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Brad Pitt’s World War Z Sequel Shutdown Again

Brad Pitt’s 2013 action/horror/zombie flick World War Z was the actor’s biggest ever hit (if you discount his sort-of cameo in Deadpool 2), grossing over 540 million dollars worldwide, so it was no surprise that he wanted to make a sequel to it. Unfortunately the film has hit several roadblocks along the way, and the latest one has shut down pre-production once again.

According to Variety, the World War Z sequel was set to begin filming this summer, but has now been shut down due to the fact that a budget could not be reached for the film.  The Paramount film was set to see Pitt return to the role of Gerry Lane, a former United Nations employee who is trying to find out how the zombie epidemic began and how it can be stopped.  Oscar nominated director David Fincher was set to direct the sequel. Fincher of course had previously worked with Pitt on Se7en, Fight Club and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Other cast members hadn’t signed on as of yet, but the studio was in the process of doing so when production was shut down.

Paramount has yet to comment on the move, but it’s rumoured that they were becoming uncomfortable with how the budget was ballooning. It was similar to the first film, which ended up seeing a last minute rewrite to the third act to contain the expanding budget. Obviously Paramount wants to avoid a similar situation this time around. There is also no word as to whether or not the film will move forward at this point, or if it will be shelved permanently. 

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Watch The Morning Show’s Full Trailer

One of television’s most anticipated new shows, The Morning Show, teased everyone last week with a trailer that didn’t really show anything. Really the only thing it showed was a hallway as you heard the actors say a few lines. Thankfully Apple didn’t wait long to give a full trailer this morning that gives us a pretty good look at what to expect when the series launches this fall.

The Morning Show is a drama that stars Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell. It follows the story of a group of people who run a daily morning show program. In the trailer it becomes pretty obvious that the show is planning to imitate real life stories, for instance you get to see Aniston’s character addressing on air why her co-host was fired. It appears to be for sexual misconduct allegations, like the one Matt Lauer went through a couple of years back. The show will follow more stories than just that though. The trailer also shows Witherspoon’s character’s rise as a new co-host, and Aniston’s character breaking down before making a terrific comeback. It should be interesting to catch an inside glimpse at what these morning hosts go through every day.

Throughout the trailer you catch a glimpse at various other stars of the series, including Billy Crudup, Mark Duplass, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Karen Pittman, Bel Powley and Janina Gavankar. There have been other TV shows and movies made before about this type of environment, such as The Newsroom and Morning Glory, but this series is already feeling like it could be something unique on its own. It’s set to premiere this fall on Apple TV, but no exact date has been given as of yet.

 

 

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Ronda Rousey Joins Cast Of Firefighter Drama 9-1-1

It can truly be said that mixed martial artist Ronda Rousey has done a lot over the course of her career. From winning a medal at the Olympics, to spending time in the octagon of the UFC, lacing up wrestling boots in the WWE, to starring in movies and having guest spots on TV, Rousey has really done a lot of different things, and now she is set to be a series regular on the hit Fox firefighter drama 9-1-1. 

Rousey began training in Judo at the age of 11, and at 17 became the youngest competitor in the sport in the 2004 Olympics. While she didn’t win any medals that year, she won a bronze four years later in 2008. Afterwards she retired from the sport, and started training for ultimate fighting. In 2012, after 2 years in the sport, she became the first female fighter to sign with the UFC. She dominated the sport for 3 years, going undefeated. When she eventually lost the title, and the rematch, Rousey retired from the sport and moved onto other things. In 2018 she joined the WWE, quickly winning their women’s title, which she held until Wrestlemania earlier this year. After losing the title she announced she would be taking a leave from the company to start a family. 

Throughout her career as a fighter, Rousey also took time to stars in movies such as Furious 7, The Expendables 3 and Mile 22. Her role on 9-1-1 will be her first foray into a regular role on television, and she will play a member of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The series also stars Peter Krause, Angela Bassett and Jennifer Love Hewitt. The third season is set to premiere on September 23rd. 

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Watch Alessia Cara Mimic Billie Eilish On ‘The Tonight Show

Alessia Cara has a new EP coming out on September 6th, and in the meantime she’s hitting the talk shows to promote it. Last night she appeared on The Tonight Show, and during her segment she challenged Jimmy Fallon to a rematch of Wheel of Musical Impressions.

Back in 2017 Cara lost the game to Fallon, and she was determined not to do so again. This time around the Canadian singer perfectly copies Billie Eilish’s sound while singing Pop Goes The Weasel. For her second impressions she mimics Amy Winehouse singing Old Macdonald Had a Farm, except in this case it was to the tune of Rehab.  Fallon on the other hand pretends he’s The Doors singing Sesame Street’s Rubber Duckie, You’re the One, following by a rendition of Baby Shark as if Mick Jagger was singing it. Cara wins it in the end though when she apes Alanis Morissette singing Hush, Little Baby.

Fallon really didn’t stand a chance this time around, and we wonder if there will be a third round in the future.

 

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