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If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. And if you can't join 'em...head to Disneyland! That's exactly what Ryan Gosling did this weekend with pal Guillermo del Toro as the close friends were spotted on Sunday with a VIP tour guide at the Happiest Place on Earth, where the two were seemingly having a blast enjoying the rides. The former Mickey Mouse Club member, who, apparently, is never too old for Disneyland (remember, he and Eva Mendes, who recently welcomed their first child together, a baby girl, enjoyed one of their first dates at the theme park and Gosling is a frequent vistor), dined at Club 33, a private, members-only Disneyland dining experience, and according to an eyewitness, »
Kids at heart! On Sunday, Feb. 22, Hollywood big shots Ryan Gosling and director Guillermo del Toro forwent the 87th Annual Academy Awards in favor of goofing off at Disneyland. The pair were photographed on a Cars ride, with the Drive star, 34, at the wheel and the Pinocchio director, 50, in the passenger seat. Gosling has a long history with Disney, getting his start as a Mouseketeer alongside Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Justin Timberlake back in 1993. Now it seems the new dad is testing [...] »
Once a Mouseketeer, always a Mouseketeer! Ryan Gosling was spotted on a trip to Disneyland in Anaheim, California, with director Guillermo del Toro over the weekend. The duo skipped the Oscars mayhem and instead hit the theme park racetracks in a hat and hoodie, where Gosling posed with fans throughout the day, causing quite a Twitter storm. His days as a member of the Mickey Mouse Club may be over, but the 34-year-old still holds a special place in his heart for the Magic Kingdom. The adventure park has even been one of his go-to spots for date nights. In »
- Jacqueline Andriakos, @jandriakos
Once a Mouseketeer, always a Mouseketeer! Ryan Gosling was spotted on a trip to Disneyland in Anaheim, California, with director Guillermo del Toro over the weekend. The duo skipped the Oscars mayhem and instead hit the theme park racetracks in a hat and hoodie. Gosling posed with fans throughout the day, causing quite a Twitter storm. His days as a member of the Mickey Mouse Club may be over, but the 34-year-old still holds a special place in his heart for the Magic Kingdom. The adventure park has even been one of his go-to spots for date nights. In September »
- Jacqueline Andriakos, @jandriakos
Are you ready for some puppy love? 101 Dalmatians is now available for the first time on Digital HD and Blu-ray, and in celebration, Wamg was invited to a press day for the film at the Ink & Paint building on the Walt Disney Studios Lot. While there, we got the chance to chat with Lisa Davis (English voice of “Anita”), Mimi Gibson (English voice of ‘Lucky’), and Floyd Norman (Animator). We also took a class on painting our own animation cels, which we got to keep. Check out the fun filled day below!
First, we entered a small theater where we were introduced to some of the bonus features on the blu-ray, such as the short film The Further Adventures Of Thunderbolt. The Further Adventures Of Thunderbolt was inspired by the television show that the puppies watch on the tv in the film about a crime fighting dog named Thunderbolt. We »
- Melissa Howland
We never get tired of the story of Cinderella, and whether we know it or not, the version we never get tired of is the one put forth by Walt Disney 65 years ago. The 1950 animated feature, released 65 years ago this week (on February 15, 1950) was an instant classic, and its this version we think of when we imagine all the visual details of the story -- the slipper, the pumpkin, the fairy godmother, the mice, and Cinderella and Prince Charming dancing all over the palace grounds.
Still, as many times as we've heard the story or seen the cartoon, there's still more to be mined from the 17th-century fairy tale. (Indeed, Disney is releasing a new live-action retelling next month.) As many times as you've seen the 1950 classic, there's plenty you may not know about it -- how the actress who played Cinderella landed the part without even knowing she'd auditioned, »
- Gary Susman
Disney’s Diamond Edition releases have been brilliant additions to your collection, and the 101 Dalmatians Diamond Edition is no different.
A film that not only stands up, and is one of the most treasured Disney films, but one that provided a serious boost to Disney when it needed it most, 101 Dalmatians is a must own.
The film needs no introduction, nor does its love-to-hate villain, but it must be noted that this is one of the earliest Disney films that kids today still really fall in love with. I’m using my own, small focus group there, but whereas there is some appreciation for pre-1960 Disney films, they aren’t generally titles that are the subject of the, “Can we! Can we!” dance. Not so with 101 Dalmatians, which still pulls kids of a wide range of ages in.
The real question here is the bonus content of a new release, »
- Marc Eastman
101 Dalmatians was one of my favorites films as a child. I generally found that Disney cartoons involving animals, like it and Jungle Book were a lot funnier and less sentimental than all those boring girly fairy-tales like Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs and Sleeping Beauty. I also liked the fact that the action took place not in some fantastic never-never land but in the real England. 101 Dalmatians of course deals with the theft of a litter of Dalmatian puppies by a woman named Cruella De Vil who wants to skin them and turn them into fur coats. The human authorities are baffled, so it falls to the kidnapped puppies’ parents, Pongo and Perdita, to track them down and rescue them- along with a lot more Dalmatian pups acquired by Cruella for the same nefarious purpose.
101 Dalmatians is rather different in look from a lot of earlier Disney cartoons, which were characterized by bright colors. »
- Tom Stockman
These days, it’s all about the Disney princesses, but Perdita is merely a dog without high pedigree. As a result, she and her mate Pongo, are often overlooked. They’re certainly overshadowed by their antagonist, the Dalmatian loving Cruella De Vil, about the chew every scene in Once Upon a Time. Thank goodness, then, that Walt Disney reminds us about the utter charm contained within their 1961 release 101 Dalmatians. Out Tuesday in a handsome Diamond Combo Pack, their 17th film holds up remarkably well.
The film arrived at a precarious time for the studio as rising costs made their animated fare very expensive. Tastes were changing and they were now competing with television for the younger eyeballs so a different approach was called for. From a technological standpoint, the arrival of Xerography allowed them to streamline the filmmaking process, reducing costs. Ub Iwerks, one of the grand animators in Walt Disney’s employ, »
- Robert Greenberger
Given how revered Disney's "Pinocchio" is today, it's hard to believe it was a flop when it was first released exactly three quarters of a century ago. Upon its New York City premiere, on February 7, 1940, critics hailed the film as a masterpiece, and even to this day, many prefer it to Disney's pioneering first animated feature, 1937's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." Yet it took the film many years and multiple re-releases to make a profit.
Today, of course, the legacy of "Pinocchio" is inescapable. Everyone's image of the puppet-boy with the nose that grows when he lies comes not from Carlo Collodi's original novel but from the kid with the Tyrolean hat and the Mickey Mouse gloves, as drawn by Disney animators. And the opening tune, Jiminy Cricket's "When You Wish Upon a Star," is ubiquitous as the theme music played before every Walt Disney movie and home video release. »
- Gary Susman
“The Bachelor” has always had a tenuous grip on the “reality” aspect of reality TV, but there were various points during the Feb. 2 episode when the whole enterprise threatened to veer off into complete farce — and that’s not even counting the contestant who donned a purple velvet sombrero and declared her excitement about going to New Mexico because she’s never been “out of the country” before.
Below, submitted for your approval, the five most ridiculous moments from “The Bachelor” Season 327 19, Episode Five, in which soulful farmer Chris and his 11 prospective brides travelled to the exotic, faraway land of Santa Fe, Nm.
5. Jade’s Selective Hypothermia
On this week’s group date, Chris took his posse whitewater rafting, because nothing is more romantic than a date that could kill you. Just to emphasize the dangers of their playful excursion, Chris brought along Cisco, a magnificently bearded fellow whose sole »
- Laura Prudom
On Thursday, Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, was Tweeting up a storm about everything from garlic fries and a fishtail braid to more cryptic messages like, "On my own." Less than 48 hours later, the 21-year-old was found unresponsive in the bathtub of her Roswell, Georgia, home and rushed to the hospital. It's been almost three years since her mother was found dead in a bathtub in L.A. on the day before the Grammy Awards, an accidental drowning caused by a combination of drug use and heart disease. Devastated by her mother's death, »
A big question coming out of the seventh season Parks and Recreation premiere last week was how long the show was going to tease out the mystery behind Leslie and Ron’s big spat over something called “Morningstar.” Not terribly long, it turns out, as this week’s second episode of the two-parter pretty much centralizes its plot around discovering every minute detail of what went wrong all those years ago. In nearly all aspects – jokes, ridiculous plot lines, Amy Poehler’s bangs – it felt like a truer return to form for the series than the premiere ever was.
“William Henry Harrison” opens with Leslie searching for a cause to back her attempts in preserving the land that Ron wants to build a Gryzzl campus on. This, in classic Parks and Recreation fashion, spans from listening to a creepy returning character pitch an over-sexualized version of Disneyland to a guy »
- Mitchel Broussard
If you've been reading us this season then you know we've already given you pretty thorough analyses of this year's short film categories. I watched all the films that made it to the final consideration stage and offered up thoughts on each and some somewhat informed predictions. In the end, though, it was still tricky to guess, but I did get four of the five animated players right. Now, with nominees announced, it seems worth it to review. So let's… All things considered, the animated short category is difficult to handicap. Particularly with the infiltration of other voters, as theses categories are opened up to the entire membership via screeners, it's just hard to guess which way preference will fall. The biggest surprise for me was that Glen Keane's gorgeous, heavily promoted "Duet" missed out on a nod. I frankly thought it could have put up a fight to win, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Walt Disney Home Entertainment has officially announced and detailed the Diamond Edition Blu-ray release of 101 Dalmatians.
Disney’s 17th animated feature arrives via a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo pack with an all-new, never-before-seen animated short on February 10, 2015, and you can watch a special trailer from Disney for the release below:
The Diamond Edition Blu-ray release of 101 Dalmatians is presented in 1080p (at 1.33:1) with DTS-hd Master Audio 7.1 surround.
Special features include:
–All New Short: The Further Adventures of Thunderbolt
–Walt Disney Presents “The Best Doggoned Dog in the World” (1961 Version)
–Plus a Selection of Classic Bonus Features
Roger and Anita meet cute through their dalmatians, Pongo and Perdita. All is wedded bliss until Anita’s old college chum, Cruella DeVil, who has a psychotic obsession with fur, catches sight of Pongo and Perdita’s puppies »
- Scott J. Davis
Disney Junior is blasting off with a new science-based adventure cartoon series.
“Miles From Tomorrowland” is set to premiere Feb. 6 with four back-to-back episodes, the cabler said Monday.
The half-hour toon incorporates science facts, with the help of consultants from Nasa and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, among other experts, into the journey of young adventurer Miles Callisto and his family as they travel the galaxy via the Tomorrowland Transit Authority, an obvious nod to Disneyland.
The series reflects the emphasis in academic circles on the need to pique the interest of more youth in careers centering on science, technology, engineering and math.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
"Once more, the Sith will rule the galaxy." So said Darth Sidious upon the turn of Anakin Skywalker to the dark side, and he was right (for awhile...). Only this time, they'll do it in 3D. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, in all its Order 66ing glory, will make its 3D debut at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, coming April 16-19, 2015. Fans will be the first to see this long-awaited, big-screen 3D conversion by Lucasfilm, completed with care for the look of the original movie while taking advantage of 3D's stunning possibilities.
Revenge of the Sith was originally released in 2005, and brought the Star Wars saga full circle with an action-packed, visually-stunning, emotional story. The film sees the final machinations of Darth Sidious' evil plot come to pass - and features lots (and lots) of lightsaber duels, dogfights, and Clone Wars battles. With all this, Revenge of the Sith »
17 items from 2015
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