Bambi remake in the works

A remake of Disney classic Bambi is in the works.According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney executives have begun development on a remake of their 1942 animated feature Bambi, which told the story of the titular fawn who befriends a rabbit named Thump…

A remake of Disney classic Bambi is in the works.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney executives have begun development on a remake of their 1942 animated feature Bambi, which told the story of the titular fawn who befriends a rabbit named Thumper and a skunk named Flower before coping with the death of his mother.

Disney officials have reportedly hired Captain Marvel screenwriter Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Sierra Burgess Is a Loser’s Lindsey Beer to pen the screenplay for the remake of Bambi, which was not well-received upon its release but is now held in high regard.

Insiders have told the publication that Bambi will be treated in a similar manner to recent remakes of The Jungle Book and The Lion King, which were made using groundbreaking special effects that made the animated animals look photorealistic. Disney bosses are also reportedly not attempting to add a larger narrative into Bambi, despite its simple scope and story.

Beer addressed the lack of plot in Bambi when replying to a Twitter user over the weekend. She wrote, “This was the challenge in coming up with our pitch, how to honour the intimate brilliance of the original but transcend the plot into something more epic and suited to modern audiences. Fine line, but I think we succeeded. I guess you/we shall see.”

The remake is being produced by Chris and Paul Weitz and Andrew Miano for their production banner Depth of Field, which is also developing a live-action remake of Pinocchio to be directed by Robert Zemeckis.

Other Disney remakes in the pipeline include Mulan, 101 Dalmatians prequel Cruella, starring Emma Stone, and Rob Marshall’s The Little Mermaid, featuring Halle Bailey.

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Beyonce wore over 300 carats of diamonds to 2020 Golden Globes

Beyonce sported an impressive 323 carats worth of diamonds at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday.The Drunk In Love hitmaker stunned in a custom-made black Schiaparelli gown complete with voluminous gold sleeves for the ceremony held at The Beverly Hilto…

Beyonce sported an impressive 323 carats worth of diamonds at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday.

The Drunk In Love hitmaker stunned in a custom-made black Schiaparelli gown complete with voluminous gold sleeves for the ceremony held at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, where she was nominated for the Best Original Song prize for her tune Spirit from The Lion King.

While the singer lost out on the award to (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again from Elton John’s musical biopic Rocketman, she won on the fashion stakes with her well-accessorised look.

Talking to The Hollywood Reporter, the star’s stylist Zerina Akers revealed: “When I first laid eyes on Daniel Roseberry’s debut collection at Schiaparelli, I knew I wanted to work with him… (and) Lorraine Schwartz sealed the deal with these custom earrings and rings.”

She explained that the star’s earrings dazzled with over 250 carats of diamonds, while the four impressive rings she sported weighed in with over 73 carats worth of diamonds.

Beyonce and her rapper husband JAY-Z made their entrance at the event almost one hour late. They were accompanied by their longtime bodyguard Julius, who was carrying two bottles of Armand de Brignac Ace of Spades Brut Gold Champagne – despite the ceremony being sponsored by its rival Moet & Chandon.

Jay has held a stake in Armand de Brignac since the mid-2000s.

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Elton John ‘disappointed’ by The Lion King remake

Elton John has mauled The Lion King remake by describing the live-action Jon Favreau movie as a “huge disappointment”.The rocker teamed up with Tim Rice to create the soundtrack for the original Disney animated classic and many of their songs made it o…

Elton John has mauled The Lion King remake by describing the live-action Jon Favreau movie as a “huge disappointment”.

The rocker teamed up with Tim Rice to create the soundtrack for the original Disney animated classic and many of their songs made it onto the 2019 film’s soundtrack, along with one tune Elton wrote just for the reboot.

But now he admits he wasn’t overly impressed with the new movie, which featured the voices of Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Billy Eichner, John Oliver, and Beyonce.

“The new version of The Lion King was a huge disappointment to me, because I believe they messed the music up. Music was so much a part of the original and the music in the current film didn’t have the same impact… The magic and joy were lost,” he told British GQ magazine.

“The soundtrack hasn’t had nearly the same impact in the charts that it had 25 years ago, when it was the bestselling album of the year. The new soundtrack fell out of the charts so quickly, despite the massive box office success.”

And Elton suggested that the soundtrack for the live-action remake, which featured new music from Beyonce, flopped because he wasn’t asked to be a bigger part of it.

“I wish I’d been invited to the party more, but the creative vision for the film and its music was different this time around – and I wasn’t really welcomed or treated with the same level of respect,” he added. “That makes me extremely sad.”

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Jennifer Lopez earns career-high opening with Hustlers

Jennifer Lopez has earned the best box office opening of her career with new movie Hustlers.Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, the crime-drama is inspired by a New York Magazine article published in 2015 by Jessica Pressler, with the plot followi…

Jennifer Lopez has earned the best box office opening of her career with new movie Hustlers.

Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, the crime-drama is inspired by a New York Magazine article published in 2015 by Jessica Pressler, with the plot following a savvy group of strippers who band together to scam money out of the wealthy men who visit their club.

Lopez has won rave reviews for her performance as experienced stripper Ramona, who mentors the naive Dorothy (Constance Wu), and it was announced on Sunday that the film has exceeded expectations at the North American box office following its release on Friday.

Hustlers came in at second place in the rankings, raking in $33.2 million (£26.6 million) in the U.S. and Canada, and $4.46 million (£3.5 million) in other territories, including the U.K.

Accordingly, the film marks the largest box office taking for one of Lopez’s live-action films, exceeding the $23.1 million (£18.6 million) her flick Monster-in-Law, also starring Jane Fonda, made when it opened in May 2005. Hustlers is also a box office hit for studio STXfilms, with the movie surpassing the $23.8 million (£19 million) Bad Moms collected in 2016.

It Chapter Two took the number one spot at the box office for a second week in a row. The horror movie sequel, starring Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, and Bill Hader, hauled in $40.7 million (£32.6 million) over the weekend, giving the film a $323.3 million (£252.2 million) 10-day worldwide total. Angel Has Fallen landed in third place with $4.4 million (£3.5 million), while Good Boys and The Lion King closed out the top five.

In light of the positive critical response to Hustlers, Lopez took to her YouTube channel to post a video in which she appeared to be moved by the reaction.

“I have been doing this too damn long to have any expectations. You know what I mean?” the 50-year-old admitted. “I just do my best. I work as hard as I f**king can to just like make it epic, but then the rest is up to God, timing, people.”

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Chiwetel Ejiofor to play villain opposite Mark Wahlberg in Infinite

Chiwetel Ejiofor has been cast as the villain opposite Mark Wahlberg in action-thriller Infinite. Infinite, to be directed by Training Day’s Antoine Fuqua, centres on a group of near-immortal men and women who are reincarnated over the centuries and ar…

Chiwetel Ejiofor has been cast as the villain opposite Mark Wahlberg in action-thriller Infinite.

Infinite, to be directed by Training Day’s Antoine Fuqua, centres on a group of near-immortal men and women who are reincarnated over the centuries and are known as “the Infinite.”

The British actor will play a member of the Infinite who has found a way to stop the reincarnation process and plans to use it on his own kind, according to editors at The Hollywood Reporter.

Wahlberg, who was drafted in to lead the project after Chris Evans dropped out, is set to portray Evan Michaels, a man with schizophrenia who realises his hallucinations are actually memories from past lives, and these will help him defeat the evil mastermind.

Ejiofor also joins The Maze Runner’s Dylan O’Brien and Kingsman: The Secret Service’s Sophie Cookson, who have been previously been cast in undisclosed roles, as well as Rupert Friend and Icelandic actor Johannes Haukur Johannesson.

Ian Shorr and John Lee Hancock are writing the script, which is based on D. Eric Maikranz’s 2009 novel The Reincarnationist Papers, while Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing with Mark Vahradian and Bellevue Productions’ John Zaozirny.

Production is set to get underway in London at the end of September ahead of a cinema release in August 2020.

The 12 Years a Slave actor made his directorial debut earlier this year with The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and recently lent his voice to the villain Scar in the remake of Disney’s The Lion King. He will next appear in Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil opposite Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning, and recently wrapped filming alongside Charlize Theron in The Old Guard.

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Billy Eichner: ‘Jon Favreau had The Lion King cast physically act out scenes’

Director Jon Favreau had the cast physically act out scenes from The Lion King while recording, according to Billy Eichner.The Billy On The Street funnyman voices Timon, alongside Seth Rogen’s warthog Pumbaa, in Disney’s live-action remake of the 1994 …

Director Jon Favreau had the cast physically act out scenes from The Lion King while recording, according to Billy Eichner.

The Billy On The Street funnyman voices Timon, alongside Seth Rogen’s warthog Pumbaa, in Disney’s live-action remake of the 1994 animated classic.

In an interview with British newspaper The Independent, Eichner gave an insight into the unusual way that Favreau got the star-studded cast, including Donald Glover, Beyonce, John Oliver, James Earl Jones, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, to record their voices for the movie.

“It was very unexpected. Jon had this whole performance room set up with cameras all around the perimeter and microphones all over, recording everything we did, and he actually had us physically act out all the scenes,” the 40-year-old New York native shared.

“At one point, he had us throw the scripts down and improvise through the entire movie. And a lot of that actually ended up in the final product.”

Eichner explained that he thought the cast needed to do something “more conversational” to help give character to the computer-generated animals onscreen.

“We still have our larger-than-life, over-the-top moment, but it’s a bit scaled down from what the original was,” he stated.

That meant that the comedy double act of Eichner and Rogen could let their funny side shine through in their roles as neurotic meerkat Timon and loveable warthog Pumbaa.

“I think that was part of the fun,” the Knocked Up star shared. “Being able to weave in and out of new material and kind of make people think maybe they were going to get the same joke, but then being able to switch it just enough that it felt a little unexpected and therefore funny.”

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Billy Eichner got Nathan Lane’s blessing about his The Lion King casting

Funnyman Billy Eichner emailed Nathan Lane as soon as he was cast as Timon in The Lion King remake so he could get his blessing. Lane voiced meerkat Timon in Disney’s original film, and when Eichner received news he’d be playing the role in Jon Favrea…

Funnyman Billy Eichner emailed Nathan Lane as soon as he was cast as Timon in The Lion King remake so he could get his blessing.

Lane voiced meerkat Timon in Disney’s original film, and when Eichner received news he’d be playing the role in Jon Favreau’s live-action revamp, the Broadway veteran was one of the first people he got in touch with.

“I know Nathan, I’ve loved him since I was a kid and I emailed him and I said, ‘Look, I can’t do what you did, but I want your blessing. I’ll do my best’,” Eichner told Good Morning America. “He said, ‘What are you going to do next? The Birdcage with Ryan Gosling?'”

Lane starred in 1996 comedy The Birdcage opposite the late Robin Williams.

“He was hilarious, he’s been lovely,” Eichner added. “He just emailed me again two days ago to say congratulations that the movie’s opening. He’s so nice.”

The film is a true full circle moment for Eichner, who worked as a bartender at The Lion King’s Broadway show when he was a struggling actor in 2002.

The 40-year-old also touched upon the recent viral video on social media, showing him sweetly freaking out about meeting Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry at the royal premiere of The Lion King in London.

Eichner is seen telling co-star Seth Rogen, who voices warthog Pumbaa in the movie, what he’s going to say to the royal duo, and then becomes anxious when he sees them approach.

However, he didn’t need to worry, as he and Meghan had a conversation about their old drama teachers at Northwestern University in Illinois, which they both attended.

“We ended up having this very casual conversation about our acting teachers at Northwestern,” he revealed.

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Jon Favreau encouraged The Lion King team to make visuals ‘uglier’   

Jon Favreau encouraged The Lion King team to make the visual effects “uglier” so they would seem more realistic.Following on from the success of his 2016 remake of The Jungle Book, the Iron Man actor and director was picked to helm the photorealist…

Jon Favreau encouraged The Lion King team to make the visual effects “uglier” so they would seem more realistic.

Following on from the success of his 2016 remake of The Jungle Book, the Iron Man actor and director was picked to helm the photorealistic reboot of the 1994 Disney classic.    

Favreau was determined to make the scenes look as realistic as possible, like they were shot by a camera in the traditional way rather than made in a studio, and so he made sure none of the scenes being created looked too perfect.    

“You evaluate shots differently from the days before CGI (computer generated imagery),” he told Britain’s Daily Telegraph. “Nowadays, the minute you reach the VFX (visual effects) machine, you instinctually think, ‘Let’s put a perfect sky behind that perfectly lit close-up.’ But though everyone might gasp at the result in the edit, it doesn’t look like something you’d ever be able to shoot.”    

Accordingly, he urged the team to “make it uglier… have the fast-moving characters go a little out of focus, cast awkward shadows, muddy the clouds up a bit.”   

The 52-year-old looked to nature documentaries made by British broadcaster David Attenborough for inspiration about how the animals should behave onscreen.    

“There’s a common acceptance that this is how nature looks,” Favreau explained. “So, we’re trying to import that sense of realism by borrowing their techniques.”   

While the audiences will be watching the antics of Simba and Nala, voiced by Donald Glover and Beyonce, Favreau insisted the background details are just as important as the characters when it comes to maintaining the film’s realism.    

“You’d be amazed by how much the boring things matter,” he continued. “The way different-sized rocks are scattered in canyons, the paths carved by water, the light on fur. When you get all these things right at once, it’s like seeing a really good magic trick. Your brain can’t process what’s actually going on, so emotion takes over.”   

The Lion King hits cinemas from 12 July.  

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Film critics praise live-action The Lion King following premiere

Film critics have praised the new The Lion King movie following its world premiere on Tuesday night.Directed by Jon Favreau, the musical drama is a photorealistic remake of Disney’s 1994 animated classic of the same name, and features the voices of Don…

Film critics have praised the new The Lion King movie following its world premiere on Tuesday night.

Directed by Jon Favreau, the musical drama is a photorealistic remake of Disney’s 1994 animated classic of the same name, and features the voices of Donald Glover, Beyonce, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Oliver, Amy Sedaris, and James Earl Jones.

Many of the stars attended the debut screening at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, and in the hours after the premiere, many top reviewers took to social media to laud the production.

Steven Weintraub, editor-in-chief of Collider.com, wrote on Twitter that he had never seen a film receive such applause.

“Been lucky to have attended a number of world premieres but not sure I’ve ever heard as much clapping during a movie as I did tonight at #TheLionKing. Was like being at a rock concert. Movie is going to make so much money,” he wrote. “A few other things on #TheLionKing. The visual effects/animation in the film is INCREDIBLE. For the first time in maybe my entire life as the movie started I got really emotional. Just hearing the music wrecked me. While it’s a story you know, it’s soooooo well done.”

Writer Dorian Parks commented that the rebooted film might be his “favourite” Disney live-action adaptation to date, and Nerdist’s Rachel Heine claimed it brought her to tears.

“Absolutely blown away by #TheLionKing. Incredible visuals and voice work. Cried all my make-up off. Timon and Pumba brought me back from the edge. Would die for baby Simba,” she wrote.

Elsewhere, Mashable’s Angie J. Han lauded the film’s animation, but noted that it’s a “more nostalgic rehash than fresh reimagining,” and Buzzfeed reporter Adam B. Vary shared that while Beyonce is perfectly suited for her voice-acting role as Nala, he questioned if audiences would find an emotional connection to the story.

“#TheLionKing is a landmark *visual* experience. I’ve never seen anything like it, and I think it’s going to change how we look at movies forever. As an *emotional* experience, though…I’ll put it this way: It turns out lions can’t really emote,” he mused.

The Lion King is set to his cinemas from 19 July.

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Donald Glover’s son was more excited for Beyonce in The Lion King

Donald Glover’s son was more excited over Beyonce starring in The Lion King than his father.The 35-year-old, who voices the older Simba in Jon Favreau’s live-action remake of the 1994 Disney animated classic, has revealed that his son Legend cheekily o…

Donald Glover’s son was more excited over Beyonce starring in The Lion King than his father.

The 35-year-old, who voices the older Simba in Jon Favreau’s live-action remake of the 1994 Disney animated classic, has revealed that his son Legend cheekily overlooked his huge role in the highly-anticipated movie.

“This is my son’s favourite movie. He’s like a big animal person,” Glover told Entertainment Tonight. “I wasn’t going to tell him that I was in it. I was just going to let him see it and see what happened. And I was like, ‘Hey, do you want to see The Lion King?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, Beyonce’s is in it, right?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, daddy’s in it too, though. Daddy’s in it.’

“(Beyonce’s) demo is wide-reaching. He’s super excited about it.”

In addition, the Atlanta actor noted that he still can’t believe he’s a major part of the live-action film and was stunned when director Favreau asked him to voice Simba.

“It’s a big deal for me. It’s a special moment for me,” the star gushed. “For me, I’ve been in the business for a while, but to be able to work with Beyonce, James Earl Jones, Jon Favreau, like, iconic people in this business, it’s an amazing feeling. It’s a lot of good people.

“Jon did a really good job. I still can’t believe he kind of asked me… I thought he was going to (ask me) can I sign something for his son, who I heard was a fan, and then he was like, ‘Do you want to be Simba?’ And I was like, ‘Me? You really want me to do that?’ I’m just glad he asked.”

The Lion King hits cinemas from 19 July.

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