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WWE’s The New Day lobbying for The Lion King roles

21 February 2017 2:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

During last night’s edition of WWE Monday Night Raw, The New Day cut a promo on their way to the ring where Xavier Woods mentioned that alongside the trio hosting WrestleMania 33 and a gaming event at SXSW, they are also sharpening their voice acting skills to hopefully land roles playing the hyenas in director Jon Favreau’s live-action remake of The Lion King. Xavier also went a step further, noting that they are serious about wanting the roles.

Now, not to say that definitively it would work, but there is a strong chance it could considering that their wrestling act is built on the camaraderie and dynamic chemistry the athletes share both in the ring and on the microphone. It’s a crazy enough idea that actually might be brilliant. Their interactions together on WWE television actually capture a silliness that could easily translate to those wacky hyenas.

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- Robert Kojder

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Donald Glover and James Earl Jones join Disney’s The Lion King

18 February 2017 2:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Disney has kicked off the casting on its upcoming remake of The Lion King, with director Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book) revealing on Twitter that Donald Glover is set to lend his voice to Simba, while James Earl Jones will reprise the role of Mufasa from the original 1994 animated classic.

I just can’t wait to be king. #Simba

Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) February 18, 2017

Looking forward to working with this legend. #Mufasa

Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) February 18, 2017

The Lion King marks another high profile role for Glover, who is currently shooting Lucasfilm’s as-yet-untitled Han Solo Star Wars spinoff, where he is portraying Lando Calrissian. And of course Jones is a Star Wars veteran, having voiced Darth Vader in the Saga, a role he reprised for December’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

The Lion King is being scripted by regular »

- Gary Collinson

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Exclusive: Christian Borle Is Busy Finding His Version of Willy Wonka

10 February 2017 10:45 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Christian Borle, the original William Shakespeare in Broadway’s Something Rotten!, and three-time Tony Award-winning director Jack O’Brien have spent 45 minutes on the second day of rehearsals for the upcoming Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical debating a very serious question: Should Borle, who is portraying Willy Wonka, do a somersault?

The question is a serious one for the two, who, like fans, have a long history with the popular 1964 novel by Roald Dahl, which was adapted for the screen in 1971 as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, with the late Gene Wilder taking on the iconic title role. In the film, he famously somersaulted across the screen. “Everyone has some familiarity with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” Borle tells Et by phone after his discussion with O’Brien about the production striking a balance with people’s expectations for the show. “There are certain things people are craving to see, but we also »

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Monsters rule the sea in new Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales trailer & poster

5 February 2017 4:36 PM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Josh Wilding

Following the debut of an extended TV spot for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Disney has released the new Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales trailer. With the return of some fan-favourite characters and a sinister new villain, fans of the franchise will love this.

Everyone else? Well, the last few films haven’t been great, so the hope is that this will return the series to its former glory. Directed by Kon-Tiki filmmakers Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, the fifth instalment was written by Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can). Johnny Depp is back as Captain Jack Sparrow, and Javier Bardem plays the evil Captain Salazar.

The rest of the cast is made up of names like Kaya Scodelario, Brenton Thwaites, Kevin R. McNally, Golshifteh Farahani, David Wenham, Stephen Graham, Geoffrey Rush, and Orlando Bloom. The movie is set to be released on May 26th, »

- Josh Wilding

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Is the Academy Taking Tom Hanks for Granted?

6 January 2017 3:11 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When he hosted “Saturday Night Live” for the ninth time last October, Tom Hanks delivered his monologue as “America’s Dad.” The sketches David S. Pumpkins and “Black Jeopardy” may have gotten more press, but the monologue fit Hanks like a glove. Clad in a fuzzy sweater, offering us words of encouragement (and money), Hanks pulled it off brilliantly because he truly is what we look for in the ideal parent — warm, trustworthy, and fair. And, like so many lovable dads, we’re in danger of taking Hanks for granted.

Hanks has long been one of our most reliable and beloved icons, the kind of Hollywood star you don’t see much of anymore. He’s a versatile actor, well-regarded by his peers as one of the nicest people in the business, and always seems to be having a great time. And he’s fairly reliable at the box office »

- Jenelle Riley

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Titanic, Dirty Dancing, Casablanca and more celebrate big movie anniversaries in 2017!

5 January 2017 1:36 PM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Titanic, Dirty Dancing, Casablanca and more celebrate big movie anniversaries in 2017!Titanic, Dirty Dancing, Casablanca and more celebrate big movie anniversaries in 2017!Adriana Floridia1/5/2017 4:36:00 Pm

One thing we all look forward to every year is our birthday, and we here at Cineplex like to celebrate the birthdays of movies too!

In 2017, there are tons of memorable films that are hitting milestone ages. While it makes us feel a little old, it also gives us a reason to look back on some of our favourite films and have epic movie marathons (oftentimes, ones where we know all of the lines).

We did some research and compiled a master list of all of the notable films that are celebrating big anniversaries this year. Among the crop are films like Titanic, Blade Runner, The Graduate, and more.

Check out the best movie anniversaries of 2017 below and start planning your movie-themed parties accordingly! »

- Adriana Floridia

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