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Disney's live-action Aladdin finds its villain and Royal Vizier, Jafar

Today, it's been announced that Disney is in negotiations with Marwan Kenzari for him to star as the villain of the studio's live-action version of ALADDIN, Jafar. Kenzari will be joined by Mena Massoud (Aladdin) Naomi Scott (Jasmine), and Will Smith  who's set to gettin' jiggy with a magic lamp as The Genie. Additionally, Saturday Night Live...
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Disney's Aladdin remake finds its Aladdin cast with Will Smith & more

In more casting news out of D23, we have learned that the live-action ALADDIN movie has cast Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott (POWER RANGERS) as Aladdin and Jasmine, with confirmation that Will Smith will indeed voice Genie.  No word yet on which furniture outlet will be supplying the carpet. This news comes off a report that Disney was having trouble finding their Aladdin...
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Live-action Aladdin hits bump in the sand as casting drags on

Disney is on one hell of a roll, not just with their Marvel and Star Wars brands, but also in large part thanks to their recent run of blockbuster live-action remakes. The making of these potential billion-dollar babies is treated with better care than actual real-life babies, which means they will do whatever it takes to ensure they get all the ingredients just right – even if it...
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Rumor: Guy Ritchie looking at Tom Hardy for Jafar in Aladdin

Getting the right actor to take on any role is never an easy task, especially when the role already has an established legacy behind it. Such is the case with the villain of Disney’s ALADDIN – Jafar – who stands as one the most notable baddies in their animated canon. But the director of the live-action remake – Guy Ritchie – apparently has the perfect...
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Will Smith in talks to play the Genie in Guy Ritchie's Aladdin

Disney's live-action adaptation of ALADDIN is set to be directed by Guy Ritchie (KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD) and production is beginning to gear up for a July start, which means that we'll be hearing much more about casting in the coming weeks, but most people have been wondering who Ritchie will choose as the Genie. It will certainly be tough for anyone to follow in the...
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New details emerge on Disney's live-action remakes of Aladdin and Mulan

Whether you like them or not, Disney seems intent on giving just about every one of their animated movies the live-action treatment, the latest of which, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, hit theaters today. Make sure to check our own Eric Walkuski's review of the film . We've got many more live-action remakes on the way, including ALADDIN and MULAN, and the president of Motion...
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Top 10 Disney Musicals of All Time

Disney continues their slew of live action remakes of their classic animated films with BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, which opens today. Unlike recent adaptations like CINDERELLA and THE JUNGLE BOOK, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is a full musical. Disney has a long history with successful musicals, both live action and animated. Here is our ranking of Disney's best musical films. Some may be familiar and...
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Disney is holding open casting calls for Aladdin; begins production in July

Are you capable of taking the wheel on a magic carpet ride? How about developing a bromance with a monkey in a small vest? How about going on an entire adventure in the Middle East…while being barefoot? Then the upcoming live-action ALADDIN movie, which just announced an open casting call, may be just the job for you! Disney is holding open casting calls for their upcoming...
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Guy Ritchie to direct live-action Aladdin movie for Disney

Sigh. Is anyone really surprised by this news? With live-action remakes of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, LITTLE MERMAID, LION KING, and the recently announcement of MULAN  (among others) on the way, a resigned sigh is really the only response at this point. To be fair, the fact that Disney is in talks with  Guy Ritchie  to direct is kind of cool, as...
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Exclusive Cool Video: Top 10 Disney characters hidden in other Disney movies

It's time for another exclusive top 10 list straight from the mind of Jason Dean, and this time around we're taking a look at Disney characters that were hidden in OTHER Disney movies. Yes, we all know about Repunzel and Eugene in FROZEN, but how about some of the older flicks? Turns out there's just as many character Easter eggs and a lot of them are even harder to find!...
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Awesome Art We've Found Around The Net: Almost Famous, Memento, Punisher

Some cliche somewhere said that 'a picture is worth a thousand words.' This has proven to be the case for me and especially when it comes to fan art. I have always sought out great fan art and have wanted to share it with as many people as possible. "Awesome Artwork We've Found Around The Net" is the outlet for that passion. In this column I will showcase the...
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This Week in Blu-ray / DVD Releases: San Andreas, Tomorrowland, Mad Men

This Week: The Rock vs. Earthquake in San Andreas, last call for Mad Men, and the trippy failure of Tomorrowland. ► Movies just don’t come much more generic than SAN ANDREAS , and after awhile it seems by design. Everything about this Carlton Cruse-penned howler is in step with the disaster movie...
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