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Exclusive: DJ Khaled Opens Up About His 'Legendary' Baby Boy Asahd at Bet Awards: 'I Work For Him'

25 June 2017 7:05 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

DJ Khaled's infant son, Asahd, stole the spotlight once again at the 2017 Bet Awards by being the coolest little dude ever.

The proud papa showed off his 8-month-old superstar son on the silver carpet, holding him up in the air like he was recreating the famous scene from The Lion King, and it couldn't have been more adorable.

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Watch: DJ Khaled Brings Out Adorable Son Asahd to Introduce Ed Sheeran at iHeartRadio Awards

Khaled spoked with Et's Kevin Frazier on the carpet, and expressed how much he truly cared for his little boy.

"I love him so much, mommy loves him so much, our whole family loves him and the world loves him," the 41-year-old artist marveled. "God gave me my biggest blessing."

Khaled and his fiancée, Nicole Tuck, welcomed their son in October, and they couldn't have looked like a happier family while posing for photos outside the show.

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TV News Roundup: CBS Daytime Promotes Three Executives

21 June 2017 4:20 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In today’s roundup, CBS Daytime announced promotion of three executives, while Misty Copeland is set to guest judge on NBC’s “World of Dance.”

Executive News

CBS Daytime promoted executives Margot Wain, Ray Paolantonio, and Laurie Seidman. Wain was upped to senior vice president of daytime programs, and Paolantonio and Seidman to vice presidents of daytime programs. In her new position, Wain will continue as the current executive of “The Price Is Right” and “The Bold and the Beautiful,” while working on daily creative and strategic elements. Paolantonio will oversee “Let’s Make a Deal” and “CBS Dream Team… »

- Rebecca Rubin

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Han Solo Movie Directors Quit in the Middle of Shooting

20 June 2017 5:51 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Almost exactly four months after the first Han Solo cast photo was revealed on the first day of production, directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have parted ways with Han Solo: A Star Wars Story. The directors are leaving after four months of shooting, with creative differences being cited as the reason. Here's what the filmmaker had to say in a brief statement below.

"Unfortunately, our vision and process weren't aligned with our partners on this project. We normally aren't fans of the phrase 'creative differences' but for once this clich&#233 is true. We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew."

StarWars.com also confirms that, despite the directors parting ways with this project, the May 25, 2018 release date will still be intact. This news also comes just a few months after the filmmakers participated in a Han Solo Omaze video with Warwick Davis, »

- MovieWeb

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10 Disney Cartoons That Deserve a Reboot Just Like ‘DuckTales’

16 June 2017 2:16 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“Recess” This show just understood playground politics. Also, the “Ashleys” could have been inspiration for Regina George and her mean girls. “Talespin” The characters of “The Jungle Book” are reimagined into a fictional post-wwi colonial town. The show could use an updated history lesson. “Pepper Ann” The show is smothered in girl power. Pepper Ann’s single mom was a feminist and there was always a good message to each episode. Young girls today deserve the same encouragement. “Timon and Pumbaa” Because “The Lion King” is one of the best original Disney movies (if not the best), why not continue »

- Ashley Boucher

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Hans Zimmer donates concert proceeds to Grenfell Tower relief fund

16 June 2017 5:03 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

German composer tweets: “We stand with you London.”

Composer Hans Zimmer is donating all proceeds from a London concert to the relief fund set up for victims of the Grenfell Tower fire in London.

The Oscar-winning German composer of Gladiator, The Lion King and The Dark Knight made the announcement during his performance at London’s Sse Arena in Wembley on Thursday evening (15 June).

Zimmer and his 15 piece studio band paid tribute to the victims of the catastrophic blaze which has so far claimed the lives of 17 people.

He said during the concert: “We are all London” and later tweeted “We Stand With You London.”

The revered composer received a standing ovation from audience members, including film director Ron Howard whose past films have been scored by Zimmer.

Other figures from the music industry to have responded to the incident include singer Adele, who visited the scene of the tragedy, and producer »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Rihanna and Kevin Durant Put Their NBA Finals Feud to Rest Following Golden State Warriors' Victory

13 June 2017 5:16 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Kevin Durant has nothing but love for Rihanna!

After helping the Golden State Warriors win the 2017 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday, the 28-year-old athlete squashed his alleged (and hilarious!) beef with the "Love on the Brain" singer.

Watch: Rihanna vs. Kevin Durant Is the Most Important Rivalry of the 2017 NBA Finals

"I ain't got nothin' to say," Durant said, trophy in hand. "Love you, girl, but I gots to do it. Gots to do it, you understand me?"

Rihanna also weighed in on the feud, re-posting a parody video made by a fan that featured Rihanna as Simba, Durant as Scar and Cavs star Lebron James as Mufasa from Disney's The Lion King.

"#LongLiveTheKing #KingisStillKingBitch (whispers congrats to Kd, cause....ROCNation)," she captioned it. "But: me and @mdollas11 beefing all summer!!"

Related: 'Bachelorette' Rachel Lindsay Watches Rumored Ex Kevin Durant Win First NBA Championship Amid 'Bip' Drama

In case you missed it, RiRi was courtside »

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Here's What's Been Going on With Jtt Since His Teen Heartthrob Days

12 June 2017 1:40 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Every so often, we take a second to reflect on our celebrity crushes of yore, from boy band members to cute TV actors, and wonder: what the hell happened to them? An adorable heartthrob named Jonathan Taylor Thomas (affectionately known as Jtt) had a heyday in the '90s, taking over the covers of teenybopper magazines and making us swoon each week as Randy Taylor on the ABC sitcom Home Improvement. Between 1991 and 1999, Jtt's cute little face and floppy middle-parted hair was also featured in big-screen classics like Man of the House, Tom and Huck, Wild America, and I'll Be Home For Christmas, and he also lent his voice to Disney's The Lion King as young Simba. After a smooth run of success, Jonathan Taylor Thomas seemingly disappeared. Poof! In 2013, Jonathan opened up about his decision to leave the spotlight, telling People that he had "been going nonstop since I was 8 years old, »

- Brittney Stephens

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Is Tom Hardy Being Considered For The Role Of Jafar In Disney's Aladdin Remake?

12 June 2017 4:00 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Following Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and Beauty and the Beast, Disney has live-action remakes of its animated classics planned out farther than their Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe films. We're talking remakes for decades! The Little Mermaid, Dumbo, The Lion King, and Mulan are all in the works, and that's just the tip of the iceberg! Perhaps the most interesting project in the bunch is Aladdin, with Guy Ritchie set to direct. 

Ritchie is known for his less than family-friendly fare such as Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, and RocknRolla, though he has recently been specializing in PG-13 potential-franchise films, including both Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and one of this summer's many flops/critical disappointments, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Take this news with a grain of salt, as you should all news that comes from "a source" that isn't identified, »

- Nick Doll

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What’s This Year’s Hamilton? Your Guide to Broadway’s Best Ahead of the 2017 Tony Awards

11 June 2017 6:46 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

If you have a theater fan in your life who has been extra hyped these days, it’s likely because the 2017 Tony Awards are nearly here.

The Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre (as the Tonys are officially known) recognize the highest honor in U.S. theater — the equivalent of television’s Emmys or the film industry’s Oscars.

With no Hamilton-sized hit this year, the race in the top categories has been pretty wide open and hard to predict — with only Bette Midler’s turn in the revival of Hello, Dolly! a lock for the best actress in a musical prize. »

- Dave Quinn

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‘Planet Earth 2’ composers: ‘We were privileged’ to be part of landmark BBC production [Watch]

10 June 2017 4:00 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

During our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive interview above), “Planet Earth 2” composers Jasha Klebe and Jacob Shea tell Gold Derby’s Zach Laws, “We were just privileged to have the opportunity to be a part of a series like this.” The two Bleeding Fingers composers collaborated on the score with Oscar champ Hans Zimmer (“The Lion King”), who wrote the main title theme for the landmark […] »

- Marcus James Dixon

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GKids’ Founder Eric Beckman Champions Independent Voices in Animation

8 June 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Eric Beckman, founder and head of GKids, looks at animation in a different way than many of his contemporaries. This has made his independent distribution outfit a popular destination for filmmakers who are interested in telling complex stories with a more handmade approach to animation.

“We love what we do at GKids, and much of our passion is born out of the people we choose to work with,” says Beckman, who is receiving the Mifa & Variety Animation Personality of the Year Award at Annecy along with Gebeka Films’ Marc Bonny.

This year, the GKids slate includes “The Breadwinner” and “Birdboy: The Forgotten Children.”

Founded in 2008, GKids rose in stature in 2010 when “The Secret of Kells” received an animated feature Oscar nomination, joining the likes of studio pics “Up,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “Coraline” and “The Fantastic Mr. Fox.”

“The extraordinary success of ‘Kells’ really helped us, both with profitability and exposure, »

- Nick Clement

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‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Headed To Broadway: Palace Theatre Become Bikini Bottom In Late 2017

5 June 2017 10:53 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Absorbent and yellow and porous is he — and soon a Broadway star to boot. A new SpongeBob SquarePants musical is headed to the Main Stem, which previews starting November 6 at the Palace Theatre and opening night on December 4. It is, of course, just the latest beloved IP to have a go at the Great White Way after such mega-successes as The Lion King, Wicked and Aladdin and more recently School of Rock, Groundhog Day and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The SpongeBob Squa… »

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The Lion King’s Simba and Rafiki get new Pop! Vinyl figures from Funko

3 June 2017 12:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In celebration of the 23rd anniversary of the animated classic The Lion King, Funko has revealed its upcoming Pop! Disney vinyl figures which includes Simba wearing a leaf man and Rafiki holding a baby Simba; check them out here…

The 23rd anniversary of the Disney classic The Lion King is upon us. In order to celebrate, some of your favorite characters are receiving the Pop! vinyl treatment! Rafiki holding baby Simba is joining the Funko family. In addition, we have Simba wearing a leaf mane. Add them to your collection this Summer! »

- Amie Cranswick

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Beauty and the Beast Crosses $500M at U.S. Box Office

28 May 2017 2:02 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Disney has the highest-grossing domestic movie of 2017, and honestly, it isn't even close. Their live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast has been raking in the dough ever since it was released in March and now, it has crossed a very significant milestone. With the Memorial Day weekend box office taken into account, Beauty and the Beast has now grossed more than $500 million domestically.

According to Box Office Mojo, Disney's Beauty and the Beast has grossed just over $500 million domestically, making it just the eighth movie ever to do so. The other movies to accomplish the same feat include Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($936.7 million), Avatar, ($760.5 million), Titanic ($658.7 million), Jurassic World ($652.3 million), Marvel's The Avengers ($623.4 million), The Dark Knight ($534.9 million) and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ($532.2 million). For those keeping score, four of the eight movies happen to be Disney releases, which speaks to just how dominant they have »

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Sam Mendes May Direct Disney’s Live-Action ‘Pinocchio’

23 May 2017 8:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Disney just keeps tearing through their vault of animated classics in order to bring younger audiences live-action remakes of the movies that their parents fell in love with when they were kids. Beauty and the Beast became a box office sensation this year, and The Lion King, Dumbo, Mulan and Aladdin are marching towards production. […]

The post Sam Mendes May Direct Disney’s Live-Action ‘Pinocchio’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Live-Action Pinocchio Courting Former James Bond Director Sam Mendes

23 May 2017 7:51 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Sam Mendes, the Oscar-winning director behind Skyfall and Spectre, has come into contention to helm Disney’s long-brewing Pinocchio movie.

Deadline has the scoop, revealing that Mendes has now entered early talks to pull the strings on the live-action feature, one that’ll be ushered into a growing collection of revamped fairytales that already includes the likes of Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Book and Bill Condon’s box office smash, Beauty and the Beast. As for the story involving the iconic puppet – a puppet who longs to be viewed as a real boy after his master’s wish is inexplicably granted – we understand Chris Weitz is the brains behind the latest draft of Pinocchio‘s script, and is also expected to produce via his production banner.

And though it’s important to stress that Sam Mendes is yet to sign along the dotted line, this potential development looks »

- Michael Briers

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Disney's Pinocchio Live-Action Movie Targets James Bond Director

22 May 2017 6:21 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sam Mendes is in talks to take on Disney's live-action adaptation of Pinocchio. The monster box office success of Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book is sure to have been a deciding factor to continue rehashing the animated stories for Disney. The live-action adaptation of The Lion King is in the works and now the long rumored live-action Pinocchio may have found a director. The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Mulan are rumored to be coming next from the Mouse House.

Deadline reports that Mendes (American Beauty, Spectre) is currently in very early talks to direct the live-action Pinocchio for Disney. We'll take this news with a grain of salt because about a year ago it was reported that Mendes was in early talks to direct a live-action remake of James and the Giant Peach, which has yet to come into fruition. But it will be pretty interesting to »

- MovieWeb

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‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’: Here’s How VFX Powered the Best Part of the Movie

19 May 2017 1:48 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Guy Ritchie’s frenetic “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” which flopped at the box office in its opening weekend, might have been too leery of “Game of Thrones” for its own good. It mixes Arthurian mythology with the director’s signature grit and temporal trickery, while throwing in a mashup “Lord of the Rings,” “The Lion King,” and “The Little Mermaid,” among others.

Still, the opening siege of Camelot is a visual feast, boasting impressive VFX from Framestore. It features three giant elephants larger than a football field attacking the royal castle in the English mountains, surrounded by a viaduct and valley, some overheated sorcery, and, of course, the legendary sword, Excalibur.

Read More: Guy Ritchie Isn’t Going to Be Making Another ‘Snatch’ Any Time Soon

Everything about the opening thwarts our expectations: Mordred (Rob Knighton), the traitor, appears a generation earlier as a magician (or mage) to overthrow Arthur’s father, »

- Bill Desowitz

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'Lion King', 'Harry Potter' animator's debut feature get sales deal

17 May 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Concourse Film Trade launches sales on Alex Williams-directed animation.

Concourse Film Trade, the global sales and financing arm of Matthew Shreder and James Andrew Felts’ [pictured] Concourse Media, has acquired worldwide sales rights to the feature animation My Haunted House.

Animation veteran Alex Williams directs the feature about Charlie, a normal 14-year-old who lives in a haunted house with his supernatural family made up of Frankenstein, Count Dracula, mummies and zombies.

Williams brings a wealth of experience, having worked as an animator on The Lion King, Robots, The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader, and Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, among others.

The UK’s Tigon Entertainment is producing My Haunted House in association with Vancouver-based studio Liquid Media Group (Lmg), which has a first-look deal with Concourse finance partner Productivity Media. Bob Thompson is the producer in charge of animation.

“We have been seeking a strong animation title for several market »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Cannes: Animated Movie ‘My Haunted House’ Selling Through Concourse

17 May 2017 6:29 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Concourse Film Trade has acquired worldwide rights on the feature animation film “My Haunted House,” directed by Alex Williams, Variety has learned exclusively.

Williams has animation credits on “The Lion King” as the animator for Scar, “The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” The producer in charge of animation is Bob Thompson, who previously worked for Lego and BBC.

The story follows Charlie, a perfectly normal 14-year-old boy, who lives in a perfectly normal, ordinary town. He just happens to live in a haunted house with his strange and embarrassing supernatural family made up of Frankenstein, Count Dracula, mummies, and zombies.

My Haunted House” is in pre-production and is produced by Tigon Entertainment (U.K.) in association with Liquid Media Group in Vancouver. Productivity Media Inc., which has a financing pact with Concourse Media, recently signed a three-year first-look deal with Liquid. »

- Dave McNary

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