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Lion King Director Jon Favreau Reveals How Beyoncé's Kids Motivated Her to Play Nala

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The Lion King reboot is coming whether Disney purists want it or not, but at the very least, the studio has made sure that the cast for the live-action (er . . . CGI?) revival of the beloved story is star-studded, to put it lightly. While we're excited to see Donald Glover as Simba, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumba, and James Earl Jones returning to play Mufasa, we're admittedly the most interested in seeing how Homecoming queen Beyoncé tackles the role of Nala.

We get a few brief glimpses of the character in the latest trailer, but we've yet to hear any of her dialogue or musical performances. Fortunately, while sitting down for an interview with EW about the film, director Jon Favreau gave us a bit more perspective on what made the superstar want to play Nala. Apparently, her adorable kids - 7-year-old daughter Blue Ivy and 1-year-old twins
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Lion King Director Jon Favreau Reveals How Beyoncé's Kids Motivated Her to Play Nala

The Lion King reboot is coming whether Disney purists want it or not, but at the very least, the studio has made sure that the cast for the live-action (er . . . CGI?) revival of the beloved story is star-studded, to put it lightly. While we're excited to see Donald Glover as Simba, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumba, and James Earl Jones returning to play Mufasa, we're admittedly the most interested in seeing how Homecoming queen Beyoncé tackles the role of Nala.

We get a few brief glimpses of the character in the latest trailer, but we've yet to hear any of her dialogue or musical performances. Fortunately, while sitting down for an interview with EW about the film, director Jon Favreau gave us a bit more perspective on what made the superstar want to play Nala. Apparently, her adorable kids - 7-year-old daughter Blue Ivy and 1-year-old twins
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Mike Myers to Star in and Executive Produce Netflix Comedy Series

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Mike Myers to Star in and Executive Produce Netflix Comedy Series
Mike Myers will star in and executive produce a half-hour comedy series for Netflix.

The untitled series, which has received a six-episode order, will see Myers portraying multiple characters.

Myers, known for his days on “Saturday Night Live” and the “Austin Powers” and “Shrek” film franchises, most recently appeared in the Queen biopic, “Bohemian Rhapsody.” He also executive produces and hosts ABC’s “The Gong Show” in character as Tommy Maitland.

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“I love creating characters, and Netflix has given me a fantastic playground to play in,” Myers said in a statement.

Myers is no stranger to portraying multiple characters. In the “Austin Powers” film series, he played the title character, his nemesis Dr. Evil, Fat Bastard and Goldmember. On “SNL,” he played Wayne Campbell (which led to two “Wayne’s World” feature films), “Sprockets” host Dieter, and Linda Richman from “Coffee Talk.
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Mike Myers Sets Netflix Comedy Series (Exclusive)

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Mike Myers Sets Netflix Comedy Series (Exclusive)
Mike Myers is set to star in and executive produce a new comedy series at Netflix, Variety has learned exclusively. The half-hour series, which has received a six-episode order, will feature Myers portraying multiple characters.

“I love creating characters, and Netflix has given me a fantastic playground to play in,” Myers said.

Myers first broke out as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live.” During his time on the long-running NBC sketch series, he originated popular characters like Wayne Campbell of “Wayne’s World,” “Sprockets” host Dieter, and Lothar of the Hill People. Myers went on to have a very successful film career, including starring in two “Wayne’s World” films alongside fellow “SNL” alum Dana Carvey. He also starred in the hit “Austin Powers” and “Shrek” film franchises, and recently appeared in the Oscar-winning film “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Myers also serves as executive producer and host of ABC’s revival of “The Gong Show,
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Music Supervisors to Watch: From Gaming’s ‘Redemption’ Soundtracker to Ryan Murphy’s Go-To

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Music Supervisors to Watch: From Gaming’s ‘Redemption’ Soundtracker to Ryan Murphy’s Go-To
As the profile of music supervision has risen over the past decade, so has the growth of the Guild of Music Supervisors, which hands out its annual awards in 18 categories on Feb. 13 at the Ace Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. In addition to recognizing those who soundtrack our favorite movies, shows and games, the Gms will honor composer and lyricist Marc Shaiman with the Icon Award and Joel Sill with the Legacy Award.

Performers at the event include Lukas Nelson, son of Willie and musical contributor to “A Star Is Born”; Aimee Mann, whose “Drive” is nominated in the song for TV category for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” and King Princess in the Spotlight Artist slot.

Presenters for the ninth edition of the Gms Awards include women’s rights advocate and attorney Gloria Allred, Academy Award-winning director Taylor Hackford and producer-songwriter Linda Perry, co-writer of “Girl in the Movies
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No, Beyoncé Didn't Release New Music

No, Beyoncé Didn't Release New Music
Many Beyoncé fans thought Christmas came early when they discovered what appeared to be new music from the singer on Spotify and Apple Music on Thursday. The only problem? It's not actually new. Two albums, Have Your Way and Back Up, Rewind, were released under the name "Queen Carter" and contained previously released or bootlegged material. There were songs such as "Hey Goldmember" from the soundtrack for the 2002 film Austin Powers in Goldmember, "After All Is Said and Done," Beyoncé's duet with Marc Nelson from the soundtrack for the 1999 movie Best Man, the unreleased Destiny's Child track "Twerk," "Keep Giving Your...
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Beyonce Music Leaks Under Name 'Queen Carter' Then Gets Taken Down

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Beyonce fans thought they were getting an early Christmas gift with some surprise new music, but it turns out ... the Queen's songs were more like classics. Two albums worth of Beyonce music leaked late Thursday on both Apple and Spotify under the name Queen Carter, sparking a brief online frenzy ... until people realized the tracks were old. so I almost passed out until I realized it’s old music...so who is releasing Beyoncé’s
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Mike Myers Teases Austin Powers 4: "It's Looking Good"

Mike Myers Teases Austin Powers 4:
Mike Myers is saying "yeah, baby, yeah!" to a fourth Austin Powers movie. The 55-year-old actor, who starred in all three Austin Powers films from 1997 to 2002's Austin Powers in Goldmember, has opened up about a possible new film in the franchise. While it's been 16 years since the last Austin Powers movie was released, fans are still holding out hope that there will be a fourth film. So what are the chances the fans will get another Austin Powers movie? "It's looking good, it's just tough, you know, it takes a long time to write the script, you want it to be fantastic," Myers told E! News at the premiere of Bohemian Rhapsody in New York City this week. "I have three kids...
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Austin Powers Star Verne Troyer's Cause of Death Ruled a Suicide from Alcohol Intoxication

Austin Powers star Verne Troyer’s death has been ruled a suicide six months after his passing.

Troyer, who was 49, died from sequelae of alcohol intoxication, according to a press release obtained by People from the Los Angeles County Department Medical Examiner-Coroner’s office.

The manner of his death has been ruled as a suicide, according to the office.

The actor, who was best-known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers films opposite Mike Myers, was rushed to the hospital in early April for a “reported poisoning.”

Three weeks later, Troyer was pronounced dead at the hospital on April 21.

“It
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Mike Myers Still Wants to Make a Dr. Evil Movie for ‘Austin Powers 4’

Mike Myers Still Wants to Make a Dr. Evil Movie for ‘Austin Powers 4’
It’s been 21 years since Mike Myers introduced us to Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. The spy comedy spoof launched a franchise that continued with Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Austin Powers in Goldmember. While many felt the franchise had overstayed its welcome by the end of that third movie, there […]

The post Mike Myers Still Wants to Make a Dr. Evil Movie for ‘Austin Powers 4’ appeared first on /Film.
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Mike Myers Wants To Do An Austin Powers Film From Dr. Evil’s Perspective

Mike Myers wants to do Austin Powers 4, but this time the story would be told from Dr. Evil’s perspective. Way back in 1997, the silly James Bond spoof Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery came out of nowhere to become a pop culture sensation, if not an actual huge box office hit (though it did perform very well on home video). The sequel Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me truly validated the popularity of the character, grossing $206 million domestically. A second sequel, Austin Powers in Goldmember, did even better with $213 million.
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Verne Troyer's Death 'Possible Suicide': 'Very High Level of Alcohol in His System,' Says Coroner

Verne Troyer's Death 'Possible Suicide': 'Very High Level of Alcohol in His System,' Says Coroner
Verne Troyer had a “very high” amount of alcohol in his system at the time of his death, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office tells People.

“He was admitted with a very high level of alcohol in his system,” says coroner spokesperson Ed Winter, who notes that the case was “reported as a possible suicide.”

Toxicology tests have been performed and the final results could take 4-6 weeks Winter explains, saying, “His case is deferred at this time pending additional tests.”

Troyer, best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers franchise, died Saturday at the age of 49.

“It
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Mike Myers Remembers Verne Troyer: “He Will Be Greatly Missed”

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In the wake of the death of Verne Troyer, Mike Myers, who starred with the actor in the Austin Powers films, came forward to remember the actor in a statement given to Deadline.

“Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him,” said Myers. “It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed.”

Troyer starred in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) and Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002). A riff on the James Bond movies, Troyer played Mini-Me, a cloned version of Myers’ villainous Dr. Evil who was one-eighth his size, but twice as evil.

He also starred alongside Myers in the comedy The Love Guru as Coach Punch Cherkov. The movie followed Pitka, an American raised outside of his country by gurus, as he returned to
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Mike Myers Mourns Death of Austin Powers Costar Verne Troyer: 'I Hope He Is in a Better Place'

Mike Myers Mourns Death of Austin Powers Costar Verne Troyer: 'I Hope He Is in a Better Place'
Mike Myers is remembering his Mini-Me.

Following the news of Verne Troyer’s death, the actor, 54, paid tribute to his Austin Powers costar.

“Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him. It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed,” Myers said in a statement obtained by Entertainment Weekly on Saturday.

Troyer’s big acting break came in 1999 with the role of Mini-Me in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, for which he portrayed a
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Verne Troyer, Star Of The ‘Austin Powers’ Films, Dies At The Age Of 49

Austin Powers star Verne Troyer has passed away at the age of just 49. The news of his passing was announced on his official Instagram page earlier today. There was no casue of death given in the inital statement.

Part of the message on his social media read:

“Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh,” a statement posted to his social media said. “Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message every day.”

It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today. Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. Verne hoped he made a positive change
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Verne Troyer, Mini-Me in Austin Powers, Dies at 49

Verne Troyer, Mini-Me in Austin Powers, Dies at 49
Sad news to report as actor Verne Troyer has passed away. He was 49 at the time of his death. And it was widely reported that he had been hospitalized earlier this month. He was best known for his comedic role as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers movies, starring in both Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Austin Powers in Goldmember. The official Facebook page for the actor made the announcement. They had this to say.

"It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today. Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday. He inspired people around the world with his drive, determination, and attitude.
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Verne Troyer, Mini-Me in 'Austin Powers' Series, Dead at 49

Verne Troyer, Mini-Me in 'Austin Powers' Series, Dead at 49
Verne Troyer, the diminutive actor who appeared as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers series, died Saturday at the age of 49.

The actor's family confirmed Troyer's death on Instagram. "It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today," the family wrote.

"Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday.
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Verne Troyer, Mini-Me in ‘Austin Powers,’ Dies at 49

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Verne Troyer, Mini-Me in ‘Austin Powers,’ Dies at 49
Verne Troyer, the actor best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Power films and one of the shortest men in the world, has died. He was 49.

The news was announced in a post to his official Facebook page.

“It is with great sadness and incredible heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today,” the statement reads. “Verne was an extremely caring individual…[he] hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday.”

The statement also made allusions to depression and suicide, and encouraged people to “be kind” to one another because “you never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside.”

Troyer’s “Austin Powers” co-star Mike Myers paid tribute to the actor on Saturday.

“Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honour of working with him,” Myers said.
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Verne Troyer Dead at Age 49

Verne Troyer Dead at Age 49
Verne Troyer has died earlier today at the age of 49. The news was announced via the actor's social media on Saturday. Troyer is most famous for playing Dr. Evil's sidekick, Mini-Me in Austin Powers, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Austin Powers in Goldmember. Along with a photo of the actor, who was born with the genetic disorder known as achondroplasia dwarfism, the statement on his official Instagram read, "It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today. Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. Verne hoped he made a positive change...
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Dr. Evil Gets Fired by Trump in Austin Powers Jimmy Fallon Sketch

Dr. Evil Gets Fired by Trump in Austin Powers Jimmy Fallon Sketch
Austin Powers villain Dr. Evil is back. But he's not doing so good. Actor and comedian Mike Myers made an appearance on NBC's The Tonight Show to promote his role in the Margot Robbie thriller Terminal, in theaters May 11, where he brought back one of his most beloved characters. During Jimmy Fallon's monologue, the host was commenting on the numerous members of President Donald Trump's cabinet who were fired recently, when he revealed that Mike Myers' Dr. Evil was recently let go by the Trump Administration. Dr. Evil revealed that he was initially set to be the Secretary of Evil, but Steve Bannon already had that position, a reference to the President's former strategist.

Dr. Evil, sporting his iconic grey outfit and the sizable scar across his face, said that he would ultimately just serve as an "ideas guy" in the President's cabinet, stating that the infamous border
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