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Rosa Salazar To Star In Sex-Ed Dramedy ‘The Bang Bang Girls’; Paradigm Selling At Cannes

Rosa Salazar To Star In Sex-Ed Dramedy ‘The Bang Bang Girls’; Paradigm Selling At Cannes
Exclusive: Alita: Battle Angel star Rosa Salazar has been set to star in and executive produce The Bang Bang Girls, a dramedy written and to be directed by Lauren Schacher in her feature helming debut. The pic is being produced by Bronwyn Cornelius and Stefan Nowicki, and Paradigm is repping world rights at the Cannes film market.

The plot follows a high school valedictorian and her two best friends who recruit their new chemistry teacher (Salazar) to form a secret after-school sex-ed club. A fall production start is in the works.

Salazar most recently starred in Alita, the sweeping sci-fi pic from Robert Rodriguez and James Cameron that has grossed $404.8 million worldwide since its February bow. She’s also voicing the lead in Amazon Studios’ upcoming Undone, the streaming service’s first adult animation series which hails from BoJack Horseman‘s Raphael Bob-Waksberg and Kate Purdy. Her previous film credits
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'Black Sails' Duo Signs Overall Deal at Disney's Fox 21 TV Studios

Disney Television Studios continues to deepen its creative roster.

The latest additions are Black Sails co-creator Jon Steinberg and producing partner Dan Shotz, who was also an executive producer on the Starz series. The duo have signed a three-year overall deal with Fox 21 Television Studios.

Steinberg and Shotz most recently worked together as EPs of See, an Apple TV series starring Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard that's due to be part of the tech company's streaming platform. 

"Jon is both an incredibly talented creator and a force of nature as a showrunner," said Fox 21 TV ...
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Oscars 2020: Best Actress Predictions

Oscars 2020: Best Actress Predictions
It’s early, but the time has come to lay the groundwork for the 2020 Oscars, which hit the calendar earlier than usual. Nominations are January 13, and the Oscar show is February 9. This year’s returning Oscar contenders include Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”), Anne Hathaway (“Les Miserables”), and Charlize Theron (“Monster”).

Newcomers include Sundance breakout Awkwafina, star of Lulu Wang’s true-story family dramedy “The Farewell” (July 12) which A24 acquired for $6 million for the world (outside China). Shot in English and Mandarin and showcasing the acting chops of the “Crazy Rich Asians” star, “The Farewell” (Metascore: 87) will test the ceiling in North American for a foreign-language indie (American movies are not eligible for the foreign-language Oscar). Visibility will be key to this movie’s Oscar chances.

Neon acquired another Sundance breakout, writer-director Chinonye Chukwu’s prison drama “Clemency” starring Alfre Woodard as a prison warden under duress. Hard-hitting social-action
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New images from Disney’s The Lion King released

Entertainment Weekly has revealed a batch of new images from the upcoming CG-animated remake of the 1994 Disney classic The Lion King featuring Simba, Timon, Pumbaa, Rafiki, Mufasa, Scar flanked by the Hyenas, and Nala; take a look here…

See Also: Mufasa and Simba featured on The Lion King international poster

See Also: Watch the latest trailer for The Lion King

Lions rule the African savanna in The Lion King, which welcomes Donald Glover as future king Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Simba’s friend-turned-love interest Nala, and James Earl Jones as Simba’s wise and loving father, Mufasa, reprising his iconic performance from Disney’s 1994 animated classic. Chiwetel Ejiofor was called on to portray Simba’s villainous uncle Scar, and Alfre Woodard portrays Simba’s no-nonsense mother, Sarabi. Jd McCrary fills the shoes of Young Simba, a confident cub who can’t wait to be king, and Shahadi Wright Joseph brings
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Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner ‘Clemency’ Eyes Awards Season Release Date

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Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner ‘Clemency’ Eyes Awards Season Release Date
Exclusive: Chinonye Chukwu’s Clemency, which took the Sundance Grand Jury Prize Award and was acquired at the fest by Neon, will open on Dec. 27, just in time for awards season.

The film stars Oscar nominee Alfre Woodard as prison warden Bernadine Williams, who has become hardened over the years by her job on Death Row. However, one inmate’s fate (Aldis Hodge) has a serious impact on her as she is forced to confront the psychological and emotional demons that her job has created. Woodard and Hodge are already generating Oscar buzz and the pic currently counts 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. The pic also stars Richard Schiff and Wendell Pierce.

Clemency was produced by Ace Pictures Entertainment, Bronwyn Cornelius Productions and Julian Cautherley.

Neon recently earned an Academy Award nomination for Border; its upcoming slate also includes: Tom Harper’s Wild Rose
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Mufasa and Simba featured on The Lion King international poster

A new international poster has been released for the upcoming live-action remake of the beloved 1994 animated classic The Lion King, once again featuring Mufasa and his son Simba; take a look here…

See Also: Watch the latest trailer for The Lion King

Lions rule the African savanna in The Lion King, which welcomes Donald Glover as future king Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Simba’s friend-turned-love interest Nala, and James Earl Jones as Simba’s wise and loving father, Mufasa, reprising his iconic performance from Disney’s 1994 animated classic. Chiwetel Ejiofor was called on to portray Simba’s villainous uncle Scar, and Alfre Woodard portrays Simba’s no-nonsense mother, Sarabi. Jd McCrary fills the shoes of Young Simba, a confident cub who can’t wait to be king, and Shahadi Wright Joseph brings tough cub Young Nala to life.

Directed by Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book), The Lion King features a
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2020 Oscar Predictions: 92nd Academy Awards

2020 Oscar Predictions: 92nd Academy Awards
The official start of the 2019-20 awards season is still months away, but with the Cannes lineup announced and dates set for the fall’s big contenders, it’s not too early to start thinking about the movies and performances that will register with awards voters later this year. Sundance often brings a handful of early contenders, but this year was relatively light on narrative contenders: “The Farewell” and “The Report” seem most likely to break out, as could Alfre Woodard for her performance in Grand Jury Prize winner “Clemency.” As ever, documentaries showed a stronger hand in Park City, with titles such as “Apollo 11,” “American Factory,” “One Child Nation,” and “Knock Down the House” all likely to build awards buzz this year.

Per usual, studios are saving their biggest contenders for the fall film festivals. One exception is Jordan Peele’s horror thriller “Us,” which scored $246 million worldwide for Universal,
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‘The Lion King’ Is Not A Shot-for-Shot Remake, Jon Favreau Promises Fans

‘The Lion King’ Is Not A Shot-for-Shot Remake, Jon Favreau Promises Fans
After underwhelming critics and the box office with Tim Burton’s “Dumbo,” Disney has two more chances to impress audiences with live-action remakes this summer with the upcoming releases of Guy Ritchie’s “Aladdin” and Jon Favreau’s “The Lion King.” The latter is expected to be one of the biggest earners of the summer movie season. Not only did the first “Lion King” set a viewing record for Disney, but the footage the studio has shown so far has earned rave reviews.

If any criticism has been lobbied at “The Lion King” thus far, it’s that the movie’s trailers have made it appear the movie is a shot-for-shot remake of Disney’s 1994 animated classic. For the 2019 remake, Favreau relied on the same VFX technology he used on Oscar winner “The Jungle Book” to create photorealistic animals that are not necessarily live-action, but come pretty close to the real thing.
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The Under-$50 Million Movie Is Endangered. Three Distributors are Fighting to Save It.

The Under-$50 Million Movie Is Endangered. Three Distributors are Fighting to Save It.
As studios double down on franchises, sequels, comic books, and events that pull audiences into bigger-better-brighter cinemas, movies that cost less than $50 million look like an endangered species. Studios already find it tough to justify risky, original dramas — like F. Gary Gray’s “Straight Outta Compton,” which cost $28 million and grossed $206 million worldwide. Universal Filmed Entertainment Group chairman Donna Langley nurtured that movie, and fought to make it. But not every movie has such a passionate champion.

“Tons of projects never even get to the greenlight meeting,” said one senior studio executive. “We can’t make the P&L work. The physical business [DVD sales] is declining at a rate of 10-11 percent. The digital business is not growing enough to offset physical declines. And the growth of the international box office doesn’t translate to ancillaries.”

That’s when a producer who can’t get a studio movie made — like “Bird Box,
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The Under-$50 Million Movie Is Endangered. Three Distributors are Fighting to Save It.

The Under-$50 Million Movie Is Endangered. Three Distributors are Fighting to Save It.
As studios double down on franchises, sequels, comic books, and events that pull audiences into bigger-better-brighter cinemas, movies that cost less than $50 million look like an endangered species. Studios already find it tough to justify risky, original dramas — like F. Gary Gray’s “Straight Outta Compton,” which cost $28 million and grossed $206 million worldwide. Universal Filmed Entertainment Group chairman Donna Langley nurtured that movie, and fought to make it. But not every movie has such a passionate champion.

“Tons of projects never even get to the greenlight meeting,” said one senior studio executive. “We can’t make the P&L work. The physical business [DVD sales] is declining at a rate of 10-11 percent. The digital business is not growing enough to offset physical declines. And the growth of the international box office doesn’t translate to ancillaries.”

That’s when a producer who can’t get a studio movie made — like “Bird Box,
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The full trailer for ‘The Lion King’ remake will take your breath away [Watch]

Disney dropped the first trailer for its highly anticipated live-action remake of “The Lion King” on Wednesday — 100 days out from its July 19 release. Come for the super realistic CGI rendering of the animals, stay for Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen singing “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” as Timon and Pumbaa.

Featuring sumptuous, dazzling images of the African savannah landscape that could easily double as a nature documentary, the two-minute clip kicks off with Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor) giving some life lessons to his young nephew Simba (Jd McCrary).

“Life’s not fair, is it, my little friend?” Scar asks. “While some are born to feast, others spend their lives in the dark, begging for scraps.”

See Beyonce to voice Nala in live-action ‘The Lion King

Intense, Uncle Scar. Simba’s pops Mufasa, voiced by James Earl Jones once again, has some better pearls of wisdom to impart, of course. “Everything you see
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Disney Unveils First Full Length Lion King Movie Trailer: Watch

Disney has officially unveiled the first full-length trailer for the upcoming live action ‘The Lion King‘ movie which is expected to shatter box office records with its all-star cast. The film is set to premiere on July 19th, which is 25 years after the original fan-favorite film was released.

The Lion King,’ is directed by Jon Favreau, and features an all-star voice cast, including Donald Glover as Simba, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, Billy Eichner as Timon, Beyonce as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, John Oliver as Zazu, and James Earl Jones as Mufasa. The latter voiced the same character in Disney’s 1994 animated movie.

This full length trailer showcases Simba as he grows from a lonely cub to the ruler of the animal kingdom, whilst making friends with the cast of characters along the way.

Watch the full length trailer below:
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New The Lion King Trailer Brings Disney's Iconic Characters to Life

The brand-new trailer for Disney's The Lion King is available today, marking 100 days until Simba arrives in theaters on July 19. Here we get to see the best look yet as Disney brings these classic characters to life on the big screen in a way never before experienced by audiences.

Disney's The Lion King, directed by Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book), journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub's arrival. Scar, Mufasa's brother, and former heir to the throne, has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba's exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.
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‘The Lion King’: See Simba Face Menacing Uncle Scar in New Trailer

Disney previews Simba’s destiny of becoming king — and the perilous journey that awaits him — in the stunning new trailer for Jon Favreau’s live action remake of 1994’s The Lion King.

“Life’s not fair, is it, my little friend?” Simba’s jealous uncle, Scar (voiced by Chiwetel Ejiofor) tells the young lion, flanked by a crew of hyenas. “While some are born to feast, others spend their lives in the dark, begging for scraps.”

In contrast, the cub’s father and current king, Mufasa (James Earl Jones, reprising
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Disney releases new trailer for The Lion King

With 100 days to go until The Lion King arrives in cinemas, Disney has released a new trailer for Jon Favreau’s (The Jungle Book) upcoming CG-animated remake of the beloved 1994 movie which gives us our first look at Timon & Pumbaa, the villainous Scar, and a glimpse at the tragic stampede scene; watch it here…

See Also: Disney chief says The Lion King isn’t animation or live-action

Lions rule the African savanna in The Lion King, which welcomes Donald Glover as future king Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Simba’s friend-turned-love interest Nala, and James Earl Jones as Simba’s wise and loving father, Mufasa, reprising his iconic performance from Disney’s 1994 animated classic. Chiwetel Ejiofor was called on to portray Simba’s villainous uncle Scar, and Alfre Woodard portrays Simba’s no-nonsense mother, Sarabi. Jd McCrary fills the shoes of Young Simba, a confident cub who can’t wait to be king,
See full article at Flickeringmyth »

Simba embarks on an adventure in new trailer for ‘The Lion King’

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Disney has released a new vibrant and ultra-realistic trailer for Jon Favreau’s CG animated ‘The Lion King’.

Lions rule the African savanna in The Lion King, which welcomes Donald Glover as future king Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Simba’s friend-turned-love interest Nala, and James Earl Jones as Simba’s wise and loving father, Mufasa, reprising his iconic performance from Disney’s 1994 animated classic.

Chiwetel Ejiofor was called on to portray Simba’s villainous uncle Scar, and Alfre Woodard portrays Simba’s no-nonsense mother, Sarabi. Jd McCrary fills the shoes of Young Simba, a confident cub who can’t wait to be king, and Shahadi Wright Joseph brings tough cub Young Nala to life.

Every kingdom comes with a trustworthy advisor or two. John Kani was cast as the wise baboon Rafiki, and John Oliver was tapped as hornbill Zazu, Mufasa’s loyal confidant. When Simba goes into exile, he
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‘The Lion King’ Official Trailer: Simba and Mufasa Return to the Big Screen With Jaw-Dropping VFX

Seeing is believing in the official trailer for Disney’s upcoming adaptation of “The Lion King.” While the movie is not necessarily a live-action version of the studio’s 1994 animate classic, it does use game-changing animation VFX to bring to life the animal characters in a way that’s so realistic it’s bound to leave each viewer breathless. The summer release will be the third remake of a Disney classic this year, following “Dumbo” this month and May’s “Aladdin.”

The Lion King,” directed by Jon Favreau, features an all-star voice cast, including Donald Glover as Simba, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, Billy Eichner as Timon, Beyonce as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, John Oliver as Zazu, and James Earl Jones as Mufasa. The latter voiced the same character in Disney’s 1994 animated movie.

Favreau took on “The Lion King” after directing Disney’s “The Jungle Book
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Full-Length Trailer for Disney's 'The Lion King' Directed by Jon Favreau

"Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance." Disney has released a full-length trailer for Jon Favreau's new "live-action" take on The Lion King, based on the beloved 1994 animated film. This is more of a "photorealistic CGI remake", though the characters still do talk in this, as you can see in the trailer. Borrowing the same plot from the original, the film is about a lion cub named Simba who runs away after his evil uncle kills his father and takes over the lion kingdom. The film stars the voices of Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, John Kani as Rafiki, John Oliver as Zazu, Keegan-Michael Key as Kamari, Florence Kasumba as Shenzi, and Alfre Woodard as Sarabi. This definitely looks stunning, very photorealistic and believable. Maybe this will be great?
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‘The Lion King’ Trailer: Simba Bonds With James Earl Jones’ Mufasa (Video)

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‘The Lion King’ Trailer: Simba Bonds With James Earl Jones’ Mufasa (Video)
Young Simba gets competing lessons from Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Scar (“Life’s not fair”) and James Earl Jones’ Mufasa (“You must take your place in the circle of life”) in the first full trailer for Disney’s CG-heavy live-action remake of “The Lion King.”

The trailer promises more of the lush, extremely realistic CGI that director Jon Favreau and his team brought to the 2016 remake of “The Jungle Book.” Simba and Mufasa look and walk like lions straight out of a nature documentary, with the Pride Lands recreated as an African savannah with perfectly rendered grass that antelopes and elephants traverse through.

The clip also features a brief snippet of Seth Rogen’s warthog Pumbaa and Billy Eichner’s meerkat Timon singing “Weemoway.”

Also Read: 19 Live-Action Disney Movies in the Works After 'Dumbo' (Photos)

Released 25 years after the original, the remake of “The Lion King” will star Donald Glover as Simba,
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Apple orders Stephen King/Bad Robot series 'Lisey's Story' starring Julianne Moore

Apple orders Stephen King/Bad Robot series 'Lisey's Story' starring Julianne Moore
Project is Apple’s third project with Bad Robot; Stephen King to write series.

In its first series pick-up since unveiling its TV+ streaming service, Apple has given a straight-to-series order to Lisey’s Story, a Stephen King adaptation from J J Abrams’ Bad Robot with Julianne Moore starring.

All episodes of the eight-hour limited series will be personally written by King, based on his own 2006 psychological horror novel telling the dual stories of the widow of a famous novelist and the life of her dead husband as she remembers it. Two years after the writer’s death, the widow
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