From the producers of cable’s top rated “Pawn Stars,” “Ball Boys” follows the sports memorabilia business at iconic Robbie’s 1st Base in Baltimore, MD, and the charming family-like relationships of the sports fanatics who work there – Robbie Sr. and Junior, Sweet Lou and Shaggy. The 12 half-hour episodes will feature the never-before-seen negotiation of buying and selling unique sports merchandise, both at the store and at off-site locations. In addition, numerous sports legends – from football pioneer Jim Brown to baseball great Pete Rose to former NBA star and current ESPN commentator Jalen Rose – stop by the store to join in lively debates, smack talk and comical antics with the staff. The show premieres with two half-hour episodes, Saturday, March 24 at 3:00 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network.
More than just a sports shop, Robbie’s 1st Base is like an old school hometown barbershop where everyone has an opinion and is eager to share their stories and love of the game. Touching on the unique capability of sports to bring people together, “Ball Boys” tells the intriguing stories beyond the action on the field – using the symbolic value of the merchandise changing hands to represent a rare and valuable social bond uniting individuals across all ages, races, genders and economic classes. Never before seen on a broadcast network, both the collectors and the merely curious come to the store from far and wide to experience a shared affinity for the great stories of sport. And when the situation calls, the staff hits the road to buy and sell prized artifacts with some of the top collectors in the nation.
“Lord of the Ring” – In the premiere, store owner Robbie Sr. introduces viewers to his shop and searches for a very special Notre Dame gift for a client’s husband on his birthday. Robbie is forced to buy an expensive item from an off-site dealer, hoping he can turn a profit with the client back home, knowing he risks never selling it to anyone else if she doesn’t care for it. Later, a customer brings in a Cleveland Browns helmet autographed by Jim Brown himself… but is it an authentic signature? To find out, Robbie Sr. asks his friend, the football legend, to pay the shop a visit to have a look himself, and eventually Brown presides over an awkward negotiation over his own autograph. Plus, does an unsigned baseball caught by a fan over the glove of Baltimore Orioles Right Fielder Nick Markakis have any monetary value? One eager customer certainly thinks so… but does Robbie agree?
“Take Your Base” – In the second episode, the boys visit a multi-million dollar collection in search of a birthday gift for Senior, and end up haggling over a piece of Yankee history. Meanwhile, Junior is introduced to the man who invented the World Series, and Senior tries to buy a Packers jersey that belongs in the Hall of Fame.
Disney (e)readers, rejoice! At last, classic beloved series and books from the prolific authoring team of Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry will be released in the Amazon.com Kindle eBook format later this month. First, the exciting prequel series to Disney’s Peter Pan, Peter and the Starcatchers by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry will be released on November 23. The remaining books and series will be released in Kindle format on November 29.
Included in the releases are:
- Peter and the Starcatchers series (Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry): Peter and the Starcatchers, Peter and the Shadow Thieves, Peter and the Secret of Rundoon, Peter and the Sword of Mercy
- Kingdom Keepers series (Ridley Pearson): Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark, Kingdom Keepers II: Disney at Dawn, Kingdom Keepers III: Disney In Shadow
- Steel Trapp series (Ridley Pearson): Steel Trapp: The Challenge, Steel Trapp: The Academy
- Science Fair (Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry)
If you don’t own a Kindle, Amazon.com offers free editions of the Kindle reader on other platforms such as Windows, iPhone/iPad, Blackberry and Android. All purchases are delivered wirelessly and instantly and one purchase allows you to read the book on all readers.
Back in January of 2009, we became aware that Disney Theatrical was working on a staged version of Peter and the Starcatchers by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry.
More recently, however, Variety reported that there may be talks between Disney and the New York Theater Workshop to produce an Off-Broadway edition of the play in the Workshop’s 2011 season.
But now, although not as numerous as the Dumbo and Newsies projects that Disney Theatrical has confessed to, domain names have been registered for the Peter and the Starcatchers play and some of them have their sights aimed pretty high including a touring production.
The new domains that you will no longer be able to get your hands on include: PETERANDTHESTARCATCHERSONBROADWAY.COM, PETERANDTHESTARCATCHERSONSTAGE.COM, PETERANDTHESTARCATCHERSONTOUR.COM, PETERANDTHESTARCATCHERSTHEPLAY.COM, STARCATCHERSONBROADWAY.COM, STARCATCHERSONSTAGE.COM, STARCATCHERSONTOUR.COM, STARCATCHERSTHEPLAY.COM
Could a Kingdom Keepers musical be far behind?
On November 13, they’ll be at Once Upon a Toy located at Downtown Disney’s Marketplace from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm; on November 14, they’ll be in the Magic Kingdom at the Main Street Gallery on Main Street, USA from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. There will also be an early appearance on Saturday by Ridley Pearson only from 9 am – 10 am at the Main Street Gallery.
Peter and the Sword of Mercy picks up in 1901, it’s been twenty-three years since Peter and the Lost Boys returned from Rundoon. Since then, nobody on the island has grown a day older, and the Lost Boys continue their friendship with the Mollusk tribe, and their rivalry with Captain Hook. Meanwhile in London, Molly has married George Darling and is raising three children: Wendy, Michael, and John. One night a visitor appears at her door; it’s James, one of Peter’s original Lost Boys. He is now working for Scotland Yard and suspects that the heir to England’s throne, Prince Albert Edward, is under the influence of shadow creatures. These shadow creatures are determined to find a secret cache of starstuff which fell to London many centuries ago. The starstuff is hidden in an underground vault which has only one key: the Sword of Mercy, a legendary weapon kept with the Crown Jewels. Molly is determined to help, but when she suddenly goes missing, it is up to her eleven-year-old daughter, Wendy, to keep the starstuff out of the Others’ clutches. She has heard her mother’s stories of a flying boy named Peter Pan, and he may be her only hope in saving the world from a shadowy doom…
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The following is a list of confirmed seminars that will be taking place at Stage 23 during the D23 Expo. More information will be provided as it becomes available:
Early Bird Books Seminars
Kingdom Keepers and Peter and the Starcatchers Book Series with Ridley Pearson (in person) and Dave Barry (via Satellite)
September 11, 9 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
The Alchemy of Animation: Making an Animated Film in the Modern Age with author Don Hahn
September 12, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
South of the Border with author JB Kaufman
September 13, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
The Haunted Mansion: Sounds of Spooks and Music of the Macabre
In honor of the 40th Anniversary of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion, Randy Thornton of Walt Disney Records will present a fascinating retrospective of Disney’s most mysterious music and spooky soundtracks, including a behind-the-scene glimpse of what it takes to turn your favorite music tracks from parks and film into the official albums that “follow you home!”
September 10, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Jason Surrell Discusses the Haunted Mansion
Jason Surrell, author of The Haunted Mansion: From the Magic Kingdom to the Movies, discusses the evolution of our Mansion from beloved attraction to major motion picture.
September 11, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Disney Fairy Tale Weddings Showcase
Guests will go “behind the fairy tale” at the Disney Fairy Tale Weddings showcase; they will hear from celebrity wedding designer David Tutera and couture wedding gown designer Kirstie Kelly who will unveil the first public viewing sketch of the Princess Tiana-inspired wedding gown releasing this October.
September 12, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
As a reminder, Stage 23 will be cleared between presentations
Disney Consumer Products Unveils D23 Expo Plans: Dream Home, Tiana Wedding Gown, Lifesize LEGO Mural, So Much More
ANAHEIM, Calif. — August 20, 2009 — Disney’s spectacular product lines will come to life like never before in over 20,000 square feet of fun-filled interactive experiences and activities at the inaugural D23 Expo, where the entire world of Disney will come together under one roof at the Anaheim Convention Center in California from Sept. 10-13. Disney Consumer Products (DCP) will treat fans to a sneak peek of the latest and most innovative Disney products as well as the chance to meet and hear from the artists and designers that bring them to life.
D23 Expo attendees will have the premier opportunity to visit the first-ever Disney Dream Home, stroll through 30 years of history of Disney-inspired Hallmark keepsake ornaments, witness Disney Fine Art created right before their eyes, and immerse in the magic of a Disney Fairy Tale Wedding where guests will get a first look at the yet-to-be-unveiled Princess Tiana wedding gown inspired by The Princess and the Frog. They will go behind the scenes of Disney products through a series of events and presentations including fashion shows, art galleries, appearances by best-selling authors such as Ridley Pearson and artists such as Thomas Kinkade, and seminars describing the creative process by Disney toys and electronics designers.Plus, they will be part of a special introduction to the history and future of Disney Store by Disney Stores Worldwide president, Jim Fielding, and much more.
There will be fun for the whole family at the Disney Creativity Center hosted by Crayola, the Disney Princess Story time and Royal Manners event, the Baby Einstein World of Discovery Center, and a magnificent live LEGO building event of Disney characters with the help of Master Builders.
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