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Stormy Daniels NOT In British ‘Celebrity Big Brother’, Reportedly Pulls Out At The Last Minute

Donald Trump can breathe a sigh of relief: Stormy Daniels, the porn star he is alleged to have had an affair with, has not entered Celebrity Big Brother in the UK. Daniels was understood to have been the star turn in the latest season of the British reality series. However, despite reportedly flying to the UK and agreeing on a fee with the Viacom-owned broadcaster, Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford, did not enter the Big Brother house. According to reports, Daniels… Read

Sky & Viacom’s C5 Rip Up Schedules To Accommodate Aretha Franklin Docs

Aretha Franklin

UPDATED… Sky has ripped up this evening’s schedule for its music and arts channel following the death of Aretha Franklin. The British pay-TV broadcaster has reshuffled its programming on Sky Arts to fit in two documentaries about the Queen of Soul this evening. It will air Aretha Franklin: Music Icons, an "intimate portrait" of the singer, at 10 pm, followed by Aretha Franklin: Video Killed the Radio Star, a 30-minute doc featuring directors discussing working with… Read

Steve McQueen To Get This Year’s Britannia Award Directing Honor

Steve McQueen

BAFTA Los Angeles has started unveiling recipients of its annual British Academy Britannia Awards, with Oscar winner Steve McQueen tapped to receive the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing at this year’s event in October. Viola Davis, who stars in McQueen’s upcoming Fox movie Widows, will present the award during the ceremony October 26 at the Beverly Hilton. The Schlesinger award goes to a “deeply respected, distinctive directors, whose… Read

IFC Films Nabs U.S. Rights To ‘Black 47’: Lance Daly’s Historical Thriller Recounts Dark Irish Chapter

IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to Black 47, director Lance Daly’s Irish historical thriller making its North American premiere at next month’s Toronto Film Festival. Black 47, starring James Frecheville as an Irish ex-soldier waging a bloody crusade against the British in 1847, made its debut at the Berlin Film Festival. IFC will be released theatrically in the U.S. on September 28. A premiere in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland is set for Sept. 5 through… Read

‘Roma’: Netflix Releases Stirring Trailer For Alfonso Cuaron’s First Movie Since ‘Gravity’

Netflix has released the first teaser trailer for Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma that isn’t a shot — albeit a nice one — of a puddle. The more fleshed out look at one of the most anticipated movies of the year is stirring, epic and intimate all at the same time. The black and white Roma, which festival insiders have been buzzing about, is Cuaron’s first movie since 2014 multi-Oscar winner and box office smash Gravity. It debuts at Venice. The film chronicles a turbulent year in… Read

UK Celebrities And Social Media Influencers Investigated For Not Labeling Posts

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched an investigation into concerns that social media stars are not properly declaring when they have been paid, or otherwise rewarded, to endorse goods or services. Where influencers are paid or rewarded to promote, review or talk about a product in their social media feeds, local consumer protection law requires that this must be made clear. As part of its investigation, the CMA has written to a range of stars to… Read

BFI London Film Festival Sets First Non-London Premiere With ‘Peterloo’ In Manchester

Peterloo

The BFI London Film Festival (Oct 10 -21) has set its first premiere outside the UK capital with a Manchester screening of Mike Leigh’s Peterloo on October 17. The screening, attended by writer-director Leigh and cast, will take place at the city’s HOME venue and will be followed by a London screening two days later. The Film4, BFI and Amazon-backed pic tells the story of the Peterloo massacre, which took place 199 years ago today. The notorious episode saw British… Read

Mélanie Laurent & Payman Maadi Join Michael Bay’s Big-Budget Netflix Pic ‘6 Underground’

Mélanie Laurent (Inglorious Basterds) and Payman Maadi (A Separation) are joining Ryan Reynolds in the cast of Michael Bay and Skydance’s big-budget Netflix movie 6 Underground. The $100M+ action pic will be directed by action supremo Bay and is based on an original idea from writers and executive producers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, best known for their irreverent work on the Deadpool franchise. Plot details are being kept under wraps. Skydance's David Ellison, Dana… Read

Lionsgate & Nordisk Film Renew Movie Deal In Scandinavia

Lionsgate and Nordisk Film have renewed their multi-year movie output deal in Scandinavia. The agreement will see local powerhouse Nordisk release Lionsgate and Summit titles such as The Spy Who Dumped MeA Simple FavorFlarskyThe Kingkiller Chronicle: The Name Of The WindJohn Wick: Chapter Three and Chaos Walking. The pact was negotiated for Lionsgate by EVP of International Sales and China/Asia Productions & Strategy Wendy Reeds out of the Company's London office… Read

Felicity Jones-Eddie Redmayne Ballooning Pic ‘The Aeronauts’ Under Way In UK, Amazon Releases Striking First-Look

Amazon Studios is under way in the UK on ballooning survival pic The Aeronauts, starring Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne. The online giant has released a striking first look of the two actors (who starred opposite each other in The Theory Of Everything) 2,000 feet in the air. Tom Courtenay (45 Years), Anne Reid (The Last Tango In Halifax), Rebecca Front (The Thick of It), Vincent Perez (Riviera), Tim McInnery (Game of Thrones), Phoebe Fox (The Hollow Crown) and Himesh… Read

Ursula K. Le Guin Sci-Fi ‘Nine Lives’ Gets Movie Adaptation With ‘Plebs’ Writer, Former Sony Int’l Producer & Quark

EXCLUSIVE: Sci-fi and fantasy giant Ursula K. Le Guin's acclaimed novelette Nine Lives is being reworked as a feature by UK producers Gavin Humphries (Pin Cushion) of Quark Films and former Sony Pictures International producer Josephine Rose. Tom Basden, BAFTA-nominated for Netflix series Fresh Meat and a regular actor and writer on ITV2 comedy Plebs (recently picked up for remake by Seth Rogen), is co-scripting the adaptation with NFTS alum Siri Rodnes, who will also… Read

Elizabeth McIntyre Steps Down As CEO Of Sheffield Doc/Fest After Three Years

Sheffield Doc/Fest CEO and Festival Director Elizabeth McIntyre is to step down after three years in charge. McIntyre has run the British festival, which is one of the largest non-fiction festivals in the world, since 2016. She has welcomed names such as Tilda Swinton, Sir David Attenborough, Maxine Peake, Michael Moore, Shane Meadows, Lauren Greenfield, Jamal Edwards and DA Pennebaker to the northern city during her tenure. This year, the former Discovery commissioner… Read