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First Look: BBC, Weinsteins Reveal ‘War and Peace’ Images

12 August 2015 4:49 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — The BBC and The Weinstein Company have released the first images of their epic drama “War and Peace,” adapted by Andrew Davies.

The photographs show “Cinderella” and “Downton Abbey” star Lily James as Natasha Rostova, James Norton as Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, and Paul Dano as Pierre Bezukhov. The cast also includes Jim Broadbent as Prince Bolkonsky, Gillian Anderson as Anna Pavlovna, and Rebecca Front as Anna Mikhailovna.

Filming took place in Russia, Lithuania and Latvia.

The six-part series is directed by Tom Harper, whose credits include “The Scouting Book for Boys,” “Peaky Blinders” and “Woman In Black: Angel of Death.”

“War and Peace” is produced by BBC Cymru Wales Drama in partnership with The Weinstein Company and BBC Worldwide/Lookout Point. The series airs in the U.K. on BBC One this winter. In the U.S., the show will air on A+E Networks’ Lifetime, A&E Network »

- Leo Barraclough

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War & Peace: See Lily James in first look at BBC One's epic adaptation

12 August 2015 4:03 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The first pictures from BBC One's new adaptation of War & Peace have arrived.

The all-star cast is led by Downton Abbey's Lily James, who plays heroine Natasha Rostova, while James Norton and Paul Dano also feature as Prince Andrei Bolkonsky and Pierre Bezukhov.

This television version will condense elements of Leo Tolstoy's iconic 1869 novel about the Napoleonic French army's invasion of Russia into six episodes.

Jim Broadbent, Gillian Anderson, Rebecca Front, Aneurin Barnard, Brian Cox and Ade Edmondson will all feature in supporting roles.

It was recently confirmed that Lifetime, A+ E and History will all simulcast the limited series event.

The BBC has partnered up with the Us channels and The Weinstein Company on the new adaptation, which follows their previous 1972 series starring Anthony Hopkins and Rupert Davies.

War & Peace will air on BBC One this winter. »

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'Jem and the Holograms' Sneak Peek Goes Behind-the-Scenes

10 August 2015 6:55 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

We haven't heard anything from Universal's highly-anticipated Jem and the Holograms adaptation since the first trailer debuted back in May. For those who need their Jem fix, the studio has released a new preview, courtesy of E! Online, where we get new footage and hear from director Jon M. Chu along with stars Molly Ringwald, Aubrey Peeples and Hayley Kiyoko. Aubrey Peeples explains that this movie is really about Jem's unexpected rise to fame.

As a small-town girl catapults from underground video sensation to global superstar, she and her three sisters begin a one-in-a-million journey of discovering that some talents are too special to keep hidden. In Universal Pictures' Jem and the Holograms, four aspiring musicians will take the world by storm when they see that the key to creating your own destiny lies in finding your own voice. The cast also includes Juliette Lewis, Ryan Guzman, Stefanie Scott, »

- MovieWeb

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Venice premieres for three Oz films

26 July 2015 2:57 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Michael Rowe.s Early Winter, Simon Stone.s The Daughter and Bentley Dean and Martin Butler.s Tanna will be launched internationally at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival in September.

A Canadian/Australian co-production starring Paul Doucet and Suzanne Clément, Early Winter (formerly Rest Home) will have its world premiere in the Venice Days sidebar.

The first English-language film from Mexican-based writer-director Rowe (Leap Year; The Well), the Montreal-shot psychological drama follows a janitor in a retirement home whose life spirals out of control when he catches his wife with a lover, pushing him to the brink of insanity.

Pyramide International is handling international sales and releasing in France, Rialto will distribute in Australia/New Zealand and Mongrel Media/Film Option in Canada.

.Pyramide will be selling in Venice and then at Toronto,. Freshwater Pictures. Trish Lake, who produced with Serge Noël.s Possibles Média, tells If. .There are »

- Don Groves

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Casting Roundup: ‘Walking Dead’s’ Emily Kinney Joins ‘Masters of Sex,’ ‘Wicked City’ Recasts Jeremy Sisto in Lead Role

6 July 2015 3:52 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Masters of Sex” is heating up for its third season and has tapped “Walking Dead” actress Emily Kinney for a recurring role, Showtime announced Monday.

Kinney will play Nora, an intelligent and gutsy young adult who volunteers to become a sex surrogate in the name of research. The show, now set in 1966, will continue to explore the relationships surrounding researching duo Masters (Michael Sheen) and Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) in the wake of the sexual revolution.

In addition to garnering a substantial fanbase on AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” Kinney’s television career spans the likes of “The Following,” “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order: Svu” and a role in season two of “The Knick.”

Kinney is repped by Paradigm, Anonymous Content and Frankfurt Kurnit. Season three of “Masters of Sex” premieres at 10 p.m. July 12 on Showtime.

In other casting news:

ABC’s “Wicked City” has cast Jeremy Sisto in the role of detective Jack Roth. »

- Seth Kelley

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Callum Blue, Nadine Velazquez Starring in Drama ‘The Charnel House’

30 June 2015 12:24 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Proof” star Callum Blue and Nadine Velazquez (“Major Crimes”) are starring in the indie drama “The Charnel House,” which has started shooting in Cleveland.

The cast also includes Makenzie Moss (“Steve Jobs”) and Erik Laray Harvey (“Boardwalk Empire”). Producers are Sandra Siegal through her Siegal Entertainment banner and Mj Films’ Mark B. Johnson, who are re-teaming after working together previously on Katie Holmes’ comedy “Miss Meadows.”

Craig Moss directs from a script by Emanuel Isler and Chad Israel. Executive producers are Daniel Diamond, Capital Fund’s Warren Ostergard, Blair Hahn and Michael Brickman along with Jim Jacobsen.

Blue plays an accomplished British architect who finally achieves his dream of converting the long-abandoned Fairmont Meat Company slaughterhouse into ultramodern lofts. His family and tenants will be exposed to a decades-long mystery that cannot be covered up by the building’s high-tech makeover.

Velazquez portrays his wife and Moss plays the couple’s behaviorally-challenged young daughter. »

- Dave McNary

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10 Musical Highlights From Nymf 2015

30 June 2015 10:49 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

This year’s New York Musical Theatre Festival, running July 7–27, features everything from rock operas to ass-kicking superheroes. Whether it’s the epic or the intimate you’re craving, these new productions will tickle your fancy, scratch your musical itch, and make your heart sing.  “Acappella,” July 7–14 Blending romantic comedy and nostalgia—as well as the genres of a cappella, gospel, and pop—this new musical from Greg Cooper, Vynnie Meli, and The Acappella Company asks a timeless question: Can you ever really go home? “Claudio Quest,” July 7–14 Ever feel like musicals are sorely lacking in love-starved platypuses? Directed by “Avenue Q’s” John Tartaglia, this musical comedy features a cast of superheroes facing killer eggplants and existential crises. It’s going to be a butt-kicking blast.  The cast of “Claudio Quest.” Photo by Jeremy Daniel. “Deep Love: A Ghostly Rock Opera,” July 17–24 Funeral attire is recommended at this haunting rock ‘n’ roll musical, »

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Village Roadshow circles ‘The Hateful Eight’

26 June 2015 12:54 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: The distributor is believed to be close to an Australian deal for Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Western as the director and cast prepare to hit Comic-Con next month.

While the film’s international sales agent and Us distributor The Weinstein Company (TWC) did not return calls to comment on the Village Roadshow development, sources said the deal was likely to close imminently.

As Screendaily previously reported exclusively, Snd M6 Group will release The Hateful Eight in France, eOne Benelux Bv in Benelux and PVR Pictures in India.

Universum has subsequently confirmed it will release the film in Germany, while speculation is mounting that Entertainment will announce a UK deal.

All releases will take place in early 2016 after TWC launches The Hateful Eight in the Us in a limited 70mm theatrical run prior to wider digital theatrical rollout on January 8 2016. The film will continue to screen in the Us in 70mm at select venues.

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- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Hot Off Helen Mirren’s Tony Win Weinstein Launches Oscar Campaign For Her ‘Woman In Gold’

19 June 2015 2:35 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

With a $32 million domestic gross – and still counting – before its upcoming July 7 DVD release, The Weinstein Company’s sleeper specialty hit, Woman In Gold is currently the top ranking independent release of 2015.  And now, as everyone else seems to be knee deep in Emmy campaigning, the Weinsteins (who else but Harvey?) are officially launching their Oscar campaign for a Best Actress bid for star Helen Mirren in the Simon Curtis-directed hit drama about an Austrian… »

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Raven-Symone Joins 'The View'

10 June 2015 8:30 AM, PDT | Access Hollywood | See recent Access Hollywood news »

Raven-Symone has officially joined "The View."

The former "Cosby Show" star has joined the ABC daytime show as a regular co-host, the show confirmed on Wednesday.

(ABC)

"The Disney Company has made another one of my dreams come true! Being a part of 'The View' family will be a wonderful growing experience for me," she said in a statement. "The cast and crew are warm and welcoming and has made the transition into daytime talk easier.

Photos: 'The View'

"I have a lot to learn within this new arena, but being the apprentice of these ...

Copyright 2015 by NBC Universal, Inc. All rights reserved.

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. »

- access.hollywood@nbcuni.com (Access Hollywood)

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‘The View’ Names Raven-Symoné as New Co-Host

10 June 2015 8:01 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Raven-Symoné has officially joined “The View” as permanent co-host. The former “That’s So Raven” star is now has daily set next to Whoopi Goldberg, Nicolle Wallace and Rosie Perez, whom she’s been guest-hosting with for a while now — 37 times to be exact. “The Disney Company has made another one of my dreams come true! Being a part of ‘The View’ family will be a wonderful growing experience for me,” said Raven-Symoné. “The cast and crew are warm and welcoming and has made the transition into daytime talk easier.” “I have a lot to learn within this new arena, »

- Tony Maglio

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Watch: MTV ‘Scream’ Trailer Shows New Masked Killer

8 June 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

MTV has released a new trailer for the hotly anticipated “Scream” TV series, which debuts June 30. The video gives the first view at the new masked killer in action.

The series, based on the 1996 movie, will not feature the original Ghostface.

MTV’s “Scream” follows a new crew of teens, as the mysterious murderer wreaks havoc in their small town. The trailer (below) gives a glimpse at Nina (played by Disney Channel alum Bella Thorne), a gorgeous entitled teen at Lakewood High School who is killed in an apparent crime of passion, following her boyfriend’s murder, which exposes the inner workings of the community’s complex social hierarchy. The brutal event brings back memories from a past killing spree.

The cast is rounded out by newcomers Willa Fitzgerald as Emma; Bex Taylor-Klaus as Audrey; Carlson Young as Brooke; Amadeus Serafini as Kieran; John Karna as Noah; Connor Weil as »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Jake Gyllenhaal Fights His Way to the Top in 'Southpaw' Trailer #2

5 June 2015 12:40 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"I give you my everything." The Weinstein Company has debuted another new trailer for Antoine Fuqua's Southpaw, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a boxer who has to fight his way to the top to save his family, and his entire life. We've seen one stellar trailer and a solid TV spot for this summer release already, but why not another trailer, because this looks damn good. Some strong emotional storytelling in the middle of all the superheroes and dinosaurs this summer? Sign me up! No seriously, this does look good. The cast includes Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker, Naomie Harris, 50 Cent, Beau Knapp + many others. Enjoy! Here's the second trailer for Antoine Fuqua's Southpaw, direct from The Weinstein Co: You can still watch the first trailer for Southpaw right here. Follow @WeinsteinFilms for updates. Southpaw is directed by Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer, Olympus Has Fallen, Shooter, Training Day) and written »

- Alex Billington

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Theater Review: People History is Revived in American Theater Company’s ‘The Projects’

22 May 2015 9:01 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The legacy of public housing is one of the strangest forces of karma in the City of Chicago. For example, sites that were once some of the roughest and most neglected housing for the poor now contain luxury condos. It is the people of those former hellholes that still remember the sorrowful history of what they once called home. The American Theater Company (Atc) have gathered these stories for the poignant and extraordinary “The Projects.”

Play Rating: 4.0/5.0

The company of actors in the play, in a range of ages, tell the sad truth of survival in these homes, with a history built upon misguided Utopian ideals, but all suffering from the neglect of abject poverty and a sense of abandonment, as the crime and violence became rampant while the city officials watched them smolder. But there were real human beings there, and as the voices rise from the stage participants, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Sirens: Comedy Cancelled by USA, No Season Three

22 April 2015 4:24 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

There won't be a third season for the Sirens comedy series on USA Network. The cable channel has cancelled the series after two seasons on the air.

Sirens follows the lives of Emt's who work for the Eminent Ambulance Company in Chicago. They're great at saving people's lives but terrible at running their own. The cast includes Michael Mosley, Kevin Daniels, Kevin Bigley, Jessica McNamee, Bill Nunn, and Josh Segarra.

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Theater Review: ‘Down the Moonlit Path’ a Sensational, Interpersonal Stage Experience

16 April 2015 7:50 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The power of creativity, and the risk of live theater, is all on display through Nothing Without a Company’s latest amazing journey, “Down the Moonlit Path.” The interactive stage experience refreshes the soul and realizes the joy of life.

Play Rating: 5.0/5.0

Combining nine fairy tales and legends, “Down the Moonlit Path” takes the audience through a woodland path that weaves the tales together, and spotlights both their cultural differences and astounding similarities. The audience members are free to roam (at times, depending on their own sense of adventure) about the setting, and the actors, puppeteers and production staff magically weave the elements together to manufacture a sort of blessing onto perspective and soul.

Into the Woods: The Performers Express in ‘Down the Moonlit Path’

Photo credit: Patrick McDonald for HollywoodChicago.com

Audience members are asked to choose between two journeys, and there are two “voices” who guide their destinations. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Wamg Talks To Woman In Gold Director Simon Curtis

9 April 2015 7:37 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

After having robust box office numbers this past weekend and being praised by both audiences and critics, Woman In Gold opens in wide release this Friday, April 10. In his review, Jim Batts says, “Woman In Gold concerns a celebrated work of art, but it’s also about two inspiring lives also worthy of celebration.” Read his review here.

Woman In Gold is the remarkable true story of one woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family. Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann (Mirren), starts her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt’s famous painting ‘Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I’. Together with her inexperienced but plucky young lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Reynolds), she embarks upon a major battle which takes them all the way to the heart of »

- Michelle McCue

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Woman In Gold Director Simon Curtis on Spreading Awareness Through the Film

9 April 2015 9:15 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Simon CurtisWoman in Gold is a beautifully crafted, fact-based drama about one woman’s courageous journey to reclaim her rightful heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family during World War II. Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), an elderly Jewish woman, sets out to recover artwork that includes Gustav Klimpt's iconic portrait of her beloved Aunt Adele stolen from her family during the Nazi occupation of Vienna. With the help of an inexperienced but tenacious young lawyer, Randy Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds), she confronts difficult truths about the past that will take her case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and beyond. In an exclusive interview, Curtis explained why this was a great story of the 20th century, his collaboration with screenwriter Alexi Kaye Campbell, the inspiration he drew from his immigrant experience, the emotional intensity of recreating on film the demise of the Jewish community in Vienna, »

- Sheila Roberts

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Weinstein Company & Miramax Developing 'She's All That' Remake

8 April 2015 6:50 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

It sounds like Hollywood might be scraping the bottom of the barrel when it comes to remaking properties from the 80s, because The Weinstein Company and Miramax are looking into their 90s film library for a new remake. The Tracking Board (via TheWrap reports there's a remake of the 1999 high school romantic comedy She's All That in the works. At this time, Kenny Leon is attached to direct, which doesn't inspire much confidence since he directed Lifetime's 2012 remake of Steel Magnolias. However, when we take a look at the cast of that made-for-tv movie, it gives us an idea of what new direction this remake will take. The cast of Lifetime's Steel Magnolia's features a large black cast that included starred Queen Latifah, Alfre Woodard, Phylicia Rashād, Jill Scott, Adepero Oduye and Condola Rashād. And I'm betting that much like the remake of About Last Night, this remake will »

- Ethan Anderton

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Film Review: Trite ‘Woman in Gold’ Lacks a Compelling Story

1 April 2015 8:40 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The horrors of the Holocaust have been expressed in cinematic art through many angles. “Woman in Gold” takes another track, that of restoring a work of art that was stolen from a Jewish family in Austria. The legal maneuverings, however, lacks a sense that this is victorious.

Rating: 2.5/5.0

The story – based on true events – simply isn’t told interestingly enough, or maybe there just wasn’t enough power in the situation in the first place to expand it into a movie. All the gravitas is there, including Helen Mirren as the old Austrian immigrant, who lives in Los Angeles in the 1990s, fighting to restore some dignity to her family by reclaiming their work of art. One of the two main characters are miscast, and the flashbacks to Austria circa World War II era adds no depth to the contemporary portion of the story – it probably could have been handled without the flashbacks. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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