“The Lion King” Has Its Zazu + More Industry News 7/10-7/14

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Are we actually going to get a Barbie movie?
After Amy Schumer dropped out of the project, rumors have been swirling over who will replace her. Apparently, an Oscar-winning actress is in talks, but your guess is as good as ours when it comes to which one. (New York Times)

Zoe Kazan recounts heinous on-set sexual harassment.
“There’s so much sexual harassment on set. And there’s no HR department, right? We don’t have a redress. We have our union, but no one ever resorts to that, because you don’t want to get a reputation for being difficult,” she said before recalling having to give “blowjob eyes” to producers and directors. (The Guardian)

Meet your new Zazu.
Jon Favreau’s upcoming live-action “The Lion King” just cast John Oliver as Zazu, joining Donald Glover (Simba), James Earl Jones (Mufasa), Billy Eichner (Timon), and Seth Rogen (Pumbaa). (EW)

Top-grossing movies showed a ton of tobacco use last year.
From 2015 to 2016, depictions of smoking and tobacco use increased by 80 percent. (CDC)

Bless my soul, Herc is on a roll...to Broadway.
Disney’s 1997 movie about the Greek demigod may be headed to the stage if composer Alan Menken has anything to say about it. He told the “Orange County Register” that he’s working on a stage adaptation. (Broadway World)

Andy Serkis believes performance-capture acting should be award-worthy.
With his latest role in “War for the Planet of the Apes,” the actor again makes a case for Academy recognition. (New York Times)

Daniel Craig will likely play Bond for a fifth time.
Sorry, Idris. (Vulture)

The voice of Kermit the Frog was fired by Disney and the story is so sad.
Steve Whitmire, who took over as the voice of Kermit after Jim Henson died, has been involved with the Muppets for almost 40 years. Last year, he was fired. Now he’s speaking out and Disney should really consider re-hiring this guy. (Steve Whitmire)

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