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‘Aladdin’: Director Guy Ritchie On The Positive Vibes Felt During Production Of Disney’s New Live-Action Reimagining
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Aladdin director Guy Ritchie

Guy Ritchie‘s filmography is splattered with heavy amounts of witty dialogue and gritty action sequences. While it may not necessarily lend itself well to a Disney family-friendly film, his filmmaking style works in Aladdin. Based on the 1992 animated film of the same name, the upcoming live-action version is part of a successful trend that has Disney going through their vault to see which one of the animated classics they could reimagine into a live-action film next.

There’s action, suspense, and a bit of romance. But there is also humor, singing, and dancing. All of these are key aspects the animated original had. So to say that director Ritchie and the cast had a huge responsibility to do the film justice would be a vast understatement. And yet, they pulled it off.

Geeks Of Doom attended the Aladdin global press conference with their fellow journalists to talk to Ritchie about the production, how he stayed true to the spirit of the animated original, his style of filmmaking, the positive vibes that helped set up the camaraderie and set the tone, and more. Check out what he had to say here below.

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‘The Nightingale’: Official Trailer Released For Latest From ‘The Babadook’ Director Jennifer Kent
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The Nightingale

An official trailer for The Nightingale has been released by IFC Films. The movie is the latest from Jennifer Kent, who wrote and directed the 2014 horror hit The Babadook.

The Nightingale is a revenge tale starring Aisling Franciosi, who briefly played Lyanna Stark in the recently concluded Game of Thrones, and is set in early 1800s Australia. Sam Claflin, Baykali Ganambarr, Michael Sheasby, Damon Herriman, and Ewen Leslie also star.

Continue below for a synopsis and to check out the trailer.

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Watch: Trailer For Dark Comedy ‘The Art Of Self-Defense’ Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Imogen Poots, and Alessandro Nivola
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The Art of Self-Defense

An official trailer for The Art of Self-Defense has been released by Bleecker Street.

The movie is a dark comedy from writer and director Riley Stearns (Faults), which stars Academy Award nominee Jesse Eisenberg, Imogen Poots, and Alessandro Nivola. It follows a weak man who, after a random attack, takes up karate to toughen up and learn how to defend himself.

You can find a synopsis for The Art of Self-Defense below along with the official trailer, a previously released teaser trailer if you missed it, and a poster.

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‘Abominable’ Trailer: DreamWorks Has One Giant Yeti Rescue Plan
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ABOMINABLE

Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Animation have released the first trailer for the new animated feature Abominable.

Described as an epic 2,000-mile adventure from the streets of Shanghai to the breathtaking Himalayan snowscapes, the film features a large Asian ensemble cast that includes the voice talents of Chloe Bennet (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D) and Albert Tsai (Shazam!). Check out the trailer and a poster below.

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How ‘Aladdin’ Stars Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott Bring An Entirely Whole New World To Life
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Aladdin

Based on the 1992 animated classic of the same name, Aladdin was one of Disney’s first animated features to have characters of color. Representation is important in this day and age because it allows people of color and the marginalized to see themselves in the characters seen on screen. So it was significantly important to reflect that in the casting of the live-action adaptation of Aladdin. Though there were reports of some casting issues, director Guy Ritchie and the rest of the Disney team were dedicated to finding the right actors for the film. And they found them in Mena Massoud, who plays the title character, and Naomi Scott, who plays Princess Jasmine.

Geeks of Doom and a group of journalists were invited to attend the global press conference in Los Angeles, CA, where Massoud and Scott talked about what it was like to be a part of the production, working with Ritchie, and how they all infused some of their own personalities and quirks into the characters while also respecting the animated original. Check out what they had to say below.

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Check Out The First Trailer For New ‘Terminator’ Movie ‘Dark Fate’
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Terminator: Dark Fate

Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for Terminator: Dark Fate, the latest installment in the long-running film franchise.

The movie, which follows the events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, sees original stars Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger returning to play the roles of Sarah Connor and the T-800. James Cameron, who directed the classic first two entries in the series, is also back as a producer.

You can give the teaser trailer a watch below, where you’ll also find a newly released behind the scenes video and a poster as well.

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‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’ Vanity Fair Photos Reveal Deeper Force Connections
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Rey (Daisy Ridley) in Star Wars: Episode IX

There is an immense amount of anticipation when it comes to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The film is the last entry in the Skywalker saga and brings to a close to a nine-chapter story arc that first started back in 1977. While we may be bidding one final farewell to these characters, much of the story remains a mystery.

We only got a small tease of what’s to come a few weeks back at Star Wars Celebration, where we saw the first teaser for the upcoming film. Of course, fans were excited to hear the Luke Skywalker voice over, that Lando Calrissian laugh, and a very tearful Rey embracing General Leia. But the one thing that got fans riled up was the Emperor’s laugh. The menacing character has been a dark and evil fixture since the original trilogy.

Now we are getting yet another look at the film. So to speak. It’s another behind the scenes look from Vanity Fair’s Annie Leibovitz, whose engaging photos provide an intimate look at the production of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Check out the new gallery, plus what some of the cast and crew had to say below.

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‘Aladdin’ Press Conference: Will Smith Talks Believing In Disney Magic
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Will Smith As Genie In Aladdin

Disney’s live-action take on Aladdin will see Will Smith bring the high-spirited and energetic Genie to life. With his own brand of charisma and a bit of hip-hop flair, this Genie is not like the Robin Williams take in the animated original, but the performance still pays homage to the late comedian. In fact, the actor says the remake is the highlight of his career. And you can see how much fun he is having in that performance.

Geeks of Doom and a group of journalists were invited to sit down at the Aladdin global press conference where Smith spoke about believing in that Disney magic, how he made some of those memorable songs his own, finding a career resurgence, and what representation means to him. Check out what he had to see below.

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Movie Review: Aladdin
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Aladdin

Aladdin
Director: Guy Ritchie
Writer: Guy Ritchie, John August
Cast: Will Smith, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Alan Tudyk, Billy Magnussen
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios
Rated PG | Runtime: 128 Minutes
Release Date: May 24, 2019

There is absolutely no room for error when it comes to adapting a Disney animated classic into a live-action film. The studio has recently found some modest critical and commercial success with some of their titles. But the one common thread that each of them shares is that all of them are a part of a legacy and each has a large existing fanbase. So the bar of expectation for a live-action take on Aladdin is pretty high. Especially when it comes to capturing the same spirit of the story, themes, and music. But most of all, the characters, like Aladdin, Jasmine, and the unforgettable Genie.

Luckily, Guy Ritchie‘s take on the film is something that stays true to the spirit of the animated original while still maintaining his style of filmmaking. A huge surprise at best, the film captures everything that we love about the animated original through its cast, especially with Will Smith‘s Genie and Naomi Scott‘s scene-stealing performance as Princess Jasmine. With some slight updates to the story and songs, along with a brand new song from Alan Menken, this version of Aladdin is an upbeat and fun contemporary take on the 1992 original.

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Watch: Final Trailers For ‘Booksmart’ Starring Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein
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Booksmart

A couple of months back we saw a restricted trailer for Booksmart, which marks Alpha Dog and TRON: Legacy star Olivia Wilde‘s feature directorial debut. The movie stars Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein as a pair of straight-A students who decide it’s time to go to a party and live it up a bit before they have to head off to college.

Now a pair of final trailers have been released by Annapurna. One is another restricted trailer, which is not so safe for workplace viewing, while the other is a short safer for work trailer. You can find both of these final Booksmart trailers below along with some bonus previously released videos, including a green band trailer, featurettes, and the uncut first six minutes of the movie, and a pair of posters.

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