World-renowned Juggler Anthony Gotto Joins Cast of ‘La Nouba’ at Downtown Disney

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La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil announced today that an incredible new act featuring world-renowned juggler Anthony Gatto will be added permanently to the 90-minute spectacle at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort beginning Feb. 5, 2010.

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ABC Invites Viewers to ‘The Bachelor: Jason and Molly’s Wedding’ Special on March 8

Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney, the first “Bachelor” couple to ever walk down the aisle, will share a dramatic new chapter of their love story with millions of viewers when ABC televises their much anticipated wedding on “The Bachelor: Jason and Molly’s Wedding,” MONDAY, MARCH 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

The couple, who announced their engagement in October, will let viewers in on all the exciting festivities – from Molly’s dress fitting for her dazzling custom-made gown to Jason and Molly planning the big day with their wedding planner and event designer. Then it’s on to their bachelor and bachelorette parties, and the next stage of their romantic journey with a beautiful wedding ceremony in the perfect location.

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Harlem Globetrotters to Perform for ESPN Wide World of Sports Grand Re-opening

On February 25, the Harlem Globetrotters will be performing for guests at the Milk House located at the newly dubbed ESPN Wide World of Sports at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Also on hand to commemorate the event will be the popular ESPN sports broadcasting team of Mike and Mike along with several other high profile athletes and ESPN personalities.

Tickets are now available from ticketmaster.com and range from $30-$50 in price. Attending guests will also receive a free commemorative t-shirt marking the event.

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Disney Shuts Down Miramax; Shelves Films Not Yet Released

The Wrap reported yesterday that Disney has officially decided to shut down Miramax Films after a recent period of slowly shrinking the production and distribution company, most recently ousting its president Daniel Battsek and closing the New York offices. Founded in 1979 by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the pioneering film company was named in honor of the Weinsteins’ parents (Miriam and Max) and was acquired by Disney in 1993. After a strained relationship with The Walt Disney Company, the Weinsteins left Miramax in 2005 and began another new film company on their own.

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Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Disney Over ‘Baby Einstein’ Refunds

Alleging violation of the California Legal Remedies Act and the California Business Code, the class action claims that Disney has not fulfilled its promise of offering full refunds on Baby Einstein DVDs purchased since an uproar was caused over a report that determined that the videos had no positive intellectual effect on infants despite claims made on the initial product. Although Disney acquired Baby Einstein in 2001, the current refund offer which was intended to fend off a class action lawsuit of its own, only covers videos sold since 2004.

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Surprise Wedding Proposal at ‘When in Rome’ Premiere for Couple Who Met at Disneyland

Navy SEAL Chad Williams proposes to now-fiancee Aubrey O'Boyle on the Red Carpet at 'When in Rome' PremiereJust in time for Valentine’s season, Robbins Brothers, The Engagement Ring Store™, gave a lucky couple an unforgettable experience last night: a one-of-a-kind surprise marriage proposal on the red carpet at a Hollywood movie premiere.

Touchstone Pictures’ “When in Rome,” which hits theaters nationwide on January 29, celebrated its world premiere last night at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood.

The groom-to-be is Chad Williams, 25, a U.S. Navy SEAL from Huntington Beach, CA.  Chad proposed to his girlfriend of seven years, Aubrey O’Boyle, 23, in front of the assembled national and international media at the premiere of Disney’s new date-night movie.

Stunned but overjoyed, Aubrey answered “yes” — and is currently wearing a one-carat, round brilliant cut diamond set in a Scott Kay engagement ring, which Chad bought for her at Robbins Brothers’ Mission Viejo store.  The retailer will give Chad and Aubrey a gift certificate towards wedding bands in celebration of their upcoming wedding day. The couple also enjoyed a complimentary dinner from Fleming’s to celebrate their engagement. Continue reading…

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Preview the ‘Wizarding World of Harry Potter’ Now via Augmented Reality

Today, Universal Orlando Resort and USA TODAY, the nation’s top-selling print newspaper, partnered to provide the first-ever augmented reality map of the world’s most highly anticipated theme park experience – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort.  With just a computer, webcam and the newspaper, you can make this one-of-a-kind experience appear before your eyes.

Augmented Reality blends real-life environments with computer animation allowing you to explore things in a completely new way. For the first time, guests can explore The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in a unique way – before experiencing it first hand.

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‘Ollivanders Wand Shop’ Will Deliver Interactive, Magical Experience at Wizard World of Harry Potter

Visitors to the Ollivanders wand shop at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando will step into one of the most iconic scenes from the bestselling Harry Potter books and blockbuster feature films. With the assistance of a live actor, along with amazing special effects, guests of Ollivanders will get to experience the same type of magical moment Harry had in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” when a wand ”chooses them.”

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ABC Family Adds Two New Dramas to Line-up: ‘Huge’ and ‘Pretty Little Liars’

Paul Lee, president, ABC Family, today announced the pick-up of two one-hour dramas, “Huge” and “Pretty Little Liars.” Each series has been given a 10-episode order and is scheduled to premiere in 2010.

“ABC Family is coming off another record year of growth,” said Lee. “We’re excited about the addition of these two new original series to the network’s already strong slate of programming. Both have their own unique voice that will speak to our Millennial viewers.”

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Bloomingdale’s to Highlight ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Collections with Displays, Props

Disney today announced a stunning collection of apparel and accessories inspired by its upcoming feature Alice In Wonderland, Tim Burton’s highly anticipated film, featuring favorite characters from the classic Lewis Carroll tales, releasing on the big screen on March 5, 2010 (U.S. theaters). Disney Consumer Products (DCP) collaborated with renowned jewelry designer, Tom Binns, leading fashion designer Sue Wong and Swarovski, the world’s largest producer of cut crystals, to create an interpretive line that brings the allure and mystery of the film and characters to life.

As part of the Alice fashion experience, DCP and Bloomingdale’s have joined forces to create one-of-a-kind window displays at Bloomingdale’s flagship 59th Street store in New York City. The windows will feature props from the film and highlight a selection of items from the designer line including Sue Wong for Walt Disney Signature dresses and Tom Binns for Walt Disney Signature jewelry. The windows at 59th street will be complemented by a special exhibit in the contemporary sportswear department on the second floor, which will feature select costumes and props detailed with information from the film.

In addition, seven Bloomingdale’s stores across the U.S. including the NY flagship store will enhance their Alice In Wonderland merchandise displays with special signage and video screens that will play behind-the-scenes footage and select bonus material. The stores include Beverly Center, CA, Century City, CA, San Francisco, CA, South Coast Plaza, CA, Aventura, FL and Short Hills, NJ. The Bloomingdale’s Alice In Wonderland-inspired windows and in-store displays are planned to set in early March.

“The arresting settings and characters in Tim Burton’s interpretation of Alice In Wonderland provided great inspiration and have made it possible for us to work with this renowned group of designers to create a truly unique collection of lifestyle products that will continue to position Disney at the forefront of fashion trends,” said Pam Lifford, executive vice president, global fashion and home, DCP. “Our collaboration with Bloomingdale’s brings it all together in a way that is fun and interesting for consumers and Disney fans alike.”

Launching at retail from February, the collections include: Continue reading…

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