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Anne Rice & Christopher Rice Teaming Up with Paramount Television and Anonymous Content for The Vampire Chronicles TV Series

28 April 2017 10:58 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Following Anne Rice's announcement in late 2016 that she had reattained the adaptation rights to The Vampire Chronicles and was working with her son, Christopher, on a pilot episode for a TV series adaptation of her beloved book series, it's now been announced that  Paramount Television and Anonymous Content have optioned the rights to The Vampire Chronicles, with the mother-son duo on board as writers and executive producers for the in-development TV series.

Press Release (via Anne Rice's Facebook page): "Hollywood, Calif., (April 28, 2017) – Paramount Television and Anonymous Content have optioned the rights to 11 books from acclaimed author Anne Rice’s best-selling series, “The Vampire Chronicles.” Christopher Rice, four-time New York Times Bestselling® author and recipient of the Lambda Literary Award, will pen the series and serve as executive producer alongside Anne Rice, and Anonymous Content’s David Kanter and Steve Golin.

“It is undeniable that Anne Rice has »

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“Margarita with a Straw” Helmer Shonali Bose Signs on to Write & Direct Potential Pilot

14 March 2017 9:02 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

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Indian filmmaker Shonali Bose may be making her TV directorial debut. The “Margarita with a Straw” co-writer and co-director has signed on to write and direct a potential pilot based on Diksha Basu’s upcoming debut novel, “The Windfall,” Deadline reports. Paramount TV and Anonymous Content teamed up to option the rights to the book.

According to the source, “The Windfall” centers on “an Indian couple in Delhi who are suddenly catapulted from their humble middle class origins into massive wealth. When they leave their safe and yet claustrophobic environs of their East Delhi home, and move to a mansion in the plush new suburb of Gurgaon, the family discovers what it means to be nouveau riche in modern India as they struggle to fit in.” The book will hit shelves this June. While Bose was born in Calcutta, she went to university in Delhi.

Rosalie Swedlin and Doreen Wilcox Little are executive producing for Anonymous Content.

Bose’s award-winning debut film, “Amu,” made its world premiere at the Berlinale in 2005. The drama follows an Indian-American woman who has lived in the U.S. since the age of three. She travels to India to visit her family after graduating from UCLA and discovers shocking family secrets. Bose’s follow-up, 2014’s “Margarita with a Straw,” made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the Best Asian Film Award. The coming-of-age drama tells the story of a teen with cerebral palsy.

“I grew up with a relative, only one year younger than me, who has cerebral palsy. I asked her what she wanted for her 40th birthday, and she replied that she just wanted to have sex,” Bose told us in an interview. “That remark stayed with me. I also had an incredibly close relationship with my own mother, who I lost at the age of 21. At that time, I was in a relationship with a woman, but I didn’t have the courage to tell my mother until it was too late. Thus [‘Margarita with a Straw’] is drawn extensively from my personal experiences,” she explained.

When we asked Bose what she thinks the biggest misconception about her work is, she answered, “That my films are ‘small’ films or that they are not commercial. The only thing stopping my films from being box office successes is marketing and distribution,” she said. “Audiences have loved my films, whether in a film festival or in a regular theater in a small town in India.”

Margarita with a Straw” Helmer Shonali Bose Signs on to Write & Direct Potential Pilot was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

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Paramount TV & Anonymous Content Team With Shonali Bose To Adapt ‘The Windfall’ Indian Novel As TV Series

13 March 2017 9:15 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Paramount TV and Anonymous Content have optioned the rights to develop Indian author Diksha Basu's upcoming debut novel The Windfall as a TV series. Indian filmmaker Shonali Bose (Margarita With A Straw) is attached to write and direct the potential pilot, with Rosalie Swedlin and Doreen Wilcox Little executive producing for Anonymous Content under the company’s first-look deal with Paramount TV. Set to be published in June by Penguin Random House imprint Crown, The Windfa… »

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Why Indian Censorship Is Hurting the Country’s Cinema

27 February 2017 11:18 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s always something with the Indian censors.

This time, it’s the refusal of the Central Board of Film Certification (Cbfc) to grant filmmaker Alankrta Shrivastava’s “Lipstick Under My Burkha” certification for a theatrical release in India. The film, a drama following four women in small-town India exploring sexual empowerment, freedom from patriarchy, and personal fulfillment won the Oxfam Award for Best Film on Gender Equality at the Mumbai Film Festival last October and the Spirit of Asia Award at the 2016 Tokyo International Film Festival, with upcoming screenings at festivals everywhere from Miami to Glasgow. The board’s rejection of the film reignites familiar outrage, as the filmmakers and audiences alike have taken to social media to slam the decision as an “assault on women’s rights.”

Infuriating as it is, this is hardly the board’s first frustrating clampdown. The Cbfc has long been the bane of »

- Anisha Jhaveri

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