Disney Releases Official Trailer For Live-Action ‘The Lion King’

Young Simba in the upcoming live-action film ‘The Lion King’

Hakuna Matata!

Disney has released the first full-length trailer for the upcoming live-action remake of The Lion King, due in theaters this summer.

Jon Favreau, who helmed the successful live-action The Jungle Book, is once again on directing duties.

Practically every Lion King character fans have come to love since the animated film was released in 1994 make an appearance in the trailer. Zazu (John Oliver), Simba (Donald Glover), Nala (Beyoncé), Rafiki (John Kani), and Sarabi (Alfre Woodard) all show up on the savannah.

First glimpse of Beyoncé in ‘The Lion King’

“While others search for what they can take, a true king searches for what he can give,” we hear James Earl Jones (reprising his role as Mufasa) tell young Simba as father and son look out over their animal kingdom from Pride Rock.

The new live-action film not only includes dialogue and songs from the award-winning animated feature, but Favreau also recreates some of the most famous scenes from the original shot by shot.

The official synopsis reads:

Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own.

The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

One of the highlights of the trailer is a few moments near the end as Pumbaa (Seth Rogen) and Timon (Billy Eichner) offer up the first few notes of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.”

Disney’s The Lion King roars into theaters July 19, 2019.

News Round-Up: February 15, 2019

• Took our friends to see Mariah Carey this week at Caesar's Colosseum this week. Michael and I took the outside positions (above) just in case folks wanted to crop us out for a more 'intimate' photographic Mariah moment :)
Backstage with Mariah Carey in Las Vegas

Some news items you might have missed:

• Took our friends to see Mariah Carey this week at Caesar’s Colosseum this week. Michael and I took the outside positions (above) just in case folks wanted to crop us out for a more ‘intimate’ photographic Mariah moment 🙂

• Police in Venezuela have raided and confiscated lifesaving medications from an HIV service organization.

• Disney is on a winning streak when it comes to the LGBTQ community. A character on the Disney Channel recently said “I’m gay;” Disneyland Paris is hosting an official Pride event this year; the upcoming film Jungle Cruise will have an openly gay character; and now Disney’s Instagram account posted a pic of a gay couple getting married at Disney World as part of its Fairy Tale Weddings package.

A post shared by Disney (@disney) on Feb 14, 2019 at 11:38am PST

• Out football player Michael Sam told an audience in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he regrets coming out before the NFL draft in 2014. “The NFL gave me a raw deal,” said Sam. “It was tough to forgive them. I love football. Football gave me an education and gave me the opportunity I so desperately needed at the time.”

• Special counsel Robert Mueller said in a new court filing that search warrants have uncovered communications that connect longtime GOP operative Roger Stone to “Guccifer 2.0 and with Organization 1,” which is widely believed to be WikiLeaks.

• Handsome classical crossover singer, Daniel Emmet, released the music video for his latest single “Passerà.”

You may remember Emmet as a finalist on Season 13 of America’s Got Talent who was challenged by Simon Cowell to learn a new song in one hour, in Italian, and then perform it on national television – which he did.

This is a voice, kids… Hit play below.

Podcast: Children Of Gay Parents, Trump On HIV, West Virginia & Wyoming

In this week's podcast:  • Donald Trump says he wants to eliminate the HIV epidemic within 10 years  • A state senator in Wyoming compared being gay to bestiality when she met with LGBTQ youth  • A new study indicates children raised by same-sex parents do better in school  • And, for the first time ever, a Disney character ever says the words “I’m gay”  All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report

In this week’s podcast:

• Donald Trump says he wants to eliminate the HIV epidemic within 10 years

• A state senator in Wyoming compared being gay to bestiality when she met with LGBTQ youth

• A new study indicates children raised by same-sex parents do better in school

• And, for the first time ever, a Disney character ever says the words “I’m gay”

All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report

News Round-Up: January 30, 2019

• InstaHunk Matthew Camp (above) is giving you 'polar vortex/winter tones' on this Hump Day.
Matthew Camp (via Instagram)

Some news items you might have missed:

• InstaHunk Matthew Camp (above) is giving you ‘polar vortex/winter tones’ on this Hump Day.

• Inspired by the unofficial Gay Days events at Disneyland and Disney World in the US, Disneyland Paris will host its first official Pride event, titled Magical Pride, on June 1.

• Lawyers for Kentucky GOP Gov. Matt Bevin say that former Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis must pay the $225,000 in legal fees owed to the gay couples who sued her for refusing to issue marriage licenses.

Kim Davis

• White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network today that she believes God wanted Donald Trump to become president.

• Four middle school kids in North Carolina face felony charges after plans were discovered to attempt a ‘Columbine-style’ attack on fellow students and a teacher.

• I got the most delightful surprise when the fabulous Leslie Ellis called me up just to say ‘hi’ last night.

She and her uber-talented hubby, Casey Kelly, had watched the RENT Live event on Sunday night and it reminded her of her own Broadway days (we did the national company of CATS together in the 80s when she stopped the show every night with her performance of “Memory”).

Long story short: old-friends, chatting, laughs, sharing, long call – it was great 🙂

In any case, it made me long to her her gorgeous voice, so I’m sharing this with you, one of my favorite recordings of hers, “We Came Close.”

Click here for more info about the talented duo.

News Round-Up: May 16, 2018

Some news stories you might have missed:

• InstaCouple Justin and Nick (above) seem about as excited about Hump Day as I am. But they be cuuuuuuute!

• This NFL star got a $3 million judgement in court for NOT being openly gay.

• 21-year-old Bobby Rodriguez was told by security guards that he couldn’t enter Whiskey River, a nightlife hotspot in the Texas city of Corpus Christi, unless he removed his makeup.

• In only one week, two transgender women have been found dead in Dallas, Texas.

• This queen loves his Louis Vuitton bag so much he dodged bullets and fought off an armed robber to keep his cherished accessory.

• Disney has launched new merchandise inspired by the Pride rainbow. And a portion of the proceeds go to GLSEN, a non-profit that helps make schools more LGBTQ inclusive.

• Comic guy Michael Henry got to thinking about his drinking habits, which made him think about his friends’ drinking habits, which led him to making this light-hearted (but thought-provoking) short video about substances we may or may not imbibe.

Disney Channel Series “Andi Mack” Will Feature It’s First LGBTQ Storyline

(Courtesy: Disney Channel. Left to right: Buffy (Sofia Wylie), Cyrus (Joshua Rush),
Andi (Peyton Elizabeth Lee), Jonah (Asher Angel)

GLAAD shares the news that the Disney Channel show Andi Mack will feature it’s first LGBTQ storyline this season.

Season 2 of the series premieres this Friday, October 27 at 8PM ET.

For anyone not yet familiar with the show, “Andi Mack” is a contemporary coming-of-age story about a relatable girl (Peyton Elizabeth Lee) who’s trying to determine where she fits in and the many amazing ways she can live her life. On the eve of her 13th birthday, Andi learns that her older sister, Bex (Lilan Bowden), is actually her mother. This revelation puts Andi on an unfamiliar path of self-discovery which she navigates with the help of her loving, albeit complicated, family; her two best friends, Cyrus (Joshua Rush) and Buffy (Sofia Wylie); and her middle school crush, Jonah Beck (Asher Angel). Along the way, Andi learns that sometimes the unexpected is what makes life great.

And in this season’s premiere episode, Cyrus begins to realize something about himself. Andi is hoping for her parents Bex and Bowie (Trent Garrett) to get married, all while awkwardly sorting out her feelings for classmate Jonah. Meanwhile, a second storyline depicts one of Andi’s two best friends, 13-year-old Cyrus, as he’s beginning to realize that he too has feelings for Jonah. This realization begins an important part of his journey to self-discovery as a gay teen and ultimately, his self-acceptance.

In the episode, Cyrus confides in Buffy. The scene, and what Buffy says to Cyrus, makes for positive role models both for kids and adult viewers. In subsequent episodes, Cyrus begins to understand himself, and can count on his supportive friends Buffy and Andi who, as teenagers, are also on a journey to self-discovery. He also grapples with how to tell his new girlfriend, Iris, about his new understanding of himself.

This story arc is a first for Disney Channel; it’s the first time the channel has depicted a character’s journey to self-discovery as an LGBTQ individual. However, it won’t be the first time an LGBTQ character has appeared on Disney Channel. Back in 2014, a lesbian couple appeared on an episode of “Good Luck Charlie.”

The series is the channel’s number one show for girls this year. The median age of the viewers is ten.

Expect the howling to begin any time now from the anti-LGBTQ “One Million Moms.”

“Beauty And The Beast” To Feature Disney’s First Ever “Exclusively Gay Moment”

Josh Gad as “LeFou”

“My, what a guy, that Gaston!”

According to a new interview in Attitude Magazine with Beauty and the Beast director Bill Condon, the upcoming live-action film will feature a subplot revealing a long hidden romance in the fairy tale.

Condon describes the surprise as “Disney’s first ever ‘exclusively gay moment’ on film.”

LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston. He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realising that he has these feelings. And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it. And that’s what has its payoff at the end, which I don’t want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.

Also, in related LGBT news, it seems Howard Ashman, the lyricist for the songs for the animated film, had just been diagnosed with AIDS when he was approached to do the film. It was his idea, apparently, to make the character of “The Beast” one of the two main characters, which was a departure for the traditional story. Ashman saw a parallel to his own situation.

“He (The Beast) was cursed and this curse had brought sorrow on all those people who loved him and maybe there was a chance for a miracle and a way for the curse to be lifted,” says the filmmaker. “It was a very, very concrete thing that he was doing.”

Watch the new clip from Beauty and the Beast featuring Luke Evans as “Gaston” and Book of Mormon’s Josh Gad as “LeFou.”

Trailer: Disney’s “Beauty And The Beast”

Now seems a good time to take a mid-day brain break and check out the new trailer for the upcoming live-action incarnation of Beauty and the Beast from Disney, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens.

The clip also includes our first peek at many of the talking objects that inhabit the castle, from Lumiere (Ewan McGregor) to Cogsworth (Ian McKellen).

The film hits theaters March 17.