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January 23, 2000 |
With virtually all of them dressed in black leather jackets, jeans and heavy boots, they might have been waiting to buy the latest hot album release or tickets to a concert. Except their smiles were a whole lot brighter and more practiced than most. And they were nervous. By 9 a.m. Saturday, more than 100 young and aspiring actors stood in line outside Hollywood's Henry Fonda Theatre for an open-call audition to begin a half-hour later.
October 26, 2000 |
The assignment: Interview the four 11-year-old actors who landed the plum roles of Young Simba and Young Nala in Disney's blockbuster musical "The Lion King," at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. The dread: That the interview would be a quadruple dose of over-handled, over-groomed, self-important, stagy little adults in kid clothes. The reality: Adrian Diamond, Lisa Tucker, KaRonn A. Henderson and Jazmn are four unjaded, friendly kid-next-door types, albeit unusually talented.
June 20, 1994 |
Lions and tigers and. . . . Make that lions and wolves and a bear of an opening--or, barely an opening--for Macaulay Culkin. Brows were unfurrowed, fists unclenched at Sony Pictures as Columbia's big summer movie gamble, the $70-million "Wolf," got off to a strong start, raking in an estimated $18.2 million on 2,117 screens, the second-best opening of the year behind "The Flintstones" and the studio's third biggest debut ever behind "Bram Stoker's Dracula" and "Ghostbusters II."
November 3, 1996 |
The Lion King, the much-praised and highly successful animated Disney feature film, makes its network television debut (ABC, Sunday at 7 p.m.). The story follows the adventures of Simba, a heroic young lion trying to find his place in nature's "circle of life." For the family. * Estelle Getty plays Lloyd's (Michael McShane) mother, an eccentric senior citizen who loves to mambo, on Brotherly Love (WB, Sunday at 7:30 p.m.).
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August 19, 2001 |
It took a conscientious casting director to remember South-Central. And a few Baptist ministers to pass the word. And a godmother who didn't mind waiting under the hot Saturday morning sun. Now it was up to 12-year-old Eric Gordon to show Disney that he "just can't wait to be king." Disney's "The Lion King" needed a couple of cubs for its ongoing Hollywood production, so casting people had come looking in the Crenshaw District.
July 2, 1994 |
"The Lion King's" animation dazzles. It has the golden G rating. But most important for parents seeking wholesome entertainment, "The Lion King" carries the ultimate blessing: the Disney name. So why would parents hesitate?
June 23, 1995 |
David Litterman feline T-shirts, "Baywatch" Barbie dolls and visions of best-selling merchandise based on the next blockbuster movie danced in the heads of manufacturers this week at Licensing '95, an exposition for the $100-billion-plus worldwide merchandise-licensing industry. Warner Bros.
July 13, 1994 |
Creators of "The Lion King," Disney's summer box-office smash, say they were surprised to learn of reported similarities in the animated film and a Japanese-created American television cartoon series of the 1960s called "Kimba, the White Lion." "Frankly, I'm not familiar with (the TV series)," said Rob Minkoff, who added that he and co-director Roger Allers first learned about the controversy on a recent trip to Japan to promote the Disney film, whose lion cub is named Simba.
August 11, 1994 |
In Walt Disney's latest film hit, "The Lion King," the lion cub Simba grows up to thwart his treacherous uncle Scar and assume the mantle of leadership left him by his courageous father Mufasa. From an immature squeak, his roar grows to one worthy of a Lion King. While King Simba rules the movie's Pride Lands, in the land of animated films and the sophisticated marketing that accompanies their release, Disney is the Lion King, emitting a merchandising and licensing roar heard around the world.
June 8, 1998 |
Disney overcame the skepticism of the traditional Broadway powers and was fully welcomed into the fold Sunday as the company's "The Lion King" won the Tony for best Broadway musical. The giant entertainment company had received only a lukewarm critical response for its first Broadway venture, "Beauty and the Beast," which failed to win the best musical Tony in 1994.