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D23 Announces 2015 Event Lineup


BURBANK, Calif. – February 9, 2015 – In 2015, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will bring back many of its beloved events while adding a selection of new experiences for members.

CINDERELLA LIGHTS UP THE PALACE OF FINE ARTS: On March 12 members will be treated to a screening of Walt Disney Studios’ upcoming release Cinderella, followed by a reception exclusively for D23 Gold Members. The event will take place following The Walt Disney Company 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. (Members do not need to be shareholders to attend the screening.)

SPECIAL SCREENING EVENTS ON THE DISNEY STUDIO LOT: Starting this month, D23 kicked off another year of memorable screenings designed with fans in mind. On February 8, D23 screened 101 Dalmatians, which included the premieres of two new short films; a panel featuring Disney Legend and animator Floyd Norman, Lisa Davis (voice of Anita), and Mimi Gibson (Lucky); a special gift and more. Other experiences on the Studio lot in 2015 will include The Parent Trap and a special 75th anniversary celebration of Pinocchio, as well as a screening of the “Peoples and Places” featurette Disneyland, U.S.A., with special guests in honor of Disneyland’s 60th anniversary.

D23’S LUNCH WITH A LEGEND: Back by popular demand, in 2015, D23 will continue these intimate gatherings with Disney Legends this spring and fall. In 2014, D23 Members joined such Legends as Marty Sklar, Floyd Norman, and Bill Farmer for private luncheons on The Walt Disney Studios lot.

D23 DAY AT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS AND ARCHIVES: D23’s members-only tours of the historic Studio lot and Walt Disney Archives in Burbank return, highlighting historic moments from Disney film, television, and theme parks. Tours will take place this spring (date TBD), June 20, and November 7.

D23 MEMBER VIP STUDIO TOURS: A new event for 2015, D23 will offer this unique experience only to D23 Gold Members. It will include a tour of the Studio during a working day on the lot, along with a special lunch with a Disney Legend and a unique VIP gift. Each limited-capacity experience will include new tour stops and unique moments sure to bring smiles to Disney fans. Events will be held on May 29 with Walt Disney Archives founder Dave Smith and November 6 with a Legend to be announced soon.

LIGHT UP THE SEASON: An annual tradition exclusively for cast members and employees of The Walt Disney Company, Light Up the Season marks the official start of the holidays on the Studio lot. This year, D23 Members will enjoy their own specialLight Up the Season event, complete with carols, cocoa, and a tree lighting.

D23 is also bringing more events to members across the country in 2015:

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME VIP EXPERIENCE: On March 15, D23 Members are invited to see the new theatrical production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey. D23 Members save 20 percent on their tickets, receive a limited-edition pin, and will enjoy a post-show talk-back with the musical’s Academy Award®-winning lyricist Stephen Schwartz.

A TASTE OF DISNEY AT SILVERADO VINEYARDS: D23 Gold Members are invited to a day at Silverado Vineyards in Napa, Calif., the winery founded by Diane Disney Miller and her husband Ron. On March 13, guests will enjoy a lunch, tour, and wine tasting experience along with a special gift.

BREAKFAST ON BROADWAY: A select number of D23 Gold Members will enjoy private shopping at Disney Store Times Square on March 14 with a special discount; a continental breakfast at the New Amsterdam Theatre, home to the Broadway hitAladdin; and a gift at this exclusive, complimentary event.

D23 MEMBER NIGHTS AT NEWSIES—ON TOUR: Disney fans are cheering for the Tony®-Award winning Newsies, now on tour. This year, D23 Members in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, Washington, D.C., Boston, and Toronto are invited to see the show, with premium seats on special nights and a talk-back with the cast following the show. (Some shows already sold out.)

DISNEY STORE MEMBER MIXERS: Since 2013, D23 has given members a peek at reimagined Disney Stores across the country—from Kansas and Nevada to Michigan and Texas. This year Disney Store will once again invite D23 Members for exclusive mornings of shopping, discounts, games, and goodies at new locations in Riverside, Calif., Lexington, Ky., Raleigh, N.C., Burlington, Mass., and many more.

ADVANCE SCREENINGS: In 2014, D23 Members were able to attend previews ofMaleficent, Big Hero 6, and Into the Woods in cities such as New York, Orlando, Chicago, and Atlanta. This year, in partnership with Walt Disney Studios, D23 will screen a selection of upcoming releases.

FANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION—HOME EDITION: With D23 members spanning the country—and the globe—look for an exciting new twist this year on D23’s annualFanniversary Celebration that all members will be able to participate in, no matter where they live.

D23 EXPO 2015: The biggest Disney event of all takes place August 14–16 at the Anaheim Convention Center when all the wonderful worlds of Disney come together for three magical days. From sneak peeks, concerts, and exhibitions to celebrities, Disney luminaries and more, there’s something for every Disney fan at the D23 Expo. Tickets are available now at

Dates, ticketing information, and more D23 events will be announced throughout the year, including new, member special events in Orlando. Full details on D23’s lineup of 2015 special events can be found at All events and dates are subject to change.

Current event calendar:

  • February 25: D23 Member Night at Newsies—On Tour, San Francisco (sold out)
  • March 12: Cinderella Lights Up the Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco
  • March 13: A Taste of Disney at Silverado Vineyards, Napa, Calif.
  • March 14: Breakfast on Broadway, New York City
  • March 15: The Hunchback of Notre Dame VIP Experience, Millburn, N.J.
  • Spring 2015: Lunch with a Legend, Burbank, Calif.
  • Spring 2015: D23 Day at The Walt Disney Studios and Archives, Burbank, Calif.
  • April 14: D23 Member Night at Newsies—On Tour, Los Angeles (sold out)
  • April 30: D23 Member Night at Newsies—On Tour, Dallas (sold out)
  • May 9: The Parent Trap, Burbank, Calif.
  • May 29: VIP Studio Tour with Disney Legend Dave Smith, Burbank, Calif.
  • June 10: D23 Member Night at Newsies—On Tour, Washington, D.C. (sold out)
  • June 20: D23 Day at The Walt Disney Studios and Archives, Burbank, Calif.
  • June 25: D23 Member Night at Newsies—On Tour, Boston
  • July 15: D23 Member Night at Newsies—On Tour, Toronto
  • July 18: Disneyland U.S.A., Burbank, Calif.
  • August 14–16: D23 Expo 2015, Anaheim, Calif.
  • Fall 2015: Lunch with a Legend, Burbank, Calif.
  • September 26, Pinocchio, Burbank, Calif.
  • November 6, VIP Studio Tour, Burbank, Calif.
  • November 7: D23 Day at The Walt Disney Studios and Archives, Burbank, Calif.
  • December 4: Light Up the Season, Burbank, Calif.

About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his fledgling studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. D23 gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($74.99) and General Membership (complimentary) levels at and at To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube.

Knott’s Supreme Scream to Color Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness


February 9, 2015 — This Valentine’s Day week through the end of March (seven weeks), Supreme Scream, towering over 312 feet in the air, will be lit in pink and glow for miles in honor of the Knott’s for the Cure program.

At dusk, starting Monday, February 9 – Friday, March 27, Supreme Scream along with the famous Calico Mine Ride, Knott’s Berry Farm Main Gate and the Camp Snoopy waterfall, will glow pink in support of Knott’s for the Cure, a second annual partnership with Susan G. Komen® Orange County.

The Knott’s Berry Farm for the Cure program, running January 5 – March 27, will help raise money for breast cancer awareness, screening, treatment, and support right here in Orange County and fund groundbreaking research. Proceeds from special pink online tickets, $39 adults & $35 Jr./Sr. available online only at, and exclusive merchandise will benefit Komen Orange County.

Mortal Kombat X New Features Trailer


February 6, 2015 — Today, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and NetherRealm Studios released the latest video for Mortal Kombat X, which gives fans an overview of the numerous features that they can experience in the upcoming game. Additionally, viewers will get a behind-the-scenes look at Faction Wars as NetherRealm Studios team members discuss details of how this feature will connect Mortal Kombat X players around the world.

Mortal Kombat X will be released worldwide on April 14, 2015 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Windows PC.


Gratuitous Space Battles 2 Enters Open Beta and New Trailer


February 6, 2015 — Positech Games is pleased to announce that the follow up to 100,000 plus selling Gratuitous Space Battles is available from today on open beta. Unsurprisingly named Gratuitous Space Battles 2, this new title once more does away with all the long winded base building and delays found in other strategy/management/simulation space-based games. Simply construct your ships from modular components, arrange them into fleets, give them orders and then sit back, watch the laser beams fly, hulls explode and hopefully win the day – or is that night, hard to tell in space.

A sequel wouldn’t be a sequel without a heap of new stuff and GSB2 doesn’t disappoint. Head of Positech Games and its lead (only) programmer, Cliff Harris, has been listening to what players of the original game loved and didn’t love so much plus what they would like to see in a follow-up. Here’s what’s been added:

  • Designer ships – No two cruisers need ever look the same again thanks to the in-built visual ship-editor; design your ships your way and then show them off in online battles
  • Presented in glorious technicolor – Brand new built from scratch purpose built graphics engine makes the action look 100% better*
  • More ships – Choose from a number of new ship classes
  • Expand your horizons – Built-in and easy to use multi monitor support
  • Mods rule – Easy to edit text and CSV files readily available
  • Keep in line – Pre-set formation orders now retain their shape regardless of number of ships lost
  • Give us a lift – Carriers are now required to transport all fighters into the battlefield
  • Fill me up – Fighters now have limited fuel and need to refuel at their parent carrier

Gratuitous Space Battles 2’s open beta is available now for PC from for 500 Martian Kriptogs or in earth money $24.95USD, that’s about £16.50. Those purchasing now will receive access to the beta plus a Steam key for the full release that will also see Mac and Linux versions plus additional languages added.

Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin Screenshots


February 6, 2015 — BANDAI NAMCO Games America Inc. today released new assets for DARK SOULS II: Scholar of the First Sin, available April 7, 2015 for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, all-in-one, games and entertainment system from Microsoft and STEAM for Direct X11 enabled PCs. The new assets highlight the updated graphics, expanded story, new enemy placements and the new Forlorn NPC invader.
Additionally, a new patch is now available for current DARK SOULS II owners free of charge. The update will give players access to The Scholar, a new NPC to shed new light on the DARK SOULS II story, as well as expanded item descriptions, online matchmaking improvements and other gameplay tweaks.

DARK SOULS II: Scholar of the First Sin, the new vision for DARK SOULS II will include updated graphics and performance, new enemy placement, increase in online players, additional gameplay enhancements, all three DLC missions released for DARK SOULS II (Crown of the Sunken King, Crown of the Old Iron King, and Crown of the Ivory King), as well as all the new content found in the update mentioned above, currently available for DARK SOULS II players.

DARK SOULS II: Scholar of the First Sin will also be available through a physical retail release for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 system, and digitally for PC DirectX 9 systems on April 7, 2015. This new version of DARK SOULS II will include content from the new update for current DARK SOULS II players, enriching the player’s journey through Drangleic, as well as all three DLC missions released for DARK SOULS II.


TRON Legacy Characters Now in Disney Infinity 2.0 Edition


February 5, 2015 — Disney Interactive announced the final two characters for the Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) line up – Tron’s Sam Flynn and Quorra.  The characters are now available as digital exclusives for Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) via the Disney Infinity: Toy Box 2.0 iOS app for $2.99 each, and will be available for PC in March 2015.  Both will join all of the previously announced Disney and Marvel characters in the Toy Box mode.

“The iOS version of Disney Infinity has always attracted our largest audience, so we wanted to do something special to celebrate its launch. I can’t think of a more appropriate digital exclusive than Sam Flynn and Quorra from Tron,” said John Vignocchi, Vice President of Production, Disney Infinity.

Key highlights include: 

•       Sam Flynn: Son of brilliant videogame creator Kevin Flynn, Sam is ready for action. His skilled Lightcycle maneuvers make speeding around the Grid and outsmarting his foes a breeze.  Wielding his Identity Disc, he battles his way to become a User that Programs revere.

•       Quorra:  A rarity among Programs, Quorra, a fearless warrior, leaps her way into Disney Infinity. Don’t let her gentle nature fool you – she’s a true warrior at heart. Using her Katana and Identity Disc as weapons, Quorra is one Program you don’t want to cross.

Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) is rated E-10+ by the ESRB. Additional Disney and Marvel characters will be available at North American retail stores and digital platforms in the coming months.

Tt eSPORTS Unveils the New Poseidon Z Forged Mechanical Keyboard


Taipei, Taiwan – February 4, 2015Tt eSPORTS, the energetic and powerful challenger announces the launch of POSEIDON Z Forged mechanical gaming keyboard. The new POSEIDON Z Forged continues to provide gamers and fans a very cool customized gaming setup. This new keyboard is wrapped in an aluminum faceplate that gives a gorgeous sleek finish to the keyboard and with all the keyboards in the POSEIDON Z series, Tt eSPORTS continues to offer the world’s first 5 year warranty for mechanical keyboards. The new Tt eSPORTS POSEIDON X Forged mechanical gaming keyboard will be available in this March!

Marvelous macro keys & Advanced Instant Shift System (I.S.S)

The POSEIDON Z Forged comes with both Tt certified blue & brown switches with full 104 key layout with blue lighting, features 10 additional macro keys for gaming efficiency, along with 5 profiles for a total 50 programmable macro on its normal mode plus another 5 extra profiles for game mode, this gives a spectacular total of 100 programmable macros for both normal and game mode. POSEIDON Z Forged also consist I.S.S. (Instant Shift System), allowing users to use either the Shift, Ctrl, or Alt key to quickly switch between macro groups and give immediate access to all 100 macro keys).

Tt Certified switches testing process for these mechanical switches was an arduous one, but these switches passed, result in a lifespan of up to 50 million key strokes. Furthermore, the all-new POSEIDON Z Forged is also designed to be used seamlessly with a built-in dual US

The adjustable glowing backlighting

The POSEIDON Z Forged also features 5 different adjustable brightness levels and with an additional pause-break lighting effect. In addition, 5 different pre-configured lighting zone combinations have also been designed for gamers’ usefulness. Detachable USB cable also has been designed for easy storage and travel.

The New Tt eSPORTS POSEIDON Z Forged gaming keyboard with a suggested price of USD139.99

For more information on the POSEIDON Z Forged Mechanical gaming keyboard, please visit: POSEIDON Z Forged (Blue Switch) :

POSEIDON Z Forged (Brown Switch) :

Availability: March 2015

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Morningstar: Descent to Deadrock Gets Release Date


St. Louis, MO – February 3, 2015 – Phoenix Online Publishing and Red Herring Labs today announced that Morningstar: Descent to Deadrock, a chillingly alien and atmospheric sci-fi first-person point-and-click adventure, will make its debut for PC and Mac on February 17th, 2015. Inviting players to crash-land upon and explore an isolated alien landscape that appears deceptively empty and benign, this adventure by Red Herring Labs brings new life to their hit game Morningstar, offering all-new puzzles, scenes and encounters to discover. Morningstar: Descent to Deadrock will be available for PC and Mac for $9.99 on February 17th via Steam, the Humble Store, the Phoenix Online Store and other major online retailers. Check out the trailer here:

Crash-landed on a desolate, alien planet, what should have been a routine work-for-hire job for Powell has become a deadly mission to save the merchant vessel Morningstar and her crew. With one man dead and the captain gravely injured, Powell is on his own to repair the ship and find a way to escape the strange gravity well of the empty planet they’ve landed on. If the situation weren’t dire enough, the only signs of life on the planet are the remains of a much larger and better equipped ship and her crew, all dead, and not by natural means. What—or who—brought down these ships and is killing their crews? Why? And can Powell find a way off-planet before he shares the same fate?

Key Features

  • Experience an immersive sci-fi adventure, packed with gorgeous HD graphics, brand-new puzzles and scenes, and an all-new, streamlined interface
  • Newly remastered cinematics display the haunting landscapes in beautiful high definition
  • Uncover the mystery of Deadrock through new and optimized puzzles and an extended storyline
  • The alien planet of Deadrock comes alive with full voice acting and engrossing sound effects
  • Includes an atmospheric remastered soundtrack with over 30 minutes of original music

For more information, visit

2015 SHOT Show Gallery

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The 2015 SHOT Show saw a huge amount of new products being shown off from all manner of shooting sports manufacturers. Of course, we checked it out for the airsoft-related vendors on-hand but there was a lot of other cool stuff to see as well. Here is our photo gallery of the venerable convention.

Picture Gallery