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Odds & Ends: Obama Makes a Normal Call to Ryan Murphy, Lion King Sequel in the Works & More

Odds & Ends: Obama Makes a Normal Call to Ryan Murphy, Lion King Sequel in the Works & More
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'The Lion Guard' will have special guest star appearances from fan favorites including Timon and Pumbaa.

Here's a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.

Obama Calls The Normal Heart's Ryan Murphy
President Obama is a fan of Glee creator Ryan Murphy’s work. No, not for Lea Michele’s perky performance as Rachel Berry, but for Murphy’s recent HBO movie The Normal Heart. Deadline reports that the world’s most powerful man called Murphy on June 9 to tell him how moved he was by the film, adapted from Larry Kramer’s Tony-winning play about the beginning of the HIV-AIDS crisis.

Disney is Planning a Lion King Sequel
The hit movie was released 20 years ago and the Tony-winning musical is Broadway’s fourth longest-running show, so it's no big surprise that Disney is planning a Lion King follow-up. According to TVLine, Disney Junior has a TV movie and series in the works called The Lion Guard, which will feature special guest star appearances from fan favorites such as Timon, Pumbaa, Rafiki, Zazu, Mufasa and Kiara. Next stop the Great White Way?

Clint Eastwood Talks Behind the Jersey Boys Scenes
Cint Eastwood appeared on The Tonight Show on June 9 to talk helming the Jersey Boys film adaptation, which you can find in a movie theater near you from June 20. Check out below the movie legend talking everything from Christopher Walken's unique approach to, well, everything, to host Jimmy Fallon's attempt at a Jersey accent.

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