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Rebel Wilson To Star In Sonar Entertainment-Backed Australian Period Drama ‘Les Norton’

Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson is to star in an Australian period drama funded by Sonar Entertainment. Wilson is to front Les Norton, a ten-part series based on Robert G. Barrett's novels, for Australian public broadcaster ABC. The series is produced by Romper Stomper producer Roadshow Rough Diamond in association with Screen Australia with Taboo distributor Sonar Entertainment selling globally. Set in 1985, the series will follow the exploits of Les Norton, a man from… Read

International

Film4 Appoints ‘Everest’ Line Producer Tori Parry As Head Of Physical Production

Film4 has appointed experienced line producer Tori Parry as their permanent Head of Physical Production. Parry has been in the role since June on an interim basis, and succeeds Tracey Josephs who left the UK broadcaster to join The Ink Factory. Parry has 20 years' experience as a freelance co-producer, line producer and unit production manager, spanning studio and independent film as well as high end TV drama. Her recent credits include co-producer on Danny Boyle's Getty… Read

International

ProSiebenSat.1’s “Man In Hollywood” Rüdiger Böss Leaves German Broadcaster After 25 Years

Rüdiger Böss, content acquisitions chief of German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1, is leaving the media group after over 25 years. Böss was described by the company as its "man in Hollywood" as a result of his relationships with the U.S. studios. Böss has worked at ProSiebenSat.1 since 1992 and since 2007 has been responsible for negotiations for and the acquisition of licensed films and series for the media groups stations and video platforms. He has secured long-term… Read

Film

‘Monday’: First Look At Sebastian Stan & Denise Gough In Greece-Set Romance

Here’s a first look at Sebastian Stan (Captain America: Civil War) and Denise Gough (Colette) in Monday, the next feature by Greek director Argyris Papadimitropoulos (Suntan). Principal photography recently wrapped on the two-hander co-written by Papadimitropoulos and Rob Hayes. Monday follows the story of Mickey (Stan) and Chloe (Gough), two Americans in their mid-thirties living in Athens, who meet in the heat of summer one whirlwind weekend. When Chloe's time in Greece… Read

International

Korea’s CJ ENM Acquires Majority Stake In Swedish Distributor Eccho Rights

Korean media conglomerate CJ ENM has acquired Swedish drama and formats firm Eccho Rights as it looks to bolster its business in Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. The Korean firm has acquired a majority stake in The End distributor Eccho Rights, which has offices in Stockholm, Istanbul, Madrid and Manila. Run by MD Fredrik af Malmborg and Managing Partner Nicola Söderlund, Eccho Rights internationally sells dramas such as Scandinavian arms dealer drama Conspiracy… Read

Business

‘Fresh Prince’ Star Alfonso Ribeiro Files Lawsuit Against Epic Games’ ‘Fortnite’ Over Use Of Carlton Dance

Alfonso Ribeiro’s “Carlton Dance” from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air has reached legendary status since he first began joyfully swinging those arms and movin’ those legs to Tom Jones’s classic song “It’s Not Unusual”. Many have playfully performed the Carlton Dance at weddings, proms and other festivities, but it seems like the creators of the popular video game Fortnite have taken it too far. Ribeiro filed a lawsuit against Epic Games Fortnite Battle Royale for copying… Read

TV

‘The Big Bang Theory’ Sets Lindsey Kraft In Recurring Role

The Big Bang Theory is adding a new face to its 12th and final season. Lindsey Kraft (Grace and Frankie, Dirty John, The Conners, Living Bibically) will appear in a recurring role on the long-running CBS sitcom. Kraft will play Marissa, the new bride of Penny’s ex-husband Zack, a role reprised by Brian Thomas Smith. Kraft will first appear on Jan. 10 episode and return for multiple episodes. The semi-spoilery logline for the episode states: “Zack and his wife want a baby… Read

TV

Netflix Sued By Former Detective Over ‘Making A Murderer’

Former Manitowoc County Sheriff's Detective Andrew Colborn filed a lawsuit Monday against Netflix and Making a Murderer filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos claiming that the docuseries defamed him. In the lawsuit filed today in Wisconsin Circuit Court (read it here), Colborn says that the docuseries was edited to make it appear that he and other law enforcement officers planted evidence to frame Steven Avery and his 16-year-old nephew, Brendan Dassey for the 2005… Read

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Tucker Carlson: “We Are Not Intimidated” By Ad Boycott Over “Dirtier” Immigration Segment

Tucker Carlson

As more advertisers bail on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News Channel primetime programs in the wake of last Thursday’s monologue remarks about immigrants making America “dirtier,” Carlson punched back on Monday night’s edition of Tucker Carlson TOnight. "A lot of people profiting from the policy don't want the rest of us to think about it too much, they just want us to mouth the empty platitudes and move on. 'Nothing to see here, shut up and go away.' Those who won't shut up get… Read

TV

‘Tonight Show’ To Air Special ‘Hamilton’ Episode From Puerto Rico

Tonight Show Lin Manuel Miranda

The Tonight Show will hit the road to air a special episode from Puerto Rico on January 15, during the 24-show run of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton on the island to raise relief funds in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The news was announced during an interview with Miranda for tonight’s episode (see the video below). The January show, on which Miranda will be a guest, will highlight the nation’s efforts to rebuild after the hurricane that struck in September. The… Read

Film

‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Review: Emily Blunt Is Perfect In Every Way – And So Is This Movie

Mary Poppins Returns

It has taken 54 years for a sequel to emerge to Walt Disney’s crown jewel, Mary Poppins, but to say the wait was worth it is an understatement for a movie that is practically perfect in every way — actually make that perfect in every way. Considering the legacy that it is up against, director Rob Marshall’s achievement here is remarkable. Certainly a modern master of the movie musical (Chicago, Into the Woods, Nine, Annie), Marshall has made a film that is reverential to… Read

TV

Liz Heldens Inks New Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

Liz Heldens

Liz Heldens, the writer behind 20th Century Fox TV’s anticipated midseason drama series The Passage, has signed a new multi-year overall deal with the studio. Under the exclusive pact, which is effective immediately, Heldens will continue to shepherd the priority project for 20th, as well as develop new television projects. "Liz Heldens is one of the great character-based dramatic writers working today, and getting a new overall for her exclusive services was a huge… Read