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First Trailer For Disney’s Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ Released
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Walt Disney Studios has released the first teaser trailer for their live-action remake of Aladdin. This follows the release of the teaser poster we saw this week.

The trailer is most definitely a teaser, not showing much at all. But we do get some familiar things in live-action (and sometimes CG) form, set to some familiar music. You can read more about the new Aladdin and check out the first trailer below.

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Teaser Poster For Disney’s Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ Asks You To Make Your Wishes Wisely
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Disney remaking their animated film Aladdin was highly inevitable. The film surely has its fan base like any other. And just like the remakes that came before it, they have been eagerly awaiting to see what the film will look like.

Well, it’s far from a first look at the entire cast, but Disney has released the first teaser poster for the live-action remake of Aladdin. And as you might expect, rubbing on it may make your wishes come true. Check out the teaser poster below.

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Rob Marshall May Direct Disney’s Live-Action ‘The Little Mermaid’
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The Little Mermaid

Disney is not going to stop with the live-action adaptations of their animated classics. Not as long as films like Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and Beauty and the Beast keep making the box office gold that they are making. With films like Dumbo, Aladdin, Mulan, and The Lion King currently in the works, the studio is continuing to go through their vault of award-winning animated films and pairing them with an almost perfect creative team. Case in point, The Little Mermaid, which will have new songs by Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken.

We reported on the film when it first broke in August of last year, and now there are new reports saying that the live-action film is looking to land Rob Marshall as director. More on the story below.

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Disney’s Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ Cast Pose For The Start Of Production Photo
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Aladdin

Today marks the start of production for Disney’s latest live-action flick, Aladdin. The film stars Mena Massoud as the title character who falls in love with the Sultan’s daughter, Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott). As with nearly all the live-action adaptations that Disney has released so far, you can expect Aladdin to stay true to the spirit of the animated original while also adding in a few contemporary elements so that it can connect to a new audience.

One of those elements is Will Smith, who will play the iconic Genie, a magical being who grants Aladdin three wishes after he frees him from his lamp imprisonment. Now with production in full swing, Smith has released a brand new photo of himself, Massoud, Scott, and Marwan Kenzari who’s playing Jafar. Check out the image below.

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Disney In Depth: Music Review: Beauty and The Beast (2017)
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The tale as old as time is timeless, and so is its music. With the recent release of Disney’s smash success Beauty and the Beast, let’s unpack the music box that is the film’s soundtrack. With all of the original tunes from the 1991 film, as well as some new additions, this new version blends classic and contemporary almost seamlessly, with a few exceptions.

Here is my review of the soundtrack for the 2017 version of Beauty and the Beast.

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Alan Menken Offers Details On New “Beauty and The Beast’ Songs
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Beauty and the Beast

Last week, we got our first look the Disney’s live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. Based on the beloved animated Disney classic of the same name, director Bill Condon will be adding some new narrative twists in order for the film to feel more contemporary. But as exciting as that sounds, a lot of us are interested in the recordings of the original songs and the addition of several new songs written by Alan Menken and Sir Tim Rice.

Now Menken is talking about three new songs and how they will fit into the film’s narrative. Check out what he had to say below.

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Blu-ray Review: Beauty and The Beast 25th Anniversary Edition
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Beauty and the Beast
25th Anniversary Edition
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Directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise
Music by Alan Menken
Cast: Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers, Angela Lansbury, Bradley Michael Pierce, Rex Everhart, Jesse Corti, Hal Smith, Jo Anne Worley
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios
Release Date: September 20, 2016

Disney’s 1991 animated feature Beauty and the Beast, which is based on the classic French fairy tale of the same name, sees an intelligent young woman named Belle who’s grown tired of her predictable small-town life. She wants to read and learn, and yearns for adventure, which makes her an oddity amongst her fellow villagers, who think a beautiful girl like her should just settle down and have a family. But she’s not interested in that. She repeatedly rejects the proposals from the town’s hunk Gaston, a vain and musclebound airhead who swears he won’t relent until Belle agrees to marry him.

Belle eventually ends up at the castle of a prince who’s been magically transformed into a beast. In an effort to save her father, the young girl abandons her dreams of adventure and agrees to remain indefinitely at the Beast’s home, which is staffed by enchanted inanimate objects. (These were his servants who were also cursed.) Unbeknownst to Belle, there’s something that can reverse the spell placed on the Beast, but if it doesn’t happen in time, the irritable prince will remain forever in his monstrous form. In the meantime, Belle’s persistent suitor Gaston will do anything to have her, even if it means harming those she cares about.

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‘Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda Joins Alan Menken For Disney’s Live-Action ‘The Little Mermaid’
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The Little Mermaid

It’s been one heck of a year for Lin-Manuel Miranda. After he took his last bow as the title character in the hit Broadway show Hamilton this summer, he’s been keeping himself busy working on the music for Disney’s upcoming Moana and signing on opposite Emily Blunt in Mary Poppins Returns.

But it appears that his Disney tenure isn’t quite done yet. Now Miranda will be stepping in as a producer and to work on the music for the not-so-surprising live-action take on Disney’s 1989 animated classic The Little Mermaid. More on the story below.

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Movie Review: Sausage Party
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Sausage Party
Directed by Greg Tiernan & Conrad Vernon
Written by Kyle Hunter, Ariel Shaffir, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
Starring Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Michael Cera, James Franco, Danny McBride, David Krumholtz, Edward Norton, Salma Hayek, Nick Kroll
Distributor: Columbia Pictures
Rated R | 89 Minutes
Release Date: August 12, 2016

Sausage Party is advertised as a raunchy rated-R animated comedy. If that is what draws you to the theater, you will not be disappointed. Sausage Party contains some of crudest and most vulgar humor since… well, ever. Deadpool, which came out earlier this year, prided itself on being a rated-R superhero movie, and while there was sex, graphic violence, and language that would get you kicked out of church, it pales in comparison to the literal non-stop 90-minutes of lunacy that is Sausage Party.

Spoilers and more below.

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Disney In Depth: ‘The Hunchback Of Notre Dame’ (Studio Cast Recording) Soundtrack Review
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame has always held a special place in my Mickey Mouse heart, as the film, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, significantly impacted me with its musical magnitude when first premiering in 1996 – at the time I was only a four-year-old kid.

Two decades later, the release of the studio cast recording from the production (which played at two American theaters over the past couple of years) reminds listeners of why Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz have crafted some of Disney’s most gripping and diverse music. The soundtrack’s successful sales figures is indicative that people are ready to embrace Hunchback again, and this serves as a great opportunity to review the studio cast recording, available on Amazon, iTunes, and other retailers.

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