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WIRE Buzz: Amazon nabs 'Invasion'; David Tennant podcast; and Could You Survive The Movies?

By Josh Weiss
Octavia Spencer & Riz Ahmed

Amazon has acquired global distribution rights to sci-fi thriller Invasion, starring Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water) and Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story).

According to Deadline, BAFTA-winner Michael Pearce (Beast) is attached to direct the film, which he co-wrote with Joe Barton (The Ritual). The story is said to follow two young brothers on the run with their Marine father (Ahmed), who is trying to protect them from an inhuman threat. "As the journey takes them in increasingly dangerous and unexpected directions, the boys will need to confront hard truths and leave their childhood behind," reads the synopsis provided by Deadline.

Spencer is set to play a probation officer that helps the family.

Octavia Spencer & Riz Ahmed

The project is hoping to shoot in the United States later this year. Dimitri Doganis (Three Identical Strangers), Piers Vellacott (American Animals), Derrin Schlesinger (The Nest), Daniel Battsek (Widows), Ollie Madden (Last Night in Soho), Julia Oh (American Honey), Kate Churchill (Spotlight), and Jenny Hinkey (Annabelle) are all attached as producers.

David Tennant's podcast (aptly titled David Tennant Does A Podcast With...) is going to be even more star-studded in its second season. Today, it was confirmed that the Doctor Who vet would play host to celebrity guests like Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Dame Judi Dench (Skyfall), Elisabeth Moss (The Invisible Man), George Takei (Star Trek), Brian Cox (X2), and more.

And that's just the initial list of recorded episodes. More stars will be announced as time goes on. "Now, with guests that rarely do interviews but always have interesting stories to share, Season 2 of this chart-topping podcast offers a line up of global cultural icons," says the release. New installments are scheduled to start dropping Tuesday, August 11.

David Tennant Does A Podcast With... Season 2 guests

To date, David Tennant Does A Podcast With... has racked up over 10 million downloads.

Get ready for Jake Roper (of Vsauce 3 notoriety) to test more cinematic survival rates in a second season of Could You Survive the Movies. The MythBusters-type web series, which we exclusively previewed last fall, has scored a renewal from YouTube, Deadline reports. The news comes just days after the program picked up a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Educational or Informational Series.

"The team on this series is nothing short of exceptional, and we’re so glad they’re getting the recognition they deserve," producers Ari Mark and Phil Lott said in a statement published by Deadline. “Hats off to YouTube for their very real commitment to content that intersects entertainment with education."

"Jake has brought this series to life through his passion for cinema and science, and I can’t wait for fans to see what he has in store for Season 2," added Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content for YouTube Originals.

In upcoming episodes, Jake will use hard science to find out if a normal person could realistically survive the events of films like A Quiet PlaceHarry Potter, and Titanic. All episodes of Season 1 are currently available to watch for free right here.