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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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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.

Continue reading Neill Blomkamp Hints That Actor Peter Weller Could Return In His Upcoming ‘RoboCop’ Film at The Playlist.
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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)

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

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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)

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‘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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How ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Director Reappropriated a Racial Slur With a Coldplay Song

How ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Director Reappropriated a Racial Slur With a Coldplay Song
Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon Chu sent a heartfelt letter to Coldplay to convince them to let him use one of their hit songs in the film’s soundtrack — but its title stirred up controversy.

In an interview with Quartzy, Chu explained how he wanted to “take hit American songs and make them Chinese.” However, he hit a roadblock when he tried to reach out to the British band in an effort to translate “Yellow” from English to Mandarin. Even the film’s studio, Warner Bros., was reluctant to use the track, as the word “yellow” has been use as a slur for Asians and the color of their skin — most notably in the phrase “Yellow Peril,” referring to a fear of Asian immigrants stealing jobs from U.S. workers in the late 19th century.

“They were like, ‘Whoa, we can’t do that, what do you think people will say?
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Paramount Signs Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary and Gloria Sanchez Pods to Overall Deal

Comedy shops Gary Sanchez and Gloria Sanchez Productions have signed an overall first look deal with Paramount Pictures, the studio announced Wednesday.

Run by comedian Will Ferrell, Oscar-winning writer and director Adam McKay and producer Jessica Elbaum, the companies are behind hits like the “Anchorman” franchise, “Step Brothers” and indies like Leslye Headland’s “Bachelorette’ and “Sleeping With Other People.” The library has grossed nearly $1 billion at the worldwide box office.

“Adam and Will are among the most influential and innovative comedic minds of our time, and we couldn’t be happier to welcome back the strong partnership that the studio enjoyed with them in the past and will continue to nurture and grow for years to come,” Wyck Godfrey, president of Paramount’s Motion Picture Group, said in a statement.

Also Read: 'Rugrats' Gets Nickelodeon Revival, Live-Action Film From Paramount Players

“We’ve had a lot of
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Hear Yoko Ono’s Stark Reimagining of ‘Where Do We Go From Here?’

Hear Yoko Ono’s Stark Reimagining of ‘Where Do We Go From Here?’
Yoko One has shared another preview from her upcoming new album Warzone, “Where Do We Go From Here?”

The experimental artist paired the ominous piano ballad – a reworking of a song that featured on 1996’s Rising, Ono’s collaboration with the Sean Lennon-led Ima – with an lyrics video featuring Ono’s own hand drawings, which were then animated by Sam Williams.

“Where do we go from here,” Ono asks as the song opens. “If we sweep the bottom of the rivers / We’ll find bodies that shouldn’t be
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‘Westworld’ Creators Have Had a Plan for Season 3 Since the Pilot

‘Westworld’ Creators Have Had a Plan for Season 3 Since the Pilot
(Spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve watched “Westworld” through the Season 2 finale.)

Westworld” Season 2 won’t look like anything to you when the third installment of Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s hit HBO sci-fi series rolls around. Well, we can only assume, seeing as it sounds like what many critics and fans thought was a convoluted sophomore year compared to the already-complicated freshman venture, is a walk in the Western-themed park compared to what the married co-creators tell TheWrap they are cooking up next.

“Yes, Season 3 of ‘Westworld’ is definitely going to be a big undertaking,” Nolan told TheWrap, while discussing the 21 Emmy nominations the drama received this year — including nods for Outstanding Drama, and actors Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris and Jimmi Simpson.

Also Read: Of Course 'Westworld' Fans Spotted a 'Game of Thrones' Easter Egg in the Season 2 Finale

“Yes,
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‘Juliet, Naked’ Premiere: Rose Byrne Recalls Kylie Minogue Obsession

‘Juliet, Naked’ Premiere: Rose Byrne Recalls Kylie Minogue Obsession
The stormy weather in New York City dried up on Tuesday and the sun came out just in time for the premiere of “Juliet, Naked.”

A gleeful crowd gathered at the swanky Metrograph for the screening of the romantic comedy starring Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke, and Chris O’Dowd.

The film, based on Nick Hornby’s novel of the same name, centers on Annie (Rose), who is stuck in a failing relationship with her husband Duncan (O’Dowd). Things get complicated when Anne has an unexpected encounter with her husband’s musical obsession, an obscure rocker named Tucker Crowe (Hawke).

Byrne walked the red carpet in a stunning Dior dress as her husband Bobby Cannavale watched from the sidelines.

Byrne revealed that she had her own music obsession back in the day. Her dad took her to five Kylie Minogue concerts when she was a pre-teen. “I am from Australia
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Ween to Revisit ’12 Golden Country Greats’ Album at Nashville Shows

Before Wheeler Walker Jr. was melding raunchy lyrics with expert country instrumentation, there was Ween’s 1996 cult classic 12 Golden Country Greats. A collection of 10 songs — even the misnumbered title is a gag — the album finds the Nineties weird-rock duo parodying country clichés in tracks like “I Don’t Wanna Leave You on the Farm,” “Japanese Cowboy” and the ultimate kiss-off “Piss Up a Rope.” But the record wasn’t completely a lark: musically, it was superb, with Nashville aces like harmonica player Charlie McCoy, fiddler Buddy Spicher and the vocal
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How Alex Gibney’s ESPN Docuseries ‘Enhanced’ Tackles Moral Dilemmas of Modern Technology

After lifting the lid on the worlds of Scientology and WikiLeaks, Academy Award and Emmy-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney has again teamed up with ESPN, this time to investigate how technology and science are impacting the future of sports.

“Enhanced,” the six-part docuseries that is currently streaming on ESPN+, takes viewers into the secret worlds of training, technology, recovery, mind exercises and even steroids to show how they are propelling record-breaking performances from athletes.

The subject is something that Gibney had been talking to ESPN executives about for years.

Also Read: Rape Accusations Against Bikram Choudhury Examined in Dark ESPN '30 for 30' Podcast

“He’s been a sports fan for a long time and realized that the stakes get higher every year, records are broken … the equipment, the bodies and the sports look different,” Libby Geist, vice president and executive producer, ESPN Films and Original Content, told TheWrap. “We finally
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Hear 1975’s Sugary, Suspicious New Song ‘Tootimetootimetootime’

The 1975 survey how social media fuels jealous head games and romantic angst on their pulsating new song “Tootimetootimetootime.” Frontman Matthew Healy recounts missed phone calls, suspicious text messages and Instagram “likes” throughout the track.

“I only called her one time, maybe it was two times/ Don’t think it was three times, can’t be more than four times,” he sings in Auto-Tune over a steady kick drum pulse, pitch-shifted vocal samples and watery synth chords. “Think we need to rewind; you get that boy sometimes/ Must be more than three times.
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