New FROZEN Book to Explore Hans and Anna’s Romance from Both Characters’ Perspectives

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Disney may not be pursuing a Frozen sequel just yet, but the studio certainly has more than enough going on to keep busy in Arendelle.  There’s Frozen on ice, the short film Frozen Fever which is due to hit theaters with Cinderella on March 13th, the Frozen Broadway show and now, on top of all of that, it’s being reported that there’s a Frozen book in the works as well.

While Random House churns out three junior novelizations that continue Anna and Elsa’s story, Disney Press will go back to explore the events of Frozen from both Hans and Anna’s perspectives.  Hit the jump for more on the upcoming Frozen book, A Frozen Heart.

Enter Our Disney Holiday Giveaway to Win a Blu-ray Combo Pack Including FROZEN: SING-ALONG EDITION, SLEEPING BEAUTY DIAMOND EDITION, and More

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Looking for that perfect gift for the Disney fan in your life?  We can help with that.  To celebrate the holidays, Disney has provided us with a pair of gift baskets packed with DVDs and Blu-rays.  Two lucky readers will win a set of films that include a Frozen Sing-Along Edition DVD, Maleficent Blu-ray, DreamWorks Hundred Foot Journey Blu-ray, and Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition Blu-ray.

Hit the jump to see how you can enter our giveaway and win one of these gift baskets.

FROZEN FEVER Short Film Coming to Theaters in March 2015 with CINDERELLA

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Who knows what’s going on with Frozen 2 - Idina Menzel certainly doesn’t – but that doesn’t mean we won’t see Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Menzel) on the big screen again.  In fact, Walt Disney Studios just announced that the upcoming Frozen short film, Frozen Fever, will hit theaters with Cinderella on March 13, 2015.

Frozen directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee returned to helm Frozen Fever, which focuses on Elsa and Kristoff’s (Jonathan Groff) attempt to throw Anna the best birthday party ever.  The piece will also feature a brand new original song by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.  Hit the jump for more on the release of Frozen Fever.

Idina Menzel Clarifies Statement on FROZEN 2; Says She Has “No Idea” about the Film’s Current Status

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This weekend, people got really excited when Idina Menzel, who voiced Elsa in Frozen, said Frozen 2 was in the works.  While this should be evident to anyone who knows that studios like money and tend to make sequels to billion-dollar films, it built a self-feeding furor and also misleading stories as if Menzel was confirming a movie in active development.  “In the works” is such a broad term that it could mean anything from the idea stage to active pre-production.  Additionally, a voice actor is not the most reliable source when it comes to figuring how and when a studio and filmmakers will proceed with their blockbuster animated movies.

Menzel stopped by Today this morning, and when asked about her Frozen 2 comments, she clarified [via THR], “You know, I have no idea — I just assumed that because it’s so successful that’s what they’re up to!”  She made an assumption that anyone would make.  And if you look at her original quotes, you can see they were far from declarative.  I would love to see Frozen 2 soon, but we’re not getting it in the near future, and when we do hear about it, the big announcement probably won’t come from a voice actor.

Idina Menzel Says FROZEN 2 Is “In the Works”; Exercises Common Sense

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How badly do people want to see Frozen 2?  Enough to seize on a comment from an actress who is correct in assuming that a movie that made over a billion dollars worldwide will probably get a sequel.  Speaking to The Telegraph about Frozen 2 and the stage musical, Idina Menzel (the voice of Elsa) said those projects are “all in the works,” although when asked if she was involved with both, she replied, “Ah, yeah sure… Not the stage show – I don’t know what will happen with that – but the movie hopefully. We’ll see. I’m just going along for the ride.”

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Georgina Haig Talks THE MULE, Connecting to Her Character, Bringing Elsa from FROZEN to Life on ONCE UPON A TIME, FRINGE, and More

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Written by Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson and Jaime Browne, the crime drama The Mule, set in 1983, tells the story of what happens when a naive man (Sampson) with lethal narcotics in his stomach is detained by Australian Federal Police. While locked in a hotel room and watched by cops, criminals, lawyers and his own mother, he’s determined to withhold the evidence for as long as he can.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Georgina Haig (who plays legal aid lawyer Jasmine Griffiths) talked about what attracted her to The Mule, how she connected to this character, making the role three-dimensional, Jasmine’s secret ambitions, and why making this movie available to so many different people at the same time could really help give it a fair shot.  She also talked about being the physical embodiment of Elsa from Frozen on Once Upon A Time, feeling very protective of her, and getting to wear that dress, along with what being a part of Fringe means to her and whether she’d like to do more American television.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Disney Registers STRANGE MAGIC Domain Name; Could it be Connected to FROZEN?

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In addition to registering a domain name for the new Star Wars: Episode VII title, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Disney also snagged some for something called Strange Magic.  What is it?  There have never been any reports on a Strange Magic project over at Disney, so we can’t know for sure, but based on the domain names the studio went for, it’s clear that it’s a film: strangemagic-thefilm.com, strangemagic-themovie.com, strangemagicfilm.com and strangemagicmovie.com.

There’s also another little detail that could suggest Strange Magic may be associated with the budding Frozen franchise.  Hit the jump for more on that.

FROZEN FEVER Short Brings Back Familiar Faces With a New Song

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On the heels of Frozen’s billion dollar global gross last year comes the new Disney short, Frozen Fever, which you can check out next year.  Since it will be a while before we get a sequel to that film, this will likely be your only opportunity in the near future to get caught up with Anna, Elsa, Krista and Olaf.

Frozen Fever will be directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, who also helmed the original film.  It will also feature a new song by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who are working together again for the first time since collaborating on Frozen in 2013.  Hit the jump for more on Frozen Fever.

FROZEN Sing-Along DVD Set for November 18th Release; Sequel Chapter-Book Series Hits Shelves January 6, 2015

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The Frozen cash cow continues to be milked.  Disney was somewhat unprepared for just how massive a success its animated film would be when it hit theaters last November, underestimating the merchandise demand so poorly that Disney stores around the country were regularly out of Frozen toys, costumes, etc.  Well now the studio has finally caught up to the film’s popularity, and if anyone knows how to keep a property alive for decades on end, it’s Disney.  The studio is hard at work on a Broadway musical adaptation of the film and is also slowly developing a feature film follow-up, but before all that, kids will have new Frozen materials to fawn over this holiday season.

Disney has announced that a Frozen Sing-Along DVD will hit stores on November 18th, as if kids (and adults) didn’t already know all the words to “Let It Go.”  Moreover, a Frozen sequel is coming sooner than you think in the form of a series of chapter books.  Hit the jump for more.

FROZEN Eclipses IRON MAN 3 to Become Fifth Highest Grossing Film of All Time Worldwide

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Disney’s Frozen continues to steamroll any and everything in its path.  Though the film first opened all the way back in November and is already out on home video stateside (and dominating everything in that market too), the pic is continuing its international rollout and recently hit another box office milestone.  At a worldwide gross of $1.219 billion, Frozen has now become the fifth highest grossing film of all time, besting Iron Man 3’s worldwide gross of $1.215 billion.  That’s a hefty sum for any film, but it’s refreshing to see a non-sequel, non-franchise property doing so well.

Hit the jump for more, including where Frozen stands on the all-time domestic chart.

FROZEN Crossover Planned for ABC’s ONCE UPON A TIME

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It seems like just yesterday that we were expressing delight at Disney’s decision not to rush into a sequel to Frozen in order to milk the highest grossing animated film of all time for all its worth.  Though the studio is currently focused on developing a Broadway Musical adaptation of the Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature, it appears that the Frozen “franchise” will actually be expanding this fall.  During last night’s season finale of the ABC (which is owned by Disney) series Once Upon a Time—a show that has routinely pulled from Disney IP to bring recognizable characters into its ranks—the addition of Elsa from Frozen was teased.  Indeed, the plan is to involve the animated character in live-action form when the series returns to the small screen this fall, making for a disappointing yet unsurprising crossover.

Hit the jump to watch the scene and to hear why the producers decided to incorporate the character.

Weekend Box Office: THE OTHER WOMAN Leads with $24.7 Million

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One week before The Amazing Spider-Man 2 kicks off the official summer movie season, the box office was predictably underwhelming.  Three new titles debuted but only one, The Other Woman, left an impression.  Fox’s female-centric revenge comedy earned an estimated $24.7 million from 3,204 locations to easily lock down first place while fellow new releases Brick Mansions and The Quiet Ones struggled.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The Other Woman $24,700,000 $24.7
2.  Captain America 2 $16,048,000 $224.8
3.  Heaven is for Real $13,800,000 $51.9
4.  Rio 2 $13,650,000 $96.1
5.  Brick Mansions $9,600,000 $9.6
6.  Transcendence $4,105,000 $18.4
7.  The Quiet Ones $4,000,000 $4
8.  Bears $3,606,000 $11.1
9.  Divergent $3,600,000 $139.4
10.  A Haunted House 2 $3,265,000 $14.2

FROZEN 2 Not Yet in Development as Disney Focuses on Plans for FROZEN Musical

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Yesterday, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn talked about Star Wars: Episode VII, but he also touched on some of the studio’s other major projects.  After the monster success of Frozen, it was assumed that Disney would fast track a sequel.  However, according to THR, Horn says that Frozen 2 “hadn’t even been discussed.”  Perhaps there have been no serious discussions when it comes to finding a story or hiring cast and crew, but you don’t get to a over a billion dollars worldwide without someone saying, “Hey, maybe we should do a sequel.”  That doesn’t mean one is happening tomorrow.  Disney has no reason to rush when the original is still riding high.  It’s currently the top selling Blu-ray and soundtrack on Amazon.  However, I have no doubt when Horn says they’re primarily focusing on the Frozen musical.  Disney loves bringing their animated features to the stage, and a Frozen stage musical is a license to print money.

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WonderCon: FROZEN – “The Art of the Story” Panel Recap; Learn How the Film Changed During Production

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It’s no surprise when a Disney film is met with critical and commercial success, but after winning an Academy Award and the title of highest grossing animated picture of all time, it’s safe to say that Frozen is impressive even by Disney’s high standards.  Storyboard artists Jeff Ranjo (Frozen, Surf’s Up, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs), Fawn Veerasunthorn (Frozen, Hop, El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera), Nicole Mitchell (Frozen, Wreck-it Ralph, Winnie the Pooh) and Normand Lemay (Frozen, Rio) were on hand at WonderCon today to give a behind-the-scenes look at the art of storyboarding and the process of crafting story for an animated film.

Hit the jump to learn some Frozen movie secrets and for highlights of the panel.

FROZEN Blu-ray Review

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It’s no shock that Frozen — the great animated film by Disney — became a hit, but it’s a little surprising it became a phenomenon.  Currently the film is still in theaters, even though it’s now on DVD and Blu-ray, and it’s about to cross the $400 Million dollar mark domestically, while it’s now the twelfth highest grossing film of all time worldwide (unadjusted, of course), and could cross into the top ten when all is said and done.

Hit the jump for my Frozen Blu-ray review.

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