Benedict Cumberbatch To Star In Limited Series ‘Melrose’ Picked Up By Showtime
Showtime Networks has ordered Melrose, a five-part limited series toplined and executive produced by Sherlock and Doctor Strange star Benedict Cumberbatch.
The project, a co-production of Showtime and Sky Atlantic, is based on the Patrick Melrose series of semi-autobiographical novels written by Edward St. Aubyn. David Nicholls (Far From the Madding Crowd), who called Cumberbatch “the perfect Patrick Melrose," is writing all five episodes of the TV adaptation. Search is… Read
BBC’s ‘Gunpowder’ Adds Cast; Studiocanal Promotes Anna Marsh – Global Briefs
With shooting underway on BBC One’s Gunpowder, the drama has rounded out its cast. The previously announced Kit Harington leads the three-part Guy Fawkes-inspired thriller whose cast now includes Edward Holcroft (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Shaun Dooley (Broadchurch) and Tom Cullen (Downton Abbey) as well as Robert Emms (Happy Valley), Derek Riddell (The Missing), Sian Webber (EastEnders), David Bamber (Tina And Bobby), Kevin Eldon (The Halcyon) and Spanish actor Pedro… Read
‘Resident Evil’ Rocks China With Record $94.3M Debut – International Box Office
UPDATE, WRITETRHU, Tuesday AM with actuals: While Fox’s Logan gets set to claw into global box office as it begins day-and-date rollout on Wednesday, the current frame was a major holdover and expansion fest. Business was particularly un-dead in China where Screen Gems/Constantin Films' Resident Evil: The Final Chapter rode a wave of nostalgia for the IP and a smart marketing campaign overseen by Leomus Pictures to log a $94.3M debut, and score the biggest-ever FSS… Read
ITV Commissions Mammoth Screen Drama ‘Desire’ From Scribe Jeremy Brock
ITV has commissioned Desire, a new five-part drama serial written by The Last King of Scotland screenwriter Jeremy Brock. Victoria and Poldark producer Mammoth Screen will produce.
The story focuses on Leia, who is just about managing to hold her life together in the face of a messy divorce when she finds herself falling in love with an intensity that she's never experienced before. It's the wrong man at the wrong time but Leia can't give the relationship up. It looks at… Read
ITV Takes Majority Stake In French TV Prod Co. Tetra Media Studio
Continuing its buying spree, ITV has acquired a majority stake in French television production group Tetra Media Studio.
Tetra is the French indie behind dramas such as crime series Profilage, which is now in its seventh season, and political thriller Les Hommes de l'Ombre. Overseen by CEO Jean-François Boyer, the company last year produced 161 hours of content across its seven production labels. It primarily produces French drama and its scripted labels include Tetra… Read
‘Broadchurch’ Return Scores Biggest ITV Drama Ratings Since 2015
The third and final season of Broadchurch kicked off on the UK’s ITV last night as British TV’s most-watched program of the evening with 7.5M viewers and a 34 share in Live+1. That’s the biggest drama score for ITV since the last episode of the regular 6th (and final) season of Downton Abbey in November 2015. It’s a tick down on the start of Broadchurch‘s second season in January 2015 which pulled 7.6M viewers, but a lower share of 30. That season ultimately averaged 9M. B… Read
The Academy On Best Picture Oscar Snafu: “We Deeply Regret The Mistake”
Almost 24-hours after the Best Picture Oscar was awarded to La La Land instead of the true winner, Moonlight, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has released a statement, apologizing to those involved in the error.
Deeply regretting the mistake, the Academy saluted the “tremendous grace they displayed under the circumstances.” PricewaterhouseCoopers, who issued a second apology just minutes before, took full responsibility for the error, clarifying that PwC… Read
Jimmy Kimmel Says This Year’s Crazy Oscars Ceremony Was Cursed – Watch
“Have any of you here ever hosted the Oscars before? Well, except for the end – It was a lot of fun,” Jimmy Kimmel said at the top of his ABC late-night show.
“As I'm sure you've at least heard, La La Land was simultaneously the biggest winner and loser last night…You know it's a strange night when the word ‘envelope’ is trending on Twitter.”
Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway presented the award for Best Picture, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bonnie and Clyde. “So… Read
PricewaterhouseCoopers Takes “Full Responsibility” For Best Picture Blunder In New Apology
Early Monday morning, a day after the 89th Academy Awards, Tim Ryan, U.S. chairman and senior partner of accounting firm PricewaterhouseCooper, made his rounds on the press circuit, apologizing for the Best Picture mistake. Now, after already releasing their first statement following the ceremony, a second official statement has been shared by PwC.
"PwC takes full responsibility for the series of mistakes and breaches of established protocols during last night's Oscars,"… Read
Conan Reveals “Confusing” Contents Of Best Picture Card Warren Beatty Was Given At Oscars
Conan explained what really happened at Sunday night’s 89th Academy Awards when Warren Beatty opened the envelope to discover which movie had won the Best Picture Oscar.
“A lot of people at first blamed Warren Beatty for making the mistake,” Conan noted. “But, in his defense, if you saw the card he was given to read, it was pretty confusing,” he added.
Actually, not “confusing” so much as “incomprehensible.”
And, of course, Beatty handed the card to Faye Dunaway to read… Read
PwC Exec Cancels CNN Segment “Apparently On Orders From The Academy,” Anderson Cooper Says
As the finger-pointing and mea culpas continue regarding last night’s Best Picture tragicomedy, the top U.S. exec at the Academy’s accounting firm was booked on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360° tonight. Key word: “was.”
PricewaterhouseCoopers U.S. Chairman and senior partner Tim Ryan, who had been making the media rounds today to discuss Sunday’s Best Picture gaffe, canceled his appearance on the primetime show less than an hour before he was to go on, Anderson Cooper said… Read
Bill O’Reilly Addresses ‘Factors’ Nils Bildt Mystery
Bill O’Reilly has addressed the mystery of the Swedish guest he had on his show last week.
Nils Bildt landed headlong into the fake news debate last Thursday when he appeared on The O’Reilly Factor to talk about crime in Sweden – days after Trump gave a speech decrying an attack in the country that did not take place. Bildt talked of an immigrant problem, of crime stats, and a politically-correct culture that bars these issues "being openly and honestly discussed" in that… Read