9 Industry Stories You May Have Missed This Week

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Disney’s live-action “Lion King” gets a Simba and Mufasa.
Donald Glover (creator and star of FX’s “Atlanta”) will play the titular king, and James Earl Jones will reprise the role he originated with his voice as Mufasa. (LA Times)

The first vice president of Actors’ Equity is stepping down.
After almost 11 years, Paige Price announced that she’ll resign as the first vice president of Actors’ Equity Association. A “fierce advocate for actors and stage managers across the country,” Price is taking on the role of producing artistic director at the Philadelphia Theatre Company. (Actors’ Equity)

Sterling K. Brown continues his incredible year.
The actor, whose starring roles in “The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story” and “This is Us” earned him NAACP Image Award and SAG Award nominations (as well as a Golden Globe nom for the former), has officially signed on to Shane Black’s “Predator” reboot (20th Century Fox). (Variety)

Demi Moore is returning to TV.
Moore will take on a recurring role in the next season of Fox’s “Empire” after her character—“a take-charge nurse with a mysterious past”—is introduced in the Season 3 finale. (Deadline)

READ: How to Get Cast on ‘Empire’

Women in film had a slightly better 2016.
A new report from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University found that “29 percent of protagonists in the top 100 box-office hits of 2016 were women, up from 22 percent in 2015.” (The New York Times)

A Japanese Pepsi commercial just won a Costume Designers Guild Award.
The long-form commercial, “Momotaro,” stars Jude Law and is actually pretty incredible. (Vulture)

Meet the behind-the-scenes women of color dominating the entertainment industry.
Erica Shelton Kodish (showrunner of BET’s “Being Mary Jane”), Janine Sherman Barrois (showrunner of TNT’s upcoming “Claws”), Gloria Calderón Kellett (showrunner of Netflix’s “One Day at a Time”), and Tanya Saracho (showrunner of Starz’s upcoming “Pour Vida”) talked about diversity in Hollywood and offered their best advice. (Refinery29)

“Bob’s Burgers” officially has a soundtrack.
Comprised of 112 tracks songs from the first 107 episodes of 20th Century Fox Television’s Emmy-award winning hit comedy, the album comes as part of limited-edition box set. (Behind Bob’s Burgers)

Richard Linklater made an ad opposing his home state’s anti-trans bathroom initiative.
In opposition to Texas’ proposed Texas Privacy act, Linklater wants everyone to let their local legislators know that they “pee with LGBT.” See for yourself. (And just to clarify, we also pee with LGBT.) (Slate)

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