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Beyonce's Nala for the first time in new The Lion King teaser. When Beyonce tells you to take your place as king, you do it! The global superstar and forthcoming lioness shared a new look at footage from Disney's virtual-production animated remake of The Lion King, in which the singer and actress plays Nala, the childhood friend of and future queen to Simba (Donald Glover). The film's trailers have offered little peeks of Nala here and there, but this new look at director Jon Favreau's adaptation is the most prominent Nala-centric footage released yet, showing the indomitable lioness circling back into Simba's life and galvanizing him to reclaim the throne he effectively abdicated to his uncle Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor). Bey also brought friends: The "Come Home" teaser also provides a glimpse at Simba and Scar's fiery, climactic Pride Rock battle, as well as the heroic arrival of Timon (Billy Eichner) and Pumbaa (Seth Rogen) onto the scene. The Lion King hits theaters July 19, and you can read EW's full set-visit cover story here to find out how Disney is bringing the savannah to astonishing new life. (Entertainment Weekly)

Antonio Banderas to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Munich Film Festival. The Spanish star won the best actor honor in Cannes for his role in Pedro Almodovar's latest, 'Pain and Glory.' Spanish actor Antonio Banderas will receive this year's CineMerit award for lifetime achievement at the Munich International Film Festival. Banderas began his film career in the 1980s together with Spanish director Pedro Almodovar and films such as Labyrinth of Passion (1982), Matador (1986) and Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1989). He went to Hollywood in the 1990s, starring in such features as Philadelphia (1993), Interview With the Vampire (1994) and Roberto Rodriguez's Desperado (1995), which made him a bona fide action star. The 58-year-old actor is arguably best known for his role as the hero in Martin Campbell's The Mask of Zorro (1998). Banderas poked fun at his own image as the suave swordsman in the Shrek films, for which he voiced the feline swashbuckler Puss in Boots. Throughout his career, Banderas has kept one foot in Hollywood -- starring in the Spy Kids franchise and, in a Golden Globe-nominated performance, as Pablo Picasso in National Geographic's Genius mini-series -- and one back home in Spain. He has continued to work with Almodovar on such features as The Skin I Live In (2011) and I'm So Excited! (2013). His latest feature, Pain and Glory, which premiered in Cannes last month, sees Banderas come full circle, starring as a lightly fictionalized version of the Spanish director. The role won Banderas the best actor honor in Cannes. Banderas will be at the Munich festival on June 29 to receive the award and present the German premiere of Pain and Glory. "We're extremely pleased to be able to welcome Antonio Banderas to the Munich Film Festival at this high point in his career," said Munich festival director Diana Iljine in a statement. Munich will also screen Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, Desperado, The Mask of Zorro and Alan Parker's 1997 musical Evita -- which stars Banderas alongside Madonna -- in honor of the Spanish star. The Munich International Film Festival runs June 27-July 6. (Hollywood Reporter)

Greg Silverman's Stampede Taps Dov Mamann for International Production. Anne Pinar also joins the company to oversee deal-making. Greg Silverman's Stampede banner has hired Dov Mamann and Anna Pinar for international production and business affairs. Mamann will focus on development and production of international film TV productions, while Pinar will oversee deal-making for Stampede's IP and production slate across all divisions. Mamann most recently ran the Italy-based international production company Indiana Production, where he served as producer on English and Italian language productions for the global market. At Indiana, Mamann recently wrapped production on Human Capital, an English-language remake of Paolo Virz's Italian film of the same name. The remake was directed by Marc Myers, written by Oren Moverman and stars Liev Schreiber, Peter Sarsgaard, Alex Wolff, and Marisa Tomei. "With a growing slate of scripted series, features, and alternative content the world over, Dov brings incredible relationships to our content sourcing, packaging and physical production needs in this new endeavor," Stampede president Chris Bosco said in a statement. Before joining Stampede, Pinar worked with the indie outfit as an associate at Business Affairs Inc., where she represented production companies, distributors and financiers, and negotiated deals like rights acquisitions, financing agreements, talent agreements and distribution agreements for film and TV projects. Stampede set its first feature with Pink Skies Ahead, from New York Times best-selling author Kelly Oxford. The media company was founded by Silverman, the former president of Warner Bros. Pictures, who serves as its CEO. The company's lead investor and co-chairman is Gideon Yu, the former CFO of Facebook and YouTube and co-owner of the San Francisco 49ers. (Hollywood Reporter)

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