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Knightfall renewed for season 2 as Mark Hamill joins the cast

History has announced that it has renewed its hit Knights Templar drama series Knightfall for a second season, which will see Star Wars‘ Mark Hamill joining the cast in the role of Talus, a battle-hardened veteran of the Crusades responsible for training new initiates into the Order.

“In the face of ever-increasing competition, we’re proud of History’s track record of producing signature drama series that are epic in scope with complex characters,” said Eli Lehrer, History’s Executive Vice President of Programming.“ Whether it’s the legendary Knights Templar, the extraordinary tale of medieval Norsemen, or the story of a formerly classified United States Air Force program investigating UFOs during the Cold War, these series reflect our commitment to bringing the defining, big canvas stories of history to life. We look forward to offering our viewers a grittier, darker Knightfall in season two and welcoming Mark to the cast.
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Spielberg's "Montezuma"

Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television continues to develop a four-hour miniseries based on Spanish 'conquistador' 'Hernán Cortés' (Javier Bardem), written by Steven Zaillian ("Schindler's List") based on an unproduced screenplay by 1950's Hollywood blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo ("Spartacus"):

Trumbo's original script "Montezuma", explored the relationship between 'Cortes' and 'Montezuma II' (1460–1520), the ninth 'Aztec' emperor, killed during the Spanish conquest of Mexico, bolstered by an army of more than 200,000 natives opposed to the Aztec regime.

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AFI Names Taryn Proscal As Inaugural Recipient Of Kirk Douglas Fellowship

The American Film Institute announced today that AFI Conservatory Screenwriting Fellow Taryn Procsal will be the first recipient of the Kirk Douglas Fellowship.

Proscal, a single mother of three, was recognized for her unique voice and will receive a full-tuition two-year scholarship. The inaugural Kirk Douglas Fellowship is awarded to an AFI Conservatory Fellow and Proscal is set to enter the Conservatory in the fall as one of a full-class of 140 first-year Fellows.

“I am honored and pleased to have Taryn Procsal receive the first Kirk Douglas Fellowship,” said Kirk Douglas in a statement.

As an AFI Conservatory screenwriter, Proscal joins a prestigious list of talent including Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot), Liz Hannah (The Post), Brad Falchuk, Scott Frank, Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich) and Latoya Morgan.

Douglas, an AFI Life Achievement Award honoree, is known for championing screenwriters
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Exclusive Interview – Scott Eastwood talks Pacific Rim Uprising

Coinciding with its home-entertainment release today, we’ve got an exclusive video interview with Pacific Rim Uprising star Scott Eastwood, where he discusses his preparation for the film, how being a pilot in real life helped with the role and the intensive running that he and John Boyega had to do on treadmills in the Jaeger pods. Check it out here, or watch it over on our YouTube channel…

See Also: Exclusive Interview – Pacific Rim Uprising director Steven S. DeKnight

The globe-spanning conflict between otherworldly monsters of mass destruction and the human-piloted super-machines built to vanquish them was only a prelude to the all-out assault on humanity in Pacific Rim Uprising.

John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) stars as the rebellious Jake Pentecost, a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous “Kaiju.” Jake has since abandoned his training only
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Exclusive Interview – Pacific Rim Uprising director Steven S. DeKnight

Paul Risker chats with director Steven S. DeKnight

Director Steven S. DeKnight’s Pacific Rim Uprising sees the once promising, yet rebellious Jaeger pilot Jake Pentecost (John Boyega) having abandoned his training and family legacy for the criminal underworld. When the Kaiju return, it presents Jake the opportunity to live up to his father Stacker Pentecost’s (Idris Elba) legacy, who gave his life in a victorious battle with the Kaiju. Together with gifted rival pilot Lambert (Scott Eastwood), 15-year-old Jaeger hacker Amara (Cailee Spaeny) and a talented group of young cadets, he faces the next chapter in humanity’s possible extinction.

Prior to spearheading the sequel to Guillermo Del Toro’s 2013 film, DeKnight has written and directed episodes of Daredevil, Smallville and Angel, also with producing credits on these and other series including Starz’s Spartacus, and Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

In conversation with Flickering Myth,
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Anthony Ray Dies: ‘Shadows’ Actor, Son Of Director Nicholas Ray Was 80

Anthony “Tony” Ray, the actor-producer son of Rebel Without a Cause director Nicholas Ray, died June 29 in Saco, Maine, following a long illness, his family has announced. Ray, who lived in Saco for the last 10 years, was 80.

A graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse and a member of the Actor’s Studio, Ray was on the producing teams of such 1970s hits as The Rose, An Unmarried Woman, Harry and Tonto, and Freebie and the Bean. He was an assistant director throughout the 1960s and into the ’70s on TV series The Iron Horse and Bewitched, films Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Cactus Flower, and, according to his family, Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus and John Huston’s The Misfits, among other credits.

Ray, who often went by the name Tony Ray, also worked as an actor, his credits starting in 1957 with Men In War and an uncredited appearance in
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Netflix announces first batch of Millarworld TV series and films

Last August, it was announced that Netflix had acquired Mark Millar’s comic book imprint Millarworld, and now we have details on the first batch of TV series and films to come from the purchase, which includes Jupiter’s Legacy, American Jesus, Empress, Huck and Sharkey the Bounty Hunter.

“My wife Lucy and I are eleven months into our jobs at Netflix and it’s everything we hoped for to the power of ten,” said Millar. “To see a movie based on your work every couple of years is incredibly exciting, but to see them all happening at once like this and with talent this high-end is just off the scale. These are writers and directors I’ve privately been sending fan-mail to over the last eighteen months so to be working with them all is just enormously exciting. This really is the greatest creative environment I’ve ever worked in.
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Netflix Announces Full Slate of Millarworld Movies and TV Shows

Netflix, the world's leading internet entertainment service, today announced its first slate of films and series based on the stories of Mark Millar. Netflix acquired Millar's company, Millarworld, last year and since then has been developing projects with Mark and Lucy Millar, including The Magic Order, which has been published as Netflix's first comic book and was the biggest selling new comic-book franchise in nearly 20 years.

Said Millar about the impending slate of new Netflix series.

"My wife Lucy and I are eleven months into our jobs at Netflix and it's everything we hoped for to the power of ten. To see a movie based on your work every couple of years is incredibly exciting, but to see them all happening at once like this and with talent this high-end is just off the scale. These are writers and directors I've privately been sending fan-mail to over the last eighteen
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Netflix initial roster of Mark Millar content to include 'Empress', 'American Jesus'

Netflix, whose shares took a tumble on Monday after it failed to reach subscriber growth forecasts, announced on Tuesday [July 17] the first wave of films and series with Kick-Ass and The Kingsman creator Mark Millar.

Netflix, whose shares took a tumble on Monday after it failed to reach subscriber growth forecasts, announced on Tuesday [July 17] the first wave of films and series with Kick-Ass and The Kingsman creator Mark Millar.

Films include Empress to be written by Lindsey Beer (Kingkiller Chronicle), Huck to be written by Ted Melfi, and Sharkey The Bounty Hunter to be written by Michael Bacall.

The series encompass
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Netflix Greenlights 2 TV Series & 3 Films Based On Mark Millar Works Including ‘Jupiter’s Legacy’, ‘Empress’ & ‘Huck’

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Netflix is building a Mark Millar TV-film universe with the pickup of two series based on the comic book writer’s stories, superhero epic Jupiter’s Legacy and American Jesus, a multi-lingual series that follows a twelve-year-old boy who suddenly discovers he’s returned as Jesus Christ; and three films, Empress, Huck and Sharkey The Bounty Hunter. They will be shepherded by such top creative auspices as Steven S. DeKnight and Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Jupiter’s Legacy), and Ted Melfi and Neal H. Moritz (Huck), Everardo Gout and Leopoldo Gout (American Jesus), Lindsey Beer (Empress) and Michael Bacall (Sharkey the Bounty Hunter).

This marks Netflix’s biggest multiple-project order since the streaming giant inked the original Marvel deal for four series and a limited series. It comes less than a year after Netflix acquired Millarworld, the comic book publisher founded by Millar which has spawned stories such as Wanted, Kick-Ass,
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Mark Millar’s First Slate of Netflix TV Series and Films Includes Superheroes – and Reincarnated Jesus

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Well, we finally know what’s been going on in Millarworld since it relocated to Netflix, as the streaming service announced Tuesday its first slate of films and series based on the stories of “Kick-Ass” and “Kingsman” comic book creator Mark Millar.

The lineup includes two TV shows: “Jupiter’s Legacy” (to be showrun by Steven S. DeKnight) and “American Jesus,” about a 12-year-old boy who discovers he’s reincarnated as Jesus Christ. “He can turn water into wine, make the crippled walk, and, perhaps, even raise the dead,” reads the network’s description of the show, based on a 2009 comic book series.

Millar’s Netflix slate also includes three feature films — “Empress,” “Huck” and “Sharkey the Bounty Hunter.”

Also Read: Netflix Buys 'Kick-Ass,' 'Kingsman' Comics Creator Millarworld

And, as you’d expect from the mastermind behind some of the most creative comic titles out there, the projects
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Lost Stanley Kubrick screenplay, Burning Secret, is found 60 years on

Lost Stanley Kubrick screenplay, Burning Secret, is found 60 years on
His first world war classic, Paths of Glory, is one of cinema’s most powerful anti-war movies, widely acclaimed as a masterpiece, as was his Roman epic, Spartacus, both of which starred Kirk Douglas. Now a “lost” screenplay by director Stanley Kubrick has been discovered – and it is so close to completion that it could be developed by film-makers.

Entitled Burning Secret, the script is an adaptation of the 1913 novella by the Viennese writer Stefan Zweig. In Kubrick’s adaptation of the story of adultery and passion set in a spa resort, a suave and predatory man befriends a 10-year-old boy, using him to seduce the child’s married mother.
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Scarlett Johansson Will Play a Crossdressing Crime Kingpin in Director Rupert Sanders' Rub & Tug

Ghost in the Shell director Rupert Sanders is set to direct Scarlett Johansson in a new film called Rub & Tug. The film is based on a true story of Jean Marie Gill, who seemed like a very complex and colorful individual and her story is sure to make an interesting film. This is definitely going to prove to be one of Johansson's most challenging roles yet as she will be playing a crossdressing Mob operator who runs a massage parlor. For those of you not familiar with Jean Marie Gill, here's a rundown of information from Deadline:

Jean Marie Gill was a larger-than-life character who took on the mob and became the crime kingpin of 1970s Pittsburgh through her empire of illicit massage parlors and an anabolic steroids ring that helped fuel the Pittsburgh Steelers’ NFL dynasty, all the while cross-dressing and leaning on her allies in the gay
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New Regency Wins ‘Rub & Tug’; Rupert Sanders Directs Scarlett Johansson In Joel Silver-Produced Tale Of Pittsburgh Massage Parlor Queen

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New Regency Wins ‘Rub & Tug’; Rupert Sanders Directs Scarlett Johansson In Joel Silver-Produced Tale Of Pittsburgh Massage Parlor Queen
Exclusive: New Regency has won an auction for Rub & Tug, an American Hustle-like true story in which Rupert Sanders will direct Scarlett Johansson in the fact-based story of a woman who flourished in a male-dominated business of massage parlors and prostitution by essentially taking on the physical identity of a man. New Regency prevailed in a worldwide rights deal over five other bidders. Sources said the hope is to start production in February at a budget north of $30 million.

Jean Marie Gill was a larger-than-life character who took on the mob and became the crime kingpin of 1970s Pittsburgh through her empire of illicit massage parlors and an anabolic steroids ring that helped fuel the Pittsburgh Steelers’ NFL dynasty, all the while cross-dressing and leaning on her allies in the gay community to help grow her empire. However, it is Jean’s fiery romance with her girlfriend Cynthia that truly
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TVLine Items: Alyssa Milano Tempts Fate, Bruce Willis Roast Host and More

TVLine Items: Alyssa Milano Tempts Fate, Bruce Willis Roast Host and More
Alyssa Milano is once again testing a TV marriage: The Mistresses vet will star in Tempting Fate, the first of three Lifetime movies based on Jane Green’s novels, to be executive-produced by Kim Raver (Grey’s Anatomy), our sister site Deadline reports.

Tempting Fate — which Raver will also co-direct with her husband Manu Boyer — follows mother of two Gabby (Milano), whose picture-perfect marriage to Elliott (ShamelessSteve Kazee) is jeopardized when she meets Matt (From Dusk Till Dawn: The SeriesZane Holtz), a handsome younger man who ignites a desire within her.

The other two Green novels to be
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Former ‘Daredevil’ Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight Signs Multi-Year Overall Deal With Netflix

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Former ‘Daredevil’ Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight Signs Multi-Year Overall Deal With Netflix
Former “Daredevil” showrunner and executive producer, Steven S. DeKnight, is headed back home with a new multi-year overall deal at Netflix.

Under the pact, the writer, director and producer DeKnight will create new series and other projects for the streaming service.

DeKnight’s relationship with Netflix began with his work on the first season of Neflix and Marvel’s “Daredevil” series. His other small screen credits include creating and executive producing the Starz series “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena” and “Spartacus: War of the Damned,” along with his extensive work inside Joss Whedon’s TV universe, with writing, directing and producing credits on series like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel” and “Dollhouse.”

Also Read: 'Last Chance U' Season 3 Trailer: Meet the Independence Pirates, Your New Favorite Bad Team (Video)

His most recent work was on the big screen, however, as the writer and director on his first feature film,
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‘Daredevil’ Ep Steven S. DeKnight Signs Netflix Deal

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‘Daredevil’ Ep Steven S. DeKnight Signs Netflix Deal
Former “Daredevil” showrunner Steven S. DeKnight has signed an overall deal with Netflix. Under the agreement, DeKnight will develop and produce series and other projects for the streaming service.

DeKnight served as executive producer and showrunner on the first season of Marvel action drama “Daredevil,” as well as on the Starz drama “Spartacus.” Among DeKnight’s other credits are “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel.” He was the writer and director on his first feature film “Pacific Rim Uprising,” from Legendary Pictures.

Steven S. DeKnight is a multifaceted writer, director, producer and showrunner whose daring visions have gripped audiences for years,” said Cindy Holland, vice President, original content, Netflix. “From ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer,’ which become a global cult sensation, to his historical gladiator epic Spartacus, and his unforgettable work on season one of ‘Marvel’s Daredevil,’ Steven’s bold, visceral storytelling has left its mark. We look forward to
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Steven S. DeKnight Inks Overall Deal With Netflix

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Steven S. DeKnight Inks Overall Deal With Netflix
Writer, director and producer Steven S. DeKnight is expanding his relationship with Netflix, signing a multi-year overall deal with the Internet TV network for series and other projects, including feature films.

DeKnight was the creative force behind the first season of Netflix’s Marvel’s Daredevil, serving as showrunner and executive producer. The series is going into its third season on Netflix later this year. He also created, wrote and executive produced Starz series Spartacus, which also is available on Netflix. On the film side, he most recently wrote and directed Pacific Rim: Uprising, his first foray into features. He was a writer on Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer series, and wrote, directed, and produced on the series Angel, Smallville, and Dollhouse.

“Steven S. DeKnight is a multifaceted writer, director, producer and showrunner whose daring visions have gripped audiences for years,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President, Original Content,
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Guilty by Suspicion

Movies about the blacklist aren’t common, probably because as Robert Vaughn wrote, the period produced no happy stories, ‘Only Victims.’ Robert de Niro, Annette Bening and George Wendt give a bite of immediacy to the way the blacklist upset careers and blighted lives. Few of us would like to be publicly branded an Enemy of the People, but doing so seems to be America’s number one spectator sport.

Guilty by Suspicion

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The Warner Archive Collection

1991 / Color / 1:85 enhanced widescreen / 105 min. / Street Date May 12, 2015 / available through the WBshop / 17.99

Starring: Robert De Niro, Annette Bening, George Wendt, Patricia Wettig, Sam Wanamaker, Luke Edwards, Chris Cooper, Ben Piazza, Martin Scorsese, Barry Primus, Gailard Sartain, Robin Gammell, Brad Sullivan, Tom Sizemore, Stuart Margolin, Gene Kirkwood, Illeana Douglas, Adam Baldwin.

Cinematography: Michael Ballhaus

Film Editor: Priscilla Nedd

Original Music: James Newton Howard

Uncredited writer: Abraham Polonsky

Produced by Arnon Milchan

Written and
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Kees van Oostrum Re-Elected President of American Society of Cinematographers

The board of governors of the American Society of Cinematographers has re-elected Kees van Oostrum as president to serve his third consecutive one-year term.

The Amsterdam native was elected two years ago to a one-year term, succeeding Richard Crudo. The organization, now in its 99th year, has 370-plus active members and 200 associate members from ancillary segments of the industry. Membership is by invitation only.

The Asc made the announcement Tuesday. Its board also named its roster of officers for 2018-2019, including Bill Bennett, John Simmons and Cynthia Pusheck as vice presidents; Levie Isaacks as treasurer; David Darby as secretary; and Isidore Mankofsky as sergeant-at-arms.

“During this past year at the Asc, we have been steadfastly focused on educational events, international outreach, and efforts to promote diversity and inclusion,” said van Oostrum. “These all support our mission of loyalty, progress and artistry. As we look ahead, we plan to usher in
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