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The Performances in ‘Aladdin’ Deserve Praise, But the Cultural Criticisms Should Be Heard – Review

To talk about the newest iteration of Disney’s Aladdin, let’s move past the obvious: Disney wants to use its animation library for live-action films. Any review that focuses on this as a negative point is kidding itself. You’d do the same if you had their library and their reach. Why should a giant not repackage itself? On a similar note, […]

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Highlights: ‘Aladdin’ Press Conference

Last Sunday, Geeks of Color had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with a selection of the creative minds behind Disney’s latest live-action adaptation at the Aladdin press conference. Kicking the conference off with a  Disney medley from the legendary composer Alan Menken, the panelist quickly decided that this will be an unforgettable night. We were Joined for the evening […]

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Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, ‘The Greatest Showman’ Songwriters, Will Work On The Music For Disney’s ‘Aladdin’

Aladdin is Disney’s latest Live-Action project in the works, directed by Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) and starring Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Jasmine, Will Smith as The Genie and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar. Music is an important part of these Live-Action versions of the animated classics, and Disney knows it, so […]

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Disney’s Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ Has Completed Principal Photography

Guy Ritchie’s take on the Arabian tale, Aladdin, has wrapped after 6 months of shooting. Mena Massoud (Aladdin), revealed via Twitter that the production has wrapped.  The cast includes; Will Smith (Genie), Marwan Kenzari (Jafar), Naomi Scott (Jasmine), Nasim Pedrad (Dalia), Navid Negahban (Sultan), and Billy Magnussen (Prince Anders. The film has had a couple of run-ins with controversy. Fans were surprised […]

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Colorism in Hollywood Isn’t Talked About Enough

Given films are beginning to (finally) be marketed towards more diverse audiences, a lot of people are starting to wonder if the barrier up for filmmakers and actors of color can truly be broken down. And while I think it’s great that actors of color are getting more opportunities, there’s one thing that’s being left out of the conversation that […]

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Billy Magnussen Joins The Cast of ‘Aladdin’ as a New Character

Yesterday, The Hollywood Reporter announced that actor Billy Magnussen (Into the Woods, Bridge of Spies, The Big Short,…) had joined the cast of Disney’s Live-Action Version of Aladdin in a completely new and original character. Magnussen will play Prince Anders, and most likely will be Aladdin’s competition for Jasmine’s love as she has to wed a prince, remembering the begging of the animated […]

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Nasim Pedrad Cast in Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ Remake

Saturday Night Live alum Nasim Pedrad just landed a role in Disney’s live-action Aladdin remake. The comedienne who recently co-starred on Mulaney, Scream Queens and New Girl will be playing a new character that was not part of the animated film. Pedrad will portray Mara, a friend and handmaiden to Princess Jasmine. The Hollywood Reporter describes the part as a comedic […]

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Disney Hires Vanessa Taylor for Aladdin Rewrites

Former Games of Thrones writer Vanessa Taylor will be working on the rewrites for the live-action adaptation of Aladdin. The script was originally written by John August, who the Charlie’s Angels films, and several Tim Burton films. August was coincidentally an executive producer for Disney’s The Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, another Disney movie plagued with whitewashing and […]

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Stars for Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ Announced: Mena Massoud to Play Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Jasmine

It was recently revealed that Disney was struggling with casting their leads for the live-action Aladdin movie which caused quite the uproar on social media, fans wanted to know why, and fancasts were everywhere. Well, it has been announced less than a week after that whole ordeal. Disney broke the news at their #D23Expo and their Twitter account tweeted it […]

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Dear Disney, Please Do Not Mess Up Aladdin

A few months ago I wrote a piece on how I believe Guy Ritchie should not direct Aladdin. In that piece I touched on how the screen writer is also a gentleman not of Middle Eastern descent. I made it clear that Aladdin is a story that has deep roots in the Middle East. I made it clear that those […]

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3 Reasons Why Guy Ritchie Should Not Direct ‘Aladdin’

Here are 3 reasons why Guy Ritchie, director of King Arthur, Man from UNCLE, and Sherlock Holmes, should not direct the live-action Aladdin. The film is casting right now, but I feel that it is still early enough in the production to course-correct. The dismal response for King Arthur and the recent outcries for diversity behind the camera might encourage Disney to rethink. Guy Ritchie […]

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Will Smith in Early Talks for ‘Aladdin’s’ Genie

Disney has been enjoying a lot of success with its live action versions of animated classics. Most recently Beauty and the Beast has made over $1 billion worldwide. Guy Ritchie’s live action Aladdin musical is in the very early planning stages, so the casting process is just starting. Perhaps the hardest role to cast will be that of the Genie. Not […]