ABC to Air “Backstage with Disney on Broadway: Celebrating 20 Years” on Sunday, December 14
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In celebration of Disney Theatrical Productions’ 20 years on Broadway, the ABC Television Network will air “Backstage with Disney on Broadway: Celebrating 20 Years,” airing  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14 at 7:00 p.m., ET and hosted by Broadway veteran Jesse Tyler Ferguson, star of ABC’s Modern Family. This one hour special, produced by Lincoln Square Productions, takes viewers on a  journey through the creation of Disney’s eight Broadway musicals: “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” “AIDA,” “Tarzan,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Mary Poppins,” “Newsies” and “Aladdin.” The special features new commentary and revealing anecdotes by the stars and theatre professionals about the creation and long runs of these beloved titles.

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Final Chapter of Lego’s New Yoda Chronicles to Air on Disney XD
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See Vader vs. Luke Skywalker in LEGO STAR WARS: THE NEW YODA CHRONICLES “CLASH OF THE SKYWALKERS” (the final episode of the four-part series) premiering this Sunday, November 23 (12 noon, ET/PT) on Disney XD.

And if you are dissatisfied with the ending of the episode… verified WATCH Disney XD viewers can access the episode to view an exclusive alternate ending beginning SUNDAY NOVEMBER 23 (12 noon, ET/PT)!!  WATCH Disney XD allows fans to watch a live stream of the network, as well as popular episodes on demand via tablets, phones, desktops and set top boxes.  It is available in the Apple App Store, Google Play and Amazon Appstore and at WatchDisneyXD.com.

If you missed the previous chapters of “Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles,” you can catch all 4 of them Sunday night on Disney XD…

Sunday, November 23rd

7:00pm

Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles – Escape From the Jedi Temple (encore)

7:30pm

Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles – Race For the Holocrons (encore)

8:00pm

Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles – Raid on Coruscant (encore)

8:30pm

Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles – Clash of the Skywalkers (encore)

New Concept Art For Good Dinosaur Released
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Concept art of Arlo from Disney Pixar’s upcoming film, The Good Dinosaur has been released. The film will follow Arlo, a lively Apatosaurus with a big heart who sets out on a remarkable journey, gaining an unlikely companion along the way—a  human boy.

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he Good Dinosaur opens in theaters November 25, 2015.

Into the Woods Cast Q&A Live Stream
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On Saturday, Nov. 22 at 9:30pm ET/6:30pm PT, Yahoo will be livestreaming a special Q&A event with the cast of the upcoming musical adaptation Into the Woods, including Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, and Christine Baranski. Also on hand: screenwriter James Lapine and director Rob Marshall, who brought the classic Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical about an alternate universe of Grimm fairy tale characters to life.

Click this link on the event day to participate in the event.

Shomi Announces Distribution Deal With Disney
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The popcorn and magic of shomi™ meets the magic of Disney, as another monumental content distribution agreement is announced for Canada’s premier subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service. shomi continues to stack up on goodies with a little something for entertainment lovers of all ages – especially the younger ones – with popular family-friendly film and TV titles, as part of content distribution agreements with The Walt Disney Studios and The Disney/ABC Television Group.

shomi offers a selection of classic Disney family favourites, including 102 DalmatiansThe Parent Trap (1998), Race to Witch MountainMuppets Treasure Island, Sky High, Who Framed Roger RabbitThe Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Chronicles of Narnia:  Prince Caspian. shomi is the only SVOD in Canada to carry these classic and sought-after kids titles. Once the kids go to bed, mom and dad can kick back with popular movies like Gone in Sixty SecondsLadder 49Pearl HarborThe PrestigeRemember the TitansSweet Home AlabamaTombstone, and The Waterboy – also exclusive to shomi in SVOD in Canada.

In addition, shomi is offering its subscribers a selection of current and past hit TV shows from ABC, ABC Family and ABC Studios. shomi is the exclusive Canadian SVOD home of hit series Scandal and Revenge, making prior seasons available now, as well as new episodes following the completion of each subsequent season. Looking for some teen drama and a little mystery? shomi has the ABC Family thriller Twisted. Missed it the first time around, or just want to watch it again from the beginning? shomi customers can catch all season episodes of Alias, Boy Meets World, Bunheads, The River, Felicity, Reaper, and The Secret Life of the American Teenager.  

And if the kids are in the mood for Super Heroes?  shomi‘s got it with access to all seasons of the popular Marvel Animation series The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest HeroesIron Man: Armored Adventures and The Super Hero Squad Show.

“With this new Disney content, we are going back to the days when families watched entertainment together,” said Marni Shulman, Head of Content & Programming, shomi. “We look forward to offering our customers a first-rate selection of Disney’s diverse library – titles families can get excited about and gather ’round to watch together. It offers a little something for everyone.”

shomi is available now in beta first to Rogers and Shaw Internet or cable customers, while conversations continue with other BDUs. With an all-star lineup of exclusive past-seasons of many of the hottest shows on television as well as movie favourites, Canadians are able to enjoy shomi online and on select tablets, mobile devices, and set top boxes (on Rogers Channel 300 or through the Shaw On Demand menu). shomi will also be coming soon to Xbox 360 and Chromecast.

ABC Announces Premiere Dates for Secrets and Lies and American Crime
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ABC announced premiere dates today for Oscar winner John Ridley’s groundbreaking new drama “American Crime,” and gripping murder mystery “Secrets and Lies,” starring Ryan Phillippe and Juliette Lewis.

In addition, the season finale of the hit ABC drama “How to Get Away with Murder” will air on Thursday, February 26 (9:00-11:00 PM)

The 10 episode drama series “Secrets and Lies” premieres Sunday, March 1 (special time 9:00-11:00 PM; regular time slot 9:00-10:00 PM), and 11 episode “American Crime” premieres Thursday, March 5 (10:00-11:00 PM).

 

AMERICAN CRIME – A young couple in Modesto, California were brutally attacked in their home leaving Matt Skokie, a war vet, murdered, and his wife, Gwen, unconscious, barely hanging on. The crime sends shock waves throughout the community stirring up tensions across socioeconomic and racial lines in this gritty new drama – from the points of view of all those involved.

“American Crime” stars Felicity Huffman as Barb Hanlon, Timothy Hutton as Russ Skokie, W. Earl Brown as Tom Carlin, Richard Cabral as Hector Tontz, Caitlin Gerard as Aubry Taylor, Benito Martinez as Alonzo Gutiérrez, Penelope Ann Miller as Eve Carlin, Elvis Nolasco as Carter Nix and Johnny Ortiz as Tony Gutiérrez.

“American Crime” was written, directed and produced by Oscar winning screenwriter John Ridley (“12 Years A Slave”). Executive producers are John Ridley and Michael J. McDonald. “American Crime” is produced by ABC Studios.

 

SECRETS AND LIES – Ben Crawford (Ryan Phillippe) is about to go from Good Samaritan to murder suspect after he discovers the body of his neighbor’s young son, Tom Murphy, in the woods. Even as Detective Andrea Cornell (Juliette Lewis) digs for the truth in her investigation and pegs Ben as a “person of interest,” the case unfolds from Ben’s perspective — whether he is guilty or not. In trying to clear his name, it is Ben who peels back the layers of these suburbanites’ lives in their quiet cul de sac, revealing their dirty little deceptions and all-too-crowded closets overflowing with skeletons. No one is above suspicion. Ben’s family’s life, already privately in disarray, is turned upside down as he sets out on a complicated journey to prove his innocence.

“Secrets and Lies” stars Ryan Phillippe (“Damages,” “The Lincoln Lawyer,” “Flags of Our Fathers”) as Ben Crawford, Juliette Lewis (“August Osage County”) as Detective Cornell, KaDee Strickland (“Private Practice”) as Christy Crawford, Natalie Martinez (“Under the Dome,” “CSI: NY”) as Jess Murphy, Dan Fogler (“The Goldberg’s,” “Hannibal”) as Dave Lindsey, Indiana Evans (“Blue Lagoon: The Awakening”) as Natalie Crawford and Belle Shouse  as Abby Crawford.

Barbie Kligman (“Private Practice”) developed the mystery thriller, which is based on the original Australian series “Secrets & Lies,” created by Stephen Irwin.  The teleplay for “Secrets and Lies’” series pilot, entitled “The Trail” is by Kligman, who also executive produced along with Aaron Kaplan (“Chasing Life,” “The Neighbors,” “Mysteries of Laura”), Tracey Robertson, Nathan Mayfield and Charles McDougall (“Resurrection”), who also directed the pilot.  Executive producers of “Secrets and Lies” include Kligman for Avenue K Productions, Kaplan for Kapital Entertainment, Robertson and Mayfield for Hoodlum Entertainment and Timothy Busfield. “Secrets and Lies” is a production of ABC Studios.

Online Reports Of Disney Park To Be Built In Egypt
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Ahram Online reports that Ashraf Salman, Egypt’s investment minister, was quoted as saying “There are discussions going on with Disney International to build in Egypt its first Disney Park in the Middle East, similar to Disney France.”

These comments were made at the premiere of a Feld Entertainment produced Disney Live show in Egypt.

The Walt Disney Company has not made any comments indicating that they are considering building a park in Egypt. Due to ongoing cancellations of the Adventures by Disney Egypt itinerary, it may be unlikely to have an Egyptian Disney Park in the near future.

The Lion King’s Alton Fitzgerald White Sings “They Live In You”
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In the latest Disney Playlist Sessions video, Alton Fitzgerald White from the Broadway cast of The Lion King performs a version of “They Live In You” found in his ‘Disney My Way’ album, performed at 54 Below in New York.

 

NBA Analyst Tom Penn Extends Deal with ESPN
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ESPN analyst and veteran NBA executive Tom Penn has agreed to a multi-year extension with ESPN. Penn regularly contributes front office and basketball operations expertise to SportsCenterNBA Coast to CoastNBA Tonight and additional studio programming. He also provides extensive analysis during ESPN’s exclusive coverage of the NBA Draft.

“Tom brings a unique perspective that you can’t get anywhere else,” said Tim Corrigan, ESPN senior coordinating producer. “We look forward to finding more opportunities which utilize his talents.”

Lakers at Rockets Nov. 19

Additionally, Penn will debut as a contributor to NBA game coverage with play-by-play voice Dave Pasch and analyst Hubie Brown on Wednesday, Nov. 19, as the Houston Rockets host the Los Angeles Lakers at 9:30 p.m. ET. Penn will interview Rockets general manager Daryl Morey to provide the fans with a behind-the-scenes look at basketball operations in the NBA. Penn will lend insight throughout the telecast on analytics and how they’re being used by NBA teams.

Penn joined ESPN in 2010 after four seasons in Portland as vice president of basketball operations and assistant general manager of the Trail Blazers. In that role, he negotiated player contracts, structured player trades, evaluated talent and managed day-to-day basketball operations. Previously, Penn served as assistant general manager and legal counsel of the Memphis Grizzlies where he worked closely with legendary NBA executive Jerry West in player and team related matters.

ESPN to Televise Annual Orlando Kickoff Game Starting in 2016
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The Florida State Seminoles will play the Ole Miss Rebels in the Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium on Labor Day, 2016. The neutral-site season-opening game on the evening of Monday, Sept. 5, will be televised nationally by ESPN as the first of an annual Orlando Kickoff game.

“We’re excited to bring regular season neutral-site college football games back to the Citrus Bowl and establish Orlando as a major kickoff destination for the future,” said Florida Citrus Sports CEO Steve Hogan. “Florida State and Ole Miss will undoubtedly be a game worthy of national attention and we can’t wait to welcome fans from Tallahassee and Oxford to Central Florida to start the 2016 season.”

At present, Florida State enters play this week riding a 26-game win streak – the longest active streak in the country — and on the heels of its third national title. The Seminoles have been outstanding under coach Jimbo Fisher, going 4-0 in bowl games, 55-10 overall (.844) with three Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) championships while running up an astounding 36-2 the last three years.

“We are pleased to be able to play again in the Orlando Citrus Bowl and look forward to seeing the changes in the venue,” said FSU Athletic Director Stan Wilcox. “We have a large base of fans and alumni in Central and South Florida who travel to all our home games, and we have been looking to play some games that might require less travel for our fans around the state. The new College Football Playoff has placed a renewed focus on quality non-conference games.   I know it will be a game that will excite both fan bases and one that will draw a great deal of national attention.”

This will be the seventh neutral site game for the Seminoles in Orlando as they have posted wins over Memphis State (1990), Notre Dame (1994), Duke (1995) and Wake Forest (1996) while tying Stetson in The City Beautiful in 1952.

“Orlando is a terrific destination, and the renovations to the Citrus Bowl Stadium will provide an outstanding environment for the 2016 ACC Labor Day Monday Night Game,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “The matchup featuring Florida State and Ole Miss is an exciting way to begin the 2016 college football season. Labor Day night continues to be a special part of our ESPN partnership and an excellent platform for ACC Football.”

To date, Ole Miss has no previous appearances in either of the Orlando’s two bowl games. The Rebels have gotten off to their best start since 1963, winning their first seven games and reaching as high as the No. 3 spot in the Associated Press Poll. Head Coach Hugh Freeze has led his teams to bowl appearances in each of his three seasons as an FBS head coach, including both seasons at the helm in Oxford. The Rebels have already earned eight wins this season, matching last year’s total and the most they’ve had since back-to-back nine-win seasons that featured Cotton Bowl victories in 2008 and 2009.

“Kicking off 2016 with Monday night football is a big thrill for our program, and this is a great game on many levels,” said Ole Miss Director of Athletics Ross Bjork.” “Florida State is one of the traditional powerhouses of college football, and with the evolution of the college football playoff, matchups that provide a boost to our strength of schedule are a priority for us. Orlando is a destination city, and I know Rebel Nation will respond in a big way to provide a bowl game like atmosphere to kick off the season. We appreciate our partnerships with ESPN and Florida Citrus Sports to make this featured game a reality.”

The game will be the first regular-season appearance by a Southeastern Conference (SEC) team in the Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium since September 28, 1991, when Florida defeated Mississippi State, 29-7 in front of a crowd of 69,328.

“This will be an exciting addition to the college football season,” said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. “We are pleased that a Southeastern Conference team will help introduce a new annual game at a site where the SEC has enjoyed a long and productive relationship with the city and its people.”

The 2016 Orlando Kickoff game is the first in a multi-year agreement between Florida Citrus Sports (FCSports) and ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, to host a major neutral-site college football game in the Orlando Citrus Bowl stadium during the opening weekend of the college football season.

“Both schools have a rich football tradition and we are excited to be working with Florida Citrus Sports to bring a game of this magnitude to the Orlando area,” said ESPN Regional Television Senior Vice President & General Manager Pete Derzis. “This coupled with the redesign of the stadium makes Orlando an attractive destination of early season football games.”

This will be the second time the Seminoles and Rebels square off on the gridiron. Ole Miss earned a 33-0 victory at home in the only other meeting (1961).

Tickets will go on sale in 2016, with Florida Citrus Sports members getting priority access as they do for the annual bowl games.