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Cynthia Erivo Transforms Into Aretha Franklin in First Genius Teaser Trailer

Cynthia Erivo Transforms Into Aretha Franklin in First Genius Teaser Trailer
Cynthia Erivo is ready for her close-up as Aretha Franklin!

The Oscars nominee, 33, completes her transformation into the Queen of Soul in the first teaser for National Geographic’s Genius: Aretha, a biographical television anthology series about the legendary singer.

In a short trailer released on Friday, Erivo captures Franklin’s passion for music — from her humble upbringing to recording her iconic hits in the studio.

“What kind of music do you really want to make, Miss Franklin?” producer Jerry Wexler, played by actor David Cross, asks her at one point in the clip.

To which Erivo’s Franklin replies,
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TV News Roundup: National Geographic Releases ‘Genius: Aretha’ Teaser, Starring Cynthia Erivo

  • Variety
In today’s TV news roundup, National Geographic released a teaser for “Genius: Aretha” and Quibi released a teaser for “Most Dangerous Game” starring Liam Hemsworth.

First Looks

National Geographic unveiled a teaser for “Genius: Aretha” that will also air during the Oscars on Sunday. The eight-part series will premiere on May 25 at 9 p.m. and air over four consecutive nights. The series explores Aretha Franklin’s musical career and the impact she has had on music and culture around the world. The cast includes Cynthia Erivo as Franklin, Courtney B. Vance, David Cross, Malcom Barett, Pualetta Washington, Patricia Covington, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Steven Norfleet, Kimberly Hebert Gregory, Omar J. Dorsey, Marque Richardson and Shaian Jordan.

Quibi released a teaser for “Most Dangerous Game” starring Liam Hemsworth and Christoph Waltz. The action-thriller follows Dodge Maynard (Hemsworth) who accepts an offer to participate in a deadly game in order to take
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‘Genius: Aretha’ First Look Teaser To Bow During Sunday’s Oscar Telecast – Watch It

  • Deadline
National Geographic and Fox 21 Television Studios will release a first-look, national teaser promo for Genius: Aretha during this Sunday’s Oscars telecast airing on ABC, a sister network of NatGeo, which is also owned by Disney.

Cynthia Erivo, a 2020 Academy Awards nominee, stars as Aretha Franklin in the third season of the global anthology series. Set to perform Stand Up live during the Oscars, Erivo is nominated in two categories: Actress in a Leading Role and Music (Original Song) for the film Harriet.

Genius: Aretha will premiere over four consecutive nights, beginning Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, at 9/8c. The series will be the first authorized scripted limited series on the life of Aretha Franklin. The eight-part series will explore Franklin’s musical genius and career, and the immeasurable impact and lasting influence she has had on music and culture around the world.

The cast includes Cynthia Erivo as Aretha Franklin; Courtney B. Vance (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) as C.L. Franklin; David Cross as Jerry Wexler; Malcolm Barrett as Ted White; Pauletta Washington (She’s Gotta Have It) as Grandmother Rachel; Patrice Covington (Broadway’s The Color Purple) as Erma Franklin; Rebecca Naomi Jones (The Big Sick) as Carolyn Franklin; Steven Norfleet (Watchmen) as Cecil Franklin; Kimberly Hébert Gregory (Vice Principals) as Ruth Bowen; Omar J. Dorsey (Queen Sugar) as James Cleveland; Marque Richardson (Dear White People) as King Curtis; and introducing Shaian Jordan as Little Re.

Imagine is partnering with Warner Music Entertainment for this third season, which will again be executive produced by Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. Suzan-Lori Parks is showrunner and executive producer, and Anthony Hemingway is executive producer and producing director for the season.

Record producer Clive Davis and Atlantic Records Chairman and CEO Craig Kallman have also joined as executive producers. Returning executive producers include Francie Calfo, Ken Biller, Gigi Pritzker and Rachel Shane (Mwm Studios), and Sam Sokolow (Eue/Sokolow). In addition, Imagine’s Anna Culp serves as producer alongside Peter Afterman.
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Cynthia Erivo Wants to Make Hits in the First Teaser for Nat Geo’s ‘Genius: Aretha’ (Video)

  • The Wrap
Cynthia Erivo Wants to Make Hits in the First Teaser for Nat Geo’s ‘Genius: Aretha’ (Video)
Have your first look at Cynthia Erivo as the Queen of Soul in the first teaser for Nat Geo’s “Genius: Aretha.” Watch it above now.

The clip is set to air on Nat Geo’s sister broadcast network ABC during Sunday’s Oscars telecast to promote the upcoming season of the anthology ahead of its May premiere.

Led by Ervio, who is nominated for multiple Oscars for her role in the Harriet Tubman biopic “Harriet,” “Genius: Aretha” is the third installment of the Nat Geo anthology dramatizing the lives of histories greatest innovators.

Also Read: 'Genius: Aretha' Star Cynthia Erivo Sent a Note of Congratulations to 'Respect' Star Jennifer Hudson

“Genius: Aretha” will premiere on Nat Geo across four consecutive nights, beginning Memorial Day, Monday, May 25. Per Nat Geo, the eight-part series will “explore Franklin’s musical genius and incomparable career — and the immeasurable impact and lasting
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Ron Howard teases ‘Genius’ Season 3: Cynthia Erivo brings ‘power and integrity’ to Aretha Franklin [Red Carpet Interview]

  • Gold Derby
Season 3 of National Geographic’s “Genius” will focus on Aretha Franklin, with two-time Oscar nominee Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet”) tapped to play the legendary singer. So why was Erivo right for the part? “It’s just all about her capability in bringing Aretha to the screen with real power and integrity,” Ron Howard revealed to Gold Derby at the 2020 Television Academy Hall of Fame ceremony. Howard is an executive producer and director of the Emmy-winning biopic limited series, which has already chronicled the lives of Albert Einstein (Geoffrey Rush) in 2017 and Pablo Picasso (Antonio Banderas) in 2018. Watch our red carpet interview with Howard above.

SEEOscars 2020 performers include Cynthia Erivo, Elton John, Idina Menzel, Chrissy Metz, Randy Newman

In between shooting “Genius: Aretha,” Erivo is busy campaigning for a pair of Oscars for “Harriet”: Best Actress for portraying Harriet Tubman and Best Song for co-writing “Stand Up” with Joshuah Brian Campbell.
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‘Genius: Aretha’ Star Cynthia Erivo Sent a Note of Congratulations to ‘Respect’ Star Jennifer Hudson

  • The Wrap
‘Genius: Aretha’ Star Cynthia Erivo Sent a Note of Congratulations to ‘Respect’ Star Jennifer Hudson
2020 will see dueling Aretha Franklin biopics, with Cynthia Erivo set to portray the Queen of Soul in Nat Geo’s “Genius: Aretha” and Jennifer Hudson taking on the role in the feature film “Respect.” But all involved in the Nat Geo series say there’s room for everyone.

“I haven’t spoken to Jennifer personally,” Erivo said at the Television Critics Association press tour on Friday. “[But] I sent her a message saying congratulations. I’m really looking forward to seeing her version in the film.”

“I’m actually excited by the fact that we get to tell her story more than once,” she said. “I think the more the merrier. There are many heroes out there who have had their story told many different times, and to have someone like Aretha to have a moment to tell her story more than once, and tell it again and again, is kind of amazing.
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14 Most Outspoken Celebrities that Support the Use of Marijuana

Some people have been hesitant to talk about cannabis for a long time. However, several celebrities have come out openly and spoken in support of the use of marijuana. It can be attributed to the recent move by several states to legalize it. According to the federal government, cannabis remains a Schedule 1 drug. But, this herb has slowly and surely found its way into different social circles.

Today, many people are using marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes. And, with its growing popularity, its prevalence is increasing. The attitudes of the masses regarding cannabis have also changed. Even some of the most vocal celebrities are now speaking in support of marijuana use. Here are 14 most outspoken stars that support the use of marijuana.

1. Danny DeVito

It is one of the most outspoken celebrities that always supported the use of marijuana. Danny has been quoted as he expressed his excitement about cannabis legalization.
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TV News Roundup: Showtime Releases ‘Homeland’ Final Season Trailer

  • Variety
TV News Roundup: Showtime Releases ‘Homeland’ Final Season Trailer
In today’s TV news roundup, Showtime drops the trailer for the final season of “Homeland,” and National Geographic reveals the first look at Cynthia Erivo as Aretha Franklin in “Genius: Aretha.”

First Looks

Showtime released the trailer for the final season of “Homeland,“ premiering Feb. 9. The eighth and final season, starring Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin, finds Carrie (Danes) recovering from months of brutal confinement. The Emmy-winning drama is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios.

National Geographic released a first look photo at Cynthia Erivo as Aretha Franklin in the eight-part limited biopic series “Genius: Aretha,“ premiering in May 2020. “Over the last few months, I’ve been preparing myself to embody the Queen of Soul, from re-listening to her music to discovering her rare interviews and reading some amazing books on her — all to really capture Aretha’s attitude and spirit,” said Erivo. The ensemble cast includes Courtney B. Vance (“The People v.
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‘Genius': Nat Geo Shares First Look at Cynthia Erivo as Aretha Franklin (Photo)

  • The Wrap
National Geographic released a first look photo of “Genius” star Cynthia Erivo in character as Aretha Franklin on Friday.

The “Harriet” star is currently in production on the third season of the anthology series, which is set to premiere on Nat Geo in May 2020.

“Over the last few months, I’ve been preparing myself to embody the Queen of Soul, from re-listening to her music to discovering her rare interviews and reading some amazing books on her — all to really capture Aretha’s attitude and spirit,” Erivo said. “I’m truly humbled to be working alongside a very talented and musical team. Together, we’ll serve the Queen and create something special.”

Also Read: Courtney B Vance Joins Nat Geo's 'Genius' as Aretha Franklin's Father

Nat Geo

Joining Erivo in “Genius: Aretha” is an ensemble cast including Courtney B. Vance, David Cross, Malcolm Barrett, Patrice Covington, Kimberly Hébert Gregory,
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Nat Geo’s ‘Genius: Aretha’ Offers First Look Of Cynthia Erivo As Queen Of Soul

  • Deadline
Nat Geo’s ‘Genius: Aretha’ Offers First Look Of Cynthia Erivo As Queen Of Soul
Cynthia Erivo is transformed into the late, great Queen of Soul in a first-look photo from Genius: Aretha, the upcoming biographical series from National Geographic and Fox 21 Television Studios.

See the photo below.

Erivo, a Tony Award winner for Broadway’s 2015 The Color Purple and the star of this year’s Harriet Tubman biopic Harriet, will play Aretha Franklin in the third installment of the series (following seasons devoted to Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso).

“Over the last few months,” said Erivo, “I’ve been preparing myself to embody the Queen of Soul, from relistening to her music to discovering her rare interviews and reading some amazing books on her — all to really capture Aretha’s attitude and spirit. I’m truly humbled to be working alongside a very talented and musical team. Together, we’ll serve the Queen and create something special.”

Also featured in the cast are
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‘Genius: Aretha’ at Nat Geo Casts David Cross (Exclusive)

  • Variety
‘Genius: Aretha’ at Nat Geo Casts David Cross (Exclusive)
David Cross has joined the cast of the upcoming third season of “Genius” at Nat Geo, which will focus on music legend Aretha Franklin.

Cross will star as music producer Jerry Wexler. Cynthia Erivo is set to play Franklin, with Courtney B. Vance, Malcolm Barrett, Patrice Covington, Kimberly Hébert Gregory, Rebecca Naomi Jones, and Sanai Victoria also set to star in the eight-episode season.

Cross’ Wexler is described as a scrappy, Bronx-born legendary producer who is one of the first to spot Franklin’s incredible talent and potential. He’s a street savvy music man with great ears who isn’t afraid to go into segregated clubs to find talented performers like Ray Charles and Wilson Pickett. He even coined the term “rhythm and blues.” He poached Franklin from Columbia to Atlantic Records and works with her from 1966-79 during which time she records some of her most iconic hits.
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Every Episode of ‘Rick and Morty,’ Ranked

Every Episode of ‘Rick and Morty,’ Ranked
If humanity lives long enough to see every future installment of “Rick and Morty” ordered under last year’s massive 70-episode renewal, we’re still barely over a quarter of the way through the show’s run. In just a handful of seasons, this animated series has gone from a relatively modest riff on interdimensional travel to a cultural force big enough to sustain an entire warehouse worth of merch possibilities. So far, these episodes have found its two central characters unleashing destruction on a galactic scale and — in their best-case scenarios — just barely managing to get things close to normal again.

The mythology of the show gets deeper by the year, not just with the unlikely grandfather/grandson team, but the flurry of details that whoosh by as they meet new characters of various sizes, species, and forms of matter. So, with a dense back catalogue to sift through,
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‘The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show’ Ordered to Series at Netflix

  • Indiewire
As reported by Deadline, Netflix has greenlit “The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show,” a sketch comedy show from the stand-up comedian, actress, and author.

Set to shoot in New York City in 2020, the six-episode, half-hour series is officially described as: “From the mind of Iliza Shlesinger comes a secret world filled with absurd characters, insight into the female experience, and irreverent yet poignant social commentary.” Shlesinger is set to star in and executive produce the eponymous sketch comedy series, with Laura Murphy (“Adam Ruins Everything”) in the director’s chair. Kim Gamble, Kara Baker, David Martin, Richard Allen-Turner, and Jon Thoday will also serve as executive producers. It will be produced by Avalon Television, the company behind “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” and “Catastrophe.”

“The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show” joins “Astronomy Club”—produced by “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris’—as Netflix’s latest sketch comedy series. It also serves as Netflix
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‘I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix

  • Variety
Netflix has ordered a second season of the sketch comedy series “I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson.”

The first season saw Robinson and a few of his famous friends navigate awkward workplace drama, host an intervention in a Garfield themed house, talk their way out of a babysitter’s fake hit and run, and much more. Season 2 of the series is slated to debut in 2020.

The series was created by Robinson and Zach Kanin and is produced by The Lonely Island and Irony Point.

“We are very excited to be working with The Lonely Island, Irony Point, and Netflix to make another season of ‘I Think You Should Leave,'” said Robinson and Kanin. “We are so thankful we get to do it again!”

Other Netflix original sketch shows include “W/ Bob & David,” which reunited “Mr. Show” stars Bob Odenkirk and David Cross. Variety exclusively reported in April
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How Netflix Created an Unintentional Repertory Company

  • Variety
Taking a cue from the theater and the old Hollywood studio system, Netflix has built up an impressive stock company of actors since getting into original programming. But interestingly, it is more coincidence than intentional creation of a repertory company.

The streaming giant does not have a dedicated casting department at the network level. Instead, Netflix originals work with a variety of casting directors, and the repetition in hiring talent is more hard work on the actors’ parts, as well as a byproduct of the seemingly never-ending river of content across a variety of genres that the service produces.

That’s not to say actors on other streaming services do not appear in more than one show. For example, “Pen15” co-creators and lead actresses Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle have popped up on “Casual” and “Ramy,” respectively. Meanwhile on Amazon, Bryan Cranston has starred in and executive produced “Sneaky Pete
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Emmys 2019 exclusive: 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21 Television Studios categories for ‘This Is Us,’ ‘Rent,’ ‘Modern Family’ and more

In a Gold Derby exclusive, we have learned the category placements of the key Emmy Awards contenders for 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21 Television Studios. For this season, the studio has newcomers “Pose” (Billy Porter) and “Single Parents” (Leighton Meester), returning shows “American Horror Story”, “Modern Family” (Sofia Vergara) and “This Is Us” (Mandy Moore), plus limited series “Fosse/Verdon” and variety special “Rent” (Jordan Fisher) as part of their 2019 campaign.

Below, the list of this studio’s lead, supporting and guest submissions for their comedies, dramas and limited series. Some of these programs air on Fox and FX, while others are produced for such networks as ABC, CBS, NBC and more. More names might be added by the company on the final Emmy ballot. Also note that performers not included on this list may well be submitted by their personal reps.

SEEEmmys 2019 exclusive: FX categories for ‘American Horror Story,
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David Cross can’t muster an original way to confront Trump in Oh, Come On

  • The AV Club
Over the opening credits of David Cross’ new stand-up special, Oh, Come On, the comic can be heard saying, “You gotta do it. It really makes them—it really bothers them.” That’s David Cross the stand-up encapsulated in a bit of pre-show banter. (As he says to his audience when he first takes the stage, “Just so you…
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Arrested Development: 10 Most Memorable Quotes From Tobias Funke

Tobias Funke (David Cross). The strange, awkward, balding man that is husband to Lindsay (Portia de Rossi) on Arrested Development. Tobias is a wannabe actor and most famously a never-nude with his signature jean cutoffs. Tobias has something of an on-again, off-again marriage with his wife and a sort of estrangement from his daughter. He's a member of the dysfunctional Bluth family and can often be forgotten or intentionally ignored by the Bluths. Despite all that, he's still a comedic character if only for his trying efforts and quirky personality. Without further ado, here are 10 of Tobias' best quotes!
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Hollywood Slow To React To Georgia “Heartbeat Bill” Signing, But Some Production Companies Vow To Boycott State

  • Deadline
Hollywood Slow To React To Georgia “Heartbeat Bill” Signing, But Some Production Companies Vow To Boycott State
Hollywood has been slow in reacting against Georgia’s Living Infants Fairness and Equality Act, legislation known as the “heartbeat bill” that prohibits most abortions in the state once doctors can detect a fetal heartbeat.

Signed into law this week, the bill – now one of the nation’s most restrictive abortion laws – was earlier heavily criticized by many In Hollywood, whose interest In the state stems from the extensive film and TV industry presence thanks to Georgia’s production tax credits. Avengers: Endgame and the long-running TV series The Walking Dead are among the productions that have shot in the state.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, who beat Stacey Abrams in Georgia’s gubernatorial race last fall, made the bill’s passage one of his campaign promises. Like in other states that have attempted similar legislation, court challenges are expected. Barring any blocks, the law would take effect in January 2020.

Previously,
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Georgia Governor Signs Heartbeat Bill Into Law Amid Hollywood Scrutiny

Georgia Governor Signs Heartbeat Bill Into Law Amid Hollywood Scrutiny
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Tuesday signed into law the Living Infants Fairness and Equality Act, legislation known as the “heartbeat bill” that prohibits most abortions in the state once doctors can detect a fetus’ heartbeat.

The bill, now one of the nation’s most restrictive abortion laws, has been criticized by abortion-rights groups as well as many in Hollywood (fetal heartbeats are detected as early as about six weeks of pregnancy). The film and TV industry utilize Georgia’s extensive production tax credits; Avengers: Endgame is among the recent pics to shoot in the state.

Kemp, who beat Stacey Abrams in Georgia’s gubernatorial race last fall, made the bill’s passage one of his campaign promises. Like in other states that have attempted similar legislation, court challenges are expected.

Several Hollywood entities weighed in on the bill as it wound its way through the Georgia Legislature, including Alyssa Milano
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