When Disney dropped the first trailer for Aladdin, many viewers were concerned. The initial issue with the film was Will Smith's take on Genie, a character that is prized as one of Disney's most beloved characters. As more trailers hit the web though, the movie continued to look better and better. Still, fans and critics were worried about Aladdin. This is Disney's first live-action modern remake to feature a cast comprised completely of people with Brown complexion, so many rooting for the film's success were praying that the House of the Mouse would get it right. First reactions have arrived for the film, and critics are claiming the film is much better than they expected.
ScreenRant's Alex Leadbeater praises the dynamic between the three main stars, Mena Massoud (Aladdin), Naomi Scott (Jasmine), and Smith. Digital Spy thought the movie was a "lavish and enjoyable retelling," but stated, "the less said about Jafar, the better." Apparently, Marwan Kenzari's Jafar is a bit underwhelming. Still, critics heralded the musical pieces, and the energy that Smith brought to Genie. Of course, the chemistry between Aladdin and Jasmine is also crucial, but critics seem to be in agreeance that their on-screen romance is the strongest part of the film.
Will Smith’s Genie Singing Skills On Full Display In New "Aladdin" Teaser
Will Smith dances his heart out in new trailer.
The live-action reboot of Aladdin is coming at us real soon since it hits theaters on May 24th. While we’ve received a few teasers from the Disney movie so far, the latest one is like no other since it sees Will Smith as his Genie character singing the movie’s beloved song “Prince Ali” with a little twist.
Will, being the real-life rapper he is, adds a little of his own flare to the song while the theatrics for the movie accompanies his dancing skills.
Will has been very open in the past about his initial uncertainty with taking on the role as Genie, considering the original was voiced by the late Robin Williams. After some thought, and the fact that it’s a live-action film, Will said yes to the blessed opportunity.
“After I watched the movie a few times, I saw where Robin Williams infused the character with a timeless version of himself, so I said to myself, “What if I just infuse the character with a timeless version of myself?” And then that opened up for me… hip-hop, it opened up fashion,” Will told EW.
“Because the Genie is timeless, you get to really say and do anything so I started to feel confident that I could deliver something that was an homage to Robin Willians but was musically different and just the flavor of the character would be different enough and unique enough that it would be in a different lane versus trying to compete.”
Disney Takes Full Control Of Hulu After Striking Deal With Comcast
Disney’s officially set to challenge Netflix and Amazon in the streaming world.
Disney’s already unveiled plans to launch their own streaming service, Disney+, which they planned on challenging streaming giants with. Now, they’ve made a power move on their way to rival Netflix and Amazon. Disney announced that they’ve struck a deal with Comcast and will take “full operational control” of Hulu immediately. Comcast’s deal with Disney over Hulu values the streaming service at $27.5 billion U.S. which Comcast will be allowed to sell in 2024, even if the streaming service is worth less than that. Comcast ultimately gets at least $5.8 billion for its stake in Hulu, per their agreement.
On Disney’s end, they’ll have to pay Comcast for the Hulu content over the next five years. NBCUniversal, CNBC’s parent company, will be able to stream the same content on its streaming service which is expected to launch next year. NBC channels will be on Hulu Live for a high rate.
“Hulu represents the best of television, with its incredible array of award-winning original content, rich library of popular series and movies, and live TV offerings,” Disney CEO Bob Iger said about the deal. “We are now able to completely integrate Hulu into our direct-to-consumer business and leverage the full power of The Walt Disney Company’s brands and creative engines to make the service even more compelling and a greater value for consumers.”
One Of EDM's Biggest Stars Will Appear In The Final Rambo Movie [Details]
Outside of his career in music, Dimitri Thivaios, more commonly known as Dimitri Vegas in the dance music world, has been working diligently in film & TV. He’s previously appeared alongside Belgian film legend Jean-Claude Van Damme in action movie Lukas, featured in third feature film Patser from Moroccan directors Adil El Arbi & Bilall Falah, as well as taken voice over roles Disney’s blockbuster Big Hero 6 and Peter Parker in the animated film Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.
Now, he’s making his American-film debut in the new Sylvester Stallone action film Rambo V. Reported to be Rambo’s last adventure, this fifth movie in the franchise will see Rambo forced back into action after a friend’s daughter has been kidnapped by the Mexican cartel. The new Rambo V: Last Blood movie will be directed by Adrian Grunberg and will be released in theaters worldwide on September 20, 2019.
Dimitri’s exact role in the film has not yet been disclosed, but you can see him on the silver screen in cinemas nationwide this coming fall.