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Lorde Is Writing a New Song For the New Hunger Games Soundtrack

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Singer-songwriter Lorde poses in the press room at the 2014 MuchMusic Video Awards at MuchMusic HQ Sonia Recchia—Getty Images

The 17-year-old powerhouse fits in the film's strong, young, female image

Lionsgate announced that 17-year-old Lorde will not only write the first single for the next Hunger Games installment, but she will curate the soundtrack for it as well.

Lorde will hand-pick the artists who appear on the Mockingjay — Part 1 album, which will be available from Republic Records this fall. The film is set to premiere in the U.S. on November 21.

The Grammy-winning musician, whose single “Royals” went quadruple platinum, is certainly the right demographic for the franchise, which focused on powerful, young, female lead Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence).

“I sat down with Lorde on the set of Mockingjay this spring and I was immediately struck by how she so innately understood what we, as both fans and filmmakers, were trying to accomplish with the film,” said director Francis Lawrence in a statement. “Her immense talent and keen understanding of Mockingjay’s characters and themes not only have enabled her to create a song of her own that completely captures the film’s essence, but her insight and passion for our project make her the perfect creative force to assemble the other songs on our soundtrack.”

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Alicia Keys Pregnant With Her Second Child

The announcement was made on Instagram

Alicia Keys and her husband Swizz Beatz announced via Instagram on Thursday that they’re expecting a second child.

Beatz posted a photo with his clearly pregnant wife with the birthday message: “Happy Anniversary to the love of my life @therealswizzz !! And to make it even sweeter we’ve been blessed with another angel on the way!! 🎊🎉🎊🎉 You make me happier than I have ever known! Here’s to many many more years of the best parts of life! 😍☺️😘”

The couple already has a three-year-old son named Egypt.

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Jamie Foxx Will Reportedly Play Mike Tyson in Upcoming Biopic

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Jaime Foxx performs during the grand opening celebration at The Chandelier Room at W Hoboken Dimitrios Kambouris—Getty

Jamie Foxx has been cast to play Mike Tyson, one of the most polarizing modern sports figures, in an untitled biopic, Variety reports. Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter is set to write the film.

Although details are sparse, Tyson certainly has a wealth of biographical details to mine, including but not limited to: his rise and fall as a heavyweight champion, his six years in jail on rape charges, the Holyfield ear-biting incident, the tragic death of his daughter, his bankruptcy, and his re-entry into pop culture.

This wouldn’t be Foxx’s first foray into boxing films. The actor, who will appear next in the Annie reboot, played Muhammad Ali’s corner man in Ali.

[Variety]

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Watch Brian Williams Pull The Ultimate Dad Move When Announcing His Daughter’s Peter Pan Casting

Adorable. Embarrassing.


Brian Williams: News anchor, amateur rapper, embarrassing dad.

Wednesday night, Williams reported his daughter, Allison Williams, was cast in NBC’s Peter Pan, the network’s first live musical since the ratings-pulling Sound of Music.

“The actress and singer is currently in the cast of Girls on HBO,” Williams said, unable to stop himself from putting an image of a young Allison in a Peter Pan costume on screen, adding, “Family members confirm she has been rehearsing for this role since the age of three, and they look forward to seeing her fly.”

Embarrassing. Adorable. If only he had made the announcement while rapping.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal: “I Relate to Panic”

She also understands (a bit) actresses who don't embrace feminism

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In Maggie Gyllenhaal’s crackling new series, The Honorable Woman, she plays a high profile business executive with dealings in Israel and Gaza. So…..pretty topical. Her character, Nessa Stein, sleeps in an ultra secure fingerprint-operated panic room. Gyllenhaal doesn’t have one of those but says she understands panic.

“The panic comes when you think you’re supposed to be someone you can’t possibly be,” Gyllenhaal, 36, said during an interview with Time for the 10 Questions page. Just as her character goes from someone who’s “expected to be extraordinary and remarkable all the time” but comes unglued as the series progresses, she feels pressure to perform herself, to be what others expect her to be.

“I feel like so much of my 30s has been that performance not working any more,” she says. Gyllenhaal also talked about what she doesn’t want to talk about: who’s right and who’s wrong in the Israeli-Gaza conflict and her disappointment in President Obama. She also shared her nuanced feelings about feminism. “I do sometimes take issue and have almost all my adult life with the kind of old-school feminism that cuts out the complicated gray areas,” she says, like when people are considered “difficult” instead of as “creative.”

The Honorable Woman airs Thursday nights on Sundance. Gyllenhaal’s interview can be read in full by subscribers in this week’s issue of Time.

 

 

 

 

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REVIEW: The Honorable Woman

Maggie Gyllenhaal - in the SundanceTV original series "The Honorable Woman" - Photo Credit: Des Willie
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Maggie Gyllenhaal is captivating in a twisty Middle East espionage thriller with timely--and timeless--themes.

They say that timing is everything in comedy. Turns it out it matters in drama as well.

Premiering July 31 on Sundance TV, The Honorable Woman would be an absorbing espionage thriller any time it aired. But given the current headlines, it’s hard not to notice the subject matter: a story of crime and betrayal rooted in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It’s not eerily prescient or ripped from the headlines: rather, its themes of suspicion, deceit and frustrated good intentions allow it to tell a story that’s both topical and eternal.

The title character is Nessa Stein (Maggie Gyllenhaal), the British daughter of an Anglo-Jewish family whose father–a businessman who dealt weapons to Israel–was murdered before her eyes when she was a little girl. She’s grown to inherit the family business, but despite or because of her history of loss (much of her family died in the Holocaust), she’s turned its efforts toward peace–specifically, bringing fiber-optic wiring to Gaza to promote economic growth and fight the poverty in which terrorism thrives. As the miniseries begin, she has been rewarded for her efforts by being named a baroness, with a seat in the House of Lords.

A noblewoman, with noble intentions. But it becomes clear that it’s hard to carry them out without compromise, and being compromised; the process of cutting deals means alienating powerful people in the region and working against–and with–untrustworthy characters. Very quickly, she finds herself enmeshed in blowback: the suspect death of a business associate sets off a twisty plot, involving MI5 (Stephen Rea and Janet McTeer are excellent as agents and antagonists), suggesting threats lurking in every shadow, and revealing that Nessa herself hides secrets that make her deeply vulnerable.

Though the deliberate pace and cool tone recall classic British spy fiction (the series is a coproduction with the BBC), Honorable Woman is also very much in the mold of modern paranoid TV thrillers, where twists and reversals are interlaced like patterns in a carpet. But it prefers tension to explosions. Writer-director Hugo Blick deals out story relentlessly but makes time for conversations and silences that allow the excellent cast to reveal that their characters are more than they seem at first. Gyllenhaal is remarkable, playing Nessa as both person and persona, an accomplished woman who’s learned to keep a room-temperature face even when she’s melting down internally; only gradually do we learn how much of herself she’s lost in the interest of her cause. But the show has a vast bench: Igal Naor as a wily family counsel; Andrew Buchan as Nephra’s brother Ephra, hiding his own secrets; Lubna Azabal as Nessa’s nanny and friend, who shares crucial history with her.

Though the lavish production jumps between settings and countries (and the script skips nimbly through time), this is still a Middle Eastern story told from a distinctly British standpoint. But this remove ultimately helps it. What works about The Honorable Woman is how well its particular story and larger themes echo each other: trust and mistrust, hope and disappointment, resentment and revenge, repeating for generations.

I’m being cagey about the particulars of this story–who does what to whom and for what reasons–because this is a thriller, and discovering that is the thrill. But what makes The Honorable Woman more than a yarn is how, through these surprises, it tells you what you unfortunately already know, and are reminded whenever you turn on the news. In the first episode, an interviewer sparring with Nessa about her peace efforts on a radio show cuts down her lofty goals thus: “When it comes to the history of the Middle East, it never ends well for idealists, does it?” Timing, my friends, timing.

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