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Breeders: FX Orders New Comedy Starring Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard

Breeders: FX Orders New Comedy Starring Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard
Martin Freeman is coming to FX. This week, the network announced they've ordered a new TV show with the Sherlock star called Breeders.

The comedy "exposes the parental-paradox that it is possible, in the very same moment, to love your child to the horizon of the universe, while being apoplectically angry enough to want to send them there." Daisy Haggard also stars.

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Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Dies At 65

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Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Dies At 65
Paul Allen, who launched Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975 and went on to produce documentaries, own professional sports teams and dedicate time to philanthropy, died today at age 65.

Allen died this afternoon of complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

“While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much-loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend. Paul’s family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, his generosity and deep concern,” Allen’s sister said in a statement to CNBC. “For all the demands on his schedule, there was always time for family and friends. At this time of loss and grief for us – and so many others – we are profoundly grateful for the care and concern he demonstrated every day.”

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John Cena to Star in ‘Playing With Fire’ for Paramount Players (Exclusive)

John Cena to Star in ‘Playing With Fire’ for Paramount Players (Exclusive)
John Cena is in final negotiations to star in the Paramount Players movie “Playing With Fire,” sources tell Variety.

The family comedy revolves around a group of rugged wildfire fighters who meet their match when they rescue a trio of rambunctious children.

Todd Garner and Sean Robins of Broken Road Productions are on board to produce “Playing With Fire.” Paramount Players bought the spec script from Dan Ewen this past February and hired Matt Lieberman to pen a rewrite. Paramount executive VP Matt Dines is overseeing for the studio.

Paramount Pictures launched Paramount Players in June, with veteran producer and executive Brian Robbins at the helm. Robbins is working with Viacom’s Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, and Bet to generate projects, while the new division focuses on contemporary properties.

Cena’s latest big-screen role was alongside Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholtz in the Universal comedy “Blockers,” which ended its theatrical run with $94 million worldwide.
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First teaser image arrives as filming begins on HBO's Watchmen series

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First teaser image arrives as filming begins on HBO's Watchmen series
Who watches the Watchmen, you ask? Apparently, it's a bunch of rabid fans who're foaming at the mouth for details, that's who. On Monday afternoon, the official Watchmen Instagram account shared a first look at the upcoming series from Lost and The Leftovers creator Damon Lindelof. The brief video footage, which depicts an officer of the law with their face…
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Peter Dinklage Teases Tyrion’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Series Finale Fate: ‘Death Can Be a Great Way Out’

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Peter Dinklage Teases Tyrion’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Series Finale Fate: ‘Death Can Be a Great Way Out’
Brace yourselves, Halfman fans, because Tyrion Lannister may be one of the remaining “Game of Thrones” characters who doesn’t make it out of the series alive.

In an interview with Vulture published Monday, the “My Dinner With Herve” star revealed just how he felt about where his character was left come of the end of the eighth and final season of David Benioff and D.B. WeissHBO fantasy series.

And when he was asked to do so “without giving anything away,” he may (or may not) have given a lot away.

“I feel very, very — I’m trying to find the right word,” Dinklage said. “I think he was given a very good conclusion. No matter what that is — death can be a great way out.”

Interviewer David Marchese noted
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‘Veronica Mars’: Enrico Colantoni Set To Return For Revival Limited Series At Hulu

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‘Veronica Mars’: Enrico Colantoni Set To Return For Revival Limited Series At Hulu
Enrico Colantoni is set to join Kristen Bell in Hulu’s eight-episode Veronica Mars revival. He will reprise his series regular role from the original of Keith Mars, Veronica’s (Bell) father and head of Mars Investigations.

The hourlong limited series, slated to premiere in 2019, hails from Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas, who will pen the first episode. In the revival, spring breakers are getting murdered in Neptune, thereby decimating the seaside town’s lifeblood tourist industry. After Mars Investigations is hired by the parents of one of the victims to find their son’s killer, Veronica (Bell) is drawn into an epic eight-episode mystery that pits the enclave’s wealthy elites, who would rather put an end to the month-long bacchanalia, against a working class that relies on the cash influx that comes with being the West Coast’s answer to Daytona Beach.

Thomas executive produces with Bell, Diane Ruggiero-Wright and Dan Etheridge.
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‘Pennyworth': Jack Bannon to Star as Alfred in Bruno Heller’s Batman Prequel Series on Epix

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‘Pennyworth': Jack Bannon to Star as Alfred in Bruno Heller’s Batman Prequel Series on Epix
Gotham” boss Bruno Heller has found his butler. Jack Bannon has been cast in the titular leading role in “Pennyworth,” Epix’s upcoming Batman prequel series.

The 10-episode, one-hour drama series will follow Bruce Wayne’s legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth, a former British Sas soldier in his 20s, who forms a security company and goes to work with a young billionaire Thomas Wayne, who’s not yet Bruce’s father, in 1960s London.

Per the official character description, “Alfred Pennyworth is a boyishly handsome, cheerful, charming, clever young man from London. Honest, open-faced and witty; you’d never take him for an Sas killer. Alfred doesn’t know how to reconcile the kind-hearted boy he used to be with the cold, calculated killer he was forced to become. He’s a man on the make, who doesn’t know what to make of himself yet.”

Bannon’s previous notable credits include “The Imitation Game” and “Ripper Street.”

Pennyworth” hails from executive producer/writer Heller and executive producer/director Danny Cannon. The series is based on DC characters created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger

Production on the series begins Oct. 22 at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, in the UK.

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‘Dracula’ Mini-Series From ‘Sherlock’ Duo Coming to Netflix, BBC One

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‘Dracula’ Mini-Series From ‘Sherlock’ Duo Coming to Netflix, BBC One
BBC One and Netflix have staked a new project from “Sherlock” creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. The UK-based network and streamer have ordered “Dracula,” a TV adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic novel.

The three-part 90-minute mini-series is written, executive produced and created by Moffat and Gatiss, and will re-introduce the world to Dracula, the vampire who made evil sexy. Per Netflix, “In Transylvania in 1897, the blood drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London. And be warned: the dead travel fast.”

“There have always been stories about great evil,” Moffat and Gatiss said. “What’s special about ‘Dracula,’ is that Bram Stoker gave evil its own hero.”

The series was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content and Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama. Moffat and Gatiss executive produce alongside Sue Vertue for Hartswood Films,
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Mipcom: Tough Economy Throttles Streamer Business in Turkey

Turkey’s economic crisis is stunting streamers, prompting local subscriber services to slash prices and join bundled telecom offerings, leaving little room for Netflix and Amazon, which both account for less than 5% of the market.

Still, depreciation of the Turkish lira — which has lost 40% of its value against the U.S. dollar from a year ago — could prompt international streaming giants to grow their presence in Turkey, says Iht Markit analyst Constantinos Papavassilopoulos.

He says the crisis has made Turkey a particularly price-sensitive market, where a vast majority of the country’s 3.9 million Ott consumers now subscribe to cheap online
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Turkish TV Goes Global as Local Coin Drops

Turkish TV Goes Global as Local Coin Drops
The sharp devaluation of the Turkish lira on foreign currency markets amid tensions between populist Presidents Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdogan is prompting Turkey’s TV industry to increasingly turn toward the global marketplace, where it is second only to the U.S. in terms of scripted content exports.

Exports are clearly becoming more important as producers in some cases get almost twice as much money from international, just as local linear broadcasters are cutting their budgets due to a drop in advertising intake.

Inflation is high in the country, and the Turkish lira has lost roughly 40% of its value against the U.
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Lionsgate in Negotiations for Star-Studded Roger Ailes Movie Dropped by Annapurna

Lionsgate is in negotiations to back the untitled Fox News sexual harassment film starring Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman, sources have told Variety.

Lionsgate had no comment Monday. Annapurna decided on Oct. 9 to back out of the project due to budgetary concerns. Focus Features was considering a move to come on board, but that has not materialized. Bron Studios is expected to co-finance the film.

Despite Annapurna’s withdrawal, the project remains attractive due to its pedigree and an all-star cast that includes Kidman, Theron, John Lithgow, Kate McKinnon, and Margot Robbie. The film is directed by Jay Roach (“Trumbo”) and written by Academy Award winner Charles Randolph (“The Big Short”).

The movie focuses on Ailes’ downfall as seen through the eyes of a group of female employees. Kidman will play Gretchen Carlson, the Fox News anchor who sued Ailes for harassment in 2016, and Theron will portray Megyn Kelly, whose
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Lionsgate in Talks to Pick up Jay Roach’s Roger Ailes Scandal Film

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A week after Annapurna pulled out of the project, Lionsgate is in talks to pick up Jay Roach’s planned feature film about the Roger Ailes scandal, TheWrap has learned.

The film became a casualty of the ongoing upheavel at Annapurna when it was dropped over budget issues Oct. 9, just two weeks before it was to begin production. Directed by Roach with a screenplay by “The Big Short” writer Charles Randolph, the film had already locked down its main cast, which included Malcolm McDowell as Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch and John Lithgow as Ailes.

Individuals with knowledge of the matter tell TheWrap that Lionsgate’s interest stems from the project’s star-driven cast and pedigree. Alongside McDowell and Lithgow, the film also landed Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly, Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson, plus Margot Robbie, Kate McKinnon and Allison Janney.

Lionsgate declined to comment.

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Key TV Companies in Latin America Follow Six Key Strategies

Work With The Frenemy

Turner Latin America has sold the Brazilian Space original “Pacto de Sangre” to Netflix for the rest of Latin America. Turner’s focus on that specific content is Brazil, says Tomás Yankelevich, Evp & chief content officer, general entertainment Turner Latin America. Viacom Intl. Studios is negotiating a big Svod deal in Latin America on Telefe and Porta dos Fundos titles, in development and new originals, says Pierluigi Gazzolo, president of Viacom Intl. Media Networks Americas. “We are actively targeting the OTTs,” says Cris Abrego, CEO of Endemol Shine North America. “Sometimes they look to a specific territory for their content,
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Latin American Streaming Services, Cable Networks and Co-Productions Drive Boom of Drama Series

Along with Germany and Spain, Latin America is fast emerging as one of the biggest growth regions for high-end fiction in international, Ott, premium pay TV and co-productions.

Ott is experiencing a second-phase expansion. Netflix released its first Latin American original, “Club of Crows,” in August 2015. Two years later, it had 50 new or returning productions in various stages of development. That number has risen yet again. On Sept. 20, for instance, Netflix announced its 11th original to date in Brazil, supernatural thriller “Spectros.”

There are now other new kids on the digital block. In May, Amazon Prime Video’s first original series “Diablo Guardian,
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‘Call Me By Your Name’ Director Plans Film Inspired by Bob Dylan’s ‘Blood on the Tracks’

‘Call Me By Your Name’ Director Plans Film Inspired by Bob Dylan’s ‘Blood on the Tracks’
Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino has revealed he is currently working on a film inspired by Bob Dylan‘s Blood on the Tracks.

Speaking to the New Yorker ahead of the release of his Thom Yorke-scored Suspiria remake, Guadagnino said that a producer who owned the “theatrical rights” to Dylan’s 1975 masterpiece approached him about the project.

Guadagnino offered to take on the film on one condition: If renowned screenwriter Richard Lagravenese penned the script, which he did earlier this year. According to the New Yorker,
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Film Review: ‘Change in the Air’

Though director Dianne Dreyer’s “Change in the Air” opens on a shocking, attention-grabbing scene of a desperate elderly man (played by M. Emmet Walsh) deliberately stepping in front of a moving vehicle, the rest of the film takes its sweet time to ramp up to faux profundity about humanity, spirituality, friendship, and forgiveness. The title is not only an allusion to the mysterious young lady (played by Rachel Brosnahan) who changes lives in a quiet suburban neighborhood, but also applies rather morbidly to the literal change that flies from the hand of that suicidal man.

With religious hymns scattered throughout, along with mentions of miracles, Eastern philosophy, and overt metaphysical powers, it’s clear the filmmakers are aiming for the faith-based market. However, the film has about as much resonance as a “Coexist” bumper sticker. Without a compelling, coherent narrative drive, the film’s own spirit sags.

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SAG-aftra to Honor Norman Lloyd, June Lockhart

SAG-AFTRA is awarding Marsha Hunt, Norman Lloyd, June Lockhart, and Barbara Perry the Founders Award for their contributions to the union.

The tribute, to be presented Oct. 21 during the SAG-aftra National Board plenary, honors early members of SAG-aftra’s predecessor unions, SAG, and AFTRA. Hunt is 100 years old, and Lloyd is 103. Lockhart is 93 and Perry is 95.

SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris said, “I am so honored to recognize the extraordinary achievements of these courageous actors and leaders. Their pioneering spirit and advocacy for their union and peers in those early years was pivotal and helped to make us who we are today.”

Perry became a Screen Actors Guild member in 1934, one month before her 13th birthday and a year after SAG was founded. When she joined, she was already a professional who began her career at the age of four. During World War II, she was an entertainer on
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Leonardo DiCaprio Pays Tribute to Paul Allen, Environmentalist: ‘His Legacy Lives’

Leonardo DiCaprio Pays Tribute to Paul Allen, Environmentalist: ‘His Legacy Lives’
Oscar winner and staunch environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio paid tribute on Monday to Paul Allen, Microsoft’s co-founder whose death was announced on Monday.

“Sad to hear of the passing of Paul Allen, who was a strong advocate for environmental protection,” wrote the actor on Twitter. “He and the team at Vulcan played a pivotal role in developing the Shark Conservation Fund alongside Ldf. His legacy lives on via his incredible work as a philanthropist and investor,” added DiCaprio.

Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates and went on to become owner of the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers, died from complications related to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 65.

Also Read: Paul Allen, Microsoft Co-Founder, Dies at 65

His death was announced on the website of his current company, Vulcan Inc., which DiCaprio referenced in his Twitter tribute to the late tech icon.

DiCaprio has been a longtime advocate for the environment.
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Federal Judge Dismisses Stormy Daniels’ Defamation Lawsuit Against Donald Trump

A federal judge dismissed Stormy Daniels’ defamation lawsuit against Donald Trump Monday, nearly six months after the porn star sued the president for tweeting that Daniels’ allegation of being threatened was “a total con job.”

“The Court agrees with Mr. Trump’s argument because the tweet in question constitutes ‘rhetorical hyperbole’ normally associated with politics and public discourse in the United States,” District Judge S. James Otero wrote in his opinion dismissing the suit (via CNN). “The First Amendment protects this type of rhetorical statement.”

Daniels and her lawyer Michael Avenatti
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending
In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company iSpot.tv, Twentieth Century Fox claims the top spot in spending with “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Ads placed for the drama had an estimated media value of $6.19 million through Sunday for 847 national ad airings on 33 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from Oct. 8-14. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Twentieth Century Fox prioritized spend across networks including NBC, Adult Swim and ABC, and during specific programming such as NFL Football, This Is Us and College Football.

Just behind “Bohemian Rhapsody” in second place: Universal Pictures’ “First Man,” which saw 1,063 national ad airings across 38 networks, with an estimated media value of $5.33 million.

TV ad placements for Universal Pictures’ “Halloween” (Emv: $4.87 million), Columbia Pictures’ “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” ($4.59 million) and Twentieth Century Fox’s
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