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‘Red Sonja’ Will Star ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Actor Hannah John-Kamen

‘Red Sonja’ Will Star ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Actor Hannah John-Kamen
“Red Sonja” has found its star.

Hannah John-Kamen, best known as the villain Ghost in “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” will wield the sword of the comic book fantasy hero in Millennium Films’ long-gestating feature adaptation. Joey Soloway (“Transparent”) is directing the film, from a script by Soloway and Tasha Huo (a writer on Netflix’s upcoming “Tomb Raider” TV series).

“Hannah is a very talented actress who we’ve been following for years and she is Red Sonja,” Soloway said in a statement. “Her range, sensibilities and strength are all qualities we have been looking for and we couldn’t be more excited to embark on this journey together.”

Created in the early 1970s by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith for Marvel’s “Conan the Barbarian” comics, Red Sonja quickly became popular enough for her own spin-off series. That is certainly due in part to the character’s formidable fighting skills and forthright personality,
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Christopher Eccleston Leads Cast of BBC ‘Oliver Twist’ Inspired Series ‘Dodger’ – Global Bulletin

Christopher Eccleston Leads Cast of BBC ‘Oliver Twist’ Inspired Series ‘Dodger’ – Global Bulletin
In today’s Global Bulletin, the BBC unveils “Dodger,” a new Dickens-inspired drama series with an all-star cast; U.K. comedy royalty recognizes Jenna Al as the head of the next generation of writer-performers with the Screenshot award; Keshet Productions in Israel and Twickenham Film Studios in the U.K. get makeovers with new rebrandings; Canada’s Black Screen Office and Telefilm Canada unite to improve the quality of minority representation in the country’s screen industries; Channel 4 commissions an anti-vaxx documentary; English soccer favorite Peter Crouch and the BBC prep a daily European Championship entertainment program; All3Media International
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Claire Foy to Lead BritBox U.K. Thriller ‘Marlow’

Claire Foy to Lead BritBox U.K. Thriller ‘Marlow’
The Crown” star Claire Foy is set to lead a new thriller from streamer BritBox U.K.

Eight-part thriller “Marlow,” from Motive Pictures and Endeavor Content, centers on feuding families the Marlows and the Wyatts, who have existed in the “Edgelands” of the Thames Estuary for centuries.

Foy stars as Evie Wyatt, who was born and bred in the Estuary and returns to the Edgelands — the place she lost her father to a firestorm 15 years ago — in search of answers. However, drawn back into conflict with the Marlow clan, Evie finds herself in a battle with its ageing patriarch, Tom Marlow.
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Elizabeth Olsen to Star in HBO Max Series ‘Love and Death’ From David E. Kelley, Nicole Kidman to Produce

Elizabeth Olsen to Star in HBO Max Series ‘Love and Death’ From David E. Kelley, Nicole Kidman to Produce
Elizabeth Olsen is set to star in a new HBO Max limited series that boasts an all-star lineup behind the camera as well.

Olsen will star in “Love and Death,” which hails from writer and executive producer David E. Kelley. Nicole Kidman will also executive produce, with Lesli Linka Glatter onboard to direct.

The series is based on the true story of Texas housewife Candy Montgomery, who murdered her friend from church, Betty Gore, with an axe in 1980. Olsen will star as Montgomery. The show is inspired by the book “Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death
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Alexander Skarsgård to Recur on ‘Succession’ Season 3 as a Tech CEO

Alexander Skarsgård to Recur on ‘Succession’ Season 3 as a Tech CEO
Will he save Logan or ally with Kendall?

The “Succession” cast just got even better. Alexander Skarsgård will recur on Season 3 of the excellent HBO drama, playing Lukas Matsson, a successful, confrontational tech founder and CEO.

But will Matsson ally with Logan (Brian Cox) or Kendall (Jeremy Strong)? We don’t actually have the answer to our own question, but we certainly asked HBO.

Ambushed by his rebellious son Kendall at the end of Season 2, Logan Roy begins Season 3 in a perilous position, the third-season logline reads. Scrambling to secure familial, political and financial alliances, tensions rise as a bitter corporate battle threatens to turn into a family civil war.

Jesse Armstrong is the creator and showrunner of “Succession.” Other executive producers include Adam McKay, Frank Rich, Kevin Messick, Jane Tranter, Mark Mylod, Tony Roche, Scott Ferguson, Jon Brown and Will Ferrell.

Succession” Season 3 is currently in production.

Skarsgård is represented by CAA and Hansen,
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‘Fox & Friends’ Hosts Return to Couch: ‘We’re All Vaccinated’ (Video)

‘Fox & Friends’ Hosts Return to Couch: ‘We’re All Vaccinated’ (Video)
The hosts of the popular Fox News morning program celebrated their Covid-19 vaccinations

The “Fox & Friends” hosts — Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade — returned to an in-studio couch Thursday morning for the first time since the onset of the pandemic, and made sure to confirm all three of them were vaccinated first. (It wasn’t the famous “curvy couch” the show’s viewers might recall from pre-coronavirus times; the morning show is borrowing the larger sofa from 12 p.m. Et’s “Outnumbered” to accommodate social distancing.)

“Look: We’re back on the couch! We’ve all been vaccinated and we’re six feet apart. Ainsley demanded to see my vaccination card and here it is right here,” declared co-host Doocy.

Earhardt agreed, joking that she “needed to see that” to feel comfortable.

Their confirmation comes at an important moment in the pandemic as many states are reopening; A new
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Quirino Awards Confirm Industry Dates, New Talent Drive

Quirino Awards Confirm Industry Dates, New Talent Drive
The Quirino Ibero-American Animation Awards has confirmed the dates of its key upcoming industry hybrid online-in-person events, plus its major new talent drive.

Running May 19-20 online and May 28-29 on-site, the Quirino Awards‘ Co-Production and Business Forum has a new home this year, after relocating to headquarters in La Laguna on the Canary island of Tenerife.

Executives from more than 100 companies in 19 countries will attend the awards either online or in person. Among the largest are Adult Swim, Discovery Kids channel, VOD service Filmin, Spanish public pubcaster Rtve, YouTube channel El Reino Infantil, kids channels Pakapaka in Argentina and KiKa in Germany.

Other attendees take in French sales agent Indie Sales, Indian animation giant Toonz Media Group, distributors such as France’s Pgs and French producer-distributors Dandelooo and Sola Media.

In a pattern which looks to be repeated at late spring and early summer events across Europe, the lion
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‘A Quiet Place Part II’: Watch the Final Trailer for John Krasinski’s Thriller

‘A Quiet Place Part II’: Watch the Final Trailer for John Krasinski’s Thriller
Shhhh! The final trailer for “A Quiet Place Part II” is here.

Premiering in theaters on May 28, the movie serves as the highly anticipated sequel to 2018’s “A Quiet Place.”

Picking up where the first movie left off, “Part II” follows the surviving members of the Abbott family navigating a world where sound is lethal, after the death of patriarch Lee. The film stars Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Cillian Murphy and Noah Jupe. John Krasinski, whose character sacrificed his life to protect his family in the first movie, appears in flashbacks.

A Quiet Place Part II” is directed by Krasinski, who also writes with Scott Beck and Bryan Woods. Krasinski, JoAnn Perritano and Allyson Seeger executive produce, while Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller serve as producers.

In March, Krasinski told Variety he was hesitant when Paramount approached him to make a sequel to his horror debut. While the
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‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 Teaser Flashes Back to Eleven’s Origins (Video)

‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 Teaser Flashes Back to Eleven’s Origins (Video)
Sorry, kids, there still no release date

We’ll get this out of the way right now, because you probably raced here to find out when the heck Season 4 of “Stranger Things” is finally premiering on Netflix. We have some bad news: Unfortunately, we still have no idea when the new season will launch.

But the good news is, we know the new season is actually happening, because Netflix released the first teaser for “Stranger Things 4.” And you can watch it right now in the video above.

The teaser begins with a montage of children playing games in a lab setting. We see a clock that’s striking 3 and a camera blinking red, and the sterile room decorated with rainbows as a handful of young kids clad in medical gowns and shaved heads play. Creepy child laughter echoes over the scene, and at one point, a kid’s hand holds
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‘Stranger Things’ Season 4: New Teaser Reveals Imprisoned Eleven

‘Stranger Things’ Season 4: New Teaser Reveals Imprisoned Eleven
As “Stranger Things” has proven time and time again, not everything is as it seems.

We last saw the gang in 2019 — er, July 1985— for the epic showdown against the Mind Flayer at the pristine Starcourt Mall. The Season 3 finale closed with the beloved Jim Hopper (David Harbour) seemingly dead, the Byers family leaving town and the Russians’ facility destroyed, at least for now.

The new teaser proves things have gone awry since then. For one, Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) appears to be locked behind a door in the very sort of institution she was raised in. “Eleven, are you listening?
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Will ICM Exposé Be Hollywood’s Wakeup Call Over Bad Behavior?

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“All that ‘outrageous’ or ‘toxic’ behavior is a byproduct of previous generations that are inevitably aging out,” a top agent tells TheWrap After a searing L.A. Times exposé of sexual harassment and bad behavior at Hollywood talent agency ICM Partners on Wednesday, industry insiders wondered if this would be a bellwether moment to dislodge an entrenched culture of bullying and harassment in the entertainment industry. The answer is not at all clear. “I don’t think it will change much,” a top agent who declined to be identified told TheWrap. “All that ‘outrageous’ or ‘toxic’ behavior is a byproduct of previous generations that are inevitably aging out.” Veteran agent Robb Rothman, a partner in the Beverly Hills boutique agency Rothman Brecher Erich Livingston, agreed. “Talent agencies were notorious for that [kind of behavior],” he said. “It’s been toned down in recent years… Anything that gets people held to account for bad behavior is a good thing.
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‘iCarly’ Revival to Debut on Paramount+ in June

‘iCarly’ Revival to Debut on Paramount+ in June
One month after the new “Rugrats” launches

The “iCarly” revival will debut on Paramount+ in June, ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish said Thursday on the company’s first-quarter 2021 earnings call.

That’s one month after the updated “Rugrats” series launches on the platform, which was rebranded from CBS All Access in March, an announcement that came via its trailer Wednesday.

Production began in March on the upcoming “iCarly” revival series, which features original series star Miranda Cosgrove reprising her role as Carly Shay, and the returns of Jerry Trainor and Nathan Kress as Carly’s brother Spencer and friend/love interest Freddie, respectively.

Laci Mosley is playing Harper, Carly’s roommate and best friend. Jaidyn Triplett has been cast as Millicent, Freddie’s snarky and social media-savvy stepdaughter.

The original “iCarly” series, which ran from 2007 to 2012, followed a group of best friends creating a webcast while grappling with everyday problems and adventures.
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Songs for Screens: How Foo Fighters’ Ram Trucks Commercial Came to Be

Songs for Screens: How Foo Fighters’ Ram Trucks Commercial Came to Be
In February, Stellantis’ Global Chief Marketing Officer Olivier Francois fulfilled a decade-long pursuit of working with Bruce Springsteen with a Super Bowl spot for Jeep, marking the first time The Boss and his music had appeared in a commercial for a major brand.

For his latest musical foray, Francois has scored another commercial coup: a rare on-camera cameo and sync license from Foo Fighters, for Stellantis’ Ram Trucks. The campaign premiered Thursday (May 6), and features Foo Fighters’ song “Making a Fire” from the band’s 2020 album “Medicine at Midnight.”

Frontman Dave Grohl and the Foos appear in Ram’s minute-long commercial,
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Mark Wahlberg, Antoine Fuqua Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Infinite’ Debuting on Paramount Plus

Mark Wahlberg, Antoine Fuqua Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Infinite’ Debuting on Paramount Plus
Infinite,” a sci-fi thriller starring Mark Wahlberg and directed by Antoine Fuqua, will exclusively debut on Paramount Plus in the U.S.

The move was announced by ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish on the company’s quarterly earnings call on Thursday and comes as Paramount Plus is seeking to bolster its lineup of original content. The service, which was rebranded and relaunched in March after previously being known as CBS All Access, faces stiff competition in the streaming space, with rivals such as Netflix, Disney Plus and HBO Max all fighting for subscribers.

Movies have become an important part of what Paramount Plus has been selling customers. At an investor event last February, ViacomCBS announced that Paramount Plus would premiere major blockbusters such as “A Quiet Place Part II” and “Mission Impossible 7″ on the service within 45 days of their theatrical debut (films had typically played exclusively in cinemas for roughly three
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Mark Wahlberg Thriller ‘Infinite’ to Skip Theaters to Debut on Paramount+

Mark Wahlberg Thriller ‘Infinite’ to Skip Theaters to Debut on Paramount+
ViacomCBS Chief Bob Bakish also teases new original film each week on the streamer beginning in 2022

The Paramount Pictures sci-fi thriller “Infinite,” starring Mark Wahlberg and previously announced for a Memorial Day weekend theatrical release, will skip theaters to debut exclusively on the streaming service Paramount+.

The news that “Infinite,” directed by Antoine Fuqua, was announced by ViacomCBS chief Bob Bakish as part of a ViacomCBS’ earnings call Thursday along with additional information on the expansion of the film Paramount film catalog on Paramount+ that will be rolling onto Paramount+ starting in June. In addition, Bakish promised to ramp up production in order to roll out one original film each week on the streamer beginning in 2022.

Bakish also revealed in prepared remarks that also in June ViacomCBS would kick off a “Mountain of Movies” marketing campaign “where we will highlight the thousands of new movies we are adding to Paramount
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Women and Documentaries Dominate as Prizewinners at Jeonju Film Festival

Women and Documentaries Dominate as Prizewinners at Jeonju Film Festival
Documentaries and pictures made by female filmmakers dominated the prize ranks of South Korea’s Jeonju International Film Festival. Some, including “Splinters” which won the festival’s Grand Prize, were qualified on both counts.

“Splinters” aka “Esquirlas,” is an Argentinian-made documentary about the military-industrial complex, which premiered last year at the Mar Del Plata festival. It emerged as an expansion of a home video shot by director Natalia Garayalde, who recorded the explosion of an arms factory in 1995, when she was 12 years old.

Another documentary, Marta Popivoda’s “Landscapes of Resistance,” took the best picture award in the festival’s international competition.

A third film, “Friends and Strangers,” took the special jury prize. Directed by James Vaughan, the black comedy is pitched as a depiction of current day Australia from the viewpoint of Millennials.

The festival kicked off on April 29, 2021 and runs until Saturday (May 9) when it will close with
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ViacomCBS Q1 Profit Surges on Super Bowl and 6 Million New Streaming Subscribers

ViacomCBS Q1 Profit Surges on Super Bowl and 6 Million New Streaming Subscribers
ViacomCBS said first-quarter profit surged as the company enjoyed the benefits of ad sales associated with Super Bowl Lv and lured 6 million new subscribers to streaming outlets such as Paramount Plus.

The New York owner of CBS, Showtime and Nickelodeon said revenue increased 14% to $7.41 billion, up from nearly $6.5 billion in the year-earlier quarter. The company said its total streaming subscriber base stood at 36 million, but noted that its cable and film assets fared less well during the period, owing to slumps in advertising and the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The company said its attributable net income rose 79% during the period to $899 million,
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ViacomCBS Q1 Advertising Revenue Jumps 21% With Super Bowl Lv, NCAA Tournament

Former CBS All Access was rebranded as Paramount+ on March 4

ViacomCBS outperformed media analysts’ expectations in the quarter CBS All Access finally became Paramount+. Having the Super Bowl and the return of March Madness on CBS sure didn’t hurt.

Wall Street had forecast earnings per share (Eps) of $1.22 on $7.3 billion in revenue, according to a consensus estimate compiled by Yahoo Finance. ViacomCBS actually posted adjusted Eps of 1.52 on $7.4 billion in revenue.

Overall revenues rose 14% from the same quarter in 2020 and earnings were up 40 cents per share. ViacomCBS’ operating income was $1.5 billion for Q1 2021.

Super Bowl Lv and the NCAA Tournament handed the combined Viacom and CBS a big-picture advertising revenue increase of 21%. Removing cable from the equation, where ad sales slipped 7%, advertising revenues jumped 40% at just CBS and on streaming.

Streaming revenue rose 65% in the Paramount+ launch quarter, though Pluto TV played a role in that as well. Paramount+
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Paramount+ and Showtime Combine for 36 Million Global Subscribers

Paramount+ and Showtime Combine for 36 Million Global Subscribers
ViacomCBS platforms are up 6 million subs from the end of February

ViacomCBS hit 36 million global subscribers combined between its streaming platforms, primarily Paramount+ (formerly known as CBS All Access) and Showtime Ott, in the first quarter of 2021, the company reported Thursday.

That’s up from the 30 million subscribers worldwide that ViacomCBS said it had across CBS All Access and Showtime on Feb. 24, just ahead of the March 4 rebrand of CBS All Access into Paramount+.

Meanwhile, Pluto TV now has nearly 50 million monthly active users (MAUs) globally, rising from the 43 million ViacomCBS reported at the end of February.

Per ViacomCBS, its Paramount+/Showtime Ott subscriber growth in the quarter, which ended March 31, was led by Paramount+, where “the biggest drivers of sign-ups were live sports and specials, including the Super Bowl, NCAA Tournament, UEFA Champions League, Oprah with Meghan and Harry and The Grammy Awards, as well as kids’ content, including
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How Director Elle-Maija Tailfeathers Discovered a Path to Healing on the Frontlines of the Opioid Crisis

How Director Elle-Maija Tailfeathers Discovered a Path to Healing on the Frontlines of the Opioid Crisis
Director and producer Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers opens her documentary “Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy” with a peaceful, slow-motion scene of buffalo calves grazing alongside their mothers while the voice of the filmmaker’s mother, a family doctor, is heard gently speaking to a mother about her baby.

A coproduction between Tailfeathers’ Seen Through Woman Productions and the National Film Board of Canada, which is also selling the film, “Kímmapiiyipitssini” is a chronicle of her community’s steady efforts to confront its substance-use crisis and heal by cultivating empathy through harm reduction.

During its world premiere run this week in Hot Docs’ Canadian Spectrum competition program, the film was the centerpiece of a live streamed masterclass with Tailfeathers, who is a member of the Kainai First Nation as well as Sámi from Norway.

“For films about addiction or tough issues affecting our people, the chosen imagery is often rooted in sadness,
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