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With so many titles to choose from, Netflix Instant's library can be overwhelming. So we bring you this biweekly column as a tool to cut through the clutter by highlighting some now streaming titles that pair well with the latest theatrical releases. Looking to Frozen, Oldboy and Inside Llewyn Davis for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of classic Disney musicals, twisted crime dramas, and movies about musicians. Frozen Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "Snow Queen," the creators behind Wreck-It Ralph and Surf's Up teamed up to tell the story of a fearless princess who goes on a dangerous journey into a wintery wilderness to save her sister and her kingdom. Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel, and Jonathan Groff lend their voices; Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee direct. Between the vivid color palates, whimsical song numbers, and unforgettable characters, there's just some special magic to the movies of Disney. »
For a while Pixar reigned supreme in the world of animation, capturing the attention of audiences both young and old with films that managed to appeal to us not only from an entertainment perspective, but emotionally as well. At the same time Disney Animation fell into something of an identity crisis with films like Brother Bear and Chicken Little, but in 2010 they again found their footing with Tangled and again in 2012 with Wreck-It Ralph. Now, in 2013, the studio has returned to the world it knows best with Frozen. Frozen strikes an impressive balance of humor, heart and everything that's worked for ages in Disney's best animated features. Telling a story inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Snow Queen", Frozen follows two princesses of Arendelle -- Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel) is the eldest and soon-to-be Queen, and Anna (Kristen Bell) the free-spirited, slightly awkward and naive younger of the two sisters. »
- Brad Brevet
With its release just eight days away, Disney has released a brief viral video for Frozen, featuring Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel) getting in a snowball fight. While these sisters may be in a playful mood in this video, the story follows Anna on a quest to stop Elsa's perpetual winter curse. Take a look at the latest video from this animated adventure, directed by Chris Buck (Surf's Up) and Jennifer Lee (Wreck-It Ralph)
Frozen comes to theaters November 27th, 2013 and stars Kristen Bell, Alan Tudyk, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff, Maia Mitchell, Ciarán Hinds, Edie McClurg. The film is directed by Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee. »
At its first presentation at Siggraph, Disney's "Frozen" started to gain some positive buzz as the animation Oscar frontrunner. But then came a viral media storm last month about gender portrayals in animation that yielded some provocative debate in the community about the Disney/Pixar animation boys club's predisposition toward pretty females. However, now we can focus on what really matters: "Frozen" offers Disney's most progressive feminist approach to the princess fairy tale to date. How else would you characterize the post-modern refashioning of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen" as a conflict between two sisters based on love vs. fear? The result is a lot bolder than perpetuating traditional romantic love, bolstered by the presence of Disney Animation's first female director -- Jennifer Lee (the co-screenwriter of "Wreck-It Ralph") -- who helmed with animation vet Chris Buck ("Surf's Up," "Tarzan"). But then it was Buck's idea to end with. »
- Bill Desowitz
Update: Dawn Renner is the winner of our #FreeBirdsOfAFeather giveaway! "The Thundermans" star Katherine McNamara selected the winner at random from entries from Twitter, email and Instagram. In Dawn's winning entry, she tweeted that she was grateful for her twin boys and sent a photo of them in a pumpkin patch. We are thankful to all who entered and to Free Birds for this amazing prize. Free Birds is in theaters beginning today!
Oct. 21, 2013 - This Thanksgiving, you could get a bunch of Free Birds stuff ...and Birds stuff for Free... like games, activities, DVD's and other fun items -- if you're the winner of our #FreeBirdsOfAFeather giveaway!
To enter: Tweet or Instagram #FreeBirdsOfAFeather .... and tell us who you are thankful for this year! (Put down a name, a photo and/Or a title - like "my cousin" or "my mom"). You can also enter by emailing your response to Tara@KidsPickFlicks. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
"That's no blizzard. That's my sister!" The last full trailer for Walt Disney Animation's musical Frozen gave us quite the majestic look at the fairytale from Surf's Up director Chris Buck (co-directing with Jennifer Lee). Now we get another look at the tale, but this time, we also get a taste of the original song For the First Time in Forever along with quite the bold claim that this is "the greatest Disney animated event since The Lion King." That's a pretty tall order, but this grand trailer indicates that the film could very well follow through on that promise. Tangled was quite an achievement already, but maybe this has even more magic. Here's the newest trailer for Walt Disney Animation's Frozen, found directly on YouTube: Frozen, loosely based on Hans Christian Anderson's story "The Snow Queen," stars Broadway legend Idina Menzel as Elsa, a magical queen in self-imposed exile, »
- Ethan Anderton
El Capitan Theatre moviegoers will kick off holiday celebrations early with an exclusive advance engagement of Walt Disney Animation Studios' Frozen, beginning five days before the film's nationwide release. El Capitan is frozen over this holiday season, welcoming guests into a snow-covered wonderland-complete with ice-capped opera boxes and a flurry of snowflakes. Frozen showings, which will run Nov. 22, 2013, to Jan. 5, 2014, will be preceded by ice carving performance artists on stage, as well as Frozen characters Anna and Elsa in their first live-on-stage appearances.
Here's what The Walt Disney Studios' Dave Hollis had to say about the special event in a statement.
"The whole company is incredibly excited about Frozen and can't wait to share it with audiences this Thanksgiving. We know that fans come to El Capitan to have a special Disney experience, and we are thrilled to give our guests there the opportunity to be among the first in »
No woman has ever directed a Disney animated feature. That is, until John Lasseter offered Wreck-it Ralph writer Jennifer Lee the job of co-directing the upcoming Frozen with Chris Buck (Surf's Up, Tarzan). Was Lee surprised to be the first female to achieve such an accomplishment? Nope—actually she was unaware of that fact at the time. "I was surprised because I was a writer." "I think it would probably stand out a lot more if this were 1965," she says. "So many more women are ... becoming animators and becoming storyboard artists. And, that's usually in animation how someone becomes a director is through those departments. So, coming in as a writer was actually much more unique to me than being a woman."...
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Surf's up! Angelina Jolie was seen with kids Zahara, Shiloh and Pax in Sydney on Friday, Sept. 27 heading to a surf shop. Wearing an a black top and skirt (Angie does loves black!) with her hair down, sunglasses and black ballet flats, the 38-year-old mom of 6 held hands with Zahara and kept an arm around Shiloh as the group walked around the city. Zahara wore a white T-shirt with a tiger print and jean shorts, while her younger sister opted for dark pants and a zip-up sweatshirt. Pax stuck will an all black look, just like his mom! Noticeably missing from the outing were Maddox, Knox and Vivienne. Jolie's Aussie sighting comes one day after she was spotted shopping »
In Frozen, fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) teams up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf (voice of Josh Gad) in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Walt Disney Studios has released the second trailer for this animated comedy adventure directed by Chris Buck (Surf's Up) and Jennifer Lee (Wreck-It Ralph), along with two new photos.
Frozen comes to theaters November 27th, 2013 and stars Kristen Bell, Alan Tudyk, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff, Eva Bella, Livvy Stubenrauch, Santino Fontana. The film is directed by Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee. »
Update: Frozen is warming up with three more actors joining the voice cast. Josh Gad (The Internship, "1600 Penn") will voice Olaf, the snowman (who is featured in a clip currently on KidsPickFlicks.com's home page) who accompanies Anna and Kristoff on their journey to save the kingdom. Broadway actor Santino Fontana will lend his voice to Hans, Anna's handsome suitor. And Alan Tudyk, the "Suburgatory" actor who brought King Candy to life in Wreck-It Ralph, will voice a duke visiting Arendelle for a coronation ceremony. This is a reunion for Tudyk and director Jennifer Lee, who worked on Wreck-It Ralph together. The Walt Disney Animation movie will be released at Thanksgiving, Nov. 27.
Dec. 19, 2012 - Broadway regular and "Glee" special guest star Jonathan Groff will join the voice cast of Disney Animation's Frozen. He'll voice Kristoff, the mountain man Kristen Bell's character teams up with to save her village. Groff »
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Walt Disney Animation Studios has released the first teaser trailer for its upcoming fantasy adventure Frozen, as well as five images from the computer-animated feature, which you can check out right here...
Directed by Chris Buck (Tarzan, Surf's Up) and Jennifer Lee (screenwriter of Wreck-It Ralph), Frozen centres on a fearless young optimist Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell), who teams up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven for an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter.
Frozen is set for a North American release on November 27th and is due to open in the UK on December 6th. »
- Flickering Myth
The first trailer for Disney's Frozen finds the reindeer Sven (Tom Kane) and snowman Olaf (Josh Gad) engaged in a playful snow battle. Along with this look at the animated adventure, Disney has confirmed two more casting additions, with Alan Tudyk and Santino Fontana joining Josh Gad, Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel and Jonathan Groff for the ensemble voice cast. Take a look at this festive winter-laden footage, then read on to find out more about Walt Disney Pictures latest animated adventure centering on two friends who try to save their village from an icy curse.
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Walt Disney Animation Studios (Wdas) has tapped a trio of talented actors to join the voice cast in Frozen. Josh Gad (The Internship, Love and Other Drugs, Broadway's "The Book of Mormon") provides the voice of Olaf the snowman; Santino Fontana (Broadway's "Cinderella," "Brighton Beach Memoirs," "Billy Elliot") lends his vocal talents »
Boasting much of the same look and tone of the "Ice Age" movies, the relentlessly cute trailer for the next snowy animated adventure is here. Disney's "Frozen" centers on the Arendelle kingdom, which the Snow Queen has inadvertently caused to endure an eternal winter. The movie tells the story of the queen's sister, Anna, and her reindeer pal Sven as they go on a quest to find the queen after she banishes herself in order to restore the land.
The charming trailer, which features supporting characters Olaf and Sven, hit the Internet on Wednesday in advance of the movie's Nov. 27 release. "Frozen" boasts the voice talents of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad.
- The Huffington Post
Disney has unveiled a teaser trailer and new images from "Frozen," the studio's upcoming animated adventure film that's voiced by Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, and Jonathan Groff. Check everything out below. Plot: When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna (Bell), a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff (Groff) and his sidekick reindeer Sven on a journey to find Anna's sister Elsa (Menzel), the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, an amazing and comedic snowman named Olaf, Everest-like conditions and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction. The new movie is directed by Chris Buck (Tarzan, Surf's Up) and Jennifer Lee ("Wreck-It Ralph" writer). It's set to hit conventional and 3D theaters on November 27th.v Teaser: Images: (click to enlarge) »
With the recent sucess of their CGI-animated pics like Tangled and Wreck-it Ralph, Disney is bringing yet another entry to the genre with Frozen, from directors Chris Buck (Surf's Up, Tarzan) and Jennifer Lee (Wreck-it Ralph screenwriter), who are serving up an epic-scale, winter-set tale that seems to fit right in line with their reportoirre of films. Today, we have a first look at some images from the film, featuring star Kristen Bell as Anna, Jonathan Groff as Kristoff, Josh Gad as Olaf, a »
- Paul Shirey
Sony Pictures Entertainment has won the exclusive worldwide distribution rights to the eagerly anticipated Angry Birds animated film, making it one of the most high-profile deals of the year. The 3D film is being developed, produced, and financed by Rovio Entertainment and will be released worldwide by Sony Pictures on July 1, 2016. Several major studios pursued the global film rights in recent weeks, with Sony Pictures Entertainment emerging as the winner.
Michael Lynton, Chairman & CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Amy Pascal, Co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Mikael Hed, CEO of Rovio Entertainment jointly announced their partnership today. John Cohen and David Maisel - producer of Despicable Me and executive producer of David Maisel, respectively - are both on board for the new Angry Birds feature film. Cohen will serve as producer and Maisel is executive producer.
Here's what Rovio CEO Mikael Hed had to say about the project in a statement. »
Surf's up for the Smiths! Mother-daughter duo Jada Pinkett Smith and Willow Smith spent the day soaking up the sun in Hawaii on Friday. The two had a fun-filled day between surfing and taking frequent dips in the ocean. The leading ladies of the Smith clan were making the most of their time together while father and son, Will and Jaden, are busy promoting their flick After Earth. Will Smith recently opened up in an interview with Metro about what it's like to be a parent. "We [Smith and his wife] don't do punishment," he revealed. "Our concept is, as young as possible, give them as much control over their lives as possible and the concept of punishment, our experience has »
Birthday shoutouts go to James Roday (above, at his scruffiest), who is 37, Graham Norton is 50, Nancy McKeon is 47, and Heath Ledger would have been 34. Ryan Murphy is shopping his new project Open to multiple cable outfits. "It's described as a modern, provocative exploration of human sexuality and relationships." It sounds nudie, so he better go after a premium cable network. Magic Johnson speaks out about his gay son.In ratings news, Modern Family was up 28% from last week's series low.Celebrities react to the passing of Roger EbertThe Coolest Black Family In America.
Below you can see Stephen Colbert discuss straight men getting gay married for free health care.
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This past weekend, the adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's "The Host" failed to capture a rapt audience, despite its built-in "Twilight" fanbase. The movie had an underwhelming debut in 6th place and averaged a dismal 11% on Rotten Tomatoes! But that doesn't mean that the young adult genre has stopped being relevant. If "The Host's" disappointing bow has left you wanting more, make way for an even better Ya book coming to the big screen -- and another alien invasion story, at that -- called "The 5th Wave." Written by sci-fi author and memoirist Rick Yancey, "The 5th Wave" (on sale May 7) is the kind of un-put-downable sci-fi thriller that readers want to race through without interruption. Producers Graham King ("World War Z," "Argo," "Hugo") and Tobey Maguire ("Spider-Man) liked the premise so much they snatched up the option while it was only a book proposal. If they can find »
- Sandie Chen
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