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Full ‘Respect’ Cast Revealed for MGM’s Aretha Franklin Biopic

The life of music legend Aretha Franklin is on its way to the big screen in Respect, and today, Metro Goldwyn Mayer announced the rest of the cast. Joining Academy Award-winner Jennifer Hudson as the Queen of Soul, will be Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy-winner Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland), Marlon Wayans (Requiem for a Dream), Marc Maron, Tate Donovan (Argo), and Emmy nominee Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt). The film will also star Grammy winners Mary J. Blige and Audra McDonald, and Tony nominees Saycon Sengbloh and Hailey Kilgore. Franklin, who passed …
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AFI Fest To Screen ‘The Crown’ And Honor Peter Morgan Ahead Of Netflix Drama’s Season 3 Premiere

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AFI Fest 2019 said Thursday that it will play host to “An Evening With Peter Morgan,” which will be followed by a gala screening of the Season 3 opener of Netflix’s The Crown. The event is set for November 16, the day before the Morgan-created hit series about the British royal family returns on the streaming service worldwide.

Morgan, who recently signed a major overall deal with Netflix, will be feted in a Q&a at the Tcl Chinese Theatre, with Season 3 cast members Olivia Colman, Tobias Menzies, Helena Bonham Carter, Josh O’Connor and Erin Doherty expected to attend.

His feature credits include writing The Queen, Frost/Nixon, The Last King of Scotland and The Damned United. Working alongside longtime collaborator and Left Bank CEO Andy Harries, he has turned The Crown into a global smash for Netflix since its 2016 launch. He currently is working on Season 4, with sources saying
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‘The Crown’ Creator Peter Morgan Sets Netflix Film, TV Overall Deal

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‘The Crown’ Creator Peter Morgan Sets Netflix Film, TV Overall Deal
The Crown” creator Peter Morgan is staying in business with Netflix.

Morgan has signed a multi-year overall deal at the streaming giant for both film and television projects. News of the deal comes ahead of the premiere of “The Crown” Season 3 on Nov. 17.

In addition to his work on “The Crown,” Morgan is known for his work on films like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Frost/Nixon,” “The Queen,” “Rush,” and “The Last King of Scotland.”

The deal was brokered by Morgan’s U.K.-based lawyers Lee & Thompson.

The Crown” has been one of Netflix’s most critically-acclaimed originals since it first launched back in 2016. The first two seasons have garnered 26 Emmy nominations and eight wins, including wins for both best actress in a drama for Claire Foy and best supporting actor in a drama for John Lithgow.

Season 3 will feature a new main cast, with Olivia Colman taking over as Queen Elizabeth II.
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‘The Crown’ Creator Peter Morgan Signs Mega Overall Deal With Netflix

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Netflix has signed a huge overall TV and film deal with The Crown creator Peter Morgan, in another sign that the streamers are prepared to spend tens of millions of dollars tying-up prominent British writing talent. We hear the pact is for at least four years.

Three sources told Deadline that Netflix’s deal with Golden Globe and BAFTA-winner Morgan was done as the company readies itself for the November 17 release of The Crown season three, in which Olivia Colman will replace Claire Foy on the throne.

Morgan is well down the track with season four of Left Bank Pictures’ lavish drama and sources said his exclusive Netflix deal will encompass another two seasons. This would take it to six seasons, which has long been Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos’ plan for the show.

The overall deal will also include projects by Morgan outside of The Crown, including feature films.
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Shanghai Film Week announces its first film festival event in Liverpool.

To coincide with the Liverpool-Shanghai 20th Sister Cities Anniversary Celebration, recognising the twin status between Liverpool and Shanghai, Shanghai Film Week is proud to announce its first film festival event.

Shanghai in partnership with Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Hope University and the UK-China Film Collaboration Project funded by the Ahrc, is hosting a unique film week in Liverpool between 14 – 17 October. Specially curated by the Shanghai Art Film Federation, part of the Shanghai Film Distribution and Exhibition Association, audiences in Liverpool will experience four critically acclaimed Chinese-language films which represent different aspects of life in contemporary Chinese society.

Jin Hui, Secretary-General, Shanghai Film Distribution and Exhibition Association said, “I very much look forward to presenting four Shanghai produced films to the audience in Liverpool this fall. Shanghai is the birthplace of Chinese cinema, apart from our historical film and cinema culture, we have also produced many high-quality films (both commercial and arthouse) in recent years.
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington is a well-known actress who was born in New York on January 31, 1977. Although she has appeared in many television series, she originally became famous when she played the role of Olivia Pope in ‘Scandal’, for which she was nominated for multiple awards. She then gained further recognition for playing Anita Hill in ‘Confirmation’. Washington has also had many films roles. Some of the films in which she has appeared include ‘The Last King of Scotland’, the ‘Fantastic Four’ films, ‘Ray’, ‘Django Unchained’ ‘Night Catches Us’, ‘The Dead Girl’ ‘Mother and Child’, and ‘Our Song’. Despite being

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Kerry Washington
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‘Nxt: UK’ Review (Aug 14th 2019)

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Welcome to this week’s Nxt UK review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have a packed hour to get to, so let’s make like The Force Awakens and steal all of our ideas from A New Hope/actual Star Wars movie. It’s Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi. Don’t give me an episode number. Okay, Nxt UK starts…yesterday. This is a little late. No episode numbers. The UK Awakens. There. That works.

Match #1: Flash Morgan Webster def. Mark Coffey The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

In the first of two matches set up for the Welshmen to prove their worth to General Manager John Saint and secure an opportunity to represent their home country at Nxt UK TakeOver: Cardiff, the innovative offense of Flash Morgan Webster was pitted against the hard-hitting Mark Coffey of Gallus.
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With ‘Godfather Of Harlem,’ Forest Whitaker Prepared For A Bumpy Ride

Forest Whitaker has played real-life characters before, and he’s obviously very good at it: He won his Academy Award for playing Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland. Of course, playing a well-known real-life character means there are plenty of opportunities to learn more about the role you’ll be playing. Whitaker’s latest [...]

The post With ‘Godfather Of Harlem,’ Forest Whitaker Prepared For A Bumpy Ride appeared first on Hollywood Outbreak.
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Forest Whitaker movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Last King of Scotland,’ ‘Bird,’ ‘Black Panther’

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Forest Whitaker movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Last King of Scotland,’ ‘Bird,’ ‘Black Panther’
On July 15, 2019, Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker will celebrate his 58th birthday. The actor has had a long and celebrated acting career though initially he aspired to be an opera singer. He enrolled at the University of Southern California to study opera but then changed his major to acting and graduated from the school with a Bfa in Drama.

While still enrolled in college, Whitaker began acting professionally. His first film role came in a movie called “Tag: The Assassination Game,” which starred Robert Carradine and Linda Hamilton. That same year he would get a small role in a movie about high school students that would become a classic. He joined a cast of unknown actors including Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold and Phoebe Cates in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” The film was a bit of a sleeper hit in 1982 but became a classic through repeated showings on cable TV.
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Forest Whitaker movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Forest Whitaker movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best
On July 15, 2019, Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker will celebrate his 58th birthday. The actor has had a long and celebrated acting career though initially he aspired to be an opera singer. He enrolled at the University of Southern California to study opera but then changed his major to acting and graduated from the school with a Bfa in Drama.

While still enrolled in college, Whitaker began acting professionally. His first film role came in a movie called “Tag: The Assassination Game,” which starred Robert Carradine and Linda Hamilton. That same year he would get a small role in a movie about high school students that would become a classic. He joined a cast of unknown actors including Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold and Phoebe Cates in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” The film was a bit of a sleeper hit in 1982 but became a classic through repeated showings on cable TV.
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Netflix Teams With Forest Whitaker on ‘Hello, Universe’ Movie

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Netflix and Forest Whitaker are collaborating on live-action family movie “Hello, Universe,” based on the 2018 Newbery Award winner and New York Times bestselling novel by Erin Entrada Kelly.

Playwright and screenwriter Michael Golamco (“Always Be My Maybe”) will adapt the book. Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi (“Fruitvale Station”) of Significant Productions will produce.

The story centers on a bully’s antics landing a timid boy in the bottom of a well, leading to his self-proclaimed psychic friend and unknowing crush teaming up to find him. The story is told from four intertwining points of view — two boys and two girls. It is published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books.

Netflix announced the deal Wednesday. The streaming giant’s slate of live-action movies featuring kids and teens and made for families includes the upcoming comedy “Tall Girl,” directed by Nzingha Stewart from a script by Sam Wolfson
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First Look at Cathy Brady’s ‘Wildfire’ Ahead of Cannes (Exclusive)

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First Look at Cathy Brady’s ‘Wildfire’ Ahead of Cannes (Exclusive)
Nika McGuigan (“Traders”) and Nora-Jane Noone (“The Descent”) are seen as sisters struggling to come to terms with secrets buried deep in their family’s past in the first-look image from “Wildfire.”

The film is Irish writer-director Cathy Brady’s anticipated first feature and currently in post production. Great Point Media is handling world sales and will have footage to show buyers at Cannes.

“Wildfire” tells the story of the sisters, who grew up on the fractious Irish border. When one of them, who has been missing, finally returns home, the intense bond with her sister is re-ignited. Together they unearth their mother’s past but uncovered secrets and resentments that have been buried deep threaten to overwhelm them. Filming took place in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Tempesta FilmsCarlo Cresto-Dina (“Happy As Lazzaro “) is producing with Cowboy FilmsCharles Steel (“The Last King of Scotland”) and
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James McAvoy movies: 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Split,’ ‘X-Men,’ ‘Atonement’

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James McAvoy movies: 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Split,’ ‘X-Men,’ ‘Atonement’
James McAvoy is rare among this new young breed of actors, as he has the ability to shift between offering heartbreaking sensitivity (“Atonement”) to displaying some serious action chops (“Atomic Blonde” and “Wanted”). The ability to toggle between these two attributes in such films as “The Last King of Scotland,” “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and as the young Professor X in three films in the “X-Men” series (with a fourth on the way) that has made him internationally one of the most in-demand actors in the world.

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Not only is McAvoy versatile in the kind of projects he selects, but he delivers, having earned two BAFTA nominations for his performances in “The Last King of Scotland” and “Atonement” plus a Golden Globe nom for “Atonement” as well.

SEESamuel L. Jackson movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to
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James McAvoy movies: 10 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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James McAvoy movies: 10 greatest films ranked from worst to best
James McAvoy is rare among this new young breed of actors, as he has the ability to shift between offering heartbreaking sensitivity (“Atonement”) to displaying some serious action chops (“Atomic Blonde” and “Wanted”). The ability to toggle between these two attributes in such films as “The Last King of Scotland,” “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and as the young Professor X in three films in the “X-Men” series (with a fourth on the way) that has made him internationally one of the most in-demand actors in the world.

Not only is McAvoy versatile in the kind of projects he selects, but he delivers, having earned two BAFTA nominations for his performances in “The Last King of Scotland” and “Atonement,” and a Golden Globe nom for “Atonement” as well.

McAvoy will be all over our screens in the next few months with his fourth “The X-Men” film, “Dark Phoenix,
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Godfather of Harlem Teaser: First Look at Mobster's Tale from Epix!

Epix is landing some great shows of late.

Coming this fall will be Godfather of Harlem, starring Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker in the lead role. He's joined by Vincent D’Onofrio, Giancarlo Esposito, Paul Sorvino, Nigel Thatch, and Ilfenesh Hadera.

Whitaker won an Academy Award for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the movie The Last King of Scotland.

Whitaker should have no problem stepping into the shows of the infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson, who in the early 1960s returned from ten years in prison to find the neighborhood he once ruled in shambles.

With the streets controlled by the Italian mob, Bumpy must take on the Genovese crime family to regain control.

During the brutal battle, he forms an alliance with radical preacher Malcolm X (Thatch) – catching Malcolm’s political rise in the crosshairs of social upheaval and a mob war that threatens to tear the city apart.
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story originally hid its Death Star connection and ended with a wedding

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story originally hid its Death Star connection and featured a happier ending.

There’s no question that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was a huge success, popular with both fans and critics, while also making large sums at the box office. The film, however, underwent many iterations before arriving at its final version, which leads one to wonder how it would have fared if another path was chosen.

One of Rogue One‘s writers Chris Weitz has revealed a couple of those different paths, telling the Cult Popture podcast (via The Playlist) about what the film was like before he came on board as a writer:

“The version prior to [mine] didn’t have everyone die. As a matter of fact, it ended with a wedding. I think it was on the presumption that Disney wouldn’t allow characters to die with such abandon. I
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‘Nxt: UK’ Review (March 13th 2019)

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Welcome to this week’s Nxt: UK review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have a nice big ol’ main event, an aperitif with a nice glass of red wine and chilled raspberry sigmon with blueberry drizzle…there’s no such thing as raspberry sigmon.

Match #1: Wolfgang def. Flash Morgan Webster The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Flash Morgan Webster kicked off the latest episode of Nxt UK in a head-to-head collision against Gallus’ Wolfgang, their first one-on-one encounter on Nxt UK. Despite The Modfather displaying a highly aggressive and always innovative offense throughout, The Last King of Scotland brought his efforts to a stretching halt. In the final moments, Wolfgang caught his high-flying opponent as Webster swung around the ring post and rammed him twice, spine first into the unforgiving steel. He then followed up with an earth-shattering powerbomb onto the ring apron.
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Nat Geo and Kevin Macdonald to Develop Documentary on Thai Cave Rescue

National Geographic Documentary Films has greenlit a documentary on the Thai cave rescue, the 2018 rescue mission that saved a youth boys soccer team escape after being trapped inside for 18 days, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Kevin Macdonald, known for “The Last King of Scotland” and “One Day in September,” a documentary about the terrorist attacks on Israeli athletes at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, is directing the feature documentary that includes exclusive interviews with British and Australian cave divers, and local Thai officials and volunteers who played a part in the rescue.

The documentary, which currently has a working title “Thai Cave Rescue,” is being produced by John Battsek and P.J. van Sandwijk along with executive producer Michael Lesslie.

Also Read: Ron Howard to Direct Paradise Wildfire Documentary for National Geographic

The boys were rescued from Tham Luang Nang Non cave in the Chiang Rai Province in Thailand.
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Real talk: Rami Malek would be 12th Best Actor Oscar champ this century to win for playing a real person

Real talk: Rami Malek would be 12th Best Actor Oscar champ this century to win for playing a real person
We all know that the academy loves when actors portray real people. Two years ago was the first time in 19 years that all four acting Oscar winners — Casey Affleck (“Manchester by the Sea”), Emma Stone (“La La Land”), Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight”) and Viola Davis (“Fences”) — won for playing fictional characters, which was frankly a minor miracle. But of the four categories, there is one where voters favor real-to-reel performances the most: Best Actor. And that love affair will continue if Rami Malek wins for his turn as Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody” as expected.

Malek would be the 12th Best Actor champ this century to win for playing a real person or a character based on a real person and the second in a row following Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour” (2017). The other 10 since 2000 are:

1. Adrien Brody (Wladyslaw Szpilman), “The Pianist” (2002)

2. Jamie Foxx (Ray Charles), “Ray” (2004)

3. Philip Seymour Hoffman
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‘Nxt: UK’ Review (Feb 13th 2019)

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Welcome to this week’s review of Nxt:uk, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and Nxt:UK has a great opener to show us, so let’s all go to the lobby…what was I talking about? That delete button is still not in the budget yet, so you get to read all of my dumb ideas/ignore everything I say.

Match #1: Noam Dar def. Jordan Devlin The following is courtesy of WWE.com:

Noam Dar returned to Nxt UK to engage Jordan Devlin in an explosive showdown, and Devlin gained the advantage when The Scottish Supernova hurt his ankle by inadvertently kicking the steel steps. Smelling blood in the water, The Irish Ace looked to stomp his opponent’s injured appendage into the unforgiving steel, but Travis Banks emerged to make sure Dar didn’t suffer the same fate that he had.

Back in the ring,
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