May 1, 2015 |
DISNEY JUST can't let it go. The publishing division and Imagicademy of the Mouse House, which has turned synergy into an art form that would make Pixar jealous, announced yesterday that it would create apps for a "Frozen: Early Science" series, featuring characters from the "Frozen" movie. "We are excited to introduce early learners to another educational concept in a fun and uniquely Disney way," said Disney Learning exec Jeff Sellinger in a statement. "The 'Frozen: Early Science' apps bring together Frozen's hugely popular story and characters with an early sciences curriculum developed in conjunction with education experts and academics.
March 21, 2015 |
Mo'ne Davis is getting into movies. After becoming a successful shoe designer and author , the pride of the Taney Dragons will now have a movie made about her life, courtesy of the Disney Channel. The title is Throw Like Mo. Davis will consult on the film from Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants producer Debra Martin Chase. "There are so many great things happening to me right now and it's a very exciting time in my life. A year ago, I never would have thought that Disney Channel would make a movie about me. I can't wait to get started and I hope it will encourage other viewers to believe that dreams really do come true," Davis said in a statement.
March 21, 2015 |
Gathering mo with Mo'ne Davis After becoming a successful shoe designer and author, Mo'ne Davis , the pride of the Taney Dragons, will now have a movie made about her life, courtesy of the Disney Channel. The title: Throw Like Mo . Davis will consult on the film, from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants producer Debra Martin Chase . "There are so many great things happening to me right now, and it's a very exciting time in my life," Davis said in a statement.
January 15, 2015 |
IT'S HARDLY stop-the-presses news that we love old TV shows. There probably hasn't been a day in three decades or more that didn't see some outlet showing reruns of such classic fare as "I Love Lucy" or "M*A*S*H. " But for fans of classic TV, these are high times indeed, with the explosion of new channels specializing in vintage programs from the 1950s through the '80s. And we're not just talking the pop culture touchstones, either. For every "Gilligan's Island" or "The Brady Bunch," there is a far more esoteric but no less-entertaining program to be found, from the cerebral 1960s drama "Route 66" to the "Twilight Zone"-ish "One Step Beyond.
July 28, 2014 |
If anyone is having a Best Decade Ever, it's composer Robert Lopez. Along with 2013's powerhouse Frozen ($1.2 billion worldwide box office, the highest-grossing animated film ever) for which he cowrote songs with wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, and his controversial Broadway smash written with South Park 's creators, The Book of Mormon , at the Forrest Theatre starting on Tuesday, the 39-year-old is an EGOT (winner of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony) - and the youngest at that.
August 16, 2013 |
Fanboys rarely have reason to celebrate capitalism. The system is rigged by the entertainment/merchandising complex to ruthlessly exploit ardent fans' enthusiasm for pop culture. The Boba Fett action figure? Four easy payments of $29.99. Whoever thought it would cost so much to sit at the geeks' table? But then, the free marketplace has always been a cafeteria ruled by bullies. There has been one production megadeal that fanboys can applaud, however - Disney's $4 billion purchase of Marvel Entertainment and its rich pantheon of comic-book superheroes, from Ant-Man to Zuras.
June 10, 2013 |
A Tony Award nomination is a big deal, especially when you're part of a young songwriting duo who are really in it for the fun. Ardmore native Benj Pasek, 27, and his songwriting partner, Justin Paul, 28, who have been called "the heirs of Rodgers and Hammerstein" by Vanity Fair, have a formula, and clearly it's working - well enough to have earned them invitations to Sunday night's Tony Award ceremonies as nominees for best original score for...
May 28, 2013
BY THE TIME you read this, we will be back from Disney World, where Mickey Mouse and his minions will have thoroughly fleeced us. Sure, the mouse looks harmless, but don't be fooled by the bow tie, the big ears and the weird red shorts. Mickey is a rodent Godfather - the don of the Disney organization. I know you don't want to believe Mickey is the head of a family more ruthless than the Sopranos. I didn't want to accept it, either. But after falling victim to Mickey's insidious con game, I've come to realize that he is the worst sort of tyrant - the kind you trust.
December 3, 2012 |
I'm a quick study, but it took a few years of writing columns to realize that I often leave readers with more questions than answers. I flit from subject to subject, but you're stuck at home wondering "Hey, whatever happened to" a person whose story touched you months earlier. I seek amends each December with a pair of columns slowing down and catching up. I give top billing today to Ben Harowitz because, well, he earned it. One year ago, the Swarthmore middle-schooler was a bullying victim sick of suffering in silence.
June 6, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - The Walt Disney Co. has become the first major media company to ban junk-food advertising on programming that targets children. Building on a healthy-foods initiative in its theme parks, Disney imposed new standards for food and beverages advertised on Disney XD and during the Saturday morning programs on Disney-owned ABC television stations. Disney Channel and Disney Junior, which are not ad-supported but receive brand sponsorships, would also be covered under the nutrition guidelines, officials said.