ET Obsessions: 'What Would Diplo Do?,' Brooklyn Beckham's Photography Book, 'Detroit,' and 'Manhunt: Unabomber
By Andi Rocco
Here at ET, we're obsessed with a lot of things -- and for the week of July 31 to Aug. 8, this is what we're most excited about:
Why We're Obsessed With 'Manhunt: Unabomber'
One of the longest searches in history for someone on the America's Most Wanted list came to a close after 17 years when the FBI captured the man known as the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski. Rather than tell the story from the point of view of Kaczynski (Paul Bettany), Discovery's Manhunt: Unabomber will focus on FBI agent and criminal profiler James "Fitz" Fitzgerald (Sam Worthington), who pioneers the use of forensic linguistics to identify and ultimately capture the serial bomber. The riveting eight-episode series will touch on aspects of the investigation many have doubtless forgotten or never knew. During an interview with ET, director Greg Yaitanes explained that the show was not centered around the question whether Fitz would catch Kaczynski, but rather how he would catch him. "[In] the telling of the how, you get to see all the systems that are in place in society and our relationship to technology and also when you have a voice and you're trying to be heard, how people react to change -- and they don't react well."
Manhunt: Unabomber's two-hour premiere airs Tuesday, Aug. 1 on the Discovery Channel.
Why We're Obsessed With Brooklyn Beckham's 'What I See' Book
This isn't Brooklyn Beckham's first rodeo in the photography realm, having successfully shot a campaign for Burberry last year. Now the 18-year-old celeb son debuts his first photography book, What I See, featuring snapshots of his life, all the while reminding us why we want to be a member of the Beckham family. The photo book has received positive reviews; GQ U.K. calls it "an intriguing insight into one of the most famous families in the world," noting that the book includes images of Brooklyn's "pretty photogenic" father, his 5-year-old sister, Harper, salmon fishing and his mom wearing a Posh Spice mask. Brooklyn is also donating
proceeds from the book’s exhibit to children affected by the recent Grenfell Tower fire. Catch Brooklyn at his book signing in Los Angeles on Aug. 2!
James Van Der Beek is the new Diplo! Viceland is entering the scripted series arena with What Would Diplo Do? -- a comedy starring Van Der Beek as the titular superstar DJ, Diplo. The real question is, what does Diplo do behind closed doors? The 40-year-old actor, who is also an executive producer, is taking on the hilariously complicated process of turning into the real-life DJ and if the first trailer is any indication, it seems like a person's best bet is to do the opposite of whatever Diplo might do. "Every episode is a different swing. It's just a bunch of -- It's a crazy, whacked out experiment where I play a fake version of a real DJ," Van Der Beek told ET during a set visit.
What Would Diplo Do? premieres Thursday, Aug. 3 on Viceland.
Why We're Obsessed With 'Detroit'
John Boyega is soaring from the Star Wars galaxy to a Michigan metropolis. The 25-year-old actor stars in Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow's latest film, Detroit, a drama that's set against the backdrop of the devastating 1967 Detroit riots. Boyega portrays Melvin Dismukes, a security guard who becames entangled in the events at the Algiers Motel. ET caught up with the British actor at the movie's junket, where he shared what he learned from Dismukes' story after speaking to the real-life guard. "I've been given an education about how systematic racism works, how that is a very, very real thing, how social injustice is not cool," he said, adding "I've been given a chance to not only explore this as an individual, but as an actor." The film also stars Will Poulter, Jacob Latimore, Jason Mitchell, John Krasinski and Anthony Mackie.