Lara Spencer Named Co-Anchor of Good Morning America
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Lara Spencer has been named a co-anchor of Good Morning America. Previously she was the lifestyle anchor of the program. She will be co-anchor with Robin Roberts and George Stephanopolos who are remaining with the program. She recently renewed her contract with ABC News.

This promotion will take affect on Monday. The same day Michael Strahan joins the program with periodic appearances.

George Stephanopolos shared his congratulations through Twitter.

Chris Pine In Talks To Join Disney’s The Finest Hours
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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chris Pine is in talks to star in Disney’s The Finest Hours. The film is set to be directed by Craig Gillespie who helmed the upcoming Million Dollar Arm. The film is based on the true story of how in 1952 a Noreaster hits the coast and two oil tankers are caught in the middle. The ship splits in two and the coast guard has to attempt a rescue. The film is based on a non-fiction book by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Touglas.

Previously Chris Pine was featured in Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement. 

ABC Removes Bryan Singer References From “Black Box” Promos
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Following allegations that Bryan Singer sexually abused a minor 15 years ago, all promos featuring his name for ABC’s upcoming series Black Box have been pulled. The director, who also directed the upcoming Fox film X-Men: Days of Future Past, is a co-producer of the series. Bryan Singer is denying the allegations.

Black Box premieres April 24 at 10/9c on ABC.

New Images and Clips from Million Dollar Arm
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The Walt Disney Studios has released new images and clips from Million Dollar Arm.

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Based on a true story, sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) finds that business has changed and things aren’t going well for his career. In a last ditch effort to save his livelihood he concocts a scheme to find baseball’s next great pitching ace. Hoping to find a young cricket pitcher he can turn into a major league baseball star, JB travels to India to produce a reality show competition called “The Million Dollar Arm.” With the help of cantankerous but eagle-eyed retired baseball scout Ray Poitevint (Alan Arkin), he discovers Dinesh (played by Madhur Mittal from “Slumdog Millionaire”) and Rinku (played by Suraj Sharma from “Life of Pi”), two 18-year-old boys who have no idea about playing baseball, yet have a knack for throwing a fastball. Hoping to sign them to major league contracts and make a quick buck, JB brings the boys home to America to train. While the Americans are definitely out of their element in India, the boys, who have never left their rural villages, are equally challenged when they come to the States. As the boys learn the finer points of baseball, JB, with the help of his charming friend Brenda (Lake Bell), learns valuable life lessons about teamwork, commitment and what it means to be a family.

Directed by Craig Gillespie from a screenplay written by Tom McCarthy, Walt Disney Pictures’ drama “Million Dollar Arm” stars Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Bill Paxton, Suraj Sharma, Lake Bell and Alan Arkin. The producers are Mark Ciardi, Gordon Gray and Joe Roth. The executive producers are Palak Patel, Kevin Halloran, Bill Simmons and Connor Schell. The film will be release in the United States on May 16, 2014.

Featurette:

Film Clip “We Might Have to Tweak That”:

Film Clip “Lefty With Juice”:

Film Clip “A Billion New Fans”

Film Clip “Taj Mahal”:

Film Clip “Equipment”:

Maleficent Legacy Featurette Is Released
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Walt Disney has released a featurette about their upcoming film Maleficent. In the video you go behind the scenes on the set of Maleficent and see Angelina Jolie discuss the legacy of Disney’s most iconic villain. Maleficent will be released May 30, 2014.

ESPN Interviews Isiah Thomas About “Bad Boys”
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In advance of tonight’s premiere of ESPN’s 30 for 30: Bad Boys, ESPN Front Row caught up with Isiah Thomas to discuss the “Bad Boys” Pistons of the late 80′s and early 90′s.

You’ve seen the film. Do you feel that it captures the heart and soul of the Bad Boys era?
Yes, it was very comprehensive — you can see the hard work they put into the documentary and telling our stories as athletes and as men. It also captured the talent and mentality of that era — at that time all teams were rough – and we were really the last team of that generation of play. There were real rivalries and every player competed hard for their team — everyone was loyal and always protected their teammates. Our mentality, and the mentality of the Lakers, Celtics, everyone, was that there is no “i” in “team.” So I think the film captured that spirit very well.

Bad Boys premieres tonight at 8ET on ESPN. A special one-hour presentation, “Grantland’s Bad Boys Remix,” featuring Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose, will air on ESPN immediately following the premiere of “Bad Boys.”

Disney Publishing Announces New Star Wars Titles
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In Publishers Weekly, Disney has announced a new line of Star Wars children’s books that will build to Star Wars: Rebels and Star Wars: Episode VII.

The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight, a picture book encompassing all three films, written by DiTerlizzi and illustrated with Ralph McQuarrie concept art, will kick off the program in October. It will be followed by retellings of Star Wars: A New Hope by Palacio in April 2015, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back by Gidwitz in July 2015, and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi by Angleberger in October 2015; all three will be illustrated by Iain McCaig. McCaig and the late McQuarrie are well known for their work as Star Wars concept artists.

The books will be available globally. In the U.S., they will be published under the Disney-Lucasfilm Press imprint of the Disney Book Group. They will be preceded in August by the first books under that banner, six titles tied to the Star Wars Rebels animated TV series on Disney XD. The Rebels program also includes titles from licensees DK, Bendon, Klutz, and Scholastic. “It’s not just a vertical program,” said Roeder, who noted that Star Wars publishing going forward will include a combination of books from existing licensees, new licensees, and Disney-Lucasfilm Press.

Disney/Maker Studios Deal Faces Another Lawsuit
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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney’s acquisition of Maker Studios is facing another legal challenge. Andy Faberlle, who served as director of partnerships from April 2011 to August 2013 is suing as a shareholder to unwind the merger. The complaint filed LA County Superior Court states:

Maker’s Board of Directors unhappy with their inability to control Maker and/or obtain a quick return on their invested capital inn Maker, orchestrated a scheme to illegally issue enough shares to themselves and those friendly to them that would be required to approve any sale. The Interested Parties also accelerated vesting of share options held by them and those friendly to them. This was done in order to divest the Common Stock shareholders’ right to control Maker’s Board so that the Interested Parties could create a liquidity event, i.e., sell Maker and enrich themselves at the expense of Common Stock shareholders. This play for power resulted in the misappropriation of corporate assets (i.e., shares) and a reduction in the value of the shares held by the Common Stock shareholders, which significantly harmed Plaintiff.

Ironically, the complaint also includes the phrase, “with great power, comes great responsibility,” which is also famously used by Disney’s Spider-Man character.

Maker Studios approved the acquisition earlier this week.

Next “Art of Level 7″ Print Revealed Featuring Coulson and the Cellist
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Marvel Television is proud to announce acclaimed animator and illustrator Pascal Campion (Iron ManAll-New Invaders) as the newest recruit for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Art of Level 7, a new initiative uniting top artists from around the world to celebrate the final six episodes of the series’ inaugural season (airing Tuesdays, 8|7c on the ABC Television Network).

As Hydra continues their war against the remaining Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Phil Coulson finds the enemy targeting him where it hurts the most – the woman he loves! In the latest episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Coulson is on a mission to save Audrey Nathan, the cellist who won his heart and whose life is threatened by the dangerous Marcus Daniels (AKA Blackout). But as Coulson faces one of the deadliest enemies from his past, a threat closer to home may be his undoing!

“The Only Light In The Darkness”, the nineteenth episode of the series, premieres on Tuesday, April 22nd, at 8|7c on the ABC network followed by brand new episodes each week until suspenseful season finale.

“From the beginning of the series, Coulson fans have been curious about the Cellist, who we first learned about in Marvel’s The Avengers,” said Jeph Loeb, Head of Marvel TV. “Working with an incredibly talented artist like Pascal Campion allowed us to capture the beauty and tragedy of their relationship in this new episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Each poster released in this series will be available as limited edition high quality prints athttp://www.marvelstore.com/ArtOfLevel7 with “The Only Light In The Darkness” scheduled to go on sale Friday, April 18th at 1:00am PST. These individually numbered prints are strictly limited to 100 copies and once they’re sold out, they won’t be available again from Marvel.

“Working with Marvel is a childhood dream come true. I’m thankful for the opportunity to partner with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” said Pascal Campion.


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