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Casting: Dayal, Black, Thorne, Garber

11 March 2016 7:39 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Halt and Catch Fire

Manish Dayal ("The Hundred-Foot Journey," "Rubicon") will recur as a brilliant yet awkward young coder on the third season of AMC's period computer drama "Halt and Catch Fire". The third season shifts the action of the 1980s-set series to Silicon Valley. The third season is expected to premiere this summer. [Source: THR]

The Man Who Would Be Polka King

Jack Black is set to produce and star in "The Man Who Would Be Polka King" for Permut Presenations, Red Hour Films and Shivhans Pictures. The story follows Jan Lewan, a Polish-born Pennsylvania polka sensation who unwittingly brought a town to its knees in a Ponzi scheme.

Based on Joshua Brown and John Mikulak's documentary, "Infinitely Polar Bear" duo Maya Forbes and Wally Wolodarsky will pen and direct the true story tale which aims to begin production in July. [Source: Deadline]

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BAFTA’s British Categories Highlight Next Gen of Talent

11 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Despite the ever-increasing proximity between the Oscars and the British Academy of Film and Televison Arts awards, Bafta still remains a terrific reminder of the British brand. But the love in this year’s noms has been given to a host of veterans: Ridley Scott, Maggie Smith, Kate Winslet, Julie Walters and Mark Rylance have already notched up a collective 33 Bafta nominations. The British Academy Film Awards take place Feb. 14 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London.

That’s not to say the fresh blood isn’t there, but perhaps increasing overlap in Oscar and Bafta conversations have limited the expectation for the Brit awards to serve as a platform for discovery.

“Since Bafta has repositioned itself very deliberately and positively to overlap with the Oscar conversation, the consequence has been that the opportunity to profile exciting or emerging talents has been limited,” says British Film Institute Film Fund director Ben Roberts. »

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