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Nick Jonas Has Joined Shawn Levy in Producing Ya Netflix Series Dash & Lily

Shawn Levy, executive producer of the mega-hit series Stranger Things, and singer/actor Nick Jonas have come aboard a new Ya series for Netflix based on the book series Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. They also wrote Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist.

Levy and Jonas are coming together to produce the holiday show that has the shortened title of Dash & Lily, which will have a first season made up of eight episodes, each thirty minutes long.

Austin Abrams and Midori Francis star as the title characters, and Variety provides the following description for the series:

In the show, a whirlwind holiday romance builds as cynical Dash and optimistic Lily trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations all across New York City, finding they have more in common with each other than they would have expected.
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Austin Abrams, Midori Francis to Star on Netflix Holiday Rom-Com Series ‘Dash and Lily’

  • The Wrap
Netflix has ordered a TV adaptation of the Ya series “Dash & Lily” from producers Nick Jonas and Shawn Levy (“Stranger Things”), the streaming service announced on Tuesday. The eight-episode, holiday rom-com show stars “The Walking Dead” alum Austin Abrams and “Good Boys” actress Midori Francis in the titular roles.

Here’s the official description for the 30-minute show, based on Rachel Cohn and David Levithan’s young adult book series, “Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares”: A whirlwind holiday romance builds as cynical Dash and optimistic Lily trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations all across New York City, finding they have more in common with each other than they would have expected.

Along with Abrams and Francis, the series stars Dante Brown, Troy Iwata, Keana Marie, James Saito and Jodi Long.

Also Read: Rob Lowe, Vanessa Hudgens Headline Netflix's Holiday
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Nick Jonas, Shawn Levy Team for Netflix YA Series

  • Variety
Nick Jonas, Shawn Levy Team for Netflix YA Series
Nick Jonas and “Stranger Things” producer Shawn Levy are teaming on a YA holiday series which has been ordered at Netflix.

The show in question, “Dash & Lily,” is based on the book series “Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares” by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, and will consist of eight 30-minute episodes, scheduled to launch sometime in 2020.

Austin Abrams (“Euphoria”) and Midori Francis (“Good Boys”) have been cast as the titular romantic couple. In the show, a whirlwind holiday romance builds as cynical Dash and optimistic Lily trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations all across New York City, finding they have more in common with each other than they would have expected.

Levy will executive produce with Josh Barry via his 21 Laps banner, which now has multiple projects including “Stranger Things,” set up at the streamer. Jonas will Ep via his Image 32 shingle.
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Austin Abrams & Midori Francis Star In Netflix Holiday Ya Series ‘Dash & Lily’ From Shawn Levy & Nick Jonas

  • Deadline
Netflix has started production on Dash & Lily, an eight-episode holiday romantic comedy series, from Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps and Nick Jonas’ Image 32. It marks the fifth Netflix series for Levy, who signed one of the first big overall deals with the streamer and has emerged as one of its most prolific producers.

Austin Abrams and Midori Francis (Good Boys) lead the cast of the half-hour series, based on the Ya book series Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares from authors Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. It also includes series regulars Dante Brown and Troy Iwata and recurring Keana Marie (Huge in France), James Saito (Always Be My Maybe), and Jodi Long (Sullivan & Son).

Described as a whirlwind Holiday romance, the series revolves around cynical Dash (Abrams) and optimistic Lily (Francis) who trade dares, dreams, and
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Dash & Lily: Netflix Orders Holiday Rom-Com Series Based on Ya Books

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares is getting the TV treatment. The young-adult novels, written by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, will serve as the inspiration for Netflix’s holiday-themed series Dash & Lily, TVLine has learned. Production on the first season, which will feature eight 30-minute episodes, has already begun in New York City.

Per the series’ official description, “a whirlwind holiday romance builds as cynical Dash and optimistic Lily trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations all across New York City, finding they have more in common with each other than they would have expected.
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Anne Hathaway Talks Mental Health Awareness, Playing a Bipolar Woman on Amazon’s ‘Modern Love’

  • Variety
In Amazon Prime’s upcoming “Modern Love,” Anne Hathaway sheds light on an important facet of living with mental health issues, playing a bipolar woman who struggles with dating.

“We’re all becoming more sensitive, wiser and more cognizant of gentility, and especially emotional gentility. I think those conversations are starting to happen. And I think the desire is there, which is a huge part,” Hathaway told Variety on the red carpet at the series’ premiere, which happened to coincide with World Mental Health Day, noting that “we’re not talking about it not because of a place of shame, but because we don’t know how to start.”

“Every single person I’ve talked to has said that they know someone with bipolar disorder,” the Oscar winner continued. “And this episode is going to mean so much because it offers some form of representation.”

The Amazon Original series — inspired
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‘Modern Love’ Review: Star-Studded Anthology Wears Its Heart on Its Sleeve

‘Modern Love’ Review: Star-Studded Anthology Wears Its Heart on Its Sleeve
In the second episode of Modern Love, Amazon’s anthology series based on the famous New York Times column, a journalist played by Catherine Keener tells us, “Sometimes, you realize that true love, in its absolute form, has many purposes in life. It’s not actually just about bringing babies into the world, or romance, or soul mates, or even lifelong companionship.”

Keener’s character is part of a story (along with Dev Patel as the founder of a dating app) that is entirely about romance and lifelong companionship — specifically,
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‘Modern Love’ Trailer: Tina Fey and John Slattery Spend Date Night in Couple’s Therapy (Video)

  • The Wrap
Love is in the air — in all its dysfunctional glory. Amazon dropped the trailer for its upcoming anthology series “Modern Love” on Thursday, featuring an all-star cast that includes Tina Fey and John Slattery, who play a married couple that is definitely in a rut.

In the video above, when a therapist asks Fey and Slattery’s characters what they do on their “date night,” Fey says “this” — as in going to couple’s therapy. How fun! And that’s just one of eight love stories the series will show you.

Modern Love,” which launches on Prime Video on Oct. 18, is a half-hour romantic comedy series inspired by the popular New York Times column of the same name. The anthology “explores love in all of its complicated and beautiful forms, as each standalone episode brings some of the column’s most beloved stories to life with a stellar cast.”

Also
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Power’s Lela Loren cast in the second season of Altered Carbon

Netflix has announced a new piece of casting for the upcoming second season of Altered Carbon. Lela Loren (Power) has joined the cast as a series regular for the show’s anticipated return.

Altered Carbon takes place in a future where the human mind can now be digitized and downloaded into a “cortical stack” and placed into new bodies, or sleeves, and follows Takeshi Kovacs, a former soldier who is brought back to life in a new sleeve centuries after his death in order to investigate the attempted murder of the world’s wealthiest man.

Loren will portray Danica Harlan, “the charming and ambitious governor of the planet Harlan’s World who struggles to balance the full-fledged support of the people but with the uneasy grip on the political players around her. The actress has already completed production on her role”.

She joins a large ensemble cast that includes Anthony Mackie
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Power's Lela Loren Joins Altered Carbon Season 2 as Series Regular

Lela Loren has already lined up her return to the small screen.

The former Power actress will play Danica Harlan in the second season of Altered Carbon.

Netflix has confirmed that her casting was kept under wraps, and the actress has already filmed all of her scenes in Vancouver, British Columbia.

It's not surprising that the news was kept quiet, especially when you consider that Loren exited her series regular role on Power on Sunday.

Power Season 6 Episode 1 was a wild start to the sixth and final season, and I won't be going into detail on that one in case you have yet to watch the episode.

Related: Power Season 6 Episode 1 Review: Murderers

Loren’s character on Altered Carbon is called Danica Harlan.

She is the charming and ambitious governor of planet Harlan's World. She has the support of the people but keeps an uneasy grip on the political players who surround her.
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‘Altered Carbon’: ‘Power’ Star Lela Loren Joins Season 2 Of Netflix’s Sci-Fi Drama

  • Deadline
‘Altered Carbon’: ‘Power’ Star Lela Loren Joins Season 2 Of Netflix’s Sci-Fi Drama
Power star Lela Loren has joined the second season of Netflix sci-fi drama Altered Carbon.

Loren, who played Angela Valdes on the Starz series, will play Danica Harlan, the charming and ambitious governor of planet Harlan’s World. Her character has the support of the people, but keeps an uneasy grip on the political players who surround her.

She joins new cast additions including Simone Missick, who plays Trepp, Dina Shihabi, as Dig 301, Torben Liebrecht as Colonel Carrera and James Saito, as Tanaseda Hideki, in the second season of the drama as well Anthony Mackie, who plays the lead, Takeshi Kovacs. Renée Elise Goldsberry and Chris Conner will also reprise their roles as Quellcrist Falconer and Poe, respectively, as revealed by Deadline earlier this year, ending speculation whether any Season 1 cast members would return for Season 2.

Based on the classic science fiction novels by Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon, from Skydance Television,
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‘Power’ Star Lela Loren Joins ‘Altered Carbon’ Season 2 at Netflix

  • Variety
‘Power’ Star Lela Loren Joins ‘Altered Carbon’ Season 2 at Netflix
“Power” star Lela Loren has joined the cast of “Altered Carbon” for season 2.

Loren will play Danica Harlan, the charming and ambitious governor of planet Harlan’s World who has the support of the people, but keeps an uneasy grip on the political players who surround her. Rumor has it that the actress has completed production on her series regular role.

She joins new lead Anthony Mackie, who is taking over the role of Takeshi Kovacs from season 1 star Joel Kinnaman. Also starring in “Altered Carbon” season 2 are Renée Elise Goldsberry as Quellcrist Falconer (returning), Chris Conner as Poe (returning), Dina Shihabi as Dig 301, Simone Missick as Trepp, Torben Liebrecht as Colonel Carrera and James Saito as Tanaseda Hideki.

“Altered Carbon” is based on the cyberpunk novel by Richard K. Morgan. The world of the show takes place over 300 years in the future when society has been transformed by new
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‘Altered Carbon’ Season 2 Adds ‘Power’ Star Lela Loren as ‘Ambitious’ Governor of Harlan’s World

  • The Wrap
‘Altered Carbon’ Season 2 Adds ‘Power’ Star Lela Loren as ‘Ambitious’ Governor of Harlan’s World
“Power” star Lela Loren is joining the ranks of fictional galactic leaders with a series regular role on Season 2 of Netflix’s “Altered Carbon,” the streaming service revealed on Tuesday.

For the eight-episode second season of the sci-fi series, which is led by Anthony Mackie and set to debut in 2020, Loren will play Danica Harlan, who is described as “the charming and ambitious governor of planet Harlan’s World. She has the support of the people, but keeps an uneasy grip on the political players who surround her.”

According to Netflix, Loren has already completed production for Season 2, as her series regular role on “Altered Carbon” had been kept under wraps during filming.

Also Read: Alison Schapker Signs Overall Deal with Skydance TV, Takes Over as Sole Showrunner For 'Altered Carbon'

Along with Mackie, who is taking over the part of Takeshi Kovacs from Joel Kinnaman for Season 2, Loren joins
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‘The Terror: Infamy’ Uses Japanese Ghost Stories Like ‘Get Out’ Uses Horror to Reflect America

‘The Terror: Infamy’ Uses Japanese Ghost Stories Like ‘Get Out’ Uses Horror to Reflect America
[Editor’s Note: The following article contains spoilers from “The Terror: Infamy” Episode 2, “All the Demons Are Still in Hell.”]

Jordan Peele’s groundbreaking 2017 film “Get Out” uses horror tropes to highlight the real-life gruesomeness of racism in America. And although “The Terror: Infamy” wasn’t directly inspired by that film, showrunner Alexander Woo acknowledges that viewers might deem the projects similar.

“I think it’s not an unfair comparison. ‘Get Out’ is a terrific movie… I think it does make you feel — if you are not — like someone who is a black person surrounded by a bunch of white people,” said Woo. “For only two hours, you get a sense of the isolation and the alienation you might feel.”

AMC’s “The Terror: Infamy” is a period drama that tells the WWII story of Japanese American internment through the lens of Japanese horror, specifically, the Japanese ghost stories known as kaidan.

“We’re hopefully trying to accomplish something very similar: that you’re inside the shoes or inside the
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‘Always Be My Maybe’ Review (Netflix)

  • Nerdly
Stars: Randall Park, Ali Wong, James Saito, Michelle Buteau, Vivian Bang, Keanu Reeves, Susan Park, Daniel Dae Kim, Karan Soni, Charlyne Yi, Lyrics Born, Casey Wilson | Written by Michael Golamco, Randall Park, Ali Wong | Directed by Nahnatchka Khan

Always Be My Maybe, a slight riff on the famous Mariah Carey song, is directed by Nahnatchka Khan and comes from the minds of both Randall Park and Ali Wong. The two performers play former inseparable neighbouring best friends who go their separate ways after an awkward encounter in their teens but are suddenly thrown back together after a calculated encounter decades after. Finding their respective lives going in completely opposite directions. Always Be My Maybe is perhaps the best comedy released this year with fantastic engaging chemistry between the two leads of Ali Wong and Randall Park with superb writing that balances tone brilliantly.

The comedy here from Park and Wong is outstanding.
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Always Be My Maybe Movie Review

When was the last time I had so much fun watching a romcom? Can't remember. But the sheer joy of flowing with this breezy fluid mellow-drama about childhood friends growing up into belligerent reluctant lovers, was an experience worth going through.

Some critics have commented on the light tone of the film. But light isn't flippant. Simply because the film doesn't address gay issues or a nuclear leakage doesn't mean it can make no claims to being something serious. And when I say 'serious' I don't mean a glum countenance gotten into the film just to look committed to something more than frothy entertainment.

Always Be My Maybe is proudly nakedly persistently frothy and entertaining. It tells the story of Sasha (Ali Wong) and Marcus (Randall Park) who are neighbours since childhood. Their kinship is undeniable from the word go. And that they would finally come together is not a spoiler.
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‘Always Be My Maybe’ Review: Ali Wong and Randall Park Deliver Netflix’s Next Great Rom-com

‘Always Be My Maybe’ Review: Ali Wong and Randall Park Deliver Netflix’s Next Great Rom-com
By the time Nahnatchka Khan’s breezy directorial debut “Always Be My Maybe” offers up a hearty wink at “Pretty Woman,” the Netflix original feature has already earned its stripes as the online streamer’s next great rom-com. Khan’s film pulls liberally from the genre playbook — stars and co-writers Ali Wong and Randall Park haven’t been shy about the film’s early inspirations, especially classics like “When Harry Met Sally” — but it also offers its own charms, thanks to Wong and Park, who delight both on-screen and on the page. And while “Always Be My Maybe” doesn’t reinvent its genre, it’s a welcome addition that contributes cultural diversity to a typically white-dominated screen space, and leans into tropes that have always made rom-coms such a joy to watch.

Though most of the film follows life-long friends Sasha (Wong) and Marcus (Park) after they reconnect in adulthood,
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‘Always Be My Maybe’: Ali Wong and Randall Park on Their Fresh Take on ‘When Harry Met Sally’

‘Always Be My Maybe’: Ali Wong and Randall Park on Their Fresh Take on ‘When Harry Met Sally’
Halfway through Ali Wong’s interview with IndieWire to discuss her writing, producing, and starring in Netflix’s rom-com “Always Be My Maybe,” she discovers that this reporter is Vietnamese.

“Girl, why didn’t you start there?” said Wong, who is of half-Chinese, half-Vietnamese descent. “My dress last night [at the movie’s premiere]… is by a Vietnamese designer named Thai Nguyen. He dressed Kelly [Marie Tran] for the ‘Star Wars’ premiere. He’s awesome; his specialty is áo dài. He dresses all of ‘Paris By Night,’ for the most part.”

Wong drops a few more Vietnamese-American touchstones to complete the bonding experience. It’s the kind of instant, excited identification that occurs between strangers who share a background from a smaller community — like finding out a rideshare driver attended your high school. It’s also the kind of unapologetic hyper-specificity that Wong and Randall Park bring to “Always Be My Maybe.”

After a casual comment Wong
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Ali Wong and Randall Park Are a Romantic Dream Team in ‘Always Be My Maybe’

Ali Wong and Randall Park Are a Romantic Dream Team in ‘Always Be My Maybe’
Related: 50 Greatest Romantic Comedies of All Time

Let’s hear it for Ali Wong, the Vietnamese-Chinese-American stand-up comic, and Randall Park, born to Korean immigrant parents, for bringing their own hilarious and heartfelt perspective to Always Be My Maybe. It’s an irresistible romantic romp that turns the familiar into something sweet, sassy and laugh-out-loud funny. And, in its own way, quietly revolutionary. The film centers on a relationship between two Asians, neither directly looking outside their culture to fulfill their fantasies. Sure, Jon M. Chu’s Crazy Rich Asians
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Film Review: Netflix’s ‘Always Be My Maybe’

  • Variety
Film Review: Netflix’s ‘Always Be My Maybe’
Society, and relentless commercial campaigns, constantly bombard women with messages about matrimony: Score a big, sparkly diamond. Obsess over a fancy white dress. And definitely marry your best friend. That latter cliché has been espoused by countless Hollywood comedies, from “My Best Friend’s Wedding” to “Made of Honor,” where one party resorts to outlandish shenanigans to win over the more reluctant party. Refreshingly, director Nahnatchka Khan’s “Always Be My Maybe” presents a less lopsided — and by extension, more natural — situation in which two estranged childhood friends attempt to reignite their teen romance. The positive influence of “When Harry Met Sally” is noticeable in the undercurrents, but Netflix’s politically correct romantic comedy has its own unique identity, savoring aspects of Asian-American culture and treating both protagonists as equal partners.

Sasha Tran (Miya Chech) and Marcus Kim (Emerson Min) become childhood best friends in San Francisco, forming a connection
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