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"He doesn't really filter himself, and I think that's why people are drawn to him." Submarine has debuted an official trailer for a documentary titled Gilbert, telling the story of the legendary "comedian's comedian" Gilbert Gottfried. Most will recognize Gottfried's voice first and foremost, along with his famous roles in big films like Aladdin and Beverly Hills Cop II, but he's so much more than just a funny voice. This new documentary takes a peek "behind the larger-than-life persona at a more personal story about growing up in Brooklyn and becoming a husband and father late in life." Surprisingly it also "strips the comedic character away to reveal the man behind it." There's some great footage in this trailer, and tons of other comedians talking about him, which is wonderful to see. I'm looking forward to watching this doc at some point soon. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Neil Berkeley's documentary Gilbert, »
- Alex Billington
Disney dropped two major pieces of news today, revealing that J.J. Abrams will take over for Colin Trevorrow at the helm of Star Wars 9, which lead to the second item later today, when the Star Wars 9 release date was delayed from May 24, 2019 to December 20, 2019. That release date shift has lead to the studio shuffling some of its other dates around, most notably, giving the highly-anticipated Aladdin remake the old Star Wars 9 date, setting it for release on May 24, 2019. As of now, the live-action Aladdin movie will face Warner Bros.' Minecraft, with Stx's Uglydolls and TriStar's The Rosie Project dropping May 10, 2019 and Disney/Marvel's Avengers 4 starting the summer movie season on May 3, 2019.
Deadline also reports that, despite Star Wars 9 shifting release dates before filming even begins, the studio is still standing firm with its May 25, 2018 release date for their Han Solo spin-off. After firing Phil Lord and Chris Miller in the middle of production, »
As cameras begin to roll on Guy Ritchie's live action remake of Aladdin, Disney has revealed the actors coming in to round out the cast of characters, as well as the talent behind the cameras. Come inside to check it out!
Along with The Lion King, Aladdin is one of my all time favorite Disney animated films. I'm not entirely sure how this adaptation is going to work out in live-action, but I'm eager to find out. We've know for a while now that Will Smith would be playing the Genie this time around, but now we have a full cast list:
Casting for “Aladdin,” the live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic, is complete and production is currently underway at Longcross Studios outside London.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Disney is showing no signs of slowing down with its live-action reboots, and now we know who will be playing the core four characters in the upcoming Aladdin reboot. The 1992 animated film starred Scott Weinger as the title character and the incomparable Robin Williams as Genie, but Disney has tapped a few newcomers - and one Hollywood star - for the live-action version. Keep reading to find out which actors have signed on so far. RelatedAll the Places You Might Have Seen Disney's New Aladdin, Mena Massoud »
- Terry Carter
Just a few weeks after Suicide Squad 2 was put on the fast track, a new filmmaker is coming aboard. Warner Bros. has finalized a deal for Gavin O'Connor to write Suicide Squad 2, while also engaging in talks for him to direct the superhero sequel. Still, while the project looks to be finally moving forward, this report claims that filming isn't scheduled to begin until the fall of 2018, giving Gavin O'Connor plenty of time to perfect the story.
The news comes from Variety today, with the report claiming that, after it was confirmed original Suicide Squad director David Ayer won't be returning, this sequel directing gig was among the hottest jobs in town. It did seem at one point that the project was on the fast track, with the studio eyeing Jaume Collet-Serra to direct, with The Legend of Tarzan writer Adam Cozad also coming aboard this summer to write the script, »
The cast of Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin continues to grow. Already, we know that Will Smith will take on Robin Williams’ beloved role as the Genie, Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott will play leads Aladdin and Jasmine, and Marwin Kenzari is set to portray the villainous grand vizier Jafar. In fact, a cast photo of the four arrived online just a few hours ago.
Now, Deadline is reporting that Homeland star Navid Negahban will be joining the production as the Sultan. Disney lovers will remember that the original 1992 animated classic portrayed Jasmine’s father as a pretty bumbling character who easily fell under the thrall of Jafar. His general ineptitude has caused fans to joke over the years that the insane power-hungry Jafar would probably make a better ruler of Abrabah than the Sultan.
As this is as a modernized, live-action take on Aladdin, though, we imagine that »
- Christian Bone
Smith is playing the Genie – previously voiced by the late Robin Williams in the 1992 animated film. The photo shows Smith and co-stars Mena Massoud (Aladdin), Naomi Scott (Princess Jasmine), and Marwan Kenzari (Jafar).
“I’m over here gettin’ my Genie on,” he added.
Other cast members in include Navid Negahban (“Homeland”) as the Sultan; Nasim Pedrad (“Saturday Night Live”) as Dalia, Princess Jasmine’s hand maiden and confidante; Billy Magnussen (“Into the Woods”) as Prince Anders, a potential husband for Princess Jasmine; and Numan Acar (“Homeland”) as Hakim, Jafar’s right-hand man and head of the palace guards.
- Dave McNary
Casting for Aladdin the live-action adaptation of the studio's animated classic, is complete and production is currently underway at Longcross Studios outside London. Will Smith has shared the first photo from the set on his Official Smith Family Facebook. He says this about kicking off production on the live-action adaptation of the classic animated adventure.
"We just started shooting Aladdin and I wanted to intro you guys to our new family... Mena Massoud/Aladdin, Naomi Scott/Princess Jasmine, Marwan Kenzari/Jafar, and I'm over here gettin my Genie on. Here we go!"
The Aladdin cast includes: Two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith (Ali, Men in Black) as the Genie who has the power to grant three wishes to whoever possesses his magic lamp; Mena Massoud (Amazon's Jack Ryan) as Aladdin, the hapless but lovable street rat who is smitten with the Sultan's daughter; Naomi Scott (Power Rangers) as Princess Jasmine, the »
The cast of Disney's Aladdin remake keeps getting bigger and bigger, with today bringing news that another actor has signed on to play a brand new character that didn't originate in the 1992 animated classic. Billy Magnussen has come aboard to play a character named Prince Anders, although no other details have been given at this time. He will become the second cast member who is playing a character created specifically for this musical, with Nasim Pedrad playing another character named Mara, a handmaiden and friend of Jasmine who wasn't in the original animated classic.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the casting news today, with the report adding that this is not the first time Billy Magnussen has portrayed a Disney prince. The actor portrayed the prince vying for the attention of Rapunzel in the 2014 live-action musical adaptation of Into the Woods. He joins a growing cast that includes Will Smith as the iconic Genie, »
Nearly 20 years after its initial release, Mulan is getting rebooted with a live-action film, and our childhood (and adult) selves are practically filled with glee. While the details are still being pieced together, we are excited to see one of our favorite princesses come to life on the big screen. As Disney searches for the perfect heroine to fill out that armor, we can't help but reminisce about who played the original Mulan. Related25 Mulan Moments That Better Be in the Live-Action Movie Broadway star Lea Salonga, who was also the singing voice of Jasmine in Aladdin, sang the melodies in the animated film. But Ming-Na Wen was the speaking voice behind the character. Not only did she reprise her role as Mulan in the sequel and a few Disney spinoffs, but she's also still kicking butt today. After voicing the Chinese warrior, the Coloane, Macau-born actress went on to »
- Kelsie Gibson
Disney's live-action remake of Mulan is reportedly set to begin production early next year and filming locations have been revealed. The news comes after it was announced that the live-action remake was getting pushed back to a 2019 release date as opposed to the original November 2018 release date. Many have attributed the delay to a lack of casting announcements, but that is unverified at the moment. The Disney D23 Expo announced casting for the live-action Aladdin and many assumed that some information would have been announced for Mulan at D23, but the only thing that was confirmed was that the movie had been pushed back.
While Mulan seems to have taken a backseat lately, a new report suggests that production is due to start soon. Omega Underground reports that production is set to start in late January of 2018 and that shooting will take place in China, New Zealand, and Australia. The »
This year has not been kind to Sony's long-gestating sequel Bad Boys 3, with the studio first pushing the release date to late 2018 in February, before director Joe Carnahan backed away from the project a month later, and now Martin Lawrence doesn't think it will happen at all. This comes just a few weeks after Sony Pictures pushed the project, which had been set for a November 9, 2018 release, off of its release calendar altogether. When asked about the project in a recent interview, Martin Lawrence revealed that the project is essentially dead.
"I don't think we're going to get one, not the way everything's turning out. Will is off doing another movie, and I don't think it's going to happen. I'm there, I'm ready right now. If they wanted to do it, I'm ready, but I don't have control of that. That's the studio's decision."
The actor didn't reveal any »
Just a few weeks after we reported that The Mummy remake star Marwan Kenzari is in talks to play the villainous Jafar in Disney's Aladdin reboot, it seems the studio has also found the villain's right-hand man. Turkish actor Numan Acar is in talks to portray Hakim, who serves as the "head of the guards" for Jafar in this live-action remake. There was a guard character named Hakim, voiced by Frank Welker, in the original Aladdin movie, but it seems he will be a much more substantial character in this live-action movie.
Deadline broke the news of this casting, but their report did not include Marwan Kenzari as part of the cast, so perhaps his deal has not been finalized at this time. Numan Acar will be joined by Will Smith, who voices The Genie, Mena Massoud as the title character Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine and Nasim Pedrad as Mara, »
The cast of Guy Ritchie’s live-action Aladdin film continues to take shape, as Deadline reports that Homeland’s Numan Acar has joined the project. The actor will take on the role of Hakim, who the outlet describes as “the head of the guards” and “right-hand man” to Marwan Kenzari’s villainous Jafar.
While Hakim isn’t one of the more well-known Aladdin characters, he did make appearances in the 1994 and 1996 direct-to-video Aladdin sequels, The Return of Jafar and Aladdin and the King of Thieves, and the short-lived Aladdin TV show in 1994. Frank Welker, Jim Cummings and Corey Burton have all voiced the character in the past.
- Justin Cook
John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, will receive the Diane Disney Miller Lifetime Achievement Award from the Walt Disney Family Museum at its third annual fundraising gala on Nov. 7 at the Golden Gate Club at the Presidio in San Francisco
The award honors those who have made an outstanding impact in arts, education, community involvement, and technological advancement.
“I’m honored to be receiving the Diane Disney Miller Lifetime Achievement Award. Diane was an incredible person and an incredible champion of her father’s legacy,” Lasseter said. “The Walt Disney Family Museum is such an inspiring place for me, and I think for anyone who’s ever seen one of Walt’s movies, or visited one of his theme parks. I was proud to call Diane my friend and I’m very proud to be receiving this recognition in her name.”
Lasseter is a pioneer of computer animation and a driving »
- Terry Flores
It’s been a good week for Disney casting new versions of its most iconic villains; hot on the heels of Chiwetel Ejiofor entering serious talks to play Scar in Jon Favreau’s The Lion King, the studio has also found its Jafar for Guy Ritchie’s live-action Aladdin. Variety reports that Marwan Kenzari, recently of Tom Cruise’s The Mummy, is in discussions to play the vile vizier.
We can only hope that Kenzari—who’s also set to appear in Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming Murder On The Orient Express—won’t be too distracted by his franchise obligations to the ever-growing, vital and active Universal Dark Universe to really commit to this new part. (But we kid the giant, possibly moribund cinematic universe.) The role of Jafar previously belonged to Jonathan Freeman, who played him in the 1992 animated original, its sequel, several Kingdom Hearts games, and the »
- William Hughes
Perhaps you'd like to see how snakelike Marwan Kenzari can be? The 34-year-old actor is in negotiations to play the villain Jafar in the live-action remake of Aladdin, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Disney has not commented on the alleged casting, but several sources also told Variety that Kenzari is involved in the upcoming movie. Jafar, vizier to the sultan of Agrabah, was voiced by Jonathan Freeman in the animated film. Kenzari joins Mena Massoud (Aladdin), Naomi Scott (Princess Jasmine) and Will Smith (the Genie). Nasim Pedrad has also joined the cast as a handmaid and friend to Princess Jasmine. Guy Ritchie is directing the project from a script by John August. Dan Lin is producing the »
He joins Naomi Scott, who will play Jasmine, Mena Massoud, who will portray the title character, and Will Smith, who will voice Genie (a role made famous by Robin Williams in the animated classic). Nasim Pedrad has also joined the cast as a handmaid and friend to Jasmine.
John August, whose credits include “Big Fish,” wrote the new “Aladdin” script. Dan Lin, who produced Ritchie’s two “Sherlock Holmes” movies for Warner Bros., is also producing “Aladdin” through his Lin Pictures company. Jonathan Eirich is exec producing.
The original animated movie was a comic take on the Arabic folk tale about a young man granted three wishes by a genie trapped in a lamp.
“Aladdin” was the highest-grossing film of the year in 1992, and won Oscars for best score and best song for “A Whole »
- Justin Kroll
Brendon Connelly Jul 27, 2017
Disney is potentially looking to The Hunchback Of Notre Dame for its next live action take on an animated movie.
Even while Beauty And The Beast is warming up the shelves in Sainsbury and Aladdin is filling up the UK's sound stages (while Mulan pre-production continues in parallel with the complex VFX work needed for The Lion King), Disney continues to pillage its attic full of toys even further. Another 'brand deposit' movie seems to be on the way, once again taking an older, already-loved property and finding new ways to sell it to us, even as our nostalgia for the original is being simultaneously rekindled.
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A post shared by Mena Massoud (@menamassey) on Jul 19, 2015 at 5:58pm Pdt If you had any trepidations about Disney's live-action Aladdin, cast your worries aside. The film recently revealed that newcomer Mena Massoud would be playing the title character, and let's just say, we are already obsessed. Not only does he have some striking resemblances to "Prince Ali" (hello, look at those abs!), but his inspiration for pursuing acting has a sweet connection to the original film. Plus, it seems like we'll be seeing a lot more of him in the coming months. Get to know all you can about the latest Disney prince below. RelatedAll the Places You Might Have Seen Disney's New Aladdin, Mena Massoud 1. He's Canadian but Has Ties to Egypt Mena was born in Egypt, but raised in Canada. Now, he spends his time between Toronto and La. 2. Robin Williams Inspired Him to Become an »
- Kelsie Gibson
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