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Catalyst Options YA Fantasy Novel ‘Cuckoo Song’ For Event Mini – Edinburgh

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UK-based Catalyst Global Media has optioned Frances Hardinge's fantasy/horror YA novel Cuckoo Song with an eye to turning it into an event miniseries. The coming-of-age tale centers on a girl wrestling with her identity and place in the world. Originally published in 2014, it was the first YA book to win the British Fantasy Awards top prize and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the James Herbert Award. The story is set in 1920s England where a young girl wakes… Read

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‘Ordeal By Innocence’ To Kick Off Multi-Year Agatha Christie/BBC One Pact – Edinburgh

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Agatha Christie Productions and BBC One have entered a deal for seven new Christie adaptations over the next four years. The first novel under the pact is Ordeal By Innocence which will be adapted by Sara Phelps. ACP is working with Mammoth Screen on the transfer. The book, which is one of Christie’s darker works and examines the psychology of innocence, is also said to have been one of the author’s personal favorites. Other titles so far confirmed in the BBC deal include… Read

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Jack Thorne, David Farr, Kelly Marcel Join Writing Team On ‘Electric Dreams: The World Of Philip K Dick’ – Edinburgh

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Channel 4 and Sony Pictures Television have enlisted a host of hot UK and U.S. writing talent for their upcoming 10-part anthology Electric Dreams: The World Of Philip K Dick. Each episode of the series will act as a standalone drama, and be adapted and modernized for global audiences from Dick’s distinctive short stories. The five new writers added to the series are Harry Potter And The Cursed Child‘s Jack Thorne; The Night Manager‘s David Farr; Fifty Shades Of Grey‘s Kel… Read

TV

Ryan Lochte Teammate James Feigen Apologizes, Details Rio Gas Station Gaffe

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James Feigen has become the third U.S. swimmer involved in the now infamous Rio gas station incident to give a detailed account of the events that cast a shadow on the American athletes’ performance at the Olympic games. Following Gunnar Bentz’s written statement and Ryan Lochte’s apology and TV interview, Feigen on Tuesday issued a statement through his attorneys, Austin, TX-based Mark Hull and Daniel Wannamaker. In the missive, he chronicles a sequence of events in line… Read

Film

Watchdog Group Chides Laika For “White-Washing” ‘Kubo And The Two Strings’

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A watchdog group that advocates “balanced, sensitive and positive depiction and coverage of Asian Americans” is calling out producer Laika, and by extension distributor Focus Features, for using mostly white actors to voice Japanese characters in Kubo and the Two Strings, the animated feature that bowed Friday. The Media Action Network for Asian Americans, which has been battling the issue for decades, noted that even though the movie takes place in ancient Japan, the… Read

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‘Birth Of A Nation’: AFI Axes Planned Screening & Nate Parker Q&A

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The American Film Institute has tabled Friday’s planned screening of The Birth of a Nation, which was to be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker and star Nate Parker. The move comes as distributor Fox Searchlight deals with potential fallout from an old rape charge against Parker, of which he was acquitted in 2001. AFI dean Jan Schuette announced the cancellation in a note to the film school’s fellows tonight. “I have been the recipient of many different passionate points of… Read

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James Corden Teases Britney Spears’ Carpool Karaoke

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James Corden’s CBS late-night show teased Britney Spears’ Carpool Karaoke this evening. A couple weeks ago, CBS announced at TCA that Spears would be the next celeb to ride along with Corden for some Carpool Karaoke. The pop star is set for The Late Late Show segment on Thursday, a day before her ninth studio album Glory is released via RCA Records. Grammy winner Spears has sold nearly 100 million records worldwide. She has had six No. 1-debuting albums on the Billboard… Read

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Viacom’s Longtime PR Chief Carl Folta Exits

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The dominoes are falling at Viacom. Days after CEO Philippe Daumon’s ouster, longtime head of corporate communications has resigned. Carl Folta had been at the company for more than two decades, having joined when Viacom acquired Gulf+Western parent Paramount Communications in 1994. “My long-time friend and colleague and our head of corporate communications Carl Folta has decided to move on to the next adventure in his successful and ever-eventful career,” interim CEO Tom… Read

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WGA Reaches Deal For New Contract With Public TV

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The WGA East and West have reached an agreement with public television stations WGBH Boston and WNET New York on terms for a new three-year contract covering writers employed on such shows such as Frontline, Nova, American Experience and American Masters. The new contract provides for a 3% increase in all minimums, retroactive to July 1, with 0.5% of that amount diverted to the Writers Guild Industry Health Fund. Two other increases, effective July 1, 2017, and July 1… Read

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‘StartUp’ Review: Crackle Drama Gritty But Not A Great Investment

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As we all know about today's economic environment, starting a new company comes with a lot of risk and, with rare exceptions, distant or mixed rewards. In many ways, launching a new TV series in the Peak TV Era faces a lot of the same problems and possibilities. When it comes to StartUp, the Crackle original series that debuts September 6, the drama is not a venture I recommend you invest in. With the plot revolving around the creation of a digital currency system that… Read

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‘This Is Us’ Adds Ryan Michelle Bathe As Recurring

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Ryan Michelle Bathe has booked a recurring role in Dan Fogelman’s upcoming NBC dramedy This Is Us. She joins her husband, Sterling K. Brown, who is one of the stars of This Is Us alongside Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia. The series follows an ensemble — some of them sharing the same birthday — whose life stories intertwine in curious ways. Bathe will play Yvette, strong and outspoken, an unlikely new friend to Jack (Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Moore). Bathe is known for… Read

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Robert Kirkman’s ‘Outcast’ Ups Madeleine McGraw To Series Regular

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We’ll be seeing more of Madeleine McGraw in the second season of Robert Kirkman’s Outcast. McGraw, who recurred as Amber Barnes in Season 1, has been promoted to series regular for Season 2 of the Cinemax exorcism drama. Amber is the daughter of Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit). From The Walking Dead creator Kirkman, Outcast follows Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by possession since he was a child. Now an adult, he embarks on a journey to find answers, but what… Read