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Homecoming: Janelle Monáe to Succeed Julia Roberts in Season 2

Homecoming: Janelle Monáe to Succeed Julia Roberts in Season 2
Actress-singer-songwriter Janelle Monáe (Moonlight, Hidden Figures) has been tapped to succeed Julia Roberts in Season 2 of Amazon’s Homecoming, TVLine has learned.

Monáe plays a tenacious woman who finds herself floating in a canoe, with no memory of how she got there — or even who she is.

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As previously reported, Roberts, who never intended to star beyond the show’s first season, will remain on board as
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Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy Teaming for 'Nine Lives of Louis Wain' for Amazon, StudioCanal

Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy Teaming for 'Nine Lives of Louis Wain' for Amazon, StudioCanal
Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy are set to unite for first time since 2011 in The Nine Lives of Louis Wain, which Amazon has pre-bought U.S. rights for.

The drama — about a real-life Victorian painter — is being helmed by BAFTA-nominated British director Will Sharpe (Flowers), who wrote the script together with Simon Stephenson. The project is being produced by U.K. banner Showbox Films alongside Cumberbatch's own production company SunnyMarch, with backing from StudioCanal and Film4.

Wain was an eccentric English artist who was known for his drawings of anthropomorphized large-eyed cats and kittens. In ...
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Toronto Film Festival: ‘Joker,’ ‘Ford v Ferrari,’ ‘Hustlers’ Among Big Premieres

Toronto Film Festival: ‘Joker,’ ‘Ford v Ferrari,’ ‘Hustlers’ Among Big Premieres
This year’s Toronto Film Festival will feature super-villain origin stories, splashy literary adaptations, and Tom Hanks as the most beloved performer in children’s television.

The Canadian celebration of all things movies unveiled its 2019 lineup on Tuesday, and it appears to be an eclectic mixture of glossy awards bait, auteur-driven indies, and populist crowd-pleasers. It’s a bill of fare that ranges from “Joker,” a gritty and very R-rated take on the clown prince of crime, to “Abominable,” an animated adventure featuring an adorable Yeti that’s geared at audiences that are roughly a decade removed from being able to watch “Joker” without a parent or guardian. Bridging that cavernous age gap is “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” a drama about Fred Rogers that features the aforementioned Hanks as the family entertainment icon. Unless it unveils some hitherto unknown skeletons in Rogers’ closet — before starting an on-camera career,
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Ridley Scott, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Nicole Holofcener Team on ‘The Last Duel’

Ridley Scott, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Nicole Holofcener Team on ‘The Last Duel’
Ridley Scott looks to have his next directing job, as he has signed on to direct “The Last Duel” with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck attached to star.

Damon and Affleck co-wrote the script with Oscar-nominated Nicole Holofcener. Scott, Damon and Affleck all producing along with Scott’s producing partner Kevin Walsh. Drew Vinton is also producing for Pearl Street Films. Madison Ainsley will exec produce.

The project has been set up at Fox for some time, and it’s still unknown if Disney will keep it or if it will be shopped elsewhere.

The pic is set in 14th century France and follows a man who goes to war and returns to discover a friend of his has raped his wife. No one will believe the woman, and the soldier appeals to the king of France and says he wants to fight a duel to the death to decide the man’s fate,
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James Cameron Embarks on ‘Mission OceanX’ Exploration Series With National Geographic (Exclusive)

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James Cameron Embarks on ‘Mission OceanX’ Exploration Series With National Geographic (Exclusive)
James Cameron is heading back underwater in “Mission OceanX,” a series for National Geographic that will follow a groundbreaking ocean exploration mission. The “Titanic” and “The Abyss” director is no stranger to the deep, having dived down to the Mariana Trench in a submarine in 2012, among other aquatic missions.

“Mission OceanX” will follow the maiden voyage of the Alucia2, a next-generation exploration ship belonging to underwater exploration organization OceanX. BBC Studios’ vaunted Natural History Unit is producing for Nat Geo, but Cameron said in an exclusive interview with Variety that he is pushing the team to take a different approach from regular blue-chip natural history series by getting under the skin of the people and the mission.

“We want it to be character-driven,” Cameron said during a break from shooting the new “Avatar” movies. “One of the things I have pushed everybody towards, maybe even a little bit to the
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Production Resumes on ‘Fast & Furious 9’; Investigation Into Stuntman Injury Under Way

Production Resumes on ‘Fast & Furious 9’; Investigation Into Stuntman Injury Under Way
Production resumed Tuesday on “Fast & Furious 9,” a day after an accident at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, near London, left a stuntman in hospital. The U.K. agency responsible for workplace safety confirmed that it is now investigating the accident.

The stuntman, Joe Watts, was working on a second unit when he sustained head injuries in a fall. He has been placed in an induced coma after having been taken to a London hospital in an air ambulance. Watts was not Vin Diesel’s stunt double, as was reported by some British tabloids.

In a since-deleted social media post, his girlfriend said Monday night that he had suffered a serious head injury but was in a stable condition.

Main-unit filming resumed Tuesday, but the second unit remained closed. Universal and Warner Bros. declined to comment.

The Health and Safety Executive told Variety that a probe into what happened is underway.
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Ariana Grande & Taylor Swift Lead 2019 MTV VMA Nominations — Full List

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Ariana Grande & Taylor Swift Lead 2019 MTV VMA Nominations — Full List
Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift lead the 2019 VMA nominations with 10 each including Video of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop. Other top contenders announced Tuesday by MTV include first-time Vma nominees Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X, who will face off in the Best New Artist category.

This year’s show also will introduce two new categories: Best K-Pop and Video for Good.

Lada Gaga and Bradley Cooper are among the nominees in the Best Collaboration category for “Shallow,” from A Star Is Born.

Beginning today, fans can vote in 14 VMA categories, including Video of the Year
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George Miller Looks Back on ‘Mad Max: Fury Road,’ and Forward to More Furiosa

George Miller Looks Back on ‘Mad Max: Fury Road,’ and Forward to More Furiosa
In the four years since “Mad Max: Fury Road” wowed moviegoers and Academy voters alike, grossing $370 million worldwide and racking up 10 Oscar nominations (including Best Picture and Best Director), George Miller’s demented fever dream of a movie has assumed iconic status. Several major filmmakers have admitted replaying the picture over and over in order to figure out just how Miller did some of the shots, while countless cinephiles have returned to the movie time and again just to bask in the scale of its post-apocalyptic insanity, and to gawk at the high-speed chase sequences that defied everything people thought possible of contemporary action cinema.

As Steven Soderbergh breathlessly put it to one interviewer: “We are talking about the ability in three dimensions to break a sequence into a series of shots in which no matter how fast you’re cutting, you know where you are geographically. And each one
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‘Looking for Alaska': Here’s Your First Look at Hulu’s Adaptation of John Green Novel (Photos)

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Hulu has dropped a first look at its upcoming adaptation of John Green’s beloved young adult novel “Looking for Alaska.”

The eight-episode limited series from “Gossip Girl” creator Josh Schwartz follows teenager Miles “Pudge” Halter (played by Charlie Plummer), as he enrolls in boarding school to try to gain a deeper perspective on life. He falls in love with Alaska Young (Kristine Froseth), and finds a group of loyal friends. But after an unexpected tragedy, Miles and his close friends attempt to make sense of what they’ve been through.

Along with Plummer and Froseth, the series stars Denny Love, Jay Lee, Landry Bender, Sofia Vassilieva, Uriah Shelton, and Jordan Connor. Ron Cephas Jones (“This Is Us”) and Timothy Simons (“Veep”) also star.

Also Read: Hulu Adds Ron Cephas Jones and Timothy Simons to 'Looking for Alaska' Cast

Savage and Schwartz will serve as executive producers alongside Jessica Tuchinsky,
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Chris Pratt ‘Excited’ About New Marvel Plans, ‘Cannot Wait to See’ Mahershala Ali as Blade

Chris Pratt ‘Excited’ About New Marvel Plans, ‘Cannot Wait to See’ Mahershala Ali as Blade
Kevin Feige’s announcement of Marvel Studios’ Phase 4 was one of the biggest stories to come out of San Diego Comic Con this year. While there was only a tease about “Guardians of the Galaxy 3,” franchise star Chris Pratt is definitely excited about the latest updates to the universe.

“Oh my God, I cannot wait to see ‘Blade.’ That to me is going to be so sick,” Pratt told Variety. “I’m a huge fan of the original [starring Wesley Snipes as the vampire vigilante]. Mahershala Ali as ‘Blade,’ when I heard that I was like ‘Oh my God, I’ve got to see that.’”

“All the Disney plus stuff sounds really cool,” he continued. “I want to see Anthony [Mackie] in ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.’ Scarlet’s movie [‘Black Widow’] — I’m just excited for all of it.”

The actor behind Star Lord also praised the studio for the
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Wesley Snipes Congratulates ‘Talented’ Mahershala Ali on Being Cast as ‘Blade’

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Wesley Snipes Congratulates ‘Talented’ Mahershala Ali on Being Cast as ‘Blade’
Original “Blade” trilogy star Wesley Snipes has broken his silence and congratulated two-time Oscar winner Mahershala Ali on being cast as the vampire hunter in the reboot of the Marvel Studios franchise.

“To all the Daywalkers losing their minds right now, chillaaxx,” said Snipes in a statement to TheWrap. “Although the news comes as a surprise, it’s All Good. Such is the ‘business’ of ‘entertainment!’ Much peace to the McU crew — always a fan. Honor and respect to the grandmaster Stan. Congratulations and Salaam to Mahershala Ali, a beautiful and talented artist whose expressions I look forward to experiencing for many years to come. Inshallah, we will someday work together.”

“Most importantly to my loyal fans, the incredible outpouring of love is overwhelming. I am grateful for the never-ending support. So, ‘nah fret nah worry, it’s not de end of de story.’ Welcome to the Daywalker Klique,” added Snipes.
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Why Did Trump Make the ‘Okay’ Gesture While Talking about Aoc?

Why Did Trump Make the ‘Okay’ Gesture While Talking about Aoc?
While referring to New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a speech on Tuesday, President Trump flashed a distinctive hand gesture. Here’s a video, captured and shared on Twitter by Vox reporter Aaron Rupar.

The gesture is traditionally the symbol for “okay,” but, mutated by a wildly successful 4chan hoax and stripped of its irony by white supremacists, it’s now also used as an earnest “white power” symbol.

So when does it mean what?

As the Anti-Defamation League writes in an explainer, “The
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Sen. Kamala Harris Introduces Law to Federally Legalize, Tax Marijuana

On Tuesday, Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris announced that she is teaming up with House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler to co-sponsor the More Act of 2019, a bill that would decriminalize marijuana on the federal level and expunge low-level marijuana possession convictions. If enacted, the bill would also provide grants to members of communities of color, in an attempt to reverse decades of damage that cannabis criminalization has done to those communities.

“Times have changed — marijuana should not be a crime,” Sen. Harris said in a statement sent to Rolling Stone.
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Viceland Pro-Wrestling Docuseries ‘Dark Side of the Ring’ Renewed for Supersized Season 2

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Viceland has renewed its pro-wrestling docuseries “Dark Side of the Ring” for a supersized second season, the network’s president, Guy Slattery, announced during the Television Critics Association press tour Tuesday.

Season 2 of the series will have “almost double the initial episode order, with 10 hour-long examinations of the collision of fantasy and reality and the stars’ larger-than-life characters in and out of the ring from returning executive producers Evan Husney and Jason Eisener,” per the Vice Media and A&e-owned network.

Production has already begun on the second season, which is now a Crave Original, with Season 1 set to have its Canadian premiere this fall on Bell Media’s Crave.

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“We were thrilled with the positive response to Dark Side when it debuted,” Slattery said. “The enthusiasm from fans and non-fans alike was contagious.
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NBCUniversal Projects More Than $1.2 Billion in Ad Sales for 2020 Olympics

NBCUniversal projected it would sell more than $1.2 billion in advertising for its 17 days of broadcasts of the 2020 Olympics from Tokyo, citing the event as a rare opportunity for Madison Avenue to reach big audiences without the worry of politics getting in the way of a commercial message.

The Olympics is “one of the most brand-safe environments for [advertisers’] campaigns,” said Dan Lovinger, executive vice president of ad sales for NBC Sports Group, during a conference with reporters Tuesday. “Families and groups gather” to watch the same team, he added. “We are pacing significantly ahead of where we were at this same
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‘2020 Miss America’ Sets Air Date at NBC

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NBC has set the air date for “The 2020 Miss America Competition,” which will be telecast live from the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., the network said Tuesday.

The competition, which “follows 51 compelling candidates as they compete for life-changing scholarships to be used to continue their efforts toward community service and education,” will air Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019 from 8-10 p.m. Et/Pt.

At the end of the night, one candidate will be crowned Miss America 2020 and given the task of taking over for Miss America 2019, Nia Franklin, who has been promoting her social impact initiative “Advocating for the Arts” over the past year.

Also Read: Gretchen Carlson Steps Down as Miss America Organization Board Chairman

“The show will continue to highlight a diverse group of young students and professionals who are advancing the message of female strength, independence and empowerment through their efforts in the areas of scholarship, talent and social impact,
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The Vivian Girls Come Out Swinging

All three Vivian Girls miss the rain.

“It replenishes,” says Cassie Ramone, singer, songwriter, and guitarist. “It nourishes life!”

The band, who grew up and made their name on the East Coast, live in Los Angeles now. It’s far from the New Jersey basement shows, the 24-hour diners they frequented together as teens, and the tattoos they got to commemorate it all. Now, in West Hollywood’s Murakami Sushi, they’re in a mood to reminisce. Ramone, now 33, singer-bassist Katy Goodman, 34, and drummer Ali Koehler, 32, have been secretly rehearsing for months.
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‘Fast & Furious 9’ Production Resumes After Stuntman Injury

Main production on Universal’s “Fast & Furious 9” has resumed Tuesday in Leavesden after a stuntman was injured on set Monday, according to a source close to the production.

Joe Watts, a stuntman who has worked on films such as “Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” “Pokemon Detective Pikachu,” “Murder Mystery” and “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” sustained the injury after a fall from an elevated stage, the source told TheWrap. The accident took place at Warner Bros.’ Leavesden studio in the UK on Monday, leading to production on the film to be shut down for the day.

Universal had no comment.

Also Read: Electrical Sparks Fly at 'Hobbs and Shaw' Premiere; No One Harmed

The news out of Leavesden comes after a fire broke out at the Warner Bros’ studio in Leavesden two weeks ago. All eight of the “Harry Potter” films, along with movies from the James Bond, “Fast and the
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‘Dog: Impossible': Watch Animal Behaviorist Matt Beisner Take on Some Very Bad Dogs (Exclusive Video)

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Nat Geo Wild has set the premiere date and released a new trailer for “Dog: Impossible,” the dog-training series starring dog behavior specialist Matt Beisner.

Formerly titled “Red Zone Dogs,” the project sees Beisner and trainer Stef Diorio take on “some of the most dangerous, most aggressive and most misunderstood dogs in the country” via Beisner’s company, The Zen Dog, attempting to rehabilitate their behvior.

“Dog: Impossible” will premiere on Sunday, Sept. 8 on Nat Geo Wild. Watch an exclusive new trailer above, and read full episode descriptions below.

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“From hardened hopelessness to real redemption, my personal transformation led me to create The Zen Dog, the world’s cutting-edge technique to help humans help dogs help themselves,” Beisner said in a statement. “Without treats, commands nor dominance-based methods, we continue to prove
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NBC Sports Expects 2020 Tokyo Olympics to ‘Exceed’ Rio Games’ $1.2 Billion in National Ad Sales

NBC Sports anticipates its 2020 Tokyo Olympics will “exceed” the $1.2 billion in national ad sales revenue that it generated with the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The company’s ad sales are pacing “significantly” ahead of where they were at this time in 2015, group Evp Dan Lovinger said Tuesday on a conference call with media. Some of the strongest categories in the relatively early going are auto, travel, beverage, tech and financial services.

“As with PyeongChang and contrary to what some believe, Tokyo’s timezone is favorable for U.S. viewers as morning events will take place live in primetime or our primetime plus program,” Lovinger said.

Also Read: NBC and CBS to Swap Their Next Super Bowls, Moving CBS Up a Year

NBC Sports is selling these games on the Total Audience Delivery (Tad) metric, Lovinger said, which combines broadcast, cable, digital and social.

The Opening Ceremony for the Games of the Xxxii Olympiad,
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