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Killer Croc Won't Return in The Suicide Squad or Anywhere Else in the Dceu

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Killer Croc Won't Return in The Suicide Squad or Anywhere Else in the Dceu
James Gunn has reassembled The Suicide Squad for his own take on the supervillain legion, but while several key cast characters are returning, don't expect to see Killer Croc. In the original movie from 2016, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje played the scaly criminal, appearing alongside the likes of Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Viola Davis, Jared Leto, and more. Gunn has since unveiled a cast list for his follow-up movie as production has begun, but while many stars from the original were listed, Akinnuoye-Agbaje's name was not present. This obviously suggests the actor won't be returning as Killer Croc in The Suicide Squad or any other Dceu movie anytime soon, and Akinnuoye-Agbaje has confirmed he's not likely to reprise the role.

"I don't think I need to [do it again], to be honest. I did it, I enjoyed it, it bought me a Bentley and I will keep moving on,"Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje recently told Yahoo Movies UK.
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Drugi plan and Beta Film announce Amnesia, starring Tihana Lazović - Television - Croatia/Germany

The Croatian and German companies are partnering on a six-part drama series about refugee and drug trafficking on the border of Southeast Europe. Croatian outfit Drugi plan, which produced HBO Adria's first local-language series, Success, directed by Danis Tanović, and whose hit political drama series The Paper, directed by Dalibor Matanić, was the first show from the region to be picked up by Netflix, has announced that it is partnering with German distribution powerhouse Beta Film on a new show titled Amnesia. The six-part show will feature Success and The High Sun star Tihana Lazović and The Paper's Branka Katić and Aleksandar Cvjetković, and will be directed by experienced helmer Goran Gajić, who worked on two episodes of Oz in the early 2000s and numerous regional shows, including the hit series Vratiće se rode. The story will open with the 17-year-old son of a former mayor waking up from a.
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Film Review: Zellweger's Star Power Single-Handedly Saves Stale 'Judy'

Chicago – Even before I figured out my own sexuality, Judy Garland’s status as a gay icon was known to me. I wouldn’t understand why until much later in my life, but sure as the sky was blue, the city was emerald, and the brick road was yellow, I knew I was a friend of Dorothy. Heartbreakingly, “Judy” paints a bleak portrait of the star, but never takes a look at the bigger picture.

Rating: 3.0/5.0

For those not in the know about gay slang from the 1950s, a “friend of Dorothy” was a term used for Lgbt people to discreetly identify each other during a time when homosexuality was illegal. The Dorothy referenced is, of course, Judy Garland’s fabulous character from “The Wizard of Oz”. Although the term has faded from use in the past few decades, Judy’s status as a cultural figure in the gay community remains as strong as ever.
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Sam Smith, Rufus Wainwright, Ben Platt Talk Judy Garland’s Eternal Appeal

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Sam Smith, Rufus Wainwright, Ben Platt Talk Judy Garland’s Eternal Appeal
Judy Garland’s star power has never waned, and her light is shining especially bright ahead of the biopic “Judy,” which premieres today, with Renee Zellweger starring as the iconic performer.

Fifty years since her death, artists still look to the beloved “Wizard of Oz” star as a pinnacle of stardom. Indeed, her legendary performance of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” in “Oz” and her Oscar-nominated starring role in the 1954 film “A Star Is Born” arguably would have cemented her legacy on their own. And some 50 years after her death from an accidental drug overdose, her work and her story continue to resonate with millions of people. These stars, whose love for Garland’s work is well-documented, are just a few.

Sam Smith

Smith, who sings alongside Zellweger in the brand-new single “Get Happy” from the “Judy” soundtrack, said in a statement that they were first introduced to Garland when they were 17 years old.
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Oz: 10 Storylines That Were Never Resolved

HBO has built its reputation on stellar TV dramas like The Wire and Game of Thrones, but both shows owe a debt to Tom Fontana’s gritty prison drama, Oz; it was the one that started it all.

Like The Wire, Oz engaged with social issues around race, masculinity and the fatally flawed justice system; and like Game of Thrones, Oz was unpredictable. Characters came and went with wild abandon, often quickly going from key players in the ensuing drama to just another body on the mortuary slab. Danger lurked at every turn, and viewers learned not to get too attached to any of the complex characters on display. The worst imaginable thing could and quite often did happen.

Related: 10 Things You Never Knew About HBO

Oz was brilliant, but it wasn’t perfect. The show’s cancellation after six seasons and 56 episodes left plenty of questions unanswered.
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Method Man Joins ‘Waldo’ and Action-Thriller ‘Concrete Cowboys’

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Method Man Joins ‘Waldo’ and Action-Thriller ‘Concrete Cowboys’
Exclusive: Cliff “Method Man” Smith has added two high-profile features to his resume. The rapper-turned-actor recently wrapped Tim Kirkby’s forthcoming action-thriller Waldo and is set for the Ricky Staub-directed Concrete Cowboys starring Idris Elba and Caleb McLaughlin.

In Waldo, Smith will appear opposite Mel Gibson and Charlie Hunnam. The feature based on Howard Michael Gould’s novel Last Looks follows a disgraced Lapd detective (Hunnam), who’s spent the past three years living off the grid. He’s reluctantly pulled back into his old life by a former lover in order to solve the murder of an eccentric celebrity’s wife. Smith will play a rapper who is being investigated by Waldo (Hunnam). The film was adapted by Gould and also stars Morena Baccarin, Dominic Monaghan, Eiza Gonzalez, Clancy Brown, Lucy Fry and Jacob Scipio.

Deadline exclusively reported the announcement of Concrete Cowboys which is inspired by the real-life Fletcher Street Stables,
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David Zayas Joins Mel Gibson & Emile Hirsch In Emmett-Furla-Oasis’ ‘Force Of Nature’

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David Zayas Joins Mel Gibson & Emile Hirsch In Emmett-Furla-Oasis’ ‘Force Of Nature’
Exclusive: The Dexter actor will play John the Baptist in the Michael Polish-directed action pic Force of Nature about a gang of thieves who plot a heist during a hurricane, only to have a cop complicate events.

The pic is currently shooting in Puerto Rico. David Zayas joins Mel Gibson, Emile Hirsch, and Kate Bosworth, all of whom were previously announced.

Zayas’ character John the Baptist is part of the bank heist crew, described as a ruthless, cold guy who’ll stop at nothing to get what he wants, even if means sacrificing people on his team.

Zayas is a former New York police officer, and he began his acting career with LAByrinth Theater Company in 1992. His film credits include The Expendables, Michael Clayton, 16 Blocks, The Savages and Martin Scorsese’s Bringing Out the Dead. He can next be seen in Paramount Players’ Body Cam.

He played Angel
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‘BH90210’ Review: Head-Spinning Reboot Wins Points for Sheer Weirdness

‘BH90210’ Review: Head-Spinning Reboot Wins Points for Sheer Weirdness
BH90210 is a reunion of Beverly Hills 90210 in which most of the original stars of Beverly Hills 90210 play themselves as they try to mount… a reunion of Beverly Hills 90210. It would probably not make a list of the five weirdest TV revivals of all time, in part because most of those slots would go to Brady Bunch spin-offs (*). Nor is it even the first meta reunion of this type: One of the best Curb Your Enthusiasm seasons was similarly framed as Larry getting the Seinfeld cast back together for a sequel special.
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Australian films July scorecard: Unhealthy reliance on top titles

Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan.’

The box office results for the Australian films and feature docs released in cinemas this year underline yet again the deep polarisation in the indie film market between the higher earners and the also-rans.

The top five titles – Wayne Blair’s Top End Wedding, Shawn Seet’s Storm Boy, Anthony Marais’ Hotel Mumbai, Damon Gameau’s 2040 and Richard Lowenstein’s Mystify: Michael Hutchence – accounted for $15.8 million or 93 per cent of the Oz releases’ takings.

The Aussie films plus holdovers racked up nearly $17 million through the end of July, according to the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia.

That’s a long way below the $40.6 million generated in the same period last year, led by Peter Rabbit’s $26.6 million, Breath’s $4.4 million (finishing with $4.6 million) and Sweet Country’s $2 million.

Surveying the challenges facing the indie film business, Transmission FilmsAndrew Mackie tells If:
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New Trailer For Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s Directorial Debut ‘Farming’

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A new trailer for Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s directorial debut Farming has been released online by Lionsgate. The film premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, and will head to cinemas in October.

Based on his own life story, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s Farming charts the extraordinary journey of a young fostered Nigerian boy who, struggling to find an identity, falls in with a skinhead gang in 1980’s England.

Here’s the official synopsis:

At six weeks old, Enitan (Zephan Amissah) is left in the care of a white working- class family in the dock-town of Tilbury, in Essex. His new surrogate mother, Ingrid (Kate Beckinsale), makes for a complex, but dubious foster parent. Unsure of his place in the world, and lacking a mother’s love, desperate to belong the teenage Enitan (Damson Idris) spirals into self-destruction, falling in with a local skinhead gang led by Levi
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‘MasterChef Junior’ Renewed For Season 8 By Fox With Daphne Oz As Judge

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Fox has renewed Gordan Ramsay’s hit kids cooking competition series MasterChef Junior for an eighth season. Additionally, former The Chew co-host Daphne Oz is joining the reality competition series as a judge for Season 8.

In the new season, the pint-sized contestants will cook a meal for diners at a historical renaissance fair and size up against monster trucks at a motocross track. Ramsay’s daughter, Tilly Ramsay, also will return to the MasterChef kitchen for a donut contest. When all is said and done, one talented kid will be named America’s newest MasterChef Junior, taking home the trophy and $100,000 grand prize.

Oz is an Emmy-winning television host, New York Times-bestselling author, chef and entrepreneur focused on innovation in food and beverage, beauty, wellness, fashion and media. She was previously co-host of The Chew for six seasons, and is currently one of the co-hosts of The Dish on Oz,
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Rewatch: Lovers Walk

You're probably wondering why I'm writing about Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 3 Episode 8 today? We just finished Buffy the Vampire Season 3, so we should be moving on. (All reasonable questions.)

Through all the planning and writing, an episode had been missed in the rewatch. These things happen, but with this rewatch, no episode will be left behind!

So "Lovers Walk," this is for you. Let's get right into the rewatch.

"Lovers Walk" is a heartbreak episode. This is the pure definition of couple drama.

If there was a chance for a ship to hit rocky waters, they would find it here. Some broke up for good while others faced major hurdles that put them on a roller coaster ride they couldn't recover from.

Seriously, look at every couple that got brought up during "Lovers Walk." Buffy/Angel, Oz/Willow, Xander/Willow, Cordelia/Xander, Drusilla/Spike ... none of them survived beyond the season!
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Back to One, Episode 64: David Zayas

David Zayas has so many credits on television, in movies, and on the stage that it’s hard to believe he was also a New York City police officer for 15 years. He’s played a lot of fictional cops too, so many he’s lost count, but he says his career highlight was portraying Angel Batista for eight seasons on Showtime’s hit series Dexter. Before that he dabbled on the other side of the law, playing Enrique Moralez on the HBO drama Oz. He was an early member of the LAByrinth Theater company with Paul Calderone, John Ortiz, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman, […]
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Back to One, Episode 64: David Zayas

David Zayas has so many credits on television, in movies, and on the stage that it’s hard to believe he was also a New York City police officer for 15 years. He’s played a lot of fictional cops too, so many he’s lost count, but he says his career highlight was portraying Angel Batista for eight seasons on Showtime’s hit series Dexter. Before that he dabbled on the other side of the law, playing Enrique Moralez on the HBO drama Oz. He was an early member of the LAByrinth Theater company with Paul Calderone, John Ortiz, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman, […]
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Bo Report: ‘Toy Story 4’ works its magic as Damon Gameau’s ‘2040’ hits $1 million

Toy Story 4’ (Photo credit: Disney/Pixar).

The fourth installment in the Disney/Pixar Toy Story franchise has smashed the opening weekend record for an animated title worldwide, ending a run of sequels and reboots which audiences showed they did not want or need.

Directed by Josh Cooley, Toy Story 4 grabbed $244.5 million, beating Incredibles 2‘s $235.8 million, although the $120.9 million domestic debut was only the fourth biggest for the genre, trailing Incredibles 2 ($182 million), Finding Dory ($135 million) and Shrek the Third ($121 million).

It was a buoyant weekend in Oz as Toy Story 4 and Universal/Illumination’s The Secret Life of Pets sequel drew kids and families and fans of Indian cinema turned out for Kabir Singh and Shadaa.

However Child’s Play, the remake of the 1988 horror movie about a ghastly voodoo doll named Chucky, found few takers for Roadshow. Among the specialty releases, Sony’s Never Look Away
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Lance Reddick's 10 Most Badass Roles, Ranked

If you've been finding yourself saying, "Hey, it's that guy!" in the last few years, it's probably because you're seeing Lance Reddick on the screen. Having had major roles in gritty television dramas like The Wire, and Oz, along with playing parts in genre productions like Fringe and Lost, Lance Reddick has been a fixture of quality TV for some time now. That's all beginning to change as he branches out into more and more feature films, bringing his trademark charisma and presence to the big screen.

With his tall frame, shaved head, and cheekbones you could cut glass with, he has a distinctive look that makes him instantly memorable and recognizable. Known for playing police officers, secret service operatives, and figures of authority, he's most often seen in uniform or in a suit and tie. His commanding diction and piercing eyes make you pay attention to his character's part,
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‘City on a Hill’ Review: Boston-Set Crime Drama Runs on Wicked-Good Acting

An early episode of Showtime’s new Nineties-set Boston drama City on a Hill opens with two characters discussing the classic children’s book Make Way for Ducklings (set in Boston Public Garden) and the city’s 1980s school-busing controversy. The only way the series — produced, of course, by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, along with creator Chuck MacLean and the Oz duo of Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson — could more loudly declare its geographic bona fides would be for one of them to mention the time his buddy Sully
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ABC and Canada’s CBC announce creative and commercial collaboration

Hannah Gadsby.

The ABC and Canadian public broadcaster CBC have agreed to co-develop and co-produce drama, comedy, non-scripted and children’s programming.

The deal encompasses two new proposed TV projects for two to six-year-olds and eight to 14-year-olds, and the ABC’s acquisitions of CBC Kids’ original commission Big Blue and CBC co-productions Kiri and Lou and the upcoming Sinking Ship sci-fi series Endlings.

The Mou signed at the Banff World Media Festival builds on the existing relationship that includes CBC’s acquisition of the broadcast rights to ABC programs Ronny Chieng: International Student, Mustangs Fc, Hannah Gadsby’s Nakedy Nudes, Hannah Gadsby’s Oz and the format rights to the ABC’s original series You Can’t Ask That.

CBC’s version of the latter format launches on the CBC Gem streaming service in June.

The three-year Mou will also provide further opportunities for co-financing and format sales
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Canada’s CBC & Australia’s ABC Strikes Major Co-Development & Co-Production Deal – Banff

Canadian public broadcaster CBC and Australian public broadcaster ABC have struck a major deal to co-develop and co-produce drama, comedy, non-scripted and children’s programming.

The deal was unveiled at the Banff World Media Festival. It is a three-year agreement and builds on the fact that CBC has previously acquired ABC shows such as Hannah Gadsby’s Nakedy Nudes (above), Hannah Gadsby’s Oz and Mustangs Fc. CBC’s version of Australian format You Can’t Ask That is also launching on its Gem streaming service this month.

The two broadcasters will collaborate on English-language comedy, drama and factual content and will also co-develop children’s programming including two new series for 2 to 6-year-olds and 8 to 14-year-olds. ABC has previously acquired CBC’s Big Blue and are working together on co-productions Kiri and Lou and the upcoming Sinking Ship sci-fi epic Endlings.

“At a time when public broadcasters are competing
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‘Pose’ Casting Director on Importance of Finding ‘Ambassadors in the Ball Scene’

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Alexa Fogel was studying theater directing in college and working on an “off-off-Broadway” production, she recalls, when the casting director left mid-process and she “pieced it together.” Although may she joke that she fell into a career in casting in that moment, she ended up filling her resume with ground-breaking small screen series from “Oz” to “Atlanta” to “Pose.”

How do you choose projects at this point in your career?

I’m really devoted to material. That’s what it’s all about to me: character and storytelling, and that’s what motivates me. And as I’ve gotten older the other really important factor is who I’m working with. In the beginning you can’t make choices; you’re just trying to keep your head above water, but I was really fortunate. “Oz” was my first big job on my own, and I was working with Tom Fontana
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