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The second season of "Diary of a Future President" returns to Disney+ on August 18 with all ten episodes available for binge-worthy streaming. Continuing the origin story of Cuban American and future leader Elena Cañero-Reed as she enters the seventh grade and recounted through excerpts from 13-year-old Elena's diary, this coming-of-age series follows Elena through the ups and downs of middle school which sets her on the path to becoming the President of the United States.  
 
Created by showrunner Ilana Peña ("Crazy Ex-Girlfriend") and loosely inspired by Peña's own adolescence, the series has been lauded for its authentic portrayal of a Latinx tween and her friends and family. Peña also makes her directorial debut with the season's ninth episode.
 
Peña shares, “We are so excited for season 2 and cannot wait to share this next chapter of ‘Diary’ with viewers. This season, Elena will inch closer to the bright future we know she achieves, but like any origin story, her journey is not without its hurdles and heartaches. She and her family and friends will all continue to grow up and come into their own this year. I promise you'll laugh, I'm pretty sure you'll cry, and most of all, I hope this season is as meaningful to watch as it was for all of us to make." 
 
Executive producer Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”) directs the second season's first episode and also stars as grown-up Elena. Rodriguez continues to reappear throughout the season as Elena's future self and conscience that guides her through middle school and towards the White House. 
 
Rodriguez shares, "I'm honored and grateful to be able to return to this series for a season two. I love that this heartfelt show celebrates a Latinx family and epitomizes our commitment to inclusive storytelling."
 
"Diary of a Future President" also stars Tess Romero as young Elena Cañero-Reed, Charlie Bushnell as Elena's brother Bobby, Selenis Leyva as Elena's mother Gabi and Michael Weaver as Gabi's boyfriend Sam. Recurring cast includes Jessica Marie Garcia as Gabi's colleague Camila, Carmina Garay as Elena's BFF Sasha, Sanai Victoria as Elena's classmate Melissa, Harmeet Pandey as Elena's friend Jessica, as well as Brandon Severs and Nathan Arenas as Bobby’s friends Liam and Danny.  
 
Keith Hesler and Molly Breeskin are executive producers alongside Peña and Rodriguez. "Diary of a Future President" is produced by CBS Studios in association with I Can and I Will Productions.
 
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About Disney+
Disney+ is the dedicated streaming home for movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic, along with The Simpsons and much more. In select international markets, it also includes the new general entertainment content brand, Star. The flagship direct-to-consumer streaming service from The Walt Disney Company, Disney+ is part of the Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution segment. The service offers commercial-free streaming alongside an ever-growing collection of exclusive originals, including feature-length films, documentaries, live-action and animated series, and short-form content. With unprecedented access to Disney’s long history of incredible film and television entertainment, Disney+ is also the exclusive streaming home for the newest releases from The Walt Disney Studios. Disney+ is available as a standalone streaming service or as part of The Disney Bundle that gives subscribers access to Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+. For more, visit disneyplus.com, or find the Disney+ app on most mobile and connected TV devices.
 
About CBS Studios
CBS Studios is one of the industry’s leading suppliers of programming with more than 70 series currently in production across broadcast and cable networks, streaming services and other emerging platforms. The Studio’s expansive portfolio spans a diverse slate of commercially successful and critically acclaimed scripted programming, genre-defining franchises including the ever-growing “Star Trek” universe, award-winning late night and daytime talk shows, and an extensive library of iconic intellectual property. 


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Escape to the beautiful Italian seaside town of Portorosso when Disney and Pixar’s “Luca” arrives on digital, 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD August 3rd. The release touts a variety of bonus features including never-before-seen featurettes, deleted scenes and two alternate openings.
 
Set in a seaside town on the Italian Riviera, Disney and Pixar’s Luca is a coming-of-age story about a young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer. Luca shares his amazing adventures with his friend Alberto, but their fun is threatened by a deeply held secret: they’re sea monsters from a world below the water’s surface.
 
Disney and Pixar’s Luca Bonus Features*
  • Our Italian Inspiration – Experience the joy of discovery as Pixar artists travel to Cinque Terre, Italy, to absorb the beauty and culture of the coastal region which inspired the characters and the quintessential Italian backdrop of Luca.
  • Secretly A Sea Monster – Explore the artistry and technical innovation of Luca's transformation from sea monster to human, and how the theme of transformation is central to the emotional journey of the main characters.
  • Best Friends – Best friends can challenge us, inspire us, annoy us, and encourage us. The cast and crew of Luca share their own stories about how besties influenced their lives, and how those experiences informed the creation of screen pals Luca, Alberto, and Giulia.
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Introduction – Director Enrico Casarosa introduces scenes not included in the final version of Luca.
  • Starfish Hunt (Alternate Opening) – Luca explores the shore and the sea, gathering mussels and starfish, in this serene alternate opening to the film.
  • Isola Del Mare (Alternate Opening) – Luca welcomes viewers to the quiet island he calls home.
  • Festa Del Mare – The boys go to a festival filled with fun...and danger.
  • Here Comes Giulia – Giulia explores Isola Del Mare, where she meets Luca and Alberto, and asks so many questions.
  • Gelato Trouble – Giulia offers to treat Luca and Alberto to something called "gelato."
  • Sea Monster Cannery – Luca dreams about a magical place filled with Vespas and gelato, but things aren't quite what they seem.
 
*bonus features vary by product and retailer

In Celebration of World Rhino Day, Sept. 22 San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Invites Public to Help Name Newest Southern White Rhino Calf Born at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

(Info from press release) On World Rhino Day (Sept. 22)—and every day—San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance works to bring increased awareness of...