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Benedict Cumberbatch to Star in Warner Bros.’ Jungle Book

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Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the Legendary Pictures preview and panel during Comic-Con International 2014 at San Diego Convention Center on July 26, 2014 in San Diego, California. Albert L. Ortega—Getty Images

From Sherlock Holmes to Shere Khan

The Warner Bros.’ version of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book has snagged Benedict Cumberbatch as its first voice lead.

Cumberbatch will voice Shere Khan, the man-eating tiger and villain of the Kipling tale, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Andy Serkis—famed for his motion capture that brought the Lord of the Rings‘ Gollum to life—is making his directorial debut with the movie.

The Jungle Book, based on the Kipling short stories, follows the orphaned Mowgli, who is raised by wolves and befriends Baloo the bear and Bagheera the black panther.

A separate Disney adaptation of the The Jungle Book with Idris Elba as Shere Khan and Jon Favreau directing, meanwhile, is set for release in 2015.

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TIME viral

Watch President Obama Sing Ariana Grande’s “Problem” (Sort Of)

With special cameos from Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner

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He already sang “Fancy,” so really, it was only a matter of time until Obama took on “Problem” — you know, the other song of the summer.

Behold, the latest work from the genius known as baracksdubs, who splices together snippets from Obama’s speeches to make it sound like he’s singing pop songs.

Barry O. does all the singing, of course, but watch out for special appearances from Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner, both of whom really add an extra something special here.

TIME Video Games

This Is What Happens When Jimmy Fallon Plays Goldeneye 007 with Pierce Brosnan

Hint: It does't go well for Mr. Brosnan.

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Want to see Jimmy Fallon square off with James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan (playing as his digital Bond-ian self) in Nintendo’s Goldeneye 007? Wish granted for roughly two minutes if you click the video above.

It’s weird watching someone like Brosnan, who I’m guessing isn’t a routine gamer, play a game like Goldeneye 007 on national TV. And that’s the point: It gives you little sense of what it’s like to play a fan-beloved game plenty would call Rare’s magnum opus, but then you’re watching to see how merciless a relatively serious gamer like Fallon’s going to be (relatively merciless), whether Brosnan’s going to be a good sport about it (a very good one), and what the audience is going to make of Fallon’s trademark sputtering and faux-obsequiousness.

Why was Brosnan on Fallon last night? To talk up his new film, The November Man, a spy flick about an ex-CIA agent drawn into the thick of an agency coverup.

TIME celebrity

Rachel Dratch Remembers Don Pardo, the Voice of SNL

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Every SNL actor that had the honor of having his or her name announced by Don Pardo – the Don Pardo! – on the night of their very first show, will tell you: it remains the “Pinch Me” moment for us all. And the thrill of it went way beyond the first show. Don Pardo IS the voice of SNL and by this I mean from the time I would watch as a kid, staying up too late for the very first season, to the time I found myself lucky enough to be on the show hearing that voice saying my name.

Don Pardo, who died Monday at the age of 96, was the consummate professional, lending his trademark voice to the show well into his 90’s. But beyond that, he was a sweet man who provided a positive aura even if you just walked by him in the hallway during that pre-show frenzy. He was happy to share anecdotes about the old days. Once I asked him if he was from Boston because I thought I heard a little somethin’ in one of his words, and he laughingly said “Oh no! Did you hear it? I spent years trying to get rid of that!” “Really?” “Oh sure! Years! In broadcasting you had to have no accent whatsoever!”

I just read that Lorne brought him on as a straight-laced counterpoint (because of his “serious announcer” voice) as the perfect complement to the wackiness of the show. I had never thought of it that way but it’s true. His voice had a way of representing the grown-up in the living room while the kids were goofing off in the basement. But rather than yelling “You kids keep it down!” his voice seemed to be yelling down the basement stairs “You kids keep it up! I love it!”

Rachel Dratch was a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1999 – 2006.

TIME Music

The Video for Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” Is Finally Here

And it has a lot of twerking in it

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After weeks of teasers and promos and think pieces, Nicki Minaj has at last dropped the video for her track “Anaconda.”

The video (above) is a little NSFW — depending on where you work — but that’s not at all surprising for anyone who’s familiar with Minaj’s music. Featuring loads of twerking, sexual references and a cameo from Drake, the video for “Anaconda” is Minaj’s tribute to all the women who “ain’t missing no meals,” while also denouncing all “the skinny bitches in the club.” (It’s also sure to spawn countless articles on any and all of the following: female sexuality; sexual objectification; sexual objectification in hip-hop; and race.)

The track, which was released as a single on Aug. 4 and hit number one in iTunes shortly afterwards, takes its title from Sir Mix-a-lot’s “Baby Got Back,” which is also sampled in the song. “Ananconda” marks the second single from Minaj’s upcoming album The Pinkprint.

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Mark Wahlberg Could Be Starring in a Movie About the BP Oil Spill

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Mark Wahlberg is seen on the set of 'Ted 2' on August 08, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Stickman/Bauer-Griffin—GC Images

He would play the part a manager who rescues his crew members

Mark Wahlberg may be offered a role in a forthcoming movie based off of the 2010 BP oil spill. Deepwater Horizon will be directed by J.C. Chandor for Liongate’s Summit Entertainment, industry news site Deadline Hollywood reports.

The Hollywood Reporter also says that Wahlberg is in talks with Lionsgate, and says the parties have not begun negotiating a deal.

The movie, which will be a dramatization of a New York Times article entitled Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour, details the 48-hours leading up to and shortly after the disaster, Deadline Hollywood reports.

The BP oil rig exploded off Louisiana’s coast in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 people and injuring 16 others, in what is considered the worst marine oil spill in history.

Wahlberg, who recently played in Lorenzo di Bonaventura’s Transformers: Age of Extinction, would star as a manager who tries to rescue his crew after the rig explosion. The film will be produced by di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian and is set to begin production by the summer of 2015.

TIME NFL

5 Best Reactions to the NFL’s ‘Pay-to-Play’ Superbowl Halftime Scheme

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Fireworks light up MetLife Stadium at the end of the halftime show of Super Bowl XLVIII between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos on Feb. 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. John Moore—Getty Images

Based on no scientific rubric at all

The National Football League is planning to introduce at least one significant change to its halftime show at the Superbowl: in order to perform, superstar acts will pay for the privilege.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the league is considering three acts for its next halftime extravaganza in early 2015: Katy Perry, Rihanna and Coldplay. But unlike in previous years, these performers have been asked to shill out dough in the form of post-Super Bowl tour income or another “financial contribution.”

The news was not received well in some quarters, but some met it with more humor than others. And so, we bring you: the 6 best reactions on Twitter to the NFL’s new “pay to play” scheme, based on no scientific rubric at all and entirely on this writer’s whim.

 

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Taylor Schilling to Star Opposite Peter Dinklage in Off-Broadway Play

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Women's prison meets Westeros

Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage and Orange Is the New Black star Taylor Schilling will team up to star in a 2015 Off-Broadway production of Ivan Turgenev’s A Month in the Country.

Dinklage will portray Mikhail Rakitin, the friend and unrequited admirer of Schillings’ Natalya, the bored wife of a landowner. Dinklage’s wife, Erica Schmidt, will direct, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Given that Peter Dinklage and Taylor Schilling’s shows are set in the coldly unforgiving world of Westeros and the often ruthless environment of Litchfield Prison, respectively, it seems they’ll be able to lend some interesting perspective to the 19th century Russian material.

The play will run from January 9 to February 15 next year, at the Classic Stage Company in Manhattan’s East Village.

TIME Television

The Real Wolf of Wall Street Is Co-Writing a TV Show

Jordan Belfort is co-writing a show about the excesses of Wall Street

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The man behind the Academy Award winning movie The Wolf of Wall Street is co-writing a TV show based on the excesses of Wall Street in the 1980s.

Jordan Belfort, the man on which the movie is based, is writing the show with Rush Hour director Brett Ratner and Australian billionaire James Packer. Belfort told The Australian that “The idea was to come up with a show about that period with really interesting characters.”

Aside from writing this TV show, Belfort is also a motivational speaker and author.

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Watch Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul Reunite in the Hilarious ‘Barely Legal Pawn’

Oh, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus is there too

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It’s been a long, cold 11 months since Breaking Bad aired its final episode, but stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul have finally reunited for a lengthy Emmys promo-cum-Audi commercial — and they brought Veep‘s Julia Louis-Dreyfus along for the ride.

For all intents and purposes, the sketch is basically the brightest timeline version of Breaking Bad, wherein Walter White and Jeese Pinkman abandon their meth empire and instead open up a pawn shop while running an adorable side-business in the back of their shop. They spend their days pretending not to recognize celebrities when Hollywood A-listers show up in their store and making inside jokes about the relative merits of various Emmy awards. It’s probably for the best that Vince Gilligan didn’t go that route, but now he’s got at least one idea if Better Call Saul! doesn’t pan out.

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