I am a huge Beauty and the Beast fan, in every iteration — books, music, movies, Broadway. So I’m over the moon about Disney’s live-action movie set to open on March 17, 2017. Even more exciting, Beauty and the Beast stars some of my favorite actors in Hollywood — Emma Watson (Harry Potter‘s Hermione) as Belle, Dan Stevens (Matthew Crawley from Downton Abbey) as the Beast, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellan, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Kline, Emma Thompson, Audra McDonald, and so many more.
Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Gods and Monsters) the film stars Emma Watson as the new Belle and Dan Stevens as the new Beast. Here we have a first look at concept art for some of the other iconic supporting characters from the new film: Lumiere played by Ewan McGregor and Cogsworth played by Ian McKellen. Pictures from the animated film are provided for comparison.
A new trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story aired during Olympics coverage recently and it gave us much more information on the plot of this new film than we’ve heard before.
Rogue One takes place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, tells the story of unlikely heroes who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star. If you’re having trouble fitting this new movie into the timeline, think of it as in-between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope (the original Star Wars movie); in other words, after Anakin Skywalker becomes Darth Vader but before Luke and Leia grow up and join the rebellion.
I’m really excited about this new movie. There’s such a rich universe in the Star Wars movies, there must be plenty of stories other than those focusing on the Skywalker family to be told. It’s a familiar setting and a familiar world, but with new characters to meet and know.
The cast includes Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, and Forest Whitaker. “Rogue One” is directed by Gareth Edwards, produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, and Simon Emanuel, executive produced by John Knoll and Jason McGatlin, and co-produced by John Swartz and Kiri Hart.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters December 16, 2016.
The cast of Disney’s newest animated feature, Moana, features Jemaine Clement, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison and Nicole Scherzinger Join Auli‘i Cravalho and Dwayne Johnson in an epic big-screen adventure. Here’s the newly-released TV spot from the Olympics.
“Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on November 23, 2016 and tells a story that begins three thousand years ago, when the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana meets the mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.
BURBANK, Calif. (July 27, 2016) – Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Moana,” which opens in theaters nationwide on Nov. 23, 2016, features a dynamic roster of characters brought to life by a talented group of actors. Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, who were behind “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin,” “Moana” showcases the life-changing journey of a tenacious 16-year-old who teams up with the mighty demigod Maui to fulfill an ancient quest.
The newly revealed characters and voice talent join the already announced duo that includes newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho, who lends her voice to the title character, Moana, a teenager who dreams of becoming a master wayfinder, and Dwayne Johnson (HBO’s “Ballers,” “Central Intelligence”), who voices Maui—half god, half mortal, all awesome.
Joining Cravalho and Johnson are the following performers:
· JEMAINE CLEMENT (“The BFG,” “Despicable Me,” “Rio,” “Rio 2,” “What We Do in the Shadows,” Flight of the Conchords) provides the voice of TAMATOA, a self-absorbed, 50-foot crab who lives in Lalotai, the realm of monsters. The conceited crustacean wants to be more than a “bottom feeder” and overcompensates for this perceived shortcoming by covering himself in all things shiny.
· RACHEL HOUSE (“Whale Rider,” “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”) lends her voice to GRAMMA TALA, Moana’s confidante and best friend, who shares her granddaughter’s special connection to the ocean. Although her son Tui, the chief of Motunui, is a no-nonsense leader, Gramma Tala most definitely dances to the beat of her own drum.
· TEMUERA MORRISON (“Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones,” “Once Were Warriors,” “Six Days, Seven Nights”) voices Moana’s father, CHIEF TUI, the gregarious and well-respected leader of the people of Motunui Island. Chief Tui wants Moana to follow in his footsteps as leader of their people, but fears his daughter’s draw to the ocean and the world that lies beyond their reef.
· NICOLE SCHERZINGER (Grammy®-nominated singer, West End’s “Cats”) voices Moana’s mother, SINA, who always has her daughter’s back. Playful, sharp and strong-willed, Sina appreciates Moana’s longing to be on the water, but also wants to protect her daughter from the fabled dangers beyond the reef.
· ALAN TUDYK, star of Joss Whedon’s “Firefly” and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ lucky charm (“Zootopia,” “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Big Hero 6”), is behind the voice of HEIHEI. Heihei is one dumb rooster—the village idiot, in fact. When the clueless chicken accidently stows away on Moana’s canoe, he lands a front-row seat for her epic journey.
“Moana” also includes the KAKAMORA, an intense team of crazy, coconut-armored pirates who will stop at nothing to get what they want, and PUA, Moana’s loyal pet pig with puppy energy and an innocent puppy brain.
Disney and Star Wars fans: sharing with you the newly-revealed poster from “Rogue One: a Star Wars Story“, coming to theaters this December 16, 2016, as well as a behind the scenes look at the upcoming film.
Gareth Edwards (Director) and Kathleen Kennedy (Producer) kicked off Star Wars Celebration with an exclusive new look at “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”. They welcomed surprise special guests from the film: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, John Knoll, Executive Producer and Kiri Hart, Head of Story.
Disney announced in a Facebook livestream today that Wreck-It Ralph 2 will hit theaters on March 9, 2018.
“Wreck-It Ralph” grossed more than $470 million in 2012 and received an Oscar nomination. Moore directed from a screenplay by Johnston and “Frozen” co-director Jennifer Lee based on a story by Moore, Johnston and Jim Reardon.
The movie took place in the game “Fix-It Felix, Jr.” The villain, Wreck-It Ralph, embarks on a journey to break his bad guy rep.
Co-directors Rich Moore, who co-directed Zootopia and helmed the original Wreck-It Ralph, and Phil Johnston, who co-wrote the first film, made the announcement alongside John C. Reilly, who is returning to voice Ralph in the sequel.
“Ralph leaves the arcade and wrecks the internet,” Reilly says of the film’s plot. While few other details are known, Disney also released concept art showing Ralph entering the online world with his friend Vanellope von Schweetz, voiced by Sarah Silverman in the first film. The art features parodies of major online brands like Google, Amazon, and more.