The Capitol Studios Sessions – Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra

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The Capitol Studios Sessions

Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra

Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 11.99

Release Date: November 9, 2018

© A Decca Records Release; ℗ 2018 Universal Music Operations Limited

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John Legend & Chrissy Teigen Sneak Into Universal Studios With A Stolen Golf Cart!

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen are feeling a little mischievous! The couple took a break from filming their upcoming NBC holiday special “A Legendary Christmas” to check out the Universal Studios theme park nearby. The problem? They weren’t exactly supposed to go rogue!


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Saving Mr. Banks: The Official Multi-Touch Book – Walt Disney Studios

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Saving Mr. Banks: The Official Multi-Touch Book

Walt Disney Studios

Genre: Performing Arts

Publish Date: December 10, 2013

Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide

Seller: Disney Publishing Worldwide


“Wind’s in the east, mist comin’ in. Like something is brewin’ about to begin Can’t put me finger on what lies in store But I feel what’s to happen, all happened before.” —Bert in “Mary Poppins” In 1961, Walt Disney invited “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers to his studio in Los Angeles to discuss, in person, his continued interest in obtaining the movie rights to her beloved book and character—a pitch he first made to her in the 1940s. Still hesitant and disinterested after all those years, Travers wanted to tell the Hollywood impresario to go fly a kite but with dwindling sales of her books and a bleak economic future looming, PL. Travers said yes and embarked on a two-week sojourn in Los Angeles that would ultimately set the wheels of the beloved film in motion. In the movie, Saving Mr. Banks, audiences will discover how Walt Disney worked his magic on P.L Travers to bring her book to the big screen. Starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as P.L Travers, the movie opens in theaters everywhere this holiday season.  The Saving Mr. Banks: The Official Multitouch Book explores this extraordinary, previously untold story, and includes: – Video interviews with Saving Mr. Banks stars Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks, who provide their insights on playing 20th century icons – Original correspondence between Walt Disney and P.L. Travers as they discuss the movie rights and production -Rare storyboards and scripts from the Disney archives -An  interactive timeline of historic Walt Disney Studios milestones – Original recordings of the Sherman Brothers, performing their “Mary Poppins” hit songs -Facts and profiles on the key characters in Saving Mr. Banks, including Walt Disney, PL. Travers, The Sherman Brothers and more

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Live at AllSaints Studios – EP – Imagine Dragons

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Imagine Dragons

Genre: Alternative

Price: $ 3.99

Release Date: August 4, 2017

© ℗ 2017 KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records

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Maleficent: The Official Multi-Touch Book – Walt Disney Studios

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Maleficent: The Official Multi-Touch Book

Walt Disney Studios

Genre: Art & Architecture

Publish Date: May 27, 2014

Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide

Seller: Disney Publishing Worldwide


“Maleficent” explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty” and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever. The official "Maleficent" multi-touch book will take you on an immersive journey inside the new Disney film, with exclusive content, behind-the-scenes looks and much more, including:  – Interactive timeline of the history of “Sleeping Beauty”, with rare content from the Disney Archives  – Explorable environments from the world of “Maleficent” – Interviews with Angelina Jolie and the rest of the cast and crew – Exclusive behind-the-scenes photo galleries and video featurettes  – Never-before-seen concept art, storyboards and sketches – Fun facts and profiles of the characters and creatures from the film 

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5 Balance and Stability Workouts: The Country’s Best Studios for Centering Yourself

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To what lengths will you go to feel centered? Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt learned the gravity-defying art of high-wire walking (in addition to cultivating a believable and alluring French accent) to play the incomparable Philippe Petit in the new film The Walk, in wide release Friday. Petit is the impeccably fit daredevil who, in August 1974, stealthily made his way into the World Trade Center’s twin towers to install a wire and walk between the tops of the two 110-floor buildings. Such a stunt required heart-pounding core training and intense concentration. Feeling equally brave? Hone your balance and stability with these mind-over-matter workouts, from gravity-defying wire walks above desert wildlife in Tucson, Arizona, to backflips on indoor trampolines in San Francisco’s Crissy Field. Or remain firmly planted on the ground while strengthening your core with yoga in New York City’s Chinatown. Just remember to breathe.

Conditioning at Trapeze School New York, Santa Monica, CA
This 90-minute circuit-training class uses aerial silks, fitness balls, and floor work to increase your stamina and flexibility. Work on the static trapeze targets major muscle groups, while each minute movement strengthens weaker areas to create a balanced body. In other words: One minute you’re soaring, the next you’re balancing firmly on the ground.

Desert Tightrope at Miraval Resort, Tucson, AZ
Spend two hours learning how to move forward while letting go as you walk a desert tightrope suspended 35 feet above the Arizona desert. Petit has said the first step on a wire is the hardest, and this fitness class will demand every ounce of resolve, even with a safety harness firmly in place. Consider this a physical and mental exercise designed to change your perspective on life. No small feat.

Katonah Yoga at Sky Ting Yoga, New York City
Taoist philosophy (living in harmony with the source of everything that exists) combined with Hatha yoga, Pranayama breathing techniques, and Vinyasa sequences tones bodies and minds during each hour-plus class at this Nick Poe­–designed Chinatown studio founded by Krissy Jones and Chloe Kernaghan. The studio name refers to a space in the sky, and the fourth-floor location will have you scaling a few staircases to work on your balance. Strengthen arms, legs, and core muscles while you practice staying centered and disregarding distractions.

Air Conditioning at House of Air, San Francisco
Bounce and soar across a series of trampolines spread inside a massive Crissy Field warehouse during this 50-minute thigh-burner. The full-body workout will strengthen your core and hone your balance as you navigate from one rectangular trampoline to the next. “Look before you leap” takes on new meaning here.

Intro to Aerial Silk at Aerial Physique, Los Angeles
Test your coordination while working your back muscles and upper body at Jill Franklin’s new 10,000-square-foot studio, where hour-plus classes have you climbing and practicing basic foot locks and inversions. Core work is intense, but the view from high above the studio floor can’t be topped. What a rush.

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Saving Mr. Banks: The Official Multi-Touch Book – Walt Disney Studios

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Saving Mr. Banks: The Official Multi-Touch Book

Walt Disney Studios

Genre: Performing Arts

Publish Date: December 10, 2013

Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide

Seller: Disney Publishing Worldwide


“Wind’s in the east, mist comin’ in. Like something is brewin’ about to begin Can’t put me finger on what lies in store But I feel what’s to happen, all happened before.” —Bert in “Mary Poppins” In 1961, Walt Disney invited “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers to his studio in Los Angeles to discuss, in person, his continued interest in obtaining the movie rights to her beloved book and character—a pitch he first made to her in the 1940s. Still hesitant and disinterested after all those years, Travers wanted to tell the Hollywood impresario to go fly a kite but with dwindling sales of her books and a bleak economic future looming, PL. Travers said yes and embarked on a two-week sojourn in Los Angeles that would ultimately set the wheels of the beloved film in motion. In the movie, Saving Mr. Banks, audiences will discover how Walt Disney worked his magic on P.L Travers to bring her book to the big screen. Starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as P.L Travers, the movie opens in theaters everywhere this holiday season.  The Saving Mr. Banks: The Official Multitouch Book explores this extraordinary, previously untold story, and includes: – Video interviews with Saving Mr. Banks stars Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks, who provide their insights on playing 20th century icons – Original correspondence between Walt Disney and P.L. Travers as they discuss the movie rights and production -Rare storyboards and scripts from the Disney archives -An  interactive timeline of historic Walt Disney Studios milestones – Original recordings of the Sherman Brothers, performing their “Mary Poppins” hit songs -Facts and profiles on the key characters in Saving Mr. Banks, including Walt Disney, PL. Travers, The Sherman Brothers and more

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Maleficent: The Official Multi-Touch Book – Walt Disney Studios

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Maleficent: The Official Multi-Touch Book

Walt Disney Studios

Genre: Art & Architecture

Publish Date: May 27, 2014

Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide

Seller: Disney Publishing Worldwide


“Maleficent” explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty” and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever. The official "Maleficent" multi-touch book will take you on an immersive journey inside the new Disney film, with exclusive content, behind-the-scenes looks and much more, including:  – Interactive timeline of the history of “Sleeping Beauty”, with rare content from the Disney Archives  – Explorable environments from the world of “Maleficent” – Interviews with Angelina Jolie and the rest of the cast and crew – Exclusive behind-the-scenes photo galleries and video featurettes  – Never-before-seen concept art, storyboards and sketches – Fun facts and profiles of the characters and creatures from the film 

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Slightly Stoopid & Friends: Live at Roberto’s TRI Studios 9.13.11 – Slightly Stoopid

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Slightly Stoopid & Friends: Live at Roberto’s TRI Studios 9.13.11

Slightly Stoopid

Genre: Concert Films

Price: $ 9.99

Rental Price: $ 2.99

Release Date: April 30, 2013


On September 13, 2011, Slightly Stoopid was invited by Bob Weir (Grateful Dead, Furthur) to perform at his state of the art TRI Studios. Built by Meyer Sound Labs and utilizing the technology of their new Constellation sound system, Slightly Stoopid had the privilege to invite some of their close friends and family down to “Roberto’s” TRI clubhouse for an unprecedented in-studio performance. Tommy Chong, long time friend of Slightly Stoopid, hosted the event and provided some “Wisdom”. The session also features appearances from the band’s extended family of music guests including Karl Denson, Ivan & Ian Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Don Carlos, and Bob Weir himself! The result is a 32 song acoustic and electric performance. The program also features behind the scenes rehearsal footage and a rare interview segment moderated by Tommy Chong and Bob Weir.

© © 2013 Stoopid Records

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Pier 59 Studios Reveals Spring Fashion Show Roster

Pier 59 Studios has unveiled the roster of spring fashion shows it will host next month.
The space, which is a 100,000-square-foot photography and multimedia studio at Chelsea Piers, was founded in 1995 by chief executive officer Federico Pignatelli and his Art and Fashion Group Corp.  The studios feature 10 column-free studio spaces, including a 5,500-square-foot soundstage. The studios have become a hub of high-profile fashion, advertising, photo and film production. As reported, Christina Neault, joined Pier 59 Studios last month as a fashion programming consultant. The studios will be recognizing its 20th anniversary with a series of events to be programmed in part by Neault.
The collections that will be presented include Berenik, Cadet, Custo Barcelona, Degen, Fashion Palette, Flagpole Swim by Megan Balch and Jaime Barker, Frankie B., Gen Art Fresh Faces in Fashion, Giulietta, Harlem’s Fashion Row, Jay Godfrey, Julianna Bass, Karen Walker, Lie Sangbong, Mathieu Mirano, Michael Costello, Nolcha, Pamplemousse, Parkchoonmoo, Prmitv World, Sheena Trivedi, Stella Nolasco, Threeasfour and Whit.

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Last Chance for a Bikini Body: 7 Transformative Fitness Studios for Going Out With a Bang

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Here’s the thing: Summer may be drawing to an end, but there are still three glorious weeks of bikini season left to go. This means there are plenty of reasons to stay motivated when it comes to stretching, toning, and shaping your limbs through Labor Day weekend—and beyond. After all, the same full-body workouts that streamline your waist or sculpt your butt in a neoprene micro-maillot will be just as helpful when breaking out your new fall denim. For the kind of intense workouts and smart choreography that lead to a shape-shifting transformation, beeline for a comprehensive fitness studio that will help you realize a beach body all year round.

 

New York City

 

Peloton

Pedal hard at this one-year-old Chelsea indoor cycling studio because a series of cameras is recording all of your moves. Heart rates start racing once you log into your account to track your progress—you can view everything from calories burned to resistance and optimum energy output. If competition is your thing, you can elect to watch your fellow riders on a digital leaderboard. There’s motivation here in spades.

AKT InMotion

Anna Kaiser, the go-to woman behind Sarah Jessica Parkers sculpted frame, leads 60- or 90-minute dance-based cardio workouts that include a variety of moves taken from yoga, dance choreography, strength training, and plyometrics. Her newest introduction is AKTread, a treadmill-based class including such trademark motions as lateral shuffling and aerial jumps that will leave your limbs pleasantly shaking.

 

East Hampton

 

Tracy Anderson Studio

Anderson’s newest studio, opened with business partner Gwyneth Paltrow, includes her signature muscular structure classes, as well as dance cardio sessions. Anderson focuses on sculpting smaller “accessory” muscles—and avoiding the overuse of major muscle groups that can add bulk—with routines that change every ten days. Private training and video-streaming subscriptions make Tracy’s workouts an anytime, anywhere affair.

 

Chicago

 

Body R+D

Megaformers—custom resistance reformers with flexibility for cardio moves—combine aspects of weight training and Pilates. The strengthening and toning workout set to serious beats during these 45-minute classes is an intense calorie burner that combines challenging moves usually performed separately to address every muscle group in under an hour.

 

Miami

 

Barre Motion

Repeated pliés and planks elongate limbs and lift posture at this barre-based body studio. Bodies become more limber with low-impact isometric movements using body weight for resistance. Proper spinal alignment and placement is an added bonus. Because standing tall looks good on everyone.

 

Santa Monica

 

Altus Sports Institute

Sports medicine doctors, therapists, and trainers at this next-level sports institute work with both Olympians and weekend warriors to create unique detailed workouts and nutritional plans. For those trying to get back to racing form quickly, Altus trainers offer Intensives—concentrated programs tailored to produce visible results—in everything from summer paddle-boarding to winter ski preps.

 

Los Angeles

 

Body by Simone

Simone De La Rue’s dance-centric heart-pumping cardio workout is designed to create a fluid body with lean muscle and a flat stomach—everyday essentials for clients like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Unique choreography aside, De La Rue is also a firm believer in an elementary school playground staple: jumping rope.

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Public Enemy Announces Album, ‘Live From Metropolis Studios’

Legendary hip-hop group Public Enemy has announced that they will be releasing a new live album, Live from Metropolis Studios. The album was recorded during an intimate two hour long set at a show in London, UK in front of only 125 people. The 21-track effort, which is due out Sept. 4th, features tracks from their nearly three-decades in hip-hop. The album will feature interviews with Chuck D, Flavor Flav and S1W and will come in CD, Blu-Ray, Vinyl and DVD format.

This announcement comes less than a month after they released their 13th studio album Man Plans, God Laughs.

Take a look at the tracklist below.

Live From Metropolis Studios

1. “Intro”
2. “Lost at Birth”
3. “Miuzi Weighs a Ton”
4. “Get Up Stand Up”
5. “Rebel Without A Pause”
6. “911 Is a Joke”
7. “Welcome to the Terrordome”
8. “Hoover Music”
9. “Black Steel In The Hour of Chaos”
10. “Show Em Whatcha Got”
11. “Bring the Noise”
12. “Don’t Believe the Hype”
13. “Can’t Truss It”
14. “He Got Game”
15. “Night of the Living Baseheads”
16. “I Shall Not Be Moved”
17. “Fight t1he Power”
18. “Can’t Do Nuttin’ for Ya Man”
19. “31 Flavors”
20. “Shut Em Down”
21. “Harder Than You Think”

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Porcelain (Air Studios 2013) – Helen Jane Long

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Porcelain (Air Studios 2013)

Helen Jane Long

Genre: Instrumental

Price: $ 6.93

Release Date: June 24, 2007

© ℗ 2013 BLE Records

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Bill Cosby Statue Kicked Out Of Disney’s Hollywood Studios At Walt Disney World

A Bill Cosby statue is being evicted from Walt Disney World.

A bronze bust of the actor, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than two dozen women, was removed on Tuesday night from a section of the Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park that pays tribute to TV legends, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

The move comes after the Associated Press obtained court documents from 2005 in which the comic and actor admitted to obtaining quaaludes with the intention of giving them to women with whom he planned to have sex.

Cosby has never been criminally charged in connection with the accusations.

Brittany Gavrilova, who says her aunt is one of Cosby’s alleged victims, commended the removal of the statue this week.

“Especially now that a document has been released where he has admitted to it, I don’t think that someone like that should be placed on a pedestal, especially where people bring their families,” Gavrilova told WESH.

Gavrilova had posted a petition on Change.org several months ago calling for the bust’s removal.

The statue was part of the theme park’s Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame Plaza, which features busts of TV legends such as Lucille Ball, Dick Clark, Andy Griffith, Oprah Winfrey and Walt Disney.

As of early Wednesday, Cosby was still listed on the website as one of the celebrity busts on display. However, local media reported that the statue would be out of the park by the time it opens in the morning.

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Paul Rudd and Marvel’s Kevin Feige Reveal ‘Ant-Man’s’ Saga, from Director Shuffle to Screenplay Surgery to Studio’s “Phase Three” Plans


The new superhero and the Marvel movie chief discuss the 10-year fight to make the fan favorite, bold plans for expanding the brand’s universe (Spider-Man crossovers! Ava DuVernay directing ‘Black Panther’?) and Hollywood’s female director problem: “There’s a big shift happening.”

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Saving Mr. Banks: The Official Multi-Touch Book – Walt Disney Studios

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Saving Mr. Banks: The Official Multi-Touch Book

Walt Disney Studios

Genre: Performing Arts

Publish Date: December 10, 2013

Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide

Seller: Disney Publishing Worldwide


“Wind’s in the east, mist comin’ in. Like something is brewin’ about to begin Can’t put me finger on what lies in store But I feel what’s to happen, all happened before.” —Bert in “Mary Poppins” In 1961, Walt Disney invited “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers to his studio in Los Angeles to discuss, in person, his continued interest in obtaining the movie rights to her beloved book and character—a pitch he first made to her in the 1940s. Still hesitant and disinterested after all those years, Travers wanted to tell the Hollywood impresario to go fly a kite but with dwindling sales of her books and a bleak economic future looming, PL. Travers said yes and embarked on a two-week sojourn in Los Angeles that would ultimately set the wheels of the beloved film in motion. In the movie, Saving Mr. Banks, audiences will discover how Walt Disney worked his magic on P.L Travers to bring her book to the big screen. Starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as P.L Travers, the movie opens in theaters everywhere this holiday season.  The Saving Mr. Banks: The Official Multitouch Book explores this extraordinary, previously untold story, and includes: – Video interviews with Saving Mr. Banks stars Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks, who provide their insights on playing 20th century icons – Original correspondence between Walt Disney and P.L. Travers as they discuss the movie rights and production -Rare storyboards and scripts from the Disney archives -An  interactive timeline of historic Walt Disney Studios milestones – Original recordings of the Sherman Brothers, performing their “Mary Poppins” hit songs -Facts and profiles on the key characters in Saving Mr. Banks, including Walt Disney, PL. Travers, The Sherman Brothers and more

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Covered (The Robert Glasper Trio Recorded Live At Capitol Studios) – Robert Glasper

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Covered (The Robert Glasper Trio Recorded Live At Capitol Studios)

Robert Glasper

Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 11.99

Expected Release Date: June 16, 2015

© ℗ 2015 Blue Note Records

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Musicians sue US film studios for outsourcing

Actor Chris Pine and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce the film 'Interstellar'/Hans Zimmer as a nominee for Best Music Original Score in the film at the 87th Academy Awards Nominations Announcement, in Beverly Hills, on January 15, 2015Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer — violated a collective bargaining agreement that music for Hollywood films would be produced in the United States or Canada. "The disregard for the livelihood of professional musicians by these companies has to stop," said Ray Hair, president of the 80,000-strong American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada. The lawsuit pointed to the score for last year's hit science fiction epic "Interstellar," which was directed by Christopher Nolan and starred Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine and Matthew McConaughey.



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How Walt Disney Animation Studios Kept Feast From Looking Like a Dog’s Dinner

Patrick Osborne tried something interesting back in 2012: He set up two 1 Second Everyday accounts. With one he used the app to capture brief glimpses of his day-to-day life, and with the other he recorded quick footage of many of the meals he consumed that year.

“And it was the 1 Second Everyday footage of all that food which turned out to be the far more compelling recording,” Patrick explained during a recent phone interview. “There’s something cool about the amount of life you see just in showing your meals, these hints of intriguing and exciting things happening out beyond the edges of the plate.”

Coincidentally, right after Paperman took home the Oscar for Best Animated Short in February 2013, Walt Disney Animation Studios announced that it was formally reviving its shorts program. What’s more, studio staffers were then invited to submit pitches to WDAS’ new shorts trust.

“And as I was trying to come up with some ideas for films that I then could pitch to the shorts trust, my mind kept circling back to that 1 Second Everyday recording that I did of all that food,” Patrick continued. “It just felt like that there was something there that I could center a short around. So I started with that concept and then mixed it in with the patterning and the color of different foods placed on the table, just to see what that might be like.”

But in the end, in spite of the obvious potential for doing fun things with sound design and color, Patrick’s app-driven idea came up short, mostly because Patrick’s short idea lacked a through line, a reason for an audience to sit and watch this parade of food go by.

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“But then I thought: What if we put a dog under that table?” Patrick stated. “That’s a character who would be supremely interested in what was being served for breakfast, lunch and dinner within that household. Which then gave us a strong reason to focus on all that food. And what if this dog had been newly adopted by this family? Maybe in the background of all these brief snippets of meals, we could then show how this dog’s relationship with his new family was unfolding.”

This was one of the three ideas that Patrick pitched to WDAS’s story trust. (“John Lasseter won’t allow you to come into a pitch session with just one idea,” he explained. “He doesn’t want you to put all of your creative eggs in one basket. So you always have to come into these shorts pitch sessions with three distinctly different ideas.”) Then he went back to his day job, which was working as the co-Head of Animation of Big Hero 6.

“And then, in October of 2013, they called and said they were going to make my short,” Patrick said. “And then, in an instant, everything changes. I’m no longer working on Big Hero 6, and I now have a deadline for story, which is something that I’ve never done. So I immediately began trying to figure out how I was going to turn my pitch into an emotionally satisfying short film.”

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And given that Feast‘s green light also came with a delivery date (this new WDAS short had to be completed by June 10, 2014, so that it could then have its world premiere at the annual Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France), Patrick didn’t have any time to dither — especially since before production could actually begin on Feast, he and his team first had to nail down this short’s story.

“That’s the real difference between making a full-length animated feature and an animated short,” Patrick explained. “When you work on a feature, a little bit of story gets approved and then moves into production. But when you work on a short, all of your story gets approved at once, which is kind of a blessing and a curse, given that you know as soon as your story gets approved, layout needs to get done by next week.”

Getting that final story approval wasn’t easy, though. The first three Feast story reels that Patrick and his team submitted didn’t pass muster with Lasseter, largely because they hadn’t yet realized the vision for this animated short that he had originally pitched.

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“John was always quick to point out all of the stuff that was already worked,” Patrick recalled. “He loved Feast‘s look right from the get-go, how strong the design of the food was, how you could immediately identify every meal that was being served no matter how briefly that food item was up on screen. But what John really pushed us on was this short’s through line. At every meeting John would remind us that the reason he selected my pitch for development was because something felt emotionally right to him about this story idea. He just kept after us to deliver on the emotional promise of that pitch.”

And in the end Patrick and his storyboard artists did finally find a way to deliver on Feast‘s initial promise. But a lot of that was because of many of the behind-the-scenes creative decisions that these WDAS staffers made as they rushed to put this new animated short together.

Take, for example, Winston, the cartoon canine who serves as Feast‘s central character. Given that this animated short was mostly going to be made up of sequences that were less than five seconds long, it was crucial that audiences be able to quickly find Winston in every single scene. What’s more, audience members had to be able to immediately read all this dog’s emotions.

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“That’s why, after looking at all of these breeds of dog, we decided to make Winston a Boston Terrier,” Patrick said. “Given this breed’s distinctive black-and-white coat, that was then going to make Winston very easy to find in every scene. More to the point, given that Boston Terriers have these big, expressive eyes, that was then going to make possible for audience members to quickly determine what this dog is thinking and feeling.”

Of course, to make sure that audiences absolutely knew for sure what was going on at all times in Feast, Patrick and company did employ a few cinematic cheats, like how Winston is placed in the very center of most shots in this short.

“We also don’t immediately start in with those three- and five-second-long shots,” Patrick continued. “What we learned from our first few story reels is that if we started too quickly, we then didn’t give our audience enough time to get on board with the creative conceit of this short. That’s why Feast‘s first few shots are the longest. We wanted to give the audience a chance to get to know these characters first, let them take in a little of their world and enjoy the performances before this short then really kicks into gear.”

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And to make sure that the cartoon canine at the very center of Feast came across as an authentic dog, WDAS brought in a trio of Boston Terriers — Gizmo, Chibi and Swee’Pea — for Patrick and his animators to observe.

“And we took full advantage of our time with those Boston Terriers,” Patrick laughed. “That scene in Feast where Winston is trying to lick peanut butter off of his muzzle comes straight from the afternoon that our artists spent watching and drawing those dogs.”

And in the end Patrick and his team met their deadline and delivered a fully realized version of Feast just three days before this short was supposed to have its world premiere at Annecy 2013. And to now have Feast screening in front of Big Hero 6 in theaters around the globe little more than a year after this WDAS production was first officially put into development just seems kind of amazing to Patrick.

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“John always says to trust the process,” Patrick said. “But to be right in the middle of that process, trying to get the hang of things like scoring? I won’t lie to you: It was very challenging and often pretty scary. But to be honest, the best part of working on Feast was that the team at WDAS got to build on everything that we’d learned from our last couple of shorts. We got to use Meander again like we did in Paperman, but do it in more of a naturalistic style of shooting film, with a little bit more focus on cuts and cinematography.”

Which is perhaps a polite way of saying that just because Walt Disney Animation Studios’ newest short stars a dog doesn’t mean that Feast then had to looks like a dog’s dinner.
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Maleficent: The Official Multi-Touch Book

Walt Disney Studios

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Publish Date: May 27, 2014

Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide

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“Maleficent” explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty” and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever. The official "Maleficent" multi-touch book will take you on an immersive journey inside the new Disney film, with exclusive content, behind-the-scenes looks and much more, including:  – Interactive timeline of the history of “Sleeping Beauty”, with rare content from the Disney Archives  – Explorable environments from the world of “Maleficent” – Interviews with Angelina Jolie and the rest of the cast and crew – Exclusive behind-the-scenes photo galleries and video featurettes  – Never-before-seen concept art, storyboards and sketches – Fun facts and profiles of the characters and creatures from the film 

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Disneytoon Studios worked closely with CalFire to make “Planes: Fire & Rescue” as authentic as possible

“Do your research.”

That is the lesson that John Lasseter — Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney & Pixar Animation Studios — has repeatedly drilled into the artists that he works with. That before they jump feet-first into developing a brand-new animated feature, these filmmakers must first understand the world that this movie’s characters are supposed to occupy.

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In the case of Pixar’s “Up,” this meant that Pete Docter and his production team had to go to Venezuela. Where it then took them three days of hard traveling by airplanes, jeeps & helicopters before they finally reached Mount Roraima (i.e., the highest point of the Pakaraima chain of tepui plateau in South America) and Angel Falls.

And when it came to Disney “Frozen,” animators & effects artists flew to Jackson Hole, WY in the middle of winter. Just so that they could then don authentic period clothing like long skirts and mush through deep snow. So that — when it came time to animate Anna’s struggle to reach Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post & Sauna — they could then get all of the details just right.

But when it came time to research “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” the story team from Disneytoon Studios didn’t get to fly off to South America or Wyoming. They just hopped in a car and drove on down to the Hemet-Ryan Air Attack Base. Where they then talked with dozens of aerial firefighters who work for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection AKA CalFire.

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“We worked with these guys for four years,” Paul Gerard, the director of Creative Development for Disneytoon Studios, explained. “And CalFire helped us so much with ‘Fire & Rescue.’ They let us know everything that you’d possibly want to know about Air Attack. And we’d then not only try to incorporate as much of that information as we possibly could into our film … Well, we’d also invite members of the Air Attack team to come look at our movie while it was still on reels. We’d then take the additional notes that these guys gave us and fold them into our film to make ‘Fire & Rescue’ as authentic as possible.”

Now I know that — especially for folks outside of the animation industry — that it may sound kind of strange that Disneytoon Studios would put this much effort into a sequel to 2013’s “Planes.” Given that the first film in this series had been such a success … Well, it must have been awfully tempting to just put this project on auto-pilot. Have Dusty Crophopper compete in yet another ’round-the-world race.

“But that’s not how we do things here at DisneyToon Studios,” said Jeffrey M. Howard — the co-screenwriter of both the original “Planes” as well as “Fire & Rescue.” “We weren’t looking to repeat ourselves with the second film in the ‘Planes’ series. We wanted to do different things with Dusty this time around. Have him go off and explore an entirely different corner of his world.”

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Which — given that the central character of this series is a crop duster turned world-class racer — was something of a challenge. But it was actually “Fire & Rescue” director Bobs Gannaway who, during the research phase of this Disneytoon Studios production, stumbled across the factoid which eventually allowed Dusty to soar off in an entirely new direction.

“It was Bobs — as he was researching the history of agricultural airplanes — who discovered that these planes had also been used for firefighting. Only instead of dropping chemicals & fertilizer on fields, they’d then drop water on burning forests,” Howard continued. “And it was that neat bit of trivia — that crop dusters had once been used as single engine air tankers — that then allowed us to step away from the world of racing and go explore this entirely different aspect of aviation.”

Which is why Jeffrey, Bobs & Paul made their first trip to Hemet-Ryan Air Attack Base back in 2010. But what they thought was going to be a simple research trip suddenly changed the overall theme of their film.

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“Now you have to understand that a lot of us who worked on these movies were big aviation geeks. So we were like ‘Show us the planes. Let us see what you have,’ ” said Howard said. “And as the folks at Hemet-Ryan showed us their fleet, we discovered that all of their aircraft are repurposed. I mean, there’s actually one aircraft in the Western World that’s been purpose-built specifically for firefighting. Everything else was originally built to do something else.”

“Take — for example — the S2, CalFire’s main tanker. It used to be a sub fighter. And the OV-10 Bronco was a military reconnaissance plane. While the Huey had dozens of roles going all the way back to Vietnam,” Jeffrey continued. “So all of these aircraft had originally been designed to do other things. But now that they were part of the Air Attack fleet, they all had these brand-new lives doing different & challenging things. And taking that into account … Well, that’s when the idea that ‘Fire & Rescue’ might then become this story about second chances began formulating in our heads.”

So to get better acquainted with the world of CalFire, the folks at Disneytoon Studios regularly began making the 95-mile drive from the Disney Media Campus in Glendale to Hemet-Ryan Air Attack Base in Riverside. Where Battalion Chief Travis Alexander was happy to throw open the door and let Disney’s artists get better acquainted with the world of aerial firefighting.

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“They let us see everything, including the red stuff which they drop on fires. They call it slurry or mud. And it’s red so you can then see it as you drop it out of a plane. You can see from a distance. And it has the sort of consistency of snot,” Gerard stated. “Now I have an 8 year-old son. So I know a lot about snot. And that’s the stuff that they fill up the S2 with. Because on the sub hunter, they’ve built in these tanks. And on the back, they have this double gauge to just plug in and they then load up this plane up with slurry.”

“Now you have to understand that — when you’re working with artists & animators — we’re just a bunch of big kids. So as soon as you’d say ‘Hey, this slurry feels like snot,’ a bunch of animators would then immediately say ‘Let me feel,’ ” Jeffrey laughed.

The other thing that Gannaway, Gerard & Howard discovered as they continued to hang out at Hemet-Ryan Air Attack Base was that it wasn’t just the aircraft that had been repurposed. That a lot of the base’s buildings / support structures had either been repurposed or built from scratch.

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“We’d point at some building and say ‘Has that always been here?’ And the Air Attack team members would say Nope. ‘We just got some lumber and some corrugated metal and put it up ourselves,’ Jeffrey continued. “Everywhere you looked around the Air Attack base, the CalFire crew had made smart use of repurposed materials. Take — for example — the cabinets where they store their giveaway t-shirts and coffee mugs. These cabinets used to belong to this video game store that was just down the road. They were where that store used to store all of their Nintendos. That video store was just giving these cabinets away because they didn’t need them anymore. CalFire snatched these cabinets up and put them to great use at the Air Attack base. And that look — this place where the pieces didn’t often look like they quite fit together because they’re actually made up of all this hand-me-down equipment — began to inform the look & design of ‘Fire & Rescue.’ “

Mind you, this isn’t to say that everyone at Disneytoon Studios was immediately on board with the idea that Dusty Crophopper’s next adventure should be set in the world of aerial firefighting.

“Just like at Walt Disney Animation Studios & Pixar, we have a story trust at Disneytoon Studios that directors can pitch their stories to. And one time after Bobs had pitched the story for ‘Fire & Rescue,’ one of the other directors here said ‘It’s really convenient — from a story-telling point-of-view — that just as Dusty lands, the klaxon goes off, there’s this fire and the team then has to go fight it,” Paul said.

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“But here’s the thing: One time when we had brought all of our artists down to Hemet-Ryan to talk with the Air Attack team and draw all of their planes, that actually happened to us. The klaxon went off and we then had to quickly get all of our artists off of the runway,” Gerard continued. “And we were like ‘Wow! A fire!” And the Air Attack team was like ‘You guys only hear about the big ones.’ And then they took off.”

FYI: That “You only hear about the big ones” line actually wound up in the movie. As did Hemet-Ryan Air Attack’s funky hand-me-down quality as well as its repurposed air fleet. Which is why — if you want to see the most authentic film that’s been made about aerial firefighting in the past 50 years — then you really need to go see Disneytoon Studios’ “Planes: Fire & Rescue.” Which opens in theaters this Friday.
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Our Jungle Book Obsession: Two Films Planned by Rival Studios

It may seem a little strange to some, but currently there are two rival Jungle Book films planned. Idris Elba is to voice Shere Khan in a Disney remake, potentially along with Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong’o. And Andy Serkis is to direct a Warner Brothers version.

Both films are currently at very early stages. We don’t even have release years confirmed for either film, but it will be interesting to see how the companies nod to both Disney’s 1967 classic and Rudyard Kipling’s original stories. It may be even more interesting to see how each production attempts to gain the edge on its rival.

Of course, at this stage, it is impossible to comment on either of these films. There are assumptions in some quarters that the Warner Brothers’ version will be “darker, or more realistic“, but really this displays nothing more than an unfounded prejudice that Disney produces films that are inherently lighter and happier. This is an odd reputation for Disney to have, given the number of psychopathic would-be child murderers and thugs who inhabit so many of its films.

The next Shere Khan.
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Perhaps not everyone considers it “dark” when you make a film about the consequences that befall a teenage girl after her step-mother puts out a hit on her (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs), or a girl who is enslaved by her step-mother (Cinderella), or characters who, variously, are under a death curse (Sleeping Beauty, Hercules) or threatened by ruthless villains (The Jungle Book, The Aristocats, The Rescuers, The Black Cauldron, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Treasure Planet, Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph). Or maybe that’s just me.

Anyway. The Jungle Book that everyone thinks of is of course the 1967 version, which was an enormous box office success in its initial theatrical run. While there is evidence that the film’s success, at least in part, may have been connected to sentimentality triggered by Walt Disney’s death just a few months earlier, it was probably due more to what was seen as a film with great music (“The Bare Necessities” was nominated for an Oscar) and what Richard Schickel described in his 1968 review for Life as Disney doing “what they have always done better than anyone — a succession of hilarious caricatures of anthromorphised animals in rapid, comic motion”.

Rudyard Kipling.
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Of course, The Jungle Book has been adapted (and re-adapted) before. A 1942 film starred Sabu, and in 1994, Disney made another version. Nothing is said about these versions in articles about the two upcoming films, a curious omission given the fact that they, like the new versions, are live-action. It could be argued that the reason these are less well-remembered (despite both films being critical and commercial successes when released) is because they just aren’t as charming as the 1967 film.

Some of the criticism online comes from those apparently unaware that the 1967 version is a very loose adaptation (the credits list four Disney story men as the writers, adding in smaller letters beneath their names that the film was “Inspired by the Rudyard Kipling ‘Mowgli’ stories”). The 1942 and 1994 versions, while still loose, are nonetheless more faithful to Kipling.

But of course arguments about “faithful” adaptations are more often manifestations of literary snobbery than useful critiques of a film. Movies must translate a story to an entirely different medium, and that always means changes. More often than some would like to admit, changes are also needed, in many cases, to find a sufficiently-large audience. Each Jungle Book adaptation so far has succeeded in that sense.

So perhaps it isn’t so ridiculous that two major Hollywood studios are both making live-action versions of The Jungle Book. After all, there is a great history of the coincidental release of very similar films. In 1991 we had Robin Hood as well as Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. A Bug’s Life and Antz were both released in 1998. Snow White and the Huntsman and Mirror Mirror were both last year. The list goes on. What is really interesting about this is the question of what is it about today that these new versions of The Jungle Book will address.

If they both are made, it will be interesting to compare them with the other extant Jungle Book films — not as some test of literary “fidelity” to the original, a hierarchical and ultimately meaningless practice — but instead to examine how the film brings to the fore our era’s ideas about colonialism, race, gender and (potentially) animal rights (a theme that made its way into Disney’s 1994 version). But that discussion must wait for the films to be made. Whenever that happens.

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