‘Hannah Montana’ Rocks North American Box Office

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co’s “Hannah Montana: The Movie” doubled forecasts by earning $34 million worth of tickets at the Easter weekend box office in North America, as young fans of teen starlet Miley Cyrus rushed to see their heroine’s first big-screen outing.

The movie ranks as the second-best Easter opening, following 2006’s “Scary Movie 4″ with $40 million.
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Study Finds Disney’s Flounder, Others to be Victim of Sexual Abuse

Abstract of published article from the study conducted at Carleton University in Canada which can be found in the March/April edition of Child Abuse Review:

The 45 Disney animated feature films produced between 1937 and 2006 were analysed for representations of child maltreatment and child maltreatment interventions according to criteria set out in the US National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect. Although there are 263 maltreated child characters in 30 of the 45 films, they seldom show formal interventionists at work. The types of resolutions and interventions to child maltreatment in the films were analysed and contrasted with the single depiction of a social worker. The actions of this character were assessed according to national codes of ethics and standards for social worker interventions and decision making. Implications are drawn for the profession of social work and the findings are discussed within the context of previously published analyses of media representations of social workers.

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Disney Partners with Department of Energy to Reduce Energy Consumption

Department of Energy and Commercial Real Estate Executives Launch Alliance to Reduce Energy Consumption of Buildings

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 9 — Top executives from 19 commercial real estate companies met with U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) officials in New York City today to discuss plans to dramatically reduce the sector’s energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.  The meeting officially launched DOE’s Commercial Real Estate Energy Alliance (CREEA), a partnership of commercial real estate owners and operators who have volunteered to work together with DOE to make lasting change in the energy consumption of commercial real estate buildings in the United States.  Currently, commercial buildings account for 18 percent of the nation’s energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.

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Family Awarded Adventures by Disney Trip After Mary Poppin’s 1000th Performance

NEW YORK, April 10 (UPI) — A New Jersey family was awarded a trip to Europe at the 1,000th performance of “Mary Poppins” on Broadway.

The Moore family, including 8-year-old twins, were brought up on stage at the New Amsterdam Theatre and presented with the vacation Thursday night, which was provided by the show and Adventures by Disney.

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Wall*E Still Expected to Appear at Disney Parks… Eventually

On covering the Walt Disney Living Character Initiative (LCI)’s Remy, Orlando Sentinel Theme Park Ranger

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Feelgood Friday: Guest Presents Cast Member with His Own Magical Moment

A guest presents a graduation gown and medallion to Cast Member Joseph Haworth who was unable to attend his own graduation.

A guest presents a graduation gown and medallion to Cast Member Joseph Haworth who was unable to attend his own graduation.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., April 9, 2009 — Magical Moments are one of the many things Cast Members do to leave lasting impressions on Walt Disney World Guests long after they return home. Often times, Guests surprise Cast Members and leave lasting impressions on us as well.

During a conversation with a female Guest at the Magic of Disney shop at Orlando International Airport, Merchandise Host Joseph Haworth discovered that she graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park. He attended the same school but wasn’t able to participate in his graduation ceremony, a major milestone in a college student’s life.

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Savannah, GA Selected as Location for New Miley Cyrus Flick, ‘The Last Song’

ATLANTA – Governor Sonny Perdue announced today that Savannah will be the filming location for the upcoming Disney film, The Last Song. The movie is expected to bring approximately 250 jobs to the state.

“I signed the 2008 Entertainment Industry Investment Act in support of our efforts to recruit film, music and digital entertainment projects to Georgia,” said Governor Perdue. “These industries are thriving and growing, boosting the state’s economy and employing thousands of Georgians.”

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