Frozen II becomes highest-grossing animated movie ever

Frozen II has become the highest-grossing animated movie of all time.The Disney sequel, which features the vocal talents of original stars Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, alongside newcomers Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Bro…

Frozen II has become the highest-grossing animated movie of all time.

The Disney sequel, which features the vocal talents of original stars Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, alongside newcomers Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown, was released back in November last year.

Now, the film has been crowned the biggest animated movie ever, raking in $1.32 billion (£1 billion) at the global box office, and is currently the seventh highest-grossing film of all time, overtaking 2013’s Frozen, which made $1.28 billion (£973 million).

Directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck were told the news during the BAFTA Tea Party on Saturday, and revealed their surprise at the huge milestone.

“We just found out,” Jennifer told Variety. “I’m really excited. I think we’re always surprised.”

And when quizzed about the possibility of Frozen 3, Chris joked: “We’re going to skip three and go right to four.”

Disney movies dominate the biggest animated films of all time list, with Frozen II, Frozen, and 2018’s Incredibles 2, which took $1.24 billion (£942 million) globally, taking the top three spots.

Frozen II was also the studio’s sixth release in 2019 to reach $1 billion (£760 million) in ticket sales, joining the likes of Toy Story 4, Guy Ritchie’s live-action remake of Aladdin, Captain Marvel, Jon Favreau’s The Lion King reboot, and Avengers: Endgame, which is currently the highest-grossing movie of all time, raking in more than $2.7 billion (£2 billion).

And according to Variety, Disney’s last release, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, is also on course to become the studio’s seventh billion-dollar movie of last year.

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Evan Rachel Wood blasts Cats with scathing review

Evan Rachel Wood has slammed Cats, telling her fans the movie is “actually worse than I thought it would be”.Tom Hooper’s star-studded movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage musical received scathing reviews from critics last week, and the Wes…

Evan Rachel Wood has slammed Cats, telling her fans the movie is “actually worse than I thought it would be”.

Tom Hooper’s star-studded movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage musical received scathing reviews from critics last week, and the Westworld actress added to the negative reaction on social media on Thursday.

“(Cats) is actually worse than I thought it would be. And I already thought it would be horrible. But….I am actually speechless. Why would you change the choreography? I…am SPEECHLESS,” she wrote, referencing the routines in the original stage musical.

Wood later deleted her tweet, as well as another post in which she stressed the cast, which includes Judi Dench, Idris Elba, Taylor Swift, and Ian McKellen, weren’t to blame for the movie’s problems.

She then shifted to Instagram and posted an expletive-filled video of her “live reaction” to the film, in which she laughed and repeatedly exclaimed “What the f**k?!”

The star later went into detail about her misgivings with the movie, laying the blame with changes to choreography, plot, and characters.

“They changed all the iconic choreography. Took out 70 per cent of the main characters. Changed the plot. I grew up in theatre. I was married to a dancer. I have massive respect for what they do, which is why this was such a letdown and missed opportunity for that community,” the 32-year-old wrote, referencing her marriage to Billy Elliot star Jamie Bell.

Jason Derulo has defended the movie, in which he plays Rum Tum Tugger, telling TMZ.com that “reviews don’t matter” while James Corden, who plays Bustopher Jones, said on BBC Radio 2’s The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show that he hadn’t seen the film but had heard “it’s terrible”.

Following the overwhelmingly negative reviews, Universal bosses have removed Cats from its For Your Consideration page, meaning they are no longer putting it forward for awards consideration, while a source has told Variety that the film also isn’t featured on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ streaming platform, where members can watch Oscar contenders.

Cats has currently earned one nomination – the Golden Globe for Best Original Song for Beautiful Ghosts, written by Swift and Lloyd Webber.

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Idina Menzel: ‘Frozen II is better than the first film’

Idina Menzel has boldly claimed Frozen II is “better” than the first film.The star reprises her voice role as Elsa in the follow-up to the hit 2013 animated movie, and during an interview on Billboard’s Pop Shop Podcast, explained that while she loves …

Idina Menzel has boldly claimed Frozen II is “better” than the first film.

The star reprises her voice role as Elsa in the follow-up to the hit 2013 animated movie, and during an interview on Billboard’s Pop Shop Podcast, explained that while she loves the original, famous for the song Let It Go, she prefers the plot of the second and the sequel’s biggest tune Into the Unknown.

“I would just go on the record saying I think that this film is better than the first. I do, I love it, you know? I just, I love it. I love Let It Go, obviously; it’s one of the great gifts of my life to have this song and this character in my life and what it represents and how it’s allowed me to connect with audiences all over the world. It’s changed my life,” the 48-year-old commented. “But I actually really enjoy – except for the really high note that’s going to give me problems on a day where I have a cold – I’ve loved singing Into the Unknown. It makes me wanna cry, it gives me goosebumps when I listen to the underscore of it, the rolling bassline and the rhythm and everything. I just love it.”

As for the inspiration for the film’s songs, written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Idina added that she’s always been a big fan of the couple because they put the story first.

“It wasn’t about trying to write another big hooky melody,” she explained. “They wanted to make sure that this furthered the story properly and that they deepened and enriched these characters and helped them evolve into the young women that they are. So, they always come from story first, which is why I think then that they are so successful.”

Frozen II, also featuring the voices of Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff, Sterling K. Brown, Evan Rachel Wood, and Alfred Molina, is in cinemas now.

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Producers gave Evan Rachel Wood standing ovation after Frozen 2 audition

Evan Rachel Wood made such an impression on the producers of Frozen 2 during her audition they gave her a standing ovation.The actress stars as Queen Iduna, the mother of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel’s sisters Anna and Elsa, in the animated sequel. Re…

Evan Rachel Wood made such an impression on the producers of Frozen 2 during her audition they gave her a standing ovation.

The actress stars as Queen Iduna, the mother of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel’s sisters Anna and Elsa, in the animated sequel.

Reflecting on her audition during a recent appearance on Good Morning America, Evan admitted that she was inspired by her son Jack, six, as she prepared for the screen test.

“Before I went in to do the audition I said, ‘I’m gonna do the audition for a Disney movie now’, and he (my son) says, ‘I hope they clap for you, mommy,'” she recalled. “And when I was done, they got up and they clapped, and I came home and I went, ‘Guess what? They clapped! It worked!'”

After winning the animated role, the 32-year-old discovered she’d have her own song in the film to share with her son.

“I’ve been singing Disney lullabies to my son since he was born and now I get to sing my own Disney lullaby to him,” Evan added. “It is absolutely surreal. I’m a really cool mom right now.”

As Iduna, the Westworld star sings the film’s opening number, All Is Found. Kacey Musgraves performs a version of the tune for the end credits of the movie.

Frozen 2, which also features the voices of Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Sterling K. Brown, Alfred Molina, and Martha Plimpton, hits cinemas around the world from 22 November.

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Joseph Altuzarra celebrating brand’s 10th anniversary with limited-edition collection

Joseph Altuzarra is commemorating his 10th year in business by releasing a new limited-edition collection.The fashion designer launched his brand in 2008 and quickly became known for his luxury ready-to-wear line, which draws on his multicultural upbri…

Joseph Altuzarra is commemorating his 10th year in business by releasing a new limited-edition collection.

The fashion designer launched his brand in 2008 and quickly became known for his luxury ready-to-wear line, which draws on his multicultural upbringing.

And as Altuzarra is preparing to celebrate a decade in business next month (Feb19), he has decided to create The One That Got Away collection.

According to editors at Vogue.com, the 36-year-old has consulted 10 of the label’s closest friends, old and new, and asked them to select their favourite pieces in order to put together an archival collection.

The garments include a black lacy suit chosen by Evan Rachel Wood, a velvet dress picked out by actress Shu Pei Qin, and a chic pencil skirt selected by Altuzarra’s muse, Carine Roitfeld.

Since starting his brand, Altuzarra has outfitted a number of high-profile names, including Rihanna, Kate Bosworth, Nicole Kidman, Tessa Thompson, and Naomi Watts.

However, one of the designer’s most important relationships has been with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex – who made a splash when she stepped out in a black Altuzarra suit for an event in September (18).

“She came to the party for our Target collaboration five years ago and we’ve worked with her ever since. She represents such a modern idea of womanhood as well as a very new idea of royalty,” he smiled of the former actress in a recent interview with U.K. newspaper The Telegraph.

And though many fashion houses tend to cater to a younger demographic, Altuzarra designs clothes to suit women of all ages.

“The root of my idea for the brand was looking at women like my mum, who were in their sixties and who still wanted to be sexy, and who didn’t want to feel like society was relegating them to having to wear tweed suits,” he noted.

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Bryan Singer ‘honoured’ after Globes win despite backlash surrounding sexual misconduct scandal

Director Bryan Singer ignored the speculation about his sexual misconduct scandal as he expressed his delight over his movie Bohemian Rhapsody’s wins at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night (06Jan19)The film, which tells the story of Queen’s start i…

Director Bryan Singer ignored the speculation about his sexual misconduct scandal as he expressed his delight over his movie Bohemian Rhapsody’s wins at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night (06Jan19)

The film, which tells the story of Queen’s start in the music industry, took home gongs for Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for Rami Malek, who plays Freddie Mercury in the movie.

While he was absent from the Los Angeles ceremony himself, Singer, who quit the movie during production and was replaced by Dexter Fletcher, took to his Instagram to share a behind the scenes snap of filming, and wrote: “What an honour. Thank you #HollywoodForeignPress.”

The moviemaker hit headlines in 2017, when it emerged that a Washington man had filed a lawsuit against him, alleging the star sexually assaulted him in 2003 – when he was 17 years old. Singer has denied the accusations.

He was also accused of assault by Michael Egan in 2014, but Egan later confessed his claims were not true and apologised.

While Singer has yet to be arrested or charged with any crimes, it seems many of his peers are struggling to move on from the scandal. Westworld actress Evan Rachel Wood likened the situation to that of Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein – both of whom have been accused of sexual misconduct and assault.

“So we just… we are all still supposed to be pretending we dont know about Bryan Singer? Cause it worked out really well with #Spacey and #Weinstein,” she tweeted.

Meanwhile, Eighth Grade star Elsie Fisher, who was nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for her performance in the breakout movie, found herself under fire after tweeting her delight over Bohemian Rhapsody’s victories.

“IM SO HAPPY RAMI MALEK AND BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY WON GOLDEN GLOBES IM THRILLED TONIGHT IS THE BEST NIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” she wrote.

After facing backlash from her followers, Elsie wrote: “Why is everyone being so mean about this? I’m genuinely sorry if I did something wrong.”

The 15-year-old later added: “My thoughts on this – please educate me in the future if I do something problematic. I want to better myself and grow! I was also vaguely aware the director of said film was bad but had no other information as to why he was considered such or what he had done. I know now.

“I’ll continue to be proud of Rami and the supporting cast because they are incredible, but otherwise I will hold back. Understand this though; there are many problematic people in Hollywood, and as someone who is busy frequently I don’t always have time to keep up. So tell me.”

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Evan Rachel Wood backs Practical Magic 2 idea

Evan Rachel Wood is down for a Practical Magic sequel.The fantasy flick, starring Evan, Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock, celebrated its 20th anniversary on Tuesday (16Oct18), with fans posting about the milestone across social media.Entertainment jour…

Evan Rachel Wood is down for a Practical Magic sequel.

The fantasy flick, starring Evan, Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock, celebrated its 20th anniversary on Tuesday (16Oct18), with fans posting about the milestone across social media.

Entertainment journalist Jarett Wieselman, Netflix’s social media manager, tweeted that he wanted to see Practical Magic 2, with the film focused on 31-year-old Evan’s character Kylie, and the actress was quick to agree.

“Practical Magic came out 20 years ago today so obviously it’s the perfect time for a sequel that focuses on Sally’s daughter, once again played by Evan Rachel Wood,” Jarett posted.

“Down for this so much,” Evan replied.

In the film, Nicole and Sandra played witch sisters Gillian and Sally, who were raised by their eccentric aunts in a small town and face closed-minded prejudice and a curse which threatens to prevent them ever finding lasting love.

The Originals writer Carina Adly MacKenzie also excitedly commented on the idea, with Jarett suggesting she pen the script.

The film’s two leading stars, both now Academy Award winners, had a mini-reunion on the red carpet at the Oscars earlier this year (18), with Nicole gatecrashing an interview Sandra was giving to ABC.

“We were actually talking about you today,” Sandra told Nicole. “We were talking about when we shot together and we asked her to get the tequila. She came back with her own tequila but we drank it anyway. We were a little drunk.”

“I love that movie,” Nicole smiled. “I showed that movie to my kids. It’s a little above their (level of understanding)… But we’re really good sisters.”

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Evan Rachel Wood transforming into ‘cowgirl robot’ on the red carpet

Actress Evan Rachel Wood has adopted a new “cowgirl robot” style thanks to her role in hit sci-fi series Westworld.The beauty portrays android Dolores Abernathy in the HBO network’s futuristic Western show and the 19th century American West styles she …

Actress Evan Rachel Wood has adopted a new “cowgirl robot” style thanks to her role in hit sci-fi series Westworld.

The beauty portrays android Dolores Abernathy in the HBO network’s futuristic Western show and the 19th century American West styles she sports in character have now bled into her real-life wardrobe.

“I’ve embraced my inner mountain woman since Westworld,” she laughs in a joint interview for InStyle with fellow actress Alexandra Shipp. “Cowboy boots, boot-cut jeans, flannels… My look is a lot more rugged because I’ve been spending so much time outdoors in crazy locations. I’m evolving into some kind of a cowgirl robot.”

And Shipp, who plays mutant Storm in the X-Men movie franchise, admits her roles also rub off on her outfit choices: “During X-Men, I got really into Storm’s shoulder pads,” she giggles.

Evan’s style departure into a “cowgirl robot” is distinctly different from her 2017 fashion goal, which was to wear a three-piece suit at every red carpet event.

“Last year was fun; I wore only suits,” she explains. “The challenge was to keep reinventing that. My favourite was the (designer Joseph) Altuzarra (outfit) at the Golden Globes, which paid homage to Marlene Dietrich.”

“The more you feel like a bada**, the more you look like one,” Evan explains of her ongoing suit obsession. “I still love dresses, but it’s really hard to go back after you’ve worn suits. I don’t know if I will. Even when I’m shopping at (U.S. discount retailer) Target, I make the leap over to the men’s section. You realise quickly that they have better stuff.”

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Evan Rachel Wood: ‘Equal opportunity for women means playing unlikeable characters’

Evan Rachel Wood insists equal opportunity for actresses means showing the complexity of women – warts and all.Last month (Feb18), the Westworld actress appeared before the House Judiciary Committee to recount her story of surviving sexual assault, rap…

Evan Rachel Wood insists equal opportunity for actresses means showing the complexity of women – warts and all.

Last month (Feb18), the Westworld actress appeared before the House Judiciary Committee to recount her story of surviving sexual assault, rape and domestic violence at the hands of two abusers. And surprisingly her latest film Allure sees her take on the role of an abuser, albeit one who is a survivor of abuse herself.

In an interview with HuffPost UK, Evan insisted that if women truly want equal opportunity, they can’t shy away from taking on darker roles which shows them being imperfect human beings.

“I do believe in equal opportunities for women on film sets, on screen and behind the scenes,” she insisted, referencing the push for gender equality now consuming Hollywood. “Character-wise, I think that also means not just being heroic but being flawed. Playing the not-likable ones, the darker, more complex ones.

“So I thought, you want equal opportunity for women? That also means in this way: looking at the dark side.”

In Allure, the 30-year-old mother-of-one stars as Laura, an abuse survivor who seduces and emotionally abuses a teenage girl Eva, played by Julia Sarah Stone.

Though the part was originally written for a man, Evan admitted she had long been curious about taking on a gender-swapped role, especially after being drawn in by the concept of the story.

“I have not seen an abuse story told in this way or from this angle,” she admitted. “I think that’s what I loved about this movie is, usually, you only see the story from one side, and this was a 360-degree view of how this happens, how it’s perpetuated and how it gets passed on to other people. In that way, it was abuse sort of as I know it, which is as a virus that spreads.”

Allure, which also stars Denis O’ Hare and is written and directed by Carlos and Jason Sanchez, will be released in U.S. theatres on 16 March.

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Evan Rachel Wood calls out Hollywood for shunning little-known actors

Evan Rachel Wood blames social media for giving “models and YouTube celebrities” parts in movies over real actors.Westworld star Evan, who is back as android Dolores in the Emmy-winning series in April (18), vented her frustration on Twitter over the l…

Evan Rachel Wood blames social media for giving “models and YouTube celebrities” parts in movies over real actors.

Westworld star Evan, who is back as android Dolores in the Emmy-winning series in April (18), vented her frustration on Twitter over the lack of amazing films currently being produced by Hollywood, though gave no indication as to what triggered her outburst.

“You guys dont even know how many amazing movies with amazing actors never get made. If you knew about half of the s**t that doesnt make it off the ground or the actors’ that people dont consider ‘valuable’ enough to get the film financed. You would literally cry (sic),” she fumed.

“Social media is playing a huge part in this. So just be prepared for movies to get worse and worse with only models and youtube celebrities starring in them.”

Numerous writers, producers, and actors agreed with her sentiments, including former Anger Management star Michael Arden and screenwriter Amanda Samaroo who replied: “That’s a f**king shame because we are out here writing amazing female driven spec scripts worthy of production. #smh #Screenwriters.”

Sharing Amanda’s message, Evan added: “Yes we are and have been for a while now.”

However, it wasn’t all bad news, with one fan commenting TV was now the place for talented actors to show off their skills, a sentiment Evan agreed with.

The 30-year-old has been a Hollywood regular since her breakout role in 2003’s Thirteen, opposite Nikki Reed and Holly Hunter.

As well as her busy acting career, Evan is gearing up to make her directorial debut. Deadline reported last year that Evan will direct and star in a road trip movie alongside Jenny Slate, Alison Pill, and Cynthia Erivo.

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