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‘Sacred Games’: Netflix Renews Indian Crime Drama For Season 2

Netflix has handed a Season 2 renewal to its gritty Indian crime drama Sacred Games. Based on Vikram Chandra's best-selling novel, it’s described as a tale of betrayal, crime, passion and a thrilling chase through Mumbai's underbelly. “We've been thrilled by the response to Sacred Games from fans worldwide, and especially in India, to this high-quality production,” said Erik Barmack, VP International Originals at Netflix. "It's incredibly exciting for us to take the story… Read

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Charmaine Bingwa First Woman Of Color To Win Annual Heath Ledger Scholarship

After a record number of entries, Australians in Film announced Charmaine Bingwa as the winner of this year’s Heath Ledger Scholarship. The Australian/Zimbabwean actor is the first woman of color to be honored with the scholarship and the 10th winner of the award which was founded five months after Ledger’s death. The scholarship honors Ledger’s legacy and is awarded to an actor who exhibits distinctive and unique potential.  It offers assistance for a young and emerging… Read

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President Trump On Brett Kavanaugh: “I Think Everything Is Going To Be Just Fine”

President Donald Trump held a giant rally Thursday night at the Las Vegas Convention Center, his first since canceling a series of rallies last week because of Hurricane Florence. The rally happened as his pick for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, faces unexpected turbulence from a last-minute revelation of possible sexual misconduct in high school. A somewhat hoarse Trump briefly touched on the issue, noting, “I’m not saying anything about anybody else – but Brett… Read

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Julie Chen Moonves – Oops, She Said It Again On Thursday ‘Big Brother’

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Two questions loomed over tonight’s live Big Brother episode:  Will she?  Or won’t she? The answer: Yes, Julie Chen once again added her married name, Moonves, to address the audience at the beginning and end of the show. That marks the third time that’s happened in what’s fast becoming a regular routine for the host. It’s her way of showing support for her husband, Les Moonves, who is faced with numerous sexual misconduct accusations and was forced out as chairman/CEO at… Read

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Jenna Laurenzo’s Comedy ‘Lez Bomb’ Acquired By Gravitas Ventures For November Bow

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EXCLUSIVE: Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to Lez Bomb, written and directed by and starring Jenna Laurenzo and executive produced by Bobby Farrelly. The pic, which won a jury award when it world premiered at the Bentonville Film Festival, will hit theaters and on-demand platforms November 9. The pic centers on a young woman (Laurenzo) who comes home for Thanksgiving with life-changing news. Little does she know, the eccentric cast of characters that… Read

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Mark Steines Sues Hallmark Channel Owner Over ‘Home & Family’ Exit; Crown Media Says “No Merit” To Claims – Update

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UPDATED with Crown Media Family Networks statement: Mark Steines has filed a lawsuit against Hallmark Channel owner Crown Media, four months after he was abruptly removed as co-host of the network’s flagship series Home and Family. His four-claim suit filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court alleges that his exit came after he stood up in support of two women on the show’s staff who had accused the show’s then-executive producer Woody Fraser of sexual harassment, and he… Read

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Tom Rothman Inks Multi-Year Contract Extension As Sony Motion Picture Group Chairman

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Tom Rothman, who oversees all of Sony Pictures’ motion picture operations worldwide including Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures, Screen Gems, Sony Pictures Animation, Sony Pictures Classics and Sony Pictures Imageworks, has recently seen his contract re-upped in a multi-year deal. Rothman came to the Culver City lot via 20th Century Fox in late 2013, where he served as the chairman of TriStar Pictures. In February 2015 he was named to his current role of chairman of… Read

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‘Maniac’ Review: New James Bond Director’s Series Starring Emma Stone And Jonah Hill Lifts The Mind & The Heart

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There are more than a few moments in Netflix’s 10-episode Cary Joji Fukunaga-directed Maniac that are so aesthetically precise you might forget to breathe for a beat or two. Launching tomorrow on the streaming service, the multi-genre limited series starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill — and from Fukunaga, also the just announced Bond 25 helmer, and The Leftovers producer Patrick Somerville — may seem to be aiming to blow your mind, but as I say in my video review above it… Read

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IFC Midnight Acquires Thriller ‘Rust Creek’ Starring Hermione Corfield

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IFC Midnight has acquired U.S. rights to Rust Creek, a thriller directed by Jen McGowan, penned by Julie Lipson and starring Hermione Corfield. The label plans for a January theatrical release. Corfield (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation), in her first leading role, plays Sawyer, an ambitious, overachieving college senior with a seemingly bright future. While on her way to a job interview, a wrong turn leaves her stranded deep in the frozen… Read

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‘Birds Of Prey’ Actresses In The Mix: Sofia Boutella, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Justina Machado, Gugu Mbatha-Raw & More

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We’re hearing about the list of actresses who are reading for Warner Bros./DC’s Birds of Prey movie. The characters of Huntress, Rene Montoya and Black Canary would be a part of Harley Quinn’s all-girl gang. They take on Batman villain Black Mask, with the help of Cassandra Cain. Margot Robbie reprises her Suicide Squad role as Harley Quinn. Being considered for the role of Huntress is The Mummy actress Sofia BoutellaFargo and Cloverfield Lane actress… Read

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‘Polar’: Deadmau5 Looks The Part For Scoring Jonas Akerlund’s Dark Horse Comics Adaptation

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The Canadian music producer known as Deadmau5 is making his first foray into film scoring with Polar, a noir-tinged project by director Jonas Akerlund that arrives next year from Netflix and Constantin Film. The action film is an adaptation of Polar: Came From the Cold, the webcomic by writer-artist Victor Santos that was published in 2013 as a 160-page graphic novel from Dark Horse Entertainment, the Oregon comics publisher that has a track record of delivering source… Read

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NBC Buys Mother-Daughter FBI Drama From Wendy Calhoun & Elizabeth Banks

NBC has put in development Strong Justice, an hourlong drama from Wendy Calhoun (Empire), Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman’s Brownstone Productions and Warner Bros. TV. Written by Calhoun, Strong Justice is inspired by Marlo McGuire Graham and Ethel McGuire. It centers on FBI's first-ever mother-daughter duo, Special Agents Etta and Memphis Strong, who strive to be exceptional investigators despite sexist and racist hurdles. Both women tackle dangerous cases and fight… Read