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Music From ‘Black Panther,’ ‘Greatest Showman’ Spurs Movie Soundtrack Renaissance

If you were to plot the successes and declines of film soundtracks on a stock chart, one might think that there was a movie-music drought or depression for much of the aughts. Indeed, there kind of was. Since the late 1990s when “Space Jam” and “Titanic” moved millions of albums, 2006’s “High School Musical,” a […]

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‘Frozen 2’ Director Jennifer Lee Has Not Seen ‘Olaf’s Frozen Adventure’ Yet [Interview]

Jennifer Lee is Disney’s secret star. She’s one of the screenwriters of “Wreck-It Ralph,” she helped come up with the story for “Zootopia” and is the co-screenwriter and co-director of the Oscar-winning phenomenon “Frozen” which she is now helping shepherd to the Great White Way with “Frozen on Broadway.” This weekend her first live action […]

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‘Frozen 2’ Co-Director Jennifer Lee Says She Is ‘Really Conscientious’ of Calls to Give Elsa a Girlfriend

“Frozen” co-director Jennifer Lee — who will revisit Arendelle with Chris Buck for next fall’s sequel — wants Disney fans to know she’s heard their pleas to give Princess Elsa a female love interest.“We have tons of conversations about it, and we’re really conscientious about these things,” Lee told The Huffington Post while promoting her […]

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How Broadway Sets the Stage for This Year’s Oscars

You’ll see a lot of Broadway at the Oscars this year.There are ties to the theater industry, of course, in nominees like Laurie Metcalf (“Lady Bird”), Denzel Washington (“Roman J. Israel, Esq.”), and Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“Coco”), all with projects now on Broadway (“Three Tall Women,” “Frozen”) or soon to start previews (“The […]

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Oscars 2018: Why ‘Remember Me’ from ‘Coco’ Will Win Best Original Song

“Remember Me” is unique among the Best Original Song nominees. Its love theme is central to Pixar’s “Coco,” helping pay tribute to Día de los Muertos as a unifying bridge for Mexican families. Sung in two very different styles, however, the song is also very personal to its composers, the Oscar-winning husband and wife team […]

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Disney Strikes Major Chinese Streaming Deal with Alibaba’s Youku

Thousands of hours of Disney TV series and movies will be available in China after the Hollywood studio struck a major streaming deal with Alibaba’s Svod service Youku. More than 1,000 episodes of Disney animated series will be made available, including DuckTales and My Friends Tigger & Pooh, while live-action movies including Pirates of the […]

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