Disney Parks’ Safety Video Named As Finalist for Educational Publishers’ Award

Wild About Safety: Timon and Pumbaa Safety Smart about FireThe popular DVD Wild About Safety with Timon and Pumbaa: Safety Smart about Fire! is a finalist for the Association of Educational Publishers’ (AEP) Distinguished Achievement Awards.

Get down, get out and stay out! That’s just one of the lessons Timon and Pumbaa share to help students understand what to do in a fire emergency. From smoke alarms, fire escape plans and preventative measures such as not playing with matches, Timon and Pumbaa review their Safety Smart Checklist full of valuable and life-saving fire safety information.

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ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ Wins 2010 Silver Clio Award for Innovative Media

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” was awarded a SILVER CLIO in the Innovative Media category for its partnership project with Warner Brothers’ film “The Informant,” as the two teamed up to create “Guillermo in the Informant.” “Jimmy Kimmel Live” was recognized with its award in the digital gallery of the Skylight Studios Soho in New York during last night’s CLIO Awards presentation of Interactive & Innovative Awards.

The CLIO Awards is one of the world’s most recognized awards competitions for advertising, design and communications, celebrating creative excellence, honoring a powerful form of communication and its impact on modern culture.

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Newcomer Anthony Ingruber Joins Cast of Disney Channel Original Movie ‘Avalon High’

Anthony Gruber, courtesy of AnthonyGruber.comFormer WETA Workshop assistant Anthony Ingruber has recently joined the cast of the Disney Channel Original Movie, Avalon High, which is now shooting on location in New Zealand.

A graduate of Wellington Performing Arts Centre, this will be Ingruber’s first on-camera role. In the film, Ingruber will portray the role of Sean, a football player whose identity plays in to the modern day Camelot tale.

On joining the film based on the book by noted author Meg Cabot, Ingruber states ‘it is clear from the caliber of cast and crew they have assembled, that Disney is aiming to make something very special, and I’m honored to be a part of it.’

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Tonner Introduces Limited Edition Character Figures for Disney’s ‘Prince of Persia: Sands of Time’

Tonner has just released information and photos for its new dolls based on Prince of Persia from Walt Disney Studios and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. The dolls, now available for pre-order, are expected to ship this summer.

Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal) Character Figure from TonnerPRINCE DASTAN, dashingly portrayed by Jake Gyllenhaal, navigates the lands of Persia on a quest to protect an ancient dagger containing the Sands of Time.  This highly detailed 17″ tall TCF™ comes swathed in a cotton wrap shirt and distressed twill pants, with a cotton scarf, intricate faux leather belt with working buckles, sleeveless cloak with metal adornments, and faux leather boots.  Faux leather armbands, bracelets, necklace, socks, head wrap, and elaborately painted resin dagger also included.

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New Release Date, Featurette for Disney’s ‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice’

The theatrical release date for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice has been moved up a couple of days to July 14, a.k.a. Bastille Day.

Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Australia, we also get a look at some new footage from the film in the following featurette, Good vs. Evil, which touches upon the relationship between sorcerer Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) and his apprentice (Jay Baruchel) and the sorcerer Horvath (Alfred Molina). Horvath’s assistant, Drake Stone (Toby Kebbell) appears to have given this preview the slip.

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Photo Gallery: Opening Night Gala, ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Exhibit at Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

Details on life-size LEGO Captain Jack Sparrow In celebration of the Blu-ray™ & DVD release of Alice in Wonderland on June 1, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE), in partnership with Disney Consumer Products (DCP),  unveiled a first-of-its-kind Alice In Wonderland Exhibition in the FIDM Museum & Galleries at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in downtown Los Angeles.

Colleen Atwood (Academy Award® winning designer; Best Achievement in Costume Design for Memoirs of a Geisha in 2005 and Best Costume Design for Chicago in 2002) was in attendance along with Nick Verreos (star of “Project Runway”, graduate and instructor at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and NIKOLAKI owner/designer) and Kerli (singer/songwriter of “Strange” and “Tea Party”, featured on the film’s soundtrack).

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New ABC Gameshow ‘Downfall’ Takes Drama to All New Heights; Premieres June 22

“Downfall,” a unique, high-stakes and adrenaline-pumping game show, puts contestants on top of a 10-story building to see who has the focus and fearlessness to avoid his/her own ‘downfall’ — literally. Along the way, they’ll have the chance to win $1 million and a slew of incredible prizes, such as a pair of jet skis, a grand piano, a trip to Paris or a brand new car. The larger-than-life game show from FremantleMedia North America (“The Price Is Right,” “Family Feud,” “Let’s Make a Deal”) will premiere TUESDAY, JUNE 22 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.

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ABC to Air ‘Miley Cyrus: Live from London’ June 18

Leading up to the worldwide release of her latest CD, “Can’t Be Tamed,” the internationally renowned and multi-platinum selling Miley Cyrus will appear in the one-hour special, “Miley Cyrus: Live from London,” FRIDAY, JUNE 18 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. The concert was filmed at the famed O2 Arena in London during her sold-out worldwide tour and contains excerpts from her live show. The program captures how Miley, who has grown up in the public eye, has grown as an artist, and reveals her natural progression and sophistication. The concert is gleaned from the full-length concert that will be available for sale June 22 on the deluxe version of Miley’s album.

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ABC Family to Offer Broadcast Exclusive First Looks of ‘Toy Story 3′ During Pixar Presentations

Spend two weekends catching up with all your favorite “Toy Story” friends, including Woody and Buzz Lightyear, during ABC Family’s premieres of Disney/Pixar’s “Toy Story,” “Toy Story 2” and “Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins,” starting on Saturday, June 5th, Sunday, June 6th and continuing on Sunday, June 13th. The two-weekend event will include three “broadcast exclusive first looks” at this summer’s highly-anticipated film “Toy Story 3” (in theaters on Friday, June 18). The first “broadcast exclusive first look” at the upcoming movie will debut during the network’s presentation of “Toy Story,” premiering Saturday, June 5th; the second “broadcast exclusive first look” will debut during the Sunday, June 6th premiere of “Toy Story 2”; then on Sunday, June 13th, viewers can tune in for a full day of “Toy Story” programming, including sneak peeks at some of the new toy characters being introduced in “Toy Story 3,” as well as a third “broadcast exclusive first look” airing during the “Toy Story” telecast.

The upcoming theatrical release “Toy Story 3” welcomes Woody (voice of Tom Hanks), Buzz (voice of Tim Allen) and the whole gang back to the big screen as Andy prepares to depart for college and his loyal toys find themselves in…daycare! These untamed tots with their sticky little fingers do not play nice, so it’s all for one and one for all as plans for the great escape get underway. A few new faces — some plastic, some plush — join the adventure, including iconic swinging bachelor and Barbie counterpart Ken (voice of Michael Keaton), a thespian hedgehog named Mr. Pricklepants (voice of Timothy Dalton) and a pink, strawberry-scented teddy bear called Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear (voice of Ned Beatty). Directed by Lee Unkrich (co-director of “Toy Story 2” and “Finding Nemo”), produced by Pixar veteran Darla K. Anderson (“Cars,” “Monsters, Inc.”), and written by Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Michael Arndt (“Little Miss Sunshine”), “Toy Story 3” is a comical new adventure in Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D.

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Disney’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Becomes Sixth Film to Reach $1B in Box Office Sales Worldwide

Tim Burton’s epic fantasy adventure “Disney’s Alice in Wonderland” reached a historic milestone today, passing the $1 billion dollar mark in global box office. “Alice” becomes only the sixth title to join this exclusive list and the third most popular non-sequel in motion picture history behind only “Titanic” and “Avatar.”

“We feel incredibly fortunate to be able to showcase such an amazing 3-D film from visionary director Tim Burton and the creative talents of Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter, and Anne Hathaway,” said Rich Ross, Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. “Our marketing teams joined with our exhibition partners to find every opportunity to bring this creative masterpiece to fans around the world.”

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