Fairy tales are timeless. As the year comes to an end, filmmakers are ready to release fairy tale-inspired movies with cutting-edge flair and plot twists in 2012.
“Dorothy of Oz”
Everyone loves the tales of Oz, from musical fantasy film “The Wizard of Oz” to theatrical production “Wicked.” And now we have an upcoming computer-animated film “Dorothy of Oz,” which is scheduled for a 3-D US theatrical release in August.
The movie revolves around Dorothy Gale’s (Lea Michele) jaunt to save her old friends, the Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), the Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer) and the Lion (James Belushi). As she makes the journey through Oz, Dorothy meets new companions Marshal Mallow (Hugh Dancy) and The China Princess (Megan Hilty) and Tugg (Patrick Stewart), who help her fight against the wicked Jester (Martin Short).
The movie is directed by Will Finn and Dan St. Pierre and is based Roger Stanton Baum’s book of the same name. With its line up of Tony, Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actors and actresses, this one is sure to not disappoint.
Broadway.com readers (and editors!) love to see favorite stars perform in bite-size video clips. No wonder our “Watch It” items have become among the most-clicked-upon features on the site. As in 2010, a clip featuring Glee star Lea Michele topped our list of five favorite Watch Its, followed by morning show appearances for How to Succeed and Priscilla and two snippets from the 2011 Oscar telecast. Missed any of them? Click below and enjoy!
1. Wicked Great! Watch Glee’s Lea Michele and Chris Colfer Change ‘For Good’
2. How to Succeed Star Daniel Radcliffe Wakes Up The Today Show With ‘Brotherhood of Man’
3. Oscar Host Anne Hathaway Sings ‘On My Own’ to Hugh Jackman
4. Bette Midler and the Dancing Queens of Priscilla ‘Survive’ an Early Morning on Today
5. Oscar Night Highlight! Musical Versions of Harry Potter, Twilight, The Social Network and Toy Story 3
Lea has like, the best voice of our entire generation, and she def put her pipes to good use this year. Aside from belting it out as Rachel on Glee, Lea voiced Dorothy of OZ in the 2012 animated flick, acted and sang in New Year’s Eve and went on a worldwide concert tour with her fellow gleeks. Next stop, Broadway? Oh, wait…
Lea Michele has made DoSomething.org’s annual “Celebs Gone Good” list of the top 20 celebrities who support charitable causes.
16. Lea Michele
Lea Michele is using her powerful voice to ban horse-drawn carriages. A devoted advocate for PETA, Lea recently filmed a shocking video that shows the brutal conditions the horses are forced to endure. Lea also inspires her followers to get involved by tweeting information about animal cruelty.
Lea Michele thoroughly enjoys her annual family Christmas “traditions”.
The 25-year-old Glee star prefers to spend the holidays in her native New York City with her kinfolk every year.
A frosty frolic through the park with her family close at hand puts a huge smile on Lea’s face.
“Every year my family and I go to Central Park,” Lea explained. “There’s a band and fireworks and it’s a big tradition for us.”
Although she enjoys time off, hardworking Lea can’t wait to crack on with her New Year’s resolutions in 2012.
The actress is determined to realise her ambitions in the New Year, even if it means making a big effort.
“[My main] New Year’s resolution is to keep working, doing things that are challenging, exciting and enjoyable. Maybe that will get me closer to playing my idols, Natalie Wood or Barbra Streisand,” she laughed.
“Glee” Stars Lea Michele, Cris Colfer, Jane Lynch and More Tape “Inside the Actors Studio”
The cast of the hit musical series “Glee,” including Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch, sat down with host James Lipton Dec. 18 for an upcoming episode of “Inside the Actors Studio.”
Among the cast and creative team members who were present for the 7 PM taping were Michele, Morrison, Lynch, Corey Monteith, Chris Colfer and creator Ryan Murphy, according to “Inside the Actors Studio.”
“Inside the Actors Studio” is taped at the Schimmel Theater on Pace University’s New York City campus.
A representative for “Inside the Actors Studio” said the episode will air this spring on Bravo TV.
peta2, PETA’s youth division, is giving teens the opportunity to vote for their favorite animal-friendly stars in its sixth annual Libby Awards (“Libby” is for “liberation”), which honor animal-friendly people and products. Visitors to peta2.com can vote for their favorites in each category, and peta2 will choose the winners.
In the category of Top Animal-Friendly Celebrity, Glee star Lea Michele—who stood up for horses used to pull carriages in New York City—will face off against Jackass’s Steve-O, who protested outside the Edmonton Valley Zoo to call on zoo officials to allow Lucy (the ailing and lone elephant there) to retire to an elephant sanctuary; Victorious star Daniella Monet, who filmed an exclusive video for the peta2 Street Team promoting “Hug a Vegetarian” Day; and Cobra Starship’s Gabe Saporta, who fought to defend his title of peta2′s Sexiest Vegetarian on Twitter and Facebook, and who also starred in a peta2 anti-fur ad.
You can vote for Lea here. Voting ends on December 23, and the winners will be announced on January 17.
“Glee’”‘s Lea Michele says her cat Sheila needs a resolution.
“I wish that Sheila would stop going into my bathroom, taking out all my cotton balls out of the jars and spreading them all over. So her New Year’s resolution would be to get over the cotton ball obsession.”