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‘Tokyo Vampire Hotel’: Sion Sono Creating Original Series for Amazon
Sion Sono has inked a prime deal. The provocative Japanese auteur responsible for such controversial, must-see films as “Love Exposure” and “Tokyo Tribe” is creating the original series “Tokyo Vampire Hotel” for Amazon. The show will consist of nine episodes, all of which will be available to stream on Amazon Prime Japan beginning June 19.
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Telling the tried-and-true story of humanity fighting for its very survival against the mythical bloodsuckers, the series stars Kaho, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Ami Tomite, Yumi Adachi and Megumi Kagurazaka, who happens to be Sono’s wife. Jun Tsugita and Manabu Ikarimoto penned the screenplay; Tomohiro Kubo have Daisuke Matsuo have written and directed two episodes.
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“Our focus is to work with the content creators to »
- Michael Nordine
‘Your Honor’ Tops 2017’s Series Mania
Already snapped up for a U.S. remake deal, Israeli series “Your Honor,” created by Shlomo Mashiach and Ron Ninio, took the top Grand Jury Prize on Saturday night in Paris at the 8th Series Mania, whose vibrance
was a telling reminder of the robust good health enjoyed by scripted show production at large.
“This is truly a new golden age of television and it was one of the highlights of my life to celebrate it by being on the jury for Series Mania, said jury president Damon Lindelof, show runner of “The Leftovers” and “Lost.”
Few who attended Series Mania could not have been struck by the bullishness of its industry events. FremantleMedia, eOne, Zdf and Federation Entertainment all announcing new productions or desired expansive moves and Co-Production Forum attendance up about 110% to just over 900 delegates as the market for foreign – and often foreign-language – TV dramas, though usually still niche in the latter case, continues »
- John Hopewell and Jamie Lang
Erin Moran Dies: ‘Happy Days’ Actress Was 56
Erin Moran, the actress who played Joanie Cunningham on the sitcom Happy Days has died. She was 56. Reports indicate that Moran was found unresponsive on Saturday afternoon by authorities in Indiana, after they got a call just after 4 pm ET. No cause of death has been revealed at this time and an autopsy is pending. The actress rose to fame in the ’70s after appearing as Ron Howard’s Richie Cunningham’s little sister on Happy Days. The show ran for 11 season, with Moran… »
‘Feud’: Charles And Diana Season 2 “Begins With Divorce Papers,” Says Ep Ryan Murphy
Fans of Ryan Murphy's latest show Feud: Bette And Joan have much to look forward to. Not only has Feud already been renewed for a second and third season, but Season 2 will focus on Prince Charles and Princess Diana, beginning with divorce and ending with Diana’s death, according to Murphy. "The next one is about Charles and Diana," he confirmed at an FX Emmy event in Los Angeles tonight. "We are shooting I think in the late fall and I’m casting Charles and… »
TV News Roundup: ‘Supergirl’ Star Melissa Benoist Cast in Event Series ‘Waco’
“Supergirl” star Melissa Benoist and “Grandma” star Julia Garner have been cast as leads opposite Michael Shannon and Tyler Kitsch in Paramount Network’s “Waco.” The six-part television series will be part of Paramount Network’s inaugural lineup to premiere in January 2018. It is based on the true story of the 51-day Texas standoff between the FBI, the Atf, and the Branch Davidian religious sect, and portrays the events leading up to and during the siege from the perspectives of several people involved on both sides of the confrontation. Benoist plays Rachel Koresh, the legal wife of Branch Davidian leader David Koresh (Kitsch), while Garner plays Michelle Jones, Rachel’s younger sister who has a child by Koresh.
Robert Costa has been named as the new »
- Erin Nyren
Netflix’s ’13 Reasons Why’ Is Most Tweeted About Show of 2017 (Exclusive)
Netflix doesn’t release ratings, but thanks to Twitter, we now have a sense of the popularity of “13 Reasons Why” — the streaming giant’s latest series is officially the most tweeted about show of 2017, thus far.
“13 Reasons Why” has amassed more than 11 million tweets since its launch on Mar. 30, according to Twitter data exclusively obtained by Variety.
The teen series, based on the YA novel of the same name, revolves around the suicide of a high school girl, Hannah, played by newcomer Katherine Langford, who co-stars with Dylan Minnette. The show is executive produced by multi-hyphenate superstar Selena Gomez, who happens to be the most-followed person on Instagram.
The Twitter boom has resulted in drastic growth for the cast members’ personal accounts. Christian Navarro, who plays Tony, had a mere 625 followers when the show premiered on Mar. 30 — now he has more than 85,000, marking a 13,263% jump. Likewise, Alisha Boe, who plays Jessica, jumped »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Paulie Giganti, ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Contestant, Dies of Drug Overdose at 36
Philadelphia chef Paulie Giganti, who previously competed on Fox’s reality competition “Hell’s Kitchen,” died of a drug overdose, TheWrap has learned. Giganti was 36 and his body was received Thursday by the Philadelphia Media Examiner’s office. The chef’s cause of death has been ruled “accidental death by drug intoxication,” according to James Garrow, spokesman at the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s office.
The Brooklyn-born Giganti was executive chef of the Philadelphia restaurant Birra, but left his position in November. “He brought a consistency to our product »
- Linda Ge and Tim Kenneally
‘Doctor Who’: The Next Doctor Rumored to Be ‘Chewing Gum’s’ Black Female Star — Report
Every time the star of “Doctor Who” has announced they’re stepping down, speculation regenerates about his possible replacement. Ah, but what if this time, instead of a white male Doctor, the BBC finally listened to fans who’ve been seeking some diversity for the role?
According to a Nerdist, a source close to production insists that Michaela Coel will replace Peter Capaldi as the next Doctor, which would make her the first female and first black actor to play the role. This source is not an official BBC spokesperson though, and the statement the BBC released to Nerdist didn’t confirm anything: “No casting decisions have been made yet for ‘Doctor Who’ Season 11.”
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Although Coel was not one of the people that IndieWire had suggested for casting, she would make a fantastic Thirteen. The »
- Hanh Nguyen
‘Shadowhunters’ Renewed for Season 3 at Freeform
“Shadowhunters” has been renewed for Season 3 ahead of the return of Season 2 on June 5.
The cast of the Freeform series announced the renewal during a Facebook Live Q&A on Friday as part of the network’s upfronts presentation. They will return for a 20-episode third season in 2018.
Inspired by “The Mortal Instruments” series by Cassandra Clare, “Shadowhunters” is produced by Constantin Film and executive produced by Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer, McG, Michael Reisz, Matt Hastings, Mary Viola, Martin Moszkowicz, and Robert Kulzer. It stars Katherine McNamara as Clary Fray, Dominic Sherwood as Jace Wayland, Alberto Rosende as Simon Lewis, Emeraude Toubia as Isabelle Lightwood, Matthew Daddario as Alec Lightwood, Isaiah Mustafa as Luke Garroway, and Harry Shum Jr. as Magnus Bane.
The second half of Season 2 will pick up with the Shadowhunters and Downworlders reeling from what happened at the New York Institute in the winter finale. As the rift between the two sides grows larger »
- Joe Otterson
Scott Derrickson to Direct ‘Locke & Key’ Pilot for Hulu
Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez‘s Locke & Key is getting a second chance at the small screen. Over five years ago, Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) directed a Locke & Key pilot for Fox, but they decided not to move forward with the series. Now, Hulu has ordered a Scott Derrickson-directed and Carlton Cuse-produced Locke & Key pilot. Below, learn more about […]
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- Jack Giroux
A Beautiful Cover of Game of Thrones “Light of the Seven”
In my late 30’s I’ve become somewhat of a curmudgeon when it comes to music. I find myself complaining about today’s music more often than I probably should. And I also find myself pining for music from the 70s and 80s more and more. However, if there’s one musical genre that’s remained a constant love of mine, it’s the solid score to a movie or television show. To this day we’re still hearing some incredible works when it comes to theme songs, ending songs, or anything played during any episode of a show or during a feature film. One musical
A Beautiful Cover of Game of Thrones “Light of the Seven” »
- Nat Berman
Will Quantico Make Alex and Owen a Couple? The Show's Boss Weighs In
You might’ve noticed Quantico‘s Alex and Owen growing closer in the past few weeks. (Exhibit A: that cozy scene at The Gold Leaf in Monday’s episode.) But if you think the show is planning to put the two spies in a romantic relationship, showrunner Joshua Safran says, you’ve got some bad intel.
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The Tokyo Ghoul Live-Action Movie Trailer Is Kinda Freaky
If you’re a lover of horror and you’re a lover of anime, then there’s no chance you wouldn’t be a fan of Tokyo Ghoul. For those that have followed the series they’ll be lucky to know that a live-action film is set to be released sometime in June of 2017. There’s no U.S. release date set (if any) but I’m sure there will be a way to watch the Japanese one. If you don’t know what Tokyo Ghoul is, according to Geek: For the uninitiated, Tokyo Ghoul is one of the goriest shows you’ll have the pleasure of getting into,
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- Nat Berman
The Punisher: Rosario Dawson Won't Appear in Netflix's Marvel Series
Let’s hope The Punisher doesn’t need any medical advice when he finally arrives on Netflix.
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“At the end of the day, it’s really hard to get all of those casts together,” Dawson said in an interview with Collider. “There are so many times where I really want it to happen. I really wanted to do a cameo on The Punisher, »
Rachel Leigh Cook Brings Back “Your Brain on Drugs” Role for New Drugs Commercial
I’ve always been a tremendous fan of Rachel Leigh Cook. While she never necessarily made it as a leading lady in Hollywood, her brief time on top from the movie She’s All That was a special time for me. I had a crush on her then and I’m pretty sure the older me still has a little crush on the older Rachel Leigh Cook. It’s kind of in one of those, “I could never get her in high school but maybe I’ll have a shot with her at our 20 year reunion” kind of vibe. In any event you might
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- Nat Berman
‘Genius’ Stars Geoffrey Rush & Johnny Flynn On Their Shared Task Of Humanizing Albert Einstein — Tribeca Studio
In film and television, it’s common to see characters at various ages and stages of their lives, portrayed by different actors—but, in the vein of Barry Jenkin’s Moonlight, it’s much less common to see multiple iterations of a character, each as fully realized as the next. Such is certainly the case with National Geographic’s Genius—executive produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment—in which Johnny Flynn and Geoffrey Rush are two equally brilliant… »
BAFTA TV Craft Award Winners Include ‘The Crown’, ‘The Night Manager’, ‘National Treasure’ — Full List
In advance of the BAFTA TV Awards on May 14, the British Academy of Film and Television arts handed out prizes to behind-the-scenes talent in London this evening. Four programs won two BAFTAs each: The Crown, The Night Manager, National Treasure and Planet Earth II. Netflix's historical drama The Crown, starring Claire Foy and Matt Smith and produced by Left Bank Pictures, picked up awards for Costume Design and Special as well as Visual & Graphic Effects, while espionage… »
Fox News Firestorm: The Lesson All of Corporate America Can Learn
In the wake of Bill O’Reilly’s departure from Fox News, a narrative is taking shape to explain the tumult the 21st Century Fox-owned cable channel is undergoing. But the problem is that it’s an oversimplification of what went on there, one that obscures a larger lesson all of corporate America would be wise to heed.
It’s impossible to look at the sex-harassment scandals that ended the long, wildly successful tenures of Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes without viewing them through the filter of the Murdochs who control 21st Century Fox. But it’s at the board-room level where their fascinating family dynamics begin to warp the optics for those of us looking from the outside in, wondering how Fox culture could go so wrong.
- Andrew Wallenstein
Here’s Chuck Norris Destroying Everything in Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator
We poke fun at the abilities of Chuck Norris all the time. I feel like when he got old enough the opinions of him went from “Ok this dude’s a cool martial arts action film guy but what do you say we’re just prop him up as being the toughest guy ever because now he’s over 60.” Seriously. At what point was it decided that Chuck Norris is the unstoppable guy who dyes his hair and does infomercials for exercise equipment? By the way I’m not saying this is a bad thing. I think the entire Chuck Norris shtick is
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- Nat Berman
Bill O’Reilly to Return With ‘No Spin News’ Podcast on Monday
Well, that was short-lived. Just days after exiting Fox News, which let him go after news of his sexual-harassment allegations caused scores of companies to pull their ads from his show, Bill O’Reilly is returning with a new episode of his “No Spin News” podcast on Monday. The podcast, which is available to premium subscribers of his website, will mark his first public comments since exiting the network on Wednesday.
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O’Reilly is one of many conservative voices whose 2017 isn’t going as planned, a list that also includes such joy-spreading personalities as Milo Yiannopoulos (who left Breitbart and had his book deal canceled), Tomi Lahren (who was fired from The Blaze) and Richard Spencer (whose organization lost its tax-exempt status).
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- Michael Nordine
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