• ‘Cinderella; review: a refreshing take on a classic

    Disney’s “Cinderella”, directed by Kenneth Branagh, is a live-action fantasy film based on Disney’s animated classic “Cinderella” and the childhood fairytale “Cendrillon” by Charles Perrault.
    “Cinderella” is one of the first live-action films in the Disney Princess franchise, and focuses on the life of Ella (Lily James), a young girl whose life is full of misfortune until the night of a grand ball.
    The film begins when Ella is merely an infant and progresses into her adolescence. While growing up, her mother (Hayley Atwell) dies and leaves her with an underlying theme in the film, which is to “have courage and be kind.”
    Left heartbroken by the loss of his wife, Ella’s father (Ben Chaplin), a prominent businessman, is left alone to raise her. Once Ella becomes a teenager, her father decides to marry a recently widowed woman, Lady Tremaine (Cate Blanchett).
    Shortly after Lady Tremaine and her two daughters, Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drizella (Sophie McShera), become part of the family, Ella’s father passes away during one of his business trips. The family has no income, which places Ella in the role of a servant.
    Doing chores day in and day out and being horribly mistreated by her stepmother, Ella’s stepsisters nickname her Cinderella after having soot on her face. This leads Ella to ride away by horse into the forest.
    While in the forest, she meets Prince Charming (Richard Madden), who is on a hunting trip. The Prince and Cinderella decide to conceal their true identities and part ways until the Prince holds a ball to which all people in the kingdom are invited.
    On the night of the ball, Lady Tremaine and her two daughters destroy Ella’s dress and forbid her to attend the ball. Distraught by the actions of her stepfamily, Ella goes outside to the garden to sulk when she meets her fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter).
    With the flick of her wand, Ella’s fairy godmother transforms a pumpkin, mice, lizards and a goose into a grand chariot and attendants. Ella’s dress is then mended into a flowing blue gown, accompanied with glass slippers and a spell to be unrecognizable by her stepfamily.
    At the ball, Prince Charming and Ella are instantly drawn to one another and remain together until the stroke of midnight.
    Shortly after the ball concludes, Prince Charming sends the grand duke (Stellan Skarsgard) and the captain (Nonso Anozie) to find the young maiden from the ball. In the end, the Prince and Cinderella are married and banish the antagonists from the kingdom.
    Unlike Disney’s animated classic “Cinderella”, the reasons for Lady Tremaine’s dislike for Cinderella are clearly stated in this live-action film. In a scene towards the end of the film, Lady Tremaine pessimistically tells Cinderella that she married for love once and did not receive her happy ending.
    Cinderella resembles Lady Tremaine’s youthful self and qualities that her daughters’ do not possess.
    Lily James shines in the film and lives up to the beauty and grace that is Cinderella.
    Cate Blanchett also portrayed Lady Tremaine fairly well. Blanchett’s depiction of an elegant yet envious stepmother surely left audiences awed in their seats.
    Overall, Disney’s “Cinderella” provides audiences with a refreshing look on an animated classic.
    “Cinderella” is rated PG for mild thematic elements.
    “Cinderella” is in theaters now.
    4/5 Stars

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  • Live-Action ‘Mulan’ In The Works After ‘Cinderella’ And ‘Beauty And The Beast’ – Disney Princesses Coming To Life!

    Following the success of the Kenneth Branagh-directed 2015 take on the 50s classic “Cinderella,” it seems that Disney’s also planning a live-action “Mulan” for the near future, although seemingly the project would barely be in the early development stages.
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    In the past couple of months, Food World News has reported the development of the next Disney Princess movie to get its real-life incarnations, as “Harry Potter” actress Emma Watson was cast as Belle and former “Downton Abbey” star Dan Stevens was recently cast as The Beast/Prince – and it seems a live-action “Mulan” is next!
    The Guardian reports that Disney has purchased a live-action “Mulan” screenplay written by Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek. The project is set to be produced by JC Spink and Chris Bender, who have worked in the past with adult comedies such as “The Hangover” trilogy and “We’re the Millers.”
    The film would feature a new take on the 1998 animated movie that starred the voices of Eddie Murphy and Ming-Na Wen, the latter of which has apparently gathered a lot of support through Twitter in the last few hours, and she told fans to ask Disney to think of casting her in a role for the new version!
    The Hollywood Reporter was the outlet to break the exclusive about the development of a live-action “Mulan,” as Disney seems to be taking more challenges from past projects, following the success of the 2014 take on “Beauty and the Beast” starring Angelina Jolie, “Malificent.”
    It’s the time of the Disney princesses, it seems, as there’s already been two favorites cast besides Watson: Elle Fanning as Aurora and Lily James as Ella. We can’t wait to know who’d play the lead in a live-action “Mulan”!
    Besides the yet unannounced live-action “Mulan,” other confirmed remakes in Disney are a sequel to the 2010 Tim Burton “Alice in Wonderland” film, a new version of “The Jungle Book” and Burton teaming up with the studio again for a reimagining of “Dumbo.”

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  • Why Disney can’t stop making live-action versions of its cartoons

    It’s good to be Disney. The US media behemoth’s stock is up 200% over the last five years amid hit after hit, and it is showing no signs of stopping. Now that it owns both Marvel and Lucasfilm, it will release what are likely to be the two biggest films of 2015: Avengers: Age of Ultron and Star Wars: Episode VII. And that’s to say nothing of the continuing global juggernaut that is Frozen.
    Disney’s newest foolproof method of success is to re-imagine its classic animated films (as well as other books and musicals) with real actors. Yesterday, the Hollywood Reporter revealed that the company is developing a live-action Mulan. That’s another Disney princess crossed off the shrinking list that live only in animated form.
    Here are the live-action films Disney will make over the next few years:

    2015:
    Cinderella (already released)

    2016:
    Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass
    The Jungle Book

    2017:

    TBD:

    Yes, Disney is making a live-action film of Dumbo the elephant. It’s only a matter of time before Jessica Chastain, Emma Stone, Anna Kendrick, or—God forbid—Ariana Grande is cast as Ariel in The Little Mermaid. Aladdin and Pocahontas movies are likely to follow. And don’t be too surprised to see a live-action Frozen one of these years.
    Disney has realized that remaking its valuable franchises with actual human beings is essentially a no-risk investment. Audiences like familiar stories, especially those starring famous actors. That’s not to say the company has abandoned original animated films; but hits like Frozen that become mythic are few and far between. (Does anyone remember The Princess and the Frog?)
    Familiar stories, re-imagined in live action, have proved a surefire way of making lots and lots of money with relatively small initial investments. Alice in Wonderland, not based on a Disney cartoon but on the well-loved Lewis Carroll story, made over $1 billion internationally on a budget of about $150 million. Maleficent (a retelling of Disney’s Snow White from the villain’s point of view) made over $750 million on a similar budget. Cinderella, which brings the Disney animated princess to life, was released only two weeks ago in the US and has already made $335 million—more than three times its budget. Not only do the live-action versions seem to offer better returns on their investments, but in making them, Disney brass avoids having to take a risk on a new idea.

    Meryl Streep in “Into the Woods”(Disney)
    Of course, the star power of an Angelina Jolie or Meryl Streep adds credibility. While Into the Woods (based on the Steven Sondheim musical and starring Streep) didn’t make an inordinate amount of money, it was a critical success, picking up three Oscar nominations. Cinderella, starring a slew of British acting mainstays, was also a hit with critics, with a score of 85% on the review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.
    Moviegoers—especially American ones—love films that they’re familiar with. In that way, these movies work in much the same way as superhero films (which Disney also makes now that it owns Marvel). Even if they’re not so cheap to make, it’s very difficult for them to fail.
    To be sure, Disney has had some moderate success with its recent original animated movies, including Wreck-It Ralph, Tangled, Brave, and The Princess and the Frog. But none of them have morphed into the multibillion-dollar worldwide phenomenon that Frozen has become (paywall).
    And while many of these movies have still been profitable (this is Disney, after all), their results are not so dazzling as those of recent live-action films. Tangled had a $260 million budget—the fourth most of all time and more than any Disney live-action film—but grossed only about $600 million.
    Disney has apparently decided that if live-action remakes aren’t going to replace animated movies entirely, they will at least complement them and provide another easy stream of revenue. For one thing, live-action films can appeal to a wider demographic than animated films: It’s unlikely that many adults saw Tangled without a child in tow, but you can bet they’ll come out in droves to see Emma Watson play Belle in Beauty and the Beast.
    To its credit, Disney does still invest in original live-action films, although they are becoming increasingly rare. The upcoming sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland, though inspired by a Disney ride, boasts an entirely original story.

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  • The L.A. Clippers’ J.J. Reddick may have revealed the title for the ‘TMNT’ sequel

    Published by Alec Meacham on March 31, 2015
    Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures
    Oh, to be a basketball star and not know the dangers of spoilers in Hollywood. Though it’s likely that the Los Angeles Clippers guard J.J. Reddick isn’t exactly going to be reprimanded for his recent slip of the tongue, it’s still fun to see his sheepish reaction. In a post-game interview with The Lowe Post podcast from Grantland, Reddick had the opportunity to shed some light on his budding film career, as apparently the filming crew of the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ sequel was catching some NBA footage for the upcoming film. As Reddick revealed, he and several other Clippers players were recruited to film a scene at Madison Square Garden, but he also let slip a little more than he should have.
    “Later this afternoon, the five of us, along with five Knicks players are going to be back at MSG and we’re going to be filming a scene for the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ sequel… ‘Half Shell.’” While it’s always possible that this could just be a working title during filming for the sequel from Paramount, it’s also very possible that we now know the official title, as the titular characters were previously referred to as “Heroes on the half shell.” (The NBA star also later added, “I’m probably going to get in trouble.”) Reddick’s unintended announcement accompanies photos of series star Will Arnett getting cozy courtside with Victoria’s Secret supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio, who will reportedly be making her film debut as an out-of-his-league love interest for Arnett. ‘Earth to Echo’ helmer Dave Green is taking over directing duties, with a script from ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ writers Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec.

    With the official title as of yet unconfirmed, ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2′ will hit theaters June 3, 2016. Stay tuned here for more.

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    I like movies and I live in Hollywood. I live in Hollywood because I like movies? I can’t remember.

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  • One World Holdings, Inc. (OWOO) Prettie Girls! Collection of Multicultural Dolls Turning Top Retailer Heads in the Toy Industry

    One World Holdings, Inc. (OWOO) Prettie Girls! Collection of Multicultural Dolls Turning Top Retailer Heads in the Toy Industry
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    March 31, 2015 (www.investorideas.com newswire) One World Holdings, Inc. subsidiary The One World Doll Project continues to make waves in the retail toy market with their The Prettie Girls!™ multicultural doll collection, featuring well thought out, hip young girl characters grounded in good values and expressing an attitude of respect for all cultures. The lineup of dolls includes a healthy mix of ethnicities and cultural backgrounds and currently consists of Lena (African-American), Valencia (Latino), Kimani (African), Dahlia (South Asian), Alexie (Caucasian), and Hana (Asian American). This product collection is one of the hottest offerings to come along in the doll category of the toy market for quite some time and retailers have expressed strong interest as a result of how well executed the brand/concept is.
    The Prettie Girls collection received considerable attention at the 112th North American International Toy Fair in NYC in February 2015, impressing the crowd of over 25k professionals, including more than 9k mass and specialty retail buyers, as well as contingents from the country’s biggest purveyors of toys like Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), Costco (NASDAQ:COST), CVS, (NYSE:CVS), Disney Store (NYSE:DIS), Target (NYSE:TGT), Walmart (NYSE:WMT), and Toys“R”Us. The Prettie Girls new Tween Scene dolls really turned heads at Toy Fair 2015’s One World booth, which was twice the size of last year’s at this influential event that is now officially the largest toy marketplace in the entire Western Hemisphere, and is put on by a partnership between the U.S. Toy Industry Association (TIA) and the Canadian Toy Association.
    A head buyer from one of the nation’s largest department stores praised the company’s multicultural doll brand as being the first ever to “actually get it right,” because it includes a Caucasian doll, as opposed to having the lineup comprised entirely of non-Caucasian dolls, which is often regarded as pandering. This move also allows young girls, who are the end market consumers, to readily associate with the entire brand and lineup of dolls within and among their peer groups, not only increasing brand traction, but overall sales volume as well. This key advantage of the collection, which in turn helps foster a growing sense of community between groups of young girls, is a natural social and word-of-mouth based organic growth mechanism.
    A superb showing at last year’s Toy Fair led to key deals for the company with major brick and mortar players like Walmart and Toys“R”Us, as well as an initial order from online retail giant Amazon. The company’s show-stopping debut at the 2014 Toy Fair also directly led to the creation of the Tween Scene line, which is the newest addition to The Prettie Girls family, after legendary doll designer Robert Tonner viewed them and was instantly enamored of the concept. A subsequent endorsement by Tonner led to a partnership between OWOO and The Tonner Doll Company, which is known the world over for licensed work with studios like Warner Bros., DC, Disney, Paramount, and Sony Entertainment. Ultimately, this partnership gave birth to the exciting new Tween Scene dolls at OWOO, which are 16-inch dolls bearing unique characters and values, just like The Prettie Girls, but which are modeled as younger pre-teen versions.
    TIA data on their 750-plus members, which account for roughly 90% of the entire U.S. domestic toy market, indicates that the doll segment, currently dominated by products like Mattel’s (NASDAQ:MAT) Barbie and American Girl, as well as products like Hasbro’s (NASDAQ:HAS) My Little Pony, continues to show strong baseline growth. However, it should be noted that staid offerings like Mattel’s Barbie, which lacks diversity, despite a growing shift in the cultural mix of the U.S. population, has seen marked declines in recent years. July 2014 marked a key down point for Mattel, with weaker-than-expected profit and revenues, led by a 15% drop in sales of Barbie worldwide, followed by a 21% decline as of Q3 2014, further exacerbated by Disney Princess dolls gobbling up market share on the strength of their Frozen products, which are based on the wildly successful animated movie of the same name.
    Leading consumer market research company NPD Group’s Retail Tracking Service data indicates that the U.S. toy market grew 3.66% to $18.11 billion last year, with the doll segment’s year-over-year growth outpacing the average at 4.5%, up to approximately $2.32 billion. This is a huge pie for OWOO to be carving off a slice of and the increasing amount of media attention the company has been getting in recent months, including articles, interviews and segments with CNN, FOX, BET, ABC, CBS, TV One, Toy Insider Magazine, Dolls Magazine, USA Today, Parade, the Houston Chronicle and the Houston Business Journal, have contributed a great deal to an upswing in momentum for the brand and the company.
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  • YouTube megastar Michelle Phan launches new lifestyle network

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    YouTube star Michelle Phan is known for her beauty tutorials with her 7.5 million subscribers.
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    By David Yi2015-03-31 15:21:50 UTC

    If launching her own beauty line and record label wasn’t enough, YouTube beauty guru Michelle Phan announced today that she’s partnering with Endemol Beyond USA for their new lifestyle network, ICON.
    Phan will be the creative director for Endemol Beyond, which currently boasts 500 million monthly views via its multi-platforms: YouTube, Yahoo, AOL, Amazon Fire TV, among others. The 27-year old will mentor other online personalities while cultivating a streamlined vision for the network.

    See also: 8 Not-So-Magical Secrets From a Former Disney Princess

    Endemol Beyond, under the Endemol Shine umbrella, currently boasts over 500 million monthly views with its Premium Channel Network available across more than 20 platforms. Endemol Shine is best known for producing shows like American Idol, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Man v. Food and more.
    “I am first a creator, but my ongoing objective is to leverage my personal success, to help mentor new and existing talent, and further help them achieve their goals,” said Phan in a media release. “Endemol Beyond shares this vision, and together, we will drive the future of original content for generations to come.”
    ICON will include lifestyle shows that hit upon topics like beauty, fashion, wellness, DIY, food and human interest. Shows in the pipeline include Pretty Little Prankers, a beauty prank show, The FAQs, an advice show for the digital age, Skinside Out, a food show that teaches to “eat your way to better skin.”
    Shows will star multiple YouTube personalities, including: Ann Le (AnneorShine), Cassey Ho (Blogilates), Promise Phan (Dope211) and Charis Lincoln (CharismaStarTV).
    “I always had this spark to build a space, a community,” Phan says in one of ICON’s introduction videos. “A community for all of us. This community would be built on infinite possibilities with positive, uplifting stories. Where you can come to be your best self; where you can come to find friends you can lean on.”
    Along with its reach on YouTube, ICON will be broadcast via outlets like Roku, Pluto TV, Facebook, Snapchat, Pinterest, Tumblr and Twitter, the latter of which the channel partnered up with to use its Periscope and video functionalities.
    The network launched today stateside and in the UK and plans to roll out into other parts of Europe and Asia later this year.
    BONUS: Men Do Makeup With Michelle Phan

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    Topics: Business, Celebrities, Health & Fitness, Media, michelle phan, Social Media, Video, YouTube

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  • New Spanish Canal+ Video Features New Season 5 Footage

    Canal+ has been a font of information throughout this off season. The premium cable channel, based out of France, is not a partner with HBO in the area–that would be Orange France–but they do have rerun rights. You wouldn’t know they aren’t the first run channel, though, the way they’ve been able to get photos and footage all throughout the filming of Dorne in Seville. Now they’ve got a brand new special that includes interviews with the cast (which are dubbed over in Spanish), plus brand new footage we haven’t seen yet.
    The video, plus a breakdown of the new stuff we haven’t seen yet, is below.

    The opening scene starts out with brand new shots of Tyrion with the full beard and Cersei in a hall full of candles, which I assume is Tywin’s funeral. There’s also a clear shot of the Army of the Faith starting the riots in the marketplace, followed by a shot of the new High Septon (Jonathan Pryce) standing in front of an audience that includes Cersei and King Tommen in a very sparse and small room.

    In the next shot, it looks like Loras attempts to attack the High Septon. Guessing this might have to do with Margaery?
    We also have shots of slaves in a pit practice fighting–or perhaps really fighting? And then there’s more of the Sons of the Harpies causing unrest in Meereen. That moves into Daario fighting the Sons in Daznak’s pit, which is a scene we’ve seen glimpses of before. There’s a lot of new footage from the pit, including some shots of the harpies stopping the gladiator games dead, and threatening Dany.

    It’s unfortunate they turned the English so low in the mix, as this is the first time I’ve seen interviews with Jessica Henwick and Rosabell Laurent Sellers, the actresses playing the younger Sand Snakes. Same goes for the interview with Alexander Siddig and Deobia Oparei. Hopefully, we’ll be able to find the original in the next couple of days. (Considering that I’ve seen that interview clip of Iain Glen and Nathalie Emmanuel before, I figure they have to be running around. If you’ve seen them, give a shout out in the comments.)
    At least the clip of the scene between Ellaria Sand and Doran Martell is just captioned instead of overdubbed, so we can hear her yelling at him. “Your brother was murdered, and you sit here, in the Water Gardens, staring at the sky, and doing nothing.” Besides the Mereenese stuff, Dorne gets the bulk of the new footage–everything from Sansa to Theon and Jon are all from last season. (Which means we get to hear their overdubbed voices. Jon Snow’s sudden deep rich baritone is startling.) We even get a glimpse of the new Disney Princess-ified Myrcella in her surprisingly pink gown. (I suppose it will eventually stop weirding me out, but right now it’s still something of a shock.)

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  • Waist trainers: new celebrity fitness trend

    Tuesday 31st March 2015

    It’s the new accessory everyone wants to be wearing, but is the waist trainer really all it’s made out to be, and does it really give us that desirable hourglass shape?
    It wasn’t so long ago we saw Kim Kardashian and her sister Khloe showing off their curvaceous figures in their very own waist trainers. But now even more celebrities are getting on board and following the trend, we have to wonder just how healthy it is to whittle down your waist this way.

    We can understand your curiosity for this miracle belt, there’s no denying we were intrigued too. With a huge following of high profile celebrities endorsing the method, it’s easy to feel like we’re missing out on something amazing. So here we are trying to decide if the waist trainers could be your new best friend or more likened to wearing a painful, medieval rib-crushing corset.

    The waist-cinching belts are designed to quite literally train your waist to be smaller, thus creating the slightly unrealistic Disney princess silhouette that so many of us are dying for. They work by putting pressure on the waist in order to change its shape over time and is also said to “speed up” the weight loss process and “strengthen your core” if worn during work outs.
    Doctors say there’s no proof that the waist training corset will permanently alter your body’s shape. Some even say your body will return to its natural form as soon as you take it off. From a medical perspective, the risks far outweigh any aesthetic benefits; from rib, organ and metabolic damage as well as rib breakages and small lung collapses, through to the much less serious problems such as skin chafing.

    We have to admit, this had us a little less obsessed with the idea of waist training.
    If you’re brave enough to try out waist trainer belts, have a peek at what the Waist Gang Society have to offer at http://www.whatsawaist.com
    Amy Bailey

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  • 2015 Sentinel Awards To Honor Top Achievements In TV Storylines That Address Health, Climate Change

    LOS ANGELES, March 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Writers and producers are now eligible to submit entries for the annual Sentinel Awards, which since 1999 have honored TV shows and movies that inform, educate and motivate viewers to make choices for healthier and safer lives. This year, original streaming network shows are now eligible in addition to broadcast and cable programs.
    The awards are sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and presented by Hollywood, Health & Society, a program of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center. Storylines will be recognized in the following categories: Drama, Comedy, Serial Drama, Climate Change, Reality/Talk/Documentary, Children’s Programming and Spanish-language.
    “TV writers and producers not only entertain audiences, but they affect them as well,” said Martin Kaplan, director of The Norman Lear Center. “We know this both from our research, and from stories that viewers tell. This award recognizes the responsible and creative use of that power by television writers and producers.”

    Kate Folb, director of Hollywood, Health & Society, added that “writers know that accurate and realistic portrayals make for more compelling stories. They contact us because they know we will provide them with information and access to credible experts—fast and for free. We work with dozens of shows across all genres, networks and cable channels on just about any health or climate change topic you can imagine. This year, we’re thrilled to be adding original streaming network shows to the mix.”
    The 2015 winners will be selected through two rounds of judging. Subject matter experts from the CDC and other partner organizations will review entries for accuracy. Judges from entertainment and public health organizations will review finalists in each category for entertainment value and benefit to the viewing audience to determine the winners. The deadline for this year’s entries is May 29, 2015. Information for applicants can be found at www.usc.edu/hhs. Last year, the NBC series Parenthood received first place in the Primetime Drama category for its story about Hank, played by Ray Romano, who learns he may have Asperger’s Syndrome. The Normal Heart on HBO won for Drama TV Movie with a powerful story about HIV/AIDS activism in the early 1980s. Disney Junior’s Doc McStuffins took top honors in the Children’s Programming category for a storyline that stresses the importance of wearing a helmet when riding a bike. The first place award for comedy was presented to the HBO series Getting On for its dark humor in dealing with the health-care system in an extended-care hospital ward, while Showtime’s Years of Living Dangerously won in the Climate Change category for an episode featuring Matt Damon on how rising temperatures are becoming a public health emergency. HBO’s Life According to Sam took first place in the Reality/Talk/Documentary category for the topic of progeria, a genetic condition in which symptoms related to aging appear at an early age. Funded by the CDC, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The California Endowment—and with past support from ClimateWorks, the Grantham Foundation, the Skoll Global Threats Fund and the Barr Foundation—Hollywood, Health & Society (HH&S) provides entertainment industry professionals with accurate and timely information for storylines dealing with health and climate change through consultations and briefings with experts. Based at The Norman Lear Center, HH&S is a one-stop shop for writers, producers and others in search of credible information on public health and climate change topics. For more information about resources for writers, go to www.usc.edu/hhs. The Norman Lear Center is a multidisciplinary research and public policy center studying and shaping the impact of entertainment and media on society. From its base in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, the Lear Center builds bridges between faculty who study aspects of entertainment, media and culture. Beyond campus, it bridges the gap between entertainment industry and academia, and between them and the public. For more information, visit www.learcenter.org. Located in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California, the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is among the nation’s leading institutions devoted to the study of journalism and communication, and their impact on politics, culture and society. With an enrollment of more than 2,200 graduate and undergraduate students (as of Fall 2011), USC Annenberg offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in journalism, communication, public diplomacy and public relations. For more information, visit www.annenberg.usc.edu.

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  • Walt Disney developing a live-action Mulan film

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    Walt Disney is preparing to bring another of their Disney Princesses to life on the big screen in a live-action adventure with the announcement of Mulan.
    Walt Disney is about to venture away from the animation they have become known for over the years and venture once again into the realm of live-action.

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, the House of Mouse is in the process of developing a live-action rendition of their animated classic Mulan.
    Just in case there is someone out there who hasn’t had the privilege of seeing the original animated film, here’s the run down on the story.
    A young girl by the name of Mulan watches as her elder father is called off to fight in the army once again. Knowing that this means certain death for her father, and her not fitting into the traditional customs of the women in their society, Mulan poses as her father and heads off to war in his place. Little did Mulan know that she would become one of China’s most beloved heroes in the process.
    One can easily see why Walt Disney would choose this particular animated classic to make its way to the big screen in a live-action adventure. Mulan, which was released in theaters back in 1998, brought in over $120 million domestically and over $183 million overseas to give the film a worldwide gross of over $304.3 million.
    When you take into consideration the rise in ticket prices in the 17 years since the original film’s release, this is a pretty substantial haul. It’s no Frozen, but then again…what is?
    It has become apparent that Disney has a handle on what they are doing when it comes to choosing an animated tale to bring to life and making it successful. Disney knocked it out of the park last year with the released of Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie.
    The tale from the other side of the story in Sleeping Beauty brought in over $241 million domestically and around $517 milliion overseas, giving Maleficent a worldwide gross of over $758 million.
    More recently, the studio has brought the princess of princesses Cinderella to life in her own live-action adventure. After being in theaters for just three weekends, the film has already garnered over $149 million domestically and $186.2 million overseas giving Cinderella a worldwide gross of $335.7 million.
    Mulan is not the only animated classic that Walt Disney is in the process of bringing into the realm of live-action. Disney is also in the process of developing a live-action version of their animated classic Beauty & the Beast, which is set to star Harry Potter actress Emma Watson as the Disney princess herself.
    Disney is also working on a follow-up to their 2010 live-action film Alice in Wonderland called Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass. There will also be a live-action rendition of The Jungle Book on the way as well as a live-action version of Dumbo, which will be helmed by director Tim Burton.
    Little is known about the upcoming live-action rendition of Mulan other than the sheer fact that it is currently on the table. The question on top of everyone’s mind right now it what actress they will be able to get in order to play the princess on the big screen.
    We don’t know about you, but we could totally see Hawaii Five-O actress Grace Park in a role like this one. Who do you think would be perfect for the role of the feisty Disney Princess? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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