Disney Executives Are Turning The Iconic Night On Bald Mountain Sequence From Classic Animated Film Fantasia Into A Live-action Movie.
The section from the 1940 film centres on a dark winged create who raises spirits from the dead, and it flies through the air enjoying a night of mayhem until the sun begins to rise.
In the original film, which was comprised of eight animated sequences set to pieces of classical music, Night on Bald Mountain's score was composed by Russian artist Modest Mussorgsky in 1867 and arranged by Leopold Stokowski for the movie.
Writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless have been tapped to pen the script for the new movie, and the duo is also executive producing the project.
R&B singer Fantasia is snapped arriving at a CD signing session at Radio Shack in New York City. She is seen meeting and greeting people, chatting to an interviewer as she attempts to fix a microphone to her clothing and posing for photographers while clutching her new album 'Side Effects of You'.
Singer Fantasia (aka Fantasia Barrino) is seen in Manhattan pulling up outside Radio Shack where she is due to sign copies of her new album 'Side Effects of You'. As she gets out of the car to some loud cheering, she snaps the crowd of fans with her phone.
Critics pretty much roared their disapproval at the first two Madagascar movies, but several are fairly beating The Drums for the latest one, Madagascar 3 Europe's Most Wanted. Typical is Andy Webster's review in The New York Times , which concludes. "Where Madagascar soars is in its visuals A Monte Carlo chase is vertiginously madcap; a Cirque du Soleil-style spectacle dazzles with rich pastels; the 3D effects have wit and invention. Kids will be stimulated. And, parents, you'll enjoy The Sights." Michael O'Sullivan in the Washington Post praises the filmmakers for rising to a new "level of divine lunacy" and employing some "amazing animation, some in eye-popping neon, that rival those of Disney's 1940 classic Fantasia. Yes, it's that good." Several critics single out the filmmakers' effective use of 3D technology. Betsy Sharkey in the Los Angeles Times observes that they wrap "all the splashy tricks and flights of derring-do in a kaleidoscope of color that seems at times to literally spin off the screen." In fact, a Common complaint of the negative reviews is that it spins too swiftly. "The movie zooms along at a clip so quick, it sometimes overwhelms," writes Linda Barnard in the Toronto Star . Similarly, Claudia Puig comments in USA Today "Set at a frenzied pace meant to connote fun, it mostly feels like a frenetic spectacle." And Joe Morgenstern sums up in the Wall Street Journal " Madagascar 3 is all about exuberant motion, cute characters and gorgeous colors. It aims for the eyes, not the heart." Lou Lumenick in the New York Post hauls out The Whip, remarking that the movie amounts to "an exhausting, eyeball-gougingly ugly 90-minute assault of non-stop action, with an all-star voice cast shouting witless lines and a wide variety of objects lobbed at the audience in the crudest 3D fashion. And Joe Neumaier in the New York Daily News concludes that the latest Madagascar entry has become "a craven Example of a fast-buck, no-fun family film."
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Roberto Cavalli thinks Cheryl Cole is the ''perfect Cavalli woman'' because she is ''strong, confident and sexy''.
The Italian designer - who dressed the 'Call My Name' hitmaker for her appearance on talent show 'The Voice' on Saturday night (26.05.12) - believes the singer is an ideal person to wear his clothes because she is ''strong, confident and sexy''.
He said: ''Cheryl is the perfect Cavalli woman. Strong, confident and sexy.''
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On last night's American Idol, Jessica Sanchez refused to let last week's brush with ejection put off her stride. She performed two songs, to an incredibly high standard, proving that the judges were right to use their one 'saves' for the season to rescue her from failure last week.
Firstly, she gave a feisty rendition of Alicia Keys' 'Fallin'.' She took the already challenging vocal and added further nuances to the melody. Her performance was met with a huge cheer from the crowd, who were obviously glad to see her back on the stage once again. Secondly, Jessica sang Otis Redding's 'Try A Little Tenderness.' Dressed in purple capri pants and a leather jacket, Jessica showed her lighter side, growling her way effortlessly through the bluesy classic. She was backed by a brass band and topped off the song with a gutsy long note, with the crowd rapturous once more. If there was any doubt as to whether Jessica should remain in the competition, she eradicated it with those performances last night.
The other surprise appearance in the bottom three last week was Joshua Ledet, who staged his own personal comeback with Fantasia's 'I Believe.' It was a near-faultless performance, vocally, even is the song choice wasn't much of a draw in itself. His rendition of 'A Change is Gonna Come' was a little over-blown, but certainly proved Joshua's commitment to remaining in the contest, if nothing else.
Crystal Bowersox, the 25-year-old American singer-songwriter who finished as runner-up on season nine of American Idol, has outsold her rival Lee DeWyze in this week's album charts. However, according to sales tracking system Nielsen SoundScan, sales for albums on the Billboard 200 dropped 62% from last week.
In the battle of the 'Idol' acts, Bowersox secured the week's best-selling album despite a 71% drop in sales. Her debut record, 'Farmer's Daughter' sold 11,000 copies pushing its total sales well past the 100,000 mark. 24-year-old DeWyze, who was crowned the eventual winner of 'Idol' season nine, sold only 6,000 copies of his album 'Live It Up'. Other former contestants from the reality singing competition maintained their places in the Top 200, with Carrie Underwood selling a further 3,000 copies of her album 'Carnival Ride', and Fantasia taking her total sales of album 'Back To Me' to 384,000 after selling 6,000.
Bowersox's debut album hit shelves back in December 2010 and she performed the title track live on The Ellen Degeneres show on 16th December 2010. The singer-songwriter is set to make an appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today (6th January 2011) where she will be promoting her album 'Farmer's Daughter'.
Cher believes her forthcoming musical movie 'Burlesque' is like a gay version of Disney movie 'Fantasia'.
The 64-year-old Oscar-winner - who plays club owner Tess in the movie opposite Christina Aguilera and Kristin Bell - believes the film, which features a large number of song-and-dance routines, is similar to 1940 animated musical classic 'Fantasia' in its epic feel, particularly for her large gay following.
Speaking at the UK premiere of the movie at the Empire cinema on London's Leicester Square, Cher told BANG Showbiz: "Someone said this film is like gay fantasia. It's a gay fantasia!"
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Alabama soul man Taylor Hicks was crowned the fifth American Idol in Hollywood last night (24MAY06) after a winning the majority of a staggering 63.4 million votes. The grey-haired singer beat California girl Katherine Mcphee in the star-studded two-hour finale at the Kodak Theatre, which was capped by a surprise appearance from Prince. He wasn't the only celebrity performer to grace the stage at the final - Toni Braxton, Al Jarreau, Mary J Blige and Meat Loaf also duetted with their favourite Idols, while Dionne Warwick teamed up with Burt Bacharach for a medley of WALK ON BY and THAT'S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR, backed by the show's finalists. Hicks, 29, joins past winners Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia and Carrie Underwood and was handed the keys to a Ford Mustang as a finalist and a new record contract as the 2006 American Idol.
Veteran Disney creation Mickey Mouse is joining the 21st century at the age of 78 - by going 3D. The much-loved cartoon character will keep his trademark white gloves, red shorts and yellow shoes but appear in a computer generated format, similar to that used in Shrek and Toy Story. The new programme, titled MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE, is aimed at children between the ages of two and five and will also feature Mickey's friends MINNIE MOUSE, DAFFY and DAISY DUCK and PLUTO. Managing director of Disney Channels UK, ROB GILBY, says, "Mickey has continued to develop as an animation icon since he was first created in 1928. "He has evolved over the years as film technology advanced, initially from black and white to colour. "The move to digitally-rendered 3D is the logical next step." A Disney spokesman adds, "This is the first television series starring Mickey and friends in 3D computer-generated animation. "Although the genre is contemporary, the series designs are referential to the classic drawings of the 1940s." Mickey Mouse first appeared in STEAMBOAT WILLIE in 1928 and has gone on to star in over 120 cartoons, including the 1940 feature-length animation Fantasia.