News Nuggets: It’s bad news for ‘Frozen’ fans

Disney chairman Alan Horn reveals bad news for “Frozen” fans: there are no concrete plans for a sequel. Speaking at the Tribeca Film Festival on Tuesday, he said, “We’re not demanding speed. We’re demanding excellence.” The Oscar-winning animated film is now the sixth highest-grossing movie of all time with $1.129 billion worldwide. In North America, it is the third biggest Disney animated film behind “The Lion King” and “Toy Story 3.” The company is planning a Broadway version, and co-star Kristen Bell would be interested in that role on stage. She said many in the cast are Broadway veterans, so “I certainly hope they try and wrangle us.” The cast also included Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, and Jonathan Groff. Huffington Post.

The MTV Video Music Awards are the main reason the Emmy Awards are on a Monday this year. The VMAs had long staked out Sunday, August 24, as the date of their ceremony. Since the Emmys are now the following day, MTV now announces that their show is moving back to Los Angeles this year. The main reason is they did not want celebrities having to choose one over the other if held in New York. The MTV event will be in Inglewood’s Forum instead. In most years, this would not be an issue with the Emmys in mid-September, but NBC has football then and needed an August date. Variety.

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Lupita Nyong’o is proclaimed the most beautiful woman on the planet. The rookie actress won an Oscar this year for her role as the slave Patsey in “12 Years a Slave.” She said that the best compliments are “when I have been called beautiful with not one drop of makeup on. And also before I comb my hair or put on a pretty dress. Happiness is the most important thing.” Other ladies on the list include Jennifer Lawrence, Julianna Margulies, and Julia Roberts. People.

Positive reviews are pouring in for the Broadway debut of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” Thom Geier says that Neil Patrick Harris gives a “bravura” performance that “proves the perfect instrument for Hedwig’s transformation into world-class superstardom.” One elaborate running joke is that Hedwig is performing on a leftover set from a faux “The Hurt Locker” show that closed after one preview. That fake show had a score by Metallica, book by Tony Kushner, and starred Adele Dazeem‘s sister. Entertainment Weekly.

Legendary music executive Clive Davis reveals why he is bringing “My Fair Lady” back to Broadway. Calling it the “greatest musical of all time,” he said it took over a year to secure the rights and that he will produce along with Roger Berlind, Scott Landis, and the Nederlander Organization. No opening date has been set and nobody is confirmed to star, although Colin Firth and Anne Hathaway are rumored. Hollywood Reporter.

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The final guests of this season are announced for “Saturday Night Live.” First-timer Andrew Garfield (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”) and Coldplay take the stage this weekend. Oscar champ Charlize Theron hosts for a second time on May 10 with musical guest The Black Keys. Past cast member Andy Samberg (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine“) returns on May 17 with musical guest St. Vincent. TV Guide.

Amazon and Netflix continue their war for premium content on their online streaming websites. Amazon wins this week with a new licensing deal for classic HBO programs. They will now be the exclusive online home for such shows as “The Sopranos,” “Rome,” “Six Feet Under,” “The Wire,” “Deadwood,” “Big Love,” “Oz,” and more. The arrangement also includes miniseries like “Band of Brothers” and “John Adams.” Thompson on Hollywood.

EGOT winner Mel Brooks will perform a solo show for the first time in his career. It will be for one night only on April 28 at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. He is the director and writer of such classic films as “Blazing Saddles,” “The Producers,” and “Young Frankenstein.” He was inspired to do the event after seeing Bette Midler in her one-woman show “I’ll Eat You Last.” Playbill.

2 thoughts on “News Nuggets: It’s bad news for ‘Frozen’ fans

  1. Why is it “bad news” about Frozen 2? Disney has been burned by el-cheapo straight-to-video sequels; they want the Frozen sequel done right. It makes more sense to focus on the Broadway version first.

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