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Entries in The Lion King (12)

Sunday
Jul212019

The Lion King's Leftovers

What did you see this weekend? Disney's photorealistic animated remake of the animated classic was all the rage as audiences stampeded to theaters like a herd of wildebeests. Though the numbers below are just estimates it's accounting for about 72% of the nation's box office. Insanity. Next time you hear someone complaining about 'Hollywood running out of ideas' check how many of Disney's recent remakes they've seen before taking them seriously.

Weekend Box Office Estimates
July 19th-21st 
🔺 = New or Expanding / ★ = Highly Recommended
W I D E
PLATFORM / SPECIALTY TITLES
The Lion King The Farewell
1 🔺 The Lion King  $185 *new*
1 🔺 The Farewell $1.1 (cum. $1.6) REVIEWINTERVIEW ★

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Wednesday
Jul102019

Links: Rip Torn, Woman in the Window, Mank, The Lion King, and more...

THR Woman in the Window, the Fox thriller starring Amy Adams as an agoraphic woman is being pushed back to 2020 for reshoots. Mark it off your Oscar lists (for now)
Coming Soon Rip Torn has passed away at 88
Variety Queen & Slim, one of the most hotly anticipated 2019 titles hoping for awards play, screened its first 12 minutes at the Essence Festival this week

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Saturday
Jun152019

Showbiz History: The Lion King, Keanu as James Dean, and NPH's Undies

six random things that happened on this day in showbiz history (June 15th)...

1960 Billy Wilder's five-time Oscar winner The Apartment had its world premiere on this day in New York City. I just watched it again recently. Shirley Maclaine and Jack Lemmon are perfect in it, don'cha think?

1967 Another premiere, this one for the WW II action drama The Dirty Dozen, an antecedent of a kind to Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds.

1991 Paula Abdul's "Rush Rush" hits #1 (it'll stay there for six weeks). Keanu Reeves does a James Dean thing in the Rebel Without a Cause (1955) themed video. Paula does Natalie of course but no Sal Mineo counterpart? Fail!

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Sunday
Dec302018

Links: Letitia, Lists, Lady Gaga, and 'Live-Action' Remakes

Slate a rant about Vice's insulting post-credits sequence. A *lot* of people really hate Vice. Will that stop the Academy from voting for it? The studio controlled the conversation for a long time with the embargo and it built up real awards steam. We shall see.
Cartoon Brew looks into Disney's weird stance about their Lion King remake. They keep saying "it's not animated" but we all know it is!
/Film the live action remake of Japanese hit Your Name will be 'Americanized'

Deadline Dame June Whitfield of Absolutely Fabulous fame has died at 93
Into the Spider-Verse the screenplay is online if you're interested
• Vulture a survey and exploration of what Asian-American art meant this past year featuring Burning, Crazy Rich Asians, Searching and more...
The Atlantic has a series of articles called "And Scene" that's worth checking out zeroing in on great scenes from the year
Coming Soon supposedly Bird Box had the best first week of all time for views on Netflix but the company is still totally cagey about stats and numbers so it's hard to trust. We don't even know what counts as a view really - did you have to finish watching it for example?
The Root Letitia Wright crowned box office queen of 2018 (it helps to be in the top two grossers of course)
Vulture "horror is not defined by what scares you"
MovieWeb More news on what Disney+ streaming service is planning (i.e. tons and tons of Marvel shows)

List-Mania
IndieWire 52 directors choose their favorite films of the year. This is a good read and the variety of titles cited is noteworthy, reminding you more than critics lists have how different each person's experience of cinema in a particular year can be.
Cinemablographer chooses 20 best performances of the year and Nicole Kidman makes the list twice! Some unusual picks here but thankfully no category fraud!
Furious Cinema top 20 of the year, in no particular order featuring Suspiria, Spider-Verse, and more
Jesse Knight best movie taglines of 2018 beginning with... Dog Days (lol!)
Vulture 10 best podcasts of 2018
The Guardian Mark Kermode's top 10 list with BlacKkKlansman, Leave No Trace...
Vulture 10 best film scores of 2018

Exit Video
Lady Gaga performs inside a mecha-robot in her new Las Vegas residency show "Enigma"

 

Sunday
Nov252018

The Circle of Tweet

AND A GOOD TWEET IT IS, TOO.

curated tweets for you after the jump involving Angels in America, the cgi-animated remake of The Lion King, Widows, and a lot of obsessing over The Favourite which happens to be our new pasttime as well...

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Wednesday
Jun202018

Soundtracking: "The Lion King"

by Chris Feil

When The Lion King arrived in 1994, it felt like the first Disney film fully developed in its post-Little Mermaid resurrected era. Whereas the genius of Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin feel like passion projects born of new financial fluidity, this film rings like a triumphant self-actualization of its return to dominance. It’s right there in the in the rising sun and thunderous opening incantation of “Circle of Life” - Disney reclaiming with force what they had lost and owning the cyclical nature of creative power.

It’s arresting stuff on a meta level, but that’s still incomparable to the song’s visceral gut level impact. Paired with the imagery of a convening animal kingdom both too fantastical to be true and rendered with breathtaking reality, “Circle of Life” feels so monumental that even immersive IMAX screens and sound systems can’t do its scale justice...

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