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Quarantine-style remake of 'The Princess Bride' to air on Quibi

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JC Olivera/WireImage (L-R: Jason Reitman, Rob Reiner)(LOS ANGELES) — If you’re a fan of The Princess Bride, Quibi has a quarantine treat for you.

Vanity Fair reports the streaming platform will be launching a DIY recreation of the classic 1987 film, starring a slew of celebrities taking on the roles of Wesley, Buttercup and more.

The homemade remake was put together by director Jason Reitman, who’s previously staged live reads of the film. It was shot entirely in quarantine and will air in chapters over the next two weeks, beginning Monday, June 29.

Among the stars who will appear are Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner, Common and Tiffany Haddish, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, Hugh Jackman, Andy Serkis, Keegan-Michael Key, Elijah Wood, Beanie Feldstein, Jack Black, Diego Luna, Taika Waititi, Jon Hamm, Zazie Beetz, Patton Oswalt and Josh Gad.

Additionally, The Princess Bride’s director, Rob Reiner, will also appear, as well as Fred Savage, who’ll make a cameo to reprise his role as the grandson in the film. The original film starred Cary Elwes and Robin Wright.

The project will benefit World Central Kitchen, which provides meals to those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July picnic will go virtual in 2020 with live performances and more

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Luck ProductionsEver since its inaugural event in 1973, Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic has become a country music institution, with performers like Eric Church, Chris Stapleton and Kacey Musgraves heading to Texas to join the lineup in recent years.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the picnic won’t be able to take place in person this year. Instead, Willie’s Luck Productions is hosting a virtual version of the event, complete with from-home performances from Margo Price, Sheryl Crow, Steve Earle and many more.

Of course, the event wouldn’t be complete without an appearance from Willie himself: The singer will perform with his band from his recording studio, located near his ranch in Luck, Texas.

In addition to the artists who’ll take the stage in real time, you can watch interviews and footage from some of their favorite musicians during the event. Tickets cost $35 pre-event or $45 on the day of the show, and include access to special delivery packages from food and beverage vendors.

The fun all kicks off on July 4 at 3:30 PM CT. It will be streamed from Luck’s website as well as the event’s website.

By Carena Liptak
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Minneapolis City Council votes to replace the police department with a new organization

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kali9/iStockBy JOSHUA HOYOS and CHRISTINA CARREGA, ABC NEWS

(MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.) — The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously on Friday to advance its plan to eliminate the police department and create a new public safety unit.

On the heels of the death of George Floyd on May 25, protests have sparked across the country with demands to defund and dismantle police departments.

The caught-on-camera incident showed four former Minneapolis police officers contribute to Floyd’s death—specifically, Derek Chauvin pressing his knee onto the back of Floyd’s neck for almost eight minutes.

While Chauvin and the three other officers were fired from the department and charged in connection to Floyd’s murder, the Minneapolis City Council has made efforts to change the city’s policing policies, including banning chokeholds.

Friday’s proposed amendments would update the city’s charter to replace the police with a new organization: the Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention.

Under that organization there would be a Division of Law Enforcement Services, which will be “composed of licensed peace officers, subject to the supervision of the department of community safety and violence prevention,” according to the proposed ordinance.

Council President Lisa Bender said the goal is to change the charter and get it on the ballot for a public vote this November.

If approved by voters, the changes would become effective May 1, 2021.

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Brett Eldredge takes a meditative “Sunday Drive” on his new album’s title track

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Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge lets his soulful vocals and a prominent piano line take center stage in the title track of his forthcoming album, Sunday Drive. It’s a powerful, introspective tune told from the perspective of looking at the world through a car window.

When he shared the song, Brett explained that it was one he’d been hoping to record for a long time, dating all the way back to his days an intern for Universal Music Publishing Group.

“I loved listening to all the incredible songwriters’ songs and was always blown away by what people could create from their soul,” he remembers. “One day I stumbled upon this song called ‘Sunday Drive’…and I was stopped in my tracks.”

Though he wasn’t in a position to record it then, he never forgot about the song.

“I secretly/selfishly hoped and prayed no one would record it so that one day when the time was right, I could record it and make it something extremely special,” he continues. “That day is today, and it happens to be the title of my album.”

Sunday Drive isn’t due out in full until July 10, though Brett has already shared a few of its tracks with fans, including the lead single, “Gabrielle.”

By Carena Liptak
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'Ghostbusters' alum Ernie Hudson explains why he'd rather play a superhero than a villain

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Courtesy of BET(NEW YORK) — Ernie Hudson is sharing more details on his desire to join a superhero film.

After the Ghostbusters alum recently revealed that he lobbied to be in Black Panther and is still in talks to hopefully join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Hudson tells ABC Audio that he does have a specific type of role in mind.

“My first choice is… to be the hero with some kind of power,” he says. “Villains are kind of fun to play, but at the end of the day, I’d rather be someone that my grand kids can dress up like.”

While making his grand kids proud is a top priority for Hudson, the veteran actor isn’t being too picky, adding he’s still “a fan,” and would “love.. as an actor to get a chance to play one of those roles.”

“I’d love to [join] that superhero universe — be it at Marvel, or DC, or whatever,” Hudson says. “And Black Panther was such a wonderful [film]. So yeah, as an actor you’re always hoping.”

While a possible role in Black Panther 2 may be a couple years off, fans can watch Hudson next month when he returns as L.C. Duncan on the BET+ crime drama The Family Business. The second season starts streaming on July 2.

By Candice Williams
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