The Lion King remake from Walt Disney Pictures is currently sitting with a rotten score of 56% on Rotten Tomatoes at the time of this writing, but that’s exactly the score Aladdin earned, and that movie has made $965 million worldwide so far, so I think The Lion King will be just fine. Even so, some people might need a nudge towards theaters to see how this movie updates the animated classic from 1994, and a new featurette shines some light on that.
Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, and Billy Eichner have the honor of recording a new version of the beloved song “Hakuna Matata” from the original animated movie. Since this is a remake, the song couldn’t just be a carbon copy of the original, but it also couldn’t stray too far from the version that people love. This new The Lion King featurette showcases all three cast members talking about singing the updated tune, and you even get to see them recording together in the sound booth. Watch! Read More »
Jon Favreau‘s The Lion King has proven somewhat divisive among critics, but most agree that his new film is, at the very least, a jaw-dropping technical achievement. Through the use of new technology, Favreau found a way to make a remake of a 25-plus-year-old movie feel like an event – something studios seem to be struggling with as rival franchise entries have been flopping left and right this year.
Now word has arrived that certain The Lion King IMAX theaters will play a version of the movie that’s been specifically formatted for IMAX screens, in which the movie’s biggest musical numbers will expand vertically to fill up the entire screen. Find out which theaters are hosting these screenings below.
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Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid is quickly pulling its cast together, and now one of the film’s few remaining major roles has received a nibble on the end of its line: Oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem is in talks to play King Triton, the protective father of the title character. Learn more below. Read More »
John Cena has been on the rise as an actor ever since he showed a completely different side to his talents with a supporting role in Amy Schumer’s romantic comedy Trainwreck. Since then, he led the animated film Ferdinand, starred in the surprisingly great Blockers, tracked down Transformers in Bumblebee, and he’s joining the squad in Fast and Furious 9. But not all of his choices are going to be winners, as evidenced by the trailer for his next movie.
Playing with Fire is a new family comedy that finds John Cena playing a firefighter who takes a trio of kids under his wing after rescuing them from a fire. For some reason, he’s legally bound to take care of these kids until their parents get back from…somewhere. It doesn’t matter, because this looks absolutely atrocious. Read More »
Quick: how many Oscars has composer Hans Zimmer won during his 30-plus year career? Despite crafting some of the most memorable movie music of the past three decades, the answer is only one – Best Original Score for the original animated version of Disney’s The Lion King.
More than a quarter century later, Zimmer is revisiting and expanding upon his work in Jon Favreau’s remake of The Lion King, and I sat down with him last week at the film’s press junket to talk about how he was lured back into The Lion King once again, some of the changes he made to the music, his relationship to Elton John, and more. Check out our full Hans Zimmer interview below. Read More »
Last year, Hasbro started a new crowdfunding initiative for unique and expensive toys called HasLab. It began with a massive Star Wars playset of Jabba the Hutt’s sail barge from Return of the Jedi that cost $500. The project ended up meeting its goal, and everyone who supported the project got their own sail barge scaled to 3 and 3/4 inch Star Wars figures. But HasLab’s next project isn’t quite as expensive, and it might have a little more appeal to the general public.
HasLab has announced their next crowdfunded project is a life-size replica of the beloved Sesame Street character known as Cookie Monster. It’s not exactly an action figure, but it’s not a full fledged puppet either. It’s a fully poseable, screen accurate blue plush replica of Cookie Monster with a skeleton that allows his arms, legs and fingers to be positioned in endless ways. Check it out and find out how you can pre-order it below. Read More »
Disney’s remake of The Lion King is arriving in theaters next week, and the studio has released a featurette that gives you a behind the scenes look at its all-star cast – Donald Glover, Beyonce Carter-Knowles, Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen, and more – recording some familiar dialogue.
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Don Cheadle (Avengers: Endgame) knows it’s time to slam now, and there’s a real jam going down over at Warner Bros. in the form of Space Jam 2, a sequel to the awful-yet-somehow-beloved live-action/animation hybrid from the 1990s which featured basketball legend Michael Jordan teaming up with the Looney Tunes. Current NBA superstar LeBron James has been trying to get a sequel off the ground for years, and he’s actually managed to make it happen – and now Cheadle is the latest addition to the cast. Read More »
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After a nine year break between sequels, Pixar’s Toy Story 4 managed to establish itself as an essential entry in the Toy Story franchise by turning the focus back to Woody and giving Andy’s oldest pal a satisfying narrative conclusion. The resulting film won over skeptical fans across the world, and made it onto several /Film staff members‘ lists of the top 10 movies of the year so far.
Whether this is really the true end for Woody is still technically uncertain, but word is going around about a Toy Story 4 alternate ending which would have been a touching tribute to his romantic relationship with his old flame Bo Peep. Get the details below. Read More »
The early buzz from the world premiere of The Lion King may be strong, but after a recent clip was released from the remake of Disney’s animated classic, some people aren’t so jazzed.
During Donald Glover‘s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live earlier this week, a quick clip of him singing as adult Simba along with his pals Timon (Billy Eichner) and Pumbaa (Seth Rogen) was shown. That’s right, we’re talking about the wonderful “Hakuna Matata” sequence, but when you compare it to the original scene, it makes you question exactly what makes this remake worth watching. See The Lion King remake comparison below. Read More »