Endangered Sea Turtles Displaced by Oil Spill Thriving at Walt Disney World Resort

Two Disney animal care experts at Epcot’s The Seas take measurements of a Kemp's Ridley sea turtle as they track its rehabilitation progress. Photo courtesy DisneyTwo ailing Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles are on the road to recovery after being brought to Walt Disney World Resort last month from the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport, Miss. to make room for animals directly impacted by the Gulf oil spill.

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Photo Gallery: ‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ World Premiere and Concert in Bryant Park

Sorcerer Mickey Mouse,Nicolas Cage On what reportedly turned out to be the hottest day in New York City in more than thirty years, the cast and crew of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice from Walt Disney Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer Films (not to mention yours truly) braved the sun to celebrate the world premiere of the film earlier this week.

The event kicked off at the beginning of the carpet where New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, along with the film’s talent and the original Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Mickey Mouse, gathered to declare July 6 as Sorcerer’s Apprentice Day throughout the city. Then the stars began parading down the red and shadeless carpet to the New Amsterdam Theatre, where the screening was to be held. Unfortunately due to carpet position and the sun’s unwilligness to forgive, many of the invitees would eventually break away from the carpet and dash inside, so the opportunities for one poor Disney blogger were rare.

To that end, there were a couple of standouts. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer eventually made his way down the carpet, paying his regards to the press. Star and executive producer Nicolas Cage, however, was truly exceptional, not only responding to all, but answering questions at length, all the while waving to his adoring fans who were staked out across 42nd Street or simply driving by.

It was also very difficult not to be captivated by the lovely Teresa Palmer, who portrays love-interest Becky Barnes. Although one would never know it from her performances, Teresa is an Aussie and has a very heavy (but charming) accent to prove it. The children from the film — Jake Cherry, Peyton List and Robert Capron were also delightful.

After the screening of the movie, the night’s festivities moved on to Bryant Park where the stars of the film along with producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Jon Turtletaub conducted a brief Q&A session at an event open to all. Although One Republic — whose hit song Secrets is featured in the film – was expected to perform during the mini-concert, cited health reasons kept lead singer Ryan Tedder at bay. Instead, Hollywood Records recording artist Alpha Rev doubled-up on their performance, treating the crowd to an impressive show consisting of about six or seven songs.

Epilogue: I really ought to be a concert photographer.

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MINDstyle to Release ‘Tin Toy’ Collectible at San Diego Comic-con

Tin Toy ATC from MINDstyleMINDstyle has announced that they will launch the Tin Toy vinyl art toy collectible (ATC) at San Diego Comic-con later this month.

Limited to 500 pieces worldwide, the piece is inspired by the title character in the Pixar Animation Studios Short Tin Toy as created by John Lasseter and is often cited as the inspiration behind Pixar’s first feature-length film, Toy Story.

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New DisneyStore.com Arrivals for July 9, 2010 (3 Items)

New DisneyStore.com arrivals for July 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 Color Alice in Wonderland Tee for Women World of Color Alice in Wonderland Tee for Women – $32.95
World of Color Crush Tee for Boys World of Color Crush Tee for Boys – $32.95
Sleeping Beauty Castle Miniature by Olszewski Sleeping Beauty Castle Miniature by Olszewski – $295.00

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UDReplicas to Debut ‘TRON: Legacy’ Light-Up Motorcycle Suit at San Diego Comic-con

UDReplicas, a subsidiary of Universal Design, made a name for itself when it debuted its officially licensed Dark Knight motorcycle and gear last year. This year, they return to San Diego Comic-con and will offer up three new suits inspired by Disney’s TRON and Marvel’s X-Men and Iron Man.

The TRON suit which features light-up elements will be on display at the Disney booth (3712) but for those unable to attend the event or unable to wait, here’s a sneak peek (make sure you watch it all the way through, or at least jump ahead to :45 or so:

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Miramax’s ‘The Debt’ Release Date Moved to December 29, 2010

We have received confirmation from Walt Disney Studios that The Debt‘s release date has been moved from its original slated release date of October 1 to Wednesday, December 29, 2010.

In The Debt (rated R by the MPAA for some violence and language), Rachel Singer (Helen Mirren) is one of three Israeli Mossad agents who were sent on a secret mission to capture a notorious Nazi war criminal in 1960’s East Berlin. Now, decades later, she must go back undercover and risk everything once again. The film was directed by John Madden (Shakespeare in Love and Proof) and also stars Tom Wilkinson, Jessica Chastain and Sam Worthington.

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‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ Conjures Up Motion Comic, New Clip: ‘Sorcery 101’

With just less than a week before the nationwide release of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Walt Disney Studios has offered up this motion comic which offers to take you on a journey of hundreds of years in just three and a half minutes. If you can forgive the terrible and melodramatic Nicolas Cage impression, the ‘South Park’-inspired power-walking and the fact that Balthazar Blake (a sorcerer to the 777th degree mind you) has to rely on children to protect him with their magic instead of using his own, it’s a bit more backstory to the film.

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Disney and CLOT Launch ‘Man Is In The Forest’ Concept Store in China

In late June, Disney, together with leading Asian independent retailer CLOT officially opened the highly anticipated concept store Man Is In The Forest– the first store in the world where ground breaking Disney collaborations with leading designers will be sold under one roof.

Already established fashion leaders in Asia, CLOT has four retail outlets in Asia selling the latest in cutting edge street wear design and labels such as HeadPorter, OriginalFake and much more. Man Is In The Forest will be the fifth retail offering and their second in mainland China.

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Disney/ABC Television Group Garners 69 Emmy Nominations

The Disney/ABC Television Group (DATG) captured 69 Primetime Emmy nominations, it was announced today by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. This total reflects nominations for ABC Television Network, ABC Studios, ABC.com and Disney Channel programming.

The ABC Television Network received 63 nominations, including a first-time, first season Comedy Series nomination for “Modern Family,” which gathered a total of 14 nominations, including recognitions for Art Direction, Casting, Directing, Picture Editing, Guest Actor, Sound Mixing and Writing.

“Modern Family’s” Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara all garnered nominations in the Supporting Actor/Actress in a Comedy Series category.

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New DisneyStore.com Arrivals for July 8, 2010 (26 Items)

New DisneyStore.com arrivals for July 8, 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.

The Princess and the Frog Deluxe Princess Tiana Wedding Dress Costume for Girls The Princess and the Frog Deluxe Princess Tiana Wedding Dress Costume for Girls – $89.50
Club Penguin Logo Tee for Women Club Penguin Logo Tee for Women – $13.95
Action Hero Buzz Lightyear Comforter Action Hero Buzz Lightyear Comforter – $49.95
Personalized Disney Princess Backpack for Preschoolers Personalized Disney Princess Backpack for Preschoolers – $19.95
Club Penguin Logo Beanie Club Penguin Logo Beanie – $13.95
Rockhopper Tee for Grown-Ups Rockhopper Tee for Grown-Ups – $14.95
Astro-Barrier Tee for Kids Astro-Barrier Tee for Kids – $14.95
Astro-Barrier Tee for Grown-Ups Astro-Barrier Tee for Grown-Ups – $14.95
Black Puffle Cap Black Puffle Cap – $11.95
Club Penguin Logo Tee for Grown-Ups Club Penguin Logo Tee for Grown-Ups – $10.95
Rockhopper Tee for Kids Rockhopper Tee for Kids – $14.95
Princess of Dreams Carousel Cinderella Figurine by Jim Shore ”Princess of Dreams” Carousel Cinderella Figurine by Jim Shore – $34.95
Princess of Knowledge Carousel Belle Figurine by Jim Shore ”Princess of Knowledge” Carousel Belle Figurine by Jim Shore – $34.95
Tinker Bell Hoodie for Girls Tinker Bell Hoodie for Girls – $29.50
Wedding Cinderella Shoes for Girls Wedding Cinderella Shoes for Girls – $19.50
New York Yankees Mickey Mouse Pin New York Yankees Mickey Mouse Pin – $11.95
Los Angeles Angels Mickey Mouse Pin Los Angeles Angels Mickey Mouse Pin – $11.95
Boston Red Sox Mickey Mouse Pin Boston Red Sox Mickey Mouse Pin – $11.95
Chicago Cubs Mickey Mouse Pin Chicago Cubs Mickey Mouse Pin – $11.95
New York Mets Mickey Mouse Pin New York Mets Mickey Mouse Pin – $11.95
Los Angeles Dodgers Mickey Mouse Pin Los Angeles Dodgers Mickey Mouse Pin – $11.95
Philadelphia Phillies Mickey Mouse Pin Philadelphia Phillies Mickey Mouse Pin – $11.95
Chicago White Sox Mickey Mouse Pin Chicago White Sox Mickey Mouse Pin – $11.95
Tampa Bay Rays Mickey Mouse Pin Tampa Bay Rays Mickey Mouse Pin – $11.95
Florida Marlins Mickey Mouse Pin Florida Marlins Mickey Mouse Pin – $11.95
St Louis Cardinals Mickey Mouse Pin St Louis Cardinals Mickey Mouse Pin – $11.95

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