‘Hannah Montana’ Rocks North American Box Office

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co’s “Hannah Montana: The Movie” doubled forecasts by earning $34 million worth of tickets at the Easter weekend box office in North America, as young fans of teen starlet Miley Cyrus rushed to see their heroine’s first big-screen outing.

The movie ranks as the second-best Easter opening, following 2006’s “Scary Movie 4″ with $40 million.
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Savannah, GA Selected as Location for New Miley Cyrus Flick, ‘The Last Song’

ATLANTA – Governor Sonny Perdue announced today that Savannah will be the filming location for the upcoming Disney film, The Last Song. The movie is expected to bring approximately 250 jobs to the state.

“I signed the 2008 Entertainment Industry Investment Act in support of our efforts to recruit film, music and digital entertainment projects to Georgia,” said Governor Perdue. “These industries are thriving and growing, boosting the state’s economy and employing thousands of Georgians.”

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ABC Family Secures Network Premiere Rights to G-Force, Christmas Carol and Beverly Hills Chihuahua

Burbank, CA (April 9, 2009) – ABC Family has acquired a slate of theatricals including several network television premieres as part of an agreement with Disney-ABC Domestic Television. The network will air the network television premieres of the Walt Disney Pictures 3-D films “G-Force,” from producer Jerry Bruckheimer, in theaters this summer, and “A Christmas Carol,” starring Jim Carrey, to be released in theaters this November. The package also includes the network television premiere of “Beverly Hills Chihuahua,” and second position windows for the studio’s two recent films, “Race to Witch Mountain” and “Bedtime Stories.”

“Beverly Hills Chihuahua” is tentatively scheduled to make its network television premiere on ABC Family in 2010, “G-Force” in 2011 and “A Christmas Carol” in 2012. “Bedtime Stories” and “Race to Witch Mountain” will both tentatively mark their runs on the network in 2012.
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Artist Wyland to Unveil 4,000-Square-Foot Painting at World Premiere for Earth

The world premiere for Disneynature’s Earth will take place April 18 at 1:00 pm at Disney’s El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles. At the event, Marine Life Artist Wyland will unveil a 4,000-square-foot painting inspired by the film.

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Variety: Pirates of the Caribbean 4 Lacks Direction as Gore Jumps Ship

According to a report in Variety, POTC director Gore Verbinksi has given notice that he will not be interested in directing the fabled fourth installment of the Jack Sparrow series. First Keira, now this. Article here.

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Buy Tickets Online to Disneynature’s Earth and Get a Free Re-useable Disney Shopping Bag!

Starting today, moviegoers purchasing advance tickets on Fandango for Earth, Disneynature’s first movie opening April 22, will help restore the Brazilian Atlantic Forest and receive a coupon good for a free re-useable shopping bag with any purchase at any Disney Store retail location in the 50 United States or D.C.

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Miley Cyrus to Surprise ‘Hannah Montana the Movie’ Audiences During Opening Weekend

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Disney DVD Roundup for April 7, 2009 – Bedtime Stories, My Friends Tigger & Pooh, Classic Disney Shorts & More

Here’s a look at some of the Disney DVDs being released April 7, 2009…

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Production Begins on ‘Skyrunners,’ Disney XD’s First Original Movie, Starring Kelly Blatz

Production has begun on “Skyrunners,” the first original movie for the newly branded television platform Disney XD. The science fiction adventure features rising star Kelly Blatz, who can also be seen playing the title role of the new network’s flagship series “Aaron Stone.” In addition Weta Workshop, the multiple Academy Award-winning world leader in special makeup, creature and visual effects (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “King Kong” and “The Chronicles of Narnia” films), will design and provide the practical alien creature effects in the movie. The announcement was made today by Gary Marsh, president, Entertainment, Disney Channels Worldwide.

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