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Shaquille O'Neal gets animated (and does stand-up) on 'Uncle Grandpa' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

It’s no Kazaam, but former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal will lend his unmistakable voice to Tuesday’s episode of Uncle Grandpa, the new Cartoon Network series about a magical weirdo who is everyone in the world’s uncle and grandpa (because, obviously).

In the episode, Shaq pops up as himself, albeit animated and with dreams of becoming a stand-up comic. When Uncle Grandpa stumbles across Shaq in the middle of his set, he enlists the basketball superstar to help stop a robot from destroying the neighborhood (because, again, obviously).  READ FULL STORY

Julianne Moore on the new app for her 'Freckleface Strawberry' series

Before Hollywood stardom, actress Julianne Moore was just a little girl with a mane of red hair and a face covered in freckles nicknamed “Freckleface Strawberry” by her playmates.

Since then, she’s turned her childhood memories into a bestselling children’s book series starring the spunky 7-year-old Freckleface Strawberry. In the first book, Freckleface tries desperately to erase her freckles and must learn to accept herself and her appearance. In later books, she learns similarly important life lessons through humorous — and touching — adventures with her friends.

The character’s stories have inspired a musical, as well as two apps (with Moore’s daughter Liv voicing Freckleface): Monster Maker, a mix-and-match game, and the just-released Dreamtime Playtime, an app that not only allows children ages 4 and up to play games, but also practice basic math skills like counting and matching. Moore also signed a five-book deal with Random House Children’s Books, and her Freckleface Strawberry series will enter the publisher’s Step into Reading program, aimed at children starting to read.

Moore talked to EW about Freckleface’s appeal, how her childhood experiences inspire her ideas (hint: dodgeball was a challenge), and how the new app attracts children to math: READ FULL STORY

Disney Channel plans original movie 'Descendants,' featuring teenage kids of classic villains

The newest Disney Channel Original Movie is asking you to think things you never thought about your favorite Disney characters.

The network has announced that casting is now under way for a contemporary live-action adventure-comedy called Descendants that explores the teenage lives of the children of some of Disney’s greatest villain characters.

Here’s the scoop: Beast and Belle rule over an idyllic kingdom with their kind teenage son, who looks to be taking the throne, but his first proclamation involves a shot at redemption for the misbehaving kids of Cruella De Vil, Maleficent, the Evil Queen from Snow White, and Jafar (named Carlos, Mal, Evvie, and Jay, respectively).

The teens attend the kingdom’s hottest prep school alongside other famous offspring, including the children of the Fairy Godmother, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, and Mulan. The villainous teens face a dilemma of nature vs. nurture, and whether they’ll follow in their parents’ footsteps or embrace their own inner hero.
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Chord Overstreet sings the meaning of Thanksgiving on Cartoon Network's 'Regular Show' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

“When you’re eating a turkey, you’re eating America.”

This Thanksgiving, Glee fans can catch their favorite trouty-mouthed male model on Cartoon Network, looking and singing they’ve never quite seen and/or heard him before.  READ FULL STORY

'Star Wars Rebels' reveals villain, the Inquisitor -- VIDEO

Star Wars Rebels has unveiled its villain, the Inquisitor, at New York Comic Con. Watch it below. The animated series, which premieres in fall 2014 with a one-hour special on the Disney Channel then segues into a series on Disney XD, takes place roughly 14 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, a time in which the Emperor’s rule is secure and the Empire is seeking to expand its power to Outer Rim territories. At the Lucasfilm panel, exec producer Dave Filoni revealed that the Inquisitor is “tasked by Darth Vader to hunt down the remaining Jedi Knights.” READ FULL STORY

Aww alert! Watch Kid President interview Beyonce

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Feel-good viral video star Kid President just got The celebrity interview: The chance to sit down with Beyoncé. “So excited I could die,” he happily declared.

The singer and Kid President met up to promote World Humanitarian Day (which is August 19), a cause Beyoncé has long been affiliated with. “I know it’s so admirable the people around the world who dedicate their lives to other people,” Beyoncé shared. “I know it’s important to take some time to be unselfish and have compassion, because we really can impact the world.”

Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

Soleil Moon Frye on 'momtrepreneurs' and her new app

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Punky Brewster left TV screens 25 long years ago — but her can-do spirit lives on in Soleil Moon Frye, the actress-turned-business maven who won the role of Punky when she was just seven years old.

In recent years, Frye — best known to a slightly younger generation as Roxie, Sabrina the Teenage Witch‘s cynical college roommate — has reinvented herself as a professional parent. She’s currently overseeing her DIY parenting blog Moonfrye while simultaneously serving as Target’s “Mommy Ambassador,” writing books like this fall’s Let’s Get This Party Started: DIY Celebrations for You and Your Kids to Create Together, hosting OWN’s Home Made Simple, and regularly spotlighting fellow “momtrepreneurs” on Today.

Oh, and as she just announced this morning: The mother of two is having another child.

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'Sesame Street' parodies 'Sons of Anarchy': You read that right -- VIDEO

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Sesame Street has a history of parodying TV-MA shows, including True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, and Mad Men. Now it’s Sons of Anarchy‘s turn. Jax, Clay, Bobby, and Tig ride as the “Sons of Poetry.” They run rhymes, not guns. Watch the video below. “Just a hobby, right, Bobby?” “No big, Tig.” “Relax, Jax.” “Whatever you say, Clay.”

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Hasbro's KRE-O launches Dungeons & Dragon toy sets

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It’s two nerdy tastes that taste great together!

Hasbro announced this morning that its KRE-O construction brand — think “rhymes-with-Schmego” — is joining forces with Dungeons & Dragons, the fantasy role-playing game that’s been synonymous with “nerdery” since 1974 — and which, as luck would have it, is owned by Hasbro’s subsidiary Wizards of the Coast. The toys are set to hit shelves next January.

D&D fans lucky enough to be in San Diego later this week can check out the new sets at Hasbro’s Comic-Con booth. From 9-10 a.m. on Friday, July 19, they’ll also get a chance to receive a special edition KRE-O D&D collectable poster, as seen above. KRE-O sets themed around Star Trek, Transformers, and G.I. Joe will be on display at the booth as well.

Surprise! Lego group announces special sets in promotion of 'Lego Movie'

File this one under inevitable but exciting news: EW has learned that The Lego Group will release a collection of movie-inspired building sets celebrating the brand’s premiere in a film (The Lego Movie, featuring Chris Pratt and Morgan Freeman, hits theaters in 2014.)

“The Lego brand has been a vehicle for creative storytelling around the world for decades, so it’s no surprise that there is such growing enthusiasm for the first Lego theatrical film,” said Jill Wilfert, vice president of licensing and entertainment for The Lego Group in a press release. “We are thrilled to collaborate with our valued partners to build a varied and compelling portfolio of products through which fans of all ages can celebrate this Lego brand milestone.”
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