‘The Last Song’ with Exclusive Alternate Opening Available on Disney Blu-ray/DVD August 17

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The Last Song on Disney Blu-ray/DVDThe Last Song, a coming of age love story, from bestselling novelist and screenwriter Nicholas Sparks (Dear John and The Notebook) comes to Blu-ray Hi-Def Combo Pack and DVD editions on August 17, 2010 from Touchstone Home Entertainment. Bonus features include filmmaker commentary, making of the Miley Cyrus music video “When I Look At You,” deleted scenes, set tour and alternate opening sequence.

Miley Cyrus (“Hannah Montana,” Hannah Montana: The Movie) and Greg Kinnear (Oscar® nominee, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, As Good As It Gets, 1997, Little Miss Sunshine, You’ve Got Mail) star as an estranged father and daughter in this year’s most heartwarming love story. Bobby Coleman (Take, Martian Child), Liam Hemsworth (Knowing), Hallock Beals, Kelly Preston (Jerry Maguire, The Cat in the Hat), Stephanie Leigh and Nick Searcy (Castaway, The Ugly Truth) round out the cast. Directed by Julie Ann Robinson (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Big Love”), The Last Song is set in a small Southern beach town where father and daughter reconnect with the help of their shared love for music. The journey is complete with discoveries of friendship, first love and second chances.

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Disneynature’s OCEANS and Crimson Wing Arrive on Blu-ray October 19

Oceans and Crimson Wing from DisneynatureAlthough no official press release has been issued as of yet, TheHDRoom has reported that Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will be releasing both OCEANS and The Crimson Wing on Blu-ray/DVD Combo packs on October 19, 2010. Both will have an MSRP of $39.99.

Extras for OCEANS include:

  • Living Menus – an Interactive Experience (Blu-ray only)
  • Filmmaker Annotations (Blu-ray only)
  • Make a Wave Disney’s Friends for Change Music Video with Demi Levato and Joe Jonas
  • Disney & Nature – Preserving the World We Share
  • Deeper in the Ocean – Select Videos from Living Menus and Filmmaker Annotations

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‘Learn to Draw’ Book Offers New Look at Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from Disney’s ‘Tangled’

'Learn to Draw Disney's Tangled' from Walter FosterLearn to Draw Disney’s Tangled: Learn to Draw Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, and other Characters from Disney’s Tangled step by step! from publisher Walter Foster gives us a fresh look at Rapunzel and Flynn Rider (and Pascal the chameleon).

Set against a stunning fantasy world, Rapunzel—Disney’s latest film in the Princess lineup—contains all of the ingredients necessary for retelling this beloved fairy tale: a beautiful girl with big dreams (and 70 feet of golden hair!); a mysterious tower; an evil witch; a handsome hero; and one very enterprising horse. After watching the story unfold onscreen, young fans of the film can re-live the magic, fun, and adventure with Learn to Draw Disney’s Rapunzel. In addition to a detailed story synopsis, this beautifully illustrated 32-page book features step-by-step instructions for rendering favorite characters from the film, as well as art tips from professional Disney animators. Learn to Draw Disney’s Rapunzel is a must-have for all aspiring artists and princesses.

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Video: Disney Magic Unites Couple at Magic Kingdom Decades Before They Met

Local NBC affiliates have been running this story about Alex and Donna Voutsinas, a couple whose paths crossed in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom when they were both children, only to meet and eventually marry years later. When sifting through family photos for their wedding photos, a particular picture of young Donna caught her fiance’s eye when he spotted his father (and himself) in the photo’s background.

WPTV of West Palm Beach, FL’s coverage is below:

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Got leche? Handy Manny to Become Next Spokesperson for Milk

Beginning June 8, Playhouse Disney’s Handy Manny will become the next celebrity to sport a milk mustache as part of the Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP)’s ‘Got Milk?’ ad campaign. Print ads will first run in English in magazines such as Disney FamilyFun and People. Later this year, in conjunction with ‘Hispanic Heritage Month,’ Handy Manny will appear in milk ads in Spanish.

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Vinylmation Offers First Look at Glow-in-the-Dark 3″ and 9″ Blank; Sets Date for Vinylmation, Jr. #2

Vinylmation 3" Glow in the Dark BlankThe official Disney Vinylmation blog today features a first look at the 9″ and 3″ versions of the glow-in-the-dark Vinylmation ‘Create Your Own’ blank figures which it will be offering as a limited release at the Disneyland Resort later this week. No release dates have been set for the Walt Disney World Resort or DisneyStore.com yet.

The blog also lists a Disneyland Resort debut of June 18 for Vinylmation, Jr. Series #2.

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ABCFamily.com Launches ‘The Sound Booth’ to Feature New Recording Artists, Free Music Mondays

ABC Family is expanding its music presence on the network’s website ABCFamily.com – launching “The Sound Booth” on Monday, June 7th. “The Sound Booth” will feature unique opportunities for users to discover new artists, stream music videos, download music, and experience their favorite ABC Family shows and talent.

“We’ve become a music destination for our Millennial viewers,” said Kate Juergens, executive vice president, Original Programming & Development, ABC Family. “We know that our audience experience the network on multiple platforms and come to us in search of new music and content to share with their friends. This is a great way for users to discover it all in one place.”

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Disney XD Orders Second Season of ‘Kick Buttowski – Suburban Daredevil’

A second season has been ordered of Disney XD’s No. 1 series, “Kick Buttowski – Suburban Daredevil,” about an extraordinary kid named Kick who is determined to become the world’s greatest daredevil. Produced by Disney Television Animation, the network will begin rolling out new episodes of the hit animated comedy series in spring 2011. For the sophomore season, series creator Sandro Corsaro will serve as executive producer.

“Our viewers are rooting for Kick Buttowski and we are eager to bring them more laughs and adventures as the pint-size daredevil faces bigger challenges, stunts and chases with his unstoppable determination,” said Eric Coleman, Senior Vice President, Original Series, Disney Television Animation.

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‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ Character Poster #1: Sun Lok

SORC_BSH_WIZARD LR.jpgEach day this week, @DisneyMoviesUK will be releasing a new poster featuring a character from the upcoming Walt Disney Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer release The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

As an interesting selection, the first poster features Sun Lok (Gregory Woo) who’s not a particularly strong character in the film but enjoys showing off his strengths during what precious screen time he does have as he wreaks havoc on New York City’s Chinatown when terrorizing the film’s heroes Balthazar (Nicolas Cage) and Dave (Jay Baruchel).

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice will be released in theaters in North America on July 14.

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Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Helps Break Record for World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

World's Largest Swimming Lesson at Disney's Typhoon LagoonMore than 500 guests of all ages at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon at the Walt Disney World Resort joined more than 10,000 participants on four continents for the record-breaking World’s Largest Swimming Lesson on June 3.

Participants at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon also received a free DVD, Disney’s Wild About Safety with Timon and Pumbaa: Safety Smart in the Water. In the DVD, Timon and Pumbaa help children learn that fun in the water starts with safety.

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Rowdy Gaines joined Mickey Mouse and Goofy just outside the Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool for the official start to the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson.

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