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Altitude Acquires Simon Dixon’s ‘Tiger Raid’ For UK And Ireland

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Will Clarke’s Altitude Film Distribution has acquired UK and Ireland rights to Simon Dixon’s Tiger Raid. Bankside is handling international sales. The film, which stars Brian Gleeson (Assassin's Creed), Damien Molony (Kill Your Friends) and Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: Secret Service), tells the story of Joe and Paddy, members of a private security crew working in the Middle East. They have been assigned to kidnap the daughter of a powerful man as part of a major robbery – a… Read

International

Don Johnson, Rupert Grint & Nick Frost Get A ‘Sick Note’ In Sky Atlantic Series

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Created and written by Nat Saunders (Trollied) and James Serafinowicz (The Mark Steel Lectures), Sky Atlantic’s Sick Note is a six-part comedy about how desperate a person's actions can become when a lie starts to spiral out of control. Harry Potter‘s Rupert Grint, Nick Frost (Shaun Of The Dead) and Don Johnson are starring in the King Bert production. An ealy 2017 airdate is planned. Principal photography is now underway on the story of Daniel Glass (Grint), a compulsive… Read

Film

Roman Polanski May Face New Extradition Attempt As Poland’s Justice Minister Seeks Appeal

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Polish prosecutors said last November that they would not challenge a judge's decision to reject a U.S. request to extradite director Roman Polanski. The decades-old case could be reignited, however, with Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro telling Polish radio today that he will appeal the 2015 court decision. Ziobro has been a vocal critic of the court's October decree, citing Polanski’s celebrity status. "I've decided to file an appeal in the supreme court against the… Read

Film

Katie Couric Takes “Responsibility” For Misleading Anti-Gun Documentary Editing

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'Under the Gun' documentary premiere, Los Angeles, America - 03 May 2016

Katie Couric says she takes “responsibility for a decision that misrepresented an exchange” she had with members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League in documentary Under The Gun the aired on Epix. Couric tweeted tonight that she took a second look at the editing process and decided she need to address the issue. After speaking with Under the Gun director and reviewing editing process, I wanted to respond https://t.co/zLbh4Wv7XN — Katie Couric (@katiecouric) May 31… Read

Video

‘Peaky Blinders’ Season 3 Review: Cillian Murphy & Gang Raise Stakes In Strong Return

Peaky Blinders Season 3

The third season of Peaky Blinders launches on Netflix on May 31 and if you missed out on the  pandemonium of the Birmingham-bred Shelby crime family so far, then I strongly suggest you catch up while you can — cause you’re going to want to pick up everything they’re putting down this time round. Without making too much of dog's breakfast about it, Season 3 of the Steven Knight-created series truly takes the Cillian Murphy-led family to a new level of wealth, danger and… Read

TV

‘Roots’ Review: Reimagined Slavery Epic Poignant In Era Of Black Lives Matter

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Debuting on May 30 simultaneously on History, A&E and Lifetime and airing over four consecutive nights, the stunningly visceral new version of Roots probably will not get anywhere near the 130 million viewers who the original series drew in 1977. However, this is a very different era in both the TV landscape and in the culture and, while A+E Networks is certainly hoping for big ratings, the $50 million, eight-hour Roots reimagining is about more than numbers. In this era… Read

Business

Viacom Directors Vow To Fight Ouster Effort And Sell Paramount Stake

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Viacom’s independent directors said in a public letter today that they’ll fight a possible effort to oust them — and stick to their plan to sell a minority stake in Paramount  — deeming it part of their responsibilities to shareholders and to Chairman Emeritus Sumner Redstone. His National Amusements controls 80% of Viacom’s voting shares, and is believed to be preparing to replace the board. He recently fired CEO Philippe Dauman and director George Abrams from his family… Read

TV

Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys Video: Aziz Ansari’s ‘Master Of None’ Takes Unconventional Path To Comedy Success

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Already racking up an impressive number of awards and nominations just for its first season, the NETFLIX show Master Of None starring Aziz Ansari was part of NBC/Universal Television’s presentation at the first -ever Deadline  Contenders Emmys all day event held last month at the DGA Theatre. The show, which was named one of AFI’s Ten Best TV programs for 2015 as well as nabbing Best Comedy Series from the Critics Choice Awards and a Golden Globe nomination for Ansari… Read

International

Snoop Dogg Urges Acolytes To Avoid ‘Roots’ As Reboot Is Set To Premiere

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The re-imagining of seminal 1977 miniseries Roots begins tonight in the U.S., airing over four consecutive nights and simulcast on History and fellow A+E Networks channels A&E and Lifetime. One person who won’t be watching is rapper and sometime actor Snoop Dogg. In an Instagram video timed to coincide with the Memorial Day debut, he says he doesn’t understand America, “They just want to keep showing the abuse that we took hundreds and hundreds of years ago.” Deadline has… Read

TV

‘The Carmichael Show’ Ends Season Quietly On Low-Rated Holiday Sunday

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Airing on a low-trafficked Memorial Day weekend Sunday, the Season 2 finale of NBC’s recently renewed The Carmichael Show drew a 0.4 rating among adults 18-49 in the fast nationals. That was down a tenth from last week for a series low. From 9-11 PM, NBC kicked off the new season of American Ninja Warrior with an all-star special, which posted a 0.9, growing each half-hour and ranking as the highest-rated non-sports program of the night. Fox set the pace with its coverage… Read

Film

Dwayne Johnson To Play ‘Doc Savage’ For Director Shane Black

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How did Dwayne Johnson spend this Memorial Day weekend? In a huddle with Shane Black and his writing team and producers “to chop up creative and break story on this very cool project.” The project is Doc Savage, a big-screen adaptation of the 1930s and 40s pulp novel hero aka The Man of Bronze. Johnson confirmed his attachment on his Instagram account, saying, “It’s OFFICIAL: For all comic book fans you already know the world’s first superhero (pre-dating Superman) is the… Read

Box Office

Moviegoers Turn Out For The ‘Apocalypse’ Over Memorial Day & Chop Off ‘Alice’s Head – Monday AM Update

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7TH UPDATE, Monday 8:20 AM: Sunday figures are in, and 20th Century Fox along with several rivals see X-Men: Apocalypse pulling in a $65.3M three-day opening on track for an $80M four-day. Thanks to the holiday, most films in the top 10 showed small drops on Sunday between -1% and -12% from Saturday. X-Men was down -8% from Saturday, while Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass sank further with $8.1M, -11%. Disney now sees Alice 2 making even less than what they… Read