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2011 'Disney Friends for Change Games' premiers on Disney Channel June 24 and Disney XD June 27!

Bridgit Mendler Performs We Can Change The World

Bridgit Mendler performs Disney's Friends for Change anthem, "We Can Change The World".
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Disney will donate nearly $1 million dollars globally through Disney's Friends for Change, its multiplatform pro-social initiative, and the new "Disney Friends for Change Games" that helps kids help the planet and their communities. Over 30 Disney Channel and Disney XD stars from around the globe will compete in "Disney Friends for Change Games," a series of fun physical challenges inspired by everyday "green" acts.

Four teams will play on behalf of an environmental charity, "Fauna and Flora International," "World Wildlife Fund," "Ocean Conservancy" and "UNICEF". For five weeks beginning Friday, June 24, 2011 Disney Channel will present "Disney Friends for Change Games" in interstitials during its Friday, Saturday and Sunday primetime original series programming, and Disney XD will present a special episode from the games Monday nights beginning June 27, 2011 (9:30 p.m., ET/PT). The Games will culminate with a special half-hour episode Sunday, July 31, 2011 on Disney Channel.

18-year-old actress and Hollywood Records recording artist Bridgit Mendler ("Good Luck Charlie," "Lemonade Mouth") co-wrote and performed the new Disney's Friends for Change anthem, "We Can Change The World," a buoyant pop/rock song to be released globally starting Friday, June 10, 2011. All proceeds from the song will go towards environmental charities through Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund.

As part of "Disney Friends for Change Games," Disney will make a $125,000 donation to each charity and the winning team's charity will receive an additional $100,000 donation from Disney. Beginning JUNE 10, kids and families worldwide are invited to visit Disney.com/projectgreen, and Friends for Change international sites to pledge actions they will take in to help the planet. To date, over four million pledges have been made by kids worldwide.

Young planet crusaders can play online versions of the games that took place during "Disney Friends for Change Games" and donate their earned points to their favorite teams. The team with the most online points will be named the regional "Fan Favorite" team and awarded an additional $100,000 for their team's charity. Kids can also participate by creating a piece of online art for the Disney Friends for Change Games Group Wall at Disney.com/Create.

Tiffany Thornton ("So Random") and Jason Earles ("Kickin' It") host the telecasts. Maria Canals-Barrera ("Wizards of Waverly Place") joins them to provide players support.
The teams are:

Blue Team playing to benefit Ocean Conservancy

Captain: Debby Ryan ("Jessie"), Allisyn Ashley Arm ("So Random"), Olavo Cavalheiro (Disney Channel Brazil), Hutch Dano ("Zeke and Luther"), Roshon Fegan ("Shake It Up"), Doc Shaw ("Pair of Kings"), Stefanie Scott ("A.N.T. Farm") and Jake Short ("A.N.T. Farm").

Green Team playing to benefit Fauna and Flora International

Captain: Brandon Mychal Smith ("So Random"), Valeria Baroni (Disney Channel Argentina), Paula Dalli (Disney Channel Spain), Adam Hicks ("Zeke and Luther"), David Henrie ("Wizards of Waverly Place"), Sterling Knight ("So Random"), Ryan Ochoa ("Pair of Kings"), Eve Ottino (Disney Channel France) and Bella Thorne ("Shake It Up").

Yellow Team playing to benefit UNICEF

Captain: Bridgit Mendler ("Good Luck Charlie"), Jorge Blanco (Disney Channel Mexico), Valentina Colombo (Disney Channel Italy), Adam Irigoyen ("Shake It Up"), China Anne McClain ("A.N.T. Farm"), Sierra McCormick ("A.N.T. Farm"), Logan Miller ("I'm In The Band") and Gregg Sulkin ("Wizards of Waverly Place" and Disney Channel UK).

Red Team playing to benefit World Wildlife Fund

Captain: Mitchel Musso ("Pair of Kings"), Jake T. Austin ("Wizards of Waverly Place"), Doug Brochu ("So Random"), Kelsey Chow ("Pair of Kings"), Davis Cleveland ("Shake It Up"), Dean Delannoit (Disney Channel Holland and Belgium), Carlon Jeffrey ("A.N.T. Farm"), and Zendaya ("Shake It Up").

*Special guest Leo Howard ("Kickin' It") will also participate. 

"Disney Friends for Change Games" are executive-produced by Art Spigel ("Disney Channel Games") and Hayma 'Screech' Washington ("Amazing Race") for Dario Productions, Inc., and filmed on location in Simi Valley, California. The production was eco-conscious to ensure best efforts were made to lighten impact on the environment.

Disney’s Friends for Change is a multi-platform initiative that helps inspire kids and families to join together and make a positive impact on their world (and the people and animals that live there). Through PSAs on-air and online tool-kits, the program aims to provide useful information to help kids make small changes that add up to big differences.

As part of the program, Disney donates $1 million dollars annually to fund projects all around the globe and has funded over 41 projects that help the planet ranging from educational & community programs to species & habitat protection. Friends for Change currently has over 4 million actions taking place from kids in 33 countries throughout Europe, Latin America, Japan, India and China. For more information, please visit:


Walt Disney Pictures feature film 'Prom' Veteran and Newbie Actors Mix It Up

Walt Disney Pictures "Prom" hits Theaters Friday, April 29, 2011
Photo: Walt Disney Pictures

From Walt Disney Pictures comes the dramatic comedy “Prom,” directed by Joe Nussbaum, written by Katie Wech and produced by Justin Springer and Ted Griffin, with Samson Mücke serving as executive producer. Producers Justin Springer (“TRON: Legacy”) and Ted Griffin (“Up in the Air”) are responsible for bringing “Prom” to Disney.

At “Prom,” every couple has a story and no two are exactly alike. Several intersecting stories unfold at one high school as the big dance approaches; “Prom” portrays the precarious passage from high school to independence as some relationships unravel and others ignite. For Nova Prescott (Aimee Teegarden), it’s a battle of wills as she fi nds herself drawn to the guy (Thomas McDonell) who gets in the way of her perfect prom. Fellow seniors Mei (Yin Chang) and Tyler (De’Vaughn Nixon) harbor secrets, while others face all the insecurity and anticipation that surrounds one of high school’s most seminal events. There are hundreds of nights in high school, but there’s only one “Prom.”

Who's Going To Prom?

With fourteen characters integral to the story of “Prom,” the goal was to get the best cast possible so that this movie can stand up over time—just as John Hughes’ “Pretty in Pink” and Cameron Crowe’s “Say Anything” continue to entertain teenagers and adults to this day.

Producer Justin Springer states, “Casting was top of the list for us in what we had to do to make a great movie. The big thing was finding great actors. We spent a lot of time and put a lot of emphasis on finding the right actors for each of the roles.”

As for that process, he continues, “Marcia Ross, Gail Goldberg and Brittainy Roberts of Disney casting saw over 2,000 actors over the course of about four months. Then, Joe and I would see hundreds of actors for call backs.”

Director Joe Nussbaum elaborates, “The casting process was long and involved. We looked at hundreds of kids, knowing that we were looking for kids who’d never been in anything. We really had to scour and just turn over every rock and look down every avenue.”

Producer Justin Springer says, “There were certain kids we would see, and we were like ‘they have to be in our movie!’ They might not be our top choice for one role, but we wanted them in our movie, so we would then consider them for the other roles.”

Nussbaum admits, “It was exciting to look for people who are new and be open to whoever is right for the role—not worrying about name value.”

In the end, Aimee Teegarden, Thomas McDonell, De’Vaughn Nixon, Danielle Campbell, Yin Chang, Jared Kusnitz, Nolan Sotillo, Cameron Monaghan, Kylie Bunbury, Joe Adler, Janelle Ortiz, Jonathan Keltz, Nicholas Braun and Raini Rodriguez—14 actors with distinct personalities—won their roles and became the talented ensemble cast of “Prom.”

Disney.com U Rock Music Video Contest

From now until August 24, 2010 you have a chance to win the following prizes:

● Go behind the scenes of Phineas and Ferb
● See the stars of Camp Rock 2 live in concert
● Meet the Jonas Brothers in Los Angeles
● Jam with Allstar Weekend and get a $1,000 Disney Store shopping spree

To enter all you need to do is visit the Disney.com U Rock official website, choose a song and make a jammin' music video and upload it to the website. You can even make up to thirty submissions per Member for the contest, however, each submission MUST be unique and any duplicate or materially similar Submissions may be disqualified.

● Submission Period runs through August 24, 2010.
● Voting Period runs from August 3, 2010 through September 13, 2010.
● Winners Announced on September 16, 2010.

The dates and times above are subject to change. In the event of any change, notice of the revised date or time will be posted on the Disney.com Website. Contest is open to kids, teens and their parents. If you're under 18, get your parent's permission first. Kids under 13 years of age must have parental/legal guardian consent prior to entering or uploading a video.

Make sure to read the Disney U Rock Official Rules.

For all the exciting details and to upload your music video, go to the Disney.com U Rock Contest Website.