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Over the past few years, I've had the good fortune to count The Walt Disney Studios among the best friends of myself and the site, a relationship that has thrown open the gates to the "Magical World of Disney" to a big kid from Illinois who grew up loving Mickey Mouse and friends. With each group of new films and projects from the Disney family (Studios/Animation/ABC/Disney Channel/etc), teams of 25 writers/bloggers are welcomed to Los Angeles to get an inside look - and sometimes take part in events that go above and beyond what I would've ever expected. I'm thrilled to officially announce that this week I'm returning to Los Angeles as a guest of Disney to attend the red carpet premiere of The BFG - the new film from Director Steven Spielberg! While there, I'll have a chance to meet with much of the cast and crew, screen the film (twice - once before the premiere), and will be getting a look at the upcoming film QUEEN OF KATWE and Disney XD's FUTURE WORM in what is one of the most tightly-packed three day itineraries that I've ever taken part in. As always, YOU can follow along and interact with our crew LIVE on social media, tweeting/facebooking questions and comments. Check out all the details on #TheBFGEvent below!

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On Monday, June 20 at 10am ET, LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures will premiere on Disney XD, presenting a new series adventures set between the events of "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi." The action comedy series follows the Freemakers, a family of sibling scavengers who operate a salvage and repair shop in space. Today a new trailer has emerged, with a fresh look at the series, which will also feature familiar characters and locations from the filmed Star Wars saga. Characters like Lando Calrissian, Maz Kanata and Luke Skywalker (in black suit/green saber mode!). Check it out...

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New faces, old friends, familiar locations and some brand-new adventures in a galaxy far, far away... LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures will premiere MONDAY, JUNE 20 (10:00 a.m. EST) on Disney XD.  Set between the events of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and RETURN OF THE JEDI, the action comedy series follows the Freemakers, a family of sibling scavengers who operate a salvage and repair shop in space. Along with the series, two new LEGO Star Wars sets based on the show will hit shelves in June, allowing families the immediate opportunity to add to their own building adventures. Details on the premiere can be found below!

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Wednesday, April 20 2016 08:00

Teamwork & Trickery: WALK THE PRANK

"We skip around a lot, so we're shooting for episode 14 today," explains actor Cody Veith during a brief break on the set of Disney XD's WALK THE PRANK. Veith stars as Chance, one of four mischievous youngsters at the center of this generation's hidden camera comedy - an innovative mix of scripted comedy and real-life pranks. Asked if he or co-star Tobie Windham (the sole "grownup" cast member as Uncle Will) have a favorite prank thus far, Veith is quick to peg a specific,"I do..." but in the interest of keeping surprises intact, it wouldn't be in good taste for me to reveal his answer in these virtual pages a mere three episodes into a series that's already filming episodes that audiences won't see until well into the Fall. What's interesting with WALK THE PRANK is the chemistry and believability of the young cast - playing off of each other - and their "marks," to create real-life situations that inform the scripted actions, and scripted actions that help shape the trickery that will be unleashed upon the unsuspecting targets. It's teamwork, and all in good fun.

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Wednesday, April 13 2016 07:35

On the Set of Disney XD's WALK THE PRANK

In all the years that I've been visiting Los Angeles, either as a creative, or as a writer covering the works of others, one studio I had never had a chance to visit until recently was Paramount Pictures. Funny enough, it wasn't even an actual Paramount production that drew me to the lot this past month, but a Disney one. On a Tuesday morning, I and a group of 24 fellow writers entered the lot and headed for the famed Stage 19 to check out some taping on Disney XD's new series, WALK THE PRANK (airing Wednesday nights at 8:30 p.m. EDT). According to some, Stage 19 at Paramount is haunted, and that just may lend itself to some pranktastic goodness in the future, but for now we were eager to check out something new being shot on a stage that once played host to iconic productions including HAPPY DAYS, and Orson Welles' masterpiece, CITIZEN KANE.

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Having worked on movies in my "past lives," I would've never imagined that becoming a parent and starting this website would pull me back into that world, working things in a different capacity - from a different angle - and being placed into a position where others could share in the experience virtually through all of the social networks. But that's what's happened, and one of my biggest supporters with THE ROCK FATHER Magazine has been The Walt Disney Company, regularly inviting me to cover their projects (bringing me into Los Angeles on Mickey's dime, disclosure and all) and be a part of their promotional efforts. While each adventure is different, each is equally as exciting in its own way (though attending the Global Press Event for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS may not be topped for me), and what's happening next week is no exception. I will join 24 other writers in L.A. for the #JungleBookEvent, interviewing the filmmakers and talent from the upcoming live-action reimagining of THE JUNGLE BOOK (in theaters April 15), an adventure that will be culminating in attending the red carpet premiere at the El Capitan Theatre - but that's not all...

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