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MoviePass Films Takes Equity Stakes In NEON Films ‘Monsters And Men’ & ‘Border’

Monsters And Men

EXCLUSIVE: MoviePass Films has made a deal to invest in and co-release the next two films to be distributed by NEON: the Reinaldo Marcus Green-directed Sundance award-winner Monsters and Men and Ali Abassi's Cannes award-winner Border. Both films are completed and will open theatrically in the U.S. this fall. MoviePass Films is a joint venture between MoviePass Inc. corporate parent Helios and Matheson Analytics and Emmett Furla Oasis (EFO) Films. Monsters and Men… Read


Bill Cosby Faces Judgment Day; Rape Verdict Sentencing Hearing Begins

BREAKING: Almost three years after Bill Cosby was first arrested for the 2004 rape of Andrea Constand and six months after he was found guilty in a retrial, the once beloved actor arrived today to a Pennsylvania courtroom to face a sentencing hearing that will determine if he is to be designated a violent sexual predator and if he’s going behind bars for what could be the rest of his life. "Judgment day has finally arrived for this convicted sexual predator who betrayed… Read


‘Carol’ Producer Stephen Woolley Develops Remake Of Kurosawa’s ‘Ikiru’ As He Celebrates Scala Cinema

Carol and On Chesil Beach producer Stephen Woolley is developing a remake of Akira Kurosawa's Ikiru set in London in the 1950s. Woolley, who runs Number 9 Films with Elizabeth Karlsen, revealed the remake in the foreword of a book celebrating the Scala Cinema, the ambitious theater that he set up in 1979. Scala Cinema: 1978 to 1993 by Jane Giles is published by Fab Press on October 18. The cinema, which was a British equivalent to the grindhouse venues on the West Coast… Read


‘The Bi-Life’: E! Unveils First-Look & Premiere Date For Courtney Act-Fronted Reality Series

E! Entertainment has unveiled the first-look at its debut UK origination The Bi Life and will launch the ten-part reality series on October 25. The NBC Universal-backed broadcaster is launching the bisexual dating series fronted by Celebrity Big Brother winner Shane Jenek, also known as Courtney Act, at 9pm. The show is produced by Monkey, the David Granger and Will Macdonald-run production company that is part of NBC Universal International Studios. Monkey is best known… Read


BBC Drama ‘Bodyguard’ Blows Up With 47.9% Finale Share Ahead Of Netflix Launch

Bodyguard has been the most explosive new drama in Britain this year and its finale didn't disappoint. Some 11M people tuned in at its peak, scoring BBC One's Richard Madden-fronted drama a 47.9% share. With an average of 10.4M people watching throughout the 75-minute finale on Sunday night, the show hit its highest average and peak overnight audiences of the season. This comes after the show continued to find new viewers with consolidated numbers; the World Productions… Read


Sky Cooks Up Comedy ‘Hitmen’ Starring Former ‘Bake Off’ Hosts Mel & Sue

Sky has cooked up latest high-profile comedy Hitmen, starring former Bake Off hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc. The pay-TV giant, which had a busy weekend after Comcast lodged a $40B offer to takeover the company, has commissioned the six-part series to air in 2019 that will see the British presenters play a pair of contract killers. The series is produced by Peaky Blinders co-producer Tiger Aspect, which is part of Endemol Shine. Perkins and Giedroyc play misfits Fran… Read


ITV & ‘Death In Paradise’ Producer Red Planet Developing Family Drama After Devin Doyle Picks Up Writing Prize

British broadcaster ITV and Death in Paradise producer Red Planet Pictures are developing a family drama from newcomer writer Devin Doyle after he won their talent discovery scheme. Dublin-based writer Doyle won the Red Planet Prize 2018, which is run by Tony Jordan's production company and the commercial network and will now work with the two firms to develop his project Devoted Wife and Mother. The award is intended to recognize talented writers who can create "fresh… Read


Streamer MUBI Picks Up UK Rights To David Robert Mitchell’s LA Noir ‘Under The Silver Lake’

EXCLUSIVE: Ambitious art-house movie streaming platform MUBI continues to make waves after the pickup of Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria with the UK acquisition of David Robert Mitchell’s Cannes head-trip mystery Under The Silver Lake. The deal was struck between MUBI and MadRiver Pictures. As it is doing with Suspiria, the UK outfit will give Mitchell’s It Follows follow-up a theatrical release, this time in 2019. Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough and Topher Grace star in the… Read


John Oliver Blasts Brett Kavanaugh Supporters Trying To Assassinate Character Of Accusers

John Oliver opened Last Week Tonight with the biggest news of the week:  the first sexual assault allegation against President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Oliver’s program appeared to have been taped before The New Yorker published a report Sunday night, co-bylined by Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer, detailing a second woman’s allegations against Kavanaugh, when he was in college. According to New Yorker, Yale classmate Deborah Ramirez “remembers… Read


White House Press Office Hits Back At New Yorker Story On Brett Kavanaugh

The White House Press Office has issued a memo attacking the so-called “second woman” accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in the 1980s. The unusual release by the office attacks certain aspects of the New Yorker story. Here is the memo: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE ALLEGATIONS MADE IN THE NEW YORKER ARTICLE ON JUDGE BRETT KAVANAUGH "This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen. The people who knew me then know that this did not hap… Read


James Woods Locked Out Of Twitter, Claims Free Speech Is Violated


Actor James Woods, one of Hollywood’s leading conservative voices, has been locked out of his Twitter account over a months-old tweet. Woods was shut down on Thursday. The reason was a jokey July 20 meme he circulated that was claimed to come from Democrats and encouraged men not to vote in the upcoming mid-term elections. The meme said ‘#LetWomenDecide and #NoMenMidterm. Twitter claimed the meme could be considered material that would suppress votes or deliberately… Read


Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels Attorney, Claims He Has Third Kavanaugh Accuser

Michael Avenatti, who represents porn star Stormy Daniels in her legal entanglements with President Donald Trump, claims he is also representing a woman with "credible information regarding Judge Kavanaugh” and his high school friend, Mark Judge. "We will be demanding the opportunity to present testimony to the (Senate) committee and will likewise be demanding that Judge and others be subpoenaed to testify," Avenatti said in a Twitter post on Sunday. "The nomination… Read