Moana first look

Audiences were blown away by the footage shown from Disney’s forthcoming animated adventure Moana at D23 back in August, but at the time, the film from The Little Mermaid veterans Ron Clements and John Musker hadn’t yet revealed an actress for the titular role.

That changes today as the studio has announced 14-year old actress Auli’i Cravalho, a native of Oahu, Hawaii, has landed the part. Along with the announcement, Disney released a Moana first look photo (above) showing her character alongside the legendary demi-god Maui (voiced by Dwayne Johnson), as well as a featurette introducing Cravalho and explaining how she got the coveted part. Read More »


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Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins

Disney has already invested in Emily Blunt with a small role as Miss Piggy’s assistant in The Muppets and one of the lead roles in the Broadway musical adaptation of Into the Woods. Recently there have been rumblings that Blunt is under consideration for Captain Marvel along with Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation star Rebecca Ferguson, but the actress had an interesting theory as to why those rumors keep circling.

And now Disney has another role for which they think the star of Edge of Tomorrow and this weekend’s Sicario would be perfect: Mary Poppins. That’s right, according to a new rumor, the House of Mouse wants Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins in the recently announced musical sequel set in Depression-era London, about 20 years after the original. Read More »

Hocus Pocus

In May it was announced that a Hocus Pocus stage show was headed for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. Now that the party has officially begun, lets see what the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular looks like, alongside new park exclusive Hocus Pocus merchandise.

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Justin Timberlake Joining Trolls

Pitch Perfect leading lady Anna Kendrick has been situated to lead DreamWorks Animation’s musical adaptation of the Danish toy known as Troll dolls for over a year now. The project is simply called Trolls, and sees the Oscar nominee playing a relentlessly upbeat character named Princess Poppy.

Now Kendrick finally has some company on the animated adventure as recording star turned actor Justin Timberlake (The Social Network, Runner Runner) has just signed on to voice a lead character. And since this is a musical, it’s likely safe to assume that he’ll be doing some singing as well. Read More »

mary poppins sequel

Disney’s apparent quest to update every single movie in its catalog continues unabated. The next classic in its sights is Mary Poppins, as Rob Marshall has signed on to direct a new live-action musical based on P.L. Travers‘ books. (The struggle to get the rights of which were chronicled in another recent Disney movie, Saving Mr. Banks.) More details on the new Mary Poppins sequel after the jump.  Read More »

disneyland frozen musical

Good and bad news for Disneyland fans:

  • We’ll start off with the good news — a new stage production based on the hit Walt Disney Animation Studios film Frozen will be coming to Disney California Adventure in Disneyland Resort. Fans of Frozen have proven they can’t get enough of Anna, Elsa and the whole gang, so Disney is giving fans something bigger and better than the other Frozen park offerings.
  • The bad news is that it will be replacing the wonderful Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular stage show which has been playing in the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure park since 2003.

Find out more details about the Disneyland Frozen musical after the jump.

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But if you weren’t lucky enough to see Timberlake perform live, that doesn’t mean you won’t get a taste of what his live performance in concert was like, because Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme, who currently has Ricki and the Flash with Meryl Streep in theaters right now, is working on a Justin Timberlake concert documentary chronicling the last night of the tour. Read More »

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There’s plenty of Star Wars mash-ups out there online, but most them simply take real footage from the movies and remixes it with other audio and video. However, it’s always a little more impressive when someone creates an original video with Star Wars influences.

And that’s exactly what’s so cool about Darth Punk: The Funk Awakens, a Star Wars Daft Punk hybrid music video by Infectious Designer that takes elements from a galaxy far, far away and mixes them with an electro-punk underworld. If you like neon, shiny helmets and lightsabers, you’ll enjoy this little production. Read More »

Straight Outta Compton

Considering Straight Outta Compton‘s impressive run at the box office, it was only a matter of time before someone tried to go back to the ’90s hip-hop well. And indeed, a spiritual sequel to Straight Outta Compton is now in the works — but not from Universal.

Rapper Daz Dillinger has revealed he’s working on a film that’ll pick up where the N.W.A. biopic left off, chronicling the careers of West Coast stars Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Warren G, Kurupt, and of course Daz himself. As of now, Universal has no official plans for a Straight Outta Compton sequel. More details on the possible follow-up after the jump. Read More »