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Let ‘Let It Go’ Go: Teaser trailer hits for ‘Frozen 2’

Disney(LOS ANGELES) — For many parents, a day long hoped for has come: when their kids might start letting go of “Let It Go” from Frozen.

That’s because there’s finally a teaser trailer for the sequel to the hit 2013 movie, which earned Oscars for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song for the oft-repeated show-stopper — and inspired a Broadway show, to boot. 

Details of the plot are scarce, but it appears ice-controlling Queen Elsa is trying to use her powers to escape an island’s breaking waves, but her sister Anna is also imperiled.

Their respective human counterparts, Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell return for the sequel, as does Josh Gad, who plays friendly snowman Olaf, and Jonathan Groff, seen riding his trusty reindeer Sven as the heroic Kristoff.

However, these damsels clearly aren’t in need of any rescuing — as evidenced by the last shot, when Anna unsheaths Kristoff’s sword to swing it at the camera, at an unseen threat.

This Is Us and Black Panther star Sterling K. Brown and Westworld‘s Evan Rachel Wood are new to the cast.

The movie is expected to hit theaters in November from Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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Robert Rodriguez got to “make a James Cameron movie” with ‘Alita: Battle Angel’

(l-r) Producer James Cameron and Director Robert Rodriguez on the set of ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL/Rico Torres(NEW YORK) — Alita: Battle Angel, a new film based on a beloved graphic novel series, opens Wednesday. The movie was a passion project developed for decades by Oscar-winner James Cameron, who became too busy with his Avatar series to shoot it himself. 

Stepping into his shoes was his fan — and friend — Robert Rodriguez. Rodriguez, famous for the micro-budget hits like El Mariachi, its spin-off Desperado, and the Spy Kids movies, told ABC Radio what drew him to Alita.

“I usually stayed away from bigger movies because I liked the freedom that I had on a lower budget…but this was a chance to make a Jim Cameron movie,” Rodriguez said. “And [I’ve] known Jim for many years, we tried to work together before and and I always loved this idea of him doing Battle Angel.”

“When I found out he couldn’t do it, I looked at the script and just loved what he had written,” he continues. “I thought, ‘I could go do it in your place because I just want to see this movie — I want to see this missing Jim Cameron movie!'” 

Set in the far future, Alita’s title character is a cyborg, a computer generated character brought to life by actress Rosa Salazar using cutting-edge performance capture technology.

“I think that you need to have a character if she’s going to be photo-real CGI, I think she needs to be warm,” Salazar explains. “If you don’t like her, then everything tends to alienate the viewer.

“So for me…I was really proud to see that I made those choices,” she continues. “I felt like, ‘OK good. You do want to stand next to her. You do want to reach out and touch her. You do want to go on this journey with her.'”

In the film, Alita is brought back to life by a gifted cybernetics doctor, played by Oscar winner Christoph Waltz, however she soon discovers her true identity: as a fearsome soldier from an apocalyptic war long ago.


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“I’m freaking out!” Miley Cyrus to guest judge on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ season premiere

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — It seems like such a perfect fit, it’s a wonder it hasn’t already happened.  Miley Cyrus will be a guest judge on the season 11 premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

“Are you freaking out?  Because I’m freaking out,” Miley says in the promo for her appearance.

According to VH1, Miley will go “undercover in the workroom to spy on the new cast of queens. The first test is to create signature looks from materials belonging to former RuPaul’s Drag Race legends.”

RuPaul and judges Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews will  return as well when RuPaul’s Drag Race season 11 premieres Thursday, February 28 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on VH1.

 

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Watch now: Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson in gender-bent ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ reboot ‘The Hustle’

Christian Black/© 2018 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved.(LOS ANGELES) — The first official trailer for The Hustle, starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson, just debuted.

The comedy, a female take on the 1988 comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin, centers on a pair of scam artists, one low-rent and the other high class — played by Wilson and Hathaway, respectively — who team up to take down the dirty rotten men who have wronged them.

Alex Sharp co-stars in the comedy, which opens nationwide May 10.

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‘Isn’t It Romantic’ and ‘Happy Death Day 2U’ opening Wednesday

Rebel Wilson in “isn’t It Romantic”; Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) — Here are the movies opening nationwide Wednesday:

* Happy Death Day 2U — This sequel to the 2017 sci-fi-slasher movie Happy Death Day once again finds Tree Gelbman, played by Jessica Rothe, repeatedly reliving the same day after being hunted and killed by a masked assailant — only this time her friends are also targets. Israel Broussard, Phi Vu, Suraj Sharma, and Ruby Modine also star. Rated PG-13.

* Isn’t It Romantic — Rebel Wilson stars in this film about a woman who gets hit on the head and, upon waking up, finds herself trapped in a romantic comedy. Also starring Liam Hemsworth, Adam DeVine and Priyanka Chopra. Rated PG-13.

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Octavia Spencer thriller ‘Ma’ gets summer release date

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Oscar winner Octavia Spencer is embracing a new, creepy persona in her upcoming film Ma.

Spencer took to Instagram to share the new animated poster for suspense-thriller, which now has a release date of May 31. “So ready to take you on the wildest ride from @blumhouse that is @MaMovie2019,” she wrote.

In the film, Spencer plays Sue Ann, a loner in a small Ohio town.  Soon, she befriends a teenager who asks her to buy her and her friends alcohol. But their “friendship” soon turns into an obsession, after Sue Ann invites the young people to hang out in her basement — and follow some important “house rules.”

In addition to Spencer, Ma also stars Juliette Lewis, Luke Evans, Missi Pyle, McKaley Miller, Corey Fogelmanis, Gianni Paolo and Dante Brown.

Blumhouse is the production company that brought us Get Out, The Purge and Split, as well as BlacKkKlansman and Whiplash.

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Miley Cyrus fills in for husband Liam Hemsworth at ‘Isn’t It Romantic’ premiere

Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — People magazine reported kidney stones were what sidelined star Liam Hemsworth for the premiere of his latest film Isn’t It Romantic on Monday night.

However, he found an A-list substitute to walk the pink carpet in New York City: his wife Miley Cyrus.  

The couple, who were married in December 2018, posted messages of appreciation for one another on social media. “Sorry I couldn’t make it to the @isntitromantic premier tonight guys,” Hemsworth posted. “Been dealing with some pretty annoying health stuff the last couple days…Lucky I have the best girl in the world to represent for me!” he continued.

“Thanks for the support babe! I hope everyone enjoys the movie! It’s a perfect Valentine’s Day flick so if ya ain’t got nothin better to do then go see it! Love to all!”

Cyrus also shared several snaps of her red carpet look, a glamorous red Valentino gown, commending her husband for his work on the film in the caption of her post.

“So proud of my hunky hubby @liamhemsworth & his newest movie #IsntItRomantic,” she wrote. “He…he is recovering and taking this time to rest / heal.”

She explained that actors and actress often want to put their health aside for their work.

“It’s hard for entertainers to put themselves before the project but this time it was crucial,” she wrote. “I am proud to represent him and his incredible work. So happy to see him shining in this comedy!”

“He is the funniest person I know, and the world now gets to see the Liam I wake up to every day…. luckiest,” she added.

In another snap, she posed in front of Hemsworth’s movie poster in which he’s playing a sax. “Getting sick blows,” she wrote. “Get well soon babe. I love you.”

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Is ABC developing another ‘black-ish’ spinoff, based on Tracee Ellis Ross’ character?

ABC/Bob D’Amico (LOS ANGELES) — Kenya Barris’ black-ish franchise may be growing.

Deadline reports that ABC is developing a possible black-ish prequel that will center on Tracee Ellis Ross’ character, Rainbow Johnson.

Right now, Bow will be the subject of an episode that will be filmed in March.  According to Deadline, that episode may serve as a pilot for the spinoff, which would focus on Bow as a young girl.

black-ish co-executive producer Peter Saji is reportedly in talks to write the episode, which will be set in the 1980s-90s and revolve around Rainbow’s early life.

If the show gets off the ground, it’ll be the second spinoff, following Freeform’s hit grown-ish, starring Yara Shahidi.

ABC would not not confirm whether or not the March Bow-centric episode will be a spinoff pilot.

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“Nothing could be further from the truth”: Chris Pratt responds to Ellen Page’s claim that his church is anti-gay

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Chris Pratt is defending his church after actress and activist Ellen Page claimed that Pratt’s place of worship is “infamously” anti-LGBTQ.

Page, who is gay, criticized L.A.’s Zoe Church after The Hollywood Reporter published a story about the Marvel movie star’s spiritual fast, which was inspired by the bible.

Page tweeted, “[H]is church is infamously anti lgbtq so maybe address that too?” 

The actress expounded, “If you are a famous actor and you belong to an organization that hates a certain group of people, don’t be surprised if someone simply wonders why it’s not addressed. Being anti LGBTQ is wrong…The damage it causes is severe. Full stop.”
 
In a lengthy Instagram Story post, Pratt responded, “Nothing could be further from the truth. I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone.”

Indeed, the Zoe Church says as much on its website: Our church is a place where our doors are open to people of all backgrounds—regardless of where they are at in their journeys— and we hope all feel welcomed, comfortable and loved.”

Pratt, who recently got divorced from Anna Faris, added, “Despite what the Bible says about divorce, my church community was there for me every step of the way, never judging, just…offering love and support. It is what I have seen them do for others on countless occasions regardless of sexual orientation, race or gender.”

He added, “My faith is important to me but no church defines me or my life and I am not [the] spokesman for any church or any group of people. My values define who I am. We need less hate in this world, not more. I am a man who believes that everyone is entitled to love who they want free from the judgment.”

The devout actor concluded, “This is what guides me in my life. He is a God of Love, Acceptance and Forgiveness. Hate has no place in my or this world,” Pratt concluded his post also adding, “Jesus said, ‘I give you a new command, love one another.'”

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Zamunda forever: Eddie Murphy’s ‘Coming to America’ sequel coming in August of 2020

TM & COPYRIGHT © 1988 BY PARAMOUNT PICTURES. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.(LOS ANGELES) — It’s been a long time coming, but Paramount Pictures has finally set a release date for the long-awaited sequel to Eddie Murphy’s classic Coming to America.

According to Variety, the still-untitled sequel to the 1988 cult classic will hit theaters August 7, 2020.

The original movie starred Murphy as Akeem Joffer, prince of the fictional African nation of Zamunda. As previously noted, he’s expected to reprise his role, with black-ish creator Kenya Barris rewriting a script from original Coming to America writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield.

Meanwhile, Hustle & Flow director Craig Brewer has signed on to helm the project, which Murphy’s also productng. The two recently worked together on the Netflix comedy Dolemite Is My Name, which follows the story of real-life comedian Rudy Ray Moore.

Although official details of the film are still forthcoming, Sheffield told ABC’s Good Morning America back in June 2018 that the film will follow Akeem after he learns that he has a son, and returns to America to meet him.

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