The Social Security Administration released its list of most popular baby names for 2009 today and it appears New Moon trumps Twilight as Jacob and Isabella took both #1 spots for boys and girls respectively. Edward comes in at a respectable 137 (up 11 over 2008) and Cullen also saw a significant increase over 2008, rising 297 spots to take #485.
When their best friend mysteriously vanishes, four girls believe their secrets are safe forever. But when they begin to receive threatening messages from someone named “A,” the truth may be only one text away when the new ABC Family original series, “Pretty Little Liars,” debuts on Tuesday, June 8th (8:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT). Based on the bestselling Harper Teen novels and produced by Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television, the 10 all-new scripted hour-long episodes star Troian Bellisario (“JAG”), Ashley Benson (“Eastwick”), Holly Marie Combs (“Charmed”), Lucy Hale (“Privileged”), Ian Harding (“NCIS: Los Angeles”), Bianca Lawson (“The Vampire Diaries”), Laura Leighton (“Melrose Place”), Chad Lowe (“24”), Shay Mitchell (“Rookie Blue”) and Sasha Pieterse (“Without a Trace”).
The Walt Disney World Resort and Celebration V (the premiere Star Wars fan event) have announced that in honor of the convention being held in Orlando this year along with the impending makeover of the Star Tours attraction to Star Tours 2 which will take the motion simulator film to a third dimension (and possible ‘multiple destinations’), there will be a special one-night-only event titled ‘Last Tour to Endor’ where Celebration V attendees are being invited to ‘be the first to be the last’ in an exclusive after-hours Star Wars party.
There was little surprise yesterday about how quickly the YouTube video of a Talking Mickey character test at Disneyland garnered attention, turning just a few dozen views from when we first reported it to tens of thousands less than a day later, but realizing that there would have to at least be a patent application somewhere before the technology was debuted, we set out to find the source of the marveling magic.
Earlier today,Walt Disney Studios sent us several new hi-res stills from the action-packed Jerry Bruckheimer thriller Prince of Persia: Sands of Time starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley, et al. The newly released images also feature Alfred Molina and Toby Kebbell (both of whom also star in Disney’s and Jerry Bruckheimer’s Sorcerer’s Apprentice later this summer) along with Richard Coyle, Reece Ritchie, Thomas DuPont and Steve Toussaint.
We’ve added the stills to our Prince of Persia gallery below. You’ll find the new ones towards the end.
Filmmakers called on Gipsy Kings for a flamenco-flavored rendition of ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’ in Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3. The world-famous band recorded ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me (Para Buzz Español)’ in London at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.
Pictured from left to right are Gipsy Kings’ Bernard Paganotti, Andre Reyes, Tonnino Baliardo, (front) Rodolfo Pacheco, Nicolas Reyes and Jacques Baliardo.
In honor of the film’s theme which revolves around a dagger with which the possessor can manipulate time, Walt Disney Studios is rolling out the red carpet around the world, with separate events across five different time zones, on Sunday, May 9.
The film’s stars (including Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton and Ben Kingsley) will appear via satellite for each of the international events which begin in Australia, followed by Asia, Europe and Central America.
The world premiere itself takes place at Westfield London which is undergoing a massive transformation to become a Persian city. Fifteen members of 3RUN will be on hand to provide a live, breath-taking parkour demonstration before the screening.
The “Lost” series finale event just got bigger with a half-hour extension of the finale episode, SUNDAY, MAY 23 from 9:00-11:30, p.m., ET, on the ABC Television Network. With so much story to tell, the timeslot needed to be expanded. Preceding the finale will be the retrospective special, “Lost: The Final Journey,” from 7:00-9:00 p.m., ET, which takes a look back over the past six seasons of this groundbreaking show. Additionally, Jimmy Kimmel bids farewell to “Lost” in his own indelible manner on “Jimmy Kimmel Live: Aloha to Lost,” airing from 12:05-1:05 a.m., ET.
New Jonas Brothers music, a new So-Cal setting and a new serialized comedy format mark Season Two of the Teen Choice Award-winning series “JONAS,” newly named “JONAS L.A.,” premiering SUNDAY, JUNE 20 (8:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. It stars pop culture superstars Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas, Chelsea Staub and Nicole Anderson. The Jonas Brothers also star in the short-form series “Jonas Brothers Living the Dream 2,” which gives viewers unprecedented access to their lives on stage and off during their European tour, and in the contemporary movie musical, “Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam,” premiering Friday, September 3 on Disney Channel.
Will strangers intervene when a man is about to take advantage of a seemingly drunk woman? How will people react when young shoppers are followed and harassed by the proprietors of a chic clothing boutique – simply because of their race? Will anyone stop a bike thief? Using hidden cameras, “What Would You Do?” sets up everyday scenarios and then captures people’s reactions. Whether people are compelled to act or mind their own business, John Quinones reports on their split-second and often surprising decision-making process, on the Season Premiere of “Primetime: What Would You Do?,” FRIDAY, MAY 7 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.