The Lion King Featurette

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 »

donald glover spider-man far from home

Donald Glover has had a longstanding relationship with the character of Spider-Man. A viral online campaign to get him cast as the next webslinger after Tobey Maguire was so popular that the actor has basically become a part of Spider-Man lore himself. Easter eggs in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse reference him, and Glover even got cast to first voice Miles Morales in the animated Ultimate Spider-Man. And, of course, there was that cameo in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

But what about its sequel Spider-Man: Far From Home? Screenwriters Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers revealed that they initially planned to bring back Glover’s character from Homecoming to the sequel, but the cameo was ultimately scrapped.

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The Lion King TV Spot

The Lion King is poised to help Disney rule the summer box office all over again when it arrives next month. While the visuals have been nothing short of stunning, especially with it comes to the photorealistic visual effects used to bring the animals to life, we’ve yet to really see the animals talk to each other, which has been a little worriseome. But that changes today.

The Lion King TV spot lets us see Mufasa (James Earl Jones) speaking to a young Simba. And on top of that, we get to hear a new rendition of “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” sung by Donald Glover and Beyoncé Knowles Carter, the voices of the adult Simba and his childhood friend Nala. Read More »

Amy Seimetz interview

The new version of Pet Sematary is a little more intimate than the average horror movie. Staying true to the spirit of Stephen King‘s book, there’s about as much drama as horror in Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer new version of the classic story. Especially in the first hour, the filmmakers take their time to make the Creed family a believable unit with both joy and pain in their lives.

Kolsch and Widmyer enlisted exceptional actors to bring these characters to life again, including actor, writer, and filmmaker, Amy Seimetz. Seimetz, who directed Sun Don’t Shine and co-created Starz’s The Girlfriend Experience, first read the book when she was eight years old, so you could say she’s been preparing for this role a long time. Recently, she told us about performing her favorite passage from the book, working with Ridley Scott, and her moving experience at a Childish Gambino concert.

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Guava Island

Update: Running time and plot details have been added to the end of this piece.

Last summer, rumors spread that actor/musicians Donald Glover (Community, Solo: A Star Wars Story) and Rihanna (Ocean’s Eight, Battleship) were secretly shooting a movie in Cuba. Now we have our first official look at that film, which is called Guava Island and – surprise! – debuts this weekend on Amazon Prime Video. Watch the first teaser and find out more below. Read More »

the lion king duet

Can you feel the love from the star-studded cast of Jon Favreau’s upcoming CG remake of The Lion King? They’re going to show us the greatest proof of love they can with a new rendition of the classic and beloved duet “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” sung by none other than the film’s resident R&B and hip-hop superstars, Beyoncé and Donald Glover. The two play Nala and Simba, respectively, and it’s hard to not just think of the chart-topping power of the two artists combined.

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the lion king trailer

It’s the circle of life: Disney will eventually remake all their classics. The Lion King is the latest film to receive the treatment. But unlike recent Disney remakes, the new Lion King can’t really be classified as “live action.” Instead, it’s being billed as a “live-action styled” film, with director Jon Favreau using virtual cinematography technology. The first The Lion King trailer has arrived to give us a glimpse at what Favreau is cooking up, and you can see it below.

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sorry to bother you cast

LaKeith Stanfield has had a breakout year, following up his scene-stealing role in FX’s Atlanta with another standout performance as the lead in Boots Riley‘s indie hit Sorry to Bother You. But while Sorry to Bother You set Stanfield on an upward trajectory in Hollywood, that almost wasn’t the case. Riley revealed that Jordan Peele and Donald Glover almost landed the role of the telemarketer with an uncanny “white voice.” But in the end, it turned out fine for all three of them — Peele and Glover had pretty great years, too.

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Deadpool Animated Series

This past spring, fans were disappointed to learn that the Deadpool animated series ordered by FX and written by Donald Glover and his Atlanta co-writer Stephen Glover had been given the axe. At the time, creative differences were cited as the reason for the Deadpool animated series cancellation, and now we know it’s Marvel who didn’t like that the Glover Bros. had planned for the Merc with a Mouth. Read More »

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New Willy Wonka Actor

Earlier this year, we found out that Paddington director Paul King had been hired to direct a new Willy Wonka movie at Warner Bros. that would give us a reimagining of the character originated on the big screen by Gene Wilder in 1971’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Now the project is trying to find the right man to play the titular confectionery connoisseur, and the shortlist of actors has some enticing options. Read More »