Cougar Town Enters Syndication September 22
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Debuting in 2009, “Cougar Town” quickly became a hit with its funny and lovable characters and its fresh and relatable storylines. And now, as it prepares to head into its sixth season, “Cougar Town” will launch into national syndication five nights a week — and weekends too — beginning Monday, September 22, 2014. 

Cougar Town centers on the Cul-de-Sac Crew, a tight-knit group of friends who keep things funny while supporting each other through the humorous challenges, pitfalls and rewards of life — with a little dysfunction and a whole lot of wine. Courteney Cox stars as Jules Cobb, a recently divorced mom in her forties facing life’s next chapter. Jules is never far from her friends, including her flirtatious friend Grayson (Josh Hopkins), her under-achieving ex-husband, Bobby (Brian Van Holt), her next-door neighbor and confidante, Ellie (Christa Miller), her feisty protégé, Laurie (Busy Philipps), and Ellie’s loveably average husband, Andy (Ian Gomez). They are also frequently joined by Jules’ son Travis (Dan Byrd), who tends to be far more mature than anyone else in the group.

Cougar Town is produced by ABC Studios and is distributed in national syndication by Disney-ABC Domestic Television. The series will enter its sixth season, airing on TBS in the winter of 2015.  Bill Lawrence, Blake McCormick, Courteney Cox, David Arquette and Randall Winston serve as executive producers.

Go to WatchCougarTown.tv for times and channels.

In Orlando, the show will air on WRDQ TV27 at 1130pm. In Los Angeles the show will air on KDOC Channel 56 at 700 and 730.

ABC Orders “500 Questions” Game Show From Mark Burnett
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ABC has made a direct-to-series order for a new event game show, “500 Questions” (working title), from Emmy®-winning blockbuster executive producer Mark Burnett and his One Three Media (“Shark Tank,” “Survivor,” “The Voice”) and Warner Horizon Television (“The Voice,” “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette,” “Bachelor in Paradise”). The innovative “genius game show” is the brainchild of Burnett and Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television President Mike Darnell. It is scheduled to air in 2015, with the program testing the smarts — and nerve — of contestants in a pressure-packed, incredibly intense environment.

The series order for “500 Questions” continues ABC’s long and successful relationship with Burnett, who executive produces the network’s Emmy®-winning hit reality program “Shark Tank,” which returns for a sixth season this fall. “500 Questions” also reunites Burnett with Warner Bros.’ Darnell on a new project for the first time since the Burnett-produced game show “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?,” which Darnell put on the air during his tenure at FOX.

“I love this show. It (‘500 Questions’) is the first network game show to combine what audiences love about serialized unscripted hits with a huge game show event. It has ongoing characters and huge stakes,” said executive producer Mark Burnett.

Mike Darnell said, “I couldn’t be more excited to be back in business with my close friend and colleague Mark Burnett. We have done many shows together over the years, but one of our best experiences (both professionally and personally) was ‘Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?,’ and ever since, we have been trying to come up with another game show that would break new ground. I think we have finally cracked it with ‘500 Questions,’ and with Mark and his team on board, I have no doubt this is going to be the next international game show hit.”

Burnett is one the most successful producers in the history of television, with more than 2,900 hours of programming regularly airing in more than 70 countries around the world. Recent series produced by Burnett and One Three Media include “Shark Tank” on ABC, “The Voice” (in association with Warner Horizon Television) and “Celebrity Apprentice” on NBC, and “Survivor” on CBS. He also produced the MTV Movie Awards from 2007–2011 and the Primetime Emmy® Awards in 2011, and has produced the People’s Choice Awards since 2010.

Burnett and wife, Roma Downey, also produced the hit 10-hour miniseries “The Bible,” which set ratings records for History Channel in the U.S. and became a worldwide phenomenon, also ranking as the best-selling miniseries of all time on DVD. On the heels of its success, NBC commissioned the follow-up miniseries “A.D.: Beyond the Bible,” which will debut in 2015.

KaBOOM! Play Together Tour Powered by Disney Parks Concludes in Kissimmee
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Central Florida families converged on Mill Run Park in Kissimmee, Fla. to celebrate the final stop on the KaBOOM! Play Together Tour powered by Disney Parks. The six-city journey across America provided fun-filled family play events to inspire meaningful connections between children and the influential adults in their lives.

The free event took place this past weekend and featured a play course with activities for families to enjoy together. They designed team flags and made their way through various games and team-building stations to build tunnels, solve puzzles and play together. Families also enjoyed an imagination play zone.

We are thrilled to work with Disney once again and provide another creative way in which families can spend meaningful and playful bonding time together. We were also delighted to bring the tour to Kissimmee, which was recognized as a 2014 Playful City USA community for its dedication to the importance of play,” said KaBOOM! CEO and Founder Darell Hammond. “At KaBOOM!, we advocate for the balanced and active play kids need to thrive, and are excited to present this unique opportunity for families.”

While there is no doubt to the importance of quality family time, research supported by Disney Parks and completed by the Search Institute and Center for Childhood Creativity has underscored the powerful influence that spending meaningful time together has on a child’s success in school and involvement in their community.

“For nearly 60 years, we’ve made our mark creating places where families can connect and spend meaningful time together,” said Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs. “Through our work with KaBOOM!, we are able to bring that expertise to communities around the country to help nurture, inspire, and empower kids and families.”

 

Maleficent Free Fall iOS App Updated
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The Maleficent Free Fall iOS has been updated to version 1.4.0.

This version features two new gameplay modes and 225 levels.:

  • “True Love’s Kiss”- Collect powerful yellow magic to break the spell and awaken Aurora from her deep slumber
  • “Free the Dragon”- Destroy the chains to free Diaval and help Maleficent escape the castle
  • Use the new Dragon Power-Up to destroy all gems on the board

The Maleficent Free Fall app is available in the App Store. 

Disneyland Announces Special Treat Location for Annual Passholders During Mickey’s Halloween Party
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Disneyland has announced a special treat location for Annual Passholders during Mickey’s Halloween Party

In this special Passholder area, you’ll get to watch ongoing screenings of Halloween-themed Disney classics and enjoy a tasty treat.

No registration is required. Just present your valid Annual Passport and a Mickey’s Halloween Party wristband valid for that day’s party to the Cadaver—make that Cast Member—at the door.

Note: Each member of your party over age 3 must have a valid Annual Passport and a Mickey’s Halloween Party wristband for admittance to this Passholder area.

View ticket pricing and availability.Purchase Admission

Details

Location:
Disneyland Park – the Opera House at Town Square, Main Street, U.S.A.

Dates:
This Annual Passholder treat station is open on all 14 nights of Mickey’s Halloween Party this year:

  • September 26 and September 30
  • October 3, 6, 8, 10, 14, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29 and 31

Time:

  • Doors open when the party starts (6:00 PM or 7:00 PM depending on the date) and close 1 hour before the party ends.
Bad Robot Teases Millennium Falcon with Hidden Batmobile
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As part of an ongoing joke between Bad Robot and Batman V. Superman director Zack Snyder, Bad Robot has revealed the first official in-depth look at the Millennium Falcon in Episode VII with The Dark Knight‘s version of the Batmobile (the tumbler) hidden on the bottom of the famed spaceship which was once called a hunk of junk by Luke Skywalker.

Eisner Award Winner Gerard Way Makes Marvel Debut With Edge of Spider-Verse #5
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Prepare for the biggest Spider-Man event of all-time as every Spider-Man from every universe unites to stop a threat that could spell extinction for their kind! Today, Marvel is proud to present your first look at EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #5 – the final chapter in the blockbuster 5-issue mini-series showcasing different Spider-Men (and women) of the Spider-Verse! Eisner Award-winning writer Gerard Way (Umbrella Academy) makes his Marvel debut alongside rising star artist Jake Wyatt for a Spider-Man tale unlike any other!

“In a futurist city fairly different from the New York we are familiar with, our version of Spider-Man takes the shape of a government project: SP//dr,” says Gerard Way, in an interview with Marvel.com “SP//dr is comprised of three vital components: a pilot, a machine, and a radioactive sentient spider acting as one half of the brain that makes it all work. Peni Parker is a young girl, who, left parentless, is adopted by her Aunt May and Uncle Ben, the two heads of the SP//dr project. When they realize Peni is the only one who can successfully pair with SP//dr, they make the unorthodox decision to train her as SP//dr’s newest pilot.”

As Peni Parker suits up in her incredible spider-powered armor, explore the incredible new universe she inhabits. Yet even though, she pilots her unstoppable machine, it still may not be enough to save her universe from the onslaught of Morlun. Edge of Spider-Verse concludes in grand fashion this October as Way & Wyatt take you to an incredible new universe in EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #5!

Plus, don’t miss out on these exciting Edge of Spider-Verse tie-in issues of your favorite ongoing series:

  • Superior Spider-Man #32 & #33
  • Amazing Spider-Man #7 & #8
  • Spider-Man 2099 #5

For more on Spider-Verse, visit Marvel.com and join in on the conversation on Twitter using #SpiderVerse.

 

 

Maker Studios Partners With AFV
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Twenty-five years after making its television debut, the show that redefined and revolutionized the world of user-generated content (UGC) will launch its year-long anniversary celebration with a new YouTube initiative announced today. America’s Funniest Home Videos (AFV), created by veteran producer Vin Di Bona, has generated more than one million clip submissions and awarded $13 million in prize money to date.

Now, AFV will partner with some of Gen Y’s most popular YouTube stars to create original short-form programming including “ShayFV,” a new, weekly 17-episode, five minute clip show starring YouTube sensation Shay “Shay Carl” Butler.

The original content initiative extends an existing relationship between Vin Di Bona Productions and Maker Studios, the world’s largest provider of online video content for millennials, made earlier this year. The pact puts AFV in the content creation business with one of the largest global digital media brands. It allows Maker to manage AFV’s official and peripheral YouTube channels, establish new revenue streams and manage their back end business, content claiming and content ID business. Maker, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, produces and distributes content in partnership with 55,000 creators, garnering 9 billion monthly views and attracting more than 550 million loyal subscribers worldwide.

“ShayFV” will be a weekly 3-5 minute clip show set to premiere on Maker.tv, Maker’s proprietary web platform, Sunday, October 19th. The series will also be available on the Shaytards YouTube channel (youtube.com/shaytards), which currently boasts 2.4 million subscribers, and features Shay Carl and his family’s daily adventures. Shay Carl, coined the “father of YouTube,” is one of the most successful digital stars today featuring family-friendly content. Audience challenges associated with “ShayFV” will also premiere weekly on AFV’s YouTube destination (youtube.com/AFVofficial). Shay will create special video assignments urging the community to upload videos, which will be considered for inclusion in his show.

Since forging the deal with Maker, AFV’s channels, which feature exclusive clips, classic fan favorites and laugh-out-loud montages, have grown significantly and currently generate over 20 million monthly views. In addition to “ShayFV,” Vin Di Bona Productions in association with Maker, will create original and in-show opportunities for other digital talent who engage millennial audiences.

Popular digital stars including comedians Jason Horton, Ceciley Jenkins, and Ed Bassmaster, will be reenacting some of the show’s most iconic and humorous clips in “AFV Do Overs,” putting their special and irreverent spin on some of America’s most well-loved segments, airing one week before the show premiere on the AFV YouTube channel. Talent such as Sam Macaroni, Barely Political, Edward Vilderama, Very Good Listeners’ Brian Morgan and Brooke “Dodger” Lawson will also make in-show appearances throughout the 25th anniversary season engaging with host Tom Bergeronduring the tapings and providing post show commentary and interviews which will appear on AFV’s official channel and the talent’s respective YouTube channels. Plus, digital star Jason Horton will take on AFV’s studio audience for a new improv series entitled “America’s Funniest Line” (AFL), which will premiere Sunday, October 5th on AFV’s YouTube channel timed to the debut of ABC’s longest running primetime entertainment series at 7:00 pm ET/PT.  The series began production last month on their 25th season at Manhattan Beach Studios.

Vin Di Bona, AFV creator, said: “As we embark on this milestone 25th year of television, I am constantly in awe of the tremendous growth of the viral video category. I never could have imagined, when I first pitched this idea in 1989, that using viewer generated content to entertain families would become the phenomenon it is today. Our relationship with Shay Carl and YouTube’s talented roster of comedians is the perfect extension of the AFV brand as we continue our quest to engage a new generation of AFV fans and develop memorable destinations for every platform for audiences who love to laugh.”

Maker Studios’ chief audience officer, Chris M. Williams adds: “‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ was truly groundbreaking when it first came to television 25 years ago. It has become part of pop culture vernacular and has, through its premise, made viral videos an integral part of our daily lives. We are thrilled to be working with Vin and his team to produce the kind of memorable content that took AFV to where it is today and look forward to expanding the profiles of some of our most beloved digital talent with the help of AFV’s passionate television audience.”

Shay Carl said: “I was nine years old when I started watching AFV—and it has been a HUGE influence on my decision to start vlogging and pursue my content career.” He added: “If it wasn’t for AFV,  I may have never posted that first video of me dancing in a unitard. I am extremely excited about taking what can only be the next big step for my family, my channel and my audience with this new partnership.”

iPhone 6 Cases Will Be Available at Disney World September 20
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iPhone 6 cases will be available at Disney Parks via their D-Tech On Demand service at the Marketplace Co-Op in Downtown Disney Marketplace starting September 20.

In October, select cases will be available at other Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort merchandise locations.

iPhone 6+ cases will be available later in the fall.

50% Off Iron Man 3 Micro Muggs Mini-Figures
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Bring home a 6-pack of Iron Man with 50% off for 24 hours only! The Iron Man 3 Micro Muggs Mini-Figures are here to put the awesome of Mighty Muggs right into your pocket. Tons of new designs are ready to do battle on your desk at a collectible 1 3/4-inches tall. This case includes 6 blind-packaged Iron Man 3 Micro Muggs Mini-Figures Series 1 figures. Limit 5 per person.