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Starz Acquires Geena Davis’ Docu ‘This Changes Everything’, Idris Elba Comedy Series & More

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Starz has acquired and set premieres for a half-dozen titles including Geena Davis’ documentary This Changes Everything, two seasons of Idris Elba’s semi-autobiographical family comedy In the Long Run and its holiday special, and the Mel Gibson-Sean Penn movie The Professor and the Madman.

The premium cabler also picked up the Ellen Page-Kate Mara film My Days of Mercy, which bowed at Toronto; the immigration docu The River and the Wall; and true-crime pic Stockholm, which premiered at Tribeca. See descriptions and premiere dates for the projects below.

[“This Changes Everything] eloquently makes the case for the need to improve gender balance, diversity and inclusion onscreen and behind the scenes,” Davis said. “It’s important that industry leaders and the public are aware of the impact the media has as we rally together toward the goal of gender equality.”

Said Elba of the comedy inspired
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‘There’s Something in the Water’ Director Ellen Page Says She Never Intended to Make a Film About ‘Environmental Racism’ (Video)

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‘There’s Something in the Water’ Director Ellen Page Says She Never Intended to Make a Film About ‘Environmental Racism’ (Video)
“There’s Something in the Water” filmmaker Ellen Page said she never intended to make a feature film about environmental racism in Nova Scotia, Canada — she originally just wanted to use her platform to raise awareness about the issue.

“I’m originally from the province of Nova Scoatia, Halifax, born and raised, graduated high school there and my family is still there,” Page told TheWrap’s Sharon Waxman at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month. “I started learning more and more about this issue of environmental racism in Nova Scotia, and I had no idea about a lot of these issues.”

Once aware of the problems, she wanted to learn more and found Ingrid Waldron’s “essential, incredible book” of the same name.

“It just felt absolutely imperative to contact Ingrid, to help use the platform and the privilege that I have, and the presence I’d say in Nova Scotia,
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Marvel May Cast A Person Of Color As The McU’s Kitty Pryde

Following on from the rather controversial news – and understandably so – that Marvel may be casting a person of color for both the role of Magneto and Professor X once they reboot the X-Men in the McU, we’re now hearing that they’re thinking of doing the same for Kitty Pryde as well.

As fans will no doubt know, Kitty has only really been seen twice in the film franchise to date (not counting her brief appearances in X-Men and X2). In 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand, Ellen Page played the young mutant with phasing abilities, and she later returned for 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. Of course, Pryde was set to receive her own standalone outing as well at one point, but once Disney swallowed up Fox, the project was scrapped.

For the uninitiated, Shadowcat, as she’s also called, is known for her ability to “phase,” which
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Toronto Film Review: ‘There’s Something in the Water’

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Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the unpleasant sights, smells and pollutants of industry have typically been located where the poor folk dwell, and police society needn’t notice. With the dawn of popular environmental consciousness about a half-century ago, it became clear that toxic byproducts with a dismayingly long shelf life and unknown health impacts were inordinately directed toward isolated minority communities with little political or monetary clout to protect themselves.

Inspired by Ingrid Waldron’s book of the same name, Ellen Page and Ian Daniel’s “There’s Something in the Water” sees that history of environmental bias continuing as it investigates three locations in Nova Scotia where industrial waste has ruined water sources and spiked cancer rates. . Movie star Page’s frequently on-screen presence could broaden its outreach in streaming formats.

Page is a native Nova Scotian, and the initially charming (particularly as accompanied by vintage
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‘Instinct’ Star Carice van Houten on How She Had to ‘Dig Deep’ to Play Prison Therapist to a Serial Rapist (Exclusive Video)

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‘Instinct’ Star Carice van Houten on How She Had to ‘Dig Deep’ to Play Prison Therapist to a Serial Rapist (Exclusive Video)
“Instinct” star Carice van Houten says she had to “dig deep within” herself to play her character in the drama, in which she plays a prison therapist who falls in love with her patient, a serial rapist.

“The role is not, per se, very sympathetic and it’s a challenging role because there is no way you can hide behind anything,” van Houten told TheWrap’s Steve Pond at the Toronto International Film Festival. “It’s so raw, so I had to dig deep within myself and I liked that. It’s a very complex, very layered character. I was very hungry for something like that again.”

Director Halina Reijn got the idea for the drama after watching a news program about relationships that were formed in prison between therapists and criminals, and she immediately called her friend van Houten about it.

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Alan Poul Inks Overall Deal With Endeavor Content, Joins ‘Tokyo Vice’ As Executive Producer

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Alan Poul Inks Overall Deal With Endeavor Content, Joins ‘Tokyo Vice’ As Executive Producer
Exclusive: Producer-director Alan Poul (HBO’s Six Feet Under) has signed an exclusive overall deal with Endeavor Content to develop and produce premium scripted content for the indie studio owned by Endeavor.

Under the pact, Poul has joined Endeavor Content’s upcoming HBO Max drama series Tokyo Vice as executive producer.

The deal stems from Poul’s current collaboration with Endeavor Content; he is executive producing and directed two episodes of Oscar winner Damien Chazelle’s upcoming Netflix series The Eddy, which the studio is producing.

“Alan is not only one of the greatest producers around, but he is also a highly talented filmmaker and his illustrious production expertise makes him an invaluable partner to work with on The Eddy and Tokyo Vice,” said Endeavor Content Svp Television Joe Hipps. “With his extensive background at HBO, he also has impeccable taste in creating ground-breaking, high-end series that resonates with audiences on a global scale,
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The Umbrella Academy enrols three new cast members for season 2

Netflix’s superhero drama series The Umbrella Academy has added three new cast members for its second season, with Deadline reporting that Ritu Arya (Humans), Yusuf Gatewood (Good Omens) and Marin Ireland (Y: The Last Man) have signed on to star in the small screen adaptation of the Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba comic book.

Arya will portray Arya will play Lila, described as “a chameleon who can be as brilliant or as clinically insane as the situation requires. Unpredictable, mischievous and sarcastic, Lila’s gifted with a twisted sense of humor.”

Gatewood has been cast as Raymond, “a born leader with the smarts, gravitas, and the confidence to never have to prove it to anyone. He is warm, dedicated and has the innate ability to disarm you with a look. A devoted husband, he’s the kind of guy everyone wants to know.”

Ireland will play Sissy, who is “a fearless,
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The Umbrella Academy: Season Two; Casting Announced for Netflix Superhero Series

What's in store for The Umbrella Academy? Deadline reports Ritu Arya, Yusuf Gatewood, and Marin Ireland have joined season two of the Netflix TV show.

The superhero centers on an unusual group of people adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore) and trained to save the world at his school, The Umbrella Academy. Now that they’re all grown up, they’ve reunited to solve the mystery behind Sir Reginald’s death and stave off global apocalypse. The cast also includes Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Robert Sheehan, Emmy Raver-Lampman, David Castañeda, and Aidan Gallagher.

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‘Harriet’ Film Review: Kasi Lemmons’ Standard-Issue Harriet Tubman Biopic Wastes Big-Screen Opportunity

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‘Harriet’ Film Review: Kasi Lemmons’ Standard-Issue Harriet Tubman Biopic Wastes Big-Screen Opportunity
In life as in art, there are people you root for to do good, to win that prize and get their due recognition. Kasi Lemmons is one of those people. After making the switch from actor to director, she burst onto the screen nearly two decades ago with a wildly unique vision, “Eve’s Bayou.”

Although critics raved and audiences attended, it did not ensure a flourishing filmmaking career the way it might have for a young white male director. Projects stalled or money never came through. She found work, but it’s the gap years on her IMDb profile that neither she nor her audiences will ever get back.

Lemmons’ “Harriet” should have been a heroic return to the world stage. Instead, it’s a disappointingly standard biopic, one whose technical flaws and paint-by-numbers clichés threaten to overshadow its subject’s compelling story.

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‘Jennifer’s Body’ Turns 10: Megan Fox, Diablo Cody and Karyn Kusama Reflect on Making the Cult Classic

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‘Jennifer’s Body’ Turns 10: Megan Fox, Diablo Cody and Karyn Kusama Reflect on Making the Cult Classic
Months before “Jennifer’s Body” hit multiplexes on Sept. 18, 2009, writer Diablo Cody had a feeling the edgy horror-comedy would tank. And flop it did, despite the screenwriter taking home an Oscar for her debut film “Juno” a year earlier. Cody easily found a studio to finance “Jennifer’s Body” after the success of the Ellen Page-led teen pregnancy comedy, but the disappointing marketing strategy and pans from focus groups and critics seemed to be a sure recipe for box office collapse. Fast forward a decade, and now, the film is regarded as a cult classic.

“Jennifer’s Body” grossed a lackluster $31.6 million worldwide on a $16 million budget and was significantly beaten out by 2009 horror flicks “Paranormal Activity,” “Zombieland,” “The Final Destination” a remake of “Friday the 13th.” Megan Fox — who became a Hollywood sex symbol after her depiction of Mikaela Banes in the 2007 film “Transformers” — starred, and Cody said that because of her image,
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Ellen Page: I’d Be ‘Thrilled’ to Only Play Queer Roles (Video)

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Ellen Page: I’d Be ‘Thrilled’ to Only Play Queer Roles (Video)
Ellen Page, who just premiered her feature film directorial debut “There’s Something in the Water” at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, said she would be “thrilled” to only play queer roles from now on, explaining that she’s been asked several times whether she might be typecast since coming out as gay five years ago.

“The (one) thing I get a lot is, ‘Are you worried about being typecast about playing queer?’ Because that’s what I play mostly,” she said at TheWrap’s Power Women Toronto panel Monday night at the Thompson Hotel with fellow directors Kasi Lemmons (“Harriet”) and Halina Reijn (“Instinct”). “You would never ask a heterosexual actress that, as being typecast as straight. Why would I not want to play those roles? Quite frankly, I would be thrilled if it’s every role I ever played again!”

Page, whose documentary focuses on the injuries caused
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The Umbrella Academy Season 2 Adds The Originals' Yusuf Gatewood, Two More to Cast

The Umbrella Academy is adding new cast members ahead of its second season.

Netflix confirmed on Tuesday that Yusuf Gatewood, Marin Ireland (Sneaky Pete), and Ritu Arya (Humans) are joining the cast of the superhero drama.

They are joining a cast that includes Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, and Justin H. Min.

The Umbrella Academy Season 1 was a roaring success upon its launch back in February.

It racked up solid reviews, and Netflix later revealed it was bringing in a strong amount of households who have access to the streaming service.

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It tells the story of seven children who were adopted by a billionaire and taught how to save the world if things got tough.

Upon his death, the remaining six unite to find out what really happened, and how they can save the world from catastrophy.
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The Umbrella Academy Season 2 Adds Originals' Yusuf Gatewood, Two Others

The Umbrella Academy forecast calls for new Season 2 castings.

Netflix announced on Tuesday a trio of new faces boarding its comic book adaptation: Yusuf Gatewood (The Originals, Good Omens), Marin Ireland (Homeland, Sneaky Pete) and Ritu Arya (Humans).

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They join returning cast members Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher and Justin H. Min, who are all set to reprise their Season 1 roles.
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‘Umbrella Academy’ Adds 3 Series Regulars for Season 2

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Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy” is expanding its cast for Season 2, adding Ritu Arya, Yusuf Gatewood and Marin Ireland as series regulars.

The series is an adaptation of the Dark Horse Comics series by Gerard Way and artist Gabriel Bá. Main cast members Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher and Justin Min have all signed on to return.

Arya will play Lila, described as “a chameleon who can be as brilliant or as clinically insane as the situation requires. Unpredictable, mischievous and sarcastic, Lila’s gifted with a twisted sense of humor.”

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Gatewood will play Raymond, “a born leader with the smarts, gravitas and the confidence to never have to prove it to anyone. He is warm, dedicated and has the innate ability to disarm you with a look. A devoted husband,
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‘The Umbrella Academy’: Ritu Arya, Yusuf Gatewood, Marin Ireland Join Season 2 Cast Of Netflix Series

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‘The Umbrella Academy’: Ritu Arya, Yusuf Gatewood, Marin Ireland Join Season 2 Cast Of Netflix Series
Ritu Arya (Humans), Yusuf Gatewood (Good Omens) and Marin Ireland (Y: The Last Man) have joined the season 2 cast of The Umbrella Academy, Netflix’s live-action superhero series based on the Dark Horse Comics created and written by Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Bá.

They will join previously announced returning cast Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher and Justin H. Min, who are set to reprise their roles in Season 2 of the series from Ucp.

In The Umbrella Academy, on the same day in 1989, 43 infants inexplicably are born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. Seven are adopted by a billionaire who creates The Umbrella Academy and prepares his “children” to save the world. Now, the six surviving members reunite upon the news of their father’s passing and must work together to solve a mystery surrounding his death.
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‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 2 Adds Three to Cast

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‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 2 Adds Three to Cast
The Umbrella Academy” is bringing in three new cast members for season 2.

Ritu Arya, Yusuf Gatewood and Marin Ireland are all set to join returning cast members Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, and Justin H. Min for the Netflix show’s sophomore outing.

Arya, best known for her role in the AMC shows “Humans,” has been cast as Lila, a chameleon who can be as brilliant or as clinically insane as the situation requires.

Gatewood, who recently starred in Amazon’s “Good Omens,” will play Raymond, a born leader with the smarts, gravitas, and the confidence to never have to prove it to anyone. He is warm, dedicated and has the innate ability to disarm you with a look.

Finally Ireland, who is set to star in the upcoming FX series “Y,” will be playing Sissy, a fearless, no-nonsense Texas mom who married
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'Umbrella Academy': Marin Ireland Among Trio Cast in Season 2 of Netflix Drama

'Umbrella Academy': Marin Ireland Among Trio Cast in Season 2 of Netflix Drama
The Umbrella Academy is expanding.

Ritu Arya (Humans), Yusuf Gatewood (Good Omens) and Marin Ireland (Y: The Last Man) have joined season two of the Netflix drama, which is based on the Eisner Award-winning comics from Gerard Way.

Arya will play Lilia, an unpredictable chameleon with a twisted sense of humor; Gatewood will play Raymond, a smart and confident leader; and Ireland will play Sissy, a Texas mom who married young for all of the wrong reasons. All will be series regulars.

The three additions join returning castmembers Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castaneda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher and ...
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Ellen Page Will Bring Racism Doc 'There's Something in the Water' to Hometown Atlantic Film Festival

Ellen Page Will Bring Racism Doc 'There's Something in the Water' to Hometown Atlantic Film Festival
Ellen Page is bringing her call-to-arms documentary There's Something in the Water, about racism and pollution in her native Nova Scotia, to her hometown Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax.

And Willem Dafoe and The Lighthouse director and writer Robert Eggers will also be at the East Coast festival on Sept. 19 to present their psychological thriller that was shot locally.

Page and producer Ian Daniel, who together created the documentary series Gaycation, will present their activist film during a gala screening on Sept. 14, along with co-producer Ingrid Walton. The Umbrella Academy star's documentary details environmental racism toward indigenous ...
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'There's Something in the Water': Film Review | Tiff 2019

'There's Something in the Water': Film Review | Tiff 2019
The term “environmental racism” may be unfamiliar to many of us, but it pretty much means what it says: the discrimination of minorities by subjecting them to toxic levels of pollution, often by building factories or waste sites near their communities.

In the activist documentary There’s Something in the Water, actress Ellen Page and producer Ian Daniel — who together created the docu series Gaycation — chronicle several alarming instances of such racism in Page’s native Nova Scotia. For those who have never heard of these cases, this short and very to-the-point exposé can be an eye-opening experience,...
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Scarlett Johansson on Woody Allen: ‘He Maintains His Innocence, and I Believe Him’

Scarlett Johansson on Woody Allen: ‘He Maintains His Innocence, and I Believe Him’
Breaking with much of Hollywood, Scarlett Johansson has come forward to defend Woody Allen. Johansson, who starred in Allen’s Match Point, Scoop and Vicky Christina Barcelona, told the Hollywood Reporter that she would gladly work with the director again. “I love Woody,” Johansson said. “I believe him, and I would work with him anytime.”

Allen has been a controversial figure ever since he began dating Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn in 1992, and Farrow came forward with the allegations that he molested her other adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow.
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