Amazon proclaims that Disney’s “Frozen” is already the best-selling kids DVD of all time after just one day. With pre-sales included, Tuesday’s debut on DVD and Blu-ray moved 3.2 million units nationwide. After winning two Oscars for Best Animated Feature and Best Song (“Let It Go“) on March 2, the soundtrack also continues to blaze at the top of Billboard’s top album chart for the past six straight weeks. The animated hit’s global box office has moved past the $1 billion mark and is the 13th highest grossing film ever released in theaters. Variety.
HBO’s “Game of Thrones” reigns supreme at the Royal Television Society Awards on Tuesday in London. It triumphed as the best international program. “Broadchurch” was named the top drama series, and its star Olivia Colman was chosen as best actress. Best actor was picked up by Idris Elba for “Luther.” Stephen Fry won as the top presenter. Hollywood Reporter.
Mike Fleming, Jr. exclusively reports that a third version of “Ghostbusters” will indeed be filmed but that original director Ivan Reitman is bowing out. Following the recent death of cast member Harold Ramis, Reitman said, “When I came back from Harold’s funeral, it was really moving and it made me think about a lot of things. I told them I thought I could help but let’s find a really good director and make it with him. So that’s what we’ve agreed will happen. I didn’t want all kinds of speculation about what happened with me, that is the real story.” Original cast members Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, and Ernie Hudson may play small roles, but the major focus of the sequel will be on a younger group of Ghostbusters. Deadline.
FX lures Billy Crystal back to television with a 13-episode commitment to his new comedy series, “The Comedians.” Josh Gad (“Frozen,” “The Book of Mormon”) will co-star as an edgy, up-and-coming star who is forced to work with a veteran superstar comedian played by Crystal. Premiering in 2015, the show takes place behind-the-scenes at a late night sketch comedy program. Crystal, Larry Charles, Matt Nix, and Ben Wexler are producing. The Wrap.
Emmy-winning reality program “The Voice” welcomes even more star power. Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin is joining the show as a special advisor to competing artists for all four coaches — Adam Levine, Shakira, Blake Shelton, and Usher. He will be seen on the program for three weeks starting March 31 when the second phase of the battle rounds begin. USA Today.
Even though this year’s Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres already had a plan to take a selfie with Meryl Streep during the show, the moment became much bigger than expected. Samsung marketing chief Todd Pendleton tells the 4A Transformation Conference how they seized the opportunity when it became an all-star event. He said, “If you look at that picture—the faces of all those people—they truly are joyous. It brought joy to a lot of people. And how do you take that and make it something more than a marketing moment?” The comapny then donated $3 million to two charities to celebrate the great marketing success. Ad Week.
Safe Kids Day events will take place nationwide throughout April, bringing together families and celebrities to raise awareness about preventing childhood injuries. Several famous names declared Celebrity Heroes this year include: Drew Barrymore, Michael Chiklis, Kelsey Grammer, Kate Hudson, Neal McDonough, Sharon Stone, and Mark Wahlberg. Special events will be held on April 5 in Los Angeles and April 12 in New York City. Safe Kids.
“Saturday Night Live” announces the details for their three next live programs. Louis C.K. returns to guest host for a second time on March 29 with musical guest Sam Smith. For April 5, actress Anna Kendrick makes her first appearance with multiple Grammy winner Pharrell Williams. On April 12, Seth Rogen is back for a third time as host with first-time musical artist Ed Sheeran. TV Guide.