WEEK IN WOMEN: Emma Stone Goes “Cruella”

Before she was a Golden Globe nominee for The Favourite or even an Oscar winner for La La Land, Emma Stone was reportedly set to star as a Disney villain in Cruella, a live-action origin story for 101 Dalmatians baddie Cruella De Vil. Think the Mouse House’s 2014 box-office hit Maleficent only with a fashionable fur coat instead of the horns.

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RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET – Review by Brandy McDonnell

Unlike most follow-ups, the successor to the Disney’s 2012 animated hit does more than just upgrade the visuals and the action sequences, although those get a zippy makeover. The sequel, which has topped the box office for three straight weekends, also advances the storytelling, characters and humor in clever but profound ways.

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THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS – Review by Susan Granger

Disney’s big-budget attempt to adapt E.T.A. Hoffmann’s 1816 fantasy and Tchaikovsky’s ballet is a muddled mess, comparable to A Wrinkle in Time. In Victorian London, the story begins with inventive young Clara Stahlbaum (Mackenzie Foy) in the attic demonstrating her elaborate Rube Goldberg-type mousetrap to her younger brother Fritz (Tom Sweet).

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THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS – Review by Brandy McDonnell

Like recent Disney live-action adventures like 2013’s Oz the Great and Powerful and this year’s A Wrinkle in Time, The Nutcracker is visually gorgeous and entertaining enough, with some interesting approaches to adapting familiar material, but the results don’t quite cook up as well as you’d like, especially considering the first-rate ingredients.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: New ABC Doc Series Focuses on Disney’s Women Animators – Brandy McDonnell reports

ABC Studios is producing a new documentary series titled “Ink & Paint” that will sketch out an often-overlooked chapter in the history of Disney’s animation empire: the vital role that the Mouse House’s workforce of women played in creating its classic films.

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN: Leder to direct Witherspoon/Ansiton series, Robertson-Dworet adapts ARTEMIS for film, Disney sparks girl filmmakers — Brandy McDonnell reports

Mimi Leder will executive produce and direct Apple’s as-yet-untitled morning drama series, rounding up an all-female core creative team under

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