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“Masters of Sex” Creator Michelle Ashford Signs Overall Deal With FX

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Michelle Ashford is making it official with FX Productions. The “Masters of Sex” creator has inked an overall deal with the company, Variety confirms.

While Ashford earned an Emmy nod for co-writing HBO miniseries “The Pacific,” she’s best known for her work on “Masters of Sex.” Set in the 1950s and ‘60s, the award-winning Showtimes series followed pioneering sex researchers William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan). The drama ran from 2013–16.

Ashford’s other writing credits include “Lewis and Clark,” “John Adams,” and the upcoming feature “Operation Mincemeat,” a spy story set in WWII.

“We admire Michelle’s ability to create great TV across so many different genres and know she will be a tremendous addition to the FX Networks creative team,” said Nick Grad, co-president of original programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. “Her storytelling skills have made her one
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Michelle Ashford

Actors are, naturally, crucial for creating quality television shows. Directors are also essential. However, the single most important people in the industry may be writers. The writers who create stories and dialogue are ultimately the people who supply the substance for TV shows. For this reason, networks are constantly looking to hire the most talented and experienced writers available. Luckily for FX, Michelle Ashford has recently signed an overall writing deal with the production company. She has risen to prominence thanks to her work on Masters of Sex and The Pacific. If her career continues in the direction it has

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Michelle Ashford
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Production Halted On Freddie Mercury Biopic, Director May Be Replaced

Prior to his involvement in USA’s excellent Mr. Robot (our review), Rami Malek was often restricted to tertiary roles. From Night at the Museum to The Pacific to Short Term 12, the 36-year-old has no shortage of credits for supporting characters, and even played a small, yet fairly crucial role in Supermassive’s video game sleeper hit, Until Dawn.

That all changes with the release of Bohemian Rhapsody, though, which is poised to place the rising star front and center as the great Freddie Mercury. And though a handful of film fans expressed some concern about his casting, those fears were quickly silenced following the unveiling of the actor as Queen’s former frontman.

Whether it’s the signature white vest and blue jeans ensemble, or the way in which Malek channels Mercury’s flamboyant performances, the attention to detail in the film is uncanny, and Bohemian Rhapsody is
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Incredible Bohemian Rhapsody Pic Sees Rami Malek’s Freddie Mercury Own The Stage

Prior to his involvement in USA’s excellent Mr. Robot series (our review), Rami Malek was often restricted to tertiary roles. From Night at the Museum to The Pacific to Short Term 12, the 36-year-old has no shortage of credits for supporting characters, and even played a small, yet fairly crucial role in Supermassive’s video game sleeper hit, Until Dawn.

That all changes with the release of Bohemian Rhapsody, though, which is poised to place Rami Malek front and center as the great Freddie Mercury. And though a handful of film fans expressed some concern about his casting, those fears were quickly silenced following the unveiling of the actor as Queen’s former frontman.

Whether it’s the signature white vest and blue jeans ensemble, or the way in which Malek channels Mercury’s flamboyant performances, the attention to detail here is uncanny, and Bohemian Rhapsody is now among
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Michael Bay’s 451 Media Group launching 9 graphic novels at New York Comic Con

Michael Bay’s 451 Media Group is set to debut nine brand new graphic novels at the New York Comic Con this week, which come from acclaimed creators such as George Pelecanos (The Deuce), Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious) and Scott Rosenberg (Con Air). Check out the titles here…

Bad Moon Rising – A wild smash up of The Wolfman and Sons of Anarchy from writer/producer Scott Rosenberg (Con Air, Gone in 60 Seconds, Jumanji 2, Welcome to the Jungle, and the CBS series Zoo).

ExMortis – An epic WWII action adventure from the minds of Paul + Pete Williams, VFX gurus behind Avatar, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Chronicles of Narnia.

Humbug – A masterly plotted merry and manic mash-up of Sherlock Holmes and Ghostbusters from A.J. Gentile, the writers and creators of Micronauts and Visionaries.

Nvrlnd – From the creative minds of the writing team, Stephanie Salyers and
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Smt Thursday Trailers: ‘Tonight She Comes,’ ‘Nails’ and More

Aotn- Smt Heads, usually a film named “Tonight She Comes” would invoke something….well, something else than horror. But, get your mind out of the gutter… Thursday Trailers is always ready to bring the scary and this latest Asylum one-nighter is no different!

Check the trailer for “Tonight She Comes” and its national Cinemark theater listings right now:

Cinemark Theaters and The Asylum (the studio behind Sharknado) have joined forces to present fans with Thursday Nights At The Asylum,a weekly series offering exclusive access to the very best in underground and homegrown horror, thriller, sci-fi and cult cinema. Below you will find information for the second film in the series:

And Frankie Ray

Tonight She Comes Starring Nathan Eswine, Larissa White, Jenna McDonald, Brock Russell, Cameisha Cotton, Adam Hartley, Dal Nicole and Frank Ray Playing Exclusively At Cinemark Theaters On October 5, 2017 After a girl goes missing, two of her
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‘Outside In’ Review: Edie Falco and Jay Duplass Find Forbidden Love in Lynn Shelton’s Tender Drama — Tiff

‘Outside In’ Review: Edie Falco and Jay Duplass Find Forbidden Love in Lynn Shelton’s Tender Drama — Tiff
Lynn Shelton is the rare American filmmaker to oscillate between contemplative dramas (“We Go Way Back,” “Touchy Feely”) and playful situational comedies (“Humpday,” “Your Sister’s Sister”). As such, her filmmaking voice — discounting the prolific TV direction of the last few years — extends across multiple genres and doesn’t really fit into any of them.

Read More:tiff 2017: Here’s the Winners and Losers of the Festival

Her latest, “Outside In” is another somber, low-key drama, but its premise could just as easily work as cringe comedy. Both modes operate in service of minimalist character studies about people desperate for companionship, who hover on the verge of bad decisions in their attempts to set things right. Shelton’s work is understated, but elevates seemingly forgettable scenarios with a wise, humane approach that makes even a lesser work like “Outside In” a cut above the market standard.

Jay Duplass and Edie Falco
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Diane Kruger Joins Steve Carell in Robert Zemeckis Drama

Diane Kruger Joins Steve Carell in Robert Zemeckis Drama
Diane Kruger has joined Steve Carell in the untitled Robert Zemeckis movie, based on Jeff Malmberg’s 2010 documentary “Marwencol.”

The project, set up two years ago at Zemeckis’ Universal-based ImageMovers, centers on a man who recovers from an assault by building a miniature World War II-era village in his backyard. The documentary won awards from the Boston Society of Film Critics and SXSW. Carell came on to the project in April.

Zemeckis is directing and producing from a screenplay he wrote with Caroline Thompson. Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke of Zemeckis’ Universal-based ImageMovers banner also produce, alongside Cherylanne Martin (“The Pacific,” “Flight”). Malmberg is executive producing with Jackie Levine. Maradith Frenkel and Chloe Yellin will oversee the project on behalf of Universal.

Kruger has been cast in the role of Deja Thoris, the Belgian Witch of Marwencol in the world of the backyard village. Variety reported last month that Leslie Mann
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‘The Deuce’ Trailer: It’s James Franco Times Two In New HBO Porn Drama

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‘The Deuce’ Trailer: It’s James Franco Times Two In New HBO Porn Drama
Get ready to double your James Franco fun with “The Deuce,” the upcoming new drama set in the dirtiest historical era of Times Square. From the official HBO release:

Created by George Pelecanos and David Simon and starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Deuce” follows the story of the legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York’s Times Square from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s, exploring the rough-and-tumble world at the pioneering moments of what would become the billion-dollar American sex industry. George Pelecanos, David Simon, James Franco and Nina K. Noble executive produce.

Franco stars in a dual role (a popular move these days) as Vincent Martino and Frankie Martino, twin brothers operating out of Times Square who become fronts for the Mob.The pilot was directed by Michelle MacLaren, one of television’s most accomplished directors after helming episodes of “Breaking Bad,
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Exclusive: Listen to a track from Geoff Zanelli’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales score

Before its May 26th release, we would like to exclusively share with you a track from Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales titled ‘El Matador Del Mar’ by Emmy winning composer Geoff Zanelli.

Some of Zanelli’s other credits include Steven Spielberg’s Into The West, Disney’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green, HBO’s The Pacific, DreamWorks and Paramount PicturesDisturbia, 20th Century Fox’s Hitman, Lionsgate’s Gamer, DreamWorksGhost Town, The Weinstein Company’s Outlander and more recently Lionsgate’s Mortdecai, for which he collaborated with Grammy-award winning Mark Ronson on both the co-written score and songs.

Zanelli’s full Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales soundtrack will also be available May 26 and can be preordered via Amazon Us or Amazon UK.

See Also: Read our review of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Johnny Depp
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Buster's Mal Heart Review: A Dark And Surreal Psychological Journey

Each of us possesses a breaking point, an invisible threshold or limit to the amount of pain or anger or stress we can endure. No one really knows how they'll respond upon piercing this barrier until the moment it occurs. It's a line that no one should willingly cross, because how we act under such tremendous duress could cost our freedom, our sanity, or even our life -- or the life of another. For most people, the challenge of reaching their personal breaking point is recognizing the signs and avoiding the triggers. Unfortunately, sometimes life just deals you a series of slow, repeated blows that compounds until you're pushed over the edge (probably before you even realize it's happened).

Buster's Mal Heart, written and directed by Sarah Adina Smith, is a strange, independent film that's invested in exploring one man's breaking point. It's a psychological examination conducted from multiple angles: before,
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Steven Spielberg Does What He Wants: 6 Things Every Fan Must Know About Hollywood’s Biggest Director

Steven Spielberg Does What He Wants: 6 Things Every Fan Must Know About Hollywood’s Biggest Director
We all know that Steven Spielberg floats at the top of the Hollywood food chain. He’s Hollywood’s most reliable director brand, and can get movies made that would never get a greenlight anywhere else — like Oscar-winning historical drama “Lincoln.” His next move? A high-profile Pentagon Papers film rumored to star Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep that Variety reports will open on December 22, and will inevitably be an Oscar contender.

How does he keep his enviable status, even at age 70?

1. Steven does what Steven wants.

Spielberg is a moving target, even for those at Amblin Entertainment who work closely with him every day. While he’s worth some $3 billion and likes to make money, his directing choices are driven by a complicated set of variables. He seeks to avoid any risk of failure. It all depends on where his confidence — and artistic drive — takes him. Is he ready to
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Steven Spielberg Does What He Wants: 6 Things Every Fan Must Know About Hollywood’s Biggest Director

Steven Spielberg Does What He Wants: 6 Things Every Fan Must Know About Hollywood’s Biggest Director
We all know that Steven Spielberg floats at the top of the Hollywood food chain. He’s Hollywood’s most reliable director brand, and can get movies made that would never get a greenlight anywhere else — like Oscar-winning historical drama “Lincoln.”

How does he keep his enviable status, even at age 70?

1. Steven does what Steven wants.

Spielberg is a moving target, even for those at Amblin Entertainment who work closely with him every day. While he’s worth some $3 billion and likes to make money, his directing choices are driven by a complicated set of variables. He seeks to avoid any risk of failure. It all depends on where his confidence — and artistic drive — takes him. Is he ready to direct a commercial sequel (Disney’s “Indiana Jones 5” brings back Harrison Ford for one last bout in the title role for 2019) or a tentpole packed with innovative VFX (Warner Bros.
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Graham Yost on adapting 'The Code' and his new Amazon series 'Sneaky Pete'

Screenwriter of .Speed., showrunner of FX.s much-mourned .Justified. and all-round good guy Graham Yost talks to Harry Windsor about the streaming revolution, his new Amazon series .Sneaky Pete. and adapting ABC series .The Code...

This interview has been edited and condensed.

How did you start as a writer?

My first scripted job was writing things for Nickelodeon, working on one of their first scripted shows, Hey Dude. Then I got a job on a network show, Full House. That didn.t work out. I was always working on screenplays..

How did you get the Nickelodeon job?

It.s one of those stories. A friend was playing softball, there was a cute girl there, I became friends with her, then I found out she had a boyfriend. I met the boyfriend, he was editing for Nickelodeon, and he brought me in. They were looking for joke writers, I wrote jokes,
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‘Kate Can’t Swim’ Exclusive Trailer: Two Best Friends Struggle with a Waning Relationship in Slamdance Ensemble Drama

‘Kate Can’t Swim’ Exclusive Trailer: Two Best Friends Struggle with a Waning Relationship in Slamdance Ensemble Drama
The Slamdance Film Festival, Park City’s other film festival that runs parallel to Sundance, begins this Friday, January 20 and will feature a host of independent film premieres, including actor Josh Helman’s directorial debut “Kate Can’t Swim.” The film follows Kate (Celeste Arias), a dissatisfied writer who leaves the city to spend a secluded weekend away with her boyfriend (Grayson DeJesus), her best friend Em (Jennifer Allcott) and Em’s new lover (Helman). Watch an exclusive trailer for the film below.

Read More: Slamdance 2017: 13 Must-See Films At This Year’s Festival

“This film came out of a simple idea: how do we process the death of a friendship?” explains Helman “And the heart of our film is the relationship between Kate and Em — two independent spirits so deeply entwined that they would burn it all down to the ground for each other. We’ve all had relationships
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Horror Highlights: 12 Deadly Days, Wives With Knives Exclusive Clip, Slasher.Com, Wizard World, Superstition, El Rey Network

A bloody good trailer has dropped for the new horror comedy series from Blumhouse Television, 12 Deadly Days. The series will debut on YouTube Red on December 12th. Also: a new exclusive clip from Wives With Knives, acquisition details for Slasher.com, Wizard World's financial partnership with Bristol Investment Fund, Superstition details, and El Rey Network's new focus on "Strivers."

12 Deadly Days Trailer & Release Details: Press Release: "(Los Angeles, CA) -- December 6, 2016 -- YouTube and Emmy Award-winning Blumhouse Television today announced that they have partnered on a new half-hour horror-comedy series called “Deadly Days”. Over the course of a dozen interconnected tales, the residents of Saturn, CA find themselves terrorized by everything from killer carolers and lovelorn vampires to cursed fruitcakes and haunted Christmas trees. The series will debut exclusively on YouTube Red on December 12, 2016.

Blumhouse Television is serving as the studio on the series created by executive producers Chris Cullari
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Mario Van Peebles series 'Superstition' gets Syfy order

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XLrator Media and Mario Van Peebles’ new TV outfit Mvptv will produce 13-episode series.

Production is set to begin in early 2017 and will air later in the year on Syfy.

Van Peebles will also write, direct and star in some of the episodes. Joel Anderson Thompson (Battlestar Galactica, Boomtown, House M.D.) has been brought on as showrunner and Laurence Andries (Alias, Six Feet Under, Supernatural, The Pacific) will serve as executive producer.

Writing team Brusta Brown and John Mitchell Todd have also boarded the series. XLrator Media holds international rights.

The series centres on the Mosley family, owners of the only funeral home in a fictitious town on the outskirts of New Orleans and keepers of the town’s dark secrets and history.

“Superstition is an intelligent, boundary-pushing genre series rich in supernatural lore and myths, featuring an eccentric family who have an unusual connection to an otherworldly plane, and the dark force that unleashes the demons
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XLrator, Mvptv series 'Superstition' gets Syfy order

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Barry Gordon’s XLrator Media and Mario Van Peebles’ new TV outfit Mvptv will produce the 13-episode direct-to-series order.

Production is set to begin in early 2017 and will air later in the year on Syfy.

Van Peebles will also write, direct and star in some of the episodes. Joel Anderson Thompson (Battlestar Galactica, Boomtown, House M.D.) has been brought on as showrunner and Laurence Andries (Alias, Six Feet Under, Supernatural, The Pacific) will serve as executive producer.

Writing team Brusta Brown and John Mitchell Todd have also boarded the series. XLrator Media holds international rights.

The series centres on the Mosley family, owners of the only funeral home in a fictitious town on the outskirts of New Orleans and keepers of the town’s dark secrets and history.

“Superstition is an intelligent, boundary-pushing genre series rich in supernatural lore and myths, featuring an eccentric family who have an unusual connection to an otherworldly plane, and the dark
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The First Trailer for 'Spectral' Tries to Bust Ghosts With Guns

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Who would you actually call if ghosts started running amok and doing real damage to a major city? Maybe the military, since the real Ghostbusters don't exist. That seems to be the idea behind Spectral, a sci-fi action movie in which an American Special Ops team is sent into a seemingly war-torn spot in Europe to fight what turns out to be ghost-like supernatural beings.  The first trailer has arrived, and it looks like a combination of Black Hawk Down, Aliens and, yes, a heavy duty Ghostbusters. James Badge Dale, who has seen his share of more realistic historical combat fare in 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi and the HBO miniseries The Pacific, helps lead the mission as a brilliant government scientist. The movie...

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'Hacksaw Ridge' Review: Mel Gibson Returns With a War Movie About Peace

'Hacksaw Ridge' Review: Mel Gibson Returns With a War Movie About Peace
Mel Gibson is back, directing the bloody hell out of a war movie about ... peace. You may have issues with the star's past history of anger and intolerance. But you'll have no issue with Hacksaw Ridge, a movie about a different kind of brave heart. It's the fact-based, World War II story of Private First Class Desmond T. Doss, the first conscientious objector to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. Andrew Garfield, in the best performance of his career to date, plays Desmond, a feisty kid out of Virginia's Blue
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