Mike Colter to Star as Luke Cage in Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones

From Marvel.com:

Marvel and Netflix are proud to announce that Mike Colter will star as Luke Cage in “Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones,” an all-new 13-episode series premiering on Netflix in 2015 following “Marvel’s Daredevil.”

During the course of an investigation in New York City, private investigator Jessica Jones encounters the enigmatic Luke Cage – a man whose past has secrets that will dramatically alter Jessica in ways she could never have imagined.

Mike Colter to play Luke Cage, photo credit Kim Nicholais.

Colter will star opposite Krysten Ritter, who plays the title role in “Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones.”

“Mike embodies the strength, edge and depth of Luke Cage,” said Executive Producer/Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg. “We’re excited to have him bring this iconic Marvel character to life.”

“Fans have longed to see Luke Cage brought and in Mike we’ve found the perfect actor,” said Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer/Marvel’s Head of Television. “Viewers will get to meet Luke Cage in ‘Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones,’ and experience why he is such an important super hero in the Marvel mythos.”

Colter is currently starring in the Microsoft’s original series “Halo: Nightfall” as Jameson Locke. He has appeared in a number of critically-acclaimed television series, including “The Good Wife” and “American Horror Story: Coven.”

After a tragic ending to her short-lived super hero stint, Jessica Jones is rebuilding her personal life and career as a detective who gets pulled into cases involving people with extraordinary abilities in New York City.

ABC Family Announces “That’s So Throwback” Programming Event

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ABC Family says goodbye to 2014 with its “That’s So Throwback” programming block, featuring Disney Channel classic comedy series “Lizzie McGuire,” “That’s So Raven,” “Even Stevens,” and original movies “The Cheetah Girls” and “Halloweentown.” “That’s So Throwback” airs Monday, December 29th, 2014 through Friday, January 2nd, 2015, from midnight to 2AM ET/PT.

There is no better time for nostalgia than the end of the year, so why not spend those late nights catching up on the favorite shows of your tween years? Life was simpler when all you had to worry about was whether or not Lizzie was actually going to find Aaron Carter, if Luis beats those mean school bullies at their own game, or if The Cheetah Girls will get their record deal. So instead of reminiscing about your Disney Channel friends or going online to watch clips, hang out with ABC Family and watch the real thing instead.

The schedule is as follows:

Monday, December 29th, 2014

(12:00 AM–2AM ET/PT) LIZZY MCGUIRE BLOCK

(12:00 AM – 12:30AM) “Picture Day”

Class pictures are to be taken and Lizzie (Hillary Duff) has nothing to wear!  Her mother insists she wear the cute red unicorn sweater her grandmother knit for her. Social embarrassment looms. Matt (Jake Thomas) pretends to be sick in order to stay home from school.

(12:30 AM – 1AM) “Here Comes Aaron Carter”

Lizzie, Miranda (Lalaine) and Gordo (Adam Lamberg) embark on a quest to find Aaron Carter, who is shooting his Christmas music video in town.  After many close encounters with a security guard, the group is asked to appear in the video.

(1:00 AM – 1:30 AM ) “Lizzie and Kate’s Excellent Adventure”

Lizzie and Kate (Ashlie Brillault) are assigned as partners for a school project. Much to the grief of their friends, Kate and Lizzie enjoy working together, recalling the days when they were great friends. Meanwhile, Matt convinces people that he is psychic.

(1:30 AM – 2:00 AM ) “Lizzie’s Eleven”

Lizzie’s efforts to get eleven of her pictures in the yearbook are nixed when the editor uses her powers to remove them from the final layout. Lizzie plans a heist that involves breaking into the yearbook office on the school’s “Monte Carlo Nite.”

 

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

(12:00 AM–2AM ET/PT) THAT’S SO RAVEN Block

(12:00 AM – 12:30AM) “A Goat’s Tale”

Eddie (Orlando Brown) steals the rival school’s mascot before the big game, but Chelsea (Anneliese van der Pol) feels sorry for the animal and steals it to bring to a farm and a better life. Also, Cory (Kyle Massey) becomes overly competitive playing an online video game against a girl in Japan.

(12:30 AM – 1:00AM) “Boys ‘n’ Commotion”

Raven (Raven-Symoné) promises to get Boyz ‘N Motion to perform at school.

(1:00 AM – 1:30AM) “Gettin’ Out of Dodge”

When Raven knocks out Bianca (Erica Rivera) in dodgeball, Muffy (Ashley Eckstein) & Loca (Andrea Edwards) started hanging out with her.

(1:30 AM – 2:00AM) “Sister Act”

Raven agrees to be Sydney’s (Sydney Park) “big sister” in the community center pageant. Cory gets Stanley (Bobb’e J. Thompson) to be his straight man when he emcees.

 

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

(12:00 AM–2AM ET/PT) EVEN STEVENS Block

(12:00 AM – 12:30AM) “Scrub Day” Louis (Shia LaBeouf) conquers fear (and a school full of bullies) when he uses humor and style to turn the traditional Scrub Day on its ear.

(12:30 AM – 1:00AM) “Almost Perfect”

Ren (Christy Carlson Romano) and the rest of the school are stunned by the possibility that perfect Ren might get a “C” in, of all things, SHOP CLASS! Luis turns the janitor’s closet into a happening party spot.

(1:00 AM – 1:30AM) “Influenza: The Musical”

Ren is sick and Eileen (Donna Pescow) makes her stay home from school. Afraid she won’t receive perfect attendance, Ren sneaks off to school. However, she forgot about a science project due that day. Louis dreads Coach Tugnut’s obstacle challenge.

(1:00 AM – 1:30AM) “Band on the Roof”

Tom Gribalski (Fred Meyers) produces a “rock-u-mentary” on the Twitty Stevens Connection, through which we see the rise, fall, and rebirth of the classic Sacramento.

 

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

(12:00 AM–2:00 AM ET/PT) CHEETAH GIRLS

Set in Manhattan, “The Cheetah Girls” tells the story of four multi-talented teens from dissimilar homes and economic backgrounds — a cultural melting pot of Black, Italian, Dominican, Puerto Rican and Cuban heritages — with a dream to take the world by storm with their music group. Galleria (Raven-Symone), Chanel (Adrienne Bailon), Aqua (Kiely Williams) and Dorinda (Sabrina Bryan) are The Cheetah Girls, with their own hip, playful “slanguage” and a credo that suggests all Cheetah Girls are created equal, but not alike. The Cheetah Girls enter their school talent contest spearheaded by faculty adviser Drinka Champagne (Sandra Caldwell), an erstwhile ‘70s disco queen turned drama teacher.  But tension mounts and The Cheetah Girls start to unravel after blind ambition gets the best of Galleria. In between pursuing their big dream of getting a record deal, the dynamic, strong-minded foursome navigates their young world of “cheetah-licious” fashion and boys, including Galleria’s occasional nemesis Derek (Kyle Schmid).  All the while, Galleria resists taking advice from her protective mother Dorothea (Lynne Whitfield), a former model who wants to shield the girls from exploitation and disappointment; Chanel wonders if her single mom is more interested in dating than parenting; and Dorinda struggles with the secret shame not even her trusted Cheetah sisters know she carries – she has spent her entire life in foster care. “The Cheetah Girls” is based on the best-selling book series by journalist-turned-author Deborah Gregory and is executive-produced by Debra Martin Chase and Whitney Houston.

 

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

(12:00 AM–2:00 AM ET/PT) HALLOWEENTOWN

“Halloweentown” stars the legendary Debbie Reynolds as Aggie Cromwell, an eccentric and high-spirited witch who travels from her spooky and wonderful hometown, Halloweentown, to the mortal world to enlist the help of her daughter Gwen (Judith Hoag) and her grandchildren Marnie (Kimberly J. Brown), Dylan (Joey Zimmerman) and Sophie (Emily Roeske) in her mission to save Halloweentown from the sinister forces of evil which threaten to take it over. When Aggie Cromwell visits her daughter’s family on October 31, it is for one reason only – to garner the help of Gwen and her children in saving Aggie’s hometown from imminent destruction by a force of evil that threatens its very existence.  But Gwen has been raising her three children in the mortal world and has no intention of exposing them to life among the witches, warlocks and other offbeat creatures of Halloweentown.  However, when thirteen year-old Marnie, her younger brother Dylan and their four-year-old sister Sophie hitch a ride on a bus to Halloweentown, the fun begins as the young trio enters a spooky and wonderful world of colorful creatures, exciting new powers and unpredictable adventure.  Soon, Gwen follows her children to Halloweentown, and the entire family gets caught up in a fast-paced struggle between good and evil in order to help Grandma Aggie save her beloved home.

 

The NBA on Christmas Day Tradition Continues

This Thursday, Dec. 25, a Christmas Day tradition continues as ABC and ESPN will combine to present a marquee NBA tripleheader. The trifecta tips off at 12 p.m. (noon) ET on ESPN when the Washington Wizards and John Wall visit the New York Knicks and Carmelo AnthonyDave Pasch will be joined by analyst Jon Barry and reporter Lisa Salters at Madison Square Garden. The game is also available on WatchESPN.

NBA on ABC, ESPN Radio & ESPN Deportes

Following Wizards-Knicks, the Christmas schedule turns to ABC for a blockbuster doubleheader. It starts at 2:30 p.m. with a rematch of the 2014 Western Conference Finals as the Oklahoma City Thunder – led by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook – visit the defending NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs and Tim Duncan and Tony Parker. Multi-platform ESPN play-by-play voice Mike Tirico will be joined by analyst Hubie Brown and reporter Heather Cox to call the action. On ESPN Radio, Marc Kestecher will describe the action with analyst and Bruce Bowen.

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The star-studded Christmas Day slate culminates at 5 p.m. with one of the most anticipated games of the season as LeBron James returns to Miami for the first time when his Cleveland Cavaliers visit the Miami Heat and Dwyane WadeMike Breen, the voice of the NBA Finals, will be joined by analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson and reporterDoris Burke for commentary. On ESPN Radio, Kevin Calabro will call the game with analystP.J. Carlesimo and ESPN NBA Insider Marc Stein. Both ABC games are also available on ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.

In addition, NBA Countdown will make its ABC debut this season with it’s first-ever Christmas Day roadshow from American Airlines Arena in Miami. Host Sage Steele will be joined by analysts Jalen Rose and Doug Collins at 2 p.m. to preview the ABC doubleheader. The crew will be located at a set inside the arena and provide insight throughout halftime of both ABC games.

SportsCenter will provide regular Christmas Day coverage, beginning Tuesday, Dec. 23 through Thursday, Dec. 25, with reporters at Christmas locations, including Mark Schwarz, Dave McMenamin, Ramona Shelburne, Baxter Holmes and Nick Friedell. Additionally, several NBA content pieces will air throughout the week on a variety of topics; an all-access segment on the Wizards and Knicks, the Spurs “Big 4,” LeBron James’ top Miami Heat moments, Kevin Durant conversation and hosted segments and essays by Mike Lupica, Michael Wilbon, Stephen A. Smith, Marc Stein, Dan Le Batard, Reese Waters and more.

ESPN International will also televise Christmas Day games in the Pac-Rim, including Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs, Cleveland Cavaliers at Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers.

Christmas Day schedule:

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Networks
Thu, Dec 25 12 p.m. NBA Christmas Special Presented by State Farm: Washington Wizards at New York Knicks
Dave Pasch, Jon Barry, Lisa Salters
ESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
  2 p.m. NBA Countdown 
Sage Steele, Jalen Rose, Doug Collins
ABC, WatchESPN
  2:30 p.m. NBA Christmas Special Presented by State Farm: Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs
ABC: Mike Tirico, Hubie Brown, Heather Cox
ESPN Radio: Marc Kestecher, Bruce Bowen
ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
  5 p.m. NBA Christmas Special Presented by State Farm: Cleveland Cavaliers at Miami Heat
ABC: Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Doris Burke
ESPN Radio: Kevin Calabro, P.J. Carlesimo, Marc Stein
ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
  1 a.m. NBA Tonight
Cassidy Hubbarth, Brad Daugherty
ESPN2, WatchESPN
Dr. Jerry Punch to Remain at ESPN

Dr. Jerry Punch, who has been associated with ESPN since 1984 as a motorsports and college sports announcer, has agreed to a new contract to remain with the network and extend his run as one of ESPN’s longest-tenured announcers.

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Punch, who was a pit reporter as well as a lap-by-lap announcer on ESPN’s NASCAR race telecasts through the network’s recently-completed final season of live NASCAR racing, will return to ESPN’s college football and basketball coverage in various roles. He worked on college sports telecasts from 1989-2006 as both a play-by-play announcer and sideline reporter while also covering motorsports.

In addition, Punch will remain connected to motorsports as a pit reporter on ABC’s telecasts of the Indianapolis 500 and other races in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

“ESPN has been my home for a long time and I’m grateful for the opportunities presented to me to remain part of the team,” said Punch. “I love the passion of college sports and look forward to helping bring those stories to our viewers and to reconnecting with the college coaches and staffs I’ve enjoyed relationships with over the years.”

His first game will be Jan. 15 as he calls the Murray State vs. Belmont Ohio Valley Conference matchup on ESPNU.

In his on-air work, Punch has sometimes called on knowledge from his first career as an emergency room physician to explain injuries. He spent 14 years as the director of emergency room services at a Florida hospital and served two terms as chief of staff there. He remains active in the medical profession today.

The North Carolina native worked as a race car mechanic and driver in high school and college, when he was also a walk-on, backup quarterback for North Carolina State under Coach Lou Holtz.

After working as a track announcer at Hickory (N.C.) Speedway near his hometown of Newton, N.C., Punch made his broadcasting debut on radio for the Motor Racing Network at the 1980 Daytona 500. He branched into television in 1982.

He is ESPN’s sixth longest-tenured announcer, following Bob Ley, Cliff Drysdale, Chris Berman, Dick Vitale and Mike Patrick.

Kendis Gibson Joins ABC News

ABC News President James Goldston announced that Kendis Gibson is joining the team of ABC News

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I’m thrilled to announce that Kendis Gibson has joined ABC News as a correspondent.

A talented journalist with wide-ranging experience, Kendis is a very welcome addition to our ABC News family. He comes to us from our powerhouse affiliate WJLA in Washington DC, where he was a weekend anchor and general assignment reporter. Since joining WJLA in 2011, he has covered some of the biggest stories to hit the nation’s capital, including anchoring hours of live coverage during Hurricane Sandy, the Capitol Hill police pursuit and shooting, and reporting on the Navy Yard massacre in 2013.

Prior to joining WJLA, Kendis worked as a correspondent with CBS Newspath, where he covered the shooting spree in Tucson and many other major news events. He also worked as an anchor at KSWB in San Diego, and has hosted shows for HGTV and covered red carpet events across the world as an entertainment reporter and anchor with CNN.

A native of Belize, where he grew up without a television, Kendis moved to the U.S. when he was 11-years-old. The youngest of seven boys, his family has also taught him a thing or two about how to work as a team.

Kendis will spend the next several months in New York before moving full time to the Washington bureau.

Please join me in welcoming Kendis to ABC News.

James

Walt Disney World To Start Accepting Apple Pay On Christmas Eve

Walt Disney World merchandise and dining locations will begin accepting Apple Pay on December 24. These location will also begin accepting  other contactless payments such as Google Wallet and contactless RFID credit cards as well.

Most locations will be included in the initial rollout, but locations that use temporary terminals, such as full-service dining locations, will rollout at a future date.

Apple Pay is expected to be accepted at the Disneyland Resort in 2015.

Apple Pay is currently also available at Disney Stores.

Disney Infinity Features Holiday Toy Boxes

Let the fun, family festivities begin with Disney Infinity’s new holiday-themed Toy Boxes, created by Disney Infinity’s Toy Box Level Designers. The new levels will help even the Scrooge of gamers get into the holiday spirit with caroling and cool challenges. These Toy Boxes are available for free for all Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) players and include:

  • Mickey’s Christmas Carol - The Toy Box Community Team forgot to send you a Holiday card, so they decided to build you a Toy Box instead! Enjoy this Toy Box, and take on the beloved Disney classic, Mickey’s Christmas Carol.
  • Snow Park Challenge - Hop on the snowmobile and race to find all the Pastry collectibles as fast as you can!

To download these Toy Boxes, follow the instructions below. From the main menu:

  1. Go to Community Content and select Disney Toy Boxes.
  2. Pick the “Developer Picks” category.
  3. From here, you can choose to Play Level or Download.
Into the Woods at the El Capitan Theatre

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Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre presents a special engagement of Disney’s “Into The Woods,” from Dec. 25, 2014 – Jan. 11, 2015. In addition, El Capitan guests have the opportunity to be among the first to see the film at a special advance screening on Dec. 24 at 7 p.m., complete with prizes and giveaways.

“There is no better place to experience the magic and wonder of Disney’s INTO THE WOODS than the El Capitan Theatre,” said Lylle Breier, senior vice president of worldwide special events for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. “Only at the El Capitan will guests have the opportunity to see a display about the making of the movie featuring several of the spectacular costumes designed by Academy Award winner Colleen Atwood before and after every screening.”

Daily showtimes are 10 a.m., 1:05 p.m., 4:10 p.m. and 8 p.m. 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, as well as the “GOOD AS GOLD” special offer of 8 General Admission tickets for $96, are available by calling 1-818-845-3110. Show times are subject to change.

On select dates, El Capitan guests may see the movie costumes in a festive way at the Costume Mixer!  Guests will have the opportunity to walk amongst the displays before the rest of the audience enters the theatre, while enjoying beer, wine, soft drinks and light fare, and receive a commemorative photo before seeing the 8 p.m. movie. Seating is limited and reservations are required.

The El Capitan Theatre will also host a very special Tiny Tot Tuesday every Tuesday during the run of “Into The Woods” at 10 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.

New TV Ad For Lucasfilm’s Strange Magic

A new TV spot for Touchstone Picture’s release of Lucasfilm’s Strange Magic has been posted.

Starring Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Alan Cumming, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, Alfred Molina, and Elijah Kelley, the film will be released January 23.


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