How far did Moana go from the initial drawing-board version? With the Oscar-contending animated hit heading home (the Digital HD version arrives Tuesday while the Blu-ray/DVD hits shelves on March 7), Yahoo Movies has an exclusive deleted scene (watch it above) that shows how the title heroine evolved as a character. As they set up the clip, directors Ron Clements (the one with the beard) and John Musker reveal where it originally had fit in the film.
Actor, singer, ‘Hamilton’ creator, Academy Award-nominated songwriter and social media favourite Lin-Manuel Miranda let his followers in on Monday’s Oscar luncheon. The annual lunch honouring this year’s class of nominees, which also included many Academy members as guests, took place at the Beverly Hilton and beyond the usual group photo we don’t typically know much about what takes place there. Miranda had other ideas, tweeting his experiences with all the glee of a fan, or indeed a first-time nominee.
It’s time to face facts: Pixar, the pioneers of the 3D animation field and the former gold standard for animated movies in Hollywood, has been left behind by its House of Mouse stablemate Disney Animation Studios. Pixar’s impeccable run of form from ‘Toy Story’ (1995) to ‘Toy Story 3’ (2010), has been tarnished in recent years by a number of slip-ups, and a dependence on sub-quality sequels, including ‘Cars 2’ (2011), ‘Brave’ (2012), ‘Monsters University’ (2013), and The Not So ‘Good Dinosaur’ (2015). Meanwhile, their noisy sibling Disney Animation Studios has created a chasm in quality between the two of them, flooring Pixar with ‘Tangled’ (2010), ‘Frozen’ (2013), ‘Big Hero 6’ (2014), ‘Moana’ (2016), and ‘Zootropolis’ (2016).
2016 may be remembered for a lot of things, but even with movie highlights that saw ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ greet the New Year and ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ see it out, there have been plenty of massive titles such as ‘Deadpool’, ‘Captain America: Civil War’, and ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’.
You’ve likely seen your fair share of end of the year film lists and rankings of the best and worst 2016 has had to offer, but here is something of an official take on the matter courtesy of YouGov. According to the polling site, they’ve figured out what Britain’s favourite film of the year was, and the results may surprise some of you. It’s not stated just how many people took part in the vote, but the top spot was in fact a draw betweeen the Ryan Reynolds-starring ‘Deadpool’ and ‘Harry Potter’ spin-off ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ – two very different films, admittedly.
The return of a heavy-breathing dark lord, first contact like we’ve never seen it before, a humanitarian scrapping with a CGI bear, a 20-storey Paul Rudd – it’s safe to say that in 2016, we’ve seen it all.
Dwayne Johnson is not short on charisma or confidence, which probably helped him get behind the mic for Disney’s animated epic ‘Moana’, in which he knocked out a surprisingly decent tune in ‘You’re Welcome’, a song that’s basically about being awesome (watch a snippet above). Adams wasn’t your typical stage-school educated actress wannabe, content with a career in acting/singing/dancing/whatever – in fact, she got her start performing dinner theatre shows and working in Hooters. Although she sang in her school choir, Adams didn’t have to test her lungs on screen until Princess Gisele felt musical in ‘Enchanted’, but she needn’t have worried – she more than did justice to Alan Menken’s music, particularly the none-chirpier ‘Happy Little Working Song’.
It’s a running joke throughout the none-more-meta superhero comedy that budget and contracts prevent Deadpool from interacting with his more A-list Marvel stablemates – Deadpool himself frequently references X-Men that Fox didn’t allow us to see. Yes, the same turbine-powered mobile aircraft carrier as used by the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D.. Fox weren’t allowed to reference the carrier by name, and the design had to be tweaked a little, but ‘Deadpool’ visual artist Emmanuel Shiu confirmed the connection.
On opening day in the US, the Polynesian adventure has made a sturdy $15.6 million (£12.5 million). The film is also being hailed as a victory for Disney because it doesn’t feature a ‘Prince Charming’ character, something of a first for a so-called ‘Disney Princess’ movie. Members of the Polynesian community have been unhappy at the depiction of Maui in the movie, voiced by Dwanye Johnson.
Lin-Manuel Miranda is best known for his phenomenal Broadway show ‘Hamilton’ and his unwavering optimism on Twitter. On a recent episode of Meet the Movie Press, host Simon Thompson described a discussion he had with Miranda. “He is a big fan of Marvel, and there is one particular character that he would actually like to play.
Maui was the powerful Polynesian demi-god who used the jaw-bone of his ancestor to fish very islands from the depths of the ocean. The character, being voiced by Dwanye 'The Rock’ Johnson, himself of Polynesian lineage, was revealed last week in the first proper glimpse of the forthcoming animation (itself criticised because Disney decided to unveil the male character before the female of the title).