Leonard Nimoy, dead at 83, voiced Kida’s father in Disney’s Atlantis: The Lost Empire

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It’s sad day for Star Trek fans everywhere. Leonard Nimoy has died at the age of 83 after a battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was well known for his iconic role of Mr. Spock, but as a child who grew up after Star Trek first aired, I knew him mostly from his job hosting the “In Search Of” TV series.

Among his many roles, Nimoy voiced Atlantean King Kashekim Nedakh in Disney’s 2001 animated feature Atlantis: The Lost Empire. Even in a relatively minor part, he was much loved by the production team of Atlantis for his voice acting range.

We all prosper from his talent as an artist and his work will live long. Our condolences to his friends and family, he will be missed.

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Planet Hollywood begins its Disney Springs Transformation

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It’s long been one of the most popular and iconic elements of Downtown Disney, but the giant Planet Hollywood globe will soon be transformed into an elegant looking observatory that harkens back to the golden age of Hollywood with its classic forms.

Concept art for the renamed “Planet Hollywood Observatory” was just released and it shows how the restaurant exterior will be transformed to match the style of Disney Springs. The transformation will also add outside seating.

“Disney is turning it into a turn-of-the-century Central Florida mining town, and the observatory was a feature at the time,” said Robert Earl, founder & chair of Planet Hollywood International. “We’ve gone back to that look for Planet Hollywood.”

For the interior, the props and costumes will remain but the design will be updated to match a planetarium feel with stars and constellations on the ceiling.

Construction has already begun and is planned to be completed in 2016.

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Art of Animation Resort Tour – Cars

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Today we complete our tour of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. We had our first glimpse at the Finding Nemo section when the resort first opened. Recently we returned for a walking tour of the three other sections, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid and today we’ll visit Cars.

The Cars section is by far my favorite at the resort. It feels the most like you’re in the movie with life-size sets right out of Radiator Springs and nearly life-size cars right out of the movie. That probably explains why I took a ton of photos. There are just so many details, it takes a lot of photos to capture them all:

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Marvel’s Avengers – Age of Ultron Character Posters and TV Spot

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We’re just a little more than two months away from Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron opening night. May 1st can’t get here fast enough if you ask me. In the meantime, we have a new set of two character posters and a new TV spot to analyze.

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I notice a commonality between the two. Both have what looks like robots in the background. Part of Tony’s experiment?

Presumably there will be more character posters soon. Keep an eye on the actor’s Twitter accounts as both posters so far have been revealed by the actor

Don’t miss the new TV Spot below the jump:

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New Avatar Concept Art and Luminescent Plant Test Video

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Some very exciting video from Disney Imagineers today. They’re taking us behind the development process of the bio-luminesent plants that will be featured across the landscape of the World of Avatar expansion at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. We also get our first peak at the latest concept art for the iconic floating mountains on Pandora and a model of what they’ll look like.

According to Disney, James Cameron and his team at Lightstorm has been closely involved with Disney’s creative development team, lead by Joe Rohde. Plus Tom Staggs and Disney CEO Bob Iger have also been closely involved

Some details I’ve noticed. There is a lot of work on what Pandoran plants look like, an obscured bit on puppets, and some blurred out concept art in the background.

I hope they share more about what it will be like to see Pandora while riding on banshee as has been promised. But seeing the plants light up and the surface react to footsteps is pretty cool too.

What did you like the best about this latest sneak peek?

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