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What the Disney-Fox Deal Could Mean For Broadway

What the Disney-Fox Deal Could Mean For Broadway
Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox is set to impact every sector of the entertainment business, including Broadway, where studio theatrical divisions have been aggressively ramping up. The deal is announced as Fox’s theatrical arm is developing a slew of its screen properties for the stage, leaving the fate of these adaptations in new, but seasoned, hands.

Established in the mid-1990s, Disney Theatrical Productions has set the bar for a hit stage adaptation with the continually thriving The Lion King. Directed by Julie Taymor and featuring songs by Elton John and Tim Rice, the 1997 musical based on the...
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Director Pam MacKinnon on “The Parisian Woman” and the Glass Ceiling that Still Exists on Broadway

Pam MacKinnon: Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation

Pam MacKinnon is one of most renowned directors on Broadway today. She won a Tony Award for Best Director of a Play in 2013 for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” making her one of only a handful of women to receive that honor. She also earned a nod in 2012 for “Clybourne Park.” Her recent credits include “Amélie” and a revival of Wendy Wasserstein’s “The Heidi Chronicles” on Broadway.

“The Parisian Woman” is MacKinnon’s latest work to hit the Broadway stage. It was written by Beau Willimon, the Academy Award and Emmy-nominated creator of “House of Cards,” and stars Uma Thurman, Blair Brown, Phillipa Soo, Josh Lucas, and Marton Csokas.

We spoke to MacKinnon about her new show, her collaborations, and Broadway’s glass ceiling.

“The Parisian Woman” is currently playing at the Hudson Theatre.

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Ferdinand review – young bull on the horns of a dilemma

Despite his preference for growing flowers, a sensitive calf cannot escape his destiny in the bullring in this enjoyable family animation

Here’s an animation conceived on traditional and indeed unoriginal lines, rather like The Lion King – but entertaining and likable for all that. Ferdinand is a young bull calf, brought up in the Spanish countryside and trained to fight matadors in the ring, but this sensitive soul would rather grow flowers. When an emotionally wrenching disaster strikes, Ferdinand escapes the farm and finds brief happiness with a human family who are in the flower business. He grows to a mighty size, content with his floral lot, but this gentle giant cannot escape his destiny in the terrible gladiatorial arena of blood and sand.

Perhaps bizarrely, this brought to mind Tommy Steele playing a hapless bullfighter in an ancient 50s British comedy called Tommy the Toreador, singing a cheesy number called Little White Bull.
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Go Behind the Scenes of 'Frozen' Broadway Cast's First Major Photo Shoot (Exclusive)

Go Behind the Scenes of 'Frozen' Broadway Cast's First Major Photo Shoot (Exclusive)
The Rocky Mountains made for the picture perfect background as Vanity Faircaptured the stars of Broadway-bound’s Frozenin their first photo shoot for a media outlet -- and Et has an exclusive look behind the scenes.

On top of Copper Mountain outside of Denver, Colorado, Patti Murin (Anna), Caissie Levy (Elsa) and Jelani Alladin (Kristoff) are dressed in their characters’ famous costumes, designed by Christopher Oram for the stage. Meant to look like the story’s Norway setting, fake snow adds extra detail to images of Elsa wearing a light blue-colored gown and cape posing on what appears to be the top of her ice castle. She waves her arms in a similar manner to how the Disney princess did in the top-grossing animated film of all time. Anna, who’s dressed in an off-the-shoulder green gown with a dark green bodice, stands beside her sister with her love interest, Kristoff, just off to
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Man with Autism Sings Emotional Rendition of 'Can You Feel the Love Tonight' at Sister's Wedding: 'I Was So Proud'

Man with Autism Sings Emotional Rendition of 'Can You Feel the Love Tonight' at Sister's Wedding: 'I Was So Proud'
Jen Santamaria knew her wedding ceremony wouldn’t be complete without a special song from her big brother.

As the 31-year-old prepared to wed her fiancé Jesse Santamaria, she knew she wanted her brother, Jesse Marcus, who has autism, to have a special role in the wedding. So, she asked the 32-year-old to sing “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from Disney’s The Lion King.

“My brother and I have always been close. He’s always been so special to me and throughout my life,” Santamaria tells People. “He’s always loved to sing and he loves to perform.
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The Avengers: Infinity War Trailer Remade With Disney Characters Is Amazing

Marvel’s Mightiest Heroes are great and all, but what would an Avengers-style team-up movie be like if it featured a mash-up of Disney’s finest? Well, this new fan-edit of the Avengers: Infinity War trailer (seen below) imagines just that, as the teaser is remade beat for beat using clips from your favourite movies from the House of Mouse.

Apart from the clever swapping out of Infinity War scenes with their closest match in Disney movies, the fun in this trailer is seeing which cartoon characters replace the Avengers line-up. For instance, Tony Stark becomes Aladdin, Doctor Strange morphs into Genie, Scarlet Witch and Vision are now Lady and the Tramp, Thor is Hercules (natch), Peter Parker is Max Goof, Bucky Barnes is Peter Pan, and so on.

Perhaps the best match-ups, though, are the villains. Obviously, The Lion King‘s Scar takes the place of Loki, another trickster
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How ‘Once on This Island’ Redefines Gender and Race With Broadway Revival (Exclusive)

How ‘Once on This Island’ Redefines Gender and Race With Broadway Revival (Exclusive)
The studio at the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, where a group of reporters are gathered for a preview of the Broadway revival of Once on This Island, is filled with the vibrant voice of Mother of the Earth. Hitting powerful high notes with modern flamboyance and dramatic flair, the performer never misses a beat, just like Kecia Lewis in the 1990 Tony-nominated original production. Except this time around, Mother is played by a man -- and what many of us in the room knew about the musical has been completely, yet delightfully altered.

Based on the 1985 novel My Love, My Love; or, The Peasant Girl by Rosa Guy, Once on This Island is the tale of Ti Moune (Hailey Kilgore), a fearless peasant girl who falls in love with a wealthy boy from the other side of their Caribbean island in the Antilles. When their divided cultures keep them apart, Ti Moune is guided by the powerful island gods, Erzulie
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Disney Races to Top of Disc Sales Charts With ‘Cars 3’

Disney Races to Top of Disc Sales Charts With ‘Cars 3’
Disney’s “Cars 3” topped the Npd VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart for a second consecutive week, holding off a surge from Universal’s “Atomic Blonde” the week ended Nov. 18.

Atomic Blonde,” an action thriller starring Charlize Theron, debuted at No. 2 on both charts selling about 86% as many copies in its first week as “Cars 3” did in its second (and 89% as many Blu-ray units). “Atomic Blonde” earned $51.6 million at the domestic box office.

Coming in at a distant No. 3 overall was another newcomer, Lionsgate’s “Wind River,” a murder mystery with “Avengers” stars Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen that earned $33.8 million in U.S. theaters. Rounding out the top five were a pair of superhero films demonstrating staying power on the home video charts: Sony Pictures’ “Spider-Man: Homecoming” at No. 4 and Warner’s “Wonder Woman” at No. 5.

On the Blu-ray
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Actress Liu Yifei has been cast as Mulan in Disney live-action remake

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Disney is in high gear when it comes to doing live-action remakes of their animated, with movies like Aladdin, The Lion King (though not exactly traditional live-action) and Mulan. The casts have been fleshed out for the first two, and the latter has just cast it’s leading role of Mulan, with Chinese actress Liu Yifei winning the part. THR got the scoop that the actress, also known as Crystal... Read More...
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Disney’s Live-Action ‘Mulan’ Casts Liu Yifei in Title Role

Disney has found a lot of success with its live-action adaptations of its classic animated films with Beauty and the Beast currently sitting as the highest-grossing film of 2017 and adaptations of The Lion King, Aladdin, and Dumbo in the pipeline among others. The studio is also making strides with its cultural awareness, being careful not to whitewash roles featuring non-white characters. With that in mind, the studio has cast Chinese actress Liu Yifei, who also sometimes goes by “Crystal Liu”, to play the lead in their live-action Mulan directed by Niki Caro (The Zookeeper’s …
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Grammy Nominations: Can ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Baby Driver’ Run Over ‘La La Land’ in Film/TV Music Categories?

Grammy Nominations: Can ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Baby Driver’ Run Over ‘La La Land’ in Film/TV Music Categories?
La La Land” may feel like old awards news, but it still has one last chance to get called out — correctly — at an awards podium. The music from the film is nominated in all three of the Grammys’ Visual Media categories — only the third time in the last 10 years that Grammy voters cited the same film for compilation soundtrack, score and song.

The “La La Land” music is contending in two of those categories against “Moana,” which may feel like a rerun of last year’s Oscar music competition. But it’s also up against some possible future Academy Awards contenders, like the songs from “Fifth Shades Darker” and “Marshall.” That oddity is a result of differing eligibility periods: the Oscars are strictly by calendar year and the Grammys are drawn from October 2016 to September 2017 releases.

The apples-and-oranges mixture in these categories extends to mixed media: Since TV is a factor here, too, [link
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Robin Williams' Daughter Pays Tribute on Aladdin 25th Anniversary

Robin Williams' Daughter Pays Tribute on Aladdin 25th Anniversary
Disney's Aladdin has officially turned 25. The animated classic helped cement the new wave of Disney animated movies in the 90s, which spawned some of the most beloved titles in the history of the Mouse House, such as The Lion King and Mulan. There are many things to love about the movie to this day, but at the very top of probably everyone's list is Robin Williams and his legendary performance as Genie. To honor the 25th anniversary of Aladdin, Robin Williams' daughter, Zelda Williams, posted a loving tribute to the movie and to her father on social media.

Sadly, Robin Williams' passed away in 2014, so he isn't around to share the love that fans have for the movie all of these years later. But his daughter knows just how much people care about her father and Genie as a character. To honor the occasion, she posted a gif
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2017 New York Gala Raises Over $4.4 Million For The Elton John AIDS Foundation

On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, the Elton John AIDS Foundation (Ejaf) raised more than $4.4 million at its 2017 annual New York Fall Gala to support HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, supporting services, and advocacy programs across the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean.

Sting and Billy Joel attend the Elton John AIDS Foundation New York Fall Gala

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American Airlines, Bvlgari, Robert K. Kraft, Leonard and Judy Lauder Fund, and Bob and Tamar Manoukian served as the Presenting Sponsors of the benefit. The star-studded evening was held at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.

Commemorating the Foundation’s 25th year since it was established by Sir Elton John in the fall of 1992, the evening’s program was devoted to honoring Elton for his leadership, commitment, and enduring vision as the Founder and driving force of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. To start off the evening,
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Home Video Deals for Cyber Monday 2017

The Cyber Monday DVD, Blu-ray, and Uhd deals are here!

I’ll be gathering deals over the course of the day, and updating this post as things come and go. The prices below are updated through the Web site’s APIs, but I’ve found that deals are changing frequently.

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‘Aladdin’ Turns 25: Creators on the Real Beginning of the Disney Renaissance

‘Aladdin’ Turns 25: Creators on the Real Beginning of the Disney Renaissance
Before Disney’s animated blockbuster “Aladdin” had its premiere in Japan, directors Ron Clements and John Musker were told not to worry if the audience didn’t laugh.

And it wasn’t because the Japanese performer who dubbed Robin Williams’ shape-shifting Genie didn’t capture the actor’s brilliant off-the-wall comedic performance.

“They tell you ahead of time, ‘don’t worry because the audience won’t laugh, because a Japanese audience doesn’t laugh,”’ noted Clements. “They just sit respectfully.”

But they did laugh at Genie, who turns into everybody from Ed Sullivan to William F. Buckley to former talk show host Arsenio Hall.

“Probably the biggest laugh in the whole screening was when he turned into Arsenio Hall and did his ‘Woof, woof, woof’ with his arm,” said Clements. “I was asking somebody afterward about that and why it got such a big laugh. They said ‘Oh, we loved it when the Genie turned into Julia Roberts
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DJ Khaled Spills His Key to Fatherhood: ‘I’m Teaching My Son It’s His Birthday Every Day’

DJ Khaled Spills His Key to Fatherhood: ‘I’m Teaching My Son It’s His Birthday Every Day’
It may be nearly one month since DJ Khaled’s son Asahd looked back on his first year in style, but his birthday will sure never go out of style, according to his dad.

“It’s important to throw your children the biggest birthday parties ever not only to wish them happy birthday and their blessings, but I’m teaching my son it’s his birthday every day,” DJ Khaled told People during the announcement for Fox’s new reality singing competition The Four, where he will sit on the judging panel alongside Meghan Trainor, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Republic Records’ Charlie Walk.
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‘Aladdin’: 25 Things You Didn’t Know About the 1992 Animated Classic!

‘Aladdin’: 25 Things You Didn’t Know About the 1992 Animated Classic!
Twenty-five years ago -- November 25, 1992, to be exact -- in the city of Agrabah, a street rat, an outspoken princess and an eager-to-please genie were at the center of another groundbreaking animated musical from Walt Disney Pictures.

Telling the story of a young man who falls in love with a princess and befriends a genie as he aspires for something more in his life, Aladdin quickly became a touchstone in Disney’s canon of animated films. Following the romance-driven The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, the 1992 movie boasted a bigger sense of humor -- largely thanks to Robin Williams’ performance as Genie -- and more action.

Earning universal praise, Aladdin earned $217 million at the U.S. box office and maintains a 94 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But like its predecessors, the soundtrack, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman, propelled it to awards success, winning it two Academy
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Jason Mraz Finds Making His Broadway Debut in ‘Waitress’ Less Grueling Than Going on Tour (Exclusive)

Jason Mraz Finds Making His Broadway Debut in ‘Waitress’ Less Grueling Than Going on Tour (Exclusive)
“It’s a good gig,” Jason Mraz says of what he’s calling a “Broadway Retreat,” making his acting and Broadway debut as Dr. Pomatter in a 10-week limited run of Waitress on Broadway.

The singer, who officially took his first bow on Nov. 3, tells Et that eight performances a week onstage at the Brooks Atkinson Theater in New York City is “less grueling” than a typical touring schedule. “I am not leaving town or changing venues. I am not onstage for three hours singing 25 songs. Broadway, in a sense, is easier, at least currently in the role that I’m in.”

Based on the 2007 film starring Keri Russell, Waitress tells the story of Jenna Hunterson, currently played by Betsy Wolfe, a pregnant pie maker in an unhappy marriage who falls in love with her married gynecologist, Dr. Pomatter. “Suddenly this patient comes along who disarms him and has him step out of his comfort zone; a boring
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Coco review – Pixar's vibrant, melancholic adventure is a refreshing return to form

The story of a Mexican boy stuck in the Land of the Dead uses familiar Disney tropes but feels fresh thanks to a combination of humor, music and emotion

The superficial checklist for a Disney animation usually contains an important moral lesson, a wacky animal sidekick, an asexual romance and at least one frantic chase scene. But buried underneath the bright color palette often lies a bittersweet tone and a surprisingly deft examination of grief. In films from Bambi to The Lion King to Frozen to, most notably, Up, slapstick antics have sat alongside impactful stories of loss, adding rich emotional texture to a light canvas and teaching a younger audience about death without employing a heavy hand.

Related: Thirty years of Pixar: from Toy Story to Finding Dory, the studio's biggest hits

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Stephen Chbosky to write and potentially direct Disney’s Prince Charming

According to THR, filmmaker Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Wonder) has signed on to write the script for Disney’s live-action fairy tale reimagining Prince Charming, with a view to directing the project.

Prince Charming has been scripted by Matt Fogel (Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son) and is described as a “revisionist take” on the character who appeared in the likes of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella, exploring the life of the iconic prince from the point of view of his brother, who never quite lived up to the family name.

The film reunites Chbosky with Disney, having worked as a writer on the live-action Beauty and the Beast, as well as Wonder producers David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films.

Disney has several live-action adaptations of its animated classics in the works, including Dumbo, Aladdin and The Lion King,
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