D23 Expo: Disney Donates $500,000 and 8 Million Books to First Book; Audience to Receive Free Book

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A special event this Friday at 1 p.m. at the D23 Expo in the Anaheim Convention Center celebrates the power of imagination and the magic of Disney storytelling. Disney will donate $500,000 and 8 million Disney Publishing Worldwide books to First Book, a national nonprofit organization that provides new books to children in need. Disney’s enduring commitment to kids, families and communities will be front and center at the event, as Disney Publishing Worldwide and Disney Junior highlight the emotional connection that generations of kids and families have to Disney’s iconic stories and beloved characters.

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D23 Expo: ‘Shake It Up’ Event to Feature Disney Fashion Show; Attendees Asked to Donate New Clothing

Tween girls won’t want to miss the fashion event of the year — the Disney Fashion Show at D23 Expo, the ultimate Disney fan event, featuring new back-to-school and fall fashions plus holiday looks, and a sneak preview of spring 2012 styles. Celebrity guests from Disney Channel’s hit buddy comedy series Shake It Up will make a special appearance including Bella Thorne (CeCe); Zendaya (Rocky); Adam Irigoyen (Deuce Martinez); Davis Cleveland (Flynn); Kenton Duty (Gunther); Roshon Fegan (Ty); Caroline Sunshine (Tinka) and R. Brandon Johnson (Gary Wilde). For fans who can’t attend the Expo, Disney Consumer Products is collaborating with Stardoll.com, the largest tween site for girls who love fashion, to stream the event live online and host a virtual boutique at the Disney Fashion Lounge. The fashion magic happens Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. PDT in the D23 Expo Arena or on Stardoll.com.

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D23 Expo: Disney Channel Brings Stars, Filmmakers of ‘Pixie Hollow Games’ to D23 Expo

Production is underway on “Pixie Hollow Games,” an all-new, animated special to premiere this fall on Disney Channel. The special, which is part of the hugely successful Disney Fairies franchise, features a talented voice cast of Disney Channel stars including Brenda Song (“The Suite Life on Deck”), Jason Dolley (“Good Luck Charlie”), Tiffany Thornton (“So Random!”) and Zendaya (“Shake It Up”) as the new fairies and sparrow man who join Tinker Bell and her fairy friends to participate in the legendary Pixie Hollow Games. Megan Hilty (NBC’s upcoming musical series “Smash”) also stars as Rosetta.

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D23 Expo: ABC Adds Saturday Night Live’s Chris Parnell, Composer Michael Giacchino to ‘Prep & Landing’ Panel

PBe among the first to watch ABC’s most anticipated new fall series and animated holiday special and to have a chance to learn the secrets behind how they were made. Fans will have those opportunities at the D23 Expo, where the entire world of Disney comes together, August 19 and 20, at the Anaheim Convention Center.

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D23 Expo: Acme Archives Event Releases and Exclusives

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Late last week, Acme Archives revealed some of the art being released later this week at the Disney D23 Expo, including naming a few of the Expo exclusives. Among the collection of art, shown below, is a 25th Anniversary tribute to Pixar Animation Studios by artist Dave Perillo. Perillo most recently caused a stir at the San Diego Comic Con with his Muppets piece and SDCC exclusive variant, which had no problem selling out. Like SDCC, there will be a D23 Expo exclusive variant of the Disney/Pixar piece, which prominently features Luxo Jr. in the upper left-hand corner.

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LEAKED: Disney Store ‘Princess Designer Doll Collection’ Photos

Ariel Princess Designer Doll from Disney StoreIt appears that those eager to catch a glimpse of the new ‘Disney Princess Designer Doll Collection’ won’t have to wait until Disney D23 Expo after all. The dolls, which re-imagine all ten Disney princesses as runway fashion models, were scheduled to be unveiled at the Expo next weekend with one princess per week being released at Disney Store locations beginning on Monday, August 22.

The picture quality doesn’t appear to be that great, but considering they probably weren’t taken with consent, one has to forgive that just a little.

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D23 Expo: Complete Schedule Announced

For three incredible days beginning August 19, fans of Disney entertainment will revel in new discoveries, special panels and presentations, movie screenings, celebrity appearances and autograph signings, plus new insights into movies, TV shows, theme parks, animation, Disney history, and more. It’s all part of Disney’s D23 Expo 2011 from August 19­–21 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Exciting details about the activities and events planned for the three days of Disney’s D23 Expo 2011 have been announced, and a complete, up-to-the-minute schedule can be found online at www.D23Expo.com. Tickets for D23 Expo 2011, which is open to the general public, are available at D23Expo.com, and are available for individual days or for the full three days of this Ultimate Disney Fan Event.

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D23 Expo Update: Collectors Forum Map, Celeb and Merchandise Updates, Giveaways and Contests (and More!)

D23 Expo Collector's Forum MapIt’s been too long since there’s been a special Disney D23 Expo update and we have too much to share with you, so there’s a good chance stuff will be forgotten here and for that, we apologize. That said, here are a bunch of mouse-cellaneous updates you will be sure to appreciate knowing when visiting the Disney D23 Expo next weekend, August 19-21.

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‘The Odd Life of Timothy Green’ Six New Hi-Res Stills

Timothy Green (CJ Adams, left) and Joni Jerome (Odeya Rush, right) form a special bond when each of them reveals their deepest secrets.Ph: Phil Bray©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Walt Disney Studios has provided us with six new stills from its upcoming film, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, which sprouts into theaters on August 15, 2012.

The new stills feature Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton as Cindy and Jim Green and the product of what they reap when they sow their seeds of dreams. Also featured is budding actor CJ Adams as Timothy and Odeya Rush as gal pal Joni Jerome. According to the minor spoilers in the captions, the two will share a special bond when one of them shares a secret.

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D23 Expo: New ‘Once Upon A Time’ Posters Revealed

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In anticipation of the ‘Once Upon A Time’ pilot screening and Q&A with show creators and executive producers, Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, at Disney D23 Expo on Saturday, August 20 at 12:45 pm, ABC has provided us with newly updated character posters from the series. The most obvious difference between these posters and those previously released at San Diego Comic Con is the updated logo for the show.

For those who haven’t caught the buzz of these new drama, here’s a sneak peek (posters below):

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