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It’s Not Just Another Remake: ‘The Little Mermaid Live!’ Announced The Cast And We Can’t Wait To Go ‘Under The Sea’ To Watch

Apart from the live-action movie remake starring Halle Bailey, The Wonderful World of Disney, is bringing The Little Mermaid to TV in partnership with ABC in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the animated movie. 

Disney is celebrating ‘The Little Mermaid’s 30 years with a live musical on ABC.

Disney is about to rule the big and silver screens by bringing back the teenage ocean princess and children’s classic “The Little Mermaid”. The ‘Live’ musical show will air in November, according to ABC and it will be fairly different to any Live shows you might’ve seen before, such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again. It’s set to feature live musical performances from the cast actually woven in between a broadcast of the original movie. ‘The Little Mermaid Live!’ is being hailed as a “never-before-seen hybrid format” that will “feature beautifully intricate sets and costumes, with music from the original.” It’s a bit hard to picture how that might work out, but we’re definitely looking forward to it.

Starlet Auli’i Cravalho, who voiced another Disney princess before, will bring Ariel to life on TV.

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If you’re a Disney fan, the voice of this ‘little mermaid’ will be very familiar. Auli’i Cravalho has played another Disney character before. She gave life to the Polynesian explorer Moana in 2016. The Hawaiian native is the youngest actress to ever voice a Disney princess. Cravalho’s acting chops and singing skills made the movie a huge hit, and she then topped it off with an amazing Oscar performance to prove she’s a very complete starlet who can perform live just as mind-blowingly, as she can voice characters for the screen and we can’t wait to see her as every 90s kid’s favorite mermaid.

Ursula will be played by none other than Queen Latifah.

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The young starlet will be joined by one of the most menacing and terrifyingly fun Disney Villains, Ursula, who will be played by none other than Queen Latifah. When news broke, of Latifah’s casting, the singer revealed she was “excited” to take on the role of the sea witch. “Fortunately I know a little magic,” Latifah wrote on Instagram. “Excited to be a part of The Wonderful World of Disney Presents The Little Mermaid Live!

Graham Phillips will play, His Royal Highness Prince Eric.

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Every little girl’s platonic love, Prince Eric, will be played by Graham Phillips from The Good Wife. The 26-year-old does seem like the perfect fit to bring the dreamy, blue-eyed prince to life. Graham is a musical theater veteran who first rose to fame in Broadway’s 13 back in 2008, in which Jason Robert Brown famously only cast teenagers.

John Stamos plays eccentric crustacean hunting cook Chef Louis.

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Our beloved Uncle Jesse will have a small but mighty role bringing the zealous french cook to life. Stamos is no stranger to the part though, he played the Frenchman before at a Hollywood Bowl performance. We’re very excited to hear the self-proclaimed Disney super fan play the crazy chef complete with the ‘Hee, hee, hee- ha, ha, HAW!’ number we all loved growing up. 

Jamaican-accented advisor to the King, Sebastian will be played by Shaggy.

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Jamaican dancehall legend Shaggy, will be playing the overly-anxious and over-protective crab, Sebastian. Shaggy broke the news via Instagram in two posts, “#TheLittleMermidLive swims to November 5 with Shaggy as Sebastian, @auliicravalho as Ariel and @queenlatifah as Ursula,” he wrote as a caption for the first post. Jamaicans immediately responded with glee, with some fans seemingly thinking he was cast for the actual film. Sebastian will finally have an authentic accent now… hurrah!

The director of ABC assured the press that the TV version will be distinctly different from the feature film.

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Karey Burke, ABC president, said The Little Mermaid Live! will “seamless[ly] interweave” live musical performances with clips from the animated film and puppetry. “It’s unlike anything that any other musical has done”. She also assured fans the musical event would not take away from the live-action remake slated to be released sometime next year. “Ours is distinctly different from the feature film.”

You can watch The Little Mermaid Live! on ABC, ABC.com, on the ABC app— from your smartphone or tablet—and through other streaming devices, including Roku, AppleTV, and Amazon Fire TV. It will air on Tuesday, November 5 at 8 p.m./7c.

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Touching Tributes To Kobe Bryant Fill Social Media One Year After His Tragic Death

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Touching Tributes To Kobe Bryant Fill Social Media One Year After His Tragic Death

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Last year was a wild and often scary time. The world will forever remember 2020 being the year that everything stopped and we all had to isolate. It was also the year that we lost Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash and that death rattled the world.

Last year started with the shocking news of Kobe Bryant dying in a helicopter crash.

John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, Ara Zobayan, Christina Mauser, Kobe Bryant, and Gianna Bryant all died when a helicopter crashed in the hills near Calabasas. The crash was a shock but TMZ reporting the deaths of Kobe and Gianna without Vanessa being notified angered many. Most of the world learned about Kobe and Gianni’s death because of the TMZ article.

People are remembering the Black Mamba as more than a basketball player.

Fans and friends have shared stories of Kobe and what he has meant to them. Social media is filled with fellow athletes remembering times they spent with Kobe and the kindness and wisdom he gave them in those moments. The basketball player was a legend in the sporting world and became a very important member of the Los Angeles community.

The Dallas Mavericks honored Kobe today in a tweet.

In 2007, Kobe requested a trade to leave the LA Lakers. Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, revealed that during that time the Mavericks almost acquired Kobe in a trade. Though Kobe almost went to Chicago, Dallas was in the running to be the next home for the legend.

Kobe was honored throughout the sporting world with some teams retiring his numbers. The sorting world lost a legend and ambassador for athletics that day and his absence is still felt strongly today.

Some people have shared small notes that Kobe sent them.

Kobe always had the reputation of being a thoughtful and kind person. Someone that people were able to connect with professionally and personally. These moments have endeared him to the LA community and why the city mourned his sudden death for months after.

You can check out Kobe with Guillermo in this clip of Guillermo’s NBA Media Day interviews.

Continue to rest in peace, Kobe. You are greatly missed.

READ: People Are Keeping Kobe Bryant Murals Safe

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Missouri Woman Seen Holding Pelosi Sign Faces First Judge In Series Of Court Dates For Federal Charges

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Missouri Woman Seen Holding Pelosi Sign Faces First Judge In Series Of Court Dates For Federal Charges

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Update January 21, 2021

A Missouri woman named Emily Hernandez had a court hearing in St. Louis after her involvement in the Capitol riots. Hernandez, 21, is facing several federal charges after participating in the deadly Capitol riot.

Emily Hernandez is facing the music after storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

According to KSDK, Hernandez, who is from Sullivan, Missouri, has been released without bond after her first hearing in St. Louis. She has been ordered to stay in the Eastern District of Missouri until her next court date in Washington. Part of the terms of her release is that she is not allowed to travel to Washington other than for her court date.

During the hearing, she was recorded saying, “I’m sorry, I’m nervous.”

Hernandez is facing the following federal charges: knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct which impedes the conduct of government business, steal, sell, convey or dispose of anything of value in the United States, disruptive conduct in the Capitol buildings, parading, demonstrating or picketing in the Capitol buildings.

Original: After a group of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Jan. 6, people immediately started identifying the intruders. Videos have been circulating and people are steadily contacting the FBI to expose them. Instagram page @homegrownterrorists is one of the leading forces in identifying the rioters.

On Jan. 6, people stormed our Capitol building and the American people are demanding justice.

Images of people storming the Capitol building and looting the offices of members of Congress startled people around the world. One of the safest places in the world was overrun by far-right Trump supporters attacking the democratic process. Americans are demanding justice and working together to identify and report as many people to the FBI that were at the Capitol.

The Instagram page is unapologetically encouraging followers to identify people at the Capitol.

Five people died as a result of the riot, two of them were police officers. The Instagram page, run anonymously, is encouraging people to share the photos to their stories to increase the reach. The account might not have any legal power, but it is having some success. There has been more than one person identified through the IG page that has led to people losing jobs and being arrested by the FBI.

The account has disappeared multiple times but always comes back.

The mystery person running the account has expressed concern over their safety. The account has been suspended by Instagram after being reported by multiple people. There has even been some talk about them receiving threats of violence via DMs.

The person who runs the account has mentioned it randomly on their stories but with no real detail. According to recent stories, the person behind the account doesn’t want to antagonize the people sending threats.

The owner of the account did say that they have been contacted by Instagram about the account.

A tweet from HomeGrownTerrorists caught Instagram’s attention and the account was reinstated. However, there was a backup account to keep functioning in case the original got deleted. IG and the account owner reached an agreement where they get to keep the main account and the backup account was permanently banned. No questions asked.

If you want to help or be connected to the cause, you can follow this page on Instagram.

There are a lot of people left to identify and the nation’s law enforcement is bracing for more violence. Capitols in all 50 states are on alert for possible attacks and the National Guard is being mobilized in big numbers for the inauguration. We are not out of the woods when it comes to the threats that have been made.

READ: After Last Week’s Riots, A Black Woman Has Been Appointed to U.S. Capitol Police Chief

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