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INTERVIEW: Kadeem Hardison Is An Avid Gamer, Talks 'Beyond,' And Video Game Virginity

With David Cage's Beyond: Two Souls on the charts and in stores, we got a chance to speak with actor Kadeem Hardison about his role in the interactive thriller. If you weren't able to get in at the ground floor, don't worry, we'll bring you up to speed. The founder of Quantic Dream (Heavy Rain, Indigo Prophecy) challenged the gaming industry to "grow up." And with that, he set into motion a belief that there is more to a story than what meets the eye. For fans of the company's previous work, they're no strangers to how gigantic its games are. Full of quick-time events, inescapable moments, and truly dazzling graphics—Sony launched the interactive thriller yesterday (Oct. 8) and immediately enamored hardcore gamers. After wowing industry insiders at New York City's famed Tribeca Film Festival, the hype machine for Beyond: Two Souls reached into the stratosphere. Beyond: Two Souls takes players across the world on an exciting journey that explores 15 years of Jodie Holmes' (Page) life. Aided by scientist Nathan Dawkins (Dafoe), the duo discovers a connection to a mysterious entity, which sets off a path to discover the truth about life, death and who she is — a direct theme that provides an evocative narrative amongst gamers. If you haven't read our review, the uniquely intriguing title attempts to push the way video games are felt by hardcore and casual gaming fans. Without giving too much away, the Beyond cast reads off like a true Hollywood blockbuster, as Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe are billed as the marquee stars. No stranger to screens, both large and small, Kadeem Hardison plays Cole Freeman, an assistant to Dr. Nathan Dawkins and friend to Jodie Holmes. The Different World alum spent three weeks at the Quantic Dream studios in Paris working on the project. A self-professed "avid gamer," we sat down with the living black legend to talk about his initial expectations of the game, his thoughts when handed the 2,000-plus page script, how and when he lost his video game virginity, and his expectations for the upcoming 2013-2014 NBA season. You can listen to the full chat below: WARNING: Some audio hiccups and spoilers can be heard.

Beyond: Two Souls is available exclusively for the PlayStation 3 and is in stores now.

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The Internet Reacts To ‘Cats’ Trailer Feat. Jennifer Hudson, Idris Elba And More

The film adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats musical will soon hit the big screen, but the new trailer isn't getting the best internet reviews. The two-minute sneak peek released Thursday (July 18), gives a first look at the cast, which includes Jennifer Hudson, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Taylor Swift, James Corden and Ian McKellen, decked out as felines.

Elba stars as the mysterious Macavity and Hudson portrays Grizabella the Glamour Cat who sings “Memory,” one of the musical’s most popular numbers. Derulo takes on Rum Tum Tugger, Corden plays Bustopher Jones, Swift is Bombalurina, and McKellen is Gus the Theater Cat. The all-star cast also features Dame Judi Dench as Old Deuteronomy.

Many of the bad Twitter reviews were due to the CGI technology making for an awkward final product that left some utterly confused, and maybe even terrified.

JENNIFER HUDSON AND JAMES CORDEN IN CATS (2019) Y'ALL DID DIRTY TO MY FELLAS #CatsMusical pic.twitter.com/oIICv76hHN

— papadenke (@papadenke) July 18, 2019

Idris Elba and Jason DeRulo in Cats (2019, Dir. Tom Hooper) pic.twitter.com/shRwcy80P0

— Freddie Benson (@DeeH_NYC) July 18, 2019

I CAN’T BELIEVE THEY DID THIS ON PURPOSE. pic.twitter.com/oItHY9G7s1

— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) July 18, 2019

THERAPIST: Jason Derulo cat isn't real. He can't hurt you. JASON DERULO CAT: pic.twitter.com/Ex2YDbrW5O

— mandrew (@knuckifyouzuck) July 18, 2019

Me trying to save Idris Elba from the CATS movie: pic.twitter.com/xlaIaAQNTh

— Ryan Aguirre (@aguirreryan) July 18, 2019

The 1981 musical, is based on T.S. Elliott’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats and centers around a cat collective known as the Jellicles, as they prepare to choose one feline for the “Jellicle choice” (where on cat will be reborn).

Cats is scheduled to hit theaters on December 20. Watch the trailer in the video above.

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Spike Lee's 'She's Gotta Have It' Won't Return To Netflix For Season Three

Nola Darling and the She's Gotta Have It cast will not return to Netflix for season three, according to Entertainment Weekly. Director Spike Lee revisited his 1986 feature film to create the series adaption in 2017.

Starring DeWanda Wise (Nola Darling), her character considers herself a free-spirited artist who weaves her intimate relationships and experiences, all while going toe-to-toe with the gentrification of her Brooklyn community.

The sudden cancellation arrived less than two months after season two aired earlier this summer. "While this is our last season, we're very proud that it will be on our service for years to come," Netflix's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement on Wednesday (July 17).

The nineteen-episode series also starred Anthony Ramos, Ifenesh Hadera, Cleo Anthony, Lyriq Bent, Margot Bingham, Chyna Layne, and Fat Joe. Musical selections featured on the show included Stevie Wonder, Prince, Marvin Gaye, Madonna, Erykah Badu, and Frank Ocean.

Lee is currently working on an upcoming film for Netflix titled Da 5 Bloods. The war drama tells the story of Vietnam veterans with appearances from Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Isiah Whitlock Jr. (BlacKkKlansman), Delroy Lindo (The Good Fight), and Norm Lewis (Les Misérables).

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Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez, Lizzo, Keke Palmer And More Star in 'Hustlers' Trailer

On Wednesday (July 17), the trailer for the star-studded Hustlers film debuted, highlighting appearances from Jennifer Lopez, Keke Palmer, Constance Wu, Lizzo, and Cardi B.

Complex reports that Lorene Scafaria's drama is based on The Cut's article "The Hustlers at Scores" by Jessica Pressler, who describes the story as "a modern Robin Hood story for you: a few strippers who stole from (mostly) rich, (usually) disgusting, (in their minds) pathetic men and gave to, well, themselves."

Cardi B will grace the box office for the first time, and writer/director Scafaria was determined to cast the "Money" artist in the feature film but it was not an easy task. Scafaria previously told Vulture, "I chased Cardi for two years," and admitted that the connection happened through a direct message. "I got back a 'We know, we'll get back to you,'" she said. "I didn't know if I was talking to her or somebody else."

Watch the Hustlers trailer above, that has already racked up 95,000 views on YouTube.

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