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‘Little Mermaid’ Swims Back Into Hollywood Fishbowl for a Live-Sung Screening

It was November 17, 1989 when “The Little Mermaid” splashed into theaters. Its arrival loosed a Disney animation tsunami through the 1990s, resulting in a series of beloved films that are now experiencing a lucrative second life with live-action remakes like “Beauty and the Beast” and this month’s “Aladdin.” “Mermaid” started it all, a lush […]
Tags: News, Disney, Little Mermaid, The Little Mermaid, Lea Michele, Hollywood Bowl, Alan Menken, Harvey Fierstein, Richard Kraft


The Hollywood Bowl will transform into a dive-in theater ‘Under the Sea’ with its ‘The Little Mermaid’ live-to-film concert event

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Disney animated classic “The Little Mermaid,” The Hollywood Bowl is hosting an immersive live-to-film concert event Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18. A full orchestra and a cast of famous actors and singers will perform Alan Menken’s Oscar- and Grammy Award-winning score live while the movie plays on several large screens under the stars. While the masses attending these shows may already have these songs ingrained enough in their psyches to belt out e...
Tags: Music, Hollywood, Disney, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Broadway, Brian Wilson, Little Mermaid, Ariel, Ursula, Red Bull, Lea Michele, Kraft, Triton


Aladdin: Listen to ZAYN & Zhavia Ward’s Version of A Whole New World

BEGIN SLIDESHOW Aladdin: Listen to ZAYN & Zhavia Ward’s version of A Whole New World Walt Disney Pictures has released the full music video for the version of “A Whole New World” set to play over the final credits for the upcoming live-action Aladdin. Performed by singer-songwriters Zayn and Zhavia Ward, the new version is a reimagination of the most iconic theme song from Disney’s 1992 classic film of the same name. The film’s digital soundtrack is now available for pre-order and is sche...
Tags: Video, UK, Movies, Robin Williams, Disney, Oscar, Little Mermaid, Power Rangers, Tony, Golden Globe, Tim Rice, Ralph, Alan Menken, Marc Platt, Orient Express, Aladdin


‘UglyDolls’ Review: The Stitches Are Showing in This Empty, Manufactured Product

When UglyDolls opened with a scene of faceless dolls being manufactured on an assembly line, I wondered if it was being too on the nose. But subtlety, or irony, are not words that exist in the vocabulary of the STX Entertainment CG-animated movie, which produces as many empty platitudes and hollow proverbs about self-love as there are versions of UglyDolls. Directed by Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2, Gnomeo and Juliet), UglyDolls is a movie designed for maximum outreach and replayability. In the ongoing...
Tags: Comedy, Movies, Nick Jonas, Disney, Features, Movie Reviews, Animation, Justin Bieber, Dreamworks, Kelly Clarkson, Pitbull, Clarkson, Janelle Monae, Stx Entertainment, Alan Menken, Action/Adventure


‘Aladdin’ TV Spot: Your Wish for New Footage is Granted

Disney is staying one jump ahead of us with a new Aladdin TV spot that grants our wish for new footage of the musical fantasy adaptation. Here, have more Aladdin and Jasmine flirting! Have more Will Smith hamming it up! But most importantly, have more Abu being absolutely adorable. Aladdin TV Spot How do you win the heart of the girl of your dreams? Break into her palace and brag about how you act like you own every place you step into. Ah, the classic romance of Aladdin and Jasmine, wh...
Tags: Movies, Fantasy, Disney, Adaptation, John August, Will Smith, Guy Ritchie, Scott, Alan Menken, Jasmine, Aladdin, Ritchie, Massoud, Abu, Jafar, Agrabah


‘Aladdin’ TV Spot: Listen to the New Rendition of “A Whole New World”

Get ready for “A Whole New World” to get stuck in your head all day. The iconic song from 1992’s Aladdin is as beloved as the animated Disney classic, and people were waiting with bated breath for the new rendition of it for the live-action remake. Now you can listen to a clip of it in the new Aladdin TV spot. Aladdin TV Spot Just when you thought you were tapped out of Aladdin, the latest TV spot pulls a fast one on you with its rendition of “A Whole New World,” one of the best songs i...
Tags: Movies, Fantasy, Disney, Oscar, John August, Will Smith, Remakes, Guy Ritchie, Tim Rice, Alan Menken, Jasmine, Aladdin, Ritchie, Jafar, Agrabah, Navid Negahban


Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, April 12-19

    Pastel artist Otto Sturcke demonstrates using pastels on April 15 in Santa Clarita. (Photo of ‘El Musico’ courtesy of Otto Sturcke)   There’s always something fascinating to do in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area. Here is a sampling of entertainments this week and also save-the-date events to put on your calendar.   EVENTS   Bianchi Planetarium at Cal State Northridge: “Spring Sky” show, 7:30, and “Protoplanetary Discs – Nursery of Exoplanets,” 8:30 p.m. April 12. ...
Tags: Books, Events, Local News, Movies + TV, Music + Concerts, Theater, Things to Do, Art, Comedy, Dance, Egg Hunt, Museum, Music, San Fernando Valley, Top Stories LADN


Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, April 5-12

  Art Directors Guild Gallery 800 presents “Let Shape Color Form: A Tribute to Stan Johnson” on April 6 in North Hollywood. (Photo courtesy of ADG Gallery 800)   There’s always something fascinating to do in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area. Here is a sampling of entertainments this week and also save-the-date events to put on your calendar.   EVENTS   Aging into the Future Conference & Expo: St. Barnabas Senior Services, a nonprofit organization, presents the event th...
Tags: Books, Events, Local News, Movies + TV, Music + Concerts, Theater, Things to Do, Art, Comedy, Dance, Movies, Museum, San Fernando Valley, Top Stories LADN


‘Aladdin’ Box Office Tracking for a Big Memorial Day Weekend Opening

Aladdin is still nearly two months away, but that’s not stopping the box office analysts from getting some long range tracking in for the live-action Disney remake’s opening. Since Aladdin is arriving during the big Memorial Day holiday weekend, the expectations will be high for the movie to deliver some serious bank, and right now the predictions are looking at an opening weekend that would land somewhere on the lower end of the Top 10 best Memorial Day opening weekends.  Right now, Box Offi...
Tags: Movies, Fantasy, Disney, Box Office, John August, Will Smith, Remakes, Guy Ritchie, Alan Menken, Jasmine, Aladdin, Ritchie, Agrabah, Disney/Pixar, TV Spots, Box Office Pro


Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ Live in Concert returns to the Hollywood Bowl with Lea Michele and Harvey Fierstein

Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” will be brought to life at the Hollywood Bowl (2301 N Highland Ave.) in Los Angeles via a live-to-film concert experience on Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Disney animated film and the live event will feature an all-star cast of performers including Lea Michele as Ariel, Harvey Fierstein as Ursula, Cheech Marin as Chef Louis, Peter Gallagher as King Triton, Leo Gallo as Prince, Ken Page as Sebastian and special guest...
Tags: Music, Disney, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Broadway, Little Mermaid, Ariel, Ursula, Coachella, Stagecoach, Kelsey Grammer, Lea Michele, Rebel Wilson, Concerts


Hollywood Bowl to mark 30th anniversary of Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ with Lea Michele and Harvey Fierstein

Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” will be brought to life at the Hollywood Bowl (2301 N Highland Ave.) in Los Angeles via a live-to-film concert experience on Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Disney animated film and the live event will feature an all-star cast of performers including Lea Michele as Ariel, Harvey Fierstein as Ursula, Cheech Marin as Chef Louis, Peter Gallagher as King Triton, Leo Gallo as Prince, Ken Page as Sebastian and special guest...
Tags: Music, Disney, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Broadway, Ariel, Ursula, Coachella, Stagecoach, Kelsey Grammer, Lea Michele, Rebel Wilson, Concerts, Roy Choi


Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, March 29-April 5

  Brandon Boyd signs his art game ‘Deux Portes Two Doors: An OptiMystic Memory Game,’ based on his ‘Portals’ watercolor series on March 30 in Los Angeles. (Photo courtesy of Brandon Boyd)   There’s always something fascinating to do in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area. Here is a sampling of entertainments this week and also save-the-date events to put on your calendar.   EVENTS   Bianchi Planetarium at Cal State Northridge: “Spring Sky” show, 7:30, and “MarsQuest,” 8:3...
Tags: Books, Events, Local News, Movies + TV, Music + Concerts, Theater, Things to Do, Art, Comedy, Dance, Museum, Music, San Fernando Valley, Top Stories LADN


15 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, March 22-28

LOS ANGELES COUNTY ‘Alice in Wonderland: The Musical’ A modern musical-comedy take on Lewis Carroll’s classic tale about a young girl’s adventures in a strange and magical world. When: March 23-June 15. Where: Glendale Centre Theatre, 324 N. Orange St., Glendale. Tickets: $12. Information: www.glendalecentretheatre.com. ‘Bar Mitzvah Boy’ West Coast Jewish Theatre presents a new play by Mark Leiren-Young about an older man seeking faith through his bar mitzvah ceremony while his rabbi aims to ret...
Tags: London, New York City, Roald Dahl, Disney, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Ireland, Lewis Carroll, Vietnam, Peter Pan, John Cameron Mitchell, West End, Brian Friel, Tim Minchin, Alice


Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, March 15-22

  Meow Meow and Thomas Lauderdale perform on March 21 at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever. (Courtesy photo by Preston Thalindroma)   There’s always something fascinating to do in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area. Here is a sampling of entertainments this week and also save-the-date events to put on your calendar.   EVENTS   Pioneer Cemetery tours: San Fernando Valley Historical Society docents discuss the property, the second oldest cemetery in the San Fernando V...
Tags: Books, Events, Local News, Movies + TV, Music + Concerts, Theater, Things to Do, Art, Comedy, Dance, Museum, Music, San Fernando Valley, Top Stories LADN


15 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Mar. 15-21

‘Argonautika’ Playwright Mary Zimmerman’s contemporary retelling of the Greek myth of Jason’s quest for the golden fleece with aerial silks, rope swinging, battles, comedy and songs. When: March 20-May 5. Where: A Noise Within, 3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. Tickets: Starting at $25. Information: 626-356-3121; anoisewithin.org. ‘Friends with Guns’ A dark comedy about two liberal couples forced to review their opinions on who should be able to own a gun and why. When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturda...
Tags: London, New York City, Disney, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, West End, Sears, Jason, Southern California, Tupperware, San Bernardino, Henry, Tony, Gaston Leroux, Alan Menken


Alan Tudyk, Disney’s Lucky Charm, Will Voice Iago in ‘Aladdin’

In Disney’s upcoming remake of The Lion King, director Jon Favreau is bringing back James Earl Jones to reprise his role as Mufasa from the animated original. But no such luck for Gilbert Gottfried, who memorably voiced Jafar’s pet parrot in Disney’s 1993 animated classic Aladdin. Director Guy Ritchie has hired actor Alan Tudyk to take over the role in the studio’s upcoming live-action remake. Tudyk has become something of a lucky charm for Disney after appearing in several of their recent hits...
Tags: Movies, Casting, Robin Williams, Fantasy, Disney, Oscar, James Earl Jones, John August, Will Smith, Pixar, Jon Favreau, Remakes, Guy-Ritchie, Dodgeball, Tim Rice, Hollywood Reporter


‘Aladdin’ Trailer: You Ain’t Never Had a Disney Live-Action Adaptation Like This

Disney has been slowly rolling out the teasers for Aladdin, all of which have been met with, let’s say, mixed reactions. The first teaser trailer in October featured plenty of the original 1992 animated film’s iconography, but barely featured the titular character played by Mena Massoud, much less the film’s highest-billed actor, Will Smith. But then a special TV spot revealed our first look at Smith as the giant, blue genie, and that wasn’t quite well-received either. Now, Disney has finally r...
Tags: Movies, Disney, Adaptation, John August, Will-Smith, Movie Trailers, Smith, Guy-Ritchie, Tim Rice, Alan Menken, Jasmine, Aladdin, Ritchie, Massoud, Howard Ashman, Jafar


First Full Trailer for Disney's Live-Action 'Aladdin' Featuring Will Smith

"Do you trust me?" And here we go. Disney has finally revealed the first full-length official trailer for their upcoming live-action take on Aladdin, directed by British filmmaker Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., King Arthur). This new Aladdin stars Egyptian-Canadian actor Mena Massoud as the "street urchin" Aladdin, who falls for the princess Jasmine, played by Naomi Scott. In addition, Will Smith plays the genie and he definitely is blue and wacky and weird and everyt...
Tags: Movies, Trailer, Disney, Will Smith, Alan Menken, Jasmine, Aladdin, Jafar, Navid Negahban, Benj Pasek Justin Paul, La La Land, To Watch, Naomi Scott, Mena Massoud, Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes


10 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, March 8-14

LOS ANGELES COUNTY ‘Past Tense’ A fresh look at the classic “Antigone” using music, text, projection and video to explore its themes of social justice, violence, gender relations, politics and more. When: 8 p.m. March 8. Where: UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance at The Theatre at Ace Hotel DTLA, 929 S. Broadway, Los Angeles. Tickets: $26-$69. Information: 310-825-2101, cap.ucla.edu ‘Cemetery of Tortured Souls’ Set in 1930s Hollywood, this new horror production focuses on the stars and vill...
Tags: Hollywood, London, California, Roald Dahl, Disney, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Theater, West End, Ucla, James, Southern California, Tupperware, San Bernardino


Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, March 8-15

  Vox Femina Los Angeles performs on March 10 in Los Angeles. (Photo courtesy of Vox Femina Los Angeles)   There’s always something fascinating to do in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area. Here is a sampling of entertainments this week and also save-the-date events to put on your calendar.   EVENTS   Fred Hall Show – The Ultimate Outdoor Experience: Boating, fishing, hunting and travel exhibitors, cooking demonstrations and seminars, 1-9 p.m., March 8; 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. ...
Tags: Books, Events, Local News, Music + Concerts, Theater, Things to Do, Art, Comedy, Dance, Movies, Museum, Music, San Fernando Valley, Top Stories LADN


12 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, March 1-7

LOS ANGELES COUNTY ‘1 = 0’ A theoretical physicist develops an online relationship with a man who claims to be a Syrian refugee, but things are not what they seem when the relationship goes offline. When: Through March 30. Where: Theatre of Note, 1517 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood. Tickets: $15-$25. Information: 323-856-8611, www.theatreofnote.com. ‘A Room with a View’ L.A. Theatre Works presents a staged reading of the world premiere of Kate McAll’s play, based on the novel by E.M. Forster. When...
Tags: London, New York City, Disney, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Broadway, Argentina, West End, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Ucla, Eva Perón, Southern California, San Bernardino, Tim Rice, Fontana


Review and Giveaway of The Little Mermaid (Movie) 30th Anniversary Edition

It's hard to believe, but Walt Disney Studio's double Academy Award-winning The Little Mermaid is celebrating its 30th anniversary. To commemorate this milestone, the studio has recently released an updated anniversary edition, complete with all new bonus features and now available digitally as well as on Blu-ray. Thanks to Walt Disney Studios, I was able to revisit this now-classic movie, which is based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale about a young mermaid who dreams of becoming a human. I...
Tags: Books, Usa, Little Mermaid, Ursula, Hans Christian Andersen, Eric, Walt Disney Studios, Sebastian, Daryl, Alan Menken, Beth F, Jodi Benson, Walt Disney Studio, Ariel Pat Carrol, Ursula Samuel E Wright, Sebastian Christopher Daniel Barnes


How the Disney Princesses Assembled for Ralph Breaks the Internet

BEGIN SLIDESHOW How the Disney Princesses Assembled for Ralph Breaks the Internet The creative team at Walt Disney Animation Studios take us behind the scenes of the iconic Disney Princess scenes in the Academy Award-nominated feature Ralph Breaks the Internet. PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB.gptAutoRefresh || {'gptAds':[], 'gptStandAlone':[]}; googletag.cmd.push(function() { var standAlon...
Tags: Movies, Disney, Digital, CS, Disney Princess, Little Mermaid, Disney Princesses, Ariel, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Glen Keane, Green Room, Skype, Gal Gadot, Burbank, Moore, Paige


The 10 Best Animated Flying Sequences

(Welcome to Let’s Get Animated!, a column that spotlights the best of film animation. In this edition: the best animated flying sequences.) The best kinds of animated films sweep you away — whether in their dazzling technical craft, their boundless imagination, or their awe-inspiring execution. And the best kinds of animated flying sequences achieve all three. In honor of the release of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third and final film in a franchise that has given us some of...
Tags: Movies, China, Superman, Disney, Features, Egypt, Animation, Peter Pan, Brad Bird, Snyder, Tim Rice, Alan Menken, Jasmine, Aladdin, Rockwell, Zack Snyder


New Look at Disney's Live-Action 'Aladdin' Reveals Will Smith's Genie

"You really don't know who I am…?" Disney has debuted a new "Special Look" 60-second TV spot for their upcoming live-action take on Aladdin, directed by British filmmaker Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., King Arthur). This new Aladdin stars Egyptian-Canadian actor Mena Massoud as the "street urchin" Aladdin, who falls for the princess Jasmine, played by Naomi Scott. In addition, Will Smith plays the genie and we finally get a good look at him here in all his awkward blu...
Tags: Movies, Trailer, Disney, Will Smith, Smith, Alan Menken, Jasmine, Aladdin, Navid Negahban, Benj Pasek Justin Paul, La La Land, To Watch, Naomi Scott, Mena Massoud, Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes


‘Aladdin’ TV Spot Finally Reveals Will Smith as the Big Blue Genie

When the first teaser trailer for Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin first arrived, fans were fairly underwhelmed. Not only did the teaser offer very little footage of Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Naomi Scott as Jasmine, but it didn’t give us a look at Will Smith as the genie in the famous lamp at the center of the story. Even when the first images of Will Smith in the movie arrived, he wasn’t blue like the famed genie voiced by Robin Williams in the 1992 animated classic. But that changed t...
Tags: Movies, Romance, Robin Williams, Disney, Adaptation, John August, Will-Smith, Movie Trailers, Musical, Grammys, Remakes, Guy Ritchie, Video Clips, Tim Rice, Alan Menken, Jasmine


‘The Little Mermaid’ 30th Anniversary 4K Blu-ray Release Brings All-New Bonus Features

The Little Mermaid is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and to commemorate the beloved Disney classic, the film is being released on 4K Ultra Blu-ray and Digital HD next month. Aside from getting the movie in the highest possible quality, fans will also be treated to some new special features, including a celebratory discussion and musical performance with composer Alan Menken and some of Disney’s most beloved leading ladies. Get the full rundown of The Little Mermaid 4K Blu-ray and d...
Tags: Movies, Disney, Digital, Animation, Disney Princess, Little Mermaid, The Little Mermaid, Ariel, Alan, Musical, Disney Channel, Blu, Howard, Alan Menken, Walt, Menken


Disney to Make Live-Action ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’ Musical Possibly Starring Josh Gad

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is the next beloved Disney animated staple to get the live-action treatment. The live-action musical, simply titled Hunchback, will adapt not only 1996 Disney film but the 1831 Victor Hugo novel upon which it was based. And if you’re wondering exactly how they’re going to turn this surprisingly dark Disney animated movie into a family-friendly live-action film, the House of Mouse is reportedly eyeing its favorite comedic bit player, Josh Gad, for the lead. Deadlin...
Tags: Movies, Drama, Berlin, Disney, Adaptation, Notre Dame, Tony, Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz, Victor Hugo, David Henry Hwang, Josh Gad, Gad, Mandeville, Esmerelda, Disney/Pixar


‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’ Live-Action Reboot in the Works at Disney

Disney is in early development on a live-action “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” movie, based on Disney’s animated film and Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel “Notre-Dame de Paris.” Playwright David Henry Hwang is attached to write the script, with Mandeville Films and Josh Gad set to produce. Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz will pen the music. […]
Tags: News, Disney, Notre Dame, Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz, David Henry Hwang, Josh Gad, Notre Dame de Paris, Mandeville Films, The Hunchback of Notre Dame


Splitting the Party

John and Craig talk about the trope of “Never split the party,” and why, as a writer, you often want and need to divide up your characters to better explore relationships, propel the story forward, give actors something to do, and simply fit everyone in the frame. We also follow up on screenwriting scams, sequences, websites, and liking things that others don’t. Links: Join us for the WGA’s Princess Bride screening on January 27th. You can catch John on Studio 360. “Let’s Split Up the Gang”...
Tags: Travel, News, Film Industry, Adaptation, John, Party, Patton Oswalt, Craig, Genres, Producers, Alan Menken, WGA, Craig Mazin, Big Fish, Treatments, Screenwriting