Beyonce Top Choice To Voice Nala In ‘Lion King’ Remake

Beyonce is director Jon Favreau’s top choice to voice Nala in the upcoming remake, but insiders stress that the Grammy winner has not made a decision regarding the film yet. (VAR)

Sony Nabs Rights To Graphic Novel ‘My Favorite Thing Is Monsters’

Sony Pictures has won the rights to the graphic novel My Favorite Thing is Monsters, the debut graphic novel from Emil Ferris. There were reportedly a number of studios making offers for the critically-acclaimed property.  (CS)

Cressida Cowell’s ‘Wizards Of Once’ Enchants DreamWorks

DreamWorks Animation has secured the rights to Cressida Cowell’s upcoming fantasy novel series The Wizards of Once. The first book will hit shelves through Hodder Children’s Books (UK) and Little Brown Books for Young Readers (US) this fall. (AM)

Netflix Sets First Animated Film ‘America’; Channing Tatum Voicing George Washington

Netflix has stepped up to finance America: The Motion Picture, an R-rated revisionist history tale about the founding of the country, with Channing Tatum voicing the lead role of George Washington. Dave Callaham wrote the script, and Matt Thompson is directing. (DH)

Mindy Kaling Announces Final Season Of ‘The Mindy Project’

The Mindy Project will return this September on Hulu for its sixth — and final — season. (EW)

Amazon Studios Banks On Indie Auteurs At CinemaCon Preview

Digital disruptor Amazon turns out to be more wedded to the theater experience than some of the major studios. (IW)

CinemaCon: Lionsgate Presentation Recap

Lionsgate’s presentation started with a reel of the successful 2016 films which earned more Oscar nominations than any other studio. 2017’s The Commuter, Acrimony, How to be a Latin Lover, The Big Sick, All Eyes On Me, The Castle, and more round out the reel. (CB)

Windows, Worries And The Rock: 5 Takeaways From CinemaCon

Over four days at the Las Vegas convention for theater owners, the studios showed off their summer fare and awards hopefuls while windowing debates continued as the theatrical experience shape-shifts. (THR)

Cancellation Anxiety Intensifies: 10 Shows In Danger Of Getting The Ax

As the 2016-17 TV season winds down, the major broadcast networks will be forced to decide the fate of their remaining bubble series.  (TVL)

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