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TIFF 2019 Galas And Special Presentations Announced

Last week TIFF announced that the documentary Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band was set to be their opening night film for the 2019 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival, and yesterday they started giving us an idea of what else we can expect by announcing their Galas and Special Presentations.

Among the announced films are some of the falls most highly anticipated releases. From origin story Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix as the Batman nemesis, to the murder mystery Knives Out which stars Christopher Plummer, Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Michael Shannon and Don Johnson and the Jennifer Lopez led Hustlers about a group of New York strippers who rip off Wall Street brokers, the festival has a little something for everyone. Hustlers is inspired by a real story, as are several other of the announced films like A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Harriet, Dolemite is My Name, Judy, I Am Woman, Just Mercy and Ford v Ferrari. 

Every year the festival showcases films that are typically up for Oscar contention, and this year will be no different. Several of the films are also having their world or North American debuts as well, which means people who don’t want to wait for the theatrical release will more than likely try to catch them during the festival. 

While many of the films star big name a-list actors such as Tom Hanks, Eddie Murphy, Scarlett Johansson and Robert Pattinson, it doesn’t necessarily mean they will be attending the festival. Of course there is a decent chance they will, considering their films are getting the red carpet treatment, which means the guessing game among the fans will soon begin and line-ups will start hours before the movies begin. 

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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.

Photo by Saeed Adyani / Netflix

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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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