Monday, December 31, 2012

YOU COULD WIN SOME DISNEY TIME



This could be your year to hit the pause button on the hustle and bustle of everyday life and spend some Disney Time with your favorite people doing things together you might not get to do at home. Dance, clap and sing along with some beloved Disney tunes. Eat ice cream for breakfast. Spin in teacups. Chase Mickey Mouse balloons. Giggle and goof off with abandon. Do whatever the kids want to do. On Disney Time, everything is magic and everyone is just about the same age. The memories that you create together live in your hearts forever. So, pick the vacation that’s right for you and enter for a chance to win! We’re giving away one vacation per day for 31 days!



See http://disneytimesweeps.com/  to Enter!



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New Years Eve Fireworks From the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts Video Compilation

Photo by Disney Parks

Here's a new compilation of nighttime spectaculars from the Disney Parks! Have a happy and safe new years eve and cheers to a bright and magical 2013!


Disneyland


Disney California Adventure


Magic Kingdom


Epcot 1


Epcot 2


Hollywood Studios

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Vanessa Hudgens visits revisits Disneyland's Club 33 with friends


Vanessa Hudgens and her boyfriend Austin Butler had a double date at Disneyland with Sarah Hyland and Matt Prokop on Friday, and they boy did they get the star treatment! Sarah posted this picture (above) of the freezing foursome outside of the prestigious Club 33, the park’s members only restaurant. The Modern Family actress said: “Dinner tonight… Amazing. Thank you for the invitation Disneyland ! My favorite place to eat with some of my favorite people”

 http://perezhilton.com/2012-12-30-vanessa-hudgens-sarah-hyland-austin-butler-matt-prokop-eat-at-club-33-disneyland#.UOEZi29pd4I



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Secret Plans to Turn Marvel Into the Next Disney


Excerpt...
When New World Entertainment acquired Marvel Comics in 1986, the new owners believed they had the makings of a "mini-Disney." Two years later, corporate raider Ron Perelman would say exactly the same thing after acquiring Marvel, writes Sean Howe in Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, an unofficial history of the comic book king.

Reading the book, I get the sense that Walt Disney's (NYSE: DIS  ) $4 billion buyout of Marvel in 2009 was inevitable. Decades of booms and busts seem like necessary steps toward bringing the two together in a partnership that would forever change the way Hollywood thinks about comics.

Today, studios and TV networks are profiting from the medium like never before. Marvel's The Avengers set a new opening-weekend box office record over the summer, surprising most. Howe recounts the history that brought us to this point.

I recommend his book to comics fans and Disney investors alike, though students of business might also appreciate his handling of byzantine topics such as creator's rights and intellectual property. Here are eight things the book taught me about Marvel's flirtations with Hollywood and earlier owners' attempts to create a "mini-Disney."

Disney has an even better record thanks to decades of cultivating character-driven brands across media, experience chief Bob Iger has since brought to Marvel. The executive team at Time Warner's (NYSE: TWX  ) DC Entertainment unit should take a lesson and make Howe's book required reading.

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Disney’s Club Penguin Hosts ‘Coins for Change’ - Virtual Bake Sale


Kristen of the CookingwithMickeyBlog.com posted the latest news from Disney's Club Penguin!

Club Penguin players can take part in Coins for Change, an event that kids can take part in online to help in real world causes.

Club Penguin is hosting the largest virtual bake sale! Now through January 2 2013, players can bake cookies and buy them with their virtual coins. These purchases act as votes that help Club Penguin decide where to donate a million dollars. The money will go to providing medical help, protecting the earth and building safe places.

Read more and get some great recipes...

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50 Disney Years of Service for Arlene Ludwig at Walt Disney Studio



Every year The Walt Disney Company recognizes hundreds of employees who celebrate significant milestones, and this year nearly 400 employees were honored for their 20th, 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, 45th and even 50th year of service at special functions in Los Angeles and New York. Hundreds more cast members also celebrated these milestones at our parks and resorts.

Imagine being part of the Disney magic for 50 years. To date, 22 individuals have reached that milestone, and now it’s part of Arlene Ludwig's story.

Arlene received an extra special honor during the Los Angeles celebration for her 50 years of service at Disney. She hired into the Walt Disney Studios public relations department in 1962 and says that it’s “hard to believe that 50 years have gone by.”

From meeting Walt Disney to working with Hollywood's top talent on dozens of films, Arlene's experiences are truly one of a kind. Her connection to the company actually began with her father, the late Disney Legend Irving Ludwig who began working with Walt Disney in 1939.

Take a moment to hear a few of her favorite memories looking back at the past 50 years.

Hear it from Arlene of her wonderful years: VIDEO: http://youtu.be/u9mJRYEf5dI




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The Value of a Card/Poster Merbabies Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies.


       
TERRY MAURER, WHAT'S IT WORTH?  Damage always devalues a collectible object and sometimes damage can be so severe as to make an otherwise valuable thing worthless. On the other hand, there are occasions when less-than-stellar condition still leaves an item with good market value.
Such is the case in today's What's It Worth?, as we end the year by answering a reader's question about her unusual Walt Disney movie card.

                 Q. I purchased this Merbabies movie poster or lobby card at an antiques show recently. It is made of heavy cardboard and comes in two pieces. The total dimensions are about 46 by 24 inches. It is in pretty bad condition, with extensive rips and tears along the edges of each piece, a few big creases, plus damage to each of the four color photographs. Will it have any value to a collector? -- Ann in Pasco

                 A. Merbabies was a Walt Disney production and part of the studio's famous Silly Symphonies. These were a series of 75 animated short films made between 1929 and 1939. Merbabies, the 72nd film in the series, was released near the end of the run, in 1938.

Unlike the companion series of Mickey Mouse short films, Silly Symphonies generally did not feature continuing characters. But some famous Disney "stars" got their start in Silly Symphonies, including Donald Duck.

The Merbabies, as shown in the photo, were adorable little redheaded sea sprites who on film first came out of the crashing ocean surf and then proceeded to present a circus of sea creatures. It was released three years after the similar Water Babies short film.

Condition is pretty poor for this piece, and that certainly detracts from market value and potential collector interest.

That said, there is not a lot of Merbabies material out there in the market and these two pieces will still find willing buyers in the $50 to $100 range.

Some Merbabies items bring big money. At auction in 2011, a movie poster sold for $2,000 and in July of this year a piece of original background art -- a "cell" -- was sold for $5,000.

Read more: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2012/12/30/2220423/disney-item-maintains-value.html#storylink=cpy




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"The Perfect American" Opera of Walt Disney



Walt Disney, whose twilight years are the subject of Philip Glass’s latest opera.

ENO stages the British premiere of Philip Glass's latest opera, based on Peter Stephan Jungk's novel about the final years of Walt Disney's life. It's directed by Phelim McDermott, who was responsible for the outstanding production of Glass's Satyagraha (sung in Sanskrit) at the Coliseum in 2007. Christopher Purves is Disney, Janis Kelly his nurse confidante. Coliseum, London WC2 (eno.org), 1-28 June.

 Philip Glass' "The Perfect American," imagining the final months of the life of Walt Disney, will have its world premiere at Madrid's Teatro Real on Jan. 22, 2013.

The opera was originally commissioned by New York City Opera when Gerard Mortier was to become general manager.

Mortier, who took over as the Teatro Real's artistic director in 2010, announced the company's 2012-13 season on Tuesday. The opera, commissioned in honor of the composer's 75th birthday Jan. 31, is based on the novel by Peter Stephan Jungk.

The cast includes Christopher Purves (Walt Disney), David Pittsinger (Roy), Janis Kelly (Hazel George), Marie McLaughlin (Lillian Disney), Sarah Tynan (Sharon), Nazan Friket (Lucy) and John Easterlin (Andy Warhol). Dennis Russel Davies conducts and Phelim McDermott directs in a co-production with the English National Opera. There will be seven performances in Madrid through Feb. 6.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/10/philip-glass-the-perfect-american_n_1268629.html




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Roma partnership with Disney plans to build a new stadium.



'Why did Roma choose to come to Disney World?' - Serie A giants announce partnership with Mickey Mouse brand.

The club announced a deal that will see them build a new stadium in the coming years, though the players were probably more keen on going on the rides while at Disney World...

The Serie A side currently play at Stadio Olimpico, but it seems like the chiefs have decided to upgrade and have brought the international children’s brand on board to help forge a mutually beneficial deal.

Although he did not speak of a fairytale ending, sports attorney Italo Zanzi sounded adamant that the deal was not just any old Mickey Mouse partnership.

"We're very excited to be here for this historic announcement about our future stadium. I'd like to thank Disney for hosting our winter training," he told reporters at the international theme park.

"We're really proud to be partners with them for the coming years."

Roma’s president, however, was keen to explain there were other reasons for the club swinging by one of the most famous theme parks on the planet, and spoke of both brands helping each other out in the future.

James Pallotta said: "Why did Roma choose to come to Disney World? Because Disney is one of the greatest brands in the world for entertainment and with ESPN it's now probably the greatest brand in sports right now.

"So for us to be associated with them for at least the next seven years is really important, there couldn't be a better partner on that side and this partnership will help Roma to become world-renowned brand.

"Just to give you an example, Roma merchandise will be sold in Disney stores in the future so there will be a group of five, six, seven, eight, nine and 10-year-olds who will grow up and hopefully their first team of choice will be Roma."

Club captain Francesco Totti - probably exhausted from having run around Disney World with excitement over the last couple of days like an eight-year-old child - hailed the decision to build a new stadium.

"On behalf of the city of Rome, I thank those who have allowed the realisation of a dream that Roma fans have had for a long time," the Giallorossi icon said.

"Our fans deserve their own stadium, one exclusively for the Giallorossi, in order to achieve important goals. That’s why I think it’s right to have a ground owned by the club."

The president, Pallotta, added: "Totti's dream of playing in the new stadium? I hope he scores the first goal there!"

Read More: http://www.goal.com/en-india/news/2292/editorials/2012/12/31/3638682/why-did-roma-choose-to-come-to-disney-world-serie-a-giants




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Disney and Charter Makes Deal



Walt Disney Co. (DIS) on Monday said it had signed a new programming deal with Charter Communications (CHTR), marking its fourth renewal agreement this year with a cable TV system operator.

Shares of both Disney and Charter are up about 30% in 2012. Disney was down a fraction in midday trading Monday, while Charter was up 1%.

Last January, Disney signed a new "carriage" deal with Comcast (CMCSA). Agreements with Cablevision Systems (CVC) and Cox Communications followed.

The cable TV firms pay Disney and other content providers fees to carry cable channels. The deals usually last eight to 10 years.

Disney's ESPN sports channel commands the highest fees in the industry, at more than $5 per subscriber.

Cable TV firms, meanwhile, have been seeking rights to provide programs to their customers on Apple's (AAPL) iPad and other devices via broadband connections. Cable subscribers must log-in and have accounts to view programs online.

The new deal with Charter Communications provides digital access "across televisions, computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and Internet-enabled televisions," said Disney in a statement.

Disney said the Charter agreement includes the ABC broadcast network as well as cable channels ABC Family, Disney, Disney Junior, and others.

"More and more content is being enjoyed on tablets and other Internet-connected devices, and today's viewers are sharing their TV experiences in new ways. Our agreement with Disney enables more robust ways to enjoy and socialize TV," said Allan Singer, Charter's senior vice president of programming, in a statement.

In 2012, Disney expanded its digital apps from "Watch ESPN" to include "Watch Disney," "Watch Disney XD," and "Watch Disney Junior."


Read More At IBD: http://news.investors.com/technology/123112-638825-disney-charter-programming-deal-expands-digital-access.htm#ixzz2GeZpGvkQ



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Sorcerer Radio's 2013 New Years Party - Character Breakfast Podcast Reunion


Sorcerer Radio will be ushering in the new year by reuniting the Character Breakfast podcast crew!

The Character Breakfast Crew will be hosting the Sorcerer Radio New Year's Eve party live on December 31st! The party starts at 9:00PM (eastern time) and will flow into 2013!

Join Jeff, Imagine, Pluto and Sorcerer as we go over our 2012 Disney trips as well as a list of other Disney related topics. We will have Disney party music and dance party music mixed by DJ Sorcey as well as Disney talk and some guest call-ins.

Start streaming Sorcerer Radio today at www.SRSounds.com!

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

CHILDREN hear Fireworks LOUDER than ADULTS, heres WHY...


                                        The Dangers and Signs of Loud Noise
                       
                   The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is urging people to pack earplugs

              1 in 10,000 people suffer permanent hearing damage because of fireworks .

                                      Fireworks: decibel levels reach a staggering 145-150. Even tests are performed under strict sound proofing to avoid any ear injury.

                                     A clap of thunder from a nearby storm (120 dB) or a gunshot (140-190 dB, depending on weapon), can both cause immediate damage. (of course there is a pun in the picture)

                                     Gunfire quite loud at 145-155 decibels. This is the very reason why you should always wear ear protection when on a firing range. (Note protective ear wear)

                                     A 400,000 Wat rock concert or a similar set of speakers mounted in a vehicle can reach ear-splitting decibel levels. Is it any reason most promoters recommend you wear ear protection to stave off the 135-145 decibel sound waves.

                      High frequency sounds of 2-4,000 Hz are the MOST DAMAGING!

              The uppermost octave of the piccolo is 2,048-4,096 Hz.    piccolo is 95-112 dB

                                                      trombone  is 85-114 dB

 
                                          When listening to music on earphones at a standard volume level 5, the sound generated reaches a level of 100 dB, loud enough to cause permanent damage after just 15 minutes per day!
                               
                        ANY NOISE ABOVE  85 dB IS CONSIDERED UNSAFE ! 

Please use protection for your Children

Here is a list of common noises and their decibel levels:

Aircraft at take-off (180)      Fireworks (140)       Snowmobile (120)        Chain saw (110)
Amplified regular music (110)      Lawn mower (90)        Noisy office (90)    
Vacuum cleaner (80)          City traffic (80)      Normal conversation (60)


If you have to shout over the noise to be heard by someone within arm's length, the noise is probably in the dangerous range.

Here are other warning signs: 
    You have pain in your ears after leaving a noisy area.
    You hear ringing or buzzing (tinnitus) in your ears immediately after exposure to noise.
    You suddenly have difficulty understanding speech after exposure to noise; you can hear people talking but can't understand them.

Who are at risk besides Children:
Young adults under the age of 25 are three times more likely than other groups to suffer fireworks related hearing damage.
Men are three times more at risk than women.
19 year old men are 11 times more at risk than the general population.

Anyone can take the first step to addressing hearing loss by taking a simple, interactive screening test in the privacy of their own home by going to http://www.hearingcheck.org.

The best way to protect hearing is to avoid excessively loud noise. When you know you'll be exposed to loud noises, like fireworks, wear ear protection. Every day you can protect your hearing by keeping down the volume on earbuds, stereos, and televisions. And you can teach children to quickly plug their ears with their fingers when they're suddenly and unexpectedly bombarded by loud sirens, jack hammers, and other loud sounds.

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)
Of the roughly 40 million Americans suffering from hearing loss, 10 million can be attributed to noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). NIHL can be caused by a one-time exposure to loud sound as well as by repeated exposure to sounds at various loudness levels over an extended period of time. Damage happens to the microscopic hair cells found inside the cochlea. These cells respond to mechanical sound vibrations by sending an electrical signal to the auditory nerve. Different groups of hair cells are responsible for different frequencies (rate of vibrations). The healthy human ear can hear frequencies ranging from 20Hz to 20,000 Hz. Over time, the hair cell's hair-like stereocilia may get damaged or broken. If enough of them are damaged, hearing loss results. The high frequency area of the cochlea is often damaged by loud sound.

Sound pressure is measured in decibels (dB). Like a temperature scale, the decibel scale goes below zero. The average person can hear sounds down to about 0 dB, the level of rustling leaves. Some people with very good hearing can hear sounds down to -15 dB. If a sound reaches 85 dB or stronger, it can cause permanent damage to your hearing. The amount of time you listen to a sound affects how much damage it will cause. The quieter the sound, the longer you can listen to it safely. If the sound is very quiet, it will not cause damage even if you listen to it for a very long time; however, exposure to some common sounds can cause permanent damage. With extended exposure, noises that reach a decibel level of 85 can cause permanent damage to the hair cells in the inner ear, leading to hearing loss. Many common sounds may be louder than you think…



                 Data and Statistics      In the United States       Hearing Loss Tomorrow
Hearing loss, unfortunately, is only expected to increase in coming decades as the U.S. population ages. The costs are enormous; economists estimate that each case of hearing loss will result in overall expenses of
               $43,000 in people older than 60,
                             $453,000 in working-age adults,
                                          and more than $1 million in children younger than 3.



                              We hope that you have a Safe and Wonderful New Year!




Sources:
 http://www.prweb.com/releases/4thofJuly/HearingLoss/prweb4196274.htm
 http://www.youth.hear-it.org/Don-t-blow-out-your-hearing
http://www.hearingaidknow.com/2007/03/07/how-loud-is-too-loud-decibel-levels-of-common-sounds/
http://www.hearnet.com/at_risk/risk_trivia.shtml

http://www.brainfacts.org/sensing-thinking-behaving/senses-and-perception/articles/2011/hearing-loss-tomorrow/





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Play About Walt Disney, "Small World: A Fantasia"

                                     "Small World: A Fantasia"Features Scott Bryce


A play about Walt Disney and composer Igor Stravinskiy about the making of the animated film "Fantasia" sounds intriguing.

Newtown's Stray Kats Theatre Company will present a reading of Frederick Stroppel's "Small World: A Fantasia" with actors Scott Bryce as Disney and Robert Resnikoff as Stravinsky. The show runs Jan. 11 to 27.

Artistic director Kate Katcher stages the two-character work which will be presented at Edmond Town Hall’s Alexandria Room, 45 Main St., Newtown.

The not for profit professional theater company previously presented staged readings of contemporary classics and new works geared toward an adult audience.

Bryce is two-time Daytime Emy winner, best known for his portrayal of Craig Montgomery on "As the World Turns. TV credits include "Deception," "Homeland" and "Person of Interest." Film credits include "Up Close and Personal" and "Lethal Weapon 3." Broadway credits include "Caesar and Cleopatra" with Rex Harrison.

 Resnikoff is an actor, teacher, radio host and writer. He played Jack in “Brighton Beach Memoirs” at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford; Adrian in Theatre 4’s production of “Private Eyes,” and Claudius in a fund-raising production of “Hamlet” for Oddfellows in Middletown.

Tickets are $30 iin advance;l $35 at the door.
Directions:
Edmond Town Hall is located at 45 Main Street, Newtown, CT, also known as Route 25. Go to www.mapquest.com or Google Maps for directions.

Information: www.straykatstheatrecompany.org or by calling 203-514-2221.


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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Secrets Behind the Big New York City Battle Sequence AVENGERS



It's one of the highlights of the film, but when the Avengers assemble to fend off shape-shifting aliens in the middle of the city, the shot -- created from four locations -- had a lot of digital help.

One of the highlights of The Avengers was the battle in New York City toward the end of the movie that saw Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk, Captain America and others assembling to fend off the shape-shifting Chitauri.

While the battle looked as realistic as they come, Industrial Light & Magic has pulled back the curtain on how the sequence was created, revealing the process by which it assembled the footage to form one long supercut.

For one thing, the shot was created out of "four different virtual New York locations that we had to tie in together as Iron Man's flying between them," reveals ILM CG supervisor David Meny. And a lot of the characters in the sequence were done in CG, like Iron Man, The Hulk and the aliens they were fighting -- as well as the New York backdrop. It took 1,200 shots of the city, stitched together, to build out a panoramic image of that location.

One of the biggest challenges in creating the scene was Captain America, as his movements did not match what ended up being used in that specific Avengers scene. So what ended up happening? Bye-bye, bluescreen cap. Hello, digital rendering.

                                         Actor works with Blue Screen behind him

                                                    After effects are put in

SEE VIDEO HERE:      Behind the Magic: "Marvel's The Avengers" - Anatomy of a Shot  http://youtu.be/2ZsEwUuBjio

Read More: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/avengers-new-york-city-battle-406848?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+thr%2FConsumer+%28The+Hollywood+Reporter+-+Consumer%29



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Disney Pro Soccer Classic


Disney Pro Soccer Classic that the Crew will be attending as part of their preseason training. The State of Florida will be fronting up to a million dollars to bring in six MLS teams, including the Black and Gold.
The Crew will receive a $30,000 appearance fee to attend what Disney hopes is the beginnings of an MLS "Spring Training". The team also has access to subsidized vacation packages for soccer hungry fans to make the trip to central Florida. Teams will receive a part of each sale they make, up to an additional $75,000.
Several Crew fans have already reported getting messages from a travel agency in reference to vacation packages centered around the February event. The team commented earlier tonight that those phone calls were part of opted in "promotional messages" as part of the VIP package contest that fans entered earlier this month.
As part of the Pro Soccer Classic, Disney is also putting on an week long free agent trial event with teams obliged to send a scout to watch the players trying out for a contract. There is an additional college combine where agents and scouts will be on hand in hopes they'll dole out a pro contract.
The event will also have several fan friendly events where players and coaches are scheduled for autograph and meet and greet sessions.
Read More: http://www.massivereport.com/2012/12/29/3813792/crews-trip-to-florida-well-orchestrated-by-disney


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Friday, December 28, 2012

Happy Birthday Stan Lee - Here's A Compilation of Your Marvel Cameos

Stan Lee recieved his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011!
Happy birthday wishes go out to one of the most influential men in pop-culture history, Stan Lee! He turns 90 today!

Stan Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber, December 28, 1922), is an American comic book writer, editor, publisher, media producer, and former president and chairman of Marvel Comics.

In collaboration with several artists, most notably Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he co-created Spider-Man, the Hulk, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, and many other fictional characters, introducing complex, naturalistic characters and a thoroughly shared universe into superhero comic books. In addition, he headed the first major successful challenge to the industry's censorship organization, the Comics Code Authority, and forced it to reform its policies. Lee subsequently led the expansion of Marvel Comics from a small division of a publishing house to a large multimedia corporation.

He was inducted into the comic book industry's The Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1995. - From Wikipedia

To celebrate here is a greatest hits compilation of all of his Marvel film cameos! Happy birthday Stan! Thanks for being a such a huge influence in my life - and many other fanboys and fangirls out there!



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Cosplay Friday: Comedian Patton Oswalt as Doctor Octopus with 'Lil Spider-Girl

Comedian and voice of Remy from Disney-Pixar's "Ratatouille," Patton Oswalt as Spider-Man's rival Doctor Octopus with daughter Alice as Spider-Girl dressed up for Halloween!
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The Walt Disney Company: 2012 Highlights



It's been a huge year for The Walt Disney Company. Before we ring in the New Year here on the Disney Post with new content and announcements, let’s take a look back at the major highlights of 2012.

Acquisitions: Lucasfilm and UTV


Disney Destinations
Growth was a key theme at Disney Destinations this year. With the launch of the Disney Fantasy last March, Disney Cruise Line has more than doubled our cruise business. Cars Land opened to rave reviews and completed the five-year expansion at Disney California Adventure, and Walt Disney World opened New Fantasyland and completed the largest expansion in the 41-year history of the Magic Kingdom. We also broke ground on Shanghai Disney Resort, making significant progress on our first Disney destination in mainland China.

Disney Consumer Products
Disney Consumer Products delivers innovative product and retail experiences that leverage the magic of Disney brands and build franchises for long-term growth. In 2012, we continued to roll out our “Imagination Park” Disney Store format in premiere locations and enhanced the storytelling and product presentation on DisneyStore.com. Disney Baby, a brand we introduced in 2011 to reach new moms, expanded at major North American retailers and is now poised to enter select international markets. Following the success of Disney English in China, which now enrolls young learners in 44 English language learning centers across China, we launched a digital learning business to help parents everywhere instill a love of knowledge in their children.

Experiencing Content Any Time, Anywhere
In order to deliver great Disney content to consumers anywhere and any time, we launched the new Disney.com, the digital gateway for all things Disney. We also expanded the reach of great storytelling from Disney, ABC and ESPN with a complete array of WATCH apps for all our brands in media networks. We also launched five #1 mobile game titles. Our Publishing team landed over 25 digital apps at the top of industry best seller lists, and Disney Interactive launched five #1 mobile game titles.

Movies
Building on our Company’s animation legacy, a trio of outstanding films – Disney/Pixar’s Brave, Disney’s Frankenweenie, and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Wreck-It Ralph – wowed fans across the board. In May, Marvel’s The Avengers, the first Marvel Studios film to be released by Disney, smashed global box office records, achieving the biggest U.S. opening of all time, and went on to become the year’s #1 hit and the #3 film of all time with more than $1.5 billion in box office receipts. Building on the movie’s success, Disney Interactive launched Marvel: Avengers Alliance, the first social game featuring Disney IP. The game has been critically acclaimed and played by millions worldwide.

News & Entertainment— ABC

Sports— ESPN

Citizenship
This year, The Walt Disney Company’s giving efforts totaled more than $292 million in cash, product and in-kind donations and more than 585,000 volunteer hours. We also expanded on our landmark nutrition guidelines established in 2006 and became the first major media company to introduce new standards for food advertising on programming targeting kids and families. This significant undertaking marks the latest step in Disney’s partnership with parents to make nutritious eating and physical activity more fun and appealing.



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Top 10 Fun Facts About "Marvel's - The Avengers"

Iron Man and Captain America team up.
There is no doubt that most of the movie-going world has seen "Marvel's - The Avengers" by now as it has grossed an estimated  $1,511,757,910 worldwide. It has been called "the greatest superhero film of all time" by critics and fans alike but there is plenty about this blockbuster that people don't know. In no particular order here is a Top 10 list of fun facts you may not have known about the biggest film of 2012.

Whedon and Ruffalo on the set of Marvel's - The Avengers.
#10 MARK RUFFALO IS THE HULK
Mark Ruffalo claims to be the only actor to date to play both The Hulk and Bruce Banner in the same movie. Technically, both Eric Bana and Edward Norton have done motion capture work for their respective Hulks, but Ruffalo is the first actor to perform the Hulk live on set via performance capture. Ruffalo has reportedly signed on to do six more films. One can only hope there will be new series of solo film adventures in the future. I think if Marvel were to take pages from their new Marvel NOW title "Indestructible Hulk" they would be doing the fans a service!


#9 CALARTS EASTER EGG
At the end of the film, when the news clip of the waitress appears on Nick Fury's computer screen it is listed as SHIELD File A113. "A113" is a reference to the room number for graphic design at CalArts that is referenced in many Disney-Pixar animated films.


#8 FAIR WARNING
When Natasha Romanoff and Bruce Banner are blasted to a lower deck of the Helicarrier, it triggers Banner's transformation into the Hulk. As he is transforming, he falls from a platform to the floor. On the floor is painted "WARNING CONTENTS UNDER PRESSURE" with small arrows, which happen to be pointing to Banner.


#7 Ambidextrous Hawkeye
Clint Barton (Hawkeye) is an ambidextrous archer (although Jeremy Renner is left handed). He is seen shooting right-handed in Thor and both left-handed and right-handed in this film


#6 Avengers Assemble
During the initial production of "Iron Man" and "The Incredible Hulk" in 2008 Marvel Studios executive Kevin Feige imagined that the international peacekeeping force S.H.E.I.L.D., headed by Nick Fury, could easily play into the storylines of both films. Feige and Marvel Studios then secured the rights for the characters of Thor and Captain America and was able to formulate what they call "Phase 1" of the Avengers story. To tease the idea of forming a super team Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson, made post-title cameos in all the stand-alone Avengers movies.


#5 Loki's Staff
Loki's staff which has a glowing blue gem in the spear head that allows him to control the minds of others is a reference to the Mind Gem. One of the seven Infinity Gems used by Thanos, who is the character shown in the post-credits scene to be the leader of the Chitauri.


#4 Colson's Cards
One of the cards in Agent Coulson's Captain America card set is a reproduction of Captain America's first comic book appearance where he punches out Hitler.


#3 Captain's Bars
The silver stripes on the shoulders of Captain America's uniform have two indents in them which look like a pair of vertical standing silver bars. The U.S. Army insignia for denoting a captain is two vertical silver bars.



#2 Revisionist History
In the movie, Captain America is a founding member. In the comics, Captain America was unfrozen in Avengers #4 when he was accidentally discovered when the team was looking for Namor the Sub Mariner.


#1 No Shawarma for the Cap
In the final end credit scene, Captain America is the only one not eating. That is because Chris Evans got a buzz cut and grew out his beard after The Avengers was done filming. He was called in later to do this extra scene and refused to shave off his beard due to having been filming Snowpiercer at the time, so they gave him the prosthetic jaw. He holds his hand over his face because the prosthetic made him look like he'd been attacked by a hive of angry bees. He also is unable to eat or talk with the prosthetic on. The wig he wears as Captain America is also quite clearly visible in certain shots of this scene.

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T'Challa, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation t...