20/20 Investigates ‘Reality Thriller’ ‘Catfish’; Exclusive Interviews Include Angela and ‘Megan’


It’s a story so unbelievable, it has everyone wondering what really happened. The documentary film “Catfish” bills itself as “a reality thriller that is a shocking product of our times… a riveting story of love, deception and grace within a labyrinth of online intrigue.” But the media and moviegoers alike have questioned the validity and truthfulness of this Sundance Film Festival favorite. The film follows Nev Schulman, a 24-year-old New York City photographer who becomes entangled in an internet relationship with a Michigan family that includes an eight-year-old art prodigy, her beautiful older sister, Megan, and her mother, Angela. Nev’s filmmaker brother, Ariel, and friend Henry Joost document the budding virtual love affair between Nev and Megan and embark on a road trip to discover the shocking truth about the family.

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Sneak Peek: Disney XD’s and Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!’

Disney XD has shared with us these clips from an upcoming episode of their new cartoon action series, Marvel’ s Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! which premieres October 20 at 8:30 PM ET/PT.

From the episode titled ‘Some Assembly Required,’ our first clip checks in on Thor, Hulk, Wasp, Ant-Man and Iron Man as they enter and explore the Avengers’ Mansion, gifted by Tony Stark himself.

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Now for just a little action from the same episode, here’s the Avengers as they take on the lovely Enchantress and her sweetheart of a friend, The Executioner.

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DisneyChannel.com Offers Halloween Costume Augmented Reality Experience

This month, DisneyChannel.com lets users celebrate Halloween early with its “October Takeover” initiative, an augmented reality experience that gives kids the chance to be a virtual character from eight popular Disney Channel series.

A multiplatform digital and programming event, Disney Channel’s October Takeover starts online at www.DisneyChannel.com/Halloween where kids, with their parents’ permission, can digitally recreate themselves in virtual Halloween costumes representing some of their favorite Disney Channel characters such as “Hannah Montana,” Agent P from “Phineas and Ferb” and Sicky Vicky from “Sonny With A Chance,” among others. Trying on a costume is as easy as sitting in front of a webcam or uploading a photo. The Halloween-themed site instantly adds a costume over the image and allows webcam users to create a 15-second video. Participants have the opportunity to have their videos and photos featured on Disney Channel’s site or on-air throughout the month of October.

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ABC Family and Starz Media to Premiere ‘The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation’ on November 28

ABC Family and Starz Media will once again celebrate the holidays together this season, with the network buying the U.S. cable TV rights to the new live-action holiday movie, “The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation,” as part of its November “Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas” programming event. A Starz Media presentation, the two-hour original movie, a sequel to last year’s “The Dog Who Saved Christmas,” makes its worldwide premiere on ABC Family on Sunday, November 28 at 8:00 PM ET/PT. Jeffrey Schenck and Barry Barnholtz are executive producers on the film, which was written by Michael Ciminera, Richard Gnolfo and Peter Sullivan, from a story by Schenck, Sullivan, Ciminera and Gnolfo. Michael Feifer directed the movie.

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Sneak Peek: Shaquille O’Neal on Disney Channel’s ‘Sonny With A Chance’ Halloween Special

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In an upcoming episode of Disney Channel’s ‘Sonny With A Chance,’ Shaquille O’Neal guest stars as himself, in a fully-produced, ghoulish “So Random!” Halloween special, along with special musical guests Allstar Weekend and a brand new song performed by Sonny Munroe.

You may have already seen the promotional clips of the episode which feature Shaq as ‘Shaqula,’ but you haven’t seen anything until you’ve met ‘Shakenzie’ who’s introduced to us in the following clip from the show shared with us by Disney Channel. Also featured in the clip are regular cast members Demi Lovato, Sterling Knight, Tiffany Thornton, Doug Brochu and Brandon Mychal Smith.

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Sneak Peak: Wizards of Waverly Place Season Finale – ‘Wizards Exposed’

Disney Channel has just posted this extended sneak peek of  the season finale episode of ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ titled ‘Wizards Exposed.’

When the Russos are captured by a government agency interested in studying them, they are at risk of being exposed as Wizards and must find a way to escape and save the other Wizards who have been captured. Find out what happens to them during the Season Finale Friday, October 15 at 8:30/7:30c on Disney Channel.

The Russo’s are taken away by a secrent department of the U.S. government!
Find out what happens to them during the Season Finale Friday, October 15 at 8:30/7:30c on Disney Channel!
When the Russo’s are captured by a government agency interested in studying them, they are at risk of being exposed as Wizards and must find a way to escape and save the other Wizards who have been captured.

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ABC’s ‘This Week’ to Air ‘Holy War: Should Americans Fear Islam?’ Debate Live from New York City

In a special “This Week” town hall meeting taking place in New York City, Christiane Amanpour moderates a live debate “Holy War: Should Americans Fear Islam?” The town hall will feature contributions from panelists on both sides of the issue, including evangelist Franklin Graham, Daisy Khan — executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement and one of the leading organizers behind the planned mosque and Islamic community center in New York City — Azar Nafisi, author of “Reading Lolita in Tehran,” Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch, Peter Gadiel of the 9/11 Families for a Secure America Foundation, and Donna Marsh O’Connor of the September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows. The town hall meeting airs Sunday, October 3 on “This Week with Christiane Amanpour.”

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ABC Introduces First-of-its-Kind Ad Inventory Exchange System with Television Affiliates

In an increasingly cooperative effort to create financial opportunities in the network/affiliate relationship, ABC Television Network and its Affiliate Board of Governors, which represents more than 200 affiliates, today announced the Inventory Exchange System (IES), a strategic and systematic way of exchanging ad inventory that creates shared revenue opportunities. For the first time in the history of the network, ABC, through the launch of IES, will create the opportunity to strategically offer ABC affiliates the option to purchase additional network ad inventory packages to sell locally at a profit.

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‘No Ordinary Family’ Contest Finalists Chosen; Voting Period Now Open

ABC and “No Ordinary Family” asked America to submit videos explaining what makes them stand out from the rest and why their families are extraordinary. The videos of the top five families have been chosen and now it’s your turn to cast your votes for the most extraordinary family in America.

The five families that have been selected are the:

  • Roberts family from Lexington, Kentucky
  • Ferrari family from Fairfax, Virginia
  • Parham family from Sutherland, Virginia
  • Jensen family from Fountain Valley, California
  • Jones family from Kinston, North Carolina.

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