April 23, 2014

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Walt Disney Studios Unveils Epic Adventure “Frozen”

HollywoodNews.com: Walt Disney Animation Studios presents an epic tale of adventure and comedy in “Frozen,” a computer-animated feature film slated for the big screen in November 2013. Directed by Chris Buck (“Tarzan,” “Surf’s Up”) and produced by Peter Del Vecho (“Winnie the Pooh,” “The Princess and the Frog”), “Frozen” features the vocal talents of film/TV/stage star Kristen Bell as Anna, a young dreamer about to take the adventure of a lifetime, and Tony Award ®-winning actress Idina Menzel as Elsa the Snow Queen. The movie will feature original songs by Broadway greats Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.
In “Frozen,” a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, so Anna (voice of Bell) must team up with Kristoff, a daring mountain man, on the grandest of journeys to find the Snow Queen (voice of Menzel) and put an end to the icy spell. Encountering Everest-like extremes, mystical creatures and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.
Bell has starred in a variety of films, including the comedies “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Couples Retreat,” and the upcoming films “Hit & Run,” “Some Girls” and the Farrelly Brothers’ “Movie 43.” On the small screen, Bell is currently starring in the Showtime series “House of Lies” alongside Don Cheadle; she has also starred in “Heroes” and “Veronica Mars.” Broadway credits include “The Crucible” and “Tom Sawyer.”
Menzel, who won a Tony Award® as Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Elphaba in Broadway’s “Wicked” (2004), landed her first role on Broadway in 1995 in the Tony Award-winning musical “Rent.” Film credits include “Enchanted” and the feature film “Rent.” She has appeared in a recurring role on TV’s “Glee” and recently released “Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony,” a live concert with an orchestra led by composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch. Menzel is currently on a North American concert tour.
Robert Lopez is a three-time Tony Award®-winning writer of the Tony and Grammy® Award-winning musical “The Book of Mormon,” which was co-written with Trey Parker and Matt Stone (“South Park”), and the musical “Avenue Q,” which ran for six years on Broadway and four years in London’s West End. Lopez teamed with wife Anderson-Lopez, whose Drama Desk-winning show “In Transit” is Broadway-bound, to write original songs for 2011’s “Winnie the Pooh,” a stage version of “Finding Nemo” and a new musical called “Up Here.”
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Jason Segel, Emily Blunt opening Tribeca with “The Five-Year Engagement”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) and Universal Pictures today announced that “The Five-Year Engagement” will open the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by American Express.
Director/writer/producer Nicholas Stoller and writer/star Jason Segel (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall”) reteam for the irreverent comedy, which also stars Emily Blunt, Rhys Ifans, Chris Pratt and Alison Brie.
The premiere will take place on Wednesday, April 18, and the Festival will run through April 29.
Here’s a plot synopsis, from the release:
Beginning where most romantic comedies end, “The Five-Year Engagement” looks at what happens when an engaged couple (Segel and Blunt) keeps getting tripped up on the long walk down the aisle. The film, also produced by Judd Apatow (“Knocked Up,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”) and Rodney Rothman (“Get Him to the Greek”), was written by Segel and Stoller. It opens on April 27.
“The Tribeca Film Festival has always celebrated the power of creative collaboration, and there is no better example of that than The Five-Year Engagement,” said Jane Rosenthal, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival. “We are so pleased to join with Universal Pictures to bring the wit and energy of this hilarious and affecting film to Tribeca as we kick off our 11th edition.”
“When Jason and I met during the production of Undeclared, we couldn’t have imagined that one day we would write a comedy that would open such a prestigious film festival as Tribeca,” said Stoller. “We are so honored that the festival organizers have given us this platform to premiere the film. To be honest, this is all just a ploy to stand on top of a building with Robert De Niro and look out over New York City at dusk.”
The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival will announce its feature film slate on March 6 and 8, 2012.
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Zach Galifianakis might meet the Muppets in their new movie

HollywoodNews.com: Hot off of winning the Hollywood Comedy Award, Zach Galifianakis is in talks to star in the upcoming Muppet movie reboot.
Should Galifianakis commit, he will join Jason Segel and Amy Adams in the film.
Entertainment Weekly had the news.
Segel and Nick Stoller, who wrote “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” are working on the Muppet script. Plot follows the furry gang as they attempt to save the Muppet movie studio.
Digital Spy reports, “Galifianakis has already appeared on film with a Muppet, after featuring in a comedy staring contest with Animal and members of the band OK Go at an awards ceremony in June.”
The stand-up comedian-turned-marquee name will next be starring alongside Robert Downey Jr. in “Due Date” out on November 5.
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‘Despicable Me’ mini-movies coming to Blu-ray and DVD in December

HollywoodNews.com: Everyone’s favorite new hilarious animation film, “Despicable Me,” is finally coming to your home theater. On December 14, Universal Studios Home Entertainment will release the film with some bonus features.
For a limited time only a trio of all-new, hilarious adventures starring the film’s endearingly mischievous Minions, will be available only on the Blu-ray™ and Blu-ray 3D Combo Packs and the DVD Double Pack. All three products include a digital copy of the movie to watch anytime, anywhere. A single disc DVD will also be available.
“‘Despicable Me’ is one of those rare titles that moviegoers of all ages have enthusiastically embraced,” said Craig Kornblau, President of Universal Studios Home Entertainment. “It’s not only one of the highest-grossing movies of the year but also one of the most popular animated films of all time. Perfectly timed for the holidays, Despicable Me will be high on everybody’s wish list as the must-have Blu-ray/DVD of the season.”
The latest film from producer Chris Meledandri (executive producer of Ice Age and Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!) Despicable Me’s all-star cast of unforgettably funny heroes and villains includes Steve Carell (Date Night, Get Smart, Horton Hears a Who!, TV’s The Office), Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I Love You, Man), Miranda Cosgrove (Nickelodeon’s No. 1 live-action show iCarly), legendary Academy Award® winner Julie Andrews (The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins , The Princess Diaries series), Russell Brand (Get Him to the Greek, Forgetting Sarah Marshall ), Kristen Wiig (Date Night, Saturday Night Live), Will Arnett (Monsters vs. Aliens, Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!, Ratatouille), Danny McBride (Tropic Thunder, Pineapple Express), Jack McBrayer (TV’s “30 Rock”, Forgetting Sarah Marshall ) and Jemaine Clement (“Flight of the Conchords”, Dinner For Schmucks). The hilarious tale of a wannabe super-villain whose life is unexpectedly changed by a trio of determined little orphans packed theaters and delighted families nationwide this summer.
The ultimate entertainment for the entire family, Despicable Me is packed with never-before-seen bonus features including games, behind-the-scenes featurettes and filmmaker commentaries that will keep the entire family enchanted for hours.
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Kristen Bell to mentor ballerina in ‘Mirlitons’

HollywoodNews.com: Kristen Bell will play a fierce stage mom in the upcoming independent dance comedy feature “Dance of the Mirlitons.”
Story revolves around Bell’s character, who grooms her young, overweight ballerina daughter for stardom.
“Kristen’s combination of comedic timing and authenticity will bring this character to the next level, and give this crossover appeal,” said the film’s producer Daniel Dubiecki.
At present, a search is underway to discover the girl who will play Bell’s daughter.
A veteran from the cult TV teen drama “Veronica Mars,” Bell has segued into a comfortable motion picture career, mostly playing in broad romantic comedies including “Couples Retreat,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “When in Rome.”
Bell is really flexing her musical arms lately. She can be seen in the music video “Madder Red” by rock band Yeasayer. The video has been described as a moving tale between a girl and her pet blob monster.
Kristen Bell is also set to wow in the upcoming Thanksgiving release “Burlesque” from Screen Gems/Sony Pictures.
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William Baldwin to join ‘Parenthood’ for multiple-episode arc

HollywoodNews.com: NBC announced that William Baldwin (“Dirty Sexy Money,” “Gossip Girl”) will join the cast of the network’s returning drama “Parenthood” for a multiple-episode arc.
Baldwin will be playing Gordon Flint, Adam’s (Peter Krause) wealthy, charismatic boss. Gordon is content to let Adam do the grunt work of running the company, preferring to spend his time thinking about the “big picture.” A dedicated bachelor, Gordon’s romantic life is the polar opposite to Adam’s relationship with Kristina (Monica Potter). Gordon brings tension to the Braverman clan when he sets his sights on Adam’s sister, Sarah (Lauren Graham).
Baldwin first gained recognition for his breakout performance in the feature film “Backdraft.” His other film credits include “The Squid & The Whale,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “Adrift in Manhattan,” Flatliners,” “Internal Affairs,” “Three of Hearts,” “Primary Suspect” and “Born on the Fourth of July.” Baldwin will lend his voice to the upcoming animated feature “Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths” as well as the soon-to-be-released “1 a Minute.”
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Hollywood Movie Roundup: ‘Killers,’ ‘Splice,’ ‘Marmaduke’

By Kevin Crust
HollywoodNews.com: A soft May could turn into June gloom at the box-office if the pre-”Toy Story” (June 18) releases all fail to break out. Four new movies debut this week, but will all likely fall behind the ogre who looking to three-peat at number one.
GET HIM TO THE GREEK
A spinoff of “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” from producer Judd Apatow and director Nicholas Stoller, the raunchy comedy features Russell Brand‘s naughty rock star character Aldous Snow being shepherded to L.A.’s famous open-air ampitheare by record company flunky Jonah Hill for a concert. Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs, Rose Byrne of “Damages” and “Mad Men’s” Elisabeth Moss co-star along with the usual array of Apatow stock company cameos. Stoller scripted.
Despite the high raunch factor, “Greek” is earning surprisingly good reviews. The sentiments of the Chicago duo of Roger Ebert of the Sun-Times and Michael Phillips of the rival Tribune are largely echoed in the words of A.O. Scott of the New York Times who writes that the signature “bawdy-sweet mixture”of Apatow films works here. Finding less to cheer about are Slate’s Dana Stevens, the Los Angeles Times’ Betsy Sharkey and Peter Travers of Rolling Stone, who dubs it a “buzz-kill.”
Apatow and company are hoping for some R-rated, “Hangover”-like magic, but will be thrilled with half of that film’s $45 million opening. Positive word-of-mouth might help nudge it past Kutcher and Heigl into the number two spot, but if the overall numbers are down and “Prince of Persia” and/or “Sex and the City 2″ minimize their second-week drops, things could get mighty crowded behind “Shrek 4.”

KILLERS
An action comedy starring Katherine Heigl as a newlywed who suspects that hubby Ashton Kutcher is an assassin and their new neighbors have been contracted to rub them out. “Legally Blonde’s” Robert Luketic directed. Tom Selleck and Catherine O’Hara offer support. The screenplay was written by Bob DeRosa and Ted Griffin, credited as T.M. Griffin
Lionsgate didn’t bother to preview their most expensive movie ever for critics, a fairly certain sign that they wouldn’t have liked it anyway. When the reviews do roll out this afternoon you can count all the unflattering references to “True Lies” and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.”
The negative buzz from not being screened could have an impact in the crowded marketplace with audiences opting for the more touted “Greek.” The Los Angeles Times quoted a Lionsgate exec as saying if “Killers” clears $20M this weekend, [...]

Watch now: the first 5 minutes of “Get Him To the Greek”

HollywoodNews.com: “Get Him to the Greek” starring Russell Brand and Jonah Hill opens in theaters everywhere tomorrow.
The film follows “a record company intern (Hill) is hired to accompany out-of-control British rock star Aldous Snow (Brand) to a concert at L.A.’s Greek Theater,” reports IMDB. To hold you over before the film is released, enjoy the first five minutes from the film below:
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Exclusive: Phil Lord offers early details about Jonah Hill’s ’21 Jumpstreet’ movie

By Todd Gilchrist
Last summer, Universal Pictures offered reporters an opportunity to visit the set of Jonah Hill’s Get Him to the Greek, a follow-up to the 2008 film Forgetting Sarah Marshall. During various interviews, Jonah Hill mentioned he was still in the process of putting together cast and crew members for the film, but revealed that Michael Bacall, screenwriter of the upcoming Scott Pilgrim Saves the World, was hard at work on script. Subsequently, Sony Pictures announced that Chris Miller and Phil Lord, the guys responsible for shepherding Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs to the screen, would be taking the directorial reins of the TV adaptation.
Last week, Hollywood News caught up with Lord in Culver City, California, and the talented writer-director generously offered a wealth of details about his and Miller’s approach to the material. Additionally, he talked about making the transition from animated moviemaking to live-action, and hinted at what that might mean for the action-comedy’s explosive set pieces.
Hollywood News: How well defined was it when you came in, and what did they ask you to contribute when you joined the project?

Phil Lord: That job was an open directing assignment. Michael Bacall wrote the script, and he’s an amazing writer, so it had tons of individuality and charm and it really felt like a new kind of movie in terms of its tone and the voice of it. That’s what attracted Chris [Miller] and I to it – that this feels like a fresh approach to an old thing, which is basically an action buddy comedy, and [I thought] this voice is something I don’t want to lose. Reading the script, you could tell that in order for this to be a mainstream studio movie that makes lots of money for everybody and makes everybody have their heart warmed by it, it kind of also has to be the sweetest possible version of a drugs and guns and exploding cars buddy cop action flick as you can possibly do. So that was our approach: it was like, what if we did this and we really worked on the characters and the sweetness. That was our experience at Sony, that works really well for the studio, and it worked really well for Superbad. Superbad is ‘let’s do a throwback to raunchy high school comedies, but the twist is going to be that you’re actually going to make it [...]

Cohen, Bateman, Carell, Fey, Stiller to present Oscar Show

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Comedic talents Sacha Baron Cohen, Jason Bateman, Steve Carell, Tina Fey and Ben Stiller will help bring laughs to the 82nd Academy Awards®, telecast producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman announced. This will be the debut appearances for Baron Cohen and Bateman. Stiller has appeared on five previous Oscar telecasts, Carell has presented on three and Fey made her debut last year.
Baron Cohen, who is known for creating outlandish characters, came to national attention in 2003 on the HBO series “Da Ali G Show,” in which he played the title character. His film credits include “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” “Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan,” “Sweeney Todd The Barber of Fleet Street” and “Bruno.”
Bateman is in the Oscar-nominated film “Up in the Air” and is attached to several upcoming projects. His other film credits include “Juno,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “Hancock” and “State of Play.” He previously starred in the comedy cult hit “Arrested Development.”
Carell will be seen next in “Date Night” and recently completed work on “Despicable Me” and “Dinner for Schmucks.” His other film credits include “The 40 Year-Old Virgin,” “Evan Almighty,” “Dan in Real Life” and “Get Smart.”
Fey came to prominence as a regular on “Saturday Night Live” and currently stars in, produces and writes for “30 Rock.” She will be seen next opposite Carell in “Date Night.” Her other film credits include “Mean Girls” and “Baby Mama.”
Stiller recently completed work on “Meet the Fockers Sequel” and is attached to several projects. His film credits include “Empire of the Sun,” “Reality Bites,” “Flirting with Disaster,” “The Royal Tenenbaums,” “Meet the Fockers,” “Night at the Museum” and “Tropic Thunder.”
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PT/ 8 p.m. ET. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

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