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Woman sues Disney, says 'Frozen' was based on her life story

Could Elsa and Anna be based on real people? That’s what New Jersey-based author Isabella Tanikumi is claiming in a new lawsuit filed against Disney.

In the lawsuit, Tanikumi claims that Disney’s hit film, Frozen, infringed on the copyright of her books, Living My Truth and Yearning of the Heart, both of which were taken from Tanikumi’s life story. According to the suit, “characters, plots, subplots and storyline” were taken from Tanikumi’s works in order to create Frozen.

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Disney unveils adorable 'Feast,' schedules other short films for 2015

After the announcement of a Frozen short, Disney’s next three shorts have all been slated through 2015: Two hail from Disney’s own animation studio and one comes from Pixar, but all three look to continue the recent trend of impressive and heartwarming short films.

Feast is the closest film on the horizon, set to debut behind the Disney-Marvel collaboration Big Hero 6 on Nov. 7. From Disney Animation Studios and the director behind Disney’s Oscar-winning short film Paperman, Patrick Osborne, Feast follows Boston terrier Winston, the latest in a long line of adorable dogs in Disney films. Winston loves to eat the unhealthy food his owner drops on the floor, but both of their lives take quite the culinary turn when the owner’s girlfriend, a chef, moves into their home. Taking place over many years, the film is inspired by Osborne’s own habit of taking a picture of his life—and his meals—each day.

After Feast, Disney has two more planned shorts on the way. One will return viewers to the world of Frozen, as Anna, Elsa, Olaf, and more will reunite on screen in Frozen Fever sometime in 2015. The last announced short, Pixar’s Lava, focuses on a singing volcano looking for love. The short will screen behind Pixar’s next full-length film Inside Out, which arrives in theaters on June 29, 2015. Lava was originally planned to debut behind The Good Dinosaur, which was pushed from this summer to November 2015.

'Frozen' director Jennifer Lee to adapt 'A Wrinkle in Time'

Jennifer Lee, one of the minds behind Disney’s 2013 hit Frozen, is officially set to adapt Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time to the big screen for Disney, Variety reports.

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'Frozen' becomes the highest-grossing animated film of all time

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Disney’s animated megahit Frozen is officially the highest-grossing animated film of all time. After opening in Japan — its final market — this weekend, its total sales now reach $1.072 billion.

The tally bumps the fairy tale over Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3, which held the top spot since 2010, when that film grossed $1.063 billion. It is the first billion-dollar title from Disney Animation studios; domestic receipts of $398.4 million and $674 million internationally earned Frozen that distinction. In 27 territories, it is now the No. 1 Disney or Pixar film, which helped buoy it into the Top 10 of all films globally at the box office.

Frozen has also enjoyed critical success since opening in the U.S. in late November. Inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen, the 3-D fantasy won Academy Awards for best animated film and original song. Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, the film was released on DVD and Blu-ray on March 18.

'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.

'Frozen': Kristen Bell and Santino Fontana perform 'Love is an Open Door' -- VIDEO

Frozen won two Oscars on Sunday night, including the big one for Best Animated Film. The hit song “Let It Go” also picked up the statue for Best Original Song after Idina Menzel sang it beautifully for the Dolby Theatre’s audience. Her vocal co-star Kristen Bell co-presented the Academy’s sci-tech awards with Michael B. Jordan — but if you wanted to hear and see her sing, there’s still an opportunity.

On Feb. 9, most of the film’s cast gathered for a “live cabaret” through Frozen‘s hit soundtrack. Some of the event’s best bits still haven’t been seen publicly — but thanks to Disney Movies Anywhere, the Mouse’s new cloud-based digital movie service, there’s now video of Bell and Santino Fontana, who played the devious Hans, bantering back and forth as they perform “Love is an Open Door.”

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10 secrets of Disney's Oscar-nominated short 'Get a Horse!' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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If you’ve seen Frozen, you’ve seen the cutting-edge/old-fashioned Mickey Mouse short Get a Horse! (And given Frozen’s box office at this point, we’re guessing that means everybody.)

But even if you’ve already watched the nuvo-retro Mickey movie, which combines an old-school 1930s hand-drawn style with state-of-the-art digital animation and 3-D effects, you probably haven’t seen everything the Oscar-nominated short has to offer.

EW has an exclusive clip of the Walt Disney Animation Studios film – when things go from flat to flat-out crazy. Director Lauren MacMullan walked us through all the little details, hidden and otherwise.

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'Gravity' nabs top visual-effects prize

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Alfonso Cuaron was honored with the Visionary Award last night at the 12th annual VES Awards, recognizing the best in visual special-effects — so it was no surprise that Gravity was also the ceremony’s big winner. Cuaron’s riveting outer-space thriller, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, won six awards in total, including the top prize for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture.

Frozen won four awards, including Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture; Game of Thrones had three wins as well.

In the last five years, the winner of the top prize at the VES Awards has gone on to win the Oscar for Best Special Effects four times, including last year, when Life of Pi won both awards.

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'Frozen' star Idina Menzel to perform 'Let It Go' at Oscars

Singer/actress Idina Menzel will perform “Let it Go” from the Disney smash hit Frozen during the Oscars, ABC announced Tuesday, leaving no doubt that the film’s best-selling soundtrack has earned its place in pop culture history.

The animated fairy tale Frozen is up for two Oscar nominations. “Let it Go,” the flick’s theme song,  is a nominee in the Best Original Song Category alongside “Happy” (from Despicable Me 2), “Ordinary Love” (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) and “The Moon Song” (Her). READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'The Lego Movie' stacks up $69.1 million for 'awesome' debut, 'Monuments Men' steals second with $22.7 million

Everything is awesome for the team behind The Lego Movie (Cinema Score: A). The 3D animated extravaganza is estimated to have earned a spectacular $69.11 million this weekend — the biggest opening of the still young year, and the second largest February opening ever (the top spot belongs to 2004′s Passion of the Christ). The Phil Lord and Christopher Miller movie blew past studio and analyst predictions, which had the pic in the $40 to $55 million range. Playing in 3,775 theaters, most of which were in 3D, Lego scored an incredible $18,307 per location average, and, including overseas profits ($18.1 million from 34 territories), The Lego Movie has already stacked up $87.2 million.

The Lego Movie is Warner Bros.’ first animated release in three years. Village Roadshow co-financed the pic. Featuring the vocal talents of Chris Pratt as Emmet the construction worker, Will Ferrell as the evil Lord Business, Elizabeth Banks as the brilliant Wyldstyle, Liam Neeson as Bad Cop, and Will Arnett as Batman, Lego resonated with both adults and children — 60% of the audience was over 18 years old. A sequel is reportedly already in the works.

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