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NEW PRO­JECT

Ac­tor AL PACINO, one of the liv­ing leg­ends of Hol­ly­wood, will star as King Lear in a new film adap­ta­tion of Shake­speares play.

Ac­cord­ing to The Guardian, the Os­car-win­ning ac­tor will be di­rected by Michael Rad­ford, who worked with Pacino in 2004’s “The Mer­chant of Venice” where the ac­tor played Shy­lock, in “King Lear”, the story of a once-great monarch who de­scends into mad­ness.

“Lear is the one that ev­ery­one aims for. Al has been toy­ing with the idea for a long time. There’s a dif­fer­ence be­tween Shy­lock, who’s only in ive scenes, and Lear, who is in ev­ery scene, pretty much,” Rad­ford said in a state­ment.

“It’s enor­mous. I think (Pacino) would like to have that kind of ku­dos be­cause he’s a ter­riic ac­tor.”

Pacino’s cast­ing for the ilm has been ru­moured about for years.

PUMP­KIN LES­SON

“Spi­der-Man” star TOM HOL­LAND has tasted pump­kin seeds, but never ac­tual pump­kin.

How­ever, all that changed for the Bri­tish ac­tor dur­ing a re­cent Thanks­giv­ing cook­ing les­son with “Avengers” codi­rec­tor Joe Russo and chef Jes­sica Largey who in­tro­duced him to kabocha squash, a del­i­cacy known as Ja­panese pump­kin.

The ex­clu­sive cook­ing les­son was held at Russo’s new restau­rant called Si­mone in the arts district of down­town Los An­ge­les. “It’s hard that I’m start­ing with prob­a­bly the best pump­kin I’ll ever have,” Hol­land joked.

Russo isac o-owner of the restau­rant with L ar gey,a James Beard win­ner. She whipped up the dish with in­gre­di­ents in­volv­ing pump­kin, chanter el le mush­rooms, pas­sion fruit and some kale.“That’s so good, the pas­sion­fruit as well,” Hol­land said be­fore scoop­ing up an­other spoon­ful. “And the kale is crunchy so there’s a nice like tex­tu­ral thing.”

STRANGER THINGS

Mil­lie Bobby Brown, the teenage star of hit drama se­ries “Stranger Things”, was named as the youngest-ever good­will am­bas­sador for the United Na­tions’ chil­dren’s agency UNICEF on Tues­day, plan­ning to ad­dress bul­ly­ing and poverty.

The 14-year-old ac­tress, who was the youngest per­son to make Time mag­a­zine’s list of the world’s 100 most in­lu­en­tial ig­ures, was ap­pointed to the ad­vo­cacy role at the U.N. head­quar­ters to mark World Chil­dren’s Day, the agency said. “It’s a dream come true,” Brown said in a state­ment. “I am look­ing for­ward to meet­ing as many chil­dren and young peo­ple as I can, hear­ing their sto­ries, and speak­ing out on their be­half.” Brown has been nom­i­nated twice for an Emmy for her role in the Netlix se­ries “Stranger Things”, which fol­lowed the case of a miss­ing boy named Will in a small In­di­ana town in the 1980s.

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