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8 items from 2017

‘Westworld’ Season 2 Adds Three Actors, Including ‘Vikings’ Star

9 August 2017 5:50 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Westworld” Season 2 is rounding out its cast with the addition of three new actors, Variety has confirmed.

Gustaf Skarsgård (pictured above), Fares Fares, and Betty Gabriel will all be joining the HBO series’ sophomore season. Skarsgård, known for playing Floki on the History series “Vikings,” will play Karl Strand, described as a white-collar guy comfortable in the field. Fares, who has appeared on the FX series “Tyrant” and in “Rogue One,” will play Antoine Costa, a tech expert. Gabriel, who most recently appeared in the blockbuster film “Get Out,” will be playing Maling, who is trying to restore order on the ground.

Skarsgård and Fares will be series regulars, while Gabriel will be recurring. Skarsgård is repped by Mgmt. Entertainment and Agentfirman Planthaber/Kildén/Mandic in Sweden. Fares is repped by Magnolia Entertainment. Gabriel is repped by Greene & Associates Talent and Generate.

The three are the latest additions to the cast. Previously »

- Joe Otterson

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Locarno: Fandango Closes Raft of Sales on ‘Loves That Cannot Belong to This World’ (Exclusive)

5 August 2017 5:51 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Locarno, Switzerland — Fandango Sales has closed multiple deals on Italian director Francesca Comencini’s romantic dramedy “Stories of Love That Cannot Belong to This World,” ahead of the film’s world premiere Sunday on the Locarno Film Festival’s 8,000-seat Piazza Grande.

The Rome-based sales unit of producer Domenico Procacci Fandango shingle has sold “Stories of Love” to Xenix Filmdistribution for Switzerland, Danaos Films for Greece, and Arti Film for Benelux. Outside Europe, they have has also  inked sales on the pic with Impacto Cine for Latin America (Pay TV), Mares Filmes for Brazil, Cdi Films for Argentina, and Palace Films for Australia and New Zealand.

Francesca Comencini’s “The White Space” and “A Special Day” both competed in Venice. She more recently shot several episodes of hit Italian mob skein “Gomorrah.” “Stories of Love” is adapted from her novel by the same title, published by Fandango’s book imprint. It »

- Nick Vivarelli

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‘Westworld’ Adds Two New Cast Members to Season 2

21 July 2017 1:11 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Westworld” is filling out its cast for Season 2, adding two more actors to the ensemble, Variety has confirmed.

Jonathan Tucker and Neil Jackson have both been cast in the HBO series.

Tucker will recur as Major Craddock, a commanding military officer in the second season of “Westworld.” Jackson will play Nicholas, a charming and resourceful man who finds himself in uncharted territory.

The duo joins previously announced newbie Katja Herbers, who was cast as a series regular. Louis Herthum and Talulah Riley, who were both in Season 1, have also been upped to series regulars.

Tucker is known from “Kingdom” and “American Gods.” He is repped by UTA and Management 360. Jackson’s credits include “Absentia” and “Sleepy Hollow.” He is repped by Industry Entertainment, Sanders Armstrong Caserta Management, and Troika.

HBO has not confirmed which cast members from the first season will be returning, as the finale ended with cliffhangers regarding characters’ fates. Season »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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'Eastern Promises' producer boards Israeli debut

14 July 2017 1:25 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Two Canadian partners have joined Dana Lerer’s first feature.

Robert Lantos, the producer of David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises and Richard J. Lewis’s Barney’s Version, is on board to produce the feature directing debut of emerging Israeli actress-filmmaker Dana Lerer.

Lerer, a Tel Aviv University graduate, has directed five shorts to date, including The Fine Line, which played at Jerusalem Film Festival in 2015, winning a special mention from the short film competition jury and going on to be nominated for an Israeli Oscar. Lantos saw that film, and their collaboration began after that.

With a working title of Seven Nights, Lerer’s feature debut is being made with two Canadian partners: Lantos’ Serendipity Point Films and Julia Rosenberg, whose credits include István Szabó’s Sunshine, from January Films.

With writer Tamara Berger working on a draft of the script, the film follows a young Canadian journalist who comes to Tel Aviv for a story »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Richard Lewis Turns 70 and He Wants Everyone to Know It

28 June 2017 1:45 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

When you’re celebrating 70 years on this planet, you might not want to even think about the passage of time. But you’re not Richard Lewis. Lewis is the kind of person who, along with his team, would send out a two-paragraph press release about your birthday. In a press release sent out on Wednesday, the comedian and actor announced his 70th birthday, which is June 29, and reminisced a bit about his physical health, his hair and his career, which is still going. Lewis is described as a “famed comedian” with a full head of hair. We get some insight into him. »

- Carli Velocci

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Richard Lewis obituary

19 February 2017 8:25 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

My friend Richard Lewis, who has died aged 78, was a distinguished television producer and director, who worked for BBC Wales for more than 25 years. He was one of a new breed of broadcasting professionals who grasped the opportunity presented by still-rudimentary television in the 1960s, and made it into a medium by which the Welsh nation could become better known to its neighbours, and to itself.

Born in Ton Pentre, in the Rhondda Valley, the son of a Methodist minister and crowned Eisteddfod bard, the Rev L Haydn Lewis, and his wife, Lily (nee Lloyd), Richard was brought up in a Welsh-speaking, nonconformist household that imbued him with a lifelong commitment to Wales, its language and culture.

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- David Morris Jones

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Father Stunned by Son’s Arrest in Murder of Queens Jogger: ‘He’s Never Had a Fight in His 20 years’

5 February 2017 2:07 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The father of Chanel Lewis, the 20-year-old man who was arrested this weekend for the August 2016 murder of Queens, New York, jogger Karina Vetrano, told reporters that he was “extremely surprised” by the charges.

According to the New York Post, Richard Lewis, a 70-year-old former school principal, called his son a good student and “a very humble kid” when he met with reporters on Sunday.

“Chanel would never have gone to do what they say he has done,” the father said. “He’s never had a fight in his 20 years.”

In fact, Richard said his son, who lived with his »

- Stephanie Petit

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Producers Guild TV Awards: ‘Westworld,’ ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Atlanta’ Grab Nominations

5 January 2017 9:22 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

HBO’s “Westworld,” Netflix’s “Stranger Things” and FX’s “Atlanta” are among the new series grabbing nominations for the 28th annual Producers Guild Awards.

Westworld” and “Stranger Things” both broke into the drama series race. The two will contend for the prize at the Jan. 28 ceremony against HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” the reigning Emmy winner for drama series and the PGA’s 2016 pick, AMC’s “Better Call Saul” and Netflix’s “House of Cards.”

Atlanta” was the sole newbie in the comedy series heat. Donald Glover’s auteur comedy will face off against HBO’s “Silicon Valley” and “Veep” (which has scored back-to-back Emmy wins the past two years) and ABC’s “Black-ish” and “Modern Family.” Amazon’s “Transparent” took the comedy prize last year.

The PGA’s longform category is a hot competition among the big winner at last year’s Emmy Awards, FX’s “The People V. O.J. Simpson »

- Cynthia Littleton

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