Mad Hatter Releases First of Three New Images from Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’

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Alice in Wonderland teaser featuring Alice, the Red Queen, the Tweedles and the Cheshire CatFour months to go until the release of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and the waiting has driven some of us mad and some others madder, least of all the Hatter who has taken to his Facebook page to releasing this first of three new images from the upcoming film. He’s managed to place an embargo on the others however and won’t release anything more until he gets at least 7,500 Likes, so interested parties are encouraged to check out The Disloyal Subjects of the Mad Hatter and vote up the first.

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Disney Digital Books Expands Its Vast Library with Enchanting New Books from ‘The Princess and the Frog’

Princess Tiana and the Royal BallWHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Tiana and Naveen, the royal duo from the upcoming “Princess and the Frog” feature film, will make their debut today in a series of delightful story and picture books on the newly-launched Disney Digital Books.com. The Princess and Frog titles that will be released today include:

Princess Tiana and the Royal Ball
For as long as she can remember, Tiana has dreamed about just one thing: having her own restaurant. But after she fell in love with Prince Naveen, she not only got her restaurant, she became a princess, too. Now it’s time for her first royal ball—and her first appearance as a princess. Featuring lilting text and gorgeous illustrations by one of the film’s animators, this picture book picks up where the movie leaves off with an enchanting new princess story that little girls will love.

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ABC Family to Air First Four Harry Potter Movies, Exclusive Footage from Upcoming Blu-ray/DVD

Burbank, CA (November 9, 2009) – ABC Family continues the holiday cheer with its “Harry Potter” weekend on December 4-6, airing the first four installments of the popular film series as part of the network’s “25 Days of Christmas” programming event.

To add to the magic, ABC Family will also be airing exclusive footage from “Creating the World of Harry Potter,” an eight-hour documentary series revealing the filmmaking magic behind all of the films in the series. For the first time ever, uncover the intimate details, never-before-seen screen tests, inside stories by cast and filmmakers, and directors’ critical decisions behind the creation of Harry Potter’s world on screen. “Creating the World of Harry Potter” is only available in the “Harry Potter Ultimate Edition” series on Blu-ray and DVD.   Each Ultimate Edition includes a one-hour feature from “Creating the World of Harry Potter” that highlights a unique aspect of the filmmaking process. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Ultimate Edition” and “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Ultimate Edition” available on Blu-ray and DVD December 8.

In addition, fans will get an advanced look at the “Close Up with the Cast” piece when they join Evanna Lynch, who plays Luna Lovegood, as she visits the costume department and shows off some of her jewelry designs. Fans can also go behind the scenes with the cast and crew to see how the infamous Cave was created and what it took to bring the Inferi to the big screen. Both of these pieces will be featured in their entirety on the “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” Blu-ray Combo Pack and 2-Disc Special Edition DVD.

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Walt Disney World and Disneyland Offer Free Holiday Trading Pins with $75 Gift Card Activation

Holiday Gift Card Pin Gift With PurchaseNow available at select participating retail locations at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts, these special holiday edition Disney Gift Cards featuring Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Minnie Mouse and Donald form the image of a train when placed side by side. Each gift card comes complete with a free Disney trading pin featuring its respective character.

The cards must be activated with $75 at purchase, but can then be re-filled as desired. The offer is available at the following locations:

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Disney Channel Orders Encore Seasons for Both JONAS and JoBros Short-Form Series

Disney Channel has picked up Season Two of the hit comedy series “JONAS,” starring the multi-platinum recording artists Jonas Brothers plus popular actresses Chelsea Staub and Nicole Anderson. Two new and notable producers, Lester Lewis (“The Office,” “The Larry Sanders Show”) and Paul Hoen (director and co-producer of “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam,” DGA Award-winning director of “Jump In!,” and “The Cheetah Girls One World,” among others), have been named executive producers of the series. Season two of “JONAS” is scheduled to begin production in Hollywood in February for debut in mid-2010 on Disney Channel, DisneyChannel.com, mobile and VOD platforms. The announcement was made today by Gary Marsh, president, entertainment, Disney Channels Worldwide.

This month, while on the European leg of their hugely successful Jonas Brothers World Tour 2009 (produced by Live Nation), Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas also began production on Season Two of their popular short-form reality series, “Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream,” for premiere in early 2010. It will be followed by the highly anticipated Disney Channel Original Movie “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam” in summer.

Marsh said, “We couldn’t ask for a more collaborative or creative partnership than we have with the Jonas Brothers – and the success of our first season of ‘JONAS’ speaks for itself. As we build on that success in a second season, we are thrilled to add the extraordinary creative talents of Lester Lewis and Paul Hoen to the producing team.”

Regarding the appeal of a second season of “Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream,” Marsh continued, “We can deliver something to our viewers that no one else can – exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to the real life adventures of one of the superstar bands of our time. That’s exactly the kind of unique experience our viewers have come to expect from Disney Channel.”

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ABC to Air Jennifer Hudson Christmas Special December 14 with Guest Michael Bublé

As previously announced, Jennifer Hudson, the multitalented actress-singer whose accolades include an Academy Award for the movie “Dreamgirls” and a Grammy for “Best R&B Album,” heads back to her hometown of Chicago to share childhood memories of the music, people and places that set the stage for her phenomenal success in her first television special, “Jennifer Hudson: I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” MONDAY, DECEMBER 14 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

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Disney Parks to Wipe Hands Clean of Guests in Response to Flu Concerns

Over the next few weeks, Disney Parks will deploy hand sanitizer dispensers in common locations across the resorts such as theme park turnstiles, resort lobbies and some meet & greet locations in response to concerns over the spread of germs and viruses, notably the H1N1 flu virus.

In addition, guests will continue to be able to purchase individual hand sanitizing packets at various retail locations throughout the parks and resorts.

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Disneyland Resort Offers 2 Additional Nights Free with 3 Night / 5 Day Package

Now through April 1, 2010, guests planning a vacation at the Disneyland Resort arriving between January 5 and April 29, 2010 can purchase a 3 Night / 5 Day package including a 5 day park hopper ticket and receive two additional nights at the hotel free. The offer can be booked from now through April 1, 2010. Subject to availability and block-out dates.

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Exclusive ‘Sailor Mickey’ Holiday Plush Available at Macy’s; Mickey to Make Chicago Macy’s Appearance

Sailor Mickey Holiday Plush from Macy'sEarlier this week, we told you about the new Sailor Mickey helium balloon that will make its debut during the 83rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Today we bring you news of the Sailor Mickey plush by Gund exclusively from Macy’s to commemorate  the event. The 18″ collectible plush speaks three phrases: ‘Gosh, you’re great,’ ‘Ahoy there mateys’ and ‘Merry Christmas!’ and includes a bonus alarm clock which doubles as his own personal compass. He retails for $14.95 and can be found in the Holiday department at Macy’s all over or can be purchased online (where you can also check local store inventory).

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iPhone App Review: Bayou Beats (The Princess and the Frog)

Bayou Beats for the iPhone by Walt DisneyTitle:Bayou Beats (link)
Publisher:
Walt Disney
Released:
November 7, 2009
Cost:
Free
iTouch?:
Yes
Pros: Free, some replay value, music from the film
Cons:
Large installation due to music video
Review: In promotion of Disney’s The Princess and the Frog which opens nationwide December 11 comes this free app which includes a small, quasi-addictive game along with a music video and a lot of purchase links.

Bayou Beats for the iPhone by Walt DisneyThe game itself is small and pretty straightforward. Using instrumental versions of one of several songs from the feature film (but sadly not Gonna Take You There) as a backdrop, the game consists of pressing one of several buttons along the bottom as they are lit up by falling crowns passing through them. The game keeps track of how many correct touches in a row you have and then rewards long streaks by increasing a score multiplier. Where it may get confusing is that it looks like you have to ‘catch’ the individual crowns, but while you do have to prevent the crown from passing through without being touched, the key is you’re touching the button while it’s lit which means a single crown can yield you 2 or 3 successful touches if done quickly enough while a few crowns in immediate succession can yield a quick finger upwards of 15 touches or so. Get too greedy by having one of your touches land when the button is no longer lit, however, and the frog croaks and the chain count is reset to zero.

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