April 22, 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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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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Amy Adams to play music, light the lights with the Muppets

HollywoodNews.com: Amy Adams, Chris Cooper and Rashida Jones are going toe-to-toe with the Muppets in their new movie.
The stars join Jason Segal who has already been cast in the lead. Segal and Nicholas Stoller of “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” fame were leaned on to revamp the Muppet movie franchise which has been rusty with its sense of humor since Jim Henson passed away. Duo are handling the script while James Bobin directs.
The film will go before the cameras in Los Angeles in November.
Story follows the Muppets who reunite and stage a show in order to save a movie studio.
Per the Hollywood Reporter, Adams will play Segel’s girlfriend who lends a hand in uniting the famed puppets.
Cooper will play the greedy foe who wants the studio property so that he can tap the ground for oil. Jones will portray an ABC TV executive.
In recent months, Henson Co. has taken to the internet to revamp the Muppets for a new generation with a series of hysterical viral videos that hark back to their sense of humor.
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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 tells fans to petition Warner Bros. for ‘Veronica Mars’ movie

HollywoodNews.com: Great news for “Veronica Mars” fans: Kristen Bell really wants there to be a film version of the cult TV show.
Bell feels so strong about a “Mars” movie, she wants her fans to campaign Warner Bros. for one.
“Mars fans – can we bug @wbpictures and tell them they must do a Veronica Mars film?” she wrote on her Twitter. “New tactic. Bombard them with tweets, there’s evidence of fans they can’t ignore.
“Fans, send petitions and any obsessive behaviour you have to @wbpictures and demand the film. They see no audience for it? I beg to differ” added the actress.
She also advised that fans create Facebook support pages for the film.
Bell capped off her orders with “Thank you so much for being so dedicated. You’re all marshmallows.”
Bell has segued to feature films as a leading gal in romantic comedies such as “Couples Retreat,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “When in Rome.”
Bell’s chick pic comedy “You Again” bows on September 24.
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Anna Paquin, Kristen Bell confirmed for “Scream 4″

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Wes Craven is lining up a bevy of beautiful scream queens for his fourth foray into the “Scream” universe.
Dimension Films has confirmed that “True Blood” starlet Anna Paquin and “Sarah Marshall” herself, Kristen Bell, will appear in next year’s horror sequel.
They will join original “Scream” stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette, as well as newcomers Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, and Adam Brody, EW.com reports.
It’s unclear what role Paquin and Bell will play, however, and EW speculates they could be high-profile lambs for Ghostface’s slaughter, in traditional “Scream” fashion.
However, other horror gossip sites already have speculated that it’s Campbell’s character, Sidney Prescott, who will meet an early demise, Drew Barrymore-style, in the next “Scream.” That would be a nice touch. We’ll see next April.
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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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Russell Brand swings into “Hawkwood”

HollywoodNews.com: Once the remake of “Arthur” wraps, burgeoning comedic thespian Russell Brand is eyeing “Hawkwood” as his next laugh-project.
The Fox film will focus on the adventures of a real-life swashbuckler during Renaissance times.
Empire Online writes, “John Hawkwood, a talented blade-swinger with loose morals and a mercenary attitude, was paid to lead a number of different European armies in the 1400s, serving under several banners including those of both Italy and France.”
Brand brought the pitch to Fox and has his “Arthur” scribe Jared Stern working on the “Hawkwood” script.
Brand’s latest film, “Get Him to the Greek,” a spin-off of “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” generated $82 million worldwide to date.
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“Shrek 4″ three-peats and four new openers (Get Him to the Greek, Killers, Marmaduke, Splice) fail to break out.

By Scott Mendelson
hollywoodnews.com: Owing both to lackluster competition, the complete failure of a film aimed at the same demographic, and the high ticket prices associated with 3D and IMAX theaters, Shrek Forever After once again took the top spot over the weekend. While the film opened far below expectations, the fourth picture in the Shrek saga has held off oblivion at least for the moment. With a $25.3 million grossing-third weekend, the film dropped 42% for a current seventeen-day total of $183 million. That’s well behind the respective end-of-weekend three totals of Shrek the Third ($255 million) and Shrek 2 ($314 million). But both Shrek the Third and Shrek 2 dropped 47% on their third weekends, so the fourth chapter is displaying slightly superior legs. The film may have opened with 58% of the third film’s $121 million opening weekend grosses, but Shrek: The Final Chapter is proving to be more resilient than many, including myself, predicted.
Putting the numbers into a wider perspective, the film is just $4 million behind the $187 million that Pixar’s Up had grossed at the same juncture. Now Up fell just 30% in its third weekend and grossed $6 million more to boot, but I wouldn’t call Shrek Forever After a flop or financial failure by any real stretch. In fact, I admit that I was wrong to predict gloom and doom after the comparatively disappointment opening weekend two weekends prior. Shrek: The Final Chapter won’t reach the $290 million domestic total of Up, but it should easily surpass the eventual $215-220 million total of How to Train Your Dragon (current total – $213 million). For better or worse, Dreamworks can soon claim that all four of its highest-grossing animated films are Shrek pictures. Where it goes from there is a question of how badly it’s brutalized on June 18th, when Toy Story 3 takes away the IMAX and 3D screens, as well as (possibly) the opening-weekend record for an animated film that Shrek the Third set back in 2007 (breaking the record set by Shrek 2 back in 2004, natch).

Second place went to Get Him to the Greek, which opened with $17.4 million. Positioned as a spin-off from Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Nick Stoller directed both and star Russell Brand plays the same character), this Judd Apatow-produced sex/drugs/rock n’ roll comedy opened with a number quite similar to the $17.7 million earned by Forgetting Sarah [...]

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