Disney Streaming’s High Fidelity Series Casts Zoë Kravitz

Zoë Kravitz is both starring in and producing a High Fidelity series for Disney’s streaming service. The novel High Fidelity was published by Nick Hornby in 1995 and adapted for the big screen five years later by director Stephen Fears. John Cusack (who also cowrote the film) starred in Frear’s adaptation as Rob Gordon, a fellow who runs a record store and knows just about everything there is to know about pop music… yet is utterly clueless as to why his romantic relationships keep going off the rails.

The High Fidelity movie was released by Disney’s Touchstone Pictures, which is how the Mouse House ended up with the screen rights to the property in the first place. They’re now putting the IP to new use by developing a TV adaptation, which will premiere on Disney’s streaming service when it launches sometime late next year. As previously reported, the series will span 10 episodes in its first season and feature a gender-swapped version of Cusack’s High Fidelity character as its main protagonist.

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THR is confirming that Kravitz will play the series’ lead, though details beyond that are being kept under-wraps for the time being. The High Fidelity show was created by writers/producers Sarah Kucserka and Veronica West (Ugly Betty, Hart of Dixie) and is expected to be one of the first Original Series that Disney offers through its as-yet unnamed streaming service. The service’s roster will further include original series like Jon Favreau’s live-action Star Wars TV show, as well as series based on the High School Musical and Monsters, Inc. properties.

Kravitz is no stranger to the small screen herself, having previously costarred in Big Little Lies season 1 and played a recurring role on Californication. She will reprise her Big Little Lies role when the second season launches on HBO next year, some time after she formally joins the Wizarding World by playing Leta Lestrange in this fall’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. All in all, Kravitz is an excellent get for the High Fidelity series, not least of all because her career is on the up and up right now and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.

A gender-swapped take on High Fidelity sounds equally intriguing, if only because it will feature the sort of female protagonist (ie. an extreme hobbyist who has turned their obsession into a livelihood) that’s still rarely seen in pop culture. Hopefully, the series will further retain the format of Frears’ movie by having Kravitz continuously monologue about her misadventures in love and/or the record store business to the camera. That alone would offer an acting challenge that should allow Kravitz – and, in turn, the show itself – to really stand out as something special and unique among Disney’s original streaming projects.

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We will bring you more details on the High Fidelity series as they become available.

Source: THR

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2018-09-24 01:09:48 – Sandy Schaefer

Wreck-It Ralph 2: Disney Reanimating Princess Tiana Following Backlash

Disney has decided to reanimate scenes from Ralph Breaks the Internet featuring Princess Tiana, following backlash over the character’s appearance. Tiana originally appeared in The Princess and the Frog in 2009, and was notable for being Disney’s first African-American princess. She’s voiced in both films by actress Anika Noni Rose.

Ralph Breaks the Internet will see the characters from the original film – bad guy Ralph (John C. Reilly) and racer turned princess Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) – leaving the confines of their arcade games for the greater world wide web. There they’ll meet a new cast of characters, including a “tough and talented” racer voiced by Gal Gadot, an algorithm called Yesss who is the heart and soul of a top-trending website voiced by Taraji P. Henson, and a group of Disney princesses.

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The scene with the princesses shows the girls lounging and wearing some very cute bedtime attire. However, when the scene was released fans were unhappy with the way Princess Tiana was animated, noticing that her skin appeared lighter, her nose narrower, and her hair texture different. Many called her features “racially ambiguous”, citing that she didn’t look like the same African-American woman she was in her own movie. Disney has taken fans’ criticism seriously, and according to the Wall Street Journal, has chosen to reanimate scenes featuring the character.

Disney animators reportedly worked with voice actress Rose and representatives from Color of Change, a racial justice organization, to adjust the character to look more like her original movie version. Color of Change praised Disney’s decision to “restore Princess Tiana’s image to that of an unapologetically black princess with full lips, dark skin and dark hair.” And the change can already been seen in the latest Ralph Breaks the Internet trailer.

While the change to Tiana’s look should never have happened in the first place, Disney is showing their willingness to listen to fans’ concerns, especially when it comes to racial representation. The animators responding to fans with openness and the desire to correct their mistakes goes a long way for people who just want to see themselves represented in the media they consume. Having an African-American princess isn’t enough, Tiana is important to so many precisely because of the way she looks. Her darker skin tone is a part of that, and Hollywood still has a long way to go when it comes to representing people of all skin tones and sizes.

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Source: Wall Street Journal

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2018-09-22 04:09:23 – Brittany Rivera

Little Mermaid: Zendaya is Open to Playing Disney’s Live-Action Ariel

Zendaya is interested in playing Ariel in Disney’s live-action The Little Mermaid. Disney may already have the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars breaking box office records, but their recent run of live-action remakes has also played a part in their incredible success. Alice in Wonderland started this phenomenon by earning over $1 billion worldwide, and kicked off a progression that has since included live-action re-imaginings of Maleficent, CinderellaThe Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, and Christopher Robin. Disney has shown no signs of slowing down either, with over a dozen such projects in the works.

One of the remakes they’re developing is an updated take on Little Mermaid. They’ve reportedly courted Rob Marshall to direct the project, after his work on Mary Poppins Returns. Disney’s yet to confirm their specific plans for the movie, but a recent rumor claimed Spider-Man: Homecoming star Zendaya had been offered the lead role.

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Speaking to Variety, Zendaya confirmed that the previous rumor was just that, a rumor. Even though no official talks have happened between her and Disney, she did say that she’s interested in the part. She revealed why the role of Ariel and starring in Little Mermaid is appealing to her, and it’s because of the themes:

Speaking your truth, following your heart…There’s a million. And that’s the idea, we all just want at least one young person to just leave and feel inspired and want to know a little about something else or someone else and just bridge those gaps.

Zendaya is no stranger to working with the House of Mouse, being one of the more recent Disney Channel stars to find success beyond that realm. She starred in two different Disney shows, Shake It Up and K.C. Undercover, so the company is clearly a fan of her work. Marvel Studios even brought her into the MCU in a pivotal part, as she’s essentially their equivalent of Mary Jane. Outside of Disney, she also starred in Fox’s crowd-pleasing musical The Greatest Showman last year. Zendaya can also both sing and act, making her a great choice for Ariel. Now that her interest is noted, maybe Disney will actually make a move to get her involved.

The casting of Zendaya as Ariel would be the latest example of studios updating previous iterations of stories – and their source material – to diversify the characters. Zendaya has already done this with Marvel and handled any backlash like a pro, so there’s no doubt she could do the same with Little Mermaid. This is just Zendaya expressing interest in the part though, so it’ll be up to Disney to decide whether or not to seriously consider her. If they do, there’s reason to believe Zendaya would be an excellent Ariel, especially given her passion for what she stands for and what the story represents. So if Disney really is looking to update The Little Mermaid, Zendaya is interested.

MORE: Spider-Man: Far From Home Set Photos Renite Tom Holland & Zendaya

Source: Variety

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2018-09-22 03:09:51 – Cooper Hood

Disney decides to widen the gap between new Star Wars releases

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Marvel TV Shows On Disney’s Streaming Service WON’T Feature Main Avengers

Disney’s streaming service will reportedly produce multiple TV shows featuring several major characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but franchise fans shouldn’t expect to see all the Avengers on the small screen anytime soon. In 2019, the Mouse House will launch their own digital platform, reportedly titled Disney Play, that will compete directly streaming giants like Amazon Prime and Netflix. Part of that initiative includes developing live-action Marvel and Star Wars TV shows.

While Disney has refrained from revealing any concrete details regarding their plans for those TV shows, it’s been reported that the budgets will rival major movie productions and even take on the most expensive shows on television, like HBO’s Game of Thrones and Netflix’s The Crown. Right now, Jon Favreau’s live-action Star Wars TV series will reportedly cost $100 million for its first season. It’s safe to assume that the same will apply to the Marvel TV shows as well – but that doesn’t mean audiences should expect to see the main, main MCU heroes on television soon.

Related: Loki, Scarlet Witch & More MCU Heroes to Star in Disney Streaming Spinoff Shows

Earlier today, it was reported that Loki, Scarlet Witch, and more MCU characters will be receiving their own Marvel TV spinoff shows on Disney’s streaming service, with the original stars reprising their roles. In that same report, Variety notes that these shows won’t feature any of the core Avengers who have received their own movies on the big screen, which means no Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and so forth.

Given this particular piece of information, audiences shouldn’t expect to see Loki reunite with his brother on the small screen. Disney and Marvel Studios are looking at these properties as outlets to further explore secondary characters who’ve remained out of the spotlight in the MCU. So, characters like Shuri and Hawkeye can potentially headline their own series, but people like Doctor Strange and Black Widow can’t. (Scarlett Johansson currently has her own Black Widow solo movie in development, which logically takes her out of the running for a TV show.)

It also makes sense that the core Avengers members – Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, and possibly Mark Ruffalo – won’t appear in these shows, since their stories have already run their course on the big screen, not to mention the fact that most of their contracts are up following the upcoming release of Anthony and Joe Russo’s Avengers 4. What’s interesting is the potential for Ruffalo’s Hulk to get his own show. Sure, there was The Incredible Hulk movie in 2008, but Ruffalo didn’t star in that film so he may exist in somewhat of a loophole. Of course, all of this is based on a report, so it’s possible that those other Avengers may appear in one of the streaming shows down the line.

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Source: Variety

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2018-09-18 07:09:50 – Mansoor Mithaiwala

Loki, Scarlet Witch & More MCU Heroes to Star in Disney Streaming Spinoff Shows

Marvel Studios is developing limited series for Disney’s streaming service focused on live-action MCU characters like Scarlet Witch and Loki. Disney is looking to expand their pop culture dominance with the launch of a streaming service of their own, and aren’t shying away from major content. Jon Favreau is developing the first live-action Star Wars show, but Disney’s other major brand, Marvel, is getting in on the content boom too.

Original Marvel content has been confirmed to be on the way to the service for awhile, but what exactly it would be wasn’t clear. Now, fans can rest assured that some major and familiar MCU characters will help kick this off.

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Variety reports Marvel Studios is developing several limited series for the upcoming Disney streaming service. Two of the projects known to be in development focus on Scarlet Witch and Loki. Both Elizabeth Olsen and Tom Hiddleston are expected to reprise their MCU roles. Additional projects are also in the works, but the other characters that will be involved aren’t known. Marvel and Disney are reportedly looking to make these shows six to eight episodes a piece, and grant them budgets that rival movies.

This is a major development for Marvel’s TV presence, as these limited series will be closely looked after by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. He will produce all the shows, and is expected to be very involved overall. This is also why well-known characters and actors will be coming back, absolutely connecting these series to the larger MCU continuity – while ABC and Netflix shows are just barely connected. However, don’t expect an Iron Man or Captain America series, as these shows are designed to highlight supporting characters who didn’t get their own films.

The decision to go with Loki and Scarlet Witch as two of the first spinoffs makes sense. Hiddleston is one of the most beloved actors in the MCU, and that’s partially why Loki transformed from a true villain at the start to an almost hero. This does not confirm that his death in Avengers: Infinity War was fake though, as his or any of the other shows could be prequels. Loki is thousands of years old after all, so this limited series is really just a chance to get Hiddleston back in the role and further explore his character.

Scarlet Witch is another great choice too, especially if her show were to come after Avengers 4. She’s mastered her (possibly mutant) powers now and could go on some very wild adventures as a result. But, they could also take her back to her days working under Captain America and Black Widow. Whatever path they end up taking, both of these series have plenty of potential. There’s currently no word on when they’ll go into production, but if Disney wants at least one of them ready for the streaming service’s launch in late 2019, then more news should come soon.

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Source: Variety

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2018-09-18 06:09:29 – Cooper Hood

Disney Submits Black Panther For All Awards Categories Including Best Picture

Disney submits Black Panther for consideration in all awards categories, including Best Picture. As most people know, comic book movies typically struggle to gain traction on the awards circuit, usually having to settle for a handful of crafts nominations. There have been some rare exceptions of course, like Heath Ledger’s posthumous Best Supporting Actor win for The Dark Knight and Logan’s surprising nod in Best Adapted Screenplay. What fans have been waiting for is a superhero film to breakthrough and earn a Best Picture nomination.

Many believe Black Panther has the goods to pull it off. Ryan Coogler’s entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was widely praised when it was released this past February, earning raves for its thoughtful, relevant narrative and strong performances. Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige was so impressed with the final product, he’s putting together their first ever major awards campaign in an attempt to get Black Panther the recognition he feels it deserves. Now, with awards season starting to heat up, Disney has officially launched the initiative.

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On Disney’s official awards page, viewers can see the full list of categories the Mouse House is aiming for. In addition to the technical categories, they’re gunning for the major trophies like Best Picture and Best Director.

Black Panther has managed to stay in the awards conversation for a while now, particularly after the controversy surrounding the (now delayed) Best Popular Film category. Many accused the Academy of formulating an insulting consolation prize to give Black Panther an Oscar, out of fear of disrespecting a pop culture phenomenon. Panther will certainly be hard for voters to ignore, considering its $700 million domestic gross (more than Avengers: Infinity War) and passionate fan base. Of course, taking the world by storm doesn’t guarantee a Best Picture nomination (see: The Dark Knight), so it’ll be interesting to see how Black Panther fares on the Oscars circuit. There are plenty of titles in contention this year, but a few festival films didn’t live up to their potential – perhaps opening a path for Black Panther to secure a nod.

Outside of the technical categories, Black Panther may also have a shot in Best Supporting Actor for Michael B. Jordan. His Killmonger is considered to be one of the best villains in all of the MCU, as the actor delivered a captivating and empathetic turn. In his young career, Jordan has put together a string of memorable performances, including one in Coogler’s Creed. It feels like he’s building towards his first Oscar nomination. Time will tell if it’s for Black Panther, but Marvel is going to put everything they have into the campaign.

MORE: Screen Rant’s 2019 Best Picture Predictions

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2018-09-11 12:09:33 – Chris Agar

Disney’s Lady and the Tramp Remake Casts Yvette Nicole Brown

Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of Lady and the Tramp has cast Community actress and frequent Talking Dead guest Yvette Nicole Brown. Tessa Thompson was previously named to voice the role of Lady, joining a cast that also includes Justin Theroux, Flatliners’ Kiersey Clemons, Ugly Betty actress Ashley Jensen and Kong: Skull Island‘s Thomas Mann.

Released in 1955, the original Lady and the Tramp told the story of a pampered Cocker Spaniel named Lady who goes on a romantic adventure with a stray mongrel called The Tramp. The Disney classic has grossed $93 million across multiple re-releases, or $516 million when adjusted for inflation. The upcoming remake is one of several planned re-dos of animated Disney classics. The studio will also release new live-action versions of The Lion King, Dumbo, Mulan and Pinocchio.

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Variety reports that Lady and the Tramp has once again added to its cast, bringing on Community alum Yvette Nicole Brown. Brown will reportedly play Aunt Sarah, the owner of the trouble-making Siamese cats Si and Am, who in the original movie sing the memorable – but problematic – song “We Are Siamese (If You Please).” Aunt Sarah plays a big role in launching the movie’s plot when her cats trick her into thinking Lady has attacked them, leading their owner to take Lady to the pet store to get a muzzle. Lady then gets away and meets the Tramp, and kicks off their romantic adventure.

Brown is of course best known for playing the devoutly Christian Shirley Bennett for five seasons on the late, lamented NBC sitcom Community. Brown is in fact a TV veteran who has appeared on numerous shows in both guest spots and major roles. Before Community, her biggest part was on the Nickelodeon series Drake & Josh. Post-Community, Brown has made her biggest splashes on the rebooted Odd Couple, the ABC hip-hop sitcom The Mayor, and the CBS series Mom. Brown has also been a frequent guest on AMC’s Walking Dead after show Talking Dead, and was even the fan favorite to replace Chris Hardwick as host, until the network decided to give him back his job after completing an investigation of sexual harassment allegations made against him.

Brown’s role as Aunt Sarah in Lady and the Tramp now brings her into the Disney fold as part of an impressive cast. LEGO Ninjago director Charlie Bean will helm the live-action adaptation, which is set to run on Disney’s new streaming service. No official premiere date has been announced for the film.

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Source: Variety

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Classic Disney TV Characters Reimagined as the Avengers

A dedicated Marvel fan has created an alternative poster for Avengers: Infinity War that reimagines dozens of Disney characters as the Avengers. Since the release of Ant-Man and the Wasp in July, Marvel fans have been facing the longest wait for the next Marvel Cinematic Universe movie since Captain America: Civil War, and as they keep an eye on the horizon for the first Captain Marvel trailer, many have been getting creative.

Amid the feverish speculation about what will happen in next year’s Avengers 4, artists have been offering visual takes on their own theories. We’ve seen fan art of Iron Man holding up Thanos’ severed head, fan art of Hawkeye transforming into Ronin, fan art that gives Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter a happy ending, and fan art that imagines Captain Marvel punching a hole through Thanos’ chest (apparently people are still very angry at Thanos).

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The latest piece of Avengers fan art to catch our eye is this fun mash-up from Prime Premne Design for a movie called D-Vengers: Infini-D War. The concept behind the poster is casting characters from beloved Disney TV shows (including some characters who originated in movies before moving to TV) as the massive lineup in Avengers: Infinity War. Even minor characters like Wong and Cull Obsidian are included, and the Disney cartoon characters range from the well-known (Phineas, of Phineas and Ferb fame) to the obscure (Sylvia from Wander Over Yonder). Check out the revamped poster below.

The poster for D-Vengers: Infini-D War features 35 different Disney characters from classic Disney Channel TV shows as the Avengers, their friends, and their foes. The artist has put together a handy visual guide if you need help identifying them all. Highlights include Goliath from Gargoyles as the Hulk, Kim Possible as Black Widow, and TJ from Recess as plucky young superhero Spider-Man. Stitch as Rocket Raccoon is also pretty adorable. The design is available on a T-shirt over at RIPT Apparel.

If you take a close look at the design you’ll spot a lot of interesting details, like the magic carpet from Aladdin being reinvented as Doctor Strange’s Cloak of Levitation. It’s hard to make out at this resolution, but apparently the Infinity Stones in the Infinity Gauntlet are actually Mickey Mouse and Friends icons. We love to see creative fan art like this, and we recommend checking out other works from the same artist – like this “Shrinkin’ Park” album cover that features the Wasp.

More: Galactus Joins The Marvel Cinematic Universe In Awesome Fan Art

Source: Prime Premne Design

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Dave Bautista Calls Out Disney With Video of Troll That Targeted James Gunn

Actor Dave Bautista is calling out both Disney and the professional troll responsible for getting James Gunn fired from Guardians of the Galaxy 3, by sharing a video in which the troll confesses to orchestrating fake smear campaigns. While all of Guardians of the Galaxy‘s core actors have voiced their support for Gunn in recent weeks, Bautista has become the director’s most vocal advocate online, repeatedly slamming both Disney and the “Cybernazis” who led the movement to see Gunn fired.

The controversy started at the height of Comic-Con 2018, when several conservative bloggers wrote pieces about a series of tasteless jokes Gunn had made about pedophilia and rape on his personal social media over a decade earlier. Gunn was quick to apologize formally, saying that while he once employed shock humor in his comedy, he had turned over a new leaf and deeply regretted his past comments. Disney still fired Gunn immediately, despite the exact same type of jokes stirring up controversy among liberal and feminist groups – and Gunn formally apologizing for them – when he was originally hired by the company in 2012. Since that time, many have come to believe that Gunn was made a target because of his outspoken disapproval of President Donald Trump, and that Disney overreacted due to a fear of appearing unbalanced following the firing of conservative comedian Roseanne Barr over a racist comment on her Twitter account.

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This is certainly the belief of Bautista, who criticized Disney once more in a recent Tweet, which can be viewed below. Bautista shared a video in which Michael Cernovich – one of the bloggers behind the targeted right-wing effort that saw Gunn fired – boasts about his skill in engineering hit pieces. Sensitive viewers should be warned that this video contains graphic language.

The original video was posted by Officer Vic Berger IV – a Twitter user who chronicles the offenses perpetuated by Cernovich against various targets. “Nobody does a hit piece like I can do,” boasts Cernovich, before going on to describe how he intentionally crafts fake stories about people and doesn’t care what damage he does. Cernovich then invites one particular user to try and sue him for slander, saying that the the truth won’t matter once public opinion is turned against them.

Cernovich is a noted conservative conspiracy theorist and antifeminist, most famous for serving as a guest host on The Alex Jones Show. He’s also noted for his authorship of Gorilla Mindset – a self-help book for men based around the idea that all women really want to be controlled by a man. Since going after Gunn, many of Cernovich’s past writings have come back to haunt him. Comedians like Patton Oswalt have shared several of Cernovich’s recent tweets – many of which contain homophobic, racist and sexist slurs far worse than anything Gunn ever said as a joke.

While Bautista’s defense of his friend and willingness to call out bullying is admirable, it’s unlikely to change Disney’s attitude, much less get Gunn rehired as director on Guardians of the Galaxy 3. For good or ill, Disney seems to have made their choice.

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