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Before KeKe Palmer made history as the first Black Cinderella on Broadway, there was Brandy, who portrayed the titular role alongside Whitney Houston, her fairy godmother. This 1997 television movie was an iconic and unforgettable moment and arguably one of…if not the best Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. We all remember the magic on screen, but check out the behind the scenes secrets of this film.
With Spring Break around the corner, many children want to head to Disney theme parks to have the time of their lives. However, their parents’ pockets may say, “Hold up!”
Tthe Walt Disney Company raised the ticket prices at all their national and international theme parks yesterday, bringing a one-day ticket for Disneylsand or California Adventure in Anaheim, California to $99 for visitors ages 10 and up. In the past, the price was $96. For those interested in visiting Disney World in Florida, ticket prices are now $105.
Despite the ticket hikes, Disney’s Florida theme parks saw a nine percent growth rate, earning $3.9 billion at business quarter end on December 27, 2014. Their California theme parks have seen a seven percent growth rate, as well.
Disney also raised the tickets for children ages three to nine: $93 for entry to Disneyland and for Magic Kingdom, it will be $99. For any other Disney theme park, children in that age group will be $91. Suzi Brown who serves as the Disneyland Resort spokeswoman says, “We continually add new experiences, and many of our guests select multiday tickets or annual passes, which provide a great value and additional savings.”
If interested in multi-day tickets, the prices range from $295 (ages three to nine) to $315 (ages 10 and up). If you factor in air plane tickets, car rentals, lodging and parking, is it worth visiting Disney?
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Did you hear that Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo are slated to star in Disney’s next movie? Queen of Katwe is the true story of a Ugandan chess prodigy who rises out of poverty with the help of her coach.
And as long as Disney is injecting more color into their stories, here are some classic black children’s stories that are just begging to be made into Disney movies.
Frozen has become a multi-billion dollar international phenomenon for the Disney company. Despite the amount of money the movie has generated, the actress Spencer Ganus who voiced main character Elsa’s teen voice was only paid $926.20. In contract documents acquired by TMZ, Frozen had a $150 million budget and made $1.2 billion internationally. Therefore, according to TMZ the 15 year old actress made .00077 percent of the film’s profit.
Although Ganus was one out of three actresses who voiced Elsa’s character, she may need another agent to help negotiate a better contract for her in future roles. Ganus should have no trouble, though, her voice acting resume includes Ice Age: The Meltdown, Happy Feet, South Park and even the Spider Man 3 video game.
Do you think the actress should have been paid more?
I don’t have any children, but based on the friends I have who do, Frozen is on repeat in their homes day in and day out. The high level of popularity helped give Disney a stellar second fiscal quarter, with the entertainment company reporting a 27 percent jump in net income to $1.51 billion.
The spike in financial fortune is due in large part to the uncommon success of Frozen. The soundtrack, which sold almost 2.5 million copies in the US and topped the Billboard charts a dozen times, is a smash hit. And the film itself brought in $1.18 billion around the world, opening across Asia during the first three months of 2014. Bob Iger, the CEO of Disney, said it’s the best selling Blu-ray in history on a conference call. Frozen will be coming to Broadway in the coming months.
Many of the other business units did well also. Disney Consumer Products, which sells merchandise associated with Mickey Mouse and the movie Planes, for instance, was up 37 percent. Disney Interactive, which has the video game “Disney Infinity” was up 38 percent to $238 million in revenue. And revenue for the parks and resorts unit was up eight percent to $3.56 billion.
Next up are the Star Wars movies, the first of which will be out December 18, 2015 and is sure to be monster hit. We’ve already seen a photo of most of the cast — Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher will be back — and Lupita Nyong’o has been confirmed to join the cast.
Well, it looks like Desperate Housewives may have run its course in the United States, but they’re just getting started in Africa. According to the Huffington Post, a derivative of the show titled, Desperate Housewives of Africa, is schedule to air this summer.
The series will be co-produced by Disney Media and Nigeria’s EbonyLife TV. EbonyLife CEO, Mo Abudu, has expressed that the series will offer the same Desperate Housewives feel, but will have “an African soul.” The cast is said to be comprised of both new and established pan-African actresses, who will showcase clothing by Nigerian dress designers throughout the series.
Mo Abudu went on to say that the show will be filmed on location in a gated community of the Lekki suburb in Lagos.
“[Desperate Housewives of Africa offers] the opportunity to engage African audiences through locally relevant and entertaining storytelling,” said Disney EMEA general manager, Giovanni Mastrangelo.
Giovanni adds that Desperate Housewives spin-offs have already been produced in Turkey, Argentina and Brazil.
Desperate Housewives of Africa sounds awesome! Hopefully there will be some sort of way that we can tune in from time to time.
“What More Is You Looking For?” Meet Samuel E. Wright, The Voice Of Sebastian On “The Little Mermaid”
“The Little Mermaid” usually tops every woman’s list of favorite movies from when they were a little girl, which is why when we had an opportunity to speak with the man behind the voice of Sebastian, we jumped at the nostalgic opportunity.
Sebastian is by far one of the most notable characters from the Disney movie and we have Samuel E. Wright to thank for it. In fact, the Camden, South Carolina, native said when he first started doing the voice of Sebastian he was told by producers to cut out all of the extra ad libs and jokes he was making. Eventually, the team saw the light and realized those side remarks are what made Sebastian the awesome character he was — in addition to his memorable performance of the Academy Award winning song, “Under the Sea.”
Check out our interview with Sebastian in the clip up top and hear him sing his iconic song acapella. What do you think?
For those of you who may have been missing Mo’Nique since BET gave her nighttime talk show the axe back in 2011, you’ll be happy to know that the 45-year-old media maven may be returning to a television near you— and very soon.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, ABC’s executive VP of current series and specials, Vicki Drummer, is in the process of developing a daytime talk series, starring the Oscar Award-winning actress. The talk show could air as early as September 2014. Though the show has yet to receive the official green light from ABC/Disney, some have already begun to speculate that Mo’Nique will be competing against fellow entertainers, Steve Harvey and Queen Latifah, for the African American market.
Popular speculation regarding the developing show also suggests that it will serve as a replacement for Katie Couric’s daytime series, which is currently wrapping up its second year of a two-year contract with ABC stations. Sources over at ABC, however, suggest that if approved, the series would not replace Katie.
We’re sure Mo’Nique is very excited about this new endeavor. During May of this year, she revealed that she was saddened by BET’s decision to cancel The Mo’Nique Show; especially since she claims she was never offered a real reason for for their decision.
“Let me say this about the experience, it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. We wanted folk to go to bed and feel good. Those two years were amazing. I wish I could give you the answer. I honestly don’t know what happened with ‘The Monique Show.’ You should maybe ask Ms. Debra Lee because I don’t wanna assume. I can’t give you answer to that. But what I will say to the people, we thank you. It was a show for our community, baby. It was so diverse; it was for everybody,” the Skinny Women Are Evil author said.
Interestingly, this past summer, rumors have also been circulating that Mo is working on a new series with BET. It looks like 2014 is going to be an amazing year for her!
This past weekend Star Wars creator George Lucas finally tied the knot with longtime girlfriend and Ariel Investments head Mellody Hobson at the Skywalk Ranch in Marin County, California, according to Business Insider reports.
A few celebrity friends tweeted their congratulations including Samuel L. Jackson and Ron Howard who gave a “Galactic shout out” and cited the wedding as a “joy to behold,” respectively.
The cute couple met in Aspen, Colorado, during a business conference in 2006 and became engaged in January of this year. Hobson is both Dreamworks Animation chair as well as the head of Ariel Investments, a financial management firm.
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Hobson gave some insight into why the pair work together, saying:
“I think it works because we are extraordinarily open-minded people and we’re open to what the universe brings us and I think we didn’t have preconceived ideas about what a partnership should be and so we allowed ourselves to discover something that was unexpected.”
Lucas, is most known for creating the astronomically popular Star Wars franchise as well as for executive producing box office topping films like Indiana Jones, and the more recent Red Tails, which chronicles the story of the 332nd Fighter Group (The Tuskegee Airmen).
Lucas recently sold his production company to Disney for $4.05 billion and donated the majority of that to charity. Wow! One thing we know? This couple will ALRIGHT if they can donate $4 billion without batting an eyelash! Well wishes to the new and obviously happy couple!
While the rest of America is on pins and needles waiting for the season finale of Scandal, the folks over at Disney, the series’ network, are just happy Shonda Rhimes is on their team. The show has been a runaway hit for the network.
But as Forbes reports, it had been a journey for “the hottest woman in American television.” Not only does she put in an average 13-hour workday, but she multitasks like crazy. On the day of the magazine interview she was “having a dress-fitting for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner; picking songs and approving script edits for two of the most watched programs in prime time; taking her 1-year-old daughter to the doctor to investigate a mysterious bump.”
And she was writing the season finale to ABC’s hit Scandal, which has an enormous viewership of 8.3 million viewers each week and brought in an estimated $100 million in ad revenue this season.
If that weren’t enough multitasking, Rhimes has even got another magazine feature coming this week in the New York Times Magazine, that you can check out now online.
Rhimes is also the creator of ABC’s other hit show Grey’s Anatomy, making her literally the network’s savior from poor ratings. This 43-year-old single mother of two has become, as Forbes notes, “the Walt Disney Co.’s indispensable creator of an increasingly dispensable product: network television.”
Her two ABC shows are among the most valuable properties in television, pulling in more than $13 million in advertising for each week, just shy of $300 million a season, or about five percent of the network’s total revenue. Add to this tens of millions more for Grey’s syndication and licensing in other countries, which Disney shares with Rhimes’ production company, ShondaLand. Rhimes is pulling in a pretty penny as well. Forbes estimates she earned $12 million this year.
To offer some additional perspective — broadcast TV audience ratings since 2002 have dropped by half while Rhimes continues to pull them in. “Each week more than 90% of Grey’s viewers stay tuned for Scandal, which follows at 10 p.m., a time slot it has owned in the ratings since its debut,” reports Forbes. Scandal watchers generate a stunning 3,000 tweets a minute during broadcasts.
Besides money and ratings, Rhimes has made network history in more ways than one. She is the only African American show creator to have consecutive hit series. In fact, Scandal is the first network drama written and produced by an African-American woman with an African-American woman in the lead role. And black viewers have responded to this. It is the highest-rated scripted drama among African Americans, with 10.1 percent of black households, or an average of 1.8 million viewers, tuning in.
“What Shonda Rhimes possesses is this extraordinary instinct and compass for what our audience needs,” Paul Lee, the president of ABC Entertainment Group, told the magazine.
But Rhimes remains cautious and aware of television’s fleeting fame. “It’s not like I’ve got this power so I’m going to stomp around doing whatever I want,” she explains to Forbes. “The power is that the network trusts me.”
Click through on those two links to read more about the woman who is ruling network television. Scandal is on tonight. What do you think is going to happen? Make sure to come back to the homepage tomorrow for our recap.