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The characters from smash-hit Disney movie Frozen are heading back to the big screen for an animated short that will hit cinemas in the spring (15).
The big news was announced at the end of a 'making of' special that aired in America on Tuesday night (02Sep14).
Frozen Fever will be directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, the pair behind last year's (13) hit movie, and it will feature a new song written by Oscar-winning songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. The married couple created instant classic songs like Do You Want to Build a Snowman? and Let It Go for Frozen.
Confirming the news, a Disney spokesman says, "In Frozen Fever, it’s Anna’s birthday and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but Elsa’s icy powers may put more than just the party at risk."
Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad will reprise their original Frozen roles in the new film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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Costumes and personal items from country music queen Naomi Judd's career are set to go under the hammer at auction in Beverly Hills in November (14).
The award-winning singer/songwriter has cleared out her closets and storage spaces and those belonging to her husband Larry Strickland, who performed with Elvis Presley, in the hope of raising cash for charity.
Highlight items include Judd's wooden Thomas Model 217 'Norman Rockwell' 1920s-style replica radio that she listened to as a child, a guitar she received as a gift from the late Buck Owens, the velvet gown she wore for an appearance on Bob Hope's Bag Full of Christmas Memories in 1993, and a custom-made ensemble she wore to the 1991 Academy of Country Music Awards, where she picked up the Top Vocal Duet Award alongside daughter Wynonna.
Bosses at Julien's Auctions are handling the sale, and some of the proceeds will benefit Tuckers House, a non-profit organisation that has been developed to partner with families of children with disabilities and their healthcare providers.
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Upon hearing of Robin Williams' death, I witnessed many a friend attempt to choose his or her favorite of the actors' many terrific films... most of these attempts dissolved into chaotic indecision. So let's make it easier — while Williams' dramatic genius is well documented in pictures like Good Will Hunting and Dead Poets Society, his penchant for the dark and twisted well chronicled in Insomnia and One Hour Photo, we'll always have a very special place in our hearts for his comedy. As such, we limit our expedition to this realm: which is Robin Williams' funniest role?
There are a few candidates that leap out as frontrunners — Mrs. Doubtfire, for one. It's hard to top a film in which a grown man, disguised as a husky Scottish nanny, tosses a piece of fruit at Pierce Brosnan. But we'd be remiss to discount some of Williams' other laugh riots: He's delightful in the courageous and sharp Good Morning, Vietnam. He's outrageously kooky in the oddball dark comedy The Fisher King. And without even showing his face, he's a tour de force in Disney's Aladdin. Peruse the complete list of Williams laughers below, and then chime in with your feelings.
MRS. DOUBTFIREWilliams plays a newly separated father of three who dresses up like a kindly housekeeper in order to spend time with his estranged kids.Funniest moment: An unexpected run-in with the legal representative charged with determining his aptitude as a parent (and human being) forces Williams to dash from room to room, donning and shedding his Mrs. Doubtfire disguise, juggling accents and sticking his face in pies.
GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM Williams plays a 'Nam-based disc jockey keeps his Army base lively with his irreverent radio show.Funniest moment: Any one of Williams' rapid fire on-air bits (much to the chagrin of the stuffed shirts in charge).
THE FISHER KINGWilliams plays a delusional derelict who entertains Medieval fantasies years after the death of his wife.Funniest moment: Williams' forceful escort of new friend Jack (Jeff Bridges) across the street, completely unfazed by oncoming traffic.
POPEYEWilliams plays a live action version of the animated sailor on a perplexing and listless quest through the neighborhood of Sweethaven.Funniest moment: Williams' genius is in his sardonic murmurs; after every ridiculous affirmation by one of the lively Sweethaven residents, Williams will mutter something nearly unintelligible and certainly hilarious under his breath.
THE BIRDCAGE Williams plays a gay nightclub owner who is married to his star performer (Nathan Lane) and father to a notably ungrateful young buck (Dan Futterman) who brings his girlfriend and her conservative parents over for dinner... prompting Lane to dress up as a woman. We're noticing a trend.Funniest moment: In truth, Williams is the straight man in this picture, letting Lane take most of the broad, wild comedy. But he does have plenty of good deadpan one-liners to enjoy.
PATCH ADAMSWilliams plays a doctor who holds dear to the maxim that laugher is the best medicine when he makes it his mission to lift the spirits of his ailing patients.Funniset moment: That old lady squeezing noodles can't be beat.
ALADDINWilliams plays an all powerful Genie, tasked with the wishes (and friendship) of dopey street rat Aladdin when the latter discovers his magical lamp.Funniest moments: It's gotta be his entrance. Williams puts on a veritable stand-up routine when he meets "Al" for the first time in the dank caves below the desert.
Which is your favorite? Cast your vote!
Country stars Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard and Carrie Underwood will be feted with special prizes at the 2014 ACM Honors. For The Good Times hitmaker Kristofferson will be one of four songwriters to receive the Academy of Country Music Poet's Award, alongside George Strait collaborator Dean Dillon and late stars Buck Owens and Cowboy Jack Clement, while his old pal Haggard will be presented with the Crystal Milestone Award in recognition of his lengthy career.
Underwood will pick up the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award, while veteran Ronnie Milsap and Toby Keith will be honoured with the Career Achievement Award, and Rascal Flatts will be celebrated for helping to establish and promote country music around the world.
The eighth annual ACM Honors will be handed out at a ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee on 9 September (14).
Australian catwalk star Ashley Hart is engaged to fellow model Buck Palmer. The blonde beauty, younger sister of supermodel Jessica Hart, accepted Palmer's proposal during a vacation in the south of France last week (ends13Jul14).
Hart reveals her partner popped the question on the beach after they swam out to a private cove.
She tells Australia's Herald Sun newspaper, "He asked me to stand and got down on one knee, pulled out a gorgeous little ring that looked like the sunshine, a yellow diamond on a... gold band... 'Can we jump in the water I asked?' Needing to make this moment feel real... we splashed and kissed, did somersaults and I yelled at the top of my lungs, 'Yes'!"
Comedienne Roseanne Barr is planning a big move from Hawaii to San Francisco, California, so she can be near her youngest son as he attends college. Buck Thomas, 19, has just completed high school and now he's hoping to get away from his mum - but she has plans to follow him to college.
She says, "He's going to San Francisco... I always go where he goes; he hates that I do that.
"I know it's weird but I moved across the street from the boarding school that he went to. He wanted to get away from me and go to boarding school, so I'm like, 'OK, go to boarding school', and then I moved right across the street.
"You have to... Of course you wanna keep your eye on them these days... Who else is gonna wash his laundry and stuff?"
Mere seconds into the new trailer for The Best of Me, you'll know. Without any warning or background information, you'll have no doubt in your mind: this is a Nicholas Sparks movie. And what a Nicholas Sparks movie it looks to be.
Directed by the guy who made Soapdish, The Best of Me is only the latest frosting rose on the store bought ice cream cake that is Sparks' catalogue of novels-turned-films. After years of the same old love story game, you'd think a new Sparks flick might be inclined to veer from routine just a tad. Well, you'd be left ugly crying amid an Atlantic Coast downpour, because such is far from the case. The first trailer for The Best of Me looks to wrangle in just about every conceivable Nicholas Sparkism in its brief 90-second lifespan. And here they are, every single Nicholas Sparksy moment in order of Nicholas Sparksiness.
28) Gleeful outdoor wedding embrace (1:08)
27) Dude teen giving girl teen a rose (:22)
26) Comparatively [see #10] explicit illustrations of teen sexuality (1:12)
25) Secondary characters weeping openly (:40)
24) Woodland dancing (1:15)
23) A neat camera trick that indicates the True Detective lady is playing the same character as tree-reading teen girl! (:47)
22) Teen dude proposing pseudo-hypothetical about the never being able to see his teen girlfriend again, passively demanding an impromptu declaration of her love (:36)
21) Adult human beings lifting each other up in broad daylight (1:00)
20) Dramatic head turn! (:46)
19) Rural/suburban Atlantic Coast town (:07)
18) Sad driving (:39)
17) James Marsden in an undershirt (:44)
16) Teens talking about flirting... not actually flirting, talking about flirting (:15)
15) Teens sitting in a tree, legs intertwined chastely, reading (:27)
14) Lake kissing (:58)
13) Insinuation of prejudices relating to socioeconomic class differences between characters, even though everybody seems pretty much the same level of well off (:33)
12) A barn (:43)
11) Charmless interaction that establishes the thematic premise of the film outright (:50)
10) Horizontal silhouettes kissing, which means sex (1:02)
9) He says the name of the movie! (1:16)
8) Teens lying nude in the presence of an active fireplace (:35)
7) Teens exchanging silent, meaningful glances upon first sight of one another that will determine the course of their entire lives (:10)
6) "From Nicholas Sparks" title card (:13)
5) Male shirtlessness (:56)
4) A Southern fella who just wants what's best for his daughter, and he's not afraid to tell that to the impossibly non-threatening young buck who likes her (:30)
3) Headlining actors smiling vacantly at nothing (1:04)
2) Hollow proclamation that sounds romantic on paper, maybe (1:11)
1) Rain kiss (:29)
This movie comes out eventually, I guess. You can see it then.
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U.S. comic Kevin Meaney has been arrested over allegations he assaulted a woman at a New York airport on Tuesday (03Jun14). The 58 year old, who starred in the sitcom version of John Candy's film Uncle Buck, was accused of elbowing a woman in the chest at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Police detained Meaney and he was charged with misdemeanour assault, according to the New York Daily News.
50 Cent has cemented the reunion of his rap collective G-Unit by heading into the studio with his bandmates for their first new single in six years. The In Da Club hitmaker launched the careers of Tony Yayo, Lloyd Banks and Young Buck in 2000, but Buck was kicked out of the group in 2008 and earlier this year (14), after a series of disputes among the remaining band members, Yayo declared G-Unit was over.
However, the quartet staged a surprise comeback during 50 Cent's headlining set at Sunday's (01Jun14) Summer Jam concert in New Jersey and now the stars have served up a new song for fans too, titled Nah, I'm Talking Bout.
Yayo reveals the old pals recently sat down to clear the air and he credits their brotherly bond with helping them repair their fractured friendships.
He also suggests the group is working on a follow-up to 2008's T.O.S: Terminate on Sight.
He tells XXL magazine, "We just sat at the table, and it happened - that's it. It feels good. We're brothers. There's nothing we can't work out. Brothers fight all the time. We just dropped a new record. We working. We just taking it one day at a time (sic)."
50 Cent put his feud with his former G-Unit bandmates firmly behind him on Sunday (01Jun14) and staged a surprise reunion with Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo and Young Buck at the Summer Jam concert in New Jersey. The In Da Club hitmaker has been exchanging barbs with his old pals in the media in recent months, accusing them of failing to work hard enough to maintain their careers after giving them a head-start in the music industry.
However, the ex-crewmembers all came together this weekend for their first live show in years, just months after Yayo announced G-Unit was officially over, and delighted fans at the MetLife Stadium with renditions of On Fire, So Seductive and Shorty Wanna Ride.
The gig, 50 Cent's first appearance at the annual Summer Jam extravaganza in a decade, also marked the end of the rap superstar's feud with Nas, who introduced him to the stage.
But his set wasn't without drama - a fight broke out towards the back of the stage midway through 50's show after a member of rap group Slowbucks was reportedly banned from the platform.
Meanwhile, fellow headliner Nicki Minaj also made sure her set made headlines by stepping out in a sheer silver crop top, clearly displaying her bare breasts underneath.
She preserved her modesty by wearing small nipple pasties as she belted out tracks including Beez In the Trap and her new single, Pills N Potions, while she later joined forces with close friend Drake and label boss Lil Wayne for respective performances of Worst Behavior and Believe Me.
Other artists at Summer Jam 2014 included Trey Songz, The Roots and Wiz Khalifa.