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Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, and Clout Join Adam McKay’s Netflix Comedy

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A fun mental exercise is counting the Oscars of everybody we’re about to name. Bonus points for nominations, too. As confirmed by THR, the iconic quintet of Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, Timothée Chalamet, and Himesh Patel have joined the cast of Adam McKay’s new Netflix comedy Don’t Look Up, a film that already has Jennifer Lawrence attached to star. As previously teased, Don’t Look Up will follow the exploits of two lowly scientists (Lawrence and, now, DiCaprio) who are tasked with going on an international media tour to warn the public about a meteor strike that may end Earth as we know it. However, people are “unreceptive and unbelieving” to their pleas of an imminent catastrophe. Similar to McKay’s The Big Short, the film will be interpolated with wall-breaking monologues from famous faces, perhaps once again in bathtubs. THR reports that Ariana Grande, Kid Cudi, and Matthew Perry will be among these cameos, while the aforementioned new actors will serve as key supporting roles. Deep breaths, Film Twitter.

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‘The Meg 2’ Finds Director in ‘Rebecca’ Filmmaker Ben Wheatley

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An 80-foot prehistoric shark is returning to the big screen with “The Meg 2,” and Warner Bros. has hired “Rebecca” filmmaker Ben Wheatley to direct.

Development of the sequel comes two years after “The Meg” took in an impressive $530 million worldwide. That film revolved around the monstrous megalodon emerging from the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the world’s oceans in the Pacific.

Jason Statham is expected to reprise his role from the first movie, in which he portrayed a U.S. Navy diver sent to rescue other divers from a shark attack. Statham was a world-class diver on the British Commonwealth team before becoming an actor.

Jon and Erich Hoeber wrote the most recent draft of the script, working off an initial draft by Dean Georgaris. The trio shared writing credits on the original. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Belle Avery are returning as producers. Avery worked on getting “The Meg” made for a decade, finally securing Chinese financing after making two dozen trips to China. Executive producers on the sequel are Catherine Ying, Li Ruigang, E. Bennett Walsh, Gerald Molen and Randy Greenberg.

Jon Turteltaub directed “The Meg,” which was based on Steve Alten’s 1997 book “Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror.” Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson and Ruby Rose also starred.

Wheatley’s directorial credits include “Sightseers,” “Kill List,” “High Rise” and “Free Fire,” which starred Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy and Armie Hammer. Netflix hired Wheatley in 2018 to direct a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rebecca,” starring Hammer as Maxim, Lily James as his Bride and Kristin Scott Thomas as the evil housekeeper Mrs. Danvers.

Wheatley is repped by WME and Independent Talent Group.

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Arlo Guthrie Retires From Touring: ‘It’s Time to Hang Up the Gone Fishing Sign’

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Arlo Guthrie took to Facebook on Friday to announce his retirement from touring.

In a lengthy post titled “Gone Fishing,” the folk singer-songwriter explained that he’s canceled his upcoming show. He also revealed that prior to the pandemic, he’d experienced several mini strokes — the first occurring in 2016.

“I got really dizzy in the parking lot of the hotel, and started seeing as though I were looking through a kaleidoscope,” he said. “That evening the show went on as though nothing had happened. I had no idea I’d just encountered a mini stroke until weeks later, when I was told about it. It didn’t appear to affect my performance, or my state of being. I continued touring for the next 4 years.”

Guthrie suffered another stroke on Thanksgiving Day of November 2019, noting the irony of his classic holiday song, “Alice’s Restaurant.” He spent an evening in the hospital, but left the next day to perform a show at New York’s Carnegie Hall. However, he returned to the hospital in Florida several days later when he experienced pain on both sides of his body. “They kept me there for 3 days, running tests of all kinds, and essentially informed me that I’d suffered a stroke,” he said. “This time was more serious, as I’d lost some ability to walk, and I wondered if if would be able to play music.”

He spent a week in rehabilitation and recovered, thanking his girlfriend Marti for the support. He felt he was at “80%” when the pandemic hit, and canceled the rest of his tour. He’s been in quarantine at his farm in Massachusetts, playing music online for friends. Last summer, he released a cover of Stephen Foster’s “Hard Times Come Again No More,” inspired by Covid-19.

“A folksinger’s shelf life may be a lot longer than a dancer or an athlete, but at some point, unless you’re incredibly fortunate or just plain whacko (either one or both) it’s time to hang up the “Gone Fishing” sign,” he said. “Going from town to town and doing stage shows, remaining on the road is no longer an option…I’m happy, healthy and good to go, even if I’m not going anywhere.”

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Why Kanye West posted Google results of Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry? Fans think he’s exposing racial bias

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Kanye West is posting a bizarre series of tweets on his account, leaving both fans and users scratching their heads. On July 20, the rapper shared several screenshots of Google searches, including a search for actresses Jennifer Lawrence and Halle Berry which have now been removed from his Twitter.

One post currently in existence is a of his Google search for righteous indignation along with its results. What is equally strange is that he still posted the screenshot when he mistyped his search as “crichoues indignation.” Nevertheless, West wanted his fans to see the results, which include the description for righteous indignation as “Righteous indignation is typically a reactive emotion of anger over mistreatment, insult, or malice of another. It is akin to what is called the sense of injustice.”

“So why did Kanye post google searches for Jennifer Lawrence and Halle Berry? Is he watching ‘X-Men’?” asked a user on Twitter while another wrote, “Please leave Halle Berry alone. She is out there minding her business.” So why is West posting these screengrabs? For now, the answer is only left to assumption, but as a clever fan pointed out, it could be that he feels a sense of righteous indignation with relation to the media and Hollywood’s unfair portrayal and promotion of celebrities.

“Kanye is showing the difference ..you look up Halle Berry and gossip pops up.. you look up Jennifer Lawrence and it’s just her biography and achievements. It’s f**ked up and we know why,” said the fan. Another fan also shared the same explanation, saying, “He’s showing the discrepancy between a simple Google search of an African American actress and a White American actress. Jennifer Lawrence’s shows her career and net worth, while Halle Berry’s shows none of that and just headline gossip.”

Another earlier post on West’s Twitter which reinforces the idea that the subject matter of his tweets relates to racial discrimination in the media is a to the ‘Black Or White’ music video by Michael Jackson. The ambiguous nature of the posts could also suggest that West wants his followers to dig deeper and do their own research with a simple Google search to see the differences for themselves. Nevertheless, at this point, everything is a guessing game.

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