Dreamgirls star Anika Noni Rose has signed on to voice Maddy in Disney’s The Frog Princess. Rose will become Disney’s first black princess in the first hand-drawn film Disney has committed to since the Pixar purchase. The film promises to return to the Broadway-style musical in the likes of the successful Disney animated films such as Walt’s classics.
Written/directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, the animated musical scored by Randy Newman, is set in New Orleans. The movie follows Maddy, a young African-American girl who lives in the infamous French Quarter. The new movie will feature a soulful singing crocodile and voodoo spells.
“This movie is gonna be a classic as you’ve never seen before.” – John Lasseter
Earlier this year it was reported that Jennifer Hudson and Alicia Keys were also being considered for the role. I’m wondering why Hudson passed? I’m sure she was probably the studios first choice. The Frog Princess will hit theaters in 2009.
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I thought Jennifer said she was talking time off to concentrate on her music? Well apparently not. The Academy Award winning actress has been cast as Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker’s daughter in Winged Creatures. The movie follows a group of strangers who form a unique relationship with each other after surviving a random shooting at a Los Angeles diner.
Oscar nominee Jackie Earle Haley (Little Children) is also in the film, as an abusive husband and father. The movie also stars Guy Pearce (Memento), Kate Beckinsale (The Aviator), Dakota Fanning (War of the Worlds), Embeth Daviditz (Schindler’s List) and Josh Hutcherson (Bridge To Terabithia). Talk about a stacked deck. I’m betting this film will be released in December, because it sure smells like Oscar bait.
According to Hollywood WireTap, the indie drama is currently shooting in Los Angeles.
Did You Know: Dreamgirls star and Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson auditioned for Quentin Tarantino Death Proof segment of the Grindhouse exploitation double feature.
“Jennifer auditioned for my movie GRINDHOUSE, and it didn’t work out. But I love her,” admits Tarantino.
I bet Tarantino is regretting his casting decision now. I’m guessing that Hudson was probably gunning for the role that eventually went to either Rosario Dawson or Tracie Thoms.
Academy Award winning actress Jennifer Hudson has turned down a $3 million role in a Warner Bros. movie because of a nude scene. Ready for the twist? It wasn’t Jennifer’s character that gets naked.
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Random Notes from the Editor:
Errol Morris’ short film which opened the Academy Awards show was fantastic. If you didn’t see it, you can check out the video at Oscar.com.
Ellen DeGeneres is not funny (with exception of the Jennifer Hudson/Al Gore joke, but I have a feeling someone probably wrote that for her).
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Let’s look at the results from the 79th Academy Awards ceremony:
Best Motion Picture of the Year:
- Letters from Iwo Jima
- Little Miss Sunshine
- The Queen
Achievement in Directing:
Martin Scorsese for The Departed
- Clint Eastwood for Letters from Iwo Jima
- Stephen Frears for The Queen
- Alejandro González Iñárritu for Babel
- Paul Greengrass for United 93
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role:
Forest Whitaker for The Last King of Scotland
- Leonardo DiCaprio for Blood Diamond
- Ryan Gosling for Half Nelson
- Peter O’Toole for Venus
- Will Smith for The Pursuit of Happyness
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role:
Helen Mirren for The Queen
- Penélope Cruz for Volver
- Judi Dench for Notes on a Scandal
- Meryl Streep for The Devil Wears Prada
- Kate Winslet for Little Children
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Yesterday we reported that movie critic Roger Ebert was spreading a rumor that Little Miss Sunshine would cause a major upset at the 2007 Academy Awards. Well it looks like Vegas visited the same rumor mill.
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Here are the winners from the 2007 Golden Globes:
“The Song of the Heart” – Happy Feet – Music & Lyrics by: Prince Rogers Nelson
Jeremy Irons – Elizabeth I
Kyra Sedgwick – The Closer
Hugh Laurie – House
Emily Blunt – Gideon’s Daughter
Cars – Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar Animation Studio
Meryl Streep – The Devil Wears Prada
Eddie Murphy – Dreamgirls
Elizabeth I – Company Pictures, Channel 4, HBO Films
Bill Nighy – Gideon’s Daughter
Helen Mirren – Elizabeth I
Peter Morgan – The Queen
Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock
Ugly Betty (ABC)
Letters from Iwo Jima (USA/Japan) – Warner Bros. Pictures/DreamWorks Pictures
Alexandre Desplat – The Painted Veil
America Ferrera – Ugly Betty
Martin Scorsese – The Departed
Sacha Baron Cohen – Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Dreamgirls – DreamWorks Pictures
Helen Mirren – The Queen
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
Forest Whitaker – The Last King of Scotland
Babel – Anonymous Content Production/Una Producción De Zeta Film/Central Film Production/Paramount Vantage