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DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast Show #155 w/ Special Guest JIM “THE ROOKIE” MORRIS (The Real Life Inspiration Behind the Disney Film The Rookie, Major League Baseball Veteran, Speaker) on DizRadio.com

Show #155 w/ Special Guest JIM “THE ROOKIE” MORRIS (The Real Life Inspiration Behind the Disney Film The Rookie, Major League Baseball Veteran, Speaker) on DizRadio.com

Show #155 w/ Special Guest JIM “THE ROOKIE” MORRIS (The Real Life Inspiration Behind the Disney Film The Rookie, Major League Baseball Veteran, Speaker) on DizRadio.com

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August 18, 2016 – Show #155

It’s Time D-Heads! This week we head into America’s pastime with JIM “THE ROOKIE” MORRIS (The Real Life Inspiration for Disney’s Film The Rookie, Major League Baseball Veteran, Motivational Speaker, and more) to the show! Jim talks about his career, his life, Disney approaching him to make a movie about his life, Motivational Speaking, Children, Dreams and so much more!

In addition no show is complete without the D-Team and Nathan dusts off the books and tells you what happened This Week in Disney History while Caitlin gives you the latest rundown from the Walt Disney World Resort in WDW-in-2. Jason goes down into The Vault with another Blu-Ray and DVD you want to add to your collection and Cody takes a stroll down The Hollywood Walk with more on our special guest Jim “The Rookie” Morris. And let’s not forget Randy with the latest from Disney Multi-Media.

 JIM “THE ROOKIE” MORRIS (The Real Life Inspiration Behind the Disney Film The Rookie, Major League Baseball Veteran, Speaker)

JIM “THE ROOKIE” MORRIS (The Real Life Inspiration Behind the Disney Film The Rookie, Major League Baseball Veteran, Speaker)

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Lexi Walker The 14-Year-Old YouTube Singing Sensation Releases Wishes & Dreams – 3-Song EP Available NOW

Lexi Walker - Wishes & Dreams EP - Available Now

Lexi Walker – Wishes & Dreams EP – Available Now

Portrait Records announces the release of Wishes & Dreams, a 3-song EP available August 12 from Lexi Walker, the 14-year-old YouTube singing sensation. A follow-up to her 2015 holiday album, Merry Christmas, the new EP features a fresh, brilliant take on two Disney classics, “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” from Cinderella and “When You Wish Upon a Star” from Pinocchio. Also featured on the album, coinciding with the 2016 Olympics, Lexi re-energizes “The Power of the Dream,” Celine Dion’s legendary opening ceremony number from the 1996 Games, with her trademark youthful power and sparkle.

“I chose these songs because I felt like they were timeless classics, something everyone can enjoy listening to,” says Lexi. “Disney music is iconic and even though there are countless covers, I wanted to share my version. The lyrics are awesome, and the arrangements by Lisle [Moore], Kendra [Lowe] and Kurt [Bestor] are equally amazing!  I especially enjoyed doing ‘Power of the Dream’ – the music is so powerful, and Celine Dion is one of my favorite artists. Singing any one of these songs makes me feel like wishes and dreams really do come true!”

At two-years-old, Lexi Walker, the dynamic young songbird sang in front of her first crowd.  A decade later, the angelic-voiced redhead from Salt Lake City, Utah signed to Portrait Records.  Lexi starred in a viral video of “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen with Alex Boyé and the One Voice Children’s Choir, which has garnered nearly 80 million views!  She has appeared on America’s Got Talent, Good Morning America, Disney’s Frozen Christmas Celebration and The Queen Latifah Show; and sung with The Piano Guys, Kristin Chenoweth, Lindsey Stirling, David Archuleta, Jenny Oaks Baker, the Lyceum Philharmonic, and the Fairfax Symphony.

To date, Lexi has performed in Las Vegas, Walt Disney World, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, and The Kennedy Center at Christmas-time for the Troops, as well as singing the National Anthem at stadiums throughout the U.S.  Overseas, Lexi has done a tour of Japan and performed in China at the Beijing International Film Festival.  For more information visit http://lexiwalker.net.

Sony Music Masterworks comprises Masterworks, Sony Classical, OKeh, Portrait, Masterworks Broadway and Flying Buddha imprints. For email updates and information please visit www.sonymusicmasterworks.com.

Marvel Music Presents “Captain America: Civil War” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Featuring Music By Henry Jackman

Marvel Music Presents "Captain America: Civil War" Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Featuring Music By Henry Jackman

Marvel Music Presents “Captain America: Civil War” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Featuring Music By Henry Jackman

Marvel Music’s Captain America: Civil War original motion picture soundtrack will be available in physical and digital formats on Friday, May 6, 2016.  The soundtrack features music composed and produced by Henry Jackman (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Captain Phillips” and “Big Hero 6”).  Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” opens in U.S. theaters on May 6, 2016.

Jackman recorded the score at London’s Air Lyndhurst Studio and also serves as Soundtrack Producer.  The Executive Soundtrack Producers include Anthony & Joe Russo, Kevin Feige, Nate Moore and Dave Jordan.

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Marisa Tomei, Tom Holland, Frank Grillo and Martin Freeman, with William Hurt and Daniel Brühl.

Anthony & Joe Russo are directing with Kevin Feige, p.g.a. producing. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Nate Moore and Stan Lee are the executive producers. The screenplay is by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely.

Captain America: Civil War track list follows:

1. Siberian Overture
2. Lagos
3. Consequences
4. Ancestral Call
5. Zemo
6. The Tunnel
7. Celestial Bodies
8. Boot Up
9. A New Recruit
10. Stepping Up
11. Standoff
12. Civil War
13. Larger Than Life
14. Catastrophe
15. Revealed
16. Making Amends
17. Fracture
18. Clash
19. Closure
20. Cap’s Promise
Bonus Track:
21. Adagio

Marvel Music’s Captain America: Civil War original motion picture soundtrack will be available globally at all music stores http://smarturl.it/cacwsa1 and streaming partners http://smarturl.it/cacwstsa1 on May 6, 2016

Disney Music Emporium Presented By Disney Music Group Featured At Comic-Con International’s WonderCon 2016 with Exclusive Picture Discs from Star Wars, TNBC, and more!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Picture Disc Vinyl image.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Picture Disc Vinyl image.

Disney Music Emporium, the online destination for collectible Disney music products, will take physical form at Booth #2036 at WonderCon 2016 on March 25, 26, and 27 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Over the 3-day event, the Emporium will feature exclusive and limited edition music products, free gifts, plus album signings by award-winning composers.

Scheduled for Friday, March 25 in Room 515B, DME presents “The Composers: Today’s Greatest Superheroes of Music” moderated by Jon Burlingame. The panel of composer superheroes will discuss creating the music that helps bring Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Disney movies and TV series to life. Scheduled to appear on the panel are Brian Tyler (Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel’s Iron Man 3), Tyler Bates (Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy), John Debney (Marvel’s Iron Man 2, The Jungle Book), and Kevin Kiner (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels). Autograph signings will immediately follow the panel in DME’s booth #2036.

Limited quantities of a wide assortment of music products and posters will be available for purchase including: Star Wars BB-8 Die-Cut Picture Disc, WonderCon/DME Limited Edition Poster, Captain America Limited Edition Poster with Picture Disc Vinyl and The Winter Soldier CD, TRON Legacy Limited Print Poster with TRON Legacy Translucence Vinyl, Picture Disc Vinyl Box Collectible Set, and The Nightmare Before Christmas Vinyl Picture Disc.  Additionally, The Jungle Book Picture Disc Vinyl and Star Wars: The Force Awakens Picture Disc Vinyl albums, will be available for the first time at WonderCon.

For more information visit DisneyMusicEmporium.com.  For more information on WonderCon 2016, please visit http://www.comic-con.org/wca.

Walt Disney Records Releases Zootopia Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Walt Disney Records Releases Zootopia Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Walt Disney Records Releases Zootopia Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Walt Disney Records releases the Zootopia soundtrack which features score by Oscar®-winning composer, Michael Giacchino and the end-credit song “Try Everything” performed by Grammy®-winning artist Shakira.   The original motion picture soundtrack will be available wherever music is sold today, March 4, 2016.   Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia,” a comedy-adventure directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”) and co-directed by Jared Bush (“Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero”), opens in theaters on March 4, 2016.

The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde, to solve the mystery.

Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino marks his first-ever feature collaboration with Walt Disney Animation Studios for “Zootopia.” Featuring an 80-piece orchestra and conductor Tim Simonec, Giacchino’s score reflects the diversity of the world.

“In a world as vast as Zootopia, we needed someone who could deliver a score that can feel exotic and powerful, but also provide that same emotional intimacy,” says director Byron Howard. “We tell stories with images, Michael tells stories with music. ‘Zootopia’ is a massive film with deep emotional themes running throughout the story, and Michael was the perfect choice to bring the music of this extraordinary animal world to life.”

Adds director Rich Moore, “Zootopia is a thriving metropolis inhabited by animals from around globe, and Michael’s music has captured a wonderful international spirit that marries perfectly with the visuals. I’m very excited for audiences to experience this incredible new world we’ve created together.”

According to the composer, the score is very diverse instrumentally. “There are flavors of world music sprinkled in everywhere. But at its core, the score always follows the emotional story of Hopps and Nick.”

Giacchino’s credits feature some of the most popular and acclaimed film projects in recent history, including Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out,” “The Incredibles” and “Ratatouille,” as well as “Jurassic World,” “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” and “The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”  His score for Disney•Pixar’s 2009 feature “Up” earned him an Oscar®, a Golden Globe®, the BAFTA®, the Broadcast Film Critics’ Choice Award and two Grammy® Awards.

“I am really proud to be a part of this film,” continues Giacchino. “It’s one of those films with a huge heart and wonderfully realized characters set within a story that’s not only incredibly fun and entertaining but takes an honest look at our own world and the important issues we deal with living in such a diverse society.  That’s what really attracted me to the film—the chance to write music that reflects these kind of challenges.” 

Performed by Shakira, “Try Everything” exemplifies Judy’s journey from small-town bunny to big-city cop. The original song was written by Grammy® winning singer-songwriter Sia and songwriting duo Stargate. “I think that they really captured the spirit of the movie,” says Shakira, “not only in terms of the music, but the lyrics, too. It’s a song about being unafraid of your dreams and being willing to fight for them.”

The Zootopia soundtrack is now available at iTunes http://smarturl.it/zsa1, Amazon http://smarturl.it/zsama1, and wherever music is sold.

Kindermusik and Disney Junior Team up to Create Harmonious Program: Rock & Roar to “The Lion Guard” Music

Kindermusik and Disney Junior Team up to Create Harmonious Program: Rock & Roar to "The Lion Guard" Music

Kindermusik and Disney Junior Team up to Create Harmonious Program: Rock & Roar to “The Lion Guard” Music

Kindermusik® International, the world’s leader in music and movement education, today announced a new exclusive “Rock & Roar” program to bring the musical adventures of Disney Junior’s newest hit series “The Lion Guard” to Kindermusik Studios throughout the United States. Kicking off this February, the fun-filled, 45-60 minute classes for children ages 2-5 will explore the African savannah in a rip-roaring, fast-moving adventure, all set to the thunderous beats of “The Lion Guard” soundtrack. Along the way, kids will learn to build relationships, develop language and literacy skills, enhance balance, flexibility, and coordination, learn steady beat, and explore pretend play.

“We are thrilled to be working with Disney Junior to provide our families with this one-of-a-kind experience,” said Scott Kinsey, President and CEO of Kindermusik International. “Through this program, we’re able to blend our expertise and research-proven education methods with Disney Junior’s beloved characters and storytelling, delivering an exceptional experience for children and families enrolled in Kindermusik.”

Kindermusik International

Kindermusik International

Disney Junior’s “The Lion Guard” animated series continues the epic storytelling of “The Lion King” and follows Simba and Nala’s second-born cub, Kion and his diverse group of friends as they unite to protect the Pride Lands. Kion and his friends were introduced this past November in Disney Channel’s animated television movie “The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar,” the #1 primetime cable TV telecast of 2015 among Kids 2-5 and the #1 animated telecast across kid cable-TV networks among Total Viewers and Adults 18-49.

Visit www.kindermusik.com/thelionguard to learn more or to find a class near you

Disneyland Resort Offers 16 Unforgettable Experiences To Brighten a Spring or Summer Visit in 2016

February 2, 2016 Disney News, Disneyland No Comments
Disneyland Resort Offers 16 Unforgettable Experiences To Brighten a Spring or Summer Visit in 2016

Disneyland Resort Offers 16 Unforgettable Experiences To Brighten a Spring or Summer Visit in 2016

Spring and summer at the Disneyland Resort will be more thrilling than ever this year with new family vacation fun and spectacular entertainment. Guests continue to discover the excitement of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration and its nighttime spectaculars, plus new and enhanced Star Wars experiences. At Disney California Adventure Park, Cars Land will soon debut its newest attraction, Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters.

Guests planning a summer vacation at the Disneyland Resort also will enjoy a new “Frozen” musical, based on the blockbuster Walt Disney Animation Studios film, and the unforgettable, new Soarin’ Around the World attraction. Magic awaits guests of all ages in 2016, including these 16 special experiences.

At Disney California Adventure Park
Disney California Adventure celebrates its 15th anniversary Feb. 8, 2016, with adventures from Buena Vista Street to Cars Land, and something for guests of all ages, including the thrilling California Screamin’ coaster, the uplifting Pixar Play Parade and the high-scoring action of “Toy Story Mania.”

1.  The new live “Frozen” musical premieres in late spring 2016, immersing audiences in the emotional journey of Anna and Elsa with all of the excitement of live theater. The entertaining musical adaptation will include elaborate costumes and sets, stunning special effects, show-stopping production numbers and some unique theatrical surprises. The show will play at the Hyperion Theater.

2.  The fun-filled Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters attraction, debuting soon at Casa Della Tires in Cars Land, is rolling with fun as Luigi’scugini (cousins) have come from Carsoli, Italy, to help celebrate Race Day in Radiator Springs. Park guests join in the fun by hopping aboard miniature Italian roadsters, in the style of late 1950s micro cars. The cars perform the traditional dances of their village, moving to upbeat music and Luigi’s singing in a precision-choreographed dance across what appears to be a trackless “dance floor.” Each car has its own routine, so guests will enjoy different ride experiences depending on which car they board.

At Disneyland Park
Exciting Star Wars experiences in Disneyland Park celebrate the Star Wars film saga.

3.  Star Wars Launch Bay invites guests to visit a Star Wars-themed cantina, discover authentic replicas of film props, and encounterStar Wars characters such as Chewbacca, from the light side, and Kylo Ren from the dark side.

4.  The Star Wars-themed transformation of Space Mountain into Hyperspace Mountain thrusts guests into an X-wing Starfigher battle as they race through the darkness. The experience is enhanced by a new soundtrack, inspired by the Star Wars films’ musical themes and re-orchestrated to match every move in the attraction.

5.  At the Star Tours – The Adventures Continue attraction, guests encounter a new adventure and characters from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” while journeying aboard a Starspeeder 1000.

6.  Guests will relive stories from the Star Wars saga – or discover them for the first time – through the short “Star Wars: Path of the Jedi” film which connects iconic scenes from the iconic films in fun new ways.

7.  The popular interactive show Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple has been reimagined with Darth Vader and the Seventh Sister Inquisitor from the popular Disney XD series Star Wars Rebels.

8.  As preparations begin in 2016 for a new Star Wars-themed land, guests will enjoy unique limited-time opportunities to experience some of their favorite attractions in new ways. While the Disneyland Railroad is temporarily closed, guests at the Main Street and New Orleans Square Train Stations will be able to get up-close with the historic steam engines that have circled Disneyland park for decades and learn about them firsthand from Disneyland Railroad engineers. Limited-time experiences for the Mark Twain Riverboat and Sailing Ship Columbia will debut throughout the year.

9.  Super Hero fans will have their own special encounters at Super Hero HQ. They’re invited to learn more about their favorite Super Heroes, such as Thor and Spiderman, and meet some of them in person.

60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration Continues in 2016
The stunning entertainment found every year at the Disneyland Resort is now even more dazzling, with three nighttime spectaculars that are part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, continuing through Sept. 5, 2016.

10.  The sparkling “Paint the Night” parade builds on the tradition of breathtaking nighttime parades in Disneyland Park that began with the “Main Street Electrical Parade.” Illuminated almost entirely by LED lights, “Paint the Night” is a state-of-the art, vibrant wonder that immerses guests in the magical, luminescent worlds of many Disney and Disney●Pixar characters, including Ariel, the Little Mermaid; Woody and Buzz Lightyear from “Toy Story”‘; Lightning McQueen from “Cars,” Disney Princesses and Mickey Mouse and his pals.

11.  The “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular entertains guests from the tips of their toes to the sky high above, surrounding the audience with music, dazzling visual projections and other special effects that bring the pyrotechnics to life in surprising new ways.  Guests may enjoy the projections from multiple locations, including Main Street, U.S.A., and Small World mall.

12.  At Disney California Adventure, “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disneyis a fun-filled version of the popular, nighttime “World of Color” spectacular.  Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris joins Mickey Mouse on a magical water canvas, bringing to life the remarkable story of Walt Disney and The Happiest Place on Earth with animated imagery, live-action film, fountains, lasers, special effects and a stirring musical score.

Special Offer for Southern California Residents and Themed Dining
13.  Special two-day and three-day Southern California Resident tickets* make this an ideal time for Southern California residents to visit the parks. Purchase options include a two-day ticket with a choice of one park per day for $149, a two-day Park Hopper ticket for$189, a three-day ticket with a choice of one park per day for $179, or a three-day Park Hopper ticket for $219. These tickets are available through May 19, 2016 and valid through May 26, 2016. For details, visit http://Disneyland.com/flex

14.  Any visit to the Disneyland Resort becomes more special with themed dining and refreshments, and the resort presents some tasty new surprises in 2016. At Disneyland, the Star Wars-themed menu at Galactic Grill includes the Darth Tamale, a First Order Specialty Burger with Angus beef and chorizo on a dark bun, and The Pastry Menace éclair. Plaza Inn is ideal for family dining with a menu that features fried chicken, pot roast and made-to-order salads. Children and the young at heart are delighted to encounter Disney characters at the “Minnie & Friends Breakfast in the Park” at Plaza Inn, one of several character meals at the resort.

15.  At Disney California Adventure, guests will enjoy the recently opened Smokejumpers Grill, decorated with mementos from courageous, forest firefighters with a menu that features burgers and other favorites. The popular Cove Bar along Paradise Bay serves beverages and appetizers in an expanded patio area in 2016. The elegant Carthay Circle Restaurant continues to provide an ideal location for fine dining and adult relaxation in its lounge. And guests who want to meet Disney Princesses will find them at the character dining at Ariel’s Grotto.

16.  Hotel restaurants at the Disneyland Resort include Steakhouse 55 in the Disneyland Hotel, Napa Rose and Storytellers Café in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s PCH Grill at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. For dinner at Disney’s PCH Grill, guests enjoy a menu inspired by the California beach scene, with smoked tri-tip, spice-rubbed ribs, fish and vegetarian tacos, fried chicken, and hot dogs right off the grill.

For more information about the Disneyland Resort, see www.Disneyland.com or visit www.DisneyParksBlog.com

Walt Disney Records Set To Release “The Finest Hours” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Walt Disney Records Set To Release "The Finest Hours" Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Walt Disney Records Set To Release “The Finest Hours” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

A heroic action-thriller, “The Finest Hours” is based on the remarkable true story of the most daring rescue mission in the history of the Coast Guard. Presented in Digital 3D, Real D 3D and IMAX® 3D, the film transports audiences to the heart of the action, creating a fully immersive cinematic experience on an epic scale.  “The Finest Hours” original motion picture soundtrack features score by award-winning composer Carter Burwell and will be available digitally on January 29, 2016.  “The Finest Hours” storms into U.S. theaters on January 29, 2016.

Carter Burwell has scored over 80 films, including “Blood Simple,” “Raising Arizona,” “Miller’s Crossing,” “Barton Fink,” “The Hudsucker Proxy,” “Rob Roy,” “Fargo,” “The Spanish Prisoner,” “Gods and Monsters,” “Velvet Goldmine,” “The General’s Daughter,” “Three Kings,” “Being John Malkovich,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” (BAFTA Nominee for Film Music), “Before Night Falls,” “A Knight’s Tale,” “The Rookie,” “Adaptation.”, “Intolerable Cruelty,” “The Ladykillers,” “No Country for Old Men,” “In Bruges,” “Burn After Reading,” “Twilight,”  “Where the Wild Things Are” (Golden Globe Nominee for Best Original Score), “A Serious Man,” “The Blind Side,” “The Kids Are All Right,” “True Grit,” “Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 & 2,” and “The Fifth Estate,” “Mr. Holmes” and “Legend.” Burwell received his first Oscar nomination for Best Original Score for “Carol.”  He was also nominated for a Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Movie Award for “Carol.” He received an Annie nomination for Outstanding Achievement, Music in an Animated Feature Production for “Anomalisa.”  In addition, Burwell received The Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Music Score for “Carol” and “Anomalisa.”

The end credit track is a cover of the sea shanty “Haul Away Joe” performed by Kodaline.   Made up of childhood friends — Steve Garrigan (lead vocals) Mark Prendergast (guitar), Jason Boland (bass) and Vinny May (drums), Kodaline have released two studio albums In A Perfect World and Coming Up For Air. The group has sold out numerous tours in both North America and Europe.  The group’s songs have been featured in several television, film and ad placements including Google, ESPN, The Voice (NBC), Chicago PD (NBC), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), Modern Family (ABC), So You Think You Can Dance (FOX), American Idol (ABC) and many more. Their music videos have garnered over 105 million views and are continuing to grow.

Disney’s “The Finest Hours” is based on the unforgettable story of the Coast Guard’s courageous mission, which is directed by Craig Gillespie and stars: Chris Pine; Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominee Casey Affleck; Ben Foster; Holliday Grainger; John Ortiz; and Eric Bana. Produced by Jim Whitaker and Dorothy Aufiero, the screenplay is by Oscar® nominee Scott Silver and Oscar nominees Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson based on the acclaimed non-fiction book of the same name by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias. Doug Merrifield serves as executive producer.

“The Finest Hours” original motion picture soundtrack will be available digitally on January 29.  For more information on “The Finest Hours” please visit http://movies.disney.com/the-finest-hours.  For more information on Walt Disney Records’ releases, like us on Facebook.com/disneymusic or follow us at Twitter.com/disneymusic.

Disney ‘Star Darlings’ Debuts First On-Air Special on Disney Channel Friday! (Wisconsin Native Skylar Stecker Sings remix of Wish Now)

Disney Publishing Worldwide Launches Inspirational New Multiplatform Property, ‘Star Darlings’

Disney Publishing Worldwide Launches Inspirational New Multiplatform Property, ‘Star Darlings’

Disney today announced the television premiere of the first on-air special of its original new tween property “Star Darlings” FRIDAY, JANUARY 29 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. The on-air special will extend the stories from the popular “Star Darlings” book series from Disney Publishing Worldwide that feature 12 unique girls who encourage tweens to celebrate their individuality, make positive choices, and show that they can make any wish a reality. “Star Darlings” first debuted in North America in September 2015 as a multiplatform lifestyle experience featuring content, music, and products spanning across books, online, mobile, toys and apparel.

“The ‘Star Darlings’ digital short form content has already garnered millions of views across multiple platforms,” said Andrew Sugerman, executive vice president, Disney Publishing Worldwide. “We are excited to expand the world of Starland to television and give fans across the country even more ways to join the ‘Star Darlings’ on their magical adventures.”

The 30-minute on-air special, “Becoming Star Darlings,” introduces viewers to 12 “Star-Charmed” girls who pursue their individual wishes with determination and the help of their friends. The story begins on Starland where a major crisis is afoot, and the girls are chosen to be the first student Starlings to venture to Earth, or as they call it, “Wishworld.” Determined to succeed, the girls show courage and ingenuity—plus a whole lot of humor—as they guide others on Earth to discover happiness and fulfillment.

“Star Darlings” is rich with themes of friendship, confidence, leadership, and teamwork, and centers on characters that embody the qualities and characteristics of today’s tweens. The stories and journeys represented in the animated specials and book series are designed to inspire tweens to go after their dreams.

Music is a key element of the “Star Darlings” property, and as part of the property’s expansion to television, teen singer-songwriter and actress Skylar Stecker was brought on to remix the “Star Darlings” theme song, “Wish Now.” The remix, along with a live-action music video, features Stecker’s powerhouse vocals coupled with hip-hop-inspired beats and electro-pop synths. The Wisconsin native, whose debut album This Is Me is out now on Cherrytree Records, has been featured on Vevo’s DSCVR and iHeart Radio’s Next Up series which showcase in-studio performances from the most exciting new artist discoveries in music today. Also an actress, Skylar recently guest starred on Disney Channel’s hit TV show, Austin & Ally.

“I am so honored to be a part of the incredible world of ‘Star Darlings,’” said Stecker. “I’ve always wanted to be a singer. To be able to live out my dream and do what I love inspires me to encourage others to do the same. ‘Star Darlings’ feels like my own personal story and I can’t wait for my fans to check it out.”

The “Wish Now” remix is now available for download on iTunes, and on the “Star Darlings” Facebook, YouTube and Instagram channels.

The second “Star Darlings” on-air special, “Star Darlings Friendships,” is scheduled to air on the Disney Channel on March 25, 2016.

“Star Darlings” books, dolls and apparel are now available at mass retailers nationwide. The “Star Darlings” doll line, created in collaboration with master toy partner JAKKS Pacific, features dolls from both Starland and Wishworld. The Starland Fashion Dolls let their inner star shine with “out-of-this-world” fashions, while the Wishworld Fashion Dolls feature stylish, down-to-earth fashions for adventures on Wishworld. A full range of all-new products for tweens including fashion, accessories, beauty, and more will be available in fall 2016.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Original Motion Picture Soundtrack From Oscar®-Winning Composer John Williams Debuts At No. 5 On The Billboard 200 Chart

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Original Motion Picture Soundtrack From Oscar®-Winning Composer John Williams

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Original Motion Picture Soundtrack From Oscar®-Winning Composer John Williams

The original motion picture soundtrack for the record-breaking Star Wars: The Force Awakens, featuring new score conducted and composed by five-time Academy Award®-winning composer John Williams, has entered the Billboard 200 chart at No. 5, scanning over 100,000 equivalent album units in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The last and only all-score soundtrack to debut in the Top 5 was Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 1999.

The album is No. 1 on Billboard’s Soundtrack and Overall Classical Charts; at iTunes, peaked at No. 1 on the Soundtrack chart and No. 3 on the Overall Album chart; and at Amazon, the album is No. 1 on the Soundtrack chart and No. 2 on the Overall Digital Album chart.  Additionally, the album has over 10.3M streams on Spotify.  

From Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has broken numerous box office records, most recently becoming the fastest film to reach $1 billion globally, a feat it accomplished in 12 days with over $540 million domestically and $550 million internationally. It posted the biggest debut in industry history with $248 million domestically and $529 million globally in its first weekend, as well as the biggest second weekend of all time domestically with $149.2 million.

Oscar®-winning composer John Williams’ ubiquitous Star Wars “Main Title” theme has become part of popular culture since it was first heard accompanying Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977.  It is no surprise that Williams’ orchestral compositions for Star Wars are among the most beloved and recognizable themes in cinematic history, from the classic “Main Title” theme introduced in Star Wars: A New Hope to the ominous “Imperial March” from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back to the stirring “Duel of the Fates” from the prequel trilogy.

After creating the scores for all six of the previous Star Wars films, Williams returns to compose and conduct his signature sweeping music for The Force Awakens.

Williams, whose career spans over six decades, has won five Academy Awards® and he has scored some of the most popular and critically acclaimed films of all time, including Jaws, the Indiana Jones franchise, the first three Harry Potter films, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Lincoln, Schindler’s List, and countless others.

The soundtrack for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now available wherever music is sold (http://smarturl.it/swtfa).

Enjoy Star Wars on repeat with the new official Star Wars radio on Apple Music Radio now. All Star Wars music on repeat, 24 hours a day: http://smarturl.it/starwarsradio.

Spotify is matching Star Wars fans’ character-inspired playlists based on their music tastes. Users and non-users alike can be matched up with a character playlist by going to http://smarturl.it/SWTFASpotifyMatch.

For more information on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, please visit http://www.theforceawakens.com.

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