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Monday, June 17, 2024

Movie Music Monday: Céline Dion returns to the stage for I Am: Celine Dion world premiere in New York

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While continuing her battle with the debilitating condition known as Stiff Person Syndrome, tonight, Monday, June 17, legendary singer Céline Dion returned to the stage at Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. Alas, it was not for the big live comeback concert her fans the world over have been clamoring for since she was abruptly forced to interrupt her performing career, but for the world premiere/"special screening" of I Am: Celine Dion, an intimate documentary chronicling her heretofore private medical journey the past number of years. Below are Dion's emotional remarks prior to the screening, preceded by words from film's director/producer, Irene Taylor; and Amazon MGM Studios CEO Jennifer Salke.





I Am: Celine Dion will have a limited release in selected cinemas this Friday, June 21, before streaming worldwide on Prime Video beginning on Tuesday, June 25, from Amazon MGM Studios.


(Special thanks to 42West and Amazon MGM Studios)


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Friday, June 14, 2024

The Movie Report #1272 - June 14, 2024

The Movie Report

#1272 - June 14, 2024


MOVIES:
  • Chandu Champion (Loser Champion) ***
  • Firebrand ** 1/2
  • Inside Out 2 - No review available, for after nearly 30 years of Disney inviting me to all-media screenings, right from this publication's very inception, one Disney publicist has abruptly stopped invitations for this one-person, independent, minority-owned, and largely minority-supported and -frequented, media outlet.
  • Tuesday ***

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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

F3PR: Catherine Laga‘aia Cast as Moana in Disney’s Live-Action Moana

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PRESS RELEASE

CATHERINE LAGA‘AIA CAST AS MOANA
IN DISNEY’S LIVE-ACTION MOANA

Laga‘aia Joins Dwayne Johnson,
Who Reprises His Role as the Beloved Maui,
in the Oceanic Adventure Heading to Theaters July 10, 2026

Production Kicks Off This Summer

Catherine Laga‘aia will be voyaging to Motunui and beyond as the adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people in Disney’s upcoming live-action Moana. “I’m really excited to embrace this character because Moana is one of my favorites,” said the 17-year-old Sydney, Australia, native. “My grandfather comes from Fa‘aala, Palauli, in Savai‘i. And my grandmother is from Leulumoega Tuai on the main island of ‘Upolu in Samoa. I’m honored to have an opportunity to celebrate Samoa and all Pacific Island peoples, and to represent young girls who look like me.”

The cast also includes Auckland, New Zealander John Tui as Moana’s no-nonsense father, Chief Tui; Samoan-New Zealand actress Frankie Adams portrays Moana’s playful and strong-willed mother, Sina; and Rena Owen, who hails from Bay of Islands, NZ, was cast as the revered Gramma Tala. Previously announced, Dwayne Johnson, who voiced larger-than-life demigod Maui in the 2016 animated version of the film, will reprise his role.

Releasing in theaters on July 10, 2026, Moana is directed by Thomas Kail, who helmed Hamilton on Broadway and Disney+, Grease Live! and the first and last episodes of Hulu’s lauded limited series We Were the Lucky Ones. Said Kail, “I am thrilled to have met Catherine, Rena, Frankie and John through this casting process. I am humbled by this opportunity, and I cannot wait to all be on set together. And there’s no better pair to be in a canoe with than Catherine and Dwayne—actually, trio: Heihei is ready, too.”

Moana will bring to life in a whole new way the story of a young woman eager to pave her own path. Celebrating the islands, communities and traditions of Pacific Islanders in a spectacular adventure, the production begins filming this summer. The new feature film is produced by Johnson, Dany Garcia, and Hiram Garcia via their Seven Bucks Productions and Beau Flynn via FlynnPictureCo. Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the original songs, will also serve as producer. Executive producers include Scott Sheldon of FlynnPictureCo., Auli‘i Cravalho, who voiced Moana in the 2016 film, and Charles Newirth. Jared Bush and Dana Ledoux Miller have been tapped for the project. Bush, a veteran of Disney Animation, wrote the screenplay for 2016’s Moana, and Miller is a Samoan writer who created Netflix’s “Thai Cave Rescue” and co-founded the non-profit Pasifika Entertainment Advancement Komiti (PEAK).


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Monday, June 10, 2024

Disney celebrates 90 years of Donald Duck with new short D.I.Y. Duck

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As announced on Friday, The Walt Disney Company has launched a global campaign celebrating 90 years of the iconic character of Donald Duck. The new animated short creative for the landmark occasion, Mark Henn's D.I.Y. Duck, can now be viewed below, as can an also just-released piece commemorating the character.





(Special thanks to The Walt Disney Company)


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Sunday, June 9, 2024

Despicable Me 4 makes an early bow in New York City

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While the film does not hit cinema screens worldwide until the first week of July, Universal Pictures and Illumination held the official red carpet world premiere for Despicable Me 4, today, Sunday, June 9, at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. The latest installment of the wildly successful Despicable Me / Minions animated comedy adventure film franchise that began way back in 2010, the film features returning voice stars Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, and Miranda Cosgrove, this time joined by Will Ferrell, who voices the new adversary to Carell's no-longer-quite-so-villainous "supervillain" Gru. Below stars Carell, Wiig, Ferrell, Cosgrove, Joey King, Chloe Fineman, and Madison Polan; and director Chris Renaud discuss the film on the yellow carpet.



Despicable Me 4 releases in cinemas nationwide on Wednesday, July 3, from Universal Pictures.


(Special thanks to Universal Pictures)


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Franka Potente rewinds Run Lola Run at the Nuart

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To celebrate the 25th anniversary theatrical rerelease of Tom Tykwer's celebrated German action thriller Run Lola Run (Lola Rennt), Lola herself, Franka Potente, appeared in person on two consecutive nights at Landmark Theatres' Nuart -- one of the venues where the film began its wildly successful arthouse run (no pun intended) back in 1999. Below is Potente's Q&A session at the showing on Saturday night, June 8.



The 4K-remastered, 25th anniversary rerelease of Run Lola Run (Lola Rennt) is now playing in cinemas nationwide, from Sony Pictures Classics.


(Special thanks to Block-Korenbrot and Sony Pictures Classics)


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Friday, June 7, 2024

F3PR: The Walt Disney Company kicks off global celebration honoring 90 years of Donald Duck

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PRESS RELEASE

THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY KICKS OFF
GLOBAL CELEBRATION HONORING
90 YEARS OF DONALD DUCK

BURBANK, California – June 7, 2024 – Today, The Walt Disney Company kicked off a special company-wide campaign celebrating 90 years of Donald Duck with an exclusive first-look on Good Morning America that showcased new Donald Duck-inspired products and a surprise party in studio for Donald. The months-long celebration will feature feathered festivities and exciting moments from across the company, including Walt Disney Animation Studios, consumer products, Disney parks, and more. Disney will release a new brand spot on June 9 highlighting the storytelling magic behind the beloved character to commemorate the anniversary of Donald’s 1934 debut in Walt Disney's Silly Symphony short cartoon, The Wise Little Hen.

Today’s Good Morning America segment showcased over 70 exciting Donald Duck-themed products from over 20 licensees, highlighting popular brands like American Tourister, Casetify, and Loungefly. Throughout the summer, fans will be able to shop dozens of additional products from industry-leading brands like Cakeworthy, Citizen, Forever 21, GAP, PEZ, Simple Modern, and more.

This campaign will look back at the journey of this iconic character and the role he has played in Disney’s unparalleled storytelling legacy. Donald’s relatable frustrations with everyday life and events have made him one of the world’s most famous personalities. His popularity and accomplishments both on and off screen have earned him numerous accolades, including a star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame and having his webbed footprints immortalized in cement outside the famed Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

Donald Duck has been featured in over 150 short films – more than any other Disney character – and on June 9, The Walt Disney Studios Restoration and Preservation Team will release two newly restored classic Donald Duck shorts directed by Disney Legend Jack Hannah, which will stream on Disney+. In Crazy Over Daisy (1950), Donald attempts to get back at Chip and Dale for wrecking his bicycle while on his way to Daisy’s house. In Out on a Limb (1950), Donald discovers the tree home of the chipmunks – disrupting it with a tree pruner which they believe to be a monster.

Additionally, on June 9, Donald’s adventures will continue in an all-new short from Walt Disney Animation Studios, D.I.Y. Duck, the Studios’ first Donald Duck-starring short since 1961. Debuting on Disney+ as well as Walt Disney Animation Studios’ YouTube, Disney Channel, and Freeform, this short finds Donald trying his hand at some home repairs which begin with the replacement of a light bulb and quickly turn into a series of comic catastrophes. His temper flares and his frustration grows as things spiral out of control and lead to an explosive finale. Incoming Disney Legend and renowned animator Mark Henn wrote and directed D.I.Y. Duck as his last project before retiring from the company in December 2023. The short is produced by Emmy® Award-winner Dorothy McKim and was created by the hand-drawn animation team at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Jennifer Lee, Disney Animation’s chief creative officer, executive produced. The short also pays tribute to Disney Legend Clarence “Ducky” Nash, who originated the voice of Donald for his first 50 years, and who delivers the character’s vocal gestures and assorted wise quacks by way of archival voice recordings.

Throughout June at the Tokyo Disney Resort, guests can enjoy even more fun during “Donald’s Quacky Duck City” at Tokyo Disneyland, a celebration featuring limited-time themed decorations, merchandise, food and beverage offerings, and the “Quacky Celebration: Donald the Legend!” parade. Over at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, fans of Donald can join the celebration through July 7 with limited-time offerings including “Donald’s Birthday Duckling Dance” where guests will have the chance to walk and twirl alongside Donald, specialty outfits for Donald as he walks around the park and hotels, and themed merchandise and food and beverage items. A themed castle projection show “Donald’s Quacktastic Surprise!” will take place on the evening of June 9 for one night only.

At the Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank, California, Donald Duck started his birthday celebrations early by making some “quack-tastic” changes across the historic space, including a Donald-centric reimagining of the Walt Disney Archives logo based on Donald Duck’s designs through the years; the classic Mickey Avenue sign originally seen in The Reluctant Dragon (1941) transforming into “Donald” Avenue; and other special overlays and activities.

Follow @Disney and @MickeyMouse on Instagram for a special surprise and to watch the all-new brand spot on June 9 to celebrate #DonaldDuck90th.




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The Movie Report #1271 - June 7, 2024

The Movie Report

#1271 - June 7, 2024


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