‘Real Steel’ Hits Blu-Ray with Disney’s Second Screen on January 24

'Real Steel' © 2011 DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC. All Reserved.DreamWorks Studios’ Real Steel, starring Hugh Jackman, muscles its way into the Home Entertainment arena on Blu-ray™, DVD, Digital and On-Demand on January 24, 2012. This visually stunning action-adventure filled with heart and soul is a “must-add” to every home movie collection, delivering a premium in-home experience complete with knockout bonus materials that dive deeper into the action.

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Photo: Kermit the Frog Helps First Lady at National Tree Lighting Ceremony

Kermit the Frog with First Lady Michelle ObamaDressed for the colder weather (read: completely naked save for a scarf), Kermit the Frog of the Muppets was on-hand yesterday evening to assist with the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, DC.

Hosted by Carson Daly, the ceremony also featured performances by OneRepublic, Rodney Atkins, Marsha Ambrosius and Big Time Rush. Kermit joined First Lady Michelle Obama as she read a story to the attending children.

The National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony marks the opening of the four-week event sponsored by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s National Parks.

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Disney/Pixar’s ‘La Luna’ Shortlisted for Animated Short Oscar

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that out of the 44 animated short films submitted for Oscar consideration, ten have been shortlisted to be further considered for nominations in the category. Among the ten selected is La Luna from Pixar Animation Studios, the short that will play before Brave when it opens next year. Pixar Animation Studios has quietly arranged for the short to show this year enough to meet eligibility requirements, meaning an Oscar nomination — let alone a win — will become a valuable marketing tool for Brave in 2012.

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‘John Carter’ New Trailer, Television Ad and Special Screening Details

'John Carter' Teaser PosterWalt Disney Studios has just released the second trailer for its upcoming adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter, along with a couple of extra out-of-this-world treats.

In addition to the FX-laden trailer, Walt Disney Studios has also released a television spot as well as a special offer being extended to fans who share the name as the title hero. Introduced by director Andrew Stanton, anyone named John Carter (or people who know someone named John Carter) are invited to visit RealJohnCarter.com and sign up to be invited to special private screenings. One John Carter will even be awarded a mysterious trip to parts as of yet unknown.

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‘The Avengers’ Official Character Descriptions

'The Avengers' Teaser PosterWalt Disney Studios and Marvel Studios have provided us with the official character descriptions for their upcoming release, The Avengers, in theaters on May 4, 2012. In Marvel’s The Avengers, it’s the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.

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‘Small Fry’ Still in Which Mini-Buzz Stands Small with Mini-Zurg

'Small Fry' © Disney/Pixar. All Rights ReservedUnfortunately I have not yet had the privilege to see either Disney’s The Muppets or the accompanying Toy Story Toon, Small Fry, from Pixar Animation Studios, but it would appear based on circumstantial evidence that this still, newly released via the official Toy Story Facebook page, features a shot of Mini-Buzz and Mini-Zurg (aka Mini-Dad) in a fast food joint display case of available kids meals toys based on the popular Space Rangers program.

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‘Geek Charming’ with Episodes of ‘Shake It Up’ on DVD, February 7

'Geek Charming' on DVDThe Disney Channel Original Movie, Geek Charming, starring Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland and High School Musical 3’s Matt Prokop, will be available to own on Disney DVD on February 7, 2012, just in times for Valentine’s Day.

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‘The Muppets’ Clips: ‘Cleaning the Theater,’ ‘Show Pitching,’ ‘Modem’ and More

'The Muppets' One-Sheet FinalWalt Disney Studios and Muppets Studio has provided us with several clips from their upcoming release, The Muppets, opening in theaters nationwide. We managed to sift through the pile and find a few that don’t appear to have been released as of yet — at least not through official channels anyway, so without further ado:

Our first clip is ‘Modem’ in which Gary, Mary and Walter (or Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Walter respectively) have alerted Kermit to the fate of the Muppet theater and so they take off along with Kermit’s butler, 80s Robot at the wheel. How to find the rest of the Muppet gang? Let’s just say friends don’t let friends use 1200 baud, 7 bits, even parity and 1 stop bit. Yeah, you kids know exactly what I’m talking about.

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‘Muppet Radio’ to Launch on SiriusXM Radio for Limited Time November 23

Sirius XM Radio announced that it will launch “Muppet Radio,” a five-day limited run Thanksgiving week channel hosted by Kermit the Frog featuring new and classic Muppet music and an array of Muppets interacting with hosts from SiriusXM’s talk/entertainment, music and sports channels.

“Muppet Radio” will launch November 23 at 12:01 am ET and air through November 28 at 3:00 am ET on SiriusXM channel 145, online on SiriusXM Internet Radio channel 813 and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App on smartphones and mobile devices on Limited Engagements 3.

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‘The Muppets’ Soundtrack Interactive Preview on YouTube

'The Muppets' Original Motion Picture SoundtrackWalt Disney Records has just released an interactive preview of the original motion picture soundtrack to The Muppets on YouTube. As boring as a video for a soundtrack might sound at first, Disney has added its own color-coded commentary from the Muppets themselves via text blips, allowing the video to offer up some eye candy in addition to ear candy (and that’s asking for a lot of cavities).

When Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, and friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater, they help Kermit reunite the Muppets to stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater.

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