Kat Dennings and Randall Park’s MCU Characters Join Disney+’s ‘WandaVision’

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“WandaVision,” the Disney+ series about (who else?) MCU characters Wanda and Vision, just revealed more of its cast, all of whom have a way with one-liners.
Joining Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) are wisecracking Darcy (Kat Dennings) from the “Thor” movies and perpetually flustered FBI agent Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) from “Ant-Man and The Wasp.”
Joining the MCU for the first time is Emmy-nominated star Kathryn Hahn of ‘Transparent,” “Bad Moms” and “Private Life” fame.
“WandaVision” will show “what an ideal life with vision looks like.”  It’s being billed as “half sitcom, half epic MCU adventure.”
So, superheroes + nosy, chatty neighbors?
Marvel previously announced that “WandaVision” will be “unlike anything we’ve done before.” Olsen added, “It’s gonna get weird.”For more coverage from the D23 Expo 2019, click here!
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'Cannon Busters,' 'The Witcher,' 'The Irishman,' and More Projects We're Excited About (Podcast)

And we can’t forget “The Mandelorian,” “Dolemite Is My Name” and “Harriet”

Usually on the “Low Key” podcast, we talk about pop culture moments we think others may have missed, often through a racial lens. This week, we just talked about some projects we’re excited about, from “Cannon Busters” to “The Witcher” to “The Irishman” to “The Mandelorian,” “Dolemite is My Name” and “Harriet.”

Of all those films and TV shows, only one — the Netflix anime series “Cannon Busters,” has been released. “Low Key” co-host Aaron Lanton, a hardcore anime fan, was intrigued to see anime with black characters in key roles, as he explains in the podcast.

Co-host “Keith Dennie,” meanwhile, wonders if “The Witcher,” starring Henry Cavill, can overcome the curse of many video-game adaptations.

And I’m very eager to see if “The Irishman” — from the super team of Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci — can win its big CGI gamble to become the instant gangster classic I hope it will be.

We also talk about Kasi Lemmons’ upcoming Harriet Tubman biopic “Harriet,” Eddie Murphy in “Dolemite Is My Name,” and Jon Favreau’s mysterious “The Mandalorian.”

Netflix is very well-represented on the list of projects we’re excited about — “Cannon Busters,” “The Witcher,” “The Irishman” and “Dolemite” are all Netflix projects. But we also talk about how Netflix may change in response to Disney+, future home of “The Mandalorian” and many more “Star Wars” and Marvel Cinematic Universe stories.

Here are some highlights of the episode and timestamps:

00:40: A quick recap of the great Tennessee Wing-Off (Congratulations, Sarah!)

2:15: The majesty of “Cannon Busters”

4:56: Why we think “The Witcher” looks good, and the risks of video game adaptations. We also try to name as many video game adaptations as we can, off the top of our heads.

7:59: How bad movies get made (featuring some advice by William Goldman)

10:44: Let’s nerd out about “The Irishman” and digital de-aging

14:40: Speaking of de-aging… “Gemini Man”!

18:40: What would it take go get Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to play Goro?

22:00: Why it’s hard to be the movie trailer before the one for “Harriet”

25:10: “Who’s asking for this?”

37:30: Dolemite!

40:16: Don’t forget to please subscribe and review us on Apple, please.

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Ming-Na Wen Joins Cast of ‘The Mandalorian,’ Achieves Disney Trifecta

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Actress Ming-Na Wen is joining the cast of the Disney+ “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian.”
This gives her a rare “Disney trifecta,” as she stars in ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and previously voiced the title character in “Mulan.”
Disney CEO Bob Iger announced the news Friday during the annual fan gathering D23 Expo.
Wen was one of the Disney Legends recipients, which this year also honored Wing Chao, Robert Downey Jr., Jon Favreau, James Earl Jones, Bette Midler, Kenny Ortega, Barnette Ricci, Robin Roberts, Diane Sawyer and Hans Zimmer.
“Please just keep acquiring all these different franchises,” Wen said during her speech, “because I just keep getting employed by them. I have hit every bucket list thanks to Disney.”
“The Mandalorian,” which is written and produced by Favreau, is set after the fall of the Empire in “Return of the Jedi” and before the emergence of the First Order. The series follows the travails of a lone gunfighter (Pedro Pascal) in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.
Episodes will be directed by Dave Filoni, Bryce Dallas Howard, Deborah Chow, Rick Famuyiwa, and Taika Waititi.For more coverage from the D23 Expo 2019, click here!
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'Overcomer' Film Review: Faith-Based Drama Preaches to the Choir

The writing, the acting, even the lighting fails to turn the thudding messaging into something resembling cinematic entertainment

With “God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness” opening this week, TheWrap takes a look at 10 of the highest-grossing Christian-based films, adjusted for inflation.

  • 10. “The Shack” (2017)

    Starring Octavia Spencer and Graham Greene, the film grossed $57.4 million last year, which would equate to $58.6 million today. 

  • 9. “Son of God” (2014)

    The 20th Century Fox film retells the life of Jesus and grossed a domestic total of $59.7 million in 2014, which would be $60.7 million today.

    Fox

  • 8. “Miracles From Heaven” (2016)

    The Jennifer Garner film made $61.7 million this year on a budget of $13 million, good for eighth all time, adjusted for inflation.

    Affirm Films

  • 7. “God’s Not Dead” (2014)

    Starring Kevin Sorbo, Shane Harper, David A.R. White, and Dean Cain, “God’s Not Dead” opened to $60.8 million in 2014 ($61.8 million adjusted for inflation) on a budget of $2 million. Its box office success warranted a 2016 sequel.

    Pure Flix Entertainment

  • 6. “Exodus: Gods and Kings” (2014)

    The film starring Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, John Turturro and Aaron Paul grossed $65 million domestically, which works out to $66 million two years later.

    Fox

  • 5. “War Room” (2015)

    The Sony Pictures film raised holy hell at the box office when it opened in August of 2015. It ended up making $67.8 million on a budget of $3 million. Adjusted for inflation, that’s $68.8 million.

    TriStar Pictures

  • 4. “Heaven Is For Real” (2014)

    Having taken in $92.9 million (adjusted for inflation), the film starring Greg Kinnear is the fourth highest-grossing Christian film on our list at $944.4 million inflation-adjusted dollars.

     

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  • 3. “Noah” (2014)

    On a budget of $125 million, “Noah,” starring Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly, made $101.2 million at the domestic box office in 2014. That would tick up to $102.8 million today.

    Paramount

  • 2. “The Passion of the Christ” (2004)

    Directed by Mel Gibson, “Passion” was a major commercial hit despite the controversy it raised and mixed reviews it received. The film grossed $370.7 million in 2004, which works out to $472.3 million adjusted for inflation. It was produced for just $30 million.

    Fox

  • 1. “Ben-Hur” (1959)

    The original “Ben-Hur,” which received 11 Academy Awards, tops the list of highest-grossing Christian movies, having made $74 million back in 1959, equal to $611.9 million in today’s dollars.

    MGM

  • “God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness” is the latest faith-based film to hit theaters

    With “God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness” opening this week, TheWrap takes a look at 10 of the highest-grossing Christian-based films, adjusted for inflation.

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    The Chase: ‘You started it!’ Bradley Walsh scolds contestant after ‘strange’ comment

    Bradley Walsh welcomed a host of quizzing hopefuls on The Chase this evening alongside chaser Jenny Ryan.

    Dave, 51, Charlotte 37, Carmen, 23, and Roland, 70, were all hoping to beat the Chaser and take home the jackpot prize.

    First up to face Jenny was Dave who earned an impressive £7,000 before failing to secure his spot in the final chase.

    Charlotte followed suit and was beaten by Jenny leaving it up to the third contestant to put some money in the jackpot.

    Before she began her cash-builder round, Bradley asked Carmen what she would like to do with her potential winnings.

    Carmen revealed: “I would put it towards a wedding fund.”

    “Oh, right and when are you getting married?” asked host Bradley.

    “I’m not… I’m not engaged,” she confessed, before explaining she had a boyfriend named Alex.

    “That’s news to you Alex, I bet,” Bradley jokingly quipped.

    Defending her comment, Carmen hit back: “it’s not, I promise you!”

    Read more: The Chase: ‘Lost for words’ Mark Labbett stunned by contestant’s staggering defeat

    Bradley went on to ask Carmen about boyfriend and their shared interests.

    The contestant explained Alex is studying for a PHD in physics with theoretical astrophysics and the couple don’t share the same interest in this subject.

    “I switch off when he talks though, it’s not very interesting to me,” Carmen admitted.

    Puzzled, Bradley asked: “Does he have any hobbies?”

    “He’s into photography as well,” Carmen said.

    Bradley joked: “That’s a marriage made in heaven, he’s a physics do-dah and you’re a bacteria thingie but what you’ve got in common is photography.”

    While making camera clicking noises, he added: “You can sit across your dinner table.”

    “This is getting strange,” Carmen remarked.

    Hitting back, Bradley said: “You started it love!”

    Later on, Carmen and Roland failed to beat the Chaser and the team went home empty handed.

    The Chase airs weekdays at 5pm on ITV. 

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    'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker': A Closer Look at the New First Order Jet Trooper [D23]

    In the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer, there’s a brief flash of a skiff chase that revealed what appeared to be Stormtroopers flying through the air in pursuit of Poe, Finn, and C-3PO. Now we know a bit more about them: they’re called First Order Jet Troopers, Stormtroopers who have been outfitted with jet packs. Take a closer look at some new photos of the Jet Trooper costume from the D23 Expo show floor.

    Remember this moment from the movie’s first teaser?

    That fast-moving blur is a Jet Trooper, one of the new Stormtroopers we’ll see in The Rise of Skywalker. /Film’s Peter Sciretta is currently on the ground at this year’s D23, and he sent over these photos providing a closer look at the new trooper’s costume:

    It’s worth noting that this won’t be the first time Stormtroopers have taken to the air in the Star Wars universe: Clones with jet packs participated in the Clone Wars, and also appeared in the canonical Star Wars Battlefront II video game. But those were referred to as Clone Jump Troopers (see a photo here), so this is new nomenclature for the First Order.

    To see a pair of the new Jet Troopers in action, revisit The Rise of Skywalker trailer below. They pop up around the 1:28 mark:

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on December 20, 2019.

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    ‘Serendipity’ TV Series Inspired By Movie In Works At NBC

    NBC has put in development Serendipity, a an hourlong romantic comedy inspired by the 2001 Miramax movie starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale. It hails from Miramax Television.

    Your Complete Guide to Pilots and Straight-to-Series orders

    Written and executive produced by Jonny Umansky, in Serendipity, Harry and Claire fall in love one fateful night, are separated by circumstance and then spend years trying to find one another again … with a little help from the universe. Miramax Television is the studio.

    “I’ve been madly in love with this movie for more than half my life,” says Umansky. “Never has the world needed a show like Serendipity more, and the love stories we have in store are big, bold and filled to the brim with whimsy and wonder.”

    The 2001 romantic comedy film, directed by Peter Chelsom, revolved around Jonathan (Cusack) and Sara (Beckinsale) who share a dessert at New York restaurant Serendipity 3 after a chance encounter at a department store. They leave their future together to fate by writing their phone numbers on a $5 bill and a book endpaper, respectively, and put them out into the universe.  They carry on with their lives and their relationships until fate intervenes years later…

    “We are privileged to be working alongside Jonny, who has invented a relentlessly optimistic romantic comedy cinematic universe,” says Caitlin Foito of Miramax. “His creative take and adaptation of Serendipity will be a sure-fire win for everyone involved in this unique project.”

    Miramax had been looking to mine its movie titles for TV. During the 2017-18 development season, an adaptation of Gone Baby Gone went to pilot at Fox.

    Umansky was hired to adapt 16 Ways To Break A Heart for Sonar Studios with Canvas Media Producing. On the feature side, Umansky and his former writing partner Zach Hyatt adapted Legends of the Hidden Temple for Nickelodeon Films. At NBC, last season he wrote crime drama Conway, executive produced by Vin Diesel, which had a scripted order.

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    Emmerdale: Is Jessie Dingle leaving? Will Sandra Marvin leave?

    Jessie Dingle (played by Sandra Marvin) is currently finding life in the Dales tough, despite the support from husband Marlon Dingle (Mark Charnock). The former teacher is currently suspended from her teaching duties and is struggling to come to terms with her the uncertainty over her future on the ITV soap. With Jessie’s life seemingly spiralling out of control, actress Marvin has confirmed it will end up with her leaving Emmerdale.

    Is Jessie Dingle leaving Emmerdale?

    Jessie may be an ever-present resident in Emmerdale at the moment but, sadly, she’ll be saying goodbye soon.

    She’s currently facing difficulty at home following her suspension from school, only made worse by the introduction of her ex-husband, Al Chapman (Michael Wildman).

    Her behaviour has raised eyebrows throughout the village after she ended up drunk and shouting obscenities at a number of Emmerdale characters earlier this month.

    How she’ll leave remains shrouded in mystery but it will undoubtedly have a lasting impact on her family and friends.

    In fact, actress Marvin has promised her exit won’t be a quiet one to OK! Magazine.

    She also hinted that the introduction of Al could play a part.

    Ellis’s dad has already made his presence known, undermining Marlon at every given opportunity and investing in his son’s personal fitness business.

    Could Al be the reasons Jessie leaves for good?

    While speculation swirls regarding how she’ll leave, Marvin has detailed the reasons behind her decisions to leave the role.

    Why is Sandra Marvin leaving Emmerdale?

    Marvin announced the decision to leave Emmerdale on her Twitter page.

    Her exit is so she can focus on her new work duties in the stage show The Thunder Girls.

    Breaking the news on social media, she said: “So it’s out… I’m leaving the lovely Dales, and will be joining the fabulous @TheThunderGirls this September.

    “I’ve had the most amazing time on @emmerdale with some incredible people. Also, thank you to all the #Emmerdale fans for your support! You really are the best! [heart emoji] xx”

    The soap star will perform on stage in The Thunder Girls with the likes of Loose Women’s Coleen Nolan and former EastEnders star Carol Harrison.

    Coronation Street legend Beverley Callard also joins the cast.

    Her goodbye may not be permanent, however, with Marvin telling OK! there will be scope for a return and she’s “very grateful for that”.

    She added: “It’s been an amazing time on Emmerdale, but I’m excited about what the future could hold.”

    Emmerdale continues at 7pm every weekday on ITV.

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    Sky viewers praise Michelle Keegan’s new comedy Brassic calling it ‘genuinely brilliant’ – The Sun

    MICHELLE Keegan's new Sky comedy Brassic made its debut yesterday and has already received rave reviews from fans.

    The sitcom has had glowing feedback on social media, with viewers branded it "genuinely brilliant", "absolutely amazing" and "the funniest thing I've seen".

    The series, which airs on Thursdays on Sky One while all six episodes are also available to binge on demand, has been billed as the 'new Shameless' and it more than lives up to the hype.

    Brassic follows a group of broke northerners who commit a series of daft crimes in order to get their hands on some fast cash.

    "Just watched the first episode of #Brassic, how funny was that @michkeegan," tweeted one fan after watching the opening instalment.



    Another viewer was already clamouring for a second series, which is currently filming.

    They write: "Just finished #brassic absolutely amazing from start to finish. Surely another series in the pipeline? @SkyOne"

    A third branded it "absolute quality", while a fourth called it "genuinely brilliant, funny and hard hitting all at the same time".

    Others were even more rapturous with their reviews. One went as far as to say the series was "pure class, with influences from Tarantino and Trainspotting and a hangover from #Shameless." They also claimed it was refreshing to be see a "quality working class show" on tv and signed off by saying the series was "not to be missed".

    Another claimed Brassic was already their "new favourite show", just hours after it launched, while one said it was "the funniest thing I've seen on tele in a while".

    The show stars Joe Gilgun (Misfits, This Is England) who co-created the series based on his own life, as well as former Corrie and Our Girl star Michelle and Damian Molony (GameFace, Ripper Street)

    It is written by Danny Brocklehurst, who penned Ordinary Lies and also wrote episodes of Shameless.

    Joe plays Vinnie, who has bipolar disorder and is completely codependent with his best mate Dylan (Molony) – the pair have barely spent a day apart since birth.

    But Dylan’s girlfriend Erin, played by Michelle, shakes up their universe with her plan to leave town and start a new life for herself and her child, Tyler.

    The series sees Dylan faced with the decision of choosing between his gang of best mates and his girlfriend.

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    Strictly Come Dancing launch date announced – and it’s much sooner than expected

    The Strictly Come Dancing launch date has finally revealed – and it's much sooner than expected.

    Strictly Come Dancing fans will be pleased to know the dancing contest is coming back very soon.

    From ex-footballer David James, to actress Catherine Tyldesley and even TV presenting legend Anneka Rice, there's a whole range of celebs in the line-up.

    And they don't have long left to practise as they will be taking to the dance floor for the first time in just over two weeks time.

    Strictly announced the official start date on Twitter with a snap of RuPaul's Drag Race star Michelle Visage revealing how many days there are to go.


    Strictly tweeted: "Start your engines, #Strictly is back in 15 days! Saturday 7th September @BBCOne @michellevisage"

    The American drew out the number 15 in glitter on the screen to let viewers know how long they have to wait.

    Strictly fans will discover which professional dancers the celebrities are partnered up with on September 7.

    Happy viewers couldn't contain their excitement as they took to Twitter after hearing the news.

    One fan said: "This makes me so, so happy!"

    "What a fab bday pressie. Can't wait," added another."

    A third agreed: "Can’t wait to see you dance Michelle and my Saturday nights will become bright and magical again!"

    According to bookmakers Paddy Power, former footballer Alex Scott is the current favourite to win the series this year.

    She's followed by Made in Chelsea star Jamie Laing and ex Coronation Street actress Catherine Tyldesley.

    Sadly for BBC presenter Mike Bushell, he's placed last in the odds list as this series' outsider – but that's not to say he will be first to leave.


    Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will of course be back on hosting duties.

    Stacey Dooley is the most recent celeb to lift the coveted Glitterball trophy after winning the 2018 series alongside her professional partner-turned-lover Kevin Clifton.

    The dancer finally claimed victory on his fifth time in the final and is now dating the documentary maker.

    And Oti Mabuse's big sister Motsi will be replacing Darcey Bussell as a new judge.

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