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After nearly four decades with Disney, director John Musker is retiring. Musker co-wrote and co-directed seven feature films throughout his 41-year career at the House of Mouse, including The Little MermaidAladdinMoana and more.

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The Princess Diarist - 2018 Grammy Winners

Last night saw the 2018 Grammy Awards air on CBS. Since that’s music’s biggest night, it’s not something we usually cover, but the Grammys also honor achievements in music from the world of cinema, as well as work that is cinema-adjacent.

Even though La La Land is old news to us by now, the Grammy Awards’ very different deadlines meant the Damien Chazelle musical ended up taking home the Grammy for both Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media and Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media. Meanwhile, the late Carrie Fisher and the great John Williams also took home awards.

Find out more about the (movie relevant!) 2018 Grammy winners below. Read More »

Moana

Auli’i Cravalho, the voice of Disney’s Moana, stars in the new NBC drama Rise. After a panel on Rise for the Television Critics Association, Cravalho spoke with reporters further about the future of Moana. She is going to record the Hawaiian language voice of Moana in a new translation, and we will soon meet the character again in Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2.

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Maori Moana song translation

The entire Moana soundtrack is full of incredible original songs that rival some of Disney’s most classic tunes. But perhaps the most stylish song is “Shiny,” sung by the giant golden crab called Tamatoa. Thanks to Flight of the Conchords star Jemaine Clement channeling both Tim Curry and David Bowie in his performance, it’s a performance that is catchy, funny and simply fantastic. And it sounds even better in Jemaine Clement’s native language.

Moana was already a big deal because it shined a light on the Polynesian culture that isn’t typically in the spotlight of mainstream Hollywood movies. But down in New Zealand it’s connecting with people on another level, because in some areas of the island nation it’s been translated into the indigenous Maori language that has become increasingly rare. Since Jemaine Clement was raised by his Maori mother in New Zealand, he was able to sing the song in Maori for the film’s soundtrack, and it sounds so cool.

Listen to the Maori Moana song translation below. Read More »

VOTD: How ‘Wonder Woman’ Should Have Ended

How Wonder Woman Should Have Ended

With $410.6 million at the domestic box office, Wonder Woman is not only the highest grossing film of the summer, but it’s the second highest grossing film of 2017, coming in behind Disney’s remake of Beauty and the Beast. While we wait for Wonder Woman to hit Blu-ray and DVD next week on September 19 (it’s already available for digital download), the money is still pulling in some cash at the box office. But the film’s success doesn’t keep it safe from lampooning.

How It Should Have Ended has stepped up to give Wonder Woman the comedic conclusion treatment by imagining a variety of routes the DC Comics movie could have taken. One of them includes a fantastic reference to Moana, which shares plenty of traits with Wonder Woman, while another features a crossover cameo from a certain Marvel Comics superhero. Plus, the ending features a fun twist on the usual way the HISHE videos come to a conclusion with Batman and Superman.

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(Welcome to The Disney Discourse, a recurring feature where Josh Spiegel discusses the latest in Disney news. He goes deep on everything from the animated classics to the theme parks to live-action franchises. In this edition: why Disney movies shouldn’t be afraid of death.)

Few moments in American cinema stick with people from their youth through adulthood as much as the death of Bambi’s mother midway through the 1942 Disney animated classic Bambi. (Her death was the focal point of one of the truly great entries in Gary Larson’s dearly departed The Far Side comic strip.) This murder, caused by an offscreen hunter, is handled as carefully and artfully as possible. We don’t see anything, not even a hint of the gruesome aftermath, just the echoing sound of shotgun shells. Then, the young Bambi is gruffly told by his largely absent father, the Great Prince of the Forest, that “Your mother can’t be with you anymore” as snow falls over the young deer’s furry face. This is a standout sequence in Disney animation not just because it’s emotional or beautifully rendered. It depicts something that almost never actually happens in the Disney canon: death.

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Disney Princess movies in theaters

Maybe the news that a bunch of Disney Princesses are going to cameo in Wreck-It Ralph 2 has stuck with you, and you’ve been jonesing for the chance to see some of your favorite animated royalty back on the big screen again. Or maybe you’ve been trying to convince a friend to get into Star Trek ahead of Star Trek: Discovery’s premiere, and you’ve been hoping for a chance to watch arguably the best Trek movie in a theater with them. Or hell, maybe you’re just scrolling through a website devoted to movies and all of that sounds like it’s right up your alley.

Whatever the case may be, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and a bunch of modern Disney classics are returning to theaters for a limited time. Find out when and where you can see them below.
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VOTD: How ‘Moana’ Should Have Ended

How Moana Should Have Ended

Last year’s adventure musical Moana from Walt Disney Animation was one of my favorite movies of the year, and it was beloved by many critics and viewers alike, largely thanks to the film’s memorable characters, infectious soundtrack and stunning animation. But did our title character really need to go on a journey across the ocean to replace the Heart of Te Fiti in order to break the curse that beginning to devastate her island home?

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now stream this moana

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)

It’s time for another edition of Now Stream This, where all your dreams can come true – provided your dreams involve belonging to multiple streaming services. In this edition, we’ve got a new Disney classic, an old Nicolas Ray classic, some creepy puppets, and a baby-faced Jeff Bridges. There’s also a glimpse at some humble beginnings as we look at two debut films from two directors who have new movies in theaters this month.

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Moana

Now that the weather is getting hotter, there will be some days when the air-conditioned comfort of your own home will be infinitely better than roasting on the beach. Thankfully, Netflix has us covered with a batch of new movies, TV shows and comedy specials to provide a wide variety of entertainment.

Coming up on Netflix is a new season of Orange is the New Black, the latest season of Agents of SHIELD, the fifth season of Arrow, the new Netflix original series GLOW, and a second season of Flaked. Plus, there are a slew of new movies coming to the streaming service.

Below, we’ve compiled the list of TV shows and movies coming to Netflix in June 2017, starting with our personal recommendations.  Read More »