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01.10.24 | Variety

‘Last of Us’ Season 2 Casts ‘Beef’ Star Young Mazino as Jesse

The Last of Us” Season 2 is continuing to build out its cast. Young Mazino is now the latest actor to join the hit HBO series, Variety has learned.

Mazino will appear in Season 2 as Jesse, said to be “a pillar of his community who puts everyone else’s needs before his own, sometimes at terrible cost.”

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01.05.24 | The New York Times

Taraji P. Henson is Tired of Fighting

The "Color Purple" star talks candidly about her battles to get cast and paid her worth. Even as an Oscar-nominated veteran, she had to audition for her new film.
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12.26.23 | Deadline

‘The Color Purple’ Wins Christmas Day With $18M+ & A CinemaScore As Warner Bros Dominates Holiday Box Office – Tuesday Update

DEC 26 AM UPDATE w/chart: Warner Bros –as mostly expected– wound up owning Christmas with its trifecta of Aquaman 2, Wonka and The Color Purple respectively in the top three spots.
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12.19.23 | Deadline

Naomi Scott To Star In Next Installment Of Paramount’s ‘Smile’ Franchise

Naomi Scott has been set to star in Paramount Pictures’ untitled sequel to its hit horror pic SmileParker Finn wrote the script and will direct. Temple Hill is producing.

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12.15.23 | Deadline

‘Power Book IV: Force’ Renewed For Season 3 At Starz

Power Book IV: Force has been renewed for a third season at Starz.

Season 2 of the third spinoff in the Power franchise followed Tommy Egan (Joseph Sikora), who was on a mission to avenge the death of Liliana, and with the Flynn organization weakened, he’s more determined than ever to take over the Chicago drug world.

 
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12.13.23 | Variety

‘Luke Cage’ Star Simone Missick Cast in David Oyelowo Dramedy ‘Government Cheese’ at Apple TV+ (EXCLUSIVE)

Government Cheese,” the upcoming Apple TV+ series starring and executive produced by David Oyelowo, has added Simone Missick to its cast.

The dramedy follows Hampton Chambers (played by Oyelowo), a man recently released from prison who struggles to keep his criminal past at bay and win back his family, all while processing moments of divine intervention that seem to happen with increasing frequency.

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12.13.23 | Deadline

Naomi Scott, Kit Harington & Simon Callow Wrap Shoot On Movie ‘Eternal Return’ For Village Roadshow, Macro & BK Studios

EXCLUSIVENaomi Scott (Aladdin), Kit Harington (Game Of Thrones) and Simon Callow (Shakespeare in Love) have wrapped shoot on romance Eternal Return, for Village Roadshow, Macro and BK Studios.

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12.13.23 | Variety

Michael B. Jordan and Ben Affleck on Making Films About Icons and Directing Yourself: Don’t ‘F— Up Your Own Performance’

For much of their conversation, Ben Affleck and Michael B. Jordan seem mutually star-struck, even though they’ve known each other for 10 years. They first connected after “Argo,” Affleck’s third directorial effort, won best picture and Jordan’s career skyrocketed following his searing leading performance in Ryan Coogler’s “Fruitvale Station.”

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12.13.23 | Variety

Gemma Chan, Destin Daniel Cretton Board Lloyd Lee Choi’s Short Film ‘Closing Dynasty’ as Executive Producers (EXCLUSIVE)

“The Eternals” star Gemma Chan and “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” director Destin Daniel Cretton have boarded Lloyd Lee Choi’s Oscar-qualifying short “Closing Dynasty” as executive producers.

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12.05.23 | LA Times

‘You are the film, the film is you’: How six directors define what they do

Have you heard the one where Bradley Cooper does impressions of both Clint Eastwood and Sienna Miller?

During the recent Envelope Directors Roundtable, the conversation turned to rehearsal and how much is enough. Cooper recalled a moment while acting in “American Sniper” where he learned a lesson from director Eastwood about the value of knowing when not to over-rehearse.
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11.30.23 | Variety

Eddie Huang to Direct Documentary About Vice Media’s Rise and Fall (EXCLUSIVE)

Filmmaker, actor, chef and television personality Eddie Huang (“Boogie,” “Fresh Off the Boat”) has signed on to direct a new documentary exploring the rise and surprising fall of Vice Media.
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11.22.23 | Variety

Variety’s 10 Screenwriters to Watch for 2023 Include Scribes for ‘The Marvels,’ ‘Rustin’ and ‘The Color Purple’

In a year in which evaluating the contributions of writers became a major point of contention across the entertainment industry, Variety is especially pleased to announce its list of 10 Screenwriters to Watch.
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11.10.23 | Variety

2024 Grammys Nominations Full List: SZA Leads With 9 Noms, Phoebe Bridgers Follows With 7

The full list of nominations for the 67th annual Grammy Awards is out, with SZA as the leading nominee, with nine. Other key nominees include Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo, Boygenius, Miley Cyrus, Jon Batiste, Victoria Monét and Billie Eilish, all of whom will be competing against SZA for record of the year.
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11.10.23 | Variety

How ‘Power Book IV: Force’ Chief Gary Lennon Used the Flagship Series to Steer Tommy Egan’s Story in Season 2

Sometimes kingpins can’t have it all. The “Power Book IV: Force” Season 2 finale aired on Friday night, leaving viewers with more questions than answers as fans await the fates of several power players in Tommy’s (Joseph Sikora) story — but showrunner Gary Lennon isn’t sharing too many answers ahead of what he hopes will be Season 3 renewal.
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11.09.23 | The Hollywood Reporter

‘The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes’ Review: Jennifer Lawrence Is Sorely Missed in Dour Prequel Short on Excitement

Tom Blyth stars as young Coriolanus Snow, charged with mentoring Rachel Zegler’s District 12 Tribute in this earlier chapter of the $2.9 billion franchise, also featuring Peter Dinklage, Jason Schwartzman and Viola Davis. It’s hard to build much intrigue into whether a love-struck teen with a seemingly gentle heart and firm moral compass will betray those who trust him and cross over to the dark side when his name is Coriolanus Snow and we know from four previous films that he will grow up to be an evil overlord played with chilling authority by Donald Sutherland.
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