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Disney's Broadway-bound 'Aladdin' cast revealed

When he was a kid, James Monroe Iglehart wished to be a Disney character. When he was 17, he wanted to be the Genie in Aladdin. Now at 39, he’s getting all his wishes.

Disney Theatrical Productions on Monday announced the full Broadway-bound cast of the new musical, with Iglehart in the role made famous by Robin Williams, who lent his manic voice to the big blue Genie in the 1992 animated version of Aladdin.

“It took three wishes from the time I was 4 to 39,” said Iglehart. “I can’t wait. I am looking forward to this challenge but truthfully I want to have as much fun as I can and ride this bad boy out as far as I can.”

Iglehart previously played singer Bobby in the Tony Award-winning Memphis, a role he originated, and made his Broadway debut as a replacement in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. He also played opposite Ashanti in a production of The Wiz in 2009.
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Throwback Thursday: Remember when 'Zenon' told us we would all live on space stations by now?

Remember back in the day when the “21st century” was some dangerous and amazing place? Computers would take over the world! We’d all live in space! Cars would fly! Well, we can’t technically say that won’t happen by the end of the century, but now that we’re more than a decade into things, we can’t help but wish some of those theories had already come true.

Example A) Everything about Disney’s 1999 film Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century. The fact that we aren’t currently wearing sparkly tights, living in a space station, and saying “stellar” at the end of every other sentence is unacceptable. Is this not the 21st century? Because Disney taught us that by this point, being “grounded” should mean being sent to Earth, because gravity is the WORST punishment ever.

Also, pop stars should be named things like Protozoa, and they should sing catchy jams like this:
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Tom Hiddleston singing 'Bare Necessities' at Disney's D23: The video proof!

When Tom Hiddleston hit Disney’s D23 convention in Anaheim, Calif., on Friday to promote The Pirate Fairy, the Avengers star admitted what a massive Disney fan he’s always been, especially of 1967′s The Jungle Book. He even sang “The Bare Necessities” at an audition once.

Of course, fans demanded that he prove that he still knows Baloo’s jovial solo — and the always-amenable Mr. Hiddleston obliged. We reported on this amazingness Friday, but now the video evidence has arrived. Skip to 1:30 to get right to the adorable musical moment.
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The Horrifying Tab I Couldn't Close All Week: Disney Princesses' heads exploding

beauty and the beast head exploding

When I was younger, I’d imagine Snow White leaning juuuust a bit too far into the well, or human Ariel ironically drowning under her oppressive wall of bangs, or the mice turning on Cinderella and devouring her in her sleep (thanks a lot, cheese curd remnants). But nothing like this. The Disney Princesses’ Heads Exploding video was easily the most horrifying Internet oddity I’ve seen all week. READ FULL STORY

Lucille Bluth vs. the Disney Princesses

So I went a little nuts with Vine!

Boozy-witchy Bluth matriarch Lucille has generously taken time out of her day-drinking to snap some sense into the damsels of Disney. They could all stand to lose some weight, by the way. You want your belt to buckle, not your chair. (Click the microphones on and off to hear the audio.) READ FULL STORY

'Once Upon a Time' finale: Wait, [SPOILER] is the Big Bad?!

[Warning: Do not read if you haven't seen tonight's Once Upon a Time finale yet. Do we have a deal?]

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Merida from 'Brave' gets sexy makeover

You’re a pretty girl. You’ve got some acting chops. You come out to Hollywood and try to give the whole thing a go, and suddenly, you’re just average. That wild hair has become a liability. Those pretty eyes are a little too dull and oh, maybe just a centimeter too close together. Those lips could be a little fuller. And that waistline, well, let’s just say you should think twice before digging into that bread basket at dinner.

It happens all the time in real life. Is it a surprise that not even our animated images are safe from enduring a few cosmetic improvements? And for Merida, the tomboyish heroine of Disney and Pixar’s Oscar-winning Brave, she apparently needed a few enhancements before being unveiled as the 11th official Disney Princess.

So, without further delay, behold, the new and “improved” Merida.

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It's a Disney all-nighter! Disneyland and other parks to stay open for 24 hours on one day in May

Get ready for ’round-the-clock Disney.

Three Disney theme parks will have extended hours for one day next month, staying open from 6 a.m. Friday, May 24 to 6 a.m. Saturday, May 25. The announcement for the 24-hour “all-night party” came on the official Disney Parks blog last week. Participating parks are Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, and Florida’s Disney World.

Dance parties, characters making appearances in pajamas, and new Monsters University-themed additions to parades are among the ways the parks will celebrate the extended hours. READ FULL STORY

Annette Funicello: A life in film clips, from 'Mickey Mouse' to the beach to 'Pee-wee's Playhouse' -- VIDEO

Today, the Magic Kingdom — and the nostalgic boomers who yearned to make her either their girlfriend or their best friend — are mourning the death of Annette Funicello, the teen idol whose sunny, perky screen presence defined the ’50s and ’60s. The boys in Stand By Me lusted after her; Grease‘s Rizzo mocked her (“would you pull that crap with Annette?”); Paul Anka, whom she dated, wrote “Puppy Love” for her in 1960, thus setting the boyfriend bar impossibly high.

Funicello succumbed to complications of multiple sclerosis, a debilitating disease from which she’d suffered since 1987. Her MS effectively removed her from the public eye; after appearing in an episode of Biography in 1996, Funicello stayed offscreen until last year, when a documentary about her aired on Canadian TV.

Given how long it’s been since Funicello was well enough to act, it might be tough to remember why she was beloved enough in her heyday to receive more than 6,000 fan letters a week. But, thanks to YouTube, it’s easy to look back at the highlights of Funicello’s career — starting with the song that introduced the tweenage future star to audiences across America.

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Disney to shut down game maker LucasArts

Bad news for Star Wars game fans: Disney, which purchased the LucasFilm empire late last year for a cool $4.05 billion, has announced that it is closing its LucasArts game-making subsidiary.

The Mouse House will no longer develop LucasArts games internally and will instead license its brands, including Star Wars and Indiana Jones, to external developers.
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