Speculation: Could Live-Action ‘Lion King’ be on Horizon?

Mufasa and Simba in the live-action adaptation of 'The Lion King'?We try not to be one for rumor-mongering, but we couldn’t help that with all the talk lately of classic Disney animated properties being translated into live-action films such as Sleeping Beauty / Maleficent, Cinderella, Tinker Bell, et al., along with recently discovered photos, that there may be another well-loved property making its way to the big screen in living color. The company has already had some success in adapting a live-action version of 101 Dalmations, so there clearly would be precedent.

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New DisneyStore.com Arrivals for August 10, 2010 (8 Items)

New DisneyStore.com arrivals for August 10, 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.

Walt Disneys Classic Cartoon Favorites: Starring Donald DVD Walt Disney’s Classic Cartoon Favorites: Starring Donald DVD – $9.99
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Mickey Mouse Club Bath Rug Mickey Mouse Club Bath Rug – $34.95
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They Might Be Giants: Here Come the 123s 2-Disc CD and DVD They Might Be Giants: Here Come the 123s 2-Disc CD and DVD – $18.99
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Mickey Mouse Club Shower Curtain Mickey Mouse Club Shower Curtain – $29.95
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101 Dalmatians: Platinum Edition 2-Disc DVD 101 Dalmatians: Platinum Edition 2-Disc DVD – $19.99
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3-Pack Peter Pan and Tinker Bell DVD Gift Set 3-Pack Peter Pan and Tinker Bell DVD Gift Set – $45.99
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Songs and Story CD Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Songs and Story CD – $4.99
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Baby Einstein My First Signs™ DVD Baby Einstein My First Signs™ DVD – $15.99
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Disney Sets Dates for Burton’s ‘Frankweenie,’ Edgar Rice Burrough’s ‘John Carter of Mars’

Walt Disney Studios has announced release dates for two more of its upcoming pictures.

Frankenweenie, the 3D stop-motion, feature-length adaptation of Tim Burton’s short film of the same name (and found on The Nightmare Before Christmas DVD), is set for March 9, 2012. Although no official synopsis has yet been released, the dark comedy centers around a young boy named Victor who loses his dog in a car accident, only to bring him back to life a la Frankenstein. The short is often cited as the key reason for Burton’s initial departure as an employee of the Studios.

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ABC.COM Debuts Online Series Featuring Country’s Top Stars Building up to ‘CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock’

Fans can get a glimpse of all the behind-the-scenes action from the 2010 CMA Music Festival on ABC.com before the three-hour special “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” premieres on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.

Beginning today through September 1, ABC.com will launch over 20 online videos featuring CMA Music Festival fan favorites Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Laura Bell Bundy, Eric Church, Gloriana, Julianne Hough, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Jake Owen, Kellie Pickler, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Josh Turner and more!

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Popular Young Adult Character Artemis Fowl Comes to Life in ‘Artemis Rocks!’ Tour with Author Eoin Colfer

On the heels of his overwhelmingly successful Fairies, Fiends and Flatulence international tour, Eoin Colfer will tour the U.S. as part of the Artemis Rocks! show.  The tour coincides with the publication of Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex, the seventh title in Colfer’s best selling series of novels for young readers.

Artemis Rocks! launched with two sneak preview performances in Southern California on August 4th and 5th; the U.S. tour runs from September 14th through the 24th.   This talk show-style performance features a monologue from Eoin, a first rate writer and part time comedian.  Eoin will interview Artemis Fowl himself, and the shows feature original songs and newly created music videos.  There will be audience participation and book signings at all events as well.

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Limited Edition Boba Fett Disney Racer Celebration V Exclusive Announced

StarWars.com has announced that Disney Parks will offer a limited-edition Boba Fett Disney Racer for purchase at Celebration V. The collectible is nickel-plated and will be limited to just 500 pieces.

Limited Edition (500) Boba Fett Disney Racer for Celebration V

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Harmony Barber Shop at Magic Kingdom – Now By Appointment Too!

We have learned that the Harmony Barber Shop located on Main Street USA at the Magic Kingdom has recently begun accepting appointments in advance. This marks the first time that we are aware of in the shop’s history that guests have been able to reserve a time in advance as opposed to simply walking up and waiting until a spot becomes available.

The shop serves guests daily from 9 am – 6 pm with cuts averaging to just below $20 per adult, or $14 for children 12 and under with a special ‘baby’s first haircut’ option available. According to the Disney Parks blog, the shop serves about 400 guests of the Walt Disney World resort each week.

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Disney Magic Cruise Ship Saves 18 Individuals Considered Lost at Sea

USA Today confirms reports that on Friday, August 6, 2010, Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Magic rescued 18 Algerians considered lost at sea while voyaging in the Mediterranean. While sailing between Gibraltar and Barcelona, the Disney Magic joined the search for the people who had been reportedly missing for four or five days.

“The shipboard team heard crew members from two other vessels talking on the radio about sighting the boat and then losing a visual of it, so the Disney Magic then joined the search and quickly spotted the small boat, which had lost power,” Disney spokeswoman Rena Langley says.

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

New DisneyStore.com arrivals for August 9, 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.

World of Disney Carousel Pin Set -- 6-Pc. World of Disney Carousel Pin Set — 6-Pc. – $149.95
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D23 Magazine Cover Pin Set -- 4-Pc. D23 Magazine Cover Pin Set — 4-Pc. – $64.95
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Many Faces of Disney Series Stitch Pin Many Faces of Disney Series Stitch Pin – $14.95
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Many Faces of Disney Series Mickey Mouse Pin Many Faces of Disney Series Mickey Mouse Pin – $14.95
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Many Faces of Disney Series Maleficent Pin Many Faces of Disney Series Maleficent Pin – $14.95
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Many Faces of Disney Series Jack Skellington Pin Many Faces of Disney Series Jack Skellington Pin – $14.95
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Many Faces of Disney Series Little Green Aliens Pin Many Faces of Disney Series Little Green Aliens Pin – $14.95
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Many Faces of Disney Series Donald Duck Pin Many Faces of Disney Series Donald Duck Pin – $14.95
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Many Faces of Disney Series Tinker Bell Pin Many Faces of Disney Series Tinker Bell Pin – $14.95
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Photo: Brendan Fraser Rubs Shoulders with Wicked Step-Mummy at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Brendan Fraser poses with Lady Tremaine from Cinderella (Scott Miller/Disney)(AUG. 8, 2010):  Actor Brendan Fraser, star of films “The Mummy” and “The Mummy Returns,” poses Aug. 8, 2010 with a “step-mummy,” aka Lady Tremaine, The Wicked Stepmother from “Cinderella,” at the Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.  (Scott Miller, photographer)

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