The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, take a much closer look at the first trailer for The Mandalorian to scour for Easter eggs referencing other parts of the Star Wars galaxy. Plus, watch as The D23 Expo inducts 2019 Disney Legends honorees like Robert Downey Jr., Jon Favreau, Ming-Na Wen and more, and listen in as the cast of Queer Eye partakes in a lie detector test interview. Read More »
The cult classic Disney movie that became a staple of Halloween night marathons for millennials across the country is getting its highly demanded resurrection — but probably not as Hocus Pocus fans would have liked.
Hocus Pocus is returning from the grave as a TV movie remake without any of the original cast. Which…feels more like a trick than a treat.
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The Disney Channel is close to premiering the made-for-TV film Disney’s Descendants, which features as its main characters the children of big bad villains Maleficent, Cruella de Vil, Jafar and the Evil Queen. The first six minutes of the show are now online, so you can get a taste of what’s going on in the movie right now. Read More »
Posted on Monday, April 27th, 2015 by Angie Han
Last year, Maleficent gave us the untold story of one of Disney’s most iconic villains. This year, Descendants offers the untold story of Maleficent’s bratty teenage daughter Mal — as well as the kids of Jafar, the Evil Queen, and Cruella de Vil.
In the Disney Channel original movie, Mal (Dove Cameron), Jafar’s son Jay (Booboo Stewart), Cruella de Vil’s son Carlos (Cameron Boyce), and the Evil Queen’s daughter Evie (Sofia Carson) are sent to prep school to mingle with the children of other, less villainous Disney characters. Watch the Disney Descendants trailer after the jump.
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Combine a tendency to remake just about everything under the sun with an increased interest in musicals and “event” programming on TV, and we get this: a planned event version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Fox is setting up a two-hour special event Rocky Horror remake, potentially called The Rocky Horror Picture Show Event, with Kenny Ortega (High School Musical, This Is It) set to direct and choreograph. Read More »
The upcoming Disney Channel Original movie, Descendants, has a fantastic idea. We know all the heroes of Disney movies live happily ever after, but the villains don’t die. So what happens to them? In Descendants, we learn all the villains have been exiled to the Isle of the Lost. When the new King of the Kingdom, the son of Belle and the Beast, takes the throne, he offers the kids of the villains a chance to redeem themselves. So the teenaged kids of Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, the Evil Queen from Snow White, Jafar from Aladdin and Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmatians leave the Isle and join prep school alongside the kids of Disney heroes.
Casting is complete and now Disney has released the first image of the four stars of the film. Below see Mal, the daughter of Maleficent, played by Dove Cameron; Evie, daughter of the Evil Queen, played by Sofia Carson; Jay, son of Jafar, played by Booboo Stewart; and Carlos, son of Cruella de Vil, played by Cameron Boyce. Read More »
Not to be confused with Oscar-winner The Descendants, Disney’s Descendants is the latest live-action Disney Channel movie that’s turning Disney tradition on its head. The film, directed by Kenny Ortega, is about the offspring of several imprisoned Disney villains. A new prince gives the children of Sleeping Beauty‘s Maleficent, Aladdin‘s Jafar, Snow White‘s Evil Queen and 101 Dalmatians’ Cruella de Vil a chance to choose a path different from their parents. It’ll air on Disney Channel in 2015.
Kristin Chenoweth was recently cast as Maleficent and now the other three supporting baddies have been cast. Comedian Maz Jobrani is Jafar, whose son Jay is played by X-Men: Days of Future Past co-star Booboo Stewart. Sister Act actress Kathy Najimy is the Evil Queen and her daughter Evie is a newcomer named Sofia Carson. Then Steve Harvey Show star Wendy Raquel Robinson is Cruella de Vil. Her son is named Carlos and he’s played by Disney Channel star Cameron Boyce. Read More »
When you’re the offspring of popular Disney villains like Cruella De Vil, Maleficent, the Evil Queen or Jafar, do you follow in your parent’s footsteps or learn from their mistakes? That’s the question at the center of Descendants, a new live-action Disney Channel film. It’ll be directed by Kenny Ortega, who helmed the High School Musical trilogy for the company.
Casting is underway from a script by Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott. They’re aiming at a 2015 premiere on Disney Channel. Read more below. Read More »
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Briefly: A remake of the 1987 hit Dirty Dancing has been on the books at Lionsgate since 2009. Two years later, Kenny Ortega was brought on as a director, a screenwriter was hired and finally it was scheduled for a July 2013 release. Turns out casting roles as iconic as Patrick Swayze’s and Jennifer Grey’s isn’t as easy as expected, though, and now Deadline reports Lionsgate has pulled the film off their release schedule. If it’s still to come out, it won’t be until 2014 at the earliest.
Posted on Friday, November 4th, 2011 by Angie Han
Briefly: We still don’t know who’ll be stepping into Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey’s shoes for Kenny Ortega‘s Dirty Dancing remake, but we know exactly when they try to dance into your hearts. According to Variety, Lionsgate has announced a release date of July 26, 2013 for the updated version of the 1987 romance classic. That pits Dirty Dancing against Disney’s TV-to-film project Phineas and Ferb, which is slated to open on the same day.
The new Dirty Dancing will be a modernized take with a soundtrack featuring ’60s classics and brand-new tunes, as well as songs from the original. (Can’t have Dirty Dancing without “Time of My Life,” can we?) As with any remake, some fans of the original are no doubt already primed to hate this new take, but it’s actually in pretty good hands — Ortega was the choreographer behind the 1987 version. Other works on his resume include the Michael Jackson documentary This Is It, the super-successful High School Musical franchise, Hocus Pocus, and Newsies.