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Aladdin: How Disney found its leading characters

Aladdin: How Disney found its leading characters

Entertainment
You might think the lead character in Aladdin is... well, Aladdin. But not according to the end credits of Disney's new live-action remake.Unlike the animated 1992 original, the genie is the first name seen in the new cast list - which is understandable given that Will Smith is the biggest name in the project by some distance.Disney has opted for two relative newcomers for the roles of Aladdin and Jasmine - in the shape of Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott. It was reported at the time of casting in 2017 that around 2,000 actors and actresses had been reading for the two roles over several months."The casting process was intense," Massoud tells BBC News. "I've been watching this film since I was a kid, and when I saw the audition notic...
Ancient relative of the blue-tongued skink found in Australia

Ancient relative of the blue-tongued skink found in Australia

Science
May 1 (UPI) -- Paleontologists in Australia have unearthed the complete skeleton of an ancient lizard, an early relative of modern blue-tongued and social skinks. Analysis of the remains -- the most complete lizard fossil yet discovered in Australia -- suggests the 15-million-year-old reptile was remarkably similar to modern lizards. Scientists described the new species, Egernia gillespieae, this week in the journal Vertebrate Palaeontology. "This creature looked like something in-between a tree skink and a blue-tongued lizard," Kailah Thorn, PhD student at Flinders University, said in a news release. "It would have been about 25 centimeters long, and unlike any of the living species it was equipped with robust crushing jaws." Scientists conducted DNA and anatomical analysis of ancient ...
Explosive device, ammunition found on Christchurch property

Explosive device, ammunition found on Christchurch property

World
April 30 (UPI) -- A suspected explosive device was found in Christchurch Tuesday, almost two months after a terrorist attack in the New Zealand city claimed some 50 lives. Canterbury District Police Commander Superintendent John Price said a "package containing a suspected explosive device" as well as ammunition were found at a vacant address in the city. The police bomb disposal team arrived at the scene on Newcastle Street and the device was rendered safe, Price said in the statement. A 33-year-old Christchurch man was arrested in connection to the incident. Police were called to the empty lot at about 3:15 p.m. after receiving a report of a suspicious package, Stuff reported. In response, police, the Defense Force, fire and emergency responders all rushed the around near the reported ...
U.S. Navy sailor, Japanese woman found dead in Okinawa

U.S. Navy sailor, Japanese woman found dead in Okinawa

World
April 13 (UPI) -- A U.S. Navy sailor and a Japan woman were found stabbed to death Saturday in a suspected murder-suicide in an apartment on the Japanese Island of Okinawa, police said. The sailor, 31, apparently killed the woman, who was in her 30s, and then himself, Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Takeo Akiba said in a statement obtained by CNN. The names of the couple, who were believed to be in a romantic relationship,. were not announced. The woman's child was unharmed in the apartment during incident and called a relative, who then notified police at 7:26 a.m., a police spokesman said, according to Stars and Stripes. "This is an absolute tragedy and we are fully committed to supporting the investigation into the incident," the U.S. 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force, where the sailor ...
Reports: Human remains found at former Mouseketeer Dennis Day’s home

Reports: Human remains found at former Mouseketeer Dennis Day’s home

Entertainment
April 7 (UPI) -- Human remains have been discovered at the Phoenix, Ore., home of 1950s child star Dennis Day in the original Mickey Mouse Club show. The Oregon State Police said the body has not been identified and the investigation is ongoing. The Medford Mail Tribune reported the house belonged to Day, 76. Day appeared in two seasons of the show from 1955-57, joining actress Annette Funicello. He was one of 10 club members retained for the second season of the show created by Walt Disney, according to originalmmc.com. KDRV-TV said Day shares the home with his husband, Ernest "Ernie" Caswell. Caswell, who suffers from memory loss, reported Day missing in July, Oregon Live said. Caswell reportedly was in the hospital at the time. Let's block ads! (Why?) Entertai...