Just a quick note for the Vinylmation fans out there. Word is that the next series, Urban Series 2, is set to be released on July 24. We also have a timeline and artwork for future releases.
In celebration of Walt Disney Pictures’ and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ G-FORCE, The El Capitan Theatre will offer audiences over three and half hours of additional fun following the movie, with the G-FORCE EXPERIENCE from July 24 through September 7, it was announced today by Lylle Breier, senior vice president of worldwide special events, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
The G-FORCE EXPERIENCE is a giant, all-new interactive attraction featuring games of skill, loads of excitement, and activities for the whole family inspired by G-FORCE, producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s first 3-D film – a high–octane comedy adventure about a covert government program – a FBI team of guinea pigs!
Guests will first see Walt Disney Pictures’ G-FORCE at the historic El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, and immediately following the film, go across the street to enter the G-FORCE EXPERIENCE, where they can:
* Enjoy an all-new interactive attraction where they can fully engage with the characters and situations in G-FORCE in which all audiences can have loads of fun.
* Activities include deciphering the code to access the G-FORCE Cyber Network Databanks, plotting a spy map for the G-FORCE team, crushing unstoppable digital bugs, annihilating miscreant Gizmos, and taking the G-FORCE Training Course to become a member of the G-FORCE Special Forces!
* See real props direct from the movie, and two actual sets from G-FORCE.
* Go behind-the-scenes with a unique G-FORCE art exhibit.
* And much more – It’s over 3 hours of fun!
Showtimes are: 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm, 9:30 pm. Tickets for “G-FORCE,” are available at the El Capitan box office (6838 Hollywood Blvd), online at www.elcapitantickets.com, or by calling 1-800-DISNEY6. Special group rate tickets for parties of 20 or more are available by calling 1-818-845-3110.
Extend your “G-FORCE” experience by visiting Disney’s Soda Fountain and Studio Store (located adjacent to the theatre) and treating yourself to “The G-FORCE Sundae.”
Commenting on the announcement, Breier said, “El Capitan guests are in for a day of excitement they will never forget with the hilarious and action packed ‘G-FORCE’ and the adventure-filled “G-FORCE Experience.” With over 3-1/2 hours of entertainment and activities, The El Capitan Theatre provides a truly engaging, interactive and immersive experience for families and thrill seekers of all ages. ‘G-FORCE’ is the perfect summer offering and seeing it at the El Capitan Theatre is the most exciting way to enjoy this thrilling new Disney adventure. All those who live in Southern California are just a short drive away from one of the most unique Disney experiences to be had this summer.”
Below is a series of photos sent to us by Disney from a sneak preview recently held of this new experience. Click on any individual thumbnail to see a larger version or click on the PicLens link to see a slideshow. All photos by Jason Merritt/WireImage.com © Disney. All Rights Reserved.
The Disney/ABC Television Group (DATG) makes its mark at the 2009 Comic-Con convention with a diverse slate of series, including repeat favorites, new buzz shows, a hit animated series, an upcoming new holiday animated special, an author’s roundtable, futuristic action-adventure/sci-fi series and a cast reunion.
Perennial Comic-Con fan favorites, “Lost” executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, will participate in their final convention appearance for the series, and ABC’s highly anticipated new drama series “FlashForward” will present its first-ever panel, featuring executive producers David S. Goyer, Marc Guggenheim and Brannon Braga, as well as cast members Joseph Fiennes, John Cho, Courtney B. Vance, Christine Woods and Peyton List. Patricia Heaton, star of the upcoming ABC comedy series “The Middle,” makes her Comic-Con debut hosting a sneak peek screening of the series for her fans.
Additionally, DATG will showcase distinctive series across its various divisions over the four days of the event: panels with new ABC series “Eastwick” and “V”; returning Comic-Con favorite “Ghost Whisperer,” produced by ABC Studios, will feature a panel with the complete cast, including star Jennifer Love Hewitt, along with Jamie Kennedy, David Conrad, Camryn Manheim and Christoph Sanders, plus executive producers Ian Sander, Kim Moses and P.K. Simonds; ABC Studios’ syndicated action-adventure series “Legend of the Seeker” will unveil a sneak peek at their upcoming second season; ABC Family’s “The Middleman” will bring Comic-Con fans the first cast reunion since the series’ completion, as well as a table read of the lost 13th episode, “The Doomsday Armageddon Apocalypse,” which was never produced but has been turned into a graphic novel.
After last year’s standing room only panel, television’s #1 animated series for kids, Disney’s “Phineas and Ferb,” returns to Comic-Con. This year creators and executive producers Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, as well as cast members Vincent Martella, Olivia Olson and Tyler Mann, will participate in a Q&A session, preview a sneak peek of new episodes and offer the chance to win “Phineas and Ferb” prizes.
The holiday special “Prep & Landing,” ABC’s first-ever collaboration with Walt Disney Animation Studios, will receive a special preview at an animation panel headlined by Academy Award winner and executive producer John Lasseter.
The Norway pavilion in Epcot® is pleased to host Northwestern Captain Sig Hansen, Edgar Hansen, and Matt Bradley — three of the featured stars on the popular reality series on The Discovery Channel, Deadliest Catch – for an in-park appearance July 31 – August 02, 2009. Sig, Edgar and Matt will appear inside The Puffin’s Roost, the Norway Pavilion’s merchandise location, each day. They’ll be appearing from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm.
Fourth generation fishermen, Sig Hansen is the Captain of the Northwest, Edgar Hansen is the Deck Boss and Matt Bradley is a Deck Hand for the crab-catching vessel. Captain Sig Hansen and Edgar Hansen and Norm own and operate the Seattle, WA based Northwestern.
In addition to signing autographs and posing for photos, the Hansen’s will have Northwestern merchandise created by Helly Hansen available for purchase during their Epcot® appearances.
About Deadliest Catch:
Deadliest Catch is a documentary-style reality television series that documents the events aboard fishing boats in the Bering Sea during the Alaskan king crab and Opilio crab fishing seasons. The Aleutian Islands port of Dutch Harbor (located in Unalaska, Alaska) is the base of operations for the fishing fleet. The show is named Deadliest Catch because the crews of those boats are at a high risk of injury or death.
Commercial fishing has long been considered one of the most dangerous jobs in America; in 2005, the Bureau of Labor Statistics ranked commercial fishing as the job occupation with the highest fatality rate with 118.4 fatalities per 100,000, almost 30 times the rate of the average worker. However, Alaskan king crab fishing is considered even more dangerous than the average commercial fishing job due to the conditions of the Bering Sea during the seasons they fish. According to the pilot episode, the death rate during the main crab seasons averages out to nearly one fisherman per week, while the injury rate for crews on most crab boats in the fleet is nearly 100% due to the severe weather conditions (frigid gales, rogue waves, ice formations on and around the boat) and the danger of working with such heavy machinery on a constantly rolling boat deck. Alaskan king crab fishing reported over 300 fatalities per 100,000 as of 2005 with over 80% of those deaths caused by drowning or hypothermia.
Beginning FRIDAY, JULY 17 through MONDAY, AUGUST 3, at www.houseparty.com/wizardsofwaverlyplace, parents of kids and tweens can register for an exclusive Party Pack to create and host a magical island-themed party for the premiere of the highly anticipated “Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie,” on Friday, August 28. Sponsored by Disney Channel, the kits include a CD soundtrack, a treasure hunt game, decorations, floral accessories, notebooks, sling bags and posters for party guests. Additional party planning tools and downloadable invitations will be available August 5 at www.houseparty.com to help young party hosts create their own “Wizards of Waverly Place Island Magic House Party” for friends and family.
For a chance to be selected to receive one of 2,000 Party Packs for a “Wizards of Waverly Place Island Magic House Party,” parents of kids and tweens can enter at www.houseparty.com/wizardsofwaverlyplace.
Inspired by the hit Disney Channel series, “Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie” follows Alex, Justin and Max Russo as they accompany their parents on a Caribbean vacation where Alex’s inadvertent magic spell makes it so that her parents have never met. When they learn the only thing that will reverse the spell is the magical Stone of Dreams, Justin and Alex embark on a quest through the jungle to find it, and as Max plays matchmaker for his parents at the resort, time is running out to save their family. Starring are Selena Gomez, David Henrie, Jake T. Austin, Jennifer Stone, Maria Canals-Barrera and David DeLuise.
The movie was written by Dan Berendsen (“Walt Disney Studios’ “Hannah Montana The Movie;” Disney Channel’s “The Cheetah Girls One World”) and produced by Kevin Lafferty (“Camp Rock”). The costume designer is Mona May (“Enchanted,” “Clueless”). “Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie” was directed by Lev L. Spiro (Disney Channel’s “Minutemen”) and executive-produced by Peter Murrieta (Disney Channel’s “Wizards of Waverly Place”). It is based on the series created by Todd J. Greenwald.
Miramax Films proudly presents a panel discussion for their new film Extract with writer/director Mike Judge (Beavis & Butthead, King of the Hill, Office Space) and film stars Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Mila Kunis (That 70s Show, Family Guy) and Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live) to take place in Hall H on Saturday, July 25 from 1:30 – 2:30PM.
Also be sure to visit Miramax Films at booth #3913 where you can enter to win Blu-Ray and DVD packages of the Miramax Comic-Con collection.
Fifty D23 Members will be among the first to see Ponyo, at the July 27 exclusive screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s breathtaking animated film Ponyo, which will arrive in theaters in limited release on August 14. The masterfully told and gorgeously realized film tells the unforgettable story about a young, independent-minded goldfish named Ponyo, who breaks away from her undersea home in hopes of becoming a human girl.
This event is now sold outg. The first 50 D23 Members to RSVP will receive email confirmations (good for Member plus one guest). Please listen carefully to the instructions when you call.
While I make it a hobby to track down and photograph characters, I am no autograph hound. In fact, I don’t recall ever obtaining a single Disney character autograph on purpose — until now that is. After several days on site, I needed a new way to occupy my time and when something caught my eye at The Animation of Disney shop in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, it was love at first sight. Or a new hobby anyway. There on the counter was a 9″ Vinylmation blank decked out with several character signatures. I fought the urge for a while but there was just no walking away from it, I had to try it.
So for $39.95, I walked away with a Vinylmation blank and a fine-point sharpie given to me by the cast member at the store (they really ought to sell sharpies there too). And over the next two-and-a-half days, as time allowed, I tracked down every single character I could find and got them to sign my Mickey. Even Mr. Incredible, who normally uses a rubber stamp, signed him.
The idea itself really is novel, if not awkward, and I think it should provide a really good springboard for new )and hopefully less-expensive) autograph-related products. Let’s face it, we all (well, not me) do the autograph books and for most who manage to keep them around, they sit on the shelf for most of the time. Here we have a three-dimensional, tangible object that does its best work when it does the exact same thing and sits on a shelf.
So after two-and-a-half days and gathering a total of 61 autographs, I learned a few things that might help the next poor unfortunate soul who follows suit.
First, the fine-point sharpie (or even a ball-point pen) is a must. Especially when dealing with face characters who can be very nimble, particularly with signing in dwindling spaces and have intricate autographs. Characters with bigger hands didn’t seem to have as much an issue with the fine-point itself, but were challenged when it turns out the first sharpie I had was about to die. Which leads to the next tip:
Make sure the sharpie (or whatever) is in amazing shape. If it is, writing on the vinyl figure will be smooth and dark. You can use the bottom of the feet to test the autograph pen (unless you have other plans for his normally not-visible bottom).
There seemed to be an issue with touching him, particularly when signatures were fresh. They wouldn’t be immediately affected, but over time, areas that got touched a lot seemed to fade really fast and would sometimes smudge. For this reason (and the next), I recommend physically handling him as little as possible. When toting him around, don’t flaunt him, put him in a bag (or at least flaunt him in a clear bag).
People (and characters) will love him. Kids will become downright obsessed with him and won’t think twice about picking him up if he’s left vulnerable and checking him out.
A semi-tip: The eyes pictured on my Mickey were courtesy of Pluto. It seems you can get away with decorating the face a little bit as characters seemed hesitant to ‘tattoo’ it anyway (although the eyes made that situation even more clear) and still have room for autographs.
Bottom line, despite the imperfections that accumulated during the process, I’m proud of my Autograph Mickey and the slightly smudged memories that come with it.
New York, NY (July 16, 2009) – Gareb Shamus, CEO of New York-based Wizard Entertainment, today announced the launch of the first-ever Anaheim Comic-Con, to be held at the Anaheim Convention Center from April 16-18, 2010.
Richard McWilliam, Upper Deck Chairman/CEO said, “Gareb and I have been friends for many years now, and I’m happy to see him once again back in Southern California. On behalf of myself and Upper Deck, we congratulate Gareb for bringing the fans here another great Comic-Con.”
Upper Deck recently announced a licensing agreement with Marvel Entertainment to create products based on Marvel characters, including Trading Cards, TCGs and Miniatures Games.
Anaheim will be the fifth Comic-Con city for shows produced by Gareb Shamus, joining Chicago, Philadelphia, New York and the recently-purchased Toronto event. Attendees can anticipate the strong caliber lineup of stars and exhibitors that fans across the nation have come to expect.
“We had an outpouring of requests by fans and partners to return to Southern California, and felt that Anaheim was the best place to come back to,” said Shamus. “There is a real desire here for a comic based pop-culture experience, and I feel privileged to get back in touch with our west coast fans in this way. This will truly be an event for families and people of all ages.”
Ahmet Zappa, Publisher of Disney’s Kingdom Comics said, “All of us at Kingdom Comics are thrilled to be working with our friends from Wizard, as they get ready to add the Anaheim Comic-Con to their line-up of spectacular fan events. They have a reputation in the industry for putting on great shows in Chicago, Philadelphia and New York, and the Anaheim Comic-Con will bring exciting entertainment to our own backyard.”
Kingdom Comics is developing entertaining new graphic novels, and re-imagining motion pictures from the Disney live-action vaults, and plans to use the Anaheim convention to showcase new projects to the fan community.
For all the information on Anaheim Comic-Con and other Wizard events, visit www.wizardworld.com.
“EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION” HELPS A FAMILY WHO MADE ROOM IN THEIR BIG HEARTS AND TINY HOME FOR FOUR MORE KIDS ON ONE HOUR’S NOTICE
On July 14, 2009,”Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” traveled to Green County, Missouri to tell the eight members of the Hampton family – all living in a cramped one-bedroom, one-bath cottage, 792 sq. ft. total – that they’ll have a new home in seven days. The original family of four doubled in size not long ago after a fateful phone call from a social services agency. Chris and Niki Hampton were told they had just one hour to decide if they would take in their four nieces and nephews or let them go to foster care.
Chris and Niki didn’t hesitate to open their hearts and home to young Gage, Kira, Lexi and Jacob, who now range in age from two to eight years old. Squeezing out the space for them, together with eleven-year-old son Dakota and eight-year-old daughter Hannah, has been the real challenge. Currently the three boys share one set of bunk beds in the dining room, and the three girls share another set of bunks in what used to be a utility closet. Since the cottage has no closets, plastic storage bins are stacked floor-to-ceiling in every room. Dinner is served assembly line-style, and everyone sits on the floor except for the youngest children in booster seats.
What the family lacks in comfort and space, they more than make up for in love. The children are incredibly close – literally and figuratively – and Chris and Niki look forward to the day when they move beyond full legal custody of their nieces and nephews to become their adoptive parents. Chris, a land surveyor, basketball and football coach, and president of the Missouri Family Rodeo Association (MFRA), and Niki, a saleswoman and MFRA secretary, also have rescued six horses that live on their five-acre farm along with three dogs.