mulan love interest casting

After much hoopla had been made over reports that Disney’s live-action adaptation of Mulan wouldn’t feature her dreamy love interest Shang, you can rest easy. Kind of. Disney has cast New Zealand-born Yoson An as a new love interest, and yes, he’s dreamy. But he’s not playing Shang.

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disney casting

Disney’s live-action adaptations of its beloved classics are adding even more cast members. The latest bit of Disney casting is for the upcoming Mulan and Maleficent 2, which each cast two strong character actors in supporting roles.

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Mulan Remake cast

The casting process for Disney’s live-action Mulan remake is picking up steam. After recent news that Donnie Yen has joined the film, word comes that Gong Li and Jet Li have joined the cast as well.

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Mulan cast Donnie Yen

The coolness factor of Disney’s live-action Mulan has just increased considerably. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story actor Donnie Yen has joined the live-action Mulan cast as a mentor to Mulan.

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/Answers: Our Favorite Heroes of Color

Heroes of Color

Every week in /Answers, we answer a new pop culture-related question. In this edition, tying in with the release of Marvel’s Black Panther, we ask “Who is your favorite non-white movie hero?”

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mulan star

Disney has honored its promise to cast a Chinese actress as the star of its live-action adaptation of Mulan. Chinese actress Liu Yifei has been cast as Fa Mulan, the warrior woman who saves all of China in the classic Chinese myth and 1998 animated Disney film.

Liu’s casting marks the end of a year-long search for the Mulan star, who Disney assured us would be of Chinese descent after outcry over issues of whitewashing in Hollywood. Now that Liu has finally been cast, the live-action adaptation can ultimately get down to business to begin production in time for Disney’s planned 2019 release.

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Rick and Morty - McDonald's Szechuan Sauce Shortage

Over the weekend, Rick and Morty fans had the opportunity to do what Rick Sanchez has been unable to do on the series so far: get their hands on the limited edition Szechuan sauce that was released by McDonald’s in 1998 as a cross-promotion with Disney’s Mulan. It seems like a clever enough promotion by McDonald’s, but they were woefully unprepared for the demand from Rick and Morty fans for the coveted sauce.

Find out about the McDonald’s Szechuan sauce shortage below. Read More »

Rick and Morty Season 3 Premiere

The third season premiere of Rick and Morty got everyone talking about the Mulan Szechuan sauce that McDonald’s once had during a 1998 cross-promotion with the Disney animated movie. McDonald’s had to deal with a petition signed by thousands asking them to bring it back after Rick revealed his life’s goal was to get the sauce back, no matter how many seasons it took him. But rather than satisfying everybody by reviving the sauce at their restaurants, the fast food chain decided to keep things a bit lower key by sending a big bottle to series co-creator Justin Roiland.

As the letter that accompanied the mythical sauce indicated, it was just the first bottle they were sending out, and a few other fans would have to chance to dip chicken nuggets in this precious condiment soon enough. It turns out McDonald’s gave away three more bottles of the sauce to fans who retweeted them during the return of the third season a couple weeks ago. One of the recipients decided that selling the elixir was better than dipping some Chicken McNuggets in it. So how much did the Mulan Szechuan sauce sell for? Find out below. Read More »

Disney Princess movies in theaters

Maybe the news that a bunch of Disney Princesses are going to cameo in Wreck-It Ralph 2 has stuck with you, and you’ve been jonesing for the chance to see some of your favorite animated royalty back on the big screen again. Or maybe you’ve been trying to convince a friend to get into Star Trek ahead of Star Trek: Discovery’s premiere, and you’ve been hoping for a chance to watch arguably the best Trek movie in a theater with them. Or hell, maybe you’re just scrolling through a website devoted to movies and all of that sounds like it’s right up your alley.

Whatever the case may be, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and a bunch of modern Disney classics are returning to theaters for a limited time. Find out when and where you can see them below.
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hercules disney

(Welcome to Nostalgia Bomb, a series where we take a look back on beloved childhood favorites and discern whether or not they’re actually any good. In this edition: a look back at Disney’s post-rennaisance animated output, including The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan, and Hercules.)

When people think of Disney, they often jump to the classics – Bambi, Dumbo, Snow White, and so on. But my generation has a different list. We were raised on the studio’s late ’80s and early ’90s “renaissance” titles, including Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and The Lion King. But after 1995, the seemingly unstoppable Disney animation machine began to slow down. The films of the late ’90s live on as childhood favorites, not undisputed classics.

And that brings me to the question of the moment: some 20 years later, do these later films of the renaissance era hold up? Are their charms enough to cover their bigger flaws? Is it all nostalgia or are some of these true cinematic gems? Please keep your arms, feet and legs inside the vehicle at all times, because we’re about to take a trip to the late-’90s era of the House of Mouse.

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