Star Wars Weekends Host Jay Laga’aia Officially Turns to the Dark Side

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The 501st Legion reported earlier today that Star Wars actor-turned-Star Wars Weekends host Jay Laga’aia has officially joined the dark side and has enlisted as a stormtrooper (TK 6352 to be exact). In fact, Laga’aia even assumed a false identity during the application process to keep it a secret.

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First Look: Footage from Disney’s A Christmas Carol (Video)

Please enjoy this brief clip where Ebenezer Scrooge is confronted by his former business parter, Jacob Marley, and warned of the evening’s festivities. ‘I’d rather not.’

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Aerial Photo of A Christmas Carol at Cannes

A Christmas Carol at CannesAttendees at Cannes were treated to about eight minutes of 3D footage from Disney’s A Christmas Carol earlier today. Star of the film Jim Carrey and director Robert Zemeckis were on hand for the event.

In the photo on the left, arrivals at Disney’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the Carlton Hotel during the 62nd International Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2009 in Cannes, France. Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images. ©Imagemovers Digital, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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Disney’s ‘Ponyo’ to close L.A. Film Festival

PonyoVariety is reporting that Disney’s star-studded, English-dubbed version of Hayao Miyazaki’s film will be closing the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 28.

The movie whose plot is loosely based on that of The Little Mermaid is set to be released nationwide on August 14.

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Papercutz to Produce Graphic Novels Based on Disney Fairies Franchise

Publishers Weekly is reporting that New York-based Papercutz who has made a name for itself by producing comics for the youth and tween market will start publishing graphic novels starring Tinker Bell and the rest of her fairy friends in both hardcover and paperback formats. The publisher plans on releasing four graphic novels a year with the first being released in April 2010.

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Innoventions Exhibit StormStruck Partners Recognized at Governor’s Hurricane Conference

PEMBROKE, Bermuda — RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: RNR) and its U.S. affiliate WeatherPredict Consulting Inc. today acknowledged recent recognition of its hurricane mitigation and awareness efforts at the 23rd Annual Governor’s Hurricane Conference in Fort Lauderdale. RenaissanceRe was among the corporate sponsors receiving an award for innovation and achievement in public awareness and mitigation advocacy for ‘StormStruck: A Tale of Two Homes®,’ the pioneering hurricane safety attraction at EPCOT® at the Walt Disney World® Resort.

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First Look: Film Still Featuring Jim Carrey as Ebenezer Scrooge from Disney’s A Christmas Carol

Where else but Stitch Kingdom would you expect to wake up one morning and find out it’s still Christmas? God bless us, every one!

Ebenezer Scrooge as portrayed by Jim Carrey in Disney's A Christmas Carol © Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Ebenezer Scrooge as portrayed by Jim Carrey in Disney's A Christmas Carol © ImageMovers Digital LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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UP House Makes Cameo Appearance on The Simpsons (Video)

On the episode titled ‘Coming to Homerica,’ originally airing on May 17, 2009, Homer and his buddies form a border-guarding group a la the Minutemen Project. When a cluster balloon recon mission goes awry, the Carl Fredricksen house makes its Simpsons debut.

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Your PhotoPass Magic Shot Photos Wanted and a Few Updates

The Definitive Guide to Disney’s PhotoPass is long overdue for a facelift and I’m shamelessly asking for your support – especially if you’ve found the site to be helpful to you in the past.

I’d like to replace the current magic shot samples with larger, unmasked versions. So if anyone can contribute their magic shot photos to the site, I’d greatly appreciate it. I’m even welcoming the same magic shot multiple times from different families as I will be able to display varying examples in a couple of different ways. If you are willing to help, please email them directly to [email protected]. Please make sure these are the full size images however and not copies directly off the PhotoPass website. Also preferably without any additional borders added (but any are welcome).

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Walt Disney World’s Spoodles to Close August 1

Spoodles © DisneyTo make way for the new Cat Cora restaurant, Kouzzina, Spoodles at the BoardWalk will be serving its last meal on August 1.

This information is derived from the new online booking system which shows zero availability for the restaurant beyond this date.

No opening date for its replacement is known at this time other than it’s expected to open this fall.

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