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40 Actresses Over 40 Who Are Still Conquering Hollywood (Photos)

Amy Adams (1974)

Academy Award nominated Amy Adams, is best known for playing in Disney’s “Enchanted” and “American Hustle.” She most recently starred in Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals.”

Cameron Diaz (1972)

Cameron Diaz first made her mark in Hollywood with films like “There’s Something About Mary” and “The Mask.” She most recently starred alongside Will Smith in “Annie.”

Cate Blanchett (1969)

This two time Academy Award winning actress is best known for her role in “The Aviator.” She has since starred in films like “The Lord of the Rings,” “Babel,” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” Blanchett is currently working on “Ocean’s Eight.”

Catherine Zeta-Jones (1969)

Catherine Zeta-Jones is best known for starring in “Intolerable Cruelty” and “Ocean’s Twelve.” She most recently starred in “Dad’s Army,” a British war comedy.

Famke Janssen (1964)

Famke Janssen is best known for playing Jean Grey in the “X-Men” film series. She also has a recurring role on “How to Get Away With Murder” alongside Viola Davis.

Gabrielle Union (1972)

Gabrielle Union first had her breakthrough role in the cult comedy “Bring it On.” Since she’s starred in films like “Think Like a Man,” “Deliver Us From Eva,” and “Bad Boys II.” She even starred on BET’s first scripted drama “Being Mary Jane.”

Gwyneth Paltrow (1972)

Gwyneth Paltrow has been starring in notable Hollywood films since the early 90’s and it doesn’t look like she’s slowing down any time soon. She most recently starred in “Spiderman: Homecoming” and will be playing in an upcoming “Avengers” movie.

Halle Berry (1966)

Academy Award winning actress Halle Berry was once one of the highest paid actress in Hollywood. She most recently starred in “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.”

Helen Mirren (1945)

One Award short of EGOT status, Mirren most recently starred in “Collateral Beauty” and “The Fate of the Furious.”

Helena Bonham Carter (1966)

Helena Bonham Carter has starred in films like “A Room With a View,” “Hamlet,” and the “Harry Potter” film series. She will also be playing a role in “Ocean’s Eight.”

Jane Lynch (1960)

Lynch is best known for her role as Sue Sylvester in “Glee.” She most recently starred in “Manhunt: Unabomber.”

Jennifer Aniston (1969)

Even though she’s best known for playing Rachel on “Friends,” Jennifer Aniston hasn’t let that role define her entire career. She most recently starred in “The Yellow Birds,” which premiered are Sundance.

Jennifer Connelly (1970)

Connelly made her debut in film with “Once Upon a Time in America.” Since, she has starred in movies like “A Beautiful Mind” and “He’s Just Not That Into You.” Her upcoming projects include “Only the Brave” and “Alita: Battle Angel.”

Jennifer Lopez (1969)

Jennifer Lopez is probably one of few actresses to have both a successful musical and acting career simultaneously. Lopez has starred in films like “The Wedding Planner” and “Monster in Law,” her must recent project is “Ice Age: Collision Course.”

Jodie Foster (1962)

Jodie Foster had her breakthrough role in “Taxi Driver,” but that wasn’t the only notable movie she starred in. She also had roles in “Silence of the Lambs” and “Flightplan,” and is currently working on “Hotel Artemis.”

Julia Roberts (1967)

Quite possibly one of the best actresses of our time, Julia Roberts starred in films from “Pretty Woman to “Erin Brockovich star” and has been cited as the highest paid actress in Hollywood for years. Her latest project is “Wonder,” which will be released later this year.

Julianne Moore (1960)

Julianne Moore most recently won an Academy Award for her role in “Still Alice.” She most recently starred in “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.”

Leslie Mann (1972)

Leslie Mann is most known for her roles in comedy films like “The Other Woman,” and “Knocked Up.” Her upcoming projects include “Blockers” and “The Women of Marwen.”

Marisa Tomei (1964)

Marisa Tomei had her breakthrough role in “My Cousin Vinny.” Since, she’s starred in films like “What Women Want” and “Anger Management.” Her most recent movies include “Spiderman: Homecoming” and “Captain America: Civil War.”

Melissa McCarthy (1970)

This multi-hyphenate first garnered attention as Sookie in “Gilmore Girls.” Since, she’s played in notable films like “Bridesmaids” and “Ghostbusters.” Her upcoming projects include “Life of the Party,” “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” and “The HappyTime Murders.”

Meryl Streep (1949)

Meryl Streep currently holds the record for being the most nominated actor for an Academy Award. She’s starred in notable films since the 1970’s and still has projects coming out next year like “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Monica Bellucci (1964)

Monica Bellucci is conquering both European and American film markets. She gained worldwide attention with films like “Brotherhood of the Wold” and “Malèna.” She was also the oldest woman to be cast as one of the Bond Girls. Bellucci most recently starred in the 2017 “Twin Peaks” series.

Naomi Watts (1968)

Naomi Watts got her big break with David Lynch’s “Mulholland Drive.” Since she’s had roles in “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” and “The Ring.” She most recently starred in “Twin Peaks.”

Nia Long (1970)

Nia Long has had almost a lifetime of success in Hollywood. She starred in the 90’s classics “Boyz n the Hood” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” She currently stars in “NCIS: Los Angeles.”

Nicole Kidman (1967)

Nicole Kidman has won just about every major acting award out there and for good reason. She played in “The Hours,” “Rabbit Hole,” and “The Others.” She most recently starred in the HBO hit “Big Little Lies.”

Octavia Spencer (1970)

Octavia Spencer only recently had her big break with her role in “The Help” in 2011 — and she won an Oscar for it. Since, she’s starred in “Fruitvale Station,” “The Divergent” series,  “and “Hidden Figures.” Her most recent projects include “The Gifted” and “A Kid Like Jake” which comes out in 2018.

Oprah Winfrey (1954)

This one doesn’t even need any explanation. It’s Oprah. But she will be starring in Ava DuVernay’s “A Wrinkle in Time” which premieres in 2018. Plus she has an entire television network and produces “Queen Sugar.”

Rachel Weisz (1970)

Weisz is probably best known for her roles in “The Mummy” film series. She’s also had roles in “About a Boy” and “Constantine.” Her upcoming projects include “The Mercy” and “Favourite” which are both out in 2018.

Salma Hayek (1966)

Salma Hayek had her big break portraying Frida Kahlo in the film “Frida.” She most recently starred in “The Hitman’s Bodyguard.”

Sanaa Lathan (1971)

Sanaa Lathan has starred in many cult classics like “Love & Basketball,” “The Best Man,” and “Brown Sugar.” She currently stars in the TV series “Shots Fired.”

Sandra Bullock (1964)

Sandra Bullock has basically starred in all of our favorite movies from “Miss Congeniality” to “While You Were Sleeping” to “The Blind Side.” She will be starring in the much anticipated film “Ocean’s Eight” which is out in 2018.

Sofia Vergara (1972)

Vergara has starred in films like “Soul Plane” and “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns.” She currently stars in “Modern Family.”

Taraji P. Henson (1970)

Tarji got her big break in “Baby Boy,” and has garnered recognition for her roles in “Hustle and Flow” and ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” She most recently starred in “Hidden Figures.”

Tilda Swinton (1960)

Tilda Swinton is known for her roles in “The Chronicles of Narnia” film series and “The Deep End.” She most recently starred in “Okja” and will be playing in 2018’s “Isle of Dogs.”

Tina Fey (1970)

Tina Fey is best known for her comedic acts on “Saturday Night Live,” but she’s had great success on the big screens too. She’s starred in hit movies like “Date Night” and “Baby Mama.” She most recently starred in “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.”

Toni Collette (1972)

Toni Collette received recognition for her role in “The Sixth Sense.” Since, she’s starred in “About a Boy” and “The Hours.” She most recently starred in “Unlocked” and has a film coming out in 2018.

Tracee Ellis Ross (1972)

Tracee Ellis Ross had her big break in the hit series “Girlfriends.” She currently stars in the popular ABC series “Black-ish.”

Uma Thurman (1970)

Uma Thurman garnered critical acclaim for her role in “Pulp Fiction.” Since, she’s starred in “Les Misérables” and “Kill Bill.” She currently has two films coming out this year, “The War With Grandpa” and “The Brits Are Coming.”

Vera Farmiga (1973)

Vera Farmiga has had success with films like “Down to the Bone” and “The Departed.” She currently has projects lined up until 2019.

Viola Davis (51)

Viola Davis has had minor roles in shows like “Law and Order” and movies like “Kate and Leopold,” but it wasn’t until her role in “Doubt” that she began to receive the recognition she deserved. Since she’s also garnered critical acclaim for her role in “Fences” and “The Help.” She currently stars in ABC’s hit series “How to Get Away With Murder.”

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Aston Martin opened a new factory in Wales on Friday which will build the British automaker's first sport utility vehicle, key to its hopes of a turnaround after a poor performance this year sent shares tumbling. Aston launched its DBX model last month, hoping that more female buyers will help boost sales after a year in which it has so far posted a pre-tax loss due to weaker-than-expected demand for its sports cars, particularly in Europe. The St Athan site near Cardiff in south Wales is the

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James Mangold directs Matt Damon and Christian Bale in Ford v Ferrari, a film known at Le Mans ’66 in Europe and other regions where that famous endurance race is more religion than sport.  Damon plays Carroll Shelby, an ex-driver who has channeled his competitive edge into building cars. He asks a wild yet talented […]

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www.slashfilm.com | 11/30/19

Gaming is on the verge of becoming the biggest entertainment sector in the world.

That was one of the key takeaways from IDG Consulting CEO Yoshio Osaki’s opening presentation on Tuesday at TheWrap’s GamingGrill at Herringbone in Santa Monica. Gaming, according to IDG’s research, already brings in more revenue globally than the music business, movie ticket sales and home entertainment combined. Overall, the gaming industry is on pace to bring in nearly $180 billion in revenue this year — marking a 24% jump in revenue from only two years ago.

By the end of 2020, IDG projects gaming to surpass television as the most lucrative form of entertainment, with annual revenue rising to $195 billion.

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(Courtesy of IDG Consulting)

It’s probably best to think of major video game releases in the same way we think of blockbuster movies, Osaki said. And in many cases, the biggest video games trump the latest comic book epic coming out of Hollywood.

For example, “Avengers: Infinity War” brought in $640 million globally during its opening weekend last year — or about $85 million less than “Red Dead Redemption 2,” from Rockstar Games, made during its opening weekend in October 2018.

What’s behind gaming’s continued rise? There are a few dynamics at play. First off, as illustrated by “Red Dead Redemption 2,” gaming is truly international. Major releases in the U.S. drive huge sales in Europe and Asia. It applies in the opposite direction as well, as the FIFA soccer franchise from EA Sports indicates; the FIFA game sold nearly 14 million copies last year, according to IDG’s research, with 29% of those players coming from North America. Europe, where the game is especially popular, accounts for 69% of the game’s sales.

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New industry entrants and new ways for gamers to play are also spurring the industry’s growth. Osaki pointed to companies like Nike, Facebook and Amazon that are traditionally not gaming-oriented but are now venturing into the industry. Amazon’s involvement in gaming has grown exponentially since buying Twitch in 2014. Twitch is now the go-to streaming service for gamers around the world, and the company recently enjoyed its peak concurrent viewership for a single event, with 1.7 million people streaming a Fortnite event.

Snapchat also launched its own in-app gaming arcade earlier this year — around the same time Apple revealed it would also be getting into gaming, too. The smartphone, just as it’s making it easier for users to watch TV shows and movies on the go, is now becoming an integral part of the gaming industry.

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Another gaming trend to watch: esports. More people than ever before are watching people, well, play video games. This may seem like a niche development to those outside gaming, but the numbers are staggering. The Super Bowl pulls in about 100 million viewers at its peak, and it’s still dwarfed by major esports events like the 2019 League of Legends World Championship, which drew 200 million viewers at its peak, according to IDG.

It’s no wonder Twitch, Mixer and YouTube are duking it out — and often poaching popular streamers from their rivals — for gaming viewers.

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Glasgow succeeds in its bid to be named European Capital of Sport in 2023, becoming the first city to take the title twice.
www.bbc.co.uk | 11/5/19
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In the 2010s, the use of fourth-wall breaking narration has become ubiquitous. From “House of Cards” to  “Fleabag” protagonists, speaking directly to the audience has become so popular that “Robot Chicken” has riffed on it. Now, “Wolkenbruch,” a Swiss romantic comedy now on Netflix, uses it to poke fun at a Jewish teen’s act of romantic rebellion.

Director Michael Steiner joined stars Joel Basman and Inge Maux at TheWrap’s Screening Series to discuss the new film, which has been selected as Switzerland’s entry into the Best International Film Oscar race. In the film, which has the full title “Wolkenbruch’s Wonderous Journey Into the Arms of a Shiksa,” Basman plays Motti Wolkenbruch, an awkward young Jew who is getting constantly set up for dates by his mother with women who, well, are practically clones of her. As he notes in a rapid-fire intro, the life of a Jewish man follows a strict road, from circumcision to Bar Mitzvah to arranged marriage to reproduction to death.

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But Motti yearns for his own path, and discovers it when he meets a shiksa — a non-Jewish girl — named Laura. She’s not only a shiksa…she’s a swearing, hard-partying shiksa. She’s such a dramatic change from the meek Jewish women Motti gets forced into meeting that he begins dating her despite knowing how his mother and community will react. But as he soon discovers, Laura is no manic pixie dream girl, and shiksas are not a ticket to freedom.

“Wolkenbruch” is based on a novel by Thomas Meyer, and Steiner decided that blending fourth-wall narration with flashbacks was the best way to make the traditions of Orthodox Jewish life quickly and easily understandable to all audiences. As Motti talks right into the camera, he is whisked from one stage of his past — or expected future — to another.

“There was a lot of information that had to be compressed down into a few minutes of screen time,” Steiner said. “Having that narration made it really easy to take Wolkenbruch’s life and convey it in a way that made it feel really universal even as we were explaining marriage traditions and what a shiksa is.”

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Basman, meanwhile, is getting ready for a big next step in his acting career this winter. Along with “Wolkenbruch,” he also has roles in Terrence Malick’s latest film “A Hidden Life” as well as the third installment of the “Kingsmen” spy series, “The King’s Man.”

But “Wolkenbruch” is a passion project for him. His father, who was born in Israel, encouraged him to read the book and find a way to play Motti when he was a teen. When he reached out to find out if he could make a movie based on “Wolkenbruch,” he discovered that the film rights had already been taken. Years later, Steiner called him up to offer him that very role.

“I worked with Michael when I was 12 and did my first casting with him, so with ‘Wolkenbruch’ the circle sort of completed itself when he called me and told me ‘I have the script and want you to have the part, because you’re the only actor in Switzerland who speaks Hebrew and has Jewish relatives.'”

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Basman also says that he’s seen firsthand how the strict life of the Hasidic community can give some cabin fever. He recalled one former Hasidic Jew that he met prior to filming “Wolkenbruch” who after leaving the community flung himself into as many action-packed hobbies and jobs as he could.

“He started playing every sport he could try. He took up a job for a few months as a bartender, and then he took up a job as a firefighter. He was trying out everything and just filling up his life with hobbies.”

As for Maux, playing Motti’s mother came very naturally to her. While not as high-strung and overbearing as her character, Maux was quite familiar with many of the Yiddish songs that Mame Wolkenbruch belts out over the course of the film. She also had a very strong mother and grandmother that inspired her performance, and to her delight she was pleased to see how many people from around the world have had their own Mame in their life.

“I’ve gone onto social media, onto the page for the film,” she said, “And I’m so amazed by how many people have responded to the film and where they come from. It’s not just Switzerland and Israel. It’s England and France and other places in Europe, and now we’re here in Los Angeles promoting the film this week and it resonates with people here too. I’m just so grateful to be a part of something and have a role that so many can see themselves and their families in.”

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The summer of 2018 produced three documentaries that earned over $10 million at the domestic box office. While this summer didn’t get quite as close, this fall has documentary releases about rock stars, athletes and even one posthumous release from an auteur. New films by Bruce Springsteen, Agnès Varda and Asif Kapadia could help make for a busy season for non-fiction cinema, with many more potentially on the way from the fall festival circuit. Here are 10 with impending releases you need to check out.

“Untouchable” – Sept. 2 (Hulu)

Too soon? The Hulu documentary “Untouchable” opens some still fresh wounds about the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the #MeToo movement. Ursula Macfarlane’s documentary first made its premiere at Sundance, and it features some harrowing interviews with accusers such as Rosanna Arquette, Hope D’Amore, Paz de la Huerta, Erika Rosenbaum and others.

“Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice” – Sept. 6 (Greenwich Entertainment)

Oscar winners Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman direct this documentary about the career of Linda Ronstadt, gathering together archival footage that spans 50 years. It charts the early days of her career in the 1960s through becoming the highest paid female rock and roll performer in the ’70s, all culminating in her retirement in 2011 due to her battle with Parkinson’s disease. Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Brown and JD Souther are just some of the friends and collaborators interviewed for the film.

“Blink of an Eye” – Sept. 6 (1091)

History isn’t often focused on the losers, but “Blink of an Eye” looks at the career of Michael Waltrip, a NASCAR racecar driver who held a record losing streak across 462 races. Despite his struggles, he was invited to be a part of Dale Earnhardt’s Sr.’s racing team and soon earned his first checkered flag. The only problem was that race was the 2001 Daytona 500, the race in which Earnhardt Sr. was killed in a tragic crash on the race’s final lap. “Blink of an Eye” examines Waltrip’s relationship with the Earnhardt family, and the documentary from director Paul Taublieb will also be adapted into a narrative feature film.

“Liam: As It Was” – Sept. 13 (Screen Media)

With Oasis, Liam Gallagher was the frontman of one of the biggest rock bands in the world. But the film “Liam: As It Was” looks at how Gallagher had to reset his career and find his voice after splitting from the band as part of his fractured relationship with his brother Noel. In fact, Noel specifically refused to allow Liam to use any Oasis songs as part of the documentary. The film coincides with the release of Gallagher’s second solo album, “Why Me? Why Not.,” and directors Gavin Fitzgerald and Charlie Lightening even capture the frank and frequently foul-mouthed Gallagher behind the scenes and at home with his mother grousing about Noel.

“Diego Maradona” – Sept. 20 (HBO)

Asif Kapadia’s gift as a filmmaker is weaving a narrative entirely through archival footage. Just as with “Senna” and “Amy,” Kapadia combs through over 500 hours of the legendary Argentinian soccer star’s personal archive. The film starts with his arrival in Europe in July 1984 and how in the subsequent years he was treated as though he were a God, both on and off the field. But it also examines how that extreme level of fame led to darker days and strained relationships.

“Where’s My Roy Cohn?” – Sept. 20 (Sony Classics)

Filmmaker Matt Tyrnauer told TheWrap at Sundance that he chose to make his film about the political maneuver Roy Cohn the day Donald Trump was elected. His ruthless influence was felt far and wide, not just on politics but on the culture at large, serving as a mentor for Roger Stone, Ronald Reagan and Trump alike. The film takes a blunt approach in describing just how deeply this one man has shaped American democracy and society.

“Midnight Traveler” – Sept. 18 (Oscilloscope)

Afghan filmmaker Hassan Fazili got intimate access to the story of a family fleeing their home after being targeted by the Taliban. That’s because it was his own family who was on the run. Fazili shot his film “Midnight Traveler” across several years on three separate iPhones, capturing the daring moments as they crossed borders and the more intimate home movie moments of his family as refugees. The doc won the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for No Borders at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

“Western Stars” – October (Warner Bros.)

Bruce Springsteen knew he wasn’t going to tour on behalf of his latest album “Western Stars,” so he and collaborator Thom Zimny co-directed a documentary by the same name that features live performances of all 13 of the album’s tracks. Springsteen parked under a 100-year-old barn to perform the more acoustic, melancholy sounds of “Western Stars,” and the film is laced with The Boss’s narration and archival footage as he reflects on his past.

“The Cave” – Mid-Oct. (Nat Geo)

Not to be confused with the narrative feature about the Thai soccer team rescue mission, “The Cave” is the latest film from “Last Man in Aleppo” director Feras Fayyad as he gets inside a secret, hidden, underground hospital in Syria. The hospital is led by a team of female medical professionals and civilians and provides under the radar care for the besieged refugees and locals in the region. Fayyad specifically profiles the work of Dr. Amani, a 30-year-old pediatrician who works tirelessly to restore health and hope to Syrian youth.

“The Kingmaker” – Late Oct. (Greenwich Entertainment/Showtime)

Lauren Greenfield has made a name for herself directing documentary profiles on those who live opulently and lavishly, specifically with her films “The Queen of Versailles” and “Generation Wealth.” But her latest combines that lavish lifestyle with politics, obtaining unprecedented access to the former first lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos. “The Kingmaker” explores the disturbing legacy of the Marcos regime and chronicles Imelda’s present-day push to help her son, Bongbong, win the vice-presidency. Greenfield’s film takes on the form of a “dark fairy tale” as Marcos tries to rewrite her family’s corrupt history and prove she’s a matriarch who deeply loves her country.

“Scandalous” – Nov. 15 (Magnolia/CNN Films)

Mark Landsman’s “Scandalous” looks at the life of Generoso Pope Jr., the media magnate who turned the National Enquirer from a simple racing and sporting magazine to a household name for gossip and one that frequently finds itself at the center of political scandal. The film’s history dates back to the 1950s but includes interviews with former staffers and other media experts who examine how the paper has thrived on its diet of scandal, gossip, medical oddities, conspiracy theories, and paparazzi photos.

“Varda by Agnes” – Nov. 22 (Janus Films)

In what is the final film of the late, French auteur Agnès Varda, “Varda by Agnès” is a playful and profound retrospective on Varda’s career as examined by Varda herself. She reflects in a autobiography of sorts on filmmaking, feminism, aging and even the smaller things like cats, colors, beaches and heart-shaped potatoes. The film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February, shortly before her death in March.

www.thewrap.com | 8/28/19

The newly-formed World Surf League (WSL) Studios unveiled its debut slate of programming on Monday, which includes a documentary film about 11-time World Surf Champion Kelly Slater and the series “Transformed,” highlighting how surfing has impacted cultures around the world.

Designed to appeal to surf fans and new audiences ahead of the sport’s Olympic debut in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games, the slate of documentaries, docuseries and daily short-form content will be distributed across multiple platforms.

“Kelly is the greatest surfer of all time and has not only every major record in our sport by a wide margin but also so more world titles than any other athlete with 11,” WSL president of Content, Media and WSL Studios, Erik Logan, told TheWrap of the “The Kelly Slater Documentary,” which follows the surf legend’s 2019 competitive campaign, personal life, and Olympics quest.

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“Pair that with this pivotal year in his career, we all felt that allowing the viewers see the level of storytelling we are embarking on was the perfect place to start. Never before will you see Kelly open up as much as he does while embracing this project … and he has more World Titles than Tom Brady, by the way!” Logan added.

“WSL Studios will be the main engine for the creation of content, with outputs not only on our O&O Platforms but the many other distribution platforms as well. From a timing point of view, the scale and size of the other platforms provide the opportunity for the studio to engage the global audience further,” he explained.

For the first time, the end of the 2019 WSL Championship Tour season in December will determine the first qualifiers for the 2020 Olympic Games. The WSL will qualify 18 of the 40 Olympians, two men and two women for each country.

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“Having multiple points of content before and after the Olympics with WSL Studios and our core business will provide entry points for new fans to see the passion and power of this sport, with the goal of engaging new fans to witness the world’s best surfing year-in and year-out on the WSL Championship Tour,” Logan said.

“The possibility of story through the aperture of surfing is so big that we have had to really focus on some key areas with our first slate. Anchoring to Kelly and then expanding through to Big Wave and non-competition series we feel we have put some markers out as to what is possible,” he continued.

The WSL Podcast Network (in partnership with Himalaya Studios) will focus heavily with news, interviews and information, along with sharing important community initiatives such as Ocean Health and Equality.

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See the full WSL Studios slate, per the studio’s show descriptions, below:

“The Kelly Slater Documentary”
11- Time World Champion Kelly Slater, has granted WSL Studios unprecedented access to his 2019 competitive campaign and personal life. Shooting began prior to the Gold Coast Championship Tour event and will continue through Pipeline this year. This never before seen look behind surfing’s most decorated champion shows fans for the first time the world through Kelly’s eyes and what it’s like to compete at the highest level.

Box to Box Films Co-development Partnership
WSL Studios has partnered with Box to Box Films for the development of a multi-episode docu series covering the Championship Tour during the 2020 season. Box to Box Films is an award winning company behind “Formula 1: Drive to Survive” documentary series on Netflix.

“Deep Blue: The Mark Visser Project”
WSL Studios and Mark Visser have partnered together on a feature-length documentary around finding the largest unridden wave in the world, and then surfing it. Mark Visser, who famously has surfed Pe’ahi at night and is the founder and creator of the Ocean Warrior course, has located what is thought to be the biggest unridden wave measuring over 100 feet. Dubbed as the “Free Solo,” of surfing, director conversations are underway for this project.

“Transformed”
This new series from WSL Studios launched earlier this month and focused on the question, “How Surfing has changed lives and cultures?” Hosted by 1977 World Champion Shaun Thompson, this episodic series highlights one transformation story each episode, focusing on the human and cultural impact of surfing on the story and its characters. “Transformed” travels to Cuba (sport of surfing was illegal until recently) Afghanistan and Colombia.

“Surf Ranch Sessions”
A new series shot on location at the WSL Surf Ranch, where the world’s top professional surfers share waves and stories with individuals who are at the top of their professions. This innovative format uses surfing as the common thread for conversations around the parallels of elite level performance and the common love of the water.

“Brilliant Corners”
A visually stunning adventure series with former European Longboard Champion and current WSL Commentator Sam Bleakly. Traveling the world with his longboard in tow, Sam uses surfing to explore the brilliant corners of the world highlighting often never seen coastlines and communities that live at the intersection of travel, culture, food, and surf.

“All In” Season 2
WSL Studios and Red Bull Media House have renewed “All In: Life on the Championship Tour” for a second season. One of the most successful video series of the year, Season 2 will feature WSL CT surfers and their preparation for the 2020 Olympic Games. Season 2 premieres early 2020 across WSL Platforms and Red Bull TV.  Watch “All In” Season 1, here.

“Sound Waves”
Each event WSL Studios follows a CT surfer from the moment they arrive at an event site. This behind the scenes series puts fans right next to each surfer as they compete through each round. See what happens between heats, conversations with coaches and how they really feel about their performances.

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The MBL made history this weekend with the first-ever regular season games on European soil at the London Stadium in England, as reigning World Series champions Boston Red Sox took on the New York Yankees.

The most famous rivalry in baseball crossed the Atlantic to be played on the field that’s normally home to Premier League soccer team, West Ham United, for the two-game series.

A sellout crowd of 59,659 people braved sweltering weather as temperatures reached 92 degrees Fahrenheit, making Saturday the hottest day of 2019 in the England.

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Fans could watch the MLB London Series live on Fox (Saturday) and ESPN (Sunday) in the U.S. or on the BBC and BT Sport in the U.K., but TheWrap was in the stands to witness the Anglo-American collaboration.

Here are 8 things you didn’t see on TV.

1. While a few Boston and New York accents could be heard in the crowd, the majority of the fans were Brits wearing their crisp new Sox or Yankees jerseys. Those who didn’t already have game gear queued for hours in long lines at merchandise stores inside the stadium (Brits love to queue) or wore any American sports garb they had, ranging from NFL jerseys to Chicago Cubs caps.

2. Brits also love to chant. Traditional soccer songs are notoriously filled with F-bombs and X-rated taunts aimed at the opposing team, but fortunately the family-friendly crowd in London stuck to more PG-versions of “Let’s go Red Sox” or “Aaaaaaaron Judge.”

3. In addition to singing the traditional “Star Spangled Banner” before every MLB game, the Capital Children’s Choir performed a flawless rendition of “God Save the Queen,” as the U.S. flag and U.K.’s Union Jack were both spread across the field. The pre-game DJ also got in on the cross-cultural theme as Manchester indie band The Charlatans shared airtime with American classics like Lynyrd Skynyrd, while Duran Duran blasted out between innings.

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4. The entire concept of baseball is foreign to many British people, with some thinking of it as an unsophisticated version of cricket or like the schoolyard game of rounders. Have no fear, the Americans were here to help, as experts explained the basic rules in interviews airing on the jumbotron before first pitch and throughout the games.

5. A common criticism of baseball is often that its slow and low-scoring, but that theory was blown out by Saturday’s game, which had a combined 30 runs, making it the highest ever in a Sox-Yankees game. While the Yankees won Game 1, the Sox got off to a fast start on Sunday afternoon by scoring four rapid-fire runs in the first inning of Game 2 to keep the crowd on their feet.

6. An integral part of any live sports experience is stadium food, and the MLB London Series pulled out all the gut-busting stops along with the obligatory peanuts and Cracker Jack. The main event was the “broomstick” hot dog, costing $30, stretching 2-feet long and delivering a whopping 2,000 calories. More refined British palates could opt for a “bacon bap,” “pork scratchings pot” or Cornish Pasty. Traditional English Mr. Whippy ice cream sundaes were served in very American baseball cap signature cups, topped with a Cadbury chocolate flake. Of course, beer was free-flowing but one drinks stall got into the Wimbledon spirit a day early by selling Pimm’s paired with strawberries and cream.

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7. The Boston Red Sox P.R. team definitely embraced the British theme and seemed to have a lot of fun with their post-game press notes that were distributed to media. The stats, scores and essential details were given subheads inspired by U.K. classics such as the Rolling Stones’ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” the Beatles’ “Yesterday” and even a shout out to bangers and mash.

8. Famous characters you never expect to see at a ball game are Winston Churchill, Freddie Mercury, the Loch Ness Monster and King Henry VIII … but they all raced each other as hilarious play on the Washington Nationals’ mascot run.

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Peter Parker faces life after “Avengers: Endgame” in “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” and so does the Marvel Cinematic Universe in general, but by the end of this latest saga, both seem ready to face any future challenges.

In a year that’s only half-done, audience members would be forgiven for having superhero fatigue after “Captain Marvel,” “Shazam!” and “Avengers: Endgame.” (It’s almost welcome news that we aren’t getting the next MCU movie until 2020.) But with a focus on character-based comedy, coming-of-age anxieties, and super-battles that exist in very specific geographical locations, returning writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers and director Jon Watts have carved out a space for Spider-Man that feels uniquely breezy and charming while still fitting the larger structure of the Marvel movies. (They even play with that structure, and with deep cuts from the MCU’s history, in very clever ways.)

The film opens with a hilariously earnest piece of exposition — a high-school TV station’s “in memoriam” montage for Tony Stark and others who died in the fight against Thanos, edited together with comic-sans chyrons, inappropriate pop ballads and unlicensed stock images. It’s a breezy way to deal with the MCU’s recent cataclysmic events (we see marching band members, who disappeared in what this film calls “the blip,” reappear in the middle of a basketball game) even though the reverberations of half the population disappearing and then reappearing five years later had to have brought with it actual trauma.

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Peter and his core group of friends — Ned (Jacob Batalon), MJ (Zendaya), Betty (Angourie Rice) and Flash (Tony Revolori) — all got blipped, so they’re repeating a year in high school alongside Brad (Remy Hii, “Crazy Rich Asians”), who used to be five years their junior but is now a BMOC. This whole crew is headed to Europe for a summer field trip – one of their chaperones is played by Martin Starr, evolving the geeky high schooler of “Freaks and Geeks” into a geeky high-school teacher — but wouldn’t you know it: There’s a crisis on the continent, and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) needs the help of one friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

There’s a totally understandable conflict for Peter, who finds himself stuck between just wanting to see the sights with his friends (and maybe get a kiss from MJ) and his responsibilities as Tony Stark’s heir apparent in a world that is hungering for a “new” Iron Man. And when Spider-Man finds himself fighting alongside the very powerful Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal), a hero from a parallel Earth, Peter thinks he may have found a way to let someone else shoulder the responsibilities of protecting a post-blip planet.

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Spoiler-phobia prevents any further discussion of the plot, but readers of Spider-Man comics will know that Mysterio isn’t necessarily to be trusted. And while “Spider-Man: Far From Home” offers its share of surprising twists and turns (up to and including some must-stay-for post-credit buttons), the movie never feels like it’s just biding its time between super-battles. If anything, and this is a compliment, the film frequently feels like a charming teen road-trip comedy that occasionally turns into a superhero movie.

The wonderful cast certainly helps, with Holland and Batalon continuing their lovely comic rapport, augmented by Zendaya’s deadpan Daria-ness and Rice giving Tracy Flick realness with a sweet center. Gyllenhaal nails his character’s earnestness but also clearly enjoys a few moments that let him channel every exasperated-sigh, I-just-want-to-get-this-right male diva director he’s ever known.

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McKenna and Sommers’ script hops deftly from Venice to Prague to the Netherlands to London, and the combined efforts of cinematographer Matthew J. Lloyd (“The Kid”) and editors Leigh Folsom Boyd (“Furious 7”) and Dan Lebental (“Ant-Man and the Wasp”) – plus an army of VFX artists – make the most of these locations, following the acrobatic hero as he flies ass-over-teakettle through the air and conscribing the big clashes to canals and plazas and bridges in a way that keeps them manageable for viewers.

Throw in some fun flirtation between Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) and Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), stakes that are about personal growth rather than intergalactic Armageddon, and some satisfying hero-on-villain throwdowns, and “Spider-Man: Far From Home” becomes an entertaining example of what we used to call “a summer movie.” You know, back before they started giving us a bright, loud comic-book adaptation like this (but rarely this good) on a weekly basis.

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Paramount Network has ordered a new unscripted series, “The Last Cowboy,” from “Yellowstone” creator Taylor Sheridan, the network announced on Wednesday.

The unscripted series, produced by Truly Original and 101 Studios, “spotlights the highly-skilled horsemen and trainers competing in the intense, high-stakes world of professional reining,” according to the network. It will follow eight men and women who “are determined to elevate and preserve the cowboy tradition as they train and engage in the exclusive ultra-competitive sport.”

Derived from the practice of herding cattle, reining is a western-based competition where riders guide horses through a precise pattern of circles, spins and stops, similar to the more European dressage.

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“The grit, beauty and tenacity of the West are linked to America’s legacy and my creative drive has been to explore those, in all their complexities, in film and scripted television,” Sheridan said in a statement. “Now, with ‘The Last Cowboy’ and ‘Run for a Million,’ we’re bringing the real men and women, and their dedication to the sport of reining, to the small screen, an unmasking of the cowboy world that we hope TV audiences will enjoy.”

“Viewers came in massive numbers to watch Yellowstone last season to see the way we showcase modern day western life,” said Keith Cox, president of development for Paramount Network and TV Land. “Now we’re serving up fans an inside look at the lives of real horsemen and their challenges and triumphs within the world of competitive horse reining.”

Added Glenda Hersh and Steven Weinstock, executive producers and co-CEOs of Truly Original, “What many people don’t know is that some of the greatest cowboys in the world aren’t living and working on ranches; they’re competing in one of the world’s most elite sports. Riders, trainers and horses perform at spectacular levels, and the drama and stakes of reining are as intense as any professional sport – with major money also on the line.”

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Hersh and Weinstock will serve as executive producers on the series alongside Sheridan, 101 Studios and David C. Glasser. Tori Socha oversees the production for Paramount Network.

In conjunction with the show, Sheridan will also launch his own reining event called “Run for a Million.” The $1 million competition will take place on August 15-17, 2019 at the South Point Arena and Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, and will be captured in the series finale.

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