Disney Channel is developing a “Tron” animated series to follow the upcoming theatrical release of “Tron: Legacy.” The news was part of Disney’s “upfront” presentation to media buyers and clients, which included a preview of the “Tron” series. Geared toward kids age 6-14, the plan is to precede “Tron” with another project, a 10-part “Tron” micro-series premiering in fall 2011 on Disney XD, its cable channel targeted at young boys. Gary Marsh, entertainment president and chief creative officer of Disney Channels Worldwide, also offered a glimpse of “Legacy,” which is at such an early juncture in the development process that only stills were available. “Tron is another example of how we can take advantage of the intellectual property that the studio unit pays tens, if not hundreds, of millions to develop and market,” Marsh said Tuesday. The “Tron” projects represent a CGI-refresh of Disney’s 1982 theatrical, with “Legacy” expected to be released in December.
Aww, our little girl’s growing up. Miley Cyrus is kicking “Hannah Montana” to the curb once the series’ fourth season is wrapped. And while “Hannah Montana” may very well be television history, according to a Disney Channel exec, it looks as if it’ll be a long goodbye. The show’s fourth season begins production later this month. The Season 3 finale — “Is Miley Saying Goodbye?” – will air in March, then the fourth season hits the tube, with episodes airing “at least over a full year,” said Adam Bonnett, a senior VP of programming Is there any future for Hannah, once Miley is done with her? “You never know in this business,” Bonnett said about the show. A Disney spokeswoman confirmed his comments to the Post on Friday; Cyrus’ rep didn’t immediately respond to an AP request for comment. Oh well, at least Disney still has the Jonas Brothers. And Miley will soon be free to live happily ever after as the worst celebrity in the history of the entire world.
International music sensations, Jonas Brothers, will today give a unique musical masterclass to a group of young people as part of the Department for Children, Schools and Families’ campaign, Tune In – Year of Music. Partnering with Disney Channel, the home of their hit series JONAS, Kevin, Joe and Nick will host the one off interactive music session at Ryton Comprehensive School in Gateshead. The exclusive session kick starts ‘Back to School’, a series of musical master classes hosted by music icons from across the globe, aiming to get children and young people inspired about the ways in which music can enrich their lives. Continue reading →
In Vegas this past Saturday Justin Timberlake brought together a diverse group of talented artists for his second-annual Justin Timberlake & Friends Concert, benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children. Opening the event was Jay Sean with U.K.’s beat box champion MC Zani, performing Jay’s hit single “Down”. MTV VMA’s Best Female Video award winner, Taylor Swift followed, performing “You Belong With Me” and “Love Story.” JT introduced the next artist, Alicia Keys as “one of the greatest musicians of my generation”. As she strutted the stage in red pumps, she took a seat at her piano to vocalize “Doesn’t Mean Anything”. The night’s other performances included artists such as TLC, Ciara, Timbaland, Snoop Dog, and to cap off the evening, Justin himself, surprising the crowd with “Until the End of Time.”
Rich Ross, the television executive who helped revive the moribund Disney Channel, now has to prove he can work movie magic at Walt Disney Studios. The 47-year-old former talent department head has been tapped by Disney Chief Executive Robert A. Iger to fill the post formerly held by Dick Cook, who was ousted last month after clashing with his boss and failing to deliver enough hits over the last year. Iger will look to Ross to reinvigorate Disney’s flagging box-office fortunes and develop film franchises that can be sold across the entertainment giant’s lines of businesses — including theme parks, consumer products and television — as well as grapple with a host of technological issues Continue reading →
What’s better than seeing Zac Efron’s face every day of every month for a year??? Ladies and gents, the Zac Efron 2010 calendar images have just hit the web and good god does he look hot! We do have one complaint though…he’s wearing a tad too much shirt. More skin the next time around would be greatly appreciated. Zac Efron is hot property. Fresh from the success of ‘High School Musical’, ‘Hairspray’ & ’17 again’, he has garnered a legion of fans; So to avoid disappointment buy this calendar now before all those other ladies get him all to themselves. The calendar will £4.39 & eligible for Free UK delivery and will Continue reading →
Mitchel Tate Musso (born July 9, 1991) is an American actor and musician. Musso is perhaps best known for his role as Oliver Oken in the Disney Channel sitcom, Hannah Montana and Jeremy Johnson in the Disney Channel animated series Phineas and Ferb. In other works, he provided his voice of DJ for the computer animated film, Monster House and also starred as Raymond Figg in the Disney Channel Original Movie, Life Is Ruff which was released on July 15, 2005. Musso’s Continue reading →
The Disney Princess Protection Program official website which is a new film about a princess who goes into hiding after her country is invaded. Disneychannel.com princess | disneychannel.com princessprotectionprogram contains videos and other information about the movie and its stars. Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez are the main stars this new Disney movie. Disney.com/princessprotectionprogram | www.disney.com/princessprotectionprogram is also the place for fans to meet and exchange.
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Disney’s Princess Protection Program stars Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato in this Disney Channel Original Movie about a tomboy named Carter who’s life is turned upside-down when she has to help Princess Rosalinda live under the cover of an ordinary American teenager named Rosie.
As the Jonas Brothers took the stage at the Dallas Convention Center on Nov. 18, 2006, the group had little to sing about. The band’s advocate at Columbia Records had left and the label was dropping them. Few gigs loomed on the horizon. But the crowd at the Radio Disney 10th anniversary concert was oblivious to the Jonases’ travails. As the group sang “Year 3000,” a hit on the station, the audience responded with shrieking enthusiasm. The reaction caught the attention of Disney Channel President Rich Ross, who had been listening to the performance backstage. “He ran up to me and said, ‘I’ve never seen anything like this in my life. I want you to know they could be so big,’ ” recalled Kevin Jonas Sr., the boys’ father and manager. “To this day, I look at that moment as the turning point for the Jonas Brothers.” The Jonases, who now boast two platinum albums, their own Disney Channel show, “Jonas,” and a 3-D concert movie, are among the youthful stars who owe their big break to Ross, the man who could be called the father of “Tween TV.” Since his arrival as senior vice president of programming in 1996, Ross has transformed Disney Channel from a cable television backwater that ran old films and educational fare into a reliable profit engine for the Walt Disney Co. But more than that, he led TV’s pursuit of the 9-to-14-year-old “tween” audience, creating wildly popular personalities and shows that not only dominate the age group’s attention but have muscled their way into mainstream culture: Hilary Duff as “Lizzie McGuire,” Miley Cyrus as “Hannah Montana,” the “High School Musical” movies and now the Jonas Brothers. Ross targeted a void in children’s television — the yawning gap between Tigger, Pooh and the Disney princesses, and innuendo-laced prime-time shows. Before Ross’ efforts at Disney Channel, no network courted the age group, which influences roughly $43 billion in spending annually. “They existed. They weren’t programmed to,” Ross said. “They were either forced to slum off younger stuff or watch what their parents thought was inappropriate.” In creating programming for those viewers, Ross helped launch the careers of many of today’s most celebrated figures in young Hollywood, including Shia LaBeouf, Zac Efron and Cyrus. He hopes two rising Disney Channel stars, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez, will succeed Cyrus as tween phenoms. “In the 20 years I have known Rich, he has always been recognized for his ability to spot talent,” said Kevin Huvane, managing partner at Creative Artists Agency, who represents Cyrus. “Rich knows intuitively what is relevant to the marketplace and is tremendously savvy at building programming that resonates with audiences. In doing so, he has helped launch a generation of stars.”The actors and their parents describe him as remarkably approachable and concerned, and his personal touch was on display at the February film premiere of “Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience.” He greeted by name not only proteges such as “Hannah Montana” costar Emily Osment and Madison Pettis, who appeared opposite Dwayne Johnson in Disney’s movie “The Game Plan,” but also the Jonases’ head of security and a Disney photographer. As the band’s black SUV pulled up to the El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, Ross bristled with boyish enthusiasm. “About to be the bedlam,” he predicted, flashing a broad smile as the crowd erupted in screams.
A TV for his room
Ross grew up in the 1960s in Eastchester, N.Y., at a time when most families had a single television set in the den and parents fretted about their children’s exposure to the “idiot box.” At the age of 9, he requested what then was considered taboo: a television for his room. He still remembers meeting his father’s train one night and seeing him carrying a large TV box. When Ross ripped it open, he discovered not a television, but a puppy. “I looked at it and said, ‘This is a dog. Where’s the TV?’ ” Ross said. “I was sort of inconsolable. So, within a couple of months, they got me the TV.” Each night, Ross would do his homework watching shows such as “Mayberry R.F.D.” and fall asleep hearing “The Merv Griffin Show” echoing through the ventilation system from the den. He grew to share his father Marty’s love of comedy and a curiosity about the New York end of the industry. While other kids at summer camp were reading Sports Illustrated, he received Daily Variety. Merv Griffin would end up giving Ross his big break in television — albeit indirectly. The entertainer’s bookkeeper was a friend of Ross’ mother, Harriet, and she arranged an interview for the 19-year-old Ross with Griffin’s representative, the William Morris Agency in New York, where he was hired to work in the mail room. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania and Fordham University Law School, Ross took a job in the talent department at Nickelodeon. Those early experiences — especially with the young actors he cast in such live-action Nickelodeon series as “Hey Dude” and “Clarissa Explains It All” — would shape his later work at Disney. The norm for casting was to evaluate talent solely on the child’s audition. “I broke some rules, like meeting the parents, because to me it mattered,” Ross said. “If you understand who the families are, you understand what they need and they want. Then you’re more apt to get it right and be able to support them.” Indeed, Disney Channel hosts what it calls a “family dinner” at the launch of every new series. The parents laud Ross and Disney Channel Entertainment President Gary Marsh for cultivating an environment where they feel comfortable enough to call or e-mail with questions or concerns.
Miley Cyrus (named Destiny Hope Cyrus) was born on November 23, 1992 in Nashville Tennessee to Billy Ray Cyrus (actor/country singer) and Leticia Finley. She has five siblings: Christopher, Braison Chance, Noah Lindsey, Brandy and Trace. [Quick fact: her father nicknamed her Miley because he thought that since she was a baby she never stopped smiling.]
She had always admired her father and the way he performed in front of an audience and had always wanted to do so.
She received her first acting role in 2003, playing opposite her father in the TV series Doc. She then appeared in episodes of other shows. Later that year she had her big screen debut in the movie Big Fish, playing a young Ruthie.
In 2006 her family moved to Los Angeles and after many interviews and call-backs she received her break-out role as Hannah Montana/Miley Stewart in the Disney Channel hit Hannah Montana. The show has been a big hit for Disney.
Miley has recently signed a four album contract with Hollywood Records. The Hannah Montana Soundtrack hit stores in on October 24, 2006.
In December of 2007, she began working on a spin-off movie to her TV series entitled Hannah Montana: The Movie due to be released on May 1, 2009.
Her One In A Million DVD was be released on Jan. 27, 2008.
On July 22, 2008, she released her sophomore album entitled Breakout which peaked at #1 (this was her first project that did not include the Hannah Montana franchise)
In July 2008, Miley and a friend (Mandy) published a parody on YouTube of a video YouTube blog by two other upcoming Disney pop princesses – Selena Gomez (Wizards of Waverly Place) and Demi Lovato (Camp Rock). Although no one knows for sure, it might have been created by Miley in response to Lovato allegedly dating Miley’s ex-boyfriend Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers. Who knows if calmer heads prevailed afterwards, PR people stepped in or Disney executives told their princesses to all play nice, but in an interview with PopStar! magazine, Miley said that she was “supersorry” if they were offended, but were just having fun and actually were trying to “support” Lovato and Gomez’s YouTube website.
She lent her voice to an animated character (Penny) in Bolt, which did fairly well in the box office and earned her a Golden Globe nomination.
In February 2009, she was criticized when photos of her making “slanted eyes” were published which made a number of groups upset. Although she apologized, some groups said it was not sincere. Comedian Margaret Cho has become very outspoken againt Miley, even calling her a disgrace. She has since been sued for $4 Billion dollars by a California woman on behalf of the Asian-Pacific Islander population of Los Angeles.
On April 10, 2009 she will be releasing a movie spin-off based on her hit TV show entitled “Hannah Montana: The Movie”
Miley is going to be in a sequel to Adventures in Babysitting tentatively entitled Further Adventures in Babysitting,
Hobbies & Interests: Riding horses, writing music, playing guitar, dancing, cheerleading, shopping
Favorites: singers: Kelly Clarkson, Hilary Duff, Ashley Simpson
Jonas Brothers are coming off a stellar 2008 that included two sold-out tours in the United States, an American Music Award, a Grammy nomination, two MTV Europe Award nominations, the premiere of the hugely successful TV movie, ‘Camp Rock’, and the release of their album, A Little Bit Longer, that has been certified gold in the UK and platinum in the United States. Jonas Brothers’ previous self-titled album, also released in the UK in 2008, has been certified gold as well. The band also appeared on Saturday Night Live this month on Valentine’s Day.
The new movie, Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience, will be released on 27th February 2009 in the United States and on 29th May 2009 in the UK. Their new Disney Channel program, ‘JONAS!’ will premiere in the United States in May and worldwide later this year.
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Within a year Jonas Brothers have successfully raised their reputation to be one of musicians worth acknowledged. If their first effort ‘It’s About Time’ (2006) only managed to peak at #91, their self-titled sophomore album went straight to #5 in Billboard Hot 200 chart. In the first week of its release, the album was sold 69,000 copies, beating various artists’ soundtrack of ‘Hairspray’ by hundreds. A review in USA Today read, “They’ve got fizzy harmonies, punchy power chords and sugary choruses that bounce off the walls.” Prior and post the album’s release, the trio have sold out tickets of their shows, graced covers of teen magazines and been signed for special appearances. As young icons, they have been booked to make a cameo in Disney Channel’s ‘Hannah Montana’ TV series on August 17 where they will perform a duet with the main star Miley Cyrus. The brothers also jumped on their first major tour as the supporting act of Cyrus on that fall starting from October 18 in St. Louis, Missouri.
Unlike Hanson or other teen bands where the siblings have been bond as a group, Jonas Brothers did not start as a band but a solo. It started with a single project of youngest brother Nicholas Jerry Jonas who was born September 16, 1992. He was spotted by Columbia Records that immediately also noticed the talent of his two older brothers Joseph Adam Jonas (born August 15, 1989) and Paul Kevin Jonas II (born November 5, 1987). The three of them started performing as a trio called Sons of Jonas before eventually landing the more commercial name, Jonas Brothers. All this while their father would book them gigs and give finance to reach their dream.
Their first Columbia album ‘It’s About Time’ was released on August 8, 2006 and its first single ‘Mandy’ quickly gained success although still mild. ‘Mandy’ music video was placed at #4 in MTV’s TRL, a considerably good start for a young newcomer. Meanwhile in Disney’s radio, ‘Mandy’ and another track ‘Year 3000′ were very well received that they both topped the chart along with other off album singles that they recorded such as ‘Kids of the Future’, and ‘Poor Unfortunate Souls’. Despite all the attainment, the debut album failed to reach wide success and only peaked at #91 in the Billboard Albums chart. The brothers were soon dropped from Columbia
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