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‘Tokyo Vampire Hotel’: Sion Sono Creating Original Series for Amazon
Sion Sono has inked a prime deal. The provocative Japanese auteur responsible for such controversial, must-see films as “Love Exposure” and “Tokyo Tribe” is creating the original series “Tokyo Vampire Hotel” for Amazon. The show will consist of nine episodes, all of which will be available to stream on Amazon Prime Japan beginning June 16.
Read More: ‘Anti-Porno’ Trailer: Japanese Director Sion Sono Returns with a Feminist Take on Sexuality
Telling the tried-and-true story of humanity fighting for its very survival against the mythical bloodsuckers, the series stars Kaho, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Ami Tomite, Yumi Adachi and Megumi Kagurazaka, who happens to be Sono’s wife. Jun Tsugita and Manabu Ikarimoto penned the screenplay; Tomohiro Kubo have Daisuke Matsuo have written and directed two episodes.
Read More: ‘Shinjuku Swan II’ Trailer: Sion Sono Returns With Sequel To Live Action Manga Series Adaptation
“Our focus is to work with the content creators to »
- Michael Nordine
‘Your Honor’ Tops 2017’s Series Mania
Already snapped up for a U.S. remake deal, Israeli series “Your Honor,” created by Shlomo Mashiach and Ron Ninio, took the top Grand Jury Prize on Saturday night in Paris at the 8th Series Mania, whose vibrance
was a telling reminder of the robust good health enjoyed by scripted show production at large.
“This is truly a new golden age of television and it was one of the highlights of my life to celebrate it by being on the jury for Series Mania, said jury president Damon Lindelof, show runner of “The Leftovers” and “Lost.”
Few who attended Series Mania could not have been struck by the bullishness of its industry events. FremantleMedia, eOne, Zdf and Federation Entertainment all announcing new productions or desired expansive moves and Co-Production Forum attendance up about 110% to just over 900 delegates as the market for foreign – and often foreign-language – TV dramas, though usually still niche in the latter case, continues »
- John Hopewell and Jamie Lang
Erin Moran Dies: ‘Happy Days’ Actress Was 56
Erin Moran, the actress who played Joanie Cunningham on the sitcom Happy Days has died. She was 56. Reports indicate that Moran was found unresponsive on Saturday afternoon by authorities in Indiana, after they got a call just after 4 pm ET. No cause of death has been revealed at this time and an autopsy is pending. The actress rose to fame in the ’70s after appearing as Ron Howard’s Richie Cunningham’s little sister on Happy Days. The show ran for 11 season, with Moran… »
‘Feud’: Charles And Diana Season 2 “Begins With Divorce Papers,” Says Ep Ryan Murphy
Fans of Ryan Murphy's latest show Feud: Bette And Joan have much to look forward to. Not only has Feud already been renewed for a second and third season, but Season 2 will focus on Prince Charles and Princess Diana, beginning with divorce and ending with Diana’s death, according to Murphy. "The next one is about Charles and Diana," he confirmed at an FX Emmy event in Los Angeles tonight. "We are shooting I think in the late fall and I’m casting Charles and… »
TV News Roundup: ‘Supergirl’ Star Melissa Benoist Cast in Event Series ‘Waco’
“Supergirl” star Melissa Benoist and “Grandma” star Julia Garner have been cast as leads opposite Michael Shannon and Tyler Kitsch in Paramount Network’s “Waco.” The six-part television series will be part of Paramount Network’s inaugural lineup to premiere in January 2018. It is based on the true story of the 51-day Texas standoff between the FBI, the Atf, and the Branch Davidian religious sect, and portrays the events leading up to and during the siege from the perspectives of several people involved on both sides of the confrontation. Benoist plays Rachel Koresh, the legal wife of Branch Davidian leader David Koresh (Kitsch), while Garner plays Michelle Jones, Rachel’s younger sister who has a child by Koresh.
Robert Costa has been named as the new »
- Erin Nyren
Netflix’s ’13 Reasons Why’ Is Most Tweeted About Show of 2017 (Exclusive)
Netflix doesn’t release ratings, but thanks to Twitter, we now have a sense of the popularity of “13 Reasons Why” — the streaming giant’s latest series is officially the most tweeted about show of 2017, thus far.
“13 Reasons Why” has amassed more than 11 million tweets since its launch on Mar. 30, according to Twitter data exclusively obtained by Variety.
The teen series, based on the YA novel of the same name, revolves around the suicide of a high school girl, Hannah, played by newcomer Katherine Langford, who co-stars with Dylan Minnette. The show is executive produced by multi-hyphenate superstar Selena Gomez, who happens to be the most-followed person on Instagram.
The Twitter boom has resulted in drastic growth for the cast members’ personal accounts. Christian Navarro, who plays Tony, had a mere 625 followers when the show premiered on Mar. 30 — now he has more than 85,000, marking a 13,263% jump. Likewise, Alisha Boe, who plays Jessica, jumped »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Paulie Giganti, ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Contestant, Dies of Drug Overdose at 36
Philadelphia chef Paulie Giganti, who previously competed on Fox’s reality competition “Hell’s Kitchen,” died of a drug overdose, TheWrap has learned. Giganti was 36 and his body was received Thursday by the Philadelphia Media Examiner’s office. The chef’s cause of death has been ruled “accidental death by drug intoxication,” according to James Garrow, spokesman at the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s office.
The Brooklyn-born Giganti was executive chef of the Philadelphia restaurant Birra, but left his position in November. “He brought a consistency to our product »
- Linda Ge and Tim Kenneally
‘Doctor Who’: The Next Doctor Rumored to Be ‘Chewing Gum’s’ Black Female Star — Report
Every time the star of “Doctor Who” has announced they’re stepping down, speculation regenerates about his possible replacement. Ah, but what if this time, instead of a white male Doctor, the BBC finally listened to fans who’ve been seeking some diversity for the role?
According to a Nerdist, a source close to production insists that Michaela Coel will replace Peter Capaldi as the next Doctor, which would make her the first female and first black actor to play the role. This source is not an official BBC spokesperson though, and the statement the BBC released to Nerdist didn’t confirm anything: “No casting decisions have been made yet for ‘Doctor Who’ Season 11.”
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Although Coel was not one of the people that IndieWire had suggested for casting, she would make a fantastic Thirteen. The »
- Hanh Nguyen
‘Shadowhunters’ Renewed for Season 3 at Freeform
“Shadowhunters” has been renewed for Season 3 ahead of the return of Season 2 on June 5.
The cast of the Freeform series announced the renewal during a Facebook Live Q&A on Friday as part of the network’s upfronts presentation. They will return for a 20-episode third season in 2018.
Inspired by “The Mortal Instruments” series by Cassandra Clare, “Shadowhunters” is produced by Constantin Film and executive produced by Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer, McG, Michael Reisz, Matt Hastings, Mary Viola, Martin Moszkowicz, and Robert Kulzer. It stars Katherine McNamara as Clary Fray, Dominic Sherwood as Jace Wayland, Alberto Rosende as Simon Lewis, Emeraude Toubia as Isabelle Lightwood, Matthew Daddario as Alec Lightwood, Isaiah Mustafa as Luke Garroway, and Harry Shum Jr. as Magnus Bane.
The second half of Season 2 will pick up with the Shadowhunters and Downworlders reeling from what happened at the New York Institute in the winter finale. As the rift between the two sides grows larger »
- Joe Otterson
Scott Derrickson to Direct ‘Locke & Key’ Pilot for Hulu
Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez‘s Locke & Key is getting a second chance at the small screen. Over five years ago, Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) directed a Locke & Key pilot for Fox, but they decided not to move forward with the series. Now, Hulu has ordered a Scott Derrickson-directed and Carlton Cuse-produced Locke & Key pilot. Below, learn more about […]
The post Scott Derrickson to Direct ‘Locke & Key’ Pilot for Hulu appeared first on /Film. »
- Jack Giroux
Reality TV Show Idea: “Little League”
Just like I started a “feature film idea” column on this site, this marks the debut of our “reality TV show idea” column where whenever I have the idea for a reality show, it’s going to go right here. The reason it’s being documented on this site is so that if I ever see my idea actually come to fruition, I’m going to sue the hell out of the network that steals it and try to cash in so I can retire. This is a solid idea, don’t you think? So let’s get into my first reality TV show idea.
Reality TV Show Idea: “Little League” »
- Nat Berman
‘Feud: Bette and Joan’ Finale: Ep Tim Minear Avoided A “Petty Bitchfest”
In the finale of Feud: Bette and Joan, infamous rivals Joan Crawford and Bette Davis sweetly apologized to each other–a scene that apparently never happened in real life. The latest of Ryan Murphy's anthologies, Feud in this first season follows the two Hollywood legends as they 'age out' of their acting careers and battle each other for supremacy, set against the backdrop of making their only film together–Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. However, the finale wasn't a case… »
Feature Film Idea: Tom Petty’s “Into the Great Wide Open” Video
“And now I’d like to tell you a story about Eddie, and his adventures in the great wide open.” That’s the first line you hear in the video for the song “Into the Great Wide Open” by Tom Petty. Why do I bring this up? Because I’m starting a new section on this website entitled “Feature Film Idea” where I explore ideas for full featured movies. These ideas can come from anywhere really but the main reason I’m writing them down here is so I can sue any Hollywood studio who steals my idea, makes a movie out of it,
Feature Film Idea: Tom Petty’s “Into the Great Wide Open” Video »
- Nat Berman
Madam Secretary: Trouble in Somalia. McCord Girls Freak Out About College.
Elizabeth McCord’s motto is one crisis at a time. On tonight’s episode of Madam Secretary, however, she just might eat her words. Trouble is brewing in Somalia when two rebel groups began shooting at each other. Add that to the food crisis in Sakkow (hope I spelled that right) and we got ourselves a dilemma. I sided with Elizabeth when she suggested going to Dito Pirosmani for help. He deals weapons to the rebel groups, therefore, making him the best candidate. It’s better than having an entire village full of people starve to death as their neighbors wage war on
- Tiffany C. Lockhart
Are Revealing Celebrity Instagram Pics Just an Excuse To Be Racy and Not Promote Positive Self Body Image?
Let me start off by saying that I’m a huge fan of promoting a positive self body image. I think curvy models like Ashley Graham send the right images to young women and their peers around the world. But I’m starting to question some of the photos I see around the internet. I don’t want to single out Demi Lovato but her name has been brought up a ton this weekend, and for good reason. Lovato suffered from bulimia and a number of other issues for a very long time. Lovato wasn’t comfortable with her own body for a while
Are Revealing Celebrity Instagram Pics Just an Excuse To Be Racy and Not Promote Positive Self Body Image? »
- Nat Berman
Batman-Themed Pregnancy Announcement Definitely Gets My Vote
Just last week we posted a fun Youtube video of a couple who was announcing their pregnancy via the help of some Star Trek: The Next Generation. This week they’ve officially been bumped from the “best pregnancy” announcement of the year list. We have a new leader and this one comes from a couple who has a distinct fondness for Batman. In a hugely successful Reddit post that inspired more than 1,200 comments, user ocularis01 announced his wife’s pregnancy with images from their super hero-themed photoshoot. Dressed in Batgirl cosplay, she holds up a teeny Robin costume meant for their
Batman-Themed Pregnancy Announcement Definitely Gets My Vote »
- Nat Berman
‘The Leftovers’ Offers Up a ‘Perfect Strangers’ Homage in a Stunning Nora-Centric Episode (Spoilers)
Spoiler alert: Do not read until you’ve watched season three, episode two of “The Leftovers,” titled “Don’t Be Ridiculous.”
Of all the things one might expected of “The Leftovers,” no one could have predicted a tragic homage to “Perfect Strangers,” the 1986-1993 sitcom. It’s so telling of the grace of “The Leftovers” is so aware that it is a television show — and more precisely, that it is aware of the sometimes terribly banal distance between television shows and real life.
“Perfect Strangers” and Mark Linn-Baker have been mentioned in “The Leftovers” before — in the world of “The Leftovers,” star Linn-Baker is the only one of the four regular leads not to have disappeared on October 14. For a while, the world thought all four had disappeared. But in the Season 2 premiere, a news item on a tabloid show is that Linn-Baker faked his own disappearance to start over — kind of — in Chihuahua, Mexico »
- Sonia Saraiya
A Very Solid Supercut of Some of the Best Horror Movie Villains
There have been countless montages and supercuts of all kind of movie characters, villains included. However, whenever something new comes out I’m always interested to see what it looks like. If you want to get a decent glimpse of nearly every solid horror movie villain in the span of only 5 minutes set to some interesting music, this might be a video worth your while. P.S. is there any more sinister a still photo from any movie than this one from Psycho? I think it’s because of this picture of Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates that I tend to make
A Very Solid Supercut of Some of the Best Horror Movie Villains »
- Nat Berman
‘Feud: Bette And Joan’: Ryan Murphy Reveals Why Hiring Women to Write and Direct Mattered So Much
[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for “Feud” Episode 8, “You Mean All This Time We Could Have Been Friends?”]
“I think people were maybe thinking it was gonna be just a campy, bitchy exploration of these two women,” he told IndieWire from the set of “Versace: American Crime Story,” which has just begun filming. “But I was never interested in that. I was really interested in the sadness and the regret and the pain and also the reward, and just to show how hard they worked. Not only at their careers but on their facades.”
- Liz Shannon Miller
Feud Finale Recap: Trogs and Ends
Regrets, they had a few. Quite a few. And by the time Sunday’s Feud: Bette and Joan finale was over, Davis and Crawford had added a couple more to the mountainous list. Read on, and we’ll review the heartbreaking events that led the infamous foes to the end of the rivalry that always should have been a friendship.
RelatedFeud Season 2 to Focus on Charles and Diana’s Royal Estrangement
‘You Can’T Catch Their Eye If You Can’T Catch The Light’ | As “You Mean All This Time We Could Have Been Friends?” began, Pauline was recalling »
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