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AMC Networks To Simulcast ‘Killing Eve’ On AMC And BBC America, Forms ‘Project Awe’ Micro-Net For Nature Shows, Expands Christmas Brand – Upfronts

AMC Networks, whose Killing Eve lit up BBC America last year, will simulcast the emerging show across AMC and BBC America for its second season. The initiative began with Sunday night’s season premiere.

The move is one of many announced by the company during its upfront week. It also revealed more details about a new Walking Dead spinoff, the renewal of IFC cult favorite Documentary Now! as well as the expansion of holiday programming on AMC and the creation of a micro-net on BBC America dedicated to nature programming.

On Monday morning, the company is hosting the AMC Networks Summit, bringing together executives, talent and press at a Lower East Side hotel for a series of panels and conversations. Over the course of the week, the company will host a series of dinners with advertisers.

Sarah Barnett, who became president of entertainment networks last November told Deadline the simulcast
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Foreplays #19: Franco Piavoli's "Domenica sera"

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Foreplays is a column that explores under-known short films by renowned directors. Franco Piavoli's Domenica sera (1962) is free to watch below.Despite having been praised by other Italian directors of his generation, such as Ermanno Olmi, Bernardo Bertolucci, and Marco Bellocchio, the fascinating filmography of Franco Piavoli (born 1933) remains something of a secret. He began directing short films in the 1950s and '60s, but it wasn't until 1982—after a long break from filmmaking—that he made his first and best known feature, The Blue Planet. Built on an ambitious superimposition of time scales, the film displays a wondrous depiction of what the director himself has called "the lost alphabet" of animal, vegetal, and human life—something that he would keep pursuing relentlessly in his later four features (all completed during the 1980s and ‘90s), and in many shorts. Often working in close collaboration with his wife, Neria Poli,
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‘Diving Deep’ Trailer: Santa Barbara Film Festival Opener About Filmmaker-Adventurer Mike DeGruy

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‘Diving Deep’ Trailer: Santa Barbara Film Festival Opener About Filmmaker-Adventurer Mike DeGruy
Exclusive: The 34th annual Santa Barbara Film Festival kicks off tonight with its opening-night film Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy, the world premiere of the documentary about the Emmy-winning filmmaker, biologist and adventurer who also happens to have been a Santa Barbara local. His wife and filmmaking partner Mimi deGruy directed the pic, which highlights her husband’s remarkable career and life — a life tragically cut short when he was killed in a 2012 helicopter crash in Australia while filming for director James Cameron.

Check out the first look at the docu with its trailer above.

Mike deGruy filmed in oceans the world over and was a passionate advocate on behalf of the sea creatures he often helped discover. He became an outspoken environmental activist especially after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico, which directly impacted the his Alabama birthplace.

His
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Dynasties Is a Powerful and Necessary New Species of Nature Documentary

When it comes to awe-inspiring nature documentaries offering intimate examinations of our planet and its many lifeforms, no one does it better than the BBC's Natural History Unit. The groundbreaking series Planet Earth and The Blue Planet, as well as their recent sequels, Planet Earth II and Blue

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Bear Grylls To Host Nat Geo’s ‘Hostile Planet’ Docuseries

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Bear Grylls To Host Nat Geo’s ‘Hostile Planet’ Docuseries
Exclusive: Bear Grylls (Running Wild With Bear Grylls) has been tapped as host of National Geographic Channel’s upcoming docuseries Hostile Planet (working title), from Oscar-winning cinematographer and director Guillermo Navarro (Pan’s Labyrinth), Emmy-nominated producer Martha Holmes (The Blue Planet) and Emmy winner Tom Hugh-Jones (Planet Earth II).

Produced by Plimsoll Productions, Hostile Planet (wt) draws attention to the most extraordinary – almost supernatural – accounts of animals that have conformed to the cruelest evolutionary curveballs. Each episode characterizes one the planet’s roughest environments – including jungles, mountains, deserts, oceans, the Poles and grasslands – and how each of its inhabitants acclimate to its turn of events. Grylls will act as guide through these extreme locations where animals have adapted to survive against all odds.

Per Nat Geo: Set against the backdrop of a more violent and volatile climate, the epic battles for survival take on a new urgency as animals face intensified wildfires,
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James Honeyborne (‘Blue Planet II’): ‘Our understanding of the ocean has fundamentally changed’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

James Honeyborne (‘Blue Planet II’): ‘Our understanding of the ocean has fundamentally changed’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
“Who would have thought marine biology and oceanography could engage such an audience?,” “Blue Planet II” executive producer James Honeyborne asks in an interview with Gold Derby (watch the exclusive video above). The BBC documentary miniseries was the United Kingdom’s most-watched television program of 2017. He continues, “But it’s part of our world and it’s the world that we don’t know.… the scale of this place — there’s still so much to explore and it’s so important to us.”

With scores of 97 on Metacritic and 9.4 on IMDb, “Blue Planet II” is among the best-reviewed programs in television history. It is now nominated at the main BAFTA ceremony for Best Nonfiction Series and Best Must-See Moment, having won Best Nonfiction Cinematography and Best Nonfiction Sound at the craft ceremony last month out of seven total nominations. “Blue Planet II” follows 2001’s “The Blue Planet,” which was also presented by David Attenborough.
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Nat Geo Greenlights ‘Hostile Planet’ Docuseries From Guillermo Navarro & ‘Planet Earth II’ Producers

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National Geographic has given the green light to Hostile Planet, a six-part docuseries from Oscar-winning cinematographer and director Guillermo Navarro (Pan’s Labyrinth), Emmy-nominated producer Martha Holmes (The Blue Planet) and Emmy winner Tom Hugh-Jones (Planet Earth II). The pick-up comes ahead of National Geographic’s Further Front.

The series, produced by Plimsoll Productions, takes an intimate look at the way animals have found ways to survive in the world’s most inhospitable landscapes. Per Nat Geo: “Set against the backdrop of a more violent and volatile climate, the battles for survival take on a new urgency as animals face intensified wildfires, blizzards, droughts and downpours. To some, the new challenges are too much, but for others, it presents new opportunities.” Hostile Planet uses new camera technology to allow a close-up vantage point as the animals navigate through their changing landscapes.

“The series celebrates the surprising resiliency of animals that
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David Attenborough on the scourge of the oceans: 'I remember being told plastic doesn't decay, it's wonderful'

His sequel to The Blue Planet will focus not only on the marvels of sea life but also the threats to it. The naturalist explains why plastic pollution, climate change and overpopulation are problems too urgent to be left to ecologists

David Attenborough vividly remembers, nearly 80 years on, his first encounter with one of the worst scourges of the planet. He was a schoolboy. “I remember my headmaster, who was also my science master, saying: ‘Boys, we’ve entered a new era! We’ve entered, we’ll be proud to say, the plastic era. And what is so wonderful about this is we’ve used all our scientific ingenuity to make sure that it’s virtually indestructible. It doesn’t decay, you know, it’s wonderful.’”

Attenborough lets the last word hang in the air, eyebrows and hands raised. Then the hands fall. “Now we dump thousands of tonnes of it,
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Wild About the BBC

If there’s one Great British institution that comes in for some flack on a regular basis, it’s the good old BBC. While to many that should just be ‘the old BBC’, with a new series of Strictly Come Dancing (I’m not that big on brevity) looming large, the snipers should be silenced, at least until Christmas. But as this is only a temporary measure, what’s the one thing that the broadcasting giant can count on all year round? Why, Mother Nature of course.

Whether it’s a tiger hunting, a flock of flamingos, or something a bit closer to home like fox clubs at play, these are the things that go some way to justifying the licence fee. Yes, the licence fee; that bone of contention that always leaves the general public feeling a little, well, ripped-off. One failed sitcom after another, overpaid presenters, plus the sporting calendar dwindling every year,
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BBC America Orders Nature Series ‘Blue Planet II,’ Exploring the World’s Oceans

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BBC America Orders Nature Series ‘Blue Planet II,’ Exploring the World’s Oceans
Hot off the premiere of “Planet Earth II,” BBC America is returning to the oceans for its next epic nature series.

The cable network announced Sunday that it will air “Blue Planet II,” which also comes from the BBC Natural History Unit. The seven-part nature series will explore the world’s oceans, and will be presented by broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough.

“I am truly thrilled to be joining this new exploration of the underwater worlds which cover most of our planet, yet are still its least known,” Attenborough said in a statement.

Read More: ‘Planet Earth II’ Review: A Revival With Greater Purpose Than Meets the Eye

Blue Planet II” will serve as a sequel to “The Blue Planet,” which was broadcast in 2001 and also featured Attenborough’s narration.

“Like ‘Planet Earth II,’ this is a remarkable and relevant sequel – this time plunging us into an awe inspiring
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Mrs. Henderson Presents to transfer to the West End

Following a sell-out season at the Theatre Royal Bath this summer, Mrs Henderson Presents will open at the Noel Coward Theatre on Tuesday 9 February 2016..

Mrs Henderson Presents will star Tracie Bennett as Laura Henderson, Ian Bartholomew as Vivian Van Damm and Emma Williams as Maureen who all reprise the roles they played in Bath. Full casting will be announced shortly.

Based on the film Mrs Henderson Presents – original screenplay by Martin Sherman, the musical has a book and is directed by the multi-award winning Terry Johnson. Lyrics are by the Oscar, Tony and Golden Globe winning Don Black with music by Oscar nominated George Fenton and Simon Chamberlain, who both collaborated on the original film. It is choreographed by Andrew Wright, has set design by Tim Shortall, costume design by Paul Wills and lighting design by Ben Ormerod. Wig, hair and make-up design is by Richard Mawbey, orchestrations are by
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BBC's The Hunt goes to Nine

BBC Worldwide has sold a range of natural history titles to the Nine Network and Network Ten and two new science series to the ABC.

Nine.s package deal includes the landmark wildlife series The Hunt from Alistair Fothergill, the executive producer of Planet Earth and Frozen Planet, which examines the relationship between predators and their prey.

Other titles include Atlantic, Animal Super Parents and Nature.s Weirdest Events and library series Frozen Planet, Life In Cold Blood and The Blue Planet.

Network Ten has secured Shark, which highlights the diversity of sharks around the world, with some scenes shot by cameras mounted on helicopters, plus Natural Curiosities series 3 and two Sir David Attenborough documentaries, Attenborough.s Fabulous Frogs and Attenborough.s Big Birds, the Africa series Planet Earth and Tiger: Spy In the Jungle.

ABC pre- bought Forces of Nature, which reveals what lies beyond Earth.s beauty and
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Explore Disney's 'Avatar' Land with Photos, Posters and New Details

Explore Disney's 'Avatar' Land with Photos, Posters and New Details
D23 isn't just about the next big Disney movie. There is also plenty on hand to see revolving around all the Disney parks throughout the world. And one of the most exciting and anticipated attractions coming in the next few years is Avatar Land. The massive theme park attraction will soon become part of Disney's Animal Kingdom at Disney World. And Disney showed off some of its plans with new posters that invite fans to explore Pandora. We also have photos from the event, which offer a sneak peek at what park attendees can expect in the coming years.

Disney wants you to mark Pandora as your next destination vacation. And Walt Disney Imagineering is making that possible in partnership with Avatar creator and filmmaker James Cameron and his Lightstorm Entertainment crew. The new theme park attraction will offer up the wonders of Pandora, giving park goers a chance to fly with the banshees.
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Voices Through Time: The Documentaries of Roberto Minervini

“So one thing from another rises ever; and in fee-simple life is given to none, but unto all mere usufruct.” – Lucretius, On the Nature of Things, Book III

The above quote was once used by great Italian documentarian Franco Piavoli to open his masterful 1982 film, The Blue Planet. In that instance, it is deftly applied to the fragility of mother nature; her various granting and reclaiming of life, but can just as easily be applied to the figures followed by Roberto Minervini, an Italian based in the United States whose acclaimed Texas Trilogy – The Passage, Low Tide and Stop the Pounding Heart – was followed up at Cannes this year by The Other Side, which shifts the director’s gaze slightly eastward to the state of Louisiana. One must assume that Minervini, despite blazing his own trail that has led him through the Philippines and Spain en route to America’s Southern states,
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Planet Earth team head to Netflix for epic new series Our Planet

The producers who created The Blue Planet, Planet Earth and Frozen Planet for the BBC are moving to Netflix for their next series, entitled Our Planet – but it’s not out until 2019

The team behind the hugely successful and respected nature documentaries The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, and Frozen Planet are moving from their previous home of the BBC to Netflix, for their new epic Our Planet.

Alastair Fothergill, whose production company Silverback Films will make the eight-part series, said: “Our Planet is going to raise the bar for natural history landmarks. We will reveal the most amazing sights on Earth and show them in ways they have never been seen before.”

Related: Leonardo DiCaprio to make more nature docs with Netflix after Virunga success

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Netflix Is Yanking These Movies and Shows on February 1, 2015

Netflix is expiring a slew of movies and TV shows in February -- but don't panic! As we previously reported, several BBC series including "Doctor Who" and the original British "The Office" that were once set to leave Netflix on Feb. 1 are staying put. However, several other BBC titles will be disappearing Feb 1. According to Variety, bid a sad toodle-doo to "Fawlty Towers," "Blackadder" and "Mi:5." (Don't worry, "Sherlock" isn't due to expire anytime soon.)

As for movies, the clock is ticking on "Zodiac," "Batman Returns," "Apocalypse Now," and "Mad Max," which will also be pulled in the monthly purge.

Here's the complete list of titles that will vanish from your streaming list (pending any sort of meddling time-travelers):

Netflix Titles Expiring February 1, 2015

"A Bit Of Fry And Laurie" (1987-1995)

"Airheads" (1994)

"Allosaurus: Walking With Dinosaurs Special" (2001)

"Apocalypse Now" (1979)

"Apocalypse Now Redux" (2001)

"Auschwitz: Inside The Nazi State" (2005)

"Batman Returns" (1989)

"Blackadder
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New Spongebob SquarePants Poster Lands

New Spongebob SquarePants Poster Lands
There are few corners of culture more mystifying, more complex and baffling that the Spongebob Squarepants phenomenon. Here is a man - a spongeman - whose adventures make the subsea elements of Bedknobs And Broomsticks look like The Blue Planet. What creature, on god's good Earth, can be friends with a starfish and a squirrel? And live blissfully in an underwater pineapple, presumably a joint development by Dr. No and the Man From Del Monte? But Spongebob is that creature and he's back with another CG adventure in the second movie spin-off of the massive Nickelodeon show, The Spongebob SquarePants Movie: Sponge Out Of Water. Here's the first poster showing Bob in action. With a crab. Little is known of the mesohyled one's journey in this one, but judging by the title and the tagline, he'll be emerging from the sea like Venus or, say, the Kraken, and destroying the seaboard going on adventures.
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Can 'Cosmos' Save Science Television?

Can 'Cosmos' Save Science Television?
With his nondescript blazers and mild manner, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is an unlikely radical. But make no mistake: in an age of evolution skeptics and climate change deniers, the defense of science he levies as the host of "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" is nothing short of revolutionary. Of course, a similarly grand sense of purpose accompanied Carl Sagan's "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage" when it premiered on PBS in 1980, eventually attracting 400 million viewers in 60 countries. That the iconic original resulted in no definitive triumph for factuality might lead the discerning critic to offer a more cautious assessment of the revamped "Cosmos," but its very existence -- in the midst of Sunday's packed primetime landscape, no less -- is a bold statement. We're here, we're peer-reviewed, get used to it! Beyond public television's old guard ("Nova" and "Nature" on PBS, "The Blue Planet" and "Planet Earth" on the BBC), much
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30 Rock Season 7 DVD Review: Features and Funny Bones

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Which shows/seasons are out on DVD or Blu-ray? What features are included with these box sets? When might we be giving away copies to a handful of lucky readers?

We'll be answering these questions and more each week in this space, as TV Fanatic is excited to present our first extended look at the latest DVD/Blu-ray releases, starting with a classic comedy and moving on to a beloved British drama...

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30 Rock Season 7/The Final Season: It’s hard to say goodbye to a show that was always smart, silly, profound and insane all at the same time. 30 Rock Season 7 hits stores today if you want to relive how the last episodes wrapped up the lives of Liz Lemon (Tina Fey, creative genius), Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin), Tracey Jordan (Tracy Morgan) and Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski). Release Date: April 30.

The best thing about the final season is that,
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Blu-ray/DVD Release: One Life

Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: April 9, 2013

Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $24.97

Studio: BBC Home Entertainment/Warner Home Video

Cute animals, James Bond and the BBC. What’s not to like in One Life?

Daniel Craig (Skyfall) narrates the nature documentary, which was directed by Michael Gunton, from Earth: The Movie, Madagascar and Africa, and Martha Holmes, from The Blue Planet.

They follow life from all over the globe, stories of survival and animal ingenuity from birth to the next generation. Whether they have wings, flippers, eight legs or two, the movie shows that life connects us all.

And with filmmaking pedigree like Gunton and Holmes, not to mention the excellence of BBC behind the film, you know the documentary will be gorgeous.

One Life is only available as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo in the U.S., not a single DVD. The discs contain these special features:

“The Making of One Life” with
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