Recording artist Justin Bieber will perform live in Times Square on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2012,” Saturday, December 31 on the ABC Television Network. He joins previously announced act Lady Gaga for the 40th anniversary of the annual year end celebration.
The bi-coastal celebration will include over 5 1/2 hours of special performances and reports on New Year’s celebrations from around the globe, as well as the American tradition of Dick Clark counting down to midnight from Times Square in New York City. The complete lineup, beginning Saturday night, December 31 on ABC is:
“New Year’s Rockin’ Eve: The 40th Anniversary Party” (8:00-10:00 p.m. ET)
“Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2012″ (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET)
“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2012, Part 1″ (11:30 p.m. – 1:08 a.m., ET)
“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2012, Part 2″ (1:08-2:11 a.m., ET)
“Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2012″ is a presentation of dick clark productions, inc with Dick Clark, Ryan Seacrest and Orly Adelson serving as executive producers. Larry Klein produces.
Have you ever wanted to be an Angel? Here’s your chance! To celebrate one of the most talked about shows of the season, ABC will give fans an opportunity to look and feel like an “Angel” for the day, in the heart of New York. The all-day event taking place on Wednesday, September 21, in New York’s Military Island from 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., will bring a taste of Charlie’s Angels Miami Townsend Agency. Professional makeup artists on hand will offer up quick mini-makeovers with Covergirl products to transform passersby into fearless, glamorous “Angels.” Once each alluring transformation is complete, event goers can strike their best “Angels” pose and have their photo taken in a selection of scenes that will appear on the large jumbotron in the middle of Times Square. Participants will receive a branded photo in addition to having their big screen image emailed to them to share with friends and family. “Charlie’s Angels” premieres Thursday, September 22 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on ABC.
Everyone deserves a second chance — even a thief, a street racer and a cop who got in a little too deep. After all, the three women who solve cases for their elusive boss, Charlie Townsend, are no saints. They’re angels…Charlie’s Angels. “Charlie’s Angels” stars Annie Ilonzeh (“General Hospital”) as Kate Prince, Minka Kelly (“Parenthood,” “Friday Night Lights”) as Eve French, Rachael Taylor (“Grey’s Anatomy”) as Abby Sampson and Ramon Rodriguez (“The Wire,” “Daybreak”) as John Bosley.
With exception to the Fashion Week-long ‘In-Flight Experience‘ from ABC’s ‘Pan Am’ which we shared yesterday, last night’s epic third annual Fashion’s Night Out event had me
running cabbing uptown and downtown, east side and west side throughout Manhattan in an attempt to catch everything I could Disney. From Disney Store, who participated for the first time, to Lisa Perry hosting ‘Pan Am’ to Opening Ceremony’s Muppet X collection with Miss Piggy, it was all one huge thrill ride of ‘E Ticket’ proportions (bad airline/Disney theme park double entendre-intended).
It all began at Disney Store who kicked off its ‘Stylish Ever After’ event at 4 pm, a couple of hours ahead of most. Being the first year Disney Store has had a presence in Manhattan since Fashion’s Night Out was created, it was especially poised for the event given that its just a handful of Disney Stores around the world to offer some of the fashionably chic items such as the Kidada for Disney collection, featuring the Wish-A-Little figurines and charms. At the event, princesses of all ages were treated to a free mini-manicure courtesy of the Disney Princess Designer Collection nail polish and a first look at the next fragrance from Disney Store, the Tinker Bell-inspired ‘Pixie Dust’ which also happens to play host to the company’s first eau de toilette. Not only were guests able to sample the fragrance, but they were even able to purchase the collection ahead of its release later this year.
The artist behind the incredibly popular Disney Princess Designer collection, Steve Thompson, was also on hand at the event, signing limited edition lithographs as a gift with purchase.
Meanwhile, at the Kidada for Disney Charm Bar, guests were able to piece together their own customized charm bracelets from the unique collection. Making their Disney Store debut were the newest entries into Kidada Jones’ Wish-A-Little line, Ariel, Jasmine, Alice and Tinker Bell. The bad news is those who haven’t yet had the chance to purchase the newest additions will have to wait until their release on September 18 at those Disney Store locations that carry the Kidada for Disney line and September 19 online at DisneyStore.com. The good news, however, is that The Buzz, the official Disney Store blog, wants to bring some magic to guests at home, so they are giving away a set of the four new Wish-A-Littles to one lucky reader, but you best hurry as you’ll only have until Sunday, September 11 to enter.
Below is our gallery of images from the Disney Store ‘Stylish Ever After’ Fashion’s Night Out event. Click on any of the thumbnails to view a larger version.
From there it was off to designer Lisa Perry’s shop for a joint fashion event with ABC’s new drama, ‘Pan Am’ which begins airing September 25 at 10 pm ET/PT. With shame I admit that learning of the event was as close to last minute as it gets, but I’m glad I did manage to arrive early enough for this fashion flight to be one of the first 50 at the door, which scored me a free Pan Am Explorer style bag. At first I had expected the reward to be that of the coveted bag distributed at San Diego Comic Con but was shocked to see they were actually the genuine retro Explorer bags offered for sale at PanAmBrands.com. Not too shabby! In fact, I received multiple compliments on the bag throughout the night, even while still at Lisa Perry.
Taking the ‘In-Flight Experience’ to another altitude, the Pan Am ‘stewardesses’ welcomed attendees aboard and invited them to peruse through the Lisa Perry collection, while offering complimentary airline-inspired snacks and soft drinks (and more).
Cast from the ‘Pan Am’ series included the prolific Christina Ricci (Maggie) and Karine Vanasse (Colette), but perhaps the biggest star of the night was a former Pan Am employee who showed up at the event with her own bag collection in tow. Showing me a bag from the 1940s (read Pan American Airlines), she talked about how it had seen the world and still managed to hold up well after all those trips and all these years. She had been in ‘women’s marketing’ for the airline and it was her job to travel around the world to recruit young women to become stewardesses for the airline whose requirements, both personal and physical, were infamously strict. For example, Pan Am stewardesses had to be and remain unmarried while working for the airline, a point that will be
driven flown home quite hard in the series’ first episode.
Below is our gallery of images from the Lisa Perry ‘Pan Am’ Fashion’s Night Out event. Click on any of the thumbnails to view a larger version.
The last stop for the evening was Opening Ceremony at the Ace Hotel where the home of the Muppets X fashion collection brought in headliner Miss Piggy herself to charm the party-goers at the packed house spectacle. Doubly promoting her new film, The Muppets, which opens nationwide on November 23, Piggy gave her insights into the fashion world as well as explained her preparation for her role in the film in which she starts out as an editor of French Vogue and reveals what her favorite French food isn’t — any guesses?
Check out our video of Miss Piggy’s appearance below as well as some additional photos including an appearance by the upcoming Muppets collection by SpiritHoods.
Today saw the first day of the return of Pan Am to the Big Apple in twenty years as ABC brought its upcoming drama of the same name to the streets of Manhattan to promote the show during New York’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
The ‘In-Flight Experience’ was initially scheduled to take place at Lincoln Center, but an unexpected blip in the radar caused a temporary re-routing to Columbus Circle where Pan Am ‘stewardesses’ are offering up free coffee and tea to commuters and tourists alike. Still, despite the change in flight plans, stewardesses could be found trekking in perfect formation between Columbus Circle and Lincoln Center, where they were handing out official ‘Pan Am’ track bags along with the occasional coveted ‘Pan Am’ Explorer bag to the fortunate few who found a ‘boarding pass’ in their track bag.
The special ‘In-Flight Experience’ beverage service will continue on at Columbus Circle through Saturday, September 10 and has an ETA at its original destination in Lincoln Center on Monday, September 12. While not guaranteed, hours of operation are as follows: September 10 from 8:00 am – 11 am, September 12 from 7:30 am – noon, September 13 from 8 am – 1 pm and September 14 from 9 am – noon.
Below is our gallery of photos from this morning’s event. Click on any thumbnail to see a larger version. Also included is a photo of the special bus stop located at 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue by Grand Central Terminal which displays the elements that make up the fashion icon that was — and will be — the Pan Am stewardess.
‘Pan Am’ premieres September 25, 2011 at 10 pm ET/PT on the ABC television network.
All photos © Stitch Kingdom. All Rights Reserved.
To give viewers an up close and personal look at the stylish and timeless fashions worn by stewardesses in the 1960s, ABC’s “Pan Am” will showcase items from the iconic ladies’ uniform, ranging from head to toe. Beginning September 2, bus shelters in the West Hollywood area in Los Angeles and in front of Grand Central in New York City — among other locations – will be transformed into eye catching museum-displays exhibiting the custom-tailored jacket that gave the stewardesses a streamlined, sexy look, the perfectly-fitted white gloves that left no room for a wedding ring, the black leather, low-heeled pumps that provided comfort without compromising style, and the “Pan Am” blue leather flight bag, which was the perfect bag to carry belongings for a night out on any town they might have just flown into. Topping off this iconic uniform is the always-in-place classic hat. The displays will promote ABC’s “Pan Am,” one of the highly anticipated new dramas of the fall season.
Scheduled locations, among others, are:
Fairfax and Santa Monica in Los Angeles
42nd St. between Lexington & 3rd Ave in New York City
Passion, adventure and espionage… They do it all – and they do it at 30,000 feet. The style of the 1960s, the energy and excitement of the Jet Age and a drama full of sexy entanglements deliciously mesh in a thrilling and highly original new series, “Pan Am,” premiering SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. “Pan Am” stars Christina Ricci (“Penelope”) as Maggie, Margot Robbie (“Neighbours”) as Laura, Michael Mosley (“Justified”) as Ted, Mike Vogel (“The Help,” “Blue Valentine”) as Dean, Karine Vanasse (“Polytechnique”) as Colette, and Kelli Garner (“Going the Distance”) as Kate.
City dwellers trekking to the Hamptons this Labor Day Weekend will be able to soak up more than just some sun. From September 1-3, ABC’s “Revenge” descends upon the streets of New York, offering passengers waiting to board Hampton Jitney buses a printed script of the first episode. This thrilling beach read will be coupled with a “Revenge” beach towel to complement the perfect Hampton getaway. “Revenge” premieres Wednesday, September 21 at 10:00 pm ET on the ABC Television Network.
Hampton Jitney Bus Stop Dates and Locations:
September 1 – 2:30-8:00 p.m.
September 2 – 11:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
September 3 – 8:00-11:30 a.m.
86th & 3rd Ave
69th & Lexington Ave
59th & Lexington Ave
40th & 3rd Ave
Wealth, beauty and status define the people in this town, but one woman is willing to destroy everyone for the sake of revenge. “Revenge” stars Emily VanCamp (“Brothers & Sisters,” “Everwood”) as Emily Thorne, Madeleine Stowe (“We Were Soldiers,” “The Last of the Mohicans”) as Victoria Grayson, Gabriel Mann (“The Bourne Identity”) as Nolan Ross, Henry Czerny (“Mission: Impossible,” “Clear and Present Danger”) as Conrad Grayson, Ashley Madekwe (“Secret Diary of a Call Girl”) as Ashley Davenport, Nick Wechsler (“Roswell”) as Jack Porter, Josh Bowman (“Prowl”) as Daniel Grayson, Christa B. Allen (“13 Going on 30″) as Charlotte Grayson and Connor Paolo (“Gossip Girl”) as Declan Porter.
“Revenge” is written and executive-produced by Mike Kelley (“Swingtown”), along with executive producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey (“Twilight”). The pilot is directed and executive-produced by Phillip Noyce (“Salt”). The series is produced by ABC Studios.
Disney Store Times Square has announced that as part of the third annual Fashion’s Night Out, they will be throwing a ‘Stylish Ever After’ bash at the flagship Times Square store located at 1540 Broadway.
What’s promised is a magical evening of pampering and accessorizing as guests are invited to get a sneak peek at the latest Disney-inspired lifestyle product lines while being treated by royalty. Guests will receive an exclusive mini-manicure with the Disney Princess Designer Collection nail polish and have the opportunity to customize their very own charm bracelet with celebrity jewelry designer Kidada Jones at the Kidada for Disney Store charm bar. Fashionistas will leave smelling as whimsical as Tinker Bell with a special sneak preview of the latest Disney Store Fragrance, Pixie Dust, the first scent that will be available as a personal scent, in eau de toilette (EDT) form.
Families are encouraged to join the event will kick off at 4 pm. Festivities continue on through 9 pm and the Disney Store will remain open until 1 am.
What better way to introduce ABC’s exciting new summer adventure series, “Expedition Impossible,” than by descending on Times Square Military Island area? To kick off the reality show’s premiere, ABC will erect a sand dune in the iconic New York location and construct multiple physical challenges on Thursday, June 23, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., ET. “Expedition Impossible” premieres Thursday, June 23 at 9:00 pm ET on the ABC Television Network.
Just as teams of ordinary people on the television show will be doing the extraordinary in the biggest adventure of their lives, Times Square passersby will have a unique opportunity to participate in fun and games through a number of challenges promoting team competition. The Times Square event will reflect the same physical and mental nature of “Expedition Impossible” through highly visual and interactive means. Upon entering the event area, spectators will receive a “passport” that they can get stamped after completing each challenge, redeemable at the Expedition Rewards tent for a customized “Expedition Impossible” water bottle (while supplies last).
Excavation Impossible, a challenge made possible by the new Ford Explorer, will give participants a fun and entertaining opportunity to dig around in the sand, competing as a team, and interact with the new 2011 Ford Explorer.
Additionally, event goers can opt to take a personal challenge by harnessing up and strapping-in for an expedition up one of the three 30-ft palm trees at the Coconut Tree Climb. The Moroccan Mind Challenge will require teams to think quickly and use snap judgment in order to be the fastest team to construct a customized “Expedition Impossible” puzzle. Plus, those who feel like traveling to the desert or visiting a Moroccan city can visit the Expedition Images photo tent and choose from a variety of sceneries, courtesy of a green screen. Visitors will receive a branded photo directing them to www.expeditionimpossibleonabc.com, where they can download their photos and share their adventurous day with friends and family.
About “Expedition Impossible”
From creator and executive producer Mark Burnett comes high adventure and human drama in ABC’s new summer series, “Expedition Impossible.” The show features 13 teams of 3 who will push themselves to the limit racing in an expedition across vast deserts, over snow-capped mountains and through raging rivers in the beautifully exotic, fabled Kingdom of Morocco. Each week, a new stage of the expedition will be revealed to the teams. Will they crumble under the pressure of having to think clearly in the great outdoors, or find a way to work together to complete the expedition? After 10 legs of competition with drama, lighter moments and great characters, one team will cross the finish line first to claim victory. Each winning team member will receive $50,000 ($150,000 total for the team) as well as a new Ford Explorer. “Expedition Impossible” is hosted by adventurer, zoologist, big cat trainer and all around risk taker, Dave Salmoni.
He almost (?) wasn’t kidding, when one follower on Twitter proclaimed me virtually homeless when I first announced the full closure of the Disney Store in New York City’s Times Square in the wake of a remodel just six months after the store first opened. So naturally when I was offered the opportunity to peek inside the store a day before it’s set to re-open to the public, I leaped at the chance.
One of a handful of media invited to tour the new changes, not only did I get a first hand look at what’s new at the store, but also received a preview of exciting new lines of merchandise and Disney Store-sponsored events to come.
Many of the changes are — shall we just say — not subtle. Guests who would often complain that the store had a crowded feel from the moment they stepped inside may be relieved to notice that much of the merchandise displays placed front and center are now gone, opening up the space just a bit. The second major alteration to the store’s layout is the first floor has now adopted the ‘Imagination Park’ model. While it’s here that you’ll still find the New York City-exclusive merchandise, Disney Couture, Bloc28, Vinylmation and the like, the floor now sports a pixie trail and trees have taken root. No longer is the first floor a virtual separate store from the second level, but the two are now tightly integrated. Sketches of characters along the wall borders have been replaced with the iconic ‘Imagination Park’ scenes which feature Disney toons frolicking amongst buildings and scenery specific to each of the store’s locations. Pinocchio watches kites (and Dumbo) fly by the carousel in Central Park while Duchess from The Aristocats takes her kittens for a stroll in the park. And, perhaps making her Imagination Park debut, there’s Rapunzel swinging away next to Bambi and Snow White.
Many of the other changes on the first floor would otherwise be non-extraordinary, mostly of the typical inventory placement cycle variety, but for the fact that guest services, a.k.a. the registers, have been moved from below the escalator to the rear of the floor. It’s also quite worth noting that the wall behind the cast members behind the registers now features the ‘Imagination Park’ key, the oversized prop used to physically and symbolically unlock your imagination each morning as part of the store’s opening ceremony. I was told featuring the key is part of the 2011 design subset of the ‘Imagination Park’ model and will not only be a key element moving forward, but will retroactively be added to all prior remodeled stores.
The last major change to the first floor actually finds itself sandwiched in the middle of both floors — the escalator. Realizing what a long, non-eventful ride it is to the second floor, Disney Store has re-imagined the journey, once again replacing character sketches with the ‘Imagination Park’ concept. At random intervals, magical moments occur in which Disney characters and film-inspired moments join guests for the ride. Music specific to the projected images plays in sync as well, as evidenced by the following samples we were shown which feature the floating lanterns from Tangled, Tinker Bell, a bouncing Tigger (my personal favorite) and Winnie the Pooh:
For the record, the second floor of the store remains unchanged. As unchanged as an ‘Imagination Park’ style Disney Store can be that is. And here is where we get into some of the new elements being added to the ‘Imagination Park’ stores as of Friday.
Those guests who have already experienced the ‘Imagination Park’ Disney Store concept are no doubt familiar with the magic mirror in which the wave of select Disney Princess merchandise will instantly transform an ordinary mirror into a visit with Cinderella, Ariel or Tiana. After much anticipation, guests will now have the option to visit with Rapunzel. There will be five different encounters with Rapunzel, one of which is shown here (apologies for video being sideways):
A new magical moment is also being introduced tomorrow: the Buzz Lightyear Flyover in which Buzz Lightyear falls with style around the store’s borders:
Beginning Tuesday, May 31, all Disney Stores that carry Disney Vinylmation (except the outlets) will begin trading, as is already offered at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts. Trading will be open, meaning three figures will be placed in a lucite casing and placed at the various registers and guests will be allowed to trade one of their own Vinylmation figures for one on display.
We were also given the lowdown on Disney Store’s in-store events for June. In honor of Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2 (June 24, 2011), each Saturday will play host to an event themed to Lightning McQueen’s tour around the world, focusing on a different country each week. Free passports will be offered to get stamped week to week. More information on the Cars 2 in-store events can be found here.
The tour of the newly remodeled store was pixie dusted with news of new merchandise and endeavours by Disney Store as well. Following hotly on the heels of the new Kidada for Disney collection (whose display has been relocated and expanded to the first floor — and yes, the limited edition vinylmation is still available), Disney Store is launching its new line of fragrances on Friday, beginning with (naturally) ‘Imagination.’ The collection consists of a scented candle (with which we were all gifted), room spray, hand wash and hand and body lotion. So what does ‘imagination’ smell like you ask? According to Disney Store, it smells like ‘an enchanted forest of sequoia trees, cool moss and green leaves.’ We were told that the next scent to be introduced will be ‘Magic,’ followed by ‘Imagination Winter,’ but we wouldn’t be surprised to some day find others such as ‘Pixie Dust,’ ‘Fantasy’ and ‘Wonder.’ Guests to each ‘Imagination Park’ style store will be greeted with the scent of the season as well as have the opportunity to sample each scent prior to purchase.
Another new item going on sale tomorrow worth noting is the highly anticipated POP! Vinyl collection by Funko. You can read more about them and see images of the entire first series here.
Below, please enjoy our gallery of images from today’s tour where you can click on any of the thumbnails to view a larger version.
Disney Store Times Square will re-open to the public at 10 am on Friday, May 27. The first 500 guests will receive a free gift and the celebration continues from 11 am through 1 pm with games and additional giveaways.
Just six months after its triumphant return to Manhattan, the two-floor Disney Store Times Square located at 1540 Broadway, the largest in North America, will be fully closing its doors beginning on May 16, as confirmed by @DisneyStore.
While the second floor has followed the store’s new ‘Imagination Park’ concept model, the lower floor was more loosely themed and focused primarily on New York City exclusive items along with Disney Theatrical, Vinylmation, Disney Couture and Bloc28, along with some standard Disney Store merchandise. Within the past couple of weeks, these items have been moved to the upper floor while the first floor undergoes a complete renovation.
Up until May 16, the upper floor has and will remain open for guests to visit and experience the retail location, but the shop will have to close for a period of 10 days beginning on May 16, with a grand re-opening scheduled for May 27. The reason for this complete closure, as explained to us by a store manager, is that no guests can be allowed inside the premesis during the painting process. The upper floor is not expected to be altered in any way.
Knowledge of the closure and changes by store cast members appeared to be limited at best, but those who appear to be aware of the changes are expecting a spectacular overhaul of the lower floor when it re-opens.