Photocall: ‘Iron Man 2′ Press Junket at Los Angeles Four Seasons Hotel

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Pirates mingle with guests in costume at POTC4 Trailer Event at Disneyland Resort A press junket and photocall were offered yesterday in support of Disney/Marvel’s upcoming summer blockbuster Iron Man 2. In attendance for the photocall were Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Ironman), Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts), Don Cheadle (Lt. Col. James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes), Scarlett Johansson (Natalie Rushman/Natasha Romanoff), Mickey Rourke (Ivan Vanko) and Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan/Director).

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‘Flying’ Under the Radar, ‘Dining with an Imagineer’ Dinner Option Returns

Thanks to the Disney Food Blog, we have learned that the fabulous and exclusive ‘Dining with an Imagineer’  program is once again offering the dinner option, this time at the Flying Fish Cafe at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort. Although the program has always offered a lunch option at Disney’s Hollywood Studio’s, Hollywood Brown Derby, the dinner has been touch-and-go, last offered at Artist Point, but some time ago.

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Photo: Tina Fey Caught Goofing Around with Another Man

Tina Fey with Goofy at Disney's Hollywood Studios (Gene Duncan/Disney) Emmy Award-winning actress, writer & producer Tina Fey, star of the hit feature film “Date Night” and executive producer, head writer and star of the NBC series “30 Rock,” poses April 23, 2010 with Goofy at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater restaurant at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Fey was visiting Walt Disney World Resort on vacation with her family. (Gene Duncan, photographer)

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Vintage Television Commercial for Toy Story Character Surfaces

If you can forgive the wear and tear on the VHS, the poor tracking and muffled audio, this television ad just may take some you back to the early 80s at a time when the Smurfs, Cabbage Patch Kids, Rainbow Brite, Strawberry Shortcake, Teddy Ruxpin, Gloworms, Wuzzles and — of course — Lots-o-Huggin’ Bear dominated the world of kids’ pop culture and the KB Toy Store at the local shopping mall couldn’t keep them stocked on the shelves, try as they might.

Call it Flashback Friday, but I couldn’t resist sharing this YouTube gem with you all. Maybe it’s time to go searching on eBay.

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Disney Trading Announces Live Vinylmation Chat with Disney’s Steven Miller

Steven MillerIt’s hard to believe that Disney pin trading started just over a decade ago and has since gone on to become a worldwide phenomenon with casual and serious collectors amassing personal collections to keep and trade.

In 2008, lightning struck twice when Disney Trading and the Disney Design Group introduced Vinylmation – 3″ and 9″ vinyl figures in the form of a Mickey Mouse canvas and  decorated in all sorts of fanciful ways. After the release of a number of series, the Vinylmation fever carried on to plushes and clothing and merchandise and even shops dedicated to the new collectible. With even  more innovative lines on the way including the new Vinylmation Jr. and other inspired must-haves such as keychains and notebooks, Vinylmation is bigger than ever and shows no sign of stopping!

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Sterling Confections to Debut Mickey Truffle Bars at Disneyland Resort May 8

Mickey Truffle Bars from Sterling ConfectionsJust in time for Mother’s Day, Sterling Confections presents its newest creation, this Mickey Mouse-inspired truffle bar.

Jim Martin, President of Sterling Confections will be on hand Saturday, May 8, 2010 from 9 am to 11 am in Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland® park (park admission required) and from 1 pm to 4 pm at Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney® District at the Disneyland® Resort to talk about the process of candy making and what makes Sterling Confections and the Truffle Bar such a delectable treat.

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Walt Disney World Character Brief: Bolt Makes Awesome Return as UP Toons Take Off

Sorry, Carl, but you’re being evicted from the Animation Building at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and no number of balloons are going to save you now. The final date for the UP crew of Carl Fredricksen, Russell and Dug is May 1. On May 9, Lotso from Toy Story 3 will be taking that spot as previously reported. We hear that Lotso’s backdrop will be that of the Sunnyside Daycare.

Thanks to @PaulChadkin, we have learned that while Muppet*Vision 3D is closed for its upgrade from tomorrow through May 14, Jessie from Toy Story and Bolt from Bolt will be making rare appearances, greeting the crowds.

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HMS Bounty is a ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Supporting Actor, but No Star

It’s hard to say who’s the real pirate in this story, but as it recently came to my attention that the touring tall ship, the HMS Bounty II, is being touted as the Black Pearl in promotional material for its current stop in Newburgh, NY, I felt interested parties deserve a warning: the replica ship originally built for the Marlon Brando film Mutiny on the Bounty did sail in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies alright, but she never was, nor never shall be the Black Pearl.

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Oh No They Didn’t! Oh Yes, They Did! NBC’s ’30 Rock’ Goes to There

It was a double-header this evening on NBC’s 30 Rock (created by and starring Tina Fey). With two fresh must-see Thursday episodes, Disney managed to worm its way into both of them.

In the episode titled ‘Lee Marvin vs. Derek Jeter,’ Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan)  confronts a resurgence of ‘old school’ racism. Addressing the show’s fictitious show’s team of writers, Tracy asserts they’re ‘all secretly mad ’cause we finally have a black Disney princess’ to which Jenna (Jane Krakowski) successfully counters by noting there hasn’t been a white Disney princess since 1991 and that ‘there are little blonde girls in this country who have no idea they could be beautiful.’

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Walt Disney Studios and Sprint to Honor Jerry Bruckheimer with Star-Studded Epic Event

In recognition of his remarkable body of work, Sprint (NYSE:S) is pleased to present A Cinematic Celebration of Jerry Bruckheimer on May 17, 2010 in Hollywood. Five Bruckheimer-produced blockbusters will screen in Hollywood during this special event celebrating the producer of some of the most successful motion pictures of the last 35 years. Each screening will be introduced by an actor or director who helped make the film so memorable. The event will coincide with the Hollywood premiere of Bruckheimer’s newest epic action-adventure, the much-anticipated “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal, at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the American Film Institute (AFI).

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