Disneyland Diamond Celebration

Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary

Disneyland will salute 60 years of magic with a yearlong celebration

A dazzling yearlong Diamond Celebration that will launch in spring 2015

by D23

Disneyland Resort marked 59 years of fun and innovation this week. As part of the festivities, the Diamond Celebration logo was unveiled, and a contest was announced that invites guests to share their favorite memories from six decades of Disney magic. or complete rules, go to Disney Parks Blog.

“It’s an incredible time at the Disneyland Resort as we prepare for next year’s Diamond Celebration,” Michael Colglazier, president, Disneyland Resort, said today. “We’re excited to honor our rich history, to celebrate the incredible magic that fills our resort today, and to create unforgettable memories with our guests for many years to come.”

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Spectral Minstrels

Haunted Mansion TV special

Haunted Mansion special in development at Disney Television Animation

Beware of hitchhiking ghosts!

by D23

Disney Television Animation is in development on Haunted Mansion, a special for Disney Channel and Disney XD inspired by the popular Disney Parks attraction. Legendary horror-genre artist and children’s book illustrator Gris Grimly (Gris Grimly’s Wicked Nursery Rhymes) is attached to executive produce and art direct with Scott Peterson executive producing, story editing and writing and Joshua Pruett consulting producing and writing, both of Phineas and Ferb.

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Mug shots from a sex-offense sting in July

Walt Disney World sex offenders

Dozens of Walt Disney World employees caught in sex stings, arrested for child porn since 2006

A total of 32 employees at Disney, Universal Studios and Sea World Florida have been convicted

by Lee Moran at New York Daily News

Dozens of workers at Walt Disney World in Florida have been busted for child sex crimes in recent years, it’s emerged. Some 35 employees at the famous theme park have reportedly been accused of stashing sick child porn or trying to meet minors for sex since 2006. Five staffers at nearby Universal Studios and two from SeaWorld have also been arrested on similar charges, an investigation has revealed.

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Neel Sethi

Disney’s live action Jungle Book

Newcomer cast as Mowgli in Disney’s The Jungle Book

Newcomer Neel Sethi chosen from thousands for the live action film

by Sierra Marquina at US Weekly

Meet Neel Sethi! Disney announced in a statement to Us Weekly on July 15 that they’ve finally decided upon an actor to portray Mowgli in the upcoming live-action and animation portrayal of The Jungle Book—and he’s never acted before! That’s right—the 10-year-old cutie has never acted a day in his life, but Disney doesn’t seem to be worried.

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Pixar's Ed Catmull

Pixar embroiled in wage-fixing scandal

Steve Jobs’ and Pixar’s wage-fixing cartel

Revealed: Emails, court docs show how Sony stood up to Pixar and ILM

by Mark Ames of Pando Daily

Pixar and Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic had a longstanding, secret agreement to control their computer specialists’ wages and mobility by not recruiting each other’s employees, and by agreeing not to “bid up” salary offers should an employee be considering both companies. The agreement, originally forged between George Lucas, Pixar president Ed Catmull and Pixar CEO Steve Jobs in the mid-1980s, was illegal, a violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act.

But what is revealed here is a cartel, a “conspiracy” as the court documents call it, that goes well beyond two cute computer animation studios — to the top board rooms and executive offices of Hollywood’s most powerful companies, as well as Silicon Valley’s.

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StarWars.com relaunches

StarWars.com is fully armed and operational

StarWars.com relaunches with interactive experiences, exclusive news and cross-platform compatibility

By Scott Slesinger of Disney Interactive

Lucasfilm and Disney Interactive launched an all-new StarWars.com experience, the digital destination for all things Star Wars. The site is redesigned for fans to easily access, navigate and explore the world of Star Wars news, entertainment and exclusives. Features include: Continue reading