In addition, there will also be a six disc limited edition Cinderella Trilogy boxed set packaged inside a functional jewelry case (also available for pre-order). The boxed set will consist of a the Cinderella blu-ray, a single blu-ray containing both of the sequels (Cinderella, Cinderella 2: Dreams Come True, and Cinderella 3: A Twist in Time) along with individual copies of each on DVD and the digital copy disc). The discs themselves come inside a storybook packaging (Amazon.com has a photo as well as a demo unboxing video).

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