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First look images from Hulu’s The First starring Sean Penn and Natascha McElhone

Hulu has released a batch of first look images from its upcoming drama The First. Created by Beau Willimon (House of Cards), the series sees Sean Penn and Natascha McElhone leading a cast that includes LisaGay Hamilton, Oded Fehr, James Ransone, Hannah Ware, Brian Lee Franklin ,T.C. Matherne, and Rey Lucas’ take a look here…

“Sean Penn leads an ensemble cast in this near-future drama about a crew of astronauts attempting to become the first humans on Mars. Under the direction of visionary aerospace magnate Laz Ingram (Natascha McElhone), the crew contends with peril and personal sacrifice as they undertake the greatest pioneering feat in human history.”

The First is set to premiere on September 14th in Hulu

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In today’s roundup Fox selected Nick Cannon to host the 2018 Teen Choice Awards, and Starz announced the premiere date for LeBron James’ new docu-series.


Up TV and Freeform have licensed the cable rights to ABC‘s “Fresh Off the Boat.” The family sitcom stars Constance Wu, Randall Park, Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler, Ian Chen, and Lucille Song as a Taiwanese immigrant family adjusting to life in America. The fifth season of “Fresh Off the Boat” will air on ABC in the fall.

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Comedian and TV personality Nick Cannon has been tapped to host the 2018 Teen Choice Awards,
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The First: Hulu Releases First Look Photos for Upcoming Mars Drama

Sean Penn has made very limited television appearances during his career.

He began his career on Little House on the Prairie and later appeared on Friends and Two and a Half Men, but he's never had a starring role on a television series. That's about to change.

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Penn is starring with Natascha McElhone on the upcoming Beau Willimon (House of Cards) drama about the colonization of Mars. We know there is water there and bacterial presence, so why not accept it can support other life -- like ours?

If it's on Hulu and with this cast and creator, we're counting on something spectacular. Everything we know about The First (which is very little) can be found below.

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‘The First’: Beau Willimon’s Hulu Series Gets Premiere Date, First Photos

Hulu has slotted Friday, September 14 for the premiere of Beau Willimon's straight-to-series drama The First, starring Natascha McElhone and Sean Penn. The premium streaming service also released first-look photos of the series, some of which can be seen above and below. Written by Willimon and executive produced by Willimon and his producing partner Jordan Tappis, The First follows the first human mission to Mars, exploring the challenges of taking the first steps toward…
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Sean Penn, Natascha McElhone Mull a Mars Visit in Hulu's The First (Photos)

Sean Penn, Natascha McElhone Mull a Mars Visit in Hulu's The First (Photos)
The idea of landing the first humans on Mars is being taken very seriously by Sean Penn and Natascha McElhone in photos from Hulu’s The First, from House of Cards creator Beau Willimon and premiering Friday, Sept. 14.

Set in the near future, The First will follow the first human mission to Mars, while exploring the challenges of taking the first steps toward interplanetary colonization. Penn, as former astronaut Tom Hagerty, leads the ensemble cast, while Californication‘s McElhone plays visionary aerospace magnate Laz Ingram.

The project — which received a straight-to-series order from Hulu last year — focuses not only on the astronauts,
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Robin Wright Talks Co-Star Kevin Spacey's Sexual Misconduct Allegations: "I Didn't Know the Man"

Eight months after Kevin Spacey was fired from House of Cards following sexual misconduct allegations, the disgraced actor's Netflix co-star Robin Wright has candidly opened up about her experience working with Kevin. During her sit-down with Today show anchor Savannah Guthrie — which aired on Monday, July 9 — the 52-year-old actress revealed the House of Cards cast and crew were "surprised, of course, and ultimately saddened," when accusations against Kevin emerged last fall. "We forged ahead and we were so thankful that we were able to complete the series, as planned," she added of the hit show's sixth and final season, which did not include Kevin. (Photo Credit: R/R) When Savannah then asked Robin if she suspected allegations against Kevin, 58, might come to light, she replied, "We were co-workers, really... We never socialized outside of work. [We had a] respectful, professional relationship. He was so great with me. He was never disrespectful to me.
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Tyler Crispen has best odds to win ‘Big Brother’ 20, but which floater comes in second place?

Surfer dude Tyler Crispen, who’s Julie Chen‘s pick to win “Big Brother” Season 20, is also now our odds-on frontrunner. Based on the predictions of Gold Derby readers like you, Tyler has leading 21/10 odds to take home the $500,000 prize. That choice isn’t really a shocker considering Tyler is in a tight alliance dubbed Level 6, he won the season’s first Head of Household competition, and he’s currently America’s choice for the “Power App.” However, our readers’ prediction for who’s in second place with 4/1 odds is more of a head-scratcher: self-described “dud guy” Scottie Salton.

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Scottie has stayed mostly to himself the first two weeks inside the “Big Brother” house, aside from his all-too-brief bromance with Steve Arienta. Unfortunately for Scottie, Steve Arienta was evicted which means that he has no
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Exclusive: Natalie Dormer on In Darkness, Audrey Hepburn and working with her partner

In Darkness, the new thriller from director Anthony Byrne (Peaky Blinders), is released this weekend and it marks a first for star Natalie Dormer. Not only is she starring in the film but she has co-written and produced the film as well and says that it was Byrne, her partner in real-life, who suggested she collaborate with him, saying:

“In 2009, Anthony had had this idea in his head for a while about a blind musician hearing a murder above her… He looking for a co-writer and was frustrated that he hadn’t gelled with people he had been speaking to and I was frustrated at the time as none of the scripts I was getting had fully-fleshed out, three-dimensional characters and it was Anthony who said ‘Why don’t you write this with me?’ and it started there.”

After starring in The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones, amongst others,
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Leonardo DiCaprio and Sean Penn Co-Host 4th of July Day Party

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Sean Penn Co-Host 4th of July Day Party
Leonardo DiCaprio got patriotic on the 4th of July by serving his country ... as well as serving his guests during a volleyball game that he was Really into.  The Oscar winner co-hosted an Independence Day shindig Wednesday in Malibu with his pal, Sean Penn, and got down for a save during a friendly match. Sean appears to have stayed out of the sand, but it's all good -- Leo had it under control. Kind of
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Listen: Benicio Del Toro Was Initially Skeptical of Doing a ‘Sicario’ Sequel

Listen: Benicio Del Toro Was Initially Skeptical of Doing a ‘Sicario’ Sequel
Playback is a Variety / iHeartRadio podcast bringing you conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films. New episodes air every Thursday.

Sequels to movies like “Sicario” are pretty rare, so it’s a gift for an actor like Benicio Del Toro to get a chance at expanding on a character such as Alejandro, the cold and broken hitman from Denis Villeneuve’s 2015 thriller. His performance in “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” is just as penetrating as his laureled work last time, and it’s part of a major moment for the actor, who also recently starred in massive blockbusters “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Avengers: Infinity War.”

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“When we got the word they were planning to do a sequel, I was skeptical,” Del Toro says of the new film. “When I got Taylor [Sheridan]’s script,
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Lee Daniels Sued by Damon Dash for $5 Million Over Richard Pryor Biopic

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Lee Daniels Sued by Damon Dash for $5 Million Over Richard Pryor Biopic
Nothing funny about this.

Lee Daniels has been slapped with a $5 million lawsuit by Roc-a-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash, who alleges that Daniels stiffed him out of a producer credit on a biopic about legendary comedian Richard Pryor.

According to the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in New York Supreme Court, as part of a settlement stemming from a previous legal matter, Daniels agreed “to use commercially reasonable efforts” to secure Dash a co-executive producer credit on the Pryor film, as well as to pay Dash 5 percent of Daniels’ back-end compensation from the film.

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However, the suit alleges, things went south when Daniels bailed on the project.

“Although Mr. Daniels did in fact become a writer, director and producer of the ‘Pryor Film’ as per numerous industry publications, Defendants never informed Plaintiff of the film’s progress, or
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Mel Gibson Loses Bid to Block Release of ‘Professor and the Madman’

Mel Gibson Loses Bid to Block Release of ‘Professor and the Madman’
Mel Gibson has lost a key round in his battle for control of “The Professor and the Madman,” potentially clearing the way for the release of the star-crossed film about the origins of a dictionary.

The picture is based on Simon Winchester’s book about the collaboration between Professor James Murray and William Minor, an inmate in a mental asylum, to create the Oxford English Dictionary. Gibson has long wanted to produce the film, and in 2015 struck a production deal with Voltage Pictures.

The film was shot in late 2016, with Gibson playing the professor and Sean Penn in the role of the madman. But late in the production, shooting came to a standstill when Gibson and director Farhad Safinia insisted that certain scenes be shot in Oxford, England, instead of Trinity College in Dublin. Voltage CEO Nicolas Chartier refused, arguing that the film was already over budget and behind schedule.
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Mel Gibson Loses Court Bid to Reclaim Rights to 'Madman' Film

Mel Gibson Loses Court Bid to Reclaim Rights to 'Madman' Film
Mel Gibson has lost the latest round in a legal fight with Voltage Pictures over The Professor and the Madman, a film project based on Simon Winchester's best-selling book about the origins of the Oxford English Dictionary that Gibson spent a couple of decades developing. On Tuesday, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge rejected a motion for summary adjudication including the actor-producer's bid to terminate a rights agreement with Voltage.

A little more than a year ago, Gibson's Icon Productions filed suit over the film, which the lawsuit called a "labor of love" starring Sean Penn that was ...
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Karlovy Vary Film Festival to Honor Tim Robbins

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Karlovy Vary Film Festival to Honor Tim Robbins
Academy Award winner Tim Robbins will be honored by the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Central and Eastern Europe’s top annual film event.

The multi-hyphenate star will take the Crystal Globe Award for his “contributions to world cinema,” festival organizers announced on Tuesday.

Robbins won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2003 for “Mystic River,” among other trophies that year, opposite Sean Penn. The prolific performer’s greatest hits include “Bull Durham,” “The Shawshank Redemption” and Robert Altman’s “The Player.”

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His directorial efforts include the Oscar-winning “Dead Man Walking,” “Cradle Will Rock” and “Bob Roberts.” Robbins is also a principal in the experimental theater group The Actor’s Gang, and a musician.

Robbins will claim the prize in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic at the festival which runs from June 29 – July 7. His band will also
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Dakota Fanning: ‘I Feel Like I Have to Defend My Life’ After Being a Child Star

Dakota Fanning: ‘I Feel Like I Have to Defend My Life’ After Being a Child Star
Dakota Fanning has been acting almost her entire life, scoring her first SAG nomination at 8 years old and growing up in front of the camera. A childhood in the spotlight has brought plenty of queries about if she wished she had experienced a more traditional upbringing or missed out on being a kid, which she admits are questions that bother her.

During a recent conversation with Freddie Highmore for Variety’s “Actors on Actors,” presented by Shutterstock, Fanning said with those kind of questions, “I feel like I have to defend my life, and then it’s like when you
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Netflix Orders Mars Mission Drama From Jason Katims, Matt Reeves

Netflix has ordered a drama series about humanity’s attempt to reach Mars, Variety has learned.

Loosely inspired by Chris Jones’ Esquire article “Away,” the series is described as an epic love story and a thrilling tale of survival set against humanity’s greatest endeavor: the first human mission to Mars. Emma Green is an American astronaut who must leave her husband and teenage daughter behind in order to command an international space crew embarking upon a treacherous, year-long mission. Netflix has ordered a 10 episode first season.

Away” hails from writers Jason Katims and Andrew Hinderaker. Katims will also executive produce with Hinderaker co-executive producing.
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‘The First’: Sean Penn’s Mission to Mars on Hulu Debuts Gorgeous First Footage and Plot Details

‘The First’: Sean Penn’s Mission to Mars on Hulu Debuts Gorgeous First Footage and Plot Details
Beau Willimon is following up “House of Cards” with a series of the opposite intent.

“In a lot of ways, it’s a 180-degree departure from ‘House of Cards’ for me,” Willimon told Atx TV Festival attendees during a first look at his upcoming Hulu drama, “The First.” He said the Netflix series he developed asked, ‘When the worst of humanity assumes power, what does that look like?’ Well, we know. It’s happening before our very eyes and not just on television.”

The First” takes on a separate point of view

“[It’s] a story I hope reflects a lot of the facets [of life] we’re all going through, whatever we’re trying to accomplish, whatever we’re striving for,” Willimon said, adding that he dares to hope it could inspire viewers. “There’s no guns in this. There’s no murder. […] I think we’re in a time now, seeing those
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Dakota Fanning (‘The Alienist’): ‘I’ve never brought any sort of heaviness or darkness home with me’ [Complete Interview Transcript]

Dakota Fanning (‘The Alienist’): ‘I’ve never brought any sort of heaviness or darkness home with me’ [Complete Interview Transcript]
Audiences have been watching Dakota Fanning since she was just a little girl. She began her career at age six with TV guest roles and moved right into films with a supporting nomination at the Screen Actors Guild Awards for the 2002 Sean Penn film “I Am Sam.” She followed with “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Uptown Girls,” “Man on Fire,” “War of the Worlds,” “Charlotte’s Web,” “The Secret Life of Bees,” “The Runaways” and “American Pastoral.”

She know is seen on the TNT limited series “The Alienist” as Sara Howard, the secretary to the police commissioner who lives in the dark world of the seedier side of New York City in the late 19th century. Fanning recently joined us for a video chat, which you can watch above. Read the complete interview transcript below.

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30 Best World War II Movies for D-Day Anniversary (Photos)

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Looking to look back on some history this Memorial Day? Critics and audiences alike didn’t think “Pearl Harbor” did WWII justice, but here are 29 other films that scored a 7/10 rating or higher on IMDb.

Pearl Harbor” (2001).

The Michael Bay-directed film starred Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Kate Beckinsale and follows the story of two best friends as they go off to war.

Saving Private Ryan” (1998).

Starring Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore and Edward Burns, the film follows a group of U.S. soldiers that go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper.

The Thin Red Line” (1998).

Terrence Malick‘s adaptation of James Jones’ 1962 novel stars Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn and Nick Nolte, and focuses on the conflict at Guadalcanal.

A Midnight Clear” (1992).

The film starring Peter Berg, Kevin Dillon and Arye Gross tells the story of the American intelligence unit which finds a German platoon wishing to surrender.
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Brigitte Nielsen Is 'Happy' and Pregnant at 54: Inside Her Life's Wild Ups and Downs

Brigitte Nielsen Is 'Happy' and Pregnant at 54: Inside Her Life's Wild Ups and Downs
Brigitte Nielsen’s pregnancy announcement at 54 is just the latest surprise in the star’s rollercoaster life.

The Danish-Italian actress is expecting her fifth child with 39-year-old Italian husband Mattia Dessi. The two have been been married since July 2006 when they tied the knot in Malta, Italy after first having an unofficial ceremony in February 2005.

Nielsen has been married five times and is a mom to four sons: Raoul Meyer Jr., 23, Douglas Meyer, 25, Killian Gastineau, 28, and Julian Winding, 34.

The former model, who stands over six feet tall, first burst onto the American pop culture scene with 1985’s loincloth epic Red Sonja.
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