Mandy Moore lets her hair down

The classic tale of Rapunzel gets reincarnated in “Tangled,” Disney’s 50th animated feature. Renamed because the studio felt last year’s “The Princess and the Frog” would’ve fared better had it not had the word “Princess” in the title (to alienate male ticket buyers), “Tangled” infuses the classic story with a strong feminist streak, with former pop-star Mandy Moore taking on the lead role.

“You can’t get more classic than being part of a Disney animated film,” Moore says. “That’s something I’ll have in my back pocket for the rest of my life and I feel so honored, so lucky, to think this film will be around long after I’m gone.”

And it wasn’t just career bragging rights that drew Moore to the project. “I loved having the opportunity to portray a young woman who is so fearless,” she says. “She’s not a victim, she’s not naive; she’s warm and spirited. What I knew about Rapunzel was the damsel in distress who lets down her hair so the prince can save her, and our story  flips that on its head.”

That’s putting it lightly, as the film infuses the tale with distinctly modern elements, including hulking brutes with a soft side, mugging animals, pop culture references and a hapless thief (Zachary Levi) in place of the usual dashing prince. It’s all wrapped up in a 3-D computer animation style Disney usually leaves to its studio-mates at Pixar. But at the center of it all is still a girl singing her heart out.

“I love musical theater,” Moore says. “To be a Disney princess has been a total dream come true, but it wasn’t until I got into the studio that I realized, ‘Oh my gosh, how am I going to do this? How am I going to get through this?’”


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Call of Duty hoaxer blamed for $100K SWAT…

A heavilly-armed SWAT team and an army of police officers stormed a Long Island home fearing a grisly double homicide – only to find it…

National

Minnie Driver tweets naked celebrity snap to 'shut…

Actress Minnie Driver has responded to bitchy critics who sniped about her bikini body by Tweeting a naked picture of herself. The 44-year-old star of…

National

American middle classes no longer world's richest (guess…

America's middle classes are no longer the richest in the world – having been overtaken in the wealth stakes by their Canadian counterparts. For almost…

Local

Federal prosecutors charge 3 men in multi-million dollar…

Federal prosecutors in New York charged three men in connection with a $33 million fine art scam that spanned more than two decades.

Television

John Turturro tags in for Robert De Niro…

The cast of the courtroom drama miniseries has undergone yet another shift. Following Robert De Niro's exit, the cable network has brought in John Turturro…

Television

TV watch list, Tuesday, April 22: 'Glee,' 'Agents…

'Glee' Rachel makes her Broadway debut in "Funny Girl." Remember when she was just a high school drama nerd? FOX, 8PM 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'…

The Word

Lindsay Lohan's big, drunk interview

Lindsay Lohan appears to be completely off the wagon now, if Kode magazine's chronicle of her trip to Coachella is any indication. According to the…

The Word

What we learned from the premiere of 'True…

Does watching someone's marriage implode make for great TV? The show runners at "True Tori" think Tori Spelling's heartbreak is hot stuff indeed.

NBA

Nets settle for 1-1 series tie with Game…

DeMar DeRozan, who was an All-Star this season, hit two huge jumpers back-to-back to give the Raptors an 89-85 lead over the Nets with 2:10 to play.

NHL

Rangers reclaim home ice with Game 3 road…

The Rangers jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the first period for the second straight game. This time, they held on.

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: Brewers best in baseball, Dodgers,…

MLB Power Rankings: Brewers best in baseball, Dodgers, Cardinals, Yankees surge. The A's, Braves, Rangers, Giants and Rockies are also in the top 10.

NBA

Jason Kidd reacts to Mike Woodson being fired…

Jason Kidd played for Mike Woodson last year and Joe Johnson spent four seasons being the main focus on offense for Woodson in Atlanta.

Wellbeing

How to burn off all that Easter candy

Sorry to be a buzzkill, but you can't eat chocolate eggs and Jelly Bellys forever.

Food

Powdered alcohol: 5 things to know about 'Palcohol'

What's the deal with powdered alcohol? Here's what you need to know about Palcohol.

Travel

Travel hacks: 6 tips on living out of…

Lynne Martin shares her travel hacks on living out of just two suitcases.

Wellbeing

Tough Mudder pro gives tips on conquering a…

Learn hacks from head designer Nolan Kombol.