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OPENING DATE: December 20, 2019
RATING: CATS has been rated PG (Parental Guidance Suggested – Some Material May Not Be Suitable for Children) for some rude and suggestive humor
GENRE: Epic Musical
CAST: James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson, and introducing Francesca Hayward
DIRECTOR: Tom Hooper
SCREENPLAY BY: Lee Hall, Tom Hooper
BASED ON: Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot, the musical “Cats”
by Andrew Lloyd Webber
PRODUCERS: Debra Hayward, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Tom Hooper
PRODUCERS: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Steven Spielberg, Angela Morrison, Jo Burn
Oscar®-winning director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Misérables, The Danish Girl) transforms Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-shattering stage musical into a breakthrough cinematic event.
Cats stars James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson and introduces Royal Ballet principal dancer Francesca Hayward in her feature film debut.
Featuring Lloyd Webber’s iconic music and a world-class cast of dancers under the guidance of Tony-winning choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton, In the Heights), the film reimagines the musical for a new generation with spectacular production design, state-of-the-art technology, and dance styles ranging from classical ballet to contemporary, hip-hop to jazz, street dance to tap.
The film also stars Robbie Fairchild (Broadway’s An American in Paris), Laurie Davidson (TNT’s Will), hip-hop dance sensation Les Twins (Larry and Laurent Bourgeois), acclaimed dancer Mette Towley (featured in videos for Rihanna and Pharrell Williams’ N.E.R.D.), Royal Ballet principal dancer Steven McRae, and rising-star singer Bluey Robinson.
Universal Pictures presents a Working Title Films and Amblin Entertainment production, in association with Monumental Pictures and The Really Useful Group. Cats is produced by Debra Hayward, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Tom Hooper. The screenplay is by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot, Rocketman) and Hooper, based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot and the stage musical by Lloyd Webber. Cats is executive produced by Lloyd Webber, Steven Spielberg, Angela Morrison and Jo Burn.
One of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, the stage musical “Cats” received its world premiere at the New London Theatre in 1981, where it played for 21 years and earned the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical. In 1983, the Broadway production became the recipient of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and ran for an extraordinary 18 years. Since opening in London in 1981, “Cats” has continuously appeared on stage around the globe, to date having played to 81 million people in more than fifty countries and in nineteen languages. It is one of the most successful musicals of all time.
HOW TO TEACH PHILOSOPHY TO YOUR DOG
Monty was just like any other dog. A scruffy and irascible Maltese terrier, he enjoyed barking at pugs and sniffing at trees. But after yet another dramatic confrontation with the local Rottweiler, Anthony McGowan realizes it’s high time he and Monty had a chat about what makes him a good or a bad dog.
Taking his lead from Monty’s canine antics, McGowan takes us on a hilarious and enlightening jaunt through the major debates of philosophy. Will Kant convince Monty to stop stealing cheesecake? How long will they put up with Socrates poking holes in every argument?
How to Teach Philosophy to Your Dog (Pegasus Books; 2/4/2020) is an introduction to the big questions in philosophy. In this uniquely entertaining take on morality and ethics, the dutiful duo set out to uncover who―if anyone―has the right end of the ethical stick and can tell us how best to live one’s life.
About the Author:Anthony McGowan has a BA, MPhil, and PhD in philosophy, and has lectured widely on philosophy and creative writing. He is one of the funniest writers around. As an author for children and young adults he’s won many awards, while The Art of Failing, a hilarious account of his life as a writer, was named an Observer Book of the Year. He lives in North London with his wife and two children.
“A charming, informative, unique introduction to Western philosophy.”
“Essential reading on both the meaning of dogs and the meaning of life.”
“McGowan playfully explores philosophy in this amusing collection of imaginary dialogues conducted with his Maltese terrier, Monty. Readers who have never roamed the paths of philosophy before, or who could use a return trip, will appreciate this enjoyable tour from a friendly guide and his loyal companion.”
“Filled with sparkling insights, a joy from start to finish. In turns witty, brilliant and irreverent, McGowan explains nothing less than the meaning of life – to his dog. If only we were all as lucky as Monty to go for long walks with the author.”
—Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads
Lise Hansen author of "The Complete Book of Cat & Dog Health" will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 11/30/19 at 5pm ET to discuss and give away her book
A complete and comprehensive guide to health care for cats and dogs, providing invaluable advice on essential aspects of care, such as diet and vaccinations, as well as a guide to holistic treatments. The first part of the book describes the main lifestyle choices every dog and cat owner makes, whether or not they are aware of them: settling in a new puppy or kitten, vaccination, neutering, diet, finding the right veterinarian, and caring for the aging animal. The second part describes the main holistic modalities and their relevance when animals become sick. What they are, how they work, when they are useful, and how to find a practitioner. Also includes chapters on osteopathy, homeopathy, acupuncture, Bach's flower remedies, and herbal medicine. The third part of the book discusses a range of common health problems in dogs and cats, both from a conventional veterinary point of view and from an holistic perspective, and aims to help the owner understand the condition they are facing, as well as providing tips on how to supplement their veterinarian's advice and treatment.
Talkin' Pets News
November 16, 2019
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestrial Custom Dog Services
Producer - Lexi Lapp
Network Producer - Quin McCarthy
Social Media - Bob Page
Special Guests - "On the Backs of Tortoises" Darwin, the Galápagos, and the Fate of an Evolutionary Eden, author Elizabeth Hennessy will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 11/16/19 at 5pm ET to discuss and give away her new book
CMT MUSIC PREMIERES BLANE HOWARD’S MUSIC VIDEO “PROMISE TO LOVE HER’’ and Blane will join Jon and Talkin' Pets live on Saturday 11/16/19 at 630pm ET to discuss his music and upcoming album. Blane will also give away copies of his last album on air.
CELEBRATE THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW AND LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PURPLE LEASH PROJECT when Maria Menounos joins Jon and Talkin' Pets 11/1619 at 721pm ET
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BLANE HOWARD – BIO
Blane Howard is a country music artist and songwriter who is making the grade across the board within the country music industry, at country radio and among its fans. His original song, “Promise To Love Her,” has generated more than 7 Million video views across multiple platforms, and more than 36 Million Streams. This Arkansas native, named the 2018 and 2019 Male Vocalist of the Year at the Arkansas CMAs, embraces the sound he was raised on by infusing the styles of country music greats like Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, and Randy Travis, with his own personal flair. His relatable lyrics, powerful vocals, and entertaining shows are winning him fans around the world.
At the age of 3, Blane stood in front of the TV with a blue and green plastic guitar and sang along with Alan Jackson's, "Chasin' That Neon Rainbow." A big fan of Johnny Cash as well, and sharing the same birth date, Howard tells a story about his grandmother singing Cash songs to him and his cousins. Living close to a railroad track, she would rush all the kids to the window when they would “hear the train a coming” and break into her rendition of “Folsom Prison Blues.” Howard often says that as a child he thought Cash had stolen the song from her! Today he is drawn toward the styles of artist like Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, and Brothers Osborne. All of these influences have made an impact on Blane's unique style of country, modern-traditional, mixing the authenticity of the 90s with the contemporary edge of today!
Since graduating from Belmont University in 2010, Howard has had the privilege of opening up shows for many country greats including Blake Shelton, Josh Turner, Joe Nichols, Lauren Alaina, Trace Adkins, Rodney Atkins, Hunter Hays, Granger Smith, Travis Tritt, Charlie Daniels Band, and others. Blane has played multiple venues of all sizes as well as all types of fairs and festivals across the mid plains and mid-south including the Arkansas State Fair, State Fair of Texas, South Carolina Peach Festival, Western Kentucky State Fair, and multiple shows at CMA Fest.
‘Bout Time' is the title track to Blane's original EP which was released in January of 2013; he followed that up in 2014 with a two-song CD of "Arkansas, Y'all," which was a song penned for the Arkansas Department of Tourism’s Song of Arkansas contest. In 2015, he released his first full album, "Away We Go," which has many great singles including "Friday Feeling," and "Crazy," as well as the title track. Blane was married in the fall of 2016 and as a gift for his bride-to-be, he wrote "Promise To Love Her." After a short video clip from their wedding of the couple dancing to the song took off on social media, and requests for the song flooded his social media pages, he decided that he should record the song. In March of 2017 the single released to glowing reviews and hit national radio, making its way to #33 on the Music Row Breakout Chart, holding there for three weeks. The music video has picked up over 5.7 MILLION views on FB alone and also received television airplay on networks such as Great American Country, The Country Network, and The Heartland Network where it continues to air today. The Heartland Network also picked up Howard’s music video for his single “Crazy.”
In early 2018, the legendary John Berry invited Blane to film a segment with him for The Heartland TV Network’s second season of “Songs and Stories with John Berry.” The show was filmed at the Fontanel in Nashville and Howard’s episode aired in June of 2018.
When Blane is not on the road, he stays busy writing new songs with other artists and songwriters in Nashville.
Be sure to follow Blane Howard on social media for all of the latest career updates, show announcements, and new music releases.
“MY OLD DOG: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts” just might be the happiest book you’ll ever read. It shares success stories that show how blissful retirement can be for older dogs who get rescued, and how life-changing senior dog adoption can be for the humans who do the rescuing.
“No Dog Should Die Alone” was the attention-grabbing — and heart-stirring — headline of journalist Laura T. Coffey’s TODAY show story about photographer Lori Fusaro’s work with senior shelter pets. While generally calm, easy, and already house-trained, these animals often represent the highest-risk population at shelters. With gorgeous, joyful photographs and sweet, funny, true tales of “old dogs learning new tricks,” Coffey and Fusaro show that adopting a senior can be even more rewarding than choosing a younger dog. You’ll meet endearing elders like Marnie, the irresistible shih tzu who has posed for selfies with Tina Fey, James Franco, and Betty White; Remy, a soulful nine-year-old dog adopted by elderly nuns; George Clooney’s cocker spaniel, Einstein; Susie, the funny little senior dog who got adopted by “Humans of New York” creator Brandon Stanton; and Bretagne, the last known surviving search dog from Ground Zero. They may be slower moving and a tad less exuberant than puppies, but these pooches prove that adopting a senior brings immeasurable joy, earnest devotion, and unconditional love.
This special book became a national bestseller and went into its second printing very quickly. It won the prestigious Best Book Award from the Dog Writers Association of America and a gold INDIES Book of the Year Award from Foreword Reviews. “MY OLD DOG” has been showcased in numerous media outlets, including the TODAY show, People, PARADE, Huffington Post, Upworthy, WGN-TV, multiple CTV Television Network shows in Canada, and many more.
“MY OLD DOG” features a foreword by singer/songwriter Neko Case, caregiving and training tips by Dr. Marty Becker and Mikkel Becker, and a comprehensive resource guide that outlines all sorts of ways to help older shelter dogs across North America and around the world. It’s available at book stores everywhere and at Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com.
Positive reviews keep rolling in! Here are some excerpts:
“If you love dogs, or if you like dogs, or if you’ve ever heard of dogs, or if you’re from planet Earth, you will love this book.”
— David Rosenfelt, author of “Dogtripping” and “Lessons from Tara”
“Not only is ‘My Old Dog’ an idea whose time has come, it is a truly heartwarming celebration.”
— Jackson Galaxy, host of Animal Planet’s “My Cat from Hell”
“Pages and pages of … adorable dogs who found happiness in their golden years.”
“’My Old Dog’ is a truly wonderful book….Every story reminds me just how resilient dogs are and how strong the human-animal bond can be.”
— Victoria Stilwell, dog behavior expert and star of Animal Planet’s “It’s Me or the Dog”
“Full of wonderful color photos, this beautiful work does a great job of advocating for adult and senior dogs.”
— Library Journal
“This book is a loving celebration of old dogs and of radiant souls that shine through aging eyes.”
— Francis Battista, cofounder of Best Friends Animal Society
“Demonstrates how meaningful it can be to give older animals . . . a second chance.”
“My new favorite book. . . . Absolutely beautiful. One time, while I was reading a particularly uplifting chapter on a crowded subway, I found myself actually kissing the book.”
“This most amazing and inspiring book . . . will move you to tears of joy.”
— Psychology Today
“Journalist Coffey and photographer Fusaro make a strong case for rescuing elderly dogs.”
— Publishers Weekly
“This book is a wonderful tribute to our ‘sizzlin’ seniors’!”
— Jill Rappaport, animal advocate and NBC News correspondent
“If you love soulful seniors or you’re in need of a reminder of the wonderfulness of people (i.e. those adopting one of the many senior dogs in shelters), you’re going to love this book.”
— Modern Dog
“I fell in love with these dogs, and their stories serve to remind us that old dogs are like fine wine — they only get better with age. Four paws up!”
— Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane
“Who knew that old dogs could teach human beings some new tricks: compassion, companionship, healing, random snacking, and the power of second chances. Laura Coffey and Lori Fusaro have given the beasts of the world — human and canine — a map for graceful aging and a full and happy life.”
— Roy Peter Clark, author of “Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer” and Vice President and Senior Scholar at the Poynter Institute
“‘My Old Dog’ highlights the beautiful compassion of those who choose to love, support and respect our older animals instead of throwing them away. The book is a look at how we can become better people.”
— Michael Harney, actor on “Orange Is the New Black,” “Deadwood” and “NYPD Blue”
“I could not put this book down, and I don’t think anyone could read it and not be moved to go out and help an older dog.”
— Jennifer Kachnic, president of the Grey Muzzle Organization
“This exquisite, eye-opening book needs a place on every dog lover’s shelf.”
— Maria Goodavage, New York Times-bestselling author of “Soldier Dogs” and “Top Dog”
“Infused with vitality.”
“All of the dogs whose stories are told in My Old Dog will move you (off the couch, and over to your dog to give them a hug).”
— Huffington Post
“Outright heart-melting stories that’ll make you want to go adopt a senior dog. Like, right now.”
“This is easily the best dog book I’ve read — ever.”
— Kings River Life Magazine
Uncover the Magic and Mystery of the Owl
Owls have long fascinated the minds and inspired the imaginations of children, from Harry
Potter’s Hedwig to Archimedes in the classic Disney film The Sword in the Stone. Their
huge, all-seeing eyes compel us to wonder what they see and what they know. But are
they really as wise as they seem? In fact, owls had to give up some valuable space in their
skulls to make room for those large eyes, and with only moderately sized brains, they aren’t
quite as enlightened as they may look.
This is but one of the hundreds of fascinating facts uncovered in Owling, a book that
takes kids aged 8–12 deep into the often hidden lives of these awesome predators.
With more than 100 stunning images from owl expert and award-winning photojournalist
Mark Wilson, Owling invites readers to take a close-up look into the habits and abilities
of these captivating raptors. Alongside cleverly explained lessons in owl anatomy,
physiology, and behavior, Wilson presents in-depth profiles of the 19 species of North
American owls, showcasing where they live, what they sound like, how to spot them,
and much more.
Owls are all around us — in the daytime and the night — and likely closer than we realize.
With sharp eyes, eager ears, and the knowledge gleaned from Owling, kids have the
opportunity to venture into this secret world where the owls are watching and waiting
for their arrival.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mark Wilson is an award-winning wildlife photojournalist who has written about and
photographed birds for more than 35 years. He and his wife run Eyes On Owls, an educational
program that brings live owls to schools and community groups. He lives in Dunstable,
The Global Phenomenon Comes to Life Like Never Before
Disney’s “The Lion King”
Releases on Digital 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere Oct. 11
and on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray™ Oct. 22
With over an hour of bonus extras that showcase the cutting-edge technology behind the stunning savanna and a special look at the music of The Lion King
BURBANK, Calif. (Sept. 16, 2019) — Be prepared: Disney’s “The Lion King,” the worldwide phenomenon that brought the Pride Lands’ iconic characters to life in a whole new way, arrives on Digital in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere Oct.11 and physically on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD Oct. 22. Directed by Jon Favreau, the summer blockbuster, which reigned supreme with audiences worldwide — earning over $1 billion at the global box office and an A CinemaScore — journeys home with all-new bonus features, music videos and an exclusive extra for Digital consumers.
In-home audiences will feel the love as they trek behind the scenes and to the African savanna through “The Journey to ‘The Lion King,’” a three-part documentary that explores the film’s creation. It features visits to the Playa Vista production facility where talent, including Donald Glover (voice of Simba) honor and elevate the animated classic’s iconic music; discussions with Favreau and team who used cutting-edge technology to create photorealistic animals and environments; and filmmaker and cast reflections on the timeless tale that has moved generations. Extras also include “More to Be Scene,” layer-by-layer progressions of some of the film’s most iconic moments; lyric video for “Never Too Late” by Elton John and music video for “Spirit” by Beyoncé; sing-alongs to the film’s unforgettable songs; and a feature on the “Protect the Pride” campaign, which focuses on protecting and revitalizing the lion population.
Consumers who pre-purchase digitally, “The Lion King” will gain access to “Perfecting the Pride,” a feature highlighting the filmmakers’ research trip to Africa.
The digital version includes an extra that playfully conveys the importance of the dung beetle both in the film and the African savanna.
In “The Lion King,” pioneering filmmaking techniques bring treasured characters to life in a whole new way. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother — and former heir to the throne — has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. The all-star cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon.
“The Lion King” will be packaged and released in several different formats, ensuring each member of your family can view the film on a variety of different devices with no worries. Viewers can watch the film in Digital 4K Ultra HD, HD and SD, and bring home a physical copy of the film which will be released as an Ultimate Collector’s Edition (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Digital Code), a Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Code) and a single DVD.
Bonus features include*:
- Perfecting the Pride – Join the filmmakers on their research trip to Africa as they immerse themselves in the real world of “The Lion King.” From the animals in the pride, to the smallest of insects and the grasslands in the savanna, experience the attention to detail that brought the film to life.
- Pride Lands Pedia --Dung beetle shares the importance of his “roll” in the African Savanna in a fun, bug’s eye view of the land its inhabitants.
- The Journey to “The Lion King” -
- The Music - Go inside the studio with the cast and crew as they work to honor and elevate The Lion King’s beloved music.
- The Magic - Discover how the filmmakers blended the traditional filmmaking techniques with virtual reality technology to create amazing movie magic.
- The Timeless Tale - Filmmakers and cast reflect on the story that has moved generations and share how this Lion King carries a proud legacy forward.
- More to Be Scene - Recording studio and layer-by-layer progressions of some of most iconic moments in “The Lion King.”
- “Circle of Life” – Peel back the layers of effects and go behind the scenes of this iconic musical moment from the film
- “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” – See all the effects, talent and fun that went into creating this vibrant version of “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” for the movie
- “Hakuna Matata” – Join Donald Glover (Simba), Seth Rogen (Pumbaa) and Billy Eichner (Timon) in the studio for the making of this memorable scene.
- Music Videos
- “Never Too Late” (lyric video) by Elton John
- “Spirit”performed by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
- Filmmaker Introduction
- Audio Commentary – By Director Jon Favreau.
- Song Selection
- “Circle of Life”
- “I Just Can’t Wait to be King”
- “Be Prepared”
- “Hakuna Matata”
- “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”
- “Never Too Late”
- Protect the Pride –Director Jon Favreau, the Lion Recovery Fund and conservationists highlight efforts to protect the majestic lions and their home.
BLU-RAY & DIGITAL BONUS:
Product SKUs: 4K Ultra HD (4K UHD+Blu-ray+Digital Code),
Multi-screen Edition (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Code),
DVD, Digital 4K UHD, HD, SD and On-Demand
Feature Run Time: Approximately 118 minutes
Rating: PG in U.S. (bonus material not rated), PG in CE, G in CF
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audio: UHD Blu-ray = English Dolby Atmos; English 2.0 Descriptive Audio; Spanish, German, Italian and French 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus
Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital
DVD = English, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio
UHD Digital = English Dolby Atmos (some platforms); English, Spanish and French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital; English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital (some platforms)
HD Digital = English, Spanish and French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital; English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital (some platforms)
SD Digital = English, Spanish and French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital; English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital (some platforms)
Languages/Subtitles: UHD Blu-ray = English SDH, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish and Spanish
Blu-ray = English SDH, French and Spanish
DVD = English SDH, French and Spanish
Digital = English SDH, French and Spanish
Closed Captions: English (DVD and Digital)
“THE LION KING” CAST AND CREW:
“The Lion King” stars Donald Glover (“Atlanta,” “Solo: A Star Wars Story”) as future king Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (“Dreamgirls,” “Lemonade” visual album) as Simba’s friend-turned-love-interest Nala, and James Earl Jones (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Field of Dreams”) as Simba’s wise and loving father, Mufasa, reprising his iconic performance from Disney’s 1994 animated classic. Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave,” Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange”) portrays Simba’s villainous uncle Scar, and Alfre Woodard (“Juanita,” Marvel’s “Luke Cage”) plays Simba’s no-nonsense mother, Sarabi. JD McCrary (OWN’s “Tyler Perry’s The Paynes,” Apple’s “Vital Signs”) voices Young Simba, a confident cub who can’t wait to be king, and Shahadi Wright Joseph (NBC’s “Hairspray Live!” Broadway’s “The Lion King”) brings tough cub Young Nala to life.
John Kani (Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther,” “Coriolanus,” Marvel Studios’ “Captain America: Civil War”) is the wise baboon Rafiki, and John Oliver (HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”) was tapped as hornbill Zazu, Mufasa’s loyal confidant. Seth Rogen (“Sausage Party,” “Neighbors”) lends his comedic chops to naive warthog Pumbaa, and Billy Eichner (“Billy on the Street,” FX’s “American Horror Story”) delivers the know-it-all meerkat Timon. Scar’s hyena allies include Florence Kasumba (Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther”) as Shenzi, Eric André (Adult Swim’s “The Eric André Show,” FXX’s “Man Seeking Woman”) as Azizi, and Keegan-Michael Key (“Predator,” Netflix’s “Friends from College”) as Kamari.
“The Lion King” is directed by Jon Favreau (“The Jungle Book,” Marvel Studios’ “Iron Man”) and produced by Jon Favreau, Jeffrey Silver (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Edge of Tomorrow”) and Karen Gilchrist (“The Jungle Book,” “Chef”). Jeff Nathanson (“Catch Me If You Can,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”) penned the screenplay based on the 1994 screenplay by Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts and Linda Woolverton. Tom Peitzman (co-producer “Kong: Skull Island,” “Alice in Wonderland”), Julie Taymor (director “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Broadway’s “The Lion King”) and Thomas Schumacher (“The Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast”) are executive producers, and John Bartnicki (“The Jungle Book,” “Chef”) is co-producer. The award-winning team of artists tapped to bring the African savanna and its animal inhabitants to life includes visual effects supervisor Robert Legato, who conceived the virtual production on “Avatar,” won Academy Awards for his work on “The Jungle Book,” “Hugo” and “Titanic,” and was nominated for an Oscar for his work on “Apollo 13,” and Oscar-winning animation supervisor Andrew R. Jones (“The Jungle Book,” “Avatar,” “World War Z”). MPC Film’s VFX supervisors are Adam Valdez (“The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers”), who won an Oscar for his work on “The Jungle Book,” and Elliot Newman (“The Jungle Book,” “Fast & Furious: Supercharged”). MPC Film was instrumental in bringing each character to life and building the movie’s full CG environments, as well as working with filmmakers to develop the virtual production technology.
Five-time Oscar nominee Caleb Deschanel, ASC (“Jack Reacher,” “The Patriot”), is director of photography, and James Chinlund (“War for the Planet of the Apes,” Marvel’s “The Avengers”) serves as the production designer. Oscar winner Ben Grossman (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Hugo,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”) is virtual production supervisor, and Mark Livolsi, ACE (“The Jungle Book,” “Saving Mr. Banks,” “The Blind Side”), and Adam Gerstel (“Transformers: The Last Knight,” “The Jungle Book”) edited the film.
This film features unforgettable music by an award-winning team, including Oscar- and GRAMMY®-winning superstar Elton John and Oscar- and GRAMMY-winning lyricist Tim Rice, score by Oscar- and GRAMMY-winning composer Hans Zimmer, plus African vocal and choir arrangements by GRAMMY-winning South African producer and composer Lebo M (“Rhythm of the Pride Lands”). Oscar-nominated and GRAMMY-winning singer, songwriter and producer Pharrell Williams (“Hidden Figures”/producer, “Happy”), produced five songs on the soundtrack.
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