Johnny Depp named People Magazine’s sexiest man alive!

“Pirates of the Caribbean” super star Johnny Depp was named People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” for the second time, Reuters is reporting.

“Whether it’s onscreen in roles like Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise or at home with his family on their private Bahamian island, the 46-year-old father of two with 25 years in show business still reigns as Hollywood’s most irresistible iconoclast,” People said in a statement.

Depp will next be seen in Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” which opens in March of 2010. He is also the executive producer and star of “Rum Diaries” which will open next year.

People Magazine hits news stands Friday.

ABC Daytime promotes “NINE” by naming the Top Nine General Hospital Moments of 2009

ABC Daytime is joining ABC and Disney in their efforts to support and promote the upcoming movie musical “NINE”. Throughout the month of December, All My Children, One Life To Live and General Hospital will incorporate “NINE” into their show’s story lines.  To kick off the celebration, the shows have  begun counting down the Top Nine moments of 2009 for every soap. Check out part 1 of the Top Nine One Life To Live Moments of 2009 below.  “NINE” stars Daniel-Day Lewis, Kate Hudson, Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench,  Marion Cotillard and Nicole Kidman and is directed by Rob Marshall. The film will be released on Christmas Day.

Top Nine General Hospital Moments of 2009 Part 1:

To find out more: General Hospital

ABC Daytime promotes “NINE” by naming the Top Nine One Life To Live moments of 2009.

ABC Daytime is joining ABC and Disney in their efforts to support and promote the upcoming movie musical “NINE”. Throughout the month of December, All My Children, One Life To Live and General Hospital will incorporate “NINE” into their show’s story lines.  To kick off the celebration, the shows have  begun counting down the Top NINE moments of 2009 for every soap. Check out part 1 of the Top NINE One Life To Live Moments of 2009 below.  “NINE” stars Daniel-Day Lewis, Kate Hudson, Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench,  Marion Cotillard and Nicole Kidman and is directed by Rob Marshall. The film will be released on Christmas Day.

Top NINE One Life To Live Moments of 2009 Part 1:

To find out more, visit: One Life To Live

Kathy Ireland Leaves ‘Dancing With The Stars’

Kathy Ireland and Tony Dovolani

Kathy Ireland and Tony Dovolani

Kathy Ireland is the latest celebrity to be eliminated from Dancing With The Stars. Kathy danced with Tony Dovolani who was previously partnered with Jane Seymour and Susan Lucci. 

“I wouldn’t change a minute of it,” Ireland,  told PEOPLE  Magazine. “To be able to work with Tony the past six weeks has changed my life forever. I can do so many things I never thought I could do. I feel like the biggest winner because I got him as my teacher.”

 There are 13 remaining couples dancing, including current front runners, Aaron Carter, Mya and Donny Osmond. Dancing With The Stars airs Monday and Tuesday nights on ABC.

Disney’s ‘Princess and the Frog’ inspired wedding gown revealed at D23 Expo in Anaheim

frog11Disney has brought us some of the most popular brides in the world with their fairy tales and animated films. From Cinderella and Snow White to Giselle in Enchanted, each princess got their happily ever after with a lavish wedding and an exquisite gown.

Now comes the latest princess to marry the man of her dreams in the upcoming Disney movie “The Princess and The Frog”. Wedding gown designer Kristie Kelly showed her latest designs inspired by the movies main character Tiana at the D23 Expo’s Wedding Event in Anaheim, California.

The 12 year veteran designer, who has focused on Disney-inspired gowns since 2007, revealed the first sketch for a Princess Tiana-inspired wedding gown, based on the upcoming movie, “The Princess and the Frog.”

“To be able to work on a film that one day your grandkids are going to see, it’s incredible,” Kelly was quoted as saying in a story about the D23 Expo by The Orange County Register. “I loved Tiana’s personality. I think she’s a very hard working woman.”

The Register reports that the dress Kelly designed, is modeled after the 1920’s, with rouching and fine beading. The dress will be released after the movie premieres later this year.

Disney’s “The Princess and The Frog” with opens exclusive engagements in Los Angeles beginning November 25th.

To see a picture of the dress design visit: ‘Princess’ inspired dress

Fourth “Pirates of The Carribean Movie” announced at D23 Expo

JohnnyDeppComic-ConJohnny Depp surprised fans at Disney’s D23 Expo opening day. The popular actor appeared on stage with Disney Studios Chairman, Richard Cook, to announce the fourth Pirates movie, titled “Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides”. The popular actor went onstage on a pirate ship in a nod to his film alter ego Jack Sparrow.

The fourth movie in the Pirates series is expected for a Summer 2011 release.

The D23 Expo continues at the Anaheim Convention Center through September 13.

For more information on D23, visit: D23 Expo Schedule

Big Break Returns for 12th Season at Walt Disney World Resort

Big%20Break The GOLF CHANNEL’s popular Big Break series returns for a 12thseason  of Big Break Disney Golf, a reality show that will make one contestant’s dream of playing on the PGA TOUR come true.

Big Break Disney Golf will have 12 males competing for the opportunity to fulfill the desire to play professional golf at the highest level. Competitors range from an Olympic gold medal medalist to several contestants with famous parents hoping to golf professionally.

The winner of the 10-week series will receive an exemption to compete in the 2010 Children’s Miracle Network Classic. The series marks the first time that a Big Break winner will compete in a TOUR event on the same course in which the series was filmed.

To earn the exemption and prizes, the champion will have to defeat highly skilled golfers in a variety of challenges that test their physical skills and mental toughness.

Big Break Disney Golf’schallenges also will take place at various locations throughout the Walt Disney World Resort, including Main Street U.S.A., Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex and the Walt Disney World Speedway. There will also be several cameos with PGA pros throughout the series and will also feature memorable moments from the Children’s Miracle Network Classic.

The contestants are: Andrew Giuliani (New York, N.Y.) – Son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Donna Hanover, Andrew is looking to make a name for himself in golf.

Ed Moses (Hollywood, Calif.) – A gold and silver medal winner as a member of the United States swim team at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, Moses’ goal is now the PGA TOUR.

Andreas Huber (Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Actress Susan Lucci’s son, the former Wall Street broker left the

Aspiring golfer Andreas Huber posing with his family. (L-R) Father, Helmut Huber; sister, Liza Huber; Andreas Huber and mother, Susan Lucci

Aspiring golfer Andreas Huber with his family. (L-R) Father, Helmut Huber; sister, Liza Huber; Andreas Huber and mother, Susan Lucci Photo: Steve Bergman

field for a career as a pro golfer.

Gipper Finau (Lehl, Utah) – Joins Tony as the first brother duo to play in the same Big Breakseries. Gipper turned professional at 16.

Tony Finau (Lehl, Utah) – Brother of Gipper Finau.  Tony turned professional when he was 17 and made a cut on the PGA TOUR the same year.

Mike Perez (Scottsdale, Ariz.) – After playing the Nationwide Tour, Perez is looking for the chance to join brother Pat on the PGA TOUR.

Vincent Johnson (Portland, Ore.) – Received the Charlie Sifford exemption to play in the 2009 Northern Trust Open. He was close to making the cut  in his first PGA TOUR start.

J.R. Reyes (Omaha, Neb.) – Reyes is not your typical golfer. While not looking the part, he has the talent to fit in on the PGA TOUR.

Kevin Erdman (Arcadia, Calif.) – Husband of golfer and Big Break Kaanapalialum Courtney Erdman.

Kevan Maxwell (Charleston, S.C.) – Aspiring golf professional.

Blake Moore (Monrovia, Calif.) – Friend of former Big Break competitor and PGA TOUR rookie James Nitties.

Sean Kalin (Delray Beach, Fla.) – A junior standout who gave up golf for 20 years after being kidnapped, he is looking for a second chance in the game

Vince Cellini and Stephanie Sparks will once again will co-host the series. The series will premiere on October 13 at 10pm EST on the Golf Channel.

Susan Lucci announced as one of the presenters for the Daytime Emmy Awards

51052111VB034_emmynomPresenters for the “36th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards” have been announced. The ceremony will be broadcast at 8 p.m. Aug. 30 on the CW network. Vanessa Williams is the host. There will be a one hour Red Carpet Pre-show right before the ceremony, hosted by Lara Spenser and Kevin Fraiser.

The presenters include: Kristin Alderson (“One Life to Live”), Bradford Anderson (“General Hospital”), Tyra Banks (“The Tyra Banks Show”), Brandon Buddy (“One Life to Live”), Patrick Duffy (“The Bold and the Beautiful”),Melissa Claire Egan (“All My Children”), Colin Eggelsfield (“Melrose Place”), Jennie Garth (“90210”) and Anthony Geary (“General Hospital”).

Other presenters include Van Hansis (“As the World Turns”), Elizabeth Hendrickson (“The Young and the Restless”), Bindi Irwin (“Bindi the Jungle Girl”), Jay Kenneth Johnson (“Days of Our Lives”), Katherine Kelly Lang (“The Bold and the Beautiful”), Lori Loughlin (“Melrose Place”),Susan Lucci (“All My Children”), Gilles Marini (“Dancing with the Stars”), Kyle Massey (“That’s So Raven”) and Chris Massey (“Zoey 101”).

And finally there is Cameron Mathison (“All My Children”), Dr. Phil McGraw (“Dr. Phil”), Billy Miller (“The Young and the Restless”), Ronn Moss (“The Bold & the Beautiful”), Robert Newman (“Guiding Light”), Sandra Oh (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Rachael Ray (“The Rachael Ray Show”), James Scott (“Days of Our Lives”), Jake Silbermann (“As The World Turns”), Kirsten Storms (“General Hospital”), Dr. Travis Stork (“The Doctors”), Alex Trebek (“Jeopardy”), Betty White, Montel Williams and Kim Zimmer (“Guiding Light”).

Comic Con Update: Tim Burton and Robert Zemeckis Present Disney 3D Magic

comic_con_logo(From Business Wire)–Animation greats Hayao Miyazaki and John Lasseter and directors Robert Zemeckis and Tim Burton will take part in their first ever Comic-Con at the San Diego Convention Center July 23-24. The filmmakers will be on hand to help Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures showcase a wide-ranging roster of upcoming films, including 3D juggernauts ALICE IN WONDERLAND, TRON and DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL, and animated gems THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, PONYO and the TOY STORY trilogy. Zemeckis, Burton, Miyazaki and Lasseter will take part in industry panels.

COMIC-CON’S FIRST EVER 3D PANEL — Veteran directors Robert Zemeckis and Tim Burton join TRON producers Sean Bailey and Steve Lisberger on Thurs., July 23 at 11 a.m. for an unprecedented presentation featuring behind-the-scenes filmmaker insights about the highly anticipated 3D adventures DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL, ALICE IN WONDERLAND and TRON. In addition to Q&A opportunities with each of the filmmakers, the 90-minute panel will feature never-before-seen concept art, trailers, actual 3D film footage and other Comic-Con-only footage debuts. In a groundbreaking technical feat, this is the first time ever that 3D footage will be shown at Comic-Con. Patton Oswalt will moderate.

ANIMATION PANEL — Animation legends Hayao Miyazaki and John Lasseter join veteran animation directors Lee Unkrich, Kirk Wise, Ron Clements and John Musker on Fri., July 24 at 12:45 p.m. for an animation panel which will highlight upcoming animated films, including Disney•Pixar’s TOY STORY/TOY STORY 2 double feature, Disney•Pixar’s TOY STORY 3, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ half-hour holiday TV special PREP & LANDING, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG and Miyazaki’s PONYO. John Lasseter will host the panel and Patton Oswalt will moderate a group Q&A following the presentation, which will include filmmaker insights, trailers and select film sequences.

ABOUT THE MOVIES

ponyoPONYO From the Academy Award®-winning director and world-renowned Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki comes PONYO, a story inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The Little Mermaid.” Already a box-office success in Japan, the story of a young and overeager goldfish named Ponyo (voiced by NOAH CYRUS) and her quest to become human features an outstanding roster of voice talent, including CATE BLANCHETT, MATT DAMON, TINA FEY, FRANKIE JONAS, CLORIS LEACHMAN, LIAM NEESON, LILY TOMLIN and BETTY WHITE. PONYO opens in U.S. theaters on Aug. 14, 2009.

TOY STORY & TOY STORY 2 – DOUBLE FEATURE (In Disney Digital 3D™) Disney●Pixar’s TOY STORY and TOY STORY 2 return to the big screen in an exciting double feature Oct. 2, 2009—this time in Disney Digital 3D™. TOY STORY They’re toys, they talk—at least when people aren’t around—and they’re back… celebrating the return of the “Toy Story” franchise—this time in Disney Digital 3D™! TOY STORY, the film that started it all, takes moviegoers back to that fantastic fun-filled journey, viewed mostly through the eyes of two rival toys— Woody (voice of TOM HANKS), the lanky, likable cowboy, and Buzz Lightyear (voice of TIM ALLEN), the fearless space ranger. The comically-mismatched duo eventually learn to put aside their differences when circumstances separate them from their owner Andy and they find themselves on a hilarious adventure-filled mission where the only way they can survive is to form an uneasy alliance. TOY STORY 2 Disney•Pixar’s TOY STORY 2 picks up as Andy heads off to Cowboy Camp, leaving his toys to their own devices. Things shift into high gear when an obsessive toy collector named Al McWhiggin (voice of WAYNE KNIGHT), owner of Al’s Toy Barn, kidnaps Woody (voice of TOM HANKS). At Al’s apartment, Woody discovers that he is a highly valued collectible from a 1950s TV show called “Woody’s Roundup,” and he meets the other prized toys from that show – Jessie the cowgirl (voice of JOAN CUSACK), Bullseye the horse and Stinky Pete the Prospector (voice of KELSEY GRAMMER). Back at the scene of the crime, Buzz Lightyear (voice of TIM ALLEN) and the gang from Andy’s room – Mr. Potato Head (voice of DON RICKLES), Slinky Dog (voice of JIM VARNEY), Rex (voice of WALLACE SHAWN) and Hamm (voice of JOHN RATZENBERGER) – spring into action to rescue their pal from winding up as a museum piece. The toys get into one predicament after another in their daring race to get Woody home before Andy returns.

DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL (In Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D) DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL, a multi-sensory thrill ride re-envisioned by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Robert Zemeckis, captures the fantastical essence of the classic Dickens tale in a groundbreaking 3D motion picture event. Ebenezer Scrooge (JIM CARREY) begins the Christmas holiday with his usual miserly contempt, barking at his faithful clerk (GARY OLDMAN) and his cheery nephew (COLIN FIRTH). But when the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come take him on an eye-opening journey revealing truths Old Scrooge is reluctant to face, he must open his heart to undo years of ill will before it’s too late. Opens in theaters nationwide on Nov. 6, 2009.

THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG Walt Disney Animation Studios presents the musical THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG, anfrog11 animated comedy set in the great city of New Orleans. From the creators of “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin” comes a modern twist on a classic tale, featuring a beautiful girl named Tiana (ANIKA NONI ROSE), a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again, and a fateful kiss that leads them both on a hilarious adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana. THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG marks the return to hand-drawn animation from the revered team of John Musker and Ron Clements, with music by Oscar®-winning composer Randy Newman. Opens on November 25, 2009 in NY and LA, and on December 11, 2009 nationwide.

PREP & LANDING PREP & LANDING is ABC’s first television special produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. The half-hour holiday special reveals the never-before-told tale of an elite unit of Elves known as Prep & Landing. Every Christmas Eve, this high-tech organization ensures that homes around the world are properly prepared for a visit from the Big Guy (aka Santa Claus). After working tirelessly on Prep & Landing for 227 years, an elf named Wayne (voice of Dave Foley) is upset when he doesn’t receive an expected promotion to be the Director of Naughty List Intelligence. Instead, Magee (voice of Sarah Chalke), the North Pole Christmas Eve Command Center Coordinator (NPCECCC for short), partners Wayne with Lanny (voice of Derek Richardson), an idealistic rookie who has an undying enthusiasm for Christmas. During their Christmas Eve mission, Wayne and Lanny encounter unexpected challenges that push them to their limits.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (In Disney Digital 3D™) Walt Disney Pictures’ magical animated classic BEAUTY AND THE BEAST returns to the big screen in Disney Digital 3D™, introducing a whole new generation to the Disney classic with stunning new 3D imagery. Opening Feb. 12, 2010, the film captures the fantastic journey of Belle (voice of PAIGE O’HARA), a bright and beautiful young woman who’s taken prisoner by a hideous beast (voice of ROBBY BENSON) in his castle. Despite her precarious situation, Belle befriends the castle’s enchanted staff—a teapot, a candelabra and a mantel clock, among others—and ultimately learns to see beneath the Beast’s exterior to discover the heart and soul of a prince. Featuring unforgettable music by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, and an enormously talented vocal ensemble, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST was the first—and only—animated feature to receive a Best Picture nomination from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND (In Disney Digital 3D™) From Walt Disney Pictures and

Johny Depp as The Mad Hatter in Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland

Johny Depp as The Mad Hatter in Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland

visionary director Tim Burton comes an epic 3D fantasy adventure ALICE IN WONDERLAND, a magical and imaginative twist on some of the most beloved stories of all time. JOHNNY DEPP stars as the Mad Hatter and MIA WASIKOWSKA as 19-year-old Alice, who returns to the whimsical world she first encountered as a young girl, reuniting with her childhood friends: the White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Dormouse, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, and of course, the Mad Hatter. Alice embarks on a fantastical journey to find her true destiny and end the Red Queen’s reign of terror. The all-star cast also includes ANNE HATHAWAY, HELENA BONHAM CARTER and CRISPIN GLOVER; Linda Woolverton wrote the screenplay. Capturing the wonder of Lewis Carroll’s beloved “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” (1865) and “Through the Looking-Glass” (1871) with stunning, avant-garde visuals and the most charismatic characters in literary history, ALICE IN WONDERLAND comes to the big screen in Disney Digital 3D™ on March 5, 2010.

TOY STORY 3 (In Disney Digital 3D™) The creators of the beloved “Toy Story” films re-open the toy box and bring moviegoers back to the delightful world of Woody, Buzz and our favorite gang of toy characters in TOY STORY 3. Lee Unkrich (co-director of “Toy Story 2” and “Finding Nemo”) directs this highly anticipated film, and Michael Arndt, the Academy Award®-winning screenwriter of “Little Miss Sunshine,” brings his unique talents and comedic sensibilities to the proceedings. TOY STORY 3 comes to theaters nationwide in Disney Digital 3D™ on June 18, 2010.

TRON (title not final) (In Disney Digital 3D™) TRON is a 3D high-tech adventure set in a digital world that’s unlike anything ever captured on the big screen. Sam Flynn (GARRETT HEDLUND), the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn (JEFF BRIDGES), looks into his father’s disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 25 years. Along with Kevin’s loyal confidant (OLIVIA WILDE), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.