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20 Little-Known Facts About Anastasia on the Movie's 20th Anniversary

Image Source: Everett Collection If you grew up in the '90s, there's a good chance Anastasia is one of your favorite animated movies. It might not be a product of the Mouse House, but Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia might as well be up there with iconic Disney princesses like Cinderella, Belle, and Ariel. In honor of the feel-good movie's 20th anniversary - it first hit theaters on Nov. 21, 1997 - let's take a look at a few little-known facts that might surprise even the most diehard Dimitri fans. RelatedPrepare to Sing Along Embarrassingly Loud to the Anastasia Musical's "Journey to the Past" So, like we said, it isn't a Disney movie. Although the animation is reminiscent of Disney favorites like The Little Mermaid and Aladdin, Anastasia actually hails from 20th Century Fox. With Disney in the running to buy part of Fox, however, she might end up a
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The Lion Guard: Series Gets January Debut on Disney Junior

[caption id="attachment_40995" align="aligncenter" width="590"] (Disney Junior)Kion, Mufasa/caption]

Disney's The Lion Guard TV show, premieres Friday, January 15 at 9:30am Et/Pt. This new, animated TV series sequel to The Lion King films, will air on the Disney Channel and encore there throughout the weekend, as well as on Disney Junior.

The Lion Guard follows the adventures of Kion, second-born of Simba and Nala, and his friends. The cast includes Rob Lowe and Gabrielle Union as Simba and Nala. Max Charles is Kion. Recurring guests include Blair Underwood, Ana Gasteyer, and Maia Mitchell. In an upcoming episode, Jason Marsden, Andy Dick, and Lacey Chabert reprise their roles as Kovu, Nuka and Vitani, from The Lion King II: Simba's Pride.

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The Lion King Sequel The Lion Guard Behind-the-Scenes: Watch Rob Lowe and Gabrielle Union Play Your Old Faves

The Lion King Sequel The Lion Guard Behind-the-Scenes: Watch Rob Lowe and Gabrielle Union Play Your Old Faves
The beloved gang is back! Simba, Nala, Rafiki, Zazu, Timon, Pumbaa and yes, even Mufasa are back for Disney's new Lion King sequel, although the cast has had a bit of a shakeup. The movie The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar, the follow-up to the straight-to-video films The Lion King II: Simba's Pride and The Lion King 1½, will air on Nov. 22 on Disney Junior. The new flick will be followed by a series, The Lion Guard, which will air on the channel in 2016. The film and show focus on Simba and Nala's son Kion, who leads a team of animals to protect the Pride Lands. "It's kind of like The Lion King meets The Avengers," Nancy Kanter,...
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21 shocking straight-to-video sequels: How many have you seen?

21 shocking straight-to-video sequels: How many have you seen?
What's the only thing worse than a sequel? The only prospect worse than paying £10 at your local cinema to have your favourite movie ruined, forever. The answer has three words. Straight-to-video.

In the '90s, home release sequels became fairly common. You'd greet them with surprise at your local Blockbusters and then want to pull your eyeballs out when you took them home and watched them. They're probably called straight-to-dvd or straight-to-Blu-ray now, but they still exist.

With the announcement that Dolph Lundgren will be starring in Kindergarten Cop 2 (because of course), here are 21 absolute stinking sequels - the vast majority of which weren't even considered good enough for the cinema. How many of them have you watched?

1. American Pie Presents: Band Camp

2. American Pie Presents: Beta House

Maybe it's the Eugene Levy factor - just why did he keep starring in all the sequels?! - but we have weird
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James Earl Jones's Mufasa is in a new Lion King sequel movie and Rob Lowe is playing Simba

James Earl Jones's Mufasa is in a new Lion King sequel movie and Rob Lowe is playing Simba
Disney has announced a new sequel to The Lion King which will see the return of James Earl Jones as Mufasa.

The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar will premiere on the Disney Channel in November and act as a precursor to the previously-announced Lion Guard series.

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"The movie follows Kion, the second-born cub of Simba and Nala, as he assumes the role of leader of the Lion Guard, a team of animals tasked with preserving the Pride Lands," said Disney.

Ernie Sabella will also return as Pumbaa, while Rob Lowe replaces Matthew Broderick as Simba and Gabrielle Union replaces Moira Kelly as Nala.

Max Charles plays Kion and Joshua Rush plays Kion's best friend - a honey badger called Bunga.

Walt Disney Company is 90: The best movies

Atticus Shaffer plays intellectual egret Ono, Dimaond White plays confident ceetah Fuli and
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How many have you seen? 12 of Disney's worst straight-to-video sequels

How many have you seen? 12 of Disney's worst straight-to-video sequels
Sequels and spinoffs are all the rage on the big screen these days, but the news that Disney is moving forward with a Frozen 2 still comes as something of a surprise considering the studio has been reticent to pump out theatrically-released follow-ups to its biggest hits - only The Three Caballeros, The Rescuers Down Under, Fantasia 2000 and Winnie the Pooh are part of the Disney Animated Canon.

However, throughout the '90s and '00s Disney had a lucrative side-business in direct-to-video sequels that were turned around quickly and cheaply and made the studio a fast buck. Many execs felt that these cheapened the originals and John Lasseter put the brakes on them, although the recent Tinker Bell films (branching out from Peter Pan) have their roots in this release model.

Digital Spy revisits 13 of Disney's most unnecessary straight-to-video sequels below:

Aladdin: The Return of Jafar (1994)

The very first
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11 of the weirdest bootleg DVD covers: True Detective, Batman Begins

11 of the weirdest bootleg DVD covers: True Detective, Batman Begins
Translating movies and television for international markets can be a tricky business, as we discovered last year when we assembled this collection of 20 titles that got lost in translation.

But if you want to descend to a whole new level of weirdness, you need to look beyond the official channels. Whether it's a pirated disc being hawked in the street or a bona fide copy resold in unofficial packaging, these are products where the normal quality standards simply do not apply.

Below we've rounded up 11 of the world's most bizarre bootleg DVD covers, featuring dodgy Photoshopping, garbled Babelfish-style synopses, and entire actors being accidentally dropped in from other movies or TV shows.

1. True Detective

God, True Detective was a great show. Remember that episode where Rust and Marty go to Vegas and live it up in faux-Paris before narrowly escaping an exploding building on the back of a phoenix?

No,
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Planes 2: Fire & Rescue review - Better than its predecessor

Planes 2: Fire & Rescue review - Better than its predecessor
Director: Roberts Gannaway; Screenwriter Jeffrey M Howard ; Starring: Dane Cook, Ed Harris, Julie Bowen, Curtis Armstrong, Teri Hatcher, John Michael Higgins, Patrick Warburton, Wes Studi; Running time: 84 mins; Certificate: U

After Planes flew into cinemas last summer and proved to be a crushing disappointment, it's probably fair to say that nobody is getting particularly hyped up for its sequel, Fire & Rescue. Perhaps these rock-bottom expectations are a good thing, because Planes 2 feels like a significant upgrade on its distinctly run-of-the-mill predecessor, which was initially going to be a direct-to-dvd release before it found its way onto the big screen.

Dane Cook returns to voice Dusty Crophopper, who this time around sees his racing career shot to pieces when he discovers a fault in his gearbox. This immediately creates a search for purpose and meaning more compelling than anything in Planes - what's more heartbreaking, chasing a dream or coming
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Watch: Honest Trailer For 'The Lion King' As Disney Plans 'Avengers'-Esque Small Screen Spinoff

With "Maleficent" cleaning up, and live action reboots of "Cinderella" and "Beauty And The Beast" along the way, Disney continues to reach into the vault to exploit their classic titles for new cash as much as possible. And with "The Lion King" already making nearly a billion dollars worldwide at its time of release twenty years ago, Disney certainly already tried. They knocked out a direct-to-video sequel in 1998, "The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride," and in 1995 there was the series "Timon & Pumbaa" which lasted five seasons. And now the mouse house is ready to bring Simba and co. back to the small screen. Sorta. The Wall Street Journal reveals that Disney Junior and Disney Channel will unveil "The Lion Guard" next year. The story will focus on Kion, Simba's son, who works with a group of animals to protect the jungle. “It’s kind of like ‘The Lion King’ meets ‘The Avengers,
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Soundtrack For 'In Your Eyes' Features Iron & Wine, Santigold, Song Written By Joss Whedon & More

It ought to be easy to dislike Joss Whedon. He's an absurdly talented, extremely laid-back mega-geek who created some of the finest TV ever and now gets to play with all Marvel's money and makes little indie movies on the side just because he can... and he's also a musician. This isn't really news, since Whedon wrote the “Firefly” theme tune, the songs for the musical “Buffy” episode “Once More With Feeling,” the songs for “Dr Horrible's Sing-Along Blog” (and for the sing-along DVD commentary to that blog)—the man even wrote a song for the direct-to-video “The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride.” He ought to be really, really resent-able. But he just isn't. He's great. He's adorable. Even when he's writing not-great little indie movies like “In Your Eyes” (our review is here), we love him. Even when he also writes a merry-sad indie-pop track for the soundtrack, just to show off.
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DVD Blu-Ray, March 6: 'The Skin I Live In,' 'Immortals,' Jack and Jill'

DVD or Blu-ray? Redbox or Netflix? Streaming? Whatever your poison, we've got the highlights and lowlights on the week's new releases -- plus exclusive previews from "Footloose" and "Immortals." Moviefone's Pick of the Week "The Skin I Live In" What's It About? After his wife is horribly burned in a car accident, a plastic surgeon (played by Antonio Banderas) dedicates his life to developing a miraculous new kind of skin -- that he tests on a helpless woman, held captive in his mansion. See It Because: The movie's director Pedro Almodovar is the only selling point you need. His totally unique style and prolific career can be daunting. If you're not familiar with his previous work ("Volver," "All About My Mother" among others), there's really no other way to prepare for his approach than to just dive in with one of his movies. Also available on Redbox | Amazon Instant Video
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The Lion King Gets Theatrical and Blu-ray 3D Release Dates

Disney has formally announced that new 3D version of The Lion King will first be released theatrically on September 16, followed by a Blu-ray 3D bow on October 4. Additionally, The Lion King will also be available on traditional 2D Blu-ray the same date, while a single-disc DVD edition will roll out on November 15.

The Lion King 3D theatrical run will only take place for two weeks. Once it ends, the only way to see The Lion King in 3D will be to purchase the Blu-ray 3D edition.

October 4 will also see the release of The Lion King Trilogy on Blu-ray, a massive 8-disc set that includes The Lion King on Blu-ray 3D, 2D and DVD, The Lion King 1 ½ on Blu-ray and DVD, and The Lion King II: Simba's Pride on Blu-ray and DVD.

Though The Lion King coming to Blu-ray 3D has been known since early January, a definitive list of bonus features remains elusive.
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The Lion King 3D Comes to Theaters This September!

The Lion King 3D Comes to Theaters This September!
Walt Disney Studios announced today that The Lion King will be released in theaters once again, this time in 3D, for a two-week run starting on September 16. The Lion King will then be released on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, and an eight-disc trilogy set on October 4. We have the new Blu-ray trailer along with artwork for all three releases below. Read on below the trailer and artwork for the full press release announcing the theatrical re-release and Blu-ray.

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Simba, Mufasa, Nala, Timon and Pumbaa are back and better than ever this fall when Disney's The Lion King roars into theaters and homes in breathtaking 3D. A special two-week theatrical extravaganza kicks off Sept. 16, 2011, showcasing the Oscar and Golden Globe-winning film on the big screen in Disney Digital 3D for the first time ever, and its highly anticipated home entertainment debut kicks off October
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Top 10 Movies: Good Movies Ruined by Sequels

Mark Wahlberg has been talking a sequel for The Fighter for a couple weeks now.  But it seems that when good first films try to continue, it never works.  Do you think making a sequel for The Fighter is a good idea?

Check out our list of great first movies that made terrible sequels.

Join in the conversation.  What is your least favorite sequel?

Top 10 good movies ruined by sequels: Read more to see the list!

10. The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998)

The Lion King is often hailed as one of the best Disney movies of all time, so why did they have to ruin it with this awful direct-to-video sequel.  The sequel centers around Simba's daughter Kiara who falls in love with Kovu, a male lion raised by Scar's followers. It's like a Romeo and Juliet with Lions.  Nothing original, nothing exciting.  

9. Oceans 12 & 13 (2004, 2007)

Although they got most of the
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Director alert: Steve Trenbirth helms CGI flick

Steve Trenbirth, the dude who directed "The Jungle Book 2" and worked in the animation department for "The Lion King II: Simba's Pride" and "The Return of Jafar," has a new gig lined up: a CGI indie flick.

Trenbirth will direct "Trouble Down Under," which is set in Australia and follows the clash between African meerkats and a gang of kangaroos after a wallaby shows up and creates trouble for everyone.

Findlay and Howard Jackson wrote the script, and the project will be developed on a $25 million budget. Cameron Daddo, Andrew Daddo, Ernie Dingo and Tony Bonner are part of the film's voice cast. (THR)
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Celebrity Birthdays - 03/21/09

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Can you guess whose birthdays are today based on the following clues? He was an important character in the Harry Potter world but did not live past TOotP. Although he has many interesting credits to his name, he is best known for portraying Lieutenant Groves in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. She plays the role of Blair Cramer in One Life to Live - in over 300 episodes! He's done everything in his power to control the life of his ex-wife, Britney Spears! One of his very first movies was WarGames, a cult classic now. He's famous for many reasons, but perhaps you'll remember him best as Inspector Gadget? We're not quite sure what originally made her famous, but she's a household name, sort of like Madonna, but we call her Rosie. First up, Sirius Black of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Gary Oldman, 51, has quite a long and distinguished career.
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Celebrity Birthdays - 03/21/09

  • PopStar
Can you guess whose birthdays are today based on the following clues? He was an important character in the Harry Potter world but did not live past TOotP. Although he has many interesting credits to his name, he is best known for portraying Lieutenant Groves in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. She plays the role of Blair Cramer in One Life to Live - in over 300 episodes! He's done everything in his power to control the life of his ex-wife, Britney Spears! One of his very first movies was WarGames, a cult classic now. He's famous for many reasons, but perhaps you'll remember him best as Inspector Gadget? We're not quite sure what originally made her famous, but she's a household name, sort of like Madonna, but we call her Rosie. First up, Sirius Black of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Gary Oldman, 51, has quite a long and distinguished career.
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