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High School Musical Roundup – Countdown to 3!

If you missed the news, rehearsals have commenced for High School Musical: Senior Year and filming is set to begin in April on the third and final (? – Vanessa doesn’t think so) movie of The Disney Channel’s breakout hit.

A huge casting search has found three new young stars to join the cast of HSM3 as sophomore "Wildcats" – Matt Prokop, Justin Martin, and Jemma McKenzie-Brown got the call.

GossipGirls note the busy schedule that these future stars will be keeping as fame calls. Just look at Ashley Tisdale’s life.

Meanwhile Zac Efron appeared on Access Hollywood and he talks about his decision to return to the High School Musical franchise for the fans sake.

Remember HSM3 is going to skip The Disney Channel and open in regular movie theaters this time around. Opening day is October 24, 2008. News on the premiere as soon as I hear it, I promise.

Finally, someone has collected a few pictures of Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale (with her dog Maui) and Lucas Grabeel arriving for rehearsals for High School Musical 3 and put them in a video. I’ve embedded it below the cut for you.

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Miley Cyrus changes her name to Miley Cyrus

Every true fan of Miley Cyrus (aka Hannah Montana on The Disney Channel of the same name) was born Destiny Hope Cyrus. But the name Miley Cyrus is her professional name. It comes from the nick name of Smiley Miley assigned by her father, Billy… Read More »Miley Cyrus changes her name to Miley Cyrus

Johnny and the Sprites ready to visit your house

Meetthespritesdvdboxart_2 Johnny and the Sprites is a wonderful show on The Disney Channel’s Playhouse Disney morning line up that works to teach children 2-5 some important lessons, while providing entertainment from some of the best talent on Broadway. It’s a recipe that bakes up some of the best magic on The Disney Channel in years. The first season is now available on DVD so you can watch this show with your children at any time.

The DVD features two bonus features. One a magical sing-a-long segment and the other the original shorts that served as interstitials on the Disney Channel and proved the popularity of the show. There are lots of wonderful gems just in the shorts.

What I like most about Johnny and the Sprites is that it’s the show of today that comes closest to the shows of my youth that told fun, but helpful, stories through song and puppeteering. Those were my favorite shows and I’d have to place Johnny and the Sprites: Meet The Sprites in that same echelon.

The full press release is below the cut:

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Bob Iger at Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference

Walt Disney Co. President Bob Iger spoke at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference today. Iger started by addressing the many emerging markets for Disney. “We see a great increase in media consumption on a global basis,” he said, pointing out the obvious positive effect this would have on the entertainment giant. “We believe the internet… Read More »Bob Iger at Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference

Morning Roundup – July 12

Rick Aristotle Munarriz of The Motely Fool has yet another interesting idea ping-ponging around… Should Disney buy Cedar Fair? There was a fair amount of speculation, some by Munarriz himself, that Disney should have bought Six Flags when it was available. I don’t know why Disney would want to own all those smaller seasonal properties… Read More »Morning Roundup – July 12

High School Musical cast in “got milk?” ad

This talented cast of performers from the Disney Channel’s High School Musical 2 are the latest celebrities to join the ‘Body by Milk’ campaign. The campaign encourages teens to stay healthy, being active and lean by eating right and drinking 3 glasses of lowfat or fat free milk everyday. The global stars join the ranks… Read More »High School Musical cast in “got milk?” ad

Morning Roundup – June 22

Disney steps up enforcement against teenage loiterers and disrupters at Downtown Disney. This is in response to a perceived general increase in "ganglike" behavior at the shopping and entertainment center. Last weekend over 40 trespass warnings were issued, as many as had been issued in the previous 5 1/2 months. At least one banned individual… Read More »Morning Roundup – June 22

Two Years Too Long?

Michael Eisner’s two year notice is about twice as long as the usual notice given from CEOs. I noted that this might be problem and writers at the LATimes seem to think so too. This long period of transition will allow for candidates to rise and fall and for various factions inside the company to… Read More »Two Years Too Long?