Earlier this evening, during the live telecast of the 86th Annual Academy Awards presentation, Broadway diva and Tony Award winner Idina Menzel took to the Dolby Theatre stage to perform the Oscar-winning song ‘Let It Go’ from Disney’s Frozen. Pictured left are Menzel and Frozen co-star Kristen Bell on the red carpet prior the Awards program (photo courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences).
Walt Disney Studios has provided us with two new high-res stills from Maleficent (May 30, 2014), which has been added to the beginning of our gallery embedded below. The new stills feature Elle Fanning as Aurora under the curse of Maleficent and Angelia Jolie as Maleficent herself.
In honor of the new ‘We’re Doing A Sequel’ music video, Walt Disney Studios and Muppet Studios have provided us with a few new high resolution stills from Muppets Most Wanted (March 21, 2014), which have been added the beginning of our gallery embedded below.
Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine — the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit — and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. The film stars Golden Globe-, Emmy- and SAG Award®-winning actress and writer Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Emmy Award winner Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon.
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Marvel Studios has pioneered and broken box-office records around the world, creating a cinematic universe unlike any other in pop culture history through its blockbuster films. Beginning with Iron Man in 2008 and continuing today through ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ on ABC and the theatrical release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier this April, the Marvel Cinematic Universe presents audiences with some of the most groundbreaking and dynamic storytelling that brings an unprecedented vision to the world of entertainment.
While we’re waiting for Tom Hanks to make Toy Story 4, Walt Disney Studios and Muppet Studios has released a brand new music video for ‘We’re Doing A Sequel’ from the Muppets Most Wanted soundtrack, available to own on March 18, 2014 (now available for pre-order). On the soundtrack, the song — which was written by Flight of the Conchords member Bret McKenzie — includes a performance with Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett.
Eleven weeks after its release, the Frozen soundtrack has certified Platinum, selling over 1,000,000 copies, and has spent four non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Industry sources are forecasting the album’s return to the top position on Wednesday. The last soundtrack to spend 5 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart was 1998’s “Titantic.” The Oscar-nominated song “Let It Go,” performed by Idina Menzel, also certified Platinum with sales over 1.2M. Menzel, who provides the voice of Elsa in the film, will perform the song at the Oscars (March 2).
I had the pleasure meeting Walt Disney Studios Chief Technology Officer Jamie Voris via a teleconference yesterday evening during which he guided me step by step through the iOS version of ‘Disney Movies Anywhere’ (formerly Disney Studio All Access), the company’s hotly anticipated digital rights system for movie portability. Built upon a foundation of Disney’s proprietary digital rights management system, KeyChest, Voris explained that the key is modularity. Although the system is being launched as ‘Phase One’ with support for desktops (Flash video) and Apple iOS devices via iTunes, it should be straightforward for them to partner with any content provider on most devices. The app even supports Apple TV via iCloud and AirPlay support. The service officially launched today, coinciding with the digital release of Frozen as well as the Blu-ray release of Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World.
Walt Disney Animation Studios presents a chilly twist on one of the most humorous and heartwarming stories ever told. Disney Animation’s best since The Lion King (William Bibbiani, CraveOnline) will melt your heart. Fearless optimist Anna sets off on an epic journey — teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven — to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. Bring home Frozen on Blu-ray High Definition – featuring a blizzard of never-before-seen bonus extras with gorgeous animation, memorable characters and unforgettable music. It’s dazzling fun for the whole family.
Walt Disney Records has confirmed to us that they are planning to re-release the original The Muppet Movie soundtrack on vinyl this April 19, 2014 for Record Store Day. This will be a vinyl edition of the soundtrack re-released on CD in 2013, featuring all new liner notes by songwriter Paul Williams. That re-release itself was tied to the 35th anniversary of the film.
For Record Store Day, Disney had previously released identity-disc-inspired variants of Daft Punk’s TRON Legacy.
In order to commemorate the wild success of the original motion picture soundtrack to Disney’s Frozen, Walt Disney Studios has announced a collector’s deluxe edition on a 3-disc vinyl set. The set consists of three 12-inch color vinyl LPs packaged in a stunning double-gatefold, foil, embossed jacket with a full-color booklet containing the lyrics and gallery quality images from the film. Each set is hand-numbered and will be one of just 3000 copies being produced. It is currently available for pre-order with an expected delivery date in April 2014.