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After causing a fan frenzy last year, Descendants 2 is officially underway! The Disney Channel original movie about the offspring of Disney's classic villains is prepping for an encore, and we already have a handful of exciting details. Kenny Ortega, aka the mastermind of the High School Musical trilogy, will return as director, choreographer, and executive producer, and original writers Sara Parriott and Josann McGibbon will come back as writers and executive producers. While the sequel won't premiere until 2017, casting has already begun, with the latest installment being Anna Cathcart as "Dizzy," the daughter of Cinderella's evil stepsister Drizella. As you prep for the upcoming film, familiarize yourself with the new and returning faces here! »
- Kelsie Gibson
The Disney Channel Original Movie "The Descendants" is set to get a sequel.
Kenny Ortega will return as director, executive producer and choreographer on the sequel which will continue the story of the teenage sons and daughters of Disney’s most infamous villains.
The first film was the No. 1 cable television movie of 2015 and the fifth highest-rated original movie ever on U.S. cable TV in total viewers.
All the key cast will return, with China Anne McClain joining the cast as Uma, the daughter of Ursula. Casting will be announced soon for new characters including the progeny of villains Captain Hook and Gaston.
Source: Disney Channel »
- Garth Franklin
Disney Channel has given the greenlight to “Descendants 2,” a sequel to the network’s hit original movie, Variety has learned. Original stars Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart, Sofia Carson and Mitchell Hope will return, with new addition China Anne McClain joining the cast as Ursula’s daughter Uma in the follow-up. Casting will be announced soon for additional new characters, including the progeny of villains Captain Hook and Gaston.
Kenny Ortega will once again direct, executive produce and choreograph the film, which follows the teenage sons and daughters of Disney’s most infamous villains. The telepic is set to begin production this summer for a 2017 premiere, it was announced Friday by Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide.
- Laura Prudom
With the Academy Awards fast approaching, the Writers Guild of America handed out its 2016 honours last night, with Spotlight claiming the WGA Award for Best Original Screenplay, and The Big Short received the award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Alex Gibney’s Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief was award Best Documentary Screenplay, while on the TV side of things there were successes for Mad Men (Drama Series), Veep (Comedy Series), Mr. Robot (New Series), Better Call Saul (Episodic Drama) and Silicon Valley (Episodic Comedy).
Check out a full list of the winners here…
- Gary Collinson
The Writers Guild of America has just announced the nominations for their annual awards for Best Screenplays (by writers who are guild signatories). That’s right, before you get nervous thinking that your favorite may have been left off the list, you must remember that the WGA is the group that is not all-inclusive and leaves out several of the top contenders each year due to them not being part of the guild or not following their very specific rules. For this reason, you won’t see Inside Out, The Hateful Eight, and Ex Machina in the Original Screenplay category or Room, Brooklyn, or Anomalisa in the Adapted screenplay category.
Taking a look at what’s left over for the nominations, we find many that were expected to make a showing, including Spotlight and Bridge of Spies for Original Screenplay, though they apparently had to sink to really low depths »
- Jeff Beck
5 items from 2016
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