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‘10 Cloverfield Lane’ Director Dan Trachtenberg To Helm ‘Black Mirror’ Ep For Netflix

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EXCLUSIVE: 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg is set to helm an episode of Netflix’s Black Mirror reboot. He joins an increasingly high profile list of directors and filmmaking talent that includes Joe Wright and Jakob Verbruggen. Created and written by Charlie Brooker, Black Mirror taps into our collective unease with the modern world and each stand-alone episode is a suspenseful tale exploring themes of contemporary techno-paranoia. The series, which… Read

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STX Boards ‘Mr Robot’ Creator Sam Esmail’s ‘Sequels, Remakes & Adaptations’

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EXCLUSIVE: STX has boarded Mr Robot creator Sam Esmail’s Sequels, Remakes and Adaptations. This is a big get for STX, particularly with Cannes around the corner. STX has been pushing forward aggressively with its plans to become a 21st century multi-media studio. Last month, in a shock move, STX tapped the well-respected former Film4 chief and Universal Pictures international president David Kosse to STX International, a new division dedicated to identifying and executing… Read

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Amazon In Advanced Talks For ‘Strange New Things’; Kevin MacDonald Directing, Matt Charman Writing For Left Bank

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EXCLUSIVE: Amazon is in advanced talks to come onboard Strange New Things, an event sci-fi TV series that Kevin MacDonald is directing, Matt Charman is writing and Left Bank Pictures is producing. The project is an adaptation of Michel Faber’s The Book Of Strange New Things, which was critically praised upon its release in 2014, with the Guardian newspaper calling it, “astonishing and deeply affecting.” Iconic musician Brian Eno will provide the series’ music and… Read

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‘Watership Down’: BBC & Netflix Team On Miniseries With James McAvoy, Nic Hoult And John Boyega

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Netflix and the BBC are teaming on a blockbuster adaptation of the classic novel Watership Down. The four-part animated miniseries is the brainchild of dynamic Brit production-management banner 42. The series will premiere on BBC One in the UK and internationally on Netflix. An A-list collection of talent has been assembled for the project including Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ John Boyega, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Ben Kingsley and Gemma Arterton. Richard Adams… Read

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Sam Mendes Named President Of Venice Film Festival Jury

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James Bond director Sam Mendes will preside over the 73rd Venice Film Festival jury, it was announced today. The fest runs August 31-September 10. Mendes has precedence with Venice. His Tom Hanks-Paul Newman gangster film, The Road To Perdition, premiered there in 2002. He commented today that he’s “always had a strong personal connection with Venice” having worked as a student at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in 1984, and that his happiest film fest memory is launching… Read

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Gaumont Boards Armando Iannucci’s ‘The Death of Stalin’ – Cannes

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EXCLUSIVE– France’s Gaumont is coming on-board to finance and sell Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin. The project is being produced by French powerhouse Quad Productions, who were behind the smash hit Intouchables.  Stalin is a feature adaptation on Fabien-Nury’s acclaimed graphic novel that follows the Soviet dictator’s last days and depicts the chaos of the regime after his death in 1953 after 30 years of iron-fisted rule over the Soviet Union. The project is set… Read

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‘Top Gear’ Adds ‘Extra Gear’; Discovery Takes RugbyPass Stake – Global Briefs

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When Top Gear returns in May, it will be followed by new after show, Extra Gear. Rory Reid is set to host with footage, interviews, films and behind-the-scenes access to the revamped motoring series. In the U.S., it will air on BBC America and online in the UK on BBC Three and iPlayer. Reid is one of the new hosts of the main program, alongside Chris Evans, Matt LeBlanc, Eddie Jordan, Sabine Schmitz and Chris Harris. He was recruited to Top Gear from the 2015 public… Read

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Bella Dayne To Board Channel 4-AMC Hit Series ‘Humans’

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EXCLUSIVE– Bella Dayne is joining the cast of Channel 4 and AMC’s hit show Humans. The 27-year-old Brit actress is currently starring as a series lead in ITV’s Roman-set comedy Plebs. The eight-episode second season is slated to premiere in the UK in late 2016 and 2017 in the U.S. Penned by British writing partners Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (Spooks) based on the Swedish sci-fi drama Real Humans from Matador Films, the series ranks as a top five cable drama launch… Read

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‘Doctor Foster’ Actress Jodie Comer Boards Morrissey Biopic ‘Steven’

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EXCLUSIVE–  Jodie Comer has joined the cast of Steven, the Mark Gill-directed biopic of iconic British singer Morrissey. This film marks Comer’s big screen debut, following on from her eye-catching turn as the 22-year-old mistress/homewrecker in BBC's ratings phenomenon Doctor FosterShe joins the previously announced Jack Lowden and Jessica Brown Findlay in the film. The news comes on the heels of Comer landing the plum lead role The White Princess, the sequel to… Read

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DisneyLife Service Suspended In China Amid Crackdown On Foreign Content – Reports

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Following word on Friday that Apple’s iTunes services had been shut down in China, it’s emerged that The Walt Disney Company’s DisneyLife platform may also be a casualty of the nascent Regulation for the Management of Online Publishing Services. The new law — part of a tightening of control over online content — took effect in early March and is designed to regulate overseas content that lands on Chinese screens. DisneyLife, an OTT service created in partnership with… Read

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‘American Psycho’s Times-ly Gift; Pulitzer Madness And Slicing The ‘Hamilton’ Pie: Gerard & Roth

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EXCLUSIVE: Deadline's Jeremy Gerard and Jujamcyn Theatres majority owner and president Jordan Roth talk about the state of the industry, the only stipulation being no holds barred. GERARD: I’m feeling unusually protective of my critical colleagues this week, and especially Ben Brantley and Charles Isherwood at The New York Times. Here’s why: On Wednesday morning, the Paper of Record ran a fulsome story about American Psycho, in which reporter Alexandra Alter took Bret… Read

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Joaquin Phoenix Eyed To Play Jesus Christ In Mary Magdalene Pic

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EXCLUSIVE: In what may be one of the bolder casting exercises in some time, Joaquin Phoenix is being eyed to play Jesus Christ in Garth Davis’ Mary Magdalene opposite Rooney Mara. A deal is still some way off being done, with scheduling believed to be one concern, but if this goes down it would be a clear statement of intent from the filmmakers about the kind of film they’re trying to make. Phoenix is the very definition of a mercurial talent, transforming from role to… Read