We really need to find a way to get Josh Gad into a Star Wars film. While Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (probably not the real title) is lensing now, the follow-up to Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi should soon be ramping up with Colin Trevorrow at the helm. Gad is quite obviously Star Wars-obsessed (as most of us are), and that has certainly carried over into his work on Murder on the Orient Express, in which he stars alongside Daisy Ridley (whom I interviewed here), Rey herself. Over the past few months, he's pressed Ridley for answers - a quest that has been fruitless, and perhaps annoying. Today, however, he didn't have any questions for Daisy. In fact, it was a familiar troupe of faces who had a few questions for one of The Last Jedi...
As I type this, in-between slinging metal and working in the garden, my youngest daughter Finley is wearing a "Belle" dress from BEAUTY AND THE BEAST... one you can see in today's #SidewalkFashionShow pic on my Instagram. It's a thematically-appropriate dress for today, as Disney just issued the first teaser for next year's live-action telling of their classic, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. I showed the little one the teaser, and right away she pointed out how Cinderella's castle had been replaced by Beast's... a simple, elegant teaser for a film that won't be released until March of 2017.
And you thought I was done covering FROZEN for a bit? Think again! On November 18, Walt Disney Animation Studio's Academy Award-winning pop culture sensation rings in the holiday season with the release of the FROZEN Sing-Along Edition on DVD + Digital Combo Pack (no Blu-ray, it seems). Available for pre-order now at Disney Store, this is the version that became a last-minute phenomenon that I discussed with filmmakers Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck and Peter Del Vecho back in February - put together after plans for the initial DVD/Blu-ray release were already in motion. Check out a just-released announcement trailer via Facebook right now.
Originally Posted July 14, 2014 - Updated October 9, 2015
There've been several running themes that I've revisited on occasion here on THE ROCK FATHER over the past few years, and one of the biggest is the importance of imaginative play. Especially right now, in the summer months - when so many would just surrender the little ones to a tablet or smartphone - it's important to get the kids outside and let their imaginations run wild. Playing dress-up is a classic tradition that works indoors and out no matter what the season, but when the weather is good, we need to take advantage of it. Actually, I posted about this very subject exactly one year ago, and now that Little Finn is mobile and can join big sister Addie in the action, we've been revisiting a favorite locale... but under a new theme. Two little girls... two young sisters... completely enamored with Walt Disney Animation Studios' FROZEN. I present to you, Anna and Elsa: Arendelle In Summer, featuring Adalyn as Elsa, and Finley in her new Deluxe Anna costume, graciously provided by my friends at BuyCostumes.com.
And here I thought I was done covering FROZEN for a bit, with the Blu-ray having been released (and reviewed by me) and all...
Not so, as Walt Disney Music started servicing new remixes of Idina Menzel's "Let it Go" to clubs yesterday (consumer release TBA), but RIGHT NOW I've got all six of them for you to hear on THE ROCK FATHER. Below, you can check out two versions each from Dave Aude, Papercha$er, and DJ Escape & Tony Coluccio, courtesy of Hollywood Records. Doing any clubbing tonight?
Today could be a record-breaker. After all, it's been less than four months since Walt Disney Animation Studios' FROZEN hit theater screens here in the U.S. (November 27, 2013), snowballing into a cinematic and cultural phenomenon that's racked up numerous awards along the way, the pinnacle of which was a win for "Best Animated Feature" at the 86th Academy Awards, not to mention snagging the "Best Original Song" Oscar for Idina Menzel's performance of "Let It Go" on the same night, just two weeks ago. With records claimed, I see no reason why that streak won't continue, and with FROZEN arriving at retail on Blu-ray and DVD today, something tells me that the records set in December by DESPICABLE ME 2 will be shattered.