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Disney Channel Begin Work On First Ever Live Action Picture, 'The Descendnts'

By Joe Wilde | 16th December 2013

Disney will bring some of their most beloved characters together all in one place for an upcoming Disney Channel original movie, but it won't be the timeless heroes that are being concentrated on for this...

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Kenny Ortega Directing Disney Channel's First-ever Live-action Film

13th December 2013

Filmmaker Kenny Ortega has been tapped to direct the first-ever live-action film for U.S. network the Disney Channel.Descendants will feature the children of Disney's most infamous villains, including Cruella De Vil, Maleficent and Aladdin's Jafar,...

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"I Saw A Michael That Frightened Me": Director Kenny Ortega Breaks Down During Michael Jackson Death Trial

By Lauren James | 12th July 2013

On the third day of evidence in the Jackson family's current case against AEG Live (the 'This Is It' concert promoters), Kenny Ortega stepped up to testify that Jackson seemed unhealthy and improperly cared for...

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Michael Jackson Was Skeletal Before Death

13th May 2013

Michael Jackson was reportedly skeletal in the run-up to his death.The late King of Pop - who died of acute Propofol intoxication in 2009 - was so thin his heart could be seen visibly beating...

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Michael Jackson 'Near Death' During Tour Rehearsals

9th May 2013

Michael Jackson was ''near death'' during rehearsals for his 'This Is It' tour.The late King of Pop died of acute Propofol intoxication in 2009 while preparing for his comeback in London and the associate producer...

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Prince And Diana Ross Could Testify In Michael Jackson Case

4th April 2013

Prince, Diana Ross and Spike Lee are among the witnesses who could be called in the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial.The late star's mother Katherine Jackson has accused promoters AEG Live of being negligent in...

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Michael Jackson Needed 'Psychiatric Intervention'

3rd September 2012

Michael Jackson's 'This Is It' show director called for a ''psychiatric intervention'' before he died.Kenny Ortega - who had known Michael for over 20 years before his death from a Propofol overdose in June 2009...

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Cops Investigate Possible Break-in At Kenny Ortega's Home

19th December 2011

Police were called to the Los Angeles home of choreographer and filmmaker Kenny Ortega last week (ends16Dec11) after a burglary alarm was set off on the property.A sensor in the garage was triggered and cops...

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Julianne Hough Discusses Her '3am Booty Shaking'

13th October 2011

Julianne Hough is quickly becoming one of the most talked about entertainers in Hollywood. The former Dancing With The Stars professional has taken on a remarkable rise to prominence in recent years, and plays the...

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Kenny Ortega: 'I Feared Michael Jackson Was Too Ill For This Is It Concerts'

28th September 2011

Choreographer-turned-moviemaker Kenny Ortega has revealed he had grave concerns about Michael Jackson's health during rehearsals for the King of Pop's This Is It comeback concerts.Ortega became the first witness for the prosecution during the opening...

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Michael Jackson's Son Set To Testify

27th September 2011

Michael Jackson's son Prince Michael has reportedly agreed to testify at Dr. Conrad Murray's manslaughter trial. While the 14 year old was initially reluctant to take to the witness stand to give evidence against the...

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Kenny Ortega Will Be First Witness In Murray Trial

27th September 2011

Choreographer-turned-moviemaker Kenny Ortega will be the first witness to take the stand when the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's personal physician gets underway on Tuesday (27Sep11).Ortega, the brains behind films like Dirty Dancing and...

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Justin Timberlake Tipped For Dirty Dancing Remake?

12th August 2011

Justin Timberlake is being tipped by bookmakers to star in the forthcoming 'Dirty Dancing' remake.The 'Friends with Benefits' actor is firm favourite with Paddy Power betting shops to play the part of Johnny Castle -...

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Schwayze's Widow Gives Dirty Dancing Remake Her Blessing

12th August 2011

Patrick Swayze's widow has given choreographer and moviemaker Kenny Ortega her blessing as he plots to remake classic 1987 movie Dirty Dancing.Ortega, who masterminded the dance scenes in the original, reveals both Swayze's wife Lisa...

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Lea Michele Rumoured For 'Dirty Dancing' Remake

11th August 2011

Lea Michele is reportedly being lined up for the remake of 'Dirty Dancing'.The 'Glee' star - who is set to leave the E4 show at the end of next season - has been rumoured for...

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Dirty Dancing Remake Confirmed

9th August 2011

Kenny Ortega is to direct a 'Dirty Dancing' remake.The 'Michael Jackson's This Is It ' filmmaker - who choreographed the original 1987 production, which starred Jennifer Grey and the late Patrick Swayze - is "excited"...

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In The Heights Movie Scrapped

29th March 2011

Kenny Ortega's big screen version of hit Broadway musical In The Heights has been axed.The director had been due to start work on his first project since Michael Jackson concert documentary This Is It by...

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Ortega Wins Fight To Remove Name From Jackson Wrongful Death Suit

1st February 2011

MICHAEL JACKSON's choreographer KENNY ORTEGA has been dropped from a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the pop superstar's grieving mother.Katherine Jackson took legal action against bosses at AEG Live, the company behind the Thriller star's...

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Ortega Fires Back At Jackson's Lawsuit

9th January 2011

The director of MICHAEL JACKSON's doomed comeback shows, KENNY ORTEGA, has filed court papers demanding to be removed from KATHERINE JACKSON's wrongful death lawsuit.The pop star's mother took legal action against bosses at AEG Live,...

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Jackson Doctor 'Scooped' Painkillers

7th January 2011

A paramedic says he saw Michael Jackson's doctor scoop up painkiller bottles as they tried to revive him. The third day of a preliminary hearing into the cause of the 'Thriller' singer's death took place...

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Michael Jackson Bodyguard To Testify In Court Today

5th January 2011

MICHAEL JACKSON's bodyguard ALBERTO ALVAREZ, who prosecutors say was ordered to conceal syringes and other items before the 911 call was made on the day of the singer's death, will today testify at a preliminary...

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Michael Jackson Doctor Appears In Court

4th January 2011

Michael Jackson's former doctor was accused of trying to cover up the cause of his death in court today (04.01.11)Dr Conrad Murray appeared at Los Angeles Superior Court as the preliminary hearing into the cause...

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Michael Jackson's Thriller To Be Transformed Into New Movie

28th October 2010

MICHAEL JACKSON's seminal music video for his 1982 hit song 'Thriller' is set to get the Hollywood treatment after it was confirmed that KENNY ORTEGA is in line to direct a movie adaptation. The filmmaker,...

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Saldana & Ortega Honoured For Children's Charity Work

6th April 2010

AVATAR star ZOE SALDANA and THIS IS IT director KENNY ORTEGA are to be honoured at the inaugural St. Jude Children's Hospital Stars For Life gala.The two stars will be feted alongside model and TV...

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Ortega Returns To Work On Musical Movie

15th December 2009

KENNY ORTEGA has lined up his first job since MICHAEL JACKSON concert documentary THIS IS IT - he'll direct the movie adaptation of hit Broadway musical IN THE HEIGHTS.Ortega was choreographing Jackson's comeback concerts when...

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Jackson Attended Cinema Screening As Crippled Old Man

28th November 2009

MICHAEL JACKSON went to great lengths to protect his identity during regular trips to the cinema - he once dressed as an old man and rolled up to a theatre in a wheelchair for a...

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The Things They Say 13943

30th October 2009

"Michael deserves one. What we did was create a film for fans to understand what Michael dreamed for them. A wonderful story about a brilliant man." THIS IS IT tour director KENNY ORTEGA is convinced...

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The Things They Say 13917

29th October 2009

"This has been an incredible journey... This really takes the cake. I'm gonna kick my shoes off and walk in the sand." Moviemaker KENNY ORTEGA confirms he's no longer attached to direct movie musical FOOTLOOSE...

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Jackson Grief Cut From This Is It

28th October 2009

Footage of MICHAEL JACKSON's dancers and crewmembers coping with the news of the King of Pop's death on 25 June (09) was cut from new concert rehearsal movie THIS IS IT - because director KENNY...

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Jackson's Musical Director Refused To Believe The King Of Pop Was Dead

27th October 2009

MICHAEL JACKSON's THIS IS IT musical director KENNY ORTEGA found it so hard to believe the King of Pop had died on 25 June (09), he insisted on calling the promoter who broke the news...

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