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We can all probably admit that we’ll spend a good amount of the holiday season in front of the tube mindlessly watching lame commercials. Yet something that always makes us do a double take is when we see an awesome celebrity in one of these lame commercials shilling some random product that: 1. You know they’re not using, and 2. They’re way too good for.
Cue those Macy’s holiday commercials which try to squeeze in every celebrity ever like it’s a Valentines Day sequel. Everybody’s gotta put their kids through college, but the following celebrity ad campaigns have us asking ourselves: Why? Just, why?
Amy Poehler for Old Navy
She’s our girl. Who’s girl is she not? Her new book is already a New York Times best seller, Parks and Recreation is returning for a seventh season, she’s about to »
This story first appeared in the Dec. 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. I chose Los Angeles over other cities when my wife, Karen, and I moved here in 1969. We chose it over New York, we chose it over Europe. We chose it because of what it was: the sun, the smog, the f—ed-up world here. In the early '80s, I started talking a lot about Disneyland, and this notion of virtual space, of entering another world, of cultural conditioning. It fascinated me that Walt Disney built a mound all the way around his theme park, and
- As told to Seth Abramovitch
The word "cheese" is used a lot at Disneyland, and it has nothing to do with Mickey Mouse's presumed favorite food. The Anaheim, Calif., amusement park was the most geo-tagged location in the world by Instagram users in 2014, according to All Facebook. The park was No. 3 on last year's rankings. Read more Instagram CEO Joins Walmart Board of Directors Southern California is clearly a popular place to snap a pic on your phone, as Dodger Stadium was this year's runner-up destination for Instagrammers. New York City landmarks snagged three of the top five spots: Times Square at
- Ryan Gajewski
Thursday morning Disney is expected to announce a large set of changes for Disneyland Parks and resort, including a big investment in Frozen in Disney California Adventure and Disneyland, The Muppets‘ Dca theatre will be gone for a while, a Cars Land ride replacement and more. And we also get a rumored timeline of where […]
- Peter Sciretta
Disney has cut a deal with Turner Classic Movies to get more mileage out of its film vault and add the cabler’s cinephile branding to its Hollywood Studios theme park in Florida.
Starting Dec. 21, TCM will launch the recurring showcase “Treasures From the Disney Vaults,” which will feature a range of Mouse House animated and live-action gems. The first installment bows at 8 p.m. with animated shorts “Santa’s Workshop,” “On Ice” and “Chip An’ Dale,” followed by “The Disneyland Story”; 1941’s “The Reluctant Dragon,”; a compilation of the first three segs of the Fess Parker starrer “Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier”; the 1954 nature docu “The Vanishing Prairie”; and the 1959 adventure film “Third Man on the Mountain” starring Michael Rennie and James MacArthur.
At Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park, part of the Walt Disney World Resort complex in Orlando, Fla., TCM branding and TCM anchor Robert Osborne »
- Cynthia Littleton
If there was any doubt that the Oscar-season engine is roaring, events, Q&As, screenings and all that jazz is at a fever pitch — and it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet. Today’s big moment belonged to reigning Best Actor winner Matthew McConaughey, who got his star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame followed by a lavish lunch at Spago in Beverly Hills hosted by Paramount Chairman Brad Grey and attended by his Interstellar co-stars Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain (who was excited to sit next to Martin Landau and hear his Actors Studio stories) and Mackenzie Foy, along with director Christopher Nolan and producer/wife Emma Thomas and brother Jonathan, with whom he co-wrote the screenplay. Oh, and did I forget to mention Paramount also invited scores of Academy members to celebrate with Matthew? His family including kids and wife Camila Alves were at the ceremony, and Alves also came »
- Pete Hammond
It's always a good time to revisit our favorite children's movies, whether you're introducing your kids to them for the first time or enjoying a Disney classic yet again. If kids' movies like "Dumbo" and "The Rescuers" aren't already in your library, they're available right now to stream on Netflix, along with a lot of newer movies that will appeal to your kids (and to the kid in you).
(Availability subject to change.)
1. "Anastasia" (1997) G
2. "Antz" (1998) PG
3. "Born Free" (1966) PG
A still-moving classic about the couple who raised Elsa the Lioness, an orphaned lion cub, then »
- Sharon Knolle
Hard to imagine, but there was a time, before the release of "The Little Mermaid," when even Disney's own studio chief didn't expect much from the movie because it was a "girl's film." But Jeffrey Katzenberg was happy to be proved wrong when the film was released 25 years ago this week (on November 17, 1989).
"The Little Mermaid" was not only an enormous critical and commercial success, but it also launched a creative renaissance in Disney's animated features (including such modern classics as "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Lion King") and a wave of princess-mania that continues to this day.
Still, as many times as you or your kids have watched "Little Mermaid" (probably many, many, many times), there's a lot you may not know about it, including who almost starred in it, who the characters were drawn to look like, and what was really up with that scene of the bishop with the bulging pants. »
- Gary Susman
It really is the "happiest place on Earth." Vanessa Minnillo and Nick Lachey -- who celebrate their birthdays today -- took their adorable son Camden to meet Mickey Mouse at Disneyland over the weekend. A very pregnant Vanessa, Camden and Nick posed for a cute family photo in front of the theme park, each sporting a pair of Mickey and Minnie Mouse ears. "Had a blast taking Camden to meet Mickey for the first time. Thanks to our guide Abby for a great day!! #disneyland," he captioned the sweet Instagram snap. It looks like cute couple had a great time celebrating their birthdays with their adorable little guy. Little Camden is going to be a big brother very soon, too -- the MTV alum is pregnant with the couple's second child, a baby girl, and threw a beautiful baby shower for her earlier this month. We love seeing pics of »
- tooFab Staff
Kris Jenner is celebrating her 59th birthday in unusual fashion.
To celebrate her 59th birthday, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians mother dressed as Minnie Mouse and took the theme park by storm. In a red and white polka-dot onesie and mouse ears, the Kardashian matriarch was spotted strolling by The Haunted Mansion with her daughter Kourtney Kardashian and grandkids.
Unfortunately, her new beau Corey Gamble was nowhere to be found.
News: Kris Jenner Is a Proud Mama
Just Keeping up with Kardashians at Disneyland »
Original Post (Oct. 31, 2014): Disney's 101 Dalmatians Diamond Edition has been teased in the past, but now I have an early 2015 release date to share for the latest entry in the Diamond Edition line.
The 101 Dalmatians Diamond Edition release date is set for February 10, 2015. As with previous Diamond Edition releases, this 1961 animated classic will include 101 Dalmatians on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD.
I'm still waiting to receive the official press release that will include all of the 101 Dalmatians Diamond Edition bonus features. In the meantime you can take a look at the very gray cover art below.
Look for an update on this title in the near future.
Update: As expected, Disney today formally announced 101 Dalmatians Diamond Edition. New information includes a 7.1 DTS-hd Master Audio track and the following bonus features:
All New Short - The Further Adventures of Thunderbolt
Walt Disney Presents "The Best Doggoned Dog in the World" (1961 Version »
When you're in the mood for an action movie, Netflix has plenty to stream. Great, except that so many of their action titles are no-name, forgettable schlock. So we've done some of the heavy lifting by highlighting the best of the best currently available in the genre. Who do you want to see duke it out? Take your pick, from gangsters to gladiators, robots to ninjas, schoolkids to superheroes.
Cue that suiting-up pre-battle montage and start streaming, because here are some of the best action movies Netflix has to offer. (Availability subject to change.)
1. "13 Assassins" (2010) R
2. "48 Hrs."(1982) R
3. "Assault on Precinct 13" (1976) R
- Sharon Knolle
From spooky costumes to wild dances, here are the best, worst and weirdest moments from the 'DWTS' Halloween episode.
Monday night's episode of Dancing With The Stars gave us a number of things to get very excited about.
First and foremost, it was the show's Halloween episode, meaning tons of strange costumes and bizarre stories.
Also, the show ended in a surprisingly entertaining team competition, in which four couples went up against four other couples in a freestyle choreographed dance-off.
And finally, this was the week Len Goodman returned to the judges' panel, and he brought a whole lot of harsh criticism and technical know-how with him.
So let's take a look at some of the best, worst and weirdest moments of the evening.
Alfonso's Big Announcement
In the one of the sweetest moment from the season thus far, Fresh »
News: Jay & Bey Reportedly Renew Marriage Vows
But, if history has taught us anything, the move could be a signal that the end is near. We've compiled a list of celebrity couples who split up despite renewing their vows.
1. Seal & Heidi Klum: These two were all about renewing their vows and did so every year from 2005 until they officially split in 2012. Heidi told InStyle she enjoyed the tradition because, "We all work very hard and time goes by so fast and you can stumble over years without symbolic peaks in your life to remember -- so we create those."
2. Nick Cannon & [link »
I have a lot of great memories of going on the Haunted Mansion attraction at Disneyland. It's one of my favorite rides at the park because it's entertaining as hell. There's just so much going on in it! I can only imagine how fun it must have been to have been involved with the creation of the ride.
I've found a collection of vintage photos here from the 1960s giving us a behind-the-scenes look at the development of the ride. The photos feature famed Disney Imagineer Yale Gracey with his awesome ghostly special effects creations. There are even a few photos of him with the Hatbox Ghost, who is the most famous character in Haunted Mansion lore. I think these photos are so cool.
Thanks to Haunted Mansion Backstage for the photos.
- Joey Paur
A chilling, ripped-from-the-headlines documentary on Edward Snowden, a Disneyland theme park area turned film (starring George Clooney) and a beguiling heist thriller from Will Smith are among the major titles with trailers debuting in the past seven days. In the Week in Trailers, The Hollywood Reporter rounds up the notable feature film clips that might've been missed. Citizenfour A documentary about whistleblower Edward Snowden by filmmaker Laura Poitras gets a cryptic trailer. Featuring a voiceover detailing what appears to be Snowden laying out the stakes of leaking secrets, the clip stops right as an intro to the former Nsa contractor is
- THR Staff
Admit it -- you didn't see this once coming!
Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes welcomed their first child together on Sept. 12, and Ryan has appeared to have taken his well-documented Disney obsession to the next level -- they've named their daughter Esmeralda Amada, Et can confirm.
It's no secret that the 33-year-old Notebook star is a big fan of Disneyland dates -- news broke that he was dating Eva when pictures surfaced of the two holding hands at the happiest place on Earth. Besides Eva, has also taken both Blake Lively and Kat Dennings to the Anaheim, Calif. theme park.
While one can only suspect the "Esmerelda" choice was primarily inspired by Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Eva also »
Steve Martin has been named recipient of the highly prestigious AFI Life Achievement Award to be presented June 4th and aired on TNT and later on sister network TCM. After generally reserving this coveted prize to actors and directors who made their mark in dramatic films this is second time in the past three years that the American Film Institute has decided to lighten things up by giving their award to a person who made their mark in comedy. And it has paid off. Mel Brooks got the honor in 2013 and it resulted not only in a hilarious and memorable evening, it got higher ratings and brought the AFI special its first Emmy for Outstanding Variety Special in August. But Martin is the first recipient who actually started and made their reputation as a stand up comic. And his films beginning with The Jerk and continuing with such modern comedy »
- Pete Hammond
It took more than four years, a private fundraising campaign by a relative - and a miracle or two - but Kelcie Yeoman and Larry Ragsdale finally got their dream wedding at Disneyland in California. "It was perfect," Kelcie (now Ragsdale) tells People. "It was magical. There were just so many exciting things that happened we weren't even expecting." In March 2010, Larry, now 25, was on his way to propose to Kelcie when his car was hit by a drunk driver. Larry, once a star athlete, suffered severe head injuries and was in a coma for months. Kelcie got a job »
- Nicole Weisensee Egan, @nweisenseeegan
Apple has finally done it, according to Apple. After years of valiant struggle and terrible defeat—years that saw the beloved techtalitarian super-corporation self-effacingly release embarrassing and ultimately inefficient devices like the chubby iPhone 3G, the lethargic iPhone 4S, and the iPhone 5C, widely considered the Octopussy of iPhones by people whose only cultural reference is James Bond movies— Apple has finally created the perfect phone, if Apple doesn’t say so itself.
At a press conference on Tuesday in Cupertino—widely considered the Thunderball of towns in Santa Clara County by people who can recognize the moderate but pivotal »
- Darren Franich
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