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Now THAT'S an engagement ring. Good job, Aaron Lohr!
Idina Menzel revealed on Friday (September 23rd 2016) that she was engaged to Aaron Lohr, and we got to see the ring on her finger at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas the following day when she showed up on the red carpet in stunning, skin-tight black jumpsuit.
Idina Menzel is engaged to Aaron Lohr
You couldn't miss it either. The 'Frozen' star tried to distract from her engagement rock with a sparkly accessory on her right hand, but all eyes were on the ring finger of her left hand. Having just released her new album 'Idina', the Broadway star was congratulated by her partner in the most amazing of ways last week, when he got down on one knee after a year of dating.
Continue reading: Idina Menzel Flashes Gigantic Sparkler Following Engagement
The original voice cast of 'Frozen' is returning for some Lego-based animated shorts later this year, and a series of novels is also being released, to tell a brand new tale 'Northern Lights'.
Fans of Frozen won’t have to wait long for more material from the franchise, with Disney unveiling a new original story entitled 'Frozen Northern Lights' this week, a multi-media project that will be told via various art forms including books and short animated Lego videos.
All the original fan favourites will be getting back together, including Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff, in a new tale that will see the gang try to restore the Northern Lights. The series will include a new protagonist joining the gang, named Little Rock.
Disney and Lego are teaming up for a new 'Frozen' adventure entitled 'Northern Lights'
The broadway mega-hit is finally coming to the big screen.
Universal have finally announced the release date for the big screen adaptation of mega-popular Broadway show Wicked. The musical will hit theatres on Dec. 20, 2019, which coincidentally is the same date Disney has already announced for their as-yet-to-be-revealed live-action fairy-tale.
The musical phenomenon WICKED comes to the big screen. In theaters 12.20.19. pic.twitter.com/rFojgh56oH— Universal Pictures (@UniversalPics) June 16, 2016
Continue reading: Universal Announces Release Date For 'Wicked' The Movie
After the ‘Give Elsa A Girlfriend’ campaign went viral, Marvel fans are now asking for Captain America to get a boyfriend in his next adventure.
Fans of Captain America have taken to twitter to asked Marvel and Disney to give the superhero a boyfriend. The #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend hashtag trended on Twitter last night, not long after Frozen star Idina Menzel gave her support to the similar #GiveElsaAGirlfriend campaign.
Fans are asking Marvel to #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend.
Continue reading: Twitter Users Are Asking Marvel To Give Captain America A Boyfriend
Earlier this month a twitter campaign asking Disney to make Elsa their first LGBT princess in the ‘Frozen’ sequel went viral.
Frozen fans who have been asking Disney to make Elsa their first ever LGBT princess have just gained their most important supporter yet, Idina Menzel. Menzel, who provides the voice for Elsa, has said she thinks the idea of giving Elsa a girlfriend in the upcoming sequel is ‘great’ and that the online campaign was something Disney would have to contend with.
Idina Menzal has given her support to the ‘get Elsa a girlfriend' campaign.
"I think it's great," Menzel told Entertainment Tonight when asked about the online campaign. "Disney's just gotta contend with that. I'll let them figure that out.” Menzel then added that “no matter what," Elsa had changed her life.
Continue reading: Idina Menzel Responds To 'Give Elsa A Girlfriend' Viral Campaign
A campaign to make Disney give Princess Elsa a female love interest in 'Frozen 2' went viral over the weekend.
A Twitter campaign to persuade Disney to give Princess Elsa a girlfriend in the upcoming sequel to Frozen has gone viral.
The petition, with the hashtag #GiveElsaAGirlfriend, is aiming to make Princess Elsa the first LGBT Disney princess in the studio’s history.
After all, the narrative arc of Princess Elsa in the first Frozen movie was of a journey to acceptance of her powers, summed up by her empowering number ‘Let It Go’, and it was widely interpreted as a metaphor for coming out. So, the new campaign is aiming to put that subtext into plain view in the sequel by giving the character a female love interest.
Continue reading: Twitter Campaign To #GiveElsaAGirlfriend In 'Frozen' Sequel Goes Viral
Ana and Elsa are heading to Broadway, with a stage adaptation of the Disney favourite.
Frozen is heading to Broadway, with a full stage musical based on the Disney animation. According to the New York Times, Disney will bring the adaptation to the Broadway stage in the spring of 2018, through its New York-based theatrical division.
Frozen is headed to Broadway.
It will be the ninth musical and 10th show over all that Disney has brought to Broadway, with previous productions including The Lion King, Tarzan and The Little Mermaid. The NYT reports that the developmental production will begin outside New York in the summer of 2017, before moving Broadway the following spring.
Continue reading: 'Frozen' Musical Set For Broadway In 2018
Both musical stars will be supporting Seattle over New England during Sunday's Super Bowl, for very different reasons.
Two of the live musical performers at this year’s Super Bowl have both intimated that they’ll be supporting the Seattle Seahawks this weekend. Katy Perry, who is set headline the halftime show, and Idina Menzel, who will sing the national anthem, have both expressed preferences for the Seahawks.
At Media Day ahead of Sunday afternoon’s showdown at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, Perry was the first to say that she’ll be rooting for the North-West team over the New England Patriots.
Perry is friends with Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, and will be supporting them
Continue reading: Idina Menzel And Katy Perry Back The Seahawks For Super Bowl Victory
She will be joined by John Legend who will sing 'America The Beautiful'.
We're already hugely excited for the Super Bowl XLIX this February, but the announcement of who's going to be crooning out the National Anthem is the icing on the cake! 'Frozen' star Idina Menzel will be performing at the play-off, alongside John Legend.
Idina Menzel to sing the national anthem
Following the stunning performance of 'The Star Spangled Banner' at Super Bowl XLVIII last year by Renée Fleming, Idina Menzel has got a lot to live up to. Her incredible pipes on the world's favorite tune 'Let It Go' may have rocked the globe, but America's biggest football event has seen some unimaginable talent open the event in song in previous years, including Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson.
Continue reading: Idina Menzel Is Set To Sing The National Anthem At Super Bowl XLIX
The Broadway musical, which starred Frozen's Idina Menzel, will shut its doors for good in March.
The Broadway musical ‘If/Then’, which stars Frozen’s Idina Menzel, will close its doors on March 22nd, it was announced on Friday by its producer David Stone.
The musical, a contemporary original story which concerns a woman on the verge of her 40s (Elizabeth, played by Menzel) who returns to New York to make a fresh start of her career and then diverges into two simultaneously told plot lines, opened in November 2013 at Washington D.C.’s National Theatre.
Idina Menzel starred in 'If/Then', a musical which has been running for over a year
Continue reading: Broadway Musical Starring Frozen's Idina Menzel To Close
How many of us could have predicted we’d still be hearing ‘Let It Go’ on a loop a year later?
‘Frozen’ director Jennifer Lee has apologised to all the parents who have been driven ever so slightly crazy by their little one’s obsession with the ‘Frozen’ soundtrack. Just over a year after the film’s release, the popularity of Anna and Elsa's icy story shows no signs of waning, with Frozen merchandise topping many Christmas wish lists.
Will we ever be able to let Frozen go?
When asked about the movie’s triple platinum selling soundtrack, director Jennifer Lee commented, “A year ago, I'd meet people who, when they found out who I was, they'd say, 'Oh, we love the songs! We sing them all the time."
Congratulations, Idina Menzel! Well deserved and probably overdue.
Given that Idina Menzel has been performing on stage and screen for close to two decades, so billing her as a Breakthrough Artist is inaccurate to say the least... but with that said, guess who was honoured with the Breakthrough award at this year’s Billboard honours? At least she got a good intro though.
Idina Menzel - a breakthrough woman in music in 2014?
"Introducing Idina Menzel...what could possibly go wrong?" Savannah Guthrie cracked before welcoming the Broadway vet onstage. Then she started talking about A Broader Way, a summer musical theater camp Menzel founded to help kids "find their own voices."
Get excited, Frozen fans! More Elsa and Anna action is coming up sooner than you think...
What better way to encourage cinema-goers to see the forthcoming live-action 'Cinderella' movie, than the promise of more 'Frozen'? Disney announces short film 'Frozen Fever' to precede the film when it hits movie theaters on March 13th 2015.
'Frozen Fever' set to screen before 'Cinderella'
Hollywood is going fairytale mad this year, what with 'Frozen' becoming such an enormous worldwide hit and several adaptations making waves in the media such as 'Maleficent' and the forthcoming 'Into The Woods'. 'Cinderella', starring Lily James, Helena Bonham Carter and Cate Blanchett, is the next big thing for film folklore, but it seems people are still stuck on the Oscar winning animation featuring Anna, Elsa and friends.
Barbie has finally been ‘frozen’ out, as Elsa dolls take over the toy aisle.
The festive season is now well and truly upon us and it seems Frozen toys are (unsurprisingly) topping most little girls’ Christmas lists. Yes for the first time in 11 years Barbie is no longer the number one toy requested by girls, as Frozen fever continues to take over.
Anna and Elsa dolls look set to be the big sellers this Christmas
A study released by the National Retail Federation showed that 20% of parents (one in five) plan to buy Frozen merchandise for their daughters. Long reigning queen Barbie was knocked down to second place receiving 16.8% of the votes.
The Broadway star, who voiced Elsa the Snow Queen in 'Frozen,' confirmed a second movie and stage adaptation are "in the works."
Although Disney hasn't made any official announcement, Fans of the animated flick 'Frozen' will be thrilled after Idina Menzel, who voiced Elsa the Snow Queen, recently confirmed that a second movie is "in the works."
Menzel voiced Elsa the Snow Queen in 'Frozen'
The Broadway star's huge revelation came during an interview with London's Telegraph, but unfortunately she couldn't provide any specific details. When the newspaper asked about rumours of a sequel and a stage musical adaptation, Menzel responded, "they're all in the works."
Continue reading: 'Frozen' Sequel Will Be Made, According To Star Idina Menzel
The hit Disney movie 'Frozen' is to receive a sequel, but it's not quite what we expected.
Fans of Frozen rejoice! Looks like there's plenty more adventures in store for the characters from the animated blockbuster. Publishing company Random House has announced that they will release two children’s books that continue the story of Frozen heroines Anna and Elsa.
The Academy Award winning film took the world by storm last year and still hasn't stopped
Entitled 'Anna & Elsa #1: All Hail the Queen' and 'Anna & Elsa #2: Memory and Magic', the stories promise to pick up where the film left the young princesses, and build on their relationship as they get to know one another again, and will be published in January 2015.
Continue reading: Frozen To Get A Sequel, In Book Form Anyway
Most little girls dream about becoming a Disney princess, but for Anna Faith Carlson the dream isn't too unrealistic.
We think everyone can agree when we say that Disney’s Frozen has been pretty successful. Since its release in 2013 it’s earned around $1.2 billion and is the fifth highest grossing film of all time, not to mention the highest-grossing animated film and Disney’s highest-grossing release.
Frozen has stormed ahead of the rest to become Disney's highest-grossing film of all time
The figures speak for themselves but what’s more important is how loved the characters have become in such a short space of time. Sisters Elsa, voiced by Idina Menzel, and Anna, by Kristen Bell, are the heart of the film, and have enthralled little girls (and grown ones) and offered up a new mould for the typical Disney princess - a more believable and relatable one.
Continue reading: Who Is Anna Faith Carlson, The Real Life Elsa From 'Frozen'?
TV stars are moving into the Tonys lists this year.
It’s Tony season! The night of gratuitous musical numbers is almost upon us. The nominations were announced on Tuesday and this year, they feature a couple of new names. The nominees list includes Tony vets Neil Patrick Harris and Audra McDonald, but one of the biggest new names on the list is Bryan Cranston.
Bryan Cranston is moving from the Emmys straight into the Tonys.
Continue reading: "Gentleman's Guide", "Hedwig" Lead Tony Nominations
Frozen is heading straight for the records set by another Disney Flick almost two decades ago.
The Frozen soundtrack keeps going strong for its tenth non-consecutive week at the top of the US album chart. Its current run has been going on for 5 weeks straight. It looks like Frozen might be a constant presence in the charts throughout spring, which is unfortunate for news writers, who have all run out of ice-related puns a long time ago.
Idina Menzel is getting some well deserved recognition out of the soundtrack's success.
For the fifth week in a row, Frozen took the top position with sales of 133,000 (off 11%), according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending April 13, vaulting over the 2 million-unit sales mark. Frozen has become a hit of Lion King proportions, having matched the 1994 soundtrack’s ten week run. However, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan, via Variety, the album is nowhere near topping The Lion King's 10 mln copies record, despite achieving double platinum status.
Continue reading: Bring On The Ice Puns: "Frozen" Maintains Hold Over US Album Chart
Idina Menzel is over it
Remember The Oscars? They were about 7 years ago and the 2015 ceremony is basically tomorrow. If you watched Ellen DeGeneres host this year’s, though, or you have a passing interest in awards season – OR you have an internet connection at work or at home – you probably won’t have missed John Travolta’s mispronunciation of Idina Menzel, calling her ‘Adele Dazeem.’
John Travolta has dealt with his silly mistake
It was so, so funny. Not just because he got her name wrong, that’s just a funny thing for any celeb to do. It was John Travolta. He got the name really wrong. And he had to call Menzel “wickedly funny” before getting her name really wrong. Now, though, it’s probably time to stop laughing at poor John, because he tried, and he’s been really nice since.
Continue reading: Time To Put A Line Under John Travolta’s Idina Menzel Oscars Faux Pas?
The 42 year-old singer/actress says she has "only benefited from it," when discussing being called 'Adele Dazeem' by Travolta at this year's Academy-Awards.
It turns out Idina Menzel has let it go.
The 42 year-old has broken her silence since John Travolta's now infamous blunder at the Academy-Awards.
While gracing the cover of the latest Billboard issue, Menzel talks about being called 'Adele Dazeem.'
This week sees "Frozen"s triumphant return with just under 100,000 copies sold.
The Frozen soundtrack has topped the Billboard Chart for the sixth week in a row, proving that Idina Menzel is a national treasure. Who cares that it’s the first day of spring. Obviously any season can be Frozen season, as long as Let It Go is playing. The soundtrack to the icy Disney flick is back at No. 1 this week with 99,000 copies in the week ending March 16, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That’s 1% down from the week before, but still enough to put Frozen firmly in the lead, THR reports.
Disney's princess flick celebrates independance and tops records in all categories.
The week before, the movie soundtrack ended up in third place, with an easily calculable 1% more for 100,000 copies. This makes the Frozen soundtrack the first album to pass the million sales mark for 2014.This year, the compilation has sold 1.1 million, bringing its total for 2013 and 2014 to a matching 1.4 million sales. The set was released last November, and it sold 338,000 in 2013. This makes the sixth nonconsecutive week atop the chart for Frozen. It first topped the list dated Jan. 18, reflecting the sales week that ended Jan. 5.
Continue reading: Spring Might Be Coming, But 'Frozen' Won't Let Go Of The Billboard No. 1
'Frozen' star Idina Menzel signs autographs for fans as she leaves the Richard Rodgers Theater in New York following a preview for her new musical 'If/Then'. She refuses to comment after paparazzi question her about the John Travolta Oscars gaffe where he spectacularly mispronounced her name as 'Adele Dazeem'.
With Veronica Mars out today, Kristen Bell will soon be free to do pet projects.
Disney’s Frozen is one of those films that would just make sense as a Broadway musical. You know it, we know it, Kristen Bell knows it too. The star of Disney’s Oscar-winning flick recently told EW that she would love to reprise her role as princess Anna in a stage version. She also made a valid point. “I certainly hope that they try!”
Bell is currently on Veronica Mars duty, but she would love to do a Frozen stage play, given the chance.
Bell said about whether Disney would ask her to return. “Everybody in Frozen is a Broadway veteran so I certainly hope they try and wrangle us.”
It's spring awakening time for the Billboard chart with a bunch of new entrees.
Rick Ross owns the Billboard 200 chart this week. Despite Pharrell Williams’ high-profile gig at the Oscars recently, on Wednesday, Ross’ latest album, Mastermind, became his fifth studio effort to top the chart. It sold 179,000 copies in its first week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan (via Reuters).
Rick Ross's Mastermind stormed the Billboard 100 this week.
Pharrell is trailing behind with just 112,000 copies of his G I R L sold in its debut week. The release came after a month of high-profile performances from the singer at intimate parties and awards events, culminating in his singing his Oscar-nominated song Happy, which turned into a spontaneous onstage dance party with Oscar-nominated actresses.
A Colorado pastor claims 'Frozen' promotes homosexuality and bestiality.
Pastor Kevin Swanson of the Reformation Church claims Disney's smash hit family movie Frozen encourages homosexuality and bestiality. Just give yourself a couple of seconds to soak up that argument. Ok - now you're back in the room.
Kristoff and his Reindeer in 'Frozen'
Pastor Swanson, who also hosts a Christian radio show in Colorado, insists he is not your average "tinfoil hat conspiratorialist" described the movie - which sees a young girl teaming up with a hilarious snowman named Olaf for a frosty adventure - is "very evil".
Continue reading: Be Careful Parents, Disney's 'Frozen' Promotes Homosexuality, Bestiality
A conservative pastor gives his opinion on Disney's Oscar-winning animation.
A conservative US pastor has lifted the lid on his beliefs towards Disney's award-winning animation, Frozen, which he says promotes both homosexuality and bestiality in children. Pastor and Colorado-based Generations Radio host Kevin Swanson and co-host Steve Vaughn bounced some theories on the movie's hidden "agenda" despite neither having actually seen the movie.
Two Religious American Radio Hosts Have Condemned Disney's 'Frozen' For Its Perceived Promotion Of Satan.
"Man, how many children are taken into these things and how many Christians are taking their kids off to see the movie Frozen, produced by an organization that is probably one of the most pro-homosexual organizations in the country? You wonder sometimes, I'm not a tinfoil hat conspiratorialist, but you wonder sometimes if maybe there's something very evil happening here," ranted Swanson.
The Oscars: need we say more? The movie event of the year finally came and went with lots of dazzling winners and hilarious stories.
The 86th Academy Awards: The night we'd all been waiting for was finally here: this year's Oscars ceremony has come and gone along with another ground-breaking year in cinema. 12 Years a Slave predictably took Best Picture but Gravity emerged as the movie of the evening with seven awards, five of which were in the technical categories. Matthew McConaughey and Cate Blanchett triumphed with their respective acting awards, pizza was served, Lupita Nyong'o was the darling of yet another awards show and high-scoring host Ellen Degeneres wrapped up the festivities with a neat and expertly-timed bow.
The Oscars Selfie: They say a picture speaks a thousand words but nowadays an image is judged by how many retweets it can get within the shortest space of time. When Ellen Degeneres decided to get a couple of stars together for an impromptu selfie, she probably didn't expect the shot - which featured Bradley Cooper, Brangeline, JLaw, Lupita, Kevin Spacey, Jared Leto, Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep - to surpass Obama's re-election shot's previous world record. The snap broke Twitter, attracting 80,000 retweets within 30 minutes and 1.2 million in an hour.
Travolta got a lot of flack, but it could have turned out worse for Menzel.
If you haven’t been keeping up to date on pop culture news, you might not recognize the name Adele Dazeem. That’s because it was made up by John Travolta during the strangest onstage blunder the Oscars have seen in a while. It’s Idina Menzel, or at least it was supposed to be. As it turns out, the newly renamed (in Travolta’s mind, at least) Frozen star might have a lot to gain from the hilarious mistake.
Travolta might not have known her name, but now everybody else does.
There’s nothing like a mishap to get the public talking, after all. And the mistake has put Menzel in the spotlight in a big way. We’re not just talking about Slate’s “Travolta-fy Your Name” game, although it’s hilarious and worth checking out. Since Sunday night, Idina “Dazeem” Menzel has given interviews, appeared on Tonight for a Let It Go cover with The Roots and gotten tons of free press for her new Broadway show, “If/Then,” – the latter thanks to a fake playbill insert for the production, touting the Adele Dazeem as one of the stars. It later turned out that the augmented playbill had been a fake, with a source saying for the New York Daily News: “Somebody put that on Twitter; it’s not real.”
Following 'Frozen's' successful night at the Oscars, as well as Idina Menzel's performance of 'Let It Go', the film's soundtrack is currently at No.1 on the Billboard 200.
Idina Mezel is the voice behind the character 'Elsa' the Snow Queen in Disney's award-winning animation 'Frozen.'
The hit movie was recently awarded with two Oscars at last Sunday's (March 2nd) ceremony, one for Best Animation Feature, and another for Best Original Song.
'Frozen' was prized with the latter due to the track 'Let It Go', which is sung by Menzel.
Continue reading: Idina Menzel Helps 'Frozen' Top Billboard Charts Following Oscar Success
The actor got the 'Frozen' singer's name very, very wrong in his Oscars speech.
John Travolta has felt compelled to apologize after he made a mess of the pronunciation of singer Idina Menzel's name when tasked with introducing the Frozen singer at Sunday's Oscars. Travolta had one job at the ceremony - to introduce Menzel who sang 'Let It Go' live - but made a hash of her name, producing something that sounded like "Adela Dazeem."
John Travolta Has Apologised For Getting Singer Idina Menzel's Name Wrong At The Oscars.
Travolta's error was quickly picked up upon by Twitter users who ridiculed the Pulp Fiction star for his goof. A spoof Twitter account under the name "Adela Dazeem" was quickly set up and tweeted "THANK YOU, JORN TROMOLTO!" after John's introduction speech aired. Slate magazine created a "Travoltify" app on its website, allowing users to generate their own scrambled names: "You're no one until you've had your name mangled by a confused, squinting John Travolta."
"Adele Dazeem" - the words that will haunt John Travolta, forever more.
There’s a fine line between the ignominy of Internet mockery and online hysteria. Jennifer Lawrence, for instance, enjoys the latter, while John Travolta calling Idina Menzel "Adele Dazeem" at the Oscars on Sunday night really secures you a place in the former camp.
There's something ridiculous about John Travolta - we just can't work out what it is
But this mockery isn’t all bad; after all, he only got someone’s name wrong. He did embellish the introduction with things like “wickedly talented” etc., but he only got Menzel’s name wrong.
Derp! John Travolta gets the 'Let It Go' singer's name really, really wrong.
John Travolta made a big mess of his Oscars introduction speech for Frozen singer Idina Menzel's performance of 'Let It Go.' The Grease actor took to the stage to announce the Broadway star's arrival but completely jumbled up her name, producing something that sounded like "Adela Dazeem."
Whoops! John Travolta Gets Idina Menzel's Name Very Wrong In An Intro Speech.
"Here to perform the Oscar-nominated and gorgeously empowering song 'Let It Go' from the Oscar-winning animated movie Frozen, please welcome the wickedly talented, the one and only, Adela Dazeen," announced Travolta. The 60 year-old star had one job at the star-studded Academy Awards and he made a mess of it, causing a storm of mockery on Twitter. Comedienne Rosie O'Donnell was quick to jump on Travolta's goof, tweeting "I'll have the ADAHZEE MAZINE with sauce on the side."
"Frozen" wasn't really a highlign of the night, until Menzel made it one.
Disney’s juggernaut Frozen, which has been sweeping the North American box office since its release in November 2013, might not have won big at the Oscars, but it was a major presence none the less. It won Best Animated Feature, sure, but many were baffled that the Disney flick, starring Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell, wasn’t even nominated for any of the bigger awards.
Menzel made a splash with Frozen, despite never actually appearing on screen.
Still, Menzel stole some of the spotlight back for Frozen, with her live performance of the breakaway hit Let It Go. The song, sung in the film by the gentle, but repressed queen Elsa, sounded even better live on stage at LA’s Dolby Theater. Written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, "Let It Go," the anthem of Menzel's character Queen Elsa was nominated for Best Original Song and won, topping tracks like "Happy" from Despicable Me 2, "Ordinary Love" from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and "The Moon Song" from Her.
This year's show might not be as controversial, but Zadan and Meron are still going all out.
Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron made a controversial hit out of the Oscars last year, but they might be on thin ice this time. Getting Seth McFarlane to host anything is a risky bet and his antics last year got a lot of people – notably the feminist crowd – pretty riled up. The controversy served its purpose. Last year’s show pulled in 40.3 million US viewers, the largest audience the show has had in three years. Zadan and Meron’s show was a hit with the key 18-49 demographic and the duo were invited back this year.
Ellen might be a safer choice for host, but she is far from boring.
And yet. The choice of Ellen for this year’s host suggests that the producers were at least a little bit intimidated by last year’s backlash. This year’s host, Ellen, while hilarious and ever entertaining, is a much safer option and has proven appeal with the Oscars’ key demo – women.
The Disney singer will perform the hit ballad 'Let It Go' from 'Frozen' at the Oscars.
Idina Menzel will bring her rendition of the Disney Frozen's hit song 'Let It Go' to the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony in March. The former Broadway singer will sing the song during the live telecast of the Academy Awards, Oscars show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today, via Billboard.
Idina Menzel, Singer Of The 'Frozen' Song 'Let It Go,' Will Perform At The Oscars.
It has been speculated that Idina's key role in the Oscars' entertainment means that 'Let It Go' is practically a dead cert to win the Best Original Song, as evidenced by Adele's performance of the James Bond Skyfall track, 'Skyfall,' last year. If 'Let It Go' wins, the prize will go to the songwriter and the composer, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.
Tony award-winning Broadway sensation Idina Menzel unveils 'Let It Go' as a single following its appearance in the Walt Disney Animation adventure 'Frozen' in which she stars as the troubled Snow Queen, Elsa.
The video for the track is a clip taken from the film showing Elsa venturing up a snowy mountain looking sadly down at the ice disaster she has made of the kingdom. She appears guilty about not being able to hold in her power and just wants to hide and cut herself off from everybody, before transforming into the ice enchantress she truly is and accepting that she can't be the perfect girl everyone expects her to be and she should enjoy her unique gift instead. The song is a catchy orchestral number with a power to it that is so acutely demonstrated by Menzel's incredible vocals.
The movie, directed by Chris Buck, opened with huge success and has now been nominated for two Golden Globes with 'Let It Go' being given a nod for Best Original Song and the movie being up for Best Animated Film. If successful, the Best Song award will go to writers Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who have previously revealed it was the first song they wrote for the film.
In an unusually poetic box office match, "Catching Fire" has lost its lead to "Frozen".
After Frozen’s landslide (or should that be avalanche) success before the weekend, it should come as no surprise that the film has easily topped The Hunger Games: Catching Fire at the box office. After two weeks on top, Catching Fire was knocked over by the Disney animated feature, which raked in $31.6 million in weekend sales alone. Since its release on November 22, Frozen has earned $190.2 million, according to Rentrak.
Besides being very seasonally appropriate, Frozen also boasts beautiful animation.
Frozen is a re-imagining of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Snow Queen. The film, which tells the story of two estranged princesses in an icy kingdom, topped the box office in its second week of release, while Catching Fire fell behind with just $27 million earned in the Friday – Sunday period, according to Businessweek.
Disney learns a lesson from Pixar's Brave, giving these orphaned princesses some feisty purpose that doesn't depend on a man. Everything else about this movie is fairly formulaic, including the requisite goofy sidekick character. But the frosty animation adds a stately, dramatic tone that's picked up by Broadway-style songs and just a hint of moral complexity in the story, which is based on Hans Christian Andersen's story The Snow Queen.
With her ability to freeze anything at a touch, young Queen Elsa (voiced by Menzel) has spent her life hidden away in the castle. No one can know her secret, including her restless little sister Anna (Bell), who meets her dream man in Hans (Fontana) on the day of Elsa's coronation. But Elsa's startled reaction to this news triggers an ice age in the kingdom, which sends Elsa fleeing to hide in the mountains. So Anna decides to track her down. She enlists help from local delivery boy Kristoff (Groff) and his pet reindeer, and as they head into the hills they encounter one of Elsa's newest creations: a singing, dancing, scatterbrained snowman named Olaf (Gad).
The winter wonderland setting gives the animators a lot to work with, and the imagery is spectacular. We actually shiver at the gleaming ice and snowy landscapes, which are so detailed that they make us want to see the film again. The characters are also sharply rendered, although they're designed without much subtlety, including the usual Disney physicality in the girls' big-eyed Barbie-like figures. But the plot keeps us off balance by, for example, giving Anna two eligible men to choose between. And also by making Elsa so internally conflicted about her unwanted powers.
Continue reading: Frozen Review
'Frozen' looks to be a frontrunner for the Oscars.
Right at the business end of the year, Disney appear to have snatched away the Oscar for Best Animated Feature from the competition. We, the movie writers, have been nervously looking at each other trying to figure out which overblown cartoon will scoop the honor in March 2014 after some weak efforts, though the studio's latest release, Frozen, appears to be the one.
'Frozen' Is One Of The Best Animated Movies of the Year
The comedy-adventure follows the story of Anna (Kristen Bell), a fearless optimist, whose kingdom is trapped in eternal winter. She teams up with an extreme mountain man for an epic journey to find Anna's sister, The Snow Queen (Idina Menzel) . Along the way, the team encounter mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, and magic at every turn.
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Critics are blown away by the wintry fairytale 'Frozen'
It looks like Disney have hit the jackpot once again, as their latest animation, the festive Frozen, is a hit with critics and looks as though it could be a hit in cinemas too. Starring Idina Menzel, Josh Gad and Kristen Bell and directed by Chris Buck, the film follows Anna, the future Queen of Arendelle, as she races against time to prevent her sister from unwittingly turning the kingdom into an eternally icy realm, meeting some new friends and learning some important lessons on the way.
The film is being commended for its visuals
"This is an icy, snowy world that Disney has never done before," director Chris Buck insisted in a recent featurette for the movie. Stars Kristen Bell and Josh Gad both gushed over the extent of the visuals on offer, with producer Peter del Vecho adding, "We did draw a lot of inspiration from Norway, in fact we sent our art direction team to Norway as the jumping off point."
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Months of promotion culminate in today's release of "Frozen".
Today marks the wide release of Disney’s animated feature Frozen and, after months of promotion, the revamped version of a Hans Christian Andersen fairytale is already generating Oscar buzz. Frozen tells Andersen’s story of the Snow Queen, only with a slight twist. In the original, a young girl, Greta has to use her optimism to save her friend Kai from the curse of the Snow Queen. This version tells the story of two princesses (this is Disney, we’re talking about after all), one of whom is born with the power to control weather. When Princess Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel) is paralyzed with fear and unable to control her power, perpetual winter sets over the Norwegian kingdom of Arendelle. It is then up to her sister Anna (Kristen Bell) to help Elsa and save the kingdom.
Anna is set to be the fearless Queen of Arendelle, but when her sister Elsa starts suffering the effects of her powers to create snow and ice and manages to cloak the entire city with a bitter winter, Anna realises that it's up to her to deal with it. It's only July, but it's bound to be unseasonal for eternity unless Anna can find her sister - now known as the Snow Queen - and get her to break the spell. She sets out on a treacherous mission to look for her alongside her best friend Kristoff, an ice breaker (quite literally), and his super-friendly reindeer Sven. Along the way they meet the bumbling, nasally challenged snowman Olaf as well as several unwelcome mountain dwellers - but that's the least of their worries when it turns out that Anna's beloved sibling is being seen as a ruthless monster, which she knows, deep down, she isn't.
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Disney goes back to the classics with 'Frozen' loosely based on the fairytale 'The Snow Queen'.
Olaf meets Sven in 'Frozen'
Fairytales are definitely becoming popular again with some of the world's favourites being transferred to stunning, high-energy and often grisly live action flicks, among them being 'Jack the Giant Slayer', 'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters', 'Snow White and the Huntsman' and not to mention the TV series 'Once Upon a Time' which is now in its third season. However, Disney has brought the delight back to children and reverted to what they are known for with their (albeit vague) rendition of Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Snow Queen' in an animated adventure entitled 'Frozen'. Starring Kristen Bell, Josh Gad and Broadway sensation Idina Menzel, it tells the story of Anna's quest to undo her sister Elsa's power over the kingdom of Arendelle, which she has cursed into eternal winter, accompanied by her friend Kristoff, his reindeer Sven and a snowman called Olaf.
Disney has released a teaser trailer of their upcoming animated musical adventure Frozen. Based on a fairy tale, featuring cutesy animations and a host of former Glee actors, Frozen will be Disney's major winter release and likely to be highly successful.
Frozen is due to be released on 27th November in the US and on 20th December in the UK, just in time for Christmas. The film will feature the voices of Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars), Idina Menzel (Enchanted), Jonathon Groff (Glee), Josh Gad (Ice Age: Continental Drift) and Santino Fontana (Submissions Only). Frozen will see two actors reunited: Jonathon Groff and Idina Menzel who appeared together in the musical seriesGlee.
The movie is directed by Disney veterans Chris Buck (The Little Mermaid) and Jennifer Lee (Wreck-It Raph) whilst many of the actors have experience with animation films. Gad provided the voice for Louis the molehog in Ice Age: Continental Drift and Menzel as Nancy in Enchanted (a sequel is currently in production also featuring her voice).
Frozen is based on Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tale The Snow Queen. It follows the story of Anna (Bell), who teams up with love interest Kristoff (Groff), in order to find her sister Elsa (Menzel), the Snow Queen, whose magic has caused the kingdom to have turned into a wintry and dangerous wonderland. Helping is a clumsy and buck-toothed snow man named Olaf (voiced by Gad).
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Anna is a young girl determined to save the world as she sets out with her best friend Kristoff, a burly mountain dweller, and his friendly pet reindeer Sven on a mission to restore warmth to the kingdom of Arendelle. Her wicked sister, Elsa, also known as the Snow Queen, has cursed the realm to suffer a never-ending winter, forcing Anna and Kristoff to brave freezing conditions unlike any they've ever experienced as they set out to stop Elsa. But the bitter winds and endless snow fields become the least of their problems as they encounter creatures such as trolls along the way. They also meet the nasally challenged snowman Olaf, who joins them on their trip after becoming confusedly acquainted with Kristoff. Will Anna save the frosty kingdom? Or will Elsa's power prove much too strong?
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Former 'Rent' star Idina Menzel is cast in 'If / Then,' to open in Washington later this year
Idina Menzel’s new musical, entitled If / Then will be opening at Washington’s National Theatre. Using Washington as a Broadway tryout town, the musical will be presented from November 5 to December 8, with the official opening taking place on November 24. The play is described by Washington Post as being about a woman on the brink of turning 40 (played by Menzel), who moves from New York to Denver and is an exploration of how much of our lives are determined by fate and how much by design.
The show’s producer, David Stone said “It’s about how we choose our lives and how our lives choose us. That’s an idea that’s very rich and very moving.” Not only has If / Then’s appointment in Washington reinvigorated the city’s position as a pre-Broadway testing ground, but the casting of Menzel marks a welcome return to the stage for the 41 year old actress. Menzel, who is married to her former Rent cast member Taye Diggs, has been focusing on concert tours of late, as well as starring in Glee as the mother of Rachel (Lea Michele’s character). Acccording to the Washington Post, she has performed in the three workshop productions that have taken place for If / Then and will also appear in the fourth, in April. Stone commented “she’s been involved in it for a long time.”
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Idina Menzal to make Broadway return
Idina Menzal is set to hit Broadway again in a brand new musical, If/Then. This will her first time on the stage and circuit since her Tony Award-winning turn as Elphaba in Wicked.
Speaking about her new project, Menzel said in a statement: "I've experienced the beauty of working on original musicals and was eager to find a project where the material was exciting and new and spoke to my heart. I'm thrilled to have finally found it - an original musical with a complex, flawed, and surprising central character that I cannot wait to bring to life onstage." If/Then tells the story of a woman approaching 40, who decides to move to The Big Apple in search of a new life; a new job, friends and opportunities. The show will have a pre-Broadway tryout in Washington, D.C. this November before heading to New York in Spring 2014. “The show is really about how we choose our lives and how our lives choose us, themes that I find very rich and very moving,” the show’s producer, David Stone said in a telephone interview to The New York Times.
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Giselle lives in the conflation of every single Disney trope ever, in an animated, magical fairy-tale kingdom full of songs of her one true love. The evil queen (who is also a wicked stepmother) can't have some upstart marry the prince and move in on her territory, so she banishes Giselle from animation to reality: New York, to be precise.
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