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Patty Jenkins Will Be First Woman to Receive Variety’s Creative Impact in Directing Award

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Academy, take note: “Wonder Woman” helmer Patty Jenkins will be honored with Variety’s Creative Impact in Directing Award. According to a press release, the superheroine film’s star, Gal Gadot, will present the prize to Jenkins at the 2018 Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) on January 3. This will mark the first time a woman has ever received the accolade.

The Creative Impact in Directing Award will celebrate Jenkins’ career, including “Wonder Woman’s” critical and commercial triumphs, her Oscar-winning feature debut, “Monster,” and her TV directing work such as “Arrested Development” and “The Killing.”

Patty Jenkins has directed one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful films of the year with ‘Wonder Woman,’” Variety Co-Editor in Chief Claudia Eller stated. “The film grossed $820 million worldwide and has inspired women — and men — old and young, to feel as empowered as the superhero at its center.
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Full ‘Altered Carbon’ Teaser Trailer Reveals Netflix’s Murder Mystery Sci-Fi Series

After showcasing a premiere date announcement teaser last week, the full teaser trailer for the upcoming Netflix series Altered Carbon has been released online. Based on the cyberpunk noir novel of the same name by Richard K. Morgan, the sci-fi series takes place 300 years in the future, in a world where humans’ consciousness can be transferred into new bodies, allowing them to live for hundreds of years. But when James Purefoy’s incredibly wealthy Laurens Bancroft is murdered, he hires an interstellar warrior to solve the case. Joel Kinnaman, of The Killing and RoboCop fame, plays that warrior, …
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ITV Takes Stake In Danish Drama Firm From The Killing Producer Piv Bernth

ITV has bought a stake in Danish production company Apple Tree Productions, which was established by Piv Bernth and Lars Hermann, producers of global scripted hits The Killing and The Bridge. The UK commercial broadcaster has taken a minority stake in the firm and will distribute Apple Tree Productions series internationally. Bernth and Hermann, who were previously Head of Drama and Deputy Head of Drama at Danish public broadcaster Dr will be joined at the fledgling…
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ITV Studios Takes Stake in 'The Killing' Producers' New Danish Banner

U.K. TV giant ITV's production unit ITV Studios has taken a minority stake in Danish scripted production company Apple Tree Productions, which was recently unveiled by Piv Bernth and Lars Hermann, the award-winning producers of international hits including The Killing and The Bridge.

Formerly head of drama and deputy head of drama at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, Bernth and Hermann have set up Apple Tree Productions to create high-end Danish and Nordic drama.

As part of the agreement, ITV Studios Global Entertainment will have exclusive international distribution rights to all Apple Tree Productions series. The deal follows ITV Studios' acquisitions...
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Exclusive: First Look At Epic New Netflix Sci-Fi Series ‘Altered Carbon’

Netflix has just unveiled the first look at its upcoming sci-fi series “Altered Carbon”. Related: ‘Stranger Things’ To Return For A 3rd Season Premiering Feb. 2, 2018, and based on the cyberpunk noir novel by Richard K. Morgan, the series stars Joel Kinnaman of “The Killing” and “House of Cards” as Takeshi Kovacs, the lone survivor of […]
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First look at Jon Hamm as Archangel Gabriel in Good Omens

As production continues on Amazon’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens, the studio has released the first picture of Mad Men star Jon Hamm as the Archangel Gabriel. The series is currently filming in the UK for a 2019 premiere date. Hamm will be starring opposite Michael Sheen (Passengers) as the angel Aziraphale and David Tennant (Doctor Who) as the demon Crowley. Check it out below…

“I read Good Omens almost twenty years ago,” Jon Hamm said. “I thought it was one of the funniest, coolest books I’d ever read. It was also, obviously, unfilmable. Two months ago Neil sent me the scripts, and I knew I had to be in it.”

“Gabriel is everything that Aziraphale isn’t: he’s tall, good-looking, charismatic and impeccably dressed,” Gaiman said. “We were fortunate that Jon Hamm was available, given that he is already all of these things without even having to act.
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Best Movies and TV to Stream in December: Sci-Fi Cops, Dave Chappelle and More

Best Movies and TV to Stream in December: Sci-Fi Cops, Dave Chappelle and More
When historians look back at the cosmic coincidences that made up the annus miserablis that was 2017, they will likely skip over the fact Netflix released a movie named Bright and a German horror series titled Dark within mere days of one another. We, however, are happy to celebrate such a glorious irony right here and now. The streaming service is also dropping a pair of stand-up specials from heavyweight talents (and supposedly the new season of Black Mirror, which is scheduled for "late 2017" ... so, um, soon?). Meanwhile Amazon is keeping
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Studiocanal Signs Licensing Deal With Hulu

Studiocanal has inked a licensing deal with Hulu to have its premium drama content distributed on the U.S. streaming service.

Under the deal, Hulu gains exclusive U.S. Svod rights to 20 hours of premium drama content from Studiocanal.

The package includes three drama series, including “Below the Surface” from Kasper Barfoed (“Those Who Kill”) and Sam Productions, “Midnight Sun” from Mårlind & Stein (“Bron/Broen”), and “Trust Me” from Dan Sefton (“Mr Selfridge”).

“With the expanding popularity of foreign-language series in this key market, we are thrilled to close such a substantial package of premium dramas with an exciting blend of European languages which will be showcased exclusively to U.S. audiences for the first time,” said Beatriz Campos, head of international sales at Studiocanal.

“Renowned for delivering the best in international drama, Hulu is the perfect home for these contemporary series, which all deliver acclaimed creative talent both on and off screen, intriguing, globally
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Giving Movie Thanks (2017 Edition)

I’d imagine every one of us, despite our individual life situations, however privileged or difficult they may be, wouldn’t have too much trouble coming up with a pretty long list of people and circumstances for which to be grateful, during the upcoming week traditionally reserved for the expression of thanks as well as throughout the entirety of the year.

Even in our brave new world, where gratitude and humility and generosity of spirit often seem to be in short supply, at the mercy of greed, abuse of power, disregard for the rule of law, and megalomaniac self-interest cynically masquerading as an aggressive strain of nationalist, populist passion, there are good, everyday reasons to look around and take stock of blessings in one’s immediate surroundings.

And speaking specifically as one who has the privilege and opportunity to occasionally write about matters concerning the movies, and even a (very
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Trailer for Skybound starring Rick Cosnett and Scarlett Byrne

Sp Releasing and High Octane Pictures have unveiled a trailer for the airborne thriller Skybound, which stars Rick Cosnett (The Flash), Scarlett Byrne (Harry Potter), Gavin Stenhouse (Black Mirror) and Morten Suurballe (The Killing). Check it out below, along with the poster and synopsis…

Flight Plan meets Non-Stop in director Alex Tavakolis’ airborne sci-fi action-thriller that sees some of today’s hottest young stars battling more in the air than just turbulence! Five plane passengers are unable to land after a mysterious disaster happens on the ground, but they may be in worse danger than they thought when a stowaway is discovered on board carrying a dangerous secret.

Skybound is set for release on Tuesday, November 11th.
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’24’ Could Return As A Legal Thriller With Female Lead

Following the many series led by Kiefer Sutherland, and the most recent 24: Legacy, it is being reported that the 24 franchise could be redirected into a completely different area and TV genre; criminal justice.

Deadline is reporting that Howard Gordon and Imagine’s Brian Grazer, as well as former The Killing writer-producer Jeremy Doner and the franchise’s production companies, 20th Century Fox TV and Imagine TV, are looking to revamp the format and put it back out with a female lead, but could feature different characters each season.

The trade blog says that the new 24 would focus on a female prosecutor who uncovers a legal conspiracy and has to work against the clock to save a death row inmate facing imminent execution whom she had helped prosecute but may be innocent.

We’re assuming that it will still keep the real-time concept.

More as it comes in.

The post
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‘Genius’ Producer Accuses Dustin Hoffman of Sexually Harassing Her in 1991 (Exclusive)

‘Genius’ Producer Accuses Dustin Hoffman of Sexually Harassing Her in 1991 (Exclusive)
Wendy Riss Gatsiounis was a struggling playwright working a temp job in New York City in 1991 when she got what she hoped would be her big break. Her play “A Darker Purpose” had been given a staged reading at the Public Theater, and she had scheduled a meeting with Dustin Hoffman and “Tootsie” screenwriter Murray Schisgal to discuss adapting it into a feature film for Hoffman to star in. “It was a huge thing,” she told Variety.

But, Riss Gatsiounis said, the two meetings that took place at the Rockefeller Center office of Hoffman’s Punch Productions led to confusion and self-doubt after Hoffman allegedly propositioned her and attempted to persuade her to leave the office and accompany him to a store in a nearby hotel. Riss Gatsiounis was in her 20s; Hoffman was 53.

A spokesperson for Hoffman declined to comment. Schisgal told Variety in a statement: “Dustin Hoffman and I took many meetings with writers and playwrights
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24 to return as female-led legal drama

Following the mixed reception given to Keifer Sutherland’s swansong, 24: Live Another Day, and the cancellation of the Corey Hawkins led spin-off, 24: Legacy, you might have thought Fox would retire any potential future agents in the once-ground-breaking franchise. Well, in a twist akin to the show in its pomp, Deadline is reporting that the network is to reinvent the realtime thriller as a legal drama.

Details on the plot are vague, but it’s rumoured to be about a female prosecutor who uncovers a legal conspiracy during the countdown to the execution of a death row inmate who she helped to convict. This new iteration is said to be the first of an anthology series, which will focus on a new character for each season.

The new 24 will come from executive producers Howard Gordon and Brian Grazer, as well as Us remake of The Killing writer-producer Jeremy Doner
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24 Update: Fox Eyes Legal-Themed Franchise Tweak With Female Lead

24 Update: Fox Eyes Legal-Themed Franchise Tweak With Female Lead
Fox is looking to restart the clock on 24, albeit with a few significant tweaks.

The network is developing a new incarnation of the iconic franchise that would shift the focus from terrorism to criminal justice. What’s more, the potential series would feature a female lead.

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According to Deadline, the new 24 “centers on a female prosecutor who uncovers a legal conspiracy and has to work against the clock to save a death row inmate facing imminent execution whom she had helped prosecute but may be innocent.
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’24’ Franchise Revived at Fox With Female-Led Series

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’24’ Franchise Revived at Fox With Female-Led Series
The clock is ticking down toward a possible return of “24.” Fox has given a script commitment to a female-led drama series in its “24” franchise. The latest iteration would maintain the real-time conceit but would be set in the realm of criminal justice. Howard Gordon, an executive producer on the original series, is writing the script with Jeremy Doner (“The Killing”) for the project from 20th Century Fox and Imagine Television. Also Read: 'Magnum Pi' Reboot Lands at CBS Executive producing are Gordon and Imagine’s Brian Grazer, who was another Ep on “24.” The original “24” starred Kiefer Sutherland as terrorist-despising Jack Bauer.
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‘24’ Franchise Eyes Comeback At Fox With Female-Led Legal Thriller Drama From Howard Gordon, Jeremy Doner & Imagine

‘24’ Franchise Eyes Comeback At Fox With Female-Led Legal Thriller Drama From Howard Gordon, Jeremy Doner & Imagine
Exclusive: Fox is developing a potential new incarnation of its Emmy-winning drama series that would have a female lead and take the real-time format of the terrorism-themed original and apply is to a different arena, criminal justice. The project, which has received a script commitment, hails from 24 franchise executive producers Howard Gordon and Imagine’s Brian Grazer, as well as former The Killing writer-producer Jeremy Doner and the franchise’s production companies…
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Good Omens casts its Beelzebub and Horsemen

The adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens has just filled out several more of its cast.

The series has found three of four Horsemen of the Apocalypse as well as the ultimate demon Beelzebub for the Amazon and BBC Two series. Anna Maxwell Martin (Becoming Jane) will star as Beelzebub while Mireille Enos (The Killing) will play War, Lourdes Faberes (Knightfall) as Pollution and Yusuf Gatewood (The Originals) as Famine.

On Martin’s casting, Gaiman said “We already have a stellar cast, and now Anna Maxwell Martin will be the Beelzebub of our dreams. Well, nightmares.”

“A script this clever, this smart, this current is very rare,” said Enos. “How could I turn down playing one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse??? Especially with the incredible group who’s come together to make it. It’s going to be Fun!”

“It’s a gift for
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Stranger Things: The Other Places You've Seen Aunt Becky

Image Source: Netflix Fans were in for a surprise in Stranger Things season two when Eleven leaves Hawkins about halfway through the season to find her mom, Terry. Of course, viewers know from season one that there's nothing but heartbreak for Eleven (real name: Jane). She arrives at her mother's house and meets her Aunt Becky, who tells her about Terry's condition. Becky is played by Amy Seimetz, who may not be a very mainstream actor but is well-known on the indie circuit. She got her start directing and producing short and independent films, including associate producing Medicine for Melancholy, which was nominated for both Gotham and Independent Spirit Awards. RelatedLet's Take a Moment to Appreciate the Perfectly Preppy Style Choices of Stranger Things' Nancy Wheeler Her acting career really took off when she starred in three of Joe Swanberg's independent films: Alexander the Last, Silver Bullets, and Autoerotic.
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Mireille Enos Talks Working With Sam Shepard on His Final Movie

Mireille Enos Talks Working With Sam Shepard on His Final Movie
The new psychological thriller from writer-director Camille Thoman, Never Here, stars The Killing's Mireille Enos as an installation artist who discovers some disturbing events through her photography that sends her down a spiral of suspicion. Never Here is also the final film of acclaimed actor Sam Shepard, who died in July. 

Stopping by The Hollywood Reporter offices for a candid conversation about the movie, Enos recalls what it was like working with Shepard. "He's just like a really easy guy," she said. "He was wildly intelligent."

She mentions that Shepard signed on to do Never Here because of the use of...
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Film Review: ‘Never Here’

Film Review: ‘Never Here’
Though it drifts off into the ozone at the end, for most of its running time, “Never Here” is a low-key but effective psychological thriller which flirts with that looming issue of the social-media age: privacy, and the invasion thereof. But that theme is only a semi-developed starting point for a narrative that starts like a muted version of “The Eyes of Laura Mars” (i.e. an artist is seemingly stalked by a non-fan of her transgressive work) before gradually turning into a muted “Repulsion,” in which one suspects the real “perp” is the protagonist’s disintegrating sanity.

Starring Mireille Enos in an impressive lead turn, and notable for providing the late Sam Shepard a substantial final role, this first narrative feature for editor and Brit stage thesp turned writer-director Camille Thoman is accomplished enough to suggest it won’t be her last. However, the careful, confident handling doesn’t entirely make up for the fact that
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