While pictures had been released of Disney’s live action Aladdin movie, including those of Will Smith’s Genie, there were a lot of questions surrounding the film. The biggest question of course is would the Genie be blue like he was in the animated feature, considering the photos that had come out didn’t have him in the familiar hue. Smith had stated that his character would be, but you never know. Now though, with the release of the first trailer, at least some of those questions have been answered, and chief among them is yes, the Genie is indeed blue.
The Guy Ritchie directed film’s trailer only shows a brief look at the movie, it was after all released on TV during the Grammy Awards, but it has peeked our curiousity. In it you see Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Naomi Scott as Jasmine. We also get to see Marwan Kenzari playing a picture pefect Jafar, who sends Aladdin in to retrieve the magic lamp. Of course it was Smith’s Genie everyone is interested in, who appears near the end of the trailer.
Smith has stated from the beginning that playing the Genie was difficult. After all, Robin Williams made the role his own in the animated feature, and walking in the late comedian’s footsteps wasn’t easy. It appears though that Smith might just be up to the task, but the jury is still out on it considering the trailer only shows a brief clip of him.
Aladdin is the latest Disney feature to receive the live-action treatment, and the first of two to be released this year. The animated film was the highest grossing film of 1992, and won two Oscars and a Grammy. The live action feature is due to hit theatres on May 24.
Jason Momoa Shaves Off Beard For A Good Cause
From Game of Thrones, to Aquaman and Frontier, Jason Momoa is front and centre, along with his iconic beard. The actor posted a video on Wednesday though, stating it was time for a change, and shaved for the camera. It wasn’t without a purpose though as one might initially think. The massive actor is trying to raise awareness for aluminum recycling.
“I just want to bring awareness that plastics are killing our planet, and I think I have a solution,” Momoa said in the video as he shaved. “I don’t wanna bitch about it, but there’s only one thing that can really help our planet and save our planet, as long as we recycle, and that’s aluminum.”
Momoa goes on to say he’s specifically talking about aluminum cans making a return to replace all the plastic bottles that are used these days. He states that aluminum can continue to be recycled, and that “75 percent of aluminum that’s ever been used is still in circulation today.” He backs himself up with stats too, so it’s not just him talking for the sake of talking. He also says that it only takes 60 days for aluminum cans to go from the recycling bin, to back on the shelves with a new beverage.
One of Momoa’s biggest pet peeves too, was not being able to find water available in aluminum cans. A new product seems to be on the way though to change that, but other than the fact that it will be coming from the Ball Corporation, not much else is known about it.
“There’s a change coming, and it’s aluminum,” Momoa said. “You gotta get rid of your plastic water bottles. Aquaman’s trying to do the best he can for my kids, for your kids, for the world. Love you guys.”
In case you were wondering, it’s been seven years since Momoa had shaved his beard off. He also said he won’t be shaving his head though, as his wife wouldn’t like that.
You can watch the entire video below.
Billie Eilish’s Debut Album Set To Become The Second-Biggest Album Release of 2019
If you haven’t heard of Billie Eilish before, it’s pretty much a given you will be hearing a lot of her in the future. In the first full week of release, the teenage sensation’s debut album is expected to reach between 250,000 to 275,000 equivalent album units sold, which would make it the second-biggest release of the year.
Eilish’s “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”, appears to be only trailing Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” for the title of the biggest 2019 album debuts to date. The album itself has benefitted from strong streaming figures, but also traditional album purchases as well. That in itself is unusual considering Eilish’s fan base has grown up mainly just streaming music, and not buying physical albums. Even more unusual is the fact that 5 of the albums 14 tracks were also released before the album, which usually cuts back on album purchases, yet in this case it doesn’t seen to have affected the sales at all.
Eilish released her debut single, “Ocean Eyes” in 2016, and it quickly went viral and became a huge success. She released an EP in 2017, which was also a huge success. It September 2017 Apple named her as its newest Up Next artist. In her short career, Eilish already has seven gold and two platinum singles.
Apple Set To Launch Their Own TV Streaming Service
Netflix and Amazon might need to be looking over their shoulder, and not at the upcoming Disney streaming service. Apple announced on Monday that their long-anticipated streaming TV service, Apple TV+ is ready to launch, and they’ve brought a lot of heavy hitters along with them for the ride.
When Apple made the announcement on Monday, they bought along Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jason Momoa, Alfre Woodard, and Kumail Nanjiani with them. The presentation stated that Apple TV was set to launch this fall in more than 100 countries.
While Apple didn’t state how much the service would cost when it was finally launched, it did give a glimpse into the kinds of shows we can expect. Speilberg for instance indicated that his 80s science fiction anthology series Amazing Stories, was set to be revived. While Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell would be starring in a new drama called The Morning Show, that they said would take the viewers behind the scenes of morning TV. Other shows on the way include Sara Bareilles and J.J. Abrams’ new series Little Voice, Momoa and Woodard’s drama Seeing, and Nanjiani’s Little America. Apple also announced a new Sesame Street spin-off, Helpsters. Oprah Winfrey was also on hand, but no word was given as to what her role will be, although last year it was announced that she signed a television deal with Apple.
Other series expected on Apple TV+ include a show starring Hailee Steinfeld as Emily Dickinson, the Jennifer Garner series My Glory Was I Had Such Friends, the drama Are You Sleeping starring Octavia Spencer, an adaptation of the book Defending Jacob which will star Chris Evans and a new CIA drama starring Brie Larson.
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