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John Oliver To Voice Zazu In “The Lion King”

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Comedian John Oliver is set to voice Zazu, the red-billed hornbill who is Mufasa’s majordomo in Walt Disney Pictures’ live action film adaptation of “The Lion King”.

Oliver steps into the comedic role whom Rowan Atkinson portrayed in the original 1994 feature and Edward Hibbert voiced in the direct-to-video sequels. He joins a cast that includes Donald Glover as Simba, Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and James Earl Jones as Mufasa.

Although still unconfirmed, director Jon Favreau has stated that Beyonce is his top choice to voice Nala. Oliver previously lent his voice to Vanity Smurf in the first two “The Smurfs” films. Favreau’s “The Lion King” is slated to hit the screens on July 19th 2019.

Source: The Wrap

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Dunkirk Early Reactions: Nolan’s WWII Thriller Is a Colossal Achievement

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Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk earns overwhelmingly positive praise but some warn the movie could be divisive.

Steppenwolf Actor Didn’t Meet “Justice” Cast

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Veteran acting legend Ciaran Hinds takes on the role of the lead villain Steppenwolf in Zack Snyder’s upcoming “Justice League” feature. Appearing on The BBC’s Michael Ball Show this week, the actor revealed that he’s yet to meet any of his co-stars in the film as all his work was motion capture recordings and so he wasn’t on set as such:

“I don’t know whether they’re all afraid to come and meet me – no, no they weren’t, really. Because it’s imaginary, you do it with green screen… That was another challenge, you could say, yeah. But it was quite fun. And they’re very encouraging in what you do, suggesting ‘Over here, look over there, imagine that, do this here, they’re coming at you now.'”

Hinds confirms the alien character he plays only ever exists as CG, and so there was no costume made for it. In fact from the wording it sounds like his mo-cap work was almost entirely facial as opposed to one with movement as well (ala Andy Serkis’ work):

“I’m sorry I’m not in costume. I didn’t even have a costume when I was doing it. It’s all done in motion capture. So… they stick a helmet on your head, they put two cameras around, and they capture all your expressions, facial expressions. So basically, they’re going to concoct some kind of construction and they will use my facial expressions – eyes, mouth, voice – they’ll turn into this murderous, avenging Steppenwolf from the planet Apokolips, apparently. Who’s bent on Hell on Earth.”

The actual amount of scenes or screen time Steppenwolf has in the film is unknown, though his Parademon army does much of the fighting in the film. It’s expected his master, Darkseid, is being saved for an inevitable sequel but may be glimpsed in the film which opens in November.

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1980s Cold War Setting For “Wonder Woman 2”?

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Following its critical and box-office success, a sequel to Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” is inevitable and so is the likelihood it will be another period piece tale set sometime during the 20th century.

The most popular guess has been the second World War, even though it would seem like effectively re-treading old ground seen in the first film’s WWI setting. A new rumor posted at Screen Rant suggests a much more interesting idea – a 1980s period piece which will pit Diana (Gal Gadot) against the forces of Soviet Union in the closing days of the Cold War.

The site says according to their sources the production team is expected to remain on board for the sequel, with Geoff Johns developing the script with the still in negotiations Patty Jenkins. The big surprise though of the report? That Chris Pine will apparently be returning as Diana’s ally Steve Trevor. How that’s possible is the obvious big question going forward.

Jenkins has previously stated the next film should at least partly be set in America. If the report is true, the switching out of a Greek myth meets war movie with a Cold War spy thriller could prove an interesting one.

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Neill Blomkamp Shares Three More ‘Cooking With Bill’ Shorts From Oats Studios

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Neill Blomkamp has returned with three more ‘Cooking With Bill’ shorts from his experimental film house, Oats Studios. The project, which is meant to return the auteur to his indie roots, has been steadily rolling out new work since May: First, with a string of bizarre but expansive teasers, then with an official, lizard-ridden short titled Rakka, and again with the gruesome war film Firebase just last month.

Thus far, they’ve all stuck primarily to his already established wheelhouse. He’s best known for sci-fi features like CHAPPiEDistrict 9, and Elysium, and Oats Studios has similarly covered dystopias where otherworldly creatures run amok. But ‘Cooking With Bill’, which Oats first introduced in June, boasts a fresh direction for Blomkamp.

The series, which now totals four videos, is set like an 80s infomercial with a kitchen show and a studio audience. Each segment introduces an absurd-looking appliance meant to make cooking easier, but quickly turns things gruesome. In the first, Bill used a contraption called the ...

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