PHOTO/VIDEO: Ariana Grande Celebrates ‘Problem’ Free Birthday with Mickey Mouse

Ariana Grande wih Mickey Mouse (Chloe Rice/Disney)Actress/singer Ariana Grande celebrated her 21st birthday with family and friends yesterday at the Magic Kingdom theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., as seen here posing with Mickey Mouse in front of Cinderella Castle.

Grande also met with Cinderella and Prince Charming in between enjoying a private ride down Main Street USA in the fire truck and celebrating with her Cinderella-themed birthday cake, all of which can be seen in the video embedded below.

Photo by Chloe Rice. Photo and video courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

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PHOTO: ‘Snooki’ vs Wookiee at ‘Star Wars Weekends’

Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi (David Roark/Disney)Reality television star and former ‘Dancing with the Stars’ contestant Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi posed earlier today with Chewbacca, the famous Wookiee from the Star Wars series, during the final ‘Star Wars Weekends’ event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort.Photo by David Roark, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

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‘Sing Your Face Off’ Celebrity Competition Premiere Details

‘Sing Your Face Off,’ a talent variety competition featuring celebrities who are transformed and trained to perform as legendary musical icons, will premiere on Saturday, May 31 at 9:00 pm ET/PT. Over the course of the series, the 5 celebrities (Sebastian Bach/legendary rock star from the band Skid Row; Landry Fields/NBA’s Toronto Raptors; Jon Lovitz/comedian, actor, singer; China Anne McClain, actress, singer; and Lisa Rinna, actress will each take on the identity of a different and iconic music performer — the celebrities could find themselves transformed into someone far older, younger or even someone of the opposite sex.

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‘Maleficent’ Concept Art Released

'Maleficent' Concept Art © Disney

Disney has launched a new fashion-oriented blog in support of Maleficent at disneymaleficent.tumblr.com which is teased with the tagline ‘Evil is the New Black’ (evilisthenewblack.com also forwards to the blog). Although aside from a couple of obligatory GIFs designed to go viral, the site is primarily offering news and images related to fashion lines inspired by the new film. In addition, to the pro-fashion slant, however, are several images which appear to be concept art for the film, featuring both the Maleficent and Aurora characters (as well as the Moors and its inhabitants). For your convenience, we have gathered these images together into a gallery which you will find embedded below.

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‘Maleficent’ Fun Facts and Official Character Descriptions (Minor Spoilers)

'Maleficent' Teaser PosterWalt Disney Studios has provided us with official character bios and ‘fun facts’ for its upcoming film Maleficent (May 30, 2014), which you can find  below.

Maleficent explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic Sleeping Beauty and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.

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‘Maleficent’ ‘Reinventing the Tale’ Featurette with Cast, New Footage

'Maleficent' International PosterIn support of its in-park preview of Maleficent (May 30, 2014) which starts tomorrow at both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, Disney Parks has released this featurette titled ‘Reinventing the Tale’ which features Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, screenwriter Linda Woolverton and director Robert Stromberg talking about the film. There’s also a bit of new footage in it as well. You can find the video embedded below.

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REVIEW: ‘Maleficent’ Novelizations by Elizabeth Rudnick

'The Curse of Maleficent' by Elizabeth Rudnick I have long been a fan of the (junior) novelizations of the Disney family of films, so when I was offered the opportunity to read the novelization of Maleficent by Disney Publishing Worldwide, I jumped at the opportunity. What I expected was a novelization based on the film; what I did not expect were two novelizations: Maleficent and The Curse of Maleficent: The Tale of a Sleeping Beauty, both available April 29, 2014.

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PHOTO: Elle Fanning Visits Disneyland

Elle Fanning © DisneyTo support her upcoming film, Maleficent (May 30, 2014), in which she takes on the role of Aurora, Elle Fanning recently visited the Disneyland Resort, where she posed in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Maleficent explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic Sleeping Beauty and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.

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PHOTO: Jessica Chastain as Merida in Annie Leibovitz Disney Dream Portrait

Jessica Chastain as Merida in Disney Dream Portrait by Annie LiebovitzWhere your destiny awaits. That’s the tag line used in the newest ‘Disney Dream Portrait’ series entry by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz. As we previously shared, the image features actress Jessica Chastain tackling the role of Merida from Disney/Pixar’s Brave. Chastain is the next in a long list of celebrities who have posed as popular Disney characters for Liebovitz.

Embedded below is a behind-the-scenes video courtesy of ‘Entertainment Tonight’ which shares some of the ‘Disney Dream Portrait’ photo session:

According to the official Disney Parks blog, the new image will appear in the February issue of O – The Oprah Magazine.

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Jessica Chastain as Merida is Annie Leibovitz’s Newest Disney Dream Portrait Muse

Jessica Chastain as Merida in Disney Dream Portrait by Annie LiebovitzAlthough we will have to wait until tomorrow to see the actual portrait, ETOnline has announced that actress Jessica Chastain is the next to be the subject in the ‘Disney Dream Portrait’ series by Annie Leibovitz for Disney Parks and Resorts.

In the portrait, for which ET has already shared a behind-the-scenes video look (embedded below), Chastain assumes the role as Merida from Disney Pixar’s Brave. Chastain joins a long line of celebrities who have assumed the roles of Disney heroes and heroines and even figures from theme park attractions.

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