Rogen, Eichner call for more openly gay characters in family films

Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen aren’t sure whether their characters in Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ are gay, but say that more family films should include openly gay characters. (July 15)

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ShowBiz Minute: R Kelly, Weinstein, Boyce

R. Kelly arrested again in Chicago on federal sex charges; Judge approves new Weinstein legal team led by #MeToo critic; Disney cancels premiere after death of star Cameron Boyce. (July 12)

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Composer Alan Menken’s secrets to modernizing ‘Aladdin’ tunes

Composer Alan Menken says he’s “very protective” of his work on “Aladdin” and other classic Disney movies — but also knows knows he can’t be too protective. (June 14)

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Mena Massoud wasn’t Disney’s first choice to star in ‘Aladdin’

“Aladdin” star Mena Massoud may not have been Disney’s first choice to play the charming “street rat” in Guy Ritchie’s live-action remake — but he’s making the most of it. (June 14)

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What It Takes To Make A Hollywood Mockbuster (HBO)

On Friday Disney releases the live-action remake of its 1992 animated classic, Aladdin.

But two weeks ago, Asylum Pictures, a small, low budget studio released its own feature film – Adventures of Aladdin. That’s not a coincidence. That’s Asylum’s business model.

The business model for “mockbusters” is simple: make shoestring imitation movies that confuse viewers looking for genuine Hollywood blockbusters.

Asylum Pictures, a small, low-budget studio is in the business of making knock-off movies, or mockbusters. We go to the set of their version of “Aladdin”

“Our films tend to be… shitty, mostly. You know, not to be taken too seriously. You watch it. You have a good time. You never have to think about it again”

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Ariel actress has very emotional fans

Jodi Benson isn’t exactly a household name but for many she’s a part of their childhood. She was the voice behind Ariel, the heroine of the Disney hit “The Little Mermaid.” And she has very passionate fans. (May 10)

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ShowBiz Minute: Royals, Clooney, Disney

Meghan, Harry present royal newborn to public; George Clooney hopes media will be ‘kinder’ to Meghan Markle; Disney slates Fox films, ‘Avatar’ pushed another year. (May 8)

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