Idina Menzel on Frozen 2; Mad Men series finale nets 3.3 million viewers; Ratchet and Clank to arrive in theaters April 29th, 2016



Welcome to the Mad Men series finale edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report. Here’s what’s topping today!



We all know Elsa, the star of 2013’s animated blockbuster Frozen. Now we meet the actor who played her, Idina Menzel. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Menzel discussed the upcoming sequel, Frozen 2. How did she say about it Jim?




Jim Fish (via The Hollywood Reporter)- With the blockbuster success of Frozen turning Idina Menzel from a much-loved Broadway vet to an Oscar-winning household name, the voice behind “Let It Go” is inevitably going to field a few questions about the Disney film’s recently announced sequel. On the red carpet of the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, Menzel said that she couldn’t spill too many secrets about the sequel, since it’s still at a developmental stage.



“I don’t know that much,” said Menzel. “Honestly, I think they’re in the writing/creative stages, so there’s not much to talk about, other than we’re really excited that there’s a future.”


When asked about her involvement in the upcoming Broadway adaptation of the animated smash, Menzel laughed and replied, “I don’t know if I feel like hitting that high note eight times a week! … But we’ll see. I would love to be a part of it. It’s a great family of people, a great creative team, and you never know.”




Last Sunday night was the season finale of Mad Men. Viewers managed to see what Don Draper had in store for the last time. Did the show deliver on its promises Danny, or did Breaking Bad did better than its predecessor?



Danny Angelfish (via Entertainment Weekly)- The final hour of Mad Men went out a high note, but couldn’t quite reach its previous viewership peaks.

The acclaimed AMC drama delivered 3.3 million viewers Sunday night (and 1.4 million adults 18-49). That makes it the third most-watched episode of all time for the series and the third biggest episode among adults 18-49. The Emmy-winning drama did manage to set a record in the 25-54 year old demo.

AMC split the final season of Mad Men across two years like the network previously did with Breaking Bad. However, the latter series spiked hugely to reach record highs in its final run, jumping to 10.3 million viewers for its series finale.



Ratchet and Clank, the intergalactic duo are headed from the video game world to straight to theaters! Based on the PS1 games of the same name, their job is to keep the galaxy safe from evil aliens. Now, the duo have a very important mission starting next spring. Who’s playing the classic duo, and how many stars joined in Dan?



Dan Barry (via Animation World)- Vancouver-based animation studio Rainmaker Entertainment and Blockade Entertainment have announced that Focus Features has been appointed as the U.S. theatrical distributor for Ratchet & Clank, with an April 29, 2016, release date scheduled. Film Financial Services, who organized co-financing for the film, will arrange P&A financing. The CG-animated feature film is based on the iconic PlayStation video game franchise from Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA), created and developed by Insomniac Games.

President and Chief Creative Officer Michael Hefferon, and Blockade Entertainment CEO Brad Foxhoven, together with China’s CNHK Media Ltd., announced today

Ratchet & Clank features the voice talent of an all-star cast including Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe Award winner Paul Giamatti (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Saving Mr. Banks, Sideways) as “Chairman Drek;” Golden Globe Award winner John Goodman (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Monsters Inc., Monsters University, Argo) as “Grimroth;” Young Artist Award winner BELLA THORNE (The Snow Queen 2, Blended) as “Cora;” ALMA Award winner Rosario Dawson (Marvel’s Daredevil,Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Sin City) as “Elaris;” and Academy Award nominee Sylvester Stallone (Creed, Rambo, The Expendables, Rocky) as “Victor.”  The celebrity cast members join the voice talent from the successful Ratchet & Clank video game franchise: James Arnold Taylor (Star Wars: Clone Wars, TMNT) as “Ratchet”; David Kaye (Up) as “Clank;” Armin Shimerman (Bionicle: The Legend Reborn, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) as “Nefarious;” and Jim Ward (The Fairly Odd Parents, Escape from Planet Earth) as “Captain Qwark.”

Ratchet & Clank is directed by Kevin Munroe (TMNT), co-directed by Jericca Cleland, and produced by Blockade’s Foxhoven and VP of Development David Wohl along with Rainmaker’s SVP of Production and Operations, Kim Dent Wilder serving as Producer. Michael Hefferon serves as lead Executive Producer. Former Insomniac Games writer TJ Fixman wrote the original screenplay draft, with director Kevin Munroe contributing significantly to the script.

Ratchet & Clank tells the story of two unlikely heroes as they struggle to stop a vile alien named Chairman Drek from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy. Ratchet is the last of his kind — a foolhardy “lombax” who has grown up alone on a backwater planet with no family of his own. Clank is a pint-sized robot with more brains than brawn. When the two stumble upon a dangerous weapon capable of destroying entire planets, they must join forces with a team of colorful heroes called The Galactic Rangers in order to save the galaxy. Along the way, they will learn about heroism, friendship, and the importance of discovering one’s own identity.

Already sold in over 25 international territories by leading International Sales Agent, Cinema Management Group (CMG), Ratchet & Clank is set to be the most successful 3D animated feature for CMG since it started licensing independently produced animated features in 2004.

Co-financing was arranged by David Sheldon’s Seattle based Film Financial Services (FFS) and includes Rainmaker as the lead investor along with China’s CNHK (backed by Wang Sicong’s Prometheus Capital), and Cinema Management Group.

Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC will release a companion Ratchet & Clank video game, a re-imagination of the origin story for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system along with the release of the film. The game is being developed by franchise creator, Insomniac Games. Since the first Ratchet & Clank video game was released in November 2002, the franchise has been a massive success, quickly becoming one of the most popular franchises in the SCEA portfolio, selling over 26 million copies worldwide.



Checking the Penguins tally, 1,628 fans sign in as the countdown to Memorial Day commences.



We’re getting close to summer movie season as it’s ready to get hot in the box office, but first, our Thursday night crew stop by before summer officially begins with new episodes of Adventure Time, Clarence, Teen Titans Go!, and Uncle Grandpa. Look for some last minute box office numbers to see whether if Pitch Perfect 2 can continue to stay #1. See you soon for these summer break editions of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report!

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