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The Voice of Mulan Is Actually 1 of Your Favorite Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

30 August 2017 1:25 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

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

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Disney's Mulan Remake Begins Shooting This January

24 August 2017 5:27 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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 »

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Aladdin Gets Homeland Star as Jafar's Henchman Hakim

21 August 2017 3:02 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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, »

- MovieWeb

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Critics Reveal the TV Character They First Identified With — IndieWire Survey

15 August 2017 9:32 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: When was the first time you saw a TV character that you felt represented you or your experience? Who was it? How did you feel? (This is jumping on the #FirstTimeISawMe hashtag about representation.)

Eric Deggans (@deggans), NPR

This is a tough question, because I don’t think I’ve seen a character like me yet on television (black comics nerd who loves playing drums, has a thirst for pop culture, spent his teens grooving to Frank Zappa and Parliament/Funkadelic and has a passion for racial issues and opposing stereotypes in media. Nope, haven’t seen that character yet). But the first time I saw »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Critics Reveal the TV Character They First Identified With — IndieWire Survey

15 August 2017 9:32 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: When was the first time you saw a TV character that you felt represented you or your experience? Who was it? How did you feel? (This is jumping on the #FirstTimeISawMe hashtag about representation.)

Eric Deggans (@deggans), NPR

This is a tough question, because I don’t think I’ve seen a character like me yet on television (black comics nerd who loves playing drums, has a thirst for pop culture, spent his teens grooving to Frank Zappa and Parliament/Funkadelic and has a passion for racial issues and opposing stereotypes in media. Nope, haven’t seen that character yet). But the first time I saw »

- Hanh Nguyen

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John Ostrander: Hokey Smokes!

30 July 2017 5:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

On Friday I learned that one of my childhood heroes died. June Foray passed on at the age of 99.

Ms. Foray was a voice actress working in animated features all her long career, as well as in comedy shorts and appearances on Johnny Carson and with Stan Freberg, Daws Butler, and Frank Nelson. She was the voice of Grandmother in Mulan, of Betty Lou Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas and, most important to me, she was the voice of Natasha Fatale and Rocky the Flying Squirrel on the various Rocky and Bullwinkle shows created by the legendary Jay Ward.

Rocky and Bullwinkle had a huge impact on me as a kid. All of Jay Ward’s stuff had a combination of sophisticated and low-brow humor. There were elements of satire combined with a lot of really bad puns.

Originally, the dimwitted Bullwinkle was the sidekick to the plucky hero Rocket J. »

- John Ostrander

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Disney Princesses Unite! The Voices of Ariel, Belle, Moana and More Come Together for Magical Photo

15 July 2017 10:26 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

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

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Disney’s D23: New Details from ‘Wreck-It Ralph 2,’ ‘Incredibles 2,’ and ‘Toy Story 4’

15 July 2017 10:13 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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

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My Little Pony: The Movie Trailer #2 Introduces a New Breed of Hero

28 June 2017 6:45 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Lionsgate has released the second trailer for My Little Pony: The Movie, which sheds new light on this My Little Pony story. Along with this trailer, the studio has debuted a new poster, photos and even a Gif creator, which fans can use to create their very own Gif images from the footage released in this trailer. We also have a poster and new photos which offer better looks at new characters such as Princess Skystar, voiced by Kristen Chenoweth, Captain Celaeno, voiced by Zoe Saldana and Songbird Serenade, voiced by Sia.

The Gif creator at Gif.MyLittlePony.Movie allows fans to create GIFs anywhere between a half-second to three seconds in length, from any of the footage showcased in this trailer. This My Little Pony story is set in Ponyville, where a dark force threatens the idyllic town, and the Mane 6. These ponies, Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, »

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Lilo & Stitch Turns 15: Can You Find 22 Easter Eggs and Hidden Mickeys?

21 June 2017 5:00 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Can you believe Lilo & Stitch is 15 years old? Walt Disney Feature Animation's instant classic surfed into theaters on June 21, 2002 and went on to earn $273.1 million at the global box office. Directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, the family film featured the voice talents of Zoe Caldwell, Tia Carrere, Daveigh Chase, Jason Scott Lee, Kevin McDonald, David Ogden Stiers, Ving Rhames and Kevin Michael Richardson. Lilo & Stitch was the second of three animated features produced primarily at Disney-mgm Studios in Walt Disney World near Orlando, after 1998's Mulan and before 2003's Brother Bear. The movie was so successful that a direct-to-video sequel, Stitch! The Movie, was released on »

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Shanghai: 'Mulan' Director Tony Bancroft to Make Chinese Animated Musical 'Songhua'

18 June 2017 8:21 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Veteran Hollywood animator Tony Bancroft, director of Disney's Mulan and the recently released Animal Crackers, has signed to direct the Chinese animated musical Songhua.

The announcement was made during a signing ceremony on day two of the Shanghai International Film Festival.

The film, written by Joe Bockol (Akuma), will be co-produced by Astro-Nomical Entertainment in association with Pelagius Entertainment.

Inspired by the famed Harbin ice festival in northern China, Songhua is based on themes from Chinese folklore, the producers say. The film is set in ancient China, in a mythical world of ice, and the story follows a quick-witted spirit who helps a young »

- Patrick Brzeski

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'Animal Crackers': Film Review | Annecy 2017

16 June 2017 1:39 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

What would happen if you bit into an animal cracker and turned into … an animal?

That’s the main premise of Animal Crackers, a high-concept, low-budget animated feature from directors Scott Christian Sava (Casper the Friendly Ghost) and Tony Bancroft (Mulan), who provide an efficient if rather boilerplate circus-themed storyline to answer what feels like a silly question to begin with.

As a movie that was entirely inspired by a popular junk food — expect sequels starring gummy bears and caramel pecan turtles — Animal Crackers, which premiered in competition at the Annecy Film Festival, could be considered passable enough, though »

- Jordan Mintzer

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Annecy: ‘Animal Crackers’ Team Re-ups for Scott Christian Sava, Jaime Maestro and Thomason’s ‘Pet Robots’ (Exclusive)

11 June 2017 10:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Annecy, France — Scott Christian Sava‘s U.S.-based Blue Dream Studios has kicked-off pre-production on animated feature “Pet Robots.” First designs, pictured above, and to which Variety has had exclusive access, are by Carter Goodrich, a double Annie winner in for character design for “The Croods,” and “Ratatouille.”

Voice casting begins next week, Sava said. Most talent working on “Pet Robots” so far has come from “Animal Crackers.”

Pet Robots” is about a school-class which goes on a field trip to the Rooty Tooty Toy Factory where four of the kids get separated from their class and discover four soldier robots that bond with them and follow them home. But the owner of the Rooty Tooty Toy Factory, Vandenburger Meisterburger, wants them back, obviously,

The script was penned by Sava, David Wise, whose credits include the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” TV series and Audry Taylor.

Armand Serrano (“Zootopia,” “Big »

- Emilio Mayorga

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Jerry Goldsmith Receives a Star on the Walk of Fame

9 May 2017 10:59 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When Joe Dante was asked about supporting the effort to secure a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Jerry Goldsmith, the director – who had worked with the respected composer on nine films over 20 years – said he was “flabbergasted” to realize Goldsmith didn’t already have one.

On May 9, the Oscar- and Emmy-winning composer of such classics as “Chinatown,” “Planet of the Apes,” “Patton” and dozens more will receive his star, posthumously, on Hollywood Boulevard just east of Highland Avenue. Goldsmith died in 2004.

Dante, for whom Goldsmith scored “Gremlins,” “Explorers,” “Innerspace” and other films, cited “his brilliance and versatility. Any film he scored was automatically improved tenfold.”

Few filmmakers would disagree. Paul Verhoeven, who did “Total Recall,” “Basic Instinct” and “Hollow Man” with Goldsmith, recalls: “Every film was a new adventure, as Jerry was able to adapt to the most diverse narratives and styles. He never repeated himself, always looking for new, »

- Jon Burlingame

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Mulan: can it work as a live-action movie?

29 April 2017 7:21 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Katie Smith-Wong May 31, 2017

With plans afoot for a live action take on Mulan, we look at the challenges facing Disney...

After more than 50 years of making animated features, Disney have now turned their attention to live-action adaptations of their famous films. After releases such as 101 Dalmatians (1996), Maleficent (2014) and Cinderella (2015), the studio's new creative direction has earned critical acclaim and financial success.  It is also making its mark on the global box office, as the recently released Beauty And The Beast remake has earned small change in the region of $1.2bn and counting.

Among the upcoming remakes planned is Mulan, which already has fans of the 1998 Disney film debating about its faithfulness to the animated feature. That's especially so given reports about director Niki Caro's indecisiveness regarding the inclusion of songs such as Honour To Us All and I'll Make A Man Out Of You, as well as the »

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Exclusive: Ming-Na Wen on Going Dark in the 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Framework and What's to Come for Philinda

25 April 2017 10:07 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

After four seasons of playing the stoic-yet-heroic Melinda May on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Ming-Na Wen finally got to visit the dark side -- and she loved it!

“It’s so fun being evil,” the actress gushed to Et’s Leanne Aguilera during a recent Facebook Live. “I’m just realizing that everybody likes the bad guys. It’s so weird, they love us being evil!”

Wen’s character is one of the agents who took a dark turn in S.H.I.E.L.D.’s third and final “pod” of episodes this season, thanks to the Framework -- an alternate, virtual reality constructed by Dr. Radcliffe (John Hannah) and perfected by his android assistant, Aida (Mallory Jansen), who quickly overtook her human master to seize the reins of the fabricated world.

“Aida has taken one regret out of each of our characters, and you would think that would help to make these characters have a »

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Exclusive: Ming-Na Wen, Original Voice of 'Mulan,' Might Have a Role in Disney's Live-Action Remake!

19 April 2017 1:45 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Ming-Na Wen could be making an appearance in the upcoming live-action remake of Mulan!

The Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star, who first lent her voice to Mulan in the beloved 1998 animated Disney movie, stopped by Et's studios on Tuesday for a live Facebook interview and revealed if the upcoming remake has her blessing.

"Wow! I wish I could say that it needs it," Wen said with a smile. "But I'm very excited that they want to do a live-action because they've done so amazingly with all of the movies -- from Maleficent, to Beauty and the Beast, to Cinderella. I'm really looking forward to the live-action."

More: Disney Announces Release Date for Live-Action 'Mulan'

The ABC star added that there is one thing that she's definitely "hoping for" in the next Mulan. "I would love to have a part in it in some way," she said. "We'll see -- knock on wood!'

Wen, who »

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DWTS: Normani Kordei Will Make a Man Out of You With Her Mulan Dance

18 April 2017 7:41 AM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Normani Kordei completely stole the show during Dancing With the Stars's Disney night on Monday. The Fifth Harmony singer was the epitome of fierce as she danced to "I'll Make a Man Out of You" from Mulan alongside her partner, Val Chmerkovskiy. Not only was her paso doble practically perfect, but she managed to bring her own flair with some sassy high kicks. Even better? Donny Osmond, who appeared on the movie's original soundtrack and won season nine of DWTS, even made a special appearance for the number. The rest of the competition better watch out, because Normani means business. »

- Kelsie Gibson

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'DWTS': Nick Viall, Normani Kordei & Other Stars Bring the Magic in Epic 'Disney Week' Performances

17 April 2017 9:21 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

It was Disney Week on Monday's Dancing With the Stars, and that meant a lot of beautiful costumes, intricate dances, ornate set designs and a whole lot of nostalgia-fueled magic.

Check out which stars paid the most epic tribute to the Disney classics that inspired their routines, and which contestant was sent home after a night of impressive performances.

Watch: 'DWTS' Week 5 Preview: Bonner Bolton's 'Very Different' Tango, Normani Kordei's 'Macho' Moves & More!

1. Rashad Jennings Shows Off His Beast Side

The NFL pro and his partner, Emma Slater, returned to the dance floor after last week's near-perfect score with a Beauty and the Beast-themed foxtrot set to the film's beloved tune "Evermore."

While the performance -- which was based on Belle's iconic ballroom dance with the eponymous Beast -- was majestic, many of the judges felt Jennings' footwork and timing could have used improvement, and they ended up with a score of 32 out of 40, one »

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Dancing With the Stars Week 5 Recap: Did the Right Couple Go Home?

17 April 2017 7:38 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

In the highly likely event that you’re still recovering from last week’s Most Memorable Year theme, Dancing With the Stars followed that up on Monday with the perfect chaser: Disney Night. (Thanks, corporate synergy!)

This week, it was once again time to bust out the Mickey Mouse ears and CGI’d woodland creatures, as each contestant performed a routine inspired by Disney’s box office successes. (In other words: literally any Disney movie.)

Below, let’s run through the evening’s strongest and weakest dances:

RelatedApril TV Calendar: 85 Premieres and Finales!

Best Of The Night

Normani Kordei and »

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