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Film Review: ‘Zootopia’

16 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

From the company that brought you the utopian simplicity of “It’s a Small World” comes a place where mammals of all shapes, sizes and dietary preferences not only live in harmony, but also are encouraged to be whatever they want — a revisionist animal kingdom in which lions and lambs lay down the mayoral law together, and a cuddly-wuddly bunny can grow up to become the city’s top cop. Welcome to “Zootopia,” where differences of race and species serve no obstacle to either acceptance or achievement. It is, in short, a city that only the Mouse House could imagine, and one that lends itself surprisingly well to a classic L.A.-style detective story, a la “The Big Lebowski” or “Inherent Vice,” yielding an adult-friendly whodunit with a chipper “you can do it!” message for the cubs.

Opening in several European countries weeks ahead of its March 4 domestic release, »

- Peter Debruge

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Viral video: Elton John, Beyoncé and Doctor Who

12 February 2016 1:13 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Bruno Mars at the Super Bowl, the return of Jason Bourne, House of Cards season 4 and Ewan McGregor’s tribute to David Bowie

Calling all Elton John fans! We’ve got a double treat to kick off this week’s viral video countdown. The Lion King composer slipped into St Pancras train station in London last week to treat surprised commuters to a medley of tunes and to leave a Yamaha piano for the public to play.

The station already has two pianos, placed as part of the Street Pianos scheme, which are regularly used and enjoyed. Sir Elton also popped up on the Late Late Show with James Corden and helped his host navigate Los Angeles on a rainy day while the two sang some of his hits, including Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me.

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- Janette Owen

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Recommended New Books on Filmmaking: ‘The Force Awakens,’ Spike Lee, ‘Alien,’ Pixar, and More

11 February 2016 11:28 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Force Awakens fever is still gripping the film industry two months after the release of the seventh Star Wars entry, and the world of cinema-centric books is just as Snoke-obsessed. But there’s plenty more worth snagging, including in-depth analyses of Pixar and Spike Lee’s Bamboozled, a lavish study of musicals, and a graphic stunner called Filmish.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary by Pablo Hidalgo (Dk Publishing)

Dk’s Star Wars visual dictionaries are, quite simply, must-owns. (Even the three prequel editions are fascinating.) And the Force Awakens Visual Dictionary might be the best yet. Author Pablo Hidalgo goes deep, providing everything you wanted to know about Jakku (but were afraid to ask), offering insight on briefly seen characters like Max Von Sydow’s Lor San Tekka, and breaking down exactly why the “crossguard blades” of Kylo Ren’s lightsaber are a necessity. Plus, the film stills »

- Christopher Schobert

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‘Frozen’ Officially Heads to B’way

10 February 2016 2:00 PM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

The cold never bothered Broadway anyway. Elsa, Anna, Olaf, and the rest of the “Frozen” gang are now officially slated to join its Disney brethren “Aladdin” and “The Lion King” on the Great White Way per Disney Theatrical Productions. The musical will play its out-of-town tryout beginning in summer of 2017 at a yet to be determined theater with a Broadway premiere scheduled for spring 2018. Two-time Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers (“Peter and the Starcatcher”) is directing, while Tony Award winner Peter Darling (“Billy Elliot”) will choreograph. Additionally, two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Oremus (“The Book of Mormon”) is the music supervisor, and will create vocal and stage arrangements. “Frozen” features music and lyrics from the Oscar-winning creators of the film score, Kristen Anderson-­Lopez and Robert Lopez. Jennifer Lee, the film’s screenwriter and director (with Chris Buck), provides the musical’s book. “Frozen” grossed more than $1 billion at »

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Buyers 'Get Squirrely' for John H. Williams animation

9 February 2016 11:20 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: UK and Australia / Nz deals on animation featuring voices of Will Forte, John Leguizamo.

Signature Entertainment has acquired UK and Ireland rights from Sc Films International to animation Get Squirrely, which it intends to release this summer.

The 3D animation, about a squirrel who plots to pull off a major heist at a giant nut factory, features the voices of Jason Jones (Pitch Perfect 2), Will Forte (Lego Movie), John Leguizamo (Ice Age), Samantha Bee (Sisters), Jim Cummings (The Lion King), Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice and John Cleese.

The Canadian feature was produced by John H. Williams (Shrek) of Vanguard Films and Dan Krech of Awesometown Entertainment. Ross Venokur directs.

Rialto acquired the film for Australia / Nz after releasing Sc Films’ animation Reef 2: High Tide in 2015. Alchemy has Us rights.

Sc Films animations include Gamba, Monkey King: The Hero and Wish. The copmany will also handle Marina Fuentes’ 6 Sales slate during Efm. »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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'Frozen' Holiday Special Is Coming to ABC in 2017

9 February 2016 6:10 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Do you wanna build a snowman? ABC proudly announces the next chapter in the Frozen story, an all-new, all-original holiday special starring the whole Frozen cast of characters, including Olaf, Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Sven. The Frozen Holiday Special is directed by two-time Emmy Award-winning directors Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton (ABC's Prep & Landing and Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa), produced by Oscar-winning producer Roy Conli (Big Hero 6) and features the original voice cast including Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel and Josh Gad. The currently untitled Frozen Holiday Special will air Holidays 2017 (date tba) on the ABC Television Network.

Walt Disney Animation Studios' animated feature Frozen launched a worldwide phenomenon in 2013, becoming the highest-grossing animated feature ever released with more than $1.27 billion in global box office. Frozen has received multiple honors, including two Academy Awards, the Golden Globe, BAFTA Award, PGA Award, five Annie Awards and two Grammy Awards. The »

- MovieWeb

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Disney Theatricals Sets Broadway Timeline For Fresh ‘Frozen’ Musical In 2018

9 February 2016 3:22 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Disney Theatrical Productions chief Thomas Schumacher made it official today: Frozen, the musical based on the Mouse’s blockbuster, Oscar-winning animated film from 2013, will come to Broadway in the spring of 2018 at a theater to be announced. Presumably, it will join Aladdin, at Disney’s Broadway flagship, the New Amsterdam Theatre, and The Lion King, which is at the Nederlander Organization’s Minskoff Theatre; both shows are long runs and among the highest-grossing… »

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Disney Theatricals Sets Broadway Timeline For Fresh ‘Frozen’ Musical In 2018

9 February 2016 3:22 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Disney Theatrical Productions chief Thomas Schumacher made it official today: Frozen, the musical based on the Mouse’s blockbuster, Oscar-winning animated film from 2013, will come to Broadway in the spring of 2018 at a theater to be announced. Presumably, it will join Aladdin, at Disney’s Broadway flagship, the New Amsterdam Theatre, and The Lion King, which is at the Nederlander Organization’s Minskoff Theatre; both shows are long runs and among the highest-grossing… »

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‘Frozen’ Musical Sets Broadway Timeline, Creative Team

9 February 2016 2:30 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The stage musical adaptation of Disney animated megahit “Frozen” is targeting a Broadway opening in spring 2018, following an out-of-town tryout in the summer of 2017, with exact dates still to be nailed down.

Directed by Alex Timbers (“Here Lies Loves,” “The Pee-wee Herman Show”), the production reunites three key members of the movie’s creative team: songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (“The Book of Mormon,” “Avenue Q”), who’ll pen additional original songs for the stage incarnation, and screenwriter and co-director Jennifer Lee, who will write the musical’s book.

Peter Darling, the choreographer who won a Tony for “Billy Elliot” and is currently represented on Broadway with “Matilda,” will choreograph, part of a creative team that will also include Disney regulars Bob Crowley (“Mary Poppins,” “Aladdin,” “An American in Paris”) and Natasha Katz (“Aladdin,” “The Little Mermaid,” “School of Rock”). Peter Hylenski (“The Scottsboro Boys,” “After Midnight”) will design the sound, »

- Gordon Cox

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New Jungle Book Trailer: It's Like The Lion King, But Live-Action and Terrifying

7 February 2016 5:56 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Did you love Disney's animated animal movies like The Jungle Book and The Lion King as a kid? Then the studio's new live-action Jungle Book will terrify you. In a new trailer for the film, which shows off to have a very Scar-and-Mufasa rivalry between Shere Khan and Bagheera — plus a scene reminiscent of that wildebeest stampede! — we see a whole lot more of Disney's live-action world. All of Hollywood's biggest stars signed on for the chance to voice CGI animals in the remake (except for people like Benedict Cumberbatch and Andy Serkis, who are voicing CGI animals in the competing Jungle Book: Origins). We've got Bill Murray as Baloo, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Christopher Walken as King Louie, and Lupita Nyong'o as Raksha. Hey, was hearing Bill Murray hum the "Bear Necessities" on your bucket list? Because now you can check that off. Watch the latest trailer above »

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Film Review: ‘Life, Animated’

6 February 2016 8:34 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The busy subgenre of documentaries featuring autistic subjects gets a strong new entry in “Life, Animated,” a captivating portrait of a young man for whom Disney animated movies have provided a powerful lifeline to progress, language and understanding. Interweaving clips from “The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “Peter Pan” and any number of toon classics whose words and images the 23-year-old Owen Suskind has long committed to memory, this latest film from Roger Ross Williams (“God Loves Uganda”) teems with insights into how children’s fantasy can and can’t bridge a developmental gap, but works on an even more basic, emotional level as a warm testament to a family’s love and resilience. Acquired for North American distribution by the Orchard, this winner of a Sundance directing prize could benefit from its accessible hook and generous sampling of Disney clips to reach a wider-than-usual audience for nonfiction titles of its type. »

- Justin Chang

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Disney Animated Classics Get Reimagined as Tim Burton Movies

2 February 2016 8:54 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Tim Burton and Disney have a long-standing relationship. He was, after all, notoriously fired by Disney while making the 1984 black & white short Frankenweenie, which would later become a feature-length Stop-Motion adventure for the studio. Before that, he worked as an uncredited animator on the 1981 classic The Fox and the Hound and the live-action 1982 sci-fi cult classic Tron. He has since reunited with the studio to direct the live-action blockbuster smash hit Alice in Wonderland in 2010. And in 2018, he will bestow the world with his live-action/CGI adaptation of Dumbo. But now, one enterprising artist as set out to discover what 10 classic Disney animated movies may have looked like with Tim Burton steering the wheel.

Andrew Tarusov, an artist and animator from Moscow, has designed a special set of movie posters. These ten images even include Dumbo as they set out to reimagine and recreate some of the greatest animated movies of all time. »

- MovieWeb

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Five Questions for Life, Animated Director Roger Ross Williams

29 January 2016 10:16 AM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Chances are you’ve experienced one or two-dozen animated films from Walt Disney Studios. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King: the studio famous for introducing the world to Mickey Mouse has produced some of the most identifiable films (and, subsequently, images) of the twentieth century. One of the studio’s most ardent fans is Owen Suskind, a young man diagnosed as autistic at the age of three and the subject of a memoir, Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism, written by his father Ron Suskind. Using Disney films as a guide to communicate and express himself to […] »

- Erik Luers

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7 Happy Endings That Are Totally Ruined By Science

28 January 2016 8:38 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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It’s that time again, time to gleefully pick holes in well-loved classics, just because I can.

We all know that our favourite films probably aren’t particularly scientifically accurate – as somebody who loves science, that would make them face-clawingly dull.

We also all know that everybody loves a happy ending, so it’s probably a good thing that filmmakers aren’t exactly fastidious in their scientific accuracy. The world is a cruel, cruel place and, had the harsh realities of life been included in some of your favourite classics, we’d have a generation of very scarred and disturbed children on our hands.

However, we’re all grown-ups now and, if the internet is anything to go by, we have a sadistic obsession with ruining our own childhoods.

So, ready to find out just how dark and savage the real world is? Let’s start with The Lion King shall we? »

- Stevie Shephard

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Harrison Ford to Reveal ‘Star Wars’ Theme Park Plans on ‘Disneyland 60’ Special

27 January 2016 4:20 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Harrison Ford won’t have to venture to a galaxy far, far away for his next “Star Wars” role — the man behind Han Solo will give fans a first look at the “Star Wars”-themed lands coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts as part of ABC’s upcoming TV special, “The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60.”

Ford will preview the two park expansions during the two-hour Disney special, airing Sunday, February 21 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Previously announced guests for “Disneyland 60,” which will be hosted by “Dancing with the Stars” champ Derek Hough, include Elton John, Josh Gad and Hough’s “DWTS” co-star Witney Carson. Hough and Carson will perform a dance tribute utilizing music from Disney’s most popular properties, while John will debut a new song, “Wonderful Crazy Night,” in addition to performing his Oscar-nominated “Circle of Life” from “The Lion King.”

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- Laura Prudom

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Harrison Ford to Reveal ‘Star Wars’ Theme Park Plans on ‘Disneyland 60’ Special

27 January 2016 4:20 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Harrison Ford won’t have to venture to a galaxy far, far away for his next “Star Wars” role — the man behind Han Solo will give fans a first look at the “Star Wars”-themed lands coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts as part of ABC’s upcoming TV special, “The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60.”

Ford will preview the two park expansions during the two-hour Disney special, airing Sunday, February 21 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Previously announced guests for “Disneyland 60,” which will be hosted by “Dancing with the Stars” champ Derek Hough, include Elton John, Josh Gad and Hough’s “DWTS” co-star Witney Carson. Hough and Carson will perform a dance tribute utilizing music from Disney’s most popular properties, while John will debut a new song, “Wonderful Crazy Night,” in addition to performing his Oscar-nominated “Circle of Life” from “The Lion King.”

Gad — who voiced »

- Laura Prudom

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55 years ago today, Cruella de Vil made her big-screen debut

25 January 2016 8:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

55 years ago today, audiences got to meet Pongo, Perdita, Patch, and 98 more spotted puppies when “101 Dalmatians” opened in theaters. The film is often credited with saving Disney Animation — 1959’s “Sleeping Beauty” under-performed at the box office, leading to massive layoffs. Roy O. Disney, Walt’s brother, even tried to convince Walt to shut down their animation department and shift focus to TV production. Fortunately for Baloo, Ariel, Simba, Elsa and all the animated Disney greats that were yet to come, “101 Dalmatians” was a box office hit — it was the 10th highest grossing film of 1961 in the U.S. and Canada. And the characters of “101 Dalmatians” have made their mark on pop culture in the 55 years since. Cruella de Vil, the movie’s villain who wants to turn the puppies into a dog-skin fur coat, ranked at #39 on AFI’s list of the top 50 movie villains of all time. Glenn Close »

- Emily Rome

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Cleverman to premiere in Berlin

24 January 2016 3:48 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Hunter Page-Lochard in Cleverman.

Screen Australia and Goalpost Pictures' Cleverman will premiere at the upcoming Berlinale - the same berth given to the likes of Better Call Saul and Bloodline at last year's festival.

The show will be presented as part of the Berlinale Special Series at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, alongside new shows from heavyweights such as Susanne Bier and Nick Hornby.

President of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV, Joel Stillerman, said: .We're extremely proud that Cleverman has been selected for a special series screening at Berlinale, and are excited to welcome it to SundanceTV later this year. Cleverman is a wonderfully original piece of indigenous storytelling that will appeal to a very broad audience, and has a lot to say about the world we live in..

The six-part series features Iain Glen (Game of Thrones), Golden Globe® nominee Frances O'Connor (The Missing), Deborah Mailman »

- Staff Writer

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On this day in pop culture history: Trekkies gathered for the first ‘Star Trek’ convention

21 January 2016 8:30 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Fan conventions are big business now, with attendees paying hundreds of dollars for front-row seats, autographs, and photo ops with their favorite TV stars. But in 1972, a convention that gathered fans and gave them the chance to meet their TV idols was a rather new concept. It was in that year, from January 21-23, that Trekkies got together for what’s often recognized as the first true “Star Trek” convention. A convention specifically for enthusiasts of the Gene Roddenberry show had been organized before — in March 1969, at the Newark Public Library — though that event did not have any celebrity guests. It did feature a slide show of “Star Trek” aliens, skits, and a fan panel discussion. The January 1972 con was held at the Statler Hilton Hotel (now Hotel Pennsylvania) in New York, and among the celebrity guests were Roddenberry, Majel Barrett, D.C. Fontana. The legend goes that 500 people were expected to attend, »

- Emily Rome

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Interview with Chantel Riley

18 January 2016 7:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

It’s shaping up to be a big year for Broadway sensation Chantel Riley. The Canadian, currently winning raves for her long-standing turn as Nala in The Lion King, makes her major film debut in a month with a pivotal role in Jesse Owens pic Race.

How much did you know about Jesse Owens before signing on to Race?

I knew a little bit about him. I knew that he was an Olympic champion during the 1936 Olympics in Berlin during Hitlers reign and that he pretty much embarrassed Hitler by winning all those medals…lol

And was it your long-standing role on Broadway’s The Lion King that helped snare you the role?

I can’t really speak for the casting directors on that one, but I like to believe that they saw something in me that they wanted to work with. I mean it wasn’t like they asked »

- Phil Wheat

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