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Disney's 'Frozen' Soundtrack Climbs Billboard and iTunes Charts, Check Out Idina Menzel's "Let It Go" (VIDEO)

The soundtrack for Disney's Oscar frontrunner "Frozen" continues to climb the Billboard 200 chart, currently at number eight. On iTunes, "Frozen" is the number one most-downloaded soundtrack album in the US, France, UK, Germany, Finland and Australia, among many other countries. Meanwhile, the film is still holding strong at the box office, with domestic grosses at $250 million. Stream the soundtrack on Spotify.
  • By TOH!
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  • December 31, 2013 1:50 PM
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WATCH: First Trailer for Disney's 'Maleficent,' Starring a Wicked Angelina Jolie

The first teaser trailer for Disney's "Maleficent" has arrived. As a first image released last year promised, and the film's new poster (below), Angelina Jolie is the spitting image of the gorgeous, wicked Sleeping Beauty villain, and seems to give a winningly scary performance, too. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 13, 2013 11:22 AM
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Disney and Netflix Team Up for Marvel Superhero Original Series Bonanza

It's the end of Hollywood's analog age. As Blockbuster prepares to close down all its remaining brick-and-mortar stores, Twitter launches a sizzling IPO, Amazon Studios airs two original TV series, and exhibitors and distributors continue to wrangle over release windows, clearly the ground is shifting. Now deep-pocked rising star Netflix has struck a new deal with Disney/Marvel. Beginning in 2015, Marvel TV will bring the live-action adventures of four Marvel characters exclusively to Netflix, in the form of multiple original series.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • November 7, 2013 1:20 PM
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Animation Oscar Frontrunners--Will Pixar Skip This Round?

Could this be an award season with no Pixar Oscar nominee? In a weak year for top animated features, enough have been officially submitted to the Academy for Oscar consideration to likely make a race with five nominees, even though several of the films have yet to qualify via a required Los Angeles run. In the eventuality that five films don't nab high enough ratings of 7.5 (out of 6--poor--to 10--excellent), though, there could be fewer entries.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 5, 2013 2:27 PM
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Early Review Roundup: Critics Warm to Disney's 'Frozen'

The first reviews have arrived for Disney's "Frozen," the studio's animated spin on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Ice Queen." So far, so good. Variety calls it "always enjoyable," while the Wrap claims the film is Disney's best animated musical since 1991 classic "Beauty and the Beast." More below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 4, 2013 12:05 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Pretty Females vs. the Bold Feminism of 'Frozen'

Now that the "Frozen" "pretty female" controversy has thawed, let's take a look at how Disney shatters the fairy tale model with two strong female heroines.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 1, 2013 2:12 PM
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Tom Hanks Talks His 'Life in Pictures,' Hair-Raising 'Captain Phillips' and Sugar-Coating Walt Disney at London Film Festival (CLIPS)

During his 33-year career Tom Hanks has branched into writing, directing and producing, both in film and television. But it was as an actor that he was in London this month, performing a rare double as his films "Captain Phillips" and "Saving Mr. Banks" opened and closed the London Film Festival, respectively. While in London Hanks discussed his craft and career at BAFTA’s latest “Life in Pictures” event, a series of onstage interviews whose subjects have included Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep. “The first job I ever got was because I was louder and funnier than the others – or maybe just louder,” he said.
  • By Demetrios Matheou
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  • October 20, 2013 3:22 PM
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Disney in the News, from 90th Birthday Bash to Controversial 'Escape from Tomorrow' and Oscar Contender 'Saving Mr. Banks' (VIDEO)

Disney takes its 90th birthday celebration to Chicago, burnishes the animation mogul's legacy with "Mary Poppins" backstory and would-be Oscar contender "Saving Mr. Banks," and ignores controversial guerilla Disney filmmaker Randy Moore's "Escape from Tomorrow." Will they sue?
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 14, 2013 4:10 PM
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'Maleficent' Calls for New Opening by Disney Fave John Lee Hancock

Director John Lee Hancock ("Saving Mr. Banks," "The Blind Side") has been brought in for re-shoots on Disney's "Maleficent," starring Angelina Jolie. Hancock, who penned "Snow White and the Hunstman," has written several new opening scenes for the reboot featuring the Sleeping Beauty villain. The film's director, Robert Stromberg, making his directorial debut (!) with this $200 million tentpole, will oversee the revisions.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 10, 2013 2:47 PM
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In the Works: Disney Sets Sights on Live-Action Cruella de Vil Film

Maleficent and Cinderella and Cruella, oh my! Disney is embarking on another live-action entry from one of its famed animated films, this time focusing on "101 Dalmations" villain Cruella de Vil. Scribe Aline Brosh McKenna, who has also put time in on Kenneth Branagh's "Cinderella" for the studio, will pen and produce the "Cruella" tale.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 2, 2013 2:02 PM
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