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From now through January 17, you can enter to win the opportunity to see the first five minutes of the new season of LOST days before the final season’s premiere on February 2.

By answering a series of six trivia questions related to the show (you can answer until you get them all right), 815 winners will be selected at random and be mailed a message in a bottle along with a USB drive instructing them on how to view the footage of the new season.

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Script Review: The Cheapest Muppet Movie Ever Made (or is it?)

Although a much earlier draft of The Greatest Muppet Movie of All Time by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller had been reviewed elsewhere before, when I was offered the opportunity to take a look at a much more recent draft (dated 10/30/09, aka post-D23), I jumped.

It was at the D23 Expo in early September where then-Walt Disney Studios President Dick Cook offered up a strong Muppets song & dance number before announcing the title of the film, The Cheapest Muppet Movie Ever Made, a nod towards an old a project Muppets writer Jerry Juhl was reported to have been working on for years, even alongside Jim Henson.

Enter the recent draft which still bears the original working title. Whether the D23 announced title sticks or whether the existing script will be scrapped and be completely re-written remains to be seen, but what is evident is that neither title seems appropriate for the film.

It is clear that Judd Apatow-protege Jason Segel is a fan of the Muppets as well as his writing parter Nicholas Stoller (who used to write for Segel on Apatow’s Undeclared before co-writing Forgetting Sarah Marshall with him), but unfortunately, that’s about all that’s clear in this film paved with good intentions.

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Photo: Boston Celtics Fill the Magic Kingdom with Hoop Dreams

Boston Celtics players (L-R): J.R. Giddens, Ray Allen, Eddie House and Tony Allen huddle Dec. 24, 2009 with Mickey Mouse at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.  The NBA players visited the theme park on the eve of their Christmas Day game against the Orlando Magic.  The Celtics and Magic tip-off in a nationally televised game Dec. 25 at 2:30 p.m. ET at Amway Arena in Orlando, Fla. (Gene Duncan, photographer)

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WDW Refurb Update: Movie Set Adventure Joins Backlot Tour Closure in Feb

We recently advised that both the Backlot Tour and the Studio Catering Co Quick Service location will be closing February 15 and re-opening on March 28.

We have now been alerted that the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure is also being affected by this area refurb and will be closed for the same duration.

Planning a trip to Walt Disney World? Be the first to know when changes that potentially affect your trip occur by signing up with ReSearch!

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AKC Poll Ranks Pop Culture Dogs; Disney Litters List, but No Top Dog

In a series of polls published on PawNation.com, almost 76,000 voters ranked the top 125 dogs in pop culture from a list selected by American Kennel Club (AKC) experts.

With Snoopy topping the list of most popular dogs in pop culture, Disney dogs pop up several times in the eclectic list,  but barely wedged itself into the top 20, with Chance and Shadow from Homeward Bound, followed very closely by #21, Lady and the Tramp.

When it comes to the Fab Five, Goofy outperformed Mickey’s pal Pluto by coming in at #29 versus Pluto’s #35. Between them came Disney’s The Fox and the Hound (31) and the classic Old Yeller (34).

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Club Penguin Fans Give Early Holiday Gift to Kids around the World

Record numbers of children donated virtual coins they earned playing games in the popular virtual world of Club Penguin this holiday to support charities working to improve the lives of kids and families around the globe.

The third annual Coins for Change campaign, conducted from December 11 to 21, 2009, allowed children who visited Club Penguin to help change the world by contributing to help kids who are sick, kids who are poor or the environment. The players’ donations served as votes to determine how a $1 million cash contribution would be divided amongst charitable projects in the real world.

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Vinylmation Sets Release Timeline for New Park, Sports and ‘Oh Mickey!’ Series

With the latest round of Urban and the debut of Cutesters still managing to find their way into the stream of collectibility, Vinylmation today updated its official site, setting expectations for Park Series #4, Sports Series #1 and the ‘Oh Mickey!’ Series to debut in spring 2010 along with Muppet Series #1.

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Disney Board Nominates Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to Join

BURBANK, Calif. — The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) Board of Directors has nominated Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook Inc., to be a new independent director, effective upon her election at the Company’s next annual meeting.

“Sheryl is an outstanding executive who can add incredible value to what is already a diverse and highly experienced group of directors,” said John E. Pepper Jr., Disney’s chairman. “She brings great expertise in the online world, considerable international experience and a deep understanding of consumer behavior.”

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Update: WABC-TV Prepares for Cable Provider Standoff with StopCablevision.com

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Today, The Walt Disney Company registered a series of domain names revolving around one of its flagship television stations, WABC-TV in New York City. The domain names which include ILoveABC7.com, IWantMyABC7.com, SaveABC7.com and SaveABC7Now.com were also joined by StopCablevision.com

Unusual for Disney, the sites were already active, although it appears as though the content on the site — while not harmful in any way — was probably not meant for public consumption.

Under the title ABC/WABC Retransmission Consent, the page provides guidelines for how the company plans to address an upcoming negotiation with cable provider Cablevision beginning in January with a current contractual deadline of an unspecified date in March.

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Disney, Chase Launch Disney Rewards Visa® Debit Card

NEW YORK — Disney and Chase today announced a new offering in the Chase family of Disney Rewards Visa Cards, the Disney Rewardssm Visa Debit Card. The new card gives Chase checking account customers access to valuable Disney perks and rewards through the control and accountability of a debit card.

“This is an excellent new choice for Chase customers who prefer to make purchases with debit cards because of the immediacy and financial control it provides,” said Charlie Scharf, chief executive officer of Retail Financial Services for Chase. “The Disney Rewards Debit Card introduces a whole new world of Disney benefits to debit cardholders.”

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