May 22, 2012 |
Miley Cyrus is no stranger to criticism for her sexually charged image, but the singer and actress wants you to know she's not ashamed. In fact, she thinks sex is pretty awesome. During a recent sit-down with Lifetime television host Amanda de Cadenet, Cyrus talked about her self-worth in the face of media scrutiny, a family rift and increasing pressure from her industry. "The girls that really base how much they're worth on the sexual favors they can do for somebody, that makes me really sad. Because sex is actually really beautiful.
January 19, 2011
A darkness has fallen on the kingdom of the preteens: "Hannah Montana" is officially gone. The Disney Channel series about ordinary girl Miley Stewart (Miley Cyrus) who has a secret life as a pop star wrapped its fourth and final season Sunday with a finale that drew 6.2 million viewers, according to the Nielsen Co. That was up 9% compared with the average this season, the show's most-watched. Among kids 2 to 11, the finale drew 2.1 million viewers. Despite the show's popularity, Cyrus has said she's relieved to be leaving.
October 10, 2010 |
Rich Ross, the television executive who helped revive the moribund Disney Channel, now has to prove he can work movie magic at Walt Disney Studios. The 47-year-old former talent department head has been, as expected, tapped by Disney Chief Executive Robert A. Iger to fill much of the studio post formerly held by Dick Cook, who was ousted last month after clashing with his boss and failing to deliver enough hits over the last year. Iger will look to Ross to reinvigorate Disney's flagging box-office fortunes and develop film franchises that can be sold across the entertainment giant's lines of businesses -- including theme parks, consumer products and television -- as well as grapple with a host of technological issues that are quickly reshaping Hollywood.
April 20, 2010 |
The odds against them were daunting for the motley team of Mexican schoolkids who somehow won the 1957 Little League World Series. They were almost as steep for the filmmakers behind "The Perfect Game," which opened Friday and relates the tale of the scrappy, undersized team's improbable triumph. Initially, the movie's shooting was plagued by fits and starts. At one point production closed down entirely and had to be relaunched. Then Lionsgate, after slating the film for release way back in July 2008, held the movie from theaters because its original backers reportedly had run short of cash.
March 31, 2010 |
There aren't a lot of surprises in store when a film is struck from Nicholas Sparks and is called "The Last Song." There will be young love in the picturesque South, there will be a battery of contrivances keeping those crazy kids apart, and there will be tragedy and much rending of hair. "Last Song" is one of those maudlin romantic melodramas you just can't warn folks off. They're going to see it, though they know the story before they get in the car. Sullen, half-heartedly goth teen Ronnie (Miley Cyrus sans "Hannah Montana" trappings)
November 10, 2009 |
Disney Channel has ordered a second season of the Jonas Brothers comedy "Jonas." The show, a "Monkees"-style comedy centered on real-life brothers Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas, averages a respectable (but not "Hannah Montana" or "Wizards of Waverly Place" big) 3.4 million viewers on Sundays, topping the demographics of ages 6 to 11 and 9 to 14 in its 8:30 p.m. time slot. "Jonas" was originally meant to create a Saturday-night destination for Disney Channel, premiering to 4 million viewers in May, but ratings tumbled in its second week and the show was quickly moved to Sundays, where it has become a modest hit for the network.