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Firefly fave joins live-action Aladdin

“Aladdin”, a new trailer of which just dropped earlier today, opens May 24.

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Disney-staple Alan Tudyk (“Wreck-it Ralph”, “Frozen”) has been tapped to provide the voice of Iago, the wise-cracking parrot sidekick to the villain Jafar (Marwan Kenzari) in Disney’s live-action “Aladdin”.

Tudyk, also known for his roles in such films and TV series as “Firefly”, “Doom Patrol”, “Dollhouse” and “Dodgeball”, inherits the role from Gilbert Gottfried, voiced Iago in the 1992 Disney animated feature film and in two direct-to-video sequels.

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Though he didn’t post anything on the casting himself, Gottfried is seemingly not happy that he’s been ousted from the role – retweeting some angry tweets over on Twitter.

The actor joins Will Smith as the Genie, Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Naomi Scott as Jasmine in the Guy Ritchie-directed film.

“Aladdin”, a new trailer of which just dropped earlier today, opens May 24.

Via ‘The Hollywood Reporter

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Check out Margot Robbie’s poster for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

The actress plays Sharon Tate

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Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The ninth film from the writer-director features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age.

Margot Robbie stars as Sharon Tate, and the poster with her featured has been released – check it out below!

The film is out August 15.

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And the official title for Coming to America 2 is….

Plus an update on filming dates and locations

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The internet was worked into a lather last year when it was announced that Paramount had greenlit a sequel to Eddie Murphy classic “Coming to America”. The film, which would reunite Murphy’s Prince Akeem with many of the characters in John Landis’s original, will be helmed by Craig Brewer with Kenya Barris scripting.

Today, a tidbit on the title. Seems we can stop referring to the film as “Coming to America 2” because Paramount has titled the film – seemingly taking a cue from “Bad Boys for Lif3” – “Coming 2 America”.

In addition, HN Entertainment report that the shoot will take place from August 8 to late October in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and New Jersey.

Barris’s script sees Akeem (Murphy) learning about a long-lost son and returning to America to meet his unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda.

“After many years of anticipation, I’m thrilled that Coming to America 2 is officially moving forward”, Murphy said in a statement earlier this year. “We’ve assembled a great team that will be led by Craig Brewer, who just did an amazing job on Dolemite, and I’m looking forward to bringing all these classic and beloved characters back to the big screen.”

Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley, Fred Amos, and James Earl Jones are expected to rejoin Murphy in the film.

 

 

 

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Forrest Gump 2 writer explains why sequel was cancelled

Screenwriter Eric Roth won an Academy Award for his work on the 1994 original

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After “Forrest Gump” hit both critically and commercially, Paramount were quick to commission screenwriter Eric Roth to pen a sequel to the 1994 hit. But as the writer explains in an interview with Yahoo!, after the events of September 11, nobody involved – specifically, star Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis – agreed it made sense.

“Literally, I turned it in the day before 9/11,” Roth, who won an Oscar for his adaptation of Winston Groom’s novel, says. “And Tom and I and Bob got together on 9/11 to sort of commiserate about how life was in America and how tragic it was. And we looked at each other and said, ‘This movie has no meaning anymore, in that sense.’”

“Gump & Co”, which tracked Forrest’s adventures through the 1980s, was the inspiration for Roth’s proposed film sequel but it would have been a much looser adaptation of that book.

“It was gonna start with his little boy having AIDS,” said Roth, who recently earned his fifth Oscar nomination for co-writing ”A Star Is Born”. “And people wouldn’t go to class with him in Florida. We had a funny sequence where they were [desegregation] busing in Florida at the same time, so people were either angry about the busing, or [their] kids having to go to school with the kid who had AIDS. So there was a big conflict.”

Forrest would’ve popped up in many famous moments from the 1990’s, according to Roth.

“I had him in the back of O.J.’s Bronco,” Roth said of the infamous 1994 car chase. “He would look up occasionally, but they didn’t see him in the rear-view mirror, and then he’d pop down.

“I had him as a ballroom dancer who was really good, he could do the [rotation] ballroom dancing. And then eventually, as just sort of a charity kind of thing, he danced with Princess Diana.”

The last detail Roth shared helps explain why the film was scrapped after the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

“He meets on a bus a Native American woman and finds his calling, as a Bingo caller on a reservation. And the big event in that, which you could see was diminished only in tragedy, I guess, because it’s the same tragedy, but every day he’d go and wait for his Native American partner. She taught nursery school at a government building in Oklahoma City. And he was sitting on the bench waiting for her to have lunch and all the sudden the building behind him blows up. … So when 9/11 occurred … everything felt meaningless.”

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