‘Gravity Falls’ New Season Premieres August 1; Guest Stars Include Mark Hamill, Patton Oswalt

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MABEL, DIPPER (DISNEY CHANNEL)Season two of Disney’s popular animated comedy series ‘Gravity Falls,’ starring Jason Ritter and Kristen Schaal as Dipper and Mabel Pines, twins who spend the summer with their eccentric Great Uncle Stan (aka Grunkle Stan) will debuts Friday, August 1 at 9:00 pm ET/PT on Disney Channel and on Disney XD on August 4 at 9:00 pm ET/PT. Future new episodes will then debut on Disney XD with subsequent airings on Disney Channel.

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‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Dominates 40th Annual Annie Awards

Earlier this evening, The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, held its 40th Annual Annie Awards at UCLA’s Royce Hall, in Los Angeles, CA. While addressing the myriad of technical issues for the awards show were well beyond the capabilities of Fix-It Felix Jr and his magic hammer, the clear winner of the night was Wreck-It Ralph from Walt Disney Animation Studios.

The blockbuster took a total of five awards including Music in an Animated Feature Production (Henry Jackman, Skrillex, Adam Young, Matthew Thiessen, Jamie Houston, Yasushi Akimoto), Writing in an Animated Feature (Phil Johnston and Jennifer Lee), Voice Acting in an Animated Feature (Alan Tudyk as King Candy), Directing in an Animated Feature (Rich Moore) and Best Animated Feature.

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Photo Gallery: ‘Toy Story 3′ Panel at WonderCon 2010

img_5721 Earlier today, Disney/Pixar presented a panel on Toy Story 3 during WonderCon 2010 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Panelists included director Lee Unkrich, producer Darla Anderson and cast members John Ratzenberger (Hamm), Kristen Schaal (Trixie) and Jeff Garlin (Buttercup).

As part of the panel, Unkrich, Schaal and Garlin performed a live reading from the film.

The gallery below contains photos from the panel by Eric Charbonneau/Le Studio/Wireimage courtesy of Walt Disney Studios.

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Disney/Pixar Introduces New ‘Toy Story 3′ Pal Trixie

Trixie the Triceratops from Toy Story 3Empire has exclusively debuted Trixie, the triceratops toy featured in the new trailer for Toy Story 3, who appears to have a special online dino-friend.

This is Trixie’s official manufacturer’s description: Trixie is a perfect playmate for prehistoric playtime! Visit the era when dinosaurs ruled the Earth! Made of rigid, durable plastic and in friendly shades of blue and purple, Trixie features an expressive mouth and movable legs. This gentle Triceratops will feed any child’s imagination. Also available: Tyrannosaurus Rex, Stegosaurus and Velociraptor.

Makes one wonder what the T-Rex model might look like.

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New Clip from ‘When in Rome’ – Dark Dating

In this new clip from When in Rome, courtesy of Touchstone Pictures, Nick (Josh Duhamel) takes Beth (Kristen Bell) out for a romantic dinner in an experimental restaurant he hopes will pick up where the two left off in Rome, he gets a bit more than he bargained for, the least of which is the waitress (Kristen Schaal of HBO’s Flight of the Conchords and Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3).

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