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'Hocus Pocus' Director Wants Sequel With Original Cast


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When it comes to Disney, there are more classic animations than anything else. One of the exceptions to that rule however comes in the form of Halloween must-watch, 'Hocus Pocus'. Starring the brilliant Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy in the leading role of villainous witches Winifred, Sarah and Mary respectively, it's a film that achieved cult status upon home release.

Kenny Ortega seems keen to return to the franchiseKenny Ortega seems keen to return to the franchise

What many don't know is that 'Hocus Pocus' wasn't a big box office hit. In fact, it didn't fare very well upon its initial release at all, taking a short while to really take off. Looking back, it's hard to imagine why people didn't go out in their droves to see the flick, as it still stands up as one of the best seasonal pictures of all time and even to this day takes in around $1 million in sales each October.

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Disney Reveal Release Date For Live-Action 'Aladdin'


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Disney have this week announced the release date for their upcoming live-adaptation of classic fan-favourite film 'Aladdin', with the movie set to drop on May 24, 2019.

Fans are intrigued to see what Guy Ritchie does with 'Aladdin'Fans are intrigued to see what Guy Ritchie does with 'Aladdin'

Written by John August and produced by Dan Lin, with Guy Ritchie serving as director, the film will star relative newcomer Mena Massoud in the titular role, with 'Power Rangers' actress Naomi Scott stepping into the shoes of Princess Jasmine, and Will Smith serving as the Genie of the Lamp. Marwan Kenzari is the villainous Jafar, whilst Navid Negahban plays the Sultan.

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Disney Accused Of Whitewashing Over New Billy Magnussen Role


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Disney has been strongly criticised on social media for an act of whitewashing concerning its new live action re-make of Aladdin, apparently creating an entirely new role for a white actor.

The company is believed to have cast Billy Magnussen (Into The Woods, Bridge of Spies) as a character called Prince Anders, who does not feature in the 1992 animated Aladdin or the original folklore ‘Aladdin and the Magic Lamp’, for its upcoming live-action film.

The decision follows an existing outcry over the casting of Naomi Scott, a non-Arab actor of British and Indian heritage, as Princess Jasmine two months ago. She’ll star alongside Mena Massoud, who is of Egyptian background, as Aladdin himself, and Will Smith in the role of the Genie.

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'Mickey' Singer Toni Basil Sues Disney And 'South Park'


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‘Mickey’ singer Toni Basil is suing several companies who she claims have used her 1982 song without her permission.

Among the defendants named in her suit, which was filed in Los Angeles on Thursday (August 31), are media companies Disney and Viacom, as well as television shows 'South Park' and 'RuPaul's Drag Race'. 

Toni BasilToni Basil in 2014

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Disney Say Goodbye To Netflix As They Prepare To Launch Their Own Streaming Service


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Now might be a good time to catch up on all those Disney and Pixar movies you have been meaning to watch on Netflix but haven't yet, because soon they'll all be taken down in favour of a new streaming service which is set to launch exclusively for Disney material. 

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It was only a matter of time, but Disney will now be unveiling their very own streaming company which means removing all their material currently available on Netflix. The news was announced through their most recent earnings report yesterday (August 8th 2017).

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Who Is Forthcoming Disney Star Mena Massoud?


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Disney fans everywhere have been waiting with baited breath to hear the main cast announcement for Guy Ritchie's upcoming remake of 'Aladdin', and the news certainly comes as a surprise to everyone. Now the question on everybody's lips is: just who is Mena Massoud?

Director Guy Ritchie pictured at 'King Arthur' premiereDirector Guy Ritchie pictured at 'King Arthur' premiere

The Egyptian-Canadian relative newcomer will be topping the bill as the titular lamp-rubbing hero, alongside Will Smith as the Genie and Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine. It's a re-telling of Disney's original 1992 animated film, though we're yet to see who will land the role of the villainous Jafar.

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Disney Reveal 'Aladdin' Live-Action Cast


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Disney are enjoying a surge of success as of late, with their new takes on classic tales such as 'The Jungle Book' and 'Beauty and the Beast' proving to be extremely popular. Bringing them to live-action, the movie company are able to do things on a bigger scale than ever before, and that's set to continue with live-action remakes for 'The Lion King', 'Mulan' and 'Aladdin' on the way.

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Iain Glen at the premiere of 'Game of Thrones' season 7 held at Walt Disney Concert Hall - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 12th July 2017

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Iain Glen
Iain Glen
Iain Glen

Adina Porter at the premiere of 'Game of Thrones' season 7 held at Walt Disney Concert Hall - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 12th July 2017

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Adina Porter
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Brenton Thwaites at the Premiere Of Disney's "Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" held at Dolby Theatre - Hollywood, California, United States - Friday 19th May 2017

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Brenton Thwaites and Chloe Pacey
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Brenton Thwaites and Chloe Pacey
Brenton Thwaites and Chloe Pacey
Brenton Thwaites and Chloe Pacey

Disney Reveal Release Dates For 'Frozen 2' And Live Action 'The Lion King'


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Disney continue to impress their fans with their upcoming slate of movies, including the likes of 'Wreck-It Ralph 2', 'Wrinkle In Time', 'Star Wars: Episode IX' and much more. This week, the company have revealed release dates for some of their most popular upcoming releases, with 'Frozen 2' and the live action adaptation of 'The Lion King' leading the way.

The original 'Frozen' characters will return for the sequelThe original 'Frozen' characters will return for the sequel

For now, a date of July 19, 2019 has been given for 'The Lion King', whilst 'Frozen 2' will follow just a few months later on November 27, 2019. The announcement means that the fifth instalment to the 'Indiana Jones' film series has been pushed back to October 7, 2020.

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Dr Jane Goodall "Enchanted" By Golden Monkeys


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Amid the seasonal blockbusters and traditional popcorn fare, one of the highlights of the Easter movie release schedule looks to be the upcoming Disneynature documentary film Born In China.

Making its official debut on April 21st in the United States in a limited release, Born In China is narrated by John Krasinski as camera crews ventured deep into the wilds of China to film some fantastic beasts in their natural habitat.

Dr Jane Goodall at a 2016 National Geographic conferenceDr Jane Goodall at a 2016 National Geographic conference

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Aubrey Anderson-Emmons at a screening of Disney's 'Tangled Before Ever After' held at The Paley Center for Media, Disney - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 4th March 2017

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'Beauty And The Beast' The First Disney Movie To Represent The LGBT Community


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In a move that will no doubt thrill LGBT people around the world, 'Beauty and the Beast' is to become the first film in Disney history to feature an 'exclusively gay moment'. With Emma Watson also bringing an emphasis on feminism to the role, it could be the company's most diverse role yet. 

Beauty and the BeastJosh Gad and Luke Evans star in 'Beauty and the Beast'

In the past, Disney was considered a prejudiced enterprise on many counts, but now they are embracing diversity by bringing same-sex romance into their upcoming live action adaptation of 1991 animation 'Beauty and the Beast'. It centres around LeFou, played by Josh Gad, and his feelings for his slick master Gaston who is portrayed by Luke Evans.

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Riz Ahmed attending the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States - Sunday 11th December 2016

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