Meet Dusty, He Dreams of Being a High Flying Air Racer in Disney’s New 3D Animation “Planes”

Meet "Dusty" of Disney's Planes

Meet “Dusty” of Disney’s Planes

Coming this Summer:August 9, 2013

  • Voice Cast: Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Cedric the Entertainer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, John Cleese, Carlos Alazraqui, Priyanka Chopra, Gabriel Iglesias, Roger Craig Smith, Colin Cowherd, Sinbad, Oliver Kalkofe, Brent Musburger, Anthony Edwards, Val Kilmer
  • Director: Klay Hall
  • Producer: Traci Balthazor-Flynn
  • From above the world of “Cars” comes “Disney’s Planes,” an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), a plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing—and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps Dusty qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar. “Disney’s Planes” takes off in theaters on Aug. 9, 2013.

    84th Academy Awards Governors Ball Preview 2012 with Gold Edible Oscars


    View the complete set of photos here 84th Academy Awards Governors Ball Preview 2012 Oscars, a set on Flickr.

    Examples of the Menu from Wolfgang Puck Catering

    Examples of the Menu from Wolfgang Puck Catering

    Mingle Media TV and Kristyn Burtt were invited to come out and cover the preview of the Governors Ball for the 84th Academy Awards marking the 18th year that Wolfgang Puck has been at the helm for this Oscar event. This year’s menu was created by Wolfgang Puck with Chef Partner Matt Bencivenga and Executive Pastry Chef Sherry Yard and features fifty dishes that are comprised of local produce and sustainable seafood. The dishes range from one-bite hors d’oeuvres to small-plate entrees and will be served buffet style all evening. Seafood lovers won’t be disappointed as there will be smoked salmon Oscars, chicken pot pie with shaved black truffles, lobster tacos and beet salad. Everyone will be going home with an Oscar with Pastry Chef Sherry Yard’s infamous gold-dusted chocolate Oscars.

    Gold Dusted Chocolate Oscars

    Gold Dusted Chocolate Oscars

    The theme this year is the future of Oscar in 3D and guests will find themselves lounging on chaises and padded chairs with over 1400 strands of Swarovski crystals hanging overhead. With 1,500 guests and 950 staff there will be a lot of care given to make sure everyone enjoys the evening… especially with 1,000 bottles of Moët & Chandon Champagne to be enjoyed during the evening.

    It’s amazing to know that over 90% of the menu will come from local providers except for the “Maine” lobster and the “French” truffles. There will also be over 5000 chocolate Oscar statuettes which are covered in over 25 pounds of 24K gold dust for dessert. Pastry Chef Sherry Yard was inspired by the future of movies with her chocolate mousse and chiffon cake dessert shaped like a staircase which leads up to an Oscar placard made of white chocolate.

    Pastry Chef Sherry Yard

    Pastry Chef Sherry Yard

    The care taken to provide the most sustainable, “green” foods for the menu is incredible. Meat, poultry, and dairy goods are raised without hormones or antibiotics, with the unused foods to be donated to Angel Harvest. They will also be recycling plastics, metals, paper, glass and composting floral arrangements. Some of the arrangements will also be donated to local homes for the elderly.

    Wolfgang Puck Catering sets the standard for gracious hospitality and expert service in more than 45 exclusive venues nationwide. The Wolfgang Puck Companies – which comprise 21 fine dining restaurants, premium catering services, and quality kitchen and food merchandise – together express Puck’s passion for cooking and living well.

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    What’s better in 3D? Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in a Theatre Near You

    Beauty Beast 3D - Limited time theatre release

    Beauty Beast 3D - Limited time theatre release

    How many times have you seen this movie? I bet you even own it? Me too. Nothing however, stops us from watching it time after time (good thing DVDs can’t get dog-eared). So why should you take your family to the theatre to see this again… because this time, it’s in 3D.

    Think of the fun the kids will have with the 3D glasses and seeing the action of the characters dancing and interacting. Imagine their little hands reaching out to touch them. Engaging them… Who knows, maybe it will keep them occupied so they forget about needing to have snacks or run to the bathroom?

    What’s amazing to me about this is that   “Beauty and the Beast” was the first hand-drawn film to be dimensionalized into 3D… and that’s no easy feat AND Walt Disney Studios didn’t initially have plans to release “Beauty and the Beast” or “The Lion King” theatrically in 3D they were just going to offer it for home sales. So why now? They tested “The Lion King” in 3D as there was a gap in scheduling releases and it made $100 million – which confirmed that audiences wanted to see the 3D version.

    Question – do you remember when it first was released?  Walt Disney Pictures’ 30th full-length animated feature, ”Beauty and the Beast,” premiered in 1991. That’s 20 years ago, and it will be a first-time experience for children going to see it in a theatre setting which makes the experience more fun.

    Bonus playing with “Beauty and the Beast” – is the “Tangled Ever After” Short: “The Pursuit”

    More fun facts

    “Beauty and the Beast” was the fifth classic fairy tale to be adapted as a Disney animated feature. The tradition began in 1937 with “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” which was based on the famous story by the Brothers Grimm. In the 1950s, Walt Disney and his animators successfully tackled two classic folk tales by French author Charles Perrault––”Cinderella” (1950) and “Sleeping Beauty” (1959). Another famous purveyor of fairy tales, Hans Christian Andersen, was the source of ”The Little Mermaid,” Disney’s 1989 release, which went on to become the Studio’s most successful animated feature up until that time.

    • “Beauty and the Beast” was nominated for six Academy Awards® and won Oscars® for Best Song, by the renowned Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, and Best Original Score (Menken).
    • Céline Dion won a GRAMMY® Award (with Peabo Bryson) for her chart-topping recording of the title song.
    • “Beauty and the Beast” was the 1st animated feature to bring in more than $100 million
    • Three years after the film’s debut, “Beauty and the Beast” hit Broadway opening at the Palace Theatre in New York and ran for 5,464 performances between 1994 and 2007, becoming the eighth-longest running production – it has even played in 13 countries and 115 cities and continues to enchant audiences worldwide

    Celebrity sightings at the premiere

    Last Saturday the stars came out to the special screening of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 3D – and to get their pictures taken with Belle and Beast at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.

    Rico Rodriguez of Modern Family and Disney Channel stars with Belle and Beast from a special BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 3D

    Rico Rodriguez of Modern Family and Disney Channel stars with Belle and Beast from a special BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 3D

    Zachary Levi - who is the voice of “Flynn” in TANGLED EVER AFTER

    Zachary Levi - who is the voice of “Flynn” in TANGLED EVER AFTER

    BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (In Disney Digital 3D™)


    • Voice Cast:                              Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers,
    • Angela Lansbury, Bradley Pierce, Rex Everhart, Jesse Corti, Hal Smith, JoAnne Worley
    • Directors:                                 Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise
    • Producer:                                 Don Hahn
    • Executive Producer:                Howard Ashman
    • Screenplay by:                        Linda Woolverton

    Walt Disney Animation Studios’ magical classic “Beauty and the Beast” returns to the big screen in Disney Digital 3D™, introducing a whole new generation to the Disney classic with stunning new 3D imagery. The film captures the fantastic journey of Belle (voice of Paige O’Hara), a bright and beautiful young woman who’s taken prisoner by a hideous beast (voice of Robby Benson) in his castle. Despite her precarious situation, Belle befriends the castle’s enchanted staff—a teapot, a candelabra and a mantel clock, among others—and ultimately learns to see beneath the Beast’s exterior to discover the heart and soul of a prince.

    Featuring unforgettable music by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, and an enormously talented vocal ensemble, “Beauty and the Beast” was the first animated feature to receive a Best Picture nomination from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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    Celine Dion and family 

    Céline Dion/“Beauty and the Beast” 3D Disney’s beloved Belle, and the Beast from “Beauty and the Beast,

    Céline Dion/“Beauty and the Beast” 3D Disney’s beloved Belle, and the Beast from “Beauty and the Beast

    Céline Dion/“Beauty and the Beast” 3D Disney’s beloved Belle, and the Beast from “Beauty and the Beast,” flank internationally acclaimed singing superstar Céline Dion (center, left) and her family (center left to right) Nelson, René-Charles, Eddy, and husband René Angélil, backstage at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, on the occasion of The Walt Disney Studios’ Academy Award®-nominated classic animated feature being released for the first time in 3D on January 13.



    Does 3D Lack Depth?

    Why I still need to be convinced. By JD Piche’, Producer, Geek Commentary

    New technology fascinates me, it always has, I’ve always been willing to give chase to new flights of fancy. Everything since the Gameboy first came out I’ve had a have to have it habit. And last summer there was so much talk about 3D TVs being in every home. So, I started saving up to get whatever the best (in my price range) manufacturer had to offer, until one day I stopped and thought ‘what if i don’t care about 3D TV?’ It was a bit of an existential quandary, I’d never had to mull over whether I’d need to be accepting of a new technology.

    When televisions first started coming into the homes of Americans, how many people with radios said ‘TV? Ha, that’ll never catch on’ as this was many years before I was born, I can’t imagine many. The only x factor that would have prevented everyone from running out and purchasing a TV was the price back then. TVs have always been an investment, as far as i can remember, my family has only ever had maybe 7 or 8- but we’ve always had one in each bedroom and one for the living room, which was always the biggest.

    Now you can go to Costco and pick up a TV the size of your mattress for little more than a month’s rent. And many have. my current desktop computer’s monitor is larger than any TV I’ve ever owned, and the same goes for almost everyone I know. But why is there such hesitation against getting a TV adds a depth of field to your viewing? we’re just a few years past the mandatory digital conversion date, and i audibly scoff at any show that is still shot in Standard Definition I see on TV. I’m totally a Television snob living in the digital zeitgeist.

    3D Filmmaker Interview at New Media Film Festival

    3D Filmmaker Interview at New Media Film Festival

    Yet I still can’t wrap my eyes around the idea of wanting 3D in my house. And I’m sure its more than just the aversion to wearing sunglasses at night to watch a scary movie. 3D technology is affordable and very attainable. But I can’t help but feel that everyone is going about it the wrong way and i’m not sure that there even is a right way of doing 3D. I’ve never been impressed by it. At the theatre I actively avoid it. Though I will say I am still curious about it, with the Nintendo 3DS peaking around the corner- and Hollywood’s cavalcade of 3D Super Hero movies due out in the next few months.

    3D is here to stay, and all I can say is ‘try to do it better next time.’

    Here’s an interview that I shot and produced with a digital 3D filmmaker, Ned Weisman.

    Brave – a new Animated Action Adventure Comedy from Disney Pixar

    Meet Merida from Disney Pixar's Brave

    Meet Merida from Disney Pixar's Brave

    We received notice of this new animated feature coming (next summer) from Disney-Pixar and thought we’d share it with you. First, because it features the character “Merida” who is a skilled archer and daughter of the King and second because it looks like another one of those animated films that remind you of childhood and living vicariously through the characters of the stories your parents read to you at night. Here’s a sneak peek…

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    Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In “Brave,” a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts.

    Disney Pixar's Brave

    Disney Pixar's Brave

    Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Wise Woman (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late.

    Directed by Mark Andrews (“The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “John Carter”) and Brenda Chapman (“The Lion King,” “Prince of Egypt”), and produced by Katherine Sarafian (“Lifted,” “The Incredibles”), “Brave” is a grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and the signature Pixar humor enjoyed by audiences of all ages. The film takes aim at theaters on June 22, 2012, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.

    Voice Talent:                 Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly, Julie Walters, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane

    Directors:                      Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman

    Producer:                      Katherine Sarafian

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    BRAVE hits theatres everywhere in Disney Digital 3D on June 22, 2012!

    Cars 2 Review – Why We Loved it and You Will Too

    Mingle Media TV was excited to be on the Cars 2 red carpet premiere to talk to the celebs last Saturday night and to be honest, we were even more excited to be invited to the early screening of this film at the El Capitan Theatre last night. Here’s our review of “Cars 2” without spoilers…

    We’ve been a big fan of Disney forever (this reporter will not admit the year but it is more than 20 years) and found Cars 2 to be even better than Cars. From the moment the movie opened with a very serious mood to the next scene where the mood is comedic to the detail in the animation, music, and realistic scenery surrounding each segment, we found “Cars 2” to be delightfully engaging. The detail in the characters and their personality, the landscapes and the overall story were captivating. Just imagine Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) traveling around the world and driving on the wrong side of the road in England or driving in Tokyo where the street signs are in Kanji lettering not English. There were lots of kids in the theatre with us last night and we could hear them watching with their eyes and being surprisingly quieter than the adults in the theatre who like us, were laughing out loud and enjoying the ride. In true Disney fashion, this is another movie that transcends age, gender and even geo-location and can be enjoyed by all on planet earth!

    Sidebar: Although we enjoyed Cars when it came out, we have to say that Cars 2 is one sequel that will surpass it in so many ways. (Our prediction: it will be a smash hit and be Oscar nominated – and win!)

    My son and I started going to movies together when he was really young and we started a tradition to talk about our favorite parts as we left the theatre. As he grew older, this changed up from favorite parts to did you see this or that nuance, that might have been missed and is related to the writer, director, studio, like Marvel movies having Stan Lee make a cameo. Well, here are some fun facts about the film that you can share with your family and friends before or after you see “Cars 2” that we found interesting about the movie:

    • Lightning McQueen is voiced by Owen Wilson but is named in memory after Glenn McQueen a Pixar animator who worked on the original “Cars” movie
    • Lightning McQueen’s “Lightyear” tires are a reference to another Disney Pixar character: Buzz Lightyear
    • The #95 on Lightning McQueen’s car is in reference to the year “Toy Story” came out 1995 (wow)
    • Mater is voiced by Larry the Cable Guy and the number A113 is a reference to the CalArts classroom where director John Lasseter, Brad Bird, Pete Docter and Andrew Stanton attended
    • Finn McMissile is voiced by none other than Michael Caine and his small tailfins are inspired by the late 50’s British sports car called the Peerless GT
    • Finn McMissile would have been in the first “Cars” movie but was cut out  – only to be revived by Lasseter due to his love of spy movies
    • Holly Shiftwell is voiced by Emily Mortimer and is equiped with all kinds of state-of-the-art gadgetry
    • Believe it or not, Jeff Gorvette is voiced by and named after NASCAR racer Jeff Gordon
    • The “Cars 2” character team built 145 new character models for the film with 781 variants making a total of 926 new characters
    • The “Cars 2” film is an International adventure covering Tokyo, Paris, The Riveria, and London – pay attention to the integration of the landscapes, buildings and characters
    • The PIT lane configuration is based on the Formula 1 track in the Kingdom of Bahrain
    • If you are a car buff, you’ll also notice that the cars in all of the different locations around the globe match up to the country you find them in

    Haven’t seen any trailers yet? Watch this clip to get a feel for the “spy genre” that was incorporated into this film:

    We don’t want to spoil the story but can guarantee you won’t be disappointed one little bit…so we’re going to ask you to go out this Friday, June 24th, to a theatre near you and see Cars 2, in Disney Digital 3D or IMAX 3D. Don’t forget to be a FAN and LIKE the Cars 2 Facebook page:

    If you want to see what the celebrities at the premiere had to say about their favorite Cars character  watch this video clip:

    Don’t forget to come back and tell us how you liked it… Vrrroooom Vrrooooom.

    Disney Pixar’s Car 2 Red Carpet Premiere Was Amazing!

    Mingle Media TV and entertainment reporter Kristyn Burtt were on the Red Carpet last night for the Disney Pixar Cars 2. The “Cars 2” World Premiere is like no other: this red carpet is a global speedway, complete with starting and finish lines, plus giant flags representing the international locales from which the film’s World Grand Prix competitors hail. Rolling down the race track will be life-size remote-controlled cars modeled after their big-screen likenesses Lightning McQueen, Mater and Finn McMissile, Guests will don “Cars 2”-themed RealD 3D glasses and view the film at the El Capitan and Grauman’s Chinese Theatres at 8 p.m., followed by a “Cars 2”-style reception at the “Cars 2” World Grand Prix attraction, presented by Kodak and State Farm.

    To watch the video interviews, visit the Red Carpet Report channel on Mingle Media TV at

    See all the photos from the premiere here on our Flickr page: PHOTOS

    For more information about the moving coming out June 24th in Disney Digital 3D and IMAX 3D be a FAN and LIKE the Cars 2 Facebook page:

    New Media Film Festival – Opening Night Red Carpet LIVE Streaming + Live Panels

    Mingle Media TV Network and MMTVN Productions are proud to announce the LIVE streaming schedule for the 2nd Annual New Media Film Festival at the Los Angeles Film School.

    Watch LIVE Streaming at Mingle Media TV’s Home Page Tonight and Tomorrow!

    LIVE Streaming Schedule for the New Media Film Festival

    LIVE Streaming Schedule for the New Media Film Festival

    In 3D: Linkin Park, Hubble Telescope, Edwin Abbot’s Flatland-Martin Sheen & Kristen Bell, Harold Lloyd’s Safety Last screen at 2nd Annual New Media Film Festival 2011

    New Media Film Festival honors stories worth telling this weekend with an array of screenings in New Media platforms which include Oscar, Grammy, Golden Globe, Sundance Winners and Noms.

    This year’s program includes film starring actors Jason Alexander, Sally Kirkland and Sid Ganis in the 35mm Los Angeles Premiere of NOT YOUR TIME (Jay Kamen Productions), along with Martin Sheen, Kristen Bell, and Will Wallace starring in the preview of FLATLAND: SEARCH FOR THE THIRD DIMENSION in 3D, the World Premiere of STAYCATION U.S.A. 3D (directed by Ned Wiseman), THE PHYSICS OF SURFING 3D (Passmore Labs), and absolutely stunning images
    from the Hubble Telescope and Casini Mission in COSMIC JOURNEY 3D.

    Watch content from Webseries Superstar Creators Dane Boe, John Frank Rosenblum, Freddie Wong moderated by Frank Chindamo. Listen and learn from an exclusive discussion with the experts on Distribution, Social Media, and Incremental Monetization with CEO Logan Mulvey from GoDigital, Paul Wagner 8-time Emmy Winner re: Fred Silvermans’, Stephanie Piche CEO of Mingle Media TV Network re: Live Stream & The Biz of Webseries, Mike Rubsamen Director of Digital Distribution moderated by Susan Johnston CEO of award winning Select Services Films.

    The 2nd Annual New Media Film Festival is being held at Los Angeles Film School, (6363 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028) May 20-21, 2011, and will award over $12,000 in prizes this Sat. May 21st 2011

    Judges from Pixar, UTA & Industrial Light & Magic, moderators Charlotte Huggins (Journey To The Center Of The Earth), Alison Savitch (Bangkok Dangerous), and Jeanette DePatie along with Interviewer Joshua J. Stecker (Script Magazine) join programming of films from around the world and will include World, North American, and Los Angeles Premieres.

    New Media FIlm Festival shows content in categories include 3D, Apps, Animation, Digital Comics, Shot on RED, Docs, SRC-Socially Responsible Content, LGBT, Webseries, Mobile, Features, Shorts & Music Videos.

    Tickets are on sale now 

    Win this Amazing Gift Basket from New Media Film Festival Sponsors

    Nothing more fun than a giveaway from the wonderful people who sponsor New Media Film Festival events. We got wind of this basket of essentials for anyone in the Entertainment industry and thought we’d share it with you – our viewers. It’s easy to enter to win … really! Just follow @NewMediaFF on Twitter! One lucky follower will be selected on December 20th 2010.

    New Media Film Festival Gift Basket Giveaway

    New Media Film Festival Gift Basket Giveaway - Follow @NewMediaFF to enter to win today!

    David Arquette at 3D Film Festival Red Carpet and Premiere Coverage

    Mingle Media TV was invited to come out and cover the opening of the 3D Film Festival and the Premiere of StreetDance 3D. The festival is running through October 3rd 2010. THE 3D FILM FESTIVAL 1641 N. IVAR AVENUE HOLLYWOOD, CA 90028 3DFF.ORG 323-785-2389 For more detailed information about the event schedule, tickets, or press junkets please visit or contact The Dream Factory at (415) 871-1707. About The Dream Factory/3DFF The Dream Factory Studio, with primary offices in Hollywood is the world leader in interactive live 3D events. 3DFF is noted as the first digital 3D film & interactive festival program of its kind in the United States. To become a supporter of 3DFF or for more information please visit or About RealD Inc. RealD is a leading global licensor of 3D technologies. RealD’s extensive intellectual property portfolio is used in applications that enable a premium 3D viewing experience in the theater, the home and elsewhere. For more information, please visit our website About Sony Sony?s Digital Cinema Solutions group combines Sony?s full range of technologies, purchasing options, alternative content offerings, training and service to provide a broad range of solutions for exhibitors. For more information, visit About Los Angeles Film School The Los Angeles Film School (LAFS) is an accredited college with a campus located in the heart of Hollywood that includes the historic RCA Building at 6363 Sunset Boulevard. For more information about LAFS, please visit or call (323) 860-0789 Thanks to the Prism Media Group for inviting us for more info visit To see video coverage of this event please visit Mingle Media TV at