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Kaitlyn Dever, Will Poulter Join Michael Keaton in Hulu’s ‘Dopesick’ Limited Series

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Hulu has tapped an impressive cast to headline its limited series Dopesick, based on Beth Macy’s book about the U.S. opioid crisis. Unbelievable‘s Kaitlyn Dever and Midsommar‘s Will Poulter are joining Michael Keaton in the Dopesick cast, which also features Peter Sarsgaard.

Deadline reports that Kaitlyn Dever and Will Poulter have been set as series regulars opposite Michael Keaton and Peter Sarsgaard in Dopesick, Hulu’s eight-episode limited series based on Beth Macy’s nonfiction book of the same name which investigates the opioid crisis that has spread across America.

Written by Danny Strong and directed by Barry LevinsonDopesick is described as “an ambitious, harrowing and compelling look into the epicenter of America’s struggle with opioid addiction. It takes viewers from a distressed Virginia mining community to the hallways of the DEA and the opulence of ‘one percenter’ Big Pharma Manhattan. The unsparing yet deeply human portraits of the various affected families and their intersecting stories hold up a mirror to where America is right now, while shining a hopeful light on the heroes battling the worst drug epidemic in American history.” The project comes from The Handmaid’s Tale executive producer Warren Littlefield and Touchstone Television.

Dever will play Betsy, a “proud” female coal miner and patient of Keaton’s Dr. Finnix, who has a close relationship with her doctor, which is tested with the release of a new painkiller. Poulter plays Billy, a sales rep for Purdue Pharma hired to help launch the new painkiller drug OxyContin.

With a cast of awards darlings both rising — Dever earned Golden Globe and BAFTA nods for her role in Unbelievable, while Poulter has become a staple of indie genre hits — and established like Keaton and Sarsgaard, it’s clear that Hulu is aiming to make Dopesick its next awards season contender. The creative team behind the series is also very impressive, with an Emmy-winning writer in Danny Strong (Recount) and an Oscar-winning director in Barry Levinson (Rain Man). Strong and Levinson are executive producing Dopesick with Keaton, John Goldwyn, Littlefield via the Littlefield Company, Macy and Karen Rosenfelt.

The opioid crisis has long been overdue a prestige drama addressing it, as films and TV have made allusions to the crisis that has taken hold of the U.S. in recent decades, but few have tackled it head-on in scripted form. It’s for sure a heavy subject, but one that this team and cast can probably do justice.

Dopesick is set to premiere on Hulu in 2021.

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World Breastfeeding Week: Hilary Duff pumped breast milk while getting hair and makeup done in her trailer

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Breastfeeding is considered an unequaled way of providing ideal nutrition to an infant for the first year of life. It is known to keep health complications in the mother and child at bay. Even though it is considered one of the best ways to raise a newborn, the conversation around breastfeeding continues to be one riddled with stigma. Thankfully, in recent times, celebrities, people in positions of power and influencers have taken it upon themselves to normalize the tone around breastfeeding by sharing photos and personal accounts of their experiences on social media. This has not only encouraged people around the globe to strengthen their voices but the shame and taboo around it has begun to fade. 

Hilary Duff, who welcomed her second baby, Banks Violet Bair, in 2018, shared a detailed account of breastfeeding and pumping breast milk. Like most mothers, she’s glad she could give Banks that crucial start to life but with time, her interest in feeding faded, which resulted in a drop in milk supply. This was not a very reassuring feeling for Hilary who said it felt like she was a complete “failure.” Breastfeeding can have that impact, especially when one goes from pumping milk at work for the first six months to needing a break from all of this. 

“Pumping at work sucks. I had zero down time and am usually pumping in a hair and make up trailer while four hands work to get me ready for the next scene with lots of other people around. Even if I had the luxury to be in my own room, it’s not even considered a “break” because you have to sit upright for the milk to flow into the bottles,” she wrote in her Instagram post and added that what added to the situation was the aggressive machine that would tug at her nipples while making an annoying sound. 

On the surface, it sounds like she was “complaining,” but the actress admitted to it being one of the most enjoyable moments of her life. “Felt so lucky to be so close to her and give her that start. I know many women are not able to and for that I am sympathetic and very grateful that I could. For six wonderful months,” Hilary elaborated and encouraged mothers to continue to feel like rockstars because that is what they are.

As the world celebrates Breastfeeding Week from August 1 to 7, let’s ensure that it is one of the pure moments that one can experience as a mother. And that is exactly why there needs to be an understanding the breastfeeding in public spaces or having a conversation about it at a coffee shop is perfectly normal. This campaign is to raise awareness about breastfeeding and how it can work wonders for the mother and the newborn.

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Lily Collins has announced she is engaged to Charlie McDowell

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Lily Collins has announced she is engaged to film director Charlie McDowell.

The actress, 31, took to Instagram to share the happy news and posted shots of the proposal on Friday.

The Les Miserables star who is the daughter of Phil Collins and Jill Tavelman, has reportedly been dating director McDowell for a year.

Writing on Instagram she said: “I’ve been waiting my lifetime for you and I can’t wait to spend our lifetime together…”



Collins is best known for her work in films such as Mirror Mirror and Love, Rosie, while McDowell has directed films including The One I Love and The Discovery.

The couple have recently been documenting their road trips on Instagram.


Celebrating McDowell’s birthday in July during a camping trip in northern California, Collins wrote on Instagram: “Today it’s your birthday and yet I feel like I’m the lucky one. You’re a true gift of a human @charliemcdowell. An incredible boyfriend and the best dog dad to @redforddog.

“You’ve opened my eyes and deepened my heart. You constantly inspire me to dream big and go outside of my comfort zone.

“Every day is an adventure with you and I can’t wait to explore more of the world together (when we can). I love you so much…”

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Queen of Quarantine Nancy Meyers Is Back with Father of the Bride Part 3 (Ish)

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What’s that sound? That’s the weakling Godfather: Part III being buried in the ground by the new Threequel Supreme, Father of the Bride Part 3 (ish), written and directed by none other than American cinema’s most radical vanguard, Nancy Meyers. On September 22, Netflix teased a “very special virtual event” by the Father of the Bride cast, including Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Kieran Culkin, and Martin Short. We blithely assumed this meant another run-of-the-mill Zoom-facilitated cast reunion, the likes of which have been oh-so-common these past few months. But we should not have dismissed Nancy so. On September 25, Meyers published an essay in the New York Times in which she admits that the “pandemic brought me back to being a writer,” as she imagined how the Father of the Bride characters would be handling the outbreak. She wrote a screenplay for a three-quel that could be filmed remotely, got the original cast on board, and sent everyone lighting equipment, microphones, and iPhones. So on September 25 at 6 p.m. ET, you can watch Father of the Bride Part 3 (ish) as it premieres on Netflix’s Youtube channel. It’s a project by a filmmaker at the height of her experimental powers, responding to the times. Yet another reason why she’s the Queen of Quarantine.

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