Ypulse Essentials: Alloy's First Digital Slate, American Eagle Opens Kids Chain, 'Britain's Next Top Model'

hollywoodhighschoolAlloy’s first official digital slate (Newly formed digital division Banks & Reed announce three original teen web series coming this summer and fall. This includes an adaptation of YA book Hollywood is like High School with Money [pictured here] Also ‘The Guild’ returns for a fourth season) (Tubefilter) (via Pop Candy)

-YMCA rebrands as ‘The Y’ (to coincide with “efforts to emphasize the impact its programs have on youth, healthy living and communities.” And Jezebel talks to Girl Scouts Senior Brand Manager Sharon Lee after their lukewarm review of the new logo) (New York Times, reg. required)

- American Eagle opens kids stores (expanding on its 77kids line. And in her first post-Hills career move, Audrina Patridge is the new face of surf brand Bongo) (WSJ, reg. required)

- Mashable spotlights Headliner (a cool recommendation exchange to help artists and bands promote each other on MySpace, Twitter and Facebook. Also GodBlock a web filter targeted towards parents and schools who want to prevent “kids from being indoctrinated into any religion before they are of the age to make such decisions”... might be an elaborate hoax) (MSNBC)

- Comic-Con schedule announced (Also Mark Ruffalo to step in for Edward Norton as “The Hulk” in “The Avengers.” And new featurette fuels the hype machine for “Scott Pilgrim Vs The World” (via Pop Candy) (Den of Geek)

- Disney’s ‘Socerer’s Apprentice’ opens midweek (And an untitled Gargoyles movie in the works at Disney is described as Socerer’s ‘spiritual sequel’) (Variety, reg. required) (Cinemablend)

- ‘Britain’s Next Top Model’ slammed (by The Guardian’s arts editor for a lad mag photo shoot—thanks Derek! Meanwhile the Beauty Mirror iPhone app looks to help parents send positive messages to their tween girls )

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