Report: TV Personality and Disney Legend Art Linkletter Dead at Age 97

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Zimbio is reporting the death of Art Linkletter today at age 97.

Named a Disney Legend in 2005, Art Linkletter was a prolific television and radio personality, hosting several network programs. Linkletter is also known to Disney fans as the host of the opening ceremonies of Disneyland in 1955 as well as the host of the Happiest Celebration on Earth kickoff when Disneyland celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2005. Linkletter was named a Disney Legend that same year.

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Disney Employee Arrested for Insider Trading; Claims Iger in Talks to Sell ABC

Bonnie Hoxie, an administrative assistant to Disney’s head of Corporate Communication, Zenia Mucha, was arrested earlier today along with her boyfriend Yonni Sebbag (a.k.a. Jonathan Cyrus) by the FBI on charges of conspiracy and wire fraud in an attempt to sell inside information on the company’s latest quarterly earnings report.

The duo allegedly sent emails via a gmail account to hedge funds and investment companies in New York. Posing as hedge fund investors, the FBI arranged to receive insider trading information from Sebbag in New York which included disclosing earnings per share hours prior to the public disclosure.

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Disney’s ‘Friends for Change: Project Green’ Celebrates Second Year with New Videos

Starting May 30, new on-air messages will begin airing on Disney Channel and Disney XD. They feature nearly forty Disney stars including the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato, as well as young environmental heroes. The spots will also be featured on Radio Disney and the recently redesigned program website, www.Disney.com/projectgreen.

The aim of this ambitious movement is to empower children to take charge when it comes to the environment, whether it’s their own piece of the planet or a big picture approach.

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First Look: Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade at Magic Kingdom’s Summer Nightastic (Video)

Disney’s “Main Street Electrical Parade” will light up the streets of Magic Kingdom, headlining a season of after-dark excitement coming to Walt Disney World Resort in summer 2010. Beginning June 6 and continuing through Aug. 14, “Summer Nightastic!” will light up the night with shimmering, shining Disney magic in Walt Disney World theme parks.

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Disney Interactive Studios Will Bring the Magic to Nintendo DS with ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’

Sorcerer's Apprentice for Nintendo DS by Disney Interactive StudiosDisney Interactive Studios today announced the company will publish The Sorcerer’s Apprentice video game, inspired by the upcoming feature film “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” from Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is scheduled to appear in North American retail outlets on July 13, 2010, exclusively for Nintendo DS™.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is an action-packed 3D arcade video game that casts players in the role of Dave, the powerful sorcerer’s apprentice, as he joins a mystical fight against the ultimate evil in a world filled with fantastical quests and magical combat.

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‘Toy Story 3′ Action Figures from Thinkway Toys Available on DisneyStore.com

Sparks from Thinkway ToysSparks (Item #201302P), Chunk (Item #201300P), Twitch (Item #201301P) and Rex (Item #201304P) are among the first deluxe action figures from Thinkway Toys now available online at DisneyStore.com.

Each figure retails for $29.95 and is 8″ tall except for Rex who scales in at a massive 10″. Most figures also offer special working details (Sparks lights up, Chunk changes expression, Twitch’s wings pop out, etc.). For additional information and to order, click the link and search for the item numbers noted above.

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‘Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam’ Official iPhone App with Free Limited-Time Music Download Released

The Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam app is now available from the App Store. The app lets iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users hear music clips, watch videos and more from the Disney Channel Original Movie and its soundtrack.

The Camp Rock 2 app is available for $.99 and features:

  • Free song download “Can’t Back Down,” with vocals from Demi Lovato plus Alyson Stoner, Anna Maria Perez de Tagle and Char Ligera. The free download will be available for the first 30 days, beginning May 26.
  • Exclusive day and date audio and video premieres of Camp Rock 2 music and behind-the-scenes content.

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ESPN2 and ABC to Broadcast Star-Studded FIFA World Cup Kick-off Celebration Concert, June 10

ESPN Inc.’s unprecedented coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ from South Africa will kick off before the games even begin when ESPN2 broadcasts complete live coverage of the FIFA World Cup™ Kick-Off Celebration Concert from Soweto/Johannesburg on Thursday, June 10 beginning at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT.

The three-hour concert, considered the biggest entertainment event to date in South Africa, celebrates the arrival of the first-ever FIFA World Cup™ on the African continent and will take place at 30,000-seat Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg. Alicia Keys, the Black Eyed Peas, John Legend, Shakira and Juanes will perform live on ESPN2 alongside, and in collaboration with, popular African artists, with a specially-produced highlight presentation of the concert airing in primetime on ABC, Friday, June 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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ABC News Explores Real Life ‘Superhumans’ on 20/20 Special, June 1

Superpowers are usually associated with action superheroes like Superman and Batman. And right now, from hit movies like “Iron Man 2″ to weekly fan conventions across the country, superheroes are bigger than ever. ABC invites you to meet real people with superpowers they’ve developed by dedicating their lives to the basic human urge to overcome limitations to soar by unlocking abilities hidden deep within. A Special Edition of “20/20″ looks at everyday men and women with unbelievable powers, including:

  • A man able to survive 72 minutes in the North Pole in nothing but shorts

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Production on Disney Channel Original Movie ‘Avalon High’ Has Begun in New Zealand

Production has begun in New Zealand on “Avalon High,” a fantasy-filled Disney Channel Original Movie starring Britt Robertson (“Life Unexpected”) and Gregg Sulkin (“Wizards of Waverly Place,” Disney Channel UK’s “As the Bell Rings”). Based on the award-winning novel by best-selling author Meg Cabot (“The Princess Diaries”), the movie follows Allie Pennington, a new student to Avalon High who is shocked to discover that her new classmates are reincarnations of King Arthur and his Court. “Avalon High” is slated to premiere in fall 2010.

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