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First trailer for Lucasfilm’s animated musical Strange Magic

22 November 2014 12:37 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A couple of weeks ago it was revealed that Lucasfilm has been quietly working on a new animated musical Strange Magic, based upon a story by George Lucas himself, and now we have our first look at the film with Disney debuting a trailer and stills ahead of its release in January.

 

Strange Magic is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.”

Strange Magic is directed by Gary Rydstrom (Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation) and features a voice cast that includes Alan Cumming (The Good Wife), Evan Rachel Wood (The Wrestler), Kristin Chenoweth (Rio 2), Maya Rudolph (Big Hero 6), Sam Palladio (Nashville), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), Elijah Kelley (Hairspray), Bob Einstein »

- Gary Collinson

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Celebrate 25 Years of The Little Mermaid with 25 Things Even Superfans May Not Know

14 November 2014 8:45 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The Little Mermaid, the movie that launched Disney's animated renaissance, premiered 25 years ago this Nov. 15. That might seem hard to believe for those of us who caught it in theaters, but we've had a quarter-century of snarfblats and dinglehoppers since then. In honor of the film's silver anniversary, we're presenting a list of things that you might not know about The Little Mermaid, even if you were one of those kids who wore out your VHS copy. 1. It wasn't expected to be a hit It's been alleged that Jeffrey Katzenberg, Disney's CEO at the time, thought that The Little Mermaid »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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'The Little Mermaid' Facts: 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Disney Masterpiece

14 November 2014 1:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Hard to imagine, but there was a time, before the release of "The Little Mermaid," when even Disney's own studio chief didn't expect much from the movie because it was a "girl's film." But Jeffrey Katzenberg was happy to be proved wrong when the film was released 25 years ago this week (on November 17, 1989).

"The Little Mermaid" was not only an enormous critical and commercial success, but it also launched a creative renaissance in Disney's animated features (including such modern classics as "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Lion King") and a wave of princess-mania that continues to this day.

Still, as many times as you or your kids have watched "Little Mermaid" (probably many, many, many times), there's a lot you may not know about it, including who almost starred in it, who the characters were drawn to look like, and what was really up with that scene of the bishop with the bulging pants. »

- Gary Susman

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First Look At George Lucas' 'Strange Magic'

12 November 2014 1:20 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

George Lucas' Strange Magic will be released by Touchstone Pictures next January. The animated comedy is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

The film feature popular songs from the past six decades. This will be the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.

With a story by George Lucas, Strange Magic is directed by Gary Rydstrom (Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation, Lifted), produced by Mark S. Miller (associate producer Mars Attacks!) and executive produced by Lucas, with a screenplay by David Berenbaum (Elf), Irene Mecchi (Brave, The Lion King) and Rydstrom. 

Strange Magic will be voiced by Alan Cumming (CBS’ “The Good Wife,” Broadway’s “Cabaret”), Evan Rachel Wood (“The Ides of March”), Kristin Chenoweth (Broadway’s “Wicked”), Maya Rudolph (“Big Hero 6,” “Bridesmaids”), Sam Palladio (ABC »

- Laura Frances

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Disney and Lucasfilm Team Up Brings You Strange Magic

11 November 2014 5:48 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Disney and Lucasfilms are teaming up to bring us a new film called Strange Magic.  Check out the details.

You heard right, Disney is working with Lucasfilm and George Lucas himself for the animated film Strange Magic.

Set to hit theaters on January 23, 2015 Lucas has writen the film and Gary Rydstrom will direct.

Check out the details from the Press Release:

“Strange Magic,” a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., will be released by Touchstone Pictures on January 23, 2015.  “Strange Magic” is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night's Dream.”

Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.

Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic, which created the CGI animation for 2011’s Academy Award®-winning film “Rango,” bring to life the fanciful forest »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Mike Petty)

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Lucasfilm Announces Animation Strange Magic For This January

11 November 2014 3:10 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Well, that was unexpected. Today, Lucasfilm announced that it will be bringing us an animated film titled Strange Magic in just three short months. Touchstone Pictures will be releasing the project, inspired by William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” into theaters on January 23rd, 2015.

Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Alfred Molina, Peter Stormare and Elijah Kelley all lend their voices to the film, playing magical creatures such as goblins, elves, fairies and imps who come to blows over a magic potion. Musical interludes help to tell the story, with Strange Magic incorporating “popular songs from the past six decades.”

Gary Rydstrom, a seven-time Oscar winner for his work as a sound designer on films as diverse as Saving Private Ryan, Titanic and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, will direct from an original idea by George Lucas. Rydstrom’s experience isn’t limited to sound work – he also helmed Oscar-nominated, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Lucasfilm Ltd.’s Strange Magic Gets A January 23, 2015 Release Date

11 November 2014 12:08 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Strange Magic © & Tm 2014 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Here’s your first look at the new animated film Strange Magic.

Walt Disney Studios announced today that the movie, from Lucasfilm Ltd., will be released by Touchstone Pictures on January 23, 2015.

The film is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic, which created the CGI animation for 2011’s Academy Award-winning film Rango, bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects.

With a story by George Lucas, Strange Magic is directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,” “Lifted”), produced by Mark S . Miller (associate producer “Mars Attacks!”) and executive produced by George Lucas, »

- Michelle McCue

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Disney sets January release date for animated musical Strange Magic, based on a story from George Lucas

11 November 2014 11:39 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Disney has set a release date of January 23rd, 2015 for Lucasfilm’s upcoming animated musical Strange Magic, which is directed by Gary Rydstrom (Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation) from a story by George Lucas.

According to Variety, the film is “described as a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with popular songs from the past six decades used to help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.”

Featuring in the voice cast of Strange Magic are Alan Cumming (The Good Wife), Evan Rachel Wood (The Wrestler), Kristin Chenoweth (Rio 2), Maya Rudolph (Big Hero 6), Sam Palladio (Nashville), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), Elijah Kelley (Hairspray), Bob Einstein (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Peter Stormare (Arrow) and newcomer Meredith Anne Bull.

The post Disney sets January release date for animated musical Strange Magic, »

- Gary Collinson

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Disney, Lucasfilm announce 'Strange Magic,' an animated musical from 'Star Wars 7' sound mixer

11 November 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A year after the industry-rattling announcement that Walt Disney Pictures had acquired LucasFilm and planned on moving forward with hew "Star Wars" movies, there were vague reports that George Lucas and prequel trilogy sound mixer Gary Rydstrom were collaborating on an untitled animated film. Further digging revealed that the project may have been in the works since 2010. Without Disney or LucasFilm confirmations, the project was filed under rumors and left alone. Now, the joint companies have unearthed the long-gestating project on their own. "Strange Magic" will suddenly arrive in January 2015. In an official press release, Disney describes the feature cartoon as "a madcap fairy tale musical" inspired by William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” Pop songs plucked from "the last six decades" will tell the tale of "a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion." Which »

- Matt Patches

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Disney Announces George Lucas Animated Musical 'Strange Magic'

11 November 2014 9:58 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Disney announced today that George Lucas has secretly been working on an animated musical for release early next year. Strange Magic is a new film from Lucasfilm Ltd. that will be released by Touchstone Pictures on January 23, 2015.&#160

Strange Magic is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.&#160

Lucasfilm Animation Singapore&#160and&#160Industrial Light & Magic, which created the CGI animation for 2011's Academy Award&#174-winning film Rango, bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects.

With a story by George Lucas, Strange Magic is directed by Gary Rydstrom ("Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation," "Lifted"), produced by Mark S. Miller&#160(associate producer "Mars Attacks!")&#160and executive produced by George Lucas, »

- MovieWeb

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When Male Makeup Transformations Go Horribly Wrong

7 November 2014 7:30 AM, PST | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

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Movie makeup can be an awesome thing. Remember the jaw-droppingly realistic transformation Charlize Theron went through to become oily-haired, acne-plagued serial killer Ariel Wuornos in Monster? What about Brad Pitt as Benjamin Button, or Heath Ledger‘s Joker? When done right, the combination of artful makeup and prosthetics can truly perform miracles of visual trickery. It’s movie magic at it’s finest!

But when it comes to movie transformations, there’s a fine line between genius and hilarity. And more often than not, actors end up looking goofy, with crude, doughy prosthetics or sloppy grease paint. The result? A totally distracting face that can take you out of the moment (see: Jeff Goldblum‘s pustule-infested skin in The Fly or John Travolta‘s creepily too-realistic makeup job in Hairspray).

Check out the most surreal, offensive, and downright wrong onscreen male makeup transformations of all time.

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- Tia Williams

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Ian McKellen, Danny DeVito, Sylvester Stallone Join ‘Animal Crackers’ – Afm Briefs

6 November 2014 1:00 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Animated feature Animal Crackers has added some heavyweights to its voice cast. Sir Ian McKellen, Danny DeVito, and Sylvester Stallone will lend their voices to the Blue Dream Studios film about a family whose life is turned upside down when they inherit a rundown circus and a mysterious box of Animal Crackers that turn the person who eats them into the animal they’ve just snacked on. Patrick Warburton, Gilbert Gottfried, Raven-Symoné, Harvey Fierstein, James Arnold Taylor, Tara Strong, and newcomer Lydia Taylor round out the line-up for co-directors Scott Christian Sava and Tony Bancroft. Sava and Dean Lorey are co-writers; Sava is also producing with George Lee and Marcus Englefield from Storyoscopic Films, Jamie Thomason, and Leiming Guan. Odins Eye Entertainment is repping international sales.

Chile-set actioner Redeemer has been picked up for North America by Mpi Media Group, which has set a summer theatrical bow through genre arm Dark Sky Films. »

- Jen Yamato

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Oscar Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron Sign with Shubert Organization

25 October 2014 3:22 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Academy Awards producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have signed a new deal.

Academy Awards producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are signing on to work with the Shubert Organization.

According to the New York Times, the producers have inked a three- year development and production deal with the Shubert Organization, a theatrical producing organization and owner of major theaters in Manhattan, New York.

Look no further than their company website for Storyline Entertainment to see how much the duo has accomplished. They "have earned a total of six Academy Awards, five Golden Globes, 13 Emmy Awards, two Peabody Awards, a Grammy Award, five GLAAD Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, and two Tony Awards with their various feature films, television and theater projects."

The two have made many Broadway productions come to life on screen as films including Annie, Hairspray and Chicago.

News: Broadway Stars Sing Carole King

Their productions also include television versions of Broadway shows, [link »

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Craig Zadan & Neil Meron In Development Deal With Broadway’s Shubert Organization

23 October 2014 11:26 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Update 11:25 With exclusive interviews and information:

It’s been nearly four decades since tyro producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan were working for Joseph Papp when he moved A Chorus Line from the Public Theater to Broadway. That singular sensation revived an industry gasping for breath; the show went on to a make millions for everyone involved, including the Shubert Organization, in whose namesake theater A Chorus Line ran for 6,137 performances.

Storyline Entertainment, the Meron/Zadan partnership, went on to become enormously successful on the opposite coast, producing feature or TV films of Annie, Chicago, Hairspray and, in stunning defiance of prognostications, The Sound Of Music Live for NBCUniversal. Now in the final weeks of prepping the follow-up, Peter Pan Live, which will be broadcast December 4 with a cast led by Allison Williams and Christopher Walken,  Meron and Zadan have signed a three year development and production deal with »

- Jeremy Gerard

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2014 Hollywood Film Awards Announces Host – Queen Latifah

17 October 2014 9:07 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

The Hollywood Film Awards to be Broadcast Live from the Hollywood Palladium, Friday, Nov. 14 on CBS The “Hollywood Film Awards” today announced that multi-talented Academy and Emmy Award nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning actress, Grammy Award-winning musician and talk show host Queen Latifah, will host the inaugural broadcast of the Hollywood Film Awards, live from the Hollywood Palladium Friday, November 14, 2014 (8:00-10:00 Pm, live Et/delayed Pt) on the CBS Television Network. The “Hollywood Film Awards” have recognized excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking for 17 years, honoring some of the world’s biggest stars. They are considered the official launch of the awards season. “I’m honored to be a part of such a legendary award show,” stated Latifah. “The Hollywood Film Awards have been a staple in the awards season for years, and I’m excited to be the first host to bring them to television!” “Queen Latifah is the real deal. »

- HollywoodNews.com

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‘After’ Movie: Paramount Acquires Rights To Wattpad Book By Anna Todd

16 October 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Paramount Pictures has acquired screen rights to After, a novel by first-time author Anna Todd that has been the breakout hit of Wattpad, the online community of readers and writers where books are published a chapter at a time. Todd’s novel originated as a serialized three-part series that Toronto-based Wattpad says has accumulated more than 1 billion reads.

Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot will produce through their Offspring Entertainment banner. Their credits include the Step Up series to 17 Again, Bedtime Stories, Hairspray, Rock Of Ages and The Last Song. They are currently prepping Mean Moms at New Line.

Todd’s novel is separately booked to be published through the Simon & Schuster imprint Gallery Books, with the first installment going on sale October 21. Will it become a publishing phenomenon like Twilight or Fifty Shades Of Grey, the latter of which E.L. James first began writing as Twilight fan fiction? It »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Amanda Bynes' Very Own Show Premiered 15 Years Ago – And Et Was There

16 October 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Back in 2001, we talked to the rising young star on the set of Nickelodeon's 'The Amanda Show.' What went wrong?

It's hard to believe but October 16 marks 15 years since The Amanda Show -- starring a then-13-year-old Amanda Bynes -- first premiered on Nickelodeon.

Airing from 1999 to 2002, the All That spin-off show turned Bynes, now 28, into a star.

But clearly, it hasn't all been smooth sailing from there. In the last month, the troubled actress has made daily headlines with erratic behavior, explosive allegations and – on October 10 – a return to being held at a psychiatric treatment facility, potentially for up to a year.

Video: Amanda Bynes' Psych Hold Extended to 2 Weeks, Hit 'Breaking Point' With Abuse Allegations

Both Bynes' mental health struggles and trouble with the law are well-documented, but when did it all start going south for the troubled child star?

Let's take a look back at a timeline of her troubles »

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Amanda Bynes Vehemently Denies Going Crazy

10 October 2014 1:47 AM, PDT | icelebz.com | See recent iCelebz news »

Now that Amanda Bynes is back on Twitter, she'd like to speak for herself.

The former fashion student and aspiring psychologist is threatening to sue two tabloids. "I am not insane and they lied about me in every way," the 28-year-old Hairspray star tweeted Wednesday night. "They continue to write lies about me and it really hurts my feelings because they are calling me insane and I'm actually really smart...The true definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results...So I'm laughing all the way to the bank because I will sue them all."

The ex-actress seemingly confirmed at least one tabloid story regarding her engagement, however. "I am getting married and my boyfriend and I are going to be on the cover People magazine," she tweeted, "because although they have made up things about me before, they will omit any error they've made. »

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Amanda Bynes Vehemently Denies Going Crazy

10 October 2014 1:47 AM, PDT | icelebz.com | See recent iCelebz news »

Now that Amanda Bynes is back on Twitter, she'd like to speak for herself.

The former fashion student and aspiring psychologist is threatening to sue two tabloids. "I am not insane and they lied about me in every way," the 28-year-old Hairspray star tweeted Wednesday night. "They continue to write lies about me and it really hurts my feelings because they are calling me insane and I'm actually really smart...The true definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results...So I'm laughing all the way to the bank because I will sue them all."

The ex-actress seemingly confirmed at least one tabloid story regarding her engagement, however. "I am getting married and my boyfriend and I are going to be on the cover People magazine," she tweeted, "because although they have made up things about me before, they will omit any error they've made. »

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Amanda Bynes Vehemently Denies Going Crazy

10 October 2014 1:47 AM, PDT | icelebz.com | See recent iCelebz news »

Now that Amanda Bynes is back on Twitter, she'd like to speak for herself.

The former fashion student and aspiring psychologist is threatening to sue two tabloids. "I am not insane and they lied about me in every way," the 28-year-old Hairspray star tweeted Wednesday night. "They continue to write lies about me and it really hurts my feelings because they are calling me insane and I'm actually really smart...The true definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results...So I'm laughing all the way to the bank because I will sue them all."

The ex-actress seemingly confirmed at least one tabloid story regarding her engagement, however. "I am getting married and my boyfriend and I are going to be on the cover People magazine," she tweeted, "because although they have made up things about me before, they will omit any error they've made. »

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