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Mulan: Disney casts Chinese actress Liu Yifei in lead role

Disney has picked Chinese actor Liu Yifei to play Mulan in an upcoming film, following accusations against Hollywood of ‘whitewashing’. The live-action adaptation of the 1998 animated movie will tell the tale of the famed Chinese heroine Hua Mulan. Several Hollywood films have faced criticism in recent months for featuring white actors in Asian roles. Thousands took part in an online campaign calling for an Asian actress to be cast as Mulan. Recent films accused of whitewashing include the Hollywood remake of Japanese anime Ghost in the Shell, which had…

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Culture 

Did Disney Pixar Get Day of the Dead Celebrations Right in Its New Film 'Coco'?

Fall, when temperatures dip and trees shed their leaves, is my favorite time of the year, not only because of the blustery weather but also because it marks the season of holidays and my family’s traditions. In my home, these include the viewing of holiday-themed television programs and theater visits to see blockbuster films. This year, Disney Pixar’s Coco, the new animated film that celebrates the Mexican tradition known as Día de Muertos, is sure to be a family favorite. Día de Muertos has its roots in a pre-Hispanic commemoration of deceased…

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Gaming 

Disney May Have Pushed EA to Pull Battlefront II Pay-to-Win Loot System Last Week

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Last week, EA found itself in hot water as the official launch of Star Wars: Battlefront II approached. After first attempting to justify making players spend 40 hours unlocking a single hero, the company slashed hero prices, cut rewards and put a time-limited lockout on how many credits you could earn in a day when using Arcade Mode (undoing the impact of slashing prices), and appeared resolute in the face of mounting criticism. Battlefront II…

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Learning to accept my daughter's obsession with Disney princesses

Once upon a time there was a little girl whose passion for pink was so intense that she steamrolled her princess-averse parents and ushered in a period of tulle and tiaras that would have been unimaginable just a few years earlier. It was so over the top that Cinderella might have pretended to hurl. But this story has no ending – at least not yet. For a time I (the mother in this fairy tale) worried it would end badly. I imagined that the princess obsession was a prelude to…

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Disney v the LA Times: What's the story?

There’s been a row between Disney and the LA Times, which has raised issues about journalism and censorship. Disney temporarily banned the newspaper from preview screenings of its films after it published negative stories about Disneyland. That ban has now been lifted, but it threatened to affect more than just that one newspaper’s coverage, with critics’ groups in the US weighing in and boycotting Disney. So what’s the story? It all started when the LA Times ran a three-part article on Disney’s business links with the city of Anaheim in…

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Disney Channel makes history with first gay storyline

The Disney Channel is introducing a gay storyline for the first time in its show Andi Mack. The channel is to set to make history when its season two premiere airs on Friday in the US. It will see best friends Andi (Peyton Elizabeth Lee) and Cyrus (Joshua Rush) both admit they are attracted to the same boy. A Disney spokesperson says the show “sends a powerful message about inclusion and respect for humanity”. The statement added that the show’s creator, Terri Minsky – who also made the hit Disney…

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Disney 'white dude' row over new role created for Aladdin live action remake

Disney is being criticised after creating a new role for a white actor in Guy Ritchie’s live action remake of Aladdin. Billy Magnussen’s part is believed to be a character called Prince Anders. There were whitewashing claims in July after a non-Arab actor, Naomi Scott, was cast in Princess Jasmine’s role. Scott, who’s of British and Indian heritage, will star alongside Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Will Smith as Genie. There are no white characters in the original Middle Eastern folk story, Aladdin and the Magic Lamp from The Book…

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