Josh Gad teases possibility of Frozen 3

Josh Gad has teased the possibility of a Frozen 3.The first movie in the Disney franchise, which was released in 2013 and featured the vocal talents of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, and Gad, who voices loveable snowman Olaf, went on to ra…

Josh Gad has teased the possibility of a Frozen 3.

The first movie in the Disney franchise, which was released in 2013 and featured the vocal talents of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, and Gad, who voices loveable snowman Olaf, went on to rake in more than $1.2 billion (£959 million) at the box office.

Last year’s long-awaited sequel, Frozen 2, which explored the origins of Queen Elsa’s powers and saw newcomers Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown join the cast, grossed $1.45 billion (£1.2 billion) worldwide.

In a new interview with PopCulture.com, Gad said he believes there is a story that might be worth telling in a third movie, but the decision was in the hands of directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck.

“I don’t know. I mean, here’s the deal. Frozen 2 wasn’t Frozen 2 until there was a reason to exist. And similarly, I don’t know if and when there will be a Frozen 3,” the 39-year-old explained.

“That’s way above my pay grade, but what I can tell you is this: There was an opportunity to take these characters and bring again a sense of hope and inspiration. And it’s why the team at Disney and I teamed up on the past couple of weeks to do At Home with Olaf,” Gad added, referencing the online series that was created during the coronavirus pandemic.

He also revealed that the Frozen saga might not continue “in the form of a third movie”, but hoped Disney bosses would find a story befitting for the much-loved characters.

“But we’ll see! If there’s always a story worth telling, I’m sure that Jennifer Lee and the incredible team over at Disney animation will tell that story one day,” he said.

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Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd enjoy virtual reunion with Back to the Future co-stars

Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd joined their fellow Back to the Future co-stars for a livestream reunion on Monday.The 58-year-old actor, who played time traveller Marty McFly in the 1985 classic and two subsequent sequels, teamed up with Lloyd, w…

Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd joined their fellow Back to the Future co-stars for a livestream reunion on Monday.

The 58-year-old actor, who played time traveller Marty McFly in the 1985 classic and two subsequent sequels, teamed up with Lloyd, who portrayed the irreverent Doctor Emmett ‘Doc’ Brown, to celebrate the sci-fi comedy franchise.

Lea Thompson and Elisabeth Shue also joined the chat, along with Mary Steenburgen, who played Doc Brown’s wife in the third movie, and director/writer Robert Zemeckis.

During the livestream, which was hosted by Josh Gad as part of his Reunited Apart fundraising series, Zemeckis revealed studio executive Sidney Sheinberg tried to change the title of the iconic movie to Spaceman From Pluto, because he felt audiences wouldn’t understand what Back to the Future meant.

“The reason he really hated it is because he said movies with the word ‘future’ in the title never make any money,” the filmmaker recalled, explaining Steven Spielberg, one of the film’s executive producers, made him see sense by sending a humorous memo.

Huey Lewis, who wrote and performed the movie’s theme song The Power of Love, also took part in the chat, alongside Back to the Future fan J.J. Abrams, who asked the cast for their opinions on animated show Rick and Morty, which is said to be inspired by Marty and Doc’s relationship.

Claudia Wells, who originally played Marty’s girlfriend Jennifer in the first film before she was replaced by Shue in the second and third movies, made a surprise appearance at the end of the chat, and joked she’d missed out on two other video calls with the cast.

Gad hosted the chat a week after he managed to bring the cast of The Goonies back together.

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Josh Gad calls for Ariana Grande to land Meg role in Hercules remake

Josh Gad is convinced Ariana Grande would be “perfect” for the role of Meg in Disney’s live-action Hercules remake. It was revealed on Thursday that Disney bosses are developing a live-action remake of the 1997 animated classic, with Avengers: Endgame …

Josh Gad is convinced Ariana Grande would be “perfect” for the role of Meg in Disney’s live-action Hercules remake.

It was revealed on Thursday that Disney bosses are developing a live-action remake of the 1997 animated classic, with Avengers: Endgame filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo producing and The Expendables scribe Dave Callaham writing the screenplay.

In an interview with Variety, Disney regular Josh called for Ariana to portray Hercules’ love interest Megara, or Meg, in the remake.

“She would amazing as Meg, she would be perfect, I would love to see that happen,” he said.

The original Hercules is one of Ariana’s favourite films and she sang Meg’s song I Won’t Say (I’m in Love) during an at-home performance for the Disney Family Singalong TV special earlier this month. She also performed Zero to Hero live at the Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration in 2015.

The 7 Rings hitmaker has yet to comment on the remake news on social media, but her fans have already started campaigning for her to get the part, with one even setting up a Change.org petition. It has almost 14,000 signatures.

In the Variety interview, Beauty and the Beast star Josh was also asked if he would like a part in Hercules, such as the half-man, half-god’s trainer, the satyr Philoctetes, which was originally voiced by Danny DeVito.

“I am good, I feel like I definitely have had and continue to have an incredible run of projects with the Disney company, but I don’t think anyone wants to see me take on yet another role in a live-action remake of an animated movie,” he replied. “I personally think they should just cast Danny DeVito again, that seems to (be the) best option.”

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Steven Spielberg updates fans on possible The Goonies sequel

Steven Spielberg hasn’t been able to come up with a worthwhile idea for a sequel to The Goonies.The 73-year-old took part in a livestream reunion on Monday to celebrate the classic 1985 adventure comedy, alongside original cast members Sean Astin, Josh…

Steven Spielberg hasn’t been able to come up with a worthwhile idea for a sequel to The Goonies.

The 73-year-old took part in a livestream reunion on Monday to celebrate the classic 1985 adventure comedy, alongside original cast members Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman, and Martha Plimpton, as well as director Richard Donner.

Spielberg co-wrote the movie with Chris Columbus, who also took part in the remote reunion, and he revealed to Josh Gad, who hosted the video call, that they haven’t been able to come up with a good idea for a sequel.

“Chris (Columbus), Dick (Donner) and I have had a lot of conversations about it,” the Oscar-winning director explained. “Every couple of years we come up with an idea but then it doesn’t hold water. Until we do, people are just going to have to look at this livestream a hundred times.”

“How are you going to find seven miserable kids like this again that are new and fresh?” Donner joked.

While watching the reunion, The Goldbergs creator Adam F. Goldberg revealed he had written a sequel to The Goonies because he was such a huge fan.

“I rival @joshgad as (the) ultimate fan of #TheGoonies. For the last 9 years I’ve been secretly writing PART 2 for fun,” he tweeted. “It’s my masterpiece. I even had a big meeting scheduled with Richard Donner… canceled ’cause of the lockdown! THE GOONIES 2 WILL happen when life resumes. Promise!!!”

The Goonies reunion also featured cast members Jeff Cohen, Ke Huy Quan, Joe Pantoliano, and Kerri Green, and the original stars also re-enacted scenes from the movie and shared memories of their time on set.

Cyndi Lauper, who wrote and performed The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough to accompany the movie, also made a cameo during the livestream.

The episode of Reunited Apart raised funds for the Center for Disaster Philanthropy in support of their Covid-19 Response Fund.

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Rick Moranis to return to big screen for Honey, I Shrunk the Kids sequel

Rick Moranis is set to reprise his role in the upcoming Honey, I Shrunk the Kids sequel.The 66-year-old played Wayne Szalinski in the much-loved 1989 original, with the plot following the crackpot scientist as he accidentally shrinks his children and g…

Rick Moranis is set to reprise his role in the upcoming Honey, I Shrunk the Kids sequel.

The 66-year-old played Wayne Szalinski in the much-loved 1989 original, with the plot following the crackpot scientist as he accidentally shrinks his children and goes on an adventure to bring them back to regular size.

The movie spawned two sequels, Honey, I Blew Up the Kid in 1992, and the straight-to-video Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves! back in 1997.

However, editors at Deadline have now reported that Moranis has been confirmed to return to the franchise. In Disney’s new film, simply called Shrunk, Josh Gad will play Szalinski’s son – with the flick to follow the character’s attempts to be a successful scientist like his father.

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids director Joe Johnston is returning to helm the sequel, with Todd Rosenberg writing the script.

Gad took to Instagram to share his excitement over Moranis’s casting and claimed he had been keeping the news quiet for “quite a while”.

“To say it is a dream come true to once again see Rick Moranis on the big screen is the understatement of the decade. But to say, I get an up seat view of him returning to play one of his most iconic roles is the understatement of the Century. It’s Shrinking time. Welcome back hero! #Shrunk,” he wrote.

The Canadian comedian shot to fame in 1984 when he played Louis Tulley in Ghostbusters, and went on to star in Brewster’s Millions, Little Shop of Horrors, Spaceballs, Ghostbusters II, and The Flintstones.

Moranis semi-retired in 1997 to focus on his family after his wife passed away, but voiced characters in Disney’s Brother Bear movies and animated sitcom Bob & Doug. He also had a cameo in U.S. sitcom The Goldbergs in 2018.

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Klaus beats out Frozen II and Toy Story 4 for top animation prize

Netflix’s festive film Klaus was the big winner at the 47th annual Annie Awards on Saturday, taking home seven honours, including Best Animated Feature.The movie, the streaming service’s first original animated feature, beat out Frozen 2, Toy Story 4, …

Netflix’s festive film Klaus was the big winner at the 47th annual Annie Awards on Saturday, taking home seven honours, including Best Animated Feature.

The movie, the streaming service’s first original animated feature, beat out Frozen 2, Toy Story 4, and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World to dominate the ceremony and leave the Oscars’ animation category wide open.

Director and co-writer Sergio Pablos’s film about a hapless and lazy postal worker, who stumbles upon an idea to give children gifts at Christmas, won every category in which it was nominated, including direction, editing, storyboarding, production design, character animation, and character design.

French animated drama fantasy film I Lost My Body, which was acquired by Netflix following its premiere at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, won the Best Animated Feature – Independent prize.

There was also a big win for Josh Gad, who won the Voice Performance honour for his role as Frozen II snowman Olaf.

The 2020 ceremony was dedicated to animator Richard Williams, who died in August.

The main list of winners is:

Best Animated Feature: Klaus

Best Animated Feature – Independent: I Lost My Body

Best Animated Special Production: How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming

Best Animated Short Subject: Uncle Thomas, Accounting for the Days

Best Animated Television/Media Production For Children: Disney Mickey Mouse

Best General Audience Animated Television/Media Production: BoJack Horseman

Best Animated Effects in an Animated Television/Media Production: Love, Death & Robots

Best Animated Effects in an Animated Feature Production: Frozen II

Best Character Animation in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production: His Dark Materials – Aulo Licinio (Character: lorek)

Best Character Animation In An Animated Feature Production: Klaus – Sergio Martins (Character: Alva)

Best Character Animation in a Live Action Production: Avengers: Endgame

Best Character Design in an Animated Television/Media Production: Carmen Sandiego (Keiko Murayama)

Best Character Design in an Animated Feature Production: Klaus (Torsten Schrank)

Best Directing in an Animated Television/Media Production: Disney Mickey Mouse – Alonso Ramirez Ramos

Best Directing in an Animated Feature Production: Klaus – Sergio Pablos

Best Music in an Animated Television/Media Production: Love, Death & Robots – Rob Cairns

Best Music in an Animated Feature Production: I Lost My Body – Dan Levy

Best Production Design in an Animated Television/Media Production: Love, Death & Robots – Alberto Mielgo

Best Production Design In An Animated Feature Production: Klaus – Szymon Biernacki, Marcin Jakubowski

Best Storyboarding in an Animated Television/Media Production: Carmen Sandiego – Kenny Park

Best Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production: Klaus – Sergio Pablos

Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television/Media Production: Bob’s Burgers – H. Jon Benjamin (Character: Bob)

Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production: Frozen II – Josh Gad (Character: Olaf)

Best Writing in an Animated Television/Media Production: Tuca & Bertie – Shauna McGarry

Best Writing in an Animated Feature Production: I Lost My Body – Jeremy Clapin, Guillaume Laurant

Best Editorial in an Animated Television/Media Production: Love, Death & Robots – Bo Juhl, Stacy Auckland, Valerian Zamel

Best Editorial in an Animated Feature Production: Klaus – Pablo Garcia Revert

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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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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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Josh Gad pitched LeFou’s controversial Beauty and the Beast moment

Josh Gad suggested having his character LeFou dance with a man at the end of Beauty and the Beast.Before the live-action musical remake was released in 2017, director Bill Condon revealed that Gad’s character LeFou, the comical sidekick to Luke Evans’s…

Josh Gad suggested having his character LeFou dance with a man at the end of Beauty and the Beast.

Before the live-action musical remake was released in 2017, director Bill Condon revealed that Gad’s character LeFou, the comical sidekick to Luke Evans’s antagonist Gaston, would be Disney’s first-ever LGBTQ character and his storyline would conclude with a “nice, exclusively gay moment”.

In response, the conservative group The American Family Association called for a boycott of the movie, while the owners of a cinema in Alabama decided not to show it.

Speaking on Andy Cohen’s SiriusXM show Radio Andy on Monday, the Frozen actor revealed he came up with the idea to have LeFou dance with another man during the finale.

“That became such a controversial thing, apparently, even though it was three seconds of screen time. We never put a spotlight on it. We never meant to put a spotlight on it. I think our director Bill Condon was very proud of the moment… I think the movie speaks for itself and the moment speaks for itself,” he said.

“It was my pitch, I really felt like that’s how I really wanted the movie to end. I was so amazed they let us do it. But again, we never meant to shine a spotlight on it, we wanted the audience to see it and take away what they would, and it became a conflated, weird controversy. When people realised what it was, everybody was like, ‘Oh this is silly.'”

Despite the controversy, Gad and his co-star Evans were proud of the response and he hopes there will be better LGBTQ representation in Disney films in the future.

“We were so proud of the response because, in light of that fact that so many people were like, ‘Blah, blah, blah,’ there were so many people who stood up and applauded that moment and were so excited about it,” the 38-year-old added. “I think that there is still lots more work to be done in equal representation, and I really hope that Disney keeps finding more ways to do that.”

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Josh Gad praises ‘amazing messaging’ for children in The Angry Birds Movie 2

Josh Gad returned for The Angry Birds Movie 2 because of the sequel’s “amazing message”.The animated sequel, based on the hugely popular mobile phone game, comes almost three years after the first film, The Angry Birds Movie, debuted in cinemas. …

Josh Gad returned for The Angry Birds Movie 2 because of the sequel’s “amazing message”.

The animated sequel, based on the hugely popular mobile phone game, comes almost three years after the first film, The Angry Birds Movie, debuted in cinemas.

And Gad, who voices yellow bird Chuck, said that he immediately signed up to return when he realised that the sequel was going to be something special.

“There’s no reason to do a sequel unless you’re going to try to top the original, and with this, it was immediately clear to me that there was a whole different approach,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “The idea of frenemies uniting, when it was first pitched to me, was just so ingenious.

“The movie has some amazing messaging in it, not the least of which is overcoming differences with people you disagree with in order to find a common ground, which I think speaks to a lot of issues we’re dealing with right now.”

A number of Hollywood A-listers also make an appearance in the sequel, with Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones voicing the villainous purple bird Zeta.

“(She was) such inspired casting and brings such an unwieldy new energy to the film that disrupts everything in such a great way,” Gad gushed.

However, director Thurop Van Orman revealed that Jones unknowingly cast herself in the role a few years ago.

“She was on a talk show a few years ago, I don’t even remember which talk show, and she was like, ‘I’ve always wanted to be a villain, if anybody is listening I want to be a villain!'” he remembered. “So when we were looking at who to cast as a villain we were like, ‘Oh yeah, s**t, she would be amazing.'”

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