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There is a Disney theme park Easter Egg in Finding Dory, and it’s glorious (spoilers deep within article)

Usually the flow of Disney synergy goes in just one direction: new material is created for the animated movies, which then provide themes, characters, settings, and plots that can be used when creating new theme park rides. Most of the time you find “Easter Eggs” (hidden secrets with personal or historical significance) in those movies,…

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Three Times My Journalism Was Yellow

Back in the day, we learned about Yellow Journalism in school, usually in reference to the Spanish-American war. Yellow journalism is a particular brand of reporting that attempts to influence the reader unduly, beyond the pale of the usual ‘judgment call’ and into the realm of inculcating, even indoctrinating, the reader into a particular polarized…

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Memories of Robin Williams at Disneyland

The news that Robin Williams is dead has hit me with some suddenness (perhaps you too?) and has caused me to turn introspective. He was one of the celebrities I had occasion to meet over the years, in this case in my capacity as a Cast Member at Disneyland. It was early 1993. Mickey’s Toontown…

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Breaking the Fourth Wall

In theater, actors have three walls surrounding them (back, left, and right of the stage). The “fourth wall” is open and in fact non-existent–it’s the one between them and the audience. The actors act as if this wall is closed, as they do not acknowledge the audience. Sometimes modern drama deviates from this convention–especially Berthold Brecht…