Kelvin Harrison Jr. joins the cast of Cyrano
Kelvin Harrison Jr. will star alongside Peter Dinklage in the musical film 'Cyrano'.The 26-year-old actor joins a cast that includes Peter Dinklage for the musical, an adaptation of Edmond Rostand's play 'Cyrano de Bergerac'.
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Barry Jenkins will direct 'The Lion King' sequel.
The 'Moonlight' filmmaker is set to helm the upcoming film, following on from the success of the 2019 Disney movie.
He said in a statement: "Helping my sister raise two young boys during the '90s, I grew up with these characters. Having the opportunity to work with Disney on expanding this magnificent tale of friendship, love and legacy while furthering my work chronicling the lives and souls of folk within the African diaspora is a dream come true."
Naya Rivera, Donald Trump and other guests in ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’
Naya Rivera, Donald Trump and other guests in ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’
Jeff Nathanson, who also penned the 2019 film, is set to write the script for the new movie. It is expected to be inspired by 'The Godfather: Part II', in that it will tell the origin story of Mufasa, Deadline reports.
Meanwhile, Sir Elton John previously branded the 'Lion King' remake a "huge disappointment".
The 'Rocket Man' hitmaker - who composed and performed songs for the original animated film in 1994 - thinks Disney "messed the music up".
He said: The new version of The Lion King was a huge disappointment to me, because I believe they messed the music up. Music was so much a part of the original and the music in the current film didn't have the same impact. The magic and joy were lost ... The soundtrack hasn't had nearly the same impact it had on the charts that it had 25 years ago, when it was the best-selling album of the year. The new soundtrack fell out of the charts so quickly, despite the massive box-office success."
Ice Cube lands new sci-fi role
Ice Cube is to feature in a new Universal sci-fi film produced by Timur Bekmambetov and Patrick Aiello.The 51-year-old rapper and actor has teamed up with Universal for the as-yet untitled project, which will be produced by Patrick Aiello and Timur Bekmambetov.
Elton is not the only figure to criticise the adaptation, as original animator David Stephan criticised the film.
David previously said: "If you polled the crew of the original Lion King, most of them would say, 'Why? Did you really have to do that?' It kind of hurts."
Gallery: Will Smith's greatest movies (BANG Showbiz)
Happy Birthday, Will Smith!
Hollywood superstar Will Smith turned 52 on September 25.The Philadelphia-born actor began his career as a rapper in the 80s as one half of duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince, which led him to his first acting role 90s NBC sitcom 'The Fresh Prince of Bel Air'.Over the decades, Will has shown off his talent in a wide range of movie genres, earning himself five Golden Globe nominations and two Academy Award nominations.Here is a look at Will's best films...
One of Will Smith’s first major roles after ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’ was in Michael Bay’s 1995 directorial debut ‘Bad Boys’. The action film followed Miami cops Mike Lowrey, played by Will, and Marcus Burnett, played by Martin Lawrence, as the two partners become entangled in a deadly drugs investigation. The duo’s interaction was highly praised by audiences and the film gained a cult following, which has prompted two sequels, 'Bad Boys II’ in 2003 and 2020's ‘Bad Boys for Life’.
Men in Black
Will Smith is probably best known for playing James Darrell Edwards in the ‘Men in Black’ franchise. The first film was released in 1997 and told the story of New York cop Edwards who is recruited by a secret intelligence agency to protect the citizens of Earth from aliens. The sci-fi comedy was a box office hit and received three Academy Awards nominations, winning one. Three further films have since been released, ‘Men in Black II’, ‘Men in Black 3’ and the latest sequel ‘Men in Black: International’, which was released earlier this year.
Enemy of The State
In 1998, Smith found success once again, starring with Gene Hackman in ‘Enemy of The State’. The film told the story of a lawyer named Robert Dean, played by Smith, who was framed for the murder of Congressman Phil Hammersley and forced to team up with a former communications expert, played by Hackman, to go on the run and clear his name.
Will Smith starred alongside Eva Mendes and Kevin James star in the 2005 romantic comedy ‘Hitch’, playing a professional “date doctor” whose job is to teach other men how to charm gorgeous women. But his toughest case yet arises when he fails to get his woo love interest, Sara, who is played by Eva Mendes.
The Pursuit of Happyness
Stepping away from action films in ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’ Will played Chris Gardener in the biographical drama based on his autobiography. The 2006 critically acclaimed biopic follows Gardener as he interns at a brokerage firm whilst being homeless with his five-year old son, played by Smith’s own son, Jaden Smith. Will explained that starring alongside Jaden added an element of reality to his performance. He said, “Part of being an actor is almost self-hypnosis during those brief moments when the cameras are rolling ... And having my son, and being able to lay in a subway bathroom, with my real son, just added to the ability to be able to transform and to become Chris Gardner for those moments.”
I am Legend
Will has a long history of starring alongside his children. In 2007, Smith acted in ‘I Am Legend’ alongside his daughter Willow. The post-apocalyptic flick is set in New York after a virus has wiped out almost all humanity and scientist Robert Neville, played by Will Smith, is the last living human left in the city. Speaking about working with his then six-year old daughter, Will joked, “You kind of don’t work with Willow, you work for Willow."
Will Smith starred alongside Charlize Theron in the unusual superhero film ‘Hancock’ in 2007. Will played John Hancock, a larger than life but unpopular superhero, who has become unpopular over the years due to the collateral damage of his actions. However, after meeting a PR man, played by Jason Bateman, and his wife, played by Charlize, things start to change for the better for him. The film includes scenes of Hancock flying at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour through the air, 60 feet up, which Smith admitted scared him a little. He said: "All right, I was scared. I can say that. It's a superhero movie, but I think in real life I was a little nervous."
Will Smith joined the long list of A-Listers who have voiced Disney characters when he took on the role of the Genie in Disney’s 2019 live-action remake of ‘Aladdin’. In the family favourite, Smith helps the lowly Aladdin woo Princess Jasmine and then stop the Jafar from usurping The Sultan. After Robin Williams’ acclaimed portrayal of the Genie in the animated version, Will knew he had a challenge on his hands to match the late comic. Will settled on a hip hop version of the character, saying: "“Genie is timeless, you get to really say and do anything so I started to feel confident that I could deliver something that was an homage to Robin Williams but was musically different and just the flavour of the character would be different enough and unique enough that it would be in a different lane versus trying to compete.”
Boab tree bears markings of Phillip Parker King, an Australian explorer you may not have heard of .
On a remote section of the Kimberley coast stands a centuries-old boab tree bearing an inscription ordered by Phillip Parker King, who helped complete the map of Australia — and for whom the frill-necked lizard is named.The tree was estimated to already be at least 300 years old when — 200 years ago — Phillip Parker King chose the bay as his best chance for repairing his sinking ship, His Majesty's Cutter Mermaid.