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Racist Fans are coming for Disney’s Wig after Casting Halle Bailey as Ariel in ‘Little Mermaid’ Remake

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When Disney announced that Halle Bailey, a black singer and actress most known for her role on the Freeform series Grown-ish, would play Ariel in the upcoming live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid,” some people were not happy.

Other people were not happy about the people who were not happy. 

In Disney’s 1989 animated movie “The Little Mermaid,” Ariel is portrayed as a white female with bright red hair. 

In recent years, Disney has been making strides to cast more diverse people (Marvel’s Black Panther, Moana) and remove content that no longer represents what the company stands for, such as the Stinky Pete blooper scene.

Following this trend, Disney announced Bailey had been cast to play Ariel.

People responded, taking to Twitter using #NotMyAriel to express their anger or glee. 

@Disney You just ruined The Little Mermaid. Why is it so hard to be accurate with the original animated movie? I don’t have a problem with the actress, but she doesn’t look like Ariel at all. If u want more diversity, why don’t you make new movies with new characters? #NotMyAriel

Many people were happy with the choice, saying they they had grown up with no representation at all. View image on Twitter

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“Girl pls some of us grew up with no representation/diversity at all. Imma need yall to chill with the #NotMyAriel tweets and get with the times. It’s 2019 and anyone can be a princess,” said one Twitter user.

People upset used a hypothetical question, asking “What if they made Tiana (Disney’s only animated black princess from The Princess and the Frog) white?” But others, including actress Ryan Destiny of Fox’s “Star,” noted that that was the only example they could use.

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Others argued that Ariel isn’t any race, but a mermaid who can be portrayed any way Disney wants.

Bailey is well known for singing with her sister, Chloe, and has sung at the Super Bowl. Their YouTube page, which features Chloe x Halle singing covers and doing original songs, has millions of views. 

Disney’s other non-white princesses include Jasmine, who was played by Naomi Scott in the live-action remake of “Aladdin,” and Mulan, who will be played by Liu Yifei in the upcoming live-action remake of “Mulan.”

According to an announcement made on Disney’s D23 website, the film will be directed by Rob Marshall and produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, Marc Platt and Lin-Manuel Miranda. The film will feature songs from the animated classic by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as new songs by Menken (music) and Miranda (lyrics).

More announcements about the movie are likely to be made at Disney’s D23 Expo from Aug. 23 to 25. The expo is where Disney gives sneak peeks at upcoming films, according to its official website. 

Production is expected to begin in 2020, according to Disney. 

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‘Hustlers’ Trailer: Jennifer Lopez joins forces with Cardi B and Constance Wu for Stripper Crime Drama

STX Films’ upcoming film, Hustlers, written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, was inspired by Jessica Pressler’s New York Magazine piece “The Hustlers at Scores.” The story followed a group of strippers who stole from the rich. The article focused on Roselyn Keo, who would have done well on Wall Street, but she was born with “the waist-to-hip ratio scientists have concluded affects men like a drug.”

These hustler dancers worked in a group, and the cast includes Julia Stiles (Dexter, 10 Things I Hate About You, The Business of Strangers), Mercedes Ruehl (The Fisher King, Big, Married to the Mob), Lizzo (2 Dope Queens), Stormi Maya (Netflix’s She’s Gotta Have It), Keke Palmer (Scream Queens), Lili Reinhart (Riverdale), and hip-hop artist Cardi B in her film debut. Her song “Money” plays in the background of the trailer.

The film is set in the early 2000s when bankers made out like bandits and club managers took 40 percent off the top of any bundle of cash the strippers made in tips.

Hustlers is scheduled to hit theaters on Sept. 13.

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STX Films’ upcoming film, Hustlers, written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, was inspired by Jessica Pressler’s New York Magazine piece “The Hustlers at Scores.”

The story followed a group of strippers who stole from the rich. The article focused on Roselyn Keo, who would have done well on Wall Street, but she was born with “the waist-to-hip ratio scientists have concluded affects men like a drug.”

These hustler dancers worked in a group, and the cast includes Julia Stiles (Dexter, 10 Things I Hate About You, The Business of Strangers), Mercedes Ruehl (The Fisher King, Big, Married to the Mob), Lizzo (2 Dope Queens), Stormi Maya (Netflix’s She’s Gotta Have It), Keke Palmer (Scream Queens), Lili Reinhart (Riverdale), and hip-hop artist Cardi B in her film debut. Her song “Money” plays in the background of the trailer.

The film is set in the early 2000s when bankers made out like bandits and club managers took 40 percent off the top of any bundle of cash the strippers made in tips.

Hustlers is scheduled to hit theaters on Sept. 13.

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Gossip Girl Reboot? Manhattan’s Elite to return with New Faces via HBO Max

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The scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite will again be put under the spotlight in a new Gossip Girl spinoff series being developed for HBO Max.

WarnerMedia announced earlier today that it had given a straight-to-series order to a Gossip Girl spinoff series, which will be released on its upcoming streaming service, HBO Max.

Unfortunately for the fans of the original Gossip Girl, the spinoff won’t follow Serena van der Woodsen, Blair Waldorf or any of the main characters from the first series, which ran for six seasons on The CW from 2007 to 2012. Instead, the offshoot will focus on a new generation of New York private school teens who are introduced to the social surveillance of the Gossip Girl site.

The spinoff is set eight years after the original show’s finale, so it’s likely that some characters from the first series will appear in the spinoff. However, there is no official word yet on whether any of the original cast members will be returning to the franchise. Though plot details are also being kept under wraps, the spinoff will reportedly explore how much social media and the landscape of New York itself has changed in the intervening years.

The original Gossip Girl series, which starred Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Chase Crawford, among many others, was based on the young adult novel series written by Cecily von Ziegesar. Alloy Entertainment, which produced the book series, will produce the 10 one-hour episodes of the spinoff’s first season, along with Fake Empire, Warner Bros. Television, and CBS Television Studios.

WarnerMedia has yet to set a premiere date for the spinoff, but HBO Max is scheduled to launch in the spring of 2020.

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‘West Side Story’: Ariana DeBose takes on Steven Spielberg’s ‘Anita’ in First Look Photo

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Alas! 20th Century Fox has finally debuted the first look at Ariana DeBose (Motown: The Musical) as beloved Shark girl Anita from Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the acclaimed Broadway musical West Side Story!

The movie stars Jets members Anybodys (Ezra Menas), Mouthpiece (Ben Cook), Action (Sean Harrison Jones); Jets leader Riff (Mike Faist); Baby John (Patrick Higgins); Tony (Ansel Elgort) and Maria (Rachel Zegler); Maria’s brother and Sharks leader Bernardo (David Alvarez); and Sharks members Quique (Julius Anthony Rubio), Chago (Ricardo Zayas), Chino (Josh Andrés Rivera), Braulio (Sebastian Serra) and Pipo (Carlos Sánchez Falú).

The cast also includes Ariana DeBose (Anita); Ana Isabelle (Rosalia); Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank); Brian d’Arcy James (Officer Krupke); Curtiss Cook (Abe) and Academy Award-winner Rita Moreno, who plays Valentina and also serves as one of the film’s Executive Producers.

An adaptation of the original Broadway musical, West Side Story explores young love and tensions between rival gangs the Jets and the Sharks on the streets of 1957 New York. Buy the original film now on Amazon.

West Side Story is produced and directed by Steven Spielberg from a script by Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner. The film has been adapted for the screen from the original 1957 Broadway musical, which was written by Arthur Laurents with music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and concept, direction and choreography by Jerome Robbins. Tony Award-winner Justin Peck will choreograph the musical numbers in the film. Also leading the production are Tony Award®-winning producer Kevin McCollum and Academy Award®-nominated producer Kristie Macosko Krieger.

The film’s music team includes renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel, who will helm the recording of Bernstein’s iconic score; Academy Award-nominated composer and conductor David Newman (Anastasia) who will be arranging the score for the new adaptation; Tony Award-winning composer Jeanine Tesori (Broadway’s Fun Home and Thoroughly Modern Millie), who will be working with the cast on vocals; and Grammy-nominated music supervisor Matt Sullivan (Beauty and the Beast, Chicago), who will serve as executive music producer for the film.

West Side Story will be released via Walt Disney Studios December 18, 2020.

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