Let it go
December 27, 2019

'Twas the night after Christmas, and the president of the United States was suggesting on Twitter that the prime minister of Canada ordered the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. to edit out his brief cameo in Home Alone 2. In fact, Trump's 7-second scene in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York was absent from the CBC's December broadcasts of the 1992 film. But Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau played no role, and the CBC say the edits were made in 2014, when the prime minister was Stephen Harper, a Conservative.

USA Today characterized that tweet as Trump appearing "to tease" Trudeau, and Trump later tweeted a more overt joke in response to another article about the CBC's edits: "The movie will never be the same! (just kidding)." But his son Donald Trump Jr. took serious umbrage at his father's cameo being excised, and it wasn't a joke on Thursday's Fox & Friends.

It's "very possible" Trump was "joking with his suggestion that Trudeau had a hand in deleting him from a children's film," says CNN's Daniel Dale, who is Canadian. "But since others are taking this matter quite seriously, we're going to set the record straight." The CBC said it cut eight minutes from Home Alone 2 "when we first acquired the film" in 2014, and "the scene with Donald Trump was one of several that were cut from the movie as none of them were integral to the plot."

Dale confirmed that people have been tweeting about Trump's scene being cut as early as 2015. And not just Trump's cameo, he added: "Since 2014, people have scolded CBC for failing to air such Home Alone 2 scenes as 'Kevin going swimming,' 'THE TURTLE DOVE EXCHANGE,' and a scene in which a homeless man warns Macaulay Culkin's protagonist, Kevin McCallister, to 'Watch it, kid.'"

Trudeau's office declined CNN's request for comment. Peter Weber

July 19, 2017

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who serves as the vice chair of President Trump's Commission on Election Integrity, claimed Wednesday that "we may never know" if Hillary Clinton won the popular vote last November — despite all evidence indicating that she indisputably beat Trump by several million votes.

During Trump and Vice President Mike Pence's appearances at the commission earlier Wednesday, Pence claimed that the group "has no preconceived notions or preordained results." Kobach additionally rebutted MSNBC's Katy Tur when she asked, "That's why this commission exists, because the president believes he would have won the popular vote?"

Trump, though, alleged that there was "no choice" but to create the commission to investigate voter fraud, which will cost $500,000 this year and is led by Pence. Trump added that he was excited for "the full truth [to] be known and exposed." Experts have uncovered zero evidence of widespread voter fraud in the election and have noted that voter fraud is actually quite rare.

Watch Kobach's head-scratching interview below. Jeva Lange

February 4, 2015

Penny Nance, the CEO of Concerned Women for America, appeared on Wednesday's episode of Fox & Friends to offer her opinion on "The Frozen Effect."

What exactly, is that effect? Apparently, it's the film's empowering message for women — and Nance takes issue with that message.

When host Steve Doocy said Frozen depicts men "as evil and cold and bumblers," Nance was quick to agree. "When we bring our daughters to see Frozen, or whatever the movie is, we often have our little boys sitting there," Nance said. "We want them to know that they're essential. We want to raise heroes. We want to raise real men that will stick in their families and be great dads, and be great providers, and great husbands."

Setting aside the obvious issues with Nance's statements, it's not a great reading of Frozen and its characters. Maybe Hans was "evil and cold," but what about Kristoff, the rock trolls, and even Olaf? And female empowerment certainly doesn't take away from "real men" and family life — a good portion of Disney's Frozen arc on Once Upon a Time was devoted to Anna and Kristoff's relationship and wedding.

Doocy said that "it would be nice for Hollywood to have more male figures in those kind of movies as heroes," and Nance concluded by saying that "we don't have to empower women at the cost of tearing down men." That's true — but the Frozen story isn't doing that. —Meghan DeMaria

September 3, 2014

Despite a $1.27 billion worldwide gross and an absolutely inescapable anthem, Disney has been slow to capitalize on the smash success of its animated musical Frozen — until now.

While a full-scale Frozen sequel isn't in the works (yet), Disney just announced that that it will be continuing the Frozen story in Frozen Fever, a new animated short film slated to arrive next year.

Frozen Fever will be helmed by Frozen co-directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee. The story is set on Anna's birthday, as Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf attempt to throw her the best party ever — until Elsa's powers get in the way. Frozen Fever will also feature a new song by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the Oscar-winning team behind Frozen's "Let It Go."

Frozen Fever will hits theaters in Spring 2015. Scott Meslow

June 23, 2014

It's been more than eight months since the release of Disney's Frozen, but the movie — and its inescapable anthem, "Let It Go" — shows no signs of fading away. As it turns out, even Pearl Jam couldn't resist the song's allure.

At a recent concert in Milan, frontman Eddie Vedder ended a rendition of "Daughter" by belting out a few lines from the Oscar-winning power ballad in his distinctive warble. It's not the strongest rendition, but it just might be the weirdest. If you have room in your heart for one last "Let It Go" cover, you can see it below. --Scott Meslow

May 20, 2014

With well over $1.2 billion in box-office grosses alone, Disney's Frozen is an unstoppable phenomenon — but the company has been surprisingly low-key about spinning the hit animated film into the kind of cross-platform franchise on which it has thrived for decades.

But Disney can't hold back anymore. On Tuesday, it announced what is literally the most obvious extension of the Frozen brand: Frozen on ice, a show that will tour around the United States from September 2014 to March 2015. Tickets are already available; if your lifelong quota for "Let It Go" somehow hasn't been sated already, you can buy them here. Scott Meslow

April 23, 2014

Normally, my interest in baseball goes as far as the foodie-friendly eats available at New York stadiums. But hello, Zach Walters, you have turned my attention to the field.

Walters, a backup infielder for the Washington Nationals, has boldly been using selections from the Frozen soundtrack as his walk-out music. For most players, these tunes are meant to show a little personality, give a hometown shout-out, or at least pump them up before they face down the pitcher.

Walters, however, was partial to some Disney tunes. At first he was just playing the Oscar-winning "Let It Go," which, frankly, isn't even unique by baseball standards. But on Tuesday night he chose the b-side option, "Do You Want to Build a Snowman," to the delight of the crowd.

Why, might you ask, is a grown man choosing songs that every 5-year-old knows? Sure, he could have lost a bet. Or perhaps he has a niece he's particularly fond of.

Or maybe he just actually identifies with Queen Elsa and the film's message, "you do you." After all, Walters was only just pulled up from the minors. And despite impressing with two home runs earlier this month, his abilities will continue to be scrutinized. What better way to face down the critics than by blasting a song that says, "Hey buddy, you got this! Don't hold back, let it go!"

Whatever the reason, I applaud the choice. And, just remember, it's not nearly as embarrassing as the dudes who walked out to Justin Bieber. Lauren Hansen

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