ITV Plans Build Mini-Theme Park In London
ITV is looking to expand into the theme park business and has unveiled plans to build a mini theme park in London. According to the Evening Standard, the commercial broadcaster has said that it is looking for a site in the UK capital city that would give visitors a chance to "experience" its programs, such as Downton Abbey, The Voice and Broadchurch, rather than just watch them at home.
"As part of our business we have a team which operates experiential events around our… Read
Gemma Chan Joins ‘Mary Queen Of Scots’ Opposite Saoirse Ronan & Margot Robbie
EXCLUSIVE: British actress Gemma Chan has joined the cast of Working Title and Focus Features' Mary Queen Of Scots. Chan will play Bess of Hardwick, the friend and confidante of Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie) who, along with her husband the Earl of Shrewsbury, eventually became keeper of the captive Mary, Queen of Scots (Saoirse Ronan) for 15 years. Pic also stars Martin Compston, who plays the Earl of Bothwell, and Jack Lowden, who plays Lord Darnley.
Stage director Josie… Read
BBC Commissions New Dramas From ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ Scribe & ‘Poldark’ Producer
BBC has commissioned two new eight-part drama series for its flagship channel BBC One.
The Three, based on a trilogy of books by Sarah Lotz, is adapted by Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy scribe Peter Straughan. It's described as a multi-stranded, international thriller with a supernatural twist and sees four planes crash on the same day in four different countries, with three children left as survivors. Commissioned by Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama and Charlotte Moore… Read
China’s Puji Capital Invests In Peter Guber’s Mandalay Endurance
Shanghai-based investment firm Puji Capital has launched Puji Films, a new entity that will focus on investments into the Chinese and Hollywood film industry. To kick open its doors it's backing former Columbia Pictures head Peter Guber's Mandalay Endurance Media Ventures.
MEMV is a joint venture between Mandalay Entertainment, Endurance Media and sports owner Jeff Vinik. Guber heads up the new production, financing and international distribution platform with Steve… Read
Turner Acquires U.S. Rights To UEFA Soccer Games, Plans To Launch OTT Sports Platform
Turner has signed a three-year, multi-platform deal for U.S. rights to UEFA European soccer games beginning with the 2018-2019 season. Timed to the deal, Turner also plans to launch a new stand-alone premium sports streaming video service with a collection of UEFA matches serving as a core pillar. The OTT sports platform will debut in 2018.
Under terms of the deal, Turner will have exclusive U.S. rights for English-language coverage of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA… Read
Stephen Frears To Be Honored At Venice Film Festival
British helmer Stephen Frears is set to be honored at the Venice Film Festival with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory To The Filmmaker award. The award is dedicated to a personality who has made an original contribution to innovation in contemporary cinema.
Frears will be given the prize at a ceremony held on September 3 before the out-of-competition screening of his latest title Victoria & Abdul, which is world premiering at the fest. Pic is set in 1887 and is based on the true… Read
‘Glitch’ Season 2 Gets Netflix Premiere Date & Trailer For Paranormal Saga
EXCLUSIVE: Award-winning Australian drama Glitch was confirmed for a second season ahead of its Season 1 global launch on Netflix in fall 2016. The streaming service now has set a Season 2 premiere date of November 28, and today we have a first trailer — check it out above.
The paranormal saga has been highly praised. It’s set in the small town of Yoorana, where police officer James Hayes (Patrick Brammall) is called to the local cemetery in the middle of the night after… Read
Amazon Enlists In BBC’s ‘The Last Post’; ’60s Drama Hails From Peter Moffat
Amazon has boarded the Peter Moffat-created drama The Last Post as an Amazon Original in the U.S. where it will be available later this year. The six-part period series is set in the 1960s and centers on the lives of a Royal Military Police unit and their families in Aden, Yemen. It’s based on the childhood memories of Moffat who created the UK’s Criminal Justice and is now an EP on its U.S. version, HBO’s Emmy-nominated The Night Of.
The Last Post, which will air on BBC O… Read
Another ‘Game Of Thrones’ Episode Leaks Online
In what's sure to be another devastating turn of events for HBO, the newest episode of Game Of Thrones has leaked online, four days ahead of schedule. HBO España and HBO Nordic accidentally dropped Season 7’s Episode 6, titled “Beyond The Wall,” online in Spanish and Nordic territories, where it was available to on-demand subscribers for a full hour before it was removed.
The leak left enough time for footage from the episode to be ripped and shared. Footage was posted to… Read
‘Killing Of A Sacred Deer’ Trailer: Colin Farrell & Nicole Kidman In Suburban Greek Tragedy
Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Killing of a Sacred Deer premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May, tying for the Best Screenplay prize. The chilling thriller is a return to English after Lanthimos’ 2015 The Lobster scored a Cannes Jury Prize and an Oscar nomination. It also reteams Lanthimos with the folks behind that film, and star Colin Farrell. Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan, Raffey Cassidy, Sunny Suljic, Bill Camp and Alicia Silverstone also star.
The story… Read
Prime Focus Condemns ‘Game Of Thrones’ Leak; Venice Adds Jean Rouch’s ‘Cousin, Cousine’; Camerimage To Honor Paul Hirsch – Global Briefs
Prime Focus Technologies has today weighed in on the recent leak of an episode of HBO's Game Of Thrones, which it processes for Star India. Four people were arrested in India this week after episode 4 of Season 7 of the Emmy-winning series leaked online ahead of its scheduled airing. The leak is unrelated to the recent HBO hack. Those arrested have been charged with criminal breach of trust and computer-related offenses. Three of the alleged perpetrators are employees of… Read
‘Wolf’ Whistles To $685M; ‘Annabelle’ Conjures $35M+; ‘Spider-Man’ Leaps Past $700M WW – International Box Office
UPDATE, WRITETHRU with actuals: New Line/Warner Bros’ Annabelle: Creation came to life at the international box office this weekend with $35.4M in her first wide frame. That was a slight bump for the doll versus Sunday estimates. The prequel spinoff was the major expanded title in overseas markets, while pictures like Spider-Man: Homecoming, Dunkirk, Valerian and more passed new milestones. Nevertheless, offshore play continued to be dominated by China‘s action phenom, Wol… Read