Disney Plans Aquisition of Social Network Developer Playdom, Inc.

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Advancing on its goal of bringing consumers its well-known stories, characters and brands in ever more engaging ways, The Walt Disney Company has agreed to acquire Playdom Inc., one of the leading companies in the fast-growing business of online social gaming.

Playdom shareholders will receive total consideration of $563.2 million, subject to certain conditions, and a performance-linked earn-out of up to $200 million.

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Star Tours’ ‘StarSpeeder 1000′ Limited Edition Collectible Available at Star Wars Celebration V

Star Tour StarSpeeder 1000 Limited Edition (10,000) Collectible at Celebration VDisney Theme Parks merchandise has posted a page advertising many of the Disney collectibles that will be available exclusively to attendees at the Star Wars Celebration V event taking place in Orlando, August 12-15.

Among the items is a limited edition (10,000 pieces) ‘sneak preview’ collectible of the Star Tours StarSpeeder 1000. As many Star Tours enthusiasts know already, the Star Tours company currently operates the StarSpeeder 3000, a descendant of the 1000 model. As Star Tours II includes material inspired by Episodes 1-3, the vehicle itself will also regress to the earlier 1000 model, so this collectible gives those attending Celebration V a sneak peek at the ‘new’ ride vehicle. It will retail for $24.95.

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First Look: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ in 3D Teaser Trailer

Walt Disney Studios New Zealand has just released a teaser trailer for Beauty and the Beast in Disney Digital 3D. According to the trailer, it begins performing in the country August 12 in a very limited release.

The 3D theatrical release of the film, which was originally slated for Valentine’s Day of 2010 in the United States, has been generating tremendous buzz to the point where it’s been suggested that The Lion King and other Disney animated classics may soon follow suit.

It’s expected to open domestically in 2011, most likely during the Valentine’s Day timeframe, but no official date has yet been announced.

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Obama to Make Historical Appearance on ABC’s ‘The View’ July 29

Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie, executive producers of the ABC’s Emmy® Award-winning talk show, “The View,” announced today that President Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, will be the featured guest, THURSDAY, JULY 29 (11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, ET), marking the first time in history a sitting United States President has visited a daytime talk show. President Obama’s unprecedented appearance is part of the show’s continuing “Red, White & View” campaign, which is committed to political guests and discussions.

Barbara Walters, creator/executive producer and co-host of “The View” will, in honor of this rare occasion, make one exclusive in-studio appearance to mark this historic hour for “The View.”

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New DisneyStore.com Arrivals for July 26, 2010 (9 Items)

New DisneyStore.com arrivals for July 26, 2010

Below is a list of new items now available for purchase at DisneyStore.com. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on DisneyStore.com in another window.

Note that this list is generated and posted automatically. Stitch Kingdom should not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, misinformation or item availability.

Pearl Medallion Disney Princess Pin Set -- 8-Pc. Pearl Medallion Disney Princess Pin Set — 8-Pc. – $159.95
Ink Art Series Jessica Rabbit Pin Ink Art Series Jessica Rabbit Pin – $14.95
Ink Art Series Ariel Pin Ink Art Series Ariel Pin – $14.95
Ink Art Series Maleficent Pin Ink Art Series Maleficent Pin – $14.95
Ink Art Series Tinker Bell Pin Ink Art Series Tinker Bell Pin – $14.95
D23 Membership Exclusive 25th Anniversary The Black Cauldron Pin D23 Membership Exclusive 25th Anniversary The Black Cauldron Pin – $19.95
Ink Art Series Stitch Pin Ink Art Series Stitch Pin – $14.95
Ink Art Series Ray and Louie Pin Ink Art Series Ray and Louie Pin – $14.95
Ink Art Series Dragon Icon Mickey Mouse Pin Ink Art Series Dragon Icon Mickey Mouse Pin – $14.95

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Photo:Vienna Girardi of ABC’s ‘The Bachelor’ Makes a Splash at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon

Vienna Girardi poses at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon water park at Walt Disney World (Todd Anderson, photographer)Vienna Girardi, one of the stars from the most recent season of the ABC reality series “The Bachelor,” poses July 24, 2010, at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.  Girardi, who is from the central Florida area, visited the water park with her family.  (Todd Anderson, photographer)

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First Look: ‘TRON: Legacy’ Motorcycle Suits from UD Replicas

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Passer-bys of the UD Replicas booth at the 2010 San Diego Comic-con can’t help but stop to admire some of the most meticulously detailed superhero costumes on display at the convention. So much so that the live model sporting the Batman Dark Knight suit is virtually a tourist trap in itself. Only they’re not actually costumes in the traditional sense (but just  try explaining that to their newly found fans); they are fully functional leather motorcycle suits designed to be worn while riding.

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From ‘TRON’ to ‘TRON:Legacy’ — The Hidden Timeline (Spoilers)

First, I’ll be upfront and honest here. I do not know much and there’s little doubt that many of you know more than I on the matter, but for all intents and purposes, there are spoilers in this article. If you can deal with that, then read on. Otherwise, immediately close this window, go scrub yourself clean in the shower and forget you ever clicked on this link.

It was the TRON panel at D23 Expo where I was first introduced to the concept. From 1982 to 2010 is a long time and given the advances in technology both on and off-screen, it would be simple enough to just jump from one lightcycle to the next and noone would suspect a thing. But the panel, which included TRON: Legacy director Joe Kosinksi, producer Sean Bailey and TRON director, writer and creator Steven Lisberger, detailed the process: there are not two lightcycles, but several generations of them, as would be expected to happen over 28 years in the ‘real world.’ Even though we may not be exposed to all of what occurs between 1982 and 2010, the TRON: Legacy team meticulously planned the evolution — from the technology to the programs that use it.

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New DisneyStore.com Arrivals for July 24, 2010 (1 Items)

New DisneyStore.com arrivals for July 24, 2010

Below is a list of new items now available for purchase at DisneyStore.com. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on DisneyStore.com in another window.

Note that this list is generated and posted automatically. Stitch Kingdom should not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, misinformation or item availability.

Gold Silk Mickey Mouse Tie Gold Silk Mickey Mouse Tie – $29.95

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Report: ‘Flynn’s Arcade’ Returns to SDCC; Lets Attendees Reach the End of Line

img_9582 One of the highlights of last year’s San Diego Comic-con was the introduction of Flynn’s Arcade. Attendees who successfully negotiated a scavenger hunt were treated to a visit to an off-site location where Flynn’s from the original TRON film had been faithfully re-created, fully stocked with arcade games from the period. After a short period of time, the TRON arcade game, front-and-center along the back wall, would move and reveal a secret backroom where they would find the now famous TRON Legacy Lightcycle in all its glory.

In short, it was one of the key reasons why I decided to embark on a journey to this year’s San Diego Comic-con, my first. Although I wouldn’t know about the return of the Arcade until much later after I had made my travel arrangements, I also heard that the Lightcycle this year would be replaced with something even more amazing. Missing this experience was just not an option.

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