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WIRE Buzz: Mickey Mouse shorts coming to Disney+; Uncharted update; more

By Josh Weiss
Mickey Mouse shorts

Mickey Mouse, the iconic mascot of the Walt Disney Corporation, is getting a fresh batch of shorts on Disney+, the subscription streaming service confirmed today. Premiering on the character's birthday (Wednesday, Nov. 18), The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse hails from the team behind Disney Channel's Emmy Award-winning "Mickey Mouse" cartoons. Ten shorts are slated to premiere before the year is out, with 10 more on the way in 2021.

The shorts will run for about seven minutes apiece and feature the expected faces: Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Daisy, Donald, and Pluto "as they embark on their greatest adventures yet," reads the release, "navigating the curveballs of a wild and zany world where the magic of Disney makes the impossible possible."

Mickey Mouse shorts

The bite-sized stories are said to be inspired by the different lands at Disney's various theme parks and will feature cameos from the company's other "heritage" creations. Viewers are promised "laugh-out-loud comedy, modern settings, timeless stories, new music and the unmistakable classic art style of the 'Mickey Mouse' shorts," adds the release.

Artist/director Paul Rudish is executive producing the series alongside Disney Television Animation. Christopher Willis has been tapped to provide the music.

Malcolm McDowell is getting spooky for his next film project, The Benefactor.

Per Deadline, the Clockwork Orange and Halloween vet is locked in to play a washed-up painter, who takes an art residency after the death of his wife. He soon comes to believe that his house is haunted by spirits that want to drive him insane. Nothing else is known about the plot at this time.

Malcolm McDowell

David Carson, who previously worked with McDowell on 1994's Star Trek: Generations, is on board to direct and produce the horror flick. The screenplay was penned by newcomers Mark and Anna Casadei, who are also producing with their manager, Paul C.Escoll. Rowdy Rabbit Films and Center Mass Studios are the production companies behind the project.

Nathan Drake's journey to the big screen in Sony's Uncharted movie is going swimmingly, according to star Tom Holland.

"Filming is going so well. The film is like everything I ever dreamed it would," the actor, who will be playing a younger version of Drake, said during a recent Instagram livestream. "I don't know if you guys played the games, but I was such a huge fan of the [series]." 

Production is putting Holland through the ringer and he's got the marks to prove it, although he can't really show off his injuries in polite company. "I do have the biggest bruise of all time, though, on my leg," he admitted. "But it's in a bit of a revealing area for Instagram Live. I think I would get shut down [for showing you]. It's a glorious bruise."

After numerous directors exited the project over the last couple of years, the movie finally began to gain momentum under the captaincy of Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Venom). Production was just getting underway in the spring when the coronavirus pandemic forced the movie to shut down on its very first day. Filming began to pick back up over the summer.

Mark WahlbergAntonio Banderas, Sophia Taylor Ali, and Tati Gabrielle have also been cast. Right now, Uncharted is eyeing a theatrical release date of July 16, 2021. The script was written by Iron Man scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway.