by Ms. black Hollywood
Beyonce Unleashes Inner Beast for “Lion King” Just the mention of Beyonce on Twitter usually leads to a trending topic. Mention Queen Bey as Queen of the pride in Disney’s “Lion King” reboot and you’re approaching internet breaking status. Fans of the Disney classic couldn’t get enough when Disney posted promotional shoots of “Lion King” live action stars Beyonce, Danny Glover, Alfre Woodard, Seth Rogan, and John Oliver. The photos pit the real stars staring down their spirit animals in the roles they’ll play. Shot against a black backdrop, the pics are as dramatic as fans are hoping the film will be. When you’ve got a star as big as Beyonce step in to voice what was a supporting role, it’s no longer a supporting role. HuffPost says Bey’s character ‘Nala’ will have a larger role in the live-action film. One way you do that is by putting one of the most celebrated singers in the world to work singing. The new live-action adaptation will feature songs specially written for her in this role. “The Lion King” opens in theaters July 19.
Playing a Blue Genie Is Earning Big Will A Lot of Green Will Smith’s role as the big blue genie in Disney’s “Aladdin” live action reboot is granting his wish in giving him the biggest box office smash of his entire career–even earning more than “Independence Day”. “Aladdin” which opened May 24th is trying to inch up on a billion dollars worldwide with $874 million thus far. That’s quite a landmark considering prior to release, critics and naysayers panned the film and Smith’s role as Genie saying he could never live up to predecessor Robin Williams. Smith didn’t gloat, but “humbly” gave all the glory to fans saying in a social media post, “‘Aladdin’ just passed ‘Independence Day’ as the highest-grossing film of my entire career. And to be in this game as long as I’ve been in this game and to have my biggest movie at this point in my career, I just want to say thank you.”
Mary J- Singer, Songwriter, Actor and Now Film Creator R&B Diva Mary J. Blige is putting down the microphone to add a new title to her resume. Blige signed a huge deal with Lionsgate to develop and produce shows to air on all platforms. Blige’s company Blue Butterfly Productions was welcomed onboard by Lionsgate Television Group chairman Kevin Beggs who said, “Mary is a very talented artist, fearless visionary and an incredible human being. We’re delighted to be working with someone with such a powerful and impactful creative voice. Every art she touches blossoms, and we’re humbled she’s chosen us as her home.” Blige says she has lots of projects she “can’t wait to bring to life” at Lionsgate. No inside scoop yet on what those projects might entail or on how soon we’ll see the fruits of her labor over at Lionsgate in the form of a show or video.
For this week’s look at some of your favorite Hollywood celebs, that’s a wrap!