‘Mary Poppins’ Behind-the-Scenes Photos, Concept Art and More Released for ‘Saving Mr. Banks’

Richard Sherman, Julie Andrews, Irwin Kostal, @iammrvandy and Robert Sherman (1964) © DisneyIn honor of Saving Mr. Banks which shares the previously untold story of what it took for Walt Disney to bring Mary Poppins to the movies, Walt Disney Studios has released several behind-the-scenes photos, concept art, sketches by screenwriter Don DaGradi (as seen below) and more. Pictured left is a rarely seen photo of Richard and Robert Sherman singing along with Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke and Irwin Kostal, while pictured below is a sketch by DaGradi featuring P.L. Travers during ‘the trial — I mean conference.’

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Disney to Debut ‘Zodiac,’ Stan Lee’s Newest Project

UPDATE: Stan Lee’s Zodiac is now available as a pre-order for Amazon Kindle with a release date of January 27, 2015

Zodiac by Stan Lee and Stuart Moore12 Magical Superpowers… 1 Sinister Conspiracy… 1 Unlikely Hero

This is the tagline found on a recently launched website (using the Tumblr platform) at DisneyZodiac.com.

The site, which also features some sample artwork, promotes ‘Zodiac,’ a new project from comics legend and pop culture icon Stan Lee and writer Stuart Moore with art by Andie Tong.

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‘Life, Animated’ Shares Memoirs of Conquering Autism with Power of Disney

'Life, Animated' by Ron SuskindAccording to Autism Speaks, autism currently affects 1 in 88 children in the United States alone, with tens of millions of children affected worldwide. While there may be no recognized cure, there are forms of treatment which seem to offer signs of hope for those affected. One such treatment? Disney films.

In April, Disney Editions will release ‘Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism,’ a new book from Pultizer Prize winner Ron Suskind. In the memoir, whose original publisher description was billed as a ‘parallel story of the epidemic of autism in our country and of The Walt Disney Company, revealing how the signature malady of our era and the films of the country’s greatest story factory are surprisingly interlinked.’ An updated description that was recently released, however, paints a more direct picture of the book’s subject matter:

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P.L. Travers Bio to be Re-Issued for ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Theatrical Release

'Mary Poppins, She Wrote' by Valerie LawsonSimon & Schuster will be re-issuing its biography of Mary Poppins, She Wrote by Valerie Lawson on December 3, 2013, in an effort to capitalize on Disney’s biopic Saving Mr. Banks. The book will be released in both paperback and Kindle formats.

The official publisher’s description is as follows:

The only comprehensive biography of P.L. Travers — the fascinating woman who created Mary Poppins, the events in this book inspired Disney’s movie Saving Mr. Banks, starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks.

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NYCC: ‘Space Mountain’ Graphic Novel Poster and Disney World Raffle Sneak Peek

'Space Mountain' Graphic Novel PosterOn Sunday, October 13, Disney Publishing Worldwide will formally announce its upcoming graphic novel series, Space Mountain, based on the classic, iconic attraction found in Disney theme parks around the world.

Written by ‘Arrow’ and Spider-Man writer Bryan Q Miller and illustrated by Batman artist Kelley Jones and Hi-Fi Design, Space Mountain is described as ‘the story of two kids, a miniature flying saucer and dangerous mission twenty-four hours into a twisted tomorrow.’

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‘Schooled in Revenge’ Novel by Jesse LaskyAvailable August 20

ABC’s hit TV series, “Revenge,” introduced Emily Thorne (portrayed by Emily VanCamp) and her complex mission. The show’s storyline has hinted at Emily’s covert training on remote Rebun Island with master Takeda. Now, from a member of the show’s team, comes Schooled in Revenge (Hyperion Trade Paperback and eBook | August 20, 2013 | $14.99), the first full-length original novel that immerses readers into that training, as a new vengeance-thirsty heroine seeks out Takeda’s guidance to learn how to right terrible wrongs.

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‘Kingdom Keepers VI: Dark Passage’ Book Tour Itinerary; Readers to Contribute to Final Book

'Kingdom Keepers VI: Dark Passage'In Kingdom Keepers VI: Dark Passage (now available)The Kingdom Keepers and their friends have uncovered a startling truth: Maleficent and the Overtakers (Disney villains) are plotting a catastrophic event that could have repercussions far beyond the world of Disney. Aboard the Disney Cruise Line’s inaugural passage through the new Panama Canal, the Keepers and their holograms uncover a puzzle hidden within the pages of a stolen journal. The point of that puzzle will reveal itself in the caves of Aruba, the zip lines of Costa Rica, and the jungles of Mexico. A destructive force, dormant for decades, is about to be unleashed — and the Kingdom Keepers are to be its first victims.

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Disney to Donate up to One Million Books to First Book via Groupon Grassroots

First Book and Disney Publishing Worldwide are once again teaming up to fight illiteracy by delivering new books to children of low-income families and the educational systems that serve students of low-income families. Via a Groupon Grassroots campaign, First Book will be accepting donations of $10 per Groupon which will go directly towards providing four new books to children in need. Disney Publishing Worldwide has committed to matching each donation up to a total of one million books.

At the Disney D23 Expo in 2011, Disney Publishing announced it was donating $500K and eight million books to the cause which was founded in 1992 and is now celebrating distributing over 100 million new books in North America.

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Save 50% on Annual Subscription to Disney Magazine Title of Your Choice

One-Year Subscription to the Childrens Magazine of Your ChoiceLiving Social has introduced a new deal which allows customers to subscribe to one of many popular Disney-branded magazines for just $15/year, representing a 50% savings of the regular $30 subscription fee.

Each subscription will yield you eight issues of your choice of the following Disney magazine titles: Disney Junior Magazine, Disney/Pixar Cars Magazine, Disney Princess Magazine, Disney Fairies Magazine or Disney Phineas and Ferb Magazine. Each themed mag includes engaging content such as playful activities, games, coloring pages, puzzles, cut-outs or posters, and more. Each colorful page is designed to encourage your child to read — and to inspire family togetherness.

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Disney Publishing Announces ‘Disney Princess Dress-Up Sticker Book’ for Windows 8 Devices

Disney Publishing Worldwide announced today its release of one of the first apps for early readers in the Windows Store, ‘Disney Princess Dress-Up Sticker Book.’ From Cinderella and Ariel to Snow White and Jasmine, the app features Disney Princess favorites in an interactive story and dress-up sticker book complete with colorful illustrations, expert narration, and enchanting music.

‘The new touch interface of Windows 8 is highly conducive to creating deeply engaging storytelling experiences for children and their families,’ said Lyle Underkoffler, vice president, Digital Media, Disney Publishing Worldwide. ‘We’re thrilled to bring the “Disney Princess Dress-Up Sticker Book” app to life on Windows 8 and look forward to creating more content for our readers to enjoy on this platform in the future.’

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