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UTA Acquires New York-Based Greater Talent Network, Elite Speakers Bureau

12 September 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

UTA has just acquired New York-based Greater Talent Network, one of the world's most influential speakers bureaus which was founded in 1982 by CEO Don Epstein, now a UTA partner. Gtn started at that time with political satirist Pj O’Rourke and author Tom Wolfe and then added Hunter S. Thompson, Abbie Hoffman and Timothy Leary. It is now one of the foremost market leaders in live speaking engagements. Over 35 years, Gtn has built a client roster the New York Times has… »

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'Mad to Be Normal': Film Review

31 March 2017 1:42 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The controversial celebrity “anti-psychiatrist” Rd Laing was something like a Scottish Timothy Leary, a Swinging Sixties counterculture icon who attracted a cult following among the young, shared a stage with The Grateful Dead and dropped LSD with Sean Connery. A best-selling author and “acid Marxist,” Laing argued that mental illness was a valid reaction to the brutalizing realities of society and family. A radical opponent of prison-like asylums and anti-psychotic drugs, the Glasgow-born guru challenged the medical establishment while enjoying a hedonistic rock-star lifestyle, partying with famous fans including The Beatles.

A labor of love for first-time writer-director Robert Mullan, »

- Stephen Dalton

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All3Media Acquires ‘Fleabag’ Producer Two Brothers

10 February 2017 2:03 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

U.K. production company Two Brothers Pictures has been acquired by All3Media, the independent film, television and digital production and distribution company.

The producers of the BBC 2016 comedy hit “Fleabag,” which was bought by Amazon for the U.S. last May, Two Brothers was established in 2014 by writing and producing siblings Harry and Jack Williams. Last year, the company was joined by Claire Evans as chief operating officer. As well as producing the brothers’ own work, the company supports new writing talent, including “Fleabag” creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

No financial details of the deal were disclosed, but All3Media International will act as the distribution partner for Two Brothers Pictures under the agreement. It marks the 23rd company label under the All3Media banner, which comprises production and distribution labels from across the U.K., U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific. All3Media is jointly owned by Discovery Communications and Liberty Global.

“It’s very exciting welcoming Two Brothers to »

- Robert Mitchell

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Game of Thrones Star Trades in Ramsay Bolton for Adolf Hitler Role

13 January 2017 8:55 AM, PST | | See recent news »

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From Ramsey Bolton to Adolf Hitler.

As revealed this week, actor Iwan Rheon, who played the dastardly Game of Thrones villain on the HBO fantasy series, is set to star as Hitler in an installment of Sky Arts’ new series Urban Myths. Rheon will be joined by Harry Potter star Rupert Grint, who is playing Hitler’s Friend.

Based on the teaser, Rheon’s portrayal of the Nazi leader is focused on his failed pursuits at becoming a painter.

“I will introduce myself as Adolf Hitler, academic painter,” Rheon declares in the short clip. »

- Aurelie Corinthios

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Watch the very strange trailer for Sky Arts’ Urban Myths

11 January 2017 12:06 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Sky Arts have debuted the trailer for their upcoming TV event Urban Myths, an eight-part comedy series focussing on rumoured tales about celebrities and historical figures.

In the series, Joseph Fiennes takes on the role of Michael Jackson alongside Brian Cox as Marlon Brando, Stockard Channing as Elizabeth Taylor (pictured), Iwan Rheonas as Adolf Hitler and Rupert Grint as his friend, Ben Chaplin as Cary Grant, Aidan Gillen as Dr. Timothy Leary, Eddie Marsan as Bob Dylan, and David Threlfall as writer Samuel Beckett.

This is strange, but very intriguing. Urban Myths screens from January 19th on Sky Arts in the UK. Check out the new trailer below.

The post Watch the very strange trailer for Sky Arts’ Urban Myths appeared first on The Hollywood News. »

- Paul Heath

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First Look at Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson in 'Urban Myths' Is Here

10 January 2017 7:14 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Joseph Fiennes' controversial debut as Michael Jackson is officially here.

The 46-year-old actor joins Stockard Channing as Elizabeth Taylor and Brian Cox as Marlon Brando in a half-hour episode of Urban Myths, an eight-part series focusing on rumored celebrity experiences. In "Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon," Fiennes portrays Jackson in a retelling of the time the three stars embarked on a road trip after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Watch: Michael Jackson Once Told Oprah Winfrey He Didn't Want a White Actor to Portray Him on Screen

Fiennes' casting in the role understandably made headlines when it was announced last year, after outlets and individuals alike criticized the decision to cast a white man, Fiennes, as the African-American pop icon.

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See the trailer (which also features other scenes from Urban Myths, including Iwan Rheon as Adolf Hitler, Rupert Grint as "Hitler's friend," Ben Chaplin as Cary Grant, Aidan Gillen as Dr. Timothy Leary, Eddie Marsan as [link »

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Watch: First Look at Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson in ‘Urban Myths’ Trailer

10 January 2017 6:02 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Following last year’s scandal over casting Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson in its road-trip comedy, Sky Arts released the first trailer for “Urban Myths.” The lighthearted Ben Palmer-directed piece tells the tale of Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, and Michael Jackson as they attempt to journey back to West Coast in the aftermath of 9/11. And if the trailer is anything to go on, it seems more “true…ish stories” will be told as well.

The fabled road trip isn’t the only historical story told in “Urban Myths,” it seems. It appears the special includes a larger set of stories, as confirmed in a final shot: “Urban Myths: A Brand New Collection of Comedies,” the words read.

Hitler (Iwan Rheon) and “Hitler’s friend” (Rupert Grint), as he is referred to in a superimposed credit, appear to be painting some of Hitler’s early artwork. The friend seems more like an assistant to the infamous mass-murderer »

- Dani Levy

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