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‘CATS’ star Daniela Norman on balancing ballet and acting, and starting her acting career with a classic

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Daniela Norman might be a new name in Hollywood but she has earned quite a lot of fame in the world of ballet and is a star in her own right. She is trained at The National Ballet and has performed many recitals including ‘Sleeping Beauty’, ‘An American In Paris’ at the West End.

On screen, she made her first ever appearance in Tom Hooper’s ‘CATS’. And working in such an enormous project, marked a great start to her acting career. We got into an one-on-one conversation with Norman and learned about her work, her debut experience, meeting some of the biggest names in the industry, and what lies ahead for the debutante.

Tell us about your journey from being a ballet dancer to an actor. How was the shift from stage to screen?

It was quite a journey since I was nine. I grew up training to be a professional ballet dancer but I did do a little bit of acting and singing lessons on the side. Acting always intrigued me but I kept my focus on ballet. It was only three years ago, I got the opportunity to dance and lead in American in Paris, and that’s how I landed in acting. Also, I get a proper acting coaching. It’s been interesting to explore the world of acting and land my feet here.

‘Cats’ marks your on-screen debut. How was your experience playing Demeter and how did you feel working alongside some of the biggest and the best in the industry?

Oh! It was amazing! You know, I am lucky to have been working side by side people like Dame Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Idris Elba, and so on. Then there’s Taylor Swift, Jason Derulo and all. Every day, we will get into the studio looking forward to the day. And also, singing with Jennifer Hudson. Everybody has been so welcoming and warm and I made some of the best friends of my life on the set here. At the same time, there were very high standards of what was expected of us but playing Demeter was fun and exciting.

We learned that the CGI used for ‘Cats’ is one of a kind. Can you share more about the technology and how it was working with it?

This was all real hi-tech for us. So we had to wear the motion capture suits, which capture the muscle movements. It was more tangible than just CGI and gave us a lot of leeway in our moves. With the CGI bit, we had to use a lot of imagination and act. For instance, we had to imagine having a tail to kick off a can or something without having the actual tail. It was great!

So, what’s next for Daniela Norman?

Well, I am already working for a new Netflix’s Original series titled ‘Tiny Pretty Things’. I play the role of June Parks, whose life is very much like mine. She is a ballet dancer from Chicago and she is under constant pressure from her mother who is a perfectionist. The series is about her journey. And well, for the rest, you’ll have to see how it all turns out.

You can watch out for Norman in the upcoming drama series,’Tiny Pretty Things’, ready to launch on Netflix this 2020.
 
 

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Emmys 2020: HBO’s Watchmen Wins for Outstanding Limited Series

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Emmy voters have been watching the Watchmen, it seems. HBO’s comic book adaptation took home the Emmy for Outstanding Limited Series at Sunday’s virtual ceremony.

Watchmen beat out fellow nominees Unbelievable (Netflix), Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu), Mrs. America (FX on Hulu) and Unorthodox (Netflix) to win the Emmy. The HBO series hauled in a total of eleven Emmys this year out of 26 nominations, including Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series for Regina King and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series for Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as well as best cinematography, editing and costumes. (Those last three awards were handed out earlier this week at the Creative Arts Emmys.)

A critical favorite since it debuted last October, Watchmen also earned four Television Critics Association awards earlier this month, including Program of the Year and Individual Achievement in Drama for King.


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How much money Dude Perfect is really worth

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The best reported statistic on Dude Perfect’s income, as of 2019, was about $20 million dollars, according to CNBC, but there’s a catch to that: it’s purely their YouTube viewing earnings. Now, that probably does make up the bulk of their revenue (it’s their official job, after all), since the channel boasts nearly 50 million subscribers and average 7-8 million hits on their once-a-week videos. Those impressive numbers are only part of the picture, however.

That’s because, as Naibuzz points out, Dude Perfect has entered into a number of endorsement deals and other branding opportunities, including the sale of their own merchandise. Those probably bring in more money than most people see in a lifetime, but probably still nets only in the single-digit millions. On top of that, the boys do have a television deal and had new episodes of The Dude Perfect Show airing on Nickelodeon through 2019. Though no fourth season has been confirmed, there’s no reason to believe that deal won’t be renewed eventually — 2020 has been a tough televised content year for everybody. 

All together, these one-time branding endorsements, TV royalties, and one-time salaries for appearing on-screen in episodes could easily double that $20 million, but there’s no way to know what the numbers are for certain. Regardless, it seems that doing basketball tricks and casually breaking Guinness World Records can bring quite a payday, if you’re determined and bold enough to put it on the internet for all to see and judge.

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‘WandaVision’ to Debut Ahead of ‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ on Disney+

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Marvel Studios is shuffling up its lineup of Disney+ series, moving “WandaVision” ahead of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.”

“WandaVision” reteams Elizabeth Olson and Paul Bettany as their Marvel Cinematic Universe characters Wanda Maximoff and Vision; the latter died in “Avengers: Infinity War” and was not among the many MCU characters revived in the follow-up, “Avengers: Endgame.”

Disney+ released the first trailer for “WandaVision” on Sunday during the Emmys on ABC and announced that it would be the first to hit the streaming platform. “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” which only this week resumed production, will now presumably premiere in 2021. Production was halted in the spring by the coronavirus pandemic.

You can watch the trailer for “WandaVision” here.

“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” stars Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan as Sam Wilson/Falcon and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier. It is also set to see the returns of MCU actors Daniel Bruhl and Emily Van Camp. Russel Wyatt will also star as John Walker/American Patriot.

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