Radio Disney’s Family VIP Birthday Special airing on the Disney Channel

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Radio Disney’s Family VIP Birthday, a special acoustic concert featuring performances and appearances by some of today’s most popular young recording artists and personalities, took place on Saturday, November 22 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Highlights from the concert will air as “Disney Channel Celebrates Radio Disney’s Family Birthday” on Saturday, December 13 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel.

Among the attendees were: R5, The Vamps, Shawn Mendes, Christina Grimmie, Jacob Latimore and Leslie Grace. “Radio Disney’s Family VIP Birthday,” is Co-Hosted by Alli Simpson, Olivia Holt and Zendaya, with a special appearance by Fifth Harmony.

Radio Disney recently laid off most of its community based staff and consolidated into a single radio station that’s syndicated via satellite and terrestrial radio. Nice to see they’re still keeping up some marketing efforts.

What do you think Disney should do with Radio Disney in the face of changing technology and new media?

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EPCOT Candlelight Processional Narrators for 2014

candlelightIn just a few days, one of Disney’s oldest and most cherished holiday traditions will return to EPCOT in the Candlelight Processional. The show involves the retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator accompanied on stage by a 50-piece orchestra, and a glorious mass choir including the famous living Christmas Tree composed of the volunteer Cast Member choir.

Among new celebrity narrators this year is Jonathan Groff, who voiced the rugged mountain man Kristoff in “Frozen,” and Ana Gasteyer, SNL alum and from ABC’s Suburgatory and The Goldbergs. Of the current group, I’ve heard Neil Patrick Harris and Edward James Olmos perform and would recommend either. However, I don’t think you can go wrong any night this year.

Candlelight performances are at 5, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. at America Gardens Theatre. (Show times on December 7 are 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. only)

11/28 – 11/29: Jodi Benson
11/30 – 12/2: 
Neil Patrick Harris
12/3 – 12/4: 
Jonathan Groff NEW!
12/5 – 12/6: Whoopi Goldberg
12/7* – 12/9: LeVar Burton
12/10 – 12/11: Edward James Olmos
12/12 – 12/14: Joe Morton NEW!
12/15 – 12/17: Chita Rivera
12/18 – 12/20: Ana Gasteyer NEW!
12/21 – 12/23: Marlee Matlin
12/24 – 12/25: Isabella Rossellini
12/26 – 12/27: Blair Underwood
12/28 – 12/30: Steven Curtis Chapman

Please note that narrators are subject to change without notice.

Guests may purchase Candlelight Dining Packages to reserve a seat at the Candlelight Processional. These packages, available on select nights, include a delicious meal, a guaranteed seat for one of the Candlelight Processional performances and a pre-arranged location for fireworks viewing.

Do you have plans to attend the Candlelight Processional this year? If so, which narrator are you planning to see?

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Watch “Stay with Me” clip from Disney’s Into The Woods

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Disney has released a little clip from it’s December 25th release of the Sondheim musical “Into the Woods.” It features a few behind the scenes moments setting up the clip and then you get Meryl Streep, as The Witch, singing “Stay With Me.”

We knew Streep had acting chops, and a few remember that she could sing in Mamma Mia, but I think this clip puts any worries about her casting to rest.

“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy), all tied together by an original story involving a Baker and his Wife (James Corden and Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the Witch (Meryl Streep), who has put a curse on them.

Rob Marshall, the acclaimed filmmaker behind the Academy Award-winning musical “Chicago” and Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” directs the film, which is based on the Tony-winning original musical by James Lapine, who also penned the screenplay, and legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, who provides the music and lyrics. Produced by John DeLuca, Marshall, “Wicked” producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall, “Into the Woods” will be released in theaters December 25, 2014

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New Poster for Pixar’s Finding Dory

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While wandering through the The Magic of Disney Animation building at Disney’s Hollywood Studios I noticed that there was a new poster for Pixar’s “Finding Dory.” I’m a bit surprised by how dark & murky the feel is. But I am happy to see that the movie is finally getting some attention.

It looks like this piece of early concept art is used as part of the poster design.
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“Finding Dory” is currently the only Pixar film scheduled to be released in Summer 2016. “Inside Out” and “The Good Dinosaur” are both coming from Pixar in 2015. So it’s going to be a good 18 months for Pixar fans. It’s a sequel to the 2003 Pixar film “Finding Nem”o and, as the title suggests, will focus on the character of Dory, the one with amnesiac tendencies.

It’s been theorized that the plot will focus on Dory finding her family, but based on this poster, I think there might be some darker material too. Rumors include that a trip to a marine animal park to visit an Orca was redone after the controversial film “Blackfish” was reviewed by the film’s producers.

Ellen DeGeneres has been confirmed to return to the original role and it’s believed most of the original cast, including the “Tank Gang,” will be back. New cast includes Diane Keaton as Dory’s mother Jenny, Ty Burrell as Bailey, a beluga whale, and Kaitlin Olsen as an Orca who Dory considers an adopted sister.

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Star Wars Trailer special preview this weekend

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The rumors are true! The first Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens trailer will debut this weekend, Nov. 28th – 30th, at select theaters nationwide. You can see the official list from the Regal Cinemas website.

Rumors are saying that it will be a 90 second trailer showing glimpses of both new and old Star Wars goodness. From new character introductions, shots of the Millenium Falcon, and possibly even a glimpse at the new villain. Nothing will be confirmed until this weekend but whatever we see in the trailer is going to be truly satisfying. What do you hope we see in the trailer? Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens premieres December 18th, 2015.

Update full list on Star Wars website.

Irvine – Edwards Irvine Spectrum 22 & IMAX
San Diego – Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX
Atlanta – Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX
Chicago – Regal City North Stadium 14 IMAX & RPX
New York – Regal Union Square Stadium 14
Warrington – Regal Warrington Crossing Stadium 22 & IMAX
Knoxville – Regal Pinnacle Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX
Houston – Edwards Houston Marq’E Stadium 23 IMAX & RPX
Seattle – Regal Thornton Place Stadium 14 & IMAX

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