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David Henrie Reveals His & Selena Gomez’s Reboot Idea For ‘Wizards Of Waverly Place’ (Exclusive)

  • ET Canada
Wizards of Waverly Place” stars David Henrie and Selena Gomez are ready for a reboot! In an interview with Et’s Denny Directo, Henrie exclusively reveals that he and his former co-star discuss bringing back the beloved Russo family “all the time.” “It’s not formal,” the 30-year-old actor says. “But, Selena and I sit and talk about what would the reboot be, and
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No kidding around: Could Kel Mitchell go from child star to ‘Dancing with the Stars’ champion?

No kidding around: Could Kel Mitchell go from child star to ‘Dancing with the Stars’ champion?
I actually suggested Kel Mitchell as a possible cast member for “Dancing with the Stars” this past spring, and they must have taken my advice because he’s competing in the upcoming 28th season of the series. It begins on September 16, but before Mitchell and his competitors hit the dance floor, let’s consider his pros and cons.

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Pros

Mitchell does have the nostalgia factor going for him: Millennials who grew up watching him on Nickelodeon in the 1990s might tune in and vote to see him again. He started out as a series regular on the long-running kids’ sketch comedy series “All That,” which led to him and co-star Kenan Thompson getting their own sitcom, “Kenan & Kel.” They even got to star in their own movie, “Good Burger” (1997), which was based on a popular “All That” sketch. More
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Brenda Kelly Grant Returns To ABC As VP Casting

  • Deadline
Brenda Kelly Grant, who previously served as vice president of Talent and Casting at Disney|ABC Television Group, is returning to the network fold as vice president of casting for ABC. In her new role, Grant will lead the casting process on network pilots and series for ABC; help discover emerging talent, and liaise with producers, casting directors and executives on projects. Grant will report to Ayo Davis, Evp, Talent and Casting, ABC Entertainment.

“Brenda was an incredible asset to ABC during her previous tenure here” said Davis in making the announcement. “She is a wonderful representation of the network, with a keen eye and proven track record when it comes to discovering talent. We’re excited to have her back with us and look forward to her invaluable insight and remarkable instincts on projects.”

Prior to her return, Grant served as the head of Internal Communications and worked across Operations at Amazon Studios,
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These Hot Pictures of Austin Butler Will Have You All Shook Up

  • Popsugar
Get ready, because pretty soon you'll be seeing Austin Butler everywhere. The 27-year-old actor is set to play Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann's new biopic, and fans are already taking notice of the resemblance between him and the legendary singer. From his chiseled jawline to his perfectly styled hair, Austin is definitely swoon-worthy to say the least.

The actor first got his start on Nickelodeon and Disney Channel shows like Zoey 101 and Wizards of Waverly Place before landing a starring role on Freeform's Switched at Birth. He is also well known for playing Sebastian Kydd on The CW's Sex and the City prequel series, The Carrie Diaries. While he is certainly easy on the eyes, he's also happily taken. He's been dating fellow Disney Channel alum Vanessa Hudgens since 2011, and they are so cute together.

Since you'll probably be seeing a lot more of Austin soon -
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Austin Butler Is Playing Elvis Presley in a New Biopic, and the Resemblance Deserves a Look

Austin Butler is getting ready to take on the role of a lifetime: the "King of Rock and Roll." The 27-year-old is set to play Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann's new biopic about the legendary singer.

Though this will surely be Butler's biggest movie role yet, he's been in the spotlight for quite some time now. He got his start on Nickelodeon and Disney Channel shows like Zoey 101 and Wizards of Waverly Place before landing a starring role on Freeform's Switched at Birth. He is also well known for playing Sebastian Kydd on The CW's Sex and the City prequel series, The Carrie Diaries. He is also set to play the infamous Manson cult member Charles "Tex" Watson in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which will be released on July 26.

Butler was chosen out of five big names for the role of Elvis, including singer Harry Styles,
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Austin Butler Is Playing Elvis Presley in a New Biopic, and the Resemblance Deserves a Look

Austin Butler Is Playing Elvis Presley in a New Biopic, and the Resemblance Deserves a Look
Austin Butler is getting ready to take on the role of a lifetime: the "King of Rock and Roll." The 27-year-old is set to play Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann's new biopic about the legendary singer.

Though this will surely be Butler's biggest movie role yet, he's been in the spotlight for quite some time now. He got his start on Nickelodeon and Disney Channel shows like Zoey 101 and Wizards of Waverly Place before landing a starring role on Freeform's Switched at Birth. He is also well known for playing Sebastian Kydd on The CW's Sex and the City prequel series, The Carrie Diaries. He is also set to play the infamous Manson cult member Charles "Tex" Watson in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which will be released on July 26.

Butler was chosen out of five big names for the role of Elvis, including singer Harry Styles,
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Drama Is No Secret to Disney's Og Trio - Here's the Timeline to Prove It

  • Popsugar
Let's take a trip back in time to 10 years ago, shall we? The year's 2009 and Miley Cyrus stars in Hannah Montana; Selena Gomez in Wizards of Waverly Place; and Demi Lovato in Sonny With a Chance. Basically all felt right in the world - on our ends of the television screen, at least. Magazine covers spoke to rumors of drama between the trio of Disney superstars, mainly pitting Miley against Demi and Selena. So where are they now, and is the Og trio still close? Ahead, we reflect on their friendship over the years to dig deep into what *really* went down - and how things stand now.

Related: 12 Completely Bonkers Miley Cyrus Performances That Prove She's Just Being Miley
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Gravitas Ventures Acquires ‘Santa Girl’; Cinedigm Corp Picks Up ‘Gothic Harvest’

  • Deadline
Gravitas Ventures has nabbed the worldwide distribution rights (excluding Germany) to Santa Girl, the romantic comedy starring Wizards Of Waverly Place alum Jennifer Stone. Directed by Blayne Weaver, The Capital Arts Entertainment film will get a day-and-date release in theaters and on demand August 30. Stone plays Santa Claus’ only daughter, Cassie Claus, who wants to experience the “real world” before she must marry the son of Jack Frost, a boy she has never met, and take over the family business. Along with her trusty elf, she sets off to college while trying to keep her magic powers and famous father a secret. At school Cassie is pursued by two boys: Sam, sweetly awkward and J.R., handsome and wealthy. As her impending arranged marriage looms, Cassie struggles with her feelings for Sam and her obligation to her father and Christmas. Devon Werkheiser (Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide) and Barry Bostwick (Spin City) co-star.
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10 Incredible Forgotten Disney Shows

The Disney Channel has grown significantly since its start in 1983. With a massive collection of shows, it's easy to forget about those older series that have since gotten swept under the rug. But just because they are forgotten does not make them any less incredible. Arguably, the Disney Channel's golden years took place in the late 90s and early 2000s. Many of the shows that aired back then proved to be far superior to the ones that Disney is airing now. Try as they might, the channel will never be able to recapture the magic of Wizards of Waverly Place, and they will never be able to recreate the success brought to them by the famous Sprouse twins.

Related: Mulan Remake Star Says It's Disney's Most Expensive Movie Ever

So let's take a walk down memory lane, revisit Disney's golden years, and have a look some of their most incredible,
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Perry Mattfeld

Perry Mattfeld is an American actress who is known for her roles in popular television series including “Escape from Polygamy,” “Shameless” and “Wizards of Waverly Place.” Her face is familiar to most Americans who’ve viewed these programs as she’s on the list of the most popular celebrities, ranking up there with the likes of Julia Roberts and other well-known celebrities. There is a lot about her that fans are interested in finding out. Here are 10 things about Perry that you probably didn’t know but might like to discover. 1. She started her career at age 5 as a dancer

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Perry Mattfeld
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25 Disney Channel Shows That Were Cancelled Way Too Soon

While Walt Disney Pictures is the most acclaimed and influential animation studio in the world, their television shows, much like their live action films, have never garnered as much acclaim as their animated features. While the programs made by the Disney Channel do have a tendency to be formulaic (how many sitcoms has the channel produced that are about middle schoolers with double lives or magical powers?), that hasn't stopped their writers from producing memorable content for the past thirty years. While there have been some obvious duds among the channel's many, many shows,  other shows were childhood staples for millennials and members of Generation Z.

While not all Disney Channel shows were cut from the same cloth, the key to the Disney Channel formula was combining the fantastical, or at least extraordinary with what is for the channel's target audience, mundane, namely school and family life. It's a deceptively
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7 Movies/Shows Making a Comeback on Disney+ (And 3 We Want Revived)

Disney has long been a powerful name in the film industry, especially in animation. Now with the addition of the upcoming platform Disney+, which is set for a November release this year, we'll be seeing past fan favorites that will be available for streaming. Obviously, Disney has plenty of titles to choose from considering their work history.

Confirmed to be available at launch thus far includes The Princess Diaries, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Kim Possible, and Boy Meets World, among various others. With all these comebacks, we hope it'll also inspire some revivals of smash-hit shows that made our childhoods like Hannah Montana and Wizards of Waverly Place.

Related: 5 Fantastic Four Stories We Want To See In The McU (& 5 We Don't)
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Lucy Hale to Star in Riverdale Spinoff Pilot as Fashionista Katy Keene

Lucy Hale to Star in Riverdale Spinoff Pilot as Fashionista Katy Keene
A former Pretty Little Liar is entering the Archieverse. Lucy Hale will play the titular fashionista in The CW’s Riverdale spinoff pilot Katy Keene, TVLine has learned.

Per the official logline, this potential series “follows the lives and loves of four iconic Archie Comics characters — including fashion legend-to-be Katy Keene — as they chase their twenty-something dreams in New York City. This musical dramedy chronicles the origins and struggles of four aspiring artists trying to make it on Broadway, on the runway and in the recording studio.”

Described as “bold, big hearted and independent, Katy Keene is a twenty-something New
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Disney Channel Alum Adam Bonnett Joins Mattel Television

  • Variety
After 21 years as a programming executive at Disney Channels Worldwide, Adam Bonnett has joined Mattel Television as executive producer overseeing development and production of episodic content.

Bonnett will spearhead animated and live-action projects for the El Segundo, Calif.-based toymaker that is looking to better exploit its popular toy brands through TV programming. Mattel is home to Barbie, Hot Wheels, Thomas and Friends and the Fisher-Price line of toys for tykes.

Bonnett will report to Mattel president and chief operating officer Richard Dickson.

“Adam is an extraordinarily talented executive with a proven track record of developing high-quality TV content that captures the imagination of kids worldwide,” said Dickson. “Adding his expertise is another important step as we build out our franchise management capabilities in order to maximize the potential of our brands across a variety of channels and consumer touchpoints.”

As exec VP of original programming for Disney Channels Worldwide,
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Demi Lovato Just Reminded Us of Her Disney Channel Show in the Best Way Ever

Demi Lovato Just Reminded Us of Her Disney Channel Show in the Best Way Ever
Demi Lovato just served us a hearty dose of nostalgia. The 26-year-old singer and actress, who has been away from the spotlight in recent months as she recovers from a drug overdose and relapse that lead to a hospitalization and rehab stint, commented on an Instagram meme that stated that Netflix would be better if it had former Disney Channel shows such as Hannah Montana, The Suite Life on DeckWizards of Waverly Place, iCarly and That's So Raven, Nickelodeon shows like Big Time Rush and Zoey 101, the ABC sitcom George Lopez, as well as the Harry Potter films. "Sonny With a Chance," Lovato added, referring to the Disney Channel original series that aired...
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Interview – Marvel’s Runaways actor Gregg Sulkin on working with his “best friend” Rhenzy Feliz, their dynamic in season 2 and what genre he wants to explore more

The following excerpts are from a roundtable interview that took place at New York Comic Con in October…

On Marvel’s Runaways, which returns for its second season this Friday, December 21, on Hulu, one of the many aspects that makes the titular group of teens feel like an actual family is the sense of history that influences all of their interactions. Every member of the team has a unique and lived-in relationship with every other member, including some contentious relationships, such as that between technology-inclined jock Chase Stein and brainy nerd Alex Wilder.

While speaking to Chase actor Gregg Sulkin at New York Comic Con, Flickering Myth asked him about his on and off-screen relationship with Alex actor Rhenzy Feliz, to which Sulkin enthusiastically replied, “I love it! Me and Rhenzy are like best friends. He’s my brother, I love him. I think he’s grown so much as
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'Wizards of Waverly Place' Star David Henrie Avoids Jail in Airport Gun Case

  • TMZ
'Wizards of Waverly Place' Star David Henrie Avoids Jail in Airport Gun Case
"Wizards of Waverly Place" star David Henrie used some legal magic to dodge jail time in his airport gun case -- and by magic we mean ... he took a plea deal. The actor pled no contest Wednesday to possessing a weapon at the airport ... according to the court clerk. We're told Henrie was sentenced to 2 years probation and 20 days of community labor, but he won't spend any time behind bars. David also has to take
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'Reagan' Movie Starring Dennis Quaid Finds Major Funding

'Reagan' Movie Starring Dennis Quaid Finds Major Funding
The filmmakers behind Reagan, a movie that stars Dennis Quaid as the 40th U.S. president, are set to announce Monday that they have secured financing from a group called TriStar Global Entertainment based in Canada and Los Angeles.

In the feature film, Quaid plays Ronald Reagan as an older man, while he is played as a younger man by David Henrie, the actor best known for his role as Justin Russo in the kids' show Wizards of Waverly Place.

TriStar was founded in 2009 by Michael Olsen, the former president of Odyssey Media, as a one-stop shop for financing movie and ...
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Adam Bonnett to Exit Disney Channel as Head of Original Programming

  • The Wrap
Adam Bonnett is stepping down as executive vice president of original programming at Disney Channels Worldwide to pursue a career as a producer, he announced Friday.

Bonnett — who has been with the cabler for 21 years — will depart next month, with a replacement expected to be named in the next few weeks. The exec currently oversees Disney Channel and Disney Xd’s live-action development, along with current original series and movies, and casting and talent relations for both channels. A replacement is expected to be named in the coming weeks.

“The demand for programming content across many platforms is at an all-time high so this is the right time for me to explore producing opportunities, something I’ve dreamt about forever,” Bonnett said in a statement obtained by TheWrap. “I’m lucky to have had the benefit of a fulfilling career at Disney Channel working with many amazingly talented people. As
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Adam Bonnett Steps Down As Disney Channel Head Of Original Programming, Segues To Producing

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Adam Bonnett, Evp, Original Programming, Disney Channels Worldwide, is leaving the cable network after 21 years to become a producer. He made the announcement to his team this afternoon. Bonnett, who will depart next month, has been overseeing all live action development and current original series and movies for Disney Channel and Disney Xd as well as casting and talent relations for those channels. A replacement is expected to be named in the coming weeks.

“The demand for programming content across many platforms is at an all-time high so this is the right time for me to explore producing opportunities, something I’ve dreamt about forever,” Bonnett said. “I’m lucky to have had the benefit of a fulfilling career at Disney Channel working with many amazingly talented people. As I transition to an exciting new career chapter, it’s with unending gratitude to my longtime mentor Gary Marsh as
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