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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
Avengers: Infinity War, The Incredibles 2, and Star Wars are among the highlights of D23!Avengers: Infinity War, The Incredibles 2, and Star Wars are among the highlights of D23!Tanner Zipchen7/17/2017 12:08:00 Pm
Another D23, a massive Disney fan event, is now behind us. Over the weekend, the Anaheim convention centre was transformed into the ultimate Disney fan HQ with autograph signings by stars, fan photo ops, and all kinds of exclusive merch. It also turns into the hub of entertainment news, with 3 days of big, star-filled panels. While that was happening, I was busy covering the red carpet behind the stage, talking with all the filmmakers and stars, while a crowd of thousands of fans erupted at the big announcements being made on the other side of the wall. I did run into a few Canadian fans on the convention floor over the weekend, but in case you weren’t there, »
- Tanner Zipchen
Bless my soul, Alan Menken is on a roll! Disney’s go-to animated film composer has already made the crossover to the live action films with Beauty and the Beast, and he’s not slowing down. On the last day of this weekend’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, Menken took to the stage to announce that he will score the music for Disney’s upcoming live action adaptations of The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. Just as exciting is the news of who will be joining Menken to write the lyrics for these films, and they’ve all had pretty big years. The live action
Legendary Disney Composer Alan Menken Announces Collaborations For New Film and Broadway Adaptations »
- Araceli Aviles
Author: Scott Davis
There has been far too much news this weekend coming in from D23 that it’s hard to keep up-to-date with the ins and outs of what the studio has announced – and as well as all things Marvel and Star Wars, the studio has made some inroads for one of their anticipated live-action remakes.
After reportedly struggling to find a cast for its upcoming Aladdin remake, the studio and director Guy Ritchie (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword) have finally found their leads for their “whole new world”.
First up, actors Mena Masooud and Naomi Scott are to take the lead roles of Aladdin and Jasmine respectively. While both have been acting in many films and television series’, they are still unknown enough to be considered “newcomers” with Masooud featuring in TV’s The 99 as well as starring with John Kransinki in the new Jack Ryan TV show. »
- Scott Davis
Disney is showing no signs of slowing down with its live-action reboots, and now we know who will be voicing the three main 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, and then see who made our top picks for Aladdin. »
- Terry Carter
Will Smith will play Aladdin’s Genie in the live action version of the Disney classic. The actor was previously in talks about the role with the studio. His casting was officially confirmed at the Disney D23 Expo in California today. The actor will take over the voice role previously filled by Robin Williams in the original 1992 […]
- Aleks Simeonova
Will Smith is the Genie, Mena Massoud will play the titular hero Aladdin and Naomi Scott will join him on the magic carpet as Jasmine. For months now we heard rumors about Will Smith stepping inside the lamp to take on the role Robin Williams truly made his own 25 years ago. Well it’s now official, he will […]
As part of Disney's ongoing D23 expo, Guy Ritchie's Aladdin, just one of the studio's many animation-to-live-action projects, got a major update today. Even though rumors of difficulty in casting leads surfaced a few days ago, Disney had no problem announcing their core cast. They are as follows: Mena Massoud as Aladdin/Prince Ali Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine Will Smith as Genie Certainly some of those names may be more familiar to you than others. Smith needs no introduction and has been rumored for the role made famous by the late Robin Williams … »
- Dave Trumbore
Disney confirmed that Will Smith will portray the Genie in the upcoming live-action remake of Aladdin, with the actor taking over the voice role previously filled by Robin Williams in the 1992 animated film.
Following weeks of controversy and "whitewashing" rumors surrounding Disney over who they would recruit to play Aladdin in the Guy Ritchie-directed film, the company announced that newcomer Mena Massoud – an Egyptian-born Canadian actor who will appear in the upcoming Jack Ryan TV series – has been cast as the titular thief.
"So honored & grateful for the opportunity »
After months of searching for the perfect actors to bring the beloved animated characters to life, Disney has now officially confirmed who will be starring in their upcoming live-action remake of Aladdin. The studio’s Sean Bailey made the announcement during a panel at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California earlier today.
Just as was reported a while back, Will Smith will be portraying the Genie. The role of the big, blue loveable wish-giver was, of course, played by the late, great Robin Williams in the 1994 original. Casting a popular actor with a very different but similar knack for stealing the scene like Smith is a good call by Disney. Time will only tell, though, whether he’ll match his predecessor.
- Christian Bone
Guy Ritchie’s live-action adaptation of Aladdin has finally found its leads, just days after reports began to circulate saying Disney was having trouble tracking down stars for the upcoming film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the company made the big announcement at its D23 expo today, revealing that Power Rangers star Naomi Scott and Mena Massoud—whose credits include the TeenNick series Open Heart, and Amazon’s upcoming Jack Ryan show—will play Princess Jasmine and Aladdin himself. The company also confirmed that the duo will join the already-rumored Will Smith, who’s now officially attached to step into Robin Williams’ pointy shoes as Genie. (Below, you can see Disney’s tweet confirming the casting, plus a picture of relative newcomer Massoud off of his Instagram.)
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- William Hughes
After a highly publicized search that appeared to be taking a magic carpet ride to nowhere, Disney’s live-action “Aladdin” remake has found its stars. Mena Massoud will play Aladdin himself, with “Power Rangers” star Naomi Scott as Jasmine; Will Smith is taking over for Robin Williams as the beloved Genie. A relative newcomer, Massoud doesn’t have many credits to his name.
Read MoreGuy Ritchie’s Live Action ‘Aladdin’ Specifically Seeking ‘Middle Eastern’ Actors
The news was just announced at Disney’s ongoing D23 expo, which yesterday revealed several details about “Toy Story 4,” “The Incredibles 2” and other upcoming projects. Guy Ritchie, fresh off his recently released “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” is directing the “Aladdin” remake. Scott Weinger and Linda Larkin voiced Agrabah’s most famous duo in the 1992 animated classic, a key entry in the Disney Renaissance.
Read MoreGuy Ritchie Will Direct Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ for Disney, Suggesting »
- Michael Nordine
Dreams do come true!
On Friday, the voices behind ten of Disney’s biggest princesses came together for one magical photo op.
Paige O’Hara (Belle from Beauty and the Beast), Irene Bedard (Pocahontas), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel in Tangled), Auli’i Cravalho (Moana), Sarah Silverman (Vanellope von Schweetz, Wreck-It-Ralph), Kristen Bell (Anna in Frozen), Kelly Macdonald (Merida in Brave), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana in The Princess and the Frog), Linda Larkin (Jasmine in Aladdin) and Jodi Benson (Ariel in The Little Mermaid) all united on the stage of Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, California.
The ladies were there to »
- Dave Quinn
At Friday’s D23 confab in Anaheim, Disney touted its upcoming animation slate, revealing footage and details about “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2,” “Incredibles 2,” “Toy Story 4,” “Coco,” “Frozen 2,” and more.
Capping the animation presentation, the “Coco” grand finale featured more than 160 performers who descended upon Hall D23 at the Anaheim Convention Center, including the Grammy-winning Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea and Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles under the direction of Kareli Montoya, and the Grammy-winning Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band.
Wreck-It Ralph Goes Viral
In “Wreck-It Ralph 2” (November 21, 2018), directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston (“Zootopia”), Ralph (John C.Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) go viral on the Internet to find a spare part to fix her broken Sugar Rush game. Along the way, they meet Yesss (“Empire’s” Taraji P. Henson), an algorithm for the site BuzzAholic, dressed in blue.
A clip revealed Vanellope »
- Bill Desowitz
At the D23 Expo Friday, Disney reunited actress' who have voiced Disney princesss throughout the years. Jodie Benson (Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”), Auli‘i Cravalho (“Moana”), Kristen Bell (Anna in “Frozen”), Kelly MacDonald (Merida in “Brave”), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel in “Tangled”), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana in “The Princess and the Frog”), Irene Bedard (“Pocahontas”), Linda Larkin (Jasmine in “Aladdin”) and Paige O’Hara (Belle in “Beauty and the Beast”). The actresses graced the stage together for a first look at "Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2" where the Disney princesses make a cameo.
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Stars of Walt Disney and Pixar assemble at D23 Expo.
Attendees at Disney’s annual D23 Expo in Anaheim, southern California, saw first footage of a scene that pays homage to the Disney princesses.
Next, Disney orchestrated an unprecedented gathering of princesses as Auli‘i Cravalho from Moana, Kristen Bell from Frozen, Kelly MacDonald from Brave, Mandy Moore from Tangled, Anika Noni Rose from The Princess And The Frog, Irene Bedard from Pocahontas, Linda Larkin from Aladdin, Paige O’Hara from Beauty And The Beast, and Jodi Benson from The Little Mermaid took to the stage.
Sarah Silverman returns as Vanellope von Schweetz, and Clark Spencer, who most recently collaborated with Moore on the global smash Zootopia, produced Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 (see first-look image), which is scheduled »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
“Landline” brings audiences back to a simpler time — an era before texting and Twitter, an age of alt rock and Blockbuster Video runs, and a time when a Clinton was in the White House. Set in 1995, the film looks at a Manhattan family’s struggles with infidelity, career frustrations, and regrets about the road not taken. It also reunites Jenny Slate with director Gillian Robespierre. The pair collaborated memorably on 2014’s “Obvious Child,” a funny look at a woman grappling with an unexpected pregnancy.
In advance of the film’s premiere on July 21, Slate spoke with Variety about being a child of the ’90s, cheating, and the downsides of social media.
I grew up in the 1990s, and I’ve been laboring under the delusion that it wasn’t that long ago. This film made me feel so old.
I’m sorry! It’s weird, at first, I felt the ’90s were just around the last corner »
- Brent Lang
Disney has been having a ridiculous amount of success with their recent live-action adaptations of animated classics. They are currently working on a live-action version of Aladdin, but they have hit a bit of a speed bump. Actually, it's a pretty huge speed bump. According to a new report, the studio and director Guy Ritchie are having a really tough time locking down a lead actor for the role of Aladdin after seeing more than 2,000 auditions so far.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that the Mouse House is currently searching far and wide for their new Aladdin, but it hasn't been going well. They are committed to casting someone of middle-eastern or Indian descent in the full-blown musical, which is good for those who have been angry about white-washing in some Hollywood movies. But since they need someone who can sing and act, they have had a reportedly really »
Hot on the heels of a casting announcement for The Lion King (John Oliver has signed up to play Zazu), a new report has some info on another coveted part from a different Disney live-action remake. Alongside Jon Favreau’s in development project, the House of Mouse is also working on a new version of Aladdin, helmed by Guy Ritchie. So far, only one actor has been attached to the production – Will Smith, taking over Robin Williams’ beloved role as the Genie. Now, though, we’ve learned that a couple of stars are in the running to play the street-rat’s love interest, Princess Jasmine.
According to THR, Ritchie and his team are hoping to wrap up their months’ long hunt for the perfect Aladdin and Jasmine in what’s being called one of the widest casting searches ever. Casting agents from London, Egypt, Abu Dhabi and India have been »
- Christian Bone
Alan Menken's name is synonymous with Disney musicals. Very few people know more about the music in Walt Disney's animation classics than the Oscar-winning composer of features like The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Pocahontas. »
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