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Are you ready for an explosion of '90s nostalgia? Musicians Todrick Hall and Shoshana Bean covered classic songs from The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin - with an R&B spin. Their voices are magical together, and the songs are seamlessly blended together. We're even digging the '90s-updated clothes! Check out the video above to hear "A Whole New World," "Part of Your World," and "Tale as Old as Time," and if you want more, watch Hall in his Disney version of the "Cell Block Tango." »
For some reason, Hollywood fell in love with British actors again in the 1990s. Sparked by Alan Rickman's turn as Hans Gruber in Die Hard at the back end of the 1980s, many movie villains were either Brits, or in the case of Cliffhanger, John Lithgow taking on the mannerisms of a British antagonist.
Yet in particular, Hollywood went recruiting British comedy talent, with faces then mainly - but not exclusively - known for their small screen work getting roles of various sizes in Hollywood productions. Here are some who racked up the air miles - starting with the man who arguably became one of the most successful...
Hugh Laurie - 101 Dalmatians
Laurie is a man of many talents, who ultimately cracked America with »
It’s still baffling to me that a film franchise that began in 2001 with a fairly forgettable movie about cars is now seven films deep and stronger than ever. Not only that, but its latest installment—Furious 7—is one of the highest grossing films of all time. And it’s only been in theaters for 17 days. Universal Pictures announced today that with Friday’s grosses included, director James Wan’s Los Angeles-centric sequel will cross the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office. It is now the fastest film to ever achieve that benchmark, as well as Universal’s first movie to ever reach $1 billion in initial release. Those are some crazy statistics. I thought it was a mostly Ok movie; it’s better than the forgettable Fast & Furious 6 but not as fun as Fast Five, though given the circumstances it's a miracle it works this well, and »
- Adam Chitwood
Oh, we're sorry, did you want to get through your day without thinking about the most tragic death in cinema history? Nope, not in the cards for you today. In case you forgot how you felt the first time you watched The Lion King, this precious little girl is here to remind you that your heart is just as fragile as it was the day you saw Mufasa die for the first time. This father wanted to capture an important moment in his child's life (the end of innocence?), so he filmed his little girl watching the gut-wrenching and traumatizing scene of little Simba trying to wake up his father as he lies dead on the ground. (Quick pause while we regain our composure.) Anyway, this scene is awful for full-grown »
There.s nothing quite like watching the death of Mufasa in The Lion King for the first time. Maybe we know the film is based on Hamlet, maybe we just think it.s going to be a classic kid-friendly Disney movie. Whatever the case, this moment has marked us for life. All those dormant feelings we had pushed back into the far recesses of our mind inch forward as we watch this little girl tear up over the scene. A father decided it was a good idea to film his young daughter as she let her emotions spill out while watching The Lion King. She tries to keep it together, even after her dad asks if she.s crying. But when she.s offered a hug, she can.t turn it down. I.m sure we could all use a hug right about now. Sadness. Despair. Betrayal. Anguish. These are »
Emma Watson (Harry Potter) and Dan Stevens (The Guest) will star as Belle and the Beast/Prince respectively, with Luke Evans (Dracula Untold) as Gaston, Josh Gad (Frozen) as Lefou, Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) as Mrs. Potts, Kevin Kline (Last Vegas) as Belle’s father Maurice, Audra McDonald (Private Practice) as Garderobe and most recently Ian McKellen (X-Men: Days of Future Past) joined the line-up as Cogsworth.
- Scott J. Davis
Robert Askin’s dark comedy “Hand to God” opened last week with some of the strongest reviews of any show this season, and Steven Boyer is getting major Tony buzz for his dual role as a shy Texas teenager and his demonic sock-puppet alter ego, Tyrone. The boyish 32-year-old seems poised to challenge Broadway newbie Alex Sharp, who plays an autistic British teen in “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” for the Best Actor (Play) prize. (See all odds here) Who do you think will win this competitive category? Make the best predictions in our Tony nominations contest and you could win a $100 Amazon gift certificate and a place of honor in our famous leaderboards. -Break- Broadway has had a Big Bird-sized love affair with onstage puppetry ever since Julie Taymor’s “The Lion King” swept the savannah in 1998 with seven Tonys, including Best Musical. Then six years later, »
With Hollywood looking for franchises wherever it can find them, it seems mighty odd that The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, a highly successful novel with a film adaptation that had Rooney Mara, David Fincher, and James Friggin’ Bond attached, is not already swimming in sequels. The American version of Stieg Larsson’s novel wasn’t exactly a blockbuster, but it made $233 million worldwide on a $90 million budget. It seems like a no-brainer.
Now there’s talk from THR that a sequel could arrive soon enough, but Sony is debating the possibility of turning Larsson’s last two books, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, into a single film. They may even lump in a new novel starring hacker Lisbeth Salander by David Lagercrantz called The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Larsson passed away in 2004, before the books were even »
- Brian Welk
When Hollywood merges with Broadway, there are always fender-benders.
Just ask Harvey Weinstein.
As the movie aficionado and awards maven steered “Finding Neverland,” his first venture as a lead theater producer, toward the Great White Way, eyebrows raised in his wake.
He switched press agents. He swapped out the lead actors. He entirely scrapped an earlier version of the musical with a different creative team. When in spring 2014, he landed a much-coveted spot for the show on the Tony Awards telecast, naysayers tut-tutted that the play hadn’t even begun performances out of town, much less confirmed its Broadway run. Besides, Jennifer Hudson, the star of the Tonys segment, wouldn’t even be appearing in the actual stage production.
“I was criticized for Jennifer,” Weinstein recalls. “But this song (‘Neverland’) has been downloaded a million times, and all over the world people now know ‘Finding Neverland.’ In the movie business, »
- Gordon Cox
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: For Easter time, here are bunnies recreating scenes from Disney animated classics, including Winnie the Pooh and The Lion King (via Oh My Disney): Check out a custom designed Aliens Lego playset involving Ripley and the Power Loader (via Live for Films): Speaking of Lego, here's what The Lego Movie would look like if it were a horror movie (via Geek Tyrant): I think we've just found some people to make an animated Rubik's Cube movie to follow the Lego and Play-Doh features (via Geek Tyrant): Five Four Club made an awesome commercial for its new limited edition Avengers-inspired Marvel menswear line (via Design...
- Christopher Campbell
Disney is well-known for turning their hit movies into stage musicals. As you read this, not only can you see The Lion King, Aladdin and Newsies on stage somewhere, but The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Frozen are coming too. Now, Disney’s 2010 Rapunzel film Tangled is also getting the live, musical treatment. Unfortunately, you […]
The post ‘Tangled’ The Musical Coming To Disney Cruises appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
Here's a trailer for Salma Hayek's adaptation of Khalil Gibran’s "The Prophet" - an animated feature for the big screen, co-produced with Doha Film Institute and Participant Media. Each of the chapters in the literary work was directed by a different filmmaker, including: Animation director Roger Allers ("The Lion King"), in charge of the through-line narrative, while individual chapters were handled by filmmakers like Tomm Moore ("The Secret Of Kells"), Joan Gratz ("Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase"), Bill Plympton ("Guard Dog and Your Face"), Nina »
- Tambay A. Obenson
By the 1990s, studios were waking up to movie marketing, and the era of the blockbuster. Tim Burton's Batman, released in summer 1989, had introduced the idea of a big opening weekend, and modern movies now target their promotional work to get just that. As such, it's harder and harder for smaller films to snare the top slot at the Us box office, even for one weekend.
In the 1990s, particularly the first half of the 1990s, that wasn't so much the case though. In fact, many films that have long since fallen from the public conscious topped the chart. And in this piece, I've tried to capture some of them.
Inevitably, you're going to have heard of some of them, and what a UK dweller sees as a »
Disney’s slate of live action adaptations continues to grow with the announcement that they will next be tackling Mulan.
Originally released in 1998, Mulan told the story of a young woman who disguises herself as a man so she can take her father’s place and go to war. As well as earning Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations, Mulan brought home $304 million at the box office. It was never as popular as other 90s Disney movies like The Little Mermaid, Aladdin or The Lion King, but Mulan has its fanbase.
Disney have been on a role as of late with their live action adaptations. Cinderella has made an impressive $336.2 million worldwide, though that doesn’t quite compare to the Angelina Jolie-starring Maleficent, »
- Luke Owen
People of my generation have an unhealthy attachment to the movies of the Disney renaissance of the 1990s. Sure, some of them should be looked at fondly, like Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, but some are held up in very high regard purely by nostalgia and not actual merit, like Hercules or Pocahontas. One of those movies that is not nearly as good as people remember it to be (and no one will care to change their opinion) is Mulan. But with the recent box office successes of Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, and most recently Cinderella, Disney is going back to their catalogue once more with a live action adaptation of the film. There are reasons to like this decision. Primarily, it will put an entirely Asian cast (or hopefully entirely Asian) in a big budget, mainstream movie. How often does that come alongc Secondly, the script »
- Mike Shutt
It’s spring break all around the country. While the annual week off from school is most known as the time of year when college kids make pilgrimages to warm weather destinations like Florida and Mexico, revelers in Panama City got an unexpected dose of early morning Disney as their hotel blasted "Circle of Life" from The Lion King. Watch their reaction for yourself below. You may not automatically equate spring break, which is usually thought of as a bawdy, R-rated affair (or at least hard PG-13, with lots of drinking and exposed skin), with the animated saga of Simba, but this is apparently an annual tradition at this one particular Holiday Inn. Every morning, promptly at eleven, they play the Elton John song over their loudspeakers to get the parade of revelers up and moving and ready for another day in paradise. You can see how »
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
Salma Hayek can breathe easy now. Her passion project "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet" is finally coming to the big screen. Directed by Roger Allers ("The Lion King"), "The Prophet" is a collaborative animated tale featuring individual "chapters" from animation legends such as Tomm Moore ("The Secret of Kells" "Song of the Sea"), Joan Gratz (Academy Award winner for "Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase"), Bill Plympton ("Guard Dog and Your Face"), Paul and Gaetan Brizzi ("Fantasia 2000") and Mohammed Harib ("Freej"), among others. It's based on Gilbran's 1923 book and features a voice cast including Hayek, Liam Neeson, Quvenzhané Wallis, John Krasinski, Frank Langella and Alfred Molina. The film's score is by Oscar winner Gabriel Yared ("The English Patient") and it also includes additional music from Damien Rice, Glenn Hansard ("Once") and Lisa Hannigan. So, yes, that's a lot of pedigree talent in the mix. "The Prophet" debuted to positive reviews at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Gkids said today it will release Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet on August 7 in Los Angeles and New York before expanding it wide the following week. The animated pic based on the 1923 bestseller was spearheaded by Salma Hayek and features a narrative story written and directed by Roger Allers (The Lion King), with “chapters” based on Gibran's poems designed and directed by animation directors including Tomm Moore, Joan Gratz, Bill Plympton, Nina Paley, Joann Sfar, Paul and… »
Let’s all admit it, sometimes you prefer animals over people and there is nothing wrong. Animals are mostly non-judgemental, non-emotionally crippled and non-war mongering. Apart from cats.
Inevitably, sometimes their deaths can thus impact you more than when Thomas J died from so many bee-stings, and that was hard day for everyone.
Unfortunately, while animal deaths are usually restricted to narrative terms in films, some productions – like Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy – see reprimands for their treatment of four-legged supporting stars. And that is intolerable, particularly when the death toll is as high as the twenty seven creatures who died after filming was completed in New Zealand.
That isn’t to say that Jackson’s movies are the only films to have some whispers of animal cruelty. The Lion King anyone? That Disney classic was rife with animal on animal cruelty that destroyed the happiness of children across the »
- Sara Weir
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