Aladdin was another hit live-action remake for Disney, and it looks as if the House of Mouse wants to head back to Agrabah. Dan Lin, the producer of the Guy Ritchie-directed film, recently revealed that an Aladdin sequel is in the early stages over at Disney and that the powers that be are already mulling over ideas on how to bring back the characters for another adventure.
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Before Aladdin was released theaters earlier this year to the tune of $1 billion worldwide, it seemed odd to pair director Guy Ritchie with the remake of the Middle Eastern-set Disney animated classic. But once the star Mena Massoud started crooning the lines to “One Jump Ahead,” it all immediately became clear. The stylish filmmaker, best known for his rapid-fire dialogue and editing combined with artful slow and fast-motion, put all of his techniques on display in the sequence for “One Jump Ahead,” which follows the titular street rat as he and an undercover Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott) evade capture through the streets of Agrabah.
/Film has an exclusive Aladdin clip showcasing the techniques in this sequence, ahead of the film’s upcoming Digital and Blu-ray release. Watch the Aladdin clip below.
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Yes, we know it’s still summer. But since Christmas in July is apparently a thing, we figured it couldn’t hurt to round up some of the new Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments that are debuting this year. Previously, we’ve covered new additions to the ever-growing line of decorations with Star Wars, Harry Potter, Pixar Animation and more, but today we’re focusing on strictly Disney.
Right now, Hallmark has a bunch of new Disney ornaments in the new 2019 collection featuring characters from their classic hand-drawn animated movies like The Lion King, Lady and the Tramp, and The Little Mermaid, their holiday favorite The Nightmare Before Christmas, and even their new movies like Moana and Zootopia. Check out the new Disney Hallmark Ornaments 2019 collection below. Read More »
(Revisiting the Renaissance is a bi-weekly series in which Josh Spiegel looks back at the history and making of the 13 films of the Disney Renaissance, released between 1986 and 1999. In today’s column, he discusses the 1992 film Aladdin.)
Walt Disney Animation Studios was riding high at the end of 1991 and into early 1992. The studio had reached a creative height with Beauty and the Beast that seemed impossible just a year earlier. They’d released a film that audiences and critics had adored, and one that had even netted them an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. The plan, foisted upon them by executives Jeffrey Katzenberg and Michael Eisner, to make one film per year was working out even more than the animators could have imagined.
The studio’s next film would be another big hit, even bigger than its predecessors. And just like Beauty and the Beast, it was amazing that Aladdin got finished at all.
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Marvel and Sony’s release of Spider-Man: Far From Home had no problem taking over the box office this past weekend. But rather than having a gigantic three-day weekend, the blockbuster release spread out the box office love across the holiday week thanks to an early opening on July 2. That allowed the movie to break several records that Avengers: Endgame was not able to shatter.
Meanwhile, on the indie side of things, A24’s release of the cult horror movie Midsommar debuted with the biggest indie opening of the year despite arriving outside of the top five on the box office chart. Read More »
Surprising absolutely no one, Disney and Pixar were able to hold onto the top of the box office for a second weekend with Toy Story 4. The movie is still performing below expectations, but it’s not as if the movie is hurting for money.
Meanwhile, Disney and Marvel Studios also aren’t upset with the box office performance of Avengers: Endgame, which was re-released in theaters with some bonus footage after the credits this past weekend. Unfortunately, the last ditch effort to rake in some extra cash won’t be enough for the movie to topple the all-time record set by Avatar.
Find out how much the Toy Story 4 box office added last weekend and the rest of the numbers below. Read More »
It should come as no surprise that Toy Story 4 topped the box office this past weekend. However, what is surprising is that the acclaimed sequel from Pixar Animation opened significantly lower than the studio projections heading into the weekend.
In its opening weekend, Toy Story 4 raked in $118 million, which would be a strong opening for any movie. But Walt Disney Pictures saw the sequel making around $140 million or more heading into the weekend. The number is still enough to give it the best opening in the franchise (without adjusting for inflation), and the third largest opening weekend of the year. But could this be a sign of audience fatigue when it comes to sequels, reboots and remakes? Read More »
It’s a cruel summer at the box office this year. Avengers: Endgame may have started off the blockbuster season with loads of cash and John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum may be surpassing its predecessors on the charts with great success, but most of the other sequels are crashing and burning spectacularly. And despite topping the box office this past weekend, Men in Black International is another one of those disappointments.
The Men in Black International box office debuted with only $28.5 million from a whopping 4,224 screens. That’s massively disappointing, especially since it’s a record-low opening for the Men in Black franchise. It’s even below what analysts expected for the movie, showing that audiences aren’t attracted to summer movies simply because they have previously established intellectual property involved. Read More »
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There’s a good chance you’ve already heard the new original song written for Naomi Scott to sing as Princess Jasmine in Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin. That’s because the song and music video were released before the movie even hit theaters. But now that the movie has been around for a week, Disney wanted to pump up this musical moment even more with a clip from the scene where Jasmine belts out this tune and refuses to be oppressed by royal tradition. Read More »
(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: the live-action Disney remakes feel ashamed to be musicals and that’s a problem.)
Indulge me in a bit of a thought experiment. Think, for just a second, of the films of the Disney Renaissance. Films like Aladdin, The Lion King, and Hercules. Leave aside what you think of these movies — maybe your favorite is The Lion King, or maybe it’s Beauty and the Beast. Think about these movies, and specifically conjure up one thing that these movies share, a common element that binds them. While the Renaissance-era films are quite beautifully animated (primarily by hand), what really unites them is their music. These films all feature memorable, show-stopping, Broadway-style songs. You may not love them all, but you know them.
Now think about the recent wave of live-action remakes. And think about the new Aladdin.
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