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Evan Rachel Wood And Sterling K. Brown In Talks To Join Frozen 2

Frozen 2 was a dead cert the moment the original opened to rave reviews and an obscenely large haul at the box office, followed by an even more ridiculous merchandising feeding frenzy.

The Disney animated film became an instant classic, delighting children worldwide and tormenting their parents with endless repetitions of “Let It Go.” Now, we’re hearing the first glimmers of who’s to join the cast of what’s sure to be one of the biggest films of 2019, and it’s very exciting indeed.

Deadline reports that Evan Rachel Wood, the Emmy nominated star of Westworld and Sterling K. Brown, also Emmy nominated for his role in This Is Us, have boarded the pic. You’ll probably be familiar with Brown from his appearance in Black Panther, too, where he played the doomed father of Killmonger, assassinated by the previous Black Panther in the opening scene of the movie.
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‘Frozen 2’: Evan Rachel Wood, Sterling K. Brown in Talks for Sequel (Exclusive)

‘Frozen 2’: Evan Rachel Wood, Sterling K. Brown in Talks for Sequel (Exclusive)
Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown are in talks to lend their voices to Disney’s “Frozen 2,” the sequel to the 2013 smash hit.

Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, and Josh Gad are returning to reprise their roles as Elsa, Anna, and Olaf, respectively.

Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck will also be back to direct. Lee is writing the script, while Peter Del Vecho is producing the animated film.

Frozen 2” is set to bow on Nov. 27, 2019.

Frozen” generated nearly $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office and has become a merchandising juggernaut, breaking sales records on home video and at Disney’s stores. The musical won the Academy Award for best animated film in 2014.

The movie has also been adapted for the stage, becoming a Broadway hit and earning three Tony Award nominations this year.

Lee was recently named chief creative officer at Walt Disney Animation Studios, following John Lasseter’s departure.
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Evan Rachel Wood, Sterling K. Brown in Talks to Join 'Frozen 2'

Evan Rachel Wood, Sterling K. Brown in Talks to Join 'Frozen 2'
Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown want to build a snowman.

The actors are in talks to voice star in Walt Disney Animation's Frozen 2, joining returning stars Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel and Josh Gad.

Jennifer Lee, who was recently named the chief creative head of Wda after John Lasseter's exit, will return to direct with Chris Buck. Peter Del Vecho is set to produce.

While the plot is not yet known, Frozen 2 is set for a Nov. 27, 2019, release.

Wood just picked up an Emmy nomination for her role in HBO's Westworld, while Brown picked up one ...
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Disney, Un Foundation's Girl Up Team to Train Female Filmmakers

Disney and the Un Foundation’s Girl Up initiative have launched a project through which 21 young women from around the world will make digital shorts telling the stories of female role models.

Jennifer Lee, the Academy Award-winning writer/director of Frozen who was recently named chief creative officer at Walt Disney Animation Studios, succeeding John Lasseter, will be the subject of one of these shorts.

The studio declined to reveal additional subjects for the video series, dubbed #DreamBigPrincess, only saying the women would come from a range of professions.

Supported by Apple and female-led production company Summerjax, each video will be made ...
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Former Pixar Employee Exposes Studio's Vulgar and Sexist Workplace

Even though Disney is removing John Lasseter from Pixar it appears as though the problem runs much, much deeper than just one man's sexual misconduct, harassment and inappropriate behavior. Former Pixar graphic designer Cassandra Smolcic recently penned a lengthy, revealing and distressing personal essay about her time spent with the animation studio. She later adapted the essay into a shorter column for Variety. The #MeToo and Time's Up movements that came in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal have done a lot to spread awareness and make change, but this essay makes it clear the industry has a long way to go. Smolcic paints a picture of Pixar that is systematically a sexist environment that doesn't value the work of women nearly as highly as it does the work of men.

"I know people are saying that the climate there wasn't 'that bad.' I'm here to tell you that it was,
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Harvey Weinstein Faces Life in Prison Following More Sex Crime Charges

Harvey Weinstein Faces Life in Prison Following More Sex Crime Charges
Harvey Weinstein has been indicted on additional charges of sex crimes. The former movie industry mogul and co-founder of The Weinstein Company was indicted in May on two counts of rape and one count of criminal sexual acts. Now, a Manhattan Grand Jury has indicted Weinstein on three additional felony sex charges. A trial date has not yet been set, but two of these charges carry with them a potential sentence of life in prison. District Attorney Cy Vance had this to say about the indictment in a statement.

"A Manhattan Grand Jury has now indicted Harvey Weinstein on some of the most serious sexual offenses that exist under New York's Penal Law. This indictment is the result of the extraordinary courage exhibited by the survivors who have come forward. Our investigation continues. If you are a survivor of the predatory abuse with which Mr. Weinstein is charged, there is still time to pursue justice.
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‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ Overperforms at Box Office, like Other Summer Sequels

Summer 2018 shows signs of strength beyond the usual blockbusters. But will the box office sustain beyond its great first half? It depend how one defines sustain. The biggest openings — including Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp” next weekend — are likely behind us and make up the bulk of the long haul. It will take some better-than-expected results from the rest of the forthcoming releases to keep up the pace.

Two modest-budget titles under $50 million, “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” (Sony) and “Uncle Drew” (Lionsgate), performed better than predicted with their respective $19 million and $15.5 million opening weekends. While both fell short of summer 2017 sleepers “Baby Driver” and “Girls Trip,” by opening on the same weekend and adding to the strong holdover totals, the newbies helped the weekend totals come in slightly higher than their equivalent last year. That sustains a year to date total that remains up nearly ten percent.

While new releases deserve attention,
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Disney to Close Disneytoon Studios

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Disney has shut down animation house Disneytoon Studios, the animation house behind the “Planes” movies, effective immediately.

“After much consideration, we have made the decision to end production activity and close Disneytoon Studios,” a Disney Spokesperson said in a statement to TheWrap.

Glendale-based Disneytoon Studios was originally created to work on the Disney’s direct-to-video projects, most notably the “Fairies” films from 2008-2014. Disneytoon Studios was responsible for two worldwide theatrical releases: “Planes” in 2013 and “Planes: Fire & Rescue” in 2014.

Also Read: Animation Execs Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter to Split John Lasseter's Duties at Disney, Pixar

Disneytoon Studios had been in development on an untitled project since 2014. The project was removed from the theatrical release schedule in March and is no longer in development.

Approximately 75 people will be laid off according to Indiewire, and the decision to shut down the studio is unrelated to the recent leadership
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Disneytoon Animation Unit Spearheaded By John Lasseter To Shut Down

Disneytoon Animation Unit Spearheaded By John Lasseter To Shut Down
Disneytoon Studios, the Glendale-based outfit spearheaded by former Disney animation chief John Lasseter, will be shutting down, Disney has confirmed. In a brief statement, a company spokesperson said, "After much consideration, we have made the decision to end production activity and close Disneytoon Studios." About 75 animators and staffers will be laid off, though some could transition to roles at Disney or Pixar. Disneytoon was best known for the home entertainment…
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Disney Closes Down Disneytoon Studios

Disneytoon Studios is no longer. "After much consideration, we have made the decision to end production activity and close Disneytoon Studios," said a spokesperson for Disney. Operations at the studio have been shut down effective immediately after being a major part of the company's operation for nearly three decades. As a result, 75 animators and various staff members will be laid off, but it also represents a shift in general strategy for the Mouse House.

In recent years, home video sales, especially of physical media such as DVD and Blu-ray sales have heavily declined. While Disneytoon Studios was responsible for some theatrical releases, such as the Planes franchise, they were mostly known for producing the company's direct-to-video offerings. Given the decline in that market recently, it clearly doesn't make as much sense for Disney to keep an entire studio open that is primarily dedicated to making such movies. That doesn't necessarily
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Disney Shutters Direct-to-Video Arm DisneyToon Studios

Disney is closing up shop on its direct-to-video unit DisneyToon Studios. The news was announced today via Indiewire, with the Glendale-based studio shutting down effective immediately. Unfortunately, this means the layoffs of 75 animators and staff, although it’s unknown if they’ll be transitioned to either Walt Disney Animation Studios or Pixar. While this move comes after the announcement that Pete Docter and Jennifer Lee are assuming departing Cco John Lasseter’s duties at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, respectively, Indiewire says shutting down DisneyToon was in the works before their promotions. [caption id="attachment_186549" …
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Disney is Shutting Down Direct-to-Video Animation Studio Disneytoon

Disney is shutting down Disneytoon Studios, the longstanding animation division behind Disney’s direct-to-video releases and the Planes franchise. In the wake of John Lasseter‘s departure from the Walt Disney Co., the company is shuttering the Glendale-based Disneytoon Studios, Indiewire reported. The closure, which will result in the loss of an estimated 75 animators and staff positions, will […]

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Disney Shuts Down Disneytoon Studios in Glendale: Exclusive

Disney Shuts Down Disneytoon Studios in Glendale: Exclusive
On the heels of Pete Docter and Jennifer Lee succeeding John Lasseter as chief creative officers at Pixar and Disney, Disney will now close its third animation studio, the Glendale-based Disneytoon Studios, effective immediately.

Disneytoon was best known for the “Disney Fairies” home entertainment and “Planes” theatrical franchises under Lasseter’s leadership, with Meredith Roberts serving as senior vice president and general manager since 2008. There will be layoffs of 75 animators and staff, and it is unclear if any will be transitioned to either Disney or Pixar.

“After much consideration, we have made the decision to end production activity and close Disneytoon Studios,” said a Disney spokesperson. The move had been in the works and is unrelated to the promotions of Docter and Lee. An untitled feature about the future of aviation from Klay Hall (“Planes”) and Bobs Gannaway (“Planes: Fire & Rescue”) was removed from the theatrical release schedule for
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Ex-Pixar Employee Was Warned John Lasseter “Has A Hard Time Controlling Himself” Around Women

When news broke of John Lasseter stepping down from his position at the top of Pixar last November, the producer-writer-director dubbed the reasons for his leave of absence as “missteps.” He described his actions with certain employees as disrespectful and “uncomfortable.” However, no further information was given. Later, it would be speculated that these so-called “missteps” were sexual harassment claims from various female employees at Pixar.

Eventually, Lasseter returned from his six-month leave and Disney was reportedly attempting to figure out how to keep the creative head in the company.

Continue reading Ex-Pixar Employee Was Warned John Lasseter “Has A Hard Time Controlling Himself” Around Women at The Playlist.
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Pixar Accused of ‘Sleazy’ Sexual Harassment Culture by Former Graphic Designer

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A former female graphic designer at Pixar Animation says the workplace was rife with sexual harassment and prohibitive to the advancement of women during her time at the studio from 2009 to 2014.

Cassandra Smolcic, who wrote the account published Wednesday for Variety, specifically accused ousted chief creative officer John Lasseter of unwanted staring and sexual comments over a period of several years. She said another unnamed male department head physically cornered her in a company kitchen and made inappropriate comments in 2009.

Beyond the specific and harrowing accusations — like a Pixar director comparing the difficulty of one of his films to a “big-titted blond who was difficult to nail down” and Lasseter’s alleged “sleazy” ritual of parading female employees onstage at office Halloween parties and objectifying them — Smolcic said the corporate culture discouraged outspoken woman and sabotaged them as they tried to move up.

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Pixar Accused of Sexism and Harassment: Graphic Designer Reveals ‘Vulgar’ Behavior Inside the Studio

Pixar Accused of Sexism and Harassment: Graphic Designer Reveals ‘Vulgar’ Behavior Inside the Studio
John Lasseter is set to leave Pixar at the end of the year following sexual-harassment allegations made in November 2017, but he’s not the studio’s only problem. Cassandra Smolcic, a graphic designer who worked at the animation studio from 2009 to 2014, has written a personal essay for Variety, titled “How Pixar’s Open Sexism Ruined My Dream Job,” in which she accuses Pixar of allowing rampant sexism and sexual harassment.

“I know people are saying that the climate there wasn’t ‘that bad.’ I’m here to tell you that it was, and more than likely still is,” Smolcic writes at the start of the essay. “At Pixar, my female-ness was an undeniable impediment to my value, professional mobility, and sense of security within the company. The stress of working amidst such a blatantly sexist atmosphere took its toll, and was a major factor in forcing me out of the industry.
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How Pixar’s Open Sexism Ruined My Dream Job (Guest Column)

After years of exploiting his position of power at Pixar and Disney, pressure from the Me Too movement recently ousted John Lasseter from his post as chief creative officer. But Pixar has yet to address how John’s sexist attitudes permeated its culture for decades, giving men license to mistreat women and sideline their careers.

I was a graphic designer at Pixar during the second half of my 20s. I know people are saying that the climate there wasn’t “that bad.” I’m here to tell you that it was, and more than likely still is.

At Pixar, my female-ness was an undeniable impediment to my value, professional mobility, and sense of security within the company. The stress of working amidst such a blatantly sexist atmosphere took its toll, and was a major factor in forcing me out of the industry.

When I started at Pixar as an intern,
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Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter to head up Disney Animation and Pixar

With John Lasseter due to depart The Walt Disney Company at the end of the year in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations, it has been announced that Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter are set to serve as Chief Creative Officers for Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios respectively.

“Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter are two of the most gifted filmmakers and storytellers I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with,” said Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn. “Pete, the genius creative force behind Up, Inside Out, and Monsters, Inc., has been an integral part of Pixar almost since the beginning and is a huge part of its industry-leading success. Jenn, in bringing her bold vision to the boundary-breaking Frozen, has helped infuse Disney Animation with a new and exciting perspective. Each of them embodies the unique spirit, culture, and values of these renowned animation studios, and
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End of an Era: Inside Pixar on the Eve of John Lasseter’s Departure

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End of an Era: Inside Pixar on the Eve of John Lasseter’s Departure
John Lasseter will leave Pixar Animation Studios in December, ending a 30-year tenure as the leading creative force behind one of the most critical and commercially successful film studios in the world.

He will exit a company he led from its earliest days as a spinoff from Lucasfilm, and one that has won 19 Academy Awards during his tenure.

“An era is over, you know?” one employee told TheWrap.

Last November, Lasseter took a six-month leave of absence from the company, acknowledging inappropriate hugging and “missteps” after some former Pixar employees accused him of unwelcome touching and presiding over a fraternity-like culture.

The circumstances of his departure have left mixed feelings on the insular, impeccably manicured Pixar campus in Emeryville, across the bay from San Francisco.

On Tuesday, Disney ended months of speculation over the future of Pixar and of Disney Animation Studios, which he also headed, by announcing that that two animation directors,
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Disney Animation, Pixar Setup New Leads Jennifer Lee, Pete Docter

The future of Disney's animated movies has been put in new hands. Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter will now head up Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar, respectively. This move from the Mouse House comes as John Lasseter, who helped make Pixar what it is today and has a tremendous track record as a visionary in the field of animation, will be making his exit from Disney at the end of the year. His pending departure follows an extended leave of absence as a result of multiple inappropriate behavior claims.

Jennifer Lee has been named Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios. Lee got her start with the company as a co-writer of Wreck-It Ralph in 2011, but it was her work as director of Frozen, which went on to become one of the highest-grossing movies of all time and, beyond that, a true pop culture phenomenon, that helped
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