Disney’s McFarland USA Box Office Results

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Disney’s McFarland, USA opened up against stiff competition this weekend. It managed to beat all the new films this weekend, but failed to surpass Spongebob, Kingsman, and Fifty Shades of Grey. It did manage to pull in $11 million for the three day weekend, that was definitely less than it deserved.

As I said in my review, the Kevin Costner led film really deserves better than that. It’s great for kids, especially any involved in sports, and transcends the genre of sports film to become something great.

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Disney’s Cinderella – How Cinderella got her name

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Disney has to walk a fine line in the promotion of its next movie — Cinderella. On one hand everyone knows the story of Cinderella, on the other, you have to potential audience members excited about seeing this version of the film. One of the things we don’t see in the original animated classic is how Cinderella got her name.

When this movie starts her name is just Ella, but in the classic, she’s Cinderella the whole movie through. Keep it simpler for the kiddies, I suppose. She does earn the name Cinderella in the new movie though, and here’s the scene where it happens:

Oh my. The wicked stepmother is truly evil and those stepsisters aren’t that nice either.

See the full movie beginning March 13.

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Bob Chapek moves from Disney Stores to Disney Parks Chair

bob_chapek_twdc-chair-disney-parks-disWhen Tom Staggs was announced as Chief Operating Officer, it was mentioned he’d retain control of the Disney Parks division until a successor could be found. I think everyone had a 6 to 12 month timeline on that, but Disney can move fast when it wants to.

Effective today Bob Chapek has been named Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Chapek is a 22-year veteran of The Walt Disney Company, having served since 2011 as President of Disney Consumer Products, driving a technology-led transformation of the Company’s consumer products, retail and publishing operations. Prior to that he managed Disney’s Home Video/DVD division.

If this move seems familiar it’s because Disney already tried this once with moving Paul Pressler from President of the Disney Stores to Disneyland (and then Disney Parks). The implication that the parks are little more than giant Disney stores is clear. Paul and his successor Cynthia Harriss were never quite able to shake themselves of the rules of retail and took their eyes off the real important things at the theme parks. I have a few suggestions for Bob on how to avoid that fate at the end of this article.

It’s true that this could be a move to expand Bob’s horizons and groom him for additional responsibility within the company. The good news is that merchandise mix at the parks is one thing the parks are generally doing well (the Big Hero 6 mix was a failure, alas). I don’t know much about Bob, this could a perfect fit for him, and I hope it is, but history hasn’t been kind on similar moves.

“Under Bob’s leadership, Consumer Products has seen great success, focusing on brands and a franchise-driven strategy while launching new products and retail experiences that combine technological innovation and creativity,” Disney CEO Bob Iger said. “He is an experienced and versatile executive well-suited to lead Parks and Resorts into the future.” Continue reading

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Help preserve Walt Disney’s Birthplace and see history of animatronics

Garner Holt Productions, who creates some of the world’s finest animatronics, including many for Disney, is hosting a special “behind the scenes” event at the end of February to benefit the Walt Disney Birthplace projct.

During this extremely rare opportunity to tour the Garner Holt Productions facility you will experience:
* A presentation by the GHP creative team!
* A look at some historic animatronic figures and details on their history.
* A chance to meet Garner Holt and GHP’s creative staff!
* Some very special Walt Disney Birthplace surprises will be revealed!
* Light refreshments

There’s also a special VIP experience that will take you to Knott’s Berry Farms for a personal tour of the newly-refurbished Calico Mine Ride.

All proceeds from the event will help continue the Walt Disney Birthplace restoration, including the installation of the front porch, exterior landscaping, and the addition of a beautiful white picket fence.

The Garner Holt facility is in San Bernardino, CA. It’s not cheap, but if you can make it, you’ll support a great cause. Tickets are available here:

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Marvel’s Agent Carter Season Finale Preview

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When your inaugural season is only 8 episodes long, you have to pack a lot into every episode. That’s certainly been true with Marvel’s Agent Carter. Peggy Carter has been at the center of every episode and we’ve been treated to some great action along the way. But everything good has to come to an end.

The finale episode is titled “Valediction” and in it Peggy Carter will face the full fury of Leviathan as Howard Stark makes his return.

I must admit I was under the impression that this series was going to set up the establishment of SHIELD. But It seems we may not get to that point in this first season. Hopefully we will get a second season where they could go into that more, perhaps with a few more tie-ins into the Marvel Universe.

Or maybe we’ll be surprised Tuesday night. What do you think?

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