• ‘Hamilton': Celebs Voice Mixed Reactions, From ‘Magical’ to ‘Dangerously’ Omits ‘Realities of Slavery’
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    ‘Hamilton': Celebs Voice Mixed Reactions, From ‘Magical’ to ‘Dangerously’ Omits ‘Realities of Slavery’

    The filmed version of Broadway’s smash hit “Hamilton” is drawing both praise and criticism, with some showering it with compliments of artistic “genius” and others noting the liberties taken with the total truth of the time.The July 3 debut on Disney+ of the musical, written, composed by and starring Lin-Manuel Miranda, is set in the late 1700s and tells the story of one of America’s Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton, at a time when the new nation was wrought with slavery, social inequity and civil unrest.Celebrities from across industries weighed in with their thoughts on Friday and Saturday, from “Frozen” actor Josh Gad calling the show “magical” and “pure genius,” to author Rozanne Gay saying it “dangerously elides they [sic] realities of slavery.”Also Read: A 'Hamilton' Newbie's Take on the Disney+ Version of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Powerful Musical“The first time I ever saw @DaveedDiggs on stage in Hamilton I turned to my friend and said ‘this is one of the single most inspired performances I have ever witnessed in my life,'” Gad wrote. “Daveed exudes electricity when he opens his mouth. It’s remarkable. Pure genius. Magical.”But New York Times best-selling author and social commentator Roxane Gay made a point to both honor the actors’ performances and point out some issues she has with the way the show “idealizes” America’s founding fathers.“I have a lot of thoughts about Hamilton and the way it idealizes the founders, and how such a brilliant musical dangerously elides they [sic] realities of slavery,” Gay wrote in a thread. “But Leslie Odom Jr. put his FOOT in that performance. So talented.”“I think it’s a brilliant show. As I said. It’s not some vulnerable upstart. The show can handle critical engagement and the performances and book and music will still be absolutely incredible,” she continued. “Also Helpless/Satisfied are such a perfect pair of songs. Ugh. But then the Sally Hemings moment played for laughs. Whyyyyyy.”Also Read: 'Hamilton' Film Review: Can't Afford Broadway? Now You Can Be in the Room Where It HappenedCrissle West, a writer and comedian known for co-hosting the podcast “The Read” and for starring in the Harriet Tubman and Marsha P. Johnson episodes of “Drunk History,” also had mixed feelings about the show.“I knew hamilton was gonna be ahistorical as soon as I saw black people onstage and not playing slaves. i still enjoy the show,” she wrote.Miranda himself also did a lot of tweeting about the show Friday, taking a moment to thank the show’s fans.“Thank you for tonight. I’m so grateful you just have the whole thing now. With this extraordinary company and crew. It’s yours,” he wrote.Star Leslie Odom Jr. also shared warm feelings about “Hamilton.”“No two Hamilton shows were the same. This performance was special because in some small + indescribable way, they all were,” he wrote. “Like jazz. You walk out onstage and surrender to the ride.”Also Read: Disney+ in July: Here's Everything New ComingSherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, thanked Lin-Manuel Miranda for “lifting” her from her “anger and disillusionment.”“I needed this tonight. Transported again. And healed,” Ifill wrote. “Thank you @Lin_Manuel and this extraordinary cast for returning to the joy of this extraordinary work. Lifting me from my anger & disillusionment – reminding me that our creativity & vision is the secret to our liberation.”Read these and more reactions below:The first time I ever saw @DaveedDiggs on stage in Hamilton I turned to my friend and said “this is one of the single most inspired performances I have ever witnessed in my life.” Daveed exudes electricity when he opens his mouth. It’s remarkable. Pure genius. Magical. pic.twitter.com/IHiYeNYSIm— Josh Gad (@joshgad) July 4, 2020I needed this tonight. Transported again. And healed. Thank you @Lin_Manuel and this extraordinary cast for returning to the joy of this extraordinary work. Lifting me from my anger & disillusionment – reminding me that our creativity & vision is the secret to our liberation.— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) July 4, 2020I have a lot of thoughts about Hamilton and the way it idealizes the founders, and how such a brilliant musical dangerously elides they realities of slavery but Leslie Odom Jr. put his FOOT in that performance. So talented.— roxane gay (@rgay) July 4, 2020Thank you for tonight. I'm so grateful you just have the whole thing now. With this extraordinary company and crew. It's yours.— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) July 4, 2020Hamilton was written to flatter the monarch (Barack Obama) in his court, the same basic genesis as a lot of Shakespearean tragedies and histories. Ideologically, that’s what it does: it’s designed to reinforce Obama’s worldview.Irrespective of that, I think it’s very good.— David Klion (@DavidKlion) July 4, 2020i knew hamilton was gonna be ahistorical as soon as I saw black people onstage and not playing slaves. i still enjoy the show.— king crissle (@crissles) July 4, 2020It is this moment that I hope you realize why the show is called Hamilton and not Alexander Hamilton. The show is about Alex and Eliza. Look at everything she did. hamilfilm— Andrew Chappelle (@Achapphawk) July 4, 2020There's nothing to debate. It's a thoroughgoing fantasy. The real Hamilton was a literal plutocrat, who wanted to turn debtors into veritable vassals of a strong state, not some admirable multiculti hero. https://t.co/f3OKmst4Rl— Rick Perlstein (@rickperlstein) July 3, 2020Read original story ‘Hamilton': Celebs Voice Mixed Reactions, From ‘Magical’ to ‘Dangerously’ Omits ‘Realities of Slavery’ At TheWrap

  • Marvel confirms Infinity Stones were 'destroyed' after events of 'Avengers: Endgame'
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    Marvel confirms Infinity Stones were 'destroyed' after events of 'Avengers: Endgame'

    It's probably best to put away the Infinity Gauntlet for a while.

  • Disney’s ‘Mulan’ Pushed to Late August as New COVID Cases Continue to Rise
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    Disney’s ‘Mulan’ Pushed to Late August as New COVID Cases Continue to Rise

    As COVID-19 infections continue to rise in cities across the U.S., Disney announced that it has once again moved the release date of “Mulan,” now opening August 21, striking a major blow to the movie theater industry’s hope for a strong summer reopening.“While the pandemic has changed our release plans for ‘Mulan’ and we will continue to be flexible as conditions require, it has not changed our belief in the power of this film and its message of hope and perseverance,” Disney Studios Co-Chairmen Alan Bergman and Alan Horn said in a statement. “Director Niki Caro and our cast and crew have created a beautiful, epic, and moving film that is everything the cinematic experience should be, and that’s where we believe it belongs – on the world stage and the big screen for audiences around the globe to enjoy together.”The film’s release was first moved to July 24 from its original March date. This second push means that Warner Bros.’ “Tenet” is once again scheduled to be the first major studio film to be released since the pandemic started, having previously moved from July 17 to July 31 and then again this week to August 12.Also Read: How Andrew Cuomo Could Undo Hollywood's Theater Reopening PlansAnalysts and insiders told TheWrap that a date change for “Mulan” had become increasingly likely as the pandemic seemed to worsen in recent weeks. And it became a near-certainty after Disney announced on Wednesday that it was backing off plans to reopen Disneyland on July 17. Since Disney films and theme parks both rely on families, one analyst said that Disney might be worried about appearing “irresponsible” by encouraging groups with young children to buy tickets when the number of new infections continues to rise in cities, such as Los Angeles.“I don’t know how Disney could say it’s, go to their movies but not the parks,” Exhibitor Relations analyst Jeff Bock told TheWrap. “With so many other family films like ‘Scoob!’ and ‘The Spongebob Movie’ moving, the optics are getting worse for releasing family films for theaters, especially with the pandemic getting worse.”There has also been uncertainty over whether major markets will even have theaters open by late July. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced an indefinite delay in the reopening of movie theaters, malls, gyms and other non-essential indoor businesses in order to study how the virus can spread in those areas. In China, a critical market for “Mulan” at the overseas box office, government officials backed off of plans to reopen theaters in Beijing earlier this month, and no new plans have been announced on a timetable to reopen theaters.The National Association of Theater Owners and major chains like AMC and Cinemark have yet to comment on Disney’s decision to move “Mulan.” For now, the first movie set to release in theaters nationwide is “Unhinged,” a thriller from newcomer studio Solstice that stars Russell Crowe and is set for a July 10 release. One week later, Warner Bros. will do a 10th-anniversary re-release of “Inception,” which will feature an introduction from director Christopher Nolan and sneak peek footage of “Tenet.” Nolan has been publicly adamant about using “Tenet” to help movie theaters recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, and signs point to Warner moving forward with its release as TV spots promoting the film have begun appearing.Read original story Disney’s ‘Mulan’ Pushed to Late August as New COVID Cases Continue to Rise At TheWrap

  • Mark Hamill secretly voiced a character in 'The Mandalorian'
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    Mark Hamill secretly voiced a character in 'The Mandalorian'

    Thanks to The Mandalorian, Mark Hamill has now worked on every one of the Star Wars movies and spin-offs, bar the prequels.

  • 'Hamilton' get its first trailer ahead of release on Disney+
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    'Hamilton' get its first trailer ahead of release on Disney+

    The first trailer for Lin-Manuel Miranda's record-breaking Broadway musical Hamilton has landed, ahead of its release on Disney+.

  • Mark Hamill Had a Cameo in ‘The Mandalorian’ That Nobody Knew About
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    Mark Hamill Had a Cameo in ‘The Mandalorian’ That Nobody Knew About

    Mark Hamill had a secret role in “The Mandalorian,” that nobody knew about until Friday.On the final episode of the behind-the-scenes docuseries “Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian,” it was revealed that Hamill lent his voice to a character in the Disney+ series. And who he voiced is an Easter Egg hunter’s dream: The droid EV-9D9.Disney+ last aired a new episode of “The Mandalorian” in December.Also Read: Disney+ in June: Here's Everything New Coming, From 'Artemis Fowl' to 'Schoolhouse Rock'Don’t know who that is? “Star Wars” die-hards will tell you EV-9D9 is the same droid in “Return of the Jedi” that was responsible for registering new droid acquisitions in Jabba the Hutt’s palace. Even more, the episode in which he turns up — the fifth of the season — takes place on Tatooine, which just so happens to be Luke Skywalker’s home planet.It’s not the first time Hamill, an accomplished voice actor, has played someone other than his famous Jedi Knight in the galaxy far, far away. He’s voiced alien creatures in both “The Last Jedi” and “The Rise of Skywalker,” as well as the Sith Lord Darth Bane in the TV series “The Clone Wars.”Hamill, of course, is also well known for lending his voice to The Joker in “Batman: The Animated Series.”Read original story Mark Hamill Had a Cameo in ‘The Mandalorian’ That Nobody Knew About At TheWrap

  • 'Pocahontas' at 25: Irene Bedard revisits Disney's most controversial song 'Savages'
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    'Pocahontas' at 25: Irene Bedard revisits Disney's most controversial song 'Savages'

    To celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary, Bedard reveals things you probably never knew about 'Pocahontas', from a missing mother to a meeting that has yet to happen.

  • Percy Jackson author calls the movies of his books 'my life’s work going through a meat grinder'
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    Percy Jackson author calls the movies of his books 'my life’s work going through a meat grinder'

    Percy Jackson author Rick Riordan has said that the making of his books into movies was like ‘my life's work going through a meat grinder’.

  • Jon Favreau updates on 'The Mandalorian' season two
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    Jon Favreau updates on 'The Mandalorian' season two

    Director and showrunner Jon Favreau has updated on the latest status of season two of his Star War spin-off hit The Mandalorian.

  • Josh Gad on what it would take for 'Frozen 3' to happen
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    Josh Gad on what it would take for 'Frozen 3' to happen

    There was a full six years between record-breaking, Oscar-winning animated movie Frozen and its sequel Frozen 2, an unusually long wait for a movie that made over $1.2 billion at the box office.

  • 'Frozen 2' coming to Disney+ and Sky Cinema earlier than planned
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    'Frozen 2' coming to Disney+ and Sky Cinema earlier than planned

    The hit sequel was originally due to land on Disney’s streaming service on 17 July.

  • Disney+ UK: Everything coming in June 2020
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    Disney+ UK: Everything coming in June 2020

    Disney+ has announced the new releases coming to the streaming service in June 2020.

  • 'Star Wars' fans sign petition calling for four-hour cut of 'Revenge of the Sith'
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    'Star Wars' fans sign petition calling for four-hour cut of 'Revenge of the Sith'

    Thousands of fans have signed a petition calling for an extended cut of 'Star Wars' prequel movie 'Revenge of the Sith'.

  • New 'Planet of the Apes' movie could move into 'virtual production' soon, says director Wes Ball
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    New 'Planet of the Apes' movie could move into 'virtual production' soon, says director Wes Ball

    Wes Ball has taken over the keys to the rebooted 'Planet of the Apes' franchise following the Disney-Fox merger.

  • 'Avatar 2' plot details teased as it recommences filming following coronavirus hiatus
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    'Avatar 2' plot details teased as it recommences filming following coronavirus hiatus

    Avatar 2 producer Jon Landau has teased some previously scarce plot details about the long-awaited sequel from director James Cameron.

  • Pixar debuts the studio's first ever gay character in short film 'Out'
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    Pixar debuts the studio's first ever gay character in short film 'Out'

    Pixar has debuted the first openly gay character in the studio's history in a new short film.

  • 'Onward' director Dan Scanlon on how 'surprise gift' of fans made up for cinemas closing (exclusive)
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    'Onward' director Dan Scanlon on how 'surprise gift' of fans made up for cinemas closing (exclusive)

    'Onward' was released into cinema just weeks before the coronavirus forced multiplexes to shut their doors.

  • 'Artemis Fowl' set visit: Inside Disney's next blockbuster franchise
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    'Artemis Fowl' set visit: Inside Disney's next blockbuster franchise

    The release of Artemis Fowl has been uniquely impacted by the pandemic, and it’s now set to be the first major franchise launch of the coronavirus-era.

  • Is Goofy a dog? Bill Farmer, the voice of Goofy and Pluto, answers the age-old question
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    Is Goofy a dog? Bill Farmer, the voice of Goofy and Pluto, answers the age-old question

    The Disney Legend looks back on his career as Goofy and shares stories of "A Goofy Movie."

  • ‘The Mandalorian': Timothy Olyphant Joins Season 2 Cast
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    ‘The Mandalorian': Timothy Olyphant Joins Season 2 Cast

    Timothy Olyphant has joined the cast of the “The Mandalorian” for the Disney+ “Star Wars” show’s second season, according to an individual with knowledge of the project.Details about Olyphant’s role are being kept deep inside the Sarlacc pit. Olyphant most recently starred in Netflix’s “Santa Clarita Diet.” Filming wrapped on the second show and names have started to leak out. Temuera Morrison will play fan favorite bounty hunter Boba Fett in the second season, and Michael Biehn, best known for starring in James Cameron’s “The Terminator” and “Aliens” has been cast in the second season as well. Additionally, Rosario Dawson joined the second season of “The Mandalorian” as Ahsoka Tano, the Jedi character introduced as Anakin Skywalker’s padawan during the animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”Dave Filoni, who directed the pilot for “The Mandalorian” has written many other episodes and is a key creative voice on the Disney+ series, co-created “Clone Wars.”Also Read: 'The Mandalorian': Temuera Morrison to Play Boba Fett in Season 2The series was created by Jon Favreau and featured episodes directed by Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Deborah Chow and Rick Fukuyama. The second season is scheduled to premiere in this fall. It stars Pedro Pascal, Carl Weathers, Gina Carano and Giancarlo Esposito. And of course: Baby Yoda (aka “The Child).Olyphant is repped by UTA.The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.Read original story ‘The Mandalorian': Timothy Olyphant Joins Season 2 Cast At TheWrap

  • 'Frozen 2' behind-the-scenes documentary series heading to Disney+ in June
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    'Frozen 2' behind-the-scenes documentary series heading to Disney+ in June

    Fans are still waiting for 'Frozen 2' to land on Disney+ in the UK.

  • 'Black Widow' UK release date brought forward
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    'Black Widow' UK release date brought forward

    The film was originally due for release in the UK on 1 May, but that date was pushed back to November.

  • 'Hamilton' film arriving on Disney+ in July as release brought forward
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    'Hamilton' film arriving on Disney+ in July as release brought forward

    The hugely popular musical's filmed version was set to be released in cinemas in 2021, but its launch has been fast-tracked to Disney+.

  • Series two of 'The Mandalorian' won't be delayed by coronavirus pandemic, confirms Disney boss
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    Series two of 'The Mandalorian' won't be delayed by coronavirus pandemic, confirms Disney boss

    The boss of Disney has confirmed that the second series of Star Wars spin-off The Mandalorian will not be held up by the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.

  • 'Hercules' live-action remake won't be shot-for-shot as Russos want to 'bring something new'
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    'Hercules' live-action remake won't be shot-for-shot as Russos want to 'bring something new'

    The new 'Hercules' may not even be a musical, according to the Russo Brothers.