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Nat Geo Fall Slate Includes ‘Akashinga: The Brave Ones,’ ‘Jade Eyed Leopard’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Nat Geo has set its slate for the fall season, Variety has learned exclusively.

Six natural history global series and specials will debut this fall. Those include the digital premiere of the documentary film “Akashinga: The Brave Ones” from three-time Academy Award winner James Cameron and director Maria Wilhelm. The film will debut on World Elephant Day on Aug. 12. The one-hour special “Jade Eyed Leopard” will debut Sept. 7 on Nat Geo WILD, with that special narrated by Jeremy Irons. Nat Geo WILD Fridays on National Geographic Channel will launch on Aug. 14 with the Season 4 premiere of “Savage Kingdom.”

The full slate can be viewed below.

“Visually spectacular cinematography that will take your breath away. Awe-inspiring narratives told from the animal’s perspective,” said Geoff Daniels, executive vice president of unscripted global entertainment for National Geographic Channels. “Exploring the hidden phenomena of our planet. These are all hallmarks of National Geographic natural history programming. By partnering with the best-in-class storytellers, we create thrilling onscreen experiences powered by cutting-edge visual technologies that move audiences around the world to fall in love with our planet.”

Nat Geo Fall Slate: 

AKASHINGA: THE BRAVE ONES
Commemorating World Elephant Day on August 12, Digital Release Across National Geographic Platforms — Akashinga.film, National Geographic’s YouTube Channel, Facebook, Instagram (From Executive Producer James Cameron and Directed by Maria Wilhelm)
With many of Africa’s key species, including elephants, heading toward extinction, Akashinga is a radical, new and highly effective weapon against poaching. Founded in Zimbabwe by former Australian special forces soldier and anti-poaching leader Damien Mander, the women-only team of rangers, drawn from the abused and marginalized, is revolutionizing the way animals are protected, communities are empowered — and its members’ own lives are being transformed. Mander’s innovative approach to conservation calls for community buy-in rather than full-on armed assault against poachers: If a community understands the economic benefits of preserving animals, then it will eliminate poaching without an armed struggle. Executive produced by three-time Academy Award winner James Cameron and directed by Maria Wilhelm, AKASHINGA: THE BRAVE ONES is a celebration of the courage, conservation and unorthodox thinking that’s leading to massive positive change.

SAVAGE KINGDOM

Three-week Event Premieres August 14, 9/8c (Icon Films)

In the epic fourth season of Emmy-nominated SAVAGE KINGDOM, narrated by Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones”), comes the eagerly awaited real-life drama from the heart of Mombo, Northern Botswana, where peace never lasts long, and power comes with a price. Since the tumultuous aftermath of the previous season, the Kingdom’s kings and queens return to purge the land of hyena rule and regain their rightful control. The worst drought in years has devastated the area, making it the perfect breeding ground for a warzone. The tables are turning; dominance is shifting; and every player in this “Game of Thrones” must fight not only to survive but to defend his or her rightful place in an ever-changing, cutthroat kingdom. As more lions, leopards and African wild dogs enter this bloody battlefield to fight for their share of the power, only the strongest and most audacious can be victorious. War is the heartbeat of the SAVAGE KINGDOM; the story of life is written in blood; power is everything; and there can be only one ruler … right?

THE REAL BLACK PANTHER
One-hour Special Premieres October 2, 10/9c (Symbio Studios)
The hot, dry, deciduous jungles of South India are no place for a melanistic leopard. But Saya is different. He is the only black panther in the entire Kabini Forest, and he’s got one thing on his mind: to take over and make this leopard paradise his own. But Scarface, the current ruler, won’t give it up easily. With one eye on his prey and the other on the ever-changing skies, Saya must befriend the sun and the clouds to master the shadows so that he can move unnoticed and hunt successfully. Between these trees lies an untold story — one that defies the laws of natural selection. Furthermore, it’s a story of astounding adaptability and success. Told in first-person narrative, this is the journey of Saya — the real black panther.

Premieres on Nat Geo WILD:

JADE EYED LEOPARD
One-hour Special Premieres September 7, 8/7c (Wildlife Films)
Her name is “Toto,” Swahili for small, with the most striking, bright, aquamarine eyes. She was born under a safari camp tent in the Maasai Mara in Kenya. JADE EYED LEOPARD, narrated by Emmy-nominated and Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons (“Watchmen”), reveals the first three years of Toto’s life as she learns the fundamental skills of survival and makes her passage to adulthood. World-renowned filmmakers, National Geographic Explorers-at-Large and big cat conservationists Dereck and Beverly Joubert uncover Toto’s tale with stunning perspective — shot in pristine 4K and seldom-before-seen thermal night vision views.

PHOTO ARK
Two-Part Event Special Premieres October 17 and October 24, at 10/9c (WGBH)
In the two-hour Photo Ark special, tag along with National Geographic photographer, Fellow and founder of the National Geographic Photo Ark Joel Sartore on his quest to use the power of photography to inspire people to save species at risk by photographing every species living in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries. He just recently documented the 10,000th species for the Ark, and he’ll go to great lengths to photograph thousands more, even if it means following a giant armadillo into a bathroom! Deep in the Amazon rainforest, Sartore dives underwater to photograph the largest resident of South America, the Amazonian manatee. Out of his wetsuit and armed with emergency oxygen and his camera, we follow Sartore 12,000 feet up to the Colorado Rockies just so he can photograph the American pika, a tiny relative of the hare.

MARCH OF THE POLAR BEARS (working title)
Two-hour Special Premieres December 20, 8/7c (Earth Touch USA)
As the Arctic changes faster than ever, a team of polar bear guides prepares for an epic journey: a first-ever attempt to follow polar bears traversing the sea ice of Hudson Bay. In this high-stakes, high-reward venture, the team documents the secret world of polar bears and the mysterious and disappearing realm that is the bears’ key to survival. Life on the ice is a critical time for these bears. It also remains undocumented, deemed too dangerous for humans to follow, hinted at only through aerial reconnaissance and satellite collar research. The team, armed with traditional ecological knowledge and the latest 4K camera technology, witnesses never-before-seen seal-hunting strategies and documents rapid adaptations to climate change, including whale predation and open-water hunting.

For National Geographic, Ashley Hoppin is executive producer for THE REAL BLACK PANTHER, JADE EYED LEOPARD, SAVAGE KINGDOM and PHOTO ARK. Breanna Hoepner is also executive producer for SAVAGE KINGDOM. Pamela Caragol is executive producer for MARCH OF THE POLAR BEARS. Betsy Forhan is executive producer for AKASHINGA: THE BRAVE ONES. Janet Han Vissering is senior vice president of natural history development and production. Geoff Daniels is executive vice president of global unscripted entertainment.

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Regina King (‘Watchmen’): ‘I’m honored to be part of storytelling that is unique and relevant’ [WATCH]

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Oscar winner and 3-time Emmy champ Regina King just added a fifth Emmy nomination to her resume this year for her lead role on HBO’s “Watchmen,” in which she plays Angela Abar (a.k.a. Sister Night), a Tulsa Police detective by day and nun’s habit and balaclava wearing crime-fighter by night.

“It’s really hard in the 21st century to do something unique, and something unique that also has subject matter that’s relevant,” King declares about HBO’s groundbreaking series, which leads all programs at the Emmys this year with a whopping 26 nominations. “I’m just honored to be able to be a part of storytelling that can do that.” Watch our exclusive video interview from before nominations with King above.

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“Watchmen” stars King alongside a powerhouse cast including Oscar and 3-time Emmy winner Jeremy Irons, Oscar and Emmy winner Louis Gossett Jr., 3-time Emmy winner Jean Smart, Emmy nominee Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Hong Chau and newly-minted first-time Emmy nominees Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Jovan Adepo. The series is set in an alternate reality Tulsa, Ok. in 2019, where an embattled police force wear masks to protect their identity, a nefarious white supremacist cult terrorizes the city, a group of officers assume alter-egos as they mete out vigilante justice and otherworldly forces threaten all of their very existence.

Emmy-winning writer/producer Damon Lindelof (“Lost” and “The Leftovers”) developed his take on “Watchmen” for TV, based on the 1987 DC Comics series and the earlier Zack Snyder-directed film. It contends in the limited series categories at the Emmys after contending as a drama at various awards earlier this year, because HBO re-classified it as a limited series after Lindelof decided not to proceed with a second season.

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“It’s funny because I did not read the comic book. I had not seen the film but I was told that when Damon reached out to me and said, ‘I’ve got something for us to do, something that I’ve written and I see you as this character, I’ll send it to you,’” King recalls, adding that she was even more excited to be given another opportunity to work with Lindelof after their recent collaboration on HBO’s “The Leftovers.”

“At that point, I didn’t know that Damon had this rule of not working in another project with the actor or whatever that he’s worked with before,” she explains about Lindelof rarely working with the same actors on different projects. “I am so grateful that I was able to break through that because “Watchmen,” playing Angela has been such an amazing experience for me.”

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When Does Selena Gomez’s Rare Beauty Launch?

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We’ve been waiting eagerly for more information on Selena Gomez’s new cosmetics company Rare Beauty and we finally have an official launch date: Rare Beauty will drop on Sept. 3.

Gomez took to her personal Instagram page on Aug. 4 to confirm the news with her followers and tease a photo from what looks like a Rare Beauty photoshoot. “I’m SO excited to finally share that @RareBeauty will be launching September 3rd only at @Sephora, @SephoraCanada, @SephoraMx and RareBeauty.com. I’ve had so much fun creating everything and can’t wait for y’all to try it all! I hope you love it as much as I do!” read her caption.

Since Gomez first announced she was working on her own makeup brand via Instagram back in February, fans (ahem, us) have been following along closely to learn more information about the secret project. She created an Instagram page dedicated to the soon-to-be company (which has gathered over one million followers), gave us a peek in her music video for “Boyfriend,” divulged in an interview that the foundation and concealer will include 48 shades, and shared a series of selfies experimenting with the makeup which has led us to firmly believe that a liquid eyeliner must be involved.

While there’s still no word on the exact products, we won’t have to wait much longer. Mark your calendars, because Rare Beauty’s launch is less than a month away.

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Woman Shares 20 Important Things People Should Know Before Marrying Someone

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How do you know when is the right time to marry your significant other? Do you wait until your third anniversary? Or do you pay off your student loans first? No, wait. Let’s just forget the latter and focus on this lifetime.

According to Twitter user @cxkenobxkerry, however, a much more important question we should be asking ourselves is if we really should marry them in the first place.

On July 23, she posted a thread titled ‘Don’t Get Married Before‘ where the woman listed all the things we should know about ourselves and our partner before we tie the knot with them. From religion to sexuality, @cxkenobxkerry listed questions, touching on a wide range of themes that should reveal whether two people are compatible or not.

As of this article, the thread has over 220K likes and 60K retweets, and some commenters are even suggesting additional questions as well. Continue scrolling, check it out and who knows, maybe it’ll provide you with some answers, too.

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Dr. Joshua Klapow, a clinical psychologist and host of the podcast The Kurre and Klapow Show, defines romantic compatibility as “the degree to which each person’s view of love, intimacy, and attraction (and the expression of these experiences) work together for mutual benefit.”

Susan Trombetti, matchmaker and CEO of Exclusive Matchmaking, expanded on this, saying that romantic compatibility happens when two people are “equally attracted to each other.” But more than feeling butterflies and being emotionally intimate, according to Susan, romantic compatibility happens when they’re both “on the same page about where you want the relationship to go.”

When it comes to romance, it’s all about the details, like doing activities the two of you can enjoy together. This gets to the heart of romantic compatibility the way Jessmina “Minaa B.” Archbold, psychotherapist, social worker, and author of Rivers Are Coming: Essays and Poems on Healing, defines it. For Archbold, romantic compatibility is when two partners respect each other and are interested in learning more about each other. “You don’t necessarily have to share the same interests,” Archbold told Elite Daily. “But it means caring enough to learn about each other in order to strengthen the relationship bond, while also learning about each other’s needs.”

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All of this doesn’t mean that opposites can’t attract one another. If one person is, for example, really interested in theater and the arts, and their partner is really immersed in sports and fitness, that doesn’t mean that they can’t be in a healthy, happy relationship. Opposites on the outside can attract, but similarities in values and morals on the inside are what’s necessary for a good match.

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