Official ‘Dancing with the Stars’ iPhone App Returns for New Season with New Features

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'Dancing with the Stars' for iPhone by ABC, Inc.After taking a hiatus from the Apple App store, Dancing with the Stars from ABC, Inc. returns to the store with an all new version.

Remaining free, version 2.0 of the app includes the following new features:

  • Additional voting option with “Click to Call”
  • Music and sound effects for the introduction and paddle feature
  • Push Notifications available for start of show & eliminations information
  • Facebook Connect option to post support for any dancer.

Have you ever wanted to reach out and touch a star? Now you can! All the excitement, glitter, and sexy spray-tanned talent you love to watch on Dancing With The Stars is literally IN YOUR HANDS thanks to your iPhone!

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Selena Gomez to Launch ‘Dream Out Loud’ Fashion Collection Available Exclusively at Kmart

Kmart is pleased to team up with actress, singer and icon Selena Gomez. Kmart and Gomez, along with her master licensee Adjmi Cynosure Holdings, will launch “Dream Out Loud” by Selena Gomez, a fashion collection geared to juniors. The collection of value-priced fashions inspired by Gomez’s signature style will be available at Kmart stores and Kmart.com at the end of July, 2010. The collection will include junior sportswear, handbags, belts, scarves, hats, hair accessories, socks/hosiery, and–arriving in October–footwear.

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Disney/Pixar Unearths New ‘Toy Story 3′ Character: Chunk

img_5503 Thanks exclusively to The Pixar Blog, we get our first real look at the new Toy Story 3 character Chunk. According to his manufacturer:

Chunk will rock your world! This gargantuan creature sports protective shoulder spikes, while his ferocious fists are ready to smash whatever enemy gets in his way. Chunkâ@s oversized limbs are fully posable, making him ready for hours of imaginative fun. As an added bonus, the press of a hidden head spike will spin Chunk’s facial expression from friendly to fierce! No batteries necessary.

Here’s Chunk’s 360 video:

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First Look: New Interactive Features on the Disney Dream: Enchanted Art, Play Areas and More

Adding to its impressive list of cruise industry firsts, Disney Cruise Line will combine technology-infused innovations and imagination to create a whole new level of magical experiences for families sailing on its newest ship, the Disney Dream. Throughout their cruise vacation, guests will encounter unexpected magic – such as a restaurant that transports guests under the sea, artwork that magically comes to life and youth clubs filled with immersive gaming environments and personalized character encounters.

Disney Cruise Line partnered with Walt Disney Imagineering, the creative force responsible for designing Disney theme parks and resorts world-wide, to develop new forms of family entertainment for the Disney Dream. New experiences planned for the Disney Dream include:

Animator’s Palate
Animator's Palate on the Disney Dream, where Crush, the surfer-dude sea turtle from Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Nemo,” makes special appearances, swimming around the restaurant and engaging in live impromptu interactions with guests.For the Disney Dream, Disney Cruise Line is re-imagining a fan favorite from the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder – Animator’s Palate restaurant. The restaurant design is that of a classic animation studio filled with character sketches, maquettes (three-dimensional character models), paint brushes, colored pencils and other tools of the animation trade. Scenes and characters from popular Disney/Pixar films adorn the walls.

Once the dinner service begins, however, the dining room begins a magical transformation as scores of wall-mounted LCD screens switch to scenes of a vivid undersea environment. It’s as if the restaurant was transported to the ocean floor and the LCD screens are windows, providing incredible views of a colorful coral reef and creatures that reside on the reef.

While dining, Crush, the surfer-dude sea turtle from Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Nemo,” makes a special appearance, swimming around the restaurant and engaging in live impromptu interactions with guests. Crush will ask guests about the experience onboard the ship and in turn answer questions about life under the sea. While Crush is moving throughout the restaurant, other characters from “Finding Nemo,” such as Nemo, Dory, Squirt and Bruce the shark, swim by and visit with guests.

The dining experience culminates with a surfing lesson led by Crush as the EAC (East Australian Current) swirls around the room. As Crush swims away, other characters from “Finding Nemo” make a final appearance before magically turning into pencil sketches.

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Bring the Magic of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Home on Disney Diamond Edition Blu-ray October 5

'Beauty and the Beast' Diamond Edition on Disney Blu-ray/DVDWalt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE) proudly announces the Blu-ray high-definition debut of Disney’s animated masterpiece, Beauty and the Beast on October 5, 2010.

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ABC Family Announces Summer Schedule Featuring New Series, Original Movies and More

Paul Lee, president, ABC Family, today announced the network’s summer 2010 schedule. The network’s programming slate includes three new original series, returning hits, original movies and blockbuster theatrical acquisitions. The network finished 2009 as its best year on record.

“ABC Family has truly become a factory for great Millennial storytelling,” said Lee. “We’re so proud of our three summer launches, ‘Pretty Little Liars,’ ‘Huge’ and ‘Melissa & Joey,’ and we think they’ll make the perfect complement to our returning hits ‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager’ and ‘Make It or Break’.”

“Pretty Little Liars” follows four estranged best friends who are reunited one year after their best friend and queen bee of the group, Alison, goes missing – only to discover they’re receiving messages from an anonymous “A” who knows all their secrets. The drama stars Lucy Hale (“Privileged”) as Aria, Troian Bellisario (“Navy NCIS”) as Spencer, Ashley Benson (“Eastwick”) as Hanna, Shay Mitchell as Emily and Sasha Pieterse (“Heroes”) as Alison. Also starring are Laura Leighton (“Melrose Place”), Bianca Lawson (“The Vampire Diaries”) and Ian Harding (“NCIS: Los Angeles”). Produced by Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television.

I. Marlene King (“If These Walls Could Talk”), Oliver Goldstick (“Lipstick Jungle,” “Desperate Housewives”), and Leslie Morgenstein and Bob Levy (“Gossip Girl,” “The Vampire Diaries”) are executive-producing.  The series is based on Alloy Entertainment’s popular young adult book series written by Sara Shepard. “Pretty Little Liars” premieres on Tuesday, June 8 at 8:00PM ET/PT.

“Huge” is being developed by Winnie Holzman (“Wicked,” “My So-Called Life,” “Once & Again”) and daughter Savannah Dooley. Funny, heartbreaking and provocative, “Huge” follows the lives of seven teens and the staff at a weight-loss camp, as they look beneath the surface to discover their true selves and the truth about each other. The series stars Nikki Blonsky (“Hairspray”), Andrew Caldwell, Zander Eckhouse, Harvey Guillen, Ari Stidham, Ashley Holliday and Hayley Hasselhoff. Holzman will be executive producer on the premiere episode, and will serve as consultant for the remainder of the episodes. Dooley will serve as producer on the series. Kim Rozenfeld (“American High”), and Alloy Entertainment’s Leslie Morgenstein and Bob Levy (“Gossip Girl,” “The Vampire Diaries”), will serve as executive producers; Robin Schiff (“Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion” and ABC Family’s “10 Things I Hate About You”) will serve as a consulting producer. The series is based on the Alloy Entertainment book written by Sasha Paley. “Huge” premieres Monday, June 28 at 9:00PM ET/PT.

“Melissa & Joey,” a half-hour multi-cam comedy with Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence executive producing and starring, finds Hart portraying Mel, the grown-up former wild child of a political family who is now a local politician herself. When her sister ends up in prison and her brother-in-law flees after a scandal hits, Mel must take responsibility for her teenaged niece, Lennox, and pre-adolescent nephew, Ryder. With Mel spread too thin to manage by herself, help comes in the unlikely form of Joe (Lawrence) who, desperate for a job, moves in and becomes the family’s “manny.” David Kendall & Bob Young are executive producers and writers. Paula Hart also serves as executive producer. “Melissa & Joey” will premiere in August 2010 (Date TBA).

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Disney Star Wars Action Figures and Racers Series 4 Announced

Sold for $8.95 each, the series 4 of the popular Disney Star Wars action figures includes: Pete as Boba Fett (with accessory helmet, jetpack and blaster); Donald Duck as a Han Solo in Carbonite (with accessory staff and carbonite block); Mickey Mouse as Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker (with accessory green lightsaber); Goofy as C-3PO; and Minnie Mouse as Princess Leia in Boushh disguise (with accessory helmet, staff and thermal detonator). The figures will be available at both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts beginning in May.

Disney Star Wars Figures Series 4

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Disney Family.com Launches GETHATCHED.COM with Teri Hatcher

Disney Family.com and award winning actress Teri Hatcher (“Desperate Housewives”) announced today a new joint Web project, GetHatched.com “A Chick’s Guide to Life.” The new site, which will launch in May, will be produced by Disney Family.com, with creative and editorial content and insight provided by Ms. Hatcher and a team of experts. The joint effort will create a fun, inspirational and unique web destination that features a variety of topics and solutions for the needs of all women.

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‘When in Rome’ Comes to Disney Blu-ray/DVD June 15 Featuring Alternate Opening and Ending

'When in Rome' on Disney Blu-ray and DVDNow available for pre-order on Amazon.com!

An unlucky-in-love workaholic who takes a whirlwind trip to Italy for her sister’s wedding, unexpectedly finds herself pursued by one too many goofy suitors in the hilarious romantic comedy, When in Rome, coming to Blu-ray™ Hi-Def and DVD on June 15, 2010 from Buena Vista Home Entertainment. And for the first time ever, the studio is also offering Blu-ray Disc owners an exclusive never-before-scene alternate opening and ending they won’t want to miss!

An ambitious young New Yorker (Kristen Bell), disillusioned with romance, takes a whirlwind trip to Rome where she defiantly plucks magic coins from a fountain of love, inexplicably igniting the passion of those who threw them in: a sausage magnate (Danny DeVito), a street magician (John Heder), an adoring painter (Will Arnet) and a self-admiring model (Dax Shepard). But when a charming reporter (Josh Duhamel) pursues her with equal zest, how will she know if his love is the real thing?

From the studio that brought you The Proposal, When in Rome is the ultimate, must-own romantic comedy of the year. Available for purchase as either a high-definition Blu-ray Disc or standard-definition DVD, When in Rome is a feel-good, laugh-out loud film that will keep viewers pleasantly entertained.

Bonus includes deleted scenes, bloopers, music videos and more. And as a special incentive to those who purchase the film on Blu-ray Disc, the studio has included an entertainingly funny alternate opening and ending as well as four extra bonus features that provide viewers with more in-depth context to the funny cast and crew who brought this film to life.

Set in the beautiful Italian city of Rome, When in Rome, features comedic performances by an all-star cast including Kristen Bell (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Couples Retreat), Josh Duhamel (Transformers franchise), Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite, Blades of Glory), Danny De Vito (Erin Brockovich, Batman Returns), Anjelica Huston (The Life Aquatic), Dax Shepard (Baby Mama) and Will Arnett (TV’s “30 Rock,” “Parks and Recreation”).

When in Rome on Blu-ray has a suggested retail price of $39.99 (US) or $44.99 (Canada) and the standard DVD has a suggested retail price of $29.99 (US) or $35.99 (Canada).

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Photo Gallery: Disney at the 2010 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards

img_5457 Last night, Nickelodeon held their 23rd Annual Kids’ Choice Awards at the UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion and there was no shortage of representation from the Disney family. In fact, Disney projects and stars dominated in the nominations with 19 in all including Favorite TV Show in which sole non-Disney nominee (and winner) iCarly defeated Disney Channel mainstays Sonny with a Chance, The Suite Life on Deck and Wizards of Waverly Place. The nominees even pitted Suite Life stars Dylan and Cole Sprouse together with Dylan proving to be the victor. Another pair of brothers —  Nick and Joe Jonas — also were nominees in the same category of Favorite TV Actor.

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