Disney Junior's Doc McStuffins is one of the most important children's series of all-time, and it's certainly been a very special one here at our house. Now comes news that the long-awaited Season Five will premiere FRIDAY, OCT. 26 (11:00-11:30 a.m. EDT/PDT), on Disney Channel and the DisneyNOW app. Since 2012, the series, which tells the story of a young girl who aspires to be a doctor like her mom and communicates with and heals toys, has been celebrated by parents, educators and health-care professionals around the world for having a lasting impact on how children see themselves and their future. As a part of season five, The Doc McStuffins Christmas Special will debut this December on Disney Junior as part of Disney|ABC Television's annual "25 Days of Christmas" programming event. The special will also air on Disney Channel, ABC and Freeform throughout the holiday season.
Get ready for another visit into the Hundred Acre Wood...
On November 6, one of my favorite films of 2018 (I've seen it three times) comes home as Disney’s Christopher Robin arrives on Digital HD, Movies Anywhere and on Blu-ray and DVD. In the live-action film (reviewed here), a grown-up Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) could use a little help from his friends, and it's up to Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger and the rest of the crew from A.A. Milne's classic stories to head to London to answer the call. Check out all the bonus features below...
Last Friday, we closed-out the week with some casting announcements from Lionsgate's forthcoming PLAYMOBIL: The Movie. Now, we're starting off a new week with a first-look at some of the characters from the film! Directed by Lino DiSalvo and produced by ON Animation Studios, PLAYMOBIL: The Movie will feature the voice talents of Anya Taylor-Joy (The New Mutants), Gabriel Bateman (the upcoming Child's Play remake), Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), comic Jim Gaffigan (Chappaquiddick) and singers Meghan Trainor and Adam Lambert.
One of the greatest toy lines of all-time is getting a movie. After years of back-and-forth development between a few different companies with multiple attachments in-and-out, PLAYMOBIL: The Movie is on-track for 2019. Deadline broke the news this morning that film from Lino DiSalvo, a Walt Disney Animation Studios vet who previously served as head of animation on Frozen, is casting. Anya Taylor-Joy (The New Mutants), Gabriel Bateman (the upcoming Child's Play remake), Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), comic Jim Gaffigan (Chappaquiddick) and singers Meghan Trainor and Adam Lambert have all joined the project, which will be told through a mix of live-action and CGI.
Despite occasionally writing about the franchise when something newsworthy has happened over the past few years, I didn't realize how powerful R.L. Stine's Goosebumps was until fairly recently. With our girls now 6 & 9, they've discovered the spooky world of Goosebumps, first through the 1990s television series which has been available on Netflix. But earlier this year, a neighbor started placing some of the original, 400-million-selling books from Scholastic into the Simplay3 Neighborhood Sharing Library that I installed in our yard last year. Goosebumps became a staple of the heavy reading rotation, and eventually they checked out the 2015 film that was inspired by that world. All that said, the timing of Sony Pictures' Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween couldn't be better, and the fact that I was invited to host a Chicago-area advance screening of the film was absolutely perfect... a first-hand example of just how powerful the Goosebumps franchise really is. And Haunted Halloween? It's primed to be a perennial favorite - a new Halloween classic that's going to surprise a lot of people.
This weekend, Oct. 12 - 14, 2018, Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party!, is coming to Chicagoland for eight performances at the Rosemont Theatre. This is an all-new Sesame Street Live! - the inaugural production under Feld Entertainment’s new partnership with the non-profit educational organization, Sesame Workshop. features favorite Sesame Street pals Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and more in a brand-new sensory adventure live on stage. Check out a preview below!
It's gonna be a huge fall for Hailee Steinfeld. The Academy Award-nominated actress and recording artist will host and perform at the 2018 MTV EMAs airing live globally from Bilbao Exhibition Centre, Spain on Sunday, November 4 at 7:00pm ET/PT. The new gig comes ahead of her lead role in Paramount Pictures' new Transformers spin-off, Bumblebee, and her voice role as Gwen Stacy/Spider-Gwen in Sony's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. MTV revealed Steinfeld as this year's EMAs host this morning through a Facebook Live sketch that was broadcast across its international platforms.
Each Fall, I always look forward to new Halloween episodes from some of our favorite shows, and this year there's quite a few on deck. One that's already out there in the rotation is a dual-dose of Halloween fun from Disney Junior's Muppet Babies. Originally airing on October 5, 2018 and now in the mix during the daily dose of Muppet Babies (check your local listings), Happy Hallowocka!/The Teeth Chattering Tale of the Haunted Pancakes includes two 11-minute tales inside one half-hour episode. And, there's a "Super Spooky Halloween" music video as well! Check it out...
Dream Big, Princess: Disney Launches Global Video Series featuring 21 Female Filmmakers from 13 CountriesWritten by James Zahn
“A word I use over and over again is tenacity. I think it’s important to remember that it’s never going to be easy the first time out, so you just have to keep going at it again and again, especially if you firmly believe in what you do.” -- Kathleen Kennedy, President, Lucasfilm
It's incredible what a difference a few years can make. Upon the birth of our first daughter back in 2009, my wife and I were almost instantly inundated with information and opinions on the "Princess Complex" - what many felt was negative influence from the Disney Princesses and the like. The Walt Disney Company was completely aware, and in recent years there's been a real effort to reinvent the Disney Princess brand to be something meaningful and empowering, and since the 2016 launch of Dream Big, Princess, kids everywhere have been presented with new ideas on just what a "Princess" could be. Now, ahead of the United Nations International Day of the Girl (October 11), Disney has launched a new global video series offering advice and inspiration on achieving success for the next generation of young leaders around the globe. The #DreamBigPrincess video series, produced and directed by young women from the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up initiative, shares the stories of 20 trailblazing women across technology, entertainment, medicine, law, sports, arts, science, fashion and politics to show the next generation what’s possible if you dream big.
Disney Channel Stars Come together for "Legendary" New Music Video ahead of International Day of the Girl ChildWritten by James Zahn
Ahead of the United Nations' International Day of the Girl Child (October 11), Disney Channel has issued a brand-new music video to inspire and support the great potential of girls everywhere. "Legendary" is an amplification of the Disney Channel "brand promises" - "Express Yourself," "Believe in Yourself" and "Celebrate Your Friends and Family." Showcasing the spirit of camaraderie, "Legendary" delivers the powerful message that when girls and young women support each other and work together, nothing is out of reach. The video features 17 young stars from across Disney Channel's original series' and movies. Check it out below!
Disney's Hocus Pocus is one of those films that's become bigger with age. Originally released in 1993, the tale of the Sanderson sisters - a trio of witches transported from 1693 to 1993 - wasn't a huge hit at the time. Over the past 25 years, however, the film has taken on legendary status, largely due to its October airings on Disney Channel where it's connected with new generations of fans each year. Directed by Kenny Ortega, the appeal to modern audiences is quite apparent - with Hocus Pocus containing much of the same charm that's pushed his Descendants trilogy (the third chapter arrives next year) into massive success. The song and dance combined with the magical, but not quite realistic scenery gives it a theatrical feel, drawing audiences into the story penned for the screen by Neil Cuthbert (Return of Swamp Thing) and "Master of Horror" Mick Garris.
After years of mixed reactions and conflicting opinions between fans and critics, Warner Bros. finds themselves in an interesting spot with their DC Extended Universe of films. Now, as it appears that we're in for a potential switch in cast and tone from our most recent big-screen Batman and Superman, other members of the Justice League are still on-deck with solo films of their own, and Aquaman is next in line. From director James Wan (SAW), AQUAMAN is shaping up to be a very different film from others in its universe - an epic that's bigger than many would've expected from a character that's often been the brunt of jokes across the decades. Yes, he can talk to fish... but Aquaman is looking quite badass, and Warner. Bros is counting on audiences to get behind the character, today issuing an extended, five-minute preview of the film. Check it out below!