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ABC Developing ‘PANK’ Drama Series From Felicia D. Henderson & Darryl Taja

We have the SMILF comedy series on Showtime. Now another female-centered project with a catchy acronym as a title, drama PANK, is headed to the small screen. ABC has given a script commitment with penalty to PANK, from writer Felicia D. Henderson (Soul Food), producer Darryl Taja and 20th Century Fox TV. In the one-hour drama, written by Henderson, 33-year-old Faith Jones is living and lovin' her life as a PANK: Professional Auntie No Kids: a new guy, a new promotion, a… Read


‘Kingsman 3’ Set For Nov. 2019 Return With Matthew Vaughn On Board

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Manners maketh man. And writer/director Matthew Vaughn and co-writer Jane Goldman are going to make the third Kingsman film. The third ‘Kingsman’ film – now simply called Kingsman 3 – is set for theaters on November 8, 2019 in what’s being called the capper to the previous two-part series. Reports on just who will be involved are mixed. Some stories indicate no actors are on board, but others claim Taron Egerton will reprise his role as Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin. Fans are hoping… Read


‘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


‘The Americans’ Finale Earns First Writing Emmy For Joe Weisberg And Joel Fields

Everybody loves a swan song. Tonight, The Americans creator Joe Weisberg and executive producer Joel Fields took home the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Writing, their only win in six seasons with the acclaimed FX series, which afforded guest actress Margo Martindale two statuettes of her own, in 2015 and 2016, and took 18 nominations throughout the years since its 2013 debut. Weisberg and Fields won their Emmys for series finale “Start,” which aired May 30 and brought to an… Read


‘Sorry For Your Loss’: Elizabeth Olsen Struggles With Grief in Facebook Watch’s New Serial – Toronto Studio

As festivals around the world continue to come to terms with the rise of serial television and new viewing platforms, TIFF hosted a special premiere this year of the first two episodes of Sorry For Your Loss, a 10-episode, half-hour drama from Facebook Watch. Directed by James Ponsoldt, it stars Elizabeth Olsen as Leigh Shaw, a young widow struggling to get her life back on track in the wake of her husband’s unexpected death. Accompanied by series creator Kit Steinkellner… Read


Fast Cars, Cocaine And Bad Fashion: Nick Hamm’s ‘Driven’ Revisits The DeLorean Scandal – Toronto Studio

The rise and fall of John DeLorean, the automotive kingpin brought down by a cocaine scandal in 1982, is—surprisingly—the basis of one of the more purely entertaining films to screen at TIFF this year. Played for laughs, but with a core seriousness that notes the FBI's nefarious involvement in DeLorean's undoing, Nick Hamm's Driven came straight to Toronto from Venice, where it closed the festival. Stopping by the Deadline studio with cast members Lee Pace (who plays John… Read


Annabel Jankel, Holliday Grainger And Anna Paquin Talk ‘Tell It To The Bees’ – Toronto Studio

Like many directors at TIFF this year, Annabel Jankel was inspired by a book, in this case Fiona Shaw's 2009 novel Tell It To The Bees, about an illicit love affair between two women in 1950s Britain. "I think [the attraction] was the sense of the outsider," mused Jankel when she arrived at the Deadline studio with her two leading ladies, Holliday Grainger and Anna Paquin. "[These] two women that had found themselves up against the wall, with no real place to go, not… Read


Director Olivier Assayas On The Long Road To ‘Non-Fiction’ – Toronto Studio

Many directors start a project and never get round to finishing it, but Olivier Assayas found, once he'd started writing his new film Non-Fiction, which received its Canadian premiere at TIFF, he could never get round to giving it up—even when he wanted to. Starring Guillaume Canet and Juliette Binoche, Non-Fiction concerns a book publisher whose star novelist seems to have lost the plot after handing in an unpublishable manuscript. Though light on plot, the film deals… Read


Paul Dano On His Directing Debut ‘Wildlife’ And The Advantages Of Working From Home – Toronto Studio

Since it premiered at Sundance, Paul Dano's directorial debut Wildlife has been one of the more resilient titles on the festival circuit, stopping off at Cannes' Critics Week in May before pausing in Toronto on its way to the London Film Festival next month. Set in 1960s Montana, the film stars Ed Oxenbould as Joe Brinson, a teenage boy who witnesses the breakdown of his parents' marriage. Stopping by the Deadline studio with Carey Mulligan, who plays Joe's mother, Dano… Read


Keira Knightley And Wash Westmoreland On ‘Colette’: “She’s A Singular Being” – Toronto Studio

Stopping off at TIFF before its October visit to the London Film Festival, Wash Westmoreland's Sundance hit Colette gave audiences a history lesson with the story of novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, also known as "the Venus of the Belle Époque". As played by Keira Knightley, Colette was a woman ahead of her time, flaunting the dress codes and sexual mores of the time, leading a scandalous life with her husband Willy (Dominic West), a major literary celebrity in… Read


Amma Asante On Exploring Race And Identity In WW2 Drama ‘Where Hands Touch’ – Toronto Studio

Amma Asante made it four for four with her latest release, having four consecutive releases in the official TIFF lineup. Continuing the director's interest in historical matters, Where Hands Touch tells the story of Leyna, a mixed-race girl coming of age during the Second World War. After the relatively gentle period stylings of Belle and A United Kingdom, Asante's film came as something of a shock, since it pulls no punches in its depiction of Hitler's Germany—a topic… Read