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TV Roundup: ‘Veronica Mars,’ ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ Set Hulu Premiere Dates

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In today’s roundup, Hulu announces July premiere dates for Mindy Kaling’s “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “Veronica Mars” starring Kristen Bell.

Dates

Hulu has announced that Mindy Kaling’s “Four Weddings and a Funeral” will premiere on the streamer on July 31. Richard Curtis, who wrote the original film of the same name, will executive produce the series adaptation. The remake follows a group of friends whose lives intersect through the titular weddings and funeral they attend. MGM is producing alongside Universal TV, Jonathan Prince, 3 Arts‘ Howard Klein, and Working Title‘s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner.

“Veronica Mars” will return to Hulu on July 26 per an official teaser video posted by the streaming service today. In the series revival, Kristen Bell stars as a private investigator who’s hired to solve the mystery of a young boy’s murder. Original series stars Enrico Colantoni, Jason Dohring,
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Hanna Season 2 Confirmed by Amazon

Joseph Baxter Apr 12, 2019

Amazon wasted little time giving a green light to a second season of its action-drama, Hanna.

Hanna Season 2 is officially a go at Amazon Prime!

The 8-episode inaugural season of the action-drama – focused on the titular deadly, wilderness-trained teenager who's hunted by a relentless CIA agent – only just premiered on March 29. Yet, it appears that early metrics and an array of positive reviews prompted Amazon to announce an early greenlight on Thursday for the second season of Hanna.

Star Esme Creed-Miles chimed in on the renewal with a grateful video message.

We heard you. #HannaTV is coming back for Season 2. Honestly, you work hard and you deserve this. pic.twitter.com/CRIJ2PLKcN

— Amazon Prime Video (@PrimeVideo) April 11, 2019

As Albert Cheng, Co-Head of Television, Amazon Studios, lauds of the renewal in a statement:

“We knew we had something unique with Hanna, and with the added momentum from its special post-Super Bowl preview,
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Amazon Confirms Season 2 Of ‘Hanna’

Amazon has this morning confirmed that they have picked up a second season of its latest thrilling drama, Hanna, which debuted globally on 29th March.

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The second season is set to debut exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in 2020. We have more details as released by the streamer on Friday.

Based on Joe Wright’s acclaimed 2011 film, Hanna’s eight-episode first season was written by David Farr (The Night Manager), who co-wrote the original feature. It was produced by NBCUniversal International Studios, Working Title Television and Amazon Studios.

“We knew we had something unique with Hanna, and with the added momentum from its special post-Super Bowl preview, Amazon Prime Video customers worldwide agreed,” said Albert Cheng, Co-Head of Television, Amazon Studios. “Since it debuted only ten days ago, Hanna has had a tremendous response, and we’re thrilled with not only how it has performed for us on the service,
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‘Hanna’ Renewed For Season 2 By Amazon

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On the heels of its series premiere, Amazon has renewed critically praised drama Hanna for a second season.

Based on Joe Wright’s acclaimed 2011 film and written by David Farr (The Night Manager), Hanna’s eight-episode first season debuted globally March 29. The series is produced by NBCUniversal International Studios, Working Title Television and Amazon Studios.

“We knew we had something unique with Hanna, and with the added momentum from its special post-Super Bowl preview, Amazon Prime Video customers worldwide agreed,” said Albert Cheng, Co-Head of Television, Amazon Studios. “Since it debuted only ten days ago, Hanna has had a tremendous response, and we’re thrilled with not only how it has performed for us on the service, but with the action-packed world David Farr has created for the series and the stellar cast, led by Esmé Creed-Miles, Mireille Enos, and Joel Kinnaman. We’re excited to give fans a chance
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‘Hanna’ Renewed for Season 2 at Amazon

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“Hanna” has been renewed for a second season at Amazon.

The series, which debuted on March 29, is based on the 2011 film of the same name. It follows the titular 15-year-old Hanna (Esmé Creed-Miles), who was raised in total seclusion in the remote woods of Eastern Europe. She has spent her entire young life training to fight those who hunt her and her mercenary father, Erik Heller (Joel Kinnaman). Her survivalist skills are finally tested when she and Erik are separated upon their discovery by a rogue CIA operative, Marissa Wiegler (Mireille Enos) and her team of agents. Hanna must fight for her life to get back to her father and stop those who are targeting them.

“We knew we had something unique with ‘Hanna,’ and with the added momentum from its special post-Super Bowl preview, Amazon Prime Video customers worldwide agreed,” said Albert Cheng, co-head of television for Amazon Studios.
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Forthcoming Netflix Series ‘Armistead Maupin’s Tales Of A City’ Gets New Images, Trailer

Netflix has released a brand new trailer and a series of images from their upcoming limited series Armistead Maupin’s Tales Of A City.

The series comes to the screen courtesy of Working Title Televiionand NBCUniversal International studios production for Netflix.

Inspired by the books of Armistead Maupin, Netflix Original Limited Series Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City begins a new chapter in the beloved story. Mary Ann (Laura Linney) returns to present-day San Francisco and is reunited with her daughter Shawna (Ellen Page) and ex-husband Brian (Paul Gross), twenty years after leaving them behind to pursue her career. Fleeing the midlife crisis that her picture-perfect Connecticut life created, Mary Ann is quickly drawn back into the orbit of Anna Madrigal (Olympia Dukakis), her chosen family and a new generation of queer young residents living at 28 Barbary Lane. Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City is a Working Title
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‘Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City’ Teaser: Mary Ann Singleton Returns to San Francisco (Video)

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Netflix released the first teaser on Tuesday for its upcoming “Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City,” a follow-up to the ’90s TV miniseries starring Laura Linney and based on Maupin’s novel series of the same name.

Tales of the City” follows the adventures of Mary Ann Singleton, a naive young woman from Ohio who impulsively decided to stay in San Francisco after visiting for a vacation, and her developing friendships and relationships among the city’s colorful, eccentric denizens. The first novel was adapted as a 1993 miniseries, followed by a series based on the second book in 1998, and a series based on the third in 2001.

The productions starred Linney as Mary Ann, with Olympia Dukakis as Anna Madrigal and Barbara Garrickwill as DeDe Halcyon Day.

Linney, Dukakis and Garrickwill all return for the Netflix production and are also joined by Ellen Page as Mary Ann’s daughter, Paul Gross
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‘Tales of the City’: Netflix Unveils Trailer & Premiere Date For Limited Series Based On Armistead Maupin Books

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‘Tales of the City’: Netflix Unveils Trailer & Premiere Date For Limited Series Based On Armistead Maupin Books
“When I first got off the bus years ago,” Laura Linney’s character says of San Francisco, “I had the strangest feeling that I’d come home.”

Those are the first words spoken in the trailer for Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, the Netflix limited series that stars Linney, Ellen Page, Paul Gross and Olympia Dukakis in a new chapter of the popular story. It will premiere June 7 on the streamer.

Linney, Gross and Dukakis are reprising the roles they played in three previous miniseries based on Armistead Maupin’s books: Tales of the City (1993), More Tales of the City (1998) and Further Tales of the City (2001). The new 10-episode limited series — in the parlance of our times, you know — adds Ellen Page as the daughter of Linney’s character.

Here’s the logline: Mary Ann (Linney) returns to present-day San Francisco and is reunited with her daughter Shawna
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Bill Nighy, Mia Goth, Josh O’Connor, Callum Turner board 'Emma' for Working Title, Blueprint (exclusive)

Bill Nighy, Mia Goth, Josh O’Connor, Callum Turner board 'Emma' for Working Title, Blueprint (exclusive)
Autumn de Wilde directing Jane Austen adaptation.

Working Title and Blueprint Pictures’ upcoming adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel Emma has added a host of names to its cast as principal photography gets underway this week.

Joining Anya Taylor-Joy in the titular role and Johnny Flynn as George Knightley are Bill Nighy (Mr. Woodhouse), Miranda Hart (Miss Bates), Mia Goth (Harriet Smith), Josh O’Connor (Mr. Elton), and Callum Turner (Frank Churchill).

Also cast are Rupert Graves (Mr. Weston), Gemma Whelan (Mrs. Weston), Amber Anderson (Jane Fairfax), and Tanya Reynolds (Mrs. Elton).

Autumn de Wilde is directing the project,
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Film News Roundup: Janelle Monae to Star in Film From Gerard Bush, Christopher Renz

  • Variety
In today’s film news roundup, Janelle Monae will star in a Lionsgate movie, Bill Nighy joins “Emma,” and documentaries on surfer Bethany Hamilton and Asbury Park are dated.

Castings

Janelle Monae will star in an untitled Lionsgate movie directed by the duo Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz.

The film will be produced by QC Entertainment’s Ray Mansfield and Sean McKittrick, along with Zev Foreman and Lezlie Wills. QC Entertainment produced “Get Out” and “BlacKkKlansman.” McKittrick also recently produced Jordan Peele’s “Us.”

Monae is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter who starred in “Hidden Figures” and “Moonlight.” Bush and Renz have worked on campaigns for the Mlk Memorial Foundation and Amnesty International, in addition to directing Jay-z’s music video “Kill Jay Z” and the police brutality PSAAgainst the Wall,” starring Michael B. Jordan, Danny Glover, and Michael K. Williams. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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‘Emma’: Bill Nighy, Mia Goth, Callum Turner & More Round Out Cast Of Focus Features/Working Title Film

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‘Emma’: Bill Nighy, Mia Goth, Callum Turner & More Round Out Cast Of Focus Features/Working Title Film
Bill Nighy (Page Eight), Mia Goth (Suspiria), Callum Turner (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald), Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones) and Miranda Hart (Miranda) are set to co-star in Emma, the latest adaptation of the classic Jane Austen novel. The Focus Features and Working Title pic is being directed by Autumn de Wilde, with Anya Taylor-Joy starring in the titular role.

Josh O’Connor, Rupert Graves, Amber Anderson, and Tanya Reynolds have also been cast in the film, which is slated to go before cameras this week in England.

Eleanor Catton adapted the screenplay with Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner as well as Blueprint PicturesGraham Broadbent and Pete Czernin producing.

Focus and Universal Pictures International will distribute the film worldwide.
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TV Review: ‘Hanna’

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TV Review: ‘Hanna’
The 2011 film “Hanna” was a delicious surprise. Directed by prestige moviemaker Joe Wright, “Hanna” played like an artist’s frantic attempt to cram in all the wild impulses he wasn’t allowed elsewhere, while retaining a certain fundamental elegance. Saoirse Ronan played a teen trained from childhood to be a killing machine for reasons that never quite become clear. Engaged in cat-and-mouse warfare with Cate Blanchett’s compulsive CIA officer, Ronan’s Hanna sprinted through dazzlingly constructed frames as a propulsive techno score (composed by the Chemical Brothers) blared — and the movie never lost its balance or its control.

That filmic achievement, the ability to remain upright in the midst of mania, is what makes Amazon’s new series adaptation of “Hanna” so disappointing. The new show lacks the glimmering creativity of its source material, and, perversely enough, it manages to feel overstuffed despite its relative lack of inventive flourishes.
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Tribeca 2019 Will Close With Danny Boyle’s ‘Yesterday,’ Adds ‘Apocalypse Now’ Restoration and More

Tribeca 2019 Will Close With Danny Boyle’s ‘Yesterday,’ Adds ‘Apocalypse Now’ Restoration and More
The 2019 Tribeca Film Festival has announced a number of additions to this year’s lineup, including its Closing Night title, a Trey Anastasio-centric documentary, and new films and new details in a particularly stacked Anniversaries section. This year’s festival will close with the world premiere of Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle’s “Yesterday,” which imagines a world in which everyone — save for one budding musician — suddenly forgets about The Beatles. Universal Pictures will release the film later this summer. As was previously announced, the festival will open at New York’s iconic Apollo Theater with the world premiere of Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams’ documentary, “The Apollo” from HBO Documentary Films.

The festival has also announced that it will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now” as a Gala presentation at the Beacon Theatre. For the first time ever, audiences will see “Apocalypse Now: Final Cut,
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Universal Pictures Makes Key Changes to Production Development Team

  • The Wrap
Universal Pictures announced on Friday that it has upped veteran studio executive Erik Baiers to senior executive vice president of production development.

The promotion, announced by Universal president Peter Cramer, is part of a number of key moves in the studio’s production development group made on Friday.

In addition to Baiers, Jay Polidoro and Sara Scott were promoted to senior vice presidents of production development and Lexi Barta was promoted to director of development. Baiers, Polidoro, Scott and Barta will all report to Cramer at the top.

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“These promotions reflect Erik, Sara, Jay, and Lexi’s invaluable contributions to Universal Pictures over many collective years of experience,” Cramer said in a statement. “They have been key members of a strong creative group that consistently helps deliver a wide range of quality, successful films for global audiences, and we
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Universal Promotes Four In Production Development; Erik Baiers Upped To Senior Exec VP

  • Deadline
Universal Pictures made four promotions in the studio’s production development group, leading off with Erik Baiers who is being promoted from Evp Production Development to Senior Evp Production Development, with a greater oversight in the studio’s strategic slate planning.

Additionally, Jay Polidoro and Sara Scott have been upped to Svp Production Development, and Lexi Barta has been promoted to Director of Development. All four will continue to report to Universal Pictures president Peter Cramer.

“These promotions reflect Erik, Sara, Jay, and Lexi’s invaluable contributions to Universal Pictures over many collective years of experience,” Cramer said in a release Friday announcing the moves. “They have been key members of a strong creative group that consistently helps deliver a wide range of quality, successful films for global audiences, and we are thrilled to continue building the studio’s exciting future with them.”

Baiers joined the company in 2005 and in
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TV Review: HBO’s ‘The Case Against Adnan Syed’

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TV Review: HBO’s ‘The Case Against Adnan Syed’
In Adnan Syed’s ongoing legal struggle, our culture seems to have stumbled on a successor to the O.J. Simpson saga — a “trial of the century” for the age of micro-fame. Born and raised in Baltimore, Syed was a teenager when he was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee; his story provided grist for Sarah Koenig’s investigative podcast “Serial” and now for an HBO documentary series, “The Case Against Adnan Syed.” Contrary to what the volume of coverage might suggest, the case is most interesting as a narrative about the media. Syed’s incarceration is a Möbius strip for the attention economy: It continues to be covered because it has been covered in the past.

This leads to a broadcast that breaks no ground, that succeeds in re-airing exculpatory information about Syed but falls short as a documentary and as television. “The Case Against Adnan Syed” is
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Edgar Wright Brings Matt Smith and Thomasin McKenzie Into Last Night in Soho

Edgar Wright Brings Matt Smith and Thomasin McKenzie Into Last Night in Soho
Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie (Leave No Trace) and Matt Smith are set to join the cast of Working Title's Last Night in Soho, Edgar Wright's upcoming psychological thriller set in London.

Thomasin McKenzie and Smith join previously announced Anya Taylor-Joy. Wright and Penny Dreadful scribe Krysty Wilson-Cairns co-wrote the screenplay. Nira Park, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Wright will produce. Focus Features and Film4 will co-finance the film. Focus Features and Universal Pictures International will distribute the film worldwide.

Thomasin McKenzie is represented by UTA, Untitled Entertainment, Industry Entertainment and Gail Cowan. Matt Smith is represented by by UTA and Troika Talent.

Last Night in Soho is set to begin production this summer with Anya Taylor-Joy, following her breakout role in The Witch followed by Split and Glass. The psychological drama will be Edgar Wright's follow-up to the blockbuster smash hit Baby Driver. No plot details have been announced. The
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‘Last Night In Soho’: Thomasin McKenzie, Matt Smith Join Edgar Wright’s Next Movie

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‘Last Night In Soho’: Thomasin McKenzie, Matt Smith Join Edgar Wright’s Next Movie
Leave No Trace‘s Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie and The Crown‘s Matt Smith have joined the cast of Last Night in Soho, the psychological thriller from Edgar Wright and Working Title.

The duo joins Anya Taylor-Joy in the pic, which Wright co-wrote with Penny Dreadful scribe Krysty Wilson-Cairns. Details are scant about the plot of the film, which is being produced by Nira Park, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Wright.

Focus Features and Film4 are co-financing, with Focus Features and Universal Pictures

International distributing the film worldwide.

McKenzie is repped by UTA, Untitled Entertainment, Industry Entertainment and Gail

Cowan. Smith is with UTA and Troika Talent.
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Trailer for Beatles-Inspired Film ‘Yesterday’

Yesterday, everyone knew about The Beatles but today, only Jack remembers their songs. Consequently, he’s about to become a very big deal. From Academy Award®-winning director Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis, the Oscar®-nominated screenwriter of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually, and Notting Hill, comes a rock-n-roll comedy about music, dreams, friendship, and the long and winding road that eventually leads to the love of your life.

Jack Malik is a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English seaside town whose dreams of fame are fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie. But, after an accident involving a bus during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that the Fab Four never existed.

Performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them, and with a little help from his steel-hearted American agent,
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First trailer and poster for Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis’ Yesterday

Universal Pictures has debuted the first trailer and poster for director Danny Boyle and writer Richard Curtis’ feel-good comedy Yesterday. The film stars Himesh Patel as an aspiring singer-songwriter who wakes up one day to discover The Beatles never existed and decides to perform their songs to the world, rocketing him to fame. Joining Patel in the cast are Lily James and Kate McKinnon; take a look here…

Jack Malik is a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie. Then, after a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed … and he finds himself with a very complicated problem, indeed.

Performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them, and with a
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