Aladdin sequel in the works at Disney

Disney executives are reportedly working on a sequel to the live-action version of Aladdin.Directed by Guy Ritchie, the adaptation of the studio’s 1992 animated movie of the same name followed street urchin Aladdin (Mena Massoud) as he falls in love wi…

Disney executives are reportedly working on a sequel to the live-action version of Aladdin.

Directed by Guy Ritchie, the adaptation of the studio’s 1992 animated movie of the same name followed street urchin Aladdin (Mena Massoud) as he falls in love with Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott) and befriends the wish-granting Genie (Will Smith).

While Aladdin received mixed reviews from critics when it premiered last May, it grossed $1 billion at the worldwide box office, and on Wednesday, editors at Variety reported that producers are in the “early” phases of developing a follow-up.

Sources claimed writers John Gatins and Andrea Berloff are involved, while executive producer Ryan Halprin and producers Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich are apparently also back on board for a second film.

At present, it is not known if Ritchie plans to return, though the producers are reportedly keen for the central cast members to reprise their roles.

And while the original animated Disney movie Aladdin had two straight-to-video sequels, it’s believed this movie won’t be based on any of those films.

The news comes after star Massoud admitted he was struggling to find his feet in Hollywood, despite receiving praise for his performance in the flick.

“I’m kind of tired of staying quiet about it,” the 28-year-old told The Daily Beast last year. “I want people to know that it’s not always dandelions and roses when you’re doing something like Aladdin: ‘He must have made millions. He must be getting all these offers.’ It’s none of those things. I haven’t had a single audition since Aladdin came out.”

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Kristen Stewart found Charlie’s Angels reboot ‘hard to promote’

Kristen Stewart has addressed the poor box office performance of the Charlie’s Angels reboot.The sequel to the 1970s TV show and early 2000s movies had been expected to shine at the box office but took just $8.6 million (£6.4 million) during its openi…

Kristen Stewart has addressed the poor box office performance of the Charlie’s Angels reboot.

The sequel to the 1970s TV show and early 2000s movies had been expected to shine at the box office but took just $8.6 million (£6.4 million) during its opening weekend in the U.S. and Canada.

Currently, the film has earned approximately $55.8 million (£41.7 million) at the box office worldwide – just about covering production costs – and Stewart, who fronts the Elizabeth Banks-directed movie alongside Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska, told website ComicBook.com she accepts the disappointing figures because it’s “kind of hard to promote a movie like that”.

“Well, to be honest with you, I think if I had made a movie that wasn’t good and one that I wasn’t proud of and a lot of people saw it, I would be devastated,” she said. “Luckily, I’m not feeling gutted because I really am proud of the movie. And I think that the kind of the climate that we’re living in right now is polarising.”

Explaining the difficulty in conveying the film’s message, the actress continued: “I think trying to have a really complicated, overly politicised feminist conversation in a five-minute TV interview about Charlie’s Angels… I’m like, ‘Dude, we just wanted to have a good time.'”

Stewart also confessed that the frosty reception to the flick means a sequel is unlikely.

Banks previously sparked controversy among fans when she blamed the poor performance of Charlie’s Angels on “men not going to see women do action movies”.

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Elizabeth Banks wanted her Charlie’s Angels characters to be focused on work

Elizabeth Banks was determined to make the lead characters in Charlie’s Angels focused solely on their work rather than being distracted by personal worries.The Pitch Perfect actress wrote, directed, and produced the new instalment of the action fran…

Elizabeth Banks was determined to make the lead characters in Charlie’s Angels focused solely on their work rather than being distracted by personal worries.

The Pitch Perfect actress wrote, directed, and produced the new instalment of the action franchise, which stars Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska, and Naomi Scott.

Banks, who also has an acting role in the film, wanted to make sure the characters had no personal distractions as she believes these are “ridiculous tropes in women’s movies”.

“I told the studio and my collaborators: ‘I want to make a movie about women working, and I do not want to tell a story about the boyfriend they don’t see enough, or the mother they don’t call enough, or the cat they don’t feed.’ Those are ridiculous tropes in women’s movies, and you do not see James Bond worrying about calling his f**king mother,” she insisted to Porter magazine.

Her new film also features elements that feel relevant today, such as whistleblowing, mansplaining, and women being told to smile, but she stated that she wasn’t trying to make a political point.

“I’m not here to re-teach feminism to young women. I am here to empower them and to have them see themselves in a movie, which happens far too infrequently, especially in the action genre,” Elizabeth added.

The 45-year-old, who makes her second directorial effort with the action movie, admitted she was waiting for backlash for writing, directing, producing, and acting in the film as it could be seen as “a ridiculously egocentric statement”.

However, she believes creating a new story for the Charlie’s Angels was a smart business decision, because it combined her love of the original 1970s TV show and studio executives’ love of using existing property.

“I’m very pragmatic. You either have to embrace or reject how the system works. I’m an artist with patrons, so you have to take what they want into consideration,” she stated.

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Mena Massoud hasn’t had an audition since Aladdin

Aladdin star Mena Massoud hasn’t had a single audition since the release of the hit Disney movie.The 28-year-old actor has spoken out about his career struggles, revealing he is “tired” of following agents’ advice and pretending that he’s been hugely s…

Aladdin star Mena Massoud hasn’t had a single audition since the release of the hit Disney movie.

The 28-year-old actor has spoken out about his career struggles, revealing he is “tired” of following agents’ advice and pretending that he’s been hugely successful since the live-action blockbuster, which was directed by Guy Ritchie.

“I’m kind of tired of staying quiet about it,” he told The Daily Beast. “I want people to know that it’s not always dandelions and roses when you’re doing something like Aladdin. ‘He must have made millions. He must be getting all these offers’. It’s none of those things. I haven’t had a single audition since Aladdin came out.

“It’s wild to a lot of people… People have these ideas in their head. It’s like, I’m sitting here being like, OK, Aladdin just hit $1 billion. Can I at least get an audition? Like I’m not expecting you to be like, here’s Batman. But can I just get in the room? Like, can you just give me a chance? So it’s not always what you think.”

The Egypt-born Canadian, who will next be seen in the Hulu series Reprisal, has been open about his struggles as an actor of colour, which led him to launch the Ethnically Diverse Artists Foundation to help under-represented artists in September.

“I feel like I’m going to be overlooked and underestimated for a long time because I am a young actor,” he added. “I’m an up-and-comer in the sense that I’ve been doing this for 10 years, but to a lot of people, Aladdin’s the first thing they’ve seen me in. So I think I’m going to be viewed that way for a long time. I’m going to have to work at chipping away at that.”

Aladdin, which was released in May, also starred Naomi Scott and Will Smith and has made more than $1 billion (£769 million) at the worldwide box office.

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Kristen Stewart chose Charlie’s Angels because she wanted ‘fun’ project

Kristen Stewart signed up for the latest Charlie’s Angels because she “wanted to do something fun”.Following the release of the final Twilight movie and Snow White and the Huntsman in 2012, Stewart turned her back on big-budget blockbusters in fa…

Kristen Stewart signed up for the latest Charlie’s Angels because she “wanted to do something fun”.

Following the release of the final Twilight movie and Snow White and the Huntsman in 2012, Stewart turned her back on big-budget blockbusters in favour of independent dramas, but she made her comeback with Charlie’s Angels, a continuation of the 2000s films starring Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, and Drew Barrymore.

When asked by Shia LaBeouf during Variety’s Actors on Actors interview series why she said yes to the role of Sabina Wilson, Stewart explained that she was in the mood for something light.

“I wanted to do something fun,” she said. “I was in the mood for a not-so-harrowing experience. Liz Banks, who directed the movie and wrote it, is really good at normal funny. I was in good hands. I knew that. The movie is so warm. I’m proud of the way that it makes me feel.”

While she enjoyed hanging out with castmates Ella Balinska and Naomi Scott, who make up the trio of crime-fighting detectives, and director Elizabeth Banks, the 29-year-old wasn’t thrilled by how long the shoot was in comparison to her low-budget projects.

When asked what type of set she enjoys more, Stewart replied, “Probably the harrowing kind, because it’s just more fun in a weird way.”

“Honestly, hanging on set with the girls and laughing all day and thinking of silly stupid stuff to say was really fun, but we did it for five months,” she stated. “I was like, ‘Oh my God. I’m still being a goofball.’ I like sprinting. The thing about big movies for me is I don’t know the difference other than it’s just so long. You spread things out over such a long period of time. I can’t harness things in the way I can when it’s short. Long movies scare me a little bit because I feel like I’m going to want to get the hell out of there, man.”

Charlie’s Angels is in cinemas now.

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Elizabeth Banks ‘proud’ of Charlie’s Angels despite flop

Elizabeth Banks has insisted she’s “proud” of her Charlie’s Angels instalment after it was declared a box office flop following a disappointing opening weekend.The action movie, starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska as the crime-figh…

Elizabeth Banks has insisted she’s “proud” of her Charlie’s Angels instalment after it was declared a box office flop following a disappointing opening weekend.

The action movie, starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska as the crime-fighting trio, only managed to debut in third place behind Ford v Ferrari and Midway on the North American box office chart on Sunday, launching with $8.6 million (£6.7 million) for a global take just shy of $28 million (£21.6 million).

Its slow start paled in comparison to the $40.1 million (£31 million) Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu’s 2000 movie adaptation made, but despite the poor numbers, Banks, who co-wrote, directed, produced, and appeared as Bosley in the film, is standing by her decision to tackle the beloved franchise.

“Well, if you’re going to have a flop, make sure your name is on it at least 4x. I’m proud of #CharliesAngels and happy it’s in the world,” Banks tweeted in reaction to the box office figures Monday.

Ahead of opening weekend, the actress/director told Australia’s Herald Sun that the public needed to support the film.

“This movie has to make money,” she said. “If this movie doesn’t make money it reinforces a stereotype in Hollywood that men don’t go see women do action movies.”

However, when it was pointed out that Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman, two female-led action films, were big box office successes, Banks insisted the superhero movies are still linked to the “male genre”.

“They’ll go and see a comic book movie with Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel because that’s a male genre,” the 45-year-old continued. “So, even though those are movies about women, they put them in the context of feeding the larger comic book world, so it’s all about, yes, you’re watching a Wonder Woman movie but we’re setting up three other characters or we’re setting up Justice League.”

In a separate interview with The Wall Street Journal, she defended her decision to make another Charlie’s Angels by saying, “You’ve had 37 Spider-Man movies and you’re not complaining! I think women are allowed to have one or two action franchises every 17 years.”

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Elizabeth Banks backs Charlie’s Angels-themed social campaign for Virtue

Elizabeth Banks is backing a Charlie’s Angels-themed social campaign for haircare brand Virtue.The actress/director has helmed the upcoming action comedy, which stars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska as the new generation of Angels worki…

Elizabeth Banks is backing a Charlie’s Angels-themed social campaign for haircare brand Virtue.

The actress/director has helmed the upcoming action comedy, which stars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska as the new generation of Angels working at a private detective agency.

To celebrate the launch of the flick, Banks has now teamed with Virtue creative director Adir Abergel on a new campaign dedicated to supporting She’s the First, a non-profit organisation which helps to fight gender inequality through education, and RAD (Redcarpet ADvocacy), a group which looks to partner talent and brands through purpose.

“I wanted to make Charlie’s Angels to show women as the powerful human beings we are-so I’m proud to partner with RAD and Virtue hair care to help drive that message home and to educate and empower young girls by supporting She’s the First,” Banks said.

Those interested in supporting the initiative can post and tag photos of the “Angels” in their lives on Instagram with the hashtags #ShesTheFirst #CharliesAngels #withVIRTUE #radvocacy and by visiting the She’s the First website to donate. Supporters can also use the Instagram donation sticker.

“As a hairstylist I am surrounded by powerful women, and my work is all about helping them feel even more confident,” added Abergel. “I was excited when I heard about this incredible campaign that my friend Elizabeth Banks and RAD put together to make sure girls are educated, respected, and heard. I was humbled to bring my Virtue family in as well because our CEO and founder has always been committed to supporting causes that empower women.”

Charlie’s Angels hits U.S. cinemas on Friday.

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Ella Balinska forged ‘sisterhood’ with Charlie’s Angels co-stars Kristen Stewart and Naomi Scott

Ella Balinska forged a “sisterhood” with her Charlie’s Angels co-stars Kristen Stewart and Naomi Scott “onscreen and offscreen”.The 23-year-old plays crime-fighting private detective Jane Kano in Elizabeth Banks’ big screen reboot of the classi…

Ella Balinska forged a “sisterhood” with her Charlie’s Angels co-stars Kristen Stewart and Naomi Scott “onscreen and offscreen”.

The 23-year-old plays crime-fighting private detective Jane Kano in Elizabeth Banks’ big screen reboot of the classic 1970s spy show, and when filming began in Berlin, the trio immediately bonded over their stunt training.

“We did this weird, three-way, fight-plait thing. It was like a fight braid with our bodies. That’s as far as I’m going to explain it. It was a fight braid,” Ella laughed to WWD. “But it was just us making mistakes and failing and succeeding and that little activity was just a great way to bond. And then I think from that moment, all physical boundaries, anyway, were broken.”

The British actress also lived in the same area as both Kristen and Naomi while filming on location in the German capital and she describes their friendship “a sisterhood onscreen and offscreen.”

Elsewhere in the interview, she was full of praise for director Elizabeth, who also stars in the movie as one of the incarnations of Bosley.

“Elizabeth knows what she wants and she will get it. She’s an actor’s director. So you feel safe and you feel trusting,” she gushed. “There’s no insecurity as an actor, you’re never left thinking, ‘Is this the right thing?’ She’s so supportive; she’ll be cheering behind the monitors if she sees something that she likes.”

Ella was overjoyed when she eventually landed the role on stunt-heavy Charlie’s Angels as it gave her the opportunity to combine her two passions – acting and sports.

“When you do a lot of sport, you gain physical awareness, you know your strengths, you know your limits, you know how to push yourself in certain ways – even mental awareness. It’s a discipline. You wake up and you train,” she stated.

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Elizabeth Banks confirms Kristen Stewart’s character in Charlie’s Angels is gay

Elizabeth Banks has confirmed Kristen Stewart’s character in the Charlie’s Angels reboot is gay.In the third instalment of the Charlie’s Angels film series, the Twilight actress takes on the part of the rebellious Sabina Wilson, with the flick also fea…

Elizabeth Banks has confirmed Kristen Stewart’s character in the Charlie’s Angels reboot is gay.

In the third instalment of the Charlie’s Angels film series, the Twilight actress takes on the part of the rebellious Sabina Wilson, with the flick also featuring Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska as the new generation of Angels working for a private detective agency.

Speaking about Sabina’s sexuality in an interview for Pride Source, Elizabeth explained that she and Kristen both wanted to ensure there was no ambiguity.

“I think ambiguity is kind of modern now. I think the fluidity is very modern right now. Kristen’s character is definitely gay in the movie. I mean, she wanted to be gay in the movie and I’m like, ‘Yeah,'” she commented. “And you’re welcome to talk to her about it. She loves to be open about it. I just wanted to make sure that she was able to present a character that she was fully behind.”

Elizabeth went on to note that it was important for Kristen to “present herself as queer” in Charlie’s Angels. The 29-year-old has been open about her bisexuality in the past and is currently dating screenwriter Dylan Meyer.

Elsewhere in the chat, Elizabeth shared that it felt “so natural” to have a queer lead in the film.

“Again, I feel like it’s the most modern version of Charlie’s Angels and speaks to the audience that’s here for it right now. It was never a big deal, it was not a big deal. We talked about it and it just… happened. It was very natural,” the 45-year-old stated.

Charlie’s Angels, also featuring Djimon Hounsou, Sam Claflin, and Noah Centineo, hits cinemas in the U.S. on Friday.

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Kristen Stewart: ‘Reviving Charlie’s Angels was Elizabeth Banks’ idea’

Reviving Charlie’s Angels for the big screen was director Elizabeth Banks’ idea, according to Kristen Stewart.The 29-year-old was convinced to star alongside Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska in the latest reboot of the iconic 1970s TV series because she w…

Reviving Charlie’s Angels for the big screen was director Elizabeth Banks’ idea, according to Kristen Stewart.

The 29-year-old was convinced to star alongside Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska in the latest reboot of the iconic 1970s TV series because she was a huge fan of the actress and director.

“It was really fun. Liz is really funny. It was her idea to revive the movies. I’d never worked with her before but I’ve always been a huge fan. Tonally we’re so different – she can squeeze a joke or a laugh out of anything and I’m the furthest from that,” Kristen explained to Collider, before adding she was shocked that Banks wanted her to play the “goofball” in the reboot.

“I was so thankful and ultimately she wrote a really warm, grounded – also very silly, stupid, sometimes slapstick – but also really well-intentioned movie. It’s rad,” she gushed. “These girls are actually smart and it’s about women who are friends and who are good people working together… It didn’t lose the kitschy thing because she’s really f**king silly.”

And the Twilight star, who is best known for taking on much more dramatic roles, was relieved to be playing the “wily” Sabina.

“My character is wily. I’m the really irresponsible older sister who takes care of these girls… but she never really knows what time it is or where she’s supposed to be. So it was fun to be just a dumb-a*s,” she laughed.

Banks also stars in the film, alongside the likes of Sam Claflin, Noah Centineo, and Patrick Stewart.

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