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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on New Girl, Grey's Anatomy, Big Little Lies, Flash, Walking Dead, Will & Grace and More

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on New Girl, Grey's Anatomy, Big Little Lies, Flash, Walking Dead, Will & Grace and More
Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Send any/all of the above to askausiello@tvline.com

Question: I’m still perplexed as to why Grey’s Anatomy gave Martin Henderson the heave-ho. Any intel on what’s next for Meredith now that Nathan is no longer in the picture? —Tammy

Ausiello: For the record, I’m a bit perplexed, too. “Merthan” was growing on me. The good news: Grey’s remains committed to finding a new love for Mer. Sources confirm to me exclusively that the show is quietly searching for a fortysomething actor
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PC Run Amok? Cosmopolitan Dragged for Telling White Kids Not to Dress as Moana for Halloween

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PC Run Amok? Cosmopolitan Dragged for Telling White Kids Not to Dress as Moana for Halloween
For most, Halloween is a festive time of costumes, trick-or-treating and too much wine, but for a certain class of professionally aggrieved internet creatures, the holiday is nothing to joke about. On Monday Cosmopolitan magazine published an article warning parents that dressing up their Caucasian children up like nonwhite Disney characters Moana or Tiana from “The Princess and the Frog” would not be tolerated. “Think about using this Halloween as an opportunity to teach your kids about the importance of cultural sensitivity,” wrote the magazine under the byline RedBook Editors. Also Read: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's 'Moana' Character Is Based on His.
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'Once Upon a Time' Episode 7.3 Photos: Can Cinderella and Princess Tiana Take Down Lady Tremaine?

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'Once Upon a Time' Episode 7.3 Photos: Can Cinderella and Princess Tiana Take Down Lady Tremaine?
Once Upon a Time may be in season 7, but it isn't shying away from introducing even more new characters. In episode three, titled "The Garden of Forking Paths," it's Princess Tiana from the Disney film The Princess and the Frog.

The official episode description from ABC says, "When Cinderella finds herself staring danger in the eye, she receives help from an unlikely source. Her rescue leads to an alliance that could aid in the defeat of Lady Tremaine's rule and reveals a dark secret from Cinderella's past. In Hyperion Heights, Jacinda goes to extreme measures to stop Victoria Belfrey from destroying Lucy's beloved community garden, while Lucy tries to convince Henry that Victoria is after more than just a plot of land. Meanwhile, Victoria makes a discovery that could alter everyone's fate."
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‘Once Upon A Time’: Mekia Cox Upped To Series Regular For Season 7

Secrets and Lies alumna Mekia Cox is returning to the ABC fold as a newly promoted series regular in the reset Season 7 of Once Upon A Time. Cox plays Princess Tiana, the character from the Disney feature The Princess and The Frog. She was initially cast as a recurring in July amid several new cast additions for the rebooted Season 7. She was recently promoted and will continue as a series regular following the third episode. Once Upon A Time returns for Season 7 with a…
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Former Disney Princess Anika Noni Rose Loves Playing a 'Badass' in Power

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Former Disney Princess Anika Noni Rose Loves Playing a 'Badass' in Power
Anika Noni Rose has traded in her tiara for a police belt.

At 44, the Tony Award-winning actress is enjoying a drastic change of roles, most recently portraying lesbian cop Laverne “Jukebox” Thomas in the Starz crime drama Power.

Known for her earlier work as Lorrell Maya Robinson in Dreamgirls and Tiana in Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, Rose takes on a completely different persona in Power — and it’s one that she says has been completely worthwhile.

“It has been one of the joys of my career. I really liked the show, I liked writing, I like how New York it is,
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Once Upon a Time @ Comic-Con: Season 7's Secret Roles Revealed, a 'Prominent Lgbtq Storyline' and More

Once Upon a Time @ Comic-Con: Season 7's Secret Roles Revealed, a 'Prominent Lgbtq Storyline' and More
Once Upon a Time fans can finally put names to some of Season 7’s mysterious new faces.

VideosOnce Upon a Time: Who Are Lana and Colin Playing in Season 7? And Are Emma/Hook Still Happy? New Details!

The ABC drama’s cast — returning players Lana Parrilla, Colin O’Donoghue and Robert Carlyle, along with new additions Dania Ramirez (Devious Maids), Gabrielle Anwar (Burn Notice) and Andrew J. West (The Walking Dead) and executive producers Adam Horowitz, Eddy Kitsis and David H. Goodman — assembled Saturday for its San Diego Comic-Con panel, where some major secrets were revealed about the upcoming “reboot
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Disney Princesses Unite! The Voices of Ariel, Belle, Moana and More Come Together for Magical Photo

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Disney Princesses Unite! The Voices of Ariel, Belle, Moana and More Come Together for Magical Photo
Dreams do come true!

On Friday, the voices behind ten of Disney’s biggest princesses came together for one magical photo op.

Paige O’Hara (Belle from Beauty and the Beast), Irene Bedard (Pocahontas), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel in Tangled), Auli’i Cravalho (Moana), Sarah Silverman (Vanellope von Schweetz, Wreck-It-Ralph), Kristen Bell (Anna in Frozen), Kelly Macdonald (Merida in Brave), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana in The Princess and the Frog), Linda Larkin (Jasmine in Aladdin) and Jodi Benson (Ariel in The Little Mermaid) all united on the stage of Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, California.

The ladies were there to
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Disney’s D23: New Details from ‘Wreck-It Ralph 2,’ ‘Incredibles 2,’ and ‘Toy Story 4’

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Disney’s D23: New Details from ‘Wreck-It Ralph 2,’ ‘Incredibles 2,’ and ‘Toy Story 4’
At Friday’s D23 confab in Anaheim, Disney touted its upcoming animation slate, revealing footage and details about “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2,” “Incredibles 2,” “Toy Story 4,” “Coco,” “Frozen 2,” and more.

Capping the animation presentation, the “Coco” grand finale featured more than 160 performers who descended upon Hall D23 at the Anaheim Convention Center, including the Grammy-winning Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea and Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles under the direction of Kareli Montoya, and the Grammy-winning Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band.

Wreck-It Ralph Goes Viral

In “Wreck-It Ralph 2” (November 21, 2018), directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston (“Zootopia”), Ralph (John C.Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) go viral on the Internet to find a spare part to fix her broken Sugar Rush game. Along the way, they meet Yesss (“Empire’s” Taraji P. Henson), an algorithm for the site BuzzAholic, dressed in blue.

A clip revealed Vanellope
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Original Disney Princesses Reunite At D23 Expo For First Look At 'Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 Cameo

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At the D23 Expo Friday, Disney reunited actress' who have voiced Disney princesss throughout the years. Jodie Benson (Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”), Auli‘i Cravalho (“Moana”), Kristen Bell (Anna in “Frozen”), Kelly MacDonald (Merida in “Brave”), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel in “Tangled”), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana in “The Princess and the Frog”), Irene Bedard (“Pocahontas”), Linda Larkin (Jasmine in “Aladdin”) and Paige O’Hara (Belle in “Beauty and the Beast”). The actresses graced the stage together for a first look at "Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2" where the Disney princesses make a cameo.

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Taraji P Henson joins 'Wreck-It-Ralph 2'

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Taraji P Henson joins 'Wreck-It-Ralph 2'
Stars of Walt Disney and Pixar assemble at D23 Expo.

Taraji P. Henson will voice an algorithm called Yesss in Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, Rich Moore and Phil Johnston’s follow-up to the 2012 hit.

Attendees at Disney’s annual D23 Expo in Anaheim, southern California, saw first footage of a scene that pays homage to the Disney princesses.

Next, Disney orchestrated an unprecedented gathering of princesses as Auli‘i Cravalho from Moana, Kristen Bell from Frozen, Kelly MacDonald from Brave, Mandy Moore from Tangled, Anika Noni Rose from The Princess And The Frog, Irene Bedard from Pocahontas, Linda Larkin from Aladdin, Paige O’Hara from Beauty And The Beast, and Jodi Benson from The Little Mermaid took to the stage.

Sarah Silverman returns as Vanellope von Schweetz, and Clark Spencer, who most recently collaborated with Moore on the global smash Zootopia, produced Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 (see first-look image), which is scheduled
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GKids’ Founder Eric Beckman Champions Independent Voices in Animation

Eric Beckman, founder and head of GKids, looks at animation in a different way than many of his contemporaries. This has made his independent distribution outfit a popular destination for filmmakers who are interested in telling complex stories with a more handmade approach to animation.

“We love what we do at GKids, and much of our passion is born out of the people we choose to work with,” says Beckman, who is receiving the Mifa & Variety Animation Personality of the Year Award at Annecy along with Gebeka Films’ Marc Bonny.

This year, the GKids slate includes “The Breadwinner” and “Birdboy: The Forgotten Children.”

Founded in 2008, GKids rose in stature in 2010 when “The Secret of Kells” received an animated feature Oscar nomination, joining the likes of studio pics “Up,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “Coraline” and “The Fantastic Mr. Fox.”

“The extraordinary success of ‘Kells’ really helped us, both with profitability and exposure,
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Champs-Élysées Film Festival — June 15th to 22nd 2017 — Sixth Edition

Champs-Élysées Film Festival — June 15th to 22nd 2017 — Sixth Edition
The Champs-Élysées Film Festival, created by producer, distributor and exhibitor Sophie Dulac, is a commitment to Parisian audiences for a cinematic trip between France and the USA showcasing the best of French and American independent cinema and highlighting New Orleans.

Six American indies and six French indies will judged for two separate awards and will also receive audience awards. The 2017 Jury consist of talents coming from all kinds of backgrounds and having a strong involvement in French independent cinema : — Lolita Chammah, actress, — Lola Créton, actress, — Vincent Dedienne, actor, humorist and author, — Jérémie Elkaïm, actor, screenwriter and director, — Camélia Jordana, singer and actress, — Gustave Kervern, director and actor — Karidja Touré, actress.

Classic Claude Brasseur back when…

The classic French actor Claude Brasseur will be the Guest of Honor along with the American director Alex Ross Perry and director Jerry Schatzberg. Other guests include directors Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu, the French actress Aïssa Maïga.
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Anika Noni Rose Options Rights to Best-Selling Ya Series “Shadowshaper”

Anika Noni Rose in “The Good Wife”: CBS

Anika Noni Rose is working on taking “Shadowshaper” from the page to the screen. The Tony winner — and her production company, Roaring Virgin Productions — have purchased the film and TV rights for Daniel José Older’s best-selling Ya fantasy series, Deadline reports.

Published in 2015 and named a New York Times Notable Book of the year, “Shadowshaper” introduces Sierra Santiago, “who lives in Brooklyn and discovers shadowshaping, a magic that infuses ancestral spirits into paintings, music, and stories,” the source summarizes. “But someone is killing the shadowshapers one by one — and the killer believes Sierra is hiding their greatest secret.” The second installment of the Shadowshaper Cypher series, “Shadowhouse Fall,” is slated to hit shelves this September.

In a statement, Rose emphasized the significance of “Shadowshaper’s” protagonist and story. “‘Shadowshaper’ was a book I couldn’t put down. At a time when so many are feeling powerless, Sierra Santiago is a young Afro-Latina heroine who finds her power within herself,” she said. “Through a strong spiritual connection to her ancestors, the discovery of the magic living in her art, and with the help of some amazing friends, she saves her family, and her Brooklyn neighborhood from certain destruction. A face and culture we rarely see on screen; she is the heroine we’ve been searching for, only to find she lives right next door.”

Rose is clearly a big fan of Older’s writing. In 2015, she optioned the film and TV rights to “Bone Street Rumba,” Older’s urban fantasy book series. “Half-Resurrection Blues,” the first book in the series, focuses on Carlos Delacruz, an in-betweener existing somewhere between life and death and serving as an agent in the New York Council of the Dead.

The former “Good Wife” actress is attached to produce and star in a film based on Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman elected to the United States Congress, and the first woman ever to run for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.

Rose won a Tony for her performance in “Caroline, Or Change.” She currently toplines “The Quad,” a Bet series about the newly elected President of a fictional university.

Bates Motel,” “Private Practice,” and “Dreamgirls” are among Rose’s previous acting credits. She voiced Princess Tiana in Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog.”

Anika Noni Rose Options Rights to Best-Selling Ya Series “Shadowshaper” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Anika Noni Rose Joins Thriller ‘Assassination Nation’ (Exclusive)

Anika Noni Rose Joins Thriller ‘Assassination Nation’ (Exclusive)
Anika Noni Rose has been cast in the thriller “Assassination Nation” as the mother of the characters played by Abra and Suki Waterhouse.

Assassination Nation” follows four teenage girls in a small suburb who become the focus of unwanted, world-wide media attention after their personal information is leaked by an anonymous hacker. Odessa Young and Hari Nef play the two other teenagers.

Rose will portray an attractive woman with terrible taste in men, who has an unfortunate reputation in the conservative town of Salem. When the mysterious hacker outs her for her various affairs with the town’s married men, she faces scorn, public ridicule and downright abuse from the outraged citizenry.

Sam Levinson, whose credits include “Another Happy Day” and HBO’s upcoming “Wizard of Lies,” is helming from his own screenplay.

Producers are Foxtail Entertainment co-founders and partners Matthew Malek and Anita Gou, and Phantom Four partners David Goyer and Kevin Turen.
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Tangled: Before Ever After Review - A Charming, Though Aged-Down Continuation Of Rapunzel’s Adventures

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Disclaimer: Lrm was provided a copy of the DVD for review purposes.

The film Tangled holds sort of a near and dear place in my heart. Ironically enough, it’s not necessarily because it’s a great movie (though, it is), but because it was the film that began Disney’s renewed solidification in the princess genre. In the decade prior to that, they’d abandoned that identity in favor of other original stories. In 2009, they took another crack at the genre with The Princess and the Frog, and while that was an amazing movie as well, audiences didn’t head to the theaters in droves.

With Tangled, it finally seemed like Disney reclaimed their identity, perfectly transitioning their trademark animated style into CG, something I wasn’t sure was possible. The result was a gorgeous film with a lot of heart; one that defied my own personal expectations (the
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Pixar’s Sequel Problem: Studio Tells Audiences Not to Worry About Franchises in Its Slate — Sf International Film Festival

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Pixar’s Sequel Problem: Studio Tells Audiences Not to Worry About Franchises in Its Slate — Sf International Film Festival
While Disney’s animation unit continues to operate out of its lot in Burbank, Pixar never moved in. Eleven years after the beloved company was acquired by Disney, Pixar continues to operate out of its campus in the Bay Area, much of its staff has worked there for decades, and it enjoys a fair amount of autonomy from the parent company.

However, one major development has stood out in Pixar’s post-Disney life: Sequels. Prior to the Disney acquisition, Pixar had only produced one sequel to its treasured slate — “Toy Story 2,” which didn’t tarnish the brand — but it has made four sequels since the acquisition (“Toy Story 3,” “Cars 2,” “Monsters University” and “Finding Dory”). What’s more, three of the four Pixar movies slated to be released in the next two years are sequels: “Cars 3” in 2017, “The Incredibles 2” in 2018 and “Toy Story 4” in 2019. For
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Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill to Be Honored as Disney Legends at D23

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Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill to Be Honored as Disney Legends at D23
Every two years, at the biennial D23 Expo, The Walt Disney Company honors the most remarkable contributors to the Disney legacy, recognizing them as official Disney Legends. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Disney Legends Awards. The first Disney Legend was Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire), who was honored in 1987. Today Disney proudly announced the names of the nine gifted individuals who will be joining past Disney Legends such as Julie Andrews, George Lucas, Alan Menken, Dick Van Dyke, Barbara Walters and Robin Williams. said Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger.

"The Disney Legends Award is the highest honor our company can bestow on an individual, reserved for those few who have truly made an indelible mark on the history of The Walt Disney Company. It's a celebration of talent, a recognition of achievement, and an expression of gratitude to the men
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Animator Andreas Deja’s Work on Exhibit at Walt Disney Family Museum

Animator Andreas Deja’s Work on Exhibit at Walt Disney Family Museum
An exhibition of work by longtime Disney animator Andreas Deja is on display through Oct. 4 at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco.

Deja, who was named a Disney legend at the last D23 Expo in 2015, is best known as the character animator behind such Disney villains as Gaston in “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin’s” Jafar, and Scar in “The Lion King.” He was also behind such characters as the hero in “Hercules,” Mama Odie in “The Princess and the Frog,” and Lilo of “Lilo & Stitch,” among many others.

He is currently working on his own independent short film, “Mushka,” about a young girl and her pet tiger set in Russia.

Deja, who was born in Poland and raised in Germany, first applied to be an animator at Disney when he was just 10 years old, right after he first saw the studio’s “The Jungle Book.”

“The day
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Florida Woman Sends Disney-Inspired Princesses to Hospitals and Homes to Entertain Sick Children

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Florida Woman Sends Disney-Inspired Princesses to Hospitals and Homes to Entertain Sick Children
When Kierra Brown was a little girl living in Florida, her family could not afford to take her to Disney World, even though it was just a couple of hours away. But that didn’t stop Brown, like many little girls, from loving the goodness and special qualities that Disney princess characters brought to life.

Now, at 25, the beauty queen, children’s book author and entrepreneur delivers that same joy to sick children, leading a group of students at the University of Florida who dress up like Snow White, Ariel, Belle and Cinderella through a free program Brown started last November called Project Princess.
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Alan Menken: A Life in Disney

As Beauty and the Beast shatters box office records worldwide, Sean Wilson looks back at the illustrious Disney career of its celebrated composer Alan Menken

Disney’s in-vogue trend of rebooting their animated classics shows no signs of abating, as their live-action take on 1991 masterpiece Beauty and the Beast waltzes onto screens. Starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in the lead roles, it’s a movie that hews pretty closely to the template of the original (with one or two additional vignettes including a new Beast solo performance), and one critical aspect of its nostalgia is the return of composer Alan Menken.

A man synonymous with the Disney brand ever since the company’s renaissance back in 1989, Menken’s return to Beauty and the Beast territory is a key factor in the new movie’s success, the composer bolstering his original, enchanting score with reworked versions of classic tunes like
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