Disney+ to Livestream ‘Harmonious Live!’ Hosted by Idina Menzel June 21

In honor of World Music Day, Disney+ in the United States and Canada will livestream “Harmonious Live!,” a special performance of the EPCOT nighttime spectacular at Walt Disney World on June 21 at 6 p.m. PT/ 9 p.m. ET.

Hosted by Tony Award-winning performer, actress, singer-songwriter and philanthropist Idina Menzel (Frozen, Frozen 2) with guest Auli’i Cravalho (Moana), the live event from Disney Branded Television “celebrates the transcendent power of music with a medley of classic Disney music reinterpreted by a culturally diverse group of 240 artists from all around the world, all performed by a live orchestra and ensemble of international vocalists,” according to a Disney+ release.

“Harmonious Live!” is one of the largest nighttime spectaculars ever created at Disney Parks, according to Disney.

“Through a combination of innovative floating giant screens, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics and lasers, audiences can enter the amazing worlds inspired by Moana, Aladdin, Coco, The Lion King, Mulan, and other classic stories,” according to the release. “Colorful animations and effects dance and transform as Harmonious weaves familiar Disney music and stories together in brand new ways. Through unique perspectives as diverse as the world itself, the soundtrack embraces multiple languages as the show brings cultures from around the world together to unlock the magic of possibility, showing Disney music and stories have the power to inspire and unite us all.”

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Following the livestream, “Harmonious Live!” will be available on Disney+ in the United States and Canada for subscribers to stream anytime. “Harmonious Live!” is a Film 45 production.

 

Musical ‘Cinderella’ Starring Camila Cabello to Bow Exclusively on Amazon Prime in September

The musical Cinderella, starring Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Camila Cabello, Idina Menzel and Billy Porter, will launch exclusively around the world in more than 240 countries and territories on Prime Video this September, Amazon announced.

The musical incorporates pop songs from contemporary global artists and original songs by Cabello and Menzel.

A new take on the traditional story, Cinderella features a heroine (Cabello) who is an ambitious young woman with dreams bigger than the world will allow. With the help of her Fab G (Porter), she is able to persevere and make her dreams come true.

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Cinderella is a classic we all know and love, but this time with a modern unique twist and starring the sensational Camila Cabello and an all-star cast,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios. “Producer James Corden and the filmmaking team have taken this beloved fairytale and revamped it with a fresh, empowering perspective that will resonate with audiences and families around the world. We couldn’t be more excited for our global customers to sing and dance along to director Kay Cannon’s reimagination of this classic story.”

Cinderella is written for the screen and directed by Kay Cannon with covers of songs written by some of the top-selling musical artists of all time. The cast also includes Minnie Driver, Nicholas Galitzine and Pierce Brosnan. Producers are Leo Pearlman, James Corden, Jonathan Kadin and Shannon McIntosh, and executive producers are Louise Rosner and Josephine Rose.

Uncut Gems

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Lionsgate;
Drama;
Box Office $50 million;
$29.99 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray;
Rated ‘R’ for pervasive strong language, violence, some sexual content and brief drug use.
Stars Adam Sandler, Lakeith Stanfield, Julia Fox, Kevin Garnett, Idina Menzel, Eric Bogosian, Judd Hirsch.

A disturbing and offbeat thriller from the Safdie brothers, Uncut Gems offers what is undoubtedly the best performance of Adam Sandler’s career.

Sandler plays Howard, a New York jeweler and gambling addict who is deeply indebted to loan sharks. He manages to get his hands on a rare Ethiopian black opal expecting to auction it off to raise the money to pay his debts. Yet his fortunes continue to spiral out of control as he desperately tries to stay one step ahead of his past catching up with him.

Sandler’s reputation for comedy creates a certain expectation among viewers that lends to the film’s sense of unease, as it undercuts seeming moments of levity with an undercurrent of tension that always threatens to boil over. Sandler’s presence makes it easy to root for Howard despite his constant penchant for screwing up his own life. It could almost be considered a comedy of errors if it weren’t so gritty.

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Set in 2012, the film ties Howard’s predicaments to the real-life NBA playoff series between Boston and Philadelphia, with former Celtics superstar Kevin Garnett playing himself as a client of Howard. Garnett becomes obsessed with the opal, believing it gives him good luck as the series progresses, which puts Howard in a bind as he needs to hand it over to the auction house while outrunning the enforcers of his bookies, who won’t let him make any additional bets to cover his losses.

One of the highlights of the film is a starmaking turn by newcomer Julia Fox as Howard’s employee and mistress, the kind of arm candy every middle-aged sad sack wants to envision by their side.

The Blu-ray includes the featurette “Money on the Street,” a half-hour making-of video that details the extensive production history of the film, which is based on real elements from the Safdie’s own childhood remembrances of their father’s stories about the diamond district. The featurette offers some good insights from the filmmakers and cast about its themes of aspirations outpacing ability.

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