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‘Press’ Teaser: Ben Chaplin, Charlotte Riley Are News Rivals In BBC/Masterpiece Drama

BBC One/Masterpiece's newspaper drama Press has dropped its first teaser. The six-part drama kicks off in September in the UK and follows on Masterpiece next year. Set in the world of competing London papers and created by Doctor Foster‘s Mike Bartlett, the series stars Ben Chaplin and Charlotte Riley and features David Suchet. Check out the first look above. Peaky Blinders‘ Riley is the Deputy News Editor of fictional broadsheet, The Herald; Chaplin is Editor of… Read

Film

Peter Jackson’s Newly-Titled WWI Doc Confirms London Film Fest World Premiere

A new World War I documentary by Oscar winning Lord Of The Rings filmmaker Peter Jackson has been given a title and confirmed to unspool in its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival. They Shall Not Grow Old will screen as a Special Presentation on October 16 at BFI Southbank and also receive simultaneous 2D and 3D showings in cinemas and special venues across the UK courtesy of Trafalgar Releasing and BFI LFF. Jackson will further participate in a post-screening… Read

International

Asia Argento’s ‘X Factor Italy’ Gig Questioned After Report Of Deal With Assault Accuser; Show Responds

UPDATED, with X Factor statement: Following calls for Asia Argento’s ouster from the upcoming 12th cycle of X Factor Italy, the show’s producers have responded. This follows the New York Times report that the Italian actress-director sexually assaulted a 17-year-old man in 2013 and arranged a deal to pay him $380,000 over the incident. Sky Italia and FremantleMedia Italy released a statement on Twitter Monday night saying they had read “with great attention and… Read

International

‘This Is England’s Joe Gilgun & ‘Our Girl’s Michelle Keegan To Front Sky One Working Class Comedy ‘Brassic’

This Is England star Joe Gilgun, Ripper Street's Damien Molony and Our Girl's Michelle Keegan are to front a new working class comedy for Sky produced by Calamity Films, the company behind Renée Zellweger's forthcoming Judy Garland biopic. Brassic has been co-created by Gilgun and Danny Brocklehurst, the writer behind Netflix's Michael C Hall-fronted thriller Safe. It stars Gilgun as Vinnie, a man from the north of England with bipolar disorder and his best mate Dylan… Read

International

E! Moves Into Originals In The UK With Courtney Act-Fronted Bisexual Dating Show ‘The Bi Life’

E! Entertainment in the UK is moving into original commissions with a bisexual dating series fronted by Celebrity Big Brother winner Shane Jenek, also known as Courtney Act. The NBC Universal-backed broadcaster has ordered ten-part series The Bi Life from Monkey, the  David Granger and Will Macdonald-run production company that is part of NBC Universal International Studios. Monkey is best known for producing series including E4 reality hit Made in Chelsea and The Real Hou… Read

Awardsline

Venice Film Festival Adds HFPA Prize For Three Filmmakers From Horizons Section

With the Venice Film Festival a little over a week away, there are two new collateral awards joining the lineup of prizes alongside the likes of the FIPRESCI and the Label Europa Cinemas. The entries are the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Award and the Fundación Casa Wabi – Mantarraya (Mexico) Award. Both will go to filmmakers at the fest, providing winners with residency opportunities. The HFPA prize is designed for three filmmakers from the Horizons sidebar and… Read

TV

MTV VMAs: Madonna’s Aretha Franklin “Tribute” Leaves Fans Puzzled & Enraged

Considering it was the MTV Video Music Awards, one would think that they would have some sort of tribute to the late, great Aretha Franklin — and they did. Madonna stepped out on the stage at the VMAs adorned in a graduation robe and what looks like everything from her jewelry box paid homage to the Queen of Soul…but it wasn’t the tribute many people had in mind. The Material Girl, who made her VMA debut in 1984 in a memorable and body-writhing performance of “Like of a… Read

TV

MTV VMAs: Camila Cabello Takes Video Of The Year – Full List Of Winners

Moon Men (or is it Moon Persons?) were handed out at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards with Camila Cabello winning not one, but two trophies for Artist of the Year and Video of the Year. Other winners of the evening included Post Malone’s “Rockstar” taking the trophy for Song of the Year and Cardi B nabbing Best New Artist. Atlanta star and creator Donald Glover’s music video for “The Is America” snagged Best Video With a Message, Best Choreography, and Best Direction. Hiro… Read

TV

‘The Hills’ Is Heading Back To MTV With ‘New Beginnings’

The Hills, the hit MTV reality series that ran on the network for six seasons in the late 2000s, is making a comeback. Members of the original series and Laguna Beach — Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt, Audrina Patridge, Jason Wahler, Stephanie Pratt, Justin Bobby and Frankie Delgado — were in attendance at the VMAs. But where were Whitney Port, Lauren Conrad, and Kristin Cavallari? Nonetheless, MTV announced The Hills: New Beginnings which will reunite original cast members… Read

Business

L.A County Sheriff Trying To Contact Asia Argento’s Alleged Victim

Asia Argento

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said it is “attempting to reach out” to Asia Argento’s alleged victim who the New York Times reported Sunday was sexually assaulted by the Italian actor-director in L.A. in 2013 when he was 17. Jimmy Bennett, an actor-musician, was named in the NYT report, which said Argento arranged a deal to pay him $380,000 for the incident that occurred in a room at the Ritz Carlton in Marina del Ray. Bennett was 17 at the time, and Argento… Read

Box Office

Kevin Spacey Pic ‘Billionaire Boys Club’ Bombs At The B.O.: A Deeper Look

Billionaire Boys Club

The Internet and other trades found great click bait in declaring that Vertical Entertainment’s Kevin Spacey drama Billionaire Boys Club was the lowest-opening ever of the fallen actor’s career with a $618 opening at 11 theaters. But the reality is you’d have to be a psychic to know that the film was playing anywhere. Furthermore, for a distributor like Vertical in the theatrical VOD business, it’s not about what money is made at the box office but on VOD, and industry… Read

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Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company Can’t Work Out SAG-AFTRA Deal For Union Ad; “No Work Order” Issued

UPDATED with no deal: Unable to reach an agreement, SAG-AFTRA has ordered its members not to work on a commercial being shot in town this week for The Honest Company, actress Jessica Alba's line of home products. "Please be advised," the union told its members 90 minutes after Deadline first inquired, "that The Honest Company is shooting non-union commercials in the Los Angeles area this week, produced by non-signatory ad agency Mother. The union reached out to The Honest… Read