‘Waco’ Takes “No Bad Guys” Approach To Refute Media Coverage Of Deadly Waco Standoff – TCA
Creators of Paramount Network’s Waco set out to dramatize the “no bad guys” version of the 1993 standoff at the Branch Davidian splinter group complex. Four government agents were killed in a botched raid by ATF, which suspected that the facility was housing a weapons arsenal.
The 51-day standoff that ensued ended when the FBI initiated a tear gas attack, during which the complex erupted in fire and about 80 people died, including cult leader David Koresh.
EP Drew Dowdle… Read
‘Maria’: Ben Rekhi Wraps Timely Manila Drug-War Thriller With Alessandra De Rossi
EXCLUSIVE: While he’s in post-production on The Ashram, which The Orchard is releasing domestically, director Ben Rekhi last week wrapped filming on his follow-up, Maria. The feature thriller is based on a true story and stars Italian-Filipino actress Alessandra de Rossi in the title role.
Set against the drug wars in the Philippines, the timely story finds Maria fending for her three children alone after her husband is murdered under mysterious circumstances. As she… Read
Cathy King Joins 42 As Literary Manager & Partner
EXCLUSIVE: Rory Aitken, Ben Pugh, Josh Varney and Kate Buckley’s management and production company, 42, has brought Cathy King into the fray as Literary Manager and Partner. Formerly at London’s Independent Talent Group, the respected King will continue to work with a high-profile client list at 42 that includes such names as Julian Fellowes, Abi Morgan, Chris Chibnall, Amanda Coe, Sam Bain, Jesse Armstrong, Philippa Lowthorpe, Toby Whithouse, Hettie Macdonald and… Read
‘Peaky Blinders’ Will Gould, Frith Tiplady, Matthew Read Form Moonage Pictures
Veteran Tiger Aspect exec Will Gould is partnering with former BBC Drama Commissioner Matthew Read and Tiger Drama’s Frith Tiplady to launch Moonage Pictures. The indie production company is looking to make writer-led programming and will officially open its doors in March. Gould and Tiplady announced their departures from Peaky Blinders co-producer Tiger Aspect last September. The pair previously exec produced the BBC Two period gangster epic, but will not be aboard for… Read
European Superindie Group Banijay Launches UK Drama Label Neon Ink
EXCLUSIVE: Banijay, the European production group that owns Keeping Up With The Kardashians producer Bunim/Murray, is expanding its UK drama business with the launch of its latest label, Neon Ink.
Banijay has established the London-based production firm with former ITV Studios executives Kate Lewis and Julia Walsh, who have worked on series including Jeremy Piven period drama Mr Selfridge, long-running crime drama Vera and Blackpool, which was later remade for U.S… Read
‘StartUp’: Mira Sorvino To Guest On Season 3 Of Sony Crackle Thriller — TCA
Sony Crackle’s tech-driven thriller StartUp has started work on season 3 and they have announced Mira Sorvino as a guest star for the new season.
The announcement was made today at TCA that the Academy Award-winning actress will join the cast as NSA agent Rebecca Stroud, who has come to investigate ArakNet, and will do whatever it takes to have ArakNet partner with the government. She joins series' stars Adam Brody, Ron Perlman, Edi Gathegi, Otmara Marrero, and Addison… Read
‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Announces Season 2 Premiere Date, Unveils Teaser Trailer — TCA
Hulu has announced that their acclaimed drama The Handmaid’s Tale is set to return to the streaming service on April 25. In addition, they have released a brand new trailer to tease what’s to come for Offred and the dystopian world of Gilead.
Fresh off of its win for Best Drama at the Golden Globes, Hulu announced today at TCA that The Handmaid’s Tale will return for a 13-episode second season starting April 25 with two episodes and subsequent episodes released every… Read
Hulu Nabs ‘Catch-22’ Limited Series Starring George Clooney From Anonymous Content & Paramount TV
Catch-22, the high-profile limited series starring and directed by George Clooney, has landed at Hulu, which is finalizing a deal for a six-episode straight-to-series order. The project, written by Luke Davies and David Michôd based on the seminal Joseph Heller novel, is being directed by Clooney and Grant Heslov and hails from Anonymous Content and Paramount Television. UPDATE: Hulu at TCA on Sunday confirmed the deal as closed.
In his first TV role since the end of ER… Read
‘Liar’ Renewed For Season Two At Sundance TV — TCA
Sundance TV’s psychological thriller Liar starring Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey) and Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four) has been renewed for a second season.
The news was announced at TCA today. Executive producers and series creators Jack Williams and Harry Williams of Two Brothers Pictures (The Missing, Fleabag) will return to write the sophomore season. ITV and all3media International will co-produce.
"Liar is a series that epitomizes our strategy of partnering with… Read
29th Palm Springs Int’l Film Fest Names ‘Félicité’ As Best Foreign Language Film
The Senegalese film Félicité won the FIPRESCI Best Foreign Language Film of the Year to highlight the 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) juried award winners, who were honored today at a luncheon at the Hilton Palm Springs.
The festival, held from January 2-15, 2018, screened 180 films from 77 countries. Last year, it welcomed 135,000 attendees for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries. The Festival is also… Read
‘Genius: Picasso’ Trailer: Antonio Banderas Paints A Tortured Artist’s Story In Nat Geo Series
“People say that I am a genius. That it all came easily to me. The truth is, the only way to be a true artist is to work day and night.” Those words are from Pablo Picasso, played by Antonio Banderas, in the trailer for National Geographic’s Genius: Picasso.
It clearly wasn’t always easy for Picasso, one of the 20th century's most influential and celebrated artists, who was told as a young man: “Your technique is all wrong. You have talent but no discipline.” Alex Rich (GL… Read
‘Counterpart’s J.K. Simmons: Playing Opposite Self “Favorite Actor To Work With”
Asked what it’s like playing opposite himself in Starz’s upcoming sci-fi espionage series Counterpart, J.K. Simmons joked that he’s "my favorite actor to work with." But he acknowledged that it presents certain technical challenges to him and anyone else who “had the misfortune” to be in the scenes.
Another actor stood in for Simmons’ other self during shooting then got “erased” to add in his other performance, which Simmons called a "learning curve as indeed life itself… Read