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Let’s Meet the Actors Who Voiced Our Favorite Disney Princes and Princesses

Disney Princess Voices

As we get older, certain knowledge vacates our brains like cereal pouring out of a box. I can’t remember any formulas from geometry class and I’m not 100-percent certain of my own state bird, but, dammit, I know my Disney characters. We all do. But do we really? We know every word from “Part of Your World” and “Hakuna Matata,” but do we know the performers behind the doe-eyed animated stars? Now, you can say you do. We all know the big stars, like that Mandy Moore was Rapunzel in Tangled or that Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell star in Frozen, but that’s just the tip of the Disney iceberg. Let’s take a peek behind the cartoon curtain and check out the real performers who brought our favorite Disney characters to life.

Ariel, The Little Mermaid

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While her appearance is modeled after none other than Alyssa Milano, Ariel’s voice comes to us courtesy of Jodi Benson. Benson also provided the voice for Barbie in Toy Storys 2 and 3, as well as several other voice roles, and she appeared in Enchanted as Patrick Dempsey‘s receptionist.

Prince Eric, The Little Mermaid

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If you wondered why Prince Eric seemed particularly happenin’ in a far out way, that’s because he was played by none other than Christopher Daniel Barnes, who also starred as Greg Brady in The Brady Bunch Movie. The actor who now specializes in voice work, can most recently be heard as Electro in The Ultimate Spider-Man series.

Belle, Beauty and the Beast

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Disney’s most book-loving princess, Belle’s voice came from Broadway actress Paige O’Hara. O’Hara also appeared in Enchanted as a soap opera actress.

Jasmine, Aladdin

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Jasmine’s speaking voice was provided by actress Linda Larkin (right), and her singing voice was Broadway star Lea Solonga (center), who appeared onstage as Kim in Miss Saigon and both Fantine and Eponine in Les Miserables. She also provided the song stylings for another Disney princess. You’ll have to scroll down to find out who.

Source: Let’s Meet the Actors Who Voiced Our Favorite Disney Princes and Princesses

Zendaya’s Stylist Law Roach Takes Us Behind the Scenes of New York Fashion Week

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Despite her age, Zendaya is a force to be reckoned with in the fashion industry. The 18-year-old star of Disney Channel’s K.C. Undercover looks absolutely stunning time after time on the red carpet. And when it comes to shutting down a New York Fashion Week front row, Zendaya makes flawlessness look so damn easy.

To get front row ready, Zendaya calls on her long time stylist, Law Roach. The Chicago native recalls getting his start with Zendaya when she was 13, and struggling to find designers who saw high-fashion potential in her look. “All they saw was Disney Girl, so the designers wouldn’t lend their clothing,” says Law, who’s also worked with Jessie J, La La Anthony, and Tamar Braxton. Those days are far behind the young star, as she currently has top designers from all around the world sending her garments, hoping she’ll be photographed in one of their pieces. (You should see Law’s hotel room during Fashion Week — it’s pretty much a Paris showroom.)

Check out the video of Law giving us an exclusive look into his world during one of the year’s biggest events, New York Fashion Week.


Source: Zendaya’s Stylist Law Roach Takes Us Behind the Scenes of New York Fashion Week

Anna Faris and Chris Pratt Were “So Scared” During Son’s Premature Birth, ‘House of Cards’…

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Mrs. Chris Pratt opens up about going into labor prematurely, House of Cards pulls a Beyoncé, sources claim Allison Williams isn’t done playing Disney characters, and more celebrity news.

  • Anna Faris says she was “in denial” going into early labor with her son in the March issue of Redbook. [Us Weekly]
  • House of Cards season three accidentally appeared on Netflix 16 days before its premiere date. Netflix took it down, but not before some spoilers made their way to the web. [Mashable]

  • Sources say Allison Williams is determined to play Mary Poppins. [Naughty Gossip]
  • Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox is cast in the CBS show Doubt. [EW]
  • In the House star Maia Campbell was arrested after causing a drunken ruckus at a Waffle House. [TMZ]
  • Watching Eddie Redmayne and Michael Keaton answer questions about Spanx on the red carpet will make your day. [BuzzFeed]

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  • You need to see this artwork of Disney princesses getting it on, Fifty Shades of Grey style. [Cosmopolitan]
  • Urban Outfitters is under fire for selling a tapestry that resembles clothing worn in concentration camps during the Holocaust. [Washington Post]
  • UFC fighter Ronda Rousey poses for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and said, “strong and healthy is the new sexy.” [E!]
  • We know celebs can’t survive awards season without their teams. Which member of a celebrity’s entourage would you want for yourself?

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In Defense of Justin Timberlake’s Acting Career

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We all know Justin Timberlake can sing and dance, but his acting abilities have been up for debate ever since he appeared in the Disney Channel train wreck/legendary supernova masterpiece Model Behavior.

That was in 2000, and the former *NSYNCer has gone on to star in films ranging from romantic comedy froth (Friends With Benefits) to dramatic Oscar season fare (The Social Network). Oh, let’s also not forget classics like The Love Guru and Bad Teacher. Yes, Timberlake is hot and charming as hell, but we’re still left with a burning question: Can he act?

In our opinion, the answer is a resounding yes. He’s had some missteps (i.e.: 2013′s Runner Runner), but what actor hasn’t? Timberlake has done enough good films that we feel confident in our verdict. Don’t believe us? Check out these seven films that show Timberlake in peak form.

Alpha Dog (2006)

Timberlake plays Frankie, a 19-year-old drug dealer who kidnaps his friend Jake’s 15-year-old brother after he doesn’t pay back a debt. Alpha Dog only has a 55 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but Timberlake emerges as the violent film’s saving grace. In a positive review, film critic Richard Roeper wrote, “Justin Timberlake has what it takes to be a genuine movie star.” And we have to agree. Alpha Dog is the first film where Timberlake proves to be a powerful on-screen force.

Black Snake Moan (2006)

Samuel L. Jackson and Christina Ricci also star in this movie about a religious blues musician, Lazarus Woods, who tries to “save” the town sex addict, Rae, after he finds her beaten on the side of a road. Timberlake gives a bravura performance as Rae’s controlling boyfriend Ronnie.

Shrek the Third (2007)

While not as critically lauded as the first two films, Shrek the Third is a perfectly harmless and enjoyable animated feature. Timberlake is both enthusiastic and charming as Artie, Princess Fiona’s cousin who the gang wants as the new king of Far Far Away. We challenge you to watch this film without smiling or giggling. (You won’t be able to.)

The Social Network (2010) 

This gripping Oscar-winning film, which centers on Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, showcases Timberlake’s best performance to date. In The Social Network, Timberlake plays Napster co-founder Sean Parker, who convinces Zuckerberg to let him get in on the Facebook game. As a result, Zuckerberg finds himself at odds with one of Facebook’s original founders Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield). Timberlake excels in this slimy, conniving, and nuanced role, and even got his own catchphrase

Friends With Benefits (2011) 

This formulaic romantic comedy is saved by the electric chemistry between Timberlake and Mila Kunis, platonic friends who complicate their relationship by starting a no-strings-attached sexual affair. It’s very funny, and Timberlake has never been more natural on screen. With a 70 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s clear the critics loved it, too.

Bad Teacher (2011)

In Bad Teacher, Cameron Diaz plays Elizabeth Halsey, a no-fucks-given teacher who just wants to find a rich man to take care of her. Timberlake is comedic gold as the bumbling, virginal — but filthy rich— substitute teacher who becomes the target of Elizabeth’s advances. While the film received tepid reviews at best, Bad Teacher is worth watching for a few hearty, genuine laughs plus that glorious dry-humping scene between Timberlake and Diaz (who used to date). You’ll never look at blue jeans the same way again.

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

This 2013 breakout film about a struggling ’60s folk singer trying to make it in the Greenwich Village music scene shows Timberlake in his most mature role to date. As singer Jim Berkley, Timberlake delivers a reserved performance as well as more than one memorable musical number. With a 94 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it looks like Timberlake was on pitch.

Do you think JT can act? Let us know in the comments below.

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Source: In Defense of Justin Timberlake’s Acting Career


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