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Celebrate 25 Years of The Little Mermaid with 25 Things Even Superfans May Not Know

14 November 2014 8:45 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The Little Mermaid, the movie that launched Disney's animated renaissance, premiered 25 years ago this Nov. 15. That might seem hard to believe for those of us who caught it in theaters, but we've had a quarter-century of snarfblats and dinglehoppers since then. In honor of the film's silver anniversary, we're presenting a list of things that you might not know about The Little Mermaid, even if you were one of those kids who wore out your VHS copy. 1. It wasn't expected to be a hit It's been alleged that Jeffrey Katzenberg, Disney's CEO at the time, thought that The Little Mermaid »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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'The Little Mermaid' Facts: 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Disney Masterpiece

14 November 2014 1:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Hard to imagine, but there was a time, before the release of "The Little Mermaid," when even Disney's own studio chief didn't expect much from the movie because it was a "girl's film." But Jeffrey Katzenberg was happy to be proved wrong when the film was released 25 years ago this week (on November 17, 1989).

"The Little Mermaid" was not only an enormous critical and commercial success, but it also launched a creative renaissance in Disney's animated features (including such modern classics as "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Lion King") and a wave of princess-mania that continues to this day.

Still, as many times as you or your kids have watched "Little Mermaid" (probably many, many, many times), there's a lot you may not know about it, including who almost starred in it, who the characters were drawn to look like, and what was really up with that scene of the bishop with the bulging pants. »

- Gary Susman

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Meryl Streep, Stevie Wonder, Tom Brokaw to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

11 November 2014 7:00 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Meryl Streep, Stevie Wonder and Tom Brokaw are among the latest Americans tapped to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, President Obama announced Tuesday. The performers and former NBC anchor will join 16 others at the White House on Nov. 24 for a ceremony marking their achievements. The medal is the highest honor granted to civilians in the U.S. and honors contributions to U.S. security, world peace and cultural achievement. "From scientists who kept America on the cutting edge to public servants who help write new chapters in our American story, these citizens have made extraordinary contributions to our country and the world, »

- Associated Press

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Meme: Travis Wall Was Turned Down By “Sytycd” Twice As a Choreographer, Rose McGowan Talks Beverly Hills Hotel, Jonathan Groff Doesn’t Google Himself

5 June 2014 3:58 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Roland Emmerich explains Stonewall, Helicopter Mom is the ultimate in confused sexuality, the 18 second fart that nearly ruined The Princess Bride

It’s hard to imagine So You Think You Can Dance without Travis Wall, but after he performed on the show, they kept turning him down as a choreographer. “When Season 3 came on I asked, when Season 4 came on I asked, and they were like, ‘Yeah, I don’t think you’re ready yet. I got the opportunity in Season 5 and I proved myself. Even after, in the seasons after that, every time I was asked I felt like I had to prove myself.”

In case you’re bored at work, here’s a huge selection of live animal cams for you to watch, from Great Dane puppies to panda cubs. Sorry about your productivity.

The National Organization for Marriage had a rough day yesterday. The Supreme Court denied »

- Ed Kennedy

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Review: Sun Valley Film Fest Opener 'Mission Blue' Plumbs Depths of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle (Video)

14 March 2014 12:24 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

You won't be ordering fish off the menu soon after viewing Fisher Stevens' new documentary "Mission Blue," which world premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and just opened Idaho's Sun Valley Film Festival on Thursday night.  Both a profile of the life's work of renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle and a call to reconsider our treatment of the deep seas to which she has dedicated her life, the film will appeal to fans of "Blackfish" and the documentary work of James Cameron, who makes a few appearances here. (Video interview with director Fisher Stevens is below.) "Mission" toggles focus between Sylvia Earle's ocean mission and her trailblazing past as a Sally Ride of the seas--Earle was the first woman to dive to such depths in the '60s, in a time where men like filmmaker Jacques Cousteau (a hero of Earle's) dominated the underwaters. The film is »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Variety’s Breakthrough of the Year Awards Rocks Vegas

10 January 2014 10:31 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

CES might be winding down, but it’s going out with a star-studded bang Thursday at Variety’s Breakthough of the Year Awards.

Held Thursday evening at the Las Vegas Hilton, the ceremony recognized a select group of rising stars in entertainment and technology. Hosted by “America’s Got Talent’s” Nick Cannon, the event was held in partnership with the Consumer Electronics Association.

Photos: Variety’s Breakthrough of the Year Awards

Anchored by a high-energy performance from Janelle Monae, an acoustic set from Skylar Grey (winner of the night’s Breakthrough: Up Next Music award) and a raunchy stand-up performance from comedian and Breakthrough: Comedy winner Amy Schumer, the gathering recognized innovators and pioneers in film, television, sport, music, comedy, technology and social media.

Unlike many award shows filled with thanking of family and agents, though, the Variety innovators turned their gratitude outward.

“The honor really goes to the 91,000 backers from Kickstarter, »

- Chris Morris

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Variety’s Breakthrough of the Year Awards Rocks Vegas

10 January 2014 10:31 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

CES might be winding down, but it’s going out with a star-studded bang Thursday at Variety’s Breakthough of the Year Awards.

Held Thursday evening at the Las Vegas Hilton, the ceremony recognized a select group of rising stars in entertainment and technology. Hosted by “America’s Got Talent’s” Nick Cannon, the event was held in partnership with the Consumer Electronics Association.

Photos: Variety’s Breakthrough of the Year Awards

Anchored by a high-energy performance from Janelle Monae, an acoustic set from Skylar Grey (winner of the night’s Breakthrough: Up Next Music award) and a raunchy stand-up performance from comedian and Breakthrough: Comedy winner Amy Schumer, the gathering recognized innovators and pioneers in film, television, sport, music, comedy, technology and social media.

Unlike many award shows filled with thanking of family and agents, though, the Variety innovators turned their gratitude outward.

“The honor really goes to the 91,000 backers from Kickstarter, »

- Chris Morris

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‘Veronica Mars’ Rob Thomas Calls Fans’ Funding ‘A Miracle’ at Variety Awards

9 January 2014 9:20 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Variety’s Breakthrough of the Year Award recipients hit the red carpet Thursday night at the Lvh Theater in Las Vegas during the Consumer Electronics Show.

Veronica Mars” creator Rob Thomas thanked the fans of the series because “getting the film funded was nothing more than a miracle.” “Veronica Mars” stars Kristen Bell and Ryan Hansen have yet to see the bigscreen version of the show, which will be shown at Austin’s SXSW Fest and the PaleyFest2014. “The fact that the film got made is a breakthrough,” Bell said.

Singer Skylar Grey said she looked forward to a great beginning for 2014, where the Breakthrough Award is the first she’s received at an award show. “I’ve had a lot of pressure over the last few years,” she said. “There’s a lot more freedom to create now.”

Comic Amy Schumer, who will star in “Trainwreck,” the comedy she »

- Variety Staff

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