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Movie Review: The Lion King (2019)
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The Lion King

The Lion King
Director: Jon Favreau
Writer: Jeff Nathanson
Cast: Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, James Earl Jones
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios
Rated PG | Minutes: 118
Release Date: July 19, 2019

When it comes to Disney animated films, The Lion King is considered to be one of the studio’s shining crown jewels. Released 25 years ago, the film raised the bar on animation and storytelling so high that it made it nearly impossible for any other animated feature from other studios to come close to its quality and standards. As such, there is no denying the film’s place within the Disney animation pantheon.

We then flash forward to 2019, when director Jon Favreau took the lessons that he learned from making the live-action The Jungle Book, and used tools and techniques to tell a beloved story in a new way that is visually bold and striking. Backed by a terrific voice cast including Donald Glover, Beyoncé Knowles, Billy Eichner, and Seth Rogen, The Lion King roars with astounding pride. But as great as it is and how respectful it is to honor the original, this reimagining’s major issue is that it takes too little risk to separate itself from its animated counterpart. This new take matches the story almost beat for beat. However, the new cast gives it a refreshing spin, and the visuals help audiences see the film from a completely new perspective. My full review below.

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Watch: Trailer For Remake Of David Cronenberg’s ‘Rabid’ Directed By The Twisted Twins
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A trailer was released recently for Rabid, a remake of the 1977 David Cronenberg movie of the same name which is directed by Jen Soska and Sylvia Soska (American Mary), who are better known to horror fans as the Twisted Twins. The Soska sisters also co-wrote the screenplay with John Serge, co-produce, and have roles in the movie as well.

Starring is Laura Vandervoort, who plays Rose. The cast also includes Stephen McHattie, Greg Bryk, Stephen Huszar, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Mackenzie Gray, Lynn Lowry, Lily Gao, Tara Yelland, Hanneke Talbot, Ted Atherton, Tristan Risk, and Phil Brooks (former WWE superstar CM Punk) and his wife A.J. Mendez (former WWE superstar AJ Lee).

You can find more info on Rabid and check out the trailer below.

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4K Ultra HD Review: Pet Sematary (2019)
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4K Ultra HD Review: Pet Sematary (2019)

Pet Sematary (2019)
4K Ultra HD Combo Pack | Blu-ray Combo Pack | DVD | Digital
Directors: Kevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer
Screenwriter: Jeff Buhler
Cast: Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow, Jeté Laurence
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Rated R | 101 Minutes
Release Date: July 9, 2019

“The soil of a man’s heart is stonier; a man grows what he can and tends it.”

Directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer (Starry Eyes), Pet Sematary is the second film adaptation of the 1983 Stephen King novel, after Mary Lambert’s 1989 movie. Starring Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, and John Lithgow, the story follows a family that discovers a mysterious graveyard in the woods behind their new home.

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‘Mulan’ Trailer: Disney’s Latest Live-Action Effort Promises To Be An Epic Tale
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Mulan live-action Yifei Liu

Disney’s Mulan remains one of their best animated features during their renaissance. Based on a Chinese folktale, the animated film followed a young female who disguised herself as a male soldier in order to join the army so that her ailing father would not have to go.

Now with Disney turning their animated classics into live-action films, it was only a matter of time before they looked to Mulan.

Directed by Niki Caro, the live-action version stars Yifei Liu as the title star who will defend the honor of her family and become one of the most noble soldiers in the Chinese army. Check out the trailer here below.

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Halle Bailey Cast As Ariel In Rob Marshall’s ‘The Little Mermaid’
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The Little Mermaid

Things have been moving along swimmingly for the casting of director Rob Marshall’s The Little Mermaid. The new telling is the latest Disney film to get a live-action treatment.

Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, Can You Ever Forgive Me), Jacob Tremblay (Room, The Predator), and Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians, The Farewell) are in talks to play Ursula, Flounder, and Scuttle, respectively. And now the most important character of all has been cast.

Disney has confirmed that Halle Bailey will play Ariel in the new live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. More on this below.

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‘The Lion King’ Images: The Cast Meets Their Animal Characters
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The Lion King

Disney’s reimagining of their 1994 animated classic The Lion King is set to hit theaters later this month, and in anticipation of the film’s release, the studio has unveiled a brand new batch of photos.

But these aren’t your ordinary photos. Since the film touts some of the most advanced photorealistic technology to date, it matches the cast with the respective characters they are voicing. Check out the images below.

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Disney’s Live-Action ‘The Little Mermaid’ Takes Melissa McCarthy, Awkwafina, and Jacob Tremblay Under The Sea
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The Little Mermaid

Part of the Disney formula lately is to turn their animated classics into live-action films. And for the most part, they have been commercial hits. This year alone, we’ve seen Dumbo and Aladdin reach the number one spot at the box office. Let’s not forget that they also have The Lion King and Maleficent 2 coming out in theaters later this year. So if it works, why not continue on releasing these live-action takes.

One of the future remakes will be The Little Mermaid, which is more or less an obvious choice considering how it is a favorite amongst Disney fans. And now we are getting to see who might star in it. According to various reports, Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, Can You Ever Forgive Me), Jacob Tremblay (Room, The Predator), and Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians, The Farewell) are all in various stages of negotiations to star in the film about a rebellious teenage mermaid who dreams of being amongst the surface dwellers. Check out the full report below.

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‘West Side Story’ First Look: The Jets and The Sharks Strike A Pose
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20th Century Fox has released its first look at Steven Spielberg‘s adaptation of 1957’s West Side Story. Based on the Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise film of the same name starring Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer, this latest iteration of the beloved musical, which takes inspiration from Romeo and Juliet, pairs Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler as Tony and Maria, respectively. And now we can have an idea of what to expect from the film just by looking at the setting and costume design. Check out the official image here below.

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‘The Lion King’ TV Spot: Hear Beyoncé As Nala
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The Lion King Nala

The marketing campaign for Disney’s upcoming The Lion King has relied a lot more on the visual than the auditory. We haven’t heard much from the cast, at least not directly. Any dialogue heard came from characters that are out of sight.

But that all changes with this new TV spot which reveals Beyoncé Knowles as the voice of Nala. Check out the TV Spot below.

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Disney Looks To Marc Webb To Direct Live-Action ‘Snow White’
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

It’s no small secret that Disney is mining through their animated vault to adapt classic titles into live-action films. The process has been a relative hit or miss, but Aladdin‘s recent box office success only gives way for the studio to release more of these, whether that is theatrically or on their upcoming Disney+ streaming service.

Now the studio appears to have found a director to helm another one of their animated classics — their first one, in fact. According to new reports, (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb has been tapped to helm the live-action version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. More on the report below.

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