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Amazon Orders ‘Utopia’ Drama Series From Gillian Flynn Based On UK Format

An U.S. adaptation of Utopia, written by Gone Girl author and screenwriter Gillian Flynn, is back on. Amazon Studios has given a nine-episode straight-to-series order to the project, with Flynn as creator, executive producer and showrunner. It will be the first project under an overall TV deal she has signed with Amazon Studios. A U.S. version of the 2013-14 British series Utopia, created by Dennis Kelly and produced by Endemol Shine Group’s UK production studio Kudos… Read


Tina Fey Pays Emotional Tribute To Gilda Radner At Tribeca Opener ‘Love, Gilda’: “We All Saw That And Said, ‘I Want To Do That'”

Keeping with one of its themes this year on female empowerment, the Tribeca Film Festival opened last night with a doc about one of the city’s 1970s trailblazers in comedy, Saturday Night Live‘s Gilda Radner with the CNN film Love, Gilda.  It’s the second time that Tribeca has opened with a documentary about one of Gotham’s institutions; 2015’s opener being the time capsule feature Live From New York! However, Love, Gilda delves into the intricacies of Radner’s life from… Read


Sundance London Reveals Lineup With Strong Female Presence Including ‘The Tale’ & ‘Leave No Trace’

The Tale

Sundance London (May 31 – June 3), the Sundance Film Festival’s London spinoff, will present 12 movies from this year’s Park City festival including Jennifer Fox's The Tale and Debra Granik's Winer’s Bone follow-up Leave No Trace. The event will open with the UK premiere of Fox's hit, starring Laura Dern and Elizabeth Debicki, and will close four days later with Granik's drama, which is also heading to Cannes. In a conscious move, seven out of the twelve films showing at… Read


NBCUniversal, Fox, Turner And Viacom Unite Around TV Ad Standards

NBCUniversal, Fox, Turner and Viacom reached a multi-year agreement to work together to provide advertisers with advanced tools to more precisely target television audiences. Today’s partnership, announced ahead of the television Upfront ad buying season, will marry NBC’s sophisticated Audience Studio data with Open AP, a platform that allows advertisers to create targeting parameters and reach the same audience across television networks. “We have spent the last four… Read


Cannes Adds Lars Von Trier, Whitney Houston Doc, Michael B. Jordan Sci-Fi, Terry Gilliam’s ‘Don Quixote’, More

Things just got very exciting. Cannes has made some eye-catching additions to its 2018 lineup including Lars von Trier’s The House That Jack Built, Kevin Macdonald’s Whitney Houston doc Whitney, Terry Gilliam’s long-gestating The Man Who Killed Don Quixote and Fahrenheit 451 by Ramin Bahrani. Competition additions include Un Couteau Dans Le C"ur (Knife + Heart) by French filmmaker Yann Gonzalez and starring Vanessa Paradis and Ayka by Kazakh Sergey Dvortsevoy, director… Read


James Corden’s Production Company Fulwell 73 Hires UK Head Of Development

James Corden’s production outfit Fulwell73, producers of shows including Sounds Like Friday Night, The Late Late Show and Roast Battle, are expanding their TV development team with the hire of Caroline Roseman as UK Head of Development. Roseman will work across Fulwell's TV slate, including their two new formats Pants On Fire and Virtuosos, reporting into Fulwell's senior executives Heather Greenwood and Carly Shackleton. Prior to joining Fulwell, Roseman worked at Whizz… Read


Key Middle East Film Festival Dubai Cancels 2018 Edition

In a significant and yet not entirely unexpected development, the Dubai International Film Festival has canceled its upcoming edition. As part of a “new strategy” the December festival announced that it will take place every two years in a different format. The new format and team behind it remains unclear, however. Rumours had been swirling about potential problems. The industry is changing fast, and so are we. The organisers of DIFF will be adopting a new approach… Read


UK TV Host Dale Winton, Face Of ITV’s ‘Supermarket Sweep’, Dies Aged 62

UK TV and radio host Dale Winton, known for fronting popular shows including ITV’s Supermarket Sweep and BBC’s lottery program In It To Win It, has died aged 62. The host died at his home on Wednesday according to his agent Jan Kennedy. Winton spent nearly a decade hosting the ITV daytime game show Supermarket Sweep between 1993 to 2001 and again when it was rebooted in 2007. Contestants on the show were tasked with running round a supermarket collecting items to win cash… Read


Tribeca Film Festival World Premiere Of Corazon Aims To Save Lives – Watch The Trailer

EXCLUSIVE: Marking the first collaboration between the Tribeca Film Festival and a health organization, a new John Hillcoat- directed short Corazon  fully financed by the Montefiore Health System , has its World Premiere Friday at the fest where it is a finalist in the Tribeca X section which is a juried award for storytelling supported by a brand recognizing  the intersection of advertising and entertainment. Attracting top talent like director Hillcoat,   Oscar… Read


Abby Lee Miller Diagnosed With Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma – Report

Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller has been reportedly diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma after undergoing emergency surgery. Miller went to the hospital for “excruciating neck pain.” After she underwent surgery for what they thought was a spinal infection turned out to be cancer. "We're getting an oncologist involved and we have to figure out what the next steps are as far as chemotherapy or radiation or more spine surgery," Dr. Hooman M. Melamed, an orthopedic spine… Read


Jack Huston Joins Alicia Vikander & Riley Keough In Netflix’s ‘The Earthquake Bird’

Jack Huston

EXCLUSIVE: Netflix and writer-director Wash Westmoreland have set Jack Huston for their adaptation of the Susanna Jones novel The Earthquake Bird. The Boardwalk Empire alum co-stars alongside previously set Alicia Vikander and Riley Keough as an aspiring British musician who dreams of making it big in Tokyo. The Earthquake Bird is a Tokyo-set female-driven noir thriller that tells the story of young female expat who is suspected of murder after her friend goes missing… Read


‘Genius’ Renewed By Nat Geo, Season 3 Subject Revealed – Upfront

National Geographic has renewed scripted anthology series Genius for a third season and has revealed that iconic author Mary Shelley, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, will be its subject. The network made the announcement at the conclusion of its upfront Wednesday in New York City. Mary Shelley will follow brilliant physicist Albert Einstein, who was at the center of Season 1, and famous artist Pablo Picasso, who was the subject of… Read