The Muppets Join Computer Generated Toys and ‘Disneyland Dreams’ in National Film Registry

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In 1988, the National Film Preservation Act was introduced into law, creating a National Film Preservation Board and, with it, a National Film Registry which are a selection of American films, nominated by the public and chosen by the Library of Congress, which are deemed to be ‘culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.’ Up to 25 can be selected each year out of a total of 50 nominations (in its inagural year, almost 1,000 films were been nominated).

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UPDATE: Disney-branded Rose Bowl and BCS Championship Limited Edition Tees Available December 30

The Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), a division of IMG Worldwide, and Disney Consumer Products (DCP) are teaming up to bring Rose Bowl and BCS fans a unique line of souvenir T-shirts.

The collection will feature the logos of the participating teams – Oregon and Ohio State in the Rose Bowl and Alabama and Texas Universities in the BCS National Championship Game – featuring some of Disney’s most beloved characters including Mickey Mouse. Available beginning December 30, the T-shirts will be sold at www.DisneyStore.com, Disney Store locations in the markets of the participating universities, and at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.

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Kelly Ripa Returns to ‘All My Children’ January 4 and 5 for 40th Anniversary Special

ABC’s Emmy Award winning daytime drama, “All My Children” will celebrate its 40th Anniversary on January 5, 2010. In celebration of this milestone, the show will welcome the return of Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos and Eva La Rue in two special episodes airing on MONDAY, JANUARY 4 and TUESDAY, JANUARY 5.

“It is always great to come home,” says Kelly Ripa.

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Enter to Win a Sneak Peek at New Season of LOST’s Final Season

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.

For the official rules and to enter, visit LOSTTHEFINALSEASONSWEEPSTAKES.COM

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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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