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Demi Lovato Joins Cast of Will Ferrell's Netflix Movie Eurovision. Camp Rock, who? Will Ferrell's upcoming Netflix comedy just got a major dose of star power thanks to Demi Lovato. The former Disney teen queen has officially joined the cast of Eurovision, which is inspired by the real-life European singing contest of the same. After Demi was spotted on the project's U.K. set, Will took to Instagram to announce the news. Holding a cake he claimed to have made "from scratch," the comedian wished Eurovision's latest star a very happy birthday. (Yes, Demi turned 27.) "Y'all, Will Ferrell made me a cake," the birthday girl wrote on Instagram. "It looks completely professional and store bought so I'm not at all suspicious that he baked it himself in all of his free time." And if returning to set for her first major acting role in more than a few years isn't enough reason to celebrate, Demi was certainly feeling the love from her fans all throughout the day. She shared a video montage of her Lovatics wishing her a happy birthday, captioning it, "Where the f -- k to start ... Today was one of the happiest days of my life. Not because it was my birthday, not just because I'm living my dream and was doing something so exciting today, but because of my friends, family and MY LOVATICS!!!!! This bday was surreal... invigoragting... inspiring... funny... touching... just everything positive you could think of. That was what my birthday was," The cast of Eurovision also includes Pierce Brosnan, Rachel McAdams and Dan Stevens. In true Ferrell fashion, he and McAdams will play Icelandic musicians Lars Erickssong and Sigrit Ericksdottir, while Brosnan will star as Lars' father Erick Erickssong. As for Demi's role, E! News has learned she'll star as Katiana, "one of the best and most angelic singers in all of Iceland." Since its inaugural gathering in 1965, the Eurovision Song Contest has since become a global phenomenon and helped launched the careers of performers like Celine Dion, who won representing Switzerland in 1988, and ABBA, who won in 1974 for Sweden. A release date has not yet been announced. (Eonline)

Ryan Reynolds Has a Perfect Solution for Fans Who Are Mourning Marvel's Loss of Spider-Man. Ryan Reynolds is a man with answers! The Deadpool actor is weighing in on the recent news that Spider-Man is reportedly no longer part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to Deadline, who was the first to break the story, Sony Pictures and Disney will not be working together on upcoming MCU projects. The publication reports Marvel Studios' president Kevin Feige won't produce any further Spider-Man films after both studios failed to reach new agreement terms to co-finance the franchise. Naturally, upon hearing this insider news, comic book fans and moviegoers' hearts were crushed into a million pieces. "marvel stans already lost tony stark this year and now we're losing peter parker?? tony did not DIE for this," one person tweeted, with many sharing the same sentiments. But this is where Reynolds comes in. On Tuesday, a fan shared a tweet that caught the 42-year-old star's attention. "Can we get a Spiderman & Deadpool movie now," the person wrote. Additionally, the fan tagged both Tom Holland, who plays Spider-Man, and the Deadpool actor. Ryan caught wind of the tweet and responded, "You can. But you can only see it in my heart." It didn't take long for fans to jump in the comment section and ask the 42-year-old actor to use his star power. "Ryan pls help us," one person chimed in. "Are you selling tickets to your heart?," another shared. Luckily, Spider-Man stans will still see the superhero on the big screen. According to Deadline, there are two movies in the works that will feature Holland in the famous spidey suit. The publication also reports that, as of now, Feige isn't part of Sony's upcoming Spider-Man projects. Moreover, the Venom sequel is also headed for the big screen with Andy Serkis directing the film and it starring Tom Hardy. In terms of superhero films Sony Pictures is working on? There is Morbius with Jared Leto, Kraven The Hunter, and several more. (Eonline)

David Oyelowo has no issue with a black, British actress playing an iconic African-American like Harriet Tubman -- despite lacking roots to American slavery -- because acting is acting. Yes, you could say the British actor was just defending the home team, but the discussion about Cynthia Erivo's casting as Tubman has some personal relevance for David. Remember, he played MLK in the Oscar-winning film, "Selma" -- so he tackled the Tubman issue with Van Lathan on 'The Red Pill Podcast.' David said he doesn't understand the controversy, and in the most gracious way possible (it's that British accent) added ... an actor's background shouldn't matter, if he or she gets the job done. The debate around the Tubman movie is that critics think it's an insult a slap in the face to not have an African-American woman in a role that has so much cultural significance. David did raise an interesting counterpoint -- about Americans playing Brits -- and also white British actors playing American roles. Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln, or Christian Bale as Dick Cheney. David wondered where was the outrage when those movies were cast?? He suggests there's a "fight for the scraps" mentality in the black community that divides fellow actors instead of bringing them together. Check out Van and David's full convo on 'The Red Pill' podcast. (TMZ)

San Sebastian Sidebar Adds Steven Soderbergh's 'Laundromat,' Casey Affleck's 'Light of My Life'. The festival announced more titles for its Pearls sidebar, including out-of-competition closing film 'The Climb' from Michael Angelo Covino. The San Sebastian International Film Festival on Wednesday unveiled 10 more titles for its Pearls sidebar, including Steven Soderbergh's The Laundromat, starring Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas, in a tale turning on the Panama Papers investigation. Other titles set for the selection include Casey Affleck's Berlin Panorama entry Light of My Life, which follows a father and daughter in a world where women have largely disappeared, and Robert Eggers' Cannes screener The Lighthouse, which stars Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe as two lighthouse keepers on a distant island who slowly slip into madness. Michael Angelo Covino's Un Certain Regard screener The Climb, a comedy about the friendship between two men, will close the Pearls section in an out-of-competition slot. Other films, which screened at Cannes this year, are also invited to play in Pearls. They include Celine Sciamma's 18th century-set Portrait of a Lady on Fire and Nicolas Pariser's philosophical Alice and the Mayor. From Latin America, two veterans return to San Sebastian: Chile's Pablo Larrain with Ema, about a couple dealing with a failed adoption, and Colombia's Ciro Guerra with Waiting for the Barbarians. Both films are also competing in Venice. The 2018 Donostia Award winner Hirokazu Koreeda will screen The Truth, starring Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche as mother and daughter. And Japan's Makoto Shinkai will give animated feature Weathering With You its European premiere in San Sebastian. Previously announced titles in the San Sebastian sidebar include Bong Joon-ho's Parasite, Ken Loach's Sorry We Missed You, Cannes prize winners Les Miserables, The Specials, Fire Will Come and Beanpole, and Berlin screeners So Long, My Son and Amazing Grace. All of the works compete for the City of Donostia/San Sebastian Audience Award, which includes two prizes: one for best film (50,000 euros) and the other for best European film (20,000 euros). (Hollywood Reporter)

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