Sofia Carson Cast as Evil Queen’s Daughter in Descendants
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The Wrap has the latest casting news from the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie, Descendants. Newcomer Sofia Carson has been cast as Evvie, the daughter of the Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Carson is currently attending UCLA, but has previously guest starred on Disney Channel’s Austin & Ally.

The film will premiere on Disney Channel in 2015 and is being directed by Kenny Ortega from the High School Musical franchise.

Disney Channel’s Jessie Is Getting Engaged
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Jessie, from Disney Channel’s Jessie, is getting engaged. In a four-episode arc that will conclude the season this fall, Jessie falls for and accepts her new boyfriend’s proposal. The boyfriend Brooks, played by Pierson Fode, is 25 while Jessie, played by Debby Ryan, is 22.

This will mark the first time a lead character in a Disney Channel Original Series gets engaged. Whether they get married could depend on if the show gets renewed for a fourth season.

According to the report, Debby Ryan is not getting married in real life:

Ryan, who will turn 21 on May 13, said she is far from tying the knot with her boyfriend of a year, Twenty One Pilots musician Josh Dun. Her focus is on her career, including directing her first episode of “Jessie” this season and finishing an album she plans to release in June.

Jessie airs Fridays on Disney Channel.

Maleficent at the El Capitan Theatre May 29 – July 17
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Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre presents a special engagement of Disney’s “Maleficent” in Dolby® Atmos™May 29 – July 17, 2014. Internationally acclaimed magician Greg Wilson will present an all-new magic show before every screening of the movie through July 6. Plus, El Capitan guests will have the chance to see an exclusive collection of props from the movie, including Aurora’s bedroom, Maleficent’s gown and horns and the model of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland during the entire El Capitan engagement.

“The El Capitan will kick off our special engagement of Disney’s ‘Maleficent’ in royal fashion,” said Lylle Breier, senior vice president of worldwide special events for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. “El Capitan Theatre guests will have the opportunity to see the movie in advance of its national opening with two special screenings on May 29 at 8 p.m. and Midnight. Both of these screenings will also feature raffle prizes and costume contests, adding to the excitement of this long anticipated film.”

Daily showtimes are 10 a.m., 1:10 p.m., 4:20 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and special 10:35 p.m. show times opening weekend (May 30-June1) and Friday and Saturdaynights following. Tickets are on sale now, and available at the El Capitan Theatre (6838 Hollywood Blvd.), online at, or by calling 1-800-DISNEY6. Special group rates for parties of 20 or more are available by calling 1-818-845-3110. Show times subject to change.

Guest Asked To “Cover Up” at Disney California Adventure
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ABC10 is reporting that Melissa Behnken is upset with the Disneyland Resort after being told that by a cast member that her outfit was too revealing. According to Behnken the cast member at the front of Disney California Adventure told her, “You need to pull your top up.”

Disneyland did not make a statement on the incident, but Behnken did say that the Resort called her to apologize for the cast member’s comments.

Behnken shared pictures of what she was wearing that day. Do you feel the outfit is appropriate?

Bears is Giving Away Disney Movie Rewards Bonus Points
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Disneynature’s Bears is offering 10 Disney Movie Rewards bonus points. Enter the code word “BEARS” to earn your bonus points. You will also unlock the Bears Educator’s Guide featuring nearly 100 pages of activities. Bears is released April 18. If you see the film during the opening week, Disney will make a donation to the National Parks Foundation on your behalf.


All View Co-Hosts Gather To Celebrate Disney Legend Barbara Walters
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For the first time in television history, all 11 co-hosts of ABC’s “The View,” present and past, will share the same stage, live, THURSDAY, MAY 15 (11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, ET) on ABC to celebrate the show’s creator Barbara Walters. The following day, after more than five decades of entertaining and informing generations of Americans, Walters says goodbye to daily television, commemorating her final co-host appearance on “The View” that morning. Walters is the last remaining co-host of the original panel of five women she helped assemble. Behind-the-scenes she will continue to be an active part of “The View” in her role as executive producer along with executive producer Bill Geddie, her producing partner of more than 25 years.

Journalist Meredith Vieira, lawyer Star Jones, comedian Joy Behar, television personality Debbie Matenopoulos, journalist Lisa Ling, comedian Rosie O’Donnell, and cable news host Elisabeth Hasselbeck will join Sherri Shepherd, Jenny McCarthy, Whoopi Goldberg and Walters for this momentous, once in a lifetime television event.

“Barbara Walters’ status as a trailblazer, a legend and an icon are undeniable,” said Paul Lee, president, ABC Entertainment. “By creating a talk show panel with multiple hosts she changed the daytime landscape with a concept that is now widely emulated. It’s a true testament to her legacy. We are grateful to her and recognize her enormous contribution to ABC Entertainment and the indelible mark she has left on television,” Lee concluded.

When “The View” first hit the airwaves in August, 1997, it was unlike any other program on television. It featured an all female panel of dynamic women of different ages, experiences and backgrounds sharing various points of view and discussing the hottest topics of the day. “The View” is undoubtedly a pop culture phenomenon and made household names of the show’s original cast, which featured a journalist/mom, a comedian/divorcee, an attorney and “the young one.”

  • Meredith Vieira (moderator, 1997–2006, Season 1–9)
  • Star Jones (1997-2006, Season 1–9)
  • Joy Behar (1997–2013, Season 1–16)
  • Debbie Matenopoulos (1997-1998, Season 1-2)
  • Lisa Ling (1999–2002, Season 2–6)
  • Elisabeth Hasselbeck (2003–2013, Season 7–16)
  • Rosie O’Donnell (moderator, 2006–2007, Season 10)
  • Whoopi Goldberg (moderator, 2007, Season 11–Present)
  • Sherri Shepherd (2007, Season 11–Present)
  • Jenny McCarthy (2013, Season 17–Present)

Last May, Walters announced live on “The View” that the show’s 17th season would be her last. Since then, “The View” has been celebrating Walters’ career by highlighting her most famous interviews with the ongoing series, “The Year of Barbara.” “The View” will commemorate Walters’ final week (May 12-16) with ABC: A Barbara Celebration featuring surprise guests, dedicated segments, and retrospectives of Walters’ incredible life, both on screen and off.

First Look at Avengers Original Sin Tie-In
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This May, the collision of the Avengers and New Avengers is imminent as untold treacheries come finally come to light. Marvel is proud to present your first look at AVENGERS #29 – an Original Sin tie-in, from the New York Times No. 1 Bestselling Creative Team of Jonathan Hickman and Leinil Yu!

To stop multiversal armageddon the Illuminati, a secret cabal of the Marvel Universe’s greatest minds, had to do the unthinkable. To save a universe, Iron Man, Dr. Strange, Mr. Fantastic, the Black Panther, Namor, The Beast and Black Bolt were forced to assemble the most terrifying weapon in the known universe – the INFINITY GAUNTLET!

To protect their secret, they tampered with the memories of Captain America – erasing his knowledge of their terrible acts. But no secret stays buried forever. And Steve Rogers is about to discover the betrayal of his closest allies.

Information held by the all-seeing Watcher has restored Steve Rogers memories – and the Illuminati’s days are numbered. What unfathomable secrets have Tony Stark and his inner circle been keeping? What will happen when the Marvel Universe at large discovers their treachery? Steve Rogers and Tony Stark are on a dangerous collision course – and before it’s over, only one of them will be left standing.

The Earth-shattering clash of the Avengers and New Avengers is upon us, and it all starts here! But when the dust clears, is there still a world worth fighting for? Find out as Earth’s Mightiest are thrust headlong into Original Sin this May in AVENGERS #29!

Sold Out Nashville Tour Adds Philadelphia Date
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The tickets for the first-ever “Nashville” Concert Tour with series stars Charles Esten, Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio and Chris Carmack went on sale April 4 and sold out within minutes. Another date has been added for Monday, May 5 at Tower Theater in Philadelphia and tickets go on sale April 19. Tour dates previously announced and sold-out are April 25, Joe’s Bar in Chicago, May 4, Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC and May 6, Best Buy Theater in New York City.  Will Chase joins his cast mates for the New York concert only.

Tickets for Philadelphia go on sale Saturday, April 19 at 10:00 a.m. at

The tour is presented by the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation and produced by the Opry Entertainment Group.

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