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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

 

Aniplex of America Names Shu Nishimoto as President

June 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

SANTA MONICA, CA (June 23, 2017) – Aniplex of America announced today that Shu Nishimoto has been appointed President of Aniplex of America Inc. on June 21 . Nishimoto will replace Hideki Henry Goto, who announced in June that he will take on the role of Head of International Business Development at Aniplex Inc. in Tokyo, Japan.

Nishimoto joined Aniplex Inc. in 2009 as Manager of Sales and worked on many successful projects including, Puella Madoka Magica, Monogatari series, Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works, Your lie in April, and the Sword Art Online franchise. In 2014, Nishimoto joined Aniplex of America as Vice President of Licensing. He is responsible for spearheading many high profile distribution deals with partners including Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu.

“I look forward to continuing to provide high quality and entertaining anime that Aniplex is known for,” said Nishimoto. “The fans are our number one priority and I am thrilled to be leading such a talented group of individuals at Aniplex of America. I am well aware that I have very big shoes to fill, and I want to thank Henry and Aniplex for giving me this opportunity.”

This transition is happening at a very exciting time for Aniplex of America, as they prepare to launch the English version of popular mobile RPG, Fate/Grand Order, on June 25th. They are also preparing for the nationwide theatrical release of popular anime title, The irregular at magic high school THE MOVIE – The Girl Who Summons the Stars-, and they have acquired the highly anticipated anime series, Katsugeki TOUKEN RANBU, for their summer 2017 line-up.

About Aniplex of America Inc.

Aniplex of America Inc. (Santa Monica, CA) is a subsidiary of Aniplex Inc. (headquartered in Tokyo, Japan), a group of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. and a leading provider of anime content, music production, and distribution in Japan. Aniplex of America has launched fan-favorite Blu-ray and DVD releases including Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works], Fate/Zero, the Sword Art Online series, Your lie in April, KILL la KILL, Bakemonogatari, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Blue Exorcist, NISEKOI, the OREIMO series, DURARARA!!×2, Magi series, Expelled From Paradise, The irregular at magic high school, and ALDNOAH.ZERO. The company’s ever-growing line-up of shows includes our most recent titles: March comes in like a lion, Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga, ERASED, The Asterisk War, OWARIMONOGATARI, KIZUMONOGATARI, Charlotte, Occultic;Nine, WWW.WAGNARIA!!, GRANBLUE FANTASY, and Eromanga Sensei.

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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

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

 

G-DRAGON RELEASES NEW ALBUM KWON JI YONG

June 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

U.S. TOUR DATES START JULY 11TH
WATCH THE VIDEO FOR “UNTITLED, 2014” NOW:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kaCAbIXuyg

G-DRAGON, one of the top-selling artists in the world and member of iconic Korean pop-rap phenomenon BIGBANG, has released his new album Kwon Ji Yong. This release marks his first solo album in four years, following the announcement of his third solo tour G-DRAGON 2017 WORLD TOUR, ACT Ⅲ, M.O.T.T.E. The North American run kicks off in Seattle on July 11th and will finish on July 30th in Toronto and has already sold out at some stops. Full list of tour dates below. With the album’s release, G-DRAGON has also shared a pared down visual for his title track off the album, “Untitled, 2014”, featuring rich ambient colors and lighting that perfectly tie in to the soulful and emotive ballad.

The 5 track album showcases a newer and softer side to G-DRAGON. It’s far removed from his previous avant-garde approach and instead features a more personal side as himself, “Kwon”, while giving listeners a glimpse into his soft vulnerability as he reflects on his life, career, successes and reminisces on past love. All of which is done throughout the entire album in different styles ranging from hip-hop and R&B to Kwon singing, which is something he has never done before on his singles as G-DRAGON. The album is now available across all DSP’s and will be available for purchase on June 19th as a USB version. Limited copies of “KWON JI YONG MAKING COLLECTION”-a photo book containing pictures of the “ACT III, M.O.T.T.E” concert in LA, the making of the music video, and the album cover shooting-will also soon be made available commercially. Pre-orders are now available at the YG E-SHOP at www.ygeshop.com.

Since its release the album has swept all of the major charts in Korea. The title track “Untitled, 2014” is currently No.1 on all the major charts. The song has since become No.1 on the iTunes charts of 39 countries, making him the first Korean artist to do so and has already beaten Coldplay and Ed Sheeran’s latest releases. G-DRAGON has also taken the No.1 spot on the Worldwide iTunes Album Chart. Proving once more that G-DRAGON’s latest release is definitely a hit.

STREAM/LISTEN TO KWON JI YONG:

PRE-ORDER KWON JI YONG:

 

 

 
 

TRACKLISTING:

1. Middle Fingers-Up
2. Bullshit
3. Super Star
4. Untitled, 2014
5. Divina Commedia
G-DRAGON TOUR DATES
7/11 – Seattle, WA – Key Arena
7/14 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center
7/16 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
7/19 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
7/21 – Chicago, IL – United Center
7/25 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
7/27 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
7/30 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre

 

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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

June 13, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

 

 

“Thunderbolt Fantasy” Q&A by Michelle Tymon (J!-ENT Interviews & Articles)

June 8, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

“Thunderbolt Fantasy” Q&A @ Sakura-Con 2017 (L-R: Yi-Tsun Hsaio, Koh Kitaoka, Liang-Hsun Huang, Takanori Aki, Gen Urobuchi, Chen-Ching Ting and Digitarou). Photo by Michelle Tymon


In Japan, “Thunderbolt Fantasy” has amazed viewers all over the world.

A 13-episode Japanese-Taiwanese glove puppetry television series created and written by Gen Urobuchi, the series is a collaboration between Nitroplus, Good Smile Company and Taiwanese Puppet production company, Pili International Multimedia.

The series aired in Japan back in July 2016 and with a series which aired in Taiwan, China and Japan, two manga adaptations have followed.  And a sequel is currently in production.

The series is set in the East and is a fantasy setting.  The story focuses on Dan Fei and her brother, guardians of a sword known as the Tian Xing Jian.  And they are being pursued by the evil Xuan Gui Zong clan who are seeking to obtain the sword for their master, Mie Tian Hai.

Recently, J!-ENT’s Michelle Tymon had the opportunity to take part in a media Q&A for “Thunderbolt Fantasy” at Sakura-Con 2017 in Seattle, Washington with Gen Urobuchi (writer and PC game maker from nitroplus and best known for “Fate/Zero”, “Magical Girl Madoka Magica”), Digitarou (President of nitroplus), Koh Kitaoka (producer of “Touken Ranbu”), Aki Takanori (Good Smile Company) and Pili International Multimedia – Liang-Hsun Huang (Head Puppeteer, 5th gen), Chen-Ching Ting a.k.a. “Uncle Cat” (Star Senior Puppeteer) and Yi-tsun Hsiao (Lead Puppeteer and Instructor).


How are you all enjoying Seattle and Sakura-con?
Urobuchi: This is actually my second time in Seattle. Four years ago when they first invited me here, it was also my first time in America. So up until then, my only impressions of America were through “Gotham City” and “Grand Theft Auto.” Because of that, I was so surprised at how beautiful and quiet Seattle was. The event and being in Seattle basically completely flipped my impression of America and being in Seattle again, I’ve been reminded of its beauty. It also may be one of the most memorable cities for me.
Pili: This is my first time coming to Seattle and America, as well as my first time attending an anime convention outside of Asia. I feel that the atmosphere is rather different. In Asia, I feel like the convention attendees seem like they’re more going to an exhibit. But here, it feels more like a carnival, where everyone is sharing the fun and love for anime.

I grew up in Japan, so I would see Japanese puppet show serials on NHK for like “Saiyuki,” so I was excited when I saw the promotional video for “Thunderbolt Fantasy.” Was the story of “Thunderbolt Fantasy” something that was on your mind prior to seeing Pili and what they can do, or was it created after you saw the puppets?
Urobuchi: This was a new story that I created, so that we could use the puppets.

Season 1 has an absolutely amazing voice cast. When I saw the pv, not only was I excited about the use of puppets, but Everyone who appeared were legendary status. If they can talk about it, can we expect another great lineup of voice cast members and can they mention any names yet?
Urobuchi: We haven’t even started the auditions yet for the voice cast for season 2. So currently, we really can’t say anything about it. We’re just getting started on all of that.
Good Smile: Actually, who would you like to see in it? Do you have anyone that you can recommend?
Urobuchi: The thing with “Thunderbolt Fantasy” is that unlike anime, all of the expressions of the characters are presented through movement, since their facial expressions don’t change. So for the voice cast, we also looked for voice actors who are known to be very expressive in their acting and filled with emotions.
J!-ENT: Actually, if I could recommend one person for the cast, I would recommend Akira Ishida.

In episode 0, I saw how much work went into making these beautiful puppets but I also saw them being thrown around and treated rather roughly for some of the action scenes. Was there any particular time that any of the puppets broke so badly that production had to stop?
Pili: For the puppets, we would make different ones for each of the characters. We would have one for the quiet and calmer scenes, where they would just be talking and moving around normally, and we would make one for the fighting scenes, as well. The reason being that inevitably in the fighting scenes, some of the puppets might get damaged. So usually, we would make three of them. We also did the same with the weapons. We had multiple ones made for all the puppets.

Now that you’re done with season 1 and you’re working on season 2, is there anything you learned during season 1 that you are doing different in season two?
Urobuchi: Well for season 2, we’re trying to see if we can get the puppets to do even more expressions. And other than that, we’d like to go even more all out with the action scenes in season 2.

Were any one of the characters harder to control than the others. I know that Lǐn Xuě Yā (Rinsetsua) was always smoking a pipe so that seemed to take more attention but…
Pili: The difficulty actually depended more on what motions the characters would be making, rather than one character being more difficult than another. It all depends on what kind of things they need to do, what kind of poses and what kind of movement. Normal actions just require one puppeteer using both hands, but some actions require two to three puppeteers to do the actions. Difficult motions would include like squatting down, or kneeling down to pick something up. In those cases, you need to move the knees, legs, feet, and everything else.

Just one final question, but is the TMR puppet going to make an appearance in the show?
Urobuchi: That is our intention, yes. We’re planning to make him a very important character.


For more information on “Thunderbolt Fantasy”, please click here.

Photos by Michelle Tymon

 

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