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Exclusive: Before he created Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney was an animator and businessman who spent a decade shrugging off failure in order to build the studio that would turn him into an icon. The indie period drama Walt Before Mickey chronicles nine years worth of these early struggles, with American Pie‘s Thomas Ian Nicholas playing the young and ambitious Disney and Napoleon Dynamite‘s Jon Heder as his brother Roy. Check out the trailer exclusively on Deadline.
Disney fans got a peek at the 1960s-era Walt in last year’s Saving Mr. Banks, but Walt Before Mickey offers up the pre-Depression Era “missing decade” during which he launched four studios and moved from Missouri to California, with varying degrees of success. Jodie Sweetin (Full House) and David Henrie (Wizards Of Waverly Place) also star for first-time feature helmer Khoa Le, who directs a script by Arthur L. Bernstein and Armando Gutierrez. »
- Jen Yamato
Max Russo, is that you?!
Jake, who played the youngest Russo family member Max -- aka Selena Gomez and David Henrie's little brother -- recently posed shirtless for Flaunt magazine, showing off his abs and doing shirtless pushups.
Photos: Sexiest Shirtless Men
Jake, now 19, is currently starring in the ABC Family hit The Fosters, and also won the role of Huckleberry Finn in director Jo Kastner's new adaptation Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn. In the new interview with Flaunt, he talks about anticipating the moment he knows he's "made it" in Hollywood.
"You know, I think in this game it's about timing. For me, it definitely will come, but it’s about patience," he says. "I think luck is when preparation meets opportunity."
Though Jake's a long way from his days playing Max Russo »
John Mulaney is about to meet his match — his 13-year-old female match.
Bailee Madison (Trophy Wife, The Fosters) will guest-star an upcoming episode of Fox’s new fall comedy Mulaney, TVLine has learned exclusively, playing Ruby, the daughter of Julia, a woman Mulaney is dating. The snag? Mulaney wants out of the relationship, but he can’t bring himself to dump Julia because it would mean giving up his friendship with Ruby.
Ruby and Mulaney’s connection might sound weird to you — and, to be fair, it kind »
Actress and singer China Anne McClain may only be just 15-years-old, but this performer has quite the impressive resume under her belt.
The Disney Channel darling -- who lead the series "A.N.T. Farm" for three seasons -- has appeared in shows like "Wizards of Waverly Place," "Hannah Montana," and "House of Pain, as well as films such as "Grown Ups" and "Madeas Family Reunion." China recently starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie, "How to Build a Better Boy," which premiered last Friday, August 15.
Well, since China just headlined a teen movie and happens to be a teen herself, we thought we would find out which teen comedies she thinks are worth watching. And as it turns out, we couldn't agree with her more!
Find out China Anne McClain's five favorite teen comedies below: »
- Alana Altmann
It's hard to imagine BBC's "Sherlock" without Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch, or "Risky Business" without Tom Cruise, but celebrities have to audition before they land iconic roles -- and they're not always successful.
That's the takeaway from a new YouTube video that compiles dozens of audition tapes from some of Hollywood's biggest names, including the aforementioned trio, as well as Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Downey Jr., Emma Stone, and Robert De Niro. We see Lindsay Lohan don a fake British accent for her "Parent Trap" tryout, while a babyfaced Scarlett Johansson reads for a role in "Jumanji" (which ultimately went to Kirsten Dunst).
Former Disney Channel starlets Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus are also included, auditioning for their breakout series "Wizards of Waverly Place" and "Hannah Montana," respectively, while current "Game of Thrones" stars Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner read for the roles of the Stark sisters. Aaron Paul »
- Katie Roberts
Last year, when Selena Gomez decided to ditch the niceties of "Wizards of Waverly Place" for bikinis, guns, booze and James Franco in "Spring Breakers," we took a look back at when some other good girls decided to go "bad." Now, it's the guys' turn. Through the years, many actors have tried to shed their friendly personae in order to walk on the big screen wild side, whether it was early in their career -- as in the case of Zac Efron, Ryan Gosling and Justin Timberlake -- or after years of playing the sort of nice guys role for which Tom Hanks, Harrison Ford, Henry Fonda and Bill Murray were best known. Check out our list in the embedded gallery below. Who's your favorite good guy gone "bad"? »
- Donna Dickens, Gregory Ellwood, Daniel Fienberg, Dave Lewis, Melinda Newman
Selena Gomez has created such a huge name for herself as a singer, big-screen actress, and style star that it's easy to forget that she got her start on the Disney Channel, playing the lead role of Alex Russo on Wizards of Waverly Place from 2008 to 2012. Like any child star trying to navigate their way through adulthood in the public eye, Selena's life hasn't been without pitfalls; she spent time in a treatment center for two weeks back in January 2014, a stay that her rep said was "not for substance abuse," and has been at the center of rumors concerning her famous friendships with Taylor Swift, Kendall Jenner, and Demi Lovato, as well as her on-again, off-again romance with Justin Bieber (and let's not even get started on his recent career setbacks). While Selena's journey has included its fair share of ups and downs, it's worth noting that the actress, »
Bullies beware! Selena Gomez put an Instagram hater on blast over the weekend for posting a mean comment to one of the pop star's photos. The user, whose account has since been deactivated, reportedly wrote that the Wizards of Waverly Place alum should "burn in hell with cancer"—a remark that did not sit well with Gomez. In response to the commenter, the 21-year-old Spring Breakers actress left her own message on one of the user's photos, which she then captured in a screenshot and shared with her [...] »
You may know Sulkin from his stint on Disney's "Wizards of Waverly Place," or maybe you saw him on MTV's "Faking It," in any case, the actor has a keen grasp on teen angst and he goes one step further in showcasing that in "Affluenza." The movie, which centers on a group of privileged teens living it up in suburban, pre-recession 2008, is in theaters July 11.
With that, we'll let the expert take it away. Here are Gregg Sulkin's five favorite coming-of-age movies. »
- Moviefone Staff
David Henrie (Wizards Of Waverly Place) is negotiating to join the cast of the basketball film Men Of Granite, joining Shirley MacLaine in the film based on a true story about a bunch of poor immigrant kids — Armenian, Macedonian, Yugoslavian and Hungarian — who triumph over small-town bigotry to win the 1940 state basketball championship. The film, which is currently completing financing, will shoot in Granite City, Il, a steel town across from St. Louis not far from the Mississippi River. I grew up there and went to school with the sons and daughters of the original basketball team, and in that city, […] »
The story is described as a dark and sexy thriller involving 20-somethings trying to live above their means and getting involved in a love triangle that goes terribly wrong. [Source: THR]
Freddie Highmore ("Bates Motel"), Imelda Staunton ("Maleficent") and Toby Jones ("The Hunger Games") have joined the voice cast of Kim Burdon's animated adaptation of Oscar Wilde's "The Canterville Ghost".
Old comedy chums Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry, along with Miranda Hart, are also part of the comedy which follows a ghost who has been haunting his ancestral home in rural England for three centuries. He's successfully scared off every previous tenant, until the Otis family from America moves in. [Source: THR]
- Garth Franklin
It's no secret that Justin Bieber has been, shall we say, acting out a bit these days, and though most of his celebrity peers have kept their opinions to themselves, Seth Rogen has had no problem sharing his feelings on the pop star's recent pitfalls. Seth first spoke out about Justin after the singer was arrested for DUI and drag racing in January, but Seth has continued to give headline-making statements since then; most recently, while promoting his new movie Neighbors, he called Justin "a bit of a d*ck." We can safely say that Justin Bieber does not have a fan in Seth Rogen, and we've rounded up all of the actor's revealing quotes to prove it: Exhibit A After Justin was arrested for DUI and drag racing in Miami back in January, Seth tweeted, "All jokes aside, Justin Bieber is a piece of sh*t." Exhibit B In March, »
- Brittney Stephens
Seth Rogen's campaign against fellow Canadian Justin Bieber reached a crescendo on Wednesday's “Daily Show,” as Rogen brought his dog into the fight. In interviews about his new film “Neighbors,” Rogen has mounted a brave campaign against Bieber, who he says, seems like a jerk. Rogen told Howard Stern that his reaction to meeting the singer was “fuck this kid.” Also read: Seth Rogen Explodes At Justin Bieber: ‘F-ck This Kid’ (Audio) On “The Daily Show,” Stewart said Bieber's relationship with Selena Gomez had complicated his children's love of her show “Wizards of Waverly Place.” Rogen said he doesn't have children, »
- Tim Molloy
It's interesting to watch the production Hasbro's Jem, of Jem and the Holograms, a 1980s TV show about a digital pop star, who has stepped back into the limelight with director Jon Chu taking up a film adaptation.
Sure, it's being directed by a dude and produced by three dudes, but that's worked just fine for other Hasbro movies, right?
Today, via the JemTheMovie Tumblr, we got our first look at the band:
Jem - Aubrey Peeples
Kimber - Stefanie Scott
Aja - Hayley Kiyoko
Shana - Aurora Perrineau
Jem/Jessica is Aubrey Peeples who plays Layla Grant on Nashville, a show I do not watch but a show that could very well produce a singing star. Scott is from Disney's A.N.T. Farm, Kiyoko has been on Wizards of Waverly Place and The Vampire Diaries and Perrineu was in an episode of Pretty Little Liars, I'm told.
The girls unglammed »
In one of the stranger defenses of Bryan Singer, out actor Matthew Smith, who appeared on Wizards of Waverly Place says he met Singer at 17, hung out alone with him numerous times, and even flew on his private jet, with his mom invited. “He had every chance to rape me and didn’t.”
Meanwhile, Michael Egan, Singer’s accuser, has filed suits against three more Hollywood power players for operating a Hollywood sex ring. Garth Ancier, David Neuman and Gary Goddard have all been named in new lawsuits filed in Hawaii.
In Virginia, The Family Group is calling on its members to fast for 40 days to stop marriage equality, from August 27 to October 5. Well, it might help the obesity problem.
Less than 48 hours »
- Ed Kennedy
A former Disney actor is calling Bs on allegations Bryan Singer once sexually assaulted an underage actor ... telling us the "X-Men" director could have raped him plenty of times -- but never laid a hand on him.Matthew Smith -- a gay actor who starred in some "Wizards of Waverly Place" episodes -- says he met Singer in 2007 through a friend when he was 17 ... and they grew close over the next 2 years.Matt says he »
- TMZ Staff
Former Disney star and recording artist Selena Gomez has exited as a client of CAA and has signed with Wme. The 21-year-old singer and ex-Wizards of Waverly Place actress has also signed with Brillstein Entertainment Partners as she restructures her team and transitions from teen star to more adult projects. I hear the change has been long in the works as Gomez has taken meetings around town with various management firms. Last year she made a bold leap playing a partying coed in Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers. Gomez has a huge social media following, with 57.9M Facebook fans and 19.3M Twitter followers. She’ll next be seen in William H. Macy’s directorial debut, Rudderless, which premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival. Gomez continues to be repped by attorney P.J. Shapiro. »
- JEN YAMATO
Selena Gomez has found a new representation team. After she relieved her mother and stepfather of their managerial duties in early March, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the actress and singer, who previously was with CAA, has signed with Wme and Brillstein for management. The rep changes are a crucial piece of the Disney alum's strategy, long in the works, to move on to more adult-oriented fare in film and music. After getting her start on the Disney Channel's Wizards of Waverly Place, Gomez recently starred in Harmony Korine's girls-gone-wild crime drama Spring Breakers, and as a mysterious street urchin in the action-thriller Getaway,
- Rebecca Sun
According to TMZ.com, the 21-year-old singer believes she's old enough to have a professional manager like other celebs.
The three are still said to be close, but the Gomez's mother, who has overseen her daughter's career since her break on 'Wizards Of Waverly Place', is unhappy about the. »
- Leon David
Disney Channel has released a 30-second teaser for the upcoming "Boy Meets World" spinoff series, "Girl Meets World." Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel reprise their roles as Corey and Topanga -- the only difference is that they are now married with a pre-teen daughter named Riley, played by Rowan Blanchard. The trailer is a heartwarming callback to the original '90s network sitcom, which, provided the success of "Girl Meets World," may suggest a shift in Disney Channel's programming slate -- over the past ten years, it's shifted to favor shows that have an over-the-top premise such as "Hannah Montana," Wizards of Waverly Place" and "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody." Watch the trailer below: »
- Shipra Gupta
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