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‘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...
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Check Out Blue Will Smith in New Aladdin Teaser!

BEGIN SLIDESHOW Check out blue Will Smith in new Aladdin teaser! Walt Disney Pictures has revealed the Super Bowl spot for director Guy Ritchie’s upcoming live-action remake of Aladdin, featuring our first look at a blue Will Smith as the Genie. Check out the Aladdin teaser below! RELATED: The Aladdin Trailer is Here! PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB.gptAutoRefresh || {'gptAds':[], 'gptStandAlone':[]}...
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Disney Heroes and Villains Drawn Together As One Person

In her own words, Dada is “an artist who loves to draw all sorts of subjects using all kinds of different mediums.” Her most unique trait as an artist is her penchant for grafting the faces of two characters, often Disney characters, onto one head with two halves. In general, the renderings are extremely faithful to their source material, alternating between light and adorable, and vivid and surreal. Some of the combo choices include shared species like Simba and Scar, while others are more huma...
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Why your favourite film baddies all have a truly evil laugh

Towards the end of the Disney film Aladdin (1992), our hero's love rival, the evil Jafar, discovers Aladdin's secret identity and steals his magic lamp. Jafar's wish to become the world's most powerful sorcerer is soon granted, and he then uses his powers to banish Aladdin to the ends of the Earth. What follows next is a lingering close-up of Jafar's body. He leans forward, fists clenched, with an almost constipated look on his face. He then explodes in uncontrollable cackles that echo across th...
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Watch Out Disney: The Studio Behind ‘Sharknado’ and ‘Transmorphers’ is Making Their Own ‘Aladdin’ Movie

With Disney’s live-action Aladdin remake arriving in May, here’s a bit of news that ought to surprise both no one and everyone. Indie studio The Asylum, responsible for such straight-to-DVD knock-off “classics” as Transmorphers and Snakes on a Train are now working on their own Aladdin movie, and it starts shooting in Los Angeles this week. Known initially for their “mockbusters,” or low-budget films similar enough to major releases without encroaching on them legally, The Asylum achieved m...
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New ‘Aladdin’ Photos Have Fans Unexpectedly Swooning Over Jafar

Disney debuted a first look at the cast for their new live-action version of Aladdin on Wednesday and if the Internet is any indication, it appears that Jafar may already be an early fan favorite of this film. Jafar, the Grand Vizier, is being played by the Tunisian-Dutch actor Marwan Kenzari, who previously appeared in…
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‘Aladdin’ Images Show Us a Whole New World of Will Smith Topknots and Vests

A fresh batch of new Aladdin images have come out of the Cave of Wonders, giving us our first look at Will Smith‘s Genie and Naomi Scott‘s Princess Jasmine. We also get a closer look at the titular street rat himself, played by Mena Massoud, who is rocking a whole lot more vests than the partially shirtless animated version of Aladdin. Entertainment Weekly has debuted two new images from Guy Ritchie‘s Aladdin as part of their cover story on the highly anticipated live-action remake. The maga...
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First Official Look at Disney’s Live-Action Aladdin Revealed!

BEGIN SLIDESHOW First official look at Disney’s live-action Aladdin revealed! Walt Disney Pictures has revealed the first photos from director Guy Ritchie’s upcoming live-action remake of Aladdin. The photos give us our first look at the main cast including Will Smith’s Genie wearing a newly designed costume quite different from the original animated film. Check out the photos below! (via Entertainment Weekly) RELATED: The Aladdin Trailer is Here! PB = P...
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Disney: Aladdin Pop!, Keychains, Mystery Minis, Plush, and 5 Star

Funko has added a number of Disney's Aladdin collectibles to their various toy lines. As seen above, there's the new Aladdin Mystery Minis Series , a 12-piece Mystery Minis including Aladdin, Jasmine, Genie, Jafar, Rajah, Abu, Razoul, Sultan, Peddler, Aladdin as Prince Ali, Iago, Carpet, Jasmine in disguise, and Jafar as an old man. Also, the Aladdin SuperCute Plush lineup includes Aladdin, Abu, Genie, Rajah and Jasmine (Target exclusives are noted in the image). And the Pop! Keychain  l...
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‘Aladdin’ Teaser Features Mena Massoud as the ‘Diamond in the Rough’

The first teaser for Disney’s live-action remake of 1992 animated hit “Aladdin” dropped Thursday, featuring newcomer Mena Massoud in the titular role. The trailer begins with a bird’s eye view of Agrabah, the fictional city where the story takes place, as a parrot — presumably Jafar’s companion Iago — soars overhead. The scene soon transitions […]
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The Aladdin Trailer is Here!

BEGIN SLIDESHOW The Aladdin trailer is here! Disney has released the first trailer for their upcoming live-action remake of Aladdin! Set to debut in theaters May 24, 2019, you can watch the Aladdin trailer in the player below! The Aladdin cast includes: Two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith (Ali, Men in Black) as the Genie who has the power to grant three wishes to whoever possesses his magic lamp; Mena Massoud (Amazon’s Jack Ryan) as Aladdin, the hapless but lovable street rat who is smitten...
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‘Aladdin’ Teaser Trailer: Disney Invites You To a Whole New World

Disney knows a good thing when they see it, so they’re all-in on live-action remakes of their animated hits. The latest: Aladdin! The 1992 animated musical featuring a now-iconic vocal performance from the late Robin Williams gets a live-action update courtesy of Guy Ritchie. Will Smith takes on the role of the Genie, who grants wishes to Aladdin, a thief who wants to woo a princess. An Aladdin teaser is now available to start getting you excited about the film. See it below. Aladdin Teaser...
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‘Aladdin’ Teaser: Disney Invites You To a Whole New World

Disney knows a good thing when they see it, so they’re all-in on live-action remakes of their animated hits. The latest: Aladdin! The 1992 animated musical featuring a now-iconic vocal performance from the late Robin Williams gets a live-action update courtesy of Guy Ritchie. Will Smith takes on the role of the Genie, who grants wishes to Aladdin, a thief who wants to woo a princess. An Aladdin teaser is now available to start getting you excited about the film. See it below. Aladdin Teaser...
Tags: Movies, Robin Williams, Tim Burton, Disney, Williams, Will-Smith, Movie Trailers, Jon Favreau, Smith, Guy-Ritchie, Tim Rice, Jasmine, Aladdin, Jafar, Pasek Paul, Gilbert Gottfried


Will Smith Shares Aladdin Poster with Genie’s Lamp!

Will Smith shares Aladdin poster revealing Genie’s lamp Will Smith, who will be playing the iconic Genie character in Disney’s upcoming live-action Aladdin film, has shared a new poster revealing Genie’s lamp and teasing that you should choose your wishes wisely. Smith shared the poster, which you can check out in the gallery below, on his Facebook, saying: “LEMME OUT! Can’t wait for y’all to see Me BLUE!”  The Aladdin cast includes: Two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith (Ali, Men in Black) a...
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Abraaj founder settles $300m bounced check case

Abraaj founder settles $300m bounced check case:Arif Naqvi, the founder and chief executive of the embattled Abraaj Group, has avoided a three-year prison sentence in the UAE with a last-minute deal struck with Hamid Jafar, the Sharjah based businessman, over $300 million of checks written by Naqvi and a lieutenant that were dishonored on presentation.Lawyers for Naqvi and Jafar issued statements yesterday that halted proceedings over the bounced checks — a criminal offense in the UAE — after ta...
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Abraaj founder faces fresh criminal complaint over $300m loan | Financial Times

Abraaj founder faces fresh criminal complaint over $300m loan | Financial Times:The founder of Abraaj has been hit with another criminal case in the United Arab Emirates for allegedly issuing a $217m cheque with insufficient funds, as the private equity group struggles to effect a court-driven restructuring.Hamid Jafar, a prominent businessman, has opened another bounced cheque case in Sharjah only two weeks after the apparent resolution of an earlier $48m case.The cheques relate to a $300m loan...
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Case against Abraaj founder adjourned as deal talks move forward | Financial Times

Case against Abraaj founder adjourned as deal talks move forward | Financial Times:A Sharjah court judge on Thursday adjourned the case against Abraaj founder Arif Naqvi for issuing a $48.2m cheque with insufficient funds as talks to settle the debt move ahead.Adjournment until July 11 comes after late night negotiations between representatives for Mr Naqvi and Hamid Jafar, the founder of Crescent Group, who loaned Abraaj $300m last December. The criminal case, which had its first hearing on Jun...
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UPDATE 1-UAE court adjourns bounced cheque case of Abraaj founder | Reuters

UPDATE 1-UAE court adjourns bounced cheque case of Abraaj founder | Reuters:A Sharjah court has adjourned until July 11 a case involving the founder of private equity firm Abraaj, Arif Naqvi, and another executive for issuing a cheque without sufficient funds, a lawyer involved in the case said on Thursday.The court case in Sharjah, one of the United Arab Emirates, relates to a cheque for 177.1 million dirhams ($48 million), signed by Naqvi and a fellow executive, and written to Hamid Jafar, ano...
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Abraaj peace talks break down ahead of crucial UAE legal hearing

Abraaj peace talks break down ahead of crucial UAE legal hearing:Peace talks between representatives of Arif Naqvi, the beleaguered founder and chief executive of the Abraaj Group, and the Sharjah business leader Hamid Jafar have ended without a settlement ahead of a crucial legal hearing in the UAE on Thursday.Naqvi, who has been accused of writing bad cheques to the value of $300 million, had been seeking more time — up to a year — to pay the owed amount, but Jafar wanted immediate payment in ...
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Arif Naqvi secured $300m in ‘emergency’ loan to keep embattled Abraaj afloat, Jafar family claims

Arif Naqvi secured $300m in ‘emergency’ loan to keep embattled Abraaj afloat, Jafar family claims:Arif Naqvi sought an “emergency short term loan” of $300 million from the Jafar family of Sharjah to keep the embattled private equity group Abraaj alive in February this year, according to a statement from the Jafar’s lawyers, Al Tamimi & Co. The allegation — rejected by Abraaj legal advisers — came after a court hearing in Sharjah, UAE, which kept in place an arrest warrant against Naqvi on ground...
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Abraaj Founder Naqvi Faces Criminal Case Over Bounced Check - Bloomberg

Abraaj Founder Naqvi Faces Criminal Case Over Bounced Check - Bloomberg:Arif Naqvi, the founder of Abraaj Group that has been roiled by allegations of misused investor money, faces a criminal case in the United Arab Emirates for issuing a check without sufficient funds. A complaint against Naqvi and another Abraaj director, Muhammed Rafique Lakhani, was filed in Sharjah over a bounced check, according to a court document seen by Bloomberg. Checks were issued as a security on a loan of about $200...
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UPDATE 1-UAE's Jafar family linked to fund filing lawsuit against Abraaj -sources | Reuters

UPDATE 1-UAE's Jafar family linked to fund filing lawsuit against Abraaj -sources | Reuters:"A family involved with Abraaj handed over debt exposure to the private equity firm to a little-known fund that has now filed a petition against Abraaj, deepening its financial woes, sources said. An adviser to the Jafar family said it was not party to the legal proceedings started by Auctus Fund in the Cayman Islands against Abraaj, although Hamid Jafar had provided Abraaj with a private loan which has s...
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UAE's Jafar family behind lawsuit against Abraaj on $100 mln loan default -sources | Reuters

UAE's Jafar family behind lawsuit against Abraaj on $100 mln loan default -sources | Reuters:"An ally of Abraaj’s founder Arif Naqvi has turned against the private equity firm after its financial woes deepened in the wake of allegations it misued investor money and defaulted on loans, three sources and court documents show. Badr Jafar, an Abraaj board member, is one of the main figures behind a lawsuit filed by a little-known fund in the Cayman Islands that could further push Dubai-based Abraaj ...
Tags: Travel, Dubai, Uae, Cayman Islands, Reuters, Jafar, Abraaj, Saint Vincent, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Arif Naqvi, Badr Jafar, Abraaj Investment Management Ltd, Auctus Fund


U.A.E.'s Jafar Family Said Seeking to Recover Abraaj Loan - Bloomberg

U.A.E.'s Jafar Family Said Seeking to Recover Abraaj Loan - Bloomberg:"A fund representing the United Arab Emirates’ Jafar family is seeking to recover about $300 million from Abraaj Holdings through a court-run restructuring of the embattled buyout firm, people with knowledge of the matter said.The family, which owns Sharjah-based Crescent Petroleum Co., mandated Auctus to file a petition in the Cayman Islands last week to start a process that would allow Abraaj to avoid collapse and repay its ...
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Fighting for the Palme d’Or, and the Right to Fly to Cannes

Two directors in the running for the film festival’s top prize, Kirill S. Serebrennikov of Russia and Jafar Panahi of Iran, are barred from travel by their governments.
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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Carice van Houten Set for ‘Locus of Control’ (EXCLUSIVE)

“Game of Thrones” star Carice van Houten will star in “Locus of Control,” playing a prison psychologist who starts an affair with a serial sex offender who appears to be ready to be released back into society. The latter role will be played by Marwan Kenzari, the Dutch actor who plays Jafar in Guy Ritchie’s […]
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Disney’s Live-Action Aladdin Has Wrapped Production

Mena Massoud, star of Disney’s live-action Aladdin tweets that production has wrapped Mena Massoud (The 99, Jack Ryan), star of Disney’s upcoming live-action Aladdin film, has tweeted that production has wrapped. The film is based on the 1992 animated classic. You can check out his tweet below, along with a picture from set in our gallery. That’s a wrap on #Aladdin! It’s been an incredible journey and I can’t wait for you to see it summer 2019! pic.twitter.com/b7Vynsdnow — Mena Massoud (@Men...
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Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ soars, sputters in its Pantages premiere

Had there been one more wish left in Genie’s lamp, some of us in the opening-night audience of Disney’s “Aladdin” at the Pantages might have wished that all the lead performances had been as brilliant as the show’s technical elements are. The story, based on the 1992 film, is recounted through the book by Chad Beguelin; lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Beguelin; and music by Alan Menken. Aladdin the thief still wants to rise out of imprisoning poverty, Jasmine the princess wants to escape o...
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‘Gilbert’ Trailer: Gilbert Gottfried Is Surprisingly Chill in a New Biographical Documentary

Comedian Gilbert Gottfried is best known by general audiences for being a wholly inappropriate comedian with an extremely grating voice. They may not know his name, but they recognize that signature voice, the same one that brought Jafar’s parrot sidekick Iago to life in Disney’s Aladdin. But they definitely don’t know the real Gilbert Gottfried. Gilbert is a documentary that debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival this past spring, and it’s finally arriving in theaters this year. You might be sur...
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The First Cast Selfie From The Set Of Aladdin Is Here & It's Glorious

Disney die-hards are already getting geared up for the live-action remake of Aladdin. Thankfully, Will Smith, who is set to play the role of Genie, is being very generous, sharing the very first snapshot from the set with his fans.According to BuzzFeed, , which means the cast has assembled and is ready to make some Disney magic together."We just started shooting Aladdin and I wanted to intro you guys to our new family… Mena Massoud/Aladdin, Naomi Scott/Princess Jasmine, Marwan Kenzari/Jafar, a...
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