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Mouseketeer Annette Funicello dies at 70 of complications from Ms

Former child star was hand-picked by Walt Disney and spoke openly about the degenerative effects of multiple sclerosis

Annette Funicello, who became a child star as a perky, cute-as-a-button Mouseketeer on The Mickey Mouse Club in the 1950s, then teamed up with Frankie Avalon on a string of 1960s fun-in-the-sun movies with names like Beach Blanket Bingo and Bikini Beach, died Monday. She was 70.

She died at Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield, California, of complications from multiple sclerosis, the Walt Disney Co said.

Funicello stunned fans and friends in 1992 with the announcement about her ailment. Yet she was cheerful and upbeat, grappling with the disease with a courage that contrasted with her lightweight teen image of old.

"She will forever hold a place in our hearts as one of Walt Disney's brightest stars, delighting an entire generation of baby boomers with her jubilant personality and endless talent," said Bob Iger,
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Former Mouseketeer Annette Funicello Dies at 70

Former Mouseketeer Annette Funicello Dies at 70
Annette Funicello, the 1950s and '60s-era Mickey Mouse Club Mouseketeer who went on to star in a variety of beach movies with Frankie Avalon, has died from complications related to Multiple Sclerosis. She was 70. Funicello was the biggest star to emerge from the original incarnation of the Mickey Mouse Club television series, which she joined at its inception in 1955. She continued to make movies for Disney into the 1960s, including "The Shaggy Dog," "Babes in Toyland" and "The Monkey's Uncle." Her best-known film work came in a series of beach
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Brian Wilson on the Beach Boys, Gershwin and his upcoming biopic

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Brian Wilson on the Beach Boys, Gershwin and his upcoming biopic
In 1966, after The Beach Boys masterwork, "Pet Sounds," the band planned to follow up their success with an album called "Smile." But as so often happens complications arose and somewhere during the many recording sessions between the spring of '66 and the summer of '67, the band fell apart. The master tapes were shelved, and the record was never released. Though the band was destined to release many more albums afterward, that album plagued by disputes and Brian Wilson's breakdown in '67, never saw a proper release. Wilson eventually released his own critically acclaimed solo version, but in the legendary songwriter's own words, the original 1966-'67 "Smile Sessions" just finally released after 44 years is perhaps more "interesting."

I talked with Wilson, whom I was told loved Broadway musicals more than anything, and though that proved not to be wholly accurate, he certainly loves Gershwin more than anything. We talked about his favorites,
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Votd: Pixar’s ‘Up’ Live-Action 1965 Movie Trailer

Votd: Pixar’s ‘Up’ Live-Action 1965 Movie Trailer
[1] What if Walt Disney Pictures produced Pixar's Up in the 1960s as a live-action feature film? YouTube user whoiseyevan has created an amazing faux "premakes" trailer which imagines this exact possibility. Watch the video now, embedded after the jump. Here is a note from the video editor: Ah, the swinging 60s. It was a time when films were dominated by flying automobiles and flying nannies. It was also a time when live-action Disney films flourished and spawned such hits as "The Love Bug", "The Absent-Minded Professor", and "The Monkey's Uncle". In an alternate reality, this era also saw the production of the high-flying adventure-comedy, "Up!". Starring Spencer Tracy and Kirk Douglas, "Up!" followed the oddball escapades of the elderly widower, Carl Fredricksen, and his earnest band of misfits as they traveled through the wilds of South America. Produced two decades after "Saludos Amigos" and "The Three Caballeros", the film continued
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