David Arquette has joined the cast of Disney Television Animation’s upcoming “Jake and the Never Land Pirates,” an interactive series for preschoolers that follows the adventures of classic characters Captain Hook and Smee, along with a new crew of kid pirates led by the enthusiastic and courageous Jake. Arquette will voice the role of Skully, the lookout pirate parrot who helps Jake and crew foil Captain Hook’s plans. “Modern Family’s” Ariel Winter lends her voice to the recurring role of Marina the mermaid. The series will premiere on Playhouse Disney-branded blocks and channels around the world in 2011.
WTSP-TV, Channel 10 in Tampa Bay, is reporting on a second round of arrests in a large scale child pornography investigation in Polk County, Florida. Among the fifty arrested is Mark Kephar whom the station reports as a Disney bus driver. The report also notes that Kephar, who is facing one count of child porn, also operates a side business offering rentals for children’s parties.
Disney Cruise Line will roll out the blue carpet to premiere Disneynature’s newest film, “Oceans,” aboard the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder today. In honor of Earth Day, Disney Cruise Line will make a $3,000 donation on behalf of all guests, cast and crew members to The Nature Conservancy’s Adopt a Coral Reef program, protecting coral reefs in The Bahamas.
“Oceans” follows last year’s record-breaking film “Earth,” and features spectacular, never-before-seen imagery captured by the latest underwater technologies. Disney Cruise Line crew members will also raise additional funds through a “Walk for Oceans,” a late-night fundraiser that has become an annual tradition onboard the ships.
It’s a collector’s paradise on DisneyStore.com today as the online Disney shopping mecca begins offering some of the hottest merchandise around, including:
Dooney & Bourke wristlet bags and tote bags in medium and large sizes. Designs include Disney Sketch and Mickey Mouse. You can find them in their own new category in the Theme Park shop.
Pook-a-Looz series #2 which features the Muppets and Nightmare Before Christmas Pook-a-looz alongside our classic friends: The set (individuals are also available) includes: Steamboat Willie, Steamboat Minnie, Dumbo,Pinocchio,Kermit, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Gonzo, Chip, Dale, Santa Jack Skellington, Jack Skellington, Sally and Oogie Boogie. They can be found in the Pook-a-looz specialty shop.
Finally there are several of the Oh Mickey! and Sports open-box series of 3″ Vinylmations available, each with their mysterious 1 1/2″ Vinylmation Jr. friends. Keychains featuring Vinylmation Jr series #1 are also now available online and can be found in the Vinylmation category of the Theme Park shop.
D23 Members can save hundreds of dollars on eFX’s line of intricately crafted Disney replicas by visiting the eFX website at www.efxcollectibles.com. Special D23 Member pricing takes effect immediately, said Bryan Ono, president of eFX Inc.
“There are no Disney fans who are more devoted and enthusiastic than D23 Members, and we wanted to do something special for them,” Ono said.
Muppets Studio has released this video featuring Animal and a touching phonecall to his ‘Mama’ seeking votes in support of Webby award votes. The internet phenom Bohemian Rhapsody cover by the Muppets is nominated in two categories: viral video and music.
For more information and to vote, visit the Webby Awards voting site.
Just in time for Earth Day, Disney Parks and Resorts released its 2009 Conservation Report earlier today. The report, which highlights various programs, activities and educational initiatives Disney Conservation has parktaken over the past year, can be found here.
David Beckham is synonymous with international soccer. He leaves women panting and crowds chanting. Now, for the first time, he is a featured guest on ABC’s Emmy® Award-winning talk show “The View,” live, Monday, April 26 (11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, ET). The announcement was made today by Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie, executive producers.
From now through April 25, viewers have the opportunity to watch the entire first episode of Happy Town before it makes its national network debut on April 28.
The residents of the sun-splashed town of Haplin, Minnesota — also known as “Happy Town” — have enjoyed an uneasy peace for the past five years — but that is about to change. Still haunted by a number of unsolved kidnappings, Haplin now faces a disturbing new crime that brings all of its unresolved fears to the surface. Has the elusive “Magic Man” – who many believe is responsible for the bizarre abductions — returned to claim yet another innocent victim? As Haplin’s mysteries are revealed, many of its prominent citizens’ motives come under scrutiny as their own secrets and personalities are peeled back one layer at a time.
Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan will make a rare public appearance at Borders bookstore at Columbus Circle in New York City on April 27 to promote her children’s book The Sandwich Swap.
In the story, based on part of the Queen’s own personal experiences, Lily and Salma are best friends. They play together and stick together through thick and thin. But who would have ever thought that ordinary peanut butter or plain old hummus could come between them? Lily and Salma don’t quite understand each other’s tastes, but does that mean they can’t be friends? They understand far better than a lot of grown-ups that these things hardly matter and that friendship is the most important thing of all.