James Corden, Missy Elliott and Minnie Driver join Cinderella musical

James Corden, Missy Elliott and Minnie Driver have joined the cast of Camila Cabello’s Cinderella musical.The movie, directed by writer/director Kay Cannon, is based on an original idea from the U.S. late night TV host, and will be a musical retelling …

James Corden, Missy Elliott and Minnie Driver have joined the cast of Camila Cabello’s Cinderella musical.

The movie, directed by writer/director Kay Cannon, is based on an original idea from the U.S. late night TV host, and will be a musical retelling of the classic fairytale.

The British star will play one of the mice who is turned into a footman to take Cinderella to the ball alongside fellow comedians John Mulaney and Romesh Ranganathan.

Meanwhile, rapper Elliott will play the Town Crier in the flick, while Driver has been tapped for the role of Queen Beatrice, according to Deadline.

The newcomers join Senorita singer Cabello, who is making her feature acting debut in Cinderella and will also be involved in the music, and as well as relatively unknown British actor Nicholas Galitzine, who has been cast as love interest Prince Robert.

Pierce Brosnan will also be playing the King, Idina Menzel will serve as the wicked stepmother, and Billy Porter will take on the role of the fairy godmother.

The musical comedy re-imagines the traditional Cinderella tale and follows the heroine as she tries to make her ambitious dreams come true. Production on the movie is set to begin this month.

Corden and Leo Pearlman are serving as producers on the film, alongside Jonathan Kadin and Shannon McIntosh, who was executive producer on Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The musical is set to hit theatres in February 2021.

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Cynthia Erivo and Elton John to perform at 2020 Oscars

Cynthia Erivo, Elton John, and Idina Menzel will perform at the 2020 Academy Awards. Oscars show producers Lynette Howell Taylor and Stephanie Allain announced on Thursday that all of the tracks nominated for Best Original Song will be performed durin…

Cynthia Erivo, Elton John, and Idina Menzel will perform at the 2020 Academy Awards.

Oscars show producers Lynette Howell Taylor and Stephanie Allain announced on Thursday that all of the tracks nominated for Best Original Song will be performed during the ceremony on 9 February at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

They revealed that Erivo, who is also nominated for Best Actress for her performance in Harriet, will perform Stand Up, a song she co-wrote with Joshuah Brian Campbell for the Harriet Tubman biopic. Her fellow performers include John, who will sing (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again, which recently won the Golden Globe, from his biopic Rocketman, and Menzel, who will take to the stage with Norwegian singer AURORA to perform Into the Unknown, which her character Elsa sang in animated sequel Frozen II. The song was written by songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who have previously won the Best Original Song Oscar for Let It Go from the original Frozen and Remember Me from Pixar animation Coco.

In addition, This Is Us actress Chrissy Metz will sing I’m Standing With You, which was written by Diane Warren, from her movie Breakthrough, and composer Randy Newman will perform I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away from Pixar animation Toy Story 4. Newman is also nominated in the Best Original Score category for his work on Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story.

Metz took to Instagram to express her excitement about the news and wrote, “When I tell you I don’t know what to say, I mean it! Honoured and elated to sing @warren_diane’s beautiful and timely song at the 92nd Oscars! See you all Sunday, February 9th!”

The ceremony will also feature a special appearance by Questlove and a guest-conducted segment by Eímear Noone, who will become the first woman to conduct during an Oscars telecast.

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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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Adam Sandler’s wife convinced him to take Uncut Gems role

Adam Sandler’s wife Jackie persuaded him to take the lead role in Uncut Gems.The 53-year-old is garnering rave reviews for his performance as gambling addict and troubled jeweller Howard Ratner in the crime thriller, and has already landed a Best Actor…

Adam Sandler’s wife Jackie persuaded him to take the lead role in Uncut Gems.

The 53-year-old is garnering rave reviews for his performance as gambling addict and troubled jeweller Howard Ratner in the crime thriller, and has already landed a Best Actor nomination at the upcoming Critics’ Choice Awards for his performance.

However, he confessed during an appearance on Monday’s instalment of The Ellen DeGeneres Show that if it was up to him, he wouldn’t have starred in the film in the first place.

“I was scared to do and then I asked Jackie to read it. We do this together and she gives me strength and courage to get into this stuff,” Sandler said of his 45-year-old wife. “She read it and she was like, ‘You have to do it.’ And as soon as she says I have to do something, I go ‘OK’ and jump right into it.”

The Brooklyn native said that while he was initially tentative about going outside his comedy comfort zone and transforming into the self-destructive character, he’s grateful he was able to star in the film, which is directed by brothers Josh and Benny Safdie.

“I don’t know how to really sum it up its just a brand new kind of neat movie and I’m glad I’m in it,” he shared.

Last week, his co-star Julia Fox, who plays onscreen mistress Julia, revealed her character was originally meant to be called Sadie, but that was Sandler’s 13-year-old daughter’s name.

“My character’s name was originally supposed to be Sadie,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “But that’s his daughter’s name, so he actually had it switched for that to make it easier on the girls.”

He added, “That’s my daughter’s name! And I said, ‘You can’t have my daughter’s name in this movie.'”

Uncut Gems, which also stars The Weeknd, Idina Menzel, and Lakeith Stanfield, hits U.S. theatres on 25 December.

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Pierce Brosnan to play king opposite Camila Cabello in Cinderella

Pierce Brosnan is set to play the role of the king in the new big-screen adaptation of Cinderella.The 66-year-old will portray the regal character, alongside leading lady Camila Cabello, in writer-director Kay Cannon’s musical retelling of the fairyt…

Pierce Brosnan is set to play the role of the king in the new big-screen adaptation of Cinderella.

The 66-year-old will portray the regal character, alongside leading lady Camila Cabello, in writer-director Kay Cannon’s musical retelling of the fairytale.

The casting news comes days after it was announced relatively unknown British actor Nicholas Galitzine would play Cinderella’s love interest Prince Robert in the highly-anticipated film.

The movie is based on an original idea from U.S. late night TV host James Corden, and also stars Idina Menzel, who will play the wicked stepmother, and Billy Porter, who will take on the role of the fairy godmother.

Cabello, who makes her acting debut in Cinderella, will also be involved in the music.

Corden and Leo Pearlman are serving as producers on the film, alongside Jonathan Kadin and Shannon McIntosh, who was executive producer on Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Former James Bond star Brosnan will be flexing his vocal chords once again in the musical, more than 10 years after he made his singing debut on the big screen back in 2008 in Mamma Mia! He reprised his role for the sequel, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, last year.

The actor retired as Bond after Die Another Day in 2002, after starring as the British spy in 1995’s GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies in 1997, and The World Is Not Enough in 1999.

Brosnan will next be seen in Netflix comedy Eurovision, opposite Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams, as well as horror False Positive with Justin Theroux and Ilana Glazer.

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Nicholas Galitzine set to play prince in Camila Cabello’s Cinderella reboot

Nicholas Galitzine has reportedly been cast opposite Camila Cabello in Sony’s upcoming Cinderella reboot.According to editors at Deadline, the 25-year-old British actor has landed the role of Prince Robert in the highly-anticipated film, after “wowing …

Nicholas Galitzine has reportedly been cast opposite Camila Cabello in Sony’s upcoming Cinderella reboot.

According to editors at Deadline, the 25-year-old British actor has landed the role of Prince Robert in the highly-anticipated film, after “wowing the filmmakers in many chemistry readings”.

Nicholas is a relative unknown in Hollywood, but first started making a name for himself when he starred opposite Luke Perry in 2015 movie The Beat Beneath My Feet.

He also found fame more recently by appearing alongside Uma Thurman in Netflix series Chambers and just finishing filming The Craft remake.

As well as starring alongside the Havana singer in the Cinderella retelling, based on an original idea from British comedian and U.S. late night TV host James Corden, Nicholas will be acting alongside Idina Menzel, who will play the wicked stepmother, and Billy Porter, who will take on the role of the fairy godmother.

Pitch Perfect writer Kay Cannon will pen the script and direct the project, after making her directorial debut with 2018 comedy Blockers.

Plot details have been kept under wraps, but James will serve as a co-producer on the movie.

The musical, which will film in London next year, is set to open in February 2021.

It’s not the first live-action adaptation of the classic fairy tale. Back in 2015, Kenneth Branagh helmed a Disney remake of the 1950 animation and it starred Lily James, Richard Madden, and Cate Blanchett.

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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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Billy Porter and Idina Menzel joining new Cinderella musical

Billy Porter and Idina Menzel are set to join Camila Cabello in the upcoming Cinderella adaptation.The 50-year-old, who recently won an Emmy for his role on Pose, announced at The New Yorker Festival that he would be playing the Fairy Godmother opposit…

Billy Porter and Idina Menzel are set to join Camila Cabello in the upcoming Cinderella adaptation.

The 50-year-old, who recently won an Emmy for his role on Pose, announced at The New Yorker Festival that he would be playing the Fairy Godmother opposite Cabello, who will portray the glass slipper-wearing fairytale character in the musical.

“I have a couple movies that I’m working on. I’m gonna be playing the fairy godmother in the new Cinderella movie with Camila Cabello,” he said.

Earlier this month, it had been reported that Porter was in talks with bosses at Sony and was close to completing a deal.

Idina Menzel is also set to join the live-action film, which will be written and directed by Pitch Perfect filmmaker Kay Cannon, as the wicked stepmother, according to Deadline.

The Tony and Grammy-award winning singer and Broadway actress will play Evelyn, who is the cruel adoptive mother to Cinderella.

Cabello will make her movie debut in the musical – as well as being involved in the original music for the film – which will begin shooting in London in February next year.

James Corden reportedly came up with the original idea, which will focus on an ambitious young woman who is desperate to follow her dreams.

The Late Late Show host will also produce, alongside Leo Pearlman and Jonathan Kadin.

The film is set to be released in February 2021.

And it’s not the first live-action adaptation of the classic fairytale. Back in 2015, Kenneth Branagh helmed the Disney remake of the 1950 animation, starring Lily James, Richard Madden, and Cate Blanchett.

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Kristen Bell happy to appear on Frozen soundtrack alongside powerhouse Idina Menzel

Kristen Bell is more than happy to allow castmate Idina Menzel to perform all of the powerhouse ballads in the Frozen films.The actress has shared that she’s thrilled just to get a song in the animated films at all and likes to sit back so Menzel can h…

Kristen Bell is more than happy to allow castmate Idina Menzel to perform all of the powerhouse ballads in the Frozen films.

The actress has shared that she’s thrilled just to get a song in the animated films at all and likes to sit back so Menzel can hit all of the high notes.

“I’m of the opinion that when you have (basketball superstar) LeBron James on your team you don’t try and dunk,” she told The Talk. “We’ve got Idina Menzel. Just give me a song… a cute little melody.”

Bell has recorded new song The Next Right Thing for the upcoming Frozen sequel. But she anticipates fans are going to be raving about her co-star’s tunes Into the Unknown and Show Yourself, stating, “They are just gonna blow people’s minds.”

Among those eager to catch the highly anticipated sequel are Bell’s two daughters Lincoln, six, and Delta, four, who she shares with husband Dax Shepard.

“They also already know the whole plotline and all the songs, and I have yet to make them sign an NDA (nondisclosure agreement), so I could be screwed because they’re pretty chatty. I’ve been singing them the songs for a couple years now because we’ve been working on it for two and a half years,” she explained to People magazine. “They are very excited even though they know everything that happens. They were not as into Frozen one, they were only into Elsa and Anna because their friends were, but I think they’re going to be into Frozen 2.”

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