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 »
Normally, when Donald Glover is cast in a movie, he’s the only actor who also happens to be a Grammy-winning recording artist. But when it comes to Disney’s remake of The Lion King, that isn’t the case. Global music superstar and 23-time Grammy winner Beyoncé Knowles-Carter has a role in The Lion King remake as the adult voice of Simba’s best friend, Nala. But you don’t get Beyoncé in your movie and just utilize her voice for acting, especially when you’re Disney and you’ve got money to throw around. Disney had Beyoncé create an original song for The Lion King soundtrack called “Spirit,” and you can listen to it right now.
But that’s not all. This song is not only in the movie, it’s the first track from an entire album inspired by The Lion King with songs featuring Beyoncé and other global recording artists creating more original music steeped in the sounds of Africa.
Listen to The Lion King Beyonce song below, and find out about this new album too. Read More »
Are critics feeling the love tonight? Will you “be prepared” for what they have to say about Disney’s not-quite-live-action, not-quite-animated remake of The Lion King? I sure hope so, because the first reactions have arrived and we’ve gathered several from around the web to give you an idea of whether director Jon Favreau managed to capture the essence of the 1994 animated classic with his newfangled technology. Read More »
Those geniuses in Hollywood have done it again! After thinking long and hard about the best possible way to entertain the masses, executives and producers have found the solution: a Look Who’s Talking reboot. Yes, the ’80s film about a baby with the voice of Bruce Willis is getting an update for our terrible modern times, and there’s nothing you can do about it.
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Chris Rock‘s Saw reboot just got a heck of a lot cooler. Samuel L. Jackson has officially joined the cast of the new film, taking on the role of Rock’s father. The new Saw comes courtesy of an original idea by Rock, and while plot details are slim, there’s a good bet killer booby traps will be involved in some capacity. And if we get really lucky, Samuel L. Jackson will say the f-word. Read More »
The Lion King remake is less than two weeks away from hitting theaters. It’s bound to be another huge hit around the world for Walt Disney Pictures, but for those who may be on the fence about checking it out, a new clip has arrived with some hilarity supplied by the dynamic duo Timon and Pumbaa, who are voiced by Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen this time. Watch The Lion King clip below. Read More »
Disney’s remake of Aladdin just recently crossed the $900 million mark at the worldwide box office, making it only the sixth live-action Disney film to cross that major milestone. So there’s no better time to keep the hype train going than by teasing the next remake of one of their beloved animated classics.
Mulan is based on the 1998 feature animated action adventure inspired by one of China’s most popular folktales. The film follows a young woman who masquerades as a man to take her father’s place in the Imperial Army, and now that story is getting the live-action reboot treatment. However, don’t expect the musical part of the original movie to make a comeback this time.
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For many cinephiles, the phrase “English-language remake” is a red flag — another blatant attempt by Hollywood to capitalize on the success of a popular Korean, Japanese, Chinese, etc., film. And more often than not, those remakes fall flat with both the original fans and the mainstream audiences that they’re attempting to appeal to, either because the cultural essence gets lost in translation or, more recently, because of the polarizing issue of whitewashing. When East and South Asian films are gaining a bigger presence on the world stage, why should remakes even be a thing? But the South Korean company CJ Entertainment sees an advantage to English-language remakes of Korean films. So it’s stepping in to develop them itself.
CJ Entertainment is a South Korean film production and distribution company under the broader media company CJ ENM. It’s the distributor behind Bong Joon-ho’s Cannes Palme D’Or winner Parasite, and box office hits like The Man From Nowhere and this year’s Extreme Job, the latter of which is already set to get a U.S. remake with Kevin Hart. But the difference between Extreme Job and Hollywood remakes that have failed in the past is that CJ Entertainment has a hand in developing it. That is, according to CJ Entertainment’s head of U.S. productions Francis Chung. /Film got on the phone with Chung to talk about remakes, the complicated discourse around whitewashing, and why you won’t be seeing an English-language remake of Parasite anytime soon.
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Singer-actress Halle Bailey wants to be where the people are, so she’s joined Disney’s Little Mermaid remake cast. Bailey will play lead character Ariel, who really wants to get away from her undersea kingdom and hang out with us lousy land-dwelling humans. The cast for Disney’s latest live-action remake is coming together quickly, with Melissa McCarthy, Jacob Tremblay, and Awkwafina all in talks to dive into the project.
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There’s nothing that can get you more hyped for a Disney remake than seeing actors stare death in the eyes. That’s the route that The Lion King seems to be taking with its latest marketing campaign, which is doing a lot to remind us that there are real actors voicing these photorealistic animals. New The Lion King character portraits show the actors, which include Donald Glover, Beyonce, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, and John Oliver, face-to-face with their animals in what looks to be the snazziest Sears portrait studio ever. See the character portraits below.
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