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‘Coco’ First Look: Pixar’s Multicultural Message Will Make Waves in Trump’s America

28 August 2017 9:49 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Coco,” Pixar’s love letter to Mexico and the Day of the Dead festival, couldn’t come at a better time for the animation studio and the country. It’s Pixar’s first original movie in two years and offers a vital cultural remedy to Trump’s nationalistic fervor (with an all-Latino cast that includes “Mozart in the Jungle’s” Gael Garcia BernalBenjamin Bratt, Renée Victor, and newcomer Anthony Gonzalez).

“In a time when the political climate seems very much divisive, it fills my heart with hope that a masterful filmmaker like Lee Unkrich is using his and Pixar’s considerable talents to showcase the people and culture of our beloved Mexico,” said Jorge Guitierrez, director of the first Day of the Dead animated feature, “The Book of Life,” produced by Guillermo del Toro in 2014. “I will be there on ‘Coco’s’ opening night with my whole family, living and remembered. »

- Bill Desowitz

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Disney Legend Marty Sklar Dead at 83

28 July 2017 5:00 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Marty Sklar, legendary Imagineer and designer of Disney parks, died Thursday at his home in the Hollywood Hills. Sklar was one of the company's last remaining links to Walt Disney. He started with Disney in 1955 and helped Walt market Disney World and Epcot Center. He went on to become the Mouse House's top Imagineer -- supervising the design of its parks in Paris, Tokyo and Shanghai. He officially retired in 2009 as an Imagineering ambassador and, »

- TMZ Staff

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Disney World: Mickey Mouse, ‘Toy Story,’ ‘Guardians,’ and More Score Attractions

15 July 2017 4:23 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The D23 Expo wasn’t just about Disney’s slate of animated and live-action adventures this year, because we got some real world updates from the House of Mouse as well. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has confirmed that Mickey Mouse’s very own ride will soon be coming to Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

Following the onstage presentations of “Wreck-It Ralph 2,” “A Wrinkle in Time,” “Aladdin,” and many others this weekend, Disney Parks chairman Bob Chapek took to the stage to confirm the “first ever ride-through attraction built entirely around Mickey Mouse” on Saturday.


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Apparently, the ride will be similar to the “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “It’s a Small World” attractions in that it’s a tour — à la Steamboat Willie — only Mickey’s ride will be in “2.5-d” (No 3-D glasses required). Instead of Mickey operating a boat, Goofy »

- JD Knapp

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Disney’s ‘Star Wars’-Themed Lands Get Official Name

15 July 2017 4:15 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A galaxy far, far away just got a little closer.

Disney’s “Star Wars”-themed lands coming in 2019 to Disneyland and Disney World have an official name — “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.”

The announcement came on Saturday during Disney’s D23 expo, and one day after the company released a first look at the attractions in the parks.


Star Wars Land: First Look at Disney Attractions Unveiled

“Both ‘Star Wars’-inspired lands will transport guests to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port, and one of the last stops before Wild Space, where ‘Star Wars’ characters and their stories come to life,” Disney said in a blog post about the expansion.

“Here, guests will find themselves in the middle of the action at two signature attractions: one that lets guests take the controls of Millennium Falcon on a customized secret mission, and an epic ‘Star Wars’ adventure that puts guests in the middle of a »

- Seth Kelley

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Sip Your Way Around the World With These City-Themed Starbucks Mugs

21 March 2017 1:30 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

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There’s no better time to reminisce about a great vacation than when you’re back at work trying to recuperate with a hot cup of coffee. That’s all part of the allure of the Starbucks collection of city-themed mugs. Well, that and you can pick them up in Starbucks locations around the world, from Qatar to Hong Kong to Tennessee.

The mugs — which come decorated with local flavors, sites, and monuments — have an avid fan base of collectors always looking for one more cup to add to their stockpile. »

- Travel and Leisure Staff

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