Disney Is Remaking Home Alone for Its New Disney+ Streaming Service (and People Are Not Happy)

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

This year alone, Disney had already remade The Lion King, Aladdin, and Dumbo as live-action releases, and remakes of Mulan, The Little Mermaid, and Lady and the Tramp are on the horizon. In March, Disney closed a $71 billion deal and acquired 20th Century Fox’s assets, too. They'll be putting those assets to good use beginning November 12, which is when the company will launch its first streaming service, Disney+. The service will eventually include 7500 TV episodes and 400 movies from both Disney and Fox, and now the company is set on remaking other beloved classics specifically for its streaming audiences.

Deadline reports that the service will remake Home Alone, Fox's beloved 1990 megahit that grossed more than $400 million worldwide (and spawned a handful of sequels). Disney hasn’t stated what shape the remake will take—Will it be a TV show? Who will star?—but Disney CEO Bob Iger said it will be "reimagined" for "a new generation."

The streaming service will also reboot Fox’s Night at the Museum, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Cheaper By the Dozen. Iger has high hopes for his “all-new development slate,” and he’s confident that “we’re going to be able to turn around the fortunes of Fox live action.”

But Home Alone fans aren’t happy about the news. Deadline readers left comments like, “Leave Home Alone alone,” “Looking forward to a Die Hard reboot starring Cole Sprouse,” and “There isn’t an original idea in Hollywood.” Meanwhile, Vice wrote about how the remake “must be stopped,” and Jezebel pointed out that with the advent of new technology, it’d be nearly impossible to remake Home Alone in 2019.

Even Dictionary.com got in on the conversation, tweeting out the definition of blasphemy.

Macaulay Culkin has also weighed in on the development, offering up his version of what Home Alone would look like in 2019, and suggesting that Disney give him a call.

[h/t Deadline]

Netflix's Stranger Things Season 3 Video Is Full of Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed

Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Netflix

Stranger Things's third season was full of many surprising twists and turns, not to mention some awkward teen romances. While the gruesome Mind Flayer and the evil Russians were no doubt terrifying, the show kept its sweet touch of nostalgia due mainly to the fact that the Hawkins gang is now smack-dab in the middle of the 1980s.

It doesn’t take a keen eye to see many of the series's '80s references, particularly in the latest season. With scenes taking place at the new mall, references from the decade—including Hot Dog on a Stick, Sam Goody, and Back to the Future—are all part of the setting. However, creators Ross and Matt Duffer wanted to pay true homage to the decade, and thus left Easter eggs throughout the season that you likely missed.

Luckily for us, as BGR reports, Netflix has just released a video explaining the hidden references (with the New Coke debate, Mrs. Wheeler’s erotica novel, and Hopper’s Tom Selleck-inspired Hawaiian shirt among some of our favorites).

Check out the full video above and see what you missed!

[h/t BGR]

Disney's Lady and the Tramp Remake Will Star a Mixed-Breed Rescue Dog Named Monte

Disney
Disney

Following the success of The Lion King, Lady and the Tramp will be the next classic Disney movie to be revamped in 2019. And while most of Disney's live-action remakes boast star-studded casts, the lead in this upcoming film is totally unknown. That's because Monte, a mixed-breed dog from Phoenix, Arizona, spent his pre-Hollywood days living in animal shelters.

As AZ Central reports, Monte will make his film debut as Tramp when Lady and the Tramp releases alongside the launch of Disney+, the company's upcoming streaming service, on November 12. In the original 1955 animated movie, Tramp was portrayed as a mutt who lived on the streets, so instead of looking for a purebred dog to portray the character, producers stayed faithful to the source material.

Monte lived in a New Mexico animal shelter before transferring to HALO Animal Rescue in Phoenix. When the filmmakers went there in search of a star for their movie, he instantly won them over. Like Tramp, Monte is a mixed-breed dog, but the shelter doesn't know exactly what his background is, other than being part terrier. Despite his scrappy appearance, Monte is very well-behaved. He knows how to sit, walk on a leash, and he's friendly with everyone he meets, according to the shelter.

The Lady and the Tramp crew adopted Monte in April 2018, and earlier this month, Disney released the first promotional image of him for the film. It features Monte snuggling up with his co-star, Rose, who plays Lady. True to the original, Lady is portrayed by a purebred cocker spaniel. Though you likely don't recognize the dogs on the poster, you may have heard of the voice actors who will bring them to life: Justin Theroux is playing Tramp and Tessa Thompson is Lady.

[h/t AZ Central]

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