Famed culinary experts Ludo Lefebvre and Brian Malarkey are confirmed to join no-holds-barred chef Anthony Bourdain and British food star Nigella Lawson as Mentors on eight episodes of ABC’s innovative new cooking competition show, “The Taste.” Bourdain and Lawson are also executive producers. The new one-hour alternative series from Kinetic Content will premiere in 2013 on the ABC Television Network.
Walt Disney Imagineering Research and Development will soon launch phase one of its new ‘Living Worlds’ program in which it seeks to engage ‘innovative storytellers willing to push the limits to create fully immersive worlds where guests can explore, play and discover deep narratives.’
Beginning October 22, WDI R&D will begin accepting high level proposals for potential transmedia stories supported under the program. Proposals received by December 1, 2012, will be considered for round two in which chosen proposals will be engaged to further develop their concepts and submit a more detailed and developed proposal. From this second round of proposals, Walt Disney Imagineering Research & Development hopes to select one or more teams to collaborate with to create and build the proposed experiences.
Target and Neiman Marcus have partnered with ABC for a ground-breaking integration in conjunction with the critically acclaimed series “Revenge.” As part of the highly anticipated reveal of the retailers’ holiday collection, Target and Neiman Marcus will be the exclusive show sponsor in the episode airing Sunday, November 11 at 9:00 pm ET on the ABC Television Network. In lieu of commercials, the retailers are working directly with the creative team of “Revenge” — a series known for its flair for fashion and high style — to create original content incorporating the Target+ Neiman Marcus holiday collection.
A sparkling 25′ tall Cinderella Castle Ice sculpture, weighing in at an impressive 22 and a half tons, played centerpiece to the latest announcement from Disney Parks early this morning in Times Square.
Along with several other ice sculptures portraying Cinderella’s pumpkin coach, a balloon seller (accented with real Mickey Mouse balloons) and various park guests, Disney Parks is announcing its 2013 campaign, ‘Limited Time Magic.’
The big to-do, which included visits from Disney Parks dignitaries such as Minnie Mouse, Goofy and Cinderella, was all about the new ‘Limited Time Magic’ campaign which brings 52 weeks of both small and large celebrations to both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts in 2013.
Walt Disney Animation Studios has released a new clip from its upcoming film, Wreck-It Ralph, titled ‘Bad Guys Second Thoughts.’ In the clip, Ralph shares his aspirations to overcome the hurdle as being known as the ‘bad guy’ and his desire to achieve recognition and a medal at the local Bad-Anon meeting. The news leads to worries that Ralph may be ‘going Turbo’ by wishing to play cards beyond those that were dealt to him.
After a brief lecture from Clyde of Pac-Man fame, the meeting adjourns with the daily bad guy affirmation: I’m bad and that’s good. I will never be good and that’s not bad. There is noone I’d rather be than me.
Walt Disney World has released a list of opportunities for ringing in the new year at the resort this year from the theme parks to opportunities at Downtown Disney and Disney hotels.
At Epcot, guests can dance away 2012 to the beat of the DJs stationed at select pavilions throughout the evening and watch ‘IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth’ salute the new year at 7 p.m. and 11:42 p.m. A buffet dining experience inspired by Disney’s classic animated films Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 will take place at World ShowPlace facility, with reservations available from 4:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Priced at $68.67 for adults and $44.37 for children. Park admission is required.
Children’s Apparel Network has issued a voluntary recall in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission for Disney-branded Fleece Hoodie and T-Shirt Sets sold exclusively at Target. The recalled styles are: Red Fleece Hoodie with Snow White (DP4253B), Grey Fleece Hoodie with Mickey Mouse (J4821) and Blue Fleece Hoodie with Cars (J4820-A). Style numbers can be found printed on the label along the hoodie’s side seam.
The products are being recalled due to the surface coating on the zipper of the fleece hoodie and t-shirt sets contain excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard. To date no incidents have been reported.
Walt Disney Animation Studios has provided us with several new hi-res stills and concept art from its upcoming film, Wreck-It Ralph. The new images have been added to the beginning of their respective galleries below. Some of these images may have been seen elsewhere before but as we have just received them, we’ve added them to complete our libraries.
Disney D23, the official fan club for The Walt Disney Company, has announced that it will be offering its members the opportunity to see Wreck-It Ralph from Walt Disney Animation Studios during the week of October 22 for free, ahead of the film’s official opening on November 2, 2012
Metro areas included in the opportunity include: Albany, Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Fresno, Ft. Worth, Grand Rapids, Hartford, Honolulu, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Louisville, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Nashville, New Orleans, Norfolk (VA), Oklahoma City, Orlando, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland (OR), Raleigh/Durham, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa, Tucson, Washington, D.C. and West Palm Beach.
Ryan Sypek (“Wildfire”) and Kate Lang Johnson (“Persons Unknown”) have been cast in the lead roles of the ABC Family comedy pilot “Phys Ed.”
“Phys Ed” is a half-hour multi-camera comedy about a high school’s star jock, Ed (Sypek), who returns to teach at his former alma mater only to find that, even though he’s changed, nothing else really has. Johnson will play Janie, a teacher at the school who was ignored by Ed in high school and is now the object of his affections.