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Disney Has Released Beautiful New Chinese Poster for Frozen 2

Disney has revealed an awesome new Chinese poster for the upcoming sequel Frozen 2 in celebration of China's Mid Autumn Festival, where people light and release paper lanterns, which inspired the art for the poster. Check out the beautiful artwork below in the poster that was shared in a tweet by Frozen voice actor Josh Gad, who voices the lovable snowman Olaf.

Frozen 2 will see the return of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, and Jonathan Groff, as well as Gad, as they set off to find out the origin of Elsa’s powers in a quest to save their beloved kingdom. Here’s the new synopsis that was shared:

Why was Elsa born with magical powers? The answer is calling her and threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she'll set out on a dangerous but remarkable journey. In Frozen, Elsa feared her powers were too much for the world.
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Concert For America To Benefit the National Immigration Law Center

Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley have announced casting for the next iteration of their critically-acclaimed Concert For America, an evening leveraging the power of music and performance to support vulnerable people in crisis.

The benefit event, which will take place at UCLA’s Royce Hall on Saturday, September 21, will feature performances and calls to action from recent newlyweds Chris Wood (Supergirl) and Melissa Benoist (Supergirl herself!), Emmy Award winner Wayne Brady (Let’s Make A Deal), Liz Callaway (singing her Oscar-nominated song from the film Anastasia), Marcia Cross (Desperate Housewives), Kate Flannery (The Office), Grant Gustin (singing Pasek & Paul’s “Running Home To You” from The Flash), Cheyenne Jackson (American Horror Story), Tony Award winner Rachel Bay Jones (Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen), Emmy Award winner Jane Lynch(The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Emmy and Tony Award winner Laurie Metcalf (The Conners), Grammy Award winner Melissa Manchester, Emmy Award winner Eric McCormack
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Toronto Correspondences #10: Get That Money

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The Notebook is covering Tiff with an on-going correspondence between critics Fernando F. Croce, Kelley Dong, and editor Daniel Kasman.Uncut GemsDear Kelley and Fern,When one is in the thick of a film festival, surrounded on all sides by movie after movie after movie, the caffeine jolt of coffee may not be enough to keep up your energy; you may need a film that throttles you. If you want to be grabbed by the throat, then I’ve got just the movie for you: Josh and Benny Safdie's Uncut Gems. Like the brothers’ last two features, Heaven Knows What (2014) and Good Time (2017), it’s a showboating immersion into a gritty but resiliently existent side of New York that is nowadays rarely set to film. And like Good Time, their collision of Robert Pattinson with a borough-based B-film, Uncut Gems is driven by the monomania of its protagonist, Harold Ratner,
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Tiff Review: ‘Uncut Gems’ Finds the Safdies and Adam Sandler at the Top of Their Game

There are two consistently pervasive ideas in the films of New York filmmaking duo Josh and Benny Safdie. The first is their clear affection for the art and craft of hustling. From their autobiographical drama Daddy Longlegs to their verité junkie film Heaven Knows What there’s a reliable focus on the often thrilling process of social manipulation and coercion to point where stretches could briefly be mistaken for a con man film if it weren’t for how they never lose sight of how these actions intersect with economic class. For people on the margins of society it is not just a skill but a tool of survival, which is especially true in their moody and expressive 2017 feature Good Time which saw Robert Pattinson’s Connie spend an entire evening engaging in increasingly desperate transactional interactions all across New York in attempt to bail his brother out of prison.
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Uncut Gems Tiff Premiere: Adam Sandler, Lakeith Stanfield & more on working with the Safdie Brothers

  • HeyUGuys
We present our interviews from the Tiff premiere of crime drama Uncut Gems starring Adam Sandler. The film is directed by Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie and also stars Julia Fox, Kevin Garnett, The Weekend, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Aranbayev, Jacob Igielski, Lakeith Stanfield and Noa Fisher.

The film premiered at the 2019 Toronto Film Festival, and these are the interviews from the red carpet.


Set in the diamond district of New York City, Howard Ratner, a jewelry store owner and dealer to the rich and famous, must find a way to pay his debts when his merchandise is taken from one of his top sellers and girlfriend. From acclaimed filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie comes an electrifying crime thriller about Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler), a charismatic New York City jeweler always on the lookout for the next big score. When he makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead
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‘Uncut Gems’ Film Review: Adam Sandler Is a Memorable Mess in Safdie Brothers’ Wild Ride

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‘Uncut Gems’ Film Review: Adam Sandler Is a Memorable Mess in Safdie Brothers’ Wild Ride
If you’re looking for cinematic tour guides to the road to ruin, you can’t do much better than Josh and Benny Safdie. The New York-based indie filmmaker brothers are masters of a certain type of adrenalized, immersive storytelling that puts us up close with characters whose default mode is desperation.

Two years ago, they rocked Cannes with the heist-gone-wrong thriller “Good Time,” starring a mesmerizing Robert Pattinson. And this year, they’ve hit Telluride and now Toronto with “Uncut Gems,” a blast-furnace character study starring Adam Sandler as a New York jewelry salesman with an unerring instinct for finding a way to screw up everything he touches.

After a brief prologue set in an Ethiopian mine, “Uncut Gems” delivers the most instructive trick shot imaginable: It opens on a rock containing opals that seem to shimmer with every color of the rainbow, with the camera plunging into the
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Adam Sandler and ‘Uncut Gems’ Co-Stars on Working With the ‘Crazy’ Safdie Brothers

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Adam Sandler and ‘Uncut Gems’ Co-Stars on Working With the ‘Crazy’ Safdie Brothers
Uncut Gems,” a dark comedy starring Adam Sandler and directed by the Safdie Brothers, is a wild ride that has generated awards season buzz since premiering at this year’s Telluride Film Festival.

In the film, Sandler portrays Howard Ratner, a jewelry dealer in New York’s Diamond district. He’s a gambling addict con-man who can’t seem to ever score the big swindle. He’s being chased by unsavory characters while navigating his Long Island family and his out-of-control existence in Manhattan.

Sandler, Josh and Ben Safdie, along with co-stars Lakeith Stanfield, Menzel, NBA champ Kevin Garnett and newcomer Julia Fox sat down Monday at the Toronto Film Festival, where the movie also screened, for a wide-ranging interview at the Variety Studio presented by AT&T.

To prepare for his role, Sandler said he shadowed real jewelry dealers from the Diamond District on 47th Street, where they shot on location during business hours.
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Idina Menzel Reveals The Titles Of Two New Songs From ‘Frozen 2’

  • ET Canada
Idina Menzel is giving “Frozen” fans a little taste of what’s to come. While attending the Tiff premiere of her new film “Uncut Gems” alongside co-stars Adam Sandler and the Weeknd, the actress and Broadway star caught up with Et Canada‘s digital reporter Graeme O’Neil, teasing her character Elsa’s next big hits from the sequel’s
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Adam Sandler's New Movie Uncut Gems Scores Perfect 100% on Rotten Tomatoes

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Adam Sandler's New Movie Uncut Gems Scores Perfect 100% on Rotten Tomatoes
Here's something many people maybe didn't expect to hear today: the new Adam Sandler movie has been met with some of the best reviews of the year. Indeed, Uncut Gems, which recently debuted at the Telluride Film Festival, has earned heaps of critical praise from those who were in attendance and that has equated to a flawless Rotten Tomatoes score for the upcoming flick. The great Sandler comeback is continuing, so it would seem.

While there are only seven official reviews counted, Uncut Gems, the latest from the Safdie brothers, Josh and Benny, currently holds an unblemished 100 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Though, scrolling around online beyond Rt approved critics, it's quite clear that seemingly everyone who saw the movie has nothing but good things to say about it. Specifically, Adam Sandler's performance has earned high praise, and is even generating some early Oscar buzz. Variety's Chris Willman had this to say on Twitter.
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Adam Sandler's Uncut Gems Has Opened to Rave Reviews at Telluride Film Festival, and Boasts a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes

Adam Sandler is mostly known for playing the ridiculous characters he has created in films like Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Waterboy, and many more. He steals our hearts in goofy rom-coms like 50 First Dates and The Wedding Singer, and every now and then he shows off his totally deep and real acting chops, like in Punch-Drunk Love and Reign Over Me.

A Sandler film is more often ridiculous than not, but I enjoy his films more often than I don’t, especially the ones where we get to see him take a deeper dive into a character that has the depth to hold him. It looks as though we will be able to see just that in Sandler’s upcoming film, Uncut Gems.

The film opened this past weekend at the Telluride Film Festival to critical acclaim. The directors, Benny & Josh Safdie, are coming off the buzz of their 2017 indie favorite Good Time.
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Disney’s ‘Frozen’ 4K Blu-ray Steelbook Pre-Order at Best Buy (Updated)

Best Buy has opened up a pre-order for a new Frozen 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Digital combo pack with an October 1st release. You can see the pre-order listing here.

Update: The Frozen 4K Blu-ray combo pack is now available for pre-order at Amazon.

Note that there is not a Blu-ray Steelbook pre-order option available. The only pre-order that has appeared is for the Frozen 4K Steelbook.

However, there is a Frozen 4K Ultra HD standard release planned for October 1st as well. This pre-order is currently only available at Best Buy and hasn't shown up at Amazon yet.

The appearance of Frozen on 4K Ultra HD is timed to coincide with the theatrical release of Frozen 2 on November 22nd.

The Frozen voice cast includes Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana, Alan Tudyk, and Ciarán Hinds.
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Telluride Film Review: Adam Sandler in ‘Uncut Gems’

  • Variety
Telluride Film Review: Adam Sandler in ‘Uncut Gems’
Audiences have been comparing Josh and Benny Safdie’s “Uncut Gems” to a cocaine rush since it premiered at the Telluride Film Festival. I wouldn’t know, but it’s a trip all right: (Adam Sandler), which is not a place most moviegoers would care to spend much time. That’s because most moviegoers are looking for simple escapism, whereas “Uncut Gems” feels like being locked inside the pinwheeling brain of a lunatic for more than two hours — and guess what: It’s a gas!

Howie runs a by-appointment-only jewelry store in New York’s diamond district, a humming network of tiny stands and private showrooms where specialists handle the bulk of the city’s precious stones. It’s a traditionally Jewish enclave, and everyone there seems to know Howie, who’s well-liked but an obvious loose cannon: A reckless adulterer, an incorrigible gambling addict and a borderline con artist,
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‘Uncut Gems’ Review: Adam Sandler Runs Wild in the Safdie Brothers’ Delirious Thriller

‘Uncut Gems’ Review: Adam Sandler Runs Wild in the Safdie Brothers’ Delirious Thriller
Adam Sandler has embodied many obnoxious, self-absorbed figures over the years, but with “Uncut Gems,” he plays the most contemptible character in a 30-year career. Directors Joshua and Benny Safdie’s followup to “Good Time” is on that same wavelength — abrasive, deranged, driven by an insuppressible blur of movement and noise. It’s also a riveting high-wire act, pairing cosmic visuals with the gritty energy of a dark psychological thriller and sudden bursts of frantic comedy, and it’s the first movie to truly commune with Sandler’s performative strengths since “Punch-Drunk Love.”

After all, it’s a Safdie brothers movie. Ever since 2008’s “The Pleasure of Being Robbed,” these sibling filmmakers have excelled at burrowing inside the mindset of combustible characters driven to destructive tendencies just to survive another day. The dysfunctional father of “Daddy Longlegs” may as well exist in the same restless universe as the furious junkies
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Critics Savage John Travolta’s Career Rock-Bottom ‘The Fanatic’: It’s a Movie That Hates You

Critics Savage John Travolta’s Career Rock-Bottom ‘The Fanatic’: It’s a Movie That Hates You
From the mind of Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst comes “The Fanatic,” a movie starring John Travolta that reviewers are having a whale of a time eviscerating. In terms of Rotten Tomatoes scores, it is just about on par with Travolta’s last starring vehicle, “Gotti.” Which obviously makes this yet another can’t-miss car crash from the Scientologist who recently shaved his head at the behest of Pitbull and mistook drag artist Jade Jolie for Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards.

In a zero-star review from, Brian Tallerico writes, “‘The Fanatic’ hates fans. It hates actors. It hates tourists, shop owners, and servants. It really, really hates autistic people. And it hates you. It’s a movie that thinks you’re an idiot, someone who won’t see through its shallow provocations, illogical behavior, and vile misanthropy.”

The movie stars Travolta as an autistic man named Moose,
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John Travolta Plays Off His Taylor Swift Vma Mix-Up as ‘A Good Day’

John Travolta Plays Off His Taylor Swift Vma Mix-Up as ‘A Good Day’
John Travolta presented Taylor Swift with the award for Video of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards on Monday night, for her pro-Lgbtq video “You Need To Calm Down.” At least, that’s what was supposed to happen.

When Travolta and his co-presenter Queen Latifah announced Swift’s name, the Vma stage at the Prudential Center was rushed by not only Swift, but her entire coterie of “You Need To Calm Down” celebrity co-stars, including a slew of drag queens. One of them, Jade Jolie, happens to be a Taylor Swift impersonator.
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John Travolta Explains Viral Taylor Swift VMAs Moment: "I Was Looking for Her"

John Travolta Explains Viral Taylor Swift VMAs Moment:
John Travolta once again made headlines for an awkward moment as a presenter at an awards show when he appeared to mistake Taylor Swift for drag queen Jade Jolie at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards.

The actor, who previously introduced Idina Menzel as "Adele Dazeem" during the 2014 Academy Awards, presented the video of the year award to Swift and the cast of her "You Need to Calm Down" music video. While the castmembers made their way up to the stage, Travolta appeared to try to hand the trophy to Jolie, who plays Swift in the music ...
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Telluride’s 2019 Line-Up Includes Renée Zellweger, Adam Driver, Sterling K. Brown and More

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Telluride’s 2019 Line-Up Includes Renée Zellweger, Adam Driver, Sterling K. Brown and More
Colorado’s San Juan Mountains will soon be alive with the sights and sounds of movies.

The line-up for the 46th Telluride Film Festival has been announced.

The starry slate includes the world premiere of “Judy,” director Rupert Goold’s biopic about the final months of Judy Garland’s life with Renée Zellweger in the title role. “Maybe because Renée hasn’t done a huge number of things in the past few years, she’s saved up all of her tenderness, all of that vulnerability to bring to this role,” Telluride co-director Julie Huntsinger told Variety.

“Judy” is certainly not the only world premiere during this year’s festivities, which run from Friday, Aug. 30 to Monday, Sept. 2. James Mangold’s real-life car racing drama “Ford v Ferrari” starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale is on the bill. Edward Norton will premiere his directorial debut “Motherless Brooklyn,” with an ensemble including Gugu Mbatha-Raw,
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'Frozen 2:' Meet the Actors Behind the Chilly Sequel's Characters

'Frozen 2:' Meet the Actors Behind the Chilly Sequel's Characters
The icy world of Frozen will welcome some familiar faces and new names when its sequel hits theaters later this year. 

On Nov. 29, Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff will return to voice the band of heroes from the first film. Also joining the original ensemble will be Sterling K. Brown and Evan Rachel Wood.

From Tony winners to the stars of Emmy-nominated shows, here are the actors lending their voices to Frozen 2.
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Watch Frozen 2 cast interviews from D23 Expo

Following their appearance at the Walt Disney Pictures Theatrical Showcase at the D23 Expo this past weekend, Frozen 2 stars Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff, Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown hit the press room to discuss the hugely-anticipated animated Disney sequel; watch the interviews below, and be sure to head over to our YouTube channel for more D23 content…

See Also: Frozen 2 gets a new poster and images direct from D23

Frozen 2 is set for release on November 22nd and sees Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff returning to voice the characters of Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff alongside Frozen newcomers Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown.

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‘Frozen’ Always Warms Idina Menzel’s Heart

Thanks to the song Let It Go, Idina Menzel’s name will forever be linked with Frozen and her character, Elsa. Of course, Menzel has returned for the sequel, which has been in production ever since the first movie became such a huge hit. It’s been a long process, but Menzel doesn’t mind — she told [...]

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