‘Lone Ranger’ Exclusive Footage Event in Las Vegas; Cast Q&A to be Streamed Online

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Disney announced today that, in support of their new trailer launch, AMC Theatres® will be presenting a global live Q&A on Yahoo! Movies following a special screening of 20 minutes of exclusive footage from Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ thrilling action adventure The Lone Ranger on April 17, 2013, at the AMC Town Square 18 in Las Vegas. The event, which starts at 12:30 p.m. (PDT), gives 400+ fans the first look at select footage from the movie and features a live Q&A session with Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Gore Verbinski and Jerry Bruckheimer following the screening, with global live streaming beginning at 1:00 p.m. (PDT).

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‘Planes’ Official Character Descriptions, Casting and Character Poses (Hi-Res)

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Along with official casting announcements, Walt Disney Studios has provided us with hi-res images (billed as ‘character poses’) along with official character descriptions for the cast of DisneyToon’s Planes, taking off in theaters on August 9, 2013.

Inspired by the world of Cars from Pixar Animation Studios, Disney’s Planes is an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), a plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing — and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps Dusty qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar.

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WATCH: New ‘Cars Toons’ Shorty Shorts

'Cars Toons' Shorty Shorts 'Hiccups'Last night, Disney Channel debuted three new ‘Cars Toons’ Shorty Shorts: ‘Hiccups,’ ‘Bugged,’ and ‘Spinning.’ The new Shorty Shorts are appropriately named since each one clocks in at under 90 seconds, while offering a quick and fun peek into the world of Cars. Directed by Jeremy Lasky and produced by Mary Alice Drumm, Disney Pixar ‘Cars Toons’ feature some of our favorite characters in new and surprising situations.

The new shorts are now available to watch on Disney.com. Click on any of the titles below to go directly to the video:

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‘Lilo & Stitch’ Blu-ray Release to Join ‘Emperor’s New Groove,’ ‘Atlantis’ on June 11

'Lilo & Stitch' on Blu-rayWhen it comes to releasing animated classics from Walt Disney Animation Studios, there appears to be little to no rhyme or reason for the release order and timing — at times it’s just downright mayhem. When Blu-ray releases seem to conveniently coincide with a release date anniversary milestone, such as Mulan’s 15th, and touted as such, it often makes consumers wonder why some films seem to have been forgotten.

Enter Lilo & Stitch which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2012. Unfortunately the year came and went without any fanfare save for a respectable mention at D23’s national ‘Fanniversary’ events. In 2013, however, 11 years after the film’s release, the tides are apparently about to turn.

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Disney to Co-Produce IMAX 3D Space Film

IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX; TSX: IMX) and The Walt Disney Studios, a division of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), today announced an agreement to produce and distribute the latest IMAX® 3D cinematic space spectacle from acclaimed filmmaker Toni Myers, who has been crafting mind-blowing movie experiences for IMAX audiences for more than 40 years.

Myers’ upcoming 3D film, which is still untitled, will use IMAX’s extremely high-resolution photography and videography to offer breathtaking, illuminating views of our home planet from space, exploring the astonishing changes that have occurred on Earth in just the past several decades.

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‘Monsters University’ Grumblr Viral Site Goes Live

Instagram Entry on the MU Grumblr

As we first reported on Twitter back in January, the marketing machine for Disney/Pixar’s Monsters University continues to go viral while keeping it organic to the film’s content. This time around, it’s a Tumblr account known as MUGrumblr.

The Grumblr account purports to be maintained by a ‘Monstropolis transplant’ and ‘self-diagnosed coffee addict’ who is currently a sophomore at the prestigious University and is filled with all sorts of memes, animated GIFs, faux-Instagram photos and other updates on school activities and sports.

You can check it all out for yourself and follow along at mugrumblr.tumblr.com.

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Disney’s Second Screen Live Opportunity for D23 Members in Las Vegas in April

Disney D23, the official Disney fan club has announced it will be letting its members be amongst the first to experience Disney’s new ‘Second Screen Live’ experience at a special screening of Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV on April 15, 2013.

Although the event is free to members and their guests, each attendee must bring a personal iPad will be required to partake in the ‘Second Screen Live’ experience. Using the iPad, there will be special challenges, speed trivia, sing-alongs and more for the chance to win prizes and play against other fans in the audience. The required app will be emailed to participants who successfully sign up when tickets become available March 20 at 1 pm PT. As is the custom, guests will also receive a special gift for attending the event.

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‘Monsters University’ New Viral Ads Promote Campus Life, Share New Footage

'Monsters University' Character PosterA couple of new viral ads have been released in support of Pixar Animation Studios’ Monsters University, in theaters on June 18. One of the ads in particular comes very close to sharing some of the new footage previously shown in the Japan trailer, which includes visits to the Monsters. Inc Scare Floor. Mostly, however, the ads promote campus life with the school of scaring in particular.

Welcome to Monsters University:

We See Monsters University:

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‘Monsters University’ Japanese Trailer Shows Young Mike Wazowski, Plot Points

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It’s in Japanese (naturally), but this version of the trailer for Disney/Pixar’s upcoming film Monsters University gives a whole new dimension to the story we’ve come to know so far. In it, we see a very young Mike Wazowski in an apparent field trip to the Scare Floor at Monsters Inc. in which young Mike receives a gift that starts to shape his entire future.

There are also additional scenes which Mike appears to meet Sulley for the first time, as well as the scene in which Dean Hardscrabble (voiced by Helen Mirren) appears to be kicking the future pals out of the esteemed Scarer program.

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Photos: James Franco Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Actor James Franco attends a ceremony honoring him with a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 7, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage)

Just ahead of tomorrow’s debut of Oz the Great and Powerful from Walt Disney Studios, its star James Franco received a star of his own today on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California. To commemorate the even, Walt Disney Studios has provided us with several images from the event.

Franco was joined by friend Seth Rogen who spoke on his behalf as well as Franco’s brother, Dave, and mother, Betsy. Also in attendance were Oz the Great and Powerful director Sam Raimi, producer Joe Roth and co-star Joey King (voice of China Girl).

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