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New Look at Disney's Live-Action 'Aladdin' Reveals Will Smith's Genie

"You really don't know who I am…?" Disney has debuted a new "Special Look" 60-second TV spot for their upcoming live-action take on Aladdin, directed by British filmmaker Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., King Arthur). This new Aladdin stars Egyptian-Canadian actor Mena Massoud as the "street urchin" Aladdin, who falls for the princess Jasmine, played by Naomi Scott. In addition, Will Smith plays the genie and we finally get a good look at him here in all his awkward blu...
Tags: Movies, Trailer, Disney, Will Smith, Smith, Alan Menken, Jasmine, Aladdin, Navid Negahban, Benj Pasek Justin Paul, La La Land, To Watch, Naomi Scott, Mena Massoud, Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes

‘Aladdin’ TV Spot Finally Reveals Will Smith as the Big Blue Genie

When the first teaser trailer for Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin first arrived, fans were fairly underwhelmed. Not only did the teaser offer very little footage of Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Naomi Scott as Jasmine, but it didn’t give us a look at Will Smith as the genie in the famous lamp at the center of the story. Even when the first images of Will Smith in the movie arrived, he wasn’t blue like the famed genie voiced by Robin Williams in the 1992 animated classic. But that changed t...
Tags: Movies, Romance, Robin Williams, Disney, Adaptation, John August, Will-Smith, Movie Trailers, Musical, Grammys, Remakes, Guy Ritchie, Video Clips, Tim Rice, Alan Menken, Jasmine

‘The Little Mermaid’ 30th Anniversary 4K Blu-ray Release Brings All-New Bonus Features

The Little Mermaid is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and to commemorate the beloved Disney classic, the film is being released on 4K Ultra Blu-ray and Digital HD next month. Aside from getting the movie in the highest possible quality, fans will also be treated to some new special features, including a celebratory discussion and musical performance with composer Alan Menken and some of Disney’s most beloved leading ladies. Get the full rundown of The Little Mermaid 4K Blu-ray and d...
Tags: Movies, Disney, Digital, Animation, Disney Princess, Little Mermaid, The Little Mermaid, Ariel, Alan, Musical, Disney Channel, Blu, Howard, Alan Menken, Walt, Menken

Disney to Make Live-Action ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’ Musical Possibly Starring Josh Gad

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is the next beloved Disney animated staple to get the live-action treatment. The live-action musical, simply titled Hunchback, will adapt not only 1996 Disney film but the 1831 Victor Hugo novel upon which it was based. And if you’re wondering exactly how they’re going to turn this surprisingly dark Disney animated movie into a family-friendly live-action film, the House of Mouse is reportedly eyeing its favorite comedic bit player, Josh Gad, for the lead. Deadlin...
Tags: Movies, Drama, Berlin, Disney, Adaptation, Notre Dame, Tony, Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz, Victor Hugo, David Henry Hwang, Josh Gad, Gad, Mandeville, Esmerelda, Disney/Pixar

‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’ Live-Action Reboot in the Works at Disney

Disney is in early development on a live-action “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” movie, based on Disney’s animated film and Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel “Notre-Dame de Paris.” Playwright David Henry Hwang is attached to write the script, with Mandeville Films and Josh Gad set to produce. Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz will pen the music. […]
Tags: News, Disney, Notre Dame, Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz, David Henry Hwang, Josh Gad, Notre Dame de Paris, Mandeville Films, The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Splitting the Party

John and Craig talk about the trope of “Never split the party,” and why, as a writer, you often want and need to divide up your characters to better explore relationships, propel the story forward, give actors something to do, and simply fit everyone in the frame. We also follow up on screenwriting scams, sequences, websites, and liking things that others don’t. Links: Join us for the WGA’s Princess Bride screening on January 27th. You can catch John on Studio 360. “Let’s Split Up the Gang”...
Tags: Travel, News, Film Industry, Adaptation, John, Party, Patton Oswalt, Craig, Genres, Producers, Alan Menken, WGA, Craig Mazin, Big Fish, Treatments, Screenwriting

‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Clip: Watch the Entire “A Place Called Slaughter Race” Musical Sequence

Every Disney princess deserves their big sweeping solo song, and in Ralph Breaks the Internet, Princess Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) got one — albeit an appropriately offbeat one. The young video game racer and quirky princess got her own solo song penned by the legendary Disney maestro Alan Menken in a song that is equal parts self-deprecating and inspirational, in the vein of both Wreck-It Ralph movies. But boy does Vanellope sing her little heart out about murderous street racing in the full ...
Tags: Comedy, Movies, Disney, Animation, Musical, Sarah-Silverman, Video Clips, Silverman, Ralph, Alan Menken, Shank, Menken, Action/Adventure, Disney/Pixar, Phil Johnston, Vanellope

'Captain America: The First Avenger' Stands Out in a Glut of Comic Book Films

None Discussions of the mythical "superhero fatigue" were in full swing in the summer of 2011, and the concept has been raised every time a superhero film is considered a critical or commercial disappointment. The basis of superhero fatigue is the idea that audiences will grow tired of the neverending glut of big-budget comic book films, and will stop seeing them en masse. It's quaint to think of film bloggers in 2011 foretelling the imminent implosion of the genre when, seven years later, mega...
Tags: Europe, Feature, Music, New York, Washington, Nazis, New York City, Marvel, Disney, America, Barack Obama, Iron Man, Brooklyn, United States, Italy, Arctic

‘Holmes & Watson’ Review: This Uninspired Parody Arrives Several Years Too Late

The warning signs come early in Holmes & Watson that this will be a painful experience. The cinematic reunion of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, a decade removed from Step Brothers , should be triumphant and hilarious, as opposed to a desperate, sweaty mess. But there are implications that the final product has been through the editing room multiple times, leaving a movie with no comedic rhythms or consistent tone. As the title suggests, Ferrell and Reilly play Sherlock Holmes and ...
Tags: UK, Comedy, Movies, Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jr, America, Bbc, Features, Movie Reviews, Sony, Watson, Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock, Ron Burgundy, Will-Ferrell, Guy Ritchie

‘Incredibles 2’ Leads the 2018 Annie Awards Nominations

The Annie Awards Nominations are in, and Incredibles 2 is cleaning up. This year’s awards, which are presented by the Los Angeles branch of the International Animated Film Association to recognize excellence in animation in film and television, have singled out Incredibles 2 and Ralph Breaks the Internet –  both Disney properties – with the most nominations. But Isle of Dogs and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse are in the race as well. See the full list of nominees below. Having now seen Sp...
Tags: Animation, Awards, Disney/Pixar, Incredibles 2, Into the Spider-Verse, Isle of Dogs, Ralph Breaks the Internet

How Sarah Silverman Felt About Singing An Alan Menken Song In Ralph Breaks The Internet

Ralph Breaks the Internet has a lot of fun at the expense of the Disney brand, but one element of the film itself was very on brand.
Tags: Religion, Disney, Sarah Silverman, Ralph, Alan Menken

Theater review: At the Pantages, ‘A Bronx Tale’ of good and bad is both

If its title sounds familiar, that’s not from extreme popularity of any one version of its story. It’s because this show has been resurrected in various mediums, now landing at the Pantages in the national tour of its musicalized form. Chazz Palminteri’s “A Bronx Tale” began as a solo show in 1989, premiering in Los Angeles and moving to off-Broadway.  A 1993 film adaptation, directed by and starring Robert De Niro, followed. The solo show stepped onto Broadway in 2007. Disney veterans Alan Menk...
Tags: Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Broadway, Robert De Niro, Bronx, Muhammad Ali, Southern California, Sonny, Jerry Zaks, Glenn Slater, Joan Marcus, Kirk Douglas, Chazz Palminteri, Alan Menken, Lorenzo

First Teaser for Guy Ritchie's Live-Action 'Aladdin' Movie for Disney

"Only one may enter here, one whose worth lies far within, the diamond in the rough." Disney has revealed the first teaser trailer for their live-action take on Aladdin, directed by British filmmaker Guy Ritchie, following his poorly received King Arthur movie. This new Aladdin stars Egyptian-Canadian actor Mena Massoud as the "street urchin" Aladdin, who falls for the princess Jasmine, played by Naomi Scott. In addition, Will Smith plays the genie, and the cast includes Billy Magnussen, Nas...
Tags: Movies, Trailer, Disney, Will Smith, Guy Ritchie, Arthur, Alan Menken, Jasmine, Aladdin, Ritchie, Navid Negahban, Benj Pasek Justin Paul, La La Land, To Watch, Naomi Scott, Mena Massoud

12 theater productions to see in Southern California, Sept. 21-27

LOS ANGELES COUNTY ‘A Picture of Dorian Gray’ An adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s novella about a man who sells his soul to preserve his youth, but not without paying a price. When: Runs through Nov. 16. Where: A Noise Within, 3352 E. Foothill Blvd. Pasadena. Tickets: $25 and up. Information: 626-356-3121, ‘Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club’ The thriller puts Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective in a weird murder club in London. Sept. 21 is a preview with ha...
Tags: London, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Iowa, Broadway, Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle, National Geographic, Oscar Wilde, Southern California, San Bernardino, Madison County, Fontana, Alan Menken, Lizzie Borden

Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ Remake Gives Aladdin and Jasmine a New Duet, Along With a Whole New World of Original Songs

When we learned that La La Land and The Greatest Showman maestros Benj Pasek and Justin Paul were on board to pen new songs for Guy Ritchie‘s live-action remake of Aladdin, we knew were in for a whole new world of great music. But can they live up to the renown of Alan Menken‘s masterful songs for the 1992 animated film? Apparently, Pasek and Paul are eager to try. In their short careers, Oscar, Tony, and Grammy-nominated songwriters Pasek and Paul have made a name for themselves as some of ...
Tags: Movies, Fantasy, Disney, John August, Musical, Remakes, Guy-Ritchie, Scott, PAUL, Variety, Tim Rice, Alan Menken, Jasmine, Aladdin, Ritchie, Howard Ashman

‘Aladdin’: Justin Paul and Benj Pasek Reveal Details of New Songs for Live-Action Reboot (EXCLUSIVE)

If an Oscar, Tony and Grammy weren’t enough for Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, they can now say they’ve collaborated with musical legend Alan Menken. It was announced in July 2017 that the “La La Land” and “The Greatest Showman” duo would be working with Menken on new songs for director Guy Ritchie’s upcoming live-action […]
Tags: News, Film, Disney, Will Smith, Guy Ritchie, Alan Menken, Aladdin, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Menken, Oscar Tony

Disneyland in Sherman Oaks? A Valley man brings his massive pop-up gallery to town

The empty space of a former Sports Authority in Sherman Oaks has been transformed into something every Disneyland fan will want to visit: an exhibit called “That’s from Disneyland!” and the culmination of 25 years of collecting by one man, Richard Kraft of Sherman Oaks. “The goal was to eventually move all of Disneyland from Anaheim to Encino,” where he lived, Kraft joked about his massive collection. Kraft has been collecting Disneyland mementos for 25 years. It was nostalgia that sparked the c...
Tags: Florida, News, Africa, Uncategorized, Disney, Sport, David, Soccer, Broadway, Disneyland, Michael Jackson, Richard, Kraft, Tomorrowland, Kelly, Anaheim

Scriptnotes, Ep 356: Writing Animated Movies — Transcript

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August and this is Episode 356 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. This week Craig and I have switched places. He is in Europe while I am back in Los Angeles. Luckily I am not alone. Across from me I have Linda Woolverton, a screenwriter whose credits include The Lion King, Homeward Bound, Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, and of cours...
Tags: Twitter, Europe, Elsa, London, La, China, Tim Burton, Disney, Nbc News, US, Toronto, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Broadway, Pacific Rim, Cbs

'Aladdin' composer Alan Menken saw star potential really early in Lin-Manuel Miranda, and in Ardmore's Benj Pasek, too

'Aladdin' composer Alan Menken spoke with us as his Broadway hit (one of many) was about to open at the Academy of Music - the first time it's been in Philadelphia. It runs through July 1.
Tags: Broadway, Philadelphia, Incidents, Ardmore, Lin Manuel Miranda, Alan Menken, Benj Pasek

Disney’s Tangled Series Renewed Ahead of Season 2 Premiere

BEGIN SLIDESHOW Disney’s Tangled series renewed ahead of Season 2 premiere Today it was announced that Disney Channel has ordered a third season of the Emmy Award-nominated animated adventure comedy Tangled: The Series. This news comes before the premiere of its second season, which has been re-titled Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure. Disney Channel also announced that the second season premieres on Sunday, June 24, 8AM EST/PDT on Disney Channel, the DisneyNOW app, and Disney Channel VOD. The...
Tags: TV, Movies, Disney, TV News, Mandy Moore, Jeremy Jordan, Pascal, Disney Channel, Chris Sonnenburg, Eugene, Glenn Slater, Cassandra, Lance, Corona, Alan Menken, Rapunzel

Concert Review: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Gets Adoring Tribute at Hollywood Bowl

Is “Beauty and the Beast” dated? A little bit, if only when pitted against contemporary ethics. As the original, animated version of the film unspooled at the Hollywood Bowl Friday night in a combination of screening and all-star live musical performance, it was clear that a few of the moral lessons imparted in 1991 seem […]
Tags: Reviews, News, Beauty and the Beast, Kelsey Grammer, Rebel Wilson, Taye Diggs, Hollywood Bowl, Zooey Deschanel, Alan Menken, Jane Krakowski, Concert Reviews

Alan Menken Signs Worldwide Deal With Warner/Chappell Music Publishing

Award-winning songwriter and composer Alan Menken has signed a worldwide deal with Warner/Chappell Music, the publishing arm of Warner Music Group. Best known for such classic film musicals as “The Little Mermaid,” the animated “Beauty and The Beast,” “Aladdin” and “Pocahontas,” among many others, Menken is an eight-time Academy Award winner and the recipient of 11 Grammy […]
Tags: News, The Little Mermaid, Alan Menken, Aladdin, Beast Aladdin, Warner Chappell Music, Menken, A Bronx Tale, Jon Platt, Warner Chappell Music Publishing, Warner Music Group Best

The Hunchback of Notre Dame Musical Discount Tickets in Seattle

The Hunchback of Notre Dame Musical Discount Tickets in Seattle is offering discount tickets for The Hunchback of Notre Dame Musical at the 5th Avenue Theater in Seattle, WA.  Ticket prices range from $30 – $40 (reg $40 – $101), so this can be a significant savings depending on which seats you choose. Discount tickets are available from Friday June 1st – Thursday June 14, 2018. There are only two nights that offer $30 tickets & 1 with a $35 starting price so hurry if you are int...
Tags: Entertainment, Disney, Seattle, Frugality, Northwest, Seattle Wa, Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Goldstar, Thrifty NW, Seattle Goldstar, 5th Avenue Theater, Little Mermaid Aladdin, Seattle Redmond, Cirque Du Soleil Tickets

This Rare Footage of the Beauty and the Beast Stars Singing 'Be Our Guest' Has Made Our Day

“Be... our... guest...” Now that you’ve got one of Disney’s all-time best movie songs stuck in your head, you’ll thoroughly enjoy this rare behind-the-scenes footage of Angela Lansbury and the late Jerry Orbach recording “Be Our Guest” for the original animated version of Beauty and the Beast.Read more...
Tags: Music, Science, Disney, Animation, Documentaries, Beauty and the Beast, Angela Lansbury, Behind The Scenes, Howard, Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Jerry Orbach, Don Hahn

Time for the Beginning of Time

One of the quirkier joys of this new Golden Age of the American Musical Theatre is this new generation of writers who have combined immense skill, craft, and artistry with wacky, silly, ridiculous -- and yet often, weirdly insightful -- narrative content.I guess Little Shop really was the first to do this. Alan Menken and Howard Ashman wrote an impeccably "professional" script and score, telling a story that was at once ridiculous and yet also powerfully human and deeply emotional. The same is ...
Tags: Theatre, Live, Ocean, Broadway, Musical, Premiere, Macbeth, Antigone, Scott Miller, Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Hollman, New Musicals, Musical Theater, Musical Theatre, Urinetown

Theme Park Bits: The Great Lego Race VR Coaster Video, Halloween Horror Nights Early Buy One, Get One Special

In this edition of Theme Park Bits: See video of the virtual reality animation for the new Great Lego Race coaster at Legoland Florida. What does it mean if you hear a Cast Member say “Code H” at the Magic Kingdom? Millennial pink isn’t just for millennials … soon everyone can show their Disney pride with it. Universal Orlando has an early buy one, get one ticket special going for Halloween Horror Nights. Rides don’t always change for the better, but one Disney success story celebrated an anni...
Tags: Movies, Disney, Tokyo, Theme Parks, Disneyland, Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World, Caribbean, Legoland Florida, Orlando, Matt Martin, Alan Menken, YOLO, Magic Kingdom, Pizza Planet, Disney Parks

Theater News: Kerry Butler and the Hercules Muses Join New York Pops Gala Celebrating Alan Menken

A tribute to the Tony-winning composer will be held on April 30 at Carnegie Hall.
Tags: Theatre, Tony, Alan Menken, Kerry Butler, Hercules Muses Join New York Pops Gala

D23 Expo 2019 Dates and Ticket Sales Announced

BEGIN SLIDESHOW D23 Expo 2019 dates and ticket sales announced All the magic and excitement of the past, present, and future of Disney entertainment will come together once again when D23: The Official Disney Fan Club presents D23 Expo 2019 at the Anaheim Convention Center the weekend of August 23–25. Each of Disney’s magical worlds—including Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars—will unite under one roof to celebrate what’s new and what’s on the horizon from Disney theme parks, television, music,...
Tags: Star Wars, Games, TV, Movies, Disney, Disneyland, Extras, Alan Menken, Walt Disney World Resorts, Anaheim Convention Center, Disney Fan Club, D23 Expo, D23, Movie News, Walt Disney Archives, Disney Tickets

John Musker’s Greatest Legacy at Disney Was His Willingness to Change

(Welcome to The Disney Discourse, a recurring feature where Josh Spiegel discusses the latest in Disney news. He goes deep on everything from the animated classics to the theme parks to live-action franchises. In this edition: why the recently retired John Musker matters to Disney’s past and its future.) There are only a few people whose presence at Walt Disney Animation Studios has been as massive as that of Walt Disney himself. During Disney’s life, although he never directed a single animate...
Tags: Movies, Dwayne Johnson, Robin Williams, Disney, Features, Animation, Williams, Middle East, New Orleans, Hercules, Ariel, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney, John Lasseter, Guy Ritchie, Maui

Sequel Bits: ‘It: Chapter 2’, ‘The Devil’s Rejects’ Sequel, ‘Jurassic World’, ‘Die Hard 6’, ‘Halloween’ and More

In this edition of sequel bits: It 2 working title revealed Rob Zombie begins shooting Devil’s Rejects sequel Three From Hell What’s up with Enchanted 2? Arnold Schwarzenegger says Twins sequel Triplets is still happening Michael Giacchino begins recording Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom score Jeff Goldblum will play Ian Malcolm again in a Jurassic World videogame An update on the new Die Hard sequel no one wants Danny McBride provides an update on Halloween   It: Chapter 2, the sequel to ...
Tags: Halloween, Jessica Chastain, Comedy, Movies, Instagram, Horror, Wikipedia, Stephen King, Sci-fi, Disney, Sequels, Adaptation, Chad, New Line, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Universal