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Disney’s “Aladdin,” now in movie theaters, is a live-action remake of the animated

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Disney’s “Aladdin,” now in movie theaters, is a live-action remake of the animated classic tale. Here are a handful of facts about the film, from IMDB:

v Sorry, captain: Patrick Stewart campaigned for the role of Jafar. He had previously turned down the role in “Aladdin” (1992) and has regretted it ever since.

v Homage: This film has been homaged in two previous Disney live-action films. In ”The Jungle Book” (2016), the genie’s lamp was spotted in King Louie’s temple. And in “Beauty and the Beast” (2017), a model of Agrabah castle appeared during “Be Our Guest.”

v Good reasons: Guy Ritchie was interested in directing the film because he felt close to it: “My stories are really about street hustlers,” he said. “And Aladdin is a classic street hustler who makes good.”

v Iago no-go: There were rumors that Gilbert Gottfried would be reprising his role as Iago from the original franchise. However, it was later confirmed that Alan Tudyk would be taking up the role.

v Delay: Production had originally been scheduled to begin in July 2017, but got delayed due to Disney having trouble finding the right people to play Aladdin (Mena Massoud) and Jasmine (Naomi Scott).

“Killing Eve” (8 p.m., AMC, BBC America): It’s the season finale of this stylish spy series that revolves around a psychopathic assassin and an MI6 agent.


LaureLive will move to larger site


LaureLive Music Festival has outgrown its location at the Laurel School’s Butler campus in Geauga County, and will move to a larger – but as-yet undetermined – site beginning in 2020.

The rock festival is co-produced by the Laurel School and the Cleveland-based Elevation Group.

“If you were at LaureLive last year, you will remember the huge crowds that turned out,” said Denny Young, Elevation Group president. “LaureLive 2019 is on pace to be even bigger, and at our current growth trajectory, the school trustees believe that we will outgrow the campus and its infrastructure.”

LaureLive, now in its fourth year, will take place June 8-9 with headliners Hozier and Sheryl Crow. Tickets are on sale now at

New Bethel church will present a play


New Bethel Baptist Church, 1507 Hillman St., will present the play “That’s Just the Way It Is” on June 8. Admission is $15 and includes a copy of the book “Shared Secrets,” upon which the play is based. For reservations, call Ardelia at 330-716-3966.

Proceeds will benefit the church’s effort to turn its older building into a community center.

The play has a message of healing, forgiveness and love. “It’s not normal fare for a church,” said playwright Betty Dopson. “It deals with real-life issues that both men and women can identify with.” The cast includes Priscilla Colbert, Janet Write, Mary Anne Mitchell, Rev. Yvonne Hobson, Jim Locker, Linda Poindexter, Rev. Ted Brown, Ina Madison and Lois Thornton.