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Daniel Day-Lewis and 11 Other Movie Stars Who Walked Away From Successful Careers

Daniel Day-Lewis and 11 Other Movie Stars Who Walked Away From Successful Careers
After winning three Academy Awards and establishing himself as one of the world's greatest living actors, Daniel Day-Lewis issued a statement last week announcing that he was retiring from acting, and that the film he recently completed, director Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread, would be his last film performance.

The decision came as a shock to fans of the 60-year-old actor and father of three, many of whom feel like he has a lot more to offer in the way of brilliant performances. However, he's far from the first star to retire before his or her time. Here's a look at just a few major stars, throughout the history of Hollywood, who have walked away from their careers in search of something different.

Watch: Daniel Day-Lewis Announces Retirement From Acting, Final Film 'Phantom Thread' to Premiere This Christmas

1. Sean Connery

20th Century Fox

After a long career playing everything from James Bond to romantic leads, Connery
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Lilo & Stitch Turns 15: Can You Find 22 Easter Eggs and Hidden Mickeys?

Lilo & Stitch Turns 15: Can You Find 22 Easter Eggs and Hidden Mickeys?
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...
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Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas Are Returning as Bob & Doug McKenzie in July

Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas Are Returning as Bob & Doug McKenzie in July
Rick Moranis doesn’t think of himself as retired, but with has last feature film performance being a voice in the 2003 animated feature Brother Bear (followed by a straight to video sequel), the Ghostbusters and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids star has certainly been out of the limelight for a long time now. That’s why […]

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Disney's Frozen Won't Get a Live-Action Reboot Anytime Soon

Beauty and the Beast is in theaters this weekend, and it's the umpteenth time Disney has rebooted one of their animated classics with a live-action cast. The movie has already made bank it its opening day, and Disney isn't about to stop this trend anytime soon. There are live-action reboots of Aladdin, Dumbo, and the Little Mermaid all in various stages of production right now. And more are expected to be announced before the year is over. But there is one movie you can scratch off the list. And that's the 2013 blockbuster smash hit Frozen.

So you can stop sweating and worrying about whether Disney is going to give this fairy tale a humanized rebuff. Also off the list for any immediate Disney live-action reboot are the movies The Emperor's New Groove, Lilo & Stitch, Brother Bear, Bolt and The Princess and the Frog. You can scratch Tangled and Big Hero 6 off that list.
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‘The Most Beautiful Shots in The History of Disney’ Highlights ‘Snow White,’ ‘Moana’ and Everything in Between — Watch

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‘The Most Beautiful Shots in The History of Disney’ Highlights ‘Snow White,’ ‘Moana’ and Everything in Between — Watch
Disney has its fair share of detractors, but few of them would point to the animation studio’s craft when criticizing the occasional sameness of its fairy tales and princess stories. Video essayist Jorge Luengo Ruiz has put together a six-minute video highlighting some of the best shots from more than 40 animated Disney offerings, from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” all the way to last year’s “Moana.” Both the video and a list of the featured movies are below. (via Film School Rejects)

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937)

“Pinocchio” (1940)

“Fantasia” (1940)

“Dumbo” (1941)

“Bambi” (1942)

“Cinderella” (1950)

Alice in Wonderland” (1951)

“Peter Pan” (1953)

Lady and the Tramp” (1955)

Sleeping Beauty” (1959)

One Hundred and One Dalmatians” (1961)

The Sword in the Stone” (1963)

The Jungle Book” (1967)

“The Aristocats” (1970)

“Robin Hood
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Animated Movie Music Features Everything From Pop Hits to a Broadway Star

Animated Movie Music Features Everything From Pop Hits to a Broadway Star
New songs, covers of old songs, chart-topping singers, Broadway tunesmiths: musically speaking, this year’s crop of animated movies has a little of everything. Both “Trolls” and “Sing” feature lavishly produced covers of classic songs. “Sing” features no fewer than 65 tunes, of which just 20 are the original master recordings; the other 45 not only needed to be cleared but arranged, performed, and animated.

It was a two-year process, says executive music producer Harvey Mason Jr., a Grammy-winning songwriter and producer whose resume includes everyone from Justin Bieber to Beyonce. “It was the craziest job ever,” he says. “We did some of the songs eight or nine different times in different ways.”

Because “Sing” is about a vocal competition, the settings ranged from auditions to a singing, dancing finale. Characters include a punk-rock porcupine (Scarlett Johansson), a Sinatra-esque mouse (Seth MacFarlane), a soulful gorilla (Taron Egerton), a shy elephant (Tori Kelly), and
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Movie Review – Moana (2016)

Moana, 2016.

Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker.

Featuring the voice talents of Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Jemaine Clement, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Alan Tudyk and Nicole Scherzinger.

Synopsis:

A young woman uses her navigational talents to set sail for a fabled island. Joining her on the adventure is her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui.

Ron Clements and John Musker largely define the millennials’ idea of Disney. Having directed The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Hercules, they are integral to the modern Disney catalogue. And for the last few years, co-directors Don Hall and Chris Williams (Oscar-winners for Big Hero 6) have helped keep Disney on top of their game. As a group of creative minds, Moana was due to be a shining example of what Disney can do, and it most certainly is. It brings together all the right ingredients to maintain that winning formula. It isn’t attempting anything different,
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‘Moana’ Offers Lin-Manuel Miranda a Break From ‘Hamilton’

‘Moana’ Offers Lin-Manuel Miranda a Break From ‘Hamilton’
During his entire run in “Hamilton,” actor-writer-composer Lin-Manuel Miranda wasn’t only thinking about political leaders in 18th-century America. His mind was also on islanders in the South Pacific some 2,000 years ago.

That’s because he’s the primary songwriter on Disney’s animated “Moana.” “It was like a joyous break. I don’t have to deal with American history, I don’t have to deal with facts,” he remembers thinking. “I’m going to go write really wonderful songs for a totally different part of the world.”

Miranda joins Samoan-born Opetaia Tavita Foa‘i, who with his vocal group Te Vaka provides many of the ethnic colors of the “Moana” music; and Mark Mancina, whose Disney track record includes “Tarzan” and “Brother Bear” and who collaborated with both, produced all the songs, and scored the film.

Just as Disney animated features have transported audiences to Africa (“The Lion King
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‘Household Pests,’ ‘Mean Margaret’ Movies Receive Backing

United Media Capital has formed a joint venture fund with Pigmental Studios and United Independents Group to co-finance a slate of animated and live action films, Variety has learned exclusively.

The first two films will be animated titles “Household Pests” and “Mean Margaret.” Sergio Pablos, the co-creator of “Despicable Me,” is producing “Household Pests” with Marina Martins of Pigmental Studios, Dennis Lorrig, Robert Rodriguez, George Malasek and John Cole.

Household Pests,” based on an original idea from Pablos, follows an imaginative boy who battles monsters under his bed every night, while his mother refuses to believe that they exist. An undercover monster exterminator helps the boy save his town.

Mean Margaret” is based on the children’s book of the same name. That film is being produced by Jay Ahn and Chris Henderson (“Return to Neverland”) with Chuck Williams (“Brother Bear”) managing for new studio Astro-Nomical Entertainment.

Mean Margaret” is
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Jeff Shell: DreamWorks Animation Deal Turns Chris Meledandri into Universal’s John Lasseter

NBCUniversal has big plans for Chris Meledandri to serve as the creative guru overseeing its animation operations, Jeff Shell, chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, told Variety on Thursday.

NBCU parent Comcast’s $3.8 billion investment in DreamWorks Animation, announced Thursday, is a bold bid to challenge Disney in the family film space. But the studio is being careful to stress that the new acquisition isn’t intended to edge out Meledandri, whose Illumination Entertainment is responsible for the studio’s “Despicable Me” franchise.

“The model that we’re trying to use is John Lasseter,” said Shell, referencing the Pixar co-founder who oversees the creative direction of both Pixar and Disney Animation.

“Chris has built Illumination from scratch, so we want to make sure that whatever we do with Chris, we don’t lose the special sauce that made that place so fantastic,” he added. “The number one most important thing
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Today in Movie Culture: The Best of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Disney's 'The Revenant' and More

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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Movie Studio Showcase of the Day: Get pumped for Captain America: Civil War with this great supercut of the best of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (via Live for Films):   Casting Depiction of the Day: Speaking of the McU, Nathan Fillion was revealed this week to be playing Wonder Man in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, so here's BossLogic's depiction of what he could look like:   Reworked Movie of the Day: What if The Revenant was a Disney animated feature? It might look like this redone trailer using footage from Brother Bear (via Cinematic Montage Creators):   Location Vacation of the Day: Relax to the sights and sounds of Dagobah in this 94-minute...

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10 Easter Eggs Hidden in Disney Animated Movies

We've already talked today about the April Fools' Day video that Disney/Pixar released, but now ScreenRant has one that points out some of the Easter Eggs you might not have noticed in Disney animated features. I've never heard about a few of these (then again, I've never even seen Brother Bear, let alone heard it had a Finding Nemo connection), so maybe you'll learn something new. That's cool about the tie between Paperman and Wreck-It Ralph — I love both of those films.
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Animation Producer Igor Khait Dies at 52

Igor Khait, an animation producer in film and television for 25 years, died Monday at his home in Los Angeles, after a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 52.

Khait began his career in 1989 at Amblin Entertainment, and eventually worked at many of the industry’s top animation studios, mentoring many others along the way. Until recently, he had been in Paris working as a co-producer on Illumination Entertainment’s upcoming animated feature “Sing” for Universal Pictures. Additional credits include co-producer on the Touchstone/Rocket Pictures 2011 animated musical comedy “Gnomeo & Juliet”; story department co-producer on “The Lego Movie”; producer on “Everyone’s Hero” from Idt Entertainment/Starz Animation; producer on Disney’s “Leroy and Stitch”; and associate producer on Walt Disney Studios’ “Brother Bear,” a 2004 Academy Award nominee for best animated feature.

Khait was production manager on Disney’s “Atlantis, the Lost Empire,” Warner Bros.’ “Quest for Camelot” and Paramount’s “Bebe’s Kids.
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Igor Khait Dies: Veteran Animation Producer Was 52

Igor Khait, an animation producer whose credits include Gnomeo & Juliet and the upcoming feature Sing, died Monday of pancreatic cancer at his Los Angeles home. He was 52. After launching his career at Amblin Entertainment in 1989, Khait served as production manager on the toon features Bebe's Kids (1992), Quest for Camelot (1998) and Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001). His next gig was as associate producer on Disney’s Brother Bear, which earned an Oscar nom for Best…
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‘Zootopia’ Box Office Success Proof of Disney Animation Renaissance

‘Zootopia’ Box Office Success Proof of Disney Animation Renaissance
With its back to a wall, the Walt Disney Company shelled out $7.6 billion in 2006 to buy Pixar, the animation powerhouse behind “Toy Story” and “Finding Nemo.”

This weekend, the smashing success of “Zootopia” confirmed the wisdom of that decade-old acquisition. It continues a string of box office hits such as “Tangled,” “Big Hero 6,” “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Frozen” that might not have been possible had Disney not absorbed Pixar and its brain trust.

Although they were released under the Walt Disney Animation Studios banner, Pixar’s DNA — a double helix of artistic daring and technological innovation — is evident in all of these films. That makes sense given that as part of the Pixar purchase, the company’s leaders Ed Catmull and John Lasseter assumed responsibility for all of Disney’s animated output.

“What they have focused on in each of these films is having an original voice and an original story,
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Frozen Holiday Special to Air on ABC; Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel to Return

Frozen Holiday Special to Air on ABC; Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel to Return
For the first time in forever, Elsa, Anna and the gang are coming to the small screen.

ABC announced Tuesday that it will air an original animated Frozen special, serving as a follow-up to the insanely popular 2013 film.

RelatedFrozen‘s Olaf to Visit Sofia the First

The currently untitled project will once again feature the voices of Idina Menzel as Elsa, Kristen Bell as Anna, Jonathan Groff as Kristoff, Josh Gad as Olaf and Frank Welker as Sven.

This next chapter in the Frozen story will be directed by Emmy winners Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton (Brother Bear) and
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The Ten Best Rick Moranis Movies

In 1997, actor Rick Moranis made the really respectful and admirable choice of leaving acting after his wife had passed away from cancer in order to focus more on raising their kids. Since he essentially “retired,” Moranis has done some voice acting in animated films like Brother Bear and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys, but he’s really been out of the limelight since hitting it big in the 80s and 90s with movies like Parenthood and, obviously, Ghostbusters. With the news coming out weeks ago that the creators of Ghostbusters want to make a third

The Ten Best Rick Moranis Movies
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‘Household Pests,’ ‘Mean Margaret’ Animated Movies in the Works

Sega’s Marza Animation Planet and Pigmental Studios are developing a pair of animation projects — “Household Pests” and “Mean Margaret” — with IM Global on board to handle sales.

“Household Pests” is based on an original idea by “Despicable Me” co-creator Sergio Pablos about an imaginative boy and his battles with the monsters that lurk under his bed. Pablos of Spa Studios and Marina Martins of Pigmental Studios are producing with pre-production taking place between Spain and Pigmental’s studio in Washington, D.C. and in collaboration with Marza in Los Angeles.

“Mean Margaret” is based on the children’s book by Tor Seidler. Margaret is a cranky human toddler from a family of nine who is chucked out of her home by her beleaguered parents until two woodchucks, Phoebe and Fred, take Margaret in as their own.

Producers are Jay Ahn (“The Nut Job”) and Chuck Williams (“Brother Bear”), who
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Rick Moranis Passed on 'Ghostbusters' Reboot Cameo

Rick Moranis Passed on 'Ghostbusters' Reboot Cameo
When the highly-anticipated Ghostbusters reboot hits theaters next year, fans will get to see the original stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver in cameo roles, portraying completely different characters. One of the original stars who won't be coming back is Rick Moranis, who hasn't appeared in an on-screen role since 1997's Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves. During a wide-ranging interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the actor debunked rumors that he has retired, adding that Paul Feig offered him a cameo in his Ghostbusters reboot, but he wasn't interested.

"I wish them well. I hope it's terrific. But it just makes no sense to me. Why would I do just one day of shooting on something I did 30 years ago? I took a break, which turned into a longer break. But I'm interested in anything that I would find interesting. I still get the occasional query about a film or television role,
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Cecil the lion gets a heartwarming tribute from The Lion King artist

Cecil the lion gets a heartwarming tribute from The Lion King artist
Cecil the lion, whose recent death at the hands of a hunter sparked global outrage, has received a moving tribute from an Oscar-nominated animator who worked on The Lion King.

Aaron Blaise, who has worked on Disney classics such as Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin, posted an Instagram picture of his drawing of Cecil.

My homage to Cecil the lion. #cecil #cecilthelion #Thelionking

A photo posted by Aaron Blaise (@aaronblaiseart) on Jul 30, 2015 at 10:21am Pdt

Alongside this was a time lapse video of how he drew the lion, which resembles Mufasa, Simba's father in The Lion King.

Blaise also includes a quote from Mufasa: "Look at the stars. The great kings of the past look down upon us from those stars."

Cecil, who was being studied by Oxford University, was killed in the Zimbabwe national park in July by American dentist and hunting enthusiast Walter Palmer. Since then,
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