Cynthia Erivo Is Going to Star in a Movie About Princess ‘Gifted’ to Queen Victoria

Cynthia Erivo is taking on a big new role.

The 33-year-old Harriet actress is set to star in and produce a film based on the life of Sarah Forbes Bonetta, a 19th century African princess who was “gifted” to Queen Victoria after she being orphaned and enslaved by a West African king, Deadline reported.

Here are more details: “Born Omoba Aina, an Egbado princess of the Yoruba people, she was ‘gifted’ to Queen Victoria in 1850, taken to England and renamed Sarah Forbes Bonetta. The Queen’s patronship was a thorny rose that put Sarah at the centre of British aristocracy but did not shield her from public scrutiny, personal suffering or the dangers of a capricious court that was fundamentally suspicious of her as a strong, educated Black woman.”

According to the report, the biopic is meant to be a celebration of Sarah Forbes Bonetta as a

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Gal Gadot Set to Star in Upcoming James Bond-Style Spy Film Heart of Stone

Move over, James Bond — there’s going to be a new spy in town.

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Gal Gadot is set to star in Heart of Stone, the first film in Skydance Media’s potential international spy franchise, which will have a “female spin,” according to Deadline.

The Old Guard’s Greg Rucka and Allison Schroeder, who was nominated for an Academy Award for Hidden Figures, will write the script, the outlet reported. Meanwhile, director Tom Harper, whose credits include The Aeronauts and Wild Rose, is in talks to head the production.

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The film will also be released through Gadot’s production company Pilot Wave, which she formed in Oct. 2019 with husband Jaron Varsano.

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New Sleepaway Camp Movie Is in the Works Says Original Star Felissa Rose

One defining aspect of the horror-slasher genre is the ability of a movie to shock the audience, preferably in the goriest way possible. 1983’s cult slasher classic Sleepaway Camp provides one of the most notorious examples of this, with a wild twist ending that has been talked about and dissected for decades. Felissa Rose, star of Sleepaway Camp and its sequels, revealed to Bloody Disgusting that the franchise might be adding a new chapter soon.

“I will say this, because there’s been so much looming around the Sleepaway Camp universe for so long. Will they remake it? Will there be another sequel? I know that something’s in the works. I don’t even really know exactly how it will be, but I can tell you that definitely like-we just had our 37th anniversary-I would love to say that, mark my words, by the 40th, something will be out.”

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‘Harriet’ Actress Cynthia Erivo To Star In & Produce Story Of Princess ‘Gifted’ To Queen Victoria; BBC Film, Benedict Cumberbatch’s SunnyMarch & So So Producing

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EXCLUSIVE: Two-time Oscar-nominee Cynthia Erivo (Harriet) is to star in and produce a film based on the remarkable life of Sarah Forbes Bonetta, a 19th Century African princess ‘gifted’ to Queen Victoria after she was orphaned and enslaved by a west African king.

Erivo produces with her Edith’s Daughter partner Solome Williams, alongside SunnyMarch’s Leah Clarke and Adam Ackland, and Rienkje Attoh from So & So Productions. Benedict Cumberbatch will executive-produce.

Development is financed by BBC Film [which underwent a re-brand earlier this year and is now singular rather than Films]. Walter Dean Myers’ biography At Her Majesty’s Request has been optioned as source material.

Born Omoba Aina, an Egbado princess of the Yoruba people, Aina was ‘gifted’ to Queen Victoria in 1850, taken to England, and renamed Sarah Forbes Bonetta. The Queen’s patronship was a thorny rose that put

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‘Versailles’ Star Alexander Vlahos Launches CowHouse Films

“Versailles” star Alexander Vlahos has partnered with German executive producer Nicole Oebel (“Lola”) to form independent film production company CowHouse Films.

The Welsh-German company will kick off in early 2021 with principal photography on “Watchtower,” a film that explores the inner conflict of isolating oneself and allowing the presence of a loved one to be a source of strength.

Starring Sophie Hopkins (“Class,” “Trickster”), the film will be directed by Vlahos.

Vlahos’ acting work includes “Merlin” and “Privates,” and he will next be seen in ZDF Enterprises and Fuji TV’s soccer drama “The Window.” He made his directorial debut with the short “Lola,” which won best first time director at the Independent Shorts Awards earlier this year.

After a few years of experience as a producer at Deutsche Welle TV, Oebel executive produced “Lola,” and his Welsh follow-up short film, “Here We Are.”

Vlahos said: “I’ve been fortunate to work

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Elliot Page, ‘Juno’ and ‘Umbrella Acadmey’ Star, Comes out as Transgender

Elliot Page, star of Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy” and Oscar-nominated actor, came out publicly as transgender.

Page wrote in an Instagram post Tuesday, “I wanted to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot.”

In the post, the 33-year-old actor noted that while he goes by he/him/his pronouns, he is also comfortable using nonbinary gender-neutral pronouns, including they/them.

The Nova Scotia-born actor added, “I love that I am trans, and I love that I am queer.”

Page’s first acting gig came in 1997; when he was 10 years old. He also starred in the Canadian comedy series “Trailer Park Boys” as a child. His breakout role as the title character in the 2007 flick “Juno” gained him widespread notoriety and several award nominations, including an Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nomination (a note: because these nominations were given

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Pat Patterson, the first openly gay pro wrestling star, has died at 79

Pro wrestling icon Pat Patterson, the industry’s first openly gay star and a long-time lieutenant of promoter Vince McMahon, has died, officials said Wednesday.

The WWE Hall of Fame member was 79.

Pat Patterson at the 53rd Cauliflower Alley Club Reunion Convention at the Gold Coast Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. on May 1, 2018.George Napolitano / MediaPunch

“A true trailblazer of the industry, Patterson was linked to many ‘firsts’ in sports-entertainment throughout his storied career,” World Wrestling Entertainment said in a statement. “In a career spanning six decades, the renaissance man left an indelible mark on the industry in the ring, on the microphone and behind the scenes.”

Pro wrestler John Cena said he’ll never forget Patterson’s friendly demeanor and zest for life.

“Pat Patterson lived life as it should be lived with passion, love and purpose,” Cena said in a statement. “He helped so

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The Star of Lifetime’s New Christmas Movie on Filming a Kiss Scene Through Plexiglass

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Every corny Christmas rom-com must check off a list of must-haves: a heroine with an extremely charming job, a romantic scene where it begins lightly snowing, a conflict that can be ironed out as easily as a wool sweater, and to cap it off … a kiss through plexiglass? That last item is a new addition to this Yuletide canon, but Lifetime’s Christmas Ever After, which premieres on Sunday, dared to do a test run.

To investigate exactly how one creates the illusion of a butterfly-inducing lip-lock while separated by a plate of glass, we spoke to the movie’s star, Tony winner Ali Stroker, about what the shoot in Canada was like, how they cleaned the glass between takes, and more. This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.

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Elliot Page Will Continue to Star in ‘Umbrella Academy’

Elliot Page will continue to play the role of Vanya Hargreeves in “The Umbrella Academy,” the Netflix series about a family of superheroes that’s become one of the streaming service’s biggest hits.

Vanya is a cisgender woman whose superpower involves unleashing force through the use of sound. There are no plans to change the character’s gender, insiders told Variety.

Page, star of films such as “Juno” and the X-Men series, announced he is a gender non-binary transgender person in a heartfelt social media message on Tuesday. Page’s credited name has already been updated on “The Umbrella Academy’s” IMDB page.

Netflix is also in the process of updating Page’s name in the metadata across all titles he is involved with that are available to watch on the streaming service, another insider said. Those changes should start to be reflected throughout Tuesday.

The bulk of the social media reaction to Page’s

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Here’s What’s Really Going on Between Selena Gomez and NBA Star Jimmy Butler

New couple alert? Not so fast!

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Selena Gomez recently sparked romance rumors with Miami Heat player Jimmy Butler after they were spotted grabbing dinner, according to the Miami Herald.

While the duo has yet to publicly address the speculation surrounding their last sighting together, a source confirms to E! News that the pop star has hung out with the NBA star “a few times.”

As the source put things, Selena is “keeping her options open but has been on a few dates with Jimmy and thinks he’s a great guy.”

“They hung out a few times while Selena was in New York City. Jimmy asked her to go to dinner and they had a great time,” adds the source. “It’s very casual and she’s open to seeing where things go, but isn’t settling down just yet.”

Per the

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