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10 Disney Movies That Almost Had A Sequel

In recent years, Disney seems to have been dishing out the sequels, haven't they? With films like Ralph Breaks the Internet, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, and most recently, Frozen II, it's starting to seem like a theme the studio happens to be going through. At least they're taking their time and not giving us some direct-to-video schlock.

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Not that we don't want sequels to Maleficent, Wreck-It Ralph, or Frozen, but they aren't the only films the studio deemed sequel worthy. In fact, several earlier Disney films were originally supposed to have sequels but unfortunately fell through. Have a look at our list to see the follow-up films that might have been.
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Magical Elves Names Joel Zimmer as Head of Development, Samantha Hanks as Head of Casting, Talent Relations

  • Variety
Unscripted TV production company Magical Elves has made two key changes to its executive team, bringing on board veteran television producer and development exec Joel Zimmer as executive vice president of development, and promoting longtime Elves casting exec Samantha Hanks to executive vice president of casting and talent relations.

“With the addition of Joel, and the elevation of Samantha, Magical Elves has the right leadership in place to continue our growth, and further evolve our slate of quality, aspirational programming,” said Magical Elves co-CEOs Casey Kriley and Jo Sharon in a statement. “Samantha’s contributions to casting and attracting high-caliber talent has been a key factor in our current success, and with Joel’s added expertise and enthusiasm, both executives will play a crucial role in dreaming up and creating the next generation of hit projects for Magical Elves.”

Zimmer, who will be responsible for leading the company’s development and sales team,
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Magical Elves Names Joel Zimmer Head Of Development, Ups Samantha Hanks To Head Of Casting & Talent Relations

  • Deadline
Top Chef and Project Runway producer Magical Elves has hired veteran TV producer and development executive Joel Zimmer as Evp Development, and promoted longtime Magical Elves casting executive Samantha Hanks to Evp, Casting and Talent Relations.

“With the addition of Joel, and the elevation of Samantha, Magical Elves has the right leadership in place to continue our growth, and further evolve our slate of quality, aspirational programming,” said Co-CEOs Casey Kriley and Jo Sharon, in making the announcement.“Samantha’s contributions to casting and attracting high-caliber talent has been a key factor in our current success, and with Joel’s added expertise and enthusiasm, both executives will play a crucial role in dreaming up and creating the next generation of hit projects for Magical Elves.”

As Evp of Development, Zimmer will lead the team responsible for all development and sales for Magical Elves. A veteran content creator and media executive,
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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Lenora Crichlow

British actress Lenora Crichlow is an actress on the rise. Since starring as Sugar in Chanel 4’s cult drama series Sugar Rush in 2005, she’s made a name for herself as Annie on BBC 3’s Being Human, Ali Redcliffe in Material Girl, Gigi Fernandez-Lovette in Back in the Game, and Dina Clark in Deception. Next up is a star turn in Avenue 5, HBO’s much-anticipated science fiction comedy featuring a glittery ensemble cast of Hugh Laurie, Rebecca Front, Zach Woods, Himesh Patel, and of course, Crichlow herself. To find out more about the actress, keep reading. 1. She dated Aidan

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Lenora Crichlow
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Netflix Reveals Their Most Popular Movies And TV Shows For 2019

Netflix have put out their annual lists of the most popular content on their streaming platform, marking what’s been another bumper year of material for the company. Split into the most popular general releases and various other categories, the names on the Us lists are fairly predictable, including Stranger Things, The Witcher and The Irishman, but also contain some surprisingly popular hits such as the Adam Sandler vehicle Murder Mystery.

The ratings are believed to be based on a Netflix metric using the number of individual accounts that have watched at least two minutes of their content in its first 28 days of release. For the breakdown of most popular content across all categories, Sandler’s popularity on the streamer is borne out by Murder Mystery topping the list, followed by the third season of Stranger Things, Ryan Reynolds’ 6 Underground, The Incredibles 2 and The Irishman.

The full top ten list
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‘Murder Mystery,’ ‘Stranger Things 3’ Top Netflix’s Most Popular 2019 Releases in U.S.

  • The Wrap
Netflix got in the end-of-year spirit Monday by sharing its own set of Top 10 lists for 2019, including its most popular titles that launched in the U.S. over the last 365 days, which is lead by the Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler comedy “Murder Mystery” and the third season of “Stranger Things.”

According to Netflix, its “most popular” domestic releases for the year are, in order, “Murder Mystery,” “Stranger Things 3,” “6 Underground,” “The Incredibles 2”, “The Irishman,” “The Witcher,” “Triple Frontier,” “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” “The Umbrella Academy” and “The Highwaymen.”

No viewership data was included with the list — which shouldn’t come as a complete shock, seeing as Netflix is famously selective about releasing numbers — but an individual with knowledge of the streaming service’s methodology tells TheWrap that the titles were ranked by the number of U.S. accounts that chose to watch at least two minutes of a series,
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Golden Globe predictions: ‘Toy Story’ will become the first franchise with multiple animated feature victories

Golden Globe predictions: ‘Toy Story’ will become the first franchise with multiple animated feature victories
Like at the Oscars, no franchise has won multiple Golden Globe Awards for Best Animated Feature. But that looks like it’s going to change next month as “Toy Story 4” leads our odds to join the 2010 threequel in the winner’s circle.

This year’s field actually offers three opportunities for films to make Globe history as “Frozen II” and “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” are also nominated — and are in second and fourth place respectively. The first “Frozen” (2013) won, as did “How to Train Your Dragon 2” (2014).

The Globes’ animated feature category was only established 13 years ago, so the first two “Toy Story” installments, released in 1995 and 1999, never had the chance to compete for this award. They were nominated for Best Comedy/Musical Film, with “Toy Story 2” winning, but since the animated category was created, English-language animated films are ineligible for the two main film prizes.
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Frozen 2 Drives a Stake Through Popular Tarzan Fan Theory

  • MovieWeb
Frozen 2 Drives a Stake Through Popular Tarzan Fan Theory
The first Frozen movie was a phenomenon unlike any other upon its release, managing to bring in McU box-office numbers to a musical about a Disney princess who takes matters into her own hands instead of waiting for the prince to rescue her. The film was endlessly debated and speculated about among fans, and now Frozen 2 has debunked one of the most popular fan theories the original film had generated regarding a potential Tarzan tie-in.

In the first film, we learn that Elsa and Anna's parents had been lost at sea while the girls were still very young. This, combined with the fact that the parents bore a striking resemblance to the parents of Disney's Tarzan character, led to the theory that Elsa and Anna's parent's ship had ventured into the African jungle and crashed onshore. There the king and queen were forced to start a new life in the wild,
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Disney Plus Service Users Complain of Login Problems, Service Errors on Launch Day

  • Variety
Updated: Disney Plus opened its doors Tuesday — but some fans immediately encountered problems trying to access the streaming service.

Multiple users on social media said they had trouble signing in to Disney Plus when it first went live, while others said they had problems accessing specific content or using features (like setting up a watch list).

Irate users vented online, sharing screenshots of errors messages that said “Unable to connect to Disney+.” One of the error messages, appropriately enough, showed characters from Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet” movies (pictured above); another one shows Mickey Mouse and Pluto in spacesuits adrift on an asteroid.

Disney Plus’ customer help account on Twitter blamed the problems on unexpectedly high demand. “The consumer demand for Disney+ has exceeded our high expectations,” the company said in a tweet at 9:59 a.m. Et. “We are working to quickly resolve the current user issue.
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The Best Posters of the 2010s

  • MUBI
Above: some runners-up among my favorite posters of the decade. From left: Black Swan by La Boca (2010); Obit (2016) by Kristin Bye; Nebraska (2013) by Blt Communications; Wreck-It Ralph (2012) designer unknown; Escapes (2017) by Brandon Schaefer.Ten years ago, not long after I had started writing about movie posters for Mubi (back when it was called The Auteurs), I was called upon to come up with my favorite movie posters of the decade. It was a daunting task since I hadn’t been keeping track quite as carefully as I have these past ten years, but it was also somewhat of a novelty since there weren’t a lot of people talking about movie posters either in print or online back then. Looking back at that list of ten years ago, there are a couple of posters I might not choose today and I’d definitely bump Neil Kellerhouse’s poster for The Girlfriend Experience
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‘Avengers: Damage Control’ Trailer: The Marvel Cinematic Universe Comes The Void Virtual Reality Experience

‘Avengers: Damage Control’ Trailer: The Marvel Cinematic Universe Comes The Void Virtual Reality Experience
After Star Wars, Ghostbusters and Wreck-It Ralph came to the virtual reality experience known as The Void in previous years, ILMxLAB and Marvel Studios are bringing the Marvel Cinematic Universe to life with an Avengers Vr experience of their own. Avengers: Damage Control will let fans step into the McU to team up with Earth’s […]

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Disney Animation Has Hired Four New Directors to Create Exciting Original Content

Disney Animation Studios has hired four directors, two new and two returning, to create some new original content for the company. Returning are Josie Trinidad, who has previously worked on the art and stories for The Princess and the Frog, Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph and its sequel, and Zootopia; and Marc Smith, who did animation for Hercules, Tarzan, Fantasia 2000, The Emperor’s New Groove, Chicken Little, Tangled, Big Hero 6, and Zootopia.

The new directors are Carlos Lopez Estrada (Blindspotting), and Suzi Yoonessi. Variety reports that Walt Disney Animation’s chief creative officer Jennifer Lee, who wrote the Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen films, is looking to continue to tell original stories while continuing to diversify the types of films they make.

Here’s what Lee had to say about the upcoming projects and new directors on board:

“We aim to have Walt Disney Animation Studios serve as the premiere home
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Wreck-It Ralph 3 In Development At Disney

As many of you have probably noticed over recent years, Walt Disney Studios has been tossing out as many sequels and remakes as it has original films. This year alone saw mammoth box office success with movies like Aladdin, Toy Story 4, and Jon Favreau’s The Lion King – all of which will be capped off by the arrival of Frozen 2 next month.

And after all that cash, do you really think the buck will stop there?

Of course it won’t, and thanks to sources close to We Got This Covered – the same ones who told us the Mouse House was developing an Aladdin sequel before it was confirmed – we think we know what the studio’s next yet-to-be-announced project will be: Wreck-It Ralph 3.

Details are incredibly thin as of now, but our sources tell us that the series will definitely be getting a threequel. And let’s be honest,
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Walt Disney Animation Adds Four Directors to New Film Projects

  • The Wrap
Walt Disney Animation Adds Four Directors to New Film Projects
Four filmmakers have have been hired as directors at Walt Disney Animation Studios (Wdas), the company announced on Tuesday. Two of the directors are veteran story artists, whose careers have grown at Wdas, and the two directors who are new to the studio have both directed acclaimed films.

Directors Carlos Lopez Estrada, Suzi Yoonessi, and Disney vets Josie Trinidad and Marc Smith are each developing new theatrical animated films.

“We aim to have Walt Disney Animation Studios serve as the premiere home for filmmakers interested in telling engaging stories within the limitless animation medium,” Wdas Chief Creative Officer Jennifer Lee said in a statement to TheWrap. “Carlos and Suzi are two incredible, inventive filmmakers who have both received acclaim for their work. Josie and Marc, master, lead story artists, have been instrumental in shaping such films as ‘Zootopia’ and ‘Frozen 2.’ We are so thrilled to have these four talented artists
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Directing ‘Frozen 2’ Showed Jennifer Lee the Way to Lead Disney Animation

  • Indiewire
The making of “Frozen 2” (November 22) came at a tumultuous time for Disney Animation, as the film’s writer-director Jennifer Lee succeeded John Lasseter as chief creative officer. You could say that she went from being Anna to Elsa in her rise to the top. “But you don’t know if that’s a good thing or not — you haven’t seen the rest of the movie,” Lee told IndieWire, laughing, after introducing about 30 minutes of footage.

What we do know is the sequel to the Oscar-winning “Frozen” mega-blockbuster continues the adventures of siblings Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel) by unlocking the mystery of Elsa’s magical icy power and why their parents died in a shipwreck at sea. It’s all connected to an enchanted forest and the elemental forces of Air, Fire, Water, and Earth, animated in a dazzling display of effects and character work, joined together
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Steve Jobs Wanted Bob Iger To Shut Down Disney Animation After Pixar Acquisition

Walt Disney Animation is still enjoying a resurgence in popularity that began after Ed Catmull and John Lasseter were respectively named president and chief creative officer of the company. After starting off in a promising new direction with the movie Tangled, Disney Animation has churned out hits like Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, […]

The post Steve Jobs Wanted Bob Iger To Shut Down Disney Animation After Pixar Acquisition appeared first on /Film.
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3D Wire Brings Oscar, Annie, Annecy Winners to Segovia’s Animation Fest-Market

  • Variety
Spain’s 3D Wire Animation, Video Games and New Media Festival and market is preparing to kick off on Sept 30 beneath the Roman aqueducts of Segovia in the shadows of the Alcázar de Segovia, a castle referenced by animators when designing Walt Disney’s own.

The festival runs until Oct 6, with Oct. 3-5 dedicated to industry activities and the 3D Wire Market.

This year’s short film competition consists of 41 films. 32 form an international competition which includes films from 20 countries, while the other nine shorts will compete in a domestic competition.

Five prizes will be handed out by the jury for the best international, European, and Spanish shorts, and the audience will select a best international and best Spanish short as well.

This year’s jury is made up of Spanish director, screenwriter and producer Nuria G. Blanco, Ventana Sur Animation! coordinator Silvina Cornillón, Belgian Oscar-nominated producer Vincent Tavier, and web designer Marc Aguesse.
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John C. Reilly Joins HBO’s 1980s Lakers Pilot, Replacing Michael Shannon

  • Variety
John C. Reilly Joins HBO’s 1980s Lakers Pilot, Replacing Michael Shannon
John C. Reilly has joined the HBO pilot about the 1980s Showtime Lakers in a recasting.

Reilly will play the role of former Lakers owner Jerry Buss, replacing Michael Shannon, who exited the project over creative differences. The character is described as a self-made millionaire whose success has only amplified his proclivity for risk, Buss redefines American sports, celebrity, and wealth by transforming the Lakers into a dynasty. But his house of cards threatens to collapse on him and the people he loves most.

Should the project go to series, it would mark one of few TV projects Reilly has starred in throughout his career. He was nominated for the Oscar and Golden Globe for best supporting actor for his work in the 2002 film “Chicago.” He is also known for his roles in big screen comedies like “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” “Step Brothers,” “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,
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Disney Music Group Launches Composer Podcast Series

  • Variety
Disney Music Group, in association with Treefort Media, will debut “For Scores,” a new podcast series featuring interviews with film and television composers from Disney, Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox.

Set to launch this week, the podcast is hosted by Variety contributor Jon Burlingame and “will give voice to award-winning visionary composers, exploring the challenges and emotional journeys of these musical storytellers,” reads an announcement by Dmg.

Burlingame, who has written about film music for Variety since 1997, is the author of four books on the subject (including the best-selling “The Music of James Bond”), teaches film-music history at USC, and has produced and hosted a series of movie-music specials for Classical Kusc in Los Angeles.

Composers featured in the first four episodes include:

Alan Silvestri. Silvestri talks about his work on four Marvel movies, including “Avengers: Endgame.” He reveals the emotional process he goes through, how it has
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Disney Shuffles Key Animation Executives, Solidifies Blue Sky Leadership

  • The Wrap
Disney Studios announced new leadership within its animation division on Friday. Walt Disney Animation Studios President Andrew Millstein will join the team at Blue Sky Studios as co-president, as Disney looks to integrate the newly acquired animation division following its purchase of Fox’s film and TV entertainment assets.

Millstein will serve alongside Blue Sky co-President Robert Baird, who will continue to drive the creative direction of the studio reporting to Disney Studios’ Chief Creative Officer and co-Chairman Alan Horn and co-Chairman Alan Bergman. As Blue Sky readies to build out its upcoming slate, Millstein will oversee day-to-day operations.

Former Blue Sky co-President Andrea Miloro left her role on July 25.

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Millstein will report to Jim Morris, who, in addition to serving as president of Pixar, will expand his duties with a supervisory role at Blue Sky.

In addition, “Zootopia
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