Disney in development of live action film Mulan; ABC’s General Hospital and the Ellen DeGeneres show lead Daytime Emmy nominations; Star Vs. the Forces of Evil premieres on Disney XD April 6th with new episodes coming April 7th


Welcome to the Daytime Emmys preview edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report. Here’s what’s topping today!



Disney did well in the box office last week alongside Home which topped the box office thus saving DreamWorks’ reputation and ending the summer bummer nightmare that had plagued the studio since summer 2013 once Monday’s final numbers came out. The mouse continued their plan of rebooting another Disney animated classic. Who gets the next live action treatment Johnny?



Johnny Trout (via The Hollywood Reporter)- On the heels of the magical success of Disney’s live-action Cinderella, the studio is eyeing another live-action retelling: Mulan.

Disney bought a script by writing team Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek that centers on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, the female warrior who was the main character in Disney’s 1998 animated film.

Chris Bender and J.C. Spink (We’re the Millers) are producing the new project vie their banner Benderspink with Jake Weiner.


The 1998 film, directed by Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook, followed a young woman who disguises herself as a man so she can take her father’s place in the army and go to war. With the help of her trusty dragon sidekick Mushu, she becomes a skilled warrior and, eventually, one of the country’s greatest heroines. It earned $304.3 million worldwide, earned Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations and resulted in a 2005 direct-to-DVD sequel, Mulan II.

Disney has been on a roll with its live-action versions of its classic animated films. Cinderella, starring Lily James, has earned $336.2 million worldwide to date since hitting theaters three weeks ago. In 2010, the reimagined Alice in Wonderland grossed a staggering $1.02 billion and when Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie as the iconic villainess, opened in May 2014, it went on to earn a stunning $758.4 million worldwide.

Disney is also making a live-action retelling of Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. Audra McDonald just joined the cast of the project, which will be directed by Bill Condon. It hits theaters on March 17, 2017. And in 2016 Disney will release a new version of The Jungle Book and the sequel to Alice in Wonderland. Finally, a live-action version of Dumbo, which will be helmed by Tim Burton, is also in the works.

Writing team Martin and Hynek met in high school and, among other projects, have written for the Know Theatre of Cincinnati and rewrote a script for Amazon Studios.


The nominations were revealed on The Talk yesterday for the 42nd Daytime Emmys. CBS came up with the most nom’s last year. Who gets them this year Danny?



Danny Angelfish (via Entertainment Weekly)- Nominations were announced today for the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, and long-running soap General Hospital (ABC) is in the lead with 28 noms. The show’s potential accolades include multiple Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress nominations, and a run at Best Drama.

Among talk shows, The Ellen DeGeneres Show earned 10 nominations, while The Wendy Williams Show, with its first-ever nominations, is up for Best Entertainment Talk Show and Best Entertainment Talk Show Host. Ellen DeGeneres and Wendy Williams will compete with Live with Kelly and Michael and CBS’s The Talk for Best Entertainment Talk Show.

Other contenders in the Best Talk Show Host category include Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, and the ladies of CBS’s The Talk: Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler, and Sheryl Underwood.

Craig Ferguson was nominated as a game show host for his Celebrity Name Game—he’ll compete against Family Feud’s Steve Harvey, Wheel of Fortune’s Pat Sajak, and Todd Newton of Discovery Family Channel’s Family Game Night.

CBS had the most nominations of any channel, with 62. PBS and syndicated series had 50 each, while ABC and NBC had 35 and 20, respectively.

The Daytime Emmys will air on April 26 on cable channel Pop: one step up from last year’s webcast-only broadcast, which made many winners decide not to attend.


Last time, we unveiled some surprises involving Star vs. The Forces of Evil as part of Disney XD’s spring upfront news. This week, she makes her debut on the network. What’s the scoop on her Dan?



Dan Barry (via Animation World)- Wands that shoot rainbows, dimension cutting scissors and a flying pony head are just three of the out-of-this-world accessories Princess Star Butterfly is bringing to Disney XD when the animated adventure series Star vs. The Forces of Evil premieres. Debuting as a special one-hour episode on Monday, April 6 at 6 p.m. ET, the quirky comedy follows Star Butterfly, a teen princess from another dimension who, after receiving an all-powerful magic wand for her 14th birthday, is sent to Earth to live with the Diaz family and their responsible son, Marco. The zany new series debuts as part of Easter Monday’s Animation Domination and is preceded by the mid-season finale of fan-favourite series Gravity Falls.

Adjusting to life on a new planet with a new family can be challenging, but fortunately for Star, karate-loving Marco acts as her guide, helping her adapt to her new home. In return, the fun-loving magical teen princess helps Marco come out of his shell, teaching him to take chances and make the most of every day. Together, the unlikely duo navigate high school and embark on dimension-hopping adventures across the multiverse all while keeping Star’s wand out of the clutches of arch-nemesis Ludo and his monstrous forces of evil.

In the premiere episode, titled “Star Comes to Earth/Party with a Pony,” Star’s parents send her to Earth in an attempt to keep her safe, after she receives a royal magic wand for her birthday. Then, Star’s best friend from her home dimension pays a visit and feels threatened by Star’s new friendship with her host-brother Marco. Beginning April 19, Star vs. The Forces of Evil will air regularly Sundays at 12 p.m. ET.  Disney XD OnDemand will also offer new episodes as they become available beginning April 7.  

Part of an Easter Monday Animation Domination, the wackiness officially begins at 2 p.m. ET with The Gravity Falls Marathon of Mystery. The nine consecutive episodes lead into the highly anticipated mid-season finale titled “Not What He Seems,” at 6:30 p.m. ET, where government agents take Stan into custody, leading Dipper and Mabel to question how much they really know about their good ol’ Grunkle. The misadventure features a special guest voice performance by Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) as Agent Powers.


With this year’s summer movie season just 2 months away, we’ve got some DVD’s and Blu-Ray’s that you can easily find this month: 


Stand Your Ground

50 to 1


Checking the Penguins tally, 1,739 fans sign in off of Team Skipper’s achievement in DVD and Blu-Ray sales last week.



The crossover is finally here! Join Uncle Grandpa and his gang as they meet Steven and his gem team in the ultimate Thursday night event! Steven’s gem powers have saved the team dozens of times in each episode. Now with Uncle Grandpa’s help, both teams need to unlock Steven’s gem powers which could both unveil the secret and ultimately help Steven control his special gem powers never before seen! The crossover begins during the Uncle Grandpa marathon.  More news awaits in April on the next edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report.

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