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  • Disney is pulling out all the stops in its remakes of some the studio's most beloved animated classics. Following the success, both critically and at the box office, of Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book, the studio just announced some of the talent for Aladdin, ready to begin filming next month. According to the Hollywood Reporter, leads Aladdin and Jasmine will be played by relative newcomers Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott. But the big name talent in the Guy Ritchie-helmed film will be Will Smith stepping into Robin Williams' shoes as the Genie. Still to be cast is the villainous Jafar, as word is that Disney is looking for an established actor in the role. The Mouse house isn't neglecting its older classics either. Variety reports that the remake of the 1941 Dumbo is now set for a March, 2019, release and will follow a similar casting strategy. Newcomers Nico Parker and Finley will play the leads in the Tim Buron film, while the supporting cast includes familiar names such as Colin Ferrell, Eva Green, Danny DeVito and Michael Keaton.

  • Paramount's Baywatch is the latest disappointing summer release to get a healthy boost from international ticket sales. Despite the star power of Dwayne Johnson, the comedy received scathing critical reviews and only made $57 million domestically, but is on track to nearly double that total overseas. While big budget U.S. action films traditionally play well in foreign markets, few comedies, especially R-rated comedies like Baywatch, outperform the domestic market. According to Deadline: Hollywood, industry observers attribute the success of Baywatch to a number of factors, including the enduring popularity of the original television series and its star David Hasselhoff, especially in Germany and Austria.

  • Advertisers are balking at NBC's plans to charge $5 million for a 30-second ad for the upcoming Super Bowl LII, to be held February 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. According to a report in Variety, Fox wanted to charge $5 million for last year's game but may have wound up settling for less. Ad prices for the 2016 Super Bowl were a "mere" $4.8 million. One thing that no one's balking at are the Super Bowl ratings, which have risen steadily and are now in excess of 110 million people annually.  

  • Steve Coogan has been signed to replace the late Philip Seymour Hoffman as the star of the new Showtime comedy pilot, Happyish. The project had been placed on hold since Hoffman's death until the role could be recast. In the current version of the show, Coogan will play a 40-something employee whose life is thrown into disarray when he gets a new 25-year-old boss who insists he needs "rebranding."  According to Variety, the pilot will be filmed in December.  


  • The apes may have won the box office battle but lost the war. Despite overwhelmingly positive reviews, War for the Planet of the Apes had a relatively disappointing $56M debut that does not bode well as far as long term legs. Spider-Man: Homecoming in its second week had a repectable $45 million total, while holdovers Despicable Me 3 and Baby Driver finished third and fourth. You can read reviews of all the week's top releases at Silver Screen Cinema.
  • The tragic deaths a day apart of actresses Debbie Reynolds and her daughter Carrie Fisher brough 2016 to a sad end, but he have excerpts from some of the last interviews both actresses gave. We also have trailers for two new films, the final chapter in the science fiction action saga, War for the Planet of the Apesand the horror film, Wish Upon.