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Spellbound, the animated test movie from Amazon Studios features five original songs. We asked producer Kevin Bannerman (Anastasia, Ice Age) on the role the songs played and how it shaped the film.
How do songs help shape a movie?
It helps shape the movie’s tone. They can often show screenwriters a side of the character that hasn’t been explored. With a lyricist, the characters can develop a sense of humor and personality through their songs.
What song is the most pivotal in the movie?
Each song is unique in its own way because each individual song has its own special reason for being. “New Breeze Blowing” is important because it takes the relationship between Lottie and Bastien to new heights (pun intended). But “The Road to Riches” is just as important for several reasons: it gives us an insight into Horace, it allows Lottie and Horace to have »
Mandy Moore turns the big 3-0 today!The pop star first entered the music scene in 1999 when she released her first single, "Candy" off of her debut album "So Real." The album rapidly reached platinum certification, and she went on to release three more albums before parting ways with her record label in 2003. Following a successful music career, the singer-songwriter switched her focus to acting and made her film debut in the 2001 film "Dr. Dolittle 2," before staring alongside Anne Hathaway in the "The Princess Diaries" later that year. In 2002, the singer-turned-actress landed her first starring role playing Jamie Sullivan in the movie adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ novel "A Walk to Remember," which also spawned a soundtrack filled with songs she performed.On the heels of her breakthrough performance, the brunette beauty appeared in various films, such as "Chasing Liberty," "Saved!" and "How to Deal," and later voiced the character »
- tooFab Staff
While there has been much talk recently about additional "Frozen" sequels, there's been hardly any talk of a sequel to Disney's "Wreck-It Ralph," the animated film that came in between princess blockbusters "Tangled" and "Frozen." Apparently someone has been talking about it, though. In an interview with Collider, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier's" super composer Henry Jackman let slip that he believes Disney is working on a follow-up to their video game-inspired hit "Wreck-It Ralph." I'm gonna wreck it!
When Collider asked if Jackman had heard anything about a sequel to the film, which starred John C. Reilly as the titular bad guy and star of a "Donkey Kong"-style game who goes on a quest to become a hero, Jackman surprisingly said that, yes, he had heard about something going on (although he's pretty fuzzy about the particulars).
"I did, to be honest with you. I can't tell you more, »
- Drew Taylor
ABC wants to expand Good Morning America to three hours, the New York Daily News claims, which would let it compete against the four hour Today Show. The article gets confusing, however, since it seems to discuss local programming
Own has ordered Tulsa, a mini-series starring Octavia Spencer about the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 that left one of the wealthiest African-American communities destroyed. The event has been suppressed from the history books until recently. Additionally, Toni Braxton will star in the channel’s upcoming movie about Darlene Love.
Which musicians have benefited the most from judging reality shows?
David Letterman‘s resignation announcement has prompted the expected speculation about his potential replacement. That includes Vulture‘s call for Neil Patrick Harris, Slate‘s argument for Ellen DeGeneres and Think Progress’ list of 12 unexpected suggestions.
Amid all the speculation about Letterman’s replacement, »
- Lyle Masaki
Disney's take on Rapunzel is our critic's family favourite – even if the children have outgrown it
There comes a time in every man's life when he needs to grow up, settle down and leave childish pursuits behind. I reached this stage belatedly, in my mid-30s, and have since securely set up shop. Behold this shining example of middle-aged manhood, this imposing bulwark of macho respectability. I now sit on a couch, invariably wearing sweatpants, watching films about cartoon frogs and Disney princesses.
I'm blaming parenthood; that's the easiest excuse. Parenthood has a lot to answer for. It warps your taste and alters your viewing habits and forces you into close textual analysis of films with titles such as Barbie and the Diamond Castle, or Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue, to the point where you actually start to be engrossed by them. »
- Xan Brooks
Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary surrounded by friends. The duo, who tied the knot March 10, 2009, kicked off their celebration with Moore's Bff Minka Kelly, among others, who posted a shot from the '50s prom themed bash on Instagram Saturday. "The girlzzzz Happiest Anniversary @mandymooremm & Ryan!!!," she captioned the snap, which showed the Tangled star, Kelly, and a group of other girl friends dressed up in hats and retro garb for the themed bash. For the fete, Moore opted for a sparkly strapless dress paired with a straw hat, while Kelly donned a floral dress with a huge polka dot bow. "Celebrating love w the greatest friends and »
Congratulations, Mandy Moore! Five years ago today, the Tangled star and her singer-songwriter hubby Ryan Adams tied the knot...and they are still going strong! The actress commemorated the happy occasion Instagramming a pic of the couple's marriage license with the caption, "The best 5 years....." The duo wed in a private ceremony in Georgia on March 10, 2009, when the groom was 34 and the bride was only 24. The lovebirds have remained pretty low-key about their relationship, but the now 29-year-old definitely isn't shy about professing her love for her man on social media. For his 39th birthday in November, the A Walk to Remember actress posted an adorable photo with her other half »
On the same day it won two Academy Awards including Best Animated Feature, Frozen, Walt Disney Animation Studios' 53rd feature film, crossed $1 billion at the worldwide box office. The biggest non-sequel animated film ever released and the second biggest animated film of all time globally, Frozen has earned an estimated $388.8 million at the domestic box office and $611.5 million internationally for a global total of $1,000.3 million. It is The Walt Disney Studios' seventh release to reach the $1 billion mark, joining Marvel's The Avengers and Iron Man 3, Disney's second and fourth Pirates of the Caribbean films, Disney•Pixar's Toy Story 3, and Disney's Alice in Wonderland.
Here's what The Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn had to say about Frozen's box office milestone in a statement.
"With Frozen, we knew we had something truly special on our hands, and it has connected with fans and filmgoers around the world in »
The Little Mermaid is usually credited with kick-starting Disney’s first animation renaissance, but this often-discussed period started 3 years prior with The Great Mouse Detective. Similarly, Disney’s second animation renaissance has been credited to Frozen and Tangled when it started years earlier. While it is convenient to think that all Disney needed was Idina Menzel and a great power ballad to rediscover their movie musical roots, the path that led to Frozen’s nearly $1 billion box-office gross worldwide has been rough and messy with one major loss for the company along the way.
Good – The Princess and the Frog
In many ways, The Princess and the Frog serves as a bridge between The Little Mermaid and Frozen. The story is based on a Brothers Grimm fairy tale. For casting, they chose actors like Anika Noni Rose and Michael Leon-Wooley who are better known on Broadway than for work on the big screen, »
- Rachel Kolb
This story first appeared in the Feb. 21 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Walt Disney Animation Studios is on a roll that began with 2010's Tangled and continued with 2012's Wreck-It Ralph. And now with Frozen -- the $150 million movie has grossed $914 million worldwide -- Disney's re-energized animation unit is even overshadowing its corporate sibling at Pixar. Andrew Millstein, 53, who oversees day-to-day operations of the 800-person animation unit, credits the changes that Pixar chiefs John Lasseter and Ed Catmull put in place when they took on the additional titles of chief creative officer
- Gregg Kilday
Disney's smash animated musical "Frozen" could have featured a much darker version of Elsa, if early concept art is any indication.
Former Disney animator Claire Keane, who worked on flicks including "Tangled" and "Frozen," has been unveiling exploratory "Frozen" sketches on her website, including an Elsa inspired by a surprising source: Amy Winehouse. The images, which feature a blue-skinned and -haired Elsa with the late singer's signature bouffant, are a far cry from the blonde Elsa that audiences saw on the big screen.
Keane wrote that the sketches were "inspired by Amy Winehouse's pathos," and that she "imagined [Elsa] to have a deep, soulful voice and dramatic mood swings."
The concept art is super fun, and inspires lots of "what ifs," though if "Frozen"'s gigantic »
- Katie Roberts
With the animated film surpassing “The Lion King” as Walt Disney Animation’s highest-grossing toon to date, the Mouse House is developing new ways to expand what it already considers a new franchise.
“There’s a lot of active development,” on new iterations of “Frozen,” said Walt Disney Co. Chief Bob Iger on Wednesday during an earnings call to discuss the company’s strong first quarter results. “You will see ‘Frozen’ in more places than you see today,” including as an adaptation for Broadway, sequels and integrations into its theme parks, videogames and other opportunities.
“This has real franchise potential,” Iger said. “We expect to see not just new product but continued interest in this and continued impact on the bottom line for quite awhile. Its success speaks volumes »
- Marc Graser
One of the bright spots this past film year was the success of Disney’s Frozen. On the strength of it’s more modern princesses and an infectious score, the film set box office records and has garnered two Oscar nominations, Animated Feature and Best Original Song for “Let It Go”, its infectious hit. In honor of Frozen’s nomination, we figured it was time to take a look at the history of animated movies in Original Song.
The history of animated films picking up nominations and wins in Best Original Song is a tale as old as time (see what I did there?). Since the 1930s, animated films have won this award 13 times and over 50 nominations, which you can see below. This is an even greater feat when you think about the consideration that animated films get when lists of musicals are made (they »
- Terence Johnson
Golden Globe winners Chris Colfer (Fox’s “Glee,” Struck By Lightning) and Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters, Tangled) will lend their voices to Marza Animation Planet Inc.’s first original 3D CG animated film, Robodog, to be directed by Oscar nominated Henry F. Anderson III (Stuart Little, Gnomeo & Juliet), it was announced today by Marza’s CEO, Masanao Maeda.
Written by Robert Reece (The Little Mermaid: Ariel’S Beginning) and William Schneider, Robodog is produced by Paul Wang (Astro Boy) and will be edited by studio veteran Tom Finan (DreamWorks’ upcoming Mr. Peabody & Sherman).
Currently in pre-production with voiceover work set to start on February 1st, UK-based Timeless Films is handling international rights to the project, and will present it to buyers at next month’s European Film Market in Berlin.
Robodog is a classic, heart-warming adventure story about an unlikely duo who couldn’t be more different. »
- Michelle McCue
Timeless Films is handling international rights and will present “Robodog” to buyers at next month’s European Film Market in Berlin.
Colfer’s voicing an energetic but overzealous robotic dog and Perlman is supplying the voice to a curmudgeonly real dog, set in his ways with little patience for anything new.
- Dave McNary
It marks the first original 3D CG animated film from Marza, a Tokyo and Us-based production company owned by Sega Sammy.
Colfer is best known for his role in the Fox TV series Glee and also wrote and starred in Brian Dannelly’s Struck By Lightning. Perlman has voiced characters in Tangled and Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters, and also starred in Hellboy and Pacific Rim.
The family »
- email@example.com (Liz Shackleton)
Feature Louisa Mellor 28 Jan 2014 - 07:00
With new seasons of Veep, Louie, Orange Is The New Black and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia on their way to join successful new arrival Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Us sitcom is already looking not too shabby for the months ahead.
With the best information available at the time of writing, here’s our pick of the year ahead's most promising-sounding Us comedy pilots (many of which are already confirmed as going to series) by that guy who did that thing you liked »
Pixar may have won seven of the past 12 Oscars in the best animated feature category, but it will have to sit back and support sibling toon studio Walt Disney Animation as it competes in the category with “Frozen” this year.
The inclusion of two independently produced foreign films in the category, including Japan’s “The Wind Rises” and GKids’ French-Belgian entry “Ernest & Celestine” nudged out Pixar’s “Monsters University.” Pixar also had been shut out of the running in 2011, when “Cars 2″ wasn’t nominated.
“Frozen,” “The Croods,” “Despicable Me 2,” “Ernest & Celestine,” and “The Wind Rises” were the five nominees announced Thursday morning for best animated feature by the Motion Picture Academy of Arts & Sciences. The 86th Annual Academy Awards take place March 2 at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre. The animation category was first introduced in 2001.
- Marc Graser
Although the official announcement for Big Hero 6 arrived last summer, Disney and Marvel haven’t said much about the film since. However, with a scheduled Us release date of 7th November 2014 looming in the not-so-distant future, some news has surfaced about a co-director.
Bolt co-writer/director Chris Williams has reportedly signed on as co-director alongside Meet The Robinsons writer Don Hall, with Tangled producer Roy Conli also attached to the project. Some may say that these additions don’t fare well for Marvel/Disney, as it’s perceived that ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’ (or the film’s already in trouble). That being said, the plot sounds quite cool – set in San Fransokyo, six superheroes (Hiro Hamada, robot Baymax, Gogo, Honey Lemon, chef Wasabi and…Fred) must team together to help bring down a criminal plot threatening to destroy their beloved city.
That’s all we know for now, »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
19 items from 2014
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