Pet Holidays Throughout the Year

Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas, for example, are holidays that we have no trouble remembering.Related image

But there is a whole slew of holidays that pass quietly every year, save a social media post or 2. These holidays are special because they allow us to celebrate our furry, scaly or feathery best friends.

January

January has a mixture of the serious and the fun for holidays. This is when we’re reminded to unchain and train our dogs, keep our pets safe when traveling and, most importantly, answer our cats’ burning questions.

  • Walk Your Dog Month
  • Unchain a Dog Month
  • Train Your Dog Month
  • Adopt a Rescued Bird Month
  • January 2: National Pet Travel Safety Day; Happy Mew Year for Cats Day
  • January 5: National Bird Day
  • January 14: National Dress Up Your Pet Day
  • January 21: Squirrel Appreciation Day
  • January 22: National Answer Your Cat‚Äôs Question Day
  • January 24: Change a Pet‚Äôs Life Day
  • January 29: Seeing-Eye Guide Dog Birthday

February

February focuses on responsible pet care, pet health and the all-important task of spaying/neutering our pets. This month also includes Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day, which, as a dog walker, I will certainly be celebrating.

  • Pet Dental Health Month
  • Dog Training Education Month
  • National Cat Health Month
  • Responsible Pet Owners Month
  • National Prevent a Litter Month
  • Spay/Neuter Awareness Month
  • Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month
  • 2nd week: Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week
  • February 2: Hedgehog Day
  • February 14: Pet Theft Awareness Day
  • February 20: Love Your Pet Day
  • February 22: National Walk Your Dog Day
  • February 23: International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day
  • Last Tuesday: Spay Day USA/World Spay Day

March

March has holidays for some nontraditional pets such as guinea pigs and pigs, recognizing our K9 veterans, and acknowledges a group of people who make life better for pets and their parents both ‚ÄĒ¬†pet sitters.

  • Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month
  • 1st full week: Professional Pet Sitters Week
  • 3rd full week: Poison Prevention Awareness Week
  • March 1: National Pig Day
  • March 3: If Pets Had Thumbs Day
  • March 13: K-9 Veterans Day
  • March 23: National Puppy Day; Cuddly Kitten Day
  • March 28: Respect Your Cat Day
  • March 30: Take a Walk in the Park Day

April

April focuses on some important aspects of pet care: heartworm prevention, pet first aid, Lyme disease and the prevention of cruelty.

  • Heartworm Awareness Month
  • Greyhound Adoption Month
  • Pet First Aid Awareness Month
  • Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month
  • Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month
  • National Frog Month
  • 1st full week: International Pooper Scooper Week
  • 2nd full week: National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week
  • 3rd full week: National Pet ID Week; Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week
  • First Saturday of April: Every Day Is Tag Day
  • Last Sunday of April: Pet Parents Day
  • Last Friday of April: Hairball Awareness Day
  • Last Saturday of April: World Veterinary Day
  • April 2: Ferret Day
  • April 6: Siamese Cat Day
  • April 8: Dog Fight Awareness Day
  • April 11: National Pet Day
  • April 18: Pet Owners Independence Day
  • April 21: Bulldogs are Beautiful Day
  • April 23: Lost Dog Awareness Day
  • April 26: Kids and Pets Day
  • April 30: Tabby Day; Adopt a Shelter Pet Day; Therapy Animal Day

May

May brings us the reminder to microchip our pets, as well as days to celebrate both mixed-breed and purebred dogs, a celebration of the specially-abled pets and¬†a nod to Chihuahuas ‚ÄĒ who absolutely deserve their own day.

  • Chip Your Pet Month
  • Pet Cancer Awareness Month (AKC)
  • National Pet Month
  • Animal Guardian Month
  • Service Dog Eye Examination Month
  • 1st full week: National Pet Week; Be Kind to Animals Week
  • Full Week Before Mother‚Äôs Day: Puppy Mill Action Week
  • 2nd Full Week: National Dog Bite Prevention Week (recently changed from the 3rd full week)
  • 1st Sunday: Mayday for Mutts
  • 2nd Saturday: Animal Disaster Preparedness Day
  • May 1: Purebred Dog Day
  • May 3: Specially-Abled Pets Day
  • May 10: National Hamster Day
  • May 14: International Chihuahua Appreciation Day
  • May 23: World Turtle Day

June

In June, we see a real focus on cat adoption because this is the time of year that shelters get inundated with newborn kittens.

  • Adopt a Cat Month (AH)
  • Adopt a Shelter Cat Month (ASPCA)
  • National Pet Preparedness Month
  • 1st week: Pet Appreciation Week
  • 2nd Sunday: World Pet Memorial Day
  • Mid-June: Animal Rights Awareness Week
  • June 4: Hug Your Cat Day
  • June 8: Best Friends Day
  • June 11: Just One Day
  • June 19: Garfield Day
  • June 21: Dog Party Day
  • June 22: Take Your Cat to Work Day
  • June 24: Cat World Domination Day
  • Friday following Father‚Äôs Day: Take Your Dog to Work Day

July

In July, we look at ways to keep our pets cool by repairing dog houses and outdoor shelters, keeping our pets properly hydrated and preparing for the inevitable barrage of fireworks that accompany Independence Day.

  • Dog House Repair Month
  • Lost Pet Prevention Month
  • Pet Hydration Awareness Month
  • July 4th: Independence Day
  • July 11: All-American Pet Photo Day
  • July 15: Pet Fire Safety Day
  • July 16: World Snake Day
  • July 16: Guinea Pig Appreciation Day
  • July 21: National Craft for Your Local Shelters Day; No Pet Store Puppies Day
  • July 31: National Mutt Day (1st)

For helpful tips on keeping your pets happy and healthy during the year-end holidays, watch this:

August

August brings us the dog days of summer with ‚ÄĒ what else? ‚ÄĒ National Dog Day. We also see a reminder to check and¬†update our pets‚Äô microchipping information¬†as well as an appreciation for the neglected black cats of the world and a day to remember those pets who have left our sides forever.

  • 1st Sunday: International Assistance Dog Week begins
  • 3rd Saturday: International Homeless Animals Day
  • August 1: DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs
  • August 5: Work Like a Dog Day
  • August 8: International Cat Day
  • August 10: Spoil Your Dog Day
  • August 15: Check the Chip Day
  • August 17: Black Cat Appreciation Day*
  • August. 22: Take Your Cat to the Vet Day
  • August 26: National Dog Day
  • August 28: Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day
  • August 30: Holistic Pet Day

September

In September, we see some less-considered topics such as birth defects and chronic pain in pets.

  • Happy Healthy Cat Month
  • Guide/Service Dogs Month
  • Pet Insurance Month
  • Animal Pain Awareness Month
  • 3rd week: Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet Week
  • Last full week: National Dog Week; Deaf Pet Awareness Week
  • 2nd Sunday: Pet Memorial Day; Hug Your Hound Day
  • 3rd Saturday: Puppy Mill Awareness Day
  • September 1: Ginger Cat Appreciation Day
  • September 13: Pet Birth Defect Awareness Day
  • September 23: Dogs in Politics Day (also known as Checkers Day)
  • September 28: World Rabies Day

October

There’s a lot to talk about in October, such as remembering our hardworking veterinary technicians, recognizing the dangers of pet obesity and educating ourselves on the pit bull. Halloween also falls in October, so we need to be vigilant to keep chocolate out of our pets’ paws. Our annual Pet Halloween Costume Contest happens this month, too!

  • Animal Safety and Protection Month
  • Adopt a Dog Month (AH)
  • Adopt a Shelter Dog Month (ASPCA)
  • Pet Wellness Month
  • Pit Bull Awareness Month
  • 1st week: National Walk Your Dog Week
  • 1st full week: Animal Welfare Week
  • 3rd full week: Veterinary Technician Week
  • 2nd Wednesday: Pet Obesity Awareness Day
  • Last Saturday (loosely): Pit Bull Awareness Day
  • October 1: Fire Pup Day; Black Dog Day
  • October 4: World Animal Day; World Pets Day
  • October 16: Feral Cat Day
  • October 21: Reptile Awareness Day
  • October 27: Black Cat Day*
  • October 29: National Cat Day (U.S.)
  • October 31: Halloween

November

In the U.S., we celebrate Thanksgiving in November, which means lots of company and various types of foods that can have a major impact on many pets. We are also reminded that some of the best pets are seniors and that we need to show some love to animal shelter workers.

  • Pet Diabetes Month
  • Adopt a Senior Pet Month
  • Pet Awareness Month
  • Pet Cancer Awareness Month (AVMA)
  • 1st week: Animal Shelter Appreciation Week
  • 4th Thursday: American Thanksgiving
  • November 1: Cook for Your Pets Day
  • November 7: Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day
  • November 12: Fancy Rat and Mouse Day
  • November 17: Take a Hike Day; National Black Cat Day*

December

There are many holidays in December for humans, but not so much for the pets. Of course, our pets are just as spoiled as we are when it comes to those Hanukkah or Christmas gifts.

  • December 2: National Mutt Day (2nd)
  • December 12‚Äď20: Hanukkah
  • December 13: National Horse Day
  • December 15: Cat Herder‚Äôs Day
  • December 25: Christmas
  • December 31: New Year‚Äôs Eve
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Winter Movie Preview

                    Hot Movies to see this season 

Forget the cold weather and check out  these  new films coming soon to a theater near you :

Mary Poppins Returns Image result for mary poppins returns

The mysterious Mary Poppins returns to Depression-era London to visit Jane and her brother Michael, now a father of three, and helps them rediscover the joy they knew as children. December 19

Welcome to Marwen Related image

When a devastating attack shatters Mark Hogancamp (Steve Carell) and wipes away all memories, no one expected recovery. Putting together pieces from his old and new life, Mark meticulously creates a wondrous town where he can heal and be heroic. As he builds an astonishing art installation‚ÄĒa testament to the most powerful women he knows‚ÄĒthrough his fantasy world, he draws strength to triumph in the real one. In a bold, wondrous and timely film, Welcome to Marwen shows that when your only weapon is your imagination‚Ķyou‚Äôll find courage in the most unexpected place. December 21¬†

 Bumblebee Image result for bumblebee

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee the Autobot seeks refuge in a junkyard in a small California beach town. Charlie, on the brink of turning 18 years old and trying to find her place in the world, soon discovers the battle-scarred and broken Bumblebee. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns that this is no ordinary yellow Volkswagen. December 21

Cast

Humans

  • Hailee Steinfeld¬†as Charlie Watson, a teenage girl who finds and befriends Bumblebee
  • John Cena¬†as Jack Burns, an agent of Sector 7
  • Jorge Lendeborg Jr.¬†as Memo, Charlie’s coworker and friend
  • John Ortiz¬†as Dr. Powell, an agent of Sector 7
  • Jason Drucker¬†as Otis Watson, Charlie’s younger brother
  • Pamela Adlon¬†as Sally Watson, Charlie and Otis’ mother
  • Rory Markham¬†as Jake Adams, an agent of Sector 7
  • Rachel Crow¬†as Celia
  • Abby Quinn¬†as Alice
  • Gracie Dzienny¬†as Tina, Charlie‚Äôs classmate
  • Ricardo Hoyos¬†as Trip, Charlie‚Äôs classmate
  • Kenneth Choi¬†as Ken
  • Stephen Schneider¬†as Ron, Charlie’s stepfather
  • Len Cariou¬†as Hank, the owner of a junkyard Charlie frequents

Transformers

Autobots

  • Dylan O’Brien¬†as the voice of¬†Bumblebee, a young Autobot scout who transforms into a yellow¬†Willys MB¬†jeep¬†before switching for a rusty yellow 1967¬†Volkswagen Beetle¬†before switching for a yellow and black 1977¬†Chevrolet Camaro.
  • Peter Cullen¬†as the voice of¬†Optimus Prime, the leader of the Autobots.
  • Grey Griffin¬†as the voice of¬†Arcee, a female Autobot.
  • Steve Blum¬†as the voice of¬†Wheeljack, an Autobot¬†scientist.
  • Andrew Morgado as the voice of¬†Cliffjumper, Optimus’s first lieutenant
  • Kirk Baily¬†as the voice of¬†Brawn
  • Dennis Singletary as the voice of¬†Ratchet, the Autobot medic
  • Ironhide¬†makes a appearance but does not speak

Decepticons

  • Angela Bassett¬†as the voice of Shatter, a Decepticon triple-changer who transforms into a red¬†Plymouth Satellite¬†and a¬†Harrier Jump Jet.
  • Justin Theroux¬†as the voice of Dropkick, a Decepticon triple-changer who transforms into a blue¬†AMC Javelin¬†and a¬†Bell AH-1 SuperCobra.
  • David Sobolov¬†as the voice of¬†Blitzwing, a Decepticon seeker who transforms into a red/white¬†McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
  • Jon Bailey¬†as the voices of¬†Shockwave, a Decepticon scientist¬†and¬†Soundwave, a Decepticon Communications officer who houses a series of minions that transforms into¬†cassette tapes.
  • Kirk Baily as the voice of Decepticon Soldier
  • Starscream¬†appears in the film but doesn’t speak

Aquaman Image result for aquaman

Aquaman finds himself caught between a surface world that ravages the sea and the underwater Atlanteans who are ready to revolt. December 21

Cast

    • Jason Momoa¬†as¬†Arthur Curry / Aquaman

A half-Atlantean/half-human who is reluctant to be king of the undersea nation of Atlantis. He has the ability to manipulate the tides of the ocean, communicate with other aquatic life, swim at supersonic speeds, and possesses superhuman strength.

  • Kaan Guldur portrays a 9-year-old Arthur Curry, and Otis Dhanji portrays a 13-year-old Arthur.
  • Amber Heard¬†as¬†Mera:
Arthur Curry’s love interest, a warrior and daughter of King Nereus. She was raised by Queen Atlanna and groomed to become queen. Mera possesses hydrokinetic and telepathic powers that allow her to control her aquatic environment and communicate with other Atlanteans.
  • Willem Dafoe¬†as¬†Nuidis Vulko: Atlantis’ counselor who would become a mentor of Arthur Curry when he first comes to Atlantis.
  • Patrick Wilson¬†as¬†Orm / Ocean Master: Arthur Curry’s Atlantean half-brother and ruler of Atlantis, who seeks to unite the seven underwater kingdoms to declare war on the surface world out of the belief that humanity polluted the seas.
  • Dolph Lundgren¬†as Nereus: The king of the Atlantean tribe of Xebel and Mera’s father.
  • Yahya Abdul-Mateen II¬†as¬†David Kane / Black Manta: A ruthless treasure hunter and a high-seas mercenary with a flair for creating deadly technological innovations.
  • Nicole Kidman¬†as¬†Atlanna: The Queen of Atlantis, mother of Arthur Curry and Orm.

Cold WarImage result for cold war movie

Set against the backdrop of the 1950s Cold War in Poland, two people of differing backgrounds and temperaments begin an almost impossible romance. December 21

Cast

  • Joanna Kulig¬†as Zuzanna “Zula” LichoŇĄ
  • Tomasz Kot¬†as Wiktor Warski
  • Borys Szyc¬†as Lech Kaczmarek
  • Agata Kulesza¬†as Irena Bielecka
  • Jeanne Balibar¬†as Juliette
  • C√©dric Kahn¬†as Michel
  • Adam Woronowicz¬†as consul
  • Adam Ferency¬†as minister
  • Adam Szyszkowski as a camp guard

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Gov. George W. Bush of Texas picks Dick Cheney, the CEO of Halliburton Co., to be his Republican running mate in the 2000 presidential election. No stranger to politics, Cheney’s impressive r√©sum√© includes stints as White House chief of staff, House Minority Whip, and defense secretary. When Bush wins by a narrow margin, Cheney begins to use his newfound power to help reshape the country and the world. December¬†11,¬†2018

Cast

  • Christian Bale¬†as¬†United States¬†Vice President¬†Dick Cheney
  • Amy Adams¬†as¬†Lynne Cheney
  • Steve Carell¬†as¬†Donald Rumsfeld
  • Sam Rockwell¬†as¬†George W. Bush
  • Alison Pill¬†as¬†Mary Cheney
  • Jesse Plemons as¬† ?
  • Lily Rabe¬†as¬†Liz Cheney
  • Tyler Perry¬†as¬†Colin Powell
  • Justin Kirk¬†as¬†Scooter Libby
  • LisaGay Hamilton¬†as¬†Condoleezza Rice
  • Shea Whigham¬†as Wayne Vincent
  • Eddie Marsan¬†as¬†Paul Wolfowitz
  • Bill Pullman¬†as¬†Nelson Rockefeller
  • Stefania LaVie Owen¬†as Joan/Narrator (voice)
  • Adam Bartley¬†as¬†Frank Luntz
  • Kirk Bovill¬†as¬†Henry Kissinger
  • Jillian Armenante¬†as¬†Karen Hughes
  • Bill Camp¬†as¬†Gerald Ford
  • Fay Masterson¬†as Edna Vincent
  • Joseph Beck as¬†Karl Rove
  • Alex MacNicoll as young Dick Cheney
  • Aidan Gail as young Dick Cheney
  • Cailee Spaeny¬†as young Lynne Cheney
  • Karolina Kennedy Durrence as young Lynne Cheney
  • Violet Hicks as young Liz Cheney
  • Paul Perri as Trent Lott

Holmes& Waston Image result for holmes & watson

Detective Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson join forces to investigate a murder at Buckingham Palace. They soon learn that they have only four days to solve the case, or the queen will become the next victim. December 25, 2018

Cast

  • Will Ferrell¬†as¬†Sherlock Holmes
  • John C. Reilly¬†as¬†Dr. John Watson
  • Rebecca Hall¬†as Dr. Grace Hart
  • Ralph Fiennes¬†as¬†Professor Moriarty
  • Rob Brydon¬†as¬†Inspector Lestrade
  • Kelly Macdonald¬†as¬†Rose Hudson
  • Lauren Lapkus¬†as Millie
  • Hugh Laurie¬†as¬†Mycroft Holmes
  • Pam Ferris¬†as¬†Queen Victoria
  • Bella Ramsey¬†as Flotsam
  • Scarlet Grace as Pickle
  • Noah Jupe¬†as Doxy
  • Steve Coogan as?
  • Braun Strowman as?

Stan & OllieImage result for stan & ollie

Already legends by 1953, beloved comedy duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy set out to perform live shows for their adoring fans. The tour becomes a hit, but long-buried tension and Hardy’s failing health start to threaten their new act and friendship. December 28, 2018

EliImage result for eli horror movie

A boy becomes trapped in a haunted house while undergoing treatment for a rare disease. The story centers on a young boy named Eli who is undergoing treatment for a rare disease at a secluded clinic, which becomes a haunted prison with no way out.

January 4, 2019

Cast

  • Charlie Shotwell as Eli
  • Lili Taylor¬†as Dr. Isabella Horn
  • Sadie Sink¬†as Haley
  • Kelly Reilly
  • Max Martini¬†as Paul

 Escape Room Image result for escape room movie

Lured to a mysterious room, six strangers must survive a series of elaborate traps in a sadistic game of life or death.

Cast

  • Taylor Russell¬†as Zoey
  • Logan Miller¬†as Ben
  • Deborah Ann Woll¬†as Amanda Harper
  • Tyler Labine¬†as Mike
  • Jay Ellis¬†as Jason
  • Nik Dodani¬†as Danny
  • Kenneth Fok as Detective Li

A Dog’s Way HomeA Dog's Way Home.png

A dog embarks on a 400-mile journey home after it’s separated from its owner, Lucas, who is an aspiring medical student.

January 11, 2019

Cast

  • Ashley Judd as?
  • Edward James Olmos as?
  • Alexandra Shipp as?
  • Bryce Dallas Howard¬†as Bella
  • Wes Studi as?
  • Barry Watson¬†as Gavin
  • Tammy Gillis¬†as Officer Leon
  • Jonah Hauer-King as?

Hellboy Image result for hellboy 2019

Based on the graphic novels by Mike Mignola, Hellboy, caught between the worlds of the supernatural and human, battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge. Hellboy prepares to stop an ancient medieval sorceress who seeks to destroy all of mankind.

April 12, 2019

Cast

  • David Harbour¬†as¬†Hellboy / Anung Un Rama:
    An immensely powerful demon who works for the government organization¬†Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. Harbour has stated that the film will be a “character piece” and feature mature themes and “complicated subjects” that will warrant the film’s R-rating, stating, “It really is this study of this man going through this horrible conundrum and we really get to go in deep with him.”¬†Mignola has stated that Harbour had been researching the character, stating, “He’s texting me Hellboy questions about his history, about what the character would think about this or about that.”
  • Milla Jovovich¬†as Nimue:¬†The Blood Queen, a medieval British sorceress who seeks to destroy humankind.
  • Ian McShane¬†as¬†Trevor Bruttenholm:¬†Hellboy’s adoptive father and founder of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (B.P.R.D.).
  • Sasha Lane¬†as Alice Monaghan:¬†A woman of¬†Irish descent¬†who retained some magical abilities after she was kidnapped by fairies as a baby.
  • Daniel Dae Kim¬†as¬†Ben Daimio:¬†A rugged¬†Japanese-American¬†military member of the B.P.R.D. who, due to a supernatural encounter, can turn into a jaguar when angered or in pain.¬†Ed Skrein¬†was originally cast in the role but upon discovering that Daimio was portrayed in the comics as Japanese-American, he dropped out to allow an Asian actor to be cast instead. A month later, Kim was cast in the role.
  • Brian Gleeson¬†as Merlin:¬†A wizard.
  • Sophie Okonedo¬†as Lady Hatton:¬†A resident seer at the Osiris Club, an ancient English club dedicated to uncovering supernatural mysteries.
  • Penelope Mitchell¬†as Ganeida:¬†An elder witch who has decided that Nimue’s wrath has gone on for too long and must be stopped.
  • Alistair Petrie¬†as Lord Adam Glaren:¬†A high-ranking member of the Osiris Club

The UpsideImage result for the upside movie

A friendship develops between a wealthy quadriplegic man and the ex-con who becomes his caregiver. Adapted from: The Intouchables

Cast

  • Bryan Cranston¬†as Phillip Lacasse
  • Kevin Hart¬†as Dell Scott
  • Nicole Kidman¬†as Yvonne
  • Genevieve Angelson¬†as Jenny
  • Aja Naomi King¬†as Latrice
  • Julianna Margulies¬†as Lily
  • Rachel Alana Handler¬†as Proctor
  • Tate Donovan¬†as Carter Locke
  • Mac Brandt as¬† ?
  • Amara Karan as¬† ?
  • Omi Vaidya as¬† ¬†?
  • Golshifteh Farahani¬†as Dr. Gupta
  • Jahi Di’Allo Winston as Anthony
  • Michael Quinlan as Jack

 GlassGlass official theatrical poster.jpg

M. Night Shyamalan brings together the narratives of two of his standout originals‚ÄĒ2000‚Äôs Unbreakable, from Touchstone, and 2016‚Äôs Split, from Universal‚ÄĒin one explosive, all-new comic-book thriller: Glass. From Unbreakable, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr. Glass. Joining from Split are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast. Following the conclusion of Split, Glass finds Dunn pursuing Crumb‚Äôs superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.

Cast

  • Bruce Willis¬†as¬†David Dunn / The Overseer: A former college football prodigy turned security guard who possesses superhuman strength and stamina as well as nigh-invulnerability and an¬†extrasensory¬†ability to see the crimes people have committed by touching them. During the film, Dunn will go by a new alias named “The Overseer”.
  • Samuel L. Jackson¬†as Elijah Price / Mr. Glass (The Mastermind): An incarcerated mass murderer, genius, and comic book theorist with¬†Type I osteogenesis imperfecta¬†who was turned in to the authorities after Dunn discovered the extent of his crimes.
  • James McAvoy¬†as Kevin Wendell Crumb / The Horde (The Collective): A former Philadelphia Zoo employee with¬†23 different personalities whose¬†body chemistry changes with each personality, resulting in a 24th personality known as “The Beast”. Aside from The Beast, Kevin’s personalities will consist of Jade, Orwell, Barry, Patricia, Hedwig, Mary Reynolds, Dennis, Norma, B.T, Mr. Pritchard, Jelin and Samuel.
  • Sarah Paulson¬†as Dr. Ellie Staple: A psychiatrist specializing in¬†delusions of grandeur¬†who treats patients convinced that they are superhumans.
  • Anya Taylor-Joy¬†as Casey Cooke: A young girl who was kidnapped by one of Kevin’s personalities as a potential sacrifice to “The Beast” and survived.
  • Spencer Treat Clark¬†as Joseph Dunn: David’s son who has believed in his father’s abilities since he was a child, and sees him as a real-life superhero.
  • Charlayne Woodard¬†as Mrs. Price: Elijah’s mother who took great care of her son and always told him he was special no matter what others said.
  • Adam David Thompson as Daryl.

The Kid who would be King Image result for the kid who would be king

Old-school magic meets the modern world when young Alex stumbles upon the mythical sword Excalibur. He soon joins forces with a band of knights and the legendary wizard Merlin when the wicked enchantress Morgana threatens the future of mankind.

January 25, 2019

Cast

  • Louis Ashbourne Serkis as Alexander “Alex” Elliot
  • Dean Chaumoo as Bedders
  • Tom Taylor¬†as Lance
  • Rhianna Doris as Kaye
  • Angus Imrie¬†and¬†Patrick Stewart¬†as¬†Merlin: In order to keep watch over Alex, and blend in with other students, the wizard takes the form of a child. Stewart portrays Merlin in his real form
  • Rebecca Ferguson¬†as¬†Morgan “Morgana” le Fay
  • Denise Gough¬†as Mrs. Elliot

Serenity Image result for Serenity 2019

Baker Dill is a fishing boat captain who leads tours off of the tranquil enclave of Plymouth Island. His peaceful life is soon shattered when his ex-wife Karen tracks him down. Desperate for help, Karen begs Baker to save her — and their young son — from her violent husband. She wants him to take¬†the brute out for a fishing excursion — then throw him overboard to the sharks. Thrust back into a life that he wanted to forget, Baker now finds himself struggling to choose between right and wrong

 

Cast

  • Matthew McConaughey¬†as Baker Dill
  • Anne Hathaway¬†as Karen, Baker‚Äôs ex-wife
  • Diane Lane¬†as Baker‚Äôs new love interest
  • Jason Clarke¬†as Karen‚Äôs husband
  • Djimon Hounsou as ?
  • Jeremy Strong¬†as Reid Miller

¬†Jacob’s Ladder Image result for jacob's ladder 2019

Cast

  • Michael Ealy
  • Jesse Williams
  • Nicole Beharie
  • Karla Souza
  • Guy Burnet¬†as Hoffman
  • Joseph Sikora

The original followed a veteran of the Vietnam War dealing with hallucinations flashbacks and sinister stuff. February 1 2019

 

Miss Bala  Miss Bala poster.jpg

A young woman battles a ruthless drug cartel to save her kidnapped friend in Mexico. Gloria, a makeup artist from Los Angeles, visits her best friend Suzu in Tijuana, Mexico. Suzu, however, goes missing at a club. In the course of her search and rescue for her, Gloria is kidnapped and forced to smuggle money for a drug cartel. She works her way into the good graces of its leader Lino as well as the DEA, which also gets involved. Gloria must turn the tables on everyone to escape and finds a power she never knew she had as she navigates a dangerous world of cross-border crime. Surviving will require all of her cunning, inventiveness, and strength.  February 1 2019

Cast

  • Gina Rodriguez¬†as Gloria
  • Ismael Cruz C√≥rdova¬†as Lino
  • Anthony Mackie¬†as Dave
  • Aislinn Derbez¬†as Isabel
  • Matt Lauria¬†as Brian
  • Cristina Rodlo as Suzu
  • Ricardo Abarca¬†as Pollo

Arctic Image result for arctic movie

A man stranded in the Arctic after an airplane crash must decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his makeshift camp or to embark on a deadly trek through the unknown in hopes of making it out alive. February 1, 2019

The lego movie 2Image result for the lego movie 2

The citizens of Bricksburg face a dangerous new threat when LEGO DUPLO invaders from outer space start to wreck everything. It’s now up to Emmet, Lucy, Batman, and their friends to defeat the giant marauders and restore harmony to the LEGO universe.

February 1 2019

Cast

  • Chris Pratt¬†as¬†Emmet Brickowski, an¬†everyman,¬†construction worker, and rookie Master Builder from Bricksburg, and Lucy‚Äôs new boyfriend.
  • Elizabeth Banks¬†as¬†Lucy / Wyldstyle, a Master Builder, who is Emmet‚Äôs girlfriend.[8]
  • Tiffany Haddish¬†as Queen Watevra Wa-Nabi, the¬†shape-shifting¬†alien¬†queen of the Systar System.
  • Will Arnett¬†as¬†Bruce Wayne / Batman / Dark Knight, a¬†DC Comics¬†superhero who is a Master Builder and Lucy’s ex-boyfriend.
  • Stephanie Beatriz¬†as General Sweet Mayhem, an evil intergalactic¬†mini-doll¬†who is general of the Systar System Army and works under the orders of Queen Watevra Wa-Nabi. She captures all of Emmet’s friends and takes them prisoners in the Systar System.
  • Charlie Day¬†as Benny, a Master Builder who is a spaceship-obsessed 1980’s¬†spaceman. In this film, he appears to have a robotic-metal arm.
  • Alison Brie¬†as Princess Unikitty / Ultrakatty, a Master Builder who is a unicorn-horned cat. She has the ability to become very strong by using extreme anger.
  • Nick Offerman¬†as MetalBeard, a Master Builder who is a large bionic robot pirate with a severed head after he lost his original body in an earlier encounter with Lord Business’s forces.
  • Channing Tatum¬†as¬†Kal-El / Clark Kent / Superman, a DC Comics superhero who is one of the Master Builders.
  • Jonah Hill¬†as¬†Hal Jordan / Green Lantern, a DC Comics superhero who is one of the Master Builders.
  • Arturo Castro¬†as Ice Cream Cone, a citizen of the Systar System.
  • Margot Robbie¬†as¬†Dr. Harleen Quinzel / Harley Quinn, a Gotham City criminal, girlfriend of¬†the Joker¬†and enemy of Batman.

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Nels Coxman’s quiet life comes crashing down when his beloved son dies under mysterious circumstances. His search for the truth soon becomes a quest for revenge as he seeks coldblooded justice against a drug lord and his inner circle.¬†February 8, 2019¬†

Cast

  • Liam Neeson¬†as Nelson “Nels” Coxman
  • Laura Dern¬†as Mrs. Coxman
  • Emmy Rossum
  • Tom Bateman¬†as Viking
  • William Forsythe
  • Julia Jones
  • Domenick Lombardozzi¬†as Mustang
  • Raoul Trujillo¬†as Thorpe
  • Benjamin Hollingsworth as Dexter
  • John Doman¬†as Gip
  • Aleks Paunovic¬†as Detective Osgard
  • Christopher Logan as Shiv
  • Nathaniel Arcand¬†as Smoke
  • Ben Cotton¬†as Windex
  • Tom Jackson¬†as White Bull

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Passed up for a well-deserved promotion, sports agent Ali Davis wonders what else she needs to do to succeed in a man’s world. Hoping to find answers from a psychic, Ali drinks a weird concoction that suddenly allows her to hear what men are thinking. Using her newfound ability, Ali starts to turn the tables on her obnoxious male colleagues while racing to sign the next basketball superstar. Ali Davis is a successful sports agent who‚Äôs constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. When Ali is passed up for a well-deserved promotion, she questions what more she needs to do to succeed in a man‚Äôs world, until she gains the ability to hear men‚Äôs thoughts. With her newfound power, Ali looks to outsmart her colleagues as she races to sign the next basketball superstar, but the lengths she has to go to will put her relationship with her best friends and a potential new love interest to the test.February 8, 2019

Cast

  • Taraji P. Henson¬†as Ali Davis
  • Aldis Hodge
  • Tracy Morgan
  • Richard Roundtree
  • Wendi McLendon-Covey¬†as Olivia
  • Josh Brener
  • Tamala Jones
  • Phoebe Robinson
  • Max Greenfield
  • Jason Jones
  • Kellan Lutz
  • Brian Bosworth¬†as Nick
  • Chris Witaske¬†as Eddie
  • Erykah Badu¬†as Sister
  • Shaquille O‚ÄôNeal
  • Pete Davidson
  • Mark Cuban
  • Richard Roundtree¬†as Skip

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The story follows Laura , a Spanish woman living in Buenos Aires, who returns with her children to her hometown outside Madrid for a wedding. However, the trip is upset by unexpected events that bring secrets into the open.

Cast

  • Pen√©lope Cruz¬†as Laura
  • Javier Bardem¬†as Paco
  • Ricardo Dar√≠n¬†as Alejandro, Laura‚Äôs husband
  • B√°rbara Lennie¬†as Bea, Paco‚Äôs wife
  • Inma Cuesta¬†as Ana, Laura’s younger sister
  • Elvira M√≠nguez¬†as Mariana, Laura’s older sister
  • Eduard Fern√°ndez¬†as Fernando, Mariana’s husband
  • Ram√≥n Barea¬†as Antonio, Laura’s father
  • Sara S√°lamo¬†as Roc√≠o, Fernando’s and Mariana’s daughter
  • Carla Campra¬†as Irene, Laura’s and Alejandro’s daughter
  • Roger Casamajor¬†as Joan, Ana’s boyfriend
  • Jos√© √Āngel Egido¬†as Jorge, a retired policeman
  • Sergio Castellanos¬†as Felipe, Irene’s spanish friend
  • Jordi Bosch
  • Jaime Lorente¬†as Luis

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After being rejected by his best friend’s 24-year-old daughter, a 50-year-old man embarks on a journey across the French countryside.February 8, 2019

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A woman brings her young son to a therapist when the boy starts to show signs of demonic possession. Sarah, who was a mother to a child named Miles, is concerned about her young son’s disturbing behavior and seeks the help of a therapist. She begins to believe that something supernatural may be affecting him. February 8, 2019

Cast

  • Taylor Schilling¬†as Sarah
  • Jackson Robert Scott¬†as Miles
  • Colm Feore¬†as Arthur Jacobson
  • Brittany Allen¬†as Margaret St. James
  • Peter Mooney¬†as John
  • Olunike Adeliyi¬†as Rebecca

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For a long time, Natalie, an Australian architect living in New York City, had always believed that what she had seen in¬†rom-coms¬†is all fantasy. But after thwarting a mugger at a subway station only to be knocked out while fleeing, Natalie wakes up and discovers that she is self-aware of her existence in a “PG-13¬†Universe” and must escape every clich√© in order to finally fall in love and achieve the happily ever after that will bring her back to reality.¬†February 14, 2019

Cast

  • Rebel Wilson¬†as Natalie, an architect from New York.
  • Liam Hemsworth¬†as Blake, a client and one of two love interests in Natalie‚Äôs life.
  • Adam DeVine¬†as Josh, Natalie‚Äôs best friend and one of two love interests in Natalie‚Äôs life.
  • Priyanka Chopra¬†as Isabella, a yoga ambassador.
  • Betty Gilpin¬†as Whitney, Natalie‚Äôs assistant and one of her best friends.
  • Brandon Scott Jones as Donny, Natalie’s neighbor, and gay sidekick.
  • Tom Ellis¬†as a doctor.
  • Jennifer Saunders¬†as Natalie‚Äôs mother.

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Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido, a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. When Alita awakens, she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious past. February 14, 2019

Cast

  • Rosa Salazar¬†as Alita, the titular cyborg heroine. Salazar portrays the role by way of¬†motion capture.
  • Christoph Waltz¬†as Dr. Dyson Ido, a scientist who is Alita’s caretaker.
  • Jennifer Connelly¬†as Chiren,¬†ex-girlfriend of Ido, who escaped with him from the false utopia of Zalem/Tiphares, but became disenchanted with real freedom.
  • Mahershala Ali¬†in two roles,one being Vector, a man who rigs Motorball combat matches.
  • Ed Skrein¬†as Zapan, a cyborg tasked with tracking down and killing Alita.
  • Jackie Earle Haley¬†as Grewishka, a huge cyborg based on Grewcica from the¬†Battle Angel OVA.
  • Keean Johnson as Hugo, Alita’s love interest who also teaches her to play a gladiator-style game called Motorball.
  • Michelle Rodriguez¬†as Gelda, a cyborg warrior from Mars who trained Alita.
  • Eiza Gonz√°lez¬†as Nyssiana, a cyborg tasked with tracking down and killing Alita.
  • Lana Condor¬†as Koyomi, an orphaned teen and freelance photographer.
  • Jorge Lendeborg Jr.¬†as Hugo’s friend.
  • Idara Victor¬†as Nurse Gerhad, Ido‚Äôs aide.
  • Leonard Wu as Kinuba.
  • Marko Zaror¬†as Ajakutty, a Motorball player.
  • Casper Van Dien¬†as Amok

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Stuck in a time loop, college student Tree Gelbman must die over and over again to save her friends from a psychotic masked killer. Two years after the events of the first film, Tree Gelbman unexpectedly re-enters the time loop and becomes determined to escape it after finding out her friends are now involved. When she discovers that Lori Spengler, the original killer, has been murdered, Tree must face the new killer in order to uncover their identity and break free of the time loop once and for all. February 14, 2019 

Cast

  • Jessica Rothe¬†as Theresa “Tree” Gelbman
  • Israel Broussard¬†as Carter Davis
  • Suraj Sharma¬†as Samar Ghosh
  • Sarah Yarkin as Dre Morgan
  • Ruby Modine¬†as Lori Spengler
  • Rachel Matthews as Danielle Bouseman
  • Phi Vu as Ryan Phan
  • Steve Zissis¬†as Dean Bronson

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From DreamWorks Animation comes a surprising tale about growing up, finding the courage to face the unknown‚Ķand how nothing can ever train you to let go. What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic adventure spanning their lives. After becoming the chief of Berk, Hiccup has fulfilled his dream of creating a peaceful dragon utopia, while the sudden discovery of a wild, elusive mate lures Toothless away. When danger threatens their village and tests Hiccup’s reign as chief, Hiccup and Toothless are forced to leave the only home they know. As they travel to a hidden world thought to only exist in myth, both dragon and rider will fight together to the very end to protect everything they love. February 22, 2019

Cast

  • Jay Baruchel¬†as Hiccup
  • Cate Blanchett¬†as Valka
  • Craig Ferguson¬†as Gobber the Belch
  • America Ferrera¬†as Astrid
  • Jonah Hill¬†as Snotlout Jorgenson
  • Kit Harington¬†as Eret
  • T. J. Miller¬†and¬†Kristen Wiig¬†as Tuffnut and Ruffnut Thorston
  • Christopher Mintz-Plasse¬†as Fishlegs Ingerman
  • F. Murray Abraham¬†as Grimmel
  • Gerard Butler¬†as Stoick the Vast

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A woman assumes a new identity to track down those responsible for the death of her family in a plane crash. February 22, 2019

 

Cast

  • Blake Lively¬†as Stephanie Patrick
  • Jude Law
  • Max Casella¬†as Leon Giler
  • Daniel Mays¬†as Dean West
  • Richard Brake¬†as Lehmans
  • Raza Jaffrey¬†as Proctor
  • Tawfeek Barhom¬†as Reza
  • Sterling K. Brown

Arrow crossover recap: Batwoman met Supergirl, Green Arrow, and the Flash

Arrowverse Crossover Photos

 

Oliver adjusts to his strange new surroundings and speedy powers is a comedic treat. From his awkward exchanges with his ‚Äúwife‚ÄĚ Iris ‚ÄĒ ‚ÄúI did not get enough sleep‚ÄĚ is¬†one¬†way to explain things ‚ÄĒ to his horror at learning he can‚Äôt get drunk as a speedster (‚ÄúThis day cannot get any worse!‚ÄĚ), Oliver‚Äôs confusion and uneasiness is delightfully entertaining. If this is what happens when the hero is out of his element, we‚Äôre all for it!

Oliver and Barry visit their pal Kara on Earth-38, where she‚Äôs hanging with her cousin Clark Kent and his girlfriend Lois Lane on the Smallville farm. And what better way to introduce the setting than with the unexpected sounds of Remy Zero‚Äôs ‚ÄúSave Me,‚ÄĚ aka the¬†Smallville¬†theme song!

Elseworlds, Part 2‚ÄĚ also introduced Batwoman and resolved a major ‚ÄúOlicity‚ÄĚ relationship hurdle. Here, we highlight the best moments, with a scoop from the producers on the twists:t Arkham Asylum, Oliver and Barry see each other as the Reverse-Flash and Malcolm Merlyn, respectively. Although both heroes have had their fair share of enemies, the Reverse-Flash and Malcolm were always the producers‚Äô top choices for the nostalgic fight sequence. ‚ÄúThat was always the conceit because it‚Äôs their origin story, it‚Äôs their Season 1 Big Bad, and it‚Äôs made both characters who they are,‚ÄĚ Arrow showrunner¬†Beth Schwartz explained at a press screening. ‚ÄúAnd it allowed [Barry and Oliver] to really understand one another.‚ÄĚ

Kara remarks that Kate Kane (Orange Is the New Black‚Äės Ruby Rose) has a lot of tattoos for a CEO ‚ÄĒ and that little detail later proves to be the thing that gives away Batwoman‚Äôs secret identity. As Supergirl reminds her, she‚Äôs got X-ray vision, so all those tats under Batwoman‚Äôs costume aren‚Äôt so hidden. Unmasking the Gotham hero so quickly to Kara ‚Äúfelt like the right move,‚ÄĚ said Caroline Dries, who will oversee the potential Batwoman series. ‚ÄúIt was important for us to humanize Kate in a way that made her relatable to the other characters in the Arrowverse, even though we were creating an enigmatic character,‚ÄĚ Dries added. Much like Kate, Kara has a cousin, ‚Äúand her story was getting out of his shadow, and that‚Äôs exactly Kate‚Äôs story. So it was important for us to find a moment for them to bond.‚ÄĚ

Oliver decides to keep Felicity in the dark about the body swap because he thinks they already have enough marital problems. So naturally, when Felicity learns the truth, she’s upset that Oliver didn’t trust and respect her. Caitlin pushes her not to give up on love, while Barry urges Oliver not to wait too long to work things out.

The Monitor explains that he is testing different worlds for an upcoming crisis. Someone powerful is coming, he warns, and he needs to find heroes strong enough to save the multiverse. Producers were mum on which future catastrophe The Monitor is referencing, only sharing that ‚Äúwe already know a lot about what‚Äôs going on in next year‚Äôs crossover,‚ÄĚ per Schwartz.

At last, we have an explanation for Barry and Oliver’s matching biker outfits! At The Monitor’s urging to think bigger, John Deegan resets reality again, with the heroes now known as the wanted duo Trigger Twins. Barry and Oliver are then promptly cornered by cops Diaz, Merlyn and Joe Wilson, as well as an evil Superman.

The Lion King and The Broadway of Lion King

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The¬†Lion King¬†was the first Disney animated feature to be an original¬†story, rather than be¬†based¬†on an already existing work. The filmmakers have said that the¬†storyof The¬†Lion King¬†was inspired by the lives of Joseph and Moses, from the Bible, and William Shakespeare’s Hamlet
The new¬†Lion King¬†is live-action ‚ÄĒ but not in the way you might expect. Unfortunately, Beyonc√© won’t physically be in the film, but she will be heard. … Well, the¬†Lion King¬†remake, which hits theaters on July 19,¬†2019, plans to bring the African savanna and its inhabitants to life using photo-realistic¬†animation.

This Disney animated feature follows the adventures of the young lion Simba (Zoe Leader), the heir of his father, Mufasa (Ernie Sabella). Simba’s wicked uncle, Scar (Rowan Atkinson), plots to usurp Mufasa’s throne by luring father and son into a stampede of wildebeests. But Simba escapes, and only Mufasa is killed. Simba returns as an adult (Jeremy Irons) to take back his homeland from Scar with the help of his friends Timon (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) and Pumbaa (Cheech Marin)

Disney has not announced plans for another animated film sequel or prequel to TheLion King. However, Disney is producing a CGI and motion-capture remake of TheLion King, which stars the voices of Donald Glover and James Earl Jones and is scheduled to be released to theaters on July 19, 2019.

Box office

The Lion King earned $422,783,777 in North America and a $545,700,000 in other territories for a worldwide total of $968,483,777.It is currently the 35th highest-grossing film of all time

The seventh highest-grossing animated film of all time worldwide and the third highest-grossing film of Walt Disney Animation Studios (behind Frozen and Zootopia)The film was also the highest-grossing motion picture of 1994 worldwide. After its initial run, having earned $763.4 million,

 it ranked as the second-highest-grossing film of all time worldwide, behind Jurassic Park.

 It held the record for the highest-grossing animated feature film (in North America, outside North America, and worldwide) until it was surpassed by the computer-animated Finding Nemo (2003).

With the earnings of the 3D run,¬†The Lion King¬†surpassed all the aforementioned films but¬†Toy Story 3¬†to rank as the second-highest-grossing animated film worldwide‚ÄĒlater dropping to ninth‚ÄĒand it remains the highest-grossing hand-drawn animated film.¬†It is also the biggest animated movie of the last 50 years in terms of estimated attendance

 

Music by

Hans Zimmer (Score)
Nick Glennie-Smith (Score, uncredited)
Mark Mancina (Score, uncredited)
Elton John and Tim Rice (Songs)

The Lion King¬†is a 1994 American¬†animated¬†musical film¬†produced by¬†Walt Disney Feature Animation¬†and released by¬†Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 32nd¬†Disney animated feature film, and the fifth animated film produced during a period known as the¬†Disney Renaissance.¬†The Lion King was¬†directed by¬†Roger Allers¬†and¬†Rob Minkoff, produced by¬†Don Hahn, and has a screenplay credited to¬†Irene Mecchi,¬†Jonathan Roberts, and¬†Linda Woolverton. Its original songs were written by composer¬†Elton John¬†and lyricist¬†Tim Rice, with a score by¬†Hans Zimmer. The film features an¬†ensemble voice cast¬†that includes¬†Matthew Broderick,¬†James Earl Jones,¬†Jeremy Irons,¬†Jonathan Taylor Thomas,¬†Moira Kelly,¬†Nathan Lane,¬†Ernie Sabella,¬†Rowan Atkinson,¬†Robert Guillaume,¬†Madge Sinclair,¬†Whoopi Goldberg,¬†Cheech Marin, and¬†Jim Cummings. The story takes place in a kingdom of¬†lions in Africa¬†and was influenced by¬†William Shakespeare’s¬†Hamlet.

The Lion King¬†tells the story of¬†Simba, a¬†young lion¬†who is to succeed his father,¬†Mufasa, as King of the Pride Lands; however, after Simba’s paternal uncle¬†Scar¬†murders Mufasa, Simba is manipulated into thinking he was responsible and flees into¬†exile. Upon maturation living with¬†two wastrels, Simba is given some valuable perspective from his childhood friend,¬†Nala, and his¬†shaman, Rafiki, before returning to challenge Scar to end his¬†tyranny¬†and take his place in the Circle of Life as the rightful King.

In the Pride Lands of¬†Africa, a pride of lions rules over the animal kingdom from Pride Rock. King Mufasa’s and Queen Sarabi’s newborn son,¬†Simba, is presented to the gathering animals by Rafiki the baboon (with the colorful facial marking of a¬†mandrill)[3]¬†who serves as the¬†shaman¬†and advisor. Mufasa shows Simba the Pride Lands and explains to him the responsibilities of kingship and the “circle of life”, which connects all living things. Mufasa’s younger brother,¬†Scar, covets the throne and plots to eliminate Mufasa and Simba so he may become king. He tricks Simba and his best friend Nala‚ÄĒto whom Simba is betrothed‚ÄĒinto exploring a forbidden¬†elephants’ graveyard, where they are attacked by three¬†spotted hyenas,¬†Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed, who are in league with Scar. Mufasa is alerted about the incident by his¬†majordomo, the¬†hornbill¬†Zazu, and rescues the cubs. Though upset with Simba, Mufasa forgives him and explains that the great kings of the past watching over them from the night sky, from which he will one day watch over Simba.

Scar sets a trap for his brother and nephew, luring Simba into a gorge and having the hyenas drive a large herd of¬†wildebeest¬†into a stampede that will trample him. He informs Mufasa of Simba’s peril, knowing the king will rush to save his son. Mufasa saves Simba but ends up hanging perilously from the gorge’s edge. Scar refuses to help Mufasa, instead of sending him falling to his death. He then convinces Simba that the tragedy was Simba’s own fault and advises him to leave the kingdom. He orders the hyenas to kill the cub, but Simba escapes. Scar tells the pride that both Mufasa and Simba were killed in the stampede and steps forward as the new king, allowing his three hyena minions and the rest of their large pack to live in the Pride Lands.

Simba collapses in a desert and is rescued by¬†Timon and Pumbaa, a¬†meerkat¬†and¬†warthog, who are fellow outcasts. Simba grows up in the jungle with his two new friends, living a carefree life under the motto “hakuna matata” (“no worries” in¬†Swahili). Now a young adult, Simba rescues Timon and Pumbaa from a hungry lioness, who turns out to be Nala. She and Simba reunite and fall in love, and she urges him to return home, telling him the Pride Lands have become a drought-stricken wasteland under Scar’s reign. Feeling guilty over his father’s death, Simba refuses and storms off. He encounters Rafiki, who tells him that Mufasa’s spirit lives on in Simba. Simba is visited by the ghost of Mufasa in the night sky, who tells him he must take his rightful place as king. Realizing that he can no longer run from his past, Simba decides to return to the Pride Lands.

Aided by his friends, Simba sneaks past the hyenas at Pride Rock and confronts Scar, who had just struck Sarabi. Scar taunts Simba over his role in Mufasa’s death and backs him to the edge of the rock, where he reveals to him that he murdered Mufasa. Enraged, Simba pins Scar to the ground and forces him to reveal the truth to the rest of the pride. Timon, Pumbaa, Rafiki, Zazu, and the lionesses fend off the hyenas while Scar, attempting to escape, is cornered by Simba at the top of Pride Rock. Scar begs for mercy and attempts to blame the hyenas for his actions; Simba spares his life but orders him to leave the Pride Lands forever. Scar attacks his nephew, but Simba manages to toss him from the top of the rock. Scar survives the fall but is attacked and killed by the hyenas, who overheard his attempt to betray them. Afterward, Simba takes over the kingship as rain begins to fall.

Later, with Pride Rock restored to its usual state, Rafiki presents Simba and Nala’s newborn cub to the assembled animals, continuing the circle of life.

Cast

Starring
  • Matthew Broderick
  • James Earl Jones
  • Jeremy Irons
  • Rowan Atkinson
  • Moira Kelly
  • Nathan Lane
  • Ernie Sabella
  • Robert Guillaume
  • Jonathan Taylor Thomas
  • Niketa Calame
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Cheech Marin
  • Jim Cummings
  • Madge Sinclair

A promotional image of the characters from the film. From left to right: Shenzi, Scar, Ed, Banzai, Rafiki, Young Simba, Mufasa, Young Nala, Sarabi, Zazu, Sarafina, Timon, and Pumbaa

 

Characters

Unlike many previous Disney animated films that featured only a select few famous voice actors alongside lesser-known performers, nearly all of the voice acting work for The Lion King was done by well-known actors.

  • Simba¬†(voiced by¬†Jonathan Taylor Thomas¬†as a cub and by¬†Matthew Broderick¬†as an adult; singing voices provided by¬†Jason Weaver¬†as a cub,¬†Evan Saucedo¬†in “The Morning Report”, and Joseph Williams as an adult) is the main protagonist of the film and the son of Mufasa and Sarabi. After defeating his uncle Scar, he becomes the new king of the Pride Lands.
  • Nala¬†(voiced by¬†Niketa Calame¬†as a cub and by¬†Moira Kelly¬†as an adult; singing voices provided by Laura Williams as a cub and¬†Sally Dworsky¬†as an adult) is Simba’s childhood friend and intended mate. She is the deuteragonist of the film.
  • Scar¬†(voiced by¬†Jeremy Irons, with part of his singing done by¬†Jim Cummings), the film’s main antagonist, is Mufasa’s jealous and scheming younger brother and Simba’s uncle who desires the throne and obtains it by killing Mufasa and exiling Simba. After being overthrown by Simba (literally), he gets eaten alive by the hyenas.
  • Mufasa¬†(voiced by¬†James Earl Jones) is the King of the Pride Lands, Sarabi’s mate, and Simba’s father. Eventually, he gets killed by his younger brother Scar by being thrown off a cliff and getting trampled by a wildebeest stampede. Later, he is reincarnated as a ghost and still watches over Simba.
  • Timon¬†and¬†Pumbaa¬†(voiced by¬†Nathan Lane¬†and¬†Ernie Sabella¬†respectively) are the comical meerkat and warthog duo who live under the philosophy of “Hakuna Matata”. They become Simba’s provisional guardians during his exile. They are the tritagonists and comic relief of the film.
  • Rafiki¬†(voiced by¬†Robert Guillaume) is a wise mandrill who is responsible for presenting the newborn prince of the lions at Pride Rock for all to see and act like a “shaman” for the pride.
  • Zazu¬†(voiced by¬†Rowan Atkinson, with¬†Jeff Bennett¬†providing his singing in “The Morning Report”) is a loyal hornbill who serves as Mufasa’s majordomo.
  • Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed¬†(voiced by¬†Whoopi Goldberg,¬†Cheech Marin, and¬†Jim Cummings¬†respectively) are a trio of villainous spotted hyenas who are Scar’s henchmen. They serve as the secondary antagonists of the film. At the end of the film they kill Scar after he betrays them.
  • Sarabi¬†(voiced by¬†Madge Sinclair) is Mufasa’s mate, Simba’s mother and the leader of the lionesses.
  • Sarafina¬†(voiced by Zoe Leader) is Nala’s mother. Her name is given only in the end credits of the film.
  • Additional voices are provided by Cathy Cavadini, Judi Durand, Daamen Krall, David McCharen, Linda Phillips,¬†Phil Proctor,¬†David Randolph, and¬†Frank Welker.
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Robert Guillaume was an American actor, known for his role as Isaac Jaffe on Sports Night and as Benson in the television series Soap and the spin-off Benson, as well as for voicing the mandrill Rafiki in The Lion King. In a career that spanned more than 50 years, he worked extensively on stage, television, and film. Born: November 30, 1927, St. Louis, MO Died: October 24, 2017, Los Angeles, CA

 

The Lion King (2019 film)

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The Lion King¬†is an upcoming American¬†drama film¬†directed by¬†Jon Favreau¬†and produced by¬†Walt Disney Pictures. It is a photorealistic computer¬†animated remake of Disney’s¬†traditionally animated¬†1994 film¬†of the same name. The film features the voices of¬†Donald Glover,¬†Seth Rogen,¬†Chiwetel Ejiofor,¬†Billy Eichner,¬†John Oliver,¬†Keegan-Michael Key,¬†Beyonc√© Knowles-Carter, and¬†James Earl, Jones.

Plans for a remake of¬†The Lion King¬†were confirmed in September 2016 following the success of Favreau’s¬†The Jungle Book. Much of the main cast signed on in early 2017 and¬†principal photography¬†began in mid-2017 on a¬†blue screen stage¬†in¬†Los Angeles. The film is scheduled to be released on July 19, 2019.

Voice Cast

  • Image result for Donald Glover as Simba,Donald Glover¬†as¬†Simba, the¬†crown prince¬†of the Pride Lands.
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  • Seth Rogen¬†as¬†Pumbaa, a naive common warthog who befriends and adopts a young Simba after he runs away from home.
  • Billy Eichner¬†as¬†Timon, a wise-cracking and loyal meerkat who befriends and adopts a young Simba after he runs away from home.Image result for Seth Rogen√ā¬†as√ā¬†Pumbaa,
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor¬†as¬†Scar, the treacherous brother of Mufasa and the uncle of Simba who seeks to take the mantle of king.Image result for chiwetel ejiofor as scar
  • John Oliver¬†as¬†Zazu, a hornbill who is the advisor to the King of the Pride Lands.
  • Keegan-Michael Key¬†as Kamari, an unhinged hysterical hyena who laughs a lot and is part of Scar’s henchmen.Image result for Keegan-Michael Key√ā¬†as Kamari,
  • Beyonc√©¬†as¬†Nala, Simba’s childhood best friend, and future love-interest.Image result for Beyonc√ɬ©√ā¬†as√ā¬†Nala,
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  • James Earl Jones¬†as¬†Mufasa, the king of the Pride Lands and the father of Simba. Jones reprises his role from the original 1994 animated film.Image result for James Earl Jones as Mufasa,

,¬†John Kani¬†voices¬†Rafiki, a wise mandrill who serves as the shaman of the Pride Lands and a close friend of Mufasa’s.Image result for ,√ā¬†John Kani√ā¬†voices√ā¬†Rafiki,

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Florence Kasumba¬†and¬†Eric Andre¬†portray as¬†Shenzi¬†and Azizi, two hyenas and Scar’s henchmen.Keegan-Michael Key¬†as Kamari, an unhinged hysterical hyena who laughs a lot and is part of Scar’s henchmen.Image result for Florence Kasumba and Eric Andre portray as Shenzi and Azizi,

While Shenzi is a character that featured in the original film, Azizi replaces Banzai from the original film.

Alfre Woodard¬†voices¬†Sarabi, queen of the Pride Lands, Mufasa’s mate, and Simba’s mother. Related image

The Lion King (musical)

The cast included Cornell John as Mufasa, Luke Youngblood as Young Simba, Dominique Moore as Young Nala, Martyn Ellis as Pumbaa, Simon Gregor as Timon, Rob Edwards as Scar, Paul J. Medford as Banzai and Josette Bushell-Mingo as Rafiki.

 

The Lion King¬†is a¬†musical¬†based on the 1994¬†Walt Disney Animation Studios’¬†animated feature film of the same name¬†with music by¬†Elton John, lyrics by¬†Tim Rice, and book by¬†Roger Allers¬†and¬†Irene Mecchi, along with additional music and lyrics by¬†Lebo M,¬†Mark Mancina,¬†Jay Rifkin,¬†Julie Taymor, and¬†Hans Zimmer.

Directed by Taymor, the musical features actors in animal costumes as well as giant, hollow puppets. The show is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions.

The musical debuted on July 8, 1997, in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the Orpheum Theatre and was an instant success before premiering on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theater on October 15, 1997, in many previews with the official opening on November 13, 1997.

On June 13, 2006, the Broadway production moved to the¬†Minskoff Theatre¬†to make way for the musical version of¬†Mary Poppins, where it is still running after more than 8,500 performances. It is Broadway’s¬†third longest-running show¬†in history, and has grossed more than $1 billion, making it the highest grossing Broadway production of all time.

Over 95 million people worldwide have seen the musical and it has earned numerous awards and honors, including six Tony Awards, one for Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical, making director Julie Taymor the first woman to earn such an honor.

The show opened in the¬†West End’s¬†Lyceum Theatre¬†on October 19, 1999, and is still running after more than 7,500 performances.

The cast of the West End production were invited to perform at the Royal Variety Performance in 1999 and 2008, in the presence of senior members of the British Royal Family.

 

In September 2014, The Lion King became the top-earning title in box-office history for both stage productions and films, surpassing the record previously held by The Phantom of the Opera.

The Lion King musical has grossed nearly $8.1 billion as of 2017

The cast included Cornell John as Mufasa, Luke Youngblood as Young Simba, Dominique Moore as Young Nala, Martyn Ellis as Pumbaa, Simon Gregor as Timon, Rob Edwards as Scar, Paul J. Medford as Banzai and Josette Bushell-Mingo as Rafiki.

 

Characters and original casts

The original principal casts of all major productions.

Character Original Broadway Cast Original West End Cast Original Johannesburg Cast Original German Cast Original Dutch Cast Original French Cast
Simba Jason Raize Roger Wright Andile Gumbi Gino Emnes Eti√ęnne Poeder J√©r√©my Fontanet
Scar John Vickery Rob Edwards Mark Rayment Marc Hetterle Hein van der Heijden Olivier Breitman
Mufasa Samuel E. Wright Cornell John Sello Maake-Kancube Michael Edward-Stevens Edwin Jonker Jean-Luc Guizonne
Nala Heather Headley Paulette Ivory Tsholo Monedi Senit Zadik Zadik Carolina Dijkhuizen Léah Vincent
Rafiki Tsidii Le Loka Josette Bushell-Mingo Buyisile Zama Velephi Patricia Mnisi Nomvula Dlamini Zama Magudulela
Timon Max Casella Simon Gregor Peter Mashigo Oliver Grice Mark Lauwrys Christian Abart
Pumbaa Tom Alan Robbins Martyn Ellis Pierre van Heerden Lakke Magnusson Marcel Jonker Fabrice de La Villehervé
Zazu Geoff Hoyle Gregory Gudgeon Lyall Ramsden Joachim Benoit Laus Steenbeeke David Eguren
Shenzi Tracy Nicole Chapman Stephanie Charles Candida Mosoma Anastasia Bain Peggy Sandaal Céline Languedoc
Banzai Stanley Wayne Mathis Paul J. Medford Simon Gwala Jerrel Houtsnee Jerrel Houtsnee Valery Rodriguez
Ed Kevin Cahoon Christopher Holt Michael Bagg Enrique Segura Mark Fleischmann Micka√ęl Viguier
Sarabi Gina Breedlove Dawn Michael Zoe Mthiyane Araba Walton Joanne Telesford Melina M’Poy
Young Simba Scott Irby-Ranniar Luke Youngblood Tshepiso Morake Otis Jacinto Revano Martodikromo Sofiane Ledhem
Young Nala Kajuana Shuford Dominique Moore Hlengiwe Maseko Malia Zoungrana Shanice Narain Ketsia Toto

Long Live The King: Disney’s live-action The Loin King

 Disney released the first trailer for  its live -action Lion King  Image result for live -action Lion King

Simba  and Nala will look a little different when they return to the big screen in 2019

¬†The trailer recreated many scenes from the animated movie and teased the return of¬† James Earl Jones as Mufasa Image result for mufasa and simbaSimba and¬†Mufasa.Image result for Glover was cast as the√ā¬† adult Simba√ā¬†

 

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Disney confirmed¬† the movie ‘s cast in last¬† November and it’s an all-star lineup of comedians, Hollywood vets, and even Beyonce¬†

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Jones Familiar voice opens up the first trailer for the movie 

¬†Last Week Tonight¬† host John Oliver will voice Mufasa’s Advisor Zazu¬†

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¬†Glover was cast as the¬† adult Simba¬† in February 2017 Image result for Glover was cast as the√ā¬† adult Simba√ā¬†¬†Simba needs to find himself before returning to the Pride Lands to take his place as king.

 Beyonce will play friend Рturned -love interest  Nala.

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can’t wait to see her interact with Simba,¬† Mufasa and go toe-to-toe with Scar.

Ejiofor played Mordo in Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange Writer Confirms Sequel Villain & Story Details

he confirmed that Nightmare – the ruler of the Nightmare Realm and Dream¬†Dimension – is going to be the villain for¬†Doctor Strange 2. This is something that¬†Derrickson’s has long expressed interest in, but now we know for certain that they intend to follow through. That decision does mean that Baron Mordo’s (Chiwetel Ejiofor) antagonistic turn at the end of the first movie won’t be the focus, but he’s still going to be very much involved. Cargill’s explanation for Mordo’s presence in the sequel could lead to a number of different outcomes. First off, it could mean that Mordo will be involved in helping Nightmare torment the regular world and come after Doctor Strange. But, there’s also the possibility that it could force Strange and Mordo, former friends turned enemies, to make an uneasy alliance to defeat him. Cargill actually elaborated on Mordo’s future, teasing that Marvel has major plans for Ejiofor¬†Ejiofor brought to the MCU in¬†Doctor Strange. Even though Cargill admits here that there’s not a guarantee that he and Derrickson will be the people to see this arc though, it once again shows Marvel’s planning when it comes to their growing cinematic universe. However it plays out for Cargill and Derrickson, they’ve clearly got plans for¬†Doctor Strange 2¬†that continue to build out the mystical side of this universe.Related image

 

He already started to go start to the dark side in¬† Doctor Strange so we will see him take on the role of Simba’s Uncle.

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Bohemian Rhapsody‚Äô is 20th century‚Äôs most streamed song

British band Queen‚Äôs most well-known tune ‚ÄúBohemian Rhapsody‚ÄĚ has become the 20th century‚Äôs most streamed song.Universal Music Group said the song has been streamed more than 1.6 billion times globally on streaming platforms such as Spotify. The song which was recorded in 1975 reached number one on the charts twice in the United Kingdom in the years 1975 and 1991, The Guardian reported.The song reached new popularity following the film ‚ÄúBohemian Rhapsody‚ÄĚ which chronicled the band‚Äôs success. The movie is also a success and has grossed more than $173 million domestically, according to Box Office Mojo. The film is currently in theaters and received a best picture drama Golden Globe nomination. Rami Malek, who portrayed Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the film, received a Golden Globe nomination as well.The band‚Äôs guitarist, Brian May, said in a statement that he was ‚Äúvery happy‚ÄĚ to hear the song was still successful.‚ÄúSo the river of rock music has metamorphosed into streams! Very happy that our music is still flowing to the max!‚ÄĚ May said in a statement, according to The Guardian.Other songs that were close to being the most streamed of the 20th century include Nirvana‚Äôs ‚ÄúSmells Like Teen Spirit‚ÄĚ and Guns N Roses‚Äô ‚ÄúSweet Child O‚ÄôMine.‚ÄĚ

The most anticipated books for 2019

most exciting releases heading your way. These are our most anticipated books of 2019.

We Came Here to Forget by Andrea Dunlop

Andrea Dunlop is back in the new year with her latest female lead, Katie Cleary. Katie has always dreamed of being the best skier, working with the best coaches and training with talented skiers. But when tragedy strikes, Katie leaves her home and travels to Buenos Aires where she restarts her life and finds new friends, lovers, and secrets.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

If this isn’t the most anticipated book of 2019, we don’t know what is. Daisy loves adventure and all aspects of rock and roll, spending her days as a teen and young adult with some of her favorite musicians. As her own music career starts to bud, she meets Billy Dunne, the lead singer of The Six and a soon-to-be father, which takes her down a path she hadn’t anticipated. Making music magic together, the two form a connection and relationship that’s unlike anything the world of rock and roll has ever seen


The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald

Abi Knight has just received news that her daughter Olivia has fallen from a bridge, leaving her brain dead. Even more challenging? Olivia was pregnant when she fell and now needs to be kept alive in order to save the baby. As Abi struggles with the terrible loss, she grapples with the thought that Olivia’s fall may not have been an accident and that someone intentionally hurt her daughter.


My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

In this thrilling story, reminiscent of Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Dexter, one married couple keeps their marriage alive by doing something together that’s completely unheard of… killing people. This debut novel is a chilling and surprising take on what would be an average 15-year marriage. The suburbs are anything but boring in My Lovely Wife.


The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

In this elegant and thrilling historical young adult novel, 1889‚Äôs Paris is brought to life in all of its glittering glamour.¬†S√©verin Montagnet-Alarie is one of the best when it comes to treasure hunting and when he promises the Order of Babel that he‚Äôll find him the ancient artifact he so desperately needs, he begins his most important adventure yet. Meeting a cast of unique characters along the way, S√©verin and his crew will see the true depths of Paris ‚Äď both the good and the evil.


Meet Cute by Helena Hunting

When Kailyn ends up in the arms of former actor Dax Hughes, she fangirls all over him, and professes her undying love. Surprisingly, he doesn’t run from her and the two become friends, until Dax betrays her in an unforgiving way. But now, Dax needs Kailyn’s help with a family issue. Casual meetings soon turn into flirty moments and Kailyn has to wonder if she’s bound once more for heartbreak?


The Lost Man by Jane Harper

When middle brother Cam is found dead in the isolating land of their family’s Australian cattle ranch, suspicions take hold. The two other brothers come together to keep the ranch alive, but will the isolation and grief that is bearing down on them all be too much to handle?


The Au Pair by Emma Rous

Twins Seraphine and Danny’s mother committed suicide the day they were born and their nanny ran away. Years later, after the twins’ father has died, Seraphine comes across a photo of her mother holding just one baby, taken on the day the twins were born. Who is this child, and what secrets have been kept about her life for all of these years?


The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray

Althea, the oldest of three sisters, has always been the one in charge. When she and her husband are arrested, the previously respected family becomes a disgrace in their community. Not exactly sure what has happened with their sister, Lillian and Viola take charge of Althea’s teenage daughters in their mother’s absence. This story of family and justice is the perfect book for anyone who loved An American Marriage. 


The Suspect by Fiona Barton

Kate Waters is a determined journalist who will do anything to get to the truth of a story. When two teenage girls go missing in Thailand, the story hits a bit too close to home. As Kate and the parents of the missing girls get closer to the truth, they’ll find that danger lives at home as well as far away. This twisty thriller is high up on our #TBR pile.


The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict

When Hedy marries an Austrian arms dealer to avoid the Nazi party, she flees to Hollywood to reinvent herself, although she kept a bigger secret than her marriage and heritage. She was a scientist who overheard the enemy’s plans and she had a big idea to help defeat the Nazis. If only the men would take a woman seriously.


The Editor by Steven Rowley

The author of Lily and the Octopus is back in 2019 with a riveting new novel about a writer’s big break. When James Smale’s manuscript is picked up by a top publishing house, he worries that his tell-all autobiography may disband his family indefinitely… but his editor thinks otherwise. As she pushes James to release the book, he’ll realize that his editor’s intentions may not be as pure as he thought.


Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

Everyone fell in love with the breakout hit How to Walk Away in 2018 and this upcoming August, Katherine Center brings readers another important women’s fiction novel. Cassie Hanwell has always been a strong woman, working as a firefighter in Texas. But when her mother needs her to move to Boston to take care of her, Cassie’s entire world is turned upside down. Having to adapt to a new firehouse, a new crew, and potential new love, she’ll have to figure out what she really wants from this new start.

Happy Fat by Sofie Hagen

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A call to arms from comedian Sofie Hagen on why we should be fighting back against toxic societal expectations of our bodies in a bid to reframe the way we look at with ourselves. A stark memoir about her own relationship with her body (spoiler alert: she hasn’t always loved it), and how she started to worry less about beauty standards and how we define self worth.

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Golden Child by Claire Adam

What would you do if you had to choose between saving your perfect son or the one who’s more problematic? The pulse-pounding second entry in Sarah Jessica Parker’s book imprint is a Sophie’s Choice-style novel set in Trinidad.

Available January 29.

Black Is the Body by Emily Bernard

Conceived while the author was hospitalized after being stabbed by a white man, these 13 formidable, destined-to-be-studied essays mark the emergence of an extraordinary voice on race in America.

Available January 29.

Merchants of Truth by Jill Abramson

The former New York Times managing editor and the first woman to serve as the paper’s Washington bureau chief has written a must-read opus at a time when the Fourth Estate has been named POTUS’s public enemy number one.

Available February 5.

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

We predict that the second novel by the author of The Hate U Give will also rocket to the top of the charts thanks to its singular blend of SoundCloud-savvy hip-hop with a heart.

Available February 5.

Magical Negro by Morgan Parker

The firebrand poet behind There Are Things More Beautiful Than Beyoncépens another lay-it-all-on-the-line volume of scorching verse.

Available February 5.

The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer

This buzzed-about debut set in a glittering 1930s Paris centers on the relationship between iconic photographer Man Ray and his real-life muse, Lee Miller, who yearned to be an artist in her own right.

The Source of Self-Regard by Toni Morrison

We didn’t need another reason to be awed by the Nobel Prize-winning author, but this staggeringly brilliant collection of nonfiction pieces on the creative process, race, and the role of the artist in society takes our breath away.

Available February 12.

The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

The fierce free-diving women on the Korean island of Jeju are the subject of Lisa See‚Äôs mesmerizing new historical novel that celebrates women‚Äôs strengths‚ÄĒand the strength of their friendships.

Available March 5.

The Path Made Clear by Oprah Winfrey

How do we find our purpose? The O of¬†O¬†offers a guide for activating your deepest, truest vision of yourself in her powerful new book in which she draws on her own experience‚ÄĒplus¬†that of luminaries across a wide array of fields. We obviously can’t wait for this one!

Available March 26.

Sing to It by Amy Hempel

 

The legendary short story writer returns with her first anthology‚ÄĒwhich includes several single-page vignettes and a novella-length work‚ÄĒin over a decade. We say hallelujah.

Available March 26.

Fifty Things That Aren’t My Fault by Cathy Guisewite

The creator of the iconic cartoon ‚ÄúCathy‚ÄĚ comes out of retirement to make us laugh, cry, and remind us‚ÄĒwith humor and pathos‚ÄĒthat yes, we all do stupid things yet live to tell the tale.

Available April 2.

Normal People by Sally Rooney

If¬†Conversations with Friends announced¬†Rooney as a major literary talent, her follow-up‚ÄĒan astute examination of class and love through the on-again-off-again relationship between two Irish teens‚ÄĒcements her place among the new vanguard.

Available April 16.

Lost and Wanted by Nell Freudenberger

What do physics and grief have in common? How can a scientist reckon with the inexplicable, for instance, the appearance of a ghost? These are but two of the big questions that power this intellectually rich and soulfully deep novel by one of our most talented fiction writers.

Available April 2.

Feast Your Eyes by Myla Goldberg

The author of¬†Bee Season‘s first novel in nearly a decade tells the story¬†of Lillian, whose passion for photography and desire to pursue her singular vision¬†scandalizes her family, prompts her arrest, and causes many to question whether she‚Äôs a good mother.¬†We say: Lillian, stay strong!

Available April 16.

Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan

The prize-winning British author of such sublime works as Atonement turns with the subversive Machines Like Me, a novel that features synthetic humans whose personalities can be designed. Hmm. When will this technology be ready for our consumption?

Available April 23.

The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates

How is one of the richest, most powerful women in the world using her time and money? Among other good works, sharing the stories of women who are lifting themselves out of poverty while explaining how she emerged from her husband’s shadow.

Available April 23.

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep

Harper Lee loved a good true-crime story‚ÄĒwitness her vital contributions to Truman Capote‚Äôs¬†In Cold Blood.¬†In Cep‚Äôs thrilling account of an Alabama murderer, his killer, and the lawyer who got them both off, we get to see the¬†To Kill a Mockingbird¬†author hot on the trail of some slippery characters while she struggles to write a worthy follow-up to her iconic novel.

Available May 7.

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

The¬†Eat, Pray, Love¬†author’s last novel, 2013‚Äôs¬†The Signature of All Things, was an epic feminist historical about a woman botanist who out-Darwined Charles Darwin. Now, Gilbert takes us to New York City in the glamorous 1940s, where the sex was plentiful and showgirls just wanted to have fun. Wherever Liz Gilbert goes, we‚Äôll follow.

Available June 4, 2019.

On Earth, We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Vuong follows his astonishing poetry collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, with a novel centered on the immense and complicated love a son has for his Vietnamese mother.

Available June 4.

Orange World and Other Stories by Karen Russell

A Pulitzer Prize finalist for her novel Swamplandia!, Russell returns to the short form with a collection in which, for one, a woman agrees to breastfeed the devil in exchange for her child’s protection.

Available June 18.

‘The Dreamers’ by Karen Thompson Walker
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A strange illness in this Southern California college town begins plaguing its citizens in this new novel from the New York Times bestselling author (Walker wrote 2012’s The Age of Miracles.) People begin falling into a deep state of sleep from which they can’t be woken up but are dreaming intensely as loved ones try to solve the mystery.

Release date: January 15

‘We Cast a Shadow’ by Maurice Carlos Ruffin
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In what¬†Roxane Gay called, ‚Äúan incisive and necessary work of brilliant satire,‚ÄĚ Ruffin‚Äôs new novel tells the story of a futuristic southern town where violent racism still persists in America, as told by a father and his biracial son.

Release date: January 29

 

The Lost Girls of Paris’ by Pam Jenoff
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In 1946 Manhattan, one woman discovers the secrets of a ring of female spies during the time of World War II. Jenoff, the bestselling author of The Orphan’s Tale, brings serious girl power to this story of brave women and the war.

Release date: February 5

You’d Be Mine’ by Erin Hahn
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If you’re still obsessing over A Star Is Born (because, same) you’ll love this new romance novel by Erin Hahn. Hahn tells the story of Annie Mathers, an heir to a country music fortune being pursued by bad-boy musician Clay Coolidge. When Annie joins him on tour, fans begin to obsess over a potential relationship, but Annie has her doubts about Clay’s past.

Release date: April 2

 

99 Percent Mine’ by Sally Thorne
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From the bestselling author of The Hating Game, Thorne brings us 99 Percent Mine, a comedic love story about Darcy and her secret infatuation with her twin brother’s best friend. Darcy attempts to navigate her feelings for the extremely-off-limits Tom while they work together to renovate her newly inherited cottage.

Release date: January 29

‘The Bride Test’ by Helen Hoang
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The sequel to 2018‚Äôs¬†The Kiss Quotientis *finally* here…almost. Hoang continues the story of the arranged relationship between Khai and Esme. As Esme attempts to teach Khai‚ÄĒwho is autistic‚ÄĒhow to love, she finds herself falling for him, all while knowing he could potentially never love her back.

Release date: May 7

‘An Anonymous Girl’ by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
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The writer duo who gave the world The Wife Between Us is sending another psychological thriller our way. Jessica Farris volunteers for a seemingly innocent psychology study with the very secretive Dr. Shields. The study escalates from a few personal questions to a manipulative charade, leaving Jessica more paranoid than ever and trying to escape.

Release date: January 8

‘The Suspect’ by Fiona Barton
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Bestselling author Barton weaves together the story of two 18-year-old girls who disappear on a trip to Thailand and Kate Waters, the journalist who attempts to find them. While working to solve the mystery of their kidnappings, Waters begins to unravel a few other unsolved mysteries in her own life.

Release date: January 22

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Evanovich has created a 2019 version of the classic My Fair Lady. Girl meets millionaire man. Girl hates millionaire man. Girl falls in love with millionaire man (I wish all love stories could be this simple.)

Release date: February 5