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Robert Rodriguez to Direct Netflix Superhero Movie Starring Priyanka Chopra & Pedro Pascal

Robert Rodriguez to Direct Netflix Superhero Movie Starring Priyanka Chopra & Pedro Pascal
Robert Rodriguez and Netflix are getting into the superhero business together with a new sci-fi fantasy film We Can Be Heroes. Rodriguez is set to write, direct and produce the original film, with Priyanka Chopra starring and a supporting cast that includes Christian Slater, Boyd Holbrook, Sung Kang, and Pedro Pascal. From the sound of it, We Can Be Heroes will tap right into the genre strengths Rodriguez showed with Alita: Battle Angel and his Spy Kids franchise. Per Deadline, The pic follows the children of Earth’s superheroes after their parents have been kidnapped by alien invaders. The …
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Quentin Tarantino Announces That He and Wife Daniella Are Expecting Their First Child

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Quentin Tarantino Announces That He and Wife Daniella Are Expecting Their First Child
Maybe it’s a sign that he really is thinking about retirement. Quentin Tarantino and his wife, Daniella, announced today that they’re expecting their first child.

The official statement, made to People Magazine, is brief and to the point: “Daniella and Quentin Tarantino are very delighted to announce that they are expecting a baby.”

Tarantino, 56, and the 35-year-old Israeli model-singer have been on the road in recent months to promote “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood,” which has made $183 million worldwide to date and is likely to score multiple Oscar nominations.

No word on a due date for the couple, who met at the Jerusalem Film Festival during his promotional tour for “Inglorious Basterds” in 2009 and began dating in 2016. They married nine months ago.

Tarantino has repeatedly hinted that he’s coming to the end of his filmmaking career, having long said he wanted to direct a total of 10 movies.
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Stephan James, Hong Chau Returning for ‘Homecoming’ Season 2, Kyle Patrick Alvarez to Direct

Stephan James, Hong Chau Returning for ‘Homecoming’ Season 2, Kyle Patrick Alvarez to Direct
Stephan James and Hong Chau are coming back for more, as far as “Homecoming” is concerned.

James, who earned a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in season 1 opposite Julia Roberts, will reprise the role of Walter Cruz, while Chau will return to play Audrey Temple for the Amazon series’ sophomore outing.

The show has also enlisted Kyle Patrick Alvarez to direct all episodes of season 2. Alvarez, who previously directed the Ezra Miller and Tye Sheridan feature “The Stanford Prison Experiment,” will also serve as an executive producer.

News emerged in July that Janelle Monáe will take over the lead
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Bethenny Frankel to Exit ‘Real Housewives of New York’ (Exclusive)

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Bethenny Frankel to Exit ‘Real Housewives of New York’ (Exclusive)
Bethenny Frankel is stepping away from the “Real Housewives” franchise.

Variety has learned exclusively that Frankel is poised to exit Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New York” ahead of its upcoming twelfth season. Frankel first joined the acclaimed reality series back when it premiered back in 2008 before exiting the series in 2010 during the show’s third season. She then rejoined the show during its seventh season in 2015 and has been with it since. She has also made guest appearances on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and starred in the spinoff shows “Bethenny Ever After” and “Bethenny & Fredrik.”

Bravo did not immediately respond to Variety‘s request for comment.

“I have decided to leave the ‘Housewives’ franchise to explore my next chapter,” Frankel said in a statement. “It’s time to move on and focus on my daughter, my philanthropy and my production partnership with Mark Burnett, producing
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Amazon Sets Original Series With Richard Hammond, Tory Belleci

Amazon Sets Original Series With Richard Hammond, Tory Belleci
Amazon has greenlit a six-part survival-cum-engineering series featuring “The Grand Tour’s” Richard Hammond and “Mythbusters’” Tory Belleci. The commission was announced Wednesday by Georgia Brown, director of European Amazon original series, speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival.

The as-yet-untitled pop-science series from Chimp Productions sees Hammond and Belleci shipwrecked on a remote desert island, and using their engineering and scientific skills not only to survive, but to construct a paradise island playground.

The series follows the pair as they construct an exotic wonderland using what they have from the shipwreck and what they can find on the island. Each
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James Wan’s New Horror Film Casts ‘Loudest Voice’ Star Annabelle Wallis (Exclusive)

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James Wan’s New Horror Film Casts ‘Loudest Voice’ Star Annabelle Wallis (Exclusive)
Annabelle Wallis, who most recently appeared in Showtime’s Roger Ailes miniseries “The Loudest Voice,” has been tapped to star in James Wan’s top secret horror project, sources tell Variety.

Wan is tackling the movie this fall before he jumps into prep on the “Aquaman” sequel with Jason Momoa at the top of 2020. Plot details are currently being kept under wraps. Wan came up with the story with Ingrid Bisu, and he will produce through the Atomic Monster banner with Michael Clear. Details regarding who will pen the script are still being worked out.

The film, a recipient of the Independent California Film Rebate, is being independently financed through Starlight Media and Midas Innovation, who will retain distribution rights in China. New Line will handle the remaining distribution.

Wallis previously worked with Wan on “The Conjuring” spin-off “Annabelle.” That film became a huge success, grossing over $257 million worldwide from a $6.5 million budget.
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‘Sudden Death’ Remake With a “Comedic Twist” is Headed to Netflix

‘Sudden Death’ Remake With a “Comedic Twist” is Headed to Netflix
Remember Sudden Death? It was a 1995 Die Hard knock-off set in an arena during a hockey game. Jean-Claude Van Damme played a firefighter who has to take on a group of terrorist – lead by Powers Boothe! – holding the entire arena hostage. Oh, and the Vice President is at the hockey game, too. It was pretty damn […]

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Disney Channel Enlists Duplass Brothers for YouTube Hip-Hop Dance Series Starring Sofia Wylie

Disney Channel Enlists Duplass Brothers for YouTube Hip-Hop Dance Series Starring Sofia Wylie
Disney Channel’s first original scripted series made exclusively for release on YouTube is “Shook,” a hip-hop dance short-form series starring Sofia Wylie, produced by Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass.

“Shook” will debut Saturday, Sept. 28, on Disney Channel’s YouTube channel. The scripted single-camera show centers on 15-year-old Mia (Wylie), who yearns to dance professionally but is hindered by daily obligations to her little sister and their single mom, a registered nurse. Mia begins to express her true and best self through dance with the support of her extroverted best friend, Fredgy, and a new mentor, Ritz, who introduces her
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Sony Confirms Spider-Man’s Story Will Continue Without Marvel

Sony Confirms Spider-Man’s Story Will Continue Without Marvel
The internet was torn asunder yesterday when it was revealed that negotiations between Sony and Marvel to continue their sharing of Spider-Man had broken down, meaning the wall-crawler will be leaving the MCU effective immediately. Fans have gone into meltdown over the news, with many conflicting follow-up reports confusing things. However, Sony has released an official statement on the matter now which confirms that the split is indeed happening.

The studio’s statement promises that Spidey’s story will still continue on from where things were left off in Spider-Man: Far From Home though, even if Peter Parker can’t rub shoulders with the Avengers any longer. The statement, which you can read in full here, cites that they’re “disappointed” that Kevin Feige will no longer spearhead the character’s movies but that they “respect Disney’s decision.”

It’s the last line that’s the most intriguing, though,
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Sean Spicer to Compete on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Sean Spicer to Compete on ‘Dancing With the Stars’
ABC will assist in the rehabilitation of former White House Press Secretary and known liar Sean Spicer by allowing him to compete on Dancing With the Stars.

Spicer served as President Donald Trump’s press secretary for the first six months of his presidency, during which he lied about Trump’s inauguration crowd size and repeated Trump’s false claim that Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. He also infamously claimed Adolf Hitler “didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,” and upon the release of the Mueller Report, it was
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Politics are Tearing Apart America, But Hollywood Execs Still Don’t Seem to Realize It (Column)

Back in July 2013, then-NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt announced a miniseries about Hillary Clinton, set to star Diane Lane and focus on her life in the wake of the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Call it cynical, but many of us gathered at the Television Critics Association press tour that day were skeptical that the project would ever actually happen. As I said then on a radio interview about NBC’s plan: “Have you not been on the Internet lately? There may be some people who might object to this.”

That was an understatement. The response to the announcement, on both sides of the political aisle,
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Grace Potter Announces New Album ‘Daylight’ With Soul-Baring ‘Love Is Love’

Grace Potter Announces New Album ‘Daylight’ With Soul-Baring ‘Love Is Love’
“I never said I was a saint/I never said I’d be his savior,” sings Grace Potter in the jarringly personal “Love Is Love.” Released today, the song alludes to Potter’s 2017 divorce and subsequent new marriage and is the first taste of the Vermont singer’s upcoming album Daylight, due October 25th.

While thrilling in its musicality, with Potter showing off the powerful voice for which she’s become known, “Love Is Love” is ultimately a challenging listen, as she recounts past mistakes and the notion of infidelity.
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Is Bernie Sanders the New Climate Candidate?

Climate advocate Jay Inslee may have dropped out of the Democratic primary, but it doesn’t appear like the controversial issue of [checks notes] saving humanity from an environmental apocalypse is going to fall out of focus. On Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) released arguably the most ambitious proposal yet to tackle the climate crisis, setting himself up to succeed Inslee as the field’s most prominent champion of the issue.

Dubbing the plan as his version of the Green New Deal, Sanders wants America’s electrical and transportation systems to be
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Watch Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris Talk ‘Trio’ Genesis

Watch Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris Talk ‘Trio’ Genesis
“Linda could literally sing anything,” Dolly Parton says of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Linda Ronstadt in the forthcoming documentary, The Sound of My Voice. Featuring new and archival interview footage with Ronstadt and several of her musical collaborators and longtime friends, the film is a stirring reminder of Ronstadt’s vocal prowess across musical genres, made all the more poignant by the singer’s battle with Parkinson’s disease and her subsequent retirement from performing in 2009.

The Sound of My Voice touches on many facets of Ronstadt’s life: her Mexican ancestry,
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Taylor Swift Performs on ‘Gma,’ Talks Re-Recording Big Machine Songs (Watch)

Taylor Swift Performs on ‘Gma,’ Talks Re-Recording Big Machine Songs (Watch)
Taylor Swift performed on ABC’s “Good Morning America” as part of the run-up to the release of her new album “Lover.” The singer played three songs, but she also provided more details about her plan to re-record songs from her past albums.

“Something that’s very special to me about this album is it’s the first one that I will own,” she said about “Lover.” Asked by Robin Roberts about re-recording her older material, Swift said, ““Yeah that’s true and it’s something I’m very excited about. My contract says starting from November 2020 I can start
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Barbara Broccoli, Richard Curtis Team With Passion Pictures, Htyt Films on Paralympics Documentary

Oscar-Winning British production company Passion Pictures is teaming up with James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli and filmmaker Richard Curtis on a new feature documentary about the Paralympic Games. The project, currently titled “Harder Than You Think” brings together Passion’s John Battsek with producer Greg Nugent of Htyt Films, with Broccoli and Curtis both serving as executive producers.

Directed by the BAFTA-nominated filmmakers behind “McQueen,” Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui, “Harder Than You Think” sets out to tell the extraordinary story of the Paralympic Games from its post-war inception to becoming the world’s third largest sporting event. U.S. Paralympian Tatyana McFadden and former International Paralympic Committee CEO Xavier Gonzalez will also serve as executive producers alongside Broccoli and Curtis.

The film will blend never-before-seen archive footage with the extraordinary stories of

modern-day athletes, leaders and visionaries. Bonhôte and Ettedgui said the film intends to take audiences on “a
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Hear Diiv Deliver Aching Confessional on New Song ‘Taker’

Hear Diiv Deliver Aching Confessional on New Song ‘Taker’
Brooklyn indie rockers Diiv have shared the lumbering and brutally honest new song “Taker” off their upcoming album, Deceiver, out October 4th via Captured Tracks.

“Taker” recalls classic grunge-era ballads, moving at a brooding, down-tempo pace as the drums thud and the guitars shift between a crackle and a roar. Frontman Zachary Cole Smith delivers an airy vocal performance over the heavy stomp, slipping in some deft harmonies as well as he confesses, “Who were you to believe?/Your lying eyes or me?/I won’t let them tie to
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Tribeca Film Institute’s Fourth Annual PitchNY Program Kicks Off (Exclusive)

College students and recent alumni in New York can apply to Tribeca Film Institute’s 4th annual PitchNY program, an effort to help young, diverse directors, producers and writers fine-tune their pitching skills, as well as to connect them with entertainment industry professionals who will serve as mentors.

On Thursday, Tribeca Film Institute announced that applications for PitchNY are now open. The institute is partnering with The New York State Governor’s Office of Motion Picture and Television Development and NBCUniversal for the first time since the program’s inception three years ago.

“We’re thrilled to work with the Governor’s Office and NBCUniversal for the fourth edition of this program,” said Amy Hobby, Executive Director at Tribeca Film Institute in a statement. “PitchNY engages emerging voices based in our home state and provides them with the tools they need to thrive as advocates for their content, which will
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The First Time: Opeth’s Mikael Akerfeldt

The First Time: Opeth’s Mikael Akerfeldt
Mikael Åkerfeldt, leader of celebrated Swedish prog-rock outfit Opeth, looks back on the moment he became a metal fan, the time he partied with Abba’s very own Dancing Queen, a song that made him cry, what made him lose faith in contemporary metal, and more in the latest installment of “The First Time.”

The singer-guitarist — whose band ranked on Rolling Stone’s Greatest Metal Albums list and will release its 13th LP, In Cauda Venenum, next month — vividly remembers the moment metal came into his life. He recalls how
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