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‘Genius’: Why the Mary Shelley Bio Series Got Dropped for Aretha Franklin

‘Genius’: Why the Mary Shelley Bio Series Got Dropped for Aretha Franklin
Mary Shelley brought “Frankenstein” to life, but her own life was found wanting when it comes to Nat Geo. The author was supposed to be the subject of the network’s newest “Genius” season, the network’s scripted biography series, following Picasso and Einstein before him. But in February, Nat Geo announced it would focus on the life of the late, great Aretha Franklin instead.

On Tuesday, National Geographic Global Network President Courteney Monroe explained why the Gothic novelist was dropped.

“We were super-excited about Mary Shelley, a fascinating person, a fascinating life. The fact is that we just couldn’t find a way to crack it creatively for an eight- to 10-hour limited series,” she said. “And our feeling was if we couldn’t do it in a really excellent way and do it right, then we shouldn’t do it.”

“So that’s what happened. We really tried.
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Mueller Testimony: How to Watch and Livestream the Hearing

Former special counsel Robert Mueller will answer questions about his investigation into obstructions of justice and Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election during a testimony that will be publicly aired Wednesday.

The testimony will be aired on most major networks, including CNN, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, and C-span. IndieWire will also be streaming the testimony and will embed a livestream in this article when it begins.

It is unclear how much information Mueller will divulge, but the testimony will unfold over two parts. The topic of obstruction of justice will be discussed in a three-hour session before the House Judiciary Committee at 8:30 a.m. Et / 5:30 a.m. Pt, while Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election will be covered during a two-hour session before the House Intelligence Committee at noon Et / 9 a.m. Pt.

Mueller previously stated that he hoped that his public May address about the investigation would be
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Batman Producer Defends Robert Pattinson Against Casting Backlash: ‘Wait Until You See It’

Batman Producer Defends Robert Pattinson Against Casting Backlash: ‘Wait Until You See It’
Longtime Batman executive producer Michael E. Uslan has a message for anyone upset that Robert Pattinson is taking over the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman: “Wait until you see the movie.” Uslan addressed casting backlash at Germany’s Ccxp Cologne convention (via Comic Book). Pattinson is playing the comic book hero in Matt Reeves 2021 Warner Bros. tentpole “The Batman.” The actor’s casting was announced in May and left many fans upset by the decision.

“The star of the Batman movies is Bruce Wayne. Batman is the star,” Uslan said. “Batman is who everyone wants to see, along with the supervillains, so how does a filmmaker make the choice of which actor to cast? And I think the real key question for fans, and for all of us to focus on, is the filmmaker. My position is this: trust the filmmaker and give the filmmaker, and the filmmaker’s vision,
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Resurrecting Old Films with New Technology Blackmagic Designs Products: The Movie that Wouldn’t Die

I loved shooting on film. Nothing was more exciting than the day of the telecine transfer—I finally got to see how the movie would look—but the day the bill was due, my attitude would always change. I hoped that one day the inflated price of the film transfer would come down to a realistic number that made sense. That day is now! My film making career started in the mid-1990s in Florida, around the same time digital was born. I can remember all my friends shooting on Mini-dv and nudging each other saying, “Check out how great the Canon Xl-1 looks on TV. It […]
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Resurrecting Old Films with New Technology Blackmagic Designs Products: The Movie that Wouldn’t Die

I loved shooting on film. Nothing was more exciting than the day of the telecine transfer—I finally got to see how the movie would look—but the day the bill was due, my attitude would always change. I hoped that one day the inflated price of the film transfer would come down to a realistic number that made sense. That day is now! My film making career started in the mid-1990s in Florida, around the same time digital was born. I can remember all my friends shooting on Mini-dv and nudging each other saying, “Check out how great the Canon Xl-1 looks on TV. It […]
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Tiff Touts Awards-Ready ‘Joker’ as Festival Launches Nontraditional Contenders

Tiff Touts Awards-Ready ‘Joker’ as Festival Launches Nontraditional Contenders
All major fall festivals debut their share of awards titles, but traditionally Toronto is the festival of choice for Hollywood studios seeking a world premiere for their audience-friendly contenders. This year, however, Toronto’s world premieres include studio titles “that are much more character-driven dramas,” said new Toronto International Film Festival co-head Joana Vicente.

She and artistic director Cameron Bailey were especially impressed by three-time Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix’s all-stops-out performance in DC’s “Batman” spin-off “Joker,” directed by Todd Phillips. “It’s an original story, not part of the existing canon,” Bailey said. “It does take the character and a lot of the elements that we know from Joker’s backstory. But it’s an original story that allows the filmmakers to go in an original direction. It’s got some real dark tones to it, but it’s just grounded in this career-best career performance by Joaquin Phoenix.
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‘Light of My Life’ Trailer: Casey Affleck Directs Himself in Post-Apocalyptic Drama About World Without Women

‘Light of My Life’ Trailer: Casey Affleck Directs Himself in Post-Apocalyptic Drama About World Without Women
For his long-awaited followup to his controversial feature directorial debut, “I’m Still Here,” Casey Affleck picked a bit of a strange premise to tackle: a post-apocalyptic drama about a world without women. The actor and filmmaker settled two lawsuits in 2010 accusing him of sexual harassment and other forms of misconduct during the making of “I’m Still Here.” Despite the lawsuits being settled, Affleck has faced scrutiny over his behavior in the wake of the #MeToo and Time’s Up anti-harassment movements.

When he debuted his latest film, “Light of My Life,” at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year, he hit back at queries regarding its genesis. “It’s not. I wrote this movie and made this movie before all of those things became part of the conversation,” Affleck said at the film’s festival press conference about the film being a response to his personal history.
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‘Luce’ Exclusive Clip: Octavia Spencer Is Involved In A Tense Debate With A Student In Julius Onah’s Thriller

At the heart of the upcoming thriller “Luce” is a battle between the title character and his high school teacher. Not a physical struggle, but instead, a battle of wits and psychology, as the two people attempt to convince the other characters, as well as the audience, about who is right and who is wrong. It’s a battle that is beautifully acted thanks to Octavia Spencer and her co-star Kelvin Harrison, Jr.

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James Marsden’s Cut Role in ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Revealed as Meta Surprise

James Marsden’s Cut Role in ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Revealed as Meta Surprise
James Marsden was announced as a cast member in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” back in June 2018, but he’s nowhere to be found in the theatrical cut opening July 26 from Sony Pictures. Marsden is one of several actors who filmed scenes for “Hollywood” that got cut in the editing room; others include Tim Roth and Danny Strong. Collider has revealed that Marsden’s role in the movie was that of Hollywood icon Burt Reynolds. There are several scenes in the film where actors pop up as Hollywood legends, be it Mike Moh as Bruce Lee or Damian Lewis as Steve McQueen.

The casting of Marsden as Reynolds would’ve been an extremely meta one for “Hollywood” considering Reynolds himself was originally cast by Tarantino. Reynolds joined the project in the role of George Spahn, the ranch owner who rented out his property to Charles Manson and his followers.
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Back to One, Episode 67: Kevin Corrigan

Kevin Corrigan will always have a special spot in the Back To One pantheon, not just because he was the very first guest, but because he set the stage for the discussions on the craft of acting that were to come—personal, steeped in the work, confessional at times, often inspirational, always educational. In this hour, he shares some more inspiring personal experiences from a life in acting, and also talks about the work of those who’ve inspired him, from his friend Natasha Lyonne and his current co-star Pete Davidson, to Marlon Brando, Glenda Jackson, Taylor Negron, the actor Bob Dylan, […]
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Back to One, Episode 67: Kevin Corrigan

Kevin Corrigan will always have a special spot in the Back To One pantheon, not just because he was the very first guest, but because he set the stage for the discussions on the craft of acting that were to come—personal, steeped in the work, confessional at times, often inspirational, always educational. In this hour, he shares some more inspiring personal experiences from a life in acting, and also talks about the work of those who’ve inspired him, from his friend Natasha Lyonne and his current co-star Pete Davidson, to Marlon Brando, Glenda Jackson, Taylor Negron, the actor Bob Dylan, […]
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‘Light of My Life’ Trailer: Casey Affleck Directs A Father-Daughter Post-Apocalyptic Drama

Casey Affleck‘s long-anticipated feature, “Light of My Life” is finally here. The film is Affleck’s second as director and writer, his first being the 2010 hip-hop mockumentary “I’m Still Here.” But nearly a decade has passed since then, and it seems that “Light of My Life” is radically different, and decidedly more mature in its tone.

Casey Affleck Says Indie Film Isn’t Dead But His Kids Don’t Want To Go To The Movies [Karlovy Vary]

See for yourself in the synopsis:

Parent and child journey through the outskirts of society a decade after a pandemic has wiped out half the world’s population.

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Here’s Your First Look At A Bushy-Bearded Russell Crowe, Shailene Woodley, Charlie Hunnam & More From Tiff 2019 Films

While films starring Scarlett Johansson, Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, Nicole Kidman, Joaquin Phoenix, and other major stars seem to dominate the headlines coming out of this morning’s 2019 Tiff lineup announcement, there are plenty of under-the-radar films from acclaimed directors that are screening at the fest that are worthy of your attention.

Read More: Tiff 2019 Line-up: New Films By Rian Johnson, Steven Soderbergh, Safdie Brothers, Noah Baumbach, & The Joker Lands A North American Premiere

One of the most anticipated films comes from indie director Drake Doremus, called “Endings, Beginnings.” The film, which stars Shailene Woodley, Sebastian Stan, and Jamie Dornan, tells the story of a love triangle between an idealistic woman, a bad boy, and a scholar.

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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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TCA 2019: Summer Kicks Off With the Streaming Wars Looming Larger Than Ever

The summer session of the TCA 2019 press tour kicked off with a panel for “Harley Quinn,” the upcoming animated DC Universe series aimed at adults. Even with big-name stars like Kaley Cuoco and Lake Bell taking questions, the most relevant answer came over the weekend, when DC announced its original series, “Doom Patrol,” is going to be available on HBO Max as well as the DC-centric streaming service.

What does that mean for other DC Universe series? What else will be available on HBO Max when the highly anticipated WarnerMedia streaming service launches in spring 2020? How many other services and networks will be bundled under their broader parent company’s bundle? Or, to sum it all up, how is traditional television preparing for the right-around-the-corner streaming wars?

The “Harley Quinn” cast can’t quite answer those questions, but many versions of the above queries will come up time and time again over the next 17 days.
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Lifetime Announces ‘Surviving Jeffrey Epstein’ Series and College Admission Scandal Film

Lifetime Announces ‘Surviving Jeffrey Epstein’ Series and College Admission Scandal Film
After garnering an Emmy nomination with “Surviving R. Kelly,” Lifetime is developing another series designed to share the stories of those who have experienced sexual violence.

A+E Networks programming chief Rob Sharenow announced at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Tuesday that Lifetime is currently working on “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein.” The docuseries will investigate crimes allegedly committed by Epstein even as he moved through the upper echelons of the financial, political, and social world. Epstein was arrested earlier this month on charges that he took part in a trafficking ring that involved underage minors.

The six-part series “Surviving R. Kelly” premiered in January, featuring allegations against the R&b star. Following the series airing on the network, Kelly was dropped from radio station airplay around the country. Epstein’s alleged history has already had repercussions for his former associates in the entertainment industry, with studios cutting ties
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Janelle Monáe Set To Replace Julia Roberts As Lead In Amazon’s ‘Homecoming’ Season 2

Despite a trio of Golden Globe nominations earlier this year, for Best Drama Series, Best Actress, and Best Actor, Amazon’s “Homecoming” came away from the awards show with no trophies. And when the Emmy nominations were announced, the series came up empty again. However, that shouldn’t be an indictment of the series that stars Julia Roberts, as it received pretty great reviews and was regularly part of people’s top 10 lists.

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‘Deadpool’ Director Reacts to Third Film Not Being Included in Marvel’s Phase Four

Marvel Studios broke the internet July 20 with the announcement of its Phase Four movies at Comic-Con 2019. Added to the company’s 2020 and 2021 release schedule was long-rumored projects like “The Eternals” and “Black Widow,” plus welcome surprises like a fourth “Thor” movie and the addition of Mahershala Ali to the McU as vampire slayer Blade. While many Marvel fans celebrated the news, a majority of them also worried about “Deadpool.”

The Ryan Reynolds-led franchise released two blockbusters under 20th Century Fox, but its fate has been ambiguous in the aftermath of the Disney-Fox merger. No third “Deadpool” movie appeared on the 2020-2021 calendar, nor did Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige tease a “Deadpool” movie to come in the future like he did with previously Fox-owned properties like “Fantastic Four.” “Deadpool” director David Leitch is currently on the press tour for his upcoming tentpole “Hobbs & Shaw” and spoke about the
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Taika Waititi Isn’t Here For Your “Female Thor” Talk As He Clarifies What Natalie Portman Will Be Known As In ‘Love & Thunder’

In a flurry that saw 10 projects announced in under two hours, Marvel Studios blew the minds of fans in Hall H over the weekend, while giving people a glimpse at what Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has in store. And one of the most shocking aspects of the announcement is that Natalie Portman is back in the upcoming “Thor: Love and Thunder,” but instead of playing the love interest, she’s inheriting the hammer and becoming the Goddess of Thunder.

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‘South Side’ Review: Comedy Central’s New Series Humanizes an Oft-Derided Community

It’s a risky proposition: finding comedy in the everyday of an infamous neighborhood that consistently ranks as one of the most dangerous in Chicago, and the country. But Chicago natives – and brothers – Bashir and Sultan Salahuddin have done just that with their new half-hour series “South Side.” Co-created with Salahuddin’s former fellow “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” writer Diallo Riddle, the trio’s priority is ultimately to demystify, and more importantly humanize, the community of Englewood and challenge established – though incomplete – perceptions of the city.

The workplace has been the setting for several comedy show premises, likely in part because having a good sense of humor is necessary to survive the bureaucracy, diverse personalities and at times mind-numbing tedium that can come with the environment. But few movies or TV shows have been willing (or perhaps capable) of expressing just how soul destroying working an especially low-paying, dead-end job can truly be.
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