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Sunday, July 31, 2011

This Week on Sorcerer Radio (8/1/11)


Greetings Disney fans! Here's the latest news from the Sorcerer Radio Network!

Sorcerer Radio 10 Anniversary Trip Meet Event - Meet Sorcerer!


Aljon and Sorcerer at Walt Disney World!
The founder of Sorcerer Radio himself, Sorcerer, is at Walt Disney World and wants to meet you now through August 6th! Follow his adventures during the Sorcerer Radio 10th Anniversary Trip Meet Event on Twitter @SRSounds as well as his posts pictures on our FORUM.

Don't forget the second Sorcerer Radio 10th Anniversary Trip Meet Event will be taking place October 15-23 at Walt Disney World! Book your trip HERE with Magical Journeys today!

Sorcerer Radio Programs
SR is known worldwide for our wide variety of Disney programs. Not only do we have great hosted shows in the mornings and middays but we have specialty shows featured throughout the day. Here's a small sample of some shows you can catch each and every day:

  • Epcot Hour - Listen to some of your favorite music from Epcot at Disney World.
  • Disney Studios Hour - Listen to some of your favorite music from the Disney Studios park at Disney World.
  • Loopy Tuesday - Playing the best Disney World park Loops.
  • Hyper Dis - Showcases high energy Disney remixes, and remakes of Disney songs by various artists.
  • Pixie Dust Pre-Show - Get warmed up for the big show with all the pre-show music you can handle
  • Nighttime Spectacular - Sit back and enjoy the finest Disney nighttime spectaculars on Disney World property!
  • Bedtime Disney - Relax for that nighttime sleep session with some soothing music from the Disney World parks.
  • Epcot Hour - Listen to some of your favorite music from Epcot at Disney World.
Check out the Sorcerer Radio Daily Program Schedule HERE for all your favorite shows!


WDW After Dark - Movie Night: "Wall-E"
Join the cast of WDW After Dark for Movie Night as they discuss the film "Wall-E." Kristen, Aljon and Jeff as well as regular contributers will be providing commentary for this Oscar winning film about the little robot left to clean the mess humanity left on Earth. Check out the vidcast for adult Disney fans at wdwafterdark.blogspot.com for archived episodes, news and more. Follow WDW After Dark on Twitter at @WDWAfterDark as well as LIKE the gang on Facebook. Join the LIVE worldwide audience every Friday night at 9 p.m./eastern.


WDW Tiki Room Live at D23 Expo-August 19-21
Kristen & Aljon - Hosts of WDW Tiki Room will be Streaming LIVE video and updates from the Anaheim California D23 Expo Event and Disneyland. They will also have some cool Sorcerer Radio freebies from the station stash to hand out as well! Be sure to follow Kristen and Aljon on Twitter @WDWTikiRoom for all the fun and fan meet ups during the event. Coverage is made possible by Cooking with Mickey and Jedi Mouseketeer.




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Disney Travel Deals: Disneyland Resort


Hello Star Wars, Marvel and Disney fans! Just giving everyone a heads up on the latest travel deals for the Disneyland Resort! I look forward to helping you book your next Magical Journey! - Kristen

Now and through September 24, you could book can enjoy these great offers for Disneyland Resort hotel stays:
  • Save up to 30% for most Sunday – Thursday nights at a Disneyland Resort Hotel (for hotel stays from 8/14 – 10/01)* OR...
  • Save up to $450 on a 4-night/3-day Disneyland Resort Vacation Package and receive one free Character Dining meal for each person in your party (for hotel stays from 8/14 – 9/28).*
*Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room at the same hotel. The $450 savings based on a 4-night stay for a family of four (3 adults and 1 child [age 3-9]) at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Subject to availability as the number of rooms allocated for this offer is restricted. Offers, including Character meals, are subject to restrictions and change without notice.

About Kristen
Kristen Hoetzel is a graduate of the Disney College of Knowledge. After many years in restaurants and retail management, she decided to use her multi-tasking and organizational skills to plan Disney and cruise vacations. It gives her the fexability to have a home based business and still travel. She's visited Walt Disney World many times, Disneyland, traveled on mulitple cruises and to several courtries over the years. Her love of travel and many Disney and cruise trips can help you plan and save money on creating a magical vacation.

So why do all the work yourself when I can do it for you? Save yourself time, money and stress! From the time you book until the day you travel I'll continue to look for the best deal for your magical vacation! So contact me today!

Kristen Hoetzel
Kristen is a Disney and Star Wars fan who also happens to be an authorized Disney travel agent with Magical Journeys. She is also host of  Sorcerer Radio shows Castaway Midday and WDW Tiki Room as well as the WDW After Dark vidcast. Visit her website Cooking with Mickey for Disney recipes, restaurant reviews and cooking videos. Follow her on twitter @cookingwmickey.


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Collector's Corner: New Disney Toys Debut at D23 Expo


Earlier this week Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager and Disney Parks Blog writer posted info on some new Disney Parks toys debuting at the Disney D23 Expo.

New releases include:
"TRON Legacy Monorail" (lovingly known by Disney fans as the "Tron-o-rail") made in both blue and yellow in limited numbers.


Disneyland Resort Monorail Playset that moves and says the world famous spiel: "Por favor mantengase alejado de las puertas!"


“Trivial Pursuit: Disney For All” edition featuring three question types: ’Take 2 Trivia’ – giving two chances to earn the wedge, ‘My Disney’ – a little personal trivia sparked by favorite Disney moments or characters, and ‘Disney List’.

Hope to see you all at the Disney D23 Expo as Kristen of Cooking with Mickey and I broadcast live for Sorcerer Radio!


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Disney Blu-ray Prize Pack Giveaway


Our partner Chip and Company and Couponing to Disney are giving away a Walt Disney Home Entertainment Blu-ray prize pack.

Your prize pack will include the following movies:

  • Gnomeo & Juliet
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Tangled
  • The Incredibles
  • Bambi

This Giveaway will end on Sunday July 31st at 9 pm CST. This giveaway is being sponsored by Chip and Co and is only available to US residents. Enter HERE.

Check out the latest articles I've written for Chip and Company.

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Marvel: Season One Debuts Feburary 2012


Jim Beard lays out the plan for Mavel's "Season One." Unlike the Universe overhaul that's going on at DC Comics this one looks to be more of a "fan friendly" reintroduction of the characters we've grown to know and love. Almost like seeing bonus features on a DVD from those original origin stories with a more modern style of art that will appeal to newer fans of these iconic heroes. Take a look for yourself...

Beginning next year, Marvel presents a first for the company: Season One, a series of original graphic novels detailing expanded and in-continuity origins for some of the most popular characters in comics. The inaugural edition of Season One lands in February of 2012, with three more shipping monthly after that and another trio of entries to follow.

“The 50th anniversary of the Marvel Universe seemed like a good time to go back to the beginning and reintroduce today’s audience to these seminal storylines and to find new areas within them to explore and illuminate,” says Marvel Senior Vice President – Executive Editor Tom Brevoort. “We tried to select newer, younger creators [for the series] who might be able to bring a little bit more of today’s sensibilities to telling or retelling these classic stories.”
“We’re trying to reach an audience that right now is more familiar with our most popular iconic characters from movie and TV screens, as animated features, as video game characters, or characters that they’ve seen or heard of in the news, on t-shirts, sneakers, and popular food brands. We wanted a book product that speaks to these folks, who know how cool the characters look, but haven’t necessarily become aware of the books that these heroes have starred in for over 50 years." - David Gabriel, Marvel Senior Vice President of Sales.
READ MORE: http://marvel.com/news/story/16362/marvel_season_one

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Dick Van Dyke & The Vantastix Perform at D23 Expo

 

It’s a Musical “Jolly Holiday” as Dick Van Dyke & The Vantastix
Bring Harmony and Melodic Fun to First Night of Disney’s D23 Expo, August 19-21, 2011

Disney fans attending the first day of Disney’s D23 Expo, presented by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, August 19-21 at the Anaheim Convention Center, will be able to end their day with an unforgettable evening of harmony provided by Dick Van Dyke & The Vantastix. The popular vocal quartet is comprised of legendary television, Broadway, and film star Dick Van Dyke and three renowned west coast musicians—Mike Mendyke, Bryan Chadima and Eric Bradley. The group will appear in concert on Stage 23 at the D23 Expo on Friday, August 19, 2011, at 8:15 p.m.

Songs from Van Dyke’s varied entertainment career in addition to many well-known Disney hits and timeless pop standards will be performed by Van Dyke and The Vantastix in a show rich in humor, pure entertainment and sing-along favorites. Much of the show’s song roster is based on Put On A Happy Face, the group’s inaugural a cappella album, which features 14 well-known tunes. The CD will be available for purchase in the D23 Expo Treasure Trove store.


Dick Van Dyke & The Vantastix is the result of a chance meeting of Van Dyke and Mendyke at a Malibu coffee shop in September 2000. With the addition of Chadima and Bradley, the group started "just for fun," gathering weekly for pizza and singing around Van Dyke’s piano, and soon built up an impressive repertoire of children's songs and standards.

After their first casual performance during the wrap party for Van Dyke’s long-running mystery TV series Diagnosis Murder, the group began to get requests to appear at charity events and benefits. They have performed at the City of Hope Hospital; the Beverly Hilton for the Society of Singers Concert honoring Dame Julie Andrews; the Hollywood Bowl as part of an evening of TV theme songs; and at the awarding of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Rose Marie, who appeared with Van Dyke on The Dick Van Dyke Show.

There have also been television appearances at the TV Land Awards, Larry King Live, and a performance of the National Anthem for the NBA Playoffs and more. The group continues to perform at benefits in the greater Los Angeles area.

“Hard work and planning are important if one wants to get ahead in life,” Van Dyke says. “More important is leaving one's self open to the twists and turns, the wonderful surprises that life has to offer. If you can't bend with the wind, go with the flow, you're gonna miss some great adventures. These three guys walked into my life from out of nowhere and turned my Golden Years into pure platinum. We always have a great time performing together, and we’re looking forward to appearing at the D23 Expo.”
Dick Van Dyke – Van Dyke began his remarkable career more than 50 years ago in a record-pantomime act called The Merry Mutes. He then went on to host several TV shows before starring on Broadway in Bye Bye Birdie, for which he received a Tony Award®. The classic sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show came next, then the screen version of Birdie, followed by the classic Disney film musical Mary Poppins, the equally adored movie musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the recent hit Night at the Museum, and a host of other wonderfully entertaining films. Winner of five Emmy Awards®, Van Dyke completed nine seasons of the TV series Diagnosis Murder.

Bryan Chadima – Bryan Chadima is a writer, musical director, arranger, and singer. He was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and graduated from Western Michigan University. He has toured nationally and recorded albums with numerous vocal groups and shows including Blind Man's Bluff, Gold Company, Vox Lumiere, and The Three Waiters. His musical directing credits include Klub Kokomo and Baby It's You. Chadima arranges most of the material performed by the Vantastix.

Eric Bradley – Bradley’s road to Los Angeles began in Connecticut where he grew up then at the University of Miami, where he studied music, film, and television, and then to Chicago, where he started his career as a vocalist and voice-over actor. Bradley now enjoys a career as a studio singer in LA. His film and TV credits include The Simpsons Movie, Spiderman 3, Blades of Glory, King Kong, Superman Returns, The Polar Express, Enchanted, I Am Legend, How I Met Your Mother, Family Guy, and the Oscars telecast. He also sings with jazz sensation Sixth Wave, the 2001 National Harmony Sweepstakes Champions.

Mike Mendyke – An MIT graduate and former NASA engineer with degrees in aerospace engineering and music, Mendyke believes every vocal group should include at least one rocket scientist. After eight years in the defense industry, he began recording albums and touring the U.S. and Japan with the vocal group Five O'Clock Shadow. A longtime advocate of vocal music, Mendyke is a past board member and former treasurer for The Contemporary A Cappella Society. Mendyke also runs an online marketing business, as well as music distribution services.

Tickets to the D23 Expo are available at http://www.D23Expo.com. Admission includes access to all experiences and entertainment at the D23 Expo, including the Disney Legends Ceremony, and can be purchased for single days or for the full three days of festivities. Admission is $47 for a one-day adult ticket and $37 for children 3-12. Three-day passes are $136 for adults and $106 for children. Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will receive a discount for up to four admissions, as well as early entry to each day of the D23 Expo for themselves and their guests.

About D23 Expo 2011
The D23 Expo—The Ultimate Disney Event for Fans and Families—brings the entire world of Disney under one roof at the Anaheim Convention Center, providing guests with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, and theme parks.

About D23
D23 is the official fan club for The Walt Disney Company – the first-ever in its 88-year history. The name “D23” pays homage to the wonder and excitement that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his fledgling studio in Hollywood. The club 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, highlighted by the bi-annual D23 Expo.

Fans can join D23 at www.Disney.com/D23, select shops at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort and www.DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow us "DisneyD23" on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Sorcerer Radio Network: WDW Tiki Room's "X-Mas In July" and WDW After Dark


This morning (7/29) on "WDW Tiki Room" at 8 a.m./e on Kristen and I will be continuing our "Christmas in July" week on Sorcerer Radio. We will be chatting about upcoming Disney DVD/Blu-ray stocking stuffers, videogames and gift ideas. We will also be talking about our upcoming on-location coverage of the Disney D23 Expo and some events you should check out. Tune in and hear what the buzz is all about on Sorcerer Radio, All Disney Music - All Day Long on www.SRSounds.com. For more details on the show, encore broadcasts and our on-demand player please check out our show page HERE.


Tonight the fun continues when Kristen, Jeff and I host "WDW After Dark" the LIVE vidcast for adult Disney fans. We'll have your Top 5 Videos of the Week, Disney Headline News and hot topics like tour groups and controversial fan blogs. Special guest Rosemary of FindingMickey.com, will talk about her first-hand account of Comic Con. Don't forget to add 'WDW After Dark' to your Skype contact list and chime in on the discussion! Check out our site and see archived shows, blogs and chat at wdwafterdark.blogspot.com.


"WDW After Dark" is a fan-run vidcaast. The views expressed on "WDW After Dark" are not necessarily the views of Sorcerer Radio or it's management and is intended for an adult audience. Viewer discretion is advised.

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Mighty Marvel Podcast Talk "Iron Man" and "Wolverine" Anime Series Premiere G4


"Iron Man" and "Wolverine" premiere this Friday at 11 p.m. ET on G4

The host of the Mighty Marvel Podcast, Jeff Suter, talks G4’s new "Iron Man" and "Wolverine" anime series with Head of Marvel TV, Jeph Loeb, series producer Megan Thomas Bradner, and G4’s Blair Butler. Plus, hear what it’s like to voice a Marvel legend with actor Adrian Pasdar ("Iron Man," "Heroes"). The two highly-anticipated series premiere this Friday night at 11 p.m. ET, only on G4. Download the new Mighty Marvel podcast now to get the latest on "Iron Man" and "Wolverine"!

The Mighty Marvel Podcast is the can't-miss comic book podcast, featuring the biggest stars in the industry such as Brian Michael Bendis, Jeph Loeb, Matt Fraction and more! Make sure you keep checking Marvel Podcast Central or subscribe to The Mighty Marvel Podcast on iTunes, so you never miss any of the action-packed installments!

"Iron Man" and "Wolverine" make their North American premiere this Friday, July 29 beginning at 11:00 p.m. ET on G4, and to celebrate we're bringing you all-new peeks at both series. From new clips to exclusive interviews with the shows’ stars and producers, check back with Marvel.com every day this week as we get ready for the premieres of "Iron Man" and "Wolverine" at 11:00 and 11:30 p.m. ET on G4!

READ MORE: http://marvel.com/news/story/16368/download_the_iron_man_wolverine_anime_podcast#ixzz1TU41h9BW

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LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia - In Stores 10/3/11


DK is bringing two of the world's most popular properties together again in a fun, chunky format that kids and adults are sure to love! This illustrated encyclopedia features in-depth profiles showing interesting and never-before-seen elements of all your favorite LEGO® Star Wars® minifigures.

Mini Figure Pages have a ton of great facts!
With more than 400 captivating images and tons of fascinating facts, the LEGO® Star Wars® Character Encyclopedia is sure to keep both LEGO lovers and Star Wars fans reading for hours!

Expect the book to hit shelves October 3, 2011 for $18.99.

A look at the Han Solo mini figure included with the book!
READ MORE HERE: StarWars.com | Sneak Peek: LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia http://ow.ly/5QctA

PRE-ORDER the "LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia" HERE: LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia

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Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior Star Schedule for D23 Expo 2011


STARS OF DISNEY CHANNEL, DISNEY XD AND DISNEY JUNIOR TO MEET FANS EVERY DAY AT DISNEY'S D23 EXPO

Perry the Platy-bus Parks in Phineas and Ferb’s Backyard Booth on D23 Expo Floor; Fans Invited to Meet the Stars of "Phineas and Ferb," "Lemonade Mouth,"

"A.N.T. Farm," "Fish Hooks," "So Random!," "Good Luck Charlie,"

"Kickin' It," "Pair of Kings," "Jake and the Never Land Pirates,"

"Handy Manny" and "Special Agent Oso"

Musical Performances by China Anne McClain, Coco Jones, Radio Disney's Newest N.B.T. Artists and Disney Junior's Never Land Pirate Band;

Plus Martial Arts Showcase by Leo Howard

— Stars of "Shake It Up" Arena Dance Performance and Q&A Session Sunday —

Kids, tweens and families can meet their favorite stars of Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior, over three fun-filled days, FRIDAY, AUGUST 19–SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, at the ultimate event for Disney fans, Disney’s D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. The schedule includes a musical performance by actress and Hollywood Records recording artist China Anne McClain (Disney Channel's "A.N.T. Farm"), a martial arts performance by actor Leo Howard (Disney XD's "Kickin' It"), musical performances from Radio Disney's newest N.B.T. Artists, Hollywood Records recording artist Coco Jones and a boisterous performance by Sharky and Bones of The Never Land Pirate Band (from Disney Junior’s “Jake and the Never Land Pirates”).


On FRIDAY, AUGUST 19 in the Disney Channel booth, fans of all ages are invited to join Pulitzer Prize-winning humor columnist Dave Barry and noted New York Times best-selling author Ridley Pearson, Disney Publishing Worldwide co-authors of prequels to the classic Peter Pan, the “Peter and the Starcatchers” book series, along with beloved “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” characters Jake, Captain Hook and Mr. Smee, for a celebration of the power of imagination and the magic of Disney storytelling. This event also includes an appearance by actor David Arquette (the voice of Skully in the hit Disney Junior series "Jake and the Never Land Pirates") and a special announcement from The Walt Disney Company Corporate Citizenship team.

On SUNDAY, AUGUST 21 in the D23 Arena, the stars of Disney Channel’s hit series “Shake It Up” will take the stage for a high-energy, live dance performance and Q&A session. The event will kick off with a Style Shake Up runway event, featuring fashions for the new school year from Disney Consumer Products. A special screening of an upcoming episode will be followed by a fan meeting with the "Shake It Up" cast in the Disney Channel booth.

Perry the Platy-bus, a 4000 pound customized Airstream trailer in the likeness of the character Perry the Platypus of Disney Channel’s Emmy Award-winning “Phineas and Ferb,” gets a prime parking spot on the Disney D23 Expo Floor, in Disney Channel’s colorful booth, one transformed into Phineas and Ferb’s iconic backyard. Fans are invited to step inside the famous "Perry the Platy-bus" to play interactive games, enjoy live performances, meet the stars, get autographs and rock out to Radio Disney tunes.

Popular radio personalities Ernie D, Jake, Candice, Blake and Hallie from Radio Disney, the 24-hour contemporary hits radio network and the only radio broadcaster for kids and families, will join in the fun along with special musical guest stars Coco Jones and the newest N.B.T. artists.

Following is the schedule of stars making special appearances and signing autographs in the Disney Channel booth:


Friday, August 19

10:00-11:00 a.m. “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” character appearances by Jake, Captain Hook & Mr. Smee

12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. The Never Land Pirate Band musical performance


1:00-1:30 p.m. Special announcement and storytelling event from The Walt Disney Company Corporate Citizenship team with noted Disney Publishing Worldwide authors Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson (“Peter and the Starcatchers”), David Arquette, Jake, Captain Hook and Mr. Smee of “Jake and the Never Land Pirates”

1:30-2:30 p.m. “Good Luck Charlie” stars Jason Dolley, Leigh-Allyn Baker and Bradley Steven Perry,

3:00-4:00 p.m. Radio Disney’s N.B.T. artists Tay Barton, Zack Montana, Shealeigh, Ladina Spence and Hollywood Ending perform

4:30-5:45 p.m. “Lemonade Mouth” stars - Adam Hicks, Hayley Kiyoko and Chris Brochu

5:45-7:00 p.m. “So Random!” stars - Tiffany Thornton, Sterling Knight, Doug Brochu, Allisyn Ashley Arm, Damien Haas, Matthew Scott Montgomery and Shayne Topp


Phineas and Ferb
Saturday, August 20
10:00-11:00 a.m. “Phineas and Ferb” character appearances — Phineas, Ferb and Agent P

11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon “Phineas and Ferb” creators and executive producers Dan Povenmire and Swampy Marsh and cast Vincent Martella, Alyson Stoner and Dee Bradley Baker

12:30-1:30 p.m. “Kickin' It” stars Leo Howard, Dylan Riley Snyder, Alex Christian Jones and Olivia Holt, plus a special martial arts performance by Leo Howard

2:30-3:00 p.m. Performance by Radio Disney’s guest and Hollywood Records recording artist Coco Jones

3:00-4:00 p.m. “Fish Hooks” creator/executive producer Noah Z. Jones and cast Chelsea Kane and Kyle Massey (both also of ABC-TV's “Dancing with the Stars”)

4:00-5:00 p.m. “A.N.T. Farm” stars — China Anne McClain, Jake Short, Sierra McCormick, Stefanie Scott and Carlon Jeffery, plus a musical performance by China Anne McClain

Handy Manny and Wilmer Valderrama, voice of Manny
Sunday, August 21
10:00-11:15 a.m. Handy Manny character and appearance by the voice of Manny, Wilmer Valderrama

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Special Agent Oso character and appearance by the voice of Oso, Sean Astin

12:30-1:30 p.m. “Pair of Kings” — Doc Shaw, Kelsey Chow and Geno Segers

1:30-2:30 p.m. *** Photo Opportunity *** “Shake It Up” stars (Arena foyer)

2:30-4:00 p.m. D23 Arena Showcase — “Shake It Up” featuring stars Bella Thorne, Zendaya, Davis Cleveland, Roshon Fegan, Adam Irigoyen, Kenton Duty and Caroline Sunshine and executive producer Rob Lotterstein plus Style Shake Up fashion runway event

"Shake It Up" Cast
4:00-6:00 p.m. “Shake It Up” cast meet and greet in the Disney Channel booth

Tickets to the D23 Expo are available at http://www.D23Expo.com. Admission includes access to all experiences and entertainment at the D23 Expo, including the Disney Legends Ceremony, and can be purchased for single days or for the full three days of festivities. Admission is $47 for a one-day adult ticket and $37 for children 3-12. Three-day passes are $136 for adults and $106 for children. Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will receive a discount for up to four admissions, as well as early entry to each day of the D23 Expo for themselves and their guests.

About Disney Channels Worldwide
Disney Channels Worldwide is a portfolio of 100 kid-driven, family inclusive entertainment channels and/or channel feeds available in 169 countries in 35 languages, spanning Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, Disney Cinemagic, Hungama and Radio Disney brands. Through cable, satellite and digital terrestrial television channels and a strategic partnership with Disney-ABC-ESPN Television for the third-party distribution of Disney-branded kids’ programming across the globe, Disney Channels Worldwide reaches hundreds of millions of viewers. Disney Channel properties continue to rapidly expand into new markets across the world, playing a key role in introducing the Disney brand to new consumers.

About D23 Expo 2011 

The D23 Expo—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—brings the entire world of Disney under one roof, providing attendees with unprecedented access to Disney films, television and theme parks as never before. For schedules, live updates, interactive features and tools, polls and much more, check out the D23 Expo mobile app at www.D23mobile.com! Be a part of the D23 Expo conversation and tag your tweets with #D23Expo. For questions during the D23 Expo, get answers by sending tweets to @D23Expo.

About D23 

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his fledgling studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club 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 new collectibles line, the Walt Disney Archives Collection; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year, highlighted by the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, August 19-21, 2011.

Fans can join D23 at www.Disney.com/D23, all Disney Store locations within the United States, select shots at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort and at www.DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow us @DisneyD23 on Twitter and Facebook.

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

'LEGO Star Wars: The Padawan Menace' Blu-ray and DVD Release 9/16/11


After the Cartoon Network debut of their first-ever original television special, The LEGO Group and Lucasfilm will join forces once again to bring LEGO Star Wars: The Padawan Menace to Blu-ray Disc and DVD. Launching on September 16, the 22-minute original standalone special will feature the charm, action and irreverent humor that have become the signature style of LEGO Star Wars animation collaborations and will include five LEGO Star Wars shorts, as well as an exclusive, collectible "Young Han Solo" minifigure.

LEGO Star Wars: The Padawan Menace BD/DVD combo pack is available now for pre-order exclusively at WalMart.com.

Featuring situations, characters and locations from throughout the entire Star Wars Saga, the original adventure is written by Emmy Award winner Michael Price (The Simpsons) and produced by Oscar-winning Animal Logic, the production company behind Happy Feet.

BONUS MATERIAL:

  • Hunt for R2-D2
  • Bombad Bounty
  • Star Wars in Two Minutes (Part 1)
  • Star Wars in Two Minutes (Part 2)
  • Star Wars Clone Wars In Cinema

SYNOPSIS:
A routine Jedi Academy field trip is turned into a rip-roaring comic adventure in LEGO Star Wars: The Padawan Menace. Tour guide Master Yoda leads a group of rambunctious Jedi Younglings through Senate chambers when he senses a disturbance in the Force. Summoned to help save the Republic, he discovers that one of the Younglings secretly boarded his ship...and has a taste for adventure! Meanwhile, C-3PO and R2-D2 are put in charge of the boisterous group and find themselves in over their heads. As the evil Sith prepare to wreak havoc, it's up to Yoda and the droids to ensure that their young charges aren't torn to bricks!

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William Shatner on The Captains Documentary on G4


William Shatner returns to Attack of the Show for his new documentary, The Captains, which explores how the role of being the lead officer of the Federation Starship launched him and others into Star Trek history.
For more on The Captains and William Shatner's upcoming book, check out AOTB's exclusive William Shatner Behind-the-Scenes interview!

SEE THE VIDEO: http://www.g4tv.com/videos/54376/william-shatner-on-the-captains-documentary/#ixzz1TPjcpMEZ


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Comic Con 2011: Stan Lee livens up Spider-Man, X-Men


GameSpot writer, Tom Magrino, has a cool post regarding the Activision panel at this year's San Diego Comic Con.
Activision's Comic-Con 2011 panel was more a promotional affair than illuminating discussion, a fact evidenced by the celebrity-studded panel. Perhaps the most enthusiastic of panelists was none other than venerated Marvel man Stan Lee, who was on hand at the beginning of the panel to laud the work of Beenox and Silicon Knights on Spider-Man: Edge of Time and X-Men: Destiny, respectively.
Asked about his impressions of the game, Lee said that it simply feels good to see something like this made. Lee was also quite keen on comic characters' conversion to games, saying that the interactive medium is far more enthralling than even the movies. "Eat your heart out, Batman," Lee exclaimed.

READ MORE: Stan Lee livens up Spider-Man, X-Men panel - Xbox 360 News at GameSpot

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Star Wars and Marvel Events at Disney's D23 Expo 2011

Greetings Disney Geeks worldwide! My wife Kristen and I are SO looking forward to this year's D23 Expo and meeting all of our Sorcerer Radio listeners. We are also partnering up with some really cool partners as well for this event with news forthcoming!

Here are some MUST see events and panels for Star Wars and Marvel fans you may have missed with all the Disney news surrounding this EPIC fan gathering!

Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian in "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi"

Friday, Aug. 19 – “Star Wars” and “MARVEL” Day
In celebration of the re-opening of Star Tours 3D, Star Wars actor Billy Dee Williams – aka Lando Calrissian – will make an appearance. He’ll be signing from 2-4 pm only.

Matthew Wolf, voice of THOR in "THOR: Tales of Asgard"
 
Doug Jones from "Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer"

Friday at the D23 Expo will also be “MARVEL” Day featuring Doug Jones (The Silver Surfer, Billy from Hocus Pocus) & Matthew Wolf (voice of THOR in the cartoon series). Both will be signing from 10 – 4pm.
Celebrities will appear at Coolwaters Productions‘ booth at the Disney D23 Expo, where the company will also be selling D23 Club Member Exclusives available only at the event and limited in edition size.

Sunday, August 21 - Arena Presentation - Marvel Comics —10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
An exclusive and unprecedented experience that will take you through the evolution of Marvel from its first comic book in 1939 to its current position as one of the most important creative forces in the world. During this presentation, which will include interactive Q&A segments, you will not only get an inside glimpse of the history of Marvel and its iconic Super Heroes but also discover why Marvel truly is the House of Ideas. This session will be hosted by Joe Quesada, Marvel's chief creative officer and one of the most respected and sought after writers and artists in the entertainment industry.

Other pavilions include:


Disney Interactive Media Group
Disney Interactive Media Group pavilion will bring beloved Disney stories and characters to life digitally though exciting new interactive experiences. Guests will be able to try out new and upcoming games for videogame consoles, mobile and online, as well as fun creative activities from Disney.com. There will no doubt be some games on display featuring some of your favorite Marvel characters as well.

D23 Expo Dream Store
D23 Expo Dream Store will be filled to the brim and bursting with D23-themed merchandise and other specialty items from Disney Theme Park Merchandise. From souvenirs and upscale logo assortments to Disney-inspired art and collectibles, ear hats, pins, Vinylmation™ and more, it will be a Disney enthusiast’s dream come true. I believe there will also be some cool park tie-in merch from Marvel and Star Wars/Star Tours on hand as well.

Collectors Forum
Collectors Forum will be the ultimate Disney marketplace for fans. Collectors, dealers and other vendors will have the opportunity to showcase their collections in this ultimate forum for buying, selling and trading Disney merchandise and memorabilia. This year, in addition to Disney, Pixar and ABC collectibles, the Forum will feature items from the amazing world of Marvel, the newest addition to the Disney family, and Star Wars, in celebration of the reimagined attraction Star Tours – The Adventures Continue at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort.

I understand there will be more announcements regarding Star Wars and Marvel special panels, events and more as the D23 Expo event draws near. Stay tuned!

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Sorcerer Radio Interview with Constance Marie of ABC Family's "Switched at Birth"


Recently Sorcerer Radio's William Hershey (host of the Weekend Expedition Podcast) and Kyle DeFrancesco (co-host of the Lost Boys List Podcast) had the pleasure of interviewing actress Constance Marie of the ABC Family original series Switched at Birth for the WDW Tiki Room radio show.

Constance Marie is most known for her role as the hard hard-working and devoted wife, Angie, in George Lopez. For this beloved role, The Imagen Awards honored her with a “Best Actress in a TV series” award and a nomination for “Best Actress in a Comedy Series.” Recently, she has made guest appearances on CSI, The Secret Life of an American Teenager and According to Jim and starred opposite Jodi Lyn O’Keefe and Eric Roberts in The Hallmark Channel movie Class. Constance is also currently writing a baby blog for People.com, sharing her experiences and thoughts on trying to conceive, pregnancy, her daughter’s first year, and green living. In the debut year of George Lopez, Constance also starred in the Golden Globe®-nominated series American Family, alongside Edward James Olmos, Sonia Braga, Esai Morales and Raquel Welch. She was simultaneously starring in two television shows.

In Switched at Birth Constance Marie stars as Regina Vasquez, Daphne's hard-working single mom. Her whole life is flipped on its head when it's discovered that her biological daughter has grown up under an entirely unfamiliar roof, while she's raised a baby not her own. The following is an excerpt of their chat. Enjoy.

Sorcerer Radio: I know that you have been involved with the whole green movement and everything behind that. How has that actually played in to your life in terms of the new baby and everything like that?

Constance Marie: Oh, my gosh, honey, can we talk? I mean, there are many, many things that I realized when I was even trying to get pregnant that impact the body, and impact body chemistry. So, when it came to dealing with my baby, everything from using cloth diapers to soaps with no sodium lauryl sulfate in them, which supposedly causes cancer, and trying to keep cut down on the plastic as much as possible; all organic food. She hasn’t had her vaccines yet. She is now two and a half; she is going to start doing that. I mean, I’ve got like a wheelbarrow of alternative information, if anybody wants to know any.

Sorcerer Radio: Let me ask you for the show itself, is there anything special that you do green in that area?

Constance Marie: Well, it’s a little bit crazy, and I think the transportation department tells secrets about me behind my back; but, I do have my own recycling bin set up inside my trailer. Where all my paper, and I’m very proud of the production because they recycle all their paper that they have. We have bins all over the place for plastic bottles and stuff. A lot of it is plastic; a lot of this stuff is disposable, so I set up my own bin in my room and I have my paper, my plastic, and I separate it and I keep it in there and every once in a while the transportation fairy empties it for me as a hint to get rid of it. Doing that, and one of the things that we started in our makeup and hair room is we all bring our own cup, so that way we don’t use so much paper and plastic cups. We have our own coffee. I donated a coffee machine; so that way everybody can have fresh coffee without having to necessarily go to Starbuck’s. It’s a really good, good machine.

Sorcerer Radio: Well that’s fantastic.

Constance Marie: Oh yeah. We wash them in the sink there; and you know try to cut down on everything.


Sorcerer Radio: What do you think is the single most important thing that you want everybody to get from the show?

Constance Marie: Okay. I would have to say that the most important thing about this show is, the most number one thing, is that it literally teaches America and merges the hearing world with the deaf community. Since the deaf community is fifteen million strong, the fact that it merges those two seamlessly, I think it’s a huge gift to America. I really do; and that’s one of the reasons I’m a part of it is because it’s never before have there been like three major leads on a show. You know, in particular, my character, Regina, bridges the hearing world and the deaf world just seamlessly. Of course, behind the scenes I’m working my butt off learning sign language. I would have to say that’s the single most important thing, but then if you go into like the three other things behind that is that it calls into question the nature versus nurture question, the racial differences, cultural differences, socioeconomic differences in families. How, no matter if you’re a single parent family, a two-parent family, you have money, no money, you’re Puerto Rican or you’re white, every body’s got issues. And how the conflict comes from that. I mean, I think that’s amazing. It is just a melting pot of drama. It’s fabulous.

Sorcerer Radio: How did you prepare for this role of working in the deaf community?

Constance Marie: Oh my gosh; sign language boot camp. I didn’t know anything about it. I watched a tremendous amount of documentaries and I have a wonderful master’s certified sign language teacher, an ALS instructor who came and literally beat me into submission. I say that in a loving way, but really, I had to hunker down and essentially learn a language that I had no clue as to anything about it. It’s so funny because in my Mommy and Me group with my young baby, all the moms, every single mom, taught their child sign language, except for me and of course, I’m the one who ends up having to do a TV series where I have to become fluent in sign language in a matter of weeks. Ironic.

Sorcerer Radio: Regarding sign language, you said you went through sign language boot camp, is there an interpreter on the set with you?

Constance Marie: We have that same master’s certified sign language instructor. We call him the signing police, but we love him. He actually has to monitor all the sign language stuff. I’m taught directly through him, and then we have Katie Leclerc, who is fluent. She plays Daphne. And then we have Sean Berdy, who plays Emmett, and he’s fluent; and then we also have Marlee Matlin, and she’s fluent; but everybody has different ways of signing. So, it’s like if we were doing a show in Texas and we all had to have the same dialect, that’s essentially what Anthony, his name’s Anthony Natale, the sign language instructor, he monitors and makes sure that we’re all speaking the same dialect so there is uniformity to all of it. So we create this fabulous world in Kansas.


Sorcerer Radio: Now that you are a mom how is that relationship similar to the relationship you have each of the young adults who play your children in Switched at Birth?

Constance Marie: Oh my gosh. I think I’m a little more Type A and a little more bossy and a little more controlling and way more mothering. I was always that way and people used to always say to me, “God, Constance, you’ll make a great mother some day,” and I had no idea what they were talking about. But it was that they just wanted me to back off from telling them not to smoke and take a sweater and make sure that they eat properly; but now I have a baby, you know and some of our actors are young, I just do. It’s so funny. I just did a yoga with Sean Berdy the other day. I invited him to my yoga class.

Sorcerer Radio: How does the the role of Regina is different from, or similar to, the role of Marcella and Selena?

Constance Marie: Marcella, well first of all she was a real person, and she was based upon Marcella Quintanilla, Selena’s mom. Marcella was much more docile, and she worked everything kind of behind the scenes, and she was much more laid back overtly, but then kind of controlled things underneath. Marcella had Abraham Quintanilla, the father, to be the bad cop and so she could be good cop. Regina needs to be both; so she has to be a lot more up front, a lot more in your face, and she also is a recovering alcoholic, so she has that sort of disability, I guess it would be. She has to do everything; it’s all on her shoulders. So she’s a lot more in your face and if I were to like, I don’t know, do a celebrity boxing match or celebrity death match, I’d put my money on Regina.

Sorcerer Radio: I would love to see you dance on the show. Is there any chance that you are going to get an opportunity to share with us your awesome dance skills?

Constance Marie: Oh my gosh. You know what, the thing about break dancing is - it is for the young - and my break dancing is broke, okay. I’m 45 years old and we don’t age very well, but a little bit of salsa might not hurt me. I might be able to bring a little, because I was also in that movie Salsa. I might be able to bring a little bit of salsa.

Constance Marie: Do you have a guilty pleasure TV show and would you tell us why you like it?

Constance Marie: Guilty pleasure? Well, True Blood is the first thing that comes to me. Is that a guilty pleasure? You know, it’s so crazy is because if that, and Dexter, if those scripts had been given to me, I would have probably thought, “You know what, this world is a little too dark for me,” you know like all those crime shows and stuff. They’re really hard for me because you pay a price living in that world all the time, but to visit it and watch it and watch Sookie Stackhouse and Bill get it on, you know, in vampire lust is pretty awesome.

Sorcerer Radio: What sort of preparation is the cast given about deaf culture? Like did you guys learn about how name signs are given? And how deaf people use phones in advance, or do you kind of learn those things as they come up in the show?

Constance Marie: You know, it’s interesting because I really was blessed to be able to work with my sign language coach well before, like about three weeks before we started production. His first phone call to me was on the, I guess it is the video phone? So I got exposed to that early on and I also got exposed to the name sign thing early on. I kept trying to pick my name sign and nobody would let me. Darn it. I want Regina’s name sign to be the same sign for beautiful but nobody would buy it. So I lost and I learned that a deaf person had to give you an actual name sign so mine is a dancing C, because I was a dancer back in the day. What else did I learn? I also learned that deaf people, at least this is what Anthony and what I’ve seen, are very straightforward; like they don’t mince words, and I love that, and it’s also very, very consistent with my Regina character.

Sorcerer Radio: Fun, well as you learn ASL, do you have a favorite sign?

Constance Marie: I think my favorite sign is “beautiful” because it’s just done with such flair across your face, like a dance move. It’s like when I watch Marlee Matlin sign, they’re all my favorite because she is just a sexy signer; the sexiest signer I’ve ever seen is Marlee Matlin. She does this full body sign. It’s beautiful to watch; and I’m like, “What did you say,” and she says, “I had to go to the bathroom!” It’s not even anything like really exotic that she’s saying, it just looks gorgeous.


Sorcerer Radio: We actually have a couple of questions sent in from your fans today. The first one is, what has it been like working with Marlee Matlin? I know you mentioned her earlier, and did you know her prior to Switched at Birth?

Constance Marie: I had no idea. I had never met her before. I mean, I was a big fan from what I did know and, in doing part of my research I watched Children of Lesser God, and I just thought, oh my god, she’s absolutely amazing and she is going to play my BFF! Oh my gosh, I’m not worthy.

That was the first thought that went through my head, and then when I met her, she could not have been more warm and sweeter and smarter and funnier and we both this rat nasty same sense of humor. She was just incredibly, incredibly supportive of me and I just never felt judged by her; you know, like I was less than as far as my signing is concerned. She was just awesome. She is just like the best pretend BFF to have and we’re also twitter junkies. We talk via twitter all the time.

Sorcerer Radio: What do you hope people learn from the show?

Constance Marie: What do I hope they learn? Well, I hope they learn, number one, that deaf people are just like everybody else except they speak fabulously with their hands. I hope not that they learn, but I hope they question as to what a family really is and how it doesn’t necessarily have to be like the perfect mom and dad and 2.5 children, how families are completely different, but yet, the love underneath that is the most important thing however you skin that family cat.

Tune in to the ABC Family Original Series Switched at Birth Mondays at 9/8c on ABC Family!
Please check out the official Switched at Birth site for webisodes, cast bios, galleries and behind-the-scenes footage! http://abcfamily.go.com/shows/switched-at-birth


Learn the American Sign Language alphabet from the cast of Switched at Birth HERE: http://abcfamily.go.com/shows/switched-at-birth/photos-details/learn-american-sign-language-cast-switched-birth/811784/807870

About Switched At Birth:
Switched at Birth tells the story of two teen girls who discover that they were accidentally switched at birth. Bay Kennish grew up in a wealthy family with two parents and a brother, while Daphne Vasquez, who lost her hearing as a child due to a case of meningitis, grew up with a single mother in a poor neighborhood. Things come to a dramatic head when both families meet and struggle to learn how to live together for the sake of the girls.


About WDW Tiki Room:
WDW Tiki Room, the show about all things Disney, is hosted by the husband and wife team of Aljon Go and Kristen Hoetzel. Every week they discuss Disney in pop-culture, theme parks, Disney news, celebrity interviews, Disney fan events and play the best mix of Disney artists and Disney attraction audio. The show airs every Fridays at 8 a.m./7 p.m. eastern on Sorcerer Radio - www.SRSounds.com. For more information on Kristen and Aljon as well as on-demand playback of archived shows please visit this LINK.

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