With less than three weeks left until the premiere of Disney's The Lion King, the studio has released character posters for its live-action remake. The portraits include stars of the film paired with their photorealistic character counterparts. such as Donald Glover with Simba, Beyonce Carter-Knowles with Nala and Chiwetel Ejiofor with Scar.
Click on the photo above to launch the gallery, and check out a new behind-the-scenes featurette here:
Per tracking, the anticipated film has a chance to beat the $169.1 million opening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 for the July opening record.
The new posters for the pic that hits theater July 19 also include John Oliver, Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner with Zazu, Pumbaa and Timon; Alfre Woodard with Sarabi; Eric André, Florence Kasumba and Keegan-Michael Key with hyenas Azizi, Shenzi and Kamari; and Shahadi Wright Joseph and JD McCrary with Young Nala and Young Simba. Click on the image above to launch the gallery.
True to professional wrestling form, the WWE wasn't about to take the hits without retaliating. On Sunday night, John Oliver did not hold back with his takedown of WWE boss Vince McMahon and the working conditions and treatment of the wrestlers in the organization on HBO's Last Week Tonight.
Oliver also pointed out that Ventura tried to unionize the WWE which would have made working conditions better but “McMahon stamped it out hard.” Bret “The Hitman” Hart, who lost his brother Owen while they were both in the WWE (which was called the WWF back then), said that McMahon treated them like circus animals. He played many clips from retired wrestlers who have worked under McMahon. Jesse Ventura appeared on Howard Stern to air out grievances during his time with the league.
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With Wrestlemania happening next Sunday, Oliver encouraged fans in the audience to make their voices be heard via signs and chants during the event so that McMahon can give these wrestlers better working conditions.
We invite John Oliver to attend WrestleMania this Sunday to learn more about our company." "John Oliver simply ignored the facts," the statement continued. "The health and wellness of our performers is the single most important aspect of our business, and we have a comprehensive, longstanding Talent Wellness program.
“Many fans legitimately hate him. While the WWE has made him a billionaire, many wrestlers say he’s treated him terribly.” “While the character Vince is an asshole, it’s important to know that the real Vince is also an asshole,” Oliver bluntly said.
During the episode of Last Week Tonight, Oliver unpacked the horrible work conditions faced by wrestlers in the WWE under the reign of McMahon, who is seen as a villain during telecasts of WWE events.
Deadline received a statement from the WWE that said: "John Oliver is clearly a clever and humorous entertainer, however the subject matter covered in his WWE segment is no laughing matter. Prior to airing, WWE responded to his producers refuting every point in his one-sided presentation."
By week's end, both scandals seemed almost "nostalgically quaint," he observed.” /> Mnuchin's rannygazoo includes requesting use of a government plan as he and his new wife honeymooned, though the request was withdrawn, Oliver said.
Responses to Trump's remark included the mother of Colin Kaepernick, the player who started it all; she tweeted, "Guess that makes me a proud bitch." And Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy tweeted, “It’s really sad man…our president is an asshole.”
Fox News Channel's Jeanine Pirro defended Trump, and Oliver actually agreed with her point that nobody wants to hear about politics from pampered millionaire football players. "You only want to hear about them from an abject failure of a prosecutor who somehow let Robert Durst slip though her fingers," he added.
Our TV Ratings Forecaster In Chief urged viewers to boycott, and forecast lousy Nielsen ratings for Sunday's games. At his latest campaign rally, Trump told fans he'd love to see NFL owners say "get that son of a bitch off the field right now….He's fired!" next time an NFL player kneels during the National Anthem performance.
Also in response to Trump's rhetoric, many more players kneeled during anthem at games on Sunday, Oliver noted. "When you have lost the moral high ground to Roger Goodell something is horribly wrong," Oliver pointed out. And, even NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell denounced POTUS' comment.
John Oliver kicked off Last Week Tonight describing a frantic week in which a "new and terrible" health care bill was pushed in the Senate, President Donald Trump called Kim Jong-un "Rock Men" at the United Nations, and Robert Mueller's Russia probe lurched ahead. But, "all hell broke loose" when Trump ended the week declaring war on professional athletes.
He also spent time torching Trump's HHS Secretary Tom Price over his unnecessary use of private jets at a taxpayer cost of about $400K to date. Also, the use of government planes for non-government reasons by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin whose appearance, Oliver pointed out, "provides the answer to the question, 'What if Income Inequality dressed up as me, John Oliver, for Halloween."