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‘Ballers’ The Complete Fourth Season Available For Digital Download This November!

Dwayne Johnson is back as Spencer Strasmore in one of HBO’s highest rated comedies, Ballers: The Complete Fourth Season, available for Digital Download on November 5th. Exploring the glamorous, and often cutthroat world of pro football, the fourth season features new guest stars including Russell Brand (Get Him to the Greek), Tony Hawk, Joy Bryant (Parenthood), Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters), Grace Zabriskie (Big Love) and more.

In Ballers: The Complete Fourth Season, Spencer (Johnson) and Joe Krutel (Rob Corddry) are back at it, and this time the unstoppable duo are bringing the hustle to Los Angeles to expand their empire. Meanwhile, Ricky (John David Washington) eyes a comeback while chafing at his new life as a father; Charles (Omar Benson Miller) faces the challenges of being a general manager; Vernon (Donovan Carter) continues his profligate ways, to the chagrin of his sidekick, Reggie (London Brown); and Jason (Troy Garity) tries
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‘Ballers’ & ‘Insecure’ Renewed By HBO

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‘Ballers’ & ‘Insecure’ Renewed By HBO
HBO has renewed comedy series Ballers for a fifth season and Insecure for a fourth season.

The renewals follow the August 12 season premieres for both series.

Created by Stephen Levinson, (HBO’s Boardwalk Empire), Ballers explores the glamorous and often cutthroat world of pro football through a group of past and present players striving to stay in the game. It stars Dwayne Johnson as ex-superstar Spencer Strasmore, who has reinvented himself as a financial manager for today’s players. Cast also includes series regulars John David Washington, Rob Corddry, Omar Benson Miller, Donovan Carter, Troy Garity, London Brown and Brittany S. Hall.

Levinson executive produces with Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Peter Berg, Rob Weiss, Denis Biggs, Karyn McCarthy and Julian Farino.

Created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore, Insecure follows the friendship of two black women as they deal with their own real-life flaws while attempting to navigate
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‘Insecure,’ ‘Ballers’ Renewed by HBO

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HBO has renewed “Insecure” for a fourth season and fellow comedy series “Ballers” for a fifth season.

The renewals come nearly a month after the two series returned for new seasons Aug. 12 on HBO and its digital platforms.

Created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore, “Insecure” follows the friendship of two women dealing with their own real-life flaws while attempting to navigate different worlds and cope with an endless series of uncomfortable everyday experiences. Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Lisa Joyce, Natasha Rothwell, Amanda Seales and Y’lan Noel star. Executive producers are Rae, Prentice Penny, Melina Matsoukas, Michael Rotenberg, Dave Becky, Jonathan Berry, Jim Kleverweis and Dayna Lynne North.

Starring Dwayne Johnson and created by Stephen Levinson, “Ballers” explores the world of pro football through a group of past and present players striving to stay in the game. Johnson plays ex-superstar Spencer Strasmore, who has reinvented himself as a financial manager for today’s players.
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BBC, Netflix Announce International Cast for ‘Giri/Haji’ (Exclusive)

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The BBC and Netflix have unveiled the international cast and a first-look image of their ambitious bilingual drama “Giri/Haji,” which has begun filming in London. An acclaimed Japanese lineup, led by Takehiro Hira and Yosuke Kubozuka, is joined by Emmy-winning British actress Kelly Macdonald, British actor Charlie Creed-Miles and U.S. actor Justin Long.

The eight-part thriller, whose title translates as “Duty/Shame,” is shot in both Japanese and English and will be subtitled. Set between London and Tokyo across multiple time frames, the show explores the ripple effects of one murder on two cities. The shoot will move to Tokyo later this year.

“Giri/Haji” is created and written by BAFTA nominee Joe Barton and directed by BAFTA-winner and Emmy nominee Julian Farino. The Japanese cast also includes Masahiro Motoki, Yuko Nakamura, Aoi Okuyama, Mitsuko Oka, Togo Igawa, Katsuya and Yoshiki Minato. British actors Will Sharpe and Tony Pitts also star.
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A different space by Anne-Katrin Titze

Kelly Macdonald on working with Puzzle director Marc Turtletaub and Irrfan Khan, David Denman, Bubba Weiler, Austin Abrams, and Liv Hewson: "It's very much on the day, on set, I believe that's when it really begins for me." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

In the second half of my conversation with Kelly Macdonald at the Langham Hotel in New York we go from Natalia Smirnoff's Rompecabezas to Anna Karenina, Robinson Crusoe, and Philippa Lowthorpe's Swallows And Amazons based on the book by Arthur Ransome. Kelly's feelings about jigsaw puzzles are revealed: "I love them"; and she talks about her upcoming projects which include working again with The Child In Time director Julian Farino on a BBC and Netflix mini-series Giri/Haji, created by Joe Barton, and a Sherlock Holmes comedy directed by Etan Cohen, starring Will Ferrell and John C Reilly as Holmes and Watson with Ralph Fiennes, Hugh Laurie,
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Kelly Macdonald To Star In ‘Giri/Haji’; BBC One/Netflix Thriller From Sister Pictures

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Kelly Macdonald To Star In ‘Giri/Haji’; BBC One/Netflix Thriller From Sister Pictures
Exclusive: Puzzle and Boardwalk Empire star Kelly Macdonald has lined up a leading role in BBC One/Netflix’s upcoming thriller Giri/Haji, Deadline understands. I hear Macdonald will play Sarah, a London-based forensics lecturer and policewoman who forms an unlikely friendship with a Japanese detective searching for his brother who has become entangled with the Yakuza.

First announced in May 2017, Giri/Haji (Duty/Shame) hails from Humans writer Joe Barton, and Jane Featherstone’s Sister Pictures. BBC One will air in the UK with Netflix handling globally.

The eight-part series follows middle-aged Tokyo detective Kenzo who travels to London in search of his wayward younger brother Yuto. Once thought dead, Yuto is now believed to be posing as a Yakuza gangster in London and wanted for the murder of a Japanese businessman there.

It is described as a dark, character-driven crime story which cuts between London and Tokyo, exploring
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U.K. Greenlit: BBC and Sky Projects with Netflix and HBO are Casting for Late July + Fall Shoots

Greenlit means a project is officially a go, so all you have to do is follow these leads to stay up to date. You never know where you’ll find an opportunity to land an audition! “Girl/Haji”Crime thriller “Girl/Haji” is set between Tokyo and London and follows a middle-aged Tokyo detective as he travels to the U.K. in search of his wayward younger brother. The eight-part series for the BBC is penned by “Humans” writer Joe Barton and is a co-production with Netflix. Directed by Julian Farino, best known for HBO’s “Entourage,” the series shoots for 11 weeks in London beginning at the end of July, followed by six to eight weeks in Japan, before heading back to London in early 2019. Casting is by Shaheen Baig. “Catherine the Great”Four-part series “Catherine the Great” stars Helen Mirren as the Empress of Russia in the later years of the reign.
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Dwayne Johnson’s Ballers gets a season 4 first look trailer and premiere date

HBO has released a first look trailer for the upcoming fourth season of the Dwayne Johnson-headlined comedy drama series Ballers along with a premiere date announcement of August 12th; watch it here…

Season four, Spencer Strasmore (Dwayne Johnson) and Joe (Rob Corddry) take their skills to Los Angeles as they look to expand their roster and horizons in the world of action sports. Other cast members include John David Washington, Omar Benson Miller, Donovan Carter, Troy Garity, London Brown, Jazmyn Simon and Brittany S. Hall. Created by Steve Levinson; executive produced by Stephen Levinson, Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Peter Berg, Rob Weiss, Julian Farino, Denis Biggs and Karyn McCarthy.

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‘Ballers’ & ‘Insecure’ Get Season Premiere Dates On HBO; Watch Trailer For Dwayne Johnson Comedy

HBO has booked summer return dates for two of its comedy series. The premium net said today that Season 4 of the Dwayne Johnson’s Ballers will bow at 10 Pm Sunday, August 12, followed at 10:30 by the third-season debut of Issa Rae’s Insecure. Check out the new Ballers trailer below.

Ballers looks at the lives of former and current football players, following ex-superstar Spencer Strasmore (Johnson), who has reinvented himself as a financial manager. This season, Spencer and Joe (Rob Corddry) take their skills to Los Angeles as they look to expand their roster and horizons in the world of action sports. Other cast members include John David Washington, Omar Benson Miller, Donovan Carter, Troy Garity, London Brown, Jazmyn Simon and Brittany S. Hall.

Steve Levinson created Ballers and executive produces alongside Mark Wahlberg, Johnson, Dany Garcia, Peter Berg, Rob Weiss, Julian Farino, Denis Biggs and Karyn McCarthy.

Insecure follows
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Dwayne Johnson Moves to Los Angeles in ‘Ballers’ Season 4 First Look Trailer (Video)

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HBO announced the premiere date for two of its popular comedies Thursday.

Season 4 of Dwayne Johnson’s “Ballers” and Season 3 of Issa Rae’s “Insecure” will premiere on Sunday, Aug. 12, at 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., respectively.

On the new season of “Ballers,” Spencer (Johnson) and Joe (Rob Corddry) make the move to the left coast to take on Los Angeles.

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“L.A. can be a dark place, brother,” Spencer says prophetically in the first look trailer (watch it above). We’re treated to plenty of SoCal shots full of palm trees, mansions and beaches as the business buddies hash out a new plan to become media titans. John David Washington also stars with Omar Benson Miller, Donovan Carter, Troy Garity, London Brown, Jazmyn Simon and Brittany S. Hall.

Creator Steve Levinson executive produces with Johnson,
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Benedict Cumberbatch’s ‘Child in Time’ Sells to China

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Benedict Cumberbatch’s ‘Child in Time’ Sells to China
Vision Films has picked up China rights to upcoming story “The Child In Time.” The film, about a writer dealing with the disappearance of his daughter, stars and is produced by Benedict Cumberbatch.

The pictures is adapted from Ian McEwan’s prize-winning novel and produced by Pinewood Television and SunnyMarch TV for BBC One in the UK and Masterpiece in the U.S. The screenplay is written by Stephen Butchard (“The Last Kingdom”) and directed by Julian Farino (“Entourage”).

The Child in Time” is the first TV drama produced by Cumberbatch’s U.K. production company SunnyMarch TV. Studiocanal, which is handling international rights, became an investment partner in SunnyMarch TV in 2016.

“’The Child in Time’ is an amazing piece of drama with a real cinematic look and feel. The performances of the entire cast, in particular that of Benedict Cumberbatch, are breath-taking. We are delighted to bring this exceptional
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Benedict Cumberbatch’s TV Drama ‘The Child In Time’ To Receive Theatrical Bow In China

Benedict Cumberbatch’s TV Drama ‘The Child In Time’ To Receive Theatrical Bow In China
Benedict Cumberbatch’s TV drama The Child in Time is set to receive a theatrical debut in China after Studiocanal closed a deal in the Middle Kingdom.

The distributor sold the 90-minute TV movie, which aired on BBC One in the UK and PBS’ Masterpiece in the U.S., to Vision Film Entertainment, which plans to launch it theatrically and has retained all rights in China.

The unusual deal was struck by Anna Marsh, Evp International Distribution, Studiocanal.

The Child In Time, which was adapted from Ian McEwan’s novel by The Last Kingdom’s Stephen Butchard and directed by Entourage’s Julian Farino, tells the story of love, loss and the power of things unseen. Cumberbatch stars as Stephen Lewis, a successful writer of children’s books, whose four-year old child Kate disappears. The drama was the first TV project to emerge from Cumberbatch’s Studiocanal-backed production company SunnyMarch TV,
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Cannes: StudioCanal Sells Benedict Cumberbatch's 'The Child in Time' to China

Cannes: StudioCanal Sells Benedict Cumberbatch's 'The Child in Time' to China
StudioCanal has inked a theatrical deal in China for the British TV movie <em>The Child in Time</em>.

<em>Sherlock</em> star Benedict Cumberbatch plays Stephen Lewis, a successful writer of children’s books, who is confronted with the unthinkable when his only child, 4-year-old Kate, disappears.

The movie is based on Ian McEwan's prize-winning novel of the same name. Julian Farino (<em>Entourage</em>) directs.

Vision Film Entertainment has picked up all rights for the drama in China and is planning a theatrical release in the territory. The deal is StudioCanal's first-ever theatrical sale to China.

<em>The Child in Time </em>is the first movie ...
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Benedict Cumberbatch: ‘The Child in Time’ on PBS Masterpiece could win ‘Sherlock’ star another Emmy

Benedict Cumberbatch: ‘The Child in Time’ on PBS Masterpiece could win ‘Sherlock’ star another Emmy
Benedict Cumberbatch returns to PBS Masterpiece on April 1. However, he isn’t playing Sherlock, the role for which he won an Emmy in 2014. Rather he is headlining an acclaimed adaptation of Ian McEwan‘s 1987 bestseller “The Child in Time.” McEwan also wrote “Atonement,” which was adapted into the 2007 Oscar-winning film that launched Cumberbatch’s career. In this new film, for which he earned rave reviews, he plays Stephen Lewis, a children’s author whose marriage is rocked by the loss of his daughter.

This is a passion project for the actor who readily admits, “I read the novel years ago and it stayed with me: profound, beautiful and very moving. Only Ian McEwan could write about loss with such telling honesty.” And he is just as enthusiastic about his partners. “We’re very excited to have Stephen Butchard’s subtle and brilliant adaptation, and in Julian Farino we have an
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‘The Child in Time’ Review: Benedict Cumberbatch Finds Hope in This Woeful, Worthwhile Tale

‘The Child in Time’ Review: Benedict Cumberbatch Finds Hope in This Woeful, Worthwhile Tale
The Child in Time” is a challenge to watch, especially in the beginning as it spins its tale of loss by shuttling back and forth chronologically. We see the emotionally spare present-day life of children’s author Stephen Lewis (Benedict Cumberbatch) juxtaposed with flashbacks to the despair of the previous year, when his young daughter Kate goes missing while she’s out with him.

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As brutal as it is, dipping back in time over and over again serves several purposes. It clues viewers in to the breakdown of Stephen’s marriage with grieving wife Julie (Kelly Macdonald), it keeps the pain fresh for viewers so that we understand Stephen’s daily purgatory in the present, and it also introduces the concept of how time is not merely a linear experience when it comes to emotions.
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The Child In Time review

Louisa Mellor Sep 24, 2017

The BBC adaptation of Ian McEwan’s The Child In Time is a sensitively told story about resilience. Spoilers ahead…

This review contains spoilers.

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“Keep breathing”. The final words from Benedict Cumberbatch’s character in A Child In Time are a summary of its message. Through trauma and though loss, the film urges, keep going. Keep breathing.

When their three year old daughter Kate goes missing from a busy supermarket, central characters Stephen and Julie (Cumberbatch and Kelly Macdonald) suffer the kind of loss from which recovery seems impossible. Kate is never found and her fate is never told. She spends the film both alive and dead, a presence and an absence.

The Child In Time though, isn’t Kate’s story; it’s Stephen’s. And it’s resolutely a story about emotional resilience, not child abduction. In
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Benedict Cumberbatch Stars In Emotional First Trailer For The Child In Time

Benedict Cumberbatch fans, get ready for your first look at the star’s latest TV drama, as the BBC have now revealed a 40-second teaser trailer for The Child in Time, the adaptation of the haunting 1987 novel from acclaimed writer Ian McEwan.

The drama sees Cumberbatch and Trainspotting‘s Kelly Macdonald as Stephen and Julie Lewis, a children’s author and his estranged wife whose young daughter goes missing on an everyday trip to the supermarket. The drama then explores their grief, with the trailer leaving it ambiguous whether the couple’s visions of their daughter are just in their minds or are the result of something more supernatural. It promises to be a harrowing depiction of death and loss and we can’t wait to see more.

As fans will know, this is the second time that Cumberbatch has starred in an adaptation of one of Ian McEwan’s novels.
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'Insecure' and 'Ballers' Renewed By HBO

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2017-08-08T12:46:18-07:00'Insecure' and 'Ballers' Renewed By HBO

Viewers haven't seen the last of Ballers and Insecure.

HBO has renewed the Dwayne Johnson and Issa Rae comedies for seasons four and three, respectively.

Rae announced the season three pickup on Twitter with a special video.

The renewals come midway through the half-hours' current summer runs, where they are airing behind Game of Thrones.

“We’re thrilled that the summer lineup of Ballers and Insecure connected with our viewers out of the gate,” said HBO programming exec vp Amy Gravitt. “We're so proud to work with Dwayne, Issa and all of the amazing talent in both shows.”

Debuting in November 2016, HBO moved up Insecure's sophomore run to pair the half-hour with two of the pay cabler's biggest original hits, Game of Thrones and Ballers.

Also exec produced by Johnson i.e.
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Benedict Cumberbatch Hints At “Dark” And “Exposing” Material Within The Child In Time

Be it the Cloak of Levitation or a deerstalker hat, viewers are accustomed to seeing Benedict Cumberbatch sport a slew of different costumes across screens big and small, but the actor’s latest gig is a far cry from the fantastical realm of Marvel and 221B Baker Street.

That’s because he’s on board to headline The Child in Time, a one-off, 90-minute drama based on the writings of Ian McEwan. It’s an adaptation that has languished on the back-burner for years, but with Cumberbatch now attached to star alongside Kelly Macdonald, Stephen Campbell Moore and Saskia Reeves, this is one to keep an eye on.

Stepping into the shoes of Stephen Lewis, Benedict Cumberbatch plays a mournful father whose life is turned upside down when his three-year-old daughter goes missing. It’s a complex, emotional role for the British thesp to take on, and while appearing at
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First look at Benedict Cumberbatch in The Child in Time

With filming now underway on the drama The Child in Time, the BBC has released a first look image of Benedict Cumberbatch in the TV adaptation of Ian McEwan’s award-winning 1987 novel.

The TV movie is being directed by Julian Farino, and sees Cumberbatch as Stephen Lewis, a successful children’s author whose life is forever changed when is daughter is kidnapped during a routine trip to the supermarket.

Cumberbatch is joined in the cast by Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire) as Lewis’ estranged wife, and Stephen Campbell Moore (The Bank Job, Season of the Witch) and Saskia Reeves (Anna, A Christmas Carol) as his two best friends.
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