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Olivia Cooke To Star In ‘Vanity Fair’ Adaptation For ITV, Amazon Studios

ITV and Amazon Studios are teaming for a new adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's classic 1848 novel Vanity Fair. The seven-part drama has set Olivia Cooke to star as heroine Becky Sharp. Shooting begins in September with Mammoth Screen (Poldark, Victoria) producing. Written by Gwyneth Hughes (Dark Angel, The Girl), the TV transfer is set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, and follows Sharp as she attempts to claw her way out of poverty and scale the… Read

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‘The Split’: SundanceTV & BBC One Round Out Cast For Abi Morgan Drama Series

SundanceTV and BBC One have set key casting for six-part drama series The Split from Emmy and BAFTA-winning writer Abi Morgan (The Hour)  and BAFTA-winning executive producer Jane Featherstone (Broadchurch, Humans, River), which begins production next week in the UK. Leading the ensemble cast is Nicola Walker (River, Last Tango in Halifax), alongside Meera Syal (Goodness Gracious Me), Stephen Mangan (Episodes), Fiona Button (Lip Service), Deborah Findlay (Leaving)… Read

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Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp Reports $136M Loss; Will Re-Focus On Action, Sci-Fi

As it gears up for the release of epic summer sci-fi Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets, Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp has posted a loss of 119.9M euros ($136M) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017. The French studio said this morning that the loss is “considerably higher than past years” and the result of an underperforming slate. Titles that hit the bottom line hard include 9 Lives, Shut In, Miss Sloane and The Circle which in the U.S. went through Europa and… Read

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‘Pretty Little Liars’ Series Finale & Aftershow: “A.D.” Mystery Solved; Cast Would Say Yes To Reunion – Update

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SPOILER ALERT: This article contains details of tonight's series finale of Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars. UPDATED with after-show comments Showrunner I. Marlene King says she’s known for a couple years where Pretty Little Liars was headed, at least with regard to the identity of the mysterious A.D. And at least one cast member knew: Troian Bellisario said during the one-hour PLL aftershow on Freeform tonight that she asked King for the solution two years ago. Bellisario… Read

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Sarah Palin Sues NY Times Over Editorial Linking Her Ads To Gabby Giffords Shooting

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Former GOP Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin has sued the New York Times over an editorial earlier this month that linked an ad for one of Palin’s political action committees to the 2011 shooting of Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. The defamation lawsuit (read it here) was filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court and referred to a June editorial about the mass shooting that recently wounded Louisiana GOP congressman Steve Scalise, likening it to the… Read

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Stephen Colbert Explains CBO Score Impact On Senate Trumpcare Bill

Yesterday's Congressional Budget Office scoring of the Senate Trumpcare bill empowered politicians to begin savaging the plan – most colorfully by Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz, Late Night host Stephen Colbert revealed. But the American Medical Association also spoke out against it, saying that while doctors all take an oath to "first do no harm," this bill "violates that standard on many levels." And Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller damned the bill saying that if it… Read

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Michelle Rodriguez Tells ‘Fast’ Folks To “Show Some Love” To Female Characters Or Else

With Universal’s The Fate Of The Furious getting its digital release today, original franchise star Michelle Rodriguez took to Instagram to tout it — sorta. What it ended up being was a gentle but notable nudge seen by her 3.8 million followers to Universal and the series’ producers to “show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one. Or I just might have to say goodbye to a loved franchise.” Read

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Elizabeth Gillies Cast In Untitled Arizona Project Comedy

EXCLUSIVE: Elizabeth Gillies, who stars in the CW’s upcoming Dynasty reboot, has been cast in the untitled Arizona Project, a comedy film to be directed by Jonathan Watson. The pic follows an unstable man who, after losing his home to the housing crash, kidnaps his real estate agent and forces her into a deadly game in his abandoned development. Luke Del Tredici wrote the screenplay. Imperative Entertainment is producing with Rough House Pictures. Gillies last starred as… Read

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Fox Developing Drama From Lee Daniels & Julian Breece That Tackles Race & Class

Fox has put in development Mason Dixon, an hourlong drama from Lee Daniels (Empire, Star) and writer Julian Breece (Hulu’s The First). 20th Century Fox Television, where Daniels is under an overall deal, is the studio. Written by Breece, Mason Dixon revolves around a black politician’s wife and a blunt-talking good-ol’ boy who, in the wake of their spouses’ cheating scandal, form an unlikely alliance that blends their families and shakes up a community divided by race and… Read

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Lena Dunham & Jenni Konner In Talks To Pen ‘Toni Erdmann’ Redo

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Girls cohorts Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner are in early talks to pen Toni Erdmann, Paramount’s English-language remake of the German pic that was Oscar-nominated in the Foreign Language category this year. This is early days, we’re told, but this is the project that Paramount is eyeing Jack Nicholson and Kristen Wiig to topline. Gloria Sanchez is producing. The original pic is a bittersweet comedy that revolves around an older man who begins to play pranks on his adult… Read

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‘The Lowe Files’: Rob Lowe’s A&E Mystery Reality Series Sets Premiere Date, Unveils Trailer

A&E Network has set 10 PM Wednesday, August 2, for the premiere of Rob Lowe’s new reality series The Lowe Files, from Critical Content. The nine-episode series follows Lowe and his two sons, Matthew and John Owen, as they travel the country exploring infamous unsolved mysteries. In each episode, Lowe and his sons seek out a mysterious story or spooky legend and immerse themselves in the exploration and debate of the experience. Their missions include exploring an “alien… Read

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‘True Crime Addict’ Book Getting Series Adaptation By Universal TV With Richard Price Writing & Johnny Depp Producing

Universal Television and Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil have teamed for a drama series based on James Renner’s memoir True Crime Addict, which was written on spec by The Night Of co-creator Richard Price. True Crime Addict, which is intended for cable and digital networks and will be taken out to buyers shortly, is in the hot true-crime genre, whose foray into the cultural zeitgeist started on the documentary side with Netflix’s Making A Murderer, HBO’s The Jinx and the Ser… Read