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25th June 2018

Empire - Season 5 - Nicole Ari Parker Prompted to Series Regular

EXCLUSIVE: Giselle is on the move. Nicole Ari Parker, who joined Empire as a recurring midway through this past fourth season, has been promoted to a series regular for the upcoming fifth season of Fox’s hip-hop-themed family drama.


On Becoming A God In Central Florida - Dark Comedy Starring Kirsten Dunst Ordered to Series by YouTube

YouTube has finalized a deal for 10-episode series order to On Becoming A God In Central Florida, a 1990s-set one-hour dark comedy series, starring and executive produced by Kirsten Dunst. The series, set to premiere on YouTube Premium in 2019, hails from George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures and Sony’s TriStar Television.

On Becoming A God In Central Florida, which was previously in development at AMC, was one of the passion projects for the late TriStar TV topper Suzanne Patmore Gibbs who revived Sony Pictures TV’s label as home of female-focused material.

Written by Robert Funke and Matt Lutsky based on a spec script they wrote, On Becoming A God is set near Orlando in the early 1990s. It centers on Krystal Gill (Dunst), a minimum-wage-earning water park employee who will eventually scheme her way up the ranks of Founders American Merchandise: the cultish, flag waving, multi-billion dollar pyramid scheme that drove her family to ruin.

“In Krystal Gill, Funke and Lutsky have created a truly delicious, sometimes diabolical female character — a dirt poor, very fierce young woman who is relentless in her pursuit of the American dream inside of an Amway-like company,” Patmore Gibbs said in her last interview with Deadline before her death. “There is something incredibly compelling, heartbreaking and absurd about both she and the lost souls these multi-level marketing companies prey on, who look to find community, respect and a sense of self in all the wrong places.”

Kevin Feige Says There Will Be At Least Two LGBTQ Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe

The Playlist: When are we getting a Gay, Bi, LGBTQ, out character in the MCU? Is it even in the works?

Kevin Feige: Yes.

The Playlist: That’s the answer?

Kevin Feige: Yeah, that’s the answer.

The Playlist: It’s not someone we’ve seen yet, I’m guessing?

Kevin Feige: Both.

The Playlist: Both?

Kevin Feige: Both ones you’ve seen and ones you haven’t seen.

Unbelievable - Toni Collette, Merritt Wever and Kaitlyn Dever to Star in Netflix Limited Series

Toni Collette, Merritt Wever and Kaitlyn Dever have been cast in Unbelievable, a series based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning article by The Marshall Project and ProPublica, An Unbelievable Story of Rape.

Collette and Wever will play detectives whose lives become intertwined in their mutual pursuit of a possible serial rapist.

Lisa Cholodenko is set to direct the first three episodes.

Executive Producers: Susannah Grant, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly, Lisa Cholodenko, Katie Couric, Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman


MOVIES: It: Chapter 2 - Teach Grant and Jess Weixler Join Cast

Teach Grant and Jess Weixler are set to join New Line’s “It: Chapter Two,” sources tell Variety.

Grant will play bully Henry Bowers, who was portrayed by Nicholas Hamilton in the first movie, and Weixler will play Bill’s wife.


MOVIES: Widows - This Is Not Your World - TV Spot

A Discovery Of Witches - Trailer

A Discovery of Witches, based on the first installment of the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness, follows the forbidden romance between Oxford Professor Matthew Claremont (Goode), a vampire, and student Diana Bishop (Teresa Palmer), a witch (“The covenant forbids interspecies relationships”). Meanwhile, Diana discovers a long-lost spell book that “could change everything” if the witches could get their hands on it.

23rd June 2018

MOVIES: The Hate U Give - Trailer feat Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Issa Rae, KJ Apa & More

MOVIES: The Equalizer 2 - Trailer feat Denzel Washington

22nd June 2018

MOVIES: How It Ends - Trailer feat Theo James, Forest Whitaker, Kat Graham & More

Happy Together - Victor Williams Joins CBS Comedy in Recasting

EXCLUSIVE: Former The King of Queens star Victor Williams is returning to multi-camera comedy and to CBS as a series regular opposite Damon Wayans Jr. and Amber Stevens West in the network’s new series Happy Together, from writers Tim McAuliffe and Austen Earl, The Late Late Show With James Corden executive producer Ben Winston and pop star Harry Styles.

Williams will play Gerald, Claire’s (West) father and Peter’s (Wayans, Jr.) father-in- law, a former doctor who, with his wife Bonnie (also a former doctor), is fully enjoying retirement. He replaces Tim Meadows, who played the role in the pilot but was in first position to The Goldbergs spin-off, which was picked up to series by ABC.


Shameless - Season 9 - Dan Lauria and Ashley Romans to Recur

Veteran Dan Lauria and Ashley Romans (I’m Dying Up Here) have booked recurring roles on the upcoming ninth season of Showtime’s hit series Shameless, starring William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum.

Lauria will play Mo White, a disgraced ex-Congressman in his 60s with a John Edwards haircut. Frank (Macy) helps him run for office again.

Romans will portray Alex. This tough person around 30 years old works at a construction site. Everyone thinks she is a man, but in fact she is a woman.


21st June 2018

Steven S. DeKnight Signs Multi-Year Deal to Develop New Series at Netflix

Hollywood, CA - June 21, 2018 -- Netflix has entered into a multi-year overall deal with writer, director and producer Steven S. DeKnight for series and other projects.

DeKnight was the creative force behind the first season of Marvel’s Daredevil, serving as showrunner and executive producer, as well as the hit series Spartacus, both of which are currently available on Netflix. DeKnight’s credits also include Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Most recently, he was the writer and director on his first feature film Pacific Rim Uprising.

“Steven S. DeKnight is a multifaceted writer, director, producer and showrunner whose daring visions have gripped audiences for years,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President, Original Content, Netflix. “From Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which become a global cult sensation, to his historical gladiator epic Spartacus, and his unforgettable work on season one of Marvel’s Daredevil, Steven’s bold, visceral storytelling has left its mark. We look forward to teaming with him on future original series and other projects for our members around the world.”

Said DeKnight, "Collaborating with Netflix on the first season of Daredevil was one of the most satisfying creative endeavors of my career. The level of trust they place in their creatives is matched only by their unflagging support and enthusiasm for storytelling. I couldn’t ask for a better home for myself or DeKnight Productions.


MOVIES: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before - Trailer feat Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Israel Broussard, Janel Parrish & More

Good Omens - David Morrissey Joins Cast as Captain Vincent in Amazon Series

MOVIES: It: Chapter 2 - Xavier Dolan & Will Beinbrink Join Cast

EXCLUSIVE: Xavier Dolan and Will Beinbrink have landed supporting roles in New Line Cinema’s IT Chapter Two for director Andy Muschietti, who helmed the original. The sequel portrays the kids — members of the Losers’ Club, who were tormented by Pennywise — as adults. James McAvoy plays Bill, Bill Hader is Richie, Jessica Chastain is Beverly, James Ransone is Eddie, Andy Bean is Stanley, Jay Ryan is Ben and Isaiah Mustafa is Mike. Bill Skarsgard returns as Pennywise.

Dolan will be playing the role of Adrian Mellon. In the Stephen King novel, Mellon was a gay man living in Derry who was attacked by bullies. Beinbrink will play Tom Rogan who was Beverly’s abusive lover in the book and the 1990s miniseries.


20th June 2018

Kiss Me First - Trailer

A lonely young woman hooked on a virtual reality game befriends a party girl, who leads her into a world of new thrills and dark secrets. From the creator of Skins, Kiss Me First arrives June 29th.

Now Apocalypse - Desmond Chiam & Taylor Hart to Recur in Starz Comedy

Desmond Chiam (The Shannara Chronicles) and Taylor Hart (House of Lies) are set for recurring roles opposite Avan Jogia, Kelli Bergland, Beau Mirchoff and Roxane Mesquida on Now Apocalypse, Starz’s upcoming original half-hour comedy series from creator/executive producer Gregg Araki and Steven Soderbergh.

Co-written by Araki, who also directs, and sex columnist Karley Sciortino, Now Apocalypse is a 10-episode surreal, coming-of-age comedy that follows Ulysses (Jogia) and his friends Carly (Berglund), Ford (Mirchoff) and Severine (Mesquida), who are on various quests pursing love, sex and fame while navigating the strange and oftentimes bewildering city of Los Angeles.

Chiam will play Jethro, Carly’s (Berglund) boyfriend. He is an actor who is full of himself and believes that his new agey tendencies make him more enlightened.

Hart will portray Klaus, Severine’s (Mesquida) co-worker at JPL. He is also Lar’s (Evan Hart) twin brother who looks like he stepped off a Milan runway. (Evan Hart is Taylor’s real-life brother).


MOVIES: Welcome to Marwen - Trailer feat Steve Carell

MOVIES: Creed II - Trailer feat Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone & More

Kansas City - Andrew Caldwell, Jade Pettyjohn & Anthony Keyvan Join Hulu Comedy Pilot

Andrew Caldwell (iZombie), Jade Pettyjohn (School of Rock) and Anthony Keyvan (Fresh Off The Boat) are set as series regulars opposite John Slattery, Rafe Spall and Allison Tollman in Hulu’s political, dystopian half-hour comedy pilot Kansas City, from Amblin TV and Sony Pictures TV.

Kansas City is set in a future where the city is separated by a wall between liberals and conservatives. Absurd misinformation and enmity rage as the two cities aim to undermine each other. In West Kansas City, political heavyweight Ellis Brookmeyer (Slattery) holds sway. His former son-in-law, Ben Graham (Spall), lives in East K.C. and yearns to be reunited with his daughter Clarissa (Pettyjohn, who lives in West K.C.). To accomplish this Ben gets involved with an East K.C. intelligence operation, with consequences he can not predict, let alone control.

Caldwell will play Seth, the top-selling hot tub, spa tub, and home sauna salesmen in the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area. He is also an operative for the East Kansas City Intelligence Service.

Pettyjohn’s Clarissa is a high school sophomore, church-goer, and aspiring jazz singer, who feels close to all the members of her family regardless of which side of the wall they call home.

Keyvan is Jamaal, a 16-year-old who recently moved to West Kansas City from Chicago, another country, literally. Clarissa (Pettyjohn) befriends him and the two expand each other’s worldview in ways neither thought possible.


Good Trouble - Molly McCook & Josh Pence to Recur in The Fosters Spinoff

Molly McCook (The Ranch) and Josh Pence (La La Land) have joined the recurring cast of Good Trouble, Freeform’s The Fosters spinoff. Production has begun in Los Angeles for premiere in 2019.

The series follows Callie (Maia Mitchell) and Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) as they embark on the next phase of their young-adult lives in Los Angeles.

McCook will play Rebecca, a fellow law clerk with Callie, whose grandfather is a Republican U.S. Senator and comes from a political dynasty of sorts. She is friendly enough, but hyper driven to be perfect in order to live up to her family’s expectations.

Pence will portray Dennis, the oldest tenant at The Coterie, with a mild case of arrested development, and an aspiring musician.


MOVIES: The Darkest Minds - Are You One of Us? TV Spot

MOVIES: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - New Film in the Works with Andrew Dodge Scripting

Paramount is developing a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie and has hired Andrew Dodge, the writer behind the Jason Bateman comedy Bad Words, to pen the script.

Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller will produce the feature via their Platinum Dunes banner. The company was behind the studio’s horror hit A Quiet Place.

Insiders are hoping to bring a patina of quality as they relaunch the franchise.

19th June 2018

MOVIES: The Witches - Robert Zemeckis to Direct and Adapt Roald Dahl Remake

Robert Zemeckis is in final talks to direct and adapt an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1973 novel The Witches about a seven-year old boy who becomes entangled with witches for Warner Bros.

The studio previously made a loose-adaptation of the book back in 1990 with Nicolas Roeg directing and Anjelica Huston starring. Zemeckis’ version will reportedly be more faithful to the source material.


Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter to Run Disney Animation, Pixar

Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter will split John Lasseter’s duties at Disney, as the studio’s animation division tries to move forward after the tumultuous departure of its leading creative force.

Lee, the director of “Frozen,” has been named chief creative officer at Walt Disney Animation Studios, while Docter, the director of “Inside Out,” has been tapped as chief creative officer at Pixar Animation Studios. Both had been rumored to be in the running to assume those roles.

Despite being credited with reviving Disney’s animation offerings and helping create film classics such as “Up” and “The Incredibles,” Lasseter is leaving the company under a cloud. Last fall, he took an extended sabbatical after allegations broke that he engaged in inappropriate workplace behavior. Earlier this month, Disney announced that Lasseter would leave the studio at the end of the year. He is consulting for Disney, but will not have an office at the animation headquarters.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - Season 13 - Mindy Kaling to Guest

MOVIES: Like Father - Trailer feat Kristen Bell & Kelsey Grammer

MOVIES: Searching - Trailer 2 feat John Cho

Crashing - Season 3 - Madeline Wise to Recur

Madeline Wise is set for a recurring arc on the upcoming third season of HBO’s Crashing, from Pete Holmes and Judd Apatow. Created by and starring Holmes, Crashing draws on Holmes’ own experiences as a comedian, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the world of stand-up comedy.

Wise will play an outgoing city girl who inspires Pete to embrace his ambition.


Now Apocalypse - Jacob Artist and Chris Aquilino to Recur in Starz Comedy

Glee alum Jacob Artist and Chris Aquilino (Silicon Valley) are set for recurring roles opposite Avan Jogia, Kelli Bergland, Beau Mirchoff and Roxane Mesquida on Now Apocalypse, Starz’s upcoming original half-hour comedy series from creator/executive producer Gregg Araki and Steven Soderbergh.

Co-written by Araki, who also directs, and sex columnist Karley Sciortino, Now Apocalypse is a 10-episode surreal, coming-of-age comedy that follows Ulysses (Jogia) and his friends Carly (Berglund), Ford (Mirchoff) and Severine (Mesquida), who are on various quests pursing love, sex and fame while navigating the strange and oftentimes bewildering city of Los Angeles.

Artist will play Isaac, a social worker who cares more about relationships than possessions and helps Ulysses after a fall.


Monte-Carlo Fest - List of Winners


Best Long Fiction Program
Little Boy Blue
ITV Studios (UK)

Outstanding Actress
Sinèad Keenan
Little Boy Blue (UK)

Outstanding Actor
Ewan McGregor
Fargo (USA)


Best Comedy TV Series
The End Of The F***ing World
Clerkenwell Films / Dominic Buchanan Productions (UK)

Outstanding Actress
Daisy May Cooper
This Country (UK)

Outstanding Actor
Tony Shalhoub
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (USA)


Best Drama TV Series
La Casa De Papel
Vancouver Media (Spain)

Outstanding Actress
Lynn Van Royen
Hotel Beau Sejour (Belgium)

Outstanding Actor
Johannes Lassen
Below The Surface (Denmark)


Best Action & Science Fiction TV Series
CBS TV Studios, SB Films, Perfect Storm Entertainment, Blackjack Productions, K/O Paper Products (USA)

Best Crime TV Series
Lethal Weapon
Lin Pictures In Association With Good Session Productions And Warner Bros. TV (USA)

Soap Opera / Best Telenovelas
The Bold And The Beautiful
Bell-Phillip Television Productions (USA)


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