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Disney Plus announces crime K-drama ‘The Worst of Evil’ starring Ji Chang-wook, Lim Se-mi and Wi Ha-joon

  • Disney Plus has announced a 2023 premiere for its original upcoming Korean crime drama series, “The Worst of Evil.”
  • The series takes place in 1980s South Korea and will follow the story of undercover cops infiltrating a drug trafficking crime ring involving Korea, China and Japan.
  • Ji Chang-wook will play the main protagonist officer Kang Joon-mo, and is joined by Lim Se-mi as narcotics officer Yoo Eui-jung and Wi Ha-joon, whose character is the head of the criminal empire.
  • No exact release date has been announced, but the series adds to Disney Plus’ goal of green lighting over 50 Asian-Pacific original series by 2023.

Disney Plus’ upcoming original K-drama series “The Worst of Evil” has been announced for a 2023 premiere.

Disney Plus made the announcement on Tuesday. The series is a crime-drama set in 1980s South Korea that focuses on undercover police investigators infiltrating a criminal empire inciting a drug war among Korea, China and Japan.  

The best of both worlds: ‘Hannah Montana’ actor attending Jackson Wang meet-and-greet surprises fans

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  • GOT7 member and solo artist Jackson Wang held a fansign meet-and-greet event on Sunday in Long Beach, California, to promote his new album “MAGIC MAN.”
  • Actor Jason Earls, who played Hannah Montana’s brother Jackson Stewart on the Disney Channel show, was one of the many waiting in line to meet Wang.
  • Earls and his wife Katie Drysen are both K-pop fans and have previously tweeted about the group Stray Kids.
  • Drysen also attended last month’s Head In The Clouds Festival, an annual music festival organized by 88rising, and watched Wang perform.

It’s the best of both worlds for K-pop and Disney fans as actor Jason Earls of “Hannah Montana” attended Jackson Wang’s meet-and-greet on Sunday.  

The fan event was held at Fingerprints Music store in Long Beach, California, to promote his sophomore solo album “MAGIC MAN,” which was released on Sept. 9. 

‘Lilo and Stitch’ co-director says his film prioritized themes of sisterhood long before ‘Frozen’

  • A co-director of the 2002 Disney film “Lilo and Stitch” recalled feeling “frustrated” when “Frozen” was referred to as the first Disney film to prioritize sisterhood over romance.
  • On the 20th anniversary of “Lilo and Stitch,” Chris Sanders wanted to remind viewers that his film demonstrated sisterhood over romance long before “Frozen.”
  • “Lilo and Stitch” follows the story of two orphaned sisters who befriend an alien named Stitch as they relearn what it means to be a family.
  • “Frozen” was released in 2013 by Disney and gained massive popularity, earning $1.2 billion in box office revenue.

Chris Sanders, the co-director of the 2002 Disney picture “Lilo and Stitch,” wants to remind viewers that the film highlighted themes of sisterhood over romance long before “Frozen.”

In an interview published in The New York Times on Tuesday in celebration of the 20th anniversary of “Lilo and Stitch,” Sanders recalled feeling “frustrated” when critics and audiences referred to “Frozen” as the first Disney film to prioritize sisterhood over romance. 

Disney is offering a private jet tour to all 12 of its parks around the world for $110,000

  • Disney is offering a “bucket list adventure” that will take guests on a 24-day trip to all 12 Disney parks around the world on a private jet for a whopping $110,000.
  • The tour is limited to 75 spots, and guests will be taken on an Icelandair private jet accompanied by a private chef, three adventure guides and a physician.
  • Guests will also have an opportunity to visit popular tourist destinations such as the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal, the Pyramids of Giza and an exclusive Disney tour.
  • The trip will take place next year between July 9 and Aug. 1, and bookings begin next week.

Disney has officially announced a “bucket list adventure” that will see its guests who pay the whopping $110,000 price tag travel globally on a 24-day trip around all 12 Disney parks on a private jet.

The “Disney Parks Around The World – A Private Jet Adventure” will allow 75 Disneyphiles to travel around six different countries for 24 days on a trip that includes all 12 Disney theme parks. Guests will also have the opportunity to visit three popular tourist attractions: the Taj Mahal, the Pyramids of Giza and the Eiffel Tower. 

Baymax returns to San Fransokyo in new trailer for ‘Big Hero 6’ sequel series

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  • Disney released a new trailer for their “Big Hero 6” animated spinoff series “Baymax!”
  • The company also announced that the six-episode series will be released to Disney Plus on June 29.

Baymax is coming back to save the streets of San Fransokyo.

The adorable health companion AI from the 2014 Disney film “Big Hero 6” is getting its own animated spinoff show on Disney Plus, aptly titled “Baymax!” The streaming platform recently announced that the six-episode series will be released on June 29.

‘Moana’ star Auli’i Cravalho calls on Disney to ‘step up’ on opposing ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill

  • “Moana” voice actor Auli’i Cravalho believes that Disney needs to “step forward” and take action against Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
  • Disney faced harsh criticism in early March for funding campaigns of the Florida legislature members who voted in favor of the bill, including Governor Ron DeSantis.
  • Florida passed the bill on March 7, enforcing a ban across public schools of instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity for students up to the third grade.
  • Cravalho called out Disney for “trying to play the safe role” and suggested the company use their “power” and “money” to support the LGBTQ community.

“Moana” star Auli’i Cravalho believes that Disney can “make the most impact right now” by using their position of power to take action against Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

In early March, Disney drew backlash after a report found that the company had donated a total of $249,126 to the campaigns of Florida legislature members who voted in favor of the controversial “Don’t Say Gay” bill, including $50,000 to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Disney also faced harsh criticism for not doing enough to protest the passing of the bill.

Digital artist reimagines Madrigal sisters from Disney film ‘Encanto’ as Filipinas

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  • Junrel Bardon, a digital graphic artist from the Philippines, illustrated Filipino live-action versions of the Madrigal sisters from Disney’s film “Encanto.”
  • His reimagined character illustrations take inspiration from Filipino actresses Nadine Lustre and Maine Mendoza and Olympic gold champion Hidilyn Diaz.

A digital graphic artist reimagined Filipino versions of the Madrigal sisters from the Disney film “Encanto.”

Junrel Bardon, a 24-year-old artist from Negros Occidental, Philippines, created realistic illustrations based on Filipino actresses Nadine Lustre and Maine Mendoza and Olympic weightlifting champion Hidilyn Diaz.

Harvard student’s ‘Korean Disney princess’ goes viral — and film producers want in

  • Harvard student Julia Riew created a full script for the first “Korean Disney princess” as part of her senior thesis in playwriting.
  • After a clip of her singing one of her songs went viral on TikTok, people online have been calling on Disney to make her script into a reality.
  • “Mulan is wonderful, but obviously there's a really widespread understanding of what it means to be Asian American, and having one princess represent all Asian Americans is really, really tricky,” she told NextShark.

In the magical world of Sleeping Beauty and Snow White lies one other princess who has yet to awaken: Shimcheong. Only it’s not a prince who’s come to find her — it’s Julia Riew, a musical theater composer and lyricist studying at Harvard who figured if Disney won’t make a Korean princess, she’d do it on her own. 

Riew crafted her story of Princess Shimcheong as part of her senior thesis on playwriting, involving a full, original musical script. After completing her first draft, she shared a 45-second clip of her song “Dive” to TikTok earlier this month, not suspecting that it would generate hundreds of thousands of views and a demand for the story to be made into a real-life production. 

Director Destin Daniel Cretton will return for ‘Shang-Chi’ sequel

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” will be coming back with Destin Daniel Cretton set to direct and write its sequel.

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” will be coming back with Destin Daniel Cretton set to direct and write its sequel.

“Shang-Chi” 2: In addition to leading the sequel, Cretton signed an exclusive multi-year contract with Marvel Studios and Hulu’s Onyx Collective to develop a new Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) series for Disney Plus, according to Deadline.

St. Jude Children’s Hospital Teams Up With ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ for Virtual Event Series

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – This week, Disney Animation Studios will celebrate the release of its movie “Raya and the Last Dragon” by working with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® to spread joy through a series of virtual events for St. Jude patient families and its generous supporters.

“Raya and the Last Dragon” is an epic journey to the fantasy world of Kumandra where Raya learns that it takes more than a dragon to save the world. It takes trust and teamwork – timeless themes reflected in the pioneering research and lifesaving treatment delivered at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for kids with childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.