Disney admits to darkening extras' skin for the live-action Aladdin 

The last time we heard anything from Guy Ritchie’s live-action version of Aladdin—not counting a release date swap with Star Wars—was when Disney announced that it had created a totally new role just so it could find a spot for white guy Billy Magnussen, and the latest update doesn’t make Disney look any better. As…

Aladdin invents a whole new character for Into The Woods' Billy Magnussen

After an exhaustive global search to find actors to portray Aladdin and Jasmine in its upcoming live-action Aladdin adaptation and the hiring of a megawatt movie star to play the Genie, Disney looked over its cast list, thought to itself, “something’s not right here,” and went out and got a blue-eyed, blonde-haired…

The new and totally real Will Smith credits rap for Aladdin is spectacular

With Disney’s D23 Expo scheduled back to back with San Diego Comic Con this year, the month of July has turned into a non-stop parade of big pop culture news. But one huge scoop that everybody seems to be sleeping on is the fact that, soon after it was announced he’d be playing the Genie in the upcoming live-action…

Will Smith is Genie and Princess Jasmine is a Power Ranger, as the live-action Aladdin casts its leads

Guy Ritchie’s live-action adaptation of Aladdin has finally found its leads, just days after reports began to circulate saying Disney was having trouble tracking down stars for the upcoming film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the company made the big announcement at its D23 expo today, revealing that Power…

It’s hard to ignore Aladdin’s brutal violence when rewatching it as an adult

One of the pleasures of being a film buff is revisiting the movies that first shaped your sensibilities as a wee one. As a kid, you probably dug Ghostbusters for Slimer and Stay Puft, but to view it with experienced eyes is to discover the intricacies and subtle humor of Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis’ script. On other…

Disney is searching for its live-action Aladdin and Jasmine in an open casting call

Disney’s live-action Beauty And The Beast, which opens next week, is packed with famous people, including Hermione herself as Belle. But for its forthcoming take on Aladdin, set to be directed by Guy Ritchie, the studio is giving newcomers a shot. This week, a casting call began circulating on the internet explaining…

Guy Ritchie, fabulous he, will direct a live-action Aladdin movie for Disney

According to Deadline, Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie is going to show you a world, one that’s shining, shimmering, splendid, and may or may not feature a sentient-ish flying carpet, a very expressive monkey, and a genie who has phenomenal cosmic powers but an itty bitty living space. In other words, he’s doing…

A pocket history of Robin Williams’ wisecracking Genie from Aladdin

In the late 1980s, actor-comedian Robin Williams saw his flailing screen career revived by Good Morning, Vietnam and Dead Poets Society, both released through the Disney subsidiary Touchstone. In gratitude, he agreed to take a pay cut and voice the fast-talking, pop-culture-reference-making Genie in Disney’s Aladdin …

In a more realistic Aladdin, “A Whole New World” would barely be audible

The flying carpet ride scene from Disney’s 1992 animated musical Aladdin is such an iconic, memorable movie moment that it’s already been the basis for two complete sketches on Saturday Night Live: this one and this one. Then there’s this parody from Family Guy and this one from Robot Chicken. Yep, that Aladdin scene…

30 percent of GOP voters in recent poll support bombing Aladdin’s fictional homeland

Why do Americans love wars so much? Did the overwhelming deluge of Star Wars marketing induce a sort of Pavlovian conditioning where any word from the movie’s title gets us all jazzed up (we also love stars, just saying), or did we all just watch too many cowboy movies when we were kids? Either way, a sizable portion…

Disney shelves new Aladdin movie over provisions in Robin Williams’ will

When Disney announced plans to develop a live-action prequel to its beloved Aladdin films, it threatened—er, tempted—fans of the films with a “before all-powerful boy meets street rat” premise. But just as the studio was preparing to answer the question of where Genies come from before being placed into servitude and…