Harry Styles in talks to play Prince Eric in live-action The Little Mermaid

The ex-One Direction frontman is being touted to star opposite R&B singer Halle Bailey in Disneys new take on the animated romance Harry Styles is in talks to take on the role of Prince Eric in Disneys live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. The former One Direction singer is said to be an early favourite and is currently in discussions with the studio. Styles would star alongside the a user suggested that Styles would make the perfect choice for the character. The Little Mermaid will follow in the footsteps of a long list of mostly successful Disney remakes. This year has seen Guy Ritchies Aladdin make $961m worldwide while Jon Favreaus The Lion King is predicted to take as much …

Toy Story 2 casting couch ‘blooper’ deleted by Disney after #MeToo movement

Now removed scene features Stinky Pete behaving in an inappropriate way with Barbie dolls A fake blooper scene from Toy Story 2 featuring a casting couch scenario has been quietly deleted by Disney from the latest home releases of the animated film. A running gag in Pixars films are the faux outtakes that play alongside the closing credits, depicting the animated characters making mistakes, pulling pranks on each other, fudging their lines or speaking directly to camera as if they were real actors. The outtakes regularly make fun of Hollywood and the film industry more broadly. The now deleted scene from the 1999 film featured the character Stinky Pete the Prospector, a small, rotund, bearded toy, caught chatting salaciously to …

The fairest of them all? Two cheers for Aladdin’s browner Princess Jasmine

Ethnic casting has moved on from Disneys last stab at the story in 1992 but Naomi Scotts star turn is not without controversy You look like Princess Jasmine is a popular pickup line used on ethnic women with genetically natural tans and long, dark hair. It exoticizes us while making grasps at a comparison to one of the few brown women in mainstream media. On 24 May, Princess Jasmine comes to life in the live-action revival of 1992s Disney cartoon Aladdin, and news of the film has been met with excitement and anticipation particularly from Middle Eastern and south Asian women who grew up with the film. Aladdin was a nod of approval from Disney to girls, including my younger …

Avengers: Endgame fever set to make it first $1bn film in under a week

The climax to the Marvel superhero series has broken pre-sale box office records and is on track to shatter many more If any movie is critic-proof, it is Avengers: Endgame, the culmination of 21 previous titles in the wildly popular Marvel Cinematic Universe, which began with 2008s Iron Man. Pre-sale records have already been destroyed by the cinematic colossus, with the film, which is released on Thursday, a fitting, satisfying and surprising final fling. Avengers: Endgame holds a 6% approval rating on Mashable: At both the screenings I attended, the audience reactions were so loud at certain points that entire lines of dialogue were swallowed up. Which is probably just fine with Marvel: all the more reason for fans to …