Archie Panjabi, Christopher Plummer Embark For ‘Departure’ Event Series
EXCLUSIVE: Archie Panjabi and Christopher Plummer have been set to lead an ensemble cast in the event thriller Departure. A Canada/UK co-production, the six-part drama will air on Canada's Global in 2019. Shaftesbury and Greenpoint Productions are producing in association with Corus Entertainment. Starlings Television will co-finance and oversee distribution worldwide.
Created by Vincent Shiao (Ransom, Aftermath), the conspiracy series follows the mystery of a passenger… Read
‘Widows’ Review: Viola Davis Leads Strong Ensemble In Heist Film With A Social Twist
In 1983 director Steve McQueen, eventual Best Picture Oscar winner for 12 Years a Slave, became obsessed with a British miniseries called Widows about a group of women who decide to finish a robbery that their criminal husbands died trying to pull off. In a collaboration with Gone Girl screenwriter Gillian Flynn, McQueen finally has found a way to bring it to the big screen while switching gears from his gritty indie movies to the action genre; moving the locale from… Read
‘The Blacklist’ Sets Season 6 Premiere Date With Two-Hour Special On NBC
NBC has set Friday, January 4, for the Season 6 premiere of The Blacklist, a special two-hour episode that will start at 8 PM. The series starring James Spader and Megan Boone will move to its previously announced regular 9 PM slot the following week.
Here’s the logline (which contains spoilers for those who aren’t caught up): Following the startling revelation that Raymond "Red" Reddington (Spader) isn't who he says he is, Elizabeth Keen (Boone) is torn between the… Read
‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Editors Grapple With Structure, Narrative Expectations & The Weight Of History
Spoiler Alert: This story alludes to crucial plot details from Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk.
On Barry Jenkins' If Beale Street Could Talk—the Oscar winner's follow-up to Moonlight—editors Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon came up against an age-old question. With a narrative based on existing material—spoiled by awareness or historical fact—what is the best approach? How can a story be brought to life with such emotional vitality that facts become an… Read
‘Scandal’ Rights To Bounce, Will Get Nightly Runs Starting Monday
Olivia Pope is on the move. Bounce has landed off-network rights to Scandal, the D.C.-fixer series starring Kerry Washington, and will air it weeknights starting Monday.
A new multiyear deal with Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International gives the Scripps-owned cable net rights to all seven seasons of the series that ended its seven-year ABC run in May. Washington earned a pair of Emmy noms for playing Pope, who ran a fixer agency that aided those who needed her… Read
‘Our Lady, LTD’: Damon Herriman & Chris Conrad Join Epix Drama As Regulars; Two Others Round Out Cast
Damon Herriman (100 Bloody Acres), Chris Conrad (Patriot) have been cast as series regulars, Terry O'Quinn (Castle Rock) will recur and Hana Mae Lee (Pitch Perfect) will guest in Our Lady, LTD, the upcoming 10-episode modern noir drama on Epix. Ben Kingsley, Jimmi Simpson and Jacki Weaver star in the series from Patriot creator Steve Conrad and Epix's sister studio MGM Television. Production is under way.
Written by Steve Conrad and Patriot co-producer Bruce Terris, Our La… Read
‘Boy Erased’ Composers Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurriaans Capture Interior Experience Of Conflicted Gay Adolescent
When esteemed actor Joel Edgerton set out to make his second feature, Boy Erased, he understood the world he was portraying—the way it looked, and the way it felt. Starring Lucas Hedges, the film would loosely adapt Garrard Conley's memoir, drawing on his experiences at Live in Action, a church-supported gay conversion program in Memphis. On screen, Edgerton would depict a therapy center striking a very specific mood. "It’s a very dry, depressing, cold place," composer Sau… Read
Richard Madden Reflects On ‘Bodyguard’ Success As It Comes To Netflix, And Where Season 2 Might Go – Q&A
Richard Madden might be best known in the US as Robb Stark, the ill-fated king-in-waiting of Game of Thrones‘ first three seasons. But that may be about to change with the arrival a week ago on Netflix of Jed Mercurio’s Bodyguard, the BBC hit action drama, which became a national sensation on its release in August. When the finale aired in late September, some 11 million viewers were hooked, with the show capturing a 47.9% audience share in Great Britain. Even politicians… Read
‘Power’ Spinoffs Planned As Creator Courtney Kemp Seals New Lionsgate Deal
EXCLUSIVE: The power of Power will continue to surge at Starz as series creator Courtney Kemp has signed a new overall wide-ranging deal with the premium cabler’s parent company Lionsgate.
Deemed as "one-of-a-kind" agreement by Lionsgate itself, the development and production deal launches Kemp and her End of Episode shingle to expand the Power franchise with potential spinoffs among a number of commitments by Starz. Additionally, the compact encompasses other projects… Read
‘Vox Lux’ Trailer: Natalie Portman Rocks To The Top, Takes A Fall & Tries A Comeback
“People been trying to take me down for years,” the pop star tells an adoring audience. “But I won’t stay down.” Black Swan Oscar winner Natalie Portman segues to playing a very different kind of entertainer in Vox Lux, whose first trailer streets today. Check it out above, and have a look at the key art below.
Here is the logline: It’s 1999, and teenage sisters Celeste (Raffey Cassidy) and Eleanor (Stacy Martin) survive a violent tragedy. The sisters compose and perform… Read
‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ Review: Melissa McCarthy Takes A Brilliant, Oscar-Worthy Dramatic Turn
When you see the name Melissa McCarthy you probably think of SNL, Mike and Molly, her highly successful comedic movies like Spy, The Heat, The Boss, and a rare Oscar nomination for a broad comedy role in Bridesmaids. What you likely don’t associate with her are the words: dramatic actress. But make no mistake, even though there are definitely moments that make you laugh in her new film, Can You Ever Forgive Me? they are solely coming out of the real-life character, Lee… Read
‘Peaky Blinders’: Sam Claflin, Brian Gleeson & More Join Season 5 Of Gangster Epic
EXCLUSIVE: Season 5 of Steven Knight’s period crime saga Peaky Blinders has set a host of new cast, including Sam Claflin, Brian Gleeson and the previously announced Anya Taylor-Joy. The BAFTA winning drama that’s led by Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory and Paul Anderson is currently filming with the fifth go-round for the Shelby family expected to air in 2019, moving from its previous BBC Two home to BBC One.
Also new to the series are Neil Maskell (Happy New Year, In Darkne… Read