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Kate Winslet, Priyanka Chopra Jonas Joins ‘A World Of Calm’ Series As Narrators

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A World of Calm is an upcoming meditation web television series that will premiere on HBO Max. It has several big names who will be narrating different soothing stories. Now the latest addition to the series is Oscar-winner Kate Winslet and Desi girl Priyanka Chopra Jonas.

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Kate Winslet, Priyanka Chopra Jonas joins ‘A World of Calm’ as narrators

The makers have recently announced that Kate Winslet and Priyanka Chopra Jonas will be lending their voices to A World of Calm series. Created for HBO Max it is based on the popular meditation app Calm, which is among the most downloaded health and fitness apps on Android and Apple marketplaces. They will be joining actors like Cillian Murphy, Idris Elba, Lucy Liu, Mahershala Ali, Nicole Kidman, Oscar Isaac, Keanu Reeves and Zoë Kravitz, who previously came on-board as narrators on the series.

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HBO Max has also set a premiere date for the series which is October 1, 2020. It is said to have 10 unscripted episodes. The running time of each episode will be around half-an-hour. The series combines mesmerizing stories with narration by A-list stars.

A World of Calm is a timely antidote for everyone’s modern lives. Each episode will take the listeners on a captivating visual journey into a different world, even to outer space. Building on Calm’s Sleep Stories, bedtime stories for adults, the upcoming series will have relaxing tales that are designed to change how you feel. The audiences will transport into serenity through enchanting music, scientifically engineered narratives and breath-taking footage to naturally calm the body and soothe the mind.

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The upcoming HBO Max series is produced by Calm along with Nutopia (One Strange Rock). Jane Root, Nicola Moody, Michael Acton Smith and Chris Advansun serve as executive producers. Sara Brailsford and Fiona Caldwell are co-executive producers. It will be the streaming platform’s first entry in the health and wellness department.

Promo Image Source: kate.winslet.official And priyankachopra Instagram

 

 

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‘Flower Of Evil’ Makers Release Funny BTS Video From Upcoming Episode, Watch Here

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The Flower of Evil is a South Korean drama series which is a crime thriller. The premise of the show is based on a man who tries to hide his criminal past by taking on a new identity. However, his detective wife is on his trail and tracks down his mysterious past. The show stars Lee Joong-Ki and Moon Chae-won in the lead roles. A sneak-peek of the upcoming episode was released recently. Here’s what this is about. 

BTS from The Flower of Evil sets gives a sneak peek to the upcoming episode

A BTS video from The Flower of Evil was released earlier in the day. The clip begins with the two leads, Lee Joong-Ki and Moon Chae-Won rehearsing for their parts together. Lee takes on a cold facade when the cameras are rolling but as soon as the shooting stops, he smiles and laughs on the sets. The atmosphere immediately changes to one of mirth and frolic. 

Next Kim Ji-Hoon is seen rehearsing with Jang Hee-Jin for the part where he stabs her. They laugh and crack jokes that it seems as if the stabbing action is happening all of a sudden. Kim adds that maybe the plot will reveal that Jang’s character is a great fighter. 

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After this, Lee Joon Gi and Kim Ji Hoon are seen rehearsing for their fighting scene with each other. Lee cannot seem to hold his laughter at the funny way in which Kim is talking in his character. They also share smiles when Lee jokes at Kim’s expense. While they are joking and laughing when the camera is not rolling, they immediately take on their serious face when the scene is being shot getting right into their characters. Lee also pokes fun at Kim’s long hair and tries to cut it off with his fake knife exclaiming that they should cut off Kim’s hair. 

In the next scene, Lee Joon Gi and Kim Ji Hoon are seen again rehearsing for a fighting scene but this time it looks an outdoor shot. The scene looks important as Lee pins down Kim for the scene but the latter breaks out laughing that Lee is a “cruel” man. Lee also tries to look after Kim after the latter had to work hard in the hot sun. He tries to make him feel relaxed by placing what looked like a cold towel on the latter’s face. 

Watch the BTS video of The Flower of Evil here:

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What the Pandemic-Era Oscars Can Learn From the Pandemic-Era Emmys

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Let’s imagine a sunny scenario: the right people win the election, a miraculous coronavirus vaccine falls from the heavens and inoculates the world, and everything feels solved by the spring. We can go to restaurants again, the Oscars happen in person, and your favorite magazine has its big party, with all of Hollywood’s best and brightest in attendance. The world spins in a happy new direction, and all is saved.

Now let’s imagine something a bit more realistic. Regardless of who wins in November, COVID-19 continues to pose a threat to public health well into the spring, and the Oscars ceremony—along with pretty much everything else—has to be done virtually. While the show isn’t scheduled until April of next year, this timeline is still very much a likelihood, given all that we know right now. It’s not the cheeriest of possibilities, but at the very least the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences can turn to its sibling, the Television Academy, for some tips on how to stage its biggest night while everyone is still scattered to the winds. 

Sunday night’s Emmys ceremony was mostly a success. It was praised for the complexity of its technique—mixing host Jimmy Kimmel’s empty-auditorium musings (with some big surprise guests) with remote shoots of various nominees and winners. If you looked closely, the Emmys weren’t really doing anything that local news broadcasts don’t do every night (minus exploding confetti cannon boxes). And yet it all still seemed pretty sleek—at least as sleek as anything can seem these days, put together with just a few months’ notice. (The Academy was still sorta planning on having an in-person ceremony as recently as early summer.) It certainly didn’t hurt that Schitt’s Creek ran the comedy category, and that crew was having a nice little party together in Toronto. Returning again and again to their Canadian shindig streamlined things quite efficiently. 

What also helped the Emmys immensely is that many of its categories involve famous people. Twelve acting prizes were handed out on Sunday night, three times the number that will be given out at the Oscars in April. I hate to think so little of the awards-show-viewing masses, but it seems likely that watching a beloved actor beam in a grainy, sound-skipping video is a more welcome experience than watching an editor or a cinematographer or a sound designer do the same—which means the Oscars, unlike the Emmys, will have more attention gaps to fill. 

That’s not a new thing for AMPAS to have to contend with, thus the long history of Oscar ceremonies laden with montage salutes, musical performances, and extended comedy bits such as Twitter-breaking celebrity selfies and pizza deliveries. The Emmys wasted precious little time on any of that padding, because it had the deep talent roster to just keep chugging along. It won’t be the same for the Oscars. While AMPAS can take a cue from this year’s Emmys ceremony on some accounts—chiefly, the Emmys proved it is still possible to conjure an element of surprise with the announcement of each winner—it will have to invent some new stuff on its own. 

The recent VMAs managed remote musical performances well. The Oscars could do the same, though it’s not really clear which artists will be up for best original song come April. If it’s big names, great. If it’s smaller acts, or nominated songwriters who aren’t performers, the process will prove trickier. The Oscars aren’t a concert, and shouldn’t become one, so producers will have to figure out other ways to keep audiences engaged while the video-conference parade of winners marches through the evening. The Emmys swelled past the three-hour mark on Sunday, which began to feel long. So, as ever, the Oscars must be conscious of length, while providing enough entertainment value to keep people tuned in. 

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