News Roundup

A lot of news today. None of it the big news we’re all waiting for (hint: Dixar or Pisney, your choice). So here’s a quick roundup of some of the other news that has come across The Disney Blog wires.

Walt Disney Company says ‘No Hard Feelings, Michael’ and names a building after departed CEO Michael Eisner. Henceforth, Team Disney Burbank will be known as the Dopey building…er ‘Team Disney – The Michael D Eisner Building’.

Reuters takes a look at the potential side effects for Disney should it swollow up Pixar. Apparently the hope is that Disney will adopt Pixar’s culture, rather than vica-versa. I agree that would be the best medicine.

Slave Labor Graphics has released issue#2 of the Disney authorized The Haunted Mansion comicbook. (Haunted Mansion #1 is still available.)

The Monsters Inc. attraction opened at the Disneyland Resort. Pictures coming on soon.

Rod Miller, Disneyland’s Main Street Ragtime Pianist for the last 36 years, has retired.


The original castmembers of the hit ABC Series ‘Lost’ racked up some nice raises and huge bonuses after their critical and ratings number success.

In other ‘Lost’ news it is reported that Evangeline Lilly (Kate) and Dominic Monaghan (Charlie) are engaged. Hope no one had their hearts set on either for future engagements.

The Lifetime Network, half owned by The Disney Company, is playing hardball with DirectTV for the new contract. This has shades of ESPNs demand for more money from the cable companies. Everybody wants a larger piece of the pie.

If you live in or near Hollywood, CA make sure you make plans to see the newly resored edition of Walt Disney’s classic ‘The Lady and The Tramp‘. Opening night will feature an amazing guest panel that is not to be missed. (They should really podcast these things… sell it on iTunes for $0.99)

Finally, Disney’s ABC is expected to rake in the big bucks at $2.5 million for a 30 second commercial when my Seattle Seahawks roll over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XL.

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