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Acorn TV Goes Global; Launches In Thirty Countries Including Australia & India

Acorn TV is going global. The SVOD service is launching in thirty new countries including Australia and India. The service launched in the U.S. and Canada in 2011 before rolling out to twelve Latin American countries in 2018, will now be available across Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, India, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Venezuela, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Bahamas, Jamaica… Read

TV

Chris O’Dowd & Anne-Marie Duff To Front Fremantle Scripted Podcast ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’

Bridesmaids star Chris O'Dowd and Shameless' Anne-Marie Duff are to front Baby It's Cold Outside, the first podcast to emerge from Fremantle's scripted podcast label Storyglass. O'Dowd stars as Ed and Duff plays his estranged wife Sam in the drama, a story of an ordinary man, struggling with homelessness, who is trying to have a special day with his son, whilst keeping secret the tragedy of his circumstances. Billy Jenkins (The Crown) plays Ed and Sam's son… Read

International

Sundance London Sets 2019 Dates, Returns To Picturehouse Central

Sundance London will return to the UK capital for a fifth edition from May 30 – June 2, 2019. The Sundance Film Festival offshoot will once again be held at Picturehouse Central by Piccadilly Circus. This year’s event screened 12 features from the Utah festival, including surprise film American Animals.  The programme featured the UK premieres of Idris Elba's Yardie, Paul Schrader's First Reformed and Desiree Akhavan's The Miseducation Of Cameron Post. The Audience… Read

International

Euro Talent Showcase Shooting Stars Includes ‘The Nightingale’ Actress; Fox Germany Hire — Global Briefs

Film support agency European Film Promotion has selected this year’s ten European Shooting Stars, the emerging talent roster celebrated during the Berlin Film Festival. Making the grade were Elliott Crosset Hove from Denmark, star of Winter Brothers; Estonian actress Lest-Liik, star of feature November; Emma Drogunova from Germany, star of The Tobacconist; and Kristín Thora Haraldsdóttir from Iceland, star of And Breathe Normally. Also chosen were Aisling Franciosi from… Read

Film

‘The Show’: Tom Burke Leads ‘Watchmen’ Creator Alan Moore’s Gothic Fantasy; First Look, Protagonist Boards

Here’s a first look at graphic novel supremo Alan Moore’s (Watchmen) latest creation: The Show. Moore has scripted the film, which stars Tom Burke (War And Peace), Siobhan Hewlett (Show Pieces), Ellie Bamber (Nocturnal Animals), Sheila Atim (Girl From The North Country), Richard Dillane (The White Princess) and Moore himself. Production is currently underway in Northampton, UK. Mitch Jenkins (Show Pieces) is directing. The feature screenplay is Moore’s first not to be… Read

Business

Melvin Dummar Dies: Inspiration For Jonathan Demme’s ‘Melvin And Howard’ Was 74

Melvin Dummar, the man who inspired Jonathan Demme’s 1980 dramedy Melvin and Howard, died December 9 in hospice care in Nevada. He was 74. Dummar was known as the man who argued that Howard Hughes bequeathed him over $150 million after he rescued him on a deserted road and drove him to Las Vegas in 1967. In the alleged hand-written “Mormon will”, the Hughes estate also left The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a beneficiary of the inheritance. Dummar battled… Read

Business

Google Unveils Plans For Massive Silicon Valley Development

Google is continuing to take Silicon Valley by storm. They recently unveiled plans for a massive development in its home base of Mountain View, Calif. The tech powerhouse submitted plans to the city of Mountain View which includes office, retail, public, and residential space. For the development, Google will team with a developer to construct up to 6,600 residential units on its land, with 20 percent qualifying as affordable housing. The plans for the development were… Read

Business

More Than 10,000 Verizon Employees Accept Buyout Offer After Restructuring Announcement

On Monday, Verizon said that more than 10,000 employees accepted their buyout offer after they announced a restructuring earlier this fall. This amounts to 7 percent of the company’s global workforce. The buyout program, which was offered to 44,000 eligible employees and managers across all of Verizon's business segments, offered up to 60 weeks of salary, bonus and benefits. This is all dependent on their respective length of service. The end dates for the employees who… Read

Film

‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ Review: An Animated Spidey That Is The Best Spider-Man Yet

Leave it to Phil Lord and Chris Miller to spin this web into movie gold. With Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the team behind The Lego Movie, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, and the live action 21 Jump Street turn out to be the perfect creatives to bring a wholly new take on Marvel and Sony’s cash machine, taking the live actions films (including the very good and most recent installment Spider-Man Homecoming) and leaving them in the dust in a burst of animated… Read

Business

Google CEO Sundar Pichai Gets His Turn In The Congressional Hot Seat

Not too long ago, the Senate Intelligence Committee shamed Google for refusing to send a top executive to join other Silicon Valley executives in answering questions about foreign meddling during the 2016 presidential elections. Google’s no-show was depicted by an empty chair. Now, Google CEO Sundar Pichai is voluntarily taking the hot seat tomorrow as he testifies before a House Judiciary committee hearing exploring the company’s data collection practices. The executive… Read

Business

Stuart Witt Dies: CBS News Executive And Talent Agent Was 84

Stuart Witt, CBS News Executive and talent agent, died December 6 after complications from Parkinson’s disease, Deadline has confirmed. He was 84. Witt was born and raised in Brooklyn. He graduated from James Madison High School where he played baseball and pitched against Sandy Koufax. He went on to attend Indiana University and then served as a Communications Officer in an Infantry Battalion of the USMC from 1958 to 1961. He was stationed in Okinawa. After earning his… Read

Film

Jake Gyllenhaal To Star In Remake Of Danish Oscar Entry ‘The Guilty’

Jake Gyllenhaal

Bold Films and Nine Stories said Monday they have acquired rights to remake The Guilty, the suspense thriller that currently serves as Denmark’s entry into the Oscar Foreign Language Film race. Jake Gyllenhaal is attached to star in the pic, which won the World Cinema Audience Award at Sundance earlier this year. The plot centers on a police officer under investigation who is demoted to desk-work at an emergency call center. When he receives a terrified phone call from a… Read