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The Radical Kindness of ‘Steven Universe’

The title character of Steven Universe is an adolescent boy who, over the course of the Cartoon Network series’ first five seasons, developed the ability to fly, to conjure an impenetrable pink shield out of thin air, to use his saliva to heal injuries short of death (and sometimes beyond), to merge his body with a friend’s (in an act called fusion) so they can become even stronger as one than they are side-by-side, and more. But his greatest power — and the reason the show became so adored that a follow-up film,
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Spirited Away Gets the Deluxe Limited Collector's Edition Treatment in November

Studio Ghibli and Gkids, with distribution by Shout! Factory, will issue Spirited Away in a beautiful collector's edition release on November 12, 2019. The limited-edition set comes housed in an elegant hard slipcase, with a new 40-page book with stunning art and essays. Featured in a deluxe disc portfolio will be a Blu-ray&#8482 of the film paired with hours of special features and the film's soundtrack on CD, now available exclusively on disc in North America.

From the legendary Studio Ghibli, this wondrous fantasy film is one of the best-selling and internationally renowned films of all time, becoming the highest-grossing film in Japanese history in 2001. Winner of the Academy Award&#174 for Best Animated Feature, Hayao Miyazaki's epic adventure is a dazzling masterpiece from one of the most iconic filmmakers in the history of animation.

The set's new 40-page book includes essays by film critic Kenneth Turan (The Los Angeles Times) and
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Susan Egan Shares 1996 Fan Note From Matthew Morrison

Susan Egan took to Instagram to share a note written by Matthew Morrison to her following a concert in 1996.Egan wrote 'In 1996 I did a little concert at my high school alma mater, the Orange County School of the Arts - alongside some of the current students. I just found the program they signed for me and will now take Full Credit for Matthew Morrisons's career and happiness.'
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Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away comes to U.S. theaters this month

Gkids and Fathom Events have announced that Hayao Miyazaki’s beloved anime classic Spirited Away is coming to U.S. theaters this month as part of Studio Ghibli Fest 2018.

The Oscar-winning film follows Chihiro, whose family is moving to a new house, but when they stop on the way to explore an abandoned village, her parents undergo a mysterious transformation and Chihiro is whisked into a world of fantastical spirits ruled over by the sorceress Yubaba. Put to work in a magical bathhouse for spirits and demons, Chihiro must use all her wits to survive in this strange new place, find a way to free her parents and return to the normal world.

The screening dates for Spirited Away are as follows:

Sunday, October 28 at 12:55 p.m. local time (English-language dubbed)Monday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. local time (English-language subtitled)Wednesday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m. local time
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Beauty and the Beast: Emma Watson Has the Original Belle's Seal of Approval!

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Image Source: Everett Collection This year marks the 25th anniversary of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and we're feeling especially nostalgic. Not only is the film iconic for being the first animated feature to be nominated for best picture at the Oscars, but its story has also touched so many lives over the years. We had the opportunity to sit down with the original voice of Belle, Paige O'Hara, and she told us all about her magical journey with the cast, what it's been like to embody such an enduring character, and her thoughts about the upcoming live-action adaptation. Spoiler: she thinks Emma Watson will be perfect! Get her best quotes below, and then relive all the magic when the movie is released on DVD and Blu-ray on Sept. 20. Popsugar: Beauty and the Beast was such a groundbreaking Disney film when it was first released. What was it like to be a part of that?
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Stage Tube: Watch Susan Egan Perform a Beauty And The Beast Medley at The Hollywood Bowl

Disney fans and audience members of The Little Mermaid Live in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl on Monday, June 6th, were treated with a wonderful surprise.Susan Egan, the original Belle from the Broadway version of Beauty And The Beast, came on stage as an opening to the concert,to sing a medley of songs from the musical including 'Belle', 'Something There', and of course 'Beauty and the Beast.'
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There are going to be So many treats for Disney fans at the ‘Little Mermaid’ concert screenings

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There are going to be So many treats for Disney fans at the ‘Little Mermaid’ concert screenings
Sebastian sure knows how to throw a party under the sea. But it sounds like even he would be impressed by the party that’s coming together for Disney fans under the clamshell of the Hollywood Bowl next week. The Little Mermaid will get the live concert screening treatment at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl on June 3, 4, and 6. The event’s creative director, Richard Kraft, has told HitFix the deets on all the exciting plans for the three shows that are sure to make Disney fans squee. Film screenings paired with a live orchestra performance of the movie’s score is no new thing. (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Back to the Future are among the concert screenings at the Bowl HitFix has reported on in the past.) But events like this, for a musical, with live singing timed to picture, are new. As far as Kraft is aware, last Halloween
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'Once Upon a Time' Season 5 Casts 2 Key Disney Characters

'Once Upon a Time' Season 5 Casts 2 Key Disney Characters
ABC's Once Upon a Time has never strayed from casting Disney characters throughout its five-season run. TV Line is reporting that the show has brought on actors Jonathan Whitesell and Kacey Rohl to portray iconic Disney characters Hercules and Megara in Season 5. The site reports that both actors are currently set to appear in the 13th episode entitled Labor of Love. It isn't known if there are plans for both actors to appear in more episodes of Once Upon a Time or not.

Jonathan Whitesell's Hercules is described as "a dashing, strapping young man" who is determined to fulfill his destiny, to be the greatest hero who ever lived. His plans change indefinitely when he falls in love with a beautiful princess, although the princess' identity was not yet revealed. Megara is described as a plucky young adventurer with a sly sense of humor and a tough, no-nonsense spirit.
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Spirited Away – The Blu Review

“Once you do something, you never forget. Even if you can’t remember.“

A beloved film from the brilliant Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki delivers truly amazing video and audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release.

People call Hiyao Miyazaki the Japanese Disney and Spirited Away from 2001 is considered one of his very best, if not his masterpiece. The film starts like a fairly typical take on Alice in Wonderland or Narnia. A girl is bought into a fantasy world and has to find her way back. But Miyazaki takes it even further. His heroine, ten year old Chihiro is a typically modern girl, upset about moving into a new home and afraid of new changes in her life. But after her parents take a detour into a strange tunnel she finds herself trapped and worst of all, her parents have been turned into pigs.

Miyazaki’s fantasy vision is quite simply jaw dropping.
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‘Steven Universe S02E05: Story for Steven’ Review

  • Nerdly
“You’re awfully cute, and I really want to play with you…but your life is short, and you have dreams.”

Rose Quartz is the structuring absence of Steven Universe. She’s the ducks flying north from Tony Soprano’s pool, the vacated desk of Laura Palmer, the hole around which the themes and characters of the series revolve and against which they react. So why does she have so little to do in what is, essentially, her introduction? “Story for Steven” is often touching and intermittently energetic, but only occasionally is it interesting.

Like Laura Palmer, Rose is gone before the cameras roll but kept alive through the people whose lives she touched and the traces of herself she left behind in the world. Unlike Laura Palmer, always a human figure for good and ill, she’s been largely symbolic and idealized throughout her posthumous appearances. The best parts
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Theater Review: Can Emma Stone Do Cabaret?

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Theater Review: Can Emma Stone Do Cabaret?
Some 17 Sally Bowleses painted their nails green and sang “Maybe This Time” for the Sam Mendes revisal of Cabaret that ran on Broadway from March 1998 (Natasha Richardson) through January 2004 (Susan Egan). No doubt the Roundabout, which mounted that revisal, as well as the current revival of the revisal, hopes to keep the Kit Kat Klub door revolving. They started this spring with Michelle Williams, who was thrillingly emotional in the part, and have now moved on to Emma Stone, who reportedly had been their first choice. Even aside from Stone’s commercial appeal, you can see why: With her extraordinary face and Mona Lisa smile, her huge celadon eyes and coppery bob, she arrives prepackaged with the kind of remote fascination a Sally Bowles needs. And indeed, she looks terrific as the none-too-bright young thing in William Ivey Long’s pastel frocks and diaphanous lingerie. What fun! you think as
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This Week In Home Entertainment: Disney's Hercules, The Blacklist And More

Hercules Blu-ray Disney.s 35th original animated feature is not one of the most memorable in the company.s canon. Regardless, it is an enjoyable.and strikingly weird.addition to the Disney universe, one that can now be enjoyed in full High Definition glory. Otherwise, the musical spectacle is about the same as it ever was. Back when Disney wasn.t searching so hard for high-end celebrity voice talent, a hero was born in 24: Live Another Day actor Tate Donavon, who plays the titular character in Disney.s Greek saga. Early in the film, a baby Hercules is kidnapped and sent to Earth, where he is raised by humans, maintaining his superhuman strength. However, while Hercules is coming of age, Hades (James Woods) is interested in ensuring he doesn.t live a day longer. With some comic relief from trainer Philoctetes (Danny DeVito), love interest Meg (Susan Egan) and
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Susan Egan Brings The Belle Of Broadway to 54 Below on 4/15 & 18

54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Susan Egan in her critically-acclaimed, one-woman show, Susan Egan The Belle of Broadway on April 15 at 930pm Sold Out and added by popular demand April 18 at 1100pm. Egan's 54 Below debut reunites her with audiences at the infamous Studio 54, where she portrayed Sally Bowles in Cabaret longer than any other actress during the previous revival, winning critical raves from every major New York publication. Her appearance also coincides with the 20th anniversary of her Broadway debut in Beauty and the Beast, 4181994 for which she was nominated for both Tony and Drama Desk Awards as Best Actress. The Belle of Broadway showcases Egan's diverse acting chops, riotous humor and celebrated voice, which critics dub the perfect Broadway instrument. Throughout the evening, Susan takes you on a journey from Belle to beyond, with hilarious personal anecdotes and magnificent music by classic Broadway composers as well as songs from today's hottest new writers.
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Ryan Gosling, Arnold Schwarzenegger: 5 actors who've played Hercules

Ryan Gosling, Arnold Schwarzenegger: 5 actors who've played Hercules
Two new Hollywood adaptations of the Greek hero Hercules will be battling for box office supremacy in 2014 - Hercules: The Thracian Wars and Hercules: The Legend Begins.

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson stars as the titular role in The Thracian Wars - out on July 25, 2014. After performing his legendary 12 labors, Hercules is asked by King of Thrace and his daughter to defeat a cruel warlord.

Meanwhile, Twilight's Kellan Lutz will play his own version of Hercules in The Legend Begins. Lutz's Hercules is exiled after falling in love with the Princess of Crete, who is set to marry his brother. The upcoming film is set for a March 2014 release in the Us, and will debut on August 8 in the UK.

As if that wasn't enough, BBC's new series Atlantis has Mark Addy starring in a more comedic take on the role. While Johnson and Lutz have the traditional physical brawn to
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Disney 53: Hercules

I’d like to dedicate this one to my sister Elanor, who’s turning 21 today. I love you, kid.

Directed by John Musker and Ron Clements

117/ 93 Minutes

After the grim and serious Hunchback Of Notre Dame, Disney lightened the tone considerably with Hercules. Of course, technically it should be Heracles, since Hercules was the roman name, but that’s just one in a long long list of changes Disney made to the Greek myths. There are probably entire websites dedicated to the “mistakes” made by the filmmakers, but hey, artistic licence.

Reuniting the directors of The Great Mouse Detective (1986), The Little Mermaid (1989) and Aladdin (1992), Hercules is one part buddy-movie, one part coming-of-age story, and one large part Rocky-with-sandals, but first and foremost it’s a light-hearted screwball romp with a couple of life lessons thrown in. Production started in late 1994, with character designs based on classical Greek statues, with help
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Sierra Boggess, Beth Leavel & More Set for Show Off Benefit Concert at Nyu's Skirball Center, 10/20

The National Alliance for Musical Theatre Namt announced today that Tony winners Beth Leavel The Drowsy Chaperone and Lillias White The Life along with Sierra Boggess Disney's The Little Mermaid, Kerry Butler Catch Me If You Can, Patti Murin Lysistrata Jones, Dee Hoty The Will Rogers Follies, Susan Egan Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and Grammy winner Amanda McBroom 'The Rose' are among the performers that will headline Show Off, a benefit concert celebrating 25 years of Namt's Annual Festival of New Musicals on Sunday, October 20 at 7pm at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts 566 Laguardia Place at Washington Square.
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Sound Off World Premiere Exclusive: Susan Egan Sings Ahrens & Flaherty's 'Christmas Cliches' From A Very Broadway Christmas

Today we are kicking off the first of two world exclusive song premieres from the brand new holiday music collection A Very Broadway Christmas with original Beauty amp The Beast star Susan Egan's hilarious and endearing take on a particularly theatrical holiday tune coming from the pens of Ragtime composerlyricist combination of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, Christmas Cliches.
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The Mystery Of Edwin Drood's Stephanie Block Featured on Perfect Holiday 'Stocking Stuffer' CD, A Very Broadway Christmas

The Mystery Of Edwin Drood Star, Stephanie J. Block, is featured on an all new Christmas CD Recording titled A Very Broadway Christmas, produced to support the Dr. Carol Channing-Harry Kullijian Foundation For The Arts in its mission to promote the arts in public education. Block joins Matthew Morrison, Susan Egan and more in a holiday CD featuring both original and traditional Christmas Songs and can still be purchased in time to stuff it into the stocking of a favorite Broadway lover
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Susan Egan Plays The Cabaret at the Columbia Club in Indianapolis Tonight, 9/29

Susan Egan, one of Broadway and Disneys most celebrated performers, will take you on a journey from Broadway and beyond With her award-winning acting chops, her riotous humor, and a voice that critics have dubbed the perfect Broadway instrument, Susan will electrify the audience with songs and stories from her vast Broadway career, along with classic standards and new music by some of todays hottest New York writers.
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