Rome Film Festival To Fete Martin Scorsese & Host Sigourney Weaver, Giuseppe Tornatore, More
Martin Scorsese will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award and take part in an interview about his career and Italian cinema at this year’s Rome Film Festival (October 18-28).
The iconic director will present the restored version of an as-yet undisclosed Italian classic film and serve as the subject of in an in-conversation session with festival director Antonio Monda. His award will be presented to him by Italian director Paolo Taviani.
Also among the festival’s Close… Read
Donald Trump Tweet-Bombs “Filthy” Red Hen Restaurant After Eatery Asks Sarah Huckabee Sanders To Leave
The President of the United States this morning tweet bombed Red Hen Restaurant, seeming to suggest it should be shut down for health code violations. This after the eatery asked White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave the premises over the weekend.
“The Red Hen Restaurant should focus more on cleaning its filthy canopies, doors and windows (badly needs a paint job) rather than refusing to serve a fine person like Sarah Huckabee Sanders,” Donald Trump… Read
AT&T Buys Ad-Tech Firm AppNexus In First Post-Merger Move
Just a week and a half after closing its acquisition of Time Warner, AT&T has announced another purchase, this one of advertising technology specialist AppNexus.
The company will become a part of AT&T advertising & analytics, led by the group’s CEO, Brian Lesser. AppNexus operates a leading global advertising marketplace and provides digital ad products for publishers, agencies and marketers. AT&T sees the deal as furthering its ambitions to deliver addressable advertising… Read
‘A Discovery Of Witches’ Trailer: Demons & Witches Hide In Plain Sight In Sky Fantasy Drama
Demons, vampires and witches are all hiding in plain sight in the first trailer for upcoming Sky fantasy drama A Discovery of Witches. However, war is brewing in the first clip of the Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer-fronted epic.
Downton Abbey and The Good Wife star Goode stars as vampire Matthew Clairmont, while Hacksaw Ridge's Teresa Palmer plays heroine Diana Bishop in the series, which is produced by Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner's Bad Wolf. It will air on Sky later… Read
‘Skyfall’s Rory Kinnear & ‘The Crown’s John Heffernan Join Benedict Cumberbatch’s C4 Drama ‘Brexit’
Skyfall star Rory Kinnear and The Crown's John Heffernan have joined Benedict Cumberbatch-fronted drama Brexit (w/t) as the first image of the Sherlock star, without his long locks, has been unveiled.
Filming has begun on the two-hour drama special, produced by Tessa Ross and Juliette Howell's House Productions for Channel 4.
Kinnear, who has also starred in The Imitation Game and Black Mirror stars as Craig Oliver, Prime Minister David Cameron's Director of… Read
Nevision Buys ‘Beetle’ Books; Banijay Studios Italy Launches – Global Briefs
London-based indie producer Nevision has optioned author MG Leonard's trilogy of children's books, Beetle Boy, Beetle Queen and the recently released Battle Of The Beetles. Published by Chicken House in the UK and Scholastic in the U.S., Canada and Australia, as well as more than thirty other markets, the books center on thirteen-year-old Darkus Cuttle's search for his kidnapped father, leading him to discover a mountain of extraordinary beetles and pitting him against… Read
Hugo Speer & Sharon Small To Topline Acorn TV’s Cop Drama ‘London Kills’
Britannia star Hugo Speer and Trust Me's Sharon Small are to lead the cast for U.S. SVOD service Acorn's first straight-to-series commission.
The pair are joined by Casualty and EastEnders actor Bailey Patrick and newcomer Tori Allen-Martin in the five-part drama, which will tell the story of a team of top murder detectives and will be shot like a documentary. Each episode will feature a different murder in addition to a serialized story involving the lead detective's… Read
England’s 6-1 Trouncing Of Panama Peaks With 14M Viewers & 82% Share On BBC One
England's 6-1 rampage over a poor Panama side in the FIFA 2018 World Cup was watched by over 80% of British television viewers on Sunday afternoon.
The game, which saw Harry Kane and John Stones both score braces against the Central American side, was watched by an average of 9.9M but peaked with 14.1M viewers and a share of more than 82%.
However, the game couldn't match the peak audience of over 18M that tuned in to see a revitalised England team beat Tunisia in its… Read
Discovery & Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1 Bring Together Digital Platforms To Take On Netflix & Amazon
Discovery and German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 are to bring together their OTT services in a landmark deal that will see them take on digital giants such as Netflix and Amazon.
The two companies are merging 7TV, which is a joint venture between Discovery and ProSiebenSat.1, with the latter's Maxdome and Discovery's Eurosport Player. The move will create a broad digital service that offers a range of options from advertising-led catch-up services to SVOD premium pay tiers… Read
Vice Studios Wins First Gameshow Commission With ‘Beat The Internet With John Robins’ For UKTV
Vice Studios is continuing to pick up commissions from third-party broadcasters – this time securing a gameshow from British network UKTV.
The Discovery and BBC Studios-backed broadcaster has ordered Beat The Internet with John Robins for its male-skewing Dave channel. It also marks Vice's first studio gameshow, coming after Channel 5 documentary series Britain's Cocaine Epidemic and BBC2 doc The Satanic Verses.
The format will see comedian Robins pit members of the… Read
John Oliver Blasts Cable News Coverage Of Donald Trump’s “Children In Cages” Immigration Strategy And Walk Back
After opening Last Week Tonight with a quick nod to Melania Trump's cheap "I Really Don’t Care Do U?" Jacket, aka "Coatus FLOTUS," John Oliver immediately dove into a look at her husband, President Donald Trump, aka “the abusive father America will be talking about in therapy for the next 40 years.”
This week we saw continued outrage over his zero tolerance policy causing children to be separated from their children at the border.
A policy Trump insisted repeatedly last… Read
Jimmy Fallon Gives Rare Slap Back At Donald Trump Over “Be A Man” Slag; Host Donates To TV Scribes’ Stop Border Separation Campaign – UPDATE
UPDATE, 8:25 PM: As fellow NBC stars, Donald Trump and Jimmy Fallon used to be so close but now they are distinctly on different sides on family border separation and the former administration's zero tolerance policy – as the Tonight Show main man made very clear in a swing back at the former Celebrity Apprentice host.
Just a couple of hours after President Trump slapped down nice guy and usually non-political Jimmy down for second guessing having his ex-NBCer on as a… Read