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Jon Favreau’s The Lion King Announces All-Star Cast!

Take a quick look at the phot above. Is there anyone you recognize The better question might be, is there anyone you don’t recognize?

Walt Disney Studios has announced the cast for Jon Favreau’s live-action take on The Lion King – and there are just a few names that will ring a few bells (or, in this case, roar). Frankly the only three who aren’t stars (yet) are the kids playing Young Simba and Young Nala and young woman playing Shenzi. Expect that to change shortly.

Disney’s The Lion King is slated to premiere on July 19, 2019.

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Alfre Woodard To Guest Star in Season Two of Copper!

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Alfre Woodard (Memphis Beat, True Blood) will guest star on BBC America’s first in-house scripted series Copper. She will play ‘Hattie Lemaster, a former slave who has recently arrived to the Five Points to start anew.’

Woodard joins previously announced guest Stars Donal Logue (Terriers, Sons of Anarchy, Life), Eamonn Walker (Chicago Fire, OZ), Lee Tergesen (The Big C, Red Widow) and Andrew Howard (Hatfields and McCoys, Burn Notice).

The official press release follows the jump.

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Marvel’s Black Panther Comes To DVD!

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The six-episode Marvel Knights Animation Presents Black Panther is coming to DVD! Based on the graphic novel by Reginald Hudlin and John Romita Jr., Black Panther features an all-star voice cast that includes Oscar® Nominee Djimon Hounsou [Blood Diamond], Grammy® Winner Jill Scott [#1 Ladies’ Detective Agency] and Golden Globe® Winner Alfre Woodard [Memphis Beat, True Blood].

Marvel Knights Animation Presents Black Panther will be released on January 18, 2011.

For details, check out the official press release following the jump.

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Memphis Beat: A Little Soul, A Little Blues, A Little Murder!

Jason Lee, Sam Hennings & Skip Bolen

TNT’s new cop show, Memphis Blues [Tuesdays, 10/9C] is a moody piece that features a detective/Elvis impersonator called Dwight Hendricks [Jason Lee]. He has his way of doing things and that way is comfortable for him and everyone else in his precinct, but especially his partner, Charlie “Whitehead” White [Sam Hennings] – and everyone respects his “feelings.” And he moonlights as pretty good Elvis impersonator in his off hours…

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TELEVISION REVIEW: Three Rivers – Great Cast; Terrible Show!

It’s been barely a week-and-a-half since I wrote about the best pilot of the fall network TV season [No More good days, the pilot for ABC’s Flash Forward]. Now I have to write about the worst of the fall’s network offerings. How bad is it? As I watched the premiere ep of Three Rivers [CBS, Sundays, 9/8C], the thought that ran through my mind was, “This is the show they’ve been developing to showcase Alex O’Loughlin? This is the show that they wanted so badly that they re-wrote and partially recast it to showcase Alex O’Loughlin?”

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Three Rivers does get your attention quickly enough – with a hyperspeed montage that suggests CSI, or some other forensics-based cop show, rather than a medical series. And we get O’Loughlin’s Dr. Andy Yablonski almost immediately after we meet this week’s cases. That he’s in the ER instead of surgery [he’s allegedly the best heart transplant surgeon around] isn’t really that big a deal – except for the fact that it would probably never happen. He also delivers a baby via C-section. He’s Superdoc!

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TELEVISION: My Own Worst Enemy – Jekyll & Hyde & The Spying Game!

Call it a hunch, but I suspect that NBC’s My Own Worst Enemy [Mondays, 10/9C] will be greeted by a lot of critics with cries of “It’s silly,” and “What the heck was that?” – which is kind of a shame. The series, which stars Christian Slater as super-spy/sociopath Edward Albright and nice guy husband/father/efficiency expert, Henry Spivey, is a hybrid of the Bourne movies and the latest British mini-series take on Jekyll & Hyde, Jekyll.

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When Spivey begins to remember being in places like Paris – where’s he’s never been, it leads to a bleeding of two distinct identities into each other. He soon learns that other employees of his consultants firm also have two identities and that he has been manufactured to give espionage superstar Edward Albright a completely effective cover for his downtime between assignments.

This causes problems for both personalities – Spivey suddenly awakens during one of Albright’s assignments and Albright wakes up in Spivey’s life. The results cause havoc for their boss/handler, Mavis Heller [Alfre Woodard], who might have to erase Spivey – but the two personalities figure out how to communicate with each other [in the same way that Tom Jackman and Hyde communicated in the Jekyll mini-series] and things begin to take even stranger turns.

I’m not saying that My Own Worst Enemy isn’t far-fetched. I’m not even saying that it doesn’t get silly in spots. What I am saying is that, like the BBC with Jekyll, NBC is taking a risk with a series that tries to do something fresh and different. I’m saying that My Own Worst Enemy is an entertaining hour of dark and light; a series that combines family drama and spy show with some genuine imagination. It blends Robert Louis Stevenson and Robert Ludlum in a way that shoots for the fence – and might just pull it off, in time.

Slater does some decent work with both characters – and their lives. Besides Woodard, the excellent cast includes Madchen Amick [Mrs. Angelica Spivey], Saffron Burrows [Dr. Norah Skinner, the psychiatrist who monitors Spivey for problems associated with Edward], Mike O’Malley [Henry’s best friend, Tom/Edward’s fellow spy, Raymond], and Bella Thorne and Taylor Lautner [Henry’s children, Ruth and Jack].

The series creator, Jason Smilovic [Karen Sisco, Lucky Number Slevin, Kidnapped, Bionic Woman], may be onto something here. His pilot script, Breakdown, may be more than a little overstuffed, but director David Semel keeps it moving and hits some prime beats from the get-go. Simply put, there’s more here to like than not.

Final Grade: B-