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Aflac Commercial StillCOLUMBUS, Ga., May 6 — Aflac today announced that the Georgia based insurance company has teamed “Up” with Disney-Pixar to produce a television commercial utilizing their unique brand of animation. The ad will feature movie characters from “Up”, Disney-Pixar’s first ever 3-D film, and the Aflac Duck demonstrating how Aflac policies help protect you when injury or illness threatens to derail your dreams.

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First Look: Princess Protection Program ‘Royal B.F.F. Extended Edition’ on DVD

Princess Protection Program DVD Royal B.F.F. EditionWe are proud to be one of the first to bring you this sneak peak at the upcoming DVD release of the newest Disney Channel Original Movie, Princess Protection Program, starring fan favorites Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato.

In the movie, royalty meets reality with Carter Mason (Gomez), a rural Louisiana teen, and Rosalinda Marie Montoya Fiore (Lovato), the soon-to-be teenage monarch of the tiny country of Costa Luna. The pair meets after Carter’s father, an agent in the covert international Princess Protection Program, rescues Rosalinda from a military take-over. He whisks Rosalinda to a PPP base where she receives a temporary new identity, Rosie Gonzalez, and is placed in his care until order can be restored in Costa Luna. When he arrives back in Lake Monroe, both teenagers are shell-shocked when Rosie moves into Carter’s room and the princess, posing as Carter’s visiting cousin from Iowa, begins adjusting to country life and enrolls in Carter’s school. Despite their differences, the girls slowly learn that there’s not only a lot to like about each other, but lessons to learn as well. That’s apparent when Rosie nominates Carter for homecoming queen over the heated objections of two jealous rivals, Chelsea and Brooke. And with her newfound realization, Carter brainstorms a way to help her new best friend regain her throne, even if it puts her own well-being at risk.

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Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato’s Princess Protection Program to Premiere June 26, DVD June 30

Two of the most popular young actresses, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato, star in the adventure comedy “Princess Protection Program,” a Disney Channel Original Movie about two very different girls – a princess from a small kingdom and a small town girl who, when fate brings them together, must team up to help the would-be queen pass for a regular teen. Filmed in Puerto Rico, “Princess Protection Program” premieres FRIDAY, JUNE 26 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel and Family Channel Canada. The “Royal B.F.F. Extended Edition” will be available Tuesday, June 30 on Disney DVD and will feature an exclusive new music video of “One and the Same” performed by Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato, a behind-the-scenes look at the film with the teen stars, and a free “B.F.F” necklace set.

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Disney’s ‘G-FORCE’ Teams Up with Major League Baseball in Million Ticket Sweepstakes

First One Million Fans to Enter the Sweepstakes will Win Free Tickets to See “G-FORCE” on Its Opening Day if a Grand Slam is Hit During MLB® All-Star Game

BURBANK, Calif. (April 22, 2009) – A team of secret government operatives are infiltrating Major League Baseball this season. Their mission? Give away one million tickets to see their movie “G-FORCE” on its opening day. From Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films comes “G-FORCE,” a 3-D high-octane comedy adventure about a covert government program in which guinea pigs are trained to work in espionage. The film, opening nationwide July 24, teams up with MLB for the unprecedented G-Force Grand Slam Sweepstakes. If a grand slam is hit during the All-Star Game on July 14, the first million people who have entered on Disney.com will win a free ticket to see “G-FORCE” on its opening day

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D23 Members Offered Discounts at Newport Beach Film Festival

D23 members are being offered discounts to certain screenings and events at the 2009 Newport Beach Film Festival.

Marc Shaiman (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

Marc Shaiman (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

On Friday, April 24 at 7pm, enjoy An Evening of Film and Fun Set to Music: A Gala Reception & Concert with Marc Shaiman. Join multiple Academy Award® nominee, Tony Award® and Grammy Award®-winning film composer and songwriter Marc Shaiman for a tune-filled evening of performance and memorable behind-the-camera stories of his many film projects including such modern day movie classics as Hairspray, The Wedding Planner, My Giant, Sleepless in Seattle, Sister Act, City Slickers, When Harry Met Sally and Beaches. Shaiman received the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Awards for his work on the Broadway hit Hairspray. May not be suitable for younger audiences. D23 Member Price: $20 (Regular: $30).

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Disney Fairies Author Gail Carson Levine to Hold Signing at WDW April 30

Gail Carson LevineOn Thursday, April 30 at 2:00pm – 3:00pm, author of Ella Enchanted and Disney Fairies stories, Gail Carson Levine, will be appearing at the Pixie Hollow Fairy Garden near Test Track in Epcot to sign copies of her book Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand. No personal items may be signed, all items to be signed will be available for purchase at the signing (limit of 2 items per guest).

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Advance Sales for EARTH has Disney Planting 500,000 Trees (and Growing)

HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 18: Disney's Mark Zoradi, DisneyNature Jean-Francois Camilleri, Disney's Dick Cook, Disney's Robert Iger, Director Alastair Fothergill and Director Mark Linfield at the World Premiere of DisneyNature's "EARTH" on April 18, 2009 at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Le Studio/Wireimage)

HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 18: Disney's Mark Zoradi, DisneyNature Jean-Francois Camilleri, Disney's Dick Cook, Disney's Robert Iger, Director Alastair Fothergill and Director Mark Linfield at the World Premiere of DisneyNature's "EARTH" on April 18, 2009 at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Le Studio/Wireimage)

BURBANK, Calif.– “EARTH” won’t open till Wednesday, yet moviegoers have already snapped up half a million tickets to catch the movie in its opening week and have a tree planted in their honor. Disneynature’s commitment to plant a tree for everyone who sees the motion picture between April 22-28 means that already 500,000 trees will be planted — and that number is still growing with advance ticket sales on the rise and the April 22 opening just a few days away.

“With half a million new trees committed so far, Disneynature’s first film is already making an impact on the world — and ‘EARTH’ hasn’t even opened yet,” said Mark Zoradi, president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Group. “We’re so pleased that moviegoers have embraced this film and our tree-planting initiative to this degree and we expect the numbers to keep climbing.”

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A Look at Disneynature’s OTHER First Film – The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (instead of living on one), you’ve no doubt heard of the latest venture from the newly formed Disneynature label, EARTH, to be released this Earth Day, April 22. But EARTH, as it turns out, is not actually the first film from Disneynature, but actually just the first film to be released in North America. The actual title of first film belongs to a documentary called The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos.

Crimson Wing PosterShot over a period of year, co-directors Matthew Aeberhard and Leander Ward camped out near the shores of Lake Natron in Tanzania where millions of flamingos are born, fall in love and die in sights in a spectacular view few have ever seen. Estimates suggest that 75% of all of the world’s lesser flamingos are born right at the lake which has several unique attributes that lend itself to be the perfect home for the flamingos.

Making use of technology, the filmmakers were also able to step foot on an island in the middle of the lake, the first humans known to do so, giving them exclusive access to the life of the lake’s inhabitants. Also captured on film was the eruption of Ol Doinyo Lengai, the first in forty years.

The lake is at the heart of a controversy involving plans to build a nearby soda ash factory which activists claim will bring an end to this nature spectacle. You can read more about it here.

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