The project is in good hands: director Jon Favreau, who not only called the shots with the Jungle Book, which made more than $960 million worldwide, but also the blockbusters Iron Man and Iron Man 2.
The filmmaker tweeted his feelings earlier Wednesday morning, with a simple: "Excited about my next project," followed with a lion and a crown emoji. Minutes later, however, the actor-director-writer deleted the post, perhaps having realizing he'd jumped the gun with the official press release on the film.
He later re-posted it.
There's no release date yet for The Lion King, but Disney's next live-action adaptation, Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson as Belle, hits theaters March 17, 2017. Favreau is also working on a sequel to The Jungle Book.
ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW JERSEY) -- Comedy has a new king: Kevin Hart.
Forbes magazine's list of the highest paid comedians in the world shows the diminutive funnyman is a giant when it comes to earning power, dethroning comedy's long-time king of the hill, Jerry Seinfeld, with a haul between June 2015 and June 2016 of $87.5 million. Hart's huge haul is mainly due to his heavy touring schedule.
Seinfeld, whose yearly take includes extremely lucrative syndication and other deals for his eponymous sitcom, was bumped to a distant second place, with $43.5 million in that same time period.
Amy Schumer is the only woman on the list, with an impressive $17 million, 4th-place finish. In fact, she's the first woman ever to make the list, if you can believe it.
Here's the Forbes list of highest-paid comics, and their estimated earnings for the survey period:
1. Kevin Hart ($87.5 million) 2. Jerry Seinfeld ($43.5 million) 3. Terry Fator ($21 million) 4. Amy Schumer ($17 million) 5. Jeff Dunham ($13.5 million) 6. Dave Chappelle ($13 million) 7. Jim Gaffigan ($12.5 million) 8. Gabriel Iglesias ($9.5 million) 9. Russell Peters ($9 million) 10. John Bishop ($7 million)
Speaking of touring, Hart's new concert movie, Kevin Hart: What Now?, opens October 14.
Scott Kowalchyk/CBS(NEW YORK) -- Sean Pennoffered some, shall we say, interesting comments on the presidential race during his appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night.
The outspoken Oscar winner was asked by host Stephen Colbert for his take on the presidential debate, held the previous night. Penn indicated that he didn’t watch, adding it was more of a social debate than a presidential debate.
“You can go out and vote in a very big way for someone like Hillary Clinton, who then you can challenge and support, which is the only way that any kind of president can have any success, and you stick it out for four years,” he said.
Then, presumably referring to Clinton’s opponent, Donald Trump, he said, “Or we can just masturbate our way into hell with a guy who...looks like the only blond magician.”
Colbert joked, “If you’re referring to Trump, I don’t think he could actually masturbate his way to hell because his hands are too small.” Penn replied, “Proportional match.”
Penn is no stranger to controversial figures, having spent time with the likes of the late former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Cuba's Raul Castro, and Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. Penn said of meeting leaders like Chavez, “I’m just interested.”
Penn was on The Late Show to promote the Pappy Pariah audiobook on Audible that he narrates, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff.
Han Myung-Gu/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Brad Pitt will not be walking the red carpet today, his camp has confirmed to ABC Radio.
The actor, who narrates Terrence Malick's documentary, Voyage of Time, is skipping the film's premiere as a result of recent events that have taken place in his personal life.
Last week, news broke that Pitt's relationship with his partner of more than a decade, actress Angelina Jolie, had ended.
"Terrence’s Voyage of Time is an incredibly beautiful and unique experiential IMAX film for children and families chronicling the birth of time," Pitt said in a statement. "I'm very grateful to be part of such a fascinating and educational project, but I’m currently focused on my family situation and don’t want to distract attention away from this extraordinary film, which I encourage everyone to see."
On September 19, Jolie, who had been married to Pitt for two years, filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. She also indicated that she wants physical custody of the couple's six children, Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8.
"I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids," Pitt said in a statement the next day.
Then, ABC News confirmed through sources that the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services and the FBI were investigating a claim of child abuse made against the 52-year-old actor. Sources close to Pitt said that he is not guilty of child abuse, though he did have a verbal argument while aboard a plane. It was not clear with which child or children he fought.
However, there "was no inappropriate physical contact," the sources said.
A representative for Pitt did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment about the premiere.
Nolan Neal returns to "The Voice"; Tyler Golden/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- TheVoice aired more blind auditions Tuesday night, with coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys battling one another for artists.
The show was capped with the triumphant return of a hopeful from last season who had his pick of the four coaches.
Here's what happened during the two-hour episode:
Aaron Gibson, 25, of Atlanta, got things started with a slowed-down version of "Losing My Religion" by R.E.M., who hail from another city in Georgia: Athens. Blake, Miley and Alicia all turned around. Blake, as usual, touted his track record on the show, and at one point took out a megahorn to playfully poke fun at Miley. Alicia noted how "soulful" Aaron's voice is, while Miley mentioned that, like Aaron, her vocals are "gravelly." Miley won Aaron's services.
Simone Gundy convinced Adam and Miley to press their buttons with "I (Who Have Nothing)," made famous by the likes of Ben E. King and Shirley Bassey. She's with Team Adam now.
Josh Gallagher of Nashville took the stage with "Stay a Little Longer" by the Brothers Osborne. He had his choice of either Blake or Alicia. When Blake and Adam engaged in their usual bickering, Josh joked, "Y'all are so cute together." Blake promoted his experience in Nashville. Not surprisingly, Josh picked Blake.
It was another battle between Blake and Alicia overGabriel Violett -- who appeared in the original Broadway production of Spring Awakening -- following his take on Shawn Mendes' "Treat You Better." Alicia said Gabriel evoked a feeling as if being "wrapped in the arms." Blake admitted that he and Gabriel may not be the best fit stylistically, but argued that he recognized the singer's passion. Gabriel joined Team Alicia.
Alicia also picked up Michael Sanchez after he sang Bill Withers' "Use Me."
Darby Walker put her own spin on the Ben E. King classic "Stand By Me," which had Miley singing along. All of the coaches except for Adam made a bid for Darby. "I want you on my team so bad," Miley said, adding that they have similar vocal styles. To prove her point, Miley duetted with Darby on Dolly Parton's "Jolene." Not to be outdone, Alicia walked onto the stage to sing her hit, "No One," with Darby. Darby selected Miley as her coach.
If Darby's segment seemed familiar to you, it's because it was previously featured in the preview episode that aired after NBC's coverage of the Summer Olympics closing ceremony in August.
Austin Allsup is the son of musician Tommy Allsup, who in 1959 nearly flew on the plane carrying Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson that crashed, killing all three. Austin performed "Wild Horses" by The Rolling Stones. Austin bonded with Blake over the fact that he and his now-coach played a show together back in 2005.
Khaliya Kimberlie, 16, took on Kelsea Ballerini's "Dibs." Miley issued an extended plea, leading Blake to joke that the show should be renamed "Miley's Voice." Khaliya was added to Team Miley.
Cooper Bascom gave what he described as a "Mumford and Sons" vibe to The Proclaimers' "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)." He was unable to land a spot on one of the four teams.
Halle Tomlinson, 18, is a former star of the Barney & Friends children's series and an instructor at a School of Rock. She sang "New York State of Mind," then had her choice of either Adam or Alicia. Alicia was happy to hear a song about her native New York, adding that it was effortless on Halle's part. Adam said there are things she can work on, but she has a lot of potential. Halle is now a member of Team Alicia.
The episode concluded with Nolan Neal, who auditioned last season but was passed over by the coaches at the time. Song choice was the issue back then, but he redeemed himself this time around with his take onElton John's "Tiny Dancer." All four coaches turned around for him. Blake recognized Nolan, but it seemed Adam needed to have his memory jogged. The Maroon 5 frontman argued that Nolan should join him because he gave him advice during Nolan's previous audition. Alicia referred to Nolan as a "classic all-timer." Nolan joined Team Adam.
The blind auditions will wrap up next Monday and Tuesday night on NBC.
ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) -- Former Texas Governor Rick Perry was sent packing from Dancing with the Stars Tuesday night after just three weeks of competition.
During his time on the show, the 66-year-old former longtime governor, who twice unsuccessfully sought the Republican Party’s nomination for president, turned in ebullient routines that pleased the audience but which judges found lacking in polish, artistry and technical ability.
After he learned his fate Perry hugged his pro partner, Emma Slater, then said he participated on the show to highlight veterans’ issues, and invited viewers to find a veterans cause to support.
“My daughter’s getting married October 15th and I can promise you I will look good on the dance floor for her,” Perry said, referring to the instruction he had received on the show.
Perry was among six celebrities who found themselves in jeopardy Monday night after a first-ever face-off episode that had the contenders and their pro partners dancing against each other in sets of two, with each contestant in the matchup performing the same style of dance to different songs.
The winners of the individual matchups earned immunity from elimination. The politician ended up in jeopardy after losing his paso doble battle with rapper Vanilla Ice.
Backstage after getting the boot, Perry was asked by ABC Radio if him being voted off early meant bad things for the Republican nominee in the presidential race.
Perry said, "I think you might be making a little bit of a stretch connecting those two. Donald Trump will be elected president on his skill of talking about how to get this country back on track economically, militarily and security-wise. It ain't got a thing to do with my dancing."
Slater told ABC Radio that perhaps Perry's fans were preoccupied Monday night.
"Had it maybe not been a political debate on that same night, there would have been more, you know, people wanting to see Rick in the show, watching at that time."
Tuesday night’s show featured a replay of each of Monday’s night’s routines, plus live performances from Florida Georgia Line and Fitz and The Tantrums. With regular co-host Erin Andrews absent from the show due to a death in her boyfriend’s family, pro dancer and two-time Dancing mirror ball champion Kym Johnson Herjavec filled in as co-host alongside Tom Bergeron.
ABC/Ida Mae Astute(LOS ANGELES) -- Gigi Hadid has addressed criticism that she was wrong to fight back against a former TV reporter who manhandled her last week.
In an interview with Lena Dunham for her newsletter, Lenny Letter, Hadid said that her reaction was automatic, and that she doesn't regret attempting to elbow Vitalii Sediuk.
Her first thought at the time, she added, was, "Get me out of this situation."
"Honestly, I felt I was in danger, and I had every right to react the way I did. If anything, I want girls to see the video and know that they have the right to fight back, too, if put in a similar situation," she said. "Practicing self-defense is important so that when you're in the moment, reacting from muscle memory comes more naturally to you than freezing up. Confidence in your own ability to defend yourself comes with educating yourself about it, and is a massive advantage when in an unsafe situation."
Last week, Sediuk, who has pulled similar stunts in the past, attempted to grab Hadid outside the Max Mara show at Milan Fashion Week. Hadid, 21, screamed, "Let go of me!" and attempted to run after him, though her bodyguards held her back.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Sediuk confirmed his involvement in the incident and said he did it in "protest," saying Hadid has "nothing to do with high fashion."
After the photos and video of the incident went viral, Hadid said her mother, reality TV star Yolanda Foster, praised her for trusting her instincts.
"It sounds cliché to say it, but in the moment, it wasn't heroic to me. It was just what I had to do. It's very touching to me that people see it that way," Hadid continued. "I know people are put in much worse situations every day and don't have the cameras around that provoke social-media support. I just want to use what happened to me to show that it's everyone's right, and it can be empowering, to be able to defend yourself."
(LOS ANGELES) -- Sam Sotoodeh and Barzeen Soroudi, the two men who were arrested after rushing the stage to protest Olympian Ryan Lochte during a live performance of Dancing with the Stars, have been charged.
According to documents obtained by ABC Radio, the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office filed criminal complaints against Sotoodeh, 59, and Soroudi, 25, charging each man with leaving a spectator area and entering a stage and interfering with a performance -- both Los Angeles Municipal Code violations.
The maximum each could face if convicted is six months in jail and a one thousand dollar fine.
The pair, who screamed "Liar" and tore open their shirts to reveal the name Lochte with a slash through it, told ABC News after their arrests that their intention was not to hurt Lochte. They said they just believed he embarrassed Americans by exaggerating a story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro during the Summer Olympics.
ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Tom Hanks made one couple's wedding day especially memorable after he crashed their photo shoot in Central Park this weekend.
The bride and groom, Elizabeth and Ryan, were accompanied by New York City-based photographer Meg Miller Saturday when Hanks approached them in the park and posed for pictures.
"Can we get a photo with you?" the stunned bride asked, as Hanks kissed her hand. "By all means," he said graciously.
"Ryan, you're a lucky man, Elizabeth: you've done well for yourself," the multiple Academy Award-winner said, noting he's also an ordained minister, "If the guy cancels, let me know."
Hanks, who is very active on social media, insisted on taking a selfie for himself -- and with the little ring bearer and flower girl. He later posted, "Elizabeth and Ryan! Congrats and blessings! Hanx."
"The wedding's over, guys," one guest laughed.
"We just peaked," the very blushing bride agreed.
"We were photographing the bride and groom in Central Park and a guy on a jog started to slow down near the couple, he leaned in close as he took off his hat and sunglasses and said, 'Hi, I am Tom Hanks' while reaching out to shake the grooms [sic] hand," photographer Miller wrote in an email to ABC News.
ABC News reached out to Elizabeth and Ryan, but the couple is currently on their honeymoon.
Hanks made headlines last year when he found a Fordham University student's ID while on another jaunt in Central Park, and managed to use Twitter to find the young woman and get her card back to her.
Justin Stephens/Comedy Central(NEW YORK) -- Amy Schumer is definitely a good sport.
She was rooting for the New York Mets at Citi Field on Sunday with her boyfriend, Ben Hanisch, and father, Gordon Schumer, when the stadium's kiss cam zeroed in on the star.
The Inside Amy Schumer star was more than willing to oblige. First, she turned to her dad to give him a sweet peck on the cheek. Then, she turned to Hanisch, threw off her hat and sunglasses and proceeded to make out with him.
Schumer's dream came true courtesy of Jerry Seinfeld and his wife Jessica, who invited the comedian and her family to join them in their private box at Citi Field. Jonah Hill and Matthew Broderick also stopped by.
Alessandra Benedetti -- Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts have separated after 11 years together.
The couple made the announcement in a joint statement on Monday.
"Over the past few months we've come to the conclusion that the best way forward for us as a family is to separate as a couple," Schreiber and Watts said in the statement. "It is with great love, respect, and friendship in our hearts that we look forward to raising our children together and exploring this new phase of our relationship.
"While we appreciate your curiosity and support, we ask the press to be mindful of our children and respect their right to privacy," the statement concluded.
Schreiber, 48 and Watts, 47, have been together since 2005. They have two sons, age 9 and 7.
Schreiber and Watts both appear in the film The Bleeder, a biopic on boxer Chuck Wepnerthat's due out next year.
Schreiber currently stars in the Showtime series Ray Donovan. Watts is a two-time Oscar nominee whose recent credits include the Divergent films Insurgent and Allegiant.
Calvin Johnson Jr. and Lindsay Arnold; ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) -- In the first-ever “Face-Off” night on Dancing with the Stars Monday night, competitors performed in groups of two against each other, doing the same dance style to different songs.
The celebrity who won each matchup won immunity from elimination, leaving six couples in jeopardy going into Tuesday night's two-hour results show. The couple with the lowest combined total of judges’ scores and viewer votes will be eliminated.
Actor Jake T. Austin, the former star of Wizards of Waverly Place, became the first celebrity of season 23 to be eliminated when he got the boot last week.
Monday Night's Matchups:
Jana Kramer v. Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds: Kramer, the One Tree Hill actress, won her jive matchup with Edmonds by a single point, earning 26 out of a possible 40 points to Edmonds’ 25.
Vanilla Ice (Robert Van Winkle) v. Rick Perry: This paso doble battle ended in a tie, with both Van Winkle and Perry earning 23 points each. Head judge Len Goodman broke the tie by choosing Van Winkle as the winner.
James Hinchcliffe v Ryan Lochte: Hinchcliffe’s cha cha earned him 29 points to Lochte’s 25.
Calvin Johnson Jr. v. Terra Jolé: The football player emerged victorious after dueling Viennese waltzes, earning 32 points to Jolé’s 30.
Maureen McCormick v. Amber Rose: McCormick and Rose’s salsa showdown ended with McCormick on top with 28 points to Rose’s 25.
Laurie Hernandez v. Marilu Henner: Hernandez's tango took the top spot, with 31 points to Henner's 28.
Backstage, the night's high scorer, Johnson, was feeling great, telling ABC Radio, "I expect to do well but at the same time I didn't think we were going to get all 8's like we did."
Conversely, Perry was hurting, and not just because he could get sent home on the results show. "Nothing's broken, it's just kind of sore. It's all good," he said.
The two-hour results show airs Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Josh Halverson auditions on “The Voice”; Tyler Golden/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- TheVoice coaches continued to add artists to their teams Monday night, as week two of the blind auditions began.
Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and new coaches Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys listened to six hopefuls during the one-hour episode. All of the coaches except Blake landed at least one artist, with Adam and Miley gaining two.
Here's what happened:
Bindi Liebowitz won over both Adam and Blake with her rendition of the Jazmine Sullivan song "Bust Your Windows." Adam pleaded with her, "I love you. I need you." Blake played the "I've won more seasons than Adam has" card. Bindi chose Adam as her coach.
Zack Hicks was unable to convince any of the coaches to turn around with his version of "At This Moment," originally by Billy Vera & The Beaters.
Elia Esparza took a risk by singing in Spanish. It paid off, drawing interest from Adam, Blake and Miley with her cover of Selena's "Como la Flor." Adam thought that there was room for improvement, but that it was a refreshing performance. Miley touted the fact that, unlike Adam and Blake, she had no trouble pronouncing Elia's name. Elia went with Adam, citing the fact that he was the first to turn around.
Lane Mack, whose uncle is a Grammy-nominated Cajun and zydeco musician, took on "Every Day I Have the Blues," made famous by B.B. King, among others. Miley sensed that they had similar taste in music, and she scooped him up for her team.
Karlee Metzger was up next with her take on the Regina Spektor tune "Samson." Miley and Blake both pushed their buttons. Miley was eager to break Karlee out of her shyness. Miley will have that opportunity going forward.
Texan Josh Halverson closed out the show with a performance of Bob Dylan's "Forever Young." In the final moments, Blake, Miley and Alicia all turned around. Miley said she felt wrapped up in what Josh was singing. Alicia said she pressed her button because she knows what good music feels like. Adam endorsed Blake as the right coach for Josh. "Look at how powerful you are, you built a bridge between us," Blake joked to Josh about his friendly rival Adam. Josh landed on Team Alicia.
The blind auditions continue Tuesday night on NBC with a two-hour episode. It begins at 8 p.m. ET.
ABC/Stephen Iervolino(NEW YORK) -- Priyanka Chopra is getting her share of big-time movie offers, but the Bollywood superstar-turned Quantico lead found one script she knew she HAD to do: a big-screen adaptation of Baywatch.
"There were a lot of interesting movie offers that came my way but nothing that sort of blew my mind," she tells ABC Radio's GMA After Hours, "...because whatever was coming to me was sort of stereotypical of what either a 'pretty girl' would be, or 'a girl from Bollywood' would be."
Chopra wants, "to always do something from the left, not expected," she explained. "So when I took on Baywatch,I was most excited about the fact that it was written for a man, my part. And then after I spoke to Seth Gordon, who is the director, he just loved the idea of me being the villain."
"And Baywatch is one of my favorite shows! It's a full circle to be back in it! I'm just so evil that it's delectable," she smiles. "It's like [playing] Snow White's evil stepmom."
Chopra joked, "America will hate me after Baywatch," considering how many fans love The Rock and his co-starZac Efron.