“It’s the moment Disney fans are waiting for, and one many are coming at with eyebrows raised — Will Smith’s version of “Friend Like Me.”
The star of the new live action Aladdin takes on the coveted role of the Genie, one immortalised by the late great Robin Williams.
“Robin Williams smashed that role,” Smith told Jimmy Fallon on Monday night, and that Smith himself originally didn’t want to touch the role. “Hell no,” he said, when first asked. And fair enough, people have had their eyes critically fixed on any Genie footage of Smith from square one.
Nonetheless, what pushed him over the line? Messing around with “Friend Like Me,” Smith had the team run the drum beat of The Honey Drippers’ 1973 track “Impeach The President” on top.
He gave Fallon a little preview, and while no one can ever really hold a flame to Williams’ version, but Smith’s version is undeniably his.
Aladdin opens May 24.”
Lin-Manuel Miranda freestyles on ‘The Tonight Show’, announces new Broadway show
Lin-Manuel Miranda is no stranger to rapping on The Tonight Show.
“On Tuesday, the composer appeared in a segment called “Freestyle Generator,” which challenged him to rap using three random subjects however he saw fit.
As you’d expect, it’s seamless, but at the end of the segment Miranda had another surprise, announcing he’s bringing Freestyle Love Supreme to Broadway in September.
The improvised hip hop show from Miranda, Thomas Kail, and Anthony Veneziale, had a successful run in early 2019, and you can expect surprise appearances along the way.
“Fifteen years ago, when Freestyle Love Supreme was first developed, the idea of bringing our little improv show to Broadway seemed completely out of the realm of possibility,” said Kail and Miranda in a statement to Playbill. ”
The Batman: Matt Reeves Addresses Robert Pattinson’s Casting
Long before Robert Pattinson signed on the dotted line to star as Bruce Wayne in The Batman, the internet lit up like a Christmas tree with hot takes on the news. Now, director Matt Reeves has broken his silence on the “Battinson” hullabaloo … kind of!
‘Orange is the New Black’ announces the final season with a sing-along
“One of Netflix’s original originals says goodbye in 2019, and the cast of Orange is the New Black sang a very special song to announce the final season.
Netflix shared the Season 7 premiere date with a video featuring Uzo Aduba, Dascha Polanco, Danielle Brooks, Taylor Schilling, Natasha Lyonne, Kate Mulgrew, Adrienne C. Moore, Jackie Cruz, and Diane Guerrero singing the show theme song, “You’ve Got Time” by Regina Spektor. Filmed separately, they make their way around the Orange set for the last time, taking in props, costumes, and sets and sharing bittersweet greetings with the crew.
Orange is the New Black returns to Netflix on July 26.”