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“Let’s start today’s bulletin with news about actor Dakota Fanning, who will be reuniting with Hollywood veteran Denzel Washington for the third installment in the ‘The Equalizer’ franchise. Sources told Deadline that Fanning, who previously worked with Washington on the 2004 hit Man on Fire, has joined the cast of the threequels.
Filmmaker Antoine Fuqua, who directed the first two films, returns for the third film, in which Washington reprises his role as Robert McCall. The Equalizer was first released in 2014, followed by McCall, a former US Marine turned CIA intelligence officer. The third film will be written by Richard Wenk and is slated for release in US theaters on September 1, 2023.”
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The first teaser of Blonde, based on the life of American actress Marilyn Monroe, is here. The teaser, starring Ana de Armas, begins with Ana sobbing in front of her dressing table and praying for “she” to come, and when “she” finally arrives, it’s a sight to behold.
The teaser features some of Marilyn’s most iconic looks and moments. The song “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” by Gentleman Prefer Blondes accompanies the teaser.
Blonde, based on the novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates, is directed by Andrew Dominik. The film will be released on Netflix on September 23.”
Hollywood studio Lionsgate has announced that the sequel to the cult classic Dirty Dancing will be released in US theaters on February 9, 2024.
According to Deadline, Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Gray returns for the sequel, which will be directed by Jonathan Levine from a script he co-wrote with Elizabeth Chomko, Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis.
The new film will see Grey’s Frances “Baby” Houseman return to Kellerman’s Resort for a story about summer, young romance and dancing. In the 1987 film, Jennifer Gray had starred alongside Patrick Swayze, who played the role of dance teacher Johnny Castle. The film turned out to be a cultural phenomenon in the United States. ”
Also, here’s Ryan Gosling’s first look as Ken in the Barbie movie. Not only is the actor handsome, but he’s styled to go with the goofy tone of the film, in which Margot Robbie plays the eponymous Barbie. “Ken” is also written on the waistband of his underwear. The hair is bleached. Cue the memes and jokes. Reactions to the look are numerous and varied, as Gosling has been a heartthrob for decades. One wrote: “Ryan Gosling is and always has been extremely hot.” Directed by Greta Gerwig, it is making for an interesting film that will be eagerly awaited by film buffs.
“Meanwhile, Kevin Spacey “vehemently denies” the allegations of sexual assault,” his lawyer said Thursday as the Oscar winner appeared in a London court to face five criminal charges against three men. Photographers and TV camera crews crowded Spacey as he arrived for the preliminary hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court in London.
Spacey sat in the glass-fronted dock during the half-hour hearing and stood up to give his full name – Kevin Spacey Fowler – as well as his date of birth and an address in London.
He was not asked to file a formal plea, but his attorney, Patrick Gibbs, said: “Mr. Spacey strenuously denies any criminal activity in this case.”
“After reports suggested that Amber Heard was cut entirely from the second Aquaman film, titled Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, the actor’s rep has denied it. Publications such as ‘Just Jared’ had announced that a new actor would be cast as Heard’s character, Mera.
Now, a Heard rep told Variety, “The rumor mill continues as it has from day one – inaccurate, insensitive and slightly insane.”
Heard made a brief appearance in 2017’s Justice League in the role of Mera, a princess from the underwater kingdom of Xebel, alongside Jason Momoa’s half-human, half-Atlantean superhero. She then went on to have a starring and female lead role in the standalone Aquaman film, directed by James Wan, which was released in 2018.”
“An attorney for Bill Cosby told the jury they needed to look at past years of public allegations against the actor and comedian and only consider the evidence from a woman who alleges he sexually abused her at the Playboy Mansion in 1975 when she was 16 years old .
During closing arguments in a California civil lawsuit, Cosby’s attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, said plaintiff Judy Huth and her attorneys “didn’t come close to proving their 50-year-old, he-said-she-said case.”
After a judge read them their orders today, the jury must rule on the truth of Huth’s allegations and whether Cosby’s actions caused her emotional distress, which resurfaced in 2014 and lasted until 2018 when he went to prison, as reported in Huth’s complaint is called. ”
“Finally, Netflix has announced that ‘Persuasion’, the film adaptation of author Jane Austen’s classic novel, will be released on its platform on July 15th,” along with actors Cosmo Jarvis and Henry Golding. Netflix Film tweeted, “There’s always someone who got away. Persuasion, starring Dakota Johnson, Cosmo Jarvis and Henry Golding, based on the popular novel by Jane Austen, arrives on Netflix July 15.”
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