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Jane Goodall Q&A: Scientist talks Disneynature Ambassador role, future birthday plans

Dr. Jane Goodall is known the world over as a chimps expert. but over the course of many decades, the British scientist’s extensive research has made her a prominent environmentalist and humanitarian as well. Among her many distinctions and titles is being named the first-ever ambassador for Disneynature, the Walt Disney Label behind the upcoming nature documentary Bears.

“The Disneynature team is honored to have Dr. Jane Goodall as our official ambassador, inspiring others to take part in the world of Bears – which is our shared world – and to make a difference,” Alan Bergman, President, The Walt Disney Studios, said. “Jane has had an impact on countless lives—human and animals alike.  She speaks from her heart for all living things, championing the next generation’s pursuit in protecting our planet.”

Between promoting her Roots & Shoots environmental outreach program, traveling, fundraising, and celebrating her 80th birthday on April 3, Goodall spoke to EW about her secret to aging gracefully, her experience traveling to Alaska for the filming of Bears, and details for next year’s birthday plans. READ FULL STORY

Disney CEO teases 'Star Wars' details, says more 'Cars' and 'Incredibles' in the works

A few hours ago Tuesday in a galaxy that looks a lot like Portland, Disney CEO and chairman Bob Iger told shareholders that Star Wars: Episode VII would take place 30 years after Return of the Jedi — one of the more specific nuggets of info that we’ve been treated to about the secretive project, which is supposed to start production in May.

Also, amid feverish casting speculations in various stages of negotiations ranging from Lupita Nyong’o to Adam Driver, Iger teased that, “there will be some very familiar faces along with a trio of new young leads.” He also joked that only one actor had been cast in the film so far: R2-D2.

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Angelina Jolie's 'Maleficent': 'I had wings ... once' -- VIDEO

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She’s not a witch. She’s not a queen. She’s not strictly a sorceress.

Those who know the background of the character Maleficent from 1959′s Sleeping Beauty know that the pale-skinned, black-horned villainess is actually a dark fairy. But the question has never been answered (or really asked): why doesn’t she have wings like the animated  Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather, the three bumbling good fairies who look after Princess Aurora in the Disney film?

It turns out, she does.

Or did.
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Angelina Jolie: My daughter was the only kid NOT scared of 'Maleficent' -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

When Angelina Jolie told her kids she was thinking of playing the live-action version of Sleeping Beauty’s villainess in Maleficent, her six children all had the same response: NO!

“They went, ‘She’s so scary!’” Jolie tells EW this week, in her first in-depth interview about the film (out May 30).

Only Vivienne, one of her and Brad Pitt’s youngest children, proved not to be scared by the intimidating black horns and icy cackle. The now-5-year-old even ended up playing a young version of Princess Aurora in the film (as seen in this exclusive new image). But that casting was done more out of necessity than ambition.

“We think it’s fun for our kids to have cameos and join us on set, but not to be actors. That’s not our goal for Brad and I at all,” Jolie says. “But the other 3- and 4-year-old [performers] wouldn’t come near me. It had to be a child that liked me and wasn’t afraid of my horns and my eyes and my claws. So it had to be Viv.” READ FULL STORY

'Frozen' hits $1 billion mark at worldwide box office

Last night, Frozen snagged two Oscars: One for best original song for “Let It Go,” and the other for best animated feature. Oh, and it also crossed the $1 billion mark for worldwide box office.

Six other Walt Disney Studios films have also hit the $1 billion mark, including The Avengers and Toy Story 3. So far, Frozen has earned an estimated $388.8 million domestically and $611.5 million internationally since its November 27, 2013 domestic release — and it still has one more international territory to go, debuting in Japan March 14.

“With Frozen, we knew we had something truly special on our hands, and it has connected with fans and filmgoers around the world in a way we only dreamed was possible,” said Alan Horn, chairman at Walt Disney Studios, in a statement.

The animated film is still in theaters and will come out on DVD March 18.

Disney launches digital service Disney Movies Anywhere

Fans will now be able to watch Frozen on any device.

Coinciding with the digital release of the company’s latest hit, Disney has launched a movie streaming service called Disney Movies Anywhere. The multiplatform service — which is available for iPad, iPhone,  iPod touch, and the web — lets people purchase and watch more than 400 titles from Disney, Pixar, and Marvel.

“Disney Movies Anywhere is an adaptable digital ecosystem designed to help consumers consolidate their Disney movie collections and enjoy them for years to come,” said Jamie Voris, Chief Technology Officer, The Walt Disney Studios, in a release. “The beauty of this technology is that it enables us to work with iTunes and future provider partners to ensure movie lovers have streamlined access to all of their favorite Disney titles no matter which device they are on. The intuitive layout of the website and app creates an easy and enjoyable browsing environment for the whole family.”

The service is powered by iTunes. For a limited time, fans will receive a free digital copy of The Incredibles when they sign up and connect their iTunes account. The digital codes Disney has included with DVD/Blu-rays since 2008 will also be redeemable with the service.

PRIZE FIGHTER: 'Frozen' wins Annie Award; 'Gravity' claims cinematography honor

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It was a big night for Disney at the Annie Awards on Saturday, as Frozen took the best picture prize and the retro-futuristic 3-D Mickey Mouse film Get a Horse! claimed the title of best short.

Meanwhile, at the American Society of Cinematographer Awards, Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki collected the top honor for Gravity, a groundbreaking hybrid of real actors, digital visual effects, and 3-D.

All three are leading contenders for the Oscars on March 2.

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Disney plans a live-action 'Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers' origin story

Ch-ch-ch-chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers is coming to the big screen.

Millennials of a certain age will remember the short-lived Disney Channel series that ran from 1989 to 1990 and their ear-wormy theme song that seems destined to stick in our collective consciousness until the end of time. Well, commercial director Robert Rugan remembered the rodent gumshoes, too — and pitched a live-action feature to Disney and got the thumbs up to write the update. Mandeville Films (The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted) is attached to produce the pic, which is in early development.

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Angelina Jolie's wicked laugh, Lana Del Rey's haunting cover take center stage in new 'Maleficent' spot

Lana Del Rey’s haunting new version of “Once Upon a Dream” provides the backdrop for the latest trailer for Disney’s Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie as Sleeping Beauty’s horned nemesis. This new spot from the stylistic, wicked version of the fairy tale features the evil queen speaking: “There is evil in this world, hatred and revenge…” ending her introduction with a sinister laugh.

Check out the trailer, which premiered during Sunday’s Grammy awards, below.
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'Maleficent' TV spot: Beware of Jolies bearing gifts! VIDEO

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Wicked meets Sleeping Beauty in Maleficent, an upcoming live-action film that promises to tell the true story of the Mistress of All Evil. Of course, as this is a Disney flick, it may turn out that Mal (Angelina Jolie) is less evil than misunderstood. Just check out the way she tries to bond with innocent, apple-cheeked Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning) in this new TV spot: “Aurora, there is an evil in this world, and I cannot keep you from it,” Maleficent purrs. Hmm — so perhaps the whole sleeping curse and wall o’thorns around Aurora’s castle were simply meant as a protection from some even bigger bad. Perhaps Maleficent can fight off that evil with her wicked-sharp cheekbones?

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