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International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam Reveals Winners

Reason by Indian director Anand Patwardhan won the IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary at the 31st International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (14-25 November). The film, told in eight parts, charts the rise of religious and nationalist fundamentalism in Indian society. At the prestigious European doc festival, Los Reyes by Bettina Perut and Iván Osnovikoff won the IDFA Special Jury Award for Feature-Length Documentary. The First Motion Of The Immovable… Read


Universal Creates New Woody Woodpecker Episodes For YouTube Channels

Universal Pictures International and Universal 1440 Entertainment are launching new content on the dedicated Woody Woodpecker YouTube Channels in December. Ten new episodes have been created for Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish and English YouTube Channels. These are the newest Woody Woodpecker episodes 46 years after the last of the original cartoons were released, 16 years after the three modern Woody Woodpecker seasons and one year after the launch of the dedicated… Read


‘After’ Trailer: Your First Lusty Look At The Adaptation Of Anna Todd’s Best-Selling YA Novel

The new teaser trailer for After is filled with making out…lots of making out. And based on the tagline: “After your first, life will never be the same” the movie probably goes beyond making out. Based on the best-selling YA novel by Anna Todd, the teaser for After gives off some serious CW vibes mixed with Fifty Shades of Grey PG-13 lustiness and a dash of unrequited love from Twilight — minus the vampires and werewolves. The movie follows Tessa (Josephine Langford), a… Read

Box Office

British Screen Queens Reign in ‘The Favourite’; Palme d’Or Winner ’Shoplifters’ Hits Theaters; ‘Roma’ Rollout Begins: Specialty Preview

A finite number of audiences on both coasts will get the chance to see Alfonso Cuarón's Roma beginning Thanksgiving weekend. Netflix’s anticipated black-and-white feature, which is a Spirit Award nominee and won the Golden Lion at Venice will have the vast majority of its audiences view what some have called a masterpiece through the service. Roma is the second of three Netflix films — along with the Coen brothers' The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, which opened this month… Read


Michelle Obama Memoir ‘Becoming’ Sells 1.4 Million Copies In One Week

Michelle Obama can now add best-selling author to her resume. The former First Lady’s memoir “Becoming” sold more than 1.4 million print and digital copies in the United States and Canada since it hit the shelves on November 13. “Becoming” had one of 2018’s biggest debuts, according to the Associated Press. Crown Publishing printed over 3 million hardcover copies in North America and when it was released it became a hot title, selling more than 725,000 copies. When it… Read


‘Four Weddings And A Funeral’: Andie MacDowell To Appear On Hulu Series, Nathalie Emmanuel To Star In Recasting

EXCLUSIVE: Andie MacDowell, star of the hit 1994 film Four Weddings and a Funeral, is set to guest star on the Hulu limited series inspired by the British romantic comedy. She will play a new character in the project, written and executive produced by Mindy Kaling and Matt Warburton, which has recast its lead, with Game Of Thrones co-star Nathalie Emmanuel replacing originally cast Jessica Williams. The romantic comedy series, which is heading into production for a 2019… Read


‘Robin Hood’ Review: Taron Egerton & Jamie Foxx Fire Arrows Fast And Furious But Come Up Short Of Target

Robin Hood

Let’s face it, Robin Hood has been around in cinematic form since the beginning of movies. Many a male star has tried it to varying degrees of success at one time or another: Douglas Fairbanks, Errol Flynn, Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe, Richard Todd and on and on. We’ve seen the light side with a Mel Brooks takeoff, and attempts by John Cleese and Cary Elwes. Even Frank Sinatra contemporized the legend in the 1964 musical Robin and the Seven Hoods. Even though he didn’t… Read


Outgoing Facebook Comms Chief Elliot Schrage Takes Blame For Hiring DC Firm – Update

UPDATED with Facebook making memo public: Facebook has found its fall guy. The company’s outgoing head of public policy, Elliot Schrage, took the blame for the controversial decision to hire the Washington, D.C., opposition research firm that pushed negative narratives about competitors and sought to portray billionaire George Soros as quietly bankrolling the company’s critics. “Responsibility for these decisions rests with leadership of the communications team. That's… Read


Disney Pegs Hulu’s Value At $9.3 Billion

Hulu is now worth $9.26 billion — the value the Walt Disney Co. assigned the streaming service in a recent regulatory filing. Disney laid out the valuation of Hulu as part of an SEC filing today, in which it provides a trove of details about its planned merger with 21st Century Fox in a deal valued at $71.3 billion. (Today’s financial data dump is artfully timed to fall after the market closes and on the eve of national holiday, in a PR strategy to discourage close… Read


‘The Middle’ Sue Heck Spinoff Not Going Forward At ABC

ABC has opted not to pick up to series its Sue Heck-centered spinoff from hit family comedy The Middle. I hear the project might be shopped by producing studio Warner Bros. TV. Titled Sue Sue in the City, the single-camera comedy stars The Middle standout Eden Sher as Sue Heck and comes from The Middle creators/executive producers Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline. It was ordered by ABC to pilot in August, with Chris Diamantopoulos cast alongside Sher and fellow Middle alum… Read


‘Take Two’ Canceled After One Season On ABC

Take Two

There will be no second take for ABC’s summer procedural drama series Take Two, Deadline has learned. News of the cancellation comes two months after Take Two wrapped its 13-episode first-season run. The straight-to-series drama, which starred Rachel Bilson and Eddie Cibrian, hailed from creators Andrew W. Marlowe and his wife, former Castle executive producer Terri Edda Miller. The drama never got much ratings traction, averaging 2.71 million total viewers and a 0.4 in… Read


‘Ayka’ Star Samal Yeslyamova Spent Seven Years Examining The Connection Between Mother & Child — Awardsline Screening Series


Forging a film career, in partnership with writer/director Sergey Dvortsevoy—a career that took her to Cannes in 2008—actress Samal Yeslyamova recently reteamed with the director on his latest, winning the prestigious French festival's prize for Best Actress. Titled Ayka, which translates in English to "My Little One," the social drama examined the emotional and physical potency of motherhood, and emerged from one specific statistic. In maternity hospitals in Moscow in… Read