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16 YEAR-OLD OLIVIA RODRIGO MAKES HER SONGWRITING DEBUT IN AN EPISODE OF “HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE MUSICAL: THE SERIES” PREMIERING NOVEMBER 29 ON DISNEY+
 
Actress Olivia Rodrigo makes her songwriting debut with “All I Want,” a song showcased in the episode of “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” premiering Nov. 29 on Disney+.

In the episode “Blocking,” 16-year old Rodrigo performs the piano ballad as her character, Nini Salazar-Roberts.

Rodrigo recorded it live on the set during filming.
Series creator and executive producer Tim Federle said, “Olivia wrote this emotional, in-depth song in just three days while filming the series and going to school.  She has shown her strength not only as a composer and performer but also as a modern young woman who brilliantly channeled what the ‘Nini’ character is going through as she begins to take control of her own narrative.” 
Rodrigo said, “Nini is a character that is written so truthfully and she is so relatable to me so writing a song that came from a place of truth wasn’t too hard. I just feel so grateful to Tim for trusting me to write a song for such an incredible show. I hope that people can find bits of themselves in the song and can relate to it.”
The song was produced by multi-platinum songwriter/producer Matthew Tishler who previously worked with Rodrigo on songs for Disney Channel’s “Bizaardvark.”

Among his credits are songs for Ashley Tisdale, Dove Cameron, JoJo Siwa, BTS and EXO.
 
A subsequent episode showcases a song Rodrigo co-wrote with her fellow cast member Joshua Bassett.
 

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About Disney+
Disney+ is the dedicated streaming home for movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more, together, for the first time. From The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International segment, Disney+ is available on any internet-connected screen and offers commercial-free programming with a variety of original feature-length films, documentaries, live-action and animated series and short-form content including series “The Mandalorian,” “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” “The World According to Jeff Goldblum,” and “Encore!” and films “Lady and the Tramp” and “Noelle.” Alongside unprecedented access to Disney’s incredible library of film and television entertainment and 30 seasons of “The Simpsons,” the service is the exclusive streaming home for films released by The Walt Disney Studios in 2019 and beyond, including “Captain Marvel,” “Avengers: Endgame,” “Aladdin,” “Toy Story 4,” “The Lion King,” “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” “Frozen 2,”and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” Visit DisneyPlus.com to subscribe and/or learn more about the service.

“Ninja Cat: Whiskers of Choice” from Justin Donner is a highly entertaining children's book that tackles difficult topics through a thoughtful tale filled with humor, kid-friendly dialogue and mayhem-making scenarios that keeps kids engaged.

Aimed at children ages 8 to12 and their parents, Ninja Cat makes complex subjects like bullying, stress management, financial responsibilities, leadership, emotional regulation, group dynamics and urban/rural differences, easily digestible thanks to wit and attention-grabbing cartoons―intentionally left in black and white for children to color―all edited and approved by Donner's 10-year-old son. 

The story tells of a mischievous cat named Lando who lives alone in the big city and hangs out with friendly humans as well as the City Crew―his diverse team of animal friends. 

The Crew gets into a heap of trouble after borrowing money from the notorious Loan Shark to buy a big TV, gaming console, video games and, of course, a mountain of snacks they immediately devoured―but now it's time to pay him back.

With no money, and the interest mounting, they have no clue how they're going to do it…

Lando, hoping to help his friends out, seeks advice from a wise old feline named Old School and discovers the ninja values of the parents he never knew.

Lando secretly teams up with Police Chief Toad and the Pond Patrol to form a Ninja Pond Squad to foil Loan Shark and his criminal enterprise.

Using his parent's peaceful yet purposeful ninja ways, Lando helps the Crew battle through their prevailing emotions of anger, fear, anxiety and sadness to make tough choices about right and wrong.

Throughout Ninja Cat, Lando learns valuable lessons on life and that you shouldn't judge another animal until you've walked a mile in his or her paws.

Author Justin Donner is a fully licensed financial agent (broker/dealer and investment advisor), criminologist, parent and author of the recovery memoir ”I Just Woke Up Dead.” He struggled with bipolar disorder and substance abuse before finding sobriety in 2012. He has a Master's Degree in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine, and a BS in Political Science and Psychology from North Dakota State University. He previously worked as a criminologist/statistician for the Fargo Police Department before relocating to Minnetonka where he joined a Fortune 250 investment firm. Donner's unique experiences (from both sides of the socioeconomic and geographic divide) allow depth in storytelling with an ease uncommon for authors of children's books. 

To learn more, please visit ninjacatbook.comor follow Donner on twitter at NinjaCatBook or on Instagram at @ninjacatbook.

Ninja Cat: Whiskers of Choice
Publisher: Scoop n Juice Publications
Released: September 2019
ISBN-13 # 9781086277302
ASIN # 1086277309
Available from Amazon.com

Is it Elsa from #Frozen2? Can you guess?

A new pop dance song is being released featuring a former #Disney diva.

Is it Elsa from #Frozen2? Who can forget #IdinaMenzel's "Let it go?" Or maybe it is Mighty Thor, or perhaps Snow White, Jasmine or is it Ariella?

No it's Sonna Rele, who from singing a hit song on Disney's multi-platinum "Cinderella" soundtrack, to now being featured on an inspiring dance music track, in the mold of Zedd, this artist is nothing short of amazing.

Sonna Rele, who can be heard singing, "Strong," on Cinderella's soundtrack, with more than tens of millions of views on social media, is now featured on UNK^6 debut, "I'm Stronger With You," (Modern Touch Music/ The Orchard,/SONY). 

She is backed on this inspiring song by eight-time Grammy award winner, Joel Kibble (Take 6).

"I'm Stronger With You," is co-written and co-produced by certified platinum producer, Mantra (Will Smith, Rihanna, Future, Pitbull,etc) and Tony Reynolds.
"Her vocals were exactly what make this song believable and soar," Reynolds said. "She put so much feeling into the words. It's incredibly inspiring. She sounds like a mighty thor." 
Hear the song on The Orchard/SONY promotion page coming Valentine's Day 2020
https://promo.theorchard.com/0wgFdruOVBnRi46sr62K
Just hours before Disney+ launches on November 12, Anna Kendrick and the cast and filmmakers of the original holiday comedy “Noelle” attended a festive Yuletide screening at the SVA Theatre.

The film will stream exclusively on Disney+ beginning November 12.

Be sure to check out the photos below.

In Disney+’s holiday comedy “Noelle,” Kris Kringle’s daughter is full of Christmas spirit and holiday fun, but wishes she could do something “important” like her beloved brother Nick, who will take over for their father this Christmas.

When Nick is about to crumble like a gingerbread cookie from all the pressure, Noelle suggests he take a break and get away…but when he doesn’t return, Noelle must find her brother and bring him back in time to save Christmas.

The sudden disappearance of the new Santa (Bill Hader) leads to chaos in the North Pole, so Mrs. Claus (Julie Hagerty) must step up to rein in the hi-tech replacement Santa, Cousin Gabe (Billy Eichner).

Meanwhile, Noelle and Elf Polly (Shirley MacLaine), the family’s acerbic but good-hearted nanny, are down South on a search-and-recover mission, during which Noelle (Anna Kendrick) comes to realize she has much in common with her father and begins to understand the true meaning of Christmas.

Written and directed by Marc Lawrence, “Noelle” stars Anna Kendrick, Bill Hader, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Billy Eichner, Julie Hagerty and Shirley MacLaine. The film is produced by Suzanne Todd, p.g.a. with John G. Scotti serving as executive producer.


ABOUT DISNEY+
Launching on November 12, Disney+ will be the dedicated streaming home for movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more, together, for the first time. From The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International segment, Disney+ will offer ad-free programming with a variety of original feature-length films, documentaries, live-action and animated series and short-form content including series “The Mandalorian,” “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” “The World According to Jeff Goldblum,” and “Encore!” and films “Lady and the Tramp” and “Noelle.” Alongside unprecedented access to Disney’s incredible library of film and television entertainment and 30 seasons of “The Simpsons,” the service will also be the exclusive streaming home for films released by The Walt Disney Studios in 2019 and beyond, including “Captain Marvel,” “Avengers: Endgame,” “Aladdin,” “Toy Story 4,” “The Lion King,” “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” “Frozen 2,”and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” The service will launch in select geographic territories, including U.S., Canada, and The Netherlands, followed shortly by Australia and New Zealand, with the expectation to be available in all major markets within the first two-years. Follow Disney+ on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter or visit DisneyPlus.com to learn more.

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GKids, Shout Factory present anime WEATHERING WITH YOU, coming to Blu-ray in Collector’s Edition November 17

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