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Wizards of Waverly Place Movie Casts Spell on the Small Screen




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Put away the schoolbooks and pack your wand, because the Russo family is headed on vacation in the Disney Channel's Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie —an extension of the popular tween series.

After a successful sophomore season, executive producer Peter Murrieta was thrilled the Disney Channel chose to make a movie for the small screen. "Rarely have they done a movie based on their series... so we're very excited they chose our show," he told TVGuide.com.

Alex, played by Selena Gomez, gets upset during a Caribbean vacation when her mom won't let her go out with a cute windsurfing instructor. As Jake T. Austin, who plays youngest brother Max, told TVGuide.com, Alex's harsh words accidentally activate "a spell where their parents never met. Max is forced to play a matchmaker and reconnect [parents] Jerry and Teresa," while Alex and Justin (David Henrie) try to reverse the spell.

Murrieta and Austin agree that there's much for fans to be excited about. The movie was shot in Puerto Rico rather than on stage and before a live studio audience. Viewers will see "more than 250 special effects [and] we're going to see more about the wizard competition, the battle to become the family wizard, and more of what that looks like and is," Murrieta explained.

Jake T. Austin thinks fans will also be excited about his on-screen sister, Selena Gomez. "She's singing six or seven songs on the soundtrack," he says.

Selena's growing popularity has helped the show's success, but Murietta mentioned that it created some "interesting challenges [when] people had to switch rooms during the shoot [and] check in under assumed names." He added, "We're very lucky in that our fans are excited to meet their stars that they look up to, but they're also pretty respectful of the work process."

"It was pretty intense, [but] it's good to know you have support being so far away from where you film," Austin mentioned.

Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie premieres on Aug 28 at 8/7c, on Disney Channel.

Article contributed by Rachel Sheehan - Marketing Coordinator, TV Guide Online

Joe Jonas 5K Fun Run to take place in San Antonio, TX to raise funds for charity



An iWin Joe Jonas 5K Fun Run will be held Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009 beginning at 8:15 a.m. at Sunset Station in San Antonio, TX to support Special Olympics Texas and the Jonas Brothers’ Change for the Children Foundation. Joe Jonas of the Grammy-nominated artists, “The Jonas Brothers,” will lead the run.

The entry fee is $20 per person or $35 for a child and parent. Participants can register up until the run begins.

To help with the fund-raising, visit the Special Olympics Texas Web site at www.sotx.org. Top fund-raisers will win an award, and Special Olympics Texas athletes can enter a contest to win free tickets to the “Jonas Brothers” concert.

Fifteen participants in the fun run will be randomly selected to run with Jonas at the front of the race. The 15 winners will also be part of a special “meet-and-greet” where they can have their photo taken with Jonas. All participants will receive an iWin Joe Jonas Fun Run finisher medal made exclusively for this event.

For more information, see the Special Olympics Texas Web site at www.sotx.org.

Disney Stars win big at Teen Choice Awards



The Teen Choice Awards, which were selected by over 83 million votes cast online, honor celebrities in TV, film, music and sports. Several winners — including 16-year-old Miley Cyrus and show hosts the Jonas Brothers — took home multiple trophies at the 11th annual ceremony at Universal Studios Hollywood's Gibson Amphitheater.

Cyrus sailed away with six awards, winning for comedy TV show and actress for "Hannah Montana;" music/dance movie actress and hissy fit for "Hannah Montana: The Movie;" music single for "The Climb" and summer song for "Before the Storm" with the Jonas Brothers. Cyrus also presented Britney Spears the ultimate choice award.

"I'm a huge fans of hers," Cyrus said before a subdued Spears accepted her own surfboard.

The Jonas Brothers won five trophies, including choice male red carpet icons. They kicked off the show performing on a tiny stage that moved through the audience. Throughout the taped ceremony, the trio completed dares submitted by fans. At one point, younger brother Nick was challenged to hug a lineup of female fans.

"It's just hugs," Joe cautioned the women. "You're not going for long-term relationships here, girls."