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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

NEW TRAILER AND POSTER FOR STEVEN SPIELBERG’S “WEST SIDE STORY”

 


BURBANK, Calif. (September 15. 2021) - Today, The Walt Disney Company released a new trailer and poster for Academy Award® winning director Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of the musical “West Side Story,” which will open in U.S. theaters on December 10, 2021.


Directed by Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award® winner Tony Kushner, “West Side Story” tells the classic tale of fierce rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City. This reimagining of the beloved musical stars Ansel Elgort (Tony); Rachel Zegler (María); Ariana DeBose (Anita); David Alvarez (Bernardo); Mike Faist (Riff); Josh Andrés Rivera (Chino); Ana Isabelle (Rosalía); Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank); Brian d’Arcy James (Officer Krupke); and Rita Moreno (as Valentina, who owns the corner store in which Tony works). Moreno – one of only three artists to be honored with Academy®, Emmy®, GRAMMY®, Tony® and Peabody Awards – also serves as one of the film’s executive producers.

 

Bringing together the best of both Broadway and Hollywood, the film’s creative team includes Kushner, who also serves as an executive producer; Tony Award® winner Justin Peck, who choreographed the musical numbers in the film; renowned Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor and GRAMMY Award® winner Gustavo Dudamel, who helmed the recording of the iconic score; Academy Award®-nominated composer and conductor David Newman (“Anastasia”), who arranged the score; Tony Award®-winning composer Jeanine Tesori (“Fun Home,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie”), who supervised the cast on vocals; and Grammy®-nominated music supervisor Matt Sullivan (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Chicago”), who served as executive music producer for the film. The film is produced by Spielberg, Academy Award®-nominated producer Kristie Macosko Krieger and Tony Award®-winning producer Kevin McCollum. “West Side Story” has been adapted for the screen from the original 1957 Broadway show, with book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and concept, direction and choreography by Jerome Robbins. 

 

From 20th Century Studios, The Walt Disney Company will release “West Side Story” in U.S. theaters on December 10, 2021.

DISNEY+ REVIVAL OF ‘THE PROUD FAMILY’ FEATURES STAR-STUDDED GUEST VOICE ROSTER INCLUDING LIZZO, TIFFANY HADDISH, LIL NAS X, CHANCE THE RAPPER AND MORE

 


BURBANK, Calif. (September 15, 2021) – "The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder" will bring high-voltage star power when the eagerly-awaited revival of the groundbreaking hit animated series, "The Proud Family," now celebrating its 20th anniversary, launches in 2022 on Disney+. 

 

The guest-starring voice cast will feature some of music and entertainment's biggest names, including Lizzo; Lil Nas X; Chance the Rapper; Normani; Leslie Odom Jr. ("Hamilton"); Tiffany Haddish ("Like a Boss"); Lena Waithe ("Master of None"); Anthony Anderson ("Black-ish"); Gabrielle Union ("L.A.'s Finest"); Debbie Allen ("Grey's Anatomy"); James Pickens Jr. (Grey's Anatomy"); Courtney B. Vance ("Lovecraft Country"); Jane Lynch ("Glee"); Marsai Martin ("Black-ish"); Jaden Smith ("After Earth"); Glynn Turman ("House of Lies"); Lamorne Morris ("New Girl"); Brenda Song ("Dollface"); Tina Knowles ("Black Is King"); Eva Longoria ("Desperate Housewives"); Holly Robinson Peete ("21 Jump Street"); Al Roker ("Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs"); beauty influencer and social media personality Bretman Rock; Olympic gold medal gymnasts Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez and Dominique Dawes; and many more.

 

Additional recurring stars include Asante Blackk ("This Is Us") as Penny's boyfriend, Kareem; rapper Artist "A Boogie" Dubose as Maya's gamer brother, Francis "KG" Leibowitz-Jenkins; Raquel Lee Bolleau ("Real Husbands of Hollywood") who reprises her role as Nubia Gross; and Marcus T. Paulk ("Red Tails") who reprises his role as Penny's classmate Myron.


In honor of the 20th anniversary of "The Proud Family" today, a few stars from the revival share what the iconic original series meant to them, including Normani who calls her grandmother Suga Mama "because it's literally what my household looked like;" Johnson added, "it was a huge part of my childhood and I hold that very dear to my heart;" Blackk shared, "the different characters and personalities in the show reflected what was going on in my home;" and Palmer said, "even though it was on a kids network, it still had the right amount of edge for it to be accessible to everybody."

 

"The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder" will pick up the story of its central character, Penny Proud, and include her madcap family: parents Oscar and Trudy, twin siblings BeBe and CeCe, and grandmother Suga Mama (and Puff!). Of course, it would not be "The Proud Family" without Penny's loyal crew Dijonay Jones, LaCienega Boulevardez and Zoey Howzer, among others. 

Cast members reprising their roles from the original series are: Kyla Pratt as Penny Proud, Tommy Davidson as Oscar Proud, Paula Jai Parker as Trudy Proud, JoMarie Payton as Suga Mama, Cedric the Entertainer as Uncle Bobby, Carlos Mencia as Felix Boulevardez, Maria Canals-Barrera as Sunset Boulevardez, Alvaro Gutierrez as Papi, Karen Malina White as Dijonay Jones, Soleil Moon Frye as Zoey Howzer, and Alisa Reyes as LaCienega Boulevardez. Recurring voices include Keke Palmer as Maya Leibowitz-Jenkins, Billy Porter as Randall Leibowitz-Jenkins, Zachary Quinto as Barry Leibowitz-Jenkins, and EJ Johnson as Michael Collins. 

Currently in production at Disney Television Animation, "The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder" is executive-produced by Bruce W. Smith ("The Princess and the Frog") and Ralph Farquhar ("Moesha"), both of whom led the original series. Calvin Brown, Jr. ("Moesha") is co-executive producer and story editor, Jan Hirota ("Big Hero 6 The Series") is producer, and Eastwood Wong ("Carmen Sandiego") is art director.

 

All seasons of "The Proud Family," which debuted on Disney Channel in 2001, are currently available on Disney+. September 15, 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the popular series. “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder” will premiere in 2022.


Tuesday, September 14, 2021

MARVEL STUDIOS’ “WHAT IF… ?” MID-SEASON SNEAK PEEK


 A mid-season sneak peek of Marvel Studios’ “What If… ?” is available now, showcasing the surprises in store for the final four episodes of Marvel Studios’ first-ever animated series, exclusively on Disney+. Witness the biggest heroes of the multiverse as they navigate alternate realities on a collision course toward an unforgettable finale. 

 

“What If…?” flips the script on the MCU, reimagining famous events from the films in unexpected ways, featuring a voice cast that includes a host of stars who reprise their roles. The series is directed by Bryan Andrews; AC Bradley is head writer. 

Monday, September 13, 2021

DISNEY+ DEBUTS OFFICIAL TRAILER AND TEASER POSTER FOR MARVEL STUDIOS’ “HAWKEYE”

 


Disney+ and Marvel Studios invite you on an unexpected holiday getaway, unwrapping the official trailer and teaser poster for “Hawkeye,” a new series set in post-blip New York City. Former Avenger Clint Barton has a seemingly simple mission: get back to his family for Christmas. Possible? Maybe with the help of Kate Bishop, a 22-year-old archer with dreams of becoming a Super Hero. The two are forced to work together when a presence from Barton’s past threatens to derail far more than the festive spirit. 

 

Starring Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye and Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop, “Hawkeye” also features Vera Farmiga, Fra Fee, Tony Dalton, Zahn McClarnon, Brian d’Arcy James and newcomer Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez. Helmed by Rhys Thomas and directing duo Bert and Bertie, “Hawkeye” debuts exclusively on Disney+ on November 24, 2021.