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Forget her Oscar for Dreamgirls or her Grammy for her debut album. All that doesn’t matter. Jennifer Hudson has officially arrived now that she’s forever immortalized as a Disney character for Disney Parks.

Obviously, I’m exaggerating, but posing for Annie Leibovitz for Disney’s Dream Portrait Series is a big thing. The 31-year-old entertainer joins the elite ranks by channeling Princess Tiana from The Princess and The Frog. Her picture features the caption, “Where you always follow your heart.” Check out previous portraits below and see how Hudson ranks among them.

check out more pics from this and previous years after the jump

Prior to her stint on Dancing With The Stars, I had no clue who the eff Zendaya was. Most likely due to the fact I’m not a tween with a subscription to the Disney Channel. But since she was paired up with my favorite DWTS pro, Val Chmerkovskiy, I thought I’d give her a chance. Unlike her Disney buddies on the reality competition, I actually quite liked her and she quickly waltzed into my heart with her kickass performances. After hearing her debut single, I’m officially a fan or as they like to call themselves… a zswagger.

Zendaya is the latest Disney pop princess torchbearer. Unlike her predecessors, her first single is much grittier and urban than I would’ve expected. While I love Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez now, their first tracks were way too bubblegum pop for my liking.

As the lyrics state, “Replay” is so good, I have to put it on replay. Produced by Mick Shuultz and written by Tiffany Fred and Paul “Phamous” Shelton, “Replay” is a slick pop jam with an infectious electro-R&B beat and supremely catchy chorus. I can’t wait to see what else Zendaya has in store for us on her debut album. Can’t wait for the music video to drop. This hot track deserves an epic clip. Check it out below.

listen to the awesome track after the jump

Mariah Carey Shuts Down Disneyland

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Donovan

Must be nice to have so much disposable income. Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary by renewing their vows in front of Cinderella’s Castle at Disneyland. The 43-year-old singer and American Idol judge wore a white princess-like wedding gown with a sparkly headpiece, while Cannon was clad in Prince Charming’s finest. Personally, I don’t get the whole fascination with having a princess wedding theme, but to each their own.

About 250 guests mingled on the chilly night in Fantasyland for the reception, which Cannon deejayed. I wonder if Nicki Minaj was invited ;) The park was reportedly closed to the public so guests could take advantage of the rides and attractions. The park was decorated with 10,000 crystals for the occasion, along with about 15,000 flowers imported from South Africa, Holland and France.

In 2008, Carey and Cannon married in the Bahamas. Each subsequent year, they renew their vows in some sort of elaborate manner. Last year, they did it atop the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Hopefully, the duo live happily ever after, unlike another high-profile celebrity couple who renewed their vows on a yearly basis. We all know what happened with Heidi Klum and Seal. In addition to celebrating their love, it was also the couple’s twin’s- Monroe and Moroccan- second birthday. Check out Mariah Carey’s Vine below to check out their special night.

check out her vine vids after the jump

This post may seem a little random, but since I babysit my niece on Wednesdays, I thought it was appropriate to publish today. Plus, I have a close friend who loves to deliver quotes from the animated film in Merida’s voice. Yes, he’s a little odd ;)

Watch out Snow White, there’s a new Real Housewife princess in town. Disney announced the heroine from Brave will become the 11th Disney princess. Merida is the first character to receive the honor from a Disney/Pixar production and the second from a CGI-animated film. Her addition to the princess line-up will become official in a coronation ceremony at Cinderella’s Castle in the Orlando theme park on May 11. Who knew the whole ordeal was so regal?

Even though Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs hit theaters eons ago, the official Disney princess initiative didn’t begin until the early 2000s. Then-chairman Andy Mooney saw the lucrative potential of packaging the animated ladies as a brand. He certainly was correct. My niece is obsessed with all things Disney princess-y.

Before Merida joins Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana and Rapunzel, she has to undergo a mild make-under. She’ll be un-3D-ified To fall in line with the rest of the ladies. Check out her new look below, along with the coronation of Rapunzel who was the most recent addition.

check out the coronation video after the jump

Cate Blanchett Finally Has Her Cinderella

In: Donovan, Movies

At long last, Disney finally found someone to wear those iconic glass slippers. At one point Amanda Seyfried and most recently Emma Watson were rumored to take on the titular role in the live-action version of the beloved fairy tale Cinderella. The studio revealed their final pick earlier today. Find out who below.

find out who after the jump

The Lone Ranger Releases Character Posters

In: Donovan, Movies

When I first heard a big screen adaptation of The Lone Ranger was in the works, I immediately rolled my eyes. Completely unnecessary if you ask me. My eyes continued to roll when Johnny Depp was cast as Tonto. I like Deep, but his casting was a tad ridiculous. Then I saw the first movie trailer which debuted during the Super Bowl, and had a tiny change of heart. Perhaps it was my low expectations, but it looked somewhat decent. I still don’t have an urge to run to the theaters but at least my eye-rolling has stopped. My eyeballs are thankful ;)

Disney just released character posters for the film and they’re pretty good. Armie Hammer as the titular character looks smoking hot with the scruff and the black eye mask. Ruth Wilson of Anna Karenina fame looks stunning in her artwork. Also receiving a poster of their own are William Fitchtner, Helena Bonham Carter and of course, Johnny Depp. Check them all out below. The Lone Ranger opens nationwide on July 3rd.

Movie Synopsis

From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the filmmaking team behind the blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “The Lone Ranger,” a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.

watch the trailer after the jump

This is freaking awesome. I freaking love a good Disney Parody and this new sketch from College Humor is pretty bang on. The video is a parody of the new film, Spring Breakers which stars former Disney stars Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez who, with a couple other girls, let loose during Spring Break. Next summer, it’s the former Disney Princesses that take a turn and they “let looser.”

What happens in the Magic Kingdom, stays in the Magic Kingdom as four of the Disney Princesses decide to venture out for a wild vacation, showing a side of themselves we’ve never seen before. Abby Elliott (SNL) stars as Cinderella and joins her badass friends, Snow White, Ariel and Jasmine for one hell of an adventure. Jasmine suggests they rob Cinderalla’s “b*tch Stepmother” and then head on vacation for Spring Break. James Franco’s character is the Genie in this parody. Here are some of the best quotes from this faux trailer:

  • Prince Charming: [To Cinderella as he holds glass slipper] “Wear this… and only this.”
  • Jasmine: “Here goes, better throw my hand in, wish me happy landing… All I gotta do is… this bump.”
  • Ariel: “Darling it’s better, down where it’s wetter, under the sheets.”
  • Snow White: [as she eats an apple] “You just take one bite and it will f*ck you up.”

Watch the hilarious trailer below. It reminds me of The Real Housewives of Disney sketch they did on SNL. So good! Enjoy the video below.

Video after the jump…

I love a good disney parody and also love a good a cappella cover so the video below made me very happy. A YouTuber/Singer named Jon Cozart created a song called “After Ever After” that he sings a cappella with himself.

The “After Ever After” lyrics tell the story of several of your favorite Disney characters and what happened to them after they lived happily ever after. For example, here’s what happened to Ariel:

“I loved being princess down in — this beautiful ocean blue / But mermaids are going missing — they end up in someone’s stew / So just try to put yourself in — to somebody else’s gills / You’re killing my ecosystem — with fishing and oil spills / Thank you BP, thank you BP / The British are killing, oil is spilling / Now I can’t see… MY EYES! / Chinamen feast on Flounder’s fins / Plus the Japanese killed all my whale friends / Oceans are browning, I think I’m drowning / Thanks to BP / YOU SUCK!”

Other than Ariel, the other characters we learn about included Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, and Prince Ali. Enjoy!

Video after the jump…

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