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4K Review: Aladdin (2019)
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Will Smith in Aladdin

Aladdin (2019)
4K Ultra HD | Blu-ray | DVD | Digital
Director: Guy Ritchie
Writer: Guy Ritchie, John August
Cast: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Alan Tudyk, Billy Magnussen
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios
Rated PG | Runtime: 128 Minutes
Release Date: September 10, 2019

Walt Disney Studios continues to go through its vault to turn their animated classics into live-action films. Their latest is Aladdin. Based on the 1992 animated film of the same name, this live-action take is directed by Guy Ritchie, who brings his penchant for fun and stylized action sequences and a cast of wonderful characters to his first family-friendly film. The updated film dazzles thanks in part to its cast, consisting of Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, and Will Smith, and its new take on some favorite songs.

Now, Disney’s hit film has its own release, along with some of the bonus features that detail the making of this live-action remake.

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‘Bond 25’ Rumors Suggest ‘Captain Marvel’s Lashana Lynch Could Take Over 007 Codename
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Lashana Lynch

Despite the set disasters and injuries, James Bond 25 is still in production for an April 2020 release. Though we still know very little about the film itself, it has recently been revealed that Christoph Waltz would return to reprise his character, Blofield. While that would be a cause for excitement for some, the character was introduced (or re-introduced) in one of the weakest installments of the entire franchise. But there is another rumor going around that suggests that the 007 codename could be passed on to someone else. According to this rumor, James Bond (Daniel Craig) will no longer hold on to that famous number and it will be passed on to none other than Captain Marvel co-star Lashana Lynch. More on the report here below.

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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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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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‘Bond 25’ Set To Start Principal Photography; Plot Details and Filming Locations Revealed
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Bond 25 Header Image

Although Bond 25 had a very long and troubled development, it was still able to land Cary Joji Fukunaga as director after Danny Boyle stepped down due to creative differences.

With principal photography for Bond 25 set to begin in just a few short days, Fukunaga has announced the full cast that will appear in the latest chapter of the franchise that will see Daniel Craig return for his fifth and final time as James Bond. Additionally, a plot synopsis has also been shared.

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Alan Tudyk To Voice Iago In Disney’s Live-Action ‘Aladdin’
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Jafar and Iago in Disney's Aladdin (1992)

Alan Tudyk is considered a good luck charm to Walt Disney Studios, having appeared and voiced multiple characters in different Disney properties from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar, and Lucasfilm.

Now the actor will be taking his voice talents to a different part of Disney, their live-action department. According to new reports, Tudyk will be voicing Iago in director Guy Ritchie‘s live-action adaptation of Aladdin. More on the report below.

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‘Aladdin’ Trailer: Disney Shares A Whole New, and Different, World With You
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Trailers for Disney’s live-action adaptation of Aladdin have been relying on old familiar themes and elements from the animated original. At the same time, there needed to be some new additions to generate a new wave of fans who may have never seen the Ron Clements‎ and ‎John Musker-directed original or just may not have been around to see it.

While that may have worked for some, a brand new trailer gives us a better sense of the size and scope of the live-action remake while also bringing back some of the more memorable scenes from the 1992 film. Check it out below.

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Rami Malek May Play The Villain In ‘Bond 25’
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It may have taken a while to get to this point, but we are going to get Bond 25. Daniel Craig returns to play the suave British spy one last time. However, he has yet to find out what his next mission will be.

Plot details have remained under wraps, but we now know who 007 might have to face this time around. According to new reports, recent Academy Award-winner Rami Malek could be playing the villain. More on the report below.

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Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ Grammy Spot Reveals Will Smith As A Big Blue Genie
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Aladdin's Will Smith as the blue Genie

This year, Disney will be taking us to a whole new world of their live-action adaptations of their animated classics. Following up the success of such films like The Jungle Book and Beauty and The Beast, the studio will be releasing Aladdin. Expectations are riding high for this one as it is a widely beloved title and all eyes will be on Will Smith, who plays the role of Genie, who was voiced by the late Robin Williams in the original.

During the Grammy Awards broadcast on Sunday night, Disney unveiled another look at the live-action Aladdin, which reveals our first look at Smith’s genie. Watch it here below.

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‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ Trailer: Jake Gyllenhaal and Dan Gilroy Team Up For Emotionally Draining Satirical Thriller
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Velvet Buzzsaw

Back in 2014, Jake Gyllenhaal and Dan Gilroy teamed up for the dark news-chasing thriller Nightcrawler. The Academy Award nominated actor provided one of the best performances of his career in Gilroy’s directorial debut.

Now they have reunited for Velvet Buzzsaw, a satirical film that takes on the world of contemporary art, and joining them is their Nightcrawler co-star Rene Russo. A trailer for the film has been released and you can check it out below.

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