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Released in the UK this past weekend, Frozen became the 53rd feature to join the ‘Animated Classics’ from Walt Disney Animation Studios, and its two lead characters, Elsa and Anna, are set to become the twelfth and thirteenth Official Disney Princesses, respectively.
The point I’m trying to make in that rather long-winded introduction is that new Disney films don’t arrive in a vacuum. There’s a certain expectation that comes with that ‘Animated Classics’ tag (which many have failed to live up to in the past), and there are also positive and negative connotations inevitably attached to anything that comes out of the House of Mouse – especially if that something happens to be a Disney Princess movie.
So it was a huge relief to see that Frozen seems to have been received warmly by critics and audiences alike, with many praising Disney’s treatment and depiction of its princess characters. »
- Joe Cunningham
Picking what to watch at Christmas time can be a tricky challenge, so Digital Spy has created a quick handy guide to the biggest shows and movies airing across Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Check out the Christmas TV schedules for the big channels below:
EastEnders - 7.30pm
Holby City - 8pm
Last Tango In Halifax - 9pm
Not Going Out Christmas special - 10pm
Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special - 5pm
Call The Midwife - 6.15pm
Doctor Who: 'The Time Of The Doctor' - 7.30pm
EastEnders - 8.30pm
Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas Special - 9.30pm
Gangsta Granny - 6.05pm
EastEnders - 7.15pm
Still Open All Hours - 7.45pm
Death Comes To Pemberley - 8.15pm
Victoria Wood's Mid-Life Christmas - 8pm
Qi Xl Christmas Special - 9pm
The Awakening - 11.25pm
BBC Two has unveiled official details of its Christmas and New Year schedule for 2013/14.
The Choir's Christmas final will air on Saturday, December 21 at 9pm, followed by The Sarah Millican Television Programme Christmas Special at 10pm and a festive Hebburn episode at 10.30pm.
The Great British Bake-Off is scheduled for 6.30pm on Sunday, December 22, with Christmas specials of University Challenge and Never Mind the Buzzcocks airing at 8pm and 11.05pm respectively.
Before I saw “Frozen,” Disney’s altogether splendid new animated feature, I couldn’t remember the last time I’d emerged from such a movie actually humming the soundtrack. Forced to guess, I’d say it was 15 years ago with “Mulan,” a modest charmer whose catchy central number, “I’ll Make a Man Out of You,” has earned a permanent spot on my workout playlist. “Frozen” is an achievement of a different magnitude — a welcome throwback to the Mouse House musical tradition in which every tune and lyric is delivered with full-throated gusto and a glorious absence of irony. When the youthful queen Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel) sings “Let It Go,” free at last to unleash the icy enchantments that have kept her locked up since childhood, the result is as thrilling an anthem of liberation as “Defying Gravity,” Menzel’s signature number from the stage tuner “Wicked.”
As many have pointed out, »
- Justin Chang
This is where we start a war. We'll lose friends, and cause controversy. Because somewhere on this list below is something you're dying to see. In fact, you might be fanatical about some of these inclusions (Christopher Nolan fans, we're staring straight at you). But it's inevitable. And unavoidable. Hollywood is releasing hundreds of movies in 2014. Some of them will be good. Some of them will be bad. And some will be box office disasters. In compiling this list, we're not declaring that all, or even any, of these movies will be unwatchable. Some will be quite good. Maybe even a masterpiece or a classic in the making. There are a few that we're desperate to see ourselves. We really want them to succeed. But every movie here is a risk taker. And some of this shit? Hollywood should clearly know better. These are the 14 Biggest Potential Bombs of 2014.
Disney's writers are clearly making efforts to produce less compliant female leads – so why are we still lumbered with hourglass figures, tiny feet and huge doe eyes?
With two strong sisters at the centre of the story, Disney's new animation Frozen seems like a winner for women. Loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, it sees the fearless Princess Anna travel the kingdom to find her misunderstood sister Elsa, who has fled after accidentally plunging the land into an icy winter with her magic powers. Sure, there are men along the way, but they're not the prize: this is about female bonding, self-awareness, independence. It's also a musical with cracking songs. Even the silly snowman sidekick is funny.
The snag is, both Elsa and Anna have the kind of proportions that would make Barbie look chunky: tiny nipped-in waists, no hips, long legs, skinny arms, pert breasts, »
We realllllly liked Disney's brand new animated feature, "Frozen." And we're not alone. While it has very little to do with its source material, Hans Christen Ansersen's "The Snow Queen," the movie is a real treat and a must-see for the holiday season.Kristen Bell provides the voice of Anna, a young princess who tries to save her kingdom from her powerful sister after she covers their homeland in snow and ice. As with any Disney flick, there are cute sidekicks, bad guys and a love interest or two along the way.We know the movies will be very crowded this weekend -- so here are 5 reasons we think you should spend your money on "Frozen."5.) Olaf the SnowmanTrust us when we say Everyone will love Olaf. The adorable snowman pops up midway through the movie and goes on to steal every scene he's in. Perfectly voiced by Josh Gad, »
- tooFab Staff
Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph was one of my favorite movies last year, and it gave me a good feeling to see that the House of Mouse can still make great animated films even when they aren’t under the Pixar banner. After that, I was eagerly anticipating the next Disney animated feature, Frozen, loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen and written and co-directed by Jennifer Lee, who had co-written Wreck-It Ralph. But as trailers for Frozen started to come out, it did not look like what I was hoping for. When I sat down to watch the movie, I was prepared to be underwhelmed. But it turns out my fears were unfounded, because I enjoyed the film much more than I had expected. Forget the lame advertising, because Frozen is a great animated family film and a perfect Thanksgiving release for both the young and young at heart. »
- Timothy Monforton
The classic Disney animated films – the really classic ones, like the films made when Walt Disney was still alive – all possessed an uncanny ability to capture childhood emotions that were not-so-secretly also shared by adults. Think of Pinocchio and Dumbo and the feeling of being a constant outcast, too odd to get by; Sleeping Beauty and Snow White and the sense of a cruel universe lying in wait for you. The later Pixar films brilliantly and lucratively stood this idea on its head by reversing the emotional transference – often, they made movies about ostensible adults (even if they were animals, or insects, or robots) and found emotions that kids could then connect with. But it’s hard to match the knowing, earnest sadness of those older Disney movies. I keep thinking back to Peter Pan and Wendy Darling mournfully singing “Your Mother and Mine” to the Lost Boys. »
- Bilge Ebiri
Written by Jennifer Lee
Walt Disney Animation Studios has become, in its relative old age, both charmingly and cripplingly self-conscious. Each new entry seems to quiver in the shadow of the greats, the vaunted classics that have become untouchable for many. The studio just celebrated the 85th anniversary of Steamboat Willie, the short whose iconic image—Mickey whistling a happy tune while commandeering a rickety skiff—appears in its logo; however, Disney animation continues to remain at a creative crossroads. Once Pixar honcho John Lasseter was brought aboard as Disney’s chief creative consultant in the mid-2000s, he declared that hand-drawn animation was no longer dead and forgotten by the company that proved the form’s importance for so many decades. So, in 2009, Disney dipped into the well of fairy tales and princesses once more after what felt like an eternity, »
- Josh Spiegel
Seeing Lady Gaga in this black, leather gown brought us right back to those nightmares we used to have about the dark-clad villain from Sleeping Beauty. Maleficent was the meanest and scariest Disney witch/sorcerer/devil of them all, but she had the most fabulous wardrobe, even if it did give us bad dreams for a decade. We can only assume that was the "Dope" singer's inspiration for this insane attire, which she's wearing to the airport, by the way. Maybe she heard that the Angelina Jolie movie Malificent is just around the corner and wanted out-evil her before the big premiere? The truth is, we have no idea what makes the "Applause" singer tick. This woven-front leather look is no where near »
Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland was a billion-dollar hit for the Walt Disney Company and since its lucrative run in theaters, the studio has begun to move forward with additional live-action film adaptations of classic stories that it has previously adapted in traditional animated form (if Disney announces a live-action Home on the Range movie, then we’ll know its really getting desperate).
Case in point: next year, the Mouse House will unveil its re-imagining of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale (by way of Wicked), with Maleficent (watch the trailer), followed in 2015 by Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella retelling, featuring Lily James (Downton Abbey) as the famous princess-in-the-rough. ...
- Sandy Schaefer
Doing the splits is the theme of this week's viral video chart and we can guarantee that opinion will be divided on the first two clips. Jean-Claude Van Damme, the Belgian martial artist, actor, and director, performs an epic stunt when he does the splits between two reversing lorries.
The stunt, filmed to demonstrate the precision and directional stability of Volvo Dynamic Steering was filmed on a Spanish airstrip at sunrise. Directed by Andreas Nilsson and with a haunting soundtrack called Only Time by Enya, it was filmed in one take.
Such a dramatic advert is, of course, wide open to parody and so our second clip features Channing Tatum, who halts filming on his latest film, 22 Jump Street, to film Jenko's epic split. Cue tension as tea trollies replace the »
- Janette Owen
This is the Mousterpiece Cinema schedule for the end of 2013 and the first six months of 2014:
November 23, 2013: The Jungle Book 2 (2003)
November 30, 2013: Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)
December 7, 2013: Frozen (2013)
December 14, 2013: The Santa Clause 3 (2006)
December 21, 2013: Babes in Toyland (1961)
December 28, 2013: Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
January 4, 2014: Toy Story (1995)
January 11, 2014: Sleeping Beauty (1959)
January 18, 2014: The Great Muppet Caper (1981)
January 25, 2014: Snow Dogs (2002)
February 1, 2014: Toy Story 2 (1999)
February 8, 2014: Howl’s Moving Castle (2005)
February 15, 2014: Return to Never Land (2002)
February 22, 2014: The Absent-Minded Professor (1961)
March 1, 2014: The Wind Rises (2013)
March 8, 2014: Toy Story 3 (2010)
March 15, 2014: George of the Jungle (1997)
March 22, 2014: Need for Speed (2014)
March 29, 2014: Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
April 5, 2014: Mulan (1998)
April 12, 2014: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
April 19, 2014: Son of Flubber (1963)
April 26, 2014: Bears (2014)
May 3, 2014: A Goofy Movie (1995)
May 10, 2014: Robin Hood (1973)
May 17, 2014: Darby O’Gill and the Little People (1959)
May 24, 2014: »
- Josh Spiegel
Disney has released the teaser poster and trailer for next year’s revisionist take on Sleeping Beauty’s opponent, Maleficent. While many have been focused on Angelina Jolie’s appearance as the fairy tale villain, other scholars have decided the focus on the witch actually works against the source material. You watch, read, and decide.
U.S. Release date: May 30, 2014
Director: Robert Stromberg
Producer: Joe Roth
Screenplay by: Linda Woolverton
From Disney comes Maleficent—the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty. A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. »
- Robert Greenberger
"A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, 'Maleficent' has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day an invading army threatens the harmony of the land.
"Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone.
"Bent on revenge, she faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant 'Aurora'.
"As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom. »
- Michael Stevens
Following on from yesterday's poster reveal, Walt Disney Pictures has now released the first trailer for Maleficent, the upcoming live-action reimagining of Disney's 1959 animated classic Sleeping Beauty, which stars Angelina Jolie as the iconic villain; check it out after the official synopsis....
"A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom—and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well. »
- Gary Collinson
Angelina Jolie has been out of the loop for a while, hasn't she? Her last release was the good-but-by-no-means-great spy thriller Salt, and since then it's been nothing. Maybe she was tired of the spotlight, maybe no projects had come her way that appealed to her. That drought ends here, though, because we have the trailer for Maleficant, a sort of spin-off/remake of Sleeping Beauty focusing on the memorable villain. Check it out after the jump. »
- David Hoffman
Disney has finally released the highly anticipated teaser trailer for Maleficent, giving us the first look at Angelina Jolie as the beautiful, intimidating horned villain to Elle Fanning‘s Sleeping Beauty. If you can recall back to your childhood, the film tells the other side of Sleeping Beauty, from the perspective of the evil sorceress who put the curse on Princess Aurora that sent her into a charmed sleep only broken by true love’s kiss. The teaser doesn’t offer much in terms of plot, but it’s a glimpse into a gorgeous, dark world far beyond the 1959 original. Gone is the bright, sing-songy storybook realm where Aurora and the good fairies lived peacefully until Maleficent’s curse; the new landscape is enveloped in shadows and guarded by thorns (and a boatload of CGI) — because we’ve entered the world how Maleficent sees it now. The problem with the teaser is that it doesn’t give »
- Samantha Wilson
Disney has finally released our first look at Maleficent, the live-action take on the wicked fairy godmother who cast the original spell on Sleeping Beauty. As it’s only a teaser trailer there isn’t a whole lot of footage on show, but what we do see looks quite good. I think the strategy for this trailer […]
- Liam Goodwin
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