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Shia LaBeouf No Mickey Mouse Actor

Shia LaBeoufThe Disney channel child star Shia LaBeouf is hotter than ever, and he’s proved it with his big box office hit, Disturbia. The Rear Window-esque movie was number one at the box office with $23 million this weekend, finally unseating Will Ferrell’s Blades of Glory (which, at number 2, got $14 million). LaBeouf had little time for celebrating the news, as he was busy this weekend serving as host on SNL. During the monologue, Shia made his official announcement that yes, he will be starring in the new Indiana Jones movie, despite past claims that he had not been asked or approached to be in the film. There is no word yet on which character LaBeouf will bring to the big screen, but filming for the flick begins in June. This leaves little time for Shia to celebrate another of his successes, his starring role in the live-action Transformers movie, which will be released to theatres this summer.

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Winnie The Pooh Lawsuit Rages On

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Kids, Gossip, News,

DisneyCuddly toys, DVDs, story books, blankets, towels, clothing…well, the list goes on and on when it’s time to consider Pooh Bear merchandise. The honey-crazy bear has lit up TV screens and movie marquees for years and years, but it’s his court battle that’s grabbing all the headlines now. Would you have the courage to sue Winnie the Pooh? The Slesinger family does, and has battled the Disney Company for several years for rights to Pooh-related royalties. The family claims that Disney violated copyright and trademark agreements, among other disputes, and seeks up to two billion dollars in back royalties as compensation for Disney’s oversight. That could certainly buy a whole lot of honey, which thankfully never, ever spoils. The battle has raged since 1991, when Stephen Slesinger, Inc. filed a lawsuit against the company concerning Winnie’s merchandised assets. Disney is maneuvering to cancel and delay talks, creating even more drama around the case, and the Slesingers are publicly upset. Reportedly, Disney grosses six billion dollars a year from Pooh Bear and all his related merchandise.

Read More | Hollywood Reporter

Disney to Feature First Black Heroine

Disney Frog PrincessThe Walt Disney Company will return to the classic, hand-drawn animated feature in 2009 with The Frog Princess, the whimsical tale of a girl named Maddy living in New Orleans.  Not only does the film mark a return to traditional animation, but it also introduces the first black heroine ever to star in an animated Disney film.  The company plans to add Maddy to its successful Princess division, an extremely lucrative product line featuring eight princesses from past Disney films and targeting young girls ages 3 to 8.  The film will also pay tribute to the recently hapless town of New Orleans, showcasing its contributions to American culture through Randy Newman-tinged jazz music.

The aptly timed tribute to New Orleans notwithstanding, the introduction of a black heroine seems a bit late.  At over eighty years old, the Walt Disney Company should have taken this step years ago, not only when realizing their Princess profits were perhaps lacking some African American dollars.  However belated, the film parallels a unique time in US history – the strong possibility of either a black or female president in 2008.  Whether or not this was Disney’s intention, a return to hand-drawn animation, with some diversity thrown in, can only be a good thing.  Keep checking FilmCrunch for all updates on The Frog Princess.

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FilmCrunch 024: The Little Mermaid Platinum Edition DVD Review

Neil Estep and Veronica Santiago review the Limited Edition Platinum DVD release of The Little Mermaid in this episode of FilmCrunch, the animated screen version of Hans Christian Andersen’s story of a mermaid named Ariel, who falls in love with an earthly prince. We were glad to see this one come out of the infamous vault, as it’s a classic. And hey - it even comes with an uber chic bracelet! Can’t go wrong with this one, folks.

Now we want to hear from you - hit the forums and let us know what you think, what you want us to watch next, and any other recommendations you have for the show.


The Wiggles’ Yellow Shirted Singer Leaves Group

Posted by Wendy Michaels Categories: Kids, Music, Cable, Cable/Satellite, News,

The WigglesA sad day for fans of the popular kids’ show, The Wiggles. In a recorded statement, yellow shirted performer Greg Page said he would be leaving the group due to illness. Page has been diagnosed with orthostatic intolerance, which is a chronic condition, but not life-threatening. The 34-year-old singer said that due to the illness “I’ll no longer be able to sing and dance as I want to, and as a result I’ve decided to stop performing with The Wiggles.” Apparently the disorder causes dizziness, nausea and fatigue—and with a rigorous schedule of live tours that are packed with plenty of dancing, the show can’t go on for Page. An understudy, who has performed as a backup singer and dancer for the group, as well as filled in for tour dates that Page had to drop out of, will be filling the yellow shirt. “I’ll miss being a part of The Wiggles very much, but this is the right decision because it will allow me to focus on managing my health,” Page said. The Wiggles were named Australia’s top-earning entertainer last year, pulling in $39 million.

Read More | Yahoo! News

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