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Disney Channel Shows 1st Gay Couple

But not everyone is impressed

(Newser) - The Disney Channel rather quietly debuted its first gay couple on Sunday night, a lesbian couple who appeared on an episode of the sitcom Good Luck Charlie. The storyline was played for laughs, Us reports, with main characters Amy and Bob confused about the identity of their daughter's friend'... More »

Rizzoli & Isles Actor Commits Suicide at 29

Lee Thompson Young found dead with a gunshot wound in his LA home

(Newser) - Actor Lee Thompson Young, 29, was found dead today in an apparent suicide, his publicist confirms. Young was probably best known for his starring role in the Disney series The Famous Jett Jackson. He was currently appearing on TNT's Rizzoli & Isles, but when he didn't show up... More »

Netflix Now Biggest 'Cable Network'

With 4B minutes watched in 1Q, Netflix surges

(Newser) - Netflix customers watched more than 4 billion hours of programming in the first quarter of 2013, said CEO Reed Hastings in a Facebook post last night, a number that could make the online streaming service more popular than cable, reports the Huffington Post . With 28 million users, mostly in the... More »

Disney Dumping Junk Food Ads

Advertisers will have to meet minimum standards

(Newser) - Disney has decided it's time for Mickey and friends to stop getting fat on junk food dollars. The company says it is phasing out ads and sponsorship for unhealthy food and drinks on its TV channels, radio stations, and websites. It will require products to meet minimum nutritional standards... More »

Demi Lovato Furious Over Disney Anorexia Joke

Disney yanks episodes in response to anorexia-battling star

(Newser) - After battling anorexia, singer/actress Demi Lovato is furious her former boss, the Disney Channel, joked about the eating disorder on a TV show. A character on the program Shake It Up said recently: “I could just eat you up. Well, if I ate.” Lovato responded in an incensed,... More »

Disney's Lovato Quits Tour, Enters Rehab

Actress grapples with 'physical and emotional issues'

(Newser) - Disney Channel actress and singer Demi Lovato has quit the Jonas Brothers’ tour and entered rehab, the New York Daily News reports. The 18-year-old is seeking “medical treatment for emotional and physical issues she has dealt with for some time,” said a rep. The Camp Rock and Sonny ... More »

Ramona and Beezus Sweet, Harmless

Selena Gomez stars in adaptation of Beverly Cleary classics

(Newser) - Ramona and Beezus plays fast and loose with its source material, the classic children's books by Beverly Cleary, but the family movie—Disney tween favorite Selena Gomez's film debut—generally has the critics on its side.
  • Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer : "The overall tone of the film is sunny, with
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Say Goodbye to Hannah Montana

Miley Cyrus-starring tween sensation will end after Season 4

(Newser) - The fourth season of Hannah Montana, which begins shooting Jan. 18, will be the show's last. The Disney Channel hit, which made an international star of Miley Cyrus, debuted in 2006 and averages 5 million viewers a week. "We're scheduled to wrap after shooting this new batch of episodes,... More »

Hollywood Has Its First Gay Studio Chief

Ross' role at Disney is a milestone, but the industry just shrugs

(Newser) - You wouldn’t know it from the press—well, most of the press—but Hollywood has just passed a milestone and minted its first openly gay studio chief. Rich Ross has taken over at Disney, which "has long been the most gay friendly studio in Hollywood,” writes Patrick... More »

Hannah Plays It Safe

Big-screen version of Disney Channel hit canters over familiar ground

(Newser) - Hannah Montana: The Movie slickly translates the Disney Channel tween smash onto the big screen, say critics, but those who aren't already fans can safely sit this one out.
  • Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times: The movie "is an excuse for some generically catchy songs and a showcase for Miley
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Disney Channel Coming to Russian TV

Mickey and pals get first Western foothold in massive market

(Newser) - Disney has become the first Western company to crack the potentially lucrative Russian TV market, the Wall Street Journal reports. The company and a Russian broadcaster are finalizing plans to introduce Disney programming on 30 stations nationwide. Disney will have a 49% ownership stake in the deal with Russia's Media-One... More »

Small Screen's Biggest Brains

Family Guy creator MacFarlane, ubiquitous Fey top list of TV smarties

(Newser) - It may be dubbed the "idiot box," but there are some bright bulbs behind TV's smartest shows and network deals. After polling Hollywood insiders, Entertainment Weekly lists the top 25 smarties:
  1. Seth MacFarlane, executive producer, Family Guy, American Dad.
  2. Tina Fey, executive producer, actress, 30 Rock.
  3. Nancy Tellem,
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Disney's New Princess Could Grab Miley's Crown

16-year-old Demi Lovato is on the fast track to teen superstardom

(Newser) - A new star is rising through the Disney ranks and teen entertainment watchers think she could go all the way to the top, Entertainment Weekly reports. At 16, Demi Lovato already has a decade of showbiz experience under her belt and the Camp Rock star looks set to go take... More »

Jonas Brothers Land TV Show

Brothers will sing, take out garbage on Disney series

(Newser) - The Jonas Brothers will star in their own original Disney series, reports People. The unnamed show will be similar to HBO's Flight of the Conchords, with singing interludes. "It's going to be about us as a band but dealing with normal things like trying to take out the trash... More »

Miley: End Near for 'Hannah'

Miley Cyrus says next season the last

(Newser) - Tween queen Miley Cyrus is ready to part ways with her Disney show and alter ego Hannah Montana. "We’re thinking this is our last season," 15-year-old Cyrus told E! Online. "I just think we did a lot of episodes. We basically did two seasons in one... More »

Hairy Fad: Boys Dig Long Locks

Celebs, boys-next-door alike let their hair grow

(Newser) - In what could be a frightening nod to the '80s, more and more boys are growing their hair out. And while most deny pop culture inspired the barber boycott, long locks can be spotted on everyone from the Jonas Brothers to celebrity tots. Despite sometimes being mistaken for girls, notes... More »

Miley Thanks Fans for Support

Singer shows fans post- Vanity Fair love

(Newser) - At a Disney Channel concert last night, Miley Cyrus followed the dustup over revealing Vanity Fair photos by thanking fans for their support, People reports. "I hope you had an awesome time," she said at the close of the show. “I saw a sign back there that... More »

Miley Ducking Media Party

Star dodges Disney red-carpet event after hot photos

(Newser) - Teen hottie Miley Cyrus will skip a red-carpet party at Disney World today that would have been her first public appearance since racy photos of her caused a kerfuffle, reports E! Online. Disney, host of the media shindig, didn't give a reason for Miley's absence. She's not avoiding the limelight... More »

Meet the Next Miley

Disney to promote lesser-known good girl Selena Gomez over Miley Cyrus

(Newser) - With tween queen Miley Cyrus' squeaky-clean image taking a drubbing, E! Online reports that Disney execs may be shopping for a new fresh face--and may have found one in lesser-known and untainted Selena Gomez. “Selena sings and acts…She is going to be the next Miley Cyrus,” an... More »

Miley 'Ashamed' of Provocative New Photos

Vanity Fair shoot with Leibovitz turned out not so innocent

(Newser) - Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus is upset about provocative new Vanity Fair photos, including one showing her barely wrapped in a satin sheet on the cover, reports E! Online. The teen says she's now embarrassed by pics snapped by photographer Annie Leibovitz. The Disney Channel has accused Vanity Fair of... More »

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