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Chris Hemsworth and National Geographic Sign a Deal Together

According to hollywoodreporter.com, Chris Hemsworth and his producing partner, Ben Grayson, have signed a deal with Nat Geo via a freshly formed production company, Wild State. They already have worked with National Geographic in the past for the special Shark Beach With Chris Hemsworth as well as the upcoming Disney+ series, Limitless, which has Hemsworth acting as a test subject for science. Hemsworth and Grayson made a statement saying that, “As lifelong fans of National Geographic, we are thrilled to be able to continue and deepen our partnership with them along with the entire Disney+ platform, Wild State is dedicated to generating immersive narratives that both entertain and shine a light on important issues around the globe. We’re grateful for the opportunity to tell highly impactful, important stories in the unscripted space backed by the support of the premier global conservation and environmental brand in Nat Geo.”

The deal will include unscripted projects from Wild State that focus on adventure, exploration, travel and science. The company also plans on developing narrative projects for film, television, and digital platforms as well. According to Tom McDonals, executive vp global factual and unscripted programming for National Geographic, “Chris and Ben have been exceptional partners to work with, dedicated to creating and producing the most gripping unscripted programming, We’re thrilled to be entering into this long-term partnership with Wild State and can’t wait to build the next generation of blockbuster factual content with them.” Meanwhile Hemsworth is also filming Furiosa for director George Miller and will star and produce Netflix’s sequel Extraction: 2; with Grayson as an executive producer.

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Tom Hanks Announces His First Novel Inspired By Filmmaking

According to hollywoodreporter.com, Tom Hanks is releasing his second work of fiction in May of 2023. Tom Hanks will release his second work of fiction in May 2023 — and this one is partially set in the entertainment world. The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece will follow “the making of a star-studded, multimillion-dollar superhero action film … and the humble comic books that inspired it,” according to Penguin Random House. The publisher also stated that the novel will touch on changes that have happened in America and American culture since World War II.

The book will take place over several decades beginning in 1947, when a soldier returns from war and meets his nephew before disappearing for 23 years. After later reconnecting, the nephew decides to draw an underground comic of his uncle as a World War II hero. Moving forward to present day, a director discovers the comic book and makes it into a superhero film.

Hanks’ novel is also going to include three comic books that he created, including the one that later becomes the “major motion picture masterpiece.” Hanks took to social media in order to promote his Novel captioning a picture of the cover captioned, “The results of one smoking hot typewriter. Hanx.” The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece is set to be on shelves on May 9th, 2023.

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Movies Opening This Week, 09/28/2022

According to Imdb.com, there are 12 films opening in theatres in the United States this week, they are listed below along with details for each film.

  • Title: Amsterdam
  • Category: Comedy, Drama, History
  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 2 Hours 14 Minutes
  • Summary: In the 1930s, three friends witness a murder, are framed for it, and uncover one of the most outrageous plots in American history.
  • Director: David O. Russell
  • Writer: David O. Russell
  • Stars: Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, John David Washington
  • Title: Aftersun
  • Category: Drama
  • Run Time:1 Hour 36 Minutes
  • Summary: Sophie reflects on the shared joy and private melancholy of a holiday she took with her father twenty years earlier. Memories real and imagined fill the gaps between as she tries to reconcile the father she knew with the man she didn’t.
  • Director: Charlotte Wells
  • Writer: Charlotte Wells
  • Stars: Paul Mescal, Frankie Corio, Celia Rowlson-Hall
  • Title: Smile
  • Rated: R
  • Category: Horror
  • Run Time: 1 Hour 55 Minutes
  • Summary: After witnessing a bizarre, traumatic incident involving a patient, Dr. Rose Cotter starts experiencing frightening occurrences that she can’t explain. Rose must confront her troubling past in order to survive and escape her horrifying new reality.
  • Director: Parker Finn
  • Writer: Parker Finn
  • Stars: Sosie Bacon, Jessie T. Usher, Kyle Gallner
  • Title: Bros
  • Rated: R
  • Category: Romance, Comedy
  • Run Time: 1 Hour 55 Minutes
  • Summary: Two men with commitment problems attempt a relationship.
  • Director: Nicholas Stoller
  • Writers: Billy Eichner, Nicholas Stoller
  • Stars: Luke Macfarlane, Billy Eichner, Kristin Chenoweth
  • Title: Vesper
  • Category: Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi
  • Run Time: 1 Hour 54 Minutes
  • Summary: After the collapse of Earth’s ecosystem, Vesper, a 13-year-old girl struggling to survive with her paralyzed father, meets a woman with a secret who will force her to use her wits, strengths and bio-hacking abilities to fight for the possibility of having a future.
  • Directors: Kristina Buozyte, Bruno Samper
  • Writers: Kristina Buozyte, Brian Clark, Bruno Samper
  • Stars: Raffiella Chapman, Eddie Marsan, Rosy McEwen
  • Title: Dead for A Dollar
  • Category: Western, Thriller
  • Run Time: 1 Hour 54 Minutes
  • Rated: R
  • Summary: The film follows a famed bounty hunter who runs into his sworn enemy, a professional gambler and outlaw that he had sent to prison years before.
  • Director: Walter Hill
  • Writers: Matt Harris (Writer), Walter Hill
  • Stars: Rachel Brosnahan, Willem Dafoe, Christoph Waltz
  • Title: The Good House
  • Category: Drama, Comedy
  • Run Time: 1 Hour 54 Minutes
  • Rated: R
  • Summary: Life for New England realtor Hildy Good begins to unravel when she hooks up with an old flame of hers from New York. Based on Ann Leary’s ‘The Good House.’
  • Directors: Maya Forbes, Wallace Wolodarsky
  • Writers: Thomas Bezucha (screenplay), Maya Forbes (screenplay), Wallace Wolodarsky (screenplay)
  • Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Kevin Kline, Morena Baccarin
  • Title: Argentina, 1985
  • Rated: R
  • Category: Drama
  • Run Time: 2 Hours 20 Minutes
  • Summary: A team of lawyers take on the heads of Argentina’s bloody military dictatorship during the 1980s in a battle against odds and a race against time.
  • Director: Santiago Mitre
  • Writers: Mariano Llinás, Santiago Mitre
  • Stars: Ricardo Darín, Peter Lanzani, Francisco Bertín
  • Title: 1618
  • Category: History, Drama
  • Run Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
  • Summary: The Inquisition continues the persecution of Portuguese Jews, sending Visitador Sebastião Noronha to the city of Oporto. With his family and community in danger, António Álvares, decides to outline an escape plan.
  • Director: Luis Ismael
  • Stars: Pedro Laginha, Francisco Beatriz, Catarina Lacerda
  • Title: Wolf Pack
  • Category: Action, Thriller, War
  • Run Time: 1 Hour 45 Minutes
  • Summary: During one of the missions, of the Wolf Pack squad led by Lao Diao who are engaged in overseas security work for a long time discovers that foreign terrorist forces have extended their reach into China’s energy lifeline.
  • Director: Michael Chiang
  • Writer: Michael Chiang
  • Stars: Jin Zhang, Gianluca Zoppa, Aarif Rahman
  • Title: Alex/October
  • Category: Drama
  • Summary: A sad man and a bored girl form an unusual relationship after a bizarre online classified ad brings their chaotic lives together.
  • Director: Josh Hope
  • Writer: Josh Hope
  • Stars: Ethan Cutkosky, Stacy Edwards, Rivkah Reyes

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Oprah Winfrey and Apple TV+ are Ending A Multiyear Content Deal

According to hollywoodreporter.com, Oprah Winfrey and Apple TV+ are ending a multiyear content deal that they had together that was originally announced back in 2018. Sources told Hollywood reporter that Winfrey and Apple TV+ will continue to work together on a case by case basis. The news came out only a short time after the release of a documentary titled Sidney, which is a collaboration between Winfrey and Apple TV+ that focuses on the life of Sidney Poitier. The documentary is directed by Reginald Hudlin and debuted on Friday on Apple TV+.

The pair will also continue to work on Oprah’s Book Club, which is available on Apple Books and OprahDaily.com. Winfrey originally signed the deal with other companies such as Netflix and Amazon also attempting to secure a deal with her. However, Apple aggressively pursued her attempting to make a statement to Hollywood that they should be taken seriously. Since then, Apple has won two consecutive best comedy series Emmys and has solidified its place within the industry as a whole.

Winfrey’s deal with Apple also produced the documentary series The Me You Can’t See, in partnership with Prince Harry that was focused on mental health, another product of the deal was The Oprah Conversation, which was a series of discussions with newsmakers. Puck News was the first to break the news of the Winfrey and Apple TV+ deal coming to an end.

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Lorne Michaels Blames Pandemic For High Saturday Night Live Turnover

According to hollywoodreporter.com, Lorne Michaels saw the recent mass departure of Saturday Night Live cast members and says that he sees it as a result of the pandemic and promises that SNL’s Weekend Update segment will remain the same with head writer Colin Jost and Michael Che in charge. Prior to the premiere of season 48, eight cast members left the series including Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson, and Aidy Bryant.

According to Michaels, “The pandemic had put us in this position where no one could really leave because there were no jobs, And at the same time, if I don’t add new people every year, then the show isn’t the show. There have to be new people, for both our sake and also for the audience. We got to a point where we had a lot of people, and people weren’t getting enough playing time. The way the series has survived is by that level of renewal, The price of success is that people go off and do other things; their primary obligation is to their talent and to keep pushing that. And there’s something so much better about the show when all that matters is the show. There’s a time to say goodbye, and there’s a natural time for it, but the natural time just got interfered with by the pandemic.”.

Michaels also dismissed any rumor of him retiring but did mention going big for the show’s 50th anniversary season. Michaels stated that, “The 50th will be a big event. We’ll bring everyone back from all 50 years and hosts and all of that. It will be a very emotional and very strong thing, There won’t be as many plus-ones, I can tell you that much.” He continued to say that, “I’m not a big person for celebrating, Even the 40th [anniversary show], in the end, the only way I got through it was because I knew I was doing a show, and at a certain point, the credits would roll, and we’d be off the air.”

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