August 29, 2015
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“FROZEN FEVER”: New Trailer Now

The trailer for ‘FROZEN FEVER’ is now available. The highly-anticipated follow-up short to the global phenomenon FROZEN can be seen exclusively in theaters with Disney’s new live-action CINDERELLA, starring Lily James and Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett, on March 13, 2015.

In ‘Frozen Fever,’ it’s Anna’s birthday and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but when Elsa catches a cold, her powers may put more than just the party at risk.
· Walt Disney Animation Studios? 2013 feature film ‘Frozen’ won two Academy Awards® (best animated film and best original song with ‘Let It Go’) and a Golden Globe® (best animated feature film). It is the fifth highest grossing film of all time and the highest grossing animated film earning more than $1.27 billion globally. Released wide domestically on Nov. 27, 2013, ‘Frozen’ posted the No. 1 industry all-time Thanksgiving debut and Walt Disney Animation Studios biggest opening ever. The digital and Blu-ray/DVD release was one of the biggest home-entertainment successes of the last decade.
· Director Chris Buck (‘Frozen’) helmed the 1999 Disney classic ‘Tarzan’ (with Kevin Lima) as well as the 2007 Oscar®-nominated ‘Surf’s Up’ (with Ash Brannon). His animation credits also include 1989’s ‘The Little Mermaid,’ ‘The Rescuers Down Under’ (1990) and ‘Pocahontas’ (1995).
· Director Jennifer Lee (‘Frozen’) is one of the screenplay writers of 2012’s arcade-hopping comedy adventure ?Wreck-It Ralph.? Her screen adaptation of John Steinbeck’us ‘The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights’ is being produced by Troika Pictures. She has an original screenplay in development with Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way, and her original script ‘Lucid Dreams’ was optioned by Wolfgang Peterson’s Radiant Productions.
· Producer Peter Del Vecho’s (‘Frozen?) credits as producer include 2011’s ‘Winnie the Pooh’ and 2009’s ‘The Princess and the Frog.’ He served as associate producer for ‘Chicken Little’ and ‘Treasure Planet.’
· Producer Aimee Scribner served as associate producer for Disney’s Oscar®-winning ‘Frozen’ and 2011’s ‘Tangled.’ She produced the 2012 short ‘Tangled Ever After.’
· Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez wrote the original songs for ‘Frozen,’ including the Oscar®-winning song ‘Let It Go.’ The ‘Frozen’ soundtrack is Billboard’s top-selling album of 2014 and spent 33 weeks in the top 5 on the Billboard 200 chart, including 13 weeks at No. 1. It is certified triple Platinum, selling more than 3.9 million units. The ‘Let It Go’ film clip from ?Frozen? has been viewed more than 370 million times on YouTube. […]

Madagascar 3 wins Weekend Box Office $35.5M

HollywoodNews.com: Rock of Ages and That’s My Boy tank while Madagascar 3 remains strong and Prometheus plummets.
I try to remain somewhat positive about box office, if only to counter the relentless ‘It’s a bomb!’ or ‘Big Star FAILS!’ punditry that makes up much of the box office pundit world. But there is little good news to report about this weekend’s two big releases. The top new release was Warner Bros’ broadway adaptation Rock of Ages. The 80s rock homage pulled in just $15 million.
Now to be fair, while the film’s opening is far below the $27 million debut of Adam Shankman’s last musical, Hairspray in July 2007 as well as the $27 million debut of Mamma Mia! four summers ago, it’s actually the sixth-biggest debut for a modern musical, which shows how rare they are even in a post-Moulin Rouge era (Moulin Rouge opened with $13 million eleven years ago, by the way). It’s a bigger opening that Rent ($10 million), Dreamgirls ($14 million on under 900 screens), Burlesque ($11 million), and Sweeney Todd ($9.3 million on 1,249 screens).
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Young Adult open huge in limited release

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: In what one might call ‘the calm before the storm’, two middling wide releases debuted to relatively middling numbers. Next week sees a flurry of major wide releases over the last two weeks of the year, so this frame was a bit of a breather. The top film was New Year’s Eve, which debuted with $13.8 million. That’s one of the weakest #1 debuts of the year, and about $1 million less than Valentine’s Day grossed on its first day back in February 2010. That film scored the record for a romantic comedy debut with $56 million over Fri-Sun. Of course, that film had romantic comedy heavyweights like Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Queen Latifah, and Jennifer Garner. This film had a slightly lower-wattage cast, with only Katherine Heigl and Zac Efron qualifying as box office draws. The newbies this time around (Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, Hillary Swank, Jon Bon Jovi, Halle Berry, Lea Michele, etc) are names, but not actual ‘bring them to the theater’ movie stars.
Oddly enough, the film opened significantly lower than what Heigl, Efron, and Ashton Kutcher (who was also the lead in Valentine’s Day) bring in on their own (Jessica Biel was also in both, but she’s never been a draw). Which leads one to believe that this was a problem of ‘fool me once, shame on you’. Valentine’s Day was not very popular in the long run, earning $110 million after scoring $63 million in its four-day opening (that’s Green Lantern/Watchmen/Twilight Saga ‘legs’). The first film was somewhat of a novelty, a Love Actually with Americans and a massively star-packed romantic comedy about Valentine’s Day that opened over Valentine’s Day weekend. This just looked like a cash-in, which is what it probably was. The original cost $52 million while this sequel/spin-off/etc cost $56 million. Warner is going to have to hope for some holiday legs on this one, but as the only romantic comedy in the marketplace it may have some luck with that.
The only other wide release was David Gordon Green’s The Sitter. The Jonah Hill comedy, which was sold as an R-rated and more ‘extreme’ version of Adventures In Babysitting, debuted with just $10 million. This was the first real test of Jonah Hill’s ‘by himself’ star power, and as such it’s […]

“Rock of Ages” trailer attached to “Sherlock Holmes”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Here’s a legitimate reason to get to the theaters early if you’re planning on seeing Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes” sequel, “Game of Shadows.” Warner Bros. plans to attach the first trailer for Adam Shankman’s musical “Rock of Ages,” teasing the picture’s June 1, 2012 release date.
Shankman’s adaptation stars Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough (“Footloose”), Malin Akerman, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti and Catherine Zeta-Jones in the story of an up-and-coming glam rocker making his way through the seedy Sunset Strip lifestyle in 1987.
“Ages” is a massive Broadway sensation, and Shankman (“Hairspray”) seems like the right choice to bring it to the big screen.
December’s also a big month for Cruise, who is busy on the “Mission: Impossible” press circuit. But audiences will get double their dose of the action star if and when they check out the “Rock” trailer.
We hope it will be online shortly after the release. Once it’s up, we’ll post the trailer here on the site.
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Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens reunion rumors are false

HollywoodNews.com: It’s a sad day for fans who wanted to see Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens reunite after breaking up earlier this year.
There were recent rumors out that the two were spotted at a Los Angeles club looking awfully cozy, but that just isn’t so, states E! News. Hudgens couldn’t have possibly been at Eden nightclub with Efron as she wasn’t even in town at the time.
“I don’t know how they were at a Hollywood nightclub when she isn’t in town,” Efron’s rep commented.
The two split after years of dating due to their busy schedules and long-distance relationship.
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“Muppets” exclusive clip features new character Walter

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Despite the onslaught of “Muppet” marketing leading up to the film’s Nov. 23 release, in which Jim Henson’s creations spoofed everything from “The Green Lantern” to “The Hangover Part II,” we haven’t seen a whole lot with Walter, the new character created for this movie who acts a catalyst for the plot. But a new clip finally puts Walter in the spotlight, if only for a moment.
Posted on Yahoo Movies, this clip features Walter and his best friend (Jason Segel) as they plan a trip to California. Their adventure will find them fighting to save the theater in which the original Muppets show was filmed.
It’s shaping up to be a meta movie-within-a-movie concept, overrun with cameos. Much like the year-long string of teaser trailers that established the new film’s tone.
This clip’s still my favorite. As they say, it’s a parody of their own parody trailer. “We’ve taken this as far as it will go.” Very clever.

Now bring on the movie. “The Muppets” returns Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Animal and the rest of the puppet clan to theaters. It opens everywhere on Nov. 23.
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Details on Camille Grammer’s new love interest

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star Camille Grammer was left by her husband, Kelsey Grammer, but now she is opening up about bouncing back with a new man.
Camille has reportedly been dating Dimitri Charalambopoulos who is not in the entertainment industry, states UsMagazine.com. “He’s very sweet, very caring. And we will see what happens. It’s new. It has only been a couple of months,” Camille said about the new man in her life.
The new man in her life is reportedly 34 years old and has helped Camille get back to normal after her difficult split.
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Weekend Box Office: Moneyball comes in second to Lion King 3D

HollywoodNews.com: Defying even the most optimistic of predictions, The Lion King 3D (HERE for the film’s big not-so-fatal flaw) repeated at the top of the box office this weekend. The shockingly popular 3D-converted re-release dropped just 26% in its second weekend, grossing $22.1 million in what was allegedly the last weekend of its ‘limited engagement’.
I cannot imagine Disney not keeping this one in theaters until it plays out naturally, as we could easily be looking at a $100 million domestic total for the refurbished 17-year old cartoon. The Lion King 3D now has $61.6 million, giving the film a $389 million domestic total. Once it gets past $67 million, it will surpass the 1997 re-release of The Empire Strikes Back and become the second-biggest re-release of all time, behind the $137 million gross of Star Wars: Special Edition.
Unless Disney does pull the movie next Friday, it should pass $400 million at the end of next weekend, putting it within spitting distance of the $410 million domestic total of Toy Story 3. The $441 million domestic total for Shrek 2 seems out of reach for the moment, but we’ll know for sure by the end of next weekend.
Again, there is no reason to assume that every 3D-converted rerelease coming down the pike in the next year will perform like this one, anymore than other nationwide anniversary re-releases were expected to match the astonishing 1997 Star Wars Trilogy: Special Edition roll outs (HERE for a review of the Star Wars Blu Ray set). Considering this release was basically a glorified advertisement for the October 4th Blu Ray release, Disney is basically pulling pure profit on this one.
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Whitney Houston will do “Sparkle” remake with Jordin Sparks

HollywoodNews.com: So I did tell you first back on May 7th that “Sparkle,” the 1976 movie, was being remade. There have been all sorts of stories since then. But I can tell you that Whitney Houston has confirmed to play Jordin Sparks’s mother in the remake. Here’s my original story: http://www.showbiz411.com/2011/05/07/sparkle-remake-will-reprise-curtis-mayfield-hits “Sparkle” will reprise the music composed by Curtis Mayfield, which is also good news.
Houston being able and ready to shoot this movie is the big headline, and everyone wants it to happen. Whitney did have a relapse last spring and went off to rehab with her old pal Warren Boyd, who’s so good at helping people get back on their feet. Howard Rosenman and Joel Schumacher are producing the film. More to come. Let’s hope the “Sparkle” script is really improved from the original. This was not a landmark movie. But the music was excellent. A strong script will make a big difference.
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How DVDs ruined the theatrical documentary

HollywoodNews.com: I hesitated before watching Knives Over Forks on Netflix Instant yesterday. I had an interest in the picture, and the DVD was in my Blockbuster quque, so there was seemingly no reason for me not to just watch it right from my Netflix streaming system, right? Well, first I had to go online and look up the reviews for the Blu Ray.
Specifically, I needed to check what kind of supplemental materials were on the disc. To my relief, there was only about six minutes of PSA-type material to be found, so I watched the movie yesterday (quick review – the information is worthwhile, but it’s a terribly amateurish documentary with few real insights beyond its broad thesis). I have discussed before the problem of films coming out on DVD 3-5 months after theatrical with significantly altered or extended ‘director’s cuts’ and how that negates the whole purpose of seeing a film in a theater. Documentaries are a different story. When you watch a documentary in theaters, you get the final film. But when you rent a documentary on DVD, there is a good chance that you’ll actually get two films for the price of one, with enough extra material in the form of deleted scenes and unedited interviews to constitute a second look at the same subject.
No End in Sight was a dynamite 104-minute documentary chronicling the utter disaster that was the occupation of Iraq from 2003 to 2007 (when the film was released). It was the best documentary of the year in a very good year for documentaries (Taxi to the Dark Side and Crazy Love are also modern classics). But if you happened to catch the film on DVD, you got not only the film itself, but 105 minutes of additional documentary material related to the subject. In other words, you got No End In Sight and its quasi-sequel/spin-off.
If you happened to rent Food Inc. (the best documentary of 2009, natch), you were treated to the film itself as well as around forty-minutes of additional relevant and worthwhile material. And of course, in these cases, we aren’t talking about behind-the-scenes or making-of footage, we’re talking about deleted scenes, IE – MORE documentary. And since this footage isn’t lacking in context when viewed by itself (as is the case for deleted footage of […]

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