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Tyra Banks Reportedly Leaving 'America's Got Talent'

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According to reports, Tyra Banks will reportedly be leaving her hosting gig on NBC’s America’s Got Talent to focus on production for the big and small screens.

Per The New York Post’s Page Six, the supermodel has hosted the show since last year, replacing the talent show’s former host, Nick Cannon. Cannon reportedly left the show after NBC reportedly threatened to terminate his contract.

A source close to Banks told Page Six that “Tyra’s been inundated with producing and acting requests… she wants to produce and create TV. She will not be returning to ‘AGT’ in the new year.” Banks not only served as host for the show in 2017; she also reprised her position as head judge on America’s Next Top Model.

In November, the Life Size 2 star told NBC Access that she was unsure of her next move with the show.

“I think I had a really nice run with AGT,” she said. “I had a lot, a lot of fun. I’m really focusing on Life-Size — I’m going to be producing TV and I have a massive project starting next year. I’m not so sure, but if I don’t come back, I had a lot of fun.”

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Lakeith Stanfield To Voice African Samurai In Netflix Anime Series ‘Yasuke’

Lakeith Stanfield will voice the starring role in, Yasuke, an upcoming Netflix anime series on the first known African samurai. The streaming giant announced a handful of new anime programs along with updates on nearly a dozen others during the 2020 Netflix Anime Festival live stream from Japan on Tuesday (Oct. 26), Deadline reports.

Set in war torn Japan, the series chronicles Yasuke’s struggle to keep the peace following a violent past life. A change in circumstances forces him to take up the sword in protection of a “mysterious” child who becomes the focus of “dark forces.”

A village in danger, a mysterious child, warring daimyo, and the greatest ronin never known all clash in a Japan of magic and mechs. Learn the story of the first African samurai when LeSean Thomas’s Yasuke, voiced by Lakeith Stanfield, arrives next year. pic.twitter.com/jCabzutMIv

— NX (@NXOnNetflix) October 27, 2020

LeSean Thomas created, executive produced, and directed the series with character design from Japanese animator, Takeshi Koike, and music from Flying Lotus. Stanfield is also an executive producer on the series.

Last year, Chadwick Boseman was reportedly in talks to portray a live-action version of the story. The actor passed away in August.

Yasuke is believed to have arrived in Japan in 1579 and was trained by legendary warlord Oda Nobunaga. The animated series debuts on Netflix next year.

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‘Candyman’ Reboot Pushed Back To Next Summer

The long-awaited reboot of the ‘90s horror flick, Candyman, has been pushed back yet again. The film, written by Jordan Peele and directed by Nia DaCosta, is now expected to arrive on August 27, 2021.

Like many productions delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Candyman remake has been postponed more than once. In September, Universal Pictures removed the film from its calendar. Da Costa later explained that the film was made to view in theaters.

“We wanted the horror and humanity of Candyman to be experience in a collective, a community, so we’re pushing Candyman to next year, to ensure that everyone cans the film in theaters, and share in the experience,” DaCosta tweeted at the time. Her Twitter account has since been deleted.

Described as a “spiritual sequel” to the 1992 original, the reboot stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as the supernatural monster lurking within the character Anthony McCoy. The film’s premise finds McCoy (Abdul-Mateen) returning to the now gentrified Chicago area where the legend of Candyman first began.

“I’m really honored to be stepping into those shoes,” Abdul-Mateen said in an interview with Collider.com. “They’re big shoes to fill because, obviously, that’s an iconic character and a story that people relate to. Even people who have not seen it, have ideas about it, or they’ve still been able to interact with it, and that iconography has penetrated their lives. So, it’s an honor to be able to step into that, and to re-tell that story, and to introduce the mythology of Candyman back into the world, in 2020, and to put our own social lens and our own spin on it. I think that’s gonna be a lot of fun, to put that iconography back into the conversation.”

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Daniel Kaluuya Explains Why His Upcoming Live-Action ‘Barney’ Movie Is “Really Needed”

Daniel Kaluuya shared an interesting take on Barney, and the motivation behind his up-coming live-action adaptation of the children’s series. The 31-year-old British actor is producing what will be a sobering interpretation of the lovable purple T-Rex, one that Kaluuya says is “really needed” at the moment.

“Barney taught us, ‘I love you, you love me. Won’t you say you love me too?’ That’s one of the first songs I remember, and what happens when that isn’t true? I thought that was really heartbreaking,” Kaluuya told Entertainment Weekly  in an interview promoting his upcoming film Judas and the Black Messiah. “I have no idea why but it feels like that makes sense. It feels like there’s something unexpected that can be poignant but optimistic. Especially at this time now, I think that’s really, really needed.’’

Mattel Films is co-producing the live-action Barney film alongside Kaluuya’s production company, 59%, and Valparaiso Pictures.

Barney & Friends originally aired on PBS from 1992-2009. The purple dinosaur and his sidekick,  B.J. and Baby Bop, taught legions of young viewers educational messages through songs and dance.

Aside from Barney, Kaluuya opened up to EW about portraying Black Pantry Party member Fred Hampton in Judas and The Black Messiah, co-starring Lakeith Stanfield.

“One of my aspirations was to show how brilliant these people were in every way, and what they were really doing, to show the full picture, away from the narrow narrative that has been portrayed. Show what they were really doing in this time, and how revolutionary their ideas were. It didn't necessarily mean destruction. They were actually about healing and loving and taking care of your community. These activities do not feel like they're associated with the Black Panther party but that's the foundation of it, which is why it spread.”

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