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Chiwetel Ejiofor is in talks to play Scar in the live-action remake of 'The Lion King'. Disney is rebooting the beloved 1994 animated movie with 'Jungle Book' filmmaker Jon Favreau helming the project and now the 'Doctor Strange' actor is reportedly in talks to play the villain of the movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Sinister Scar, who is the brother of Mufasa and uncle to the young cub Simba, was originally voiced by Jeremy Irons in the award-winning 1994 animated Disney movie.

No, fans did not love "Olaf's Frozen Adventure," but that's not reportedly why the short is being pulled from theaters. EW reports the Disney short film, which has been screening before Pixar's acclaimed new animated film "Coco," was always meant to have a short run. But the ending of showings as of December 8 led some to speculate it was because fans have been panning it.

Deadline has confirmed that Disney Animation is shelving its Jack and the Beanstalk animated project which was scheduled for release on Thanksgiving 2020. Instead Disney Animation is pursuing another project for that release date, the details of which are still TBD.

One international singer believes that Disney ripped off one of his songs to create a smash hit, and he just can't let it go. According to TMZ, Jaime Ciero is suing everyone involved in the making of Frozen's "Let It Go," claiming the hit song was inspired by his 2008 work, "Volar." Instead of just targeting The Walt Disney Company, the lawsuit is also going after Idina Menzel who sang the song in the film, and Demi Lovato, who recorded the radio single.

Box Office Update - 12/10/17

Rogue One: A - Domestic: $532,177,324 International: $523,879,949 Total: $1,056,057,273
Star Wars Story Budget: $200m Release: 140 Days (Closed 5/4/17)

Beauty and the - Domestic: $504,014,165 International: $759,506,961 Total: $1,263,521,126
Beast Budget: $160m Release: 119 Days (Closed 7/13/17)

Born In China - Domestic: $13,873,211 International: $11,126,876 Total: $25,000,087
Budget: Unknown Release: 77 Days (Closed 7/6/17)

Guardians of - Domestic: $389,813,101 International: $473,752,426 Total: $863,565,527
The Galaxy Vol 2 Budget: $200m Release: 140 Days (Closed 9/21/17)

Pirates of the - Domestic: $172,558,876 International: $622,221,339 Total: $794,780,215
Caribbean: Dead Budget: $230m Release: 119 Days (Closed 9/21/17)
Men Tell No Tales

Cars 3 - Domestic: $152,901,115 International: $230,702,935 Total: $383,604,050
Budget: $175m Release: 140 Days (Closed 11/2/17)

Thor: Ragnarok - Domestic: $301,156,064 International: $532,000,000 Total: $833,156,064
Budget: $180m Release: 38 Days

Coco - Domestic: $135,508,690 International: $254,000,000 Total: $389,508,690
Budget: $200m Release: 19 Days

The way Disney has been going in theaters, anything over $1b is not surprising, while anything less than $500m is a disappointment. $750m is a nice middle target, though in all honesty, that would be a high end for virtually any other movie studio. That comparison should put Disney's silver screen performance in perspective. And while I don't expect Episode VIII to perform as well as its predecessor with all the pent up anticipation, I think it's going to be a very Merry Christmas for the Studio Entertainment segment.

Who notes the performance of Cars 3, while profitable, was not what I would have hoped it would be but the Cars brand continues to be strong, and with some key international releases for Coco still remaining, three's a very good chance it'll become a $500m title...

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