WEEK IN WOMEN: Kristin Chenoweth’s New Deal at Disney+ – Brandy McDonnell reports

Kristin Chenoweth is joining the streaming revolution. The award-winning actor and singer will star in the planned Disney+ series “The Biggest Star In Appleton.” The Mouse House’s new streaming service is developing the half-hour, single-camera comedy from Chenoweth, playwright and screen scribe Paul Rudnick and producer Dan Jinks.

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SPOTLIGHT December 2019: Leslie Iwerks, Filmmaker, THE IMAGINEERING STORY

Leslie Iwerks is either Disney royalty, or a Disney brat, depending on whether you’re talking to fans or the director herself. She’s the grand-daughter of animator and inventor Ub Iwerks, one of Walt Disney’s oldest friends, creator of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, and co-creator with Disney of Mickey Mouse. She is the daughter of technical innovator, lifetime Oscar Award winner, and Disney Legend Don Iwerks. As documentary director/producer, she has a distinguished career in film and an Oscar nominee for her work on The Pixar Story.

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MALEFICENT MISTRESS OF EVIL – Review by Lana Wilson-Combs

Angelina Jolie shines in the dark and enchanting Disney, fantasy adventure Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. Directed by Joachim Rønning from a script by Linda Woolverton, Noah Harpster and Micah Fitzerman-Blue, this follow-up to the 2014 blockbuster Maleficent is a spirited revenge thriller.

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MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

It’s been five years since Disney’s revisionist Maleficent set the story straight on the (we’re told) unfairly maligned “wicked witch” of the Sleeping Beauty legend… which, of course, *checks notes* Disney itself helped to perpetuate, the monsters. So how is that Disney is now doubling down on her terribleness, what with all this Mistress of Evil nonsense for the sequel?

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MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL – Review by Brandy McDonnell

But “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” is at its best when it lets its two powerhouse leading ladies – Jolie, who is a force of nature as the misunderstood Maleficent, and Pfeiffer, who chews the fantastical scenery with villainous glee – dominate the fairy story.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Awkwafina’s Two New High-Profile Projects – Brandy McDonnell Reports

With her signing on to two high-profile projects in less a month, we’re seeing another phase in the rapidly morphing career of Awkwafina, the rapper who broke out as a comedic actor in last year’s blockbuster Crazy Rich Asians and is gaining early awards consideration for her finely nuanced lead turn in this year’s critically acclaimed drama The Farewell.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Auli’i Cravalho set for ABC’s live LITTLE MERMAID – Brandy McDonnell reports

Before Disney films its live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, ABC will air a live musical production starring Moana actress Auli’i Cravalho as the iconic Princess Ariel. The production, which will air on Nov. 5, will co-star Queen Latifah as Ursula and Shaggy as Sebastian. The broadcast will include music from the original two-time Oscar-winning animated film as well as the Tony Award-winning Broadway show.

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