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Amazing, entertaining, breathtaking, and captivating were all the words used to describe Disney’s animated classic, The Lion King, and now they ring more true for its latest live action remake! Mufasa, Simba, Nala, Scar, Timon, and Pumbaa are all back and REAL. The story is still largely the same, but our characters have more depth and soul thanks their all too realistic hair and skin. Simba (Donald Glover/Childish Gambino), a young lion cub and the rightful king of The Pridelands must overcome the fear and demons of his past to save his kingdom and stop his treacherous uncle, Scar, from destroying the Circle of Life and his late father, Mufasa’s, legacy.

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Disney has definitely been on it with its live action remakes, but The Lion King, in particular holds a special place in the hearts of so many. Remaking it only would prove challenging with bringing this animated world to life, while re-captivating the magic of the original animated film. The voice actors for the characters truly accomplished this by combining elements of the original film, the Broadway musical, and new layers to characters like Nala (Beyonce) and Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor),  and Shenzi; (Florence Kasumba) and expanded roles for Sarabi (Alfred Woodard) and Zazu. Timon (Billy Eichner) and Pumbaa (Seth Rogen) are as hilarious as ever, in many ways reminding us of now grown fans of the film just how sarcastic we have become when it comes to the world. This is truly a film your entire family must see and bond over. Selfless duty, nobility, justice, and responsibillity are just a few life lessons The Lion King has to teach a new generation. Be the kings–and queens–we know you all are and support this film!

Grade: A-

What We Liked

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-The computer generated characters are so realistic we felt as if we were watching a scene from National Geographic Explorer!

-The expounded roles of various characters. Learning why Scar hates Mufasa and wanted to be king, seeing how and why Nala bravely left to find help, and even Zazu proving to be a brace and loyal servant.

-The atmosphere and setting of the film truly bring the Motherland to life. You feel as though you are right there in the savanna, desert, and jungle with the characters.

-Meeting new characters in Timon & Pumbaa’s jungle. They were so cute and funny; and made those bugs look delicious. “Slimy, yet satisfying!”

Beyonce is pretty good as a voice actress. She brought a sweetness coupled with sheer toughness to Nala’s expanded role.

 

What We Loved

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-“Can You Feel The Love Tonight” is just as magical and romantic as it was when Elton John first wrote it. Beyonce and Donald Glover definitely did it justice.

-The exquisiteness of the detail in every scene and every movement of the characters. This is indeed breaking edge cinematic technology. There should definitely be a live action remake of The Lion King 2 with Kiara and Kovu’s story.

-Mufasa is still voiced by James Earl Jones. We could not imagine this iconic Disney character being voiced by anyone else.

-Scar’s design. He was ugly and looked like a scrawny, diseased ridden lion.

 

What We Hated

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-“Be Prepared” and “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King” are lackluster in this rendition. Here the original animated scenes fared far better.

 

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Not Surprised! Wonder Woman 1984 Delayed ‘Til August!

2020 is shaping out to be a really bad year for blockbusters. Thus far highly anticipated films like Mulan, Fast 9 the latest installment of The Fast & Furious, A Quiet Place II and Marvel’s Black Widow standalone film have either been pushed back or delayed indefinitely. Now it seems Wonder Woman 1984 has finally been delayed as well, but only by two months from June to mid-August.

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2020 is shaping out to be a really bad year for blockbusters. Thus far highly anticipated films like Mulan, Fast 9 the latest installment of The Fast & Furious, A Quiet Place II and Marvel’s Black Widow standalone film have either been pushed back or delayed indefinitely. Now it seems Wonder Woman 1984 has finally been delayed as well, but only by two months from June to mid-August.

via Variety

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Warner Bros. is postponing Diana Prince’s return to the big screen. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, “Wonder Woman 1984” will now hit theaters on Aug. 14 instead of June 5.

“When we greenlit ‘Wonder Woman 1984,’ it was with every intention to be viewed on the big screen and are excited to announce that Warner Bros. Pictures will be bringing the film to theatres on Aug. 14,” Toby Emmerich, Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman, said in a statement. “We hope the world will be in a safer and healthier place by then.”

The delays were inevitable as multiplexes across the country remain closed to help halt the spread of the novel virus. Warner Bros. was always committed to debuting its “Wonder Woman” sequel in cinemas, and the studio felt it was realistic for theaters to be up and running again by August. 

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Wonder Woman 1984 is definitely the film we want to see the most this year. Especially since it is set in our birth year. We hate we have to wait a little longer to see Wonder Woman back on The Big Screen, but as they say “better safe than sorry.” We are praying the world will have returned to some type of normalcy by August.

 

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Yikes! Marvel Delays Release of “Black Widow” Movie INDEFINITELY!

Coronavirus may very well be the new Thanos, as it seems no single entity or nation can withstand the effects of the pandemic. It is being reported that Marvel’s standalone film, “Black Widow,” is being delayed indefinitely due to the effects of coronavirus on the movie industry. Earlier this morning, AMC Theaters announced they will be closed for six to twelve weeks doing their part to prevent the spread of the virus. 

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Coronavirus may very well be the new Thanos, as it seems no single entity or nation can withstand the effects of the pandemic. It is being reported that Marvel’s standalone film, “Black Widow,” is being delayed indefinitely due to the effects of coronavirus on the movie industry. Earlier this morning, AMC Theaters announced they will be closed for six to twelve weeks doing their part to prevent the spread of the virus.

via Comicbook.com

Marvel’s Black Widow. Originally set to be with us on May 1st, the studio has now delayed the movie indefinitely, pulling it off the schedule and not giving us a new date for when we can expect it to open. Of course, it still will hit theaters at some point, but right now, we don’t know when that’ll be or how long we’ll need to wait to get a new release date.

Indeed, with the Coronavirus quickly spreading and showing no signs of slowing down, it seems like every major movie scheduled from now until at least July/August will be getting delayed, leaving the entertainment landscape pretty empty for the foreseeable future. Unless, of course, some of these titles end up on streaming platforms instead.

We’ll have to wait and see what happens, but for now, Marvel fans will have to wait a little longer for Phase 4 to kickoff with Black Widow, as it’ll no longer be here in May.

This really sucks. We were looking forward to the Black Widow movie. We are hoping and praying that coronavirus will will cured or at least contained soon. We guess we can count moviegoing as a way to get past the next few weeks of quarantine. Be safe everyone.

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Essence Atkins & Keith Robinson Tackle “Open Marriages” in BET’s “Open” Movie!

Marriage, in any form, is a great deal of work. Traditionally it has been viewed as a committed and MONOGAMOUS relationship between a man and a woman. However in 2020, it seems to be whatever works for a particular couple, and nothing is defiled as long as both people in the relationship agree on their terms of engagement. BET’s latest movie, “Open” starring Essence Atkins (Smart Guy, Half & Half, Ambitions) and Keith Robinson (Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue, Dreamgirls, Saints & Sinners) tackles and explores the issue of “open marriages.”

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Marriage, in any form, is a great deal of work. Traditionally it has been viewed as a committed and MONOGAMOUS relationship between a man and a woman. However in 2020, it seems to be whatever works for a particular couple, and nothing is defiled as long as both people in the relationship agree on their terms of engagement. BET’s latest movie, “Open” starring Essence Atkins (Smart Guy, Half & Half, Ambitions) and Keith Robinson (Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue, Dreamgirls, Saints & Sinners) tackles and explores the issue of “open marriages.”

Grade: A

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An open marriage (as defined by Dictionary.com) is “a marriage or relationship in which both partners agree that each may have sexual relations with others.” Set in Atlanta, in “Open,” we meet a seemingly happily married couple, Wren (Essence Atkins) and Cameron (Keith Robinson), who also seem to have it all. However, the two are currently in an open marriage at Wren’s behest. As the child of divorced parents whose relationship was riddled with infidelity, Wren feels an open marriage will keep she and Cameron together ultimately. The couple abide by three rules: One, never sleep with an ex or anyone they have ever had an intimate relationship before, Two, never have sex with the same person more than once, and Three, always tell the other person when you are about to engage with someone else.

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Surprisingly, there open marriage seems to work until Wren’s first love, Mars (Matt Cedeno), returns and they begin a torrid affair. The affair not only breaks the rules but, exposes their open marriage status, and leaves Cameron questioning the fidelity of their marriage. Wren must not only learn from her mistakes, but accept hard truths about who she is and what she really wants if she is to salvage her relationship.

This film is amazing! The subject material is fascinating! Open marriages are rarely discussed in such a productive and thorough way on any form of media. Most people assume it is way a for married individuals to have sex with other people without it being considered cheating. However, it seems that Wren and Cameron at the time, were doing what they felt was best for their marriage. We are, however, surprised it was Wren that initiated the entire notion. The growth of both characters is admirable as one find her true self, and the other realizes what is most important to him.

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We were invited to a screening attended by the cast of the film, the director, Cas Sigers-Beedle, and the executive producer, famed actress, Terri J. Vaughn. There Essence spoke on how she feels about open marriages and why she chose to do the movie. “…I could never do one [she laughs]. I think people do what is best for them and their relationship…We spoke to a few couples who engage in them and they pretty much explain they set rules, talk about everything, and work through their issues…I loved the script! I couldn’t put it down once I picked it up. Wren was just an incredible character…” She went on to share how much she enjoyed working with Keith Robinson again. “We met back in 2002 on ‘Half & Half,’  he had a recurring role as ‘Neil [Crawford]’… and have remained friends to this day. He’s such a gentleman and great guy…now here we are Dee Dee and Neil married and open [she laughs].” 

“Open” is definitely a film worth watching, encouraging at the very least pertinent dialogue concerning relationship, sex, and infidelity. You can catch the film now on BET and BET Her. Check your local listings for showtimes.

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