Dhaka, July 28 (UNB) - Amazon has released the list of creative fellowship behind its upcoming The Lord of the Rings TV series. The series will be based on late English author JRR Tolkien’s writings.
The series won’t be a direct adaptation of the novel like Peter Jackson directed trilogy was, but is expected to take material from the Second Age of Middle-earth (LotR was set at the end of Third Age).
The list of unveiled names is extensive as is suitable for such a production and there is even a Tolkien scholar.
The executive producer: Lindsey Weber (10 Cloverfield Lane), Gene Kelly (Boardwalk Empire), Bruce Richmond (Game of Thrones), and former head of genre at Amazon Studios, Sharon Tal Yguado.
Writer and executive producers: Gennifer Hutchison (Breaking Bad); writer and executive producer Jason Cahill (The Sopranos); writer and executive producer Justin Doble (Stranger Things).
Consulting Producers: Bryan Cogman (Game of Thrones) and Stephany Folson (Toy Story 4).
Writer and co-producer: Helen Shang (Hannibal), and writing consultant Glenise Mullins.
Other announcements include: costume designer Kate Hawley (Suicide Squad); production designer Rick Heinrichs (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), visual effects supervisor Jason Smith (The Revenan”), Tolkien scholar Tom Shippey, and illustrator and concept artist John Howe.
JD Payne, Patrick McKay are already confirmed to be showrunners and executive producers. Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom director JA Bayona is involved as well. He will direct the first two episodes and executive produce with Belén Atienza.
A video was also released by the series’ official account, which once again hints towards the Second Age setting of the series.
The rights to The Lord of the Rings series were purchased by Amazon for 250 million dollars from the Tolkien Estate. The series, said to last for five seasons, is expected to cost 1 billion dollars, making it by far the most expensive TV show of all time.
Glendale, July 28 (AP/UNB) — Russi Taylor, an actress who gave voice to Minnie Mouse for more than three decades, has died.
Walt Disney Co. chairman Bob Iger announced Taylor's death in a statement Saturday. Taylor died Friday in Glendale, California, Disney said. She was 75. The cause was not immediately clear.
Taylor was married to the man who voiced Mickey Mouse opposite her, Wayne Allwine, from 1991 until his death in 2009.
A native of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Taylor became the official voice of Minnie in 1986, beating out more than 200 competitors who auditioned. She voiced Minnie across Disney projects in film, television and theme parks, including the movie "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" and the TV show "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse."
"Minnie Mouse lost her voice with the passing of Russi Taylor," Iger said. "For more than 30 years, Minnie and Russi worked together to entertain millions around the world — a partnership that made Minnie a global icon and Russi a Disney Legend."
Bill Farmer, who voiced Goofy alongside Taylor, said in a statement that she was "as wonderful, funny, and sweet as Minnie Mouse, and as talented yet humble as you would expect."
She also provided voices for many other minor Disney characters and for several smaller characters on "The Simpsons," including Bart's nerdy classmate Martin Prince.
"It was a privilege to have known her and an honor to have worked with her," Iger said, "and we take comfort in the knowledge that her work will continue to entertain and inspire for generations to come."
Berlin, July 28 (AP/UNB) — Tens of thousands have been marching through Berlin in celebration of Christopher Street Day, one of Germany's largest LGBT pride observances.
Revelers from across the country and abroad were parading through Berlin on Saturday from chichi Kurfuerstendamm street in the west to the city's landmark Brandenburg Gate.
German news agency dpa reported that more than 150,000 people participated, but up to 600,000 were expected overall at the march and other LGBT celebrations over the weekend.
Despite recent successes for Germany's LGBT community, like the legalization of gay marriage last year, harassment and discrimination still takes place. Berlin police registered 225 criminal acts in connection with sexual orientation in 2018.
Dhaka, July 27 (UNB) - Singer-actor Jennifer Lopez will essay the role of real-life notorious Colombian drug lord Griselda Blanco aka The Godmother in a new film, reports The Indian Express.
Titled The Godmother, the movie will be produced by Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Benny Medina and Julie Yorn, reported Deadline.
The project marks yet another collaboration between Lopez and STXfilms, which previously backed the actor’s movies — Second Act and Hustlers.
Regina Corrado and Terence Winter have penned the screenplay for the new film, which might mark the directorial debut of Lopez. However, it is yet to be confirmed by the studio.
The movie will chronicle the various ups and downs of Blanco, who outsmarted and outhustled the men around her to rise from an impoverished childhood in Colombia to become one of the world’s biggest drug lords.
She reportedly was worth more than USD 2 billion, and was a key figurehead in Miami’s bloody Cocaine Cowboy Wars.
“I’ve been forever fascinated by the story of Griselda Blanco and jumped at the chance to play her on screen. She is all things we look for in storytelling and dynamic characters notorious, ambitious, conniving, chilling,” Lopez said.
“In a genre dominated by legendary kingpins, I’m eager to shine a spotlight on this anti-hero and excited to partner with STX for the third time so we can bring this compelling, complicated story to life,” she added. Winter, Alex Pettyfer, Alex Brown and Rick Yorn will be the executive producers on the project.
Toronto, Jul 26 (AP/UNB) — Meryl Streep will be the first recipient of an acting award bestowed as part of the Toronto International Film Festival.
The festival's organizers announced Friday that Streep will receive the inaugural TIFF Tribute Actor Award during a Feb. 9 charity gala. The glitzy fundraiser will support the festival's year-around efforts to promote films and the industry's leading creators.
The actress is the most nominated actor in Academy Award history and has won the Oscar three times.
The award is separate from honors bestowed on films shown at the September festival. Its People's Choice Award frequently becomes an Oscar best picture contender.
Streep stars in Steven Soderbergh's upcoming Panama Papers film "The Laundromat" with Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas. The film will have its North American premiere at TIFF.