Photos, Interviews from Special ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Event Featuring Cast, Music

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Walt Disney Studios held a special Alice in Wonderland event last night in association with Hot Topic at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Los Angeles. The event was streamed live on the internet where tens of thousands watched Kerli, 3OH!3, Metro Station and Never Shout Never perform their respective tracks off of the Almost Alice soundtrack. In addition, the enthusiastic crowd was greeted by cast members Mia Wasikowski, Helana Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Crispin Glover, Matt Lucas, Michael Sheen and Johnny Depp as well as Tim Burton himself.

We are pleased to share with you several photos from the event, courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures, as well as interviews with the cast that took place backstage.

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Larger Images of New ‘Toy Story 3′ Characters Made Available

img_1024 Disney/Pixar has graciously provided us with these images of the new Toy Story 3 characters that have already been introduced to the world. These are the same images as those posted on the movie’s official Facebook page, only quite a bit larger. With the new, bigger images, it’s easier to admire the quality and detail of the toys themselves.

We hope to continue to update the gallery below as new images become available as the rest of the new gang is revealed. Until then, please enjoy these images of Ken, Peas-in-a-Pod, Lotso and Buttercup. As always, click on the individual thumbnails to see larger versions of the characters and, if it appears in the lower right-hand corner, click on the resize arrows to view the original size photo.

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Pixar President Ed Catmull to be Honored at 2010 VES Awards

The 8th Annual Video Effects Society (VES) Awards, which takes place on Sunday, February 28, will honor Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar President Dr. Ed Catmull with the Georges Méliès Award for Pioneering. Dr. Catmull helped pioneer the 3D animation process at a division of Lucasfilm which would eventually become Pixar and was a key developer of RenderMan, the software environment which made films like Toy Story possible.

The VES Awards will air on the ReelzChannel on March 5 at 10 pm ET/PT with replays on March 6 at 7 pm ET/PT and March 7 at 3 pm ET/PT.

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‘Kingdom Keepers’ Online Game Now Accepting Applications for Beta Testers

Through his twitter, Kingdom Keepers author Ridley Pearson has announced that the developers of the Kingdom Keepers online game are now accepting applications for beta testing. The only requirement for applicants is that they are at least 13 years of age.

To apply for beta access to the game, fill out the application here.

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What’s This? LEGO Fan Re-creates Iconic Image from ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’

Inspired by the image on the theatrical poster, LEGO enthusiast Stefan set out to re-create this iconic Jack Skellington scene from Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas as an entry for an online musical-themed contest.

Needless to say, his amazing piece took top prize and we’re thrilled he was willing to share it with us (the image that is, not the prize — not quite as happy about that part).

To check out some of Stefan’s other LEGO work and photos, be sure to visit his Flickr page.

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Vinylmation to Introduce 3″ ‘Big Eyes’ Collection in Windowed Boxes

Vinylmation 'Big Eyes' Open Edition SeriesGood news for Disney Vinylmation fans who sometimes get turned off by the blind pack shopping experience. Vinylmation has announced they will soon be releasing an open edition of 3″ Vinylmations in a windowed box titled ‘Big Eyes’ featuring classic Disney characters. As you can see by the photo courtesy of the official blog, the artwork featured on the Mickey Mouse shaped figures is just that.

Something tells us that the Marie from Aristocats as featured in the image will end up being one of the more popular figures.

Find exclusive products from Disneyland and Walt Disney World, like Vinylmation, available only at DisneyStore.com

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New Kingdom Hearts Keyblade Tee Available at Hot Topic

Kingdom Hearts Keyblade Tee from Hot TopicNow available from Hot Topic is this highly detailed Kingdom Hearts keyblade tee. The 100% cotton shirt is currently available in Men’s sizes XS through X3 and retails for $19  – $23.

To purchase the tee or for more information, visit Hottopic.com and type 232218 in the search box.

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Watch 3OH3!, Metro Station, Johnny Depp and More Online Live Tonight at 8ET/5PT!

Walt Disney Studios has teamed up with KIIS-FM and Hot Topic to produce a free Alice in Wonderland extravaganza in Los Angeles tonight and we’re lucky enough to be offering you the opportunity to watch it all LIVE tonight!

The event is scheduled to begin at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT and will feature live performances from 3OH!3, Metro Station, Kerli and Never Shout Never. Also in attendance will be the cast of the film including Tim Burton himself. He’ll be joined by Mia Wasikowski, Helana Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Crispin Glover, Matt Lucas, Michael Sheen and Johnny Depp. You’ll also get to see some exclusive new footage from the film. All right here, tonight!

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Disney Parks Goes Mad as a HattEAR! Offers Limited Edition ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Mouse Ears

Celebrating the release of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland on March 5, Disney Parks has created this limited edition set of Alice in Wonderland inspired mouse ears.

With so many pieces and parts, from the satin hatbox interior, the dangling key, brim accents from signature film icons to its linticular Cheshire Cat cover, this highly collectible piece is sure to make you curious or curiouser.

The Alice in Wonderland mouse ears is a limited edition of 500 pieces and retails for $49.95 plus applicable sales tax. The limited edition mouse ears can be found at Uptown Jewelers in Magic Kingdom® Park, World of Disney® Store, and select merchandise locations where mouse ears are sold.

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Set Phasers to Fun: ‘Captain EO’ Returns to Disneyland on February 23

Disneyland officially announced today that Captain EO starring the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, will make it’s Disneyland re-debut on February 23.

The resort does note that some of the special effects from the original installation of the film will not be part of the return limited engagement, but that it will use a new print of the film and the sound has been greatly enhanced.

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