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Brie Larson Lends Voice To VR Series ‘Space Explorers: A New Dawn’

Before Brie Larson blasts off into space in Marvel’s forthcoming Captain Marvel, she’ll be taking another intergalactic adventure in the virtual reality series Space Explorers: A New Dawn.

DEADLINE — The Academy Award-winning actress will narrate the first two episodes of the VR series from Felix & Paul Studios. Produced in conjunction with Facebook’s Oculus with participation from NASA, Space Explorers made its world premiere earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival.

“I am in awe of the NASA astronauts and their incredible commitment to the rigorous training required for their extremely challenging missions,” said Larson in a statement. “Narrating the Space Explorers virtual reality series was a unique opportunity and gave me an intimate appreciation for these real-life superheroes and the sacrifices they make on behalf of our country, the field of space exploration and the scientific community.”

The VR series is an experiential virtual reality series about the new age of space exploration. Viewers witness firsthand the lives of both new and veteran NASA astronauts including Sunita Williams, Jeanette Epps, Victor Glover, Michael Gernhardt and Jessica Meir as they navigate the trials and sacrifices of their training and missions. The series explores (hence the title) the dynamics of camaraderie among space programs around the world and the collaboration between public and private space agencies and highlights the latest advancements and plans for deep space exploration.

Space Explorers: A New Dawn was directed by Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaël and is currently available on the Oculus store.

Brie Larson to be honored with the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film

Brie Larson to be honored with the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film

Women in Film Los Angeles unveiled this year’s honorees for the Women In Film Crystal + Lucy Awards. The annual benefit gala, which supports WIF LA’s educational and philanthropic programs and its advocacy for gender parity for women in the industry, will take place on June 13 at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

Academy Award-winning actress Brie Larson will be honored with the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film. During the gala they will also honor President of ABC Entertainment Channing Dungey will receive the Lucy Award for Excellence in Television.  Love, Simon star and X-Men‘s Storm Alexandra Shipp will be honored with The Women in Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award. The Grammy Award-winning songwriting and production team NOVA Wav, consisting of Denisia “Blu June” Andrews and Brittany “Chi” Coney, will get the The Women In Film Artistic Excellence Award.

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Disney eyeing Brie Larson for Snow White Spin-off Red Rose

Disney eyeing Brie Larson for Snow White Spin-off Red Rose

Disney Film Facts — Disney has approached Academy Award winner Brie Larson for the title role of the studios long in development live-action fairy tale spinoff Rose Red,

The story is to be set after Snow White takes a bite from the poisonous apple and falls into her “Sleeping Death” towards the end of the original story. This causes Snow White’s sister Rose Red to set off on a journey with the seven dwarfs to find a way to break the curse and bring Snow White back to life. The project doesn’t have a director attached at this time, but the studio is currently searching.

Rose Red is a character that appeared in Grimms’ fairy tales in an adventure that had no relation to the more well-known Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs fairy tale that inspired the classic Disney animated film.

The project started as an original script by Justin Merz (The Boxcar Children), which was envisioned as a stand-alone movie. Screenwriter Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman, Tomb Raider) came up with a different take described as a “companion piece” that sticks closer to the original animated movie. Kristin Gore (SNL) completed the most recent draft of the script. Tripp Vinson who is producing Disney’s Prince Charming is on board to produce.

Marvel Cinematic Universe’s 10th Anniversary Class Photo

Marvel Cinematic Universe’s 10th Anniversary Class Photo

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, stretching back to the release of the original Iron Man. To celebrate, the MCU assembled just about every superhero who’s ever been involved in the franchise for one epic class photo.

About 80 actors and filmmakers gathered in Atlanta on Oct. 7, 2017, to celebrate the anniversary and strike a pose. All the core Avengers — including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner — were there, along with newcomers like Michelle Pfeiffer (who’ll appear in this year’s Ant-Man and the Wasp as Janet Van Dyne) and Brie Larson (who’ll be debuting as Captain Marvel in 2019).

Here’s the full list of actors who were in attendance: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Rudd, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pratt, Chadwick Boseman, Brie Larson,  Jeremy Renner, Tom Holland,  Sean Gunn, Hannah John-Kamen, Zoe Saldana, Angela Bassett, Jon Favreau, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kurt Russell, Danai Gurira, William Hurt, Karen Gillan, Emily VanCamp, Tessa Thompson, Don Cheadle, Dave Bautista, Michael Peña, Anthony Mackie, Evangeline Lilly, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Frank Grillo, Letitia Wright, Laurence Fishburne, Linda Cardellini, Sebastian Stan, Ty Simpkins, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hayley Atwell, Pom Klementieff, Benedict Wong, Michael Rooker, Vin Diesel, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson, and Jeff Goldblum.

And here’s the filmmakers and executives: Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Stan Lee, Scott Derrickson, Trinh Tran, Alan Taylor, Brad Winderbaum, Louis Letterier, Jon Watts, Sarah Finn, James Gunn, Joe Russo, Anthony Russo, Joss Whedon, David Grant, Mitchell Bell, Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, Jeffrey Ford, Peyton Reed, Jonathan Schwartz, Stephen Broussard, Ryan Coogler, Jeremy Latcham, Nate Moore, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Taika Waititi, Erik Carroll, Ryan Meinerding, and Craig Kyle.

Marvel also released video footage of the day (above), which follows the stars as they chat with MCU head Kevin Feige, shake hands with Stan Lee, and basically just geek out.

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TimesUP: Powerful Hollywood Women Unveil Anti-Harassment Action Plan

TimesUP: Powerful Hollywood Women Unveil Anti-Harassment Action Plan

Driven by outrage and a resolve to correct a power imbalance that seemed intractable just months ago, 300 prominent actresses and female agents, writers, directors, producers and entertainment executives have formed an ambitious, sprawling initiative to fight systemic sexual harassment in Hollywood and in blue-collar workplaces nationwide.

The initiative includes:

  • A legal defense fund, backed by $13 million in donations, to help less privileged women — like janitors, nurses and workers at farms, factories, restaurants and hotels — protect themselves from sexual misconduct and the fallout from reporting it.
  • Legislation to penalize companies that tolerate persistent harassment, and to discourage the use of nondisclosure agreements to silence victims.
  • A drive to reach gender parity at studios and talent agencies that has already begun making headway.
  • And a request that women walking the red carpet at the Golden Globes speak out and raise awareness by wearing black.

Called Time’s Up, the movement was announced on Monday with an impassioned pledge of support to working-class women in an open letter signed by hundreds of women in show business, many of them A-listers, including Brie. The letter also ran as a full-page ad in The New York Times, and in La Opinion, a Spanish-language newspaper.

<“The struggle for women to break in, to rise up the ranks and to simply be heard and acknowledged in male-dominated workplaces must end; time’s up on this impenetrable monopoly,” the letter says.

The group is one answer to the question of how women in Hollywood would respond to cascading allegations that have upended the careers of powerful men in an industry where the prevalence of sexual predation has yielded the minimizing cliché of the “casting couch,” and where silence has been a condition of employment.

Time’s Up also helps defuse criticism that the spotlight on the #MeToo movement has been dominated by the accusers of high-profile men, while the travails of working-class women have been overlooked.

This was highlighted in November, when an open letter was sent on behalf of 700,000 female farmworkers who said they stood with Hollywood actresses in their fight against abuse. Time’s Up members said the letter bolstered their resolve to train their efforts on both Hollywood and beyond.

Join the movement by signing the statement of solidarity and donate now to the Time’s Up Now legal defense fund.

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