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Donald Glover: ‘Atlanta’ Season 3 Will Have ‘Realest,’ ‘Most Enjoyable’ Episodes

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By Ellis Clopton

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – Donald Glover was met with applause after assuring the audience at the Saban Media Center on Friday that the upcoming third season of “Atlanta” would be their television equivalent of Kanye West’s Grammy award-winning third album, “Graduation.”

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“This will be our most accessible, but also the realest and honest version of it, and I think the most enjoyable,” Glover said.

Glover and his co-writer and brother, Stephen, were tight-lipped about details about the recently announced third season , but Stephen said the show’s writers are eager to get started.

“We can do almost anything,”  he added.

On the red carpet for the “” FYC, Stephen Glover told Variety he wasn’t concerned about the chances of FX renewing the show.

“Just talking to the heads [of ], they were really positive about it. and even though it hadn’t been announced yet, I felt good about it,” he said. “So when it did get announced, everybody was like “Cool, let’s get back to work.””

Continuing the hip-hop industry comparisons, said the show’s writers think about writing a new season in terms of releasing a new mixtape, where rappers continually face the pressure of topping themselves.

“That’s what rap is, you have to top yourself,” he said. “So we just do the seasons like that.”

Even though the Glover brothers and the show’s other writers, Stefani Robinson and Jamal Olori, haven’t begun writing anything for the third season, Donald Glover said the key to writing an “Atlanta” episode all comes down to writing moments.

“We understand as a group that things are made of moments, so we just focus on moments because a good moment can really change an entire episode,” he said.

Brian Tyree Henry told Variety that “Atlanta’s” popularity can be attributed to not only just appealing to African-American audiences, but also that viewers across the country tuned in and made it successful, allowing them to elevate the careers of other actors and actresses of color.

“People are willing to allow us to go into their homes and they go with us on these stories, and it’s so refreshing to see that,” Henry said. “You really can’t beat that.”

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Stephen Hawking’s voice to be beamed into space at final send-off

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By Costas Pitas

LONDON (Reuters) – The voice of Stephen Hawking will be beamed into space in a message of peace and hope on Friday as the British physicist is laid to rest during a service at London’s Westminster Abbey.

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The wheelchair-bound scientist who died in March aged 76 after a lifetime spent probing the origins of the universe and mysteries of black holes, suffered from motor neurone disease which forced him to use an electronic voice synthesizer.

His ashes will be interred between major British scientific figures Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin at the abbey, a 1,000-year-old location made famous worldwide for generations of royal coronations, weddings and funerals.

Members of the public from over 100 countries, selected by a ballot, will join friends and family for the service which will include a reading from actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who played Hawking in a 2004 BBC film.

The physicist’s voice set to a piece by Greek electronic music composer Vangelis will be broadcast by the European Space Agency later on Friday.

The broadcast will be beamed towards the nearest black hole, 1A 0620-00, which lives in a binary system with a fairly ordinary orange dwarf star, his daughter Lucy Hawking said in a statement.

“It is a message of peace and hope, about unity and the need for us to live together in harmony on this planet,” she said.

Hawking will rest between Newton, who formulated the law of universal gravitation and laid the foundations of modern mathematics and Darwin, whose theory of evolution was one of the most far-reaching scientific breakthroughs of all time.

Interment inside Westminster Abbey is a rarely bestowed honor. The most recent burials of scientists there were those of Ernest Rutherford, a pioneer of nuclear physics, in 1937, and of Joseph John Thomson, who discovered electrons, in 1940.

Around 25,000 people applied to attend the Service of Thanksgiving, according to the Hawking family.

(Editing by Stephen Addison)

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John Travolta’s ‘Gotti’ Finally Opens — After Nearly a Decade in the Works

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By Dave McNary

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – John Gotti Jr. thinks the story of his father’s life should at least be playing on a few more screens on the Gambino family’s home turf. The son of the notorious mobster is distressed that “” is only playing a few theaters in Brooklyn.

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“It’s not being shown in areas where the story happened and that’s a shame,” he said. “I don’t get it.”

Gotti Jr. has been working on getting the film off the ground for nearly a decade, and the biopic starring John Travolta finally arrives at 503 theaters this weekend. But the low-budget drama could get whacked at the box office.

The long-gestating project, which was directed by “Entourage” star Kevin Connolly, is now saddled with a 0% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, based on six  reviews from the Cannes Film Festival , where it premiered on May 15 and Travolta made headlines boogieing onstage with 50 Cent at the after-party.

Originally scheduled to open in December through Lionsgate, the producers bought it back just 10 days before the day-and-date theatrical and VOD release in hopes of a wider opening.

is teaming on the release with Vertical Entertainment and Sunrider. It’s the second acquisition for the monthly subscription service following a limited opening for “American Animals,” which has grossed $417,089 since June 1. Despite poor reviews, the independent drama is the kind of film MoviePass hopes filmgoers might check out when they’ve run out of blockbusters at the multiplex.

Travolta co-stars with his wife, Kelly Preston, in the mobster movie centering on New York’s Gambino family leader from a script by Lem Dobbs and Leo Rossi.

John Gotti died in 2002 at the age of 61 at a Missouri federal prison in Springfield, Mo., while serving a life sentence without parole for racketeering-murder convictions. Spencer Lofranco portrays Gotti Jr., who left the mobster life behind shortly before his father’s death.

“Spencer is much better looking than me, but he did capture my essence,” Gotti Jr. said.

Gotti Jr. said Travolta did a better job than Armand Assante in the 1996 film “Gotti.”

“Armand did a great job and John did a better job,” he added. “He nailed the body language and he owns the room in his scenes. He doesn’t have my father’s natural swagger, though.”

Fiore Films acquired the crime figure’s life rights in 2010 from Gotti Jr., and announced at the Cannes Film Festival that Al Pacino had come aboard to portray Gotti associate Neil Dellacroce. The role was eventually filled by Stacy Keach. “Gotti” also stars Travolta’s daughter Ella Bleu Travolta, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Chris Mulkey, and Lydia Hull. “Gotti” ended up with 45 different producers and executive producers listed on its IMDb page.

Lionsgate had planned to release “Gotti” last Dec. 15 through its Lionsgate Premiere specialty division — which would have been a day-and-date release for theatrical but mostly for VOD and streaming. But two weeks earlier, producers Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films exercised a provision in its 2015 deal allowing it to buy back the movie from Lionsgate. Edward Walson of Sunrider also invested in “Gotti” in order to get a theatrical release.

Helios and Matheson Analytics, the parent company of MoviePass, bought a stake in “Gotti” in late April and then acquired the exclusive option to buy Emmett/Furla/Oasis on May 30.

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An Exclusive Tour Through Russia’s World Cup Stadiums

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In 14 days, the best national teams and most of the best players in the world will meet to fight for football supremacy in hops of hoisting the beautiful World Cup trophy.

In preparation for this massive event, host nation Russia has spent around $12 billion to make its stadiums World-Cup-worthy.

The tournament will take place in 12 stadiums and 11 cities around the country, and now is a good time as ever to get to know the venues of the games of the tournament.

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Soccer: Fearsome young trio expected to start for France

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By Julien Pretot

ISTRA, Russia (Reuters) – With several top-notch forwards at his disposal, France coach Didier Deschamps has tough choices to make ahead of his young team’s World Cup opener against Australia and the experienced Olivier Giroud could find himself on the bench.

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The 31-year-old Chelsea striker, who has scored 31 goals in 74 games for his country, sustained a cut on his forehead in France’s last warm-up match against the United States but has been training with a bandage around his head.

Deschamps, however, is expected to leave Giroud out of the starting lineup for their first Group C match in Kazan on Saturday, having fielded him with the substitutes team in training on Wednesday.

Kylian Mbappe, 19, and 21-year-old Ousmane Dembele, who have linked up impressively during the build-up matches, should start along with Antoine Griezmann, 27, to form a fearsome trio.

“We are three players who appreciate each other. We put our egos on the side,” said Mbappe, who added he was “100 percent” after taking a knock on his ankle at training earlier this week.

“There are not a lot of teams who have a better attacking lineup than us.”

Should the 23-year-old Corentin Tolisso start in midfield and Blaise Matuidi, 31, stay on the bench, it could be the youngest French team to start a World Cup since 1930.

Nothing to worry about, says Mbappe.

“It can be a strength. We can bring some carefreeness, some joie de vivre in a competition where pressure is always weighing on the squad,” the striker added.

In defence, Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard, both 22, are likely to start on the flanks after impressive displays in the warm-up games, in the absence of the injured Djibril Sidibe.

Sidibe has been suffering from a knee injury but French federation president Noel Le Graet indicated he would not be ruled out of the tournament.

“I saw all the players today and Sidibe was in good health,” Le Graet told a news conference on Thursday.

France, who were knocked out in the World Cup quarter-finals by eventual champions Germany four years ago in Brazil, also take on Peru and Denmark in the group stage.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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