Disney Launches ‘The Odd Life of Timothy Green’ Sock Drive

(PCM) The Walt Disney Studios announced today that they worked with Hanes, who is collaborating with the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM), to launch “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” Sock Drive on July 9, 2012, aimed at providing new socks for families in need across the U.S.

People are asked to take new pairs of socks to any of the community drop-off locations nationwide between July 9 and September 3, 2012. Besides the community locations, people may also drop off socks at Carmike and Marcus theaters in their communities. Hanes will be standing by to match donations up to 10,000 pairs of socks. AGRM will distribute the socks to the families they aid.

The sock drive was inspired by Disney’s new movie The Odd Life of Timothy Green. It’s the inspiring, magical story of a happily married couple, Cindy and Jim Green who can’t wait to start a family but can only dream about what their child would be like. When young Timothy shows up on their doorstep one stormy night, Cindy and Jim—and their small town of Stanleyville—learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life’s greatest gifts.

Disney presents “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” with Ahmet Zappa, Scott Sanders and Jim Whitaker producing, story by Ahmet Zappa and screenplay by Peter Hedges. “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” is slated for release on August 15, 2012. You can learn more about the movie here at its Facebook page. You can also find out more information about AGRM here at their official website.

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Johnny Depp’s Lone Ranger Begins Shooting

 

After a rough start, the filming of Johnny Depp’s star-studded Lone Ranger project has finally begun.

 

The latest Disney collaboration was shelved due to budgetary concerns six months ago, but has been picked up again by producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Goreverbinski. Shooting has kicked off in the southwestern United States.

Johnny Depp stars as Tonto, the Lone Ranger’s faithful sidekick and Social Network breakout star Armie Hammer will play the titular role. Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Wilkinson, William Fitchner, and Ruth Wilson are also attached to the project.

The reboot of the comedic Western will center around Tonto’s recount about  John Reid’s transformation into the justice-seeking Lone Ranger, which means a lot of Johnny Depp screentime! Depp has been involved with the movie ever since Bruckheimer first brought the idea to Disney.

The movie will be shot in New Mexico and will move on to various locations including Arizona, Utah, and Colorado.

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Introducing Disney’s First Kiddie Princess

Disney has announced their newest animated princess, the lavender-gowned Sofia, who will star in her own animated television show and movie that will debut in fall 2012, with the tv series following in the spring of 2013.

Despite the frilly dress and sparkly crown, some of the signature apparel worn by Disney princesses, Sofia’s character is not a member of the official Disney Princess lineup, although her show will feature cameos from Cinderella and the fairies from Sleeping Beauty. 

The new series, entitled “Sofia the First,” will follow the little girl’s journey as she becomes a princess after her mother marries the king of her storybook world. Sofia is introduced to a world of glamour and excess when she moves into a castle where she meets her step siblings Amber and James.

“Modern Family” star Ariel Winter will voice Sofia, with “Grey’s Anatomy” star Sara Ramirez as her mom, Queen Miranda, comdian Wayne Brady as a clever rabbit named Clover, and “Project Runway” fashion expert Tim Gunn voicing Baileywick, the Royal Steward.

“Sofia the First” will air on the Disney Channel and Disney Channel Junior, a daytime block of television aimed at children between the ages of two and seven.

“Although Sofia will have plenty of pretty dresses and sparkly shoes, our stories will show Sofia, and our viewers, that what makes a real princess is what’s inside, not what’s outside,” said Nancy Kanter, senior vice president of programming and general manager for Disney Junior Worldwide.

 

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The Lion King 3D Re-Release Tops Box Office

17 years after its original theatrical release in 1994, The Lion King has managed to accomplish a surprising feat: topping the box office this weekend with its 3D re-release.

While no major blockbusters were slated for release this past weekend, a few decently anticipated and even some highly praised films hit theaters alongside the King, including Drive (which earned $11 million), Straw Dogs (which took in $5 million) and I Don’t Know How She Does It (which earned $4.5 million). But Simba and his gang brought in the most moviegoers, earning an estimated $29.3 million in North America.

Disney had modest expectations for the revamped re-release that would be playing on 2,330 theaters and was intended to promote a BluRay version of the film coming out October 4, expecting to earn about $12 – 13 million.

Instead, what they got was a host of new stats. It is the first re-release to open at number one in 14 years, the last one being Return of the Jedi – Special Edition in 1997. It also become the fifth biggest September opening in history and Disney’s second biggest, coming second to 2002’s Sweet Home Alabama. And, in a year where the 3D option has often been avoided for the traditional 2D, many who saw the movie this weekend saw it through the help of their kid-sized “Simba” glasses.

Having attracted families, couples, kids, parents and, it would be no surprise to see the originally intended two-week run of the film extended given its success this past weekend. And for that, we largely have nostalgia to thank, because, really, who wanted want to watch a classic on the big screen?

The original movie opened on June 15, 1994 with an opening weekend of $41 million, going on to gross $312 million in its initial domestic release. It is also ranked as the top-grossing, hand-drawn animated film of all time.

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Disney Surrenders to the U.S. Navy

After beginning the attempt to trademark the phrase “SEAL Team 6″ on May 3, The Walt Disney Co. has officially dropped its attempt.

Disney’s interest in SEAL Team 6 arose just two days after the highly trained, counter-terrorism unit was brought into the media when its members killed Osama Bin Laden. The quick movement to own rights to the name not only annoyed the Navy but also made Disney the joke of late night comedians.

Disney’s move to drop the application was made in response to the U.S. Navy’s own filing of trademark applications for the names “Navy SEALS” and “SEAL Team” with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on May 13. A Disney spokesman said, “Out of deference to the Navy’s application for these trademarks, we have withdrawn ours.”

Disney’s ABC-TV had planned a TV show that would focus on elite military units, in much the same way as NCIS and JAG. Now, having dropped the attempt for trademarking the name, Disney is said to still be planning the TV show and just won’t use the name. The trademark application, should Disney have gone through with it, also would have brought about “SEAL Team 6″ snow globes, Christmas tree ornaments, clothing, and games.

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