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Why I love… Brandy

‘A braided angel, a mortal with an immortal voice and the sweetest smile you ever saw, Brandy was everything I wanted to be’

Long before we pledged Twilight allegiance to Team Jacob or Team Edward, there was a pop culture moment that required teens to take sides. It was 1998, and the contenders were singers: Monica, who had sung gospel since the age of 10 and whose short haircut left me awestruck; and a braided angel, a mortal with an immortal voice and the sweetest smile you ever saw. Brandy was everything I wanted to be.

Brandy’s debut single, I Wanna Be Down, was perfect for a 12-year-old who read Just Seventeen and wanted more than anything to be a grownup. She sounded like she could be your friend, and looked like it, too: her playful braids were a symbol of something wholesome – no sleek weave or mature pixie cut for her.
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Emily Blunt to Star in Disney's Mary Poppins Sequel

Variety reports that actress Emily Blunt is in negotiations to star in Disney's sequel to Mary PoppinsJohn DeLuca and Marc Platt will serve as producers on the film with Rob Marshall directing. Sources say the new film will take place 20 years after the original 1964 film, Mary Poppins, which starred Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. The story follows a nanny who comes to work for a bankers unhappy family in pre-World War I England.

Disney has found success adapting a number of classic animated films such as Alice In Wonderland and Cinderella. The studio just completed production on a live-action Beauty And The Beast film starring Emma Watson set for release next year and is also developing a 'Cruella Deville' origin film starring Emma Stone.

Blunt is currently filming 20th Century Fox's Girl On A Train film adaptation and has Universal Pictures' Snow White-prequel, The Hunstman: Winter's War starring Charlize Theron,
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Brandy Reminisces on Working With Her Idol and Mentor, Whitney Houston

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Brandy Reminisces on Working With Her Idol and Mentor, Whitney Houston
Brandy Norwood will always be a '90s icon for her hit show Moesha, but one of her most iconic moments from the era has to be her portrayal of Cinderella in Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1997 TV movie. Not only did she hold her own alongside music legend Whitney Houston, but she also made history as the first African-American actress to take on the role. I recently spoke with the star, and she indulged me with a little nostalgia about her experience as a Disney princess - and what it was really like having her idol as her fairy godmother. While the '90s were filled with incredible music, Brandy adamantly expressed that no artist can hold a candle to Whitney. "Her voice just did something to my spirit," she recalled. "I was just so honored to play the role of Cinderella, and then the bonus of working with my
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Bww Interview: Ted Chapin Discusses Cinderella, Sound Of Music Tours, Future R&H Broadway Shows

For generations, Rodgers amp Hammerstein's Cinderella existed only as a beloved television movie. First with a live broadcast in 1957 starring Julie Andrews then in 1965 with Lesley Ann Warren, a version which was regularly re-broadcast into the 90s which I grew up watching and finally in 1997 with Brandy in the title role and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother. However, in 2013, over 55 years after its first broadcast, led by Broadway's favorite princess Laura Osnes and crowned prince Santino Fontana, RampH 's Cinderella took its first Broadway bow. The show earned nine Tony nominations, running for nearly two years. Now, Cinderella's First National Tour sets up shop in its own little corner at Orlando's Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, with performances beginning on Tuesday night.
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Fall Out Boy, Ariana Grande take on classic Disney tunes in 'We Love Disney'

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Fall Out Boy, Ariana Grande take on classic Disney tunes in 'We Love Disney'
Feast your ears on 13 new re-imagined versions of iconic Disney songs like “Colors of the Wind”, “Let It Go”, and “Zero to Hero”. These and more are all part of Disney's newest album titled “We Love Disney”, which features an array of current artists, ranging from pop star Ariana Grande to rockers Fall Out Boy. “We Love Disney” was released on October 30, 2015 and takes listeners on a journey down memory lane through some of Disney's most beloved songs. Some of them sound similar to the originals, but many have been remixed or done in radically new styles. The “We Love Disney” complete track list includes: 1. “Friend Like Me” from “Aladdin” - Performed by Ne-Yo This track brings the dazzling world of the Genie into the swigging jazz age. Ne-Yo sizzles with a crooning vocal that is complimented by a driving big band, muffled jazz trumpets, and an upbeat snapping tempo.
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The View Hosts Dress Up as Disney Villains: See the Uncanny Comparisons to Their Animated Characters

The View Hosts Dress Up as Disney Villains: See the Uncanny Comparisons to Their Animated Characters
The View hosts took on a killer look for Friday's spooky Halloween show! Whoopi Goldberg, Paula Faris, Joy Behar, Raven-Symone and Michelle Collins all dressed up for a "Villainous View Halloween," taking on their favorite villains from various Disney movies as guests—including Molly Sims as Cinderella and Anna Navarro as Snow White—played their friendlier counterparts. Goldberg opted for a Cruella Deville ensemble, complete with a fur coat, red accessories and the infamous black and white striped hair. Behar also looked pretty incredible as the Evil Queen from Snow White, topped off with a crown and a perfected evil sneer. Raven-Symone channeled her inner-Meryl Streep as The...
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‘The View’ Guest Seth MacFarlane Calls Hosts’ Disney Costumes ‘Corporate Vertical Integration’

‘The View’ Guest Seth MacFarlane Calls Hosts’ Disney Costumes ‘Corporate Vertical Integration’
The View” forwent its usual Hot Topics and political commentary in a special Halloween episode Friday, but that didn’t stop guest Seth MacFarlane from cracking a few jokes on some of the ladies’ favorite topics. While each “View” host came out dressed like a Disney villain – Whoopi Goldberg as Cruella de Vil from “101 Dalmatians,” Paula Faris as the stepmother from “Cinderella,” Raven-Symone as the witch from “Into the Woods,” Joy Behar as the queen from “Snow White” and Michelle Collins as Ursula from “The Little Mermaid – the “Family Guy” creator joined them dressed as a lobster. Also Read:...
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NeNe Leakes to Return to Broadway in ‘Chicago’

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NeNe Leakes to Return to Broadway in ‘Chicago’
Former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes will return to Broadway with a limited run in “Chicago,” the play’s producers announced Thursday. Leakes will play the role of Matron “Mama” Morton for four weeks beginning Nov. 23. She will perform through Dec. 20, 2015 at the Ambassador Theatre. She returns to Broadway after making her stage debut last year in the role of Cinderella’s wicked stepmother ‘Madame’ in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.” She also appeared as the recurring role of Coach Roz Washington on Fox’s hit comedy “Glee,” a role she played over four seasons. Also Read: NeNe Leakes
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Mary Poppins: who should play the magical nanny?

Surely Anne Hathaway will be up for the role made famous by Julie Andrews – and Mark Ruffalo would make a spectacular chimney sweep

Well, it’s happening: Disney has confirmed that in true millennial fashion they’ll be remaking Mary Poppins, and there’s nothing any of us can do about it.

But maybe it won’t be as bad as some of us (hello) are anticipating. After all, this year’s Cinderella remake warmed our hearts, minds and tear ducts, so maybe with the right cast we can look past the fact that this Rob Marshall-directed installment will take place 20 years after the original (thus making the infamous run on the bank seem like a weird precursor to the second world war or something but hey, look, that’s fine), and set our sights on victory.

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Disney set to make another Mary Poppins movie

Walt Disney Studios are all set to bring a new Mary Poppins movie to the big screen.

Not content with bringing a whole bunch of their animated movies to the screens in live-action form (Cinderella, the upcoming The Jungle Book, Maleficent etc), Disney are now looking to bring a new Mary Poppins film to screens. The new movie will be set 20 years after the original film, which starred Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, and will directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago).

David Magee, who wrote the Academy Award winning Life Of Pi, and Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, will pen the screenplay for the new movie, which will use ideas from the Pl Travers novels, the last of which was published in 1988.

This is quite excellent news in my mind – a new Mary Poppins movie! I’m in, especially following the quite brilliant Saving Mr. Banks from a few years back,
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Mary Poppins is getting a sequel from Disney and Chicago director Rob Marshall

Mary Poppins is getting a sequel from Disney and Chicago director Rob Marshall
Fresh off the back of Maleficent and Cinderella, Disney's movie remakes division has set its sights on Mary Poppins, with a new sequel now in the works.

Chicago director Rob Marshall is partnering with Disney for a new version of the beloved 1964 musical film, which originally starred Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.

SupercalifragilisticexpialiNOOOOcious! Twitter is freaking out about Disney's Mary Poppins sequel

Variety reports that the project is not technically a reboot, seeing as it takes place 20 years after the original movie.

Marshall's sequel - a live-action musical film - will draw from the works of Mary Poppins author Pl Travers to create a new adventure for the magical nanny and the Banks family.

Disney already mined the behind-the-scenes drama of Mary Poppins two years ago for the Oscar-nominated Saving Mr Banks.

The studio has been in the process for several years of rebooting many of its classic properties,
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The beloved Disney musical Mary Poppins is getting a sequel from Chicago director Rob Marshall

The beloved Disney musical Mary Poppins is getting a sequel from Chicago director Rob Marshall
Disney's factory of movie remakes cranks along, with an updated Mary Poppins now in the works.

Chicago director Rob Marshall is partnering with Disney for a new version of the beloved 1964 musical film, which originally starred Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.

SupercalifragilisticexpialiNOOOOcious! Twitter is freaking out about Disney's Mary Poppins sequel

Variety reports that the project is not technically a reboot, seeing as it takes place 20 years after the original movie.

Marshall's sequel - a live-action musical film - will draw from the works of Mary Poppins author Pl Travers to create a new adventure for the magical nanny and the Banks family.

Disney already mined the behind-the-scenes drama of Mary Poppins two years ago for the Oscar-nominated Saving Mr Banks.

The studio has been in the process for several years of rebooting many of its classic properties, both animated and live action.

Updated live-action versions of The Jungle Book,
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'Chicago' & 'Into The Woods' Helmer Rob Marshall To Direct 'Mary Poppins' Reboot For Disney

After the giant success of “Alice In Wonderland,” “Maleficent” and “Cinderella,” Disney are preparing to reboot everything—“Beauty & The Beast” and “The Jungle Book” are well into production, and everything from “Dumbo” and “Aladdin” are in the works to some degree or other. So it was only a matter of time before they got around to “Mary Poppins.” Read More: Disney Cracks The Whip, Nabs Rights To Future 'Indiana Jones' Films EW report that Disney are developing a new story featuring the magical nanny created by P.L. Travers, with “Chicago” and “Into The Woods” helmer Rob Marshall set to direct, and his producers on the latter project, John DeLuca and Marc Platt, backing him. “Life Of Pi” writer David Magee will pen the script, and “Hairspray”’s Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman will write songs for the project, which would be set in London in the 1930s, and pick up
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Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios D23 Expo Panel Unveils Finding Dory, Gigantic And Coco

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Filmmakers from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios introduced D23 Expo 2015 fans to an array of new stories and characters—from a lost dinosaur to a master wayfinder, a scheming fox to a forgetful fish.

The audience of 7,500 was treated to sneak peeks, musical performances and appearances from stars like Ellen DeGeneres, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Ginnifer Goodwin, Dwayne Johnson, Randy Newman and Ty Burrell, among others.

John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, led the presentations, calling on a host of filmmakers from both studios to introduce the upcoming slate of films. “We really have an unbelievable range of movies in production at our studios right now,” said Lasseter. “The stories are dynamic, fresh and so much fun; the characters new and old are so appealing. I’m excited to share some of our long-held
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Engaging with Diverse Media: My Week Without White People

Media is white. The majority of people making decisions about media, from executives to directors, are white. The people who star in splashy summer movies, who play the lead roles on television cop dramas, who make music played on Top 40 radio, and who write books featured on The New York Times’ bestseller list are primarily white. One simply has to turn on the television to find white people: they are everywhere, and they are everything in media.

As a multicultural Latina, I constantly wonder what a white media landscape means for the way I interact with the world around me. Cultural Theorist Stuart Hall, whose work I read in college, posited that not only does media reflect the world around it, it also helps to create the world. And what world does a white media landscape create? One of the effects that I have experienced is invisibility in media, especially in television.
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Hallelujah! Sister Act is Getting a Disney Remake

Hallelujah! Sister Act is Getting a Disney Remake
It's been more than 20 years, but our prayers have finally been answered!  The 1992 Whoopi Goldberg classic Sister Act is in the works for a Disney remake, multiple sources confirm to E! News after The Hollywood Reporter broke the story. While Goldberg has yet to comment on her involvement in the reboot as Sister Mary Catherine (fingers crossed, though!) the writers from girl power comedies Legally Blonde, She's the Man and House Bunny Kirstin "Kiwi" Smith and Karen McCullah are confirmed to pen the nun-tastic film. Alli Shearmur from Disney's live-action hit Cinderella will produce.  In the original flick, Goldberg's character finds refuge in a San Francisco...
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Disney to Remake ‘Sister Act’ With ‘Legally Blonde’ Writers

Disney to Remake ‘Sister Act’ With ‘Legally Blonde’ Writers
Disney is developing a remake of the 1992 Whoopi Goldberg comedy “Sister Act,” TheWrap has confirmed. Karen McCullah and Kirsten Smith, the writers behind 2001’s “Legally Blonde” are attached to write the script. The duo also worked together on the female-centered comedies “10 Things I Hate About You” and “She’s the Man.” Alli Shearmur is attached to produce. She previously collaborated with Disney on this year’s live-action update of “Cinderella,” which grossed $531 million worldwide. See photos: 16 of Anne Sweeney's Disney-abc Hits and Misses In the original “Sister Act,” Goldberg played a lounge singer who goes into witness protection at a convent when.
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Sister Act Remake in the Works at Disney with Legally Blonde Scribes

Well, I guess this was bound to happen at some point. According to THR, Disney is remaking the 1992 hit Sister Act. The studio has recruited Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith and Karen McCullah, the duo behind Legally Blonde and The House Bunny, to pen the script. Cinderella’s Alli Shearmur is on board to produce as well. Yes, we need more original content out there, but it's hard to scoff at this one when I grew up watching and re-watching my Sister Act VHS tape more times than I care to admit. The original film centers on Whoopi Goldberg’s Deloris Van Cartier, a lounge singer who walks in on her mobster boyfriend (Harvey Keitel) while he’s busy executing someone. She runs off to the cops and is placed in witness protection at a convent where she’s expected to lay low by posing as Sister Mary Clarence. However, keeping a
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Sister Act Is Getting a Reboot: Someone Find Lauryn Hill a Habit

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Sister Act Is Getting a Reboot: Someone Find Lauryn Hill a Habit
Now that 23 years have passed since the original, it appears Sister Act is due for a reboot. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney plans on having even more singing nuns, this time with the live-action Cinderella producer Alli Shearmur and Legally Blonde writers Kristen "Kiwi" Smith and Karen McCullah onboard. No word yet on whether or not Whoopi Goldberg or Maggie Smith will return as Sister Mary Clarence and Mother Superior, respectively. But Lauryn Hill (who co-starred in the 1993 sequel) was spotted at the Apollo Theater this week, taking all of Harlem to church. A career comeback as a rapping nun? We'll follow her wherever she may go.
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A "Sister Act" Remake Is In The Works

Disney has begun work on remake of its hit 1992 Whoopi Goldberg comedy "Sister Act".

"Legally Blonde" and "10 Things I Hate About You" scribes Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith and Karen McCullah are teaming to pen the restart of the franchise which spawned two films and a Tony-winning Broadway musical.

In the original, Goldberg played a Reno lounge singer who goes into protective custody at a San Francisco convent and pretends to be a nun after her mob boss boyfriend (Harvey Keitel) puts a hit on her.

It is unclear if original film stars like Goldberg, Keitel and Maggie Smith will return for a third outing in some capacity. Alli Shearmur ("Cinderella") will produce.

Source: THR
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