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October 18, 2009 | Dawn C. Chmielewski
The gig: The unofficial voice of "tween" America -- children between the ages of 9 and 14 -- Berendsen has written some of Disney Channel's most popular movies, including "The Cheetah Girls: One World," "Twitches" and "Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie," which was the top-rated telecast of the year, attracting 13.5 million viewers. He also penned "Hannah Montana: The Movie," the big-screen adaptation of the popular television series, which grossed nearly $155 million in worldwide ticket sales.
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October 18, 2009 | Dawn C. Chmielewski
The gig: The unofficial voice of "tween" America -- children between the ages of 9 and 14 -- Berendsen has written some of Disney Channel's most popular movies, including "The Cheetah Girls: One World," "Twitches" and "Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie," which was the top-rated telecast of the year, attracting 13.5 million viewers. He also penned "Hannah Montana: The Movie," the big-screen adaptation of the popular television series, which grossed nearly $155 million in worldwide ticket sales.
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July 18, 2003 | Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer
The Disney Channel's new family film, "Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off," premiering tonight at 8, is missing key ingredients: wit and a light touch. The well-meaning message -- it's OK for boys to explore their culinary creativity -- is so larded with reassurances that the baseball-playing, would-be boy chef (Taylor Ball) is no sissy and likes girls that it becomes offensive (inescapable subtext: he's not gay).
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September 24, 1999 | MICHAEL P. LUCAS
Speedy screenwriter Dan Berendsen uses a little magic of his own to send America's favorite witch on her globe-trotting made-for-TV movies. On Sunday, Sabrina is off to Australia in "Sabrina Down Under." Last season, Berendsen had only 21 days to write the script for Melissa Joan Hart's well-received "Sabrina Goes to Rome" on ABC.
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September 3, 2010 | By T.L. Stanley, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Research about cable's highest-rated entertainment show in 2008 revealed some complaints television executives rarely see about their programs — not enough s'mores, bonfires and water fights. The made-for-TV movie was Disney Channel's wildly successful " Camp Rock," which starred Disney darlings the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato and drew an impressive audience of 10 million viewers. Audiences enjoyed the show, they just wanted more of the joy and antics of a typical summer camp experience.
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September 24, 1999 | MICHAEL P. LUCAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She's still Sabrina and she's still a good-hearted witch--but she's not a kid anymore. "I'll be a little more grown-up--and I'm getting a job," says Melissa Joan Hart, looking ahead to her fourth season on ABC's "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch," returning tonight. She's 23 now and playing a supernatural 18-year-old, she'll find comedy in more mature situations--swooning over her new boss, for instance, casting spells in unexpected ways--often with surprising and amusing results.
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September 29, 2004 | Judy Meyers, Special to The Times
At 6:30 p.m. the kitchen starts to come to life. Nine women arrive, one at a time, carrying bowls and platters, pots and pans, their contents filling the room with the smells of freshly baked bread, roasted herbs and a warm peach pie. Christopher Gelber, the only man in the room, slips out the back door just in the nick of time. "No guys are allowed in our group because guys are a distraction," says Teri Gelber, one of the producers of KCRW's "Good Food" -- and Christopher's wife.
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January 11, 2009
Action Avatar An Avatar, a human mind in an alien body, finds himself torn between two worlds, in a desperate fight for his own survival and that of the indigenous people. With Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez and Sigourney Weaver. Written and directed by James Cameron. Also in Imax 3-D. 20th Century Fox, Dec. 18. Chocolate An autistic girl learns martial arts from watching Tony Jaa and Bruce Lee films so as to exact revenge on those who bankrupted her mother.
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