Zendaya and Bridgit Mendler Appearing Together For One Night Only
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Disney Stars Zendaya and Bridgit Mendler will be appearing together for one night only at the Palace Theatre in Albany New York on October 30.

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Multi-talented actress and Hollywood Records Platinum-Selling Artist, Zendaya, recently released her self-titled 2013 debut full-length album where she delivers soulful pop with an urban edge. Her first single included in the album, “Replay” was certified platinum for selling 1,000,000 copies in the U.S. and now has over 44 million views on VEVO.

Zendaya starred as Raquel “Rocky” Blue, one half of the comedic duo of young dancers trying to dance her way to stardom, in the hit Disney Channel series “Shake It Up!” She also starred in “Shake It Up: Made In Japan,” the record breaking 90-minute song and dance-filled special which featured Zendaya’s single and video “Fashion is my Kryptonite.” Zendaya was also the break out star and runner-up on Season 16 of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. She is currently set to star and co-produce in a topline Disney channel spy pilot and also recently starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie, “Zapped” which premiered this summer.

A talented actress, singer and performer, Bridgit Mendler is one of Hollywood’s brightest young rising stars. Bridgit starred as Teddy Duncan in the hit Disney Channel series “Good Luck Charlie” and the Disney Channel Original Movie “Lemonade Mouth.” Mendler’s past credits include a recurring role as Justin Russo’s vampire girlfriend Juliet Van Heusen on Disney Channel’s Emmy Award-winning series “Wizards of Waverly Place,” a guest-starring role on the hit series “Jonas,” where she sang opposite Nick Jonas, and the 20th Century Fox film “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.”

Bridgit’s debut full-length album “Hello My Name Is…” reveals a surprisingly mature artist. She co-wrote each song because she wanted to work with A-list writer-producers, and learn from the best. “I’ve been writing songs a long time, but I felt co-writing would be a good way to get my footing,” Bridgit notes. “Working with different producers was great because I was able to articulate what I wanted, and we got a cool variety on the album.” In addition to Emanuel “Eman” Kiriakou and Evan “Kidd” Bogart, producer/writers she worked with include Priscilla Renea, Dan Pringle & Leah Haywood, Andrew Goldstein, Jai Marlon and Freddy Wexler, all of whom helped Bridgit get that solid footing. But Bridgit’s own inerrant feel for fun, funky pop stands front and center in her music.

Tickets will go On Sale through TicketMaster this Saturday, Sept 20 at 10am

Disney and Kohl’s Announce Frozen Sing-Along Contest
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Today Disney and Kohl’s Department Stores announced a collaboration on a national call for a Sing Your Heart Out campaign. Through September 29, fans of the Disney movie Frozen and aspiring singers nationwide can submit videos of themselves singing “Let it Go” for the chance to be included in a Kohl’s holiday commercial that will air during the 2014 American Music Awards (AMAs) broadcast on ABC.

Videos can be submitted via Disney Interactive¹s new Disney Applause app, available for iOS and Android, or on the web at www.disney.com/frozenfriday. The finalist videos will be selected based on the following criteria: Musical Talent (60%), Personality and Style (20%), and Creativity (20%).  Winning singers will in turn have the opportunity to be featured in spots that will air onSunday, November 23 during this year’s AMAs. For official rules and more information, visit: www.disney.com/frozenfriday

Download the Disney Applause app, available for iOS and Android, to start submitting videos today! For more information about the Sing Your Frozen Heart Out campaign, visit www.disney.com/frozenfriday and join the conversation using #FrozenFunatKohls

Customers are encouraged to share their favorite Frozen finds with @Kohls using#FrozenFunAtKohls.

TNT Wins Rights To Next 5 Marvel Films, Including Age of Ultron and Captain America 3
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TNT has entered into a licensing agreement with Marvel for the next five theatrical releases from Marvel Studios. The agreement includes the network television premiere windows for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, which is due in theaters next summer, and the third installment in the Captain America franchise, which is slated for release in 2016. Each of the five films is tentatively scheduled to premiere on TNT a little over two years after its theatrical release.

“Marvel’s brand of entertainment is a thrill ride for audiences, and we’re excited to be adding their next five blockbusters to TNT’s arsenal of high-quality genre fare,” said Deborah K. Bradley, senior vice president, head of program acquisitions, content strategy and licensing for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. “These movies will play a key role in TNT’s long-term success, especially among key adult demos.”

Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron is the highly anticipated follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time, Marvel’s The Avengers, reuniting the team of Marvel Comics characters including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Nick Fury and more. Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series first published in 1941, the third chapter in the Captain America series will follow the alter ego of Steve Rogers as he continues his heroic adventures in a world of constant change.

Marvel Announces Rocket Raccoon and Groot Variant Covers
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The breakout comic book characters of the year are taking over the covers of your favorite Marvel titles this November! That’s right True Believer, ROCKET RACCOON & GROOT VARIANTS are coming, featuring some of the best and brightest talents in the industry! Not only will you get to see so many great artists putting their own spin on Rocket & Groot, but 20 of your favorite Marvel comics will feature these one-of-a-kind variants depicting some of the most classic of covers!                                

  • All-New Captain America #1
  • All-New X-Men #34
  • Amazing Spider-Man #9
  • Amazing X-Men #13
  • Avengers #38
  • Avengers World #15
  • Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier #2
  • Captain America & The Mighty Avengers #1
  • Deadpool #37
  • Guardians 3000 #2
  • Guardians of the Galaxy #21
  • Hulk #8
  • Legendary Star-Lord #5
  • New Avengers #26
  • Rocket Raccoon #5
  • Spider-Verse #1
  • Spider-Woman #1
  • Superior Iron Man #1
  • Thor #2
  • Uncanny X-Men #28

“People everywhere can’t seem to get enough Rocket & Groot!” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “As soon as we came up with the concept to do Rocket Raccoon & Groot variants, the ideas just started pouring in. We couldn’t wait to get our hands dirty creating some really fantastic cover homages. This program is really the best of both worlds and we know it will really excite old and new fans everywhere.”

Anaheim Issues Traffic Alert for Tonight
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The City of Anaheim is advising of heavy traffic tonight near Honda Center and Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

·  Honda Center 7:00 p.m. - Katy Perry concert

·  Angel Stadium of Anaheim:7:05 p.m. – Angels Baseball vs. Seattle Mariners

Please plan your commute accordingly to avoid any delays, and if attending any of the events, to allow sufficient time for arrival and parking.  Also, please follow the directions of traffic control personnel. Their goal is to get you to the closest parking locations.

Mayim Bialik Hates Frozen
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In a blog post, Mayim Bialik announced that she hates Frozen. Mayim is currently on CBS’s Big Bang Theory, but has a long legacy with Disney. She appeared in Touchstone Pictures Beaches as well as starred in Touchstone Television’s Blossom. The reasons she lists for hating the film are:

Plot/Feminism?

Sure, it’s sort of hidden, but the search for a man/love/Prince is still the reigning plot line in the movie, as it is with pretty much all movies for young people which are animated. The sister’s desire to marry this guy she just met, and the other sister getting mad at her–we still have a plot about the identification of a woman being based on her desire and search to meet a man.

Denoument/Male Bashing?

Denoument is French for the unfolding of a story–the final unraveling, as it were. What happens in “Frozen”? The Prince/hero turns out to be a scheming villain. He pretended to love her and then he double crosses her and she gets the lesson taught to her not to trust those nasty scheming conniving men. Because you know, men can’t be trusted? Meh.

3. Women as Dolls?

OK, my biggest problem with this movie was the way the female characters are drawn and animated. The male characters look like cartoon men. They have some exaggerated features, sure. But by and large, they look like they have the proportions of human beings.

Do you agree with this former Disney star?

 

Big Hero 6 – XPRIZE Challenge Contest Announced
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XPRIZE has joined forces with Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and Disney Corporate Citizenship for today’s launch of a nationwide video contest designed to find the real-life counterparts to the animated heroes that will soon burst onto the big screen in “BIG HERO 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure from Disney opening November 7, 2014.

The DISNEY BIG HERO 6 – XPRIZE CHALLENGE invites young people between the ages of 8 and 17 to harness their creativity and come up with innovative ideas to tackle the world’s biggest challenges using science, technology, engineering, art and/or mathematics.

The six winners, the real-life “Big Hero 6,” will travel to Los Angeles to walk the red carpet at the film’s Hollywood premiere in early November, go behind the scenes and meet the creative minds at both Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering, join a special “Visioneering™” experience at XPRIZE headquarters, plus other prizes.

Video Submissions will be judged on innovation, creativity and presentation. Twenty (20) finalists will be selected based on the highest scores resulting from preliminary scoring by XPRIZE judges.  In mid October, a panel of luminary S.T.E.A.M. expert judges will evaluate the twenty finalists’ submissions and six (6) winners will beselected through a combination of the expert judges’ scores and public voting results.

Said Walt Disney Animation Studios President Ed Catmull, “We are thrilled to work with XPRIZE to find real-life young heroes whose desire is to tackle the world’s great challenges. It’s an honor for all of us at Walt Disney Animation Studios to welcome them at our Studio and at the premiere of “Big Hero 6.”

“The young people who win this contest will be real-world heroes, ready and willing to tackle some of the greatest challenges facing our world today,” said Trish Halamandaris, senior vice president marketing & communications at XPRIZE. “The XPRIZE Foundation is excited to be conducting this competition that challenges young people to be bold, creative and smart, and to dare to think big. We believe that solutions to the problems facing humanity can come from anyone, anywhere, and one of these kids just might come up with an idea that can truly change the world.”

In addition to the trip to Los Angeles, the six winners will receive reimbursement for one (1) Contestant registration for FIRST® LEGO® League for the competition season 2014-2015 in the US or Canada, and a Special littleBits® NASA Space Kit and cloudBit™ Starter Kit.

The contest is open for submissions from September 17, 2014, to October 12, 2014.

Participating kids will compete in two divisions: Junior Division (8-12 years of age), and Senior Division (13–17 years of age). All entrants must have prior consent from their parent or legal guardian in order to participate in the challenge. Registration details are available at xprizechallenge.org/bighero6.

The video submissions may involve a short story, sculpture, drawing, model, robot or whatever method best communicates the idea in the most creative way (please see Official Rules for further details, restrictions and limitations). They will be scored on how well they explain the problem, show their solution, and explain what they learned and the impact their idea would have on themselves and the world. The more creative and engaging their presentation is, the better their chance of winning.

Supporting XPRIZE Partners include FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), littleBits Electronics and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Challenge registration and video submissions start September 17, 2014, and end October 12, 2014.  Public Voting will start October 15, 2014 and end October 19, 2014. Open to legal residents of US and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are ages 8 through 17 before September 17, 2014.  Parental consent is required.  Travel must occur on November 2-6, 2014 (or such other dates designated by Sponsor).  For details, restrictions, and limitations and to enter, please visit Official Rules at: xprizechallenge.org/bighero6. Sole Sponsor: XPRIZE.

 

runDisney Announces Goofy Giveback
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This just in! runDisney announced the “Goofy Giveback”. Last week millions of viewers were shown the excitement and thrill of completing your first half marathon on ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss. The nation met a father-daughter team who collectively lost close to 300 pounds. Thanks to the outpouring of support and fans, runDisney has decided to open a limited number of registrations for the half and full marathon races at the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna. You can register starting today September 16, 2014 through October 24, 2014 or until the event is sold out. The “Goofy Giveback” could be your chance to complete your first half or full marathon.

For more information visit the RunDisney Blog at http://www.rundisney.com/blog/

To register for the race visit http://www.rundisney.com/disneyworld-marathon/