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Sony Launches Free-To-Air Crime Channel In The UK

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Sony is launching a free-to-air channel in the UK with series including Orange Is the New Black, Line of Duty and Person of Interest. The Hollywood studio is to launch the Sony Crime Channel on February 6 by merging its True Crime channel and entertainment station Sony Channel. The move, which will see the new channel air in place of True Crime on the Freeview platform as well as on Sky and Virgin, will hand it more high-profile programming. True Crime previously aired… Read

Megyn Kelly Plays “Hanoi Jane” Card In Feud With Jane Fonda Over Plastic Surgery Question

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Jane Fonda “has no business lecturing anyone on what qualifies as offensive,” Megyn Kelly said Monday, playing the “Hanoi Jane” card as she addressed Fonda’s reax to being asked about plastic surgery while promoting her Netflix movie. Fonda, Kelly said on NBC’s Megyn Kelly Today, “appears to be fixated on an exchange I had with her months ago on this show.” Kelly first insisted her “general philosophy” is to say nothing when other people talk about her.  But, with Fonda… Read

British TV Host Billie JD Porter Details Vice Harassment Allegations

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Vice is facing further allegations of workplace misconduct and harassment after British producer and presenter Billie JD Porter made a number of claims against the youth media company. Porter, who has worked on and off with the company for around ten years, made a number of allegations against Vice, dating back a decade, in a post shared on Instagram and Twitter. She was responding to Vice's coverage of the Women's March in Los Angeles and New York over the weekend… Read

Caryn Mandabach Prods Developing Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘When We Were Orphans’

Caryn Mandabach Productions has optioned the TV rights to Nobel Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro's psychological mystery novel, When We Were Orphans. The Peaky Blinders producer will develop the book, which was first published by Faber & Faber in 2000 and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, as a limited series. The story centers on Christopher Banks, a celebrated detective in 1930s London. His encounters with friends past and present lead him to unravel a mystery… Read

Peter Jackson To Direct First World War Feature Documentary

The Lord Of The Rings director Peter Jackson is to direct a feature documentary about the First World War. The film will use exclusive archive footage from the Imperial War Museums' film archive and audio from the BBC archives. The untitled documentary will receive its premiere at the BFI London Film Festival in 2018 with Trafalgar Releasing co-ordinating a simultaneous screening of the film in cinemas around the UK. It will subsequently aired on BBC One, where it will be… Read

‘Jumanji’ At $768M WW Intensity & 4th #1 In A Row Overseas; ‘Maze Runner: Death Cure’ Debuts – International Box Office

UPDATE: Sony's Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle continued its wild run this weekend, remaining king of the international box office for the 4th consecutive frame with another $32.6M on the board. The global drumbeat has now reached $767.8M, with $450.8M of that from overseas. The Jake Kasdan-helmed update on the 1995 Robin Williams classic had some rock-solid holds this session, although it faced stiff competition in China where a handful of new entrants was led by… Read

NFL Playoffs Will Air On Armed Forces Net Despite Government Shutdown

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In a last-minute deal, overseas troops will be able to watch today’s NFL conference championships via the Armed Forces Network, which had its services suspended because of the government shutdown. The American Forces Network usually broadcasts American radio and television programming in Europe and other locations outside the U.S.  But the NFL announced this morning that the AFN will keep going for both the Vikings/Eagles and Patriots/Jaguars games. Even if the AFN had… Read

Marc Munden To Helm ‘The Secret Garden’ For David Heyman & Studiocanal

EXCLUSIVE: Heyday Films and Studiocanal’s new take on the classic children’s novel The Secret Garden has found its director. Marc Munden will helm from a script penned by Jack Thorne. Shooting starts in the spring with Studiocanal fully financing. David Heyman will produce via his Heyday banner with the company’s Rosie Alison producing alongside him. The picture will be out to cast soon. Based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 book, the story centers on Mary Lennox, a… Read

Donald Trump Mansplains Women’s March, Takes Credit For “Milestones”

Even as he’s being lampooned, castigated, caricatured and otherwise scorned on countless Women’s March posters across the globe today, Donald Trump tweeted a Big Mac & large fries-size bit of humblebrag, expressing support by pleading his own case. “Beautiful weather all over our great country,” Trump tweeted, “a perfect day for all Women to March. Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken… Read

‘Paddington 2’ Sets Rotten Tomatoes Record As Best-Reviewed Movie Ever

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Blowing the lid off the critical marmalade jar, Paddington 2 has set a new benchmark as the best-reviewed film ever on Rotten Tomatoes. The little bear from darkest Peru has now notched the most consecutive Fresh reviews without a single Rotten. Directed by Paul King, the Heyday Films/Studiocanal family sequel began offshore rollout in November, and was released in North America by Warner Bros last Friday. Its worldwide box office is $163M through Thursday. Over at… Read

‘Valerian’ Helps Propel 2017 French Film Exports After Dismal 2016: Unifrance

Anchored heavily by Luc Besson's Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets, French film exports in 2017 saw a dramatic increase versus 2016's precipitous dive. Unifrance, the body that promotes French film abroad, said tonight in Paris that 80.5M tickets were sold to homegrown movies outside France in 2017 which was good for 468M euros ($572.5M). In admissions, that's a 98% increase compared to 2016 and in euros, it's an upward swing of 82%. There were more tickets sold… Read

Sony Pictures Worldwide Scores ‘Hearts Beat Loud’ Deal For International – Sundance

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In one of the first deals of the Sundance Film Festival, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired international rights to Brett Haley's Hearts Beat Loud after a packed sneak peek screening last night in Park City. The film starring Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons has its world premiere next Friday at the Eccles in the fest’s Premieres section. The deal does not includes North American rights. Endeavor Content repped the filmmakers in the deal and SPWA's Michael… Read