With National Harbor Land Purchase, Mr. Mouse May be Going to Washington (Area)

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Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Jay Rasulo with Milton V. Peterson, chairman of the Peterson CompaniesNATIONAL HARBOR, MD (May 19, 2009) – The Peterson Companies announced today the sale of land at its National Harbor development near Washington, DC to Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Disney is considering using the 15-acre site overlooking the Potomac River in National Harbor, MD as the location for a resort hotel for families and others visiting the National Capital Region.

“We’re thrilled Disney has decided to invest in National Harbor,” said Milton V. Peterson, chairman of the Peterson Companies. “Disney is the top family entertainment company in the world, and its purchase is a great vote of confidence in the future of National Harbor and the Washington area as a top family tourism destination.”

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Snow White Revolutionizes Blu-ray October 6 in All New Disney’s Diamond Collection

Snow White Diamond Collection on Blu-RayBURBANK, Calif., May 18  — Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE) proudly opens the vault, releasing ‘The One That Started It All,’ Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, in high-definition Blu-ray for the first time ever, on October 6, 2009. The historic and highly-anticipated release fittingly launches a spectacular all-new product line — Disney’s Diamond Collection. Poised to transform home entertainment, just as the movie itself transformed the entire motion-picture industry upon its debut in 1937, the revolutionary new Diamond Collection brings audiences the most immersive and highest-level viewing experience, that includes unparalleled features, exclusive high definition content and updatable experiences, superior picture and sound, and much, much more. Taking home entertainment to fantastic new heights unlike anything before, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Diamond Edition marks the film’s first-ever high-definition Blu-ray bow, on October 6, while the standard definition will be released seven weeks later, on November 24.

The Diamond Collection debut of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will keep audiences spellbound for hours with exciting content exclusive to this historic release, presented with spectacular newly restored picture and 7.1 Digital Theater System Hi-Def Surround Sound. Utilizing the latest in technology, possible only by the power of Blu-ray, the release includes “Disney Smart Navigation,” allowing the magic and personality of Disney Characters to come to life as never before. “Disney Family Play,” the ultimate interactive Hi-Def experience, offers a variety of immersive games, activities and unprecedented levels of personalization and customization features, to transform how families experience home entertainment together. The Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Diamond Edition is a Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack (2 Blu-ray discs + DVD). Continue reading…

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ABC’s ‘The Bachelorette’ and the Big Screen’s ‘The Proposal’ Team up for ‘Marry Me Monday!’

Don’t forget to check out Stitch Kingdom’s review of The Proposal starring Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock.

If you’re ready to tie the knot, then you could have the chance to propose to your partner during primetime! That’s right — pop the question on national TV! We’re looking for the ideal proposal which may be aired during a break in an episode of “The Bachelorette.” In the upcoming summer comedy, “The Proposal” (opening June 19), Sandra Bullock’s character takes the hand of her assistant (Ryan Reynolds) and drops to her knees-in the middle of a busy New York City sidewalk-to pop the question. Likewise, the proposal we’re looking for should be creative and original, expressing one’s own individual style.

Submissions for this unique experience can be made by potential newlyweds by visiting ABC.com and going to “The Bachelorette” site — beginning on MONDAY, MAY 18 through THURSDAY MAY 28 — and answering some questions about their relationships and why they want to propose on national television. Your proposal could be chosen to air during the MONDAY, JUNE 15 (8:00-10:02 p.m., ET) airing of “The Bachelorette” on the ABC Television Network. See ABC.com for full details including terms and conditions.

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Introducing Disney’s Couture Wedding Collection by Celebrity Wedding Designer David Tutera

The Walt Disney Resort and Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings have announced the Disney’s Couture Wedding Collection by celebrity wedding designer David Tutera.

“I look forward to sharing my new David Tutera for Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings product collection with you. My wish is that that my collection will provide meaningful heirloom keepsakes for you to enjoy on the most special day of your life and for years to come,” says David Tutera.

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Hyperion Unveils ‘Kernl’ Web Publishing Initiative

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that tomorrow’s broadcast of ABC’s Good Morning America will mark the official debut of a new ‘e-imprint’ initiative by Disney publisher Hyperion called Kernl (reasons behind name/spelling not revealed). Looking like your standard run-of-the-mill web-based video player, the Kernl is offered in a tabbed format and offers more in-depth text and other forms of information to supplement the originating content.

If you’re not confused about why this is news, please let me know, because I sure don’t get it.

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

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.

The 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion provide characters for the Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and its parade (all but Darth Vader I believe). No word on whether Laga’aia will be participating in the parade as a stormtrooper or himself, but I’d place most bets on the latter.

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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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