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Channel 4 commissions a drama based on Operation Yewtree investigations

28 August 2015 12:43 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Channel 4 is developing a four-part drama inspired by the events of the Operation Yewtree investigation into historic sexual assaults carried out by public figures.

Focusing on fictional character Paul Finchley, National Treasure, written by Jack Thorne, will look at the impact of the accusations on the "bona fide national treasure" and those close to him.

Finchley is a household name and loved by the country when he gets a knock on the door from police, who have a rape accusation against him dating back to the 1970s.

He, his family and manager then face an intense media circus as the investigation continues - with his accuser dealing with the same issues.

This Is England writer Jack Thorne said: "What I've always loved about Channel 4 is that it's a place to discuss big ideas. National Treasure is a piece about doubt, about the smell of abuse, about how we »

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UK’s Channel 4 Orders Drama Series on Celebrity Sex Abuse Scandal

28 August 2015 9:38 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Edinburgh — U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 hopes to boost its credentials for challenging drama with a new show that fictionalizes sexual abuse in showbiz.

National Treasure,” announced at the Edinburgh Television Festival by Channel 4’s chief creative officer Jay Hunt, is a four-part series examining accusations of sexual misconduct against a fictional aging TV celeb.

It is written by the BAFTA and Royal Television Society-award winning playwright Jack Thorne, and executive produced by long-standing U.K. drama producer George Faber.

Story focuses on the fictional Paul Finchley, one half of a much-loved comedy double act, a national treasure despite Finchley’s career being on the wane. One day his world changes forever when he is accused of raping a woman in the 1970s.

Said Thorne: “‘National Treasure’ is a piece about doubt, about the smell of abuse… Paul is a man who could be innocent or guilty. We’re »

- Steve Clarke

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Channel 4 Orders Sex-Scandal Drama ‘National Treasure’ – Edinburgh

28 August 2015 5:48 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

A four-part serial drama, National Treasure examines accusations of sexual misconduct against a fictional public figure and explores their impact on the accused and those most closely associated with him as he is brought to trial. Channel 4 has ordered the timely drama that’s created by Jack Thorne and is due to air next year. The ripped-from-the-headlines story follows Paul Finchley, one half of a much loved comedy double act — a cherished household name with a career… »

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TV News: Frankenstein, Treasure, Dad, Hemlock

28 August 2015 3:39 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Frankenstein Code

Fox's midseason drama "The Frankenstein Code" has now been retitled and will go by the name "Lookinglass".

The story follows Ray Pritchard, a 75-year-old morally corrupt retired cop given a second chance at life when he is brought back from the dead by a pair of young tech scientists as a 35-year-old (Rob Kazinsky) with unpredictable and near-superhuman abilities. [Source: The Live Feed]

National Treasure

Channel 4 has ordered the four-part serial drama "National Treasure" to air next year with Jack Thorne ("This is England") set to pen. The story will examine the accusations of sexual misconduct against a fictional public figure, in this case half of a much loved comedy double act that has been around for decades.

Faced suddenly with an accusation of rape from the 1970s, his life begins to unravel as he and all those closest to him are put under the intense pressure of the investigation »

- Garth Franklin

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'The Friendless Five' Features a Quintet of Modern-Day History Sleuths

27 August 2015 9:17 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Here's your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress -- at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. The Friendless Five Logline: Two polar-opposite sisters must come together to track down an historic treasure before it falls into the wrong hands. Elevator Pitch:  "The Friendless Five" is a love letter to movies like "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "National Treasure," only with female protagonists and an Instagram-infused visual style. It all begins when excitable history teacher, Quincy Woodward, and her skeptical "math-whiz" sister, Addie, inherit a mysterious cipher from their late grandmother. After reluctantly joining forces to solve it, the two sisters soon find themselves on a perilous mission to track down a treasure of epic proportions. But can »

- Indiewire

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Top Heist Movies Ranked by the Value of Their Heists

24 August 2015 1:29 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The more difficult the heist in a heist film, the more fun it is to watch. Typically, the difficulty of the heist increases along with the value of the goods being stolen. This is our list of the most valuable loot hauls ever to be shown in film.

Heist movies have transcended the traditional crime drama genre to become big budget entertainment. Like action films, these new-era heist films often try and compete with each other by going bigger and better. More risky heists are more fun to watch. More valuable loot increases the stakes and therefore the thrills. More complicated plans impress the audience. There is no longer a practical limit of what can be stolen and how that thing can become stolen. Anything is possible.

This list shows just how outrageous some heist films have become. It used to be about putting together a plan to rob the local jewelry store or bank. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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What is the future of the BBC? Have your say in our survey

1 August 2015 12:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Let your voice be heard - take our BBC survey here

The future of the BBC is in the balance following the publication of the government's green paper on the future of the corporation.

The BBC has responded and called for the public to have their say.

On the Beeb's side are the the likes of Graham Norton, who claimed that "people would s**t themselves" if the BBC was switched off.

National treasure Jk Rowling bundled in on the #BBCMemories hashtag, and Doctor Who boss Steven Moffat claimed that any damaging changes would be irreversible.

Daniel Craig, Judi Dench and Sir David Attenborough were among the stars who signed an open letter to David Cameron over the government's plans.

But not all celebrities are backing Auntie. Mark Millar has put his head above the parapet - not knocking the output of the broadcaster but taking issue with it being »

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What is the future of the BBC? Vote now to have your say in our survey

1 August 2015 12:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Vote now: take our BBC survey here

The future of the BBC is in the balance following the publication of the government's green paper on the future of the corporation.

The BBC has responded and called for the public to have their say: hence this survey we've created to assess the public mood.

On the Beeb's side are the the likes of Graham Norton, who claimed that "people would s**t themselves" if the BBC was switched off.

National treasure Jk Rowling bundled in on the #BBCMemories hashtag, and Doctor Who boss Steven Moffat claimed that any damaging changes would be irreversible.

Daniel Craig, Judi Dench and Sir David Attenborough were among the stars who signed an open letter to David Cameron over the government's plans.

But not all celebrities are backing Auntie. Mark Millar has put his head above the parapet - not knocking the output of the broadcaster »

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'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' (2015) Movie Review

29 July 2015 2:38 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

My initial response to 2011's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol was to marvel at the stunt work and spectacle, but I felt a bit letdown by the villain and what seemed like a script overly reliant on silliness. Since then, however, I've come to enjoy Ghost Protocol more and more, but as an unabashed fan of not only the Mission franchise (yes, including Mission: Impossible II), but its star, Tom Cruise, perhaps that clouds my vision. I don't know. Either way, I have no such initial qualms when it comes to the franchise's fifth installment, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. Kicking off with one of three massive stunt pieces, Rogue Nation includes a villain with shades of Bond's Blofeld (though consider that only a mild comparison, not an outright apples-to-apples), just the right touch of comedy and the impressively awesome addition of Rebecca Ferguson. In fact, I wouldn't mind seeing »

- Brad Brevet

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Mexican Oscar-Winning Filmmaker to Head Top Venice Jury: 3D Disaster Thriller to Open Fest

28 July 2015 2:28 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Everest' 2015, with Jake Gyllenhaal at the Venice Film Festival. What global warming? Venice Film Festival 2015 jury: Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón president The 2015 Venice Film Festival, to be held Sept. 2–12, has announced the members of its three main juries: Venezia 72, Horizons, and the Luigi De Laurentiis Award for Best Debut Film. In case you're wondering, “Why Venezia 72”? Well, the simple answer is that this is the 72nd edition of the festival. Looking at the lists below, you'll notice that, as usual, Europeans dominate the award juries. The only two countries from the Americas represented are the U.S. and Mexico, and here and there you'll find a sprinkling of Asian film talent. Golden Lion jury The Golden Lion – Venezia 72 Competition – jury is comprised by the following: Jury President Alfonso Cuarón, the first Mexican national to take home the Best Director Academy Award (for the Sandra Bullock-George Clooney »

- Anna Robinson

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New Us sci-fi, fantasy and horror shows for 2016

15 July 2015 3:19 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From comic-book adaptations to sci-fi, fantasy and horror. Here are the new geek-skewed shows coming to Us TV in 2016...

The world of TV has never been so crowded and, at the same time, geeks have never had it so good. As saturated as the big screen is with superhero films and sprawling shared universes, that mentality has well and truly bled onto the small screen too.

So there’s a lot of comic-book adaptations coming up in 2016 from Marvel, DC and others, but genre TV is represented across the board with science-fiction, fantasy and horror represented at pretty much every network and cable channel in the Us.

Here's some of the geek TV that will be making its way to us from the Us next year.

Aka Jessica Jones (Netflix)

Part of Netflix’s own connected slice of the McU, there has been a lot of confusion over when we »

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Trevor Rabin’s Rousing Scores a Testament to Life After Yes

23 June 2015 10:02 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Trevor Rabin had no idea that, on Nov. 4, 2008, he was about to be immortalized.

Barack Obama had just been elected president of the United States, and as he finished his acceptance speech, the music that began to play was Rabin’s inspirational theme from the football movie “Remember the Titans.”

For a white South African whose family fought against apartheid when it was not just unfashionable but downright dangerous, this prominent showcase of his music — written for a movie about black and white high-school players learning to get along and win the season — was especially meaningful.

“I was happy I was on the winning ticket,” Rabin says with a laugh.

Yet that’s just one moment in a long, strange trip that began in Johannesburg and ended in Hollywood, where Rabin is now an in-demand film composer with no fewer than 13 Jerry Bruckheimer movies under his belt (including “Titans,” “Armageddon »

- Jon Burlingame

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Trevor Rabin Strikes Chord With Collaborators

23 June 2015 10:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“He can do just about anything,” producer Jerry Bruckheimer says of composer Trevor Rabin. “That’s what you want: a composer who’s creative, who understands the musical rhythm and language of scenes, how to bring out the emotion that the director and actors were striving for.”

It was Bruckheimer who discovered Rabin’s facility with sports movies. “He can write those great anthems, those triumphant melodies that every athlete would love to hear as he’s making the last basket or the last goal or the last touchdown. It’s something that’s innate in his talent.”

Bruckheimer is not the only filmmaker to sing Rabin’s praises. Jon Turteltaub, who directed the “National Treasure” films, laughs about their initial musical encounter: “He played us a bunch of music with scenes. I so despised the instrumentation he used, I looked at him and said, ‘This sounds like European porn! »

- Jon Burlingame

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TVLine Items: ABC Family's Eerie Hotel Stay, Live NYC Lip Sync and More

11 June 2015 2:40 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

If Shadowhunters and Stitchers aren’t exactly your cup of tea, perhaps ABC Family’s newest pilot will make you Stay with the network.

The cabler has greenlit Stay, a one-hour drama about a recently widowed police detective and his two daughters who, after getting stranded at a foreboding hotel, must unravel the building’s mysteries to escape.

RelatedDawson’s Creek, Buffy Reruns Coming to ABC Family This Summer

Relative newcomer Spenser Cohen penned the pilot script and will executive-produce alongside Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure) and Anna Halberg.

ABC Family previously announced pilot orders for Gorgeous Morons (about two handsome, »

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ABC Family Greenlights Pilot for Original Thriller ‘Stay’

11 June 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

ABC Family has greenlit a pilot for original drama series “Stay,” the cabler announced Thursday.

The thriller revolves around a recently widowed police detective and his two daughters who are stranded at a foreboding hotel and must unravel its mysteries to escape.

“‘Stay’ is an emotionally-powerful story about a fractured family who comes back together under the most unexpected of circumstances,” said Karey Burke, exec VP of programming and development of ABC Family. “‘Stay’ is a haunting and surprising ride that we are excited to bring to life.”

The one-hour project is written and exec produced by Spenser Cohen, who is new to the scripted arena, and created E!’s unscripted docu-special “Macklemore’s Big Surprise.” Jon Turteltaub (“National Treasure,” “Sorcerer’s Apprentice”) will direct the pilot and also serve as an exec producer, along with Anna Halberg (“Macklemore’s Big Surprise”).

“Stay” joins ABC Family’s original slate of »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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ABC Family Greenlights Drama Pilot ‘Stay’

11 June 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

ABC Family has picked up Stay, a thriller drama pilot directed by Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure). It is the third pilot ordered in the past two months by ABC Family as the network is looking to double its original programming over the next four years, joining comedy Gorgeous Morons and supernatural drama Beyond. Described as an edge-of-your-seat thriller, Stay centers on a recently widowed police detective and his two daughters who are stranded at a foreboding hotel… »

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Gimme That! Diane Kruger's $45 Checkered Culottes Ensemble

9 June 2015 9:24 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Now this is why we call her Diane do-no-wrong. Every time Diane Kruger makes an appearance, two things are guaranteed: Her outfit will be flawless, and the sartorial crowd will be left in awe of her superhuman style. And as per usual, the 38-year-old actress stepped out in New York City yesterday in a polished ensemble good enough to make even Anna Wintour go weak in the knees. But this time, her haute couture style didn't exactly have a high end price tag. On the arm of longtime love Joshua Jackson, Diane styled a breezy blouse and culottes set with a refined checkered print from Forever 21. But wait, it gets better: The set rings in at $45 total. Feel free to squeal!  The National Treasure star »

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Film Review: ‘Beyond the Mask’

5 June 2015 11:55 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A British mercenary’s rocky road to redemption (and romance) leads him into the very heart of the American Revolution in director Chad Burns’ “Beyond the Mask,” a mostly stiff, infrequently stirring attempt to furnish a swashbuckling historical yarn for Christian audiences. The mixed result feels like a half-glass affair all around: Production values are well above the faith-based-indie average, if still somewhat deficient in texture and atmosphere; and the script is preachy in ways that will be wholly acceptable to its target audience (and perhaps even a few non-believers who stumble in by accident), yet still so simplistically and creakily plotted that dramatic excitement and character complexity remain firmly at bay. Rolling out in more than 100 theaters after profitable four-wall and VOD exposure, this Kickstarter-funded, $4 million-budget effort should benefit from its unusually ambitious action-adventure approach, but seems unlikely to match the grassroots success of Freestyle’s 2014 hit “God’s Not Dead. »

- Justin Chang

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First images from CBS’ Rush Hour TV reboot

14 May 2015 9:52 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Back in October 2014 it was revealed that Bill Lawrence (Cougar Town, Scrubs) was developing a TV reboot of the popular Jackie Chan/Chris Tucker buddy-cop comedy Rush Hour. It was then announced in January that CBS had picked up pilot and now we’ve finally got our first look at the new double act in action.

Jon Foo (Tekken) will replace Jackie Chan as Detective Lee and Justin Hires (21 jump Street) will take over from Chris Tucker as loudmouth Detective James Carter.

Check out the images and official synopsis below:

Rush Hour, a reimagining of the hit feature film franchise, is a buddy-cop drama about a maverick Lapd detective and a by-the-book detective from Hong Kong who knock heads when they are forced to partner together.

Detective Lee (Jon Foo) is a reserved, honorable master martial artist with lightning-fast moves who comes to L.A. to avenge his sister’s »

- Gavin Logan

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The 5 Most Off-The-Wall Nicolas Cage Performances

4 May 2015 11:05 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Nicolas Cage has a formidable reputation, which is unsurprising given that he has been performing onscreen since 1981, but that was long before the internet got hold of him and his work. Now, in the fourth decade of a distinguished career, the Academy Award winner and his back catalogue are the inspiration for a range of ‘memes’ based on everything from his hair, to his tendency to deliver performances that seem to be somewhat off-the-wall.

He may not have enjoyed much box office success in recent years, but Nicolas Cage has a very devoted fan base that have a particular appreciation for projects and scenes in which he has a chance to go ‘Full Cage.’ This usually involves making some scary faces – often with wide eyes and a ghoulish grin – shouting very loudly, and gesticulating wildly. There may be screaming involved, and another person is very often the focus of his menace. »

- Sarah Myles

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