Jon Favreau’s “live-action” (let’s use that term loosely, here) remake of The Lion King is batting 1,000 when it comes to casting, with Donald Glover in the role of Simba and Beyoncé (rumored) for the role of Nala. But today’s additions might be the most perfect yet, as Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen have signed on to voice Timon and Pumbaa, everyone’s favorite unlikely-but-lovable meerkat and warthog buddy duo. Meanwhile, we’ll just be waiting for the other shoe to drop in this casting situation — like, say, if Favreau decides to cast Steve Bannon as Scar. Wait, actually that would be sort of perfect.
Young folks are probably best acquainted with David Hasselhoff in the ironic sense, like some kitschy relic unearthed in their parents’ attic during a recon mission to find the most absurd pop culture fossil for their growing collection of dank memes. But us olds know The Hoff as a beloved ’80s icon, star of Baywatch and Knight Rider, and a weird German pop music icon — so it’s not entirely surprising that James Gunn solicited Hasselhoff to help record a song for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. And it is special.
Get your Prince Ali mash-up memes ready because Will Smith might be taking on the role of the charismatic Genie in Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin. The studio was previously in talks with Smith to play the villain role in Tim Burton’s live-action Dumbo movie, and although those discussions ultimately fell apart, it looks as though Disney might be able to land the actor for a part in another one of their many, many, many live-action remakes.
You know the drill: Every month, Netflix Instant delivers a glorious bounty of new titles for us to stream until we can’t feel our butts anymore. But just as Netflix giveth, so must they taketh away, and with each new month comes a list of movies and TV shows that are set to expire from the streaming service — some temporarily, some perhaps forever. Think of it as your monthly reminder to stop procrastinating with that bloated queue of yours.
The ratio of Netflix Originals to acquired content continues to skew more toward the former each month, and May is absolutely stacked with fresh original films, comedy specials and TV shows — including new season premieres of some of our favorite series, like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Master of None (finally!), Sense8, Bloodline, House of Cards and more. As for original films, next month’s additions include War Machine, along with specials from beloved comedians like Marie Bamford and Tracy Morgan.
If you blink, you won’t just miss a couple of frames of the new Kingsman: The Golden Circle trailer — you’ll miss the whole thing. In keeping with Kingsman’s subversive, irreverent attitude, the first teaser for the upcoming sequel sidesteps the usual format: You won’t find a pointless five-second clip here. Instead, 20th Century Fox has served up the entire forthcoming trailer, condensed to 10 hyper-edited seconds.
Well it’s about dang time, wouldn’t you say? The first photos from Kingsman: The Golden Circle have debuted, revealing new American spy characters played by Channing Tatum (in a cowboy hat!), Halle Berry and Jeff Bridges. Oh, and Taron Egerton’s Eggsy is back, too, and sporting a rather sharp orange suit — somewhere, Karl Lagerfeld just felt the most mysterious chill abruptly run down his spine during his morning Diet Coke.
After months of speculation, rumors, and a brief flirtation with professional weirdo Michael Shannon, 20th Century Fox has officially ended its search for the role of Cable in Deadpool 2 — and they’re borrowing an actor from the MCU. Josh Brolin is heading over to the X-Men universe, where he’ll go toe-to-toe with Ryan Reynolds’ Merc With a Mouth in the highly-anticipated sequel to last year’s record-breaking box-office hit.
Ever since Albus Dumbledore was name-dropped in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, we’ve been anxiously awaiting word of who might play the young version of everyone’s favorite wise old wizard. Given the (mostly) excellent casting for the first film in the new Harry Potter spinoff franchise, we knew it had to be someone good. Warner Bros. definitely didn’t disappoint, as the studio has tapped Jude Law to play the younger iteration of the future headmaster of Hogwart’s in the Fantastic Beasts sequel.
James Gunn recently added a little more fuel to the speculation fire when he described Sylvester Stallone’s mysterious role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as “very important to the Marvel universe” — and it’s definitely not a one-and-done situation. But who is he playing, exactly? There’s been a healthy amount of guessing, mostly based on early set photos of Stallone sporting a costume that drew comparisons to Judge Dredd. While Gunn himself remains mum on the specifics of Stallone’s role, two new pieces of info have emerged that may have finally tipped us off.
Following their small screen success with Preacher, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are setting their sights on another comic-series, but this time they’re taking it to the big screen. The creative duo will write and direct a film adaptation of Invincible, based on the comic-book series by Robert Kirkman, best known as the creator of the series that inspired that other popular AMC TV show.
OK, it’s not exactly the most surprising news, but it does offer another shred of optimism for those who were maybe a teensy bit disappointed with Jurassic World (that might be an understatement); and if you weren’t, you can just add this to your list of reasons to be excited for J.A. Bayona’s sequel. As confirmed by producer Colin Trevorrow, the one and only T-Rex will return when the park — or something like it — re-opens in Jurassic World 2, which hits theaters in 2018.
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