ABC Announces Summer 2014 Series and Season Premiere Dates

ABC announced its summer lineup, with four new series joining the schedule: “The Astronaut Wives Club” on Thursday, July 24 at 9:00 p.m.; “Bachelor in Paradise” on Monday, August 4 at 8:00 p.m.; “Rising Star” on Sunday, June 22 at 9:00 p.m.; and “The Quest” on Thursday, June 19 at 8:00
p.m.

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‘Frozen’ Soundtrack, ‘Let It Go’ Certified Platinum

Eleven weeks after its release, the Frozen soundtrack has certified Platinum, selling over 1,000,000 copies, and has spent four non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Industry sources are forecasting the album’s return to the top position on Wednesday. The last soundtrack to spend 5 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart was 1998’s “Titantic.” The Oscar-nominated song “Let It Go,” performed by Idina Menzel, also certified Platinum with sales over 1.2M. Menzel, who provides the voice of Elsa in the film, will perform the song at the Oscars (March 2).

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‘Need for Speed’ Poster (High-Resolution)

'Need For Speed' PosterWalt Disney Studios and DreamWorks Pictures have recently released the first poster for their upcoming big-screen adaptation of the video game classic, Need for Speed (in theaters March 14, 2014).

DreamWorks Pictures’ Need for Speed marks an exciting return to the great car culture films of the 1960s and ’70s, when the authenticity of the world brought a new level of intensity to the action on-screen. Tapping into what makes the American myth of the open road so appealing, the story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country journey for our heroes — one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. Based on the most successful racing video game franchise ever with over 140 million copies sold, Need for Speed captures the freedom and excitement of the game in a real-world setting, while bringing to life the passion for the road that has made our love of cars so timeless.

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GROUPON: Walt Disney Family Museum Half Off Admission

A bargain at its full price, the Walt Disney Family Museum, located in The Presidio of San Francisco, is currently being featured on Groupon for up to half off the regular price of admission. Regularly priced at $12 – $20, future visitors can now purchase up to four advanced tickets at the rate of just $10 each (children under the age of six are permitted free admission). The Groupon offer must be redeemed by June 30, 2014 with December 26 – 29 blocked out.

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Chicago Proclaims ‘Walt Disney Day’ at Home of Disney’s Birth

The restoration and preservation of Walt and his brother Roy’s birthplace and home officially got underway today, on Walt Disney’s 112th birthday, at a press conference held at the historic site.  Alderman Rey Colon was on hand along with homeowners Brent Young and Dina Benadon to kick off the year-long meticulous process of restoring the home to its 1901 state, when Walt was born. As part of the celebration, Mayor Emanuel proclaimed it Walt Disney Day in Chicago.

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Kickstarter Campaign to Restore Home Where Walt Disney Was Born

Walt Disney Home concept art by Clara MoonJust outside Chicago, built by his father Elias Disney in 1893, stands the house in which both Walt Disney and his older brother Roy were born and spent the early years of their lives. The decades since have brought significant wear and tear to the building and now the current property owners — Dina Benadon and Brent Young — are seeking to restore the home to its original glory to preserve its history and honor the legends from whence they came.

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REVIEW: ‘Toy Story in Space’ Playset for Disney Infinity

'Toy Story in Space' Playset for 'Disney Infinity'Tomorrow, Disney Interactive will release its sixth and first playset for ‘Disney Infinity’ since the gaming platform’s release, ‘‘Toy Story in Space.’ Complete with Buzz Lightyear and Jessie figures (with Sheriff Woody available separately), the playset has the Disney/Pixar Toy Story gang helping the Little Green Men assimilate onto a newly colonized planet. Disney Interactive supplied us with both the playset as well as the additional Woody figure for review.

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‘Thor: The Dark World’ Malekith, Thor/Jane Character Posters in Hi-Res

'Thor: The Dark World'

Walt Disney Studios and Marvel Studios have provided us with hi-res versions of the Malekith and Thor/Jane character posters that have recently been released. They have been added to the beginning of our poster gallery below.

Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s Thor and Marvel’s The Avengers, Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

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Radio Disney TRYathlon National Tour Kicks Off July 20 in New York City

Radio Disney will bring the popular “Disney TRYathlon” from the Disney XD television screen to families across the country this summer with a 10-city TRYathlon Road Tour kicking off Saturday, July 20 in New York City. Part of Disney’s “TRYit” campaign designed to inspire kids and families to try a variety of new foods, fun moves and simple ways to be their best, the TRYathlon Road Tour will be held at local family inclusive events throughout the country and feature competitive challenges designed to encourage physical activity and highlight nutritious foods needed to maintain a balanced lifestyle.

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‘Disney Infinity’ ‘Summer of Endless Fun Tour’ from Disneyland to Times Square

'Disney Infinity' 'Summer of Endless Fun' TourVia its official Tumblr site, Disney Interactive today announced it will be kicking off a national tour commemorating the release of ‘Disney Infinity.’

The tour will kick off this Sunday, July 7, 2013 at the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort from 4 pm to 9 pm PT and will then make its way across the country, ending up at New York City’s Times Square (home to both Toys ‘R’ Us and Disney Store flagship stores) on release day, August 18. Each stop along the way promises game demos, surprise guests, photo opportunities, giveaways, contests, entertainment provided by Radio Disney and more.

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