School’s in session, Pixar fans! With just under four months to go until Monsters University opens in theaters, Pixar has released a new poster for the upcoming prequel. Mike, Sully, and a whole host of new faces (in some cases, more than one face per body) gather on the bleachers for a “class photo” in the latest one-sheet. Check it out below. READ FULL STORY »
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Disney’s Peter Pan turns 60 years old this year — but you’d never know it from his youthful appearance. (A life in Never Land is the ultimate anti-aging balm.) The studio is celebrating this milestone with an all-new “Diamond Edition” DVD/Blu-ray release, which hits stores next week. Naturally, the 77-minute film is buoyed by a treasure trove of special features — including this alternate opening, which trades the J. M. Barrie adaptation’s sleepy narration for something a little more in medias res.
Rick Riordan fans, the impossible is finally coming true. The author has written a crossover story featuring both Carter Kane and Percy Jackson!
Titled “The Son of Sobek,” the short will be published as part of the paperback edition of Riordan’s third installment of the Kane Chronicles, The Serpent’s Shadow. “There are a lot of gods and a lot of characters in my books,” Riordan told Publisher’s Weekly. “I picked two that I know very well. Percy and Carter are my touchstones.”
The author also addressed the news on his blog, explaining why now is the perfect time to give fans what they’ve been clamoring for. “My publisher Disney-Hyperion was looking for something fun to add to the paperback version of The Serpent’s Shadow … something to encourage folks who haven’t yet tried the Kane Chronicles to pick up the series. I decided what the heck. Let’s throw Carter and Percy together in a Greek-Egyptian dilemma and see what happens. The result was SO much fun to write.” READ FULL STORY »
Things are looking a little shaky over at the Duncan house in the season finale on Sunday Jan. 20 (8 PM ET/PT), after Amy starts an online mommy blog and starts to strut her stuff, while Bob accidentally releases termites into the house.
Take a look at this clip below:
It has been over 20 years since Disney’s Beauty and the Beast became a blockbuster and made a best-picture breakthrough at the Oscars by scoring the first-ever nomination for an animated film. In addition to playing the snarling title role, Robby Benson has had a lot of other hairy experiences. The Broadway actor/singer, who also starred in Ice Castles and The Chosen, has had four open heart surgeries due to a congenital valve defect, and recently wrote the autobiography I’m Not Dead … Yet! as a way to tell his own story while encouraging others who face health problems.
He designed it himself as an iPad-friendly, multimedia book, available now for download. And to help spread the word, he agreed to share an excerpt with EW’s The Family Room, focusing not on his health struggles, but on one of the happiest times in his career — giving voice to the fearsome, frightening Beast. It starts with a script, and ends with him on the Oscar stage … sort of.
I read the pages of dialogue and my immediate take on Beast was to treat him as a three-dimensional character, not a cartoon character. To me, Beast was as real as any part I had played in a live-action film or a Broadway show.
My first audition was recorded on, of all things, a Sony Walkman. As a musician, I had branched out into recording engineer and loved to play with sound. When I saw the Sony Walkman I knew it had a little condenser microphone in it, and if I were to get too loud, the automatic compressor and built-in limiter would ‘squash’ the voice— and there would be very little dynamic range to the performance. I did a quick assessment and wondered how many people who had come in to audition for the part were making that error: playing the Beast with overwhelming decibels, compressing the vocal waveforms. I decided to give the Beast ‘range.’ Because of my microphone technique, and an understanding of who I wanted Beast to be, they kept asking me to come back and read different dialogue. After my fifth audition, Jeffrey Katzenberg the hands-on guardian of the film, said the part was mine …
Jonathan Groff, otherwise known as rival show choir singer-turned-coach Jesse St. James on Glee, is officially voicing the lead role of Kristoff in Disney’s in-production animated feature Frozen.
Walt Disney Animation Studios announced the casting news Wednesday. In Frozen, loosely based on Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale The Snow Queen, kind and fearless Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) teams with mountain man Kristoff (Groff) and his reindeer friend Sven for a journey through ice, sleet, snow, and trolls to find her older sister Elsa (Idina Menzel), who is magically able to control wintry conditions, causing a perpetual winter. READ FULL STORY »
Aliens are invading Disney Channel!
That seems to be the story with the news that Disney Channel will air four episodes of ABC’s The Neighbors on Friday Dec. 28 from 8-10 p.m. This is the first time that Disney has run a special presentation of a current ABC show (they are part of the same company).
The Neighbors stars Jami Gertz and Simon Templeman and premiered in September, revolves around a family that moves to a new home only to discover that their neighbors are all aliens (and, strangely enough, all have sports star names). The show, which has been averaging around 6.5 million viewers an episode for the 10 episodes aired so far, is likely looking to expand its audience and placing it on Disney Channel for a mini-marathon likely wants to drive home to parents that this is a show the whole family can watch together.
Check out the full schedule beaming down on Dec. 28 below: READ FULL STORY »
Here’s a little icebreaker from the makers of Frozen.
Walt Disney Animation Studios has debuted this exclusive concept image from its upcoming comedy adventure, just in time to make you feel good about your own December.
In this variation on the classic children’s tale The Snow Queen, kind-hearted Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) and her cliffhanging friend Kristoff (whose voice actor hasn’t been revealed yet) venture into the mountains to find her older sister Elsa (Idina Menzel) — who has the power to control wind and ice.
The perpetual winter their region is suffering through … Yeah, big sister is causing that.
Deck the halls with doggies blogging! (Fa la la la la, la la la la)
‘Tis the season for yule-logging! (Fa la la la la, la la la la)
This weekend, Disney Channel will air a holiday-themed episode of its new series Dog with a Blog. “Bark! The Herald Angels Sing” finds the blended Jennings clan celebrating its first Christmas as a family — which, naturally, leads to a few butting heads.
Take this exclusive clip, for example, in which parents Bennett (Regan Burns) and Ellen (Beth Littleford) begin battling for holiday cookie supremacy. “Suffice it to say, I’ve had my fill of holiday cookies for the year,” Littleford tells EW via email. “And I’m still picking crumbs out of my bra.”
Well, sort of. Nickelodeon announced today that it’s given the greenlight to a new series called Sam & Cat. The comedy will star Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande as Sam Puckett and Cat Valentine, two characters who originally appeared on iCarly and Victorious, respectively. Sam & Cat sees the titular two becoming unlikely roommates who launch an after-school babysitting business. Like iCarly and Victorious, the new series was dreamed up by kiddie hitmaker Dan Schneider.
“Jennette and Ariana are adored by our audience, and it’s great to unite these talented actresses in this hilarious new comedy from Dan Schneider,” Nickelodeon exec Russell Hicks said in a statement. “This show promises to deliver on what our audience loves most about these two favorite characters — laugh-out-loud humor and non-stop adventure, and is sure to be a compelling new chapter for our new comedic duo.”
Sam & Cat will hit TV screens in 2013. Production on the series begins this January.
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