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Match the wedding to the movie – quiz

9 August 2016 8:19 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This week sees the release of the rather self-explanatory Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, a crude comedy with Zac Efron and Adam DeVine, but how well do you know other movie nuptials?

Imagine Me & You

About Time

Definitely Maybe

Love Actually

Muriel's Wedding

Four Weddings and a Funeral

My Best Friend's Wedding

Three Men and a Baby

The 40-Year-Old Virgin

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Just Married

Old School

Frozen

The Princess and the Frog

Tangled

Shrek

Terms of Endearment

Sixteen Candles

The Jewel of the Nile

Heartburn

Joy

I Saw the Light

The Good Shepherd

American Sniper

Working Girl

Blind Date

Who's That Girl

Raising Arizona

Naked Gun 33 1/3

So I Married an Axe Murderer

Wayne's World II

A Very Brady Sequel

Father of the Bride

Addams Family Values

The Burbs

Runaway Bride

Legend

Brooklyn

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Blue Valentine

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- Benjamin Lee

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Extended TV Spot Revealed for Disney Animation's Musical 'Moana'

7 August 2016 7:25 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"Let's save the world!" Disney debuted a new extended TV spot for the musical Moana during their Rio Olympics coverage. This musical is the latest from Disney Animation and co-directors Ron Clements and John Musker (of The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, The Princess and the Frog) and is an adventure about a kick ass Hawaiian princess named Moana. We also finally get a good look at the big villain, the Lava Witch, who seems pretty gnarly in this. Auli'i Cravalho voices Moana, and the rest of the cast includes Dwayne Johnson, Alan Tudyk, Phillipa Soo, Temuera Morrison, and Jemaine Clement. So this looks like it might actually be really good, with lots going on in the story. What are those coconut monsters?! Here's the new extended TV spot for Clements & Musker's musical Moana, direct from YouTube: You can still see the first teaser trailer for Disney's Moana here, plus the international teaser here. »

- Alex Billington

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International Moana Trailer Reveals the Origins of a Disney Princess

20 July 2016 5:33 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Fans will be introduced to a new Disney princess when Moana hits theaters on November 23. We've already seen the first trailer for this animated adventure, and today we have a new Japanese trailer that travels back to Moana's childhood, showing how this princess was born. Hopefully we'll see even more footage soon, revealing how Moana's bond with the sea was formed.

Back in In April, Dwayne Johnson revealed that he will be singing in Moana, as part of his role portraying the demigod Maui. Unfortunately, this trailer doesn't feature any of the tunes sung by The Rock, but hopefully the next batch of footage will show Dwayne Johnson belting out some tunes. This video, which surfaced on the Disney Japan Facebook sets the stage for a new Disney princess to be crowned. Auli'i Cravalho will make her feature debut as Moana, who was discovered through her singing. An Oahu, »

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New International Trailer for Disney Animation's Next Musical 'Moana'

20 July 2016 11:21 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Adorable! Disney has released an international teaser trailer for the musical Moana, the latest from Disney Animation and co-directors Ron Clements and John Musker (of The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, The Princess and the Frog). The trailer doesn't feature any dialogue, instead it shows an early scene from the film where a very young Moana learns that she has the power to control the ocean, specifically the water. I love the shot with the turtle swimming by. Auli'i Cravalho voices Princess Moana, and the rest of the cast includes Dwayne Johnson, Alan Tudyk, Phillipa Soo. If you want to see more footage, go back and watch the teaser trailer or wait until the next full-length trailer debuts - hopefully soon. Until then, enjoy. Here's the newest international trailer for Clements & Musker's musical Moana, found on YouTube: Princess Moana is a daughter of the chief of her tribe, Coming from a »

- Alex Billington

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New international trailer for Disney’s Moana

20 July 2016 9:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Disney has released an international trailer for John Musker and Ron Clements’ (The Princess and the Frog) CG animated feature Moana, which gives us a peek into the titular character’s relationship with the ocean. Check it out here…

Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast South Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one today knows why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli’i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds.

Moana sails into the U. »

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The Ocean Becomes Alive in New Trailer For Disney’s ‘Moana’

20 July 2016 7:20 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Following up thier monster hit Zootopia, Disney Animation is back this winter with Moana, directed by Ron Clements and John Musker (Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Frog). As seen in the first trailer earlier this summer, it follows our title character (voiced by Auli’i Cravalho) who is guided by the demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson) on an adventure in the South Pacific.

A second trailer has now arrived hailing from Japan and focusing solely on Baby Moana. It introduces some of the more magical touches as the Pacific Ocean becomes alive, fully interacting with the character. Also featuring a script co-written by Taika Waititi and music from Lin-Manuel Miranda, check out the new trailer and international posters below.

Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows why. »

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Descendants: Wicked World Renewed for Season 2, Taps Disney Channel Star to Voice Son of Emperor's Yzma

13 July 2016 1:18 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Descendants: Wicked World is getting its groove back in Season 2.

Disney Channel on Wednesday announced that Bradley Steven Perry (Lab Rats: Elite Force) will recur in the series’ second season as the voice of Zevon, son of Yzma from The Emperor’s New Groove.

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Additionally, Wicked World‘s super-sized season finale — airing Friday, July 15 at 8/7c — will introduce Cj, the daughter of Peter Pan‘s Captain Hook.

And in the last bit of casting news, Lauryn McClain will assume the voice of Freddie, daughter of The Princess and the Frog‘s Dr. »

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Trailer Trashin’: Set Sail in the Teaser Trailer for Disney’s Moana

18 June 2016 9:18 PM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

The summer movie season continues this week with the releases of Finding Dory and Central Intelligence. In the meantime, the latest Trailer Trashin’ column takes a look at the first teaser trailer for Disney’s upcoming animated film Moana.

Premise: In ancient Oceania in the South Pacific, the young princess Moana Waialiki (voice of Auli’i Cravalho) is a born navigator who sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson).

My take: Two-thousand sixteen is a big year for fans of Walt Disney Animation Studios, because two films are being added to Disney’s animated features canon this year, the already-released Zootopia and the upcoming Moana. This has only happened twice before in the history of Disney; in 2000, when Dinosaur and The Emperor’s New Groove both came out, and way back in »

- Timothy Monforton

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Annecy: ‘The Little Mermaid’ Directors Share Secrets of Upcoming ‘Moana’

17 June 2016 11:41 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Directors Ron Clements and Jon Musker unveiled 19 minutes of their upcoming Disney animatef feature “Moana” at the Annecy Film Festival in France, where the project will be released as “Vaiana” (which means “water” in Tahitian) “for various trademark reasons that I don’t really want to get into,” according to Musker.

On track to open in the U.S. on Nov. 23, the project represents a maiden voyage into the world of computer-generated animation for the duo, who are responsible for such Disney Renaissance classics as “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin,” and by the look of the footage shown in Annecy, it benefits from both the R&D the Mouse House has done in the realm of CG while they stuck to their guns (Clements and Musker co-directed “The Princess and the Frog”) and the hand-drawn tradition that they represent.

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- Peter Debruge

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‘Moana’: Polynesian Princess Not Impressed by Dwayne Johnson’s Maui in First Teaser

13 June 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“What’s a demigod gotta do?” Dwayne Johnson’s Maui asks when his audience isn’t impressed by his antics in the stunning first teaser for the upcoming Disney animated film “Moana.”

The titular heroine Moana — the studio’s first Polynesian princess — and her pet pig watch unamused as Maui recounts his heroic feats as his tattoos come to life — including using his “magical fishhook” to slow down the sun, pull islands out of the sea and battle monsters — and shows off his fight moves.

The film follow 16-year-old Moana (voiced by newcomer Auli’i Cravalho) as she teams up with Maui to voyage across the Pacific to find a mythical island and thereby fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest. The once-mighty demigod helps her become a master wayfinder and find her identity along the way.

The CG-animated feature’s musical score includes tracks from Opetaia Foa’i and “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who won the Tony Award on Sunday night for best original score and best book of a musical.

Moana” reunites the directing duo of Ron Clements and John Musker, who worked together on “The Little Mermaid” “Aladdin” and “The Princess and the Frog.”

The film, produced by Osnat Shurer, hits theaters on Nov. 23 — Thanksgiving Day.

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- Maane Khatchatourian

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Moana Trailer Introduces a New Kind of Disney Princess

13 June 2016 9:09 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in January, fans got their first look at Disney's new animated adventure Moana, which is set to hit theaters on November 23. While the studio promoted this upcoming movie during CinemaCon in April, we haven't seen any footage since January, but that all changed today when Disney released the first trailer and new photos. This trailer reveals the mighty exploits of the demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson), although young Moana (Auli'i Cravalho) doesn't seem terribly impressed.

In April, Dwayne Johnson revealed that he will be singing in the movie. Unfortunately, this trailer doesn't feature any of the tunes sung by The Rock, but hopefully the next trailer will feature some of this music. It was actually Auli'i Cravalho's singing that helped her land the role, after an Oahu, Hawaii casting agent discovered the teenager's vocal abilities during a charity competition. She was then flown to Los Angeles, where she met directors Ron Clements and John Musker, and was eventually crowned the new Disney Princess.

Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast South Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped - and no one today knows why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes Moana, a sweeping, CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors' unfinished quest. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli'i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she's always sought: her own identity

Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Frog, Aladdin) are directing Moana from their own screenplay, with Osnat Shurer (Oscar-nominated Pixar shorts One Man Band, Boundin) producing. The music will be composed by Tony-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Broadway's Hamilton, Tony-winning In the Heights), Grammy-winning composer Mark Mancina (Speed, Tarzan, The Lion King) and Opetaia Foa'i (founder and lead singer of the world music award-winning band Te Vaka). Moana has been given a Wednesday, November 23 release date, the day before Thanksgiving, where it will go up against Bad Santa 2 and Allied.

No other voice cast members have been announced at this time for this animated adventure, but we still have several months left until Moana hits theaters in November. We'll be sure to keep you posted with all of the latest updates regarding Moana, so be sure to stay tuned. In the meantime, take a look at the first trailer and new photos from Moana below.

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‘Moana’ Teaser Trailer: Disney’s Newest Animated Musical Features Music From Lin-Manuel Miranda

13 June 2016 7:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Lin-Manuel Miranda had quite the last night when his hit Broadway musical “Hamilton” took home 11 Tony Awards last night, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. But though Miranda is busy enough just starring in “Hamilton,” he still makes the time for other projects, such as Disney’s latest animated musical “Moana,” which features music by Miranda himself. The film follows Moana (first-time actress Auli’i Cravalho) as she searches for a fabled land with hero and legendary demi-god Maui (Dawyne “The Rock” Johnson). Watch the first teaser trailer for the film above featuring Maui trying to impress Moana as well the first bit of Miranda’s music.

Read More: How Lin-Manuel Miranda Rode His ‘Hamilton’ Star from Broadway to Hollywood

Moana” will be directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, who have previously directed such acclaimed animated films like “The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” and most recently the widely acclaimed “The Princess and the Frog.” “Moana” will be Clements and Musker’s first mostly computer-animated film.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is best known for his wrestling career as well as his performances in films like “Southland Tales,” “The Other Guys,” “Pain & Gain,” as well as the “Fast and the Furious” series. He also currently stars in HBO’s half-hour series “Ballers.” Lin-Manuel Miranda previously wrote the music and lyrics to the musical “In The Heights,” which will soon receive a film adaptation from The Weinstein Company. Miranda was also a 2015 recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Award.

Moana” will be released into theaters on November 23, 2016.

Read More: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘In the Heights’ Coming to the Big Screen Courtesy of Weinstein

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- Vikram Murthi

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Hollywood Helps Boost Annecy to Record Levels

13 June 2016 4:28 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Annecy — Energised by the largest Hollywood presence ever, the 2016 Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival also looks set to the biggest ever, and a bellwether of the forces driving a now near global industry.

Six of the eight upcoming Hollywood studio animation releases for 2016 receive privileged play at Annecy, the Cannes of the animation industry, including one world premiere, a European premiere, a slew of never-seen sequences and a first-time Annecy presence from Warner Animation Group.

Of the big U.S. highlights, Universal’s Illumination Entertainment will world premiere “The Secret Life of Pets” at Annecy on June 16, three weeks before it U.S. July 8 general release.

DreamWorks Animation look set for its biggest roll-out ever at Annecy: a Guillermo del Toro Masterclass, focusing on his career, then a showrunner reel and about 10 minutes-plus of clips or scenes from “Trollhunters”; a sneak peek of Mike Mitchell’s animated comedy musical “Trolls,” presented by production designer Kendal Cronkhite (“Madagascar” film series), who will preview about 20 minutes of final footage; 15-20 minutes of never-before screened footage from Alec Baldwin comedy “Boss Baby,” unveiled by movie’s director Tom McGrath.

From Blue Sky Studios, longtime producer Lori Forte and co-director Michael Thurmeier team to present the new characters, palette and worlds of Fox’s “Ice Age: Collision Course,” via multiple never-seen sequences.

Directorial duo Ron Clements and John Musker (“Aladdin,” “The Princess and the Frog”) will be in Annecy to show new artwork and work-in-progress sequences from“Moana,” Walt Disney Animation Studio’s big late 2016 bow. Slated for a Nov. 23 U.S. release, the comedy adventure turns on a teen girl who sets out on the Polynesian high seas to prove herself a master way finder.

Co-director Andrew Stanton introduces the European premiere of Pixar’s “Finding Dory” which opened at Los Angeles Theater on June 8, Variety calling it “ravishing.” It has scored a Rotten Tomatoes 93% approval rate, though some reviewers thought it just a notch below “Finding Nemo.

Genndy Tartakovsky will be on hand to talk about his reboot for Cartoon Network of cult TV series “Samourai Jack”

Producer Brad Lewis will introduce the Warner Animation Group and its upcoming “Storks,” set for a Sept 23 release. “This is exciting for us because it’s the first time in quite some time that Warner Bros. has a real presence at Annecy and we plan to make a statement there.” said Chris deFaria, president, animation, digital production, VFX, Warner Bros. Pictures.

In other highlights, Aardman Animations will be presented with the Mifa/Variety Animation Personality of the Year Award. The 2016 Annecy Festival kicks off June 13 with a screening of Michael Dudok de Wit’s “The Red Turtle.”

Total accreditations were running on June 10 at 7,800, including Mifa, and expected to end up 10%-15% above 2015, said Patrick Eveno, at event organiser City of Moving Images (Citia). Registered attendance at Annecy’s Intl. Animated Film market (Mifa) was at 2,460 last Friday, 6% up on the same day in 2015, said Mifa head Mickael Marin. Final Mifa attendee numbers could be near to 2,800. Figures are 120% up on 2004, with Annecy posting significant increases in 2015 and 2016.

Explanations for this hiked influx cut several ways.

At 27 for 2012 but 20 for 2014, according to a report, “Mapping the Animation Industry in Europe,” the number of animated features being released in the U.S in recent years may not have grown. With Sony, then Universal and now Warner Bros. driving into animation in the last 10 years, however, the number of Hollywood studios making them most certainly has.

Animation is a huge global box office driver, and not just when it comes to animated features, another argument runs. Factoring in spectacle films that are 90%-plus SFX, the majority of the top 10 global box office is has an animation base. It makes sense that Hollywood studios beyond Disney-Pixar and DreamWorks would want to get more and more involved in this world.

Also, animation, of what is understood as animation, is broadening its technological and artistic options. One example: Google Spotlight Stories will showcase from June 13 a sneak-peek of Felix Massie’s “Rain and Shine,” the Tribeca-screened “Pearl,” from Patrick Osborne, and Aardman’s “Special Delivery,” from Tim Ruffle, all made-for-smartphones 3D Vr animated shorts, allowing viewers to explore stories unspooling in real time in an immersive 360-degree space. “Pearl” was made in five different formats simultaneously, Jan Pinkava, Google Spotlight Stories creative director, told Variety at Annecy.

April’s CinemaCon, which targets exhibitors, and San Diego’s Comic-Con, held in July, both feature animated movies. But Annecy is unique in focus and size. “Annecy is solely focused on animation of different types. It’s the world’s biggest animation festival, pretty unique in its size,” said Mireille Soria, DreamWorks Animation’s co-president, feature animation.

Also building attendance and attracting big players is Annecy-s track record. Illumination Ent. head Chris Meledandri world premiered “Despicable Me,” “Despicable Me 2” and “Minions” there. “Minions” went on to rank as the second highest-grossing animated feature in history.

Over the last few years, Walt Disney Animation Studios bowed shorts “Feast” and “Paperman” in the small French Alps town. Both went on to win an Oscar. Little wonder it’s back this year with new short film, “Inner Workings,” presented by producer Sean Lurie and its director, Leo Matsuda, a story artist on “Big Hero 6” and “Wreck-It Ralph.”

Annecy is a very good place to sneak peek a work-in-progress, said Bonnie Arnold, DreamWorks Animation’s co-president, feature animation.

“You’re really getting a worldwide audience this week, professionals, students, a rapt fanbase. It’s a good place to get good word-of-mouth started,” she added.

“Everybody’s in a good mood. It’s a very good place to work and introduce your company or film,” Marin concurred.

The U.S. presence, including some very-probable award season contenders, has had a knock-on effect.

“There are more and more companies, from more and more countries,” Eveno said.

If production numbers are swelling, it’s in smaller countries in Europe and in world cinema.

“It used to be near impossible to make a high-quality CGI feature for less than $100 million. Now it’s possible to make a beautiful CGI film for a fraction of the cost, at budgets that used to be reserved solely for 2D,” argued Dave Jesteadt at Gkids, the U.S. distributor of eight Oscar-nominated animated features.

For the first time, Canada will host a national pavilion at Annecy. Exhibition space sold has also increased to spill over onto an island on the lake adjoining Mifa’s Imperial Palace location.

“Annecy is now the annual gathering of an industry large enough to need one. “It’s the great meeting place for the animation world, and I literally mean world: The studios, the independents, feature films, experimental films , short films, it’s really representative of what’s going on in the world of animation,” said Arnold adding that the animation community rarely gets together in this kind of way.

In anticipated highlights from outside the U.S., of the deans of European animation, Didier Brunner will present a Work in Progress of “Big Bad Fox and Other Tales,” Benjamin Renner’s TV short series follow-up to “Ernest and Celestine.” Superprod will present classic reboot “White Fang,” Folimage will unveil a 15 short film series turning on France’s Chauvet-Pont d’Arc prehistoric caves, dazzling for their cave art.

Marking another sign of the explosive nature of the sector, 60-plus companies, and not just from the U.S will use Annecy to recruit new animators, Marin said.

Annecy bowed Monday cloudy with forecast of rain. Air and rail strikes may affect French industry access to Annecy, though the town is not much more than a five-hour car ride from Paris. Bused into the festival by its shuttle service from Switzerland’s Geneva, foreign guests should not be affected.

Whatever the weather, animators love Annecy. They’re treated like rock stars. Also, they enjoy its knowledgeable audiences who “have a sense of legacy in animation – the animation that’s come from  the past – how what they’re seeing dovetails and differs from what’s come before – how it’s taking animation someplace new,” said “Moana” director John Musker.

He added: “It’s an amazingly discerning audience it’s like “New York, New York” – if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.”

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First Teaser Trailer for Disney's New Animated Movie Musical 'Moana'

12 June 2016 9:37 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"What's a demi-God gotta do?" Disney has debuted the first official teaser trailer for their newest animated musical Moana, starring Auli'i Cravalho as the voice of Moana. This adventure begins in Hawaii and seems to venture further out in the ocean(s), featuring songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The full voice cast includes Dwayne Johnson, Alan Tudyk, Phillipa Soo and others. It's directed by the legendary Ron Clements and John Musker, the directors of The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, and The Princess and the Frog. This is only just a teaser, so not too much is revealed yet, but it's looking quite fun already. Enjoy. Here's the first teaser trailer (+ poster) for Clements & Musker's Moana, direct from Disney's YouTube: Princess Moana is a daughter of the chief of her tribe, Coming from a long line of navigators she sets off for a fabled island with her hero, the demi God Maui. Along the voyage they battle the treacherous ocean and all which »

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Descendants 2 Premiering in 2017; China Anne McClain Cast as Ursula 2.0

10 June 2016 7:59 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The Descendants are adding a poor, unfortunate soul to their ranks.

Disney Channel on Friday announced that China Anne McClain (A.N.T. Farm) is joining the cast of Descendants 2 as Uma, the daughter of legendary sea witch Ursula. McClain previously voiced Freddie, the daughter of The Princess and the Frog‘s Dr. Facilier, in the animated series Descendants: Wicked World.

The sequel — premiering in 2017, with production slated to begin this summer — will also introduce the offspring of Captain Hook and Beauty and the Beast‘s Gaston; their casting will be announced soon.

The cast of the original 2015 film will also return for Descendants 2Dove Cameron as Mal, daughter of Maleficent; Cameron Boyce as Carlos, son of Cruella de Vil; Booboo Stewart as Jay, son of Jafar; Sofia Carson as Evie, daughter of the Evil Queen; and Mitchell Hope as King Ben, son of Belle and the Beast — along with Kenny Ortega as director, executive producer and choreographer.

“Just when you thought ‘Happily Ever After’ had come to the land of Auradon, Descendants 2 turns the page to reveal a whole new level of mystery and surprise,” warns Disney Channel president Gary Marsh.

Your thoughts on McClain as Ursula 2.0? Any casting suggestions for Captain Hook or Gaston’s kids? Whatever’s on your mind, drop it in a comment below.

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Why Making a Great 'Zootopia' Sequel is a Nearly Impossible Task

9 June 2016 5:24 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

This year's Zootopia was quite the pleasant surprise. Yes, in the past eight years or so, with the involvement of John Lasseter, Disney has been upping their animated game tremendously. From films like Bolt and The Princess And The Frog to Wreck-it Ralph and Tangled, they've certainly managed to make an amazing comeback. With that in mind, I went into Zootopia with a certain expectation of quality: I expected great characters, a tight script, some funny jokes, a decent amount of heart, and beautiful animation.

The movie more than delivered on those expectations without breaking a sweat. But what I did not expect was for Zootopia to be a well-told social commentary that brings awareness to racial stereotyping. From the get-go, that's what the movie set itself up as, and as I got deeper and deeper into the runtime, it became all the more clear that this was a bona fide classic. »

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First teaser poster for Disney’s next animated hit ‘Moana’ arrives

8 June 2016 10:56 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Moana first look

Ahead of the debut of its first teaser trailer on Sunday, Disney have release a teaser poster for their next animated movie Moana, which will debut in cinemas on the 2nd December.

Dwayne Johnson leads the vocal cast of the film, which is directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, the legendary filmmakers behind the likes of The Great Mouse Detective, The Little Mermaid, and Aladdin, as well as Treasure Planet and The Princess and the Frog.

Princess Moana is a daughter of the chief of her tribe, Coming from a long line of navigators she sets off for a fabled island with her hero, the demi God Maui. Along the voyage they battle the treacherous ocean and all which it hides, all the while learning what the power love between friends can accomplish.

Auli’i Cravalho voices the title character.

More on Moana, including the first »

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Moana: first trailer for Disney’s next animated film

8 June 2016 9:38 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Here's the first trailer for Disney's next animated film following Zootropolis: meet Moana...

As promised last week (see below), the first trailer for Walt Disney Animation Studios' new release, Moana, landed over the weekend. And you can see it right here...

Moana Poster Release (early June)

To the Disney animation nerds amongst us, the names of directors John Musker and Ron Clements need little introduction. The pair directed Basil The Great Mouse Detective, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, Treasure Planet and The Princess And The Frog for the studio. And now, they’ve got a new film incoming, in the shape of Moana.

A first trailer for the film is due this Sunday, but ahead of that, we’ve got the first poster for the movie, and an official synopsis. You can get a look at that poster in full by clicking on the gallery widget at the top there. And the synopsis reads thus…

Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast South Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one today knows why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli’i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”), and produced by Osnat Shurer (“Lifted,” “One Man Band”), “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.

Moana will also land in UK cinemas this year. We cannot wait, frankly.

Movies Trailer Simon Brew Moana 13 Jun 2016 - 05:38 Ron Clements John Musker Walt Disney Animation Studios

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With ‘Bilal’ Animated Fare Is Newly Abloom In Mideast Region

13 May 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Until recently, there were only a few animated Arab projects of which to speak, most of them pilots and videos on the small screen.

Enter Dubai-based banker-turned-producer Ayman Jamal, who in 2011 set up Barajoun Entertainment studios, the region’s first bona-fide animation studio in the Middle East. Jamal shepherded “Bilal,” a cinematic feat that marks the first CG-animated feature to come out of the region.

Inspired by the real-life story of Bilal Ibn Rabah, an African slave who became one of the early followers of the Prophet Muhammad, “Bilal” features Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (“Game of Thrones”) and child actor Andre Robinson (“Despicable Me 2”) as voice actors in the English-language version, which was completed first. The pic, which bowed at Doha’s Ajyal Youth Film Festival late last year, offers fast-paced action, plenty of battle sequences and lifelike characters sculpted in top-notch computer 3D, all of which involved hiring animators from 22 countries. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Inside Beyoncé's Lemonade Squad: A Who's Who of the Powerful Visual Album's Cameos

28 April 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The Internet may be focused on hunting down "Becky with the good hair," but we're stuck on the women standing with and by Beyoncé in her powerful, one-of-a-kind visual album Lemonade. While Blue Ivy and Jay Z's cameos in the HBO special were expected (the family has shared the screen before), a number of female Hollywood power players also got into costume to support Beyoncé's eye-opening endeavor. From tennis champion Serena Williams to 93-year-old Creole cooking legend Leah Chase, here's who Queen Bey tapped to make lemonade - and why. Serena Williams @beyonce/a> A photo posted by »

- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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