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For the first time in its storied history, Disney has tapped a woman director, Jennifer Lee, to helm a theatrical feature. (Women do direct TV features.) Director Chris Buck wanted to bring her on as co-director on the studio's 53rd animated feature "Frozen";  Lee contributed to the film's screenplay, and was also a co-writer on old-school-arcade box office hit, "Wreck-It Ralph." "Frozen" centers on Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell), who teams with an extreme mountain man and his reindeer sidekick when the world is plunged into eternal winter. The trio begins a search for Anna's sister, the Snow Queen (Idina Menzel), to reverse the chilly spell that's been cast on their kingdom. (There's a touch here not only of the "Ice Age" series but Narnia's White Witch Jadis.) Lee's other projects in the pipeline include an adaptation of John Steinbeck's "The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights" for. »

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