The Lion King stage musical has officially become the highest grossing entertainment production in any media in the world. The theatre version of the hit Disney film, featuring music by Sir Elton John and Sir Tim Rice, opened in 1997 and recently became the first Broadway show to rack up $1 billion in profits, and now the musical has roared its way into the record books once more by earning $6.2 billion in worldwide box office sales.
Data compiled by Disney bosses reveal touring and international versions of the show have now been seen by more than 75 million people in 22 global productions.
The figure - which does not include merchandise sales - places The Lion King, directed by Julie Taymor, ahead of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, which has played to audiences around the globe and brought in $6 billion in show profits since its launch in 1986.
Disney chief Thomas Schumacher says, "It's difficult not to become emotional at this realisation of the show's impact.
"Our goal then was to tell the story purely and theatrically so that audiences could feel it in their hearts. And, to this day, that is the audience experience, whether they see the show in Madrid; Appleton, Wisconsin; South Africa; Tokyo or Broadway. Of that, we are deeply proud."
You're Beautiful singer James Blunt and his new bride Sofia Wellesley celebrated their nuptials at a party in Mallorca, Spain on Friday (19Sep14). The 40-year-old pop star exchanged vows with his bride at a private ceremony at a registry office in Campanet, where Wellesley's father owns a property, earlier this month (Sep14), and the newlyweds celebrated with family members and friends on Friday.
Blunt became engaged to Wellesley, the granddaughter of the eighth Duke of Wellington, in December (13).
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The Maze Runner has chased down Liam Neeson's A Walk Among The Tombstones to top the North American box office.
The first film adaptation of author James Dashner's dystopian novels debuts with $32.5 million (£20.3 million), prompting studio bosses at 20th Century Fox to greenlight a sequel, Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, for release next autumn (Sep15).
Meanwhile, Neeson's latest action thriller is a distant second with a disappointing $13.1 million (£8.2 million) opening week, while star-studded comedy drama This Is Where I Leave You is also new at three with an $11.9 million (£7.4 million) haul. Last week's top film, Idris Elba's No Good Deed, falls to four, followed by Dolphin Tale 2 at five.
Ryan Reynolds has been tipped to reprise his X-Men mutant character Deadpool in a long-delayed spin-off movie after studio bosses set a 2016 release for the highly-anticipated film. The actor portrayed the comic book killer, aka Wade Wilson, in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but plans to shoot a stand-alone film for Deadpool stalled amid fears the script was too dark and violent for Hollywood executives.
Reynolds previously commented, "I love Deadpool and there is a script that's in development. But it's so, so far into the R-rated zone... it's a nearly NC-17 world and I just don't know if the studio would ever risk their reputation doing it."
Old test footage of Reynolds as Deadpool leaked online this summer (14) and garnered positive reviews from fans, and the response appears to have convinced Fox chiefs to finally move forward with the project, setting a February, 2016 release date.
Reynolds has yet to officially sign on for the project, but he is expected to return for Deadpool, which will be directed by Tim Miller in his feature film debut.
Reynolds is no stranger to the comic book world - he previously portrayed Green Lantern in the 2011 box office flop, opposite his now-wife Blake Lively.
The true mark of a good romance movie is the cry factor. If you cry a little, then it was a good movie. If you cry a lot, then it was a great movie. These movies all made you sob, at least once, even if it was just for a minute (or the whole 3 hours...).
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Romantic because: They're polar opposites, but obvious soulmates, even after years apart. Despite their differences and arguments, Noah and Allie fall in love with each other so deeply, nothing can change that, and they'd be anything for each other: "If you're a bird, I'm a bird."
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: The fact that Noah kept this notebook for Allie and read it to her every single day after developing Alzheimers, even on the days she didn't recognize him (most days).
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GIPHY/20th Century Fox
Romanitc because: Jack and Rose fall for each other despite their very obvious differences in class and personality. It's a whirlwind romance, spanning less than a week in time, that eclipses the major point of the movie -- the boat sinking.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: Jack giving up his life so that Rose can live, telling her to "Never let go."
Bonus: Seeing them reunited after Rose passes away in her 90's and they're young again. We're all still sobbing through the pain.
Sleepless In Seattle
Romantic because: You know why it's romantic - finding love again after losing someone. But what makes this movie sweet is the fact that Jonah cares so much about his father, he'd do anything to make sure he's happy again, which leads to a new relationship.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: That meeting at the top of the Empire State Building (which is an awesome reference to a reunion between Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr in An Affair to Remember).
A Walk To Remember
Romantic because: What isn't lovable about the bad boy falling for the sweet, reserved Christian girl? Especially when she's told him not to fall in love with her. Landon changes for the better because of this relationship and becomes the adorable boyfriend who wants to fulfill his girlfriend's tame bucket list.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: Jamie walking down the aisle at her and Landon's wedding, despite how sick she is. Then the blow to our hearts was delivered and we couldn't handle things.
Romantic because: Summer romance, parents who don't understand, an older boy...it's all appealing to the teenage girl who wants a relationship like that. Baby and Johnny's dancing also makes everyone's lives a littler steamier.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: "Nobody puts baby in a corner."
When Harry Met Sally
Romantic because: Who doesn't want to wind up with their best friend? Okay, maybe not everyone, but it's kind of ideal if you've got a best friend who is of the sex you're attracted to.
The most romantic aspect: They actually wind up together. Friends can become lovers and it's not weird.
Romantic because: It shows that not every relationship is even closely alike and that even though it's a movie and going to have a happy ending as a romance, you don't have to mirror your relationship based off of someone else. You can have your own.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: Andrew Lincoln's poster board scene (that he will never live down, no matter how many walkers he kills on The Walking Dead).
You've Got Mail
Romantic because: Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Just kidding (not really). It's a film that not only brought online dating to the forefront way before it's time, but it also highlights how big business effects personal stores, but that those people behind everything aren't all bad.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: "I wanted it you be you." PASS THE TISSUES!
Romantic because: She might be a prositute, but the film nevers takes on a nature that would ever make you think she's immoral. It's also kind of hilarious, yet sweet, for the man to hire her as his escort to fall in love with her.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: When he shows up at her apartment, instead of going to the airport, and he climbs the fire escape with a bouquet of roses clutched between his teeth.
P.S. I Love You
Romantic because: Holly finding out what Gerry has left for her after his passing, to help ease her pain. Even though we only see their relationship in snippets as she grieves, this movie beautifully portrays the love that Gerry had for his wife.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: The whole movie? Yup, the whole freaking thing. If you weren't a wreck after this movie, you might need to get your soul checked out.
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The fierce rivalry between America's Republican and Democratic party leaders has prompted actor Rob Lowe to abandon his dreams of a career in politics. The 50 year old, who portrayed White House staffer Sam Seaborn in political drama The West Wing, has previously admitted he would love to one day run for office, revealing he'd love to "serve" his country.
In 2011, he stated, "My experience of politicians is that people who serve are doing it for the right reasons. There are, however, idiots in both parties (Democrats and Republicans)."
However, Lowe has since had a change of heart after witnessing the political stalemate that continues to seriously impede progress on tightened gun laws, affordable healthcare and other fiscal-related legislation during President Barack Obama's time in office.
Lowe, a self-described "liberal Democrat", tells The New York Times, "The tenor in this country is so... I can't think of any other word than 'gross'... Running would be hard to do.
"For the first time in my life... I don't idealise or romanticise running for office and that's really sad."
However, it hasn't stopped Lowe from playing a politician onscreen - he portrayed assassinated U.S. President John F. Kennedy in 2013 TV movie Killing Kennedy.
The only way you could possibly understand any of these issues is if you're from Tree Hill. Since, there is only One Tree Hill and it's your home.
1. When you're trying to join the basketball team, but your half brother (that lives with your asshole dad who pretends you don’t exist) is being a total dick:
2. When you try to help out a pretty girl and she verbally attacks you:
3. When you’re just trying to tutor someone and they’re all like “Don’t say I never gave you anything”:
4. When you tell your best friend that you’re just tutoring his asshole half-brother, but wind up marrying him:
5. When you're trying to give the valedictorian speech at your high school graduation, but your water breaks:
6. When you try to go to your senior prom, but your psycho stalker won't let you:
7. When you picked the boys you want, put them on the door, and your then best friend totally disregards everything:
“Peyton! He’s on the DAMN DOOR under me!”
8. When you love a guy and want your best friend to be happy for you, but they love him too, and things get real complicated:
9. When you're trying to get a heart transplant, but a dog steals and eats your new heart:
10. When you're just trying to casually attend a wedding but get kidnapped by your crazy nanny:
11. When you decide it's a good idea to marry one of three girls you've loved, call them, and ask them to meet you at the airport so you can fly to Vegas:
12. When you think it's a good idea to get married in high school and then are shocked when things don't work out perfectly:
13. When you just want to be friends with people and they decide to always leave:
14. When you're just trying to have a nice day on the beach but someone tries to baptize you:
15. When you were always trying to be a really diligent student but your sisters were secretly getting you high:
16. When you're trying to have a normal relationship with your boyfriend but then the stalker that looks like his dead wife decides to shoot you:
17. When your trying to enjoy your wedding day, but the limo flips over a bridge:
18. When you can’t understand why you’re dad is weirded out that your Nanny Deb is dating your Uncle Skills:
19. When you totally forget you have a kid and your kid is like “WTF are you talking about dad?”:
20. When you’re just trying to come home to wife and kids and get kidnapped:
Scott boys, getting kidnapped like it's nobody's business.
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Michael Ball drew huge crowds when he was spotted busking in Harrogate, England on Tuesday (16Sep14). The veteran crooner performed Pharrell Williams' hit single Happy and attracted a large audience of spectators.
Ball's stunt was filmed by a camera crew prompting speculation he was shooting a new music video.
An onlooker tells local newspaper the Harrogate Advertiser, "He was just sat there drumming on a bucket and singing. Someone in the office recognised him and we had a Google to check. He was quite good!"
Ball was rewarded for his hard work with a free coffee from a nearby cafe. The owner adds, "He was lovely and very polite."
"You're up against the heavyweights, Thomas - now go to bed!" Liam Neeson offers his Love Actually stepson Thomas Brodie-Sangster a few words of warning as the two actors prepare to go head to head at the U.S. box office this weekend (beg19Sep14). Neeson is the star of action thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones, while the grown-up child star is among the ensemble cast of The Maze Runner.
'Lip Sync Battles' are BACK! One of the most infamous segments on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon came back last night, with musically talented guests (and The Voice judges) Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton. Every night, we watch Fallon's show fully expecting things of this nature, but we are still always surprised by how hilarious they are. In this competition to out do each other, who do you think will win? We have yet to watch a Lip Sync Battle in which Jimmy Fallon has won. Do you think this will change?Watch the Lip Sync Battle now and decide:
And once again, Jimmy lost. Sorry Jimmy, we love you for giving us this awesome segment, but you guests can seriously out do you. If only we all could be like Blake and have Jimmy hold our champagne while we bust out some stellar tap dancing moves. Somehow, Blake manages to Lip Sync with a Southern drawl and we love it so much.
Gwen Stefani easily had us rooting for her when she dacned all on Jimmy and had the host cracking up. But when she broke out the Lip Sync for Lionel Richie and Blake Shelton did his best Diana Ross, we knew they had changed this game forever with their duet of "Endless Love." Game over!
We have to credit Jimmy on his rendition of Ellie Goulding's "Burn." He's got a lot of heart. One day we hope to see him win.
Who do you think killed it in this Lip Sync Battle? Tweet us your thoughts!
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