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Amazing, entertaining, breathtaking, and captivating were all the words used to describe Disney’s animated classic, The Lion King, and now they ring more true for its latest live action remake! Mufasa, Simba, Nala, Scar, Timon, and Pumbaa are all back and REAL. The story is still largely the same, but our characters have more depth and soul thanks their all too realistic hair and skin. Simba (Donald Glover/Childish Gambino), a young lion cub and the rightful king of The Pridelands must overcome the fear and demons of his past to save his kingdom and stop his treacherous uncle, Scar, from destroying the Circle of Life and his late father, Mufasa’s, legacy.

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Disney has definitely been on it with its live action remakes, but The Lion King, in particular holds a special place in the hearts of so many. Remaking it only would prove challenging with bringing this animated world to life, while re-captivating the magic of the original animated film. The voice actors for the characters truly accomplished this by combining elements of the original film, the Broadway musical, and new layers to characters like Nala (Beyonce) and Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor),  and Shenzi; (Florence Kasumba) and expanded roles for Sarabi (Alfred Woodard) and Zazu. Timon (Billy Eichner) and Pumbaa (Seth Rogen) are as hilarious as ever, in many ways reminding us of now grown fans of the film just how sarcastic we have become when it comes to the world. This is truly a film your entire family must see and bond over. Selfless duty, nobility, justice, and responsibillity are just a few life lessons The Lion King has to teach a new generation. Be the kings–and queens–we know you all are and support this film!

Grade: A-

What We Liked

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-The computer generated characters are so realistic we felt as if we were watching a scene from National Geographic Explorer!

-The expounded roles of various characters. Learning why Scar hates Mufasa and wanted to be king, seeing how and why Nala bravely left to find help, and even Zazu proving to be a brace and loyal servant.

-The atmosphere and setting of the film truly bring the Motherland to life. You feel as though you are right there in the savanna, desert, and jungle with the characters.

-Meeting new characters in Timon & Pumbaa’s jungle. They were so cute and funny; and made those bugs look delicious. “Slimy, yet satisfying!”

Beyonce is pretty good as a voice actress. She brought a sweetness coupled with sheer toughness to Nala’s expanded role.

 

What We Loved

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-“Can You Feel The Love Tonight” is just as magical and romantic as it was when Elton John first wrote it. Beyonce and Donald Glover definitely did it justice.

-The exquisiteness of the detail in every scene and every movement of the characters. This is indeed breaking edge cinematic technology. There should definitely be a live action remake of The Lion King 2 with Kiara and Kovu’s story.

-Mufasa is still voiced by James Earl Jones. We could not imagine this iconic Disney character being voiced by anyone else.

-Scar’s design. He was ugly and looked like a scrawny, diseased ridden lion.

 

What We Hated

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-“Be Prepared” and “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King” are lackluster in this rendition. Here the original animated scenes fared far better.

 

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ALL IN: The Fight For Democracy | AVAILABLE NOW ON AMAZON PRIME

In anticipation of the 2020 presidential election, ALL IN: THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY examines the often overlooked, yet insidious issue of voter suppression in the United States.

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ALL IN: The Fight For Democracy

In anticipation of the 2020 presidential election, ALL IN: THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY examines the often overlooked, yet insidious issue of voter suppression in the United States.

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The film interweaves personal experiences with current activism and historical insight to expose a problem that has corrupted our democracy from the very beginning. With the perspective and expertise of Stacey Abrams. ALL IN: The Fight For Democracy | AVAILABLE NOW ON AMAZON PRIME, the former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, the documentary offers an insider’s look into laws and barriers to voting that most people don’t even know is a threat to their basic rights as citizens of the United States. Coming to theaters Sept. 9, on Prime Video Sept. 18.

The timeliness of this film is everything and you can view it in its entirety today. This is definitely a project we should support as it discusses voter suppression, an issue as old as America itself. Check out the amazing trailer above.

Happy viewing, and remember to get out and VOTE in all elections!

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John David Washington Rumored For Lead Role in Upcoming “Fantastic Four” Movie!

The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand and it looks like the casting for the upcoming “Fantastic Four” film may be led by John David Washington. 

It is rumored that John David Washington is being eyed for the role of “Reed Richards/”Mr. Fantastic,” the leader of the Fantastic Four gifted with an elastic body and superhuman intelligence. 

This is not the first time, however, rumors of Mr. Fantastic’s casting have swirled. In fact, the other person also being eyed for this role is John Krasinski of “A Quiet Place” fame. 

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand and it looks like the casting for the upcoming “Fantastic Four” film may be led by John David Washington.

It is rumored that John David Washington is being eyed for the role of “Reed Richards/”Mr. Fantastic,” the leader of the Fantastic Four gifted with an elastic body and superhuman intelligence.

This is not the first time, however, rumors of Mr. Fantastic’s casting have swirled. In fact, the other person also being eyed for this role is John Krasinski of “A Quiet Place” fame.

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Mr. Fantastic

Word is that there are two very different actors are being considered to play the leader of the Fantastic Four, Reed Richards. One is John Krasinski, the other is John David Washington.

John David Washington is the star of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet and one of the fastest rising stars in Hollywood. He’s also the son of Denzel Washington. According to this rumor the 35-year-old is now one of the top contenders for the role of Reed.

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We’ve heard rumors for awhile now that former Office star turned horror movie (A Quiet Place) director John Krasinski could be up for the part of Reed Richards, aka Mr. Fantastic, in Marvel’s new version of the Fantastic Four. Until now those have just been wild rumors, but we’ve just gotten something a little more concrete.

Roger Wardell tweeted this oddly overlooked message a few days ago…

If you don’t know who Wardell is, he’s a Marvel Insider with a proven track record of getting scoops like these right. So it’s pretty likely that if he says Krasinski is up for a part at Marvel, then he’s up for the part. That said, he doesn’t specify WHICH part Krasinski is up for. But where there’s smoke there’s fire. We’ve been hearing Krasinski for Mr. Fantastic for months now and it’s really hard to imagine Marvel wanting to cast him as the lead in any other superhero movie. He’s uniquely qualified to be Reed Richards in Marvel’s Fantastic Four movie.

We are honestly okay with either actor acquiring the role. We can, however, see John David Washington becoming it more in light of Jonathan Majors being cast as Kang The Conqueror in the Ant-Man 3 movie. Kang, in the comics, is actually a distance ancestor of Reed Richards.

What do you guys think of this casting news for the rumored Fantastic Four movie? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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“Lovecraft’s” Jonathan Major Joins Cast of “Ant Man 3” As Super Villain!

The Marvel Cinematic Universe just became even more interesting thanks to the addition of Jonathan Majors! The star of HBO’s hit horror series, “Lovecraft” is joining Marvel’s “Ant-Man 3” as the super villain, “Kang The Conqueror.”

Kang The Conqueror is a major Marvel Comics villain with the abilities to manipulate time itself. As such, he has become a recurring foe of superhero teams like The Avengers and Fantastic Four; and played a role in the origins of Apocalypse, one of the X-Men’s most powerful enemies.

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe just became even more interesting thanks to the addition of Jonathan Majors! The star of HBO’s hit horror series, “Lovecraft” is joining Marvel’s “Ant-Man 3” as the super villain, “Kang The Conqueror.”

Kang The Conqueror is a major Marvel Comics villain with the abilities to manipulate time itself. As such, he has become a recurring foe of superhero teams like The Avengers and Fantastic Four; and played a role in the origins of Apocalypse, one of the X-Men’s most powerful enemies; as well as the Fantastic Four’s leader, Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards) being his distant ancestor.

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Kang The Conqueror

Jonathan is an amazing actor, having risen to fame via films like Last Black Man in San Francisco, the television miniseries, When We Rise, and most recently the aforementioned Lovecraft starring alongside Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Courtney B. Vance, and Michael K. Williams. In “Ant-Man 3,” he will star opposite Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, who will reprise their roles of Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Hope Van Dyne/Wasp.

The film is set to take place shortly after the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame and is rumored to introduce the Fantastic Four into the MCU. Stories are alleging they have been trapped in the Quantum Universe in a city controlled by Kang and will be unwittingly freed by Ant-Man and Wasp.

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Majors addition to the cast adds some much needed diversity to the characters in the MCU and it’s exciting to see him in a role that of someone so cunning and powerful. We are here for it!

We will keep you posted as more information on this film becomes available! Congrats Jonathan!

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