Disney’s First Marvel-ous Move Since Acquisiton of Comics Powerhouse

Disney has made its first move since it acquired Marvel Entertainment this past year and it could prove to be a promising one for the company. But before we fly to conclusions, sorry, legions of Ant-Man fans, it’s not about him. Not yet.

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‘Starstruck’ Disney Channel Original Movie to Premiere February 14

Sterling Knight (of Disney Channel’s hit series “Sonny With A Chance”) and Danielle Campbell (“Prison Break”) star in “StarStruck,” a music and adventure-filled Disney Channel Original Movie about Hollywood pop star Christopher Wilde who, after unexpectedly meeting Jessica Olson, a down-to-earth girl visiting from the Midwest, is faced with either following his heart or doing what’s best for his glitzy career. The movie also stars Brandon Mychal Smith (“Sonny With A Chance”) and Chelsea Staub (of Disney Channel’s “JONAS”). Filmed in Los Angeles at landmark locations including Hollywood Boulevard, Sunset Boulevard, the Hollywood Sign and Grauman’s Chinese Theater, “StarStruck” premieres SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel.

The story follows Jessica and her family as they visit her grandmother in Los Angeles, and she winds up by chance meeting Hollywood pop star Christopher Wilde.  It seems that Christopher has it all – fame, fortune and a big-budget Hollywood movie awaiting him – but after spending time with Jessica, he realizes he’s been missing out on something very important – being himself. As he shows her the city sites, the pair develop a friendship, but their bond is tested when Christopher publicly denies knowing her. Now Christopher must decide what is more important– being true to himself or becoming a movie star.

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ESPN to Launch First 3D Television Network in June; Debuts With 2010 FIFA World Cup Match

ESPN will launch ESPN 3D –  the industry’s first 3D television network – it was announced today by George Bodenheimer, Co-chairman, Disney Media Networks, and President, ESPN and ABC Sports.  ESPN 3D will showcase a minimum of 85 live sporting events during its first year, beginning with the first  2010 FIFA World Cup match on June 11 featuring South Africa vs. Mexico.  Other events to be produced in 3D include up to 25 2010 FIFA World Cup matches, Summer X Games, college basketball, and college football, which will include the BCS National Championship game in Glendale, Ariz., January 10, 2011.  Additional events will be announced at a later date.

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New ‘The Bachelor’ Interactive Game Will Send Winner to St. Lucia

In conjunction with the premiere of “The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love,” ABC.com will launch an all-new interactive Rose Ceremony Game enabling fans of the show to put their matchmaking skills to the test. Viewers can go online each week and make their picks of which bachelorettes will receive a rose from bachelor Jake Pavelka.

Players will earn points for their correct picks and by correctly answering trivia questions about the previous week’s episode. Bonus points will also be awarded to players who correctly predict which bachelorette will get the first rose of the evening, and also if they correctly predict the order in which the roses are handed out.

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LIVE! with Regis and Kelly Kicks off 2010 Beautiful Baby Search

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LIVE! with Regis and Kelly has announced its annual Beautiful Baby Search contest. Teaming up with Gerber, ten semi-finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges to appear on the show on or about the week of March 1, 2010. From there, one grand prize winner will receive $125,000 to be applied towards a college education and the cover of a future Parenting magazine issue. Four runners up will each receive $25,000 to be applied towards college and all ten semi-finalists will each recieve a year’s worth of Gerber’s Start Healthy, Stay Healthy food vouchers including a personalized nutrition plan.

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Kelly Ripa Returns to ‘All My Children’ January 4 and 5 for 40th Anniversary Special

ABC’s Emmy Award winning daytime drama, “All My Children” will celebrate its 40th Anniversary on January 5, 2010. In celebration of this milestone, the show will welcome the return of Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos and Eva La Rue in two special episodes airing on MONDAY, JANUARY 4 and TUESDAY, JANUARY 5.

“It is always great to come home,” says Kelly Ripa.

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Enter to Win a Sneak Peek at New Season of LOST’s Final Season

From now through January 17, you can enter to win the opportunity to see the first five minutes of the new season of LOST days before the final season’s premiere on February 2.

By answering a series of six trivia questions related to the show (you can answer until you get them all right), 815 winners will be selected at random and be mailed a message in a bottle along with a USB drive instructing them on how to view the footage of the new season.

For the official rules and to enter, visit LOSTTHEFINALSEASONSWEEPSTAKES.COM

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Update: WABC-TV Prepares for Cable Provider Standoff with StopCablevision.com

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Today, The Walt Disney Company registered a series of domain names revolving around one of its flagship television stations, WABC-TV in New York City. The domain names which include ILoveABC7.com, IWantMyABC7.com, SaveABC7.com and SaveABC7Now.com were also joined by StopCablevision.com

Unusual for Disney, the sites were already active, although it appears as though the content on the site — while not harmful in any way — was probably not meant for public consumption.

Under the title ABC/WABC Retransmission Consent, the page provides guidelines for how the company plans to address an upcoming negotiation with cable provider Cablevision beginning in January with a current contractual deadline of an unspecified date in March.

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Special Edition of 20/20 Looks at the Inspiration Behind ‘The Blind Side’

ABC News goes behind the motion picture “The Blind Side,” following the real life story of Michael Oher’s journey from the projects in Memphis, Tennessee, to realizing his dream of playing professional football. Today he is a rookie tackle with the Baltimore Ravens. Anchored by Deborah Roberts, the special includes Oher’s first sit down interview as well as interviews with the entire real life family – mother Leigh Anne Tuohy, husband Sean Tuohy and children Sean Jr., and daughter Collins.  Additionally, the hour will include interviews with Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw.

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Reuters: Disney XD picks up ‘Pair of Kings’

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Disney XD, a cable channel targeting young boys, is going royal with a series order for the live-action comedy pilot “Pair of Kings.”

The series, which will start production in March for a fall premiere, stars “Hannah Montana” veteran Mitchel Musso and “House of Payne” regular Doc Shaw as 16-year-old fraternal twins (one white and one black). They are typical teenagers in Chicago raised by their aunt and uncle until they find out that they are heirs to the throne of the island of Kinkou; they relocate there to become kings.

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