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8 upcoming Disney remakes you need to watch out for

Let’s relive our childhood favorites!

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If you can’t get over Disney’s live adaptation of your childhood favorites, fret not! Here are the upcoming remakes you need to watch out for!

The Lion King

Everyone can feel the love for The Lion King as Donald Glover, Beyoncé, and James Earl Jones play Simba, Nala, and Mufasa respectively. The story follows the 1994 animated film where Simba goes on a journey to reclaim his rightful place as king. Let’s hope this remake retains the lessons and magic of the original film. After all, The Lion King has a lot to teach in both adults and children, particularly about love and bravery.


Release date: July 19, 2019

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Following Maleficent‘s success, Disney releases a sequel, where both Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning reprise their role. Set five years after the events of Maleficent, Soon-to-be Queen Aurora finds her relationship with Maleficent getting complicated, while new adversaries appear placing the Moors in danger once again. Will the two work together and set aside their differences to save the place they both love?

Release date: October 18, 2019

Lady and the Tramp

Lady and the Tramp is building up to be the cute, romantic film you need to watch. Known for their iconic spaghetti smooch scene, the story follows the adventure between an upper-middle-class American cocker spaniel and streetsmart stray mongrel. To make it even better, Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux will voice Lady and Tramp. However, the film won’t hit the theaters as it will be released on the streaming platform Disney+.

Release date: November 12, 2019

Mulan

The much-awaited remake of Disney’s heroine is here, slated to be released in 2020. It follows the story of Mulan who impersonates as a man to enlist herself in the army in her father’s stead. Mulan is the film we need to remind us that we’re strong, independent, don’t need a man.

Release date: March 27, 2020

Cruella

Cruella focuses on the origin story of the villain from 101 Dalmatians, Cruella de Vil. Set in the 1980s, the film features a punkish vibe, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Emma Stone is also reportedly cast as the dog-obsessed fashionista. Is the award-winning actress going to give birth to a whole new character we might fall in love with?

Release date: December 23, 2020

The Sword in the Stone

Another film meant for Disney+, The Sword in the Stone follows the story of a young King Arthur being mentored by a magician named Merlin. It’s a frolicsome take on the legend of King Arthur, and it might even be more fun since its screenplay was written by Game of Thrones writer Bryan Cogman. There is no release date yet, but filming has begun on September 2018 in Northern Ireland.

The Little Mermaid

Recently, The Little Mermaid has become one of the most controversial remakes today. It has officially cast Halle Bailey from the duo Chloe x Halle, and some people haven’t been welcoming about Disney’s choice due to Bailey’s skin color. Film director Rob Marshall defended their choice, describing Bailey as someone who has “a rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance.”

Even Princess Ariel’s original actress weighed in the controversy, stating that Bailey bringing the spirit of Princess Ariel’s character is what really matters. After all, Princess Ariel is a mermaid. She can be white, brown, black, or beige. We just need someone who can bring the character to life so we can etch her beautiful voice in our memories.

No dates have been promised for its theatrical release, but filming is set to begin early in 2020.

Lilo & Stitch

Lilo & Stitch is getting a hybrid live-action and CGI film remake! The story revolves around a Hawaiian girl named Lilo Pelekai who adopted a blue extraterrestrial creature and named it Stitch. It’s a film that will remind us of the Hawaiian concept of Ohana, where people we develop close bonds with become part of our family.

There is no news yet regarding its casting or release.

More live adaptations to come

Of course, there are more remakes lined up for Disney. Rumor has it that there will be a live adaptation for Rose Red, Snow White’s sister, and Prince Charming which is also unsure if it’s the prince that fell in love with the Apple-eating princess or Cinderella. Hercules is also in the works, along with Peter Pan and Tink (based on Tinker Bell’s story) which is planned to be part of Disney’s streaming service.

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Netflix set to release five new originals from India

One of them is backed by Shahrukh Khan!

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Content is the next big thing in India, with a population of 1.3 billion people and dirt cheap internet, there are unlimited possibilities. Companies have been flooding the internet with original content and this includes multi-national streaming platforms like Netflix, Prime Video, as well as YouTube.

Netflix has been active in the country for a couple of years now and the streaming market has been extremely competitive. Thanks to homegrown players like Hotstar, Sony LIV, and more, the audience has a huge appetite for local as well as international content. We already know Netflix’s international game is on point, but how does it plan to lure the average Indian user?


Originals are the answer, and the service has tied up with local studios to bring onboard A-list stars for new shows and movies. It has already released a host of new series and intends to take a step further with five more.

The five series will be developed in collaboration with companies such as Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment and Anushka Sharma’s Clean Slate Films. The shows will cover genres such as young adult, drama, thriller, horror, and comedy.

Bombay Begums will follow the varied journeys of five women who bond in contemporary urban India. Mai will see a 40-plus docile wife and mother who finds herself sucked into a vortex of violence and politics following a personal tragedy.

One of the most popular actors in the country, Shahrukh Khan is backing Betaal, a horror series based in a remote village that serves as the battleground between British Indian Army officer Betaal, his battalion of zombie redcoats, and the Indian police.

Messy follows an emerging standup comic who struggles to balance a career in comedy with a day job and a demanding family. Masaba Masaba is a scripted series based on the real lives of fashion designer Masaba Gupta and her actress mother Neena Gupta (“Badhaai Ho”), will feature the duo playing themselves.

Netflix’s previous stint with the Sacred Games has been an instant hit in the country and the second season of the show is slated for release on August 15, celebrating India’s Independence Day.

Globalization by localization

Other streaming sites are stepping up their game but the one in particular that Netflix is preparing for is by media giant Disney. The company is set to launch their own streaming service called Disney Plus on November 2019. They’re a real threat considering the content catalogue at their disposal which include Marvel, Star Wars, and many others.

Netflix’s answer is a host of original content. The company already started this year with titles like Kingdom gaining notoriety from audiences worldwide despite it being a mostly South Korean production. Netflix got the idea from the popularity of another series ported from Japan — Terrace House.

Another strategy users of the service noticed is the influx of animé on Netflix. They recently added the classic Neon Genesis Evangelion to their catalogue and it was also announced that a Philippine-made comic book called Trese will be adapted into animé by the company.

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Katy Perry performs latest single in a bathroom selfie video

Redefining bathroom singing one video at a time

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Known for her elaborate theatrics and gimmicks, Katy recorded a new music video of her latest single, Never Really Over, using her iPhone in a bathroom. Though singing in the bathroom might sound like something every non-singer does, you can tell that there’s nothing amateur about Katy’s IGTV video.

Her band took their respective positions in the bathroom: keyboards in the tub, guitar on the toilet, bass and backup singer are standing up, while Katy holds the camera in front of the mirror. They also wore matching purple costumes, with Katy wearing a pink ensemble wrapped with a periwinkle bow.


And the performance? It’s so well-rehearsed that it’s flawless, but it being recorded with just an iPhone in a bathroom selfie fashion by Katy herself makes it feel raw and something they just decided to do on a whim.

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Why don’t we see more musicians perform bathroom selfie videos?

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Stranger Things, Jessica Jones, Spider-Man: Now Playing

It’s a superhero month!

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We’re halfway through 2019 and we all know that the best phones have yet to come. While we wait for new launches, here’s what’s Now Playing on GadgetMatch:

Movies to see

Spider-Man: Far From Home
Rodneil: This might just be Spider-Man’s best appearance on the MCU to date. It manages to address the somber events of Avengers: Endgame — a film it immediately follows — while maintaining its comedic tone. It’s perfect for what it’s trying to be — a Spidey film set in a larger Marvel universe.


The Carter Effect
Rodneil: This documentary details the massive impact of eight-time NBA All-Star Vince Carter on pop culture and the Canadian basketball scene. It’s a timely watch as the Toronto Raptors — the team that Carter helped put on the map — recently won the NBA Championship and with Carter entering the final season of his NBA career.

Black Hole Apocalypse
Kevin: What exactly are black holes? I played this documentary as background noise but then, like a black hole, it sucked me in. It explains what astrophysicists think about these hard-to-explain concepts and how they might behave. What got me hooked are the CGI-driven dramatizations of theories like what would physically happen to a person if they go near and into a black hole. It may not be for everyone but for the wondering minds, it’s really interesting.

TV shows to binge-watch

Marvel’s Jessica Jones (Season 3)
MJ: In the past two seasons, Jessica Jones didn’t give a shit. This time, she has no choice now that she’s branded as a hero. Now running on its final season, Jessica teams up with Trish to take down a genius psychopath, despite being haunted by a traumatic past that broke their relationship. The show also tackles every character’s moral compass and the concept of heroism, as well as their growth throughout the series.

The Kirlian Frequency
Kevin: Think The Twilight Zone or Tales from the Crypt — only in animated form. The Kirlian Frequency is a collection of short stories revolving around the small, creepy town of Kirlian in Buenos Aires. This Argentinian web series follows a radio DJ who broadcasts his show only at night and tells the different stories of people losing their way to Kirlian. What happens next is for you to find out.

Stranger Things 3
Chay: The year is summer 1985 in Hawkins, Indiana. Our protagonists have grown up and are on a break from school, busy exploring being teenagers — they’re all in a relationship except for Will, who just wants to play Dungeons and Dragons. Who can blame him? He missed out on his childhood no thanks to the upside down. One thing that struck me this season, and what I think made it the best season yet, is the pattern of its strong female characters taking charge and telling us to 👏🏻 listen 👏🏻 to 👏🏻 women 👏🏻 — from Eleven fighting the Mind Flayer, to Joyce solving the mystery of her fridge magnets, to Max teaching Mike a lesson, to Nancy pursuing a story even if it means being fired by middle-aged misogynists, to newcomer Robin cracking Russian codes, to Erica (Lucas’ younger sister) taking no shit and standing up for herself.

Albums/Songs/Podcasts to listen to

FEVER by GFRIEND
Vincenz: GFRIEND has managed to keep their signature style with a newer song concept. Unlike their previous classical tracks, this one is a Moombahton summer song — and it’s a bop. Their vocals are still powerful even if they haven’t showcased the usual adlibs. The music video visuals blend well with the song’s rhythm, which captivated me a lot.

Racecar by Gabe Bondoc
Rodneil: Fil-Am acoustic artist Gabe Bondoc hasn’t released new music since 2016 so “Racecar” completely took me by surprise. The song talks about spending time with a person you want to get with. The song gives off a sexy vibe and I’ve had on repeat since its release.

Stranger Songs by Ingrid Michaelson
Chay: You might know her for the song “You and I”, but Ingrid Michaelson’s newest album sounds nothing like the popular hit from 2008. Inspired by Stranger Things, the songs on the album are actually tied to the show. My favorite tracks include “Pretty”, which is about Eleven becoming her own person, and “Young and in Love”, a fun bop that reminds me of the blossoming love stories in the show’s third season. Stranger Things fan or not, you will enjoy and occasionally find yourself singing along to the songs, as their themes are universal and relatable.

Games to play

Super Mario Maker 2
Luigi: Finally, the perfect Mario game comes to the Switch! Like Super Mario Odyssey before it, Super Mario Maker 2 fits perfectly in the Switch’s pantheon of games. You can breeze through thousands of creatively themed levels or take near-sadistic puzzles with you on-the-go. Most importantly, you can get those creative juices flowing in the improved game design mode with so many possibilities.

Matchketeers’ Pick

Lucifer
GadgetMatch: Our dear Matchketeers’ recommendation for this month is Lucifer. Based on DC Comics, it tells the story of what happens when the Lord of the Underworld decides he just wants to take a break. He ends up in Los Angeles where he meets Chloe — a female detective who’s presence renders him powerless. Lucifer enjoys the thrill of actually brushing with death and decides to play consultant to the smart and steadfast Chloe. It also helps that the Tom Ellis — the actor who plays Luficer — is a real charmer guaranteed to steal your heart.


Now Playing is the GadgetMatch team’s favorite games, movies, TV shows, and more each month. If you’re curious to know what we’re into at the moment, this is what you should check out. So grab your popcorn, get some drinks, and enjoy what’s now playing!

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