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Disney's The Lion King Will Be Re-Told in New Scar Series (From Villain's Pov)

Disney's The Lion King Will Be Re-Told in New Scar Series (From Villain's Pov)
Fans of Disney may want to 'be prepared' as a new comic series aims to explore an untold chapter of The Lion's King's antagonist, Scar. Disney Villains: Scar will examine the iconic baddie with a story that may put Scar in a whole new light.

The classic Disney Renaissance film The Lion King dazzled audiences everywhere in the '90s. A new series from Dynamite aims to return readers to that period with a new comic book that puts all the attention on the film's villain, Scar. Writer Chuck Brown and artist Trevor Fraley are teaming up for Disney Villains: Scar, a new series that is set during the original film in between scenes.

Chuck Brown: I've watched the whole movie over and over again to prepare. We had to find a way to make our story fit in seamlessly with the film. This story also needs to add something
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Empire Strikes Back Visually Reinvented Darth Vader - & Made Him An Icon

Empire Strikes Back Visually Reinvented Darth Vader - & Made Him An Icon
Audiences generally view Star Wars' Darth Vader as one of the most iconic villains in popular culture, and The Empire Strikes Back deserves a lot of credit for subtly redesigning the villain and making him such an icon. Played by bodybuilder David Prowse, and with James Earl Jones as the voice actor, Darth Vader has been a staple in pop culture since he boarded the Tantive IV in the first Star Wars film, juxtaposing the stark white background of the consular ship. However, in the sequel, his look was slightly updated, which is when he became such a commanding presence.

Of course, Darth Vader's general appearance is the same in the 1980 classic - he still wears the famous helmet, chest piece, and all the outstanding accompanying parts of the costume. It's not that The Empire Strikes Back ditches anything; rather, it improves upon it. When Darth Vader emerges in The Empire Strikes Back,
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Who needs an Oscar to reach Egot?

Who needs an Oscar to reach Egot?
Only 18 people have won the awards grand slam known as the Egot. They are (in chronological order of achievement) composer Richard Rodgers, actress Helen Hayes, actress Rita Moreno, actor John Gielgud, actress Audrey Hepburn, composer Marvin Hamlisch, orchestrator Jonathan Tunick, writer/director/composer Mel Brooks, director Mike Nichols, actress Whoopi Goldberg, producer Scott Rudin, composer Robert Lopez, singer and actor John Legend, composer Tim Rice, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, composer Alan Menken, actress/producer Jennifer Hudson and actress Viola Davis.

Tour our photo gallery above for information about the 29 living people who just need an Academy Award to achieve Egot. They are: actor Harry Belafonte, actor Andre De Shields, actress Cynthia Erivo, composer/producer Anne Garefino, actor Hugh Jackman, actor James Earl Jones, composer and producer Quincy Jones, actress Rachel Bay Jones, composer John Kander, composer Tom Kitt, composer/actress Cyndi Lauper, composer Alex Lacamoire, producer Stan Lathan, actress Katrina Lenk,
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How Old is Joan Collins?

How Old is Joan Collins?
Are you aware that Joan Collins is a Dame? You are now. She is officially Dame Joan Henrietta Collins, but we know her better as a talented actress and writer. She’s a woman who has been such an integral part of our lives for so long that we can’t help but wonder when she wasn’t part of the public eye. It turns out she’s had a career even longer than James Earl Jones, and he’s turning 92 at the beginning of 2023. He celebrates his 70th year as an actor in 2023, but Joan Collins has years on him. She

How Old is Joan Collins?
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How Old is James Earl Jones?

How Old is James Earl Jones?
James Earl Jones is a living legend, and everyone knows it. The man makes his mark anywhere he goes and in anything he does. From his work in theater to his work in films, his television roles also speak for themselves. We aren’t going to do the math, but we imagine his career is one of the longest in Hollywood because it spans more than seven decades. He began working as an actor in 1953, meaning he is officially 70 years into his career. This leads many of his longtime fans to ask a very specific question. How old is

How Old is James Earl Jones?
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The Next Egot: All the Stars Who Are One Award Away From Hollywood’s Rare Honor

The Next Egot: All the Stars Who Are One Award Away From Hollywood’s Rare Honor
Only an elite group of 17 artists so far have achieved Egot status, winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.

The rare and coveted Egot is not easy to come by, so it’s not surprising that fewer than two dozen have achieved this status. And while the artists don’t get a final Egot trophy when it happens, its nonetheless one of show business’ greatest honors.

So, who does have the Egot?

Andrew Lloyd Webber, John Legend, Tim Rice, Rita Moreno, Audrey Hepburn, Mel Brooks, Mike Nichols, Whoopi Goldberg, Helen Hayes, Marvin Hamlisch, Robert Lopez, Richard Rogers, John Gielgud, Jonathan Tunick, Alan Menken, Jennifer Hudson and Scott Rudin are those who have won all four awards competitively.

While Barbara Streisand, James Earl Jones, Harry Belafonte, Quincy Jones and Liza Minnelli have all received honorary non-competitive awards, not everyone considers them to be Egot achievements.

Next up, Viola Davis is in the running to achieve Egot.
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How Darth Plagueis Could Appear In The Acolyte (& Should)

How Darth Plagueis Could Appear In The Acolyte (& Should)
While Darth Plagueis remains an infamous mystery in Star Wars, there’s a way that he could, and should, appear in The Acolyte. Overall, The Acolyte is set to be a different kind of Star Wars story than has been told before, opening up the live-action canon to new characters and plots never seen on screen. Such narrative flexibility includes introducing Darth Plagueis, which is not only an asset but a necessity for one of Disney’s next installments in the space opera franchise.

While it might seem that stripping such a mysterious character of his mystique would put the show on tenuous ground, it is no riskier than producing The Acolyte itself. The show is a mystery-thriller set 100 years before The Phantom Menace, and instead of focusing on the adventures of the Jedi Knights, will be exploring the activities of Star Wars' Sith while the Jedi are at the height of their power.
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Star Trek's First Female Captain Made History (Twice)

Star Trek's First Female Captain Made History (Twice)
Before Captain Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) and Captain Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), Star Trek's first female Captain made history twice. Star Trek now boasts many female Captains, most notably Janeway from Star Trek: Voyager, Burnham from Star Trek: Discovery, and Captain Carol Freeman (Dawnn Lewis) from Star Trek: Lower Decks. But the first female starship Captain in the franchise was actually seen in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

When Star Trek: Voyager launched in 1995, Kate Mulgrew received her due acclaim as the "first female Captain." But it really must be clarified that Mulgrew's Kathryn Janeway was the first female Captain to headline her own Star Trek series, which was a stellar and historic achievement. Subsequently, when Michael Burnham became Captain at the end of Star Trek: Discovery season 3, she was hailed as the franchise's first Black female Captain, but this was also incorrect. But Burnham is the first
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James Earl Jones movies: 10 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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James Earl Jones movies: 10 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Acting legend James Earl Jones is the man with the legendary voice who is still very active on Broadway and in films and shows.

Revered within the acting community for his six decades of subtle performances, Jones first came to prominence as a stage actor. He has carved out a career in which he has triumphed in a wide range of media. He has been nominated for four Tony Awards, winning two (“The Great White Hope” & “Fences”), as well as earning three Grammy nominations, winning for “Great American Documents.” He won his Golden Globe for “The Great White Hope” (from five nominations), garnered eight Emmy noms with three wins, earned an Oscar nomination for “The Great White Hope” and was awarded an honorary Academy Award in 2011.

Take a photo gallery tour ranking his 10 greatest film performances. Our photo gallery above is ranked from worst to best and also includes the “Star Wars” films,
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The 12 Best Feel-Good Sci-Fi Movies

The 12 Best Feel-Good Sci-Fi Movies
Science fiction easily lends itself to incisive cynicism about our future. It's understandable. Sci-fi is just one tool creators have to pull out today's big issues and blow them up into a scenario that we can consider from a distance. Still, too much grim introspection creates a feedback loop of depression when breakthroughs happen. We begin to think about robot apocalypses and unstoppable viruses, tech magnates going supervillain, and "Black Mirror" episodes coming true. Sometimes our paranoia is unfortunately justified, but we earn a chance to make it better.

This form of sci-fi is meant to be cautionary, not depressive, but we've all been going through a lot lately, and it's hard not to feel the weight of the world getting heavier. So let's have a nice day for once and look at some science fiction movies that leave us happier than we were before we pressed play. These are
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George Lucas Was Right To Leave Palpatine Out Of A New Hope

George Lucas Was Right To Leave Palpatine Out Of A New Hope
While George Lucas could have brought Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) to the screen earlier in the original Star Wars trilogy, he was right to leave the Sith Master out of Star Wars: A New Hope. Given the amount of leverage that the Emperor holds over the universe of Star Wars, it was important for Lucas to consider when exactly to bring the villainous juggernaut onscreen and understand how his role would impact the original movies. After all, even though the infamous emperor does not have much screen time in The Empire Strikes Back and is only referenced in the first film, the specter of his presence dramatically affects the space opera and its characters.

The tactics Lucas used to introduce Emperor Palpatine have been used to great effect in many narratives since A New Hope. Among them, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power and Lucas' Star Wars 7-9 movies also initially set up powerful,
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Jack Ryan Season 3 New Cast & Returning Character Guide

Jack Ryan Season 3 New Cast & Returning Character Guide
John Krasinski returns in Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan season 3, and here's who joins the heroic CIA analyst on his latest, globe-trotting, espionage adventure. Jack Ryan season 3 arrives on Amazon Prime Video three years after season 2 premiered in 2019. Delayed because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Jack Ryan season 3 is 8 episodes, all of which drop on the streaming service on the same day. In addition, Jack Ryan season 4 has already been announced and will be the final chapter in the successful spy series.

In Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan season 3, Jack is stationed in Rome when he uncovers a decades-old Russian plot codenamed Sokol, which involves a nuclear weapon. Jack uncovers shocking evidence that the Russians are planning to restore the Soviet Empire, but the CIA and US government refuse to act on Ryan's intel, forcing the patriotic hero to take matters into his own hands. Jack goes on the run to stop Sokol,
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‘Funny Girl’ Breaks House Record With 2M Take; ‘The Piano Lesson’ Tops Among Non-Musical Plays – Broadway Box Office

‘Funny Girl’ Breaks House Record With 2M Take; ‘The Piano Lesson’ Tops Among Non-Musical Plays – Broadway Box Office
Funny Girl broke a house record with more than 2 million in receipts at the August Wilson Theatre, A Beautiful Noise continued its 1 million-plus weekly take, and The Piano Lesson topped the list of highest-grossing non-musical productions with 914,752, each contributing to Broadway’s 37M box office tally for the week ending Dec. 18.

Heading deeper into the holiday season, Broadway held even with the previous week’s box office, even with one fewer show on the roster (Kpop was gone). In all, the 34 shows grossed 37,287,623, with attendance of 275,724 at 86 of capacity.

At the Wilson, Funny Girl, starring (of course) Lea Michele, grossed 2,005,696, handily breaking the house record of 1,994,386 set by Mean Girls back in 2018. With attendance at 96 of capacity, Funny Girl had an average ticket price of 213.28, second only to The Music Man‘s 267.99.

Some other notable figures: Almost Famous, which has posted a Jan.
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Broadway Box Office Starting To Look Like Christmas: Grosses Up 10 To 37M

Broadway Box Office Starting To Look Like Christmas: Grosses Up 10 To 37M
The holiday spirit – at least the kind measured at the box office – seemed to arrive on Broadway last week, for some shows anyway. Obvious case in point: A Christmas Carol, starring Jefferson Mays in his tour de force as every last ghost, miser and Cratchit in the story, was up a bountiful 34 in receipts, taking in 742,010 and filling 83 of seats at the Nederlander.

In total, the 35 Broadway shows grossed 37,217,001 for the week ending Dec. 11, a 10 bump over the previous week. Attendance of 283,548 showed a 7 increase. Average ticket price for the week was 131.25.

Some Like It Hot opened to excellent reviews, jumping by nearly 125,000 over the previous week for a total take of 747,142. Expect a similar trajectory in the coming weeks.

Other strong performers in this countdown to Christmas include & Juliet at the Sondheim, grossing 1,152,409 with 95 of the house filled.

A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical seems to have settled
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Why Star Wars Creator George Lucas Trusted Irvin Kershner To Direct The Empire Strikes Back

Why Star Wars Creator George Lucas Trusted Irvin Kershner To Direct The Empire Strikes Back
Conventional wisdom dictates that Irvin Kershner's 1980 film "The Empire Strikes Back" is the best feature in the long-running "Star Wars" film series. Although only the second film -- the third if you count "The Star Wars Holiday Special" -- "Empire" startled audiences by announcing itself as "Episode V." It wouldn't be until 1981 that 35mm prints of George Lucas' "Star Wars" would attach "Episode IV: A New Hope" to the beginning. 

Fans of "Empire" appreciate its relatively bleak tone when compared to the rollicking, traditional, 1930s-adventure-serial vibe of the 1977 film. The tone is grayer, the heroes are less assured to win the day, and the film ends without concluding, leaving audiences hanging right when Han Solo (Harrison Ford) is apprehended by the mob, and after Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) has his hand severed in a fight with the evil Darth Vader. Darth Vader also claimed to be Luke's father in that scene,
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Patrick Stewart's Cut Nightmare Before Christmas Role Explained

Patrick Stewart's Cut Nightmare Before Christmas Role Explained
The Nightmare Before Christmas has become a classic of stop-motion animation and a must-watch during the Halloween and Christmas seasons, and while its voice cast is formed by well-known names, its biggest name was Sir Patrick Stewart, but his role ended up being cut from the movie. Directed by Henry Selick with a story by Tim Burton, The Nightmare Before Christmas was released in 1993 and was a critical and commercial success, earning praise for its animation, songs, and score.

The Nightmare Before Christmas takes viewers to Halloween Town to meet its residents, most notably Jack Skellington, the town’s “Pumpkin King”. Tired of doing the same Halloween routine every year, Jack wanders in the woods and stumbles into the door to Christmas Town. Fascinated by Christmas, Jack tries to bring it to Halloween town, but this triggers a series of problems, including the kidnapping of Santa Claus. The Nightmare Before Christmas
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George Lucas Sees Darth Vader As Ultimately A 'Pathetic Guy'

George Lucas Sees Darth Vader As Ultimately A 'Pathetic Guy'
At the risk of having the first sentence of this article seem like it was written by a six-year-old, Darth Vader is awesome. From the iconic mask to the all-black outfit, to the slow, labored breathing that heralds his arrival in a scene, everything about the artist formerly known as Anakin Skywalker just oozes cool.

Vader's lasting dopeness has made him one of the most popular movie villains of all time, achieving popularity in a 2016 poll that would have made him the frontrunner in the presidential election, had he not been a fictional space fascist. But apparently, Vader is not viewed with such reverence by his own creator. According to a 2005 Rolling Stone piece, George Lucas, the creative mind behind the "Star Wars" franchise, doesn't see Vader as quite as cool as the movies' fandom does. Lucas actually sees Darth Vader as "a pathetic guy."

The public's fascination with Lord Vader
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Vincent Price Was Originally Cast To Play Santa Claus In The Nightmare Before Christmas

Vincent Price Was Originally Cast To Play Santa Claus In The Nightmare Before Christmas
Just under three decades ago, the stop-motion animated classic "The Nightmare Before Christmas" was released. Directed by Henry Selick, the film introduced us to Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town in charge of the holiday. He's starting to get bored with being spooky, though. One day he discovers the door to Christmas Town and sees a different sort of celebration. Jack formulates a plan to kidnap Santa Claws — who he thinks is named Sandy Claws — and take over the winter festivities himself. Chris Sarandon voiced the role of Jack Skellington, with score composer Danny Elfman singing the songs for the character.

Santa Claus was voiced by Ed Ivory in the film, but the role originally went to someone who is very familiar with scary things. That man was horror legend Vincent Price, according to a Daily Beast interview with Selick from 2013. He wasn't the only person they saw for the role,
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The Lion King Movies In Order (How to Watch the Film Series)

The Lion King Movies In Order (How to Watch the Film Series)
The Lion King,” a Disney Media Franchise, commemorated its 26th anniversary this past June. It is a genuine archetypal that can captivate audiences of all ages. The first Lion King film in the series was produced in 1994.

According to Environment Weekly, there were more than 600 animators involved in the production of “The Lion King” including animators, technicians, and other crucial figures. In fact, every moment was arduously explored, reorganized, and refined again which cost a lot of money, time, and a lot of headaches. And here’s the result – the great movie “The Lion King.”

The key to its success comes from its skilfully constructed characters who frequently walk and act like their real-life equivalents. The real-life lions were brought to the studio for the animators to study.

Beyond expectations, “The Lion King” movie proved immensely profitable and is the best-selling VHS of all time. The Lion Guard is an
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Big Bang Theory Star Shares New BTS Cast Image From Mark Hamill's Cameo

Big Bang Theory Star Shares New BTS Cast Image From Mark Hamill's Cameo
Kunal Nayyar shares a new The Big Bang Theory cast image during Mark Hamill's cameo. Throughout 12 seasons on the air, the nerd-centric sitcom featured countless guests that include real scientists like Stephen Hawking and prolific actors such as James Earl Jones and Adam West. One of the more significant guest stars, Hamill appeared quite late in its run. After an accidental interaction with Howard, the Star Wars actor and legendary voice performer ended up officiating the wedding of Sheldon and Amy during The Big Bang Theory season 11 finale. This makes his cameo not just one of the most memorable ones, but also the most impactful in terms of Sheldon's personal story.

More than four years since Hamill's first and only appearance on The Big Bang Theory, Nayyar reminisces on the experience of having him on the set. Taking it to his official Instagram account, the Raj actor shared a
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