ESPN’s 30 for 30 Returns With Playing For The Mob, October 7
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ESPN Films’ award-winning 30 for 30 documentary series returns next week with “Playing for the Mob,” premiering on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. The film, which delves into how mobster Henry Hill once helped orchestrate the fixing of Boston College basketball games, is narrated by actor Ray Liotta, who played Hill in the iconic movie “Goodfellas.”

“Playing for the Mob,” co-directed by Joe Lavine and Cayman Grant, tells the story of the Boston College point-shaving scandal in the 1978-79 season. The details of the scandal are revealed for the first time on film through the testimony of the players, the federal investigators and the actual fixers, including Hill, who died shortly after he was interviewed. “Playing for the Mob” may be set in the seemingly golden world of college basketball but, like “Goodfellas,” this is a tale of greed, betrayal and reckoning. Ultimately, they both share the same message: With that much money at stake, you can’t trust anybody.

30 for 30 films will air on ESPN as follows (all times ET):

Tuesday, Oct.7, 9 p.m. – “Playing for the Mob”

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 10 p.m. – “The Day The Series Stopped”

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 9 p.m. – “When The Garden Was Eden”

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 9 p.m. – “Brian and The Boz”

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 9 p.m. – “Brothers in Exile”

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 8 p.m. – “Rand University”

Saturday, Dec. 13, 9 p.m. – “The U Part 2”

ABC To Re-Air Toy Story of Terror On October 15
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ABC will re-air the Toy Story of Terror television special on October 15 at 8/7c. The special originally aired on October 16, 2013.

What starts out as a fun road trip for the “Toy Story” gang takes an unexpected turn for the worse when the trip detours to a roadside motel. After one of the toys goes missing, the others find themselves caught up in a mysterious sequence of events that must be solved before they all suffer the same fate in this “Toy Story OF TERROR!”
The cast of “Toy Story OF TERROR!” includes Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz, Joan Cusack as Jessie, Carl Weathers as Combat Carl/Combat Carl Jr., Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants, Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head, Wallace Shawn as Rex and Kristen Schaal as Trixie.
“Toy Story OF TERROR!” is produced by Galyn Susman and directed by Angus MacLane.
ABC Family Picks Up Drama Stitchers, Renews Young & Hungry, Cancels Mystery Girls
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ABC Family today announced the network has picked up its first procedural drama “Stitchers” to series and has ordered a second season of new comedy series “Young & Hungry.”

“’Stitchers’ is new ground for us and I’m excited to bring procedurals to the network,” said Tom Ascheim, President, ABC Family. “We think our fans will love the intricate mysteries that ‘Stitchers’ will solve week to week as much as they love our relationship-driven dramas. We are also going back for seconds of our new comedy, ‘Young & Hungry.’ Good food, good laughs – of course we want more.”

“Stitchers” is a procedural drama series written by Jeffrey A. Schechter (“Overruled!”). “Stitchers” follows a young woman recruited into a covert government agency to be ‘stitched’ into the minds of the recently deceased using their memories to investigate murders and decipher mysteries that otherwise would have gone to the grave. The pilot was written by Jeffrey A. Schechter, who will executive produce alongside Jonathan Baruch and Rob Wolken.

“Young & Hungry” is an original comedy series where two worlds collide when Josh, a wealthy young entrepreneur, hires feisty Gabi to be his personal chef. “Young & Hungry” is produced by David Holden, Ashley Tisdale, Jessica Rhoades, Caryn Lucas and Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum in association with CBS Television Studios. Gabi Moskowitz, a San Francisco based food blogger contributed to the development of this project. The show stars Emily Osment, Jonathan Sadowski, Aimee Carrero, Kym Whitley, and Rex Lee.

“Young & Hungry” ranks as basic cable’s #1 telecast in its time period in Adults 18-34, and Women 18-34, as well as other key demos. The show was nominated for two Teen Choice Awards for Choice Summer TV Show, and Choice Summer TV Star – Female for Emily Osment.

Barnes & Noble Announces Participation in Star Wars Reads Day
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Barnes & Noble, Inc. the nation’s largest retail bookseller and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced that Barnes & Noble stores nationwide will host a free Star Wars Reads Day on Saturday, October 11.

Star Wars fans young and old are invited to dress as their favorite characters and join Barnes & Noble’s third-annual celebration of the popular intergalactic tales. Stores will host various activities that may include readings, author signings, Star Wars arts and crafts, lightsaber demonstrations, costume contests, trivia challenges, Storytimes and more. Many stores have coordinated appearances with the 501st Legion, the official Imperial Costuming Organization. Exclusive giveaways and activities provided by more than ten publishers of Star Wars-related books and products will ensure Jedi and Padawans from every age group will be delighted and entertained.

“Our Stars Wars Reads Day is always a huge hit with both our customers and booksellers, and this year, our stores and publishing partners tapped into the ’Force’ to ensure there’s something for the whole family at this event,” said Sarah DiFrancesco, Vice President, Business Development for Barnes & Noble. “Stores will have fun activities and give away Star Wars related posters and stickers.”

The Star Wars Reads Day event is free and open to the public. For further details, including specific Star Wars-related activities occurring at your local store, contact your Barnes & Noble store or visit the Barnes & Noble Store Locator. Barnes & Noble social media will have coverage of events on TwitterInstagram and Tumblr. Customers can also like Barnes & Noble on Facebook.

Racy Frozen Costumes Sell Out
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CNBC has learned that Yandy, who made adult costumes based on Frozen, has seen the line fly off the shelves. The unlicensed costumes have sold very well; “After making headlines for its racy take on Elsa and Olaf—a look that consists of a leotard and stockings, but is absent pants or shorts—the costumes are no longer available on the retailer’s site. A customer service representative said the costumes are sold out, and the company is not yet sure if it will restock before the holiday.”

Adult version of Mickey and Minnie are still available.

Disney Store Announces New Line of Sleeping Beauty Collectible Dolls
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Disney Store has announced three additional Limited Edition Dolls inspired by Walt Disney’s animated classic, Sleeping Beauty – Aurora in her signature blue gown, the gallant Prince Phillip and wickedly iconic villain, Maleficent.

The new dolls will be available select stores across North America, starting Tuesday, October 7 and online starting Wednesday, October 8. European Guests should visit their local Disney Store Facebook page for release information and pricing.

LE Sleeping Beauty in blue gown

Global Edition Size: 4,000        Price: $119.95 US / $129.95 Canada
While supplies last. Limited quantities. Limit 1 per Guest.

LE Prince Phillip

Global Edition Size: 3,500        Price: $119.95 US / $129.95 Canada
While supplies last. Limited quantities. Limit 1 per Guest.

LE Maleficent

Global Edition Size: 4,000        Price: $119.95 US / $129.95 Canada
While supplies last. Limited quantities. Limit 1 per Guest.

ESPN Responds To Esquire Report On Domestic Abuse Panel
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ESPN is responding to a report from Esquire that a planned panel on Monday Night Countdown on domestic abuse would include no women.


On Monday night, a panel on a two-hour pregame show for Monday Night Football will, among other things, address domestic abuse. This panel will discuss, once again, the appropriate penalty for hitting a woman.

The panel for that discussion will include the following people: Chris Berman, Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Adam Schefter, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson, Jon Gruden, Mike Tirico, Stuart Scott, Steve Young and Ray Lewis.

Up to 11 men, all between the ages of 39 and 74 will sit at the table for a domestic violence discussion on ESPN. Zero women. Victims of domestic violence in America are most likely to be women aged 20-24.


Contrary to published reports in Esquire, there was no panel on domestic violence ever planned for tonight’sMonday Night Countdown.  We will present our normal Monday Night Football pre-game show, with Suzy Kolber hosting and Lisa Salters reporting.  ESPN is proud of the work it has done covering the issue of domestic violence, and is committed to continued coverage.  Much of that work has been informed by several talented female colleagues from our television and espnW platforms,  including Hannah Storm, Jemele Hill, Jane McManus, Kate Fagan, Sarah Spain and more

Disneyland Hosting AP Screening and Panel Discussion of Sleeping Beauty
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On October 7,to commemorate the Blu-Ray release of Sleeping Beauty, Annual Passholders will have the opportunity to attend a screening preluded by a panel of Disney notables, hosted by Fantasyland favorites, Mr. Smythe and Mr. Jones with a special appearance by Princess Aurora herself. The panel discussion with be with Tony Baxter and Tim O’Day discussing the influence of the film on Disneyland Park and Disney Parks around the world.

Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders may register online.


Third Annual Star Wars Reads Day Takes Place October11
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From the youngest Stormtrooper to the wisest Jedi, this October 11th, artists, authors, educators, librarians, book retailers, and readers will join forces to celebrate the global phenomenon of Star Wars Reads Day!

Celebrating a love of literacy and all-things Star Wars, Disney Lucasfilm Press, along with its publishing partners: Abrams, Chronicle Books, Dark Horse, Del Rey, DK, Klutz, Quirk Books, Random House Audio, Scholastic, and Workman Publishing, will join forces with fans, authors, and artists to celebrate the third annual Star Wars Reads Day. Last year, authors and costumed volunteers participated in over 2,000 Star Wars Reads Day events across North America, but, for the first time, this year’s festivities will include Star Wars Rebels!

With the debut of the animated series Star Wars Rebels launching on Disney XD October 3rd, this third Star Wars Reads Day comes at an exciting time! Booksignings and panels featuring Star Wars Rebels have already been scheduled for October 11th during New York Comic Con, and the robust list of talent confirmed to participate in official Star Wars Reads Day events around the country include: Chris Alexander (Star Wars Origami), Tom Angleberger (Origami Yoda series), Jeffrey Brown (Goodnight Darth Vader, Star Wars: Jedi Academy), Troy Denning (Star Wars: Crucible), Tony DiTerlizzi (The Adventures of Luke Skywalker: Jedi Knight), Ian Doescher (William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, William Shakespeare’s Empire Striketh Back, William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return), Pablo Hidalgo (Star Wars Rebels: A New Hero), Michael Kogge (Star Wars Rebels: The Rebellion Begins), Daniel Lipkowitz (LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles), John Jackson Miller (Star Wars: A New Dawn), Chris Reiff and Chris Trevas (Star Wars: Death Star Owner’s Technical Manual), Daniel Wallace (The Bounty Hunter Code, The Jedi Path), and Ryder Windham (Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide, Star Wars Rebels Junior Novel).

An official Star Wars event kit (free of charge), including reproducible activity sheets and trivia, is available as a printable PDF in color and black and white, and for event updates and more information, follow Star Wars Reads Day on Facebook and the #starwarsreadsday on Twitter.

First International Production of Aladdin To Open In Tokyo
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Disney Theatrical Productions and Shiki Theatre Company announce the first international production of Disney’s Aladdin, the smash Broadway musical comedy.  Performances will begin in May 2015 at The Dentsu Shiki Theatre Umi in Tokyo.

“The heart and wit of the timeless tale of Aladdin, the Genie and those 3 wishes are beloved by cultures across the globe,” said Thomas Schumacher, President and Producer Disney Theatrical Productions. “We look forward to bringing Casey Nicholaw’s joyous, spectacular production to Japan in partnership with our valued friends at Shiki.”

“I am very honored to be able to bring Aladdin to Japan as its first production outside of Broadway. Shiki Theatre Company and Disney will celebrate our 20th year of partnership next year. Aladdin is sure to open a door to ‘a whole new world’ for the live entertainment industry in Japan,” said Chiyoki Yoshida, president and representative director, Shiki Theatre Company.

Produced on Broadway by Disney Theatrical Productions, Aladdin opened to critical acclaim at the New Amsterdam Theatre on March 20th, 2014.  The show features music by Tony Award®  and eight-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Sister Act), lyrics by two-time Oscar winner Howard Ashman(Beauty and the BeastThe Little Mermaid), three-time Tony Award and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (Evita,Aida) and two-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Beguelin, and is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon). Lyrics will be translated into Japanese by Ms. Chikae Takahashi, who worked on the Japanese translation for Disney’s animated feature film, Frozen.  

The Tokyo production will be cast locally in Japan and will be performed in Japanese.

Aladdin will mark the fifth collaboration between Disney Theatrical Productions and Shiki Theatre Company following the successful and current runs of Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, AIDA and The Little Mermaid. 16 million people have seen a Disney musical produced by Shiki, resulting in cumulative runs of nearly 5000 performances for Beauty and the Beast and a staggering 9000 performances for their two concurrent produtions ofThe Lion King.

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