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Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.
It only seems apt that now Disney has made a considerable amount from their Princesses brand, the most recent animated “classic” Frozen depicts the story of not one, but two princesses. Loosely based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Snow Queen, Frozen harks back to a story that sits neatly alongside Tangled and Brave, as it tries to warm-up the classic, cold fairy tale with intriguing, but not ground-breaking, results.
Anna (Kristin Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel) are sisters and the Princesses of Arendelle. »
- Gary Collinson
“"I didn't bring the cavalry.. I Am the cavalry" - #HobbsTheBeast #FastAndFurious7 Call action...”
And by identifying himself as “the cavalry”, Luke Hobbs is clearly identifying himself with Ming-Na Wen's Melinda May from Marvel's Agents of Shield. Except she doesn't like to be called that, whereas he owns the title as well as the identity.
Clearly, the only (completely non-contrived) explanation is that Fast 7 talks place before Marvel's Agents of Shield, and something tragic happens involving Luke Hobbs at some point in the future of the franchise, after which Melinda May is imprinted, Dollhouse-style, with Luke Hobbs, complete with his memories for some reason (or maybe she's imprinted to forget them, but then glitches and the memories start to come back), and joins Shield and works with Agent Coulson. »
Glee dreamboat Darren Criss recently met up with Lea Solanga at Marie’s Crisis, a piano bar in New York’s West Village. Solanga is best known for Broadway turns in Miss Saigon and Les Mis — and for being the golden-throated voice of Disney heroines (Aladdin‘s Princess Jasmine and Mulan).
Theater and Disney nerds will love their impromptu performance of “A Whole New World.” Criss looks like he’s having the time of his life.
- Aaron Landry
Update: John Leguizamo may becoming something of a dinosaur expert. In Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Leguizamo's character Sid "adopts" dino eggs and the baby dinos that hatch to the wrath of their real dino mom. Now, Leguizamo will voice Alex, an "Alexomis bird." (Anyone ever heard of an Alexomis dinosaur?) Also joining the cast is Justin Long (pictured right, he voices Alvin in the Alvin and the Chipmunks movies) as Patchi, a Pachyrhinosaurus. Tiya Sircar (The Internship, Hotel for Dogs) voices Juniper and Skylar Stone ("Max & Luther") voices Scowler, who round out the Pachyrhinosaurus trio.
Walking with Dinosaurs 3D opens on Dec. 20.
Jan. 28, 2013 - Brit Charlie Rowe (The Golden Compass) will star in Walking with Dinosaurs 3D. The 16-year old will play one of two brothers who set out to follow in their father's footsteps and find themselves in the Arctic facing off with dinosaurs. Arthur Christmas and »
- email@example.com (Tara the Mom)
Move over, Frosty. A quixotic snowman who longs to experience summer handily steals the show in “Frozen,” Disney’s 53rd in-house animated feature and one of its most classical, with a Hans Christian Andersen pedigree, a full-fledged showtune score and little of the ironic humor that has become the lingua franca of most contemporary toons. But this always enjoyable tale of mysterious magic, imperiled princesses and square-jawed men of action proves longer on striking visuals than on truly engaging or memorable characters. With the family crowd pretty much to itself this holiday season, “Frozen” should generate considerable box-office heat, if not quite the same level of critical and audience affection that attended the superior “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph.”
The result of a decade-long effort by the studio to fashion an animated feature from Andersen’s classic “The Snow Queen,” “Frozen” ultimately bears only the most superficial resemblance to its source, »
- Scott Foundas
Do you know what High In The Clouds is? No, we don’t either but it’s Paul McCartney’s children’s book, which is now being developed into an animated movie with former New Line toppers Michael Lynne and Bob Shaye. The film will be released in 3D in 2015.
The book focuses on a squirrel’s quest to find a legendary animal sanctuary called Animalia and is written by McCartney, Geoff Dunbar and Philip Ardagh. Mr McCartney will write original songs for the film, which will be directed by Tony Bancroft, whose credits include Mulan.
McCartney had this to say about his work:
’High in the Clouds’ is a passion project for me. I am thrilled to be working in partnership with Randa Ayoubi and David Corbett at Rgh, and David Michael Lynne and Bob Shaye of Unique Features. Working with the highly creative talent at these companies together »
- Ellen Daniels
The Mulan team began development in 1994 with a field trip to China; a three week voyage to photograph and draw local landmarks for inspiration and absorb local culture. In contrast to the angled, detailed artwork on The Lion King and Hunchback, the decision was made to simplify the style, paying homage to classical Chinese painting, which also provided the visuals for its opening credits. Despite its simpler artistry, Mulan was also innovative in its use of crowd simulation software (see “Scares”) and saw the advent of Faux Plane, used to add depth to two-dimensional images, most notably during the opening sequence at the Great Wall of China and the final act in the Forbidden City.
- Rob Burch
Did you know Paul McCartney wrote a children's book back in 2005? I didn't, but I don't have kids so things like that kind of slip by me. The book is called High in the Clouds, and Variety has learned an animated version is in the works. Tony Bancroft (Mulan) is directing the film and it will feature new songs composed by McCartney. Plot synopsis from Amazon: Forced to leave his woodland home, destroyed by the expansion plans of the evil Gretsch, Wirral the »
- Jesse Giroux
The Fifth Beatle, a biopic about Epstein's rise from shop assistant to manager of the biggest group in the world, will be the first feature film to include Beatles hits
• Clip joint: The Beatles
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A new biopic of Beatles manager Brian Epstein will be the first feature film about the Fab Four ever to win rights to use the iconic British band's original songs, according to Deadline.
Titled The Fifth Beatle, the film will document the life of Epstein from his discovery of the Liverpudlian group to his death by accidental overdose in 1967 at the age of 32. The biopic's screenplay is by Tony award-winner Vivek J Tiwary (Green Day's American Idiot, Mel Brooks' The Producers) and the film will be produced by American Beauty's Oscar-winning Bruce Cohen.
Epstein was the closeted gay Liverpudlian entrepreneur who brought the Fab Four to the public's attention. »
- Ben Child
It’s a good day to be a squirrel. First comes the trailer for The Nut Job, and now the news that the squirrel-centric children’s book “High in the Clouds” is being adapted into a feature film. Of course, squirrels can’t actually watch movies, read news on the internet, or even understand the concept of language, but I’m sure they’d be pleased were it explained to them in squirrel terms. But “High in the Clouds” is no ordinary children’s book. It’s one written by Sir Paul McCartney; formed Beatle and current writer of books about squirrels. The story will feature a squirrel on a journey to find Animalia, a legendary animal sanctuary. But the story’s not really what’s important – what’s important is McCartney’s involvement, and that he’ll be writing several songs for the film. That’s all but guaranteed to be the big selling point for »
- Adam Bellotto
Paul McCartney’s children’s book “High in the Clouds” is being developed as an animated movie with former New Line toppers Michael Lynne and Bob Shaye producing through their Unique Features banner with Rgh Entertainment.
McCartney will compose several original songs for the film. Tony Bancroft, whose credits include “Mulan,” will direct the feature from a screenplay by Josh Klausner (“Shrek Forever After”). Evolution will spearhead the global licensing and merchandising campaign for the film.
Lynne said, “We know how special this project is for Sir Paul and how excited he is to be a part of this wonderful, creative collaboration.”
- Dave McNary
Odd List Simon Brew 20 Sep 2013 - 07:14
They don't make funny movies any more, right? Wrong. If you're looking for a laugh, then here are some you may have missed...
For this list, blame The Hangover Part III. It was whilst walking out of that film that I got into a chat with someone, who was bemoaning the lack of genuinely funny movie comedies. Certainly, big budget Hollywood comedies have no end of problems right now - with the occasional exception - but I couldn't help thinking of the many neglected gems that had gone through my DVD player over the past decade or so.
As such, I started to put this list together. It's inevitably subjective, as one person's comedy is another person's snore fest. But I've tried to dig out a mix of comedies from the past three decades that have either flown under the radar completely, or »
I’d like to dedicate this one to my sister Elanor, who’s turning 21 today. I love you, kid.
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After the grim and serious Hunchback Of Notre Dame, Disney lightened the tone considerably with Hercules. Of course, technically it should be Heracles, since Hercules was the roman name, but that’s just one in a long long list of changes Disney made to the Greek myths. There are probably entire websites dedicated to the “mistakes” made by the filmmakers, but hey, artistic licence.
Reuniting the directors of The Great Mouse Detective (1986), The Little Mermaid (1989) and Aladdin (1992), Hercules is one part buddy-movie, one part coming-of-age story, and one large part Rocky-with-sandals, but first and foremost it’s a light-hearted screwball romp with a couple of life lessons thrown in. Production started in late 1994, with character designs based on classical Greek statues, with help »
- Rob Burch
Walt Disney Co. chairman and CEO Bob Iger kicked off the D23 Expo on Friday with a nod to Walt Disney: “Animation will always be the heart of Disney,” he told thousands inside the Anaheim Convention Center’s arena.
“This company was built from (Disney’s) imagination and his extraordinary vision,” Iger said, noting that he’s only the sixth executive to ever run Disney. “Every one of us has done our best to honor his legacy and to stay true to his innovation. … We’re proud of that legacy.”
Iger was clearly in his element on stage Friday, the charming ringleader speaking to the masses of Disney superfans gathered over the next three days to take part in the fanfest Disney produces every other year as its version of Comic-Con. This is the company’s third year hosting D23 across the street from Disneyland. Event runs through Sunday.
- Marc Graser
It's been more than a decade since the 1990s ended, yet the Internet can't seem to go a day without a reminder of the neon slap bracelets that may have been banned from your school.
Yes, we get it. Times are tough and there's comfort in reflection, but enough is enough.
Below, a final goodbye to the 90s to end the nostalgia once and for all. (We're not kidding. There are 1990 items below.)
2. "The Wild Thornberries"
3. Dawson and Joey
5. Mr. Feeny
7. MTV playing music videos
9. The premiere of "Freaks and Geeks"
10. Levar Burton
13. "The Powerpuff Girls"
14. "Smart Guy"
15. Comedy Central globe logo with buildings
16. "The X-Files"
17. Rosie O'Donnell
18. Bill Nye
19. "Dawson's Creek"
20. The Mighty Ducks"
21. "Are You Afraid of the Dark"
23. Rachel Green
24. Tim Allen
25. "All That"
26. "Beverly Hills 90210"
27. "Step by Step"
28. "The Ren & Stimpy Show"
29. "The Famous Jett Jackson"
30. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer »
- The Huffington Post
Soprano Marni Nixon speaks about her not-so-secret roles in some of Hollywood's best-known musicals
Long before another Nixon got mixed up with a secret recording in Washington, Marni Nixon was one of the best-loved voices nobody knew. While stars like Deborah Kerr, Audrey Hepburn and Natalie Wood received the applause and record royalties for their work in musicals such as The King and I, My Fair Lady and West Side Story, it was Nixon's soprano who sang their songs uncredited, often after signing a contract never to disclose the ruse.
Years ago, the secret got out and Nixon became kind of a byword for behind-the-scenes vocal stand-ins, of the type that is used less today. But they still are used, says Nixon, 83. "They just have a cleverer way to do it."
Nixon was speaking by phone from New York before she recently travelled to Maryland to discuss her clandestine work, »
- Roger Catlin
When Despicable Me hit cinemas in 2010 comedian Steve Carell gave us a brilliantly voiced Russian super-villain whose dream in life was to be accepted. He delivered a pitch perfect performance as the bumbling evil mastermind who tries to steal the moon but ends with a lot more than he bargained for! To celebrate the upcoming release of Despicable Me 2 Thn takes a look back at some of our favourite movies in which comic actors have lent their tremendous tones to some of the most entertaining animated characters around.
In 2008’s Kung Fu Panda Jack Black provides the voice for hapless kung fu-loving Po, who accidently manages to be picked as the Kingdom’s new Dragon Warrior. Obvious problems? Po is a rather large furry panda whose only martial arts practice has been in his dreams. The scenes where Po must train with the best »
- Victoria Bull
by Brett White
Ming-Na Wen has already had an impressive career, amassing a dedicated group of fans from her roles in Disney's "Mulan," "ER" and "Stargate Universe." Personally, I'll always remember her for her comedic turn in the mid-90s NBC comedy "The Single Guy." But now Wen finds herself being thrust into a different type of fandom: comic book fandom.
The actress plays Agent Melinda May in this fall's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," and fans have taken notice of the new character thanks to the hearty amount of ass-kicking she does in the show's trailer. In fact, her character has quite the reputation as a bruiser among other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.
"I think what's going to be interesting with her character is you discover her slowly," Wen said to IGN when asked about her character's rep. "She's a bit of a mystery, she's a bit damaged, »
- Splash Page Team
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About a year ago, Filipina superstar (and former Glee phenomenon) Charice got herself a trendy tomboy haircut and an androgynous new wardrobe, and tabloids in the Philippines lost their minds. Last week speculation about her sexuality reached fever pitch, so over the weekend, Charice sat down with Boy Abunda on the celebrity talk show The Buzz and beautifully, bravely confirmed that yes, she is a lesbian.
She broke down in tears as the interview continued, saying:
Now I want to ask forgiveness to those who don’t understand, to those who can’t accept me. I’m sorry. I can understand. For those who will accept and can accept me, thank you very much. And for what I have done I just want to say that I feel that a heavy weight has been lifted from me now (tears up voice slightly breaks »
It's a little weird to watch a trailer for an upcoming Disney cartoon like "Planes" and hear among the characters the voice of Dane Cook. What's a typically adults-only comic like Cook doing in the G-rated world of a Disney animated feature?
Well, maybe it's not that weird. After all, the family-friendly studio has a history, going back 60 years, of casting performers from the world of grown-up entertainment in its cartoons, and most have proved they can be fun and kid-safe in fantasy worlds far from smoky nightclubs. In fact, Disney and Pixar's classic cartoons are full of unlikely voice actors -- not just blue comics but also performers cast radically against type, and even people not considered actors at all.
Cook, then, joins a distinguished list of stars you'd never have expected to find in a Disney cartoon feature, as you can see from the gallery below.
Gallery | Unlikely »
- Moviefone Staff
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