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Can you believe Lilo & Stitch is 15 years old? Walt Disney Feature Animation's instant classic surfed into theaters on June 21, 2002 and went on to earn $273.1 million at the global box office. Directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, the family film featured the voice talents of Zoe Caldwell, Tia Carrere, Daveigh Chase, Jason Scott Lee, Kevin McDonald, David Ogden Stiers, Ving Rhames and Kevin Michael Richardson. Lilo & Stitch was the second of three animated features produced primarily at Disney-mgm Studios in Walt Disney World near Orlando, after 1998's Mulan and before 2003's Brother Bear. The movie was so successful that a direct-to-video sequel, Stitch! The Movie, was released on »
18 June 2017 8:21 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The announcement was made during a signing ceremony on day two of the Shanghai International Film Festival.
Inspired by the famed Harbin ice festival in northern China, Songhua is based on themes from Chinese folklore, the producers say. The film is set in ancient China, in a mythical world of ice, and the story follows a quick-witted spirit who helps a young »
- Patrick Brzeski
16 June 2017 1:39 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
What would happen if you bit into an animal cracker and turned into … an animal?
That’s the main premise of Animal Crackers, a high-concept, low-budget animated feature from directors Scott Christian Sava (Casper the Friendly Ghost) and Tony Bancroft (Mulan), who provide an efficient if rather boilerplate circus-themed storyline to answer what feels like a silly question to begin with.
As a movie that was entirely inspired by a popular junk food — expect sequels starring gummy bears and caramel pecan turtles — Animal Crackers, which premiered in competition at the Annecy Film Festival, could be considered passable enough, though »
- Jordan Mintzer
Annecy, France — Scott Christian Sava‘s U.S.-based Blue Dream Studios has kicked-off pre-production on animated feature “Pet Robots.” First designs, pictured above, and to which Variety has had exclusive access, are by Carter Goodrich, a double Annie winner in for character design for “The Croods,” and “Ratatouille.”
“Pet Robots” is about a school-class which goes on a field trip to the Rooty Tooty Toy Factory where four of the kids get separated from their class and discover four soldier robots that bond with them and follow them home. But the owner of the Rooty Tooty Toy Factory, Vandenburger Meisterburger, wants them back, obviously,
- Emilio Mayorga
When Joe Dante was asked about supporting the effort to secure a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Jerry Goldsmith, the director – who had worked with the respected composer on nine films over 20 years – said he was “flabbergasted” to realize Goldsmith didn’t already have one.
On May 9, the Oscar- and Emmy-winning composer of such classics as “Chinatown,” “Planet of the Apes,” “Patton” and dozens more will receive his star, posthumously, on Hollywood Boulevard just east of Highland Avenue. Goldsmith died in 2004.
Few filmmakers would disagree. Paul Verhoeven, who did “Total Recall,” “Basic Instinct” and “Hollow Man” with Goldsmith, recalls: “Every film was a new adventure, as Jerry was able to adapt to the most diverse narratives and styles. He never repeated himself, always looking for new, »
- Jon Burlingame
Katie Smith-Wong May 31, 2017
With plans afoot for a live action take on Mulan, we look at the challenges facing Disney...
After more than 50 years of making animated features, Disney have now turned their attention to live-action adaptations of their famous films. After releases such as 101 Dalmatians (1996), Maleficent (2014) and Cinderella (2015), the studio's new creative direction has earned critical acclaim and financial success. It is also making its mark on the global box office, as the recently released Beauty And The Beast remake has earned small change in the region of $1.2bn and counting.
Among the upcoming remakes planned is Mulan, which already has fans of the 1998 Disney film debating about its faithfulness to the animated feature. That's especially so given reports about director Niki Caro's indecisiveness regarding the inclusion of songs such as Honour To Us All and I'll Make A Man Out Of You, as well as the »
“It’s so fun being evil,” the actress gushed to Et’s Leanne Aguilera during a recent Facebook Live. “I’m just realizing that everybody likes the bad guys. It’s so weird, they love us being evil!”
Wen’s character is one of the agents who took a dark turn in S.H.I.E.L.D.’s third and final “pod” of episodes this season, thanks to the Framework -- an alternate, virtual reality constructed by Dr. Radcliffe (John Hannah) and perfected by his android assistant, Aida (Mallory Jansen), who quickly overtook her human master to seize the reins of the fabricated world.
“Aida has taken one regret out of each of our characters, and you would think that would help to make these characters have a »
The Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star, who first lent her voice to Mulan in the beloved 1998 animated Disney movie, stopped by Et's studios on Tuesday for a live Facebook interview and revealed if the upcoming remake has her blessing.
"Wow! I wish I could say that it needs it," Wen said with a smile. "But I'm very excited that they want to do a live-action because they've done so amazingly with all of the movies -- from Maleficent, to Beauty and the Beast, to Cinderella. I'm really looking forward to the live-action."
More: Disney Announces Release Date for Live-Action 'Mulan'
The ABC star added that there is one thing that she's definitely "hoping for" in the next Mulan. "I would love to have a part in it in some way," she said. "We'll see -- knock on wood!'
Wen, who »
Normani Kordei completely stole the show during Dancing With the Stars's Disney night on Monday. The Fifth Harmony singer was the epitome of fierce as she danced to "I'll Make a Man Out of You" from Mulan alongside her partner, Val Chmerkovskiy. Not only was her paso doble practically perfect, but she managed to bring her own flair with some sassy high kicks. Even better? Donny Osmond, who appeared on the movie's original soundtrack and won season nine of DWTS, even made a special appearance for the number. The rest of the competition better watch out, because Normani means business. »
- Kelsie Gibson
It was Disney Week on Monday's Dancing With the Stars, and that meant a lot of beautiful costumes, intricate dances, ornate set designs and a whole lot of nostalgia-fueled magic.
Check out which stars paid the most epic tribute to the Disney classics that inspired their routines, and which contestant was sent home after a night of impressive performances.
Watch: 'DWTS' Week 5 Preview: Bonner Bolton's 'Very Different' Tango, Normani Kordei's 'Macho' Moves & More!
1. Rashad Jennings Shows Off His Beast Side
While the performance -- which was based on Belle's iconic ballroom dance with the eponymous Beast -- was majestic, many of the judges felt Jennings' footwork and timing could have used improvement, and they ended up with a score of 32 out of 40, one »
In the highly likely event that you’re still recovering from last week’s Most Memorable Year theme, Dancing With the Stars followed that up on Monday with the perfect chaser: Disney Night. (Thanks, corporate synergy!)
This week, it was once again time to bust out the Mickey Mouse ears and CGI’d woodland creatures, as each contestant performed a routine inspired by Disney’s box office successes. (In other words: literally any Disney movie.)
Below, let’s run through the evening’s strongest and weakest dances:
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Best Of The Night
Normani Kordei and »
The magic of Disney is coming to life in the ballroom!
It's week five of Dancing With the Stars, and the remaining nine couples will each be dancing to catchy tunes while dressed as some of the brand's most iconic characters as "Disney Night" kicks off Monday at 8 p.m. Et on ABC.
Ahead of their sure-to-be fun, lively and energetic performances, Et's breaking down everything you need to know!
Watch: 'Dancing With the Stars' Week 4 Dance Recap: Best Lifts, Kicks, Tricks and Flips!
Who's on top of the leaderboard?
Who's in danger of elimination?
Erika Jayne and Gleb Savchenko were in the bottom two last week, and after receiving the lowest score (30/40) from the judges during Most Memorable Year night, we have a feeling this might be it for #TeamPrettyXxspensive. However, [link »
It might not happen until 2018 but rest assured you’re probably going to see Szechuan McNugget sauce back at McDonald’s. The reason? None other than Rick and Morty. On April 1st, Rick and Morty surprised the world by airing their first episode of season 3. But little did people pay attention to a tweet they aimed at McDonald’s. The tweet was a McDonald’s “Mulan” commercial that aired in 1998. The show asked McDonald’s “You wanna get in on this? Call Me.” Check out the tweets below: McDonald's "Mulan" Commercial (1998) https://t.co/A4xtuikACC — Rick (((and Morty))) (@RickandMorty) April 2, 2017 @RickandMorty
McDonald’s Bringing Back Szechuan McNugget Sauce Because of Rick and Morty »
- Nat Berman
Okay, forgive the emotional whiplash, but now it seems that Disney’s live-action adaptation of Mulan just might featuring singing. Or not. Let’s just say, it’s unclear at this point. What we do know is that director Niki Caro is walking back the comment she made that it has “no songs right now.” While that sounds fairly self-explanatory, Caro is now arguing it was misconstrued. Basically, at this point she has no idea whether the movie will incorporate Matthew Wilder and David Zippel’s catchy tunes from the 1998 animated version. ”We’ve never talked about songs, and no decision has been made,” she explained in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
For what it’s worth, the studio’s now incredibly successful Beauty And The Beast remake wasn’t going to be a musical but then Frozen came along and turned phenomenon. Given the fervor over ...
- Esther Zuckerman
Mulan without music? As Mushu said in the 1998 animated feature, "That's it! Dishonor! Dishonor on your whole family! Dishonor on you. Dishonor on your cow..." (You get the idea.) Much to the delight of fans, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures is developing a live-action adaptation of the hit movie. But, over the weekend, those same fans went into a frenzy after Niki Caro told Moviefone the new version—slated for release on Nov. 2, 2018—will not include any music. "From what I understand, no songs right now," she said, "much to the horror of my children." The director did elicit some excitement from fans when described the new Mulan as a "big, girly martial arts epic. It »
Image Source: Everett Collection Beauty and the Beast is one of Disney's most timeless classics, but there's a lot about the animated film that you might not have realized. For instance, do you know exactly what kind of animal the Beast was based on? Or his real name? The reboot is absolutely gorgeous and has a few interesting updates, but for now, let's revisit all of the interesting tidbits that make the 1991 film so great. Jackie Chan dubbed the voice of the Beast for Chinese-speaking countries. He provided vocals for both the Beast's speaking and singing parts! Chip originally had only one line. The producers liked 9-year-old actor Bradley Pierce's voice so much that they asked to expand the role. He also wasn't supposed to be a teacup. Early drawings of the character saw him as a music box who could only communicate by his chiming musical notes. Belle's »
- Quinn Keaney
Almost 20 years later - yes, 20 years (cries into pillow) - a live-action version of Mulan is in the works with director Niki Caro at the helm. The original animation is extremely empowering to women, so it's awesome that a female will be behind the lens, controlling our favorite childhood warrior princess's portrayal this time around. As we await our modernized heroine, and her potentially CGI-animated companions Mushu and Cri-Kee, we can look back fondly on the Disney original - because let's be real, we all still revert back to our 7-year-old Capri Sun-loving selves when "I'll Make a Man Out Of You" comes on Pandora. Now that we know when the reimagined film will premiere, let's take a look at nine facts you probably never knew about Disney's first Asian princess and Og girl-power-charged badass. The story of Mulan was originally a folk song. The legend of Mulan was derived from "The Ballad of Mulan, »
- Jessica Ariel Wendroff
The film has been fast-tracked into production with Jason Reed attached to produce along with Chris Bender and Jake Weiner. Hong Kong-based producer Bill Kong will executive produce the movie, which is set to bow on Nov. 2, 2018.
The studio’s emphasis on live-action reboots follows the successes of “Maleficent” (2014) and “Cinderella” (2015), while “Beauty and the Beast” is already one of the most anticipated movies of the year. The first official “Beauty and the Beast” trailer in November scored a record 127.6 million views in its first 24 hours. The movie, starring Emma Watson, Luke Evans, and Dan Stevens, »
- Justin Kroll
The March 5 episode of “NCIS: Los Angeles” will feature a version of the Bob Dylan song “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” performed by Ferrer’s band the Jenerators and sung by Ferrer. A title card remembering Ferrer will be displayed at the episode’s end.
In a statement last month following Ferrer’s death, “NCIS: Los Angeles” showrunner R. Scott Gemmill said, “Today, ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ lost a beloved family member. Miguel was a man of tremendous talent who had a powerful dramatic presence on screen, a wicked sense of humor, and a huge heart.”
Ferrer’s other live-action TV roles included “Twin Peaks,” “Shannon »
- Daniel Holloway
Ryan Lambie Jan 20, 2017
We're sad to report that American actor Miguel Ferrer has died at the age of 61.
One of America's great character actors, Miguel Ferrer has died at the age of 61, we're sorry to announce. Many will remember him for his signature turn as Bob Morton in the 1987 classic RoboCop: the slick, ambitious Ocp executive who creates the film's title law enforcer and inadvertently gets on the wrong side of the villainous Dick Jones (Ronny Cox).
That film was but one stand-out in an immensely busy career: through the 1980s, brief roles in such shows as Magnum Pi and Cagney & Lacey eventually led to his recurring part as FBI agent Albert Rosenfield in David Lynch's brilliantly surreal thriller series, Twin Peaks. Ferrer reprised the role in Lynch's 1992 film spin-off Fire Walk With Me, and returned once again as Rosenfeld in the first episode of the Twin Peaks revival series. »
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