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‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ star Sterling K. Brown boards ‘Black Panther’

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Just in case you weren’t already happy with the star-studded cast of Marvel Studio’s Black Panther, Sterling K. Brown, who we can expect to see win a Golden Globe this weekend for his portrayal of Christopher Darden in FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, has signed on to join the project as somewhat of an acquaintance to T’Challa.

According to an announcement from the studio, the Emmy-winning actor will play N’Jobu, a figure from Black Panther’s past. Not too familiar with that name? You shouldn’t be. After doing a little bit of research, I discovered that this character doesn’t exist anywhere within the comic books and was most likely created specifically for the upcoming movie. That shouldn’t necessarily change anything, though—this movie is destined to be great despite the origins of its characters.

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Brown joins an ensemble cast which includes Chadwick Boseman as the title character along with Michael B. Jordan, Forest Whitaker, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, and Florence Kasumba. Ryan Coogler is directing Black Panther from a screenplay he co-wrote with Joe Robert Cole. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is producing the project.

In Black Panther, T’Challa finds himself responsible for taking over the throne after the death of his father, which occurred during the events of Captain America: Civil War where Boseman made his infamous debut as the character who’s set out for revenge. With Coogler at the helm and an all-star lineup to help round things out, we can certainly expect quite the superhero film from Marvel thanks to nothing but great decisions on their end.

Black Panther will hit theaters next year on February 6, 2018.

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YouTube forced to remove ‘The Nun’ jump-scare ad after getting complaints from terrified users

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On Monday, YouTube announced that it had removed a video advertisement for The Nun, the upcoming next installment in The Conjuring franchise, for being in violation of their shocking content policy. However, it appears the ad in question only came to the video-sharing site’s attention after scaring the bejesus out of some very unsuspecting users.

“Warning! If you see an ad on YouTube with the volume sign being turned down and nothing else, it’s a jump-scare for The Nun movie coming out,” one Twitter user wrote last week. “I advise you look away and or turn down the volume if you have anxiety or just straight up hate jump-scares.”

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Just a few days later, the official Twitter account for Team YouTube responded to the tweet, which has been retweeted more than 136,000 times since Sunday, saying that the advertisement was no longer running on their ad network.

The ad isn’t gone altogether from YouTube, though, as it has been reuploaded to the platform by dozens of users, one of which says they were “shook” after seeing the six-second clip at 3 a.m. one night. It begins with a volume icon going up and down against a black background before a horrifying, shrieking demonic-looking nun appears out of nowhere.

If you’re brave enough, you can check out the ad for yourself below. Don’t say we didn’t warn you, though.

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Viola Davis leads Steve McQueen’s female-centric heist thriller in a riveting new ‘Widows’ trailer

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Regency Enterprises and 20th Century Fox have released the trailer for Widows, the star-studded thriller from director Steve McQueen which features an ensemble cast that includes the likes of Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Ervio, Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, and Daniel Kaluuya, among others.

Described as a “blistering, modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion, and corruption,” Widows follows four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Davis), Linda (Rodriguez), Alice (Debicki) and Belle (Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.

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“Steve was interested in doing his own version of a gangster film,” New Regency president and CEO Brad Weston told The Hollywood Reporter back in 2014 when the film was still in development. “It felt fresh to him to combine a contemporary, hard-hitting, very grounded gangster movie with four strong female characters. We loved it because that’s who Steve is. He sees things differently.”

Co-written by McQueen along with Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, Widows also stars Garrett Dillahunt, Carrie Coon, Jacki Weaver, Jon Bernthal, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Robert Duvall, and Liam Neeson. The film will open in theaters just in time for awards season on November 16.

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Laura Dern is in talks to join the star-studded cast of Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’ adaptation

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Greta Gerwig is looking to add yet another A-lister to her already star-studded cast for her upcoming adaptation of Little Women as THR reports Laura Dern, who recently picked up an Emmy nomination for her performance in HBO’s The Tale, is in talks to join the film.

It was announced earlier this summer that Gerwig would be stepping behind the camera once again to write and direct Little Women, which will reunite the actor-turned-filmmaker with two of her Lady Bird stars, Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet.

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The film, which also stars Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, and Florence Pugh, takes place in post-Civil War America and follows the lives of four sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March—and details their journey from childhood to womanhood.

The story is based on the novel of the same name written by Louis May Alcott and has been adapted into several feature films, the most popular being the 1994 version starring Winona Ryder, Christian Bale, Susan Sarandon, and Kirsten Dunst.

Amy Pascal is producing Little Women alongside Denise Di Novi and Robin Swicord. Andrea Giannetti will oversee the production for Columbia Pictures, who will release the film next Christmas on December 25, 2019.

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