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No Music, No Mushu: Here’s Your First Look at ‘Mulan’

Get those pitchforks ready, Twitter. You got something new to complain about.

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Social Media Users Suspect Disney May Have Been Behind Fake ‘Little Mermaid’ Outrage

In 2016, when the world got a first look at the upcoming Ghostbusters movie, the reaction was immediately clear: it looked terrible. It quickly became one of the most disliked videos on YouTube

There may have been a myriad of reasons for this, but the main one is that it was a pretty terrible movie. Instead of capturing the charm and wit and character of the original film, it basically tried to be a Marvel movie with a few more jokes. But something weird happened.

People started saying the only reason no one liked this bland, unfunny remake of a beloved film was because the main cast was all women. Suddenly anyone who didn’t like it was a misogynist, and not even Richard Roeper, one of the most respected film critics of our day, was allowed to dislike it without being accused of misogyny.

And then people started saying they were going to see it in the theater just to “teach the misogynists a lesson.”

You might say this didn’t help the film because it did pretty poorly at the box office, only bringing in around $200 million, not even close to making a profit. But Holmes and Watson, a similarly bad film that released late last year, only brought in about $40 million. Ghostbusters had a pretty good opening weekend for a comedy, it just didn’t perform well in the following weeks or overseas because by then the cat was out of the bag that it wasn’t a very good movie despite critics being afraid to say this because after all if they came for Richard Roeper you better believe they’re going to come for Jim Hayseed of the Butthole Falls Fair Dealer.

After Ghostbusters, this kept happening. A small number of people would get mad about something stupid in a movie like Black Panther or Captain Marvel, or even just say “Marvel movies are basically all the same and there are 30 of them, maybe we don’t have to pretend this is a work of cinematic genius and instead we can agree it’s just okay,” and suddenly seeing these movies wasn’t just an okay way to spend a few hours, you were fighting to be on the right side of history by giving Disney your money.

Now Disney has announced that Halle Bailey, who is not Halle Berry but is black, will be playing Ariel in the upcoming Little Mermaid live-action remake and right on time, the trolls are there to be racist about it.

Except they kind of weren’t. I mean, someone started #NotMyAriel ‘movement’ on Twitter, but the account it seems to have started with had a fake profile picture and the only tweets on their account were the new Spider-Man trailer and complaints about The Little Mermaid.

And while #NotMyAriel was trending on Twitter, it didn’t seem like there were many people there at all who were actually complaining. It was an entire hashtag populated by people saying that the people pushing the hashtag were ignorant and wrong with no one seeming to actually have all that much of a problem with it.

And then a theory started to form. Did Disney set this all up to market their film?

That’s another thing: This all happened in the middle of two pretty bad news stories for Disney; they wouldn’t let the father of a recently deceased kid who loved Spider-Man have Spidey’s logo on his tombstone and the announcement that the upcoming live-action Mulan wouldn’t have Mushu or any musical numbers in it.

Now, there’s no actual proof Disney is behind this. If you think I have the resources here to do investigative journalism then you are sadly mistaken about both the scope of my job and this blog. But the conspiracy here does make a lot of sense. Even if people aren’t seeing movies like Captain Marvel to “stick it to the haters” these stories generate a lot of free press. And if no one is going to get outraged and give you an entire news cycle of free coverage, then it would probably be worth it to invent them.

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Hollywood is reacting in shock and sorrow to the death of a young actor today.

As previously reported, Cameron Boyce is dead at the very young age of 20.

The Disney Channel star, best known for roles in Jessie and Descendents, passed away in his sleep after suffering a seizure.

Cameron Boyce Photo

"It is with a profoundly heavy heart that we report that this morning we lost Cameron," the actor's family said in a statement on Sunday, adding in awful detail:

He passed away in his sleep due to a seizure which was a result of an ongoing medical condition for which he was being treated.

The world is now undoubtedly without one of its brightest lights, but his spirit will live on through the kindness and compassion of all who knew and loved him.

We are utterly heartbroken and ask for privacy during this immensely difficult time as we grieve the loss of our precious son and brother.

Cameron Boyce Picture

In the wake of this tragic news going viral, a number of stars have taken to social media to express their sadness and send their condolences.

And one of the most prominent tributes was penned by Adam Sandler.

“Too young. Too sweet. Too funny. Just the nicest, most talented, and and most decent kid around,” Sandler wrote on Twitter.

He appeared opposite Boyce in both Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2.

Added the long-time star:

“Loved that kid. Cared so much about his family. Cared so much about the world. Thank you, Cameron, for all you gave to us. So much more was on the way. All our hearts are broken. Thinking of your amazing family and sending our deepest condolences.”

Just so heartbreaking all around.

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Elsewhere, director Kenny Ortega penned the following on Instagram:

My Love, Light and Prayers go out to Cameron and his Family. Cameron brought Love, Laughter and Compassion with him everyday I was in his presence.

His talent, immeasurable. His kindness and generosity, overflowing. It has been an indescribable honor and pleasure to know and work with him. I will see you again in all things loving and beautiful my friend.

I will search the stars for your light. Rest In Peace Cam. You will always be My Forever Boy.

Cameron Boyce

There was also the following from Charles Esten, who appeared on Jessie as Boyce’s character’s dad.

“My family and I are devastated today, by the loss of our young and amazing friend, Cameron Boyce. Years before I was blessed to play his father on JESSIE, we were blessed to know him and his wonderful family at the elementary school our kids all attended together,” the Nashville alum began in a series of Tweets.

He continued:

"It was there we were introduced to his endless talent, kindness, and joy for living. At his very 1st talent show, little Cameron’s dancing lit up the stage, and left everyone on their feet, cheering.

"It was clear to all that he was destined to be the star he would soon become. And yet, Cameron never carried himself with anything but kindness, humility, effortless grace, and great humor.

"Even as his star ascended with JESSIE, and he began to receive the type of fame that can change people, I never saw that change. Not even a little."

Cameron Bryce on jessie

And this from actress and Disney Channel co-star Skai Jackson:

"I don’t even know where to start... I am at a loss for words. I never thought in a million years I would be writing this.

"Cam, you were one of a kind. My heart will be forever broken. I am so happy that I got to spend almost everyday with you on set, you gave the best hugs. I wish I would have hugged you tighter when I saw you a couple of months ago.

"Thank you so much for being the big brother I never had... I am so distraught and I cannot stop crying! I love you so much... fly high, Gods best Angel."

Boyce made his acting debut at the age of nine and then was cast in Grown Ups at the age of 11.

Cameron Bryce on jessie

We'll conclude this post with these words from Gregg Sulkin:

Heartbroken. Lost for words. I had known Cameron Boyce for many years.

He was always polite. Always respectful and always a class act. In fact I was going to message him a couple weeks ago to tell him that I wanted to be in each other’s lives more.

Now I wish I had sent that message. Just so he personally knew how highly I thought of him and how much admiration I had for him. My heart goes out to his family & his close friends. Cameron, you were and still are a star.

May god bless you in heaven. You will be missed down here.

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Just a few days ago, Joy-Anna Duggar and her husband, Austin Forsyth, shared some unbelievably tragic news:

When they went in for the 20 week scan for Joy-Anna's pregnancy, the doctor couldn't detect a heartbeat.

Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth in the Hospital

Miscarriages typically happen during the first trimester, but for some reason, Joy had one halfway through the gestation - and it was clear that she and Austin were absolutely devastated by the news.

Thankfully, as they explained in their social media posts about the news, they've been able to find some solace in their faith.

"Although we don't understand why," they wrote, "God has given us unexplainable peace and comfort during this very difficult time."

"Yes, it still hurts and we have cried countless tears, but we know that we can trust the Lord."

Joy With Austin

They also revealed that during the scan, they learned that they were going to have a daughter, and that they named her Annabell Elise.

As for the meaning behind the name choice, they said "Annabell means 'God has favored me,' and Elise means 'God satisfies.'"

"What a precious thing to know that when our daughter opened her eyes, the first thing she saw was the face of Jesus."

Along with their written post, they also shared a photo of Joy in a hospital bed with Austin comforting her.

The next day, they shared even more photos, including some with their late daughter.

Truly Heartbreaking

Those are the ones we're going to be discussing today.

In the caption of the photos, Joy wrote "We only had her for 20 weeks, Life is fragile and precious."

"So thankful the Lord gave her to us for that short time! She will be in our hearts forever!"

She also thanked her followers for their love and support, and her best friend, Carlin Bates, "for coming to town to be here for me and for doing my hair and makeup for pictures with our little girl!"

Joy and Carlin

They didn't share a photo of Annabell -- the most you can see of her is a hat covering her head as Joy holds her.

But because she was in the photos at all, and because of Joy's comments about having her hair and makeup done, a lot of people are feeling a lot of feelings about all of this.

As one of their followers said, "This is a very private moment for y'all to be sharing it ... sad. Y'all are different."

"OK, that needed to be a private moment," another Instagram user agreed. "Not something that you get your hair and makeup done and dress up a miscarriage. We are all praying for you but REALLY. Get real!"

Saying Goodbye to Their Baby

One person went a step further, commenting "Honestly it seems a little sadistic to me to have a full on photo shoot with a deceased baby, just for likes on the internet. I could never."

Another particularly insensitive comment read "Hair and makeup to take pics with your dead baby?! Jesus sweetheart your families priorities are disgusting."

These are just a small sampling of the comments on Joy and Austin's Instagram post, but similar things were said in several places across the internet where the Duggars are discussed.

And it's honestly not OK.

Joy-Anna Duggar, Austin Forsyth, and Baby Gideon on Thanksgiving 2018

The loss that Joy has experienced is huge, and one that not everyone will go through.

You can judge the Duggars for all sorts of things, but you can't judge them for she's grieving now.

It's not uncommon for people to do photo shoots like these to remember the only time they'll be able to see and hold their child, and if Joy wanted to look nice for such an unimaginably tragic occasion, what harm does it really do?

Besides, so many women have already thanked her for, as they see it, being brave enough to share such personal photos because they too have had similar losses, and it's nice to know they're not alone.

Some may have a hard time looking at these photos, and that's understandable.

Others may not be able to comprehend why she'd want these photos, let alone why she'd want to share them with thousands upon thousands of strangers, and that's fine too.

But we can let the girl grieve, can't we?

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Remember a few days ago when people were still talking about how far Amber Portwood has come, and how she’s doing so much better these days?

Things change so quickly, don’t they?

To be fair, it’s not that difficult to see why so many people thought that the Indiana native had turned her life around.

In the early days of Teen Mom, going back a decade at this point, she was on drugs. Like, insanely hard drugs.

She was high all the time, didn’t treat her mental illnesses, and assaulted Gary Shirley in front of their daughter, Leah.

Eventually she went to prison for a whole lot of things – drug stuff, plus that previously mentioned domestic violence.

She served 17 months of a five-year sentence. Seventeen months. Nearly a year and a half of her life behind bars.

When she was released, she talked a lot about how much she’d changed, but it was hard to buy that for some time.

After all, she was with mega douche Matt Baier (below).

It was also hard to believe she was clean when she kept drinking with Baier, an addict with his own suspect past.

After her truly bizarre appearance on Marriage Boot Camp, many people believed she was back on drugs as well.

Then, after leaving the Marriage Boot Camp set, she got with Andrew Glennon, a crew member on the show.

Yeah. Her life has been a roller coaster to say the least, and the biggest twists and turns were yet to come …

Within literal days of starting their relationship, she was pregnant, but here’s where things seemed to take a turn.

After she gave birth to their son, James, it was very noticeable how different she was with him compared to years past.

Looking back on Leah when she was a baby, and how Amber responded, it was like watching a different person.

In a positive way.

It appeared, at least to us, like Andrew did a great job of calming her down and helping her deal with her anger problems.

He also helped her with her postpartum depression.

“Wow, that Andrew is so good for her,” more than a few Teen Mom fans expressed in recent years. “She’s so different!”

Turns out, not so much.

Early Friday morning, Amber was arrested for domestic battery following an incident that was concerning to say the least.

We still don’t have the full story, but around 3:00 a.m., Andrew was holding James and Amber allegedly assaulted him.

He sent a text to 911, a cool new feature in their state, and the responder called police, saying:

“I received a text message from someone saying that their life and their son’s life is in danger.”

A few hours later, police arrived to arrest the 29-year-old reality star, and she was taken to the local jail to be processed.

She stayed there all day, and there was some speculation that since the domestic battery charge was a felony, she’d stay there until Monday morning when she could see a judge.

Not so!

She was finally released yesterday afternoon after being bonded out – all in all, she spent right around a day and a half behind bars.

She still has to see a judge on Monday morning, specifically at 8:30.

Now, we’re not legal experts or psychics or anything like that, but still, we get a feeling that this isn’t going to go so well.

Remember, this isn’t the first time Amber’s been arrested for domestic violence.

Years ago, she was originally arrested on three counts of this same act, and sentenced to probation.

When she violated that probation, that’s when she went to prison before.

Indiana, where she lives, is one of the states that has the “three strike law,” which should truly terrify her.

Essentially, if a person is convicted of a violent felony multiple times, they’ll have to serve the full sentence the third time around.

Considering that the full sentence for a repeat offender wouldn’t be a light one in all likelihood, that makes it pretty clear that they take crimes like these seriously, don’t you think?

We’ll have to wait until tomorrow to get an update on what’s happening, but in the meantime, maybe we’ll get a day of rest in the midst of all this Teen Mom drama.

Eh, probably not. But we can can dream, right?

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Tragic and shocking news today out of the television universe:

Cameron Boyce, a rising and popular actor best known for roles on Disney projects such as Descendants and Jessie, has been found dead.

He was only 20 years old.

Cameron Boyce

According to a statement releasd by Boyce's family, the actor passed away in his sleep after suffering a seizure.

This is what the 20-year old's loved ones wrote in their heartfelt statement:

It is with a profoundly heavy heart that we report that this morning we lost Cameron.

He passed away in his sleep due to a seizure which was a result of an ongoing medical condition for which he was being treated

The world is now undoubtedly without one of its brightest lights, but his spirit will live on through the kindness and compassion of all who knew and loved him.

We are utterly heartbroken and ask for privacy during this immensely difficult time as we grieve the loss of our precious son and brother.

Cameron Bryce on jessie

Boyce had been acting since he was nine years old and was deeply involved in charity work.

In March of this year, he was actually introduced former Vice President Joe Biden at the Biden Courage Awards.

He was also honored with the Pioneering Spirit Award at last year's Thirst Gala, sponsored by the Thirst Project, a nonprofit for which Boyce raised $30,000 to build wells for clean drinking water in Swaziland.

Cameron was a very impressive young man.

"We offer our deepest condolences to his family, castmates and colleagues and join his many millions of fans in grieving his untimely passing. He will be dearly missed,” a Disney Channel spokesperson said in response to the awful news.

Cameron Boyce

After making his big screen debut in the film Mirrors, Boyce struck it big just two years later when he was cast as one of Adam Sandler's children in the movie Grown Ups.

He went on to achieve Disney stardom as one of the leads in show Jessie.

Boyce starred as Luke Ross alongside the eponymous Jessie Prescott, played by Debby Ryan on a series that ran for four seasons and 98 episodes.

His role in the Descendants films, which led cable TV film ratings in 2015 and 2017, catapulted him to even greater heights.

Here is a promotional photo from that franchise:

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Added Disney Channel in its message:

"From a young age, Cameron Boyce dreamed of sharing his extraordinary artistic talents with the world. As a young man, he was fueled by a strong desire to make a difference in peoples' lives through his humanitarian work.

"He was an incredibly talented performer, a remarkably caring and thoughtful person and, above all else, he was a loving and dedicated son, brother, grandson and friend."

Boyce, who had 8.1 million followers on Instagram, was next set to appear in the HBO shows Mrs. Fletcher.

We send our condolences to his friends, family members and loved ones.

May Cameron Boyce rest in peace.

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