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Today Disney announced two stars who will be lending their voices to the upcoming Walt Disney Animation Studios film, Zootopia. Ginnifer Goodwin (best known for her role as Snow White on ABC’s Once Upon a Time) will play Judy Hopps — a bunny with a tendency to look on the brightside.  Playing opposite Goodwin will be Jason Bateman (Arrested Development, Identity Thief) portraying a scheming fox by the name of Nick Wilde. The film will follow Judy as she joins the Zootopia police department and reluctantly partners with Nick to crack her first case.

In a press release, Director Byron Howard (Tangled, Bolt) said, “We knew that Zootopia would only succeed if we found the perfect actors to play our main characters. This rabbit- and fox-duo are in practically every scene in the film together. After meeting Ginnifer, we knew she embodied Hopps, the ultimate pure-of-heart, idealist bunny. You fall in love with her character instantly. And for Nick Wilde, our cynical con-artist fox, we only ever had one actor in mind, the incomparable Jason Bateman. Jason has a way of saying the most hilarious sarcastic things while always staying completely charming. We feel so fortunate to be working with both of them.”

Zootopia will be hit theatres March 4, 2016.

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Now that ABC’s Revenge has been cancelled, Deadline is reporting that Emily VanCamp will be reprising her role as Agent 13 in Captain America: Civil War. She previously appeared in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In the comics, it is known that Agent 13 is the niece of Captain America’s love-interest Peggy Carter. This storyline has yet to be confirmed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Captain America: Civil War opens May 6, 2016

 

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MATTHEW ROYER, GUS KAMP, LANDRY BENDER, LAUREN TAYLOR, RICKY GARCIA, BENJAMIN ROYER
The Hands Of Time Twist And Turn For Teen Besties In New Live-Action Comedy “Best Friends Whenever” Premiering Friday, June 26 On Disney Channel

When a science experiment goes awry, teen best friends Shelby and Cyd gain the power to travel back and forth in time, although they can’t quite control their powers just yet, in the new sitcom “Best Friends Whenever,” debuting FRIDAY, JUNE 26 on Disney Channel. The series, starring Lauren Taylor (“Richie Rich”) and Landry Bender (Disney XD’s “Crash & Bernstein”) as time-traveling teen besties Shelby and Cyd, premieres immediately following the highly anticipated Disney Channel Original Movie “Teen Beach 2″ (8:00 p.m., ET/PT).

The series follows Shelby (Taylor) and Cyd (Bender), who gain the power to leap forward and backward in time whenever they want – and sometimes when they don’t. Now, the duo experience the twists and turns of friendship as they try to decide between fixing mistakes in the past or catching a glimpse of the future. While aspiring scientist Barry and his trusty assistant, Naldo, try to figure out how to replicate time travel for themselves, Cyd and Shelby use their newfound power to navigate high school, life and Shelby’s mischievous twin brothers, Bret and Chet.

Also starring are Gus Kamp (“Deadtime Stories”) as Barry, Ricky Garcia (“Forever In Your Mind”) as Naldo, and identical twins Benjamin Cole and Matthew Lewis Royer as Bret and Chet.

In the premiere episode, Shelby enlists Barry and Naldo to help create the perfect ambiance at school to ask her crush, Cameron, to the big dance. When the unexpected spoils her plans, Shelby and Cyd try to use their newfound power to travel back in time to fix everything.

“Best Friends Whenever” premiere episode simulcast will be available to verified users on WATCHDisneyChannel.com and the WATCH Disney Channel app for smartphones and tablets.

The multi-camera series was created by Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas (of Disney XD’s “Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja”) and is executive produced by Elinoff, Thomas and Emmy Award-winning producer Michael Kaplan (“Dog With A Blog”), and produced by Julie Tsutsui (“Liv and Maddie”). “Best Friends Whenever” is a production of It’s a Laugh Productions, Inc. and carries a TV-G parental guideline.

 

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ROSS LYNCH, MAIA MITCHELL, GRACE PHIPPS, GARRETT CLAYTON, RAYMOND CHAM, JR.

“Teen Beach 2″ is the highly anticipated surf and song sequel to “Teen Beach Movie,” the Disney Channel Original Movie that ranks as the second highest-rated cable television movie of all time. The television premiere of “Teen Beach 2,” sponsored by Best Western International, Famous Footwear and BAND-AID Brand, is FRIDAY, JUNE 26 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel U.S. followed by telecasts on Disney Channels around the world. It will be available one week earlier, Friday, June 19, to verified users on the WATCH Disney Channel app and WATCHDisneyChannel.com.

“Teen Beach 2″ will usher in Disney Channel’s new comedy series “Best Friends Whenever,” premiering immediately following the movie. Also, “Teen Beach 2″ stars make guest appearances on hit series presented throughout the day.

A fantastical music- and dance-driven story designed for kids, tweens and families, “Teen Beach 2″ picks up at the close of summer. With surf season over and high school back in session, laid-back Brady and studious Mack’s relationship is headed for a wipeout when they receive a surprise real-world visit from their 1960s silver screen friends, Lela and Tanner, who have remarkably departed “Wet Side Story,” quickly followed by their 1960s bikers and surfer friends led by Butchy, Cheechee and Seacat.  Knowing first-hand that the “real” world and the movie world don’t mix, Mack, Brady and all of the “Wet Side Story” friends must quickly devise a plan and use the magic of Lela’s necklace to get everyone back to their movie world before it’s too late.

The “Teen Beach 2″ multiplatform schedule is:

FRIDAY, JUNE 19

  • “Teen Beach 2″ available to verified WATCH Disney Channel users on WATCHDisneyChannel.com and the WATCH Disney Channel app for smartphones, tablets and connected TVs.

TUESDAY, JUNE 23

  • “Teen Beach 2″ soundtrack is released from Walt Disney Records.  Currently availablefor pre-order at iTunes  and the newly launched sitewww.DisneyChannelMusicStore.com, the soundtrack includes a blend of contemporary- and 1960s-inspired songs performed by the cast, an end credit song performed by Hollywood Records’ artist R5, one song performed by Hollywood Records’ artist Sabrina Carpenter, and three bonus tracks.

FRIDAY, JUNE 26

  • Television premiere of “Teen Beach 2″ (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel.
  • “Teen Beach 2″ DVD available with never-before-seen dance rehearsal bonus feature and an exclusive friendship necklace.

SATURDAY, JUNE 27

  • “Teen Beach 2″ is available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.

Reprising their singing and dancing roles are the multitalented young cast, including Ross Lynch (“Austin & Ally” and Hollywood Records’ R5) as Brady, Maia Mitchell (“The Fosters”) as McKenzie (“Mack”), Grace Phipps (“Baby Daddy”) as Lela, Garrett Clayton (“The Fosters”) as Tanner, John DeLuca (“Twisted”) as Butchy, Jordan Fisher (Hollywood Records recording artist) as Seacat, Mollee Gray (“So You Think You Can Dance”) as Giggles, Chrissie Fit (“Pitch Perfect 2″) as Cheechee, Jessica Lee Keller (“Dancing with the Stars”) as Struts, William Loftis (“Teen Beach Movie”) as Lugnut, and Kent Boyd (“So You Think You Can Dance”) as Rascal. Joining the cast are Piper Curda (“I Didn’t Do It”) as Alyssa, Raymond Cham, Jr. (“Jessie”) as Devon and Ross Butler (“K.C. Undercover”) as Spencer.

“Teen Beach Movie” director and choreographer, Jeffrey Hornaday, (choreographer of “A Chorus Line,” “Flashdance”) returns to direct and, along with top-notch choreographer Christopher Scott (“So You Think You Can Dance,” Virgin America’s “Safety Video,”), has created ground-breaking production numbers. The sequel is executive-produced by Michelle Manning (producer of “The Breakfast Club,” “Jenny’s Wedding”) and David Buelow (“Teen Beach Movie,” “Bring It On: Fight to the Finish”). Teleplay is by Matt & Billy Eddy (“Zapped,” “Bad Hair Day”), with story by Dan Berendsen (ABC Family’s “Baby Daddy,” Disney’s “Hannah Montana The Movie” and “Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie”) and Robert Horn (“Teen Beach Movie” teleplay, writer of “Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure,” writer/producer of “Designing Women”). A production of Rain Forest Productions, LLC, “Teen Beach 2″ is based on characters created by Vince Marcello (“Teen Beach Movie” story and teleplay) and Mark Landry (“Teen Beach Movie” story and teleplay).

The July 2013 premiere of “Teen Beach Movie” ranks as the #2 movie in cable TV history in Total Viewers (13.5 million) and the #2 cable TV telecast of all time across major youth demographics – Kids 2-11 (7.9 million/20.0 rating), Kids 6-11 (6.4 million/27.0 rating) and Tweens 9-14 (5.1 million/21.5 rating), behind only “High School Musical 2.”

 

 

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Yesterday, Disney’s Cinderella crossed the $500M threshold at the global box office. Since its stellar $67.8M domestic debut March 13Cinderella has taken in nearly $195M and is the third highest grossing film of the year. Its international gross to date is more than $308M.

Cinderella most recently opened at #1 in its final international market, Japan, on April 25 with the biggest opening day and weekend of the year for a Western release, and it remained the #1 Western release in its second weekend. The film enjoyed a phenomenal performance in China with $71.1M, where it opened with $25M for the biggest March debut of all time. Other top markets include the U.K. ($29.2M), Japan, ($21.6M), Italy and Australia ($16.5M each), Brazil ($15.5M), and Mexico ($15.4M).

Directed by Academy Award® nominee Kenneth Branagh and starring two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Richard Madden, and Academy Award nominee Helena Bonham Carter, Cinderella is produced by Simon Kinberg, Allison Shearmur, and David Barron with Tim Lewis serving as executive producer. The screenplay is by Chris Weitz.

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You thought the horrors had ended? Think again! This June, it’s time to return to the ruined wastes of New York City once more! Terrified mutants and deadly Sentinels explode into Battleworld in your first look at YEARS OF FUTURE PAST #1! Writer Marguerite Bennett and artist Mike Norton take you back to the ruined tomorrow of one of the X-Men’s most famous and tragic tales of them all for a brand-new Secret Wars story! Across the ravaged hellscape of Battleworld’s Sentinel Territories, armies of armored behemoths patrol sky and street alike. Their mission – exterminate all mutants! Amid the destroyed city walks Kate Pryde – mother, warrior, X-Man. A heroine tried and true, and tested by war, she stokes the fires of revolution. She will do anything it takes to ensure the survival of her people – including her two children! But if she’s going to survive she’ll need help. Her first mission – break the X-Men out of their military prison! With her life and the lives of her family and friends on the line, will she do the impossible? The answers lie within True Believer, this June in YEARS OF FUTURE PAST #1!

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The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts announces tickets on sale Friday, May 8 for Encore! Cast Performing Arts production of Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA In Concert appearing at 7:30 p.m. in the Walt Disney Theater on July 15 and 16. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Dr. Phillips Center Box Office or by visiting the Box Office at 445 Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday or 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Saturday.  Tickets are also available by calling 844.513.2014 or online at drphillipscenter.org. Online and phone ticket purchases include handling fees.

Encore! Cast Performing Arts will be presenting Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA In Concert, through a licensing agreement with Music Theatre International. At the Nile’s edge, the enslaved Nubian princess, Aida becomes romantically entangled with the Egyptian captain, Radames, who is betrothed to the Pharaoh’s daughter, Amneris. As their forbidden love grows deeper, Aida is forced to find balance between her heart’s yearning for Radames, and her responsibility to lead her people.  Aida and Radames’s love for one another becomes a shining example of true devotion that ultimately transcends the vast cultural differences between their warring nations, heralding a time of unprecedented peace and prosperity. Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida is a timeless love story, featuring an award-winning pop/rock score from the seasoned pop duo who brought musical life to Disney’s The Lion King. Rousing rock numbers and heart-wrenching ballads bring the ill-fated lovers into a new era.

Encore was formed by a handful of Disney Cast Members with a passion for music searching for a way to give back to the community.  Encore is dedicated to providing Disney Cast Members and their families an outlet for creativity and expression in the performing arts as well as supporting charities that make Central Florida a better place to live.

Encore! Cast Performing Arts has a history of presenting concerts that benefit local charities, and since its inception in 2002, this all-volunteer organization has presented more than 15 concerts and raised more than $225,000 for charitable organizations. In 2011, Encore selected the Dr. Phillips Center as the beneficiary of the proceeds from the summer concert, and Encore was designated a Founding Donor of the arts center.  The Dr. Phillips Center is honored that Encore has once again selected the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts as this season’s charitable contribution.

 

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Marvel’s ANT-MAN, one of the original members of the Avengers, makes his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut this summer following the global critical and box office success of Avengers: Age of Ultron.
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ANT-MAN stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, and Michael Douglas and is in theaters on July 17, 2015!

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Among the leaked Sony e-mails that were released by Wikileaks was an exchange between Marvel CEO and Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton regarding the lack of success of female driven superhero films. The email was dated August 7, 2014. The full email is below:

Michael,
As we discussed on the phone, below are just a few examples. There are more.
Thanks,
Ike
1. Electra (Marvel) – Very bad idea and the end result was very, very bad. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=elektra.htm
2. Catwoman (WB/DC) – Catwoman was one of the most important female character within the Batmanfranchise. This film was a disaster. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=catwoman.htm
3. Supergirl – (DC) Supergirl was one of the most important female super hero in Superman franchise. This Movie came out in 1984 and did $14 million total domestic with opening weekend of $5.5 million. Again, another disaster.
Best,
Ike

It should be noted that Marvel is releasing the female driven super hero film Captain Marvel November 2, 2018.

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Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre presents a special engagement of Disney’s “Tomorrowland,” from May 22 – June 17, 2015. Internationally acclaimed magician Greg Wilson will present an all-new magic show, “The Magic of Imagination,” before every screening of the movie. Plus, El Capitan guests will have the chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at how the filmmakers created the world of Tomorrowland, including costumes, props and concept drawings. In addition, El Capitan guests have the opportunity to be among the first to see the film at a special advance screening on May 21 at 7 p.m.

“Tomorrowland” is the first movie being projected in Dolby Vision™! Dolby Vision™ delivers a dramatically different visual experience—astonishing brightness, incomparable contrast, and captivating color—that brings movies to life before your eyes. Dolby Atmos® transports you into the movie with breathtaking, multidimensional sound that fills the theatre and flows all around you.

“The El Capitan Theatre is truly ‘Tomorrowland’ headquarters,” said James Wood, operations and stage productions for The El Capitan Theatre. “Only at the El Capitan, will guests be treated to an exclusive display from Walt Disney Imagineering, showcasing the Disneyland attractions featured in the movie. ”

Daily showtimes are 9:45 a.m., 12:55 p.m., 4:10 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and a 10:50 p.m. screening on opening weekend and Friday and Saturdays. Tickets are on sale now, and available at the El Capitan Theatre (6838 Hollywood Blvd.), online at www.elcapitantickets.com, 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 are subject to change.

The El Capitan Theatre will also host a very special Tiny Tot Tuesday every Tuesday during the run of “Tomorrowland” at  9:45 a.m. During these special screenings, parents and small children may enjoy the movie in a tot-friendly way—with lights dimmed rather than out and reduced sound levels.