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See “Glass Slippers” Inspired by Cinderella, Amazing News About Spider-Man, and More in News Briefs

If the Slipper Fits, Wear It —and Watch a New Cinderella Trailer, Too!
Everyone who has seen the classic animated fairy tale Cinderella knows that there is only one person who can wear the shoe that our heroine leaves behind while fleeing the ball. And everyone who has seen the trailer for the Disney’s upcoming live-action Cinderella knows that Helena Bonham Carter’s Fairy Godmother provides some “surprisingly comfortable” glass slippers to complete Lily James’ stunning ball attire. Now Disney Consumer Products has collaborated with nine designer shoe brands on a collection of shoes that reimagine the most iconic shoe in fairy-tale history and allow you to dance in your own “glass slipper.” Swarovski—which produced the film’s glass slipper under the watchful eye of costume designer Sandy Powell—has again provided the crystals utilized by this collection’s designers, Paul Andrew, Alexandre Birman, René Caovilla, Jimmy Choo, Salvatore Ferragamo, Nicholas Kirkwood, Charlotte Olympia, Jerome C. Rousseau, and Stewart Weitzman.

Here in the U.S., the shoes will be available for order at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York and Beverly Hills, and in early March, windows at both of those stores will also bring Cinderella to life with fairy-tale vignettes that will feature the complete designer footwear collection, along with select props from the film.

Cinderella opens in theaters March 13, and Walt Disney Studios has just released a new trailer for the film. Watch it here, and then browse the designer sketches of the Cinderella-inspired shoes and imagine which one you would wear to the ball.

Save the Date!
Be sure to mark these upcoming Disney events on your calendar:

D23 and Walt Disney Archives
Fall 2014-2015
D23 Member Nights and Upcoming Events
March 12
Cinderella Lights Up the Palace of Fine Arts

March 13
A Taste of Disney at Silverado Vineyards

March 15
The Hunchback of Notre Dame VIP Experience

August 14-16, 2015
D23 Expo 2015 returns to Anaheim, California

February 13
Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero premieres on Disney XD and Disney Channel at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT

March 3
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT
March 4–May 17
22nd Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.
May 15–June 14
Star Wars Weekends Returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
February 20
McFarland, USA opens in theaters.
March 13
Cinderella opens in theaters.
April 17
Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom opens in theaters.
May 1
Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters.
May 22
Tomorrowland opens in theaters.
June 19
Inside Out opens in theaters (along with the short Lava).
July 17
Ant Man opens in theaters.

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Marvel-ous News About the Amazing World of Spider-Man
Comic book fans have long hoped that Spider-Man—always an integral part of the Marvel Universe in the comic books—would one day become part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And yesterday Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Studios announced that day is coming. The next installment of the Spider-Man franchise will be released on July 28, 2017, by Sony Pictures, but the new Spider-Man will first appear in an upcoming Marvel film from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU). Marvel and Sony Pictures are also exploring opportunities to integrate characters from the MCU into future Spider-Man films. The next Spider-Man installment will be produced by Kevin Feige and his expert team at Marvel and Amy Pascal. Sony Pictures will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films. A fan-favorite, Spider-Man has more than 50 years of history in Marvel’s world, and with this deal, fans will be able to experience Spider-Man taking his rightful place among other Super Heroes in the MCU.


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Pete’s Dragon Begins Principal Photography
Disney fans who grew up in the ’70s no doubt remember Pete’s Dragon, the 1977 classic about the special bond between an orphaned boy, Pete, and his best friend, Elliot—a dragon. We’re thrilled that production has just commenced upon a reimagining of the film, which will blend live action and CGI, and is scheduled to hit U.S. theaters in August 2016. The film stars Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help) as Grace, a park ranger who discovers the existence of Elliott; 10-year-old Oakes Fegley (This is Where I Leave You) as Pete; Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games) as Jack, a local mill owner; New Zealand native Karl Urban (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Jack’s brother, Gavin; Oona Laurence as Natalie, the young girl who befriends Pete; and Oscar® winner Robert Redford (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, All the President’s Men) as Grace’s father. Pete’s Dragon is directed by David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) from a screenplay by Lowery and Toby Hallbrooks. WETA Digital, the New Zealand-based visual effects company founded by filmmaker Peter Jackson, will utilize the latest in digital effects to bring Elliot to life.


A Whole New Diamond Edition
We’ve been watching the trailer for the Aladdin Diamond Edition—coming to Blu-ray, Digital HD, and Disney Movies Anywhere October 6—and it’s been reminding us of all of the reasons why we loved Aladdin so much when it was released in 1992. The animation is still breathtaking, Genie still delights and amuses us, and our hearts still skip a beat when Aladdin asks Jasmine, “Do you trust me?” before whisking her off on a thrilling magic carpet ride. If we could have just one wish on a magic lamp it would be for the Diamond Edition to come sooner than October.


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Chris Pratt and Chris Evans Super Bowl Bet Makes them Super Heroes to Us
Many Disney fans were glued to their TVs during the Super Bowl to see whether the Seahawks or the Patriots would win—not because of love for their team or football in general, but to find out whether Chris Pratt (a loyal Seattle fan) or Chris Evans (New England all the way) would end up paying a visit to a children’s hospital in the “losing” city, dressed as their on-screen persona (Star-Lord or Captain America). The New England Patriots, of course, won the Super Bowl but everybody ended up winning. Chris Pratt made good on his wager, visiting a Boston hospital this week, and Chris Evans has promised that Captain America will pay a visit to a Seattle children’s hospital, as well. Super Heroes on screen . . . Super Heroes in real life.


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All-New Experience Driving Into Cars Land at Disney California Adventure
Like they say, when one (car) door closes, another one opens. On February 16, Luigi’s Flying Tires will close—the Parks Blog reports that Luigi’s destined for an extended vacation to his Italian homeland—but will reopen as a completely new attraction in early 2016, which will feature a new ride system and ride vehicles. So we’ll sadly say “Ciao” to Luigi for the time being, but will say “Ka-chow” along with Lightning McQueen on our visits to Cars Land until he returns.


Peter Pan’s Flight Soars Even Higher
The beloved attraction Peter Pan’s Flight has become even more beloved at Walt Disney World with the debut of its new interactive queue, which takes you into the Darling family home, shows you your shadow, and even features Tinker Bell making a bit of mischief. Check out this behind-the-scenes video from our friends at the Disney Parks Blog.


Aladdin and Jasmine—Happily Ever After… For Infinity
There’s nothing like a happy ending. And Disney Infinity makes it possible for an infinite number of them. The latest news to make us feel like true love conquers all and that our favorite Disney super couples are meant for each other is the announcement that Princess Jasmine is joining Aladdin in Disney Infinity Toy Box 2.0. Jasmine is available for purchase individually or in the Aladdin Toy Box Pack, which includes both Jasmine and Aladdin figures and two Aladdin-themed Power Discs, “Jasmine’s Palace View” and “The Sands of Agrabah,” allowing players to create a whole new world of their own.


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Disney XD to Debut Two New Series
2015 is shaping up to be an exciting year for Disney XD—and for the Disney fans who tune in. Two new series were announced this week. Becoming is from ESPN films and executive-produced by LeBron James and his Springhill Production Company. This half-hour show will feature inspiring stories profiling athletes from around the world. LeBron James said he’s excited about the series “because it’s something every young kid can relate to. It shows them that everyone faces adversity and challenges while growing up—even their heroes.” Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything is a live-action comedy series that stars Cameron Boyce (Jessie, Disney’s Descendants).

He is reunited with his three former gamer friends

This series follows Conor (Boyce), a 15-year-old video game phenom, forced to attend high school for the first time after a thumb injury sidelines him from the glamorous pro gaming circuit. As a coping mechanism, he begins to visualize life as a video game. He is reunited with his three former gamer friends who he left behind for life on the pro circuit World Tour, and he quickly realizes that restoring his friendships is vital in his quest to “level up” to his former glory. The series was created by Devin Bunje & Nick Stanton (Zeke & Luther, Turbo Fast), who also serve as executive producers. Jim O’Doherty (Grounded for Life, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Kickin’ It) is executive producing and will serve as show runner of the series.

Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything is scheduled to premiere in summer 2015, while Becoming will have its premiere later this year.


One Hundred and One Dalmatians Diamond Edition Has Everyone Seeing Spots
One Hundred and One Dalmatians Diamond Edition is now available on Blu-ray, Digital HD, and Disney Movies Anywhere. You can check out the movie and special features, starting today. The film shows how tough it can be to be a Dalmatian puppy, and this adorable video shows that all pets face challenges—and sometimes that challenge might mean having to dress up in costume.


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Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure Park February 19–22
Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Chip ‘n’ Dale will again dress in their Lunar New Year costumes and celebrate the Year of the Sheep at Disney California Adventure February 19–22. The Paradise Gardens area of the park will host the celebration, a multi-day annual tradition observed within the Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese cultures. The festivities will include live performances, a daily procession, delicious food, as well as special merchandise.