Thanks to the first theatrical trailer for Annie, the world now has its first real look at the latest film adaptation of the famous Broadway musical, this one from producers Will Smith and Jay-Z.
Muppets Most Wanted is less than three weeks from bringing Jim Henson's infinitely lovable felt creations to theaters once again.
In order to get audiences probably jazzed for the return of Kermit and company, Disney has dropped a whole mess of goodies from the sequel, including the first official clip, a sing-along featuring the first musical number out of the gate, and a complete listing of the songs featured on the retail soundtrack.
A solid comedy duo is a precious commodity.
So it's with no small amount of enthusiasm that we meet the news of Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson returning for Pitch Perfect 2, the sequel set for May 15, 2015.
Warner Bros. has released the first official image from this year's Jersey Boys, a jukebox musical chronicling the rise of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons in the early 1960s.
A very quick little tease for Muppets Most Wanted declares that 2014 belongs to the sequel, while a new official image provides a simple reminder of just how adorable the muppets are.
No one makes animated family musicals better than Walt Disney Animation Studios!
Now the company that brought you Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Peter Pan, and The Jungle Book, as well as contemporary classics such as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King returns with Frozen, which opens in theaters on November 27th. The film was directed by Chris Buck (Tarzan) and Jennifer Lee (screenwriter, Wreck-It Ralph) and is inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen.
Frozen features a sensational cast of talented voice actors and singers including Kristen Bell (Hit & Run), Idina Mendez (Enchanted), Jonathan Groff (TV’s Glee), and Josh Gad (The Internship). The story revolves around princess Anna (Bell) who is forced to team up with Kristoff (Goff), his reindeer sidekick Sven, and a snowman named Olaf (Gad), on an epic journey to find Anna's sister Queen Elsa (Mendez), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in an eternal winter. The film also includes soon-to-be classic songs from Tony Award-winner Robert Lopez (The Book of Mormon), and his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Winnie the Pooh).
I recently had an opportunity to sit down with directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee to talk about their work on Frozen. The animated filmmakers discussed their new movie, pitching the idea to Walt Disney Animation Studios chief creative officer John Lasseter, their research, the animation process, creating the story and characters, casting, the music, how the film falls in the tradition of Walt Disney animated musicals, and which classic Disney animated films helped inspire the movie.
This holiday season, one of the most celebrated and beloved plays of Langston Hughes finally makes the transition from stage to screen.
Black Nativity hits theaters this Wednesday, November 27th.
The film is based on the gospel musical of the same name, which the playwright and towering Harlem Renaissance figure first staged more than half a century ago.
In adapting the play, Black Nativity brings the story into a contemporary setting, following Langston, a streetwise teen who ventures from his native Baltimore to New York for Christmas. Raised by his single mother, Langston is forced to spent the holidays with estranged relatives Reverend Cornell and Aretha Cobbs. Bristling under the Reverend's strict rule, Langston sets his heart on returning home to Baltimore, but finds himself on a journey that teaches him new lessons about himself, family, forgiveness, and God.
Written and directed by Kasi Lemmons (Eve's Bayou), Black Nativity features an all-star ensemble led by Jacob Latimore (Vanishing on Seventh Street) as Langston. Forest Whitaker (Lee Daniels' The Butler) plays Reverend Cornell, with Angela Bassett (Olympus Has Fallen) as Aretha Cobbs, and Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) as Langston's mother, Naima. Lending support are Mary J. Blige (Rock of Ages) and Tyrese Gibson (Furious 6).
At the Los Angeles press day for Black Nativity, IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick had the opportunity to speak with Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, and Mary J. Blige. The actors enthusiastically discussed their connection to the material, the role of spirituality, challenges inherent in musicals, working with Lemmons, and the film's uplifting messages.
Take refuge indoors where it's warmer, folks, because a blizzard of character posters from Frozen are arriving online.
Disney announced just last week that production on the star-studded musical Into the Woods is in full swing in London.
Wasting no time, the studio has released the first official image from the fairy tale adventure, showing off three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep as the Witch. And in related, though less official, news, a small batch of photos from the set have also revealed Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine in costume as Cinderella and her Prince.
The first full theatrical trailer for Disney Animation Studios' next, Frozen, plays up the film's wacky characters and sense of adventure, but opts out of sharing any musical numbers.