Venice film festival to honor Lasseter, Pixar

(L-R) Bolt, John Lasseter

(L-R) Bolt, John Lasseter

ROME (Reuters) – John Lasseter and the directors of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios will receive a career award at this year’s Venice film festival for revolutionizing animation cinema, organizers said on Monday.

Lasseter and Pixar, which merged with Walt Disney in 2006, are behind animation blockbusters such as “Toy Story,” “Finding Nemo,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille” and more recently “WALL-E,” which has been nominated for best animated feature at next month’s Academy Awards. Continue reading…

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Revving Up for New Disney/Pixar Comics

I have two very long weeks to go before I can report from NY Comic-Con and I’ve been boning up best I can just to pass the time. So I was ecstatic to come across an interview with BOOM! Studios’ Mark Waid on the new Disney/Pixar comics due out in March along with the Muppets and even more on the way.

The World of Cars from BOOM! Studios

The World of Cars from BOOM! Studios

BOOM! Studios will be at NY Comic-Con so if I learn or see anything else, you’ll see it here first.

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Here’s What’s Cook-in’ at DHS February 12

2008 American Idol Winner David Cook

2008 American Idol Winner David Cook

And speaking of the American Idol Experience, AI David Cook himself is set to perform in honor of the new attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on February 12.

Unfortunately I don’t have any more details beyond that but if you know of more or will be able to attend and take photos or even just want to check back in and let me know how it goes, please email me at [email protected]

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TPR on AIE .. WOW

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Check out this report on the new American Idol Experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Theme Park Rangers got a full tour and cover all the details of the experience with plenty of trivia to boot. The American Idol Experience is set to officially open on February 14 with Annual Passholder previews before.

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KP World Showcase Adventure Jan 29 – More details revealed

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With a little less than a week to go before the official opening (DVC members are being treated to a preview Jan 23-25), the Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure section of the Definitive Guide to Kidcot has been updated to reflect some new details including those mentioned in this article from the Orlando Sentinel.

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Universal Orlando Cuts 70 Jobs

From the Orlando Business Journal:

Universal Orlando laid off about 70 workers — less than 1 percent of its work force — in an effort to adapt to slowing business conditions.

Universal spokesman Tom Schroder said the layoffs took place Jan.22.

“This has not been easy for us,” Schroder said. “It’s taken much thought and review. We are doing everything possible to ease the process for those affected and ease their transition.”

Most were management workers. Universal didn’t provide a specific number of positions, nor did comment on severance for the workers.

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Wondertime’s Up for Magazine

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Despite a relatively strong performance in ad revenue in 2008 versus most other magazines, AdAge is reporting that Disney’s Wondertime magazine has become the next victim of the economic climate. The March issue will be the last and it’s not clear at this time how many jobs will be lost as some content is diverted to other like-properties.

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