Report: Disney Drops The 3D Luxo Ball, Fetches ‘Bolt’ and ‘Alice’ Deal with Sony Instead

Very early this year, we reported on a Hollywood Reporter blurb that didn’t seem to catch the eye of most — Disney planned on releasing three Blu-ray 3D titles this year: A Christmas Carol, Alice in Wonderland and Toy Story 3.

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‘Captain EO’ Camera to Receive International 3D Society ‘Lumiere’ Award

Disney dual-camera 3-D Rig as displayed at the 2009 Disney D23 Expo © Stitch Kingdom. All Rights Reserved.He was there to change the world and in 1980, Disney Imagineer Steve Hines did just that.

From Magic Journeys to Captain EO to MuppetVision 3D to Honey, I Shrunk the Audience to Captain EO, one film camera provided all the magic and it was Hines’ 3-D Camera Rig that made the magic happen. Now, according to Variety, Disney and Steve Hines will be recognized for their efforts by the International 3D Society on October 19 at Mann’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood. Earlier this year, both Disney/Pixar’s UP and its accompanying short Partly Cloudy were recognized when the award was given out for the first time.

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Spoiler: First Book for Disney’s ‘Tangled’ Reveals Surprising Details About Film

'Learn to Draw Disney's Tangled' from Walter FosterMerchandising isn’t the only big marketing move when it comes to promoting the latest Disney film, books are huge business too. Personally, I’ve become a huge fan of the junior novelization series which are often available a month or more before the film is released. It’s always fascinating to see just how similar the book, which is based on the actual scripts, is (or isn’t) to the final product. Alice in Wonderland and Toy Story 3 were dead-on while The Sorcerer’s Apprentice makes one imagine there’s a lot of film still sitting on the cutting room floor.

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Disney’s ‘Tangled’ Spots a ‘Double Tower’ in Spoof of Famous Viral Video

UPDATE: ‘Double Rainbow’ Video Originator Paul ‘Bear’ Vasquez has a message for Disney and needs your help! Please read it here!

Via its official Facebook page for Tangled, Walt Disney Animation Studios has released the first of several new videos today to promote the film: a parody of the viral ‘Double Rainbow’ YouTube sensation by Guy ‘Bear’ Vasquez.

While treading through the forest one day, Flynn Rider stumbles upon one beautiful tower — no wait, it’s a double tower!

As an added treat, there’s even a bit of new animation, albeit not quite Disney Digital ready given Flynn’s poor equipment (and memory capacity).

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Fans Invited to Vote on Official ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Poster Art for Season Seven

As a thank you to the loyal viewers of “Grey’s Anatomy,” executive producers Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, along with ABC, are giving the series’ Facebook fans the opportunity to select the official poster art for Season Seven.

Beginning today, September 7, six images will be uploaded to the official “Grey’s Anatomy” Facebook page. Fans will have until Thursday, September 16 at 9:00 p.m., ET to cast their votes. The poster image that receives the most Facebook “comments” and “likes” will become the official art.

Select fans who participate may also be recipients of a surprise collectors’ item from the show.

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New Gameplay Footage from ‘Epic Mickey’ Explores ‘Dark Beauty Castle’

Disney Interactive Studios and Junction Point Studios have recently released this gameplay video from Epic Mickey titled Dark Beauty Castle.

In what appears to be a tutorial level, Gremlin Gus (who was incidentally the result of a joint venture between Walt Disney and noted childrens author Roald Dahl) instructs Mickey on the use of using both the paint and thinner, not only to battle enemies (or help other characters), but also to manipulate the environment, sometimes by using both tools in conjunction with each other. Along the way, Mickey also picks up some tickets and tv tokens which allow him to distract enemies temporarily by plopping down a television in front of them. As a reward for saving a gremlin, Mickey also receives a golden trading pin.

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Video: Time-Lapse Installation of Halloween Decor at Magic Kingdom

Walt Disney World has re-released this time-lapse photography video of the Halloween/fall decor being installed along Main Street USA and Mickey’s Toontown Fair at Magic Kingdom. According to the video description, more than 40 cast members are involved in the process which takes places over a period of five nights to install all of the holiday decorations.

The Disneyland Resort also released this video today highlighting some of its Halloween festivities including the Nightmare Before Christmas Haunted Mansion overlay, Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, World of Color, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and character meet & greets.

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Disney’s ‘Tangled’ Featurette Helps Rapunzel ‘See the Light’ with Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi

Birthday Lanterns in Disney's TangledDirectors Nathan Greno and Byron Howard are joined by Zachary Levi (Flynn Rider) and Mandy Moore (Rapunzel) in this ‘early look’ at Disney’s Tangled which popped up recently on YouTube.

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George Stephanopoulos to Interview President Obama for ‘Good Morning America;’ Viewers Invited to Submit Questions

This week as President Barack Obama unveils new initiatives to rebuild the economy and create jobs, “Good Morning America” co-anchor George Stephanopoulos will conduct an exclusive interview with the President in Cleveland, Ohio. The interview will be featured on “Good Morning America” on Thursday, September 9. Viewers can submit questions for Mr. Obama here.

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Bring Home ‘The Golden Girls: 25th Anniversary Complete Collection’ on Disney DVD November 9

Golden Girls: The Complete Series on DVDWalt Disney Studios Home Entertainment proudly announces the highly-anticipated debut of The Golden Girls: 25th Anniversary Complete Collection, on DVD November 9. Seven years of laughter, tears, friendship and fun culminate in this limited edition 21-disc commemorative set that allows fans to relive all the great moments of one of TV’s most beloved shows in one side-splitting new collection. Packaged in a fantastic, collectible replica of Golden Girl Sophia’s wicker purse, the fabulous new release includes every hilarious DVD bonus feature from each season, and other collectibles including all-new character-themed playing cards, showcasing each of the show’s lovable, off-beat stars.

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