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Disney Theatrical Productions and Shiki Theatre Company are bringing Aladdin to Tokyo. This is the first international production of the Broadway musical comedy and is hitting a market where Disney’s feature animation Frozen recently grossed a record-breaking $250M. Performances will begin in May at the Dentsu Shiki Theatre Umi in Tokyo. Produced on Broadway by Disney Theatrical Productions, Aladdin opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre on March 20 and features music by Tony and Oscar winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Oscar winner Howard Ashman and Tony and Oscar winner Tim Rice, and Tony nominee Chad Beguelin. Lyrics will be translated into Japanese by Chikae Takahashi, who worked on the Japanese translation for Frozen. The Tokyo production will be cast locally and performed in Japanese. This marks the fifth collaboration between Disney Theatrical Productions and Shiki Theatre Company following the successful and current runs of Beauty And The Beast, The Lion King, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
The 44-year-old, who found fame in the '90s Boddingtons TV adverts, has been tipped to take part by the Daily Star.
With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history: traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars.
Interstellar stars Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club”), Oscar winner Anne Hathaway (“Les Miserables”), Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Bill Irwin (“Rachel Getting Married”), Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn (“Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”), and Oscar winner Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”). The main cast also includes Wes Bentley, Casey Affleck, David Gyasi, Mackenzie Foy and Topher Grace.
Directed by Christopher Nolan, the film is written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan. Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Lynda Obst produced Interstellar, with Jordan Goldberg, Jake Myers, Kip Thorne »
- Michelle McCue
Think animated movies are error-free? Think again.
Most live-action films are littered with little mistakes here and there, while animated films are produced in a painstakingly slow, one frame at a time. So, naturally, it would make sense for them to be completely polished, right? Nope.
As usual, all photos are courtesy of MovieMistakes.com. »
- Jonny Black
No waiting necessary—The Lion King musical is the king. Disney’s Julie Taymor-directed stage adaptation of the 1994 film has accumulated $6.2 billion worldwide, meaning it now has the “most successful box office total of any work in any media in entertainment history,” the Associated Press reported.
The Lion King, which opened on Broadway in 1997, has 10 productions running around the world at present, and, according to the AP, the figure was only derived from its box-office totals, not its merchandise sales.
- Esther Zuckerman
Miss America pageant responds to John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” takedown The Miss America Organization said it was common practice to advertise the total figure offered for scholarships rather than what is actually being spent. TruTV, the cable network formerly known as Court TV, is rebranding itself for comedy The Turner cable network will introduce a “way more fun” tagline next month, plus four new comedies. “Super Creepy Rob Lowe” stars in a DirecTV ad Also meet the balding "Less Attractive Rob Lowe." Click Read Full Post For More What’s up with the “Dallas" season finale “shocking twist”? "We knew we wanted to have a big ending,” says exec producer Cynthia Cidreand, "and we have always tried to find some massively whiplash-y )(ending), where your head spins on your shoulders. We had played with it for quite a while although it was really secret.” “60 Minutes” has its best »
- Norman Weiss
Chelsea Handler‘s first of five comedy specials for Netflix is right around the corner, and the former late-night television host is using her dog Chunk to get fans excited for it. Handler holds her pup high above the African plains in a pose parodying “The Lion King” on the first promo for “Uganda Be Kidding Me.” See video: Chelsea Handler Gets Epic ‘We Are the World’ Sendoff From Hollywood's A-List The special, which starts streaming on Oct. 10, will be a refined version of Handler's act, as she has been touring in support of her New York Times bestselling book of the same name. »
- Greg Gilman
Here's a fantastic chronology chart that breaks down the time period of every Disney movie. It was created by Aish from Disney's New Groove who gave the following explanation:
"Disney movies in order of historical setting. (Excludes most of the package films. Some films, eg The Lion King, are impossible to pin down exactly and some, like Aladdin and Treasure Planet, are anachronistic, so these are estimations. A few have been split into 2 if there is more than one time period in the movie, and sequels have been put together.)"
Via: GeekxGirls »
- Joey Paur
Just under a year ago, Disney's The Lion King became the first Broadway production to cross the $1 billion mark. Now the globally successful stage musical has become the highest-earning entertainment property in history in any medium, with a worldwide gross of $6.2 billion. The Associated Press reported on Monday that Julie Taymor's unstoppable production, which opened on Broadway in 1997 and has been playing to capacity houses in New York, on tour and in international engagements ever since, has nabbed the top spot from another long-running musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera. That
- David Rooney
Mark Kennedy, AP Drama Writer
New York (AP) - Here's something the folks at Disney can take real pride in: "The Lion King" is the top ticket of all time.
With a worldwide gross of over $6.2 billion, "The Lion King" stage musical has now achieved the most successful box office total of any work in any media in entertainment history, The Associated Press has learned.
The show quietly took over top spot from the $6 billion-earning "The Phantom of the Opera" late this summer, according to representatives from both shows. "Phantom" producers Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group congratulated "The Lion King" in a statement, calling their rival show "The Pride of Broadway."
The total makes "The Lion King" more valuable than any single Harry Potter film, the blockbuster "Titanic," or any of the "Star Wars" movies. By way of comparison, the highest-grossing film in history is "Avatar," with nearly $2.8 billion worldwide. »
- The Associated Press
Shakespeare is Julie Taymor's touchstone. She comes back to him not only in countless stage productions but on film as well, from the exhilarating visual and violent "Titus" with Jessica Lange and Anthony Hopkins to Helen Mirren's incomparable take on Prospero in "The Tempest." Taymor also loves the Beatles ("Across the Universe"), Frida Kahlo ("Frida"), "The Lion King" (the $1 billion-grossing Tony-winning musical), opera (Mozart's "The Magic Flute," life partner Elliot Goldenthal's "Grendel") and her swooping version of the Broadway hit "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark"--for which she successfully sued to get royalties. One of the high points of the recent Toronto International Film Festival was not only watching the world premiere of Taymor's latest Shakespeare film--shot by her "Frida" cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, combining her recent acclaimed Brooklyn live theater »
- Anne Thompson
We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best.
2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Producer Will Packer is having a great year. Four of his low-budget releases in 2014, all of which have a predominantly African-American featured cast, have opened to more than $20 million. His latest triumph is the home invasion thriller No Good Deed, which debuted to $24.5 million – almost twice its production cost of $13 million. (The other three titles are Ride Along, About Last Night… and Think Like a Man Too.) That opening was beyond industry expectations; however, with 60% of the crowd being females and few estrogen-leaning titles out in late summer, the big opening should not be much of a surprise.
No Good Deed marks a big opening for Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson, actors who have built a following from film and television but have never capably opened a film to a good-size gross on their own. With a per-theater average of more than $11,000, No Good Deed‘s debut was similar »
- Jordan Adler
In just over a week, it’ll be twenty years since the first episode of Friends aired on NBC, on Thursday September 22nd 1994. While we’re all reeling from that one: Bill Clinton was President of the United States; the most successful hand drawn animated movie in history, The Lion King was released that summer; and Justin Bieber, Harry Styles, Tom Daley and Dakota Fanning were all born.
Consistently one of the highest rated television shows of the time, the popularity and cultural impact of the series is astonishing, even a decade after the final episode aired. Jennifer Aniston’s hairstyle became a phenomenon all on its own, nicknamed ‘The Rachel’. The one minute version of ‘I’ll Be There For You’ recorded as the theme tune proved so popular that The Rembrandts were forced to record a longer version for release as a single, the song becoming a worldwide hit. »
- Ben Cooke
Jim Cummings, the American voice over actor, is the voice of more characters than you can remember. Most famous for his roles as Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, he also has voiced roles in Aladdin, The Lion King and Antz. He speaks about the life of a voice over artist before his appearance at Oz Comic-Con in Sydney Continue reading »
- Guardian Staff
Tim here. Earlier today, we posted our Team Top 10 for the best voice performances in the movies, focusing on ten individual performances that impressed us the most. But as good as those vocal performances all are, I wanted to follow that post up by singing the praises of a different sort of voice acting. As great as any one performance in a single feature film can be, there’s also something truly exceptional about those people who have created entire careers out of voice acting without necessarily having the kind of showcase roles we were talking about today. With that in mind, I’d like to share this list of some of the most important contemporary voice actors that you should know about.
Why you know him: He’s the current voice of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger for Disney.
Where else you’ve heard him: An astonishingly prolific Disney workhorse, »
- Tim Brayton
Producer Don Hahn reveal’s a secret about Walt Disney’s past.
Ever notice how Disney characters—especially Disney princesses—rarely have moms? Their moms are either dead, have gone missing, or are otherwise unaccounted for? Ariel didn’t have one:
Cinderella didn’t either (fairy godmothers and evil step-mothers don’t count):
And while recent characters like Merida and Tiana did have moms, Frozen looped it back around, with not only Elsa and Anna’s mom dying at the beginning of the movie, but their dad too.
Glamour recently had a chance to sit down with legendary producer Don Hahn, who worked on The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast, as well as executive produced the Angelina Jolie version Maleficent and ask. Here’s why:
“I’ll give you two stories that are the reasons. I never talk about this, but I will. One reason is practical because the movies are 80 or 90 minutes long, and »
As this year’s Toronto Film Festival hits its midpoint, the headlines are that sales have been slow and that Oscar prognosticators are still looking for The One — that mythical, anointed cinematic being that will appear before them (like Neo in “The Matrix” or the giant mechanical claw in “Toy Story”) and reveal itself to be this year’s odds-on best picture favorite. Meanwhile, for those of us who care more about the art of movies than the hype and the business, this over-programmed, over-scheduled but nonetheless essential festival of festivals has (as usual) been an embarrassment of riches. Of course, those who stick to Toronto’s starry, red-carpeted world premieres (here, as at most North American fests, milquetoast sops to the deep-pocketed donor-sponsor crowd) are bound to go home disappointed, though at least one of those much-buzzed titles, Chris Rock’s outrageously funny “Top Five,” was »
- Scott Foundas, Justin Chang and Peter Debruge
Today marks Jonathan Taylor Thomas's 33rd birthday! Jtt first hit the Hollywood scene in the early '90s, and he quickly became the king of pinups as one of the most popular teen heartthrobs. He famously voiced young Simba in The Lion King, and in Disney movies like Man of the House and Tom and Huck, Jtt showed off his sweet charm. Along with his popular role on Home Improvement, he later had fans swooning with appearances on other TV shows like Smallville and 8 Simple Rules. To celebrate Jtt fandom in all its pinup glory, take a look at reasons why he was - and always will be - the best of the best teen heartthrobs! »
In the real-life tabloids, second-eldest royal siblings are often portrayed as the more “out of control” children, with less royal responsibility. But TV and movies are just as fascinated (if not more so) with noble siblings, and according to pop culture, being second in the royal bloodline could mean any number of other things, too. Here are a few more specific lessons that Prince George’s future sibling might want to take into account. »
- Samantha Highfill
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