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Yara Shahidi to Play Tinkerbell in Disney’s Live-Action ‘Peter Pan and Wendy’

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Yara Shahidi to Play Tinkerbell in Disney’s Live-Action ‘Peter Pan and Wendy’
Yara Shahidi is getting her wings.

The actor is set to play Tinkerbell in Disney’s “Peter Pan and Wendy,” the studio’s latest live-action adaptation. Shahidi joins a cast that features Jude Law as Captain Hook, with Alexander Molony as Peter Pan and newcomer Ever Anderson as Wendy.

Pete’s Dragon” director David Lowery is on board to direct and co-wrote the script with Toby Halbrooks. Jim Whitaker is producing.

Shahidi is best known for her starring role on ABC’s “Black-ish,” as well as being a star and producer of Freeform’s “Grown-ish.” The actor and activist recently signed an overall deal with ABC Studios. On the film side, Shahidi recently led the YA drama “The Sun Is Also a Star.”

Though there have been many adaptations of the Peter Pan story, Shahidi will be the first Black woman to take on the role on screen. The decision follows
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Eva Longoria to Direct Action-Comedy ‘Spa Day’ at Sony Pictures (Exclusive)

Eva Longoria to Direct Action-Comedy ‘Spa Day’ at Sony Pictures (Exclusive)
Eva Longoria is checking in for “Spa Day,” an action comedy feature she will direct and co-star in at Sony Pictures.

Variety has learned that Longoria, who has two other films lined up as director at Searchlight and Universal, is also producing the project with her partner Ben Spector at their banner UnbeliEVAble Entertainment. Greg Silverman and Jon Berg are also producing for Stampede Ventures, with Jp Sarni as associate producer.

Telenovela” creators Christine Pietrosh and Jessica Goldstein wrote the script from an original idea. Longoria, who just signed with WME, will pull double duty in front of and behind the camera.

While Longoria shot to fame on ABC’s primetime hit “Desperate Housewives,” the multi-hyphenate has a deep resume as producer and director in the TV space, with credits on the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary “Versus,” as well as episodes of “Black-ish,” “The Mick,” “Telenovela” and “Devious Maids.”

In a
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‘Cuties’ Controversy: Surge in Netflix Cancellations Was Short-Lived, Data Shows

‘Cuties’ Controversy: Surge in Netflix Cancellations Was Short-Lived, Data Shows
The firestorm over controversial Netflix film “Cuties,” which led to a huge spike in U.S. customer cancellations following its debut earlier this month, burned out after a few days, according to new data.

Cuties” tells the story of an 11-year-old Senegalese girl living in Paris who struggles to find her identity, torn between her family’s Muslim traditions and her peer group’s attempts to emulate the sexualized personae of women as portrayed in Western culture and on social media. The film includes scenes of the protagonist, Amy, performing highly sexualized dance routines with the Cuties dance crew and shows the underage characters in other adult situations — and, predictably, a backlash ensued. That caused the hashtag “#CancelNetflix” to trend on Twitter following its Sept. 9 release worldwide on the streaming service.

But while there was a temporary escalation in cancellations, the Netflix churn rate in the U.S. died down
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Aldis Hodge to Play Hawkman in DC Films’ ‘Black Adam’

Aldis Hodge to Play Hawkman in DC Films’ ‘Black Adam’
Aldis Hodge will soar as the DC Comics superhero Hawkman in the New Line production of “Black Adam,” Variety has confirmed.

The actor — who most recently starred in “The Invisible Man” and won acclaim for his upcoming performance as Jim Brown in “One Night in Miami” — is in negotiations to join the film, starring Dwayne Johnson as the titular anti-hero, and Noah Centineo as the superhero Atom Smasher. Jaume Collet-Serra will direct; Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani (“Informer”) wrote the latest draft of the script, from a previous draft by Adam Sztykiel (“Rampage”).

Johnson is also producing with Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia through their Seven Bucks Productions, and Beau Flynn is producing through FlynnPictureCo.

With his massive wings, hawk-like helmet and magic mace, Hawkman has been a regular — if convoluted — presence in DC Comics since his debut in 1940, but the character has never really made it into a live-action feature.
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Superhero Bits: Watch a Documentary About The Joker, Why ‘The Flash’ Was Canceled in the 1990s & More

Superhero Bits: Watch a Documentary About The Joker, Why ‘The Flash’ Was Canceled in the 1990s & More
What’s in store for the Spider-Man: Maximum Venom season finale in October? What did The Flash series from the 1990s get canceled? What are some of the most over-powered attacks in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Will you rewatch Man of Steel when it hits HBO Max next month? Want to see a documentary about the […]

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Watch: Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Florence Pugh Team Up for ‘Father of the Bride Part 3-ish’

Watch: Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Florence Pugh Team Up for ‘Father of the Bride Part 3-ish’
Netflix reunited the cast of Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride Part II for a sort-of sequel, appropriately titled Father of the Bride Part 3-ish, that featured some pretty unexpected cameos. Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Martin Short, Kieran Culkin, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, and George Newbern all reprised their roles from the original two films for the special, which was written and directed by Nancy Meyers and livestreamed (prerecorded) by Netflix earlier today to raise money for World Central Kitchen. In addition to the original cast, Florence Pugh and Ben Platt appeared as adult Megan and …
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Gong Li Drama ‘Leap’ Opens to $8.2 Million in China

Gong Li Drama ‘Leap’ Opens to $8.2 Million in China
Female-led volleyball drama “Leap” hit China with an $8.2 million opening day Friday, narrowly topping the premiere-day box office haul of Disney’s “Mulan” earlier this month, according to industry tracker Maoyan.

Both films star China-born Singaporean actress Gong Li, who plays a powerful witch character in “Mulan” and the hard-driving, real-life head coach of the Chinese women’s national volleyball team Lang Ping in “Leap.” In contrast, “Mulan” brought in $8.1 million in its opening Friday performance. Warner Bros.’ “Tenet” made $8.9 million in its Sept. 4 debut. War epic “The Eight Hundred,” on the other hand, raked in $21 million in its Aug. 21 bow.

Leap’s” debut coincided with the first weekend that cinemas were allowed to sell 75% of available tickets rather than 50%.

Directed by Hong Kong helmer Peter Ho-Sun Chan, “Leap” also opened in the U.S. on Friday. It is set for a limited release across 80 theaters in Boston, Chicago, Denver,
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‘The Boys in the Band’ Review: Richly Performed and Full of Layers

‘The Boys in the Band’ Review: Richly Performed and Full of Layers
The entire cast and director of the 2018 Tony-winning Broadway revival of Mort Crowley's The Boys in the Band return for this 2020 Netflix film adaptation, and you can feel it. There's a quiet confidence, a mode of working both locked-in and free to be free, a commanding grasp of the material's most elliptical, complicated aspects in every frame of the film. The audience is drawn in, needing to know what happens next, needing to think and re-think every moment. Joe Mantello's work is richly captivating, accessible yet unpredictable, and likely one of …
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‘The Perfect Weapon’ and ‘A World of Calm’ Trailers: HBO and HBO Max Capture Both Sides of the Stress Spectrum

‘The Perfect Weapon’ and ‘A World of Calm’ Trailers: HBO and HBO Max Capture Both Sides of the Stress Spectrum
HBO and HBO Max have released new trailers that fall on the complete opposite sides of the stress spectrum. And based on their titles, it doesn’t take much to figure out which project falls on which side. Check out The Perfect Weapon and A World of Calm trailers below, with one detailing the increase of […]

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‘Father of the Bride’ Cast Reunites After 25 Years for Pandemic Wedding

‘Father of the Bride’ Cast Reunites After 25 Years for Pandemic Wedding
After 25 years, the “Father of the Bride” family reunited on screen, with additional members, for “Father of the Bride Part 3 (ish)” streaming exclusively on Netflix’s YouTube channel and Facebook page on Friday.

The film, a remake of the 1950 original movie of the same name, tells the story of George Banks (Steve Martin), who has to come to terms with his daughter Annie (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) getting married and moving out. Diane Keaton plays his wife, Nina.

The reunion, introduced by Reese Witherspoon, was to benefit the World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing meals to communities affected by disasters, such as the coronavirus pandemic.

Called together by the Banks’ son, Matty (Kieran Culkin), for a special wedding announcement, the family gathered for a Zoom call. Along with Martin, Keaton, Williams-Paisley and Culkin, George Newbern and Martin Short reprised their roles as Annie’s husband Bryan MacKenzie and over-the-top European wedding planner Franck Eggelhoffer,
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Ice Cube is Making a Screen Capture Sci-Fi Thriller with the Director of ‘Wanted’

Ice Cube is Making a Screen Capture Sci-Fi Thriller with the Director of ‘Wanted’
Just two years ago, Wanted and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter director Timur Bekmambetov said he was developing no less than 14 movies that would use his Screenlife screen capture technology to tell stories that unfolded across the screens of computers, tablets, and phones. This narrative format has already been used with the likes of Host, […]

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‘A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting’ Trailer: They’re Babysitters. They Hunt Monsters. What More Do You Need?

‘A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting’ Trailer: They’re Babysitters. They Hunt Monsters. What More Do You Need?
What if I told you there was a super-secret organization of babysitters that’s been around for thousands of years? And what if I added that those babysitters hunt monsters? You would say, “That’s bullshit.” And you’d be right, but it’s also the plot of A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting, a cute little Netflix movie that looks […]

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The Best Brazilian Shows on Netflix

The Best Brazilian Shows on Netflix
TV shows are probably the best way to understand different cultures and the reality of countries all over the world. And Netflix has been investing heavily in Brazilian productions that give international viewers a broad perspective of Brazilian culture, history and also politics, with deep dives into Brazil’s complicated judicial system, panoramic views of the history and development of its music, as well as current readings of social interactions whose parallel to the Covid-19 pandemic are inescapable. Here are 13 Brazilian shows that you must watch to not only have fun and spend some time (maybe laugh and …
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The Best Movies & TV Shows Coming to Netflix in October 2020

The Best Movies & TV Shows Coming to Netflix in October 2020
During the month of October, Netflix will receive several new additions to its streaming library that we’re very interested in – shows like The Haunting of Bly Manor, Song Exploder, and The Queen’s Gambit, and films like Ben Wheatley’s Rebecca and Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7. But I haven’t seen any of […]

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‘A World of Calm’ Trailer: Soothing HBO Max Series Sets October Release Date

‘A World of Calm’ Trailer: Soothing HBO Max Series Sets October Release Date
It’s usually not a good sign when a television show puts you to sleep, but that’s part of the appeal of HBO Max’s upcoming “A World of Calm,” which will has announced a release date on October 1. WarnerMedia also dropped the trailer for the star-studded series, which you can watch below.

The series, an adaptation of the popular Calm app that boasts a variety of relaxation and sleep aid-focused stories, features the voices of Mahershala Ali, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Idris Elba, Oscar Isaac, Nicole Kidman, Zo? Kravitz, Lucy Liu, Cillian Murphy, Keanu Reeves, and Kate Winslet.

WarnerMedia has billed the series as “a timely antidote for our modern lives, each half-hour episode takes audiences on an immersive visual journey into another world. Each relaxing tale is designed to transform how you feel. Transporting the viewer into tranquility through scientifically-engineered narratives, enchanting music and astounding footage, to naturally
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Aldis Hodge Will Play Hawkman In ‘Black Adam’

Aldis Hodge Will Play Hawkman In ‘Black Adam’
Following

standout dramatic turns in “Clemency,” Showtime‘s

City On A Hill,” and most recently, the critically acclaimed

One Night In Miami” from director Regina King, actor Aldis

Hodge is about to try something different and take flight in the superhero

genre. Today, Warner Bros. cast the actor as Hawkman in their upcoming “Black

Adam” film, news of which Hodge confirmed on Instagram.

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