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Directing ‘Frozen 2’ Showed Jennifer Lee the Way to Lead Disney Animation

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The making of “Frozen 2” (November 22) came at a tumultuous time for Disney Animation, as the film’s writer-director Jennifer Lee succeeded John Lasseter as chief creative officer. You could say that she went from being Anna to Elsa in her rise to the top. “But you don’t know if that’s a good thing or not — you haven’t seen the rest of the movie,” Lee told IndieWire, laughing, after introducing about 30 minutes of footage.

What we do know is the sequel to the Oscar-winning “Frozen” mega-blockbuster continues the adventures of siblings Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel) by unlocking the mystery of Elsa’s magical icy power and why their parents died in a shipwreck at sea. It’s all connected to an enchanted forest and the elemental forces of Air, Fire, Water, and Earth, animated in a dazzling display of effects and character work, joined together
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Co-Writer Adele Lim Departs Sequels Over Pay Disparity

  • Variety
‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Co-Writer Adele Lim Departs Sequels Over Pay Disparity
Adele Lim, who co-wrote the “Crazy Rich Asians” screenplay, has exited the planned sequels due to a dispute over pay disparity.

A representative for Lim confirmed her departure from the Warner Bros. projects. The rep declined to comment further. Warner Bros. did not respond to a request for comment.

Crazy Rich Asians,” based on the 2013 novel by Kevin Kwan, follows a young Asian American woman who meets her boyfriend’s parents — and discovers they’re one of the richest families in Singapore. Constance Wu played the lead with Henry Golding as her fiancé and Michelle Yeoh as her future mother-in-law.

John M. Chu directed from the script co-written by Lim and Peter Chiarelli. The romantic comedy was a surprise hit with $238 million in worldwide box office.

Warner Bros. had announced shortly after the film opened that it would develop the next two books in Kwan’s trilogy — 2015’s “China Rich Girlfriend
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Walt Disney Animation sets Raya and the Last Dragon for Thanksgiving 2020

During yesterday’s Walt Disney Animation section of the Disney Showcase presentation at D23, the studio announced the fantasy adventure feature Raya and the Last Dragon, which is set for release next year.

Directed by Paul Briggs and Dean Wellins (Big Hero 6) and written by Adele Lim (Crazy Rich Asians), Raya and the Last Dragon will see Cassie Steele (The L.A. Complex) voicing the titular Raya and Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians) as Sisu, the Last Dragon.

The film will focus on Raya, a lone warrior from the fantasy kingdom of Kumandra who teams up with a crew of misfits in her quest to find the Last Dragon, defeat the dark forces and bring light and unity back to their world.

Raya and the Last Dragon will be released in November 2020.

The post Walt Disney Animation sets Raya and the Last Dragon for Thanksgiving 2020 appeared first on Flickering Myth.
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Awkwafina to star in an upcoming animated film

Actress Awkwafina is all set to reunite with "Crazy Rich Asians" co-writer Adele Lim to bring to life an animated film "Raya and the Last Dragon".

Walt Disney Animation Studios on Saturday announced a new film "Raya and the Last Dragon" with Awkwafina as Susi the Dragon and Cassie Steele as Raya. Jennifer Lee, Chief Creative Officer at Walt Disney Animation Studios, made the announcement at Disney's biennial fan expo D23 here.

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Directors Paul Briggs and Dean Wellins, producer Osnat Shurer and writer Lim joined Lee on stage to set up the film, which introduces Raya, a lone warrior from the fantasy kingdom of Kumandra who teams up with a crew of misfits in her quest to find the Last Dragon and bring light and unity back to their world. Inspired by the beautiful and diverse cultures of Southeast Asia,
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‘Frozen 2’ Honors Mom, Plus Sneak Peeks of ‘Soul,’ ‘Onward,’ and ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ at D23

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“Let it go?” As if! The long-awaited sequel to 2013’s modern Disney classic “Frozen” is due in theaters Nov. 22. Once again directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, this installment follows the gang as they set out on a journey to find the origin of Elsa’s powers in order to save their kingdom.

Idina Menzel, who plays Queen Elsa, is reunited with Kristen Bell, who voices Queen Anna. Josh Gad is back as snowman sidekick Olaf, with Jonathan Groff as iceman Kristoff, and Santino Fontana as Hans, also in tow. New additions to the film, which picks up three years after the original, include Evan Rachel Wood as the siblings’ mother, and Sterling K. Brown.

In an extensive clip from the first act shown at D23 on Saturday, the sisters, Olaf, and Sven are playing a game of charades but Elsa is distracted by a mysterious voice that she hears singing.
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Disney Announces New Fantasy Adventure Raya And The Last Dragon Animated Film

Disney announced a brand new animated fantasy adventure film project they are developing at the D23 Expo today. It’s called Raya and The Last Dragon and it looks like it’s going to be another incredible movie from the studio.

The film will be set in southeast Asia and features themes from that part of the world. The story is set in a realm called Kumandra, which is described as “a reimagined earth inhabited by an ancient civilization that venerated the mythical dragons for their power and their wisdom.”

It’s explained that there are five distinct clans from the Land of the Dragon, but the dragons are gone and Kumandra has been invaded by a dark, sinister force. Raya is a lone warrior on a quest to save her world, determined to find the last dragon, who she believes, has the power to save Kumandra.

The film stars
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Raya and the Last Dragon: Disney Announces Animated Feature

Alec Bojalad Aug 24, 2019

Disney Animation's Raya and the Last Dragon will star Cassie Steele and Awkwafina and arrive in November 2020.

Between Game of Thrones and the How to Train Your Dragon franchise, you might be getting a little sick of CGI dragons. Well guess what, bub? You'll be sick of dragons when Disney Says you're sick of dragons.

Disney announced during their D23 Expo in Anaheim, California that they are producing an animated film called Raya and the Last Dragon. Little is known about the plot thus far but it will follow the titular Raya as she tracks down the last dragon in the world. Disney also provided some intriguing art.

Just Announced: Disney%u2019s Raya and the Last Dragon, starring @cassandrasteele (Raya) and @Awkwafina. Check out all-new concept art, and see the film in theaters November 2020. #D23Expo pic.twitter.com/V40bv64IIp

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Disney’s New ‘Raya And The Last Dragon’ To Star Awkwafina & Cassie Steele – D23

  • Deadline
Walt Disney Animation Studios has taken the wraps off its next project, unveiling at the D23 Expo on Saturday Raya and the Last Dragon, which will star Cassie Steele and Crazy Rich Asians standout Awkwafina. A November 25, 2020 release date has been set.

Awkwafina adds to her Disney credits that soon will include Shang-Chi and the live-action The Little Mermaid. Steele is best know for starring on Degrassi: The Next Generation and also voices Tammy on Rick & Morty.

Paul Briggs and Dean Wellins are directing with Moana‘s Osnat Shurer producing. Adele Lim (Crazy Rich Asians) penned the script. The plot: a lone warrior from the fantasy kingdom of Kumandra teams up with a crew of misfits in her quest to find the Last Dragon and bring light and unity back to their world.

Judging by the three-minute clip shown in the room, the epic fantasy is informed
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Awkwafina to Star in Disney’s Animated ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ From ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Co-Writer

  • The Wrap
Disney treated fans at D23 Expo Saturday to their first look at “Raya and the Last Dragon,” a new animated film starring Awkwafina and written by Adele Lim, co-writer of “Crazy Rich Asians.”

Onstage at the expo in Anaheim, California, Awkwafuna, co-star Cassie Steele (“Degrassi: The Next Generation”), producer Osnat Shurer and Lim, explained that the film is inspired by Hong Kong action films with a setting inspired by Southeast Asia.

Set in Kumandra, a fantasy world with five lands and a sea shaped like a dragon, the film follows Raya (Steele), a lone warrior on a quest to find the last dragon, whom she believes can save Kumandra from a so-far unrevealed evil force. Awkwafina, meanwhile, plays Sisu, the last dragon, who has become trapped in a human body and needs Raya’s help to find the power to return to her dragon form.

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Disney Introduces Animated 'Raya and the Last Dragon,' New Songs From 'Frozen 2' at D23

Walt Disney Animation Studios on Saturday introduced a new fantasy, Raya and the Last Dragon, which is set for a Nov. 25, 2020, release, as well as new details about its Nov. 22 release Frozen 2 before an estimated 7,000 fans gathered at the company's D23 Expo in Anaheim.

Southeast Asia-inspired Raya and the Last Dragon is being penned by screenwriter Adele Lim (Crazy Rich Asians) and explores the themes of community and hope. The title character is the fearless Raya, voiced by Cassie Steele, who goes on a quest to find the last dragon, Sisu, voiced ...
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Today in Soap Opera History (December 2)

1958: Irna Phillips appeared on To Tell the Truth.

1975: Serena shot her husband on The Edge of Night.

1999: Guiding Light's Drew disrupted Michelle's trial.

2009: General Hospital featured karaoke night at Jake's."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1942: On Clara, Lu and Em Lu (Dorothy Day) and Em (Harriet Allyn) discussed Christmas presents.

1958: On CBS primetime panel game show To Tell the Truth, panelists Kitty Carlisle, Hy Gardner, Polly Bergen, Jackie Cooper tried to guess which of three women was the real Irna Phillips,
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The L.A. Complex Reboot Eyed at CW

The CW is moving back into The L.A. Complex: The network is developing a reboot of the showbiz-themed Canadian drama, which aired for two seasons.

According to our sister site Deadline, series creator Martin Gero and Brendan Gall — who got his start on the show as a writer/co-executive producer — will pen the project, which follows a new group of twenty-something tenants living in Hollywood’s Luxe hotel. As the aspiring artists try to make it in the entertainment industry as actors, dancers, producers and comedians, their relationships will rise and fall, and their beliefs and values will be tested.
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We Need to Talk About How Hot This Degrassi Star Got, Because Oh My Gosh!

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We Need to Talk About How Hot This Degrassi Star Got, Because Oh My Gosh!
Degrassi was one of the most beloved teen dramas in the early 2000s, which is why fans were deep in their feelings when the cast reunited for Drake's latest music video, "I'm Upset." Not only is the high-school-reunion-themed video jam-packed with nostalgic references (including the show's iconic theme song), but it also reintroduces us to our favorite characters and the actors who played them. While Emma and Manny haven't aged a day, there was one star who made us do a double take: Connor freaking DeLaurier.

Let's just say Connor, who was played by Canadian actor A.J. Saudin, had a serious glow-up. To be honest, we didn't even realize it was him until the credits rolled and showed the side by side of him and his character. Since wrapping the series in 2015, the 26-year-old, who now goes by the professional name Saudin, has put his acting days behind him and pursued a career in music.
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Drake’s ‘I’m Upset’ Video Was ‘The Reunion We’ve Always Wanted,’ Says ‘Degrassi’ Cast

  • Variety
Drake’s ‘I’m Upset’ Video Was ‘The Reunion We’ve Always Wanted,’ Says ‘Degrassi’ Cast
Drake’s former castmates from “Degrassi: The Next Generation” had a blast reuniting for his latest video, “I’m Upset,” shot this past weekend in downtown Toronto from the Air Canada Centre, where the rap star’s beloved Raptors play basketball, in addition to the Degrassi set in north Toronto, where the long-running teen drama still films.

He released the video Wednesday night and it already has more than 2.5 million views on YouTube.

From 2001 to 2009, Drake, then known by his birth name Aubrey Graham, played Jimmy Brooks in the series, a rich kid who ends up in a wheelchair after getting shot.

He appeared in over 100 episodes, and again in “Degrassi: Minis” (2005-2007). He also released his first mixtape, “Room For Improvement,” in 2007.

For the video, directed by recent Prism Prize winner Karena Evans, Drake — inexplicably sleeping on a bed at the Raptors’ centre court at the Acc — gets a
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‘Degrassi’ Reunion: Drake Brings Back Like All His Old Classmates for ‘I’m Upset’ Music Video

‘Degrassi’ Reunion: Drake Brings Back Like All His Old Classmates for ‘I’m Upset’ Music Video
Drake hasn’t forgotten where he came from. The rapper just reunited pretty much the entire cast of “Degrassi: The Next Generation” for his “I’m Upset” music video.

Reprising their roles were Shane Kippel, Stacey Farber, Adamo Ruggiero, Lauren Collins, Jake Epstein, Christina Schmidt, Andrea Lewis, Melissa McIntyre, LinLyn Lue, Stefan Brogren, Ephraim Ellis, Jake Goldsbie, Marc Donato, Dalmar Abuzeid, A.J. Saudin, Miriam McDonald, Cassie Steele, Nina Dobrev, Sarah Barrable-Tishauer, and Paula Brancati.

Even Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith brought back their Jay and Silent Bob characters for a cameo recalling their original cameo.

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Next to the rapper, whose real name is Aubrey Drake Graham, Dobrev is the breakout star of the regular group. She starred on The CW’s “Vampire Diaries” from 2009-2017.

Drake/Graham played Jimmy Brooks from 2001-2009 on “Degrassi: The Next Generation.
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Drake’s ‘I’m Upset’ Video Delivers the Insane ‘Degrassi’ Reunion You’ve Been Waiting For — Watch

Drake’s ‘I’m Upset’ Video Delivers the Insane ‘Degrassi’ Reunion You’ve Been Waiting For — Watch
Drake gets back to his “Degrassi” roots in the new music video for “I’m Upset,” a song which is expected to be included on his upcoming fifth studio album “Scorpion.” Drake appeared as the character Jimmy Brooks for eight seasons on “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” and his new music video includes nineteen actors who also starred on the series during its run.

The following cast members you’ll spot in the video below include (via TVLine): Shane Kippel (Spinner), Stacey Farber (Ellie), Adamo Ruggiero (Marco), Jake Epstein (Craig), Christina Schmidt (Terri), Andrea Lewis (Hazel), Melissa McIntyre (Ashley), Linlyn Lue (Ms. Kwan), Stefan Brogren (Snake), Ephram Ellis (Rick), Jake Goldsbie (Toby), Marc Donato (Derek), Dalmar Abuzeid (Danny), A.J. Saudin (Connor), Miriam McDonald (Emma), Cassie Steele (Manny), Nina Dobrev (Mia), Sarah Barrable-Tishauer (Liberty) and Paula Brancati (Jane).

The music video also features Jay and Silent Bob, played by Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes.
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Drake Stages Massive Degrassi Reunion In 'I'm Upset' Music Video — Watch

Drake Stages Massive Degrassi Reunion In 'I'm Upset' Music Video — Watch
Drake is doing whatever it takes to make sure his latest music video goes viral, enlisting some help from his former Degrassi: The Next Generation co-stars.

The rapper, who played Jimmy Brooks on the Canadian teen drama from 2001 to 2009, stages a high school reunion in the Karena Evans-directed music video for his latest single “I’m Upset,” sending him back to his old stomping grounds.

In addition to Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith (aka Jay and Silent Bob), who appeared on Degrassi for a few episodes in Season 4, the following 19 alumni show up in the video: Shane Kippel (Spinner
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‘Zombie Shark’ Review

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Stars: Cassie Steele, Jason London, Roger J. Timber, Ross Britz, Laura Cayouette, Sloane Coe, Becky Andrews, Ladson Deyne, Leslie Castay, Carter Burch, Flynn Foster, Jeff Pearson | Written by Greg Mitchell | Directed by Misty Talley

Also known as Shark Island, a more generic title that would undoubtedly failed to sell more copies than the films other more exploitative moniker, Zombie Shark; this film stars former Degrassi: The Next Generation actress Cassie Steele as Amber, a tough as nails bartender who goes on a trip to a quite coastal island with her sister and a few friends, and runs straight into an army of sharks intent on eating anything and everything that get in their way. Only these are no ordinary sharks, oh no…

You see the almost-deseted island Amber and her friends are partying on also happens to home to a once-abandoned army facility that now houses a scientist, Dr.
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Wheelchair Jimmy Returns! See Drake's "Degrassi" Reunion

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The kids of Degrassi had their own high school reunion last night! Before being known as Drake, Aubrey Graham made a name for himself as a Canadian actor starring on the Noggin series "Degrassi: The Next Generation." The rapper played Jimmy Brooks on the series, a basketball player who ended up in a wheelchair after a school shooting left him paralyzed. While he left the show in 2007, Drake met up with a trio of his former costars on Wednesday night at the Toronto screening of the new series "We Are Disorderly." At the event, he was seen taking photos with Daniel Clark (Sean Cameron), Adam Ruggiero (Maro Del Rossi) and Lauren Collins (Paige Michalchuk). The series they were supporting is directed by Samir Rehem, who directed a ton of "Degrassi" episodes, and written by Mazin Elsadig, who played Damian on the Noggin show. This is the second mini-"Degrassi" reunion in the past week,
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The Degrassi Reunion Is Complete: See Emma and Manny Together Again!

The Degrassi Reunion Is Complete: See Emma and Manny Together Again!
Be still our Canadian teen drama-loving hearts.  Today just so happens to be the one month anniversary of that epic Degrassi reunion photo shoot that we all lost our minds over, and while that was probably one of the best things that has ever happened to us, there was something missing. Or rather, someone.  A ton of original cast members all gathered for a photo shoot to promote the retrospective special airing this Friday, and unfortunately, Cassie Steele was not among them. Steele played Manny Santos, who was BFFs with Miriam McDonald's Emma Nelson, and now the BFFs have reunited!  Both McDonald and Steele posted pictures of the two of them hanging out on Instagram,...
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