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FROZEN Sing-Along Edition Arrives 11/18

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All the fans of Frozen in your life can now sing-along with all the catchy songs with their very own copy of Disney’s Sing-Along full length DVD edition of the popular animated film! The lyrics will be easy to follow with a bouncing “Frozen” snowflake with each song.

Join Anna as she sets off on an epic journey – teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and a snowman named Olaf – to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. It’s pure enchantment – and full of fun for the whole family!

Frozen features the all-star voice cast of Kristen Bell as Anna; Idina Menzel as Elsa; Jonathan Groff as mountain man Kristoff; Josh Gad as the lovable snowman Olaf; Santino Fontana as Hans; Alan Tudyk as the Duke of Weselton; Ciarán Hinds as Pabbie & Chris Williams as Oaken.

DVD features include:

  • Breaking The Ice (ALL-NEW)
  • Sing Along Version of the Film
  • Original Theatrical Version of the Film
  • “Get a Horse!” Mickey Mouse Short

The Frozen Sing-Along DVD releases on November 18, 2014.

Bill Condon to Direct Live-Action “Beauty and the Beast”

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Bill Condon, most known for his work on “Twilight” and “The Fifth Estate” has officially signed on for a live-action film of “Beauty and the Beast.”

The famous animated “Beauty and the Beast” film opened in theaters in 1991, and went on to earn $425 million worldwide.

The decision to move forward with the project is likely due to the recent success of “Maleficent” which released in theaters last month. It topped the box office on its opening weekend earning over $170 million worldwide. Disney has also had wide success with live-action versions of “Wizard of Oz” and “Alice in Wonderlands.”

There is already a live-action “Jungle Book” project in the works and reportedly a “Cinderella” film as well.

Director, Condon, is no stranger to musicals either. His 2006 hit Dreamgirls, based on the Broadway musical, was a worldwide success.

Let’s just hope the new project will not look like this:

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The Children of Disney’s Animated Characters Assemble for Descendants

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The Disney Channel is always looking for news ways to monetize their brand with as little effort as possible as evident by their upcoming new live-action telefilm, The Descendants. The project takes the descendants of popular animated and storybook characters for a look at the “next generation.”

The official description of the project is as follows:

In a present day idyllic kingdom, the benevolent teenaged son of the King and Queen (Beast and Belle from Disney’s iconic Beauty and the Beast) is poised to take the throne. His first proclamation: offer a chance at redemption to the trouble-making offspring of Cruella De Vil, Maleficent, the Evil Queen and Jafar who have been imprisoned on a forbidden island with all the other villains, sidekicks, evil step-mothers and step-sisters. These villainous descendants (Carlos, Mal, Evvie and Jay, respectively) are allowed into the kingdom to attend prep school alongside the offspring of iconic Disney heroes including Fairy Godmother, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and Mulan. However, the evil teens face a dilemma. Should they follow in their nefarious parents’ footsteps and help all the villains regain power or embrace their innate goodness and save the kingdom?

Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide, admits the easy project saying,

“We mined Disney’s treasure trove of stories and developed a new, comedic approach to the fabled characters everyone knows and loves. The result is a modern and unexpected re-interpretation of classic heritage characters utilizing contemporary, relatable settings and themes.”

The Descendants is written by “The Starter Wife” creators Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott with High School Musical’s Mark Hofeling tackling the production design and Karen Saun (“Project Runway”) providing the wardrobe design. Casting is now underway for  the project with production slated to begin next spring for a 2015 premiere on Disney Channel.

Oz The Great and Powerful Hits Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Digital and On-Demand – June 11, 2013

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Disney’s Oz The Great And Powerful has recieved its in home release date and will debut on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD, Digital and On-Demand, June 11, 2013. The film is directed by Sam Raimi who helmed the record-crushing “Spider-Man” trilogy, and produced by Joe Roth who fashioned Disney’s billion dollar-plus earning “Alice in Wonderland.” “Oz The Great and Powerful” boasts a stellar cast that includes Academy Award nominee James Franco as Oscar Diggs, the predestined wizard; Golden Globe nominee Mila Kunis as the tormented young witch Theodora; Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz as Theodora’s older sister, Evanora, the witch who rules over the Emerald City; and three-time Oscar-nominated actress Michelle Williams as Glinda, the Good Witch.  Continue reading

Alice in Wonderland Sequel Planned By Disney

Disney recently announced that they have begun planning a sequel to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. The film, which was released in 2010, starred Mia Wasikowska as Alice and Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. The 3D film went on to earn $1 billion worldwide and scored Oscars for art direction and costume design. Continue reading

Johnny Depp And Disney Planning A Don Quixote Adaptation

Disney recently closed a deal on an new Don Quixote film pitch that was written by Steve Pink and Jeff Morris. The project will be produced by Infinitum Nihil’s Johnny Depp and Christi Dembrowski.

Rather than be another straight forward adaptation, the project is being described as being a modern re-imagining of Don Quixote. Depp has long been intrigued with that character, and at one time was attached to the Quixote film that Terry Gilliam has tried to make.

Don Quixote will be based off the novel “The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha,” written by Miguel de Cervantes. The novel follows the adventures of Alonso Quijano, an hidalgo who reads so many chivalric novels, that he decides to set out to revive chivalry under the name of Don Quixote. He recruits a simple farmer,Sancho Panza, as his squire, who frequently deals with Don Quixote’s rhetorical orations on antiquated knighthood with a unique, earthy wit. He is met by the world as it is, initiating themes like intertextuality, realism,metatheatre and literary representation.

The original novel was published in two separate volumes that were a decade apart, in 1605 and 1615 respectively. Remaining one of the more loves and respected literary novels in the world, it regularly appears on “best” lists around the world, and on a 2002 listDon Quixote was cited as the “best literary work ever written”.

At Disney, Infinitum Nihil just wrapped the Depp-starrer Disney The Lone Ranger. The company’s feature credits also include Hugo, Dark Shadows and The Rum Diary. UTA reps Pink, Morris and Infinitum Nihil, while Pink’s managed by Mosaic and Morris by Caliber Media.

‘Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’ Optioned By Disney

Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a children’s book written by American author, Judith Viorst and illustrated by Ray Cruz. Awards it has earned since its original publication in 1972 have been the George G. Stone Center Recognition of Merit and a Georgia Children’s Book Award. If you’re a fan of the book, you’ll be pleased to learn that its going to be made into a Hollywood adaptation.

Disney has big plans for this popular 32-page children’s book. Steve Carell is already attached to star in the film adaptation. He’ll play Alexander’s father. The writer and director of the critically acclaimed drama, The Kids Are All Right, Lisa Cholodenko, is also directing this project. In fact, she co-wrote the adapted screenplay for Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible… with Rob Lieber. On the production side are Shawn Levy and Dan Levine for 21 Laps, as well as Lisa Henson. 20th Century Fox did have the film rights first, but nothing came of it.

Just as the title suggests, Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is focused upon a rotten day in the life of the young Alexander. It begins the moment Alexander gets up in the morning. There’s gum tangled in his hair, he trips over his skateboard and then accidentally drops his sweater into the sink with the water on.

At school things continue poorly. In fact, there isn’t even a dessert in his lunch. After class, he visits the dentist and learns he has a cavity and things escalate from there. The elevator door closes on his foot, one of his brothers pushes him in the mud, and when he retaliates against his other brother for laughing at him when he cries, his Mom catches him and punishes him instead.

At night there are lima beans for dinner, which Alexander does not like, soap gets in his eyes at bath time, and after he turns in, unfortunately biting his tongue, he sees that the family cat has chosen to sleep with one of his brothers rather than with him. Alexander claims things are so bad that he wants to move to Australia.

In the end Alexander’s mother promises him that everyone has bad days, even people living in Australia.

The book has a sequel called Alexander and the Wonderful, Marvelous, Excellent, Terrific Ninety Days.

Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day probably won’t debut until 2014. As for Steve Carell, he’ll enjoy a very busy 2013. His films debuting next year include The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, The Way, Way Back , Despicable Me 2 and Foxcatcher.

Disney To Adapt Stuff Of Legend For The Big Screen

Disney recently announced that they have made a pitch deal to adapt Mike Raicht and Brian Smith’s graphic novel Stuff of Legend. Pete Candeland (Balto) would direct the film and Shawn Christensen (Abduction) would write the script.  Jake Wagner will executive produce.

This would be the second recent Disney project for Candeland, who is best known for his work with animation and for creating and directing music videos for The Gorillaz, according to Deadline.com. Candeland also worked with Paul McCartney to create the cinematic opening for The Beatles Rock Band for Harmonix.

Stuff of Legend, illustrated by Charles Paul Wilson III, is set in 1944. It tells the story of a boy who is abducted by the Boogeyman and taken to a closet realm known as The Dark. The boy’s puppy organizes a group of toys to embark on a rescue mission. Once in the closet, each of the toys morphs into a more powerful creature and together they wage war on the Boogeyman’s forces.

The intention, according to Deadline, is to make a live-action film set in a CGI world, like Alice in Wonderland.

Publishers Weekly had great things to say about the graphic novel series, stating:

The plot takes some dark turns, and there is a sometimes ugly psychological tension even between allies. The taut, suspenseful story will engross older readers, however. Wilson’s lovely sepia artwork infuses the book with an ominous feel and brings the complex emotions of the living toys to the fore. The volume gathers issues one and two of The Stuff of Legend comic, published by Th3rd World Studio, along with character sketches, a new story revolving around the soldier’s war journal, and character sketches.

There is no word yet on who is expected to star in the adaptation or a projected release date for the project.

The Secret World of Arrietty Makes Waves in Japan With $8.1 Million U.S. Opening

The Secret World of Arrietty did the unexpected and gained $8.1 million on it’s opening weekend in the States. This is the biggest take for the animators Studio Ghibli to date for a stateside release, making headlines in Japan.

This is impressive because when compared to Spirited Away; another animation by Studio Ghibli; the film only took home half a million stateside on its opening three day bow. While the film itself had earned a record breaking $230 million in Japan, it only ended up with $10 million in America.

Studio Ghibli attributes their success in the united states to Disney, who released the dubbed version. This was openly communicated on the official website for Studio Ghibli in Japan.

The Secret World of Arrietty, which is known as Karigurashi no Arrietty in Japan, opened on over 1500 screens and finished the weekend in eighth spot. The film was first released in Japan, July 2010 and took $115 million home, the highest grossing domestic film that year. Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, the inspiration for the film was drawn from The Borrowers, written by English author Mary Norton; the creator of Disney classic Bedknobs & Broomsticks!

The Borrowers which was first published in 1952, is the first in a series of children fantasy novels. The stories are about tiny people who infest the homes of normal people, often scavenging for supplies. According to the books, they “borrow” things to survive while ensuring that the world stays ignorant of their existence. We have that too in the real world, the little people are often just the homeless that are cracked out on drugs they bought pawning “borrowed” goods.

The story goes on to tell a story about Arrietty Clock, the spirited teenager of the tiny people variety. From what I can see in the movie adaptation, she becomes friends with a human who’s discovered her existence. Instead of being sentenced to death for violating the masquerade, they carry on their friendship despite the cultural hurdles they face; size does matter.  I believe they made a live action movie in 1997 starring John Goodman also called “The Borrowers.”

Now that I think of it, I remember an animation on television which also became a movie. It was called The Littles. It too was adapted from a series of children’s novels written by John Peterson, this time an American author in 1967. Hmmmm… Curiouser and curiouser. The Littles were also a family of tiny people; with mouse like features such as tails, teeth and ears; that infested the home of the Bigg family; har har. They built wacky contraptions from household items to aid in their survival. Having been discovered by one of the Bigg children, they form a trusting relationship which allows them to mooch off the humans more efficiently. Wow. Someone’s been doing some borrowing themselves writing this.

What is it with these remakes of British entertainment? Do people somehow believe that things seen in the UK will be seen as fresh and new ideas in the states? They take great ideas and make these bastardizations that make me cringe. How do people get away with this? It’s not like I can go and pitch an idea about angst filled teens on probation with superpowers and not get caught!

Gah! It’s like my mind refuses to accept this.  Watch the trailer for The Secret World of Arrietty below: