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Lea Salonga, Jasmine’s Singing Voice From “Aladdin,” Slays “A Whole New World” 22 Years Later

Lea Salonga, Jasmine's Singing Voice From "Aladdin," Slays "A Whole New World" 22 Years Later
Let's Get Nostalgic, Shall We?

If you’re like me, still singing “A Whole New World” into your hairbrush while you twirl around your room like a seven-year-old, hold on to your magic carpets, because this is freakin’ amazing.

Lea Salonga, the Broadway legend who was Princess Jasmine’s singing voice in the Disney classic “Aladdin” 22 years ago, teamed up with Il Divo to sing the famous tune again, and HOLY CRAP is she good. Lea’s live version sounds exactly as it did over two decades ago— maybe even better. Watch her flawless performance above and get those hairbrushes ready, because it’s about to get all nostalgic up in here.

What Disney Movies Taught Me About Being Gay

What Disney Movies Taught Me About Being Gay

Ursula from “The Little Mermaid” is almost certainly a lesbian, according to stand-up comic James Adomian, who lovingly refers to the iconic Disney diva in a recent viral bit as a “big dyke with a butch haircut.” Adomian, who is openly gay, doesn’t believe that Ursula deserves the negative treatment she receives in the movie. “Every time I’ve ever met a woman like that in my life,” he says, “she’s been awesome.”

To an extent, Adomian is right: Ursula definitely has deep roots in queer culture. According to bonus materials on “The Little Mermaid” DVD, Ursula was modeled after the famous drag performer Divine, star of the original “Hairspray.” Keep reading »

On Abuse & Seeing What We Don’t Want To See

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Here are two things I never expected to be told in the same breath: “You’re so skinny! This will look cute on you,” and “I’m pretty sure you’re lying about that time your dad molested you.”

Nine months ago, I confronted my father about sexually abusing me as a child. Since then, my communication with my family has been limited, and it caught me off-guard when, just two weeks ago, my aunt invited me to meet her for lunch. I impulsively agreed, and initially, we started on the right note. After a few minutes of polite pleasantries, she handed me a gift bag. Inside, I found a hand-me-down Ann Taylor blazer with the tags still on (“I love the pattern, but it just doesn’t fit me”) and a copy of Meredith Maran’s My Lie: A True Story of False Memory (“I learned so much from this book. It’s amazing how unreliable our memories are, don’t you think?”). Never before had I felt so flattered and insulted all at once. Keep reading »

Dealbreaker: An Adult Who’s Obsessed With Disney

Dealbreaker: An Adult Who's Obsessed with Disney

The day I realized that Kyle and I weren’t going to get married was the day he told me how he’d always dreamed of honeymooning at Disneyland Paris.

My family was into nature. Most of our vacations were spent hiking through national parks. But Kyle’s family went to the same place every single year: Disney World. They stayed at the same hotel, ate at the same restaurants, and rode the same rides. These people were okay with paying a lot of money to be an audience year in and year out. I mean a lot of money: tickets, fast passes, souvenirs, overpriced food, hotel rooms. When they came back from Disney, all they could talk about was when they were going to go again. Did I mention the youngest member of their family was 25? Keep reading »

Rejoice! The First “Girl Meets World” Trailer Is Here!

Girl Meets World Trailer
Cory & Topanga Are Parents!

Ohmygodohmygodohmygodohmygod, after months of anticipation and Instagram photos from the set that made me blubber like a baby at my desk, we finally have the first official preview of “Girl Meets World.” And it’s really good. I mean, it’s good in a corny kids’ show way, but still really good. E! Online released an exclusive sneak peek at the trailer today, which features Rowan Blanchard’s debut as mischievous Riley (AKA The Girl Who Meets World), and lets us see Cory and Topanga in action as her savvy, loving parents. More good news on the GMW front: Ryder Strong (Shawn), William Daniels (Mr. Feeny), and Lee Norris (MINKUS!!!!) are all set to make cameos in the first season. Uh oh, I’m crying again. [E! Online]

Dreams Come True: Cast Of “The Lion King” Surprise Plane With Performance

"It's The Ciiiiiiiircle of Liiiiife..."

Someone please tell me why I was not on this plane. Travelers flying from Brisbane to Sydney, Australia, this weekend got a musical surprise when the Aussie Broadway cast of “The Lion King,” who were also en route, decided to serenade the plane with their rendition of the musical’s hit number, “The Circle of Life.” Keep reading »

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