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Friday, April 29, 2011

May the 4th Announcement on StarWars.com


Blu-ray details and release date perhaps? Check out the Star Wars COUNTDOWN page. I can't wait!

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Updated Celebrity Listing for Star Wars Weekends 2011


Star Wars Weekends 2011 will be a Tour de "Force" at Disney's Hollywood Studios, celebrating the grand opening of the new Star Tours attraction as the Walt Disney World Resort theme park welcomes Jedi, Sith, Ewoks, Wookiees, galactic bounty hunters and stormtroopers once again for the park's annual celebration of all-things-Star Wars.

The fun takes place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 20-June 12, 2011.


Once again, Jedi Mickey and Princess Leia Minnie will be joined by some of the brightest stars from the saga. Celebrity Hosts for the event this year are James Arnold Taylor (voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and Ashley Eckstein (voice of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars: The Clone Wars). Ashley will host "Clone Wars: Behind the Force," a closer look inside the popular animated TV series. James will present another event-first: he will star in a one-man show that showcases some of the many voices he has performed throughout his career, including those from The Clone Wars.

Anthony Daniels & Dave Filoni
Weekend I (May 20th-22nd)
Opening weekend will kick off the month-long event in grand fashion, as fan favorite Anthony Daniels, who brought C-3PO to life and is the only actor to appear in every theatrical chapter of the Star Wars saga, will make a golden return to the event. Dave Filoni, the talented artist and supervising director of The Clone Wars, also will be a special celebrity guest for Weekend I.

Star Wars Weekends II, III and IV also will feature celebrities from the live-action feature films and voice artists from The Clone Wars. Here is the schedule as it stands. Please note this list and these dates are subject to change.

 
Bruce Spence & Dee Bradley Baker

Weekend II (May 27th-29th)
Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) returns, joined by Bruce Spence (Tion Medon from Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith) and Dee Bradley Baker, the voice of Captain Rex and all the clones in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Ray Park & Jeremy Bulloch
Matt Lanter

Weekend III (June 3rd-5th)
Ray Park (Darth Maul from Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace), Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett from Star Wars: Episodes V and VI and Captain Colton from Star Wars: Episode III) and Matt Lanter (Anakin Skywalker from The Clone Wars).

Tom Kane & Peter Mayhew

Weekend IV (June 10th-12th)
Ray Park returns, joined by Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca from Star Wars: Episodes III, IV, V and VI) and Tom Kane, the voice of Yoda and Admiral Yularen from Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

And while the stars shine, a galaxy-full of events, shows, parades and activities also take place throughout the park during the month.

An event highlight for many is meeting the Star Wars characters, and this year is no exception. More than 60 Star Wars characters will be roaming the theme park, posing for pictures and signing autographs.

From the special "welcome" Guests receive at the turnstile areas from the stormtroopers and Star Wars trivia contests to Jedi Training Academy and the spectacular Hyperspace Hoopla, Star Wars Weekends 2011 will have more fun than you can shake a gaffi stick at. And of course, throughout the event Star Wars Weekends Guests will have the chance to take a ride aboard Star Tours -- The Adventures Continue, when the attraction launches in 3-D on May 20.

News reported by the Disney Parks Blog. Photos by StarWars.com

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 3 Box Art


Here's a look at the box art for Star Wars: The Clone Wars season three. No release date has been set yet but you can be sure that the set will be on store shelves around the time of the season four premier.

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Collectors Corner: Stormtrooper Variant and Savage Oppress Action Figures

Here some news from our friends at the Jedi Temple Archives and Rebel Scum!

Savage Oppress before his morning coffee!
Dan Curto recently posted an article about the new Savage Oppress figure by Hasbro. Take a look at the size and detail! Impressive. Most impressive. Read more of Dan's post HERE.


Jedi Temple Archive reader Paul recently posted a picture of a variant Vintage Collection Stormtrooper figure. Check out the post HERE.

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D23: 20th Anniversary of Disney's The Rocketeer



D23 CELEBRATES 20th ANNIVERSARY OF DISNEY’S
THE ROCKETEER
AT HISTORIC EL CAPITAN THEATRE IN HOLLYWOOD
JUNE 21, 2011

Anniversary Screening will Feature Cast and Crew Reunion Hosted by Noted Film Director and Producer Kevin Smith; Event Features Iconic “Rocketeer” Props and Costumes from the Walt Disney Archives
BURBANK, CA., April 28, 2011 - For Disney fans and movie buffs alike it’s time to grab the helmets and prepare to take flight once again! On June 21, 2011, come relive the action and fun of Disney’s 1991 adventure-fantasy The Rocketeer at the legendary El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood as D23: The Official Disney Fan Club celebrates the 20th anniversary of this Disney film favorite.
Film director and writer Kevin Smith will host a panel discussion and reunion of original cast and crew from the film. Fans will then delight in the viewing of this out-of-this-world adventure on the big screen. Following the movie, guests are invited to tour the Hollywood Museum — located in the nearby historic Max Factor building — and explore the museum’s four floors of exhibits as well as a special exhibition of props and costumes from The Rocketeer, curated exclusively for this event by the Walt Disney Archives.
On June 19, 1991, Hollywood’s landmark art deco El Capitan Theatre, restored to its original grandeur, re-opened its gilded doors for the premiere of The Rocketeer, transporting audiences to a golden age of thrills, glamour and, of course, sleek jet packs.
The Rocketeer follows the adventures of stunt pilot Cliff Secord (Billy Campbell) who discovers a stolen rocket pack and sets off on a series of heroic (and sometimes hilarious) adventures that attract the attention of Howard Hughes, the FBI, gangsters, a band of Nazis and one aspiring actress, namely Cliff’s girlfriend Jenny (Oscar® winner Jennifer Connolly). Directed by Joe Johnston, the film also stars Terry O’ Quinn, Alan Arkin, Timothy Dalton and Paul Sorvino. Check out the trailer at http://d23.disney.go.com/expo/062111.EE.EVENT_Rocketeer.html

D23 Members may purchase tickets for this once-in-a-lifetime event Monday, May 2, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. PST and will have the advantage of being able to reserve their own seats. The general public will be able to purchase remaining General Admission tickets on May 23. Event ticket cost is $50 per person.

D23 Members and their guests will receive a special commemorative Rocketeer gift. All attendees are invited to attend the special Rocketeer exhibit following the film, where there will also be exclusive, limited-edition Rocketeer collectibles available for purchase from D23 and event co-sponsor, Creature Features.

Event check-in begins at 6:45 p.m. at the El Capitan Theatre, 6838 Hollywood Blvd; panel and screening begins at 7:30 p.m. The Walt Disney Archives exhibit will follow the screening from 9:45 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Hollywood Museum located at 1660 N. Highland Ave.

About D23
The name "D23" pays homage to the wonder and excitement that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his fledgling studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official community for fans in Disney's 88-year history. D23 gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at www.disney.com/D23; a collectibles line, the Walt Disney Archives Collection; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year. Fans can join D23 at www.Disney.com/D23, select shops at Disneyland® Resort and Walt Disney World® Resort and www.DisneyStore.com.

About Creature Features
The name Creature Features has served the creators and collectors of science fiction, fantasy and horror as one of the film and TV industry’s most comprehensive resources of memorabilia for over thirty years. Owned and operated by Taylor White, this popular institution offers a vast array of genre-themed artifacts through its retail gallery in Sierra Madre, CA while also sponsoring film screenings, publishing books, producing classic soundtracks on CD and hosting a series of popular art gallery exhibits throughout Los Angeles.  The company's presence can also be seen at numerous conventions, including Monsterpalooza, Comic-Con International and WonderFest. For more information: www.creaturefeatures.com.


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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Ultrasabers: The Bane


FOR A LIMITED TIME Ultrasabers has got a HUGE sale going on for one of my favorite lightsabers - The Bane! Get it right now by clicking my LINK to their site!
This saber is built with high quality aircraft aluminum. It will stand up to rigorous use time and again. The enlarged flanged emitter gives it a look that is sure to be noticed for all the right reasons. The grips above and below the switch housing have been grooved to provide superb wield-ability and the black anodizing gives it great accent and a dark and sinister look all it's own. - From Ultrasabers

Ultrasbers have also released a NEW accessory for sabers, like the Bane, with sound making it possible to couple two of the sabers together to form one killer battle staff!


The Bane is available in single color or with a "RGB" feature where you can customize the color of your blade on-the-fly! You also have the ability to have a Jedi or Sith soundboard installed as well! Don't let this deal on this incredible saber pass you by!
Support Jedi Mouseketeer and pick up your lightsabers at Ultrasabers!

Here's a look at my friend "Clone Trooper Bob" and I with my Ultrasabers Nemisis at Star Wars Weekends 2010!

May the Force be with you!

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Disney Visa Promotion for travel 8/28 to 9/24


Disney Visa Promotion for travel 8/28 to 9/24
Disney has released a package that includes resort, tickets, photopass photobook and free dining.

Travel dates are 8/28 to 9/24/11

Free Basic Dining when staying at a Moderate, Deluxe or Villa. Free Quick Service when staying at a Value resort.

When you calculate this offer out, you are paying for all components except the dining. So, if you have the previous free dining offer the price is lower since you are not paying the ~$90.90 for the photopass photobook.

This offer is currently available to Disney Visa holders only. We anticipate the offer opening to the general public next week.

Magical Journeys, the official travel agency of Jedi Mouseketeer!
Contact Kristen at Magical Journeys HERE to book your vacation package and support Jedi Mouseketeer at the same time! Magical Journeys always compares new packages for you to make sure you have the best deal.

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Welcome to Jedi Mouseketeer


*Dave Filoni, Director of 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' and Aljon during Star Wars Weekends 2010.

Hello there!
Thanks for checking out my site! I've been a Star Wars and Disney fan for as long as I can remember. As an adult, I now share the love I have for these characters and stories with other like-minded fans - just like you! At Jedi Mouseketeer you'll find Star Wars, Disney and Marvel news. You'll also find news about the various sites I contribute to like Cooking with Mickey, Sorcerer RadioChip and Company and the Magical Blogorail. Pretty much all things geeky! Check back daily for updates and don't forget to follow my sites on Twitter and Facebook!

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Thanks for reading and may the Force be with you!

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NEW Her Universe Apparel Offered at Star Wars Weekends 2011



Star WarsTM Fangirl Apparel from Her UniverseTM

to be Offered for the First Time at Star Wars Weekends at
Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park


LOS ANGELES, CA – Returning to Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. as Celebrity Host of “The Clone Wars: Behind the Force,” actress Ashley Eckstein (voice of Ahsoka Tano on Star Wars: The Clone Wars) will also be bringing an all-new, unique range of Star Wars fangirl-focused products to the month-long event at Walt Disney World Resort. Available for the duration of Star Wars Weekends 2011, Eckstein’s line of Her Universe apparel and accessories was created as a response to the ever-increasing demand for fashionable “geek chic” products among the growing community of female fans.



“In addition to a product line that already includes female-focused shirts and undergarments, Her Universe will be premiering two new shirt designs at this year’s Star Wars Weekends event. Featuring images of Jedi Master Yoda and other famous characters from the beloved Star Wars Saga, both designs will be offered in female sizes with female fits – and, for the first time ever, two popular Her Universe designs will also be available in children’s sizes. The new designs will be available exclusively for a limited time at Disney’s Hollywood Studios during Star Wars Weekends 2011.

“As the voice of Ahsoka Tano, it warms my heart to see an increase in young girls who are now Star Wars fans because of The Clone Wars,” says Eckstein. “However, it bothered me when those little girls had to go to the boys section to buy their Star Wars shirts. Now little girls can buy shirts that are specially made just for them!”

In addition to regular autograph signings each weekend, Eckstein will also be available for special merchandise autograph signings each day inside the theme park where her exclusive Her Universe apparel will be sold.


“Disney's Hollywood Studios has played a huge part in my life,” says Eckstein. “Growing up in Orlando, my dad worked for Walt Disney World and I was at the theme park the first week it opened in 1989. It was a dream of mine to follow in my father's footsteps and work for Disney. On my 16th birthday, I applied for a job at the ‘happiest place on Earth’ and was assigned to Disney’s Hollywood Studios where I would spend my weekends dancing in the parades and working in the restaurants! Now, to return to Disney's Hollywood Studios for Star Wars Weekends as a host and a designer is magical!”

Running every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 20 through June 12, Disney’s Star Wars Weekends is an annual event at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park celebrating the Star Wars Saga, as well the animated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. In addition to offering fans a unique opportunity to join Jedi Masters, Sith Lords and Star Wars celebrities for special shows, presentations and memorabilia, the 2011 event also marks the launch of the all-new Star Tours attraction: Star Tours –The Adventures Continue. For more information on Star Wars Weekends, visit: disneyworld.com/starwarsweekends or disneyparks.com/blog.

For more information on Her Universe, visit www.heruniverse.com

JEDI FLASHBACK! Listen to Kristen and Aljon's Sorcerer Radio interview with Ashley HERE!

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Force Unleashed App ON SALE $.99


Attention all Force users! If you haven't downloaded Star Wars: The Force Unleashed for the iPod/iPod Touch DO IT NOW! The game app is only $.99 for a limited time in the Apple App Store!

LINK http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/star-wars-the-force-unleashed/id290461039?mt=8

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Production Begins on "The Avengers"


MARVEL STUDIOS BEGINS PRODUCTION OF EPIC FEATURE
“MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS”

Marvel Super Heroes Assemble To Commence Principal Photography
In Preparation for May 4, 2012 Film Release

BURBANK, Calif. (April 26, 2011) -- Production has commenced today in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Marvel Studios’ highly anticipated movie “Marvel’s The Avengers,” directed by Joss Whedon (“Serenity”) from a screenplay by Whedon. The film will continue principal photography in Cleveland, Ohio and New York City. Robert Downey Jr. (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2”) returns as the iconic Tony Stark/Iron Man along with Chris Hemsworth (“Thor”) as Thor, Chris Evans (“Captain America: The First Avenger”) as Captain America, Jeremy Renner (“Thor,” “The Hurt Locker”) as Hawkeye, Mark Ruffalo (“The Kids Are Alright”) as Hulk, Scarlett Johansson (“Iron Man 2”) as Black Widow, Clark Gregg (“Iron Man,” “Thor”) as Agent Phil Coulson, and Samuel L. Jackson (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2”) as Nick Fury. Set for release in the US on May 4, 2012, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is the first feature to be fully owned, marketed and distributed by Disney, which acquired Marvel in 2009.

Continuing the epic big-screen adventures started in “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” and “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers” is the Super Hero team up of a lifetime. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as SHIELD, finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster.


Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1963, “Marvel’s The Avengers” brings together the mightiest Super Hero characters as they all assemble together on screen for the first time. The star studded cast of Super Heroes will be joined by Cobie Smulders (“How I Met Your Mother) as Agent Maria Hill of SHIELD, as well as Tom Hiddleston (“Wallander”) and Stellan SkarsgĂ„rd (“Angels & Demons,” “Mamma Mia!”) who will both reprise their respective roles as Loki and Professor Erik Selvig from the upcoming Marvel Studios’ feature “Thor.”

“Marvel’s The Avengers” is being produced by Marvel Studios' President, Kevin Feige, and executive produced by Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Louis D’Esposito, Patty Whitcher, and Jon Favreau. Marvel Studios’ Jeremy Latcham and Victoria Alonso will co-produce.

The creative production team also includes Oscar® nominated director of photography Seamus McGarvey (“Atonement”), production designer James Chinlund (“25th Hour”), Oscar winning costume designer Alexandra Byrne (“Elizabeth: The Golden Age”), Oscar winning visual effects supervisor Janek Sirrs (“Iron Man 2,” “The Matrix”), visual effects producer Susan Pickett (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2”), stunt coordinator R.A. Rondell (“Superman Returns”), and four-time Oscar nominated special effects supervisor Dan Sudick (“Iron Man,” “War of the Worlds”). The editors include Oscar nominated Paul Rubell (“Collateral”) and Jeffrey Ford (“Crazy Heart”).



Marvel Studios most recently produced “Iron Man 2” which was released in theatres on May 7, 2010. The sequel to “Iron Man,” starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow as well as Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson and Mickey Rourke, took the number one spot its first weekend with a domestic box office gross of $128.1 million. To date the film has earned over $620 million in worldwide box office receipts.

In the summer of 2008, Marvel produced the summer blockbuster movies, “Iron Man” and “The Incredible Hulk.” “Iron Man,” in which Robert Downey Jr. originally dons the Super Hero’s powerful armor alongside co-stars Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges and Gwyneth Paltrow, was released May 2, 2008 and was an immediate box office success. Garnering the number one position for two weeks in a row, the film brought in over $100 million its opening weekend and grossed over $571 million worldwide. On June 13, 2008, Marvel released “The Incredible Hulk” marking its second number one opener of that summer. The spectacular revival of the iconic green goliath grossed over $250 million in worldwide box office receipts.

ABOUT MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT:
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

New Star Tours Merchandise!

I heard from a credible source that new Star Tours shirts were arriving to the Disney Parks in time for the re-opening of Star Tours by a Corellian smuggler. Here's a peek at the smuggler's manifest. Cool duds for sure... and no traces of Wookie fur either!
Starspeeder 1000 Spaceliner Collection
These six spaceliners are made of die-cast metal vehicles and would look great on your desk - or mine! Pick them all up for $22.95.
Star Tours Action Figure Sets
Add to your collection of collectible action figures with the “Ambush at Star Tours” and the “Star Tours Travel Agency” sets. The boxes are perfect for displaying along side the "Jedi Training Academy" and "Star Tours Boarding Party" boxed sets! Pick up the newest figure sets for $39.95 each!
The  new 3-D attraction is set to open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park on May 20, 2011 and at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif., on June 3, 2011.

Tune in!!!
Sorcerer Radio's Kristen and Aljon of the WDW Tiki Room show will be covering the re-opening of Star Tours and the kick off of Star Wars Weekends with on-location audio and video! For more information visit the Sorcerer Radio website at SRSounds.com!
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Monday, April 25, 2011

Mash Up Monday: Star Wars vs Dallas



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Disney Annual Passholder Star Tours Merch

As we wait for the re-launch of Star Tours check out some cool Annual Passholder Commemorative Collection gear!

Darth Vader™ Tumbler
Retail:$14.95
A limited number of quantities will be available on each coast.


Limited Edition Fine Writing Pen
Edition Size: 1000
Retail:$49.95
A limited number of quantities will be available on each coast.

Passholder Pin
Edition Size:2000
Retail: $15.95

Release Dates
Disney's Hollywood Studios™
- Jabba's Hutt - Beginning May 20
Disneyland® Resort - The Star Trader - Beginning May 23

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

This Week On Sorcerer Radio 4/25/11



Greetings Disney fans!

Here's the latest news from the crew of Sorcerer Radio!

Time is Running Out for Sorcerer Radio's LISTEN AND WIN D23 Contest!

Tune in daily for the “LISTEN AND WIN” D23 Contest and Disney Geek, Jeffrey Epstein's "cue to call"! This is for the Amazing Grand Prize- D23 Gold Level membership Plus exclusive swag from Disney Geek, Jeffrey Epstein, Disney’s official fan club! Here’s a quick review of the Contest rules and entry criteria: hear the “cue to call” sounder; Skype call the SORCERER RADIO HOTLINE at "SRSounds;" leave your name, age and where you're calling from to qualify for the GRAND PRIZE (entries can be submitted anytime over the course of the day the “cue to call” is played; each day one lucky Daily qualifier entry is selected, announced via Sorcerer Radio’s Twitter @ SRSounds, and placed into the pool for the final GRAND PRIZE drawing; the final GRAND PRIZE drawing and winner will be announced during the live “WDW After Dark” vidcast on May 6th (after 9 p.m./e on SRSounds.com)! So LISTEN daily for your “cue to call” and WIN. THE CONTEST SOUNDER GOES OF RANDOMLY THROUGHOUT THE DAY - INCLUDING THE OVERNIGHT! The winner will be announced on a special "WDW After Dark" vidcast May 6th at 9 p.m./eastern!

Sorcerer Radio 10th Anniversary 2011 Trip Meets

Don’t Miss Out on your chance to attend one of the Sorcerer Radio 10th Anniversary Trip Meets. If you haven’t booked yet, book today with Sorcerer Radio’s official travel agency Magical Journeys. Simply fill out the form, by clicking HERE, to start your Sorcerer Radio Trip Meet experience. For more details visit this LINK.

Summer Meet - July 31 - Aug 6
Fall Meet - Oct 15 - 23

Sorcerer Radio "On Location"

May 13-15 - WDW Tiki Room LIVE from Epcot's International Flower and Garden Festival with listener reports from Destination D.
May 20-21 - WDW Tiki Room LIVE from Star Wars Weekends kick off and Star Tours II debut!
July 31-August 6 - Sorcerer Radio 10th Anniversary Trip Meet #1 at Walt Disney World Resort featuring Sorcerer (a.k.a. DJ Sorcey) and the Character Breakfast podcast crew!
August 19-21 WDW Tiki Room LIVE at Disney's D23 Expo at Disneyland Resort!
October 15-23 - Sorcerer Radio 10th Anniversary Trip Meet #2 at Walt Disney World Resort featuring SR DJ's!

Power of 10 - $1 Million Dollar Challenge Continues...
To donate to the cause please TEXT the word DISGKTW to 50555 - you will send a $10 donation directly to Give Kids the World via mGive.org. This is a great way to get your 10 friends to donate $10. Charges appear on your phone bill and 100% of donations are sent directly to "Give Kids the World"! Podcasters! Get the FREE Sorcerer Radio PSAs to air on your show HERE.
Thanks for listening and your continued support!

Don't forget to tune in to all of our LIVE programs every weekday! Check out SRSounds.com and click the "SR Shows" tab for streaming of our archived shows, make requests, "Character Breakfast Podcasts" and the edgy uncensored vidcast "WDW After Dark" fan show!

Aljon
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About Sorcerer Radio
If you are looking to virtually relive your recent Disney trip or dream of your next one, then Sorcerer Radio is the place for you. Sorcerer Radio is a fan-run, award-winning internet radio station that has been entertaining Disney fans for a decade! With many weeks worth of Walt Disney World park music and attraction audio, as well as Disneyland and Disney Cruise Line you can easily be transported to your favorite vacation destination anytime, while at home or at work. Sorcerer Radio stands out from the pack in our innovative programming and personalities, providing fans with DJ hosted shows every weekday morning providing a balance of Disney discussion and music.

Sorcerer Radio plays audio from the Disney universe. You can take a virtual trip right now by clicking on this LINK. We also have FREE APPS for your iPhone and iPad (Android coming soon)!

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Vinylmation Showcase - The Florida Project - 9/11/11

The Florida Project - Vinylmation™ Showcase
Epcot® - World ShowPlace

September 11, 2011 - 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

On Sunday, September 11, 2011 we celebrate Vinylmation with the Vinylmation™ Showcase. The Vinylmation™ Showcase will take place in World ShowPlace at Epcot® from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Public day for all Epcot® Guests will follow from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Event admission is $40.00 per Guest.
(Event admission does not include Theme Park admission to Epcot® but is required to attend.)

EVENT ADMISSION INCLUDES:
  • First opportunity to purchase new Vinylmation™ Figures created for The Florida Project
  • Silent auction featuring a variety Vinylmation™ items from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Vinylmation™ Trading opportunities.
  • Artists Signings with Disney Design Group Artists.
  • Limited edition commemorative gift.
  • Plus extra special surprises throughout the event.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT

Click here to download a preview catalog of the Vinylmation™ Figures available in this collection.

Guests do not have to register for Disney Trade Celebration 2011 - The Florida Project in order to attend the Vinylmation™ Showcase on Sunday, September 11, 2011. This is a separate ticketed event from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Official Trailer: Disneynature's CHIMPANZEE




Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield co-direct this intimate look at the world of chimpanzees, with Christophe Boesch, head of the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation, serving as principal consultant and Alix Tidmarsh as producer. To be shot over three years in the tropical jungles of the Ivory Coast and Uganda, Chimpanzee will help us better understand this exceptionally intelligent species.

CHIMPANZEE opens in theaters everywhere on EARTH DAY 2012.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

My Interview with 'African Cats' Co-Director Alastair Fothergill


In cooperation with Chip and Company and Sorcerer Radio I was able to have a one-on-one interview with Alastair Fothergill, co-director of Disneynature's new film African Cats. Alastair is no stranger to wildlife documentaries having produced many award winning programs for television and film such as The Blue Planet (2001) and Planet Earth (2006). He was awarded the "Clean Energy Award" by BMW during the Cinema for Peace award ceremony in 2008. That same year, he signed a multi-picture deal with Disneynature, and now spends six months each year on sabbatical from the BBC developing feature documentaries as an independent producer.

Aljon Go: What was it like filming in Kenya?

Alastair Fothergill: I was a co-director with Keith Scholey and we spent three years filming at the Masai Mara National Reserve. We chose it since we've been working there for over 10 years, for television initially. We know these cats really well, like our family almost. We wanted to tell a very dynamic and dramatic story and that's why we went there. We knew some exciting stories would play out - and they did.

Aljon Go: You were able to assign each cat with a name and their personality shown through out the picture. What was it like carving out story lines for them?

Alastair Fothergill: With the cheetah it was relatively straight forward because at the very beginning of the filming we found a cheetah we knew. She had five tiny cubs. We knew that cheetahs struggle to bring up their cubs. We expected there to be interactions with hyenas and there were a lot of things we didn't expect to happen. With the lions it was a different decision. There were a lot of different prides in the Masai Mara. "Fang" the old lion with the broken tooth was getting older and we believed if we kept filming something would happen. We also knew about "Carlie" and her son from the other side of the river. We thought that he wouldn't cross the river, but he did. We thought there would be some type of take over when that happened. We also chose "Layla", the mother, who was an old lioness from the same pride. She was limping when we found her and she had one easily recognizable cub. We thought there would be  a chance that "Layla" would have some trouble during filming, which played out. So we carefully developed characters to develop a strong story. We wrote a proper movie script, something that Disney wanted, however we reminded them to keep in mind that these animals are not "direct-able" but in the end we got what we wanted which was a pretty emotionally engaging storyline.

Aljon Go: You are no stranger capturing nature and wildlife for television and film. Was type of difficulties did you have during the filming?

Alastair Fothergill: I think the initial decision about which characters to go with was a hard decision. There was a pretty high risk that the cheetah would have lost all of her cubs, which would have been a hard thing for us to deal with because  Disney films have to have a happy ending. Once we had chosen the characters it was then an issue of  - was it going to work out and patience for our camera team. Lions do almost nothing 90 percent of the time and yet moments like when "Carlie" came over with her sons and beat up "Fang" and the pride took half an hour in three years of filming. If we had lost that half an hour we would have lost an important piece of our story. So a lot of patience was the most principal challenge.

We wrote a proper movie script, something that Disney wanted, however we reminded them to keep in mind that these animals are not "direct-able" but in the end we got what we wanted which was a pretty emotionally engaging storyline. - Alastair Fothergill
Aljon Go: You had a great team working with you in order to build drama in your film, composer Nicholas Cooper as well as the voice talents of Samuel L. Jackson. What was is like working with them?

Alastair Fothergill: We had a massive team working on it. The soundtrack is a very important part of a nature film. We recorded a lot of sound for the film on location. Nicholas Cooper, the composer, started out in wildlife and has done two scores for Harry Potter. We were very delighted to have him. Of course Samuel L. Jackson, were very pleased with him. We knew he was a tough guy, but he did the soft side very beautifully as well. In fact we had to hold him back a bit. The film is more about mothers that nit is about male lions. We were very pleased with his narration and have gotten a great response from his work in the movie.

Aljon Go: What is like working with co-producer Keith Scholey?

Alastair Fothergill: Keith and I are very old friends. We started working 25 years ago in the BBC and we pretty much grew up together. I very much enjoyed working with him. He grew up in East Africa and his knowledge there was an important part of the film. I was more involved in the later stages in the cutting room. I really enjoy working together with him.

Aljon Go: What are you working on currently?

Alastair Fothergill: I'm working simultaneously on the next Disneynature film called Chimpanzees which is slated for next year. Chimpanzzes are our closest relatives. We share 99% of the same genes. You look into the eyes of a chimpanzee and it has more meaning in that look than anything else. We've got a great emotionally engaging story there with a different, more claustrophobic location. Cats has more action, however this film is more like a domestic comedy. Disneynature wants to have a film come out every year and I think it's important that the experiences are very different.


An epic true story set against the backdrop of one of the wildest places on Earth, “African Cats” captures the real-life love, humor and determination of the majestic kings of the savanna.  Narrated by Oscar®-nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson, the story features Mara, an endearing lion cub who strives to grow up with her mother’s strength, spirit and wisdom; Sita, a fearless cheetah and single mother of five mischievous newborns; and Fang, a proud leader of the pride who must defend his family from a rival lion and his sons.  Disneynature brings “The Lion King” to life on the big screen in this True Life Adventure directed by Keith Scholey and Alastair Fothergill (“Earth”).  An awe-inspiring adventure blending family bonds with the power and cunning of the wild, “African Cats” leaps into theatres on Earth Day, April 22, 2011.

Hear Aljon's interview with Alastair Fothergill on Sorcerer Radio's WDW Tiki Room show on Earth Day, Friday April 22 at around 8:00 a.m./eastern time on SRSounds.com! The show will also be available immediately after airing on-demand on the WDW Tiki Room show page on SRSounds.com HERE.

Like Disneynature on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/Disneynature

By becoming a fan of Disneynature on Facebook, participants have the ability to interact with “African Cats” content daily. Furthermore, liking, commenting on and sharing the content with friends spreads the viral reach of the film's message and philanthropic mission exponentially.

Pledge to see “African Cats” on Eventful:

http://eventful.com/africancats

Fans pledge to see “African Cats” opening week by logging onto http://eventful.com/africancats. Participants can watch how honoring that pledge can effectively save the savanna.  A real-time counter will show how many people have participated, and there will also be a graphical map representing the number of acres across the savanna that are being conserved based upon the number of pledges received. Upon arriving at the theater, fans can check in via their mobile device to win special prizes.

Join the “African Cats” grassroots community and donate to the African Wildlife Foundation on Causes:

http://www.causes.com/africancats

Fans can join the “African Cats” grassroots community on Causes by signing the pledge to help Africa's lions and other imperiled wildlife survive and thrive for generations to come.  Additionally, users are given the opportunity to enhance Disneynature’s commitment by donating directly to the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) via the platform.

Buy tickets through Disney Tickets Together, invite friends and Disneynature will double its donation:

http://www.DisneyTicketsTogether.com

Disney Tickets Together, Facebook's first social ticketing application, allows fans to engage with the film by inviting friends to see "African Cats" and purchase tickets for local theaters without ever leaving Facebook. For all "African Cats" events created in Tickets Together, Disney will increase the donation to the Save the Savanna fund for every "Yes" RSVP that the events receive. The application launches during the week of April 18.

“African Cats,” which will be released in theaters worldwide, opens in North America on April 22, 2011.  Tickets for groups of 20 or more are available in the United States by calling 1-888-DISNEY6.
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

C-3PO Pilots Star Tours 2!


More details on the re-tooled Star Tours: The Adventures Continue attraction have surfaced today. The cue line seems to stay true to the original attraction. The legendary duo of R2-D2 and C-3PO greet travelers at the busy spaceport while a Starspeeder 1000 prepares for flight. According to the Disney press release, Anthony Daniels, the voice of C-3PO and the only actor to appear in every theatrical chapter of the Star Wars Saga, reprises his role as the golden protocol droid. Daniels worked with Walt Disney Imagineering to record new dialogue for the attraction. From there, riders will take off to one of many destinations the ice planet Hoth, Wookie homeworld Kashyyyk, the lush world of Naboo or the desert planet of Tatooine .

Passengers will be completely immersed in the Star Wars universe with the new flight simulator sequences, classic Star Wars film score by John Williams and the 3D special effects done by Walt Disney Imagineering, Lucasfilm and Industrial Light and Magic. Also new is the fact that riders will be able to experience one of 50 different story combinations while running into such characters as Boba Fett the bounty hunter, Jedi Master Yoda, Princess Leia, Skytroopers, Admiral Ackbar, and the evil Darth Vader.

The  new 3-D attraction is set to open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park on May 20, 2011 and at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif., on June 3, 2011.

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Ashley Eckstein's Clone Wars Q&A


Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 3 has run its course and was one of the most controversial and entertaining seasons of the series to date! That said, while we faithful fans of the Force await season 4, the ever popular Ashley Eckstein graces the internet with a "Q&A" about her thoughts on this past season. Take a look!


For more about Ashley, Her Universe and her upcoming appearances at Star Wars Weekends and more please visit HerUniverse.com!

Hear more about former Walt Disney World cast member, Disney Channel star and Jedi Padiwan Ashely Eckstein in an interview conducted by myself and WDW Tiki Room co-host Kristen Hoetzel did for Sorcerer Radio HERE!

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