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Haf Project Market Unveils 16th Edition

Film projects by China’s Liu Jian, South Korea’s E J-yong, and Indonesia’s Edwin are among the works selected for the upcoming edition of the Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (Haf).

Other works are proposed by India’s Pushpendra Singh, Taiwan’s Arvin Chen and Hong Kong’s Kiwi Chow.

The project market, the 16th edition, will take place alongside the FilMart rights market at the Hong Kong Convention Centre, and run March 19-21. Organizers say they received over 360 submissions from 41 countries and territories.

The 25-project shortlist includes works from three countries not previously represented at Haf. They include: Jake Wachtel’s suspense drama “In the Next Life” from Cambodia; Baasanjargal Orgodol’s “Twist of Fate” from Mongolia; and two Russian projects, “Far frontiers” by Maxim Dashkin, and “Revnost” by Nigina Sayfullaeva.

Liu, whose animated drama “Have a Nice Day” competed in Berlin last year and has just gone on commercial release in China
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Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum Unveils 2018 Lineup

Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum Unveils 2018 Lineup
Korean director E J-yong, Taiwanese helmer Arvin Chen and Chinese animation filmmaker Liu Jian will headline the 16th Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (Haf), which is set to be held March 19-21.

E, the critically acclaimed director behind Bacchus Lady (2016), Actresses (2009) and Scandal (2003), will present new project The Big Picture at the film investment and business networking platform. The project revolves around the accidental killing of a man and his identity stolen by the killer.

Chen, who won the Asian Film Award at the Berlin International Film Festival with his directorial debut Au Revoir Taipei (2010), will...
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ABC 2017-18 Season Ratings (updated 1/16/18)

ABC launched eight new scripted series during the regular portion of the 2016-17 season. They cancelled five of them and renewed three. How will the alphabet network TV shows perform during the 2017-18 season? Stay tuned!ABC shows (so far): 20/20, America's Funniest Home Videos, American Housewife, Black-ish, Child Support, Dancing with the Stars, Designated Survivor, Fresh off the Boat, The Goldbergs, The Good Doctor, The Great American Baking Show, The Great Christmas Light Fight, Grey's Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, Marvel's Agents of Shield, Marvel's Inhumans, Match Game, The Mayor, The Middle, Modern Family, Once Upon a Time, Scandal, Shark Tank, Speechless, Ten Days in the Valley, and The Toy Box.There's lots of data that network execs looks at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series but ratings are the major ingredient. These charts will
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Today in Soap Opera History (January 16)

1978: One Life to Live and General Hospital each

expanded to an hour."History is a vast early warning system."

Norman Cousins

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1958: On The Edge of Night, Mike Karr (John Larkin) warned Toni Fescina of the danger if she tried to get hush money from Roy Benson.

1967: On Dark Shadows, Sam Evans (David Ford) woke up and tried to put out the fire, burning his hands in the process. Maggie Evans (Kathryn Leigh Scott ) came in and put the fire out, as Sam frantically claimed that Laura Collins (Diana Millay) burned his hands. Roger (Louis Edmonds) believed booze to be the culprit in Sam's accident.
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NAACP Image Awards: Empire, Power, black-ish, Insecure Among Winners

NAACP Image Awards: Empire, Power, black-ish, Insecure Among Winners
The 49th NAACP Image Awards were handed out on Monday night, coinciding with Martin Luther King Jr. Day for the first time in the ceremony’s history.

The two-hour broadcast featured several first-time winners, including Power‘s Omari Hardwick and Insecure‘s Jay Ellis, the latter of whom nabbed a trophy on his first nomination for the HBO comedy.

Relatedsag Awards: Big Little Lies, Glow, Stranger Things Lead Nominations

There were also a number of repeat victors: ABC’s black-ish took home its fourth consecutive award for Outstanding Comedy Series, as did stars Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson (who
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NAACP Image Awards: The Complete Winners List

NAACP Image Awards: The Complete Winners List
Ava DuVernay won Entertainer of the Year and “Girls Trip” won best motion picture at the 49th NAACP Image Awards on Monday night.

Other honorees included “Black-ish,” which won outstanding actor and actress in a comedy series for Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson, who is also returned to host the show, while Taraji P. Henson of “Empire” and Omari Hardwick of “Power” won outstanding actress and actor in a drama series.

Danny Glover was presented with the prestigious President’s Award for his Hollywood career and philanthropy efforts. Additionally, Common and Andra Day performed.

The TV One telecast, which aired live on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, also saluted the late civil rights icon.

“I think it’s important [the ceremony airs on Mlk Day] this year because we have a president who doesn’t seem to care about anyone but those who look like him and have money like him,” actress Yvette Nicole Brown said on the carpet.

She continued
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NAACP Image Awards Arrivals: Logan Browning, Yara Shahidi, Karamo Brown Hit the Red Carpet (Photos)

NAACP Image Awards Arrivals: Logan Browning, Yara Shahidi, Karamo Brown Hit the Red Carpet (Photos)
Logan Browning stars in Netflix’s “Dear White People.” It’s nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series. Karamo Brown arrives at the 49th NAACP Image Awards. Yara Shahidi stars alongside NAACP Image Awards host Anthony Anderson in “Blackish,” and is the star of the spinoff “Grownish.” “Survivor’s Remorse” star Erica Ash arrives at the NAACP Image Awards. Former “Destiny’s Child” singer Letoya Luckett arrives on the red carpet. Ashley Blaine Featherson stars alongside Browning in the nominated “Dear White People.” “Scandal” star Kerry Washington arrives on the red carpet. “Orange is the New Black” star Danielle Brooks arrives for the award ceremony. Lonnie Chavis, who stars as Young Randall on “This...
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Tiffany Haddish, Idris Elba Win at NAACP Image Awards Non-Televised Portion

Tiffany Haddish, Idris Elba Win at NAACP Image Awards Non-Televised Portion
The winners in the non-televised categories of the 49th NAACP Image Awards were announced Sunday night, with Tiffany Haddish and Idris Elba among those taking home awards.

Elba won for best actor in a television movie or miniseries for Showtime’s “Guerrilla” as well as for supporting actor in a motion picture for “Thor: Ragnarok.” Queen Latifah won for best actress in a television series or movie for Lifetime’s “Flint.” Haddish won for best supporting actress in a movie for “Girls Trip.”

Winners were announced in 47 categories Sunday night. The remaining nine Image Award winners will be revealed in a live broadcast on TV on Jan. 15.

See the list of Sunday night’s winners below:

Television

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Jay Ellis – “Insecure” (HBO)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Marsai Martin – “`black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Joe Morton – “Scandal” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
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Today in Soap Opera History (January 13)

1989: The Ryan's Hope finale aired on ABC.

2013: The broadcast TV finale of One Life to Live aired on ABC."History is a vast early warning system."

Norman Cousins

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1958: On The Edge of Night, Capt. Bill Marceau (Mandel Kramer) took McGinnis and Lowrey in for questioning.

1969: Joel Crothers aired for the final time on Dark Shadows. He played Joe Haskell and Nathan Forbes on the show.

1975: On Another World, after Rachel (Victoria Wyndham) accepted Mac's (Douglass Watson) marriage proposal at Iris' (Beverlee McKinsey) party, Liz broke away sobbing. Mac asked the guests to toast the future Mrs. Cory but Iris
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Cyborg Movie Is Still Happening, Will Be an Origin Story

Cyborg Movie Is Still Happening, Will Be an Origin Story
It sounds like the Cyborg movie is still happening, and it sounds like it's going to be an origin story. A Cyborg movie was initially brought up when Warner Bros. announced their initial, ambitious slate of DC movies, long before even Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice arrived in theaters. A lot has changed since then and the DC Films division of Warner Bros. is in the middle of a big shake-up. Despite that, Justice League star Joe Morton says the Cyborg solo movie is still a go.

The actor plays the father of Victor Stone (Ray Fisher) in both Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. During a recent interview, he was asked about the Cyborg movie and, at least as far as he knows, it's still happening. Not only that, but he provided some story details. Here's what he had to say about it.

"From what I understand,
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NAACP Image Awards: Key Categories to Watch

NAACP Image Awards: Key Categories to Watch
Over the years, the NAACP Image Awards has celebrated an increasing number of Lgbt movies, television shows, actors and characters.

Although there have been far more nominations than wins, there are noticeable strides. For instance, Viola Davis won the actress in a drama series Image Award for her turn as bisexual attorney Annalise Keating on “How to Get Away With Murder” in 2016. And “Moonlight,” which tracks the life of a gay boy growing up in poverty, triumphed last year with four wins, including directing and independent motion picture.

This year, openly gay actress Rutina Wesley has been nominated for actress in a drama series for her performance on Own’s “Queen Sugar.” She will compete against Davis, nominated again in the category for her performance as Annalise Keating, and an Image Award victor last year for her supporting film turn in “Fences.” They are up against “Underground” star Jurnee Smollett-Bell, “Scandal” star Kerry Washington
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Series Inspired by Selena Quintanilla's Life Coming to ABC

Selena Quintanilla’s star continues to rise in 2018. After getting her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, being honored with a Google Doodle celebrating her life and legacy and a wax likeness at Madame Tussauds in New York City last year, the late Tejano singer is now being remembered in a television series loosely based on her life. A music-driven scripted family drama inspired by Quintanilla is being developed for ABC Studios with the support of the Quintanilla family.

The show will center on a character named Alex Guerra, who, like Quintanilla, is a chart-topping, award-winning artist. Guerra, who
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This Is Us: You've Definitely Seen Kevin's Therapist on Other Shows Before

Image Source: NBC Kevin Pearson is finally getting the therapy he needs on This Is Us. This week's episode picked up one month after the Winter midseason finale found the embattled star drunk driving with Randall's daughter Tess in the back of his car. Since then, Kevin has been in treatment for his addiction to pain medication and participating in therapy sessions with a doctor named Barbara to work through his issues surrounding his father's untimely death. If you found yourself wondering why Kevin's therapist, played by Kate Burton, looks so familiar, it's because you've most likely seen her face before. The 60-year-old actress is a Tgit mainstay, known for her roles on both ABC's Grey's Anatomy and Scandal. On Grey's, Burton played Meredith Grey's now-deceased mother, Dr. Ellis Grey. On Scandal, Burton was notorious for her portrayal of Sally Langston, the conniving vice president of the United States
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ABC Sets Music-Driven Family Drama Inspired By Legacy Of Selena Quintanilla With Put Pilot Commitment

After lengthy negotiations, ABC has closed a deal for a put pilot commitment to an untitled music-driven family drama series inspired by the musical legacy of Selena Quintanilla, the Queen of Tejano music and one of the most iconic Mexican-American pop stars. Miguel Nolla (Scandal) is writing the project, executive produced by top music talent manager Scooter Braun, which is being done with the cooperation of Selena Quintanilla family members Abraham Quintanilla, Jr., and…
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Netflix State of the Union: The Original Programs, Controversies, and Opportunities That Will Define 2018

On a recent episode of NBC’s revived sitcom “Will & Grace,” Will (Eric McCormack) sits in agony as Grace (Debra Messing) slowly punches in letters to the Netflix search bar. “D-o-c-t,” she types — presumably because the pair are eager to watch Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” — but when she makes a typo and tries to delete her mistake, she accidentally erases the little progress she’d made.

Will exclaims, “The night is ruined!” just as next-door-neighbor Jack (Sean Hayes) walks in and says, “Aw, look at you two: another night of Netflix and chill-ingly boring.”

Whether you consider the joke funny or painfully outdated, the point is clear: Netflix is a service so engrained in our culture, its competitors don’t even mind highlighting it in their own shows.

It feels like everyone is watching Netflix, even if we’re all watching at a different pace. That viewers feel Netflix
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2017-18 TV Show Season Ratings (week 16)

Which TV shows are doing the best? The worst? Cancelled or renewed? Wondering how your favorite series are doing in the ratings? Here are the season average ratings of the 2017-18 network TV shows -- through the end of week 16 (Sunday, January 7, 2018).ABC shows (so far): 20/20, America's Funniest Home Videos, American Housewife, Black-ish, Child Support, Dancing with the Stars, Designated Survivor, Fresh Off the Boat, The Gifted, The Goldbergs, The Good Doctor, The Great American Baking Show, The Great Christmas Light Fight, Grey's Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, Lucifer, Marvel's Agents of Shield, Marvel's Inhumans, Match Game, The Middle, Modern Family, Once Upon a Time, Scandal, Shark Tank, Speechless, Ten Days in the Valley, and The Toy Box.CBS shows this season (so far): 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, 9Jkl, The Amazing Race, The Big
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This Is Us Season 2 Episode 11 Review: The Fifth Wheel

The return of This Is Us Season 2 Episode 11 featured the Pearsons in overdrive!

What happens when you put even the tightest of families into rehab? All hell breaks loose!

As Kevin, Kate, Randall, and Rebecca talked through their childhood trauma and knocked Jack from his pedestal, one thing became very clear: they have a lot of unresolved issues.

*Takes deep breath*

This is the first time since the holiday episodes that we're seeing all of the Pearsons in one room and while the circumstances were grim, the truth is, Kevin got off pretty easy after his DUI.

He needed to hit rock bottom to admit that he had a problem but for a celebrity, rock bottom always comes with comfy pillows and a fancy suite.

The family, feeling super guilty that they didn't notice any of the signs, prepared for weight loss or baggy eyes in his post-rehab state but unsurprisingly,
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TV Writer Alison Cross to Receive Major WGA Honor

Cross: Michael Jones

Alison Cross is set to receive the WGA West’s highest honor for television writing. The two-time Emmy winner has been named as the recipient of the Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award, given to a guild member who has “advanced the literature of television and made outstanding contributions to the profession of the television writer,” Deadline reports.

Past recipients of the award include “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes, “Friends” and “Grace and Frankie” co-creator Marta Kauffman, and “Golden Girls” creator Susan Harris.

Cross’ recent credits include “Good Wife” spinoff “The Good Fight” and Shemar Moore-starrer “S.W.A.T.” She won Emmys for writing TV movies “Roe v. Wade,” based on the landmark Supreme Court case, and “Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story,” inspired by the true story of an officer who was discharged from the military after she identified herself as a lesbian. Holly Hunter
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Why NBC's 'Good Girls' Recast Kathleen Rose Perkins

NBC's midseason drama Good Girls made one major change after it was picked up to series, replacing leading lady Kathleen Rose Perkins (Episodes) with Mad Men alum Christina Hendricks. And to hear showrunner Jenna Bans tell it, that change had nothing to do with Perkins — or a network note.

From creator Bans (Scandal), Good Girls revolves around three suburban moms (Hendricks, Retta and Mae Whitman) who get tired of trying to make ends meet and decide it's time to stick up for themselves by robbing the local supermarket at (toy) gunpoint. But when the manager catches a glimpse of one of...
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‘For the People’ Cast on TV Workplace Romance in Post-Weinstein Era: It’s ‘Still Okay to Fall in Love’

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‘For the People’ Cast on TV Workplace Romance in Post-Weinstein Era: It’s ‘Still Okay to Fall in Love’
Shows in the Shondaland universe like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” and “How to Get Away With Murder,” are known for their themes of female empowerment and strong female bosses–and a good dose of sexy drama. But in a post-Harvey Weinstein world, some are questioning whether or not it’s appropriate to portray romance in the workplace. During ABC’s Television Critics Association press tour panel Monday in Pasadena, CA, the cast and producers of the new ABC legal drama “For the People” defended the choice to depict romance between coworkers on screen. It’s “still ok to fall in love,
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