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Rochelle and Marvin Humes to take part in new series of All Star Mr & Mrs on ITV

26 June 2015 11:30 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Rochelle Humes and her husband Marvin have been confirmed as one of the couples due to appear on the new series of All Star Mr & Mrs.

Phillip Schofield returns to host the ITV quiz show that sees celebrities and their partners answering questions about one another in a bid to win money for their chosen charity.

Joining Rochelle and Marvin in the new series is tennis star Martina Navratilova and her wife Julia Lemigova, Big Brother's Bit on the Side host Rylan Clark and his partner Dan Neal, and reigning King of the Jungle Carl Fogarty with his wife Michaela.

Speaking of the new series, Schofield said: "I can't wait to get back in the studio and start filming the new series - we have some great couples lined up.

"I love finding out what really goes on in the lives of these famous stars and revealing those little details »

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‘Inside Out’, and why animation isn’t just kids stuff

24 June 2015 11:43 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Don’t you even dare call it a “kid’s movie.”

Animation has been around for a while now, starting with silent experiments such as Gertie the Dinosaur, followed by the more traditional Disney fare such as Snow White or Cinderella, and becoming more modern with another round of Disney hits like The Lion King or Beauty and the Beast but also with a touch of the outside thanks to Japanese imports like My Neighbor Totoro or Spirited Away.

But time and time again, the medium is relegated to kids duty. Like being sent to the smaller table at Thanksgiving dinner.

Brad Bird, director of The Iron Giant and The Incredibles, said it best when he referred to animation as a medium rather than a genre. Let’s define genre real quickly: “a class or category of artistic endeavor having a particular form.”

So that doesn’t confine animation; instead, »

- Zach Dennis

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Review: 'Minions' delivers incredible sight gags, but little heart

22 June 2015 8:57 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Sequels are never easy, especially in animation.  Even with all the success Pixar has enjoyed with the “Toy Story” franchise there are few who felt the follow ups to “Cars” and “Monsters, Inc” lived up to even the conceptual charm of the originals.  DreamWorks Animation pulled off rare successes with “Kung Fu Panda 2” and “How To Train Your Dragon 2,” but let’s avoid diving into the unnecessary chapters of the “Madagascar” universe, shall we?  And as for 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky’s “Ice Age” series, those three sequels are almost the textbooks for fashioning strict consumer product just to sell tickets.  The pitfalls of making a spin-off without creative justification is what Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment hoped to avoid with their new “Despicable Me” prequel, “Minions,” and they mostly succeeded. Yes, those adorable little yellow Minions who became the secret stars of both 2010’s “Despicable Me »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Watch: Terry Gilliam’s 3-Hour Stage Production Of Berlioz’s 'Benvenuto Cellini'

22 June 2015 11:30 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It may seem unusual for a renowned film director to suddenly switch mediums and helm an opera, but such a thing has happened a number of times before: for example, Woody Allen has directed Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi” for the Los Angeles Opera; legendary Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has helmed Mozart’s “Cosi Fan Tutte” for the Aix-en-Provence Festival; Julie Taymor has directed Mozart's "The Magic Flute" for the Metropolitan Opera in New York, as well as the Broadway musical adaptations of "The Lion King" and "Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark"; Roman Polanski has helmed Verdi's “Rigoletto” for the Bavarian State Opera; William Friedkin has directed a version of Alban Berg’s “Wozzeck”; and Werner Herzog has helmed a number of Wagner productions including “Doktor Faust,” “The Flying Dutchman” and “Parsifal”. Read More: Terry Gilliam: My Life In Eight Movies Terry Gilliam is among this elite group, »

- Timothy Tau

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17 Disney Moments That Never Fail to Make You Sob Like a Tiny Baby

22 June 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Why do you hate animals and parents so much, Disney?! Warning: spoilers (duh) and very, very sad GIFs ahead. A maybe(?) spoiler for Pixar's latest film, Inside Out, is at the very bottom. Just giving you all a heads up. 1. Bambi's mother is killed by a hunter, Bambi Disney started their theme of traumatic animal plots very early on. Bambi is basically on everyone's list of most upsetting Disney movies ever. 2. Shadow falls into a hole, Homeward Bound Yes, he does eventually make it out of the hole and back home, but dear lord, when he just gives up and lays down in the mud? The agony is too much to bear. 3. Mufasa's death, The Lion King While the death »

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The Cult of Pixar

21 June 2015 10:25 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Anghus Houvouras on the cult of Pixar…

I can remember my first Pixar film like it was yesterday. I was in college looking for an excuse not to study. Like many film enthusiasts the idea of a computer generated animated film had stoked my interest. A friend wandered into the theater green room and said ‘you heard anything about this new Tom Hanks animated movie’. Twenty minutes later we were at an almost empty theater seeing a mid day show marveling at what was very clearly a defining moment in cinema and the future of animation.

Toy Story was an amazing experience. One of those instant classics featuring great characters, amazing visuals (for the time), and a lot of heart. Disney’s animated output had been waning. The 1980’s was difficult for the ‘House of the Mouse’ as their animated features were starting to feel antiquated. They made a massive »

- Anghus Houvouras

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China’s Heshan and India’s Krayon Draw Up Plans For Animated ‘Beijing Safari’

17 June 2015 8:46 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Indian animation house Krayon Pictures and China’s Heshan Media will co-produce animated feature “Beijing Safari”. The film is a sequel to Krayon’s 2012 release “Delhi Safari” that featured a group of animals who march to India’s capital to demand answers of parliament about the destruction of their forest. The sequel will focus on water contamination.

Tab Murphy, Oscar nominee for “Gorillas in the Mist”, will write the film and Daniel St Pierre, who has credits on “The Lion King” and “Aladdin,” will direct.

The English-language film is being produced under the India-China co-production agreement and will therefore get domestic status in both countries. Investors are from India and China and the budget is currently $20 million, Krayon co-founder Kishor Patil told Variety.

Krayon is in discussions to bring on board a Hollywood voice cast, akin to “Delhi”’s Cary Elwes, Christopher Lloyd, Jason Alexander and Vanessa Williams. The »

- Naman Ramachandran

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Linda Woolverton To Write ‘Maleficent’ Sequel: But Is Angelina Jolie On Board?

16 June 2015 3:20 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

The production of a Maleficent (2014) sequel is in the works and Disney has hired famed screenwriter Linda Woolverton (The Lion King) to work on the next blockbuster. Linda Woolverton Writes ‘Maleficent’ Sequel, Angelina Jolie Still In Talks The 2014 Disney film Maleficent is a dark action re-imagined fantasy of the 1950s animated Disney movie […]

The post Linda Woolverton To Write ‘Maleficent’ Sequel: But Is Angelina Jolie On Board? appeared first on uInterview. »

- Shantel Whitaker

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Maleficent Sequel In The Works; Angelina Jolie Expected To Return

16 June 2015 7:51 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Disney is moving ahead with a sequel to its 2014 hit Maleficent, it was revealed last night, with news that Linda Woolverton has been tapped to pen the script for a follow-up. The current plan is for Angelina Jolie to reprise as the Sleeping Beauty character, and she’s being kept in the loop with regard to the project.

Setting up Maleficent as a franchise, the stand-alone nature of the film aside, makes financial sense for Disney. Though it was an expensive venture with a reported budget of $180 million, the pic grossed almost $760 million worldwide.

Back in 2014, Jolie teased reporters in China with the idea that she could return as the winged titular character, but plot details remain as elusive now as they did then. The first movie told the origin story for a notorious fairy tale villain, so it’s unclear what additional ground there is for Maleficent 2 to cover. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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'Maleficent' Sequel In The Works At Disney

16 June 2015 6:03 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It's hard to know what audiences will go for. This spring, Disney learned the hard way that a theme park ride inspired movie starring George Clooney wasn't what ticket buyers wanted. On the other hand, last summer moviegoers worldwide forked over $758 million dollars to watch Angelina Jolie wave her witchy wand in "Maleficent." Who knew? And naturally, the studio wants more of the latter. Deadline reports that the mouse house is conjuring a sequel to "Maleficent." Linda Woolverton, who wrote the first movie is being assigned the followup gig. She's a veteran at the studio having penned "The Lion King" and "Alice In Wonderland," and has upcoming live action efforts "Alice Through The Looking Glass" and "Beauty And The Beast" on her slate as well. Of course, the big question mark will be Jolie, who isn't signed for a second movie. And while the actress isn't exactly known for sequels »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Disney’s ‘Maleficent’ Sequel Finds Screenwriter

15 June 2015 4:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney has signed its go-to screenwriter Linda Woolverton to write the sequel to Angelina Jolie’s live-action fairy tale “Maleficent.”

There is no deal in place yet for Jolie to return to the title role or for Robert Stromberg to return to direct. Joe Roth will return to produce the sequel.

Woolverton wrote the script for “Maleficent,” a reimagining of Disney’s animated film “Sleeping Beauty” told from the point of view of the villain Maleficent. It was a surprise hit for the studio, with worldwide grosses topping $750 million.

Woolverton’s Disney credits include “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey,”  “Alice in Wonderland” and its upcoming sequel “Through the Looking-Glass.” She is repped by Wme.

The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.


- Dave McNary

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4 Ways "The Lion King" Scarred Me For Life

15 June 2015 12:36 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In 1994 on this day, Disney’s “The Lion King” was released in theaters. I was four years old and distinctly remember being too scared to see it. When I finally did, on VHS in the safety of my own home, I found that it was indeed a frightening film, and to be totally honest I hold that opinion to this day. I don’t know if it’s the fact that Scar kills his own brother by pushing him off a cliff into a deadly stampede, or the constant threat of desperate, flesh eating hyenas with cruel intentions, but something about this movie chills me to my very soul. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a beautiful and life-affirming spectacle, it just has some very dark and complicated undertones. And hey, I’m not complaining, I love dark and complicated undertones, it’s just that as a sheltered and »

- Zara Lisbon

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Cannes: Salma Hayek On Producing ‘Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet’ (Exclusive)

14 June 2015 10:08 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Growing up in Mexico, Salma Hayek remembered seeing the “The Prophet,” the bestselling book of 26 prose poems by Kahlil Gibran, on her grandfather’s nightstand. “I was very close to him,” Hayek recalled. “And to me, when I see the cover, I cannot think of anyone else but him. There’s a very special meaning for me with the book.”

In 2011, when the project came across her producing desk, Hayek immediately remembered how special the story was to her. She signed on to turn the material, which was first published in 1923, into a 2D-animated movie. After countless conference calls and financing deals, a work-in-progress version of the film will screen tonight, during a festival presentation created for the project.

Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet,” which has a budget of $12 million, was a global effort in every way. Hayek recruited nine directors from around the world to animate and tell different vignettes from the book. »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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‘Toy Story’ is a fun and memorable adaptation of one of Disney’s best

12 June 2015 5:37 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The 16-bit era was the golden years for licensed games especially games with the prestigious Disney logo slapped on them. Back in the early 90s, if you picked up the video game version of your favorite Disney movie, odds were that you got your hands on a quality title. Many words have been written about how great Aladdin, The Lion King and the Mickey Mouse series of games were, which proved how fun our favorite films could be when placed in the palms of our hands. In the midst of quality titles released in the 90s, Toy Story, seems to have been forgotten. Fear not, every toy will have its day, so let’s take the time to remember what made Toy Story such an interesting and creative title.

Before hitting it big with the Lego series in the late 2000s, Traveller’s Tales were tasked with working wonders for »

- Ryan Espinoza

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Jason Bateman explains a world without humans in the new Zootopia trailer

11 June 2015 10:42 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »


If anyone knows how to make some talking animals, it’s Disney. They can claim everything from The Lion King to The Little Mermaid to Brother Bear as their own. In fact, it’s probably easier to list the animated Disney movies that don’t have talking animals than it is to list the ones that do.

Joining the world of Disney’s talking animals is next year’s Zootopia starring Jason Bateman and Ginnifer Goodwin, whose characters we got our first look at yesterday. As the new trailer explains, Zootopia is a world completely devoid of humans, with all kinds of animals taking our place. They walk on two legs, they wear clothes, they use technology… they’re just like us.

Of course, they are still animals, and not all animals get along. Case in point: protagonist Nick Wilde (who happens to be a fox) and police officer Judy »

- Amanda Wood

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‘Smash’ Cast Reunites for ‘Bombshell’ on Broadway

8 June 2015 8:40 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The show-within-the-show became the show on June 8, when the cast of NBC series “Smash” reunited to present a song-and-dance concert version of “Bombshell,” the musical whose road to Broadway was depicted in the TV series.

The one-night-only event at the Broadway’s Minskoff Theater (home to “The Lion King”) was presented as a fundraiser benefitting the Actors Fund. Looking to defer costs of the event, the Actors Fund raised more than $300,000 on Kickstarter from “Smash” fans panting to make “Bombshell” happen — and the goal had only been $50,000. “This is the largest theater Kickstarter in history,” noted Christian Borle, a cast member of the TV show (and one of the winners at the Tony Awards the previous night).

“Maybe if NBC had used Kickstarter instead of sponsors, we’d still be on the air right now,” cracked Debra Messing, Borle’s costar on the show.

Smashing! #BombshellBway »

- Gordon Cox

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Carl Fogarty is open to hosting Top Gear - but not if he's no good at it

7 June 2015 2:40 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Current reigning King of the Jungle Carl 'Foggy' Fogarty wouldn't say no to hosting Top Gear.

The World Superbike champion, who won the 14th series of ITV's I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! in December, told the Daily Star Sunday that he would consider taking over from Jeremy Clarkson on the BBC motoring show.

"If Top Gear asked me to do it, I would go and have a meeting with them and listen to what was on offer," he said. "I'm not massively into cars, to be honest, but I would do a screen test or pilot and see if I was any good and if I enjoyed it."

But the sportsman added that he wouldn't take on the job if he wasn't any good.

"If I was s**t, I wouldn't do it," he said. "They wouldn't need to tell me. I wouldn't put myself forward if I couldn't do it. »

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Julie Taymor's Visual Extravaganza 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Hits Theaters (Video)

5 June 2015 11:14 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Taymor's latest Shakespeare film, shot by her "Frida" cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, combines her 2014 acclaimed Brooklyn live theater production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with hand-held close-up filming. (See video highlights of my onstage Q & A with her below.) 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 »

- Anne Thompson

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Watch: B’way Casts Perform for Delayed Airport Patrons

5 June 2015 9:55 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

Passengers with delayed flights at Laguardia Airport in New York City got an unexpected show earlier this week. Also waiting out the heavy rainfall were the Broadway casts of “Aladdin” and “The Lion King,” including Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart and Backstage cover star Adam Jacobs. To pass the time, the actors performed impromptu renditions of “The Circle of Life” and “Arabian Nights,” and Iglehart dropped an impressive freestyle to the tune of Black Star’s “Lions of Hip-Hop.” Check out the performances! Inspired by this post? Check out our theater audition listings! »

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The Lion King and Aladdin Casts Had an Epic Sing-Off at the Airport

4 June 2015 11:35 AM, PDT | | See recent Popsugar news »

It's safe to say this made for one seriously entertaining day at New York's Laguardia Airport on Sunday! The casts of Broadway's The Lion King and Aladdin had an impromptu sing-off while sitting at one of the gates, huddling up to belt out some of the shows' most popular songs, like "Circle of Life" and "Arabian Nights." People at the airport crowded around them as they sang, clapping and holding up their smartphones to catch all the action. Watch the must-see video above for your daily dose of Disney, then check out more viral videos, including this ridiculously awesome graduation performance by some high school seniors! »

- Laura-Marie-Meyers

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