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Richard Linklater To Spend 20 Years Shooting Next Project

We’ve heard of some films taking a year or two to film, but director Richard Linklater’s next project will take him and his cast 20 years. Yes, you heard that right, the Oscar nominated director’s next project will take him little more than someone’s childhood and teenage years to make.

Linklater is no stranger to taking a long time to film his projects. After all his Oscar nominated film Boyhood was a landmark film that took him 12 years to make, which added to the effectiveness of the story because it allowed him to tell it using one actor as he aged. No one thought any project would be able to beat that record either, but The Dazed and Confused director will manage to outdo himself if the project is completed. 

What is the project you might ask? It’s an adaptation of  Stephen Sondheim‘s musical Merrily We Roll Along. The film is set to star Ben Platt and Beanie Feldstein, and will stay true to the musical’s storyline, which was based on a 1934 play of the same name. The plot follows the story of a Broadway composer that moves to Los Angeles in order to begin making films. The story begins at the end, with the composer at the peek of his Hollywood career, who reflects back at the life he lived and how he got to where he did. The film is scheduled to be made at various points over the course of the next 20 years, which will allow Linklater to film the flashback scenes first and use the same actors without having to rely on makeup and special effects in order to age them. 

Platt is known for his role in the Pitch Perfect franchise of films, while Feldstein is best known for this year’s film Booksmart. 

At this point, no release date has been given, but really no one even knows what other films will be made for the year 2040.

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Zoe Kravitz Set To Star As Catwoman in The Batman

One of the stars of Big Little Lies, Zoe Kravitz, has signed on to play Catwoman in the upcoming The Batman film alongside Robert Pattinson. At this point it’s not known if she will play the main antagonist, or if she will be the love interest of Batman. In the comics, and the films, Catwoman has played both roles. 

Rumour has it that over the last few weeks the role has come down to Joker’s Zazie Beetz, Eiza Gonzalez of Baby Driver, Oscar winner Alicia Vikander and Kravitz. Kravitz managed to snag the roll, even though there is a little concern with her scheduling since she is due to start filming the next installment of Fantastic Beasts soon. 

Filming for The Batman is expected to start sometime soon, either this fall or early in 2020, so the movie will be ready for it’s June 25, 2021 release date. 

As much as fans are excited for the new Batman film, Aquaman star Jason Mamoa is even more so. He is of course the stepfather of Kravitz, and shortly after the news broke he took to social media to let everyone know how proud he is of her.

“I’m so proud of u zozo bear. On and off screen OHANA,” he wrote on Instagram. “DC WB ohana Lola and Wolfies big sister is CAT WOMAN. Unbelievable so freaking stoked. Your going to have so much fun Aloha P bear.”

Kravitz responded to the post, saying  “LOVE YOU PAPABEAR! love that aquaman and catwomen spend the holidays together from now on.” 

Unfortunately odds of a crossover between the two characters is slim. Even though they are both DC comics properties, The Batman film is said to be separate the most current DC Films. 

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Drew Barrymore To Host A Daytime Talk Show

Back in August Drew Barrymore shot a pilot for a daytime television talk show, but none of the major networks were biting to pick it up. That all changed yesterday though when CBS Television Distribution made it official, they would air and produce Barrymore’s show starting in Fall 2020.

In a released statement Barrymore said “It is beyond my wildest dreams to have this opportunity for a daily talk show. I’m truly thrilled and honored to be creating this show with CBS.”

Barrymore of course was introduced at a very young age when she was one of the stars of E.T., and since then she has gone on to star in such films as The Wedding Singer, 50 First Dates, Never Been Kissed, Ever After and more. She also has some television credits to her name as well, including the Netflix series Santa Clarita Diet, Family Guy, and The World’s Best talent competition on which she served as a judge. 

Steve LoCascio, chief operating and financial officer of CBS Global Distribution Group, said in a statement that “Drew is a huge star and a breath of fresh air — her show will energize any station’s lineup.”

At this point very little else is known about the new show, including what format it will take, but it was announced that Barrymore will also be an executive-producer for it.

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Gwen Stefani To Be Replaced By Nick Jonas On The Voice

When Gwen Stefani decided to return to The Voice for Season 17 after Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine announced his departure, fans were excited. Their excitement didn’t last long however, as NBC announced late Monday night that the singer would be departing once again at the end of the current season. They also quickly announced her replacement though, Nick Jonas. Jonas will be joining the returning coaches Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and John Legend, all of whom took to social media to congratulate him. 

“As a member of one of the hottest pop groups, Nick’s success in navigating all aspects of the music industry is exceptional,” Meredith Ahr, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment, said in a statement. “We were so impressed by his innate musicality, technical aptitude and passion that he brought to Songland earlier this year and know he will be an incredible fit as a coach on ‘The Voice.’ We are excited to see Nick lend his mentorship, relatability and breadth of knowledge to a new crop of artists.”

Jonas also added a statement of his own, saying “I’m so excited to be a part of The Voice family. It’s such an awesome group of individuals, and I can’t wait to help these artists really build and hone in to find their unique voices.”

Jonas will be taking the red chair over for the 18th season in 2020. The 27 year old has quite the year, from being a part of Songland, to marrying Priyanka Chopra, reuniting with his brothers and now a coach on The Voice, his career continues to push him forward. The Jonas Brothers also have a memoir coming out next month. 

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