DISNEY TO RELEASE SHOW ON TABLET APPS
Noting that tablets are increasingly the “first screen” for preschool-age viewers, Disney executives said they would make the first nine episodes of a new series — Sheriff Callie’s Wild West —available on mobile devices first. The series will arrive on the Walt Disney Junior app on November 24 and will debut on TV early next year. The company says the app has been downloaded 5 million times since June 2012 and has generated more than 650 million video views. Sheriff Callie, with its large number of characters and unusual Old West setting, may also benefit from children being able to binge-watch many episodes at once. Some Disney executives see the Callie character as their answer to Hello Kitty.
Entourage movie is finally a go
Vinnie Chase and the boys are back. It’s finally been confirmed that the movie based on HBO’s series Entourage is really happening. Creator Doug Ellin confirmed the movie’s production on Monday evening when he tweeted a photo of himself and the cast arm-in-arm. Since the film was announced early last year, various rumours surfaced about why the movie had not gone into production, including cast members holding out for more money. The show, based on actor Mark Wahlberg’s experiences as an up-and-coming actor, starred Jerry Ferrara, Adrien Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jeremy Piven, and Kevin Dillon. It ended in 2011 after eight seasons.
Springsteen to tour South Africa
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are to play their first ever concerts in South Africa, nearly 30 years after his guitarist Steven Van Zandt founded the movement Artists United Against Apartheid in 1985 to protest against apartheid. Shows are scheduled for Cape Town on January 28 and 29 and Johannesburg on February 1 next year, according to Springsteen’s website. They form part of the Wrecking Ball tour which has seen the veteran rocker trek across the United States, Europe and Latin America in the past 18 months. They will head for Australia and New Zealand after South Africa.