A recent entry in a thread on disboards.com regarding additional talent expected to perform during the Magic Kingdom portion of the 2010 Disney Parks Christmas Day parade whose performances are being taped today and tomorrow. As somewhat expected based on the previous couple of years, the 2010 ‘American Idol’ winner, Lee DeWize, was named as a performer by a cast member who was credited as the source. Although not mentioned by name, it’s probably very reasonable to expect that the ‘little girl’ from ‘America’s Got Talent’ will be ten year old Jackie Evancho who blew the house down with her unbelievable operatic voice as featured in the YouTube video below.
JayTV, in association with HGTV, is in pre-production for a brand new series which will feature Orlando-area families who are looking to transform their backyards with potential into the next great Orlando theme park attraction (or reasonable facsimile thereof).
Casting is underway right now, so the producers are inviting interested families in the area to submit an application along with a photo of their family and a wide shot of their existing backyard to be considered as part of the show.
James Franco and Anne Hathaway will serve as co-hosts of the 83rd Academy Awards®, Oscars telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer announced today. Both have previously appeared on the telecast but not in hosting capacities.
“James Franco and Anne Hathaway personify the next generation of Hollywood icons — fresh, exciting and multi-talented. We hope to create an Oscars broadcast that will both showcase their incredible talents and entertain the world on February 27,” said Cohen and Mischer. “We are completely thrilled that James and Anne will be joining forces with our brilliant creative team to do just that.”
Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) today announced the addition of Disney Family Movies to its On Demand lineup. By subscribing to Disney Family Movies On Demand, Digital Cable customers can now enjoy a variety of Disney movies at their convenience. In addition to over 10 Disney movie titles each month, extra programming content available on the channel includes special footage and film shorts.
Time Warner Cable is also offering Disney Family Movies On Demand as part of Time Warner Cable Movie Pass. Time Warner Cable Movie Pass is a collection of movie channels, both linear and On Demand, featuring over 500 hours of films from almost every genre. Other channels in Time Warner Cable Movie Pass include Fox Movie Channel and Vutopia.
Thanks to a recent trademark application placed on behalf of Disney Consumer Products, we now get our first look at the initial title treatment for TRON: Uprising. T:U will be a new animated series produced for Disney XD and is set to premiere in summer 2012 and expands on the existing TRON mythos. According to Variety, who confirmed our initial report on the project that we first mentioned several months ago, the series will star the voice talents of Elijah Wood, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Mandy Moore, Paul Reubens, Lance Henrikse and Bruce Boxleitner as TRON.
On November 16, the Brown family — Jeanne, Johnnie Mac and their 12-year-old daughter, Katrina — were giving a presentation to area high school students at Seagraves High School in their small hometown of Wellman, Texas (population 300). They were telling the teen-aged audience about the dangerous consequences of driving while talking on a cell phone, texting-while-driving and riding in a car without a seat belt. Sadly this family knows the topic too well, having lost their daughter, Alex, who was texting-while-driving and not wearing her seatbelt. While Amanda Billings, Alex’s best friend since childhood, was speaking about the experience of losing her best friend, she gave a cue to the 600-plus students who then reached below their seats and lifted up cards that read, “Good Morning, Brown Family!” Then the “EM: HE” bus rode onto the football field and the design team jumped out to let this deserving family know that they are the latest recipients of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”
ABC Family celebrates the return of the network’s annual “25 Days of Christmas” programming event, now in its 13th year, with a new holiday theme song featuring the talents of singer/songwriter, Colbie Caillat. The song will make its ABC Family debut on Sunday, November 21 – the first day of the network’s “Countdown to 25 Days” event (November 21-30) — and will run throughout “25 Days of Christmas” (December 1-25). In addition, a full-length music video featuring Caillat (as part of the song’s new rendering) will make its worldwide premiere on the network the following day, Monday, November 22.
Dick Button, the man known as the “Voice” of figure skating, Johnny Weir, an Olympian who, at age 26, is the skating world’s most unpredictable star, and Laurieann Gibson, the creative visionary behind Lady GaGa’s choreography, will serve as the judges for ABC’s highly anticipated new series, “Skating with the Stars,” from BBC Worldwide Productions. Weir, Button and Gibson will make their debut as judges on the series’ premiere, Monday, November 22 (9:11-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
On “Skating with the Stars,” six famous faces — Bethenny Frankel, Brandon Mychal Smith, Jonny Moseley, Rebecca Budig, Sean Young and Vince Neil — will take to the ice with their world class skating partners for the first time in front of a live audience on premiere night, as couples perform high-paced ice dancing moves and dazzling figure skating routines. It’s fast and it’s graceful, with the added danger from traveling across the unforgiving ice on blades of steel. The couple with the lowest ranking following the judges’ scores and votes from the public will be sent home the following week.
Sara Rue, Barry Watson, Valerie Harper and Fred Willard have been cast in ABC Family’s upcoming original movie, “Always and Forever” (working title). The movie, which has begun principal photography in Atlanta, is set to premiere in Spring 2011 on ABC Family.
On November 12, Carmen and Jim Simpson and their three children were enjoying a special Southern cooked breakfast from celebrity chef Paula Deen at her restaurant, located in Savannah, Georgia’s historic district. Deen was honoring the Simpsons, along with other families, for their volunteer and charity work when the family learned that they would be the latest recipients of a home makeover as design team leader Ty Pennington and “EM: HE” designers emerged from the kitchen with the exciting news.