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‘The Crown’ Season 2 Review: Despite Focusing on Relationships, Netflix’s Drama Turns Too Dreary and Cold

‘The Crown’ Season 2 Review: Despite Focusing on Relationships, Netflix’s Drama Turns Too Dreary and Cold
There are far worse ways to study history than watching “The Crown” — high school history class comes to mind, especially at schools with misplaced teachers like Mr. Kraz. But there are better ways, as well, even in television’s incomplete, sensationalized fashion. Pertinent period details frame series like “The Americans” and “Mad Men,” or there are meaningful tales told of specific historical figures like “John Adams,” the “Band of Brothers,” and “The Young Pope.” (Hey, the future will one day be historical, too, and Lenny will be pope.)

What separates these programs from Netflix’s new crown jewel is an opinion; a stance, one way or another, on what all this means; a personality of its own making rather than a suffocating allegiance to facts. And in a darker second season about the most personal problems of Queen Elizabeth’s life, this voiceless neutrality breeds an even colder, more distant,
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‘The Crown’ Season 2 Review: Despite Focusing on Relationships, Netflix’s Drama Turns Too Dreary and Cold

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‘The Crown’ Season 2 Review: Despite Focusing on Relationships, Netflix’s Drama Turns Too Dreary and Cold
There are far worse ways to study history than watching “The Crown” — high school history class comes to mind, especially at schools with misplaced teachers like Mr. Kraz. But there are better ways, as well, even in television’s incomplete, sensationalized fashion. Pertinent period details frame series like “The Americans” and “Mad Men,” or there are meaningful tales told of specific historical figures like “John Adams,” the “Band of Brothers,” and “The Young Pope.” (Hey, the future will one day be historical, too, and Lenny will be pope.)

What separates these programs from Netflix’s new crown jewel is an opinion; a stance, one way or another, on what all this means; a personality of its own making rather than a suffocating allegiance to facts. And in a darker second season about the most personal problems of Queen Elizabeth’s life, this voiceless neutrality breeds an even colder, more distant,
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Military-Themed Projects Aim to Raise Empathy for American Vets

Military-Themed Projects Aim to Raise Empathy for American Vets
Even before “Wings” won the first Academy Award for best picture in 1929, stories about soldiers and the military were already a staple of the big screen. Nearly ninety years later, the circumstances of their service have changed, but the nobility of their sacrifice endures, inspiring film and television storytellers alike to continue to pay them tribute with complex, rousing tales of heroism on and off the battlefield.

Spurred by patriotism and the promise of a window into the daily lives of soldiers, audiences have readily embraced military-themed films and shows, from “Band of Brothers” to “American Sniper” to last year’s “Hacksaw Ridge.” But an upcoming wave of projects offers filmmakers the opportunity — and responsibility — to explore the lives of United States veterans more authentically than ever before, drawing upon firsthand accounts from real-life heroes to both do justice and lend credulity to stories both fictional and fact-based without succumbing to jingoistic clichés.

Making his directorial
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Filming set to start on Lucky McKee produced ‘Don’t Look There’

Produced by Lucky McKee (May, The Woman, All Cheerleaders Die), director Richard Zelniker’s new thriller Don’t Look There is set to begin filming this winter.

A mystery/thriller about a clinical psychologist (Emmanuelle Vaugier) who’s on a downward spiral as she treats a new patient (Kenny Johnson) that suffers from premonitions. As their sessions deepen, a detective (Kirk Acevedo) solicits her help in hunting down an elusive serial killer terrorizing Detroit during the holiday season.

The film, which stars Natalie Alyn Lind (The Gifted, Gotham), Kirk Acevedo (Insidious: The Last Key, Band of Brothers, Fringe), Emmanuelle Vaugier (Saw 2, CSI: NY), Keesha Sharp (Marshall, Lethal Weapon), Michelle Krusiec (The Invitation) ,Kenny Johnson (Swat, Bates Motel), Patrick Sabongui (Homeland, Drones), Shane Graham (AMC’s The Son, Ride), Kevin Johnson (Ozark), Erin O’Brien (Tremors, Clinton Road), Dave Sheridan (Victor Crowley, Ghost World), Cj Valleroy (Unbroken) and Pip Dwyer (It,
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Morelia: Five Projects Vie for Prizes at Pix-in-Post Program Impulso Morelia

Morelia, Mexico — Whether by mere coincidence or not, the Morelia Int’l Film Fest’s pix-in-post program Impulso Morelia (Oct. 23 – 25) features three feature-length projects that delve into issues of the indigenous communities of Mexico.

Among them is fiction feature “La Negrada” by Jorge Pérez Solano, which plays almost like a docu, and is the first local film to focus on Mexico’s Afro-Mexican population.

Docu “Ayotzinapa, the Turtle’s Pace” (“Ayotzinapa, el Paso de la Tortuga”) by Enrique García Meza, produced by Bertha Navarro (“Pan’s Labyrinth”), deals with the infamous disappearance of some 40 students while on their way to a political meeting, many of whom were from indigenous rural communities.

Xavi Sala’s debut feature “Guie’dani’s Navel” (“El Ombligo de Guie’dani”) centers on the struggles of a strong-willed indigenous girl and her mother who work for an upper-class family in Mexico City.

Another feature debut, Andrés Kaiser’s “Feral” revolves around a priest
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World War II Hero Portrayed in Band of Brothers, Donald Malarkey, Dies at 96

  • PEOPLE.com
Donald Malarkey, a World War II veteran portrayed by Scott Grimes in the Emmy-winning HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, has died, reported the Associated Press. He was 96.

Malarkey died on Saturday in Salem, Oregon, of age-related causes, his son-in-law told the AP.

As a paratrooper, Malarkey was awarded the Bronze Star for his heroics on D-Day in 1944, according to the AP. He parachuted behind enemy lines at Normandy, destroying German artillery.

He was a member of the Easy Company — the Army company profiled in the 2001 American war drama — with whom he fought in the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944.

After serving in the war,
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Arrow casts Kirk Acevedo as Richard Dragon for Season 6

A few weeks ago at the Comic-Con panel for Arrow‘s upcoming sixth season, Marc Guggenheim teased the introduction of DC Comics and Green Arrow villain Richard Dragon. And, as per Deadline, it has now been revealed that Band of BrothersKirk Acevedo has been cast for a season-long recurring role as Dragon.

Acevedo will come to Star City as Ricardo Diaz, one of Richard Dragon’s many aliases. He is described as “a hardened ex-con recently released from prison for crimes he didn’t commit, Ricardo Diaz is bent on taking over Star City’s criminal underworld. A master in hand to hand combat, honed by years of life on the street, Diaz has yet to meet a foe he can’t take down.”

In the comics, Dragon was actually a hero and often ally of Green Arrow and many other heroes throughout the DC universe, training characters like
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‘Arrow’ Season 6 Finds a New Villainous Vigilante in Kirk Acevedo

  • Collider.com
Over the years, you've probably seen a lot of Kirk Acevedo's fine performances. From the necessary solo stint on Law & Order (original recipe), to the standout series Oz and Band of Brothers, to network and cable series like Fringe and 12 Monkeys, Acevedo always makes his presence known in the best possible way. He's about to get a share of the superhero spotlight now that The CW has cast him in Season 6 of Arrow in a recurring role. EW reports that Acevedo will star as Ricardo Diaz, a DC Comics character who's the latest …
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Maui Film Festival Draws Film Fans and Stars to Hawaii

Maui Film Festival Draws Film Fans and Stars to Hawaii
In an ever-more crowded calendar of summer film festivals, the Maui event stands out for its popularity. It celebrates its 18th anniversary this year and offers both casual fans and ardent cineastes from around the world a compelling mixture of sun, sand and cinema.

“What sets us apart from other film festivals is location, location, location,” says festival founder and director Barry Rivers. “We have the incredible natural beauty of Maui, ranging from mountains to jungle to beaches, and the spectacular ocean. All that serves as a backdrop to the festival. And most of the venues are outside, including our Celestial Cinema at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course, and our Toes-in-the-Sand Cinema on Wailea Beach at the Four Seasons.”

The latter venue will host this year’s Short Film Showcase. “It’s free,” adds Rivers. “Where else can you sit under the stars on a balmy night on a beautiful beach and watch a great movie for free?”

Rivers says he’s particularly thrilled with this year’s film program. “We’ve got a great collection of indie films, including our opening night dramedy ‘Beatriz at Dinner,’ starring Salma Hayek, John Lithgow and Connie Britton, and directed by Miguel Arteta, which has been getting great reviews.”

The festival will close with a diverse slate, including “Holy [un]Holy River,” about India’s Ganges, and “The Trip to Spain,” the third in the popular road trip series featuring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, again directed by Michael Winterbottom.

Adds Rivers, “We’ll also show some terrific surf films, which people really love out here, including ‘The Big Wave Project — A Band of Brothers.’”

Screening on the second night, and five years in the making, the film was directed by Tim Boynton and features many of the biggest names in the big-wave surfing world.

Also screening is “Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton,” which profiles the local surfing legend, and “Proximity” which features eight of the world’s best surfers.

“We’ve also got a few films that speak to matters of the spirit, and address how people spend their time on the planet, such as ‘Given’ and ‘Heal,’” he says.

Other highlights include various filmmaker panels, Q&A sessions, honoree events and private VIP soirees, as well as open-to-all themed culinary celebrations. “We have three taste events, starting on opening night with a Taste of Summer, and our launch party, with cocktails, dinner and live music. On Friday we do Taste of Chocolate, and on Saturday we do Taste of Wailea, which will feature about 13 local chefs from all the local resorts and hotels.”

While the festival has come a very long way since the early days, Rivers says, it hasn’t been without challenges. “We’re so far from the mainland, it’s a bit like the early space shots – you need double or triple redundancies built in, just in case.”

Pictured above: “Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton,” which profiles the surfing legend who grew up in Hawaii.

Mauii Film Festival Honorees:

Karen Gillan

Rising Star

The Scottish actress’ big breakthrough came in 2009 when she landed the role of Amy Pond in “Doctor Who.” She then snagged the role of Nebula in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and stars in Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” out in December. She has also completed production on her feature film directorial debut, “The Party’s Just Beginning,” which she also wrote and in which she stars.

Freida Pinto

Shining Star

Since arriving on the international scene in 2008’s Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire,” the Indian actress has successfully fought typecasting. She’s currently playing a radical activist opposite Idris Elba in Showtime’s limited series “Guerrilla,” set in1970s London and directed by John Ridley. Pinto also stars in Warners Bros.’ “Jungle Book,” out in 2018.

Connie Britton

Navigator Award

The four-time Emmy nominee and star of “Beatriz at Dinner,” which is screening at the Maui fest, is supremely versatile, with credits including “Friday Night Lights,” “Nashville,” “American Horror Story” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” Britton recently shot “Land of Steady Habits,” written and directed by Nicole Holofcener, and “Professor Marston & The Wonder Women.”

Pierce Brosnan

Pathfinder

The Irish-born star got his big break in the 1980s TV hit “Remington Steele” before moving into films and showcasing his range in both spy thrillers (“The Fourth Protocol”) and comedies (“Mrs. Doubtfire”). But Brosnan also played the iconic James Bond in four films, and his resume is eclectic: “Dante’s Peak,” “The Matador,” “Mamma Mia!” and his current project, AMC’s “The Son.”

Related storiesPierce Brosnan, Freida Pinto, Connie Britton Added to Maui HonoreesMaui Film Festival Announces Karen Gillan as Rising Star Award RecipientPierce Brosnan Writes Tribute to Roger Moore: 'We Fell in Love With a Magnificent Actor'
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Steven Spielberg’s Pentagon Papers Drama Unveils Full Ensemble Cast And A Slight Name Change

Few directors in Hollywood can attract the same caliber of talent as Steven Spielberg.

Throughout his decorated career behind the lens, the industry legend has launched up-and-comers to stardom while simultaneously wringing the absolute best out of acting veterans like Tom Hanks. Together, they’ve formed a creative and often unrivalled double act that’s produced edge-of-your-seat drama (see: Saving Private Ryan, Band of Brothers, Bridge of Spies), and we know they’re poised to re-team again for a potentially Oscar-worthy picture centering on the infamous Pentagon Papers.

Formerly titled The Post, Variety brings word today that Spielberg’s latest creative venture will now release as The Papers, and the filmmaker has recruited a truly enviable ensemble to chronicle the saga involving the Washington Post, the Nixon Administration, and those aforementioned Pentagon Papers – documents that contained classified information on America’s dubious presence in Vietnam.

With Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep
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Motion Picture Agent Dana Harris Exits Wme For CAA

  • Deadline
Motion Picture talent agent Dana Harris has movedto CAA from Wme, where she has worked for the past six years and was an agent for the past three. During her stint at her previous agency, she worked with writer E. Max Frye who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original screenplay for Foxcatcher (along with Dan Futterman) and was an Emmy-nominated writer for Band of Brothers. She also worked with Craig Shilowich who was nominated by the Independent Spirit Awards…
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21 Interesting Facts About Band of Brothers

It’s hard to believe that Band of Brothers originally aired in 2001. It’s even harder to believe that it lasted only 1 season. Granted it was only intended to last one season but I can guarantee you than in today’s day and age audiences would demand and cause major havoc if the show only lasted one season. But I love the fact it was a miniseries because now it gets to be “legend” status. It will always remain one of the best series to ever air on HBO. The series tells the story of Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the

21 Interesting Facts About Band of Brothers
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“The Birth of the Pill” TV Adaptation Headed to National Geographic

Soon you’ll be able to watch a scripted series about the creation of the birth control pill alongside documentaries about nature and foreign cultures. According to The Hollywood Reporter, National Geographic has plans to develop “The Birth of the Pill,” a scripted adaptation of Jonathan Eig’s 2014 nonfiction book of the same name.

Eig’s book traces Planned Parenthood founder and feminist Margaret Sanger and philanthropist Katherine McCormick’s fight to provide women with safe, reliable contraception. With scientist Gregory Pincus and Ob-gyn John Rock, Sanger and McCormick “took on the scientific establishment, the church, and cultural norms in their fight,” THR summarizes.

Nat Geo is developing “The Birth of the Pill” in partnership with Fox. “Unforgettable” director Denise Di Novi will exec produce the project with Alison Greenspan, and Sonar Entertainment is producing with R.J. Cutler. Di Novi, Greenspan, and Cutler previously collaborated on the 2014 romance “If I Stay.”

It was originally reported that Audrey Wells (“Under the Tuscan Sun”) would write the first episode and Cutler would direct, but it’s unclear whether that plan is still going forward. Wells’ role was not mentioned in THR.

The source also details the other women-created narrative projects in the works at Nat Geo, including the history of the Ebola virus, “The Hot Zone,” and an untitled drama about the beginning of National Geographic itself.

The Hot Zone,” from Lynda Obst (“Insterstellar”), traces Ebola’s inception in the central African rain forest and its eventual migration to the U.S. The drama centers on “a U.S. Army veterinarian, working with a secret military Swat team, who puts herself in peril trying to contain the outbreak,” THR writes. “Under the Dome” writers Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson will pen the script with Jeff Vintar (“I, Robot”). Fox 21 and Scott Free are exec producing.

National Geographic’s origin story will be exec produced by Marti Noxon (“UnREAL”). The untitled project “kicks off in the 1960s when a field producer is put in charge of two production teams as they shoot Nat Geo’s first TV documentaries in Siberia and Australia, braving espionage, scandal, and hostile environments.” Noxon is also producing under her Tiny Pyro Productions banner. The project is written by Erik Jendresen (“Band of Brothers”), also an Ep.

“This scripted development slate further solidifies our commitment to developing diverse projects with themes and issues that resonate and are relevant to our audience,” Courteney Monroe, Nat Geo Global Networks CEO, commented. “We are working with the best storytellers in the world to tell these very human stories that we hope will create global conversation and change the way viewers look at the world around them.”

“The Birth of the Pill” TV Adaptation Headed to National Geographic 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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Damian Lewis webchat – your questions answered on Brexit nationalists, Eton and noisy theatregoers

The Homeland and Billions star, now starring in The Goat, talked sweet packets, war heroes and the myths of private education

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Au revoir, thanks for reading. Thanks for being online, and I hope this answers some of your questions. Toodle pip - and come as see The Goat!

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SkavArt asks:

Earlier in the year you commented that it was “a nonsense” that only privately educated actors were becoming dominant in acting. Don’t you feel that, due to the lack of funding in all the arts, such as the removal of grants and increase course fees, that it’s becoming less diverse? That there isn’t the healthy mix of students from different backgrounds that there once was?

You're right, we have to protect against lack of diversity. If theatre, film, TV, dance, opera, ballet are going to remain true artforms, they must be reflective of all society.
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Amazon India and Kabir Khan announce new Amazon Original series for India

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(L-r) Roy Price Head of Global Content Prime Video and Hit Maker Kabir Khan at the press meet at the announcement of the new Amazon Original Series

Amazon has announced an Indian original series based on Subhas Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army to be directed by one of Bollywood’s top directors and producers, Kabir Khan, creator of blockbuster movies such as Ek Tha Tiger, Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Kabul Express. The Forgotten Army (working title) will mark Kabir’s Khan’s debut in Ott digital video services. The series is scheduled to start production by the end of 2017.

The Forgotten Army (working title) is a war epic, an Indian Band of Brothers of sorts, which will touch upon several stories, including the contribution of women in the Indian National Army.

“We had made a commitment to our Indian customers to deliver high-quality, binge-worthy shows that they’ll love to watch,
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‘Tales from the Crypt,’ David Chase Miniseries, ‘MTV Unplugged’ and More: A Status Check on Shows in TV Purgatory

  • Indiewire
Television is a fast-paced business, where a show can be written, developed, ordered, cast, produced, and aired all within the course of a year. But sometimes, executives get ahead of themselves and shows are announced prematurely, or circumstances change, forcing delay.

IndieWire combed through some high-profile TV announcements from the past few years that haven’t yet seen the light of day, and asked their status. Some are still in the works; some are still “in development,” which could be code for “we don’t want to admit yet that this show is dead”; and some have quietly faded away.

Read More: M. Night Shyamalan Is Bringing Back ‘Tales From the Crypt’ at TNT

“Tales from the Crypt” (TNT)

TNT announced an ambitious new “Tales from the Crypt”-branded horror block executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan last year, including a 10-episode order of the anthology series, “guided by a newly reinvented Crypt Keeper.
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‘Tales from the Crypt,’ David Chase Miniseries, ‘MTV Unplugged’ and More: A Status Check on Shows in TV Purgatory

Television is a fast-paced business, where a show can be written, developed, ordered, cast, produced, and aired all within the course of a year. But sometimes, executives get ahead of themselves and shows are announced prematurely, or circumstances change, forcing delay.

IndieWire combed through some high-profile TV announcements from the past few years that haven’t yet seen the light of day, and asked their status. Some are still in the works; some are still “in development,” which could be code for “we don’t want to admit yet that this show is dead”; and some have quietly faded away.

Read More: M. Night Shyamalan Is Bringing Back ‘Tales From the Crypt’ at TNT

“Tales from the Crypt” (TNT)

TNT announced an ambitious new “Tales from the Crypt”-branded horror block executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan last year, including a 10-episode order of the anthology series, “guided by a newly reinvented Crypt Keeper.
See full article at Indiewire Television »

Former ITV Studios France’s Boss Francois Florentiny Bows Unrated Studios, Partners With Anne Thomopoulos (Exclusive)

Former ITV Studios France’s Boss Francois Florentiny Bows Unrated Studios, Partners With Anne Thomopoulos (Exclusive)
Cannes — Francois Florentiny, who launched ITV Studios France at the age of 30 and ran it for six years, is bowing Unrated Studios, a Paris-based boutique banner that will focus on creating and producing fiction (TV series, films), documentaries, entertainment and branded content.

Over at Unrated Studios, among other producers Florentiny will be collaborating with vet American producer Anne Thomopoulos on multiple internationally-driven scripted projects.

A former HBO programming exec, Thomopoulos exec produced a flurry of flagship drama series, notably “Band of Brothers” and “Rome.” She went on to exec produce Tom Fontana’s “Borgia” as well as “Versailles.” Her most recent credits include Amazon’s “The Collection” and the upcoming “Britannia” for Sky and Amazon.

“I have always admired François’ management style, taste, clarity of communication and transparency in the way he does business. We have wanted to work together for many years and are thrilled that we are finally able to collaborate a significant way,” said
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The Best TV Shows Adapted From Books — IndieWire Critics Survey

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The Best TV Shows Adapted From Books — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the best TV adaptation of a book/book series?

Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint), The Hollywood Reporter

Ok, I listed like 50 answers for last week’s Guest Stars question and I’m determined not to cheat this week! Kinda. The answer is “Friday Night Lights,” but I acknowledge that there are caveats, because the NBC TV series was based on the feature film, which was based on Buzz Bissinger’s book, so is the show based on a book or based on a movie? Well, because Peter Berg adapted both, I’m gonna say they’re both based on the book, because really the only continuity
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The Best TV Shows Adapted From Books — IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best TV Shows Adapted From Books — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the best TV adaptation of a book/book series?

Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint), The Hollywood Reporter

Ok, I listed like 50 answers for last week’s Guest Stars question and I’m determined not to cheat this week! Kinda. The answer is “Friday Night Lights,” but I acknowledge that there are caveats, because the NBC TV series was based on the feature film, which was based on Buzz Bissinger’s book, so is the show based on a book or based on a movie? Well, because Peter Berg adapted both, I’m gonna say they’re both based on the book, because really the only continuity
See full article at Indiewire Television »
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