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'The Lion King' Musical Sets Worldwide Box Office Record

September 23rd, 2014 8:23am EDT
'The Lion King' Musical Sets Worldwide Box Office Record
"The Lion King" theater production is officially the highest grossing entertainment production of any media in the world.

The theater production, based on the 1994 Disney animated film, features music by Elton John and Tim Rice. It opened in 1997 and in 2013 became the first Broadway show to earn $1 billion in profits. Worldwide, the musical has earned $6.2 billion in box office sales.

Seventy-five million people have seen touring and international versions of the show in 22 global productions, according to Disney.

"The Lion King" musical, directed by Julie Taymor, surpasses Andrew Ll...
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10 Saddest Deaths In Kids' Movies

September 1st, 2014 9:46pm EDT
Scar
Most movies aimed at children over the years teach important life lessons that the kids can use to make the right decision when they grow older. The movies often end with the protagonist learning some tired and true fact about how you should always follow your heart or be honest and kind.

In a lot of those same movies though, it's often the journey of how the character arrived at that life lesson that is just as remembered, especially if the events along the way were traumatic. Disney and other companies have not been afraid to put some very adult-like developments into their children's fi...
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12 Movie Deaths That Really Traumatized Audiences

April 26th, 2014 4:00pm EDT
Star Wars
Losing a loved one is a traumatic emotional experience for people of any age. And even though the explosive and violent deaths we watch in movies are make believe, there are a select group of characters whose fictional passing caused a real life waterworks overflow. From the animated deaths seen in Disney's undying classics to the sci-fi trekkers whose sacrifices showcased the best of humanity, these characters were gone but not long forgotten. Gather your tissues and get ready to empty your tear ducts, because here are the 12 most traumatic movie deaths witnessed on screen.

Obi Wan Kenobi...
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15 Kids Movies That Never Get Old

March 18th, 2014 3:00pm EDT
15 Kids Movies That Never Get Old
It may have been decades since you were a kid, but there are some surefire kids movies that will always bring your childhood back to life. Whether they be animated Disney classics whose quality only improves with age, or modern Pixar marvels whose storytelling abilities are out of this world, nothing brings back that youthful light into our lives quite like a quintessential childhood film. Here are 15 kids movies that never get old.

1. The Lion King (1994)

Just as we’re all part of the Circle of Life, there will always be interest in this Disney's animalistic take on Shakespeare's “Hamlet...
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'The Lion King' Was The Highest Grossing Broadway Show Of 2013

December 31st, 2013 8:54am EST
The Lion King
After making nearly $97 million in ticket sales in 2013, "The Lion King" was Broadway's most highly grossing show of the year. It is also the highest grossing Broadway show of all time, making $1 billion at the box office since its inception.

The production opened in New York City in 1997 and features songs by Elton John and Tim Rice and actors wearing animal costumes. After 16 years, it is Broadway's fourth longest-running show in history.

In the week leading up to Sunday, it made $2.8 million, setting a new record for the Minskoff Theatre, where the show has been held since 2006.

"The ...
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'The Lion King' Is Broadway's All-Time Highest Grossing Show

April 9th, 2012 9:53pm EDT
The Lion King
Family musical The Lion King has surpassed The Phantom of the Opera as Broadway's highest grossing show of all time, according to new box office estimates.

The production has raked in a total of $853,846,062 since its 1997 debut - over $700,000 more than Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom.

And President of Disney Theatrical Productions, Thomas Schumacher, is thrilled by the amazing feat, telling the Associated Press, "This accomplishment belongs to our audiences, millions of whom are experiencing their first Broadway show at The Lion King. Surely, introducing so many to the splendor of live th...
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Best Of Blu-ray Holiday Gift Guide

December 8th, 2011 3:00pm EST
Elf
It’s beginning to look at lot like...Santa’s Coming!!! Actually, that’s just an inane Christmas rant from Will Ferrell via "Elf." (Sorry – it had to be done!) But seeing as it is getting towards the time when gifts must be purchased for kith and kin, we here at Starpulse wanted to help out – cinematically that is! So we’ve put together a small list of some of coolest, grooviest and kookiest Blu-ray’s in various categories guaranteed to put a smile on the face of the one you love this joyful season. (Or maybe the one you secretly hate and wish would put their teeth back in and go home!) ...
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Bly-ray Review: 'The Lion King' (Diamond Edition)

October 6th, 2011 10:39am EDT
The Lion King
Can’t ‘Wait to be King’? Ready to get your ‘Circle of Life’ going? Ready to ‘Be Prepared’ with a relaxed ‘Hukuna Matata’ attitude? Well then check out the review of the lush looking ‘Diamond Edition’ of the Blu-ray release for the Disney classic “The Lion King” below! (Will it ‘feel the love tonight’ – stay tuned!)

Title: "The Lion King" (Diamond Edition)

Grade: 4 1/2

Cast: Voices of Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons

Director: Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff

Rating: G

Runtime: 88 minutes

Release Company: Walt Disney Home Entertainment

Website: www.DisneyBlu-ra...
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Coming Soon: 3D 'Finding Nemo,' 'Little Mermaid' & More

October 5th, 2011 9:46am EDT
Finding Nemo
On the heels of the phenomenal success of The Lion King 3D - which will cross the $80 million mark at the domestic box office today - The Walt Disney Studios has announced limited theatrical engagements for four of its classic films for the first time in 3D. The following titles from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios will be released in 2012 and 2013:

-Beauty and the Beast - January 13, 2012
-Finding Nemo - September 14, 2012
-Monsters, Inc. - January 18, 2013 (Monsters University, a prequel to the original film, arrives in theaters in Disney Digital 3D on June 21, 2013)
-The Little ...
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'Dolphin Tale' Flips To Top Of Weekend Box Office

October 3rd, 2011 8:32am EDT
Dolphin Tale
Family drama "Dolphin Tale" has stunned movie experts in America by landing at the top of the box office in its second week on release.

The surprise hit, about a dolphin with a prosthetic fin, has netted over $37 million in 10 days - more than most film pundits expected the Harry Connick, Jr. movie to make in its entire run.

With takings of over $14 million from its second weekend on release, the film toppled "The Lion King 3D" and stepped ahead of Brad Pitt's baseball drama "Moneyball" to claim the top spot.

Cancer comedy "50/50" landed the highest debut at four with $8.8 million.

Newl...
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'Lion King' Beats 'Moneyball' At Weekend Box Office

September 26th, 2011 8:46am EDT
The Lion King
The 3D re-release of Disney classic "The Lion King" has chased off competition to remain top of the box office - the animated film raked in $22.1 million over the weekend.

Brad Pitt's baseball drama "Moneyball" slid into second place with an impressive opening of $20.6 million, narrowly beating Morgan Freeman's family movie "Dolphin Tale," which came in a close third with takings of $20.3 million.

Taylor Lautner's new action movie "Abduction" ($11.2 million) came in at four and Robert De Niro's thriller "Killer Elite" ($9.5 million) rounded out the top five.
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'The Lion King 3D' Dominates Weekend Box Office

September 19th, 2011 10:15am EDT
The Lion King 3D
The 3D re-release of Disney classic "The Lion King" has roared to the top of the box office chart, grossing $29.3 million.

The animated family film, which features the voice of teen idol Jonathan Taylor Thomas as a young Simba, was originally released in 1994, when it opened with takings of more than $40 million, and it's proved a big hit the second time around, too.

"The Lion King 3D" knocked last week's number one, the star-studded outbreak thriller "Contagion," into second place with $14.5 million.

Ryan Gosling's "Drive" enters at three, followed by "The Help" at four. The remake of 1...
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Interview: Actress Moira Kelly On 'The Lion King 3D', David Lynch and The Chemistry Of 'The Cutting Edge'

September 13th, 2011 1:38pm EDT
Moira Kelly
For those who appreciate talent and presence with their beauty, Moira Kelly is a major actress of note. With her diverse body of work, from portraying the girl-next-door in David Lynch’s "Twin Peaks" film follow-up "Fire Walk With Me" to playing dual roles opposite Robert Downey Jr. in "Chaplin," Kelly has amassed quite an impressive amount of credits in a very short time. Moving away from the movie industry to follow a different passion (namely that of being a full-time stay-at-home mom!) for the last few years, Kelly recently surfaced to talk about the latest resurgence of her former ad...
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'Tangled' Review: Disney's Magic Is Back With Charming, Rousing Songs & Storyline

November 22nd, 2010 9:21am EST
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Disney has had some hits and misses with animated films in recent memory. Sure, the mighty house of mouse made “Beauty and The Beast” “Aladdin” and “The Lion King” but “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” was sad, “Pocahontas” was oddly animated, “Hercules” was grotesque, and “Mulan” was lacking in song quality. The less said about “Home on The Range” the better.

So Disney went to CGI animated films and tried to play catch up to Pixar. The results thus far have been mixed. “Meet the Robinsons” was cute, “Bolt” was adorable, “Chicken Little” was middling, and nothing really captured the 90's magic...
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'Titanic' Theme Voted Best Movie Song

April 29th, 2010 2:00pm EDT
Celine Dion
The Titanic theme My Heart Will Go On has been named the best film song of all time, according to a new poll.

Celine Dion's ballad, which won the Best Original Song Oscar in 1997, saw off competition from Rule The World by British pop stars Take That, which was used in 2007 adventure movie Stardust.

Aerosmith's I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing, featured in 1998's Armageddon, came third in the survey, decided by listeners of U.K. radio station Magic.

Three songs from Dirty Dancing made the list - Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes' Time of My Life was at four, while Patrick Swayze's She's Like ...
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Behind The Scenes With 'This Is It' Director Kenny Ortega

October 29th, 2009 10:26am EDT
Kenny Ortega - This Is It
Kenny Ortega gives us some insight on what it took to put together the 'This Is It' documentary. What is was like working with Michael Jackson through the years and how Michael wanted to bring the best artist in the world to go with him his journey and inspire them to new levels.

Did your Hocus Pocus background help reinvent Thriller?

It didn't hurt. It didn't hurt but it also came from my background of loving Michael Jackson's Thriller and being a huge fan of all of his short film work. But it was one of the first ideas that Michael and I talked about was let's create a 3-D experienc...
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'King Kong', 'Creature' To Join Universal Studios Hollywood In 2010

May 24th, 2009 4:00pm EDT
King Kong
King Kong, among the screen’s most powerful and enduring icons, will re-emerge on the famed and newly upgraded Universal Studios Hollywood Studio Tour in summer, 2010 as a thrilling and ground-breaking 4-D multi-sensory marvel, a new signature attraction for Universal Studios Hollywood.

The new King Kong attraction, based on the Oscar®-winning 2005 Universal Pictures film, will combine thrilling visceral effects with the world’s largest Surround Digital projection system to create a next-generation theme park experience.

Larry Kurzweil, President and Chief Operating Officer, Unive...
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Our Favorite Films About Animals

November 24th, 2008 12:39pm EST
The Lion King
'Tis the season to slaughter turkeys. Did anybody not see former Vice President wannabe Sarah Palin hold a Q&A downstage of a turkey’s obvious death? (Go HERE if you didn't.)

On a more cheerful note, here are a few gems from Hollywood made for the animal lover in all of us:

Best All-Around Animal Film

The Adventures of Milo and Otis

The film is the best all-animal movie, with March of the Penguins coming in as an understudy. A documentary showing a death of a cute baby penguin? Definitely going to lose against a Japanese (yes, really, Japanese) movie with Dudley Moore as a...
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Tim Rice Set For Walk Of Fame Honor

November 16th, 2008 4:00pm EST
The Lion King
Acclaimed British songwriter Tim Rice is to be honored with the 2,375th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Oscar winner Rice will be inducted into the famous Tinseltown landmark by Disney Studios chairman Dick Cook on November 20.

Rice has contributed lyrics to hit Disney movies Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King - and was named a Disney Legend in 2002 - but he enjoyed much of his success with theater impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The two Brits first teamed up to pen the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in the late 1960s.

As lyricist behind...
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Spotlight On Movies That Became Musicals

August 28th, 2008 10:30am EDT
The Little Mermaid
Fans of movie musicals know that most of their favorites, like "Grease," "West Side Story," "The Sound of Music," and "Oklahoma!" were adapted from popular Broadway plays. However, the trend in recent years has been to flip that formula around by taking a big-screen hit and trying to turn it into a small-stage sensation.

Disney has had great success with its theatrical adaptations, starting in 1994 with the critically-acclaimed "Beauty and the Beast." The hits kept coming with stage productions of "The Lion King," "Mary Poppins," and, most recently, "The Little Mermaid."

VIDEO: T...
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The Cineplexes Are Alive With The Sound Of Music: The Return Of The Movie Musical

May 6th, 2008 8:30am EDT
Hairspray
On April 22's episode of American Idol, renowned composer and lyricist Andrew Lloyd Weber stood patiently trying to teach a blank-eyed Jason Castro the song, "Memory" from one of history's most popular musicals, "Cats." Smiled the clueless Castro, "I didn't even know a cat was singing it."

Quell'horror! Is this the extent of musical theater knowledge possessed by today's generation? In fairness, Castro is from Texas, not exactly around the corner from Broadway. Perhaps had there been a big-screen version of "Cats," more people under the age of 30 would be hip to the magic and majesty...
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Excel-Lent: What Some Celebrities/Companies Should Have Given Up This Season

March 19th, 2008 10:35am EDT
Brad & Angelina: no more kids!
With Easter coming up this Sunday many Christians will rejoice, not only because their religion tells them to but also so they can once again indulge in the activities they gave up for Lent. These activities are extremely variable - ranging from serious sacrifices like chocolate and sexual intercourse (40 Days and 40 Nights, anyone?) to simple activities such as playing video games or watching TV.

Not only average Joes give up things for Lent, so do celebrities! Well, at least they do in our March Madness-inspired fantasy celebrity Lent sacrifice bracket. Here are seven celebrity and e...
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Top 10 Worst Disney Films

February 29th, 2008 3:43pm EST
Snow Dogs
Disney has produced some huge animated hits (The Lion King, Aladdin, Lady and the Tramp) and extremely popular live-action flicks (Pirates of the Caribbean, High School Musical, National Treasure). But the studio that brought us Pocahontas also subjected Mickey Mouse fans to Snow Dogs. Here's our list of the top 10 worst Disney films:

10. The Haunted Mansion

Oh, Eddie Murphy, what were you on when you agreed to do a movie based on a Disneyland ride? I wonder what the execs at Disney were thinking: "Let's put Eddie Murphy in anything, he can sell it! We could have a whole movie of...
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Hans Zimmer Bakes Up A Tasty Soundtrack For 'The Simpsons Movie'

July 4th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
The Simpsons Movie
Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer, Twentieth Century Fox, Gracie Films, and Extreme Music are proud to announce the CD release of Zimmer's original music for The Simpsons Movie. The album features Zimmer's interpretation of the classic theme music from the popular TV series, along with music from his score that captures the fun and satirical spirit of the movie. Also included on the album is a special remix that will soon be heard nationwide on commercial radio and in clubs, featuring The Simpsons music as you've never heard it before.

The Simpsons Movie brings Homer's stupidi...
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'Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End' Soundtrack Features Original Music By Hans Zimmer; Win It!

May 29th, 2007 5:06pm EDT
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World
(May 10, 2007- Burbank, CA) – Walt Disney Records will release the soundtrack for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End on May 22, 2007. The third film in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, At World's End features music by Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer, who also wrote the music for the second film, Dead Man's Chest and composed original themes for the first, The Curse of the Black Pearl.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End finds our heroes Will Turner (Orlando Bloom)and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) allied with Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) in a desperate...
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ABC Soap Stars Record Christmas Classics For New Holiday CD

October 27th, 2006 2:16pm EDT
Susan Lucci
Top musical talent from ABC's daytime dramas "All My Children," "One Life to Live" and "General Hospital" will perform a selection of holiday songs to be recorded for the first time ever on a new CD entitled "A Holiday Affair," it was announced today by Brian Frons, president, Daytime, Disney-ABC Television Group.

The CD will feature classic holiday tunes chosen, interpreted and performed by ABC daytime's talent. "All My Children's" Susan Lucci will headline the CD with "I'll Be Home for Christmas." The final track is an ensemble rendition of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." The CD wil...
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"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" Soundtrack In Stores July 4

June 28th, 2006 11:29am EDT
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man
Walt Disney Records will release the soundtrack to one of the summer's most highly anticipated blockbuster movies, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, on July 4, 2006. Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer (The Da Vinci Code, The Lion King), who produced the soundtrack to the first movie in the Pirates trilogy, returned to compose the rousing score for Dead Man's Chest, and Dutch DJ Tiësto remixed the theme "He's a Pirate" into a progressive epic trance anthem which is featured on the disc as a bonus track. Also on July 4, nine more remixes from the score will be released exclusively ...
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