People: Jennifer Lawrence to star in comedy for Netflix

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Jennifer Lawrence to star in comedy for Netflix

Jennifer Lawrence will star in the Adam McKay comedy "Don't Look Up" for Netflix.

The streaming giant on Wednesday announced that it acquired the the project. McKay, who wrote the script, will direct the film about two low-level astronomers who go on a media tour to warn of an approaching asteroid heading for Earth.

Lawrence has been little seen on the big screen lately, most recently co-starring in last year's "X-Men: Dark Phoenix." The 29-year-old actress took a roughly two-year hiatus from acting but has recently returned to work. She recently wrapped production on an untitled film for A24 directed by Lila Neugebauer.

"I'm so thrilled to make this movie with Jen Lawrence," McKay said in a statement. "She's what folks in the 17th century used to call 'a dynamite act.' And the fact that Netflix sees this movie as a worldwide comedy sets the bar high for me and my team in an exciting and motivating way."

McKay's most recently movie was 2018's Oscar-nominated "Vice," starring Christian Bale as Dick Cheney.

Shooting on "Don't Look Up" is set to begin in April.

Label: Rapper Pop Smoke slain in shooting

Pop Smoke, a rising Brooklyn rapper who had a breakout year of hit songs and albums that made some of the biggest names in hip-hop his fans and collaborators, was fatally shot during a break-in Wednesday at a Hollywood Hills home, his label said.

"We are devastated by the unexpected and tragic loss of Pop Smoke," said a statement from Republic Records, the label of the 20-year-old whose legal name was Bashar Barakah Jackson. "Our prayers and thoughts go out to his family, friends and fans, as we mourn this loss together."

Los Angeles police did not immediately confirm the identification and have not announced any arrests.

Police officers found a victim shortly before 5 a.m. after responding to a 911 call from someone who reported intruders, including one armed with a handgun, were breaking in, police Capt. Steve Lurie said.

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Police said the 911 call came from "back East" and reported the break-in was occurring at a friend's home. The victim was pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Several people who were in the house were detained and released, Lurie said.

From Brooklyn, New York, Pop Smoke came onto the rap scene in 2018 and broke out last spring with "Welcome to the Party" a gangsta anthem where he brags about shootings, killings and drugs. Earlier this month he released the album "Meet the Woo 2," which debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart. It was the follow up to his first official release," Meet the Woo," last July. He also had the popular hit "Gatti" with Travis Scott and Jackboys and "Dior."

Artist JMW Turner on new UK banknote

Britain's new 20-pound (about $29) note went into circulation Thursday — one that replaces the image of a pioneering economist with a battered warship being towed away for scrap.

The polymer banknote replaces a paper predecessor bearing the image of 18th-century economist Adam Smith. The new version features a self-portrait of artist J.M.W. Turner alongside his painting "The Fighting Temeraire."

The painting depicts the Royal Navy ship HMS Temeraire, which helped win the 1805 Battle of Trafalgar, being hauled away by a tug at the end of its life.

Born in 1775, Turner became known as "the painter of light" for his resplendent landscapes and seascapes. The Turner Prize and the Turner Contemporary gallery in the seaside town of Margate, where he once lived, are both named for him.

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said he was "delighted that the work of arguably the single most influential British artist of all time will now appear on another two billion works of art — the new 20-pound notes that people can start using today."

The bank says polymer notes are more durable and harder to forge. The new 20 includes features such as see-through windows and a hologram to help thwart counterfeiters.

Today's birthdays: Actor Gary Lockwood ("2001: A Space Odyssey") is 83. Actor Anthony Daniels (C3P0 in "Star Wars" films) is 74. Actor Kelsey Grammer is 65. Actor William Baldwin is 57. Singer Rhiannon Giddens of Carolina Chocolate Drops is 43. Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt is 41. Opera/pop singer Charlotte Church is 34. Actor Corbin Bleu ("High School Musical," ''Jump In!") is 31. Actress Sophie Turner ("Game of Thrones") is 24.

— The Associated Press


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