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Will ‘Aladdin’ Dodge the ‘Blue Will Smith’ Jokes and Find Box Office Riches?

As has been a recent annual tradition, Disney will release a new film for Memorial Day this weekend, and this year’s offering is Guy Ritchie’s remake of the Disney Renaissance classic “Aladdin,” starring Mena Massoud as the heroic street rat and Will Smith as his wacky Genie.

It’s one of two Renaissance remakes on tap from Disney this summer, the other being “The Lion King” in July. Both have the potential to add to the billions the studio has already grossed this year from Marvel Studios, but first “Aladdin” will have to overcome the weak social media buzz that has brewed around it, as well as a very tough set of competing films set to come from other studios in the next few weeks.

Also Read: 5 Biggest Summer Box Office Showdowns, Including 'Aladdin' vs. 'Godzilla' (Photos)

Aladdin” is the second live-action Disney remake this year,
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‘Aladdin’ Looks To Mine $70M-$90M In Memorial Day Gold – Early Box Office Tracking

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Disney’s second feature adaptation of one of its classic tunes this year, Aladdin, hit tracking today with a combination of industry and tracking projections betting $70M-$90M over four-days.

Coming away from CinemaCon, there were a number of rivals and attendees hating on the film and the footage that was shown (Will Smith singing “Friend Like Me”), however, from what we understand, reviews will dictate how powerful this rebooted Genie is. That said, it was keen of Disney to cast a ’90s star (The Fresh Prince of Bel Air himself) in the redo of a ’90s piece of nostalgia.

Aladdin we hear is strong with all quads, but best with females under 25. An opening in the $70M-$90M range is north of Cinderella territory ($67.8M opening) and Maleficent ($69.4M), but lower than Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland ($116.1M).

Disney for several years has continually planted its flag during
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How do you like your Disney classics? Old-school animated or live-action updated? [Poll]

When Disney isn’t busy pumping out “Star Wars” spin-offs or Marvel superhero sequels and origin stories, the studio seems bound and determined to recycle every one of its animated classics into a live-action or heavily CGI version. Back in 1994, the House of Mouse did its first live-action redo based on 1967’s “The Jungle Book.” Directed by Stephen Sommers, it took in an Ok $42 million at the box office. It was a step in a new direction from the old days when the studio would do anniversary revivals of their treasured animated features by re-releasing them on the big screen.

That tradition ended when they got more bang out of their remake buck with 1996’s live-action “101 Dalmatians,” based on the 1961 cartoon feature. The big draw was Glenn Close as the malevolent puppy-snatcher Cruella de Vil. The doggy romance hit the spot, grossing $320.7 million worldwide — although its sequel, “102 Dalmatians,
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Ranking Disney’s Live-Action Remakes from Worst to Best

Liam Hoofe ranks all of Disney’s live-action remakes from worst to best…

Last Friday, Disney released their latest remake of an animated classic, with Tim Burton attempting to bring Dumbo into the real world. The movie has been met with mixed reviews but will no doubt clean up at the box office, with Disney realising that remaking their old movies is effectively a license to print money.

Dumbo is not going to be the only animated classic to receive a live-action remake this year either, with both Aladdin and The Lion King both set for releases in the coming months.

A quick look at box office figures will tell you exactly why Disney continues to do this, and while there is an undeniable cynicism to remaking all of their animated movies, there is always an element of intrigue that will keep fans coming back for more.

The company has
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'Shazam!' Leads Weekend with $53M Debut; 'Pet Sematary' Digs Up $25M

'Shazam!' Leads Weekend with $53M Debut; 'Pet Sematary' Digs Up $25M
The weekend played out mostly as expected with the release of Shazam! from Warner Bros. and New Line securing the top spot in both the domestic and worldwide marketplace while Paramount's release of Pet Sematary scored the second largest opening for a Stephen King adaptation. Stx's The Best of Enemies, however, fell a bit below expectations as April is off to a solid start, but it won't be until the release of Avengers: Endgame at the end of the month that we'll be able to see whether this April will be able to challenge last year's record monthly grosses. At the top of the box office, Warner Bros.'s release of New Line's Shazam! delivered just above expectations with an estimated $53.4 million for a cumulative total that stands at $56.7 million once you add in grosses from the late March, Fandango special event. The film was well received by
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‘Shazam!’ Shoots To Super $53M+ Opening, $56M+ With Previews; ‘Pet Sematary’ Purrs $25M – Sunday Am B.O. Final

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‘Shazam!’ Shoots To Super $53M+ Opening, $56M+ With Previews; ‘Pet Sematary’ Purrs $25M – Sunday Am B.O. Final
Sunday Am Update: New Line/DC’s Shazam! posted a solid hold on Saturday of $19.75M, -4%, putting its opening weekend at $53.45M. Add those Fandango $3.3M paid previews from March 23 and the DC superhero who was originally known as Captain Marvel has a running total of $56.7M. Shazam! flew in ahead of projections which were at $45M-$50M for the DC film. Warners knew it was working as they spotted heat on their social media diagnostics in recent weeks.

It was a bold move to date Shazam! in between Disney/Marvel’s Captain Marvel and upcoming April 26 release Avengers: Endgame, and to make this vintage DC property work, “we needed the movie to be its own best friend in terms of creating interest” Warner Bros. Pictures Group Chairman Toby Emmerich told Deadline this morning. That meant screening the movie in advance well in advance to create word of mouth.
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Dumbo opens below expectations with $116 million at the global box office

Tim Burton’s second live-action Disney remake opened in theaters around the world this weekend, but it looks as though his take on the beloved 1941 film Dumbo is not going to reach anywhere near the heights of his 2010 Alice in Wonderland adaptation.

Dumbo topped the domestic box office with $45 million, knocking Jordan Peele’s Us down to second in its second weekend, while it added a further $71 million from international markets (including $10.7 million from China and $7.4 million from the UK) for a worldwide take of $116 million.

The first of three Disney animated remakes this year alongside Aladdin and The Lion King, Dumbo had been tracking a global debut of around $155 million. It came in well below expectations, and at this point it may struggle to reach the $299.5 million gross of 2016’s Burton-less Alice in Wonderland sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass.

See Also: Read our review of Dumbo here

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Weekend Box Office: ‘Dumbo’ Stays Grounded with $45 Million Debut

For an elephant that can fly, Dumbo sure is having a hard time getting off the ground. Tim Burton's live-action reboot—or "reimagining" if you're nasty—officially nabbed $45 million in its debut weekend, flying below the $50 million mark that early predictions pointed to. This isn't anywhere close to a home run, especially for a Disney project. Dumbo now sits toward the bottom of the Disney live-action bracket, beating out the openings of Pete's Dragon ($21.5 million) and Alice Through the Looking Glass ($26 million), but well below the loftier numbers of …
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Disney's 'Dumbo' Flies to #1 While 'Captain Marvel' Nears $1 Billion Worldwide

Disney's 'Dumbo' Flies to #1 While 'Captain Marvel' Nears $1 Billion Worldwide
Disney's Dumbo was unable to reach studio or industry expectations, but still managed a #1 finish, making for the third different #1 film at the domestic weekend box office in as many weeks. Meanwhile holdovers such as Us and Captain Marvel continued their strong performances and Pure Flix's release of the anti-abortion drama Unplanned managed to out-perform expectations and find itself a spot in the top five. With an estimated $45 million, Disney's Dumbo topped the weekend box office though fell short of the studio's $50+ million expectations and well short of what some thought would be a $60+ million debut. While the performance is well ahead of select, recent Disney releases such as Christopher Robin ($24.6m opening), Alice Through the Looking Glass ($26.9m opening) and Pete's Dragon ($21.5m opening), it's well short of films such as Cinderella ($67.9 million opening), which online ticket retailer Fandango.com reported Dumbo was outpacing in advance ticket sales.
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Disney's 'Dumbo' Looks to Fly to #1 at the Weekend Box Office

Disney's 'Dumbo' Looks to Fly to #1 at the Weekend Box Office
This weekend's release of Disney's live-action re-imagining of Dumbo will serve as the third new #1 in as many weeks at the domestic box office. Right behind it, last weekend's #1 film, Us, and Disney's holdover release of Captain Marvel will continue to perform well, helping deliver a strong March at the domestic box office. Meanwhile, Pure Flix will debut Unplanned and Neon releases Harmony Korine's The Beach Bum, both in over one thousand locations. Looking at a #1 finish is Disney's latest live-action re-imagining of one of their classic animated features in the Tim Burton-directed Dumbo, which takes the 64-minute animated 1941 feature and delivers a nearly two-hour retelling. Disney will debut the film in over 4,200 theaters and forecasting the film's opening weekend performance is not at all clear cut. The studio is anticipating a $50+ million debut while other sources are suggesting a debut close to $60-65 million. The critical response
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Every Live-Action Disney Remake, Ranked from Worst to Best (Photos)

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Over the last decade, Disney has found itself dipping increasingly into its own well of nostalgic favorites. Specifically, they’ve been taking their beloved animated classics, remaking them in live-action (or mostly live-action), and producing one blockbuster smash after another.

Not all of these live-action Disney remakes are good, and some of the bad ones have unexpectedly interesting ideas. And some of them actually predate the current (and seemingly never-ending) wave. Let’s take a look at all of the live-action remakes of Disney’s animated classics, going all the way back to the 1990s, to explore which films improved on the original and which ones came up short.

13. “The Jungle Book” (1994)

The first live-action Disney remake of an animated Disney classic is, somehow, still the worst. Stephen Sommers (“The Mummy”) directs this frustratingly inert take on Rudyard Kipling’s stories, which strips the animals of their characterizations and highlights
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Isabela Moner Goes Exploring In ‘Dora And The Lost City of Gold’ Trailer

Thanks to her work in Sicario: Day of the Soldado and Instant Family, Isabela Moner is one of cinema’s rising young stars. The 17-year-old’s popularity should rise as she plays Dora the Explorer in Dora And The Lost City of Gold. James Bobin, who directed The Muppets and Alice Through The Looking Glass, directed this highly [...]

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‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’ Trailer: Dora the Explorer Goes to High School in Live-Action Adaptation

Paramount has unveiled the trailer for “Dora and the Lost City of Gold,” which discerning Dora diehards will recognize as the live-action adaptation of “Dora the Explorer.” Giving off an “Indiana Jones” vibe, it unfortunately doesn’t feature a flesh-and-blood rendering of the “Why not both?” meme we all know and love. Despite that, you may still watch the trailer below if you’re so inclined.

Here’s the synopsis: “Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents, nothing could prepare Dora (Isabela Moner) for her most dangerous adventure ever — High School. Always the explorer, Dora quickly finds herself leading Boots, Diego (Jeffrey Wahlberg), a mysterious jungle inhabitant (Eugenio Derbez), and a rag tag group of teens on a live-action adventure to save her parents and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost city of gold.” Moner previously appeared in “Transformers: The Last Knight” and “Instant Family.
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‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’ Trailer Takes You on a Treasure Hunt

Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for Dora and the Lost City of Gold, the live-action film based on Nickelodeon's long-running animated series, Dora the Explorer. James Bobin (Alice Through the Looking Glass) directs a script by Nicholas Stoller (Night School), with Transformers: The Last Knight star Isabela Moner swinging into the title role. This actually looks like a ton of fun for any kids out there still just a bit too young for Raiders of the Lost Ark or the Brendan Fraser Mummy movies. Plus, for the parents, Michael Peña is a constant treasure …
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New Poster For The Live-Action ‘Dora And The Lost City Of Gold’

Ahead of its release later in the year, Paramount Pictures has released a new poster for the live-action Dora The Explorer movie Dora And The Lost City Of Gold.

Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents, nothing could prepare Dora (Isabela Moner) for her most dangerous adventure ever – high school. Always the explorer, Dora quickly finds herself leading Boots, Diego (Jeffrey Wahlberg), a mysterious jungle inhabitant (Eugenio Derbez), and a rag tag group of teens on a live-action adventure to save her parents and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost city of gold.

James Bobin is directing.

The film is set for release on 17th August. We’re hoping to see a first-look trailer before too long. Check out the poster above.
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Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil Gets Release Date Of October 18, 2019 And First Poster Featuring Angelina Jolie

Disney has released the first poster and release date for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. The sequel to Disney’s “Maleficent,” will be released nationwide October 18, 2019.

A fantasy adventure that picks up several years after Maleficent, in which audiences learned of the events that hardened the heart of Disney’s most notorious villain and drove her to curse a baby Princess Aurora, Maleficent II continues to explore the complex relationship between the horned fairy and the soon to be Queen, as they form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within.

Oscar and three-time Golden Globe winner Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning reprise their roles as the dark fairy Maleficent and Princess Aurora, respectively, two characters from the studio’s animated classic “Sleeping Beauty,” whose untold story was brought to life on screen in Maleficent.

Michelle Pfeiffer, the Golden Globe® Award winning,
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Trailer For a Backwoods Murder Mystery Thriller A Dark Place

I’ve got an intense trailer here for an upcoming backwoods murder mystery thriller called A Dark Place. I enjoy a good murder mystery film and this one actually looks like it could be pretty good.

When a young boy turns up dead in a sleepy Western Pennsylvania town, Donald, a local garbage truck driver, takes it upon himself to play detective. He embarks on an obsessive investigation to prove that the boy had been murdered, leading to unthinkable and harrowing consequences.

The movie stars Andrew Scott (Sherlock, Victor Frankenstein, Alice Through the Looking Glass), with a supporting cast that includes Bronagh Waugh, Denise Gough, J.D. Evermore, Griff Furst, and Sandra Ellis Lafferty.

A Dark Place was directed by Simon Fellows and it will be released on April 12th.
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New Artemis Fowl image features Judi Dench’s Commander Root

A new image has arrived online, via EW, for Disney’s upcoming fantasy adventure Artemis Fowl which gives us a new look at Judi Dench’s Commander Root, leader of the fairy police force; take a look here…

See Also: Watch the trailer for Artemis Fowl

Descended from a long line of criminal masterminds, 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl finds himself in a battle of strength and cunning against a powerful, hidden race of fairies who may be behind his father’s disappearance.

Newcomer Ferdia Shaw plays the title character, with Lara McDonnell playing Captain Holly Short, a feisty, spirited elf, who is kidnapped by Artemis for a ransom of fairy gold. In the underground fairy world of Haven City, Academy Award-winner Dame Judi Dench (“Skyfall”) plays Commander Root, the leader of the reconnaissance division of the LEPrecon, the fairy police force, and Josh Gad (“Beauty and the Beast”) plays Mulch Diggums,
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Meaa strikes new deal for crew working on international features

Isabela Moner in ‘Dora the Explorer’ (Photo: Paramount Pictures).

The Us majors and other international producers who plan to shoot feature films in Australia will no longer have to negotiate fees for each production with local crews.

The Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance has struck an in-principle deal with the six Hollywood studios for a template agreement covering crew working on features budgeted above $15 million.

Meaa members also voted to extend the template agreement to other offshore film producers.

Legendary Entertainment’s Godzilla vs. Kong, which was lured to Queensland by the federal government’s Location Incentive Program, will probably be the first production to take advantage of the new agreement.

The four-year deal, which will run until June 30 2022, includes a guaranteed 2 per cent annual increase in minimum rates which will be separate from any margins negotiated for individuals. For those employed on a daily basis the minimum rate is
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4 Mind-Blowing Secrets Behind the Makeup in Black Panther

4 Mind-Blowing Secrets Behind the Makeup in Black Panther
Since its debut, Black Panther has evolved from a movie to a cultural phenomenon with its epic tale of the technologically advanced society of Wakanda, an El Dorado-like land in Africa. As the first of its kind, the Hollywood pros behind the film had to combine centuries of African tradition and their own universe-bending creativity to bring this story alive. For director Ryan Coogler, makeup designer Joel Harlow, who worked on the sets of Star Trek Beyond, the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Green Lantern and Alice Through the Looking Glass, was a clear choice.  "When I met with Ryan, he had a wealth of information, visual references and historical information, books, website imagery, just a...
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