Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen might be The Lion King’s new Timon and Pumbaa

Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner might be Disney’s next farting, Hakuna Matata-quoting warthog and meerkat team, with reports coming today that the two comic actors are in talks to play Pumbaa and Timon in Jon Favreau’s upcoming Lion King remake. The Wrap quotes anonymous sources who say the two are in “final…

Disney unveils release dates for Star Wars: Episode IX, The Lion King, and Frozen 2

It’s easy to forget just how thoroughly Disney has monopolized the blockbuster movie industry, but that fact becomes very clear when the studio decides to announce release dates for multiple huge movies all at once. This comes via Variety, which reports that Disney has just announced the premiere dates for Star Wars:…

Get outta here, 10 Things I Hate About You: 10 movies that embody the ’90s

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

Dan Harmon’s universal theory of storytelling gets an animated explainer

Grand, unified artistic theories don’t get much grander and unified than Dan Harmon’s storytelling process. As detailed in an article on Wired some five years ago, Harmon boiled down Joseph Campbell’s monomyth of the hero’s journey into a simple circle. And once he grasped this storytelling principle he couldn’t stop…

What beloved masterpiece do you despise?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

There’s nothing sadder than a downbeat version of Smash Mouth’s “All Star”

The warm weather months have officially arrived, the perfect time for possibly the sunniest and most upbeat song ever written, Smash Mouth’s immortal 1999 hit, “All Star.” But even spring and summer can have their gray, overcast days. Is there an appropriate “All Star” for those occasions, too? Thanks to DJ Cummerbund…

M.I.A. releases new songs, braces for letter from Disney’s lawyers

Pitchfork reports that M.I.A. has released two new songs, “MIA OLA” and “Foreign Friend,” both written about immigration. The always-relevant issue has been a recent preoccupation for the musician: Her most recent single, “Borders,” addresses the same subject. “Borders” is slated to appear on her forthcoming album, …

Dire Straits’ “Walk Of Life” is a perfect ending song for all films

Dire Straits’ 1985 Top 10 hit “Walk Of Life” was notorious in the U.S. for its video, for doubling as a pro sports highlight and bloopers reel and for an über-cheesy and über-’80s keyboard line. The song’s dramatic, extended intro especially piqued the interest of one Peter Salomone, however, who developed a…