Movie buzz: Josh Gad animates, Superman soars

WHO Josh Gad

THE MOVIE "Frozen"

THE DEAL The Tony-nominated star of Broadway's smash hit "The Book of Mormon" has signed on to Disney's winter-themed animated film. According to the studio, Gad will be the voice of Olaf, "a fun and lively snowman" who joins Anna (Kristen Bell) and mountain man Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) on their adventure to save their kingdom. Gad appears in the current release "The Internship" as a socially challenged computer wiz, and will star as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in the upcoming biopic "Jobs," based on the life of Steve Jobs. Disney's "Frozen" also added Santino Fontana (Broadway's "Billy Elliot") and Alan Tudyk ("Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter") to its voice cast. The film is due in theaters Nov. 27.

THE MOVIE "Man of Steel"

THE DEAL As expected, Warner Bros. is working on a sequel to Henry Cavill's Superman reboot, which set a June box-office record of $128.6 million during its opening last weekend. What's surprising is that the sequel could come as soon as next year, according to unnamed studio sources cited in The Wall Street Journal. Most successful superhero franchises wait two to three years between sequels, but Warner Bros. may see a chance to invade Disney's successful Marvel universe, including Iron Man, Thor and Captain America. Warner Bros. also has been planning a "Justice League" supergroup film, which originally included Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Green Lantern, Aquaman and others. As of press time, "Man of Steel" had earned $214 million worldwide, according to BoxOfficeMojo.

THE MOVIE "Unfinished Song"

THE DEAL This British senior-citizen comedy-drama stars Terence Stamp, 74, as curmudgeonly Arthur Harris, a reluctant new member of a seniors' choir whose repertoire includes racy songs like Salt-N-Pepa's "Let's Talk About Sex." Vanessa Redgrave, 76, plays his terminally ill wife; Gemma Arterton is the choir leader. Released in the U.K. as "Song for Marion," the film will open in Manhattan and Los Angeles tomorrow. It's part of the Furman Film Series with guest speaker Barry Monush, a researcher at the Paley Center for Media.

INFO Tonight at 7:30 at Squire Cinemas, 115 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck. Tickets are $15-$20. 516-829-2570; goldcoastfilmfestival.org.

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