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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.

Mandy Moore's wild west cartoon comes to Disney Junior in January -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

Last month, we introduced you to Sheriff Callie’s Wild West, a new CG cartoon featuring the friendly voice of Mandy Moore. The show is already available on Disney Junior’s app and website — and today, the network announced that it will premiere on real, live television in early 2014. January 20, specifically.

This country-western-music-filled series “utilizes folklore of the Old West to impart social skills and lessons for young kids age 2-7 about being a good friend and neighbor,” according to Disney’s release. The story follows Callie (Moore), an adorable lawcat “who keeps the peace in her frontier town of Nice and Friendly Corners using her magic lasso and cowgirl know-how.” Moore’s costars include High School Musical‘s Lucas Grabeel as Callie’s deputy and Gravity Falls‘s Jessica DiCicco as… a sentient cactus. The cast also features “an adorable trio of singing prairie dogs pops up to perform little ditties throughout each episode, emphasizing the lessons that are being introduced and providing a comedic transition between scenes.”


Disney's 'Frozen': Composers talk unexpected influences (Gaga!) and accidentally aping 'Arrested Development'

Disney’s newest feature, Frozen, is many things: a loose adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen, a moving tale of sisterly love, an action-packed comedy that shares more than a bit of DNA with Disney’s own Tangled. (One example: In that film, the male hero’s best buddy is a dog-like horse named Maximus. In this film, the male hero’s best buddy is a dog-like reindeer named Sven.)

Frozen also happens to be an old-fashioned animated musical, featuring eight catchy songs by the husband-and-wife team of Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. The pair has worked with Disney once before, writing tunes for 2011’s Winnie the Pooh – though Lopez is best known as the Tony-winning co-writer of edgy Broadway hits Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon. (Talk about range!) READ FULL STORY

'Mad Men' star Kiernan Shipka lends her voice to 'Sofia the First' -- EXCLUSIVE

In this Sunday’s Sofia the First primetime special, Princess Sofia (Modern Family‘s Ariel Winter) will make a very special new friend: Sally Draper.

Okay, not really. But Sofia’s new pal Oona the mermaid is voiced by a familiar TV presence — Kiernan Shipka, best known for playing Don Draper’s increasingly angsty daughter on Mad Men. Sofia meets Oona while on vacation with her family. (The royals get away from it all by heading to their floating palace on the sea. As you do.) After helping out Oona, Sofia finds that she’s sprouted a mermaid tale of her own — setting the stage for a new adventure that will include a special appearance by Ariel, the Little Mermaid herself. (Attention, all Disney obsessives: Ariel’s iconic voice is performed by original voice actress Jodi Benson.)

Catch a glimpse at Sofia and Oona in the clip below. Sofia the First: The Floating Palace airs Sunday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m.on Disney Junior.


'Jessie' celebrates National Adoption Month with special episode -- EXCLUSIVE

November wears many hats. These 30 days aren’t only National Novel Writing Month, National Family Caregivers Month, and Native American Heritage Month — they’re also National Adoption Month, which culminates on Nov. 23 with National Adoption Day.

This year, Disney Channel will celebrate the occasion with a very special installment of Jessie, a sitcom about a young nanny (Debbie Ryan) caring for the kids of a big blended family. Three of her four young charges are adopted — including mischievous Luke (Cameron Boyce), who decides to seek information about his birth parents in the upcoming episode.

As Luke tells Jessie in this exclusive clip, “I don’t want to wait until I’m older to find out about my background.” Unfortunately, getting the goods on his birth family may turn out to be tougher than he thought.

Mandy Moore voices a feline cowgirl on 'Sheriff Callie's Wild West' -- EXCLUSIVE

Caution: Things are about to get adorable ’round these parts.

Meet Disney Junior’s newest heroine: Sheriff Callie, a calico cat who keeps the peace in a critter-filled, Wild West-inspired town called Nice and Friendly Corners. She’s got cowgirl know-how, a magic lasso — and the voice of Mandy Moore, who first wowed Disney fans in the 2010 feature film Tangled. “She’s chasing bandits, she’s rescuing townspeople, she’s riding out to help someone who’s in trouble,” Moore explains in the following exclusive featurette. “She’s the hero of Nice and Friendly Corners.”

'Shake It Up' finale clip: Can Rocky jog amnesiac CeCe's memory? EXCLUSIVE

After three seasons, 75 episodes, and more choreography than you can shake your spirit fingers at, the cast of Shake It Up will hang up their dancing shoes for the last time this Sunday.

The show’s finale, titled “Remember Me,” finds the gang fighting a tricky new foe: amnesia, which claims CeCe (Bella Thorne) as a victim after a “fashion mishap.” Can Rocky (Zendaya Coleman) find a way to help her BFF regain her memory — perhaps by reminding her about all the great times they’ve shared over the past few years? Watch her try in the clip below, which is chock full of flashbacks to some of Shake‘s most memorable moments.


New 'Frozen' trailer features singing: 'That's no blizzard, that's my sister' -- VIDEO

This Thanksgiving, Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, and Jonathan Groff will join voices forces for Disney’s latest animated tale, Frozen, which tells the story of Elsa (Menzel) — a quite literal Snow Queen.

After accidentally revealing her chilly powers and turning her kingdom to snow and ice, Elsa runs away. Her sister, Anna (Bell), quickly enlists the help of mountain man Kristoff (Groff) to retrieve Elsa and bring back summer. Along the way, there are talking snowmen, wolves, and most importantly, musical moments. After all, the only thing prettier than this cast is the sound of their voices.

Watch the new trailer for Frozen, now complete with singing, below:


'Toy Story of Terror': A 'Scream' for the smaller set

Want to give your kids a horror-film education — but think they’re just a little too young to watch Drew Barrymore get dismembered? Here’s a simple solution: Just plop them in front of Toy Story of Terror, a sitcom-length special that debuts on network TV tonight.

Older fans are, of course, welcome to enjoy the show as well — like any Pixar property, it’s designed for viewers of all ages. (Anyone 20ish or older will be especially amused by a new character called Combat Carl, voiced with perfect action-hero bravado by Rocky and Arrested Development star Carl Weathers.) But younger viewers stand to gain the most, since TSoT isn’t just a short featuring some of the studio’s most beloved characters; it’s a genuinely spooky half-hour that doubles as a clever, concise deconstruction of horror as a genre.

'Star Wars Rebels' teaser trailer: The saga's next chapter begins -- VIDEO

The Clone Wars are over — but the rebellion has only just begun.

Strike that: The rebellion begins next year, when Disney premieres an all-new animated Star Wars series. Star Wars Rebels, first announced in May, takes place during the 19 years that pass between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope. Details are still scarce, though The Hollywood Reporter writes that David Oyelowo of Lee Daniels’ The Butler and Freddie Prinze Jr. are in talks to join its voice cast.

Check out the tantalizing teaser below.


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