April 19, 2014 |
Considered deeply uncool at one point, music from animated movies is back - and singing along is now not only OK for kids, it's something adults record themselves doing on their phones and share on YouTube. The boom in popular songs from animated movies comes after a long fallow period when the form yielded few hits in the music world, despite box-office juggernauts like the "Toy Story," "Shrek" and "Ice Age" franchises. Though all incorporated music in their films, it was rarely the kind that had come to define the genre at Disney Animation in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when it was making music-driven hits like "The Lion King," "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Little Mermaid.
April 9, 2014 |
As it has so many times over the last few months, the hit soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" topped the Billboard 200 album chart Wednesday, reflecting sales of 149,000 copies in the week ending April 6, according to Nielsen SoundScan. But another title came close to melting "Frozen's" hold on the No. 1 spot: a four-song EP by the Australian boy band 5 Seconds of Summer. "She Looks So Perfect" sold 143,000 copies, the result in part of a boost that 5 Seconds of Summer received last year when it opened for One Direction on the latter's world tour.
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April 3, 2014 |
The family of an 80-year-old woman is suing a Boyle Heights hospital after a pathologist determined that she was "frozen alive," " eventually woke up" and injured herself as she struggled unsuccessfully to escape, according to court records. Maria de Jesus Arroyo, 80, was pronounced dead in July 2010 at White Memorial Medical Center in Boyle Heights after suffering a heart attack. When morticians received her body a few days later, they found her body facedown, with her nose broken and cuts and bruises to her face, injuries so severe they could not be covered up by makeup, according to court papers.
March 31, 2014 |
Disney's hit musical "Frozen" became the highest-grossing animated movie of all time over the weekend, pushing its estimated worldwide box-office haul to $1.072 billion and unseating "Toy Story 3" for the top spot. Now we're curious to hear what your favorite animated movie is among the top grossers. Featuring the voices of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, "Frozen," a loose retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Snow Queen," boasts two Academy Awards - for animated feature and original song - in addition to its seat on the box-office throne.
March 30, 2014 |
For the first time in forever, "Toy Story 3" is no longer the highest grossing animated film of all time. With its opening in Japan this weekend, Disney's "Frozen" has taken the top spot and pushed its worldwide box office to an estimated $1.072 billion. The two-time Oscar winner , which was released in the United States and Canada in late November, joined the billion-dollar box-office club in early March. The movie is running in 36 countries, including South Korea, the United Kingdom and Germany.
March 26, 2014 |
"Frozen" has stopped the competition cold -- again. The soundtrack to the smash-hit Disney film topped the Billboard 200 on Wednesday, reflecting sales of 202,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, in the week ending March 23. With a 104% increase over the previous week (when "Frozen" was also No. 1), that's the biggest weekly number the album has logged since it came out in November -- an unusual time for such an achievement, as Billboard's Keith Caulfield points out . SPRING ARTS PREVIEW: Pop music "Generally," he writes, "albums start big and then taper off as the weeks tick by. " One probable explanation for "Frozen's" late-in-the-game boost?