The upcoming Aladdin live-action film has been under intense curious scrutiny ever since the reveal of Men In Black star, Will Smith, had been cast as the iconic blue-skinned Genie. While we’ve had the chance to check out other stars in the film, most notably the Aladdin role played by Mena Massoud (Jack Ryan, Open Heart), after the debut trailer was unveiled last year, the latest trailer finally gives us a small taste of what to expect from the CGI, blue-colored Smith.
Revealed during the Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2019, the second trailer shows a few thrilling sequences to show off the action and mysterious adventure showcasing Aladdin and Princess Jasmine, who is played by Naomi Scott (Power Ranger 2017, Terra Nove). But, to cap off the 60-second trailer is a glimpse at the charmingly funny Genie delivering one of his sure-to-be many comical lines.
“You really don’t know who I am? Genie, wishes, lamp, none of that ringing a bell?” exclaims Will Smith’s surprisingly electrifying Genie rendition. Though the clip is short, it does give us a look at what we can expect from the 50-year old actor playing the coveted role.
The Genie character was originally made famous by the late Robin Williams when he was cast to voice the character in the debut Aladdin film in 1992. Since then, there have been a plethora of other characters looking to make their name as the wish-granting Genie, but none have carried the weight of fame since Williams, until now.
Some cause of concern has been following the upcoming film, as originally many assumed Will Smith would be appearing as the Genie without the aid of CGI induced blue-skin. Genie is known for his comedy side throughout the series, so casting Will Smith in this regard makes sense. However, before a tweet from Smith clarified that he would indeed be appearing as a blue Genie, many were left skeptical of the live-action take on the iconic Disney franchise.
All of that can now be (mostly) cleared away as we’ve now seen a small example of how Smith will be portraying Genie. It’s refreshing to know Will Smith will not be attempting to force any uncomfortable accent, as pulling off the character with his witty and charming delivery should make the character — not only more believable — but much more enjoyable.
Other speculation on the film has also surfaced when the casting called for several white actors to portray roles in a film set in the Middle East. With the half-white actress Naomi Scott set to play Princess Jasmine, the crew also brought in American actor, Billy Magnussen (Into the Woods, Game Night), to play the debut role of the new original character, Prince Anders. While most of the cast offers a multicultural outlook for the upcoming Aladdin film, there’s also word of the team using “blending” methods with make-up to help the lighter skin-toned characters fit in with the rest of the cast. This, of course, raised a few eye brows for those following the film’s production.
The Aladdin live-action film is set to release this year on May 24, 2019 for American and UK viewers. Australian movie-goers will see the film a day earlier on May 23.
Last of Us HBO Showrunner Quietly Removes Name from Troubled Borderlands Flick
When your writer—one of Hollywood’s hottest—tries to hide their involvement, it’s a bad sign. The Borderlands film’s original script was written by Craig Mazin (The Last of Us, Chernobyl), who recently asked the WGA to use the pseudonym “Joe Crombie” instead of his name.
We hope this means Mazin considers Joe Abercrombie, Lord Grimdark, the grittiness GOAT, but that theory is unproven. Since Mazin wrote the script in 2015 for Eli Roth to direct, a steady stream of writers has been brought in. Aaron Berg, Chris Bremner, Sam Levinson, Zak Olkewicz, Tony Rettenmaier, Juel Taylor, and Oren Uziel have put around 70 fingers in the honey pot.
The name change likely avoids confusion. Mazin probably doesn’t want to be blamed for Jack Black/Claptrap madness, but he wants to keep his rights.
When this surprising star-studded film (Kevin Hart, Jamie Lee Curtis, Cate Blanchet) limps out, what are your expectations? We think this was supposed to coincide with Borderlands 3’s 2019 release, but it’s overshot the mark.
Monday’s YouTube premiere of “Foundation” is free
Apple is streaming the first episode of “Foundation” on YouTube and hosting a Q&A on Monday before the second season’s premiere.
“Foundation” will return for ten more episodes on Friday, July 14, on Apple TV+. Apple is streaming the first episode of the first season to promote it.
“The Emperor’s Peace” will air on YouTube on Monday at 11 am Pacific, 2 pm Eastern. After the episode, executive producer and showrunner David S. Goyer will answer questions live.
Netflix cracks down on password sharing worldwide
After a delay, Netflix’s password sharing crackdown is reaching U.S. and international subscribers. After experiencing cancellations in regions where it had already implemented “paid sharing,” the streamer delayed the debut till the summer. U.S. Netflix consumers must either remove people from their account or pay $7.99/month for an additional membership for non-household members.
In weeks and months, many of worldwide markets will undergo similar transformations.
Current members can examine which devices are signed into their account and remove unwanted ones, as well as reset their password, to make this transfer smoother.
A “Transfer Profile” feature lets Netflix account sharers move their viewing history and watchlist to their own account.
Netflix informed investors that despite early cancellations, the password enforcement will benefit its long-term development and financial health.
Netflix co-CEO Greg Peters said the password enforcement in its first supported markets was similar to how subscribers reacted to pricing increases during its first-quarter earnings.
“We see an initial cancel reaction and then we build out of that, both in terms of membership and revenue as borrowers sign up for their own Netflix accounts and existing members purchase that extra member facility for folks that they want to share with,” Peters told investors on the April earnings call. “First of all, it was a strong validation to see consistent results in these new countries, because there are different market characteristics different from each other and also from the original Latin American rollout countries,” he said.
Netflix tested the feature in Latin America before adding Canada, New Zealand, Portugal, and Spain this year. It will reach more global markets today, including Brazil, Bolivia, Belize, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, the Philippines, Malaysia, Israel, Thailand, Taiwan, Switzerland, Sweden, and others.
The corporation may have postponed the crackdown in Q1 to avoid hurting net additions. Last quarter, the corporation added 1.75 million global customers, below Wall Street’s 3 million projection, to 232.5 million accounts.
It announced at results that U.S. members would receive the password-sharing adjustments “on or before” June 30. Netflix may have accelerated the timing.
Netflix revealed on its blog today that it will email U.S. account sharers.
“One household per Netflix account,” the firm advises. “Everyone living in that household can use Netflix wherever they are—at home, on the go, on holiday—and take advantage of new features like Transfer Profile and Manage Access and Devices,” the post adds.
The email, labeled “An update on sharing,” lists options and links to support documentation.
Netflix explains in a press email that it is “now starting to roll out updates to sharing to countries around the world, including the U.S.”
Netflix has yet to see the effects of a password crackdown in the U.S., where it faces increased competition for users’ time and money.
Today, HBO Max becomes Max, a new service that combines HBO and Discovery+ content, doubling the amount of programming. Paramount+ will add Showtime next month on June 27. Disney plans to merge Disney+ and Hulu into one app. Subscribers get more content with some price increases. Netflix is charging more for the same.
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