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Must they destroy everything we love? Every second of the day, it feels like we're hearing news of reboots and it's starting to genuinely upset us.

The latest reboot is set to be literally the world's favourite Christmas movie; Home Alone. 

A new streaming service called Disney+ is set to launch in America in November, but announced that Kevin McAllister will return “reimagined for a new generation”.

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New versions of Night At The MuseumDiary of a Wimpy Kid and Cheaper By The Dozen are also set to be recreated, so…we march at dawn? Grab your pitchforks.

Disney+ hasn't revealed any further details, or a release date for any 20th Century Fox classics they're dabbling with.

Macaulay Culkin, who played Kevin McAllister in the original film, had something to say about the matter and we had to laugh.

"This is what an updated Home Alone would actually look like," he wrote, alongside a photo of him eating pasta on his couch, on his laptop like every one of us on Sunday nights.

He later added, "Hey Disney, call me!" Twitter were up in ARMS about the terrible news, with social media users asking; "If it ain't broke, why fix it?" It's perfection as it is.

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Disney-owned cable network Freeform has bit back against the "poor, unfortunate souls" criticising the casting of the live-action The Little Mermaid remake.

Halle Bailey has scored the role of Ariel in the new film, and a torrent of racist backlash has ensued as a result.

Groups online have claimed the original has now been "ruined" by a black actress earning the role, and that the Danish author of the fairytale would have wanted her to be a Caucasian actress.

The hashtag #NotMyAriel even trended after the casting announcement, with racism clearly alive and well. It's rare that an actress-of-colour gets a protagonist role, especially in a Disney film, so it's a huge deal.

In an open letter referencing Ursula the sea witch, the network reminded the ridiculous critics of the new Ariel that the tale is a "work of fiction" and that the casting of the "highly talented, gorgeous" Bailey is "inspired".

The letter reads: "Ariel … is a mermaid. She lives in an underwater kingdom in international waters and can legit swim wherever she wants…But for the sake of argument, let's say that Ariel, too, is Danish."

"Danish mermaids can be black because Danish *people* can be black."

It added: "If you still cannot get past the idea that choosing the incredible, sensational, highly talented, gorgeous Halle Bailey is anything other than INSPIRED casting that it is because she 'doesn't look like the cartoon one', oh boy, do I have some news for you… about you."

"Ariel can sneak up to the surface at any time with her pals Scuttle and the *ahem* Jamaican crab Sebastian and keep that bronze base tight. Black Danish people, and thus mer-folk, can also *genetically* have red hair," Freeform continued. SLAY.

Hilarious rapper and actress Awkwafina, who is set to play Scuttle in the film, responded to criticism by saying:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"I think that she's going to play an amazing mermaid. She's an incredible singer, incredible actress and I'm really excited to have her as a Disney princess."

The original Little Mermaid herself, Jodi Benson, has also had her say about the casting. “The most important thing is to tell the story," she started, via Comicbook.com.

"And we have, as a family, we have raised our children, and for ourselves, that we don’t see anything that’s different on the outside. I think that the spirit of a character is what really matters," she continued.

“We need to be storytellers," she added. "And no matter what we look like on the outside, no matter our race, our nation, the colour of our skin, our dialect, whether I’m tall or thin, whether I’m overweight or underweight, or my hair is whatever colour, we really need to tell the story."

"I know for Disney that they have the heart of storytelling, that’s really what they’re trying to do. They want to communicate with all of us in the audience so that we can fall in love with the film again.”

Bailey is half of the R&B duo Chloe x Halle with her sister, Chloe. Halle has yet to speak out about the backlash, which is probably wise. Don't waste energy on bigots, girl.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The new adaptation will include songs from the 1989 animated Disney classic and new tunes from original composer Alan Menken and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Production on Disney's live-action The Little Mermaid is set to begin in 2020. Hopefully the ignorant white trashbags dissing Halle will have fled the cinema by then…

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The trailer for Disney's upcoming live-action remake of the 1998 classic Mulan has been released during the Women's World Cup final, showing a sweeping adventure movie set in China's Han dynasty.

Chinese actress Liu Yifei beat thousands of contenders to score the title role of the film, which is directed by Niki Caro (Whale Rider) and is scheduled for a March 27, 2020 release.

Yifei plays Hua Mulan, daughter of strict war veteran Hua Zhou (Tzi Ma). When her father is conscripted to join the military against the Hun invasion, Mulan disguises herself as a man to take his place.

Starring Donnie Yen as Commander Tung, Yoson An as Cheng Honghui, Gong Li as new character Xianniang and Jet Li as the Imperial Emperor, the trailer teases massive battle sequences but no Mushu.

Her animated dragon companion does not appear to be present in the movie, breaking fans hearts all over the world. The original soundtrack will also not be featured, another blow to fan-favourite aspects of Mulan.

Cri-Kee, her lucky cricket, is set to be voiced by Jun Yu. Her trusted friends don't appear in the trailer for the movie, which is based on the 1998 effort directed by Barry Cook and Tony Bancroft.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A string of Disney live-action adaptations have been made in recent years, such as Dumbo, The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and now The Lion King (due out this month).

Lady and the Tramp, The Sword and the Stone and The Little Mermaid are all set to be recreated in live-action format over the next year or so.

This new adaptation of Mulan will hit cinemas on March 27, 2020. Time will tell whether it will become as successful as the original, without Mushu's legendary sass or the iconic soundtrack.

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If this isn't festive television at it's finest, we don't know what is.

The BBC are unleashing their take on the iconic Victor Hugo's novel, Les Miserables.

Get ready to spot famous-faces as they pulled out all the stops for the cast. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The series kicks off tonight and we will be treated to the tale for six weeks.

Stars include The Affair actor Dominic West who will play the main character, prisoner Jean Valjean.

The inspector Javert, who is tasked with tracking down and bringing Jean to justice, will star David Oyelowo. 

And Lily Collins will fill the role of Fantine. 

Les Miserables was a roaring success in the cinema adaptation which starred the likes of Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway.

The novel also went down a treat with audiences on theatre stages such as the West End and Broadway.

However, the BBC's interpretation won't include any singing or dancing, as it hopes to draw the viewer back to the original story from the book.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Actor, Dominic West explained: “It’s been a real inspiration and total joy to bring this masterpiece to dramatic life, and if our portrayal brings people back to the book then that is a great thing."

“What is the most interesting thing about Valjean is his moral core and his battle with his own demons to be a good man."

“He is a true hero in that way. He is constantly persecuted but he strives to save others’ lives and do the right thing,” he added.

The series looks like it won't disappoint as Andrew Davies was selected to be the screenwriter.

Andrew is the man behind Lei Tolstoy's War and Peace adaption for the BBC, and for bringing Pride and Prejudice from the pages of the book to our screens.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Dominic added that it was exciting as Andrew has really captured the book in such detail.

“Andrew Davies is a master of condensing and distillation. He has distilled a massive book into six hours of television. He’s been at it a long time," he said.

“He’s so experienced. Whenever I’ve opened a book and thought, ‘oh this is a bit I particularly like’, it’s in his script. In that way, it’s very exciting because I don’t remember the last time when a book was dealt with in such detail.”

If this sounds like your cup of tea, it will air on December 30 at 9 pm on BBC One. 

 

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Elizabeth Banks has announced that filming on the new Charlie's Angels reboot has officially WRAPPED, which means one thing and one thing only: our excitement has just quadrupled to unhealthy levels.

Banks directed and played her own role in the exciting new remake, which stars a brand new generation of badass angels- Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska and Naomi Scott.

She posted a photo to Instagram which showed herself and her gorgeous angels on set;

She captioned the image;

"That's a wrap. So much love and gratitude to these Angels."

Aw, don't they all just look sufficiently both radiant and empowered? The plot has not yet been released, but it's been confirmed that there are multiple Bosleys in the flick; Elizabeth, Patrick Stewart, and Djimon Hounsou are among them.

We're SURE you remember the original Charlie's Angels, possibly the greatest show of female badass-ery of all time.

Ella Balinska shared a photo of the unbelievable view they had while filming a scene back in October for the highly-anticipated movie;

"Needless to say, sitting on my Angel production chair whilst looking at an epic view 100% gets you in the zone," she wrote, not taking our incessant jealousy into account at all…

Resident internet boyfriends Sam Claflin and Noah Centineo are the two presumed romantic interests in the film, which hits theatres on November 1, 2019.

Only roughly 330 days to wait, gals. *deep breaths*

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Another day, another remake.

Roald Dahl's The Witches horrified us as kids, in both book and movie form.

Now the film version is being remade, because that's what Hollywood does nowadays.

According to Variety, Robert Zemeckis is in final talks to direct the upcoming project.

 

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You're doubtless familiar with works Robert has directed – from Forrest Gump to Romancing the Stone to Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

While we definitely have remake fatigue, it's fair to say that this one is in capable hands with the famed filmmaker (no one can ever outshine Anjelica Huston, though).

He's penning the script with his co-writer Jack Rapke as well as Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity) and Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth).

These writing and directing creds are impressive, but the 90s classic will always be a terrifyingly good time in our eyes.

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So, Bette Midler isn't a fan of the rumoured Hocus Pocus remake and our inner 90's kids are crying uncontrollably.

Last month, we reported that everyone's favourite Halloween movie was getting a reboot – and while we can hardly contain our excitement, it looks like not everyone is too thrilled about the upcoming project.

Speaking to People at the Restoration Project's annual Hulaween party, the actress said:

“I know it’s cheap. It’s going to be cheap!”

Adding: “I’m not sure what they’re going to do with my character. My character is very, very broad and I don’t know who they’re going to find to play that.”

Bette played the role of Winifred Sanderson in the 1993 original, alongside co-stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy.

Mick Garris, a writer who worked on the original Disney Channel film previously said that re-casting the story's main characters would be a “big mistake” – but we're not holding our breath.

When asked by reporters have big the pay check would need to be before she would consider reprising the role, Better simply replied, “no!”

Brb – just mourning the loss of our treasured childhood memories. 

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Break out the velvet hair bands and get ready for a 90s throwback like no other, because Sabrina the Teenage Witch could be returning to screens as early as next year.

According to Variety, The CW and Warner Bros. Television are currently working on a new hour-long drama series based on the much-loved character.

But, there's a twist.

Should the series go ahead, it would be based on the Archie comics, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which reimagines the adventures of the teenage witch as a dark coming-of-age story.

It's reported that the potential series would go hand-in-hand with Riverdale, a show also based on the Archie Comics.

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, chief creative officer of Archie Comics, will serve as writer and executive producer while Lee Toland Krieger, director of Riverdale, looks set to direct and executive produce.

We can not wait for this!

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We thought we were totally over remakes, as there has been a long line of them over the past few years.

But, you're going to be super excited about this reprisal, especially after you see the woman who's behind it.

The Hunger Games star and all-round badass woman Elizabeth Banks has secured the remake and we can't wait to see what she has up her sleeve.

What's more, a release date has already been set for the film – June 2019.

The actress has been hired by Sony to revitalise the TV and movie franchise, however the cast details are still being kept under wraps.

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The original angels were Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Tanya Roberts, and their roles were later adapted by Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu and Drew Barrymore in the two films released in 2000 and 2003.

So far, the only others details being made public are that Elizabeth will produce the movie along with her husband, while The Lake House director David Auburn will write the script.

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Disney's remake of Beauty and the Beast is probably one of the most anticipated movies for this year.

And it seems that every few weeks we're getting small glimpses of what the flick will be like, which is making us more and more excited for its release.

The latest glimpse into the movie is meeting Luke Evans, who will play the handsome yet troublesome Gaston.

Pictures of the man in question made Twitter soar into a frenzy, with many describing how "hot" he is.

We're going to have to wait until March 17 to see him in action.

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It doesn't get more classic than Snow White, ladies. It was the movie that basically started off the Disney princess fandom way back in 1937, and it hasn't stopped since.

We've seen numerous remakes in the past couple of years, but this one is looking to be pretty major.

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According to Hollywood Reporter, Disney is planning to keep all of the original songs in the remake and has also hired Girl On The Train screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson to write the script.

And not only Erin, but the songwriters behind La La Land (Emma Stone and Ryan Reynold's new flick) are set to be joining as well.

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With Lily James as the new Cinderella and Emma Watson as the the new Belle, we're guessing there's going to be some big names in this film too.

We might have to wait a couple of years until it hits our cinema screens though, as Emma Watson's Beauty and the Beasts won't be out for nearly another year.

Here's to waiting!

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Less than two months after the death of original Willy Wonka star, Gene Wilder, it looks like a new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie could be on the way.

But unlike the last two flicks to be inspired by Roald Dahl’s beloved book, the potential reboot will explore Willy Wonka’s mysterious past.

According to Variety, Warner Bros. are joining forces with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them producer, David Heyman, to create a movie which centres on Willy Wonka himself.

Sources say the entertainment giant has already acquired the rights to the Willy Wonka IP from the Roald Dahl Estate, but currently it is unclear as to which of the novel’s other characters will make an appearance in the film.

While many are eager to learn where the legendary chocolatier actually came from, others have taken to Twitter in opposition of move.

Many online commentators say no version of the film could live up to the original 1971 version, while others believe the movie industry as a whole needs to focus on developing new characters instead of placing classic personas in new situations.

 

 

 

 

 

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