LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Disney is readying a relaunch of the 1986 sci-fi adventure movie “Flight of the Navigator.” It has hired “Wild Hogs” scribe Brad Copeland to write the remake.
The original movie told the story of a 12-year-old boy (Joey Cramer) who is abducted by an alien spacecraft in 1978 and reappears eight years later, still the same age and with no memory of what happened. NASA scientists discover a connection between the boy and a downed spacecraft and try to exploit the boy, who ultimately escapes with the ship and attempts to reunite with his family.
The movie, which also featured Sarah Jessica Parker and Paul Reubens, grossed only $17 million theatrically, but was later rediscovered on VHS, becoming a cult hit.
Correction: This offer is valid at the Swan resort only.
Book a room at the Walt Disney World Swan resort by June 3, 2009 and it could be yours for just $119/night. This amazing offer places you within walking distance of both Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot.
Rooms at this special rate are available for the following dates: June 5 – 22, July 5 – 25, August 7 – 14, August 19 – September 9 and September 17 – 22, 2009. Bookings at this rate must be paid for in full at time of booking. There is a cancellation fee of one night’s stay if canceled more than 72 hours out – cancellations within 72 hours of check-in forfeit the entire amount. Additional mandatory fees and taxes are not included in this rate.
Upgrades are also available at the following rates: Resort View ($35/night), Resort View Balcony ($65/night), Pool View w/ Balcony ($75/night), Boardwalk View w/Balcony ($75).
While guests at the Walt Disney World Swan will not have access to Disney’s Magical Express, they are afforded free parking at the parks, access to the Disney Transportation Bus system and access to Extra Magic Hours.
To book this special rate by June 3, call 888-828-8850 and use code WOW119
D23 members can now purchase tickets to the D23 Lion King Roar into Vegas event. Purchase tickets to the June 27 performance for $113.50 per ticket and receive an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience after the show. You’ll also get a premium seating location, complimentary admission to the Founder’s Room at the hotel’s House of Blues, a commemorative souvenir program and an exclusive merchandise item.
Tickets will be available via will-call only and you must have your D23 card and a photo ID to claim them.
104 days of summer vacation begins with a marathon of the Emmy-nominated hit series “Phineas and Ferb,” MONDAY, MAY 25 (2:00 –10:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. During programming breaks, series co-creator and executive producer Dan Povenmire will take viewers behind the scenes during production and provide step-by-step instructions on how to draw the popular characters Phineas, Ferb, Candace, Agent P and Perry the Platypus. Printable instructions are also available for download at DisneyChannel.com.
The first television special for ABC produced by the Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Prep & Landing” reveals the never-before-told tale of an elite unit of Elves known as Prep & Landing. Every Christmas Eve this high-tech organization ensures that homes around the world are properly prepared for the yearly visit from The Big Guy, their code name for Santa Claus. The animated special will air during the 2009-10 television season.
After working tirelessly on Prep & Landing for 227 years, an elf named Wayne is upset when he doesn’t receive an expected promotion to be the Director of Naughty List Intelligence. Instead, Magee, the North Pole Christmas Eve Command Center Coordinator (NPCECCC for short), partners Wayne with Lanny, an idealistic rookie who has an undying enthusiasm for Christmas. During their Christmas Eve mission, Wayne and Lanny encounter unexpected challenges that push them to their limits. Will the elves be able to guide Dasher, Dancer and the rest of the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh through a raging snowstorm to ensure a Merry Christmas for all?
The cast of “Prep & Landing” includes Dave Foley (“The Kids in the Hall,” “NewsRadio”) as Wayne, Sarah Chalke (“Maneater,” “Scrubs”) as Magee and Derek Richardson (“MEN IN TREES,” “Hostel,” “Dumb and Dumberer”) as Lanny.
John Lasseter is executive producer of “Prep & Landing.” Dorothy McKim is the producer and the directors are Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton.
The American Free Press is reporting that Dug and the rest of his canine pack (Alpha, Beta, Gamma and perhaps a couple of others) have secured the top canine prize at Cannes, the Palm Dog, which celebrates dogs on film.
From the article: “Up was a favourite from the word go as it featured loveable Dug and a pack of wild but wonderful hounds with comically malfunctioning human voice collars,” said journalist Toby Rose.
For more information on the award, check out the article here.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., May 21, 2009 – Showing a strong commitment to building a better future for the children of Central Florida, Walt Disney World Resort gave a total of $700,000 in grants to 34 worthy non-profit organizations via prize patrols that blanketed the region during the last two weeks.
“It has been incredibly rewarding to celebrate and honor the accomplishments of these very deserving non-profit organizations that tirelessly work on behalf of our community’s youth,” says Eugene Campbell, vice president of Community Relations and Minority Business Development for Walt Disney World Resort. “Walt Disney World Resort is always looking for ways to invest in the children of Central Florida. By doing so, we hope to ultimately create a stronger community for us all.”
Disney’s Helping Kids Shine Grants recognize those who commit their time and talent to making a difference in the lives of Central Florida’s children. This year’s recipients were chosen by panel of judges made up of Central Florida community leaders and Walt Disney World Cast Members. In order to be considered for a Disney’s Helping Kids Shine Grant, non-profits must offer programs that focus on children in four specific areas: connecting with adults, constructive use of free time, character development and compassion.
Come meet author Ryder Windham as he signs copies of his book, Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide, on Saturday, June 6 at Wicket’s Warehouse (at Soundstage 1 near the Backlot Tour entrance). Windham has authored over fifty titles including junior novelized versions of Indiana Jones and Star Wars movies and will be signing his book from 11 am to 1 pm and from 4 pm to 6 pm.
Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide is the definitive companion to the entire Star Wars phenomenon. In this special updated edition, Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide uncovers the full story of the amazing Star Wars saga, with more than 1,000 images from the movies, cartoons, comics, and novels, along with merchandise, behind-the-scenes photography, and much more! This Special Edition features brand-new overviews of the latest comic books, new information on merchandise, as well as a special feature on fan celebrations.
The book must be purchased at the signing location with a limit of two (2) per customer. No personal items may be signed.