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Fly Events: ESSENCE Festival Welcomes Stars from “The Lion King”

JD McCrary (voice of Young Simba), Shahadi Wright Joseph (voice of Young Nala) from Disney’s “The Lion King” were on hand at ESSENCE Festival 2019 this weekend at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. They celebrated the movie’s upcoming opening by singing “Can’t Wait to be King” on the ESSENCE Centerstage. Additionally, the Great Street Stephen Full Gospel Choir under the leadership of Pastor Debra Morton and GRAMMY®-nominated, Stellar Award-winning gospel legend Bishop Paul S. Morton performed “The Circle of Life” with Tshidi Manye (Rafiki in Broadway’s “The Lion King”). Tamron Hall helped facilitate the festivities.

Check out more photos below Courtesy of Disney.

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Gives Us A Glimpse of What Happens Behind The Scenes In New Video!

Star Wars fans were treated to a special surprise at the D23 Expo this year. Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson alongside the films stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, Kelly Marie Tran, Gwendoline Christie and Benicio del Toro shared an amazing behind the scenes look of the highly anticipated follow-up to The Force Awakens.

ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 15: (L-R) Actors Gwendoline Christie, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Director Rian Johnson, actors Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro of STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI took part today in the Walt Disney Studios live action presentation at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2017 in Anaheim, Calif. STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI will be released in U.S. theaters on December 15, 2017. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Gwendoline Christie; John Boyega; Daisy Ridley; Rian Johnson; Kelly Marie Tran; Laura Dern; Benicio del Toro

The roughly 3-minute clip will take fans on an emotional rollercoaster as they get of glimpse of the magic that brings the Star Wars universe to life. We also get to see candid moments with the films stars as well some fun moments in between takes. Be prepared to shed a tear or two as the video also serves as small tribute to the late great actress Carrie Fisher who passed away in December of 2016.

Also revealed were these amazing teaser posters featuring the Last Jedi’s main players. Check them out below:

Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives in theaters December 15th, for more photos from this years D23 Expo checkout the gallery below and may the force be with you FLY ones!

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PHOTOS: Disney/Getty Images

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Fly Executive: Media Veteran Kimberly K. Wilson pays it forward with launch of the D.A.D. Foundation in memory of her father

In recognition and honor of the March long Women’s Month 2017 celebration, meet Fly Media Executive Kimberly K. Wilson. She is Vice President, Affiliate Marketing for Disney and ESPN Media Networks. Her depth, purpose, and love of community in paying it forward truly makes her a Fly Executive. The 17-year media veteran and Southside, Chicago native epitomizes the strengths, talents and effortless giving we celebrate in all women this month, year long, past, present, future and universally. Steadfast to her dedication and passion for equipping and inspiring youth to dream impossible dreams, this sister is lifting as she continues to climb.

On March 23 rd 2017, the former BET and Clear Channel Marketing Executive launched The Don D. Wilson Dream A Dream (D.A.D.) Foundation with mother, Ann and younger sister Valerie Wilson in honor of their late father Don D. Wilson. The Dream A Dream (D.A.D.) Foundation is a Chicago-based, non-profit organization that was created to support, uplift and actualize the dreams of youth who may not have the resources to achieve their goals.

Kimberly says:

“Mentorship and Sponsorship have been essential in the role of my success. Without the amazing people who believed in or took an interest in me throughout my career, I’m not sure I would have the opportunity to do what I love at this level. You can’t get to that successful place all on your own.”

D.A.D. is committed to giving back to underserved communities and serves 8 to 17-year- old youth in and around Chicago, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. The organization’s three pillars of Music, Sports, and Entrepreneurship are at the core of its foundation and programs. D.A.D. will offer opportunities to youth pursuing music as an art form and/or business endeavor; provide access and resources to activities including clinics, sporting events, and camps; implement programs that teach the fundamentals of business ownership and provide support resources.

Kimberly’s father was a Chicago businessman for over 30 years. He devoted himself unselfishly to mentorship and humanitarian work in his community and worldwide travels. A lifelong learner whose interest spanned the spectrum from microbiology to world history to travel, her father’s passion and commitment are naturally rooted in Kimberly’s DNA.

Wilson talks about her family:

“It all began with my family – my mother, Ann; father, and sister, Valerie – who supported me to pursue a life beyond what I thought was possible. Their moral, financial and mental support early on is the only reason I stand here today.

Through her family’s personal mission to provide young people the resources, mentoring and encouragement to dream big, Don D. Wilson’s memory will forever live on now that #dadishere. We salute Kimberly K. Wilson for underscoring the definition of paying it forward. You are truly a Fly Executive!

For more information on The Dream a Dream (D.A.D.) Foundation, please visit www.TheDreamaDreamFoundation.org or follow them on IG/FB @thedreamadreamfoundation and Twitter @thedreamadream.

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FLY News: Kerry Washington Joins The Cast of ‘Cars 3’!

The cast of the upcoming animated feature Cars 3 is boasting some major star power for it’s third race around the track. Today we learn that in third film of the famed Disney/Pixar franchise, Kerry Washington will joining the likes of Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and Mater (Larry The Cable Guy).

DO THE MATH — In Disney•Pixar’s “Cars 3,” Kerry Washington lends her voice to Natalie Certain, a highly respected statistical analyst who knows her numbers. Book-smart and mathematically gifted, Certain is a fresh voice in the racing world. While she may earn top marks in her ability to evaluate a racer’s stats, she could be underestimating the importance of determination. “Cars 3” opens in U.S. theaters on June 16, 2017. ©2017 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Washington lend her voice to the character Natalie Certain, a statistical analyst for RSN (Racing Sports Network).

Also new to the crew will be Nathan Fillion (Castle, Modern Family) who will voice the character Sterling, Lea DeLaria (Orange is the New Black) as Miss Fritter and Cristela Alonzo (The Angry Birds Movie) as Cruz Ramirez.

Cars 3 races into theaters June, 16th!

Synopsis: Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician with her own plan to win, inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet, and a few unexpected turn. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!

Directed By: Brian Fee

Produced By: Kevin Reher

Executive Producer: John Lasseter

Written By: Robert L. Baird (Story and Screenplay) & Dan Gerson (Screenplay)

Cast: Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Bonnie Hunt, Cheech Marin, Michael Wallis, Paul Dooley, Michael Keaton, John Ratzenberger

Music Composed By: Randy Newman

PHOTOS: DISNEY/PIXAR 

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FLY News: Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson & More Pose With Their On Screen Characters From Disney’s The Jungle Book!

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This sure isn’t The Jungle Book we grew up with as kids cause it didn’t look this FLY! The Jungle Book live-action adaptation’s release is right around the corner so it’s time to get the promotion train rolling.

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The Jungle Book directed by Jon Favreau who brought us Iron Man, tells the story of Mowgli (Neel Sethi) a man-cub raised by a pack of wolves since he was an infant. He is no longer welcomed in the jungle when Shere Khan (Idris Elba) declares all man including Mowgli are a threat to the jungle.

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Having to abandon his home Mowgli begins on a grand adventure meeting exotic jungle creatures, some who don’t have his best interests at heart.

Today Disney unveiled FLY character photos from the upcoming film pairing each of the actors and actresses next to the characters they voiced. The photos include FLY guys Idris Elba (Shere Khan), Christopher Walken (King Louie), Ben Kingsley (Bagheera), Giancarlo Esposisto (Akela) and FLY gals Lupita Nyong’o (Raksha) and Scarlett Johansson (Kaa).

Pretty damn FLY if you ask us,peep the rest of the cast photos in the gallery below.

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The Jungle Book hits theaters in April 15th, 2016.

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Fly Trailer: First Look At ‘Finding Dory’

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Ellen DeGeneres released a new trailer for Finding Dorythe long awaited sequel to Disney and Pixar’s Finding Nemo on her website Wednesday.

DeGeneres reprises her role as Dory, with the film picking up about six months after the first movie. Dory is living with Marlin and Nemo and upon going on Nemo’s class trip to see manta rays migrate back home, it hits her that she has a family of her own. After the realization, Dory is determined to find them and is joined by Marlin and Nemo for a brand new adventure.

Check out the trailer below. Finding Dory hits theaters June 17th, 2016.

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Fly News: Lin-Manuel Miranda In Talks To Star In Mary Poppins Sequel

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Hamilton‘s star and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is currently in talks to star in Disney’s upcoming sequel to the classic film Mary Poppins. Not only is the recent Grammy winner starring in the film, he will also be developing original songs for the sequel. Miranda previously composed original music for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

It was reported earlier in the week that Emily Blunt is currently in discussions to star as Mary Poppins. Miranda would portray Jack, a lamplighter and Poppins sidekick.

The sequel takes place during Depression-era London, 20 years after the first film and will incorporate storylines from P.L. Travers’ books. The film will follow the now grown Banks children, Jane and Michael who have been met with a tough personal loss, the catalyst for the return of the magical Mary Poppins. Poppins along with help from her lamplighter friend Jack, aid the family through the crisis.

Mary Poppins will feature a score by Broadway veterans Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray, Smash, Catch Me If You Can), with the screenplay written by David Magee (Finding Neverland). Rob Marshall as been tapped to direct with John DeLuca and Marc Platt producing.

If Miranda nabs the role of Jack, it will be his third project with Disney. The Tony nominee wrote original music for Disney’s upcoming animated film Moana, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as the demigod Maui.

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Disney’s Moana In Theaters November 23, 2016

Miranda is most known for creating and composing the hit musical In the Heights. The musical hit made its Broadway debut at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in March 2008. Miranda’s work has earned him the 2008 Tony Award for Best Original Score, the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and he is the 2015 recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Award.

Miranda is currently playing the lead role of Alexander Hamilton in his broadway sensation HamiltonHamilton was recently awarded the 2016 Edward Kennedy Prize for Drama.

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New Video: Ne-Yo Channels The Late Robin Williams In “Friend Like Me”

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Singer/Songwriter Ne-Yo takes us back to our childhood while channeling the late Robin Williams in a visual cover of the Disney classic “Friend Like Me” from Aladdin. The song comes from the We Love Disney compilation that also features: Jhené Aiko, Jessie J, Gwen Stefani, Ariana Grande, and Jason Derulo.

Check it out below:

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‘We Love Disney’ Compilation Featuring Ariana Grande, Gwen Stefani, Jessie J, Ne-Yo + more

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Disney is giving us a closer look at their upcoming compilation album for We Love Disney where 12 of music’s elite from Ariana Grande, Gwen Stefani, Jessi J, Ne-Yo, Tori Kelly, Jason Derulo, Kacey Musgraves, Fall Out Boy and more cover their beloved Disney classics produced by multi-platinum, 16-time Grammy® Award-winning producer and Verve Music Group Chairman David Foster.

This brand new clip features the superstars in the studio recording their magic! This is going to be Fly!

Pre-orders for ‘We Love Disney’ are currently available now.
Check out the full track list for ‘We Love Disney’:

1. Friend Like Me (From Aladdin) – Ne-Yo
2. Part of Your World (From The Little Mermaid) – Jessie J
3. Can You Feel the Love Tonight / Nants’ Ingonyama (From The Lion King) – Jason Derulo
4. The Rainbow Connection (From The Muppet Movie) – Gwen Stefani
5. Zero to Hero (From Hercules) – Ariana Grande
6. In a World of My Own / Very Good Advice (From Alice in Wonderland) – Jhené Aiko
7. I Wan’na Be Like You (The Monkey Song) (From The Jungle Book) – Fall Out Boy
8. Colors of the Wind (From Pocahontas) – Tori Kelly
9. Spoonful of Sugar (From Mary Poppins) – Kacey Musgraves
10. Ev’rybody Wants to Be a Cat (From The Aristocats) – Charles Perry
11. A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes (From Cinderella) – Jessie Ware
12. Let It Go (From Frozen) – Rascal Flatts & Lucy Hale
13. It’s a Small World – We Love Disney Artists
14. It’s Not Easy Being Green (From The Muppet Show) – Brenna Whitaker
15. A Whole New World (From Aladdin) – Yuna

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Disney Brings The Classic Tale of Cinderella To Life In New Live-Action Movie [Video]

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Finally Disney is giving its classic cartoon fairy tale Cinderella the live-action treatment it really deserves. Disney unveiled the trailer today for its live-action version of Cinderella and it looks pretty good.