Friday, November 30, 2007

Disney's Hannah Montana co-star appears in Alpharetta

A few dozen patient people had waited more than two hours in line just to catch a glimpse of Mitchel Musso, who plays Oliver Oken on the Disney Channel sensation, "Hannah Montana."

Musso, 16, stopped by the Verizon Wireless store in Alpharetta Nov. 27 in an effort to promote the Hannah Montana concert at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth.

The line of fans holding photos, posters and other Hannah Montana memorabilia nearly wrapped around the Verizon store – all to have their photo snapped with Musso and receive his autograph.

Disney Radio kept children busy with hula hoop contests and other activities while they waited for their chance to see Musso.

Once inside, fans got the chance to ask him questions and tell him about their favorite Hannah Montana episode.

Musso said he loves his job, especially since he's able to be with his best friends on set of the show. But sometimes it's hard to juggle work and school.

"When you do something you love, it's worth it," said Musso. "I love it."

Musso said he is a little like his character on the show, Oliver Oken, but unlike his character, he doesn't mind getting a little dirty or sweaty at times.

Musso, who co-resides in Texas and Los Angeles, has been acting since he was around 10 years-old. He has appeared on "King of the Hill," "Oliver Beene," and Disney's "Phineas and Ferb."

Currently, Musso is keeping busy promoting the Hannah Montana concert, but has learned that he loves writing songs and would like to dive deeper into music.

Ticket Scalpers - Hannah Montana Tickets

Tickets for the concert sold anywhere from face value up to three thousand dollars. That's because scalping is legal in Tennessee as long as the scalper isn't selling tickets on the property of the concert venue. Scalpers at the Hannah Montana Concert (at the FedEx Forum) were selling tickets well above face value. They say its all about supply and demand, but many parents say the laws on scalping need to change.

To put things in perspective - the face value of the most expensive Hannah Montana ticket at the FedEx Forum - 64 dollars. Hannah will perform in Little Rock, Saturday December 1st. No tickets are available. December 2nd, she'll be in Oklahoma City and tickets are still available for one thousand dollars.

Another Hannah Montana ticket crunch coming?

Tickets go on sale at 12:01 a.m. Saturday for "Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: The Best of Both Worlds Concert Movie."

"Disney is spinning this as a hot Christmas gift, hence the early on-sale date," said Ron Van Timmeren of Celebration Cinemas, whose properties at North, South, Rivertown and Studio 28 will all sell tickets to the movie.

The digital 3-D movie will open for a theatrical run Feb. 1-7 in movie theaters across the country. It will play a minumum of five times each day. Tickets are $15 per person and on sale online or at each theater's box office.

"Apparently, she is a hot ticket," Van Timmeren said. "But it's (being marketed) as -- 'Can't get tickets to show? The next best thing is to get tickets to the 3-D digitial movie.' "

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Hannah Montana Star Responds to Pregnancy Rumors

After a nasty rumor about America's sweetheart, Miley Cyrus A.K.A Hannah Montana blasted in the Internet, the young star is ready to face the public and respond to all those who have shown their disappointment in her. Recently, an inauthentic article from J-14 magazine had been circulating in the Internet, speaking of how Miley accidentally got pregnant and quoted her apologizing to her fans and promising to keep the baby. The fake article was far from what the real one had talked about, which was Miley's gross habits on set. The magazine immediately made a statement, saying the article was tampered with, and that they had nothing to do with it. Other popular media and publications also backed them up, saying that the rumors were not true.

However, the damage had been done. It was publicized, and Miley Cyrus, just like any other human being, was hurt by this terrible rumor that swept the Internet. Although the 14-year-old singer/actress is used to bad publicity, this particular one hit home.

Cyrus reportedly couldn't stop her tears when she talked about the pregnancy rumors.

"As much as I wanna say it didn't affect me, it really hurt my feelings," she said in a conversation with ContactMusic.

In addition, Cyrus responded to these rumors recently in a conversation with the entertainment news show, Extra.

"That would be impossible because I'm living my life the way I believe is right, and that is to stay pure," Cyrus declared.

Now that we all know what's true, we can say that the hacker, who was discovered to have tampered with the article, did a pathetic job at ruining Miley Cyrus career, or damage her world-wide fame. The young star does have a good head on her shoulders, so we won’t be counting on that rumor to become true anytime soon.

Hannah Montana Fans Score Innovative Music Game on Nintendo DS

If you are looking for an alternative to the sold-out Hannah Montana concert series, the new video game "Hannah Montana: Music Jam" may be just the ticket you need.

Hannah Montana: Music Jam, a game created exclusively for the Nintendo DS, lets you assume the identity of Hannah in an adventure where she learns to play musical instruments. The game also acts as a rock-band simulator where you and your friends can jam together to compose music, and even create your own Hannah Montana music videos.

The game offers two modes of play: Adventure and Creative Play. In both, you practice music and create your own music videos. The adventure takes place in the world of Disney's Hannah Montana television series. You become Miley Stewart, the high-school girl who is the secret identity behind the pop star Hannah Montana. Only Miley's family and close friends know about her double life.

Hannah Montana: Music Jam, a game created exclusively for the Nintendo DS, lets you assume the identity of Hannah in an adventure where she learns to play musical instruments. The game also acts as a rock-band simulator where you and your friends can jam together to compose music, and even create your own Hannah Montana music videos.

The game offers two modes of play: Adventure and Creative Play. In both, you practice music and create your own music videos. The adventure takes place in the world of Disney's Hannah Montana television series. You become Miley Stewart, the high-school girl who is the secret identity behind the pop star Hannah Montana. Only Miley's family and close friends know about her double life.

Balancing Fame and Friends

The story line revolves around Miley trying to balance fame and friends. As Hannah, her fame is being challenged by Savannah Star, an upcoming rock star who can play her own instruments. The two go head-to-head in a contest to win the Music Jam Online Award.

To keep up with Savannah, Hannah decides to learn to play all the instruments she will use in the music videos she must submit for the competition. Learning to play lead, rhythm, and bass guitars, as well as the drums, become minigames within the adventure. Likewise, you will put together music videos using the backdrops, lights, dance moves, clothing, and songs that you earn during the adventure. While talking to others and completing a series of routine fetch-it tasks moves the story along, the adventure is inventive because of the embedded minigames.

Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour in Disney Digital 3D

Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE:RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, today announced that tickets will go on sale for HANNAH MONTANA CONCERT IN 3D on Saturday, December 1. Hannah Montana fans will have a chance to see their favorite singer, songwriter and actress, Miley Cyrus, perform her sold-out "Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour" on the big screen. The special engagement is a Disney Digital 3D presentation available at Regal Entertainment Group theatres for one week only February 1-7. All participating Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theatres are listed below.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Business Wire EON) November 28, 2007 -- Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE:RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, today announced that tickets will go on sale for HANNAH MONTANA CONCERT IN 3D on Saturday, December 1. Hannah Montana fans will have a chance to see their favorite singer, songwriter and actress, Miley Cyrus, perform her sold-out "Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour" on the big screen. The special engagement is a Disney Digital 3D presentation available at Regal Entertainment Group theatres for one week only February 1-7. All participating Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theatres are listed below.

Regal Entertainment Group is proud to offer moviegoers a chance to see the sold-out Hannah Montana concert in this exciting and impressive Disney Digital 3D format. Miley Cyrus is beloved by her fans and were certain that they will be eager to enjoy this 3D experience, stated Dick Westerling, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Regal Entertainment Group. As we begin advance sales at this time of year, tickets to the exclusive one-week engagement are likely to be popular Holiday gifts for Hannah Montana fans.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, December 1 at 12:01AM local time for each participating theatre. Log onto www.REGmovies.com to purchase tickets online. Tickets for this special attraction are $15 for all seats and all showtimes. No passes or discount tickets will be accepted. For the Disney Digital 3D presentation of HANNAH MONTANA CONCERT IN 3D audience members will receive comfortable, lightweight glasses enabling them to view the films 3D effects. These glasses can be taken home as souvenirs of the movie.

HANNAH MONTANA CONCERT IN 3D is directed by Bruce Hendricks and produced by Art Repola. Their credits include ESPN'S "Ultimate X: The Movie. The concert was created and directed by Kenny Ortega whose work includes "High School Musical. This filmed version of the Hannah Montana concert is being shot in state-of-the-art Disney Digital 3D at several venues during the 54-city tour which also features special guest, Jonas Brothers. During the concert tour Cyrus, the 15-year old singing sensation and star of Disney Channel's hit series, is performing as both a solo artist and as her hugely popular television character, Hannah Montana.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Disney's Hannah Montana a Huge Success

A throbbing, pulsating roar began at the karaoke and merchandise booths in the courtyard of the Westgate City Center.

By the time you entered Jobing.com Arena, you were assaulted with an all-out, ear-splitting wall of scream.
This is what it must have been like when the Beatles arrived in America, or when Elvis did his trademark hip-swivel for the first time on national TV: all-out, uninhibited pandemonium.
Welcome to the new generation of pop music stars, manufactured and nurtured by Disney for an audience of tykes and tweens and approved by parents. Stars like Hannah Montana and the Jonas Brothers, who performed a 2 1/2-hour shriek-fest sold-out concert Friday. They are this generation of 5-to-12-year-olds' Elvis, Rolling Stones and Beatles.
Will Montana, aka Miley Cyrus, be remembered 20 years from now? Perhaps.
Or, in the words of Cyrus' Disney alter ego, Hannah Montana: "Who said, who said I can't be Superman / I say, I say I know I can."
The young audience and their parents screamed with such enthusiasm and volume when the Jonas Brothers took the stage that you feared your eardrums would shrivel in retreat. The three Jo-Bros set the energy level at high; the crowd filling nearly every seat in the arena bolted to their feet and that's where they stayed. Parents and kids sang along to the trio's remake/tweak of "Kids of America" — they're "Kids of the Future" — and went absolutely, bouncing-off-the-walls nuts when big-Bro Joe sauntered to the edge of the center runway and assumed a Mick Jagger swagger in bright-red polyester pants.
The intensity and volume amplified when the first of the headliners took the stage.
You see, the Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus show was two concerts. The first 45 minutes was dedicated to the upbeat, inspiring sugary pop songs the blond-haired, preppy-dressed Disney TV character sings on her show. She is consumed with hanging out with friends and hiding her double life with bubbly lyrics in "Life's What You Make It," "Nobody's Perfect," "Old Blue Jeans," "Who Said," "I Got Nerve" and "Make Some Noise." (One of Hannah's highlights was joining with the Jonas Brothers on the slamming dance song "We Got the Party.")
The second 30 minutes was Miley Cyrus, the 14-year-old daughter of country star Billy Ray Cyrus. She's slightly anti-Hannah — tousled brown-haired, tight black jeans and chains, heavier makeup and a tank-top covered by a leather vest. She and her BFF are ditching the boys and going on "G.N.O. (Girls Night Out)." There's none of the Avril La- vigne-style teen angst, but there's hints of loosening the Disney ropes of innocence that bind her.
Miley sings about getting the guy with a whisper of attitude that is edgier and more defiant than Hannah. Her music squeezes the sugar out and reaches for a rock personality: driving guitar riffs, raucous drum rants and a thumping bass line.
In the end, Hannah and Miley came together — courtesy of a video screen — to perform a duet of Hannah's theme song, "Best of Both Worlds." Perhaps this is the perfection the lyrics portend, where Hannah and Miley can meet in the middle and envelop themselves in the wall of screams from adoring tweens.

Miley Cyrus among Seventeen's 'style stars'

Rihanna led the pack of trendsetters this year, but she may have Miley Cyrus, Rachel Bilson, Emma Watson or the "Gossip Girls" nipping at her heels in 2008.

That's the prediction of Gina Kelly, the fashion director of Seventeen who helped pick the "Style Stars" for the magazine's December/January issue.

In some ways, it's the younger generation of celebrities who enjoy the most influence over the fashion world because they're the ones willing to take the risks that inspire new trends, says Kelly.

"All the people we picked are true to their own style," she adds.

Take Rihanna: She rocked the 1980s look with bold prints, bright colours and big door-knocker earrings.

"I love her because she's not like anyone else out there," Kelly says. "It starts with her haircut. When she started out, it was long and pretty, but when she got the asymmetrical bob, she just started to break out - and then she got a cool new wardrobe to match her cool new hair."

Other winners in Seventeen's first Style Star awards were Vanessa Hudgens, Jessica Alba, Jordin Sparks, Fergie, Lauren Conrad, Ashley Simpson and Lil Mama.

"Lil Mama - she stands out because she's super individual. There's a little tomboyishness, but she also can be girlie," Kelly observes. "She's also very age appropriate. There's never too much skin."

Right now, Cyrus, the real-life "Hannah Montana," is doing a good job connecting to the teens and tweens who love her, Kelly says, but she'll have to walk a fine line as she gets older and likely becomes an even bigger star. "I'd love to see her evolve a little but also keep her youthfulness."

Meanwhile, "Gossip Girls" has become the TV destination for style-savvy young women, in the way "The O.C." and "Sex and the City" were for the girls who are now in the 20s and 30s, according to Kelly.

Caution Fake Hannah Montana Tickets are Found

Parents who’ve paid hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, for Hannah Montana tickets and their children could show up tomorrow and be crushed. The Gwinnett Arena is warning parents to watch out for counterfeit tickets.Hannah Montana beats the Rolling Stones when it comes to quick ticket sales. And ordinary buyers had an even tougher time getting tickets to the Gwinnett show we’re told, because ticket resellers used some kind of virus to circumvent firewalls at an official ticket website and bought large blocks of seats.

Hannah Montana is concert goliath – her shows here and everywhere else sold out in minutes. Now scalpers and resellers are having a field day selling $66 tickets for anywhere from $500 to $2,500.Miley Cyrus, or Hannah Montana, has declined interviews about her concert tour and the skyrocketing price of scalped tickets. With so much money to be made, people have been reselling tickets online for an enormous profit. The problem is, there’s no telling how many of those tickets are counterfeit – produced by computer software."We are definitely concerned about that when the tickets went on sale we tried to put the warning out there the only tickets we can stand by through Ticketmaster is their phone lines or our box office,” said Chris Hendley with the Arena at Gwinnett Center.Arena officials told Channel 2 concerned parents have called asking if they can bring in tickets bought elsewhere to confirm they’re legitimate. But officials said they cannot do that.One parent, lucky enough to get a pair of tickets at face value said she’s appalled by the counterfeiting and the outrageous re-sale prices.“In a lot of state it’s illegal to re-sell them at this point because of the scalpers who have come out and charged unreasonable amounts,” said parent Andrea Kiep.Getting “The Best of Both Worlds” won’t be easy for those hoping to snatch up a Hannah ticket and making sure it’s the real deal.Gwinnett officials said parents who bought tickets from non-official sources won’t be able to confirm they are legitimate until they are scanned at the door. Officials said they’re also concerned about duplicate tickets. The bottom line is to be very careful who you buy from.

States Compete for Hannah Montana Disney Movie

Miley Cyrus and her hit Disney show ‘Hannah Montana’ are in high demand right now as the 15-year-old performs sold-out concerts and prepares to film a ‘Hannah Montana’ movie. Miley and her country singer father Billy Ray Cyrus star in the hit show as a father-daughter pair who have to deal with her double life as a high school student and a pop star.

The show is based on Miley Stewart and her father, who move to Tennessee to Southern California. Billy Ray says the upcoming film is about the Stewart family returning to Tennessee. Several states are competing for the film to be shot inside their state lines, but Billy Ray says Disney is leaning toward Tennessee.

“The thing of it is, Walt Disney really wants to film this movie in Tennessee,” says Billy Ray.

Executive director of the Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission Perry Gibson said the state is limited on what financial incentives they can offer, but the could benefit from the movie. “It would mean a real impact on tourism and it would be a family friendly film that would come to the state,” said Gibson.

Louisiana is also offering Disney incentives to film in their state, and Gibson said it is unclear what state Disney will choose.

The film is scheduled to begin filming in April and is set for release in late 2008 or early 2009.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Mom Splits Tickets Won in Contest

They both wanted their daughters to see Hannah Montana in concert. And those two moms will get that chance.

Miranda Vaughan and Donna Weaver decided to call it a tie after spending 60 hours with their hands on a car at a Fort Mill car dealership hoping to win the tickets for their daughters.

The tie means each mother gets two tickets to Hannah Montana's sold out show at Bobcats Arena Tuesday night.

More tickets are up for grabs north of the border. In Gaston County in North Carolina, a raffle was held at two locations in Belmont. The winning ticket will be announced at noon Tuesday.

Britney Spears Stands Up Miley

The invitation was sent out by Billy Ray Cyrus to Britney Spears through the media. Come to Nashville and spend Thanksgiving with Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus and the entire family. It seemed like a nice gesture by Billy Ray and certainly would have given Britney some much needed good publicity. But did she diss Miley?

She even told one photographer that she was going according to a report from TMZ. Apparently she took a pass. According to US Weekly Magazine she hit a West Hollywood Virgin Megastore on Thanksgiving, while her sons, Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1, spent turkey day with dad.

Us reports - She did get some face time with her boys that day. At around 8:30 a.m. they were driven in her chauffeured Escalade to the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, where she and the kids enjoyed a quick breakfast. (The court-appointed monitor followed them in a separate car.)

Spears then turned her sons over to Federline around 11 a.m. She and her producer pal Sam Lutfi later hit the Virgin Megastore, where she bought a CD and a movie before returning to the Four Seasons. She should have headed to Nashville after dropping off the kids.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Miley Cyrus Spends her 15th Birthday with Hometown Fans

Disney actress Miley Cyrus had a unique way of celebrating her fifteenth birthday -- by playing to a sold-out crowd of fans in her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, on Sunday.

Miley Cyrus celebrated turning 15 with more than 15,000 hometown friends, who serenaded her with "Happy Birthday" toward the end of her "Best of Both Worlds" concert, complete with pyrotechnic displays and a cake delivered on stage.

The star of the hit Disney TV show "Hannah Montana" told the crowd that being home in Nashville with her fans was only wish for her 15th birthday, and so to be home with her fans on her birthday is amazing.

The "Best of Both Worlds" show Friday was sold out.

She said anyone from a small town can live their dream.

Shortly after the singer closed the show with a bow alongside opening act of "The Jonas Brothers," she reemerged for an encore. For the encore, her dad, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, 46, came out with an acoustic guitar to sing their signature duet, "Ready, Set, Don't Go," and included her sister Brandi Glenn Cyrus on backup guitar.

New Hannah Montana Toys

HM and HSM are shorthand for what's shooting to the top of toy wish lists this holiday season. They are the acronyms every parent with a child under 12 knows, even if parents don't want to admit it: HM (Hannah Montana) and her Disney Channel counterpart, HSM (High School Musical).

"We're in a peak period with Hannah Montana," says Bob Giampietro of Toys R Us, which named the Hannah Montana doll from Play Along one of its hot toy picks. The doll belts out Best of Both Worlds which, of course, is what Hannah represents: typical teen by day, pop star by night — a post-Bratz, parent-approved paradox. "It's safe, but it also has kind of an edge to it," Giampietro says.

This year, Hannah is encroaching on the turf of fashion toy titans. It ranks No. 6 on the National Retail Federation's top toys for girls list, just behind such stalwarts as Barbie, Bratz, Dora the Explorer and Hannah's Mouse House competition, the Disney Princesses. Hannah made her debut, at No. 10 on this year's top 10 most-searched-toys list from Lycos.

Miley Cyrus, who plays Hannah Montana, graces the cover of the holiday issue of Toy Wishes magazine, which approached Disney a year ago about putting her on the front.

"That's how certain we were," says co-publisher Jim Silver, that she'd be such a babe in toyland. "She's wholesome, she's cool. It was just a no-brainer." With her transformative powers, "she's almost like a female superhero." Silver estimates retailers will sell "hundreds of millions" of dollars in Hannah products this year.

Hannah Montana Merchandise

With Thanksgiving over and the Christmas season open, the hunt is on to nab some of the hottest toys on the market before they sell out, said Reyne Rice, toy trend specialist with the Toy Industry Association. For some parents, this will mean searching store after store to find the toys their children swear is what they want more than anything else in the world.

"Parents really want to make sure that their kids have a happy holiday season. They'll forgo getting a coat for themselves or a new car, but they do want their kids to have those happy memories of the holidays, especially when they are young, and it is still magical," Rice said.

There is no guaranteed way to predict what toys will be the most popular items of the season, but based on sales and research, local and industry officials have their predictions.

Some of the hottest items are products tied to television shows and movies, said Jim Silver, editor in chief of Toy Wishes Magazine. Among those, Hannah Montana is expected to be at the top.

"Besides being a hot-selling concert, she has been a hot-selling toy, from the singing doll to her sound stage to her guitar to the Hannah Montana DVD game. Most of the products with her image based on the television (show) are just flying off the shelves," Silver said.

With its own line of dolls, games and decorative pillows, items related to Disney's "High School Musical" also are expected to sell well, Rice said. The popularity of the two movies took many people by surprise, but the reaction to the toys has not.

"Parents are embracing it because it is really kind of a return-to-innocence type of movie. It is fun; it is about high school, but these kids are very wholesome," Rice said.

For boys, the "Transformers" Ultimate Bumblebee is going to be a favorite, Silver said. The action figure is half Camaro and half robot and talks, makes sounds and bursts into motion at the push of a button.

Many of the games and toys coming out add an extra element to the play using a television or computer, said Brandy Doyle, a spokeswoman for Target. The Smart Cycle is a stationary bike that hooks up to the television and allows preschoolers to peddle their way through educational games. As long as they are cycling, the activity on the screen keeps moving, so they stay active and have fun as well.

"Learning toys with that interactive play component are becoming more and more popular," Doyle said.

The American Idol Talent Challenge also plugs into the television and allows people to sing karaoke-style and get reactions from the judges, Rice said. Parents can make the game a group activity and get the whole family to play.

Children and parents will be fascinated by what they see on the television screen when they hook it up to Eye-Clops, an electronic magnifier that shows a new side to even the most mundane items, Silver said. Point the eye at an object and see what the image looks like magnified 200 times on the screen.

"You are seeing up close, whether it be your hair, your skin, paper. The things that you find are scary – things that you just didn't know existed," Silver said.

One of the hottest trends this year is to have toys that interact with online worlds, Rice said. With more than 50 different animals to choose from, Webkinz will continue to be a popular item this season. Children get a plush toy with a code on its label that allows them to go to a special Web site to play games and nurture an online version of their pet.

Children also can go online to the Web site of the Barbie Girls unit, an MP3 player with the image of a young girl on it, Silver said. Girls can download music, design an online character and chat with other girls.

A range of board games and video games provide entertainment for the whole family. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is the latest in a line of hard-rocking video games. The new version includes music by Beastie Boys, Kiss, Smashing Pumpkins and Alice Cooper.

A familiar game is getting a new image with Monopoly Electronic Banking Edition, said Dina Chrobot, an assistant manager at Kmart in Rocky Mount. Players use cards to collect rent, buy properties and pay fines.

"You no longer have to deal with money. The bank actually counts the money for you. Therefore, there is probably no cheating," Chrobot said.

There is no one item this year that truly captures the attention of children of every age and both sexes, as items such as Tickle Me Elmo have in the past, Silver said. A 3-year-old girl doesn't want the same thing as a 6-year-old boy or a 9-year-old girl.

"You take a couple of the hottest items – say Guitar Hero III and Smart Cycle – how do you fairly compare something that is a video game that goes older versus a preschool item? They are both must-haves on different age lists. They are both going to sell out, but it is tough to compare the two," Silver said.

If parents really want to find the perfect gift for their children, the best way to do it is pay attention to what interests them, Rice said.

"What are their favorite hobbies and aspirations? What do they like to do? What kind of music are they listening to? That will help guide them in selecting a present that is just perfect for that kid," Rice said.

Hannah Montana Movie Update News

Bob Iger, Disney's chief executive, on Thursday warned that its ABC television business could be hit by a prolonged Hollywood writers' strike but said its film studio would be unlikely to feel any effect until 2009. This means that High School Musical 3, The Hannah Montana Movie, Cheetah Girls 3, and Dadnapped production will procceed as scheduled. Therefore, talent may continue to submit 8X10 photos and resumes' for these films.

Hollywood screenwriters have spent this past week picketing studios and TV networks after failing to agree a new pay deal. The writers want a share of money generated by the streaming of their work on the internet. But the studios and networks have refused to budge, saying free internet streaming is for promotional purposes only and should not be covered in the pay deal.

Hannah Montana Movie Under Way

Filming tentatively set to begin April, 2008.

**Please submit by mail only. No personal drop-offs**

Talent can send Photo & Resume to:

Carol Goldwasser
Goldwasser/Meltzer Casting
5800 West Sunset Blvd
Building 11 Suite 201
Hollywood, CA 90028.


Extras Casting (Tennessee or Louisiana): TBA

Filming Location: TBA

Possible locations are Tennessee or Louisiana. The Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission is still waiting for details from Disney about what Louisiana is offering. Louisiana has had an aggressive program in recent years to bring film business to that state. The Tennessee program offers rebates and sales-tax breaks to filmmakers based on a percentage of their in-state spending.


Production Company:

Disney Channel in association with

It's a Laugh Productions, Inc.
2800 West Sunset Blvd.
Bldg. 11, Suite 201
Hollywood, CA 90028


Executive Producers:

Sally Lapiduss
Steven Peterman
Michael Poryes

Director:

Sam W. Orender

Starring:

Miley Cyrus - Hannah Montana / Miley Stewart
Billy Ray Cyrus - Robbie Stewart
Emily Osment - Lilly Truscott
Jason Earles - Jackson Stewart
Mitchel Musso - Oliver Oken

Story:

Miley Stewart (Miley Cyrus) might seem like an average girl but she isn't. She moved from Tennessee to Malibu and is adapting to a new lifestyle. Miley has a huge secret only known by her dad/manager Robbie Ray Stewart (Billy Ray Cyrus), her weird brother Jackson Stewart(Jason Earles), and her two best friends Lilly Truscott (Emily Osment), and Oliver Oken (Mitchel Musso). Miley Stewart's huge secret is she leads a double as the famous pop singer Hannah Montana along with her friend Lilly who also has a double life as Lola, Hannah's friend.

The film will center around the Stewart family's return to Tennessee.

(story update will occur after the final script revisions)

"Hannah Montana: The Movie" will not be a Disney Channel Original Movie instead it will be a feature length film, released in cinemas worldwide.

Want to be in the new Hannah Montana Movie????

Disney and It's A Laugh Productions announced that they are going to start shooting "Hannah Montana: The Movie" in late January 2007. The feature length film will be released in theatres worldwide, instead of being released as a Disney movie. Although the writers strike is going on right now, Bob Iger, Disney's Chief Executive, says that the effects of the strike won't be felt in the film business until 2009. This, of course, means that everything is on schedule for the upcoming films "High School Musical 3", "Cheetah Girls 3: Indian Adventure", "Dadnapped" and the afore mentioned Hannah Montana movie. On a side note, there are still accepting photos and resumes at the casting office for the Hannah Montana film.

Contact Information:
Disney Channel Auditions

Contact Person:
Alan Baltes
Production Manager

Web: http://hannahmontanacasting.blogspot.com

What Gets Miley in Trouble : Miley Cyrus on Oprah

Miley Cyrus admits she's not a typical 14-year-old. She gets in trouble with her mom and dad — and her offenses include losing a credit card and spending too much money in one day.

"Well, I had a credit card and it's like you have to be responsible. I lost it in like two days," Cyrus told Oprah Winfrey on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in a segment that aired Wednesday. "I'm still in trouble."

Cyrus, the star of the Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana," appeared with her father, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus. He said he doesn't worry about her because "she's got a great head on her shoulders."

She said her mother, Tish, gives her news clippings about Beyonce Knowles as an example of a star remaining humble.

She surprised 100 screaming girls, who thought they were in the studio to compete to see who was the biggest "Hannah Montana" fan.

"I recommend earplugs," she told Winfrey as the two of them walked into the room.

Miley told Winfrey that she's allowed to date, but her dad is "like, weird" about it.

"The other day I had one of my guy friends over and he was, he was hiding in the kitchen. We were outside just like hanging out and I look around ... and my dad's standing there like this. He's standing there with his German shepherd watching us and I'm, like, `Dad, you're gonna scare him. I'm not going to have any more friends.'"

Billy Ray Cyrus protested to Winfrey that he was just kidding, not trying to check up on his daughter and her boyfriend.

"Because they knew I was there," he told Winfrey. "It's not like I was spying."

Miley is in the middle of her tour, which has been the hottest concert ticket of the year, with shows selling out in as little as four minutes and scalpers getting four or five times face value.

Radio Station Contest for Hannah Montana Tickets

More than a dozen people took part in an unusual contest on Friday for a chance at winning four tickets to a Hannah Montana concert.

The concert will be held at Bobcats arena on Tuesday.

The contest was at Fort Mill Ford.

Sixteen people joined the contest around 10 a.m.

By 8 p.m., only 5 contestants were still in the race.

The contestants were required to keep one hand on the car at all times.

The last person touching the car will win the four tickets.

Problematic Hannah Montana Ticket Prices

The undisputed hottest concert ticket of the year is for 14-year-old pop star Miley Cyrus, star of the Disney Channel show, "Hannah Montana."

Frenzied fans are so desperate for seats to the teen sensation's 54-date "Best Of Both Worlds" tour, kicking off later this month, that venues have sold out in as little as four minutes, and ticket brokers are getting four-to-five times face value and more, creating a torrent of complaints from frustrated parents.

Some ducats are fetching thousands of dollars each.

Using advanced programs to get into computer systems before tickets go on sale to the public, brokers bought large amounts of tickets, circumventing the promoter's rule of four tickets per transaction at a maximum of $65 a pop.

The Early Show co-anchor Hannah Storm, who found asking prices as high as $20,000 on one ticket reseller's Web site, told her daughters they couldn't go.

"They're dying to go to the concert," Storm says. "They've been asking since the summer. I've been trying for months -- on the Internet, pulling every string I know, making phone calls, all to no avail."

Florida state legislator Dan Gelber's (D, Miami Beach) young daughters have also been shut out -- and he's sponsoring a bill to do rein in ticket brokers in the Sunshine State.

What the brokers did, he explained to Storm Wednesday, is "use an automatic dialling system to basically, literally in minutes, take all the tickets to the Hannah Montana concerts in Florida. So, the result was that everyday people just calling to get tickets for their kids were shut out. I could take my kids to the concert, but it would cost about $2,000, $3,000 for a family of four to go to a Walt Disney concert, which is obviously outrageous."

Gelber says his bill "brings the practice of the automated dialing within our Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act in Florida. The second thing it'll do is require the resellers to file a bond and register with the state of Florida, the way telemarketers have to. That's an industry that also can have some concerns with what they're doing. This brings these Internet folks into the state physically, and requires some penalties if they do these kinds of, I think, pretty predatory practices."

Hannah Montana Mania Hits Knoxville

Saturday night was big for teen sensation Hannah Montana. She performed in front of thousands in Knoxville's Thompson Boling Arena.

Hannah Montana, is a character on the popular Disney Channel show played by Miley Cyrus.

Tickets to the concerts have been hard to come by to say the least, gaining national attention because of it.

But the more than 20,000 fans didn't hesitate paying bick bucks to see Hannah Montana here in Knoxville.

"I paid $377.00 for two tickets that say the face value is $40.50," said Rhonda Alexander.

But some were lucky enough to score same-day tickets for $75.00.

However, we found one parent who paid $377.00 per ticket and purchased three, her children couldn't have been happier.

"She's awesome, it's Hannah Montana and I am so excited," said eight year old Leila Kyracios.

And there's no denying everyone at the concert was singing her praises.

Miley Cyrus, is the daughter of country music's Billy Ray Cyrus.

The teen shot to stardom on the Disney Channel.

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Miley Cuts a Deal With Celebs for Hannah Montana Appearance

How hot are Hannah Montana tickets? Even celebrities have t make a deal with Miley Cyrus to hook up their family members and kids to get to see Disney's big fifteen year old attraction. In Touch Weekly reports that even though most celebrities are accustomed to having the red carpet rolled out for them, the buck stops when it comes to getting tickets for Disney's hit show Hannah Montana.

Insiders at Disney reveal to the magazine that the show is so hot, stars have to earn their keep if they want to watch the show from the studio audience. And Ava Sambora, Heather Locklear and Richie Sambora's daughter, is no exception.

The weekly entertainment magazine reports that earlier this month Heather, 46, made her first of two appearances, on an episode titled "Lilly's Mom Has It Goin' On," to ensure that 10-year-old Ava and pal David Spade could attend a taping. But Ava wasn't the only one starstruck.

"Miley loves Heather," Billy Ray Cyrus, who co-stars on the show with his daughter, tells In Touch. "She and Heather could be sisters. They are two peas in a pod." Brooke Shields' daughter, Rowan, 4, was so jealous of her on-screen appearance that she shouted, "Noooo! That's my mama for real life." Heather joins the ranks of TV stars Brooke Shields, Larry David and Ray Romano, who have guest-starred on the hit show to get their kids tickets.

Hannah Montana Movie May Be Close

Singer Billy Ray Cyrus wants his daughter's upcoming "Hannah Montana" film to be shot in Tennessee, but state officials say they might not be able to offer the producers enough financial incentives.

The film based on the wildly popular Disney TV series is scheduled to start shooting in April and expected to be released in late 2008 or early 2009.

In the series, 14-year-old Miley Cyrus plays a high school student, Miley Stewart, who moves from Tennessee to Southern California and lives a secret double life as a pop star. Billy Ray Cyrus also plays her father on the show.

Cyrus said the movie is centered on the fictional Stewart family's return to Tennessee and it is only fitting for it to be shot in Tennessee as well. The real-life Cyrus family also has a home in Tennessee and was in town for Thanksgiving during a break on Miley Cyrus' sold-out tour.

"The thing of it is, Walt Disney really wants to film this movie in Tennessee," Billy Ray Cyrus said.

Perry Gibson, executive director of the Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission, said the state could benefit from having the movie shot locally.

"It would mean a real impact on tourism and it would be a family friendly film that would come to the state," she said. But Tennessee is limited in what incentives it can offer, she said.

Louisiana has had an aggressive program in recent years to bring film business to that state.

The Tennessee agency is still waiting for details from Disney about what Louisiana is offering, Gibson said. The Tennessee program offers rebates and sales-tax breaks to filmmakers based on a percentage of their in-state spending.

Cyrus said he thinks Tennessee can compete for the film.

"Quite frankly, I think they are pretty close," he said.

Hannah Montana Ticket Crisis

It’s been a rough week for the ticketing industry. If you expected the outrage over record-breaking Hannah Montana sell-outs would just blow over, think again. Empty-handed parents left struggling to understand how their best efforts resulted in broken promises are prompted to ask What exactly is going on here?

Odds of Getting Hannah Tickets: One in a Million?

Reselling tickets to children’s shows is a delicate business, especially when the “kid concert” is one of the best-selling music sensations of the year. In the case of Hannah Montana, the reaction goes further than brokers receiving hate mail. With angry Kansas City parents leading the initiative for consumer protection, the entire ticketing industry has been put under the microscope . . .

When Hannah Montana’s December 3 show at the Sprint Center sold out in minutes, parents were so incensed they compelled the City Council of Kansas City to take action. This anger was not reserved solely for the “scalpers.” Their scrutiny of the ticketing industry began with the primary sellers. Fingers were pointed at Ticketmaster, leader of this week’s Top Primary Sellers which include Tickets.com at two, LiveNation.com at three, TicketWeb.com at four, Etix.com at five, Telecharge.com at six, TicketsWest.com at seven, Tix.com at eight, GrooveTickets.com at nine, and BrownPaperTickets.com at ten.

Because tickets immediately appeared on secondary websites – first-ranked StubHub.com, second-ranked TicketsNow.com, third-ranked TicketLiquidator.com, fourth-ranked ABCtickets.com, fifth-ranked GoTickets.com, sixth-ranked RazorGator.com, seventh-ranked CoasttoCoastTickets.com, eight-ranked TickCo.com, ninth-ranked CheapPricedTickets.com, and tenth-ranked OnlineSeats.com all list seats for the performance – consumers cried conspiracy, suspecting Ticketmaster and the Sprint Center of an alliance with brokers that would give resellers first dibs on tickets.

What was eventually discovered was that of the 11,000 tickets released for the show 3000 went to the artist, suite-holders, and promoter AEG Live and 4000 went to fan club presales, meaning only 4000 were made available to the public on September 15.

Consider this: Only 4000 tickets are available for purchase. Kansas City consumers are aware of the difficulty involved in getting tickets, so most potential buyers enlist the help of multiple friends and relatives, some using multiple computers and phones while others wait in line at the box office. Additionally, parents in neighboring areas that couldn’t get tickets to their local venue are doing the same thing, prepared to take a road trip to appease their heartbroken brood. And because the performances aren’t going to be populated by unaccompanied minors, tickets aren’t being bought in singles or pairs, but in blocks. Ticketmaster was bombarded with hundreds of thousands of requests the moment tickets went on sale. Also consider that because multiple people were often involved in a single buy attempt, customers lucky enough to secure tickets sometimes wound up with extras. Is it hard to see how all the tickets disappeared? The brokers’ efforts to acquire tickets certainly didn’t help the citizens of Kansas City, but even if resellers were removed from the equation, not everyone who wanted a ticket would have gotten one.

Supply and Demand: Bigger Than Us

If Hannah Montana herself isn’t the talk of the town, current ticket prices for her show certainly are. Everywhere you look it seems there are reports of tickets advertised for thousands of dollars. While the market value of Hannah Montana tickets are well above the modest $26 - $56 face price per ticket, you don’t necessarily have to fork over the equivalent of a mortgage payment to get a seat.

On TicketLiquidator.com, seats for the aforementioned Dec. 3 show at the Sprint Center ranged from $145 - $1785, with only three groups of tickets over the hefty $1000 price tag. On StubHub.com, seats ranged from $155 - $1795, again with three sets of floor tickets in the over $1000 category. While hundreds of dollars is still pretty pricey, we’re still months out before many of the shows. Traditionally in this market, the closer the event date gets, the more ticket prices come down. RazorGator.com and TickCo.com are already showing reduced prices on some performances. Though patient ticket buyers aren’t likely to see Hannah tickets plummet back to face value, they can expect to see prices lower as the showtimes near.

Yes, as critics will tell you, even at the reduced rates seats bought on the secondary market cost a lot of money. Unfortunately, that’s supply and demand. The average consumer did have a chance, albeit a slim chance, to obtain tickets for the $26 price. To the protests that now only the rich will be able to afford tickets when everyone should have the same opportunity to snatch up front row seats, sadly that’s the way of the world. Democracy doesn’t mean Lamborghinis and Bentleys for everyone. With only a limited supply of tickets to dole out to an enormous fan base, not everyone can be entitled to a seat, less mind a seat covered by paper route earnings.

The irony is that even as consumers condemn the resellers for their greed, surplus tickets from some buyers’ own frenzied attempts at purchasing enough seats for their families are popping up on the secondary market at eBay and Craigslist.

Nobody’s Perfect

Hannah’s hit single says it all: Nobody’s Perfect. The ugliness caused by the ticket demand debacle makes it all too clear. There are those that dwell on the flaws in the ticketing industry and criticize the business of brokers. There are those that chastise the parents for catering to “spoiled brats” and overlooking their children’s real needs. There are those that complain the promoter should add more shows to satisfy their city’s demand despite the fact that Miley/Hannah already has a rigorous schedule and is only fourteen years old. The Best of Both Worlds Tour doesn’t appear to be bringing out the best in anyone.

In the end, investigators will probably not provide jilted buyers with the answers they want to hear. “Back door technologies” and unscrupulous alliances are not at the core of the issue. The problem is the devastatingly simple fact that there just aren’t enough tickets to go around. It’s been a harsh initiation for parents who hoped to bring smiles to their kids’ faces. However, the industry is not bereft of empathy for the families of Kansas City and the other stops along Hannah’s tour. Ticketers are making efforts to offer consumers advice on finding best value seats, and ultimately hope to educate the public about the ticketing business.

Parents Launch Lawsuit Against Miley Cyrus Fan Club

The frenzy caused by the lack of tickets to Hannah Montana Fan Club members will now be played out in the courts as a national class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of New Jersey parent Kerry Inman and anyone who joined the official Miley Cyrus Fan Club, based on the club's claim that joining would make it easier to get Hannah Montana concert tickets. Fan club membership is $30.

Law firms Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C., of Pittsburgh, and Glassman, Edwards, Wade & Wyatt, of Memphis, TN , both with extensive experience in class action lawsuits, filed on Nov. 12 against Interactive Media Marketing, Inc. and Smiley Miley, Inc., both Tennessee based.

For months, the Hannah Montana ticketing controversy has been one of the more hotly contested issues in entertainment. Children, parents, state attorney generals, ticket brokers, venue operators, Disney, promoters… they’ve all been stung by the matter, and the class action lawsuit is the second lawsuit filed by angry parents. Last month, a North Carolina parent sued TicketsNow over its alleged role in jacking ticket prices.

According to the class action lawsuit filed this week, Interactive Media Marketing and Smiley Miley should have known that its membership vastly exceeded the number of available tickets.

“We received thousands of emails throughout the country by those who were impacted,” lawyer Rob Peirce told TicketNews, who filed the lawsuit with attorney B.J. Wade.

“We received complaints that fans clubs in several cities didn't have an opportunity to purchase tickets and if you were a member in one location, you were not provided with the opportunity to buy in a different location," Peirce said. "If the consumer was advised about this beforehand, they might not have joined the fan club.”

Peirce added it will take several months to resolve the dispute, but he is optimistic that after the defendants review the lawsuit they will sit down with them to resolve the situation.

The lawsuit is asking for treble damages (triple the amount) for all members of the class action lawsuit and recovery of all attorneys' fees, as stipulated in the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act.

Miley Cyrus' 15th Birthday Lands on road in Nashville

What better way to throw a birthday party than by inviting more than 15,000 hometown friends? Miley Cyrus, the star of the hit Disney TV show Hannah Montana, celebrated turning 15 in Nashville Friday in front of a sold-out crowd.

"I'll tell you guys that my main wish when my parents asked me, 'Miley, what do you want for your 15th birthday?' The only thing that I had to say was, 'I want to be here at home with Nashville and all of you guys,' " she breathlessly told the crowd, who erupted into screams.

"The reason that I do what I do is for all of you guys," she said. "Anyone from a small town can go out there and live their dream, and so to be here with you guys tonight on my birthday is amazing."

Cyrus's rapt audience even serenaded her with "Happy Birthday" toward the end of her "Best of Both Worlds" concert, complete with pyrotechnic displays and a cake delivered onstage.

As her show wound to a close, confetti filled the stadium and she took her bows alongside Joe, Kevin and Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers. Fans refused to budge from their seats and their patience was rewarded.

She emerged to sing one more song, announcing: "I'd like to bring out my best friend – that just about says it all – my daddy." Her dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, came out with an acoustic guitar to sing their signature duet, "Ready, Set, Don't Go," and included her sister Brandi Glenn Cyrus on backup guitar.

When the song ended, Billy Ray hugged Miley, wishing her, "Happy Birthday, little girl."

Source: People.com

Miley Cyrus is Entertainer of the Year

Disney star Miley Cyrus, aka Hannah Montana, was named one of the 25 Top Stars of 2007 for Entertainment Weekly’s “Entertainers of the Year.” Check out a few quick Q&A’s:

Celebrity fan she was most surprised by: ‘’Lauren Conrad from The Hills. I met her and said, ‘Oh my gosh, I love you,’ and she said, ‘Oh my gosh, I love you.’ It was funny!'’

The career she’d most like to have besides her own: ‘’Hilary Duff’s. She’s stayed super true to herself and was also really successful, and that’s what I want to do.'’

Miley turned 15 this past Friday and celebrated by performing in front of a sold-out crowd in Nashville, Tenn.

“I’ll tell you guys that my main wish when my parents asked me, ‘Miley, what do you want for your 15th birthday?’ The only thing that I had to say was, ‘I want to be here at home with Nashville and all of you guys,’ ” she told the screaming crowd.

Source: Just Jared