Disney/ABC Television Group to Present Ninth Actors Showcase in New York

As part of its overall initiative to find and develop actors from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds or with disabilities, the Disney/ABC Television Group Casting Project will hold its next New York Actors Showcase on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23.  Ten promising actors will have the opportunity to demonstrate their skills to an audience of industry and network professionals during 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. performances at the Kirk Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

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Radio Disney and Disney Channel Present ‘Next Best Thing’ Season 3 in September

Radio Disney, which Billboard magazine ranked twice among the Top 25 on its Maximum Exposure list of ways to get music noticed, will kick off its third season of “N.B.T.” (Next Big Thing), beginning WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15. “N.B.T.,” a daily multiplatform feature that launched the career of Hollywood Records recording artists Allstar Weekend, puts the spotlight on young recording artists and provides them with national broadcast and online exposure. Over the course of 10 weeks, Radio Disney and Disney Channel audiences will be invited to look, listen and vote for their favorite artist at RadioDisney.com or by texting* “NBT” to DISNEY (347639) — message & data rates may apply, kids under 18 must get parent’s permission first. The highest ranked “N.B.T.” artist will have the opportunity to have their single released by Disney Music Group and open for Allstar Weekend at a special holiday performance.

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Video: Behind-the-Scenes of Recording ‘Huge’ Season Finale Song, ‘Ghost to You’

In the following featurette, Nikki Blonksy, the star of the ABC Family hit ‘Huge’ takes us behind the scenes with co-star Ari Stidham and Emmy® Award Winning Music Producer W.G. Snuffy Walden as they record Ghost to You, a song Will (Blonksy) pens in the season’s finale.

Video removed due to agreement with ABC Family

In the final episode of the season, titled ‘Parents Weekend — Part Two,’ while Dr. Rand and the campers continue to face the challenges of connecting with the parents, hearts break as a shocking and unexpected romance develops. The season finale will air Monday, August 30th on ABC Family at 9 pm ET/PT.

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Mickey, Minnie and Goofy Get Their Nerd On in New Limited Edition Kooky Kollection

Kooky Pen Kollection #14: NerdsHike up your pants and prepare to go back to school in style with this fabulous new Kooky pen collection stuffed inside your pocket protector.

Disney Theme Park Merchandising has announced the Kooky Kollection #14 Nerd set featuring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy in a way few have ever seen them. The collection is limited to 7,500 sets and will retail for $18.95. It will be available at some point in September at select retail locations at both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts as well as online at DisneyStore.com.

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New DisneyStore.com Arrivals for August 25, 2010 (53 Items)

New DisneyStore.com arrivals for August 25, 2010

Below is a list of new items now available for purchase at DisneyStore.com. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on DisneyStore.com in another window.

Note that this list is generated and posted automatically. Stitch Kingdom should not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, misinformation or item availability.

Personalized Witch Minnie Mouse Plush Toy Personalized Witch Minnie Mouse Plush Toy – $12.50
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Disney Princess Jeans Disney Princess Jeans – $19.95
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Jack Skellington Plush Toy - 21 Jack Skellington Plush Toy – 21” – $16.50
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Earth Day Toy Story Alien Journal Earth Day Toy Story Alien Journal – $1.99
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Agent P Phineas and Ferb Lunch Tote Agent P Phineas and Ferb Lunch Tote – $12.50
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Personalized Agent P Phineas and Ferb Backpack Personalized Agent P Phineas and Ferb Backpack – $19.50
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Monogrammed Tinker Bell Denim Jacket Monogrammed Tinker Bell Denim Jacket – $24.95
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Tinker Bell Jeans Tinker Bell Jeans – $19.95
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Sally Plush Toy - 21 Sally Plush Toy – 21” – $16.50
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Halloween Skeleton Pluto Plush -- 9 Halloween Skeleton Pluto Plush — 9” – $12.50
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AFTER THE JUMP: More new items from DisneyStore.com

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Epic Mickey: New Gameplay Video Shows Transition Levels Based on Classic Animated Shorts, ‘Gremlin Village’

The video below highlights many of the transition levels in the upcoming Epic Mickey for Nintendo Wii from Disney Interactive Studios and Junction Point Studios. Previously released footage included levels from Walt Disney animated classic shorts such as Steamboat Willie and Plutopia. Here, we get a good look at other levels such as Alpine Climbers and Clock Cleaners. In addition, there is some gameplay from Gremlin Village, the area loosely based on Fantasyland, which we told you about earlier.

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D23 Members Invited to Free ‘Secretariat’ Screening at Walt Disney Studios on September 13

'Secretariat' Theatrical Poster from Walt Disney StudiosD23 members and up to 3 guests each are invited to a free screening of the upcoming Walt Disney Studios epic Secretariat on September 13, 2010 , nearly a month before its official October 8 release. The screening will take place at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.

The beautiful and emotional film tells the story of housewife and mother Penny Chenery (Diane Lane), who agrees to take over her ailing father’s Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge. Against all odds, Chenery — with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich) — manages to navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and what may be the greatest racehorse of all time.

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Disneyland Half Marathon Celebrates Fifth Consecutive Sellout; 2011 Registration Opens January 3

A record field of more than 14,000 registered participants will take to the streets of Disneyland Resort and the city of Anaheim for the fifth anniversary of “The Happiest Race on Earth” – the Disneyland Half Marathon.  In addition to the 13.1-mile half marathon, the weekend features activities for the entire family, including a Health & Fitness Expo, Disneyland Fabulous 5K presented by the Los Angeles Times, and Kids’ Races.

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Photos: New York Knicks’ Amar’e Stoudemire Gets a Taste of the Big Candied Apple at the Magic Kingdom

Amar’e Stoudemire, who recently joined the NBA’s New York Knicks as a power forward, visited the Walt Disney World Resort with friends and family. The clan visited the Magic Kingdom yesterday where Stoudemire was at an obvious strong disadvantage when he took up a game of one-on-one with Mickey Mouse.

Stoudemire also spent some time at the Main Street Confection where, with the assistance of cast member Naima Fernandes, he created his own Knicks-colored blue and orange sprinkled candied apples shaped like Mickey.

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Former Imagineer Rick Rothschild Named President-Elect of Themed Entertainment Association

TEA President-Elect Rick Rothschild. Photo courtesy of Themed Entertainment AssociationOn August 19, the International Board of the TEA (Themed Entertainment Association) selected 40-year attractions industry veteran Rick Rothschild, founder and chief creative officer of FAR OUT! Creative Direction and creative director at Global Immersion, as its next President. Rothschild, best known for his three decades as creative executive with Walt Disney Imagineering, will formally commence his term in November.

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