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A prequel to the Disney classic Peter Pan is heading to Broadway. The production, Peter and the Starcatcher, follows Peter on as mystical voyage to a faraway island and is set to be staged next spring (12).


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'Pirates of The Caribbean 5' Is Coming in 2017 - Whether You Like it or Not 4299856 News

Disney has confirmed that Pirates of Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will be released on July 7, 2017 – a six-year gap between franchise entries. The tentpole, which stars Johnny Depp in the now-iconic lead role of Captain Jack Sparrow, was supposed to hit cinemas in the summer of 2015, but scripting issues have lead to major delays.

Jack SparrowJohnny Depp in his most lucrative on-screen role to date as Captain Jack Sparrow

Disney will be looking forward to getting Dead Men off the ground; the last Pirates movie - On Stranger Tides - grossed $1.04 billion in 2011. So far, the franchise as a whole has accumulated something like  $3.7 billion in ticket sales alone, and merchandise for the movies sells well, too. 

More: 10 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Johnny Depp

What’s more, the company are on a roll: Frozen proved to be a hugely successful gamble, and with Star Wars Episode VII steadily leaking drips of information, 2016/2017 will, ostensibly, be a huge year. The weekend of July 7 hasn’t got any other releases scheduled, and it’s unlikely any major studios would want to go up against the powerhouse franchise, despite Depp’s recent slow form with both the critics and the box. 

Disney production president Sean Bailey explained in the fall of 2013: "Like audiences around the globe, we have high expectations for Jack Sparrow's next adventure and we want to have all the right elements in place. We're not there yet and we want to make sure this project is everything these wonderful characters and of course the fans deserve."

Next page: why Zoe Saldana almost quit Hollywood after The Curse of the Black Pearl

 

Recently, Zoe Saldana – who stars in Marvel’s upcoming and already-hyped movie, Guardians of The Galaxy – said she almost quit Hollywood after being treated badly during a small role in the 2003 Pirates film, The Curse of The Black Pearl. 

Zoe SaldanaZoe Saldana in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

“Those weren't the right people for me,” she told The Hollywood Reporter, who also broke the news about Dead Men's release date. “I'm not talking about the cast. The cast was great. I'm talking about the political stuff that went on behind closed doors. It was a lot of above-the-line versus below-the-line, extras versus actors, producers versus PAs. It was very elitist. I almost quit the business. I was 23 years old, and I was like, "F*** this!” she added.

Disney has confirmed that Pirates of Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will be released on July 7, 2017 – a six-year gap between franchise entries. The tentpole, which stars Johnny Depp in the now-iconic lead role of Captain Jack Sparrow, was supposed to hit cinemas in the summer of 2015, but scripting issues have lead to major delays.

Jack SparrowJohnny Depp in his most lucrative on-screen role to date as Captain Jack Sparrow

Disney will be looking forward to getting Dead Men off the ground; the last Pirates movie - On Stranger Tides - grossed $1.04 billion in 2011. So far, the franchise as a whole has accumulated something like  $3.7 billion in ticket sales alone, and merchandise for the movies sells well, too. 

More: 10 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Johnny Depp

What’s more, the company are on a roll: Frozen proved to be a hugely successful gamble, and with Star Wars Episode VII steadily leaking drips of information, 2016/2017 will, ostensibly, be a huge year. The weekend of July 7 hasn’t got any other releases scheduled, and it’s unlikely any major studios would want to go up against the powerhouse franchise, despite Depp’s recent slow form with both the critics and the box. 

Disney production president Sean Bailey explained in the fall of 2013: "Like audiences around the globe, we have high expectations for Jack Sparrow's next adventure and we want to have all the right elements in place. We're not there yet and we want to make sure this project is everything these wonderful characters and of course the fans deserve."

Next page: why Zoe Saldana almost quit Hollywood after The Curse of the Black Pearl

 

Recently, Zoe Saldana – who stars in Marvel’s upcoming and already-hyped movie, Guardians of The Galaxy – said she almost quit Hollywood after being treated badly during a small role in the 2003 Pirates film, The Curse of The Black Pearl. 

Zoe SaldanaZoe Saldana in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

“Those weren't the right people for me,” she told The Hollywood Reporter, who also broke the news about Dead Men's release date. “I'm not talking about the cast. The cast was great. I'm talking about the political stuff that went on behind closed doors. It was a lot of above-the-line versus below-the-line, extras versus actors, producers versus PAs. It was very elitist. I almost quit the business. I was 23 years old, and I was like, "F*** this!” she added.

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After 'Planes: Fire and Rescue', What Future Disney Animations Are We Looking Forward To? 4292073 News

This weekend Disney’s Planes sequel Fire and Rescue hits theatres, the animation is a spin off of Pixar’s successful Cars series, but has been produced by Disney Toon Studios. So far the critics have been kind to the sequel, noting that it does build upon its predecessor. But let's face it, Planes: Fire and Rescue is no future Disney classic. The studio, who in recent years had been living in the shadow of Pixar, seems to be enjoying a bit of a renaissance as of late, thanks in no small part to Frozen’s enormous success. So while Planes: Fire and Rescue might not be the great Disney animation we were all hoping for, what other films does the legendary studio have coming our way over the next few years?

Planes Fire and RescuePlanes Fire and Rescue hits cinema's this weekend

Big Hero Six

In cinemas this November is Big Hero 6, an animated superhero adventure inspired by the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. It will be the first Disney animated film to feature Marvel characters since the company's acquisition of Marvel Entertainment in 2009. Set in a fictional metropolis named San Fransokyo, the film focuses on Hiro Hamada a young robotics prodigy who uncovers a criminal plot. In order to help solve the mystery and fight the city’s crime, Hiro along with his self-created robot Baymax put together a team of inexperienced crime fighters to help solve the mystery. The film will also feature well known Marvel characters such as GoGo Tomag, Wasabi and Honey Lemon.

Watch the trailer for Big Hero Six here

Zootopia

Directed by Tangled’s Byron Howard, Zootopia tells the story of Nick Wilde, a fast talking fox who lives in the animal city of Zootopia. When Nick gets accused of a crime he didn't commit he’s forced to go on the run, but hot on his tail is Lt. Judy Hops, a rabbit who happens to be the city’s top cop. But when both Nick and Judy become targets of a conspiracy, they must team up and discover sometimes even natural enemies can become best friends. Zootopia is slated for a March 2016 release.

More: All The Things We Have ‘Frozen’ To Thank (Or Blame) For

Giants

Disney is also in the early stages of producing a movie based on the classic tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. Giants, as it’s currently known, is is expected to hit the big screen in 2016, after Zootopia. Tangled’s co director Nathan Greno is said to be involved in the movie’s development.

Next, meet 'Moana', Disney's next animated musical

Moana

Undoubtedly hoping to be as successful as Frozen, Disney's next animated musical, comes from the Princess and the Frog team of John Musker and Ron Clements. Moana will be set in Polynesia and is described as a "mythic adventure set around 2000 years ago and across a series of islands in the South Pacific”. Moana, the titular character, loves the sea and is the only daughter of a chief coming from a long line of navigators. But when her family needs help, Moana gets her adventure as she embarks on an epic journey. Sadly we’re in for quite the wait with this one, as Moana isn’t expected to be released until 2018.

FrozenCould Moana match the success of Frozen?

This weekend Disney’s Planes sequel Fire and Rescue hits theatres, the animation is a spin off of Pixar’s successful Cars series, but has been produced by Disney Toon Studios. So far the critics have been kind to the sequel, noting that it does build upon its predecessor. But let's face it, Planes: Fire and Rescue is no future Disney classic. The studio, who in recent years had been living in the shadow of Pixar, seems to be enjoying a bit of a renaissance as of late, thanks in no small part to Frozen’s enormous success. So while Planes: Fire and Rescue might not be the great Disney animation we were all hoping for, what other films does the legendary studio have coming our way over the next few years?

Planes Fire and RescuePlanes Fire and Rescue hits cinema's this weekend

Big Hero Six

In cinemas this November is Big Hero 6, an animated superhero adventure inspired by the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. It will be the first Disney animated film to feature Marvel characters since the company's acquisition of Marvel Entertainment in 2009. Set in a fictional metropolis named San Fransokyo, the film focuses on Hiro Hamada a young robotics prodigy who uncovers a criminal plot. In order to help solve the mystery and fight the city’s crime, Hiro along with his self-created robot Baymax put together a team of inexperienced crime fighters to help solve the mystery. The film will also feature well known Marvel characters such as GoGo Tomag, Wasabi and Honey Lemon.

Watch the trailer for Big Hero Six here

Zootopia

Directed by Tangled’s Byron Howard, Zootopia tells the story of Nick Wilde, a fast talking fox who lives in the animal city of Zootopia. When Nick gets accused of a crime he didn't commit he’s forced to go on the run, but hot on his tail is Lt. Judy Hops, a rabbit who happens to be the city’s top cop. But when both Nick and Judy become targets of a conspiracy, they must team up and discover sometimes even natural enemies can become best friends. Zootopia is slated for a March 2016 release.

More: All The Things We Have ‘Frozen’ To Thank (Or Blame) For

Giants

Disney is also in the early stages of producing a movie based on the classic tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. Giants, as it’s currently known, is is expected to hit the big screen in 2016, after Zootopia. Tangled’s co director Nathan Greno is said to be involved in the movie’s development.

Next, meet 'Moana', Disney's next animated musical

Moana

Undoubtedly hoping to be as successful as Frozen, Disney's next animated musical, comes from the Princess and the Frog team of John Musker and Ron Clements. Moana will be set in Polynesia and is described as a "mythic adventure set around 2000 years ago and across a series of islands in the South Pacific”. Moana, the titular character, loves the sea and is the only daughter of a chief coming from a long line of navigators. But when her family needs help, Moana gets her adventure as she embarks on an epic journey. Sadly we’re in for quite the wait with this one, as Moana isn’t expected to be released until 2018.

FrozenCould Moana match the success of Frozen?

18th July 2014 4064928
'Big Hero 6' Trailer Hits As Disney Attempt to Follow 'Frozen', Somehow [Trailer] 4288125 News

You may have heard of Big Hero 6, but there’s no shame if you haven’t. Not many people had heard of Frozen this time last year, and the animated fairy-tale went on to become one of Disney’s most prized assets.

Big Hero 6Big Hero 6 picks up the story of Hiro, a robotics enthusiast who finds himself enbroiled in saving the world

And it’s with Big Hero 6 that they try and follow the seemingly unfollowable (not a word) animated money guzzler, which started accumulating a strong box last Thanksgiving and just didn’t stop. 

This is the first Disney animation to feature characters from the Marvel universe since it was bought back in 2009 – it is inspired by the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. Ryan Potter will voice Hiro Hamada while 30 Rock actor Scott Adsit has been cast as Baymax. Also applying their vocal talents are Maya Rudolph, James Cromwell, Damon Wayans Jr, T.J. Miller, Alan Tudyk, Jamie Chung, Genesis Rodriguez and Daniel Henney.

Watch the trailer for 'Big Hero 6' right here

4287469-0;noautoplay; Big Hero 6 - Trailer - 16.07.2014 17:27:09
“‘Big Hero 6’ is really looking great. Don Hall, Kristina Reed and the entire crew are such amazingly talented people and have such a love for all things Marvel that it’s been an absolute blast working with them. They’ve really taken the BH6 property, which at the end of the day doesn’t have a lot of publishing history behind it, and built an entire world and mythology around it," Joe Quesada explained to Screen Rant.

The film is due to be released in 3D in the UK on 30 January, and we’d suggest looking for some outside odds on this one – it has to be a contender for the Oscar for Best Animated Feature following the success of Disney’s Frozen gong in the same category at this year’s ceremony.

Big Hero 6'Furry baby, furry baby'

You may have heard of Big Hero 6, but there’s no shame if you haven’t. Not many people had heard of Frozen this time last year, and the animated fairy-tale went on to become one of Disney’s most prized assets.

Big Hero 6Big Hero 6 picks up the story of Hiro, a robotics enthusiast who finds himself enbroiled in saving the world

And it’s with Big Hero 6 that they try and follow the seemingly unfollowable (not a word) animated money guzzler, which started accumulating a strong box last Thanksgiving and just didn’t stop. 

This is the first Disney animation to feature characters from the Marvel universe since it was bought back in 2009 – it is inspired by the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. Ryan Potter will voice Hiro Hamada while 30 Rock actor Scott Adsit has been cast as Baymax. Also applying their vocal talents are Maya Rudolph, James Cromwell, Damon Wayans Jr, T.J. Miller, Alan Tudyk, Jamie Chung, Genesis Rodriguez and Daniel Henney.

Watch the trailer for 'Big Hero 6' right here

4287469-0;noautoplay; Big Hero 6 - Trailer - 16.07.2014 17:27:09
“‘Big Hero 6’ is really looking great. Don Hall, Kristina Reed and the entire crew are such amazingly talented people and have such a love for all things Marvel that it’s been an absolute blast working with them. They’ve really taken the BH6 property, which at the end of the day doesn’t have a lot of publishing history behind it, and built an entire world and mythology around it," Joe Quesada explained to Screen Rant.

The film is due to be released in 3D in the UK on 30 January, and we’d suggest looking for some outside odds on this one – it has to be a contender for the Oscar for Best Animated Feature following the success of Disney’s Frozen gong in the same category at this year’s ceremony.

Big Hero 6'Furry baby, furry baby'

16th July 2014 3470504
10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Disney's 'Dumbo' 4277575 News

Disney classic Dumbo is set to become the latest animated feature to get the live action remake treatment, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The 1941 film, about a big eared baby elephant who can fly, is one of Disney’s most loved creations. So in anticipation of just what a new Dumbo movie could be like, we’ve dug up 10 facts about the original. Here’s 10 things you probably didn't know about Dumbo.

DumboDumbo was first released in 1941

1. Dumbo was Walt Disney’s 4th animated feature.The character was based on a 1939 story written by Helen Aberson and illustrated by Harold Pearl, the tale was originally written for a pro type toy.

2. The movie was the least expensive of Disney’s animated features. It was made on tight budget and was produced in order to try and recoup the costs of commercial failures Pinocchio and Fantasia.

3. Due to the film’s small budget it is one of the few Disney films which uses watercolours to create its backgrounds. Watercolours were used simply because they cost less.

4. Dumbo is the only lead character in a Disney movie to never speak! His mother also only ever speaks once, when she says Dumbo’s original name.

More: Disney planning live action Dumbo movie

5. The movie was also the first, and still one of the few, Disney animations to be set in America.

6. Dumbo’s mother was originally named Mother Ella, but her name was changed to Mrs Jumbo by writers Joe Grant and Dick Huemer in order to honour the famous Barnum & Bailey circus pachyderm.

7. Disney’s first home video release was Dumbo. Originally it was released in 1981 for rental only, but it was put on sale a year later. The movie has since moved to DVD and never gone out of print, with its most recent repackaging released in 2011, to celebrate its 70th anniversary.

8. Like all Disney movies, Dumbo contains a hidden Mickey. When Dumbo takes a bath, Mickey’s face shape is made by some of the bubbles.

More: Top 10 Movie Easter Eggs: Featuring Indiana Jones, The Departed, Tron

9. But the movie contains another different kind of ‘hidden Mickey’. In the scene where Timothy drunkenly slides down the staircase bubble, his laugh is actually Mickeys. Later when Timothy coughs on Jim Crow’s, the cough is also Mickey’s.

10. In the early 2000s, a direct to DVD sequel entitled Dumbo 2 was announced. The story was set to follow on from the original with Dumbo and a group of young circus animals trying to find their way back to the WDP circus after getting separated. Unfortunately the idea never got past the storyboard stage and was eventually cancelled.

Disney classic Dumbo is set to become the latest animated feature to get the live action remake treatment, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The 1941 film, about a big eared baby elephant who can fly, is one of Disney’s most loved creations. So in anticipation of just what a new Dumbo movie could be like, we’ve dug up 10 facts about the original. Here’s 10 things you probably didn't know about Dumbo.

DumboDumbo was first released in 1941

1. Dumbo was Walt Disney’s 4th animated feature.The character was based on a 1939 story written by Helen Aberson and illustrated by Harold Pearl, the tale was originally written for a pro type toy.

2. The movie was the least expensive of Disney’s animated features. It was made on tight budget and was produced in order to try and recoup the costs of commercial failures Pinocchio and Fantasia.

3. Due to the film’s small budget it is one of the few Disney films which uses watercolours to create its backgrounds. Watercolours were used simply because they cost less.

4. Dumbo is the only lead character in a Disney movie to never speak! His mother also only ever speaks once, when she says Dumbo’s original name.

More: Disney planning live action Dumbo movie

5. The movie was also the first, and still one of the few, Disney animations to be set in America.

6. Dumbo’s mother was originally named Mother Ella, but her name was changed to Mrs Jumbo by writers Joe Grant and Dick Huemer in order to honour the famous Barnum & Bailey circus pachyderm.

7. Disney’s first home video release was Dumbo. Originally it was released in 1981 for rental only, but it was put on sale a year later. The movie has since moved to DVD and never gone out of print, with its most recent repackaging released in 2011, to celebrate its 70th anniversary.

8. Like all Disney movies, Dumbo contains a hidden Mickey. When Dumbo takes a bath, Mickey’s face shape is made by some of the bubbles.

More: Top 10 Movie Easter Eggs: Featuring Indiana Jones, The Departed, Tron

9. But the movie contains another different kind of ‘hidden Mickey’. In the scene where Timothy drunkenly slides down the staircase bubble, his laugh is actually Mickeys. Later when Timothy coughs on Jim Crow’s, the cough is also Mickey’s.

10. In the early 2000s, a direct to DVD sequel entitled Dumbo 2 was announced. The story was set to follow on from the original with Dumbo and a group of young circus animals trying to find their way back to the WDP circus after getting separated. Unfortunately the idea never got past the storyboard stage and was eventually cancelled.

9th July 2014 4064928
‘Once Upon A Time’ Casts ‘Frozen’ Anna And Kristoff: What About Elsa? 4268942 News

Once Upon A Time has cast Elizabeth Lail and Scott Michael Foster as Princess Anna and Kristoff in the ABC series' fourth season Frozen spin-off plotline. The events of the season will reportedly pick up where the Oscar-winning Disney musical left off, meaning ice cutter Kristoff will be seen adjusting to life at the castle.

Californication star Foster and newcomer Lail have both been cast in the lead roles, leaving only Princess Elsa still to be cast. Whether the team has a star in mind but casting news has been delayed to eke out fan antipipation a little longer or whether creators are still deliberating over the actress best placed to play the winter Princess is not clear.

Series creators Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis said that it had been hard for them to to get the rights to the Frozen characters as Disney didn't contact them with an offer. "We fell in love with the movie 'Frozen' when we saw it," Horowitz told TVLine.

"It is something that ever since we saw it would gnaw at us, 'Is there a way to fit it into our world?' And we cooked up a way to do it. We pitched the studio and the network, and they were kind enough to say, 'Go do it.'"

More: 'Frozen' director wants Josh Gad back for sequel.

Meanwhile Kitsis added "The thing we love about Elsa is she is a character that is perceived to be a villain but is clearly misunderstood, and that goes to the heart of our show."

One such actress and Elsa lookalike who could be well-placed for the role is Florida teen Anna Faith Carlton, who recently made headlines for being an eerie dead-ringer for the animated Disney character.

More: Frozen, Teletubbies and other "low cost" cosplay ideas.

Carlton has had her eye on Once's Elsa role ever since the spin-off was first hinted, launching an internet campaign encouraging fans to "re-gram" her photos in the hope that the trending topic will get her an audition.

Frozen Anna Elsa
The Live Action Princess Anna In 'Once Upon A Time' Will Be Played By Elizabeth Lail.

Frozen Sven Kristoff
Whilst Scott Michael Foster Will Take On The Role Of Ice Cutter Kristoff In The New Season.

Once Upon A Time has cast Elizabeth Lail and Scott Michael Foster as Princess Anna and Kristoff in the ABC series' fourth season Frozen spin-off plotline. The events of the season will reportedly pick up where the Oscar-winning Disney musical left off, meaning ice cutter Kristoff will be seen adjusting to life at the castle.

Californication star Foster and newcomer Lail have both been cast in the lead roles, leaving only Princess Elsa still to be cast. Whether the team has a star in mind but casting news has been delayed to eke out fan antipipation a little longer or whether creators are still deliberating over the actress best placed to play the winter Princess is not clear.

Series creators Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis said that it had been hard for them to to get the rights to the Frozen characters as Disney didn't contact them with an offer. "We fell in love with the movie 'Frozen' when we saw it," Horowitz told TVLine.

"It is something that ever since we saw it would gnaw at us, 'Is there a way to fit it into our world?' And we cooked up a way to do it. We pitched the studio and the network, and they were kind enough to say, 'Go do it.'"

More: 'Frozen' director wants Josh Gad back for sequel.

Meanwhile Kitsis added "The thing we love about Elsa is she is a character that is perceived to be a villain but is clearly misunderstood, and that goes to the heart of our show."

One such actress and Elsa lookalike who could be well-placed for the role is Florida teen Anna Faith Carlton, who recently made headlines for being an eerie dead-ringer for the animated Disney character.

More: Frozen, Teletubbies and other "low cost" cosplay ideas.

Carlton has had her eye on Once's Elsa role ever since the spin-off was first hinted, launching an internet campaign encouraging fans to "re-gram" her photos in the hope that the trending topic will get her an audition.

Frozen Anna Elsa
The Live Action Princess Anna In 'Once Upon A Time' Will Be Played By Elizabeth Lail.

Frozen Sven Kristoff
Whilst Scott Michael Foster Will Take On The Role Of Ice Cutter Kristoff In The New Season.

2nd July 2014 879713
What Is It About Animated Sequels? 4242637 News

In a Hollywood atmosphere that currently seems obsessed with stretching even the most moderate of box-office successes into a full blown franchise, sequels and prequels are a ubiquitous presence in cinema multiplexes. But in the world of animated cinema, where the construction of a film requires infinitely more hard work and dedication than a live action picture, sequels tend to emerge that better the original- a much rarer occurrence amongst many Hollywood pictures.

How To Train Your Dragon 2Gerard Butler stars in How To Train Your Dragon 2 which has won copious plaudits.

That’s not to say there aren’t a few howlers either, animated studios such as Pixar and Disney are just as susceptible as the rest of the film world in dispensing some truly woeful and misguided follow ups. The likes of Cars 2 and Rio 2 left no-one with the life affirming sense of warmth that truly brilliant animated films of this type should provide. As is universally recognised, a mark of greatness from an animated film is its ability to simultaneously appeal to children and the adults who accompany them to the big screen. The likes of Shrek 1 & 2 and the Toy Story trilogy are prime examples of catering for both age groups through crafty pop culture references and subtle entendre.

Of course, what aids in the success of a sequel is the strength of the original, a solid and flawless base on which to extend the characters world into fresh scenarios and circumstances. Cars possessed a certain charm, but it pales in comparison to the wit and ingenuity of The Incredibles or Finding Nemo. These films bristled with potential for future endeavour and contained characters whose personalities were so well rounded you couldn’t help but empathize with their plight. A sequel therefore, allows for these characters to evolve further and their development to be traced through the successive films.

More: Five Things You Should Know About How To Train Your Dragon 2

There are anomalies to this hypotheses as well. Monsters Inc. for instance, suffered at the hands of an ill-conceived sequel that arrived devoid of much of the charm that posited the original as one of Pixar’s finest pictures. As such, fans are anxiously awaiting the Finding Nemo sequel to see if it flops like the fate that unfortunately befell Mike Wazowski and Randall. However, it seems that by all accounts the forthcoming How To Train Your Dragon sequel will see Dreamwork’s second highest grossing feature reach new heights in pure awe-inspiring visuals with an edifying plot to match. Critics are falling over themselves with praise for the feature, and it is currently riding high with a score of over 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. The reason for this, it seems, is that the films sticks resiliently to the tried and tested animation formula of smart writing, impeccable animation and an appeal that transcends age.

Watch The Trailer For How To Train Your Dragon 2 Below

4165268-0;noautoplay; How To Train Your Dragon 2 - Trailer - 16.05.2014 15:55:54

In a Hollywood atmosphere that currently seems obsessed with stretching even the most moderate of box-office successes into a full blown franchise, sequels and prequels are a ubiquitous presence in cinema multiplexes. But in the world of animated cinema, where the construction of a film requires infinitely more hard work and dedication than a live action picture, sequels tend to emerge that better the original- a much rarer occurrence amongst many Hollywood pictures.

How To Train Your Dragon 2Gerard Butler stars in How To Train Your Dragon 2 which has won copious plaudits.

That’s not to say there aren’t a few howlers either, animated studios such as Pixar and Disney are just as susceptible as the rest of the film world in dispensing some truly woeful and misguided follow ups. The likes of Cars 2 and Rio 2 left no-one with the life affirming sense of warmth that truly brilliant animated films of this type should provide. As is universally recognised, a mark of greatness from an animated film is its ability to simultaneously appeal to children and the adults who accompany them to the big screen. The likes of Shrek 1 & 2 and the Toy Story trilogy are prime examples of catering for both age groups through crafty pop culture references and subtle entendre.

Of course, what aids in the success of a sequel is the strength of the original, a solid and flawless base on which to extend the characters world into fresh scenarios and circumstances. Cars possessed a certain charm, but it pales in comparison to the wit and ingenuity of The Incredibles or Finding Nemo. These films bristled with potential for future endeavour and contained characters whose personalities were so well rounded you couldn’t help but empathize with their plight. A sequel therefore, allows for these characters to evolve further and their development to be traced through the successive films.

More: Five Things You Should Know About How To Train Your Dragon 2

There are anomalies to this hypotheses as well. Monsters Inc. for instance, suffered at the hands of an ill-conceived sequel that arrived devoid of much of the charm that posited the original as one of Pixar’s finest pictures. As such, fans are anxiously awaiting the Finding Nemo sequel to see if it flops like the fate that unfortunately befell Mike Wazowski and Randall. However, it seems that by all accounts the forthcoming How To Train Your Dragon sequel will see Dreamwork’s second highest grossing feature reach new heights in pure awe-inspiring visuals with an edifying plot to match. Critics are falling over themselves with praise for the feature, and it is currently riding high with a score of over 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. The reason for this, it seems, is that the films sticks resiliently to the tried and tested animation formula of smart writing, impeccable animation and an appeal that transcends age.

Watch The Trailer For How To Train Your Dragon 2 Below

4165268-0;noautoplay; How To Train Your Dragon 2 - Trailer - 16.05.2014 15:55:54

13th June 2014 3749683
Fifty Cent Is 'MaleFiftyCent' In Spoof Trailer Of 'Maleficent', Premiered On Jimmy Kimmel 4232623 News

50 Cent made the world premiere of the trailer for his latest film whilst appearing on Jimmy Kimmel live on Thursday (5th June). Or so it may have initially seemed. 

Angelina Jolie
50 Cent AKA Curtis Jackson appeared on Jimmy Kimmel live on Thursday.

The rapper has created a spoof trailer sending up Angelina Jolie's latest Disney movie in which he appears in the horns and cloak of Maleficent. The tagline for the fake movie, MaleFiftyCent, is 'get witch or die tryin', evidently in homage to 50 Cent's biopic Get Rich or Die Tryin'. 

The film, which is based on his life, was also referenced within the trailer itself. In the spoof trailer, evidently a mash-up of the original, 50 Cent tells Elle Fanning "I've been shot nine times. I'm not afraid of no little white girl!" 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, provides a voice over proclaiming "This s-t just got magical."

Watch The Movie Trailer For Disney's Maleficent.
Watch 50 Cent's Trailer For MaleFiftyCent On Jimmy Kimmel. 

Maleficent
50 Cent appeared in Maleficent's horns and cloak.

On a less jovial note, 50 Cent has recently been involved in a burglary investigation. A lawyer, according to the MTV, is investigating claims that a store owner was robbed of his jewellery on the same night 50 Cent and Fabolous performed in New Jersey on Sunday evening (1st June). 

It appears the man in question Slow, who owns the clothing store Slowbucks, was standing on the same stage as the rapper when his chain was stolen. At a press conference, given on Thursday (5th June), Slow's lawyer commented on video footage which shows 50 Cent seemingly ignoring the robbery. Whilst 50 Cent denies having any knowledge of the incident, the lawyer said "If you look at the videos, every single one, whether he's the one picking up the chain or not is irrelevant. His body is facing what's going on and the he turns around, in the middle of it all, and faces the crowd."

Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie's role as Maleficent was mocked by 50 Cent.

50 Cent made the world premiere of the trailer for his latest film whilst appearing on Jimmy Kimmel live on Thursday (5th June). Or so it may have initially seemed. 

Angelina Jolie
50 Cent AKA Curtis Jackson appeared on Jimmy Kimmel live on Thursday.

The rapper has created a spoof trailer sending up Angelina Jolie's latest Disney movie in which he appears in the horns and cloak of Maleficent. The tagline for the fake movie, MaleFiftyCent, is 'get witch or die tryin', evidently in homage to 50 Cent's biopic Get Rich or Die Tryin'. 

The film, which is based on his life, was also referenced within the trailer itself. In the spoof trailer, evidently a mash-up of the original, 50 Cent tells Elle Fanning "I've been shot nine times. I'm not afraid of no little white girl!" 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, provides a voice over proclaiming "This s-t just got magical."

Watch The Movie Trailer For Disney's Maleficent.
Watch 50 Cent's Trailer For MaleFiftyCent On Jimmy Kimmel. 

Maleficent
50 Cent appeared in Maleficent's horns and cloak.

On a less jovial note, 50 Cent has recently been involved in a burglary investigation. A lawyer, according to the MTV, is investigating claims that a store owner was robbed of his jewellery on the same night 50 Cent and Fabolous performed in New Jersey on Sunday evening (1st June). 

It appears the man in question Slow, who owns the clothing store Slowbucks, was standing on the same stage as the rapper when his chain was stolen. At a press conference, given on Thursday (5th June), Slow's lawyer commented on video footage which shows 50 Cent seemingly ignoring the robbery. Whilst 50 Cent denies having any knowledge of the incident, the lawyer said "If you look at the videos, every single one, whether he's the one picking up the chain or not is irrelevant. His body is facing what's going on and the he turns around, in the middle of it all, and faces the crowd."

Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie's role as Maleficent was mocked by 50 Cent.

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After 'Fifth Estate' Failure, Bill Condon is Directing 'Beauty and the Beast' 4231043 News

Twilight director Bill Condon is back in the blockbuster business after the disappointment of WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate and will director Disney's live-action movie Beauty and the Beast. The news comes after the studio scored a major success with Maleficent, which earned $170 million worldwide during its opening weekend. 

Bill CondonBill Condon will direct 'Beauty and the Beast'

Disney has also released live-action versions of Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland to huge success, and has Cinderella pencilled in for 2015, as well as Jon Favreau's Jungle Book movie.

The original Beauty and the Beast film opened in 1991 and went on to earn $425 million worldwide, cementing its status as a true animated classic. 

More: new crime drama Beauty and the Beast is looking pretty ugly

Condon has been in talks with Disney for months, according to the Hollywood Reporter. He directed Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2. However, his CV suffered a blip last year with the Julian Assange biopic The Fifth Estate. Despite a strong lead performance from British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, the movie was derided by critics and took only $8.5 million at the box-office, despite a budget of $26 million. Condon also helmed the 2006 hit Dreamgirls, based on the Broadway musical. 

Beauty and the Beast - or La Belle et la Bete - is a traditional fairy tale first published in La Jeaune Americaine et les contes marins in 1740. It tells the story of a prince who is magically transformed into a monster as punishment for his arrogance, and a young woman whom he imprisons in his castle. 

More: 'Beauty and the Beast' is just beastly. 

Twilight director Bill Condon is back in the blockbuster business after the disappointment of WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate and will director Disney's live-action movie Beauty and the Beast. The news comes after the studio scored a major success with Maleficent, which earned $170 million worldwide during its opening weekend. 

Bill CondonBill Condon will direct 'Beauty and the Beast'

Disney has also released live-action versions of Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland to huge success, and has Cinderella pencilled in for 2015, as well as Jon Favreau's Jungle Book movie.

The original Beauty and the Beast film opened in 1991 and went on to earn $425 million worldwide, cementing its status as a true animated classic. 

More: new crime drama Beauty and the Beast is looking pretty ugly

Condon has been in talks with Disney for months, according to the Hollywood Reporter. He directed Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2. However, his CV suffered a blip last year with the Julian Assange biopic The Fifth Estate. Despite a strong lead performance from British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, the movie was derided by critics and took only $8.5 million at the box-office, despite a budget of $26 million. Condon also helmed the 2006 hit Dreamgirls, based on the Broadway musical. 

Beauty and the Beast - or La Belle et la Bete - is a traditional fairy tale first published in La Jeaune Americaine et les contes marins in 1740. It tells the story of a prince who is magically transformed into a monster as punishment for his arrogance, and a young woman whom he imprisons in his castle. 

More: 'Beauty and the Beast' is just beastly. 

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'Up Here': Everything You Need To Know About The New Musical From The 'Frozen' Songwriters 4229463 News

Anything Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez put their name to will immediately turn to gold given the monumental success of Frozen and their hugely respectable selection of highly regarded past projects. The animated Disney film not only won an Oscar for the song “Let It Go”, which featured Idina Menzel on vocals, but also attracted audiences so extensive it helped cement the film as the biggest Disney smash in years. Children were enraptured by the soaring anthems penned by the Lopez duo whilst it also found acceptance and admiration from adults.

The Lopez Duo Celebrate Oscar Win The songwriting duo celebrate winning the Oscar for Best Original Song.

They also provided the music for 2011’s stage adaptation of Winnie The Pooh as well as the stage translation of Finding Nemo. Robert Lopez has also won accolades for his song writing that helped spur South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s The Book Of Mormon, as well as puppet-based musical Avenue Q, to box-office smashes. The next venture from the in-vogue song writing duo will be the stage musical Up Here which is set for a run at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse during the 2015-16 season.

There is potential for the show to move to the heralded grounds of Broadway if it can register a strong showing with critics and audiences on the West Coast. Directing the show will be Alex Timbers, the man responsible for the success of off-Broadway attraction Here Lies Love as well as the current Broadway production of Rocky. Scott Sanders Theatrical Productions will provide the arrangements for the show, with the company already aiding in the successes of Broadway hits The Colour Purple and The Pee-Wee Herman Show.

More: Songwriting Duo Behind Disney Smash-Hit Frozen Announce New Musical

The plot details remain vague but it has been revealed that the story will follow the exploits of Dan, a socially awkward millennial adolescent whose potential romance with a woman is impeded by a tumultuous happening in his subconscious mind. The pair described the new production as being "about moving past ourselves – and those little voices in our head – to find happiness". The husband and wife duo have described the new stage romantic comedy as “Annie Hall meets Cirque Du Soleil”, which brings to mind images of a bumbling Woody Allen being tossed around by a selection of trapeze artists whilst he delivers an amusing soliloquy to camera.

"As you can imagine with the Lopezes, it is witty, it is wicked smart, it is irreverent, and it's youthful in its energy. It will appeal to a broad audience but it certainly will be something that even millennials will relate to," said producer Scott Sanders. Given the credibility afforded to the pair, it seems Up Here will follow the path of their previous productions and be a sure-fire hit with critics and audiences alike.  

Anything Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez put their name to will immediately turn to gold given the monumental success of Frozen and their hugely respectable selection of highly regarded past projects. The animated Disney film not only won an Oscar for the song “Let It Go”, which featured Idina Menzel on vocals, but also attracted audiences so extensive it helped cement the film as the biggest Disney smash in years. Children were enraptured by the soaring anthems penned by the Lopez duo whilst it also found acceptance and admiration from adults.

The Lopez Duo Celebrate Oscar Win The songwriting duo celebrate winning the Oscar for Best Original Song.

They also provided the music for 2011’s stage adaptation of Winnie The Pooh as well as the stage translation of Finding Nemo. Robert Lopez has also won accolades for his song writing that helped spur South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s The Book Of Mormon, as well as puppet-based musical Avenue Q, to box-office smashes. The next venture from the in-vogue song writing duo will be the stage musical Up Here which is set for a run at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse during the 2015-16 season.

There is potential for the show to move to the heralded grounds of Broadway if it can register a strong showing with critics and audiences on the West Coast. Directing the show will be Alex Timbers, the man responsible for the success of off-Broadway attraction Here Lies Love as well as the current Broadway production of Rocky. Scott Sanders Theatrical Productions will provide the arrangements for the show, with the company already aiding in the successes of Broadway hits The Colour Purple and The Pee-Wee Herman Show.

More: Songwriting Duo Behind Disney Smash-Hit Frozen Announce New Musical

The plot details remain vague but it has been revealed that the story will follow the exploits of Dan, a socially awkward millennial adolescent whose potential romance with a woman is impeded by a tumultuous happening in his subconscious mind. The pair described the new production as being "about moving past ourselves – and those little voices in our head – to find happiness". The husband and wife duo have described the new stage romantic comedy as “Annie Hall meets Cirque Du Soleil”, which brings to mind images of a bumbling Woody Allen being tossed around by a selection of trapeze artists whilst he delivers an amusing soliloquy to camera.

"As you can imagine with the Lopezes, it is witty, it is wicked smart, it is irreverent, and it's youthful in its energy. It will appeal to a broad audience but it certainly will be something that even millennials will relate to," said producer Scott Sanders. Given the credibility afforded to the pair, it seems Up Here will follow the path of their previous productions and be a sure-fire hit with critics and audiences alike.  

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Tyra Banks Promises To "Shake Up Daytime TV" With New Lifestyle Show 4223184 News

Tyra Banks is set to host and produce her own lifestyle show on Disney ABC, due to premiere next year.

Tyra Banks
Tyra Banks is set to host the new series.

Former model Banks will host a lifestyle show due to be launched in 2015. The show is currently without a title but promises to be aimed at women and will deal with a huge range of lifestyle choices and topics. Guest speakers will be appearing on the show to offer their expert opinions on the show's various subjects. Banks, in a statement acquired by USA Today, said "I'm excited to be partnering with Disney-ABC to usher in a new era of lifestyle, beauty and entertainment that will inspire women to be the CEO of their lives via honesty, humor and the newest tips and tricks without being intimidating or precious."

Read More: Tyra Banks Confirms 'Life-Size' Sequel But No Word On Lindsay Lohan Returning To The Project.

Tyra Banks
Tyra Banks will also produce the show.

Banks described how she was motivated by "the fire to inspire women and help them to blaze new paths fiercely burns inside of me." She then addressed her fans, stating "I have a lot of information to give and still lots to learn," but she promised to "shake up daytime TV." Banks also confirmed the news on Twitter, writing "Yup, you read that right!" and adding a picture showing a note which promised the new pairing will be "shaking up daytime for real!"

Read More: Tyra Banks To Produce Transgender Docu-Series.

Banks is best known for her modelling career which included a stint as one of the Victoria's Secret Angels. She began appearing on various television shows in the 90s and was even the host of her own television show, The Tyra Banks Show. Her talk show series ran between 2005 and 2010 but was cancelled by The CW. 

<center><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en-gb"><p>Yup, U read that right! TyTy + <a href="https://twitter.com/Disney" rel="nofollow" >@Disney</a> / <a href="https://twitter.com/ABCNetwork" rel="nofollow" >@ABCNetwork</a> teaming up to shake up the talk show world in 2015! U ready? <a href="http://t.co/CmQD86v5jd" rel="nofollow" >pic.twitter.com/CmQD86v5jd</a></p>&mdash; Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) <a href="https://twitter.com/tyrabanks/statuses/472451788982198273" rel="nofollow" >May 30, 2014</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center>

Tyra Banks is set to host and produce her own lifestyle show on Disney ABC, due to premiere next year.

Tyra Banks
Tyra Banks is set to host the new series.

Former model Banks will host a lifestyle show due to be launched in 2015. The show is currently without a title but promises to be aimed at women and will deal with a huge range of lifestyle choices and topics. Guest speakers will be appearing on the show to offer their expert opinions on the show's various subjects. Banks, in a statement acquired by USA Today, said "I'm excited to be partnering with Disney-ABC to usher in a new era of lifestyle, beauty and entertainment that will inspire women to be the CEO of their lives via honesty, humor and the newest tips and tricks without being intimidating or precious."

Read More: Tyra Banks Confirms 'Life-Size' Sequel But No Word On Lindsay Lohan Returning To The Project.

Tyra Banks
Tyra Banks will also produce the show.

Banks described how she was motivated by "the fire to inspire women and help them to blaze new paths fiercely burns inside of me." She then addressed her fans, stating "I have a lot of information to give and still lots to learn," but she promised to "shake up daytime TV." Banks also confirmed the news on Twitter, writing "Yup, you read that right!" and adding a picture showing a note which promised the new pairing will be "shaking up daytime for real!"

Read More: Tyra Banks To Produce Transgender Docu-Series.

Banks is best known for her modelling career which included a stint as one of the Victoria's Secret Angels. She began appearing on various television shows in the 90s and was even the host of her own television show, The Tyra Banks Show. Her talk show series ran between 2005 and 2010 but was cancelled by The CW. 

<center><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en-gb"><p>Yup, U read that right! TyTy + <a href="https://twitter.com/Disney" rel="nofollow" >@Disney</a> / <a href="https://twitter.com/ABCNetwork" rel="nofollow" >@ABCNetwork</a> teaming up to shake up the talk show world in 2015! U ready? <a href="http://t.co/CmQD86v5jd" rel="nofollow" >pic.twitter.com/CmQD86v5jd</a></p>&mdash; Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) <a href="https://twitter.com/tyrabanks/statuses/472451788982198273" rel="nofollow" >May 30, 2014</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center>

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