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‘Hedy Lamarr’: Gal Gadot-Led Limited Series to Premiere on Apple TV+

‘Hedy Lamarr’: Gal Gadot-Led Limited Series to Premiere on Apple TV+
After being in development at Showtime for more than two years, the Gal Gadot-led “Hedy Lamarr” has instead moved to Apple TV+, with the tech giant giving the project an eight episode limited series order.

The show will be executive produced by Gadot (“Wonder Woman”) who will also star, and Sarah Treem (“House of Cards”). A release date has not been determined.

Here’s the series’ synopsis, per Apple: Hailed as “the most beautiful woman in the world,” Hedy Lamarr was first exalted and iconized, then destroyed and eventually forgotten by American audiences, all the while keeping her brilliant mind active through a series of inventions, one of which became the basis for the spread spectrum technology we use today. The series will follow the incredible life-story of Hollywood glamour girl, spanning 30 years from Hedy’s daring escape from pre-war Vienna; to her meteoric rise in the Golden
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‘Be Water’: Bruce Lee Documentary Celebrates Career of Legendary Martial Artist and Actor

‘Be Water’: Bruce Lee Documentary Celebrates Career of Legendary Martial Artist and Actor
ESPN’s next documentary will chronicle the life of Bruce Lee, the legendary martial artist and actor whose work influenced Hollywood’s martial arts films and the industry’s acceptance of Asians in cinema.

Be Water,” which takes its name from one of Lee’s famous quotes, will document all aspect of Lee’s career, from his early rejections from Hollywood to his eventual emergence as one of history’s most iconic martial artists and actors.

Per ESPN, the film chronicles Lee’s earliest days, as the son of a Chinese opera star born while his father was on tour in San Francisco, and then raised in Hong Kong over what became an at times troubled childhood. Sent to live in America at the age of 18, he began teaching Kung Fu in Seattle, and established a following that included his future wife, Linda. His ambition ever rising, Lee eventually made his way to Los Angeles,
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‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Sequel in the Works (Exclusive)

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‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Sequel in the Works (Exclusive)
Sonic the Hedgehog” is getting a sequel.

Paramount Pictures and Sega Sammy confirmed on Thursday that they have commenced development on a sequel to the live-action family comedy. The sequel would reteam the filmmakers, with Jeff Fowler directing, and Pat Casey and Josh Miller writing the script.

The movie is still in the development stage so decisions have not been made yet regarding casting or a production start date.

Neal H. Moritz, Toby Ascher and Toru Nakahara are producing the pic, while Hajime Satomi, Haruki Satomi and Tim Miller are executive producing.

Based on the popular video game franchise from Sega, the first film, released in February of this year, tells the story of the world’s speediest hedgehog as he embraces his new home on Earth. Sonic (voiced by Ben Schwartz) and his new best friend Tom (played by James Marsden) team up to defend the planet from the evil genius Dr.
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‘Chernobyl’ Director Johan Renck in Talks to Helm ‘The Magus’ for ‘1917’ Producer Neal Street (Exclusive)

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‘Chernobyl’ Director Johan Renck in Talks to Helm ‘The Magus’ for ‘1917’ Producer Neal Street (Exclusive)
Emmy-winning “Chernobyl” director Johan Renck is in talks to direct “The Magus,” an adaptation of John Fowles’ famously cryptic cult novel. The TV miniseries is being produced by “1917” production house Neal Street Productions, headed by producer Pippa Harris and filmmaker Sam Mendes.

The news leaked in a suitably mysterious way Thursday when Renck posted a picture of the novel’s cover alongside the words, “Something is brewing.”

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Henry Cavill In Talks to Return as Superman in Upcoming DC Movie

Henry Cavill In Talks to Return as Superman in Upcoming DC Movie
Henry Cavill isn’t hanging up his Superman cape just yet. Sources confirm to Variety the “Man of Steel” actor is in talks to return as Clark Kent in an upcoming DC Comics movie.

Warner Bros. and Cavill’s reps couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday.

In addition to Zack Snyder’s Superman origin story “Man of Steel” in 2013, Cavill played the iconic hero in 2016’s “Batman v Superman” and 2017’s “Justice League.”

Snyder recently announced the long-rumored “Snyder Cut” of “Justice League” for HBO Max, though insiders tell Variety Cavill wouldn’t be suiting up for the director’s cut, but rather a cameo in one of DC’s upcoming films, which include “Aquaman 2,” “The Suicide Squad” and “The Batman.”

In a Mens’ Health’s December cover story, Cavill revealed he had not given up the role.

“The cape is still in the closet,” he said. “It’s still mine.
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Apple Partners With Paramount on Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio’s ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’

Apple Partners With Paramount on Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio’s ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’
After months of ironing out budget concerns over Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” adaptation, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Paramount has enlisted Apple to get the film over the hump.

Sources tell Variety that Paramount will still distribute the murder mystery drama, with Apple coming on to finance the pic and also serve as the film’s creative studio. Deals still have not closed, but sources add that they’re very likely to in the coming days.

Imperative Entertainment, whose partners Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas acquired the book in 2016, will produce the film. Imperative first bought the book and would later bring on Scorsese and DiCaprio to reteam on the project before bringing it to Paramount.

Based on David Grann’s non-fiction book, “Killers of the Flower Moon” is set in 1920s Oklahoma, where the newly created Bureau of Investigation began investigating a string of murders of wealthy
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Masked ‘Mandalorian’ Actor Spurs Golden Globes Rules Change

Masked ‘Mandalorian’ Actor Spurs Golden Globes Rules Change
Pedro Pascal and his masked bounty hunter on “The Mandalorian” have made an impact on the Golden Globes’ rules.

In a timely move during this era of mask wearing, a new Globe rule clarifies that Pascal, whose face wasn’t visible for most of the show, was indeed eligible last year to compete as an actor in the TV competition — but he would have just barely made the grade.

Announced by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association on Wednesday, “voice-only performances are not eligible in any acting category.” That means even if characters are physically in the scene, actors whose faces are not visible are not eligible in any acting category. In “The Mandalorian,” which aired last fall, Pascal was in costume and hidden under a helmet throughout the show’s eight-episode first season. It’s not until the season finale that the character’s helmet is removed and Pascal is
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Listen: Aidy Bryant on ‘SNL,’ ‘Shrill’ and Being Comfortable in Her Own Skin

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Listen: Aidy Bryant on ‘SNL,’ ‘Shrill’ and Being Comfortable in Her Own Skin
Aidy Bryant admits that she does think about the day when she’ll say goodbye to “Saturday Night Live.” “I sometimes see these new people, and I’m like, ‘I want to make room for them,’” Bryant, who has been with “SNL” since 2012, says on Thursday’s episode of the Variety and iHeart podcast “The Big Ticket.” “But I’m still having so much fun there, and I still feel challenged there, and it’s my home. It’s truly where I started. When I got hired, I had never been on camera in any form.”

While she’s racked up a slew of television and film credits since then, Bryant became a leading actor for the first time in Hulu’s “Shrill” as Annie, an aspiring writer at an alternative newspaper in Seattle who’s juggling work, romance, friends and her parents. The series, based on Lindy West’s
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Matt Bomer Calls Larry Kramer ‘One of the Most Courageous People I’ve Ever Known’ (Exclusive)

Matt Bomer Calls Larry Kramer ‘One of the Most Courageous People I’ve Ever Known’ (Exclusive)
Matt Bomer’s career took a major upswing in 2015 when he won a Golden Globe for his performance as Felix in Ryan Murphy’s HBO adaptation of Larry Kramer’s “The Normal Heart.”

“Larry Kramer, thank you for your anger and your passion and writing this story that changed so many lives,” the actor said in his acceptance speech.

Today, Bomer is remembering the late writer and AIDS activist as one of his heroes. “I, and countless others, owe our lives to Larry,” Bomer told Variety. “Without his tireless advocacy and his outspokenness and opposition to everything that was going
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Manny Jacinto Joins Melissa McCarthy and Nicole Kidman in ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ at Hulu

Manny Jacinto Joins Melissa McCarthy and Nicole Kidman in ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ at Hulu
Manny Jacinto is the latest name to be added to the “Nine Perfect Strangers” series at Hulu.

The “Good Place” star joins previously announced cast members Melissa McCarthy and Nicole Kidman.

The show, which was greenlit by Hulu in May 2019, is based on the book of the same name by “Big Little Lies” author Liane Moriarty. It takes place at a boutique health-and-wellness resort that promises healing and transformation as nine stressed city dwellers try to get on a path to a better way of living. Watching over them during this ten-day retreat is the resort’s director Masha (Kidman
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Marge Redmond, Sister Jacqueline on 'The Flying Nun,' Dies at 95

Marge Redmond, Sister Jacqueline on 'The Flying Nun,' Dies at 95
Marge Redmond, who played the wry Sister Jacqueline on The Flying Nun and starred for a decade as a friendly country innkeeper in Cool Whip commercials, has died. She was 95.

Redmond's death on Feb. 10 was revealed in the latest quarterly SAG-AFTRA magazine. No other details of her passing were immediately available.

Redmond also had small roles in three notable films: She portrayed Walter Matthau's wife in Billy Wilder's The Fortune Cookie (1966); was interviewed by Bruce Dern about a missing jeweler in Alfred Hitchcock's final movie, Family Plot (1976); and played a jilted ...
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‘Young Sheldon’ Streaming Rights to Move From CBS All Access to HBO Max

‘Young Sheldon’ Streaming Rights to Move From CBS All Access to HBO Max
Bazinga! HBO Max is about to become the proud home of both Sheldon Cooper and young Sheldon Cooper. The WarnerMedia-owned streaming service revealed Friday it has acquired the exclusive streaming rights to “Young Sheldon,” adding the comedy to a lineup that already includes its now-ended parent series, “The Big Bang Theory.”

The Iain Armitage-led “Young Sheldon” (produced by Warner Bros. TV and airing on CBS) currently streams on CBS All Access where only episodes from its recently ended third season are available. As of today, HBO Max has closed a deal with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution to remove Season 3 of “Young Sheldon” from CBS All Access and move the show’s entire library over to HBO Max. Additionally, beginning with Season 4 this fall, in-season episodes will be made available on HBO Max after airing.

Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Also Read: HBO Max Greenlights
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Midland Strip Down ‘Drinkin’ Problem,’ ‘Fourteen Gears’ for New Acoustic Ep

Midland Strip Down ‘Drinkin’ Problem,’ ‘Fourteen Gears’ for New Acoustic Ep
Midland took their name from a Dwight Yoakam song (“Fair to Midland”), and they nod to the neo-traditionalist once again in the title of a new acoustic Ep. Guitars, Couches, Etc., Etc., an allusion to Yoakam’s 1986 album Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc, features bare-bones renditions of some of the country trio’s songs.

Hits like “Drinkin’ Problem,” “Burn Out,” and “Cheatin’ Songs” get the stripped-down treatment, along with the early fan favorite “Fourteen Gears” and the Let It Roll standout “Fast Hearts and Slow Towns.” Band members Mark Wystrach, Cameron Duddy,
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Janelle Monae, Taylor Swift, Cardi B and More React to Minneapolis Protests

Janelle Monae, Taylor Swift, Cardi B and More React to Minneapolis Protests
Minneapolis erupted in protests this week over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed in police custody on May 25th.

After video circulated of Officer Derek Chauvin pinning Floyd to the ground by pressing his knee into his neck for several minutes, the Mpd fired Chauvin and the three other officers involved, but protesters called for all four to be arrested and charged with murder. The tension over the incident escalated into clashes between civilians and Minneapolis police on city streets; on Thursday night, protestors
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Apple TV Plus Series ‘Central Park’ Taps Sara Bareilles, Aimee Mann, Fiona Apple, Meghan Trainor as Songwriters

Apple TV Plus Series ‘Central Park’ Taps Sara Bareilles, Aimee Mann, Fiona Apple, Meghan Trainor as Songwriters
The songwriting credits for the new Apple TV Plus animated series “Central Park” include a veritable who’s who of American female singer-songwriters stepping out of tune-land and into toon-land as guest writers, with Sara Bareilles, Aimee Mann, Fiona Apple, Cyndi Lauper and Meghan Trainor among those represented.

None of their voices will be heard on the show— that’s left to a voice cast that includes executive producer Josh Gad, Leslie Odom, Jr., Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Tituss Burgess, Daveed Diggs and Stanley Tucci — but the list of talent the show attracted just as songwriters is bound to draw pop fans’ interest.
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‘Space Force’ Designer Drew Inspiration From Nasa and Space X to Create a Slightly Skewed Reality

‘Space Force’ Designer Drew Inspiration From Nasa and Space X to Create a Slightly Skewed Reality
Susie Mancini received one basic instruction from “Space Force” co-creator Greg Daniels when she was hired to design the sets for the Netflix comedy, which debuts May 29: “Re-create reality with a hint of enhancement.”

The series, based on the new branch of the U.S. military established at the request of President Trump, revolves around Gen. Mark R. Naird (played by series co-creator Steve Carell), who uproots his family and moves to a secret military base in Colorado where he must lead the service arm that protects America by “waging space warfare.”

For the “reality” part of her mandate,
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‘Rhythm of the Game’ Documents Bob Marley’s Passion for Soccer

‘Rhythm of the Game’ Documents Bob Marley’s Passion for Soccer
Bob Marley’s passion for soccer is examined in Rhythm of the Game, the fourth addition to Legacy, the 12-part documentary series honoring the late reggae legend.

The 33-minute clip features vintage footage of Marley playing soccer and shots of present-day Jamaica, exhibiting the sport’s importance on the island. “When I was growing up as a kid, it was in the streets,” Wailers drummer Carlton “Santa” Davis says in the video. While introducing Kingston’s Boy’s Town Football Club, Ziggy Marley explains that soccer is “a sport out of people.
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‘Bering Sea Gold': Kris Kelly’s Rookie Freaks the Hell Out on Her Maiden Dive (Exclusive Video)

‘Bering Sea Gold': Kris Kelly’s Rookie Freaks the Hell Out on Her Maiden Dive (Exclusive Video)
The Fightin’ Kellys have a new rookie diver but the latest “Bering Sea Gold” relationship may already be swimming with the fishes.

On Friday’s episode, Kris Kelly sends diver Bree Savage down into the drink. It’s not a very lengthy maiden dive but heavy breathing (and possibly something else?) gets the best of her. The Kellys probably didn’t have to break out the pan for this one.

In the above preview clip, shortly after diving down, Bree screams, “Pull me up! Pull me up! Fast!” And then there are a bunch of indecipherable panic noises.

Also Read: Why Discovery's Lifestyle Boss Doesn't Mind Poaching Viewers From Her Own Networks

It appears she makes it to the service, before sinking back down. Bree, we wish you the best.

Watch the video above.

Here is the episode description: As the miners look to find more valuable ground, Shawn
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‘Defending Jacob’ Boss Breaks Down the ‘Tragic Irony’ of His Adaptation Ending

‘Defending Jacob’ Boss Breaks Down the ‘Tragic Irony’ of His Adaptation Ending
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Defending Jacob,” streaming now on Apple TV Plus.

William Landay’s 2012 novel “Defending Jacob” never definitively answered whether or not the titular character committed the crimes of which he was accused, but it did provide a close-ended story for the teenager, who was killed in a car crash his mother caused. Mark Bomback’s limited series adaptation for Apple TV Plus left even more open to interpretation.

Laurie Barber (played by Michelle Dockery), wracked with nerves and fear that her son may have actually stabbed his classmate to death,
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Netflix Partners With American Cinematheque to Restore Egyptian Theatre

Netflix Partners With American Cinematheque to Restore Egyptian Theatre
Netflix and the American Cinematheque are partnering on a deal to invest in the restoration of the historic, century-old Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, the two groups announced Friday.

TheWrap reported in April 2019 that Netflix was in early talks to buy the Egyptian Theatre from American Cinematheque, and the deal has now closed, though it was reported at the time the deal is part of an effort to restore the cinema and not expand to brick and mortar theater operations.

Netflix will invest in the theater’s renovation and will use the space for events, screenings and premieres during the week, while the non-profit film organization American Cinematheque will continue to curate its movie program on the weekends. The announcement says that the partnership will allow American Cinematheque to expand the scope of its event programming, festivals and educational outreach.

Also Read: Netflix Saves NYC's Historic Paris Theatre From Closure
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