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Happy Monday!

Movies need to be more realistic. Movies need to feel like it’s really happening.

Well, following the success of ‘The Jungle Book’ live-action (of sorts) remake, Disney is at it again with ‘The Lion King.’

Will this new ‘Lion King’ succeed at the box office? Can it possibly live up to the wonder of the original animated classic from 1994? Will this new adaptation add anything new or simply be a retelling or the aforementioned 1994 animation?

For now–until July 19, 2019, theatrical release date–let’s just live each day before then by two words:

Hakuna Matata.

No worries, just anticipation.

Have a Better Week Than Last Week. 

P.S. James Earl Jones returned for this new ‘Lion King.’ Yes, that James Earl Jones. 

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The Crew Wars is about to add its next episode on the pitch…

Columbus Crew SC will battle Supporters’ Shield winner and MLS heavyweight Toronto FC tomorrow night in Canada in the second leg of the 2017 MLS Eastern Conference Final at 7:30 p.m. ET on FS1. And the stakes for this match aren’t just for a spot in MLS Cup but the opportunity to host MLS Cup. This massive game awaits the Crew and its vocal #SaveTheCrew movement (The Resistance) in the stands and here in Columbus whereby a victory could be the best-televised PR moment for Columbus this season, as well as simultaneously being the worst televised PR moment for the Empire (snakes Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt, Crew SC President of Business Operations Andy Loughnane, Precourt Sports Ventures President Dave Greeley and MLS Commissioner Don Garber).

More #SaveTheCrew analysis will come this week as details confirming that Empire representatives Mr. Precourt and Mr. Garber told Resistance forces Columbus Mayor Ginther and Columbus Partnership President & CEO Alex Fischer that they could pay the $5 million fee to apply for an expansion team in the future (FOR THE TEAM THAT’S ALREADY HERE!) during their closed-door New York meeting. Plus, there have been back-and-forth reports involving land being offered for a proposed Crew stadium in downtown Columbus in recent days.

For today, however, before this soccer storm returns to our television screens via the pivotal second leg of the Eastern Conference Final, this blog post is being written with my nieces and nephews in mind.

Paddington, the live-action film with a CGI bear that was a box office hit with rave reviews from 2014 has received the sequel treatment. Accordingly, this fun, heartwarming story that’s been beautifully produced for the silver screen released its first full U.S. trailer via Warner Bros. Pictures earlier today.

If you can’t bear to wait, no worries, as you can enjoy the rambunctious Paddington 2 starting January 12, 2018.

Buddy’s March for Survival

An African penguin is on the march of (and for) its life right now.

An African penguin on a beach in South Africa

(African Penguin, stock image)

Buddy, an African penguin, was recently discovered stolen by two recklessly misguided students from a South African marine park. A news report from the BBC states that the two students took Buddy as a demonstration, in which the guilty party concocted their high-minded statement to promote animals being reunited back into their natural habitat.

There’s just one minor issue: How high-minded is it to potentially kill the very animal they attempted to save?

“But Buddy was born in the park, and has no idea how to survive in the wild.

Experts say the penguin could last for just two more weeks before he will starve to death.”
–BBC News Online

There’s a significant problem with protestors, which is that the macro cause may be worthy of discussion and debate, but a critical question far too often remains unanswered: “What happens the next day?” This introspective of the micro, a necessary cognitive exercise, is rarely contemplated with any degree of seriousness or consequence within the exhilarating spirit of protest. It needs to be said that protests can be a great, powerful force for good. On the other hand, protests can equally translate into a powerfully reckless and dangerous force for evil. In this situation, there’s no doubt the two students made a statement. Yes, the academic scholars made a declaration akin to animal malpractice that has the heart-wrenching probability of marching an innocent penguin (and its family) to its death.

Buddy was part of a breeding pair, and was looking after his two new chicks with mate Francis when he was stolen.

Since his disappearance, one of the chicks has died, although park officials do not know if this was related. Francis is also now unable to leave the nest, as Buddy is not there to take over from her.
–BBC News Online

Dr. Ian Malcolm famously said, “Life…finds a way.”

Let’s pray Buddy safely finds his way back to his home and family in the coming days.

Happy Monday!

What’s a march without a little laughter?

Penguins are not the biggest, most feared or most dominating animal on the planet, but they are uniquely majestic and adorable. Ever since elementary school, when I did a class project on the flightless birds, I was hooked. There is a special magnetism to this creature, shared by few other animals. Part of this attraction could be that a penguin is the style equivalent of Jay Gatsby in the animal kingdom.

“Impeccable tux, Old Sport.”

Starting the workweek is not the easiest task for anybody, but a cute penguin just might be what the doctor ordered.

(FYI – There’s no limit to the number of times you can watch the following video)

Penguins FTW (For The Win).

Have an Awesome Week!