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Two months after The Crown's fourth season, our first look at another major Princess Diana portrayal has arrived.

The first photo of Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana in the upcoming film Spencer was revealed on Wednesday. The movie takes place around one Christmas and follows Diana when she "decided her marriage to Prince Charles wasn't working, and that she needed to veer from a path that put her in line to one day be queen," as Deadline previously reported.

Pablo Larraín, who directed Natalie Portman in the Oscar-nominated Jackie Kennedy film Jackie, is directing Spencer, while Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight wrote the screenplay.

"Spencer is a dive inside an emotional imagining of who Diana was at a pivotal turning point in her life," Stewart says, per Variety. "It is a physical assertion of the sum of her parts, which starts with her given name: Spencer. It is a harrowing effort for her to return to herself, as Diana strives to hold onto what the name Spencer means to her."

Recently, Lady Diana was portrayed by Emma Corrin on the fourth season of Netflix's The Crown. Check out the first look at Stewart's version, complete with that perfect side-eye, below. The film is expected to debut this fall. Brendan Morrow

September 17, 2020

Former President Barack Obama's new memoir will soon be available wherever books are sold.

Penguin Random House on Thursday announced that Obama's 768-page memoir A Promised Land will be published on Nov. 17, two weeks after the 2020 presidential election, The New York Times reports. It will be the first of two volumes, and it will cover events up to the 2011 death of Osama bin Laden. Obama reportedly started writing the book soon after he left office.

"There's no feeling like finishing a book, and I'm proud of this one," Obama said. "I've spent the last few years reflecting on my presidency, and in A Promised Land I've tried to provide an honest accounting of my presidential campaign and my time in office: the key events and people who shaped it, my take on what I got right and the mistakes I made, and the political, economic, and cultural forces that my team and I had to confront then — and that as a nation we are grappling with still."

An Obama spokesperson told the Times that releasing the book prior to the presidential election on Nov. 3 was not considered because Obama hoped to focus on helping Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden with his campaign. Penguin Random House's imprint Crown previously signed a $65 million deal with Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama for their memoirs, the Times reports. The former first lady's memoir, Becoming, was released in 2018 and was that year's best-selling book in the United States, Axios notes.

According to the Times, Obama will also record the audio version of A Promised Land. The release date for volume two hasn't been revealed. Brendan Morrow

September 3, 2020

The Justice Department is reportedly getting ready to file antitrust charges against Google this month, though not everyone's on board with that timeline.

The DOJ is preparing to bring an antitrust case against Google "as soon as this month" after Attorney General William Barr "overruled career lawyers who said they needed more time to build a strong case," The New York Times reported on Thursday.

An inquiry into Alphabet, Google's parent company, was opened by the Justice Department in June 2019, and the probe has reportedly examined the company's business practices related to both search and advertising. The Times cites three sources as saying that during the investigation, the DOJ has "amassed powerful evidence of anticompetitive practices."

However, the Times also reports that after officials from the DOJ told lawyers working on the inquiry to wrap up by the end of September, "most" of them opposed this deadline, feeling it was "arbitrary," and "some said they would not sign the complaint." In a memo over the summer, some of the lawyers reportedly argued they could "bring a strong case," but they said doing so would require more time, and they worry the deadline may actually "weaken their case and ultimately strengthen Google's hand," the Times writes.

Barr has reportedly argued the probe has not moved quickly enough and defended the September deadline. At the same time, the Times reports that some antitrust division staff members complain that Barr is "forcing them to come up with 'half-baked' cases so he could unveil a complaint by Sept. 30." Read more at The New York Times. Brendan Morrow

August 13, 2020

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Bob Woodward's new book about President Trump now has a name: Rage.

Rage is scheduled for release on Sept. 15, and people familiar with the book's contents told CNN it goes into detail about how Trump makes decisions and his thoughts on the coronavirus pandemic, national security, and the Black Lives Matter protests.

Rage will be published by Simon & Schuster, the same company behind recent tell-alls by former National Security Adviser John Bolton and the president's niece, Mary Trump. CEO Jonathan Karp told CNN Rage is "the most important book Simon & Schuster will publish this year. Every voter should read it before Nov. 3."

In January, Trump announced that he sat down with Woodward for the book; he ignored earlier interview requests from Woodward when the author was working on his 2018 tome, Fear, and criticized the book after it was published. CNN reports that Woodward recorded hundreds of hours of interviews with Trump and other people close to him and the White House, and also obtained "notes, emails, diaries, calendars, and confidential documents," including 25 personal letters between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

A person familiar with the letters called them "extraordinary," and Simon & Schuster revealed that in one of them, "Kim describes the bond between the two leaders as out of a 'fantasy film.'" Catherine Garcia

July 6, 2020

Mary Trump's tell-all book about her family is hitting bookstores sooner than expected.

Simon & Schuster announced on Monday that Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man will be published on July 14, two weeks earlier than scheduled, due to "high demand and extraordinary interest."

Mary Trump, the daughter of President Trump's eldest brother, Fred Trump Jr., is a clinical psychologist. Too Much and Never Enough paints her uncle as a "damaged man" with "lethal flaws," Simon & Schuster said, and it's already the No. 1 bestselling book on Amazon, CNN reports.

The president's younger brother, Robert Trump, sought a restraining order in an attempt to block the book's release. Last week, he won an injunction against Mary Trump and Simon & Schuster, but a New York state appeals court lifted the temporary restraining order against the publisher, saying the company is not bound by a nondisclosure agreement Mary Trump signed in 2001.

Mary Trump's spokesman, Chris Bastardi, said on Monday that Trump's attempt to "muzzle a private citizen is just the latest in a series of disturbing behaviors which have already destabilized a fractured nation in the face of a global pandemic. If Mary cannot comment, one can only help buy wonder: What is Donald Trump so afraid of?" Catherine Garcia

September 24, 2019

President Trump says the transcript of his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is set to be released tomorrow amid growing Democratic calls for impeachment.

On Tuesday, Trump tweeted that he has "authorized the release tomorrow of the complete, fully declassified and unredacted transcript" of his phone conversation with Zelensky, on which The Wall Street Journal reports he pushed for Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden's son about eight times.

Trump has admitted he did bring up Biden's son on this call, but in his tweet, he insisted the call was "totally appropriate" and that there was "NO quid pro quo!" About a week before the call, Trump had ordered military aid to Ukraine be withheld, and Democrats have accused Trump of doing so in order to a secure an investigation that would damage his potential 2020 election opponent.

Democrats had called for the release of the transcript of Trump's call, but they've also been looking to see the full complaint filed by a whistleblower about Trump's foreign communications. This complaint has been withheld from Congress, and Trump made no mention of its potential release Wednesday. The Washington Post's Phillip Bump notes that "reporting suggests that the call was only part of the pattern cited by the whistleblower" and so "releasing just this doesn't give a full picture."

August 26, 2019

Viola Davis is preparing to go high, not low, for her next TV performance.

The award-winning actress will portray former first lady Michelle Obama in the new Showtime anthology series First Ladies, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter report. This upcoming show is set to follow the lives of several first ladies, with other episodes focusing on Eleanor Roosevelt and Betty Ford. It doesn't yet have a series order, with Showtime having committed to three scripts.

Davis will be the most high-profile actress to have portrayed Michelle Obama on screen, though the former first lady was played by Tika Sumpter in the 2016 drama Southside with You, which followed Barack and Michelle Obama on their first date. Variety reports that no actress has previously played Michelle Obama on television. Earlier this year, Davis praised Obama, who she has met at the White House, calling her "the Queen" and "my image of grace and beauty and intelligence."

First Ladies will be written by Aaron Cooley and comes from Lionsgate. It doesn't yet have a premiere date. Brendan Morrow

June 19, 2019

Not one but two original animated films from Pixar will be hitting theaters within four months of one another next year.

Pixar on Wednesday announced its new animated film Soul from Up and Inside Out director Pete Docter. An official description for the film per The Hollywood Reporter reads, "Ever wonder where your passion, your dreams and your interests come from? What is it that makes you...YOU? In 2020, Pixar Animation Studios takes you on a journey from the streets of New York City to the cosmic realms to discover the answers to life's most important questions."

The animation studio also revealed the film's official logo on its Twitter account exactly one year ahead of the film's release. Disney had previously slated an untitled Pixar film for June 2019.

In recent years, Pixar has faced some criticism for its reliance on sequels over original properties. Since 2010, the studio has produced seven sequels, the most recent of which, Toy Story 4, hits theaters this weekend. Prior to 2010, Pixar had only produced a single sequel: Toy Story 2.

But the studio has still been producing plenty of original properties in recent years like Coco, and they'll follow up the latest Toy Story with two non-sequels next year. Before Soul will be Onward, which hits theaters in March; it takes place in a suburban fantasy world and follows two elf brothers, voiced by Tom Holland and Chris Pratt. Pixar hasn't announced any movies after Soul, but producer Mark Nielsen recently told The Hollywood Reporter that following Toy Story 4, the studio's slate is currently "all original films."

Brendan Morrow

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