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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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Ridley Scott teases Gladiator 2, knows how to bring Russell Crowe back

Spoilers if you haven't seen GLADIATOR, which, by the way, isn't too far off from celebrating its twentieth anniversary. How's that for making you feel old. Back in 2000, Ridley Scott 's historical epic told the story of Maximus ( Russell Crowe ), a Roman General who found himself reduced to slavery when Commodus ( Joaquin Phoenix ), the power hungry son of Emperor...
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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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Watch our Oscar "Best Picture" Retrospective for 2001 (video)

In this recurring series we take a look at the Oscar nominations of years past, examining the flicks that were nominated, as well as the pic we feel got snubbed among all the other candidates. Love 'em or hate 'em, the Oscars usually highlight the best films from each year (although there are plenty that get overlooked) and it's always fun to look back and see what was popular for any...
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Pop-Up Movie Facts: Gladiator (video)

You've probably watched Ridley Scott 's Gladiator a hundred times by now (I know I have), but there's likely some cool and interesting info you still don't know about the classic Oscar winner starring Russell Crowe , Joaquin Phoenix , Connie Nielsen , Oliver Reed , Richard Harris , and Djimon Hounsou . So, jump into the arena and join us for some Pop-Up Facts to get you caught...
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An Aladdin prequel is the next on Disney's live-action adaptation agenda

It's almost comical at this point just how quickly Disney is getting these live-action adaptations off the ground. There are so many in various stages of development that it would be easier to list which of their animated classics aren't getting the live-action treatment. Per THR , ALADDIN will be the next film on Disney's live-action chopping block but, as with most...
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Exclusive Cool Video: Soundtrack tribute to Hans Zimmer's Gladiator score!

One of the most memorable aspects about Ridley Scott 's GLADIATOR, outside the bloody battles, awesome speeches, and tremendous performances was the amazing score by Hans Zimmer and vocalist/musician Lisa Gerrard. Although Zimmer was already well-established as one of the best composers working in Hollywood at the time, GLADIATOR nudged him up even more and has since inspired a...
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The Good, the Bad and the Badass: Hans Zimmer

Last week, we took a look at the career of a truly badass helmer, Kathryn Bigelow . However, while people are quick to praise directors, actors and writers when a movie goes over well, often a crucial component, that of the film score, is overlooked. The following badass is without a doubt, the go-to guy for pretty much every genre of film score out there, and a guy we all know and...
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Ian McKellan and Derek Jacobi to play an old gay couple in the sitcom Vicious

Sir Ian McKellan is a badass dude. He is both Magneto and Gandalf. He is a thespian of the highest order, literally. Sir Derek Jacobi is just as great an actor. Both a protoge of Laurence Olivier and one of the most respected Shakespearean actors of all time, he is an inspiration to many actors. Both men have had long and storied careers that rival those of most in their profession....
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