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Syfy announces cast for Deadly Class TV series

Last month it was announced that Syfy had given a pilot order to Deadly Class, an adaptation of Rick Remender and Wes Craig’s Image Comics series, and now the network has announced details of the cast for the TV series, along with their character descriptions (via Deadline):

Benedict Wong is set for the series regular role of Master Lin, the headmaster of the School for the Deadly Arts. Deadly and feared. He’s an ever-changing chameleon who keeps his students desperate for his approval.

Benjamin Wadsworth will play Marcus. At one point we were all Marcus, an awkward outcast full of social anxiety struggling to find his place in the cold and brutal world of high school. Marcus is bottled rage, if his life had been normal this kid might have been an artist, even a poet. Instead he’s had to survive life on the streets of San Francisco.
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Film News Roundup: Lakeshore Entertainment Developing ‘The New Mrs. Keller’ Techno-Thriller

In today’s film news roundup, Lakeshore Entertainment is developing a Hitchcockian thriller, and Alex MacNicoll and Addison Timlin are starring in “Sleeping in Plastic.”

Project Launch

Lakeshore Entertainment is developing “The New Mrs. Keller,” a Hitchcockian techno-thriller based on Mark Hogan’s spec script, Variety has learned exclusively.

Lakeshore, which plans to make the movie in 2018, is keeping the logline under wraps. Lakeshore CEO Tom Rosenberg, president Gary Lucchesi, and Eric Reid are producing.

Hogan most recently adapted the Scott Selby non-fiction book “A Serial Killer in Nazi Berlin” for Mythology Entertainment with Jamie Dagg attached to direct.

Lakeshore Entertainment has financed the “Underworld” franchise along with “Runaway Bride,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “The Lincoln Lawyer,” “The Age of Adaline,” and “The Boy.”

Hogan is repped by Gersh and managed by Kaplan/Perrone.

Production Starts

Red Entertainment has started shooting crime drama “Sleeping in Plastic,” starring Alex MacNicoll (“Transparent”), Addison Timlin, Nick Chinlund, and Dash Mihok,
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Blake Lively’s Spy Thriller ‘The Rhythm Section’ Gets 2019 Release

Blake Lively’s Spy Thriller ‘The Rhythm Section’ Gets 2019 Release
Blake Lively’s spy thriller “The Rhythm Section” has landed a Feb. 22, 2019, release date from Paramount Pictures.

The studio has also dated an untitled Tyler Perry project for April 12, 2019. Paramount bought the rights to “The Rhythm Section” in August with “The Handmaid’s Tale” exec producer Reed Morano on board to direct from a script by Mark Burnell with James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli producing. Im Global will finance the film.

The movie is a contemporary adaptation of the first of Burnell’s “Stephanie Patrick” series of four British novels. Lively will play the titular heroine, who is on a path to self-destruction after the death of her family in an airplane crash. After discovering from a journalist that the crash wasn’t an accident and watching that journalist get killed, she adapts the identity of an assassin in order to track down those responsible.

Former Im Global head Stuart Ford, who was ousted
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The CW is Developing Haunted House Thriller with Stranger Things Producer

The CW is teaming with Stranger Things executive producer Shawn Levy to develop a haunted house drama called Epiphany. THR reports The project is described as being Stanley Kubrick meets Agatha Christie. The story is said to be a psychological thriller about a group of gifted strangers recruited to a to solve a complex code that lies within the walls of an old mansion.

Spenser Cohen is writing the script and Lee Toland Krieger (The Age of Adaline, The CW's Life Sentence, Lifetime's You) will exec produce and direct the pilot for Warner Bros. This is the first project set up through Krieger's overall deal with Wbtv. Cohen will executive produce alongside Levy and his 21 Laps banner.

The highly anticipated second season of 21 Laps' sci-fi drama Stranger Things is set to hit Netflix on October 27. 
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Stranger Things’ Shawn Levy developing Epiphany for The CW

THR is reporting that The CW has tapped Stranger Things executive producer Shawn Levy to develop a new psychological thriller series entitled Epiphany.

Described as “being in the vein of Stanley Kubrick and Agatha Christie”, the project follows a group of gifted strangers recruited to a Gilded Age mansion to solve a complex code that lies within the structure’s walls.

Epiphany is being written by Spenser Cohen, who will executive produce alongside Levy, Anna Halberg and Lee Toland Krieger (The Age of Adaline), the latter of whom will also direct should it make it to pilot.

In addition to the upcoming second season of Stranger Things, Levy has several projects on his upcoming slate, most notably the Uncharted video game adaptation, which has Spider-Man: Homecoming star Tom Holland attached to play Nathan Drake.
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Bill Pullman is On a Mission of Revenge in The Trailer For The Western The Ballad Of Lefty Brown

The first trailer has been released for a fantastic looking western called The Ballad of Lefty Brown. The movie stars Bill Pullman as a cowboy who is out on a mission to avenge his friend, who was murdered. If you're a fan of westerns like I am, I think you're gonna like what you see.

The film has a great supporting cast that also includes Kathy Baker (Edward Scissorhands, The Age of Adaline), Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ, Person of Interest), Joe Anderson (Across the Universe, The Grey), Diego Josef (Goliath), Tommy Flanagan (Sons of Anarchy) and Peter Fonda. Here's the synopsis:

When cowboy Lefty Brown (Pullman) witnesses the murder of his longtime partner — the newly-elected Senator Edward Johnson (Fonda) — he strikes out to find the killers and avengehis friend’s gruesome death. Tracking the outlaws across the vast and desolate Montana plains, Lefty recruits a young gunslinger,
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Blade Runner 2049 movie review: a rickety retro replicant

MaryAnn’s quick take… Visually, this dying future world is immersively hellish. Intellectually, though, its ideas haven’t kept up with the rapidly evolving science-fictional conversation. I’m “biast” (pro): love the original film; big science fiction fan

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

You may have heard something about the instructions to critics from director Denis Villeneuve that were passed along at some press screenings of Blade Runner 2049. One critic shared a redacted version:

Concerned this was handed out to critics following #BladeRunner2049 screening this a.m. @akstanwyck @erickohn @AwardsDaily @kristapley

Dustin Chase (@TexasArtFilm) October 2, 2017

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This is bizarre for many reasons; for one, filmmakers should not be dictating how critics frame their reviews or structure their sentences. (I attended a public multiplex screening,
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'The Mountain Between Us' Review: Idris Elba and Kate Winslet's Survival Rom-Com

'The Mountain Between Us' Review: Idris Elba and Kate Winslet's Survival Rom-Com
The overarching plotting of The Mountain Between Us feels like one of those "If you were trapped on a desert island and could bring only three things with you..." questions where the answers are (naturally): 1. Your phone. 2. Your dog. 3. Idris Elba.

Except, here, the island is a remote, snow-covered mountainside, the phone has no reception and the dog belongs to the pilot, who had a stroke mid-flight and died. Idris Elba is still there though.

Adapted from a novel by Charles Martin, the movie follows neurosurgeon Ben (Elba) and photojournalist Alex (Kate Winslet), strangers booked on the same canceled flight out of Idaho. Both have reasons they need to get to Denver that night to catch a connecting flight to New York City -- he is performing an emergency surgery, she's getting married -- so they decide to charter a dinky aircraft. How Alex and Ben decide that's their most reasonable solution -- what options do you
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Syfy gives pilot order to comic book adaptation Deadly Class

According to THR, Syfy has given a pilot order to Deadly Class, a drama based upon the Image Comics title from Rick Remender and Wes Craig. The script has been penned by Remender and Miles Feldsott, with Adam Targum (Banshee) set to serve as showrunner as well as executive producing with Joe and Anthony Russo (Avengers: Infinity War), Mike Larocca (Spy) and Lee Toland Krieger (The Age of Adaline).

Set against the backdrop of 80s counterculture, Deadly Class is described as “a unique coming-of-age journey) and “follows a disillusioned teen recruited into a storied high school for assassins. Maintaining his moral code while surviving a ruthless curriculum, vicious social cliques and his own adolescent uncertainties may prove fatal.”

Syfy has the DC Comics Superman prequel series Krypton incoming, and has recently ordered George R.R. Martin’s Nightflyers to series, as well as pilots for Tremors and The Purge.
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Russo Bros. Attached to Syfy's Series Adaptation of Image Comics' Deadly Class

The brothers behind some of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's best films are working on a pilot for NBC Universal's cable network, Syfy.

THR reports the cable network has ordered a pilot for the adaptation of the graphic novel Deadly Class. The project is based on the Image Comics title from co-creators Rick Remender and Wes Craig and follows a teen that has been recruited into a high school for assassins. He tries to hold to his morals while trying to survive a ruthless curriculum, and deadly clans that attend the same school. Set in the late 1980s, the drama is described as a unique coming-of-age journey.

Remender and Miles Feldsott adapted Deadly Class for the small screen. Joe and Anthony Russo (The Avengers, Captain America) will executive produce the pilot. Lee Toland Krieger (The Age of Adaline) will direct.

Deadly Class is just one pilot on Syfy's list of impressive projects,
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Blake Lively Has "Glamour"

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Sneak Peek new images of actress Blake Lively ("Gossip Girl") in the September 2017 issue of "Glamour" fashion magazine, photographed by Nathaniel Goldberg:

Lively is best known for her role as 'Serena van der Woodsen' in The CW drama TV series "Gossip Girl" (2007–12). Lively has also starred in features including "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" (2005), "Accepted" (2006)...

..."The Private Lives of Pippa Lee" (2009), "The Town" (2010), "Green Lantern" (2011), "Savages" (2012), "The Age of Adaline" (2015), and "The Shallows" (2016).

"I went straight from high school to 'Gossip Girl,'" said Lively, "and both were very structured, scheduled environments, so I never had freedom to explore and carve my own path.

"But I can read a four-page scene once and have it memorized. It's a skill you learn in school: disposable cramming.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Blake Lively...
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Blake Lively’s Spy Thriller ‘The Rhythm Section’ Lands at Paramount

Blake Lively’s Spy Thriller ‘The Rhythm Section’ Lands at Paramount
Blake Lively’s spy thriller “The Rhythm Section” has landed at Paramount Pictures with the studio agreeing to buy worldwide distribution rights.

The project will be directed by “The Handmaid’s Tale” exec producer Reed Morano, from a script by Mark Burnell with Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli producing. IM Global will finance the film. Lively was attached to the project a month ago.

The movie is a contemporary adaptation of the first of Burnell’s Stephanie Patrick series of four British novels. Lively will play the titular heroine, who is on a path to self-destruction after the death of her family in an airplane crash. After discovering from a journalist that the crash wasn’t an accident and watching that journalist get killed, she adapts the identity of an assassin in order to track down those responsible.
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'Ascendant' Moves Forward on TV; Here's What We Know

Last year we heard that Lionsgate planned to debut The Divergent Series: Ascendant on television rather than in theaters. The intention was then to launch a TV series with the same post-apocalyptic setting. Shortly before the announcement was made, Lionsgate announced a deal to acquire the Starz premium cable service. That deal was finalized last December. Now comes word via Deadline that Starz will be the home for the series, based on Veronica Roth's novels. Here's what we know so far.   Who will write and develop the series? Adam Cozad (Tarzan) will write the series; Lee Toland Krieger (The Age of Adaline) will direct. Both were previously attached in those capacities for the planned fourth movie in the big-screen series. They will also serve as executive...

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Divergent: Ascendant TV series finally finds a home on Starz

Kirsten Howard Aug 3, 2017

Lionsgate are pressing on with resolving the Divergent films on TV. A series is now in the works on the Starz network...

Lionsgate have been taking steps to round out their Divergent franchise on TV for a while now, after the last film in the series, Allegiant, underperformed for the studio.

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They announced last year that they'd still like to get the final part off the ground for fans of the adaptations, but star Shailene Woodley confirmed she wouldn't be back for any small screen adventures.

Television Group Chairman Kevin Beggs said that, instead of a movie, they were looking at "resolving the novel in a season across 10 to 13 episodes and then expanding from there into multiple seasons" and now, it looks as though they've finally found
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‘Ascendant’: TV Series Based On the ‘Divergent’ Movie Franchise In Works At Starz From Lionsgate

Exclusive: A major title in Lionsgate’s movie library is eyeing a TV series adaptation at the company’s new subsidiary, Starz. I have learned that Starz is developing Ascendant, a drama TV series based on the Summit/Lionsgate movie franchise. The project, which is in early stages, is being written/executive produced by Adam Cozad (Tarzan, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) and directed/executive produced by Lee Toland Krieger (The Age Of Adaline). The two were previously attached…
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Blake Lively To Star In Director Reed Morano’s Espionage Thriller The Rhythm Section

Production will begin later this year on a new female driven international espionage thriller The Rhythm Section, with financing from leading independent studio Im Global, it was announced today by Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of Eon Productions in London and Im Global Founder and CEO, Stuart Ford in Los Angeles.

Wilson and Broccoli, who have produced the last eight Bond films (Spectre, Skyfall, Quantum of Solace, Casino Royale, Die Another Day, The World Is Not Enough, Tomorrow Never Dies, Goldeneye), will produce. Ford and Im Global’s Academy Award winning head of production Greg Shapiro (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty, upcoming Detroit) and author/screenwriter Mark Burnell will serve as executive producers.

The Rhythm Section is a contemporary adaptation of the first of British thriller writer Mark Burnell’s “Stephanie Patrick” series of four novels.

Heroine, Stephanie Patrick (Blake Lively) is on a path of self-destruction after
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Trailer: The Ottoman Lieutenant: Hitting the home formats soon

Coming to Digital Download from 24 July and DVD and Blu-ray from 7 August is The Ottoman Lieutenant, a new film featuring Ben Kingsley (Gandhi, Schindler’s List), Josh Hartnett (Black Hawk Down, Penny Dreadful), Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones, The Age of Adaline) and Hera Hilmar (Anna Karenina, Davinci’s Demons).

The film tells the wartime story of a strong-willed woman Lillie (Hera Hilmar) who leaves the United States after meeting Jude (Josh Hartnett) an American doctor who runs a remote medical mission within the exotic Ottoman Empire. There, she finds her loyalty tested to both Jude and the mission’s sagacious founder (Ben Kingsley) when she falls in love with Ismail (Michiel Huisman), a Lieutenant in the Ottoman Imperial Army. Set among the backdrop of World War 1 and tied together with epic battles and mind-blowing fight sequences, Lillie must decide if she wants to be what other people want her to be,
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Mountain Between Us Trailer Takes Kate Winslet and Idris Elba on a Hellish Ride

Mountain Between Us Trailer Takes Kate Winslet and Idris Elba on a Hellish Ride
20th Century Fox has released the first trailer and photos for The Mountain Between Us, directed by Academy Award nominee Hany Abu-Assad and starring Academy Award winner Kate Winslet and Golden Globe winner Idris Elba. The trailer and these new images highlight the harrowing journey two strangers go on, which begins after they find themselves stranded at an Idaho airport. While they have very little in common, these two will soon learn to depend on each other to survive.

Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across hundreds of miles of wilderness, pushing one another to endure and discovering strength they never knew possible. This trailer, which debuted on 20th Century Fox YouTube, shows that these strangers Ben (Idris Elba) the
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Blake Lively to Star in Adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s “The Husband’s Secret”

Blake Lively in “The Shallows

Addicted to “Big Little Lies” and anxiously awaiting confirmation of a second season? Well, here’s something to help tide you over. The author who wrote the novel the HBO murder mystery is based on has another story coming to the screen. Variety reports that CBS Films is adapting Liane Moriarty’s “The Husband’s Secret” into a film, and Blake Lively is set to star.

Published in 2013, the best-selling book centers on a wife, mother, and perfectionist “who inadvertently discovers that her husband has been keeping a secret from her for years … a secret that leads her to realize that her life is built on a foundation of lies and murder,” Variety summarizes.

Lively is among the project’s executive producers.

Liane Moriarty has established herself as one of the defining voices of the modern woman and Blake Lively’s unique combination of vulnerability, strength, and extraordinary talent makes her the perfect actress to realize Moriarty’s creation,” said CBS Films President Terry Press.

No details have been announced regarding who will write and/or direct “The Husband’s Secret.”

Lively recently signed on to topline “Bruised,” a drama about a mother and disgraced Mma fighter who’s at risk of losing her son to the authorities.

The “Gossip Girl” alumna’s recent credits include shark thriller “The Shallows” and romantic drama “The Age of Adaline.” Earlier this year she accepted the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress for the former. In her speech, Lively thanked her mom for teaching her about “girl power.” “My mom, she always taught me as a kid that you can’t ever let anyone limit you. Don’t ever let anyone tell you there’s something you can’t do,” she said. The “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” star added, “Watching this movie, and the women nominated in this category [Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Julia Roberts, and Meryl Streep] — when you guys voted for this, you didn’t just vote for this movie or me, but you voted for girl power… And men voted for girl power, too, and you guys are awesome for doing that.”

Blake Lively to Star in Adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s “The Husband’s Secret” 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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Film Review: ‘Everything, Everything’ Offers Close to Nothing, Nothing

Chicago – I’ll be the first to admit that I am not the target audience for these stock young adult romance novels. Aside from the odd fascination and romanticization of teenage death and terminal illness, these stories feel trite and much closer to fantasy than anything real or plausible. This is what the film “Everything, Everything” brings to the table, which essentially translates to Nothing, Nothing.

Rating: 2.0/5.0

I am patient and empathetic. I always try to understand another person’s point of view or outlook especially when it doesn’t mirror my own. Going into every film with an open mind is the only way to truly open yourself to the experience it is trying to impart. I didn’t know anything when going into “Everything, Everything” but it soon became clear that I actually knew exactly how the story was going to progress after the first ten minutes. This
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