‘Frozen 2′ Plot, Cast & Release Date: Idina Menzel Replacements Named; Josh Gad Talks About Olaf

Frozen 2” has still a long way to go, but speculations about the sequel’s plot and cast have already surfaced online. Even before the movie was confirmed, fans of the successful Disney animation have already appealed for a follow-up movie, proving that the 2013 movie was truly a global phenomenon.

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Details of “Frozen 2” remains to be very limited as of writing. While several reports have already noted that “Frozen” characters Anna, played by Kristen Bell; Elsa, played by Idina Menzel; and Olaf, played by Josh Gad will all return to reprise their roles, it’s only actress Kristen Bell who has been actively sharing information about the sequel’s progress.

Many have started to speculate that Idina might not return, as several “Frozen 2” rumors have named Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift as possible replacements for the Broadway star. As iTech Post recently reported, Demi could be good choice given her powerful vocal range.

While nothing has been set on stone just yet, actor Josh Gad has a few expectations for his character Olaf in “Frozen 2.” As he recently shared, he wants to see Olaf grow while showing audiences how much he has changed since knowing more about the world. “You know, he’s so new to the world,” Josh said as Cinema Blend reported. “I’d love to see what being around in this world a little bit has taught him, or is teaching him.”

Meanwhile, new reports have also started to claim that “Frozen 2” will most probably introduce a King that will win over Queen Elsa‘s heart. According to Movie News Guide, the central theme for the upcoming movie could be about finding love. As the sisters mature, it would be possible that a love interest for the icy queen could be included in the storyline.

Chase and Marshall from Paw Patrol to star at Big Christmas Event in Grimsby – and you can meet them

IT’S going to be BIG again in Grimsby this Christmas … thanks to an event that is packed with fun for all the family.

The Grimsby Telegraph is supporting this very special town centre event and can reveal a great treat for the youngsters and we are sure the parents will love it to!

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At this year’s BIG event on Thursday November 24, we are excited to announce that heroic pups Chase and Marshall from PAW Patrol will be making personal appearances at intervals between 3pm and 6.50pm in St James’ Square.

There is no doubt that Chase and Marshall will be hugely popular, so make sure you are down there in good time to enjoy the experience.

But of course, that is not all – there is simply stacks of Christmas entertainment for you to enjoy at what has become the annual Big Christmas event in Grimsby – which includes the official festive lights switch-on and marks the start of late night shopping at Freshney Place.

The fun starts at 3pm and continues until 8pm, when you will have the chance to experience the true start of Christmas in our town. Attractions include a seasonal market, rides and stalls for children, a reindeer petting area, donkey rides, the Santa parade and, of course, the lights switch on.

The festival lights are turned on annually by a Local Hero, who is nominated by you – our readers. If you know anyone who deserves this very special treat – young or old – then make sure you complete the form on this page and return it to us. Once all the nominations are in, a panel of judges will select the most deserving to be our guest of honour.

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And if that is not enough, it has also been revealed that the dogs and their owners of Grimsby’s based Klever K9′s will be dancing and wagging tails to favourite Christmas songs as they join Father Christmas in the parade. The Klever K9′s will also take to the stage for a festive routine of tricks and dance moves.

Award winning theatre production group, Curtain Up will also be getting everyone in the festive mood with live performances of festive tunes and songs from the West End when they’re on the Compass FM / Lincs FM stage.

And performers from one of the best known and longest running Dance Schools in North East Lincolnshire, the Pat Yarborough Theatre Dance School, will escort Father Christmas to the Minster in the Parade and take to the stage, performing dance routines to well-known Christmas classics, getting everyone in the festive mood.

Plus characters from this year’s panto at Grimsby Auditorium will be both in the parade and on the Compass FM / Lincs FM stage.

Looking forward to the event is North East Lincolnshire council leader, Councillor Ray Oxby, who said: “Each year, we try to make Christmas a bit special in our towns and this year is no exception.”

The event is organised by the private sector led Visitor Economy, Service and Retail (VESR), the group behind DiscoverNEL, in partnership with North East Lincolnshire Council, and in association with a number of partners including the Grimsby Telegraph.

The Making of Finding Dory: Why It Took 13 Years to Make the Finding Nemo Sequel

On paper, Finding Dory seems like a no brainer.

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Finding Nemo, its predecessor, was the second highest grossing film of 2003, grossing $867 million worldwide. And Ellen DeGeneres—who voiced Dory, a forgetful but lovable blue tang—shamelessly and enthusiastically campaigned for a follow-up film, using her daytime talk show to rally support. The brain trust at Pixar was listening, but there was just one problem: Due to Dory’s absentmindedness, making her the lead character would be risky.

Thankfully, Andrew Stanton has never been one to back down from a challenge.

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“The truth is yes, all that nervousness was there, but I knew it was going to be there, because that’s what it felt like on Toy Story 2. And we’ve made several sequels in between then,” the director says, “so we’re very aware of what we’re up against when we venture out on a sequel.”

So the director and his team did what Dory would do: They blindly and optimistically faced their fears. “In order to have fighting chance to make a decent sequel, you have to forget it’s a sequel and try to make it the most self-standing film, as if there was never a film before it,” Stanton, who also voices Crush the sea turtle, tells E! News exclusively. “It takes anywhere from three to six months when you’re working on those projects to get to that place, and then once you do—you usually have about three more years left—it’s an original picture to you and everybody else, and it’s just as hard. Sometimes it’s even harder simply because the characters are already figured out—at least half your cast is. And so you have parameters you have to stick to. You can’t suddenly just decide to change something about them to make it work for your story.”

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Unlike the characters in Toy Story or Cars, Dory presented a unique challenge.

“She was built to be a side character. She was built to be the best sidekick and the comedic foil for a whole movie,” the filmmaker explains. “When you’re the main character of a picture, it means you have to be the character with the big problem that everybody has to be emotionally invested in and has to have things at stake, and so they just invariably end up having to be a little bit more serious. So, the tough part was, ‘How do we make Dory even remember that she has issues and that she’s changing?’ Because the only way you can express that, usually, is that you have the ability to self-reflect. You have the ability to tell somebody, ‘Yesterday I was depressed when I had breakfast, but now that I’ve talked to some friends, this morning I feel better.’ But that requires you to remember!”

“That was our hardest problem, that took my writer, my co-director, my editor, my producer, my head of story—it was the smartest team I’ve ever worked with story-wise—and it brought us to our knees,” he says. “It just took a long time for us to find this sort of grocery list of solutions of how to make her stay on track with her emotional issues.”

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To fix the problem, Dory was tweaked a little bit. “She’s like a car that was rebuilt on the inside to work a little differently so that she could play the role of a main character,” Stanton explains.

DeGeneres was on board immediately, and it soon became clear that Dory‘s story was the right one to tell. “The truth is, she doesn’t ad-lib much—or at least not in the way that you would expect. She doesn’t come up with new lines all the time,” Stanton says. “She’s pretty respectful, because she ran a sitcom herself before she was on a talk show. She’s very respectful of the written word and how much we are already beating ourselves up.”

“Ellen’s style is sort of respect the written word, but what she does is she plays with how it’s said,” he adds. “So all these little invisible things that maybe aren’t even valued when you’re watching the film are hers: the hesitancies, the pauses, the interruptings of herself, the little fluctuations. That’s something that you find out she gives that make it specifically Ellen.”

“We’ve worked very hard to make an environment at Pixar where we think we are truly making the movie just for ourselves and will never be showing it to the outside world,” Stanton says. “I think there’s an honesty as an artist when you really feel like you’re alone in your studio, your writer’s cabin or amongst your friends in your backyard. There’s an innocence and a truth that has a chance of making it to the finished product.”

“I really take that seriously—almost like a philosophical level when I work. I really want to hypnotize and convince myself, ‘Nobody’s going to see this.’ That will allow me to be stupid, in the worst-case scenario,” he tells E! News. “And in the best-case scenario, it’ll make me very brave and put something up on the screen that really is effective, really works.”
“Whenever something sticks like that,” he says, “I translate that as, ‘Wow, we managed to get a truth on the screen without it getting contaminated.’”

‘Frozen 2′ News And Updates: Olaf Christmas Special To Air Next Year; Sequel To Start Recording Soon?

Fans of the phenomenal movie “Frozen” might have something to watch out for while waiting for its sequel to materialize. Actress Kristen Bell recently confirmed that they have been working on something special for their avid supporters.

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During an interview with Collider, Bell, who voiced Anna in “Frozen,” revealed that she just finished recording for her reprised role. But no, it’s not for “Frozen 2.” It turns out, the cast and crew of the hit Disney movie is working on other related projects.
“What we have been working on is an Olaf Christmas special that we’re doing for next year (airing on ABC).” the 36-year-old actress revealed. “We’ve recorded that already, which has been a lot of fun to work on.”
The said project is for the 2017 holiday special which focused on the cheerful snowman, Olaf. Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Sven are also set to return. The special, which is still untitled, will be directed by award winning directors Kevin Deters and Steven Wermers-Skelton. It will also be produced by Oscar Award-winner Roy Conli of the “Big Hero 6.” Original voice cast will also reprise their roles for the said special including Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel and Josh Gad.
Meanwhile, Bell also clarified that they haven’t began recording yet which is contrary to her earlier statement that they were about to commence recording for “Frozen 2.”

“We haven’t, actually. I thought we were about to start recording, but I was mistaken. So, we haven’t begun yet,” Bell admitted, clarifying her claims back in March.

The actress also added that the writers are working hard to polish the script, saying: “They’re putting the finishing touches on the script. We record, as those characters, often. At the change of season at the parks, whether it’s for Disneyland, Epcot, or when Japan opens, we will record new voices for our characters, but we actually haven’t started recording for the second Frozen.”
As of this writing, no official premiere date has been confirmed for “Frozen 2” but it is expected to release in late 2018.

Disney World cancels tonight’s Not So Scary Halloween

Walt Disney World has canceled tonight’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party as Hurricane Matthew approaches.

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There was still no word from Disney or Universal Orlando about general park closures, and Universal has not canceled tonight’s Halloween Horror Nights. “Universal Orlando Resort is closely monitoring the weather and at this time there are no changes to our operating hours,” its website says this morning.

However, Disney is evacuating its Fort Wilderness campground this morning. The resort has also offered to make alternative lodging arrangements for people staying in its Polynesian Village Resort bungalows and its Saratoga Springs Treetop Villas.

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SeaWorld Orlando will close at 2 p.m. today. Its Discovery Cove park will also shut down early. SeaWorld’s Aquatica water park will be closed all day today. All three parks will remain shuttered Friday.

Legoland will close early today and remain shut down Friday. A number of other smaller Florida attractions have announced reduced operating hours as the storm approaches.

Also, Rosen Hotels & Resorts in Orlando have once again offered discounts for Floridians looking for shelter. The special distress rates, ranging nightly from $55 to $105, are for hurricane evacuees and any other state resident displaced by the storm.

PAW Patrol stars meet hundreds of children in Shrewsbury

Hundreds of families flocked to Shrewsbury Shopping’s Darwin and Pride Hill Centres at the weekend for fantastic fun-filled storytelling with children’s favourites from PAW Patrol.

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On Saturday, fire dog Marshall and police pup Chase swapped exciting rescue missions in Adventure Bay for an extra special appearance in Shrewsbury, where adoring fans had the chance to meet the TV heroes.

At intervals throughout the day, the popular Nickelodeon characters brought smiles to hundreds of children’s faces, with everything from PAW Patrol storytelling and photographs to animal crafts and treasure hunts.

“Our visitors had a fantastic time with Chase and Marshall on Saturday,” said Shrewsbury Shopping Centers Manager Kevin Lockwood. “We are so pleased that the characters’ visit proved to be so popular. We had a brilliant response from our shoppers, who told us how much they enjoyed meeting the PAW Patrol stars and that it made for a great Saturday at the center. “

During their appearances, we had hundreds of parents and their children lining the balconies at the Darwin Center to catch a glimpse of Chase and Marshall. The little ones were in awe whilst listening to brilliant PAW Patrol stories, before having the chance to meet and take photographs with their favorite doggy character.”

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As part of the PAW Patrol fun, Shrewsbury Shopping’s Pride Hill also hosted free craft workshops. “It was great to see so many children enjoying themselves,” Kevin said. “They took part in doggy mask making, where they could make their very own mask to look like Chase or Marshall. Plus, they had the chance to win sweet treats by completing our PAW trail, which ran through the Darwin and Pride Hill Centres.”

To get everyone in the mood for the special visit, Shrewsbury Shopping launched a social media competition on its Facebook page, which saw more than 400 people enter. The lucky winner, Jess Berkeley, took home some fabulous PAW Patrol toys from The Entertainer.

“We are absolutely delighted that our PAW Patrol event was so popular,” said Kevin, “and we’re just thrilled that everyone enjoyed it as much as we did.”