Walt's Palm Desert retreat house

Walt’s retreat house for sale

Realtor lists “Walt Disney” mountain home

A mountain retreat is said by its listing agent to have once been the home of Walt Disney

by Debra Gruszecki at Riverside Press-Enterprise

Another desert dwelling that Hollywood celebrities held dear, the ranch-styled home that was once owned by Walt Disney is on the market for $535,000.

The home is far removed from Smoke Tree Ranch, the Palm Springs enclave best known as the desert sanctuary where Disney hung his hat. But listing agent Jason Evans of Coldwell Banker Residential in Palm Desert, told The Press-Enterprise the home in Royal Corrizo Estates, a gated community off of Highway 74, was likely used as a mountain getaway by the Disney family and as a party house by Smoke Tree vacationers. Continue reading

Pixar's Inside Out

Pixar’s Inside Out

Inside Out

U.S. Release Date: June 19, 2015

by Pixar Animation Studios

Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter takes us inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl named Riley.

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

complete synopsis at Pixar

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Deadmau5

Mickey vs. Deadmau5 trademark

Is a Mickey Mouse vs. Deadmau5 trademark battle brewing?

Disney is investigating an attempt to register the EDM musician’s logo

by Eriq Gardner at The Hollywood Reporter

On Friday, Disney let it be known at the U.S. Trademark Office that it is investigating a trademark registration filed by Deadmau5 (pronounced “dead mouse”). Deadmau5 is the stage name of EDM star Joel Zimmerman.

Last year, Zimmerman’s Ronica Holdings Limited applied for a mark consisting of a caricature of a mouse head with black ears, black face, white eyes and white mouth. Continue reading

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Frozen trailer lawsuit

Disney’s ‘Frozen‘ trailer targeted in copyright lawsuit

The creator of an animated short says Disney teased its blockbuster by misappropriating her own work

by Eriq Gardner at The Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood theft lawsuits are common, but rare is one that mainly takes issue with a film teaser. On Friday, Kelly Wilson stood up in a California federal court to challenge the way that The Walt Disney Company teased its Oscar-winning animated film, Frozen. According to the complaint, the teaser trailer for Frozen, released in June 2013, is substantially similar to a short 2D computer-animated film entitled The Snowman, about an “average Joe” snowman who must battle a gang of hungry rabbits to save his carrot nose.  Continue reading

Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella

Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella

CinemaCon: Disney debuts new trailer for ‘Cinderella

The presentation lacked any new information on “Star Wars”

by Rebecca Ford at The Hollywood Reporter

Walt Disney Studios kicked off the third day of CinemaCon with a presentation teasing the studio’s upcoming slate. A new trailer for Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella, starring Downton Abbey‘s Lily James, was shown. The film also stars Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother and Helena Bonham Carter as the fairy godmother. The teaser featured big, bright costumes, and a funny scene with Bonham Carter turning the pumpkin into a chariot for Cinderella.   Continue reading