Johnny Depp, George Lucas, Danny Elfman headline Disney Legend awards at D23 Expo

ANAHEIM– The Walt Disney Co. maintained two words secret to surprise its fans.

Johnny Depp.

Disney began the D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Facility by bestowing the firm’s greatest honor, the Disney Legends to numerous populared individuals.

For months, fans recognized Disney was recognizing soap celebrity Susan Lucci, previous Oingo Boingo frontman and also music composer Danny Elfman, as well as Lucasfilm creator and “Celebrity Wars” franchise business developer George Lucas, to name a few.

Yet on Friday, the countless attendees received the greatest surprise at the end of the party when Disney announced Depp would be the other Disney Tale honoree.

The crowd increased as well as clapped when the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise star and Hollywood hunk went out from backstage, wearing a chamois-colored sports jacket and also a white t-shirt open at the collar.

“Oh my God! Oh my God! Oh my God!” claimed Kelly Anderson, 29, of Camp Pendleton, after seeing Depp. “I had a go haywire moment.”

“I will treasure it as well as ideally reach meet Mickey Mouse,” Depp claimed, motivating a large laugh.

Depp, which has actually played Captain Jack Sparrow in the 4 “Pirates of the Caribbean” films and is slated to star in the fifth, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Guys Tell No Tales” in 2017, stated he really did not like the word “legend” yet accepted the honor enthusiastically.

“I am honored to be sworn in right into this,” he stated.

Depp was amongst nine people approving the Disney Legends award, provided individuals that “have dramatically contributed to the business’s tradition.”

Leading up to the D23 Exposition, the company’s biennial follower convention, The Walt Disney Co. Chairman wished to amaze guests. He simply couldn’t get verification from Depp.

“We recognized a few weeks back, (we) merely had to clear it with his schedule,” Iger informed the Register after the Disney Legends honors. “We understood he was getting a Tale however we were functioning on his schedule.”

Iger was thrilled with the group’s reaction.

“That was great,” he claimed.

Depp highlighted a star-studded occasion that included R&B singer Ne-Yo singing “Never had a good friend like me,” a homage to the late Disney Legend Robin Williams; Tony Honor winner James Monroe Iglehart carrying out Elfman’s “Oogie Boogie’s Track,” and also professional dancers from “Dancing with the Stars” ballroom dancing to the waltz from “Resting Appeal.”

Lucas approved the Tale award as well as shared stories of exactly how the Disney business as well as regular sees to Disneyland influenced him.

“Very few people recognize, Goofy was the motivation behind Jar Jar Binks,” Lucas stated, referring to his Goofy-like yet detested “Superstar Wars Episode I: The Phantom Threat” personality. “I like Silly and I like Jar Container Binks.”

Elfman, that has worked together with Disney creating ratings for hit films such as “The Nightmare Prior to Xmas,” “Alice in Heaven,” and also “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” praised Disney’s collaborative as well as imaginative environment.

While Lucci, that was a long time installation on daytime television as Erica Kane on “All My Kids,” claimed if she can develop a ride based on her infamous personality at Disneyland, it would certainly be a rollercoaster.

“It would feature bunches of partners, a lot of stops and also ups and downs,” Lucci said to the Register throughout the red carpet prior to the honor.

The most touching speech of the day came from Andreas Deja, a Disney animator which created Disney’s the majority of widely known bad guys – Gaston from “Appeal and also the Beast,” Jafar from “Aladdin,” and also Scar from “The Lion King.”

He destroyed after remembering a chat with a youthful follower. The girl handled him and claimed: “Thank you for drawing my youth.”

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Four people turned themselves in and are ‘cooperating fully’ in Newport Beach movie theater ‘chainsaw’ scare

NEWPORT BEACH – Four young people, questioned Tuesday night into Wednesday morning by Newport Beach police about creating a panic at a movie theater over the weekend, earlier brandished a leaf blower outside an Irvine In-N-Out Burger, police said.

The perpetrators revved the tool “to elicit a reaction” from people at the restaurant before going to the theater and scaring moviegoers from the complex, Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella said.

No arrests were made Wednesday. Police did not give details about the identities or ages of the four people, but said they turned themselves in for questioning after surveillance photos were released Tuesday to the public.

Police said that during the interviews the four were “cooperating fully.” Investigators had previously described the people in the photos as from 15 to 20 years old.

Authorities would not elaborate on what consequences perpetrators could face for the action, but Manzella said detectives were investigating the case fully and not treating it as a harmless prank.

Detectives “had a lot of incoming calls about this case and of course a lot of people were affected, so we’re hoping to bring some closure to them,” Manzella said.

During Saturday evening’s incident, Newport Beach police responded to multiple 911 calls at about 10:50 p.m. from the Edwards Big Newport 6 theater near Fashion Island.

Callers said two or more men created a panic inside the theater, causing dozens of people, some thinking the machine might be a chainsaw or weapon, to evacuate.

Police say someone had opened the emergency exit door from inside the theater and let in at least one co-conspirator with the leaf blower. The person with the tool held it up, yelled and started the motor.

In a short statement released Wednesday, Manzella said about one hour before the theater scare, the four were seen in a Ford pickup truck at the burger restaurant in Irvine.

The incident in Irvine was not reported to police at the time, but investigators looked into it after the event at the theater.

The scare came a day after a Colorado man was sentenced to life in prison for killing 12 people and wounding 70 in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater in 2012.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about the incident or the four people involved to contact Detective Joshua Vincelet at 949-644-3779. Anonymous tips can be left on the Newport Beach Police Department’s tip hotline at 800-550-6273.

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Caution advised as high heat expected through weekend

Orange County homeowners ought to take preventative measures to avoid heat-related disease as temperature levels rise, the Wellness Care Firm recommended Thursday.

The National Weather condition Service is calling for very hot temperature levels through the weekend break– about 10 degrees over normal– for much of Southern The golden state.

The Health Care Firm gave these ideas to stop warmth fatigue or warmth stroke:

– Drink a lot of water

– Use light, loosened clothes

– Remain out of the sunlight. If outdoors, use a hat as well as usage sunscreen

– Never ever leave kids, senior citizens or pet dogs unattended in automobiles

– Inspect on individuals that are high threat making sure they are remaining amazing, including elders that live alone, children as well as those with heart or lung disease

– If your residence is not air conditioned, check out public establishments such as buying malls as well as collections to remain cool

The agency claimed symptoms of warmth exhaustion may consist of hefty sweating, muscle aches, weak point, headache, queasiness or throwing up, and also unsteadiness.

Indication of warmth stroke may include a very high physical body temperature, unconsciousness, confusion, warm and completely dry skin without sweating, a quick, strong rhythm, and also a throbbing migraine. If signs and symptoms of heat stroke happen, immediately ask for medical support. Move the person into shade and use water to cool down the physical body.

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$45 million asking price for blufftop home at Montage Laguna Beach

A blufftop, oceanfront home on the grounds of the Mosaic Laguna Beach has attacked the marketplace – with a $45 million pricetag.

Constructed in 2010, your house has 9,500 square feet of living space, with five rooms, a drifting stairs, full bar, home theater, exquisite kitchen and also a glass-encased, commercial-grade wine rack.

Inside highlights include lit up onyx, wenge wood and mosaic ceramic tile. Glass walls available to exterior spaces, including an infinity-edge swimming pool and also a lanai with a one-story waterwall.

The residence, on a third of an acre, is one of 13 private residence sites at the resort. The purchaser gets accessibility to the resort – as well as can sound for the attendant, housekeeping and also room solution.

John Stanaland of HOM Sotheby’s International Real estate is the listing broker.

The home is not the most costly one offer for sale in the city.

Paired Points, an estate with two cliffs prolonging numerous feet right into the Pacific Ocean, gets on the marketplace for $75 million.

UC Irvine students can boast that they’re attending the greenest university in the U.S.

For the second year in row, the Sierra Club’s magazine has ranked UC Irvine the greenest university in the nation.

The ranking – released Tuesday and calculated from a 200-page questionnaire submitted by 153 colleges and universities nationwide – measured schools based on, among other things, where they get their electricity, academic programs in sustainability, recycling efforts and transportation practices.

In Sierra Magazine’s rankings, UCI was the only school in the country to score above 800 out of 1,000 – getting a score of 860. The runner-up, UC Davis, got 789.

UCI earned especially high marks in energy, transportation and waste.

“It’s pretty hard to score much higher than an 800,” said Avital Andrews, the lifestyle editor for Sierra Magazine and overseer of the rankings. UC Irvine, she added, is “definitely doing better than any other.”

The calculations heavily weigh a school’s electricity choices, and that’s a category in which UCI came out ahead.

In the past year, UCI has quadrupled its solar energy production by adding 11,700 solar panels, reducing carbon emission by 1,500 metric tons. Those panels are part of three on-campus solar projects.

The school also has a 19-megawatt turbine cogeneration power plant. Getting energy from renewable sources is a major component of the rankings.

“We have people dedicated to zero-waste and water preservation projects, alternative energy research and more,” UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman said.

Additionally, more than 80 percent of UCI’s campus waste is diverted from landfills, causing the school to fall less than one point short of the maximum for waste management, according to the rankings.

“The sustainability ethic permeates what we do in facilities and infrastructure,” said Wendell Brase, UCI’s vice chancellor for administrative and business services.

The Sierra Club’s rankings also look at a school’s academic commitment to sustainability. More than 200 UCI faculty either research or teach on environmental topics, such as collapsing glaciers, conservation biology, global climate modeling, energy conservation, transportation, land use planning and environmental law. There are also 22 student clubs on campus devoted to environmental issues.

“We have some of the best minds in the world working on these critical issues.” said Enrique Lavernia, UCI provost and executive vice chancellor.

When students are immersed in a campus committed to green lifestyles, research and thinking, they go into the world bearing those values, said Andrews, the Sierra Magazine editor. The rankings seek to reward schools with such a broad approach to sustainability.

“It has to permeate the school,” Andrews said. “It’s not just the buildings and the infrastructure. It’s also the culture.”

The university’s Sustainability Initiative promotes research on the topic while acting as an incubator for environment-oriented projects. The initiative offers public workshops and is a clearinghouse for academic courses in green topics.

Despite a sprawling, 1,475-acre campus situated in a 950-square-mile suburban county that is nearly impossible to navigate without a car, UCI got points from the Sierra Club for offering bus pass discounts and a free shuttle.

Sierra Magazine’s ninth annual rankings will be published in the September-October issue as part of its “Cool Schools” spread. The rankings also will go online and are the biggest traffic generator for the magazine’s website.

Schools in the University of California system – four of which were in the Sierra Club’s top 10 – aren’t making green choices just to court students, cut costs or reduce environmental impact. State law requires UC schools to be carbon-neutral by 2025.

While coastal California schools are able to trim energy use because of a generally mild climate, other schools in other regions have different benefits, Avital said. The University of Washington, for instance, gets 90 percent of its electricity from hydropower, matching statewide trends there.

But Andrews pointed out that UC Irvine and most other schools on the list could improve their ranking by taking endowment investment money out of fossil fuel companies.

Some schools in the United States already are divesting money from companies involved in oil and other fossil fuels. Stanford University is one of about two dozen colleges and universities nationwide that have committed to reducing their investments in carbon companies.

So far, UCI and the UC system overall have resisted calls to follow suit. Instead of eliminating the $10 billion of fossil fuel holdings from its $91 billion investment portfolio, the UC’s Task Force on Sustainable Investing started a program last year to invest $1 billion in profitable solutions to climate change.

In February, UC signed the Montreal Carbon Pledge, which commits the school to measuring and disclosing the carbon footprint of its investments.

“That’s an area a lot of schools have room for improvement,” Avital said.

Cal State Fullerton was ranked 119th on the Sierra Club’s list, the only other school in Orange County to submit information for ranking.

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