Disney Sets a Release Date For Frozen 2

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Disney’s Frozen 2 has received its official release date — Nov. 27, 2019 — confirming what had previously been announced as just an “Untitled Disney Animation” slot.
Directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee will return for the 2013 blockbuster’s sequel, which was announced in March 2015 by Disney creative chief John Lasseter, CEO Bob Iger, and the voice of Olaf himself, Josh Gad (whose Frozen costars Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel are expected, although not officially confirmed, to reprise their roles).
Prior to the 3D sequel’s release, a stage musical adaptation of Frozen will make its debut on Broadway in the spring of 2018.
Meanwhile, Disney has also updated a handful of other movie release dates, notably in its animated division: Disney Animation’s Gigantic, the retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk, has been pushed back by more than two years (from Nov. 21, 2018 to November 25, 2020). In its stead, Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 will get an extra few months to power up, moving to the Nov. 21 slot instead of its previously announced March 9 date.
Jon Favreau’s new take on The Lion King has also been set for July 19, 2019 (replacing the next Indiana Jones film, now July 2020); A Wrinkle in Time moves up a month to March 9, 2018 rather than April 6, which Magic Camp will now take rather than its August 2018 release; and two untitled animated features have also selected dates — one from Disney (Nov. 24, 2021) and another from Pixar (June 18, 2021).

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Analysis: ‘Last Jedi’ trailer hints at heady expansion of ‘Star Wars’ myth

ORLANDO — “I only know one truth: It’s time for the Jedi to end.”

That’s a pretty charged statement to make in front of a packed house of Star Wars nerds. But after his quick, non-speaking appearance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) has some pretty deep stuff to say in the first teaser trailer for the next saga episode, The Last Jedi (in theaters Dec. 15).

He looks to be the Yoda to Daisy Ridley’s Rey, though the old Jedi master doesn’t seem as in love with the Force as he once was.

Or is he?

“There are many more layers to be revealed and much more to come, but I thought that was a really good starting point just to let everyone know this might not end up being what you expect,” writer/director Rian Johnson told USA TODAY after unveiling the teaser at Star Wars Celebration Friday.

Billie Lourd, original cast honor Carrie Fisher at ‘Star Wars Celebration’
Where are they now?

The Last Jedi picks up where Force Awakens left off, with Rey going to see hermit Luke on a desolate island on the planet Anch-To. And it’s evident from the first second of the new footage, during which we hear a voiceover of Luke training Rey in the Force and see her experiencing the hardcore physicality involved, that it won’t be an easy road for any of the characters.

“There’s a big adventure to go on emotionally and physically,” Ridley confirmed.

Former Stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega) remains in a medical tank following a harrowing battle with Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) at the end of Force Awakens. Meanwhile, X-wing pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and his droid buddy BB-8 are seen scrambling to their ship as the Resistance is attacked by the First Order, who are on the warpath after the detonation of Starkiller Base.

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The trailer offers a glimpse of a burning building and hints at what happened between Luke and nephew Ben that resulted in the old Jedi master becoming a recluse and his prodigy adopting the name Kylo and joining the Dark Side. But the focus is largely on Rey, the star of this new trilogy, as she figures out how to harness the Force to move objects and swing her blue lightsaber, much like a young Luke did under Yoda’s tutelage in The Empire Strikes Back.
She said their relationship “could go anywhere. Who knows what Luke’s been doing all this time or why he’s on an island in the middle of the sea. All the directions it could go in are very exciting, and the one it ends up going in is really cool.”

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For those interested in Jedi mythology, Johnson’s put some easter eggs in the trailer. Ancient texts are shown on a bookshelf, and there is a closeup of some sort of page with the faded symbol of the Jedi order that may be from the legendary Journal of the Whills. (Johnson’s not confirming it is, but he likes the fact that fans often hit up Wookieepedia in an attempt to figure it out.)

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Something for the gearheads

As is the case with everyStar Wars movie, The Last Jedi boasts new vehicles and planets that will appeal to younger fans. But Johnson has also weaved in callbacks to classic action sequences from the original trilogy for older fanboys and girls.

A scene from the Battle of Crait featuring podracer-style Resistance ships preparing to engage First Order AT-ATs as they come over the horizon hearkens back to Empire’s Battle of Hoth — though admittedly, Crait’s desert landscape recalls Tatooine more than the icy Hoth.

During scenes like that, Johnson marveled, “you look around and you’re 10 years old again. We made the movie hoping it would take people back to that place.”

But we’ve got bad news for Luke: No matter what their age, Star Wars fans aren’t going to be ready for the Jedi to end anytime soon.

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What ‘Frozen’ will sound like on Broadway

Disney Theatrical Productions’ has announced that Caissie Levy will portray Elsa, the princess who possesses cryokinetic magic, and Patti Murin will portray Anna, Elsa’s younger sister who is an eternal optimist, in the upcoming Broadway musical Frozen. USA TODAY

We now have an idea of what the stage version of Frozen will sound like.

Disney Theatrical Productions announced Monday that leads Anna and Elsa will be played by Broadway vets Patti Murin and Caissie Levy, respectively. Unfamiliar with the actresses? Here’s a preview of their voices:

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Here, Patti Murin, who’s starred in Broadway’s Lysistrata Jones and Xanadu, performs a comedic and pitch-perfect rendition of the Frozen duet Love Is an Open Door with Andrew Rannells. (The song starts at 1:43.)

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Above, Caissie Levy, who’s known on the Great White Way for Ghost, Wicked and the 2014 revival of Les Miserables, sings a mash-up of Frozen song Let It Go and The Beatles’ Let It Be. It’s no wonder one of the top comments on the YouTube page, from a year ago, is: “My vote for Elsa on Broadway.” (The song starts at 1:33 and really picks up at 3:04.)

As for the rest of the main characters, here’s the casting: Jelani Alladin as Kristoff, Greg Hildreth as Olaf, John Riddle as Hans and Robert Creighton as the Duke of Weselton.

The stage version of the Oscar-winning animated musical is expected to open at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in August, before moving to Broadway’s St. James Theatre in 2018.

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Kate Upton gives it her all channeling Britney Spears on ‘Lip Sync Battle’

In a short clip from the model’s upcoming appearance on the show, Upton goes all out while lip-syncing to Britney Spears’ …Baby One More Time. And when we say all out, we mean all out. We’re talking the whole costume from that music video that we all know and love, complete with pink-puffed-pig-tails, the sweater tied up and the school girl skirt. Oh, and there’s a lot of crawling. Not even host Chrissy Teigen could handle it. Poor Ricky Martin has to try to beat this performance. He should probably forfeit now.

See the clip below.

Lip Sync Battle airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Spike.

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Harry Styles opens up about Taylor Swift, defends teen fans

Taylor Swift and Harry Styles dated from October 2012 to January 2013. Recently Styles opened up about their relationship with Rolling Stone and he had a message for Swift. USA TODAY

Harry Styles is ready to reintroduce himself to the world.

The former One Direction fan favorite has a self-titled solo debut album out May 12, which means he’s back into the spotlight after a year of relative quiet. Following the release of his first solo single and a stint on SNL, is a revealing profile in Rolling Stone, written by Cameron Crowe.

Styles goes into a wide range of topics in the profile, from the inspirations behind his new album to the 20 months he lived in an attic. But fans may be most interested in what he says about ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift, a topic he’s rarely addressed.

“When I see photos from that day,” Styles told the magazine, when asked about paparazzi shots from their second date, “I think: Relationships are hard, at any age. And adding in that you don’t really understand exactly how it works when you’re 18, trying to navigate all that stuff didn’t make it easier. I mean, you’re a little bit awkward to begin with. You’re on a date with someone you really like. It should be that simple, right? It was a learning experience for sure. But at the heart of it – I just wanted it to be a normal date.”

Styles is aware that some believe two of Swift’s songs from her smash album 1989 are about him (the aptly titled Style and Out of the Woods).

“I mean, I don’t know if they’re about me or not …” he said. “But the issue is, she’s so good, they’re bloody everywhere. I write from my experiences; everyone does that. I’m lucky if everything [we went through] helped create those songs. That’s what hits your heart. That’s the stuff that’s hardest to say, and it’s the stuff I talk least about. That’s the part that’s about the two people. I’m never going to tell anybody everything.”

Has he talked to Swift about the songs? Not exactly. “She doesn’t need me to tell her they’re great. They’re great songs … It’s the most amazing unspoken dialogue ever.”

Inevitably, the singer is happy that he had the experience at all.

“Certain things don’t work out. There’s a lot of things that can be right, and it’s still wrong,” Styles said. “In writing songs about stuff like that, I like tipping a hat to the time together. You’re celebrating the fact it was powerful and made you feel something, rather than ‘this didn’t work out, and that’s bad.’ And if you run into that person, maybe it’s awkward, maybe you have to get drunk … but you shared something. Meeting someone new, sharing those experiences, it’s the best (expletive) ever. So thank you.”

Styles fans may also be pleased to know how highly he thinks of them.

“Who’s to say that young girls who like pop music – short for popular, right? – have worse musical taste than a 30-year-old hipster guy?” he said. “That’s not up to you to say. Music is something that’s always changing. There’s no goal posts. Young girls like the Beatles. You gonna tell me they’re not serious? How can you say young girls don’t get it? They’re our future. Our future doctors, lawyers, mothers, presidents, they kind of keep the world going. Teenage-girl fans – they don’t lie. If they like you, they’re there. They don’t act ‘too cool.’ They like you, and they tell you. Which is sick.”

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‘Dancing With the Stars’: Normani Kordei tops Disney Week

Twice a ratings season, there’s a magical night that blesses our screens. Sambas sparkle more brightly. Waltzes have more romance. But maybe most magical is how Alfonso Ribeiro manages to remind us how he’s completely revamped his career through this show, dancing with children, and singing to kick off… wait for it, Disney Night.

But Alfonso has had his moment—tonight is for Disney and our dancers. The three in jeopardy are a bit of a surprise: Normani, Erika Jayne, and Nick Viall face elimination. Unfortunately, even on Disney night, we have to say goodbye to one, and this week, it was Erika Jayne whose wish upon a star got returned in the mail.

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Disney Song: I’ll Make a Man Out of You from Mulan

Judges Score: 39/40

Normani has been traveling, so it was a mystery if we’d seen her best. But after that Paso, it’s clear we had possibly the best performance of the season, Normani was ALIVE. Trading in the traditional Paso cape for FIGHTING STICKS, Normani’s focus was grounded in performance and footwork. And her scored reflected that.

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Simone Biles and Sasha Farber

Disney Song: How Far I’ll Go from Moana

Judges Score: 38/40

First and foremost, the dance gets a 10 for having Auli’i Cravalho present to sing the Oscar-nominated song. It should get four more for the performance. Simone and Sasha are perfection in their contemporary — a style that suits Simone’s gymnastics background perfectly. The judges agree, but somehow she still doesn’t lock in that perfect score.

Nancy Kerrigan and Artem Chigvintsev

Disney Song: That’s How You Know from Enchanted

Judges Score: 36/40

Sparkle points: 4.5/5

There’s always one person who comments on their age, and it shocks you because they’re typically one of the best in the game — this season that’s Nancy Kerrigan. Dancing a pitch perfect jazz with some spot on lip syncing, Nancy is this season’s traditionalist who has a very real chance of making the final three. The judges completely see the potential and award in accordingly.

Heather Morris and Alan Bernstein

Disney Song: For the First Time in Forever from Frozen

Judges Score: 34/40

Max is still down y’all, so he’s decided to teach Alan and Heather crazy lifts he’s never actually done himself. But for jazz to be Heather’s specialty, it doesn’t feel nearly as jazzy as anyone anticipated. There’s a ton of turns and lifts, but Disney night takes precedent. Good news, though, Maks comes back next week. Thank you for your under appreciated service, Alan.

Best of the Rest

Disney Night brought the best out in the stars with Nick Viall landing near the top with a 34. Both Rashad Jennings and Erika Jayne clock in with 32s, Bonner Bolton lands a 30, and David Ross comes in just under the rest with a 29.

Sparkle Points

Normani Kordei: 5/5

In a week where hair was, um… sometimes questionable (ahem, Julianne), both Val and Normani sported high ponytails along with fighting sticks and muted bedazzled black fighting ensembles. Often docked for anything muted, it was too fierce not to get full credit.

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Bonner Bolton: 4.5/5

Throw a bull rider in some sparkly overalls, give him a fake medal, tell him that he’s stronger than he is and watch him come to life! Bonner’s orange and brown sparkle-alls are the fall staple piece you didn’t know you needed.

Nick Viall: 4.5/5

Detachable skirts? Check. Lederhosen? Check, check. Strong use of cane? We’re done here. Nick may have been in the bottom this week, but that execution was nothing short of Pinocchio-perfect.

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Josh Brolin as Cable in ‘Deadpool 2’?

Brolin, whose name never came in casting rumors for the character, has snagged a four-movie deal to portray Cable. USA TODAY

Josh Brolin has signed on to play comic-book character Cable, opposite Ryan Reynolds’ foul-mouthed mercenary in Deadpool 2, The Hollywood Reporter and The Associated Press confirmed Wednesday.

But, wait, wasn’t Brolin already cast in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Indeed. Brolin plays Thanos, a supervillain who has a major role in the forthcoming Avengers: Infinity War.

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Josh Brolin’s first Marvel character, Thanos, first appeared in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ (Photo: Marvel)

Reynolds, himself, made light of the fact that Brolin’s been cast as a second character based on Marvel Comics (though Deadpool is a Twentieth Century Fox film, as opposed to Disney’s Avengers). He tweeted, sarcastically, “You can’t play 2 characters in the same universe!! Josh Brolin was in Sicario and I was in Sabrina The Teenage Witch.”

By Wednesday afternoon, news of Brolin playing Cable in a four-picture deal had lit up social media, with “Josh Brolin” as a top national Twitter trend. Though many online complained about the casting decision, others tweeted in defense of Brolin.

To be fair, Brolin isn’t the first actor to play two Marvel characters. Both Chris Evans and Michael B. Jordan played Human Torch in Fox’s Fantastic Four movies, before going on to play hero Captain America (Evans) and supervillain Erik Killmonger (Jordan, in 2018’s Black Panther) in Disney/Marvel films.

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The ‘Outlander’ Season 3 teaser is breaking our hearts

The unlucky lovers of Starz Outlander return in the show’s Season 3 trailer, which aired on the channel before the premiere of new show The White Princess. Things are not looking very good for the Frasers, who have been ripped apart by time and space. And it looks like they’ve been apart for a very long time.

The new season finds Claire having returned to her present in 1948, with Jamie left in the past after a failed stand at Culloden, each trying to reform their lives without the other. But as Claire’s new fashion and hair suggest, it’s been years (even decades) since the two were together. Fans who have been anticipating this long-awaited season, may be able to relate.

 

 

Melissa McCarthy went ‘Live’ as Sean Spicer from L.A.

At 77-years old, Ruthie has taken care of over 50 children throughout her life – most of them not related to her.HUMANKIND

This weekend, Saturday Night Live gave Sean Spicer a bunny suit – and a hall pass on showing up to its New York set.

During Saturday program (the show’s first to air live coast-to-coast) Melissa McCarthy gave an Easter-ific rendition of her now-legendary impression of the press secretary, but here’s something you didn’t see on TV: she performed the sketch via satellite in Los Angeles.

McCarthy referenced the switch in an Instagram post Monday. “Spicey gone wild!!!” she wrote, along with the hashtag #LiveFromLA.

“Everybody shut up so I can apologize,” McCarthy’s Spicer said in the spoof, channeling the press secretary’s latest gaffe. “Yes, you all got your wish this week. Spicey finally made a mistake.

“Yeah, I know they’re not really called ‘Holocaust centers’ – duh, I know that,” McCarthy’s Spicer continued. “I clearly meant to say, ‘concentration clubs,’ ok? Let it drop.”

Though it’s rare for SNL to break away from its stage at 30 Rock, it’s no surprise the show is bending over backwards to accommodate McCarthy, a guest star who, along with Alec Baldwin, has been delivering some of the season’s most epic political sketches.

NBC did not say whether McCarthy will shoot sketches out of Los Angeles in the future. Three episodes remain this season, scheduled for May 6, 13 and 20

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