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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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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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Hear the Replacements’ Newly Mixed ‘Talent Show’ From ‘Dead Man’s Pop’ Box Set

The Replacements have unveiled the first newly mixed song from their forthcoming Dead Man’s Pop box set, “Talent Show.” The track, from 1989’s Don’t Tell a Soul, gets a redux from original producer Matt Wallace, who revisited the 1988 master tapes for the new mix.

The fresh take gives a glimpse into the studio session, with directional cues heard off in the distance. The guitar melodies sound a bit crisper and brighter, while Paul Westerberg’s vocals as well as the backing vocals are more prominently heard in the new mix.
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Will Smith Jokes That Younger, CGI-Version of Himself From ‘Gemini Man’ Should Star in a Romantic Comedy

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Will Smith Jokes That Younger, CGI-Version of Himself From ‘Gemini Man’ Should Star in a Romantic Comedy
Will Smith is arguably one of the greatest living movie stars, and there’s a lot of things he can do — he’s like something out of a magic lamp. But one thing the 50-year-old actor can’t do is play a 23-year-old version of himself on screen. At least that was the case until he teamed up with Ang Lee and visual effects company Weta Digital for “Gemini Man.”

Now there’s a younger version of him out there, Smith is ready to sit back, get fat and let his digitally-created self take the spotlight.

“What I’m excited about is now there’s a completely digital 23-year-old version of myself that I can make movies with now. I was like, ‘Oh man, I’m going butt and gut on them.’ I’m gonna get really fat and really overweight … use the ‘Gemini’ Junior,” Smith said during a sneak
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Ybn Cordae Teams Up With Anderson .Paak, J. Cole For New Song ‘Rnp’

Ybn Cordae and Anderson .Paak trade whimsical boasts on new song, “Rnp,” which was produced by J. Cole. The new track will appear on Ybn Cordae’s forthcoming debut album, The Lost Boy, which will be released on Friday via Atlantic.

On “Rnp,” the pair’s rhymes playfully glide over Cole’s bouncy beats and slinky production. On the final verse, their lines ricochet off one another as they complete each other’s thoughts.

“We all all-stars, you hardly sixth string/Yeah, I had to ball hard to harvest these dreams/Swear to God,
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4 Things We Learned at TCA 2019: Day 1

The 2019 Television Critics Association summer press tour kicked off on Tuesday with presentations from DC Universe, A+E Networks, and Nat Geo.

DC Universe, the DC-branded streaming service, brought their adult animated series based on “Harley Quinn,” while A+E brought along a range of projects from across their portfolio. It was also announced that A+E network Lifetime would be following up on their successful “Surviving R. Kelly” docuseries with two new projects.

Read the breakdown of Day 1 below.

-“Harley Quinn” Will See the DC Villainess Explore Her Good Side — a Little Bit

Kaley Cuoco will voice the DC
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The Anti-‘Citizen Kane': How Art Beal Built Nitt Witt Ridge, a House Made of Trash in the Shadow of Hearst Castle

The Anti-‘Citizen Kane': How Art Beal Built Nitt Witt Ridge, a House Made of Trash in the Shadow of Hearst Castle
Fifteen miles south of Hearst Castle, home of “Citizen Kane” inspiration William Randolph Hearst, is perhaps a more impressive dwelling: Nitt Witt Ridge, the house that former garbageman Art Beale constructed by hand from cast-off beer cans, shells, and other cast-off materials. We talk about his story on the latest “Shoot This Now” podcast, available below or right here.

Beal was orphaned by the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, and became a competitive swimmer, abalone diver and vaudeville performer — among other odd jobs. One way he made money was by hauling junk from Hearst Castle during its construction.

He began work on Nitt Witt Ridge in the 1930s after his attempt at a normal life passed him by. He recycled everything but cement, including pipe, electrical wire, and material he carted off from Hearst Castle. He carved the home out of the earth using only a shovel and a pick he called an “idiot stick.
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Explorer Robert Ballard Will Attempt to Find Amelia Earhart’s Plane in Nat Geo Special

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Robert Ballard, the deep-sea explorer who discovered the Titanic shipwreck in 1985, will star in a new National Geographic special attempting to locate Amelia Earhart’s missing plane, the cable channel announced on Tuesday.

Ballard’s expedition is set to begin next month and will be documented in a two-hour special titled “Expedition Amelia.” The documentary will debut on Nat Geo on Sunday, Oct. 20.

“I have always been intrigued by the story of Amelia Earhart because she shocked the world doing what everyone thought was impossible, much like what I have attempted to do my entire career as a deep-sea explorer. Also, like Amelia, I was born in Kansas, so it is only appropriate that a Kansan solves this riddle,” Ballard said in a statement. “We have an incredible team in place of experts, scientists and explorers who are working diligently to map out this ambitious expedition. Using state-of-the-art technology and
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‘The Great Hack’ Film Review: Alarming Documentary on Voter Targeting Revisits Facebook-Cambridge Analytica Scandal

‘The Great Hack’ Film Review: Alarming Documentary on Voter Targeting Revisits Facebook-Cambridge Analytica Scandal
Did you know how important you are to the world’s movers and shakers? That’s the most charitable way to describe the unwitting technical mining of our personal data, and the manipulation of it in order to change our behavior, that’s turned into one of the most pressing issues of modern times.

Since it’s facilitated the rise in authoritarianism across the globe, it can’t be explained enough, or fought back against too strongly. With the new documentary “The Great Hack,” there’s now a sufficiently paranoid primer at hand to keep you questioning just what happens every time you engage with the world digitally, and why you should care about holding big tech accountable for their breaches of trust.

Directors Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim focus primarily on the scandal involving Facebook and now-bankrupt Cambridge Analytica, the sinisterly ambitious data firm funded by Republican moneyman Robert Mercer,
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TV News Roundup: Amazon Drops ‘The Boys’ Final Trailer (Watch)

TV News Roundup: Amazon Drops ‘The Boys’ Final Trailer (Watch)
In today’s roundup, USA releases the trailer for the second season of “The Purge” and Amazon drops the final trailer before “The Boys” launches.

Renewals

Viceland has renewed the pro wrestling docu-series “Dark Side of the Ring” for a second season. The upcoming season will feature 10 hour-long episodes chronicling the lives of wrestlers inside and outside of the ring.

Dates

“Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready” will hit Netflix on Aug. 13. Haddish executive produces and hosts the special, which will showcase half-hour sets from the comedian’s friends including Chaunté Wayans, April Macie, Tracey Ashley, Aida Rodriguez, Flame Monroe, and Marlo Williams.
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‘The Code’ Canceled After 1 Season by CBS

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CBS has canceled military drama “The Code” after one season.

Star Dana Delany tweeted the news out on Tuesday, writing: “Thank you to all you wonderful people who watched @TheCodeCBS. Last night was our finale and sadly, no more. I’ll never make General. But I loved this cast of stellar actors & know we’ll meet again. Semper Fidelis.”

Monday night’s episode will now serve as its series finale. It drew a 0.3 rating in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demo and had 2.9 million total viewers.

Also Read: CBS' 'Ransom' Canceled After 3 Seasons

The series followed soldiers who tackled legal challenges facing the U.S. Marine Corps. Along with Delany, “The Code” starred Luke Mitchell, Anna Wood, Ato Essandoh, Phillipa Soo, and Raffi Barsoumian. The series was created by Craig Sweeny and Craig Turk, who also executive produced along with Marc Webb, Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman and Christine Moore.

The Code
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WGA West Unveils Candidates for Election That Reflects Discord Over Agency Campaign

WGA West Unveils Candidates for Election That Reflects Discord Over Agency Campaign
The WGA West has unveiled the slate of candidates for officer posts and board seats in the election that reflects the divisions among members over the guild’s handling of the campaign to reform its rules governing talent agents.

Scribes Phyllis Nagy (“Carol”) and William Schmidt (“Yellowstone”) are set to challenge David Goodman for the president’s post. Nagy and Schmidt have been vocal in her opposition to the guild’s reform campaign that led to more than 7,000 WGA members firing their agents in April.

The guild has been in a standoff with the largest talent agencies since then, although
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‘The Code’ Canceled After One Season on CBS

‘The Code’ Canceled After One Season on CBS
Freshman military drama “The Code” is officially done at CBS. The news comes just one day after the show’s season finale, which will now serve as the show’s series finale.

“Thank you to all you wonderful people who watched [‘The Code’],” series star Dana Delany wrote on Twitter. “Last night was our finale and sadly, no more. I’ll never make General. But I loved this cast of stellar actors & know we’ll meet again. Semper Fidelis.”

The series followed soldiers who tackle the toughest legal challenges facing the U.S. Marine Corps. As prosecutors, defense lawyers, and investigators,
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WGA Finalizes Board Election Candidates Amid Agency Tensions

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WGA Finalizes Board Election Candidates Amid Agency Tensions
The Writers Guild of America announced the final list of candidates for its upcoming board of directors election, with several candidates campaigning against the current board’s handling of the ongoing conflict with agencies over packaging fees and affiliated production companies.

Incumbent president David A. Goodman will run against TV writer William Schmidt and Oscar and Emmy-nominated writer Phyllis Nagy, both of whom are calling on the WGA to resume negotiations with the Association of Talent Agents. Nagy said in a recent Los Angeles Times interview that there “appears to be no strategy now from the leadership” when it comes to the agency impasse, while Schmidt has criticized Goodman for engaging in a “jihad against agents.”

Also Read: WGA Finalizes Board Election Candidates Amid Agency Tensions

Another major opponent of the current WGA leadership is “Chernobyl” creator Craig Mazin, who is running for vice president against Carl Gottlieb and incumbent Marjorie David.
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Leonardo DiCaprio Worries Traditional Filmmaking Becoming ‘Dinosaur’ in the Age of Streaming

Leonardo DiCaprio Worries Traditional Filmmaking Becoming ‘Dinosaur’ in the Age of Streaming
Leonardo DiCaprio is nervous traditional filmmaking may be in danger of extinction.

“We’re entering this age of streaming where things are so immediate and all of a sudden you have a new show, eight episodes of a new brilliant show that comes on that you can watch almost every other day,” DiCaprio told Variety at Monday’s premiere of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Quentin Tarantino’s look at 1969 Los Angeles.

DiCaprio stars in the movie as a fading Hollywood star with Brad Pitt as his loyal stuntman and now driver.

“So when you’re talking about a movie that’s shot on film where you have all of Hollywood Boulevard that like physically transformed into 1969 with no CGI, this is kind of a real throwback to an era of filmmaking we’re not going to see anymore,” he said.

“In a way it is a bit of a dinosaur,
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Will Smith, Ang Lee Reveal Digital Aging Secrets While Teasing New 'Gemini Man' Footage

Will Smith, Ang Lee Reveal Digital Aging Secrets While Teasing New 'Gemini Man' Footage
Inventive Oscar-winning director Ang Lee showed off what might arguably be among the emotive and realistic CG humans ever created in Hollywood, during a press preview Tuesday that featured 20 minutes of clips from his upcoming sci-fi thriller Gemini Man. The film from Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Skydance and Paramount stars Will Smith as Henry, an elite assassin who is pursued by a younger clone of himself.

Performing against Henry is a fully CG 23-year-old Smith — known as "Junior" — that was created based on Smith’s performance using motion capture at Peter Jackson’s VFX house Weta Digital....
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