Watch "The Princess and the Frog" in Style! Disney Opens Doors for Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience! 


The Walt Disney Studios is going to open its gates to the public for an advance special engagement for "The Princess and the Frog."

This unprecedented event will hit both New York and Los Angeles!

From Nov. 25 to Dec. 13, celebrate Disney's newest animated musical. This bicoastal event will feature film screening plus interact with Disney's nine princesses, games, and much more!

I am excited to see this film. Set in New Orleans, the creators of "The Little Mermaid" and "Aladdin" offer a modern twist on the classic tale. Anika Noni Rose voices Tiana, a beautiful girl who meets a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again. Then that fateful kiss takes them on a hilarious adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana.

The film opens nationwide on Dec. 11 but you can purchase your tickets right now for this advance special engagement. You can log on to www.princessandfrogtickets.com to buy your tickets.

In Los Angeles, fans will enjoy the experience at the Walt Disney Studios; and in New York, inside the historic Ziegfeld Theatre!

Following the film, fans on both coasts will also be treated to The Ultimate Disney Experience, an exciting extravaganza that will feature—for the first time ever—all nine of the Disney princesses (including the film’s Princess Tiana, Disney’s newest princess), as well as exciting Bayou games, movie archives, how-to presentations from Disney animators, Studio tours (for L.A. guests) and more. Tickets went on sale at midnight last night.

Here's the breakdown of this magical experience:

PRINCESS POWER -- All nine of the Disney princesses will come together for the first time ever, welcoming Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Belle, Ariel, Pocahontas, Jasmine, Mulan and of course, Disney’s newest princess, Tiana.

FUN ‘N GAMES -- The Experience will feature opportunities to swing on ropes, climb trees, play games and race through the Bayou Adventure, plus a New Orleans’s Bead Toss, Naveen’s Leap Frog, video games and more.

HOLLYWOOD HEIRLOOMS -- Disney movie archives will be on display for the first time ever, including props and costumes from a variety of films like “Mary Poppins,” the “Pirates of the Caribbean” trilogy and more.

MOVIE MAGIC – Guests can learn movie magic from real Disney animators who will be on hand teaching guests how to draw a character from the film.

PICTURE THIS – Guests can put themselves in the movie at Kodak photo locations. Kodak photographers will capture guests’ images and place them in a scene from the movie.

INSIDER’S GLIMPSE -- Burbank guests will also have the rare opportunity to tour the Studio lot.

Here's more on this exciting event, and see you there:

Several shows will be presented daily on both coasts from Nov. 25-Dec. 13; show times are 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., with a 9:30 p.m. show available select dates. Tickets go on sale at midnight Sept. 8, featuring three options for Disney fans wishing to experience “The Princess and the Frog” and The Ultimate Disney Experience in New York or Los Angeles. Group general admission tickets (for groups of 20 or more) are $20 each, general admission tickets are $30 each, and royal seating (a reserved seat, “The Princess and The Frog” Mardi Gras beads and an exclusive limited-edition collectible lithograph from “The Princess and The Frog”) is $50 per ticket. Guests can call 1-800-DISNEY6 or log onto www.princessandfrogtickets.com for more information and to purchase tickets.

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"9" Movie Review 


“9” was originally an Academy Award-nominated 2004 short film by director Shane Acker. With help from directors-turned-producers Timur Bekmambetov (“Wanted”) and Tim Burton (“Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “Corpse Bride”), Acker adapted his short film into a full-feature animated fantasy.

Written by Pamela Pettler, “9” is a post-industrial fable where machines are the enemies. The film is set in the not-so-distant future. The Great Machine, an invention that was supposed to help mankind, enabled the world’s machines to turn on humans and sparked social unrest. Humans are no longer walking the earth.

The only hope is a patchwork doll named 9 (voiced by Elijah Wood) who is given the spark of life by a scientist during the final days of humanity. 9 displays leadership qualities that may help save the legacy of civilization. Read More...

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"The Final Destination" Wins Labor Day Weekend Box Office! 


"The Final Destination" beat Sandra Bullock and Gerard Butler to claim the top spot for the second week in a row. The fright flick took in $15.4 million over the four-day Labor Day weekend and remained the No. 1 box office film.

"The Final Destination" has raised its 11-day to total to $50.6 million. Warner Bros. must be proud!

Meanwhile, Quentin Tarantino's World War II revenge fantasy film "Inglourious Basterds" came in a close second with $15 million. So far, the film has made $95.2 million in its third weekend.

Debuting at No. 3 with $13.9 million was Sandra Bullock's so-so comedy, "All About Steve" with Bradley Cooper and Thomas Haden Church co-starring.

Another new release was Lionsgate's "Gamer" starring Gerard Butler. It only sold $11.2 million of box office tickets and came in at No. 4.

But the sad story of the weekend belongs to Miramax's "Extract." The funny movie only pulled in $5.3 million to debut at No. 10.

Here's the estimated list of the Top 10 films at the box office for Labor Day weekend of 2009:

1. "The Final Destination," $15.4 million.

2. "Inglourious Basterds," $15 million.

3. "All About Steve," $13.9 million.

4. "Gamer," $11.2 million.

5. "District 9," $9 million.

6. "Halloween II," $7.1 million.

7. "Julie & Julia," $7 million.


8. "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," $6.7 million.


9. "The Time Traveler's Wife," $5.5 million.

10. "Extract," $5.3 million.

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Are You Ready for "The Boondock Saints 2: All Saints Day?" See the Trailer! 


When "The Boondock Saints" opened in 1999, it was a commercial and critical failure. But the film found cult status after its DVD release.

Written and directed by Troy Duffy, Sean Patrick Flanery (Connor) and Norman Reedus (Murphy) star as the McManus brothers who believe that it's their duty to God to get rid of all human evil here on Earth by way of Boston.

The fim's fans' prayers to their favorite saints have been answered because Duffy, Flanery, and Reedus are returning for "The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day."

The sequel is opening Oct. 30 this year, so have fun "Boondock" fans!

Here's the trailer for "The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day."



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Pixar Team Honored at Venice Film Festival 


For the first time ever, an entire studio has been given career recognition at the Venice Film Festival! And that honor goes to Pixar.

The home of Nemo, Woody, and Wall-E received the lifetime achievement award! And it's truly deserving!

The award was given to five Pixar directors including John Lasseter (the first two "Toy Story" films and "Cars"), Brad Bird ("Ratatouille" and "The Incredibles"), Pete Docter ("Up" and "Monsters Inc."), Andrew Stanton ("Finding Nemo" and "Wall-E"), and Lee Unkrich ("Toy Story 3").

Pixar, founded in 1986, has made 10 feature films to date. 4 of those movies have won Oscars!

To make the joyous occasion, the festival premiered 3-D versions of "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2." Both 3-D versions will be shown in the fall.

Pixar merged with Disney three years ago, and the audience was also treated to a few minutes of "The Princess and the Frog." Lasseter, chief creative for both Pixar and Disney animation, is reintroducing hand-drawn animation for the film.

Congratulations to Pixar!

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