Muppets Studio Nominated for Two Webby Awards; Animal Pleads for Votes

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Muppets Studio has released this video featuring Animal and a touching phonecall to his ‘Mama’ seeking votes in support of Webby award votes. The internet phenom Bohemian Rhapsody cover by the Muppets is nominated in two categories: viral video and music.

For more information and to vote, visit the Webby Awards voting site.

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Disney Parks Releases 2009 Conservation Report

2009 Disney Conservation ReportJust in time for Earth Day, Disney Parks and Resorts released its 2009 Conservation Report earlier today. The report, which highlights various programs, activities and educational initiatives Disney Conservation has parktaken over the past year, can be found here.

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‘The View’ Scores Interview with International Sports Star David Beckham

David Beckham is synonymous with international soccer. He leaves women panting and crowds chanting. Now, for the first time, he is a featured guest on ABC’s Emmy® Award-winning talk show “The View,” live, Monday, April 26 (11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, ET). The announcement was made today by Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie, executive producers.

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ABC Offers Opportunity to Watch Premiere of ‘Happy Town’ Online

From now through April 25, viewers have the opportunity to watch the entire first episode of Happy Town before it makes its national network debut on April 28.

The residents of the sun-splashed town of Haplin, Minnesota — also known as “Happy Town” — have enjoyed an uneasy peace for the past five years — but that is about to change. Still haunted by a number of unsolved kidnappings, Haplin now faces a disturbing new crime that brings all of its unresolved fears to the surface. Has the elusive “Magic Man” – who many believe is responsible for the bizarre abductions — returned to claim yet another innocent victim? As Haplin’s mysteries are revealed, many of its prominent citizens’ motives come under scrutiny as their own secrets and personalities are peeled back one layer at a time.

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Queen Rania of Jordan to Offer Book Storytelling and Signing in New York City April 27

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan will make a rare public appearance at Borders bookstore at Columbus Circle in New York City on April 27 to promote her children’s book The Sandwich Swap.

In the story, based on part of the Queen’s own personal experiences, Lily and Salma are best friends. They play together and stick together through thick and thin. But who would have ever thought that ordinary peanut butter or plain old hummus could come between them? Lily and Salma don’t quite understand each other’s tastes, but does that mean they can’t be friends? They understand far better than a lot of grown-ups that these things hardly matter and that friendship is the most important thing of all.

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Rayovac Announces ‘Rayovac Powers Your Vacation’ Disney Parks Sweepstakes

Rayovac, the official provider of batteries at the Disney Parks, has announced its ‘Rayovac Powers Your Vacation’ sweepstakes in which one winner will receive a vacation for four to either the Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort.

One grand prize winner will be awarded a 5 day/4 night vacation for four to the winner’s choice of either the Walt Disney World or Disneyland resorts including round trip coach airfare, airport to hotel transportation, a standard hotel room, theme park tickets, a $250 Disney Gift Card and a ‘magic wand’-themed gift basket.

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Stan Lee’s Time Jumper Available on PlayStation Network; Will Produce Theatrical Rock Opera

Following Stan Lee’s recent appearance at Wizard World Anaheim Comic Con, Stan and his company POW! Entertainment (PK: POWN) are pleased to confirm today two new exciting announcements for the company. POW! Entertainment’s project with Walt Disney Studios Time Jumper, the multi-platform digital comic book about a college student who must protect the time travel device his father invented, has been made available on the PlayStation network as of March 31. This will allow audiences around the world to access the 10 episode compilation for $9.99 and play it on their PlayStation 3 or any PlayStation portable device.

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Walt Disney Records Announces Biggest Free Music Giveaway Ever! ’50 Days of Disney Music’ Begins May 3

Fifty days, fifty fabulous tunes, all free for the downloading: That’s the idea behind Walt Disney Records’ “50 Days of Disney Music.” Offering fans more free music than any program in the label’s history, “50 Days of Disney Music” draws on songs spanning the Disney universe, from classic animated films such as “Aladdin,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Toy Story” and “Bambi” to hit Disney Channel series such as “Hannah Montana,” “Wizards of Waverly Place,” “Phineas and Ferb” and “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” plus Disney Channel Original Movies “High School Musical” and “Camp Rock.” With free downloads available via social media sites including Twitter and Facebook, as well as via a special mobile phone list, “50 Days of Disney Music” kicks off May 3.

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Photo Call: Disneynature’s OCEANS ‘Blue Carpet’ World Premiere

Kyle Massey builds a car at Ridemakerz at Disney Store 'Epic Mickey' launch event This past weekend, stars gathered at the El Capitan movie theater in Hollywood to walk the blue carpet in support of Disneynature’s OCEANS, debuting in theaters nationwide on Earth Day, April 22.

Narrator Pierce Brosnan was joined by Disney stars and OCEAN’s Make a Wave anthem performers Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato along with the rest of the Jonas Brothers along with oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle and filmmakers and executives from Walt Disney Studios and Disneynature including Robert Iger, Rich Ross, Kirk Wise and Don Hahn. Artist Wylan was also on hand to debut a mural inspired by the film.

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Disney and MLB Announce All Star Game Mickey Statues for All Teams; Collectible Statuettes Available

The statuettes, seen here in the stands of Yankee Stadium, are replicas of seven and a half foot tall, life-size statues that will be placed at key Southern California landmarks leading up to the All-Star Game on July 13. Rich Pilling/MLB PhotosMajor League Baseball Properties and Disney Consumer Products today unveiled 36 different designs of MLB-themed Mickey Mouse collectible statuettes and related apparel and merchandise in celebration of the 2010 MLB All-Star Week festivities taking place July 9–13 in Anaheim, Calif. as part of a new collaboration between the organizations. The statuettes are replicas of seven and a half foot tall, life-size statues that will be placed at key Southern California landmarks leading up to the All-Star Game on July 13.

This special line of commemorative collectibles, commissioned in conjunction with MLB and Disney Consumer Products’ licensee Forever Collectibles, will be uniquely decorated with bold graphics featuring logos of each of the 30 MLB Clubs as well as an American League and a National League design. In addition, four statuettes will feature various All-Star Game themes. All are available in a 7.5-inch size through MLB.com beginning today and later this month through DisneyStore.com and additional retailers including MLB stadium shops, Walgreens and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

The 36 life-size statues are also decorated using the same logos and designs as the statuettes. With a height of 7.5 feet and weighing 989 pounds, these MLB-themed statues will begin to appear at landmarks throughout Southern California closer to the 2010 All-Star Game. Exact locations will be made public at a later date.

“With the All-Star Game returning to Anaheim, now is the perfect time for these two iconic American brands to team up and celebrate the premiere sporting event of the summer,” said Bob DuPuy, President & Chief Operating Officer, Major League Baseball. “These Mickey Mouse statuettes will allow fans of all 30 Clubs to share in the excitement of All-Star Summer even if they can’t make it to Anaheim for the festivities.”

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