Washington [US], February 23 (ANI): After more than 30 years of playing Dr Julius Hibbert on ‘The Simpsons’, Harry Shearer, who portrayed the Black character since 1990, will be replaced by voice actor Kevin Michael Richardson.
According to Variety, for the Sunday episode of ‘The Simpsons’, titled ‘DiaryQueen’, Shearer voiced Dr Hibbert for the final time. Next week’s episode titled ‘Wad Goals’ will feature Richardson taking over the role.
Since the show’s debut in 1989, Shearer has voiced Mr Burns, Ned Flanders, Mr Smithers, Principal Skinner, and more on the show. Richardson, himself also has worked on ‘The Simpsons’ since 2009, providing the voices for many characters. He has also worked on animated shows like ‘Family Guy’, ‘The Cleveland Show’, ‘American Dad’ and many others.
As per Variety, this recasting comes after the show’s producers back in June 2020 said that white actors will no longer play non-white characters.
Before this, Hank Azaria voiced the Indian character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon for years, drawing backlash among fans and the South Asian community. Azaria stepped down from the role in January 2020, and he was also replaced by Black voice actor Alex Desert as Carl Carlson in a fall 2020 episode. (ANI)
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‘Mission: Impossible 7’, ‘A Quiet Place 2’ to stream on Paramount+ after 45 days in theatres
Washington [US], February 25 (ANI): Actor Tom Cruise’s ‘Mission Impossible 7’ and Emily Blunt’s ‘A Quiet Place Part II’ will open in theatres but they will find a permanent home on Paramount+.
As per Variety, upcoming Paramount Pictures releases will debut exclusively in theatres as planned. However, after 45 days, the theatrical films will land on the budding streaming service Paramount+.
Currently, ‘Mission: Impossible 7’ is scheduled to release in theatres on November 19. Cruise also has another film awaiting to open in theatres by Paramount Pictures, ‘Top Gun: Maverick’, scheduled for July 2.
Blunt’s ‘A Quiet Place Part II’ is slated to hit the big screens on September 17. The sequel, written and directed by John Krasinski, was originally intended for release in March 2020 before the COVID pandemic forced several films to push back their release dates.
‘A Quiet Place Part II’ was rescheduled for early September 2020 before being pushed back to September of this year. ‘Paw Patrol’ will also be on Paramount+ after its theatrical release.
While Cruise’s and Blunt’s films will be heading to Paramount+ after first opening in movie theatres, other films such as ‘Paranormal Activity’, ‘The In Between’ and ‘Pet Sematary’ will be heading straight to the streaming platform.
Daniel Craig’s ‘No Time to Die’ is also expected to be available on Paramount+ after making a theatrical debut.
The announcement regarding the movies making their way to the streamer was made during ViacomCBS’ investor day on Wednesday. The upcoming streaming service Paramount+ will launch on March 4, this year. The platform, a rebrand, and expansion of CBS All Access will have to compete with a glut of streaming service offerings, including Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu, Disney Plus, and Apple TV Plus.
On Monday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gave the green light for movie theatres to open at a reduced capacity — 25 per cent or 50 people per auditorium– almost a year after the pandemic forced them to close their doors. (ANI)
It’s Pawri time on sets of Bhumi Pednekar, Rajkummar Rao-starrer ‘Badhaai Do’
New Delhi (India), February 25 (ANI): Bollywood actor Bhumi Pednekar announced the schedule wrap of her upcoming film ‘Badhaai Do’ on Thursday by joining the ‘Pawri Ho Rahi Hai’ meme trend.
The ‘Durgamati’ actor joined the trending meme bandwagon and announced the schedule wrap for ‘Badhaai Do’ with a hilarious short video.
She captioned the video, “Where’s the pawri tonight? On #BadhaaiDo sets! Schedule wrap hua hai. Badhaaiyaan toh banti hai na phir! #pawrihorahihai @jungleepictures @rajkummar_rao #HarshavardhanKulkarni #AkshatGhildial @sumadhikary.”
In the video, Bhumi can be seen on the sets of the movie along with co-star Rajkummar Rao, the film’s director Harshavardhan Kulkarni, and the rest of the crew. In the clip, the trio can be heard saying, “Ye Sumi hai (Bhumi’s character), Ye Shardul Hai (Rajkummar’s character), aur ye humare director hain, aur ye humari pawri ho rai hai.”
Ever since the sequel of ‘Badhaai Ho’ has been announced, fans have been elated to witness the comedy-filled family entertainer. With the addition of Rajkummar and Bhumi as the lead stars for ‘Badhaai Do’, the film already promises to impress.
‘Badhaai Ho’, back in 2018, was one of the most successful movies that also won a National Award for the Best Film in 2019 for its unconventional storyline and impactful yet convincing performances.
While Rajkummar plays the role of a cop in the second installment, Bhumi will be seen playing a PT teacher with big dreams in the film. (ANI)
R Madhavan celebrates 10 years of ‘Tanu Weds Manu’
New Delhi [India], February 25 (ANI): Aanand L Rai’s ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ starring R Madhavan and Kangana Ranaut went on to become a sleeper hit. The unusual love story of Tanu (Ranaut) and Manu (Madhavan) has been etched in the hearts of movie buffs for giving the Hindi film heroine a rebellious vie.
The film, which released in 2011, clocked 10 years today. In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Madhavan took to his Twitter handle to share a heartfelt note thanking the entire team of the film. He also shared a poster of the romantic-comedy movie.
The actor tweeted, “@aanandlrai @KanganaTeam @vikramix @Viacom18Studios
Thank YOU ALL SOO SOO MUCH for this awesome piece of history. Will cherish this for the rest of my life. #10yearsoftanuwedsmanu.”
The director of the film also took to social media to thank his fans for loving the film and giving him an identity. Calling himself ‘Woh Tanu Weds Manu Wala director’, he penned a heartwarming note.
L Rai wrote, “Someone said so beautifully…”Nothing of me is original, I am the combined effort of everyone I have ever known” Thank you for giving me my identity Thank you for making me ‘Woh Tanu weds Manu Wala Aanand Rai’ Thankyou.”
‘Tanu Weds Manu’ is the story of Tanu (Ranaut) and Manu (Madhavan). It followed Tanuja Trivedi or Tanu, who is a bold girl and lives in Kanpur with her parents. Her family wants her to get married and therefore fix a meeting with NRI Doctor Manoj Kumar Sharma alias Manu. But Tanu is in love with someone else. The story then sees many highs and lows. In the end, Tanu realizes her love for Manu and they get married.
The film also featured Jimmy Shergill, Swara Bhasker, Deepak Dobriyal, and Eijaz Khan, among others, in pivotal roles.
‘Tanu Weds Manu’ was followed by ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’ in 2015. It narrated the story of Tanu and Manu after their wedding. The sequel, which featured Ranaut in double roles, went on to become a bigger hit. (ANI)
Ryan Gosling to headline ‘The Actor’ movie adaptation
Washington [US], February 25 (ANI): Hollywood star Ryan Gosling is set to play the lead role in ‘The Actor’, an upcoming adaptation of Donald E Westlake’s novel ‘Memory’.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, Duke Johnson will helm the forthcoming movie and produce it with Abigail Spencer under their Innerlight Films production banner.
Gosling, who will also bankroll the film alongside Ken Kao, will play the lead role of Paul Cole, who must deal with his damaged memory as he struggles to rebuild his life after being left for dead and hospitalised in 1950s Ohio.
Gosling’s character Cole will follow a thrilling journey to find home, love, and ultimately himself. Gosling and Kao’s partnership follows their recent project announcements of Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s ‘Project Hail Mary’ at MGM and Leigh Whannell’s ‘Wolfman’ at Universal.
Paul Young is also producing the film through his company Make Good. Apart from helming the film, Johnson co-wrote the screenplay with Stephen Cooney, based on Westlake’s novel.
Meanwhile, Gosling has a number of projects in the pipeline, including Netflix’s ‘The Gray Man’, which also features actor Chris Evans and hails from the Russo brothers.
He will also feature in filmmaker duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s astronaut movie titled ‘Project Hail Mary’ and Leigh Whannell’s ‘Wolfman’ movie. (ANI)
Tom Holland reveals real ‘Spider-Man 3’ title after trolling fans
Washington [US], February 25 (ANI): Actor Tom Holland has finally revealed the real title of the third installment in the ‘Spider-Man’ franchise after the star cast of the film trolled fans with their own version of fake titles.
The real title for the latest installment in the superhero franchise is ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’.
Holland took to his Instagram account on Wednesday night to reveal the title of the film. Holland and his co-stars Zendaya and Jacob Batalon appear in a 30-second clip, which begins with Holland walking out of director Jon Watts’ office and lamenting over being given a fake title for the film.
Holland says in the video, “He gave us a fake name again … I just don’t understand why he keeps doing this.”
“You don’t understand? I feel like it’s pretty obvious. You spoil things,” Batalon responds, teasing the star’s reputation for sharing details of the superhero films before they are public knowledge.
“I don’t spoil things. Name me one thing I’ve actually spoiled,” Holland shoots back, as Zendaya chimes in, “The last movie title.”
The camera then zooms in on a whiteboard displaying a number of potential titles, with ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ featured at the centre.
The upcoming film is slated to release on December 17, this year. On Tuesday, Holland, Zendaya, and Batalon had posted never-before-seen stills from the upcoming movie – and announced three different titles.
Holland’s suggested title read ‘Phone Home’, referring to the 1982 film ‘E.T.’, Zendaya’s was ‘Home Slice’ and Batalon’s featured the title ‘Home-Wrecker’.
‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ also features actor Benedict Cumberbatch as Marvel mainstay Doctor Strange and is rumoured to delve into the multiverse as it will also unite separate generations of Spider-Man films.
Alfred Molina, who played Doctor Octopus in Tobey Maguire’s ‘Spider-Man 2’, will appear. So will Jamie Foxx, playing Electro, the villain he portrayed in 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which starred Andrew Garfield.
Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers have written the script for the forthcoming Marvel film.
Filmmaker Jon Watts has helmed the upcoming movie after directing ‘Spider-Man Homecoming’ (2017) and ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ (2019), which earned more than USD 1.1 billion globally, making it the highest-grossing ‘Spider-Man’ movie of all time. (ANI)
Jack Giarraputo launches creative advertising agency Slice Collective
Washington [US], February 25 (ANI): American film Producer Jack Giarraputo, whose films have grossed over USD 4B at the global box office, has launched Slice Collective, a full-service creative advertising agency that produces Hollywood-level campaigns for clients around the world.
The company, co-founded with investment banker Abhishek Som (former Lazard, IEG, and Private Equity) is disrupting the industry through global access to top-level creative marketing talent.
Giarraputo said, “We are a Hollywood-based agency with an international roster of creative talent, which leads to new ideas and a fresh perspective on global marketing campaigns. Our international setup enables us to take advantage of cost efficiencies, allowing us to service a growing list of micro targets with effective messaging. We are on the road towards personalized marketing, which was once considered cost-prohibitive but now getting closer to reality.”
Som said, “Our work in the U.S. and beyond has validated the idea that our international creatives can deliver in a way that is just as compelling as their American counterparts.”
Leading the Slice team is Leo Draper, former VP Creative Advertising, Sony Pictures, and StudioCanal executive joined by Nick Herbst, who manages business development.
Additionally, Reliance Entertainment veteran Medha Jaishankar will be serving as media advisor. (ANI)
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