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Darren Aronofsky’s Three-Part VR Series ‘Spheres’ To Premiere At Venice Film Festival; Millie Bobby Brown Narrates Final Installment

Darren Aronofsky’s Three-Part VR Series ‘Spheres’ To Premiere At Venice Film Festival; Millie Bobby Brown Narrates Final Installment
Darren Aronofsky’s three-part virtual reality series Spheres will make its world premiere at the upcoming Venice Film Festival, which also will mark the debut of the final chapter of the series, narrated by actress Millie Bobby Brown.

Brown, who received an Emmy nomination for her supporting role as Eleven on the Netflix series Stranger Things, lends her voice to the actual first installment in the trilogy, Spheres: Chorus of the Cosmos, which explores the sounds of the…
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Seth Rogen-Charlize Theron Comedy ‘Flarsky’ Moving to Summer (Exclusive)

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Seth Rogen-Charlize Theron Comedy ‘Flarsky’ Moving to Summer (Exclusive)
Thanks to strong test screenings, Lionsgate is moving its Seth Rogen-Charlize Theron comedy “Flarsky” to back four months to the summer season. It will now premiere on June 7, 2019.

Studio executives are feeling bullish about the film after recent audience test screenings gave it scores above 95% — indicating that “Flarsky” can perform as a major summer comedy. “Ocean’s 8” launched on the same weekend this year with $41.7 million and is on its way to a solid $138 million domestically.

Flarsky” had been set to open Feb. 8. Rogen stars as Fred Flarsky, a down on his luck journalist, who through a string of comedic circumstances catches the attention of the world’s most powerful woman, Charlotte Field, (Theron). Much to the chagrin of her handlers, he becomes an important part of her inner circle in her globe-trotting journey to become the first female president of the United States.

Test audiences are comparing
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Box Office: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ to Pocket $5.3 Million on Wednesday

Box Office: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ to Pocket $5.3 Million on Wednesday
Crazy Rich Asians” is on track for a dazzling debut.

Warner Bros.’ highly anticipated romantic comedy is expected to generate $5.3 million on Wednesday, according to early estimates. If projections hold, “Crazy Rich Asians” is heading for a weekend total of $19 million and a five-day tally of $27.5 million-plus. Some tracking predicts the movie, which carries a $30 million price tag, could top $30 million over the five-day period.

That should easily be enough to top the domestic box office over fellow weekend openers, Mark Wahlberg’s “Mile 22” and Sony Pictures Releasing-Studio 8’s “Alpha.”

Jon M. Chu directed the adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s 2013 bestselling book of the same name. It stars Constance Wu as an NYU professor who travels to Singapore with her boyfriend (Henry Golding) for his best friend’s wedding. While overseas, she meets his parents and finds out his family is, you know, crazy rich. Gemma Chan,
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Is 'Crazy Rich Asians' Looking at a Crazy Rich Opening Weekend?

Is 'Crazy Rich Asians' Looking at a Crazy Rich Opening Weekend?
This weekend gets off to an early start with the Wednesday release of the much-anticipated romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians, the first Asian-led studio film to hit theaters since The Joy Luck Club. While Joy Luck Club didn't play in any more than 600 theaters during its run 25 years ago, Crazy Rich Asians will get its start in over 3,200 locations with plenty of buzz behind it.

Later in the week, STX will release what they hope is a franchise-starter in Mile 22 featuring Mark Wahlberg re-teaming with director Peter Berg, while Sony's Studio 8 will release Alpha.

Beginning with Crazy Rich Asians, the adaptation of Kevin Kwan's novel of the same name has been making headlines for some time now. Originally published in 2013, the book has found a place on Amazon Charts for the past five weeks, currently ranking as the third most sold fiction title on the site, up
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Morgana King, The Godfather Star and Jazz Singer, Dies At 87

Morgana King, The Godfather Star and Jazz Singer, Dies At 87
Morgana King, who is best known for her role as Marlon Brando’s wife in The Godfather, has died.

News of King’s passing broke Tuesday but the actress died on March 22 in Palm Springs, California, at the age of 87 according to the Washington Post.

The star had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer, the Riverside Country coroner’s office told the Washington Post.

In addition to her appearances in the famed film and a number of other movies, King was a jazz singer.

She performed in a variety of nightclubs for over 50 years and recorded a little over
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Elizabeth Banks To Star In Film About The True Story Of A Woman Who Won A Date With Prince

Elizabeth Banks To Star In Film About The True Story Of A Woman Who Won A Date With Prince
A film about a woman in a small cowboy town that wins a date with one of the biggest rock stars in the world sounds like a seriously contrived work of fiction, right? Well, not only is it true, it happened in 1986 with a woman who won an MTV contest to go out on a date with Prince. Not “a prince,” but actual, purple-clad, guitar-toting rock star Prince. And according to Deadline, Elizabeth Banks has signed on to bring this incredible true story to the big screen.

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‘American History X’ Director Tony Kaye Is Casting an Artificial Intelligent Robot to Lead New Movie

‘American History X’ Director Tony Kaye Is Casting an Artificial Intelligent Robot to Lead New Movie
Tony Kaye is making a dramatic casting move for his upcoming feature “2nd Born.” According to Deadline, the “American History X” filmmaker is using an artificial intelligence robot to play one of the lead roles in his new movie. The idea to cast a real robot came from Kaye and producer Sam Khoze. The filmmaker does not want to cast a human actor in makeup or have to rely on computer-generated effects.

According to Deadline, the robot will be trained in different acting methods and techniques prior to filming. Kaye and Khoze are hoping to get the robot SAG recognition.

“2nd Born” is the sequel to Ali Atshani’s “1st Born,” an indie film starring Val Kilmer, Tom Berenger, Greg Grunberg, William Baldwin, and Denise Richards. The original film is being released this year by Lotus Entertainment and centers on a married couple whose first pregnancy forces their families to find common ground.
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Jack Nicholson Drops Out Of ‘Toni Erdmann’ As American Remake Sees Behind-The-Scenes Changes

Jack Nicholson Drops Out Of ‘Toni Erdmann’ As American Remake Sees Behind-The-Scenes Changes
Changes are afoot on the upcoming production of the highly-anticipated American remake of “Toni Erdmann.” The film, which was set to star Kristen Wiig and Jack Nicholson, as the father-daughter duo at the center of the story, is in the middle of some big changes as the film moves forward towards production, according to The Wrap.

First, and probably foremost in the minds of film fans, Jack Nicholson has left the production for an unknown reason.

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Neill Blomkamp Hints That Actor Peter Weller Could Return In His Upcoming ‘RoboCop’ Film

Neill Blomkamp Hints That Actor Peter Weller Could Return In His Upcoming ‘RoboCop’ Film
There are two words that will make any “RoboCop” fan, like me, suddenly have faith in the upcoming Neill Blomkamp reboot/sequel — Peter Weller.

For those not familiar with one of the greatest films of all time (you read that right), “RoboCop” stars actor Peter Weller as the titular character, aka Alex Murphy. And if you consider every remake, spin-off, and sequel to the original Paul Verhoeven classic, the quality of the film is equal to the amount of Peter Weller on display.

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Laurel Canyon Music Doc ‘Echo in the Canyon’ to Open La Film Festival

“Echo in the Canyon,” a documentary on the Laurel Canyon music scene, is set to open the La Film Festival on September 20. Andrew Slater’s film about artists including the Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield and the Mamas & the Papas will screen at the Ford Theater.

“I’m so proud to be opening the festival with a love song to Los Angeles via Andrew Slater’s Echo in the Canyon,” said Jennifer Cochis, festival director. “We are committed to showcasing documentaries, and premiering this work at the Ford Theatres to be followed by a live musical performance is going to be a once in a lifetime experience.”

The festival will feature premieres of films including “Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl,” “Good Girls Get High,” “We Have Always Lived in the Castle” and Roger Michell’s “Tea With the Dames,” featuring Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith.
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Bella Swan’s House From ‘Twilight’ Is Up for Sale

Bella Swan’s House From ‘Twilight’ Is Up for Sale
There may have been plenty who were bitten by “Twilight” fever, but it takes a serious fan to cough up the $349,000 listed for the house featured in the fantasy film series.

If you’re dedicated enough, you can reside in the four-bedroom, two-bathroom property that protagonist Bella Swan called home. Listed by Sotheby’s International Real Estate, the house was built in 1935 and is located in St. Helens, Ore., and was used as the filming location for many scenes in the film series, which was set in Forks, Wash.

The “Twilight” saga, first a book series, garnered legions of passionate fans who rooted for the forbidden relationship between Kristen Stewart’s Bella and Edward Cullen, an immortal vampire played by Robert Pattinson. The movie series based on the books generated a cumulative $3.3 billion worldwide.

The 2,506 sq. ft. white house boasts a vintage charm, with the original stone fireplace in the
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Cardi B to Open 2018 MTV Video Music Awards

Cardi B to Open 2018 MTV Video Music Awards
Cardi B will open the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards. The event will be held at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall on August 20th. Cardi’s Vma appearance marks her first performance since giving birth in July to Kulture Kiari, her first child with husband and Migos rapper Offset.

Cardi leads this year’s Vma nominations with 10 nods, including Best Video and Best New Artist. Other previously announced performers include Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Logic with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, Travis Scott and Post Malone. Jennifer Lopez,
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Edie Falco on Why She Preferred Not Meeting the Lawyer She Played in ‘The Menendez Murders’

Edie Falco on Why She Preferred Not Meeting the Lawyer She Played in ‘The Menendez Murders’
A version of this story about Edie Falco first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

She’s had a long and fruitful career in television, but 14-time Emmy nominee Edie Falco has never been very interested in playing a real person onscreen, or appearing in any kind of biopic. Until this season.

“I don’t know if I’ve stayed away from them on purpose, but I haven’t done them and they haven’t really come along,” said Falco, who was nominated for six Emmys for “The Sopranos” (winning three), another six (and one more win) for “Nurse Jackie,” one for “30 Rock” and now one for “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders.”

“I mean, I wouldn’t want to see a biopic about me, especially if it’s about a time in my life that was difficult,” she said.

Also Read: Menendez Brothers,
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TV News Roundup: Netflix VP Cindy Holland Among Three to Join TV Academy Board of Directors

TV News Roundup: Netflix VP Cindy Holland Among Three to Join TV Academy Board of Directors
In today’s roundup, the TV Academy welcomed three new members to its board of directors, and “Killing Eve” announced Season 2 cast additions.

Casting

BBC America‘s “Killing Eve,” has welcomed three new cast members for its sophomore season. Newcomers Nina Sosanya, Edward Bluemel, and Julian Barratt will join returning cast members Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, and Fiona Shaw for Season 2. Sosanya and Bluemel have been cast as series regulars, while Barratt will guest star.

Season 2 of the Starz drama “Vida” has added two new cast members. “Looking’s” Raul Castillo and “Superstore’s” Adrian Gonzalez will join original stars
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Seth Rogen-Charlize Theron Comedy ‘Flarsky’ Moving to Summer (Exclusive)

Seth Rogen-Charlize Theron Comedy ‘Flarsky’ Moving to Summer (Exclusive)
Thanks to strong test screenings, Lionsgate is moving its Seth Rogen-Charlize Theron comedy “Flarsky” to the summer season. It will now premiere on June 7, 2019.

Studio executives are feeling bullish about the film after recent audience test screenings gave it scores above 95% — indicating that “Flarsky” can perform as a major summer comedy. “Ocean’s 8” launched on the same weekend this year with $41.7 million and is on its way to a solid $138 million domestically.

Flarsky” had been set to open Feb. 8. Rogen stars as Fred Flarsky, a down on his luck journalist, who through a string of comedic circumstances catches the attention of the world’s most powerful woman, Charlotte Field, (Theron). Much to the chagrin of her handlers, he becomes an important part of her inner circle in her globe-trotting journey to become the first female president of the United States.

Test audiences are comparing “Flarsky” to Rogen’s earlier work in “Knocked Up,
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Lyric McHenry’s Family Asks That ‘Speculation’ About Her Death ‘Cease’ During Investigation

The family of reality TV personality Lyric McHenry, who died Tuesday at age 26, has asked that “all speculation surrounding the circumstances of death cease until the real facts are determined during the current investigation by the NYPD and the City of New York.”

A statement issued on behalf of the family added, “Despite the speculation in earlier reports, at this point in time the cause of Lyric’s death has yet to be determined.”

The statement said that McHenry, who appeared on the short-lived E! reality show “Ejnyc,” was ” a brilliant, creative and lovely young woman who shared a deep passion for writing, film and a long-standing commitment to social justice. She was a Christian who grew up in Los Angeles and attended the Center for Early Education and graduated from the Marlborough School in Los Angeles.”

Also Read: James 'Lb' Bonner, 'My 600-Lb Life' Star, Dies at 30

The statement added that,
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‘Vampire Diaries’ Alum Ian Somerhalder Teases His Next Vampire Series ‘V-Wars’ (Photo)

‘Vampire Diaries’ Alum Ian Somerhalder Teases His Next Vampire Series ‘V-Wars’ (Photo)
Calling all “Vampire Diaries” fans! Ian Somerhalder is officially back in the bloodsucker game and teasing his new character on the upcoming Netflix series “V-Wars.” But spoiler, alert, he’s not playing a vampire — at least we don’t think.

“Here he is… @drlutherswannofficial aka Dr. Luther Swann,” Somerhalder captioned a shot of himself wearing a white doctor’s coat and sporting some bloody knuckles, which he posted to Instagram Wednesday. “Would you trust this man?” Yes? Possibly?

Somerhalder’s first dip into the vamp world ended last year, when “The Vampire Diaries” wrapped its eight-season run on The CW last spring.

Also Read: Ian Somerhalder to Lead Netflix Vampire Drama Series 'V-Wars'

Netflix gave a 10-episode, straight-to-series order to “V-Wars,” back in April, which is an adaptation of the Idw comic series of the same name.

V-Wars” tells the story of Dr. Luther Swann, who enters a
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Quavo’s Video for ‘Lamb Talk’ Features Many Lamborghinis, as the Prophecy Foretold

Following his surprise release of three tracks last Friday, Migos’ Quavo dropped the visuals for one of the songs — “Lamb Talk” — on Wednesday. As the title suggests, its 3-minute running time is dominated by a convoy of Lamborghinis, all filing through the streets of Atlanta (and, at the 1:15 mark, the Lambos appear to drive by Mercedes-Benz Stadium with a blurred-out Mercedes logo). Quavo co-directed the clip alongside Keemotion, and fellow Migos Offset and their Quality Control labelmates Lil Baby and Yung Miami of the duo City Girls all make cameo appearances.
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Why Dean Ambrose, Issa Rae and Colton Underwood Are TV’s Social Media MVPs of the Week

TheWrap has partnered with Canvs, the emotion measurement AI company, for a weekly look at some of the characters and personalities that have TV viewers the most worked up on social media. The data below covers Aug. 8-14 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television programs, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV.

A professional wrestler, the creator/star of HBO’s “Insecure” and a bachelor in paradise had viewers talking passionately on social media over the past seven days.

USA Network’s recent episode of “WWE Monday Night Raw” scored 46,235 Emotional Reactions (ERs), with professional wrestler Dean Ambrose driving a lot of the emotional conversation. This was his first appearance on WWE programming in months and viewers were psyched for his return. And, of course, there were the requisite comments about his physical appearance.

Seeing Dean Ambrose back on #Raw was the best part of the night!! Can't
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Justin Timberlake Signs With Janet Jackson’s Publicist (Exclusive)

Justin Timberlake Signs With Janet Jackson’s Publicist (Exclusive)
Justin Timberlake has a new press representative. The singer has signed with Sunshine Sachs, the firm that represents Janet Jackson, Variety has learned. He will be handled by Shawn Sachs, Paula Witt and Maggie Faircloth. Witt’s clients include Jackson and Aerosmith while Faircloth reps Solange.

The company’s founder Ken Sunshine first advised Timberlake back in 2004 following the infamous Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction at the Super Bowl that year. Sunshine Sachs declined comment.

Timberlake’s press had previously been handled by M2M Construction. The parting was mutual. He had worked with the same public relations strategist for more than 20 years, starting with his days in *Nsync.

Timberlake recently wrapped the North American leg of his “Man of the Woods” tour where he sold out all 2018 arena dates. He’s currently playing in Europe and heads back to the U.S. on Sept. 19.

In addition, the 37-year-old has a flourishing acting career,
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