D23 Expo: ESPN to Present ‘The ’99ers’ Screening and Panel

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Fawcett, Sobrero and Venturini celebrate (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images, courtesy ESPN Films)The world of women’s sports was kicked upside down on July 10, 1999. Before a sold-out crowd of more than 90,000 at the Rose Bowl and an estimated 40 million Americans watching on television, the women’s soccer team reached a cultural and athletic pinnacle with its penalty kick shootout victory over China to win the Women’s World Cup. As part of ESPN Films’ new ‘Nine for IX’ series, The ’99ers explores the story behind this incredible team. Attendees of the D23 Expo 2013 can catch an exclusive advance screening of this film featuring a Q&A with director Erin Leyden and producer (and ’99er) Julie Foudy. The screening and panel will take place in Stage 28 on Sunday, August 11 at 2:30 pm PT.

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‘Bears’ from Disneynature to be Released Spring 2014

'Bears' from Disneynature. Pictured: Cinematographer Warwick Sloss © DisneyThe future looks wild, as the Walt Disney Studio’s Disneynature label unveils its new film slated for the big screen in Spring 2014.

Disneynature’s 2014 motion picture Bears cozies up to the brown bears who call Alaska’s stunning coastal mountains and shores their home, revealing through tender moments and entertaining imagery how these animals are far from grizzly creatures. This shooting location provides some of the most spectacular visuals ever for a Disneynature film. The film is directed by Keith Scholey (African Cats) and Alastair Fothergill (Earth,  African Cats and Chimpanzee).

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‘Imagineering the Magic: Magic Kingdom’ DVD Now Available at Theme Parks

Imagineering the Magic: Magic KingdomA follow-up to the immensely well received Imagineering the Magic: Disneyland, Richard Skillman’s Imagineering the Magic: Magic Kingdom is now available through Disney Theme Park Merchandising.

Hosted by Imagineer Diego Parras, the documentary uses historical and rare film footage to show the story of the transformation of swampland in central Florida to the most visited theme park in the world today through the stories and direct recollections of respected Imagineers such as Tom Fitzgerald, Tony Baxter, Kathy Rogers, Eric Jacobson, Kevin Rafferty and — of course — Marty Sklar, the only individual to open all 11 Disney parks.

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