The FULL lowdown on new Winnie the Pooh Disney film, Christopher Robin

GOOD news for fans of Winnie the Pooh - the bear is back. New Disney live action film Christopher Robin is heading to cinemas this year - here's what we know... When is Christopher Robin out? New Disney film Christopher Robin will be out this summer. The movie will hit UK cinemas on March 17, 2018. The running time and rating are not yet known. What will happen in Christopher Robin? Christopher Robin, the little boy from the Winnie the Pooh stories, is now all grown up and has lost all sense of imagination. Pooh and his friends re-enter Christopher's life to help him find it again. The film is not in the cartoon form that fans have been used to, instead Pooh has been given a CGI make-over. The film is made by the makers of the live action film Beauty and the Beast, and follows a similar digital format. Who is in the cast of Christopher Robin? The film features an all-star cast with some exceptional voice-actors: Ewan McGregor as Christopher Robin, a businessman, who was once an imaginative boy Orton O'Brien as young Christopher Robin Hayley Atwell as Evelyn Robin, Christopher's wife Bronte Carmichael as Madeline Robin, Christopher's daughter Mark Gatiss as Giles Winslow, Christopher's boss Chris O'Dowd as Tigger Nick Mohammed as Piglet Brad Garrett as Eeyore Peter Capaldi as Rabbit Sophie Okonedo as Kanga Toby Jones as Owl Wyatt Dean Hall as Roo More TV and showbiz NO MORE BRITS ABROAD? Will there be a Benidorm series 11? Here's what we've found out... caroline's cards Everything you need to know about Jonathan Creek star Caroline Quentin NEED TO KNOWLES The essential info on Nick Knowles' new girlfriend, Rebecca Kearns THE EX FILES Get to know Nick Knowles' ex-wife Jessica Moor & the accusations she has made CHANGING LIVES The lowdown on DIY SOS presenter Nick Knowles EMMERDALE SHOCK The inside track on the shocking Emmerdale child abuse storyline poor priya All you need to know about Emmerdale's Priya Sharma and the child abuse claims SOAP STUNNER Who plays Continue Reading

Group hopes to have young black girls see this new Disney movie for free in Charlotte

A group of black women is leading an effort to buy out theaters in various cities, so they can provide free screenings of Disney’s upcoming film, “A Wrinkle in Time,” for black girls. The movie, based off the 1962 book of the same name, focuses on a young black girl’s intergalactic search for her father. The group, Sisters in the Storm, started a GoFundMe to fund screenings in eight cities, including Charlotte and Greensboro. The leaders behind the campaign said it would be beneficial to provide young black girls with an opportunity to see themselves represented in the film, which features prominent roles from black actresses, including Storm Reid and Oprah Winfrey. The movie is also directed by Ava DuVernay, and is the first film with a $100 million budget to be directed by a woman of color, according to The Atlantic. “When you don’t see yourself reflected in (movies), you start to wonder — especially as a child when you’re developing an identity — does that mean my experiences don’t matter?” Leslie Mac, one of the organizers, said in an interview with digital news company Mic. “...So, this movie is a unique opportunity for black girls to see themselves centered in the story, to see their story being told — and that’s really exciting.” The campaign is similar to other recent efforts to buy out theaters so that black youth can see Marvel’s new superhero film, Black Panther. That effort began in Harlem, and similar movements spread across the country, including in Charlotte. Continue Reading

‘The Aristocats,’ ‘Meet the Deedles’ and other Disney films that hopefully never make it to Broadway

Hakuna Ma-nada. As Disney celebrates two decades of asking Broadway audience members if they can "Feel the Love Tonight," it might be time for this conglomerate to go on and quit. From "Aladdin" to "Newsies," not to mention "Frozen" lurching off in the distance like an iceberg of the stage, the company is showing no signs of stopping its theatrics. In light of "The Lion King" now surpassing 20 years on Broadway, here's a look at some Disney films that, Mufasa willing, will never come to the Great White Way. "Meet the Deedles" If you can imagine "Yogi Bear" without the entertaining carnivore, you're halfway to understanding the premise of 1998's "Meet the Deedles." This buddy comedy that would be Paul Walker's feature film debut told the story of two teenage surfers played by grown men who ended up becoming park rangers at Yellowstone through a case of mistaken identity. As Shakespearean as that may sound, after overcoming the challenge of depicting an impromptu surfing scene on stage, you'd also have to find actors desperate enough to get on Broadway to say lines such as "This cave's about to cave," "That's so diculous it's re-diculous" and "Pull my finger." So maybe it wouldn't be that difficult. "The Cat from Outer Space" Keep this cat in the bag. Birthed from an era when Disney was churning out countless live action movies every year, "The Cat From Outer Space" told the story of an alien-like cat with a glowing collar getting hunted down by the military with the help of two guys who are clearly knockoffs of "The Odd Couple." There's a slight chance this could work as a campy off-off-Broadway show, but judging by Disney's past "go big budget or go home" approach to productions, that's not going to happen. "Mars Needs Moms" Mars needs moms, but nobody needs this Continue Reading

New Disney princess, Moana, getting warm reception

The latest Disney princess is from Hawaii, but New York City parents already love her. Moana is a Polynesian — and parents are celebrating that Disney has again created a princess who is not the stereotypical white girl with blond hair and blue eyes. “She seems sweet,” Donna Hardwick, a biracial Brooklynite, says of the brown-skinned title character. “Speaking as a child who did not grow up with many dolls or characters that had different heritage, this is a good direction. And I always like to see that for my own daughter.” Hardwick’s daughter, who is 5, is a diehard fan of a particular white princess with platinum hair from “Frozen.” “She loves Elsa,” Hardwick says. “AS lovely as Elsa and Anna are, it would be nice to ... introduce her to something new.” The most effusive response to the new princess came from Lyss Stern, CEO of, a lifestyle company for moms, and the mother of two sons, 12 and 8, and a 19-month-old daughter. She plans to take her girl to the movie when it comes out next November. “I love that Disney is trying more and more to get away from that stereotypical Barbie doll, blond hair, blue eyed (princess). She is Polynesian and beautiful and she will be a princess a lot of girls will look up to.” Even the plot line — which features Moana setting forth on a journey — will inspire girls to be more independent, Stern adds. “She knows exactly what she wants,” she says. “We want to raise girls to be smart, empowered and be the best they can be. Years ago, it was based upon their beauty.” For decades, Disney princesses were white, until Jasmine in “Aladdin” in 1992, Pocahontas in 1995 and Mulan in 1998. But the Mouse House hasn’t always gotten it right, such as when it was criticized for lightening the skin of Tiana in “The Princess Continue Reading

‘Frozen Fever’ sneak peek shows Elsa, Anna and friends return in new short film

Has Elsa finally let it go? In a sneak peek of the new short film “Frozen Fever,” things heat up, not only with the kingdom’s weather, but also in the ice queen’s more approachable demeanor, reports USA Today. “It’s another side of Elsa the audience hasn’t seen before and we hadn’t really played with in the original feature,” director Chris Buck said. But that’s not the best part. The follow-up to smash hit movie “Frozen” promises to bring back all the lovable characters – Princess Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell), Princess Elsa (Idina Menzel), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and the snowman Olaf (Josh Gad). “The gang is back together. And literally it’s like we never went away,” Gad said. “Every day we’re reminded of ‘Frozen’ in our lives,” he continued about the highest grossing animated film of all time. “So it feels like a continuation of a saga that has many parts still untold. It felt like coming home again after a short absence.” If Elsa was absent from any part of Anna’s life in the feature film, she’s definitely trying to make up for it by throwing her a birthday party in the short. Despite her good intensions, things fall apart when she comes down with a cold the day of Anna’s party. “Elsa doesn’t get a cold in the usual way,” said Jennifer Lee, who directed the film alongside Buck just as they did in “Frozen.” “She’s special,” Lee added without giving away too much about the short. “Surprising things occur that wreak a little havoc.” One surprise is the new song by the husband-and-wife songwriting team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who created magic with their Oscar-winning tune “Let It Go.” “If history is any indicator, kids will go nuts,” Gad said of the new Continue Reading

Tuacahn to premiere new Disney show

Since Tuacahn's production of "Tarzan" in 2010 the Ivins City amphitheater has had close ties to Disney. That relationship has resulted not only in a production of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" this summer, but also the premiere of a band-new Disney show: "When You Wish.""It's never been seen; it's never been done; and it's premiering right here at Tuacahn," says Joseph E. Smith, Tuacahn spokesman.Ryan Norton, Tuacahn associate producer, says Disney Theatrical Group has had a presence on site at Tuacahn during the creation of the new show, which is being billed as a "musical spectacular." Although it borrows songs and characters from past Disney musicals and films, much like a musical revue, there is a strong narrative element to the show that raises it above your standard musical revue.Jeffry Denman choreographed the show and is directing it alongside Tuacahn's own artistic director, Scott Anderson. It's the story of a young girl with a big imagination that introduces her to characters and songs from "Mulan," "Tarzan," 'Newsies," "The Little Mermaid," "Aladdin," "Pocahontas," "Hercules," "Cinderella," "Tangled," "Snow White," "The Jungle Book" and even this summer's other big Disney show, "Beauty and the Beast.""It's very exciting," says Denman, who came up with many of the ideas over lunch with Anderson. "We were kind of riffing off each other. It just started our imagination going."Anderson introduced Denman to representatives from Disney and they began to hash out the details. Denman says he watched many of the Disney films to reacquaint himself with the characters.One thing Denman noticed is how those at Disney are master storytellers. These are stories of joy, heartbreak and inspiration. The chance to work with such iconic characters and stories appealed to Denman."This is the kind of thing when you're in musical theater that you want to be doing," he says.Yet the thread that ties all the stories together is the new character — the little girl."To see Continue Reading

Leo Howard shows off martial arts skills, acting chops in ‘Kickin’ It,’ new Disney XD show

Leo Howard is an unusual kid, in a good way. When he was going on 5, he started participating in martial arts. When he was 7, he wanted to be an actor. When he speaks, he always says, "Yes sir." Now, he's the star of Disney XD's "Kickin' It," where he combines his passion for martial arts with acting, and he's in the new theatrical film "Conan the Barbarian," hitting screens this summer. "Even before I started auditioning, I knew I wanted to do this," says Howard, 13. "I love performing and I love being in front of people. I love the pressure you get, and the pleasure performing brings." Early on, Howard fell in love with Bruce Lee's films: He was drawn to Lee's ability to act, and be a martial arts expert. Incidentally, it was at a martial arts competition that Howard was first spotted by an agent. That led to auditions and some commercials, and then parts here and there. His first, he recalls, was a spot on "Monk." He had one line. "I recall it was a night shoot and we were in a park, and it was a Halloween episode," he says. "I dressed up as a karate guy." Airing Mondays at 8:30 p.m., "Kickin' It" is a comedy set at the Bobby Wasabi Martial Arts Academy, where a group of misfits work toward their black belts and friendship. The school is run by the worst instructor in the chain. The school's fortunes change when a hotshot skateboarder, played by Howard, joins the club. For Howard, the role is the perfect combination of his passions. "There's an emotion factor when you're performing and you want to have that intensity in both [acting and martial arts]," he says. "The adrenaline rush is unbelievable." By the time he was 8, Howard had won three world championships. He's studied several variations of martial arts, and is currently focusing on extreme martial arts. That sport, of course, can be dangerous and he runs the risk of a knock to the face that could sideline his acting for a while. "I don't do the sparring I used to do," he Continue Reading

A bird, a plane … a house! Flying balloon house scene from Disney film ‘Up’ comes to life

It's a bird. It's a plane. It's a ... house! In an amazing moment of life imitating art, a team of scientists and engineers recreated a scene in Disney's animated film "Up" where a massive bouquet of balloons lifts a house sky-high. The stunt was filmed for a new National Geographic Channel series called "How Hard Can It Be," which will debut this fall. So how hard was it? "Very difficult actually," the show's host, Paul Carson, said in a video clip of the launch. The team - which also included two professional balloon pilots - met before dawn Saturday on a private airfield east of Los Angeles. A team of scientists, engineers and balloon pilots prepare for the house to lift off. Video footage shows dozens of people working at the scene, including one balloon handler who barely keeps his feet on the ground as he carries a cluster to the house. "We did it in the space of two weeks," Carson said. "It was a moving target from day one, but we got it and I'm happy to say the house actually flew." It wasn't a real house, but the floating 10-story structure was no lightweight. The yellow wooden building, copied from Disney Pixar's 2009 film, measured 16-feet square and carried more than 600 pounds of crew and 2,000 pounds of ballast, Carson said. It took 300 eight-foot helium-filled balloons gathered in an enormous bunch to launch the house. In the movie, an elderly man named Carl uses balloons to transform his house into a flying contraption after his wife dies so he can fulfill the couple's dreams of exploring South America. The real-life scene played out in nearly identical fashion with the small yellow house taking flight suspended from many multicolor balloons. Asked what he felt after the experiment succeeded, Carson had one word: "Incredulity."   Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

New Disney film ‘Earth’ opens on Earth Day and boasts world-class nature

Documentary about various animal species across the planet. At area theaters (1:35). G: Brief predatory violence. Forget those reality-TV-ish shows about animal cops and monkey island popularity contests. Disney's documentary "Earth" is not only serious-minded, it has newborn chicks that out-cute Zac Efron, whales bigger than old-school Seth Rogen and more oddball supporting characters than a Judd Apatow comedy. A gorgeously shot continuation of the big-screen nature movies started by the studio in the 1940s, this new film — the debut feature of the DisneyNature division, which plans to release a green-friendly title every year — is perfect for families, especially those with young movie fans who want to help avoid a "Wall-E" type of future. But it was 1940's "Bambi" that's acknowledged, in a brief prelude, as the inspiration for Walt Disney's original nature series. That show, which ran from 1948 to 1960, highlighted animal life while a folksy narrator gave a basic story line. The 2009 version has James Earl Jones ("The Lion King's" Mufasa, if that bears repeating) chiming in majestically to provide structure. After some gorgeous shots of the planet (with only a few offhanded but still ominous remarks about how endangered it is), we follow a pair of two-month-old polar bear cubs as they and their mother search for shelter. Dad, searching for food, encounters one result of warming climates as once-solid ice literally crumbles under his paws. There are amazing shots of millions of caribou walking across the tundra, mandarin duck chicks jumping from a tree, humpback whales migrating, and tropical birds with mating habits that have as much preening as a high school prom. "Earth," of course, has suspense. The first circle-of-life moment is a wolf attack on a vulnerable caribou calf. Directors Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield cut away, but as the rhythm of the movie goes on, the tough stuff is shown, including an Continue Reading

Inner Tube: Disney Channel hosts The Rock

The Disney Channel will turn into the Rock Channel for a night.Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson will appear on episodes of Disney's "Cory in the House" and "Hannah Montana," Sept. 21, just days before his new Disney film, "The Game Plan," hits theaters.Johnson will be first seen at 8 p.m. in a "Cory" cameo in which he's hired to be a presidential adviser on physical fitness.But it's a comedy, so plot twists end with Johnson having tea with First Daughter Sophie, played by Johnson's "Game Plan" co-star Madison Pettis.At 9, on "Hannah Montana," Hannah (Miley Cyrus) tries to raise money for a new phone by sending a photo of herself. When that goes wrong, she tries to trade a shot of Johnson to the tabloids instead. Dots all ...The Fox Business Network yesterday named Terry Baker, Brian Donlon, Andrew Hoffman and Gary Schreier as executive producers. Baker will produce the weekend and prime-time hours, Donlon will deal with the morning lineup and Hoffman will handle daytime content. Schreier will direct late afternoon and early evening material. ... "CW11 Morning News" chopper correspondent Lisa Mateo will have a segment this morning on Latin cooking, set to air at 6:50. ... Kanye West and 50 Cent's appearance on BET's "106 & Park" Tuesday was watched by 1.3 million viewers, up 82% from the show's Tuesday average. ... Univision's Antonio Martínez will be among the WXTV/Ch. 41 talent on the station's float in the Mexican Parade of New York Sunday. ... WABC-TV meteorologist Bill Evans ' quest to dominate the best-seller charts continues Thursday night at 7 when he'll visit the Barnes & Noble in Westport, Conn., to push his thriller "Category 7." He'll also be at a street fair in Ridgewood, N.J., on Sept. 23. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading