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Georgia Lock - Disney Store Christmas Party, Oxford Street - Arrivals at Oxford Street, Disney - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 3rd November 2015

Georgia Lock

Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson , BooBoo Stewart - 'Descendants' perform and join fans at Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort at Downtown Disney, Disney, Disneyland - Anaheim, California, United States - Saturday 17th October 2015

Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson and Booboo Stewart

Boo Boo Stewart - Stars of the Disney Film "Descendants" Boo Boo Stewart and Sofia Carson spotted out and about in Media City Manchester. at Disney - Manchester, United Kingdom - Thursday 3rd September 2015

Boo Boo Stewart

Disney Parks Announce New 'Star Wars', 'Toy Story' And 'Avatar' Themed Attractions


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At the Disney D23 EXPO on Saturday, Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced some exciting plans for new attractions at the Disney theme parks in Orlando, Florida and Anaheim, California. Star Wars, Toy Story and Avatar will all be getting their own new themed attractions, representing a shift away from the traditional Walt Disney characters.

Star WarsDisney Parks is adding more Star Wars based attractions.

Star Wars land, which will come to both Disney Word and Disney Land, will be the ‘the largest single land expansions either of those parks have ever had," Scott Trowbridge, the Imagineering executive overseeing the project told fans at D23. The area will replace Disneyland's current Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland and open up nearby ‘backstage’ areas. Work on the land is expected to commence sometime in 2017.

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Disney’s ‘Descendants’ Soundtrack Takes Billboard Top Spot As Lowest Selling No 1 Album Since Sales Tracking Began


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The soundtrack to Disney TV movie Descendants has debuted at Number One on this week’s Billboard album chart. The album is now the fourth soundtrack to take the number one spot so far this year, following in the footsteps of Empire, Furious 7 and Pitch Perfect 2.

the descendants castSophie Reynolds, Kristin Chenoweth and Dove Cameron star in Disney’s Descendants.

But the Descendants soundtrack has also earned the unfortunate title of being the lowest selling album to take the top spot since Nielsen Music began tracking album sales in 1991. The soundtrack sold just 42,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Aug. 6 to take the top spot.

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Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Chelsea Kane, Melissa Peterman , Derek Theler - Disney ABC Television Group's 2015 TCA Summer Press Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel - Arrivals at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Disney, ABC, Beverly Hilton Hotel - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Tuesday 4th August 2015

Jean-luc Bilodeau, Chelsea Kane, Melissa Peterman and Derek Theler

Constance Wu - Disney ABC Television Group's 2015 TCA Summer Press Tour - Arrivals at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Disney, ABC - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Tuesday 4th August 2015

Constance Wu

Sophie Reynolds - Premiere Event for the Upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie Disney's "Descendants." at WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MAIN THEATRE, Disney - Burbank, California, United States - Friday 24th July 2015

Sophie Reynolds

Andrew Pruett, Kristin Chenoweth and Guest - 'Descendants' premiere at Walt Disney Studios Main Theatre - Arrivals at Walt Disney Studios Main Theatre, Disney - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 24th July 2015

Andrew Pruett, Kristin Chenoweth and Guest

Benicio Del Toro Reportedly Offered Villain Role In ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’


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Benicio Del Toro has reportedly been offered the villain role in Star Wars: Episode VIII. A number of sources close to the casting process confirmed Del Toro’s possible involvement in the sequel to Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Monday (20th July).

Benicio Del ToroBenicio Del Toro at the Los Angeles premiere of Escobar: Paradise Lost in June 2015.

Read More: Benicio Del Toro Had "A Lot Of Fun" Working With Paul Thomas Anderson.

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‘Aladdin’ Fans’ Wishes Come True! Disney Orders Live-Action Prequel, ‘Genies’


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Yes, there’s yet another Disney live-action movie in the works. This time it’s not an original animated film which is getting a make-over but a prequel to Aladdin, based around the Genie character. The news was confirmed by Disney on Wednesday (15th July).

Robin WilliamsRobin Williams voiced the Genie in the 1992 Aladdin animated film.

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BooBoo Stewart and Guest - Walt Disney presents the premiere of 'ANT-MAN' - Arrivals at Hollywood, Disney - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 29th June 2015

Booboo Stewart and Guest

Disney Theme Parks Are Latest To Put The Ban On Selfie Sticks


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Disney theme parks have become the latest in a long list of tourist attractions to place a ban on selfie sticks for safety reasons. The ban will come into affect at Disney World in Orlando, Florida and Disneyland in Anaheim, California from Tuesday, as well as at the parks in Hong Kong and Paris a day later on Wednesday.

Mickey and Minnie MouseMickey and Minnie have placed a ban on selfie sticks in Disney parks.

In a statement Disney spokeswoman Kim Prunty explained, “We strive to provide a great experience for the entire family, and unfortunately selfie sticks have become a growing safety concern for both our guests and cast.” From Tuesday, security personnel at the parks will ask guests who arrive with selfie sticks to either stow them at a storage facility or return them to their hotels or cars.

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Is ‘The Princess Diaries 3’ Happening?


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We were all so excited when it was seemingly confirmed The Princess Diaries 3 was in the works. Sadly, we were soon disappointed when sources close to Disney claimed the project, contrary to the information provided by other insider sources, was not going ahead. So will Mia Thermopolis be returning to our screens any time soon or not?

Anne HathawayAnne Hathaway starred in The Princess Diaries and its sequel.

Read More: Julie Andrews Did Not Watch The Sound Of Music Live! But Will Get Round To It.

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Disney’s ‘Tangled’ Is Heading For Television – Mandy Moore & Zachary Levi Reprising Voice Roles


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Tangled, the hit 2010 Disney film which re-envisions the fairytale of Rapunzel, will be made into an animated series. The new animated series will be aired on ABC’s The Disney Channel, the network announced on Wednesday (3rd June).

Mandy MooreMandy Moore will be reprising her voice role as Rapunzel in the upcoming series of Tangled.

Read More: Mandy Moore And Ryan Adams To Divorce After Six Years After Marriage. 

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Reese Witherspoon To Star In Live Action 'Tinkerbell' Movie


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Reese Witherspoon has been signed by Disney to star in a live action Tinkerbell film. The film, entitled Tink, will be a whole new take on the mischievous Peter Pan heroine. In a similar vein to Maleficent, the 2014 movie starring Angelina Jolie which offered a fresh take on the Sleeping Beauty baddie, Tink will show a different side to Tinkerbell.

Reese WitherspoonReese Witherspoon is set to star in Tink.

Read More: Hot Pursuit Stars Reese Witherspoon And Sofia Vergara Admit An All-Female Production Team Is More Fun.

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Chloe Bennet - A host of stars were photographed as they attended the 2015 Disney Media Distribution International Upfronts event which was held at The Walt Disney Studios Lot in Burbank, California, United States - Monday 18th May 2015

Chloe Bennet

Nestor Carbonell and Marco Carbonell - A variety of celebrities were photographed as they arrived for the world premiere of Disney's 'Tomorrowland' which was held at the AMC Downtown Disney 12 in Anaheim, California, United States - Saturday 9th May 2015

Nestor Carbonell and Marco Carbonell

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Will Feature In Disney's Next 'Infinity' Game


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Major video game news today, as Disney released some details about the upcoming third instalment of its successful franchise ‘Infinity’. The sandbox game will feature elements of the hugely anticipated ‘Star Wars’ movie The Force Awakens, in addition to several of the company’s other major franchises.

‘Infinity 3.0’, currently due for release in the third or fourth quarter of 2015, will contain some features connected to The Force Awakens, not due for release in cinemas until Christmas Day. It will also feature gameplay of scenes from the original trilogy and its three prequels.

Star WarsElements of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' will feature on Disney's 'Infinity 3.0'

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Tori Kelly - 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards (RDMA) - Arrvials at Disney - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 25th April 2015

Tori Kelly

George Clooney Travels Through Time In The Mysterious 'Tomorrowland' [Trailer + Pictures]


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It's now time to get excited for what looks to be one of the most visually stunning movies of the year as the first full trailer for George Clooney's 'Tomorrowland' arrives, bringing with it adventure, danger,  fantasy, and a whole lotta mystery.

George Clooney in 'Tomorrowland'George Clooney is a scientist again in 'Tomorrowland'

There's not a lot of information being revealed out this upcoming magical, sci-fi journey, but from what we gather we can expect a shedload of futuristic gadgets, an object of extreme power, a mystical land beyond reach and angst-ridden teenaged hero. Standard fantasy stuff then - but we wouldn't have it any other way.

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Guess Which Other Disney Classic Is Being Turned Into A Live-Action Movie?


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Great... Another Disney classic is being changed into a live-action movie. Barely a week goes by in which we're not reporting yet another animation is being revamped. We're already hearing reports that production of Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, is underway and others that Dumbo, Winnie The Pooh, The Jungle Book and Mulan are all being made into live-action films. It may not be original but, if we look at $758 million Maleficent raked in and Cinderella's recent success, it is hugely profitable.

CinderellaLily James in Disney's latest live-action revamp of Cinderella.

Read More: Disney Announces Mulan Live Action Remake.

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May The Fourth Be With You! Or April 10th For The Full 'Star Wars' HD Collection


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'Star Wars' is a phenomenon. The oddball 1977 original movie (later deemed to be "Part 4") was the first true blockbuster, changing the way movies are merchandised and reigniting the steadily dying science fiction genre. It turned the space opera into a crowd-pleasing licence to print money, and we all love it for that. On the other hand, the best way to send any self-respecting geek into a fit of frothing rage is even allude to the prequel trilogy without discussing how you would have made it better yourself. 

Harrison Ford in 'Star Wars: A New Hope'
Harrison Ford in 'Star Wars: A New Hope'

The thing is, the original trilogy is still held in such high regard, that the series is still a viable investment; not only are we getting an entirely new trilogy beginning at the end of 2015, but a remastered collection of the entire saga so far is set to be released digitally online on 10th April, 2015. As if you needed something to get you in the mood.

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Disney To Make Live-Action Version Of 'Winnie The Pooh'


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Following up its major successes with Maleficent, Frozen and Cinderella, Disney has announced it is to release a live action remake of the much loved children's animation Winnie the Pooh.

Winnie the PoohDisney's story will see Christopher Robin heading back to Hundred Acre Wood

According to industry reports, the new version will be a revisionist approach to AA Milne's classic story of the bear and his companions Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, Owl and Rabbit. The studio has enlisted screenwriter Alex Ross Perry - who penned and directed the Sundance hit Listen Up Phillip - to work on the new movie which will follow Christopher Robin (Pooh's owner) finding himself back in the Hundred Acre Wood as an adult.

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ABC Bringing Back 'The Muppet Show'? 'Big Bang Theory' Creator Reportedly Set To Write Pilot


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The Muppet Show will be revamped for ABC with a little help from the executive producer and co-creator of The Big Bang Theory, Bill Prady. Prady, who worked on the original series, has already been working on the script and a pilot episode is already in production, according to reports.

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Miss Piggy will reportedly return for the revamped version of The Muppet Show.

Read More: Bert & Ernie Spark Equality Debate After Bakery Refuses To Create 'Support Gay Marriage' Cake. 

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Tracey Ullman's Mother Dies In Tragic House Fire Aged 85


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Tracey Ullman's mother has died at the age of 85. Doreen Skinner died in a house fire on Monday (23rd March). The fire was reportedly caused by the 'careless disposal of a cigarette'.

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Tracey Ullman's mother has died in a house fire at the age of 85.

Read More: Tracey Ullman To Return To British Television For First Time In 30 Years.

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Lilla Crawford and James Lapine - Disney celebrates Stephen Sondheim and 'Into The Woods' in-home release held at 42 West club - Arrivals at 42 West club,, Disney - New York City, New York, United States - Sunday 22nd March 2015

Lilla Crawford and James Lapine

Demi Lovato - Former Disney star Demi Lovato leaving an event in West Hollywood at Disney - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 18th March 2015

Demi Lovato

Disney Extends Ban On Depicting Smoking In Films To Marvel & Star Wars


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Abraham Lincoln can smoke in Disney movies but Tony Stark has been banned from lighting up a celebratory cigar. Disney CEO Bob Iger announced future Disney films will not feature any smoking, in order to protect children from images which may glamorise and encourage smoking. Iger made the announcement at the annual shareholder's meeting on Thursday (12th March).

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Smoking will not be permitted in any future Marvel films such as any Avenger sequels.

Read More: Josh Gad to Join Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in Disney's Live Action Beauty and the Beast.

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Josh Gad To Join Emma Watson And Dan Stevens In Disney's Live Action 'Beauty And The Beast'


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Josh Gad has become the latest actor to join the cast of the live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. 34-year-old Gad has been cast as Le Fou, the villain Gaston's minion. Gad is best known for voicing Olaf in Disney's Frozen and for his roles in such films as The Internship and JobsEmma Watson (Harry Potter) has been cast as Belle, Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) as the Beast and Luke Evans (Dracula Untold) as Gaston. Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) and Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner) are also rumoured to be in talks with the film's producers.

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Josh Gad is set to play Le Fou in the upcoming live-action film of Beauty and the Beast.

Read More: Frozen Fever: Disney's Most Successful Animation Returns with a Short Film Sequel.

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Disney Announces Work Has Begun On 'Frozen 2'


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Disney chairman Bob Iger has announced plans for a sequel to the billion dollar animated movie Frozen. Iger shared the news at a shareholder meeting where the company showed the short feature Frozen Fever to stockholders before it goes out before Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella.

FrozenFrozen 2 will probably break all records. All records.

Frozen broke records in the US to become the highest grossing animated movie of all time. It grossed $400.7 million and $873 million internationally to take over $1.2 billion worldwide. Disney also pushed out a lucrative merchandising line and a stage show is believed to be in development.

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Disney Announces 'Ducktales' Reboot For 2017


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Fantastic news for cartoon fans of a certain age – Disney has announced that it is to reboot the late ‘80s ‘DuckTales’ cartoon and launch it on the Disney XD channel in 2017.

The beloved series of so many children of the ‘80s is to be remade for a new audience. Set in Duckburg, it will once again feature the adventures of Scrooge McDuck and his grand-nephews Dewey, Huey and Louie, and, as ever, will come with the occasional appearance of Donald Duck. 

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Disney is to relaunch the classic cartoon 'Ducktales' in time for 2017

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Disney Teases Plans For 'Star Wars' Theme Park Features


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With less than a year to go before The Force Awakens lands in cinemas, the top brass at Disney has given a few teasers as to what we can expect from its forthcoming ‘Star Wars’ theme park plans.

In an investors call on Tuesday with Wall Street analysts, Disney’s CEO Bob Iger stated: “a fair amount of design and development (taking place by the company’s Imagineers) to greatly increase ‘Star Wars’’ presence in multiple locations around the world.”

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Plans for 'Star Wars' theme park attractions at Disney locations will be unveiled "soon"

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'Big Hero 6' Further Merges Disney With Marvel


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After Disney bought Marvel, bringing the Avengers in-house, it didn't take long before producers started going through Marvel's extensive library of comic books in search of a property to develop into an animated adventure. 'Big Hero 6' is the first Disney-Marvel animation project. Although critics have wondered just how much Marvel is left in the movie.

Hiro and Baymax were redesigned to be more 'Disney friendly'
Hiro and Baymax were redesigned to be more 'Disney friendly'

First published in 1998, 'Big Hero 6' was created by Steven T. Seagle and Duncan Rouleau in their spare time while they worked on another project. It's about a group of politicians and business owners who recruit and train a team of agents with superhuman powers for the Japanese government.

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Don Hall and Roy Conli & fan - Big Hero 6 director Don Hall & producer Roy Conli at a signing for the animated movie at the Disney Store on Grafton Street, Dublin, Ireland - 21.01.15. at Disney - Dublin, Ireland - Wednesday 21st January 2015

Roy Conli and Don Hall

William Devry, Kelly Monoco and Nancy Lee Grahn - Disney & ABC Television Group's TCA Winter Press Tour - Arrivals at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa, Disney - Pasadena, California, United States - Wednesday 14th January 2015

William Devry, Kelly Monoco and Nancy Lee Grahn

"Rife With Death And Destruction", Children's Films Contain Twice As Many Deaths As Adult Horror Movies


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What could potentially be more traumatising for a child, a gory horror flick or an animated adventure featuring songs and talking animals? Well surprisingly it could be the latter, as a new study has shown that main characters in cartoons for children are more than twice as likely to be killed off as those in films aimed at adults.

Finding NemoWorse than a horror movie? Finding Nemo

The research, carried out by Dr Ian Colman and Dr James Kirkbride from University College London and the University of Ottawa, dubbed the top cartoons, “rife with death and destruction”. The report, published by the British Medical Journal, found that the content of animated kids films was on a par with “rampant horrors”.

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Star Wars Spin-Off Movie Could Focus On Bounty Hunters


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It's a big week for Star Wars. The first trailer for The Force Awakens drops on Friday (November 28, 2014), though a juicy rumor about Gareth Edwards and Gary Whitta's spin-off movie is also doing the rounds.

Star Wars The Force AwakensStar Wars: The Force Awakens cast during the first script read-through

The information arrived at Slash Film from who they describe as a "single good source" and when put to LucasFilm, they declined to comment. It's likely that the speculation may be confirmed as accurate once the trailer drops at the end of the week.

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Game Of Thrones Star Richard Madden Takes A Turn In Disney's Cinematic Cinderella


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Robb Stark has been resurrected! But, alas Game Of Thrones fans, not in the capacity that you may have all been hoping. Instead, the Scottish actor, Richard Madden, who played the GOT character from 2011 - 2013, has popped up in a different fantasy ... this time as Prince Charming in Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Cinderella.

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Richard Madden plays a convincing Prince Charming in Cinderella

Madden’s Prince stars opposite Lily James’ titular heroine as shown in the recent release of Disney’s Cinderella trailer.

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Lily James Finds Her Prince Charming In The Latest 'Cinderella' Trailer [Trailer + Pictures]


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Finally, Disney has unveiled the first full trailer for Kenneth Branagh's live action rendition of one of the world's most beloved fairytales: Cinderella. And it looks to be one of the most visually stunning fantasy flicks of the coming months.

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Lily James stars as the troubled Cinderella

The movie industry has been going crazy with its throwback Grimm adaptations, and it doesn't look like anyone's had enough of it yet. While many movies have opted for the spin-off, original stories - such as 'Sleeping Beauty' adaptation 'Maleficent' and 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarves' comeback 'Snow White and the Huntsman', not to mention forthcoming fairytale omnibus 'Into The Woods' - director Kenneth Branagh and screenwriters Aline Brosh McKenna and Chris Weitz have gone for the more traditional approach with 'Cinderella'. 

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Rico Rodriguez - A host of stars were photographed on the red carpet as they arrived at the Disney XD 'Pants On Fire' premiere which was held at Archlight Sunset in Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 5th November 2014

Rico Rodriguez

Get Ready For ‘Moana’, Disney’s Latest Heroine Who Will Set Sail In 2016


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While some of us may not be ready to let Frozen go yet, Disney is at least moving forward, having just announced their 56th animated feature, Moana, will be coming in late 2016. The film's titular character looks set to give Disney lovers a new kick-ass heroine to root for, one who can not only sail the South Seas, but also battle mythical monsters!

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Rebecca Herbst, Ella Bailey Saucedo, Ethan Riley Saucedo, Emerson Truett Saucedo and Minnie Mouse - A variety of stars and their children attended the Disney VIP Halloween event at Disney Consumer Productions in Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 1st October 2014

Rebecca Herbst, Ella Bailey Saucedo, Ethan Riley Saucedo, Emerson Truett Saucedo and Minnie Mouse

'Frozen' Attractions To Be Built In Disney World Florida


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Epcot Is About To Get ‘Frozen’ As Disney Announces New Theme Park Attraction Based On Hit Movie


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It was only a matter of time before Disney increased the presence of Frozen at its theme parks and it seems Epcot is to become the first to get the Anna and Elsa treatment. On Friday Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts announced a new attraction based on the hit movie, which the company plans to launch in early 2016.

FrozenFrozen will be coming to Epcot by 2016

“We’ve made Frozen a part of the guest experience in a number of ways already and our guests have both loved them and asked for more,” said Staggs. “So I’m pleased to say that we’re starting construction at Walt Disney World Resort on a brand new Frozen attraction at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot.”

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Disney Goes To War With Deadmau5 Over 'Mickey Mouse' Ears


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The Walt Disney Co has filed an objection to musician Deadmau5's use of stylized ears, claiming they are too similar to its iconic signature logo. Filing with the U.S Patent and Trademark Office, the company said that Deadmau5's logo is "nearly identical in appearance, connotation and overall commercial impression to Disney's Mouse Ears Marks."

Deadmau5Deadmau5 laughed off Disney's legal action [Getty/Steve Lawson]

Disney noted that "both parties marks are comprised of a round head with prominent round mouse ears in silhouette," and that the trademark designation was likely to cause confusion. 

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Ben Affleck and Seraphina Affleck - Ben Affleck takes his daughter Seraphina on a Disneyland Adventure. The pair were seen having fun throughout Fantasyland before going on a Jungle Cruise. Ben ended their short Disney trip with a piggyback ride - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 26th August 2014

Ben Affleck and Seraphina Affleck

Disney And LucasFilm Team Up Again For 'Star Wars' Game


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Lucasfilm and Disney have teamed up once more, this time for a tablet-based computer game entitled Star Wars: Commander. The new game was released on iPhone and iPad today, with versions for other devices to follow at a later date.

Star Wars RebelsDisney has already announced its Star Wars Rebels TV Show

Looking at the existing stills for the new game, it’s clearly based on the Clash of Clans ‘base building’ model that has spawned a glut of similar titles. Players construct their own bases, then attacks those belonging to other players while simultaneously defending their own. Here, though, the landscape is Tatooine and the building blocks of the game are TIE fighters and Stormtroopers.

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Allison Holker and Weslie Fowler - Disney Junior's 'Pirate and Princess: Power of Doing Good' event at Brookside Park outside the Kidspace Children's Museum - Pasadena, California, United States - Saturday 16th August 2014

Allison Holker and Weslie Fowler

'Frozen' Director Jennifer Lee Unsurprisingly Snaffled For 'A Wrinkle In Time'


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After the monumental success of Frozen - now the biggest animated movie of all time - and the impressive box-office of Maleficent, writer and director Jennifer Lee has been singled out to adapt the children's book A Wrinkle in Time for the heavyweight studio.

FrozenJennifer Lee's 'Frozen' Was A Monster Hit for Disney

The book, written in 1962 by Madeleine L'Engle, follows the adventures of 14-year-old Meg Murry, a troublesome student whose family is largely perfect but for her absent scientist father. Joined by her school pal Calvin and prodigious brother, Meg goes on the hunt for her father, passing through different worlds and eras

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'Pirates Of The Caribbean 5' Is Coming In 2017 - Whether You Like It Or Not


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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. 

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Johannes Hallervorden - Disney Channel Germany shooting their first own TV series 'Binny und der Geist' at Villa Herz in Wannsee. - Berlin, Germany - Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Johannes Hallervorden

10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Disney's 'Dumbo'


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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.

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What Is It About Animated Sequels?


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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.

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Fifty Cent Is 'MaleFiftyCent' In Spoof Trailer Of 'Maleficent', Premiered On Jimmy Kimmel


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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. 

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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'. 

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


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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.

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


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

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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."

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Angelina Jolie On Motherhood, Future Collaboration With Brad Pitt & Wedding Plans


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Angelina Jolie has been doing the rounds promoting Maleficent this week but it's not her soon-to-be-released Disney film which has us all talking. The 38-year-old actress has revealed a great deal of personal information including her stance on motherhood in Hollywood and her wedding plans with fiancé Brad Pitt.

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie at the Maleficent event at Kensington Palace in London, May 2014.

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Angelina Jolie's Daughter, Vivienne, The Only Child Not To Cry At 'Maleficent' Costume


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Angelina Jolie described the difficulties of acting alongside her 4-year-old daughter Vivienne whilst in Maleficent and how Vivienne was the only child she knew who didn’t cry when they saw her in her Maleficent costume.

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Jolie explained how she had not wanted her daughter in the film for the sake of being in a role but because Vivienne was the only child who didn’t cry when she saw Jolie as Maleficent! Speaking to the BBC, Jolie said Vivienne is “in two scenes, they’re cute little scenes – but I’m her mom,” adding “It wasn’t that I wanted her in a film, it was out of necessity.”

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Is Jon Hamm's 'Million Dollar Arm' The Next Classic Disney Sports Movie?


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Remember the Titans, Mighty Ducks, Cool Runnings - could Jon Hamm's Million Dollar Arm be Disney's next classic sports movie? It certainly looks like one of the aforementioned family flicks and Hamm has that 90s sports agent/manager/coach thing down to a tee.

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The movie - a true story - tells the tale of JB Bernstein, a once-successful sports agent who finds himself edged out by bigger, slicker competitors. He and his partner face closing their business for good, but whilst watching cricket in India on television, JB has a light-bulb moment and sets off to Mumbia with a cantankerous scout (Alan Arkin) to find the next big pitching sensation. 

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