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Antonio Banderas to play Pablo Picasso in Genius season 2

National Geographic has announced that Antonio Banderas has signed on to the second season of its anthology drama series Genius, where he will portray the legendary Spanish artist Pablo Picasso.

The first season of Genius saw Geoffrey Rush taking on the role of scientist Albert Einstein. It received ten Emmy Award nominations, and has been watched by over 45 million viewers worldwide.

Season two of Genius sees Brian Grazer and Ron Howard returning as executive producers, with Ken Biller as showrunner. It is slated to premiere in 2018.
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‘Genius’ Season 2: Antonio Banderas Set to Play Pablo Picasso

‘Genius’ Season 2: Antonio Banderas Set to Play Pablo Picasso
Antonio Banderas (“El Mariachi”) has signed on to play Pablo Picasso in Season 2 of National Geographic’s Emmy-nominated “Genius.” The limited-run series will chronicle the life and work of the Spanish painter.

“The life story of Pablo Picasso has long since fascinated me and I have so much respect for this man, who also comes from my birthplace Málaga,” said Banderas. “I am thrilled to tell an authentic story of one of the most innovative painters in the world.”

Genius” comes from Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment, Fox21, Madison Wells Media’s OddLot Entertainment and Eue/Sokolow, and will premiere in 2018.

“Antonio was the natural choice. He, like Picasso, has a no-holds-barred approach to life that will add to the genuineness that we’re looking for,” said Howard. “He has such tremendous range as an actor, who I know will bring this brilliant and unconventional artist to life.
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‘Genius’ Season 2: Antonio Banderas Set to Play Pablo Picasso

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‘Genius’ Season 2: Antonio Banderas Set to Play Pablo Picasso
Antonio Banderas (“El Mariachi”) has signed on to play Pablo Picasso in Season 2 of National Geographic’s Emmy-nominated “Genius.” The limited-run series will chronicle the life and work of the Spanish painter.

“The life story of Pablo Picasso has long since fascinated me and I have so much respect for this man, who also comes from my birthplace Málaga,” said Banderas. “I am thrilled to tell an authentic story of one of the most innovative painters in the world.”

Genius” comes from Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment, Fox21, Madison Wells Media’s OddLot Entertainment and Eue/Sokolow, and will premiere in 2018.

“Antonio was the natural choice. He, like Picasso, has a no-holds-barred approach to life that will add to the genuineness that we’re looking for,” said Howard. “He has such tremendous range as an actor, who I know will bring this brilliant and unconventional artist to life.
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Antonio Banderas to Star as Pablo Picasso in ‘Genius’ Season 2 at Nat Geo

Antonio Banderas to Star as Pablo Picasso in ‘Genius’ Season 2 at Nat Geo
Antonio Banderas has signed on to star as Pablo Picasso in National Geographic’s “Genius” Season 2, Variety has learned.

The artistic career of Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno Crispín Crispiniano María Remedios de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz Picasso spanned more than 80 years. His work challenged and reinvented the world’s perceptions of art and creativity. The prolific artist generated an estimated 50,000 works, among the most notable being “The Old Guitarist” from his Blue Period, now on display at the Art Institute of Chicago; “Guernica,” inspired by the Nazi bombing of a small Spanish town of the same name, recently displayed at the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid; and “Les Demoiselles D’Avignon,” now on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

In addition, the artist’s personal life was equally intriguing. He lived most of his life in Paris during the first half of the 20th century and crossed paths
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Emmy Nominee Reactions 2017: Millie Bobby Brown, Ryan Murphy, RuPaul, and More Celebrate Their Nominations

Emmy Nominee Reactions 2017: Millie Bobby Brown, Ryan Murphy, RuPaul, and More Celebrate Their Nominations
The 2017 Emmy nominations caused quite a stir when they were announced this morning, causing mixed reactions from fans that ranged from excited to disheartened. But no one was more elated than this year’s nominees, many of whom expressed their gratitude with written statements, while others took to Twitter and Instagram to share their excitement.

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“We are honored and thrilled for this recognition of the hard work and talent of our relentless production and post teams. We are deeply grateful to our incredible chefs for letting us into their lives (and feeding us), and to
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Picasso to be subject of Nat Geo’s second season of 'Genius'

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First season starring Geoffrey Rush as Einstein ended on Tuesday night.

National Geographic announced on Wednesday the second season of its scripted anthology series Genius will chronicle the life and work of Spanish painter Pablo Picasso.

The new season from Fox 21 Television Studios is expected to commence shooting later this summer in time for a 2018 debut. Casting will get underway shortly.

Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment is once again on board as executive producer alongside Madison Wells Media’s OddLot Entertainment and Eue/Sokolow.

National Geographic said more than 45 million people worldwide watched the first season,
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Pablo Picasso Set as Season 2 Subject of National Geographic Channel’s ‘Genius’

Pablo Picasso Set as Season 2 Subject of National Geographic Channel’s ‘Genius’
Pablo Picasso will be the subject of the second season of National Geographic Channel’s biographical anthology series “Genius.

The legendary Spanish artist, who died in 1973 at the age of 91, was chosen for the depth of his impact on art and the perception of what constitutes art in the modern era. He also fit the bill as a historical figure whose name is well known but his life story is less familiar. Picasso’s story offers plenty of dramatic twists and turns, from the backdrop of two world wars and the Spanish civil war, to myriad romantic relationships and a
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‘Genius’ Season 2 Will Be About Pablo Picasso

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‘Genius’ Season 2 Will Be About Pablo Picasso
“Genius” chronicled the life and work of Albert Einstein, but for its second season, it’ll tackle a genius of a different kind. National Geographic announced Wednesday that the series’ Season 2 will follow the life of Spanish painter Pablo Picasso. Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Ken Biller, Francie Calfo and Gigi Pritzker will return as executive producers, with Biller returning as showrunner. Also Read: 'Genius': This Einstein Wants to Know If the Real One Is a Communist (Exclusive Video) “The remarkable story of artistic visionary Pablo Picasso is the perfect subject for season two of ‘Genius'” said executive producer Ron Howard in a statement.
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Pablo Picasso Will Be the Subject of National Geographic’s ‘Genius’ Season 2

National Geographic has announced who its next “Genius” might be, and the choice moves the ongoing drama series from the world of science to art.

Following its well-received exploration into the life of Albert Einstein, Season 2 will dig into the complex life of artist Pablo Picasso. The artist, who lived from 1881 to 1973, is famed for his skewed looks at the world, which created not just a lifetime’s work of unforgettable art – but an entire movement that made us reassess what art could be.

Read More: ‘Genius’: Hear the Song That Foreshadowed Johnny Flynn’s Breakout Role as Young Einstein

“Genius” is executive produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, the latter of whom directed the first episode of Season 1. Executive producer and showrunner Ken Biller will return for Season 2. Other executive producers include Gigi Pritzker and Rachel Shane from Madison Wells Media’s OddLot Entertainment.

There is no official word yet as to who will play Picasso, but in the first season of “Genius,” Geoffrey Rush and Johnny Flynn played the older and younger versions of Einstein (respectively). Producers said they plan to court a similar level of talent for the next season.

Prior to “Genius,” on screen Picasso has been portrayed on screen about 40 times, with portrayers including Marcial Di Fonzo Bo in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” and Anthony Hopkins in the film “Surviving Picasso.”

Also, Picasso mingled with plenty of other historical figures of his time we might look forward to seeing depicted — from the official release:

His passionate nature and relentless creative drive were inextricably linked to his personal life, which included tumultuous marriages, numerous affairs and constantly shifting political and personal alliances. He lived most of his life in the vibrant Paris of the first half of the 20th Century and crossed paths with writers and artists including Ernest Hemingway, Coco Chanel, Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, Gertrude Stein, Georges Braque, and Jean Cocteau.

“What we were looking for, as with Albert Einstein, was someone who saw the world in a completely different way,” Biller said during a conference call this morning tied to the announcement. “One in scientific realm and one in art realm. This is a declarative statement, that ‘Genius’ is not only about scientists, [but people] who are iconic figures in history who changed the world. Pablo Picasso came to mind among many figures for Season 2.”

Picasso was the first name the producers considered for the project, Biller said, and after discussing several names, “we circled back to that idea and felt that his story, which is rich and emotional and passionate and controversial, would not only allow us to expand the palette, but his life was so turbulent and interesting. It’s a fascinating story.”

Howard said many men and women were considered for the project, and the producers used the success of depicting Albert Einstein’s life as a guide in finding a story subject with similar breadth.

“We wanted to try to live up to an achievement we were very proud of, with Einstein’s life, and we needed to know the drama was there,” Biller said. “Talking to friends, family, and kicking it around, his name stimulates curiosity in people. He’s famous, a household name, but you don’t really know the story of his life – how through the turbulence, he achieved artistic greatness in many ways and over many years.”

Biller said the producers considered a female subject for Season 2, and are “hoping to do a woman for Season 3.”

“Unfortunately the way history works, when you Google ‘geniuses’ online, history doesn’t remember a lot of [women],” Biller said. “The pool from them to choose is smaller. We explored ideas of people in science, politics, the arts. It’s a fun parlor game. There are probably very few people you could mention that we didn’t discuss on some level.”

Biller pointed out that although Season 1 was about Einstein, it spent time on the women characters surrounding him, including his first wife, physicist Mileva Maric.

“We did feel a responsibility to explore this other brilliant scientist we didn’t know, Mileva,” Biller said. “You’ll see also in Picasso’s story that there are many fascinating women in his life who inspired him and were artists in their own right. We will give them their due and explore what it was like to be a woman not only in that time but also in Picasso’s life.”

Given the subject matter, Howard said he expects to be able to play with visuals in Season 2. Like Season 1 of “Genius,” Season 2 will cover different stages of Picasso’s life and include two actors portraying the artist.

“We have no casting in mind yet but we’re hoping to attract that same level of talent to the project,” Biller said.

Biller defended the idea of portraying Einstein’s sexuality. “The idea of seeing Einstein with his pants down wasn’t designed for titillation,” he said. “One of the truths of Einstein is that most of the world didn’t know about was he had many sexual relationships. He was not faithful to his wife. He had an unorthodox view of sexuality and monogamy. If we were going to spend ten hours exploring character, the audience wouldn’t be interested in watching him at a blackboard for ten hours.”

“We’re in heavy development of the show,” he added. “We have some of the same writers from the first season, and some new ones. Our intention is to be in production before the end of this year in the fall.”

The Season 1 finale of “Genius” aired Tuesday, June 20. The 10-episode second season is expected to air in Spring 2018.

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Pablo Picasso Will Be the Subject of National Geographic’s ‘Genius’ Season 2

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National Geographic has announced who its next “Genius” might be, and the choice moves the ongoing drama series from the world of science to art.

Following its well-received exploration into the life of Albert Einstein, Season 2 will dig into the complex life of artist Pablo Picasso. The artist, who lived from 1881 to 1973, is famed for his skewed looks at the world, which surrounded him created not just a lifetime’s work of unforgettable art – but an entire movement that made us reassess what art could be.

Read More: ‘Genius’: Hear the Song That Foreshadowed Johnny Flynn’s Breakout Role as Young Einstein

“Genius” is executive produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, the latter of whom directed the first episode of Season 1. Executive producer and showrunner Ken Biller will return for Season 2.

There is no official word yet as to who will play Picasso, but in the first season of “Genius,” Geoffrey Rush and Johnny Flynn played the older and younger versions of Einstein (respectively). Producers said they plan to court a similar level of talent for the next season.

Prior to “Genius,” on screen Picasso has been portrayed on screen about 40 times, with portrayers including Marcial Di Fonzo Bo in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” and Anthony Hopkins in the film “Surviving Picasso.”

Also, Picasso mingled with plenty of other historical figures of his time we might look forward to seeing depicted — from the official release:

His passionate nature and relentless creative drive were inextricably linked to his personal life, which included tumultuous marriages, numerous affairs and constantly shifting political and personal alliances. He lived most of his life in the vibrant Paris of the first half of the 20th Century and crossed paths with writers and artists including Ernest Hemingway, Coco Chanel, Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, Gertrude Stein, Georges Braque, and Jean Cocteau.

“What we were looking for, as with Albert Einstein, was someone who saw the world in a completely different way,” Biller said during a conference call this morning tied to the announcement. “One in scientific realm and one in art realm. This is a declarative statement, that ‘Genius’ is not only about scientists, [but people] who are iconic figures in history who changed the world. Pablo Picasso came to mind among many figures for Season 2.”

Picasso was the first name the producers considered for the project, Biller said, and after discussing several names, “we circled back to that idea and felt that his story, which is rich and emotional and passionate and controversial, would not only allow us to expand the palette, but his life was so turbulent and interesting. It’s a fascinating story.”

Howard said many men and women were considered for the project, and the producers used the success of depicting Albert Einstein’s life as a guide in finding a story subject with similar breadth.

“We wanted to try to live up to an achievement we were very proud of, with Einstein’s life, and we needed to know the drama was there,” Biller said. “Talking to friends, family, and kicking it around, his name stimulates curiosity in people. He’s famous, a household name, but you don’t really know the story of his life – how through the turbulence, he achieved artistic greatness in many ways and over many years.”

Biller said the producers considered a female subject for Season 2, and are “hoping to do a woman for Season 3.”

“Unfortunately the way history works, when you Google ‘geniuses’ online, history doesn’t remember a lot of [women],” Biller said. “The pool from them to choose is smaller. We explored ideas of people in science, politics, the arts. It’s a fun parlor game. There are probably very few people you could mention that we didn’t discuss on some level.”

Biller pointed out that although Season 1 was about Einstein, it spent time on the women characters surrounding him, including his first wife, physicist Mileva Maric.

“We did feel a responsibility to explore this other brilliant scientist we didn’t know, Mileva,” Biller said. “You’ll see also in Picasso’s story that there are many fascinating women in his life who inspired him and were artists in their own right. We will give them their due and explore what it was like to be a woman not only in that time but also in Picasso’s life.”

Given the subject matter, Howard said he expects to be able to play with visuals in Season 2. Like Season 1 of “Genius,” Season 2 will cover different stages of Picasso’s life and include two actors portraying the artist.

“We have no casting in mind yet but we’re hoping to attract that same level of talent to the project,” Biller said.

Biller defended the idea of portraying Einstein’s sexuality. “The idea of seeing Einstein with his pants down wasn’t designed for titillation,” he said. “One of the truths of Einstein is that most of the world didn’t know about was he had many sexual relationships. He was not faithful to his wife. He had an unorthodox view of sexuality and monogamy. If we were going to spend ten hours exploring character, the audience wouldn’t be interested in watching him at a blackboard for ten hours.”

“We’re in heavy development of the show,” he added. “We have some of the same writers from the first season, and some new ones. Our intention is to be in production before the end of this year in the fall.”

The Season 1 finale of “Genius” aired Tuesday, June 20. The 10-episode second season is expected to air in Spring 2018.

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Pablo Picasso Is Genius for Season 2 of Acclaimed NatGeo Series

Pablo Picasso Is Genius for Season 2 of Acclaimed NatGeo Series
Since strokes of Genius sometimes come from a paintbrush, Spanish artist Pablo Picasso will be the subject of Season 2 of the NatGeo series.

The announcement was made by executive producer Ron Howard the morning after Season 1 — which followed Albert Einstein (played by TVLine Dream Emmy Nominee Geoffrey Rush) — came to a close.

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Howard told reporters on Wednesday that choosing the co-founder the Cubist movement (and so much more) followed “hours and hours and hours of discussion and debate,” which he said points to the potential longevity of the biographical series.
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Pablo Picasso Set as 'Genius' Season 2 Subject for Nat Geo

A morning after its first season came to a close, Nat Geo has revealed the subject for season two of its first scripted offering, Genius.

Pablo Picasso will be the subject of the sophomore season of the anthology drama from Imagine Entertainment and Fox 21 Television Studios. Casting has not begun for the role.

The 10-episode first season of Genius focused on Albert Einstein and starred Geoffrey Rush in the role. Season two will see exec producers Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Francie Calfo and Gigi Pritzker return, along with showrunner Ken Biller. The drama hails from Imagine Entertainment, Madison Wells Media's...
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‘Genius’ Season 2 Subject Won’t Be Revealed During Season 1 Finale, Expected To Be Announced Tomorrow

Back in April, when National Geographic Channel announced a Second 2 renewal for its first scripted series, Genius, the network said that the subject for the anthology series’ second installment would be revealed during the June 20 Season 1 finale. The plan has changed, and there will be no announcement tonight. Instead, Nat Geo is planning to make the reveal during a conference call with Genius executive producers Ron Howard and Ken Biller tomorrow, June 21. I hear the…
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‘Genius’ Star Johnny Flynn on How He and Geoffrey Rush Cracked Einstein: They Assigned Him a Spirit Animal

‘Genius’ Star Johnny Flynn on How He and Geoffrey Rush Cracked Einstein: They Assigned Him a Spirit Animal
Albert Einstein: physicist, Nobel laureate, romantic and … owl? Trying to get a handle on the complex person whose name is literally synonymous with genius was the biggest challenge for Nat Geo Channel’s first scripted anthology series, which even has the title “Genius.

Einstein was best associated with his theory of relativity, which is one of the two pillars of modern physics, and his mass-energy equivalence formula, E=mc². Beyond the science and iconic shock of grey hair, though, was a man who started out very differently from how we now perceive him.

Read More: Ron Howard Avoided Directing TV Until ‘Genius,’ and He Has a Reason for That — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

“The goal of the show is to really humanize, get under the skin of Albert Einstein,” showrunner Ken Biller said. “We discovered that he lived this big, bold, brash, complicated, messy life.”

Einstein as a
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‘Genius’ Star Johnny Flynn on How He and Geoffrey Rush Cracked Einstein: They Assigned Him a Spirit Animal

‘Genius’ Star Johnny Flynn on How He and Geoffrey Rush Cracked Einstein: They Assigned Him a Spirit Animal
Albert Einstein: physicist, Nobel laureate, romantic and … owl? Trying to get a handle on the complex person whose name is literally synonymous with genius was the biggest challenge for Nat Geo Channel’s first scripted anthology series, which even has the title “Genius.

Einstein was best associated with his theory of relativity, which is one of the two pillars of modern physics, and his mass-energy equivalence formula, E=mc². Beyond the science and iconic shock of grey hair, though, was a man who started out very differently from how we now perceive him.

Read More: Ron Howard Avoided Directing TV Until ‘Genius,’ and He Has a Reason for That — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

“The goal of the show is to really humanize, get under the skin of Albert Einstein,” showrunner Ken Biller said. “We discovered that he lived this big, bold, brash, complicated, messy life.”

Einstein as a
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‘Genius’ Review: Einstein Gets A Superhero Origin Story, But A Human One Would Have Been Enough

‘Genius’ Review: Einstein Gets A Superhero Origin Story, But A Human One Would Have Been Enough
In accomplishments, impact, and general appearance, there are few figures in history who need an introduction less than Albert Einstein, a man whose impact on global culture is well-documented and rarely disputed. “Genius,” National Geographic’s largest foray into scripted drama to date, wants to make the point that, even in his day, Einstein was already a celebrity.

Out on the streets of Berlin as a rally passes or in a lecture hall with eager observers lining the rafters, the Einstein of “Genius” becomes a figure that demands attention. His scientific insights made him a target for fascist suppressors and inquisitive thinkers alike, which makes the show’s continuous decision to boldly intone Einstein’s greatness, as if it were something to be proven, all the more curious. Context is vital to understanding the man’s true achievements, but the self-imposed, continuous weight of history somehow robs this series of
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‘Genius’ Review: Einstein Gets A Superhero Origin Story, But A Human One Would Have Been Enough

‘Genius’ Review: Einstein Gets A Superhero Origin Story, But A Human One Would Have Been Enough
In accomplishments, impact, and general appearance, there are few figures in history who need an introduction less than Albert Einstein, a man whose impact on global culture is well-documented and rarely disputed. “Genius,” National Geographic’s largest foray into scripted drama to date, wants to make the point that, even in his day, Einstein was already a celebrity.

Out on the streets of Berlin as a rally passes or in a lecture hall with eager observers lining the rafters, the Einstein of “Genius” becomes a figure that demands attention. His scientific insights made him a target for fascist suppressors and inquisitive thinkers alike, which makes the show’s continuous decision to boldly intone Einstein’s greatness, as if it were something to be proven, all the more curious. Context is vital to understanding the man’s true achievements, but the self-imposed, continuous weight of history somehow robs this series of
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'Genius' Premiere: Pondering Albert Einstein and the March for Science

Over the weekend — on Earth Day — thousands of people all over the world participated in the March for Science. How would one of the world's most famous scientists, Albert Einstein, have felt about the fact that people felt the need to hold a march in support of something that seems so vital to everyday life?

Ken Biller, showrunner of National Geographic's first-ever scripted series Genius, told The Hollywood Reporter that the subject of the anthology's first season would have probably loved it.

"I think Einstein would have been at the front of that march," he told THR on...
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