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The Lion King’s Jd McCrary Visits UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital

On Tuesday, August 20, Jd McCrary, star of The Lion King, visited UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital (Uclamch).

The Lion King's Jd McCrary Visits UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital

Jd and his family joined several patients and their families for Uclamch’s music therapy program, Songs Under the Stars, following a screening of The Lion King at the hospital.

Jd, who lent his voice to the character of young Simba, sang acoustic versions of I Just Can’t Wait to be King and Hakuna Matata. Patients and their families participated by singing along with Jd and joining in with percussion instruments. Jd even serenaded the crowd with one of his own songs, Inviting All of You.

From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/19238-the-lion-kings-jd-mccrary-visits-ucla-mattel-childrens-hospital

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UK box office preview: can ‘Angel Has Fallen’ challenge Tarantino?

UK box office preview: can ‘Angel Has Fallen’ challenge Tarantino?
Gerard Butler-starring threequel looks to displace Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood.

Lionsgate’s Angel Has Fallen, the action thriller starring Gerard Butler, rolls out wide in the UK this weekend to give Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood a run for its money.

The film is a sequel to 2013’s Olympus Has Fallen and 2016’s London Has Fallen, both of which posted good numbers in the UK. Olympus opened with £2.2m in April 2013 and topped out with £6.2m, London surpassed its predecessor by opening with £3.2m and closing on £11m.

If the latest film follows that upwards trajectory,
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‘One Day At Disney” Documentary Takes A Look At People Behind The House Of The Mouse

  • Deadline
A coffee table book, feature-length documentary, and new series spotlighting the behind-the-scenes players who bring Disney stories to life will debut in December.

One Day At Disney is a collaboration between Disney Publishing Worldwide and Disney+, the company’s new streaming service debuting in the Us in November. The 224-page coffee table book and the documentary series will both arrive on December 3, highlighting the men and women who bring life to some of Disney’s most beloved stories. The project was announced today at the D23 Expo by Ricky Strauss, president content & marketing for Disney, and Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts.

On February 21 of this year, 76 photo shoots took place around the world, as Disney dispatched photographers to capture images of the employees and cast members at the Walt Disney Company. From Shanghai Disneyland and ESPN to Pixar and the set of Modern Family, the photographs and the stories
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China promises big boost for ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ at international box office

China promises big boost for ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ at international box office
The Universal franchise entry will be pursuing huge debut figures for its two predecessors.

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is revving up for what Universal hopes will be a powerful start at the box office in China this weekend.

With an international gross currently standing at $319.2m, the franchise entry opens in China on Friday (August 23) and will easily lead the weekend’s international field. The only question is whether the ninth installment – which has so far taken a relatively modest $130.5m in North America - can match the impressive Chinese openings of its two predecessors.

The Fate Of The Furious
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‘Jacob’s Ladder’ Film Review: Michael Ealy’s Powerful Performance Gets Lost in a Shabby Remake

  • The Wrap
‘Jacob’s Ladder’ Film Review: Michael Ealy’s Powerful Performance Gets Lost in a Shabby Remake
Watching Adrian Lyne’s classic “Jacob’s Ladder” raises a lot of complex psychological and spiritual questions. The film stars Tim Robbins as a Vietnam veteran who suffers from horrifying visions and persecution nightmares, but Lyne’s film dares to ask if nightmares are, perhaps, beautiful experiences viewed from the wrong angle. What is existential truth? What is sanity? What is the difference, if any, between heaven and hell?

David M. Rosenthal’s remake of “Jacob’s Ladder” doesn’t have the same ambition as Lyne’s 1990 film, but it does re-use much of the same imagery to tell a vaguely similar story. Michael Ealy stars as Jacob Singer, a veteran who lost his brother in Afghanistan, and now works at a V.A. hospital in Atlanta. When he’s not helping other traumatized veterans get pharmaceutical help for their conditions, he’s having flashbacks of his own.

The plot
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Oscars 2020: Best Visual Effects Predictions

Oscars 2020: Best Visual Effects Predictions
This season’s VFX Oscar race features bold, innovative animation, led by Jon Favreau’s “The Lion King,” the all-cg photoreal breakthrough by Mpc Film, Ang Lee’s “Gemini Man” (October 11), which boasts Weta Digital’s most fully convincing digital human with Junior, the younger clone of Will Smith’s aging assassin, and Ilm’s digital de-aging experiment with Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci in Martin Scorsese’s highly anticipated gangster epic, “The Irishman.”

Additionally, Weta took facial capture to the next level with “Alita: Battle Angel,” the manga-inspired sci-fi adventure directed by Robert Rodriguez and produced by James Cameron and Jon Landau, while Tom Hooper’s adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, “Cats” (December 20), delivers digital fur for its cast of felines, which has a built-in creep factor to overcome, based on negative reaction to the first trailer.

But “The Lion King” blockbuster’s tactile photo-realism
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China Reportedly Using Media & Twitter Bots To Promote Controversial #SupportMulan Campaign After Disney Actress Backlash

2019 seems to be the year that Disney fully saturated the market with its “live-action” remakes of classic animated films. In 2019 alone, films like “Dumbo,” “Aladdin,” “The Lion King,” and soon, “Lady and the Tramp” will be released worldwide. And 2020 looks to show no signs of slowing down, led by “Mulan” in March.

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Box Office Report Card: Studios Get Their Summer Grades

  • Variety
Studios got badly burned this summer.

From May to August, popcorn season in movie speak, the film flops piled up and the big hits were few and far between for nearly every company except Disney.

As a whole, summer did little to instill confidence in the state of moviegoing. To be sure, there were successes such as “The Lion King,” “John Wick 3,” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” but the onslaught of costly duds such as “Dark Phoenix” and “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” ensured that nobody emerged unscathed. By the time Labor Day has passed, summer moviegoing season should end up almost 3% behind 2018, according to Comscore, pushing the year-to-date box office down more than 6%.

This summer also widened the gap between the have and have-nots, as independent comedies and dramas continue struggling to find an audience. That chasm left Disney looming high about the competition as other studios
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'Angel has Fallen' and 'Overcomer' Off to Solid Starts after Preview Showings

Friday Am Update: Lionsgate and Millennium's Angel Has Fallen took in an impressive $1.5 million in previews yesterday from approximately 2,600 locations. The performance is well ahead of the $850k in previews for London has Fallen and three times as much as the $500k in previews for Olmpus Has Fallen. It's even ahead of the $950k Den of Thieves brought in before a $15.2 million debut, putting the film in a strong position heading into today's wide release in 3,286 theaters. Affirm Films's Overcomer took in $775,000 from Thursday previews, which began at 4Pm in 1,563 locations. There isn't a lot to compare to, but many films targeting a similar demographic tend to bring in ~400k+ from previews, which bodes well for the film's opening in over 1,700 theaters. We'll take a closer look at things tomorrow morning once Friday estimates come in. For now you can check out our weekend preview below.Weekend Preview: Another
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‘Lion King’s’ Elton John Knows What It’s Like To Be Simba

You don’t have to be a kid to appreciate The Lion King. The movie is full of messages that resonate with people of all ages and all stages of the Circle of Life. In the early ’90s, when the original film was being developed at Disney, the script really resonated with one particular middle-aged man: [...]

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‘The Lion King’ Crosses $500 Million Domestic, Will Soon Pass ‘Beauty and the Beast’

  • The Wrap
‘The Lion King’ Crosses $500 Million Domestic, Will Soon Pass ‘Beauty and the Beast’
Jon Favreau’s “The Lion King” is now on the verge of becoming the highest grossing Disney remake both domestically and globally, as its North America total crossed $500 million on Thursday.

It is now the 14th film in box office history to reach the half-billion domestic milestone. 10 of those films came from Disney, and six of those films were released within the last two years. Those films, along with “Lion King,” are “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Black Panther,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Incredibles 2” and “Avengers: Endgame.”

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This weekend, “The Lion King” will also pass the $504 million domestic run of “Beauty and the Beast,” becoming the top grosser in Disney’s remake series and taking the No. 13 spot on the all-time domestic charts. Globally, the film’s total sits at $1.46 billion, putting
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Kevin Feige, Jon Favreau and Jeph Loeb To Be Honored At 45th Annual Saturn Awards

  • Deadline
Kevin Feige, Jon Favreau and Jeph Loeb To Be Honored At 45th Annual Saturn Awards
Kevin Feige, Jon Favreau and Jeph Loeb will be the recipients of honorary awards at the 45th annual Saturn Awards. All known for work in the comic book and sci-fi entertainment space, the trifecta will be honored at the awards show which will take place on September 13 at the Avalon Theater in Hollywood.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is set to receive the inaugural Stan Lee World Builder Award. This new award will be given annually to the creative force who has, over an extended period of time, created a world with multiple stories and characters that have amazed and engaged fans worldwide at the most galactic level — something he has done that and then some.

The award also honors the legacy of the late Stan Lee and is exclusively available to The Saturn Awards from Lee’s Pow! Entertainment. Feige is being honored for creating and guiding the Marvel
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Box Office: 'Lion King' Bites Into Another Milestone, Crosses $500M in U.S.

Another day on Pride Rock, another milestone for Disney's The Lion King.

The Jon Favreau-directed movie leapt past the $500 million mark at the North American box office on Wednesday, becoming only the second release of 2019 to do so behind fellow Disney blockbuster Avengers: Endgame.

Globally, Lion King is already a member of the billion-dollar club, amassing $1.46 billion to date in global ticket sales. Only Marvel Studios' Endgame is bigger among 2019 titles with $2.8 billion (not to mention Endgame is the biggest film of all time).

Other notable stats for Simba and his gang: It's only the 14th ...
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Link Tank: Lady and the Tramp Remake Stars a Rescue Dog

Spencer Mullen Aug 22, 2019

Lady and the Tramp, Dancing With The Stars, The Boys Season 2, and more in today's daily Link Tank!

Here's how Billy Butcher can defeat Homelander in the second season of The Boys.

"Amazon’s The Boys follows a group of vigilantes in their attempts attempt to bring down a team of corrupt, corporation-backed superheroes, or “Supes,” known as The Seven. It’s not exactly a fair fight, though the Boys manage to do pretty well in Season 1 despite some serious disadvantages. But in Season 2, our heroes could take advantage of a plot from the original comic series to really even the playing field."

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Here's why people are angry about Sean Spicer joining the next season of Dancing With The Stars.

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Summer Box Office Grosses $4.5 Billion, Disney Takes Half, and Cinema Is At Risk

  • Indiewire
This was the summer in which Disney saw five films cross $1 billion worldwide. In North America, it’s also the summer in which fewer tickets will be sold than any year since 1992, a year when there were 90 million fewer Americans and Canadians.

How can so much moviegoing, and so many people, translate to a decline? Here’s a look at the strange and watershed summer of 2019.

Over 80% of the gross came from franchise and sequels

Summer totals for 2019 will be about $4.5 billion domestic, which is almost identical for the same period last year, when two original films were in the top 10: “Crazy Rich Asians” at #7, and “The Meg” at #9. This summer, the only original title is Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” at #10.

And of that $4.5 billion, Disney can claim about 50%. Certainly, the theater business would collapse if Disney didn’t do so well, or made
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Disney's Lady and the Tramp Features Rescue Dog from Shelter as Its Lead

  • MovieWeb
Disney's Lady and the Tramp remake is set for a release on Disney+ in November, and the anticipated movie will star a rescued shelter dog from Arizona named Monte. When it came to casting the titular Tramp in the updated version of the animated classic, the filmmakers did some scouting at Halo Animal Rescue in Phoenix where they met the friendly pooch.

While the breed of the "shelter mutt" is unknown, his charming personality wound up securing him the role. "When he arrived at the shelter he was super friendly, he greets people right away, he gives kisses, he loves attention, he knows 'sit' and he knows how to walk well on a leash," says Halo CEO and president Heather Allen.

"He was adopted from us in April of 2018, and we knew that the people that were meeting with him were considering him to be a Hollywood star, but we didn't know for what,
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Angel Has Fallen Takes Aim at Good Boys, But Ready or Not May Pull Box Office Surprise

Good Boys served as one of the only surprise bright spots this summer at the box office, when it debuted to $21.4 million last weekend, making for one of the best comedy debuts of the year. As summer winds down, we're getting another uneven dump of studio releases this weekend, which will likely see the coming-of-age flick surrender the crown. Lionsgate's Angel Has Fallen, Fox Searchlight's Ready or Not and Sony's Overcomer are all debuting for the movie-going public to choose from.

Vegas odds are on Angel Has Fallen, the third entry in the "Fallen" series starring Gerard Butler as Secret Service agent Mike Banning, taking the top spot with between $13 and $18 million. The action flick, directed by Ric Roman Waugh, has been met with a mixed response from critics thus far. But a strong supporting cast that includes Morgan Freeman, Jada Pinkett Smith and Nick Nolte, as well as a lack of new,
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Disney’s Reboot Fascination

Tom Jolliffe looks at Disney’s pre-occupation with reboots…

The most powerful mouse on the planet, Mickey. I’m assuming he’s the CEO at Disney, ably assisted by Goofy. Donald is head of Hr. They’re the most powerful company in the world, the most recognisable brand. There’s barely a corner of the world that doesn’t know the iconic image of the house of mouse. As a movie production house too, they’ve now monopolised cinema.

As well as now spreading their wing over money churning enterprises like Marvel Studios and Pixar (and now Fox), they have their own productions under the Mouse House. Right now there seems to be a fascination from the company to carry reboot significant chunks of their back catalogue. In particular the recent fad is giving some iconic animated films a live action re-imagining. Whether it was Dumbo Aladdin or The Lion King,
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Why Dynamic Pricing for Movie Tickets Could Be a Tough Sell

  • Variety
People aren’t going to the movies as much this summer. Are they staying away because the films are duds, or is it because tickets are getting too expensive?

AMC is making a bet that cost, not quality, is behind the recent downturn. Last week, the country’s largest exhibitor announced it will be testing a new pricing initiative in which it will charge a premium for movies that are “of the highest appeal.” In turn, less in-demand films will be cheaper.

For now, AMC will limit the pricing model to 30 venues across four cities — Boston; Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis; and San Diego. The surcharge will be between 50¢ and $1.50.

“Think of it being applied, let’s say, to one or two movie titles each month,” AMC chief Adam Aron explained on the company’s Aug. 8 earnings call. “This is basic economic theory that goes back to the first microeconomics course we
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Jon Favreau Compares ‘The Mandalorian’ To ‘Mad Max’ & Says Series Explores The “Darker, Freakier” Side Of ‘Star Wars’

If you go back to 2007, before Jon Favreau became the director we know today, back when he was best known as the guy who made “Swingers” and directed “Elf” and “Zathura,” you would be shocked to know that in 2019, the filmmaker is the heir apparent to James Cameron. Say what you will about what category to put “The Lion King” remake in, there’s no denying that Favreau has created a visual wonder, using skills and tech never used before, much in the same way Cameron did for “Avatar” and, even further back, Steven Spielberg did in “Jurassic Park.”

So, while 2007 Favreau doesn’t seem like the most obvious pick to spearhead a “Star Wars” live-action TV series, 2019 Favreau is a perfect fit.

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