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.  What made this so special? Kristen Bell, Josh Gad and Idina Menzel lead the voice actors, and my review of Frozen on Blu-ray follows after the jump. 

FROZEN Becomes Highest-Grossing Animated Film of All-Time

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Never underestimate the power of a Disney animated musical featuring princesses.  This weekend, Frozen became the highest-grossing animated film of all-time with a worldwide box office of over $1 billion worldwide.  The movie grossed approximately $398.4 million at the domestic box office and $674 million internationally.  Frozen beat out the current record-holder, The Lion King, and in addition to taking the top-spot for animated films, it is now the 10th highest-grossing film of all-time. For those who say that people won’t turn out for movies with female leads, it’s time you start paying attention.

Hit the jump for the press release.

New to Blu-ray: FROZEN, AMERICAN HUSTLE, SAVING MR. BANKS, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include an animated Disney box office juggernaut, a major Oscar contender that was shut out at the recent Academy Awards ceremony, the behind-the-scenes story of Mary Poppins, a criminally underseen film about Allen Ginsberg, and more.  Briefly:

FROZEN Crosses $1 Billion at Worldwide Box Office; Becomes 18th Highest Grossing Film of All Time

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Make no mistake; Disney’s Frozen is a box office behemoth.  The film picked up two  well-deserved Oscars last night for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, and this weekend the pic crossed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office with $1,000.2 billion.  That puts the fairy tale musical at number 18 on the all-time box office chart, sandwiched between The Dark Knight at 17 with $1,004.6 and The Lion King at 19 with $987.5 million.  This also makes Frozen the second film of 2013 to join the Billion Dollar Club, as Iron Man 3 (also released by Disney) currently holds the number 5 slot with a whopping $1,215.4 billion worldwide.

Broadway veteran Idina Menzel performed the Oscar-winning Frozen song “Let It Go” during the Academy Awards ceremony last night, but it was clear that she had trouble hearing herself in her in-ear monitor, resulting in a sadly disappointing performance.  You can watch the “Let It Go” clip from the film after the jump if you need a refresher of just how amazing Menzel’s voice really is.  Frozen will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on March 18th, but you can click here to pre-order.

FROZEN Songwriter Robert Lopez Becomes Youngest Person to EGOT

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Last night, Robert Lopez took home an Academy Award for co-writing “Let It Go” from Frozen, and became the youngest person to “EGOT”, i.e. win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award.  Lopez previously won the Grammys and Tonys for The Book of Mormon, and received Daytime Emmy Awards for music direction and composition for the kids TV series The Wonder Pets.

Per Variety, other “EGOT” members include Whoopi Goldberg, Audrey Hepburn, Mel Brooks, Mike Nichols, and Scott Rudin.  So if you need a bit a trivia about last night’s ceremony, you can point at Lopez’ win.

Weekend Box Office: NON-STOP Takes Off with $30 Million; SON OF GOD in Second with $26.5 Million

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A rare fourth frame on top was not in the cards for The LEGO Movie.  The animated hit fell to third place this weekend, surpassed by two radically different new titles.  In first place, Non-Stop is the latest thriller to star Liam Neeson and was expected by most to have a strong showing over this Oscar weekend.  What was not as expected was how close Son of God would come to shooting Non-Stop out of the sky.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Non-Stop $30,019,000 $30
2.  Son of God $26,500,000 $26.5
3.  The LEGO Movie $21,015,000 $209.3
4.  The Monuments Men $5,000,000 $65.6
5.  3 Days to Kill $4,900,000 $20.7
6.  Robocop $4,500,000 $51.2
7.  Pompeii $4,300,000 $17.7
8.  Frozen $3,611,000 $388.7
9.  About Last Night $3,400,000 $43.7
10.  Ride Along $3,065,000 $127.1

Adam Predicts the Oscars Part 1: Best Score, Original Song, Editing, Visual Effects, Animated Film, Foreign Language Film, and More

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And so we’re here at last, just days to go before the 86th Academy Awards, and it’s time to submit official predictions.  After months of covering this year’s Oscar race in Collider’s awards column Oscar Beat, I feel like I have a pretty solid hold on how some of the categories will play out, while others remain incredibly tough races that are proving rather difficult to predict with any degree of certainty.  Nevertheless, my official predictions for Sunday’s ceremony will be split into three separate articles, providing ample room to discuss the reasoning behind each pick as well as providing a possible upset candidate, my personal choice, and who should have landed a nomination but didn’t.

Our coverage begins today with some of the technical categories as well as the awards for Best Animated Feature, Best Documentary Feature, and Best Foreign Language Film.  Hit the jump to take a look, and come back tomorrow for the second installment.  The Oscars will air on Sunday, March 2nd on ABC.

Weekend Box Office: THE LEGO MOVIE Claims Third Win, Crushes 3 DAYS TO KILL and POMPEII

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Once again, The LEGO Movie was the top draw at the box office, bringing in more than the frame’s two new releases combined.  In second place with an estimated $12.3 million, 3 Days to Kill lived up to its modest expectations.  And as for the 3D Pompeii?  The disaster motif appears apt this morning.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The LEGO Movie $31,450,000 $183.1
2.  3 Days to Kill $12,300,000 $12.3
3.  Pompeii $10,010,000 $10
4.  Robocop $9,400,000 $43.6
5.  The Monuments Men $8,100,000 $58
6.  About Last Night $7,400,000 $38.1
7.  Ride Along $4,667,000 $123.1
7.  Frozen $4,357,000 $384
9.  Endless Love $4,301,000 $20.1
10.  Winter’s Tale $2,130,000 $11.2

Toy Fair: Over 250 Pictures From Convention Floor Including FROZEN, BREAKING BAD, DOCTOR WHO, SONS OF ANARCHY, ANCHORMAN 2, and More

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As someone with a major soft spot for Funko products, their booth at Toy Fair 2014 was a standout.  The company came with dozens of brand new items including The Walking Dead and Guardians of the Galaxy bobble heads, and POP! collections for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ghostbusters, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and more.

Mattel showed off new Hot Wheels and Frozen products while Mezco Toyz previewed brand new pieces for Sons of Anarchy and Breaking Bad including a variety of six-inch Walter Whites (Bryan Cranston), a replication of the infamous pink teddy bear, and Jax (Charlie Hunnam) and Clay (Ron Perlman) figurines. Underground Toys had a huge assortment of Doctor Who products while Cryptozoic Entertainment put some of their new trading card series on display.  We even caught the Khaleesi trying to sell some dragon eggs (or rather, paperweights) on the convention center floor.  We also got a look at toy lines for Anchorman 2, Axe Cop, Daft Punk, and so much more.  We snapped over 250 photos while walking around, so you can see Toy Fair for yourself after the jump.

12th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards: GRAVITY, FROZEN, and GAME OF THRONES Win Big

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The winners are in for the 12th annual Visual Effects Society awards!  In no surprise, Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity wins big, taking home six awards.  Disney’s animated feature Frozen proves to be too much for the competition, winning four categories.  On the television front, HBO’s Game of Thrones lands three awards, as does PETA for its commercial work.  Other winners include The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Lone Ranger, and Banshee.  Hit the jump to take a look at all the winners.

Academy Exercises Common Sense; Idina Menzel to Perform “Let It Go” at the Oscars

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The Oscars are all about pageantry, but oddly they don’t feature musical performances of the Best Original Song nominees every year.  Part of that is for a show that’s always worried about running long on time, but perhaps it’s better to cut one of the 18 self-congratulatory tributes rather than the live performances.  Thankfully, the Academy will be embracing their Best Song category this year.  Pharrell Williams was already announced to perform “Happy” from Despicable Me 2, and now the show will also feature Idina Menzel performing one of the biggest hits of the year, “Let It Go” from Frozen.  Since Williams was already tapped to perform, it’s not surprising that the Oscars would also go after a singer for another nominated song, and it’s certainly not surprising for “Let It Go”, which is the clear frontrunner in the category.  It also helps that the album is the longest-running #1 soundtrack since 2003, and Disney has held sing-along screenings.

In case you need to hear the amazing song again, hit the jump to watch the scene from Frozen.  The 86th Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, March 2nd.

Jonathan Groff Talks LOOKING, Clicking with Co-Stars, Learning to Be in the Moment on Set, the Success of FROZEN, and Ryan Murphy’s THE NORMAL HEART

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The HBO series Looking tells the story of three friends, Patrick (Jonathan Groff), Agustín (Frankie J. Alvarez) and Dom (Murray Barlett), who live, work and love in the city of San Francisco.  They explore the exciting and varied options available to a new generation of gay men, in a frank, honest, hilarious and tragic way.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actor Jonathan Groff talked about what attracted him to Looking, how quickly he clicked with his co-stars, getting to explore the quiet moments, how much fun it was to shoot at the Folsom Street Fair, how he had to learn to be in the moment on set, and whether his character will get his life together this season, or if that will be an ongoing journey.  He also talked about the huge success of Frozen, in which he voiced the character of Kristoff, and why working on it was a childhood dream come true, as well as what being a part of The Normal Heart meant to him.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Weekend Box Office: Remains on Top For Third Week with $12.2 Million

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For the third weekend in a row, Ride Along is the top draw at the domestic box office.  The comedy earned an estimated $12.2 million on Super Bowl weekend, which comes in as the lowest first place total in more than a year.  That Awkward Moment opened in third behind the incredibly long-lived Frozen.  Thanks to Disney’s new sing-a-long version, the musical jumped back up to second place and is now achingly close to topping Despicable Me 2’s final North American gross.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Ride Along $12,214,000 $92.9
2.  Frozen $9,310,000 $360
3.  That Awkward Moment $9,010,000 $9
4.  The Nut Job $7,613,000 $50.2
5.  Lone Survivor $7,161,000 $104.8
6.  Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit $5,400,000 $38.9
7.  Labor Day $5,300,000 $5.3
8.  American Hustle $4,300,000 $132.1
9.  The Wolf of Wall Street $3,550,000 $104
10.  I, Frankenstein $3,520,000 $14.4

Friday Box Office: RIDE ALONG Keeps Rolling in First; THAT AWKWARD MOMENT a Close Second

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This year’s Super Bowl box office will be even more muted than usual, which is good news for a handful of holdovers.  Ride Along took first place on Friday with $4 million and is now poised for a third straight box office victory.  The Universal comedy should bring in about $12 million this weekend, an indication of how soft this year’s Super Bowl weekend looks.

The highest-grossing new release, That Awkward Moment, was a very close second yesterday, and is expected to earn approximately $10 million through Sunday.  That’s positively robust compared to Labor Day, the frame’s second new title.  The Jason Reitman  release earned just $1.93 million on its first day in 2,589 locations and should end the weekend in the $5 million range.  Finally, after an incredible ten weeks in the top five, Frozen is still going strong.  Thanks to a new sing-a-long version of the film, which hit 2,000-plus venues on Friday, Disney’s massive holiday hit should add another $9 million to its domestic total by Sunday.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Ride Along $4,000,000 $84.6
2.  That Awkward Moment $3,940,000 $3.9
3.  Lone Survivor
$2,300,000 $99.9
4.  Frozen
$2,240,000 $352.9
5.  Labor Day
$1,930,000 $1.93

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