NATIONWIDE CHALLENGE ASKS 8 to 17-YEAR-OLDS TO IMAGINE WORLD-CHANGING TECHNOLOGY OF THE FUTURE

 

LOS ANGELES (March 26, 2015) Inspired by the upcoming Disney movie “Tomorrowland,” The Walt Disney Studios, Disney Citizenship, and XPRIZE announce a nationwide challenge for young innovators.

Beginning April 22, 2015, Disney’s Create Tomorrowland – XPRIZE Challenge invites kids to imagine themselves in the future and report back to the present through video, imagery or stories about one new and amazing invention or innovation they encounter, how it works, and the impact it has on the future.

In June, six winners will have a once–in-a-lifetime mentorship experience with a leader in their area of interest. In addition, each winner will receive a $3,000 check, a 3D Printer from 3D Systems, and registration for FIRST® LEGO® League for the competition season 2015-2016 in the U.S.

 “‘Tomorrowland’ has always been a place of possibility in our parks and for the creative team behind our new film,” said Sean Bailey, President, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production. “The future will be steered by the imaginations of our young people, and Disney is thrilled to work with XPRIZE to encourage and inspire the next generation of thinkers and dreamers to build the future they imagine is possible.”

“We are excited to launch the Create Tomorrowland XPRIZE Challenge, which gives young people a platform to voice and depict their creative, bold and imaginative problem-solving inventions of the future,” said Trish Halamandaris, Senior Vice President Marketing & Communications at XPRIZE. “At XPRIZE we believe that solutions to the problems facing humanity can come from anyone, anywhere and one of these young innovators just might come up with an idea that can truly turn Tomorrowland into reality.”

Participants will compete in two divisions: Junior Division (8-12 years old), and Senior Division (13–17 years old). All entrants must have prior consent from their parent or legal guardian in order to participate in the challenge. Official Rules and details about the Challenge are available at http://XPRIZEchallenge.org/CreateTomorrowland. Official registration and submission period starts April 22, 2015, and runs through May 17, 2015. 

Submissions will be judged on innovation, creativity and presentation. XPRIZE will provide a panel of judges who will evaluate and score all submissions, and six (6) winners will be chosen. 

Supporting XPRIZE Partners include FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), 3D Systems and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

 

About XPRIZE

Founded in 1995, XPRIZE is the leading organization solving the world’s Grand Challenges by creating and managing large-scale, high-profile, incentivized prizes in five areas: Learning; Exploration; Energy & Environment; Global Development; and Life Sciences. Active prizes include the $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE, the $15M Global Learning XPRIZE, the $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE and the $2M Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE. For more information, visit www.xprize.org.

About Disney’s “Tomorrowland”

From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland,” a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.

The film also stars Hugh Laurie as brilliant scientist David Nix, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Robinson.

“Tomorrowland” is produced by Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird and Jeffrey Chernov and directed by Brad Bird, with John Walker, Bernard Bellew, Jeff Jensen and Brigham Taylor serving as executive producers. “Tomorrowland” opens in U.S. theaters on May 22, 2015.

Walt Disney Pictures and Genre Films present a 112 minute, PG, Family, Adventure, Drama, directed by Kenneth Branagh, screenplay by Chris Weitz with a theater release date of March 13, 2015.

Walt Disney Pictures, Moving Picture Company and Roth Films present a PG, 97 minute, Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, directed by Robert Stromberg, written by Linda Woolverton and Charles Perrault now released on DVD and Blu Ray.

Walt Disney Pictures, DisneyToon Studios and Prana Studios present a 3D, 83 minute, PG, Animation, Adventure, Comedy, directed by Roberts Gannaway and written by Jeffrey M. Howard with a theater release date of July 18, 2014.

Walt Disney Pictures, Moving Picture Company and Roth Films present a PG, 97 minute, Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, directed by Robert Stromberg, written by Linda Woolverton and Charles Perrault with a theater release date of May 30, 2014.

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Marvel Entertainment, Marvel Studios, Perception and Sony Pictures Imageworks present a 136 minute, PG-13, action, adventure, sci-fi, directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Joss Whedon, written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely with a theater release date of April 4, 2014.

Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures present a 108 minute, PG, animation, 3D, adventure, fantasy, comedy, directed and written by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee with a theater release date of November 27, 2013.

Walt Disney Pictures, Disney Toon Studios and Prana Animation Studios present a 92 minute, PG, 3D, animation, adventure, comedy, directed by Klay Hall and screenplay by Jeffrey M. Howard with a theater release date of August 9, 2013.

LOCAL HEROES HONORED AT  OVER 15 ADVANCE SCREENINGS

OF DISNEY’S “THE LONE RANGER” ACROSS THE U.S.

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Burbank, Calif. (June 26, 2013) — Disney announced today that on Monday night, June 24, local heroes were honored at 15+ special advance screenings around the country as part of a 60+ nationwide screening program executed in conjunction with The Lone Ranger Ride for Justice campaign. Armie Hammer, who plays John Reid aka The Lone Ranger in Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ epic adventure “The Lone Ranger,” opening July 3, made a surprise appearance at the New York screening to award plaques to two local heroes, FDNY EMT Brendon Hernandez and Vietnam Veteran Sgt. Israel “Jorge” Lugo of the Bronx Vet Center.

Hernandez was also recognized recently by Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly as one of the two heroic EMTs who recently disarmed a deranged man who wrestled a gun away from a NYPD policeman and used it to shoot another officer outside of Harlem Hospital. Lugo is a hero to heroes, having served two tours in Vietnam and dedicated his time thereafter serving his fellow veterans in need by actively volunteering in services that are available to them with regard to health, jobs and housing and also visiting veterans in nursing homes across New York City.

The Lone Ranger Ride for Justice kicked off on June 12 to celebrate local heroes and organizations that stand for justice, integrity and righteousness in their communities. Fans nominated their local heroes and 15 fan screenings were held across the country to honor the chosen local heroes in each of these markets: Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, Miami, Boston, Houston, Atlanta, Phoenix, Denver, Orlando, Oklahoma City, Detroit and San Antonio.

In addition to Hernandez and Lugo, other local heroes honored on Monday night include Vietnam War Veteran and humanitarian Arturo Cuevas (Los Angeles), Shakira, the hero dog (San Francisco), John Gordon and the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation (Chicago), Vince DiSanto and the entire King of Prussia Volunteer Fire Company (Philadelphia), Regainne Georges of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (Miami), Dr. Maura Iversen, Chair of the Northeastern Physical Therapy program whose students assisted at the finish line of the Boston Marathon (Boston), Hector Guzman, a veteran who helped clean up after hurricane Katrina (Houston), Gino Mojica of Doraville Police Department (Atlanta), Officer Paul Chavez of the Phoenix Police Department (Phoenix), Desmond Fulton and the Denver Fire Department (Denver), Michael Waldrop, veteran, Purple Heart recipient and Founder of Camaraderie Foundation (Orlando), Robert Norris & Jonathan Moore, founders of 2 Men and a Truck who supplied relief aid for those affected by recent tornado damage (Oklahoma City), Sheriff Deputy Brian Behrend (Detroit) and San Antonio Fire Department (San Antonio).

ABOUT THE MOVIE:

From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the filmmaking team behind the blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “The Lone Ranger,” a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes.  Native American warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.

“The Lone Ranger” also stars Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson and Helena Bonham Carter.

A Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films presentation, “The Lone Ranger” is directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Gore Verbinski, with screen story by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio and Justin Haythe and screenplay by Justin Haythe and Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio.

“The Lone Ranger” releases in U.S. theaters on July 3, 2013.

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Ellen DeGeneres, the Voice of the Beloved Blue Tang Fish in 2003’s “Finding Nemo,” Shares Plans for the All-New Big-Screen Adventure

BURBANK, Calif. (April 2, 2013) –When Dory said “just keep swimming” in 2003’s Oscar®-winning film “Finding Nemo,” she could not have imagined what was in store for her (not that she could remember). Ellen DeGeneres, voice of the friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish, revealed details today about Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory”—an all-new big-screen adventure diving into theaters on Nov. 25, 2015.

“I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time,” said DeGeneres. “I’m not mad it took this long. I know the people at Pixar were busy creating ‘Toy Story 16.’ But the time they took was worth it. The script is fantastic. And it has everything I loved about the first one: It’s got a lot of heart, it’s really funny, and the best part is—it’s got a lot more Dory.”

Director and Pixar veteran Andrew Stanton takes audiences back to the extraordinary underwater world created in the original film. “There is no Dory without Ellen,” said Stanton. “She won the hearts of moviegoers all over the world—not to mention our team here at Pixar. One thing we couldn’t stop thinking about was why she was all alone in the ocean on the day she met Marlin. In ‘Finding Dory,’ she will be reunited with her loved ones, learning a few things about the meaning of family along the way.”

According to Stanton, “Finding Dory” takes place about a year after the first film, and features returning favorites Marlin, Nemo and the Tank Gang, among others. Set in part along the California coastline, the story also welcomes a host of new characters, including a few who will prove to be a very important part of Dory’s life.

“Finding Nemo” won the 2003 Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature; the film was nominated for three additional Oscars® (Best Writing, Original Screenplay; Best Music, Original Score; Best Sound Editing). It was also nominated for a Golden Globe® Award for Best Motion Picture–Comedy or Musical. In 2008, the American Film Institute named “Finding Nemo” among the top 10 greatest animated films ever made. At the time of its release, “Finding Nemo” was the highest grossing G-rated movie of all time. It’s currently the fourth highest grossing animated film worldwide. The film has more than 16 million Likes on Facebook, and Dory—with more than 24 million—is the most Liked individual character from a Disney or Disney•Pixar film.

DeGeneres’ distinctive comic voice has resonated with audiences from her first stand-up comedy appearances through her work today on television, in film and in the literary world. Her syndicated talk show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” is in its 10th season and has earned 38 Daytime Emmy® Awards. DeGeneres has won 12 People’s Choice Awards and the Teen Choice Award for Choice Comedian for three consecutive years. Additionally, her show won two Genesis Awards and a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Talk Show Episode. For her unforgettable turn as Dory, DeGeneres was nominated for an MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance.

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