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July 03, 2022

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Warner Bros. is delaying the release of Dune: Part Two.

The studio said Thursday that it will push back the release date for the film, a sequel to Denis Villeneuve's adaptation of the Frank Herbert novel Dune, from Oct. 20, 2023, to Nov. 17, 2023.

Dune: Part Two will now open in theaters alongside Lionsgate's Hunger Games prequel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.

In addition, Warner Bros. said an untitled Godzilla vs. Kong film will be released March 15, 2024.

Villeneuve's Dune opened in November 2021 and was the highest-grossing title under Warner Bros.' 2021 theatrical-and-HBO Max release model, grossing $400 million.

The film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won six, including Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects and Best Original Score.

Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin are expected to return for Dune: Part Two, which begins production in Budapest this fall.

Lea Seydoux, Florence Pugh, Christopher Walken and Austin Butler will also join the cast.

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Julia Roberts, George Clooney play exes in 'Ticket to Paradise' trailer

The first official trailer of the Julia Roberts, George Clooney romantic comedy Ticket to Paradise is out.

Universal Pictures released the rom-com trailer Wednesday showing Roberts and Clooney as a divorced couple scheming together in Bali to stop their lovestruck daughter from repeating their mistake 25 years earlier when they married impulsively.

Ticket to Paradise is not the first time Roberts and Clooney have teamed up. The Oscar-winning duo has also starred together in Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve and Money Monster.

Ol Parker of Mamma Mia! and Here We Go Again directed, based off of a script he wrote with Daniel Pipski.

Ticket to Paradise, which also stars Billie Lourd, will be released in theaters Oct. 21. The Working Title film will stream on Peacock 45 days later.

WATCH IT NOW: Ticket to Paradise - Official Trailer

'Quantum Leap' sequel series to premiere Sept. 19 on NBC

America SaleNBC said its Quantum Leap sequel series is set to debut on Sept. 19.

The sci-fi show will star Raymond Lee, Caitlin Bassett, Ernie Hudson, Mason Alexander Park and Nanrisa Lee.

"It's been nearly 30 years since Dr. Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished," the network said in a press release on Wednesday.

"Now, a new team, led by physicist Ben Song, has been assembled to restart the project in hope of understanding the mysteries behind the machine and the man who created it," the synopsis continued. "Everything changes, however, when Ben makes an unauthorized leap into the past, leaving the team behind to solve the mystery of why he did it. At Ben's side throughout his leaps is Addison, who appears in the form of a hologram only Ben can see and hear. She's a decorated Army veteran who brings level-headed precision to her job."

The original show ran 1989-93. It starred Scott Bakula as Beckett, a scientist who inhabited a different person's body each episode due to an experiment gone awry.

Dean Stockwell, who died last year at the age of 85, played his holographic adviser, Al.

R. Kelly given 30-year sentence for racketeering, sex trafficking convictions

A judge handed former R&B superstar R. Kelly a 30-year prison sentence on Wednesday for the entertainer's 2021 convictions on federal racketeering and other charges connected to sex trafficking.

"R. Kelly used his fame, fortune and enablers to prey on the young, the vulnerable and the voiceless for his own sexual gratification, while many turned a blind eye," U.S. Breon Attorney Peace said in a statement following sentencing.

"With today's sentence he has finally and appropriately been held accountable for his decades of abuse, exploitation and degradation of teenagers and other vulnerable young people. We hope that today's sentence brings some measure of comfort and closure to the victims, including those who bravely testified at trial, and serves as long-overdue recognition that their voices deserve to be heard and their lives matter."

Seven women read victim impact statements inside the Brooklyn courtroom.

"You degraded me, humiliated me and broke my spirit. I wished I would die because of how you degraded me," said one women, identified as Jane Doe No. 2.

Kelly, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, did not speak during the sentencing. His lawyers cited upcoming legal proceedings as the reason why. The 55-year-old Kelly faces a separate federal trial in August in Illinois. He also faces child pornography and obstruction of justice charges in Minnesota.

Kelly's attorneys had argued there was no reason for his sentence to extend beyond the maximum sentencing guidelines of 17 years.

Prosecutors had asked District Court Judge Ann Donnelly for a prison term of no less than 25 years, after successfully arguing Kelly "preyed upon children and young women for his own sexual gratification" for nearly three decades with the help of people under his control.

"This case is not about sex," Donnelly told the court in a lengthy address before issuing the sentence. "It is about violence, cruelty and control."

"You took advantage of their (victims') hopes and dreams, holding teenagers in your house trapped. You were at the top of your organization and you raped and beat them, separated them from their families and forced them to do unspeakable things."

Kelly, who has been held at a federal detention facility in Brooklyn, is expected to be moved to Chicago ahead of his next trial, scheduled for Aug.15 and has been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last September, a Brooklyn jury convicted the recording artist on nine counts -- one count of racketeering, which included 12 underlying acts of sexual exploitation of a child, kidnapping, bribery and sex trafficking, and eight counts of violating the Mann Act sex trafficking law.

Since his conviction, Kelly replaced his legal team with Jennifer Bonjean and her firm, the attorney who helped comedian Bill Cosby get his criminal sexual assault conviction overturned in Pennsylvania.

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'See How They Run' trailer: Saoirse Ronan, Sam Rockwell star in mystery-comedy

Searchlight Pictures is giving a glimpse of the new film See How They Run.

The studio shared a trailer for the murder mystery-comedy film Wednesday featuring Saoirse Ronan and Sam Rockwell.

See How They Run takes place in 1950s London, where plans for a movie adaptation of a hit West End play come to an abrupt halt after a pivotal member of the crew is murdered.

"When world-weary Inspector Stoppard (Rockwell) and eager rookie Constable Stalker (Ronan) take on the case, the two find themselves thrown into a puzzling whodunit within the glamorously sordid theater underground, investigating the mysterious homicide at their own peril," an official synopsis reads.

David Oyelowo, Ruth Wilson, Harris Dickinson, Shirley Henderson, Sian Clifford, Jacob Fortune-Lloyd, Reece Shearsmith and Charlie Cooper also star.

See How They Run is written by Mark Chappell and directed by Tom George. The film opens in theaters Sept. 30.

Ronan is known for the films Atonement, Lady Bird and Little Women, while Rockwell has starred in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Vice and Fosse/Verdon.