D23 Announces Schedule of Exclusive Member Events for 2010

janD23: The Official Community for Disney Fans today unveiled a host of special events that have been designed especially for its growing worldwide membership base.

Among the exciting offerings for 2010 are exclusive D23 one-year anniversary parties at the Disneyland® Resort and Walt Disney World® Resort, free “50 and Fabulous” film screenings at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, and a special 40th anniversary celebration event to honor the Walt Disney Archives.

“In our first year, D23 created some truly memorable event opportunities for our members, and this year we plan to outdo ourselves with a mix of all-new events and encores of fan favorites,” said Steven Clark, head of D23. “D23 Members are going to have more opportunities than ever to be part of the Disney magic through the events we have planned in 2010, and we hope they’ll be as excited as we are to experience them alongside their fellow members.”

D23 Members will receive notification of special events and reservation times via e-mail, and all events are offered on a space-available basis. More details on events, and on becoming a D23 Member, can be found at www.disney.com/D23.

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‘TRON Legacy’ Producer Sean Bailey Named New Disney Studios Production Chief

Rich Ross, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios (TWDS), announced today that Sean Bailey has been named President of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production as the segment continues to restructure its operation.  In his new role, he will oversee all aspects of live-action development, film production and physical production for Walt Disney Pictures and Touchstone Pictures.  Additional changes to international theatrical distribution, multicultural initiatives, publicity, communications and Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment were made as part of the business’ new strategic direction.

“Building upon a strong foundation with the company, Sean brings great creative instincts and considerable filmmaking experience to his new role at The Walt Disney Studios.  His close relationships throughout the creative community and industry at large make him an ideal leader to set the direction of TWDS’ future film slates,” said Ross. “Sean’s talent, energy, and commitment to delivering quality content will help us achieve our goals of producing and distributing Disney-branded movies that entertain audiences worldwide.”

“I am honored and thrilled to join a company with the history and tradition of The Walt Disney Studios,” said Bailey.  ”Working with the strong team that has been assembled under Rich’s leadership, I look forward to working with the Studios’ impressive array of talented filmmakers to create entertaining, inspiring films that uphold the legacy and quality of classic Disney movies and capture the imagination of our global audiences.”

Bailey’s feature film producing credits include Matchstick Men, Gone Baby Gone and the upcoming Disney film, Tron Legacy. He is the founder and president of the production company, Idealogy, Inc. He also co-founded the integrated media firm, LivePlanet, with Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Chris Moore and was the executive producer of several high profile television programs including LivePlanet’s three-time Emmy-nominated Project Greenlight. Sean wrote the screenplay Liberty for The Walt Disney Company and co-wrote the screenplay Solace.

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Disney May Be Seeking to Limit Starz Control Over Online Distribution of Films

Bloomberg reports that Disney and Starz are in negotiations concerning future exclusivity the network has to upcoming releases from Walt Disney Studios. Currently, the Starz cable network has first rights to live action films from Disney and wishes to continue the option for as long as five years, but at dispute is the digital rights to the films which Starz would would be able to farm out to online services such as Netflix, whereas Disney is reportedly looking to prevent Starz from having such capabilities.

This shouldn’t come as any surprise, however, as Disney has been generating news lately with Iger constantly promoting Disney’s own subscription-based services, not to mention the forthcoming Keychest technology.

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POTC4: On Stranger Tides to Hit Theaters May 20, 2011

SAVE THE DATE: Walt Disney Studios has announced that Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is slated to be released on May 20, 2011.

The May 20th slot was previously dominated by Marvel Entertainment’s Thor from Paramount Pictures which was moved ahead in anticipation of reported problems with Sony’s production of Spider-Man 4 (coincidentally, another Marvel property).

One thing is for certain: Disney and Marvel will be seeing a very profitable summer 2011.

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New Hi-Res Image from Prince of Persia Featuring Jake Gyllenhaal as Dastan

Walt Disney Studios has just sent us this image of Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal) from Prince of Persia. Although a similiar image had been released in the past, this one shows Dastan much more closely.

Enjoy.

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New Hi-Res Version of TRON: Legacy Billboard Artwork

Earlier in the week, we shared with you the billboard teaser art for TRON: Legacy that Walt Disney Studios shared with some of its lucky fans on the TRON Facebook page.

The Studios has since sent us a hi-res version of the image (minus title) which we’re happy to share with you below:

Tron Billboard Artwork © Disney

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At Walt Disney Studios, Another One Bikes the Dust

Variety has recently reported that the sequel to the 2007 ensemble comedy Wild Hogs, Wild Hogs 2: Bachelor Ride has been scrapped by the studio. According to the article, the script has been written and the film set to begin shooting by summer, but no formal contracts with the actors were in play.

This is the third film on the Disney slate axed by the former Disney Channel champion Rich Ross since he has taken over the position of Studios President, the first being the Disney originated remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the later victim, Wedding Banned starring Robin Williams, which was dropped by the studios but could find bliss elsewhere.

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New Promotional Image for TRON: Legacy Released via Facebook Promotion

UPDATE: We now have a hi-res version of the artwork. Check it out here!

Through a recent promotion on its TRON Facebook page, Walt Disney Studios offered up ten fans selected at random to receive the following promotional image for the upcoming film which happens to be very scaled down billboard art.

The chosen few were given a link to the image (shown below in its entirety when you click on the smaller version) and asked to share the link which several have, although it appears to be the single image below.

TRON: Legacy Promotional Image

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Poster for ‘The Last Song’ Released

The Last SongTouchstone Pictures has just provided us with the theatrical poster for Nicholas Sparks’ The Last Song starring Miley Cyrus.

Based on best-selling novelist Nicholas Sparks’ (“A Walk to Remember,” “The Notebook”) latest novel, THE LAST SONG is set in a small Southern beach town where an estranged father (GREG KINNEAR) gets a chance to spend the summer with his reluctant teenaged daughter (MILEY CYRUS), who’d rather be home in New York. He tries to reconnect with her through the only thing they have in common—music—in a story of family, friendship, secrets and salvation, along with first loves and second chances. The film is directed by Julie Anne Robinson from a screenplay by Sparks & Jeff Van Wie.

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Disney Announces A Hole New World for TRON:Legacy Team

Checking to see if the dust has settled from the last bombshell from the Walt Disney Studios… close enough.

It’s being reported that Studios Chairman Rich Ross, after just having put the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea remake in turnaround, has greenlit a remake of another Disney classic, albeit a tad more contemporary.

From Team Tron (director Joseph Kosinski and producer Sean Bailey) and screenwriter Travis Beacham comes a ‘re-invention’ of the 1979 film, The Black Hole.

Details on the updated film are few and far between although it’s said to be based more on actual science (as scientific as Hollywood can get) and Maximillian the menacing robot is scheduled to make an appearance.

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