‘FROZEN 2’ AIMING TO BUILD ON THE POWER OF THE ORIGINAL
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Idina Menzel (ih-DEE’-nah mehn-ZEHL’) says she believes “Frozen 2” has the potential to empower young girls in the same way as the original movie that won two Oscars.
The Tony Award-winning performer voices the ice-wielding Elsa, who undertakes a dangerous journey with her sister Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell, and others.
The new film arrives in theaters Friday and comes six years after “Frozen” broke box office records for an animated film. The 2013 film was bolstered by the megahit “Let It Go,” which won an Oscar and a Grammy.
“Frozen 2” sees Elsa fully embracing her powers, but she finds herself haunted by an unsettling voice from afar. The quest addresses some unanswered questions about Elsa’s past and her family.
NEW LIFE LIKELY FOR LAWSUITS FROM MICHAEL JACKSON ACCUSERS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A California appeals court will likely give new life to lawsuits filed by two men who accuse Michael Jackson of molesting them when they were boys.
In a tentative ruling Monday, the 2nd District Court of Appeal said lawsuits from James Safechuck and Wade Robson should be reconsidered by the trial court that dismissed them in 2017.
The decision is based on a new California law that gives sex abuse victims far longer to sue.
Robson and Safechuck, who gained notoriety when they aired their accusations earlier this year in the Emmy-winning documentary “Leaving Neverland,” were in court for Monday’s brief hearing.
Lawyers for the Jackson estate say they accept the decision, but emphasize it is unrelated to the truthfulness of the allegations, which they have denounced as false.
“MAD ABOUT YOU” RETURNS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Helen Hunt says she had lunches with Paul Reiser for 20 years in which they said they’d never ever return to their sitcom, “Mad About You.”
The “Mad About You” reboot debuts tomorrow on Spectrum Originals.
Reiser says part of the reason they wanted to leave it be is because they liked how the original series ended, with their daughter being born. Hunt says she did the math and realized their daughter would be going off to school, and that would be fun to write about.
Reiser says if you want nostalgia, go watch the original episodes. He says they are not pretending they’re 25 and 30 again.