Inspired by Jessie Prescott from the hit Disney Channel series, ‘Jessie,’ starring Debby Ryan, Disney has unveiled its newest D-Signed collection, now available exclusively at Target and Target.com.
The collection captures the bubbly, fearless personality of Jessie Prescott with spring’s hottest trends including bold patterns, colorful designs and layered pieces.
As young girls enter adolescence, their personalities, interest and style begin to solidify. D-Signed offers tween girls the ability to build their wardrobe with apparel and accessories based on their favorite Disney Channel characters while encouraging them to embrace their unique personalities through clothing that accentuates certain parts of their personality. Affordably priced and exclusively available at Target, D-Signed collections offer moms the ability to meet their daughters’ desire to make their own fashion choices while not breaking the bank. Like the D-Signed collection as a whole, the new Jessie Prescott collection resonates with young girls and encourages them to let their personalities shine.
Walt Disney Studios has provided us hi-res stills from its upcoming English release of The Secret World of Arrietty (pronounced AIR-ee-ett-ee) from the legendary Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Ponyo). Residing quietly beneath the floorboards are little people who live undetected in a secret world to be discovered, where the smallest may stand tallest of all. The Secret World of Arrietty is an animated adventure based on Mary Norton’s acclaimed children’s book series The Borrowers.
In the film, Arrietty (voice of Bridgit Mendler), a tiny, but tenacious 14-year-old, lives with her parents (voices of Will Arnett and Amy Poehler) in the recesses of a suburban garden home, unbeknownst to the homeowner and her housekeeper (voice of Carol Burnett). Like all little people, Arrietty remains hidden from view, except during occasional covert ventures beyond the floorboards to ‘borrow’ scrap supplies like sugar cubes from her human hosts. But when 12-year-old Shawn (voice of David Henrie), a human boy who comes to stay in the home, discovers his mysterious housemate one evening, a secret friendship blossoms. If discovered, their relationship could drive Arrietty’s family from the home and straight into danger.
Written by animation legend Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa, the English language version of The Secret World of Arrietty was executive produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, and directed by Gary Rydstrom.
The Secret World of Arrietty opens nationwide on February 17, 2012
Following last week’s electrifying season 13 premiere, the eleven remaining couples hit the ballroom floor for the second time, performing either the Jive or the Quickstep, on this week’s “Dancing with the Stars,” Monday, September 26 at 8:00 pm ET on ABC.
On Tuesday, September 27 at 9:00 pm ET, on “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show,” musical guest Demi Lovato returns to the ballroom to perform the hit single “Skyscraper” from her latest album, “Unbroken,” in a number choreographed by Emmy Award winner Wade Robson. The Script also grace the stage with a stellar live performance of their platinum selling hit single, “For the First Time,” off their sophomore album “Science & Faith,” and will be accompanied by “DWTS” returning pros Dmitry Chaplin and Chelsie Hightower. Also featured this week is the first “Macy’s Stars of Dance” performance of the season, with a number created by Emmy (r)Award-winning choreographer Marguerite Derricks, a piece inspired by the legendary Busby Berkeley. In addition, all nine male “DWTS” pros and troupe members will perform a thrilling number.
In the last few months Demi Lovato has been on fire. She’s hit the studio with an all-star list of collaborators including Timbaland, Jason Derulo, Ryan Tedder and Missy Elliot; the first single off “Unbroken,” “Skyscraper,” debuted at #1 on iTunes chart, #2 on the Billboard’s Hot Digital Singles chart, and #10 on the Billboard’s Hot 100. The singer and actress started in show business as a pre-teen and rose quickly. By the time she was 15 she was a bona fide TV star cultivating a promising singing career. In the late 2000s, while maintaining a rigorous TV and film shooting schedule, Lovato released two massively successful solo albums, “Don’t Forget” (2007) and “Here We Go Again” (2009); the former debuted at #2, the latter at #1. Her third solo LP, “Unbroken,” released September 20, 2011, showcases a collection of tracks that reveal a young woman with enough real life experience to appreciate the value of letting loose and enjoying herself. The songs run the gamut from epic ballad to cheeky pop power anthems. With the release of “Unbroken,” Lovato is focused on her immediate future and enjoying all that’s available to her, now that she’s back at the top of her game. The lead single, “Skyscraper,” has already reestablished her as a force to be reckoned with on the charts.
Hot off the heels of a #3 debut with their recent studio album, “Science & Faith,” and currently touring the U.S. on a string of sold out dates, The Script clearly have no plans to slow down. It’s been a rags to riches glory ride, an emotional rollercoaster, an all action, all-star blockbuster. Three young Dubliners, Danny O’Donoghue, Mark Sheehan and Glen Power, took on the world with music fashioned from the emotional detritus of their own hard lives, raised up by a love of pop, rock, hip hop and soul. In two years they’ve notched up a handful of hit singles around the world, including “Breakeven,” “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” and “We Cry.” Their 2008 self-titled debut album, “The Script,” went to #1 in the UK and Ireland, with more than 2 million in sales worldwide. They’ve played stadium shows with music heroes U2 and Sir Paul McCartney, and to cap it all, “Breakeven” — which has already sold over 2 million downloads in the U.S alone — rewrote history here in America on Billboard’s Adult Pop Songs radio airplay chart to take the #1 spot, where the song completed a record-setting 36-week rise to the summit.
By evening’s end, one couple will be eliminated, as determined by a combination of the judges’ scores and viewers’ votes on dances performed on Monday’s performance show. Who among the eleven couples will be the second team to leave?
- DAVID ARQUETTE, actor and producer, and partner KYM JOHNSON.
- CHAZ BONO, author and activist, and partner LACEY SCHWIMMER.
- ELISABETTA CANALIS, model and actress, and partner VAL CHMERKOVSKIY.
- KRISTIN CAVALLARI, TV star, and partner MARK BALLAS.
- NANCY GRACE, TV host and journalist, and partner TRISTAN MACMANUS.
- ROBERT KARDASHIAN, reality star and partner CHERYL BURKE.
- CARSON KRESSLEY, television star and style guru, and partner ANNA TREBUNSKAYA.
- RICKI LAKE, talk show host and actress, and partner DEREK HOUGH.
- J.R. MARTINEZ, veteran and actor, and partner KARINA SMIRNOFF.
- CHYNNA PHILLIPS, singer, and partner TONY DOVOLANI.
- HOPE SOLO, World Cup star, and partner MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY.
Hosted by Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet, the celebrities perform choreographed dance routines which will be judged by renowned Ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.
Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite teams via phone on Monday night during and up to 30 minutes after the “Dancing with the Stars” performance shows. AT&T customers may also text message their votes by texting the word “VOTE” and entering the number that corresponds to the team they want to support (message and data rates may apply). AT&T will also offer customers exclusive mobile video footage of weekly backstage highlights to keep fans connected to some of their favorite couples all season long. Viewers may also vote online at www.abc.com starting from the opening of each episode on the East Coast with voting closing at 8:00 a.m. PT/11:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday mornings.
“Dancing with the Stars” is the U.S. version of “Strictly Come Dancing.” This version is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Conrad Green serves as executive producer and Ashley Edens-Shaffer and Joe Sungkur are co-executive producers. Alex Rudzinski directs. “Dancing with the Stars” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.
The constant screams in the D23 Expo Arena stemming from hundreds of fans was the only Expo schedule you needed to know that they would soon be entertained by the stars of one of the most successful tv series in Disney Channel history, ‘Shake It Up.’
The event first kicked off, however, with a fashion show highlighting the current Target-exclusive D-Signed collection, inspired by the show’s lead characters, CeCe and Rocky, played by Bella Thorne and Zendaya Coleman.
Following the fashion show, which was attended by Bella and Zendaya, came the panel itself, moderated by Radio Disney’s own, Ernie D. For the panel, Bella and Zendaya were also joined by Davis Cleveland (Flynn), Roshan Fegan (Ty), Adam Irigoyen (Deuce), Kenton Duty (Gunther) and Caroline Sunshine (Tinka).
With a brief Q&A session which talked about pranks on the set and the cast’s individual experiences with the audition process, the floor was opened to a few questions from the audience. We also learned that there would be a one hour episode in the second season (airing September 18) which promised some amazing things, as well as some hints about what will happen in the second season, such as new potential relationships for both Rocky and CeCe and that Roshan’s character, Ty, will begin rapping. One highlight in particular from the session was Zendaya and Bella sharing their secret handshake which seemed like it took several minutes to execute.
The cast then took a break as the audience was treated to the upcoming Halloween episode of ‘Shake It Up’ which guest stars Atticus Shaffer, best known as Brick on ABC’s ‘The Middle.’ While Atticus’ character has a scary secret to share with candy guru Flynn, Rocky and CeCe receive a couple of tricks of their own when they meet a couple of boys at a Halloween party.
After the advanced screening of the episode, the cast returned to perform the dance number they had been rehearsing hours upon hours for, exclusively for the Disney D23 Expo presentation and, as you can see for yourself, it was all worth it. The show’s choreographer even came out after the performance and taught part of the dance to the fans.
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Production is underway on “Pixie Hollow Games,” an all-new, animated special to premiere this fall on Disney Channel. The special, which is part of the hugely successful Disney Fairies franchise, features a talented voice cast of Disney Channel stars including Brenda Song (“The Suite Life on Deck”), Jason Dolley (“Good Luck Charlie”), Tiffany Thornton (“So Random!”) and Zendaya (“Shake It Up”) as the new fairies and sparrow man who join Tinker Bell and her fairy friends to participate in the legendary Pixie Hollow Games. Megan Hilty (NBC’s upcoming musical series “Smash”) also stars as Rosetta.
The special is executive-produced by Academy Award winner John Lasseter (Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story” and “Cars” franchises) and directed by Bradley Raymond (“Tinker Bell”).
During Disney’s D23 fan expo in Anaheim this week, Tinker Bell, joined by Disney Channel stars Brenda Song, Jason Dolley and Tiffany Thornton, will make a special appearance at the Walt Disney Studios Animation Pavilion on FRIDAY, AUGUST 19 at 4:00 p.m. On SATURDAY, AUGUST 20 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., “Pixie Hollow Games” producer Helen Kalafatic and director Bradley Raymond will be meeting fans and talking about the new animated special on the expo floor in front of the Disney Fairies booth.
In “Pixie Hollow Games,” all of the fairies and sparrow men in Pixie Hollow gather for the legendary three-day Olympic-style competition event, which culminates with one fairy guild being named champion of the Games. Determined not to let the garden fairies’ unfortunate history of not performing well at the Games get to her, newcomer Chloe (voiced by Brenda Song) works to convince all of the other garden fairies, which includes her teammate Rosetta (voiced by Megan Hilty) and the pragmatic Fern (voiced by Zendaya), that they must work together and dig down deep to break their well-known losing streak. Along the way, the reigning champion storm fairies, including Rumble (voiced by Jason Dolley) and Glimmer (voiced by Tiffany Thornton), continue to intimidate and outperform their competitors, but with Chloe’s spirited determination, they are forced to work harder than ever before.
The virtual world of Pixie Hollow will host and celebrate the Games with the “How Will You Train?” art contest. The contest, which runs from August 16 – September 6, invites Disney Fairies fans to draw and share how they will train for the Pixie Hollow Games, with the grand prize winner receiving the ultimate viewing party kit. The kit includes everything needed to enjoy the “Pixie Hollow Games” premiere on Disney Channel, including a TV, Blu-ray/DVD player, a Tinker Bell DVD collection, party supplies, and more. To enter the “How Will You Train?” art contest, fans can submit their art either by U.S. Mail or by Internet via http://pixiehollow.go.com/
Disney Fairies is a franchise built around one of Disney’s most famous and beloved characters, Tinker Bell, her fairy friends (Fawn, Iridessa, Rosetta, Silvermist and Vidia), the power of pixie dust and the enchanted world of Pixie Hollow. Launched in 2005, the Disney Fairies franchise carries on Disney’s rich heritage of children’s storytelling across numerous lines of businesses including film, publishing, lifestyle merchandising (i.e., apparel, toys, electronics, home décor and stationery), games, internet, mobile-web and the parks, extending the fairy experiences into many girls’ homes and touch points across the globe. To date, over 1,000 Disney Fairies and Tinker Bell books have been published in 57 countries and 33 languages (selling nearly 30 million copies); Over 7.5 million copies of Disney Fairies magazines have sold in 40 countries; and More than 20 territories across North America, Latin America, EMEA and Asia Pacific can now visit DisneyFairies.com to play games, download activities and/or take flight in the virtual world of Pixie Hollow (where there are 40.5 million Fairies created in Pixie Hollow). Furthermore, fans can meet and view the Disney Fairies at any of the Disney theme parks and Disney on Ice shows around the world. Following the great success of Walt Disney Pictures direct-to-video release of Tinker Bell on Blu-ray™ and DVD in 2008, the company has since released two additional movies including Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure and Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue.
In this first clip, Mary is at an audition for a bubble gum commercial when she’s paired up with a ‘BFF’ for the ad. When Mary and her new best bud are sent off into a corner to go learn about each other, Mary learns a valuable lesson. If it walks like Selena Gomez and it quacks like Selena Gomez, it’s probably a Selena Gomez impersonator — unless you’re being pranked!
Next up is 15 year old Luke, who is recruited by Mitchel Musso to fill in for his deadbeat ex-BFF for an interview. Apparently when it comes to faking it, Luke makes the cut. He doesn’t even mind just digging in and getting his hands dirty.
Also starring in the first episode is ailing Debby Ryan who requests fan Albany fill in for her at a fashion show. It turns out Albany’s so good at the job, she’s asked to fire Debby!
‘Prankstars’ premieres on July 15 at 8 pm on Disney Channel, with new episodes premiering each month with more Disney Channel favorites.
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Disney Channel stars Selena Gomez, Debby Ryan and Mitchel Musso surprise their biggest fans in the premiere episode of “PrankStars,” a hidden camera series where unsuspecting tweens and teens are set up by family members and come face to face with their favorite celebrities in unpredictable and humorous situations. Premiering Friday, July 15 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on Disney Channel, the reality series is hosted by Mitchel Musso (“Pair of Kings,” “Phineas and Ferb”), who directs the pranks live from a covert mobile command center. New episodes will premiere every month featuring a roster of new stars.
In the premiere episode featuring three pranks, 14-year-old Mary is put to the test when she is paired up with Selena Gomez, disguised as a typical teenager, to learn a jingle during an audition for a fake bubble gum commercial. The hilarity continues as Debby Ryan recruits her No. 1 fan, 14-year-old Albany, to model for her upcoming fashion show, but Albany’s loyalties are tested when she is asked to fire Debby. When Mitchel Musso’s real-life best friend does not show up for an interview at a restaurant, he recruits unsuspecting patron, 15-year-old Luke, to step in for the hardest role of his life.
“PrankStars” is executive-produced by Barry Poznick (“Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?”), John Stevens (“Lingo”), Charles Steenveld (“Family Game Night”) and Rick de Oliveira (“All-Star Celebrity Treasure Hunt”). Musso co-wrote and performs the theme song. The reality series is a production of ZOO Productions. It carries a TV-G parental guideline.
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Production has begun in Hollywood on “Jessie,” a new comedy series starring 18-year-old Debby Ryan (“The Suite Life on Deck,” “16 Wishes”) as an idealistic teen from rural Texas who moves to New York City and becomes a nanny for a high-profile couple with four kids. The series is scheduled to premiere in fall 2011 on Disney Channel.
Jessie is a small town girl with big dreams who embarks on the adventure of a lifetime when she decides to leave behind starry nights for big city lights. Thrilled to be on her own and determined not to be intimidated by New York City, she accepts a job as nanny and moves in with highflying couple Morgan and Pandora and their four children, Emma, Ravi, Luke and Zuri. With a whole new world of opportunities within her reach, Jessie begins to navigate young adulthood and life in the big city. She surprises herself with how much she comes to rely on the support and advice of the kids in her care. Also helping to keep her moral compass in check are Bertram, the family’s butler, and Tony, the building’s 20-year-old doorman.
Starring alongside Ryan are Tony Award-nominated Kevin Chamberlin (Broadway’s “The Addams Family”) as Bertram, the frosty butler; Peyton List (“27 Dresses,” “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules”) as Emma, a brilliant but cynical 13-year-old and the only biological child in the bunch; Karan Brar (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules”) as Ravi, a 10-year-old adoptee imbued with his Eastern culture, but thrilled with his new life in America; Cameron Boyce (“Grown Ups”) as Luke, a 12-year-old adopted son who is exploding with mischief and is a videogame addict; and Skai Jackson (“Royal Pains”) as Zuri, an adorable 7-year-old girl adopted from Africa who is highly imaginative and fanciful.
“Jessie” was created by Pamela Eells O’Connell (“Family Matters,” “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody,” “The Suite Life on Deck”), who serves as executive producer. The series is from It’s a Laugh Productions, Inc.
“We Can Change the World,” the inspiring new pop/rock anthem for Disney’s Friends for Change — performed and co-written by 18-year-old actress and Hollywood Records recording artist Bridgit Mendler (“Good Luck Charlie,” “Lemonade Mouth”) — will premiere Friday, June 10 on Radio Disney at 7:00 pm ET/4:00 pm PT and Disney Channel in the 7:00 pm ET/PT hour. Beginning Saturday, June 11, the song will be available on Disney.com/ProjectGreen and the music video will be available at iTunes. Coinciding with its premiere, Disney will donate $250,000 to the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund benefiting global charities. “We Can Change the World” is the third Disney’s Friends for Change anthem. Previous songs have helped raise more than $800,000 for conservation projects around the globe.
Disney’s Friends for Change is a multi-platform initiative that helps inspire kids and families to join together and make a positive impact on their world (and the people and animals that live there). Through PSAs on-air and online tool-kits, the program aims to provide useful information to help kids make small changes that add up to big differences. As part of the program, Disney is donating $1 million dollars annually to fund projects all around the globe and has funded over 41 projects that help the planet ranging from educational & community programs to species & habitat protection. Friends for Change currently has over 4 million actions taking place from kids in 33 countries throughout Europe, Latin America, Japan, India and China. For more information, please visit http://disney.go.com/projectgreen.
The “We Can Change the World” song and music video are designed to both entertain and inspire ways to initiate positive change. In the video, Mendler and kids from around the world along with Disney Channel stars Valeria Baroni (Argentina), Jorge Blanco (Mexico), Olavo Cavalheiro (Brazil), Nicole Ishida (Japan), Murtuza Kutianawala (India) and Eve Ottino (France), are featured.
The music video was directed by Art Spigel (“Disney Channel Games”) and the song was written by Joacim Persson and Bridgit Mendler. It was produced on location at Disney Golden Oak Ranch in Los Angeles, California.
Kids’, tweens’ and families’ favorite High School Musical drama-queen Sharpay Evans returns to the spotlight in Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure, premiering Sunday, May 22 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on Disney Channel, with simulcasts on Sprint TV and MobiTV. Led by Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical and “Hellcats”), who reprises her unforgettable role as Sharpay Evans, the movie also stars Austin Butler (“Life Unexpected”), Bradley Steven Perry (“Good Luck Charlie”) and Cameron Goodman (“The Suite Life of Zack & Cody”).
In the movie, Sharpay sets out to conquer Broadway with her Yorkshire Terrier, Boi, after a New York casting director sees their performance at charity gala and offers to arrange an audition for a new Broadway musical. With Boi in tow, Sharpay packs her bags and heads to the Big Apple to fulfill her destiny. Her father has given her one month to make it to center stage, or else she will have to return home and learn the family business. However Sharpay’s dreams are turned upside down when she discovers the Broadway role is really for Boi, not her.
Also starring are Alec Mapa (“Ugly Betty”) as Gill Samms and Jack Plotnick (“Shake It Up!”) as Neal Roberts. Robert Curtis Brown (High School Musical) and Jessica Tuck (High School Musical) reprise their roles as Sharpay’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Evans. Special appearance by High School Musical’s Lucas Grabeel as Sharpay’s multi-talented brother, Ryan Evans.
Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure was written by Robert Horn (writer of Broadway’s “13” and writer/producer of “Designing Women”), directed by Michael Lembeck, executive-produced by Bill Borden and Barry Rosenbush (both of Disney’s High School Musical franchise) and Ashley Tisdale (Disney’s High School Musical franchise and “Hellcats”) and choreographed by Michelle Johnston (“Chicago”). Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure was filmed on location in Toronto, Canada, and is a production of Borden Rosenbush Entertainment Production and Princessa Productions Ltd. Parental guideline is TV-G
The movie is also available from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on Blu-ray™ and DVD. Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure is the No. 2 family live-action direct-to-video title of 2011 year-to-date, behind No. 1 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2.
Source: Extrapolated Nielsen data as of 4/23/11. Ranked by revenue. Physical sell-through with estimated retailer shipments. North America. All physical formats.
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