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Fox Developing British Gangster Drama With Jim Piddock, Mark Gordon (Exclusive)

Fox is developing a new drama series called “Faces” with Jim Piddock and Mark Gordon executive producing, Variety has learned exclusively.

The potential one-hour drama would follow a British gangster who comes to Los Angeles with his family for the funeral of his eldest son. But, when he learns his son didn’t die in an accident–but was in fact murdered–his stay in America becomes indefinitely extended, as he looks to discover who killed him, exact his revenge, and see if he can legitimize his crime family.

Piddock will also write in addition to executive producing. The Mark Gordon Company will produce in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Entertainment One is handling international rights.

This season, The Mark Gordon Company is also developing a comedy series at ABC that boasts Priyanka Chopra among its executive producers. The series is based on the real life of Bollywood star Madhuri Dixit, who
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10 Best Movies and TV Shows to Stream in October

10 Best Movies and TV Shows to Stream in October
Welcome to a month full of an eclectic mishmash of new material: Selma's tackles the question of race in America, the Black Mirror creators return with unnerving new episodes (and bring an older Brit-zombie gem with them); Justin Timberlake turns Netflix into his biggest arena concert ever; and Christopher Guest gets the gang back together for another improv-a-thon. Throw in a couple of pilots, and October's shaping up to be a real grab bag. Enjoy your pumpkin-spiced recommendations.

The 13th — Netflix, 10/7

How about something light – like, say, the history of racism in America.
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Review: Mascots (Tiff 2016)

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Plot: Professional mascots from all over the world descend on Anaheim in order to compete for the Gold Fluffy Award. Review: Mascots marks director Christopher Guest’s return to movies after a ten year break, during which he brought the underrated ‘Family Tree” to HBO. His first full-on “mockumentary” (a word Guest infamously hates) since A Mighty Wind, this returns... Read More...
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Christopher Guest on Returning to the Big Screen After 10 Years With ‘Mascots’

Christopher Guest on Returning to the Big Screen After 10 Years With ‘Mascots’
For someone always willing to go for broke on screen, Christopher Guest plays it close to the vest in person. The actor/musician/filmmaker best known in front of the camera as brash lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel in “This Is Spinal Tap” and flamboyant theater director Corky St. Clair in “Waiting for Guffman” is, in real life, a soft-spoken man who chooses his words carefully — at least when it comes to interviews.

“I don’t do this often,” he admits. “I’m just not that person; I’m not so good at it. My wife is great at it.”

He’s referring to Jamie Lee Curtis, to whom he’s been married for 32 years, and who is always a kick to read in interviews or watch on TV talk shows. But self-promotion is probably the part of the job Guest likes the least. “Twenty-five years ago, I did 300 interviews in one year,
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Comixology Announces Subscription Service

The "Netflix of comics" appears to have arrived as today Comixology announced a new service called Comixology Unlimited which will cost you $5.99 a month and gives you unlimited access to over 100,000 comic books.

Offering a free thirty-day trial at the start, the service will Not be offering DC or Marvel titles. It will however include selections from the mini-majors (like Image Comics, Idw and Dark Horse) and other independent comic book publishers.

Titles available at launch include: "Attack on Titan," "B.P.R.D.," "Bitch Planet," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Chew," "The Complete Peanuts," "Fatale," "Hellboy," "Hip Hop Family Tree," "Lazarus," "Letter 44," "Locke & Key," "Lone Wolf and Cub," "Love and Rockets," "Lumberjanes," "My Little Pony," "Outcast," "Princeless," "Saga," "Scott Pilgrim," "Serenity," "Sex Criminals," "Star Trek," "Transformers," "Wuvable Oaf," and "The Wicked + The Divine".

The service reportedly plans to cycle through the content being offered, not all those titles will have every issue available though.
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HBO Faces Major Programming Challenges as Michael Lombardo Departs

Michael Lombardo may not have been pushed overboard at HBO. But as he disembarks, the ship is taking on water.

Lombardo, whom Variety reported Friday will step down as HBO programming president, is a 33-year veteran of the premium cable channel. Promoted to his current role in 2007, he oversaw the network’s resurgence following the end of “The Sopranos” and the departure of former CEO Chris Albrecht. Under current CEO Richard Plepler, he developed a fleet of hits, Emmy winners and critical darlings that includes “True Blood,” “Eastbound & Down,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Newsroom,” “Girls,” “Veep,” “True Detective” (well, the first season) and “Silicon Valley.” Lombardo’s most important legacy is “Game of Thrones,” the series that through its record-breaking Emmy hauls and outsize ratings has defined HBO in the post-“Sopranos” era.

But with “Game of Thrones” set to end after two more seasons, HBO now faces a transitional period.
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85-Year-Old Texas Man Adopted as a Baby Finally Finds His Biological Family: ‘I'd Always Carried Around This Mystery’

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85-Year-Old Texas Man Adopted as a Baby Finally Finds His Biological Family: ‘I'd Always Carried Around This Mystery’
[CUSTOM_PLAYER_BRIGHTCOVE "4899822071001"] Jack Terrell was 12 years old when he found out he was adopted after he asked his mother to take his new baby brother back to where he came from. "You take things back to Sears," he told her, "so why can't you return him?" Three years after that day, when his mother told him that he'd been adopted as a newborn from an unknown single mother, Terrell, of Hockley, Texas, began a quiet quest to uncover his past. Now, at age 85, he finally has some answers - two of them, in fact, in the form of two newly-found sisters. "I'm
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85-Year-Old Texas Man Adopted as a Baby Finally Finds His Biological Family: ‘I'd Always Carried Around This Mystery’

  • PEOPLE.com
85-Year-Old Texas Man Adopted as a Baby Finally Finds His Biological Family: ‘I'd Always Carried Around This Mystery’
[CUSTOM_PLAYER_BRIGHTCOVE "4899822071001"] Jack Terrell was 12 years old when he found out he was adopted after he asked his mother to take his new baby brother back to where he came from. "You take things back to Sears," he told her, "so why can't you return him?" Three years after that day, when his mother told him that he'd been adopted as a newborn from an unknown single mother, Terrell, of Hockley, Texas, began a quiet quest to uncover his past. Now, at age 85, he finally has some answers - two of them, in fact, in the form of two newly-found sisters. "I'm
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BBC Two Orders ‘Quacks’ Period Medical Comedy From NBCU’s Lucky Giant

BBC Two is turning back the clock for its latest comedy order with 1840s-set medical series, Quacks. NBCUniversal International Studios’ Lucky Giant (BBC Two/HBO’s Family Tree) will produce six half-hours about four young pioneers in the daring and wild days of Victorian medicine with shooting to start later this year. Created and written by James Wood, best known for co-creating the network’s BAFTA-winning Rev, it will star Mathew Baynton (The Wrong Mans), Rory Kinnear (S…
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Berlin Film Review: ‘Paris 05:59’

Some books make you like the characters so much that you close the covers and imagine a happy future life for them together. That rarely happens in the cinema anymore, but “Paris 05:59” is that kind of film. This might surprise some, given that its biggest talking point will be the 18-minute hardcore gay orgy at the start, yet the film, conceived in real time, is above all a story about what happens when that bolt of lightning called love suddenly strikes. Co-helmers Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau (“Family Tree”) deliver their boldest and best work so far, and while some hetero audiences will unquestionably feel sidelined by the explicit orgy, the loss is theirs.

On a marketing level, the English title doesn’t give anything away and is awkward to say, whereas a direct translation of the French title, referencing Jacques Rivette’s “Celine and Julie Go Boating,” would be lost on many.
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How I Shot That: Dp Roberto Schaefer on Shooting Don Cheadle's Unique Biopic 'Miles Ahead'

Read More: 14 Films We Cannot Wait to See at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival Cinematographer Roberto Schaefer has worked on big blockbusters ("Quantum of Solace"), critically acclaimed dramas ("Finding Neverland" and "The Kite Runner"), Christopher Guest mock-documentaries ("Best in Show") and TV comedies (HBO’s "Family Tree"). With "Miles Ahead," Schaefer takes on an indie biopic about Miles Davis, which was a long time in the making passion project for Don Cheadle, who makes his directorial debut and stars as the jazz legend in the free-wheeling take on Davis' remarkable life.What camera and lens did you use? Our main camera was an Alexa Xt recording to ArriRaw. We also shot about one-fourth of the film on Super 16mm film with two Arri 416 cameras with Zeiss Super Speeds, Canon 8-64mm and 11.5-138mm zooms. And of course the Canon C500 recording to an Odyssey 7Q in 10 bit logC. I chose
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'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' Recap: Does Kenya Confront Her Mother at the Family Reunion?

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'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' Recap: Does Kenya Confront Her Mother at the Family Reunion?
In this episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, "Trouble on the Family Tree," Mama Joyce tries to smooth things over between Kandi and Phaedra, Kenya travels to Detroit for a family reunion and Porsha tries to come to terms with her sister's pregnancy.

Kandi has been busy with a lot of projects, but she's taking time out to focus on her biggest one: her and Todd's first baby. In case you missed it, Kandi recently gave birth to a baby boy.
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Power Rangers Movie Casts Red Ranger

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Now right before Nycc we had casting news of Naomi Scott being chosen for the role of the Pink Ranger. Now we were expecting more to follow shortly but it appears Lionsgate will be keeping that a bit closer to the vest. But now they have released more news because now, we have our Red Ranger.

 

Dacre Montgomery confirmed through Lionsgate's official Instagram this relative newcomer will be be taking on the role of the leader of the Power Rangers team. Now the only credits I can find for him at this time are Family Tree, a pilot from 2011, and Betrand the Terrible a short film. Some might see this as a bad thing but to me it may mean he went in there and blew the audition out of the water. Okay so that 3 or possibly four roles let to announce. Keep it here on Cinelinx for any casting
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Christopher Guest to reunite with regular acting talent for Mascots

Writer-director Christopher Guest (A Mighty Wind) is to reunite with most of his regular line-up of actors and comedians for his new Netflix feature Mascots, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed.

Mascots is the latest in a long-line of “mockumentaries” made by Guest, the most recent being 2006’s For Your Consideration. THR’s sources have suggested that Parker Posey, Bob Balaban, Jane Lynch, John Michael Higgins and Jennifer Coolidge are in talks to join the film, as well as Bridesmaids’ Chris O’Dowd, who starred in Guest’s TV show Family Tree. However, word is that Guest’s frequent collaborator Eugene Levy and co-star Catherine O’Hara will not appear in the film due to scheduling conflicts with their Canadian TV show Schitt’s Creek.

Mascots tells the story of “The 8th World Mascot Association Championships, where a group of ‘unusual’ men and women, with big heads and furry suits, compete
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Jane Lynch, Bob Balaban And Jennifer Coolidge Join Mascots

Jane Lynch, Bob Balaban And Jennifer Coolidge Join Mascots
Earlier this month, when we learned that Christopher Guest was working on a new mockumentary called Mascots, we figured (we were going to say “guessed” but didn’t want to hear all the groaning) that a good chunk of his regular acting troupe would be part of it. And so it is coming to pass, with Guest veterans Jane Lynch, Parker Posey, John Michael Higgins, Jennifer Coolidge and Bob Balaban all busy making deals to star. Also mentioned in The Hollywood Reporter’s story is Chris O’Dowd, who is in talks to reunite with Guest after starring on his short-lived TV comedy Family Tree. From the sounds of it, fellow regulars Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara might be unavailable as they’re working on Levy’s Canadian comedy show Schitt’s Creek, though we’d figure they’ll make the time if Guest asks, even if it means
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Christopher Guest Lands Netflix Deal for New Film, 'Mascots'

Christopher Guest Lands Netflix Deal for New Film, 'Mascots'
Actor-filmmaker Christopher Guest has revolutionized the "mockumentary" format, satirizing rock spectacle (This Is Spinal Tap), stage musicals (Waiting for Guffman), dog shows (Best in Show) and folk music (A Mighty Wind). For his latest project, he's teamed with Netflix to poke fun at a more obscure topic: the grueling grind of mascot competitions. The streaming service announced Mascots on Tuesday, Deadline reports, teasing the movie with a poster outlining the basic plot.

"Welcome to all the drama, intrigue and occasional excitement of the 8th World Mascot Association Championships, where a
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Christopher Guest’s next movie will be a Netflix original

While Christopher Guest is a familiar face to film fans for his numerous roles, including that of Nigel Tufnel in This Is Spinal Tap and the six-fingered Count Rugen in The Princess Bride, his work behind the camera has been similarly prolific, garnering him critical acclaim throughout his career. Having co-written This is Spinal Tap, Guest made his directorial debut in 1989 with The Big Picture, going on to direct numerous other films, with his last feature, For Your Consideration, coming in 2006. Guest moved to television shortly after, with his series Family Tree running for one season on HBO in 2013, and many fans wondering when he’d return behind the camera. Guest’s next project has now been announced, but it’s also poised to be on a small screen, as his next film will be a Netflix original.

Guest joins a growing roster of original movie creators and selections for the streaming service,
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Netflix Suiting Up to Distribute Christopher Guest's 'Mascots'

Now Christopher Guest joins the Netflix conga line. Walking his way behind Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Ricky Gervais, Chelsea Handler, Adam Sandler, the Wachowskis and Mark & Jay Duplass, just to name a few, the mockumentary actor-director has agreed to put Mascots, his first movie since 2006, on the streaming site according to Variety. In the past, the filmmaker already mocked dog shows, home town theater, the movie industry and folk and hair metal music before by making Best in Show, Waiting For Guffman, For Your Consideration, A Mighty Wind and starring in /co-writing This is Spinal Tap, respectively, and with his latest faux documentary Guest takes the piss out of... mascot conventions. The movie, to debut sometime in 2016, takes audiences to the 8th World Mascot Association Championships as men and women compete to bring home the Gold Fluffy Award, the competition's top prize. The premise and concept aren't necessarily as universal
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Christopher Guest is returning to the world of mockumentary in the Netflix movie Mascots

Christopher Guest is returning to the world of mockumentary in the Netflix movie Mascots
Christopher Guest will return to the world of mockumentaries for a new Netflix movie.

He is making his first feature film in nine years with the 2016 project Mascots.

Guest's forthcoming comedy will be told in the faux-documentary style within the world of competitive sports mascots.

Netflix describes the project as having "all the drama, intrigue, and occasional excitement of the 8th World Mascot Association Championships, where a group of 'unusual' men and women, with big heads and furry suits, compete to win the prestigious Gold Fluffy Award and be crowned best mascot in the world."

Mascots marks the director's return to the faux-documentary style in a feature for the first time on film since A Mighty Wind.

He more recently used the style on television for Family Tree, which was cancelled by HBO after a single season in 2013.

No word yet if Guest's regular ensemble cast - which includes Jane Lynch,
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