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Fans Demand Disney Stop Casting White People for POC Roles

With the Black Lives Matter movement in full swing, fans are calling out all the white washing in hollywood. Disney included. The theme parks are known for casting white people for roles of color, such as Aladdin and Jasmine. When fans go to the parks and meet the characters of their favorite films, they expect to see people similar to what they see in the movies, not a white washed verison.

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Disney made a statement that they are in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, but fans started a petition. Characters, like Pocohantas, Tiana, Black Panther, Moana, and more should be properly represented, and if Disney stands with the movement, they should make these changes.

Representation is important and Disney has such a diverse fan base they should be more open minded to how they cast their characters. Disney already don’t have many princesses that are people of color, so the ones disney do have should be played by people that represent them. In total there are twelve disney princess and out of that twelve are only five women of color. That’s less than half. That needs to change, they need to tell more diverse stories. Little girls love to imagine themselves as princesses, and they need to see more of themselves portrayed in these films as well as in the theme parks.

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Fans are determined to make this change and they are so close to getting all the signatures they need. Change is coming and this time no one is going to stop until change actually happens. Kudos to Disney for supporting the movement, now let’s see them make this change.

You can sign the petition right here.

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Disney Achieves Highest-Grossing Year…And it’s Only July

Disney fans have become numb to the studio reaching milestone after milestone. As Disney continues to grow, develop and produce, it becomes hard to remember that other studios even exist!

With a grossing of $7.67 billion at the box office so far this year, Disney has surpassed the previous record of $7.61 billion in 2016 (also set by Disney…of course).

 

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Disney beat itself at its own game largely due to the release of Avengers: Endgame, which premiered on April 22 and has since become the highest grossing movie of all time, surpassing Avatar, never mind other hits such as Aladdin and Captain Marvel.

 

 

With more recent releases, such The Lion King and Toy Story 4, that $7.67 billion will surely continue to grow and grow, and we still have five month left this year!

 

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Disney still has highly anticipated films set to release in the coming months of 2019: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil in October, Frozen 2 in November and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in December. Surely, Disney executives are on the edge of their seats to see the final record breaking number at the end of 2019…

 

 

…just so they can break it once again in 2020.

 

 

 

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Marc Webb to Direct Live-Action Snow White?

Now that Disney’s live action remake of Aladdin is a hit, it seems like the perfect time to announce that Marc Webb is set to direct the live action remake of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Variety reports that while the deal isn’t finalized, Disney has Webb at the top of their list to direct a live action version of Disney’s first full-length animated feature film.

 

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Based on the story from Grimm’s Fairy Tales, this 1937 paved the way for the future. It’s the film that put Disney on the map, the first animated film that had sound incorporated into the cartoon instead of just being an overlay, the film with an adjusted gross of $1.7 billion.

 

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This film is so important that it’s almost surprising that Disney’s mascot isn’t a girl in a glass coffin.

 

Marc Webb

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Flash forward and Snow White and getting a live action remake. Will Marc Webb direct it? Despite his stint with the Amazing Spider-man series being less than spectacular (Thanks, Sony!), he’s directed some great flicks.

 

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His debut film, (500) Days of Summer, was a sleeper hit that earned over $60 million in worldwide returns, far exceeding its $7.5 million budget.

 

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After the Amazing Spider-Man films, his 2017 film about an intelligent seven-year-old who becomes the subject of a custody battle between her uncle and grandmother entitled Gifted grossed a whopping 43 million off of a $7 million budget, with Star Tribute writing , “Sure, it’s a simple, straightforward film, but sometimes that’s all you need as long as its heart is true” and with Richard Roeper saying, “Gifted isn’t the best or most sophisticated or most original film of the year so far – but it just might be my favorite”.

Maybe it’s time Marc Webb took on the reigns of a bigger film. Luckily, he won’t be alone. This isn’t a one man show, after all, it’s a movie.

 

Erin Cressida Wilson

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Erin Cressida Wilson is in negotiations to pen the script. Wilson famously wrote Secretary, starring Maggie Gyllenhall and James Spader, which won her the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay. More recently she’s written The Girl on the Train, adapted from Paula Hawkins novel of the same name, which scored a nomination for Best Thriller from the Saturn Awards.

Now, last but not least…

 

?Ladies and gentlemen this is the moment you’ve waited for?

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

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Joining the crew are Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the duo behind La La Land, and The Greatest Showman, and guess who’s doing the new songs for the movie?

 

Marc Platt

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This is Marc Platt, producer behind La La Land and Mary Poppins Returns, and he’s on board to produce this movie! But are you on board? Are you ready?

Now if you’re sick of these live action remakes, don’t fret! The live action version of Lion King is only coming out later this year…

 

 

BTW: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are doing the new songs for this movie.

 

 

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Marwan Kenzari Nabbed for ‘Old Guard’ Film Adaptation!

Marwan Kenzari, who recently played Jafar in Disney’s live-action Aladdin remake, Skydance and Netflix’s adaptation of Greg Rucka’s The Old Guard.

 

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A tragedy of immortality,  The Old Guard follows Andy, the leader of elite group of super soldiers who has been alive since ancient Greece. He leads this rag-tag team of immortals, which has two members who were on opposing sides during the Crusades.

They’ve lived through many wars, but now they’ve encounter encountered a genuine threat in the technology age when a black woman serving in the Marines turns out to be an immortal, forcing them into action just as an organization, lead by a  businessman who wants the secret to eternal life for himself, waits to capture their powers on camera.

The problem? Andy has met others of her kind and learned that at some point death will come for them, with no warning and no apparent explanation for why that arrow, sword, or bullet ended them when so many others failed.

 

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First published in 2017, the five issue mini-series has each issue revealing bits and pieces of the past traumas as the story jumps through characters, locations, cultures, and even timelines.

The Neighbor writes that the authors have described their work as a “fairytale of blood and bullets”.

 

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The AV Club writes that:

Rucka has written for so many different artists that he’s developed a talent for crafting stories that play to his collaborators’ specific strengths, and Fernández has made major leaps refining his linework and composition without losing the bold graphic elements that energize his artwork.

Emotional, bold, it was only a matter of time before the comic series would be adapted, and, according to Variety, Sky Dance Media, after buying the rights to the comic, tapped Gina Prince-Bythewood to direct.

 

Gina Prince-Bythewood

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Previously, Prince-Bythewood directed Love & BasketballThe Secret Life of Bees, and Beyond The Lights. She and her husband, Reggie Rock Bythewood, served as series creators and executive producers on Shots Fired, a special ten hour series that examined the dangerous aftermath of two racially charged shootings in a small Southern town.

With Sky Dance Media came David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger, all serving as producers.

 

Charlize Theron

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Soon afterwards Netflix got on board and nabbed Charlize Theron, of Mad Max: Fury Road and Atomic Blonde

 

KiKi Layne

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…as well as Kiki Layne, of If Beale Street Could Talk and Native Son fame. For reference, Native Son was an adaptation of Richard Wright’s novel.

Theron then agreed to produce the film through her company Denver and Delilah, alongside Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger, according to Digital Spy.

 

Marwan Kenzari

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Now Jafar actor Marwan Kenzari is set to play a man who was once a Moor warrior, writes The Hollywood Reporter.

The Dutch-born Kenzari has appeared in The Mummy and What Happened to Monday and held his own in the recent all-star adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express.

Are you excited as much as I am?

 

 

 

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