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Acorn TV Takes U.S. Rights To Judy Davis-Fronted Australian Drama ‘Mystery Road’

Acorn TV has picked up the U.S. rights to Australian drama Mystery Road, which stars Feud's Judy Davis and Jack Irish's Aaron Pedersen. The Svod service will air the series in August after acquiring the rights from All3Media International. The drama, which is directed by Redfern Now's Rachel Perkins, stars Pedersen as detective Jay Swan, who is sent to the remote outback town of Patterson to investigate the disappearance of two young cattle workers. He is partnered with…
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‘Mystery Road,’ Judy Davis and Aaron Pedersen Drama Series, Heads to Acorn TV in the U.S.

‘Mystery Road,’ Judy Davis and Aaron Pedersen Drama Series, Heads to Acorn TV in the U.S.
Mystery Road” will play on Acorn TV in the U.S. after the streamer boarded the series, which is a spinoff of Australian movies “Mystery Road” and “Goldstone.”

The drama was commissioned by Australian pubcaster the ABC. It stars Judy Davis (“Feud”) and Aaron Pedersen (“Jack Irish”) as detectives investigating the mysterious disappearance of two young men from a remote Australian Outback town. Davis is local cop Emme James, who partners with Pedersen’s indigenous detective, Jay Swan. Their investigation into the boys’ disappearance stirs up the local community as they unearth other crimes and miscarriages of justice that stretch back years.
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Acorn TV picks up Australian crime series 'Mystery Road'

ABC Australia’s six-part drama series stars Judy Davis, Aaron Pedersen.

Streaming service Acorn TV has acquired North American rights to ABC Australia’s six-part drama series Mystery Road.

The deal between the service’s UK-based development division Acorn Media Enterprises (Ame) and distributor All3media International also covers available secondary rights to the series for the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

Mystery Road, with Judy Davis and Aaron Pedersen starring for director Rachel Perkins, will get its North American premiere as an Acorn TV Original in August.

Produced by David Jowsey and Greer Simpkin for Bunya Productions, with
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Mystery Road review – TV spin-off unearths ambitious tale of small-town secrets

Director Rachel Perkins leaves her mark on this satisfying spin-off of Ivan Sen’s film with the aid of a stellar cast and outstanding cinematography

When two young men go missing in the small town of Patterson in remote Western Australia, local cop Emma James (Judy Davis), calls in seasoned detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen) to help find out what happened to them.

So begins Mystery Road, a six-part spin-off of Ivan Sen’s 2013 film of the same name. Directed by Rachel Perkins (known for 1998’s Radiance but most recently 2017’s Jasper Jones), the series picks up a narrative thread between the 2013 film and its 2016 “spiritual sequel”, Goldstone. But while there are references to the films that bookend it, this Mystery Road series is a self-contained narrative, with characters – particularly Jay Swan – the constant thread.

Related: TV wars: why Australia’s messy streaming landscape isn’t getting better anytime soon
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7 ’80s Movies that Deserve Modern Remakes — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday.

Last weekend saw the release of “Overboard,” a contemporary remake of the 1987 comedy of the same name.

This week’s question: What 1980s movie (comedy or otherwise) would actually benefit from being remade, either because the story left room for improvement or because it might be transformed, complicated, and/or made newly resonant by a modern perspective?

Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC), Vulture

I recently rewatched David Lean’s 1984 film “A Passage to India,” which has many brilliant things in it buuuuut also has Alec Guinness doing brownface, and hinges on a woman’s discomfort with her own sexuality that leads to a false accusation of sexual assault that takes on added fuel from racism and colonialism. The movie combines about seven different sticks of dynamite labeled #problematic, and while I was watching it,
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Series Mania: Rachel Perkins, Greer Simpkin Talk ‘Mystery Road,’ Creating a Sense of Place

Lille, France — An aboriginal boy disappears without an initial trace from his pick-up van on a cattle ranch in North-West Australia. The local police sergeant, Emma James (Judy Davis), calls in a detective, the brusque Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen), to investigate.

As Swan drives to meet the local ranch owner, the camera shoots his car from way up high, the desert taking on the arresting colors – pink, white, a few seemingly-doodled black lines – of an abstract painting.

The multiple establishing shots of the local town, with a large aboriginal community, reveal a singular world unknown to most viewers. They also
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You'll Instantly Recognize This Oscar Winner on The Handmaid's Tale

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Somehow, The Handmaid's Tale has successfully turned the timid and adorable Rory Gilmore into badass queer biology professor Emily who has actively resisted Gilead's nefarious, patriarchal government. Emily pays dearly for her rebelliousness. In fact, she's now trudging along in the Colonies, a toxic wasteland where criminal women work until they die.

There, we encounter someone who's a bit of a fluke among the Unwomen - a former Commander's wife named Mrs. O'Conner, who's portrayed by none other than the lovely Marisa Tomei. But Tomei's role as this outlier is abysmally grim and anything but lovely. Emily befriends this woman - sort of. (No spoilers.)

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You'll instantly recognize Tomei's charming vixen smile from her countless roles on television and in movies. She's best known for her role as the whip-smart, sassy Mona Lisa Vito, Joe Pesci's fiancée in the hilarious comedy My Cousin Vinny.
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Series Mania 2018 competition line-up includes Jesse Armstrong, Abi Morgan projects

Includes world premieres of Succession and The Split.

The world premiere of the 60-minute pilot episode of HBO’s Succession, written by Jesse Armstrong, the UK creator of Peep Show and Fresh Meat, and directed by Adam McKay, whose credits include The Big Short and Anchorman, will open the ninth edition of Series Mania in Lille on April 27.

Brian Cox, Hiam Abbass and Matthew Macfadyen head the ensemble cast of Succession, which follows the travails of a dysfunctional media dynasty.

Additionally, the Official Competition is comprised of 10 world premieres of original global TV series. They include BBC and Sundance TV series The Split,
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‘Succession,’ ‘American Woman,’ ‘Autonomies,’ ‘Rain’ Set for Series Mania in Lille

After moving to the northeastern French city of Lille from its longtime base in Paris, Series Mania will open its newest edition April 27 with HBO’s media empire drama “Succession,” written and created by Jesse Armstrong. The festival will close May 5 with the French premiere of Sky’s “Babylon Berlin,” a Beta Film co-produced series that pushed the bounds of scale and production values for high-end foreign-language European series.

Series Mania’s upcoming ninth edition is its first in Lille after eight years in the French capital. The event, a French government-backed drive to create a TV fest with the
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Emmys: Laura Dern could be first back-to-back limited series/TV movie supporting actress champ for two projects

Emmys: Laura Dern could be first back-to-back limited series/TV movie supporting actress champ for two projects
Laura Dern won her first Emmy last year for Best Limited Series/TV Movie Supporting Actress for “Big Little Lies” and she might not have to wait long for a second: She is currently our odds-on favorite to defend her crown with “Twin Peaks.” If she pulls it off, Dern would be the category’s first back-to-back winner for different programs.

Since the award is for short-run shows or TV films, naturally, there is not a whole lot of repeat champs. Only five people have won the category twice — one fewer than the amount of Best Comedy Actress Emmys Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won for “Veep.” Only one of those five, Regina King, won it back-to-back, but she did so for the same show, “American Crime,” albeit for different characters.

See ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 first look: All’s well between Madeline and Renata… for now [Photo]

The other two-time champs are Colleen Dewhurst (“Between Two Women,
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Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland Revealed, Biopic Begins Shooting

Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland Revealed, Biopic Begins Shooting
Academy Award winning actress Ren&#233e Zellweger is portraying Judy Garland in the new biopic about the later years of the entertainer's life, simply titled Judy. The biopic is directed by Rupert Goold with a script written by Tom Edge. Judy takes place 30 years after The Wizard of Oz as Garland performs sold-out shows at London's The Talk of the Town nightclub in the winter of 1968. The movie is set a year before Garland's death and will feature some of the struggles that she had later in her life.

The first picture of Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland is pretty amazing in that she looks a lot like the late entertainer. If the photo was done in black and white, it would be hard to distinguish between the two. The Judy biopic has seen some controversy by fans who believe that Garland's story was already properly told in the Me
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The Marisa Tomei Oscars Conspiracy That's Fascinated Hollywood For Decades

For anyone who watched the Academy Awards last year, the jaw-dropping best picture mix-up for La La Land and Moonlight might have brought to mind a long-circulated Oscars conspiracy regarding Marisa Tomei. Although the two events aren't exactly alike, it's no wonder connections between the 2017 ceremony and a moment at the awards all the way back in 1993 are being drawn. At the 65th Annual Academy Awards, Tomei took the stage to accept the Oscar for best supporting actress from presenter Jack Palance thanks to her work in My Cousin Vinny. Elated and giggly, she celebrated other Hollywood actresses in her speech, profusely thanked costar Joe Pesci, proceeded to the press room to take photos with best supporting actor winner Gene Hackman, and that was that. Except, it wasn't; what should have been a purely celebratory milestone in her career ended up turning into one of Hollywood's oldest and most interesting award season rumors.
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2018 WGA Awards predictions: ‘Feud: Bette and Joan’ will be a loser no more

2018 WGA Awards predictions: ‘Feud: Bette and Joan’ will be a loser no more
“Feud: Bette and Joan” may finally shed its bridesmaid status. Ryan Murphy and his writing team on the FX anthology series will win Best Long Form Original at Sunday’s Writers Guild Awards, per our latest predictions, for the show’s first big victory all season. “Feud” has 2/13 odds to take home the prize, ahead of “Godless” (16/1 odds), “American Horror Story: Cult” (40/1 odds), “Manhunt: Unabomber” (66/1 odds) and “Flint” (80/1 odds).

Outside of a handful of makeup and hairstyling awards, “Feud” has come up short at all the major awards shows, having the misfortune of going up against the behemoth that is “Big Little Lies.” It lost all the limited series prizes to the HBO hit when going head-to-head, while its lead stars Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon, and supporting players Alfred Molina, Stanley Tucci, Jackie Hoffman and Judy Davis have fallen to “Big Little Lies”‘ Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgard and Laura Dern,
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Nicole Kidman’s Speech and a Big ‘Three Billboards’ Win Cap a #MeToo and Time’s Up Dominated SAG Awards

Nicole Kidman’s Speech and a Big ‘Three Billboards’ Win Cap a #MeToo and Time’s Up Dominated SAG Awards
At tonight’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was the most-nominated film of the evening and the most winning, locking up Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture as well one for Frances McDormand and one for supporting actor Sam Rockwell. Only Woody Harrelson — the film’s fourth nomination, and Rockwell’s competitor, was shut out.

Read More:2018 SAG Awards Winners: ‘Three Billboards,’ ‘Veep,’ and More — Full List

Gary Oldman won best actor for “Darkest Hour,” as did supporting actress Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”). All are Oscar favorites for nominations announced Tuesday.

In its 24th year, the SAG Awards had a host for the first time, Kristen Bell; she was followed by an all-female presenter line-up. The #MeToo and Time’s Up crusades were clearly on the organizers’ mind, just one day after another set of women’s marches. SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris
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Wes Anderson, Whit Stillman, and More: Inspirations for Michelle Morgan’s Love Letter to Los Angeles, ‘It Happened in La’

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Wes Anderson, Whit Stillman, and More: Inspirations for Michelle Morgan’s Love Letter to Los Angeles, ‘It Happened in La’
Growing up in the suburbs of Los Angeles provided fertile inspiration for Michelle Morgan, director of the recent iTunes New Filmmaker Spotlight “It Happened in L.A.” (Click here to watch the film)

“I’m born and raised in La, so it’s a world that I know pretty well,” she said. “I lived in the city when I was a child and then I spent most of my young-adult years in the suburbs, so the city was always this mythical thing to us in the suburbs.”

It Happened in L.A.” follows thirtysomething Annette (Morgan), her boyfriend, Elliot (Jorma Taccone), and her Bff, Baker (Dree Hemingway), as they navigate the perils of the bleak dating scene in Los Angeles. Is there such a thing as a perfect couple, or is that an urban myth?

It Happened in L.A.,” which was Morgan’s feature directorial debut, premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival
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Critics' Choice Awards 2018: Netflix, FX's Feud Lead TV Nominations

Critics' Choice Awards 2018: Netflix, FX's Feud Lead TV Nominations
Nominees for the 23rd annual Critics’ Choice Awards were announced Wednesday, setting the stage for a clash of the small-screen titans next month.

Though Netflix is leading the pack with 20 total nominations, it’s FX’s Feud: Bette and Joan that emerged as the most-nominated show, with five of its performers also scoring individual nods. FX’s Fargo and HBO’s Big Little Lies also fared well, earning five nominations a piece.

The winners — including those in the film categories, which you can read here — will be announced during a live ceremony airing Thursday, Jan. 11 at 8/7c on The CW.
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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Breaks the Emmy Awards Streaming Barrier, One of Several Records Shattered This Year

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Breaks the Emmy Awards Streaming Barrier, One of Several Records Shattered This Year
The streaming TV biz passed the ultimate Emmy threshold on Sunday night, as Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” made history.

“Handmaid’s Tale” picked up the win for outstanding drama series, which represents the first time a streaming service had one won of the top Emmy series prizes. It was just four years ago, in 2013, that Netflix became the first streaming platform to win an Emmy, as “House of Cards” picked up a handful of victories.

“Streaming has arrived, and we’re here to say what a wonderful journey,” said “Handmaid’s Tale” executive producer Warren Littlefield. Added exec producer Bruce Miller: “The way Hulu handled our show, they were bold and behind us and committed to making something interesting.”

The fact that Hulu was the first to land a top Emmy series prize, rather than Netflix, is a bit surprising, as Netflix came into this year’s
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Emmys 2017 Snubs and Surprises

Emmys 2017 Snubs and Surprises
The 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Award winners have been announced, and with the names read from envelopes on stage comes a new wave of discussion. No longer are people speculating about whether or not “This Is Us” will break broadcast’s shut-out streak in the drama series race or which powerhouse limited series cast, “Big Little Lies” or “Feud” will clean up in acting awards. Now that the answers are in, attention turns to the snubs and surprises of the 2017 Emmys.

Snub: “Feud” lost all of its major races, from writing and director, to actresses supporting and lead, to supporting actor and of course the overall limited series race. It lost all of those races to HBO’s “Big Little Lies.” While there were discussions and concerns that competing co-stars could split the vote for both “Lies” and “Feud” in the actress categories, “Lies” prevailed with Laura Dern taking supporting actress over her co-star Shailene Woodley, as
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Emmys 2017: The Complete Winners List

Emmys 2017: The Complete Winners List
Outstanding Drama Series

The Handmaid’s Tale

Better Call Saul

The Crown

House of Cards

Stranger Things

This Is Us


Outstanding Comedy Series




Master of None

Modern Family

Silicon Valley

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Outstanding Limited Series

Big Little Lies


Feud: Bette and Joan

The Night Of


Outstanding Television Movie

Black Mirror: San Junipero

Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Sherlock: The Lying Detective (Masterpiece)

The Wizard of Lies

Outstanding Lead Actor in
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Big Little Lies, Cast Win Big at 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards

Big Little Lies, Cast Win Big at 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards
Big Little Lies made out nicely at Sunday’s 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, taking home multiple statues — not that those ladies should be trusted with any more blunt objects.

RelatedEmmys 2017: And the Winners Are….

The seven-part miniseries, based on the 2014 novel by Liane Moriarty, won Outstanding Limited Series, beating fellow HBO drama The Night Of, as well as National Geographic’s Genius, and FX’s Fargo and Feud: Bette and Joan.

Laura Dern was the first to win, nabbing the trophy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, besting Judy Davis (FX’s Feud: Bette and Joan
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