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Former ‘Deal or No Deal’ Briefcase Model Spills Meghan Markle Behind-the-Scenes Details

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  • Former Deal or No Deal briefcase model Lisa Gleave spilled Meghan Markle behind-the-scenes details.
  • Lisa said that Meghan was “quiet but very sweet” on the show.

    Who could forget that Meghan Markle went from Deal or No Deal to duchess in record speed? The glow-up heard round the world just got a little bit more interesting because one of Meghan’s former model friends is speaking out about what she was like behind-the-scenes. The former Deal or No Deal briefcase model Lisa Gleave recently talked to the Gold Coast Bulletin about what it was really like to hang out with Meghan.

    Lisa said that Meghan was “quiet but very sweet.” She also revealed that Meghan was dedicated to becoming an actress. “I remember her being very focused on her acting career and her role as a briefcase beauty, as we were called, was just a stepping stone in her career. She only did a few seasons and then landed her role in Suits which took her away. I was so happy for her when I heard about the marriage,” Lisa continued.

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    Before marrying Prince Harry and becoming a global sensation, Meghan worked on Deal or No Deal between 2006 and 2007. She then went on to play Rachel Zane on Suits for seven seasons. In 2013, she spoke to Esquire about her time on the game show.

    “I would put that in the category of things I was doing while I was auditioning to try to make ends meet,” she admitted. “I went from working in the U.S. Embassy in Argentina to ending up on Deal. It’s run the gamut. Definitely working on Deal or No Deal was a learning experience, and it helped me to understand what I would rather be doing. So if that’s a way for me to gloss over that subject, then I will happily shift gears into something else.”

    Meghan might want to leave her time on the game show in the past, but we’re still not over it.

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TVLine Items: Lady Gaga Rocks VMAs, Young Wallander Trailer and More

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Lady Gaga is making her long-awaited return to the VMAs stage: The singer will perform at the MTV Video Music Awards for the first time in seven years.

Lady Gaga — who is nominated in nine categories — shared the news via an Instagram video, with the caption, “I’ve been at home dreaming of #Chromatica, and it’s finally time to take off for the first live performance.” She joins previously announced performers BTS, Doja Cat, J Balvin, The Weeknd, Roddy Ricch, Maluma and CNCO.

The 2020 VMAs, hosted by Keke Palmer, air live on Sunday, Aug. 30 at 8 pm ET (and on tape-delay PT).

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* The Daily Show With Trevor Noah will expand to five nights the week of Monday, Aug. 17 and Monday, Aug. 24 to cover the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

* Bucket List Bistro, Fox’s digital cooking show hosted by Christy Carlson Romano (Even Stevens), will debut Thursday, Aug. 27 at 5 pm ET on Fox’s YouTube channel, Fox Now and Hulu.

* Netflix has unveiled a trailer for Young Wallander, which chronicles Detective Kurt Wallander’s first case. Swedish actor Adam Pålsson takes on the titular role, which was previously played by Kenneth Branagh in the BBC series. The new take premieres Thursday, Sept. 3.

* Netflix has released a trailer for Trinkets‘ second and final season, premiering Tuesday, Aug. 25:

Which of today’s TVLine Items pique your interest?

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How Ronda Rousey impressed dive instructor Paul de Gelder during Shark Week – Exclusive

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Yes, sharks have attacked humans, but as de Gelder explained, it’s most often a case of mistaken identity.

“If you go to the bottom of the ocean, and you look up and you see something swimming on the surface, it’s black — you’ve got a silhouette. Sharks are no different. They pick up on the flashing in the water from possibly a surfer. They’ll go up and investigate. You’ve got people that out spearfishing, carrying a bunch of dead and semi-dead shark food. We don’t often think, ‘These guys probably weren’t doing the exact right thing,'” said de Gelder. “You don’t go to Africa and not worry about lions and not take precautions. We know that there are dangerous animals in the ocean, not just sharks. We have to take responsibility for our actions and take every precaution we can if we want to stay safe.”

When it comes to de Gelder’s Shark Week endeavors, education is even more important than entertainment. 

“What I like to do in these shows is break down some of that fear. If I can overcome my greatest fear of sharks, demonstrate that these things are not trying to kill us, build some curiosity, and some respect instead of fear, that is basically everything that I’m trying to do,” he shared. “I get to work with all of these scientists and shark experts. I get to learn from them and bring out all of the knowledge in these people to provide to the audience. I’m just a conduit to information and overcoming fear. And I love that. It really does make my life much richer.”

Shark Week 2020 is airing on the Discovery Channel right now, and will conclude on Sunday, August 16.

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

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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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