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Netflix: Meet the narrators of Explained season 2 – J.K. Simmons, Hilary Swank, Lakeith Stanfield

Explained is back on Netflix for a second season but which famous voices can we hear narrating this season’s episodes?

Despite the vast majority of its content arriving in the form of big-budget drama series, Netflix knows that to keep viewers hooked, it has to offer more.

As a result, in the past few years, we’ve seen a sharp increase in the number of shows that break the pattern that Netflix had been at risk of falling into.

One such show is the documentary series Explained which recently returned for a second season.

What is Explained?

Explained is a docu-series made in collaboration with Vox. It takes audiences through various events, entities and phenomena that either affects humanity today or could do so in the years to come.

We’ve seen everything from the future of meat, tattoos, cryptocurrency and even cricket explained during the series and to keep the show fresh for each episode, a new celebrity voice guides us through the topic of the episode.
Topics covered in season 2

After a surprisingly popular first season, that delved into everything from monogamy and the racial wealth gap to weed and extraterrestrial life, season 2 brings 10 new topics under the microscope.

In season 2, Explained examines cults, billionaires, animal intelligence, athleisure, coding, pirates, the next pandemic, the future of meat, beauty and diamonds.
Meet season 2’s narrators

Each episode is brought to life thanks to the help of a celebrity narrator and just as with season 1, there are some big names on the cast list for season 2.

Episode 1, September 26th – Cults – Lakeith Stanfield

Episode 2, October 3rd – Billionaires – Maggie Siff

Episode 3, October 10th – Animal Intelligence – Hilary Swank

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Hilary Swank to reprise PS, I Love You role on screen for sequel Postscript

Hilary Swank will reprise the role of Holly Kennedy in Postscript, the sequel to PS, I Love You.

Author Cecelia Ahern revealed the news that the second book in the series will be adapted for the big screen and once again star the Oscar-winning actress.

Speaking to Ryan Tubridy on RTE Radio 1, the best-selling author revealed that Swank had contacted her directly about returning for the role of Holly Kennedy.

“One of the first people to email me when she heard the news was Hilary Swank,” she said.

“She was so excited, she wanted to read the book and said ”I would love to support you in any way, shape or form’. Then she read the book and she said ”I want to make this movie’.”

PS, I Love You was published in 2004 when Cecelia was just 21 and she sold a million copies. The author has now reached sales of over 25 million in 50 countries and penned 12 books.

Postscript picks up with Holly seven years after the death of her husband Gerry. Speaking to the Sunday Independent recently, Cecelia said it was the hardest book she has ever had to write and was initially reluctant to write it.

“When I got the idea I was like ‘I’m still not going to do it’. But the idea wouldn’t go away,” she said.

“It kept growing and growing, and I heard the sentences in my head. And that’s when I know I need to write it. So I secretly wrote the first chapter to myself. Just to see how it was going to go. And I cried my eyes out. It really touched my soul, I was right back to when I wrote P.S. I Love You. I was right back in there.”

She said the process of writing Postscript was ‘intense’ because it brought her back to the time when she wrote PS, I Love You.

“And I think that was why writing Postscript was doubly so, not just because of the subject matter, but because it was so linked to my experience the first time. It kept bringing me back to who I was and how my life was and how things changed.”

PS, I Love You was adapted for the big screen in 2007 starring Swank and Gerard Butler. It was filmed across locations in Ireland.

Source: https://www.independent.ie

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Fatale Release Date Set for October 9, 2020

Lionsgate has set the Fatale release date for October 9, 2020 and will distribute the film via its Summit Entertainment label.

Fatale is a mind-bending, taut psychologically provocative thriller starring two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank, Michael Ealy, Mike Colter, Tyrin Turner and directed by Deon Taylor, who most recently helmed the summer sleeper hit The Intruder.

Fatale centers on a married man (Michael Ealy) who finds himself living a nightmare as he is relentlessly compromised, out-witted and morally manipulated by a mysterious woman (two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank) with whom he had a wild one night stand. How far will he go to save his marriage from his mistake?

Written and produced by David Loughery (The Intruder, Lakeview Terrace, Obsessed), the film is produced by Taylor’s Hidden Empire Film Group partner Roxanne Taylor and is executive produced by partner Robert F. Smith. Two-time Oscar nominee Dante Spinotti (L.A. Confidential, Heat) served as director of photography, marking his third collaboration with Taylor on Fatale.

Jason Constantine, Lionsgate’s President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, said previously: “We previously acquired Deon’s thriller Traffik, and when Damon Wolf came to Lionsgate on the heels of working with Deon, he mentioned we should keep our eye on Fatale. He could not have been more right. We are all big fans of Deon and are thrilled to have him back at Lionsgate. This film has the heat and erotic appeal of relationship-gone-wrong thrillers like Unfaithful, Fatal Attraction or Basic Insinct. Deon Taylor has delivered a morally complex and outstanding character-driven thriller with riveting performances by Hilary Swank and Michael Ealy.”

“Damon and I had the chance to work together on The Intruder, and like a character from this new movie, he became almost obsessed with this project,” Taylor added.” I can feel that energy and passion with the Lionsgate team and I’m excited to be working with Joe, and to be reunited with Damon, Jason and Eda and the whole entire Lionsgate film group.”

Source: https://www.vitalthrills.com

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Hilary Swank Thriller ‘Fatale’ Snapped Up By Lionsgate

Lionsgate has acquired North American and key foreign territories to Deon Taylor’s psychological thriller Fatale starring two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank, Michael Ealy, Mike Colter, and Tyrin Turner.

Fatale centers on a married man who finds himself living a nightmare as he is relentlessly compromised, out-witted and morally manipulated by a mysterious woman with whom he had a wild one-night stand. How far will he go to save his marriage from his mistake?

Written and produced by David Loughery (The Intruder, Lakeview Terrace, Obsessed), the film is produced by Taylor’s Hidden Empire Film Group partner Roxanne Taylor and is executive produced by partner Robert F. Smith. Time-time Oscar nominee Dante Spinotti (L.A. Confidential, Heat) served as DP, marking his third collaboration with Taylor on Fatale. Deadline exclusively announced Fatale last August.

Taylor was behind this past summer’s The Intruder, which grossed $37M WW off an $8M net cost before P&A.

“We previously acquired Deon’s thriller Traffik, and when Damon Wolf came to Lionsgate on the heels of working with Deon, he mentioned we should keep our eye on Fatale,” said Jason Constantine, Lionsgate’s President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions. “He could not have been more right. We are all big fans of Deon and are thrilled to have him back at Lionsgate. This film has the heat and erotic appeal of relationship-gone-wrong thrillers like Unfaithful, Fatal Attraction or Basic Insinct. Deon Taylor has delivered a morally complex and outstanding character-driven thriller with riveting performances by Hilary Swank and Michael Ealy.”

Said Taylor: “Damon and I had the chance to work together on The Intruder, and like a character from this new movie, he became almost obsessed with this project. I can feel that energy and passion with the Lionsgate team, and I’m excited to be working with Joe, and to be reunited with Damon, Jason and Eda and the whole entire Lionsgate film group.”

Source: https://deadline.com