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Don’t Expect Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina To Crossover With Riverdale

With shared universes being the norm these days – especially at The CW – one naturally expected for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina to overlap with Riverdale. After all, both series are based on Archie Comics properties and it seemed like Riverdale had been setting up Sabrina’s arrival with the start of its second season. Heck, Greendale (the Teenage Witch’s hometown) has been name-dropped on several occasions, with the Rosemary’s Baby theme having been utilized during one of our trips there. For those unfamiliar, the classic film is quite comparable to the recent Sabrina horror comics.

But then our hopes were seemingly derailed when it was announced that Chilling Adventures of Sabrina would be heading to Netflix for two ten-episode seasons instead of The CW, where we all naturally expected it to end up. Doubly making it a painful reality was Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men) being cast in the title role,
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Altered Carbon Trailer: Body-Swapping, Slick Fights and a Murder Mystery Fill Netflix's New Sci-Fi Thriller — Watch

In the world of Altered Carbon, Netflix’s upcoming sci-fi drama starring The Killing‘s Joel Kinnaman, humans shed their bodies “as a snake sheds its skin,” the series official trailer informs us. No wonder, then, that these characters go all in when it comes to battle: What are a few mortal injuries when you can just upload your consciousness into a fresh new body, or “sleeve”?

The promo, released Thursday, offers an in-depth look at the dystopian future in which Kinnaman’s Takeshi Kovacs is reanimated after a 250-year period on ice. He’s a highly trained warrior brought
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Netflix Series Sale Marks Long-Form Expansion for Turner’s Super Deluxe

A Turner-owned content studio known for minting Internet-friendly videos is making significant headway in TV.

Super Deluxe, an irreverent digital brand that started more than two years ago, has landed its biggest series commitment, with Netflix ordering 10 episodes of supernatural drama “Chambers.” Stephen Gaghan (“Traffic”) is attached to executive produce.

“Chambers” unravels the mystery of a young heart attack survivor in Arizona whose life gets more complicated as she learns the truth about the donor whose heart she received. The series was written by Leah Rachel, and Akela Cooper (“Marvel’s Luke Cage”) is attached as showrunner.

Gaghan will also executive produce with Super Deluxe a series adaptation of the 1985 indie sensation “My Beautiful Laundrette,” with Kumail Nanjiani (“The Big Sick”) attached to star and co-write. No deal has been finalized with a buyer for the series.

Also executive producing is Alec Berg (“Silicon Valley”) and Hanif Kureishi (the original “Laundrette”). The serialization of “Laundrette” will be based
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Netflix Debuts Japanese Cartoon Series ‘Aggrestuko’ and ‘B: The Beginning’

Netflix is ramping up its international original animation production with several new Japanese series. Last summer, Netflix announced it would release original animated series such as “Devilman Crybaby,” “Saint Seiya” and “Baki,” from by some of Japan’s top animation producers.

This year, Netflix will launch “Aggrestuko,” based on Sanrio’s Japanese popular character. Ten 15-minute episodes will be released in the spring. The story centers on Retsuko, a young female red panda working in a major corporation. Retsuko’s struggle in the office milieu is a portrayed as a high-tension comedy drama. The project was favorably received around the world when the trailer was launched on YouTube.

Netflix will also release “B: The Beginning” in March. The crime action series of 12 episodes is produced by Production I.G. (“Ghost in the Shell,” “Psycho-pass”) and Kazuto Nakazawa (animation director of “Kill Bill”). In the series, scientists hope “new humans” will create universal peace, but they are
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ABC Renews ‘Gong Show’ Reboot for Season 2

ABC Renews ‘Gong Show’ Reboot for Season 2
ABC has renewed “The Gong Show” for a second season at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.

The network also finally acknowledged that Mike Myers is in fact the host of the show in the guise of a fake British comedic legend named Tommy Maitland.

“Being the host of ‘The Gong Show’ is a blast! Pure fun,” said Myers. “It is with great delight that I can finally admit that there is indeed a Tommy Maitland, and that I portray him.”

The Gong Show,” which is executive produced by actor/comedian Will Arnett, will go into production later this year, and an airdate will be announced at a future date.

“I was just as surprised as the next guy when I heard ‘The Gong Show’’s host, Tommy Maitland, was a character portrayed by the insanely talented Mike Myers,” Arnett said. “Despite this shocking news, I’m in total awe of the man, and we are
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Mad Men Actress Kiernan Shipka Cast as Sabrina in Netflix's Riverdale Companion Series

Netflix has cast Mad Men and Feud actress Kiernan Shipka in the role of Sabrina the Teenage Witch in their untitled Riverdale companion series. The series is based on the graphic novel series called The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and the actress seems like the perfect choice to play the character. It was previously revealed:

Sabrina reimagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age tale that traffics in horror, the occult and witchcraft. It's described as in the vein of Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist and finds Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature as a half-witch, half-mortal while fighting the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit.

Sabrina Spellman is also described as "an empowered young woman, half-human, half-witch, who is just beginning her dark education as a sorceress, even as she tries to maintain a normal
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Director Sydney Pollack dies at 73

Filmmaker Sydney Pollack has died at the age of 73. The Oscar-winning director passed away in Los Angeles on Monday after a battle with cancer, his spokeswoman confirmed. Pollack began his career as an actor but turned his attentions to directing with 1965's The Slender Thread. He later directed stars such as Barbara Streisand and Robert Redford in The Way We Were, Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie, Tom Cruise in The Firm and Harrison Ford in Sabrina. His most successful film Out Of Africa, starring Redford (more)
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Stier setting sail for Valhalla

Geoff Stier has joined Valhalla Motion Pictures as a production chief and producer. Stier, who will report directly to company chairman Gale Anne Hurd, will oversee the development and production of the L.A.-based company's slate of film and television projects, including The Punisher, starring Thomas Jane and John Travolta, and Aeon Flux, a live-action superheroine project in preproduction at Paramount Pictures. Punisher is slated to begin principal photography next month. Stier previously was a production executive at Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella's Mirage Enterprises, where he was responsible for the development of such films as The Firm, Sabrina, The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Quiet American and the upcoming Cold Mountain. As a producer, his credits include Up at the Villa and Polish Wedding. He also served as associate producer on Sense and Sensibility.

Pollack to join Uni thrill ride on 'Interpreter'

Sydney Pollack is in negotiations to direct the thriller The Interpreter for Universal Pictures, Working Title Films and Misher Prods. A late-fall or early winter start is expected. Written by Charles Randolph, Interpreter is described as No Way Out set in the United Nations. Working Title's Tim Bevan and Liza Chasin are producing the project with Kevin Misher. Universal's Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark are overseeing. Pollack, repped by CAA, has helmed such projects as The Firm, Tootsie and Out of Africa, the last of which won him Oscars for best director and best picture. Recent credits include Random Hearts and Sabrina.

Sopranos Star Dies Aged 71

Sopranos Star Dies Aged 71
Sopranos star Nancy Marchand has died at her home in Stratford, Connecticut - just a day before her 72nd birthday. The Emmy- winning actress died on Sunday of lung cancer, HBO spokeswoman Tobe Becker said. Marchand had continued to work on The Sopranos even after her diagnosis of lung cancer. Her husband of 47 years, Paul Sparer, died in November, also of cancer. On film, Marchand appeared in Dear God (1996) with Greg Kinnear, the 1995 remake of Sabrina (1995), Regarding Henry (1991) and the first of the Naked Gun comedies, among many others. Marchand was a series regular on such shows as "Lou Grant" and "Another World" as well as making guest appearances in numerous other series throughout her distinguished career. She leaves behind three children.

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