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THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS PRESENTS UPCOMING FILM SLATE FROM DISNEY, PIXAR, MARVEL, AND LUCASFILM AT D23 EXPO 2017

June 27, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

‘Celebration of an Animated Classic: The Lion King’ Event Announced

 

BURBANK, Calif., June 27, 2017 – The Walt Disney Studios presents an exclusive look at its unparalleled film slate at D23 Expo 2017 in Anaheim, California, taking place July 14–16.

 

At two marquee Hall D23 presentations, the Studio will give fans a behind-the-scenes glimpse at its upcoming releases, with animated films from Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios showcased on Friday, July 14, and live-action projects from Disney, Marvel Studios, and Lucasfilm taking the stage on Saturday, July 15.

 

Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm are responsible for some of the world’s biggest movie hits, including recent blockbusters such as Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and The Jungle Book; Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Zootopia and Moana; Pixar Animation Studios’ Inside Out, Finding Dory, and Cars 3; Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Doctor Strange, and Captain America: Civil War; and Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. While the films to be featured in Hall D23 will remain under wraps until showtime, the Studio’s upcoming slate includes Pixar’s Coco; Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, and Avengers: Infinity War; Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi; Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time and Mary Poppins Returns; Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2; and more.

 

In addition, a new event has been announced for Sunday, July 16, at 10 a.m. in the D23 Expo Arena: Celebration of an Animated Classic: The Lion King. Producer Don Hahn, director Rob Minkoff, animators Tony Bancroft and Mark Henn, and special guests will be in attendance during this not-to-be-missed look back at the timeless and beloved Disney animated film.

 

HALL D23 PRESENTATIONS:

 

Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Upcoming Films, Hosted by John Lasseter

Friday, July 14, 2:30 p.m. – Hall D23

Were you there in 2015 when Ellen DeGeneres and Dwayne Johnson wowed the crowds? When Zootopia’s sloth scene screened for the very first time? And when Randy Newman, Buzz Lightyear, and Woody celebrated the 20th anniversary of Toy Story? Then you know the Animation presentation at Hall D23 is a MUST. Join host John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, as he presents Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Upcoming Films. Never-before-seen footage from Pixar’s upcoming feature Coco and Disney Animation’s Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 will be unveiled, as well as surprise announcements, musical performances, and appearances by star voice talent. Cell phones, cameras, and all recording devices will be checked for this presentation.

 

Disney, Marvel Studios & Lucasfilm – Live Action at The Walt Disney Studios

Saturday, July 15, 10:30 a.m. – Hall D23

The Walt Disney Studios is home to the biggest and most beloved brands in filmmaking today, with a number of highly anticipated projects from Disney, Marvel Studios, and Lucasfilm in the works. At this exclusive Hall D23 presentation featuring never-before-seen footage, surprise star appearances, and more, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at an exciting array of spectacular films on the horizon from these world-class studios. Cell phones, cameras, and all recording devices will be checked for this presentation.

 

 

CALENDAR OF KEY EVENTS: 

 

The Power of the Princess

Saturday, July 15, 10:30 a.m. – Stage 28

Walt Disney Animation Studios invites you to The Power of the Princess, featuring Jodi Benson (Ariel), Paige O’Hara (Belle), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana), and Auli‘i Cravalho (Moana)—the talented actresses who brought these iconic characters to life—as they share stories of making their films and the impact of their characters on people around the world. Hosted by Walt Disney Animation Studios animators Amy Smeed and Kira Lehtomaki.

 

Creating the Worlds in Pixar’s Universe

Saturday, July 15, 12:15 p.m. – Stage 28

Pixar’s films are filled with beloved characters living in relatable yet previously unimagined worlds. Join Pixar production designers and artists who have created the mountain tops, oceans, and “monstropolises” in which your favorite characters live. These artists create the setting and cultivate the mood of every scene using extensive research, incredible imagination, and each individual director’s vision, giving life to the amazing worlds in Pixar’s movies.

 

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure: A Sneak Peek at the New Frozen Featurette

Saturday, July 15, 2:30 p.m. – Stage 28

Be among the first to see both exclusive and behind-the-scenes footage from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ newest Frozen holiday featurette, the highly anticipated Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. The film, which features the talents of the original Frozen cast, as well as brand-new songs, is directed by the Emmy®-winning team Stevie Wermers-Skelton and Kevin Deters (Prep & Landing) and produced by Oscar®-winning producer Roy Conli (Big Hero 6, Tangled).

 

The Evolution of Pixar’s Characters

Saturday, July 15, 6 p.m. – Stage 28

From the waves in their hair to the shoes on their feet, Pixar characters are designed to be full of personality and to tell a story. Hear from the legendary Pixar artists who have created the most memorable characters in Pixar’s history. These are the visionaries who start with an initial doodle and see the evolution of a character through to final animation—the people who let technology influence the art and make the impossible, possible.

 

Celebration of an Animated Classic: The Lion King

Sunday, July 16, 10 a.m. – D23 Expo Arena

Join a Disney celebration of the magic, the music, and the majesty of the animated classic The Lion King. Producer Don Hahn, director Rob Minkoff, and animators Tony Bancroft and Mark Henn, along with some very special guests, reveal the secrets behind the making of the timeless animated classic.

 

Bambi’s 75th Anniversary

Sunday, July 16, 11:30 a.m. – Walt Disney Archives Stage

Join us as we commemorate the 75th anniversary and Walt Disney Signature Collection release of Bambi, the endearing, timeless tale of a wide-eyed fawn that has touched generations. Audiences can look forward to hearing personal stories from the voice cast, anecdotes behind the making of this film and its exquisite hand-drawn artwork, and much, much more. It’s groundbreaking animated classics like Bambi that were created or inspired by the imagination and legacy of Walt Disney and still influence many great visionaries and animators today.

 

 

ALL WEEKEND ON THE D23 EXPO SHOW FLOOR

 

Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios

Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios once again join forces for a must-see animation experience at D23 Expo. Artist demonstrations, autograph signings with top filmmakers, fan giveaways and interactive displays featuring the latest films including Cars 3, Coco, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, and Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, make this booth one to visit over-and-over again.

 

Marvel Studios Pavilion

At the Marvel Studios Pavilion, fans will get an up-close look at the costumes and props from Thor: Ragnarok, including photo opportunities with exclusive set pieces from the film, as well as incredible costumes from Black Panther. Marvel Studios will host multiple giveaways and events within its pavilion space in Hall B. Fans will get the chance to meet with Marvel Studios’ filmmakers, development team, and talent. Exclusive artwork will be given away daily, along with other surprises. Details on talent appearances and special signings will be made available on the D23 Expo app.

 

Disney Music Emporium – Album Signings and Exclusive Products

Disney Music Emporium, the online destination for collectible Disney music products, returns to D23 Expo 2017 with a pop-up store on the show floor. Over the three-day Ultimate Disney Fan Event, the Emporium will feature album signings by artists and award-winning composers. Limited quantities of a wide assortment of music products will be available, including new releases from Marvel, Moana, Beauty and the Beast, and Disneyland attraction picture discs, plus lithographs, Crosley turntables, and posters. For a complete list of talent appearances and album signings, visit http://waltdisneyrecords.com/d23expo/signings.html.

 

Disney Movie Rewards and Disney Movie Club

Throughout the D23 Expo 2017, Disney fans will be able to experience a unique augmented reality photo booth presented by Disney Movie Rewards, the premier loyalty program for all your favorite Disney Movies. Fans will be able to earn mystery points which can be used for great rewards like Blu-rays, movie tickets, and exclusive collectibles only available at DisneyMovieRewards.com. Disney Movie Club, the ultimate source for building your Disney movie library, will also be there hosting a special augmented reality gallery. Come by for free giveaways and a special sign up offer just for D23 Expo 2017 attendees. For more magic and savings visit DisneyMovieClub.com.

 

 

Disney Family Movies

The subscription, video-on-demand service Disney Family Movies provides the ultimate in family entertainment from one of the world’s largest film libraries, giving viewers unlimited access to a selection of beloved classic and contemporary films and animated shorts from The Walt Disney Studios. Each of the 12 titles remains in rotation for a month, with new movies added weekly. Stop by our booth in Hall C to learn about this fun service, available through your television provider.

 

 

Tickets for D23 Expo 2017 are available for $81 for one-day adult admission and $59 for children 3–9. Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can purchase tickets for $72 for a one-day adult admission and $53 for children 3–9. Multi-day tickets are also available. For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2017, visit D23Expo.com.

 

About The Walt Disney Studios

For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; and Lucasfilm. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!.

 

About D23 Expo 2017

D23 Expo—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event, which will take place July 14–16 at the Anaheim Convention Center, provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks, and celebrities. For the latest D23 Expo 2017 news, visit D23expo.com. Presentations, talent, and schedulesubject to change. To join the D23 Expo conversation, be sure to follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube, and use the hashtag #D23Expo.

 

About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its membersa greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterlypublication, Disney twentythree; a rich websiteat D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and specialevents for D23 Membersthroughout the year.

 

Fans can join D23 at Gold and General Membership levels at D23.com and at DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.

 

 

THE SERIES PREMIERE OF “SALVATION,” WEDNESDAY, JULY 12 on CBS

June 26, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

WHEN AN MIT GRAD STUDENT DISCOVERS AN ASTEROID IS SET TO COLLIDE WITH EARTH IN 186 DAYS, HE JOINS FORCES WITH A TECH BILLIONAIRE AND THE U.S. GOVERNMENT TO TRY TO STOP IT, AND TOGETHER THEY STUMBLE ONTO THE GREATEST CONSPIRACY NEVER TOLD, ON THE SERIES PREMIERE OF “SALVATION,” WEDNESDAY, JULY 12

Santiago Cabrera, Jennifer Finnigan, Charlie Rowe, Jacqueline Byers, Rachel Drance, Shazi Raja and Ian Anthony Dale Star in the New Summer Suspense Thriller

Neil deGrasse Tyson Guest Stars as Himself

“Pilot” – When MIT grad student Liam Cole (Charlie Rowe) discovers an asteroid is set to collide with Earth in 186 days, he joins forces with tech billionaire Darius Tanz (Santiago Cabrera) and the U.S. government to try and stop it – and together they stumble onto the greatest conspiracy never told, on the series premiere of SALVATION, Wednesday, July 12 (9:00-10:00, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Neil deGrasse Tyson guest stars as himself. Santiago Cabrera, Jennifer Finnigan, Charlie Rowe, Jacqueline Byers, Rachel Drance, Shazi Raja and Ian Anthony Dale star in the new summer suspense thriller.

CHEAT TWEET: An asteroid is set to collide w/ earth in 186 days! Summer thriller @SalvationCBS premieres 7/12 9PM! @neiltyson guests http://bit.ly/2tO1vW1

REGULAR CAST:

Santiago Cabrera (Darius Tanz)
Jennifer Finnigan (Grace Barrows)
Charlie Rowe (Liam Cole)
Jacqueline Byers (Jillian Hayes)
Rachel Drance (Zoe Barrows)
Shazi Raja (Amanda Neel)
Ian Anthony Dale (Harris Edwards)

GUEST CAST:

Dennis Boutsikaris (Dr. Malcolm Croft)
Dewshane Williams (Diego)
Gregory Calderone (Ed)
Raven Dauda (Harris’s Secretary)
Josette Jorge (Karissa)
David Miller (Mike)
Daiva Johnston (Millie)
Vijay Mehta (Ambassador Gupta)
Ola Sturik (American Anchor)
Bill Turnbull (Carnahan)
Stuart Dowling (Doorman)
Helene Robbie (French Anchor)
Alex Cadilla (Hispanic Anchor)
Andrew Bushnell (Jordy)
Noorin Gulamgaus (MIT Student #1)
Neil DeGrasse Tyson (Himself)
Jake Raymond (Pompous MIT Student)
Diane Johnstone (Principal Stark)
Billy Parrott (Reporter Russ)
Eric Woolfe (Robert Wallops)
Tara Koehler (Rocket Tech)
Jordan Andonov (Russian Anchor)
Eltan Kerzman (Russian Man)
Tamara Chemij (Russian Woman)
Stephany Seki (Waitress)

WRITTEN BY: Liz Kruger & Craig Shapiro and Matt Wheeler

DIRECTED BY: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

GENRE: Drama

 

FOX ANNOUNCES FALL PREMIERE DATES FOR THE 2017-2018 SEASON, INCLUDING NEW SERIES “THE GIFTED,” “THE ORVILLE” AND “GHOSTED”

June 25, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

NEW FAMILY ADVENTURE SERIES “THE GIFTED,”

PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH MARVEL TELEVISION,

DEBUTS FOLLOWING SEASON PREMIERE OF “LUCIFER,”

MONDAY, OCT. 2

 

SETH MacFARLANE’S NEW COMEDIC DRAMA, “THE ORVILLE,” LAUNCHES

WITH TWO SPECIAL AIRINGS IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING “NFL ON FOX”

DOUBLEHEADERS ON SUNDAY, SEPT. 10, AND SUNDAY, SEPT. 17,

BEFORE MAKING ITS TIME PERIOD PREMIERE THURSDAY, SEPT. 28

 

NEW LIVE-ACTION BUDDY COMEDY “GHOSTED” JOINS SUNDAY LINEUP OF

“BOB’S BURGERS,” “THE SIMPSONS,” “FAMILY GUY” AND

“THE LAST MAN ON EARTH,” BEGINNING SUNDAY, OCT. 1

 

“LETHAL WEAPON,” “THE MICK” AND “BROOKLYN NINE-NINE”

KICK OFF TUESDAY, SEPT. 26

 

“EMPIRE” AND “STAR” HEADLINE AN EPIC NIGHT OF MUSIC AND DRAMA,

BEGINNING WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 27

“GOTHAM” RETURNS THURSDAY, SEPT. 28,

PAIRED WITH THE TIME PERIOD PREMIERE OF “THE ORVILLE”

“HELL’S KITCHEN” AND “THE EXORCIST” HEAT UP

FRIDAY, SEPT. 29

 

FOX has set the fall premiere dates for its new and returning series.

 

THE GIFTED, the new family adventure series, produced in association with Marvel Television, launches Monday, Oct. 2 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), following the return of LUCIFER (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). New comedic drama THE ORVILLE, from creator and executive producer Seth MacFarlane and director Jon Favreau, debuts with a special two-night series premiere on Sunday, Sept. 10 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and Sunday, Sept. 17 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), immediately following NFL ON FOX doubleheaders. THE ORVILLE will then make its time period premiere on Thursday, Sept. 28 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), following GOTHAM’s Season Four return (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). The new buddy comedy GHOSTED, starring Craig Robinson and Adam Scott, premieres Oct. 1 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT), during a Sunday night of premieres, including BOB’S BURGERS (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT), THE SIMPSONS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT), FAMILY GUY (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) and THE LAST MAN ON EARTH (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT).

LETHAL WEAPON Season Two leads off Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 26 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), followed by the season premieres of THE MICK (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) and BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT). EMPIRE (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and STAR (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) join forces on an epic night of music and drama, beginning Wednesday, Sept. 27. Friday, Sept. 29 sees the returns of HELL’S KITCHEN (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and THE EXORCIST (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

 

FOX fall premieres of new and returning series are listed below in chronological order (all times are ET/PT):

 

 

FOX FALL 2017 PREMIERES

(All Times ET/PT)

 

Sunday, Sept. 10, Immediately Following NFL ON FOX Doubleheader

8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT               THE ORVILLE (Special Series Premiere, Part 1)

 

Sunday, Sept. 17, Immediately Following NFL ON FOX Doubleheader

8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT               THE ORVILLE (Special Series Premiere, Part 2)

 

Tuesday, Sept. 26

8:00-9:00 PM                          LETHAL WEAPON (Season Two Premiere)

9:00-9:30 PM                          THE MICK (Season Two Premiere)

9:30-10:00 PM                        BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (Season Five Premiere)

 

Wednesday, Sept. 27

8:00-9:00 PM                          EMPIRE (Season Four Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM                        STAR (Season Two Premiere)

 

Thursday, Sept. 28

8:00-9:00 PM                          GOTHAM (Season Four Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM                        THE ORVILLE (Time Period Series Premiere)

 

Friday, Sept. 29

8:00-9:00 PM                          HELL’S KITCHEN (Season 17 Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM                        THE EXORCIST (Season Two Premiere)

 

Sunday, Oct. 1

7:30-8:00 PM                          BOB’S BURGERS (Season Eight Premiere)

8:00-8:30 PM                          THE SIMPSONS (Season 29 Premiere)

8:30-9:00 PM                          GHOSTED (Series Premiere)

9:00-9:30 PM                          FAMILY GUY (Season 15 Premiere)

9:30-10:00 PM                        THE LAST MAN ON EARTH (Season Four Premiere)

 

Monday, Oct. 2

8:00-9:00 PM                          LUCIFER (Season Three Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM                        THE GIFTED (Series Premiere)

 

 

-more-

 

FOX FALL 2017 PREMIERE DATES – Page 3

 

 

 

 

FOX 2017 FALL SCHEDULE

NEW SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

 

THE GIFTED

THE GIFTED tells the emotional story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family seeks help from an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive. Set within the “X-Men” universe, the series stars Stephen Moyer (SHOTS FIRED, “True Blood”), Amy Acker (“Person of Interest”), Natalie Alyn Lind (GOTHAM) and Percy Hynes White (“Night at the Museum 3”) as the STRUCKER family. Also featured in the series are Sean Teale (“Reign”) as ECLIPSE/MARCOS DIAZ; Jamie Chung (GOTHAM) as BLINK/CLARICE FERGUSON; Emma Dumont (“Aquarius”) as POLARIS/LORNA DANE; Blair Redford (“Satisfaction”) as THUNDERBIRD/JOHN PROUDSTAR; and Coby Bell (“Burn Notice”) as Sentinel Services Agent JACE TURNER. The series is written by Matt Nix (“Burn Notice”), directed by Bryan Singer (the “X-Men” franchise”) and executive-produced by Nix, Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Apocalypse,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past”) and Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory.

 

THE ORVILLE

From Emmy Award-winning executive producer and creator Seth MacFarlane (FAMILY GUY, “Ted”) and director Jon Favreau (“The Jungle Book,” “Iron Man”), THE ORVILLE is a live-action, one-hour series set 400 years in the future that follows the adventures of The Orville, a mid-level exploratory spaceship. Its crew, both human and alien, face the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the familiar, often humorous problems of everyday life. The series stars MacFarlane as ED MERCER, the ship’s Commanding Officer, and Adrianne Palicki (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Friday Night Lights”) as his ex-wife, KELLY GRAYSON, who’s assigned as his First Officer. The series also stars Penny Johnson Jerald (“24,” “The Larry Sanders Show”) as CLAIRE FINN, Scott Grimes (“ER,” “Justified”) as GORDON MALLOY, Peter Macon (“Shameless,” “Bosch”) as BORTUS, Halston Sage (“Neighbors,” “Goosebumps”) as ALARA KITAN, J. Lee (FAMILY GUY, “The Cleveland Show”) as JOHN LAMARR, Mark Jackson (“That Royal Today” ) as ISAAC, Chad Coleman (“The Wire”) as KLYDEN and Norm Macdonald (“The Middle,” “Saturday Night Live”) as YAPHIT. Seth MacFarlane, Brannon Braga, David A. Goodman, Jason Clark and Liz Heldens are executive producers. Jon Favreau serves as an executive producer and directed the pilot.

 

GHOSTED

Starring Craig Robinson (“The Office,” “This Is the End”) and Adam Scott (“Parks and Recreation,” “Big Little Lies”), GHOSTED is a single-camera, live-action comedy about the partnership between two polar opposites – a cynical skeptic and a genius “true believer” in the paranormal – who are recruited to investigate unexplained phenomena in Los Angeles, all while uncovering a larger mystery that could threaten the existence of the human race. In addition to Scott’s role as MAX JENNIFER and Robinson’s as LEROY WRIGHT, the series also stars Ally Walker (“Colony,” “Sons of Anarchy”) as Captain AVA LAFREY and Adeel Akhtar (“Unforgotten,” “The Night Manager”) as BARRY SHAW. Tom Gormican, Kevin Etten, Craig Robinson, Adam Scott, Naomi Scott, Oly Obst, Mark Schulman and Jonathan Krisel are executive producers, with Krisel directing the pilot.

 

 

SHARON LEAL JOINS THE CAST OF NEW DRAMA SERIES “INSTINCT”

June 25, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

CBS announced today that Sharon Leal has joined the cast of the new drama series INSTINCT, set to premiere during the 2017-2018 season. INSTINCT follows Dr. Dylan Reinhart (Alan Cumming), a former CIA operative who is lured back to his old life by tenacious NYPD detective Lizzie Needham (Bojana Novakovic) when she needs his help to stop a serial killer. Leal will portraya friend of Lizzie’s who has recently been promoted to be their boss in theNYPD.The drama is based on the soon-to-be-published James Patterson book.

Leal starred in the CBS drama pilot “The Untitled Jenny Lumet Project” and is known to audiences for her roles in films such as “Dreamgirls,” “Why Did I Get Married?” and “Addicted.” Next, she will be seen in the Netflix feature “Amateur.” Her additional television credits include “Supergirl,” “Boston Public” and “Hellcats.”

 

Official CBS website: http://www.cbs.com/shows/instinct/

CBS Twitter: http://twitter.com/CBS

 

SCHEDULED GUESTS ON ABC’S ‘JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE,’ JUNE 19 – 23

June 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EDT and features a diverse lineup of guests that includes celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human-interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band.

Following are the episodes scheduled to air the week of June 19–23 (subject to change):

Monday, June 19
1. Actress Elle Fanning (“The Beguiled”) 2. Actor Paul W. Downs (“Rough Night”) 3. Musical guest Playboi Carti

Tuesday, June 20
1. Actor Casey Affleck (“A Ghost Story”) 2. Actress Allison Tolman (“Downward Dog”) 3. Comedian Chris Charpentier 4. Lindsey Ell sitting in with Cleto and the Cletones

Wednesday, June 21
1. Actress Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”)

Thursday, June 22
1. Actor Anthony Hopkins (“Transformers: The Last Knight”) 2. Chris Hardwick (“The Wall”) 3. Musical Guest Queen with Adam Lambert

Friday, June 23
TBD

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format. Jimmy Kimmel and Jill Leiderman serve as executive producers. Jason Schrift, Douglas DeLuca, Erin Irwin, David Craig and Jennifer Sharron serve as co-executive producers. “Jimmy Kimmel Live” is shot live in front of a studio audience and produced by Jackhole Industries in association with ABC Studios. (CLOSED- CAPTIONED)

Enjoy “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on the web at www.abc.com/JimmyKimmeLive and at youtube/JimmyKimmelLive. Artwork is available on www.disneyabcpress.com

 

UPCOMING GUESTS ON “THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN,” 6/15-6/22

June 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

(Monday through Friday, 12:37-1:37 AM, ET/PT)

*Denotes changes and/or additions to previous schedule

(n) Denotes new broadcast

Thursday, June 15           Actor Jamie Foxx; actor Ansel Elgort; musical performance by Beth Ditto (n)

*Friday, June 16            Singer Lionel Richie; actress Jenna Dewan Tatum; Carpool Karaoke with Katy Perry (OAD: 5/22/17)

*Monday, June 19         Actress Ginnifer Goodwin; actor Eddie Izzard; actress Jillian Bell; musical performance by Jason Derulo (n)

*Tuesday, June 20        Television host Chelsea Handler; actor Dean Norris; musical performance by Khalid (n)

*Wednesday, June 21    Actor Seth Rogen; actor Will Arnett; actress Alison Brie (n)

*Thursday, June 22       Actor Dominic Cooper; actress Laura Haddock (n)

Website: http://www.cbs.com/shows/late-late-show/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/latelateshowcbs

Twitter: @latelateshow

Host on Twitter: @JKCorden

RATING: TV-14-D (Rating may change on day of broadcast due to specific subject matter.)

 

Attack on Titan: Junior High (a J!-ENT Anime on Blu-ray Disc Review)

June 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

If you are a hardcore “Attack on Titan” fan or one looking for a lighthearted, fun and crazy animated series, will want to give “Attack on Titan: Junior High” a try!

Image courtesy of © FUNimation. All Rights Reserved.


TITLE: Attack on Titan: Junior High

ORIGINAL AIR DATE: 2015-2016

DURATION: Episodes 1-12 (204 Minutes)

BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (1:78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen), English Dolby TrueHD 5.1, Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0, Subtitles: English

COMPANY: FUNimation

RATED: TV 14

Release Date: March 21, 2017


Originally created by Hajime Isayama, Saki Nakagawa

Directed by Yoshihide Ibata

Series Composition by Midori Gotou

Script by Midori Gotou, Shun Fukudome, Yoshihide Ibata

Music by Asama Tachibana

Character Design: KYuuko Yahiro

Art Director: Kazuhiro Arai

Anime Production by Production I.G.


Featuring the following voice talent:

Yui Ishikawa/Trina Nishimura as Mikasa Ackerman

Yuuki Kaji/Bryce Papenbrook as Eren Jaeger

Marina Inoue/Josh Grelle as Armin Arlelt

Daisuke Ono/J. Michael Tatum as Erwin Smith

Hiro Shimono/Clifford Chapin as Conny Springer

Hiroshi Kamiya/Matthew Mercer as Levi

Kenta Miyake/Jason Douglas as Mike Zacharias

Kishô Taniyama/Mike McFarland as Jean Kirschtein

Romi Park/Jessica Calvello as Hanji (Hange Zoe)

Ryota Ohsaka/Austin Tindle as Marco Bodt

Saki Fujita/Elizabeth Maxwell as Ymir

Shiori Mikami/Bryn Apprill as Christa Renz

Tomohisa Hashizume/David Matranga as Bertholt Fubar (Bertholdt Hoover)

Yoshimasa Hosoya/Robert McCollum as Reiner Braun

Yu Kobayashi/Ashly Bursch as Sasha Braus

Yu Shimamura/Lauren Landa as Annie Leonhart


The hit show Attack on Titan is reimagined in this feel-good junior high microseries! See all your favorite characters getting into middle school shenanigans complete with secret love interests, class presidents, and chaotic cultural festivals.

Eren and his friends are the hapless first-year students at Attack Junior High, a unique school for both humans and Titans alike. That’s right… Titans go to class, too – in their own gigantic classrooms with their larger-than-life school supplies and benches as big as buildings!


Back in 2006, Hajime Isayama wrote a 65-page one-shot of “Shingeki no Kyojin”. Inspired during an encounter with an irate customer while working at an internet cafe, the encounter would eventually be the basis of his hit series which is known internationally as “Attack on Titan”.

In 2009, “Shingeki no Kyojin” began serialization in Kodanasha’s “Bessatsu Shonen Magazine” and is currently on its 13th tankobon volume. With several light novel volumes, multiple video games, manga spin-offs and two live-action films, many would discover “Attack on Titan” thanks to the anime series.

But around 2012, Saki Nakagawa created “Shingeki! Kyojin Chugakko” (Attack on Titan: Junior High), a parody of Isayama’s popular manga series which would receive an anime adaptation in 2015-2016.

The story features younger, chibi versions of the characters as they attend “Class 1-04” at Attack Junior High School.


“Attack on Titan: Junior High” features the following main characters:

Eren Yeager – A hotheaded teenager who wants to destroy the Titans for stealing his lunch. He loves cheeseburgers and his determination to exterminate Titans surprises his classmates.

Mikasa Ackerman – A stoic student who scares her peers.  She is very close to Erin and is often depressed.  She wants to protect Eren and Armin from trouble.

Armin Arlert – Eren and Mikasas friend who often wears a futon over his head to avoid catching a cold.  He is very intelligent despite his low self-esteem.

Reiner Braun – A muscular student who has a crush on Krista.

Bertolt Hoover – A boy who is tall and quiet and has a crush on Annie Leonhart.

Levi Ackerman – A third year student and the leader of the secret underground club – Scout Regiment.  He can knock out a Titan with a single slap from his paper fan.

Annie Leonhart – She loves eating cheeseburgers and is introverted.  She is the rival of Mikasa.

Jean Kirstein – An egotistic guy who wants to become popular with girls.  He has a crush on Mikasa and is Eren’s rival.

Hange Zoe – Levi’s classmate and deputy leader of the Scout Regiment Club.  She is a fanatic when it comes to studying Titans.


VIDEO:

“Attack on Titan: Junior High” is presented in 1080p High Definition. Animation shows slight softness considering it’s an animated TV series.  A colorful series, characters are well-shaded and backgrounds reflect the series cartoony nature.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Attack on Titan: Junior High” is presented in Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0 and English Dolby TrueHD 5.1. While both voice acting soundtracks are well-done (utilizing the same voice talent from the “Attack on Titan” animated series), as one can expect from the English soundtrack receiving a 5.1 lossless treatment, while the Japanese is crystal clear through the front channels, the English soundtrack is immersive. Great use of sound effects from the surround channels and also great use of LFE for ambiance and during action sequences.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Attack on Titan: Junior High” comes with the following special features:

  • Episode 3 Commentary -Featuring audio commentary by Mike McFarland (ADR Director), Josh Grelle (voice of Armin Artlet) and Trina Nishimura (voice of Mikasa Ackerman).
  • Episode 8 Commentary -Featuring audio commentary by Mike McFarland (ADR Director), Rob Mcallum (voice of Reiner Braun), J. Michael Tatum (script writer and voice of Erwin Smith) and Caitlin Glass (voice of Petra Ral)
  • Episode 12 Video Commentary – Featuring video commentary by Mike McFarland (ADR Director), Josh Grelle (voice of Armin Artlet) and Trina Nishimura (voice of Mikasa Ackerman)
  • Promo videos – Featuring original Japanese PV.
  • Web Previews – Featuring the original web prviews for the series.
  • Commercials – Original Japanese CM.
  • Textless Opening and Closing Song
  • Trailers – FUNimation trailers

EXTRAS:

“Attack on Titan: Junior High” features the series on Blu-ray and DVD and comes with a slipcover.


“Attack on Titan” has won over anime fans all over the world.  Featuring violence, drama and action, the second season of the series is currently airing in Japan, with a third being announced for 2018.

Meanwhile, during the break between the first and second season, Production I.G. made an adaptation of Saki Nakagawa’s parody of the series, “Attack on Titan: Junior High”.

A lighthearted anime series that even children can watch, the series revolves around a group of junior high students who must brave the Titans who climb over the wall in order to eat the students’ lunches.  And for Eren, he is addicted to cheeseburgers and when they steal his food, he became even more determined to stop the Titans, despite his fellow students not having the same drive as he does.

With his friends Mikasa Ackerman and Armin Arlert consantly saving Eren from trouble, you have a little childhood romance as Bertolt Hoover is a shy guy who likes Annie Leonhart but is much too shy to do anything about it.  And you have the buff and angry Reiner Braun who has fallen for Krista.

But when Eren and Annie find out they share a love towards cheeseburgers, this causes Mikasa to become jealous and become Annie’s rival.

The series also tackles student problems such Sasha and Connie failing tests, Jean discovering a love letter in his locker, Sports Day game competitions and ghosts pranking the school.

For the most part, the series is lighthearted, fun and for those who can enjoy a parody of the series, may find “Attack on Titan: Junior High” to be entertaining.  But one should not expect to see bloody violence or anything like that in this series.  Characters are made in chibi super-deformed format and Titans are reduced to lunch-stealing behemoths.

Animation for the most part looks good on Blu-ray and the voice acting benefits from the use of both the original series voice talent for the Japanese and English dub.  You also get two audio commentaries and a video commentary plus PV, commercials and much more!

Overall, if you are a hardcore “Attack on Titan” fan or one looking for a lighthearted, fun and crazy animated series, will want to give “Attack on Titan: Junior High” a try!

 

WHOOPI GOLDBERG, MARK HAMILL, LEONARD MALTIN, JOHN STAMOS, LESLEY ANN WARREN, THE STARS OF HERCULES, AND MANY MORE JOIN D23 EXPO’S ROSTER OF EXCITING ENTERTAINMENT AND PRESENTATIONS

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And, for the first time ever at D23 Expo, fans will get to enjoy a daily street party, featuring celebrities, Disney characters, and live music on the show floor.

 

BURBANK, Calif. (June 13, 2017) – The excitement is ramping up from “zero to hero” for D23 Expo: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event. During the three-day spectacular, which takes place July 14–16 at the Anaheim Convention Center, guests will have the chance to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Hercules with members of the cast and creative team; hear from Disney Legends, including 2017 inductee Mark Hamill, during a panel hosted by Leonard Maltin; and enjoy the music of Walt Disney’s classic live-action musicals in a remarkable stage production featuring Lesley Ann Warren and hosted by Whoopi Goldberg. John Stamos will host a chat with Legends of Walt Disney Imagineering. Plus, theWalt Disney Archives will host three days of presentations on its own stage. And, for the first time, guests will be able to enjoy a daily “Ultimate Fan Street Party” right on the show floor.

 

Just-announced panels:

 

Mousequerade

Friday, July 14, 11 a.m., Stage 28

Mousequerade, the fan-favorite costume competition that invitesparticipants to create their own Disney-inspired designs, returns to D23 Expo 2017. Join judges Ashley Eckstein (Star Wars Rebels), Kara Saun (costume designer for Descendants 2), Yvette Nicole Brown (ABC’s The Mayor), and the contest’s host, Disney’s Jim Babcock, to watch dozens of finalistscompete in five excitingcategories for the $2,300 grand prize!

 

The Golden Girls: A Celebration of Friendship, Laughter, and Cheesecake

Friday, July 14, 2:30 p.m., Stage 28

In the 25 years since the final episode of The Golden Girls aired in 1992, the television series has become an enduring fan favorite that continuesto be watched throughout the world. Celebrate with us as we bring together the show’s creators and other special guests for this unforgettable event.

 

Disney Legends 30th Anniversary

Friday, July 14, 4:15 p.m., Stage 28

Join film historian Leonard Maltin as he celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Disney Legends program with a remarkable lineup of individuals who have each left an indelible mark on the Disney legacy, including Bill Farmer (the voice of Goofy and Pluto), Imagineering Legend Bob Gurr, Walt Disney Archives founder Dave Smith, and 2017 inductee Mark Hamill.

 

Melodies in Walts Time: The Music of Disney LiveAction Films

Friday, July 14, 6 p.m., D23 Expo Arena

In the 1960s, Walt Disney sought to expand his filmmaking style beyond animation and bring music to a variety of new live-action film projects. D23 Expo will celebrate these magical, musical movies in a live stage extravaganza—hosted by Whoopi Goldberg and featuring Lesley Ann Warren, Karen Dotrice, and other renowned guest stars, joined by live musical performers and a 20-voice chorus—to showcase Summer MagicMary PoppinsThe Happiest Millionaire, and The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band, as well as others.

 

Zero to Hero: The Making of Hercules 

Sunday, July 16, 12:30 p.m., D23 Expo Arena

From the heights of Mount Olympus to the depths of the Underworld, celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Disney classic that put the “glad” in gladiator! Join a group of legendary artists and filmmakers who brought Hercules to life, including directors John Musker and Ron Clements, animators Eric Goldberg (“Phil”) and Ken Duncan (“Megara”), as well as Megara and Hercules themselves—Susan Egan and Tate Donovan—as they recount stories of making one of the most epic animated features of all time.

 

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: 80th Anniversary Screening

Sunday, July 16, 3:15 p.m., D23 Expo Arena

For eight decades, Disney fans have whistled “Heigh Ho” while they worked. Now, in honor of the 80th anniversary of Walt Disney’s first-ever animated feature, D23 Expo is proud to presenta special screening of the film that startedit all: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

 

Legends of Walt Disney Imagineering

Sunday, July 16, 6 p.m., D23 Expo Arena

Join a fascinating conversation, hosted by John Stamos, with three Imagineering Legends—Marty Sklar, Tony Baxter, and 2017 Disney Legend inductee Wayne Jackson—as they recount true-life anecdotes and share personalstories about the celebrated artists, designers, and technical wizards who established the foundation and guidingprinciples for groundbreaking Disney experiences around the globe.

 

Also coming to D23 Expo…

 

Walt Disney Archives Stage

The popular Walt Disney Archives Stage returns, more than doubling its capacity, as it hosts 17 panels and presentations throughout the weekend. Disney notables, such as director Pete Docter, Disney Legend Jim Cora, producer Don Hahn, Bret Iwan (the voice of Mickey Mouse), Imagineers Diana Brost, Jason Grandt, and Chris Merritt, plus many more, will participate in panels throughout the weekend. Fans will enjoy exploring many of Disney’s worlds, from the incredible work of Marc Davis and the original characters of the Disney Parks (such as Figment and the Country Bears) to the women of Disney animation and an incredible virtual walk-through of the Walt Disney Studios on Hyperon Avenue. Visit D23expo.com for the complete schedule.

 

Center Stage

Located in the center of the D23 Expo show floor, Center Stage will be the heartbeat of the Expo and a hub of activitythroughout the weekend. AimeeCarrero, the voice of Disney’s Elena of Avalor, will perform live for the first time, and will be joined by special guests including Lou DiamondPhillips who voices series’ villain, Victor Delgado.  Also performing on Center Stage will be TemeculaRoad, Tomasina, Billy Hill and the Hillbillies, nerd-rock group Kirby Krackle, and Susan Egan, who will sing favorites from Beautyand the Beast. Disney animators, including Eric Goldberg and Mark Henn, will show aspiringartists “how to draw” throughout the weekend. Marvel’s Brian Crosby will show fans how to draw Spider-Man and Groot. And BillRogers, the “voice of Disneyland,” will be on-hand each day to record fans’ outgoing voicemail messages in his signature dulcet tones. The comletelineup will be availablein the coming weeks on the D23 Expo app.

 

D23 Expo’s Ultimate Fan Street Party

For the first time at D23 Expo, guests can enjoy a one-of-a-kind street party—right on the D23 Expo show floor. Twice each day the cavalcade will travel down Mickey Avenue, with a live band, beloved Disney characters, high-energy dancers, and celebrity grand marshals! Stan Lee and Mark Hamill will grand marshal the first cavalcade on Friday, July 14, and members of the cast of Descendants 2 will lead the second that day. Additional talent and times to be announced in the coming weeks and will be available on the D23 Expo app.

 

Talent subject to change. Additional details are available at D23expo.com.

 

Ticketsfor D23 Expo 2017 are available for $81 for one-day adult admission and $59 for children 3–9. Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can purchase tickets for $72 for a one-day adult admission and $53 for children 3–9. Multi-day tickets are also available. For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2017, visit D23expo.com.

 

 

About D23 Expo 2017

D23 Expo—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks, and celebrities. For the latest D23 Expo 2017 news, visit D23expo.com. Presentations, talent, and schedule subject to change. To join the D23 Expo conversation, be sure to follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube, and use the hashtag #D23Expo.

 

About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twentythree; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.

 

Fans can join D23 at Gold and General Membership levels at D23.com and at DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.

 

 

Descendants 2: IN AN UNPRECEDENTED, FAR-REACHING PROGRAMMING EVENT

June 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

IN AN UNPRECEDENTED, FAR-REACHING PROGRAMMING EVENT, THE DISNEY CHANNEL ORIGINAL MOVIE ‘DESCENDANTS 2’ WILL HAVE A SIMULTANEOUS PREMIERE ON FIVE TELEVISION NETWORKS WITHIN THE DISNEY|ABC TELEVISION GROUP, FRIDAY, JULY 21 (8:00 P.M. EDT), ON DISNEY CHANNEL, ABC, DISNEY XD, FREEFORM AND LIFETIME, PLUS EACH NETWORK’S BRANDED DIGITAL PLATFORM

A far-reaching, unprecedented and simultaneous premiere has been set for the Disney Channel Original Movie “Descendants 2” across five networks within the Disney|ABC Television Group, FRIDAY, JULY 21 (8:00 p.m. EDT), on Disney Channel, ABC, Disney XD, Freeform and Lifetime. The announcement, made today by Ben Sherwood, co- chairman, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney|ABC Television Group, continues the group’s commitment to showcasing its programming in new, innovative ways to reach an even wider audience, joining the announcement of ABC’s exhibition of “Marvel’s Inhumans” in IMAX theatres worldwide this fall.

This extraordinary “Descendants 2” summer block party ushers in the sequel to 2015’s “Descendants,” the fifth most watched movie in cable TV history (12.2 million Total Viewers) and will extend to each network’s branded digital and several on-demand platforms (live feeds on apps; plus on-demand on the Disney Channel, ABC, Freeform and Lifetime apps, beginning Friday, July 21, at 10:00 p.m. EDT/7:00 p.m. PDT; and on Disney Channel, ABC, Freeform and Lifetime VOD beginning Saturday, July 22).

Sherwood said in making the announcement, “Descendants’ fans asked for more, and we’ve answered their call, with more ways to watch and more ways to engage with the next chapter in their favorite TV movie. We’re combining the magic of Disney Channel content with the power and reach of our linear networks and digital platforms to ensure we’re everywhere our fans are all at the same time.”

Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide, added, “The passion that fans – across every demographic and geographic landscape – have demonstrated for ‘Descendants’ rivals anything we’ve seen since ‘High School Musical.’ Sharing the new sequel movie across our far-reaching portfolio of TV networks and digital platforms is something only Disney can do – and we do it proudly.”

This weekend, “Descendants 2” stars Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Sofia Carson and Booboo Stewart will make a special appearance at the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards to bring fans the exclusive world premiere of the “Ways to Be Wicked” music video featuring never-before-seen “Descendants 2” footage. The award show will be telecast SUNDAY, APRIL 30 (7:00 – 9:00 p.m. EDT), on Disney Channel.

Best Western Hotels & Resorts, sponsor of the “Descendants 2” television premiere on Disney Channel, recently launched a “Descendants 2 and You” sweepstakes that gives fans a once-in-a-lifetime chance to undergo a “Descendants” makeover and meet two of the movie’s stars, Sofia Carson and Cameron Boyce.

An inspiring story about the teenage sons and daughters of Disney’s most infamous villains, “Descendants” (2015) has reached well over 100 million Total Viewers worldwide. Its videos on Disney’s YouTube channels have amassed over one billion views. The stories spurred young readers to purchase over 2.6 million books; a new young adult novel written by Melissa de la Cruz, “Rise of the Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel,” will debut May 23. Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media will release a new product line inspired by “Descendants 2” this summer, designed just for tweens with villain-inspired styles across apparel, accessories, arts and activities, dolls, consumer electronics and more.

The “Descendants 2” soundtrack from Walt Disney Records is available now for pre- order (http://disneymusic.co/Descendants2) and wherever music is sold on FRIDAY, JULY 21. The “Descendants” soundtrack topped the Billboard 200 album chart in its first week of release and also ranked No. 1 on Billboard’s Soundtrack, Children’s, Digital Album and Top Albums charts. The album was also No. 1 on the iTunes Album Overall and Soundtrack charts, and is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.

In “Descendants 2,” the story deepens as the Villain Kids (AKA “VKs”) – Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay – continue to try to find their place in idyllic Auradon. When the pressure to be royal becomes too much for Mal, she returns to her rotten roots on the Isle of the Lost where her archenemy Uma, the daughter of Ursula, has taken her spot as self-proclaimed queen of the run-down town. Uma, still resentful over not being selected by Ben to go to Auradon Prep with the other Villain Kids, stirs her pirate gang including Captain Hook’s son Harry and Gaston’s son Gil, to break the barrier between the Isle of the Lost and Auradon, and unleash all the villains imprisoned on the Isle, once and for all.

Starring are Dove Cameron (“Liv and Maddie”), Cameron Boyce (“Jessie”), Sofia Carson (Hollywood Records recording artist, “Adventures in Babysitting”), Booboo Stewart (“X- Men Days of Future Past”), and Mitchell Hope reprising the roles of Mal, Carlos, Evie, Jay and King Ben, respectively. Starring as the new villains are China Anne McClain (“A.N.T. Farm”) as Uma, the daughter of Ursula; Thomas Doherty (“The Lodge”) as Harry, son of Captain Hook; Dylan Playfair (“Some Assembly Required”) as Gil, son of Gaston; and Anna Cathcart (“Odd Squad”) as Dizzy, daughter of Cinderella’s evil stepsister Drizella and granddaughter of wicked stepmother Lady Tremaine. Also reprising their roles in this sequel are Brenna D’Amico as Jane, the daughter of Fairy Godmother; Melanie Paxson as Fairy Godmother; Dianne Doan as Lonnie, the daughter of Mulan; Jedidiah Goodacre as Chad, the son of Cinderella; Zachary Gibson as Doug, the son of Dopey; Keegan Connor Tracy as Belle and Dan Payne as Beast.

Emmy Award-winning director Kenny Ortega (“Descendants,” “High School Musical” movies) is the director, executive producer and choreographer of “Descendants 2.” “Descendants” executive producer Wendy Japhet (“An Education”, “The Italian Job”) also serves as executive producer for the sequel. Writers Sara Parriott and Josann McGibbon (“The Starter Wife,” “Runaway Bride”), who won a 2016 Writers Guild Award for “Descendants,” wrote “Descendants 2” and also serve as executive producers. Kara Saun (“Descendants,” “Project Runway”) is the costume designer. The production designer is Mark Hofeling (“Descendants,” “Teen Beach Movie,” “High School Musical”). Tony Testa (“The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “This Is It”) is the choreographer with Ortega and Shawn Williamson (“Adventures in Babysitting”) is producer. David Lawrence (“High School Musical” movies, “Teen Beach Movie” and “Teen Beach 2”), who was nominated for an Emmy for his “Descendants” score, returns as composer. The casting directors are Natalie Hart and Jason La Padura, C.S.A. (“Descendants,” “High School Musical” and “Teen Beach” movies), as well as Kendra Patterson (“Teen Beach Movie”).

About Disney|ABC Television Group

Disney|ABC Television Group is comprised of The Walt Disney Company’s global entertainment and news television properties, owned television stations group, and radio business. This includes ABC Studios, a global leader in the development, production and distribution of entertainment content across broadcast, cable and on- demand platforms; the ABC Owned Television Stations Group; and the ABC Television Network, which provides entertainment and news programming to viewers via more than 200 affiliated stations across the U.S. It also includes Disney Channels Worldwide, a portfolio of 120 kid-driven, family-inclusive entertainment channels, including Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, Disney Cinemagic, Hungama, and Radio Disney brands, as well as cable network Freeform, which targets millennials. Disney|ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution and Disney Media Distribution round out the portfolio. Disney|ABC Television Group also has equity interests in A+E Networks and Hulu.

 

Special Olympics Founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver to Be Posthumously Honored With the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at ‘The 25th ESPYS’ on ABC

June 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Eunice Kennedy Shriver dedicated her life to championing the rights and acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities. Her legacy lives on through Special Olympics, the global movement she founded in 1968 that harnesses the transformative power of sports to empower individuals with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and celebrated members of society. To honor her work and her creation of Special Olympics, Eunice Kennedy Shriver will be posthumously honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at “The 25th ESPYS Presented by Capital One” on Wednesday, July 12. Timothy Shriver, one of Shriver’s five children and chairman of Special Olympics, will accept the award on her behalf. The award is sponsored by Cadillac.

“My mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, was a visionary, but, more importantly, a revolutionary,” said Timothy Shriver on behalf of the Shriver family and Special Olympics. “Fueled by love and anger, she used sport to break down the barriers, she used fields of play to bring people together, and she opened the doors of inclusion and equality to the most marginalized on Earth. It is now up to all of us to follow the athletes of Special Olympics who can teach us all to accept and include each other.”

Shriver grew up as a member of the Kennedy Family alongside her sister, Rosemary, who had intellectual disabilities. Rosemary’s talents and gifts made Shriver acutely aware of all that people with intellectual disabilities have to offer, but she recognized early on that there were limited programs and options for people like her sister. The pair bonded through sports like football, skiing and sailing, and Shriver appreciated the role sports play in unifying people from all walks of life.

The idea started in 1962 as Camp Shriver, as a summer day camp in the backyard of her Maryland farm. Camp Shriver grew and eventually evolved into Special Olympics, with the first International Special Olympics Games taking place in 1968 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois, welcoming 1,000 athletes from 26 states and Canada to compete. Today, Special Olympics is year-round, includes 5.3 million athletes in more than 170 countries, and over 1 million coaches and volunteers, delivering 32 Olympic-type sports and more than 108,000 competitions throughout the year.

Throughout her life, Shriver was a tireless advocate for children’s health and disability issues. In 1984, she was honored for her work with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Ronald Reagan. Shriver passed away on August 11, 2009, but her legacy lives on through Special Olympics, which will mark its 50th anniversary next year.

“The effort that Eunice Kennedy Shriver and her family have been displaying for these past five decades is truly remarkable,” said “ESPYS” executive producer Maura Mandt. “We are honored to celebrate Eunice’s work and the bravery of the athletes of Special Olympics, whose efforts and performances are as inspiring as any of those we celebrate on this show. It’s stories like this one that show what the ‘ESPYS’ are really about.”

Added Connor Schell, ESPN senior vice president and executive producer, original content, who oversees “The ESPYS”:  “Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s legacy is remarkable, far-reaching and still growing. As a proud global supporter of Special Olympics for over 35 years, ESPN has had the privilege of showcasing a small slice of her work to fans and families around the world, allowing many of us to witness first-hand the incredible impact she has had on millions of people.”

Presented annually to individuals whose contributions transcend sports, the award recognizes those individuals who embody the spirit of the trophy’s namesake, tennis legend Arthur Ashe, who dedicated his life to human rights advocacy. “The 25th ESPYS,” hosted by five-time NFL MVP and two-time Super Bowl champion Peyton Manning, will air live on Wednesday, July 12, at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Tickets are available for public purchase at AXS.com. For additional ESPYS news and information, please follow the official Twitter handle: @ESPYS.

The Arthur Ashe Courage Award
The Arthur Ashe Courage Award is presented each year to individuals whose contributions transcend sports. Past honorees include: Jim Valvano (1993); Steve Palermo (1994); Howard Cosell (1995); Loretta Claiborne (1996); Muhammad Ali (1997); Dean Smith (1998); Billie Jean King (1999); Dave Sanders (2000); Olympian Cathy Freeman (2001); Todd Beamer, Mark Bingham, Tom Burnett and Jeremy Glick, four passengers who lost their lives September 11 on United Flight 93 (2002); Pat and Kevin Tillman (2003); Liberian-born soccer legend George Weah (2004); disabled athletes Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah and Jim MacLaren (2005); Afghan female athletes (2006); and Trevor Ringland and Dave Cullen for their work with PeacePlayers (2007); U.S. Olympians Tommie Smith and John Carlos (2008); former president Nelson Mandela (2009);  the Thomas family of Parkersburg, IA (2010); boxer Dewey Bozella (2011); women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt (2012); Robin Roberts (2013), Michael Sam (2014), Caitlyn Jenner (2015), Zaevion Dobson (2016).

 

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