Damian Lewis looking at the camera: Damian Lewis, seen here in Billions, portrays late Toronto mayor Rob Ford in the film Run This Town.

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Damian Lewis, seen right here in Billions, portrays late Toronto mayor Rob Ford within the movie Run This City.

The film that options Damian Lewis, star of TV’s Billions and Homeland, as late Toronto mayor Rob Ford will make its world premiere in March on the South by Southwest (SXSW) competition in Austin, Texas.

Run This City was filmed in Toronto however written and directed by South African Ricky Tollman, who has burdened previously that Ford — remembered for his scandals together with crack cocaine use throughout his 2010-14 time period of workplace — is a minor character within the film.

“This isn’t the Rob Ford story,” Tollman advised the Star in 2018, including that he desires to create a “sympathetic portrait” of the late mayor. The film’s lead is claimed to be 25-year-old Tony Award-winning Broadway actor Ben Platt, portraying a younger journalist.

The SXSW web site describes the story this fashion: “After commencement, Bram will get his dream job at an area newspaper. … After the paper is hit with one other spherical of layoffs, Bram stumbles upon a doubtlessly explosive story involving town’s controversial mayor. However he must beat the mayor’s easy speaking aide, Kamal, to the punch. This may very well be Bram’s large break — if he had any thought how one can be an actual journalist.”

Ford, who died in 2016, had a historical past of public intoxication and substance abuse, culminating in his being recorded smoking crack, as reported in Star investigations. In accordance with media stories, Lewis used prosthetics to bulk up for the function, “getting his face and head fully coated in silicon strips, respiratory by way of a small gap close to the nostril,” in keeping with Equipment Journal.

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Others within the solid embody Canadians Nina Dobrev ( The Vampire Diaries), Scott Speedman (Animal Kingdom) and Mena Moussad (who will star in Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin later this 12 months).

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Musicians from Metallica and the Foo Fighters rocked on with electrifying performances on Wednesday evening on the Discussion board in Inglewood, Calif., as members of the family gave heartfelt speeches in reminiscence of the late Chris Cornell.

The Soundgarden singer died at age 52 in 2017. His dying was dominated a suicide however “Chris lives on, a music immortal whose ardour for serving to others is alive,” mentioned his widow Vickey Cornell, who was introduced on stage by actor Josh Brolin. The live performance helped elevate funds for the Chris and Vickey Cornell Basis and the Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Analysis Basis.

Jimmy Kimmel hosted many of the five-hour tribute live performance, whose all-star lineup included Miley Cyrus, Adam Levine, Brandi Carlile, Miguel, Chris Stapleton, Ryan Adams and Temple of the Canine.

“We miss you, Chris,” mentioned Cyrus, who carried out “Two Drink Minimal” after which “Say Howdy 2 Heaven,” a Temple of the Canine track that was written by Cornell. She wore a jacket bearing an image of Cornell.

Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello mentioned Cornell “wrestled with demons” however made a few of the “biggest rock ’n’ roll music of all time.”

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Mary Oliver, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet whose rapturous odes to nature and animal life introduced her important acclaim and standard affection, has died. She was 83.

Invoice Reichblum, Oliver’s literary executor, says she died Thursday of lymphoma at her house in Hobe Sound, Fla. Creator of greater than 15 poetry and essay collections, Oliver wrote transient, direct items that sang of her worship of the outside and disdain for greed and different dangerous human attributes.

One in every of her favorite adjectives was “excellent,” and barely did she apply it to individuals. Her muses had been owls and butterflies, frogs and geese, the modifications of the seasons, the solar and the celebrities.

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Netflix introduced Wednesday that Steve Carell is reteaming with Greg Daniels, creator of Carell’s previous sitcom The Workplace, to create and star within the office comedy House Drive. Sure, they do imply that House Drive that U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration introduced final 12 months could be a brand new division of the U.S. armed forces.

“The objective of the brand new department is ‘to defend satellites from assault’ and ‘carry out different space-related duties.’ Or one thing,” a Netflix promotional video says. “That is the story of the women and men who need to determine it out.”

No launch date or different casting info has been introduced.

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Carell can be set to star in Apple’s morning present drama with Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston.

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