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An American Pickle: HBO Max Acquires Seth Rogen’s Comedy Film




An American Pickle: HBO Max Acquires Seth Rogen’s Comedy Film

The Hollywood Reporter brings word that HBO Max has acquired worldwide rights to Seth Rogen’s upcoming comedy feature An American Pickle. The project comes from Sony Pictures and is set to be released this summer on the digital streaming service under its Warner Max label.

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An American Pickle is an adaptation of the 2013 New Yorker series Sell Out by Simon Rich, who adapted his own script. Brandon Trost, the cinematographer of Rogen films This Is the End, Neighbors, and The Interview, will direct.

Rogen will star in dual leading roles in the film. Rogen will play Herschel Greenbaum, a struggling laborer who immigrates to America in 1920 with dreams of building a better life for his beloved family. One day, while working at his factory job, he falls into a vat of pickles and is brined for 100 years. The brine preserves him perfectly and when he emerges in present-day Brooklyn, he finds that he hasn’t aged a day. But when he seeks out his family, he is troubled to learn that his only surviving relative is his great-grandson, Ben Greenbaum (also played by Rogen), a mild-mannered computer coder whom Herschel can’t even begin to understand.

“We worked very hard and put as much of ourselves in this story as possible,” said Rogen. “We’re very proud of the end result and we can’t wait for people to get to see it.”

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Rich will executive produce along with Point Grey’s Alex McAtee and Ted Gidlow. Rogen and his Point Grey producing partners Evan Goldberg and James Weaver will produce.

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Oscars 2020: Laura Dern’s first Academy Award leaves fans divided, say she did ‘nothing’ in ‘Marriage Story’



The 92nd Academy Awards is currently taking place at the Dolby Theatre, California. Winners under the majority of the categories have already been announced, sparking a range of a conversation among the audiences once again. 

The nominations for Best Actress in a Supporting Role included Kathy Bates for ‘Richard Jewell’, Scarlette Johansson for ‘Jojo Rabbit’, Margot Robbie for ‘Bombshell’, Florence Pugh for ‘Little Women’ and Laura Dern for ‘Marriage Story’. 

While the speculations were leaning towards Johansson and Pugh, the award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role was taken home by Dern for presenting the audience with a steely divorce attorney in ‘Marriage Story’.  It was Dern’s first-ever Academy Award, although she was nominated twice before for ‘Rambling Rose’ and ‘Wild’. 

However, her shining moment from Oscar’s night soon paved way for debate on social media as fans have varied opinions to share about her big win.  Dern’s fans feel that the actress deserved an Oscar which was long due. “Ahhhh I’m so happy for Laura Dern! She deserves all the good things, I’m such a big fan,” wrote an excited fan.
A few noted on Twitter that there were movies besides ‘Marriage Story’ that served up better supporting female roles. For instance, one said, “Really thought everything about this movie was average – including Laura Dern. I must have missed something. #MarriageStory #Oscar2020”

Dern’s win also garnered an equal amount of criticism from those who felt her role in ‘Marriage Story’ was minimal. 

“LAURA DERN WON FOR THE STUPIDEST FUCKING MOVIE WHEN SCARLETT WAS OUT THERE BEING JOJOS MOTHER,” lamented a fan. Another added, “She did nothing but serve during hustlers?!?! laura dern had like one little monologue in marriage story also hustlers was a much better movie”

Nevertheless, the actress on receiving her award used the platform to thank her parents for all their support and love, which has led her where she is. 

“Some say, never meet your heroes. But, I say, if you are really blessed you get them as your parents,” Dern stated in her acceptance speech. 

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#UnitedShadesofAmerica: W Kamau Bell’s live tweets against White supremacy, Internet calls episode ‘powerful’



The new season of Emmy Award-winning CNN docuseries ‘United Shades of America’ premiered today, July 19, and followed comedian W Kamau Bell as he took deeper dive into the issue of White supremacy. The episode titled ‘Where Do We Even Start With White Supremacy?’ saw Bell’s mother Janet Cheatham Bell talk about him being subjected to prejudices in his childhood. 

When the fifth season of the eight-part docuseries premiered tonight, the host Bell took to Twitter to start an official #UnitedShades of American thread, where he was seen live-tweeting the show and interacting with followers, discussing various aspects as shown in the first episode of ‘United Shades of America’. His first tweet touched upon George Floyd and the civil unrest that swept the nation following his tragic death. Bell tweeted, “My 5 1/2 year old recognized #GeorgeFloyd’s picture AND asked if the alt-right tiki torch guys were ‘voting for Donald Trump’.”

In the next tweet, he responded to a viewer who asked how tall Bell is. “Hahaha! I’m a legit 6’4”, he wrote. Bell even encouraged his followers to follow fellow Twitter users who were actively live-tweeting quotes from the show and expressing their opinions.

In another tweet, Bell made it clear that the episode was shot much before Floyd’s death, yet it stands relevant in the present day. “This segment with @1hood & my friend @jasiri_x is IMHO one of the most important things the show has ever done. Thank you for having us. And remember this was all recorded BEFORE #GeorgeFloyd’s killing. #UnitedShades.” 

People started trending #Unitedshades on Twitter, sharing Bell’s dialogues and reacting to the latest episode of ‘United Shades of America’. One wrote, “The new #UnitedShades episode is. If you need an explanation of how white supremacy works, watch it. It’s not just about hate it’s about systems. You will hear from inspired black thinkers, young people, jewish people, muslims, former klansmen, @wkamaubell & his mama.”

“#UnitedShades dives into tough conversations in a way that encourages understanding. Tonight’s episode in #PGH was powerful. As Kamau’s mom said, ppl cannot hate once they get to know each other. So much goodness is achieved when ppl work together rather than against each other,” added another.

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Kanye West ‘met with Jared Kushner in Colorado’ as rapper eyes election spot



Kanye West held a private meeting with Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner as the rapper continues to pursue his efforts to appear on the presidential ballot in November.

The meeting took place in Colorado last weekend and also included President Trump’s daughter Ivanka, Mr Kushner’s wife and another top White House adviser, The New York Times reports.

Mr West, 43, appeared to confirm the meeting in a tweet late on Tuesday night, saying they discussed a book on empowering Black Americans, and offering to do a live interview with the Times.

The singer announced his last-minute presidential campaign last month, followed by a series of rambling public remarks which have raised questions about his intentions and his mental health.

Mr West has been open about his struggle with bipolar disorder, and his wife, Kim Kardashian-West has asked the public and media to grant him compassion.

His appearance as an independent on the ballot could possibly disrupt the race between Mr Trump and former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden if he were able to garner any votes in US states where the contest is close.

Mr West, one of the biggest celebrity and most prominent black supporters of the president, met with Mr Trump during the 2016 presidential race and again in 2018 at the White House wearing a red “Make America Great” cap.

Last month, he told Forbes that he was “taking the red hat off.”

White House senior advisor Jared Kushner (REUTERS)

Mr Trump told Fox News last month that West “can’t” drop his support, adding: “He’s always going to be for us.”

Mr West announced his presidential run on July 4 – American Independence Day.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West (REUTERS)

“We must now realise the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future,” he wrote.

“I am running for president of the United States! #2020VISION.”

Mr West’s wife of six years, social media and reality TV star Kim, endorsed the announcement by retweeting the news to her 65.7 million followers.

Other high-profile supporters include billionaire technology entrepreneur Elon Musk, who replied to the tweet saying West had “his full support”.

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