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‘Lord of the Rings’ Series at Amazon Taps First Cast Member (Exclusive)

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‘Lord of the Rings’ Series at Amazon Taps First Cast Member (Exclusive)
The upcoming “Lord of the Rings” series at Amazon has made its first casting decision.

Variety has learned from multiple sources that Markella Kavenagh is in talks for a role in the upcoming epic fantasy series. Details of Kavenagh’s characters are being kept under wraps, but sources say she would be playing a character named Tyra.

Kavenagh is known for having previously starred in the sequel series to the Australian film “Romper Stomper” as well as for roles in the shows “Picnic at Hanging Rock” and “The Cry.” She is repped by Silver Lining Entertainment.

Amazon and reps for Kavenagh declined to comment.

The “Lord of the Rings” series is being developed by the writing team of Jd Payne and Patrick McKay. In addition, “Game of Thrones” alum Bryan Cogman has signed on as a consultant on the project with J.A. Bayona set to direct multiple episodes.

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‘Kill Bill Vol. 3’ Not Dead Yet: Quentin Tarantino Says He’s Still in Talks With Uma Thurman

‘Kill Bill Vol. 3’ Not Dead Yet: Quentin Tarantino Says He’s Still in Talks With Uma Thurman
Kill Bill Vol. 3” is not dead just yet. During a recent interview on MTV’s “Happy Sad Confused” podcast, Quentin Tarantino confirmed he’s still talking with leading star Uma Thurman about continuing their adored martial arts film series. “Kill Bill Vol. 1” debuted in October 2003, while sequel “Kill Bill Vol. 2” quickly followed in April 2014. Tarantino has long been outspoken about wanting to continue the series with a trilogy-ending third installment that focuses on the now-adult daughter of Vernita Green (Vivica A. Fox) pursuing vengeance against Thurman’s Beatrix/The Bride for killing her mother.

“Me and Uma have talked about it recently, frankly, to tell you the truth,” Tarantino said. “I have thought about it a little further. We were talking about it literally last week. If any of my movies were going to spring from my other movies, it would be a third ‘Kill Bill.’”

The biggest issue facing a potential “Kill Bill Vol.
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‘The Simpsons’ Creator Has ‘No Doubt’ Sequel Movie Will Happen Under Disney

‘The Simpsons’ Creator Has ‘No Doubt’ Sequel Movie Will Happen Under Disney
The Simpsons Movie” was a massive success for 20th Century Fox when it opened theatrically in July 2007. With $527 million worldwide, the long-awaited film based on the Fox animated series ended the year as the eighth biggest box office hit. “The Simpsons Movie” was also critically acclaimed, picking up a prestigious Annie Awards nomination for Best Animated Feature. The movie’s success led many “Simpsons” fans to wonder if Homer, Bart, and the rest of the family would grace the big screen in a sequel. Series creator Matt Groening revealed at Comic-Con (via NME) a film sequel is definitely still in the cards, even if “The Simpsons” owner Fox is now owned by Walt Disney Studios.

“No doubt there will be another ‘Simpsons’ movie one of these days,” Groening assured fans. “I think Disney wants something for its money.”

Groening also provided a reason for why a sequel to “The Simpsons Movie
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‘Fast & Furious 9’ Production Halted After Stuntman Injury On UK Set

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‘Fast & Furious 9’ Production Halted After Stuntman Injury On UK Set
An injury to a stuntman on the set of Universal’s Fast & Furious 9 at Leavesden studios in the UK halted production Monday. A studio spokesperson confirmed the news.

“We had an injury on the set of Fast 9 today in Leavesden with one of our stuntmen,” the studio said. “We have halted production for the day to focus on this situation.”

No other details were available.

Justin Lin has returned to direct the latest installment in the franchise. Dan Casey wrote the screenplay from a story by Lin and Alfredo Botello. Vin Diesel returns for the latest sequel along with The Fate of the FuriousCharlize Theron and Helen Mirren, as well as franchise newcomer John Cena.

The news today comes after a fire broke out earlier this month at the historic Leavesden studios just outside London. The blaze took 15 hours to extinguish and damaged the the set of
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Kenya Barris and Kid Cudi Team on Adult Animated Netflix Series ‘Entergalactic’

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Kenya Barris and Kid Cudi Team on Adult Animated Netflix Series ‘Entergalactic’
Netflix announced Monday that rapper Kid Cudi will team up with “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris to create an adult animated streaming series based on his upcoming album, “Entergalactic.”

Written by Kid Cudi with “How to Make It in America” creator Ian Edelman, “Entergalactic” will follow a young man on his journey to discover love. Barris will produce the show through his company Khalabo Ink Society, which has an overall deal with Netflix.

Barris, who produced the recently released “Shaft” and “Little,” has several other projects as a writer and producer on his slate, including a remake of Roald Dahl’s “The Witches,” which he co-wrote with director Robert Zemeckis, and the sequel to the Eddie Murray ’80s comedy “Coming to America.” Cudi, who released “Kids See Ghosts” with Kanye West last year, aims to release his new album later this year.

Also Read: Netflix Orders Variety Sketch Series 'Astronomy Club' From Kenya Barris

For Netflix,
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David Hedison Dies: ‘Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea’ Actor Was 92

David Hedison Dies: ‘Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea’ Actor Was 92
David Hedison, an actor who appeared in Off Broadway productions by Clifford Odets and in the original version of horror sci-fi classic The Fly but is best known for his starring role in the popular ’60s adventure series Voyage To The Bottom of The Sea, died July 18 in Los Angeles. He was 92.

His death was announced by his daughters Alexandra and Serena, who were at his side when he “passed away peacefully,” the family reports.

Hedison, who began his career using his given name Al Hedison, was a native of Providence, Rhode Island, and discovered his passion for theater at Brown University. He studied under Sanford Meisner at The Neighborhood Playhouse and Lee Strasberg at The Actors Studio, and was soon performing Off Broadway alongside Uta Hagen and Michael Redgrave (Hedison performed Off Broadway in 1956’s A Month in the Country under Redgrave’s direction).

In 1958, Hedison appeared, with Vincent Price,
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Natalie Portman Says She’ll Get “Jacked” To Play The New Goddess Of Thunder In ‘Thor 4’

Natalie Portman Says She’ll Get “Jacked” To Play The New Goddess Of Thunder In ‘Thor 4’
You can argue that one of the biggest “gets” for the Marvel Cinematic Universe during the early stages of its film industry domination was landing Natalie Portman to co-star with relative unknown Chris Hemsworth in 2011’s “Thor.” She would then stick around for the second film, ‘Dark something-or-another’ (desperately trying to forget it). However, since then, films have mentioned Portman’s Jane Foster, but have yet to show her again.

Continue reading Natalie Portman Says She’ll Get “Jacked” To Play The New Goddess Of Thunder In ‘Thor 4’ at The Playlist.
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Discovery Sets ‘Brady Bunch’ Crossovers to Promote HGTV’s ‘A Very Brady Renovation’

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Discovery Sets ‘Brady Bunch’ Crossovers to Promote HGTV’s ‘A Very Brady Renovation’
To help promote HGTV’s upcoming series about the renovation of the “Brady Bunch House,” Discovery is bringing the “Brady Bunch” to some of its other networks.

“Brady Bunch” cast members will appear in episodes of “Fast N’ Loud,” “Chopped,” “Worst Cooks in America,” “The Kitchen” and “The Pioneer Woman,” which air on Food Network and Discovery Channel. These episodes will air in August and September, leading up to the debut of “A Very Brady Renovation.”

The “Brady Bunch” castmembers taking part include: Barry Williams (Greg), Maureen McCormick (Marcia), Christopher Knight (Peter), Eve Plumb (Jan), Mike Lookinland (Bobby) and Susan Olsen (Cindy).

In honor of the show’s 50th anniversary, Hgtv transformed the interior of the Studio City, California, house — which used as the exterior of the what many viewers know as “The
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‘The Chi’ Star Sonja Sohn Arrested on Felony Cocaine Charge

‘The Chi’ Star Sonja Sohn Arrested on Felony Cocaine Charge
The Chi” actress Sonja Sohn was arrested Sunday in North Carolina’s Outer Banks and charged with cocaine and marijuana possession. She posted $1,500 bond and has been released.

Sohn’s legal name is Sonja Denise Plack. She is also known by TV fans for her years on “The Wire” as Det. Shakima “Kima” Greggs. Sohn plays Dr. Gabrielle Burnham on CBS All Access series “Star Trek: Discovery.”

Here is the information we received from Major Jeff Deringer of the Dare County Sheriff’s Office:

At approximately 12:02 a.m. a traffic stop was conducted near the Washington Baum Bridge, Manteo, North Carolina. During this traffic stop a K-9 alerted on the vehicle for the odor of a controlled substance and a search was conducted. Inside a purse in the vehicle an amount of cocaine, drug paraphernalia and marijuana drug paraphernalia were located. The driver of the vehicle was issued citations
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Paul Krassner Dies: Author And Radical Activist Was 87

Paul Krassner Dies: Author And Radical Activist Was 87
Paul Krassner, an author and radical political activist credited with naming the Yippies, has died. He passed Sunday at his home in Desert Hot Springs, according to his daughter, Holly Krassner Dawson. He was 87.

Krassner was an old-line counterculture figure whose political activism made a large impact on the 1960s.

The Youth International Party, which became more widely known as the Yippies, ran a pig for president and threw dollar bills on the New York Stock Exchange floor, to name two political pranks.

Krassner was a free speech advocate and later a widely known author who appeared at many political and entertainment events, lending the voice of experience to the Diy movement.

Sorry to hear this. One of a kind, truly.

Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) July 21, 2019

Rip the satirical genius Paul Krassner. His insanely ballsy approach to political comedy stands ever taller today. We did a couple of live shows together
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‘Young Justice: Outsiders’ Renewed For Season 4 By DC Universe – Comic-Con

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‘Young Justice: Outsiders’ Renewed For Season 4 By DC Universe – Comic-Con
There will be a fourth season for DC Universe’s popular teenage superhero animated series Young Justice: Outsiders.

Creators and producers Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti announced the renewal and screened a new episode of the popular series today at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Weisman and Vietti said production is already underway on the fourth installment.

The animated series follows the teenage superheroes of the DC Universe as they come of age in an animated world of superpowers, supervillains and super secrets. In the new season, the team faces its greatest challenge as it takes on meta-human trafficking and the terrifying threat it creates for a society caught in the crossfire of a genetic arms race spanning the globe and the galaxy.

Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!) executive prodcues Young Justice: Outsiders from Warner Bros. Animation.
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‘Riverdale’ Season 4: They’re Finally Doing a Halloween Episode, Jughead’s Going to Prep School

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‘Riverdale’ Season 4: They’re Finally Doing a Halloween Episode, Jughead’s Going to Prep School
The “Riverdale” team dropped a heap of Season 4 news on fans during the show’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Sunday, revealing they’re finally doing a Halloween episode and Cole Sprouse’s Jughead is heading to prep school for senior year.

Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa also said Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) are going to become partners with a “Risky Business”-like storyline involving “maple syrup rum,” and Archie (Kj Apa) is starting a freakin’ band with his friends, y’all: The Archies, the group featured in the original Archie comics.

Plus, Bughead fans are going to be tested, as Betty (Lili Reinhart) is going to be dealing with Jughead’s move to a new school — and the fact that they just found out they share a half brother — and Josie will return for the first episode of Season 4.

Also Read: 'Riverdale': Shannen Doherty to
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Nicole Kidman Weighs in on Possible Big Little Lies Season 3 Renewal

Nicole Kidman Weighs in on Possible Big Little Lies Season 3 Renewal
Big Little Lies fans are itching for a third season of the Emmy-winning HBO show, but there is a tall order involved for a renewal to happen. Cast member Nicole Kidman weighed in on the matter in a recent interview with News Corp Australia, posted on Saturday, a day before the season two finale. "I think we would love to do a season three because there is certainly ideas," she said. "But we would not do it without all of the same people involved...even the kids." Fans were thrilled and somewhat surprised to even get a second season for HBO's female-driven, A-list cast ensemble limited drama series, which also stars returning actresses Reese Witherspoon, Shailene...
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‘Impractical Jokers’ Picked Up For Ninth Season By truTV

‘Impractical Jokers’ Picked Up For Ninth Season By truTV
WarnerMedia’s truTV isn’t kidding – Impractical Jokers has been picked up for its ninth season. The renewal of the original series featuring James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano will be on the network through 2020.

The announcement was made tonight at the fourth annual Impractical Jokers fan event at the Park at Petco Park in San Diego during a special live streamed Q&a.

The 26-episode order finds the show ranking as the #1 comedy series in cable among P18-49, delivering an average of 768,000 people in Live +7 viewing and reaching more than 1.2 million total viewers each week.

Created and executive produced by its stars, collectively known as the comedy troupe The Tenderloins, the series recently filmed its landmark 200th episode, which is slated to premiere early next year.

In addition to a reprise of its annual fan event in San Diego, truTV brought Impractical Jokers
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Old Crow Medicine Show Ready ‘Live at the Ryman’ Concert Album

Old Crow Medicine Show Ready ‘Live at the Ryman’ Concert Album
Among today’s country artists, Old Crow Medicine Show have become synonymous with the Ryman Auditorium, Nashville’s “mother church of country music.” On September 20th, the Grand Ole Opry members will pay homage to their long-running relationship with the venue with the release of the new concert document Live at the Ryman.

The 11-track collection — all recorded at the Ryman between 2013 and 2019 — includes both Old Crow staples like “Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer” and “Methamphetamine,” and traditionals and covers like “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” “Cc Rider,” and “Sixteen Tons.
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Macy’s Stops Selling ‘Mom Jeans’ Portion-Sizing Plates After CBS Correspondent Tweets Picture

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Following a tweet from a CBS correspondent, Macy’s has stopped selling a plate at its 34th Street flagship store, the only location the plate was available.

A picture of the plate, which features portion-controlling slogans warning users they’re edging out of “skinny jeans” into “mom jeans,” racked up over 3,000 retweets by Monday, after CBS correspondent Alie Ward sent it out Sunday.

“How can I get these plates from @Macys banned in all 50 states,” tweeted Ward, known for her appearances on “The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation with Mo Rocca” and as the host of the CW’s “Did I Mention Invention?”

How can I get these plates from @Macys banned in all 50 states pic.twitter.com/1spntAluVl

— Alie Ward (@alieward) July 21, 2019

Also Read: Macy's Digs Up Chrissy Teigen's Old Parade Diss as John Legend Joins Float

Later, she added, “‘Banned’ was hyperbole — I just think this logic is flawed,
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Song You Need to Know: Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, Maren Morris, ‘Prove You Wrong’

Song You Need to Know: Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, Maren Morris, ‘Prove You Wrong’
Sheryl Crow recruited Stevie Nicks and Maren Morris for her rootsy, catchy new single “Prove You Wrong.” The song is as much a testament to Crow’s ability to continue churning out powerhouse rock hits as it is to her curatorial prowess when it comes to assembling the ultimate supergroup.

On “Prove You Wrong,” Crow kicks things off by singing the chorus with her raspy twang before Nicks and Morris seamlessly blend into the skillfully casual bar band feel of the song. The brilliant musicianship and playfulness is executed by
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New Orleans Stalwart Art Neville of Neville Brothers, the Meters Dead at 81

New Orleans Stalwart Art Neville of Neville Brothers, the Meters Dead at 81
Art Neville, a giant of New Orleans music who helped co-found the Neville Brothers and the funk outfit the Meters, has died, Nola.com reports. He was 81.

Neville’s longtime manager, Kent Sorrell, confirmed the musician’s death, saying, “It was peaceful. He passed away at home with his adoring wife Lorraine by his side. He toured the world how many times, but he always came home to Valence Street.”

A pianist and singer, Neville’s career spanned more than 60 years and left an indelible impression on funk, soul and jazz music.
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Cable Blackouts Growing More Common, Even If Subscribers Get Angry

Among media companies, “going dark” was once a matter of last resort. Now it’s an option that is seeing more light.

CBS is not currently available on DirecTV or AT&T’s U-verse, the result of a battle over how much the two outlets’ owner, AT&T, ought to pay for the right to send CBS into millions of subscriber homes. The schism between the two companies, which cracked open early Saturday morning, is just the latest example of TV network and TV distributor finding themselves at odds at a moment when the industry is scrambling to lock in reliable streams of cash.
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David Hedison, Star of ‘Live and Let Die’ and ‘Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea,’ Dies at 92

David Hedison, Star of ‘Live and Let Die’ and ‘Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea,’ Dies at 92
David Hedison, who was best known for his work in two James Bond films and on the series “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea,” has died. He was 92.

Hedison’s death was confirmed by his daughter Alexandra Hedison. He’s survived by his two daughters Alexandra and Serena.

Hedison played Captain Lee B. Crane for 110 episodes on the ’60s adventure and sci-fi show “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” opposite Richard Basehart and Robert Dowdell.

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He is starred as CIA agent Felix Leiter alongside two different actors playing James Bond, first in “Live and Let Die” with Roger Moore and later “License to Kill” with Timothy Dalton in 1989.

Hedison also starred in the original version of the cult horror film “The Fly” from 1958 and appeared in episodes of “Fantasy Island,” “The Love Boat,
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