Deborah Watling Dies: Former ‘Doctor Who’ Assistant Was 69
Deborah Watling, the English actress who played Doctor Who's assistant Victoria Waterford in the 1960s, has died after a short battle with lung cancer. She was 69. She had been diagnosed with the illness six weeks ago.
On Doctor Who, Watling starred alongside Patrick Troughton, who played the second Doctor, in 40 episodes from 1967-68. She also appeared in classic serials such as The Tomb of the Cyberman and The Ice Warriors. Much of her work on the sci-fi drama didn't… Read
‘Dunkirk’ Logs Two-Day Cume Of $8.6M After Solid $2.2M Start – Int’l Box Office
UPDATED, Friday 10:40 AM: Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk just posted another $6.3M in its seven markets (which opened yesterday) to bring its running two-day total up to $8.6M. Domestically, it grabbed a big $5.5M last night in previews so before it goes wide tonight, the critically acclaimed film has taken in $14.1M worldwide.
The WWII drama was released in seven Asian markets yesterday and rallied $2.6M, collectively outgrossing Inception by 24%, Gravity by 34% and more… Read
Kevin Spacey To Play Gore Vidal In Netflix Biopic
Kevin Spacey is set to play celebrated American writer Gore Vidal in an upcoming Netflix original biopic titled Gore.
Michael Hoffman, who directed 2009's The Last Station starring Helen Mirren and James McAvoy, will direct the 1980s-set film with UK producer Andy Paterson (The Railway Man, Girl With A Pearl Earring) producing. The film is shooting in Italy.
Vidal had a love affair with Italy, spending large periods of time in Rome in the early 1960s and later between the… Read
Amazon Acquires Rowan Joffe’s ‘Tin Star’ With Tim Roth & Christina Hendricks
Amazon has taken U.S. rights to revenge thriller Tin Star, written and created by Rowan Joffe and starring Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks.
The 10×60 series, which is produced by Kudos for Sky Atlantic, is a tale of the corruption of innocence and of murder, grief and all-consuming revenge. It tells the story of Jim Worth, a former British detective now small town police chief who brings his family to the tiny and tranquil town of Little Big Bear for a better life… Read
Dick Van Dyke To Receive BAFTA’s Britannia Excellence In TV Award
BAFTA Los Angeles has kicked off the list of recipients for its annual Britannia Awards, announcing today that Dick Van Dyke will be honored with the returning Britannia Award for Excellence in Television at this year’s ceremony October 27 at the Beverly Hilton.
The American star of iconic The Dick Van Dyke Show — who has five Emmy Awards, a Tony, a Grammy and a SAG Lifetime Achievement Award — will receive the Britannia honor, which is bestowed on “inspiring individuals… Read
Mike Downey Named Artistic Director Of Antalya Festival; AMC Networks Int’l Hires Alejandro Kember – Global Briefs
Prolific indie film producer Mike Downey has been named artistic director of Turkey's Antalya Festival. Mirsad Purivatra, an art and culture entrepreneur and fest director of the Sarajevo Film Festival, also will join the team as a strategic consultant. Downey, who has produced more than 60 films including Return to Montauk and Streetkids United, has served across more than 20 international film festival juries and in the new role at Antalya, he'll be responsible for… Read
UK Government Delays Decision On Fox-Sky Deal
UPDATE with Fox response: Rupert Murdoch's recent attempt to acquire the long-coveted remainder of pay-TV giant Sky looks set to face further delay as the UK government continues to mull over whether the deal should be subjected to a full competition probe.
On Thursday morning, culture secretary Karen Bradley told the House of Commons that she was "still minded" to refer 21st Century Fox's bid to take full ownership of Sky to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) on… Read
BBC Partners With James Corden’s Fulwell 73 For Live Music Show
The BBC is teaming with James Corden's Fulwell 73, the banner behind the popular Carpool Karaoke series, to make a live, weekly music show set to air on the UK channel this fall. It has yet to receive a title or timeslot but an initial run of six episodes has already been commissioned.
The new series, which promises to showcase "the hottest bands and artists in the world right now," will see the BBC make a return to the live, weekly music space eleven years after the… Read
Peter Bart: Can ‘Dunkirk’s Christopher Nolan Sell Brit-Centric WWII Tale To U.S. Filmgoers?
Poised and primped as always in his crisp blazer, Christopher Nolan takes center stage Friday as a forceful advocate for his ambitious film Dunkirk. In his pitch to filmgoers and to the media, Nolan urges viewers to see Dunkirk as a Hitchcockian suspense movie, not as a conventional war film. Indeed Nolan's repeated references to Hitchcock reflect his reverence for his mentor's showmanship in promoting his films, as well as for his directing gifts.
Reserved and formal by… Read
1821 Pictures Teams With Warner Bros To Develop Action-Thriller ‘Bombshell’
EXCLUSIVE: 1821 Pictures is partnering with Warner Bros to develop action-thriller Bombshell. Based on an original concept by Terry Dougas, the screenplay will be written by Dave Matillo, the writer behind 2015 Black List script Bare Knuckle. Paris Kassidokostas-Latsis and Dougas will produce, while Alexandra Milchan (The Wolf of Wall Street) will exec produce. Courtney Freedman will oversee the project for Warner Bros.
Bombshell is a secret government program that… Read
Call To Shutter Qatar’s Al Jazeera Dropped From List Of Gulf Demands
The four Arab nations spearheading a boycott of Qatar have shelved the request to shutter Al Jazeera, the Middle East's biggest broadcaster, from its list of demands. Last month, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates severed their diplomatic ties with Qatar, asserting that the country funded terrorism, and issued the emirate a list of 13 demands – including shutting down Al Jazeera and cutting ties to Iran – in order to lift the block.
But on… Read
Wanda Increases Price Tag On Theme Park Sale, Adds Second Buyer
China's Dalian Wanda Group has altered its proposed deal to sell off theme parks and 77 hotels to Sunac China, which was announced last week. It has since upped the price tag and switched buyers for its hotels after local banks scrutinized the company's credit risk.
In a joint announcement Wednesday, Wanda said it was bringing Guangzhou R&F Properties into the deal and would sell the company its 77 hotels for $2.95 billion, a sale previously planned to go to Sunac China… Read