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Disney Accused of “Browning Up” White Extras on the Live-Action Aladdin Set

Disney has come under fire for reportedly "browning up" white extras on the Surrey, UK set of the live-action adaptation of Aladdin. According to The Sunday Times, "the company says it resorted to darkening white people for roles requiring skills that could not be readily found in the Asian community, such as stunt men, dancers and camel handlers." WHAT.

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Things We Saw Today: Uh Oh, Some Bad News About Santa Claus

I've got some good news/bad news about Santa Claus. The good news: he's real! The bad news: he's dead. Sorry, everybody.

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Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin Film Re-Writes Original, Creates a White Character Where There Was None Before

ok but why tho

Billy Magnussen has officially joined Guy Ritchie's Aladdin remake, playing Prince Anders, a character who wasn't present in the 1992 original animated film. Because why, again?

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Things We Saw Today: Twitter Demands Tracee Ellis Ross as Live-Action Ms. Frizzle

The minds of the internet have suggested a brilliant revival casting: Tracee Ellis Ross as Ms. Frizzle in a live-action Magic School Bus.

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Things We Didn’t See Today: The Apparently Amazing Avengers: Infinity War Footage

At the D23 Expo, Marvel Studios shared some footage of Thanos battling the Avengers from Avengers: Infinity War - and it was apparently awesome.

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Are We Seriously Supposed to Believe There Are No Brown Men Talented Enough for Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin?

Sources suggested that the search for a lead in Disney's live-action Aladdin has been "especially" difficult because the team is only looking at Middle Eastern and Indian actors. This is just plain racist.

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Could Will Smith Be the New Genie in the Live-Action Aladdin Remake?

Casting rumors here, casting rumors there, casting rumors everywhere.

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Things We Saw Today: Beyoncé Performs in Cleveland in Support of Hillary Clinton

Jay-Z held a free concert in support of Hillary Clinton last night in Cleveland, and Beyoncé unquestionably led the group of artists with her performance of "Formation".

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Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Genies*: “Ambitious and Non-Traditional” Live-Action Aladdin Finds Its Director

*Credit for this amazingness goes to TMS' Jessica Lachenal, who is funny as hell.

In more really weird Disney news, we've got more info on the live-action Aladdin that's coming out. When we last reported on it, it seemed to be going in a prequel direction. However, that seems to have changed and to hear it described now, it will be closer to the classic animated film with which we're all familiar. However, that doesn't mean it isn't still weird. A director was announced today whom you've probably guessed from the title of this post: Guy Ritchie.

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Princes with Personality: From Prince Charming to Flynn Rider

Princes aren't what they used to be, and that's a good thing.

Princesses are everywhere these days, playing a variety of social roles that bear little resemblance to those of decades past. But what about their princes? How have they changed with the times? Snow White's Prince is just there to be a prince and that's all he needs to be, while Flynn/Eugene is bursting with identity, personality, and humor. As the roles of women have changed in society, the expectations for the role of "prince" have changed as well.

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Things We Saw Today: Aladdin & Jasmine Riding a Skateboard—Err, Magic Carpet—Through San Francisco

PrankvsPrank's Jesse Wellens and cosplayer Jessica Shanholtz did their best Aladdin and Jasmine while riding through San Francisco on this magic carpet -- probably a boosted board, not to ruin the illusion or anything.

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Artist Depicts Classic Disney Movie Characters in the Style of Tim Burton

Big eyes, full hearts, can't lose.

What would 101 Dalmations look like if Tim Burton directed it? Or Sleeping Beauty?

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Poll Finds 30% of Republicans Favor Bombing Agrabah, Aladdin‘s Fictional Country

Riff raff!

As Donald Trump continues to whip the Republican base into a xenophobic fury, the disappointing polling results continue to come in—not the least of which that 54% of Republicans support Trump's proposed ban on Muslims (or that any percent of humanity supports Trump). No, the latest disappointment comes in relation to the fictional country of Agrabah.

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Jonathan Freeman, Voice of Jafar, Sings a Disney Villain Medley

Jonathan Freeman, best known for voicing Aladdin's Jafar sang some of our favorite Disney villain songs, complete with evil laughter and the appropriate theatrics.

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Directors of Aladdin Confirm A Fan Theory, Deny Others

Yeah, about that whole "take off your clothes" thing...

There's been some neat Aladdin stuff in the news recently, from the deleted Genie scenes to Kane and Salonga singing "A Whole New World" for the new Diamond Edition Blu-ray release of the animated film.

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Lea Salonga and Brad Kane Reunite to Sing A Whole New World

Brace yourself for those indescribable feelings.

In a special treat, Salonga and Kane performed A Whole New World with legendary composer Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, your whole childhood) accompanying on piano.

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Disney Releases New Footage of Robin Williams Recording for Aladdin

Disney is releasing an Aladdin Diamond Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack including new clips of Robin Williams recording for his Genie role, and to celebrate, Aladdin's creative team appeared on Good Morning America to honor the late actor.

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Things We Saw Today: Aladdin‘s Honest Trailer Honors the Genie’s Legacy

Screen Junkies' skewering of old Disney classics continues with this "Honest Trailer" for Aladdin, featuring a new twist on the Genie's friendship ditty: "You're Never Gonna Recast Me."

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Disney’s Aladdin Getting a Live-Action Makeover – in the Form of a Prequel

Is there any way to get Jasmine up in here?

A slew of Disney properties have gotten a live-action makeover. Some have gotten the straight-up remake treatment. Others tell the same story from the antagonist's point of view. Now, the world of Aladdin is coming to life in a live-action feature film - in the form of a prequel titled Genies.

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These Cats Want In On The Halloween Fun, Dress As Orphan Black, Star Wars, & Disney Characters

Can't have Halloween without cats.

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