pinocchio remake cast

Disney might have wished upon a star to land the cast it got for the live-action Pinocchio remake. Joining a cast led by Tom Hanks as the toy maker Gepetto are Cynthia Erivo and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who are adding their star power to the Robert Zemeckis-directed live-action/CGI hybrid film.

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roar

They are women, hear them roar — at least, that’s what I imagine the tagline for the new Apple TV+ anthology series Roar will be. A series of “darkly comic feminist fables” executive produced by Nicole KidmanRoar has been given a series order by Apple TV+, which announced a star-studded cast including Kidman, Alison Brie, and more.

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Genius Aretha Trailer new

Cynthia Erivo is the Queen of Soul in Genius: Aretha, the latest entry in Nat Geo’s anthology series that focuses on renowned historical figures. The first season was about Albert Einstein while season 2 dealt with Pablo Picasso. Now, season 3 will tell the story of Aretha Franklin, the legendary soul singer who became the first female performer to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Watch the latest Genius: Aretha trailer below.

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the talent show

Cynthia Erivo is set to star in The Talent Show, a musical drama written by Lena Waithe. The film follows a failed singer who returns to her hometown and ends up leading a group of at-risk youth in their annual talent show. So think of it as The Way Back, but with singing instead of basketball. And less beer (probably). Gandja Monteiro (The Chi) is set to direct.

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Aretha delayed

Two years after Aretha Franklin‘s death, Hollywood is looking to immortalize the Queen of Soul in two separate projects. And after one of them, MGM’s feature film called Respect, was pushed into an awards season-friendly date last week, National Geographic’s Genius: Aretha has been postponed until later in the year. Read More »

With the airing of last night’s action-packed finale, HBO has delivered a gripping climax to its ten-episode Stephen King adaptation, The Outsider. Focusing on a community rocked by a gruesome child murder, the show, like the book, was something of a genre-buster, tipping from police procedural in its first half into full-blown supernatural horror in its second half. Given its steady ratings climb and the finale’s post-credits scene, it’s possible that HBO will go The Leftovers route with The Outsider and continue the series with new stories beyond the scope of King’s novel. The mythology at play in the narrative might even allow the network to anthologize it, adopting a new cast and setting in its second season, as AMC did last year with its Dan Simmons adaptation, The Terror.

For now, however, the dust is left to settle around a stellar first season with a top-of-the-line ensemble cast led by Ben Mendelsohn and Cynthia Erivo. Developed by Richard Price — the author/co-screenwriter of Clockers and co-creator of The Night Of miniseries, among other things — the show adhered to many aspects of the book while also deviating from the source material in some notable ways. Price penned the majority of episodes, with executive producer Jessie Nickson-Lopez and novelist Dennis Lehane also picking up writing credits. Here, we’ll look back on the season as a whole and examine some of the changes they made in order to bring King’s vision to television.

Major spoilers lie ahead, of course.

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carrier movie cast

Fresh off her Oscar nods for HarrietCynthia Erivo is heading to the sci-fi genre. The Oscar-nominated actress, who has lent her voice to Carrier, a hit sci-fi thriller podcast created by audio studio QCode and Dan Blank, will now be starring in a feature film adaptation of that podcast for Amblin Partners.

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genius aretha trailer

The new season of Genius shines the spotlight on Aretha Franklin, with Cynthia Erivo playing the legendary singer. The series is the first of two different dramatized portraits of Franklin’s life, the second being the upcoming movie Respect starring Jennifer Hudson. Genius: Aretha will explore Franklin’s life and career, and has the distinction of being the first-ever authorized story based on Franklin’s life. Watch the Genius: Aretha trailer below.

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harriet review

Cynthia Erivo was a star the moment she opened her mouth and released a honeyed run of notes in Bad Times at the El Royale. Stealing 2018 in two back-to-back performances of El Royale and the critically acclaimed Widows, it was clear that the Tony-winning British actress was going to conquer the silver screen as well. And she’s got a role worthy of her star power in the rousing biopic Harriet, which follows the life of the slave-turned-abolitionist. Erivo is magnificent in the Kasi Lemmons-directed film, channeling a fiery rage and raw vulnerability in a performance that soars above the generic biopic formula that Harriet unfortunately cannot escape.

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the outsider trailer new

The Stephen King adaptation craze keeps on keepin’ on with The Outsider, a new HBO series base on one of the Master of Horror’s recent novels. The story concerns what appears to be an impossible murder: after a child in a small town is killed, a mountain of evidence points towards one man. The only problem is this suspect’s alibi is airtight, placing him miles away from the scene of the crime. Watch The Outsider trailer below.

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