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‘Alice’ Series Reboot From Diablo Cody & Liz Astrof Set At Fox As Put Pilot

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‘Alice’ Series Reboot  From Diablo Cody & Liz Astrof Set At Fox As Put Pilot
Another classic sitcom is eying a reboot. Fox has given a put pilot commitment to Alice, a multi-camera comedy based on the 1976 CBS TV series starring Linda Lavin. It comes from Diablo Cody (One Mississippi), Liz Astrof (2 Broke Girls) and Warner Bros. TV, which produced the original series and where Cody and her Vita Vera Films are based.

Written and executive produced by Cody and Astrof, Alice is based on the TV series Alice, which in turn was based on the 1974 feature film Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, directed by Martin Scorsese. The Fox reboot centers on Long Island housewife Alice Hyatt, who has finally worked up the courage to leave her cheating husband. She drives cross-country to Arizona with her teenage son Tommy, and gets a job as a waitress at a roadside diner where the staff becomes their new surrogate family.

Warner Bros. TV co-produces with Vita Vera Films.
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Idris Elba Boarding Universal-Working Title’s ‘Cats’ As Macavity

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Idris Elba Boarding Universal-Working Title’s ‘Cats’ As Macavity
Idris Elba is in final talks to join Tom Hooper’s feature adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical Cats. We hear Elba is playing famed feline Macavity.

The Golden Globe and two-time SAG Award winner joins Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, James Corden, Laurie Davidson, and Mette Towley. The pic is currently in pre-production.

Macavity is the only real villain in the musical who kidnaps Old Deuteronomy, the Jellicle leader, and attempts to abduct Demeter, one of two cats who sings about him. The character was originally portrayed by Richard Pettyfer in the original West End production, and by Kenneth Ard in the Broadway production. Macavity also has a hypnotic power. In act two, there are two songs about him: “Macavity: The Mystery Cat” sung by Demeter, Bombalurina, and female feline back-up and “Macavity Fight” performed by Macavity, Demeter, Munkustrap, and Alonzo.

Elba is currently filming Fast and Furious
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‘Grimm’ Spinoff With A Female Lead In Works At NBC

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‘Grimm’ Spinoff With A Female Lead In Works At NBC
Grimm is eying a comeback. NBC is developing a spinoff from the supernatural series, which bowed out last year after six seasons. Like the original, the offshoot hails from Universal TV and Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner’s studio-based Hazy Mills Prods.

Written by Melissa Glenn (Marvel’s Iron Fist), the untitled spinoff, I hear, will center on a female Grimm. Per NBC, building off the mythology of the original series, the new show will feature returning fan favorites while also introducing new characters, new dangers and epic new mysteries. I hear no actors are currently attached but the idea is for the offshoot to feature some original cast members, regular or recurring.

Glenn executive produces with Hazy Mills’ Hayes and Milliner. Grimm co-creators/showrunners David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf will serve as consulting producers.

The original series followed Portland Homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli), who discovered he is a Grimm,
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‘Armistead Maupin’s Tales Of The City’: Paul Gross To Reprise Role In Netflix Revival; Full Cast Set

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‘Armistead Maupin’s Tales Of The City’: Paul Gross To Reprise Role In Netflix Revival; Full Cast Set
Netflix has rounded out cast for Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, its 10-episode limited series revival. Paul Gross returns to reprise his role as Brian Hawkins from the original miniseries, ex-husband of Mary Ann Singleton and father of Shawna Hawkins, played by previously announced Laura Linney and Ellen Page, respectively. The series is currently in production for a 2019 premiere.

Murray Bartlett (Looking) has been cast as the lovable Michael ‘Mouse’ Tolliver, longtime resident at Barbary Lane and Mary Ann’s best friend; Charlie Barnett (Chicago Fire) plays Mouse’s boyfriend Ben Marshall; newcomers Josiah Victoria Garcia plays Jake Rodriguez, a newer resident on Barbary Lane who is a transgender man and a caregiver for Anna Madrigal (previously announced Olympia Dukakis) and May Hong (High Maintenance) as Jake’s long-term girlfriend Margot Park. Previously announced Barbara Garrick also returns as DeDe Halycon Day.

Recurring cast
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‘Walking Dead’ Hits New Series Ratings Low

‘Walking Dead’ Hits New Series Ratings Low
The Walking Dead” posted a new series low in the Nielsen ratings with Sunday night’s episode.

The second episode of Season 9 of the AMC series drew a 2.0 rating in the key adults 18-49 demographic and 4.9 million viewers in the Live+Same Day numbers. The show’s previous low in the key demo was a 2.4, which was set during Season 1. That is also very close to the show’s current low in total viewers, which is 4.7 million, also set during Season 1.

This week’s episode was also down around 20% in both measures from last week’s season premiere.

For the night as a whole,
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‘Blood Ties’ Cop Drama From Jennifer Lopez, Vincent Laresca, Tom Szentgyorgyi & Appian Way Set At NBC

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‘Blood Ties’ Cop Drama From Jennifer Lopez, Vincent Laresca, Tom Szentgyorgyi & Appian Way Set At NBC
On the heels of Shades of Blue ending its run after three seasons, star/executive producer Jennifer Lopez has teamed with co-star Vincent Laresca for a new cop drama, which has been put in development by NBC. The project, Blood Ties, hails from former The Mentalist executive producer Tom Szentgyorgyi, Lopez and Elaine Goldsmith-ThomasNuyorican Productions, Appian Way and Universal TV, where Nuyorican is based.

Written by Szentgyorgyi, Blood Ties is a procedural crime show in the vein of NYPD Blue, which isbased on an idea by Laresca. When convicted homicide detective Steve Horvath is exonerated, he’s given his job back but finds he now has unconventional insight about the criminals he faces. Teaming up with an unexpected rookie who has a secret agenda of his own, Horvath must learn to adapt to life outside of prison while trying to figure out who framed him and why.

Szentgyorgyi executive
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Peaky Blinders: Season Five; Anya Taylor-Joy Joins Netflix Series

Peaky Blinders: Season Five;  Anya Taylor-Joy Joins Netflix Series
Anya Taylor-Joy is headed to Birmingham. BBC One just announced the Miniaturist star has joined season five of Peaky Blinders.

The period drama, which airs on the in the U.S., centers on a gang living and operating in 1920s Birmingham, England. The cast includes Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson, Tom Hardy, Annabelle Wallis, Sam Neill, Charlotte Riley, and Adrien Brody.

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India’s ‘Soni’ and China’s ‘The Crossing’ Share Pingyao Festival Awards

India’s ‘Soni’ and China’s ‘The Crossing’ Share Pingyao Festival Awards
Indian film “Soni,” directed by Ivan Iyer, was named as the best film at the second edition of the Pingyao International Film Festival. It wins a prize of $20,000, with half going to development of the director’s next project, and half provided to the film’s distributor in China.

Other Roberto Rossellini prizes went to Ognjen Glavonic as best director, for “The Load” (aka “Teret”) worth $10,000, and to Singaporean-Chinese film “A Land Imagined,” which collected the jury prize. The jury included China’s Dai Jinhua, and Wang Xiaoshuai, American actor Mason C. Lee, Iran’s Amir Naderi, and Georgia’s Ana Urushadze.

A separate prize series, the Fei Mu Awards was presented to Chinese-language films which are directorial debuts or second features and which showed in the festival’s New Generation China, Crouching Tigers, Hidden Dragons, or Best of Fest sections. “The Crossing” by Bai Xue was named best film
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‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘Doctor Who’ Help AMC Networks Hone Focus on Fans

The roar rivaled the sound that reverberates around Madison Square Garden when the New York Rangers score a goal.

On Oct. 6, 5,000-plus die-hard fans of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” gathered in the Theater at Madison Square Garden for the New York Comic Con panel that marked the swan song for series star Andrew Lincoln.

The hourlong session included much gushing from fans toward Lincoln for his long tenure on the show as the heroic Rick Grimes, which is set to end during the show’s current ninth season. “Thank you so much for everything you’ve done for us,
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Alfonso Cuarón at the Lumière Festival: ‘As a Cineast, You Can Only Make Personal Films’

Alfonso Cuarón at the Lumière Festival: ‘As a Cineast, You Can Only Make Personal Films’
Lyon, France – Alfonso Cuarón’s inspiration for his award-winning drama “Roma” was none other than Cannes topper Thierry Frémaux, the Mexican director revealed during a masterclass at the 10th Lumière Film Festival in Lyon on Tuesday.

In a wide-ranging conversation with Frémaux, who serves as director of the Institut Lumière, Cuarón recalled how he had been previously working on a completely different project – a pre-historic drama set 50,000 to 100,000 years ago that centered on early humans, when the two met at the Morelia Film Festival in Mexico. Frémaux was unimpressed after hearing about it and instead urged the filmmaker to return to his native Mexico and make another Spanish-language film.

“I tried to explain the project to Thierry. It’s a really good project. It wasn’t an adventure film; it’s more of an intimate story. I was doing a lot of anthropological and archeological research, talking to many experts and I was very enthusiastic.
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Mipcom: BBC, Arte, Sbs Acquire PBS’ ‘Chasing the Moon’

PBS International has sold space race documentary series “Chasing the Moon” to a host of international broadcasters following a screening at Mipcom in Cannes, the company announced Wednesday. Among 13 broadcasters boarding the title PBS has sold “Chasing the Moon” to the BBC for the U.K.; Arte for France and Germany; and Sbs in Australia.

The six-hour series, produced to commemorate next year’s 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969, is expected to air around the world summer 2019.

Directed by Oscar- and Emmy-nominee Robert Stone, “Chasing the Moon” tells the behind-the-scenes story of Nasa’s mission to put a man on the moon.
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Lumière Festival: Javier Bardem on Woody Allen: ‘I’d Work with Him Tomorrow’

Lumière Festival: Javier Bardem on Woody Allen: ‘I’d Work with Him Tomorrow’
Lyon, France – Javier Bardem charmed his audience at a masterclass during the Lumière Film Festival on Monday, eliciting laughter with stories of his youth, learning English by way of AC/DC, his famous family and expounding on the talent, compassion and genius of the filmmakers with whom he has worked, among them Bigas Luna, Julian Schnabel, the Coen brothers and Woody Allen.

Bardem reiterated his support for Allen, who directed the Oscar-winning Spanish actor in 2008’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” saying he would work with him again at a day’s notice.

“He’s a genius,” Bardem said, adding that in this time of the Me Too movement, “I would work with him tomorrow.” He stressed that Allen’s legal status today has not changed since the last they worked together in 2007 and noted that the director had never been found guilty of any crime. “Today, 11 years later, it is the same accusation.
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Liv Ullmann on Bergman, Hollywood, Working with Refugees

Liv Ullmann on Bergman, Hollywood, Working with Refugees
Lyon, France – While Liv Ullmann looks back on an illustrious career as an icon of international film and theater, indelibly shaped by her professional and personal relationship with Ingmar Bergman, it is her work with refugees that she describes as one of the most important parts of her life.

Speaking on Sunday at the Lumière Film Festival in Lyon, France, where she is a guest of honor, Ullmann recounted stories of her relationship with Bergman and her career as a film and stage actress and director, but it was in talking about her work with refugees that she was the most passionate.

As the co-founder of the Women’s Refugee Commission, Ullmann has been an advocate for the rights of women, children and adolescent refugees worldwide for the past 30 years.

“[The subject of] refugees and immigrants is so important, even more so today,” Ullmann said. “To also have the opportunity to meet and
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Raze Pacts With Turner Latin America for Inaugural Raze Awards

Hispanic media startup Raze has struck a deal with WarnerMedia’s Turner Latin America to coproduce and finance the first Raze Awards, aimed at celebrating Latino digital creators.

The first edition of the Raze Awards, scheduled for September 2019, will feature entertainers from across the globe in a one-hour event that will be televised throughout Latin America on Tntla.

Raze — co-founded by Emiliano Calemzuk, actress Sofia Vergara (“Modern Family”), and Vergara’s longtime business partner Luis Balaguer — is hoping to build a new awards franchise to reach young millennial Hispanic audiences. The Raze Awards are patterned on other kudocasts like the MTV Music Awards or,
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Lyon Lumière Festival: Eye’s Sandra Den Hamer on ‘Digitize on Demand,’ the Lure of Celluloid

Lyon, France — The Lumière Festival’s International Classic Film Market(Mifc) kicked off in Lyon on Tuesday with a keynote address by Sandra Den Hamer, director of the Netherlands’ Eye Filmmuseum in Amsterdam.

Den Hamer offered a detailed presentation of Eye’s role in film restoration, preservation and digitization. The film museum also focuses on research and education in addition to organizing regular screenings, exhibitions and special events.

Described as the “the cinematic memory of the Netherlands,” the Eye manages some 50,000 films of all genres, 60% of which are international works. The collection represents a sample of film history, from classics and blockbusters to cult films.

Eye has restored such silent era works as Sam Wood’s 1922 romantic drama “Beyond the Rocks,” starring Rudolph Valentino and Gloria Swanson, and Giuseppe Giusti’s 1916 “Signori Giurati.” It has also digitized the Jean Desmet archive (Desmet being one of the Netherland’s first film
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Keira Knightley Heads Cast of Pathe’s ‘Misbehaviour’

Keira Knightley Heads Cast of Pathe’s ‘Misbehaviour’
Keira Knightley is set to star in Miss World pageant comedy drama “Misbehaviour” for Pathé. Pathé will present the film, which is directed by BAFTA-winner Philippa Lowthorpe, to buyers at the upcoming American Film Market.

“Misbehaviour” is based on the true events of the 1970 Miss World pageant in London, when a global audience witnessed the patriarchy driven from the stage and the Western ideal of beauty turned on its head. The most-watched television show in the world at the time, with more than 100 million viewers, the 1970 Miss World pageant saw the newly formed Women’s Liberation Movement achieve overnight fame by invading the stage and disrupting the live broadcast, hosted by Bob Hope, claiming that such beauty competitions demeaned women. When the show resumed, the result caused further uproar when Miss Grenada became the first black woman to be crowned Miss World, beating the favorite. Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Jessie Buckley co-star in the film.
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Claire Denis: Physical Detail, Fierce Politics, Bracing Formalism

Claire Denis: Physical Detail, Fierce Politics, Bracing Formalism
In the ranks of international arthouse auteurs, the status of Claire Denis is curiously ambiguous: depending on which lens you look through, she’s either among the most venerated or the most undervalued filmmakers working today. Ask the critical community, and you’ll leave very much with the former impression. Many writers, this one included, will heap her with lofty superlatives, “greatest working filmmaker” among them; in the last edition of Sight & Sound magazine’s famous decennial critics’ poll of the greatest films of all time, her hypnotic 1998 masterwork “Beau Travail” was one of just four films from the last 20 years to place in the top 100.

And yet, 30 years and 13 features into a career at once dauntingly consistent and thrillingly unpredictable, the diminutive 72-year-old Frenchwoman is held in curiously circumspect regard by her own industry. She has never won an award at Cannes, Venice or Berlin, with a Locarno Golden
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Netflix on EU Content Quota: Incentives for Local Creators Would Be "More Effective"

Netflix has resigned itself to new European quotas, set to pass into law later this year. But it isn't happy about them.

In its letter to shareholders published with its third-quarter earnings after the U.S. stock market close on Tuesday, Netflix cited the new legislation, which will require all video-on-demand services operating in the European Union to devote a minimum of 30 percent of their online catalogs to European works. In addition, certain European countries, among them France and Germany, will require streaming platforms to contribute a portion of their revenues to subsidy bodies that finance local film ...
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‘MTV’s The Real World’ Reboot to Premiere in 2019 on Facebook Watch

“The Real World” is headed to Facebook.

The groundbreaking reality series will be revived at the social media company with three new seasons in the U.S., Mexico and Thailand. The “re-imagined” version of the show, now titled “MTV’s The Real World” is set to debut in spring 2019.

Original producers Bunim/Murray will return to co-produce alongside the newly created MTV Studios.

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A pioneer in the reality TV genre back when it first premiered in 1992, “The Real World” ran for 32 seasons with the same basic premise — the true story of seven strangers picked to live in a house to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real — and was hailed for its groundbreaking portrayals of issues like alcohol and drug abuse, race, religion, sexuality and homophobia.

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