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‘I Am Not A Witch’ Director Rungano Nyoni Worked With Non-Professionals Overseas On “Super-Ambitious” Zambian Fairy Tale

Of all the films eligible for this year's BAFTAs, Rungano Nyoni's feature debut I Am Not a Witch is definitely the least categorizable. An African story strong on social comment and with definite contemporary relevance, it is leavened with scenes of lyrical magic realism and pierced with streaks of scathing, jet-black satire as a nine-year-old girl, Shula (newcomer Maggie Mulubwa), is accused of witchcraft and sent to a prison camp where women are bound by yards of ribbon… Read

TV

Guy Pearce To Star In Netflix’s British Teen Supernatural Series ‘The Innocents’

Netflix has set the cast for British teen supernatural drama series The Innocents. Guy Pearce (L.A. Confidential) is set to star alongside Sorcha Groundsell (Clique) and Percelle Ascott (Wizard vs. Aliens) in the newly titled eight-episode series created by Hania Elkington and Simon Duric. Described as a teenage love story with supernatural twists, The Innocents revolves around teenagers Harry (Ascott) and June (Groundsell). When the pair run away from their repressive… Read

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‘Beneath’: Amazing Film Co, Enderby Team For Antarctica-Set Thriller Series – Berlin

EXCLUSIVE: Munich-based The Amazing Film Company and Los Angeles-based indie Enderby Entertainment are teaming to co-produce English-language thriller Beneath. The 10-episode series was developed by Enderby's Rick Dugdale with writer Will Pascoe (Shut Eye, Orphan Black) and is understood to be a meeting of The X Files and Lost — set in Antarctica. Production is slated to start this winter. The Amazing Film Company will co-finance with Enderby. Beneath will be executive… Read

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‘Thirteen Reasons Why’ Author Demands Retraction Of “False And Defamatory Statements” Of Harassment — Update

UPDATE  12:45 PM, Feb. 14: Tamara Taylor, a spokesperson for Thirteen Reasons Why author Jay Asher, has come forward denying the sexual allegations made by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Earlier this week, the SCBWI expelled Asher as well as illustration David Diaz after claims they violated the society’s harassment code. In a statement obtained by Deadline, Taylor says that there was “no allegation, investigation or finding of sexual… Read

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Ashley Grace Fosters Dialogue On Child Abuse Epidemic With Socially Conscious Short ‘Hunter Gatherer’

An actress known for turns in Chronicle, True Blood and True Detective, Ashley Grace (née Hinshaw) appeared at United Talent Agency last night for a screening of her first directorial outing, a socially conscious dramatic short entitled Hunter Gatherer. Shot in Grace's native Indiana last fall when the director was seven-and-a-half months pregnant, the short follows Rose (Grace), who goes to reconcile with her drug-addicted brother, instead finding in his home the nephew… Read

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Francis Lee Completes Transition To Other Side Of The Camera With His BAFTA-Nominated ‘God’s Own Country’

Francis Lee will be keeping an eye on the weather this weekend. At the moment, he's snowed in at his home in Yorkshire, an event that is becoming all too regular lately. "This is, like, the eighth time we've been snowed in in two months," he notes, "and it just gets really dull." The snow almost caused him to miss the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) in December, where the film he directed, God's Own Country, was one of the night's biggest successes, taking home… Read

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‘Lady Macbeth’ Director William Oldroyd Talks Challenges Of Helming BAFTA-Nominated Debut Feature

This time two years ago, theatre director William Oldroyd was about to lock picture on his first feature film, the dark period drama Lady Macbeth. Based on an obscure opera from the early 20th century, and starring up-and-coming actress Florence Pugh as a resourceful young woman forced into an unwanted marriage, Oldroyd's low-budget indie was very much an unknown quantity—not the ideal formula for a hit, given the here-today, gone-tomorrow nature of the contemporary box… Read

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‘Trauma’ Producer Tall Story Sets ‘The Bay’, Brings Back ‘Bancroft’ For ITV

EXCLUSIVE: Trauma producer Tall Story Pictures has received a double commission from the UK’s ITV, including a second-season renewal of crime thriller Bancroft and an order for new thriller, The Bay. The latter is a six-part contemporary drama penned by award winning writer and playwright Daragh Carville (Being Human, The Smoke). ITV Studios Global Entertainment is handling international distribution on both series and is in discussions with a number of U.S. buyers on The… Read

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‘V The Movie’ Coming From Original Creator Kenneth Johnson And Desilu Studios

Sci-fi classic vehicle V is being revived as a film by Desilu Studios, with the new version of the former TV series written and directed by the original ’80s series creator, Kenneth Johnson. Called V The Movie, the film’s casting and a release date are not yet determined. It will be produced by John Hermansen and Barry Opper. The original two-part miniseries aired on NBC in 1983, telling the story of an alien invasion by a reptilian race disguising themselves as… Read

Film

Encore: ‘Sicario’ Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson On Creating Propulsive Sound Of Drug War Drama

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Jóhann Jóhannsson, revered for such film scores as The Theory of Everything and Sicario, died in Berlin yesterday. As tributes arrive from friends, colleagues and admirers, Deadline presents this Q&A with the composer from 2015. Jóhannsson spoke with our Matt Grobar about his inspirations, collaborating with director Denis Villeneuve, and about the upcoming film that was then titled Story of Your Life. It would be retitled Arrival. Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson… Read

Video

‘Fifty Shades Freed’ Review: No Shades Of Grey In Final Chapter Of E L James’ Sex Fantasy

Fifty Shades Freed

They’re baaa-aaaack! Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, that is. Every year around Valentine’s Day, Universal has been shrewdly serving up another chapter of the pair’s steamy, kinky relationship, and it all comes to an end now with the third installment of the cinematic adaptation of E L James’ publishing phenomenon. Of course none of these movies looks much different, and Fifty Shades Freedagain from a screenplay by Niall Leonard and direction by James Foley… Read

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‘Outside In’ Trailer: Jay Duplass Gets Sprung, Edie Falco Catches Him

“Congrats on your release – maybe now I can get my wife back.” And with that we meet Outside In‘s Chris, a 38-year-old man (played by Jay Duplass) just released from prison thanks to the tireless advocacy of his former high school teacher Carol (Edie Falco). The guy offering congratulations (watch the trailer above) is Carol’s husband, and we wish him luck. Outside In, directed by Lynn Shelton from her script with Duplass, bowed at the Toronto Film Festival last fall… Read