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Way back in December, action icon Dwayne Johnson came aboard to provide the voice of a demigod named Maui in Disney's new animated adventure Moana, which has been given a November 23, 2016 release date. The story follows the title character, a young girl who teams up with Maui on her journey through the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, to find a lost and fabled island. Today, People has our first look at the title character, who will be voiced by 14-year-old Hawaii native Auli'i Cravalho. Here's what the actress had to say about getting the chance to play the new Disney princess, Moana.
"From baby time to now, I wanted to be a Disney princess and then I wanted to be a singer or an actress. Moana is such an amazing character. She's brave, she is so empowered, she knows what she wants and she's not afraid to get it, »
It feels like only yesterday that Gemma Collins was crying mascara stained tears while complaining of contracting malaria - but this year's I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here is now just a mere month away.
Last year's series saw Carl Fogarty crowned King of the Jungle. But which stars will be enduring the Australian kangaroo anus-eating adventures on the ITV show this year? Here's the rumoured line-up so far:
Who? Former Hollyoaks actress who was recently axed due to being "unfit to work because of alcohol consumption".
The rumour: The 22-year-old is reportedly "hot property" as a number of reality shows try to sign her up, according to The Mirror's unnamed insider. The star - who played Sinead O'Conner for five years in the Channel 4 soap - is no stranger to TV competitions, previously taking part in Over the Rainbow - a BBC One talent »
Now that Star Wars and Disney are in the same family, it was only a matter of time before someone made a brilliant mashup like this. After all, Disney runs the Happiest Place on Earth and Star Wars covers the Coolest Places in the Galaxy. When they combine you get "Star Wars: Where Dreams Come True," a truly magical mix of the upcoming "Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens," and Disney characters from "Beauty and the Beast," "The Lion King," "Frozen," "Snow White," "Dumbo," "Aladdin," "Peter Pan" and many more. It fits. (The Millennium Falcon always was kind of like a magic carpet, no?)
The video comes from PistolShrimps, with a few Belle crossovers, a nice shot of Maleficent as a dragon, a genius cameo for hyenas, one really sad (but kinda hilarious) scene for poor Olaf, and -- of course -- the inevitable use of James Earl Jones, »
- Gina Carbone
Ever since Disney bought LucasFilm, there's been a regular influx of mash-ups that hinted at the endless crossover potential. Today, the internet peaked on that front, with this amazing YouTube clip.
Made by YouTuber Pistol Shrimps, the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Disney Mashup" has Daisy Ridley's Rey become a variety of Disney Princesses, because... of course.
But really, what does that matter when Aladdin and Dumbo are flying with X-Wings and Tie fighters? You know, how you always dreamed they would?
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out in the UK on December 17, and as you can tell, we are very excited about it. »
The former King of the Jungle and I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! Now! host told Digital Spy that he'd love to see Louis Walsh and former footballer Gazza take part as long as the latter is mentally strong enough.
"I'd love to see Louis Walsh going in there," Swash effused. "And Paul Gascoigne - but they have to be really, really mentally on point to enter because it's tough and quite a stressful experience. So if he is mentally on point he'd be a good one."
The sports star has publicly battled with alcoholism and mental health issues since the late 1990s. He - along with the former X Factor judge - »
"If a celebrity quits after a matter of days, it's a waste of a spot for someone else. It was really unlucky last year because Craig Charles lost his brother and he had to leave early. And Gemma, she quit early. If she's going to do it again, I hope she stays and does it properly.
"If she doesn't then there's no point in doing it. She's got the potential to be entertaining... I'd be surprised »
In celebration of the upcoming Aladdin: Diamond Edition release, Scott Weinger, the voice of Aladdin, hosted a special screening of the film at the Walt Disney Studios lot and Wamg was there for Sunday’s fun events.
There was a host of fun activities for kids – a coloring table, ring toss, belly dancing lessons and a nice pre-movie breakfast. Youngsters in attendance also left with gifts such as Disney action figures, the iconic fairy wings, and a special Golden Books edition of Aladdin.
For many of the kids in the audience, this was their first time seeing Aladdin, including star Scott Weinger’s own son and his delighted friends, further confirming that this Disney classic holds up through generations.
Disney’s beloved masterpiece will make your heart race and your spirit soar.
Experience the laughter, adventure and Academy Award-winning music (1992: Best Music, Original Song, “A Whole New World, »
- Melissa Thompson
Wednesday’s South Park launched quite possibly the most insane political campaign in television history.
The madness began at our nation’s capitol, where President Obama commended Kyle for the pro-tolerance speech he made in the wake of his submission to Caitlyn Jenner. Speaking of Jenner, the reality star finally made an appearance this week — albeit as a more demented version of her normal self — to thank Kyle for his speech, then proceed to mow down some innocent pedestrian with her convertible. (Yeah, South Park went there.)
When we were kids, Disney movies took up a generous portion of our VHS shelf -- and for good reason. "The Little Mermaid," "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Lion King" are just a few of the formative classics that shaped our childhood.
But the Mouse House isn't the only studio we have care space for when it comes to animated films. Here are a few non-Disney animated movies that you gotta add to your collection.
- Phil Pirrello
It seems someone has done the unthinkable by breaking into the Disney fairytale castle and doing away with its upcoming album ahead of release.
However, like all the best fables there's been a hiccup along the way, and an anonymous villain has leaked the album online a month ahead of its official release.
Jessie J's version of 'Part of Your World' from The Little Mermaid, Ariana Grande's 'Zero to Hero' from Hercules, and Jason Derulo's take on The Lion King's 'Can You Feel the Love Tonight' are all out there in full.
Despite the leak, We Love Disney is still scheduled to be released on October 30.
The collection will feature further contributions from Gwen Stefani, »
Ever wondered who is responsible for those beautiful illustrations of the bakers' cakes on the Great British Bake Off?
Well, his name is Tom Hovey, and he has been with the show since the beginning. He said on average it takes a week to produce each episode's illustrations, from the initial sketches to the digital colouring.
The Great British Bake Off: 7 most spectacular showstoppers ever
He told the BBC: "Nowadays I am much happier with the way the graphics look than I used to be. It took me until series 4 before I really felt like I had figured out the keys to unlocking the style I had been striving for in the first three series.
"I'm really happy with how the graphics have looked over the past few years but I'm constantly looking for ways I can push the work forward and show the bakes in the best light. »
It’s no secret that Disney and Pixar have the ability to make both children and adults sob their hearts out with one simple scene *coughToyStory3cough*. But they can also make you laugh, have an existential crisis and explore political issues that you didn’t realise were some major themes in a lot of these movies.
And the songs can do the same thing.
Not only are they extraordinarily catchy songs, but the lyrics are also clever and meaningful, enough to push you into that existential crisis, and if you don’t believe a Disney/Pixar song can push you over the edge – check out heartbreaking realism in ‘Savages’ from Pocahontas. Of course, the majority of them are just a bit of fun and you’ll be singing them for the rest of the day once you’ve listened to them. But picking out your favourite Disney »
- Sara Weir
In a surprise to no one, Disney will be filling lots of stockings with “Star Wars” and Marvel merchandise this holiday season. “Episode VII” products hit shelves on “Force Friday,” Sept. 4, at 12:01 a.m. in retailers across the globe. Fans, however, will have to wait until Dec. 18 for the film’s release.
Besides “Star Wars,” the Mouse House spotlighted a lot of their other properties in a holiday toy preview. Here are a few things to watch for:
1) With the success of the Disney Channel original movie, they’re hoping to draw “Descendants” fans of all ages.
In addition to dolls, clothes, fashion accessories and Halloween costumes for the tween-and-under set, Disney and Hyperion published a prequel novel “Descendants: The Isle of the Lost,” written by Melissa de la Cruz, noted author of Ya series “The Au Pairs” and “Blue Bloods.” With talks of a sequel to the novel, »
- Janine Lew
Red Arrow International and SundanceTV have stuck a deal to distribute Australian production Cleverman internationally.
The epic genre series, to be shot in Sydney, will feature an ensemble cast led by Scottish actor Iain Glen (Game of Thrones), Golden Globe nominee Frances O.Connor (The Missing), Deborah Mailman (The Sapphires), Hunter Page-Lochard (The Sapphires), Rob Collins (The Lion King) and Stef Dawson (The Hunger Games).
Cleverman, (6 x 1 hour) is produced by Goalpost Pictures Australia and New Zealand.s Pukeko Pictures for ABC TV Australia in co-production with SundanceTV and Red Arrow International, with the assistance of Screen Australia, Screen Nsw and the New Zealand Screen Production Grant.
Red Arrow International is distributing the drama worldwide and the show will have its market launch at Mipcom in October.
- Inside Film Correspondent
Updated: Read the critics' verdicts on Benedict Cumberbatch's radical reinvention of Hamlet, post-press night
As Shakespeare himself might have exclaimed: "Huzzah!" Thanks to the presence of a certain film and TV megastar, the Barbican's latest production of Hamlet has eclipsed everything else in Theatreland ever since it was first announced back in March 2014.
And don't worry: despite a mixed response from the critics on - and before - press night, Digital Spy can confirm it's both extraordinary and unmissable. But more importantly, with Benedict Cumberbatch in it, along with elements linked to Game of Thrones and even The X Factor, it might just be the most DS-ish cultural event this year, seemingly laser-targeted to excite you. And here's why:
1. Benedict Cumberbatch is ace in it
Just in case you hadn't heard, Britain's foremost TV & film star is playing Hamlet himself - and whether you're a drooling fan or mere interested observer, »
Amazon.com reached a multiyear content-licensing agreement with midsize film distributor Open Road Films giving the e-commerce giant’s Prime Instant Video exclusive streaming rights to Open Road’s theatrical releases starting with its 2016 slate.
The deal, though relatively small, is another victory for Amazon in its fight with Netflix for exclusive content. The Open Road titles will launch on Prime Instant Video starting in 2017, available to Amazon Prime members.
Open Road titles coming to Prime ahead of any other non-cable U.S. subscription service will include comedy “Fifty Shades of Black,” starring Marlon Wayans; action-thriller “Triple 9,” with an ensemble cast featuring Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Woody Harrelson, Aaron Paul, Kate Winslet and Gal Gadot; and Garry Marshall-directed romantic comedy “Mother’s Day,” starring Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Jason Sudeikis.
- Todd Spangler
Disney has finally released official images from its D23 presentation of upcoming animated musical "Moana," and based on what we've seen so far, the film is beautiful, colorful, fun, and emotional -- basically, everything a great Disney flick is meant to be.
The presentation, which took place last week, featured a bunch of people involved in the behind-the-scenes action on the movie, including directors Ron Clements and John Musker ("The Little Mermaid," "Aladdin") and producer Osnat Shurer (a Pixar consultant making her Disney feature producing debut), along with the team behind the film's music: Lin-Manuel Miranda (Tony winner for "In the Heights"), composer Mark Mancina ("The Lion King"), and Opetaia Foa'i (lead singer of world music band Te Vaka).
- Katie Roberts
James Earl Jones and Ernie Sabella reprise their roles from “The Lion King” as Mufasa and Pumbaa, alongside Rob Lowe (“The Grinder”) as Simba and Gabrielle Union (“Being Mary Jane”) as Nala. Max Charles (“The Strain”) stars as Kion. The voice cast also includes Joshua Rush (“The Adventures of Puss in Boots”) as Kion’s best friend, Bunga, a fearless honey badger; Atticus Shaffer (“The Middle”) as Ono, an intellectual egret; Diamond White (“Sofia the First”) as Fuli, a confident cheetah; and Dusan Brown (“Blaze and the Monster Machines”) as Beshte, a friendly and good-spirited hippo.
- Gary Collinson
Well, that was totally roarsome. It was Bread Week in the Great British Bake Off tent and the showstopper round - in which the 10 remaining hopefuls had five hours to whip up a 3D bread sculpture - produced some spectacular bakes. There was the Brighton Royal Pavilion, a bicycle, a frock, a snake, a bunch of flowers and a Tracey Emin-esque unmade bed.
But best by far was the lion made out of bread. Baked by Welsh prison governor Paul Jagger - himself something of a lookalike for judge Paul Hollywood - the 'King Of The Jungle' creation left Hollywood totally gobsmacked.
"That's one of the best things I've seen on bread, ever," murmured the notoriously hard-to-please judge. "It's exceptional."
Here's 12 things the majestic bready behemoth reminded us of...
1. Aslan - Chronicles Of Narnia
As Sue Perkins quipped when she saw Paul putting the finishing touches to »
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