‘Once Upon a Time,’ TRON: Uprising’ Q&A/Sneak Preview on Facebook

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In anticipation of the exciting Season Finale of ABC’s ‘Once Upon a Time’ and the series premiere of Disney XD’s upcoming animated series, ‘TRON: Uprising,’ master storytellers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, the series creators/executive producers of ‘Once Upon a Time’ and the consulting producers of ‘TRON: Uprising,’ will answer fan questions about the shows, LIVE and on-camera on Facebook, Wednesday, May 9 from 3:00-4:00 p.m., ET/12 noon-1:00 p.m., PT. A pre-show featuring behind-the-scenes video from ‘Once Upon a Time’ will begin 30 minutes earlier, at 2:30 p.m., ET/11:30 a.m., PT.

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‘Paperman’ to be Screened at LA Film Fest in June

According to its official Facebook page, Disney’s revolutionary short, Paperman'Paperman' will make its North American debut at the LA Film Fest in June. Just prior to that, it is scheduled to have its world premiere at the Annecy International Film Festival.

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Lasseter to Participate in CG Animation Panel Moderated by Tom Sito

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced it will be conducting a panel on computer-generated film animation ‘from Vertigo to Toy Story to the 3D spectacles of today.’ The panel, moderated by legendary animator and historian Tom Sito, is titled ‘The Development of the Digital Animator,’ and well be held Monday, May 21 at 7:30 pm PT in Beverly Hills as part of the Academy’s Marc Davis Celebration of Animation.

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Disney California Adventure Preview Announced for Annual Passholders

The Disneyland Resort has announced that it will allow a select number of Annual Passholders to attend a preview at Disney California Adventure on June 11, four days before the new Buena Vista Street and Cars Land areas debut to the public on June 15, 2012.

To enter for the opportunity to be one of the lucky previewers, Annual Passes must be valid as of May 1, 2012 (it does not have to be valid at time of preview). Entries must be entered by May 24, 2012 and winners will be notified on or around June 4. Each winner may bring up to five guests to the preview (which promises nothing but long lines) and will receive a blockout pass for those it applies to as well as complimentary 1 day tickets for each of their guests.

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Muppets Named Family Ambassadors for New York City

The Muppets (Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and Pepe) here with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYC & Company CEO George Fertitta, celebrate the announcement of the Muppets as New York City’s Family Ambassadors Photo credit: Julienne SchaerThe Muppets were today named New York City Family Ambassadors by NYC & Company, New York City’s tourism and marketing organization. As part of the year-long collaboration, the Muppets will encourage family travel to New York by highlighting the best ways for families to experience and enjoy the many dining and shopping venues, cultural institutions, parks and attractions across the five boroughs.

“I’ve loved New York ever since I arrived in New York harbor and saw that the Statue of Liberty is green. What a welcome! New York is a great place for families, frogs, pigs, bears and…uh, whatevers to visit. We can’t wait to show the world the best ways to hop around the city!” said Kermit the Frog, the world’s most famous amphibian.

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DisneyD23 Details Destination D: 2012 – 75 Years of Animated Features with Dick Van Dyke, Alan Menken

D23 Destination D 2012 EventD23: The Official Disney Fan Club is celebrating the once-in-a-lifetime diamond anniversary of one of the most universally beloved and singularly unique film genres in the world—at DESTINATION D: 75 YEARS OF DISNEY ANIMATED FEATURES, Aug. 11 and 12 at the Disneyland® Resort.

The two-day event will offer a panorama of some of the most celebrated films and characters ever brought to life on screen and provide attendees with an unforgettable Disney experience.

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Dooney & Bourke Retro (Disneyland Exclusive) and Buttons Collections to Debut in May

Dooney & Bourke 'Retro' Collection Exclusively at Disneyland ResortDooney & Bourke Creative Director Ian Ray will be on hand at Disney Vault 28 in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort to unveil the company’s newest collections on Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 2 pm – 5 pm PT.

The Retro collection will be exclusive to the Disneyland Resort and will be available in a variety of popular silhouettes including a wristlet, mini barrel, tassel tote, satchel, letter carrier as well as an iPad case. Prices range from $78 – $268.

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Photos/Video: The Muppets Take Hollywood (Walk of Fame)

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 20: (Top L-R) Muppets Animal, Pepe, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, (Middle L-R) Kermit, Walter and Sweetums attend the Inimitable Muppets Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Ceremony on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on March 20, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage)

Recognizing more than five decades of entertainment they have brought to the world, the Muppets were the latest to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of Disney’s El Capitan Theatre yesterday.

The celebration was emceed by Chamber President and CEO Leron Gubler, with special guest speakers Rich Ross, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios and Lisa Henson, CEO, The Jim Henson Company. Several Muppets were on hand to receive the star including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, Animal, Pepe, Sweetums, and Walter, the newest Muppet, who made his debut in Disney’s 2011 film. The Muppets’ star is the 2,466th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Bella Thorne, Zendaya to Meet and Greet with Fans at Disneyland Resort

'Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance'In honor of the release of ‘Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance’ soundtrack, featuring music from the hit Disney Channel show, ‘Shake It Up,’ stars Bella Thorne and Zendaya will be offering the opportunity for fans to attend a signing being held at Studio Disney 365 in the Downtown Disney District of the Disneyland Resort  on March 24.

The event will being at noon at which point Bella and Zendaya will participate in a Q&A session moderated by Radio Disney’s own Jake Whetter. The signing portion will take place beginning at 1 pm.

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Disney D23 Expo 2013 to be held August 9-11 in Anaheim; Tickets Available August 9

The largest gathering of Disney fans outside of a Disney Park will return to Anaheim, California next summer as Disney D23 announces it will hold its 2013 Disney D23 convention once more at the Anaheim Convention Center from August 9 through August 11, 2013.

‘The D23 Expo has become a phenomenal way for Disney fans to see everything they love about Disney all in one place –- from Disney’s biggest stars and latest innovations to unforgettable performances live on stage,’ said Steven Clark, head of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, which produces the bi-annual D23 Expo. ‘Our third Expo is sure to create even more magical new experiences and memories for our biggest fans attending from throughout the U.S. and around the globe.’

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