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Disney and its parks have become an international institution over the years, a major part of almost every kind of popular entertainment today. Visiting Disneyland or Disney World is considered a rite of passage for many, and is frequently cited as a childhood highlight by adults everywhere.
The first Disneyland was opened in California in 1955, and was the only one to be actually designed and built under the supervision of Walt Disney himself. Since Disneyland’s opening, there has been several other parks and resorts built worldwide, including Walt Disney World in Florida, Disneyland Paris and Tokyo Disney Resort. It’s safe to say that Disneyland is a worldwide phenomenon.
Despite their theming, the parks aren’t all fun, games and silliness though. Over the course of almost six decades, there have been numerous incidents and rumours that park officials aren’t keen to shout about. From bizarre hauntings to weird visitor activity, »
- Tom Butler
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
"Jimmy Kimmel Live" was back with a bang following a two-week hiatus, hosting the cast of "Guardians of the Galaxy." Chris Pratt, who plays Guardians leader Peter Quill, dominated the conversation, discussing his weight loss regimen ("vomiting, Zumba, and Shake Weight") and how much fun it was to shoot the film. The actor noted that he was "truly playing every day. I had a laser gun and a spaceship." But that playing came at a price, as Pratt admitted that he got so swept away shooting his fake gun that he couldn't help but making shooting noises with his mouth -- to the ire of the film crew.
- Katie Roberts
The Hollywood Reporter remembers Elaine Stritch by listing her best 30 Rock one-liners. It also works as a nice guide for finding your favorite 30 Rock to look back at one side of Stritch’s greatness.
Add Carrie Diaries alum Chris Wood to the list of new additions to The Vampire Diaries. TV Guide reports that Wood will join the upcoming season as a “charmingly unstable newcomer with the unsettling ability to seem normal as the situation demands.” So, he’s your basic new arrival to Mystic Falls.
Deadline says that several pilots that were rejected this season are still alive. That includes Cabot College (which starred Margaret Cho and Fortune Feimster), the Rob Lowe/Rob Riggle tennis comedy The Pro (with out director Todd Holland working behind the scenes) as well as (again) How I Met Your Dad.
GLAAD has released a statement about Two and a Half Men »
- Lyle Masaki
Michael Bublé serenaded his son with a rendition of Nsync's "Tearin' Up My Heart," and it's ridiculously adorable. The singer shared the sweet father-son moment in an Instagram video he posted on Thursday. While putting his own spin on the boy-band classic, Michael holds and dances with 11-month-old Noah, whose eyes wander around the room. Michael's band provided the accompaniment for the performance, which the singer recorded for Joey Fatone. "This is awesome @realjoeyfatone requested a song from *Nsync Here ya go bud!" Michael wrote in the caption. It's not the first time Michael has taken to social media with a special performance. In another clip, Noah screams and plays with a soccer ball as his dad sings "The Power of Love" by Huey Lewis and the News. Meanwhile, Michael's wife Luisana Lopilato can't help but smile as she looks on at the couple's son. Despite being off and on »
- Nick Maslow
Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg has taken movie audiences on extravagant adventures of a lifetime during his lengthy course behind the camera when impacting the film industry with his captivating on-screen imagination. Spielberg has shown an amazing range of vision and scope when tackling various movie genres that tap in the collective consciousness of moviegoers. Science fiction, social issue dramas, action and adventure, period pieces, family-oriented fantasies, comedies, war movies–you name it and Spielberg has done it on the big screen in his illustrious film career in directing, producing, writing and promoting.
Although Spielberg has done his share of adult-oriented films that cater to the sophisticated masses he is primarily known for his whimsical kid-friendly fare or at least releases that feature children in some of his escapist gems that may not necessarily be considered kiddie-coated. In Kid’s Play: Top 10 Steven Spielberg-Directed Child-Centric Films we will take a »
- Frank Ochieng
Minecraft has been going for over half a decade now, since its alpha release in 2009. In those five years, the game’s millions of players have managed to create just about anything, from rollercoasters to palaces. Minecraft’s block-based building system may be deceivingly simple to utilise, but it has resulted in some pretty incredible creations.
Despite the game’s age, Minecraft still has a booming community, and there are hundreds of servers dedicated to group building projects. There are also yearly competitions for the best Minecraft constructions, at sellout events like MineCon and Insomnia. Minecraft has well and truly earned its nickname of ‘digital lego’.
This list takes a look at 25 of the absolute best Minecraft fan creations, guaranteed to make you wish you’d wasted your life away in a more creative game.
25. Mirror’s Edge City
It’s the iconic bleached lighting that really sells »
- Tom Butler
There is a lot of Marvel going on in Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes and for some folks, the lack of non-Marvel Disney properties represented in the game is discouraging. Meridia and Maleficent are the only two non-Marvel characters confirmed to be getting the toy figurine treatment, though a few others including Donald Duck, Stitch and Tinkerbell were leaked by Walmart.
Today's news should add a little spring to the step for those of you who want more classic Disney in your Disney Infinity games. The treat we have to share is a nice high resolution image of 10 upcoming Disney Infinity 2.0 Power Discs that you will be able to purchase later this year. I would speculatively expect at least another round of "Disney Originals" Power Discs, if not more than one, to also be on the way.
Starting from the first row in the image (that can be clicked »
Sure, you've seen "The Lion King" dozens of times. You own the soundtrack and you've caught the Broadway show. Maybe you even had "Lion King" sheets and went to bed singing "Hakuna Matata."
And what "Lion King" fan doesn't know about the scene where stars supposedly spell out "Sex"? We bet there are still some things you didn't know about the beloved Disney classic, which turns 20 on June 15.
2. Disney believed that "Pocahontas" (which came out in 1995) would be the bigger, more prestigious film and put all its key animators on it instead. Story artist Brenda Chapman (who went on to direct "Brave" and "The Prince of Egypt") thought the story "wasn't very good" and writer Burny Mattinson declared, "I don't know who is »
- Sharon Knolle
Lionsgate investors who presumed there was no more value to wring out of “The Hunger Games” beyond its final installment next year got a nice surprise last week. CEO Jon Feltheimer announced a new way to capitalize on the mega-franchise: A touring exhibition devoted to the movie will kick off next summer, the first element of a bigger plan aimed at putting the studio in the theme park business.
Indeed, blockbuster entertainment franchises are getting integrated into the parks with increasing frequency. Universal Studios Hollywood unveiled Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem in April, expanded with Super Silly Fun Land, the seaside carnival featured in the film. Up next: Universal is teaming with Warner Bros. to open Diagon Alley, a faithful re-creation of the London location from the “Harry Potter” films, on June 20.
As part of the massive expansion of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios Florida built a »
- Marc Graser
The career of Gareth Edwards is one that would make a film school student envious. His first film, "Monsters," was a labor of love, made on a shoestring budget, with the VFX largely done a laptop. The result? A solid indie highlighting a director with a real sense of mood and craft. That effort found him leveraged into the blockbuster "Godzilla," and no matter what you thought of it, the movie was a huge smash, opening last weekend over $90 million at the box office. So what does Edwards do next? He's doing to Disneyland. Kinda. THR reports that he'll direct one of the upcoming "Star Wars" spin-offs. Of course, given the shroud of secrecy around those movies, it's not clear which one it will be, but rumors abound. Earlier this week, fanboys were stirred when a random German site, Star Wars Union (via Nerdist), claimed that a recent Hasbro training »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It is so cool to get a sneak peek into the inspirations that got the ball rolling on some of our favorite things. Disney is not regularly well-known for horror, but Disneyland, California is the home of perhaps the most oft visited haunted house on record, The Haunted Mansion.
In celebration of the D23 Disney Fanniversary Celebration roadshow and the 45th anniversary of The Haunted Mansion ride, Disney released four rarely seen concept drawings (probably done by Marc Davis, one of Walt Disney’s animators and Imagineers who also created rides such as It's a Small World and Pirates of the Caribbean) that show early interior and exterior concepts for The Haunted Mansion.
Take a look at some of these classic sketches that would go on to become one of the most legendary amusement park rides ever!
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- Scott Hallam
Thirty years ago, "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom," the much-awaited follow-up to "Raiders of the Lost Ark," debuted. Indiana Jones was back -- although the film was set earlier than the events of "Raiders" -- and this time, he had a dame (Kate Capshaw) and a kid (Jonathan Ke Quan) with him. Oh, and he wasn't fighting Nazis, just a deadly, child-enslaving cult.
If you're not old enough to remember, this (along with "Gremlins" and "Poltergeist") was the movie that prompted the creation of the PG-13 rating, after parents complained that a PG-rating wasn't adequate for a movie that includes a scene where a man's still-beating heart is ripped out of his chest.
But did you know that an Oscar-winning Hollywood legend almost had a small role in the film? Or what stars pranked Harrison Ford on the set? Didn't think so.
Here are 30 things you might not have known about the movie. »
- Sharon Knolle
If you're a hardcore fan of Disneyland you're going to love this. This is the initial 1953 pitch document for Disneyland from Walt and Roy Disney. It gives us a rare glimpse at what the first design of the theme park was supposed to be and the prospectus that was used to help raise the money to build their dream. In it Walt describes the park as a "new experience in entertainment." These documents are so rare that Disney doesn't even own them!
The document you see here was sent to Boing Boing by an "anonymous benefactor," but it's owned by Glenn Beck. The site also goes into a lot of detail about the the contents of the pitch that is worth reading when you get a chance. One of the interesting things that they point out is that merchandise was one of the main points of the pitch. People would come to Disneyland to shop. »
- Joey Paur
Haven't checked out Escape from Tomorrow (review) yet? You should! Recently we had a chance to sit down with director Randy Moore and talk with him about making an undercover horror movie at both the happiest and scariest place on Earth... Disneyland!
DC: Do you feel like the circumstance of shooting Escape from Tomorrow on the sly as you did has stolen the thunder from other aspects of the film? I mean, it’s a neat and unusual feat, but is that all critics and audience talk about?
Randy Moore: Yeah, it took away from the story, but it’s also a double-edged sword. There's just so many films out there now that without the “gimmick” you probably wouldn’t even be interviewing me. So I always knew it would be an issue to deal with, but I told everyone, cast and crew, on our very first day of »
- Staci Layne Wilson
You know what would make Star Wars Weekends at Disneyland even better?! If they gave the classic Haunted Mansion ride a Star Wars makeover. The theme park turns it into a Nightmare Before Christmas ride for Halloween and Christmas, why not take it to an even cooler level and add Star Wars into the mix?
The art above comes from DeviantArt user Karen Hallion, and it gives us an example of what one of the paintings in the stretching elevator could look like. I would love for the artist to do a full series of these. If she creates any more of them I'm make sure to post them for you. »
- Joey Paur
Chicago – “Million Dollar Arm” harkens back to a period of shameless family friendly schmaltz that used to play to families in theaters and then run in perpetuity on “The Wonderful World Of Disney” on television. But this treacly baseball drama throws nothing but balls.
Although slightly more believable than a story about a football kicking mule who wins the big game, its ambitions are the same. It yanks at the heartstrings by whatever means necessary while largely ignoring the sport the redemption tale is ostensibly about.
Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”) stars as a failing sports agent just barely getting by. When his big NFL recruit leaves him- he’s left in dire financial straights. But one night while watching singing phenom Susan Boyle he gets that far away look that signals inspiration in movies like this. He heads to India to organize a reality competition show to turn a »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Forty-eight hours before I settled in to watch last night’s Glee finale, I was sitting in the Big Thunder Ranch Main Stage at Disneyland, awaiting a high-school choir performance. This wasn’t a planned study in contrasts or anything — just a weird, happy coincidence. There was a beleaguered adult accompanist. There were sequins and show faces and lifts. As we clapped along to an even-more-enthusiastic-than-the-original (such a thing is apparently possible) cover of “Happy,” my friend leaned over to me and asked, “So, is this what Glee is like?” I almost said yes, reflexively, but then for the millionth time in the past several weeks, it hit me: No. Glee is something different now. But we’ll get to that.Given Darren Criss’s wheelhouse, Glee doesn’t give us Blaine behind a piano nearly often enough, and as he sings “All of Me,” it’s hard not to »
- Lauren Hoffman
Walt Disney Studios announces the world premiere of “Million Dollar Arm” on Tuesday, May 6 at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. Stars from the film will attend, including Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Bill Paxton, Alan Arkin, Suraj Sharma, Madhur Mittal, Lake Bell, Pitobash and Bar Paly, as will Director Craig Gillespie, Producers Mark Ciardi, Gordon Gray and Joe Roth and Executive Producers Palak Patel, Kevin Halloran, Bill Simmons and Connor Schell.
Also scheduled to attend and walk the “green carpet” are acclaimed athletes Barry Sanders, Dave Winfield, Steve Garvey, Rollie Fingers, David Wells, Don Newcombe, Clyde Wright, Barry Sanders, Ken Landreaux, Kenny Lofton and Eric Davis, among others.
The finalists competing in the Million Dollar Arm Pitching Contest will have the chance to throw three pitches on Hollywood Boulevard prior to the premiere screening and possibly walk away with the $1 million grand prize. The contest, a competition for amateur baseball »
- Michelle McCue
The album was released in the UK and Us earlier this week.
The full track listing for Dconstructed appears below:
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Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? A trip to the House of Mouse becomes a surreal nightmare for a father of two.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
"Il Sorpasso" (Criterion)
What's It About? A wild bachelor and an uptight law student go on a road trip for the ages in this adored Italian comedy.
Why We're In: It's been spiffed up and digitally restored, and even the subtitles got a makeover. Plus, there are all the Criterion bells and whistles we know and love.
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- Jenni Miller
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