‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ Fun Facts (Part Two), Merchandise and New Ad

Michelle Williams, center ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Last month, we introduced the official character description as well as several fun facts for Oz the Great and Powerful. You can read that post for the first set of fun facts, but today, we now have several more fun facts about the film courtesy of Walt Disney Studios:

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‘Muppets 2,’ ‘Maleficent’ and Marvel Films Slated for 2014, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 in 2015

Walt Disney Studios today released an updated schedule of several of its upcoming films, as listed below:

Muppets 2 (rumored to be under the working title of Muppets… Again) is produced by Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman and directed by James Bobin. The screenplay is by Bobin and Nick Stoller, who will also serve as executive producer. The cast includes Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell – and of course, the whole Muppets gang. In theaters March 21, 2014.

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‘Wreck-It Ralph,’ ‘Frankenweenie,’ ‘Brave,’ ‘Paperman,’ ‘Avengers,’ Get Oscar Noms; ‘Lincoln’ Leads Charge

Earlier this morning, awards show host Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone announced the nominations for the primary categories for the upcoming 85th annual Academy Awards at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Disney’s only nominations announced thus far — unsurprisingly — have been for Best Animated Feature Film in which Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Wreck-It Ralph, Pixar Animation Studio’s Brave were all nominated. Other films in the category are Laika’s Paranorman and Aardman Animation’s The Pirates! Band of Misfits.

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‘Home Again’ with Jennie Garth, Cameron Mathison to Premiere Thanksgiving on ABC Family

Muse Entertainment, in association with ABC Family, will begin production this week on the new original Thanksgiving movie Home Again (working title). Jennie Garth (‘Beverly Hills, 90210,’ ‘What I Like About You’) and Cameron Mathison (‘Dancing with the Stars,’ ‘All My Children,’ ‘Good Morning America’) will star in the movie, which is set to premiere as part of the network’s annual ‘Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas’ programming event in November, 2013. Also cast in the movie is Mary Kay Place (The Big Chill, ‘The West Wing,’ ‘Big Love’).

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‘Blue Umbrella’ New Hi-Res Still from Pixar’s Upcoming Short

"THE BLUE UMBRELLA" (Pictured) BLUE and RED. ©2013 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved."THE BLUE UMBRELLA" (Pictured) BLUE and RED. ©2013 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.Yesterday we shared a hi-res still with you of the new short, The Blue Umbrella, from Pixar Animation Studios. Today we are pleased to bring you another still from the short, this one an aerial view of the street where we catch a glimpse of Blue and Red amongst the sea of black umbrellas.

Click on the thumbnail to see a larger version of the image. If the resize arrow is available, click on it to see the image at its original resolution.

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LIVING SOCIAL: ‘Peter Pan’ Screening and Special Panel in Los Angeles

Ticket to "PETER PAN" and Special Panel Discussion on January 11For those that will be in the Hollywood, California area on the evening of Friday, January 11, Living Social and the El Capitan Theatre are now making tickets available to attend a special screening of Disney’s Peter Pan along with a special panel for just $11 per ticket.

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‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ Seven New Hi-Res Stills

China Girl (Voiced by Joey King), left; Finley (Voiced by Zach Braff), right ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Walt Disney Studios has also provided us with seven new stills from its film, Oz the Great and Powerful, which debuts in theaters nationwide on March 8, 2013.

The new stills give us some fabulous looks at Finley (voiced by Zach Braff) and the China Girl (voiced by Joey King) along with a peek at the developing relationship between Oscar Diggs/Oz (James Franco) and Theodora (Mila Kunis) along with Munchkins and Quadlings.

The new stills have been added to the beginning of our gallery below. Click on any of the thumbnails to enlarge.

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Sneak Peek: ‘The Blue Umbrella’ from Pixar, Plus Full Synopsis (Hi-Res)

"THE BLUE UMBRELLA" (Pictured) BLUE and RED. ©2013 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.Walt Disney Studios and Pixar Animation Studios have provided us with this still from their upcoming short, The Blue Umbrella, which will play before Monsters University in theaters beginning June 21, 2013. The full synopsis for the short is as follows:

‘It is just another evening commute until the rain starts to fall, and the city comes alive to the sound of dripping rain pipes, whistling awnings and gurgling gutters. And in the midst, two umbrellas — one blue, one not — fall eternally in love.’

Additionally, the Wall Street Journal has recently debuted a clip from the short which can be seen embeddedbelow:

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‘Wreck-It Ralph’ on Digital Download Weeks Before Blu-ray

'Wreck-It Ralph' on Blu-RayWalt Disney Studios Home Entertainment today announced that Wreck-it Ralph from Walt Disney Animation Studios would be available for digital download on February 12, nearly one month before the 3D Blu-ray and its variants are available to purchase on March 5.

According to the announcement, the download (available as both high definition and standard definition formats), will include all of the aforementioned Blu-ray bonus features with exception to the Disney Intermission featuring Chris Hardwick.

This move marks a first for the company, although the move is not unprecedented as Disney was one of the first to release Blu-ray discs weeks before their DVD-only counterparts and is indicative of the company moving closer to the Disney Movies Anywhere initiative.

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‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Features Include ‘Paperman,’ Disney Intermission with Chris Hardwick

'Wreck-It Ralph' on Blu-RayAhead of any official announcement, we have received a list of the bonus features that will be available when Wreck It Ralph from Walt Disney Animation Studios becomes available to own on 3D Blu-ray on March 5 (now available for pre-order).

First up is confirmation that Paperman, the groundbreaking short that played before Wreck-it Ralph in theaters will be included as one of the Blu-ray bonus features.

The Blu-ray will also include Disney’s new favorite element, Disney Intermission, which is a special viewing mode that takes place when you put the film on pause. This time around, Disney Intermission consists of ‘The Gamer’s Guide to Wreck-It Ralph,’ hosted by Nerdist Chris Hardwick.

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