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‘If it’s not a film, it’s nothing’

Cynthia Erivo will play soul’s queen on cable TV, but Hudson says Franklin wanted a big screen.

Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson recently offered her opinion on a portrayal project that will, like the one in which she’s starring, celebrate the life of late legendary singer Aretha Franklin

The National Geographic network’s limited series Genius: Aretha is slated to star Cynthia Erivo as Franklin. 

Jennifer Hudson performs onstage at January 2019’s tribute to Aretha Franklin, a night titled “Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen Of Soul,” at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for NARAS)
Jennifer Hudson performs onstage at January 2019’s tribute to Aretha Franklin, a night titled “Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen Of Soul,” at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for NARAS)

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks is the showrunner for Genius: Aretha. She’ll also executive produce alongside Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, music mogul Clive Davis, Atlantic Records Chairman and CEO Craig Kallman and Ken Biller of Fox 21 Television Studios and Imagine Television Studios.

Despite Genius:

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Tom Holland meets the original Nathan Drake in first look at Uncharted movie

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Nathan Drake, meet Nathan Drake.

Worlds collided as Sony Pictures and director Ruben Fleischer (Venom) set out to finally film Uncharted, the movie adaptation of the popular videogame franchise. In a series of first-look photos of the production, Tom Holland, who plays charismatic treasure-seeker Nathan Drake in the film, meets Nolan North, the actor who voiced Nathan in the games.

In passing the torch to Holland, North tweeted of this moment, “Like looking into a mirror! Proud to have @TomHolland1996 continuing the Drake legacy! Absolutely smashing it!”

And Holland, who has a habit of accidentally spoiling movie secrets, joked on social media, “Do you think Sony would be pissed if I spontaneously uploaded a first look picture. I got Nolan’s approval so I guess they can’t fire me now.”

As it happens, he wasn’t kidding. The actor soon shared an image of himself in character as

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2nd Breonna Taylor grand juror criticizes proceedings

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A second person who served on the Breonna Taylor grand jury is criticizing Kentucky’s attorney general for the way the proceedings were conducted.

The anonymous statement released Thursday reiterated another grand juror’s earlier publicized complaint that the panel was only able to consider endangerment charges against one officer for shooting into Taylor’s neighbor’s apartment.

The first grand juror, who has also remained anonymous, won a court fight this week to address the public about the secret proceedings.

In Thursday’s statement, released by Louisville attorney Kevin Glogower, the second grand juror said they agree “wholeheartedly with the statement released by anonymous grand juror #1.”


The first grand juror said they wanted to consider other charges against the officers, but were told “there would be none because the prosecutors didn’t feel they could make them stick.”

The jurors’ statements contradict Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s assertion that the

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Canceled THE ANTELOPE PARTY Gets Virtual Benefit Reading

The reading will take place on Monday October 26th at 6:30pm.

Canceled THE ANTELOPE PARTY Gets Virtual Benefit Reading

When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down New York theaters, Dutch Kills Theater Company (Temping, The Sister, The Providence of Neighboring Bodies) was finishing up tech rehearsals at The Wild Project for the New York Premiere of 2018 Weissberger Award for Playwrighting nominee THE ANTELOPE PARTY by Eric John Meyer.

On Monday October 26th at 6:30pm, Dutch Kills will present a special reading of THE ANTELOPE PARTY, directed by Jess Chayes featuring the March 2020 cast. The recorded reading will continue to be accessible through October 29th. Simply gift a donation of any amount to Dutch Kills Theater Company between now and October 29th to receive a link to view the virtual reading of this comic drama about the rise of facism. Once the artists have been paid, the remaining funds will be split 50/50 between Dutch Kills and organizations

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‘Rebecca’ Stars Armie Hammer and Lily James Talk New Netflix Film

Despite being based on the same novel, Netflix’s latest thriller “Rebecca” is not a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Oscar-award winning film from 1940.

Hitchcock’s “Rebecca” is the legendary director’s only film to ever win the Oscar for best picture. Based on Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 novel of the same name, his film starred Laurence Olivier as Maxim de Winter, a wealthy Brit who brings back a new young bride, played by Joan Fontaine, to his Manderley estate, where he lived with his late wife Rebecca.

Eighty years later, Netflix’s “Rebecca” is directed by Ben Wheatley and stars Armie Hammer as Maxim and Lily James as his bride. The actors in this latest adaptation insist they aren’t worried about comparisons to Hitchcock’s classic.

“Ben Wheatley was always very clear that we were adapting the book as opposed to Hitchcock’s movie, so we kind of just tried to ignore that,” James told

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5 Things You Didn’t See on TV at the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards

The 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards took place Wednesday night (Oct. 21) at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., and aired live on the Telemundo network. Taking home seven awards each, Daddy Yankee and Bad Bunny were the night’s big winners.

Yankee, who alongside Luis Fonsi received the Billboard Latin Song of the Decade award for “Despacito,” nabbed six awards for his Snow-assisted hit “Con Calma,” including hot Latin song of the year, airplay song of the year, and streaming song of the year. Bad Bunny nabbed artist of the year, songwriter of the year, and top Latin album of the year for X 100PRE, among many more.

The BLMAs also included memorable performances, such as Reik and Jessie Reyez’s “Lo Intente Todo,” Carlos Vives’ medley of timeless hits, and Gente de Zona teaming up with Gerardo Ortiz for the regional-reggaeton track “Otra Botella.”

Meanwhile, Billboard was catching all

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Gowdy rips media silence on Hunter Biden scandal: ‘It’s relevant whether Joe Biden took any money’

Former House Oversight Committee chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., blasted the mainstream media Thursday for downplaying confirmation by Hunter Biden’s former business partner that an email published by the New York Post last week is “genuine.”

“I don’t hear anyone contesting the authenticity of the underlying material which means it’s relevant,” Gowdy told “Bill Hemmer Reports”.  “It may be criminally relevant and that’s up to the FBI and DOJ … [but] I really don’t think the bureau and the Department of Justice are going to do anything between now and the election.

 “So, who provides oversight in our culture that’s not criminal? That would be the media,” Gowdy added, underscoring the failure to explore “whether or not these emails are accurate and whether Joe Biden was truthful” when the Democratic nominee repeatedly claimed that he and Hunter did not discuss overseas business during his time as vice president.

 “Keep in mind,

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Hudson Valley Movie Theaters Preparing To Reopen

HUDSON VALLEY, NY — Following the news that movie theaters in New York can now reopen with restrictions, several theaters in the Hudson Valley are preparing to open their doors to the public once again.

On Saturday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced during a briefing that theaters across the state, excluding those in New York City, can reopen starting Friday.

The order allows movie theaters to open at 25 percent capacity and carries with it mandatory guidelines, social distancing requirements and other precautions such as:

  • Movie theaters will only be allowed to reopen if the county of locations has an average positive coronavirus testing rate of less than 2 percent in a 14-day period.

  • Masks will be required at all times except when seated, eating or drinking.

  • Assigned seating will be required.

  • Additional staffing will be required to ensure compliance in occupancy, traffic and seating.

  • Theaters will be required to meet

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Grief Conversations on BBC Radio 2

From the 25th -31st of October Radio 2 will be looking at grief and loss in hope of helping to normalise the conversations around them.

Our ‘Grief Conversations’ season will feature special content across all of our shows and also let people know where additional support is available.

This includes:

  • Good Morning Sunday – launching the season is Dr Rangan Chatterjee, sitting in for Jason and Kate. Dr Rangan will be joined by animator and illustrator Gary Andrews, who lost his wife to sepsis in 2017. In a funny, moving and ultimately life-affirming interview, Gary talks about his experience of loss and how drawing has helped him cope.
  • The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show – Richie Anderson will be talking to SANDS United – a football club put together by grieving fathers. ‘Pause for Thought’ will also be reflecting on grief throughout the week.
  • The Jeremy Vine Show – on Wednesday
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Kristin Cavallari Is Having a ‘Tough Time’ Amid Split

Taking her time. The HillsJason Wahler is happy to see Kristin Cavallari leaning on her friends amid her split from Jay Cutler.

Cavallari, 33, and the former NFL quarterback, 37, announced via Instagram in April that they were going their separate ways after seven years of marriage. Four months later, the Uncommon James founder gave MTV fans the reunion of the decade after posing alongside ex-boyfriend and former Laguna Beach costar Stephen Colletti. The Instagram photo sent Cavallari’s followers into a frenzy — and even Wahler, 33, thought it was a “great” moment.

“They’ve been friends forever,” he said during the “Behind the Velvet Rope With David Yontef” podcast on Thursday, October 22. “I think it’s cool that they are still in touch and that they are staying connected. And I mean, Kristin is going through a tough time right now and I think it’s cool

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