The Disney sports complex will, in fact, have the most famous globetrotters of them all â€“ the renowned Harlem Globetrotters. The zany band of basketball tricksters will help kick off the Feb. 25 relaunch of the complex, which will involve re-theming the 220-acre complex with the signature elements of ESPN, leaving athletes, coaches and fans feeling as if theyâ€™ve reached the big time.
The Globetrotters will put on a very special performance at the Milk House in the complex at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at all ticketmaster outlets and www.ticketmaster.com, and range from $30 to $50. As part of the complex relaunch festivities, everyone in attendance at the game will receive a one-of-a-kind ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex commemorative t-shirt.
The game will be more than just a game as ESPNâ€™s popular radio duo Mike & Mike will serve as honorary coaches. And several high-profile pro athletes and other well-known ESPN on-air personalities are expected to be in attendance and available for autographs. Then, of course, thereâ€™s unique brand of basketball entertainment that only the Globetrotters can deliver.
The Walt Disney Company, which bought Miramax from the Weinstein brothers in 2005, has closed down the studio after 30 years in business.
It was the independent, art-house studio that became a major industry player in the 1990s, courtesy of such Oscar-winning hits as Pulp Fiction and The English Patient. But there was no Hollywood-style happy ending for Miramax studios, which shut up shop today with the loss of 80 jobs.
Founded by producers Bob and Harvey Weinstein back in 1979, Miramax flourished as an independent distribution and production outfit, before becoming part of the Disney empire in 1993. The company scored with low-budget hits such as Clerks and sex, lies and videotape, helped launch the career of Quentin Tarantino, and scooped Oscars with the likes of The English Patient and Shakespeare in Love. The Weinstein brothers â€“ who named the company after their parents Max and Miriam â€“ quit to form the Weinstein Company in 2005.
During its heyday, Miramax was regarded as arguably the industry’s most respected and influential production company. But in recent years its output has been downscaled by Disney, and its demise was predicted long before today’s closure of its offices in LA. The six Miramax pictures that are currently awaiting distribution â€“ including John Madden’s The Debt and Last Night, starring Keira Knightley â€“ now face an uncertain future.
“I’m feeling very nostalgic right now,” Harvey Weinstein said today. “I know the movies made on my and my brother Bob’s watch will live on â€¦ Miramax has some brilliant people working within the organisation and I know they will go on to do great things in the industry.”
The Disney Blog is reporting about the proposed High Speed rail that is being built between Orlando & Tampa. Will there possibly be a stop somewhere near one of the greatest places on earth??
President Obama mentioned the high speed rail project that will run from Tampa to the Orlando International Airport in the State Of The Union tonight. The project will get about 50% of the funding it needs from the federal stimulus package, with the rest, itâ€™s assumed, coming in future budgets. So we donâ€™t know if theyâ€™ll use that 50% to just build the northern part of the line (from MCO to Disneyland) or to start preparing the whole line. But we do know theyâ€™re planning a stop at Walt Disney World, because Meg Crofton has previous said Disney is willing to give up some land for the station.
The Orange area is the proposed location for the station. The High Speed Rail line will go right up the middle of I-4 (highlighted in yellow) until it reaches the 528 (just north of SeaWorld). That puts the proposed station right between Osceola Parkway and ESPN Wide World of Sports, on Disney property. The former Disney owned town of Celebration is right on the other side of the I-4.
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Disney star is considering a role in the remake of the French mother-daughter comedy.
Miley Cyrus might just have found her next big-screen project in “LOL: Laughing Out Loud.” According to a report in Variety, the 17-year-old Disney star is in talks to join the English-language remake of the French original, with Demi Moore likely to play her mother.
The film will follow Cyrus as a 15-year-old who is cast off by her boyfriend and decides to pursue his best friend. Meanwhile, the teen’s 40-year-old mother (the 47-year-old Moore) is divorced and finding it difficult to restart her life as a single woman struggling to maintain a civil relationship with her daughter.
The original “LOL,” starring Sophie Marceau, hit theaters in 2008 and went on to gross over $20 million, according to Variety. Lisa Azuelos, who wrote and directed the original, will also write and direct the new version.
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From Walt Disney Pictures and visionary director Tim Burton comes an epic 3D fantasy adventure ALICE IN WONDERLAND, a magical and imaginative twist on some of the most beloved stories of all time. JOHNNY DEPP stars as the Mad Hatter and MIA WASIKOWSKA as 19-year-old Alice, who returns to the whimsical world she first encountered as a young girl, reuniting with her childhood friends: the White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Dormouse, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, and of course, the Mad Hatter. Alice embarks on a fantastical journey to find her true destiny and end the Red Queens reign of terror. The all-star cast also includes ANNE HATHAWAY, HELENA BONHAM CARTER and CRISPIN GLOVER. The screenplay is by Linda Woolverton.
Capturing the wonder of Lewis Carrolls beloved Alices Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass (1871) with stunning, avant-garde visuals and the most charismatic characters in literary history, ALICE IN WONDERLAND comes to the big screen in Disney Digital 3Dâ„¢ and IMAXÂ® 3D on March 5, 2010 (U.S. theaters).