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‘Tuca and Bertie’ Is Back! Adult Swim Picks Up Season 2 of Lisa Hanawalt’s Acclaimed Animated Series

‘Tuca and Bertie’ Is Back! Adult Swim Picks Up Season 2 of Lisa Hanawalt’s Acclaimed Animated Series
You can’t keep a good bird down.

Adult Swim has announced that “Tuca and Bertie” — Lisa Hanawalt’s critically hailed animated series — will return for Season 2 on the WarnerMedia network. “Tuca and Bertie” Season 2 will consist of 10 episodes, and the main voice cast will be returning, including Tiffany Haddish, Ali Wong, and Steven Yeun. “Tuca and Bertie” Season 2 is slated for release in 2021.

“I’ve been a fan of Adult Swim shows since my teens, so I’m thrilled to bring my beloved fowl to the party and be a new voice for a fresh decade of absurd, irreverent, yet heartwarming adult animation,” said Hanawalt.

Hanawalt’s first season tracked two bird besties: Tuca (Tiffany Haddish), a cocky, care-free toucan, and Bertie (Ali Wong), an anxious, daydreaming song thrush, who live in the same apartment building — along with Bertie’s boyfriend, Speckle (Steven Yeun), a jovial, optimistic robin — and
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Jazz Drummer Jimmy Cobb, Who Played on Miles Davis’ ‘Kind of Blue,’ Dead at 91

Jazz Drummer Jimmy Cobb, Who Played on Miles Davis’ ‘Kind of Blue,’ Dead at 91
Jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb, best known for backing Miles Davis on a string of iconic records, including 1959’s Kind of Blue, has died from lung cancer at age 91, NPR reports.

Cobb, born in Washington D.C. in 1929, began his touring career with saxophonist Earl Bostic in 1950. This led to a cascading series of gigs with vocalist Dinah Washington, pianist Wynton Kelly, and saxophonist Cannonball Adderley.

His most famous work arrived at the end of that decade: Along with Davis’ modal, melodic masterpiece Kind of Blue — which Rolling Stone named the
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Why ‘The Painter and the Thief’ Is Neon’s New Oscar Doc Contender

Why ‘The Painter and the Thief’ Is Neon’s New Oscar Doc Contender
Norwegian documentary “The Painter and the Thief” picked up the Special Jury Prize for Creative Storytelling from the Sundance Film Festival in January because the movie blends fact and an unfolding narrative drama in an unusually artful way. Neon picked up the film, which will, due to the pandemic, hit VOD platforms only on May 22.

When art-heist junkie Benjamin Ree, who is 30, embarked on his second nonfiction feature, Czech painter Barbora Kysilkova had already reached out to drug addict Karl-Bertil Nordland, who served 75 days in prison with an accomplice for stealing two of her prize paintings from Oslo’s Gallery Nobel in 2015. “I wonder if I could paint you?” she asked him.

Archive footage shows us the artist painting one of the stolen works as well as audio and drawings of her first courtroom approach to the thief. When she asks Nordland why he stole her work, he said, “Because it was beautiful.
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'Mission: Impossible 2' Co-Writer Reveals How 'Star Trek' Helped Save the Sequel

'Mission: Impossible 2' Co-Writer Reveals How 'Star Trek' Helped Save the Sequel
Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible 2 wouldn’t exist without getting a little help from Captain Picard and the Borg.

Twenty years ago on May 24, 2000, director John Woo’s M:i-2 motorcycle-jousted into theaters as the first sequel in producer-star Cruise’s venerable big-screen franchise based on the classic TV show. Helping bring this extreme guilty pleasure to life, which centers on Imf Agent Ethan Hunt racing against time to stop a deadly virus (in between slow-mo gun fights and flying doves), was another movie based on a TV show: 1996’s Star Trek: First Contact. The second film to feature the cast ...
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‘Titan Games’ Ep Dany Garcia on How the Show Leans in on Equality – Literally

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‘Titan Games’ Ep Dany Garcia on How the Show Leans in on Equality – Literally
NBC’s “The Titan Games” hosted by Dwayne Johnson has always been about equality — not only are the contestants equally divided between men and women but also in the sense that every type of athlete, whether professional or not, can compete.

The competition show is back for its second season, and executive producer Dany Garcia teased it as an even bigger nail-biter than the first.

“Our athletes come in all shapes and sizes — some are incredibly strong, and some are not quite as strong, which is a great challenge because not only are you looking at male and female, but you’re also looking at different body types and strengths,” Garcia told TheWrap. “You want to vary the challenges so that you are challenging the body and the mind in different ways. These are athletes that we need to have a challenging conversation with in many different ways, and that allows them all to shine.
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Bill Small, Former Washington Bureau Chief of CBS News, Dies at 93

Bill Small, Former Washington Bureau Chief of CBS News, Dies at 93
Veteran news executive Bill Small, who served as the Washington bureau chief of CBS News and president of NBC News, died on Sunday following a brief illness unrelated to the coronavirus, CBS News announced. He was 93.

Small led CBS News’ political coverage from 1962-1974, covering such major events as Watergate, Vietnam and the Civil Rights Movement. He pulled together a team of reporters from within CBS that included Dan Rather, Marvin Kalb, Dan Schorr, Harry Reasoner and Eric Sevareid, and made new hires including Bob Schieffer, Ed Bradley, Bernard Shaw, Bernard Kalb and Bill Moyers.

He also, CBS noted, championed
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These Are The Best Memorial Day Sales Worth Shopping Today

These Are The Best Memorial Day Sales Worth Shopping Today
You may not be able to go into a ton of stores this Memorial Day, but even if you’re quarantining at home, you can still take advantage of some great deals online.

Traditionally a time to score deep discounts on mattresses, a number of other retailers have jumped on the Memorial Day sales bandwagon to offer price-drops on everything from shoes and apparel, to tech toys and furniture. We’ve rounded up a list of our favorite deals to shop this weekend below. Keep checking back as we update
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Victor Cruz Lauds ‘Titan Games’ as Nothing Like That ‘Awful’ 2008 ‘American Gladiators’ Reboot

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Victor Cruz Lauds ‘Titan Games’ as Nothing Like That ‘Awful’ 2008 ‘American Gladiators’ Reboot
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s “The Titan Games” debuts its second season Monday, an installment that features former New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz among the six pro-athlete competitors that the show’s “everyday” contestants go head-to-head with in hopes of winning the “Titan Champion” title and a $100,000 prize.

Fans could smell the new level of intensity The Rock was cooking up for Season 2 of his NBC competition series when he announced the addition of elite athletes — including Cruz, Claressa Shields, Joe Thomas, Cruz, Hannah Teter, Jessie Graff and Tyron Woodley — as an obstacle for “The Titan Games'” amateur contestants. And if the everyday people vs. pros aspect, a pro-wrestling legend as host, and a humongous set piece for the final challenge made you draw a comparison between The Rock’s series and the network’s short-lived Hulk Hogan-hosted “American Gladiators” reboot, Cruz is here to vouch for how different the two are.
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‘The High Note’: Film Review

‘The High Note’: Film Review
Dakota Johnson, with her sun-dazed smile and wary doe-eyed glow (the look of an innocent who knows how to thread her way through a world of predators), can be a winsomely appealing performer, but what is she doing in “The High Note” playing Maggie, the personal assistant to an imperious pop-star diva? It’s the kind of job that would toughen up anyone who’s had it for a week. But Maggie, after three years of working for Grace Davis, a high-maintenance superstar from the ’90s played by Tracee Ellis Ross, still seems like a college student who won an internship. She’s sweet, naive, and docile, even when the position requires her to be demanding. She comes off more like an assistant to the assistant.

Maggie lives in gobsmacked awe of Grace, who performs in sold-out arenas all over the world, even though she hasn’t put out a new album in a decade.
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Queen’s Brian May ‘Grateful’ After Recovering From ‘Small Heart Attack’

Queen’s Brian May ‘Grateful’ After Recovering From ‘Small Heart Attack’
Queen’s Brian May revealed that he’s feeling “incredibly grateful” after recovering from a “small heart attack” that left him “very near death.”

And it’s only part of a complicated medical ordeal for the guitarist, who was recently hospitalized after ripping his gluteus maximus in what he calls a “bizarre gardening accident.” That incident left May in debilitating pain that puzzled his doctors. “No other test were done,” he said in an Instagram post. “Now, a week later, [I was] still in agony. I mean, real agony. I wanted to jump at some point.
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How Carole Lombard Became Hollywood’s First Casualty of World War II

How Carole Lombard Became Hollywood’s First Casualty of World War II
Carole Lombard came to Hollywood from the Midwest at the age of 7 and was making Westerns at Fox by age 9.

The legendary star of such classics as “My Man Godfrey” and “Twentieth Century” would rise to become a high-paid performer in the middle of the Depression. Lombard was known for her tomboy style, for throwing great parties, for her marriages to megastars William Powell and Clark Gable. She was also destined to be Hollywood’s first casualty of World War II. She was only 33 and at the peak of her career.

“Carole Lombard gave her life in the service of America,” Will Hays, president of Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, told Variety in January 1942 as the shock of Lombard’s death in a plane crash outside Las Vegas spread through the industry.

Daily Variety editor Arthur Ungar penned a page-one tribute to Lombard that led the Jan. 19, 1942, edition.
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San Sebastian Festival Powers Up New Wip Latam, Bows Wip Europa, Streamlines

San Sebastian Festival Powers Up New Wip Latam, Bows Wip Europa, Streamlines
In a major reboot of its pix-in-post strands, which in turn forms part of a new streamlining, the San Sebastian Film Festival, the highest-profile film event in the Spanish-speaking world, has launched two new pix-in-post showcases, Wip Latam and Wip Europa.

Wip Latam replaces Films in Progress, launched in 2003 as a joint venture with the France’s Toulouse Latin America Film Festival. It will be endowed with a $33,000 cash prize, the Egeda-Platino Industry Award, adjudicated by Spanish rights collection society Egeda and carrying the name of Egeda’s annual Platino Awards.

The award’s announcement comes after an agreement sealed in February 2020 for the San Sebastian Festival to collaborate in the launch of a Platino Industria forum in the run-up to the Platino Awards.

Wip Europa takes the place of Glocal in Progress, focused on movies made in minority European languages in Europe, but now open up to features from all of Europe,
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India Reveals Post-Coronavirus Film Shoot Protocol and Guidelines for Multiplexes

India Reveals Post-Coronavirus Film Shoot Protocol and Guidelines for Multiplexes
The Producers Guild of India (Pgi) has published a comprehensive protocol document that will govern shoots after the coronavirus pandemic subsides.

The 37-page “Back to Action’ protocol explains hygiene matters such as mandatory hand-washing, triple-layer mask and gloves, the avoidance of handshakes and shared cigarettes, and how two metres of social distancing should be maintained.

It lays out training drills and how one or two dedicated team members, called Anti-covid Boys, must be made available to implement the rules. Two junior doctors and a nurse must also be available for the first three months after shootings resume; and an ambulance
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India Reveals Post-Coronavirus Film Shoot Protocol and Guidelines for Multiplexes

India Reveals Post-Coronavirus Film Shoot Protocol and Guidelines for Multiplexes
The Producers Guild of India (Pgi) has published a comprehensive protocol document that will govern shoots after the coronavirus pandemic subsides.

The 37-page “Back to Action’ protocol explains hygiene matters such as mandatory hand-washing, triple-layer mask and gloves, the avoidance of handshakes and shared cigarettes, and how two metres of social distancing should be maintained.

It lays out training drills and how one or two dedicated team members, called Anti-covid Boys, must be made available to implement the rules. Two junior doctors and a nurse must also be available for the first three months after shootings resume; and an ambulance must be on standby at all times. It also recommends that some tasks are better done from home.

Meanwhile, industry tracker Ormax Media has published a survey conducted across 58 Indian cities and towns that reveals that 28% of audiences are ready to return to cinemas as soon as they reopen. However,
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Watch Hayley Williams’ Acoustic Cover of Sza’s ‘Drew Barrymore’

Watch Hayley Williams’ Acoustic Cover of Sza’s ‘Drew Barrymore’
Hayley Williams stripped down Sza’s “Drew Barrymore” for an acoustic Instagram cover.

The Paramore singer adopted a smooth croon with subtle vibrato, switching between gentle fingerpicking and strums. She took a self-deprecating attitude toward the performance, muttering, “Whatever” at the end and captioning the video “self-serenades / amateur hour.”

“this was weeks ago,” she wrote of the cover. “April 11th, to be exact. have a few saved up. guess i’ve been holding out on yall. the only constant for me (besides limp ass, unwashed, unfixed hair) in the age of covid,
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'The High Note': Film Review

'The High Note': Film Review
After chronicling the struggles of a talented junior writer to be seen and given a deserving opportunity by a ferocious female titan of their field in Late Night, director Nisha Ganatra steers the wish-fulfilment scenario from network television to the music industry in The High Note. While the script by newcomer Flora Greeson doesn't have the amusing commentary on race, class and sexism of Mindy Kaling's screenplay for the earlier film — let alone Emma Thompson's regally acerbic bite — the Focus Features release from Working Title does have much to recommend it, at least during these lean times....
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'I'm No Longer Here' ('Ya no estoy aqui'): Film Review

Ulises is a taciturn 17-year-old with hair like a punk rooster, shaved in the back, teased up into a peroxided crest on top and slicked down in thick, extended sideburns that almost meet in the middle under his chin, like a helmet strap. It's quite a look, especially whenever he assumes star position at the center of his dance crew, bobbing, weaving and strutting to the decelerated rhythms of cumbia music that are the group's beat of choice. Existing alongside the drug gangs of Monterrey, Mexico, this flamboyant teen subculture provides both an escape and a proud expression ...
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Korean Box Office Has Yet to Find Post-Coronavirus New Normal

Korean Box Office Has Yet to Find Post-Coronavirus New Normal
South Korean cinemas have reopened. But business is far from normal.

Nationwide box office over the weekend trickled in at just 7% of what it was this time last year. And with Hollywood’s direct players and local distributors reluctant to release big titles since the outbreak of coronavirus in the country, screens have been filled with re-releases and small to mid-sized foreign films.

Unusually, not a single Korean film appeared in the weekend’s top ten chart.

American musical drama “The Greatest Showman” re-opened on Thursday and took top spot, earning $205,600 over opening five days. Other re-releases that appeared on the top ten spots include 2018’s action comedy “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” Makoto Shinkai’s Japanese animation “Weathering with You,” and Chinese director Chen Kaige’s historical drama “Farewell My Concubine.”

“The Platform,” which has been released on global streaming platform Netflix (outside of Korea and Taiwan), received a theatrical release
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Charades Unveils Clip For Danish Action Film ‘Shorta’ (Exclusive)

Charades Unveils Clip For Danish Action Film ‘Shorta’ (Exclusive)
Charades is unveiling a clip for “Shorta,” the anticipated Danish action-packed movie directed by Frederik Louis Hviid and Anders Ølholm.

The timely film unfolds in the aftermath of the killing of 19-year-old Talib Ben Hassi while in custody. “Shorta” follows two police officers, Jens and Mike, who are on routine patrol in a minority-heavy neighborhood when news of Talib’s death breaks, igniting a violent riot. Suddenly, the two cops find themselves trapped and must fight to find a way out.

Charades is representing the film in international markets and will kick off sales at the virtual Marché du Film in Cannes. “Shorta” was produced by Toolbox Film (“The Hunt”) and was believed to be in the pipeline for a world premiere at Cannes. The movie will be released in Denmark by Scanbox Entertainment.

Dealing with racism and police brutality in Denmark with a sharp visual style, “Shorta” was presented
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How 'Back to the Future III' Got Better With Age

How 'Back to the Future III' Got Better With Age
Back to the Future Part III is significantly better than many '90s kids let on.

Shot back-to-back with its more commercially successful (and often meme’d) predecessor, Back to the Future Part II (1989), this underrated entry in director Robert Zemeckis and writer Bob Gale’s franchise may have been considered an underwhelming conclusion to the time-traveling franchise, but the film has only gotten better with age in the 30 years since it was released May 25, 1990.

What it lacks in hoverboards and flying DeLoreans, Back to the Future Part III makes up for by having a surplus ...
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