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New ‘Star Wars’ movies — dream come true or cosmic yawn?

October 31, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Disney’s $4 billion acquisition of George Lucas’ Lucasfilm and the multibillion-dollar “Star Wars” franchise surprised investors and caused mixed reactions among movie fans, many of whom had little appetite for more Luke Skywalkers and Jedis. Continue Reading

Disney buying Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion; plans new Star Wars film in 2015

October 30, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Disney is paying $4.05 billion to buy Lucasfilm Ltd., the production company behind “Star Wars,” from its chairman and founder, George Lucas. It’s also making a seventh movie in the “Star Wars” series called “Episode 7,” set for release in 2015. Continue Reading

Father of Ohio cancer patient, 4, denies Disney trip

July 19, 2012 in West Central Tribune

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A 4-year-old girl who went through two years of cancer treatments isn’t being allowed to go on a Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World because her father said she’s in remission and the trips should go to children who are sicker than his daughter.
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Disney vacation offered in Mitchell raffle

July 7, 2012 in The Daily Republic

The Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village and the Dakota Discovery Museum, both of Mitchell, are conducting a joint fundraiser that includes a chance to win a Disney vacation. Continue Reading

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Disney to Banish Junk-food Ads From Kids Shows

June 5, 2012 in WDAZ

NEW YORK (AP) Disney says its programming will no longer be sponsored by junk food.

The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday that it will become the first major media company to ban such ads for its TV channels, radio stations and websites intended for children. Continue Reading

OBIT: Robert B. Sherman, 86, composer of ‘Mary Poppins,’ other Disney film scores

March 6, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Songwriter Robert B. Sherman wrote the tongue-twisting “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and other enduring songs for some classic Disney films. Continue Reading

THE LIST: Tonic Sol-fa returns, Disney on Ice, Big Band concert, Zombie Prom and more

November 18, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The high energy a cappella group Tonic Sol-fa will return to the Empire Arts Center for a holiday show at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13. With just four voices and a tambourine, Tonic Sol-fa was named one of the top five “must see” groups in America, a news release said. Continue Reading

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Disney community has first killing in 14 year history

December 2, 2010 in INFORUM

CELEBRATION, Fla. – Celebration, Disney’s master-planned, picture-perfect central Florida community, has never reported a homicide in its 14-year existence until this week. Continue Reading

Actor Johnny Depp: Disney execs hated his Captain Sparrow

November 30, 2010 in West Central Tribune

NEW YORK (AP) Johnny Depp’s flamboyant portrayal of Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean” was good enough for an Oscar nomination, but the actor says Disney was less than thrilled. Continue Reading