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Coronavirus: Amaal Malik, Sunny Leone, Ankit Tiwari to perform online home concerts for fans during Janta Curfew



After international singers like Chris Martin and John Legend, a slew of Indian musicians including Ankit Tiwari, Akhil Sachdeva, and Amaal Malik have decided to perform impromptu home concerts for fans via social media amid the coronavirus outbreak. The idea behind the digital concert, Safe And Sound, was given by Mourjo Chaterjee in view of the ‘Janata Curfew’ to be observed on Sunday. Mourjo is a founder of On Stage Talents, a multi-genre talent agency.

Happy to be part of such noble initiative, Akhil Sachdeva, who sang “Tera ban jaunga” in “Kabir Singh”, said: “It’s a great initiative and we looking forward to this concert.”Actress Sunny Leone’s husband Daniel Weber will also participate in the concert. “We urge people to stay home, in the meanwhile we artist will try our best to entertain you’ll with our music,” Weber added.

The concert will take place on Sunday between 4-5 p.m. with artists going live on their respective social media handles. Singers like Tulsi Kumar, Jasleen Royal, Richa Sharma, Shruti Pathak, Jeet Ganguli, Abhay Jodhpurkar, Osho Jain, Bhoomi Trivedi, Ravi, and Shargun Dubey, have also joined hands to be part of the digital singing concert.

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When Marvel, DC Didn’t Call, Screenwriter Mattson Tomlin Wrote a Superhero Movie On His Own



When Marvel and DC didn’t call screenwriter Mattson Tomlin to write some projects for them, he took matters into his own hands and wrote a superhero story the way he wanted to. Cue “Project Power” on Netflix, which revolves around the idea that one pill can give you superpowers for just five minutes.

“I wanted to get a movie made,” Tomlin, who had mostly written shorts except for 2008’s “The Projectionist” before this, he told TheWrap. “I had been doing so much work as a screenwriter and writing scripts and getting on the Black List, but I hadn’t had a movie actually go. And so part of it was strategy of just, you know, what are the movies that are getting made right now? Well, the obvious answer is superhero movies. And so figuring out where can I sit myself in that world, because Marvel wasn’t calling, DC wasn’t calling. So I kind of had to do it in my own way. And it’s so obvious that to do a kind of original cape and mask story that that wasn’t the right way in. And so instead it was kind of like a ‘Collateral,’ ‘Eight Mile’: like take these movies that I really love and throw superpowers in them and kind of see what happens.”

Tomlin first wrote the script in 2016, after which it appeared on the Black List in 2017 and sold to Netflix as a spec script. Since then, Tomlin said, a lot changed with the script — mainly, the tone.

“I think that the biggest change was obviously plot stuff changes — the story kind of evolved, but a big change was the tone,” he explained. “And I credit Henry [Joost] and Ariel [Schulman] for that, the directors, because they really wanted to make something that was on the one hand gritty and on the other hand fun, and those two things don’t necessarily always go together… But I would say that my original script had a lot less fun and was much more in the vein of ‘Collateral’ or ‘Training Day.’ I’ve got to give the guys credit — I think they made the right decision pushing me into that zone.”

“Project Power” follows a drug dealer, a police officer, and a former soldier who team up to stop the distribution of a pill that gives the user superpowers for five minutes. It stars Jamie Foxx, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dominique Fishback, Machine Gun Kelly, Rodrigo Santo, Amy Landecker and Allen Maldonado.

Any movie about something scientific requires a certain level of research, and “Project Power,” Tomlin says, was no different — he did a lot of research into how animals use their powers to survive in nature.

“There was a lot of [research] as we got deeper into development,” he explained. “There were certain things like, you know, the scene with Jamie and Machine Gun Kelly, where he burst into flames — that stuff was in there, but we went further with the idea of, let’s make all of the powers somehow animal-themed. And once we had that, that brought me on this crazy deep dive of just what are the superpowers that animals have just in the natural world and animals can do some really, really crazy stuff like that. I was watching the Discovery Channel, just kind of learning about lizards — they’re just able to spit blood out of their eyes and animals just break their own bones to create weapons for themselves. Like all of this great, gnarly stuff. It’s totally real.”

While just four short years ago, Tomlin couldn’t get a movie made, he has one of the biggest movies of 2021 coming out. And yes, it’s a DC movie: he co-wrote “The Batman” alongside Matt Reeves. He also scripted and produced the upcoming film “Little Fish” starring Olivia Cooke.

“I still wake up every day and I’m still pinching myself over [The Batman],” he said. “There’s a big difference between writing something that’s an original mode, and then working on something like ‘The Batman,’ where it has all these expectations, you know, people love it and know what it is, whereas ‘Project Power,’ nobody has any idea what this thing is. And so you’ve kind of got to be big and loud about it and hope people will tune in and see it.”

“Project Power” hits Netflix on Friday.

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‘One of Us is Lying’: The YA Mystery Novel is Becoming a Peacock Series



Peacock has ordered the adaptation of the YA novel One of Us is Lying to series. A teen whodunnit, One of Us is Lying is based on Karen M. MaManus’ novel of the same name and is described as “The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars.”

The Wrap reports that Peacock has ordered the TV series adaptation of One of Us is Lying, a YA teen mystery drama that follows five strangers who walk into detention, with only four walking out alive. The series, which had been in development at E!, moved over to Peacock last year, which has ordered eight episodes for the One of Us is Lying TV series. The cast for the teen whodunnit has already been set, with newcomers The cast for the series features Marianly Tejada, Cooper van Grootel, Annalisa Cochrane, Chibuikem Uche, Barrett Carnahan, Jessica McLeod, and Melissa Collazo set to star as the “brain,” the “beauty,” the “criminal,” the “athlete,” and “the outcast” who find themselves in a far more dangerous version of The Breakfast Club.

Dario Madrona, who co-created the Spanish-language Netflix series Elite, will serve as showrunner for One of Us is Lying. Jennifer Morrison (Once Upon a Time) directed and produced the pilot, which was written by Erica Saleh. The series is also executive produced by John Sacchi and Matt Groesch of 5 More Minutes Productions. The series will be produced by UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group.

The YA novel was first published in 2017 and was a major hit, spending 132 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

Here is the synopsis for One of Us is Lying novel, per Goodreads:

Pay close attention and you might solve this. On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing. Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher. AndSimon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

The Breakfast Club as a teen YA whodunnit? It sounds like a good pitch, and can certainly build up Peacock’s small collection of original titles. The lack of big names in the cast might prevent it from being an instant success, but if the premise is strong enough, maybe this could draw some young blood to the new streaming platform.

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Alexandra Daddario-Led Lost Girls & Love Hotels Trailer & Release Revealed!



Alexandra Daddario-led Lost Girls & Love Hotels trailer & release revealed!

After debuting a teaser for the romantic drama early last month, Astrakan Film AB have debuted the official trailer for the Alexandra Daddario-starring adaptation of Lost Girls & Love Hotels, which is set to digital platforms and VOD this September! Check out the trailer in the player below!

RELATED: Lost Girls & Love Hotels Trailer Takes Alexandra Daddario to Tokyo

Based on Catherine Hanrahan’s book of the same name, the film is a provocative journey inviting you to get lost within the darkest corridors of Japan in hopes of experiencing fleeting moments of beauty. We follow the passionate tale of love and lust between a haunted American English teacher Margaret and a dashing Yakuza named Kazu as their affair tears them apart and reshapes them across Tokyo’s landscape of dive bars, alleyways, and three-hour love hotels.

Pick up a copy of the book here!

Lost Girls & Love Hotels stars Alexandra Daddario (San Andreas), Takehiro Hira (The Fighter Pilot, The Floating Castle), Carice Van Houten (Game of Thrones), Misuzu Kanno (37 SecondsVise) and Kate Easton (Where’d You Go, Bernadette) The film is directed by William Olsson from a screenplay writen by Hanrahan with Lauren Mann serving as a producer.

RELATED: CS Interview: Alexandra Daddario on We Summon the Darkness

Daddario is best known for portraying the role of Annabeth Chase in the film adaptations of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson starring alongside Logan Lerman and Brandon T. Jackson. Her other notable film credits include: the 2017 Baywatch opposite Zac Efron and Dwayne Johnson; the disaster film San Andreas; Hall Pass; Texas Chainsaw 3D; and in Netflix’s rom-com When We First Met.

Lost Girls & Love Hotels is set to hit digital platforms and VOD on September 18.

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