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  • “Circle of Life!” Billy Eichner on going from bartending at Broadway’s ‘The Lion King’ to starring in Disney’s rebooted version
    by Stephen Iervolino on July 18, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    L-R: Rogen, Oliver, Eichner/Disney(NEW YORK) — When Billy Eichner was a struggling actor in 2002, bartending at the Broadway production of The Lion King, he never thought he’d be starring in the new CGI version of the Disney favorite — let alone singing on the same track as Beyoncé. “Circle of Life!” he marveled, quoting one of the film’s classic songs. In the reboot of the 1994 classic, Eichner, best known for Billy on the Street, plays quick-witted meerkat Timon.  His BFF, Pumbaa the warthog, is played by Seth Rogen. “I think Seth and I are now on the iTunes chart with Beyoncé on “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” which is very exciting and bizarre,” Eichner said on ABC’s Good Morning America.”I’m sure she’s thrilled,” he joked. “Our styles compliment each other.” “And the movie — I’ve seen it twice now — it is unlike anything anyone has ever seen,” Eichner added. “It’s so beautiful what [director] Jon Favreau [and] the designers have done. It’s insane.” In addition to Rogen, Eichner and Beyonce, the film also stars the voice talents of Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Oliver, Keegan-Michael Key, and James Earl Jones, among others.The Lion King hits theaters Friday.The Walt Disney Company is the parent company of ABC. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. […]

  • School’s back in session for ‘A.P. Bio’ on NBCUniversal’s streaming service
    by Stephen Iervolino on July 18, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Vivian Zink/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — A.P. Bio, dropped by NBC back in May after two seasons, has been resurrected for NBCUniversal’s upcoming streaming service, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The comedy, from executive producers Lorne Michaels, Seth Meyers and showrunner Mike O’Brien, stars Glenn Howerton as a disgraced Harvard philosophy professor turned high school biology teacher. Patton Oswalt also stars — and on Twitter, he was credited in part with saving the show by O’Brien, “for being the first and biggest promoter of #SaveAPBio.” The hashtag attracted an outpouring of support from fans. To them, O’Brien enthused, “This happened because of all you guys! We’re extremely thankful!” NBCUniversal’s still-unnamed streaming service is set to launch in 2020; as previously reported, it will become the exclusive new streaming home of The Office, which is currently available on Netflix. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. […]

  • Disney eyes Javier Bardem to play King Triton in live-action ‘The Little Mermaid’
    by ABC News Radio on July 18, 2019 at 10:00 am

    LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Javier Bardem, who won an Oscar for playing the relentless psychopathic killer Anton Chigurh in 2007’s No Country for Old Men, is lightening up quite a bit for his next role. The actor’s reportedly in talks to play King Triton in Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, according to Variety. Bardem would join a cast that, so far, includes grown-ish actress and Chloe x Halle singer Halle Bailey as Ariel, Melissa McCarthy as her evil aunt, Ursula, and Awkwafina as Scuttle. Harry Styles is also reportedly in early talks to play Prince Eric. Bardem, who also played the villainous Raoul Silva in the 2012 Bond film Skyfall, will next be seen as Stilgar in writer/director Denis Villeneuve’s forthcoming film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel, Dune, opposite Timothee Chalamet and Josh Brolin. Disney is the parent company of ABC News. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.&nbs […]

  • Apple TV banks on ‘The Banker’ starring Samuel L. Jackson, Nia Long and Anthony Mackie
    by Stephen Iervolino on July 17, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Apple TV has added a major addition to its growing slate. According to Deadline, the provider has acquired the rights to George Nolfi’s fact-based period drama The Banker for their upcoming streaming service Apple TV+. The film stars Marvel movie co-stars Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie, as well as Nicholas Hoult and Nia Long. The Banker is based on the true story of Bernard Garrett and Joe Morris, two African-American entrepreneurs in the 1950s who attempted bypass the “racial limitations of the era” by hiring a working-class white man to serve as the head of their business. The two men were able to build their real estate empire while they posed as a janitor and a chauffeur. Mackie is set to play Garrett, while Jackson will play Morris. Long will play Garret’s wife, who had a “key role in setting up the enterprise.”  Michael Harney, Colm Meaney, Paul Ben-Victor, and Jessie T. Usher have also been cast. Although the film is set for a streaming release, sources tell Deadline that the film will have a significant theatrical release during awards season. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. […]

  • Sex assault charge dropped against actor Kevin Spacey
    by Music News Group on July 17, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    Nicole Harnishfeger-Pool/Getty Images(NANTUCKET) — Prosecutors in Nantucket, MA on Wednesday dropped a felony sexual assault charge against the actor Kevin Spacey. The decision from Cape and Islands D.A. Michael O’Keefe came after Spacey’s accuser declined to testify at a pre-trial hearing about evidence. Spacey had been accused of groping the young man at a Nantucket restaurant on July 7, 2016. The accuser told police he had gone over to ask the actor for a photo after his shift at the restaurant ended. He said Spacey bought him drinks, even though he was under 21 at the time, tried to get him to come home with him and then unzipped his pants and groped him for three minutes.Spacey had pleaded not guilty.The accuser declined to testify at a hearing earlier this month about exculpatory text messages the defense said were deleted, which raised questions about the viability of the case. The hearing came days after the accuser dropped a civil suit he had filed against Spacey. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. […]