On Thursday at the D23 Expo 2017, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek gave us the first look at the model of the Star Wars-themed lands that are curently being developed at the Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif. and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla. The exhibition will be on display at the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts’ “A Galaxy of Stories” pavilion throughout the expo. “To say we are excited for the…"D23 Expo 2017: Artwork for Star Wars lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World unveiled"
Walt Disney Pictures has an Aladdin problem as they have been unable to find a male lead to play Aladdin in their live-action film. Guy Ritchie is directing the movie and the studio has searched for months to find a male lead. In addition to the unknown actors, the search has included known actors such as Riz Ahmed and Dev Patel. Newcomers include Achraf Koutet, Mena Massoud and George Kosturos. Their problem is that they…"Disney’s Aladdin Problem"
With Star Wars: The Last Jedi looming at the end of the year, there’s a lot of predictions to be made that can go either right or wrong. One of the much-discussed predictions is that Daisy Ridley’s Rey is either Luke Skywalker’s daughter or Obi-Wan Kenobi’s grand-daughter. There’s no proof one way or the other to know for sure. Hamill didn’t do the discussion any favors during the Star Wars: The Last Jedi panel held…"Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Is Rey the daughter of Luke Skywalker?"
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales appears to be a fitting conclusion for the saga. Whether Disney will opt to greenlight a sixth film in the franchise remains to be determined but a post-credits scene could very well open the door for another film. Directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg from a screenplay written by Jeff Nathanson (story by Nathanson and Pirates veteran Terry Rossio), Johnny Depp leads a cast that…"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Closes a Chapter"
Hollywood movies are lacking transgender characters according to GLAAD’s fifth annual Studio Responsibility Index. In a year that saw Moonlight win Best Picture, Hollywood is still lacking with LGBTQ characters who drive the storyline and appear in a film for more than a mere minute. The first half of 2017 may be better as far as the main studios are concerned but whose to say how the rest of the year will pan out. We’ve…"Hollywood Movies lacking Transgender Characters"
As Star Wars fans wait as patiently as possible for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger addressed the future of the space opera saga while speaking at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica. “When we bought Lucasfilm, we were going to make three films — Episodes VII, VIII and IX,” the Disney CEO said. “We had to deal with tragedy at the end of 2016. Carrie appears throughout VIII.…"Star Wars: Disney’s Bob Iger plans for Star Wars into 2030"
Our childhood comes back to the big screen with the live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. The retelling stays true to the animated classic but fills in the plot holes that they were unable to do with the animated film. If it were up to me, Beauty and the Beast would also get a Best Picture nomination. Directed by Bill Condon from a screenplay written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos, the star-studded cast…"Beauty and the Beast: Disney Does It Again"
Moana is the 56th animated film to be released by Walt Disney Animation Studios and it continues the studio’s reign of animated hits as it enters Disney lore. Disney veteran directors Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Princess & the Frog) directed the animated musical, set across the Pacific Ocean. They were joined by co-directors Don Hall and Chris Williams. The voice cast is led by Auli‘i Cravalho and Dwayne Johnson.…"Moana: The Ocean Comes Calling"
The newest feature film adaptation of The Jungle Book is everything it was expected to be and so much more. This is only the second live-action film to be produced by Disney. The last live-action film was released in December 1994 but the animals talk this time around. It’s been a few years since the last time I watched the animated classic but there are some nice homages to the classic, including the classic songs.…"The Jungle Book lives up to Walt Disney classic"
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