WEEK IN WOMEN: Awkwafina’s Two New High-Profile Projects – Brandy McDonnell Reports

With her signing on to two high-profile projects in less a month, we’re seeing another phase in the rapidly morphing career of Awkwafina, the rapper who broke out as a comedic actor in last year’s blockbuster Crazy Rich Asians and is gaining early awards consideration for her finely nuanced lead turn in this year’s critically acclaimed drama The Farewell.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Auli’i Cravalho set for ABC’s live LITTLE MERMAID – Brandy McDonnell reports

Before Disney films its live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, ABC will air a live musical production starring Moana actress Auli’i Cravalho as the iconic Princess Ariel. The production, which will air on Nov. 5, will co-star Queen Latifah as Ursula and Shaggy as Sebastian. The broadcast will include music from the original two-time Oscar-winning animated film as well as the Tony Award-winning Broadway show.

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ALADDIN – Review by Sarah Knight Adamson

It’s a shame, with the lavish sets, costumes, and talented actors that Aladdin’s script doesn’t develop the characters and the last forty minutes took a dark tone that lingered for too much time in a children’s film. Unfortunately, the numerous problems doom the film. Should your children see the movie? That depends if you’re okay with Jasmine’s dad the Sultan being tortured by electric shock bolts that inflict pain until she agrees to marry Jafar.

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DUMBO – Review by Brandy McDonnell

The latest film in the Disney canon to get a (mostly) live-action remake, “Dumbo” presents plenty of challenges: The original runs an unfussy 64 minutes, boasts some of the most indelible sights and sounds in cinema history and features a bevy of material that hasn’t aged well, especially a character literally named Jim Crow who leads a flock of racial stereotypes on the wing and a trippy sequence of a drunken baby elephant hallucinating.

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