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Headline News It's The Home Of Your Dreams!

Imagine a home so perfectly attuned to the needs of a family that it can anticipate and fulfill them, virtually without anyone lifting a finger. Now imagine that the home offers family members high-tech connectivity, not just with one another but with people, entertainment and information in the world at large.

Guests at Disneyland can soon do more than imagine it. Beginning June 17, the Innoventions Dream Home in Tomorrowland is bringing that world to life as a limited number of guests have the opportunity to preview the home.

Headline News Horrid Henry Headed To The Stage

Leading independent producer Novel Ent. is taking its hit show HORRID HENRY from the TV screen to the stage with Watershed Productions in association with Sheffield Theatres. This announcement comes on the back of a recent second series commission for HORRID HENRY from CITV.

For the first time ever on stage, Henry takes his rightful place in the spotlight. Along with Mum, Dad, Perfect Peter and Moody Margaret -- only they're not going to be in the spotlight, of course, not if Henry's got anything to do with it.

Headline News Universal Studios Honors California Firefighters

Universal Studios Hollywood is paying tribute to the firefighters who recently helped save the historic Universal studio with a "Salute to Firefighters," offering badged fire department personnel a free One Day General Admission throughout the month of June. Up to three family members or friends accompanying an eligible firefighter will also receive 50 percent off a One Day General Admission.

To obtain free admission, firefighters may show current photo employee identification at the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park box office.

Headline News The Show Goes On At Universal Studios Hollywood Following Fire On Sunday

Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk have taken a "the show must go on" stance and are open for business as usual after a weekend fire that damaged the King Kong backlot attraction and one area of film sets that were frequently visited by the Studio Tour.

Headline News Universal Studios Backlot Fire Destroys Several Rides, Shooting Locations

A fire at Universal Studios on Sunday affected two popular backlot shooting locations -- New York Street and the BACK TO THE FUTURE courthouse square -- the KING KONG park attraction and countless copies of studio films and TV shows in a video vault, VARIETY reports.

The pre-dawn blaze is said to have burned three to four acres, but the full impact on shooting and theme park operations was unclear. A Universal rep said Sunday afternoon they had no information regarding future production in the affected areas.

Headline News Universal Studios Shows Us The Black Lagoon

Drawn from Universal's crypt of classic monsters and updated with spectacular Broadway production values and special effects, CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON -- THE MUSICAL will rise, live, on stage at Universal Studios Hollywood beginning spring 2009.

Headline News Simpsons Ride Open at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood

You've seen the show, played The Game, watched The Movie. And now, yes, it's finally here. You can ride -- The Ride.

America's favorite animated family has arrived in Hollywood and Orlando -- with their very own mega-attraction. THE SIMPSONS RIDE is officially open at Universal Studios Hollywood, California and Universal Orlando Resort in Florida. The new attractions plant guests smack in the middle of a brand-new Simpsons adventure -- a ride adventure so big, so funny and so thrilling it's no surprise it took years to make.

Headline News Homer Simpson Throws Out A First Pitch

Universal Studios Hollywood hits it out of the ballpark with a new promotion offering kids a chance to visit the all-new mega attraction, THE SIMPSONS RIDE at The Entertainment Capital of L.A. for free when a Dodger hits a "Homer" during the fifth inning of any Dodgers home game this 2008 MLB season.

The "Hit a Homer" promotion, which runs all season long, will step up to the plate on Monday, May 19 when Homer Simpson throws out the first pitch at the L.A. Dodgers vs. Cincinnati Reds game. One free child's ticket will be offered with one paid adult ticket.

Headline News Six Flags Great Adventure Unveils The Dark Knight Coaster

Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey today unveiled the highly anticipated THE DARK KNIGHT COASTER. Based on Warner Bros. Pictures' upcoming movie THE DARK KNIGHT, the indoor, dark coaster offers guests a one-of-kind ride experience.

Headline News Manhattan Museum Opens Dora And Diego Exhibit This Month

On May 20, the Children's Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) opens the brand-new "Adventures with Dora and Diego" exhibit, the nation's only museum exhibition inspired by the popular characters from the award-winning Nickelodeon series, GO, DIEGO, GO! and DORA THE EXPLORER.

Blogs fmx/08: Expanding the Global Animation & VFX Connection

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 12:00am

Johannes Wolters dives into fmx/08, which this year offered an even greater number of stimulating discussions on the state of artistic and technological visual content.

Headline News Harry Potter: The Exhibition

Becker Group, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, will bring worldwide audiences "Harry Potter: The Exhibition," a state-of-the-art exhibition highlighting artifacts from the Warner Bros. films based on J.K. Rowling's book series. The 10,000 square foot experience will premiere in spring 2009 in a major market, and will appear in 10 or more cities around the world throughout a five-year span.

Headline News Celebrities Flip Their Fins In New Installment Of Disney Dream Portrait Series

For the latest image in the portrait series of celebrities living out their Disney dreams, photographer Annie Leibovitz followed a simple recipe: Just add water.

Continuing the "Disney Dream Portrait Series" that has put stars in all kinds of Disney fantasies, Leibovitz trained her famous lens this time on the undersea world of Ariel, heroine of THE LITTLE MERMAID. To get there, she dressed actress Julianne Moore and American swimming icon Michael Phelps in tails and scales.

Headline News Animation Artwork To Color Academy Gallery

More than 125 hand-drawn artwork pieces from such classics as ALICE IN WONDERLAND, 101 DALMATIANS, and THE LION KING, will be showcased in "Ink & Paint: The Art of Hand-Drawn Animation," a new exhibition opening on Friday, May 16, in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Grand Lobby Gallery in Beverly Hills. Admission is free.

The magic of an animated film depends on the ability to bring to life not only animated characters, but the worlds they inhabit.

Headline News Green Technology In New Simpsons Ride At Universal Studios

Consistent with a company-wide initiative, creative teams at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando have employed a variety of technological innovations in the design and construction of The Simpsons Ride -- opening at both parks in May 2008 -- and are ushering in a new era of environmentally conscious theme park ride construction.

The Simpsons Ride is a new mega-attraction based on the blockbuster movie and TV series.

Headline News Pulling Back The Drapes: Set Decoration Revealed

The home library of an action hero, the bedroom of a mother-to-be and the office of a police chief will be among the installations celebrating the set decorator's art in "Pulling Back the Drapes: Set Decoration Revealed," a new exhibition opening on Friday, May 16, in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Fourth Floor Gallery in Beverly Hills. Admission is free.

Headline News Disney Live! Presents Three Classic Fairy Tales In China

With the help of Mickey Mouse and his famous friends, the time-honored stories of SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS, CINDERELLA and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST will spring from the storybooks and onto the stage in Disney Live! presents THREE CLASSIC FAIRY TALES.

Thomas Schumacher, president of Disney Theatrical Group, and Kenneth Feld, chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment made the announcement Tuesday.

Headline News Six Flags, Nintendo Renew Wii Experience

Six Flags announced this week plans to renew its partnership with Nintendo for the 2008 season.

As part of the agreement, Six Flags will feature and operate the Wii Experience in 10 of its theme parks across the country. Each Wii Experience will house 10 consoles and be operational April 5 - November 2.

Headline News Thomas Land Opens In The UK

HIT Ent. and Drayton Manor Theme Park in Staffordshire have opened Europe's first Thomas Land in the UK.

Set within three acres of beautiful parkland, Thomas Land at Drayton Manor Theme Park features twelve themed rides including a 600 meter Thomas train ride, an indoor play centre, cafe and a Thomas retail shop.

Headline News See Speed Racer's Car In Person

The thunderous Mach 5, Speed Racer's supercharged race car featured in Warner Bros. Pictures' new live-action film SPEED RACER, will be on display at the 2008 New York International Auto Show.

The public can view Mach 5 from March 21-30, 2008 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, at 11th Avenue between 34th and 39th streets in New York City.

See the Mach 5 in action when SPEED RACER opens in theatres nationwide on May 9, 2008.

Headline News Explore The Fifth Dimension at 5D - The Future of Immersive Design

The Art Directors Guild (ADG) and the University Art Museum (UAM) of California State University, Long Beach will host an innovative two-day conference called 5D - The Future of Immersive Design.

It will be the first-ever conference dealing with the convergence of visual storytelling and design technology across all narrative media and will take place October 4-5.

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