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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Vanessa Hudgens goes back to shorter hair

HollywoodNews.com: Vanessa Hudgens cut her hair very short while filming a movie, and while she didn’t like that style, it seems she isn’t opposed to all short hair.
Hudgens recently stepped out with her hair in a shorter bob that departed from the longer hairstyle she has been sporting lately, states UsMagazine.com.
Hudgens previously commented on her very short hair as she described it as a “soccer mom” look.
How do you like her hair?
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“Weeds” star Hunter Parrish is broadway bound

HollywoodNews.com: He’s been playing Mary-Louise Parker’s son Silas Botwin on Showtime’s Weeds for seven seasons now but Hunter Parrish is proving to be an in-demand star of major musicals as well.
The young actor, who also played the son of Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin in the romantic comedy It’s Complicated, is set to star as Jesus in the upcoming Broadway revival of the legendary rock musical Godspell.
In a statement, the actor said: “I am elated to be joining the Godspell family, and honored to be a part of bringing this thrilling classic back to Broadway. I knew after meeting with the creative team that I was going to be a part of something really exciting. I can’t wait to get started.”
He made his Broadway debut to critical acclaim two years ago as Melchior in the Tony Award-winning hit musical Spring Awakening.
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Vanessa Hudgens talks about her new look

HollywoodNews.com: Vanessa Hudgens made quite a shocking change to her look when she chopped off a lot of her long locks and showed off a short hairstyle.
Now, she is revealing that it is a pretty hard adjustment she wasn’t ready for, states Just Jared. “Oh man, it’s really intense. I’m still getting used to it,” Hudgens said about the drastic change.
And while there are no plans to change it yet, don’t be surprised if she lets it grow out quickly: “I miss [long hair], I do, but there’s I nothing I can do about it.”
Do you like her better with short or long hair?
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Who is apologizing for an Arnold Schwarzenegger comment?

HollywoodNews.com: Everyone has had an opinion on Arnold Schwarzenegger and what has gone on with him, but someone is apologizing for what they said.
Now that some time has passed after the comment hit the media, Jane Seymour is taking back what she said about him likely having more illegitimate children, states Hollyscoop. “Anything I said was stupidly based on stuff I heard in the media. I feel so badly for Maria and the children,” Seymour said on ‘The View.’
Seymour is now stating that she doesn’t have any inside knowledge of him possibly having other affairs and children.
What do you think about Jane Seymour’s retraction?
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‘Jersey Shore’ house now for rent

HollywoodNews.com: You too can now vacation like the kids on ‘Jersey Shore’ if you are prepared to fork over a little bit of money.
The reality TV show house in Seaside Heights, New Jersey is reportedly for rent this summer, states the New York Post. You can reportedly rent the famous location for about $2,500 a night.
Fans can even sleep where Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi slept or they can use the popular duck phone.
One thing that won’t be there is the hot tub, as that is reportedly something that MTV brings in and out for the show.
Would you ever rent the ‘Jersey Shore’ house?
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This Week In Movies By Pete Hammond – ‘The Roomate’

By Pete Hammond
HollywoodNews.com: All things Super Bowl put a damper on Hollywood’s enthusiasm for releasing intriguing news films this weekend. So what we were stuck with ? A Single White Female ripoff called ‘The Roommate’ was so derivative its releasing studio couldn’t even bring itself to schedule an advance critics screening. Turns out it was a smart move since without poisonous reviews leaking before its Friday opening it turned out to be the number one movie in the country. The film managed only an 8% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes , about as low as number one openings can muster. Out of 33 reviews counted so far only 3 could even be kindly labeled as “mixed”. Too bad for Leighton Meester too. She was so good in Country Strong, her other current film which has a song nominated for an Oscar. The Roommate doesn’t have to worry about getting Oscar nominations next year but might be a good candidate for a Razzie. Meester plays a deranged girl who is, OF COURSE, obsessed with her new roommate. Oy. The audience who turned out was predictably girls, mostly under 21 and way to young to remember flicks like the aforementioned Single White Female but Single White Roommate would be a more honest title. Still never underestimate the lowbrow tastes of the American moviegoing public but I have to say the Packers/Steelers pre-game warmup had more thrills than this entire movie.
Continuing to counterprogram, Universal and Executive Producer James Cameron also decided to throw their hat in the ring this Super Bowl weekend with the 3D adventure, Sanctum which is about a group of cave divers who try to traverse perhaps the least accessible cave system on earth with predictable horrifying results. This movie is nice-looking and the 3D is not bad. It would be hard to imagine Cameron sticking his name on this as a producer and going out to promote it if the 3D sucked. The guy is anal about the process when it works. Problem here is not the visual palette but just about every time one of the actors opens his mouth to recite the clunky B-movie dialogue. Still critics were a lot more forgiving giving this a whopping 30% fresh rating at RT, certainly better than Roommate but not enough, even with Cameron’s name [...]

“Rabbit Hole” director John Cameron Mitchell – FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The “Rabbit Hole” DVD sat atop my pile of For Your Consideration screeners for longer than I care to admit. Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours” moved ahead of it on the list of required viewing. So did Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan,” the Coen Brothers’ “True Grit,” and a repeat screening of “The Social Network.”
After all, I’m not an outdoorsman, so what chance do I have of getting pinned beneath a boulder? For that matter, I’m no ballerina, cowboy, or computer genius. Watching those films brought no fear.
But I am a parent. And so the idea of watching a film about a couple mourning the loss of their little boy was terrifying. Imagine my surprise, then, when I finally watched John Cameron Mitchell’s tender adaptation of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, only to realize it was the best film I’d seen this year.

“I’m interested in all aspects of life, and I was very moved by this story. It felt very universal,” Mitchell told me during a recent phone interview. He admitted that a death in his past – he lost his brother at a young age – also inspired him to attack the material, though he’s also quick to point out that he isn’t the obvious choice for a film like this.
“I’m more of a, let’s say, ‘hot’ director working with sort of ‘cooler’ and perhaps more restrained material than I’ve worked with as a filmmaker,” he said.
The Texas native has been working as an actor since the mid-1980s. But it was his career-defining turn as Hedwig in his own production of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” that helped put Mitchell on the map. In his second directorial effort, “Shortbus,” he explored our nation’s sexual hungers and curiosities. Neither film seemed to prepare him for “Rabbit Hole.”
He found his access point into the material though our innate desire to share stories.
“We’re all going to experience loss in some way, at some time,” Mitchell said. “Religion and therapy are two ways of dealing with it. But more and more people use stories to create the set of tools they have to deal with life. I’m sure ‘Mad Men’ and ‘The Wire’ or ‘The Sopranos’ have unexpectedly given people a way to think about their lives, even though the settings are so different from their own lives.”
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Nic Cage in “Witch,” Paul Giamatti in “Barney’s,” and “Battle: Los Angeles” trailers

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: A recent feature we have had to roll out on a regular basis here has been the Trailer Park, a post that collects click-worthy trailers for you to view. Three hit the Web in the past few hours, and we’ve got them below.
Hoping to steal a little thunder from its fellow alien invasion thriller, “Skyline” (which opens today), the producers of “Battle: Los Angeles” dropped the first long trailer on Apple’s site. It has a mellow mood that contradicts all of the action happening on screen, as military forces around the world – but mostly in Santa Monica – combat extraterrestrial invaders. “Battle” hits theaters on March 11.
Then there’s a glimpse of Nicolas Cage as a sword-wielding warrior in Dominic Sena’s “Season of the Witch.” In the film, Cage plays a heroic Crusader who’s ordered to transport a strange girl – believed to be a witch — to a remote monastery where monks will perform an ancient ritual to rid the land of her curse. Ron Perlman co-stars. The film opens on Jan. 7.

And for those tracking the Oscar race, pay attention to both Paul Giamatti and Rosamund Pike in the new trailer for Richard J. Lewis’ “Barney’s Version.” Giamatti plays a befuddled television producer who falls in love with his dream girl on his wedding day (he’s marrying a different woman), then spends years pursuing her. The film includes a murder mystery, a heartbreaking relationship story, and a winning performance by Dustin Hoffman as Barney’s father. It will begin playing in wide release on Jan. 14, but I’m thinking it has Oscar chances if Sony Pictures plays its cards right.
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‘Glee’ tunes up ‘Rocky Horror,’ Meat Loaf, Barry Bostwick aboard

HollywoodNews.com: “Glee” really knows how to do the “Time Warp,” “Rocky Horror Picture” style.
While it’s not news that the show will have a tribute to the 1975 cult musical film on October 26, E! reported that the original castmembers from the film – Meat Loaf and Barry Bostwick will guest star on the hit Fox show as TV station majors, who have a pitch for Jane Lynch’s Sue Sylvester.
In the original film, Meat Loaf played “Eddie, Ex Delivery Boy” while Bostwick portrayed nerdy boyfriend of Janet (Susan Sarandon), Brad Majors. Sarandon would love to appear, but there’s no deal on the table. Also, no word if Tim Curry aka Dr. Frank-N-Furter would make an appearance in drag or if the original “Rocky” creator and hunchback Richard O’Brien would dance alongside the Gleeks.
Buzz is that McKinley High will recreate the popular stage production. We don’t know if the jocks will be providing sassy callbacks to the Gleeks on stage. Due to the kitschy nature of “Rocky Horror,” it’s always customary for audience members to yell back insults at the characters’ zany situations on screen.
E! learned about the past “Rocky Horror” lives of the “Glee” cast: Matthew Morrison appeared in the show on Broadway and Jayma Mays sang “Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a Touch Me” as her audition song.
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