Whitaker, Paquin join A&E Networks’ ‘Roots’ cast

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A&E Networks Announce Cast for Upcoming ‘Roots’ Revival.

Forest Whitaker and Anika Noni Rose are joining the cast of A&E Networks’ “Roots” miniseries remake. A+E Networks has announced additional casting for “Roots,” its epic miniseries based on Alex Haley’s 1976 novel as well as other researched material.While the cast has a number of other stars, the critical roles of Kunta Kinte and Chicken George will be played by newcomers Malchi Kirby and Rege-Jean Page.Apple is in the midst of updating its smartphone and tablet lines, not only with the introduction of the iPhone 6S and iPad Pro, but with iOS 9, a new software update set to transform existing iDevices.

The four-night, eight-hour scripted miniseries has tapped newcomer Malachi Kirby to play lead Kunta Kinte, the Mandinka warrior captured in his homeland of the Gambia and forced into slavery in colonial America. Coleman as Mingo, a slave who helps run the Lea plantation; Erica Tazel as Matilda, the girlfriend of Chicken George; and Derek Luke as Silla Ba Dibba, an African warrior.

The network had previously announced that Laurence Fishburne will play writer Alex Haley, whose novel about his African-American ancestry was the basis of the original miniseries. Throughout the series, the family continues to face adversity while bearing witness and contributing to notable events in U.S. history, including the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, slave uprisings and eventual emancipation.

The production, which hails from A+E Studios in association with Marc Toberoff and The Wolper Organization, also announced that Mario Van Peebles and Bruce Beresford will be directing the episodes set to air on nights two and four. They join Laurence Fishburne, who was previously announced to portray Alex Haley, the author of the novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family, which the miniseries is based on. The Apple Watch maker has claimed the update will “elevate the foundations of the platform”, addressing everything from search and maps to in-car options and Android migration. Phillip Noyce and Thomas Carter had already signed on to direct the episodes for nights one and three and Grammy winner Questlove will serve as executive music producer. “Roots” will air in 2016 and be simulcast on A&E, Lifetime and History.

The A&E project – eight episodes to be aired in four nights – is currently being filmed in New Orleans and will begin production in South Africa later this month. The Tudors and Dracula star Jonathan Rhys Meyers has also joined Roots as Tom Lea, a slave owner who desperately attempts to join the South’s high society despite his lack of an education. Populating your screen with contacts, apps, news feeds and nearby services, Apple wants to give you instant access to the most relevant data possible.

A smarter caller ID system will do all of the leg work for you, looking through your emails in a bid to pair unattached numbers to a name you might recognize. Gaining access from whatever app you’re in, Notes will be about far more than a simple location to jot down your latest musings, with checklists, category headings and image, map and URL support all being added. With iCloud backing also joining the mix, the new Notes app will even let you use your finger to create handwritten reminders and image annotations – just like a real notebook.

Throwing public transport into the mix alongside walking and driving-based navigation, nearby points of interest, including landmarks, restaurants and cafes will now also be highlighted. With thousands of leading news creators on board for launch, Apple will package the written word alongside all manner of high-production image and video content. Joining your banking information in your digital wallet, store cards and reward cards are also being cloned, living in your handset for more convenient shopping. Introducing something that users of Apple’s slates have been requesting for years, iOS 9 will finally bring split-screen multitasking to the market-leading tablet line. What’s more, FaceTime will no longer be an all or nothing affair, with the video calling service able to run as a picture-in-picture option while performing other tasks – such as checking your calendar while on a work call, or searching for gig tickets while chatting with your beau.

In a slightly sinister Google Now fashion, the digital PA will soon be able to pre-empt your likely requests, surfacing information it thinks will be useful before you’ve even asked the questions. It does this by monitoring your daily activities, picking up on your regular habits – say, playing music when you get home – and learning when to second-guess your next move and cut out the middle man. Gaining the ability to search your image library for people and places, in iOS 9 Siri will also gain the skills required to automatically add events to your calendar based on details received in email. She’s getting smarter… If, like many, you use the same four-digit code to unlock your iPhone as you do to get money from a cashpoint, things are about to change.

Doing away with four-figure codes in favor of a new six-digit method, Apple is switching the number of possible passcodes from 10,000 to a cool million. Having pledged not to share your personal information, even between internal Apple services, the company is also adding dual-factor authentication for those with multiple Apple products.

Keeping with tradition – and its annual launch cycles – Apple first debuted iOS 9 during its annual developers’ conference back in June, confirming the software would be rolled out to consumers this ‘fall’. On the phone front, everything from the iPhone 4S onwards – yes, that includes your recently purchased iPhone 6, don’t worry – will be offered iOS 9 in some capacity, while all but the original iPad will make the move on the tablet side.

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