The Good, The Bad & The Nerdy for Nov 26, 2018
Simba is headed back to the big screen! Donald Glover and Beyonce are starring in the Lion King remake helmed by Jon Favreau. Glover stars as young Lion Simba, while Beyonce voices Nala, a childhood friend and later, a love interest of Simba’s. The cast includes James Earl Jones reprising his role from the 1994 animated film as Simba’s father Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Simba’s villainous uncle Scar, Alfre Woodard as Simba’s mother Sarabi, with JD McCrary playing the young version of Simba. The original animated Lion King clawed in $968 million. Favreau’s live action version is set to open July 19th, 2019.
Ralph Breaks the Internet and Creed II led the way at the box office, delivering the highest-grossing Thanksgiving box office ever. Disney’s animated Ralph sequel starring John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman grossed $84.5 million over five days, the second biggest Thanksgiving opener ever.
Coming in at No. 2, Creed II reunited Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone, and brought in $55.8 million over five days, the most a live-action film has ever brought in over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Top 10 at the Box Office:
- Ralph Breaks the Internet $55.7 million
- Creed II $35.3 million.
- Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch $30.2 million
- Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald $29.7 million
- Bohemian Rhapsody $13.9 million
- Instant Family $12.5 million.
- Robin Hood $9.1 million
- Widows $8 million.
- Green Book $5.4 million.
- A Star Is Born $3 million
Keanu Reeves has joined the cast of Toy Story 4, Tim Allen revealed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Allen plays Buzz Lightyear; TBD what role Reeves will take on. “They really will surprise you with the toys they came up with,” Allen said. “Characters came back, new guys in it that are great. Keanu Reeves has got a great part.” Toy Story 4 is set to dropon June 21, 2019.
Julie Andrews has a secret role in Aquaman. The Oscar-winning actress voices the mythic Karathen, which is an undersea creature that holds the key to Aquanman’s quest to unite the Atlantean and surface worlds. The casting is interesting as Aquaman is going head-to-head at the box office in December against Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns which is the sequel to Andrews’ 1964 classic. Andrews declined to appear in the sequel, as she reportedly didn’t want to distract from star Emily Blunt’s take on the iconic role.
The Walking Dead will return with the second half of Season Nine Sunday, February 10 on AMC, Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick announced Sunday. The back half of the season will explore the survivors’ war with the territorial Whisperers, a cult of barbaric nomads who wear the skinned flesh of walkers as a form of extreme camouflage. And what a way to finish the first half of the season! #RIP(spoilerfree)