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Let’s Not Kid Ourselves Why Kevin Spacey Has Been Cut From Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World

Neil Calloway isn’t convinced Kevin Spacey is being axed from his next film for the right reasons…

I have to take my hat off to Ridley Scott, and admire his ruthlessness in cutting Kevin Spacey from his latest film and replacing him with Christopher Plummer. There are plenty of reasons Scott has had such a long and successful career, and the fact that he doesn’t mess around is surely one of them.

Just because I admire what is being done, however, doesn’t mean I’m comfortable with it. It is, it must be said, probably the right thing to do. Spacey has not been convicted, or even charged with any crime yet, but his non-apology speaks volumes; if I had a film featuring him coming out I wouldn’t be exactly thrilled, and when your stand-in, last minute replacement is an actor the calibre of Christopher Plummer,
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BBC suspends drama in wake of rape allegations against Ed Westwick

Agatha Christie adaptation Ordeal by Innocence pulled from BBC’s Christmas schedules ‘until these matters are resolved’

The BBC has suspended the release of an upcoming Agatha Christie adaptation after allegations of rape were made against one of the actors in the programme.

The British actor Ed Westwick, best known for his roles in American drama Gossip Girl and the BBC comedy White Gold, has denied the allegations made against him by two women – Kristina Cohen and Aurélie Wynn.

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Ed Westwick's TV Projects in Doubt Amid Rape Allegations

Ed Westwick's TV Projects in Doubt Amid Rape Allegations
Two BBC series starring Ed Westwick have been put on hold following recent rape accusations being made against the Gossip Girl alum.

Three-part series Ordeal by Innocence, based on an Agatha Christie novel of the same name, was originally set to be a centerpiece for the BBC's Christmas schedule, but it has since been shelved indefinitely.

Filming for Westwick's other BBC project, comedy series White Gold, is currently "paused" while the actor deals with allegations of sexual assault that have surfaced this week.

"These are serious allegations which Ed Westwick has strenuously denied,
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BBC Pulls Ed Westwick Miniseries Amid Sexual Assault Allegations

BBC Pulls Ed Westwick Miniseries Amid Sexual Assault Allegations
The BBC on Friday announced that it will not air its adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel Ordeal by Innocence, following multiple rape allegations made against star Ed Westwick, Variety reports.

The Gossip Girl alum has been accused of raping two women: actress Kristina Cohen, who in a Nov. 7 Facebook post claimed that the actor forced himself on her while attending a house party at his residence in 2014, and former actress Aurélie Wynn, whose alleged assault is said to occur at Westwick’s home that same year.

The Lapd is currently investigating Cohen’s claim, while Westwick has since denied
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BBC Won't Air Agatha Christie Adaptation With Ed Westwick Amid Sexual Assault Claims

The BBC said Friday it won't air Agatha Christie adaptation Ordeal by Innocence with Ed Westwick amid sexual assault allegations against the actor.

"These are serious allegations, which Ed Westwick has strenuously denied," the U.K. public broadcaster said. "The BBC is not making any judgment but until these matters are resolved we will not include Ordeal by Innocence in the schedules."

It added: "The independent production company making White Gold has informed us that Ed Westwick has paused from filming while he deals with these allegations."

Two women have accused the Gossip Girl star of sexual assault. Former actress Aurelie Wynn...
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BBC Drops Ed Westwick Drama ‘Ordeal By Innocence’, Halts Appearance In ‘White Gold’

The BBC is out of the Ed Westwick business, at least for now, canceling an upcoming Agatha Christie holiday season special Ordeal By Innocence and halting his appearance in the series White Gold. Westwick has been accused of raping two women, charges he denies. In a statement, the BBC said "These are serious allegations which Ed Westwick has strenuously denied. The BBC is not making any judgement but until these matters are resolved we will not include Ordeal by Innocence
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Amazon to Adapt Agatha Christie Novels as TV Series

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Amazon to Adapt Agatha Christie Novels as TV Series
It’s no mystery: Amazon is getting into the Agatha Christie business. The streaming service has added a series of adaptations from Agatha Christie Limited to its lineup of original dramas. The U.S. partnership will kick off with “Ordeal By Innocence,” which is already in production across the pond, and stars Bill Nighy, Alice Eve, Ella Purnell, Matthew Goode, Catherine Keener, Ed Westwick, Luke Treadaway, Eleanor Tomlinson and Morven Christie. In “Ordeal By Innocence,” old wounds are reopened for the Argyll family when a man suddenly turns up and claims that the black sheep of the family, Jack Argyll,
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Amazon Picks Up U.S. Rights To Agatha Christie Dramas

Amazon has struck a multi-show deal with Agatha Christie Productions for U.S. rights to the upcoming seven dramas based on the author's works. Ordeal By Innocence is the first adaptation out the door, with filming starting in Scotland this month. The three-part mini, produced by Agatha Christie Limited and Mammoth Screen for the BBC, has set its ensemble cast led by Bill Nighy, Catherine Keener and Matthew Goode. Alice Eve, Ella Purnell, Ed Westwick, Luke Treadaway
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Amazon Nabs Agatha Christie Mystery Series Slate for U.S.

Amazon Nabs Agatha Christie Mystery Series Slate for U.S.
A new batch of Agatha Christie whodunits is coming to Amazon, which inked a deal for exclusive U.S. streaming rights to a series of adaptations from the British mystery maven’s estate.

Under the deal brokered by Wme-Img, Agatha Christie Ltd. continues its partnership with U.K. production company Mammoth Screen. In April, Img reached a deal with Agatha Christie Ltd. to handle international sales for the slate of seven new dramas.

The first adaptation under the deal is “Ordeal by Innocence,” based on Christie’s 1958 novel, which began production earlier this month in the U.K.

“We are thrilled to bring to our slate these adaptations from the world’s greatest mystery writer,” said Morgan Wandell, Amazon Studios’ head of international series. “With terrific talent, in front of and behind the camera, they are sure to delight our customers.”

Ordeal by Innocence” reunites Agatha Christie Limited and Mammoth Screen with writer and executive producer
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Amazon Inks Deal for Agatha Christie Adaptations, Sets 'Ordeal by Innocence' Series

In a bid to bulk up its international productions, Amazon is going all in on Agatha Christie.

The streaming service is adding a series of adaptations to its originals lineup from Agatha Christie Limited, the company that manages the literary and media rights to the late English crime novelist's works.

The first show to come from the deal is an adaptation of Ordeal by Innocence, which began production earlier this month in the U.K. The drama will feature an ensemble cast that includes Bill Nighy (Love Actually), Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness), Ella Purnell (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar...
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Bill Nighy, Catherine Keener and Matthew Goode to lead Agatha Christie adaptation Ordeal By Innocence

Deadline is reporting that Bill Nighy, Catherine Keener and Matthew Goode have signed on to lead the cast of Ordeal By Innocence, a three-part adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel, which is the first of seven dramas as part of a deal between BBC One and Agatha Christie Productions.

The 1958 book, said to be one of Christie’s personal favourites, “begins with the murder of wealthy philanthropist Rachel Argyll at her family estate, Sunny Point. Despite vehemently protesting his innocence, her adopted son Jack is arrested for the crime. Eighteen months later, Dr Arthur Calgary appears claiming to hold the alibi that can prove Jack’s innocence. But Jack died in prison before the case could come to trial, and the Argyll family is reluctant to dig up the secrets of the past. However, the shattering implications of Calgary’s story are too big to avoid: If Jack was not the killer,
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TVLine Items: Andy Garcia Is HBO's Mr. Roarke, Luke Cage Castings and More

TVLine Items: Andy Garcia Is HBO's Mr. Roarke, Luke Cage Castings and More
HBO’s TV-movie about Fantasy Island star Hervé Villechaize has found its Mr. Roarke, in Oscar-nominated actor Andy Garcia.

My Dinner With Hervé stars Game of ThronesPeter Dinklage in the title role, while Garcia will play Richardo Montalbán aka the Mr Roarke to Villechaize’s Tattoo on the aforementioned 1970s/80s ABC drama.

In addition to Dinklage, Dinner‘s invite list includes Jamie Dornan, Mireille Enos, Oona Chaplin, Harriet Walter and David Straithorn.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Marvel’s Luke Cage has added Mustafa Shakir (The Deuce) and Gabrielle Dennis (Rosewood) for Season 2, playing John McIver,
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TV Casting: Graves, Ordeal By Innocence, Mustafa Shakir & Gabrielle Dennis in Luke Cage

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TV Show Casting: Graves, Ordeal By Innocence, Luke Cage Graves, Ordeal By Innocence, Luke Cage, and other TV shows have made recent casting news. These productions come from studios based primarily in the United States and the United Kingdom. The castings are subject to change. Luke Cage Mustafa Shakir and Gabrielle Dennis have both [...]

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‘Ordeal By Innocence’: Bill Nighy, Catherine Keener & More Join BBC Agatha Christie Mini

Ordeal By Innocence is the first Agatha Christie adaptation under a 2016 deal struck between BBC One and Agatha Christie Productions for seven dramas based on the author’s works. With filming starting in Scotland this month, the three-part mini has set its ensemble cast led by Bill Nighy, Catherine Keener and Matthew Goode. Published in 1958, the book was one of the author's personal favorites. It begins with the murder of wealthy philanthropist Rachel Argyll at her…
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Bill Nighy, Catherine Keener to Topline BBC's Latest Agatha Christie Adaptation

The appetite for Agatha Christie adaptations shows no sign of slowing down. 

With Kenneth Branagh's A-list ensemble Murder on the Orient Express gearing up for a November release, the BBC has unveiled an all-star lineup for its latest visit to the library of the world's best-selling novelist (whose books have sold only less than The Bible and Shakespeare). 

Ordeal by Innocence will reunite the team behind 2016's The Witness for the Prosecution and 2015's And Then There Were None

Bill Nighy (Love Actually, Pirates of the Caribbean) and Catherine Keener (Get Out, Capote) will be joined by Matthew Goode (The Good...
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MIPTV Feels Full Impact of Digital TV Revolution

MIPTV Feels Full Impact of Digital TV Revolution
Cannes — Graced by enticing pre-l.A. screenings of Disney and Lionsgate shows and large excitement at sneak-peaked scenes from Adam Price’s “Ride Upon the Storm” and Tom Tykwer’s “Babylon Berlin,” 2017’s MipTV trade fair underscored why Hollywood still dominates much of global TV, as well as the new raised bar of ambition of European dramas.

Amazon’s Roy Price laid out plans for Amazon to drive into more originals, though he did not go into specifics. Both Amazon and Netflix took meetings with key content suppliers at MipTV. Meanwhile, MipTV caught the TV business, and indeed the world, in vertiginous transition, thanks in business terms to a phenomenon little short of a revolution: the global broadcast of foreign-language shows, currently driven by Netflix.

Change, however, goes beyond that. Not for nothing, The Wit’s Virginia Mouseler drilled down in a Wednesday Fresh TV Fiction on 2017 as the “Year of Trans-Genre,
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Miptv day one: Gurinder Chadha, Agatha Christie, 'Gomorrah' deals

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Miptv day one: Gurinder Chadha, Agatha Christie, 'Gomorrah' deals
Gurinder Chadha indie gets backing; Series Mania launches in Australia.

Freemantle backs Gurinder Chadha’s Bend It TV

British production company FreemantleMedia has taken a 25% stake in Bend It Like Beckham and Viceroy’s House director Gurinder Chadha’s UK indie Bend It TV, which focuses on scripted content.

Walter Presents grabs Studiocanal political thriller

Studiocanal has inked further deals on its political thriller series Baron Noir, including with Us based SVoD platform Walter Presents, which is a joint venture from Channel 4 and Global Series Network.

The 8x60 drama series was broadcast in France last year and a second season is now in development. The programme was recently acquired by Sony Channel for Germany where it will launch on April 6, as well as Sbs Australia and Amazon Prime in the UK.

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Series Mania launches in Australia

French TV festival Series Mania is launching an Australian incarnation in partnership with the Australian Centre for the
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MipTV: Agatha Christie Productions Partners with IMG on New Slate

MipTV: Agatha Christie Productions Partners with IMG on New Slate
IMG will handle international sales on a slate of seven new dramas from Agatha Christie Productions, the television production arm of Agatha Christie Ltd., it was announced Monday.

Following the success of their productions for BBC One of “And Then There Were None” in December 2015 and “Witness For the Prosecution” (pictured) in December last year, Agatha Christie Productions secured a production deal with the U.K. broadcaster’s flagship channel to deliver seven further adaptations based on the legendary author’s work. The deal reunites them with production company Mammoth Screen.

“We are thrilled to represent this important franchise and to bring Christie’s classic mysteries to a new generation,” said Gary Marenzi, IMG's head of entertainment sales and partnerships. IMG will present several Agatha Christie Productions titles at MipTV this week.

The first of the new slate, “Ordeal By Innocence,” based on the 1958 novel by Christie, is set to go into production this summer. Sarah Phelps
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Img To Sell BBC’s Agatha Christie Dramas; ‘Little Big Shots’ Takes Aim At Oz – Miptv

Agatha Christie Productions has appointed Img as international sales partner for its upcoming slate of seven new Christie dramas. In August last year, Acp entered a deal with BBC One for the films to be produced over the next four years by Mammoth Screen. The adaptations kick off with Ordeal By Innocence which Sara Phelps is penning and which starts shooting in the summer. The book, one of Christie's darker works, examines the psychology of innocence and is also said to…
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BBC's next Agatha Christie adaptation will star Bill Nighy

Rob Leane Kayti Burt Jul 6, 2017

Bill Nighy, Catherine Keener and Alice Eve will appear in the BBC's next Agatha Christie adaptation, Ordeal Of Innocence...

Over the last couple of festive seasons, the BBC has brought us adaptations of two Agatha Christie novels - And Then There Were None and The Witness For The Prosecution - to great critical and ratings success.

See related Curb Your Enthusiasm: season 9 confirmed by HBO

CultBox revealed a while back that this tradition will continue in the years ahead, with the BBC planning to adapt six more Christie stories into TV dramas. The era of #peakTV certainly has its upsides.

Sarah Phelps — the screenwriter behind the last two — has adapted Ordeal By Innocence to be the 2017 Christie Christmas event. And today, the cast has been announced, with CultBox reporting the story.

Ordeal By Innocence will star Bill Nighy, Catherine Keener, Matthew Goode, Eleanor Tomlinson,
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